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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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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!

lottie london2 editNail Files – £4.99
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.

lipstick swatches - nudes8. Creme D’Nude
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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APRIL FAVOURITES

favourites editHi everyone, today I really wanted to do my monthly favourites for you because I haven’t yet done one and it really excites me talking about products I love! This was pretty hard for me to only pick a few cause there’s been so many things I’ve been loving in April, but I managed :)

favourites2 editMAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
I’ve had this MSF for absolutely ages and was never too fussed about it until recently. I always thought it was too sheer because I quite like a strong highlight, but now I absolutely love it! I apply it over the top of the Bobbi Brown highlight in Pink Glow and it looks so so pretty. 

MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
I had wanted this lipstick for such a long time and whenever I’ve visited to my nearest MAC counters it’s always been sold out, which was so frustrating. I was lucky enough to get it recently and I am absolutely in love with it. It has a ‘your lips but better’ effect, and since it has a matte finish, it lasts quite a long time on the lips. It’s such a pretty colour and I’ve been loving it a lot!

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Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum
If you read one of my recent posts on Nip+Fab products, then you’ll know that I love this serum. It smells amazing and since I have dry skin, it always leaves it feeling amazing and hydrated. I’ve found that it’s really helped keep my skin clear too, which is fab! 

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray
I won a competition recently and got sent a ton of goodies from Makeup Revolution, including this fixing spray. As it’s been quite warm recently, I’ve been getting quite oily so I decided to try this and I absolutely love it! It literally only takes about 10 seconds to work, which is fab. To buy, this is only £5, which I think is absolutely amazing, so worth the money!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
This is another product I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving, it has such good coverage and is so good at highlighting under my eyes, definitely my favourite drugstore concealer. For only £4.19, it’s incredible! 

LiLash Eyelash Serum
I’ve been using this eyelash serum every night for about 9 weeks now and omg it’s so so good, I can already see a huge difference! Before my eyelashes were really annoying, they were so short and whenever I applied mascara would always look thick and clumpy and never long, yet now when I apply it they separate really well and look so long, I’m so obsessed with it! If your eyelashes are short and annoy you, then I would definitely recommend you try this out!

favourites6 editMakeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 Palette
I have been using this palette so much recently, the shadows are so pigmented and so blendable, I absolutely love it! My favourite shade to wear daily in the crease is the mauve/purple colour next to the blue, it looks so pretty! I definitely recommend it!

favourites7 editMakeup Revolution Ultra Brow Palette in Medium to Dark
So far I’ve only been using the arch enhancing cream and the highlight, but I really love them. I find they really help to define my brows and leaves them looking so nice and quite strong. I’m dying to use the other things in the palette, it’s so lovely!

Let me know in the comments what your favourite product was throughout April :)

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RECENT MAKEUP HAUL

Hi everyone. I went shopping a couple of days ago and picked up some amazing bargains in TKMAXX so I thought I’d show you :) At the minute, TKMAXX is probably my favourite shop to buy makeup because you can get some amazing brands for a fraction of the price. If you get the chance to I would definitely have a pop in!
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Too Faced

Lip Injection Color Bomb in Bigger Berry & Eastwood Red
These were the first things I saw and immediately knew I needed to buy them! Originally, I only purchased one, which was Bigger Berry, however I realised that I probably wouldn’t get them that cheap anywhere else so I went back and bought another shade. I was lucky enough to find these for £5.99 each, which is great considering they normally cost £15.

Normally I don’t like lip tints because I can never find a colour that I like, but I absolutely love these ones. They smell so fruity and amazing. I don’t really like wearing pinky colours, so I really like that these are buildable so I can have a very sheer colour. Another thing I love is that these are lip plumpers. I’m not really sure why, but I love the tingly feeling you get when these are applied, makes me feel like they’re actually working. I find them so moisturising as well, they leave my lips super soft.

Amazing Face Foundation in Warm Honey –
I was sceptical to buy this at first because it’s quite dark, however in the end I decided to because it was only £5.99 and I thought it would be a really nice/subtle contour shade. I really don’t understand how TKMAXX can sell this for £5.99 when it would normally cost £23.

I really like how this contains SPF15, since it’s starting to get warmer in the UK now it’s going to be really nice for summer. I haven’t actually used this yet, however I’m very excited to try it out, I hope it doesn’t end up looking to orangey on my skin.

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Illamasqua 

Fine Pencil in Classic – 
Like the foundation, I wasn’t sure whether to purchase this or not because when I tested it, it felt quite sharp and hard, which put me off a little. The thing that swayed me was the colour, I really love the colour! It’s kind of a dull grey colour, which I think would make a lovely eyeliner.

I found that when it warmed up, it softened up a lot, which I was so pleased about because I think it’s a really nice product and I would have been pretty gutted if I didn’t end up liking it. I managed to get this for £4.99 instead of £11, so I was pretty pleased.

Lipstick in Magnetism
The lipstick was a massive yes for me. Illamasqua is probably my favourite brand at the minute so when I saw this for £5.99 I couldn’t say no! It’s classed as a deep rasberry pink and is such a pretty colour. Like I said above, I don’t normally go for pinks but this is a really lovely colour and I think it would look really nice over the top of a brown lip liner. 

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Stila

Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss in Terracotta Vinyl
I’ve never tried anything from Stila before so when I saw these products I was really excited. This is another thing that I knew I needed to buy as soon as I saw it. It’s a gorgeous browny/orangy colour, so basically like the name a terracotta haha. 

I love that this lip product contains organic green coffee oil because my lips get really dry, so using something on them that contains oil to help hydrate them is great. Another thing I love about this is the smell, it smells so sweet and toffee like, I love it.

Like all of the others, I got this for a really good price. I only payed £4.99 for it instead of £18

Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Indigo
I’ve been looking for a new eyeliner for a while now, so I thought I would try this Stila one. I always wear black, so I decided to have a change it up a bit and go for a navy colour. I have blue eyes so I was a bit worried that it would look a bit odd, however I think it could look quite nice applied when I’m experimenting with different eyeshadow colours.

The only only thing that i’m not too keen on is that it’s waterproof. I know it’s probably a good thing, however it takes so long and is so hard to take off, however for £3.99 it was a bargain.

Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Liner in Electric
Now i’ve definitely saved the best until last. Th is my absolute favourite thing I bought, I’m obsessed with it! I don’t think I’ve ever seen and eyeliner as pretty in my entire life. Its’s so pigmented and sparkly and amazing! This is one of those products that when you get you can’t top looking at it and trying it. the fact I picked it up for only £3.99 as well instead of £14 just made my day.

I know it’s not an everyday colour, but I think winged out it will look so pretty for a night out. It will really reflect the light and look amazing! I also really like how it has a thin sponge tip, makes it a lot easier to apply.

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stila swatches editLet me know in the comments what your favourite products from these brands are as I’m dying to get my hands on more!

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