My name is Laura, and I'm a beauty blogger and vlogger from the South West of England.

I briefly started in 2014, and now blogging and YouTube has quickly become my little getaway, and a place to share my love for all things beauty and fashion. This has always been a strong passion of mine, from watching my mum apply her makeup in front of the mirror every morning, to doing it myself, I've always found it like my little sanctuary of happiness in the first hours of the day.

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xoxo
Laura



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Essie Autumn Nail Polish



I have always been a magpie for nail polish (do you call it polish or varnish?!), and since Boots started selling Essie I have had to make difficult decisions on which colours to pick up, and which ones to walk away from and shed a tear for.

Since purchasing these three beauties, they are all I have been reaching for. Left to right we have Chocolate Cakes, Sole Mate and Buy Me A Cameo. The first two can look very similar in certain lights, as both have a purple brown tone in them. However, Sole Mate (in the middle) definitely has more of a Burgundy colour to it, whereas Chocolate Cakes (on the left) has more of a brown tone to it. As for Buy Me A Cameo (on the right), this little beauty is what I would call Rose Gold in a nail polish. It definitely leans more towards gold than rose gold, but catch it in the right light, or at the right angle and hello beautiful rose gold goodness.

I apply these straight out of the bottle onto the nails, and the skin, and all of them you could definitely get away with one coat in a hurry, but two give the perfect opacity. And the lasting power of these actually surprises me, they last at least 5 days without a chip, impressive!

These are definitely my nail colours for the autumn. What colours are you loving to wear?

xoxo
Laura
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Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant Mascara Review





After hearing many rave reviews about the Makeup Forever Smoky Lash, I was determined to check it out when I went to London IMATS all the way back in June. My plan was to buy this mascara in waterproof as my lashes will not stay curled without this, the only mascara they had available that had 'Smoky' in the name, was the above, Makeup Forever Aqua Smoky Extravagant. (After searching the interwebs, I have discovered that I was being blind and the original mascara I wanted does exist!)

This was advertised as their newest mascara, and I particularly liked the shape of the wand. The mascara comes with 7ml of product, at the cost of $24.00 (£14.92), which I don't think is that unreasonable for a high end mascara. What does the company claim? 'Add volume, length, curl, and precision to lashes. This lash-defining product lays on color using an exclusive micro-defining complex that envelops the surface of lashes with ultrablack pigments for far-away impact' and I have to say, I don't disagree!

I apply this mascara to my lashes after curling them (for a long time) with my Tweezerman Eyelash curlers. The pigmentation is great, my lashes are instantly black, and the formula dries in just the right amount of time to hold the curl, but allow enough time to still apply a second coat. Being a waterproof mascara, the wear time of this product is ongoing, I haven't once had it smudge on me, and it doesn't come off until I remove it myself, however, this is normally what you find with a waterproof mascara. 

All in all, I am impressed with this mascara, however, I'm not shouting from the roof tops. It does exactly what my favourite Maybelline mascara's do, but costs over £5 more. So if you ask me, save the money and buy the Maybelline equivalent (The Rocket). 

Let me know your thoughts on this mascara? Or maybe the Maybelline The Rocket mascara?

xoxo
Laura

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