My Product Wishlist // July 2015

Hi Guys!

I thought i’d do a different type of post today, this is my product wishlist for July 2015 🙂

The first item is a mascara, the Benefit Roller Lash (here).

I’ve gotten to the bottom of my trusty they’re real mascara by benefit which has been my favorite since I first purchased it, I’ve really wanted to try this one for a while now as the reviews are amazing!

Next is an eyeshadow palette, the Smashbox Travel Size Full Exposure Palette. (here!)

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve never tried any of the Smashbox eyeshadows but this one looks like it ticks all the right boxes for me! A bit of shimmer, a bit of glitter and most importantly… MATTE shadows.  I love the Naked Palettes by Urban Decay but they need more matte shadows for sure!

The next product is another version of one i’ve got, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. (here)

I’ve already got this product in the Moonstone shade which is the most gorgeous colour but I’d love the have the Opal (and all the rest of them!!) because it just looks stunning on every shade of skin tone.

This next item is the one I want the most… the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette (here)

As you may have gathered, I love matte eyeshadow shades… and to make a whole palette of them, well it gets me very excited!!!! I love how there is a whole range of different colours in all different undertone to suit so many different looks.

Finally is an item rather than a product – Two Easy Lash Applicator (here)

I’ve never been one for applying falsies with anything but my fingers but these look like they would be a help opposed to a hinderance.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post, I left out most of my wants as the list would be waaaay too long!

Are there any of these products that people already own and have an opinion on?

Love

Rhia xo

p.s None of the images are mine, they’re off the websites for the products 🙂

Makeup of the Day // Dark Glittery Eye

Hi Guys!

I know it’s been a while since I posted one of these but at the moment my phone is broken (boohoo!) so the phone i’m using currently is terrible for selfies!

Today’s makeup look is cool toned eyeshadow look with a pop of golden glitter.

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  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Primer – L’Oreal Infallible Matte Primer and Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear
  • Bronzer – Benefit Perfect 10 and Benefit Hoola
  • Blush – Benefit Dandelion
  • Highligher – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone and MUA Undressed Highlighter (never enough highlight!)
  • Eyeshadows – Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, MAC Reflects Gold Glitter, MAC Frost Pigment and MAC Painterly Paintpot
  • Eyeliner – Benefit BAD GAL eyeliner, Maybelline Express Liner and Lancome Art Liner
  • Mascara – MAC Studio Sculpt Lash and Benefit they’re real
  • Lashes – DUO dark lash adhesive and Red Cherry WSP lashes
  • Brows – MUA Brow Mascara in Midbrown
  • Lips – MAC Whirl liner and MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

This look is inspired by me finding my MAC reflects gold glitter recently at the back of my draws as I wanted to try it out with a darker makeup look.  I also did a makeup trial on one of my gorgeous friends for her wedding next week which was really exciting!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Again sorry for the picture quality! 😦

Love

Rhia xo

Cult Beauty Review // Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector // Moonstone

Hi Guys!

Sorry my posts this week have been few and far between, my exam is next week so I’ll be posting a lot more frequently when I’ve gotten past that hurdle!

Today’s post is going to be another installment in the cult beauty product review series, this time is is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone.

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Starting with the packaging:  The packaging is lovely, the compact is hand sized with a rubberized exterior and a metal plate on the top.  On the inside it has a nice sized mirror which is perfect for highlighter application on the go and whole 8 grams of product.3 2

The highlighter itself is perfect for pale people such as myself, it’s not too overwhelming with undertones, but has a slight champagne one.  The product is super creamy and milled super finely so there are no glitter particles in it at all.  It feels like quality.  The price is a bit steep at £30 in the UK but depending on how thickly it is applied it should last quite some time.  The application is really easy, I use a Real Techniques setting brush (this one) which has been swept across the product super lightly to apply.  I find this method better than using a fan brush but I know a lot of people that successfully use fan brushes.

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This swatch doesn’t do the product justice, I loooove the look of it on my skin and it give such a amazing highlight!

Overall I would 100% repurchase this product again and again!  Stay tuned for the next post in this season – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation!

Love

Rhia xo

p.s bonus kitties!

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First Impression // Review // Budget Makeup Brushes

Hi Guys!

So this is the first post in a series of budget makeup and accessories!  This first post is a set of makeup brushes which are supposed to be good dupes for the sigma brushes, from an eBay seller in the UK.  They were £5.99 including postage for 10 brushes which in my opinion is a good bargain.

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This is them as they came packaged up, I took great self restraint to take photos before I got stuck in and started using them.

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As you can see there are various different sizes of kabuki brushes, including flat and round topped.  My favorite is the flat topped one which is a dupe of the sigma F80, I’ve been using this nonstop since I got it to apply my foundation with an amazing airbrushed finish.

Next are the eye brushes, they again are in various different kabuki styles including fluffy, flat and round topped.  They are really good at blending out eyeshadow especially in the crease for a flawless makeup look.

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Overall these are fantastic brushes and I can’t sing their praises enough, I am definitely going to be ordering another set as you can never have enough blending brushes!

I hope you enjoyed this review and let me know your impressions if you end up buying some of these brushes!

Love

Rhia xo

p.s don’t forget to enter the competition that’s ending at the end of the month for a Mac Viva Glam Lipstick! https://catsandcontours.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/giveaway-mac-viva-glam-v-lipstick/

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!!

Don’t forget to enter the give away!

GIVEAWAY!! // Mac Viva Glam V Lipstick! – http://wp.me/p6dis1-4h

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!

GIVEAWAY!! // Mac Viva Glam V Lipstick!

Hi Guys!!

So today is something excitinggggg! A GIVEAWAY! 
This is for a Mac Viva Glam V Lipstick – This is one of my favouite lipsticks for everyday wearing and find it suits so many different skintones!

  
I love the Mac Viva Glam project, Mac donates profits from the sales of the Viva Glam lipsticks to help towards the treatment/cure of HIV and AIDS.

Entry will start tonight at 9pm (10 minutes from when I’m writing this) and end at midnight on the 29th July – This will give people ample oppertunites to enter 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Goodluck!!!

Love 

Rhia xo

June Favorites // Makeup, Hair Products and More!

Hi Guys!

I can’t believe it’s this time already, time for my favorites of the month! This means that I’ve been running my blog for a month already, time flies when you’re having fun! 

So this month I have mainly beauty products but there are a few bits of both hair products and others so lets start with the makeup! ❤

Firstly there is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft, this is the most beautiful coloured lip product that i’ve ever used, so unique! The formulation is so creamy to put on and the larger doe foot applicator makes the application process really easy.  I don’t need to rave any more about this product because I just think it’s wonderful!

  
Secondly is the Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water, this is another amazing product that i’ve recently done a review on, this is such a refreshing products as it doesn’t leave any film on the skin like any other products that claim to set the product on the skin.  I am really enjoying using the product and find that it really is worthy of its cult beauty item claim!

  
Next is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, this highlight is LIFE, talk about highlight on fleeeeek.  This is going to be my next product in the Cult Beauty Product reviews but this is such an amazing highlight, I would recommend this shade to any skintones!

   

  

Next is a brush set that I got on eBay at the begining of the month, I believe these brushes were under £2 including delivery.  They did take a while to come as they came from China but they were worth the wait for sure, they are supposed to be a dupe for sigma brushes which are really popular amongst beauty bloggers!  I’m really enjoying using these brushes as they blend the products on the lid wonderfully!

  
The next product is the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer, this is a hair “mascara” in the sense that it is applied with a mascara wand, this a repurchase of mine as I brought it last year for use at my wedding.  It is gently applied to the roots of the hair where there is ‘flyaway’ hairs and smoothed down, it really helps with my frizz as I have naturally curly hair!

  
That’s it all done with my beauty favorites of the month, now onto my non beauty related products.

 
I brought these cat vans yesterday and I am IN LOVE (naturally as i’m cat obsessed!) I have wanted these shoes ever since they came out and when I saw that they were half price at Office, I had to buy them without even trying them on!

  

Next is this floral bag that my Dad brought me, It’s a really perfect size for carrying my work stuff and college books in with extra room for putting my lunch in! I think this is going to be my staple bag for work this summer! 😀
 
Finally is my veterinary anatomy and physiology text book, yes I know I’m a nerd but I’m really enjoying going through my book for revision every spare moment that I’m getting (when i’m not writing my blog 😉 )  I find that I revise best going through my text book in a local order highlighting key points and quizzing myself as I go along!  I’m sitting my exam on the 16th July (I’m so nervous!!!) so hopefully all my revision will pay off! 

Okay so that concludes my favorites for the month, I hope you enjoyed this post!  I’d love to know what your favorites are from this month and/or if you own any of these items yourself! 

Love

Rhia xo

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

Haul Time! // Mac, Lush and Office!

Hi Guys

Today I went shopping with my husband to Nottingham to get some bits (although I didn’t come away with what I actually went in for!) I got a few bits from Mac that I have been eyeing up for ages, along with some shoes with are AMAZING!

  
(Hektor helping me take photos!)

Starting with my shoes – They are the Vans ASPCA Cat shoes, they are amazing!! I got them on sale from Office and they came to £25 which is a bargin as I was considering paying full price (£51.99) for them!  I really like Vans as I can’t really wear shoes that aren’t flat as I get a lot of problems with my hips.

 
 Next I got a few essentials from Boots which I have needed to pick up for the past week.

   
 Cotton wool pads for skincare, oil absorbing sheets as these are a summer essential and I also got some cotton wool buds (not pictured).  I know these aren’t very interesting but I like to see what everyone else uses for their day to day items 🙂 

Next onto the best part – the Mac haul!

 

I got a Mac 263 angled eyeliner brush for applying gel eyeliner as my one I am using currently is a cheapy off eBay and it is loosing hairs RAPIDLY.

  
Secondly I got two Pro Longwear Paintpots, the first shade I got was Painterly (bottom shade) which is what I am going to use as an eyeshadow base/eye primer.  The second shade I got was Rubinesque (top shade), can we just have a moment of appreciation for this colour <3.  This is such a stunning colour and the camera doesn’t pick up how utterly beautiful the shine, reflect and vibrancy this gives off! I am going to have a play with this tomorrow and let you guys know what I come up with! 

  
Finally I got a lipstick but this is a present for my mummy for her birthday (it’s on monday) so I can’t tell you what it is yet until she gets her present.

Last but not least I went to lush to see my sister who works there and ended up picking up the Love Soap (come on who can resist glitter and limited editions!)

This soap smells just like fizzbanger the bath bomb which is one of my favorites so I love the scent of this.  It’s really fresh and clean smelling too! 

  

Last but not least a cheesy photo taken by my sister at the store to go on the Lush Nottingham instagram (i’m on instagram under the username @catsandcontours)

  
Lots of love

Rhia xo

Makeup of the Day // Hen Party Look

Hi Guys!

Here is todays (well yesterdays) makeup of the day, I went out in the evening to one of my lovely friends hen parties as she is getting married next month.  I also brought the Smashbox Primer water (I will be doing a post on it in the next couple of days) and was eyeing up some videos on the Urban Decay Naked Smokey – I CAN’T WAIT! Anyone else as excited as I am about the prospect of another naked palette?! I use mine to death! ❤

 
Anyway this is the beautiful bride to be and myself at dinner! I’m going to be doing her makeup for her wedding which is a huuuuuuge honour for me 😀

  (lets excuse my bushy brows, i’m getting them done soon!)

  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Primer – L’Oreal Infallable Matte
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime translucent setting powder
  • Brows – Stila Stay All Day Pen and MUA Brow Mascara
  • Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 3, Mac Pigment in Icey (I think?)
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real
  • Eyeliner – Lancome Artliner, Benefit Bad Gal Liner and Maybelline Express Liner
  • Blusher – Benefit Dandelion
  • Bronzer – Benefit 10 and Hoola
  • Lips – Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft
  • Lashes – Red Cherry WSP and Duo Dark Eyelash Adhesive
  • Highlight – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone and MUA Baked Highlighter
  • Setting Spray – Smashbox Primer Water 

  
I curled my hair with the NuMe reverse curling wand as usual and set it with Bed Head hair Spray.

Also to everyone in the United Kingdom, Happy Fathers Day! I spent the afternoon at my parents house and I baked a cake for my daddy! 

 
Love

Rhia xo