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Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Makeup Haul: ABH, Rimmel, Makeup Revolution & More

Over the past few months I have accumulated quite a few new beauty products - both high end and high street. Here's what I think of them...

Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Pro Palette
I love a good contour and highlight, but I've never actually owned a proper contour palette before. Crazy right? I didn't want to spend lots of money on the first one I tried, so I went for this one by Makeup Revolution - a steal at only £8! You get a pearly white highlight shade, three setting powders and four contour shades. The powders are so smooth and easy to work with, not to mention the fact that they are incredibly pigmented. I only need one or two small dabs into the palette with my brush and I get a really good amount of powder to work with. The highlight shade is probably my least favourite just because of the shade. It's a little bit too pearly white for my liking - personally I prefer something with a more champagne or rosy tone, but that's just me! 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer
I picked this up on a whim when Superdrug were doing a 3 for 2 offer. I have to say, I really love this primer so far. Its consistency is so lovely; it is similar to the feel of a moisturiser but a little more tacky, giving my makeup something to stick to. It also gives my skin a little bit of a glowy finish as well, which I really like. There's not really much to say about primers but it feels lovely on the skin, and definitely makes my makeup go on nicely and last a bit longer than usual too!

Rimmel Nail Polishes in Caramel Cupcake, Too Cool and Rain Rain Go Away
A girl can never have too many nail polishes! I was really drawn to all three of these shades. I love muted and natural tones on the nails all year round so I will definitely get a lot of use out of these three shades. I haven't actually tried these out yet, but couldn't resist including them in this haul because of how pretty they all are! The colours are stunning though (and they have such cute names too) so hopefully they won't disappoint!

RCMA No Color Powder
The hype about this powder in the blogging and YouTube world is pretty huge, so I knew I had to try it out for myself. I have to say, I am pretty impressed already. It sets my makeup beautifully, it doesn't alter the colour of my foundation and it feels so light and silky on the skin. It also doesn't make my makeup look cakey at all, it simply mattifies and smooths any areas that need a little bit more oil control. The only thing that I don't love as much is the packaging. Trying to get the powder out can be a little messy. If there is a specific way I should be using this product to minimise mess then pleaaaase someone let me know! Apart from that though, I love it.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights
I'm not entirely sure why this shade is called Peach Lights because it definitely has a light pink/lilac undertone. I'm not complaining as I absolutely bloody love it! It's been taking over the role of my ABH Sun Dipped palette quite a bit, and that's saying something. This highlighter was only £3 and it is absolutely stunning and the quality is amazing for the very small price tag. Under the light this highlighter just has amazing pink and purple reflects which is just so unique to anything else I own. The texture of the highlighter isn't as buttery and smooth as high end highlighters but the pigmentation is crazy good. Trust me, this is £3 you definitely won't regret spending! 

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory
I prefer the Wake Me Up concealer a lot more than the foundation (I'll get to why later on in this post). When I first tried this out, I thought that the shade (I own the lightest shade) looked slightly too dark for my skin. However, when blended out it actually looks seamless and doesn't ever leave a yellow tinge to my skin. As I said, this concealer is incredibly easy to blend and is not drying at all. It leaves my under eye area feeling refreshed, bright and not cakey in the slightest. It's not the most high coverage concealer on problem areas but for under the eyes it's a good one. The packaging is a little weird though; I find myself dipping back into the product quite a lot as I find the applicator doesn't pick up too much product all in one go. I don't know whether it's just me being weird or not but yeah, haha.

Rimmel Brow This Way Clear Brow Gel
My brow hairs are long and crazy, so a brow gel is always required to keep them in place. This one from Rimmel is so good at making my hairs stay in place but also for making my eyebrows appear thicker. I use a brow powder to fill in any sparse areas, brush the gel through my brows and I am good to go all day. Not a lot more I can say about a brow gel but hey this one does the job and I love it.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory
As I mentioned, I'm not as much of a fan of the foundation as I am of the concealer. I'm not big on the consistency of this foundation - it is so thick! I'm much more used to a more liquid based formula such as L'Oreal True Match. This foundation doesn't run at all and it has the consistency of a thick moisturiser. I also find the shade has a really orange undertone which I don't really like. It looks great when I've got a tan, but I can only really wear this foundation if I've got one, which is annoying. The way it sits on the skin is nice nonetheless; it leaves my skin looking glowy and refreshed. It didn't blow me away though so I don't think I will repurchase this.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Taupe
Probably the most famous eyebrow product ever. It definitely lives up to the hype. This stuff is so pigmented and creates such gorgeous looking brows. It takes a bit of getting used to, as it is so pigmented, so if you mess up it can be hard to correct it. It's great for doing brows for an evening or night out because it creates such amazingly sculpted brows that can sometimes be inappropriate for just going to work or something like that. I was expecting this product to be sticky, I don't know why, but it's really not. It's smooth and feels silky and velvety when applied to the brows. It stays put and keeps your brows looking perfect all day, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is debating about buying it like I was.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt
I've been wanting to try these for so long and I recently saw them in my local Boots so thought I would try one out. This shade definitely stood out to me because it's just so up my street; it's a gorgeous shimmery pink champagne shade which is so wearable for day or night. This product is particularly great for a really quick and easy makeup look, as you can swipe a bit on and go without having to worry about using loads of other eye products. The pigmentation is good and it looks stunning on the lid. I have to say it did crease a bit on me by the end of the day, which is expected, as it is quite creamy and tacky. Putting an eyeshadow over the top will help to prevent the creasing from happening so early on. 

Have you tried or want to try any products from this haul? What makeup products have you bought recently?


Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Fitness Update #2

At the time of my last fitness update, I would have never contemplated posting a photo with my tummy on show. The answer was a straight up no. But now, I'm feeling a lot more confident...

Over the past few months, I've come a long way fitness wise, both physically and mentally. In my last fitness update, I had made some progress, but at the time I felt like my body still looked the same as it always did. I wasn't really keeping an eye on the scales or taking many progress photos, so I got a bit worried that I wasn't getting anywhere - despite my personal trainer and my family telling me otherwise. However, now, I have hit a point where I can say holy sh*t, yeah, I have lost weight, some of my clothes are way too big now and my body looks so much different. Most importantly, I feel so much happier mentally and my body confidence is oozing. And I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to finally say that.

I'd say the 'oh my god the work is paying off' feeling truly kicked in around April, on two separate occasions. The first being when I was scrolling through my camera roll (as you do) and came across a photo of myself around Christmas time in some new underwear that I had received as a present (a totally normal photo, was just asking for the boyfriend's opinion lol). I was intrigued by the photo, so I took a new photo of myself in a similar set of underwear and compared the two side by side. When I compared them both, I couldn't believe how much my body had changed. In the 'before' photo, my now more defined shape wasn't there and I just looked so different. It made me realise how much weight I had put on simply through lack of exercise and too many Meateor pizzas from Domino's.

Another occasion where this happened was when I had a massive sort through my wardrobe. I tried on loads of clothes and I couldn't believe how big some of my skirts were from the summer before. I was sad to see a few lovely (and fairly new!) items go but it was a very satisfying feeling at the same time. Due to a lack of skirts and shorts in my wardrobe, I've been thoroughly enjoying purchasing some more, and fitting back into some old pieces as well!

Now that I've lost a substantial chunk of weight (around one and a half stone) I am now focusing on strength and muscle toning. I have converted from personal training to online coaching (with my same fab trainer) which provides me with four planned workouts a week as well as the ability to track my macros (carbs, protein and fat). So many people think that 'healthy' is skipping meals or having very small meals, or depriving yourself of everything you love, when in fact healthy is the complete opposite.

Through macro tracking, I have learnt that eating well (and more) is so beneficial and makes me so much more motivated and full of energy. I am also eating way more protein than I used to, which is great. Protein shakes are great for an extra boost of protein and I'm slowly learning that snacking on some chicken or ham is perfectly normal to hit those macros, haha! I'm still getting used to it and it can be hard to hit my macros just right, but it's all a learning curve. I'm definitely not deprived either. There are foods out there that taste just as good as the equivalent foods packed in sugar and fat, which are already ready made or easily made at home but with fresh and healthier ingredients.

Over the past first four weeks of online coaching and focusing on strength, I cannot tell you the differences I have seen in the gym! Going to the gym 3-4 times a week and building a healthier relationship with weight training has been such a great experience and I am truly loving it. Back in December I only ever really touched the cardio machines and dabbled in maybe the leg press or ab crunch machine, but now I am using free weights, the cable machine and the rest of it like nobody's business! I've always struggled with strength in my upper body and even in just four weeks my muscles in my arms and back have become so much stronger and a lot more toned. I am also starting to develop stronger quads (in both appearance and ability) which I am sooo happy about.

It's been so lovely to get amazing feedback throughout this process as well. I made a little progress photo montage (above) and the feedback I got from friends and family was amazing. It really boosted my confidence and just made me want to carry on with what I'm doing. I'm not going to lie, I have had my ups and downs throughout starting online coaching because it was an even more intense lifestyle change, but I am truly loving it and am so proud of where I have come and where I am still yet to go. Let's hope for some more and even better progress photos in the future. This gal isn't done yet and she's going to get stronger!

If you enjoyed this post and want to know anything in particular about my fitness journey in future posts, please leave me a comment below as I am loving writing fitness related posts on my blog and would love to share more with you!

What are your fitness goals? Have you ever tried personal training or coaching? 
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