Monday, 12 August 2019

GLOSSYBOX AUGUST 2019 UK - Unboxing and Demo

Glossybox August 2019 Huda Beauty
This August sees popular beauty box Glossybox launching their Birthday Edition to celebrate their 8th Birthday! Yesterday I shared with you over on my YouTube Channel here what's inside the August Glossybox 2019 and I also did a demo on four out of the five products included. So if you're curious to know what's inside or you would like to get your hands on this month's box, then here's all the deets...
- £10 for 1 Month plus £3.25 P&P.
- £8.50 for 12 Months plus £3.25 P&P.
- £38.25 Upfront for 3 Months including delivery.
- £69 Upfront for 6 Months including delivery.
- £132 Upfront for 12 Months including delivery.
You can also use code LAURAS20 for 20% off your first box using the link here*
This month you'll recieve all your products in this pretty pink holographic box! I love using these boxes afterwards around the house to store anything and eveything in.

1. Furr Lashes Rose Gold Lash Curler RRP £15 (Full size) -
2. Eye Therapy Under Eye Mask with Collagen and Green Tea (Deluxe Mini) worth £1.65. Full size pack of 3 RRP £4.95 -
3. Huda Beauty Lip Strobe RRP £17.00 (Full Size) You will get either Angelic Rose (in my box), Ritzy Champagne, Boujee Coral or Fearless -
4. Bang Beauty Felt Tip Liner in Black RRP 15.75 (Full Size) -
5. Imperial Leather Foamburst Shower Cream in Golden Amber & Coconut Oil (Delux Mini) worth £2. Full-Size​ RRP £5.00 -

Monday, 22 July 2019

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lip Swatches Collection

Pixi MatteLast Collection
Last year I posted about the Pixi Liquid Lipsticks in my inital review here. The original line up consisted off five stunning nude/brown shades that are all infused with Rose Hip Seed Oil. These were and still are some of my favourite liquid lipsticks to date mainley because they are so comfortable and actually moisturising on the lips! So if you are still a fan of a liquid or matte lip then I wanted to share with you six more shades that have been added to the collection that I have swatched, however there is now a further three more shades that I will include the names off down below. Also be sure to let me know your favourite shades in the comments section too!
  1. AU NATURELLE - A nude with an orange undertone.
  2. BARE BEAUTY - The perfect everyday cool toned nude.
  3. MATTE BEIGE - A slightly deeper cool toned nude.
  4. PASTEL PETAL - A stunning pink nude.
  5. REALLY ROSE - A deep pink nude.
  6. EVENING ROSE - A deep pink with a red undertone.
  7. PEONY PINK - A cool toned bright pink.
  8. PRETTIEST PINK - A hot Summer pink.
  9. ORANGE RED - A vibrant red with an orange undertone.
  10. REAL RED - A stunning classic red.
  11. BERRY BOOST - A deep berry red.
  12. CALIENETE CORAL (NEW) - A burnt coral perfect for Autumn.
  13. BERRY BEAUTY (NEW) - A dirty pink.
  14. PLEASING PINK (NEW) - A medium deep pink with a mauve undertone.
Out of the ones I have swatched my favouties are Bare Beauty which is such a stunning and wearable nude shade, Peony Pink, which is a soft pink and perfect for Spring and Summer, as well as Orange Red (great with a tan!) and one of my original favourites Matte Beige, a slightly deeper nude compared to Bare Beauty.
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Monday, 8 July 2019

Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Review and Photos

Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm
Over the past couple of years, Cleansing Balms have revolutionised our skincare routines thanks to their double-duty uses. I have reviewed a few Cleansing Balms here on the blog over the past couple of years that you can read about here, however, the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is one of the OG Cleansing Balms so I thought it was about time I got around to sharing with you my thoughts on this popular Korean Balm...
Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm comes in four formulas including,
  • Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original 100ml & 180ml (Pink)
  • Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Purifying 100ml (Purple)
  • Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Nourishing 100ml (Yellow)
  • Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalising 100ml (Green)
There is also a 150ml Clean It Zero Foam Cleanser available too.

A cleansing balm, in general, is good for taking off makeup, cleansing and nourishing, as well as removing any dirt and impurities from your skin. Banila Co's 3 in 1 Cleansing Balms have everyone covered with their four different targeted balm formulas for every skin type or concern.
  1. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original (Pink) - For all skin types, this original formula contains Vitamin C and E. 
  2. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Purifying (Purple) - Great for problematic skin.
  3. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Nourishing (Yellow) - Perfect for any skin type that needs that extra dose of hydration thanks to the additional Royal Jelly and Ginseng Berry ingredients.
  4. Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Revitalising (Green) - With Grape Seed Oil and Resveratrol this Balm helps with signs of ageing and aids in protecting from pollution also.
Banila Co Cleansing Balms are also paraben, alcohol, sulfate, mineral oil, phthalates and artificial colouring free.

Prices vary depending on where you decide to order yours from but as a guideline, you can pick this cleanser up for around £18 give or take. I'll list my top websites to buy this from down below.

Banila Co recently transformed its packaging and now you can find all four cleansers in these beautiful bright pastel coloured tubs which in my opinion are so much more eye-catching and easy to differentiate between all of them. Each comes boxed and includes a small spatula to scoop up the balm easily and more hygienically.

Scoop a small 2 pence piece sized amount out with the spatula included and massage onto dry skin to melt away makeup, SPF and the daily build-up of dirt etc. Remove the cleanser with a damp muslin cloth or flannel then follow up with either a second cleanse or your other skincare products you use within your routine.

12 months once opened.

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Amazon UK*, Soko Glam*, YesStyle* and BanilaCo USA*.

I'm obsessed! I adore this cleansing balm firstly because the texture is so smooth, so fine and ultra lightweight. It doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all and the best part is it breaks down makeup quickly and efficiently while gently cleansing your skin at the same time. I also commend Banila Co for producing an amazing collection of well thought out cleansing balms to suit every skin types without parabens and sulphates.

Overall this cleanser is a real pleasure to use within my evening routine and I would highly recommend picking up a tub if you're wanting something kinder to the skin and a far better option than a makeup remover wipe...

I award the Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm a 4.9 out of 5


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation Review UK and Photos

Milani Foundation UK
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Milani Cosmetics is a popular drugstore brand within the US and finally, after a long wait, we can now get our hands on this colourful on-trend makeup brand here in the UK! I already have a few reviews up on the PPB Blog on their Baked Blush here, Bella Eyes here and their Liquid Eye Liner Pencil here if you want to discover more from the brand, but today I wanted to share with you one of their most popular products the Conceal and Perfect Foundation, so here's everything you need to know about Milani's one and only Liquid Foundation...
The Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer comes in a massive 29 shades including,
  1. 00AA Ivory
  2. 00A Porcelain
  3. 00BB Nude
  4. 00B Light
  5. 00 Light Natural
  6. 01A Creamy Nude
  7. 01 Creamy Vanilla
  8. 02A Creamy Natural
  9. 02 Natural
  10. 03 Light Beige
  11. 04 Medium Beige
  12. 05 Warm Beige
  13. 05A Natural Beige
  14. 06 Sand Beige
  15. 06A Deep Beige
  16. 07 Sand
  17. 08 Light Tan
  18. 08A Warm Sand
  19. 09 Tan
  20. 09A Natural Tan
  21. 10 Golden Tan
  22. 10A Hazelnut
  23. 11 Amber
  24. 11A Nutmeg
  25. 12 Spiced Almond
  26. 13 Chesnut
  27. 13A Espresso
  28. 14 Golden Toffee
  29. 14A Cocoa

The Milani Conceal and Perfect is a full coverage matte foundation and concealer in one that not only covers blemishes, redness etc. but also conceals dark circles and spots. And with an extensive amount of shades to choose from, there's something for everyone whether you choose one or mix two together.

The Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 in 1 Foundation and Concealer retails for £12 for 30ml of product.

This comes in a glass bottle with a pump applicator.

I find this works well with both a brush and damp sponge, I usually take a pump and a half of the foundation and distribute it evenly preferably with a Real Techniques Sponge that you can find here*. I picked up the Shade 01 Creamy Vanilla, however, I did find this had a slight yellow undertone, nonetheless, this blended out well and it gives a lovely flawless even coverage that's comparable to the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer that I reviewed here.

I wore this for a solid nine hours and I would say it lasted well and still looked pretty good by the end of the day.

Beauty Bay* and Beauty Base.

Despite this having a slight yellow undertone I did enjoy the overall look and coverage of this foundation and I applaud Milani for releasing an impressive and extensive shade range. This is a little more expensive here in the UK however it's not that much more expensive compared to other foundations within the UK Drugstore market.

Overall I think this is a great dupe for the Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation if you want something more budget-friendly that's still full coverage, matte and lasts, and I love the fact that Milani is finally an accessible brand within the UK, hooray for that!

Have you guys tried anything from the brand?

I award the Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation a 4.4 out of 5.


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

I tried the K Beauty 10 Step Skincare Routine for 7 Days ...

Soko Glam 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine 
Over the past six months, I've become fascinated by Korean Skincare and specifically K-Beauty Routines, so I decided to take it one step further and test out and share my experience of the 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine inspired by Soko Glam...
Skip to 7.30 if you would like to see my Skincare Diary over the 7 Days

I first discovered the Original 10-Step Routine through the online Korean Beauty Shop Soko Glam* which was founded by Charlotte Cho and her Husband back in 2012. Soko Glam describes the routine as more of a lifestyle and highlights the fact that it isn't about having an abundance of products but alternatively about having the correct products that do the correct things in the correct order for your skin type and concerns. If you would like to know more about this then I'll link to Soko Glam's dedicated page on this topic here* and I also break this down further in my video that I linked above.

In total there are 10 types of products that make up the Soko Glam K-Beauty Routine including four categories. Additionally Soko Glam has a super handy PDF here* that you can print out or save to your phone that breaks down the whole routine so you can have it to hand if you do decide to try out this 10-Step formula.
STEP 1: Makeup Remover/Oil Cleanser
STEP 2: Water Based Cleanser
STEP 3: Exfoliate (To be done twice a week only)
STEP 4: Toner
STEP 5: Essence
STEP 6: Treatment (Serum/Boosters/Ampoules)
STEP 7: Sheet Mask 
STEP 8: Eye Cream
STEP 9: Moisturiser
STEP 10: SPF (Only needed in the morning part of your routine)

I have Normal to Combination Skin with the odd hormonal breakout and I am in my mid 30's. I already have an extensive skincare routine especially in the evenings, however, I do use a lot of different products on a daily basis and so it will be nice to stick to the same products and a more structured routine for a week.

I used a mix of Korean, Japenese and Australian Products that I wanted to test out, but I advise using what works for you personally or alternatively, Soko Glam do have curated skincare sets for a 5 or 10 step routine to suit a variety of skin types here*

For some product categories I decided to add more than one skincare item to suit my Morning and Evening Routine and I've also included an Overnight Lip Mask to this too as I do love a good moisturising balm for the lips as well!

MORNING *Affiliate Links
STEP 3: PINK The Pore Perfection Peeling Pads
STEP 4: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Mist (Gifted)
STEP 5: White Label Essence 
STEP 6: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Serum (Gifted)
(Missing STEP 7 out as I will do the sheet mask in the evening)
STEP 8: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Eye Cream (Gifted)
STEP 9: Kose Moisture Mild Cream
STEP 10: Biore SPF 50
Primark Alex Steiner Overnight Lip Mask

EVENING *Affiliate Links
STEP 2: Jurlique Revitalising Cleansing Gel (Gifted)
STEP 3: Etude House White Cloud Mask* (Only do twice a week)
STEP 4: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Mist (Gifted)
STEP 5: White Label Essence
STEP 6: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Serum (Gifted)
STEP 7: LuLuLun 7 Day Sheet Masks
STEP 8: Jurlique Herbal Recovery Signature Eye Cream (Gifted)
STEP 9: L’Oreal Hydra Fresh Night Mask in Jelly
Primark Alex Steiner Overnight Lip Mask 
Overall I absolutely loved doing this routine, each day I looked forward to doing every single step and this for me became a lovely daily self-care ritual as it helped me to dedicate the time to give myself a pamper. Even after a few days, I started to notice a difference in my skins texture and by the and of the week my skin looked glowy, felt softer, fresher and more hydrated.

In my morning routine, I definitely enjoyed doing all the steps and I mentioned in my video that I would maybe take away the essence and the serum step just because I didn't think I would need these in my morning routine however I have actually continued to do my whole morning K-Beauty Routine as it actually doesn't take me that long and I missed doing all the steps! I did time how long this took me in the original video and it was only around 12 minutes.

For the evening routine, I have continued to do all the steps apart from the sheet mask, I probably do around 3-4 each week instead of every day just because I'm yet to find a great value pack here in the UK especially designed for sheet masking every day, just like the LuLuLun ones I used which were Japenese. But if you are in the US, then Soko Glam have just curated an amazing new product from A'PIEU  here* who make a box of 33 sheet masks (basically a months worth!) that are both convenient and better for the environment as they are all packed into the one box.

Finally, I just wanted to add a couple of pointers that I've learnt from doing this routine that I had to share with you guys if you do want to give this kind of routine a go...

  • Apply everything in thin layers that way it just soaks into the skin better as you are applying so many different layers and textures in a short time span.
  • Gently pat the products in for example the Essence, Serum, Sheet Mask, Toner and the Cream.
  • There's no need to exfoliate more than twice a week unless you are using something like the peeling pads that say you can use them daily.
  • Sheet Masks are such a wonderful addition to your weekly skincare routine and there are some great ones out there that don't break the bank either! 
  • Find products that work for your skin type and concerns personally. They don't have to necessarily be Korean Products you've just got to find what works for you and your skincare budget.
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Friday, 1 March 2019


Top 5 Drugstore Toners UK
I absolutely love a good facial toner for not only balancing out my skin but also for hydrating, refreshing and sometimes setting my makeup. For me, a toner has multiple uses and there are so many great ones out there that are also affordable, that's why I thought I'd share with you my favourite five that are all under £10.
1. Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist - This one is an oldie but a goodie and an absolute steal at only £2.99 for a 150ml. I actually really like this first of all because it has a spray applicator which is my favourite way to apply my toner because of the convenience factor but second of all because as the name suggests this is so hydrating. My favourite way to apply this is after I've cleansed I love doing a double spritz as it gives my skin that lovely visible hydration boost and it's a great pick me up mist.

2. Simple Soothing Facial Toner - The Simple Soothing Toner is one of those classic toners which is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin because it has no artificial perfumes, colours or harsh chemicals in it and it's 100% alcohol-free. I personally love using this one after I've used lots of Glycolic, Retinol or peeling products because it just balances everything out after and it's wonderfully refreshing on the skin too. This retails for £3.49 for 200ml, however, I have to give a shoutout to Poundland who currently have it in stock for only £2!

3. Botanics 100% Organic with Rosewater Toning Spritz - Rose skincare has become a firm favourite of mine and I have two beautiful rose recommendations to share with you guys including another classic the Botanics Rosewater Spritz which is a Boots own brand. This decadent toner is perfect for all skin types and despite it being the most expensive of the bunch at £7.99 for a 150ml it's great for balancing out the skin and spritzing onto overheated skin in the Summer months.

4. Wideeye Facial Balancing Toner in RoseMy second Rose pick is from a brand I came across recently. Wideeye are a natural skin and body care company selling an extensive collection of products for all skin types and concerns. This rose toner has become a firm favourite within my collection as it's wonderful for calming the skin, reducing redness as well as being particularly great if you have dry skin. I actually love using this toner not only after cleansing but for spritzing onto my face as a primer before makeup and for setting my makeup after. It's just a really nice way to add a boost of hydration before I pop on my foundation so it sits on the skin a bit better. You can purchase this on their website here for £6.95 for a 150ml and free delivery.

5. B Essence Lotion - Now this last one is technically not a toner, it's actually an essence (if your unsure on what an Essence is then I actually will have a video dedicated to Essence's coming soon here). For me, an essence and a toner kind of do the same thing in the fact that they hydrate the skin the only difference being the toner is for balancing the PH and the essence is a more hydrating step within your skincare routine. The B Refreshed Essence Lotion is actually the only drugstore Essence I've ever come across in the UK that's affordable too and this one is specifically good for dry and sensitive skin as it is very soothing and hydrating. Be sure to watch my video I linked above where I demonstrate how I like to use this within my routine, but I do love this one especially as it does have Hyaluronic Acid in it. This retails for £6.99 from Superdrug for 140ml.

Monday, 25 February 2019

My Dewy/Glowy Skincare Routine

Glowy Skincare Routine UK
Do you ever feel like sometimes your skin just needs that extra bit of TLC, well today I wanted to share with you my dewy/glowy skincare routine when my skins in need of a little pick me up! I'll also share with you a few tips I use to get that instant dewy glow. 💫
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  1. First off I use a cleanser that is going to brighten my skin so I decided to apply one of my newest additions the Neals Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Facial Wash*. I apply one pump onto the skin and then wet my fingers to massage it in further. I also used my Lidl Cleansing Brush to give my skin a deeper more efficient cleanse. And to finish I  used a cold flannel over the face to boost the circulation and remove my cleanser. 
  2. Afterwards, I used the Pixi Glow Tonic* on one of my favourite muji cotton squares (these squares are so soft!).
  3. I also spritzed my face with this beautiful rose toner from Wide Eye here. While my face was still damp I used this Rose Quartz Massage Tool* that I mentioned in my skincare collection video here to help give my skin that naturally radiant glow. I love doing this as it aids in boosting blood flow and circulation. 
  4. For the eyes, I also used the smaller side of this mini Rose Quartz massager to help penetrate my favourite cooling and brightening eye gel from Simple*
  5. For moisturiser I decided to use the Pixi Rose Caviar Essence* as this is both great at hydrating and brightening the complexion. 
  6. Finally to finish you guys know I like to apply an SPF 50 (this is my current favourite*) everyday, and on days when I’m not wearing makeup I’ll add one drop of the Revolution Liquid Highlighter in Starlight* in with it to give my skin that naturally looking radiant glow. 
  7. Then to finish I just applied the Glossier Balm Dotcom* in Birthday to my lips for a subtle dash of sparkle and hydration.
  8. Also if you have time and you want to add an extra step to your routine a Pearl* or Vitamin C Sheet Mask are a great way to instantly brighten and hydrate the skin.
Lastly as promised here's a few more tips and tricks I use to get that instant dewy glow...
  • If you are applying makeup that day a couple of other things I use are some hydrating under eye patches. I apply these before I do my makeup and leave them on while I’m doing my makeup so they really have time to sink into my skin and to hydrate and brighten the under eye area. 
  • Then when it comes to foundation and these days I'm more into a dewy glow, so I first massage in a facial oil with my other Rose Quartz face tool, then I apply my foundation on top. I adore using the Rose Otto Oil from Balance Me* and massage combo with the Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation* as it gives the most beautiful dewy finish to the skin.

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