IT Cosmetics CC Cream £30 
 
I had heard so many great things about IT Cosmetics from the concealers to the mascara, so when I found their counter in Selfridges, I was excited to check them out. I have an obsession with foundations so obviously I decided to try out their CC Cream, I haven't tried one before so this was my first impression of how they work. This product claims to be full coverage, it has an SPF of 50, is anti-ageing and hydrating on the skin. I've used a lot of full coverage foundations, the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation, Estee Lauder Double Wear and Mac Studio Fix Fluid and I personally would say this foundation is medium coverage. It didn't cover a lot of my redness, acne and acne scarring like other foundations I've tried and I still needed quite a lot of concealer to cover everything. It's still a decent amount of coverage but I am used to heavy foundations and this just doesn't compare. The foundation is great if you have dry skin as it's really hydrating and also feels incredibly light. It applied nicely and didn't accentuate any of my dry areas which is quite rare when I try base products. However I personally can't comment on the anti-ageing claims as I'm still fairly young and I didn't notice any difference in my skin while I was using this.
 
The best way I've found to apply the CC Cream is with a Beauty Blender as it did apply slightly streaky with a brush and the Beauty Blender tends to provide more coverage which I like. I really like the packaging as you get a pump which is handy and it's great for traveling or popping in your handbag as it's not going to potentially smash like glass bottles. The only negative is that I don't think the actual product will last a long time in comparison to other foundations as I've had it for four weeks and I seem to have used quite a lot of it. Saying this, you do get 2ml more product that normal foundations so it might just be that I've used more product in an attempt to get more coverage. If you're after a hydrating foundation with medium coverage and are willing to spend the money to test it out, then I would recommend it. However, it's not a foundation I'm going to shout about and one I probably won't repurchase as I own similar and better foundations that give me the coverage I want. It is slightly pricey at £30 so if you tend to prefer to save your money and want a similar alternative, the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation provides similar results, without the SPF and price tag. 
 
Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? 
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I follow a lot of other bloggers on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. This means I am constantly surrounded by other people who do exactly the same as me, write a blog. It makes me shrug off the work I do on my blog, I always say to people "loads of other people do it" and I don't always see my blog as anything special. This is one of the main reasons I didn't mention my blog on my CV, I didn't think employers or recruiters would take it seriously and would scoff at my little hobby. However, a year ago, when I was beginning to update my CV for full time jobs after uni, I decided to add my blog to my CV.  I was applying for social media and marketing jobs, I had no other experience apart from helping create content at my part time retail job so my blog was really my only attempt to land my dream career. One part of me felt slightly stupid for putting my blog on my CV, was it something people would take seriously? Would they be impressed? Would they laugh me out of the building in interviews? These were all questions I asked myself before adding "Founder and Editor - Live Laugh Lipstick" to my CV and eventually being proud of myself as I listed all the skills I had. Even if you're not applying for social media or marketing jobs, blogging shows you have the initiative to start something on your own. It shows you're hardworking, creative and innovative enough to build a brand and a business by yourself. When I was nearing the end of my job search, it was becoming apparent to me that people were actually impressed with what I had created and were asking questions. I would sit down in interviews and be asked "so, I'm really interested to learn about Live Laugh Lipstick, please tell me everything about it!" I would be asked "do you have help or do this on your own?" and "would you want to do this full time?" These were such encouraging questions, they made me feel like I had started something amazing, that people were impressed with what I had created single handed in my bedroom and despite my own criticisms, I was actually okay at it. 

I think the thing to remember in terms of blogs is the amount of people who start them. Many set them up, write a couple of posts and then get tired or bored of it. Maybe because no one is reading it within the first week or they wanted to start a blog to receive free products. If you've kept up a blog for longer than about 6 months, you're doing good! I think many people, including myself, underestimate themselves. I didn't believe my blog was as good as others and therefore I didn't think employers would take it seriously. However I've had so many interesting and engaging conversations with people in job interviews who seem genuinely interested in the 'business' I've created and I would always encourage others to add it to their CV to also show yourself off to employers in the best way possible.

Have you added your blog to your CV?
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I mainly purchase higher end makeup, however there are drugstore products that are firm favourites and ones I rely on daily. The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is my favourite for when my skin is dry. It's the only one that looks amazing even if my skin is bone dry and you can't tell I'm having a bad skin day! It's very luminous and moisturising while giving medium coverage which looks very natural on the skin. Another favourite that makes my skin look glowing is the I Heart Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter, I have two of these shades and adore them both. They are so affordable, you get a lot of product for your money and they come in the prettiest shades too. Also, the packaging is really pretty! There are two lip products from the drugstore that I rely on, the Lottie London Matte Liquid Lipstick comes either separately or in a lip kit. Personally I absolutely adore the lip kits, the lip liner is really soft and easy to apply while the liquid lipstick dries matte but is still comfortable on the lips. Another drugstore lip favourite is the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, I own so many shades of these and they're all amazing. I love how moisturising they are on the lips, how vibrant the colours are and how long they last.

What are your drugstore recommendations?
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Since finishing my degree and working a lot more, I seem to have added lots of new items to my wishlist so I thought I would share the items that I'm currently lusting after! I recently swatched the Stila Highlighter in the shade Kitten and immediately fell in love with it! I adore how soft and pigmented it was, I've tried the eyeshadow in Kitten and it is a firm favourite so I'm definitely wanting to invest in the highlighter version! I've had extremely dry skin lately, I think due to the fluctuation in the British weather which has confused my skin! I definitely need to invest in a rich and I've had my eye on the L'Occitane Moisturiser as it contains Shea butter and works on sensitive skin like mine. It also apparently lasts for 72 hours and is a bestseller so it's currently at the top of my 'to buy' list! 

I work opposite a Hobbs store and I've been seeing this dress in the window for ages and I absolutely love it. It's the style of dress I tend to wear and I think the colour is really classic as a work outfit. Another skincare product I've been dying to try is the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse as I've heard so many great things about it. I've had so many skin issues recently so would love to test this out and see if it can solve any of my skin problems! The final item on my wishlist is this beautiful embroidered bag which is actually from Marks and Spencer! I saw this on twitter and instantly fell in love with it, embroidered fashion is really on trend and I think the colours in this bag mean it would go with a wide variety of outfits!

What products have you been lusting after lately?

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I was asked recently if I wanted to try out Nail Lacquer from Roxanne Campbell and I jumped at the chance. I generally have gel polish on my nails however I also have rest periods where I take the gel off and apply normal nail polish, so I was interested to try this polish out and see how it fairs against the likes of Essie and Barrym! The polish is described as "one coat only" which I think is an interesting and exciting claim, they are also cruelty free which is great and means no little bunnies have been hurt in the making of these polishes! The brand was created by Roxanne Campbell, a nail expert who has worked with celebrities, at international events and at the London 2012 Olympics! It's also all made in the UK and free from Formaldehyde, Toluene and Camphor so there are no nasties!

At the moment, the shade range is quite small but hopefully this will be expanded to include more variety however at the moment the brand starts with classic nail shades. I was sent two shades to try out, 'Sitting Pretty' and 'Violets are Blue.' The blue is a statement pop of colour and a really fashionable and on trend shade while the pink is a classic hot pink colour. My favourite of the two is 'Sitting Pretty' as it's a shade I usually wear and it's perfect for summer! Onto the actual polishes, I was so impressed with them for a number of reasons. I doubted the 'one coat' claim and thought this wouldn't be true, however the photos show my nails with just one coat of polish on. The colours are really vivid and pigmented which meant that one coat was enough to create the perfect manicure. The second thing I loved was how quick these dry, one of the reasons I have gel nails is because they dry so quickly and there is no faffing around with drying. However these polishes dry almost instantly and I was floored by how quickly the polished had set which meant I could get on with my day without worrying about smudging the polish! These polishes lasted really well and I experienced minimal chipping which was brilliant! I am hoping more colours get released but I think the next shades I try will be 'Nude Tights' and 'Off to Jamaica' as they look beautiful!

You can purchase them here!
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Birchbox £12.95*

MeechNMia Brow Liner
Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream
Scrub Love Body Scrub
Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream
Eco Tools Double Ended Brushes

This month's Birchbox is officially my favourite, ever. I was impressed with every single product and I absolutely love the little bag that they all came in. I think there was a really lovely mix of products from makeup to skincare and tools which I think made it a strong and varied box (or bag!). The MeechNMia Brow Liner is a really lovely product, the shade works well with my hair colour and it applies really nicely, this is a full size product which is also super handy! I have dry skin so frequently use body and face scrubs so I was excited to use the Scrub Love Body Scrub to remove dead skin cells, this leaves your skin feeling super soft and it smells amazing too! While it is slightly messy to apply, I absolutely adore these sachet scrubs and they always work well. The Bobbi Brown Eye Repair Cream is a nice addition, it's always good to try out a high end product before you splash out on a full size so this way you can test it out!

What do you think of this month's box? 
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Space NK is a store I spend a lot of time and money in, it's full of luxurious and exciting beauty products from so many different brands. I thought I would share my favourite beauty (and skincare) finds that have a firm place in my daily routines. The Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is an incredible product, if you want a flawless and perfect looking base, I would highly recommend investing in this. I have repurchased this recently and honestly don't think I want to try out any other powders as I cannot imagine them living up to this amazing product. This can be used for baking your makeup, packing on powder with a sponge and leaving it to 'bake' for 5-10 minutes or simply applied using a powder brush. I carry out both of these methods, depending on how much time I have in the morning! It took a while for me to invest in this as I did feel it was expensive for a powder but you get a lot of product for your money and it does last a decent amount of time. The concealer I have used for years is the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, I love how well this covers without being heavy or too thick. It's perfectly hides under eye circles and really red blemishes, making your skin look blemish free! There's a really great shade range with this so if you're really pale or have much darker skin tone, you should be able to find your perfect shade match! 

I've spoken about my love for Eve Lom skincare quite a few times on my blog and really enjoy using many of their products. The favourite one I've tried is the cleanser and I've used this religiously for a year. The consistency is quite thick and almost like a balm which means it definitely removes makeup from the face and leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean!  My final Space NK favourite is the Becca Powder Highlighter, I have the shade Pearl and I absolutely love it! I am also going to purchase the slightly more golden shade Moonstone as it looks absolutely beautiful and I have adored using the Pearl shade.

What are your favourite products from Space NK?
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