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

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!)

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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/