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Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit VS. Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be comparing two of my most beloved contour kits for you, both of which are drugstore and very reliable. I have written a full review on the Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit (see HERE) but I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour  Kit on this blog before (whilst editing this I realised I was wrong – HERE’S the review of it!). Spoilers: I do love both of these but I just thought that I would tell you the properties of each one so you know straight away which one’s for you or you’re most likely to use! Anyway, on with the blog post!

(L-R) Collection Highlight and Sculpt, Maybelline Master Sculpt

Just as a little disclaimer, this has been tested on very white skin! I think I mentioned it before, but I have found the Maybelline kit slightly orange if used too heavy-handed-ly and when not blended out properly. However, since then I have started using it with a much lighter hand and it can create a really nice, neutral contour that doesn’t look too much like an orange line down the side of my face. The Collection one is a much darker, warmer brown – something we would traditionally expect from a contour shade. I can still make this work on my pale skin but when I’ve used both on my face, there is a major difference and, again, you have to be very light-handed with this.

Both of these contour kits are so, so pigmented. But if we’re also going to bring longevity into the mix, I think the Collection kit actually wins on that front. I think because Collection is a cheaper brand this would surprise quite a lot of people, including myself. When first applied, Maybelline does appear really pigmented and, as I said, you can’t be heavy-handed with it, but over time it does wear a lot more noticeably. Considering all these points, I would say that Collection is the more pigmented product.

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Maybelline Master Sculpt Swatches (R-L) Contour, Highlight

Onto ease. I think anything is easy if you just know how (obviously!) but the Maybelline is much easier to wipe away or blend out. If you have gone a bit heavy with the Collection kit, you need to top up on foundation, use setting powder – pretty much your entire face routine again just to lighten it slightly. Both are very easy to apply and blend out, just be aware of how much you put on and how difficult it is to remove – you can always add more but it’s way harder to take just a little bit off again!

I realise I haven’t actually spoken about the highlighters, which is a crime in my book! I know this has nothing to do with the blog post, but I realised yesterday that the way I react to highlighters is the same way my Mum reacts to puppies! Anyway, moving on – both of these highlighters are of a similar quality to their matching contour shades; the Maybelline one isn’t as ‘out-there’ and wears really easily whereas the Collection one is a bit more noticeable. In terms of colours, the Maybelline highlight shade is quite vanilla-y whilst the Collection one is slightly more peachy-toned/tanned, but still entirely wearable. They’re both shimmer highlights but they’re not overly glittery (though the Collection one is still more pigmented and high-profile than the Maybelline one). As long-term readers will know, I am a sucker for highlighter so obviously this is important to me and I do think the Collection one can look a little too dark for me whilst I’m this shade of pale! I will still wear it but I am very aware of that factor.

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Collection Highlight and Sculpt Swatches (R-L) Contour, Highlight

Something else I’ve noticed about contour kits is whether I would choose it for daytime (i.e. shopping or school) or nighttime (i.e. parties or a meal out). I would definitely use the Maybelline one for daytime because I can create a natural contour with it and highlight my cheekbones slightly but not too dramatically. As you can tell, I do do this and will use it on the daily! The Collection one I will use for daytime if I’m out all day or want an extreme contour/highlight, but it is the one I lean towards for nighttime due to it being so much more dramatic. Another thing I like to do, though, is mix the two; I will apply the Collection one and blend it out slightly with the Maybelline one so I look bronze-y as well as contoured.

Finally, which would I recommend? This really does depend on your needs and wants in a contour kit and whether you want an extreme, Kardashian look or a daytime ‘I do have cheekbones, here they are!’ kind of look. I think it’s quite obvious which is which, but they are both so affordable and so accessible that I think if you buy one and decide you don’t like it, it’s not money down the drain entirely. Both kits are also amazing to use on the eyes for an easy daytime look! I also think that it depends on your confidence and ability with makeup and contouring – if you’re more of a beginner I would head towards the Maybelline one just because it is easier to use. The Maybelline Master Sculpt Contour Kit is available from Boots and Superdrug for £6.99, and the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit is also available from Boots and Superdrug for £4.19.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love comparing different products for you so let me know what other products you would like to see in another VS.! If you have used either of these products, let me know what you think of them, or if I’ve convinced you to try one or the other!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

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Collection Glam Crystals (Glitter Liner) in Glitz Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts and findings when using the Collection Glam Crystals in Glitz. I was very kindly gifted this by one of my best friends for Christmas and it was very much loved over that period and even now! I think glitter liner is such a gorgeous alternative to a normal smokey eye on a night out and jazzes up a look a little bit (did I really just use the phrase ‘jazzes up’?!). Anyway, how did this one treat me and my eyes, all that considered?

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I will firstly be talking to you about the packaging. Those who have been reading my blog for a while now will know how much I love a minimalist packaging! This comes in a clear plastic tube with a matching plastic lid. This does kind of emphasise how it’s a cheaper brand, but I don’t mind that too much because that means it’s really lightweight when travelling and there’s also less chance of it breaking when doing so. It’s a screw-off lid, so ensures there can’t be any leaks or spillages if it is done up correctly. The typography is in this curly, black font which I guess matches the ‘glam’ theme it’s giving, but it’s not really up my alley. Obviously it’s only typography and it doesn’t effect the product inside, but it might be important to some – you just never know! All of the important information is also clearly written around the tube. The colour name is on top of the lid on a sticker, which could come off but I think it’s pretty securely attached! Something I really like in terms of packaging with this product is the brush, which I know sounds really sad and boring but it’s important to me! This has a really fine yet flexible, bristled brush that can be used to create a really precised and gorgeous line of product. The tube is also fitted around the brush so I am reassured that the product won’t dry out too quickly (which is a massive fear because I know I won’t be using this everyday!).

There isn’t much of a noticeable scent with this product, nor would I expect one. The colour, though, is stunning! I’m quite lucky in that I have a natural skin tone so can wear gold and silver, but my everyday jewellery is silver so it matches that really nicely. I also think it looks like snow so was really fitting over the Christmas period, and it’s used a lot in pictures on Instagram of people wearing glitter cut creases (something I really want to try!). The other colours available are: turquoise, purple, blue, green, gold, navy, grey and aqua (judging by the pictures on the Superdrug website!).

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The product itself is that of a typical liquid eyeliner. It does feel quite wet when first applied and, when I put it over my normal black eyeliner, I do have to tip my head back to let it dry and not imprint in my crease. I think this is expected of a liquid eyeliner so I’m not too fussed, and obviously the thicker the layer, the longer it takes to dry. However, once dried, it is on and it stays on all day and all night! A few weeks ago I went to the theatre and wore it for 12 hours and I was walking a few miles in that time, yet it still stayed on! It was amazing! Unlike other products in which I would that then reveal to you it is the most difficult thing to remove and you need paint stripper to get it off, it actually comes off with my normal cleanser really easily without leaving glitter anywhere on my face! This is literally the most beautiful product, and there isn’t any actual coloured product, it’s just clear with silver glitter particles within it, which I much prefer to a metallic silver base colour. As it is mainly glitter based, it’s difficult to describe it as ‘pigmented’, or ‘not pigmented’, but all of the glitter remains throughout the day and doesn’t wear off or fall off at all. You also don’t find any glitter has fallen down your face throughout the day, either, and it applies easily onto any eye shadow formula. I think I’ve now covered everything on that point!

Finally, price and availability. As Collection is a drugstore brand, it is available from Boots and Superdrug and retails for £2.99. This is so easily accessible online and in-store, you can literally walk out your front door and find one! Also, that price point for such a gorgeous product is well worth it; I would actually be willing to pay more than that for a product of that quality! I think I will definitely be picking some more of these up because I just can’t argue with that price!

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Would I recommend it to you? Yes, absolutely! For a drugstore, very inexpensive product, I couldn’t ask for much more and I’m sure each and every one of you have the ability and accessibility to purchase one for yourself! As I mentioned earlier, they do come in a variety of colours, so if silver’s not for you, I’m sure one of their shades is!

And that’s that! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I have a few other reviews in the pipeline for you, so you can watch out for those if you did like this one! Don’t forget to let me know what you think of this product if you’ve used it or if I’ve now tempted you to get one for yourself!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

How To Pamper Yourself on a Budget

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a few tips and tricks on How To Pamper Yourself on a Budget. As a 16-year-old who comes from a typical working class family, treating myself can sometimes appear expensive, but after hunting high and low, I’ve found products that work and still manage to relax and pamper me. Like everyone else in the world, I love a good ol’ pamper from time to time, so finding really affordable alternatives is something I’ve found to be really worthwhile! So this is how I achieve the perfect pamper night!

The first thing I like to do is have a bath, and a cheeky read while I’m doing so! I love me a bubble bath, so there are a whole range of brands, scents and prices to look at when considering this. One of my friends actually bought me this massive Radox Bubble Bath for Christmas, and I know that these are very inexpensive and come in a variety of scents. I know this one says it’s for men, but she bought it because I always have a bad back and it’s a muscle soother – other options are available though! I’ve been using this around once a week since Christmas and it’s not even half used yet; a little bit goes a long way, and it also makes you smell very nice afterwards! On special occasions, I will also buy myself a bath bomb just to switch things up a bit, but these tend to cost more than the bubble bath itself, and last for more baths! This is available in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.

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I know this isn’t going to interest some people, but the type of body wash I use really does affect my overall experience! At the moment I’m using the Imperial Leather (fancy already!) Marshmallow body wash and it smells divine! I mentioned this in my Favourites last week, but it is beautiful and really does make you smell amazing! I know some people like to co-ordinate their scents but I really don’t mind (though I reckon with these two brands it is possible to do so!). Although it says ‘marshmallow’, it’s not overly sweet and does contain some floral notes, making it the perfect feminine fragrance! This kind of old-fashioned sweet range contains a few different scents, because I have the Foam Banana one in my cupboard waiting to be used, as well! This is also available from Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.

If I’m going to fully treat myself, I will go onto use a body scrub as I do get quite dry and irritated skin. The one that myself and my family have been loving has been the Wilkinson’s Fruit range, particularly the Passion Fruit and Watermelon one and the Orange and Pomello one. Although I haven’t started the Orange and Pomello one yet, it is ready and waiting! As it’s early spring, I don’t do a full scrub, only my legs as they do get really itchy due to dry skin and it helps calm that. Again, both scents smell amazing and lasts a long time! There are so many fragrances in this collection, there will definitely be one for everyone and it’s so ridiculously cheap – yet it still works! As this is a massive range in Wilkinson’s, there are also the matching body butters and/or lotions to go with it (find the Passion Fruit and Watermelon one HERE), but I prefer to use the body butter as it feels richer, isn’t as greasy and leaves you smelling gorgeous! I seriously cannot rate these enough!

A final thing I will do to treat myself is wash my hair (I know how to have a wild night in!). I wash my hair twice a week, and recently we received all of my grandmother’s old toiletries so I’m using a lot of Aussie (from Boots and Superdrug) products as the moment. These are slightly more expensive but they do work really well and make your hair appear stunning once it’s dried. The shampoo I use is from Head & Shoulder’s (also from Boots and Superdrug), though, because I have such bad dry skin everywhere! This is also an inexpensive brand, though these two together really do work well. I then use this Schwarzkopf Heat Defence Spray from B&M (somewhere I highly recommend for cheap hair products) to protect my hair whilst blow-drying it, and some Frizz Resistance serum that is very quickly running out! This is also from B&M, and both of these together help styling my hair become much easier whilst still doing so safely. These won’t take you to the moon and back, but they certainly do the job, which is all I need at this stage! Drying my hair is so much easier since cutting it, as well!

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 Earlier I said that I like to read in the bath, and these methods are probably really obvious, but I thought I’d still point them out to you. At the moment I’m reading A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, which my aunt lent to me, so you can always borrow books from people, such as friends and family. Something that I did a lot as a child was borrowed books from either my village or school library, and this also means you don’t clutter up your house/room with old books you will probably never read again! However, if you do like to do that (like myself) I suggest buying second-hand books from charity shops (I bought To Kill a Mockingbird in the summer for 99p!) or on Ebay, because everything is so much more affordable if you just open your eyes and look. Some books may not look visually appealing, but it’s still the same words inside, so it’s no fuss to me where I get them from.

Before getting into the shower/bath, I will use my beloved Garnier Micellar Water (available from Boots and Superdrug) to remove my makeup.  I then use the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (available from Boots and Superdrug) whilst in the shower, because then I can ensure it’s all off without getting my clothes or newly-washed hair wet! After drying my hair, I will proceed with using the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (available from Boots and Superdrug) all over my face and down my neck. I don’t know if this is normal but I also use it on my eyebrows to ensure they’re not being damaged by the amount of product I put on it! After brushing my teeth, I will apply a generous amount of lip balm to get those beautiful, soft lips no one’s going to kiss and some hand cream, because your face, neck and hands are the things to age first (I’m 16 but I’m still panicking about this!). I tend to receive lip balms and hand creams in gift sets for Christmas, though you can always go to somewhere like Primark and get some really cheap (i.e. £1/£2 depending which brand you get), because they all do the same thing at the end of the day. If I’m in the mood for a full pamper, though, I will also use a face mask, usually the ones from Superdrug that come in a little packet and last a couple of nights. I these are so affordable yet do help boost teenage/young skin, particularly for what they are. They won’t make miracles, but they will give your skin a little something extra! I don’t know their real names, sorry!

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Finally, I love to light some candles. Whether they’re scented or not, they’re super therapeutic and really do the trick! I like to buy tealights in bulk because it becomes much more affordable (you can buy around 30 for £1 in IKEA), and I’m always lighting them. They’re also affordable and are in so many scents and colours. For larger candles, you can buy one’s in jars for £1 in places like Tesco or other supermarkets, which also smells gorgeous. I will also treat myself to a Yankee Candle every so often, but for day-to-day, they really aren’t as cost-effective.

And there we have it! That was a lot longer than I expected, but I had so much to say! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing about budget buys so let me know what other topics to cover in that area! Also, let me know if you’ve tried any of these products mentioned or what you are now going to try for yourselves!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx

February Favourites 2017

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my February Favourites. I’ve collected a good selection of different bits and bobs that I am going to share with you and I think you will also love! I haven’t been able to make my usual list this month, though, because I’ve changed phones and everything’s just been a bit up in the air. Nonetheless, this is what I remember that I love! As you will soon see, this month has been the month of positive changes (finally!)!

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The first thing I have been loving this month has been the L’Oreal True Match Le Blush in Sandalwood Pink. Those who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I don’t like a lot of blush because I have naturally rosy cheeks, so once I’ve got my foundation on I don’t want to reverse what that’s just done. This is a deep rosy powder shade that is super pigmented (so use in small doses) and gives a gorgeous, natural blush to the cheeks. It goes with a range of contour shades, highlighters and skin tones and I cannot fault it whatsoever. It also lasts all day long and can be used to dress a look up or for everyday wear, so is very versatile. I have been loving this, and considering I’ve used it every day for a good few weeks, there’s hardly a dent in the pan. I also feel a little bit fancier when wearing this because it’s the only L’Oreal product in my everyday collection! This is available from Boots and Superdrug.

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Recently I wrote a blog post about getting my cartilage pierced (see that HERE) and, of course, it had to be mentioned in my Favourites! I am so in love with my new piercing and the pain has now significantly decreased, meaning I can sleep on that side again and not scream every time something is in a 3 metre radius of it! I love how it looks and I’m still treating it with the solution the piercer gave me three times a day, so hopefully no allergies develop like they did in my lobes. I’ve got my first ring that I’m dying to put in after the initial 8 week period and, better yet, no one at school’s picked up on it! I’m just obsessed and would recommend to anyone who wants it to get it done! I got my cartilage pierced at Claires.

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One of the newest things I’ve been loving is my hair cut. I did initially just want the dead ends/split ends cut off and I asked my friend who’s a training hairdresser, but he cut off about 4 inches in the end! Obviously, I couldn’t see what he was doing as he was doing it but I did really like the end result! It’s just slightly longer than a bob, which is really on trend at the moment, and he also put layers in it. I’m just obsessed with it; as much as I loved my longer hair, it wasn’t healthy and it will grow back really quickly now. It’s so much more manageable and it only took me 5 minutes to dry when I washed it last night! It’s the shortest I’ve had it since being a child, but I really do wish I’d done it earlier!

Onto random favourites, I have been loving reading in the bath. This is something else I wish I’d tried earlier but I was so worried about damaging my beloved books, being as clumsy as I am! I just find it is one of the best ways for me to relax and de-stress, and it’s even calmed my anxiety to a certain extent. I just love to take half an hour out of my evening a few times a week to enjoy a nice warm bath with some bubbles in and fully immerse myself into the book. I think this is something for pure book lovers, but it’s literally my new favourite hobby! It literally takes me out of my day and any situation I may be in to enjoy my book, and that’s a feeling no one will ever take away from me!

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And the book I have been loving to read in the bath has been All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. By the time this blog post has gone up, I should have finished it completely, but the massive plot twist that has happened has just broken my heart into a million pieces! I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before (sorry if I have) but it really is the most beautifully written book about such a sensitive, raw issue that I have ever read. It’s basically a love story between Violet, who’s sister has recently died, and Theo (who’s nicknamed Finch), who wants to die – to put it bluntly! They both unexpectedly meet at the top of their school bell tower which forms into an unlikely friendship, and we all know where it leads from there! I think there’s going to be a film of it soon, as well, so I’m just preparing myself for that! This is available from Waterstones, WHSmith, Ebay, Amazon and most other bookstores.

Finally, I’ve been watching and very much enjoying the new series of Celebs Go Dating on E4. I did try and watch the last series in the summer but it didn’t appeal to me too much, though this series really has me hooked! As I write, it’s literally on in the background and I think the celebrities on this series are just so funny and I actually know who they all are, which is a bonus! It’s something that’s really good to just have a bit of a laugh at and wind down to in the evening…or afternoon…or morning! I think it’s on every weeknight, but they’re all on catch up so I’ve just been massively binge-watching them! If you like a bit of reality TV with a lot of laughs, this is the one for you!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing Favourites, even if it does cause a slight existential crisis! Just to let you all know, my next blog post will be uploaded on Friday as opposed to Thursday, for reasons you will soon read. As of next week, though, the routine will continue as it has been. Don’t forget to let me know what you’re favourites have been this month or what items you also like from my little selection!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Friday,

Rachel xx

Morphe VS. Makeup Revolution [Eye Shadow Palettes]

Good Afternoon Munchkins!

Today I will be chatting you through my findings whilst using the Morphe 35K palette and the Makeup Revolution Flawless Ultra Mattes palette, and the differences I’ve found between them. As a little bit of background, the Morphe palette contains (as you may be able to tell!) 35 eye shadows, which are mainly neutral, and contain a mixture of matte and shimmer shades. The Makeup Revolution palette, however, contains 32 entirely matte eye shadows in much smaller pans. This won’t be a full review on either palette (though if you would like that, please let me know and I can write that for you), it will just be ‘VS.’ between the two of them and pointing out their obvious differences.

So the first thing I’m going to be talking to you about is the pan sizes. I know to most this won’t seem like anything that interesting, but the difference is significant! In the Makeup Revolution palette, the pans are much smaller, meaning you do get less bang for your buck (I hate that phrase, but it fits!), but there are so many colours to choose from, I don’t think you’ll be missing out too much! I’ve had this for nearly a year and use it quite a lot for school and I haven’t hit pan yet, so it does last for a while. In the Morphe palette, my brushes literally swim in the pans! They are massive and I don’t know how I’m ever going to finish one eye shadow let alone the palette! I’ve only had this since Christmas so I wouldn’t expect to hit pan on it no matter what palette it was, but this is definitely going to last me a lot longer. At the same time, though, I think you do pay for the pan sizes you are given with both palettes.

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As I’ve already mentioned, the Makeup Revolution palette I own contains only mattes (though they do offer other palettes with shimmer shades) and the Morphe one contains a pretty even mixture of mattes and shimmers. The Makeup Revolution palette is quite pigmented and can last throughout a day where you’re not doing much, but the Morphe colours can literally go through natural disasters and a world war and still look just how you applied it earlier that day! They both contain relatively neutral shades (i.e. creams, browns, blacks) with the odd exception of a few pinks or blues along the way. Although the Morphe shades win on the pigment and longevity front, the Makeup Revolution palette does come with a sheet of clear plastic which has the eye shadows names on, something I really do appreciate when I’m writing blog posts. This does depend on your wants and needs in a palette, but I find that when the eye shadows are labelled, they’re much more practical when blogging.

Onto the packaging. As you can see, both are in a very minimalist black, plastic casing. The Makeup Revolution has a much glossier effect whilst the Morphe one has a matte, wipe-down finish (the irony), both of which are easy to travel with and I can wipe any spillages off of. Both also have the names of the brands imprinted on the front; the Makeup Revolution one in a gold, which has started to chip away slightly, and the Morphe one containing it’s usual white and red logo. They’re both click shut and, despite being smaller, I actually think the Makeup Revolution palette is relatively heavier than the Morphe palette. Also, it’s quite evident the size difference of both palettes – the Makeup Revolution palette is less than half the size of the Morphe one, making it much easier to travel with. In saying this, you could get away with only taking one of these palettes with you if you were to travel because they contain practically every colour you could ever need, particularly the Morphe palette. Something else which is quite stand out is that the Makeup Revolution palette comes with a mirror whilst the Morphe one doesn’t. This isn’t great for practical reasons, but I do have loads of handheld mirrors I could use in replacement of Morphe’s lack of mirror. Neither of these palettes come with a brush.

Finally, price and availability. The Makeup Revolution palette is available from Superdrug for £8. I personally find this a really reasonable price for a palette of so many colours which are of a decent quality, particularly for beginners. It’s also really easy to get hold of because it’s available in-store and online. The Morphe palette, in the UK, is only available online at Beauty Bay as of recently and retails for £21. This is much higher in price but you do get what you pay for and if you divide that price by the amount of eye shadows, it’s still less than £1 per eye shadow.

I love both of these palettes, though, and I think it would depend on the occasion as to which palette I would opt for. I think the Makeup Revolution palette is suited more to beginners or those who don’t wear makeup very often so just want one palette with everything in, whilst the Morphe palette is for collector’s or those who wear makeup more often (like myself).

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing ‘VS.’ blog posts so let me know what else you would like to see compared! Also, don’t forget to let me know which palette you prefer out of the two if you own one, the other, or both for yourself! Or, you can tell me which palette I have now swayed you towards if you own neither of them!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Tuesday,

Rachel xx

Pre-Birthday Haul; Superdrug and Primark

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you a few bits that I purchased just over a week ago now as a little pre-birthday treat with some money I received early. If I’d known how much I would get from friends and family this year (I was so lucky and I’m so grateful for that!), I probably wouldn’t have gone shopping but I still picked up some bits I needed and thought I’d just share them with you! This isn’t anything too exciting, but I thought I would still chat you through the little pieces I bought.

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As per usual, I couldn’t resist the Primark that was there and had to go in there first! I was on a specific hunt for some lounge pants (random, I know!) and I definitely found what I wanted! The first pair I picked up was this Harry Potter legging-style lounge pant that was completely compulsory of me to get! This is a simple grey with the burgundy/deep red Harry Potter typography up the leg and on the waistband. The only thing I’d say if you were to get these for yourself is to size up because they do wear really small; I’m not sure why but just bare that in mind! I particularly like the waistband on this which is slightly elasticated and they just go with so many tops, meaning I can so easily chuck it on after school when I just want to chill. They’re also slightly fitted around the ankle meaning there is very little chance of me falling over! These were only £6, which you can’t really go wrong with! By the way, sorry that I lost the picture of the waistband, you’ll have to go by my previous description to know what I’m on about!

The next thing I bought in Primark was another pair of legging-style lounge pants, but instead with some New York lettering on it. Going to New York is one of the top things on my bucket list so I had to get them just to represent that! Again, these are plain grey with ‘New York’ written on the slightly elasticated waistband and ‘Brooklyn’ up the left leg, same as the Harry Potter ones. These were £5 – I don’t know why there was a £1 difference, but it’s still such a reasonable price that I can’t contend with! These may also need to be sized up, but they’re not as bad as the Harry Potter ones. I haven’t worn these properly yet, but I think they may be my favourite because of the comfort factor. I don’t think the writing on either of these will come off in the wash either because they don’t look like they’re stickers or anything like that.

The next couple of things I bought in Primark were a few pairs of socks. I love socks; I have no idea why, but they just really float my boat! Anyway, I’m also loving frilly socks at the moment and these warmer/darker colours so I thought I would buy a couple of pairs in burgundy and khaki. These were £2 each, which is so affordable considering there are two pairs in a pack, which will keep me going for a while! I just really like them for dressing up an outfit or chucking them on to wear with my Vans so the frilly bit is showing – they’re so effortlessly stylish and I just can’t get enough of them! These aren’t ankle socks, though, they can be pulled a little bit up the calf so they may not be ideal for some. I don’t mind, I just love the colour of them! They also had a few more colours available from what I saw.

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The last thing I bought in Primark was this little pack of brush/beauty blender cleanser wipe things. These really intrigued me and the box just contains 6 wipes which are supposed to clean your makeup tools so I will let you know how I get on with them. I was going to pick up a couple of boxes because they were on sale for £1 and there were loads there, but I didn’t want to spend my money on something that didn’t work. I’m just so lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes, so if these work they could help me out so much! Again, super affordable and, potentially, very much time-saving and easy to use. I will write another blog post once I’ve attempted to use them!

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Next I went into Superdrug and, once more, I was on a mission! For my last Drama exam I am applying makeup onto the actors in my designated group, so I needed to buy a face primer whilst I’m testing out my ideas and for the final performance in April. I had done my research beforehand and discovered the MUA Pro Base Smooth Set & Prime Primer, which I decided I was to get. This is a very lightweight product that only cost £5, which I don’t mind spending for my Drama portfolio. I’ve tried it on myself once, but I will do so again just so I can see the full effect of it, and I will be writing a review of it for you once I’ve used it a few times on the actor’s as well. I just find myself in quite a difficult situation of ‘I want to try the product out and see if it’s any good’ as well as ‘I want to keep it looking nice and new for the actor’s’, so it’s tricky, but it’s got a balmy-ish texture, so it’s not too noticeable if I’ve used a bit.

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The next thing I got in Superdrug was something else I’ve needed for a while and that is brow gel to set my eyebrows in place once I’ve filled them in. The one I was previously using I bought like 2/3 years ago, so I thought I was in definite need of an upgrade! As I was at the MUA counter I thought I would try out their Lash and Brow Clear Mascara because, for me, it’s not something that needs to be top quality in my makeup routine (unlike my foundation or eyeliner, for example) but I can’t complete my makeup routine without one! This was only £2 as well, so if it isn’t too great it isn’t money down the drain or a complete waste. Anyway, I will let you know how I get on with it!

The final thing I bought wasn’t something I needed, as such, but I’ve wanted one for such a long time and I’m so happy to finally have one in my collection! It’s the Tanya Burr Eye Shadow Palette in Fairytale. I picked this one up because I thought I would use these colours most in comparison to the little selection they had on offer, and it was one I was going to end up buying anyway. It contains 4 stunning neutral shades with the most gorgeous names – I just couldn’t resist it. I’ve received a lot of makeup recently so I really didn’t need this, but I wanted to test it out and I had the money on me, so thought ‘why not?’! This was only £6 so, again, it’s not money down the drain if it isn’t that great but I will let you know how I get along with it. I’ve tried her lip glosses before, though, and have been very impressed, so I do have high hopes for her palette! I’m literally so excited to try all this new stuff out!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing hauls, so let me know what you liked from this mini one here. Also, don’t forget to let me know what you’ve bought recently or what trends you have been loving!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

EOTD: Dark, Cool-Toned, Shimmery Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be talking you through a stunning makeup look I managed to create using the Morphe 35K Palette on Sunday. Since my birthday, I’ve received a fair few lip products which I’ve wanted to try out so I’ve *tried* keeping my eye makeup fairly neutral, but on this particular day I was trialing a ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade, so thought I would play around with some dark colours, once more. I love playing around with colours, mainly because you never know what you will end up producing from it, and 9 times out of 10, it tends to look stunning! This palette is available from Beauty Bay.

So here is the eye makeup:

As you can see, this is very dark but still relatively wearable. I wore it for daytime and I still didn’t look insane, let’s put it that way! This still follows very basic smokey eye steps and doesn’t use very many eye shadows, and all from the same palette (shock horror!). The cool undertones of the main eye shadow used also helps to bring out the pale blue of my eyes, also.

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Unfortunately, Morphe don’t label or name their eye shadows in their palettes so you’re going to have to judge the eye shadows by my directions! I’ll apologise in advance!

The first shade I took was on the one on the left side of the palette on the second row down. I just ran this through my crease and up slightly so that I could create a gradient, though I did end up using only this shade as a transition colour in the end! As Morphe eye shadows are such a dream to work with, it blended really easily with the original brush I was using and was super pigmented, meaning my socket would look extra defined than what it probably already does!

I then mixed this colour with the one just below it to make a much richer, darker brown (the previous one was much lighter and had an orange-y tone to it) and applied this on the outer quarter of my eye. I then blended this in towards the rest of my eye so it reached the outer third to make all the transitions seem much more seamless. I really loved how this looked because sometimes transition colours and the outer third colours just don’t seem to match but these one’s did beautifully. These are also the two colours I ran under my lower lash line.

Finally, I took the middle colour on the far right of the palette and applied it to the rest (i.e. the centre) of my lid. This is a cool-toned, dark brown with silver shimmers in which really help to lift the eye shadow and not make it look or feel as flat as it could if it was matte. I think most people would be quite intimidated by a colour like this, but it can, and does, look stunning when used appropriately. This look could be worn even darker for a night-time look, which I would definitely consider after trialing it! The last few touches would include deepening the outer third if the shimmer has covered it slightly, applying some eye liner and putting some cool-toned highlight in the inner corner/on the brow bone to lift the look even more.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing EOTD’s, so I will try to create more for you in the future! It’s just difficult to do so if I’m at school because I don’t really have the time to experiment in the morning – it’s just a case of ‘get it on’! It’s half-term at the moment, though, so expect some different looks to be featured on this blog! Don’t forget to let me know what you’re favourite eye makeup look is of the moment!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Thursday,

Rachel xx