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

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

Ride or Die Makeup Tag! // November 2016

Hi Guys!

It’s been a long time since I did an update on my ride or die makeup products and was inspired by the tag that’s going around on YouTube.

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Starting with my base;

  • Primer is the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer, this is a great drug store silicone based primer which really does help to make my foundation sit perfectly and not let my oils through throughout the day.
  • Foundation has to be Esteé Lauder Double Wear in Shell, this is the BEST foundation for my oily skin.  I’ve tried all different sorts of foundations (well ones that go pale enough!) and this is by far the one that suits me the best.  It’s a full coverage foundation which is totally matte.
  • Concealer is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade 1 – fair.  This is a super full coverage concealer which rivals (and beats) Mac Pro Longwear Concealer (which was my favorite for a long time).  The best part of this is that not only does it go pale enough for me, it lasts all day and doesn’t crease even though its full coverage.
  • Setting powder is the NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder in translucent.  This is great for setting my whole face and mattifying it further (can you figure I like the whole matte look?).  Just an overall great powder and super affordable.

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Now onto eyebrows which is a sensitive subject to me as I’m a natural ginger – meaning that my eyebrows are pretty much non-existent.  I remove most of my eyebrow hair myself (all the tails) as that’s my personal preference and draw them on every day.  Now I’ve been a firm believer that Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow was the best thing in the world till I got these little pots – They’re EXACTLY the same.  Freedom Eyebrow Pomade in the shades Auburn and Caramel Brown (I’ve been using both together) have replaced ABH!

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As I’m a sickly shade of pale white, I struggle to find shades that suit me for both contouring and bronzing.  This NYX blush in the shade Taupe is the perfect contour shade for me as it has a slightly grey undertone which compliments my pale skin.

My favorite eyeliner is the benefit bad gal liner in black (waterproof) and it has been for YEARS.  I think I’ve had this one for about 2 years already and as you can see it’s only about half way gone.  It’s a super deep black, doesn’t run on the waterline and lasts all day.

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Another couple of NYX products here are my two lip products that I’m just loving at the moment.  The first is a lipliner in the shade Nude Suede Shoes, it’s a super long-lasting lipliner which just glides on like cream.  It’s my perfect my lips but better shade and I love to wear it both on its own and with a lipstick or gloss on top.  The NYX Lip Lingerie in Embellishment has to make this list as my favorite liquid lipstick for the fall season, it’s got a grey undertone but is still pink enough not to wash you out.  The formula isn’t my favorite (that goes to Jeffree Star Cosmetic) as it doesn’t completely dry down flat but it doesn’t make you feel like your lips are going to crack off – let’s be honest nobody needs that in the winter!

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My final product of this series in my favorite palette.  This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, there are no words to describe how beautiful this palette is but it’s a perfect pinky palette with a few other warm colours.  I’ve already hit pan on one of the shades which luckily you can buy individual – thank goodness!  I would recommend this palette to anyone who is looking for a high-end makeup palette due to both the pigmentation and the perfect shades in it.

That it guys, I hope you enjoyed all these products that I love so dearly.  What are your favorite products? Do we share any favorites?

Also.. Cat picture time!

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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!!

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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!

Review // Mac Rubenesque Paintpot // MOTD

Hi guys!

Just a quick post today as I’m not feeling too good! I had to have a play with my new Mac paintpot in the shade rubenesque, its so gorgeous!

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I used it as a base for a golden shadow (Half-baked in Urban Decays Naked 2) and I can’t get over how beautiful it looks!

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Sorry for how rough I look! I’ve got a migraine on the way bit I but I had to share how beautiful this combination looked!

I love the smooth texture of the paintpots and the way that they really give life to the shadows that you put on top.

What do you guys think?

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Love

Rhia xo

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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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.  I used the Naked 3 palette to make a pinky-nudey look with a darker lip.  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