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MY TOP 5 CREAM BLUSHERS

I love cream formula blushes in the Summer. They leave a dewy, fresh-faced finished and are easy to apply. I feel they have better staying power than powder blushes too, as the cream formulas often contain stains that you’d need a scrubbing brush to get off instantly.

I wanted to share with you the top 5 cream blushes that i’ve been enjoying this Summer. Tweet me with your recommendations too! The make-up bag you see is my brand new Sew Lomax Black Lipstick Pouch, that I had personalised with my name embroidered on the back. I love it!

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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub 

This is such a pretty sheer pastel pink. It gives just a delicate flush of colour, so it’s perfect for fair skin like mine. A little goes a long way with this as the liquid is very watery (which makes it a dream to blend too).

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BECCA Beach Tint in Guava

This is definitely a cheek stain- once you’ve applied it, this stuff isn’t budging for a long time. You need to blend quickly. It’s a gorgeous coral colour, and smells deliciously fruity.

Kiko Water Blush in Berry Sparkle

I can’t find this on sale anywhere sadly. It was a present. It is such a great cream blusher with a strong colour that blends easily. You don’t need much to get a beautiful and natural flush of colour.

Chantecaille Cheek Cream Refill in Lovely

This is a velvety-soft, almost fluffy in texture, cream in a pan. It is highly pigmented and glides on, so it’s easy to apply too much. Start with blending just a little, and then build up until you reach the colour level you need.

Benefit Cosmetics Fine One One

This blush is a pink and coral mix with a highlight. It comes in a twist-up stick form, and you apply it in a circular swirling motion along your cheek; building up as much intensity as your desire. It’s so easy and fool-proof, and leaves you with a healthy-looking and shimmering Summer cheek.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

BEAUTY REVIEW: LITTLE MIX COLLECTION ALL ABOUT THE EYES PALETTE

This new eye palette from Little Mix for Collection goes on sale this week on 30th July, and it’s surprisingly good. I don’t usually rate these teen-aimed celebrity make-up ranges (i’m thinking of you One Direction); but this All About The Eyes palette has some great shades.

From left to right, the colours are Feather (shimmer), Sunkissed (shimmer), Golden Sand (shimmer), Dazzling Brown (shimmer), Cocoa Dream (matte), Blackbird (matte). The shimmer shades are quite well pigmented for the price (£3.19), and blend well with minimal fall-out. I found the matte shades however to be rather chalky with quite a bit of fall-out. Four good neutral shimmer shades for £3.19 is good value though for anyone on a budget.

My skin is so fair that the first shade Feather’s swatch just won’t pick up on camera. These swatches are just one swipe of the shadows- I haven’t built them up, so you can see what they are really like.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

AFTERNOON TEA AT POP-UP #JLTEAONTHEGREEN

I was invited along last week to try John Lewis’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games pop-up Tea On The Green, which has been set up in a stylish tented area on Royal Exchange Square.

This pop-up experience is free to the public, and allows you to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea while watching the Commonwealth Games action on their big screen. A lot of the spots have already been booked up online (here), but they have a number of drop-in spaces available each day if you want to try your luck and pop along.

The afternoon tea is delicious, and there is a wide choice of complimentary drinks- including raspberry cordial (which I enjoyed), tea, coffee, fruit juices and water. I found the smoked salmon & cream cheese sandwiches particularly delicious, along with the gooey chocolate brownies.

It’s amazing that John Lewis are providing all this for free, so if you are able to get a space, it’s well worth it. It’s a good way to browse and try out lots of the homeware and furniture from the store too, as the pop-up been kitted out with John Lewis’s finest wares.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

MY LUXURY JEWELLERY WISHLIST

I’ve got a bit of a jewellery obsession. I can never have enough necklaces, bracelets and rings. I wanted to share with you what I’m currently lusting after- they are, oh, so gorgeous…

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Astley Clarke Blue Moonlight Honeycomb Ring | Astley Clarke Green Quartz Lets Dance Bowie Bracelet | Dower & Hall Stacking Twinkle Rings | Tory Burch Skinny Turnlock Leather Bracelet | Kate Spade New York Day Tripper Necklace | Rox Heart Me Rose Gold Plate Ring | Lara Bohinc Solar Eclipse Bracelet Half Black Lacquer 

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

REFASHION GLASGOW POP-UP SHOP

Today (24th July) sees the launch of Refashion Glasgow’s two-week Drop Down Pop-Up in Merchant City. It’s all about ethical and sustainable design, and is even being housed in an old shipping container.

Refashion Glasgow is an eco design collective made up of 5 Glasgow businesses, with an aim to show that this kind of fashion can be stylish and on-trend. The pop-up shop will sell a range of ethically and sustainably sourced fashion, art, homeware and lifestyle products (many exclusive to this pop-up) from Rapa Nui Gallery, The Top Project, Think Boutique, allenomis (whose designs are in the image above) and Aimee Kent

It runs until 3rd August, 10am-7pm at 99 Hutcheson Street G1 1SN.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith

TESCO HOME HAUL

I popped into the refurbished Tesco Silverburn for some food and ended up being enticed by their gorgeous new homeware department and its current sale.

My favourite purchase is this large mint green candle lantern that was reduced from around £12 to just £2.50. For my kitchen, I picked up three cute little faux-flower pots in a wicker tray for £4.50 (which I love), a set of pretty pastel measuring spoons (£2.50) and pastel glasses for just £1 each.

I also got a cute wooden shabby-chic door sign (£1.75) that says ‘please do not disturb’ on one side and ‘yes please to breakfast in bed’ on the other, plus Lindsey Kelk’s new novel What A Girl Wants for £3.85.

There are so many other things I want. I’m loving Tesco Home right now.

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By Laura Pearson-Smith