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Monday, 25 July 2016

Budget Beauty Picks for under £10



I have had quite a splurgey month/s so I am now reigning the purse strings back in and focusing on all the good beauty that I already have and it also made me think about what great beauty we have available on the high street AND on a budget. I am a fan of mixing high end and high street...in both fashion and beauty so I wanted to share with you some of my favourite budget beauty (mainly skincare) that is under £10.
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Illamasqua Vanitas Rose Gold Palette | 3 Ways.


 Vanitas is the latest limited edition collection from Illamasqua which is inspired by the dark romance of the 17th century still-life painting.  
The tones and hues selected replicate those that were popular within the artworks including rose, deep purples and golds and can create both delicate and bold makeup looks...oh and the packaging is rose gold. The collection is small but select, including one eyeshadow palette and 5 lipstick shades, which I kinda like ; you are not overwhelmed with choice ,it's concise and well-edited. The shades work really well together and the Vanitas Rose Gold Palette is gonna work on ANYONE and everyone, which is why I have shown you 3 different looks you can create with it varying from more intricate to the easy, every-day eye.
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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

If you had £100 to Spend in Debenham's Beauty Hall...


...What would you buy?   

Well I had this amount to spend in the Debenham's Beauty Hall YAY which I went and spent up last week in the Oxford Street store. I was super excited to go shopping here as it's a great little big department, with lots of really great brands, including the big boy Lauders etc and then the little niche and smaller brands which I tend to love even more. £100 does sound quite a lot, but when shopping for high-end makeup it doean't go *that* far but here is what I got.
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Current Cleansing #Shelfie & Why You Should Cleanse (well).


I always have a substansial stash of cleansers with around 4/5 on the go at once. I like to switch it up in the AM to the PM, double-cleanse when required and I tend to opt for whatever I feels my skin needs on that day. 
I actually think cleansers are my favourite item in my skincare regime and possibly what I invest most of my hard-earned money on, I think this stems from having awful acne when I was growing up so I just have this *thing* with cleaning my skin and allowing it to breath and feel fresh at the end of a day. I know all you fellow oily-faced peeps can hear me on this one!
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

New Kit Additions | Hakuhodo Brushes


 
So at this year's IMATS I had super limited time so I rushed around like a stressed, sweaty fool for half an hour and picked up a few bits that I needed....I got some of my beloved Hakuhodo brushes (standard), LIT glitters, some Lancome makeup andddddddd that's about it. I wanted a bit more but the pro evening on Friday was way busier than normal and there was lots of Q's and it was also a little harder to get from stand to stand with all those people and eyebrows.

I added x3 new Hakuhodo brushes to my collection. I am using these for my pro kit only, not for me personally. If you don't know about these brushes ; let me break it down ; these brushes are possibly the best in the world, you can only purchase them online or @ trade shows, makeup artists buy these by the TON (a girl in front of me purchsed £700 worth), and they are TRULY incredible, albeit fucking pricey.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

July Birchbox with Mille Mackintosh.



 This month, Birchbox have collaborated with celebrity style icon (& makeup obsessive!) Millie Mackintosh to curate the 'Never Ending Summer' box. I think this is the first time I can remember Birchbox joining forces with a famous face but she seems like a decent option as has dipped in and out of the beauty , makeup & fashion world with collaborations with St Tropez, Manuka Doctor, her own blog AND her own fashion line. Not that I am a name-dropper but I have worked with Millie and she is truly into her beauty and knows her stuff from her dabbles of working as a makeup artist in the past.

I opened up my Birchbox on my snapchat (Username LauraLouMakeup FYI) and if you watched it you may know I was a little torn on the contents of this one. However, on further inspection & use, I've been swayed. 


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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Benefit Makeup | The New Ka Brow & Precisely My Brow | Review


 Well THIS was a hyped up launch wasn't it?! Even if you have had your head firmly stuck in the ground over the last couple of months, you are still gonna know about the huge Benefit brow overhaul & relaunch. So before the new brow collection, Benefit had like what, 5 brow-specific products? Well now they have a whopping 10 different brow products and a few accessories to boot. 

It's not difficult to see why Benefit have done this ; over the last 2 years or so, brows have gone from being a *thing* on your face you comb through @ the end of your makeup session, to THE thing that people are spending the most time on in their entire makeup routine ; preening, plucking, waxing, filling, cheating & lifting. If you don't have good brows, you WILL be judged by the newer generation of makeup lovers, instagrammers & makeup-artist wannabee's. Along with the current brow OBSESSION, brands are bending over backwards to entice us with new brow products, innovative products & ways to make our brows look *fleeky*. Yes, I said that word. Yes I just vomited in my mouth a little bit. 
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