June Favorites // Makeup, Hair Products and More!

Hi Guys!

I can’t believe it’s this time already, time for my favorites of the month! This means that I’ve been running my blog for a month already, time flies when you’re having fun! 

So this month I have mainly beauty products but there are a few bits of both hair products and others so lets start with the makeup! ❀

Firstly there is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft, this is the most beautiful coloured lip product that i’ve ever used, so unique! The formulation is so creamy to put on and the larger doe foot applicator makes the application process really easy.  I don’t need to rave any more about this product because I just think it’s wonderful!

  
Secondly is the Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water, this is another amazing product that i’ve recently done a review on, this is such a refreshing products as it doesn’t leave any film on the skin like any other products that claim to set the product on the skin.  I am really enjoying using the product and find that it really is worthy of its cult beauty item claim!

  
Next is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, this highlight is LIFE, talk about highlight on fleeeeek.  This is going to be my next product in the Cult Beauty Product reviews but this is such an amazing highlight, I would recommend this shade to any skintones!

   

  

Next is a brush set that I got on eBay at the begining of the month, I believe these brushes were under Β£2 including delivery.  They did take a while to come as they came from China but they were worth the wait for sure, they are supposed to be a dupe for sigma brushes which are really popular amongst beauty bloggers!  I’m really enjoying using these brushes as they blend the products on the lid wonderfully!

  
The next product is the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer, this is a hair “mascara” in the sense that it is applied with a mascara wand, this a repurchase of mine as I brought it last year for use at my wedding.  It is gently applied to the roots of the hair where there is ‘flyaway’ hairs and smoothed down, it really helps with my frizz as I have naturally curly hair!

  
That’s it all done with my beauty favorites of the month, now onto my non beauty related products.

 
I brought these cat vans yesterday and I am IN LOVE (naturally as i’m cat obsessed!) I have wanted these shoes ever since they came out and when I saw that they were half price at Office, I had to buy them without even trying them on!

  

Next is this floral bag that my Dad brought me, It’s a really perfect size for carrying my work stuff and college books in with extra room for putting my lunch in! I think this is going to be my staple bag for work this summer! πŸ˜€
 
Finally is my veterinary anatomy and physiology text book, yes I know I’m a nerd but I’m really enjoying going through my book for revision every spare moment that I’m getting (when i’m not writing my blog πŸ˜‰ )  I find that I revise best going through my text book in a local order highlighting key points and quizzing myself as I go along!  I’m sitting my exam on the 16th July (I’m so nervous!!!) so hopefully all my revision will pay off! 

Okay so that concludes my favorites for the month, I hope you enjoyed this post!  I’d love to know what your favorites are from this month and/or if you own any of these items yourself! 

Love

Rhia xo

Haul Time! // Mac, Lush and Office!

Hi Guys

Today I went shopping with my husband to Nottingham to get some bits (although I didn’t come away with what I actually went in for!) I got a few bits from Mac that I have been eyeing up for ages, along with some shoes with are AMAZING!

  
(Hektor helping me take photos!)

Starting with my shoes – They are the Vans ASPCA Cat shoes, they are amazing!! I got them on sale from Office and they came to Β£25 which is a bargin as I was considering paying full price (Β£51.99) for them!  I really like Vans as I can’t really wear shoes that aren’t flat as I get a lot of problems with my hips.

 
 Next I got a few essentials from Boots which I have needed to pick up for the past week.

   
 Cotton wool pads for skincare, oil absorbing sheets as these are a summer essential and I also got some cotton wool buds (not pictured).  I know these aren’t very interesting but I like to see what everyone else uses for their day to day items πŸ™‚ 

Next onto the best part – the Mac haul!

 

I got a Mac 263 angled eyeliner brush for applying gel eyeliner as my one I am using currently is a cheapy off eBay and it is loosing hairs RAPIDLY.

  
Secondly I got two Pro Longwear Paintpots, the first shade I got was Painterly (bottom shade) which is what I am going to use as an eyeshadow base/eye primer.  The second shade I got was Rubinesque (top shade), can we just have a moment of appreciation for this colour <3.  This is such a stunning colour and the camera doesn’t pick up how utterly beautiful the shine, reflect and vibrancy this gives off! I am going to have a play with this tomorrow and let you guys know what I come up with! 

  
Finally I got a lipstick but this is a present for my mummy for her birthday (it’s on monday) so I can’t tell you what it is yet until she gets her present.

Last but not least I went to lush to see my sister who works there and ended up picking up the Love Soap (come on who can resist glitter and limited editions!)

This soap smells just like fizzbanger the bath bomb which is one of my favorites so I love the scent of this.  It’s really fresh and clean smelling too! 

  

Last but not least a cheesy photo taken by my sister at the store to go on the Lush Nottingham instagram (i’m on instagram under the username @catsandcontours)

  
Lots of love

Rhia xo

Cult Beauty Product // Smashbox Primer Water Review

Hi Guys!

The post today is something that I am hoping that I will be making a feature to post one of these every week.  I am going to be going through all my products and reviewing all the ‘cult’ beauty products, giving my honest opinions on them.

The first cult beauty product is going to be the Smashbox Primer Water (as you would have guessed from the title!) This is something I picked up a week or so ago as I have been wanting it for MONTHS.  Literally every time I went near a Smashbox counter I would go and spray myself with this product to make sure that I wouldn’t have a reaction and that I would use it once I finally decided to purchase it.  

  
The price is the first and only negative about this product.  It is a little steep at the price of Β£20 but for that you get 116ml/3.9fl oz of ‘water’.  This is slightly more expensive than the Mac Fix+ which is Β£15.50 but you only get 100ml of product for that.  

The smell is really plesent, there isn’t really much of a smell but it is really light and refreshing what smell is there.  If I were to describe the smell I would say it was very lightly floral smelling but overall it is only a mist of floral.

Once spraying on the face (following instruction – Spray 8″-10″ away from the face and mist evenly) it feels wet for a few seconds (but doesn’t make the makeup move) but then quickly evaporates and doesn’t leave any sort of film on the face.

 
The action of the product is initially as a primer for the skin which can be used before the foundation to prime it.  It also suggests that you can use it to set the makeup on your face once you have finished applying it – this is what I’ve been using it for and I find that it is amazing at keeping the makeup feeling light and in place all day.  The final suggestion for this product is that you can use it for touching up your face throughout the day to keep your face looking refreshed.  This isn’t something that I am interested in using it for as it gives a very dewy look to the skin and that isn’t something that I am interested in as I am naturally oily (and I don’t want to emphysize that for sure!) 
I hope you enjoyed this review and I am looking forward to reviewing the next product for you!

 Bonus kitty picture of the day, Apollo helping me study for my exams πŸ™‚
  
Love

Rhia xo

Day Out // Makeup of the Day

Hi Guys!

So something a little bit different today, I’m sharing my day with you as well as my MOTD.  Today was my husbands birthday so we went out for dinner at a restaurant near us called The Wollaton, the food was amazing and the service was perfect.  If anyone is in the Wollaton area of Nottingham I would thoroughly recommed going there as the food is phenominal.

   
  (Sorry for the non meat-eaters out there!!)

I wore a lovely dress from Elsies Attic which was lilac with birds all over it, along with a raspberry pink petticoat and heels in the same colour.  I actually just brought this for a friends wedding but I was so excited when it arrived today that I had to put it on straight away! πŸ™‚

  

Now for the MOTD bit of this post.  As it was Adams birthday today I gave him the choice in makeup and he chose blue (of course the colour that I have the least eyeshadows of!)
 

  •  Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime translucent setting powder
  • Brows – Stila Stay All Day 24hr Brow 
  • Eyeshadow – Naked 2 and MUA Blue Shadow
  • Eyeliner – Stila 24hr Waterproof eyeliner in Bora Bora and Lancome Artliner
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real
  • Lashes – Eylure Katy Perry Kapow and Duo Dark Lash Adhesive
  • Blush – Benefit Dandelion
  • Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
  • Highlighter – MUA Undressed
  • Lips – MAC Velvet Teddy and Wirl Lipliner

  
Next time I will go back to something I am more comfortable with as this is totally out of my comfort zone as I prefer neutrals and warmer toned looks.

Love

Rhia xo

Makeup of the Day // Winged Liner and Bold Lip

Hi Guys!

Sorry this isn’t a very interesting post today, I’m having a lovely day relaxing with my best friend Elle.  Tomorrows post is going to be more interested, I promise! ❀

Todays MOTD is a plain brownish creased eyeshadow with a winged liner and dark lips.

  
I’ve found a new way to do my liner with the lancome artliner and a brush which is amazing (although it takes a bit of time!)

  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime Translucent setting powder
  • Eyeshadow – Naked 3 palette, Dior silver eyeshadow for the inner corner
  • Eyeliner – Lancome Artliner in Black
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real
  • Lashes – Red Cherry WSP and Duo Lashglue in Dark
  • Blusher – Benefit Dandelion
  • Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
  • Highlighter – MUA Highlighter
  • Lips – Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft
  • Brows – MUA Brow mascara in Mid Brown (sorry they need waxing!)

  
Tomorrow i’m going to do a tutorial on winged liner so keep an eye out! πŸ™‚ 

Love 

Rhia xo

Review // Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Hi Guys!

SO today I got a parcel with a very exciting lipstick in which i’ve wanted for weeks.  It’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Craft.  

 
Starting with the name, I LOVE the name (especially because the movie the craft is just amazing!), the packaging is sleek and beautiful like all the ABH products and it feels nice to hold in your hand unlike some of the cheaper brands.

  The applicator is a large doe foot, this makes it a little hard to get a good straight lined lip without the use of a lip brush (which I didn’t have when I got my parcel) but it applies the product nicely and not too thickly.

  The swatch is very pigmented (this is just one swipe) but I did find that (even after 10 minutes of the product being on my hand)  it was matte but rubbing my finger slightly across it made the swatch smudge like crazy.

  On the lips swatch, sorry for the lack of face, I wasn’t wearing any makeup as i’d just got out of the operating theatre at work (hence my pink scrubs)  and didn’t feel too attractive with my swollen face.

Sorry for being MIA this week, next week i’m off work so I will have lots of time to blog! πŸ™‚

 My life at the moment – anadin for my wisdom teeth and my textbooks as revision for my exams in 5 weeks. 
Love

Rhia xo

My morning skincare routine! // Including MOTD

Hi Guys!

Sorry that posts have been one every other day instead of every day, i’ve got my wisdom teeth coming through at the moment and they’re torture! (if anyone has any remedies for tooth ache i’m all ears!) ❀

Anyway this blog post is about my skin care routine and what products I use in the morning.
As soon as I wake up in the morning I go and brush my teeth, I know a lot of people usually eat breakfast first but I never eat breakfast so I go and do that.  Then I go and sit at my vanity table which is in my bedroom.  
 

 The first product I use is the garnier micellar water for combination skin, this is a clenser which is very kind to the skin and eyes so it is great for a quick freshen up inthe morning.  As I have a seperate routine for the evening (to be on the blog soon!) all of my makeup is already removed from the day before but I feel like it really refreshes my face and begins to wake me up.  (sorry about the image blurriness, i’m pretty sure it wasn’t blurry on my phone!)

  
Next I use a hydrating toner by Lancome to wake me up a bit more and to tone my face.  This toner is a little bit stronger than tyhe micellar water but I find that it is really helpful to tone my face twice daily.

   
 

After toning I then moisturise, I use the lancome hydrazen moisturiser (I have already mentioned in a previous post that I have a lot of sample pots of this!) all over my face and neck, I always apply the moisturiser all the way down my neck as I have quite dry skin there and I find that my foundation really clings to it if I miss this step.  Finally I apply the soap and glory make yourself youthful eye cream under my eyes.  I don’t have any eye bags just yet but it doesn’t hurt to start early πŸ˜‰ 

After all of this (I promise it’s much quicker when I’m doing it) I then go on to do my makeup!

Heres my MOTD picture, just a quick one from yesterday as my face is super swollen from my wisdom teeth 😦

Hope you are all having a great monday!

Love

Rhia xo

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Makeup of the Day // Mauve Eye and Nude Lip

Hi Guys!

Todays look is one that is slightly out of my comfort zone as I’m more into the neutral browny look but I thought I’d give it a go!

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  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime Transparent Setting Powder
  • Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
  • Blusher – Benefit Bella Bamba
  • Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Eyeshadow – Naked 3 Palette and Mac Pigment in Pinked Mauve
  • Eyeliner – Natural Collection Eyeliner in White and Maybelline Express Liner in Black
  • Eyebrows – MUA Brow Mascara in Mid Brown
  • Eyelashes – Red Cherry WSP and Duo Dark lash adhesive
  • Mascara – Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Mascara in Black
  • Lips – Mac Lipliner in Whirl and Mac Lipstick in Twig ❀

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Brushes used are the beauty blender (of course!) real technique brushes, and the NARS Ita brush.

Hair styled with bumble and bumble surf spray and blow dried.

Hope you enjoyed this look and are having a nice weekend!

Love

Rhia xo

p.s bonus kitty picture, Apollo playing with his new toy πŸ™‚ ❀

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Makeup of the Day // First Impression on Lashes

Hi Guys!

Sorry I haven’t done a MOTD look in a few days, it’s been super busy at work and I’ve got a major exam coming up next month which is stressing me out to the max!

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This look is just something I knocked together in a few minutes to go to dinner at my parents house this evening as I’ve been at work and revising all afternoon.Β  I used the Naked 3 palette to make a pinky-nudey look with a darker lip.Β  This is also the first time that I have used these new lashes from Red Cherry in the style WSP and I am in LOOOOOVE!! I am loving the natural but dramatic look of these lashes!!

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  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime Translucent Setting Powder
  • Blusher – MUA Whipped Blush and Benefit Rockature
  • Highligher – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Eyeshadow – Naked 3 Palette
  • Eyeliner – Maybelline Liner Express in Black
  • Eyebrows – MUA Brow Mascara in Mid Brown
  • Lips – Mac Cyber mixed with Mac Velvet Teddy

I hope you enjoy this look and these lashes! They’re beeeeaut…. I’m not sure they’re going to over take my 43’s which are my all time favorite eyelashes but we shall see!

Bonus picture of me and my kitty Apollo!
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Love

Rhia

About Me // 25 Questions Tag

25 Get to Know Me Q’s
1. What is your middle name?: Georgia, I quite like it despite struggling to spell it when I was growing up!

2. What was favourite subject at school?: I loved English Literature and Science. I love curling up with a good book and I love veterinary science (in particular anatomy and physiology)

3. What is your favourite drink?: I have a slight addiction to Iced Tea at the moment, in particular Peach flavour. Other than that you can’t beat a good cup of tea.

4. What is your favourite song at the moment?: I don’t have a favourite song at the moment but I listen to anything that plays on the radio.

5. What is your favourite food?: Well, my favourite dinner is green pesto pasta made by my mummy because it’s just so yummy and tasty (I can never make it the same!) but single item of food has to be bagels as they’re so versatile. 

6. What is the last thing you bought?: The last thing I bought was a can of Rubicon Guava from the shop next to work as I was dying for a drink whilst at work.

7. Favourite book of all time?: Any of the Harry Potter books, no matter how many times I have read them they never cease to amaze me. I also listen to the audio books to help me sleep and unwind in the evenings.

8. Favourite Colour?: My favourite colour of all time is Pink, obnoxious bright pink! If it’s a colour to wear, always black

9. Do you have any pets?: I have four cats; Jasper, Hektor, Rufus and Apollo. Incase you’ve forgotten what they look like from their introduction post, here’s a picture

  
10. Favourite Perfume?: My favourite perfume is by Katy Perry and it’s called Meow, they don’t make it anymore unfortunately but every time I see a bottle I have to buy it as it is my signature scent!

11. Favourite Time of the year?: I love autumn/winter when it’s just getting nippy enough to wear a coat! πŸ™‚

12. Are you married? Yes! Me and my husband Adam got married in September last year.

  
13. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: I have been out of the country quite a few times as a child on holidays with my parents, my favourite times were to America!

14. Do you speak any other language?: I only speak English fluently, which is pretty typical of an English citizen. I know basic French and Spanish from school though.

15. How many siblings do you have?: I have a younger sister who is 19.

16. What is your favorite shop?: My favorite shop is probably Boots as there is so many makeup and beauty products to look at.

17. Favorite restaurant?: My favorite restaurant has to be Bella Italia, I love Italian food and I’ve never had a bad meal there.

18. When was the last time you cried?: Hmm, not sure!

19. Favourite Blog?: I am quite new to the blogging scene so I haven’t really looked enough at any to get a favourite! 

20. Favourite Movie?: ANY OF THE HARRY POTTER FILMS ❀

21. Favourite TV shows?: I am much more of a tv show person than a movie person. I have a lot of favourite tv shows and these are in no particular order: Ru Pauls Drag Race, American Horror Story, Criminal Minds, American Dad, The Big Bang Theory, Orange Is The New Black… I could go on forever to be honest!

22. PC or Mac?: iPad at the moment as my laptop is poorly.

23. What phone do you have?: I have a LG G3

24. How tall are you?: 5’4β€³

25. Can you cook?: Yes, I really like to cook but most of the time i’m too tired to cook once i’ve worked all day.

Hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to tag me in any that you do, I would love to read your responses and i’m looking for new blogs to follow! πŸ™‚

I promise i’ll do a MOTD soon, work has been hectic this week! ❀

  
Love
Rhia xo