Book Review! – Caraval

Happy Easter! 

I’ve literally just finished this book so I wanted to write a review while it’s fresh in my head.

Let me start by saying… ITS AMAZING!

I’ve read some pretty good books recently but I’ve been stuck in the thriller rut which is pretty much every book in the charts at the moment. Yawn. 

I do love books that are magical and completely imaginative. I would say this book is a cross between hunger games and divergent and Harry Potter. 

Caraval is basically a magical game on a island where people play to win a prize. There’s lots of twists and turns… I don’t want to give anything away! Scarlett plays to find her sister who ends up getting involved in the game. It contains romance with suspense and magic. 

This is the authors debut novel and from what I’ve heard they are already in talks about a movie.

In the UK the book isn’t readily available in many shops apart from Waterstones. I got mine for only £5 on Amazon. Also, the hardback edition has secret covers underneath the cover slip. The cover is so pretty!

Definitely worth a read if you’re into quirky fiction. 

Let me know any other books to pick up now I’ve finished this!

Lauren x

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Pressed Vs Loose Powder | MUA Loose Powder Review

Hi guys, 

This post is basically just gunna compare the two types of powder… As loose powder seems to be the craze at the moment, I wanted to see if it was worth the hype. Also I’m going to let you know what I think of the one I purchased.


I was debating yesterday whether to repurchase my go to powder, Rimmels Stay Matte Pressed Powder or try a loose powder. In every YouTube video I watch at the moment every one is going loose. Especially with the whole “baking” craze. So I looked for one to try, and actually theres not that many highstreet ones out there. I only wanted to go cheap to see if it suited me. I saw the MUA one has tons of good reviews and was only £3! Wasn’t really expecting much for that price to be honest.

The powder comes in one shade, which I assume is transparent but actually is coloured so I’m guessing wouldn’t work on dark skin. However it does blend out colourless. The tub is quite big, and has a lid with tiny holes to dispense a tiny amount. 

I haven’t tried baking but with the powder I’m not sure if it would work, as it isn’t white. I will give it a try though! But as a general powder it is so silky and smooth! It disappears once applied and leaves the skin matte, glowing and flawless. I was so suprised how good this product is. A little goes a very long way. 

As much as I like my pressed powder, it annoys me how quickly I go through it as I hit pan so quickly. Also it takes a lot of pressure to get a good amount on my brush and then on my face.

The loose powder is so easy and fast to apply. And on the rare super hot day I tested it (also when I had a big verification at work and was sweating like a crazy woman) my skin was still matte and glowing by the end of the day.

So I’m totally converted. And in the future I might try high end products, I hear Laura Merciers is good. But for now this is an absolute bargain.

Let me know your opinions and any good powder tips and tricks to try. 

Lauren xx

Nyx soft matte lip cream (Transylvania) – Review 


I’ve been dying to do a review on this because before I bought it there were very few reviews, and they all varied so I thought I’d try it myself. Some people raved about it. Some people didn’t rate it. So this is my honest review.

Price: £5.99

Shop: Boots

Colour: Transylvania. I’ve been looking for a dark colour, I wanted a vivid dark plum shade to grunge up my outfit on a night out. It’s dark but not black, it’s slightly warm tone comes through.


Packaging: I know packaging isn’t the most important thing in the world but I wanted to include it. The tube is relatively small, with a twist cap and fluffy applicator. Although the size is handy it doesn’t look like it has that much product in. 

Smell: Caramelly sweet and pleasant. 

Application: The formula is creamy when first applied, and apples smoothly. However it becomes patchy and not dark enough so required a few coats. Also trying to get an accurate smooth line is impossible. Lip liner is a must but even with that I made a mess that stained and took all my foundation off. 

Texture: The product takes a while to dry but is very matte when it does. Only problem is it really drys your lips out so before exfoliate and moisturise.


Staying power: This is the bit I’m most disappointed with. It does not last. Granted I was out and drinking a lot but I had to apply SO MANY TIMES. And when it starts coming off it looks awful. Like your lips are bleeding and scabby. This makes reapplying hard. 

Verdict: Not worth your money. Yeah the colours great but I think they aimed for a liquid lipstick and didn’t make the mark. Higher end lipsticks are going to be a better formula I’m guessing. Good for in the day but not for long periods of time or when drinking. I think the lighter colours will be better.

Rating: 4/10
Hope you find this useful. Let me know if you’ve tried it. Also any better brands I could try?

Lauren x

Amazon dupes first impressions!


Hey guys!

I got so excited when these arrived  this week because I wanted to do an honest review and let you guys know whether it’s worth it. Plus I wanted to see if they lived up to my expectations, and if it was worth getting more.
So I’d read a bit about these on a few blogs and Instagram. They are by ‘Tonsee’ on Amazon, and they basically sell dupes of brushes and tools, such as real techniques brushes, beauty blenders and artis face brushes. I had my eye on a set of real techniques bold metal dupes but I thought I’d try a few first than dive into a set.

So I got the fan brush, which was just over a pound I think. When it arrived it was slightly crushed and bent in the case, but after one use it fanned out to what it should be. The bristles are so soft, and the brush is sturdy and well made. I intended on using it with highlight but ended up using it to bronze and contour. It’s so fluffy and blends really well. So chuffed with this!

Next I was desperate to see if the artis dupes held up. I got it with a brush egg, to clean my brushes, which both together were reduced to 97p. I know. I wasn’t holding out much hope for the brush. But I was so wrong. There are so many soft bristles compact that it’s like velvet on the skin and doesn’t leave any streaks. It’s quite small, so is best to blend harder areas such as under eyes and nose. Yes it’s plastic handle isn’t the most fancy ever, but really what do you expect. It does the job and I don’t see why you would pay a fortune when this is so fab. I’m definitely going to try a bigger one they have, which comes with a metal handle too. The brush egg is also fab, and is sort of standard with those products so you can’t go wrong.

They took just under two weeks to be delivered, at the start of the period they suggested. They were packaged nicely and in almost perfect conditions ( just the squashed brush). 

They do a huge range of brushes and sets for such ridiculously cheap prices it’s worth having a look for some experimenting. At the end of the day nothing is going to beat unboxing sigma or zoeva brushes, but for those who don’t want to fork out that much or like me, can’t really afford it right now, then these are perfect.

Check out Tonsee Here.

Hope this review is useful! 

Comment and let me know if you have any, or any questions.

Lauren xx

First impression- L’oreal True Match Crayon Concealer

   
Morning guys! 

So this morning I tried out the new concealer I got yesterday and i thought I’d share my first impressions. 

I’ve been after one of these crayon concealers for a while, as i wanted something slightly more coverage. I’d been using rimmels wake me up concealer which, if I’m honest, I don’t see what the fuss is about. It barely covered anything and creased constantly.

I decided to try this l’oreal one as the simplicity of it seemed really appealing, and there is a good range of colours. I did read quite a few negative reviews about it not blending well and being very dry.

So with this in mind i wacked a load of moisturiser on before i started, and applied the concealer straight after my foundation. The colour is perfect! Matches my fair nars foundation perfectly. And with the warmth of my finger i blended it out around my eyes, nose and blemishes.

 I have to say it looks great! I love the more fuller coverage and ‘flawless’ look it gives you. And i made sure i set it well with powder to last all day. The good thing about crayons is they do tend to last longer without touch ups, and are great for applying on the go.

All in all i am very happy with my purchase. 

£4.99 superdrug/boots 

If you have this or plan on getting it, let me know what you think!

Lauren x