Matalan haul

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Matalan is a shop I've started to love, I recently purchased some new clothes for myself online from their site and I was really impressed by the quality/style of them. I wore one of the tops to work and got compliments. I'll hopefully get a blog post of that haul up soon, but for now I went to Matalan for new clothes for my son. As you can see I spotted a few other items on my way around.

All clothes purchased for my son are in age 2-3 years, he's 14 months but is quite tall for his age.



Boys Camo Print Zip Through Hoodie & Boys zip trough baseball sweatshirt



These little trainers are so light and my son finds it easier to walk in these than the Clarks shoes I bought him. These were tagged £12 but when I went through my receipt they were only £6, bargain compared to £30+ for Clarks, however my son has broad feet so it's very hard finding any shoes to fit him that's why we usually have to buy Clarks and get his feet measured every time.


As Fathers Day is coming up in June I thought I would get this - can't find it online.




The last pair of slippers I bought myself was the pair I bought to put into my hospital bag for having my son. They were the same as these except in cream and they lasted so well that I thought I would buy them again but in grey. They are very comfortable and cosy! All I can remember from having them in the delivery room was the midwife saying 'I'll just move these lovely slippers as something might go on them'... makes me laugh every time.

Other items bought:
Boys 2 pack print tops - the paint splatter top & chameleon
Ladies footsie socks (can't find online)
2 pack hand towels (can't find online)
2 pack bath towels (bought two pack, can't find online)

This all came to that total of £83! The towels were on offer and then the little trainers were half price, such a bargain for the amount of products purchased.

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May Wishlist

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Barry M lash primer - As I've recently went cruelty free with beauty products I'm on the look out for a new eyelash primer and I've been so surprised at the quality of Barry M products, they are 100% cruelty free and so affordable.



Lily Lolo cheek duo - Since going cruelty free I've been researching new brands and there's so many organic/natural companies. Lily Lolo is definitely on my wishlist, about the company:

'MADE WITH LOVE… AND WITHOUT HARMFUL INGREDIENTS
Our products are made using only ingredients that are proven to nourish and protect the skin. That means you'll never, ever find harmful chemicals such as parabens and phthalates, synthetic perfumes, dyes and anything else that isn't kind to you and your skin. Plus we're proud to be certified cruelty free, too.'


Dunelm Gobi 4 Seat Cube Set - this looks like the perfect sized outdoor furniture.


Dining set - I've been lusting after a new dining set for years now and still can't make up my mind.


New bedding - I'm all about white bedding at the minute and this set from Dunelm looks beautiful.


Ercol Daybed - I already own an Ercol Daybed but need to get it refurbished, thinking of a grey shade.


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Cruelty free makeup purchases

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Barry M that's how I roll waterproof mascara - I am loving this mascara, the packaging is really good quality, super cute design and actually gives my eyelashes volume and length. 


Barry M Glowmance primer - today I never applied any makeup but just used a bit of this and it states it 'Smoothing fine lines and imperfections, Glowmance creates a soft focus effect for a beautifully even complexion' and I actually think it has smoothed my skin and given it a lovely glowy finish.


GOSH x-ceptional wear foundation in porcelain - I am pleasantly surprised by this foundation, usually I am really picky when it comes to foundations but going cruelty free has given me the opportunity to explore. I love the coverage and finish this gives so I think I will be repurchasing this.

GOSH cream eyeshadows  - silver rose 1, beige 2 & light copper 3 - I needed to replace my maybelline colour tattoo obsession (as not cruelty free) and these are my perfect substitution, really easy to blend and beautiful colour range.


The Balm 'timebalm' concealer in light - I've always been looking for that perfect concealer to hide my dark circles and I think I might have found it. This is nice and creamy and doesn't crease on me. However I bought shade light but will repurchase it in the light light shade next time.


Barry M brow wow eyebrow pencil med/dark - this is now my favourite eyebrow product, the brush at the end is actually better than a specific eyebrow brush I bought.


Barry M on point liquid eyeliner - I've always loved a felt tip eyeliner and is by far the best one I've used, super fine tip to give a precise finish. 


Barry M matte me up liquid lip - minimalist - this has such a great colour pay off and true to colour.

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Recent Superdrug buys

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I've always loved Superdrug own branded products as they are cruelty free and so affordable.

All the below I ordered online:



The 5 items I purchased in store



I received this bag with my online delivery as I spent a certain amount on beauty.


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Decluttering my makeup

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I've recently had a light bulb moment... firstly why have I been so careless with my money and secondly I've been buying products from brands that still test on animals. Therefore I've went through all my makeup and have once and for all decluttered properly!

Most of these were probably at the end of their expiry date so I just decided to get rid of them.  In this pile of makeup I think only 1 little wet'n'wild liquid eyeliner is actually cruelty free, isn't it crazy that all these brands aren't cruelty free (please correct me if I'm wrong as it's actually hard to find if a brand is cruelty free)? 

(I decanted all the products so I can put them into recycling)

  • Loreal - true match highlighter, brow artist plumper, double extension mascara, Eva's nude lipstick.
  • Rimmel -lasting finish concealer, wake me up concealer x 2, match perfection concealer,30 kate/180 vintage pink lipsticks, 2 black cherries/berries & cream nail varnishes & clean finish foundation.
  • Maybelline - dream flawless foundation, age rewind concealer, permanent taupe/ metallic pomegranate/pink gold/fantasy/creamy beige colour tattoos, tantalising taupe/rose redefined/nudeflush lip products, couture grey & gel top coat nail varnishes, 3 dream bouncy blushers.
  • Max Factor - coffee cream eyeshadow, star dust pink lipstick, pink'ed & snow white nail varnishes.
  • Bourjois - cc cream, happy light concealer, rice illuminating face powder, nude-ist/peach club/red my lips lipstains
  • Collection - 2 concealers, 7 liquid pen eyeliners (blue, black, purple & brown)
  • Wet'n'wild - brown liquid eyeliner
  • Estee Lauder - double stay black eyeliner
  • Clarins - candy lipgloss
  • Ciate - wait until dark nail varnish
  • Revlon - colour stay lip balms romantic/cherish/flirtatious, pink pout lipstick, photoready concealer & slipper nail varnish
  • No7 - sultry eye shadow palette
  • Seventeen - beehive lipstick
  • Nails Inc - colville mews nail varnish
  • Benefit - benetint lip balm, lemon aid & porefessional
  • Jemma Kid - rose travel set
  • Urban Decay - shine on nail varnish
  • Leighton Denny - purple nail varnish 20



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Going cruelty free

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Unfortunately animal testing is still taking place, until now I never truly realised the mass of brands that still take part in animal testing.  Millions of defenceless animals are being tested on so we can wear cosmetics.  I'm actually really surprised that a lot more beauty bloggers don't use their platform to highlight this issue.  However I'm glad to see that there are great bloggers and youtubers out there that do cover this problem, Laura from 'Laura's views', Gemma from 'Hello Gemma', Kiera Rose & Niomi Smart all promote a cruelty free lifestyle which is so positive to see.

I've been going through all my beauty and I'm shocked by how much of it is huge brands that are not cruelty free. Going cruelty free is a process which has saddened me,  all these years I've just bought things without thinking about how it's been made.  From now on I will be researching products before I purchase them.

For more information regarding cruelty free visit the Cruelty Free International website. 

Cruelty Free International





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Blog rebranding

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It's been a while since I've created a post, mum life and part-time working has taken priority recently.  I've been wanting to rename my blog for a few years now as 'misslmakeup' was an early 20's name choice.  As many of you are aware it's a very hard process to find a blog name that you truly love.  As my blog isn't just about beauty anymore I feel that 'Laura's Ways' covers everything.

Thankfully I have a husband that is techie and was able to help me with name change and url buying process.






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