MINI SEPHORA HAUL | DUBAI

Hey guys! Today I have, as my snapchat followers will know – one of my most exciting posts for me! I am absolutely obsessed with Sephora, and obviously had to ask my brother to bring me back some goodies from Dubai.

This isn’t the biggest haul in the world but the stuff I got, I am IN LOVE.

  1. Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer | 102 Tantric

This bronzer is extremely buttery and is the easiest bronzer to blend, in my opinion. I would say it is for medium skin tones, because I wear this with a bit of tan but its not overbearing or mucky on the face. I do love the colour, but it is the formula of this bronzer that made me fall in love. I really look forward to using it during the summer, as it is so buildable and you don’t end up looking orange or too brown.  This bronzer retails for $49 and you get .8 oz in it. This is so much product especially for a bronzer. Overall I would definitely recommend it, even though it is a big pricey.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick | Pure Hollywood

This purchase was one I hadn’t put much thought into because I knew I liked the colour and I trust the brand and their products. I did NOT think I’d be this impressed. The texture is moussy but thin at the same time. It feels like you have absolutely nothing on your lips and it is definitely the most moisturising liquid lip I have ever used. I didn’t use a liner with it, so it didn’t stay totally on, but again that was after an 8 hour day of working in a bust environment so thats not exactly a complaint. It was such a comfortable formula to wear and the colour is perfect for my skin tone.  It retails for $20 but I already know it will last very long because I used very little when applying it, and didn’t really have to reapply throughout the day, until the very end.

 

 

3. Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palette | Rose Gold Edition

This palette is a purchase I definitely put a lot of thought into (including dreaming about it at night and during the day, hahah!). I have only used the matte colours so far so I can’t speak for the chrome pressed pearls or 3D metal eyeshadows just yet. However as seen on my snapchat (@basicchic17) the matte shades lasted all day and didn’t fade at all. I have never used eyeshadows that have such a long lasting formula on the eyes. I did find that one of the shades in particular didn’t blend as well, but that could be my brush wasnt totally clean from the previous shade. I will report back on my snapchat as always! Overall really love this palette and its definitely worth the money especially if you have blue or green eyes. It retails for $65 with 18 shades. Initially it sounds very expensive but when you break it down it is value for money.

4. Too Cool For School | Egg Cream Mask Hydration

Ok, so this mask was done right before I put makeup on which was a total mistake. I didn’t see proper results because I was trying to rush the process to get to work on time and slap on some makeup. I shouldn’t have done that! However when I did remove the mask it left my face tacky and feeling hydrated. I loved how it felt I just wish I didn’t apply makeup straight after. It would be a fab mask to do on a pamper day. And no, it doesn’t smell like eggs, haha! It retails for $6 per mask but it works out cheaper at $24 for  5 masks. They are so affordable, and I’d suggest buying the single one to test out whether or not you like it.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I honest adore writing about makeup and sharing my opinions and I hope you gain some knowledge from some of my tips and tricks. Tutorials are my favourite things to do, so follow me on Snapchat if you want to see some more.

Rach

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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 🙁 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 – GEN 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 – use 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 – finding 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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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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My Top 5 Beauty Products

Hey guys! I hope your weekend is as wild as mine (currently drinking tea and doing assignments) Here are my top 5 Beauty Products recently.

1) Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

This foundation is INCREDIBLE. It is very creamy, so be warned – a little goes a LONG way!! It is full coverage, but is definitely buildable, and does not go cakey on me. I purchased mine from Space NK on Grafton Street, but there is also a Space NK in Harvey Nichols, Dundrum. It was 50 euro, which is quite pricey, but in my opinion definitely worth it, because it will last a long time. If you are looking for something similar (full coverage, buildable and a stick) the Makeup Forever HD foundation Stick would be perfect, and is 35 euro instead. The only difference I find, is that the Hourglass stick is higher coverage, which I love (us girls would justify anything for makeup).

2) L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer – Guerlain

I purchased this Primer when I was away in Prague during the Christmas, and I have not seen it in any of the Guerlain counters that I have been to since! However, it is not discontinued so I would definitely suggest keeping an eye out for this primer. It contains ‘pure gold complexion-perfecting flecks’, as it states on the Sephora website. So this primer definitely costs a small fortune at 70 euro, but luckily I walked into Sephora on the right day and got a 40% discount in their sale, costing me 42 euro (how could a girl say no to a gold face primer? Lol) Although I don’t know if the gold flecks actually do anything I do know that the primer really hydrates my skin and leaves it feeling cool and fresh before putting my makeup on. If your skin is on the drier side, this primer would be perfect for you.

3) Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel

This product, without a doubt has been the most used and abused! It is an absolute lifesaver if you don’t feel like tanning your entire body, or simply want a natural glow. I usually apply it to my neck, hands and ankles to make it look like I am a bronzed goddess lol. Although initially it will look really dark coming out of the tube, after you blend it into the skin it will make you gorgeously bronzed. I use the Cocoa Brown brush that can be purchased in Meaghers Pharmacy for 13 euro, which makes all the difference when it comes to applying it. It makes it much easier, and doesn’t soak up half as much product as a tanning mitt does. I usually mix in the Rose Gold Goddess Oil  which can also be purchased in Meaghers Pharmacy, to give you even more of a gorgeous glow.

4) Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Kim K.W

This lipstick is the perfect pinky-nude and suits all skin tones! It is almost totally opaque and is very creamy and moisturising on the lips. The only thing I will say is, after a while it will ball up on the lips if not used with a lip liner – Koko K from Kylie cosmetics is fab with this!

5) Soleil Tan de Chanel

This is my FAVOURITE cream bronzer ever! Now it is by Chanay-nay so it is pricey at 45 euro, but it is huge and will last you a very long time! I am much more into the overall bronzy look recently, instead of very sharp contouring, as I think this looks much more youthful and fresh. It has a very dewy, soft finish and although there is no actual glitter in it, it leaves your skin with a lovely glow. Not to mention the smell is delicious!! It only comes in one colour though which makes no sense to me because it will not be a bronzer for all skin colours, but it is for mine! I usually apply it with a synthetic brush, because it picks up much more product than a natural hair. My favourite foundation brush and the one I use for applying this bronzer is here. Always start with a small amount and build it up, because it is always easier to build rather than take away. If you want an even softer bronzed look, apply it with a beauty blender, but I will say it soaks up more product than a dense synthetic brush.

I hope you found this helpful.

Please comment below and let me know what you thought?

Rachel

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