My Little Sephora Haul 

If you follow me on Instagram (@_rachelbeauty) you will know, because I haven’t shut up about it for weeks, that recently my friend Dani went to New York for New Years and she very kindly offered to bring me some goodies back from Sephora. So we saved up for a while, she went shopping and a few days ago, when she got back, she posted me what she’d got. We both have the same taste in makeup and I was pretty sure that whatever she picked up I would love. We did say beforehand what we wanted but obviously without being there we had no idea what would still be in stock or what other items they had in that would be better. So here’s what I got…

The first thing I got out of the box when I had opened it was the Tarte Tartiest Pro Amazonian Clay Palette. This was something that I asked for, in fact this was probably the item that I wanted the most out of everything and so as you can imagine when I realised this was in the box I was VERY happy. As soon as I got it out of the box I could smell the sweet chocolate scent that the eyeshadows smell of and let me tell you – it is absolutely divine! I think everything in the world should smell like this lol! This palette is a bit on the expensive side retailing at $53 (around £43), but it’s totally worth it in my opinion. 

The next thing in the box was the Laura Mercier Eye Artist Palette and this again is quite pricey, retailing at $55 (around £45). I’ll be honest, I can’t even remember if this was something that was on my list but I’m so happy with it. These are totally my colours and after a quick swatch they are really pigmented so I’m looking forward to creating some looks with this palette.

I’ve been wanting to try GlamGlow for a while now and so I was happy to see that Dani had picked me up the GlamGlow Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment. I mean, look at that packaging! It just screams Hollywood! When I took this out of the box and popped off the lid I was hit by the most amazing orangey scent. This is a two part treatment and I used it the night I got it. The tub is split into two sides and you apply the first cream to your face, wait for 30 seconds and then apply the second cream. It’s really simple and not time consuming, which is important to me because having young children I don’t get a whole lot of pamper time! The next day when I woke up my skin felt so plump and nourished. I was really impressed. This GlamGlow treatment retails at $59 (around £48) and in my opinion it’s totally worth the splurge! 

Another great Palette that Dani sent me was the Nars x Sarah Moon Give In Take Palette. This is a Sephora exclusive and I’m so glad she picked me this up because it’s just so pretty. It has 6 eyeshadow shades, a highlight, a bronzer and a blush and they are so buttery & smooth. This retails at $69 (around £57) making it the most expensive item of the bunch, but again totally worth it. 

Dani also sent me a Tarte Paint Pot Eyeliner Duo and she sent me a message saying that she had seen these on special offer and picked them up because she thought they were a great product for me to practice doing my eyeliner with – I’m really terrible at it and I do need the practice! So that was a nice item to find in the box. Along with the other bits in the box there was also a little EOS lipbalm. I’ve had a strawberry one of these before and it smelt so good so I’m excited to see how this one smells. 

I’ve saved the best things to show you until last! These are the best because these 3 items that I have are my Christmas pressie from Dani. So I have the Too Faced Queen Size Mascara, a GlamGlow PoutMud Lip Treatment and a gorgeous Sephora Makeup Bag. I love Too Faced products so I’m excited to try the mascara out – I’ve only ever used a sample sized Waterproof Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara before and I loved it so I’m sure I will love this too! The GlamGlow PoutMud Lip Treatment I used at the same time as the GlamGlow Overnight Transforming Treatment and I instantly fell in love with it as soon as I applied it because it smells and tastes like  Peppermint Candy Canes – OMG just delicious. I didn’t work out the price of these because as they were a gift I feel like it would have been rudest to be honest it doesn’t matter to be what they cost, although GlamGlow & Too Faced let’s face it are not going to be cheap! 

So that’s my little Sephora Haul and I’m sure you can tell that I am absolutely delighted with everything I got. I’m also super grateful to Dani for offering to pick me up some goodies and also for my Christmas gifts too!

Rachel xoxo

What I Got For Christmas 2016

Hey everyone, how was your Christmas? We had a great Christmas and we all got lots of great gifts, so I thought I would do a blog post on the beauty related items I was gifted this year. 

So if you follow me on Instagram (@_rachelbeauty) you will probably already know that I am a HUGE fan of beauty boxes, I think they are great for toppping up your beauty & makeup collection in an affordable way. For Christmas my Mum got me a Tili Beauty Box. The Tili box is not a subscription service like many beauty boxes are, you just buy it when you want to, which I think is great. Inside the box was 8 items, including the Tarte Tartiest Mascara, OPI Nail Polish in the shade Russian, Laura Geller Spackle Primer, Pixi Eyeliner, Percy  & Reed Volumising Mousse, NIOD Hyaluronic Complex, Caudalie Broad Spectrum Moisteriser & a Philosophy Shower Gel. We worked out that not including the 2 sample sized items the total value of the box was £103.30, not bad for a £20 spend!

My Fiances Mum gave me this Tresemme Hairdryer which was great because my old hairdryer was most definitely ready for the bin! It came with a small flat paddle brush & a heat protecting spray.

I also took part in a box swap this Christmas with a lovely girl from Facebook & in my box was this Zoeva Naturally You Palette. I absolutely love this! It is so my colours! I have had a quick swatch of it & the colour payoff seems great.

Another gift I got from my Mum this year is this little Soap & Glory Merry Kiss Much gift set. Inside it has 3 of the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks in pretty Nude, Berry & Pink colours inside.

I got some money just before Christmas from my Grandad & so I treated myself to a Kylie Cosmetics Lipkit & lucky for me at the time they were doing a promotion where you also got a Lipkit free in the shade Merry. The shade I purchased myself was Posie K. 

Another great gift I got this Christmas was from my Fiancé and it was this Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette. Just look at the colours, it is sooooooo pretty! I can’t wait to create some fun looks with this beaut. Chris also got me a beautiful full length mirror which has a large compartment behind it to store jewellery & other items inside. He hasn’t built it for me yet but I will instagram a picture of it once he does. 

One of my favourite gifts that I’ve received this Christmas was from my lovely friend Jo & it’s this vintage powder compact & perfume spray. I don’t have any idea how old they are – maybe not even that old – but they just look so luxurious & special. Obviously these are not for use as at this point it would be unsanitary, but for collecting & admiring which I most definitely will do!

I am so lucky to have been given such great gifts this Christmas & I hope that you all got some fab things too! Let me know your favourite gift in the comments below!

Rachel xoxo 

Christmas Eve 2016

It’s Christmas Eve here and we are all very excited! We have a day full of Christmas activities planned – making our Santa plates, wrapping pressies, watching Christmas films and eating lots & lots of yummy Christmas goodies! Wherever you are and whoever you are spending Christmas with have a good one! I know we will! 


Rachel xoxo