Ah, the number of times I’ve sat down to write this post and then forgotten about it and had to re-take photos for it as I’ve added to the list of recent purchases (although I forgot to include two this time around, doh!). Well, today, I’m knuckling down, I’m finally sat at my desk and determined to get this post written for good. I always think I spend far too much money on beauty but considering all products featured in this post have been bought over a 2 to 3 month period, I’m not doing so bad lately. So, what have I bought?

Recent Beauty Purchases.
Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation |
I’ve already gone into more detail about this foundation in this post. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet here. I’m really liking this foundation at the moment! My only gripe is the shade is perhaps a little too dark but it’s still wearable, thankfully. If you’re looking for a cushion foundation on a budget that provides a medium-ish coverage, give this a try.

L’Oreal Infallible Nudist Matte Lip Paints in 208 Off White and 211 Babe In |
My go-to lip products at the moment are these nude matte lip paints from L’Oreal. Not only do they smell soooo good but they are lovely to wear and although they are matte, they’re really really comfortable! 208 Off White is my favourite shade, it’s quite a pale pinky nude and I was certain it’d be too light for me but it’s actually perfect. 211 Babe In is really nice too, it’s a slightly warmer nude. I want to try more of the Nudist shades and the red matte lip paints too.

L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara |
I was having a snoop around Boots a while back and came across two new L’Oreal mascaras. The Baby Roll and the Paradise.. I was umming and ahhing for a while over which one to get even though I didn’t really need a new mascara at the time. Everyone seems to be raving about the Paradise mascara right now and I’m not seeing much about the Baby Roll. But. I recommend everyone tries this! I love it! The Mega Curl Roller Brush instantly lifts my lashes and makes them look more volumised and curled, it’s also long lasting which for me is always good as my lashes usually fall flat very quickly! There’s only one mascara I would opt for over it right now and it’s the…

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Lift Mascara |
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Miss Baby Roll but this just ever so slightly beats it. I always forget how good Maybelline mascaras are and I honestly think they are pretty much the best on the high street. This does exactly as the name would suggest – lifting and volumising my lashes and really making my eyes pop!

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Strobe Highlighter in Moon Glow Lights |
It’s been well over a year since I’ve bought anything from Makeup Revolution but when I came across this highlighter in Superdrug a few weeks ago, I had to pick it up. It looks so beautiful in the pan but unfortunately, on my skin, it really doesn’t do anything. I like my highlighters to give my cheekbones a nice sheen but this just looks quite dull and doesn’t really ‘highlight’ as such. I might try applying this wet and see if it makes a difference. Fingers crossed as I had high hopes for this!

Tanya Burr My Paradise Eyeshadow Palette |
I already own two palettes from Tanya Burr’s range of cosmetics (Read my full review on them here.) and when I saw the My Paradise palette on Instagram a while ago, I fell in love. And I’m not gonna lie, it was mainly due to the cute, pineapple imprints. I haven’t used this yet but I should imagine the shades are just lovely and pigmented as the other two. Inspired by rose gold sunsets, there are 4 shades in this palette – Champagne Cocktail, Tranquility, Miami Sunrise and Hammock.

Tanya Burr Chasing The Sun Peonies Please Illuminating Powder |
This illuminating powder is a must have for anyone who loves a serious rosy glow. I can’t get over how pigmented this powder is, I’ll admit when I first applied it, I ended up looking a little OTT but I soon learnt, a light hand is a must with this! Due to my pale skin, I use this a blush which in turn also creates a gorgeous highlight on the cheekbones too. Just look at it! 😍

Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum |
I actually forgot to include this and the next product in these photos but I thought I’d mention them anyway. I’ve always loved the serums from Botanics, not only are they cheap but they work well too! Botanics have recently changed their packaging, which I adore. It looked quite cheap and plain before but now they are definitely a lot more flatlay and Insta friendly! It’s all about the aesthetics right?! I’ve been using this serum every day since I got it and my skin does look brighter. It contains AHAs from hibiscus plants and a blend of active botanicals to improve texture and tone. And it’s certainly done that!

Zoella Gelato Body Pudding |
When the new Zoella beauty range was released, I had to try something and the Gelato body pudding sounded gorgeous. Not only do I love the packaging but the cream itself looks so nice, it contains little pink beads that look like sprinkles. Like, it looks so good, I could actually eat it if it wasn’t a product for the body! Hehe. Anyway, this is an absolute dream to apply, literally heaven! It sinks into the skin within a matter of minutes leaving it feeling really soft and smooth. Enriched with Elderflower and Pomegranate, it’s no surprise that it smells delicious too!

Have you tried any of these?
Laura x
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NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

I remember being so excited whilst stood at the NYX Professional Makeup stand at The Clothes Show live almost two years ago. Having a browse at all the different products on offer and hailing the start of my Soft Matte Lip Cream addiction (oops). Back then, NYX were quite hard to get hold of in the UK and now, they’re so easily accessible. In fact, they just launched at Debenhams earlier this week and I was kindly sent some of their best selling products to try including a new and exclusive palette!

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

Soft Matte Lip Cream in Budapest* |
I thought I’d begin with one of my favourite products from the brand. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know how much I adore these! I was super excited to receive a shade I probably would have never of bought myself. Budapest is the perfect shade for the upcoming winter months, it’s best described as a deep mauve with red undertones.

The Soft Mattes are a gorgeous matte lip product that never feel dry and uncomfortable and last a long time on the lips! I’m obsessed with them and you should be too.

Lip Lingerie in Exotic* |
I’ve been meaning to try the Lip Lingeries for some time and again, Exotic looks like another gorgeous shade for Autumn/Winter. I tend to steer clear of darker lip shades like this due to fear of looking washed out but this Autumn, I’ve decided to be brave and try out some darker reds and berries and Exotic looks like the perfect shade to get me out of my comfort zone – a stunning warm, mahogany red!

The Lip Lingeries are similar to the Soft Mattes in that they are both a creamy liquid lipstick with a gorgeous matte finish. I can’t wait to see how they compare!

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

Liquid Suede in Downtown Beauty* |
I could not wait to try this! I have never owned such a dark shade of lipstick before and I had to see whether it suited me. I’m still not 100% sure but I quite like it. The only downside to the Liquid Suede is that I found it quite difficult to apply evenly and it transferred onto my teeth. Not a good look! But the formula feels super comfy on the lips and apparently, these are waterproof too. Definitely need to test that out! Downtown Beauty is best described as a walnut brown.

Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait* |
I can’t say I’m a big lover of lip gloss. I hate that tacky, sticky feeling most have but the Butter Glosses are completely different. I already own one Butter Gloss, Sugar Cookie. That and Strawberry Parfait are very similar shades, both being fuchsias. The Butter Glosses are really lovely lip glosses for when you’re looking to apply something effortless on the lips.

Pore Filler* and Shine Killer* |
These are two products I probably won’t get any use out of as I don’t have oily skin or large pores. If you do though, these are two products that seem well worth a try! Shine Killer is essentially a primer that eliminates oil and shine so your face stays looking matte. Pore Filler is a Vitamin E infused formula that minimises pores and preps the skin for smooth makeup application.

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette* |
Would you look at this beauty!? Being the highlighter addict that I am (look out for my Highlighter Edit post coming soon 🙊) when I first set eyes on this palette, I knew that it would quickly become a favourite. If you watched my Insta stories the other day, you would have seen swatches from this beautiful palette. It contains 7 stunning, ridiculously pigmented velvety smooth powder highlighters.

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

Ultimate Shadow Palette in Cool Neutrals* |
I’ve been looking for a new eyeshadow palette for some time (not that I need one, to be honest!) and when this arrived, I was over the moon! It contains sixteen mattes and shimmers, I particularly love the top two rows as they are my kind of shades but honestly, all the shades in this palette are beautiful. I can’t wait to have a play around with this and I’ve now got my eye on the Warm Neutrals palette too!

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.
NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

Contour Intuitive Eye and Face Sculpting Palette in Jewel Queen* |
Last but not least, we’ve got the Debenhams exclusive palette which contains six eyeshadows, two highlighters and a blush. I’m already obsessed with the white highlight in this palette, it makes the cheekbones look seriously glowy. I’ve not yet tried the blush but I think it might be a little too dark for my skin and probably best suited as a bronzer. As for the six eyeshadows, I can’t get over the blue and purple shades, they aren’t something I’d usually go for but I can’t get over how beautiful, unique and pigmented they are.

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

What are your favourite products from NYX Professional Makeup?

Laura x
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SoulTree Ayurvedic Kajals.

I love being approached by brands I’m yet to discover. As nice as it might be to work with the bigger beauty brands out there (It’s every blogger’s dream, right?), it’s also great to get the chance to try some products that you may of other wise never tried. So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out the gorgeous kajals from Soultree, a natural, organic brand hailing from India, I obviously said yes.

The Soultree Ayurvedic Kajals* are handmade using a 3000 year old Ayurvedic recipe process. They combine carbon black collected from vegetable oil lamps with organic ghee, natural mineral colours and almond oil to create vibrant colours.

You can use these kajals as both an eyeliner and eyeshadow, so I decided to go for Cold Black for liner and Rich Loam to use as an eyeshadow. Cold Black is described as a ‘creamy charcoal black with a more intense cooling effect’ and Rich Loam ‘a musky brown with a glowing shimmer great for making your eyes luminous.

In my opinion, these kajals definitely work better as liners than they do eyeshadows. Rich Loam, when blended, doesn’t look as appealing as it does in the swatch below, but when used as a base underneath other bronze-like shadows such as On and On Bronze from Maybelline, it’s really gorgeous. I will definitely see what this is like as a liner!

When it comes to applying eyeliner on the top lids, I’m absolutely useless. When I saw the shape of these, I was definitely intrigued to see if I could finally nail it. And I have to say, I did a pretty good job. This shape makes it so easy! I also think it helps that I’m not terrified of poking myself in the eye with a liquid liner😂. Cold Black lasted all day and did not budge once, very impressive!

I definitely want to try more of these! They have such fun, vibrant colours on offer but Copper Tint is the one I want the most. I’m also intrigued by the Transparent kajal which leaves a glossy finish and helps cool and soothe the eyes.

SoulTree Ayurvedic Kajals.

Would you try these kajals? Which colours would you go for?

Laura x
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*This post contains PR samples. But, as always, all opinions are my own.

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?


What beauty products are you currently lusting after?

Laura x