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EOTD: Pale Pink Everyday Smokey Eye

Good Afternoon Munchkins, and a very happy Easter to you all!

Something which I never do is type a blog post on the day of it’s upload, but I’m finding this Easter pretty difficult for a variety of reasons, so I thought I would start my day by typing in bed – surely the best way to start the day! The other day I had to go into school for some extra revision, but I was also meeting up with someone afterwards so I needed a neutral-ish makeup that looked gorgeous but would last from about 8 in the morning till 10 at night (check me out staying up after half 9!)! Trust me when I say it actually succeeded this; when I got in it looked the exact same as when I had first put it on! Anyway, here is the look I have created:

As you can see, it is a very simple but effective look that anyone can complete. I’ve said that it’s a smokey eye in the title, but I’m sure many of you will disagree; the only reason why I’ve said this is because it contains similar steps and tricks, and has a slight gradient which is much more noticeable when you don’t have it on, if that makes any sense! So it is a smokey eye, but it’s not! This is also a mixture of drugstore and high-end products, so I’m sorry for being awkward!

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The first product I applied is the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold (available from Boots and Superdrug), meaning I don’t have to apply a primer underneath like I usually would! I live my life by these pots of goodness, yet no one expects it because they are so affordable! I just apply this all over the lid with my middle finger, ensuring there’s even coverage and that most of the product is evident in the centre. It doesn’t have to be overly neat at this point because they are really easy to wipe off and blend out, but centre it mostly on the lid.

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I then head into the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (available from Feel Unique) and take the shade Liar on a medium flat-headed eye shadow brush, just applying this on the outer third of my eye and blending in towards the rest of the eye. This is a slightly darker pink so will give a kind of gradient effect without looking too in-your-face for daytime.

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From the same palette, I will also be using the shade Dust on a smaller flat-headed eyebrow brush and placing it on the inner third of my eye, blending in as I do so. You are also free to use this as your inner corner/brow bone highlight, but I decided to use a separate, coordinating shade for that. This actually paired stunningly with the Pink Gold cream, and they could look just as beautiful on their own.

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This step is completely optional, but for a little bit of gradient I head into my original Urban Decay Naked Palette (available from Feel Unique – sorry for the swap in palettes!) and take the shade Buck through my crease. This is my go-to crease colour, I use it literally all the time – it’s a warm-toned chocolate brown but it goes with every single eye shadow I’ve every paired it with. I’m yet to be disappointed by this one! But if you want to keep this look to a few products only or want it to be entirely pink, I wouldn’t use this step; it’s not compulsory, I promise!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I think I need to start experimenting with my eye looks more, I just seem to be stuck in a rut of same thing each day with school taking up all my time! Let me know what you think of this look or what you’re current favourite look is!

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

Rachel xx

MUA Pro-Base [Face] Primer Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I have yet another review for you, this time on the MUA Pro-Base Primer. As you guys know by now, I’m a drugstore girl through and through, so I will try out every product just for the benefit of your reviews *bank account cries in a corner*! I actually bought this for my drama exam which was last Friday because I was doing the makeup for it and needed something that would ensure the makeup I applied lasted all day, even under hot lights and hour-long rehearsals. The performance went well and I really hope the examiner liked what I did to everyone’s faces! It was honestly the most fun exam I’ve ever done and probably will do, but this is about the primer, not my GCSE’s! That was just for a little bit of background so you know what I’m judging it on.

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Firstly, the packaging. I think the casing for this product is something we would expect from a very affordable product; plastic and a little bit clunky. The only reason I say clunky is due to it being a screw-on lid, it can be quite loud to open and sometimes difficult to put it in the right place to close properly. The lid is also clear, making it easy to see how much product is left within the pot. All the important information is on the bottom, including the ingredients and how to use the product itself. It follows a white and purple colour theme, therefore linking to some of MUA’s other products in the ‘Pro’ range. Despite not necessarily looking visually appealing, the plastic does assure me that it won’t break and the screw-on lid tells me it won’t undo in my bag easily – this is obviously dependent on how tightly you do it up. It’s very lightweight so is perfect for travelling. This pot contains 7.2g, which is sure to last you a while!

Surprisingly, this product does have some kind of scent. The way I’ve tried to describe it to other’s is kind of coconut-y, but I’m probably completely wrong! Whatever it is, I’m 99% sure it’s not a natural scent and, although not over-powering, it’s not really my cup of tea. It does fade once you apply it but it’s the initial hit that kind of smacks you in the face! In the pot, this product looks white, but when applied it actually goes clear. I was expecting this, so I’m not overly shocked at the colour change, even if it does appear white on my beauty blender as well as in the pot.

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This primer is slightly different to any other’s that I’ve seen because it’s a solid product as opposed to liquid. I tend to apply this with a beauty blender quite randomly on the face/other body part and blend it all together with my hands because you can’t see it but you can feel the difference, and I don’t want to spend forever making sure I’ve applied it to every inch of the skin when I don’t really need to. When first applied, this does make the skin feel so soft and as if it has smoothed out the skin, as promised on the lid. I don’t notice a visible difference but you can certainly feel it. My normal face products apply just as they usually would on top of this, as did the drama makeup. It didn’t necessarily help blending or make anything stand out further, but I wasn’t really expecting that, like I would an eye primer. The one thing I was really expecting from a primer was increasing the longevity of the makeup I put over top. When I’ve used this on myself, I haven’t noticed this at all, and it actually makes the foundation on my nose look really patchy and as if it’s missing some product completely; this may be where it’s so badly scarred from previous years of sun burn as to why it’s only this area of my face, but it’s still really frustrating because it’s not like I take my foundation out with me for top ups! When doing the makeup in drama, I also didn’t notice an increase in longevity – some of the products did fade and I needed to top up quite a lot. At least they didn’t go patchy on the actor’s skin, though!

Finally, price and availability. This is available in Superdrug for £5. This is one of MUA’s more expensive products considering it’s other items, other than it’s palette’s, are around £3 or under. Obviously it’s still really budget friendly, but if we take the whole brand into consideration, I would expect more from it at that price. It’s also not that easy to get if you don’t have a Superdrug near you, but it is available in-store and online.

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Would I recommend it to you? I’m afraid not. This is a product I might have to push to the back of my mind and only use on days where I really have no other choice! I didn’t notice anything extraordinary, and my makeup is the exact same (if not, better) without it, so I think I’ll stick to going straight on after a little bit of moisturiser.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I’m really sorry it was a negative and slightly shorter one, but I would much rather be honest with you! Let me know what you think if you’ve used this primer, or what other primers you would recommend!

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

Rachel xx

Do Primark Brush Cleaners Work? | First Impressions

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my initial thoughts and feelings towards the Primark Brush/Beauty Sponge Cleanser Wipes. I bought these a few weeks ago and have only just gotten around to using them. I’m not going to lie, before using these I was very curious but also worried as to what it may do to my beloved brushes and sponges, hence why I’ve put it off for so long! However, cleaning my tools has become fundamental since beginning my Drama exam (which I’m doing the makeup for – my life is complete!) due to hygiene and safety and such. Anyway, let’s see if these do, in fact, work!

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As you can see, this product was on offer in Primark for a very reasonable price, explaining why I thought I’d try it because it’s only £1, which isn’t exactly money down the drain if it doesn’t work. In one box you get 6 wipes, all of which come in their own individual air-tight plastic packets which are very easy to rip open. The wipe inside is soaked through with product, which I don’t mind because it assures me there is definite product on there and isn’t going to dry up after a few brushes. It’s folded very neatly and quite cutely in the packet but does open out to be the size of an average face wipe. I’m not going to lie, the smell is very strong so if you don’t like overly-chemical-y smells, you might want to hold your breath whilst using this. Think nail polish remover/acid kind of scent.

Before and After using the wipes

I first tried this on the beauty blender I use for my Drama exam and didn’t find much product had come off. This product promises to remove makeup from any beauty blender or brush, so I scrubbed a bit harder but I was scared of damaging the sponge itself so stopped. As you can see, the tip of the sponge has broken off due to using the wipe, but that could just be due to it being a cheap little sponge I picked up as a back-up! I did also notice that the bottom of the egg-shape was starting to ‘shed’ slightly so decided to stop. It has got a lot of the makeup off and now when I wipe it on one of the wipes no more product comes off, but it does still look visually unappealing.

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For this blog post, I also tried it on an eye shadow brush (I’m really sorry for the terrible pictures!) that I usually use for pigments, so a lot of colour and glitter had to be removed from this! I had a bit more success from this though the bristles seemed to clump together afterwards – I do think this was just due to it being wet, though, as that’s what happens when I wash it normally. I did try it on a brush I use everyday, also, and I had even more success with that one, though I didn’t take pictures for that one, unfortunately.

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When using this, I also found it took quite a lot of time to remove all/most of the product stored in the brush so I ended up losing motivation halfway through. For me, I need something quick and easy to use because I really don’t have that much spare time with my up-coming exams and deadlines! I do want to get into the habit of cleaning my brushes and sponges more, though, just because of hygiene reasons and so I can apply makeup onto other people and not feel self-conscious about it. That’s the reason why I thought I would try these wipes because if they worked, they could be massive time-savers for me and so many others in the same position as me!

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Finally, would I recommend it to you? I’m afraid not. I will continue to use them for urgent situations when I don’t have time for my brushes to dry if I were to wash them by hand, but they won’t be my go-to. I really was looking forward to finding something that would significantly help me and my time-saving, but it looks like I’m going to need to keep my eyes peeled and continue to hunt for more tips and products to do just that! In fact, let me know if you know of any or use some for yourself so I can get my hands on them!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – even though these were a bit of a flop, I actually really enjoyed writing a First Impressions (something I’ve never done before!). If you’ve tried these, let me know what you thought whilst you were using it and whether I’m doing it wrong (which I probably am!). Also, don’t forget to let me know what else you would like to see on this blog!

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

Rachel xx

 

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

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

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