Friday, 29 May 2015

Max Factor Colour Correction Sticks | Review

Okay so recently I had a huge red mark on my face and whatever I did it would not come of because it was just discoloration on my face from a rash, so I ran to boots and asked the shop assistant to help me out and she showed me to the Colour Correction (CC) sticks from Max Factor.

The first one I got was green because that's the colour that corrects redness, and I actually found when I took it off the redness had gone down a lot so not only did it cover it, it also helped fix it.

Because there was an offer on I also got the highlight stick, and it's actually quickly become my favourite highlight, it's really natural but gives such a nice sheen to cheekbones without looking too shimmery. After I bought these two, I had to get the rest.

The yellow one corrects dark under eye circles and I have to say so far this one worked the best, as soon as I blended it in with my beauty blender, dark under eye circles completely disappeared.

The blue one corrects dullness, I always feel like my t-zone looks really dull and whenever I put highlight on it I always end up looking like Edward Cullen in sun. 

The pink one corrects dark patches on skin so like scars, so it's good if you have maybe acne scars or marks from when you fell when you were younger etc. 

You apply the colour you need to the face in the area you need it, I tend to do a layer of foundation, draw on the colour I need in the place I need it, and then do another layer of foundation on top to blend it in and create the perfect base and then carry on with the rest of my face.

I know that colour correction has become a bigger issue for me as I've gotten older, I'd love to hear about some other products I could use,

Rachel xoxo


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

I have a... Shoe Type

You know when you see some shoes, and you instantly love them, and you have to buy them, but then you get home and realise you have a really similar pair, or maybe two, or three, or six. That is so funny because me too!

I reccently posted this on my Instagram (to the right) and a comment I got was, 'these shoes are pretty much the same', I would like to write how I see it, this is science. Science applied in the real world, and I'll use an awful pun to demonstrate it, SOLE-vival of the fittest (I apologise).
Each time I bought a new pair of these, they got higher, I noticed, but then it suddenly occurred to me, how many pairs of black booties, gorgeous though they are, do I need. I can only wear one pair at a time and there are only 7 days in the week. But then I thought, I really love shoes and these shoes are NOT the same. Starting at the top going anti-clockwise, The first pair are flat, plain black flat boots, then next are platform chunky heel booties with cut-outs, next are a chelsea boot style with low platform and treads, then are low platform, with no treads, then is huge platform, open toe and buckles, and last are my favourites, with high platforms and thick heels, which makes them not the same.

In all seriousness I should buy another pair because I have a shopping problem and it's unlikely I'm going to change anytime soon, but who is this hobby hurting? Some people travel and others like sports, I love shoes and so do so many other people!

Rachel xoxo

Monday, 25 May 2015

Contour Couture | Summer Sculpting and Facial Definition

One of my favourite things to do when applying make up in the morning is to contour. I have been told many a time that I have a moon head, so contouring is a must. I am in no way an expert, quite a lot of the time I think it looks wonderful but then I'll see myself in a car window, or a mirror and I'll instantly regret it. But I thought I'd share a few of my favourite products and a few 'hacks' to make it easier and more natural. 

I got into contouring watching Carli Bybel, I am such a huge fan of hers and she is the QUEEN of contouring:

My new all time favourite product is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light to Medium. It comes with 6 grey based tones designed to Highlight and Contour. (bought from New York where it is £27)

Next is Bourjois 'Chocolate' Bronzer, if I'm rushing in the morning, I'll grab one of these, they're so easy to blend and give a pretty much instant result. Also from Bourjois is the BB Bronzer Cream, if I'm going out or looking for a cream base I'll grab this and blend it in the hollows of my cheeks, down the sides of my nose and around my temples with a beauty blender.

Rimmel never seem to fail me either, this Rimmel Natural Bronze powder was actually my first bronzing product, similar to the Chocolate Bronzer and a really good dupe of the Hoola bronzer, not quite as easy to blend but really nice for a subtle look, but if over done can easily turn orange (like any bronzer). 

Benefit's Hoola Bronzer is such a nice shade, really natural, comes with a long thin brush (Sorry I don't know the name) and blends out really nice for an even finish, it is pretty expensive though, so I think of it as an evening bronze.  Also Benefit, high beam, just like tints (cha-cha, posie, bene, lolli) comes in a little nail varnish-esque bottle, mainly I put this on my brow bone as I feel it's a bit too shimmery for all my face.

Sleek are also a pretty good brand when it comes to contour and highlighting. I have the highlighting pallet and it comes with 4 shades, 3 are cream based and the other is powder. These are also quite shimmery so really great for going out or to parties etc. 

 My (Kind Of) Tips For Beginners:

  1. If you're going for an everyday look, maybe chose a bronzer with a grey base to avoid looking orange (unless that's the look you want)
  2. Make sure you blend out really well, my best advice is to use a beauty blender / teardrop sponge of some sort as that'll get rid of any harsh lines and give the best results. 
  3. Maybe also try the real techniques Blush Brush, I accidently grabbed this once to blend mine out and found it gave a really nice result.
  4. Try out different types of bronzer to find which suits you, go to the extremes and work inward to find which suits you, like a really dark bronze or a really grey palish tone, everyone has different skin types and colours.
  5. If it's a cream, make sure you set the makeup otherwise you'll find at some point it'll come home looking patch


Let me know about any products I haven't mentioned

Rachel xoxo


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

HUGE SPRING/SUMMER HAUL ~ New Look, Amazon, Boohoo, Disney and More!

Okay so recently I've gone on a bit of a mad one, and thought I'd share all the stuff I bought, I blame exams for all the stress buys. BUT I would like to really stress this is a collective haul since the middle of February, that's 4 months worth, some is for college, some is because I had a mental break down and some is because I have no Summer clothes.
  First I'll go with all the none clothes related things, my first and worst / favourite purchase is the little crocodile in the top image, he was £12 from the Disney store and I bought him because of how much I love the Disney Faries, they're my fave. I also bought a bag £2.50  the new Tinkerbell Movie £10 and a Tinkerbell drinks bottle £5.

I also bought 6 EOS Balms because they are cheaper on Amazon and I love them, along with The Last 
5 Years £7, Wonderlust £3.95, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healy, Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, The Handmades Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.
So I may have bought a lot of clothes so much so I couldn't take a nice picture, see?? 

The first place I shopped at and mainly shopped at is new look, the first thing I got was a pair of trainers like the ones below except in blue, even though I kind of wish I got them in pink but now they're all sold out in both colours, I got them for £19.99 but then they were put into sale for £11, I also picked up this cute white a line skirt, I really like the fabric it feels really good quality, but if you have a larger hip to waist ratio buy the size up because it has a tight underskirt, £14.99. Next I got a coral lace sports bra, I have the same one in yellow it's the comfiest thing and coral is my favourite colour so I had to have it, especially for £9.99, the watermelon clutch is kind of an impulse buy, but it's so quirky and I love it, £12.99. I also got an over sized shirt, so easy to wear £17.99, these beautiful mint green courts £19.99, a floral playsuit which I actually bought 3 sizes too big to compensate for my bum but it has a tie waist so it's fine. The next thing I picked up without thinking about it, it was £5 in the sale and it is so flattering. I also got a sleeveless black coat for £19.99 and a checked grid shirt dress for £19.99 which I think is also in the sale. 

The next place I shopped at was Boohoo, I first got a smock jersey dress like the one below except I got it in deep purple but I couldn't find the image of that one and that was I think £12, it's so easy to just throw on and wear to college. The next thing I bought was the bat-winged sleeved skater shirt dress for £15. The next dress is a bit of a guilty purchase, i saw a friend wear a similar one so I bought it too, oops, this was £15. The next two items I bought because they had my name in the title, but I loved them, the paisley skater dress is such a nice shape but it doesn't compensate for boobs, so if you're on the breast-y side, maybe buy the size up, £18. And last is this beautiful sleeveless jacket, (yes I bought a fluffy one and a none fluffy one), it can literally make any lazy outfit look glam, my favourite so far is with a 3/4 black jersey top and black skinny jeans with converse or uggs. 

For a very long time I really wanted a pussy bow shirt and MissGuided was the only place I could fine one I loved, this was in the sale for £18. I also got a plain white top (so I could get free delivery) but also basics are my favourite thing to wear because I'm not very good in the morning and I think it was £8.

I also got a few things from Gap Outlet, they legit always have some sort of sale on so I can't remember the prices of these, but I got some legging skimmer jeans in a light denim colour, a really nice summery jean colour, and all my jeans are black and dark blue so it makes a nice change. I also got this white shirt with roll sleeves, again because I love basics and it's something nice I can wear to work.

At the moment I really love Topshop's duster coats, the one I initially liked they only had in a 12, 14 and 16 so I tried the 12 and it completely drowned me, so I went for this one instead, I'm really glad I got this one it feels like it's really classic and timeless so I can use it for a very long time. This was £89 but I got this on a day where they had a student discount offer. 

I think that's me done for now, that should keep me going until August when I have to buy some autumn bits.**

**This is all my opinion and bought with my money.

Let me know what've you been buying recently? 

Rachel xoxo

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