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

My Skincare Routine // 2016

Hi

This post is going on be on my current skincare routine, as with everything it’s constantly changing as I find new products and adapt it to my needs.  Just because a product works great for me, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you as my skin type is combination to oily and isn’t sensitive at all.

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Starting off with a fresh face every morning, I always use my Garnier Miceller water for combination sensitive skin, I find that this just freshens my face up and removes any residue of makeup that I haven’t managed to get off my face the night before.

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Next, I use the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix daily cleansing pads to gently exfoliate and tone my skin.  These have worked wonders for my skin and I’m finding that they have made a massive difference in the softness of my skin.  IMG_0770.JPG

Then I use my Olay complete moisturiser, this is a very light-weight moisturiser and is designed especially for normal to oily skin.  I find that it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any residue nor disturb my foundation.

At the end of the day I again use the Garnier Micellar water to remove my makeup and if I’m wearing any stubborn eyeshadow, waterproof eye makeup, or any false eyelashes, I use the simple duel effect eye makeup remover which as it is oil based, removes anything that I would usually have to scrub to remove with ease.

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Alternating every other night I use my Nip+Fab Glycolic fix extreme night pads with the daily pads as recommended.  These are a little bit harsher on the skin and aren’t really recommended for use with sensitive skin.

After cleansing my face I make sure that my lips are ready for the next day by using a lip scrub from LUSH (they taste AMAZING) and then smothering them in vaseline.  I’ve been doing this for years and have never had any problems with my lips getting chapped or sore in the winter.

Luckily I don’t have any major problems with my skin apart from the odd hormonal spot and find that these products work really well.  When I’m in the shower I use the clean and clear exfoliating daily wash which I have used for years (I think since teenage years!) however I want to change to a product without microbeads, does anyone have any suggestions?

I’m still trying to figure out how to use my new camera properly but so far I’m really loving the picture quality.  I’m hoping to purchase a light box after Christmas to even better ones!

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Love

Rhia xo

Limecrime and Zoeva // Cult Product Haul

Hi Guys,

Sorry for the gap of a week, I’ve got three assignments due in all at the same time and it’s getting pretty intense!  This post is a mini haul of two products – not really a haul but still!

I purchased both these products from Love Makeup this Monday and they arrived yesterday – super speedy even with basic postage!

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Lime Crime Diamond Crushers – Choke

This is such a beautiful lipstick, technically a lip topper.  I’ve had my eye on this product since they were first sneaked by Lime Crime and I had to pick up the shade Choke first (I’m totally going to get more though!).  It’s a white glitter with a pink and blue shift which looks totally stunning on its own on the lips or on the top of another product.  This can also be used as a highlight, on the eyelids or to completely cover your face in! watch out work Christmas party ^.^  The packaging is stunning and feels sturdy as its got some weight to it.  It’s hard to get a picture of the shade so I recommend looking at the Lime Crime website to watch the videos on each of the shades before purchasing just so you can see the different shade shifts.

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Zoeva En Taupe Palette.

This palette I picked up on a whim as it was in my recommended, retailing at a tiny £18 I thought I’d give it a go! The shadows shimmer shadows are creamy and pigmented and the matte shadows are lovely but a tiny bit chalky.  The colours are perfect for me and I can see this becoming a staple in my collection.

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Sorry for the short post, I’ll be back at normal blogging speed next Wednesday after my submission date I promise.

Love

Rhia xo

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Morphe 35O Dupe Palette // Reviews

Hi Guys!

Todays post is going to be a review of a Morphe 35O dupe.  I’ve not been fortunate enough to manage to get hold of an official Morphe 35O palette so once I saw someone posting about this dupe I made sure I pick it up super quick (special thanks to Amazon Prime for that!)

De’lanci eyeshadow – Link

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This is the packaging for the palette.  It came in a black box the same as a Morphe palette but in my excitement I ripped it with the outer packaging (Oops!) The palette itself is slightly smaller than the original but the inside doesn’t disappoint.

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There is a large range of warm shades ranging from a light cream – perfect for highlighting, all the way to a dark burnt orange perfect for smoking the eye out.

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The performance of the shadows don’t disappoint either, they’re super creamy with an amazing colour pay off.  The mattes are a TINY bit chalky and that’s only if I’m being really critical to find a flaw.

I purchased this palette for £11.95 and got next day delivery with my Amazon Prime account.  This is £9.80 cheaper than the morphe palette and certainly more accessible. (price taken from cult beauty of £21.75)

My overall view of this palette is that it’s an amazing bargain and will be investing in the other ones by the same brand.

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Love

Rhia xo

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

 

I’m BACK! // A Few Makeup Looks!

Hi Guys!!

I’m BACK! I’ve taken a short break from this blog to have a bit of breathing space to myself, but I’m feeling on top of the world now and I’m planning on setting a proper schedule for blogging, I plan on blogging every Saturday and Tuesday and will be making sure that I’ve got lots of stuff lined up for you in the future 🙂

I’ve not been wearing as much makeup recently as I’ve been trying to give my skin a bit of a break.  I’ve been off work this week with a bad back so I’ve not been able to sit upright at my desk so I have a selection of looks from the last couple of weeks for you.

One exciting new product that i’m REALLY excited about doing a review for you for is the Anastasia Beverly Hill Dipbrow (in the shade auburn) along with the number 7 brush, (another in the series of cult beauty products) which I will be writing tomorrow.

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Below is a selection of looks that I’ve done the past few weeks 😀

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And now for the obligatory cat pictures! (Thank you to my darling husband for these photos!)

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Makeup of The Day // New Foundation!

Hi Guys,

Another apology is due, I’ve been super busy at work recently but I’m here this weekend!  This is going to be my first impression on a foundation that I’ve had in my draws for a while but haven’t used.  It’s the Benefit Better Than BB cream.  I have it in the shade 01 fair (naturally as I’m pale as a ghost).  The coverage is very light being a BB cream but still covers up the majority of big imperfections.  I’m enjoying using this foundation as I’m finding the weather a little too hot for my double wear.

The foundation goes on as a cream but then turns to a light powder on the skin so doesn’t need much setting, I just set it with some Mac Prep and Prime translucent setting powder in my T zone as I’m oily. 

  
Sorry for my eyebrows… I’m getting them done this week hopefully if my eyebrow stylist can get me in! 🙂 

This is a very simple look using the Naked 3 palette as I’m stuck on the sofa with a pulled back today but wanted to get ready to make myself feel a bit better 🙂 

  
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and wherever you are it is sunny and bright! 

  
Love

Rhia xo

Sexy Mother Pucker // Review // MOTD and my first MUA experience?!

Hi Guys!!

So some good news first! I will be able to post much more now as I don’t have to revise anymore… I PASSED MY EXAM! Which means onwards and upwards to the second year 😀

This post is going to be a few different things in one, a MOTD that I did on Thursday, a review on a new lip gloss I got on Thursday and also a sneak preview into my first MUA experience which I’m going to do a whole post about a little later on.

Starting off with the review.  My lovely husband got me a lip gloss on Thursday which is the Soap and Glory’s “Sexy Mother Pucker” in the shade “Pink Apricot” (here)

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I’m not one for lip glosses but I was super curious about this as it’s made by Soap and Glory as I love their products.  The colour is very translucent on the lips and gives a wash of a pinky-peach, If I was to wear this out I would pair it with a lipstick underneath.  The swatches below are without any other lip products on.

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I found that the product did “plump” my lips as described but not a great deal.  The stinging isn’t unpleasant more of a tingling unlike some other products that claim to do the same “plumping” action.

Overall this is a nice lip gloss and I will definitely be trying it out with some other lipsticks underneath in the weeks to come.

The second part of this post is my MOTD,  I went for a very glittery-shimmery look compared to my usual matte preference but I decided I wanted something with the wow factor for the day of my exam to make me feel better.

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  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Doublewear
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime translucent setting powder
  • Bronzer – Benefit Perfect 10 and Hoola
  • Blush – Clinique Pink Love
  • Highlighter – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 2, Mac Pigment in Frost, Mac Glitter in Reflects Gold and MUA Pressed Eyeshadow in Oyster.
  • Eyeliner – Benefit They’re Real Eyeliner in black and Benefit BadGal Eyeliner in Black
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black
  • Eyebrows – Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour in Light
  • Lashes – Red Cherry WSP and Duo Dark Lash Adhesive
  • Lips – Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Pink Apricot

I hope you enjoy this makeup look, it’s quite bold for the every day but paired with a nude lip I think it makes it wearable in the day time.

Finally a sneak peek of my first MUA experience, one of my beautiful best friends asked me to do the makeup for her wedding, here’s a quick photo of the blushing bride (*hint* to the colours we used)

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I can’t wait to see some more photos of her as I didn’t manage to get any on the day myself as I had a phone malfunction!

Hope you enjoyed this post and you are all having a great weekend.

Love

Rhia xo