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Born Pretty Makeup Dupes*

Born Pretty Store is one of those websites I could spend hours days stalking. You know when you watch a video on YouTube, and then find another, then watch another ... and fall into a YT hole for a few hours, before you realise the time? Just like that. 

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

They sell literally everything you could ever dream of - there's all kinds of intriguing gadgets / beauty products on their website; and everything's amazingly cheap [my fav.] Honestly, check them out - you'll be amazed at the variety of stuff available [plus you can get 10% off with code AINH10 at the checkout, yeno...]

Born Pretty have a massive range of makeup dupes / replicas on their site, so I chose a few from their selection to put to the test!

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

As you can see here in the side by side shots, these two HD Concealers* I ordered from BPS are replicas / dead ringers for the LA Girl Pro Concealer. I'm a big fan of the LA Girl Concealers and am also massively into colour correcting products, as my face is some kind of sick joke at the moment and needs some serious brightening. New Year, new me and all that - and by new me, I mean a me who doesn't resemble the walking dead with massive bags for life under my eyes. 

I was super excited to try these out. And what made me even more excited is that at present, these concealers are selling on Born Pretty's site for just $2.79 [approx £2.27 each!!!] with free shipping - life doesn't get much cheaper than that! #AllAboutThoseBargs

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

I'm really impressed with them, tbh. The amazing price aside, they apply well, are dead pigmented, blend like a dream and last the test of time. The pink one especially helps, when it comes to colour correcting my troubled skin. Definitely going to purchase some of these in other shades - such as the green - in the very near future. I mean, it'd be rude not to, right?!

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

This next product is a total dupe / replica of the NYX Wonderstick - which I tried quite recently and hated. This was a surprise, as usually I love NYX and would marry their products in a heartbeat, but the Wonderstick left big grubby smears down my face every time I used it and it knocked me sick

I wanted to try a similar product to the Wonderstick to see whether it was any better, or whether I just can't use sticks when it comes to contouring. I therefore chose to test out this Highlight / Contour stick in the shade S2, which retails for just $2.99 [approx £2.43] and was a total steal compared to NYX's higher pricepoint. 

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Debatable spelling aside [highlighe, anyone?!] this stick was much better than the NYX one. It has a lighter, creamier consistency which seemed to blend a lot better than the Wonderstick. The highlighter end of the stick I haven't really used, as it arrived a bit broken and I'm not really into highlighting - but it too has a similar consistency to the contouring end of the stick.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

I think I possibly chose the wrong shade for my skin with the contouring end of the crayon [it comes up quite warm on my skin, so is more of a bronzer / natural effect on me] but as you can see from the swatches below, the pay off is great and super versatile. If you're looking for a new product to help up your contouring game [for a reasonable price] I'd defo recommend this.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lastly, I chose this Matte, Smokey Eye palette in shade 3 to review; because it just looked so flipping cute. Not sure it's a direct replica of any current palettes on the market [it does have some Urban Decay vibes and I also saw a L'Oreal palette which, tbf, it was pretty much identical to] but the shades are all very on point and tones I've seen in many a makeup bag this season. It retails for just $3.99 [approx £3.25] and with ten shades in each choice of palette, I had to have one.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

I mean, the brush isn't up to much [are they ever, in palettes? I always use my own brushes rather than the ones included] but you can't fault this little beaut, really. Each shade is totally on point and the casing is lightweight, durable and slimline. It's also super Instagrammable, with a wide range of matte, smokey shadows that are ideal to have on hand for any last minute nights out.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Some of the shadows are more pigmented than others, but there are some really lovely, autumnal tones in this palette. I've swatched a few of my favourite shades below - once blended and built up on your eyelid and crease, I believe these eyeshadows have some real potential and would be interested to try some of the other shades Born Pretty have available in this palette.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Born Pretty Store Makeup & Beauty Products Review

Once again, this has been a very successful, affordable haul using Born Pretty's site - and I have plenty more picks to come to inspire you with, too!

Have you shopped with Born Pretty before? Where's your favourite store to pick up budget friendly beauty bits? Remember, you can use code AINH10 at the checkout to get a further 10% off your BPS order. With such low prices, their huuuuuuge variety of stock and free shipping, you can totes treat yo self, guilt free :}

*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review. All opinions and awkwardly captured swatch photos however, are 100% my own

Getting Organised for 2017 | The Ultimate Blogger Collection Planner

If there's one thing I'd like to improve moving forward into the New Year [other than my horrendous skin, poor timekeeping, dire financial status and horrend healthy food consumption rate] it would be organising my life better. No more lists upon lists, with additional lists to organise the lists I've already created. Just an easy, manageable schedule. Especially when it comes to blogging. 

As the number of collaborations I've been working on has increased, my organisation skills have rapidly decreased and I've ended up with a pure backlog of products in my blogging basket. Sadface.

You may have caught this post on my new Pen to Paper Planner recently; which breaks down each day into manageable chunks and can be used to plan pretty much any aspect of your life. I can't wait to crack this out next year and get my life back on track. But I've also found another fabulous Blogger Planner that I simply have to share with you guys, too. It's affordable, pretty, totes Instagrammable and reprintable as many times as you need. And it's from PaperChicCo, who sell on Etsy.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Reviewing Paperchicco Etsy Store The Ultimate Blogger Collection Planner

This amazing digital download has detailed sections for everything you can think of when it comes to blogging. I print a fresh one off every week and try my hardest to maintain it. From keeping track on gifted products, agreed deadlines, post ideas and to-do lists; this comprehensive planner has a section for it all. And it costs just £6 to purchase and download. A small investment, for big gain.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Reviewing Paperchicco Etsy Store The Ultimate Blogger Collection Planner

The kit includes : 

- The Ultimate Blogger Collection front page
- Pink detailed blog post planner
- Collaborations tracker
- Blog post checklist
- Social media stat tracker
- Products tracker [Products you want to buy or are awaiting delivery of PR samples]
- Blog & social media tracker / emails to send,
- To do checklist / goals / blog post ideas / inspiration
- Notes.

Once purchased, you'll be sent a ZIP file with 9 JPEG images inside; which you can save and print as many times as you want. The planner prints off in A4 and each of the JPEGS takes the shape of the pages inside. Simples.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog - Reviewing Paperchicco Etsy Store The Ultimate Blogger Collection Planner

Check out PaperChicCo's Etsy Store for tonnes of other blogger planner sheets, tables and inspo - there's different fonts, layouts, colours and bundles available, all for very affordable prices. I also purchased a YouTube planner from their store, which potentially gives away part of my plans for world domination this year, and which I'm dead excited about. 

How do you organise your blogging tasks? Do you have a planner? You can purchase the Ultimate Blogger Collection from PaperChicCo here.

In The Spotlight : December's LittleKnownBox*

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope no matter what you did, where you were or who you spent it with, that you enjoyed your day. 

I've got something to show you today that'll brighten your December - and something you should totes invest in if you've got any spare Christmas Money. And that's the latest Little Known Box.* Whether you decide to subscribe monthly or jump on the one-off box hype, Little Known Box curate constantly on-point boxes; crammed full of amazing new brands and under-rated products you'll fall in love with straight away.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

For December's Edit, the team at Little Known Box have put together a beautifully festive collection - with products from two of their favourite brands in 2016 and a few other new finds. They've included some beautiful, shimmery makeup picks that are spot on for the Christmas Party Season / New Year and some gorgeous skincare products to give tired skin the TLC it needs at this time of year. 

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Little Known Box also launched their first ever LIMITED EDITION beauty box this November [see what I thought of it here] which is a fantastic one-off purchase, worth over £120. You can browse these boxes on their website, where they're retailing for just £34.95 and worth every penny.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Whether you decide to subscribe monthly or order boxes as one-off gifts [for yourself or others, no judgement here!] Little Known Box is the perfect way to discover innovative, luxurious beauty products. Since their launch in May this year, they've already collaborated with over 40 fantastic brands; showcasing amazing vegan, ethical and cutting edge products. Here's a breakdown of what the Festive Edit has to offer.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Mahogany Naturals Face Cream, Full Size
This month, Little Known Box have spoilt us by including either Manuka Face Cream or Hydrating Repair Oil from the award winning team at Mahogany Naturals. I'm made up to have been sent the Manuka Face Cream - there is literally nothing that Manuka Honey can't fix; which I'm hoping also applies to my horrendous facial situation rn!

Mahogany Naturals use only 100% natural ingredients, and are PETA Certified and Cruelty Free - two massive plus points for me in choosing brands to support. This Manuka Face Cream contains organic Aloe, Light Coconut Oil and Manuka Honey - and has the most gorgeous consistency. It's possibly the most luxurious skin product I've ever owned [just look at that packaging!] and I'm hoping it can give me my New Year, New Me moment in 2017; with the flawless skin I've always lusted after.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Retail Price - £50.00
Follow - Instagram :  @mahoganynaturalsltd
Shop - www.mahoganynaturals.co.uk
Offer - Use code LKBOX25 for 25% off store wide

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

BeautyUK Rose Shimmer Box, Full Size
#PackagingGoals or what?! I'm in love with this little palette; it adds a splash of shimmer, definition and blush to your face instantly. And it's like, every Instagrammers' dream.

Get the radiant complexion of dreams this Festive Season, with this versatile bronzer / blusher / highlighter; which mixes five complimentary shimmering shades for a natural glow. I haven't tried anything from BeautyUK before - but their range and packaging look totally on-point [from my excessive online stalking] so they're a brand I've added to my watchlist for 2017.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Retail Price - £4.99
Follow - Instagram :  @BeautyUK & Twitter : @beautyuktweets
Shop - www.beautyuk-cosmetics.com
Offer - Use code HAPPY20 at checkout for 20% off. 1 use per customer

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Amie Skincare Morning Dew Moisturiser, Trial Size, 10ml
This stuff smells divine and leaves your skin feeling so refreshed. It boasts a matte finish too - it feels like a primer tbh, making the perfect base for your makeup... whilst moisturising and hydrating your skin at the same time! 

My first impressions are really, really great - can't wait to put this moisturiser to the test even further and possibly purchase it full size! I have pure shiny skin and some moisturisers seem to aggravate the situation, but this feels flipping fantastic; even on my oily t-zone of shame. And it's vegan / vegetarian friendly; made from all natural ingredients and no nasty parabens. Definitely a brand to check out, guys.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Retail Price - £4.95/100ml
Follow - Instagram :  @amie_natural_skincare
Shop - www.amieskincare.com

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

PHB Ethical Beauty Angled Eyeshadow Brush, Full Size
This soft, vegan, eco friendly brush is the first makeup brush to be included in any Little Known Box - and is something which really excited me. I love anything that I can reuse and this - combined with all its incredible cruelty free ethics - makes this makeup brush another stand out piece from this month's edit

This angled brush will be perfect for blending eyeshadows and applying highlighter to my brow bones. 20% of all PHB Ethical Beauty's profits also go to charity, making them a winner through and through. Go check them out - every one of their products are free from alcohol, animal derived ingredients, palm oil and harmful chemicals; making PHB ethical and suitable for all.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Retail Price - £7.95
Follow - Instagram :  @_phb_ethicalbeauty & Twitter : @PHBbeauty
Shop - www.phbethicalbeauty.co.uk

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

GlitterEyes Eyeshadow Duo, Full Size
I am obsessed with GlitterEyes pressed glitter pans. In fact, obsessed might be too tame of an adjective to describe my love. These amazing palettes cover your eyelids in beautiful, shimmery glitter which doesn't pure fall out, lasts for hours and reduces the risk of spilling glitter all over your life dramatically.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

GlitterEyes' glitter is waterproof, non-toxic and simply wipes off. It's an absolute gamechanger - no glue or fussing around with loose pigments necessary. I use the foiled, shimmery eyeshadow on the left as my base and then build up colour with my fave Crownbrushes; before gently pressing on glitter with a small, flat brush. For me, GlitterEyes could well be my standout brand of 2016 - since enjoying the palettes I've had in my most recent Little Known  Boxes, I've been on their site and ordered even more.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog December 2016 Little Known Box Review

Retail Price - £9.99
Follow - Instagram :  @_glittereyes_ & Twitter : @_glitter_eyes
Shop - www.glittereyes.co.uk

I was made up, once again, with this month's Little Known Box. I'm obsessed with GlitterEyes and could not agree more that their cute palettes are the ideal choice for the festive season. This and the lux BeautyUK Shimmer Box have already made their way into my makeup routine and I can't wait to pamper my skin with the Manuka Face Cream.

Are you subscribed to Little Known Box? What's your favourite item from the December Edit?


*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review. All opinions however, are 100% my own

Picking the PERFECT Frames & 50% OFF | GlassesShop.com*

You might not know this about me, but I'm as blind as a bat. Without my contact lenses [which fool everyone into thinking my eyes actually work] I'm a lost cause. Like literally, I would get totally lost if I didn't wear them.

I wear contact lenses every day - mostly, for convenience. But also, because I am THE WORST at choosing glasses; I find it so hard and I never seem to find the pair I imagine in my mind. Probably because they don't exist, but the struggle is very much real

Last time I went to pick out some frames, I ended up befriending an elderly couple and choosing the wife two pairs of glasses - but still couldn't decide on a pair for me. I'd always just assumed that I have to get glasses from my local optician; as to go elsewhere would be too expensive, right?

Wrong. I've recently discovered GlassesShop.com who have truly wowed me with their massive online selection, their quality and reasonable prices. I chose this pair of glasses from their site for this collab [which they very kindly gifted me] so I could let you guys in on this little known secret too.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog GlassesShop.com Glasses Review and 50% Off

These are the Broadmoor Square Glasses, in black & blue. I've always wanted a pair of thick, geek-chic specs; but never really found a pair in my opticians that a] suited me or b] didn't cost about 3 million pounds. I'm made up with these glasses; the way they fit [they're so comfortable] and their quality. Whereas I've broken several pairs of glasses before, I have no doubt that these will last the test of time. They feel sturdy, yet lightweight.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog GlassesShop.com Glasses Review and 50% Off

You might think it would be a little difficult picking out eyeglasses online - but with GlassesShop.com, I found it really simple. Perhaps easier than shopping in store! Each style of glasses is accompanied with several, high quality, true to life photos; with clear dimensions, so you can measure up to see where they'd fit on your face. 

And if that wasn't enough, here's what [in my opinion] really makes GlassesShop.com stand out from the crowd. 

Each pair of glasses comes with an amazing 'Try On' option; so you can preview how your glasses will look on your face before you order. Choose from stock images or upload a photo [or 10!] of yourself, so you can sit back and assess which frame best suits your face. Share with friends, send to family and spend a little time getting used to seeing photos of yourself wearing them... with no time restraints, awkward sales conversations or trying to see what you look like in those tiny opticians mirrors; that everyone's fighting over.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog GlassesShop.com Glasses Review and 50% Off

Once you've picked out the frames of your dreams and are happy, you can either just order the frames [if you'd prefer to take them into your opticians to have the lenses put in, or even if you just want glasses with clear, non-prescription lenses to wear as an accessory] or put your order in for your lenses in too. As long as you have your most up-to-date sight test details and prescription, you're good to go and can submit your details.

GlassesShop.com's specs come in a cute case with a microfibre cloth and these Broadmoors have also got scratch resistant lenses, which is perfect for me; given how clumsy I am. Here's a couple of pouty selfies of me, enjoying life with my geek-chic vibes.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog GlassesShop.com Glasses Review and 50% Off

Lovelaughslipstick Blog GlassesShop.com Glasses Review and 50% Off

Lovelaughslipstick Blog GlassesShop.com Glasses Review and 50% Off

If you're a glasses wearer, I highly recommend checking out GlassesShop.com. Their range of glasses are great quality, super affordable and come backed with amazing customer service. They also sell prescription sunglasses, which will be super useful for when the sun decides to show its face again [damn you, Winter!] or if you've got a cheeky holiday booked.

What's more, I have a discount code for you lucky devils - which will get you 50% off. Enter code GSHOT50 at the checkout to get 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses [sale frames excluded] - which is an AMAZING offer you should totally take advantage of. 

New Year, New Glasses, New You <3

Do you have any top tips when it comes to picking out glasses to suit your face? Where do you get your frames from? What's your favourite design of glasses?

*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review, but as always, all opinions and awkward looking selfies are 100% my own