Huda Beauty Desert Dusk – Worth the Hype?

Up until recently, I seriously thought I was the only person remotely bothered by the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. It’s colours are so eye catching and beautiful, with a selection of dazzling mattes, shimmers, metallics and a glitter shade, all set in an array of purples, pinks, golds and oranges, to create the most incredible and dramatic eye looks. From the moment I saw it, I wanted it. But at £56 it had to wait until Christmas, where my wonderful mother-in-law delivered!

December Favourites

As December draws to a close I’ve been hard pressed to find my favourite products. After all, Christmas brings a few new ones, and I’ve had hardly any money since October to buy anything leaving me with a surplus of products I’ve had barely any time to use and scraping around for ones I bought before the month began. Either way, I’ve managed to gather up what I’ve loved over the month of December, and having taken much better photographs than when I last tried this post, I’m ready to show you what I’ve been loving this month.

Winter Ready Lips with Bloomtown’s New Lip Balms!

I always have a lipbalm on the go, but I recently ran out. Enter Bloomtown. I love this brand – they’re still relatively new, but have a great ethos! They are fully vegan, cruelty free and use no palm oil. Winner! I’ve already written a post about their amazing Blue Clay Mask, which works wonders on my sensitive skin. And to make them even better, they recently gave away their brand new lip balms – One for free and the second half price, plus postage. 2 lipbalms for less than a fiver? Alright, if you insist!

A Hidden Concealer Gem? Nip+Fab Have My Back!

I have some seriously deep set and dark circles under my eyes. They are a mix between an indigo blue and a bright, bruisey purple. Lovely! I’ve dedicated my life (or the last year or so…) to finding a concealer with some serious game to cover them up. But it’s been a bit of a lacking experience. The best ones that have been advised to me are the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer and the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. But with each being £19, I wasn’t too keen to invest without trying every cheaper option under the sun. When I sampled some of the Nip+Fab Concealer on the back of my hand, I was impressed by the thickness of the formula. I spread a little of my sample under one my eyes, and loved the coverage! My deep set circles aren’t fully concealed, but for £8.95, it’s damn good coverage!

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 2 – Wonder Woman!

If you haven’t seen Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman movie, with Gal Gadot fantastically filling the titular role, where have you been?! This is by far the best movie of the year, and is currently holding up the entire DCEU on it’s own (I’m praying that Justice League will at least be good!). As a movie about a strong female character, and directed by a strong woman, only one word can describe it for me; iconic. Don’t tell me the “No Man’s Land” scene, where Diana ignores every man telling her not to go up onto the battle field and does it anyway, didn’t invoke at least a little emotion from you. It was the first time I’d seen a female character look at a man telling her what to do and completely scorn his advice, and end up leading the men. The very first time a female character has not looked to men and asked “what do we do now?”. Yup, iconic is the perfect word.

Blogtober – Comic Book Inspired Makeup – Day 1 – Batman!

I’m secretly a huge comic book nerd, right down to the reading. I’m a firm DC comics fan (soz Marvel, you’re cool too though!) and I decided a while ago that I wanted to start creating a few makeup looks based on characters from my favourite comics. I asked on Twitter what people thought, and I got an overwhelmingly positive response with more than 90% of 33 participants saying I should do one look every day in October. So I wrote my list and got started today!
The first look is based on a very iconic character – Batman. Everyone knows who Batman is – we grew up with the animated series and one incarnation of him on the silver screen (Ben Affleck is currently doing a pretty stellar job!). Batman was an obvious first choice for me – I’m a huge fan of the batfam in general and yes; every member will be featured in this series.

May Birchbox 2017 Word of Rachel

Why I Cancelled my Birchbox Subscription

But I have decided that along with shelving the monthly subscription box posts, I’m also cancelling my Birchbox subscription. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but when I received my July box and opened it up with an emotion of pure indifference I realised it wasn’t worth the monthly fee any more. I kept up until July to see what the Birthday Treat was (I’m guessing an extra sample, unless everyone else got 6 this month?), but I couldn’t get excited for the contents. Having a quick glance, I closed the box without really taking it in. I wasn’t disappointed, just underwhelmed. It was time to close my Birchbox account and kiss goodbye to that monthly gift.

The Tanning Diary: St. Moriz Fast Tan

Another day, another fake tanner. It seems all I’m testing right now are fake tans. I won a pile of them in a giveaway, and so I’ve been exploring the possibilities! I’m a big fan of tinted mousses, and I’ve had some great experiences with them (see my comparison of Skinny tan and Solait here). Toady, I reached for the last express/fast tan in my collection, the St/ Moriz Fast Tan!

June Glossybox Word of Rachel

June Glossybox: Unboxing

I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been excited for this months Glossybox! Not only does it have 2 full sized treats, but it actually has 6 products, rather than the usual 5. There’s a great mix of products, with 3 skincare products, 2 makeup products and 1 hair product. So read on to see what I got, and what I think of the products!