Something Changed….| Mysterious Beauties

Hey you lovely lot,

Long time and no post? I’m so sorry but something and someone has been keeping my life hectic at the minute with a new job and bloke on the town there’s no stopping at the moment.

I just wanted to write this mini post to allow you guys to keep following me. I’m so incredibly grateful for the 500+ followers I have but Mysterious Beauties and The Mystery Reader (my book blog) will no longer be active. However in replace of them is….

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Yes, that’s right!! I’ve created a new blog!! I know it may sound really crazy to start from scratch but it feels right. I want one place to put all my passions into one…fashion, makeup, books, Disney and anything and everything else. I don’t want to have to fuss over 2 blogs now I’m in a full time internship which is keeping me on my toes. This move felt right and it would mean the world to me if you headed over to my new blog….www.sittingintheclouds.wordpress.com and give me a follow.

I won’t be posting as regularly but all the content will be the same sort of stuff as Mysterious Beauties, OOTDs, makeup reviews, lifestyle, you name it but combined with my content from The Mystery Reader so book reviews, book hauls, wrap ups, TBRs and anything book related.

I can not wait to embark on this new blog and I hope you guys can support me over on….

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One last thing…I want to thank you all for following and supporting me here on Mysterious Beauties for the past 2 years. It’s been incredible  and here’s to a new chapter of my blogging journey.

I’ll see you over on Sitting In The Clouds.

xoxo, rachel 

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REVIEW: Bourjois Air Mat Foundation | Mysterious Beauties

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I’m all about that matte finish and Bourjois is my favourite drugstore brand for foundations so their Air Mat foundation was a perfect combination….

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When I saw Bourjois was coming out with a new foundation I had to get my hands on it. I love the L’Oreal True Match foundation but my holy grail will always be the Bourjois Healthy Mix, so when I saw they were coming out with a matte foundation I had to try it.

What does the packaging say? 

As light as air, the formula glides onto the skin for perfect coverage & a flawless complexion. Enriched with mattifying micronized powders, it eliminates shine with no mask effect.

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Application: 5/5: I apply this foundation with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge. I find this is the best way to apply this foundation as it has quite a thick consistency and I feel with a damp sponge it creates a more natural look and doesn’t allow the product to be cakey.

Coverage: 5/5: I feel like this foundation gives medium coverage. In the picture below I’ve applied the foundation on the left side of my face only. As you can see my skin looks a lot more flawless on the left hand side but my dark circles are still not completely gone and some of my imperfections are still showing. However I do believe this foundation can be built upon for a higher coverage but just remember with this foundation Bourjois wanted it to feel “light as air” so I don’t think it will ever be a super high coverage foundation.

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The next picture shows the foundation applied over my entire face. As you can see this foundation is defiantly matte, which I love, as this picture was taken before I applied any powder. And as you can see the foundation has evened out my skin without looking like foundation, it really does feel like “second skin”. It’s also not at all tacky to the touch and really sinks into the skin.

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(I’m in the shade 02: Vanilla)

Colour Match: 4/5: I’ve always found that Bourjois matches my skin colour really well even though they don’t have a big range of colours (5 colours) so colouring matching with this foundation wasn’t too hard  for me as I just picked up the same colour I have in the Bourjois Healthy Mix. However, with only 5 shades in their range some people may find it hard to get their exact shade.

Blendability: 4/5: It blends really nicely into the skin when I use my RT sponge (damp). However I haven’t actually applied it with a brush so I don’t know how that would be but I prefer applying any foundation with a damp sponge as it creates a much more natural look.

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Lasting Power: 4/5: This foundation definitely lasts all day. It’s lasted an entire day at work for me (9-4pm but I apply it at 7 o clock in the morning) with one touch up of powder during the day because I was going somewhere after work but I don’t usually have to touch it up. However I don’t think it has 24hr hold which it does say it has.

Price: 4/5: £10.00 for 30ml…a little pricey but it wouldn’t stop me from repurchasing because it’s the same price as the Healthy Mix.

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Overall: I’m really liking this foundation. It’s exactly how I imagined it would be. It stays matte on my face all day. It’s a great natural looking, everyday foundation for work. It has the added extra bonus of having SPF10 in it which makes it great for a lightweight spring/summer foundation. The only downside I have is it’s only 30ml for £10.00 and I feel like it will run out fairly quickly seeing as I’ve been using it everyday.

I would definitely recommend you try this foundation if you’re a lover of matte finishes like I am.

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Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. Have you tried this foundation? What are you thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time…

xoxo, rachel

P.S. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Other Posts You May Enjoy: 

My BuJu: April Set Up 

OOTD: Bandanna’s are Back 

OOTD: Hundred Acre Wood

The Walt Disney World Tag 

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My BuJu: April Set Up | Mysterious Beauties

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I’d be lost without my bullet journal…

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You all seemed to enjoy my last couple of posts about my bullet journal so I thought it would be fun for you to see how I’ve set it up for April and what I’ve kept and changed.

Each month is always a different colour, February was pink because of Valentines Day and it seemed appropriate, March was green and April is purple. I love jazzing my bullet journal up with colour and this is just one of the ways I do that.

Want to see what pens I use in my bullet journal? Click here.  

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I’ve kept my monthly view the same for April as I find this layout works best for me. At one glance I can see what I have going on, with the help of my colour coding (social: purple, hospital related things: pink, work: blue, tom: turquoise), and I can also see what tasks I want to complete during the month. The tasks on this page don’t have a specific day or week they need to be done, I just want to have them completed by the end of the month.

I’ve never looked at this monthly spread so much. Now I have a full time job (Monday-Friday, 9-4), I’m finding it hard to juggle work and my social life especially because all my friends are currently back home from uni and are returning soon, I’m trying to see them all before they head back. So this double page spread has come in really handy.

Turning over to the next page…

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On these two pages I keep my monthly trackers. I have a tracker (on the left) for all my personal “goals” such as exercise, reading, in bed by 10.30pm, awake by 9am etc. At the end of each day I colour in the habits I completed that day. I find this chart really useful especially for things such as “clean brushes” because I can see how often I’m cleaning my makeup brushes (I try to do it twice a month).

On the right hand is my blog tracker (I didn’t have room to write “tracker” so it’s “track”). Here I plan what blog posts are going up when and on what blog. I find this super helpful to have a quick glance as it helps me write my daily to-do lists to see what blog related stuff I need to get done each day like taking what pictures and writing the posts.

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If you saw my “How I Keep My Life Organised” post, you may have noticed I got rid of my “Keep In Contact” page. The page where I had a chart of all my closest friends and I could see how often I was seeing everyone. I found this was no longer helping me so I got rid of it. That’s what’s so good about bullet jounralling… if you try something one month and find you don’t like it you can get rid of it the next month.

So turning onto the next page…

After I’ve set up the three pages I have at the beginning of every month…my monthly spread, my monthly tracker and my monthly blog tracker, it’s time to start my daily to-dos.

This month I’ve tried to mix up my headers for each day as I was getting bored of doing a flag style every day. I’m loving how it’s turning out so far (if you would like another flick through at the end of the month to see all my different header designs…please let me know), it’s allowing me to be more creative which I love.

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On the right hand side is my work “tracker”. My work asked me to keep a track of the days I worked and when I finished each day as it does tend to change sometimes if I’m in the middle of a project, I’ll work until I’ve finished it which means I will finish at 4:30pm rather than 4pm some days.

If you were wondering I’m working as a Intern Graphic Designer and loving every minute of it. 

I’m not a massive fan of my work tracker layout and I’m planning on figuring out a new one for May but it will do for this month. I have the dates of the month down the left hand side and I just write the times I worked next to it. The lines show the weekends.

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So as you can see I keep my bullet journal fairly simple with hints of colour here and there. Obviously April is based around the colour purple which I’m really liking.

I hoped you enjoyed today’s post. If you did and want to see more on my bullet journal please let me know by giving this post a like. I find my bullet journal so helpful to keep track of everything and I’m so much more organised with it. If you’re struggling to find a planner perfect for you, I would highly recommend trying out the bullet journal.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog.

Until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

P.S. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Other Posts You May Enjoy:

OOTD: It’s A F.R.I.E.N.D.S Kind Of Day 

OOTD: Hundred Acre Wood 

The Easter Bunny Spoilt Me 

My Holy Grail Products

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OOTD: Bandanna’s Are Back

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the hottest weekend of the year so far…

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I’m a major fan of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Matthew Perry is currently in the UK performing his play, The End of Longing so yesterday he was the radio DJ on Magic FM so it felt like a F.R.I.E.N.D.S kind of day.

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Denim Jacket: H&M

Headband: Forever 21

Sunglasses: Primark

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Jeans: Topshop Joni Jeans

T-shirt: Primark (the best shop for not only F.R.I.E.N.D.S merch but Disney and Harry Potter t-shirts as well)

Trainers: Uggs (they are from their brand new Treadlite range)

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Bracelet: Unknown (I want to get more into wearing jewelry, like dainty pieces as above so if you have any shop suggestions, let me know.) 

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I’m really enjoying doing OOTD posts at the moment, especially now the weather is improving I can get outside and take more pics. If you are enjoying them as well let me know by commenting and liking this post.

Want to say a quick thank you to my lovely mum for taking these pictures for me.

If you’ve never come across my blog before…WELCOME! If you liked what you saw and/or read, be sure to follow me so you are notified every time I post.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog and until next time…

xoxo, rachel

P.S. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more regular updates on my outfits and general life shiz.

Other Posts Of Mine You May Enjoy: 

OOTD: Hundred Acre Wood 

My Holy Grail Products

The Easter Bunny Spoilt Me

The Walt Disney World Tag

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The Walt Disney World Tag

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Disney has been a part of my life since I was 6 weeks old when my parents took me to Disneyland Paris, or as it was called back then…Euro Disney…so I thought this tag was very fitting…

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First time you went to Walt Disney World? 

The first time I went to Walt Disney World was in 2000 when I was 3 years old. Unfortunately I don’t remember any of it, I have a bad enough memory as it is, I can barely remember what I did yesterday let alone 16 years ago. However, thanks to my parents recording it all and taking pictures I can look back on the memories we created as a family and smile knowing I was there and a part of that magical vacation.

(here’s a video of my first time visit to Walt Disney World, meeting Tigger at Crystal Palace)

Favourite Park? 

Has and will always be Magic Kingdom. It’s my family’s tradition to make Magic Kingdom our first park every time we go to Walt Disney World. And also, I just find that the Magic Kingdom is just the most “disney” and magical.

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Favourite land in Magic Kingdom? 

It’s a tricky one, obviously I love them all but I think I’d have to choose Tomorrowland. It has some of my all-time favourite rides in the whole resort including Space Mountain, Astro Orbiter, Buzz and Speedway.

Favourite Disney resort hotel? 

Port Orleans French Quarter. It’s the resort we have stayed at the most times. It’s the perfect size for us as my family find many of the resorts way too big with way too many bus stops. French Quarter only has one bus stop which we love. It has boat transportation down to “Disney Springs”…it’s still called Downtown Disney to me. The theming is great, it’s one of the more affordable resorts and it’s fairly central to all the parks so the bus ride to any of them is never too long.

Favourite Snack? 

Either the frozen banana or the ice-cream sold at the top of Main Street USA where in your ice-cream you get two chocolate buttons to make Mickey Ears…never too much Disney.

Favourite Souvenir? 

My family and I used to be avid pin collectors but I’ve kind of grown out of that. I love buying Disney soft toys because who doesn’t? Last time I went to WDW I spent 50 dollars on a Stitch Plush and a Duffy costume for him so I could dress him up as Sully.

Favourite Counter-Service/Table Service? 

Favourite counter service is probably Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. My favourite table service is probably the Sci-Fi Diner in Hollywood Studios as I think the theme is amazing. You sit in cars and there’s a big screen where you watch old short films and adverts while you eat.

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Favourite Ride? 

Ah I can’t just choose one, that’s impossible. Toy Story Mania is awesome. I love Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster. I love Under The Sea: The Journey of The Little Mermaid. I love Astro Orbiter, it’s always one of the rides we hit on our first day of the holiday. There’s too many to pick just one. I love Test Track in Epcot and as well as the Safari in Animal Kingdom.

Favourite Show? 

I loved watching people audition at the American Idol Experience when it was there but that venue has now been turned into a Frozen: Sing-a-long…I think that’s a little too much. But my favourite actual show is Dream Along With Mickey…I just love that music so freaking much. But I also love the Finding Nemo Musical and The Festival of The Lion King in Animal Kingdom.

Favourite Parade/Fireworks? 

My favourite parade is the Move It Shake It Dance and Play It Street Party in the Magic Kingdom. And of course my favourite firework display is Wishes! Me and my family have been to WDW over New Years Eve multiple times now and the “Wishes” display then is incredible. It’s a 360 degrees display and you’re surrounded by fireworks. If you can go to WDW for New Years Eve, even though it may be hectic, like incredibly hectic, I would highly recommend it.

Favourite Pavilion at Epcot? 

Probably Japan. Not gunna lie I love it because of the sweet shop section.

What colour was your last magic band? 

Yellow…my sister stole the pink one.

Favourite character to meet? 

The Mad Hatter. Once we met him at a character buffet breakfast and my sister, seeing as it was her birthday, had ice-cream so the Mad Hatter took her spoon…full of ice-cream and put it on her nose….one of the best character meets me and my family have ever had we were laughing our heads off.

A character you haven’t met but want to?

BAYMAX!!!!! Nothing else needs to be said…who doesn’t want to meet a giant marshmallow.

Your best Disney memory? 

WOW! Too many to choose from. Every time I go to Disney, whether that’s Walt Disney World or one of the Disneylands, I always create so many magical memories I can’t just choose one so here are some of the edits I’ve created over the years. So click a link  that takes your fancy and experience my memories with me.

2011 Trip 

2012 Trip 

Disney Through the Ages (2000-2012)

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Have you been to Disney? What are some of your favourite Disney moments? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog. I’m a major Disney fan so if you want any more Disney related blog posts please let me know. I’m going back to WDW this summer and I’m planning lots of exciting and magical content so I can’t wait!!

If you want to keep up to date to with me, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram as well as on WordPress you are notified every time I post.

Until next time…

xoxo, rachel

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The Easter Bunny Spoilt Me | Mysterious Beauties

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while we’re stuffing our faces with chocolate today let’s not forget the real meaning of easter… 

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*disclaimer: just wanted to say Easter obviously isn’t about the chocolate and gifts we receive, it has a much more deeper meaning, resurrection of Jesus, but as I love photography I had to take pictures because that’s who I am. I’m not bragging in any way, shape or form, I just love getting creative with photography and love showing you guys the photos I take*

My boyfriend and I decided to swap gifts on Good Friday because we were both too eager to wait until today….typical.

Tom —-> Me 

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Chocolate galore

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Minnie Mouse dressed as a bunny…very appropriate and lots more chocolate…43 chocolate eggs to be exact

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Beautiful Pandora earrings…can’t explain how much I love these

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and you can’t go wrong with a Pooh Bear Tsum Tsum

Tom also got a a Stitch mug and if you know me, which he does, Stitch + a mug = a perfect gift for me. But because I’ve used it already today it’s in the dishwasher so I was unable to take a picture of it.

Tom and I are very similar in the fact that any chance we get we will go overboard on the gifts as we love treating each other, it’s just in our personalities that we would rather spend our money on other people than ourselves.

Me —> Tom 

I decided to treat Tom with an Easter basket which included all his favourite chocolate and some Nerds of course, a big Choc-A-Block Easter Egg, a photo frame with my favourite picture of us in it. Some Star Wars Decal stickers for his laptop and The Legend of Zelda book.

Unfortunately I forgot to photograph the separate gifts but the presentation, if I do say so myself, was amazing so I just took pictures of that.

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What’s your favourite Easter chocolate? Are you a Cadbury or Galaxy person? Personally it depends on what mood I’m in but I do tend to gravitate towards Cadbury but every time I get Galaxy I forget how creamy and amazing their chocolate is.

I hope you all had a great Easter and whether you properly celebrate it or it’s just a day to stuff your face with chocolate and not feel guilty I hope it was a good one.

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if you did be sure to give it a like and follow me so you never miss another one of my blog posts.

Until next time…

xoxo, rachel 

P.S. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram 

Other Posts You May Enjoy: 

OOTD: Hundred Acre Wood 

My Holy Grail Products

February Empties 

As Soon As I Saw You….

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OOTD: Hundred Acre Wood

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On Tuesday my boyfriend and I decided to have an adventure and go and visit my all time favourite Disney character…Winnie The Pooh and I decided to inspire my outfit around one of the most well know bears in the world….

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I tried to incorporate red and yellows into my outfit as they are Winnie The Poohs signature colours.

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Denim Jacket: H&M

Dress: Topshop

Checkered Shirt: Forever 21

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Sunglasses: Primark

Shoes: Vans

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We went on the perfect day, it was surprisingly warm for March in the UK and the sun shone so with tights and a long sleeve dress I never felt a chill. But with the checkered shirt around my waist I had an extra layer just in case.

And of course my boyfriend being as cute as he is brought me an Eeyore from “Poohs Corner Shop” before we went to play Pooh Sticks on the famous Pooh Stick Bridge.

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If you’re a fan of Winnie The Pooh I would definitely recommend going to visit Ashdown Forest, the forest where A.A.Milne got the inspiration for Hundred Acre Wood. Tom and I brought a picnic and ate it in the Enchanted Woods and it was just a perfect day.

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And to have a perfect ending to a perfect day we sat and watched the sunset before heading home.

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Thanks for reading and supporting my blog. Sorry for the lack of posts lately I’ve just been super busy enjoying my final few free days before I start my first actual job on Tuesday.

If you liked what you read today be sure to give it a like so I know whether to do more fashion posts in the future and don’t forgot to follow me so you never miss another one of my blog posts.

What have you guys been up to? Have you been on any adventures lately? Let me know in the comments.

Also, thanks to Tom for taking my outfit pictures for me.

Until next time….

xoxo, rachel

P.S. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram 

 

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