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

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

Makeup of the Day // Gold Foil and Nude Lip

Hi Guys!

I know this is generally a theme with me, but I can’t resist a golden shimmery eye with a nude lip!  This look is for going to meet some friends that I haven’t seen in over a year now for lunch and I want to look bright eyed and awake not like I didn’t go to sleep till almost 2am!

Today I am wearing my Black Milk A-Sassy-Nation with a black low cut Maxi Dress from Boohoo and a pair of black biker boots.

  

  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime Translucent Setting Powder
  • Blusher – Benefit Rockature
  • Bronzer – Benefit Hoola 
  • Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Eyebrows – MUA Brow mascara
  • Eyeshadows – Makeup Revolution Foil shadow and Naked 2 Palette
  • Eyeliners – Natural Collection White Eyeliner and MUA Felt Tip Liner
  • Lips – Mac Whirl and Twig lipstick
  • Lashes – Red Cherry 43s and Duo Dark lash adhesive
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real

Tools Used – Real Technique Brushes, Beauty Blender and the NARS Ita brush

  
I really enjoyed doing this look and I feel that this is going to be my favorite new go-to look for the weekends.  The Makeup Revolution foiled shadows are great, the texture is a little weird and found that I had to set it a little bit with some similar coloured eyeshadow but for the price it isn’t too bad!

My hair is styled by Elle as she is a braid QUEEN. ❀

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are now winding down for the week coming up!  Bonus cat picture included πŸ˜‰ 

  
Love 

Rhia xo

Same Makeup, Different Face // Cut Crease, Rose Eyeshadow and Winged Liner

Hi Guys!

So Elle and I decided to do a different sort of blog today, this is the first time i’ve ever done makeup on someone else!  SO I did exactly the same makeup look on myself as I did on Elle to demonstrate how the same makeup could look so different on someone else.  We went for a cut crease, rose eyeshadow and black winged liner which suited us both.  Luckily for me she is exactly the same skin colour as me pale as a ghost Pale and interesting.

 

  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime Transparent Setting Powder
  • Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
  • Blush – Benefit Dandelion
  • Highlighter – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone ❀
  • Lids – Naked 2 and 3
  • Lashes – Red Cherry 43’s and Duo Dark Lash Adhesive
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real
  • Eyeliner – Maybelline Express Liner
  • Lips – Mac Twig and Whirl Liner
  • Eyebrows – MUA Brow Mascara in Mid Brown

   
 Tools – Beauty Blender, Real Techniques Brushes, NARS Ita brush and a non branded spooley

I’ve really enjoyed doing this challenge and found it a really different experience applying someone elses makeup!  

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend πŸ™‚

p.s isn’t she so preeetty!! ❀ ❀

Love 

Rhia and Elle xo