Author: Rachel Gilmore

‘No makeup’ makeup look

 

Hey gals, hope you are all enjoying the week. Since it is International Women’s Day I decided to strip it back for this post. As I have always said, these tips and reviews are all just a cherry on top of the cake that is you. These tips are to make you feel the best that you can feel. Having certain products doesn’t define your beauty and I think that is where social media can go astray. I love blogging, but I do not love everything about it. What I mean is, I never want to perceive that I have this perfect life, and perfect skin because of all these products because I don’t. And neither does your favourite Youtube or Blogger. Having said that, I am here to share with you my tips to make myself feel the best that I can feel. So kick back, grab a cup of tea, and I hope you enjoy my blog ūüôā

I know some of the beauty tips/information can get quite overwhelming especially for those of you who have no interest in a whole face of makeup, and who rather a ‘glow from within.’ If that girl is you, or you’re the type of girl that likes full makeup, but doesn’t wear it every day keep reading…

Coming into the summer months, I always think this type of look is so flattering and girly. I love when the days get longer and you can taste the summer, just a few weeks away.

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  1. Skin

You should always, always cleanse and moisturise your face first thing in the morning. Not only will it give you a clean glow but it will give you a fresh start to the day. I did a post on ‘how i prep my skin’ HERE. It will ensure your skin is glowing and looking awake.

Using an illuminating primer will make the skin look healthy and will highlight it ‘naturally.’ I absolutely LOVE the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. I apply it to my cheeks, centre of the forehead, my nose and chin. This is where the light usually hits the face first so you will look like a glowing goddess in no time!

If you are still looking a bit tired and have bags under your eyes i would suggest a light concealer. I use the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer.¬†It is very creamy, but if you set it with a powder under the eyes it won’t budge. I know you’re thinking powder??? That won’t make me look glow??? But if you spray a bit of Fix+ over top, you are good to go. Fix+ is like a glass of water for your skin. It is so refreshing and will not only make you look refreshed but it will make you feel refreshed. I do not think that any type of contouring or bronzing is necessary for this type of look, your own natural shaped face is contour enough!

Bonus for the divas:

If you are looking to go that EXTRA step, you can use a cream highlight that makes the skin glow that bit more. I love the Becca Cosmetics Cream Highlighters. They are just a little bit softer than the powder highlighters and look very dewy and healthy.

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2. Lips:

Depending on your skin tone, a gloss is usually best for these types of days. You may need to reapply it throughout the day if you choose a gloss, but it looks absolutely gorgeous with this look. I would suggest a very neutral shade if you’re not sure of what would suit you. The Bare Minerals GEN NUDE Gloss are fab!!

3. Eyes:

Pop a bit of mascara on, any one that you are dedicated to will do. I never apply a second layer when doing this look, because it can get very clumpy and look well… unnatural, haha! If you wanted to take it to the next level, you can pop on some individual lashes to give your eyes a pop (though this is not necessary!).

I know this one is a short one, but it was highly requested over on Snapchat. I will try and do some more of these types of posts if you enjoyed it! Please let me know over on my social media:

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to do a bit of a different post. I absolutely love reading these kinds of posts (mainly because I am nosey) so I thought I’d write one myself.

1) Visit an exotic island

So this one is a bit of a random one. I would just love to visit a really cool island like Bora Bora, or Hawaii. I’d love to know if all those instas are realistic or just edited for hours… I really want to stay in one of those huts in the middle of the sea like on an episode of the Kardashians (wouldn’t we all??)

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2) Swim with dolphins

I think dolphins are probably the cutest things in the world! My brother has done it before and I was so jealous. I actually have an obsession with cute fish, I think I have watched Finding Dory over 10 times already… I couldn’t count the amount of times I have seen Finding Nemo. (I also have a Nemo teddy) Anyway… what better way to swim with dolphins than on an exotic island (two in one!)

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3) Become REALLY organised.

This is a pretty boring one… But also the most unrealistic one. I love buying notepads, and organising my makeup… but when it comes to my wardrobe and room I’m a disaster. I would love for just a while, to be on top of things. I’d also love to be less forgetful… That would be great. Don’t be fooled by pictures, its not all pretty all the time.

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4) Visit/work in Warner Bros. Studio

This is one of the things I am most passionate about achieving. I absolutely love all the things that have been filmed in these studios. I write – a lot. Books, scripts, songs etc… so working here would be an absolute DREAM. However, I would definitely settle for just sitting in Central Perk and drinking a coffee. I visited Universal Studios in L.A a couple of years ago, and it is the buzz of creativity and ‘making’ that really makes me want to return. I absolutely love being creative and never want to be stuck at a job in an office. It just wouldn’t suit me. I always have to be creating. So yes, definitely on my bucket list.

5) Stay in a house in Long Island

No matter how long it takes me to save up for this one, I really want to stay for a week in a house by the beach in Long Island. I love the idea of staying somewhere close to a city like New York, but far enough away that there is fresh air and silence. The blissfulness of having it all. (is that a word?)

6) COACHELLA

I have a serious obsession with going to Coachella. I don’t have much to say about this… but yeah. It has everything – perfect location, the sun, music – perfection.

7) Go Camping under the stars.

I may regret it once I get there, but I really want to go camping – properly. I want to camp under the stars, in a really cool place. I love the simplicity of it – the silence, packed lunches and a fire. Pure bliss. The dream. I would love to do it overlooking a city. Being in silence overlooking a city is a juxtaposing situation, but one that really appeals to me for some reason.

8) Drive Across America

This one has been a dream of mine since I first went to America with my Dad. I have been to the east and west coast, but everything in between is a mystery to me. There is so much history that goes with these states and I would just love to experience the culture of it. I think there is something special about driving through somewhere, instead of landing on a plane.  Often if you fly somewhere I find that all the attractions are concentrated in a specific area. I want to drive because seeing the outskirts of a state or city really tells you the real story. You get to see the state, from corner to corner, uncensored.

9) Go to see a ice-hockey match in Canada

I know, you are probably thinking ‘What? That is so random!’ Not really… My brother lived in Canada for two years and adopted a new found love for the sport. He supported the Canucks, and still watches them now. Well, my whole family got to visit him while he was over there, but unfortunately I was in an exam year and didn’t get the chance. I would love to go to one of these matches, because even if I never get to see his apartment or how he lived, I think the atmosphere in the stadium would be a taste of his life there. Plus – how cool would it be to watch someone playing a sport on ice, I can’t even do it on grass.

10) Live in New York for a year

Lastly but DEFINITELY not least. I would love to live here for even a year. I won’t babble on too long with this one because you know I have spoken about New York enough on the blog! I want to experience it, it in all its glory – on the bad and the good days! I can’t say that the life of New York is a mystery to me, but I would love to spend some time in Brooklyn or Dumbo.

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you all are having a nice and relaxing evening, so you’re charged up for the week ahead…

The My Favourite Single Eyeshadows post was a very popular one, so I thought I’d do a review on one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time! As you can see it is the eyeshadow palette from the Makeup Geek and MannyMUA collaboration. I know that most of the eyeshadows I have spoken about are from Makeup Geek, and I do apologise I will try to have more of a variety of eyeshadows in the future. I adore MannyMUA so I immediately fell in love with this palette, I probably would have bought it if it was empty tbh. But no, I really do love this palette and wanted to share it with you guys!

The first shade in the palette is Artemis. This is probably the only colour that I don’t use very often in the palette. I prefer frosty shades for my brow bone or inner corner, and this one has a yellow undertone which I don’t love for a highlighting shade for the eyes. However, I do appreciate that there is a variety in there, because with this palette you can do a full look (hundreds actually).

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The next shade is Beaches and Cream. I absolutely love this shade. It is great as a transition shade in the crease. It is perfect for most skin tones, and it is not too dark – such a creamy shade too which I always love especially in a matte finish. It is always better to go in with a transition shade that is not too dark and to build it up in steps… Less chance of making mistakes! (which I am prone to).

LUNA!!!! Omg you guys I absolutely fell in LOVE with this shade the second I saw it. It is UNBELIEVABLY creamy, and there is minimal fallout, if any! I usually use it with Fix+ and the colour pay off is incredible – so metallic, creamy and bendable. My heart was absolutely broken though, because I dropped the palette and only that colour smashed ūüôĀ But it is ok, I recovered most of the product and it’s perfect now!

The next shade is Cosmopolitan. It is a rose gold colour with a shimmery finish. I don’t usually like shimmers, I find they can look sort of tacky – its either GLITTER or matte for me. Don’t half-ass it! This colour is incredible all over the lid. I usually use M.A.C 242 to apply it, because it is synthetic so it picks up a lot of product.

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Sora and Frappe are quite similar. Don’t get me wrong – you need both! I start from the lightest transition shade (beaches and cream) and build up from Sora to Frappe in the outer crease. These three shades alone can create a gorgeous natural matte look. They are also fab for a cut crease because they are warm, and don’t look muddy on the eye.

Insomnia – this shade seriously kept me up at night…. It is a duochrome shade. Depending on how the light hits it, it can look green, red/brown or blue! ¬†3 in one??? Amazing! It is honestly one of the most buttery, creamy delicious shades I have ever used. I honestly think you could bathe in this colour and it would moisturise you. SO creamy… Moving on…

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Left to right: Cosmopolitan, Luna, Insomnia, Mars

Mars – we have a love/hate relationship. This shade is THE most perfect shade of red I have ever used/seen. It really makes green eyes pop which is perfect for me. It is really pigmented BUT – It is not as creamy as the other mattes, which is so sad. However I don’t actually think it affects the blendability which is weird, but it does feel quite drying and chalky. I would still repurchase it if it came in a refill! (PLEASE DO REFILLS OF THESE SHADES MAKEUP GEEK)

Aphrodite is a deep plum red/brown. It is absolutely perfect for the outer crease. If you use this on the outer lash line, it will create that almond shape but is not as intense as black. Win-win! It is perfect for creating a more dramatic look, or just to add dimension to any look.

I really hope you enjoyed this post! I absolutely love this palette and use it almost every day. Please let me know what you think down below, or on snapchat: Basicchic17

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Rach

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Making Yourself A Tanned Goddess

Hello lovelies! That greeting seems only appropriate considering this blog post is all about tan. As we are dragged away from the dark days¬†of winter and are edging towards the sunny season (or as sunny as it can be in Ireland), we are left in the middle of Spring. The big question is…. should we be tanned??? Is it too soon to be a bronzed goddess… my answer? NEVER. So here are a few of my all-time favourite tans and why.

Bellamianta Luxury Tanning – Dark – Rapid Mousse

This is definitely an all-rounder for me. I use it in dark, so for those of you who just want an inner glow, you can wash it off after 2 hours and it will be perfect. It is perfect for nights out, or on holidays when you want to be that bit darker. It has a very golden-olive colour, which I absolutely love – you always want what you can’t have! It say ‘odour neutralising technology ‘ on the packaging, and at the start it does smell quite nice – but I will say if you don’t wash it off on time, it does have that ‘tan smell’. It is not as strong as others, but still is not odourless. There is also a Bellamianta tanning lotion ¬†that I absolutely love, but I do prefer the wear off of the mousse. Also, it dries in 6 seconds, so you better have quick elbows to tan your body or you may be left streaky, haha!

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bBold Tan Lotion – Dark

I love this tan because it is a lotion and for me, they feel much nicer on the skin. However, that is just personal preference. I also find lotions do not dry as quickly, which is great for tanning the hands. I always mix in some moisturiser when tanning my hands though, just so I don’t look like I was out on the farm for the day, haha! It has Cocoa Butter so the wear off is really really¬†even and lasts SUCH a long time. Also, the Cocoa Butter is SO moisturising. There are antioxidants in the Vitamin E, which reduces the signs of premature ageing!! Win win! I really like the smell of this tan too!

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Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan – Dark

Now I am SURE most of you have heard all about this tan! It is a mousse and develops in 1 hour, but you can leave it on for 3 if you want it to be very dark. The tan will still develop after you shower so don’t worry if you look much paler after you shower. I will say the smell is the worst thing about this product, but I can get over that because I love the colour of this tan. It never develops orange, or mucky. I love the more bronzed look, especially during the day because it looks more natural.

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Cocoa Brown – Gentle Bronze

This tan is GORGEOUS for the face, which is the only place I usually wear it. I know other people apply it all over the body, which does look fab. However I am usually a lot darker on my body than my face because I wear makeup. It is oil free so does NOT block your pores or cause any break outs. I think that is what people are afraid of when it comes to tanning the face – the tiny pores being filled up and looking like you have tiny black dots all over your face. This does the exact opposite and moisturises your face while giving it a fab bronzed look.

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Bare Minerals РGEN Nude  Buttercup Lipgloss

I know it can be really hard to find a nude that suits a very dark tan. It can look like you have no lips if it is too light, and a browny nude can often look dirty. I saw this on Jaclyn Hill’s Sephora Haul,¬†hyperventilated, cried and bought it. I got it in the shade ‘Groovy’ and it is literally the best gloss I have ever used. I have never used such a moisturising gloss and there were a lot of questions about it on my Snapchat so I thought I would just mention it here. It goes perfect with tan, and in my opinion it is nicest without any liner or liquid lip. It is a peachy nude and will literally suit almost all skin tones! Fab!!!

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Tanning Tips:

  1. Always exfoliate for 3-4 days before applying the tan for an even application.
  2. To have your tan last longer moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Use an oil free moisturiser so it does not break down the tan.
  3. Always pay extra attention the the hands, elbows, knees and ankles when tanning yourself – moisturise them very well so there is no build-up of tan!
  4. If you are looking for even more of a GLOW Рuse a dry shimmering body oil. There are many  ones on the market that are fab, but Cocoa Brown do a good colour range, with three different colours for different shades your tan may be at!
  5. DO wash off the product when it recommends on the bottle, because if you don’t you may spill something, sweat or get rained on (likely in Ireland) and ruin your tan.

 

Yours bronzedly,

Rachel

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Hey guys! Hope you are enjoying the Midterm (if it applies to you). If not, I hope you are enjoying the lighter traffic in the morning! I know foundation can be such a difficult thing to master Рfinding the right one for your skin type, and skin colour/tone can be an absolute pain. You always hear different opinions, from different sales people that want you to buy from their brand. I wanted to share with you some of my tips and hopefully it will help one of you!

Finding your colour

If you cannot find your colour in another range, take one of your own foundations that you trust is your colour, and enter it into Findation.  I swear this site is a life saver, it converts your exact colour into the same colour in a different brand. SO HANDY! Finding your colour is half the battle.

Figuring out your skin type

The next step is figuring out your skin type. You would be surprised how many people don’t know theirs! If you are oily, a foundation with a matte finish is best for you. M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid, or there is also a new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Foundation.¬†¬†It will last longer and you won’t find your foundation is breaking up as easily. Also make sure you set the foundation, it will make it last all day. The Laura Mercier powder is great for oily skin, your foundation will not budge! It is quite an investment though, but if you are living in or heading to the states any time soon, they do it in a mini in Sephora, so you don’t have to invest in the full size.

If you have skin like the Sahara desert like me, then a foundation with a more dewy finish is perfect for you. The Hourglass¬†Seamless Finish Foundation Stick¬†¬†that I never shut up about is available on Grafton Street. I did a full review on it HERE. It is so dewy and fresh looking and NEVER gets cakey on me. It is full coverage and will ensure your Sahara face is turned into fresh, healthy looking skin! Even though we are dry, we still need to set the face. You can use any powder to be honest. The more I use, the more I realise that a face powder is a face powder, find one your trust – none have blown me away yet. The Laura Mercier is quite drying so I don’t use it as much anymore, but it is great for oily skin. I currently use the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Powder, but to be honest I don’t think that it sets my face very well and it is EXPENSIVE!

Once you have found the perfect foundation – we can begin!

1)Cleanse and moisturise!

Always, always cleanse and moisturise your face. Your skin is the blank canvas and we need it to be as smooth and even as possible to ensure the foundation gets it’s best shot at making you look like a goddess!! Even if you are oily, you still have to moisturise (you could be oily because you aren’t moisturising and your skin is secreting excess oils to make up for the lack of!).

2) Primer

Any primer you love will do. I absolutely love the L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer – Guerlain. It feels so hydrating on my skin. Primers are for oil control, so you do not need them all over the face unless you are oily all over! No need to waste product, just apply it to the areas your makeup seems to slide away (this is usually the T-zone area). For dry skin, I would recommend using Fix+ from M.A.C to give the face some hydration and make it look very moisturised. (I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin) Do not buy the full bottle, if you have never tried it before. They usually do minis up at the counter, so buy it to try it out and you won’t have to invest in the full thing!

3) Applying the Foundation

For oily and dry skin, applying the foundation is the same. I would use a synthetic brush to apply it. I love the Morphe M439 . It is very densely packed with bristles, so it will give your foundation a very smooth, flawless coverage. This is when you see the magic of your cleansing, moisturising and priming. The foundation will sit beautifully and will not look cakey.

4) Applying Concealer

Applying concealer is very easy, if you do not use too much. I usually apply my concealer with a beauty blender, you do not need to spend money on the original – that price is outrageous, the Real Techniques one is absolutely perfect. This ensures you do not end up with a cakey mess under the eye because the beauty blender will soak up any excess product you may have applied. I usually set this immediately using any translucent powder, to ensure it doesn’t sit into the fine lines/wrinkles. I use the Tarte Tape Shape Concealer, and absolutely love it but you can use whatever works best! I usually apply it under the eyes, and in the centre of the forehead.

5) Set the rest of the face

As I said, set the face using any powder at all. This will ensure your foundation stays in place all day. If you are dry I wouldn’t recommend using the Laura Mercier Translucent powder, as it is very matte for all over the face. However you can use it all over the face if you are oily.

6) Applying bronzer

Before setting the face I usually apply the Soleil Tan de Chanel just under the cheekbones, to give a dewy glow, using a beauty blender. However if you are looking for a more defined contour, using a powder would work perfectly. You can apply the powder after you set the whole face! Begin at the top of the ear until you reach just under the apples of the cheek. Be careful not to apply it too far down, because this can make your face look rounder and can get quite messy.

7) HIGHLIGHT

Unless you are oily, highlighting is PROBABLY your favourite park of your makeup routine. When I whip out that highlighting brush I honestly feel so powerful. I am actually a loser. I usually apply Champagne Pop by Becca Cosmetics on the tops of the cheekbones, centre of the forehead, tip of the nose, cupids bow and chin (basically everywhere, haha). If you do not have this highlighter you NEED IT. Honestly. It is absolutely amazing, I could not do my makeup without it.

I am sorry this post is very content heavy, and clearly not very pretty but I really wanted to go into the finer detail without sugar-coating it. Finding the perfect foundation can be so difficult, so I really hope this helped at least one person. Please let me know in the comments below if you liked this post?

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Brushes I think Everyone Needs

Brushes are a relatively new thing to the beauty industry, and are often overlooked which I think is such a pity! Your brushes are your tools and are often the only things that will work WITH you when doing your ¬†makeup. I find that if a foundation is not sitting right, or eyeshadow isn’t blending it is because of the brush you are using. If you find the right ones they will be your best friend – and when you do, it will be your skin, foundations or eyeshadows that are the problem! Lol – ¬†there is always something. I am going to strip it down the the bare minimum of brushes you need. Do not waste your money. Brushes are important but you don’t need 40 different ones. I use mostly Morphe Brushes because I think they are the best, and most affordable brushes. This is not sponsored.

Morphe Brushes – M433

This is a blending brush, made with goat hairs that will blend your eyeshadow seamlessly. I usually go in with my transition shade using this brush because it ensures it doesn’t go too high up in the crease and get too messy. It is tapered, so it is great for blending that initial shade into the crease. Because it is goat hair it will apply your product in a more sheer amount. This ensures you don’t go in with too much product at once – remember, it is easy to build but not as east to take away!!

Morphe Brushes – M441

This brush looks almost the exact same as the M433, but it is longer so has a TOTALLY different purpose. I use this to ensure there are no harsh lines left and usually use this with almost no product on it to ensure the look is very seamless and perfect. It is also a goat hair so it will apply product much more sheerly. When using these brushes it is very obvious that they have two different uses. This brush is much less firm so when applying product you have to be careful not to start too high up in the crease.

M.A.C Cosmetics – 242

This brush is great if you are applying any sort of pigment, or foiled eyeshadow. It is synthetic so it will pick up a huge amount of product, which will apply generously to your lid. I do not think that you have to spend 25 dollars on a brush. This type of brush can be bought loads of different brands, but I cannot recommend one as this is the only one I have. It is great though, especially if you are going for something very metallic, you can spray some Fix+ on this and it will make the product POP.

Morphe Brushes – M321

Do you ever wonder how to get that perfectly place eyeshadow under your eye? Why does it look like you have a black eye when you attempt it? It is because you do not have a brush like this! This brush is amazing for applying product under the eye. It is so precise and so easy to use, so nothing gets messy. It is tapered so it is very precise and is usually used for the crease, to get a perfectly defined crease. It is so versatile and THAT PRICE! Amazing brush.

Morphe Brushes – M439

This brush is absolutely amazing for applying foundation. It is super dense so it glides on your face perfectly, seamlessly blending your foundation into your skin. Honestly, it is the best foundation brush I have ever used. It is so affordable and versatile too. I use this to apply cream bronzers (my favourite being the Soleil Tan de Chanel). It is an incredible brush!

When it comes to powder, I have not found anything that has WOW’D me so i didn’t feel I should recommend you buy anything that isn’t amazing. I have ordered some powder brushes from a few different sites, so I will let you know how I feel about them.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you thought down below in the comments.

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I realise that the title of this blog post sounds a bit far-fetched, or even impossible to achieve. However, the secret to being confident isn’t about how you appear, it is about how you think.

I honestly believe that everyone is capable of being confident, no matter what their circumstances are. Our perception of confidence is often frayed by movies or TV shows – where you should be pretty, tall and slick to be confident. Type casting should be a thing of the past. The truth is, being confident is about realising why you are here.

Am I here to adhere to the norms? Am I here to please everyone? Am I here to put everyone’s happiness ahead of my own? NO! You are here to figure out what makes you happy and do it. You are here to speak your mind, to follow your dreams, to change the norms. I know, I know this post may be a bit melodramatic, but please believe me when I say confidence is a mindset that you will not regret adopting. It comes with deepening your understanding of yourself and your meaning.

Have you ever been self-conscious about your weight? Have you every wondered if those girls are whispering about you? Have you ever been afraid to do something in fear of judgement or rejection? Same. We are all human¬†and I am not saying that there is some magic potion to make you the most outgoing person on the planet. However, I do think that each and every person reading this blog, should take a step back and ask themselves: Am I here, to do what I’m doing?

If not, then change that. The past year for me has been such a turning point in who I am as a person. I have mentioned it before on the blog, but being who I want to be is so freeing. In the grand scheme of things our struggles and insecurities will do nothing but hold us back from what we should be doing. Speaking our mind, following our dreams and changing the norms.

Disregard all ‘advice’ along the way, such as: ‘Nobody likes a show off’ or ‘don’t get ahead of yourself there now’ I promise that once you start listening to yourself, confidence will ooze from all aspects of your personality. Remember, it is not a certain appearance, it is a mindset. Only you can control it.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Hey guys! I hope you all have that Friday feeling because today’s post is a good one. Eyeshadows are one of the beauty products that I am super particular about, for so many reasons. I am sure we have all experienced a time when you set out to do a particular eye look and it just isn’t turning out right. It either is too patchy, or not blending correctly or simply not how you expected.

Well today I wanted to share with you guys a few single eyeshadows that I can always depend on, because they just never disappoint! With these eyeshadows you are almost guaranteed the look you are going for. All of these eyeshadows are from Makeup Geek. It is not sponsored, I use these products for two reasons: 1. They are very affordable and I am all for that life. 2. Their formula is second to none for the price. They are bendable, creamy and pigmented.

1. Desert Sands

This is honestly my DREAM transition shade. It is warm, pigmented and very bendable (as are all of the shades, I’m just not a cool coloured type of girl). I will say that out of all the shades, this one has the most kick-back, which is weird to me because none of the others do. Having said that, I can manage a bit of kick-back for the dream colour.

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2. Cocoa Bear

This colour is just a perfect deep brown, to darken up the outer crease. It also give the eye so much more depth because it has a slight red undertone in it. It is perfect for almost any skin tone and is such a versatile shade. This is actually the only one I hit pan with, so I am on my second in two months!

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3. Bitten

This, along with Desert Sands would be the two I would bring to a desert island with me (I’m so punny). This one is GORGEOUS especially on people with green eyes, like me. I could actually write a book about this shade. It does have some kick-back, but when you’re developing a shade that has some red in it, that is expected. It¬†is almost impossible¬†to develop a red without kick-back. This one – you NEED. It is so creamy and easy to blend, so you don’t get that chalky, patchy look like with a lot of other eyeshadows on the market.

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4. Frappe

This colour is a very neutral shade. Not too much grey, not too warm either. It is perfect for every eye colour and skin tone. It is probably the most universal shade in the collection. This is gorgeous even by itself all over the lid. I use it mainly as a transition shade, and because it is so neutral you can pop on any colour over top.

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5. Grandstand

Does this colour not just give you the feeeeels? I genuinely smile every time I see this colour (yes, I am aware, I am a loser). It is so metallic even by itself, but if you pop some Fix+ from M.A.C it takes it to the next level. It is such a gorgeous champagny, pinky foiled eyeshadow. It is a foiled eyeshadow so fallout is expected – but it doesn’t have any. Music to any girl’s ears. No fall out from a foiled eyeshadow?!?!? – Makeup Geek have some magic potion in their labs, I’m convinced.

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6. Poppy

This colour, I have used the least out of the six – but it is in the list for good reason. If you are like me and keep to your neutrals, having a colour like this in your palette is a great idea, because it inspires me to get out of my comfort zone! ¬†I absolutely love this shade, because it is the one pink that doesn’t make me look crazy. I find that if you use a pink, and especially if you bring it up too high in the crease you can start looking like a clown. Not with this one, and it will be used and abused as we come into the summer months.

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If you are from Ireland these shades can be purchased from Beauty Bay. I think these pictures are much more ‘true to colour’ than the pictures on the site.

I hoped you liked this post. Eyeshadows are something I am very passionate about so I would love to do more of these.

Let me know if you liked it!

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Rach

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A year for ‘me’

Back in September I walked up the steps to a big scary building to attend college. I went to study a course that I in fact knew I didn’t love or have a passion for. I always felt pressured to do a very academic course, not by anyone in particular but by society as a whole. It seems for some reason that unless you’re doing a science or an arts degree you’re pretty irrelevant in Secondary School. I have always wanted to do Drama or Make-up but those subjects were never praised in school. I am not blaming anyone for the college course I chose, but I do think that society has a big part to play in any child’s life, especially in school.

Anyway, I ended up LOVING college and everything about it – the opportunities, the food, the societies, the nights out – everything except my course. I just couldn’t sacrifice completing a degree that I had no interest in for a couple of nights out and a froyo at lunch.

So I took the plunge of making myself happy. I decided to disregard everyone’s advice to ‘stick it out’ and ‘finish the year and see how you go.’ I knew what I wanted and this was not it!

So now, four months later I can honestly say I¬†could not be happier.¬†Not only do I have all the opportunities in the world, but I am so proud of myself for being brave enough to do this. (WHY do we all find it so hard to say we are proud of ourselves?) I am now studying Makeup, something I have wanted to do forever! As you can probably tell I love lists! Here are a couple of things I’ve learned during my ‘Year For ‘Me’ so far.

      1. Being happy is easier than you think

ALL you have to do, is STOP MAKING EXCUSES. For two months during college, I made up excuses as to why I should stay in the course and do what society wants me to do. If you stop doing what you need and start doing what you want in life you will be a MILLION times happier.

     2.  There is life outside school/college

For so long the Leaving Cert was portrayed as the most important event of your life. Years went by and we were told that our studies were a priority, over sports, drama or hobbies. I realise now that that is so untrue and completely ridiculous! Once you start focusing on what your dream really is, it all comes together. If your dream is not to go to college that is fine! If your dream is to go to college and become a doctor that is fine too! I just really wish I was told years ago that school/college is not your life. It is a stepping stone, if that is the direction you want to go in! There are so many other paths, you just have to find yours.

     3. Finding the right friends

It can be difficult to make friends, especially at a young age. We are constantly changing and growing into different people, learning new things, changing our attitudes and having ‘friends by circumstance’ is really convenient. When you are taken out of your normal environment be it school, college or work we could find ourselves wondering who our¬†real friends are. ‘Friends by circumstance’ and real friends are two very different things. I have learned so much about having/keeping in touch with friends over the last couple of months. In society, girls are so pressured to have a huge group of friends where everyone gets along and everyone likes you. That is never the case, because you will never please everyone. Even if you are Mother Teresa people will find a reason to disregard you. Finding those two or three friends that know you better than anyone and would drop everything for you is all you need. But remember, you need to love yourself before anyone else can.

Also, without this year I would not have built up the courage to start this blog and have faith in myself. Taking time for you is so important and you never know where it might lead you!

 

 

This ‘Year for Me’ has started me on the right path to loving myself, being happier and in the wise wise words of Kylie Jenner, ‘realising stuff.’

Although it may not be a whole year (I was just being greedy), taking time to focus on the things that make you most happy in life may lead you to a brighter and more self-fulfilling life ahead.

 

 

Rachel

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How I prep my skin

Hello, Hello Happy Wednesday! I actually can’t believe it is mid-week already and Friday is almost here! Hope the week is going smoothly for you all.

Today I set up a poll on Twitter and the majority of the votes were for this blog post, but definitely let me know if the others interest you and I’ll get working on them soon!

Just a disclaimer – this skincare routine is for my skin type, and you must research the product ingredients, especially if you have sensitive skin!

I usually have 4 steps to my skincare routine, but it may vary depending on what I think my skin needs that day.

Step 1

I cleanse my face using the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. It is such a good product and almost leaves my skin feeling plump after using it. I was advised to make a lather in my hands before applying it on the face, and to wash it off with warm water to open the pores for further products. A 75ml tube is ‚ā¨10 from Debenhams, which is so affordable especially for a Kiehl’s product!

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Step 2

I always make sure to use a serum. Serums are great products because they ensure the products following it seep into the skin more, which ultimately makes the best of the products you are buying. Im sure you will all agree when I say to never waste products, especially when they are expensive! I use the Lancome¬†Advanced Genifique Serum. However, I was given loads of samples, so I haven’t had to purchase it just yet. It is great, but you could definitely get something else that does the same job, for half the price!

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Step 3

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! I cannot stress enough how important this is! Often times people with oily skin think they don’t need moisturiser because their skin is oily enough… that is not true! Your skin could be overproducing oil because of the lack of moisturiser you use! I use the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream¬†and absolutely love it. It leaves my skin almost tacky but not sticky. It looks so refreshed and moisturised. If you’re putting makeup on afterwards, it allows it to glide on seamlessly. I love it!

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Step 4

I use a face mask every second day, depending on what my skin needs that day. Once a month I do two-three facemasks in a row… just to spoil myself! It is a lovely thing to do, especially after a stressful month and using the right facemasks can really make you feel so much more awake and relaxed. Bubble up the bath, take out the chocolates and have an hour to yourself, we deserve it!

I am dry to normal, so the Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Second Skin Mask is the best for my skin! (Even though it is SUCH a mouthful!) It is honestly incredible, and I have tried countless facemasks, but none leave my face looking as refreshed, plump and hydrated! It is the DREAM facemask, but is definitely pricey! However, I am telling you now – you are getting value for money which is what I’m all about! Although it says once a week on the package I was actually advised to use it once per month because it is very effective!

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Another facemask I love is the GLAMGLOW Gravity Mud Firming Treatment. It was all over Instagram and Snapchat for a long time, but I don’t usually obey by trends at the time – so I was late jumping on this bandwagon. I never usually invest in expensive products like these, unless I have heard really good reviews from Youtubers, Bloggers or friends! It is really incredible, and leaves my face looking really awake and revitalised.

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I really hope you liked this post, its a long one but it was highly requested!

Rachel

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