Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.

I would be very surprised if you hadn’t heard of cushion foundations by now. They are a compact housing sponges drenched in liquid foundation originally hailing from Korea and they hit UK stores around 2016 with Lancome being the first to launch their Miracle Cushion Foundation. I was intrigued by it but put off by its high price tag. So, when L’Oreal released their Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, I could finally give this compact a try. It soon became a staple in my makeup bag, I reach for it whenever I’m having a good skin day and want to achieve a healthy looking dewy glow. Recently, Maybelline released their Dream Cushion Foundation and I decided to see how it compared..

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
A gorgeous foundation that you must try if you love achieving a dewy glow. It’s an incredibly lightweight, sheer formula and it’s perfect for those of us with dry skin. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for a lot of coverage, it just doesn’t exist in this foundation, as I said before it’s incredibly sheer. Therefore, I’m more likely to reach for it on good skin days and those rare warm days during the summer when I don’t want anything too heavy. I love how natural my skin looks when I’m wearing this!

Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation
When I first heard the name of this, I had flashbacks to the days of the Dream Matte Mousse. Oh dear, I think we all had disasters with that foundation. Anyway, you’ll be glad to know that the Dream Cushion is a really lovely foundation with a nice amount of coverage. It feels comfortable on the skin and looks nice too. Often with my dry skin, foundations with significant coverage can look cakey, thankfully it’s not the case with this one. I also find that it’s a lot easier to pick up more product with the Dream Cushion, I found my L’Oreal Nude Magique seemed to dry out very quickly. My only gripe with the Dream Cushion is that the lightest shade (01 Natural Ivory) is a lot darker than the lightest shade in L’Oreal’s version (01 Porcelain) so we definitely need a lighter shade for us pale people please, Maybelline!

What makes cushion foundations so good is that they are a great option for top ups on the go or for packing in your suitcase for your travels. Now that a load of brands both high end and in the drugstore have jumped on board, there is sure to be a cushion foundation out there for everyone.

Have you tried a cushion foundation? Which is your favourite?

Laura x
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Summer Beauty Wishlist.

Summer is in full swing (even though the weather seems more autumnal right now!) and my beauty wish list is a big as ever. With new releases seemingly coming out every week, it’s inevitable that my wish list keeps growing and growing. But unfortunately, money doesn’t go on trees so a majority of products probably stay on my wishlists for a long time (I’m looking at you Estee Lauder Double Wear.) Keep reading to see all the beauty bits I’m lusting after right now.

The number one product on my wish list right now has to be the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. At first, I didn’t think I’d be too bothered about it but now that it’s all over my Insta feed pretty much every single day, I need to get it. It’s the perfect palette for the upcoming Autumn months and I’ve been meaning to buy a new Naked palette for some time (I only own the Naked 3) and I feel this would be a good addition to my eyeshadow collection as I don’t think I own any similar-ish shades.

Another palette I’m dying to get my hands on is the Too Faced Natural Love Palette. Have you seen this beauty? Oh my, it’s stunning. Not only is the packaging so pretty and adorable, it contains 30 gorgeous shades that are right up my street. The only thing that is putting me off is the £52 price tag. Hmm, is it too soon to write up my Christmas list?

If you’re a blogger or an avid blog reader, you’ll know all about Colourpop. This brand has taken the blogging world by storm over the past few months and I’m dying to try them! And my wish list is pretty damn big. I mainly want to try their lip products, though. I love the look of the Ultra Matte Lip and the Lippie Stix.

Lastly, I’ve got my eye on the new range from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. I’ve already tried a few products from her and I adore them, they are great products at reasonable prices! The Chasing The Sun collection is absolutely stunning, I’m loving the look Illuminating Powders, how pretty are they!? I’m also wanting the My Paradise palette, how cute are the Pineapple imprints?

SHOP THE WISHLIST

What beauty products are you currently lusting after?

Laura x

The Must Have Scents For Summer.

When I was a teenager, So…? Fragrances were the go to brand for scents. I remember being obsessed with the Kiss Me body spray. Anyone else? I feel like every girl probably was at some point. Fast forward 10 or so years (omg, I’m old), So…? have made a bit of a comeback with their lovely range of Body Mists that come in various, gorgeous fragrances that have quickly become my go to scents this summer.

Over the past couple of months, my Instagram feed has been jam packed with stunning flat lays featuring these mists. The first thing that caught my eye was the pretty, fun, summery packaging and eventually, I couldn’t resist so I ended up heading to Superdrug to pick a few up. I currently have 4 scents –

White Petals – My absolute favourite, I adore floral scents. This mist contains delicate notes of bergamot, freesia and water lily. It’s pretty dreamy!

Vanilla Milkshake – I find this the perfect summer scent! It smells exactly like Vanilla milk shake, yummy! It features notes of sweet vanilla and a mix of peach and plum.

Floriental – Again, I love my floral scents so this was a must have. This mist features a fruity mix of pear, apple and mandarin and also, freesia and violet.

Fruity – A gorgeous fresh scent featuring zingy notes of mandarin and a blend of peachy notes.

What I love most about these is how handy they are. You can pop one in your handbag for touch ups throughout the day to make sure you continue to smell gorgeous or if you’re headed to a festival soon they’re the perfect fragrances to pack and therefore you won’t have to worry about losing your favourite, expensive perfume! These body mists are available in 14 different scents and they are currently half price at Boots. Buy here.

Have you tried these body mists?

Laura x
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Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse.

I’ve always been interested in Double Cleansing. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why would you use just one cleanser in the hope of removing everything the day has thrown at your skin from the likes of makeup to pollutants? One cleanse just isn’t going to be enough. I have tried in the past to double cleanse using two different cleansers but always ended up being lazy about it. So, when I discovered the Pixi Double Cleanse, I had to buy it.

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse.

So first off, if you haven’t heard of Double Cleansing before, I’ll guide you through it. It’s basically using two different cleansing products at night to remove all the day’s gunk gathered up in your pores and makeup too, of course. Essentially, you need an oil based cleanser first and then a lighter gel or cream after. The first step is to remove dirt from the surface of the skin and the second is to remove anything left over to really clean the skin.

The Pixi Double Cleanse was created in collaboration with Caroline Hirons, who I’m sure you’ve all heard of but if not (where have you been!?), Caroline is a blogger and qualified advanced aesthetician whose blog I adore when it comes to skincare recommendations. So, I knew that this product was probably going to be worthy of my money as I trust Caroline’s opinions and reviews a lot.

This is a 2 in 1 cleanser, one side (the first step) contains a solid cleansing oil that is used to break down and remove the day’s makeup and dirt. I had never used a cleansing oil before this one and it feels so luxurious on the skin! One thing I will say is to try and avoid using this to remove eye makeup as it really stung my eyes! Probably not my wisest move, hey?. The solid cleansing oil contains some lovely ingredients including Vitamin E and Primrose Oil.

The second step is the lovely lightweight cleansing cream used to remove any leftover makeup and nasty stuff. I will also sometimes use this to remove any eye makeup as, as I said before, the oil is a bit too much for that area! The cleansing cream contains Vitamin C and Peptide complex which helps plump the skin. After this step, my skin is left grime free, looking nourished, all prepped and ready for the next skincare step. I have been loving using this every night, my skin feels and looks like it’s had a good pamper every time!

For my lazy self, this 2 in 1 cleanser has been a welcome addition to my routine. Housed all in one tub, it’s easy and less time consuming. I love the sturdy packaging, however, I do wish it was perhaps a little bigger as I can’t see this lasting me very long and whilst at £24 it’s not the most expensive cleansing product I’ve owned, it’s still not cheap!

I can safely say, I’ll never go back to using just one cleanser in the evenings.

Do you Double Cleanse? 

Laura x
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The June Makeup Bag.

As I mentioned in May’s makeup bag post, I’m now ditching the monthly favourite posts and sharing my monthly makeup bag contents with you all instead! We may already be two weeks into July, but better late than never right!?

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation |
I’m still wearing my other Bourjois foundation favourite but when I want something with a little less coverage that still gives my skin a flawless appearance, I’ll opt for City Radiance. It’s a great summer base in that it’s light, contains SPF 30 to protect my pale skin on sunny days and has an anti-pollution screen which as a Londoner is something I really need!

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam |
I’ve raved about this a lot now and I’ll carry on for as long as this product is around. When wearing the Bourjois Healthy Mix, I always mix this in to give my skin more of a luminous glow. It really is beautiful!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer |
Told you you’d see this again! Yep, this is still my go-to concealer and it will be for a loooong time. Even though I’m worried about me overusing it and running out quickly as it’s not cheap! So I might start saving it and go back to my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for a little while…

Bourjois Java Rice Powder |
With my dry skin, I usually steer clear of powder. Cakey makeup? No thanks. But I had started seeing this powder on a ton of blogs recently and the reviews got me intrigued, so I had to try it. This is the most gorgeous pink-hued powder, oh my. It adds such a lovely glow to the skin without any cakey-ness or settling into fine lines. It’s really beautiful and I’d really recommend it if you love that glowy look!

Sleek Rose Gold Blush |
I seem to buy anything that is rose gold or has rose gold in its name! I’m obsessed and I can safely say I’m addicted to this beautiful blush! I own nothing like it and it just adds a really lovely pop of colour to my cheeks! It’s the perfect blush for warmer days and I love how compact the packaging is!

Maybelline Master Strobing Stick |
Say hello to my new favourite highlighter! This one is so easy to apply, just one swipe, blend and voila, you’ve got a gorgeous glow to the cheekbones. I can’t get enough of this, it’s really beautiful. A definite must try.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara |
I’ve been meaning to try this for years and I finally decided to pick it up a few weeks ago. It’s the only waterproof mascara I own but I can’t comment on the water proof-ness yet however it’s a really lovely subtle mascara. It lifts the lashes and gives them a lovely fluttery look, I wouldn’t say it gives much in the way of volume or definition but if you just want a nice mascara for daytime wear that doesn’t look too extreme, try this one.

Seventeen Lip Lustres |
I’ve had these for ages and never really thought much of them but I decided to give them a go recently and they’re really lovely when worn on top of lipstick! They don’t add much in the way of colour but if you like that glossy lip look then these are great. No stickiness and long lasting too!

Which makeup items have you been loving recently?

Laura x
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