Sunday, 9 February 2014

What's in my make-up bag? Revisited!

Not long after I started this little corner of the internet I wrote a 'What is in my make-up' post. Almost two years later everything inside my make-up bag excluding my beloved Cath Kidston make-up bag itself is different so I thought it time to write another post. My make-up bag definitely seems to be a bit of a tardis as all of these manage to fit in there!

The Face:
 Left to right: Sleek Face Contour Kit in 'Light', Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 'Ecru' and Nars Blusher in 'Orgasm'

I like a simple make-up routine especially Monday -Friday and these products teamed together work really well. Starting off with my Estee Lauder foundation which I apply all over my face I then brush on the darker powder in the Sleek contouring kit to define my cheekbones a little (using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush). The bronzer is followed by the highlighter and a dusting of the newest addition to my make-up bag - my Nars Blusher. What I like about these products is that they are long lasting and subtle enough to wear for work but you can also layer up the intensity of the colours by simply applying a little more.

The Eyes:
 Left to right: Benefit's 'They're Real!' Mascara, Soap and Glory's 'Supercat' Liquid Eyeliner and Stila's 'Into the Light' Eye-shadow Palette.

Having tried all three of these eye products in the past and then trying newer additions to the make-up world there is something about these three that keeps me coming back to the high quality results they deliver time and time again. With recent mascara purchases leading to panda eyes and smudging (never a good look) I welcomed the return of 'They're Real' to my make-up bag. Even if I'm in a rush and mascara application time is pretty tight just a quick swoosh of the mascara wand and instantly my eyelashes look better. My favourite shadows in Stila's palette are 'kitten' (top row, second from the left) and 'champagne' (bottom row, far left). Once I've put on my eye-shadow and mascara I finish my eyes with my 'supercat' eyeliner on my top lid and I'm ready to go!

The rest:
From left to right: Real Techniques Stippling Brush, Real Techniques Power Brush, Rimmel London 'Stay Matte Powder' in 'Silky Beige' and Maybelline New York's 'Baby Lips' in 'Pink Punch'

As you can probably tell by this stage I don't use a million and one different products, I've tried so many different foundations, powders, brushes etc over the past couple of years that I've got to the stage now where I've reverted back to old favourites and find that simpler make-up routines actually work better (and save me time in the morning when I'm rushing off to work). 

The powder and lip balm are what I call the finishing touches as I use a dusting of my 'Stay Matte' powder when I've finished my foundation and a dab of 'Baby Lips' to my lips which are both really quick to apply.

So there you have it! An insight into my make-up bag - I'd love to know if you've done a similar post recently. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

A bit of change

Having been away from this corner of the internet for almost six months (which was definitely not intentional) a lot of things have changed...

I've just moved back home to Suffolk from London having decided that the job I was in just wasn't 'me' and I'm now deciding what I do want to do. It was really tough to make the decision and walk away from a lovely flat and paid job that a lot of people would want (who probably think I am mad) but sometimes you just have to follow your heart and I think it has been the right thing.

This blog for me has always been a chance to document my interests and in the past six months I just haven't been in the right place to do so. I've missed it so much and think with this fresh start it is the perfect opportunity to get this up and running again. I've been getting into beauty a lot more so I'm looking forward to writing about that more and getting my creativity up and running again.

So keep your eyes peeled and there will be a new post in a couple of days!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

"We're dressed in black from head to toe"

Jumpsuit: New Look

I've had this trusty jumpsuit from New Look for a while (initially my sister's then passed on to me- thanks Alice) and I always forget how much I like it.

I wore this last night for a delicious meal out at Milsoms at Kesgrave Hall last night- a favourite of Prince Harry's I hear (the restaurant not my jumpsuit!!). It's definitely for smart occasions due to the ruffles at the chest and the zip down the front. Teamed with my nude heels and favourite gold necklaces I felt pretty sophisticated- mental note to self to wear this get-up more!

Are you a fan of the jumpsuit?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

My blogging return!

I'm back! Remember me? After a blogging break to finish my final uni exams, move to London, start my new job and turn 21 it has been a crazy month. But I'm hoping now everything is starting to settle down I can begin my move back to blogging- I've really missed it!

So in true instagram style I thought what best way to share with you what I've been up to than to share my snaps.

Top row left to right: 
1) My birthday day out to Brick Lane- Rough Trade and All Star Bowling, 
2) Turning 21 on Wednesday
3) The cupcake tower at my parents' party last weekend.

Bottom row left to right: 
1) Cheeky after work drinks to catch up with my girls- Victoria and Rachel, 
2) My gorgeous new room in my new flat 
3) A trip to One New Change's Madison bar- just round the corner from where I now work with incredible views over London.

I'm now a fully fledged south Londoner and can't wait to share my up and coming adventures!


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Not a goodbye....

I wasn't sure if I needed to write a post about my planned blogging hiatus for the next month or so but I thought my regular readers deserved an explanation about my approaching disappearance!

For those of you that follow me on Twitter you might have seen me excitedly tweet last week that I have got a job as a marketing recruitment consultant secured for after I finish uni later this month and I'll be working in London...I feel so amazingly lucky to have something to go straight into. However, due to the long hours of the job I'm going to be moving to London too so most of my spare time when I'm not revising for my last uni exams is going into flat hunting.

So while I'm adapting to the transition from uni to the world of work and settling into a new home I'm afraid my little corner of the internet is going to be taking a bit of a backseat. BUT I'll still be on Twitter and Instagram (@racheleprior for both accounts) and I'll still keep up to date with everyone. 

Thank you to everyone who reads my ramblings, stick around- I'll be back soon!!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Insta-life #2

My latest adventures from the last few weeks documented through instagram.

Top Row: 1) A lovely day trip to Bath with my family on the way back from Devon. I love it there so much.
2) My signature dish- smoked salmon and spinach quiche- if you would like to see the recipe in a post let me know!
3) My friend Victoria and I in Laduree in Covent Garden. I didn't even know there were Laduree's over in England so when Victoria suggested it I didn't object. Such a nice setting and really impressively decorated. We didn't want to leave!

Middle Row: 1) My cheeky cake in Laduree with a rose petal on top.
2) After waiting months for it to come out, Reiss and I went and saw Ryan Gosling's latest film. We had really mixed feelings about it after, it was good BUT they could have made it a lot better.
3) Spent a lovely few days at Reiss' relaxing and exploring a lovely village near him with an amazing tea room (noticing the pattern of everything I have done recently revolving around food yet?!).

Bottom Row: 1) and 2) The latest outfit post on my blog and making the most of the sunshine.
3) Last night was spent with my sleepy cat Ted on my lap and watching the last episode of Broadchurch.


Monday, 15 April 2013

"Morning white mist came across the plain, blue skies and rain"

Blouse and shoes: Primark. Jeans: Jack Wills. 

Finally a spot of sunshine! To celebrate I bought this cute blouse (which reminds me of a plate pattern, anyone else agree?!) and these shoes which I thought were a bit more exciting than the average pair of flats.

I'm enjoying being back at home for a while and relaxing before I need to start my revision for my exam next month. With a cheeky trip to London for the rest of the week on Wednesday I'll be sure to keep my camera on me and hopefully snap some more outfit photos.

Have you been enjoying the sunshine and being able to finally wear your spring clothes?