You’ve probably seen a fair bit of hype around this brand recently and with good reason too. Glossier was launched in the US back in 2014 by the editor of IntoTheGloss, (a site I adore, btw. Check it out!) Emily Weiss. When I first came across Glossier and read that ‘Glowy, dewy skin is our thing’, I was instantly sold. There was only one problem, it wasn’t available in the UK. Damn. Fast forward a year or so and it was announced that Glossier would finally be launching over here and it’s safe to say, I and a lot of other beauty buffs were over the moon. It took me a fair while to decide what to buy as I could literally buy the entire range but y’know, I’m poor so I decided to just stick to four items that stood out the most. Your orders arrive in pink bubble bags which I think is pretty adorable and you get some fun stickers included, too.

I think the first ever product I came across were the Balm Dotcoms and as I’m a complete lip balm hoarder, I knew I had to try them so I bought two. Birthday and The Original. These are multipurpose balms that can not only be used on your lips but as skin salves too. They are full of antioxidants and natural emollients to keep dry skin nourished. The Original is a simple, unscented balm but does the job. Birthday, however, oh my god is amazing. The only downside? It makes me crave cake terribly. This balm smells soooo yummy. I can’t get enough!

I really didn’t need another moisturiser but I liked the fact that this Priming Moisturiser not only hydrates the skin but also preps it for makeup application meaning I can skip using a primer on top and the wait for two different products to sink into the skin. I really love how this feels and it definitely gives a dewy glow! I will use this even if I’m having a makeup-free day due to the fresh appearance it gives. It’s also buildable which is great for my skin type – some days it can be really dry so I’ll need a fair amount but on other days, less is better.

Lastly, I had to try one of the Cloud Paints as I’m a big cream blush fan. These blushes have a gel-cream formula and are a quick and easy way of giving your cheeks a nice pop of colour. You use your fingers to apply this which makes it a great travel option, no blush brush required! I got the shade, Beam which is a lovely apricot shade and it really suits my skin tone. Don’t forget you can win a Cloud Paint Duo in my giveaway.

Right, I’m off to make another order…

Have you tried Glossier?

Laura xo
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OK, it may be nearing the end of January but I still wanted to share with you my best-loved beauty products of 2017! Today, I’m sharing all my favourite makeup discoveries of 2017 and in a couple of days, I’ll share all the skincare products that I loved last year. So without further ado, here’s my 2017 makeup favourites!

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Sephora Mini Haul

Hey everyone! Long time no blog post. I’ve missed blogging so much, I’m glad to be back. So, where have I been? Well, in October, I started my degree at The Open University! And although it’s only part-time, it does take up a huge amount of my time, especially when the dreaded assignments are due. But I’m hopefully back to posting regularly…

Last month, my Mum took me on holiday to Tenerife for a much-needed break (it was my Christmas present too!). I was over the moon when I found out there was a Sephora in Tenerife, so I planned a whole day out in Santa Cruz just so I had the opportunity to go and do a little first time Sephora shopping.🙊

If you’re ever in Tenerife and want to visit, you’ll find it on the first floor at the ‘El Corte Ingles’ department store in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and better yet, it’s right opposite the bus station which has buses to and from literally anywhere on the island. The only disappointing thing is that the Sephora in the department store is basically just a concession, so it’s a very limited range of products so a trip to an American Sephora is still a must!

OK, I’ll stop rambling on now and show you what I picked up…

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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 have never owned such a dark shade of lipstick before and I’m not 100% sure it’d suit me. I think I’m far too pale for it, I think this would suit darker skin tones much better. 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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