I try a lot of different products and while there's lots I absolutely love, a few end up as disappointments. I have always had pretty dry skin but recently throughout the day, my nose has been getting oily so I decided to start trying a primer to combat the oil. I had the NYX Shine Killer* in my collection but hadn't tried it so decided to give it a go to see if it helped with the shiny skin I was getting. I found the texture of this really nice as a primer but it did very little to help my foundation stay on any longer than usual, I still experienced my foundation separating on my nose and looking shiny which was disappointing. Although this isn't a product that breaks the bank, it's one that was a slight let down and I wouldn't particularly recommend.

Wunderbrow is a product I first tried a few years ago but decided to give it a go again as I had seen it featured in some new Youtube videos and I couldn't remember what I thought about it. I was really disappointed with the consistency of this, it's way too liquidy to actually apply in the areas where I don't have brow hairs. As I apply it with a brush, it just gets moved around so it takes ages to actually get a decent look. The brush it comes with is like a lipgloss brush so it isn't very useful for applying small amounts of product. While it does dry and stay put, it's just way too much effort spending ages trying to apply it in the morning. My final disappointing product is the Nars Soft Matte Concealer, I have been obsessed with the Radiant Creamy Concealer for years so thought it would be worth giving this one a try. I'm not a massive fan of the fact it's in a pot because I find it hard to use quickly in the morning (although, I can't really moan as I knew that when I bought it). For a concealer, I found this didn't have enough coverage to actually cover any of the blemishes I have which I think is the main point of a concealer. It works okay for an under eye concealer because I don't have bad dark circles but for anything like redness, scarring or acne, it's not going to cover particularly well. I just found myself applying layers of this but not actually achieving anything in terms of coverage. My recommendation to anyone would be to stick with the Radiant Creamy Concealer if you're wanting something to actually hide imperfections!

Do you have any products that disappointed you? 
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I've gradually fallen in love with NYX products over the years and I love that they're gradually becoming more and more available in the UK as the quality of the products is brilliant for a drugstore price point. Debenhams have recently started to stock NYX products and it's exciting to have another store on the high street to shop all the lovely products! To celebrate this news, I thought I would share my favourite NYX products as I've gradually acquired quite a collection over the past couple of years! 

The Soft Matte Lip Creams are definitely my favourite lip product from NYX, they are really easy to apply, moisturising as well as providing beautiful and vibrant shades. I own so many different kinds of shades from nudes to vampy reds and they are all equally as lovely to wear. My favourite shades in the Soft Matte Lip Creams are Stockholm and Cairo, these are really natural nude shades that I wear as everyday shades and I think would be flattering on a number of skin tones. The Lip Lingerie's are also a beautiful product to wear. These are similar to a liquid lipstick and provide more of a matte finish than the Soft Matte Lip Creams, they're also much longer lasting and definitely dry down a lot more on the lips. These are great if you want something to throw on in the morning and last you throughout the day as they definitely stay put once you apply them. The eyeshadows are also phenomenal quality, these are genuinely some of my favourite shadows as they blend really easily, don't cause fallout and also last well without creasing throughout the day. Some of my favourite shades are 'Gold Lust' 'Girl Talk' and 'Own the Night.' The Cool Neutrals palette is perfect to have a range of shadows all in one place, so is perfect for traveling! This palette is really good value for money as you get 16 shadows for £16 which is such a great deal. 

I've been loyal to my Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade for years but decided to give the NYX Tame and Frame Pomade a go to see how it compares. For a drugstore product, this does provide similar results to the Anastasia Dip Brow. While it doesn't quite beat it as it doesn't last quite as long and the general finish of Dip Brow is better, NYX certainly provide a drugstore version for those who don't want to splurge on the Anastasia equivalent. One of the products I've tried more recently is the Contour Intuitive Warm Zone Palette which contains the most beautiful highlight shades that look absolutely gorgeous on the skin along with beauty cranberry eyeshadow shades that are perfect for autumnal makeup looks! Like the Cool Neutrals palette, this would be brilliant for traveling and it contains a versatile blush, glowing highlighters and stunning shadows!

Have you tried NYX products before, what are your favourites?
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I was so excited when I bought this foundation and had such high hopes because of the good things I had heard about it. I purchase pretty much every full coverage foundation I can get my hands on so this was no exception. It turns out, it's a foundation I both love and loathe in equal measures. This is a full coverage foundation which covers every blemish, acne scar and section of uneven skin tone possible. It has a beautiful finish and makes my skin look absolutely flawless even when it is far from it. I think it would also work on most skin types as it didn't cling to dry patches but also lasted well throughout the day without needed a touch up or powder. The packaging is really nice and feels luxurious, it comes with a pump which is really handy for dispensing the right amount of product and not wasting any, super handy considering the price! However, there is a massive negative that occurred a couple of days after trying this product, my skin broke out like never before. I had big painful spots, terrible red skin and small pus filled spots all over my face, it looked absolutely terrible. I have had bad skin for years but I've never had a reaction this bad to makeup which was disappointing considering how amazing the actual product is. My advice, if you don't have sensitive skin then you could go to a counter to get a sample before you shell out £30+ on a foundation that may cause issues. However if you are generally quite sensitive to products, I would probably give it a miss! Apparently Lancome do a similar foundation which is also full coverage, so that will probably be my next purchase!

Have you tried this foundation before or do you have any similar recommendations?
 
Spectrum Full Size Angled Brush £59.99 for set

LOC Shadow Stick £8

Number 4 Sugar Texturizing Spray £20 

Nuxe Dry Oil Shimmer £20 

Huygens Supernature Cream £25 



This month's Birchbox is mermaid themed with a box of treats created to make waves! I love the cute shell and mermaid pins you get with the box too! My favourite item from the box is the Spectrum brush, it's angled so perfect for contouring and I've been using it everyday. I also love how colourful the brushes are which means they're easy to spot in your makeup bag! The bristles are synthetic and animal friendly which is an added bonus! The Nuxe Dry Oil Shimmer is a long term favourite of mine and I always love receiving these in the boxes, you can use it on your skin, body or hair. I tend to use it on my body to add a really pretty glow to my skin. I have tried the LOC Shadow Sticks before, they're a really soft pencil which blends easily to create the perfect base for eyeshadows. This shade is a brand new shade and is a pretty champagne colour, so versatile for any kind of makeup look!


What do you think of this month's box? 
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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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