Rach Loves

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish - Why I keep going back?


Hi Lovelies,

I have tried quite a few different cleansers over the years, drugstore, high-end you name it. However I always seem to find my way back Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish.  It's a favourite of mine.  I use it to once in the morning to leave my skin fresh and soft and twice at night - the first time to remove my makeup and get rid of my panda eyes and the second time for a deeper cleanse to get rid of all that excess grime on my face.   

It leaves your skin feeling clean and soft but doesn't dry it out and make you feel the need to moisturise instantly. If you have sensitive skin and struggle finding a cleanser that doesn't irritate your skin then I would give this one a go.  The smell is also lovely, when you are finished it smells like you have had a trip to the spa.  

Whenever I steer away from this product I always come crawling back with the thought of staying faithful this time because it honestly does do the most amazing job.  If you buy the Cleanse and Polish set you get 100 ml of cleanser and 2 muslin cloths for £15.50.  The muslin cloths are fantastic, they gently exfoliate at the skin but aren't too rough.  It's definitely worth buying the set which includes the cloths as it works out cheaper than buying all the items separately.   Another bonus is the product seems to last quite a long time, it's usually at least a month before I'm back in Boots buying another bottle which I don't think is bad at all.  

Let me know in the comments below what your favourite skin care products at the moment or if you love Cleanse and Polish too.  I might do a post soon on my current skin care routine if that's something you guys would be interested in?  

Rach x 

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Friday, 23 February 2018

TRAVEL WISHLIST - CURRENT TOP 5



If I had all the money in the world I would spend my days travelling to all the most magical places the world has to offer.  I've  been lucky enough to go some amazing places over the last couple of years but there are still so many places that I can't wait to see.  I am that person that spends every last penny for a trip away and is scraping at the edges of my annual leave. I thought I'd share with you guys today my current travel wish list that I can't wait to tick off  next.   

1. SANTORINI


Ahh, how picture perfect is this place?  Guys, imagine the photos, it's getting me excited just thinking about it. White wash buildings, sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets.  I have been to quite a few Greek islands and they never disappoint.  There is always amazing food and the loveliest people.  

2. PARIS




I think Paris is somewhere that the majority of people would like to visit at some point.  I went to Disneyland Paris about 10 years ago on a family holiday but I haven't seen any of the actual city.   It seems crazy because you can just hop on the euro star from London and go for the day and it doesn't take long at all. It really is that easy, I think I am going to try and make the trip sometime soon and see all the iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower that Paris is home to. 

3. ICELAND


My sister went to Iceland with her friends at the beginning of last year and I have been wanting to go ever since.  I would go in the colder months as I would rather see the sights and I am not that into hiking but if it is your thing I have heard that Iceland is perfect for long walks in the spring/summer months.   There is so much to see and do in Iceland like the Blue Lagoon, whale watching and of course the Northern Lights if you are lucky enough to catch them.   

4. BUDAPEST


Budapest was never even on my radar until last year, I didn't really know anyone that had been or what there was to do there. Then before I knew it 2017 was the year everybody I know had just come back or was planning a trip.  I didn't know anyone that had a bad thing to say about Budapest.  The main attraction for me is the public spas. I know, at first I also thought that sounded gross but after reassurance from friends and some Instagram studying I can assure you that their spas are not the same as the showers and public swimming pools we have here.  They are kept immaculately clean and apparently they are must do!

5. VENICE


The next destination that I have been day dreaming about recently is Venice.  It is one of the most romantic cities in the world and looks breathtaking.  I have just got back from Rome and I already can't wait to visit the rest of Italy and get back to eating the most delicious food I have ever tasted. 

So, that's my current top 5 destinations that I can't seem to keep out of my brain at the moment.  Let me know the places that you are eager to visit in the comments below?  

Love Rach x 
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Saturday, 17 February 2018

CURRENT BEAUTY OBSESSIONS

Hi Lovelies!  

Today I thought I'd let you guys take a sneak inside by makeup bag and tell you all about the products I have been obsessing about recently.




I know, I know I am extremely late to the party on this and I finally understand what all the hype was about.  I was lucky enough to be gifted this gorj palette for Christmas and I haven't managed to put it down since. It is the perfect staple palette that you can create so many looks with from day to night.  I took it to my recent trip to Rome (blog post here if ya'll missed it) and I used it every day.  The shadows are super pigmented and blend like a dream.  Not to mention the packaging huh? I'm such a suck for pretty packaging - hands up if you are with me!  


I am in love with this primer.  I am someone that can suffer from very dehydrated skin *mental note to self to drink more water*. I feel like this primer gives me that extra boost after applying my moisturiser. As soon as you pop this on it instantly feels cooling and refreshing.   My make up glides on over the top and I've been noticing such a difference when I miss this step. 


I have tried a lot of different foundations over the years and have always chopped and changed what I have used day to day without much hesitation but before I went on holiday last year I wanted to find the perfect foundation that would stay put no matter what without going patchy and sliding off half way through the day.  The YSL touche eclat is now my favourite base - hands down!  It has the most silky smooth formula and buffs perfectly on to the skin.  As my skin is dehydrated, this foundation gives it that shine an boost of radiance that is so desperately needed.  So if you have oily skin this might not be the best pick for you as it is very dewy.

4. MAYBELLINE THE FALSIES MASCARA 

I think the whole blogging/youtube community, the world and his wife have used this mascara. It's an oldie but a goodie and that's why I can't help myself to keep going back.   It lengthens and curls your lashes and adds so much volume!  Be careful though, I think if you build it up too much it can being to look clumpy. 

5. CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK LIPSTICK

I am completely head over heels in love with this lipstick.  It is the perfect pinky nude 'my lips but better colour'. It feels so moisturising when you first apply to the lips and has a lovely creamy texture. Charlotte Tilbury market this lipstick in their Matte Revolution range but if you want a matte lippy this is not one I would a recommend. I personally do not think that this is a Matte lipstick.  It will need topping up a few times throughout the day but I think if you use it paired with the Pillow Talk Lip Cheat  it lasts much longer.

I hope you guys have enjoyed having a peek into my current makeup bag!  Let me know what your current favourites are in the comments below!

Love Rach x
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

When in Rome

Hi Guys! Me and Chris have just got back from our trip to Rome! We had the best four days exploring the City and stuffing our faces with as much pizza, pasta and gelato as we possibly could.  Mmmmmm the gelato was so tasty - I'm missing it already!







We traveled from London Stansted to Rome Ciampino which was just under 2.5 hours.  We had an 8.45 am flight and was in Rome by 11:30 am.  We was greeted by our driver at the airport who we booked through the hotel and the journey was only 45 minutes to the hotel which was in the city center so by lunch time we was all checked in and excited to start looking around.   

The first stop on the list was the Tevi Fountain.  This is one of the most iconic places to visit in Rome and definitely one I wanted to tick off my bucket list.  The Fountain was beautiful and I was so impressed with the attention to detail.  Although it is very busy packed with excited tourists ready to make their three wishes for a return trip some day it was great, not only because it was breathtaking to see but because it is one of the few landmarks that is completely free and there's no need to purchase any tickets.   



For our first evening in Rome I was determined to visit That's A'more.  I had heard so many good things about this restaurant and looked them up on Trip Adviser beforehand and O M G, it did not disappoint! It's just a five minute walk from the Trevi Fountain. The food was delicious, the staff were so friendly.  I see some reviews online saying that the restaurant was too small but I would describe it as perfect.  It was a cosy and a truly authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome. I tried to book a table on The Fork App that morning but all the tables were obviously fully booked but we took a chance and thought we would walk there and see if they had any tables available.  When we arrived there was a queue of 3 of 4 couples in front of us and we only had to wait about 20 minutes. I had bruschetta to start and a sausage and broccoli pizza for main and Chris had a prosciutto platter to start and a pork pasta dish for main.   


The next day was our first full day in Rome and we decided to visit the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.  We booked a guided tour on the Trip Adviser app through a company called Viator. Our tour guide herself was from Rome and had so much knowledge about Rome and it's landmarks to share with us.  If you only had one day in the city, the Colosseum is what I recommend you see.  It is truly remarkable!   






On our last day we went to Vatican City (aka where the pope live) - we bought skip the line tickets online and met the ticket company across the road from the entrance who kindly took us to the front of the queue.  Vatican City is its own country itself within Rome and is it is a holy place of worship a strict dress code is adhered to. You can't show any bare shoulders or legs and dresses should be below the knee As we visited in January this wasn't too much of an issue for us but if you are planning a trip in the warmer months then it's something to be mindful of. 


I wasn't sure what to expect from Rome in January.  I knew the weather wouldn't be amazing (although it was obviously much nicer than the weather at home in the UK) but it was a great time to visit.  The crowds weren't too busy and the lines were no where near as long as they would of been in the peak season.   I personally couldn't think of any worse than standing in line for hours in the blazing hot sun!

I hope you guys fount this post helpful - where are you off to in 2018? 

Rach x 
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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Halloween Biscuits


Hello Hello!  Today I decided to get into the spirit of Halloween and make some Halloween styled biscuits in the shape of pumpkins, ghosts and bats (which were by far the hardest to decorate.  Why do things never come out like the master piece in your mind you was picturing!?  However they was still great fun to make and a great activity for the whole family go get involved.   


Ingredients 

  • 250g of stork/softened butter 
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 350g of plain flour  
  • 2 tb spoon cinnamon  
  • Orange & black frosting 
  • 250g of icing sugar 
  • Chocolate chips

Step 1 

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and stir together 250g of stork and 140g of caster sugar.  



Step 2


Mix in the egg and 2 table spoons of cinnamon and beat to combine the mixture. 

Step 3


Sift the 350g of the flour into the mixture and mix it all together - you may need to add more flour as you go depending how sticky your mixture is.  

Once the dough is all combined in a ball you can roll it out and start cutting out your shapes!


Then pop your biscuits in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are cooked all the way through.  


Once they have cooled down it's on to the fun part of decorating your biscuits! Resist the temptation of decorating the biscuits as soon as they are out of the oven - the icing will be so much easier to spread!

I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!  

Love Rach x 
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Monday, 23 October 2017

Tips for City Girls


I can't quite believe that it's already been over 2 years ago that I started my first full time job in London.  God was I nervous. Although for me London has grown to become one of my favourite places - I LOVE IT. (Please excuse  my excitement). The atmosphere is quite simply amazing. However I am STILL struggling with the early mornings and I'm 100% guilty of pressing the snooze button one too many times.  I'm sure lots of you too have to be up early for work and struggle (I hope I'm not  the only one) so here are my top tips that I have learnt over the past couple years to save you rushing about frantically in the morning. 

First of all, dry shampoo is your new best friend.  Not just washing but also drying my hair can take up an awful lot of time in the mornings.  I like to wash my hair on a Sunday evening and leave it to dry naturally for the most part whilst watching television and then finish it off with the hairdryer to avoid it going frizzy.  Then as the week goes by I gradually add dry shampoo and put my hair into an up do as and when needed.  I have two favourite dry shampoos, Light Blonde by Batiste which is great for covering up unwanted roots and COLAB which is an 'invisible' formula which does the exact same as normal dry shampoo but it doesn't leave any horrible powdery residue behind in your hair.  

Whilst we are on the subject of hair I couldn't do this post without mentioning my beloved Wet Brush.  When I wake up in the morning in the mornings I have the most tangled and knotted hair you could imagine.  My Wet Brush glides through my hair so easily and gets out tangles that I would be trying to get out with a normal brush for hours.  

Very early mornings have unfortunately created very dark circles so you need to have a concealer that you can rely on.   At the moment one of my personal favourites (and everybody else's) is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer. I just swipe it all under my eyes and blend it out with a fluffy brush or use fingers. It truly is a full coverage concealer and feels so smooth and silky on the skin. It's also very affordable as you get it for £4.99 in Boots or Superdrug and it's often included in some sort of promotional offer.  This is a good thing as you will be going through a lot of it - trust me. 

I have often been in the situation where I have opted staying in bed for an extra 15 minutes instead of putting on any makeup and having to apply it on the train - I'm that girl. Swirling my big fluffy brush around in my bronzer and blowing the excess off onto the mans shirt sitting next to me - whoops.  However if you plan things ahead you should have enough time to do your makeup  at home. Being organised is key. Pick out your clothes the night before so you can focus on the things that have to be done in the morning.  It's honestly saves you so much time not having to rush about and look for tights that don't have holes in or a blouse that isn't missing a button.  I must admit I am not always this organised but I find when I am my morning goes a lot more smoothly. 

Finally I think my most imprtant tip would be to make sure you get enough sleep.  It sounds so simple but I know for sure I get carried away scrolling through Twitter and then have the realisation that I need to be up in five hours.  I feel more fresh and ready for the day when I have had a good amount of zzz's. Put your phone down and get your beauty sleep.  

What helps you cope with early mornings? 

Rach x
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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Appreciate your Mum on Mother's Day


As Mother's Day is approaching I have seen many blogs feature 'The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Guide'.  It goes without saying I love my Mum more than anything and would do anything to make her happy.  Although I sometimes think we lose sight in what Mother's Day is really about.  It's a day to show appreciation and how grateful you are to your Mum for all those tiny little things she does.   Not a day to see who can afford the most lavish gifts and post an insta appreciation photo from you bed whilst she is sitting downstairs.      


I am 100% not saying you shouldn't treat your Mumma but there are ways you can do this without feeling the need to splash your cash on spa days and afternoon tea at the Ritz.  I think some of the best gits are ones you have had to spend a lot of time, care and effort on. Make her a cuppa tea and breakfast in bed or do the housework and let her put feet up and watch corrie .  You could even invite some of your family round and cook the Sunday afternoon Roast so she can have the break she well and truly deserves.  There are so many different ways that you can show someone that you care about them. You could bake her cake or even throw your own cocktail night with your siblings and grandparents,  It will get everyone together, chatting and having fun.   Trust me, she will love all of these things just as much as any fancy present. 


There are lots of little prezzies that you get for your Mum too like flowers, chocs or a family photo in a frame but I think  the best gift you can give your Mum is your time and attention.  Time is so precious and we need to appreciate it whilst we have it.

Let me know in the comments below what your plans are for Mother's Day  - it's on the 26th March if you need to pop it in your diary!  
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