P.S Pro Makeup Haul

p.s pro makeup haul

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

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

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

 

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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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