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March 2017 Favourites | Beauty & Lifestyle

What a month March has been! From finding out that I came Highly Commended under the Best Wedding Beauty Professional category in the Bridebook Wedding Awards, to discovering a few new beauty favourites that have become ‘can’t live without them’ staples. It’s been a busy old month, and a month that’s seen quite a bit of change for me personally and professionally.

I’ve kickstarted my healthy eating and exercise regime since being introduced to a little product called ThinTea, (more about this soon) which has seen me gain a little more energy than before and a new zest for simply getting up and getting things done! I’ve been enjoying longer Spring-like walks with my two beautiful pooches and feel like I’m starting to get over the foggy-headedness feeling the long, dark winter months leave me struggling to shift.

I wanted to share more than just beauty favourites with you this month, so today’s video also has a couple of lifestyle and drink favourites that I’ve been loving throughout March. I hope that you enjoy watching my March Favourites video! Go ahead and hit that subscribe button if you’re new so that you don’t miss any videos from me in the future.

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit
MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme
Clean & Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash
Dr Organic Organic Vitamin E Pure Oil Complex
ThinTea Detox Tea

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Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit review | The Kylie Posie K Dupe

I’m late to the party with liquid lipsticks, I’ll admit. I had zero interest in buying a Kylie Lip Kit when they blew up the internet purely for the shipping cost, but still, I could appreciate the hype. So, when Barry M came out with their own ‘dupe’ for the Kyle Lip Kits, naturally, I thought I’d try them out.

Although I haven’t used the Kylie Lip Kits personally, I have applied them to my clients that have brought theirs along on their makeup appointments so I have a good idea of the formula, the pay off and the colour range.

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit review | The Kylie Posie K Dupe | Rachael Divers

I picked up the Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in the colour Pose, a dupe for (you guessed it) Kylie’s Posie K. Now I have to say, the colour dupe is a pretty damn good. In fact, I can hardly tell the difference between Barry M’s Pose and Kylie’s Posie K!

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit review | Rachael Divers

In the Matte Me Up box, you get a lip pencil and the actual liquid lipstick, called a Lip Paint. Again, a dead ringer for Kylie’s Lip Kits. The pencil is gorgeous – the colour translates perfectly onto the lips, is super easy to apply, non-chalky and just seems to glide on beautifully. I also found this the case with Kylie’s offering.

The Lip Paint starts off lighter once first applied (pictured) before drying down to a deeper colour (pictured below) Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit review | The Kylie Posie K Dupe | Rachael Divers

The lip pencil would look amazing on its own and gives a gorgeous sheen to the lips, but applying the liquid lipstick on top gives the colour a little more clout and that wonderful staying power that liquid lipsticks are known for. Once you apply the liquid lipstick on top of the lips, you’ll first notice the slightly sweet scent, followed by how light the actual colour is. Don’t panic, this will dry down to look identical to the lip liner and to Kylie’s Posie K!

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit review | The Kylie Posie K Dupe | Rachael Divers

I found the Matte Me Up Lip Kit to be super long wearing. And I mean long. wearing. Even eating and drinking won’t budge this baby! As with any liquid lipstick, it can feel a little dry on the lips towards the end of the day, so if you want to add a little sheen and moisture, swiping a little lip balm (my favourite is Carmex) over the top won’t ruin your lip look.

Barry M’s Matte Me Up Lip Kits retail at £6.99 for the Lip Pencil and Lip Paint, compared to Kylie’s Lip Kit for $29 plus the $14.95 shipping (and possibly even import duties or tax)!

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My very first Birchbox Unboxing | March 2017

After seeing my friends over on YouTube unboxing their Birchboxes each month, I started to get a little curious. I receive a Lookfantastic Beauty Box and a Glossybox each month, and let me tell you, there’s something about those little monthly treats that keep me in beauty heaven day by day. I truly look forward to the arrival of each box and absolutely love discovering new skincare, haircare and makeup treats that I can share with my family and friends.

My very first Birchbox Unboxing | March 2017 | Rachael Divers

I went ahead and signed up for Birchbox on the £12.95 a month plan – a plan that you can cancel at any time without any ties, perfect for testing the water. I filled in my beauty profile online and eagerly awaited the arrival of my first box.

My very first Birchbox Unboxing | March 2017 | Rachael Divers

To me, it seems that Birchbox is extremely similar to Glossybox – you pay your fee, receive five beauty treats a month and also fill out your beauty profile. You also get to choose certain customisations to your box such as a preferred colour palette in a certain product or a certain box design. In short, you get some say over what you receive at times which is great. You can also purchase products from Birchbox in their online shop and earn 10% back which is fab.

My very first Birchbox Unboxing | March 2017 | Rachael Divers

My box arrived in good time and I was really eager to get into it and see what was included. The box is much smaller than my other beauty boxes, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality. Rather than just writing about it, I decided to make an unboxing video – because you know I love a good old unboxing video! So put your feet up, relax and have a watch!

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