Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 - The Stocking Fillers

Today's post is the last in my Christmas Gift Guide series. This guide is for those little stocking fillers that everyone loves to give and receive. All of these gifts are £15 and under.

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1. Soldier Egg Cup and Toast Cutter
£7.99, here
2. Hot Stuff in a Matchbox
£5, here
3. Beauticology Mini Lip and Body Bath gift set
£5, here
4. Cable Knit Scarf
£9.99, here
5. Snowflake Fliptop Gloves
£6.99, here
6. Reindeer Beanie
£7.99, here
(Now sold out, alternative here - (Christmas pudding hat)
7. Candy Canes
£1.30, here
8. Terry's Chocolate Orange
£2.50, here
9. Hot Chocolate Gift Set
£8, here
10. Camera Lens Mug (for all you bloggers out there!)
£15, here
11. Lush Magic Wand bubble bar
£4.95, here
12. Black Scarf
£7.99, here
13. Black Contrast Gloves
£4.99, here
14. Santa Beard Bobble Hat
£9.99, here
15. Cadbury's Chocolate Coins
£1.99, here
16. Mrs Browns Boys Live - Mrs Brown Rides Again DVD
£14, here
17. Woodland Jewellery Stand
£9.95, here
18. Jelly Belly Scented Phone Case
£12.50, here
19. Philosophy Purity Ornament
£9, here
20. Christmas Socks
£2.99, here
21. Now 86 CD
£12, here

Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 - For Him

The third chapter in my gift guide instalment, is for him, whether that's your dad, uncle, grandfather, son, brother, husband or boyfriend. This is a bit of a mixed bunch, with no real set price.

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1. iPad Mini with Retina Display
From £319, here
2. Segway Rally For Two Experience Day
£37, here
3. Santa Suit Sweater
£14.99, here
4. FCUK The Urban Duo gift set
£8, here
5. 10-in-1 Hammer Gadget
£10, here
6. River Island Gunmetal Watch
£26, here
7. Giorgio Armani Luxury Fragrance Collection
£21.99, here
8. Soap and Glory Get Fresh With gift set
£20, here
9. Rocha. John Rocha Brown Stitch Detail Wallet
£29.50, here
10. Novelty Dressing Gown
£24.99, here

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 - For Her - Budget

Today's post is the second part of my Christmas Gift Guide series. These gifts are for her, but are more budget gifts, i.e. under £25, all apart from one item.

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1. Gorgeous by Gok Hand Love Duo
£10, here 
2. Matthew Williamson Trinket Box
£26, here
3. No7 Eye Appeal Palette
£10, here
4. Yankee Candle Everyday 9 Votive Book
£14.99, here
5. Gorgeous by Gok Beauty Rescue Wash Bag
£18, here
6. Soap and Glory Loved & Glossed gift set
£16, here
7. Ted Baker I Wanna Be Loved By You gift set
£12, here
8. Two Tier Jewellery Display
£10.95, here
9. Soap and Glory Bubble Barrelled gift set
£18, here
10. Rocha. John Rocha Metal Lace Tealight Holder
£8, here

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 - For Her - Luxury

So, today's post marks the beginning of Christmas here on Laura's Land of Beauty. This is the first of my gift guides (there's 4 in total). This one is for her, whether it's your mum, aunty, sister, daughter, wife or girlfriend. The gifts in this guide are more luxury items, i.e. over £25, except for the Korres gift set.

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1. Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display
From £319, here
2. Korres Rose and Shine gift set 
£12, here
3. Benefit Groovy Kinda Love
£29.50, here
4. Urban Decay Shattered Face Case
£30, here
5. YSL Bright Eyes gift set
£48.50, here
6. Stila Convertible Colours Trio
£23, here

7. Cowshed Knackered Cow gift set 
£36, here
8. OPI Take Ten Mini gift set
£28.50, here
9. Elemis Spa Body Treats
£27.50, here
10. Jo Malone Cologne Collection
£64, here

Friday, 15 November 2013


I have been dying to try out one of MAC's famous lipsticks, so while I was recently out running errands in Chester, I nipped to the MAC stand, and picked up a couple of things; one of which was Hue lipstick.

Hue is a soft pale pinky-nude shade with a glaze finish, making it a perfect everyday lipstick, that you don't have to worry about wearing a lip liner with, about it smudging up your face, or about reapplying it with a mirror throughout the day. The glaze finish offers a sheer, glossy finish, making it a great lipstick for lipstick-newbies as it is basically mistake-proof.

Hue has a creamy finish, and offers the perfect amount of coverage. I think that this is one of them lipsticks which will look slightly different on every person. On me, I think it looks a bit more peachy, rather than pinky. As for wear time, it's not the most long-wearing lipstick out there, but that's one of the downsides to this finish.

This being my first ever MAC lipstick, I am really impressed. I love the way it finishes off my everyday look, and I think this will now always be in my makeup bag. I would highly recommend you swatch this shade if you're ever in a MAC store. You can buy the lipstick here.

What shades do you recommend I try next?

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Affordable Skincare Haul!

I'm getting to that point where I'm about to run out of all of my skincare products (don't you hate it when that happens!), so I went off to pick up some new bits. I'm currently using products from the Michael Todd dry sensitive skin regime, but as I've recently graduated from uni, I wasn't going to spend that much replacing them, plus, I didn't really think that much of the products I used. So, I was on a mission to get some good quality products at affordable prices. I started off in Boots:

I knew I wanted to try the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner, after MissBudgetBeauty said she really liked it as an exfoliating toner. What's even better is that it was on offer for £2.69! (usually £3.99) I have also heard rave reviews about cleansing balms, and especially the Boots Botanics hot cloth cleanser, so I also picked that up, which was also on offer for £6.99 (usually £8.99). This was the bargain of the haul, as I didn't actually pay for this, I used my Boots points against it, so I'm looking at it as if I got it for free. I have heard that a cleansing balm can be slightly heavy, so I knew that I would only be using this at night, so I wanted just a basic face wash for the morning, but not one that would dry out my skin. I saw this Boots Essential Cucumber Facial Wash for £1.50, and thought I would try it, and for that price, I couldn't go wrong.

Then I went over to Aldi. 

Now, before you look at me weird, Aldi do some amazing beauty/skincare products. I particularly love their Aqua Moisture Cream, and I had a tiny bit left in the pot I was using so had to pick up two of these! And you wont believe the price for these pots of heaven! £1.99!!! I also wanted to try out the serum from the same range, Multi Intensive Serum Aqua, which was £3.49. I also saw that they did a Moisturising Face Wash, so thought I would try that out aswell. I think this was £1.49.

I also picked up a couple of random things in Boots:

I needed some new shampoo and conditioner as my beloved VO5 Gloss Me Smoothly shampoo and conditioner has changed name, and seemed to have changed formula aswell, and I really don't like it now. I decided to try the Pantene Smooth and Sleek Light Silicone Free shampoo and the conditioner to go with it. I also saw that they had the Maybelline SuperStay Powder in Ivory. This really caught my eye, as it says it's waterproof, which really intrigues me. I'll let you know how I get on with this.

Now, I haven't tried any of these products yet, and as I said at the beginning, I'm still using up the last of my current skincare products, so I probably wont be using these for a couple of weeks yet. If I really fall in love with something, you can most definitely expect reviews on them, or if there's something you really want a review on, then please let me know in the comments or via twitter.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

My Everyday Makeup Bag

I don't know about you, but I love reading about what other people have in their everyday makeup bag. It's a great way to gain so many ideas for new products that people adore and can't live without. So, for today's post, I thought I would show you what's in mine.

This is the bag I use for my everyday makeup. I picked it up from House of Fraser sometime in June, I think. This is the large version, and they also do a small version, but I can only find the small version online here, but Ted Baker have lots of beautiful designs here.

Foundations and Primers:

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in True Ivory
Witch Tinted Moisturiser in Medium
Stay Matte pressed powder in Transparent


Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic
Maybelline The Eye Eraser concealer in Light
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 3 Medium
Benefit Fake Up concealer in Light
Collection Illuminating Touch concealer in 2 Natural


MUA Blush Perfection in Dolly
MUA Blush Perfection in Bittersweet
MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power
Stila Custom Colour Bush in Self-Adjusting Pink


MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork
Maybelline The Rocket waterproof mascara
L'Oreal Waterproof False Lash Effect mascara
Benefit They're Real mascara


MAC Lipstick in Hue
Maybelline Baby Lips in Mint Fresh


Cosmopolitan Maximum Effect Lash Curler