Monday, 14 April 2014

My Week In Instagram Pictures - Week 14 & 15

Tenerife weather - sunshine! // Holiday nails // Purchased my wedding perfume at Duty Free // Beautiful sunset in Tenerife 

Flamenco dancers in Tenerife // Mixed Paella while drinking Sangria - got to be done! // Our apartment - look at that sky! // Poolside reading - I Heart Vegas

What have you been up to this week?

Rachel x
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Monday, 31 March 2014

My Week In Instagram Pictures - Week 13

Lesson of the week - you cannot microwave tacos! // 80,000 views! Wowee! // 3D Florals at Monsoon and Accessorize // Paintbox trend at Kurt Geiger 

With the beautiful Rachael at the Lily Lulu Charity Event // Photobooth at Lily Lulu //Gorgeous Braids by Bumble & Bumble // Pizza! 

What have you been up to this week?

Rachel x
Lost In Lipstick

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

February Empties

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical - I think I have mentioned this before on my blog but this is my favourite scent from the Batiste Dry Shampoo range. It's so fresh and revitalising so it wakes me up in the morning if I don't have time to wash my hair. As I have blonde hair, I don't get any noticeable tell-tale signs however I do understand that people with darker hair would have this problem. Batiste is the only brand of dry shampoo I have used and as I don't have any problems, I would continue to repurchase in the future.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - This is my very last tube of Effaclar Duo as I'm sure you're all aware by now it has been replaced with Effaclar Duo [+]. I love Effaclar Duo and I am loving Effaclar Duo [+] even more as it helps to combat my scars that have been left behind by spots. It's not a miracle product but after using it for about a month, I can definitely see a difference already. I would have repurchased this if it hadn't been reformulated but I will definitely be repurchasing Effaclar Duo [+] in the future.

Impulse Body Spray in Tease - Are you getting sick of seeing these now? Another month another Impulse Body Spray. As I have mentioned before, I just throw these in my handbag and use them on a daily basis at work as I work in a school. No snotty nosed children are experiencing my perfume any time soon! Tease is definitely my favourite scent however I am interested to know what your favourite scent is if you use Impulse body spray?

Simple Eye Make Up Remover - This is my go to eye make up remover as it is so quick and effective and it hardly stings my sensitive eyes. It only costs £2 or £3 and I pick it up from various places including Boots or even Morrisons when I'm doing the weekly shop! I am not sure if I mentioned this before but I don't use waterproof mascara so I cannot comment on how effective it is at removing waterproof mascara however it does a fantastic job of removing regular mascara along with eyeshadow and eyeliner.

B. Pure Micellar Water - I saw this in Superdrug and thought it was worth a try however I wasn't really that impressed. I have tried Bioderma and the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution and I much prefer those formulas over this one. I found it a bit too much like water if I'm honest whereas the others felt a little bit more than water (I have no idea how to explain that!). Plus I tried it on my eyes and they definitely weren't a fan!

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel - I don't really know what to think about this product. I wasn't blown away however I wasn't disappointed; it was just a face wash. I used it every morning and evening until it ran out and it lasted about two months however I didn't really notice a change in my skin. It definitely didn't purify my skin and it didn't alter my spot situation. I wouldn't repurchase this again as I would like to try other cleansers on the market to find one that is more effective

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic - I haven't repurchased this since running out however I think I may as we get into Summer as it is so refreshing. I usually repurchase this when I am running low however I am testing a few different toners to find one that helps to clear up my spots. I am currently finishing off Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore-Tightening Lotion which I purchased with the cleanser. I love Liz Earle products but they don't get rid of my spots completely so I am on the look out for my holy grail products.

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Calico - I think this is my second bottle of this foundation and I have already repurchased it. However I think they have reformulated the product as I am not loving it as much as I used to. I first purchased this foundation in September 2012 when I was colour matched to this shade. I chose the Stay Perfect foundation as I liked the formula as I prefer a matte finish and this wasn't as matte as the Beautifully Matte range. However since I have bought my third bottle, the formula isn't as matte as it used to be, therefore I am thinking of giving the Beautifully Matte foundation a try. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. - This is an on the spot treatment that I used in conjunction with Effaclar Duo. I applied Effaclar A.I. on my spots and once it was dry, I applied Effaclar Duo all over my face. However I didn't really notice much of a difference and just felt like I was wasting my money using the two products together. Therefore I will continue to purchase Effaclar Duo [+] but leave Effaclar A.I. 

Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara - I bought this mascara from Boots when I had a voucher and I think I got it for £2 which was an absolute bargain as it is actually a really good mascara. It did a fantastic job of separating my lashes and adding length as well as volume. I currently have quite a few mascaras that are unopened but if I ever saw this on offer again I would definitely repurchase.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Another month and another Collection concealer. I have a stash of these in my drawer ready for when I run out. They last me just under two months which is not bad as I would probably chuck them out after that anyway as I use the doe foot applicator to apply it. In the Winter, I am shade 1 which is the lightest shade and in the Summer, I can get away with using shade 1 or shade 2.

Which products have you used up this month? Have you been loving any of these products? 

Rachel x 
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

My Week In Instagram Pictures - Week 12

Movie night at my sisters. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire // Me and the gorgeous Hannah from Bride De Force at The National Wedding Show Manchester // Church in the morning sunshine // Lovely Spring day with beautiful daffodils 

I have some fantastic news (for me anyway, you won't care!) I have a new phone! Yay! This means I will be able to tweet and Instagram etc on the go! I have missed having a phone and it's so frustrating having a phone which dies 10 minutes after it saying 100%. I've been so busy lately. Working full time, looking after my gran and planning a wedding is taking its toll. I'm always so tired and although I love blogging, I just don't have the time or energy. I'm going away in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping that will refresh me but I'm not so sure. 7 girls in Tenerife for my hen do doesn't sound that relaxing! After that, I have another week off work which is when I'm hoping to catch up with blogging as I'm not doing any decorating! 

What have you been up to this week?

Rachel x
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Monday, 17 March 2014

My Week In Instagram Pictures - Week 11

The National Wedding Show in Manchester // In three weeks, I will be relaxing by this pool! // Beautiful bloggers at the Manchester meet up // Brand new obsession - Guess The Emoji!

My blog, instagram and twitter have been very quite this week as I've been really busy. I work full time Monday to Friday and I'm very tired when I come home, I often just fall asleep! My gran was in hospital so I was visiting her and now that she is out, I'm helping to care for her. Also, I'm busy planning my wedding which is just over 4 months away!!! It also doesn't help that the battery on my phone is broken, so when I am out, I can't instagram anyway! Hopefully, I will get a new phone soon!

What have you been up to this week?

Rachel x
Lost In Lipstick

Monday, 10 March 2014

The National Wedding Show is coming to Manchester! (plus a discount code)

As I'm sure you're all aware, I'm getting married in less than 5 months! Eeek! That's scary but also exciting. We still have a few things that we need to sort out so luckily for me, I have been invited to attend The National Wedding Show. I love attending wedding fairs. They're so inspiring and a great way of finding companies that specialise in weddings. The wedding business is so big and sometimes it can be overwhelming. The National Wedding show is the UK's largest wedding event and will take place on 15th and 16th March at Manchester Central. 

The event will give brides-to-be the opportunity to speak to some of the UK’s leading wedding experts; peruse thousands of boutique, designer and couture bridal dresses; get inspiration and ideas for an array of themes and budgets; and compare a vast range of wedding suppliers – from florists to caterers – conveniently, all in one place. 

More than 150 local and national businesses – including Debenhams, bareMinerals and Virgin Holidays – will be on hand ready to help and advise on every element of the big day. There will be a Champagne Bar, Afternoon Tea Room and during the exhibition, guests will be able to view stunning dresses, accessories and flowers being showcased on the biggest wedding catwalk in the UK. 

Located at the award-winning exhibition venue, Manchester Central, visitors are able to easily access the city centre location via public transport. The show’s organisers are also offering event-goers the luxury of free parking. 

Emma Fouracre, marketing manager of The National Wedding Show, said: “We’re excited to welcome thousands of brides-to-be with their mums, sisters, friends and bridesmaids to explore everything The National Wedding Show has to offer. 

“We’re confident that brides-to-be across the North West will make the most of the opportunity to have a fabulous day out while hunting for local suppliers, getting advice and inspiration from exhibitors, and discussing all things ‘weddings’ at the show!” 

The National Wedding Show already has existing exhibitions in Birmingham and London, both of which take place twice a year. This March, organisers, Ocean Media, are expecting to attract more than 7,000 guests to the Manchester show over the duration of the weekend. 

Advance tickets are from £14.50 for adults. VIP tickets are £35 and include access to exclusive areas, like the VIP lounge, reserved seating at the catwalk, a glass of fizz to toast your future happiness and a box of beauty products. For more information or to book, visit:

I have been given a discount code for Lost In Lipstick readers which will save you 30%. All you need to do is enter PR22 when buying your tickets online. 

Will you be attending? Do you enjoy going to wedding fairs? 

Rachel x

My Week In Instagram Pictures - Week 10

Pancake Day ingredients! // Pancake making in progress (I'm such a good tosser!) // The finished product smothered in Maple Syrup. Delicious! // A second trip into Boots and I wasn't as good this time round! 

Fajita Friday is quickly becoming a tradition in our household! // Having fun at the Manchester Meet Up with Kelsey and Rachael // Beautiful Daffodils - Spring has sprung! // Bumping into a Minion! 

What have you been up to this week?

Rachel x
Lost In Lipstick

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