Winter Appropriate Makeup ♡

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Hi Guys ,

Look who’s being productive on the blog this week! I’ve been thinking a lot the past month on how I could change up my makeup and incorporate different products into my daily makeup  routine and make my “look” more “Winter appropriate” so I decided to sit down to a lovely cup of tea as the rain beats down outside and write about the products that can simply change up the look of your makeup to make you look like you’re ready to take on Winter!

In the colder months some women tend to get a little drier than usual , so I swap my usual L’Oreal infallible matte foundation for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, this is a very dewy foundation so it will give you a glow even if you suffer from dry skin.

Winter is all about those dark red , cranberry lips and a staple in my Winter makeup is the Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick in 107 , this is a much raved about , much loved product in the beauty community and so it should be. It’s an amazing dark red that just makes a statement!

Golden eyes is a must for the winter , it shows off a bit of glitz and glamour and adds that sparkle to your eyes , personally I love golden eyes for the Christmas season because to me it just reminds me of how festive this time of year is! I love adding the Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow to the center of my lids because it makes your eyes appear bigger and sparkly  , keeping with eyeshadow I found a 15 warm coloured eyeshadow Palette on ebay a while back and thought that it would be perfect for creating warm toned looks for the winter. I adore the redish brown in the center for a crease colour to add something a little different to the look.

I don’t know about anyone else but i love glitter during Christmas , sometimes it can be a little bit of a task trying to get rid of any residue it leaves behind , but it adds something new to your makeup. I got the Collection Glam Crystals a while back and wanted to try something different with them , I actually add this to my inner corner of my eye when I do all matte on my eyes , I feel it really makes my eyes pop and its something different and cool for the winter.

Blush is a huge element that could change your makeup for the better during this season! I find deeper blushes to be amazing for this time of year. The Catrice Illuminating Blush in ” I am Nuts about You” is the perfect colour to be going into Winter with.

I tend to use less bronzer during Winter , because I feel I want to keep my makeup looking as season appropriate as possible  I also change my foundation to a shade lighter than usual because I feel it flatters the deeper colours a lot more I find highlighting and contouring during the Winter to look a little full on so I do tend not to use a lot of contour and only highlight slightly so I look as natural as possible.

Thanks so much for reading guys , hopefully you found some of this helpful , if you would like a mini tutorial on this look , feel free to comment below and I’ll get to it! if you have any questions leave them below and I’ll get back to you!

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xoxo

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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xoxo

Rachael

Vanity Tour 2015

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Hi Everyone!

So I decided to add in a little something different to the posts that I normally do and have opted to show you my vanity through video. I thought it was a quicker and easier way to show you my vanity and was so much fun to film. I love the idea of starting my own youtube channel so I decided why not make a vanity tour my first video? I’ll list below where I have gotten everything from,

Malm Dressing Table- Ikea

Brush Holders- Ikea ( originally candle holders and flower pots)

Silver candle holder – Ikea

Containers – Ikea

Acrylic storage – I got this from a little discount store in my area  for around 20 euro but I’m sure you can find other storage like this on amazon or ebay.

Mirrored Light – boots

I am currently waiting to get some hollywood lights and a big old mirror up but wanted to get this version of my vanity up first because I was too excited and I also wanted to see how the process would look like getting everything ready and sorted. I hope you enjoyed this rather differnet post and don’t forget to thumbs up the video!! It would mean a lot!

I know the quality isn’t superb I’m still getting used to some things but I’m hoping i’ll get better at editing and all that jazz later on!It literally looks like I filmed on a potato but I’m sure I’ll be A OK once I have my better camera on me!

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xoxo

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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xoxo

Rachael

How To: Warm Neutral Look ♡

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Hi Everyone!

I thought I would do another step by step eye tutorial because my Halo Eye tutorial proved very popular on my blog. I decided to opt for something a little warmer this time as the last one was a very cool shimmery sort of look and this one is warm and matte. I used three eyeshadows ONLY ( which is huge for me I usually use at least 6 to get a desired look , is that too much? I don’t know haha ) so lets get into this super quick easy eyeshadow look!

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1. I applied a light layer of my Collection lasting perfection concealer to my eyelid and blended it out this acted as a base for my eyeshadows , I then took a matte white eyeshadow that I got from my Sleek Au Naturel palette and applied that all over the lid to set the concealer.

2. I then applied a light application of my Hola Bronzer to my crease and upper crease , working the colour in well and blending it out , I applied at least 4 layers of this to get the desired look that I wanted I used a lighter hand as I got closer to my eyebrow and less product, Hola is such a great crease colour because it compliments the entire look if you have the bronzer on your face also. It makes your crease appear naturally deep and therefore making your eyes look bigger.

3. Using a tiny little tapered fluffy brush I then went in with the colour Chocolate from the W7 In the Buff Palette and worked that into my crease area ONLY I used about 3 layers of this to really deepen the crease up

4.For the Lower lashes I took Hola on a large fluffy brush and swept it under my eye , I find that using a large fluffy brush for this works the best since it gives you that really instense blending out look, I then took a pencil brush and applied the Chocolate colour close to my lash line making sure it wasn’t going as low as the Hola.

5. To top the look off I lined my water line with NYX jumbo eye pencil in milk to make the look pop and used the Maybelline gel liner for my Liner.

Thanks so much for reading guys , I hope you enjoyed this super quick spur of the moment post , I thought I would make this a regular sort of thing because I love doing makeup and showing people what you can achieve with a few brushes and a little eyeshadow palette. Also .. lets not talk about my brows I’m currently growing them out to be able to get HD brows so excuse them haha!

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xoxo

Rachael

What’s in my Bag? ♡

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Hi Everyone!

I thought I would do this tag today , I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time now but was never really comfortable with how much clutter and excuse my french but shit , that has been in my bag. I should probably start off and say that I am a bag obsessed freak!! For as long as I can remember I have always loved hand bags and I needed to buy a new one almost every week. I can honestly say my obsession with hand bags has now gone to the back of my head and I’ve purchased maybe 3 tops this year.

The bag I am currently using is on I got from H&M for €50. A little pricey I know but I had my eye on it for quite some time and decided why not? I can treat myself now! So lets delve into the contents!

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1. Makeup Bag: I got this makeup bag from River Island and it was a birthday gift from my friend Sarah , I can never go a day without touching up my makeup be it either my mascara or my lippy , I NEED my makeup bag with me at all times. I have a Whats in my Makeup Bag post on moi blog which you can read all about HERE.

2. Detangler: Another necessity for me, I get extremely unruly hair, it knots so bad , to the point I can’t use a normal brush, my hair is quite thin and not in the best condition it could be in so this helps with not ripping my hair out of my skull … so yes a life saver!

3.Purse: Probably one of the most important things that everyone should have in their bag. I actually have 2 purses one for my notes and euros , and then another for small change , I can’t stand it when my change is all in my purse because I can’t stand mess!

4.Sunglasses: I’m forever hopeful that the weather in Ireland will pick up… aren’t we all?

5.Keys: Handy for when you don’t want to be locked out of your house and when you’re out late drinking and you need to get in the door! again a necessity

6: Passport: Life is hard when you look like a 4 year old when you’re actually 19. Gotta keep that ID on me!

7. Lynx  for Women: Pretty obvious why I would carry this about. I wanna smell good and I really like this scent so it works for me! Nobody likes a smelly person.

8: iPhone: I like to keep in contact with people , I have the iphone 4s , I should probably upgrade because this phone is absolutely terrible for its battery , its dead within  2 hours off the charge. Has anyone else got this problem or is it just me? let me know

That’s really all I have in my bag , Its massive and I literally have nothing in it haha! Nothing surprising nothing too unusual I suppose. I hope you liked this post , its something I haven’t done before but I actually enjoyed writing it. I love reading these types of posts cause deep down I’m a little curious to know what else I should probably have in my bag.

I feel like I have enough in my bag I don’t want to clutter it with stuff I wouldn’t use like my past bags ( I had sweets , a toothbrush , wipes and water bottles in it!)

Thanks so much for reading guys you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see what I get up to when I don’t blog!

xoxo

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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xoxo

Rachael