Sunday, 19 October 2014

GRWM: My 21st Celebrations

I recently turned twenty one. I was lucky enough to celebrate my little milestone with the family and friends dearest to me. I'm not going to go into mushy details - just let me say that I had the most incredible night and will only ever have the fondest of memories. 

I'd love to take you with me as I got myself ready for my 'luxe and glamour' themed party. 

Hope you enjoy!

Rachel xo

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

March Favourites

I like sniffing products. That is part is very clear in the above still from my latest video! Haha. 
My March Favourites is up and ready for viewing. Head on over and watch it by clicking here.

I have to make a very big THANK YOU to everyone who has subscribed. I now have over 50 lovely followers and - while I know that is nothing at all in YouTuber terms - it's more than I ever expected. Especially only a month and a bit into making videos! It makes me so happy every single time I see a new subscriber! No seriously, it puts a huge smile on my face and I have to go an tell somebody in my house about it. 

If you'd like to subscribe to The Beauty List click here!

Rachel x

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Friday, 4 April 2014

The Sunday Summary #13

Looking back, I realised that this post decided not to go up when I told it to! Here it is now - better late than never! 
| gourmet room service | token harbour bridge selfie with the sis | meet my zucchini baby | sydney makeup haul | beautiful bondi beach | hugos pizza bar | pre late-lunch snack | nice day for a wedding | a little bit of bubbles and pampering | 

I've been very lucky and had such an incredible week! I hope you all have had as many reasons to smile as I have! 

Happy Friday everyone!

Rachel x

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Daily Look Make-up Tutorial

So I've been naughty and haven't posted for a little while! Sorry my lovelies!! I must get my organisation going again! In the mean time, here's a tutorial I did of my everyday make-up look. It's nothing OTT - simple neutrals that can be worn anywhere. If I am at work, at uni, down the street or even just bumming around at home, this is what I will generally look like. 

I hope you like it guys and enjoy!
Give it a thumbs up to let me know and comment below that you were sent here from the blog!
Or you can just head straight to my channel here and subscribe :)

Have a lovely day friends!
Rachel x

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

The Sunday Summary #12

| experimenting with blue eyes| lovely youtube comments | loving the channel supermarket | first favourites video up this week | my shiny new laptop | banana split worthy of MKR standards |

Have a lovely week my beauties!

Rachel x

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Origins Charcoal Mask

I was on the lookout some time before Christmas, for a good charcoal mask. One that really sucked everything that was sitting in my pores out for good. So when I came across the Origins Clear Improvement mask I thought I'd give it a go.

(Matching my nails and products! Go me!)

This stuff is thick and gooey and lovely. It sets well but is much easier to remove than some others I've tried (although not quite so easy as the Aesop Parsley Seed). It isn't something that I can see the little blackheads etc. being lifted, but I have noticed a considerably difference to my skin when using this regularly.

I purchases mine from Kit Cosmetics in Myer for $34.00 but you can buy it online here.

What are your favourite charcoal masks? Let me know what one I should try next!

Rachel x

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Friday, 28 February 2014

What's In My Bag

Ladies and gents, I thought it was highly in order to do a 'what's in my bag' video for your viewing pleasure. I'm obsessed with snooping through people's everyday lives through the medium of YouTube and thought I'd better give a bit back! I hope you all like the video - give it a thumbs up to let me know if you do! And don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss out on the makeup tutorials and hauls that I have coming up! You can watch the video here!

Rachel x

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Sunday Summary #11

| pink nails | no-makeup makeup day | my lovely new beckham perfume | lastest video | playing with pinks | falling back in love with my Topshop palette |

Hope you guys have a wonderful week!

Rachel x

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Top 10 Drugstore Lip Products

The latest video is up on The Beauty List channel! See my Top 10 Drugstore Lip Products here. There's everything from Rimmel to Revlon, Bourjois to Australis and Nyx to Designer Brands. Have a little look-see and give it a thumbs up to let me know you liked it!

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Rachel x

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Topshop Smokey Eye Palette

This is my first dabble into Topshop's makeup line and I have to say, I'm not disappointed. I absolutely love this little palette and it will continue to follow me around until it is empty!

The palette has four shades which work well on their own, but also blend beautifully together. The lightest shade is a beige with a slight pink tone to it. I love to wear this as a base for most looks, but it could easily be used on it's own with a simple black liner for that minimal approach. The next colour is a lovely taupe colour that I usually use in the crease to accompany the lightest shade. It's got a nice amount of shimmer through and can be built up a reasonable amount too. Thirdly is the chocolate brown that you see above. This shade also works really well in the crease and adds a great amount of depth when used in conjunction with the previous two colours. Finally, we have the darkest shade which is a black with a gold shimmer running through it. This works nicely along the lash line, but if you really want to go for a dramatic smokey eye you could also blend it through the crease with the rest of the colours. This last shade is what really takes this palette from everyday to evening.

I was really impressed with the pigmentation of this palette. It doesn't take much to build the colours up and the payoff is just beautiful. It comes with a decent mirror and the flat casing makes it ideal to travel with. Yep, I love it.

The Topshop Smokey Eye Palette in Aurora is available online at Topshop for $22.20 AUD.

Rachel x

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Sunday Summary #10

| A present to myself from | Home-made iced coffee | My Ovarian Cancer Awareness nails! | Cracking myself up in my first YouTube video! |

I have had quite the exciting week with the launch of my YouTube channel! Head on over and subscribe here!

I hope you have all had a fantabulous week as well!

Rachel x

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Friday, 14 February 2014

The Beauty List Channel Is Up And Running!

Ladies and gents, The Beauty List's YouTube channel is now running with the first video just gone live! I know this video is actually a bit of an epic film - it's a whole 22 mins long! But I really just wanted to let you get to know me a bit better. They won't all be as long as this.

If you could head on over to and hit subscribe you would make my day/night/month/year! This is something that I've been looking forward to doing for some time and I've got so much on the way for my subscribers! Tutorials; what's in my bag, favourite products/comparisons etc!

Do you have a YouTube channel? Let me know your page in the comments below!

Rachel x

Glycolic Toner

A little while back I spoke about how I was really struggling with break outs and just couldn't figure out what to do/change to help my skin. While I was shopping for a foundation one day (in order to hide the dastardly things!) the shop assistant recommend using an exfoliation toner to me. It was nothing new to me; I'd heard all about them and had even tried an acidic toner before. However, in my experience such a toner was super, duper strong and basically just made my already angry and sensitive skin cry out even further. 

I went for a wander through the aisles, however, and came across this little bottle: the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner. It sounds strong, it looks potent, but the label assured me it wasn't. In fact, they recommended using it morning and night. 

I've used this toner each night since I purchased it and I haven't felt any irritation. It does recommend avoiding use if you have broken out acne, but on the whole I feel it has kept my skin relatively clear. I still go through my hormonal breakouts which are unavoidable, but this has definitely made a difference in the texture of my skin. I love that it doesn't feel any different to a normal toner when I apply it - no tightness of skin, no irritation - and I think this might have a place in my bathroom cupboard for some time to come! 

Have you tried this toner from Mario Badescu? What exfoliating toner would you recommend to me?

Rachel x

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Exciting News: YouTube Channel Is Coming!

I am very much aware that my blog posts have declined recently. So first of all, I have to apologise. I know that I have already declared to get right back into it with a vengeance this year, but it hasn't happened. I'm very naughty and easily distracted - what can I say? However, I have had a little excuse lately and am so excited to share some SUPER exciting news with you all!

The Beauty List is heading to YouTube! Yep, that's right! In combination with this little blog, I will also be uploading to my upcoming YouTube channel. Basically what I want to do is maintain the bulk of the product reviews on this blog whilst also expanding a little further into fashion with some regular OOTD and the like. I want to move all of my monthly favourites, etc. to my channel so that I can talk about them with a little more ease and make it a bit more personal. Also on my channel I will be including product comparisons, various tag-like videos as well as tutorials. At this point I will be aiming to upload once a week - on a Thursday.

I am so, so, sooo excited to be bringing this to you all! It's been something I've wanted to do for some time and now I've finally bit the bullet! I hope you will all be looking forward to it as I am - if you are don't forget to subscribe and tell your friends. It'd mean the world to me if you continue to support me as I venture into the world of YouTube as you have done for my little blog here.

Get ready for the upload tomorrow!!

Rachel x

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Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Sunday Summary #9

| Working on the first YouTube video! | Sick dog with his mum | A parcel of goodness arrived | Job interview makeup | Parcels = Presents from myself | The reading list grows as Uni draws nearer |

Have a lovely week guys!

Rachel x

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

January Favourites

What the? It's February already?! Where did the month of January go? Somehow I have passed through another month of my life and, on the way, accumulated another list of monthly favourites. This month Australia has undergone two separate waves of 40+ degree days and so I've actually found myself, more often than not, going makeup free. Having said that, there are a few little treasures which I have been enjoying using. 

First up is this little matte eye primer from Face of Australia. This is actually the first eye primer I've used and I am reasonably impressed. To be honest, I don't have a huge problem with my eye makeup creasing. However, I definitely noticed a big difference in the lasting of my shadow. Of course, I don't know if that's just the affect of this little baby, or eye primers in general for me. Time (and future purchases) will tell. This product is quite sticky and appears, at first, as a pearlescent white. Once it's on the lid however (and a little goes a long way) it dries matte. I've really enjoyed using this recently.

I have been absolutely addicted to this little tin of goodness lately. I've never been a very big user of balms and the like because my lips have never been particularly dry. However, I am so glad that I tried this. My lips have been sooo soft this month and it's all down to the Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla and Macadamia. It tastes and smells amazing and leaves my lips as smooth as a baby's bum. Love it.

I'm pretty sure the Benefit Porefessional managed to find its way into my December favourites as well, but it really has shone this month too. As it's been so hot, my face has responded with excess shine. I've found that this gem of a product warrants a double feature in the favourites department simply because it has stood up to the test in January. My makeup has stayed in place for much longer than expected and it leaves my complexion looking flawless.

This is quite unusual for me as I'm not really a 'powder' girl. However, with the heat this past month I've been needing to combat some serious shine. I happened to have this sitting aside unused and thought I'd give it a try. I was instantly impressed with the effect. The Mineral Glow 'Loose Mineral Powder Foundation' in Soft Beige adds a little more coverage on top of my everyday liquid foundation (nothing I wouldn't say no to!) and instantly creates a matte effect. My skin still looks healthy and non-cakey without that awful shine. Win!

This little baby deserves its own post (expect one soon) however, I had to pop it into my favourites for January as it's basically all that I wore. I got my MAC quad palette and four shades for Christmas and have been in love with them ever since. I chose (clockwise from top left) Satin Taupe, Omega, Vanilla and All That Glitters as my starter kit of MAC eye shadows. Naturally, I've been loving Omega for my brows given that I'm a blonde. All That Glitters has gotten quite a work out and Satin Taupe has featured on a few special occasions. More recently I've been loving a really simple eye with Vanilla on the lid and creating a slightly defined crease with Omega. It's beautiful and light and perfect for the warmer weather.

The fact that the contents of this jar doesn't look white and solid like a normal coconut oil, but a runny liquid is testament to just how hot it has been in my house. At ten o'clock in the morning, the overall temperature was hot enough to turn this into liquid. Simply. Awful. That aside, last month I shifted this jar from my kitchen to my bathroom cupboard. Since then it has featured almost nightly in my skincare routine as my initial cleanser. I couldn't believe how well this stuff budges makeup - especially mascara! I just massage it all over my face and neck - anywhere that I've worn makeup that day - and rubbed it off with a face washer really well before going in with a more foamy cleanser to make sure I'm squeaky clean. I've even gotten my sister onto this and neither of us are looking back. I bought mine in the Woolworth's Asian Food aisle.

Last but not least, I've been officially converted to the Palmer's Natural Bronze Tanning Moisteriser. I've always been a fan of the Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion before now and still do like it. However, after a work mate recommended this bottle I have had to rethink my preferences. This is quite a thin consistency, but definitely feels moisturising. It doesn't smell too funky, but if you're not a fan of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula then you might be less inclined to like it. What I'm most impressed about though, is the actual colour payoff that you get. I'm pretty fair so any kind of tan shows up well on me. But this stuff is amazing. To me, it sits between a moisturising tanner and a cream fake tan. One or two coats of this and you're pretty much set. It doesn't become patchy; I don't even need to exfoliate beforehand. Basically you just get a nice, warm glow that builds up really well and fades nicely. Perfect.

What have been your favourite products in January? Let me know in the comments below!

Rachel x

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Sunday Summary # 8

| Classy lemonade | Sleepy morning | Cleaning out the lipstick drawer | Study time | One hot cat | The best dessert in the world |

Did you all have a lovely week?

Rachel x

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Sunday Summary #7

| post exercise snack | the reason my towels put fur on my face | clothes purchase | breakky on the boardwalk | boyfriend's Sunday baking | Australia Day chillin | 

I hope you've all had a tip top week!

Rachel x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

How I beat the heat!

For those of you who aren't aware, Australia has just come out of one of the worst heatwaves we've experienced. Temps hit mid to high 40s (Celsius) and night time low were in the 30s. It was bad. It was made even worse by the fact that there is only one little air conditioner in our house and it's definitely not in my bedroom. And so we spent a week sleeping on a very uncomfortable fold-out in the lounge. Fun.

As you can imagine, my skin started to feel pretty disgusting by the third day of non-stop heat. It was about this time that I began to notice some products which stood up to the test. I guess, in times of need, we find out what's really there for you and what falls by the wayside.

First of all, the REN Clarifying Clay Cleanser really did it's job as I struggled with oil overload! While I'm generally a combination skin, this heat had me constantly feeling sticky and this lovely little cleanser managed to downplay that greasiness well. I've already done a review on this product from REN - you can read my ode to it here.

Secondly, in the heat you can't go past a good facial spritz. This one from Kora is the Energising Citrus Mist and it's incredible. Again, I have done a review on this which you can read here. What I will say is that this was perfect for when I needed a pick-me-up: it feels refreshing and restorative.

Next up, though it seems a little old fashioned, is a good old talc powder. I actually picked this up specifically during this heatwave as I found that I'd get out of the shower feeling just as sticky as before I got in. This one from Fleurique is lovely and light and comes in a range of scents - I chose frangipani.

A moisturiser which stood out and I ended up using morning and night is the Origins Ginzing Energy-boosting Moisturiser. It feels lovely and light on the skin and soaks up really quickly, so I wasn't left feeling oily or sticky. What made this feel even better to apply was the fact that I'd taken to putting my serums/moisturisers/balms etc. in the fridge to preserve them. Let me give you the heads up, nothing feels better on a hot night than a cold moisturiser. I might just do this all the time now!

Finally, when it comes to the outdoors in Australia - be it Summer or Winter - you really do need an SPF on your skin. When it's 45 degrees, I really don't have to think twice. I have two picks which do the job for me. The first being the Nivea Sun Light Feel Daily Face Veil SPF 30+ which I often use as a moisturiser under my makeup. This isn't too oily and certainly prevents my face getting burnt. When it comes to the rest of the body none compares to the Le Tan Coconut Lotion SPF 30+. While this is no longer the highest SPF on the market, nothing comes close to the smell of this stuff. I adore it and would be willing to put it on in the dead of winter just to smell this good. It makes me think of holidays, bikinis and the beach - all the good things! 

And so there you have it. Should Australia find itself hit with another heatwave like this, at least I will no what products to turn to!

Have you got any personal faves for battling the extremities of Summer? I'd love to know what they are in the comments below!

Rachel x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Sunday Summary #6

| Fighting the heatwave with water and Superman | Sunset on Portarlington jetty | Splices fix everything | Sunday evening walk |

I'm sorry that I've been absent this past week guys! I'll be back next week with a vengeance! I have lots of exciting things that I can't wait to bring for you all so make sure you keep checking back at The Beauty List!

Rachel x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

The Sunday Summary #5

| Face for a day | Soft serve joy | Obligatory roadtrip photo with the sister | Frankie's first birthday | Best view for an afternoon | Butterly in the tide | Ready for sunbaking | Sunday lunch | Bringing out the big guns in this heat |

What have you all been up to during rhe week? Let me know in the comments below!

Rachel x

Friday, 10 January 2014

November/December Empties

I was a little bit naughty in December (read: lazy) and didn't quite find the time to get my November Empties up. As I did in my Favourites post, I intend to rectify this by combining both months together in one big post!

I have done a post on this range a little while back so I won't ramble too much in this one. You can read about it here. What I would add to this, however, is that I found my hair got a little lack-luster by the time I was finishing the bottle. It definitely maintained my colour nicely, but I feel it's a little heavy for my fine hair in hindsight. 

Certified organic ingredients such as rosehip and almond oil; 100% biodegradable materials; free of nasties such as parabens, alcohol and petrochemicals. These wipes are kind of impressive. I know facial wipes should be avoided, but I actually found these really handy. I took these to a party which I intended to sleep over at where I wore quite a lot of makeup for a costume. These took everything off (including mascara, eyeliner etc.) and left my skin feeling reasonably plump still. The wipes were definitely not harsh or drying on the skin. I also liked the feel of the material itself, surprisingly thick and strong, yet soft on my skin. I loved using these and am really impressed by the brand. I'm always looking for certified organic products!

I've always been loyal to this toning shampoo. I love Matrix and think I will always go back to them when it comes to hair care. This is about my fourth bottle of this stuff and I'm always so sad when it's all gone. I love how luxurious it feels in my hair - it suds up well (not necessarily, but I like it) and feels thick and rich. It's always kept my blonde fresh and free of brassy/yellow tones. It's always a winner in my eyes and, without doubt, I'll end up with another bottle in my shower.

I still don't know whether this spray did anything to my skin, but I really liked using it! It had no scent or colour, so it really was like spraying water onto my face. It's not meant as a toning spray, so you can't feel any effect on the skin. What I can say, is that it always felt refreshing and soothing. Which makes sense as it's recommend on irritated skin (sunburn, dermatitis, etc.). I used this in my nightly skincare routine between toner and serum/moisturiser. While I can't be absolutely certain, I felt as though my skin was better hydrated - both immediately and for longer. The only thing I'm still not entirely comfortable with is the aerosol can. I'm not big on the idea of spray things from cans onto my skin and, even less, onto my face. No irritation occurred - it's just something to think about.

There's not a lot that needs to be said about this liquid gold. It's basically cemented cult status and it's all for good reason. It's lovely and nourishing. It doesn't weigh down my fine hair too much. If nothing else, it smells amazeballs! I've already got a brand spanking new bottle of it and probably always will.

I've said it well too many times already, but this really is my favourite mascara of all. Nothing has pushed it off it's perch yet. You can see this little sample size has been well loved. It gives awesome volume; brings them out to a decent length; doesn't clump; layers well; is lusciously black. I love it. Period.

I promise I will be far more organised from here on in! I hope you've all had a lovely holiday period. Have you used any of the products that I've finished up recently? Let me know you're thoughts in the comments below! And while you're there, give this post a +1  - it'd make my day!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

November/December Favourites

December was a somewhat busy month and I somehow managed to forgot about posting my monthly favourites and empties for November. I'm rectifying this now by compiling my favourite products from the last two months into this one little post. You may expect the empties to follow very shortly! As it happens, I don't have too many products that differed for each month so here they are!

Topshop Smokey Eye Pallet in Golden Aura:

This little pallet has been pulled out everyday since it arrived. You can see I've already made a serious dent in it. I'm pretty much smitten with every colour in this quad. The top nude is perfect for a base yet has enough shimmer to allow it to play well on it's own should you want a minimalist look. The grey-beige that follows is gorgeously shimmery and is a really lovely crease colour. It's the perfect blend colour and provides a great transition into the third, chocolate-y red shade that follows. This third shade is beautiful in the crease and run under the eye - it can easily create a sleek, evening look or a messy grunge look. The final shade is a black with a gold shimmer through it. I haven't used this as frequently as the others, but it creates a really lovely soft eye line should you want to add some more definition to your lashes and, I imagine, would also work beautifully blended into the crease when you want to go for a more bold, evening look. Basically, all of these shades are great and they blend absolutely gorgeously. I haven't had too much trouble with them lasting throughout the day either. This is my first venture into Topshop's makeup line and I'm very much impressed.

If you haven't already heard me ramble about my love for this, I'll save you the hassle here. You can read about it in it's very own post. What I will say is that my love for this hasn't waned. I've actually incorporated a new REN cleanser into my routine recently as well which I will enlighten you all on in future weeks.

I've had a recent change in hair care over the last couple of months. Being blonde with highlight hair, I've always been loyal to my Matrix So Silver Shampoo. However, when a friend offered me this (it was actually too strong for them and irritated their skin) I snapped it up. For the record, I've been using this for almost two months now and it hasn't irritated my skin yet. I actually really like this product. It has quite a luxurious smell and leaves your hair lovely and soft afterwards while keeping brassy/yellow tones out of my locks.

I've had this for quite a while now and have only just got back into it. I got in a bit of a rut with my makeup (really I just go from one rut to another) and forgot that I how much I love a nude eyeliner on the waterline. This, in conjunction with my Topshop Smokey Eye Pallet is a dream and can give off quite the Kardashian vibe - which I love. I've now made a mental note to always keep this in my makeup bag whether I intend to use it or not. You never know when those eyes will need opening!

This is a relatively new addition, but I must say, I'm impressed. It's definitely not taken over from my favourite - Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme - but it's undoubtedly gotten a little workout of late. I haven't really tried this kind of wand before - it's curved with rubber bristles - but I do get what the fuss is about now. I'm a shocker when it comes to putting on mascara - 3 out of 5 goes I'll touch the wand to my nose/eyelid/cheek. This makes applying much easier because it grabs more of your lashes in one go. It's staying power isn't too bad either. I wouldn't say it's the best volume mascara I've had, but it does the trick.

I know I'm a little late to this train but, whoa lordy. I'm in love. I never thought this would happen to me, but I've fallen. I received this little tester in a beauty box recently and have not been able to apply foundation without it. I'll definitely be grabbing myself the full size when I'm next near the Benefit counter because I just can't believe what a difference this makes. My skin is instantly blurred and feels like the perfect canvas when I put this on, and that's saying a lot because lately my skin has not been behaving! My foundation last so much longer and it just adds that extra help when you want that flawless effect. Rant over.

So my love for Sheer Glow has come back with a vengeance. I recently repurchased and got my colour re-matched. This shade suits me so much better and has only increased my pleasure in using it. Yes, I know how weird I sound about a foundation, but I'm not lying. I genuinely get excited to do my makeup simply because I get to use this baby. It's coverage, it's glow, it's silkiness... It's simply beautiful. Nars, you just bring it.

Around mid-November I decided to venture into the world of facial oils. Like many newbies, I was hesitant. It didn't quite make sense to me and felt very odd to rub oil all over my face. However, I decided to go for it and now I understand what all the fuss is about. I chose to go with just pure rose-hip oil for it's healing and moisturising properties. I was, pretty much, amazed when it sunk in within minutes and left my skin feeling super soft and plump. I haven't been using this nightly or anything - I really don't think my skin needs it. But it definitely adds a bit of luxury, however, to my weekly bath/facial ritual. I'm so glad that I gave this a go, it's definitely opened up a whole new world of products for the future! As for the product itself, I'm really comfortable using this on my face. It's organic and cold-pressed which means the majority of its goodness hasn't been lost through packaging processes. Win!

So there we go. A reasonably extensive list, but these products have all received a fair whack over the last few months. 

What have you been using and loving lately? Let me know in the comments below and give me a +1 if you're feeling kind!

Rachel x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Sunday Summary #4

| No more Christmas baubles | Cocktails for NYE | My very own personally signed Jamie Durie book | River serenity with my sis | A bit of class to bring in the new year | Home-made rosemary lenonade by the campfire |

Hoping you all had a fabulous week too!

Rachel x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Have a Happy New Year!

Somehow Christmas has been and gone and already we find ourselves at the beginning of a new year. I've never been one for New Year resolutions because I rarely follow through with them. So this year I have some things in my life which I would like to aim at improving without setting myself specific goals. Think of this as "Things Rachel Would Like To Keep In Mind This Year" - such a catchy phrase. I know I usually write about beauty related topics, however, I just feel like sharing my thoughts on the year to come.

Firstly, I would like to improve the quality of food I eat and the amount of exercise I partake in. Now, this sounds like the most common of all New Year resolutions. However, anyone who knows me will vouch for me when I say, I hate exercise. I lack the motivation. It'll take a lot to actually get me up with the specific intention of getting my heart rate up. I know I sound incredibly lazy, but I also know I'm not alone. So this year, I am not making a regime, a routine or a goal to reach. I simply want to be more active. I want to go for more walks and enjoy myself as I do it. 

Secondly, I want to do more of what I love. Since starting university two years ago, a lot of my passions have fallen by the wayside in order to focus on study. It turns out I miss a lot of these things. I love my music and theater; I love beauty and fashion; and I love reading. Whilst I'm currently studying Literature, I'm certainly getting my fill of reading. With the help of this lovely blog, I am able to delve further into the world of beauty and fashion. However, my first love and something that brings me one of the biggest joys is music and theater. In 2014 I want to participate more in this field. I want to play in front of people again, perform on a stage, and see more stage and concerts. It's too easy to let each opportunity slip by and I want to say I've seen and done things that I can be proud of at the end of this year.

Finally, I want to do well. I've managed to get through my last few years in a cruisey fashion, doing what need be to pass my subjects and keeping people happy. In 2014, I want to make sure that whatever I do is done to the best of my ability. I want to be proud of what I do and succeed at what I choose to put my mind to - whatever that may be. I don't think I've been lazy; however, I do think that I could surprise myself if I put my mind to something. This year I'm going to do just that. 

Each of the above aren't really goals. They don't contain steps to follow that will lead to an objective. They are simply things that I want to be aware of as I make decisions in my life. Now is not the time to take the easy road - after all, where will the stories come from if I did? I want to make 2014 a time in my life that I did things that made me happy and feel fulfilled.

Do you have anything that you would like to achieve in 2014? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Have a lovely and safe start to the year!

Rachel x

On a final note, I'd just like to give you all a heads up that this little blog is taking a big leap too as we move into 2014. There will be more updates, more beauty, more fashion and more of me. I can't wait to get going this year! Xx