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Recent Beauty Purchases.

Recent Beauty Purchases.



Ah, the number of times I've sat down to write this post and then forgotten about it and had to re-take photos for it as I've added to the list of recent purchases (although I forgot to include two this time around, doh!). Well, today, I'm knuckling down, I'm finally sat at my desk and determined to get this post written for good. I always think I spend far too much money on beauty but considering all products featured in this post have been bought over a 2 to 3 month period, I'm not doing so bad lately. So, what have I bought?

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.

NYX Professional Makeup Launches at Debenhams.
I remember being so excited whilst stood at the NYX Professional Makeup stand at The Clothes Show live almost two years ago. Having a browse at all the different products on offer and hailing the start of my Soft Matte Lip Cream addiction (oops). Back then, NYX were quite hard to get hold of in the UK and now, they're so easily accessible. In fact, they just launched at Debenhams earlier this week and I was kindly sent some of their best selling products to try including a new and exclusive palette!

SoulTree Ayurvedic Kajals.

SoulTree Ayurvedic Kajals.



I love being approached by brands I'm yet to discover. As nice as it might be to work with the bigger beauty brands out there (It's every blogger's dream, right?), it's also great to get the chance to try some products that you may of other wise never tried. So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out the gorgeous kajals from Soultree, a natural, organic brand hailing from India, I obviously said yes.

Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.

Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.


I would be very surprised if you hadn't heard of cushion foundations by now. They are a compact housing sponges drenched in liquid foundation originally hailing from Korea and they hit UK stores around 2016 with Lancome being the first to launch their Miracle Cushion Foundation. I was intrigued by it but put off by its high price tag. So, when L'Oreal released their Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, I could finally give this compact a try. It soon became a staple in my makeup bag, I reach for it whenever I'm having a good skin day and want to achieve a healthy looking dewy glow. Recently, Maybelline released their Dream Cushion Foundation and I decided to see how it compared..

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
A gorgeous foundation that you must try if you love achieving a dewy glow. It's an incredibly lightweight, sheer formula and it's perfect for those of us with dry skin. I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for a lot of coverage, it just doesn't exist in this foundation, as I said before it's incredibly sheer. Therefore, I'm more likely to reach for it on good skin days and those rare warm days during the summer when I don't want anything too heavy. I love how natural my skin looks when I'm wearing this!

Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.


Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation
When I first heard the name of this, I had flashbacks to the days of the Dream Matte Mousse. Oh dear, I think we all had disasters with that foundation. Anyway, you'll be glad to know that the Dream Cushion is a really lovely foundation with a nice amount of coverage. It feels comfortable on the skin and looks nice too. Often with my dry skin, foundations with significant coverage can look cakey, thankfully it's not the case with this one. I also find that it's a lot easier to pick up more product with the Dream Cushion, I found my L'Oreal Nude Magique seemed to dry out very quickly. My only gripe with the Dream Cushion is that the lightest shade (01 Natural Ivory) is a lot darker than the lightest shade in L'Oreal's version (01 Porcelain) so we definitely need a lighter shade for us pale people please, Maybelline!

What makes cushion foundations so good is that they are a great option for top ups on the go or for packing in your suitcase for your travels. Now that a load of brands both high end and in the drugstore have jumped on board, there is sure to be a cushion foundation out there for everyone.

Have you tried a cushion foundation? Which is your favourite?

Laura x
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