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Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

Hey guys!
So you probably won’t know, but I suffer from oily, acne prone skin and everything seems to break me out, which really sucks! I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for a couple of years now but fancied a change so started hunting online to try and find something that would focus more on clearing my skin. Everywhere I looked I noticed Sunday Riley products keep popping up. I did some research and decided to splurge on their new U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil from Space NK.

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U.F.O contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid, and is designed to help fight acne and clear congested pores. It contains a number of beneficial plant oils to calm, rehydrate and protect skin, including cucumber seed oil, jojoba oil, pomegranate oil and flax seed oil. 

The oil, which retails at £68, comes in a chic glass bottle and has a dropper dispenser. It’s a bright alien green colour (which I love) and has a really strong herbal scent, which you’ll either love or hate, but I kind of like it. It goes onto the skin really nicely and absorbs pretty fast. 

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At first I was a bit worried that it would irritate my skin because it has such a strong scent, however I was really pleasantly surprised. I’ve been applying 3 drops of this to my freshly cleansed face every night and I noticed a massive difference after only a couple of days. My skin started to clear up (yey), my red acne scars started to fade and my skin kind of had a glow to it. I’ve even had complements from people telling me how much better my skin looks which feels absolutely amazing!

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I feel a lot more confident now to go out without makeup on, which to me is great because normally I have full foundation on wherever I go! Now I know it’s quite a pricey product and I don’t normally splurge on skincare, however personally I think it’s worth paying because of how well it works with my skin. To me, U.F.O really is an out-of-this-world product and I would really recommend it to others who also suffer from acne prone skin.

If you know of any fab skincare products to try let me know in the comments and I hope you enjoyed this post :)

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SFX Glass Wound

Hi guys,
Ever since I started college, I’ve been playing around with loads of fx makeup and I’m obsessed. There’s something so satisfying about covering yourself in fake blood haha trust me, try it!
Since I’m pretty new to this, I sometimes find it hard to think of ideas, so I’m always checking instagram. That’s probably my favourite place to get inspiration because it’s full of incredible artists, my two favs being Powdah and Raniratt (deffo check them out)!

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The products I used to get this glass wound look were – 
Ben Nye Nose & Scar Wax 
Mehron Spirit Gum
Vaseline
NYX Finishing Translucent Powder
Mouldlife Kensington Gore Aged Blood
Rubber Glass
Stainless Steel Spatulas 
Paint Brushes
Latex Free Wedges
Cotton Buds

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I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s nice to get back into blogging. Feel free to leave any comments and constructive criticism in the comments below :)

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New Start – Studying SFX Makeup!

Hey guys, where do I even begin!
Firstly, I hope you’re all well. As you probably know, I’ve not posted on here in soo long it’s ridiculous. When I finished my fashion course last year, I kind of lost track and interest in posting, my brain was pretty much fried, I would start a post and then delete it all because I just couldn’t get my ideas out properly. I decided to put my blog to rest for a while (which ended up being a little over a year ahh) so I could give myself time to get re-inspired, which is exactly what I’ve done!
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to study Theatrical makeup because I love gross/bloody makeup haha, so that’s what I decided to do. I enrolled at college for another year and am studying Theatrical and Media Makeup and couldn’t be happier. I feel so excited for everything, including starting my blog up again :)
To ease myself back in, I thought I’d leave you guys with a few photos of my first piece of sfx makeup I created! 

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Products used :

Baby Wipe
Kryolan Mastix Spirit Gum Adhesive
Pros-aide Adhesive
Ben Nye Nose & Scar Wax
Graftobian Blood Gel
Kryolan F/X Blood
Bloodymarvellous Congealed Clot Wound Filler Gel
Stipple Sponge
Spatula
Latex Wedges
Cotton Buds

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MERMAID INSPIRED MAKEUP

Hi everyone, sorry it’s been a while! The past couple of weeks I’ve had kind of a creative block, I didn’t know what to post or write about at all, so I took some time out to really get my ideas together. It feels so great to be back, can’t wait to get back into my weekly routine!

I’ve been experimenting with makeup a lot recently, trying loads of new products and creating loads of different looks, so I thought why not post some of them on here :)

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*EYEBROWS*
Makeup Revolution Ultra Brow Palette in Medium to Dark – £7.99
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Chocolate – £15

*EYES*-
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette – £6.99
MUA Mono Eyeshadow in Purple – £1
Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Electric – £14
Lancome Crayon Khol Eyeliner Pencil in Noir – £17
Benefit Roller Lash – £19.50
Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes – £5.49

Hope you have a great weekend! Let me know in the comments of any products you’ve been loving recently :)

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TOPSHOP METALLIC CREAM BLUSH IN AORTA

blush edit 3Hi everyone! I picked up this cream blush the other day and thought I would show you because it’s so pretty.

Whenever I go into Topshop I spend far too long looking at the makeup stand, there’s so many really pretty colours and I love the packaging!
I’ve had my eye on this cream blush for soo long, swatching it every single time I went in, however I never purchased it because I don’t really ever wear blush, never mind cream blush. When I went in Topshop the other day, I noticed it was in the sale for only £4 so I had to pick it up, I couldn’t resist any longer!
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blush edit 4Aorta is a gorgeous metallic cranberry colour, I absolutely love it! As it’s a cream blush, it’s really easy to blend into your skin, leaving you with a subtle, metallic finish. At first, I was a bit worried because it’s quite dark to look at, but when it’s applied it’s kind of like a natural flush of colour.

As it is a metallic blush, I think it would look so pretty in the summer because it has a really nice hint of shimmer, so when it catches the sunlight it would look so pretty!

blush edit 6I definitely want to try out some more cream blushes, so if you know any nice ones, let me know in the comments :)

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*UPDATE* LILASH – HAS IT WORKED?

Hi everyone, so today I have my LiLash update for you. I’ve just finished my 12 week period using LiLash so I wanted to let you know how I got on with it and how incredible it is!

I received this eyelash serum in March and have used it every day since. For best results, you apply a layer of the serum to the skin just above your lashes. I used to do this every night before I would go to bed because I didn’t have any makeup on, although you can apply this before you apply your makeup.

I can’t even describe how much I have loved using LiLash. Before I would never go out with just mascara on, I would always wear eyeliner because I felt my lashes were too short, however now I hardly wear eye liner because I’m so happy with how much my lashes have grown. As you can see, before my lashes were so short and stumpy, even my bottom ones were longer than them. Now my top ones are so long and I really love them! 

The only thing was that the first few weeks of applying it I noticed it would sting a little bit, but as soon as my eyes were used to it, it was completely fine; Because of this, I was a little worried that if I got any in my eye it would really sting, but it actually didn’t sting one bit, it was completely fine!

I would 100% recommend LiLash to you all because I found it absolutely amazing and I am so so happy with the results! A huge thank you to Paige for sending this to me and allowing me to try it out, it’s incredible!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this before and whether it worked as great for you :)

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LOTTIE LONDON

lottie london editHi everyone! Sorry I took a few weeks off, I’ve been really busy with things for college, but I’m finished now (yeeey) so will be back to my weekly posts :)
So a few weeks ago I received some lovely Lottie London goodies to try out so I thought I’d let you know about them.

So if you don’t know, Lottie London is the newest beauty accessories brand found in Superdrug and ASOS, aimed at girls aged between 14-24, with products ranging from nail polish and nail files to makeup brushes and hair ties etc. I really like how they have a really good range of different products, all really affordable, which is so good!

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I received these 3 nail files and I think they’re so cute, the colours are so bright and great for summer. These are great for nail lovers because you get 3 for only £4.99, which is so good! I really like how they each have little slogan on, I think it’s really fun :)

lottie london3 editBlending Brush – £4.99
I also received the blending brush and I really love it! I use it every single day now because it blends my eyeshadows really well. For only £4.99 I was really surprised at how good the quality was,  I didn’t think it would be as good as it is! My favourite thing about this brush though is the colour, it’s a really pretty lemon colour and I absolutely love it! 

lottie london4 editSingle Sided Mirror – £3.99
The last thing I received was this little mirror. Now you can’t go wrong a mirror, you can never have too many! I love the little slogan on this too, I think it gives a really nice touch and looks really cute.
These mirrors come in 3 different colours and all have different slogans;
Pink – ‘READY FOR MY CLOSE UP’
Lilac – ‘#SELFIEREADY’
Turquoise – ‘MADE YOU LOOK, MADE YOU STARE’

lottiie london5 editA really big thank you to Holly for sending me these lovely products! I would really recommend Lottie London, they have some really great products for really great, affordable prices, definitely check them out :)

Let me know of any other beauty brand you’ve been loving recently :)

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MY MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION

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Hi everyone! I’ve been wanting to do my MAC lipstick collection for a while and I think now is the time because although it’s not huge, I’m happy with the collection I have.

If you know me, then you’ll know I’m kind of obsessed with MAC lipsticks, I just love their formula and smell and I think they’re pretty amazing! 

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1. Cyber
I love this deep purple colour, it’s quite vampy and I think it’s really cool. The only thing I don’t like is because it’s dark, it can be quite patchy on the lips. I find pairing this with MAC’s Nightmoth lip liner makes it last so much longer.

2. Goddess Of The Sea
This lipstick was part of the Alluring Aquatic Collection and it so pretty. It’s kind of  a purple/berry colour and has a cremesheen finish. I don’t really wear this colour much because I feel like it doesn’t suit my skin tone, however it’s still a really lovely colour. Plus the packaging is amazing!

3. Rebel
I completely forgot I had this lipstick! It’s a pinky/berry colour and has a satin finish. I think this is such a pretty colour for summer because it’s quite bright and bold.

4. Film Noir
This is probably my favourite dark lipstick that I own, I love it! I wear this with MAC’s Chestnut lip liner and it looks so lovely and vampy. It’s a brown with red undertones and has a satin finish. 

5. Viva Glam III
I really love this lipstick, it’s a really nice browny/plum colour. As it has a matte finish, it lasts quite a long time on your lips, which is great! I went through a faze not that long ago where I would only wear this lipstick, it’s so lovely! I also love that the proceeds is given to the MAC Aids Fund and goes towards helping women, men and kids affected by HIV and  AIDS.

6. Ruby Woo
This is your typical red lipstick, with blue undertones. I love this lipstick because it’s a matte and lasts for ages!

7. Riri Woo
This lipstick was from the Riri Hearts MAC Collection and is so similar to Ruby Woo. I find this is a lot more drying on the lips though and needs reapplying more. I love this packaging too, it’s really fun and girly.

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When I first got this lipstick I would wear it all the time, but now I feel like it washes me out, and doesn’t really suit me too well. I still use it, but as a highlight in the middle of my lips.

9. Free As A Butterfly
I was pretty disappointed with this lip colour at first, but now I’ve started wearing it on days when I can’t be bothered to use lip liner and I love it. It’s from the Cinderella Collection and has the cutest packaging! I love how sheer it is, and the peachy undertone it has, I think it’s so pretty!

10. Pretty Please
This was the first ever MAC lipstick I bought and I think it’s so pretty and sheer. It’s described as a pale pink pearl, and I would have to agree. It’s quite shimmery when applied to the lips which by itself I don’t like, however applied over a darker lip liner, it looks really nice.

11. Syrup
I really like this colour, it’s quite a cloudy pink and has a lustre finish. I think it would be a really lovely summer colour because it’s not too in your face and can be quite sheer.

12. Brave
This is one of my all time favourite nude lipsticks! Paired with MAC’s Soar lip liner it gives you that kind of 90’s lip colour, and it looks so lovely! It’s pinky/beige and has a satin finish. This is definitely one of my go-to lipsticks!

13. Velvet Teddy
Like Brave, this is another one of my favourite nude colours. It’s a deep-toned beige and has a matte finish. I love that it has matte finish because it lasts a really long time on your lips. I love wearing this with Urban Decay’s Liar lip liner, they look so nice together.

14. Twig
I haven’t had this lipstick that long, but I absolutely love it! It’s a muted browny/pink and has a satin finish. This is a lovely everyday lipstick because it’s quite simple, yet is a really nice colour.

15. Verve
Like Twig, I haven’t had this lipstick that long. It’s a really lovely muted brown/plum and has a satin finish. I also like to pair this with Urban Decay’s Liar and I think they look so pretty together. Definitely one of my favourite lip colours!

I hope you like this post! Let me know what your favourite MAC lipstick is in the comments as I’m always on the lookout for a new one :)

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REVIEW – MAGNITONE LUCID *AND DISCOUNT CODE*

Hi everyone, so for the past week I have been doing the Magnitone 7 Day challenge and thought I’d let you know how I got on.

I have seen cleansing brushes all over the internet in the past few months and had always wanted to try one. The only thing stopping me was the price, I was worried that I would buy one and it wouldn’t work for me.

magnitone2 editA little while ago The Bloggers Hub held their #BHTwitterParty, which was so much fun, and were giving away the chance to review a Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing & Exfoliating Brush. I was so excited when I found out I was one of the lucky ones chosen to review one of these fabulous little brushes. Out of the 4 different colours to choose from (Plush Pink, Aqua Green, Dazzling Blue and Sunshine Yellow) I chose the yellow because the weather at the time was really nice and sunny and it reminded me of the sun haha.

So in the box you get –
Magnitone Lucid cleansing brush

Charger
Wireless Charger
12 Month Warranty 

Instructions

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I have been using my Magnitone Lucid every morning and night with my ‘LUSH Let The Good Times Roll’  (review here) cleanser for the past week, on the 2nd mode though as I have sensitive skin, and I have really noticed a difference. 

As I wear quite heavy makeup everyday, my skin can get quite spotty at times, so I really like that this brush helps to control that. I’ve noticed that I’ve been getting less spots and the ones I do get go the day after. Another thing I’ve noticed is that my skin is a lot smoother, like I have no little bumpy bits anymore. My favourite thing though about using this brush is that my makeup is sitting a lot better on my face and lasting a lot longer, which is amazing!

magnitone4 editI can’t wait to keep using this exfoliating brush and seeing the difference getting better in my skin, I would definitely recommend using one!
Luckily for you guys I have a discount code for you. If you enter the code ‘Laurie20‘ at checkout you can get 20% off your very own
Magnitone Lucid, which is so good! 

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REVIEW – LUSH ‘LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL’ CLEANSER

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LUSH ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ Cleanser – £6.75 / 100g

Hi everyone, I picked up this cleanser the other week in my nearest LUSH store and wanted to let you guys know about it.

I’ve been trying to find a new daily exfoliating cleanser that works great with my skin for absolutely ages and have had no luck what so ever; they normally end up breaking me out since I have really sensitive skin, which is really annoying!

I was watching one of Jamie Genevieve‘s videos (which by the way are amazing), where she used this cleanser and said it was really nice, so I thought I may as well try it, and omg I’m so pleased I did!

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I’ve been using this twice a day with my Magnitone Lucid (I have a review on this coming soon) and I really love this product! As it contains Maize flour and polenta, it gently exfoliates, which is so nice. The cinnamon powder stimulates your skin and leaves it feeling lovely and fresh and clean. Even though it is a daily exfoliator, it’s so gentle on your skin, it’s lovely! 

At first I thought I was going to get bored of using this because I’m a really impatient person, and before you apply it to your face, you have to put it into the palm of your hand first and add water until it’s a paste, which I originally thought was going to take ages, but it literally takes a couple of seconds. I was so pleased haha. 

Another thing I love about this is the smell, it literally smells like biscuits, it’s amazing! If you like sweet scents, then you’ll really like the smell of this. 

LUSH CLEANSER EDIT3I’m always on the look out for new skincare products to try, so let me know some of your favourites in the comments :)

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