How To Cure A Hangover – Skyn Iceland

So the MCRBC gang had a mega Saturday night out this weekend and I don’t think that I was the only one feeling a little worse for wear on Sunday morning afternoon!

I don’t know about you but once I’m feeling alive again (usually after a gallon of tea) my skin is always lack luster, more oily and just feels grotty.

So when I saw the Skyn Iceland Hangover Kit on Cult Beauty last week I thought that it might just come in handy for my Sunday recovery session.

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Skyn Iceland – Skin Hangover Kit

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Our Make Up of Christmas Future…

These represent our beauty  dreams that will hopefully all come true in 2016 (and the image represents the scariest element of The Muppet’s Christmas Carol that I’d prefer not to focus on right now as I’m home alone…)

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Our Make Up of Christmas Past…

For December, we thought we would try something a little bit different than a straight forward review and it being the festive season, we took inspiration from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to bring you our Make Up of Christmas Past, Present & Future…

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Rachel’s Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

I love lipstick, Love.

Lipstick has been an icon of female empowerment for as long as I’ve had memories. It was invented about 5000 years ago (I’m not THAT old). The Egyptians wore it (slightly deadly… Let’s skip past that), Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century made bright lips infamous in England and by the end of the 19th century Guerlain began to manufacture lipstick.

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NEW! MAC – red RED Red Collection

The new MAC offering is an awesome red affair. Consisting of 4 lipsticks, 3 eye shadows, 3 casual colours, 3 cremesheen glasses, 1 dazzleglass, 3 nail lacquers and a beauty powder. Wow. The standout items for us are the lipsticks, casual colours and eye shadows. We picked up a couple of items when the collection launched at the end of Jan which you may have already seen @mcrbeautyclub. 10932099_1605421879692895_423795103_n On the left is the casual colour in Out For Fun and the lipstick is Toxic Tale in a satin finish.The lipstick is creamy, bright and full colour of an orangey-red tone. The casual colour which can be used on cheeks and lips is lightweight and blendable. However, MAC seem to have lost some of the product in the repackaging, in 2014 we got 13ml and in 2015 we get 2.5ml for the same price?! Incredible. Red Alert The eye shadow in Red Alert is in a velux pearl finish, it’s a shimmery red-brown mid tone. It’s full colour and I didn’t experience any drop when applied. It’s blendable and brown enough to wear without eyeliner, unlike MAC’s Cranberry which I look slightly ill if I skip the eyelining step!

The full collection is in stores and online now.

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NEW! Body Shop – Smoky Poppy – Valentine’s Limited Edition

The most seductive range ever, the Smoky Poppy range.

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High claims to live up to for a body care line.

The fragrance contains a captivating blend of sultry spices, elegant florals and earthy woody notes. Which makes my heart sing.

I picked up the body scrub, shower gel and body lotion.

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The body scrub is a gel-like consistency with real poppy seeds contained along with the normal scrubbies (technical term). The signature poppy scent is there and the real poppy seeds are a nice touch. As a body scrub it’s good if you like it abrasive, which I do (ohh-err). However once rinsed away your skin feels soft and nourished.

Body Scrub, £13.

The shower gel is thick and rich, lathers well and the scent isn’t overpowering in a steamy shower. It’s black in colour, which was slightly off-putting initially. However, once lathered it turns into a translucent/white foam and it hasn’t stained my shower pouf. It leaves skin feeling clean and moisturised, all of those oil-rich poppies going to work.

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Shower Gel, £4.

The body lotion comes with a pump applicator (hurrah!) and is a lightweight moisturiser which absorbs quickly into skin and leaving it feeling touchably soft. The scent isn’t overpowering but does linger after use.

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Body lotion, £8.

There’s also a set of bath bombs, body butter, eau de toilette and a body massage oil.

In stores and online now.

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Hero Products – January

Every month we’ll be selecting one product each that we just can’t live without and sharing them with you!

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Illamasqua lipstick in Growl

Lauren’s Hero Product for January is the Illamasqua matte lipstick in Growl, and she looks amazing in it! It’s a rich mahogany brown and is a matte formula so bang on trend. It’s currently on sale for £9.25. Better stock up, Lauren!

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Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

Emmy loves the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Super Translucent Matifying Powder, £12.00 and is currently on a 3 for 2 at Boots. Emmy says it keeps her foundation in place and shine free all day, and as it comes in this handy pot with a mirror, it’s excellent for touch ups during the day!

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Coconut Oil for… well, everything!

Carrie uses Coconut Oil for practically everything! We were all amazed at the things you can use it for, so we all promptly ran out and bought our own pots! She uses it as a night mask (hair and face!) on her scalp, lips, eyebrows, as a primer, make up remover, scars and as it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial it can be used to treat all manner of skin ailments! Oh and of course you can cook with it!

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Real Techniques Stippling Brush

Laura is loving her newly acquired Real Techniques brushes! She has added the Expert Face Brush and the Stippling Brush to her collection and made her foundation and blusher application easier and look more professional! (not that it didn’t before, Laura!) £9.99 and £11.99 respectively.

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Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette

Sara says her Hero Product has changed her blush and bronzing life! The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette is super easy to use with a blusher, highlighter and bronzer all perfectly matched to suit your complexion and all in a handy compact that you can take anywhere, all for just £22!

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Urban Decay Naked 2

Fiona’s Hero Product is also by Urban Decay! The Naked 2 palette is a classic with a range of mattes and shimmers, and neutrals right through black for the perfect day to night looks! £37 may sound a lot for an eyeshadow palette, but with 12 colours at just under £3.10 each it’s an absolute bargain!

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Bumble & Bumble Pret a Powder

Lucy can’t go a day without Bumble and Bumble’s Pret a Powder! It’s a style extender, dry shampoo, volumiser and texturiser in one tiny bottle. Lucy has mega fine hair that needs washing everyday but needs help with texture and lift and it’s an absolute fringe saver! The bottle looks small and the price tag is big, £21.50, but a little goes a long way and it will last a good few months.

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Origins Super Spot Remover

Rachel’s Hero Product made us rush out and buy it too, Origins Super Spot Remover, £15, has been her go to spot treatment for a while and it’s all down to the Salicylic Acid to help heal any blemish, big or small.

MCRBC Reviews – Primers and Foundations

January’s review products are primers and foundations. We grouped these together as there are many primers and foundations on the market that do both jobs and do them well, so we decided to give them a go.

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Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer – 9/10

 Emmy chose the beauty blogger favourite, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, £20.50 for 30ml (but currently on offer on Beauty Bay). The product description says “Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer neutralises and smoothes uneven skin tone for a youthful lustre”. But what did Emmy think? “It’s fucking amazing” she gushed. The slight pink tone is illuminating and definitely helps foundation stay put for the day, whilst keeping the skin plumped and hydrated. Emmy gave this primer a 9/10 but said “I would give it 10/10 if it minimised pores too!”. Ingredients list here.

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Clarins Skin Illusion – 8.5/10

Carrie reviewed the Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation £27 for 30ml and contains Pink algae extract and Opal powder for luminosity! Carrie’s skin can be drier during winter and has been using a thin layer of Coconut Oil as a primer during these colder months so was looking for a foundation that would give her the hydration and cover she wanted. Carrie loved this foundation and said it smelt lovely, stopped shine, stayed on for the full day, still gave more coverage than a BB cream and gave it 8.5/10! Ingredients list here.

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Maybelline Instant Fatigue Blur – 4/10

Laura tried out the Maybelline Instant Fatigue Blur primer in Warm Apricot, £7.99 for 30ml, which is a water-based blur primer to help keep the skin hydrated. Laura normally uses the Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser so was excited to try this but reported back with a very lacklustre “It’s alright”. The smell was the main thing that put Laura off, as it has a strong plastic, chemical smell. On it’s own there’s nothing to write home about, however her foundation did stay in place for longer which upped her score to a 4/10, but will stick with her Instant Pore Eraser (which she would give a 7/10!).

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Clinique Superbalance Makeup – 8/10

Sara splashed out on the lovely Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster, £22.50 for 30ml. This foundation is a great all rounder, claiming to balance skin, control oil and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Sold! But does it actually do all this? Sara loved the fact that this foundation is hydrating as she too has dry skin during the winter, with some redness around her nose. But it stayed on all day keeping her skin smooth and moisturised with a buildable coverage that showed her freckles with one layer and covered the dreaded redness with a touch more. Sara awarded Superbalanced Makeup a very deserved 8/10! Ingredients here.

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Neutrogena Shine Control Primer – 9/10

Fiona tested the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, which doesn’t seem to be very easy to buy in the UK! But we found it for £9.85 on eBay. The Neutrogena Primer is a Rice Protein Complex and is silicon based so has that lovely soft, but light texture. As soon as Fiona put it on she noticed it “massively helped with shine control” and felt comfortable wearing it on its own but her foundation also sat well on top of it. It also has a lovely, yet not overpowering scent. Fiona loved this primer and gave it a big 9/10! Ingredients here.

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Benefit The POREfessional – 3/10

Lucy trialed the infamous Benefit The Porefessional, which at £24.50 for 22ml is the most expensive ml for ml. The Porefessional is another silicon heavy primer and when you do the back of hand test, yes it does feel lovely and make your skin look totally smooth, but on your face it feels very different. Lucy said it made her foundation feel heavy and skin feel greasy and was actually shiny within a couple of hours. Pore-free but shiny. Definitely not one for the re-purchase list – 3/10. Ingredients here.

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Max Factor Facefinity Flawless Foundation – 8/10

Rachel bought the multi-tasking Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, £11.99 for 30ml, which claims to be a primer, foundation and concealer in one handy bottle, with an added SPF20. The first thing Rachel mentioned was the huge range of shades available which made it easy getting the right shade for her. The foundation gave a medium, even coverage and lasted a full day without transferring and helped stop the dreaded shine. Rachel said the application was smooth too and would definitely re-purchase once this bottle ran out and would be her new day to day foundation! 8/10! Ingredients list on original link.

So mostly all winners this month! We’ll absolutely be buying the Pixi Clarins, Clinique, Neutrogena and Max Factor, but we’ll leaving the Maybelline and Benefit on the shelf, thanks!