Illamasqua Gel Sculpt Review

I picked up this product in a recent Beauty Bay sale where it was reduced down to £20 (compared to the £25 retail price), I’ve had my eye on this product ever since my friend’s wedding where the makeup artist used it on her and it looked amazing!

The gel itself comes in three shades, two blush shades (Charm and Fluster) and one contour shade called Silhouette.  I was sceptical about buying a contour shade that appeared so dark in the tube as I’m extremely fair skinned, however the reviews on the website were very encouraging explaining that it was a very buildable product and suitable for even the most pale of people.
The product itself is a gel like (hence the name I’m sure!) cream consistency and it comes as a stick, this makes it very user-friendly.  Once applied to the skin it doesn’t feel heavy and it blends out like a dream!  I use this product either on its own without any foundation or on the top of a foundation and both finishes are fantastic.  The one thing that I would say is that I would always apply it before applying any powder products as it won’t blend out and create a “cake” face if applied after powder.

I started off quite hesitant with applying and applied a small amount to where my contour would usually sit (in the hollows of my cheeks) and blended it out, after my initial trial, I realised that I could indeed use more product for a more effective contour without it looking too dark or muddy on my complexion.

After using this a few times I have extended my application to include around my forehead and when going “full-glam” contouring my jawline and nose.


A picture of me and my sister at a family party the other day

I would say that this is an extremely versatile product and well worth the money I spent on it.

Love

Rhia xo

Lancome Teint Idole Foundation Review

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Having previously raved about this foundation in my House of Fraser event post, I thought I’d write a post dedicated to this fantastic foundation!

Having been an Estee Lauder Double Wear fanatic since I can remember, it was a shock to me to find a foundation that I actually prefer.  Lancome has recently extended the shade range of the Teint Idole Foundation so I was able to get a match.

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The Lancome Teint Idole Foundation retails at around £30 depending on the shop which I’d say is averagely priced for a high-end product.  It contains an SPF of 15 which isn’t an issue for me as I wear an SPF under my foundation whenever I wear it anyway, this may be a problem if you’re into flash photography as it may cause some flashback, especially if used in combination with a talc based setting powder.

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It has a light floral fragrance which I find nice and it isn’t chemically smelling – which is one of the very few downsides to the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation.  For the application, I use a flat-topped kabuki brush for buffing in and then using a beauty blender to bounce the rest of the product in (I usually spray this with setting spray for longevity).

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The finish is a very natural but medium to full coverage buildable look which stays put all day.  I’ve tested this out at work (as a veterinary nurse) and it stayed in place ALL DAY, through a trip to the gym, all the way to bedtime where it removed nicely with my Garnier Micellar Water.

To conclude I think this foundation is an excellent product and I can certainly see why it is being raved about by all the current beauty gurus!

Love

Rhia xo

The Ordinary Review – Revolutionary Skincare

This post is going to be an update on the skincare routine that I posted last year.  I’ve been researching into skincare and what could make my skin “better”.  What I mean is that I wanted to solve all the problems that my skin had rather than just mask them (isn’t that we all want after all).
I stumbled upon the brand The Ordinary after browsing through the internet looking at copious different bloggers and websites trying to decipher the different products and claims.  They have a simple answer to skincare which is highly customisable and, to my liking – affordable.  The products generally range from £3 to around £9 – all of which are amazing value.

The skincare range is made up of various different products, all of which are products stripped down to the basics.  I dove in at the deep end and filled my basket with different scientific looking vials all of which had highly frightening names!

The products I picked out were:

  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – AM and PM USE
  • Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% – PM USE
  • 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – PM USE
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – AM and PM USE
  • Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – PM USE

Bare in mind my skin is OILY and NOT SENSITIVE, so what works for my skin won’t necessarily work for yours.  I used the guide which is available here and made my own routine up.

I wanted to give my skin a few month of adjusting to make sure that any change would be 100% certain that it was the products.  I’ve noticed a MASSIVE difference in my skin, the oiliness has calmed right down with the use of a facial oil at night – only at night though as it will pill.

At the end of the day I will use my usual makeup remover/cleanser to remove any makeup – my current favourite is the Garnier Micellar Water and then use my routine (not all of these products are used both morning and night but it depends on your personalised routine).  I then slather my face in the rose hip oil with a patting motion and then allow that to soak in for a few hours – if I’m pressed for time I’ll pat my face with a clean flannel to remove the excess oil and then sleep.

I’m still using the LUSH lip scrubs, followed by Vaseline or the Pawpaw lip balm in the evening to take care of my lips, and for my body I use the Vaseline spray moisturiser.

I hope this post has been informative for you and I would urge everyone to at least read into the Ordinary products and see the difference it makes in your skin.

Love

Rhia

P.S Pro Makeup Haul

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Last Wednesday I had the day off work so we decided to head into Nottingham to do a little shopping.  I’ve heard lots of rumours about the infamous unicorn brushes coming to Primark soon so I had to check it out to see if they had them in the store – I was not disappointed!  I found myself surrounded by dupes for all cult and highly sought after products, here are a few that I picked up!

Firstly I managed to snag a pack of the “Unicorn” makeup brushes, they’re right on trend at the moment! They feature a unicorn horn handle and pastel bristles which make them look totally adorable.  I’ll be honest, I only picked these up so they could look pretty on my vanity table, however, they really surprised me with the quality and blendability (not too sure if that’s a word if I’m honest!).  At only £9 I think these are an excellent introduction to makeup brushes and even some pretty ones for the seasoned makeup collectors!

Next, I picked up the “Halographic” highlighter stick for £4 which seems to be a dupe for the Milk Holographic stick (retailing at $28).  The stick initially seemed quite dry but upon wiping the top layer off with kitchen roll, it became an exact copy for the Milk Holographic stick.  The highlight is an iridescent purple with a blue shift, it’s very hard to describe as it throws so many different colours in different lights.  I wouldn’t advise applying it straight from the stick as it can remove other makeup beneath, I used a damp beauty sponge and bounced it across my cheekbones for the best results.  This has become a firm favourite highlighter these past few days and I think it’s going to be a summer staple for me!

Finally is the Pixie Kisses lipstick for £1, this is a dupe for the Too Faced Unicorn Tears lipstick which is a highly sought after cult product (retailing for £20 – if you can find it in stock!)  This immediately drew my attention due to it’s shiny packaging (yes, I’m like a magpie) and for only £1 I couldn’t resist!  It applies nicely to the lips and shade adjusts to the pH of your skin (hence it’ll look different on everyone).  I LOVE the way this lipstick looks on me and again, will be another summer staple.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed testing out these products!  Have you picked any good products up from Primark recently? If so let me know in the comments down below.

Love

Rhia xo

Galentines Day with Intu Victoria Centre

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This time last week I was fortunate enough to have been invited by Intu Victoria Centre to their “Galentines Brunch”, the staff at Intu are always really lovely and throw such lovely event so I was overjoyed to have been invited.

We started the day at Café Rizzoli which is situated in the upper mall area close to the Disney store.  As I’m not a big drinker myself I would have usually just walked by Café Rizzoli being a prosecco bar, however I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and wonderful food.

We were greeted by the owner of the chain who offered us drinks on our arrival, as it was only 11am I opted for a glass of water to start with as I’m a massive light weight!

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Once all the other bloggers had arrived we ordered our food, the menu was very varied with lots of options for vegetarians and even vegan (although I am neither I appreciate a variety to choose from). I opted to have a salad as I’m trying to eat a little healthier at the moment.

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The food was beautifully presented and tasted a dream, the restaurant accommodated my needs by putting the dressing on the side which was excellent.

After food the staff at Intu gave us all a little gift for “Galentines” which was really sweet and generous of them.  Some people got phone cases as they had iPhones – however being in the minority which doesn’t, I was gifted a lovely purse from SkinnyDip and an embossed sticker with my initials!

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After food and gifts I ordered a Limoncello Cocktail which was right up my street being super sweet.

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Afterwards we headed down to House of Fraiser (where we were greeted with more prosecco – how’s that for excellent service!) for makeovers with the different brands.  I opted for Urban Decay as I have to admit that I ADORE their products, I was wearing a full face of makeup on the day so she added some bronzer, blush, and highlighter to my face to round off my look.  I loved the products she used and I will be purchasing the blush for sure!

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After this we had a look around all the other beauty stall and even managed to get some freebies to take home!  Overall I had such a wonderful day with wonderful company, there is no better way I’d like to spend my Sundays!

Hope you all had a wonderful valentines day,

Love

Rhia xo

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Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation // Review

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This post is going to be a review of the new Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  As most of you know, I’m ghostly pale which means finding foundations that go pale enough for me is a mission in itself.  I wanted to try this foundation ever since it came out and finally got around to trying a sample (and then purchasing it for myself).  For reference, I’m shade Shell in Estee Lauder Double Wear and I wear 0.5 in UD.

The foundation itself is FULL coverage and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone wanting a natural finish to their look.  It reminds me of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation without the cakey-ness and flash back that comes with it (as UD All Nighter contains no SPF).

I found the best way to apply the foundation was with a flat topped kabuki brush to apply most of the product and then perfect the look with a damp beauty blender.  I love the finish of this foundation and I find that it sits really nicely on my skin.  Due to it being full coverage I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is suffering from dry skin – especially if it’s odd patches as it will cling to it without perfect moisturisation.

To conclude I have fallen in love with this foundation and it is my new go to!  What foundations have you tried recently (especially if you’re pale like me!)

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Lots of love

Rhia xo

My Christmas Haul!

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Here’s a few bits and pieces that I got for Christmas from my fantastic parents and family.

It’s all beauty products (as expected), I hope you all had wonderful holiday celebrations and are totally overindulging on all the good stuff in life.

Firstly I got this Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, this palette is so beautiful, buttery, and pigmented.  No pictures fully captured the beauty of both the mattes and the shimmer shadows.  It’s also worth mentioning that the brush that comes with the product actually a really great and of great quality.

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Next is this NYX glitter glue, I’ve heard fantastic reviews of this product and I’ve found that it really does make a HUGE difference in the life span of glitter staying wherever it’s required and doesn’t leave much fall out.

To go with the glitter glue I got this great multidimensional glitter (Also from NYX) which gives lots of different colour reflects and is super pretty!img_08331

The final two eye products are the NYX eye lingerie which is a metallic cream eyeshadow with a lovely rose gold colour.  I have worn this every single day since getting it, super easy to apply with a doe-foot applicator and stays ALL day on the lids.  Secondly is a single eyeshadow (which I have since de-potted into a Z-palette) in a bright white and a blue-purple reflective undertone, I have been using this as a brow bone and inner corner highlight and also once or twice as a highlight on the cheek bones.

The final NYX product is this individual highlight single which is in a pure matte white.  I use this for setting the concealer under my eyes and as a brightener to the face if I’ve got any dark or discoloured patches that need extra setting.

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The final makeup product is the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup setting spray.  I’ve had the all nighter setting spray in the past but as an oily skinned person I’ve been recommended the De-Slick many times.  I have to say that already I am finding it much better than the All Nighter for my skin type.

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The final item I am writing about today is this lovely perfume from Next.  It’s a lovely light and floral scent, is perfect for everyday wear, and is super affordable for when I need to repurchase.img_08291

I hope you all got all that you wanted and have had some time off from work or studies!

Love

Rhia xo