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.


Skyn Iceland – Skin Hangover Kit

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MCRBC – Autumn Edit

You dust off your woolen coat from the back of the wardrobe and try to find your favourite checked scarf. A chill fills the air and your walk has become brisk, leaves dress your path… Can it really be 7am and still dark outside?!

Autumn is here!

So while you’re checking if your phone has automatically gone back an hour, we’ve pulled together our faves for autumn.

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Euro Haul – In Bruges

I recently went on a mini holiday to Bruges (beautiful place, lovely beers, fab atmosphere) and picked up a few skincare and make-up bargains. Unfortunately Colin Farrell was nowhere to be found… If you’ve not seen In Bruges I highly recommend it (if you’re over 18).

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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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Urban Decay – Naked On The Run Palette

If you like your face of make-up to be efficient, compact, versatile and polished or even if you just travel away from home often, the new limited edition release from Urban Decay is not to be missed!

The Naked On The Run palette comprises of – Six (new) shades of eyeshadow (or 5 shadows and 1 highlighter/shadow). Bronzer. Blush. A full-size Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss and a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (both new shades), plus a travel-size Perversion Mascara. Throw in your concealer/foundation and you’re set.

Naked On The Run Palette

Starting from the top, Perversion mascara (travel size). It got a lot of hype from fellow beauty blogs along with the Perversion primer (which I’m yet to try). Urban Decay describe it as “This ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumising effect formula coats with triple-black pigments — for bigger, blacker, badder looking lashes. So intense you might need a safe word.”

Well, you can see the results yourself, after two coats It leaves lashes incredibly black and lengthened. It’s not the most voluminous mascara but you do get some volume and it’s completely clump free. Stag 24/7 eyeliner (travel size) is the normal 24/7 liner formula, creamy, glides on well and stays put.

Perversion and Stag

Left to Right: Actually naked, 2 coats of Perversion Mascara, Stag added to the upper and lower waterline.

Naked Lipgloss in Sesso (full size) is quite nourishing, it doesn’t have that sticky feeling and has a mild mint sent/flavor. From a non-lipgloss fan I have worn this more often then I would’ve imagined. It wears quite well and doesn’t gather. It’s a rose tone with subtle flecks of gold glitter.

Sesso Lipgloss

Top; Actually naked. Bottom; One swipe of Sesso lipgloss

The eyeshadows are all new for this palette, are highly pigmented, blendable and I have noticed that they have less fallout compared to some of the original Naked eyeshadows. There are 3 shimmers and 2 mattes varying on the warm-cold brown spectrum.


Top to Bottom: Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun.

The bronzer, blush and highlight(/shadow) are extremely pigmented and you really need a soft brush (and hand) to apply. When swatched the bronzer can come off a little orangey however on my pale skin it doesn’t appear muddy as I assumed that it would. The Blush gives a lovely pink flush to the cheeks and can be built up well depending on the flush you require. 50/50 which is sold as the sixth eyeshadow I have used as more of a highlight, with a fluffy brush it leaves a fantastic glow on the skin without looking glittery.


Top to Bottom: Bronzer, Blush, 50/50.

This really is a face in a case and for £37 very good value for money.

Still available in all Urban Decay Stockists at the time of posting.

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.


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

The most seductive range ever, the Smoky Poppy range.

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.

Smoky Poppy

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.


My Current Skincare Routine – For Oily Dehydrated Spot Prone Skin

Skincare came late to me. As a spotty teen I did all of the wrong things; Didn’t regularly wash my face (urgh). When I did I’d use stringent, alcohol teaming cleansers stripping my skin of any natural, helpful oils. I’d scrub that heavy duty apricot exfoliator to shred my face… If the cleanser wasn’t enough punishment. Also moisturiser was evil and to never be used.

THANKFULLY I’ve now moved on and had an appropriate skincare routine for a few years now. If you’re at a loss I can recommend the skincare guru Caroline Hirons Blog, Sali Hughes’ Book/Youtube Channel and Wayne Goss’ Youtube Channel for starters.

I’ve discovered that I have an oily/dehydrated skin type. The good news is that having oily skin reduces the onset of wrinkles (YAY), the bad news is that after a weekend on the booze or going one night without cleansing my face I will get at least one spot staring at me in the bathroom mirror in the morning (BOO).

Dehydration almost seems new in the skincare/beauty arena, here is the science bit;

“Well-hydrated skin will appear smooth and dewy on the surface. The epidermis will be plump, supple and bounce back easily, indicating good elasticity. Epidermal dehydration is indicated by crepiness or small lines that form when the skin is manipulated during skin analysis. Scales may form in the case of more severe, chronic surface dehydration. Dermal dehydration causes depletion of the dermis and will ultimately result in deeper wrinkles that are visible on the surface of the skin, as well as elastosis and sagging skin.”

Crepiness, wrinkles and sagging skin you say, where do I sign up?!

To combat both of my issues I use a mixture of products that work for me.


L-R – Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser.

The cleanser I love is Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Gel, I’ve repurchased this several times. It’s soap and paraben free with lovely Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid.

After washing and patting my face dry I’ll give it a couple of sprays of the Lush Tea Tree Water, it’s really refreshing and as tea tree is antibacterial it can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Once this dries down I use a pea sized amount of the Indeed Labs Hydraluron which helps me solve my dehydration issue.

The eye cream I’m using at the moment is Una Brennan Dark Circles Eye Cream, It’s not proven to reduce my dark circles (waahh) but it’s light, moisturising and I can apply make-up straight on top of it which *will* reduce them.

Finally (depending on how my skin is that day) I’ll use my face moisturiser which on a normal day will be Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care, this helps target both my oil and hydration issues.

I know this seems a lot but it honestly takes 2 – 3mins on a morning.


L-R Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser

L-R – Make-up Remover, Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye Cream, Moisturiser.

As per AM but with an added make-up removing step of Clinique Take The Day Off. It is a cleansing balm that I LOVE. It removes all traces of make-up including industrial strength mascara! It’s scent free and doesn’t sting my eyes.

I then follow the AM routine with a change of moisturiser to Clinique Moisture Surge. It may look like pink ectoplasm but it’s really fantastic stuff, really hydrating without any stickiness and doesn’t break me out.


L-R - Facemask, Facemask, Acid Exfoliator.

L-R – Facemask, Facemask, Acid Exfoliator.

Once a week (usually Sunday to help combat the weekend indulgence) I’ll use one of the two masks, both clay based with Salicylic acid to extract impurities.

Twice a week I’ll use the Indeed Labs Exfoliator which is a powder form, you mix with water to turn it into a foamy consistency. I’d use this PM after removing make-up and cleansing with the Vichy.

To be brutally honest the first step and best step I’ve ever taken was too simply start washing my face and making sure I remove my make-up properly every day*.

*Apart from 4am on a Sunday when a slapdash make-up wipe will just have to do.