Intu Jazz and Gin Event!

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This post should have been up by now, however, due to getting bitten by a cat at work and ending up in the hospital with a load of medication it’s been delayed!

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This is a post about what has to be my favourite event that the lovely ladies at Intu Victoria Centre has thrown for us bloggers (they really do spoil us rotten!)  We were met at the Nottingham Street Food Club by the fantastic Sammy and her wonderful team (situated in the upper mall) and lead inside.  I’ve been to the venue before a few times and absolutely love the vast variety of food available!

I have to admit, before the event, I had stalked the facebook and Instagram page to see which vendors were going to be available.  I was immediately drawn to the Clean Cut Kitchen as being on a strict IIFYM diet it was fantastic to have the breakdown available.

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We had our own bar and bartender, as well as a large table reserved for the evening!  The gin menu featured a vast variety of different Gins, and controversially against all the popular opinions at the moment – I don’t like Gin!

The food from the Clean Cut Kitchen offered a healthy alternative to fast food, they had “clean” cheat meals which were completely customisable with all different options for different dietary requirements from vegan to gluten free!

The Jazz musicians were a fantastic background to the evening and really rounded the evening off.  I’d like to say a massive thank you to both Intu Victoria Centre for the fantastic goodie bags filled with amazing goodies and the Nottingham Street Food Club for the wonderful food and hospitality!  I had such an amazing evening with unbeatable company.

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Love

Rhia xo

Life Update // Jan 2016

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Hi Guys!

Thought I’d check in and do a little update, I’ve got a review coming your way in a couple of days for the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and Setting Spray.

My new year has been totally hectic and I’ve been thinking about which way I want to take my blog.  Although I love beauty, with my exams around the corner I have had to put the blog on the back burner and I’d like to apologise for that.

Today I thought I’d give you a little update on what has happened the past few week in my life (apart from studying).  I’ve spent the vast majority of my life at work and studying for my final exam but yesterday I managed to get out and go into Nottingham.

Yesterday, the first thing I did was to go have my hair cut.  It was LONG overdue and my split ends were getting worse and worse.  I decided to go crazy and have a HUGE change and got my hair cut super short.

I LOVE my new hair and would love to hear some opinions on hair styling products (I am totally clueless!)

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Here’s a super scary picture of most of the hair chopped off!

Another exciting thing that has happened is that I bought myself an Amazon Echo (treat yo’ self) which is proving to be an excellent purchase!  It has a stunning design and wouldn’t look out of place in even the most tidy of houses.

I would recommend an Amazon Echo to any tech savvy people, I’m planning on investing in the Phillip Hue lighting system next so that I will be able to control my lights through the Echo.

Finally here’s a few makeup looks that I did last week before I had all my hair chopped off!

Lots of love

Rhia xo

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Starskin Detox Face Mask // Review

Hi Guys!

This post is going to be a review on a facemask that I was sent by Starskin Beauty in return for a review.  I wouldn’t ever blog about anything that I didn’t love – or if I did, I’d make it very clear.

The face mask is the “Master Cleanser Detox Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask” which is a mouthful to say the least so I’ve named it the Detox Mask.

My face mask came in a little pack with instruction on back with how to use it (which was super easy) along with all of the information regarding the product itself.

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Inside the little packet was the mask itself, a little sachet of the sea kelp cleanser and some further instructions and ingredients.  On the back of the packaging it says that it works best on cleansed skin – ideally using their sea kelp cleanser.

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I used the cleanser provided which was a delight and left my skin feeling very clean, my makeup removed and no residue left on my face.  Then I followed the instructions and placed the mask on my face with the bottom part being placed on first then the top and all air bubbles pressed out.

I left the mask on for fifteen minutes as suggested then removed and massaged the remaining serum left on my face into my skin.  If I were to use the mask in the morning I would wipe my face with a flannel but as I’m going to bed I want all the benefits of the product!

After having the face mask on my skin feels tighter, less red and my pores are almost invisible.  Overall this facemask is an amazing product which I will definitely be purchasing this for myself even if it’s just for a treat (it retails at £12.50 on beautybay).

Let me know if you’ve tried any other face masks that you think I should check out!

Love

Rhia xo

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Tag // How much does my face cost?

Hi Guys!

Today’s post is inspired by the lovely Kittylovesblog when she tagged me in her post.  As you can read in the title, this post is going to be about “How much does my face cost?” starting from the base all the way to setting spray.

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I was very curious how much mine would come to considering I do my face almost every day with these products.

A Grand Total of: £379.16

I’m going to say I’m a little shocked by the amount but I think that a lot of these products do last me around a year (if not more).

I challenge The Rose Beauty Files and Itsneecola to do the same!

Love

Rhia xo

Autumn Essentials // 2016

Hi Guys!

Todays post is going to be my autumn essentials this year, please let me know what you think of them in the comments, do we share are favourite products?

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The first product is the freedom brow pomade, I’ve been using both the shades auburn and caramel brown to create a faded brow and have been loving it, even better is its waterproof and really withstands the rain (which in England is a big part of Autumn!)

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Next is the Lancôme ‘Hydra Zen Neurocalm’ anti stress moisturising cream, I find that although I have oily skin the colder weather and fluctuating temperatures really dry out some places on my face and neck making them sensitive.  I slather my face in this cream every evening and wake up feeling very hydrated.

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Next is this handy pot of Vaseline, it’s got a really nice scent to it which isn’t overpowering and fits right in the pocket.  I don’t need to explain Vaseline to you because it’s such a basic product 🙂

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Next is another lip item, Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub by LUSH is great for making sure your lips stay in tip-top condition through all the cold wind and rain.  It tastes GREAT and does a great job.

Snow Fairy body conditioner

Another LUSH product I’ve been LOVING this month (thanks to my sister getting me loads of goodies for my birthday) is the Snow Fairy body conditioner.  This is used last thing in the shower just before getting out and it leaves an oily film on the skin which is quickly absorbed leaving my skin feeling hydrated and moisturised – and that’s before talking about the scent. I love snow fairy!!

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The Soap and Glory hand food has been my go to hand cream for the past few years when the colder seasons roll around.  It smells lovely and absorbs quickly into the skin which is perfect in a job like mine!

That’s it for my autumn essentials, there seems to be a trend going that all my products (bar the eyebrow product) aim to moisturise me! Do we share any essential products?

Love

Rhia xo

p.s cat picture! Enjoy Hektor laying against the radiator on the rare occasion that I have it on!

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(Disclaimer: Non of these images are my own, they have been taken from google search engine)

 

Budget Makeup Haul // November 2016

Hi Guys!

Just a quick notice to say thank you to all the support I’m getting recently, all the positive feedback and great comments.  I really appreciate them all! I hope you’ve all noticed too that I’ve got a proper URL now! So from now on it’ll be CatsandContours.com which is SUPER exciting!  I’ve also celebrated my 50th blog post and will be announcing a new contest in the next couple of days!

Today’s post as decided by the lovely people on my twitter (here) is going to be my new makeup haul from this month so far!  I’ve had a few bits from Superdrug and one item from Primark.  At the moment Superdrug is running a promotion of 3 for 2 on all makeup products and naturally I wanted to take advantage of this!

I’ll start with the stuff from Superdrug first:

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First are these eye shadows from the brand Freedom which are super metallic and pigmented.  They remind me a lot of the MUG Foiled shadows and have a great payoff especially when using a spritz of Mac Fix+.

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The first picture swatches of the shades I have (1, 2, 3 and 8), the first is taken without the flash and the second with the flash on.  They come in single pans for only £2 which are magnetic to fit it with any of your magnetic palettes – This leads onto my next product!

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This is the Freedom Pro Artist Magnetic Palette.  It fits a fair few shadows in, it’s made of sturdy plastic with BIG mirror on one half of the palette and it was only £5!

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Next up is this eye shadow by Makeup Revolution, it’s an “Eye foil” which mean that it has a very different texture to most other shadows – it’s an exact dupe of the Stila Magnificent Metals foiled eyeshadow.  They suggest mixing it with the eye that they provide in the tin, however I feel that it works best pressed straight onto the eyelid with a synthetic packing brush.  I already have the rose gold version of this and it creates a stunning finish.  This came in at a tiny £3!

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Next up are these Freedom eyebrow pomades, I’m a firm believe that Anastasia Dipbrow is the BEST thing to ever happen to my brows ever but this is an EXACT dupe! I was skeptical on ordering it and a few of the reviews said that it ran a bit dark so I ordered my usual shade of Auburn and a slightly light Caramel Brown.  I didn’t find that they run dark and have found they lasts just as long as my dipbrow.  I never thought I’d say it but this has definitely replaced my Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow (£15) as it came in at a shocking £5 and it comes in 11 different shades!

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Next up is this beautiful cased rose gold lipstick in the shade Chauffeur which to be honest I only brought because the case was pretty and it was only £3 and it’s a SUPER creamy and pigmented formula.

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Finally is one item from Primark which I picked up because it was super shiny! It’s just a super basic mirror to chuck in my handbag when I pop out anywhere.  This was reduced and was £1

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as I did writing it (and playing with the makeup!)

Also as a bonus here is a random cat picture!

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Love

Rhia xo

 

Hit or Miss? // Dainty Doll Concealer

Hi guys!

Today’s post is on a new concealer I’ve gotten.  As a ginger, pale skinned person, I find that finding a concealer which actually highlights the skin tone (for under the eyes etc) a really hard prospect. However when I saw that there was a brand called Dainty Doll, designed for fair skinned people I snatched up the opportunity to try this concealer. 

The brand itself doesn’t exist anymore I don’t believe but I found this on a beauty site for half price (they were having a stock clearance)

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The packaging is super cute and I love the little ginger afro!

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The concealer itself is in a click pen style applicator which makes for easy application.

Unfortunately this is where the good about this product stops.  It took me a good few minutes of clicking to get any product to advance up into the brush and when it did it was a very oily constituency.

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This is quite a lot of product applied to the back of my hand and it is still quite translucent. I got the shade 01 which was the lightest however I feel that it wasn’t that much lighter than my usual NC15 Mac pro longwear concealer.

Once I blended it out on my hand there was nothing left, I tried with a beauty blender and then with a brush but the same thing happened with both applications.  The product got absorbed straight into the skin, leaving a greasy residue on the surface and providing no coverage.

So this product is a massive miss!!

Don’t forget to enter the give away!

GIVEAWAY!! // Mac Viva Glam V Lipstick! – http://wp.me/p6dis1-4h

Love

Rhia xo

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P.s I’m still on the look out for a pale persons concealer so any suggestions would be amazing!

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 £20 but for that you get 116ml/3.9fl oz of ‘water’.  This is slightly more expensive than the Mac Fix+ which is £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 🙂
  
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 😉 

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 🙂 ❤

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