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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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!

Vegan Beauty Products // Lush Products! 

Hi Guys!

Todays post is a little review on a few Lush products that i’ve either had a little while or gotten recently, the one that i’ve had a while is the Mask of Magnaminty which is one of my favorite products from lush as you’ll see below! 

As most people know Lush does a lot of amazing projects for the community and enviroment, one of these is that they have a zero tollerance on Animal Testing and most of their products are vegan friendly.

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Anyway lets get started with the reviews:

  
Jason and the Argon Oil – Shampoo Bar

I love shampoo bars from lush, they are so easy to use, don’t take up much storage and they last for up to 80 washes! This is the 2nd Shampoo bar that i’ve tried from Lush and it’s my favorite for sure! It smells lovely and because it is infused with Argon Oil – it makes you hair feel lovely and soft for days after.

  
Mask of Magnaminty – Face and Body Mask

This is a repurchase of mine – as you can see there isn’t much left in this pot and i’ve been scraping around the bottom trying to get the last bit out before I wash my pot out.  I use this mask once a week to keep ontop of the nasty face demons (spots and blemishes) that plague my skin! It’s such a refreshing scent (you can probably guess it’s minty!) and really wakes you up in the morning.  As it is suitable for the body, if you get any back achne etc it would probably help! 🙂 

  
Karma Kream – Hand and Body Lotion

This is a really amazing product for me, as a Veterinary Nurse I am always using my hands for work which means that I’m having to wash them every 10minutes or more.  This smells gorgeous and it lasts on the skin rather than just vanishing as soon as you rub it in.  I’ve noticed a massive difference in my hands the past week that i’ve been using it and really recommend it to anyone who works with their hands.

  
Dark Angels – Face Mask

This facemask is very exfoliating, I do not recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin! I however do not have sensitive skin and love a good exfoliator which I can feel working right down into my pores!  This is a black putty which you add water to to make it into a paste to put onto the face.  I use this once a week in the shower (it’s very messy!!!) and love the way that it makes my skin feel.  

  
Love – Soap

Finally is this bar of soap I got on Saturday (ft. in the haul below)  This smells just like the fizzbanger bath bomb and is lovely! I’m too scared to use this yet as I don’t really want to rub off the glitter (and I want it to still look pretty!) “In 76 countries it is a crime to be gay.  In 10 countries it can cost you your life” this is taken from the Lush Nottingham page.  100% of the proceeds from this soap go towards LGBTQ Communities all around the world to help fight the stigma and hate associated with being ‘gay’.

  
I hope you enjoyed todays post on my Lush products that i’m currently using, have a bonus kitten from work yesterday! He’s called Harry and is being fostered by one of our other nurses Lucy as they were dumped at only a few weeks old.  She’s doing an amazing job and they are turning into right sweetie pies!! (SO hard to resist!!!)

Love

Rhia xo

Cult Beauty Product // Smashbox Primer Water Review

Hi Guys!

The post today is something that I am hoping that I will be making a feature to post one of these every week.  I am going to be going through all my products and reviewing all the ‘cult’ beauty products, giving my honest opinions on them.

The first cult beauty product is going to be the Smashbox Primer Water (as you would have guessed from the title!) This is something I picked up a week or so ago as I have been wanting it for MONTHS.  Literally every time I went near a Smashbox counter I would go and spray myself with this product to make sure that I wouldn’t have a reaction and that I would use it once I finally decided to purchase it.  

  
The price is the first and only negative about this product.  It is a little steep at the price of £20 but for that you get 116ml/3.9fl oz of ‘water’.  This is slightly more expensive than the Mac Fix+ which is £15.50 but you only get 100ml of product for that.  

The smell is really plesent, there isn’t really much of a smell but it is really light and refreshing what smell is there.  If I were to describe the smell I would say it was very lightly floral smelling but overall it is only a mist of floral.

Once spraying on the face (following instruction – Spray 8″-10″ away from the face and mist evenly) it feels wet for a few seconds (but doesn’t make the makeup move) but then quickly evaporates and doesn’t leave any sort of film on the face.

 
The action of the product is initially as a primer for the skin which can be used before the foundation to prime it.  It also suggests that you can use it to set the makeup on your face once you have finished applying it – this is what I’ve been using it for and I find that it is amazing at keeping the makeup feeling light and in place all day.  The final suggestion for this product is that you can use it for touching up your face throughout the day to keep your face looking refreshed.  This isn’t something that I am interested in using it for as it gives a very dewy look to the skin and that isn’t something that I am interested in as I am naturally oily (and I don’t want to emphysize that for sure!) 
I hope you enjoyed this review and I am looking forward to reviewing the next product for you!

 Bonus kitty picture of the day, Apollo helping me study for my exams 🙂
  
Love

Rhia xo

Makeup of the day // Review // ABH Liquid Lips and Lancome Artliner

Hi Guys!

Todays post is a bit of a MOTD and a bit of a review.  I’ve recently gotten the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Craft (which is just amazing!) and rediscovered an old eyeliner that I forgot I had brought a while ago now.  This means i’ll be doing a mini review on the new products in todays MOTD.

This look was for a meal out with the family to celebrate my Grandads birthday 🙂

  
As I did such a bold lip I decided to pair it with a simple eye look (well simple for me) and this was the perfect chance to play with my new gel liner which is Artliner by Lancome.  I had the miniture pot of this a while ago from my momma and must have brought a full sized one before moving into my flat, so as I was doing a bit of clearing through my cupboards this weekend I found a full sized, brand new sealed one!  It comes in a pit and needs to be applied with an angled eyeliner brush.  The formulation is very creamy and a lot nicer to use compared to some other ones I have used (for example the maybelline gel liner).

  

  • Foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear
  • Primer – L’Oreal Infallible Matte Primer
  • Concealer – Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
  • Powder – Mac Prep and Prime translucent setting powder
  • Brows – Benefit Browzings
  • Eyeshadows – Urban Decay Naked 2 and Mac Pigment in Museum Bronze
  • Eyeliner – Lancome Artliner in black, Natural Collection white eyeliner
  • Highlighter  – Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
  • Mascara – Benefit They’re Real
  • Blush – Benefit Rockature
  • Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
  • Lipstick – Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft
  • Lashes – Red Cherry WSP

Tools – NARS Ita, Real Techniques Brushes and Beauty Blender.

My hair was styled with the NuMe reverse curling wand, set for 10minutes then brushed out to create a smoother and more natural wave (then hairsprayed within an inch of its life!).

  
Hope you are all having a lovely weeked, I sure am as i’ve got a week off starting now. 🙂

Love

Rhia xo

Review // Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick

Hi Guys!

SO today I got a parcel with a very exciting lipstick in which i’ve wanted for weeks.  It’s the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Craft.  

 
Starting with the name, I LOVE the name (especially because the movie the craft is just amazing!), the packaging is sleek and beautiful like all the ABH products and it feels nice to hold in your hand unlike some of the cheaper brands.

  The applicator is a large doe foot, this makes it a little hard to get a good straight lined lip without the use of a lip brush (which I didn’t have when I got my parcel) but it applies the product nicely and not too thickly.

  The swatch is very pigmented (this is just one swipe) but I did find that (even after 10 minutes of the product being on my hand)  it was matte but rubbing my finger slightly across it made the swatch smudge like crazy.

  On the lips swatch, sorry for the lack of face, I wasn’t wearing any makeup as i’d just got out of the operating theatre at work (hence my pink scrubs)  and didn’t feel too attractive with my swollen face.

Sorry for being MIA this week, next week i’m off work so I will have lots of time to blog! 🙂

 My life at the moment – anadin for my wisdom teeth and my textbooks as revision for my exams in 5 weeks. 
Love

Rhia xo

Budget Liquid Lipstick Review

Hi Guys

I don’t know about you but I sure do love to find bargins on the internet (maybe a little too much!).  So when I saw these lipsticks on eBay for £1 each I sure had to give them a go.  I hope you enjoy this review and hope it helps you in trying out new products.  These are liquid lipstick which go on like a gloss but dry to a matte finish, they have their advantages and disadvantages as I will explain below.  If you do a quick eBay search for liquid lipsticks you should be able to find these ones, sadly the seller I got mine from is no longer selling them.

Colours –

   
  

Swatches – 

  
Advantages – 

Obviously the price is a great advantage, for £1 is not very expensive, even if its for a couple of uses before branching out to a higher quality alternative this product is great.  Another advantage is that once they’re on, they’re going to be there for quite a while, I wouldn’t go as far as saying that they had the potential to stay on all day but they certainly stayed on my arm for atleast 5 hours without disruption.  The wand applicator is great with a little doe foot on the end allowing for easy application.

Disadvantages – 

On the arm they’re really set down into the skin, however when I applied them to my lips I found that they always remained slightly tacky which doesn’t bother me personally but if you’re someone that likes products to be really matte and smooth on the lips I wouldn’t go for these.  Another disadvantage is that I found that they didn’t smell very nice, they smelt rather chemically? I love the smell of Mac lipsticks so I presume i’ve been spoilt by such lovely smelling ones!

To conclude I think these lipsticks are great if you’re on a budget, trying out a new shade before fully commiting to a higher end product or just getting into makeup, however if you have the cash to splash there are plenty of other great liquid lipsticks out there which are heaps better.

Hope you all had a lovely day!

Love

Rhia xo