What's In My Beauty Bag - Rachael of Rach's Beautique 3 years ago

What's In My Beauty Bag - Rachael of Rach's Beautique

Pretty packaging, hero products, must-have purchases…make-up is a subject we could spend hours chatting about.

Everyone has their tried and tested buys and in a bid to find out more about the best way to get bang for your buck, we decided it was time to call in a little expertise.

In a new weekly feature, we’re going to quiz beauty bloggers on their make-up essentials and why these are the products they return to time and time again.

This week, we're chatting to Rachel of Rachael's Beautique


My make-up bag and I have a love hate relationship as I pack and unpack it every few days. So today I have gone and picked out my make-up essentials.

These are the products I keep returning to buy when they run out. I need all of these! Here is a breakdown of my must haves.

Preparation and Base

First things first. I prep my skin using my beloved Nivea Post Shave Balm. This is my perfect primer, and in my opinion, it is a thousand times better than Smashbox (yes, I did just say that).

This is like glue for holding my make up in place. I praise Gigi Hadid daily for finding this steal of a product, €6 for 100ml of primer gold. Once this is applied, I leave it to dry for 2-3 minutes and then apply my foundation.

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My foundation staples are Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour in the medium coverage and full coverage, and Seventeen Stay Time Foundation. The Rimmel Medium Coverage is my weekday/daytime foundation and at the weekend I mix 1 part Rimmel Full coverage with 1 part Seventeen Stay Time. The Seventeen Stay Time is an amazing cheaper alternative to Estee Lauder Double Wear and I love it.

Along with these I mix in a tiny amount of Botanics Radiance Balm to give me a healthy glow. I then apply a small amount of Anneco Mineral Foundation instead of powder as this gives me a lovely flawless complexion.

Eyes

I currently have 3 of the Sleek I Divine Palettes and I love these, the pigmentation is amazing and they're fantastic value for €9.99. I am loving Vintage Romance at the moment the shades are perfect for the ever changing weather outside.

Au Naturel is very like the Naked 1 palette, you can range from a soft natural eye to a smoky eye. Bad Girl is a fun palette that features bright colours.

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My current favourite eyeliner is the Make Up Gallery Liquid Liner available in Dealz for €1.49. It is a deep black shade and stays put.  For brows, I adore the Sleek Brow Palette. It features a wax and a powder in the palette. I like to outline using the wax and then fill in using the powder. To highlight my brows, I use Catrice Eyebrow Lifter, which I sweep under the brow and around the top to make it stand out. I then blend it in using a sponge applicator.

My favourite lashes of all time are Ardell Demi Wispies. They give the perfect amount of fullness but with added volume. I use duo glue to apply my lashes.

A go-to mascara for me every day is Wet N Wild Mega Impact Black as it gives lots of definition with volume and precision. I love using this as it really defines my lashes and makes them stand out without wearing any false lashes.

Let's Kardash that face!

To highlight and contour I use my beloved Sleek Face Form palette. I love this. The colours are different in each shade of the palette, ranging from fair to dark. I use fair and it's the perfect colour for me. I sweep a thin line from the top of my ear down, along the sides of my jaw and nose, and then blend. Once well blended, I apply a pop of the rose gold blush which is a perfect pinky/red tone with hints of gold undertones.

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Finally I apply the highlighter on my cheek bone and down the middle of my nose and Cupid's Bow. I also tend to switch blush from the face form to the Lace Blush by 3 Sleek palette again. This features 3 shades of blush from a ravishing raspberry to a cool coral.

Luscious Lips

I’m all about the budget brands when it comes to lipstick, I have about 40 lipsticks but these are six of my favourites. Wet n Wild features strongly here. I love their lipsticks and at €2.99 who wouldn’t. I use Mauve Outta Here, Bare It All, Sugar Plum Fairy and Red Velvet the most. They cater for all colour ranges and never fail to impress.

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My Catrice is in the shade 270 and it is a perfect peach with a hint of gold shimmer. Also featured is my Penney’s Pink, there is no shade number on these but it is a lovely baby pink colour and it flatters pale Irish skin.

I usually line my lips with an appropriate matching lip liner shade depending on which lipstick I choose. All of my lipstick cost under 5 euro and they are all worth so much more in my eyes.

If you're a beauty blogger and want to tell us all about your beauty dos and dont's, drop a line to our girl Cathy at cathy.donohue@her.ie