Review: MAC primer and Matchmaster foundation

I have had and used these products nearly everyday for the past month and a half so I thought that would be enough to do a cheeky little review on these products by MAC. I went to the MAC section in the York Fenwick centre when I was home for Easter around March/April time. I needed a new foundation and I was matched up with the MAC Matchmaster foundation and an advisor tried this and a few other products on me. I ended up purchasing the foundation and also the MAC Prep+Prime skin base visage primer.

MAC Prep+Prime Primer
I've not really been one to get along with primers too well. My skin is just so acne prone that its just hard to find a primer that doesn't irritate my skin. Most of the time, I find my moisturiser underneath my foundation does a decent job, so I was a little skeptical when the MAC assistant tried this on me. However, I am SO glad she did. This primer really evened out my skin tone and cancelled out a lot of the redness I had that day. After a month of using it, I am still as in love with it as I was when I first tried it! It makes my skin feel so much softer and silkier once this is applied- not even an exaggeration. I usually find that 1 'pump' is enough to cover my whole face and it makes applying my foundation easier and really helps it to stay on for hours. I have applied this at 8am for uni and come home to find my foundation still on at 3pm with no touch ups.

MAC Matchmaster foundation
I've spent soso many hours testing 'drugstore' foundations but the majority I've tried have been cakey and given me spots. Also, I have a very awkward skin tone. I'm not too sure if it shows in my pictures, but being half Thai I have a very yellow/olive skin tone. So many foundations look so orange on my skin and its so irritating. So I thought maybe I could combat this problem and try a more 'upper range foundation'. I was matched to this foundation due to my oily skin, as this foundation has no oil contained in it and also my desire for medium coverage. I was matched to the shade 1.5. The longer I've had this foundation, the more problems I've discovered with it. It is a decent foundation, however, it tends to make my skin look dry and flakey sometimes. I definitely don't have dry skin, and moisturise day and night so I was confused when it was making my skin look like this. I think this is probably due to the foundation containing no oil at all, so it isn't moisturising for the skin. Maybe I should question how I apply it and invest in a beauty blender instead of my real techniques brush. Also, during the day, sometimes it would make me look a little patchy and I would have to touch up just due to the weird patches that appeared. The smell of this foundation is also a little 'plasticy' if anyone is bothered by smells. The coverage is good though, medium and buildable. The shade also perfectly matches my skin tone. The foundation did not make me breakout, Overall, a good coverage foundation but I reckon, a different and better foundation could be found for the price.

Rachel x



Top: Zara, Trousers: Topshop, Sandals: Topshop (last year), Lipstick: Topshop in 'Hazard'

Somehow, during exam period I seem to find more time to do blog posts, then when I'm not revising. Uh oh.

I'm currently loving the monochrome trend and these Topshop trousers are definitely one of my favourite items in my wardrobe at the moment. However, if you are going to purchase them i would suggest a size down if you want them more fitted. I'm usually a size 8 and they are MASSIVE. I can't seem to find the Zara top anywhere online to link it, but I bought it a few weeks ago down Oxford Street when I was in London.

Good luck to anyone who has exams also!

Rachel x



Swimwear Trends 2013

animal print bikini
Animal print bikinis: Topshop £32

Its that time again.
Holiday season is starting and somehow I have found myself booking a holiday and scouring the web for the perfect bikini. There are so many different trends in of swimwear at the moment that I am loving, its making choosing such a hard task! Firstly, these animal print bikinis are very popular and in trend right now.

Scene print bikinis: Zara (bottoms and top sold separately at £15.99)

Also high in trend at the moment are these 'scene print' bikinis. I prefer these to the regular print bikinis, just as these are more interesting, and can offer a more dynamic range of colours and scenes then regular patterned print.

left and middle bikinis: Topshop, right bikini: H&M

I absolutely am loving that these high waisted pant bikinis are in right now. They are perfect if you are not particularly comfortable with your bikini body- as they are great at covering those dreaded love handles and will give your body curves in the right place.

Wrap bikinis: Mouille (can be found at ASOS and ASOS)

I've been in love with these wrap bikinis ever since the Millie Mackintosh pictures of her in a wrap swimsuit. They've been in trend for a while now but i just don't think they get old. However, I could see a few unusual tan lines coming from wearing these!

What swimwear pieces are you loving this season? Let me know! Enjoy your holidays (to everyone thats going on holiday this summer).

Just incase anyone has/hasn't noticed, I've changed the name of this blog. Its taken me ages to really think and like a name that I can call this blog but I think I'm finally done with playing around with names and have settled on Style Soup :)
Rachel x



Review: LUSH Tea Tree Toner Water

LUSH tea tree toner water: £3.95, 100g. £7.25, 200g.

I've recently been having a lot of problems with my skin, mainly acne and small bumps on my face. I have tried a few different products to combat this problem but nothing has seemed to help... until now.

Whilst shopping I went into LUSH and came across this toner. To help my skin situation, I have tried changing nearly everything in my skin care routine apart from my toner, which is usually the Nivea Pure and Natural toner. As I thought a bit of tea tree would be good for my skin, I decided to try the 100g to see if it helped. I have now been using this for a week and I LOVE IT. Using it day and night with a cotton pad has really cleared my skin up and caused my spots to be almost non-existent. I have oily to combination skin and it really works on me. I will definitely be repurchasing the 250g as the price is so good for what it does and keeping it as a staple product in my skincare. Highly recommended if anyone has had a similar situation as me!

Rachel x