This weeks’ beauty blogger is the lovely Rachael from Serene Siren, who is from Bangor in Northern Ireland where she lives with her husband, her step son and as she says herself: “our mini zoo of four cats, a tarantula, fish and underwater frogs!” So it’s safe to say she’s kept busy! Not too busy to tell us all about her favourite beauty products though – phew!
What is your best budget beauty buy?
This is an easy one for me. It has to be Collection Cosmetics Lasting Perfection Concealer. It is such a popular product and is so affordable; it only costs £4.19! It's a creamy consistency, blends beautifully and is medium to full coverage. Plus, it's often included in 3 for 2 deals, so there's no reason to say no!
What is your top make-up tip?
If, like me, you like the focus of any makeup look to be on your eyes but you struggle with blinking or getting your lines crisp and straight, I have the answer to your problems! When applying shadow and liner to your lid, always place your mirror lower than eye level. This means you're looking down, and you can see where you're placing your product (and how close to the lash line you are!) You also blink less! To get crisp lines for dramatic flicks, use some tape or sticky notes and gently place on your skin and use the edge as a guideline. It means your lines are straight and you have the sticky pad there to catch any fallout!
Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what's yours?
I actually had to pull out all my lip products to decide this – you'll probably be surprised to know I only own 6 lip products… *hides* I know it's a pitiful amount but don't worry, I'm working on adding to that! But, my favourite is definitely MAC Sunny Seoul – slightly more expensive as it's higher end but it's so worth it! It's a beautiful creamy pink/coral with yellow undertones.
What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
Perfume is something I have a love/hate relationship with. I go through phases of wearing it all the time and then not wearing it at all. I think my first perfume was a TommyGirl one but I honestly can't remember! My current favourite is Beyoncé's Heat.
You're only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Eyeliner! I'm currently loving Eyeko's skinny liquid eyeliner as it dries instantly and stays put all day. Perfect for a winged look. Next would have to be powder. As someone with oily skin, I like to have a matte finish so I definitely need a good setting powder. I personally like Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. And last but certainly not least, is mascara. I think it's one thing everyone feels naked without! I'm using Cosmetic A La Carte Divine Lash mascara and it's to die for; perfect volume and thickness!