The May Makeup Bag.

Instead of doing the usual monthly favourites, I thought I’d switch it up a little (as I’ve been doing with my makeup!) and start sharing my monthly makeup bag contents instead. So what’s been in my makeup bag during May? Well, a mix of old and new favourites really! Read on to find out what I’ve been wearing…

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation | 
I just can’t get enough of this foundation, it really is the perfect base! As I mentioned in my full review, it’s a very light but buildable base that gives a gorgeous natural, dewy finish. I’m obsessed.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation |
Another foundation favourite but unfortunately as it’s so sheer, I have been unable to wear this on its own lately (thanks to chin breakouts!) so it’s been more of a touch-up foundation for whilst I’m at work, thanks to its compact sizing. Although the Bourjois Healthy Mix is usually very long lasting, recently due to hot weather, it’s been slipping off the skin quite quickly (boo!) so Nude Magique has come in very very handy!

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | 
I’ll warn you now.. expect to see this concealer featured in every one of these posts in the near future. Because I can’t get enough! The coverage is like nothing I’ve seen before, it’s incredible. I also adore the flawless finish it gives and the fact it stays put for hours!! Totally worth every penny!!

Benefit Erase Paste |
Not so much now but before I got Shape Tape, I was using this as a base before I applied the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I found it gave Lasting Perfection more lasting power like something to ‘stick’ to and enabled a more immaculate finish.. well, as immaculate as my prominent under eye area could get, let’s be honest..

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer | 
I’ve recently put my favourite Champagne Pop on the back burner and opted for more toned-down highlighters like the Mary Lou Manizer. Even though it’s pigmentation isn’t as bold as Champagne Pop, it still packs a punch and gives a gorgeous luminous sheen to the cheekbones.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder | 
I used to wear this bronzer all the time and I’m not sure why I stopped! This powder is perfect for us pale girls who are a bit terrified of bronzers as it’s light and easy to work with! It’s divided into two shades both of which are ideal when mixed together to give the appearance of more radiant skin and subtle bronzing. I always apply this in a 3 shape with my Real Techniques Bold Metals 103 Angled Powder brush as it’s extra fluffy so it picks up just the right amount of product to be swept across the face.

Topshop Brow Palette | 
The first product I’ve ever hit pan on! Yes, really, my first. Thankfully, I still have a lot more product in the palette to use as it would seem Topshop have now discontinued these fabulous little palettes. I’m gutted. Honestly, nothing makes my brows look as good as the wax and powder featured in here. It’s also such a quick and easy way to do my brows in the mornings, it takes me less than a minute.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara | 
This Smashbox mascara is my current go to as it gives my lashes a whole load of length, definition and volume. I need to get my hands on the full size version!

MAC Brave | 
At least once a week or more, I will wear this lipstick, it’s my absolute holy grail. No matter what season it is, it’s such a wearable warm, rosy pink shade. Paired with Soar lip pencil, it’s even better! I’m addicted.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Perla | 
If you’re looking for a new liquid lipstick, I recommend you give Stila’s offering a try. Along with the Kat Von D Everlasting lipsticks, these are the best formulas on the market. Comfy to wear, long lasting and an amazing range of shades. Perla is my favourite, a gorgeous pale dusty pink.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm |
Yes, I’m still obsessed with these lip creams! And Stockholm is my new favourite shade, a gorgeous nude-mauve with a hint of peach. It’s a great summer shade and I’ll be wearing it all season long!

What makeup have you been wearing in May?

Laura x
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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Worth the hype?

Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer is the must have beauty item on the scene right now and it’s selling like hotcakes, every 26 seconds to be exact. And when a product is so popular, I’m likely to pop it in my basket without any second thought. So, is it worth the hype?

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Worth the hype?

I’m a concealer hoarder, I have about 20 in my collection right now. It’s rather ridiculous! But, when you have the most visible under eye bags like myself, it’s a vital, makeup essential. I can’t live without my concealers! My holy grail is the Collection Lasting Perfection, one I thought could never be beaten until I got my hands on Shape Tape!

The Tarte Shape Tape Concealer comes in 15 shades (unfortunately, QVC seem to only stock 6!) which is brilliant as I rarely ever see such a wide range of shades for concealers. As there is nowhere in the UK to swatch these before purchasing, I was a bit unsure on what shade to go for and as this was my most expensive concealer purchase yet, I didn’t want to buy the wrong shade. So, I tweeted the lovely people at Tarte and they replied straight away with some advice so away I went and bought the shade, Light.

I usually go for the palest shade in concealers as I’m as white as a ghost. But Tarte’s advice made sense, they told me to go for Light if I had pink undertones which I do rather than opt for Fair. If you have fair skin without the pink undertones, Fair is probably your best option. I’m glad I tweeted Tarte as Light is perfect for me. If you ever need advice on their products do give them a tweet!

In terms of coverage, this concealer is insane. The first time I put it on I was blown away, I know that sounds silly when it comes to makeup but honestly, it really blew me away. Whilst it may be full coverage, it’s a very lightweight, creamy formula. It can crease a little after application but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed and it stays put through the day with minimal touchups which sometimes aren’t even required! It’s the perfect concealer for those of us with dry skin. I would say the finish is more satin than matte. It really makes your under eye area look flawless which is something I thought I’d never be able to achieve. On blemishes it is also amazing, I had a rather horrendous breakout on my chin recently and after using Shape Tape, they were barely noticeable.

In terms of the packaging, the wand applicator is rather big. Something I was a little unsure of at first but honestly, it doesn’t make much of a difference. I find you get just enough product to give you an immaculate finish. If you order from QVC, you will also receive the Quickie Blending Sponge which isn’t all that great, I didn’t like how it applied the concealer. Instead, I blend it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge which is waaay better.

I was a bit wary of spending so much on a concealer but I’m happy I did and I will continue to repurchase this as I don’t think I could live without now and although Collection Lasting Perfection may be a whole lot cheaper this definitely beats it. But I will always have a Collection concealer in my makeup bag because I’m a hoarder

You can buy the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer on QVC for £28 but they have very limited shades. For more shades, you can buy straight from the Tarte website for a little less at £19 but you may encounter custom charges, so be aware of that.

Have you tried this concealer? What are your thoughts?

Laura x
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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

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.


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!


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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