Thursday, 29 December 2016

On Trial - Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics

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You know me, I love discovering new brands, and I also love effective skincare. The newest brand in my skincare drawer is Pestle & Mortar Cosmetics which fits the bill perfectly. They're an Irish family run business, with a simple agenda; simple and effective skincare.

The thing that often gets me with skincare is that it can be a bit too technical. Now, I like to get a bit geeky with ingredients every now and then, but more importantly I want to know how to get the best out of a product and I want to see results. Pestle & Mortar have achieved both of these for me over the past month already.

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First up is the Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum. I have quite recently learnt the importance of including a serum into my routine, and as my main aim is moisture, this is the ideal pick for me. Perfect for any skin type, this hydrates dull and dry skin; both fixing any existing dehydration, and helping plump up fine lines and wrinkles for juicy and plump skin. Hyaluronic acid is so important to include once you hit the big 30, as it hold 1000 times it's own weight in moisture and ensures your skin remains radiant and healthy. The serum is quite lightweight and watery in texture, so is best used after cleansing and before any other heavier serums and oils.

The product that first piqued my interest and introduced me to the brand via Caroline Hirons was the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil. I've been using retinols for a couple of years now, as again, they are essential once you hit a certain age. Retinols/retinoids or vitamin A is considered to be the only proven anti-ageing skincare ingredient (alongside SPF for prevention). Retinols though can be quite harsh on the skin, often resulting in sensitivity and peeling. As the Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil is suspended in oil, much like Sunday Riley's Luna, it is much gentler on the skin, while still being highly effective. It also contains a blend of organic, cold-pressed oils which work to even out the skintone and texture, as well as reducing pore size. The cold-pressed oils contain vitamins A, C E and B, as well as omega 3 and 6, so it's packed with ingredients to help regenerate and protect the skin. It's literally a little miracle worker! At £63 it might not be to everyone's budget, but I honestly think you get what you pay for here and to me it's money well spent.

I think Pestle & Mortar are a brand to keep an eye on - expect great things from them.

Laura

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Buying Glasses Online

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After losing my Chanel glasses on holiday this summer, I've been on the hunt to replace them with a more inexpensive pair that look the same and are still of good quality. GlassesShop.com were very kind to get in touch and answer my prayers by letting me choose a pair from their range of eyeglasses. I went for the Aquarius Rectangle style in Tortoise* which are actually quite a good dupe for my long-lost Chanel loves. The slightly oversized frames are really flattering and they're the perfect fit for my face. I think the colour of them is really nice too, as sometimes black can be a little harsh.

'TRY' THEM ON
Buying glasses can off putting in person I find - most of my trips to the opticians have involved pushy sales people anyway, so for me getting eyeglasses online is super easy after doing it a few times now. Most sites, like GlassesShop.com have a large selection, and they often include all the measurements so you can compare them to a pair you already own. Many have an online simulator where you can upload your photo and 'try on' the glasses to see if they suit you. Buying online is often a lot cheaper too, unless you go for designer frames which will be more expensive anyway.

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KNOW YOUR PRESCRIPTION
Your opticians will usually give you a copy of your prescription on request, and mine actually emailed it to me. What I tend to do is attach this to my order if there's a facility to do so, or email it over after placing an order. That way you can be certain that they have the correct details. The sign of a good online store is that they ask for your pupillary distance (PD) and give you details on how to find this out (you need to measure it yourself, your optician won't provide this). Essentially it's the distance from the middle of your nose to your pupil so the prescription is in the right place.

I love my new glasses so much - they really suit me I think. I'm also now a lot less sad about my Chanels! Its always a good idea to have a second pair, so if you're looking for some I'd definitely pick them up online. I'm actually thinking of grabbing some prescription sunglasses too as they have loads of cool styles to choose from.

If you'd like to pick up a pair for yourself, use the code GSHOT50 on GlassesShop.com for 50% off a pair of frames and lenses.

Laura

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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Festive Party Hair With The ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

At this time of year comes the annual office Christmas party, and with that the dread of how I'm going to make myself look presentable and more importantly how to do my hair. You know I'm not particularly great or adventurous with my hair, but this year it's all change thanks to the ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler*.

ghd were very kind to gift me the ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler Premium Gift Set* and set me the task of coming up with a sparkly festive do. And I really hope my curly creation does it justice!

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

GHD PLATINUM COPPER LUXE STYLER
This is a limited edition styler and darn is it gorgeous. Copper is enough to make me swoon at the best of times, but the styler has a few new features from my old set that really stand out. First of all, the edges of the ceramic plate have a more rounded edge - perfect for waving and curling hair. If you struggle to use straighteners to curl your hair, this new feature on the Platinum Copper Luxe Styler is a game changer.

The styler features ghd's new tri-zone technology, which means it has three sensors in each plate which maintain a safer heat, resulting in less breakage and more shine. It's also a little easier to weld due to the new wishbone hinge - perfect for cack-handed people like me!

The Premium Gift Set also comes with a rather lovely padded heat-proof storage pouch, which honestly is a godsend for resting the styler on as you do your thing with them, and the two most beautiful Nails Inc nail polishes which totally match in the copper goodness stakes.

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

ghd also very kindly sent me some of their hair products to help style and keep my locks in place, as well as some glitzy accessories to finish off the look. I have used the ghd Heat Protect Spray* for as long as I can remember. It's a super fine, lightweight mist that distributes evenly through the hair, protecting it and very importantly, not weighing it down. It's the start of my hair routine every time I use heat.

To prep the hair and hold in the curls I misted the ghd Curl Hold Spray* through the lengths of my hair before reaching for the ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler to create my soft curls. I focused the curls on the mid lengths and ends of my hair, as I think this looks really flattering. I kept things messy, grabbing different sized pieces and worked my may around the hair in sections. While my hair isn't that long yet, I have a lot of it, so working around in sections is the easiest way for me to style my hair.

The ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler glides through the hair effortlessly so a single pass is all you need, further limiting any heat damage on your hair. To finish off the look I added some sparkly hair accessories and a little mist of the ghd Final Shine Spray* for some extra shine. And here you have festive party hair that takes around ten minutes and little to no effort to create.

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

ghd Platinum Copper Luxe Styler

WANT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THE GHD PLATINUM COPPER LUXE STYLER?
I seriously suggest putting this on your Christmas list and dropping hints like a crazy person over the next couple of weeks, but also ghd are giving away a Platinum Copper Luxe Premium Gift Set every week up until 7th January. All you need to do is post a photo or video of your embellished hairstyle on Instagram and use the hashtag #GlitzTheSeason. Go, go go!

Laura

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Friday, 9 December 2016

My First YouTube Video - Easy Everyday Neutral Makeup Tutorial

So I finally plucked up the courage and filmed a YouTube video! I've been meaning to do it for such a long time but always found an excuse not to. It's an everyday neutral makeup tutorial, so nothing too fancy but I thought I'd share the makeup I seem to be reaching for most days.

Please go an have a watch and leave me a comment. Also, please don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any of my future videos.


Laura

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Loving Lately #3

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I've really been digging a few things lately so it's high time for a little favourites round up. I do mean to do these more frequently than I currently do, so its something I need to work on!

I feel like I've got my skincare and make up down at the moment which makes quite a change for me. My skin loves a consistent routine, so I've been giving it exactly that. Starting off with the Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask*. I'm almost out of this now so this reminds me to pick up another tube as its that good. It can be used either as a cleanser or a mask and is quite similar to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. It's a gel like formula which emulsifies into a milk on contact with water, leaving skin purified, radiant and soft. Its lovely to use as a mask first thing in morning to really wake up your skin. After 5 minutes my skin is left glowing.

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Hylamide is a fairly new brand to me, but I was looking for a new all-rounder serum suitable for my sensitive dry skin so I picket up the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum. My skin has been so dehydrated the last couple of months since finishing Roaccutane, so I was keen to add in some extra hydration without irritating my skin. SubQ is packed full of hyaluronic compounds - no less than five to be precise, as well as peptides and even a retinol complex, so it really does cover all bases. My skin is much plumper and radiant and my fine lines look considerably reduced. Pretty much everything that Deciem produces contains so many high percentage active formulas for purse friendly prices and the results I've seen are really good so far. I really want to check out some of the NIOD range next.

I've been opting for really simple makeup lately, hardly any base and a neutral eye with a cat flick, but I have been playing around with lip products. I really like the NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound. It's the perfect my 'lips but better' dusty mauve. The formula of these is quite interesting, neither a gloss nor a lipstick, but somewhere comfortably in the middle with a semi-matte finish. I can't stand sticky products so this is perfect for me.

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I'm having a complete By Terry love in it would seem. Now this is a pricey brand, but what I love about the range is that it's makeup with skincare benefits that's designed for ageing skin. So I feel assured that while I might spend a bit more, I'm going to get good results. The By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Concealer did make my eyes (and bank card) weep at £44, but it is really worth it for me. I suffer with fine lines and as my skin has been a bit dehydrated they look worse at the moment so I need non-cakey products to smooth over my under eyes. The Densiliss concealer is almost like a serum, so it really hydrates the skin and conceals any darkness. Over time it also works to firm the skin which is pretty impressive.

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As I've been going for a really light base, the By Terry Cellularose CC Cream has been my go-to. Like the concealer, it's almost as light as a serum which I really like as it's so hydrating. I find a lot of CC creams to be quite thick and difficult to blend, but this By Terry offering is anything but that. It's definitely light coverage, but enough to blur out any redness and imperfections and I find it's almost undetectable. As it's part of the Cellularose range it does include a rose fragrance so might not be for everyone. Personally, I would rather makeup was unscented, but I do love rose so it's really not an issue. Combined with the good skincare I've been using, my skin looks naturally brighter and pretty radiant so I'm very happy indeed!

What do you think of my picks?

Laura

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

christmas gift guide

I thought I would join in and compile a gift guide this year as I'm feeling Christmas for sure. This year is especially exciting as it's our first Christmas in our new house. It's crazy to think that this time last year the whole purchase was in question, so it's something of an achievement that we're now finally here!

Maybe this will give you some shopping inspiration, or perhaps you'll be putting a few things down on your own Christmas list.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a candle, and Diptyque is always my go-to. Every year they release three limited edition candles, but I think this has to be the best one yet. Epices et Delices is the most perfect gingerbread candle. I find most to be really sickly sweet and synthetic, but this Diptyque offering is quite spicy and warm thanks to honey and star anise.

Urban Outfitters Pink Marble iPhone 6s Phone Case - £10 (reduced from £16)
Phone cases are a good bet if you're not sure what to get for someone, or if they literally have everything. Let's face it, we all know someone like that! This pink marble case is so pretty (and seriously Instagrammable!).

How better to introduce someone to the iconic Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel than with this little travel sized pick? Inside the cracker is a 40ml fun sized edition of one of my favourite cleansers. It leaves skin so radiant and purified and is probably my most recommended skincare product.

Estee Lauder X Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter - £48
As part of this very special collaboration range, Estee Lauder and VB brought back one of the brand's most loved highlighters. It's a super flattering pink shade which packs a punch in the sparkle factor and it looks absolutely exquisite in it's slick and quite substantial luxury packaging. It's also limited edition which I think is a nice touch for a gift.

christmas gift guide

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light - £69
Another limited edition pick here, but certainly one any beauty lover would have palpitations upon opening! This handy little palette contains two blushes, an all over face powder, bronzer and highlight, so you've got everything you need here to achieve the most beautiful complexion. Let's not forget the swoon-worthy marble packaging either!

Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Palette in Fair/Light - £28
A good alternative if you're sticking to a tighter budget is this eye and cheek palette from Stila. It comes in a few different colour combinations to match different skin tones or preferences, but inside you've got a great collection of shades that I'm always reaching for.

If you're looking for a stocking filler for a beauty lover then this new palette from Sleek is the one! It's part of their Rockstars collection which is all rather beautiful and the palette contains six shimmery shades from a rose gold to a champagne hue, so you can create the most pretty sparkly look imaginable.

Whistles Cornelia Triple Zip Bag in Leopard - £160
Leopard print is everywhere at the moment, and so flattering when used on accessories like this Whistle bag. It's surprisingly roomy with three zipped compartments too. The back is plain leather so it's quite versatile.

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash* - £13.99
I couldn't be without one of these now (or three if you want to be precise!). The Aqua Splash version is perfect for gently combing a hair mask or conditioner through your tresses without causing any snapping or damage. It's a must-have for me so makes the perfect gift in my book.

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Another little cute stocking filler, or maybe to go alongside something else. Yardley's hand creams are so nice and nourishing and they sink in quickly without any stickyness, so this 50ml Lily of the Valley hand cream is perfect for gifting. Or, you know, keeping for yourself because it's so darn cute. I think I'm going to struggle to give this one away...

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream Perfume - From £49
Yes, I know perfume is a tricky thing to choose for someone else, but I really do rate this one! It contains both floral and citrus notes so its going to appeal to most people. I'm not going to try and describe how it smells, just trust me when I say it's a bit addictive and like nothing else I've tried before now. I always receive compliments when I wear it too.

Yardley English Rose Gift Set* - £10
This little gift set includes an English Rose perfume and matching body spray, so it's a perfect gift on its own or as a stocking filler. A good one for Secret Santa to give to a work colleague or for someone who adores rose as much as I do. Yardley's scents are so beautiful, they stick around but aren't overpowering or too synthetic.

Face by Pixiwoo - £9.99
I love this book so much, it's probably aimed at more makeup novices, but there's definitely something in there for everyone, and of course for all fans of Sam & Nic Chapman. It's a very well thought out makeup bible and includes loads of makeup artist tips and tricks.

I literally read this from cover to cover when I picked up my copy. Estee very eloquently shares experiences from her life so far (both good and bad), and discusses what's made her the person she is now. You will laugh along with her amazing humour and maybe even shed a tear or two. I love her even more after reading this. What a gal!

Happy shopping!

Laura

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Winter Wishlist

A winter and christmas wishlist

With winter comes Christmas, and this is totally the time of year that I'm always coveting so many things. I love autumn/winter fashion anyway (hello snuggly jumpers), but there's always so many limited edition goodies and gift sets out there so my wishlist is bulging right now!

If I was feeling spendy (and rich) I would be snapping this lot up in a heart beat! Meanwhile I can dream, right?!


What are you lusting over at the moment?

Laura

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Friday, 25 November 2016

A New MAC Lip Duo

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Stripdown lip pencil review

With autumn comes unfortunately grainy photos, but it also has me yearning for coppery brown eyes and a suitably nude lip. Its been a while since I found myself desperately after any new MAC products but the new Liptensity lipsticks were my first port of call to get that perfect brown toned nude.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe is the one that really caught my eye (and clearly everyone else's as it was hard to track down!). Described as a creamy neutral brown, this is absolutely my perfect brown. I've been pairing it with MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown just to tidy up the edges and define the shape of my lips.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Stripdown lip pencil review

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe is quite new to MAC, and as the name suggests the pigmentation is insane. It's actually very similar to their Amplified formula, with a little more of a kick. The bullet is flat and slanted so you can easily outline the edges. The Liptensity formula is super creamy and comfortable to wear, but it doesn't slide around. In fact it has pretty good staying power, especially when layered over Stripdown, which is the perfect matching lip pencil.

Cosy jumpers, slightly messy wavy hair, a coppery brown eye and my new MAC lip duo is most definitely becoming one of my most reached for every day looks.

Laura

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

Beauty advent calendars are everywhere this year. With their popularity soaring over the last couple of years there's such an abundance to choose from that I've never known where to start, so have stuck to my usual Malteaser pick until this huge Paul & Joe beauty advent calendar* arrived over the weekend.

I've tried a few products from Paul & Joe previously (review here & here), but they're still a fairly new brand to me so their 2016 beauty calendar is a great way to explore more of what they have to offer. The box is beautifully illustrated with a Marché de Noël theme - with lots of cats as you'd expect from Paul & Joe! And my god are the contents pretty too...

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

The Paul & Joe beauty advent calendar has 24 windows, of which 12 house beauty products. Obviously I haven't opened it as I don't want to spoil the surprise for myself too much, but inside the windows we have the following:

Powder Blush
Powder Blush Case
Lip Essence
Moisturising Foundation Primer
Pouch
Eye Colour 001
Eye Colour 002
Eye Colour 003
Eye Colour 004
Eye Colour Case
Lipstick
Lipstick Case

What I'm really excited about is the eye colours, as they are actually in the shape of little cats - it literally couldn't get better than that if you ask me. I believe most of (if not all), of these products are limited edition, as are a lot of Paul & Joe's products in general, so its really nice to pick up something quite special and thought out like this.

Grab it while you still can is all I can say!

Laura

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

A Few Of My Top Beauty Tools

Top beauty tools and makeup  brushes

It's amazing what the right tools can do to enhance your beauty routine. I'm no expert by any means, but I find that really good beauty tools make it so easy and pretty much do it all for you. Using your fingers to apply makeup just doesn't cut it anymore, especially when there's such a selection of awesome brushes and tools available to choose from. I thought today I would share a little round up of a few beauty tools that I'm loving right now.

ZOEVA Rose Gold 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush
My most reached for eyeshadow brush is this ZOEVA pick. So much so that I've now got a couple of back ups - forever putting off washing my brushes you see!, and the MAC 217 is just on standby for when this ZOEVA dupe needs a clean. The quality of ZOEVA brushes is so good, they're really soft and they wash well and don't shed. They're also pretty affordable so there's no excuse for not trying them!

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush
AKA the softest eye brush you will find. Best suited for lightly dusting over a base shade and for blending out colour, this is a fairly long-haired brush that gently yet effectively creates the most beautiful eye looks. It's so soft you'll be finding any excuse you can to get this beaut to work! In fact, my blending technique has massively improved since I picked up this brush as its so darn soft and addictive.

Top beauty tools and makeup  brushes

Look Good Feel Better Foundation Brush*
A more traditionally shaped foundation brush compared to the buffing brushes that have taken the beauty world by storm, this hand-made synthetic brush is perfect for applying and building up my base. I really like this with more liquid foundations as somehow it smoothes product into my complexion and doesn't leave any streaks behind. As well as the great application it provides, LGFB is such a great charity to support. I'll be picking up more brushes from them for sure.

So Eco Blush Brush*
This is a soft fluffy blush brush that applies the perfect amount of product every time. It's quite a large brush, but the synthetic hairs pick up just the right amount of product. I also love using this for powder too, so don't feel you have to stick with just it's so-called purpose. So Eco brushes are cruelty free and made from sustainable and biodegradable materials which is a big tick in my book. This handle is also shaped to make it super comfy and easy to hold, so you end up applying just the right amount of pressure.

Top beauty tools and makeup  brushes

Real Techniques Bold Metals Diamond Sponge
To blend concealer and finish off my base I love using a damp sponge. This new addition to Real Techniques is every blogger's dream thanks to it's gorgeous marble appearance. The point on the end and little facets around the sponge allow you to get into every nook and cranny and it leaves natural, yet perfected airbrushed skin every time. I find the smaller sides perfect for blending in cream contour too. This is quite a large and unusual shaped sponge so it did take a little getting used to, although it was totally worth it.

The Brow Shaper by Lilibeth of New York
I get a fair amount of peach fuzz on my face which I like to remove as I find it can be quite visible in the sun and some foundations can make it quite noticeable too. These little razors are amazing for removing it, and for shaping your brows which is ultimately what they're supposed to do. They gently remove all of the hair which grows back after a week or two, and if you're wondering it grows back really soft, so no fear of stubble appearing. They also exfoliate my skin and leave it super soft, so my skincare sinks straight in and my makeup applies so much more flawlessly.

Babyliss Brilliant Shine Ionic Hair Brush
This is a new addition but I love it! It's a super clever hairbrush that when turned on releases ions that remove static from my hair and smooth down the hair cuticle. It basically gives the same effect that straightening irons give, but without any heat damage. My hair is super fine so it does tend to get a static-y and stick up any which way, especially in winter. I find that this little brush makes my hair so glossy and shiny, it really is a must have!

Have you tried any of these and what are your favourite beauty tools?

Laura

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Monday, 14 November 2016

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

As soon as the weather starts to turn colder around this time of the year my skin can become quite difficult to keep happy. The combination of the colder outside elements, wind and central heating can make my complexion somewhat reactive and sensitive so I like to switch up a few beauty products to keep my skin happy through autumn and winter.

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Central heating and the cold really zap my skin of moisture and can leave it really quite sore, so I don't want to cause any further stress by rubbing away at it in order to remove my makeup. A thick balm cleanser such as this Pixi offering gently melts away my makeup, revealing soft and supple skin. I quite often leave this on my skin for a couple of minutes before removing it with a warm damp flannel, leaving my skin feels nourished and comforted. It transforms into a soft milk upon contact with water, washing away the day. It's literally a hug in a tub and my skin adores it.

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate
When I was on roaccutane my skin became incredibly dry, so adding an oil into my morning step was essential and it's one step I've kept in my morning routine as autumn has come around. This is a super light and fine oil that sinks into the skin and boosts the complexion. It plumps up my fine lines and makes my skin look so radiant - perfect for when I've not had quite enough sleep. It contains a cocktail of naturally derived antioxidant oils so it also helps protect the skin against environmental aggressors.

Ren Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist
I always have a facial mist in my bag to refresh my makeup throughout the day, but as the elements outside are getting harsher I've been reaching for this Ren mist quite a bit recently. It's designed to protect against the damaging effects of pollution and promotes cell renewal, so its perfect for city-dwellers and commuters like me. It creates a shield for the skin so I find it sets my makeup and prevents my skin from getting red and angry. And of course it feels lovely to spritz on while on the go.

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
By now you're probably aware of my love for a good facial oil, and I always include one in my evening routine. The Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment is super hydrating, so probably more suited to those with dry and problematic skin. It has quite an earthy rose scent to it and a few drops massaged into my skin make all the difference. I can easily leave out a moisturiser as it's so hydrating, and come morning my previously parched complexion feels so soft and nourished.

Which products do you add to your routine in the colder months? Or do you stick to the same routine all year round?

Laura

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Friday, 11 November 2016

The New Obsession - ABH Master Palette by Mario

ABH Master Palette by Mario Review

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario is autumn in a palette. And it really is beyond gorgeous. It's a limited edition release which annoyingly isn't reaching UK shores, so when I saw it had come back in stock on Sephora after selling out super quickly I didn't hang around. So it did end up costing me fifty something pounds in the end once factoring in shipping, but as you can see it's already been used a far bit and I am literally obsessed with this palette!

ABH Master Palette by Mario Review

The Master Palette is a very well thought out little palette, designed by Mario Dedivanovic, who is mostly known for being Kim Kardashian's makeup artist and for also introducing the world to banana powder - how did we survive before this?? The palette contains twelve autumnal and warm shades that will bring a smile to any neutrals lover. Each shade is named after a person or place that have inspired Mario, and there's definitely a good Kim shade in there. As you can see, Kim, Marina and Paris are firm favourites so far.

This is my first foray into the world of ABH eyeshadows, and the quality is pretty darn amazing. They're well pigmented and lovely and buttery, but as a result they can be quite messy to dip into. I literally just dab my brush on the shadows to pick up product. I apply my base products after eyes so fall out isn't really an issue but worth mentioning none the less.

ABH Master Palette by Mario Review

Mario has covered all formulas in this curation. From satins to shimmers to mattes, it's all here. The palette is predominately warm in tone but there's a couple that are on the cooler side, and it's nice to see the green hues of Bronx and the almost blue-toned granite Claudia.

If you find that you often have shades in your eyeshadow palettes that never get any wear I would recommend picking up the ABH Master Palette. I'm yet to delve into all of the colours but each and every one of them appeals to me and I've created so many different looks so far. I'm going to get so much use from this so it's a very good pick for me. Just gutted it won't be around forever as I will definitely be hitting pan on this!

Will you be picking this one up before it's too late?

Laura

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Cliche Autumn Berry Lip

Autumn berry lipsticks

It wouldn’t be autumn without a berry lip, so as cliche as it might be, it’s a trend not to be missed. As someone who usually stays closer to the pinky nude end of the colour spectrum, I’ve carefully been curating my own edit of go-to berry lipsticks that I can’t wait to share with you.

Starting with least terrifying hue, Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in 22 Berry is a great and easy everyday raspberry pick. Super comfortable and surprisingly long lasting given it’s satin finish and sheer texture, this looks incredible with dewy skin and paired back makeup. If I’m after a slightly nuder dusky shade, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna is a favourite of mine. It’s quite a cool toned dusky mauve and definitely one of my most loved NARS shades. The audacious formula is unbeatable, it’s insanely pigmented and lasts for hours.

On the more glossy side is Burberry Lip Mist in No. 214 Oxblood. I have last year’s limited edition which is why it features gold packaging instead of the usual gunmetal in case you were wondering. Although this looks super dark in the bullet, it’s quite sheer and is a glossy formula. A more reddish berry, Oxblood is one of Burberry’s most popular shades which comes in lots if other formulations if glossy isn't your thing. A more affordable offering is the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow. It’s so pigmented, and such a beautiful dark purple hue. I’m going to get so much wear out of this in the coming months.

Sometimes though, a matte finish is the only thing that will do, and it also wouldn’t be a lipstick post without the following two picks. Firstly, I really love mattes, and comfortable ones at that, so when I’m in the mood for something dark and fuss-free I always turn to Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Love Liberty. This has serious staying power and always garners me a compliment or two. It’s a dark rosy, almost raspberry shade which goes with my pale complexion perfectly. For a true, chuck it on and forget about it lipstick, I had to include a liquid lipstick. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft is absolute perfection. Super flattering and so easy to wear, it’s almost identical in colour to the previous Tilbs lipstick. The ABH liquid lipstick formula is one of my favourites for sure.

What are your favourite autumn picks?

Laura

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Sparkly Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Pebble Sparkle Eyeshadow and the Life-changing magic of not giving a f**K

I've come to two conclusions this week. Firstly, there are an increasing number of things that I don't give a f**k about, and secondly, I actually now do give one about sparkly eye shadow. I won't bore you with the former - and will just leave it at recommending you get yourself a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K, but I will tell you why I'm all of a sudden I'm an advocate of glitter.

Kate first brought this to my attention with her gorgeously dazzling eyelids, but the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Pebble is one of the most versatile and life-changing beauty products I've come across in yonks.

It's literally pure sparkle in a pan. Pebble is almost a silvery, taupey, pink-toned hue that works best dabbed on with a clean finger on top of your existing makeup. As it barely has a colour itself, it goes with just about everything. Especially cream eyeshadow which helps it stick in place. I've been patting it all over my lids for a little glimmer of light and my favourite cream shadow combos so far  have been the MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Groundwork and Stormy Pink.

If like me circa last week you thought glitter and shimmery shadows were suited to the under 10's and Barbie, you'll be pleased to know that Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Pebble is finely milled and somewhat grown up in it's effect. It won't be shimmering around on your cheekbones (unless you apply it there and if you like that then you do you). And you're certainly not going to look like a disco ball, but what I can promise you is that if you swatch Pebble, this will be one look you will very much give a f**k about.

Laura

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Friday, 28 October 2016

A Buffing Duo From Caudalie

Caudalie exfoliating buffing duo review.

Exfoliation is next to cleansing in the instantly gratifying department for me. There's something about sloughing away impurities and leaving the skin radiant and ready to take in goodness that is just so rewarding. And one of the most important factors when I am choosing a new exfoliator is how gentle it is as while I want silky smooth skin, I don't want to scratch or damage it in anyway.

I find that a lot of the french pharmacy brands produce the best physical exfoliators, as most of their products are aimed at sensitive and reactive skin, so you know they will be gentle. Caudalie recently released a buffing duo to their range which have all of my exfoliating needs covered. They're being referenced as a duo but they're not designed to be used at the same time. However, whether you're after a gentle or deep exfoliation these have it down for sure. Also, as you would expect from Caudalie, the ingredients are 97% natural - perfect for those concerned about what they're using on their skin.

For my Sunday night pamper bath  - the full shebang which includes deep cleansing, exfoliating and multiple masks (plus a candle or three), the Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator* is my new pal. Suitable for all skin types - including the most sensitive, this finely grained creamy exfoliator removes impurities and unblocks pores, leaving my skin ridiculously soft. As in 'I can't stop stroking my face but I really should' kind of soft. My skin looks so much more radiant and it allows the masks and lotions and potions to sink straight in and nourish my skin. It uses grapefruit pulp to leave the skin hydrated and comfortable, as well as menthol which leaves it feeling cool and fresh - a somewhat addictive feeling!

On my mid week mini-pamper I've been reaching for the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream*. This is absolutely ideal for sensitive and reactive skin, as the exfoliating jojoba oil beads are housed in a soft and comfortable cream which has acacia honey to soothe and grape-seed oil to hydrate the complexion. I tend to skip a mask with this one as I find it hydrating enough on it's own. Although it might be a very gentle product, don't let that fool you - it's still very effective at removing dead skin and leaving soft and beautiful skin.

Will you be checking these out?

Laura

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A Splash of Autumnal Colour


Paul & Joe Beaute Autumn Collection 2016 review

The best thing for me about autumn makeup is that it pushes me out of my colour boundaries. Now technically I can do this any time, but I rarely tend to stray away from my safety zone of neutrals. The arrival of Paul & Joe's autumn drop is the little push I needed towards colour. I have three products from the line, but it's everything I need for flattering dash of colour.

First up is the beautiful Paul & Joe Eye Colour in September Song*. This cutely packaged little trio houses the most beautiful collection of purple-toned shades that work together so well. The lighter, shimmery pink makes a great base and inner corner highlight. It's a little too shimmery to be used on it's own or on the brow for my liking, but it provides the perfect touch of light when added as an accent. The middle cranberry hue is a beaut of a shade, and it's the one that I gravitate towards most. I tend to use the darker more purple shade with this to add definition to the crease or to smudge along the lash line for a little drama.

Paul & Joe Beaute Autumn Collection 2016 review

For brows, there's the Paul & Joe Eyebrow Pen*. This is a fairly sheer coverage pen that gives me effortless natural fluffy brows. I'm trying to grow mine out at the moment so this is great for filling in the gaps and just adding the appearance of texture. I'm totally over defined sharp brows at the moment, lazy brows really are a must for me right now! The formula of these helps moisturise the skin and prevent irritation, which is great for my reactive skin. I swear my skin wasn't anywhere near as sensitive as it is now after Roaccutane. It's the price you pay for clear skin it would seem!

Paul & Joe Beaute Autumn Collection 2016 review

The Paul & Joe Lipstick in Autumn Sun* is a soft coral that I wouldn't normally associate as being an autumn shade, but paired with the September Song palette it just works. The formula is quite sheer and moisturising as it has an oil base which glides over the lips, providing lasting comfort and pigmentation. Paul & Joe's lipstick formula is so dreamy and comforting - really worth trying if you haven't already. What I really love about Paul & Joe's limited edition collections are the fact that the lipsticks are refills and you can pick and choose the cases. I have the Paul & Joe Lipstick Case 035*, which perfectly matches the September Song palette. The floral pattern is beautiful, but definitely not too cutesy or twee.

What do you think of Paul & Joe and will you be picking up any of the range for autumn?

Laura

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Autumn Foundation Favourites


I usually switch up my foundations pretty regularly, given I'm somewhat of a foundation hoarder it's the only way I get to use all of the products I own, but I've found myself in a happy foundation rut for a few weeks now. I'm really enjoying lighter bases now that my skin's under control, and I'm switching between two offerings that I'm somewhat obsessed with.

As my skin is quite dry I'm always trying to achieve a radiant complexion, whether that be by serums and oils, or primers and dewy foundations. The Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is the most beautifully glowy base I've found yet. The coverage is light but buildable, and like you would expect from the glow experts, it leaves the most beautiful finish on the skin, skimming over and hiding any imperfections and giving a luminous lit from within glow. This is the one to reach for to disguise a bad night's sleep for sure! Combined with a primer it has great staying power, and it covers well enough to forego concealer too. The packaging is a bit meh though, it has a twist top which pops out a little button that then reveals a pipette - all a bit unnecessary but it does mean you never use more than you need.

At the other end of the spectrum is the NARS' new offering. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint gives my complexion an almost soft-focus, semi-matte finish and I'm completely obsessed with it! I was worried it would cling to drier areas of my face, but I couldn't have been more wrong - it's really not your usual matte foundation. Every time I wear Velvet Matte Skin Tint I'm complimented on how good my skin looks, as it's practically undetectable - I've also converted a couple of people to it as well. I love that it's formulated with a high SPF 30, which is great as its so important to protect the skin all year round - the winter sun is surprisingly bright and can still cause damage. There's something about matte skin that screams berry lips to me, so it couldn't be more autumn appropriate.

Have you tried either of these?

Laura

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Ouai Haircare: First Impressions

Ouai Haircare First impressions

There hasn't been a haircare launch that's caused as much stir in the blogging world as Ouai has for as long as I can remember. Regardless of the fact that it's the brainchild of the Kardashian's hairdresser Jen Atkins, this is a brand that deserves all the praise it has garnered.

My mid-length fine locks don't get much styling, it has to be said. Coupled with time constraints and my hair's inability to do what it's told, I've long given up hope that I can create something worth the hassle. I've read so many glowing reviews of the styling products from Ouai, so I thought I'd try them out myself to see if they could do anything to help my flat and free-flowing locks.

As my hair is ultra fine and mainly straight, I'm always keen to give it a little oomph where I can. Ouai Wave Spray somehow manages to do exactly just that. This is one I reserve for day two hair, and a couple of spritzes is all it take to the lengths, which I then twist up in a bun and leave for an hour or so to do it's magic. Once the bun is removed I'm left with natural looking waves and texture, which is more than I've ever hoped my fine hair could have. I'm yet to try the Ouai Wave Spray on wet hair and style it, as I tend to wash my hair in the evening so it would be a little wasted. I find that as long as I twist my hair around and around before shoving it up in a bun, the waves look defined but yet messy, and the hold is pretty darn good too. If you're going to pick anything up from Ouai, this is the one. It's formulated with rice protein instead of salt like most products in this category, and I find there's no sticky residue or crispy hair to be seen. Don't be tempted to go crazy with it though, a little is more than enough.

For days where I want my hair to be a little more polished and glossy I've been reaching for Ouai Finishing Creme instead. This is one to apply to the lengths of dry hair, and it absolutely transforms my hair. I don't know quite what it does, but it's a step I now can't miss on freshly washed hair. It gives my hair the most gorgeous sheen  - which is hard to achieve on colour treated strawberry blonde hair. I also find it gives a little bit of hold and body, and so will enhance any natural wave your hair has. Ouai Finishing Creme also protects against heat, UV rays and pollution, so there's really not much it can't do! The most similar product I've found to this in the past is Bumble & Bumble Brilliantine, but Ouai's offering feels completely undetectable in the hair and it's more luxe feeling and effective in my opinion. This, like all Ouai products has the most gorgeous scent, which really lasts in my hair and is somewhat addictive.

For me, these two picks from Ouai are the ultimate lazy girl hair staples, and you never know, I might  actually get to the end of the bottles for once.

Have you tried anything from Ouai yet?

Laura

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Stila Newness


Stila is without a doubt becoming one of my favourite brands right now. In my eyes they can't do anything wrong, and these additions to their autumn collection are no exception. In fact, when they arrived in the post the other Saturday, they were on my face quicker than I'd care to say. Who says you can't wear a strong red lip with pjs?

The newly launched Stila Stay All Day MATTE'ificent Lipstick* really is magnificent (sorry). The shade I have, Bisou, is the most flattering cool toned red shade I think I own. For a matte formula, this is really quite exceptional. The slanted tip makes it so easy to apply and it's incredibly moisturising as well as long lasting. It stayed in place through several cups of tea and really only needed a slight top up to the edges many hours later. There's 12 colours in the range too, so I'm going to be checking out some of the more nude offerings as well.

Stila Autumn Collection 2016 Makeup Review

Stila Stay All Day Matte'ificent Lipstick Swatches

The Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pinot Noir* is the perfect matching liner, and it has the same longevity and moisturising qualities of the Matte'ificent lipstick. I like to apply liner all over before applying lipstick on top, and then gently go around the edges to get that really crisp, clean line and to correct any unevenness. The liner is retractable too so always good for someone like me who loses pencil sharpeners. I swear they live with the missing hair grips somewhere! It's also great for popping in your bag and topping up - if you really need to of course.

For the brows, Stila have added some new shades to their existing Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color* range. I have one of the new shades, New Medium Warm*. It's a little light for my brows, but the tone is spot on. It's not too warm nor too cool, just perfect! I find this best for more natural fluffy brows, and it really does hide those little patches at the front that I hate. I think with these pen formulas sometimes it's best to go for a slightly darker shade, especially if you're after more definition.

I've been really enjoying wearing more Stila lately, and am for sure eyeing up more matte lipsticks! I have a lipstick obsession right now, I swear.

Will you be picking any of these?

Laura

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light

Hourglass Surreal Lighting Edit review

Oh my. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Surreal Light really is something special. Every year Hourglass release a gorgeous palette, but I think this has to be the best yet. From the swoon worthy marble packaging to the dreamy hues inside, this is every bit as special as I had hoped it would be.

I own a couple of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and one of the blush shades, so I've always held off from picking one of the limited edition palettes up, as normally there's only one or two shades that are unique to them. This isn't the case with the Surreal Lighting Edit, although arguably some of the shades are quite similar to the individual shades.

Hourglass Surreal Lighting Edit review

As far as face palettes go, Surreal Lighting Edit is pretty comprehensive and contains everything you need to create the most gorgeous complexion. The powders are so incredibly fine, and literally melt into the skin, giving a real lit from within glow. They're also well pigmented so one light swipe and you're good to go.

Inside the Hourglass Surreal Lighting Edit palette we have Surreal Light (the large pan on the left); an all over dreamy nude shade that will suit all skin tones and give you that soft focus finish that the Lighting Powders are so well known for, Surreal Glow Blush (top left); a peachy pink that really lifts pale skins, Surreal Effect Blush (top right) for a real pop of colour which I''m really digging so far, Surreal Bronze Light (bottom left) for a healthy bronzy glow to the skin and finally, Surreal Strobe Light which is the most beautiful peachy champagne highlight. For me there's not a shade I wouldn't wear so it's a completely justified splurge, right?!

I'm not sure how long this is going to be around, but it's definitely one to keep in mind come payday. Or now if you head over to Space NK and use the code EXPLORE30 for £15 off. Go, go go!

Will you be picking this up?

Laura

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Kat Von D Beauty Top Picks

Kat Von D Beauty Review

When an American beauty brand comes over to the UK its a pretty big deal. The fact that Kat Von D Beauty is now available at Debenhams is an absolutely huge deal! There's quite a few products in the range, but here are my top picks in case you're wanting to dip your toes into the brand and aren't sure what to go for.

Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are legendary so it's amazing to be able to get my hands on them so much easier. The formula is super long lasting, but it's quite fluid so feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips as well. My favourite shades are Lolita, Susperia and Double Dare. The London Calling Limited Edition Set is a great introduction to Kat von D as it includes the cutest little Lolita Studded Lipstick, a mini Double Dare and a mini Tattoo Liner in Trooper.

Kat Von D Beauty Review

For the complexion, the Kat Von D Shade & Light Face Contour Palette is hugely hyped (and majorly deserved). It's more a contour and setting powder palette as none of the shades are particularly highlighting. The Shade & Light palette caters for all skintones and is pretty cool toned, much more so than the Anastasia and Lorac offerings so that's something to bear in mind. I find I actually use a lot of the shades in the palette, whether it's combining a couple of the darker shades for a sharp contour or setting my under eye concealer with the more banana shade. It's truly versatile.

Kat Von D Beauty Review

My favourite product of the bunch has gotta be the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Shadow Palette. It's essentially three matte eyeshadow quads in one, moving from cool to neutral to warm tones. You can either create eye looks all from one quad or do what I do and mix and match. I haven't worn anything else for the last couple of weeks, and I don't think I've worn the same combo more than once. If you're a neutral eyeshadow girl you'll absolutely love this!

So, are there any misses? The only product I'm on the fence with is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. For me the nib, which actually has hundreds of individual brush hairs, is really amazing. It's super precise and so easy to use. The pigmentation though, is somewhat lacking for me. It's more grey than black which is pretty disappointing. Maybe the Ink Liner is more my jam?

Kat Von D Beauty Review

I'm definitely going to build on my little Kat Von D collection, I'm definitely going to have to pick up the Lock-It Foundation and Lock-It Creme Concealer. The shade range sounds quite complicated though so definitely one to swatch on a counter!

Have you picked up anything from the Kat Von D range yet, and if so, what are your top picks?

Laura

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