Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Long Time No Blog!!

Just a quick post to explain the lack of blogs, youtube video's etc..

1, The main reason is that my computer broke almost 2 months ago and have not been able to replace it yet! Hopefully I will recieve my new one next week!! *fingers and toes crossed*

2, I completed my Access To Higher Education course at college back in July and was in desperate need of a break from the internet for a little while just give myself a chance to relax over the summer. It had got to the point where I was logging on almost every day.. which can't be good right?! It was starting to get in the way of of things.. but when my computer broke... I had no choice!!

3, I started University on 20th September and things have been super hectic since!! I am studying for a degree in Psychology with Criminology and my timetable is pretty full! I haven't yet given up work, for two reasons really...1, I haven't re-applied for my student finance as of yet (long story + lots of hassle = ugh!!) and 2, I have never been unemployed! I have worked since the age of 13 and the thought of not having a regular (decent) wage scares the hell out of me!! I'm too used to my home comforts and not yet ready nor willing to give that up!

So, as soon as I get my new computer up and running and the internet sorted (and done my uni work of course!!) I should be back to normal(ish!) :)

See you all then!



P.S - please excuse my current blog layout/look etc - I am currently in the process of re-doing it all. :)

Monday, 3 May 2010


Urban Decay 10ml in Trip
RRP £12.00
..purchased from beautycounter/fragrancedirect for a FaNtAsTiC
£1.50!!! BaRgAiN!! =D
  • Absolutely lve it, It has to be one of (if not) the best pink nail colours I have... & I have quite a few!!
  • I wore it for nearly two weeks with barely a chip in sight when I came to clean it off. I applied 2 layers as I do with all colours, although the colour was just as clear with 1.
- sorry I only have the thumb pic, I deleted the other by accident! :(
..but Im sure you can see it ok! :) x


BarryM Nail Paint 10ml in Blue Glitter (297)
..purchased from Superdrug for £2.89 (I think?)
  • I like this colour a lot! ..however I needed to apply a whopping 4 layers!! to get the exact colour as it appeared in the bottle. A down point to that many layers was that it chipped if I even looked at it, never mind touched anything! :(
  • I still really like it though as I am a big fan of Blue nail polishes.


My recent nail varnish purchases include 2 by NARS - 1 in Chinatown, a deep blood red & 1 in Adelita, a gold/nude. I also bought a Rimmel polish in Grey matter from Boots - Lving he new thicker brush!! Review for these will probably be up next week!

That's it for tonight,



Sunday, 18 April 2010

Lush from the US!

I ordered these few items about a month ago from Toni's blog sale and last week I was so happy to find them on my door step! =D
I only ordered a couple of things as I just wanted to try some things that I couldn't get in the UK.

Now, I know we can (could!) get the Snow Fairy solid perfume when it was available at Christmas, however at approx £5 - I didnt want it enough to try it at that price, but as Toni was selling it on her blog sale for only $4 (approx £2.60) it was a bargain not to be missed!
It is very sweetly scented, obviously like the Snow Fairy Shower Gel and a slight scent similar to the Godmother soap, not as sweet but has the same fruitiness. I was wearing it at work the other day & someone asked me if I was eating Wham a bar! lol

The Ghost Shower Gel I assume was released for Halloween in the US, I don't recall seeing or hearing about this as a UK product?
It is the most gorgeous scented shower gel I have smelt in a long time (apart from the Snow Cake one! ;D) It has a gorgeous scent of Lilies & another scent which I can't quite think what it could be but it reminds me a gorgeous expensive perfume.
I have only used it twice because it was only 2 thirds full, and as I lve it so much, I want to make it last!

The last product is the Play Your Cards Right massage bar, this has to be my favourite of the 3 simply due to the novelty of it. I have always loved the look of it but for some reason never got round to purchasing it! When I finally remembered, Lush had discontinued it! :(
So I was SUPER excited when I saw this on Toni's blog, I just had to have it.
Due to being an 'old' product, the majority if it's original scent has disappeared, however it seems to have taken on an artificially scent/smell similar to that of which the retro soap - 17 Cherry Tree Lane has, it doesn't have the same scent at all but there is just something about it which I really quite like. I have used it 3 times now, smothering it all over my body after I have bathed and then added Karma dusting powder over the top. This leaves me smelling GoRgEoUs, even if I do say so myself! :)

So a BIG Thank You to Toni for these products, I absolutely lve them!


Monday, 5 April 2010

Hi, My Name Is Rachel..

Hi, my name is: Rachel

Never in my life have I been: content.

The one person who can drive me nuts is: my dad.

High school: ended many years ago.

When I’m nervous: I get restless.

The last song I listened to was: cant remember

If I were to get married right now my maid of honor would be: have no clue!.

My hair is: mousey brown.

When I was 5: We got burgled.

Last Christmas: wasn't the same.

I should be..: less frustrated.

When I look down I see: a zip.

The happiest recent event was: cant remember.

If I were a character on ‘Friends’ I’d be: smelly cat - 'smelly cat smelly cat ..what are they feeding you'

By this time next year: I will be studying Forensic & Medical Science at University.

My current gripe is: People with no concience & blog posts with shabby pictures

I have a hard time understanding: life.

There’s this girl I know that: and Id like to be her for a day or 2.... or maybe a week or so.

I like you when: you are yourself.

If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be: my mum or dad.

Take my advice: Trust few.

The thing I want to buy: every single nail varnish in Space NK.

If you visited the place I was born: you could only be near as its not there anymore.

If you spent the night at my house: you would never want to leave ;)

I’d stop my wedding: before it even started.

The world could do without: horrid people.

I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: look at Brendan Coles face.

Most recent thing I’ve bought myself: Lush, Hotel Chocolat & a cotton reusable bag from Space NK.

My middle name is: Michelle.

In the morning I: finish work at 8am.

The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: Lions

Once, at a bar: I made a big mistake.

Last night I was: snuggling with my kitty.

There’s this guy I know who: no longer knows me! :(

If I was an animal I’d be: a cat.

No doubt.A better name for me would be: Anna.

Tomorrow I am: going to the Post Office & the Gym.

Tonight I am: supposed to be doing some work but instead I am blogging.

My birthday is: December 8th.

I found this on someones blog. You can use it too if you want.

42 Beauty Questions

1)How many times do you wash your face daily?
Once, Twice.. maybe more, depends what Im doing!

2)What skin type do you have?

In the middle really?!, not dry, not oily! ..depends on the weather & what Ive been eating!

3)What is your current facial wash?
I wash my face with just water, unless Im in the bath/shower then I might be using Lush's Ocean Salt or something like that! & Sometimes a face wipe to freshen up! :)

4)Do you exfoliate?
Yes but probably not as often as I should, I get bored with tedious things like exfoliating/shaving etc! =/

5)What brand do you use?
St Ives Apricot Scrub, although I havent used it in ages! I use a lot of Lush products like Buffy, Ocean Salt & some of their soaps are good too!

6)What moisturiser do you use?
I dont use moisturiser very often unless my skin is feeling dry & tight (usually in bad weather) because it tends to break me out when I use it.

7)Do you have freckles?
Only in the summer but they are not very noticeable!

8)Do you use eye cream?
Not usually although a couple of months back I bought a Soap & Glory eye gel, it smelt nice but was nothing special.. its been collecting dust ever since! lol

9)Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
acne as in PROPPER acne or just people exagerating & calling regular spots acne? in either case - Nope! :)

10)Did you ever have to use Pro-Activ?
Isnt that a yoghurt?! lol ..no seriously!! lol



11)What foundation do you use?
I dont use foundation. I think the reason why I have always had pretty reasonable skin is down to the fact that I dont cake my face in pore clogging cheap or overpriced crap! :)

12)How about concealer?
I bought Mac Studio Sculpt a year ago, Ive only used it about half a dozen times!

13)Do you know your undertone colour?

14)What do you think of fake eyelashes?
They look good on some people untill they start to do a 'Katie Price' with them! =/

15)Did you know you were supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yep & I do! I have quite sensitive eyes which water at the drop of a hat so using 'old' product that has be hoarding bacteria is a killer for me so I have to!

16)What brand of mascara do you use?

My last 3 were Mac, Benefit & NYX (which was pants!) but I havent worn any in over a month as my eyes have been quite watery recently! :(

17)Sephora or Mac?
I have never used Sephora so it has to be Mac!

18)Do you have a Mac Pro card?
Nope! ..do I need one?!

19)What makeup tools do you use in makeup application?
Brushes of course & my fingers when applying an eye base!

20)Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
I was using Lemonade by Benefit, I loved the quality of it & how it applied but my sensitve eyes didnt & watered everytime I wore it! :( - Now Im using a No7 one & its ok!

21)For the face?
Not usually but I was curious as to what difference it would make so I bought a cheapie from e.l.f for £6 - it smells abit weird but I love the texture & how smooth it leaves my face! :)

22) Question was missing!

23)Do you use pencil or liquid liner?
I have a couple of Mac pencil eye liners but only really use them for when Im having a night out!

I also have a couple of liqiud liners but I feel they are too harsh for my natural look which I normally go for!

24)How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Its usually mascara that I poke my eye with!

25)What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I have 10 of the e.l.f ones but to be honest I only really played around with them when I first bought them & havent really touched them since!

26)Do you use mineral makeup?
Actually.. the Q above.. I think the e.l.f shadows I have are actually Mineral not pigments?!

27)What is your favourite lipstick?
I dont wear lipstick alot, depends on where Im going & how I feel. I like the texture of my Mac slimline's more than my others though!

28)How about lipgloss?
I got a LE BarryM gloss one back in January & it was GoRgEoUs!! ..but thats all gone now! :( - My YSL one smells yummy & I love Macs Lustreglass in Instant Gold!

29)What is your favourite blush to use?
Macs Peachykeen

30)Do you buy your makeup on Ebay?
I have bought products in the past to re-sell on ebay & I sometimes kept the products that were sealed if I liked them!

31)Do you like drugstore makeup?
I 'll buy the odd lipgloss or eye crayon now & again, but its mainly nail varnishes that I buy from drugstores. My moto is 'buy cheap buy twice'..or more! lol & as my face/eyes can be sensitive to certain products I tend to keep to higher quality products if I can!

32)Do you go to CCO's (Cosmetic Company Outlets?)
I'd love to but the nearest one to me is York (which is quite a few miles away!) & I dont really have the time at the mo to take a full day out to shop! :(

but I hope to go in the summer holidays maybe!

33)Did you ever consider taking makeup classes?
No, make-up doesnt interest me in that way.

34)Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Depends if Im rushing or if I sneeze when applying mascara! grr thats soo annoying..my lashes touch my face then there is black smudges everywhere! lol

35)Name a makeup crime that you hate?
People wearing lipstick colours that are clearly not for them. Sarah was a good example of that, I think she was wearing Gosh Darling that someone sent her ..you could see the normal colour of the inside of her lips but where the lipstick was applied.. her lips looked so waxy it made her look dead! :/

36)Do you like colourful shades of makeup (lipstick or eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
For the eyes I tend to stick with blues/purples/& silvers

& lipsticks.. I try to stick with colours that just enhance my own lip colour & sometimes with a hint of pale pink or brown - mainly natural for the lips!

37)Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I love Stephanie Pratts eye make-up - in the pics (or tv) I have seen of her she has had exagerated eyes in some way, be it bold eyeliner on lower lash/water line or lots of mascara & a smokey look with just a pretty natual face & lip. She's a pretty girl though so I think anything would suit her! :)

38)If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would you use?
Mac MSF in light medium or medium! (I have both!)

39)Could you leave the house without any makeup on?
Yeah, I do all the time! Theres more important things in life to worry about!

40)Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I think I do look better when I have abit of eyeshadow/liner on - I think it brings out my blue eyes! ..but I dont really think about what I look like without any on, if anyone doesnt like it they can look the other way! =)

41)In your opinion what is the BEST makeup line?
I know its a bit of a cliche but it has to be Mac for me! - Simply because I love the quality of their eye shadows & the MSF medium & light medium is an exact match for my tone! Ive never found anything even close! I dont buy lots of different brands because if I find something I like, I stay with it!

42)What do you think of makeup?

It would be great if it had never been invented because my bank balance would be way higher than what it is! lol

I dont depend on make-up at all, I can take it or leave it. I'll put it on if I have time but if I dont I dont even think about it! I always keep a lip balm or gloss with me because having dry lips drives me nuts especially if I havent got a gloss with me! grr hate that!

I also love my MSF because I think a shiney face is awful! - but I managed a year ago before I bought it so Im sure I could manage again if I had to! :)

I really enjoyed answering these questions, If any of you know of any other blogs that have these questionaires, pls let me know.. I love doing them! :)

Thanks for reading!


Three Things :)

Hey Peeps! :)

I was just reading through recent posts tonight & I saw 'Three Things' on Ashlie's blog...
Im at work right now & wanted to blog but wondered what I could do. I dont have any pictures on the works computer.. why? cos the internet is 'supposed' to be blocked at work but last week I hacked it! ahaha!! :) but anyway now Ive found this quick blog I thought what a great way to try & pass by the 7 hours I have left of my shift! so here they are...

Three names I go by:
  • Rachel
  • Rach
  • Auntie Rach (by my gorgeous nephew Connor!)

Three jobs I have had:

  • Nursery Nurse
  • Receptionist (at present!)
  • Assisstant Manager (in a pub & a sandwich bar)

Three places I have lived:

  • Huddersfield/Mirfield
  • Thornhill
  • Dewsbury

Three favorite drinks:

  • Coffee
  • Cherry Coke
  • Water

Three TV shows I watch:

  • Dexter
  • Bones
  • Home & Away

Three places I have been:

  • Greece - 4 times.. LVE IT!!
  • Cyprus (once)
  • Turkey (once)

Three places I would like to visit:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • America

Three people who text me regularly:

  • Claire - college friend
  • Mum
  • Emily - college friend

Three favorite old TV shows:

  • Grange Hill
  • Byker Grove
  • Bottom

Three favorite dishes:

  • Spag Bol & Garlic Bread! = YUMMINESS!!
  • Tuna Pasta Bake! :)
  • Lamb Balti & Garlic Naan!!! =D .......soo hungry now! haha

Three makeup/beauty products I cannot live without:

  • Mac's MSF
  • Carmex Lip Balm
  • Nail Varnish

Three things I'm looking forward to:

  • Finishing College in June! =D
  • Starting Uni in September!! =D
  • A Holiday!!

Yay! I liked this, wish there were more questions!



Friday, 2 April 2010

My Favourite Breakfast Of The Week!

Ok, So Im not usually a fan of breakfast but only because I dont feel hungry! I think ..why should I eat if I dont want to, but as we all know - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! & I must admit I do feel a lot better later on in the day when I have eaten breakfast!
I eat a range of things things for breakfast like beans on toast, just toast, a selection of cereal (not all at once! haha) fruit, smoothies, milkshakes, boiled eggs... whatever I fancy on the day.
I don't like to eat the same thing day in day out because I just get bored of it then crave foods I really shouldn't be eating! .....like a full english!! YUM! lol

So this week in Asda I thought Id buy some nice fruit, some decent muesli (cheap ones taste like cardboard! =/) & some yoghurt which I prefer instead of milk.

I got: Dorset Cereals Simply Delicious Muesli - £3
Dr Oetker Onken Fat Free Vanilla Yoghurt - £1
1 Punnet of Strawberries - £1
So I think just £5.00 for all this is a bargain!
I have eaten this 3 times this week, the strawberries were finished in 2 days, I still have a 1/3 of the yoghurt left & 3/4 of the muesli left.
I ate just half a mug of the muesli

4 medium strawberries & a few tablespoons of yoghurt...

...then filled my face!! =D

Yum Yum Yum....

Im having boiled eggs tomorrow with soldiers! ...cant wait! =D


Monday, 15 March 2010

Blog Sale - more items added & others reduced!

YAY! I jumped on the Blog Sale Bandwagon! ....I have way too much stuff, some of which I have either only used once or twice but most of which is totally new! - I really need to stop the impulse purchases!! =/ ~ So rather than it just sitting there gathering dust, I thought I'd give you peeps a chance of some cheap deals! ...hope there's something that catches your eye! :)

Terms & Conditions:
  • Blog Sale now International - PLEASE NOTE: free P&P does not apply to international orders, shipping is much more than uk postage there for you will have to pay a little extra.Just comment/message me with enquiries!
  • PAYPAL Only Thank You!
  • Most items are FREE P&P even on multiple purchases, no extra charges or no combining charges - the item you chose is the attached p&p price you pay.
  • No Returns, items are as seen/described in photos and relevant items have been sanitised where possible/needed.
  • Please leave your paypal email address in the comments along with the item(s) you wish to purchase - payments left pending for more than 6 hours will be put back on sale unless otherwise agreed!!.
  • Any questions.. ask away! :)
(p.s - click HERE for other mini sale)

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OPI Nail Lacquer in Kyoto Pearl
£4.25 - FREE P&P

PENDING >MAC 217 Blending Brush (used but sanitised)
£9.00 - FREE P&P
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LUSH Lip Scrubs - PENDING (1 x Mint Julips) & 1 x Sweet Lips -
- both have been swatched only once.
£3.50 - FREE P&P
2 x PENDING > LUSH Snow Fairy Shower Gel 500g x 2
£6.25 each - FREE P&P

SOLD MAC Naked Honey Body Wash 100ml
used once, approx 80+% left
£4.25 - FREE P&P
SOLD MAC Naked Honey Hand & Body Cream 100ml
used once, approx 75/80% left
£4.00 - FREE P&P
Constance Carroll 9 colour lip gloss palette
£1.50 - FREE P&P
Illamasqua Sealing Gel - used once
was £3.75 - now £3.00 FREE P&P

SOLD YSL Rouge Pur Lipstick in No 59 - Boxed - swatched once & used once (has been sanitised)
£8.50 - FREE P&P

SOLD LUSH Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar - NEW/UNUSED
£3.50 - FREE P&P
SOLD LUSH Coco Lotion 225g - NEW/UNUSED
£5.50 + £1.00 P&P (heavy item!)
SOLD LUSH Skin Drink Moisturiser 45g
£5.00 - FREE P&P
MAC Nail Lacquer's in Nightfall, PENDING (Seasonal Peach) & (Abstract)
each used once or twice,at least 90% full
£4.50 - FREE P&P

ST MORIZ instant tanning mousse
£1.50 + £1.00 P&P (heavy item!)
LUSH SOLD (The Olive Branch) & SOLD - (Snow Fairy) shower gels (100g each)
£2.75 each - FREE P&P
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencils
1 x PENDING > 2 x Strawberry Milk
1 x Yogurt
PENDING > 1 x Milk
was £3.00 each - now £2.50 FREE P&P
Ralph Lauren body lotion & shower gel
both 50ml
was £4 now £3.50(for both) - FREE P&P
OPI Nail Lacquer in Italian Love Affair
used a few times, (is full to the top of where 'opi' is on the bottle)
was £4.00 now £3.50 FREE P&P
BarryM Shimmering eye & lip crayon in No 5
used a couple of times (has been sanitised)
was £2.00 now £1.75 FREE P&P
SOLD - BENEFIT Coralista Blush
used a few times, still well more than 90% of product left,
box is a little worn,as seen in photo.
£10.00 - FREE P&P
ILLAMASQUA Eyebrow Cake in Thunder
used twice, barely any product gone.
was £4.50 now £3.75 FREE P&P

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask ~ You can contact me here in the comments, on my Twitter or on my youtube

Thank You!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Sunshine Award! :)

Earlier this evening I was just reading my comments & I saw that Jodie had given me a Sunshine Award! Yay! Thank You! :) xx ~ (click the links to see Jodie's Blog & her Sunshine post!)

Put the award on your blog or in your post
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Link the nominees within your post
Let the nominees know by commenting on their blog
Share the love and link to the person who gave it to you

I am giving this Sunshine Award to the following ladies...

Monday, 1 March 2010

February Favourites ~ Lips

Happy Monday Peoples! :)

So I didn't have time to film a February fav's Youtube video this week but I did however snap a few shots of some lip products whilst I was sorting out my make-up bag. So I thought Id see what products Id used the most last month & make a Feb lip favs blog instead, so here they are!

NYX lipstick in Indian Pink & The Body Shop's Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm.
I used these products a lot last month & probably will this month too! The NYX lipstick only cost $2.00/approx £1.34 from cherryculture.com which is fantastic value!! It is really pigmented but doesn't throw a lot of colour on your lips all at once. If you add a couple of layers, it really stands out - great for nights out, but I just like a subtle colour most of the time, which this also gives when layered on top of a lipgloss/balm. So this is why I chose the Body Shop lip balm to partner it! I put the lip balm on first then the lipstick & hey presto... exactly the look I want!
Both these products get a 4/5 from me! :)


Natural Collection lipstick in Sorbet & Carmex lip balm.
I received the lipstick (& the s/berry balm above) in a swap so I am unaware of the prices. It isn't very pigmented & doesn't give much colour when applied, but I actually don't mind that, it just adds a shimmer of colour & thats good enough for me.
The Carmex was only a quid from Poundland! = BARGAIN! ..as its nearly £3 in Boots!!
I noticed that the Carmex says 'for cold sores' on the lid so at first I thought 'ugh' but when I tried it, it gave a tingly sensation like a lip plumper would give, so I really like it now!
I try not to use it every day though as I am paranoid it will give me a cold sore! lol, I have been lucky enough not to have a cold sore for at least 10yrs so I dont want to start now!
The lipstick gets a 3/5 & the Carmex get 4/5.


Max Factor Hyperfull Lipstick in Vigorous.
This was also from Poundland ..so yes, it only cost a quid! ..Lve bargains!! :)
On the packaging it said the RRP was £7.99, so if that's correct, I definitely got a good deal!
I wouldn't have paid full price for it as it is not the exact colour match I was after but as it was only £1, it was worth trying a different shade for a change!
Even though I only used it once (on a night out) lots of people complimented me on it & the shade has really grown on me now. I will probably only use it for evenings/nights out as it is a bold colour (for me anyway!) but I give it a 3/5.


Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub.
This cost £4.50, which in my opinion is way over priced for 25g of sugar & a few drops of essential oils!
It does however smell really really yummy & does make my lips really soft!
I find that my lipsticks tend to last a little longer when I have used the scrub. I thought it would be to messy to use away from the bathroom etc but I have taken it to work & college with me & had no problems just brushing the excess sugar away as you would a few crumbs!
The one thing that does disappoint me about it though is the taste... I thought it would taste something like candy floss... pink sugary & sweet...... NO! it tasted like I'd got a mouth full of shampoo or something! Not pleasant! =/
The lip scrub just gets a 2/5.


So that is it for this week, Hope you enjoyed! :)


Saturday, 20 February 2010

Whats in my make-up bag

Hello, Happy Weekend people!! = o)

Haven't 'blogged' in a week or two so I just thought I would post this tonight.

This is what's in my make-up bag(s)

make-up case by Celia Birtwell

Came with the 4 make-up brushes

2 x YSL e/shadow palettes
& 1 x lipstick

MSF, MAC lip conditioner, Barry M lip & eye pencil
& a Chanel blush brush


This Mac make-up bag is just for longer items such as pencils etc

2 x Mac lustreglasses, Rimmel lipstick & elf plumping lip gloss

Benefit speed brow, mac plush lash mascara, NYX jumbo pencils,
mac powerpoint liner & tweezers!

These items change every now & again either when a product is used up or when I want a change.
All these items are generally what I may need if I need to touch up through the day when Im at college or work. I don't wear a lot of make-up at all so I don't really need to carry this much around but I guess its better to have too much than not enough!! :)