Makeup haulage!

I am excited to present a little makeup haul recently completed at Sephora and MAC.



Let's start with a self-made quad from MAC. These are all repeat purchases for me and for the hell of it I got the pan versions and slapped them into a palette.

It's a neutral selection - of course! - of the 4 colours that I have used the most over recent months. If I was to market it in a collection I would call it something slightly incomprehensible but fitting like "Warm Smoke". The colours are lifting, add delicate definition and when combined creating a pretty, smudgy, neutral eye with subtle shine. So here we have...




* Top left: Nylon -  a beauty for inner corner action. This has replaced Crystal Avalanche for me because whilst it adds that pearl effect, it's a softer finish, and ultimately more flattering.

* Top right: Era - this is a dark nude with a touch of gold that I use to blend the crease with. It's one of those shades that I never hear anyone talk about, yet always comes in useful. It's like Buck by Urban Decay but infinitely prettier.

* Bottom left: Mulch - terrible name, great colour. I apply this on the outer half of my lid and lower lashline but it's just as easy to wear by itself. Think warm chocolate with a hefty helping of bronze. This could just as easily be replaced by Sable - still a big part of my life.

* Bottom right: Mythology - I will never get enough of this shade. It's a rose gold-esque colour that when blended well with a 217 (because you need to get rid of the chunk) becomes shiny and pretty. If there is one colour that I will buy for the rest of my life this would be it.

I will try and snap a good picture of these shadows applied but I highly recommend all of them.

Here's to the Warm Smoke quad :)

And now for the Sephora stash...

So here's the thing - I used to be anti-Benefit. I refused to buy it because I instinctively felt that they spent more money on branding than they did on product.

Then I got Coralista and perceptions changed. Despite that, its not a brand that I look at every time I shop for makeup but Sephora had a special offer and then this happened...



Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation is wonderful. It really is. I got it in the shade "I'm So Money" Honey and I would describe it as medium coverage with a "natural finish". It's definitely not as luminous as the likes of Chantecaille Just Skin, or as "skin-like" as a silicon based products (FACE Atelier/Armani) but on my normal/combination face it looked "kinda natural" - in a hide all my flaws kind of way. And yes, it even hid my scab!

But before I get carried away, I have heard some negative comments about this:

a) The SPF 25 causes flashback...true, this can be a problem but at the same time most of us don't get papped all day, every day so I suppose SPF should be valued more as a strength than a weakness.

b) Longevity - it is oil-free but not everyone thinks it lasts well. I see lots of negative comments regarding this from oily-combination skins.

I think these are legitimate moans so lets see how this plays out but after today I have to say that I love it - and I also love the fact that Benefit is an accessible brand. It's not crazy expensive and its available in lots of places. Brands that you have to order online in advance of running out require foresight...and I don't have that...so being able to run out and grab a good foundation is a good thing for me.

The same can be said of mascara - and here's where we start to talk about the famous They're Real.

This has lots of promising claims and I have watched/read reviews with interest but the reason I stick to MUFE Smoky Lash is because it's great from the first application. I find very few mascaras are like that. Case in point, YSL Faux Cils. This is a product with cult status and whilst it's good, it takes a couple of weeks of "drying out time" before it gives the effect I am looking for. The same can be said of MAX Factor's False Lash Effect - something I also picked up recently and have injected with air in the hope that it works better. And that whole "waiting time" process irritates me.

Today was the debut for They're Real and with trepidation I applied.

("Trepidation" added for dramatic effect)

I am happy to report that I got excited on first application. Obviously I did my obligatory two copious coats (and maybe one for extra measure) but I loved it! Thick, curled, defined...this is what I am talking about!



And after that massive diatribe about my haul all I can say is that it's so nice to find products that fit. It's what always appealed to me about makeup - applying something on your face and feeling fantastic afterwards. This is especially true when your skin/or a feature makes you feel self-conscious.

So these are the items that I currently love that I am sharing with you - what can you share with us?

What makes you feel transformed and beautiful? Tells us so we can feel the same :) 

100 comments:

  1. I like your self-made quad a lot, Laura! I actually have Mulch but I don't find myself reaching for it very often... it tens to get lost in a drawer full of other neutrals, haha!

    xo, alison*elle

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  2. Oh really want to get my mitts on Mythology now, it looks beautiful.

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    1. Its such a beautiful shade. If are warm skinned (either naturally/via fake tan/via sun) its AMAZING!

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  3. I've definitely got to try Era :)

    Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is that trusty product that makes me feel transformed. On my third bottle of it now :)

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    1. Thats a great foundation - so incredibly light and natural on the skin! Good choice!

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  4. Reading what you wrote about the MAC eyeshadows reminds me of lollipop26 YT days years ago! Gotta love products that stand the test of time :) x

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    1. haha the good old days when the makeup community was just beginning :)

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  5. Always so lovely to read a make up update post from you Laura! Just before I read this post I ordered MAC Era so I'm even more excited now :)
    I am also loving Benefit They're Real at the moment, definitely a key product that makes me feel transformed! I'm also rediscovering and loving my Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks... nothing like shimmer to brighten up the complexion! xxx

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    1. Reading that makes me want to get out mine...Beige gave the perfect candlelit glow! :)

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  6. I love that mac quad! It's like the perfect neutral selection. I also really rate They're Real (although man alive, I hate the tacky advert)

    This long UAE weekend I hope to pick up Benefit Sunbeam and Hello Flawless. I also rate the Porefessional, that's a great product for keeping matte when it gets humid! xx

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    1. I am not sure exactly what the offer was at Sephora but I got a mini Coralista, full size lipstick and eyeliner. Pretty good going!

      Happy UAE National Day! :)

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  7. Awesome haul :) love the quad!! I have such mixed feelings towards They're Real - to put it simply, I find it a friggin' nightmare to remove and because of that, I just can't be bothered with it. I'm such a lazy lady in pursuit of easy make-up removal :) xx

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    1. Its definitely tough! I used an oil cleanser and it got most of it off but there was some serious lash massaging going on :) haha

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  8. I need to build a MAC neutrals palette - my holy grail is a Lancôme GWP quad - am going to color match it at MAC so I always have those shades with me.

    My most transformative makeup is blusher - nothing makes me feel prettier or more radiant. Current loves are CG lush berry with Bobbi Brown Pale Pink lightly layered on top. The BB blush looks shocking in the pan but used with a light hand, it's perfection!

    P.S. I love your writing so much - your e/s descriptions are amazing ... You could write about different types of porridge and I'd still be fascinated lol!

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    1. haha a book of porridge currently in production :) Thank you so much :)

      You know I have never tried Bobbi Brown blush really....I need to get on that!

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  9. great post laura! i love reading about make up but always dread buying it. i just worry that sometimes i won't suit the colours of certain eyeshadows or that foundations won't work for me but i'm starting to venture out... your review about the benefit foundation sounds great and i really want to give it a go! i really like all the colours of your mac eyeshawdows too and i definitely need to go check some out asap! X

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    1. Thank you Beth. These are definitely easy to wear shades - you can pack them on for more dramatic colour or lightly apply for a more subtle look.

      I think neutrals are a safe and great choice - maybe this is why I have drawers full :) haha

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  10. Mulch is a fabulous brown that I don't wear enough. It's in a large Mac palette (out of site, out of mind). I should pick up some of those Mac quads with the clear cover.

    I'd love to try the foundation, but I must (must), finish off one foundation before I buy another :-P

    Monica
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  11. "Mythology" looks sooo good! I need to go to MAC now to buy it haha

    Vivi
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    1. haha thanks Vivi! I definitely think you should - get in the car right now :)

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  12. I've just used up my everyday foundation, and I was looking for a nice medium coverage foundation. The benefit hello flawless foundation looks great! xo

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    1. Its a great choice. One I am also really keen to try is the Giorgio Armani Maestro - that sounds amazing!

      Ah there are so many foundations....

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  13. I loved the Benefit They're Real Mascara but found it such an effort to remove! I love the effect but just can't be bothered with the hassle of removing it (so lazy) x

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    1. I get what you mean because it required some patient lash massaging :) MUFE Smoky Lash remains the absolute holy grail I think but this was such a great surprise. I love the look it gives!

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  14. I was so happy when I saw that I have all the eyeshadows you mentioned and I love them too

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  15. Great products! True life, I bought mythology and tempting back in the day because of you!

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    1. haha thanks Kelly :) Tempting is another one of those shades I think will always be in my makeup drawer!

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  16. Lovely haul Laura :) You've bought some lovely things, all of which I would love to try! You also look very pretty in the picture of you :) xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. love the eyeshadows! great to see you talking about makeup again, you always have the best suggestions!
    xo
    jenny
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  18. Era yes, in my bag for ages and yet nobody talked about it, thank you Laura ! :)
    I'm currently in love with too faced chocolate bronzer,the original. but nothing more lately

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    1. No problem :) haha

      I always remember people raving about that bronzer...must look into it one of these days :)

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  19. Mythology look's really nice. I'm a bore when it come's to eyeshadow, I never stray from neutral shades and I'm not the biggest fan of MAC shadows but Mythology look's like it would fit in nicely with my small collection.

    For me it has to be mascara. Without it I look like a cross between a zombie and newborn bald hamster. Attractive.
    xo

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    1. What's your favourite mascara?

      I agree whole-heartedly that it's essential - and i also think the same about eyeliner, foundation, lipstick.....haha

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  20. I absolutely adore Mythology but I seem to have lost it recently :( Era looks lovely!

    Gem x
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    1. It's one that you must repurchase! What did you tend to wear Mythology with?

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  21. Aaah lovely products :)
    Current favorites for me on the eyeshadow front are my Inglot mattes and the Illamasqua palettes, especially Empower.
    I'm looking for novelties on the foundation front but not sure yet I've found anything great.

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    1. Foundation is probably my favourite product to buy - it's just potentially the most impactful.

      Now tell me, how many bottles do you currently have in your stock? :) heehee

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    2. haha I paired down significantly, got rid of some unloved ones (like the Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle) and now have 2 TM's and 3 liquid foundations, I think? And a couple of cream ones for the very cold winter days when my skin is really dry. My next purchase will probably be Addiction Dewy Glow but sourcing is a challenge!

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  22. Laura what do you think of the new MAC palettes? :)

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    1. I haven't looked at them yet :o that's how very out of the loop I am :)

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  23. I feel the same way about Benefit and I just tried the hello wow foundation too! I was equally surprised by how much I loved it!

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    1. I used a small kabuki brush to blend it in and it really was a wow moment - as cheesy as that sounds :)

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  24. Era and Mythology are both new to me - but I'm going to have to try them out now! Mulch is a favorite of mine too, but my everyday go-to shade is always Patina.
    Benefit They're Real - does exactly what it says and exactly what all the reviews say. The best mascara. The end :-)

    NLxx
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    1. Ah Patina is a beauty. I bought that this year and couldn't understand why it had taken me so long to pick it up!

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  25. Hi Laura!

    Yay for a makeup post!!! :-)
    I miss your videos soooooo much! :-(
    The products that make me feel transformed and beautiful are MAC's Stereo Rose Mineralize skinfinish and a spritz of Chanel Chance perfume!
    Have a nice weekend!

    Kisses from a Swiss beauty blogger! :-)

    http://mesbistouilles.blogspot.ch

    xoxo

    Anne.

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    1. Thanks Anne - I am definitely going to do a video post before Christmas :)

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  26. Great post :) Check out my blog

    http://yourbrunetteguru.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. Nice! I may put this quad together for my sister, for Christmas actually. She'd absolutely love it!

    -Elodie x

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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    1. Ah i hope you do and I hope even more that she actually likes it :) I feel responsible now! haha

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  28. love the mascara - one of my personal favs xx
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    1. Used it again today and really lashed up with lots of product. Loved it :)

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  29. The one product I can rely on to transform me in Lancôme Teint miracle foundation. OMG I don't think I'll ever use anything else ever again. I thought NARS sheer glow was perfection in a bottle but NO THIS little beauty is what I have been looking for in a foundation all my life !!! Xxx

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    1. oooh I have never tried that! One for the list!

      And PS. Lovely to see your username in the comments :)

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  30. Love your specially chosen palette, I have Mythology but to be honest haven't been able to make it work on me, so now I know what I have to try :) Thank you!

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    1. It can sometimes appear too brassy but its a great colour to add shine and warmth. It's one that definitely needs a 217 though - blend it with that and it should work out :)

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  31. Ugh, I hate the drying out period with mascara! I will have to try They're Real at some point in my never-ending search for a great mascara!

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    1. It just annoys me. You pay all that money and you have to give it a little 2 week vacation before it actually works! MUFE Smoky Lash is the holy grail - always will be - but this, I definitely like!

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  32. I agree with previous commenters ...They're Real is a fantastic mascara, but exhausting to remove. I feel I end up losing eyelashes in the process

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    1. It's definitely one tough mother-sucker to remove! I use an oil so thankfully that works through most of it but MUFE Smoky Lash is a cinch to get rid of in comparison!

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  33. mulch is amazing, one of my all time favourite mac shadows. I like nylon for inner corner but also vanilla is a good ol stand by too!

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    1. Ah Vanilla is a fab staple. Everyone needs that, I agree!

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  34. i bloody love mac palettes. have you tried star violet? i think it would look amazing on your green yes x

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    1. I think i have...maybe years ago....I know purples would do me a lot of favours and I guess this is subtle enough not to look clownish either? One to buy when I am in duty free in 2 weeks I think :)

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  35. Ooo Era Mulch and Mythology, here I come!!!

    Have been dying to try the Benefit foundation but I think I'll hold out til spring/summer because I don't need that much SPF at the moment! UV levels are so low in England right now.

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    1. Get the shadows - without a doubt.

      I guess SPF should be worn year round (I am terrible for not following that rule personally) but I know what you mean. Treat yourself as a way to welcome in Spring 2013 :)

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  36. I love the Benefit Foundation!Cannot believe you live in Dubai!! Just like mee<3<3<3

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    1. :) Hope to bump into you at some point :) Happy National Day!

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  37. I too just had to do a bit of a Benefit rave a couple of months ago on my blog, I was so excited with some purchases. I absolutely adore the Hervana blush. There is something about the hints of blue/purple that seems to work. I also find when I do try a Benefit lipstick, I am impressed. They never dry out my lips and tend to be very pigmented. Jing-a-ling, Skinny Dipped and Frenched are my faves. Oh and the Erase Paste was my saviour for the under eye area for years, I have not met anything as good yet.
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    1. I LOVE blue toned products on cheeks - you are right they lift and work well. Must check out Hervana in that case!

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  38. I, too, have been anti-Benefit. The only product I have from them is the High Beam (and I purchased that about 2 yrs ago - it's freaking bottomless!) and I am now considering this foundation and mascara. They're Real has a great rep and maybe I should just put my pride aside and pick it up...
    My transformative product these days is the Bobbi Brown coral blush. I use it on those really cloudy and awful days to brighten my spirits. Also, it's amazing as transition colour on the lids...Another product worth mentioning: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. It sends you off to conquer the day with a perfected glow that can make any person feel confident. Love it. (Side note: I purchased this because Tanya Burr raves about it. She was right.)
    I hope that scab is healing up nicely! A little tip? At night, apply some Vitamin E oil to the area. It will decrease scarring. I've used it following a few knee surgeries and the scars are barely visible now.

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    1. I really need to look at this Bobbi Brown Coral Blush. I am not really a powder person as I love that super glowy look but, by the same token, hate that "makeup has slid off my face a couple of hours after application" look :) I think I have that powder in a drawer in the UK you know....

      Thanks for the recommendation re Scab-Gate. It's cleared up nicely but still a bit dry so thats a good tip!

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  39. Ooh the Mythology shade is beautiful! This is a nice quad you've put together, the shades go together so well!

    http://just-another-day1.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks Kristy - they all sort of smudge together as one :)

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  40. I love making up my own palettes, it's just so convenient! :)

    http://sindy-ng.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I got all excited about it :) Normally I am anti-pan and prefer the individual containers but this feels so neat and organised :)

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  41. Great haul, the MAC neutrals are perfect for everyday wear. I love wearing Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, no matter how tired looking my skin is it always peps it up & gives it a natural glow.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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    1. Thats a great product - I always found a perfect hangover solution..glosses over the tired skin :)

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  43. I.WANT.THAT.QUAD! At first glance I thought it was for sale and was looking for the name... but oh well, at least I can make it up myself and that's just what I'm going to do as a little Chrissy present... toooo meeee!

    Shop It Snazzy

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  44. Those shadows are gorg! I can't wait to see them applied together :)

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  45. I've been following you since your early lollipop26 days, so I must say I absolutely love when you do makeup posts! This makes me want to rush over to MAC and swatch some shadows, though goodness knows the YT community is the reason I don't need any more shadows at all. My favorite MAC shadow combo is woodwinked all over the lid with bronze in the crease, I call it a "gilded smoky eye" ;)

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  46. I love They're Real, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do. The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows are amazing.

    www.northoflondonblog.com

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  48. I agree, Benefits They're Real had me at the first coat! love it! Your new quad looks beautiful! On a side note, what do you think about the merge of Balenciaga and Alexander Wang?

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  49. I have been on a meticulous hunt for that perfect brown-gold. I thought I had found it in Romp, but now I feel the urge to have a peek at mulch, oh the choices!

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  50. I find exactly the same with YSL and MAX factor mascaras - too wet when you first open them! Great post - is that the Zara studded collared blouse I spy? Gorgeous :-)

    Jo x amomentwithjo

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  51. Mythology looks a-ma-zing! I absolutely adore mascara, MaxFactor False Lash Effect being one of my faves. Also a statement lippy does wonders! Chanel Gabrielle (fire engine red) and Rouge Noir are lovely.

    I miss your videos from back in the day Laura! I could just put them on and think of nothing but buying pretty things haha.. Now I am just addicted to your blog. *hangs head in shame*

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  52. Ive been wondering what Benefit's makeup was like. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Mythology looks beautiful! Definitely going to be picking this up next time I head to Mac (sure that won't be a long wait...)x

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  54. It's looking great and amazing selection of beauty products.I have find similar products where you'r best solution present for skin and beauty.vita liberata

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  55. I like the shades on the eye shadow quad will be checking out mac soon x
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  56. I have one thing to say - PLEASE start making videos again! No one on youtube does it quite like you did. I have tried in vain to try and fill the void you left, but it's just not happening :( Please come back! I don't even know why you left?

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