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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

Good Evening Munchkins!

Disclaimer: My lack of activity is explained at the end of the blog post.

Today I will finally be writing my review on the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks! I’ve wanted to write this for a few months now, but I wanted to include a variety of colours so thought I’d wait until I got the ones I really wanted before showing you them. I personally love Jeffree Star – I know he’s a very controversial individual, but I find him really funny and over-the-top (in a good way!). Obviously I’m judging this on the product, not the person who designed it, so if you don’t like him, you may still like the product just as much as I do! I think I’ve chatted enough now, so I will actually start the blog post! I’ve also got a feeling it’s going to be a long one, so I’d grab a cup of tea and a biscuit if I were you!

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Firstly, the packaging. I’m very grateful in that I own three of his liquid lipsticks; one from the permanent range, another from last Summer’s collection and my newest one from last year’s Christmas set. This does mean that each of the lids are different colours so they’re very much distinguishable from each other, but they still follow the same style. The lipsticks are presented in glass bottles with a kind of rounded edge at the bottom, which does look really effective even if it means the whole tube doesn’t contain product. This is quite sturdy glass that I trust to keep the product inside safe, but it does cause some concern when travelling, so just be aware of this. It has a screw-on lid (the permanent collection in pink, the Summer collection in yellow and the Christmas collection in red) that is very easy to fasten and open, ensuring the product can’t dry out or leak in any bags. It’s also decorated in stars  and the shade name is labelled on the bottom of the tube with a little pink sticker. Although pink isn’t my favourite colour and I don’t always think it matches the colour of the actual lipstick, it definitely determines which brand it is – Jeffree did his job in being unique! Each lipstick comes in a small box which lists the ingredients and all the other important details about the product and it’s wear, so don’t fear that it’s not on the bottle! I’m just not that good at holding onto the boxes! It does, therefore, allow the bottle to appear quite minimalist and the colour of the lipstick much more visible and, hence, easier to see if it’s running out or dried up. It’s also relatively lightweight considering it is made predominantly of glass; I’d guess that the lid is made of plastic, but don’t hold me to that. The applicator is quite small to make applying the product more precise and neat, which would suit a variety of lip sizes, so there’s nothing to worry about there! Each bottle contains 0.19 fl. oz of product.

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As I’ve previously mentioned, I own three very different shades, so I’ll briefly talk you through them and their different scents. The first shade I received was Watermelon Soda from last Summer’s collection which, unsurprisingly, smells like watermelon! This is a very bold, almost neon pink that I haven’t been able to wear too much as of yet, but roll on Summer and this will be worn a lot, I’m thinking! I’ve then got Gemini from the permanent collection which is a red-y brown with very small pink undertones; on my lips it looks a bit like a ‘my lips but better’ nude, which is really on trend at the moment. This has a very vanilla-y scent. The final shade I own is Pumpkin Pie which is from last year’s Christmas collection, and is a burnt orange with very small gold glitters within it. I think I’m still a tiny bit too pale for this, but I wore it the other day and completely fell in love with it! It’s almost similar to Gemini, but I think it looks a bit bolder because of the orange within it. This has a less noticeable scent.

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As I think we can all expect, these are very high quality products! Each of these apply really easily and mould into the lips very simply. The small-ish applicator does help with this, but it’s still quite easy to wipe off before drying down if there are any mistakes. It also applies so pigmented-ly (that’s not a word, is it?!) – it’s just a bold, thick colour as soon as the applicator touches your lips that never needs topping up throughout the day! I’ve eaten a Subway sandwich with it on, and none has come off – if that’s not a good sign, I don’t know what is! If you don’t like strong smells in cosmetics, it does disappear after a while so that isn’t a place for massive concern. This is smudge proof and does not budge, I can 100% guarantee you of this; the first time I wore one of these, I spent ages scrubbing my lips trying to get it off, but now I know the correct way to do it (which I will share in the future, by the way) so my lips remain intact! It definitely does dry down matte after around a minute, but I’ve never fully timed it to the second, so I can’t promise you what it says on the box. It doesn’t dry out your lips if you are constantly treating your lips before application, during and after you’ve taken it off, but the first time I wore one I did notice that it irritated me slightly; this could just be due to not having worn a liquid lipstick at all before these one’s, but my lips kept feeling itchy and almost swollen. Now they’ve got used to it and I’m not going back! But yes, as I say, with any liquid lipstick you need to properly treat your lips throughout the process so that you don’t end up with scars where your lips used to be! My lips don’t matte down until they’re flaky/dry, they remain quite comfortable and I can still move them quite easily, so that’s always a bonus! None of the colours differ in product capability too much, but Pumpkin Pie’s glitter particles can sometimes get caught in the cracks of your lips if you don’t remove it thoroughly enough. I’m kind of used to this now, though – I just end up finding glitter everywhere!

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Finally, price and availability. In the UK, Jeffree Star Cosmetics are available on Beauty Bay, and after a collection has finished it’s initial run, they will publicize offers (i.e. how I convinced my Mother to buy Watermelon Soda and Pumpkin Pie!) or sales. These tend to be really good and Beauty Bay is a reliable shop (I think I officially count as a regular!), so keep an eye out for those! Watermelon Soda and Pumpkin Pie may be slightly difficult to get hold of now, but that doesn’t necessarily make it impossible if you have a little look around! The general retail price for the liquid lipsticks are £16, whether they’re in the permanent range or seasonal collections. I think I got the other two for around £11 or £12 in separate sales so, as I say, they are quite good if you stumble across them!

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Would I recommend these to you? Absolutely, they are one of the only things keeping me steady during this stressful period! If you can’t afford these ones, there are many dupes which are equally as good, but if you have a birthday coming up or for Christmas, I would highly recommend these lipsticks! I am a makeup collector/addict, so I’m going to turn around and be like ‘my life goal is to buy them all’, but if you don’t have such a keen interest or don’t wear them too much, maybe buy a more inexpensive one just so that if it dries out before all of it is used, it’s not loads of money down the drain. This is down to you and what you believe it best for you, but I love them (have I said it enough times now!?)!

And there we have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post – I feel like I’ve rambled a lot but there’s so much to say about them! Let me know what you think about the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks if you own any for yourself, or what your favourite liquid lipstick is right now!

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

Rachel xx

Hi guys. As many of you know, I’m in my final year of school and this is the run-up to the exam period, so it has completely taken over my life (as if it hasn’t already!). No matter how much I would love to keep updating this blog 3 times a week with a new post, it’s just not possible right now. Until the end of June/beginning of July (I will let you know of exact dates closer to the time) I will be uploading once a week on a Saturday at 12pm because I don’t want to take a complete break, but it’s just not possible to keep everything up and maintain a stable mind! This does mean they will be just beauty related, so all my ‘Let’s Talk About…’s’ will be on hold for now, unless you request a specific one. I will be back with 3 blog posts a week soon enough though – I have a 12 week holiday after my exams so I’ve got to do something! And sorry for extending this blog post even more, it’s massive as it is! I hope you all have a lovely day and I’ll see you next Saturday. x

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

Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (Long Wear Eye Shadow Base) Review

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts and findings when testing the Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (possibly the longest name for an eye shadow primer ever!). I received this from my Grandmother and have been using it from the day I got it, so that’s been around a month now, give or take a little bit. If you saw my most recent Favourites, you probably know how this is going to go, but I thought I would give you a little further insight to the product itself for you!

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 Firstly, the packaging. This comes in a very minimalist glass tub with a black lid and transparent part holding the product, so you can look at how much you’ve got left/the colour etc. The black lid is adorned with the statement Lancome rose, which really reminds me of Beauty and the Beast, but you can’t doubt how stunning it looks. This also hasn’t chipped unlike other branding on some other products that have been rattling around in my makeup bag, so that’s a good sign! The lid is screw on so it’s really easy to open and safely fasten should you be travelling. Taking travelling into consideration, I would be quite cautious because it is made of glass and, although this gives it a really luxurious vibe, it does mean it can smash. It feels quite sturdy, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. The lid is plastic, though, so that keeps my worries at bay! This is slightly more weight-y because of that factor, but taking into account it’s thick glass, it’s not as heavy as you would think. Maybe that’s just because I’m used to lifting it up and using it everyday now, but that’s just what I’ve noticed! On the bottom is has all the vital information you may require, like the ingredients and the colours and the amount of time you can use it for, and it’s displayed quite simplistically without appearing too busy. There is quite a lot of product in this, also: 5ml/5g/017oz, which I consider a lot for a solid eye primer. This is going to last me forever!

As expected, there is no obvious smell about this product. This is in the colour 02 Beige Porcelaine which was, as previously mentioned, picked out by my Granny, so I’m guessing there’s other colours and it’s not just used as a skin-toned eye primer. I’ve just assumed this because this colour is very much my kind of skin-toned, but it does contain some little specs of glitter, which I guess gave it away. This isn’t any hassle to me because I always set my primer with powder which mattifies it quite well. The glitters aren’t evident when wearing a completely matte eye, so please don’t let that put you off, and, as I say, I am guessing there are other colours in the collection you can choose from.

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Onto the product itself. As this is one of the only high-end products in my makeup collection and one of the first Lancome products I used, I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes, like a lot of us would. I had an inkling to the general price of their products, so I did kind of make my predictions based on that, which you probably shouldn’t do! This is one of those products I apply with my finger but blends into the surrounding skin really nicely and is super creamy during use, but doesn’t budge once applied! I’m actually surprised by how easy it is so use and how it hasn’t dried up because I’m guessing my Granny bought this around this time last year, but I obviously can’t find out now! This also increases any eye shadows pigmentation and longevity amazingly – I cannot believe the choice of eye shadows I have for school now, it’s slightly overwhelming! It makes glitters stick onto your eye so easily and any colour, whether it be neutral or dramatic, look 10 times better than it already would! I also think it’s increased the longevity of my eyeliner, but that could just be due to chance and me doing something different! Blending products out is just as easy as it was before, but I have always applied setting powder in my crease to help with this, so I’m not overly surprised that I haven’t seen a massive change in this. It makes everything last until it’s time to take it off, which can sometimes be 12 hours after applying it, so I’m happy and it definitely lives up to its expectations!

Finally, price and availability. As we can all guess, this doesn’t come cheap, and has the hefty price tag of £21. I do think you get what you pay for though, with an amazing product and the amount of product also being much needed when you wear makeup as often as some people *cough* me, sorry skin *cough*. This is available in Boots, in-store and online, so if you have one near-by you can go get one quite easily, or you will have to go to a bigger department store like Debenhams or John Lewis, which is a bit of a hassle, but most places have a Boots so I wouldn’t worry too much! I think those are the only places in the UK you can get it, but you are more than welcome to correct me!

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Would I recommend it to you? Yes, but if you have the money to spare. I got this simply through chance and, quite frankly, luck, so please don’t feel worried that I endorse budget friendly items then whip out this £20 primer! Trust me, I agree on the expense of it, but you do get what you pay for, and I do believe certain products in a makeup routine, like an eye primer, should be kind of like an investment. It’s products like these that I see as the true foundations of a makeup look because it really does hold it all together. I’m sure you can get much more affordable ones of a similar quality, hence why I say only get it if you’ve got the money spare; don’t force yourself into debt over an eye primer!

 And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – you all know by now how much I love writing my reviews! Let me know what you think of this product if you’ve used it yourself or whether I’ve now convinced you to get it! Also, don’t forget to let me know what else you would like to see on this blog or what you believe are the foundations to a makeup routine!

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

Rachel xx

March Favourites 2017

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my March Favourites! I know every single blogger since the beginning of time says this, but where has the time gone?! I feel like I’ve blinked and I’ve been fast-forwarded to March 2017, it’s just insane. This month has had highs and lows, including getting my prom dress and real friends proving who they really are. I think I’ve also definitely decided which college I’m going to, but I will only write a follow-up blog post on that once it’s definite (i.e. when I’m driving there for my first day!). Anyway, it’s only a month and a half until my first exam and I’m having a complete mental breakdown, but let’s continue on with the blog post!

The first thing I have been loving this month has been the Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (basically a primer!) in 02 Beige Porcelaine. I received this on quite sad circumstances but this has magical powers I had not before experienced! This is really easy to work with – think the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo’s but skin coloured – and helps to maintain my eye makeup for the entire day, no matter what I’m doing. I don’t think it’s waterproof, but I wouldn’t expect my powder eye shadows, which I apply on top, to be either. I just apply this with my finger and set with some powder and it’s all good to go. I haven’t noticed any extra help in blending because I’ve always applied powder onto my primer and my eye shadows seem to be pretty good in that respect anyway, but I’m sure it’s noticeable to some! It does, however, help to colour correct my eye lid and hide any veins which may have appeared, though they usually don’t, without appearing too thick or clumpy on my lid. This colour does appear to have some shimmers in, but once set with powder you really can’t notice it if you wanted to do a completely matte eye. It hasn’t disrupted my eyeliner yet, either, which is a massive thing to me! This is available from Boots, John Lewis and Debenhams, as well as some other department stores.

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Another beauty thing I’ve been loving his month has been liquid eyeliner. Long-term readers will know my love for black winged liner (as just mentioned!), and it’s taken me forever to finally gain the confidence to use a liquid one! At the moment I’m just using this cheap one I got in a magazine goodness knows how long ago, but I am planning on getting the Collection one soon as it’s had great reviews and it looks fairly similar to the one I’ve been playing around with (let me know if that sounds like a good idea to you because it’s a whole new world for me!). It’s still a work in progress and I don’t have the full confidence to wear it everyday, but every so often I try it out just to build my skill and technique with it. It’s not as difficult as I initially thought, though that could be down to me using gel eyeliner very precisely for the past 7 months!

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The third thing on my list for the month has been lip glosses. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lip glosses for a whole host of reasons, but this month I’ve really liked just popping one on for a day-to-day look, or out shopping, or for college meetings etc.. The one I’ve featured in the picture is Tanya Burr’s Aphrodite (which, I think, has sadly been discontinued) which is a shade I’ve reunited with this month; it’s a gorgeous subtle pink-y red that is perfect for a sunny Spring/Summer day. I just really like how easy they are to (literally) pop on and know that if some colour comes off it’s not too noticeable, meaning I don’t need to keep reapplying. They also don’t dry my lips out, which is something I’ve actually struggled with these past few months when using different lip products. They also feel lighter and more appropriate to the warmer weather, I don’t know why!

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I’ve already featured this in an earlier blog post, but this month I read and fell in love with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was lent to me by my Aunt after she said ‘it’s a kids book, but a really bloody good kids book’! That was obviously enough for me to read it! I knew some background knowledge about this because the film came out around the end of last year and I’d seen the trailer on TV, but this book is the most emotional yet innocent thing to have ever been absorbed into my brain. I think it pulls at the heart strings even more because of the fact it’s written from such an innocent perspective of a 13-year-old boy. This story follows the main character, Connor, as he has to care for his Mum who has cancer (and we all know what will happen there). He meets The Monster (which still confuses me slightly, is he meant to be something metaphorical?) who helps him overcome a series of hurdles and yes, this will make you cry. It’s in third person, which I don’t usually lean towards, but oh-me oh-my is this a book which will manifest your life! Even if you just borrow it from the library, it needs to be read! This is available from WHSmith, Waterstones and most other book shops.

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Another book my Aunt lent me and had to be included in my Favourites was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I haven’t actually finished this because I read A Monster Calls first and this is a much thicker book to get through, but I am so hooked, more than I ever thought I would. Despite all the books I have read over the years, this is the first adult book I’ve ever read, so I was slightly anxious that I wouldn’t understand it or that it would go straight over my head, but I understand it and I’m feeling all the feels! This is a mystery/thriller (basically the complete opposite of the heart-wrenching book I’d read beforehand, though I haven’t actually got to the thriller bit yet!) and it contains multiple narratives, which I’m an absolute sucker for! I can’t tell you much about it because it’s so easy to give stuff away, but it’s about an alcoholic called Rachel (bodes well!) who gets the same train to work everyday and so see’s the same people doing their usual routine on those days, as well. And then all these things happen and people go missing and Rachel get’s involved and there’s ex-husbands and babies and you need to read this before I annoy everyone out there! As I say, I haven’t finished it yet, but I know it’s going to be a book that takes over my life! This is also available from WHSmith, Waterstone and most other book shops.

The final thing I have been loving this month is Snapchat. Once again, I’m the last on the bandwagon, but I have now joined in with that teenage trend of multiple filters and aimed posts! Just kidding, I don’t aim things just as a matter of principle! It has now become my most favoured app on my phone; I just find it so addictive and I need to check for new filters every day, just in case! I’ve actually found it’s also built my confidence in terms of taking photos of myself and choosing to share them with others – I’ve only got a few friends on there who I know and trust, whereas I sometimes feel my Instagram and Facebook are a bit of a free for all. Talking of Instagram, I’m seriously thinking about starting an account for this blog (ChummyR) on there but I will only do it when I have more time (i.e. when most/all of my exams are done in June) so that I can keep you updated on a daily basis and build more of a connection with you. I know uploading a blog post 3 times a week is a lot for some bloggers, but I always feel like I could build on it. So, yeah, just let me know what you think of that idea!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing Favourites blog posts, even if it does make me panic with my other deadlines that I fear are looming! Let me know what you like from this little selection if you have used or read anything mentioned, and what products have been some of your Favourites this month!

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

Rachel xx

How To: Makeup on Mature Skin

Good Evening Munchkins!

As last Sunday was Mother’s Day, I decided I would treat my Mum in a number of ways, but something she said she would really like was a pampering and her makeup done ‘all nicely’. Being the makeup freak I am, I was more than happy to oblige, but because I wanted my Mum to feel really happy and good about herself, I decided to research what I could do to make her look a little bit more youthful and extenuate her natural beauty. Obviously I wanted to add my own style, but these little tips are tried and tested (most of which actually worked).

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So, as per usual, I moisturised her skin with the Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser (available from Boots and Superdrug) just to plump her skin slightly and prep it for the makeup I was to put on top. I then opted for a light, dewy foundation so that it looks like healthy skin as opposed to a mask! It is recommended to use a CC Cream on more mature skin, but I found this tester one to work just as well (which I don’t know the name of, but it’s really good!). My grandmother used this – it’s got to be good! I blended it in with a damp beauty blender to allow it to oxidize in with her natural complexion even more seamlessly and maintain the dewy glow.

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Something else I was warned about was over-powdering. With my teenage skin type, if I over-powder, it’s not overly noticeable by the time I’ve finished my makeup/left the house because my natural oiliness will reduce the look of it, if that makes any sense. However, on a more mature skin type, powder has the ability to sink into fine lines and hence make them look even more apparent if applied carelessly, which we don’t want. Therefore, only apply around the T-Zone with a small powder brush (I used the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, available from Boots and Superdrug) and any other notably oily areas.

Something which I do everyday anyway but was also recommended was to use powder products for the eyebrows. Quite naturally as we get older our eyebrow hairs become more sparse and, where my Mum’s blonde, they look even less ‘there’! Taking these points into account, I used a light brown eye shadow on a very thin, defined angled brush so that I still managed to create a natural brow shape and colour for her hair colour. The eye shadows I used were Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (available from Feel Unique) and Velvet Teddy from the Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (available from Superdrug and Feel Unique).

Wearing neutral eye shadows is something else I’ve heard, which I think most women of that age tend to lean towards anyway. I’m a complete advocate for wear and do what you want, no matter what society says, but Mum wanted a neutral-ish look with some glitter, so I did just that. I used my Daytime Gold Smokey Eye (find HERE) as inspiration, and she seemed very happy with this. The only difference was the amount of glitter I applied and the fact I went a bit higher with the transition shade, but that’s due to our different eye shapes. An amazing all-matte palette if you do want to stick with neutral matte shades is the Makeup Revolution Ultra Flawless Matte’s Palette, available from Superdrug.

I don’t know about your Mum, but mine is always asking me how I get my eyeliner so angled and in such a straight line, so if I ever do her makeup she will always wants a similar look. However, I believe that with her natural colouring and eye shape (and the addition of more mature skin) winged eyeliner wouldn’t compliment her too much, so I instead opted for a smudged dark brown pencil eyeliner on her upper lash line. I did choose a dark brown in order to coordinate with the smokey eye, as well, but it isn’t too harsh against the rest of her skin/makeup, yet ensures there is still some definition still there!

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Onto the face once again, I have been warned not to use a glittery blusher. Similar to the over-powdering fear, applying too much glitter can accentuate fine lines in the same way of sinking in, but then I question how I will apply highlighter! I don’t own many shimmer blushers, so this wasn’t much of an issue, but I did still apply a generous amount of highlighter! I didn’t find it making my Mum look any older, but I guess it’s on a smaller area of the face so doesn’t appear too bad. The blusher I used was L’Oreal Le Blush in Sandalwood Pink (available from Boots and Superdrug) and the highlighter I used was the one from the Collection Highlight and Sculpt Contour Kit (available from Boots and Superdrug).

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And, finally, choose a colour a little bit darker than your natural lip colour. My Mum has quite pink lips, so there was a whole host of choice for her! This was something I let her choose for herself and she chose the Avon Ultra Glaze Wear Lip Gloss in Rosette, which I highly agreed with! I think lip colours are so universal that it doesn’t matter whether you prefer lighter or darker, but more mature women usually tend to choose a more neutral tone just because it’s more in their safety bracket, which I completely understand. I also don’t think there’s much of a difference if you were to choose a lipstick, a lip gloss, or a completely different formula all together – that part is down to personal preference!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I really enjoyed doing my Mum’s makeup and being able to share it with you could really help any of you out, or myself in the future, because we all know I’ll forget these in a few days! Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be about spending loads; she really appreciated this and being treated in this way, so chances are it could work for you, even if I am writing this after the day itself! Don’t forget to let me know what you got you’re Mum on Sunday, or how you chose to spend it!

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

Rachel xx

EOTD: Drugstore Daytime Golden Smokey Eye

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I thought I would show you a look that I’ve only recently created but have completely fallen head over heels for! I feel like I might have mentioned a variation of this before but this is a style of smokey eye that is so easy (literally anyone can do it!) but looks so effective for daytime. It’s just a nice change to the usual brown/bronze smokey eye I would usually turn to. This only uses a few different eye shadows (all of which are very affordable) and can be completed in minutes!

So here is the look I have been loving:

As you can see, this has a stunning shimmer vibe about it (could you expect any different from me?!) but still a smooth gradient which I love! All the colours combine together really easily without any necessary blending after application of the shades themselves.

The first thing I do, as per usual, is apply a primer and set it with powder. This new primer I’m using (which will be featured in my March Favourites, so keep your eyes peeled for that!) has significantly increased the longevity of any eye shadow I put on top of it and has been a complete life saver for me! Applying powder over top just helps blending later and sets the creamy formula of the primer.

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I then head into my Collection Little Mix All About The Eye’s Palette (which has, very sadly, been discontinued) and take the colour Golden Sand on my middle finger before applying it all over my lid, but not past the crease. I just find this colour to appear more pigmented when applied with my finger, and it also ensures there’s no fallout and all the glitter stays where it should. It lets me push the colour into the primer, as well, so I know it will last a bit longer than what it would if applied with a brush.

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From the same palette, I will be taking the colour Sunkissed on my index finger and applying it on the outer third of my eye. I have quite small fingers so this is quite easy, but I know this isn’t the case for everyone, so just find a very small, detail-er brush that can do the same trick for you. I then just blend these together with a fluffy blending brush to remove any harsh lines.

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Going into my new Tanya Burr Fairytale Palette (ahhhh! I can’t believe I’ve finally got this! This is available from Superdrug and Feel Unique), I take the colour Velvet Cushion and apply this into my crease. For this, I used a small, dense blending brush in order to get some precision. I also blend it out slightly higher to give it some daytime drama (considering I can’t stay up past 10pm and I’m single, this is the most exciting thing in my life right now!). If I need to, I will go back in with the fluffy blending brush to combine it all together, but as it goes, they all do so quite naturally anyway.

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love this makeup look and I really hope you do too! If you try this makeup look, please let me know what you think or what your favourite makeup look is at the moment!

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

Rachel xx

P.S. Thank you so much for allowing me to hit 300 followers! That is just an insane number to be; I started this blog just as a little bit of fun and with no real expectations of anything much to come from it, so to be able to say this is amazing! I’m literally someone that has come nothing, so thank you so much for giving me this section of my life that I can always rely on and be assured by. I love you all lots and lots. 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