Friday, 1 August 2014

Camping Beauty Essentials

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I don't know about you but I love camping. It has been a long long time since I have been camping and the more I think about it it has probably been about 9 years since. I used to go a couple times every year from I was a young thing until around 12 years old with my neighbours. I would have went away on my summer holidays foreign for two weeks and then back to Ireland and off camping to Castlewellan Forest Park (above). Because I was so young, all I had to worry about was my clothes (which my best friend Joanne helped me organise) and my toothbrush. 

Now, it is a completely different ball game as I am older now and so much more independent. I have seen people talking about hauling their whole make up bag with them while camping but I really think there is no point as after all, your completely embracing the outdoors. Taking my whole make up bag with different types of foundations, eye shadow palettes, 4 different types of mascara etc. is just so much hassle. Today, I am going to share with you my beauty must haves to take with me on my camping trips. 

1. Clinique 3 Step Anti Blemish Solutions
My skin has always been a complete and utter pain in my ass so trying to find something that will help it has been a tough. I started to use these products and I absolutely love them. I don't have oily skin really, maybe the odd time around my t-zone but other than that my skin is as dry as a bone. I love the cleansing wash as it doesn't dry my skin out and it makes my skin feel so clean! The clarifying lotion is great also, and I can really see the difference in the pores on my nose which is one of the most detested areas of my skin. If I have any broken skin on my face it does sting slightly using this but it bearable. I don't use the anti blemish moisturiser as I am currently using a moisturiser that agrees with my skin and i love it. 

2. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex
I received a luxury sample of this in a GWP and I fell in love with it straight away. I absolutely adore the texture of this product and I have definitely noticed a difference under my eyes where I suffer with dark circles. The gel-balm like texture feels so nourishing on my eye area and one thing I love is that it does not irritate my eyes due to their sensitivity. Being a luxury sample it is so handy as a travel size and you really only need a small amount so it lasts ages.

3. Garnier Moisture Match for Dry to Very Dry Skin
I will be very honest. I picked this moisturiser up on a whim as I was spending most of the time of a week down at my Granda's wake and funeral and I had no stuff with me so I picked this up in a local chemist and used it as my moisturiser. I absolutely love this. I wish that I had found it before hand as it just nourishes my skin. I usually use Lancome's Genefique Nutrics but I just wasn't for carrying a big jar around with me. I am now on my second tube of this moisturiser and I will continue using it. Such a nourishing cream and handy to carry in the tube.

4. Johnsons Face Care Facial Cleansing Wipes
My go to product for removing my make up! My holy grail. I don't care admitting to this product. Yes I work for a make up and skin care brand but I absolutely love these wipes and my skin loves them too. Quick solution and I can then cleanse my skin further using my face wash.

5. Bourjois CC Cream
I bought this product on a whim as I had seen so many bloggers raving about this so I thought - hey, why not! I bought a shade that is a bit yellow toned for my skin, but once my neck is bronzed in it is nice and gives a bit of colour meaning I have no need to bronze any of my face. With SPF in it also, I really can't complain as my skin is protected.

6. Lancome Blush Subtil 011
I was advised that due to the slight redness in my skin, I should not be using a pink blusher. I tried out this brown blusher and I absolutely adore it! I don't think I will ever buy another shade of Lancome blusher other than the shade 011 Brun Roche. I love this shade and it is such a lovely natural colour.

7. Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Waterproof Mascara
My mum asked me to get a waterproof mascara for the time around my Granda's funeral and I picked up this one. I don't usually wear waterproof mascara but this one is good and isn't really hard to take off. I love also that it has a different brush for the lower lashes as I sometimes find that normal mascara brushes are too big for the lower eye area.

8. Estee Lauder Automatic Brow Pencil
I used to use the Double Wear Brow Pencil from Estee Lauder but when I figured out at a later stage that it wasn't the refillable one I changed to this one. After all, it will save me money in the end. At one end is the pencil and the other a brush to help shape your brows. Quick, simple and job done. 

9. Maybelline Baby Lips
Hydrating and tinted.. what more could a girl want from a lip balm. Well that is exactly what these little beaut's do. They aren't sticky or greasy and they are just so perfect for the great outdoors. I love the Cherry Me shade (above) and I am really looking forward to the new Electro shades coming out.

10. Clarins Tonic Bath & Shower Concentrate
I absolutely love this product. Essential oils will completely twist my arm and they really do make me relax myself. I am piled up full of stress and this together with my back injury has landed me with unbelievably sore muscles and the majority of the times I am unable to relieve it. This helps a good bit and allows me to relax with the scents. After a day of walking, cycling and playing about, this lovely shower concentrate allows me to relax, if even for 10mins and makes me feel better.

11. Natural Collection Pressed Powder
I see people buying dear powders for their make up everyday and I just don't want to ever make the mistake of buying one and then I don't like it. I bought this from the Natural Collection stand for £1.99 in the shade warm and I absolutely love it. I don't think I will even change from this brand. This is perfect for days which are warm and they are making me feel a tad oily-ish, dabbing this over my make up just sets it perfectly.

12. Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Gel
This is a must have while camping. Actually, this is a must have in my hand bag every day just in case. I love the smell of this and it doesn't overly dry my hands out. It is great as well for when my nieces and nephews need there hands freshened up while out on bike rides and after coming from the toilet block after washing their hands.

13. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24Hr
My go to foundation. I don't wear this during the day camping because it would just be too much. We tend to go down to the town one of the nights, take a break from the BBQ and head for a nice meal to Maginn's in Castlewellan. It is so handy as we can literally take a little walk and we are out of the forest park and at the restaurant. I take a small dramming bottle from our counter to carry it. If you ever need a sample or a little dramming of foundation to take on your travels, most BA's are so helpful and will have no problem helping you out.

14. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer
I absolutely love this bronzer. The size of it is just out of this world and I was a bit shocked at the price but when I really thought about it and worked it out it was well worth it. I bought this when it cost £30 for 21g. At that time I was using the Urban Decay bronzer which cost £20 for 7g. From February to now, I use this nearly every day and there isn't even the slightest bit of wear and tear in the bronzer. It is big, but very lightweight and the mirror is great for doing my make up. Sorted!

Do you have any essentials you take camping with you, or do you go camping?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

National Lipstick Day - My Wishlist

Happy National Lipstick Day to all you lovely beauts.
For today only, Debenhams are offering £5 off lipsticks today online. With this, I thought I would have a little browse and take my pick of the bunch. I don't exactly neeed to be giving myself any ideas but there is no harm in looking is there?

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
Using this shade chart, I can easily see which of these lipsticks I already have and those I would love to have. I already have Turn On and 69. I would love to get my hands on Catfight, Streak, Native and maybe Anarchy. Instead of £15.00 these lipsticks are £10.00 today.
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I only own one MAC lipstick which I bought in Heathrow Airport when coming home from London. To be honest I don't understand the hype of MAC lipsticks but I still thought I would pick some colours that I think would be good additions to my lipstick collection - not that I need any. I chose Impassioned. It looks like such a gorgeous shade and for £10.50 instead of £15.50 who could complain eh?!

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I actually seen this shade of lipstick in the most recent Clarins GWP. It is such a lovely shade and looks lovely for an everyday wear. From £19.50 to £14.50, I would definitely invest. I have really been loving Clarins products lately - especially their skincare and body care so I would definitely look in to trying some more of their make up products.

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I absolutely love this shade of lipstick from Lancome's Rouge In Love line. This is 377N Midnight Rose and it is just my type of pink shade. I absolutely love this and it is such a deep cerise/magenta shade and for summer I love it! For £16.50 instead of £21.50 I think I might just snap this up quickly .. muhaha..

Estee Lauder
This is one of the most eye catching shades I have ever found and seen in my life. I need it. It is sucha  bright orangey coral and it caught my eye straight away! Amazing! That is all! Oh and instead of £24.00 it is only £19.00 and is an absolute steal!!!

Definitely go check out Debenhams offer on all of your possible future lippies and you can also use the code SHA5 for free delivery with the Beauty Club. Don't forget to collect your beauty card points also - they all add up!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

BBB/LIB Collab Review #1 | Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara

When it comes to mascara, I can, without a doubt be one of the most fusiest people to deal with. If I approach a make up counter looking at mascaras, I always tell the B.A that I am ok and just having a look (unless I really really need help). I do this because...
1. I am OK!
2. I'm having a look.
3. Leave me to my own devices 'cause I am a fussy mare and you would get seriously pissed with me.

I think being a BA has me like this anyways. I will always offer my help to my guests but I am not a pushy person. I make my guests feel comfortable enough that they can approach me in the end if and when they need to. Don't get me wrong, I can sense when my customers are a bit wary of a product or if they need a hand and I am always there to help and give my honest advice and opinion.

Anyways, back to the post eh .. enough rambling from me!

If you follow me on instagram you will know that a couple of weeks ago, I received my Latest In Beauty "The Dream Box" created by the British Beauty Blogger. You can find all of her links at the end of this post. 

So what does the British Beauty Blogger say about this mascara?
"Feedback on this mascara has been off the scale! I wantedto make sure that the BBB/LIB dream box contained a mascara that goes above and beyond. It's the deepest carbon black with a collagen infused formula that will give ou the thickest, darkest lashes ever! Oh, and it's paraben free."

When I read the name of this mascara I was a little taken aback and shocked but it definitely does make you blush. The reason I was taken aback is because now.. so many people are getting in to make up very young and I mean 9year old girls are intrigued by make up and 13/14year old girls are wearing a little to school so to have the name Better Than Sex just shocked me a bit. If someone randomly asks me what type of mascara I ahve on I know some people I will tell the actual name too - others I will say oh its by Too faced because I just can't tell them the full name.

Getting past the name of this brush .. OMG! (Yes I did just say O-M-G!). My Lancome Hypnose Mascara has definitely been a HOLY GRAIL item for me but once I tried this I am now like hmmmmmm..? whats going on! I am absolutely loving this mascara! The fact that it opens up my eyes completely. It grabs every lash and this may sound funny but I find that it makes eyes look very seductive!

As I usually use and only like big even-ish brushes, for me even though this is big.. It is an hourglass shaped brush. Something different that I didn't think I would like but it really does lift your lashes up and fan them out to give such beautiful lashes! They do not clump, stick together and are given length, curl and volume that I always dreammmmmm about! I do have loads of mascara to get myself through but I definitely would repurchase this when I need a new mascara whenever that may be. 

I would definitely recommend this mascara - not overly thrilled with the name as I just think it is a bit strange but yes!.. I definitely love it.
Do you like it or have you tried it?

Rachael x

British Beauty Blogger; Blog // Instagram // Youtube

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Lush New Charity Pot

I don't get to go in to Lush that often as when I am in town I am working and then I head on home. This particular day, myself and G had my little niece Skye in to town to pick up her bracelet for her 9th birthday (can't believe how big they all arr getting). We picked up her gorgeous Nomination bracelet and then headed over to the next shopping centre were Lush was. I took Skye in and let her pick a bath bomb for herself. She ended up picking up one of my favourites .. The DragonEgg. She loved the thought of the confetti all over the bath.

I get a bit anxious about trying new skin and body care at the moment as I am going through a rough patch at the minute eith products at the moment. i had previosulyy taken a reaction to the Sugar Scrub from Lush and it put me off slightly about other skin/bodycare products. I decided against it as poor G was starting to get a sore head with all the different smells and mine was getting there as I had a sore head on and off all day. It wasn't until I was at the till that I spotted this little tub. 

The charity pot in mini tubs sat in a bowl/jar with a big full size tub beside it. Of course I tried a bit and so did G. I rubbed a bit on my hand but I definitely put too much on. I decided on a whim to buy the small 10g tub at £1.00 to try this first and I have now found that this is so handy to carry in my handbag for my dry patches on my arm and I can just take it out in work and use it. It takes up no space or weight in my bag and I just love it! Just look at that lovely consistency below.. A little really does go a long way and the tin tub that the product is in is very secure so it is great to keep in your handbag. I think I will definitely repurchase both this size and maybe the next size up.

What do Lush say about the New Charity Pot?
"Now in a self-preserving, rebalanced formula, this is an all-round body lotion that does a lot of good - and not just to your skin.
A rich and generous cream that not only helps your skin to look its best, but also adds a glow to the small grassroots charities we work with, as all proceeds go directly to them.
With every purchase of Charity Pot, we donate 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small, grassroots organisations that could use the helping hand to continue the incredible work that they do. Charity Pot supports organisations that align with our ethics in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights."

I'm loving it!