October Favourites | 2016 | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! October came and went and I’m bet you everything in the world that November will do the same meaning Christmas will be here in no time and I can not wait. 58 days and counting.


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Beauty: October didn’t really see my discover many new products but instead rediscover some old classics. 

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer: I tried this concealer way back when it first got released and I liked it but I got the wrong shade so never really grew to love it. However, when my go-to Collection Lasting Perfection concealer was out of stock, I decided to try this one out again and this time I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s such a gorgeous creamy consistency and blends out so nicely, leaving a beautiful high coverage. I tend to only use this under my eyes so I’m not sure how it performs on blemishes. This is actually my second tube since rediscovering it. 
  • LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub: This product is loved by the beauty community so I just had to try it. I didn’t really use it when I first purchased it but recently as I’ve been wearing lipstick, Macs Velvet Teddy to be more exact, I’ve fallen head over heels for this lip scrub. Because of all the natural ingredients you can’t help but lick your lips after using it, it tastes and smells divine.
  • Naked 1 Palette: If you saw my “go-to autumn make-up look” post you will know how loved this palette is. However with so many amazing and gorgeous eyeshadow palettes out there, I tend to have phases with different ones. This month I rediscovered my love for the Naked 1. Gorgeous shades which I think are perfect for the autumn months and amazing pigmentation. To be honest you don’t really need anything else in a eyeshadow palette.

Fashion:

  • Ripped Jeans: They just spice up my go-to outfit of jeans and graphic tee.
  • Bomber Jacket: The one above is from Primark. It just goes with everything and it’s easy just to throw on in the morning when my brain isn’t functioning yet. And for a Primark purchase it’s made so well and is actually really warm.

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Random Favourites: 

  • Green Tea: I’ve always been a lover of a good cup of tea but it’s usually the classic English Breakfast. However this month I started drinking green tea, don’t ask me why, I just felt like it. I started drinking it everyday and soon my go-to Tetley Green Tea ran out so I had to find a new one. That’s when I discovered my love for Cranberry Green Tea, it’s heavenly.
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno Podcast: Now don’t be discouraged by the title, this podcast is laugh out loud funny. Three friends sit around together reading aloud an erotic novel called Belinda Blinked that one of the guys dad has written, it’s too funny and I’ve been loving listening to this, this month.
  • Allie and Tylan: I’ve been a fan of the Gardiner Sisters for years now so when Allie Gardiner started a vlog channel with her husband Tylan, I was instantly a subscriber. These two beautiful humans are so funny, so kind and amazing. They show the world how couples are meant to treat each other and they are just awesome. My favourite videos of theirs are their NaNights which they upload on Saturdays night. It’s now my Sunday morning routine to make myself a cup of Cranberry Green Tea and watch NaNight. 

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Music Favourites: I’ve been loving a lot this month as commuting into London for uni is long and I need some entertainment…here are just a few I’ve been listening to the most. Although as I’m writing this I’m listening to Michael Buble’s new album and I’m really liking it. 

  • Fire In My Heart – Simple Plan
  • Grow Up – Olly Murs
  • I Ain’t Missing You – Aston Merrygold
  • Nobody But Me – Michael Buble
  • Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
  • Strip No More – Lukas Graham (Spotify Session Version)

TV Favourites:

  • Once Upon A Time – Say no more, it’s just an incredible show with an immensely complex yet awesome storyline and it’s so addicting. I’m currently on season 2 and I’m so excited to see where it’s heading. 
  • The Walking Dead – I couldn’t write this blog post without mentioning this show. That S7 Premiere was amazing, Andrew Lincoln deserves an Emmy. Some people didn’t like it and I understand why but if you’ve been watching The Walking Dead since the beginning, you clearly knew what they could do and what Negan would be like. It’s a TV show at the end of the day and I loved it.
  • The Big Bang Theory – Tom and I have started watching this from the beginning on Netflix and although I will always be a true FRIENDS fan, I’ve really enjoyed watching this in bed before sleeping snuggled next to Tom. It’s a great feel good show and a complete comparison to the other two I’ve been loving this month.

My beauty favourites may have been my smallest section this month but I’ve been loving so much other stuff that I just had to include them all. I really hope you enjoyed this blog post and let me know some of your favourites this month, I always love discovering new things.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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My Go-To Autumn Makeup Look | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! When autumn comes around, us beauty lovers like to change up our makeup to the more bronzy eyeshadows, the matte complexions and the darker lips. But I’ve got to admit, I’ve always tended to stay towards the warm browns and the more neutral tones when doing my makeup anyway. However, I have seen a shift in what I’m applying lately so I thought I’d share with you my go-to look for this autumn season.

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How I created the look….

I start by creating a nice smooth base for my foundation. I applied the Simple’s Kind To Skin Light Moisturiser which I love because it sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling smooth ready for makeup application. Then I apply Maybellines Baby Skin Face Primer to ensure my makeup stays all day.

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You’re either in the group that does their foundation before their eyebrows or you’re in the group who do their eyebrows first. Personally, I’m the latter. 

Next, I like to fill in my eyebrows using the Freedom Eyebrow Pomade in Dark Brown with the Elf Small Angled Brush. I’ve been really enjoying a stronger brow at the moment and this product is perfect for creating a strong yet natural brow. I’ve had multiple compliments on my eyebrows when I use this product.

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Just look at the difference

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After my eyebrows are filled in, I like to set them in place using the Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown.

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Now it’s time to get working on the base. I love so many drugstore foundations that I tend to switch up which one I use depending on the occasion. Today I went with L’Oreal’s Infalliable 24H-Matte foundation (review here) and applied it with a RT Complexion Sponge.

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Time to get rid of those dark circles but due to the L’Oreal Infalliable 24H-Matte foundation giving me a pretty high coverage, I don’t need to apply too much concealer but I still never like skipping this step. I like using Maybellines Fit Me Concealer in 15 which I blend out using the RT Complexion Sponge.

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Now it’s time to set all that in place using Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder with a big fluffy brush. I like using my RT Duo Fibre Powder Brush.

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After applying the foundation and concealer, it’s time to get some life back into my skin. I use the Makeup Revolutions Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit for my contour, blush and highlight. This palette is perfect for me as I love all three shades which I think is rather rare when it comes to palettes like this.

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First I contour my face using the RT Expert Face Brush

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I then add colour back into my face by applying the blush with the Elf Blush Brush.

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And finally to complete the face makeup, you can’t forget the highlight. The RT Setting Brush is perfect for this step.

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that highlight though!! 

Now my face makeup is complete, it’s time to get working on the eyes. First I start off my priming my eyelids with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme De Nude. Although this product isn’t marketed as a eye primer, it certainly does the job as well as covering up any redness or veins I may have around my eye area, allowing the eye shadow I apply to really stand out.

[As you can tell this product is well loved]

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The eyeshadow palette I’ve been leaning towards lately is my well loved Urban Decay Naked 1 palette. My sister gave me her old one when she went out to repurchase it, so well loved is an understatement.

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I start off by applying the shade Naked into my crease as a transition shade with my RT Deluxe Crease brush. Doing this step before anything else allows all the other eyeshadows to blend more easily, creating a smoother and more professional look at the end.

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Next I like to go in with Buck, which is a darker brown matte shade to define my crease. I use a more precise crease brush for this step.

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Smog is probably my favourite shade out of this entire palette and it’s defiantly well loved as I’m now finding it hard to actually get any product onto the brush. I apply Smog all over my lid with my all time favourite eyeshadow brush. I don’t even know the name or make of this brush as I got it when I first started getting into makeup. I brought it from poundland and it’s hands down one of the best makeup brushes I have in my collection. Sometimes price doesn’t reflect the quality.

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After Smog is applied, I like to go in with Dark Horse to darker up the look. I apply Dark Horse in my outer third for a more smokey look. Sometimes I skip this step if I’m going for a more daytime look but I decided to go all out today.

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In life I haven’t been gifted with huge eyes and eyelids like the dolls you grew up playing with so create the illusion I have got bigger eyes than I actually do, I like to apply Half Baked right in the centre of my eyelid. Adding this step just makes my eyes pop and look bigger.

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And the final step in this eye look is to take Dark Horse again and apply it to my lower lash line to smoke out the entire look. I use the RT Accent brush to apply this. [Can you tell I have a little obsession with RT brushes?]

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Time to bring those eyelashes back to life. My all time favourite mascara for at least a couple of years now has been the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. But recently they came out with Lash Sensational Luscious and personally I prefer it. Therefore, I like to curl my eyelashes using Superdrug’s own eyelash curler, which are amazing by the way, followed by applying a few coats of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious [review here].

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Just look at the difference….

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And finally….I congratulate you if you have gotten this far, it’s time for the lips. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m not a massive lipstick wearer but on the occasion I do wear it, it’s always Mac’s Velvet Teddy.

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And that my friend finishes my go-to autumn make-up look….

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WOWAZ!!! That was a long one but I really hoped you enjoyed. If you’re wondering how I got all these pictures, I’ll let you in to a little secret. I actually filmed myself applying my makeup and held certain poses for me to screenshot in the editing process. It’s the first time I have ever done a blog post like this and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Let me know what you guys think in the comments.

What are some of your go-to products at the moment? I would love to add some to my never ending wish list and leave my purse empty.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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