Top 5 Skincare Products | Sitting In The Clouds

All my life I’ve been very lucky with my skin, no teenage acne, only a few spots here and there from eating too much junk, not drinking enough water, you know…the usual. But for the majority of this year my skin has taken a turn. It’s still not severe but for me but I’m struggling to maintain how it used to be. However without a few holy grail products, I would seriously be lost. And of course some of these products just help me feel pampered.



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I use the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash each morning and evening as my daily face wash. I’m only, at 20, getting around to understanding my skin and what it needs. I’m now pretty sure that my skin is more on the normal/oily side of the spectrum, which means the oil balancing side of this face wash really works well with my skin. The exfoliating beads are super gentle so I can use it twice a day without getting irritation. The scent is barely there, so if your skin is sensitive to perfume or fragrant products, I would suggest giving this one a go.

I actually had a break, a few months back, from this face wash to try a new one…this was a bad mistake on my behalf. It was when I switched things up, my skin really started to break out more and get worse. So I truly believe the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash is doing good for my skin.

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Only very recently I noticed something missing out of my skincare routine that I hadn’t used in ages. This got me thinking, maybe that’s part of the reason my skin isn’t so great at the moment. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask has been a lifesaver for my skin recently.  I never used to leave my cupboard without one, but with university making me stretch every single penny I had, I never had any spare cash to treat my skin to this wonderful face mask. As soon as I could, I restocked my cupboards and have seen an instant difference.

The packaging even states…”This peppermint mask does everything it can to fight eruptions and outbreaks and return your skin to tip top condition“…aka, the miracle product I needed. I use it two or three times a week, depending on my skins condition and whether I have time. I like to apply a generous layer with my fingers, leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then gently remove the mask with a clean flannel. It’s a face mask that tingles a little when it starts to dry on your skin but that personally doesn’t bother me and afterwards it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. I just love this product so much and I’ve definitely learnt my lesson of always having some of this in my bathroom cupboard.

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The final product that’s really helped improve my skin over the past four(ish) months is the Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner. I’ve never really been into toners because they always made my skin sting and I never saw the point. However, I picked this product up on a whim when completing a 3 for 2 offer on Nivea products and it’s now an essential in my skincare routine.

Applying a grape size amount on a cotton pad and use circle movements to distribute the product around your face and down your neck. I use this product after removing my makeup, it is only a night time ritual for me,  washing my face. Even after removing my makeup and cleaning my skin, there was still makeup in my pores, so this toner & cleanser just ensures my skin gets a deeper clean. It’s also super moisturising so I find I don’t need to apply a night cream after using it.



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Now onto the products that just make my skin feel good. I’m guilty of not applying body butter as often as I should and I know my skin punishes me. My legs especially are very dry and itchy. However, during the summer, I always bring the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream out of the cupboard as it just smells like summer in the tub. It basically just smells like lemon sherbet and I’m a sucker for citrus scents.

I apply this after very shower to moisturise my skin. Super simple but a step I feel most people either skip or forget about. I know for sure sometimes I’m just too lazy. But you need to keep the rest of your skin hydrated as well.

My body butter choices change depending on the season or what I’m feeling but at the moment I’m loving the Sugar Crush Body Buttercream from Soap and Glory.

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The final product I’m mentioning today is the Nivea Lip Butter. Ever since using this lip product on a daily basis, every morning and evening, my lips rarely get chapped, when before they were always so dry. Making sure my lips are always moisturized is also a key step in my daily routine.



Without these products my skin would be suffering a lot more but I truly feel like Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty is incredible and allows you to see instant results (I may go do one now).

What are your skincare essentials? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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L’Oreal V Maybelline | Foundation Wars | Sitting In The Clouds

When there are so many different products on the market which are so similar it’s hard to know exactly which one will suit you best and which one you’ll fall head over heels in love with. There are so many factors to consider and without having tried and tested each one in turn, it’s sometimes impossible to make the right choice. But don’t fret, today I’ll be comparing two of the most spoken about drugstore foundations that are currently on the market, the L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Matte and the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation. Both offer similar things but at the end of the day which one comes out on top?

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The L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation has been my go to for about a year now. I love L’Oreal foundations, I used to use their highly acclaimed True Match, as they have a wide range of shades allowing anyone to get their exact shade…or near enough, which is something other high-street brands are still struggling to get right. However when my shade, Natural Rose, wasn’t in stock and I couldn’t pick up a new one, I decided to try a similar one that I had my eyes on, the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation.

The other day I put them both to the test, applying each foundation to half my face to see how they faired through-out the day. I started this experiment at 10:30am, which was when I had applied my makeup. It was a weekend so I was only doing mundane household tasks, uni work, a few chores, blogging and chilling with family.

Both foundations are from the drugstore so both wouldn’t break the bank and leave your purse empty. I’ll start off by saying, both foundations are good for the price you pay. The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless retails at £5.99 while the L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Matte prices at £7.99.

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The first difference I noticed whilst I was applying both (I applied both foundations with a damp beauty sponge) was the consistency of the foundations. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation was a lot runnier while the L’Oreal one had a thicker consistency.  The consistency of the products could reflect on the coverage as the Maybelline foundation, I personally found, was more between light to medium than a medium to high coverage the L’Oreal one provided.

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However, both foundations stayed true to their name about being matte. As soon as I applied both foundations they were instantly matte, no powder needed, although I did apply my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder to my entire face anyway.

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After I had applied a full face of makeup and started to get on with my daily tasks I started to notice that I could feel the Maybelline Fit Me foundation sitting on my skin, which I had’t yet noticed with the L’Oreal Infallible foundation. Because of this I decided to see if there was any transfer with either one of the products. Unfortunately because of how much heavier the Maybelline foundation felt on my face there was quiet bad makeup transfer with the Maybelline Fit Me. This is one factor I have continued to notice with the Fit Me foundation, hugging my boyfriend now I’m conscious of my makeup going on his clothes. So even though the Maybelline one reduces and hides my pores and gives my face a really smooth base for the rest of my makeup to sit it feels a lot heavier on my skin. I did find though because of this, all other makeup applied and blended out a lot better thanks to the matte and poreless base the Maybelline foundation gave.

The L’Oreal Infallible Matte on the other hand is super lightweight, I never felt it as a second layer of skin and there was barely any/no transfer onto clothes when wearing this foundation.

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Through-out the day I started to notice a difference in how each foundation was wearing on my skin. The Maybelline Fit Me foundation says it’s for normal to oily skin, on that spectrum I class myself as having normal skin, yet this foundation was getting shiny around my T-Zone area after a couple of hours of wear. For this reason, I don’t believe the formula is suited for oily skin. To keep this foundation matte you would have to touch up with powder every couple of hours.

At the end of the day when it came to removing my makeup, the L’Oreal foundation was still intact, it was still 100% matte, no shine and no touch ups needed through-out the day which unfortunately I can’t say the same with Maybelline.

To be honest, I can’t fault the L’Oreal foundation. I wore it in Florida heat last summer when I went to Disney and I was walking around the parks all day, sweating, not once did I feel it on my face or it sliding off. It was definitely lightweight and when I got back to the hotel after a sometimes 9 hour day my face still wasn’t shiny. The packaging says 24H Matte, now it may not be 24 HOURS but it’s definitely matte for the entirety of the time you’re wearing it, 9 hours plus.

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So let’s recap….

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Powerless Foundation:
– £5.99 (£2 cheaper)
– less coverage
– matte without powder to begin with but needs powder top ups through-out the day to stay matte
– feels heavy on the skin causing a lot of makeup transfer
– pore are less visible allowing for smoother makeup application and nicer blending of other powder products

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation:
– £7.99
– higher coverage
– really lightweight, doesn’t feel like a second layer of skin at all, meaning barely any to no makeup transfer
– lasts all day without any touch ups

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Overall, for me the L’Oreal Infallible Matte wins this time around. For me it’s a better match for what I’m looking for in a foundation.  I love how matte it is and how it stays matte for a really long period of time. I don’t need to worry about being shiny through-out the day and carrying powder with me so I can touch up. So although it’s £2 more expensive and that £2 could get me a much needed hot chocolate, I would still choose the L’Oreal Infallible over the Maybelline Fit Me. I am a little upset about not liking the Maybelline Fit Me foundation though as the Maybelline Fit Me concealer I LOVE and adore and it’s a holy grail product of mine.

Having said all that, I’m glad to have tried this comparison, thank you Julie for suggesting for me to do this and I hope it helped you out, as I’m glad I have been able to try a similar product on the market but I’m sorry I just can’t fault the L’Oreal foundation formula.

However these are just my own opinions and everyone and their skin is different so I would love to know your thoughts on either or both of these foundations.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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LUSH Review & Demo | Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! I haven’t had a relaxing bath in a while so over the weekend I thought I’d treat myself and use up my last remaining bath bomb. However, my LUSH collection is looking very bare now with only a backup of my go-to shower gel, Dirty Springwash and the Comforter bubble bar, but did my final LUSH bath bomb let me down or did it live up to all the LUSH hype?

I personally prefer LUSH’s bubble bars as I prefer a bath with bubbles to one without so therefore every time I use a bath bomb I always place in some sort of bubble bath mixture as well. This time I went with Zoella’s Bath Latte Bath and Shower Milk that produces some luscious smelling bubbles, however I personally feel it doesn’t produce enough but that’s down to personal preference. Of course you can add as much Bath Latte into your water as you wish but for £6.00, I try and save the product and use it sparingly, otherwise its get’s used up too quickly for my likely. Anyway enough about Zoella beauty and let’s focus our attention back on the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb from LUSH.

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I’m a sucker for anything citrus scented so when I smelt this bath bomb in store I knew it was coming home with me. It was the first time I had ever used Dragon Egg and if it wasn’t for the scent I wouldn’t have picked it up because it really doesn’t look that interesting and to be honest the performance when placed into the bath wasn’t the best I’ve seen after using some other LUSH bath bombs like Intergalactic and the Yoga bath bomb.

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It took quite a while to fully dissolve and because of this I didn’t actually photograph the end result of the bath bomb. But it turned the water a gorgeous deep orange colour which I really enjoyed and the scent lingered for a while after the bath bomb had finished exploding so it was definitely a great bath bomb to scent wise, I just wasn’t too impressed with the performance.

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With lemon and bergamot oil to cleanse and uplift the user and jasmine to add a hint of floral to the mix, this bath bomb doesn’t have many skin benefits either but I can’t get over how incredible it smells and purely for this reason, I will be picking this bath bomb up again. But overall, it’s not my all time favourite LUSH bath bomb and if it wasn’t for the scent, I really don’t think this particular bath bomb is anything special.


A short and sweet, or shall I saw citrusy blog post today. Have you used LUSH’s Dragon Egg bath bomb? What did you think of it in action? Let’s chat in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog and until next time,

xoxo, rachel 


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Review: Brush Techniques Makeup Brush Cleansing Spray | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! I received this product from my auntie for Christmas (What I Got For Christmas) and I’ve used it a couple of times now, really trying to enjoy it, but I just can’t. Since I got my first ever makeup brush collection, the RT Core Collection, I have used Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to clean them, and I swear by it, and unfortunately the Brush Techniques Makeup Brush Cleansing Spray doesn’t come anywhere near to close to competing with it.

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Pros:

  • Quick and easy to use. The use of the flannel helps dry your brushes as you clean them so they are dry immediately after use, therefore you are able to use them straight away. And because of this, I enjoy this product for my eyeshadow brushes as if I’m creating a complex eye look and don’t want to mix shadows, having this product on hand to quickly clean a brush to use again with a different colour is really handy.
  • The spray is even. The pump sprays the bristles evenly and sprays the perfect amount.

Unfortunately that’s all the positives I have for the product because overall, I just don’t enjoy using it to clean my brushes.

Cons:

  • It’s not a deep cleaning product. As you can see from the before and after pictures above, my brushes aren’t even clean after using this product. They are definitely cleaner as the flannel is dirty, proving it cleans them to some extent but not to the amount I would like.
  • It doesn’t work on big brushes. Like I mentioned above, this product is handy for eyeshadow brushes but my bigger brushes, such as my RT Face Expert and Powder Brush it just doesn’t clean well at all.
  • Dirty Flannel. Now this may just be a personal preference but I don’t like using a flannel to clean my brushes, I just don’t think it does as good as job as water and my hand. And plus, the more brushes you clean, the dirtier your flannel gets which means you are then trying to clean your brushes on a dirty surface. I just don’t think it’s very practical or hygienic.
  • It Smells. This is what really puts me off using this product, it just stinks. It’s not even a smell that is goes away after use. When I use my brushes after cleaning them with this product I can smell the product on my brushes when I’m applying makeup, which really puts me off using my brushes.

Product In Use:

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Overall, I don’t enjoy this product and will stick with my trusty Johnson’s Baby Shampoo for the foreseeable future. I can see the appeal in a product like this though, as it is super quick and easy to use but this particular version of makeup cleansing spray just isn’t good. Having said this, I will hang onto this product and see if I gravitate towards it when needing a quick solution for cleaning my eyeshadow brushes but I definitely won’t be using this product on my bigger brushes again.

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This product is a firm no for me and I won’t be repurchasing it. Have you tried this product? What are you thoughts? What product do you use to clean your brushes? Let’s chat in the comments.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog and until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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Makeup Favourites | 2016 | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! In 2016 I was experimenting more with makeup meaning I discovered loads of new and amazing products that I now live by and can’t do my everyday makeup routine without. I love finding new products to try out or buying products really hyped up to see if they live up to their expectations. I’ve never worn makeup to hide myself, I wear it to highlight my features and make the best parts of me stand out. Like drawing, design and editing, it’s one more creative outlet for the creative person I am. So without further ado, here are my makeup favourites for 2016…


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  • Morphe 35T Palette: This is the most recent addition to my makeup collection but I fell in love with it as soon as I received it. It has a range of shades from mattes to shimmers that allows you to create such a diverse range of looks. This palette is so affordable, only £21.00 for 35 shades and the pigmentation is incredible. I think there is one shade in this palette that doesn’t really have much colour pay off but other than that every shade is amazing. I highly recommend this palette and I can’t wait to try more from Morphe. (Review here)

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  • Mac’s Velvet Teddy: Before 2016 I wasn’t a huge fan of lip products, I tended just to put some lip balm and then walk out the door but when I decided to treat myself to my first Mac lipstick after hearing rave reviews on Velvet Teddy for my birthday, I fell in love…as with every product I mention in this blog post. I think I just had to find my perfect shade and I really feel Velvet Teddy is my “my lips but better” shade. It has a little transfer but not a lot and it stays all day and I can’t wait to grow my Mac collection.
  • Nieva Lip Butter: I didn’t have my blog this time last year but if I did this product would have reached my yearly favourites. I’ve been using this lip balm consistently for a couple of years now. Blueberry Blush isn’t my all time favourite one, my all time favourite is the Vanilla and Macadamia one but they all do the same thing, there are just different scents. It keeps my lips dry and moisturised without feeling greasy and I don’t need to constantly top up to keep them feeling like that. If you can get your hands on a pot, I would defiantly grab one.

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  • Freedom Eyebrow Pomade: This product is awesome, however I have to admit I wasn’t a huge fan of it when I first started using it so I used it every once in a while. Mainly when I was going out for the night and had more makeup on as it creates a stronger looking brow. However, I gradually started to get used to it and how I liked to apply it and now I don’t fill in my brows with anything else. If you would like to a see a brow routine, let me know.
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme De Nude: At the beginning of the year I heard really good things about this being a great eyeshadow primer so I decided to pick it up and give it a go. All I can say is that it lives up to those reviews. As you can see I’ve hit  pan and I’m running low because I use it everyday without fail. It gives my eyelids a perfect base for eyeshadow and no creasing happens when I have this on. Also, it’s super affordable and a great alternative to the products marketed as eyeshadow primers. Highly recommend it.

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  • L’Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation: I can’t get over how good this foundation is. It’s lightweight on my skin but really high coverage at the same time which is still something I can’t get over. It matches my skin perfectly and it does stay matte all day. I wore this is Disneyworld in the summer on the first day and it was SO hot and I was clearly sweating yet my foundation didn’t move at all in fact it was still on my face when I got back to the hotel. This foundation is my holy grail and I don’t think I’ll find one better for a while. (Full review here)

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  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Palette: Since buying this is summer I haven’t used another product for my contour, blush or highlight. This palette is the perfect trio for me. The blush is the perfect shade, the contour shade is perfect for my skin, it doesn’t make me look muddy at all and the highlight is shimmery but not over the top. It’s PERFECTION and all three shades really compliment each other.  And of course it’s Makeup Revolution so it’s super affordable. I can’t believe I’ve hit pan already, I’ll definitely be buying a back up soon. (Full Review Here)
  • Real Technique Miracle Complexion Sponge: The only makeup tool I’m mentioning in this post but how could I not mention this beauty? My sister got me my first one last Christmas and since then I haven’t applied my foundation with anything else. It makes my foundation go on so smoothly and makes it look airbrushed to perfection. It definitely works better damp though.
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara: Saving the best til last for sure. I adore this product so much and I discovered this product because I used to obsessed with the original, Lash Sensational and because I loved it so much, I tried the new Luscious formula and I couldn’t believe it was possible to love a product more. This mascara just does everything I want it to, it lengthens, it volumizes, keeps the curl all day and it doesn’t smudge under my eyes at all. I prefer this formula because of the oil blend and I really feel this has helped my lashes become soften and stay in better condition.

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So there we have it, my favourite makeup products of 2016. I could have easily put in more products but the ones I’ve mentioned are products that since buying them I haven’t used any other as I’ve kept repurchasing them. I think I’m on my 4 or 5th tube of the Lash Sensational Luscious mascara and my 2nd or 3rd bottle of the L’Oreal Infallible. To be honest, I’ve lost count because I’ve repurchased them so much.


Do we have any of the same favourites? Let me know. Let’s chat in the comments.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog and if you have any blog post suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments as well.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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