The Birthday Haul

Early last month, I celebrated my 24th birthday. As I’ve gotten older, I now receive money more than presents because I like being able to buy the things that I want so I leave the presents until Christmas time. I also think I’m pretty hard to buy for so I suppose that helps out my family and friends! So over the past four weeks, I’ve done a bit of shopping and picked up some new makeup and skincare etc. Keep on reading to see what I got!

The Birthday Haul

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop | £32.00 | Link
I’ve had my eye on this beautiful highlighter since it’s release last year when every Youtuber went bonkers over it. As it was limited edition at first, I thought I would never get my hands on it plus it was always out of my budget so when my birthday came around, it was the perfect time to splurge! It’s so ruddy gorgeous and as you can see in the swatch at the bottom of this post, it’s crazy pigmented! You really have to watch you don’t go too overboard with this! I’ll be going into more detail on this pretty highlighter in an upcoming post so look out for that..

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush | £32.00 | Link
I finally got my hands on one of these beautiful blushes! I’ve wanted one for soo long! I was tempted to buy the palette as it had just come back in stock however I opted for just one blush in the end. Luminous Flush is gorgeous against my pale skin. It’s pigmented but as it’s a cool toned rosy pink, it suits pale skin so well. It adds just a lovely natural flush.

Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream in Lillium | £16.00 | Link
Another blush I’ve wanted for some time comes from Stila. I also like that this can be used a lip colour, although I don’t think this shade is pigmented enough for the lips. Lillium is quite a muted pink shade and whilst I haven’t used this yet, I can see by the swatch that it will look absolutely gorgeous on the cheeks. I’ve now got my eye on the shade Petunia!

L’Oreal Cushion Nude Magique Foundation | £14.99 | Link
I’ve been after a new foundation for a few weeks and thought I’d give L’Oreal’s new cushion foundation a try. I’ve been tempted by this concept since Lancome released their version last year. I haven’t given it a whirl yet but I’m excited to and once I’ve given it a real test, there will be a review up for you guys!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer | £17.50 | Link
I’ve read great things about this concealer, I had to buy it and give it a try as I’m constantly looking for the perfect concealer.. basically, anything that can beat the coverage of Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer! I’ve also read that it is good for dry skin, so I hope I like this! I’m looking forward to trying it out.

EOS Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry | £6.50 | Link
EOS lip balms were all the rage a few years back, I’m not sure if they still are but I had to buy one when I saw my local Boots had started stocking them. They’re not the most moisturising of lip balms but I like the ease of application due to its sphere shape and the pomegranate raspberry smells so good!

The Birthday Haul

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Ibiza, Antwerp and Manila | £5.50 | Link
As you can see I’m a huge fan of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I already owned two of these. I just absolutely love the formula. They’re so creamy, matte but not overly drying and very long lasting! I think I’ll end up with the whole collection at some point haha. I did laugh when I realised how similar these shades were, I guess you can tell what shades of lippy I like!

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Devotion | £8.99 | Link
As you can probably tell already, I do love a good matte liquid lipstick. I’m building up quite the collection! Devotion is a gorgeous neutral rosy pink shade.

Oskia London Renaissance Cleansing Gel | £29.50 | Link
This cleanser by Oskia has been raved about by many of my favourite YouTubers so obviously, I had to have it! I will do a full review on it soon but it is definitely worth the hype. It’s such a lovely, light cleanser.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo 50ml | £6.50 | Link
You may have seen me mention the R+Co Dallas Thickening Shampoo on my August Beauty Wishlist and whilst I loved it, unfortunately, SpaceNK are still awaiting stock on the full size so I can’t buy it just yet. So, I was looking around for alternatives to try and came across this by Bumble & Bumble, a brand I’ve always wanted to try. I was delighted to see they had a 50ml available rather than splurging out on the larger 250ml bottle, incase it didn’t do anything for me. I’m looking forward to giving this a try and hopefully it does the job as it’s a little bit cheaper than R+Co! Fingers crossed!

Real Techniques Setting Brush | £6.99 | Link
I’ve been meaning to buy this brush for a long time and I just remembered to add it to my basket as I was about to check out! This setting brush is great for applying highlighter and setting powder.

The Birthday Haul
(L-R) L’Oreal Cushion Foundation in Porcelain 01, Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair Neutral, Revlon Ultra HD in Devotion, NYX Soft Matte in Ibiza, NYX Soft Matte in Antwerp, NYX Soft Matte in Manila
The Birthday Haul
(L-R) Becca Champagne Pop, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush, Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium

Have you tried any of these products?

Laura x
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July Favourites

I can’t believe July has come to an end already. This is the month I always look forward to as it’s my birthday month and it’s completely flown by but that shouldn’t be any surprise now as 2016 is just going too fast. What is happening!? Before we know it it’ll be Christmas! Anyway, this month’s favourites are a bit of a mix between new purchases and old loves that I’ve rediscovered..

July Favourites
MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick | £15.50 | LINK
In the last few months, I’ve been reaching for my MAC Brave lipstick a hell of a lot and completely abandoning all other lip products in my collection. I’m just obsessed with it and it’s gorgeous finish. However, this month I’ve gone back to using other lip products including my coral favourite, Vegas Volt. A perfect summer shade, it’s quite bright for me and is certainly the boldest lipstick I own. As MAC say, it’s a full power coral and I definitely agree. Vegas Volt is an Amplified Creme formula which means it’s super creamy and comfortable with highly pigmented colour. Basically, it packs a punch!
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream | £27.00 | LINK
This gel cream from bareMinerals is my favourite summer base so as you can imagine, I’m pretty sad it’s nearly all used up! The best of a BB, CC and tinted moisturiser all in one, this cream is perfect for when you don’t want to slap on a full coverage foundation and not just in the summer! The coverage is amazing, light but covers all imperfections and adds a healthy looking glow to the skin. I’ll definitely be buying another one!
L’Oreal Brow Artist Shaper Pencil | £4.99 | LINK
This pencil has made eyebrow filling in so much easier for me! I always struggled to get them looking nice but now it’s an absolute breeze. This 3 in 1 pencil has a pencil to fill, a clear wax to fix and a brush on the lid cap to brush through brows. 
July Favourites
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara | £19.50 (Full size) | LINK
Whenever Emerald Street offer us the chance to get our hands on some freebie samples, I jump at the chance especially when it involves makeup from brands I’m yet to try like Smashbox. The X-Rated Mascara is considered to be Smashbox’s ‘Triple Threat’ mascara. It isolates, magnifies and mega coats each lash with its fibre loaded formula. The result is volumised, thick, dramatic lashes. This is my new favourite mascara! I love the full-size packaging too!
Lancome Energie De Vie Nuit The Sleeping Mask | £42.00 (Full size) | LINK
Again, another sample from Emerald Street. The Lancome Energie De Vie Sleeping Mask is an overnight melt in face mask. The result is hydrated, plumped and fresh looking skin. This mask instantly breaks into water droplets to pump up skin moisture in just 10 minutes. It’s really lovely and I can see myself buying the full-size version when my sample runs out.
L’Oreal Color Riche Collection Lipstick in Eva’s Delicate Rose | £6.99 | LINK
I’ve already mentioned this beautiful lipstick in my Recent Makeup & Skincare buys post, so I’ll keep this short and sweet! A matte lipstick that is super comfortable and non-drying, Eva’s Delicate Rose is a gorgeous rosy pink shade. It’s absolutely gorgeous.
July Favourites
New Look Black Double Bar Cat Eye Sunglasses | £4.49 | LINK
I was out shopping recently and came across these sunglasses in New Look. They were already a bargain however they were on sale so they were even cheaper. I loved the shape and how they looked on so I had to have them. Whether or not they’ll last a long time is to be seen but I’ll be happy if they just last for this summer. I love them!
What have you been loving in July?

Laura x
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Recent Makeup & Skincare Buys

Hi, everyone! I’m back after a well needed two month break from blogging, I was certainly not in the right frame of mind to be sitting down writing blog posts, it’s been a tough few months. Not only that, I couldn’t think of anything to write about, I felt like every post was just a repeat and every product I talked about, I had mentioned the same things about in a past post. So the break was a good thing. So, here I am with some new products and new ideas. This blog is going to have a few changes in the coming weeks and I hope you like them 🙂

Today, I thought I’d show you what I bought during my break away from blogging. Not everything will be featured today as they’ll be in an upcoming Birthday Haul post!

So, I was in Superdrug recently and saw they had a 3 for 2 offer on,  I obviously took advantage and picked up 3 items from L’Oreal. The Infallible Fixing Mist was something I’d had my eye on for some time having never tried a fixing mist before. I have to say I’m not 100% sold on this. Does my makeup last any longer? Not really. It sometimes leaves tiny white spots across my face and neck and I have no idea why, I always shake it before use and spray it in the X & T motion, as suggested. Thankfully, though, it doesn’t do this every time. However not a good look when it does! What I need to do is really test it out in this heatwave we’re having at the moment!

I also picked up a L’Oreal Color Riche Collection lipstick in Eva’s Delicate Rose. This is one of the most beautiful lipsticks that I own! It’s stunning. It’s a matte formula and is no doubt one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks that I’ve tried. It almost feels as if you’re not wearing anything on your lips! The shade itself I would describe as a rosy pink. I’m certainly going to try more from this collection.

Recent Makeup & Skincare Buys
Ignore the smudge. Damn nails.

The last of the L’Oreal products is the Brow Artist Shaper. Now, I’m not the best at the whole eyebrow thing. I wouldn’t say I have eyebrows ‘on fleek’ (that always makes me giggle) and I have a hard time trying to get them looking okay, but this product has made it a heck of a lot easier for me. It’s so simple now. I love it! It’s a 3 in 1 pencil. On one end is the pencil to fill in and on the other is the clear wax to fix your brows. Then on the lid is a soft brush. If you’re a bit cack handed with your brows like myself, give this a try.

Whilst in Superdrug, I also picked up their Naturally Radiant Day Cream as I needed a new day moisturiser. Even though this is only £6, it is really on par with other moisturisers I’ve tried from the likes of Elemis and Clinique. Even though this is for Normal/Combination skin, I find it incredible for my dry skin. Not too heavy for the day time but gives enough moisture and leaves my skin feeling soft. It also contains SPF 15 which is always a bonus.

Thanks to doing surveys over on Valued Opinions, I earned myself a £20 Boots Voucher. After being skint for weeks, it was nice to go out and treat myself to some new skincare. I had run out of toner and serum at the same time which was a bummer so I needed to repurchase those. I loved the No7 Soft and Soothed Toner and as it’s cheap I decided to buy it again, it really does make your skin feel super soft!

I’d never given the Botanics range at Boots a try before but have always been intrigued so I picked up their All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum and the Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream. Both have worked so well for me, I have certainly seen a difference in my skin since first use.

The last purchase is not really a purchase but a mag freebie. But I had to purchase the magazine, so y’know? Benefit’s new Brow collection looks amazing so when I heard that ELLE magazine were going to have the Goof Proof Brow Pencil as a freebie, I had to have it. Unfortunately, the shade in the magazine was not the right one for me, it was far too dark and it looked awful, however, I did like how it filled in my brows so when I saw Benefit were doing a SoPost (free samples, all gone now, sorry!) I jumped at the chance as you could choose your own shade, I haven’t received it yet but here’s hoping it’s the right shade as I really like the product itself and want to test it a bit more before I make a splurge..

Recent Makeup & Skincare Buys

(L-R) L’Oreal Eva’s Delicate Rose, L’Oreal Brow Artist (03 Brunette), Benefit Goof Proof (06 Deep)

Phew, that was a long post. Sorry.

What have you purchased recently?

Laura x
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Whilst browsing eBay the other day to see if there was anything of interest, I thought of a new blog post idea where I share recent beauty bargain finds (makeup products, tools etc) on eBay, this will be a series and I will share what I’ve found with you every few months. Obviously buying make up on eBay isn’t always the best, it’s home to a lot of fakes but there are also a lot of genuine sellers and products if you look hard enough. There are also some very good dupes for things such as makeup brushes. It is obviously up to you whether you trust the seller and the products you’ll be buying. Just always follow your instinct.

Tony Moly I’m Real Masks // 11 Kinds // 3 PCS // £2.64 || LINK
These Tony Moly sheet masks are incredible! You can buy 11 kinds thanks to this seller and you will receive 3 in your order and if you’re lucky, some freebies too. I have ordered from this seller and they are completely genuine and post your order out to you quickly. 
Cosmetic Make Up Brushes // 10 PCS // £4.95 || LINK
How cute are these pink brushes! In the set you get 5 eye make up brushes and 5 face brushes. I have bought non-branded brushes before and have never had any problems. These brushes have a great rating from other buyers. 
Small Makeup Blender Sponge // £1.15 || LINK
Why spend £16 on a Beauty Blender when you get a similar sponge on eBay for under £2? It seems crazy to me that someone would spend that much on a sponge. Regardless, I haven’t tried the Beauty Blender but I can’t see how much of a difference it would make. There are 8 colours available to buy.
LA Girl PRO Concealer HD // £3.29 || LINK
A concealer I’ve wanted to try for a while, so I have bought it and I feel pretty positive that it’s real but I could be wrong, I’ll have to wait and see when it arrives. Seller has positive feedback on this product, so I’m hopeful. If you don’t want to risk it you can buy this concealer on BeautyBay for £5.00 and £1.95 on top for shipping.
Flat Kabuki Brush (NARS Ita dupe) // £1.49 || LINK
A great dupe for the NARS Ita brush which costs a whopping £43! 
Brushegg Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaner // £2.89 || LINK 
I own a few of these and they make brush cleaning a breeze! It’s so much quicker, you can read a review here.

W7 In The Nude Palette (And More W7 Palettes) // £4.95 || LINK
W7 aren’t generally an ‘expensive’ brand however this palette does retail at £9.99 so there’s quite a bit of money to be saved buying on eBay. A lot of people rave about how good W7 palettes are!

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick // £2.90 || LINK

Again, Maybelline aren’t considered expensive but the Color Sensational lipsticks retail at £6.99. There are quite a few shades sold out but there are still some gorgeous ones available. I quite like the look of ‘Rubis Diamonds’.. tempting!

Have you ever found a great beauty bargain on eBay?

Laura x
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April Favourites

Another month, another favourites post. Although saying that, I never got round to doing one last month due to everything I had going on in life so this post is long overdue, I am probably including a few products that would have been featured in March’s favourites to be honest. But never the less, these are the products I’ve been loving and using a lot recently!

April Favourites

Let’s start with the obvious. If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll have seen me mention MAC Brave on what feels like a billion occasions. I’m obsessed ok? But yes, I do feel as if I’ve mentioned this lipstick at least once in most of my posts recently but I guess it shows how much I love this shade of lipstick. It’s so pretty. Best described as a pink-beige shade, I just can’t get enough of how lovely it looks on my lips. And it’s satin formula is incredible, semi-matte so long lasting and non drying with great pigmentation. Best purchase in a while.

I used to just apply my concealer with my fingers, it never gave a great finish but it did the job and I didn’t really think any more of it. I then came across these little sponges, the Mini Power Puffs by W7 Cosmetics. I had used the bigger Power Puff sponges to apply my foundation with and loved them so I had to give these a go as they are the perfect size for concealer application. And they are so good! The tear drop shape allows me to easily access hard to reach places and creates a flawless and smooth finish to my concealer, I will definitely never go back to applying concealer with just my fingers!

Another favourite for the under eye area is the Tony Moly Eye Brightening Base. Before I apply my concealer with my Mini Power Puffs, I use this to brighten and hydrate the area. It also makes my concealer apply better and last longer. Not to mention it has the most cutest packaging I’ve ever seen for a beauty product.

Now that it’s finally getting sunnier and warmer (hooray), I’ve been loving wearing lighter bases and my skin has been loving it too. The Bourjois City Radiance foundation has been pretty much perfect for this time of year. It has an anti dullness formula that boosts radiance and gives your complexion a natural, glowing appearance. It also contains SPF30 to protect your skin from the sun.

I haven’t bought much in the way of new make up recently so I’ve been ‘shopping my stash’ as they say. I’ve rediscovered my love for the MaxFactor Creme Puff Blushes and I’ve been wondering why on earth I stopped using them because they are so good! I own two shades and my favourite is Lovely Pink. The best shade on offer for pale skin, it’s subtle and just adds a hint of colour to the cheeks.

Lastly, a non beauty related favourite that I had to include. My trip to Amsterdam was definitely the highlight of April. After going through quite a hard, worrying time during mid-March it was just what I needed and I completely fell in love with the city and it’s beautiful scenery. You know you loved it when it’s a place you want to go back to! I’ve written one post on my trip already here and there will be another one or two to come. I hope you enjoy them 🙂

What have you been loving in April?

Laura x
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