Beauty

As we all know here (if you read my blog, otherwise if not Hello and Welcome!) I love me a good strong black coffee. Everyday. Sometimes twice a day. But what I haven’t really mentioned is that I also enjoy the occasional red wine too. What do these drinks have to do with anything I hear you say? Teeth stains, that’s what! Not the most glamorous of subjects on my blog I know, but I think it’s one most of us can relate to! Recently I’ve been trialling a few tooth whitening products.. and no I don’t mean Bi-Carb Soda or Coconut Oil, I mean real products that actually work and I decided to share some thoughts on one that I think is a bit of a bargain.

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Hello Smile pen 🙂

If your like me and have creepy social media that knows what you’re looking for in life you then you will have adverts crop up that make you think “HOW THE EFF DOES IT KNOW I WANT THAT?!”, yes well some of my adverts of late have been tooth whitening products. Previously I had bought an LED kit online which is basically a UV light connected to a mouth guard that you fill up with whitening gel and then leave in your mouth for 10 minutes. Whilst it did lighten my teeth a couple of shades it wasn’t really a product I wanted to write home about (or write internet about as you can see by lack of previous tooth whitening post!). So after I ran out of that, Instagram basically read my mind and starting sending me subliminal messages through its adverts to give the brand HelloSmile a go. Naturally, I went onto their IG page, saw their results and was pretty keen to give their product a go. Subliminal advertising: 1 Rachelle: 0. I did see they also stock the LED kits but because of my shite past experience with the last brand, I decided on getting the tooth whitening pen instead 🙂 I bought the Double pack online which was two pens for $54.. total bargain I reckon! This way I had one for me and one for Seewah (there is a story behind that nickname by the way, remind me to tell you sometime..) so he couldn’t steal mine like I knew he would. Being an Aussie brand I got free postage (wooo!) and delivery times around Australia can take anywhere between 4-8 business days. It was bang on 8 days for me here in Sydney. They also ship internationally for all my non-Aussie readers out there, so don’t go getting all disparaged 😉

They arrived in my post box, 2 sleek silver pens that you simply twist to dispense the gel from the little brush at the top (you will need to twist that bad boy a fair amount the first time by the way, just to get the pen working). You then apply a thin layer of the gel all over your teeth, keeping away from your gums. Try to keep your lips out of ze way for 30 seconds after applying so the product can dry/ get to work. After that you can relax and carry on with your day with no need to rinse, brush or do anything afterwards. Just be sure not to eat or drink anything for 20 minutes after applying. The bleach gets to work immediately and the product just naturally dissipates as time goes on. Your teeth may froth up a bit (mine don’t, Steve’s do hahaha) but they said that is absolutely normal as the product is not only whitening but it’s also cleaning your teeth too. What a bloody product!

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I noticed a difference with my teeth IMMEDIATELY. I’m not exaggerating as you know I wouldn’t be writing this post if it didn’t impress me (looking at you unnamed previous product!) and the noticeable difference wasn’t only on my teeth but actually more so on my boyfriend’s! Usually teeth whitening products have zero effect on his teeth but both of us were in shock when we could actually see a change, even after the first application. The pen is so small, light and convenient so it would be super easy to travel with or just chuck in your handbag for whitening on the go. I was even thinking the pen could be a cute stocking stuffer/prezzie for Christmas? No? Too far? C’mooon who doesn’t love a good set of pearly whites!? I’ve just been putting it on in the morning after I’ve had my brekkie and brushed my teeth and it has all dissipated by the time I’m ready to start the day. The best thing is you don’t have to sit around with mouth guards in your teeth in complete silence for 10-20 minutes and there is absolutely no after pain or sensitivity like I’ve experienced with some other products I got from the Dentist. So for those of you out there interested in whitening your chompers, I would definitely recommend giving HelloSmile a go.

If you have any more questions on the products or want to know a bit more click here to head to the FAQ page on HelloSmile’s website. Otherwise if you need a little more encouragement click here for the Instagram Page that contains all the proof in the pudding through big smiley faces 🙂

Ok, so cat’s out of the bag, I’m naturally pale as pale can be. Casper is basically my spirit animal. And whilst I don’t all out hate my fair skin, I do feel for those people who have to see me (sans sunglasses) in those summer months when the only way to survive the Aussie heat is to strip off. I don’t mean getting butt naked but I’m talking about losing the sleeves and pants and opting for singlet and shorts options instead. I’ve never really been able to naturally achieve a tan as I’m lucky enough to have the skin that burns, peels and then reverts back to its pale self with the addition of a few freckles (thanks mum!), so I’ve had to rely on fake tanners when I want to look a little less white. Also, in fairness (ha! #punny) I am a bit of a sucker for protecting my skin so I don’t go out in the sun much and when I do, try to avoid getting burnt at all costs. So with Summer scratching at our heels, I thought what better time to talk about tanning (the fake way!).

I’ve been slapping tan on since the ripe old age of 13. Now hold up! Before you think I was actually socially aware of my pale skin at that age let me clarify that it was actually for dance comps. We ballroom dancers like to go overboard on the tanning side of things and it is just as important as hair or makeup on the big day as those UV lights are not our friends. I used to use a horrid orange stain called ‘Contest Colour’ that was a liquid you basically rolled onto your body with a small foam paint roller (not joking) and then stood around like a starfish ’til it dried and you could apply however many more coats. It was horrible, kids at school used to call me Oompa Loompa which was never my favourite nickname, no matter how fitting! And worse yet it used to take weeks to scrub that stuff off. I tried everything ranging from rubbing cut lemons on myself in the shower, toothpaste, and soaking in the bath and it just wouldn’t budge. When it did eventually start to wear off, you wish it wouldn’t as it would go patchy and horrible and leave your skin so dry and sore. Aaah the things ya do for dancing hey!? But times have changed and luckily now there are brands out there willing to help us pale folk resemble a more bronzed, holiday-y version of ourselves without leaving us looking like burnt oranges. I now have a few go-to favourites that I love and are super easy to both purchase and use and better yet, people don’t realise I’m wearing it! Triple winner!!

First up, it’s a bit of an old fave. Good old Le Tan Fast Tan in Deep Bronze. Le Tan was my first ever fake tan brand  that I used to buy for a ‘non competition’ tan. Meaning I wanted to look like a person, not a dancer with patchy tan feet (you fellow dancing gals know what I’m talkin’ ’bout!) I was probably around 17 and chose Le Tan because it was the cheapest (ha ha don’t judge!) but it actually turned out to be awesome! I usually apply this one with gloves as it’s a type of instant brown moisturiser that develops more colour over time. I also used to use another product by Le Tan which isn’t instant and goes on clear and develops gradually over a few hours, which is nice but I find it too risky not being able to see where I’ve put it! So the bad news, unfortunately this product had been discontinued but they do still have the Fast Tan in a Can version. Le Tan has done a bit of a revamp on its products and now has some new instant and gradual tanners containing Argan Oil or Coconut water. I assume they are very similar to the Fast Tan products they used to stock but now have maybe been slightly improved as I feel like the brand is always changing and upgrading which is nice. Definitely going to give the new products a try as I assume they will be very similar to the Fast Tan but maybe slightly more moisturising. I love the Le Tan products as they are an Aussie brand and are always reasonably priced and never leave me looking orange. Le Tan is stocked at Priceline and their products range from around $8AUD to $20AUD. Extremely reasonable and the colour of this product is great!

Next up is a relatively new tan that I just tried last week and luuuurved (loved). It’s by the brand Vani-T and it’s the Brazilian Bronze Self Tan Mousse. Its Australian made, cruelty free and whats great about it is its ready to go in 1 hour! That shit is speedy!! The consistency is like a brown foam and I applied it with a tanning mitt from the same company. I’d heard a lot about tanning mitts from other dancers and friends but hadn’t really jumped on the bandwagon but NOW I GETCHA! They are awesome and they really buff the tan in beautifully. It was a little tricky doing my back with it, but nothing some contortionist skills can’t handle.. otherwise best to grab a loved one to do it for you 😉 So, you apply it and can simply rinse off an hour later for a light tan, 2 hours later for a medium tan, and 3-4 hours later for a darker tan. I only ever really want a light tan with my red hair, so I washed it off after an hour and a half. Just a note with this stuff, washing off the excess caught me by surprise. I got out of the shower and I looked like streaky bacon.. not the look I was going for. Devo, as I thought it was the tan’s fault (obviously) I went on to apply some moisturiser and realised maybe I hadn’t rinsed it off well enough. I hopped back in the shower and rather than just letting the water hit my skin (which is usually enough) I washed my skin with some body wash and a loofah and that did the trick! No more streaks, just gorgeous glowy skin. You can buy this tan and the mitt online at salonstyle.com for $37.95 and $11.35 respectively. It’s definitely worth a try!

Lastly my absolute favourite tanner, the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion in Dark. This is SUCH a good tan guys, everything from the colour, the smell and the way it wears off is 10 out of 10! Similar to Le Tan I use the product that is instant and I buy the darkest colour. I haven’t tried the light to medium colour but what I do to make the colour less intense is pop it on (with my disposable gloves) and the wash off the excess 2-3 hours later. You can leave the product on for up to 6+ hours. Don’t be alarmed when you first apply this tan though because you will look pretty dirty and green. Also similar to the Le Tan products the Bondi Sands tan’s have a green undertone which is what you want when looking for a self tanner as this is what looks most natural. Anything throwing off too much orange looks fake. It smells like coconuts and when you wash away the excess will leave you looking like a bronzed goddess! The colour is really natural and whats better is the way it fades. It doesn’t at all go patchy and simply fades away like a natural tan (or so I assume?) unlike the previous two tanners I mentioned, which don’t fade badly but are prone to a little bit of patchiness. Bondi Sands has quickly become known as Australia’s number 1 tan and I can see why! It’s available at most pharmacies in Australia and I’ve even seen it in the UK! I bought mine at Priceline here in Oz and it retails at $19.99… BARGAIN!

As a sort of personal tip, I never apply fake tan to my face. This is just a personal preference as I had a pretty awful experience as a 14-year-old after getting spray tanned for a competition and the lady did my face. At first it was just funny because it was so brown but after a couple of days it started to go really patchy and horrible and I was so embarrassed! I remember Mum having to put a bit of foundation on me just to get me to go outside #SCARRED!! From that day I’ve never tanned my face as I feel it’s just as easy to get the face up to scratch with makeup. Otherwise when I’m not made up I’m usually at home where I don’t mind having a brown neck and white face 😉 So it’s totally personal choice, but I’m not a fan.

A few tips and tricks for the novice tanner:

  • Always make sure to exfoliate the skin beforehand. I use some scrubbing gloves and/or my cactus brush from The Body Shop.
  • Tan using disposable gloves or a mitt and go easy on ankles, knees and elbows. If you like you can apply moisturiser to these areas beforehand because they like to go browner than the rest of the body 😉
  • Wear loose or silky garments while tan is developing and relax. An obvious one, but don’t decide to go out for an afternoon jog or participate in any sweaty activity for that manner!
  • STAY AWAY FROM WATER!
  • Once you’ve washed off the excess, make sure to pat dry with a towel and then be sure to apply a HEAVY amount of moisturiser. I love the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion.
  • Keep lightly exfoliating and moisturising throughout the week after tanning and your skin should stay pleasant and lovely and not start to resemble Ayers Rock.. been there!

Well I hope you got something out of this post! Any other fake tans out there that people love? Hit me up below!

Love, Rachelle xx

 

 

I’m a bit of an avid YouTube watcher.. #guilty. In my spare time I love getting on my laptop, coffee in hand and browsing through some of my favourite YouTube channels. I watch a variety of things on there.. whether its related to beauty, makeup, dancing or even Veganism. But today I wanted to talk about some of my fave Beauty bloggers! The greatest thing about YouTube is that it satisfies our inquisitive sides giving us a look into tips, trick and trends from people who dedicate their lives to these subjects and their channels. I just love how it’s so easy to just go on there, search for almost anything and at the click of your fingers you have a mass of videos related to that topic. Don’t get me wrong though, I do still love me my blogs and magazines, those badgirls are always great to come back to after I’m sick of listening to someone ramble and clicking my way through the time bar to get the point! So I like to mix it up between actual reading and viewing 🙂 Sometimes, watching how different people apply makeup and change their face can be so relaxing.. but also, inspiring!

First up I want to mention my all time favourite – Lisa Eldridge. You may have heard me mention Lisa before but if you haven’t she is a famous professional makeup artist to the stars that has a channel to show us how she works her magic! She plays with faces like Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whitely to name a few, so woman knows what she’s doing! She has an obsession with makeup, not just of today but stemming back to how makeup came about and all the trends through the decades. I love not only her stunning English accent but the way she creates such bright and fresh makeup looks. She has quite a minimalistic approach to makeup but the finished products look so damn flawless I just don’t know how she does it! I always find her channel helpful because not only does she talk about what works for her but she does tutorials related to other skin types and tones too. These days it’s all about the Kardashian/Jenner inspired look which is difficult for me being a pale redhead.. I aint ever going to be able to rock that! So this is another reason why I love Lisa because she seems to be very much about old school glam and making each and every person discover what their own “look” is and then playing on that. Because she has spent a bit of time working around the world she also knows a lot about different makeup cultures which I also find so interesting! I love the way the Japanese do makeup and have a bit of an obsession with asian products and it seems that is something that Lisa enjoys too. She used to work for an asian brand so she knows quite a bit about how they like to do makeup and what they find beautiful and I might be crazy but I really find this sort of thing super interesting 🙂

Someone a little younger on the Tube is me old mate Carli Bybel. Just joking, I don’t know her from a bar of soap but she talks to me on there as if we are mates so sometimes it’s confusing. Also when I say younger, I don’t mean young as she is actually the same age as me.. (26 for all of you playing out there). I often find myself watching her videos just to ogle at her beauty! This gal has some god given looks, let me tell you. But also, she is really great to watch because she knows how to get that glam look going. Whats even better is that she is Vegan so she often suggests vegan and cruelty free products that she has tried and loved/hated. Quick side note – I am trying to use some more vegan products on my face and have been loving the brands Cover FX and Tarte cosmetics. Both brands are vegan and cruelty free and can be shopped in Sephora stores near you! Carli is one of the people I was referring to that easily start to ramble but that is mainly in her VLOG’s so if you are into that then that’s cool but some of the makeup looks she creates really are beautiful. Not only does she talk about makeup but she also mentions new products and things that she has been loving. All that girly stuff we love!

A channel that I’ve recently come by that doesn’t have an abundance of videos but what is on there is absolute GOLD is Miss Fame. Some of you may have heard of Miss Fame before? She is a drag queen that became popular on the tv show RuPaul’s Drag Race and let me tell you this queen is farking fierce. She actually just got signed to IMG models in America, being the first ever drag queen to be signed at a high-end agency sooo yeah she = HOT. She does makeup that makes me want to be a drag queen, I’m not joking! A new dream of mine is to one day have Miss Fame do my makeup because this shit is off the chain. Dance competition makeup can sometimes rival drag makeup so I love watching a few queens on YouTube (Jeffree Star is also amazing) to learn some of the tricks of the trade. So if you are a dancer or you just love that heavy-duty OTT makeup style complete from glueing your eyebrows down to rocking a wig then this channel is for you! It is literally the best makeup I’ve ever seen, the other day I showed Steve one of the transformations and let me just say, profanities were shouted haha! Miss Fame makes me want to do makeup better and more often and I just love how much they know about how to change the face and make things appear differently. It’s all about that contour baby! Definitely worth a look at!!

Ok, one more worth a mention is Desi Perkins. This girl is tooooo cool. I actually came about her via one of my besties Rach Macintosh (also has a YouTube channel Rachel Macintosh! Go check her out and SUBSCRIBE!!) as Rachel did a makeup look on her channel inspired by Desi which was just so beautiful. So naturally I was like who is this Desi girl and let me see this gorgeous orange-y makeup first hand! Yeah, she didn’t disappoint. She always creates such a flawless base, her eyebrows are 2 small perfect dreamboats and the way she blends colours is just melt-worthy. The way she creates her videos are so amazing too.. the quality of the picture and something about the way she cuts the videos are just super professional. I think her vids may actually be the best on YouTube.. big call right there! She is latina so obviously her and I don’t have many similarities but she has experience on dealing with under eye creasing (the bane of my existence) and I she and I share a love for all things coral-ly. She is always up-to-date with new products and whats hot so if you want to keep in the loop, Desi is your gal. Everything she does is so immaculate and beautiful, ranging from the colours she chooses to the finish she gets. I think the picture says it all really!!

So I think that’s all I’ll mention today guys otherwise I might be here all bloody day. Who knew I had such an obsession!? Surprised myself even!! What are some of your favourite YouTube channels? Comment below 🙂 and please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to this old blogging blog if you want updates on my babble first hand.

Love, Rachelle xx

A little while back, I shared my morning skincare routine with you gals (and guys?) so this is the other half to my day, the night-time routine! I am a little less vigilant with my night routine as some days I come home absolutely knackered and can’t peel myself away from the T.V.. Gotta see who wins Survivor guys! Ha Ha and yes I know I’m a bit late with Survivor but surprisingly I hadn’t seen any publicity on it and Steve and I have been catching up on TenPlay since we got back from our travels. But, in saying all this I would NEVER skip my night routine as I know how important it is for my skin to heal and regenerate while my body is in sleep mode. Unlike my teenage years, I will now never ever go to bed with makeup on, no matter how tired I am. So let’s get into it!

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Bioderma Sensibio

Most days I come home with makeup on my face. It doesn’t matter if it’s a lot or not but what is important is that I get the stuff off! I use the Bioderma Sensibio H2o to remove my makeup and let me say this cleanser is the bomb.com!! It is a cleansing water that removes the toughest of makeup (waterproof mascara.. bye bye!) but still cares for sensitive skin. I’ve tried a few Micellar Water products and I think this one has to be the best. The Garner Micellar Water isn’t bad but I feel it really struggles with waterproof mascara and some heavy tinted lipsticks. It may be half the price but it’s also half the strength.. sorry Garnier! I just find the Bioderma so much quicker to use as it swipes everything off in one go and leaves me feeling fresh. I buy mine from Priceline here in Australia and I buy the big ass bottle to keep me covered for a while. Also worth noting is that this product doesn’t sting if it gets in your eyes.. WINNER!! Because generally, if I’m removing makeup from my eyes, I end up getting it in my eyes and some products can buuuurn.

Once I’ve done the first cleanse (makeup removal) I then go in with my Dr Hauschka Soothing cleansing milk. The cleansing milk is perfect for a night cleanse as it gently removes dirt and is made for sensitive skin. Because I’ve already done one cleanse I don’t need something too strong or abrasive and especially considering it’s just before bed my skin only needs a gentle cleanse. I simply wet my face with warm water, gently apply 2-3 pumps to my hands, warm between my fingers and apply a thin layer all over my face and neck. I then use small circular motions working from the inside areas of my face outwards (no scrubbing!), including the eye area and then remove with a warm muslin cloth. This leaves me feeling squeaky clean and refreshed, ready to apply a couple of sprays of my Dr Hauschka Facial Toner to close my pores and tone my skin.

If I happen to be suffering from a bit of a breakout (damn hormones) I tend to leave it at that so that my skin can breathe overnight and maybe I’ll apply a bit of acne cream on trouble spots to dry up those problem areas. Otherwise when my skin is pretty normal I apply some Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Active Complex II in a light layer all over my face. As I have mentioned before, this product is a bloody gem. I feel it has really added brightness to my skin and given it back some much needed elasticity. Nothing like flying on an airplane, 200 coats of fake tan and heavy makeup to sap the skin of all its moisture! I love applying this whilst on the plane too, to keep my skin from drying out. It’s so hydrating and rich and smells like honey, I think I’m in love 🙂

And that’s all folks! As I have said previously HERE, maybe twice a week I will switch up this routine for a proper deep cleanse using my Eve Lom Cleanser. Hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE belowww!

Love, Rachelle xx

Today I decided to give you guys a little run down of my morning routine and share with you some of the products and procedures that help me feel ready to tackle the day ahead. Most days I wake up to a grumbling tum so naturally food is the first thing on the agenda, but once I have that big ol’ morning smoothie in my belly it’s then time to hit up the bathroom to sort out my morning face.

I tend to wake up to a face that more so resembles a balloon than my own and some days are worse than others. I get really puffy in the eye area and some days it’s so bad that it causes my eyes to water too (such a fun way to start the day #NOT!). Lately I’ve been travelling a lot, 9 long haul flights in roughly a month for that matter, and so because of all these changes in my body clock I have absolutely no idea what day or what time it is. Just the other day I had a good 12 hour stint of sleep! This = SUPER PUFFY FACED RACHELLE. A little trick I’d learnt in the past to rectify this situation is to chuck a couple of spoons in the freezer, leave them for about 15 minutes and then gently place them over said puffy areas. You can then hold them there as long as you like and even repeat the process if need be. It helps to get the lymphatic system going and drain away all that excess fluid. It also tightens the skin around the eye area, constricting the blood vessels and therefore reducing the puffiness. I love this for dealing with jet lag face and it’s also great for those comp mornings when you had accidentally overdosed on your carb loading (usually pizza and pasta!) the night before #carbface.

Most days, when my face isn’t too puffy I just get straight into my morning cleanse, tone and moisturise ritual. I start with using Dr Hauschka’s cleansing cream. This stuff is a type of gritty cleanser that needs to be mixed with a bit of water to form a paste. It goes super far so they recommend you only use about an inch worth which means great lasting power! Being Dr Hauschka the products are all natural plant extracts and my sensitive skin loves them! The paste gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin and because they recommend the product to be “rolled” onto the skin not at all abrasive. Once I’ve repeated that rolling action a few times I remove the cleanser with a warm muslin cloth.

 

I then use the Dr Hauschka Facial Toner and lightly spray the mist onto my face. This toner contains of Anthyllis and Witch Hazel which helps to optimise the balance of oil on the skin and leaves me feeling super refreshed! While my skin is still slightly wet from the toner I then go on to apply my moisturiser. I’ve mentioned this product before but I’m going to mention it again just incase any of you missed it 😉 I’m talking about the dreamy Rose Day cream by Dr Hauschka for normal, dry, sensitive or mature skin. It’s recommended for us gals who are prone to a bit of redness or irritation and it also works wonders on those premature wrinkles. Each tube contains 30 organic roses and so obviously it smells TO DIE FOR! It feels super luxe on the skin with its richness but it’s not heavy and thick at all once it hits the skin. I love this product!!

If my eyes are looking a little worse for wear and are on the tired side I then go to my trusty little tube of “luxury eye serum” which I purchased at The Face Shop. They had a few products in store that were similar to this one but basically they are a Korean brand of products and this one takes care of the dark circles under your eyes and also help to reduce those infamous under eye bags. I just pop a small amount onto my ring fingers and then smooth under my eyes. Catchya dark circles!

And that’s it! I don’t think this routine is too crazy as it only takes me around 5-10 minutes every morning. But what I do know is that it completely wakes up my face transforming me from frightening half asleep zombie to surprisingly acceptable! I absolutely adore the Dr Hauschka products (as I’ve mentioned before) as they are so rich and luxurious but also simple and easy to use. Who can really be bothered with a 7 step morning ritual anyways!? So I hope you enjoyed this and if you are interested in trying any of the Dr Hauschka range then you can grab them online here or shop the brand at your local David Jones store 🙂

Love, Rachelle xx

 

I LOVE PERFUME. It’s actually one of my guilty pleasures in life; buying perfume. I guess I found my ‘nose’ for it way back when I was a young teen still living at home. My dad worked away overseas and would spend a month away and a month at home and would often bring me back presents of pretty glass bottles filled with amazing scents. My dad luckily has pretty good taste when it comes to perfume so they were always high quality and so I thought myself extremely lucky to be rocking out the scents of Gucci, Kenzo and Prada at such a young age. Wearing the perfumes used to remind me of dad while he was away and this is still something I love so much about perfume! It’s so cool that one whiff of something can trigger so many memories, emotions and feelings!

Nowadays, I travel overseas a lot myself, so I like to try ($$$ permitting of course) and buy myself a new perfume either on my way to a destination or on the way home (TREAT YO’SELF right!!?). Buying duty-free knocks the price down so much and I love the whole experience of wandering around sniffing out all the options (literally), smelling some coffee beans and the continuing to sniff some more! I have, in my time had a few perfumes I have regretted buying but I also have found some absolute treasures that have become repeat buys. So I thought I’d share some of those good ones with you!

Day-time: (this is listed as affordable to more pricey by the way 🙂 just for your viewing pleasure!)


BRITNEY SPEARS – FANTASY: 

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I have to admit I do cringe every time I have to say the name of this perfume out loud. Which surprisingly is more than you probably imagine! I have worn this perfume on and off for the past 10 years and it always receives compliments… compliments followed by the question of what is it? Followed by my cringe. But sometimes you just gotta say hey, this perfume is $20, made by Britney Spears for young teeny-boppers but daaaamn it smells good! It’s super sweet and caramel-ly so for those of you gals out there that love sweet, vanilla, lolly type scents, this one’s for you! It has notes of kiwi, chocolate, musk and cupcakes (wtf, I know!) and really is a sweet summery smell. Another thing that I can’t get over about this perfume is its longevity on the skin. Most cheaper, celebrity perfumes you spray on and can’t even smell them 10 minutes later but this bad boy stays on for hours, years even! I can spray it on in the morning, have a shower that night and still smell it the next day! Cheap and long-lasting.. #DOUBLEBANGER!

CHLOE EU DE PARFUM: 

chloeThis is a pretty iconic perfume in its own right and I’m pretty sure it’s because of its floral-y amazingness. Totally sure. It epitomizes the smell of roses so perfectly and for me that’s why it’s one of my faves. It’s feminine and fresh and doesn’t smell like a Nanna like some floral perfumes do (I’m looking at you Red Door by Elizabeth Arden!!) I like to wear this during the day but there’s absolutely no reason why it couldn’t be a night-time scent as well; it’s elegant but edgy y’see? Along with the significant rose smell it also contains hints of freesia, peony, lily of the valley and amber so for you floral lovers out there.. GO GET IT!

GUERLAIN – INSOLENCE:

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Insolence hands down wins the title of my favourite ever perfume up to and including the year of 2016. I call it my powder puff perfume and I’ve been wearing it for about 5 years now. I remember the first time I smelt it.. I was in the U.K getting changed after a dance lesson and a girl in the change room sprayed some and I swear I almost died. It was love at first whiff. I had to ask her what the name of it was and I quickly bought it duty-free on that very flight home! It’s had my heart (and nostrils) ever since! I’ve also tried Guerlain’s other version of it called ‘My Insolence’ which comes in a pink bottle and it’s just as gorgeous just a little more sweet. The smell of Insolence is powdery and soft with floral and sweet notes. It contains violet, raspberry, red berries, musk and sandalwood just to name a few but for me the scent really can’t be summed up in words. Some one needs to create an app where our devices can pump out the smell of something at the tap of a finger. How good would that be right now!! Also for some of those cooking tutorials where you just know the smell of those baking cookies would be off the chain! Anyway, I digress.. go find this perfume, smell it and get back to me. I know the minute my mum smelt it on me she went out the next day and bought a bottle for herself she loved it so much 🙂

I only have a couple of night-time scents but I feel that it makes it a bit more special and maybe gives you more of a personal stamp that people can remember you by. I tend to leave this two to night-time or special occasions as they were both rather pricey and I don’t just want to go through them willy-nilly you know?! But that’s not to say they cant be worn through the day as well 🙂

Night-time:


TOM FORD – VELVET ORCHID:

black orchid

This one is a bit of a newbie to my perfume corner but it’s one I loved immediately. I wanted to buy another special night-time fragrance to give my other much-loved, yet to be mentioned favourite a break sometimes. So of course I headed to the Tom Ford counter. Tom Ford knows how to rock + roll. I smelt a lot of their fragrances as most of them are neither masculine or feminine and can be worn by whoever (very cool) but this one really stuck with me. It’s a bloody treat. It’s my typical kind of scent; floral, sweet and powdery but with a hint of balsamic which gives it its edge. Kind of like Strawberries and balsamic ice-cream.. sounds wrong but it’s so right!! (For all you vegan folk out there, I tried that ice-cream before I was vegan 😉 it was yummy but the big bloated tummy I got afterwards wasn’t worth it) Velvet Orchid reminds me of dessert and liqueur and has a very luxurious feel about it, perfect for the night! Some notes are myrrh, rum (yes please!), honey, orchid, rose oil, vanilla and lime which all add up to create a very special, dark fragrance.

CHANEL No5 EU DE PARFUM: 

no5

Well I don’t think much needs to be said about this one. She is famous enough already and there really isn’t much I could say to add to that! This is the only woody perfume I’ve ever bought as I’m not much into the smell of the woods but I’ve loved no5 for roughly 6 years now. It’s always been my go-to special fragrance and I absolutely always wear it on my birthday (it makes me feel special, ok! he he). It’s one I always try to have a bottle of and that actually comes pretty easy, not because I buy, buy, buy but because it’s so darn strong! You really don’t need that much of it and if you do go too hard it can quickly become overkill, sending anyone in your 10 meter radius to start gasping for air. The longevity of it is awesome, both in the bottle and also on the skin. It lasts so long it’s another one I can smell the next day! Whilst it is woody, there still if a powdery, floral tinge to it and it’s another one of those ones I can’t put my finger on exactly what it smells like. It smells like Chanel no5! Hence why there are so many soap bars and candles and what not out there that are now branded as smelling like “Chanel no5”. The key notes however are ylang-ylang, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla, rose, patchouli, bergamot and vetiver. Marilyn Monroe loved it for a reason guys!

What are some of your favourite fragrances? Are there any out there you think I might enjoy judging from this list? Please feel free to share in the comments below 🙂

As you may or may not know, these past few weeks I have been in Ye Olde London town preparing for a rather large competition. This is why my blog posts have been a little erratic and random and for that I’m sorry guys! Don’t hate the player, #hatethegame! The other night I was lucky enough to dance at the Royal Albert Hall in London so I thought I would share a little step-by-step low down of how my makeup goes before a big competition. I generally tend to stick to the same idea every time but every now and then I like to mix up the colours to co-ordinate with my dress.. otherwise I’m more of a natural gal. Guess what, this time was no different! I wore a canary yellow dress so I decided to keep the look quite neutral and maybe throw in a bit of purple to bring out the hazel in my eyes and pair it with a banging red lip. I’ve written it out as a type of step-by-step, get ready with me tutorial so that hopefully you can follow along the dot points with me for those times that you are getting ready for a comp! So, let’s get started 🙂

  • First up it’s time to prime. I already washed and moisturised my face, so I’m just going to smooth Rimmel Fix and Protect makeup primer all over my face.
  • Once that’s soaked in I apply Estee Lauder Double wear liquid foundation in the colour Ecru all over my face with a damp beauty blender. Full coverage pleaaaase 🙂
  • I then go in with Maybelline Instant Anti-age The Eraser Eye concealer (what a bloody mouthful of a name!?) in the colour light and apply under my eyes, down the centre of my nose up to my forehead and on my chin. Basically hitting the centre of my face.
  • I blend that out with my beauty blender and then set those ares with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent.
  • Next up, time to set my WHOLE face. This part is super important I feel as it will really keep your makeup in place when times get tough out there! I apply MAC Studio Fix in C4 all over my face with a fluffy brush trying to hit the outer perimeters of my face more as I want to keep the parts already set with the Laura Mercer powder lighter. Does that make any sense at all?
  • I then bronze up my cheekbones with Bahama mama by The Balm. Awesome product btw, I only just purchased it and I’m in love. It’s not orange at all and the packaging is so cute!! This can be purchased in Target stores in Australia but I bought it here in London at Superdrug.
  • Once my face is pretty much done, I then like to start working on my eyes. I have a very old, very awesome eyeshadow palette by Chacott that I won at a competition in Japan (see palette here) that I pretty much use every dang comp. If you can get your hands on ANYTHING by Chacott I highly recommend it. The brand is built for dancers and the quality of their products is off the chain. Anyway, back to the task at hand! Today I’m applying an orange-y brown to my crease and then joining to the outer corner of my eye. BLEND WELL.
  • Then I like to take a black pencil or eyeliner and carve out a bit of a sideways ‘V’ on the outer corners of my eyes. Don’t worry if this part is rough as it’s just a base!
  • On top of the liner I then apply a dark purple shade from my Chacott palette over the top with a small angle brush. I then go in with a small fluffy brush and blend it all out til smoooooth.
  • I keep adding purple shadow and blending until I’m happy with the depth and then finally go in with MAC Carbon (matte black eyeshadow) and really draw in a strong corner with my angle brush and then DONT BLEND!
  • Once I’ve done enough with the purple shadow I then like to go back in with the brown and make sure the two colours are blended together well and that the brown is still strong.
  • I then take a small brush and fill my inner corner of my eye and brow line with white eyeshadow bringing it down right into the tear duct.
  • Under my eye I did white in the inner corner and lined the dark purple quite close to the lash line and then blended out with the brown shadow underneath that.
  • Next I fill in my waterline with a white eyeliner, I’m using a MaxFactor Kohl Pencil and I then line my eyes with a strong cat eye flick using a black liquid liner.
  • I then like to move on to my brows, if you want to know how and what I do with my brows then click here. Today I’m using a mix of MAC Cranberry and a dark brown eyeshadow from the Dior 609 Earth Reflection palette.
  • Now its time for blush and I’m going for my all time favourite comp colour Dollymix by MAC.
  • For highlighter I’m using Mary-Lou manizer by The Balm and I’m applying on my cheek bones, down the centre of my shnoz and on my cupid’s bow.
  • Falsies time! I’m using an asian brand of falsies today by the brand Dolly Wink and they are the style sweet girly.. too cute!
  • Once the lashes are secure I lather both my real and false lashes with a couple of coats of mascara to blend them together and hold them to one another. Today I’m using Maybelline The Falsies but I like all Maybelline mascara’s actually.
  • Last part is the lips and today I’m wearing a liquid lipstick by The Balm called Devoted. This lipstick drys matte and goes nowhere! Perfect for comps! On top of that I then put on some glittery as hell lip gloss by MIKI that I have no idea where I purchased from.
  • Once finished the perfectionist in me checks my eyes and maybe touches up the liquid liner or fixes up any conundrums with the blending and then BOOM! It’s setting spray time! I give a couple of sprays of Maybelline super stay 24hr Fixative spray and then Bob’s my uncle!

Now its time for the real fun to begin! I’m so sorry I’ve only posted one blog post this week but girl has been biz-zay! Im heading back to Oz this weekend so hopefully things will be back to normal ASAP. Hope you enjoyed this and if you have any questions or queries don’t be shy and leave me some comments 🙂

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Love, Rachelle xx

Big call in the old title there. All-time favourite. This product must really be something you are probably thinking.. and let me tell you oh yes it is! As you know if you’ve read my blogs I really am one for changing it up with my beauty game but when a product is this good, it stays. I’ve been using the Eve Lom cleanser for the best part of 6 years now and it is still something I love so damn much! So I decided after purchasing a new tub of the stuff the other day whilst here in the UK, what better time than now to share that love 🙂

If you haven’t heard of Eve Lom before then let me share a little bit about it for you. It’s a UK-based brand but is stocked in a couple of places in Oz now, the main place I know of is in Mecca stores (you know like Cosmetica, Maxima and any other -a’s I can’t think of). The cleanser was the first product that Eve Lom ever launched and to this day is still the best seller. Vogue even proclaimed it as “probably the best cleanser in the world” with “probably” meaning definitely I’m sure. I haven’t seen anything else on the market that comes close to it in the way that it’s a cleanser, toner and moisturiser all-in-one. I’ve tried a few other balmy type cleansers with a similar style to this one but most of them leave an oily residue on my face and some have even caused breakouts.. not what you want. It is slightly pricey though, with the 100ml retailing for around A$105 and the 200ml for A$163. But when you take in to account the amount you are using (a thumb size) and the fact that it’s your cleanser, toner and moisturiser in one it really isn’t that bad (in my opinion!). The 200ml tub usually lasts me around 6 months and that’s when I used to use it every night.. more about that later.

eve lom cleanserDescribing the product is a bit of a tricky one. Picture vaseline but thicker with a very fine grit through it. Very descriptive I know but I guess you just have to experience it to understand. It contains 4 signature plant oils that give it its distinct fragrance which is slightly medicinal, but I love it (my mum hated it though.. you win some, you lose some!). It removes all traces of make-up (even waterproof mascara!!), cleanses and exfoliates, decongests the face through the massage ritual suggested and regulates your natural oil balance. All good things in my books when it comes to my skin!

Another great thing about the product is how quick and easy it is. I simply scoop out a small glob of it, rub between my fingers to warm it up slightly and then massage directly onto my made-up face. Don’t worry about taking your make-up off before hand as this product is meant to do that for you! All-in-one remember!? Once I’ve really un-settled all that make up, I take the muslin cloth (provided) and soak in some warm water, wring out the excess water, press onto my face for roughly 5 seconds and gently swipe away the day! I repeat this process 3 times and then do one more after running the muslin cloth under cold water to close up all my pores. This is amazing for those nights when I come home after a day in the studio and just want to get my face off quickly so that I can watch a couple of episodes of Suits (p.s Harvey Specter… marry me?) and eat my dinner. Other times, when I do have a bit of motivation left in me I quite enjoy the process of taking my makeup off, cleansing, toning and moisturising separately so I like to mix it up using the cleanser maybe 2-3 times a week.

For those days that you have a little more time on your hands, Eve Lom suggest a 7 step facial massage technique that should be paired with the cleanser. They recommend it to be done once or twice a week as it is great for reducing any puffiness and really giving the skin a deep cleanse. I am a little bit forgetful and don’t remember to do this that often but I do sometimes like to do it whilst sat in front of the TV as I find it’s super relaxing. For those of you interested I’ll post a little YouTube video of one of my favourite beauty YouTubers Lisa Eldridge and you can follow along with her as she demonstrates some of her facial massage techniques. She recommends a few different products that can be used for this tutorial but I like to do it with Eve Lom of course!

Obviously I can’t say that this product will work for you but all I can say is that it works a treat for my normal/dry/slightly sensitive skin! If you are interested maybe try some of their sample sizes and give it a go, because who knows it could become your fave too! What are some cleansers or balms that you have loved or loathed? Leave me some comments below 🙂

Love, Rachelle xx

Following on from my previous post about Ballroom makeup, it’s time to continue with Part 2 of mine and Rachel Macintosh’s collaboration; the Ballroom Hairstyle! This can be an ever frustrating topic and I’m hoping to shed a little light on the subject and hopefully help you on your merry way so that it’s not something that you dread but actually something you begin to enjoy 🙂 The main factors that contribute to a sleek and professional do are the products, the idea and the execution. All sounds easy peasy on paper but those of us that have attempted ballroom hair before know that this is a different story altogether in reality..

Let’s start with the tools as these are generally what you should (I hope) organise before you even try to start having a crack at that awesome hairstyle you saw on Pinterest the other day. Here’s a little list of the things I always make sure to have on hand:

  • Strong hold Hairspray (I love Schwarzkopf Silhouette.. the BEST!)
  • Hair Gel (optional)
  • Bristle brush or any other brush
  • Comb
  • Hair elastics
  • Hair nets/ bun nets
  • Hair pins (not bobby pins)
  • Hairdryer
  • Craft Glue (UHU is awesome if you can find it!)
  • Diamontes (optional)

I listed Hair Gel as optional as I’m not a massive fan of using it as it will make your hair look darker than it is. Great if you have black hair but if you are blonde or red like me then it will alter the colour of your hair and can sometimes make it appear quite dull. Also, I feel you can create the whole look by only using hairspray (which won’t change your hair colour) and can make it even more immoveable than if you were to use gel! The trick is in the hairdryer.. but we will get to that in a mo. Avoid bobby pins and try to buy hairpins that are ‘U’ shaped as these hold much better and can be hidden easier too. With the hair nets make sure to buy thin nets that have small holes so that your hair stays within the net and you have no escapees! Don’t go for big thick nets as these can sometimes look a little granny-esque and the whole reason for the net is to hold the hair together whilst still being invisible. Which brings me to my next point of making sure to buy nets that are closest to your hair colour, sounds obvious I know but you would be surprised!! Lastly, if you would like to take your hair to the next level then try stoning it! This may be a little tricky on your own so try to get some help if you can. Apply some craft glue directly to the hair and then start with the stones. A little trick I learnt when stoning is to get a pencil and place a bit of blue-tac on the end and then pick up the stones face side up. When washing the glue out, I’ve found that combing through hair lathered in conditioner works best. I simply shampoo and condition my hair as per normal and slide the bits of glue down the hair whilst the conditioner is still in 🙂 ahhh the things we have to do huh!?

When creating your hairstyle it’s best to have a few visual aids of what you would like to create. I like to either have a couple of inspo pictures on my phone or even just an idea of something in my mind so that I can go in with a battle plan. This way I can also revert back to what I’m actually trying to do when I lose my way (often). When choosing your hairstyle, try to think about what will suit your face, body, dress and any other factors that might come into play on the dance floor. For me, I know that Steve and I have a little bit of a height difference so I always opt for piling my hair on top of my head to give me height and length. Also I feel the higher styles elongate my neckline which is great for Ballroom but might not necessarily be the right option for Latin. Beyond that, I often look to my dress design as I feel it always gives me clues on what is and isn’t going to work with the chosen image. If I have a headpiece I like to work around that or if there is something strong like line detail on the dress then I try to relay this theme into my hair. These are just some things to bear in mind when you are deciding as sometimes what you like may not be the most flattering for you or for your partnership.

hair inspo
Little bit of inspo!

Once you are ready to start letting your creative side loose, it’s best to start by sectioning the hair off into smaller sections. This way you can work step-by-step through the hairstyle and perfect each part along the way. I always try to leave some hair out at the front, closer to my face and have a section which becomes the ponytail/bun. I find it best to tackle the bun and ponytail first because doing this sets up the grounds for what everything else will work around. Once the bun is done then styling the smaller sections at the front of the hair is the easy part! Try to always do this bit with hair that has no product in it by smoothing the hair into the way you wish it to go first and then hitting it with the hairspray, hairdryer combo. This way the hair should turn into what I like to call Lego hair and coupled with a few pins, won’t be going ANYWHERE! No matter how fast your head flicks are 😉

For a little more detail and a walk through of how I do Rachel’s hair into a basic, sleek low bun watch the video below!

I hope these few little tips have been helpful and the best advice I can give on this subject is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!! This is not something that you will be legendary at straight away (if you are then damn you! ha ha) and it’s something that you will have to do over and over again to learn the way your hair wants to go. I’ve been doing my own hair now for around 10 years and sometimes it still gets the better of me! But that doesn’t stop me from trying new things and playing around with different ideas! Oh and one last thing, always make sure your hair is relatively dirty as it will hold better and give your self plenty of time before hand to avoid the pre-comp stress. Happy Hair-styling 🙂

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Dance makeup is a subject quite dear to my heart. Having competed for 20 years now I still remember waking up as a 6-year-old on competition mornings, my hair full of tissues (that’s how my mum used to curl it for me!) excited as ever for the fun to begin! The first step of the day was always my makeup and it was something I absolutely loved having done. It used to make me feel all grown up, plus it was mega relaxing. It’s something now that still to this day is an important part of my competition ritual. I am more than happy to have a professional do my hair for me prior to the comp but when it comes to my face, I’m a little protective. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I don’t think they will do a good enough job because I’m sure it would be amazing but it’s just because I know that I need that time to myself to calm my nerves and get my head in the zone.

When it comes to competition makeup, all the normal rules are out the window. Forget playing up the eyes and keeping the lip neutral, or simple eyes and a statement lip.. The look is to exaggerate EVERYTHING. This means bold eyes, fierce brows, statement lips AND false lashes (Hell, do a double lash if you fancy.. No one’s judging here!). Bigger is also obviously better but I can understand the struggle for you little-er people out there as I am only 160cm tall and I have quite small features myself. The key is to make your features look strong and clear. Remember, your audience could be looking at you from a balcony 3-4 floors higher than you.. What do you want them to see? For me its eyes, lips and brows as I think these are the most expressive features on the face 🙂

There are a few things to bear in mind when buying competition makeup but an important one is longevity. Whilst you want the fullest coverage and the most pigmented products, you don’t necessarily want them dripping down your face when you decide to really start to go for it in that last Quickstep (or Jive for you latin go-ers out there!). This is why its important to use products that are more professionally based. Some brands that I like are Estee Lauder (I use Doublewear Foundation in medium coverage for comps, but you could even go for their full coverage too), MAC which is always great when it comes to eyeshadows, lipsticks and powder foundations (I love the studio fix powder) and Urban Decay (Naked palettes are awesome). If you are looking at going a bit more high-end then the Chanel Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow palettes are perfect as they give you 4 shades that work beautifully together and always include one extremely light and dark shade. They are always well pigmented, have a buttery consistency and there are so many palettes to choose from that you really can’t go wrong when trying to play up your eye colour!

One last thing that I absolutely swear by on a comp day is some sort of fixative spray. This stuff is a game changer when it comes to locking your makeup to your face and gives you a bit of needed armoury when the sweat hits. No longer will you need to spend time between each round fixing your dribbley makeup and instead you could be fixing your dribbley dancing! Just joking, your dancing isn’t dribbley, its lovely 🙂 At the moment I’m using Maybelline Super Stay Makeup locking setting spray which I bought in the UK and is working an absolute treat but I’ve also heard that MAC Fix Plus Spray is awesome.

My gorgeous friend Rachel Macintosh and I decided to pair together and make a couple of videos giving you guys a little run down on both comp makeup and hair! This week it’s the makeup and Rachel creates a super bold and bright pink and gold look on me 🙂 Rachel used to dance herself, so girl understands the importance of how overdone everything needs to look out there. All products we used are listed in the video and she gives step by step instructions of whats she’s doing and HOW she’s doing it (the million dollar question!!) So if you’re interested in having a gander, then watch the video below 🙂

So I hope you enjoyed this little collaboration post with my gal Rach. Stay tuned as next week we will be uploading another video with me doing a comp hairstyle using Rachel as my crash test dummy.. I mean model. Exciting stuff! Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to both my bloggy blog and Rach’s YouTube channel Rachelmareemacintosh. Also you can follow me on instagram @rachelle.plaass and follow Macca on @rachelmacintoshmua 🙂

Love, Rachelle xx