Sleek blushes

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Sleek blush: left, Rose Gold; right, Coral

Today I want to talk about blush, possibly the most underrated of make-up products. For the longest time I didn’t really use it, or I just used a bit of bronzer instead (my faithful NARS Laguna). I have a naturally pink complexion and that combined with years of being a shy, blushing child made me reluctant to voluntarily make my cheeks pink!
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Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

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L-r: Apocaliptic, Aurora, Celestial

Anyone who frequents Boots or Superdrug on a regular basis will have seen these adorning the shelves of the Rimmel counter for months and months. They are the Apocalips Lip Lacquers and they are brilliant.
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Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate

Hello lovelies! It’s been a little while, I’m afraid I’ve been dashing around the country (and the continent – more to follow) so my poor blog has been suffering. But I am back and have found lots of things to tell you about. Here is the first one:

This is Hip Hop from Rimmel’s Salon Pro with Lycra by Kate range (mouthful). This nail varnish is beautiful and my absolute go-to colour for this Spring. Bright, block colours are going to be a big thing this season and this is one way to achieve that trend. I can’t get enough of this colour, it just makes me smile. I was tipped off about Hip Hop from Anna at Viviannadoesmakeup (great blog, you should check her out!)

So about the product generally, firstly, the brush is massive! I mean huge. It takes one swipe to do each nail, its brilliant. Orange is one of my favourite colours and I think it really compliments my skin tone. The colour is really pigmented and gives a gel-type effect on the nail. It claims to last ‘up to 10 days’ – I’ve had it on one day so far and I did manage to chip it (but that was my fault) another quick dab of polish and no-one is none the wiser… shh. I rarely keep polishes on for more than 4/5days anyway (short attention span) but I’ll keep you posted in the comments on the result of this little one.

Available at all Rimmel counters, you know the drill, Boots, Superdrug etc. It retails for £4.49 but there’s usually an offer on Rimmel if you have a hunt around. There are 10 shades in all but in my opinion, Hip Hop is the best.

Have you tried this polish? Which is your favourite Spring nail colour? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

Rx

Rimmel BB Cream

I want to tell you today about Rimmel’s BB Cream because it is flippin’ brilliant.

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BB Cream means Beauty Balm (but I’m sure you already knew that) and they’ve been around for ages! But I was looking at my make up collection this week and realised this cream is one of the long-standing members of the group. I’ve been using it since it came out!

The BB Cream is a 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup, apparently. The nine things it claims to do are:
Primes
Moisturises
Minimises Pores
Conceals
Covers
Smoothes
Mattifies
Brightens and
Helps protect

Now, to me, conceals and covers are pretty much the same thing, right? And I’m not sure how you can mattify and brighten at the same time… Regardless of what it claims to do, here’s what it actually does. It perfects your skin. By that I mean, it evens skin tone, adds a hint of colour and gives a healthy look to the skin. For me, it brightens the skin and has a slightly dewy finish – but I feel this is because I have slightly oily skin. I doubt it will give such a finish on dry skin.

I use the Rimmel BB Cream on the days when I don’t want/can’t be bothered to wear foundation. It’s a really creamy formula which blends beautifully into the skin. I use either my fingers or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply the BB Cream after my moisturiser. I then usually add a bit of powder to set the cream and to prevent any shine throughout the day.

I use the shade light as I’m paler than pale but it also comes in Medium. There is also now a matte version if your skin is super oily, or you don’t want a dewy finish. Also, it has SPF25 which is brilliant to protect the skin from those harmful sunrays! You can pick this up from Superdrug, Boots etc for £6.99.

Do you use BB Creams? Which is your favourite? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Make-up for work

I don’t know about you but I am terrible at getting up in the mornings. I mean TERRIBLE! I am most definitely a night owl. Those larks can bugger off in the early hours!

As it takes me three alarms to get up in the mornings I am often pressed for time when getting ready for work. I’m not one of these girls who can manage my make-up on the tube to work, I seriously admire all those that can! So for me I have to be ready as I run out the door and here is my look – it’s quick, simple and looks like I’ve spent at least 3x as long on it as I actually have.

So this is my general face attire for work:

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And here are the products I use:

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – Beautiful foundation which lasts all day. I use this as an everyday foundation when I don’t want a glowy finish which I get from the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte powder – The BEST powder ever. Fact. Very battered and well loved.
Wake Me Up concealer – Super high coverage. Makes me look awake!
NARS Laguna Bronzer and Deep Throat Blush duo – My favourite item of my make up collection by a mile. Adds a touch of colour and makes me look healthy and ready to face the day. The duo was a limited edition but you can buy both colours on their own.
Urban Decay Primer Potion – I use this everyday, without fail. Makes my eyeshadow stay put all day.
Mac eyeshadows in Patina, Mystery and Omega – Patina over the lid, Mystery along the lash line. Omega through the eyebrows.
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara – My favourite mascara ever. Ever. Makes your lashes look massive with one fell swoop.
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya – Moisturising, sheer and a beautiful colour, I love it.

What’s amazing is you can slap these products on in a flash, they’re easy to work with and are quite lenient if you aren’t quite awake when applying them!

What do you wear for work everyday? Are you as hopeless as I am at getting up in the morning?? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Spring nails

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I’m desperate for it to be Summer! Or at least Spring at any rate. I am so sick of this constant grey gloom that has deposited itself over London. It’s cold, windy and downright rubbish. Boo!
I thought Spring had finally sprung, right on cue, on 1st March. It was a glorious day, but alas, the rains have returned. So to cheer myself up I brought spring to my nails with this nail design.

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First I used Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Green Berry. Wonderful polishes, and I did a full review of the range here. I did two thin coats and let it dry for a few minutes before moving on.
I then used Nails Inc Hyde Park Place to (carefully) colour in a corner of the nail in this gorgeous grey from their In the Nude collection.
Finally, I used Nails Inc Floral Street to (even more carefully!) draw a thin line between the green and grey. I used a nail art brush for this which was a little tricky but I took my time and it got easier towards the end!
I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to protect the design.

It’s not perfect but I really like this design. As I look at it now, its almost a grey cloud with a silver lining which makes me happy, just as Spring will when it finally arrives!

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Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara

*New favourite mascara alert!*
*New favourite mascara alert!*
*New favourite mascara alert!*

So I was lucky enough to receive a tester of this mascara with my perfume (La Vie Est Belle) at Christmas. It is the simply wonderful Lancôme Hypnôse.

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This mascara is incredible – it gives so much volume to my lashes without clumping my lashes together, the perfect combination for me.

The wand, aka the PowerFull™ Brush, is tremendous at separating each lash and can build up to 6 times more volume (according to Lancôme!) And whilst I can’t calculate the actual amount of volume it gives me I can assure you my lashes look huge! I often get asked whether I am wearing false eyelashes or what mascara I’ve got on – it really turns heads! Another plus point is the wand is quite slim, making it really easy to use it on your bottom lashes too.

IMG_0896666The packaging is sleek and understated, beautifully put together – to me it screams quality.

The one downside of this mascara is the price – at £22 each this is not cheap but its the price range we’ve come to accept for high end products. At the minute though there are offers around offering two mascaras for £32 pounds, like Boots or John Lewis. £16 each is still a lot but when you consider how expensive high street mascaras are getting now, I’d happily pay the extra few quid for a far superior product.

Have you tried this mascara before? Which is your favourite mascara? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

PYLOT Magazine

I wanted to share with you lovely people a new project I’ve been working on lately… May I introduce PYLOT magazine.

PYLOT magazine is an all-analogue fashion and portraiture magazine. There are a number of reasons for choosing the analogue medium, not only is it due to the quality and depth you receive when photographing with this medium, it is also due to the fact that even the most talented photographers have to be more selective and careful when creating their images. This way of working is challenging and rewarding, it will produce strong and well-selected images.

The world of fashion photography is one that currently uses Photoshop in order to create some of the most spectacular results. As a modern magazine using a not-so-modern process, we shall be using Photoshop to sharpen, brighten, colour balance and edit the images. However we do not administer any beauty retouching when editing any images produced for PYLOT. As a fashion magazine we will be photographing genetically blessed models, wearing beautiful clothing, that have had their hair and make up done. We think that this is sufficient in order to create the images we require. This method helps to promote a more ethically conscious perspective of the fashion photograph in 2014.

I’m so proud of PYLOT and what we’ve achieved so far. Please check out our website www.pylotmagazine.com

If you want to get involved in PYLOT as a photographer, or you want to write a piece for the next issue then please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is rachel@pylotmagazine.com

Peace and love,

Rx

Jo Malone: Blackberry and Bay Cologne

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Santa was very kind to me this year and this is one of my very favourite gifts.

I have been a fan of Jo Malone fragrances for a long time and Santa finally started picking up my hints. There are a huge range of scents available at Jo Malone, twenty to be precise, and each is as unique as the last. Fusing natural plants, fruits and spices there is a scent that everyone will love. And mine is Blackberry and Bay.

Childhood memories of blackberry picking… stained lips, sticky palms. A burst of deep, tart blackberry juice, blending with the freshness of just-gathered bay and brambly woods. A vibrant and verdant fragrance.

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Having never described perfume before I thought I’d leave it to the experts! However, what I can say is that the cologne is fruity but not too sweet. It’s definitely a mature perfume, one for the grown ups in the room. For me, this is heaven in a bottle and I implore you to go to a counter and have a smell!

The scent is really pungent (in the good way!) and lasts all day which is great seeing as its not the cheapest of perfumes… £39 for 30ml or £70 for 100ml is a little steep! The packaging is classy – an understated glass bottle with the signature white and black label. It feels like a quality product in your hand.

Overall, I adore this perfume and I am excited to try more of the Jo Malone scents, even if I do have to save up for a bit before I get them!

What is your favourite perfume? Have you tried Jo Malone before? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

In the Nude Collection, Nails Inc

So I bought myself a few treats in the January sales…

My first purchase was this gorgeous nude collection from Nails Inc called, inspiringly, In the Nude. As previously mentioned on this blog Nails Inc is my favourite brand of polish – for me, the quality cannot be beaten for the price.

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In the Nude collection consists of:
George Street – A pastel, mink pink
Sheraton Street – A ‘NEW Trend Shade’ pale blue
Kensington Gore – A deep nude
Hyde Park Place – A soft, pale grey
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IMG_0882222The colours are bang on trend for the up coming season and I love them all. The picture right is what I’m wearing currently, Sheraton Street and Kensington Gore. I’m a big fan of nude pastel nails for an everyday look, they are classic, sophisticated and just plain beautiful. I managed to bag the collection for £20 instead of £44 for them all individually – bargain! As a quick tip, if you’re a big fan of Nails Inc (as I am) check out their newsletter, they send out offers all the time!

What do you think of the collection? Are you a fan of nails inc? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx