Review: NYC Sunny Bronzer

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Hi Guys!

So it dawned on me that after picking up this product a while back I never really mentioned  it on my blog. I love writing reviews because I feel it really helps people decide on their opinions whether to buy something or not ,whether something is worth the money , or just a waste. So today I’ll be reviewing the NYC Sunny Bronzer.

I picked this up after reading numerous posts about it  being a dupe for Hoola Bronzer(which I adore!) This bronzer is a fraction of the price of the hoola bronzer so I thought I would give it a go.

First things first , I HATE this bronzer. It’s not a dupe for Hoola at all , and it just makes you look orange and very unflattering in day light. I thought maybe it was just my skin tone so I tried this on friends and family with different skin tones and it just made them appear muddy and orange.

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The texture of this bronzer is not something desirable either , I find it extremely chunky and powdery ( if that makes sense) I honestly don’t know why it received such great reviews when there is so many other amazing drugstore bronzers on the market.

I also cannot stand the packaging , its flimsy and cheap and looking at other drugstore bronzers I feel NYC could of put more thought into it , I kept going back and forth from NYC and Essence and Essence has far better packaging for the same price!

The first time I tried this It was a disaster , I tried to blend it out as much as I could , but blending it out made it look even more muddy , and the orange was not fading at all. I wish I could say I loved this product but it comes nowhere near the quality of some other drugstore bronzers such as the Seventeen bronzer and the Bourjois chocolate bronzer.

If you’re looking for a inexpensive bronzer and you want it to do its job with making you look like a tanned goddess stay away from this one , and maybe opt for the Bourjois chocolate bronzer.

Have any of you guys tried out this bronzer? what did you think of it? I would love to hear your thoughts on the product down below.

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Rachael

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Review: Catrice Even Skin Tone Foundation

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Hi Everyone!

I’m back again with a foundation review , So I think everyone who reads my blog will know I have a mixture of different foundations and I use all of them , but my all time favourite is the L’Oreal infallible matte foundation and has been now for a long time. I haven’t actually went out and purchased a new foundation since then , I have been buying backups , but when I seen the Even Skin Tone foundation in my local pharmacy at the price of 8.49 , I pounced on it.

I’m a huge fan of inexpensive products , I’m a student and I can’t afford to pay out for high end products all the time , so I usually stick to the drugstore stuff until it gets to a special occasion like a birthday or Christmas, so this foundation was right up my street.Lets get on with the review.

Coverage:

The coverage of this foundation is medium to buildable , on days where I don’t want a heavy coverage with the L’oreal infallible matte foundation , I tend to stick to this.

Texture:

This is probably the hardest thing for me to describe, its liquidy but not runny , its thick but also feels thin , its basically everything but looks perfect on the skin!

Smell:

The only thing I hated with this foundation is the smell , it stinks! its like a chemically smell , but I noticed with most of Catrices foundations they have that distinct smell , so maybe Catrice thinks its gorgeous and doesn’t want to change it , who knows?

Durability 

So I put this foundation on at around 7;30 in the morning ( hurray for early morning classes!) and I find that it lasts around 5/6 hours , its not long wearing but I do tend to touch my face throughout the day.

If you’re looking for a foundation that is going to last you through the day, unfortunately this isn’t going to be the one , it will start to wear off on places you tend to get oily throughout the day . If you’re looking for a foundation that wont look cakey and wont be a mask on your face , this is your foundation. It’s very natural on the skin and makes it appear as its just your own skin but better.

I hope you enjoyed this little review, if there are any other products you would like me to review feel free to drop them below and I’ll take a little look!

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Rachael

Mini Drugstore Haul

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Hi Everyone!

I can’t remember when my last haul was on my blog , but I’ve missed it! I was on a spending ban for the past few months , trying to use up whatever makeup I had , and only buying the necessities. I caved in today ( just a little) and bought some beauty items. I thought it would be a good idea to share them on the blog since I haven’t done a post like this in a good while.

The first thing I picked up with the Collection Lasting perfection concealer I adore this product! I have used this product for the past 4/5 months and this is around my 5th or 6th tube of it. It’s amazing! and for the price its great , the quality is also great. I love highlighting and also concealing with this because its so light . I use the shade 1.Fair so its lighter than my foundation and it can also be used as a highlighter.

The second thing I purchased was The Wet n WIld Walking on Eggshells palette. It will come as no surprise to you that this has been going around the beauty world for the past year or so because its amazing. and it is!!! I recently purchased the Comfort Zone palette and loved it! You can read my review on it HERE. I picked this up because I love how simplistic yet gorgeous the shades were.

I picked up the Wet n Wild megaprotein mascara I was in dire need to pick up a new mascara so I decided on this one , I have never used any of their mascaras so I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried it down below!

I also picked up the Ps. Love Setting Spray this is Penneys ( primark to people in the Uk) own brand , I’m trying to use different products these days and steer away from my Nyx dewy setting spray since it is 10 euro and the bottle isn’t that big. This spray was only 2.50 and its twice the size of the Nyx! I’m hoping this will work wonders!

Lastly I picked up the Garnier Moisture Matte moisturizer I got the combination moisturizer because I tend to get oily and dry in places so I’m hoping this will sort that out for me. I haven’t tried this yet , so again if you have tried out this product let me know what you think below!

Thanks so much for reading guys , if you have any questions feel free to ask below. If you have tried any of these products let me know what you think of them below in the comments also and I’ll get back to you!

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Rachael

How To: Get rid of Stubborn Spots

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Hi everyone!

Today I thought I would do a short post on how I got rid of the  pesky spots that never seem to budge no matter how religious I am with my skin care. Every now and again I suffer from those really REALLY annoying under the skin spots , you know those ones that don’t seem to go away and you actually think you’re growing a second head? THOSE! For the past few weeks my skin has been getting on my nerves no matter how good I am with my skin care these spots are for staying on my face!

I decided  I would go into Boots and scurry through the shelves and see what they had in the line of spot remedies. I heard on a few blogs that Witch hazel is extremely great for getting rid of spots because it fights the bacteria creating them! I picked up the little Witch Blemish Stick for an amazing €3.49! BARGAIN! and it if it was going to promise to get rid of my spots, all the more better! There’s  currently an offer on in Boots where you can buy one get one free.

I’ve been using this product now for a good week and the spots that I have been battling with for over 3 weeks are completely dead and on their way off of my face and out of my life. redness has been reduced and that sore sensitive feeling is completely gone. All I’ve got on my face are fading marks from were they once where! I am sooo impressed by this little product and it will become a staple in my skin care from now on.

Have you ever tried Witch Hazel when trying to get rid of spots? Or have you used this exact product? Did it work for you? I would love to hear your opinions in the comments below.

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Rachael

My Hair Care Routine ♡

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Hi everyone

so it dawned on me the other day that  I have never really posted anything to do with hair or hair care or hair maintenance, I’m not THAT big into hair, I know the style that suits me , the products that work for me so  I stick to them. I’m not one to venture out with my hair I’ve had 4 fringes in the past and hated them from the first cut ( I don’t know why I kept getting them) I’ve dyed my hair a grand total of 6 times and I’m only 19 ( is that a lot for my age?) the last time I dyed my hair I HATED it. I have naturally quite light brown hair with tints of natural blonde running through and I had dyed it so dark that I looked like a crow. Anyways I’ll stop rambling on about my hair nightmares and get onto the products I use when i wash my hair and when I come out of the shower.

I am in love with Trevor Sorbie products , I just adore them. They make my hair feel smooth and salon new , and I just can’t get enough of it! I use the Trevor Sorbie Straight Shampoo I tend to have straight hair anyways but sometimes it does kink a little so to get rid of kinks and waves I use this shampoo to get the ultimate straight shiny hair!

After the shampoo I got in with the Trevor Sorbie Rejuvenate Lightweight Conditioner. I have quite thin hair which can be annoying at times , it means that I can’t really do much with my hair in terms of giving it body or volume so I like to go in with this conditioner as I feel that it really works for me and does a great job! it also protects and strengthens so whats not to love?

When I get out of the shower and after I towel dry my hair roughly , I like to go in with a heat protecting spray I have to admit I’m not too good with keeping one at my house at all times. I usually run out quick and forget to get one for a long time. I use the Trevor Sorbie Straight Protect and Shine protecting spray. This smells soooo good! and actually makes me want to use it all the time and repurchase! I spray this all over my hair and in between layers etc to make sure that I have everywhere covered. I also make sure to get the ends also.

After I dry my hair and its bone dry ( I’m horrible at half drying my hair , I get so lazy!!) I put on some of the John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum I adore this serum. it makes my little fly aways stick down and not pop up to say hello throughout the day! it also helps create a healthy shine in my hair and makes it look silky smooth!

I feel like all these products in conjunction with each other are amazing and make my hair look so healthy even though  it could be doing with a bit of trim at the minute. I’ve used oils in the past but they made my hair frizzy and highlighted how brittle and dry it was , so I decided to stop using them and my hair looks better than it was now than when they were in my hair care. I usually wait 2-3 days to wash my hair spraying a little batiste in between washes so I don’t damage my hair.

I hope you enjoyed this random little post about my hair and took something new from it maybe? Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.

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Rachael

My Everyday Makeup Routine! ♡

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Hi Everyone!

So today I was just lying about my house , and I thought why not write a blog post? and I was trying to do something new , something I hadn’t done before and then I realized I hadn’t even posted my everyday makeup routine , so I thought I would write about it today and tell you how I apply it and all that jazz! I have all the products numbered on how I would apply them so it would make it a little easier. I’m not going to include skin care because I want to do a post on that later on , on my blog so I left that out.

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1. L’Oreal Infallible 24 hour Matte Foundation: This is now my holy grail foundation, I’ve finally found a foundation that I adore and that works best of my skin! I usually buff this in with a RT buffing brush but I have recently started bouncing a beauty blender over my face after it , it has given me the most flawless base ever! If you’d like to know more about this foundation you can read my full review on it HERE.

2. NYX HD Concealer: I’ve gone through two of these now and just love this product so much , a lot of people rave about how this is like the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealers , I’ve never tried them , so I can’t compare but these concealers are the best for highlighting aswell as covering up those pesky little imperfections! I apply this with a damp beauty blender to make sure its all blended in completely!

3. Bourjois Java Rice Powder: So I started off using this product as a highlighter because I had already owned a translucent powder and didn’t really need another so I multi-tasked and used it as a highlighter, since then my precious powder has ran out and I didn’t want to go and buy another so I thought I would use this since I already had it in my collection , and oh my god , this just makes your complexion look amazing , its so velvety and soft and makes your skin feel soft too! absolutely loving this powder!

4.Benefit Hoola Bronzer: ahhh Hoola , how I love thee! This bronzer is literally so amazing , it works on any skin tone whether you’re as pale as a ghost  or as sun kissed as a goddess, this bronzer will work on you its that universal! Its such a neutral tone that it doesn’t look orange or too grey on the skin it just looks like you’ve got such a beautiful tan! I have written all about this product HERE if you want to read more about it!

5.NYX Powder Blush in Angel: This blush is the perfect rosy blush! I find its perfect for any look that I go for , whether it be a glowy tanned look or a simple quick thrown together look. I use this because you literally cannot go wrong with it , it’s easily blendable and buildable!

6. Elf Eyebrow Kit in Light: I got this eyebrow kit from ShopMissA for 1 dollar! which is around maybe 89 cent in the republic of Ireland , bargain! this product is amazing , I didn’t hold up too much hope for it since it was only a dollar , but I’m glad I gave it a go since its become a staple in my makeup routine!

7.NYX Jumbo eye Pencil in Milk: A most loved and raved about product in the beauty community and a well worth loved and raved about product at that! I use this as a base and for carving out my brows! it makes eyeshadows stay on longer and also makes my eyebrows look hella fleekish!!

8. Sleek iDevine palette in Au Naturel: I’ve had this palette in my collection for some time now and I have to say its a love hate relationship , some of the colours are so creamy and buttery and blendable where most of the lighter shades can be more chalky and clumpy ( does this make sense? I dunno) I do however love the darker shades and use these shades to create a subtle “Halo Eye” which I have a How To blog post on how to achieve the look , you can read it HERE.

9.Essence Get Big Lashes Mascara: I love this mascara and with the price it is you really can’t go wrong , it combs through my lashes and just gives them a most needed lift! and yes , I do put on my mascara before my eyeliner… always have , always will! I wrote about this product HERE also.

10.Maybelline Eye Studio gel liner: I never used to be a big gel liner fan I usually leaned towards felt tip or liquid liners but recently I’ve gotten back into it and decided to give my maybelline eye studio a chance, it’s extremely creamy and easy to work with so I recommend it to those starting out with gel liner.

11. Estee Lauder Pure Colour in Hot Kiss Shimmer: If you’ve read my Top 4 Lipsticks post , you’ll remember I included this lipstick , this lippie is amazing! its a browny mauvey sort of colour that just goes with any type of skin tone , I wore it at my palest and I wore it at my tannest ( I get pretty dark especially when I go clubbing) I adore this lipstick but also quite sad that it was limited edition and I’m running out!!

Thanks so much for reading guys , I really enjoyed writing this post for you all , I thought I would do something a little different since I love mixing it up now and again , if you have any questions don’t hesitate , just ask below and I’ll get back to you! Do you have any recommendations on future posts? I would love to hear your opinions!

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Rachael

Full Review: L’oreal Infallible 24 hour Matte Foundation

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Hi Everyone!

Today I’m going to review one of the most raved about foundations on the planet these days and it’s the L’Oreal Infallible 24 hour Matte Foundation. This foundation is being talked about on every platform online and it’s really no surprise! Many Youtubers and Beauty Bloggers use this foundation and swear by it so I thought I would do a full , in depth review on this product for you all today. Including a makeup look I did with it and how it held up throughout the night. I picked this product up because I seen Desi Perkins and LustreLux on Youtube rave about it and their foundation is always flawless so I thought I would give it a go!

Packaging

Nothing too special about the packaging on this one , but it is rather sleek and matte, perfect for the sort of foundation thats inside! I’m actually loving the fact that its in a tube , I’ve never actually owned a foundation in tube form but it does remind me of the MAC studio sculpt foundation with its long tube packaging.

Smell

Okay… the smell, probably one of the things people will either love or hate about it , personally I like it , it smells like MAC foundation a little “paint” like and strong , but I sort of like that smell, It reminds me of the smell of higher end foundations and that’s one of the things that caught my attention about it in the first place!

Coverage

Oh … my …. god! The coverage! As someone who loves their full coverage high end foundations I absolutely adore this drugstore one! the coverage is unbelievable! Applying this foundation is a dream, I buff it into my skin with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush and it just offers such an amazing coverage , any little imperfections is more than covered with this foundation. If you love full coverage I would 100% recommend this foundation , If you like more of a natural look, this one isn’t for you! I can build this up and it will NEVER EVER look cakey! I literally thanked the foundation gods when I had this on…. just wow!

Texture

The texture to this foundation is sort of a mixture , I don’t find it at all overly thick but it isn’t liquidy either, putting on the back of my hand it doesn’t run right away but there is a budge which I like because it lets me work with the product and place more on where I feel I need it. Its a thin texture which is strange for its full coverage but Its one of the features of this product I adore. Who doesn’t love looking flawless and  feeling like they aren’t wearing any makeup?

Price

Another one of the great things about this product is its price, for something that feels so high end and so expensive on the skin this retails for an amazing 12.29 , I actually picked up 2 because L’Oreal had an offer on (The Offer is still available to people in Ireland I’m not too sure about the UK) that you could get 2 products for 18!

Onto the most important question….How long does it last? I can honestly say that the 24 hour mark on this foundation is without a doubt the truth! I put this foundation on at 4pm I then went to one of my friends parties and went for a few drinks and didn’t come home until 4am! a full 12 hours later and my foundation was as perfect as it was the minute I placed it on my face! amazing!

This is a picture of the foundation along with powder, contour , blush , bronzer the whole Shabang! It completely covered any imperfections and I felt like I didn’t need much concealer in the end because it did such a great job, I literally just highlighted my face and off I went!

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I hope you enjoyed this indepth review guys. I really wanted to take my time and write down my thoughts! This foundation has actually passed the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation that used to be my holy grail I wrote about the Bourjois Foundation  HERE .

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Rachael