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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PYLOT Magazine // Issue Two

May I introduce Issue Two of PYLOT Magazine, The Family Issue.

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I work on this magazine with a very talented bunch of individuals and twice a year we release a new issue. We are immensely proud of it and I’d love for you to check it out.

We are an all-analogue, fashion and photography magazine — pioneering a modern approach a digitally saturated image economy. The publication works with a carefully selected group of the most exciting creative minds to form a distinct voice through its design and content.

The soul of the magazine is devoted to the publication of all analogue fashion, fine art and architectural images. It subscribes to a strict no beauty re-touching policy, celebrating the unique artistry of analogue processes. The objective is to offer readers a critically engaging, rich and multi-faceted content.

Through the craft of creating images PYLOT looks to explore the ever-increasing questions that form around the ethical uses of photography in fashion and popular culture.

If you’d like to check out more, or purchase a magazine, please visit pylotmagazine.com

Rx

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

My Mac palette

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I simply adore Mac eyeshadows. I consider them the best eyeshadows around – they are beautifully pigmented, come in the most fantastic colours and generally look stunning! I have pretty oily eyelids so I use Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base (which is incredible by the way!)

But back to Mac, I finished my first eyeshadow palette the other day so I thought I’d share with you all my satisfaction, pride and the beauty of the thing.

Most of the palette is fairly neutral, focusing on the golden-brown and plum-pink shades of neutral!

Top row (l-r): Phloof!, Grain, Naked Lunch, Arena, Omega Middle row (l-r): Patina, Woodwinked, Mulch, Sable, Antiqued Bottom row (l-r): Mystery, Club, Cranberry, Sketch, Carbon

Top row (l-r): Phloof!, Grain, Naked Lunch, Arena, Omega
Middle row (l-r): Patina, Woodwinked, Mulch, Sable, Antiqued
Bottom row (l-r): Mystery, Club, Cranberry, Sketch, Carbon

As you can tell, Naked Lunch is well loved! I wear it all over the lid with either Cranberry or Sable in the crease. Woodwinked was my very first Mac eyeshadow and I love it dearly, I wear it on its own and as you work the eyeshadow into the crease it almost changes colour into a deep orange/rust colour which compliments the shimmery gold over the lid. A brilliant eyeshadow!

Omega is for my eyebrows and Phloof! is my inner eye and brow bone highlight.
I use Grain, Patina and Arena as everyday colours with Mystery, Mulch or Antiqued in the crease if I want to give more depth. Sable and Antiqued are great all over the lid colours to make my blue eyes really stand out. Club and Sketch are stunning and I often wear them when going out for a more dramatic look.

Mystery and Carbon are great for smokey eyes and brilliant used as eyeliners, they give a much softer finish which I love!

Basically I love them all and I use them all (which is probably more important). As I’ve got older I’ve realised that paying for quality products is much more worthwhile and though these eyeshadows are not cheap they are such good quality that I don’t mind paying a bit extra.

I hope you like my palette! What do you think of Mac eyeshadows? Do you love them as much as I do? Leave me links and comments below as I’d love to see your palettes!

Rx

Benefit Brow Bar

Let’s talk eyebrows!

Confession time. I have never, ever plucked or waxed my eyebrows. Ever. I’m 24. A little weird you might think for someone who is very interested in make up, beauty and all that jazz.

The reason for this is simple: I have very fair eyebrows. I have white, blonde, translucent eyebrows and I always have. They shine beautifully in the sunshine and glow white when the rest of me is burnt. They are very difficult to see – On at least two occasions I have been asked if I have shaved my eyebrows off – yes they are that fair! And as they are so fair, it seemed stupid, irrelevant and pointless to put myself through pain for something that no-one would notice.

That was until a couple of months ago… Whilst they are still about 95% white a few of my eyebrows have started to colour themselves in a bit. They are trying to make a name for themselves on my face and are slowly but surely succeeding!

So, to avoid cocking up my eyebrow shape as I lost my eyebrow-plucking virginity I thought I’d better get a professional to shape my brows for the first time. And I chose the Benefit brow bar in Debenhams Oxford Street. The brow bar itself has just had a revamp – they’ve added waxing services and all manner of other treatments women are conned into thinking are necessary to function adequately in society.

My brow expert was called Monika and she was brilliant – so friendly and down to earth. She wasn’t intimidating or judgemental or any of the other traits associated with counter staff. But to the waxing! Monika used a silvery wax on my brows to shape them and then plucked out some pesky stray hairs. Whilst it was painful, it was no where near as painful as I’d expected. She then used a cooling cleanser to clear away any excess wax, covered up any redness with concealer and then filled my brows in with Benefit’s Brow-Zings. Overall it was a very nice experience – I learnt a lot about the shape of my brows (and what to do from now on) in a really friendly environment.

Once I’d had my brows done I had a nosey around the products and got my make up done by one of the other members of staff. Benefit counters are my favourite for their friendly, positive attitudes and their willingness to help. I would highly recommend their brow shaping service – ask for Monika!

Have you had your brows waxed? What did you think? Would you do it again?? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

Rx

More funny eyebrows here http://www.2dayfm.com.au/scoopla/trending-now/galleries/23-hilarious-dogs-with-eyebrows/

More amazing dogs with eyebrows here

Review | Super Facialist by Úna Brennan

IMG_0695555666Hello my lovelies, today I’m going to talk to you about this incredible face mask our left.

This is the Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask from the Super Facialist range by Úna Brennan. What a mouthful.

I picked this up from boots for £8.99 which, considering the article I read in Stylist this week which raved about different skincare all around the £60-120 mark, I didn’t think was too bad!

The face mask itself claims to boost skin moisture levels and radiance and has been developed for even the most sensitive of skins. Containing White Willow extract, Vitamin E, Urea and Marshmallow extract the mask claims to make your complexion appear “calmer, visibly renewed and glowing with a healthier radiance.” So does it?

Often when you try a face mask for the first time you’ll see instant results – your skin gets an intense, nourishing formula on it for 10 minutes or so – it is bound to react. The real test of a face mask is how it performs week on week. So far I’ve used the mask twice a week for the last three weeks and I can honestly say, every time I’ve used it my skin has looked a hundred times better!

My skin looks much more radiant after using it – my skin glows and genuinely feels like I’ve had a salon facial. It feels hydrated, fresh and just much healthier!

The mask itself is a creamy consistency which, as you may have guessed, smells of rose. Now, I quite like the smell of rose but if you don’t it may feel like you’re spreading Turkish Delight on your face!

Overall, a really great face mask, I would highly recommend it! There is also a Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask and a Neroli Lifting Treatment Mask in the range so there’s something for everyone!

What is your favourite face mask? Which ones would you recommend?? I love face masks so I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx

Top tips for speedy make up

Recently on Youtube there has been a make up tag making its way around the vloggersphere – 3 minute make up challenge. There have been some excellent videos in this tag from the admirable performances to the comedic ones. But the tag got me thinking about ways to do your make up in a rush so here are my top tips for speedy make up!

Don’t use brushes
– Nothing slows you down like trying to find brushes when you’re in a rush! Plus using your fingers gives you a pretty good feel for your make up when applying it. Use a pencil for eyebrows, its much quicker than using a brush and eyeshadow!

Use cream products
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– I am a massive fan of cream blushes and highlighters. My favourite one is the Collection duo, above. This is incredibly cheap but very good! I use this if I’m in a rush in the morning, but most often, just before I leave work. If I’m meeting friends after work I pop a bit of this on to add some colour to my face and brighten my face. I love this product!

Go for the simple ‘my natural face but better’ look
– Nothing too complicated. Skip eyeshadow – or at least skip using a two colours – there is no time for blending! And if you rush blending it will look naff, no offence. Skip contouring, it take too long and if you rush it you can end up looking like a drag queen! For me I use a BB cream, foundation and some bronzer to add some colour. Then I use liquid eyeliner and mascara for my eyes, add a slick of lipstick and you’re good to go!

Take a compact with you and some lipstick

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– A compact with a mirror can be invaluable! I love my Maybelline Fit Me powder, above, as there is a sizeable mirror and the powder is great to stop shine. My fail safe way to make myself feel a bit better about my face is to powder my face and add a bright lipstick such as Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

Organise yourself
– If you, like me, really struggle to get up in the morning meaning you are almost always rushing to get out the door on time, organisation is essential. I’ve set up my make up in order of when I’ll use it (roughly), it’s near my mirror and out ready to be used, not tucked away in drawers – saves loads of time!

Speedy essentials: Fit Me Powder, Revlon Colourstay, Collection Blusher and  Highlight Duo and Volume de Chanel Mascara

Speedy essentials: Fit Me Powder, Revlon Colourstay, Collection Blusher and Highlight Duo and Volum de Chanel Mascara

Accept you’re not going to have a full, pristine face of make up. Just accept it. No ifs, no buts, just accept it. And realise that it’s not the end of the world if you go outside with minimal or no make up on – beauty is on the inside remember, so I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous whatever!

Rx

Review | Clinique three-step skincare

???????????????????????????????You may or may not have read (in this post right here) that I have been giving the Clinique three-step skincare range a go.

The Clinique three-step range is one of their best selling ranges – many of my friends rave about it so naturally I was intrigued to give it a go. I bought their sample size products (4-6weeks worth) and I’ve just finished them so I’m ready to deliver my verdict…

I am a very disappointed fan. I just don’t like the range.

This may shock a few so let’s go through this product by product:

Liquid Facial Soap Mild
– This is soap. That’s all it is, and for me, I don’t feel this does any more than a normal soap or face wash you can get from Boots for a few quid. I didn’t feel it was particularly nourishing, moisturising, it is just a soap.

Clarifying Lotion
– This is the chemical exfoliant which comes with the kit and I actually quite like this. I’d never used a chemical exfoliant before but I feel it tightens my skin and clears imperfections.

Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
– I do not like this moisturiser. It is greasy, it doesn’t absorb into my skin well at all and it just didn’t leave my skin looking nice at all really. This was the most disappointing product of the three, really not good for my skin.

Overall, whilst I liked the exfoliant, I didn’t like the other two stages of the three-step range. And for the money (about £60 for a full set), I would not buy this again. I don’t feel my skin is in any better condition, in fact in the first two weeks of use I had a bit of a breakout. My skin was just a bit dull. Perhaps, my skin just doesn’t suit the range, because as mentioned previously some of my friends rave about the range.

As I said earlier, I am a disappointed fan because I do really like Clinique as a brand. I love their foundation and mascaras so I was really hoping for more from their skincare range.

Have you tried Clinique’s three-step range? What did you think of it? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to know your thoughts!

Rx

Everyday face of the day

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it! (From the title… geddit?)

Anyway, how are we all? Fine and dandy I hope!
So today I thought I’d show you my everyday, I’m-not-doing-anything-particularly-special-today make up. This is my go to look which includes some of my staple products like my Rimmel foundation, Mac Arena eyeshadow and Nars Laguna bronzer, so here it is:

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I’m wearing:
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation mixed with a little Rimmel BB Cream as a base
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation Concealer
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Nars Deep Throat Blush
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Mac Arena Eyeshadow on the lid, Mac Mystery in the crease, as eyeliner and under my eye
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
A little bit of Rimmel’s Coral Queen Lipstick lightly dabbed across my lips and blended out

What is your everyday make up look? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to take a look!

Rx