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

House of Fraser Blogging Event

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Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a blogging event held at House of Fraser.  The wonderful staff members there had arranged for a select group of bloggers to have treatments at some of the stalls selling products.

We were met by the lovely Jake who had arranged the whole event along with the fabulous Flo a representative from House of Fraser.  We were greeted with a glass of bubbly and began socialising!

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Once we had had a good chat with the other bloggers and the organisers of the event, I headed to the counter that I had been assigned.  I was booked in to have my makeup done at the Lancome counter, this suited me fantastically as I was attending my a birthday party that evening.

The Lancome representative did a fantastic job of my makeup giving me a subtle pink smokey eye, she used the highly raved about Lancome Teint Idole foundation which I’d been meaning to get a sample of for a long time (for reference I’m shade 005), I have to say that this foundation has become my new favourite, it’s so light weight but gives an excellent coverage.  As a massive fan of Estee Lauders Double Wear foundation, I much prefer this.  I never thought I’d say that I prefer a foundation to the double wear as it has been my holy grail foundation for the past four years!

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After having our treatments done, we had a chance to have a chat with the Vita Liberata representative.  I’ve always been VERY hesitant to try fake tan as I’m pale as a ghost and have a mental image of me ending up like Ross from Friends!  She applied the new body blur in the shade Light to my arms and I LOVED the look it gave me, I actually looked a healthy colour!

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(Photo credit: Zoey Glitter)

At the end of the day, there was a VERY generous raffle with some amazing prizes (congrats everyone who won!) I had such an amazing day and I appreciate all of the hard work that was put in by everyone to pull this together.

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

The PS… Pro Foundation Review

This post is on the Primark pro foundation which I’ve been testing out since last Saturday.  I wanted to give it a good test with lots of experiences (work, climbing, gym, and relaxing!) to ensure I really gave it a run for its money.


The foundation comes in a variety of shades starting at 00 porcelain – idea for a fair person like myself!


It contains a SPF of 15 which is not enough for summer in the UK for me however I routinely use SPF 50 skin cream from Mac underneath all my foundations.

The formula is very thick and reminds me of the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  It goes on a little streaky with my beauty blender but I found that it applied lovely with a flat topped kabuki brush (I used the real techniques one).


Coming in at a tiny £5, I found that this foundation went above and beyond all my expectations.  It stayed on all day however it did need to be set with powder as I’m oily.  It’s full coverage similar to the Estee lauder double wear foundation and really kept up with my busy lifestyle!

I even wore it to clip and clip activity centre!

I’m excited to try more Primark beauty products and I hope they’re as good as this one!

Love

Rhia xo

New Product // February 2017

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These are just a few products that I have gotten recently and have been loving through the whole of the month (well since I got them!)

The first item/s are the Clinique Crayola Chubby Lip Crayons, I got the whole set of these whilst at the Intu Victoria Centre Galentines event and have been in love with them ever since.  They vary in colours, most of which are of a pink undertone, and they also vary in opacity.  There eight shades all together, three of which are classed as being “intense”, these shades are much stronger in pigment and make wonderful going out lipstick.

They have a lovely feel to them and are super moisturising (excellent for the winter months.)  I’ve tried to swatch them as best as I can, however as my camera is for a right handed person (as they all are) I had to swatch with my non-dominant hand which.. is a little messy!  img_0973

The shades are in order from left to right (top to bottom) and I have to say I love them all!  I’m so glad I managed to snag one of these boxes as they retail for only £35 which is a massive saving on the whole price.

The next two products are by Urban Decay (which has to be my favourite brand).  I got one of their liquid moondust eyeshadows and one of their heavy metal eyeliners, I adore both of the products as they’re totally individual.

The heavy metal eyeliners have been around for many years (I remember my mum having one or two when I was at school) and have recently come back into fashion.  I got the shade Distortion which is a white glitter base with reflects of gold, green, and maybe a hint of pink.  It’s really difficult to explain the colour but the quality of the liner is excellent, it stays on ALL DAY, and really brightens up a look.

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The liquid moondust eyeshadows, I could rave about this all day every day.  It has an amazing formula which is not too wet or sticky (something which put me off some of the nyx liquid eyeshadows)  I have the shade recharged which is a great colour and can be blended out with other eyeshadows (I usually use the urban decay naked 3 palette) to make it into a fantastic look.

Overall my month of February was an amazing month for blogging, I got invited to some fantastic events with some amazing people.

Hope you have all had a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Rhia xo

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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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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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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

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