Showing posts with label makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label makeup. 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 ♥
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Try it out Thursday - Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer

I don't know about anyone else but I ALWAYS seem to be on the hunt for that FACE CHANGING brightening concealer that would rival Kimmy K. I have a few that I REALLY like but none that I am obsessed with! 

I am a big fan of the Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer to hide any spots and redness so when I heard that they were launching a Liquid Concealer Version I could not wait to try it! 



I have been on the lookout for it the last few weeks and most of the Catrice Makeup Stands don't seem to have it but I spotted it in Mc Faddens Pharmacy in Letterkenny yesterday and almost ran to the till...

The only downside is the limited shade range, there are only two shades available: 010 Porcellain, 020 Light Beige. I bought the lightest shade and although this is a good match I would have preferred something a bit lighter again to give me an even brighter finish.

The consistency itself is quite creamy and does not cake or settle into fine lines. The coverage is medium but build-able so again it will not cake if you apply a second layer on top.


It's only early days but I REALLY like this concealer and for €3.49 how could you not???

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 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mac Fix+ Dupe: Nivea Refreshing Toner

If there is one product that I see Makeup Artists continuously use in tutorials it's Fix+ by Mac: "Helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application." I've always been intrigued to see if it would make a difference to the finish of my makeup and when I found a dupe for it on Pinterest I had to give it a try. I picked up a bottle of the Nivea Refreshing Toner and also bought a travel sized spray bottle from Superdrug to transfer it into. 


Mac Fix+ and the Nivea Refreshing Toner are both water based products with similar ingredients such as glycerin and hydrogenated caster oil.
As I suffer from dry/dehydrated skin I find this so refreshing and hydrating to apply before makeup and after I set it so that it appears less "powdery."

Uses: 
Skin Refresher/ Finishing Mist NOT a setting spray. 
Spritz onto beauty blender before applying foundation for a more natural finish.
Spritz onto eyeshadow brush before applying baked/shimmer eyeshadows to give a more vibrant effect.
Spray after setting with powder so the powder sets into your skin and the finish is less "cakey".
Use with gel liner that has hardened in the pot to break up the product so that it will glide on easily.


The Nivea Refreshing Toner retails for €4.79 for 200ml in comparison to Mac Fix+ which costs around €18.50 for only 100ml.

If you have any makeup or skincare dupes I would love to hear them!
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 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sick Day Makeup

So it is the first day of 2015 and I am still sick. Even though I 'm feeling like absolute crap I decided that I didn't want to feel ugly too so I took ten minutes out of lying in bed to throw some make up on. (I feel so much better for it already). 



I kept things simple on my eyes with one swipe of eye shadow and a few coats of mascara. I also used white eye liner to make my glazed eyes look brighter. On my face I kept the base light by using a BB cream. A few swipes of bronzer and a cream blusher were used to add some colour to my pale face and bucket loads of concealer and highlighter to fake a glow. For my lips I used a lip liner that matches my lip colour and put a similar colour of lip balm over the top.



Face: NSpa Illuminating Beauty Serum, Benefit POREfessional, Garnier BB Cream in Light, Sephora Bronzer in Medium, MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter, MUA Cover&Conceal, Catrice Camouflage Cream, Max Factor Miracle Touch Cream Blush in 07 Sofy Candy.
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Liar), Soap and Glory Thick&Fast Mascara, Rimmel Kohl eye liner in Pure White.
Lips: Essence Lip Liner in Soft Mauve, Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Berry Soft.



Nope, it's not a cow pyjama hoody but a Disney Dalmatian one and it's an absolute essential for sick days! -So warm, fluffy and cosy.


I hope you all had a lovely New Year!
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