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January 2018 Beauty Favourites

I always look forward to January in some strange sort of way. I know it seems like such a long month and many people are glad to get it over with, but I love it what with it being the start of a fresh, new year. This January however, definitely didn’t go to plan! I was struck down firstly by Tonsillitis followed by a horrible strain of flu that literally put me in bed for weeks and left me feeling too weak to even lift my head, never mind carry on with my work. I felt completely miserable and felt like the end was never going to be in sight. I know what people mean now when they say how horrific the flu really is, you can’t even compare it to anything!

With that said, I was definitely happy to see the back of January this year! I’m pleased to say that I’m so much better than I was back in January and I’m slowly getting myself back into routine and catching up on my work.

Although I was stuck in bed for a fair while over January, I still managed to try out several different products and pull together a lovely little routine to make myself feel better with soothing bubble baths, simple morning skincare and little pick me ups throughout the day which I’ll tell you all about in my new video below.

I hope that you enjoy my January Favourites video! Don’t forget to hit the thumbs up and subscribe if you’re new.

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Merci Handy Hang Cleansing Gel in Lollipop
Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix
NAOBAY Equilibria Gel to Milk
DHC Quick Film Smoother
Tiger Balm White Ointment 
Avene Thermal Spring Water
Collection Colour Lash All Day Wear Colour Mascara
Bloom and Blossom Revitalising Leg and Foot Spray
Polaar Genuine Lapland Cream Hand Cream 
Blistex Relief Cream 
MAC Strobe Cream

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison

I don’t tend to buy into product hypes once they come around. I’m the kind of person that sits on the fence and waits to read and watch multiple reviews before I even think about splashing the cash on a new product. And forget about ordering online, I want to know that the swatches work for me personally before I commit to buying. Sure, I love trying out as many products as my heart desires, but I think it’s equally important to shop smart as well as hard.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

The other day I popped into my local Superdrug to pick up a few bits and came across the glorious Makeup Revolution stand. As I expected, it was crowded with many a teenage girl swatching the concealers and frantically searching for their shade. Most of the fair shades were gone but there were plenty of darker shades still shining away on the shelves. I spotted the lightest shade and picked the second to last one up knowing instinctively that it would be a great shade for me. Us fair skinned ladies are programmed to automatically sweep up the lightest shade of the bunch when it comes to concealers or foundations, it’s ingrained inside us after many a year of failed attempts at ‘Golden Beige.’ The testers had all run out so I decided to chance it after all and I’m very glad that I did.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

I’m sure you’ve seen the reviews by now labelling this cute little concealer as a great dupe for Shape Tape. Alas, this is not one of them. I have never ever tried Shape Tape myself so I’m definitely not in a position to compare it or class it as a dupe – the price point of Tarte’s offering along with shipping before it was available on QVC really put me off, and I was already more than happy with my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. So, I’ll compare it to that.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

Price and Packaging
Firstly lets talk about the price. The Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer is £4 for 3.4ml of product. The downside to this is that my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is £4.19 for 6.5ml of product. So I’m paying an extra 19p with my Collection concealer for an extra 3.lml of concealer. Something I’m more than prepared to do and that is definitely worth it by all accounts, it’s over 3ml more product. I think that the walled and short (and totally gorgeous, might I add) design of the Makeup Revolution Concealer makes it appear larger than its skinny sidekick.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

Shade range
The shade range on the Makeup Revolution Concealers is fabulous, especially when compared to the six shade strong Collection concealer offerings and even the six shade strong offerings from Rimmel’s Breathable concealers too. The Makeup Revolution range carries 18 shades which are as follows:

C1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone
C2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone
C3 – For fair skin tones with pink undertone
C4 – For light skin tones with neutral undertone
C5 – For light skin tones with pink undertone
C6 – For light/medium skin tones with yellow undertone
C7 – For medium skin tones with peach undertone
C8 – For medium skin tones with yellow undertone
C9 – For medium skin tones with a peach undertone
C10- For medium skin tones with a golden undertone
C11 – For medium/dark skin tones with a beige undertone
C12 – For medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C13 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C14 – for dark skin tones with a cool undertone
C15 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone#
C16 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
C17 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
C18 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone

My perfect shade from this range is C1 which is for fair skin tones with a neutral undertone, it’s a lot cooler than my current Collection concealer (which I use in the shade 1 Fair) and is a much better fit for me.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

Formula
I’d class this concealer as a medium to buildable coverage and think the formula does seem quite similar to my Collection concealer, albeit a little dewier after completely setting. It’s a gorgeous thick formula that blends out like a dream under the eyes, as an eye base and as a brow shaper. It’s also amazing for highlighting the face in a quick and easy sweep. It blends out equally well with both my Zoeva 103 Defined Buffer brush and my Beauty Blender and I didn’t notice any creasing under my eye area.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

Would I repurchase?
Absolutely! Even though I get less formula from the Makeup Revolution Concealer, the shade is much more suited to my skin tone. I love the shade range and I’m sure they’ll add to this in the future if there’s a call for it. I’ve seen many ladies asking for a lighter shade than C1 which I can totally understand as it does oxidise a little as it dries down (I can only speak for my skin here as products react to all skin types differently). I love the larger applicator and the packaging looks and feels luxurious. It’s a really lovely product to use and I’m going to enjoy incorporating it into my daily makeup routine.

Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer review and comparison | Rachael Divers

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Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Tarte Shape Tape
Rimmel Breathable Concealer 
Zoeva Defined Buffer Brush
Original Beauty Blender 

© Rachael Divers 2018.

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February 2018 Galentines Glossybox Unboxing

I’d seen the Galentines Glossybox online a little while before it arrived and I absolutely loved the design! Cutesy packaging with a special edition box covered in hearts, lips, lipsticks and lollies – what wasn’t to love?!

My Glossybox arrived a few days ago and I was straight into it after seeing a sneaky peek of what was to come online. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I was so happy to see a Steve Laurant product inside the box as well as the Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara which was a previous favourite of mine – that stuff does not budge once it’s applied!

February 2018 Galentines Glossybox Unboxing | Rachael Divers

As you might know if you’ve followed me for a while, I absolutely adore Valentine’s Day so I was happy that this box was themed around GALentines – Valentines with the girls! The box includes lots of beauty goodies to get us ready for a date with our guys or best gals and I think it’s a really lovely edition to the Glossybox collective.

I hope that you enjoy my Galentines Glossybox unboxing video below!

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© Rachael Divers 2018.

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