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Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Worth the hype?

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer | Worth the hype?

Tarte's Shape Tape concealer is the must have beauty item on the scene right now and it's selling like hotcakes, every 26 seconds to be exact. And when a product is so popular, I'm likely to pop it in my basket without any second thought. So, is it worth the hype?

Three Moisturisers to Try.

Three Moisturisers to Try.

I have been cursed with the dryest skin so as you can imagine moisturisers are a prime step in my skincare routine to soften, smoothen and hydrate my parched skin. I have three day moisturiser favourites that I swear by and opt for every morning to rehydrate my tired, dull skin. Today, I'd share these with you..

Specially formulated for dry/dehydrated skin, Speed Plump is my go to most mornings. I usually find moisturisers made for drier skin tend to be quite thick but this is silky-light and sinks into the skin within seconds. Perfect for pre-makeup application! Not only that, it's got the nicest watermelon scent and contains some fabulous ingredients such as raspberry stem cells to help provide elasticity and marine plant to smooth wrinkles for mature skin. This also gives my skin a nice dewy glow which as you know I'm obsessed with.

This budget option is probably the best I've tried! I can't get enough of the Naturally Radiant range, it's incredible and cheap, what's not to love!? This cream is for Normal/Combi skin which I certainly don't have but it still works really well on my skin. Not only does it contain SPF15, it also has a ton of skin loving ingredients such as Kiwi and Mulberry extract to help revive and even out skin tone. 

On the other end of the price point, we have this cream from Gatineau! This can be used both morning and night and whilst it's actually quite a thick cream once applied on the skin, you can barely feel it, it transforms into a really light cream that absorbs in seconds and leaves no greasy feeling. This cream is said to enhance volume by plumping cells and leaves your face redefined. I haven't noticed any remarkable differences yet but it is a great moisturiser, one I'm cherishing as it's pretty expensive!

Which moisturisers are your go-to's?

This post contains products sent to me for review purposes. All views are my own!

Laura x

Mascaras I'm Loving.

Mascaras I'm Loving

Once upon a time, I was obsessed with buying mascaras. Nowadays, the hype has died down a bit and it's been a long time since I've bought one myself, a lot of mine are now sample sizes or competition wins. Mascara is still an important step in my makeup, however as I think it really finishes off a look, really opens up my eyes and also makes me look more awake and ready to take on the day thanks to my 6 am weekday wake up calls! (yawn!) My favourite mascaras give my lashes length, definition and a nice curl that holds. These are 5 I'm currently loving..

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara |
My current go-to, I love this mascara! It really gives my lashes such volume, definition and it can be buildable. Whether you want a nice, subtle everyday look or intense volume for a night out, this is easily achievable. It's one of the best mascaras I've ever tried. One for anyone who likes definition and dramatic volumised lashes for an evening look.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara |
The one for anyone who likes the look of 'feathery' lashes. This gives me the most beautiful lashes, seriously! This was my go-to for a long time, now it's more of a second choice but I still adore it. It gives a lovely soft, luscious look but can also be built up for more drama and volume, if need be.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara |
My only gripe with this one is that it's an absolute pain to take off! You will think you got every last bit of it off only to wake up the next morning looking like a panda 💁 But still, this mascara is great for dramatic, volumised lashes. This is not subtle in the slightest, put this on and your lashes will be looking bold and well, sensational and will stand out. A great evening mascara if that vivid look isn't for you during the day!

Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara |
I don't wear this a lot probably because of it being Givenchy, cos y'know it's probably the only Givenchy item I'll ever own.. #poor. Anyway, it's a lovely mascara and as the name would suggest volumises and gives lashes definition and length. I also adore the studded packaging!

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara | 
Again I don't wear this a lot but it's a really good mascara! As you would think, it compliments a smokey eye really well. It gives the appearance of thicker, fuller, more voluminous lashes. I love it and I really should start wearing it more!

Which mascara is your favourite? Always looking for recommendations!

Laura x
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A Concealer Round Up.

A Concealer Round Up.

About a year ago, I did a whole post dedicated to concealers I had in my collection at the time. You can read that here. Fast forward a year, I still own a few of these but I've also added a whole load more thanks to my concealer hoarding tendencies. I think I'm a bit addicted to buying concealers, if I'm honest and I'm really picky too. I'm constantly looking for one that does everything.. conceals my hideous dark circles and bags that I've been genetically blessed with, brightens and hydrates my dry under eye area and doesn't crease. My holy grail is the Collection Lasting Perfection, I swear by it.. but it could still be improved as I find it doesn't have great lasting power and can crease a little. Today, I've got a concealer roundup featuring all the additions to my concealer collection since my Concealers: The Good & The Bad post..

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer |
A really nice creamy concealer but with abysmal coverage. I had such high hopes for this concealer but it just doesn't deliver. You can see how creamy and thick this is in the swatches below and you'd think this would provide great coverage but I think the problem is that it's just too thick. I find it quite hard to blend.

LA Girl Pro Conceal |
I bought this off eBay which probably wasn't my wisest moment but as far as I can tell, its the real deal. I've had no problems with it, whatsoever. The only thing is that I bought a shade that is far more corrector on me than concealer. Classic Ivory which is the 3rd lightest. But that's fine! You can buy these on a whole range of UK sites now such as BeautyBay and they are so cheap but really deliver. I can't wear this on it's own because it's far too dark but I will definitely buy a lighter shade soon. I love the texture of this, it's thick but not thick that I find it too hard to blend and it provides a long lasting base for my concealer.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer |
This is a nice concealer but I don't wear it too often mainly because I'm not too keen on sticking my finger in a pot as it always gets stuck in my nails, yuck. But I find that this does not crease or set into fine lines even though it's quite mattifying, it provides a nice coverage but I wouldn't say it's the best. If you're having a particularly good skin day and had a good nights sleep, this one would be a good option.

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer |
A blogger favourite, this concealer is raved about constantly and is said to be as good as Collection Lasting Perfection. I don't agree. Whilst it's nice, it's definitely not on the same level. It's got good coverage but it's not as brightening or as creamy as Lasting Perfection. I also find it creases a lot more too. If I'm just popping out and need some concealer, I will wear this but for a long day out or at work, I probably wouldn't opt for this one.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer |
Whilst I like this concealer, the shade range is dreadful. The lightest option is almost the same shade as the LA Girl in Classic Ivory. Maybelline really need to introduce a few more shades into this product both lighter and darker. I would imagine the darkest shade isn't even that dark, that's how it looks anyway. But it terms of coverage and what not, its good but I wear it underneath a lighter concealer and use it more as a corrector. I do like the sponge applicator, funnily enough.

A Concealer Round Up Swatches

As you can see from the swatches above, the lightest shades do really range from brand to brand! Some really aren't 'light' at all. The only one which isn't the lightest shade available is the LA Girl one. This makes it really hard when choosing a concealer for my skin tone!

Have you tried any of these concealers? What are your thoughts?

Laura x