Three Moisturisers to Try.
I have been cursed with the dryest skin so as you can imagine moisturisers are a prime step in my skincare routine to soften, smoothen and hydrate my parched skin. I have three day moisturiser favourites that I swear by and opt for every morning to rehydrate my tired, dull skin. Today, I thought I’d share these with you..
Specially formulated for dry/dehydrated skin, Speed Plump is my go to most mornings. I usually find moisturisers made for drier skin tend to be quite thick but this is silky-light and sinks into the skin within seconds. Perfect for pre-makeup application! Not only that, it’s got the nicest watermelon scent and contains some fabulous ingredients such as raspberry stem cells to help provide elasticity and marine plant to smooth wrinkles for mature skin. This also gives my skin a nice dewy glow which as you know I’m obsessed with.
This budget option is probably the best I’ve tried! I can’t get enough of the Naturally Radiant range, it’s incredible and cheap, what’s not to love!? This cream is for Normal/Combi skin which I certainly don’t have but it still works really well on my skin. Not only does it contain SPF15, it also has a ton of skin loving ingredients such as Kiwi and Mulberry extract to help revive and even out skin tone. 
On the other end of the price point, we have this cream from Gatineau! This can be used both morning and night and whilst it’s actually quite a thick cream once applied on the skin, you can barely feel it, it transforms into a really light cream that absorbs in seconds and leaves no greasy feeling. This cream is said to enhance volume by plumping cells and leaves your face redefined. I haven’t noticed any remarkable differences yet but it is a great moisturiser, one I’m cherishing as it’s pretty expensive!
Which moisturisers are your go-to’s?

This post contains products sent to me for review purposes. All views are my own!

Laura x

Mascaras I'm Loving

Once upon a time, I was obsessed with buying mascaras. Nowadays, the hype has died down a bit and it’s been a long time since I’ve bought one myself, a lot of mine are now sample sizes or competition wins. Mascara is still an important step in my makeup, however as I think it really finishes off a look, really opens up my eyes and also makes me look more awake and ready to take on the day thanks to my 6 am weekday wake up calls! (yawn!) My favourite mascaras give my lashes length, definition and a nice curl that holds. These are 5 I’m currently loving..

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara |
My current go-to, I love this mascara! It really gives my lashes such volume, definition and it can be buildable. Whether you want a nice, subtle everyday look or intense volume for a night out, this is easily achievable. It’s one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. One for anyone who likes definition and dramatic volumised lashes for an evening look.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara |
The one for anyone who likes the look of ‘feathery’ lashes. This gives me the most beautiful lashes, seriously! This was my go-to for a long time, now it’s more of a second choice but I still adore it. It gives a lovely soft, luscious look but can also be built up for more drama and volume, if need be.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara |
My only gripe with this one is that it’s an absolute pain to take off! You will think you got every last bit of it off only to wake up the next morning looking like a panda 💁 But still, this mascara is great for dramatic, volumised lashes. This is not subtle in the slightest, put this on and your lashes will be looking bold and well, sensational and will stand out. A great evening mascara if that vivid look isn’t for you during the day!

Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara |
I don’t wear this a lot probably because of it being Givenchy, cos y’know it’s probably the only Givenchy item I’ll ever own.. #poor. Anyway, it’s a lovely mascara and as the name would suggest volumises and gives lashes definition and length. I also adore the studded packaging!

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara | 
Again I don’t wear this a lot but it’s a really good mascara! As you would think, it compliments a smokey eye really well. It gives the appearance of thicker, fuller, more voluminous lashes. I love it and I really should start wearing it more!

Which mascara is your favourite? Always looking for recommendations!

Laura x
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A Concealer Round Up.

About a year ago, I did a whole post dedicated to concealers I had in my collection at the time. You can read that here. Fast forward a year, I still own a few of these but I’ve also added a whole load more thanks to my concealer hoarding tendencies. I think I’m a bit addicted to buying concealers, if I’m honest and I’m really picky too. I’m constantly looking for one that does everything.. conceals my hideous dark circles and bags that I’ve been genetically blessed with, brightens and hydrates my dry under eye area and doesn’t crease. My holy grail is the Collection Lasting Perfection, I swear by it.. but it could still be improved as I find it doesn’t have great lasting power and can crease a little. Today, I’ve got a concealer roundup featuring all the additions to my concealer collection since my Concealers: The Good & The Bad post..

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer |
A really nice creamy concealer but with abysmal coverage. I had such high hopes for this concealer but it just doesn’t deliver. You can see how creamy and thick this is in the swatches below and you’d think this would provide great coverage but I think the problem is that it’s just too thick. I find it quite hard to blend.

LA Girl Pro Conceal |
I bought this off eBay which probably wasn’t my wisest moment but as far as I can tell, its the real deal. I’ve had no problems with it, whatsoever. The only thing is that I bought a shade that is far more corrector on me than concealer. Classic Ivory which is the 3rd lightest. But that’s fine! You can buy these on a whole range of UK sites now such as BeautyBay and they are so cheap but really deliver. I can’t wear this on it’s own because it’s far too dark but I will definitely buy a lighter shade soon. I love the texture of this, it’s thick but not thick that I find it too hard to blend and it provides a long lasting base for my concealer.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer |
This is a nice concealer but I don’t wear it too often mainly because I’m not too keen on sticking my finger in a pot as it always gets stuck in my nails, yuck. But I find that this does not crease or set into fine lines even though it’s quite mattifying, it provides a nice coverage but I wouldn’t say it’s the best. If you’re having a particularly good skin day and had a good nights sleep, this one would be a good option.

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer |
A blogger favourite, this concealer is raved about constantly and is said to be as good as Collection Lasting Perfection. I don’t agree. Whilst it’s nice, it’s definitely not on the same level. It’s got good coverage but it’s not as brightening or as creamy as Lasting Perfection. I also find it creases a lot more too. If I’m just popping out and need some concealer, I will wear this but for a long day out or at work, I probably wouldn’t opt for this one.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer |
Whilst I like this concealer, the shade range is dreadful. The lightest option is almost the same shade as the LA Girl in Classic Ivory. Maybelline really need to introduce a few more shades into this product both lighter and darker. I would imagine the darkest shade isn’t even that dark, that’s how it looks anyway. But it terms of coverage and what not, its good but I wear it underneath a lighter concealer and use it more as a corrector. I do like the sponge applicator, funnily enough.

A Concealer Round Up Swatches

As you can see from the swatches above, the lightest shades do really range from brand to brand! Some really aren’t ‘light’ at all. The only one which isn’t the lightest shade available is the LA Girl one. This makes it really hard when choosing a concealer for my skin tone!

Have you tried any of these concealers? What are your thoughts?

Laura x

5 Destinations on my Travel Bucket List.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had the chance to travel to some beautiful places from the gorgeous island of Corfu in Greece to one of Europe’s most cultural cities, Amsterdam. But, this still hasn’t stopped me from having a serious case of wanderlust, I’m always yearning to travel far and wide. My Travel wish list is as long as my arm and features places in all of Earth’s continents from the USA to Asia. But there are 5 destinations on my Bucket list that I have to visit..

NEW YORK CITY |
My ultimate dream destination! A holiday to New York has always been my number one wish and when I finally get there, it’ll be a dream come true. I’m not sure why I have such a connection to this city, especially when I’ve never been there but I am obsessed with everything New York! If anything New York related is ever on the TV, it’s a must watch. I’m also addicted to buying New York related homewares from mugs to cushions.. For someone who’s never been, it’s pretty extreme. I honestly can’t wait until I can get on a plane bound for New York, please let it be soon.

LOS ANGELES | 
Yes, another US city! I’ve always wanted to visit the City of Angels and do some celeb spotting, visit Venice Beach, go shopping at The Grove and even do a hike up Runyon Canyon. Yes, a hike. The girl who hates exercise would be willing to do a hike if it was up Runyon Canyon haha! There are many other places around LA I’d love to visit too like Malibu & Santa Monica.

THE MALDIVES |
I blame Youtubers/Influencers/Bloggers on Instagram for this one! The Maldives seem to be a popular destination among these people and in all honestly, I don’t blame them because it is a stunning nation. I just get jealous because it is such a luxe, expensive place I’ll unlikely ever be able to afford. The crystal clear waters, the white sand, blue skies.. ahh. I’ll carry on dreamin’..

NEW ZEALAND |
This is pretty new on the bucket list, I never really wanted to go as bad as I do now. If I had to pick between Australia & NZ, it’d be NZ without a doubt however much I would like to visit Oz. But one thing about Australia that terrifies me is the bugs and the birds. As someone with a huge fear of birds, it’s not the ideal destination haha! New Zealand looks like a stunning country with magnificent scenery. I’m also now eager to see the Southern Lights more than the Northern (those pink hues look so much prettier!) and New Zealand is one of the best places.

ITALY |
There’s no specific city with this one, anywhere in Italy will do. Rome, Venice, Milan.. anywhere.. So why is this a dream destination? Well, the food. In all honesty, it’s the food. As a pasta addict and pizza lover, I’m dying to try the real deal cooked by Italians themselves. Bolognese, Lasagna.. even the ice creams. Mmmm… but another reason I’d love to visit is because it looks like a beautiful country with so much culture. To visit Rome and see the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain would be incredible. Someone book me a ticket, please..

Which destinations are on your Travel bucket list? 

Laura x
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My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.

I love nothing more than a dewy, glowing complexion. As I have rather dry, dull skin anything that promises to brighten goes straight in the basket! Over time, I have accumulated a lot of products I now swear by to make my skin look healthier, more radiant and glowing. Whilst I love radiant skin all year round, Spring is the perfect season to rock that lit from within look. Today, I’m sharing my top products from makeup to skincare that help me achieve luminosity.

My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.

SKINCARE

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel |
Any cleanser can help awaken the skin but this one I swear by. It’s not cheap but it’s so worth the price tag, I love using this in the mornings as I find it really wakens me and my skin, leaves it feeling soft and looking bright and more radiant, all that dullness has vanished and I actually look well. I’m not kidding, my skin is so pale and dull, I look ill most of the time. Skincare products like this are now an essential for me. I’m running low on this so I definitely need to get some money together and buy another.

Pixi Glow Tonic |
I’ve not been using this that long but it has quickly become a staple in my routine, a forever repurchase! It really is no surprise that it is such a cult favourite. It contains 5% Glycolic acid which is a known glow-giving ingredient that gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a more healthy, fresher looking complexion. I’m also running low on this so a repurchase is definitely needed!

MAKEUP

NYX Born to Glow Sunbeam Liquid Illuminator |
I love wearing this underneath my foundation as a primer or mixed with it to really perk up my complexion and give the sense of a natural radiancy as foundation alone is usually not enough. Sunbeam is the perfect choice for pale to light skin tones, it’s a pearlescent shade that has a gorgeous sheen to it. My only gripe with this is that it drys within seconds so if wearing alone you really need to be quick to blend so you’re not left looking like a sparkly disco ball. Yes, this is sparkly, but if you’re careful and blend well, it’s beautiful.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation |
I was going to feature my favourite Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation here but if there’s one foundation that beats it in terms of dewiness and radiancy, it’s this one. It’s the perfect light, summer base that I’m sure many will be donning when the warmer weather decides to stay put. I recommend this to everyone that wants a light, sheer foundation that gives the appearance of natural, healthy skin. If you’re having a bad skin day or just need more coverage in general, this isn’t the foundation for you. Coverage is very minimal!

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop |
Now we’re onto the highlighters and recently, I’ve become quite the hoarder. I’m addicted. Champagne Pop is my favourite for special occasions or when I want that highlight on fleek. (Did I really just type that? I swore I would never use that term, ha!) This is seriously pigmented, I still can’t get over that damn pigmentation. You really have to be careful not to go too overboard with this one, but I can honestly say even if you do, you’ll still look dazzlingly beaut. This champagne (obv) hued highlighter gives the cheekbones a gorgeous pop of radiancy.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer |
Another top highlighter favourite, this was the first highlighter I really fell in love with. It’s got a gorgeous honey tone and it’s certainly more subtle than Champagne Pop but it still packs a punch. I’ve been wearing this a lot recently as it’s the perfect everyday highlighter, it’s not too in your face but still gives that luminous glow to the cheekbones, cupids bow and anywhere else you apply highlighter.

Sleek Solstice Palette |
I’ll be honest and say I don’t wear this a lot but I have no idea why because it contains 4 gorgeous shades of highlight. All 4 are so different from each other but I’d imagine they’d each compliment every skin tone out there. Ecliptic is the only cream highlighter featured and it is the one I usually go for. It’s a gorgeous pearlescent nude. Hemisphere, a powder, is lilac and when blended transforms into a more silver metallic sheen. Subsolar, I was a little wary of as it looks quite yellow in the pan but when on the skin it is much more of a metallic white and lastly Equinox is a gorgeous peach gold which could also be used as a sheer blush on pale skin. If you’re looking for a highlighter palette but don’t want to splurge on the likes of the ABH Glow Kits, try this one out!

Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts in Peachy Pink Kisses |
Marketed as a triple baked blusher, I find Peachy Pink Kisses is much more of a highlighter. It is seriously pigmented and leaves the skin with a gorgeous sheer peachy sheen. I love to mix all three shades together but sometimes I will opt for just one. It’s got a gorgeous silky smooth buttery texture and it does not budge. A great budget option!

Benefit High Beam | 
Last but not least is my current go to highlighter from Benefit. I’ve really been loving this lately! It’s a stunning satiny pink liquid highlight that really gives my skin a whole load of luminosity. This is perfect for dry skin due to its liquid formula, it gives the appearance of fresh looking skin. I usually apply this in spots across my cheekbones and then brush on little to my cupids bow and down my nose. It really brightens up these areas!

My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.


My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.

What are your go to glow-getters? 

Laura x
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