Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Thursday, June 30, 2016

New in Beauty Review: Urban Decay, Mac, Benefit, The Body Shop

I LOVE trying out new products and I always look to other bloggers for their honest reviews and opinions before I go and buy them myself. I bought a few makeup and skincare items recently and have been putting them to the test over the last few weeks. I feel that I  have given them a proper test run and can give a more honest review of them now.

This haul is a mish mash of new products and repurchases such as Benefit's Hoola, POREfessional and the Eyelure Lashes. 

I have definitely found some new favourites within this bunch and was  most impressed with the Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop and the Dragon's Blood Fix Daily Cleansing Pads by Nip+Fab. .



Camomile Cleansing Butter, The Body Shop, £13
Camomile is known for it's soothing and purifying properties and this cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It takes off eye makeup without the stinging or dragging effect and leaves skin feeling hydrated instead of dry and tight. I will definitely repurchase this again.

Exaggerate Eyelashes in no.140 & 141, Eyelure London, £5.45 ea
If you have hooded eyes like me and want a full, dramatic lash for evening time, both of these lashes are perfect! The 140s are fuller and give a graduated effect whereas the 141s are more of a wispy style with the inner, middle, end lashes all being the same length. I always cut off a small section of the inner corner of the lashes as I find that they are too wide and end up dragging my eye down at the outer corners if I don't. Both styles are longtime favourites of mines and I always find myself gravitating back towards them. 

Hoola Mini 4g, Benefit, £9.95
I haven't used this bronzer in years but I know that it is a cult favourite. I recently ran out of my Smashbox contour and wanted to try something different. After hearing so many great reviews about Hoola I decided to try it again. I didn't want to commit to buying the full size in case I didn't like it so the mini travel size was perfect and because I travel alot it made sense to get a smaller size anyway. It's very pigmented, easy to blend and is a lovely ashy, cool tone that gives a very natural contour.

The POREfessional Mini 8ml, £9.95
This is definitely my holy grail primer and know it is a favourite for many others too. It just does exactly what it is supposed to do - minimise pores and create an even base for foundation. If I have any dry patches it glides over them and doesn't flake anywhere which gets a huge thumbs up from me. I've tired other primers both high end and cheaper alternatives but I always gravitate back to this product. 

Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Stone, £15.50
This is one that I have always admired on others but never thought I'd be brave enough to try this myself. It is a very grey toned brown but it is surprisingly wearable and does not leave teeth looking yellow. It is a matte texture so it stays well but can get very drying after a while.

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray 30ml, £10
This is a very refreshing spray that can be in the same way as Mac Fix+ - before you apply your base or if your makeup is starting to appear cakey after a few hours wear. This is a nice product to have but it's not a holy grail for me and I have found other products to have the same effect on my skin such as a thermal water spray that is a third of the price. (You can get the Avéne Eau Thermale spray in Boots for £3).

So that concludes my mini beauty haul! Have you tried anything recently that is a new favourite? Please let me know!
Rachael O ♥
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Body Shop Vit E Duo

First of all before I get into why these two products are my holy grail of skincare, I need to apologize for being MIA. Dancing became my full time job in October and things became so hectic I just didn't have the time to post anything worthwhile; and then of course, the longer you leave it the harder it is to come back... (I'm not even sure if I know what I'm doing.)

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Anyway, now that that's out of the way I can get back to what this post is really about!



I started using the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil along with the Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream more than a year ago. My skin type is dry-normal but usually more on the dry side. When it is going through a rough patch it is literally that. Rough patches EVERYWHERE. 

So I began searching reviews online of affordable products targeted towards dry skin. When I saw that Skincare Queen +Caroline Hirons approved of the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil I knew I had to try it. 

The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is £15 and the Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream is £13; however, The Body Shop also sell these in a set for £20 which is much better value and the one I keep repurchasing.


According to +The Body Shop Ireland :
  • Skin feels recharged, replenished and softer
  • Non-greasy, fast absorbing formula
  • Skin looks fresher, rested and more radiant
I have to agree with their claims as the thing I love most about this oil is that it really absorbs into the skin. You can feel it working and doesn't sit on top leaving a greasy film behind like many other products I've tried over the years.

I apply a few drops of the oil at night, leave it to absorb for a few minutes and the apply the Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream on top.
If my skin is feeling quite dry before I put makeup on, I will apply a drop or two before I use my day time moisturiser.

If you have dry-normal skin and it feels a bit on the dry side or is looking quite lacklustre in general, definitely try this Vit E duo. You'll be as hooked as I am!

Rachael O ♥
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream

It terms of BB Cream, Garnier is my go to brand when I want a nice sheer, breathable coverage. However, I have just finished the last of it and instead of repurchasing it for the fourth time I wanted to try something new. I have just gone back to work and the air-con/ central heating is wreaking havoc on my skin! Anything too heavy just leaves my skin looking dull and caked so BB Cream is definitely the best thing for a light even coverage. I swatched a few different BB Creams from Maybelline and L'Oréal in Boots and the Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream just felt like the most moisturising one with the best coverage.



Rimmel 9 in 1 is quite thick in texture in comparison to other BB Creams which is something that I like as it gives a better lasting coverage. The finish is Semi- Matte which is exactly what I want need for daytime; I like to pair it with the No.7 Instant Radiance Cream Highlight and the Maybelline Eraser Concealer to give a dewy and glowy look.



It claims to: prime, moisturise, minimize pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and help protect. I definitely didn't pick this up as a multi-purpose product and if I did I would have to say that it doesn't tick all nine boxes. I needed to use separate products to prime, highlight and conceal  as this product doesn't do that, It is moisturising, has a medium coverage, feels lightweight on the skin and has an SPF of 25 which is all that I look for in a BB Cream so it is a thumbs up for me! 

If you have any BB Cream recommendations please let me know below!
Rachael O 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Budget Beauty Buys at Penneys/Primark

There is nothing that I love more than a bargain when it comes to beauty products so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you! All of these items are from the P.S. Love range in Penneys/ Primark which means that they are easy to get your hands on and if you find that you don't like them at least you won't be out a fortune! 



Makeup Brush Cleaner 125ml, €2.50
I have previously written a blog post on the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner, here,stating how handy it is for keeping your makeup brushes clean in between giving them a deep clean. However, the Cinema Secrets one is twice the price with only half the contents in comparison to the P.S. Love Brush Cleaner from Penneys! I was pleasantly surprised by how good the Penneys counterpart is and will definitely be purchasing more in the future!

False Nails in Fashion & French, €1.50
These False Nails are perfect for an event or night out and are so easy to apply! The glue that comes with them does the trick but if you want them to last a little bit longer it is better to buy some Broadway Nail Glue and use it instead. The only thing about these nails is they aren't going to fit everyone's nails perfectly but for €1.50 can you really complain!? I love the polished look that these nails give for such a tiny price tag!

30PK Individual Lashes, €1.50
These are by far my favourite budget beauty buy from Penneys/Primark. I have a pack of unopened individual lashes from Eylure that I never seem to gravitate towards. I love the fluttery effect of these P.S. Love lashes and they look so natural applied to the outer corners of the top lashes. I am wearing them in this picture below along with a Wet N Wild Lipstick in "Cherry Picking"(which can also be found in Penneys). The Ardell Demi Wispies are my all time favourite strip lashes but are quite pricey and the P.S. Love lashes are like the Demi Wispies in Individual Lash form!



What are your favourite budget beauty items?
Rachael O 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette

I can't seem to get enough of the Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette lately and have been using it religiously since I got it. The powders are soft and pigmented and blend easily and the palette itself is so compact it fits perfectly in my makeup bag. 


The bronzer is mostly neutral with a slight red undertone - this only became noticeable when I used it as a brow powder. I use this bronzer as a natural everyday eyeshadow also so it is definitely a multi use product. The highlight shade is quite subtle but build-able  for a more glowy finish. 

My least favourite of all three is the blush shade as it contains flecks of shimmer and is slightly less pigmented than the other two powders and you need to apply much more to achieve the same colour pay-off. However, in spite of this the Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette is a current beauty favourite of mines! You can buy it on Superdrug for £9.99.


What are your favourite Sleek products?
Rachael O 
Friday, June 19, 2015

The Sister Tag

My little sister made a guest appearance in my tag video today. Just some lighthearted, easy viewing that I hope you will enjoy!





If you have already filmed this tag video please leave a link below!
Rachael O 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to clean your Beauty Blender

It is a well known fact that makeup brushes and applicators are a breeding ground for bacteria. Washing your brushes and sponges regularly can help prevent breakouts and is especially important for those that suffer from acne.

I find it relatively easy to clean my brushes with my Cinema Secrets brush cleaner and clean them routinely every week; you can read the post here. However, trying to wash my Real Techniques Complexion Sponge was a whole different story. I always found that it never felt completely clean and almost impossible to get those foundation stains to budge!

That was until I found a trick that kills bacteria, removes foundation stains and leaves your sponge looking and feeling fresh. If you want to find out what to do just watch the video below.



If you have any brush cleaning tips please share!
Rachael O 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Budget Beauty: Seventeen Cosmetics Makeup Brushes

I was eyeing up the Real Techniques Bold Metal range in Boots recently when I spotted a seemingly new launch from Seventeen Cosmetics.  Won over by the cheap price and having not heard anything in the media about these brushes I decided I would review two of them to see what the quality was like. There are four brushes available in this range: Powder & Blush Brush, Eye-shadow Brush, Angled Eyeliner Brush and Lip Brush. I opted for the Cheek and Eyeshadow brushes as these are two I would get the most use out of. 


Surely two makeup brushes for the bargain price of £4.98 wouldn't be that great I thought? WRONG! The bristles are 100% synthetic but feel quite soft against the skin. They don't feel harsh and plastic-y unlike typical cheap makeup brushes. I have also found that they don't shed easily which is another massive bonus. I used my Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner as normal to wash these and they came out looking like new again.

I also think that these are the ideal choice to pop into your clutch bag on a night out for touch ups. I can honestly say that there is nothing worse than losing an expensive MAC brush on a night out and feeling begrudged to replace it. At least if you lose one of these it won't break the bank to run to boots and pick up a new one. You can shop the Seventeen Brush collection here.

Let me know what you think if you've tried them! 
Rachael O 
Friday, March 13, 2015

Makeup Haul #1

I've accumulated quite a few beauty products in the last few weeks and thought I'd share my thoughts on them with you. I happened to be in Heathrow Airport in February and naturally spend my time perusing the Duty Free makeup; of course this led me to pick up a lipstick or two from Mac (which is completely OK because they're only £12.90 each and usually retail at £15.50).



Mac Matte Lipstick in Heroine
This is a vibrant violet/purple with a matte finish that is surprisingly wearable and not to out there if you know how to wear it. I have mixed feelings about matte finish lipsticks and this one can be quite drying and flaky if you don't apply a lip balm beforehand.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation in 021 Nude/Beige
The Dream Flawless Nude foundation is a new launch from Maybelline and has been making the rounds on many beauty blogs lately. I have to say that I really like this foundation in spite of it's weird water based consistency and dropper style applicator. Maybelline claim that it gives the appearance of a "second skin" and I have to agree; it is very silky, not at all cakey, and has a semi matte finish that covers pores and imperfections quite well. Although I radiate towards a more high coverage foundation for evening wear such as Benefit's Playstick, Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude offers the perfect day to day coverage.

Mac Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up
All Fired Up is described as a "bright fuchsia matte" but in my opinion it's the perfect merge of pink and red. It is an excellent transition shade into spring/summer and really helps to make your complexion look more alive when you're having a dull skin day. I would recommend applying a lip balm before using this lipstick too.

Rimmel Brow This Way in 02 Medium Brown
Benefit's Brow Zings will always be my favourite brow kit however, if you're budget can't stretch that far then Rimmel's Brow This Way is a much cheaper alternative. The kit contains a brow powder, brow wax, a mini spoolie and a mini angled brush. The only complaint I have with this product is the very limited shade range, medium brown or dark brown. I cannot understand why they don't have a shade in blonde as they do with their Brow This Way Gel.

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Warm Beige
I do like this foundation but so far I don't love it and wouldn't rush out to repurchase it. The consistency is quite waxy which reminds me of Mac Studio Fix and it gives a medium coverage. It is marketed as being "weather proof and transfer-proof, it won't cake or flake on dry skin, nor slide or shine on oily skin." It also boasts of "up to 24 hours wear" and whilst it did last quite well I did have to reapply it in places. I have yet to trial this on a night out to test it's staying power and camera flashback; it is a nice foundation just nothing WOW.

Travalo Fragrance Atomizer 5ml
This is a handy travel sized product for bringing your favourite perfume on the go whether it be in your handbag or in your clutch bag. The instructions on how to decant your perfume into the Travalo is very straight forward and easy to do. These are quite pricey for what they are but much cheaper in Duty Free and you can also get cheaper alternatives on Amazon. It definitely helps make your handbag that bit lighter (so you can throw more unnecessary things into it of course) without the worry of dropping and smashing your perfume.


Rachael O 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

November Favourites

Here is a round up of the products that I've been using religiously this month and a few reasons why I've been loving them so much!



Catrice Camouflage Cream €5.69
This concealer is creamy in consistency and is best suited for covering blemishes and redness. I think it's a brilliant dupe for Benefit's Bong Concealer and for €5.69 it's worth trying!

NYX Creamy Lipstick in B52 €5.49
This colour is the perfect neutral every day shade. It's creamy as the name suggests but also has great staying power and doesn't need to be reapplied that often throughout the day. I love this lipstick and will be purchasing more colours from this range soon.

Max Factor Miracle Touch Blusher in Soft Candy €9.99
The soft texture of this blusher is ideal duringthe Winter months when skin is particularly prone to being dry and flaky. The best product for natural looking flushed cheeks.

Soap and Glory The Perfect Ten €20.50
A mixture of matte and shimmer shades, this is an excellent palette that is evocative of the Naked Eyeshadow Palette range. The eyeshadows themselves are easy to blend and are also quite pigmented. The large mirror on the inside makes it handy for doing make up on the go!

Catrice Ligh Reflecting Concealer €5.69
I am quite prone to under eye darkness and have so far been impressed by this product. I am always trying out new concealers to find one that ticks all the boxes but have settled on this one (for now!) It has a definite YSL Touche Eclat feel to it and will be a repurchase.

Touch of Silver Shampoo by Provoke €2.99
I have been using this shampoo for over 2 years now and don't know how I ever lived without it! (I have been getting highlights for over 10 years). This keeps hair from looking brassy in between highlights and gives blonde hair a nice silver tone.

Topshop Lipstick in Beguiled €9
The perfect mixture of a berry and red for a Winter make up look. It is quite creamy and because of this it needs to be applied often throughout the day. This lipstick looks beautiful paired with a gold eye and lots of highlighter.

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Body Lotion in Cocoa Butter €7.49
Garnier is my favourite go to brand for body lotions and I have been using this particular one since September. I use this about 3 times a week and just after a shower to lock in moisture. The thing I love most about this is the fact that it is super moisturising but doesn't feel greasy. The 400ml bottle also lasts ages and I will be buying this when it runs out.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara €9.99
My eyelashes are naturally long but it's hard to find and all purpose mascara that gives both length and volume. This is a fibre formula mascara and the wand is quite small so it's easy to work with and most importantly doesn't clump. Some people don't rate this but once mine is empty I will be repurchasing. Love it!


What have been your favourite products of the month?

- Rachael O 



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Highstreet Vs Highend: Highlighters (Benefit, No.7)

I've always loved the look of dewy, glowy skin even in Winter so it's no surprise that I've tried many highlighters. Benefit's High Beam and the Instant Radiance Highligher from No.7 are two of my absolute favourites but with two very different price points & applicators.

Highbeam by Benefit is a brush on highlighter in a nail polish type packaging. It is suitable for everyday wear but I prefer to keep it for going out as I find it that it is more iridescent than the No.7 one and is noticeably more glowy in photos. The only problem I have had with Highbeam is this: when I used to wear Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation it would cause the foundation underneath to come off/ leave a streak.
In contrast, the No.7 is a better price point and the crayon type applicator makes for a very easy and mess free application.

Where to apply: to tops of cheekbones in a C shape to outter edge of eyebrow. 

Suitable for all skin types even oily skin. For people with oily skin: make sure t-zone area (forehead, nose, chin) are have been powdered. 

Even though both of these highlighters are champagne in colour, the No.7 Instant Radiance will only suit fair skin tones wheras Highbeam is suitable for all fair- medium skin tones. For those with a dark complexion it is best to use a gold based highligher like Sunbeam from Benefit or the Instance Radiance Highlighter in the golden shade.

As much as I love the No.7 highlighter, Benefit's Highbeam is the winner for me.
If you have the budget then splash out on Highbeam but if not then you will no be disappointed by the  Instant Radiance Highlighter by No. 7 (you can't go wrong with €12.95!)

*Tip: if skin is looking dull and needs a boost then mix a tiny drop of highbeam with your foundation.

I hope that you found this post helpful if you are new to the world of highlighters. I would love to know what your favourite highlighter is?

Benefit Highbeam
No. 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
- Rachael O