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September Glossybox!

Today, I received my first Glossybox in the post! I was mega excited to get home and open it, and I was NOT disappointed. Firstly, this gorgeous packaging, which was specially designed by Maggie Li this month.

I will definitely be using this for storage, like so many fellow bloggers! So, when I opened it up, inside the luxurious tissue paper and black filler was:
Lady Gaga: Fame Fragrance 
Rodial: Glamoxy Snake  Serum (x2)
Rodial: 5 minute Facial Clay Mask (x2)
Balance Me: Wonder Eye Cream
Vichy: Idealia Day Care Cream
Maghrabian: Hair Oil
Obviously I haven’t had a chance to really use any so far but I do already own the Balance Me eye cream, as I got a sample with Glamour magazine a few months back. I probably wouldn’t repurchase it, but I do use it because I like the cool feel of it! So I’m glad to have another.
The Lady Gaga fragrance is so much nicer than I anticipated! It’s quite subtle, and reminds me of a more toned down version of Fantasy by Britney Spears (I could just be totally making that up though!)
I’m quite excited to try out the Rodial products as I haven’t heard of them before – I’ve given one of the Snake Serum samples to my mum to see if she finds any noticeable difference with reducing frown lines, and I’m going to try out the clay mask as I love them! I have high expectations of this.
The Vichy cream comes in a gorgeous 15ml pot, so I think it’s going to last me for a while! It’s a lovely pale pink colour and smells/feels really luxurious! I have also never tried a hair oil so quite looking forward to having a go of this sample.
Does anybody like/recommend any of these products in particular?! I feel, for my first Glossybox, it’s a really good load and has definitely persuaded me to order another! As usual, would love to hear what you think or read any of your reviews, hope everybody else likes it as much as me!
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First Beauty Haul!

I’ve been incredibly happy to finally get to shop in the past week! I was going to do a series of reviews of products I’ve bought, but it was suggested that I did a haul overview first. I think this is actually my first one! I also ordered my first Glossybox which I’m mega excited to get!

1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Medium: £7.99

This is the BB cream I reviewed on my last post (see here) but in a shade darker! So hopefully it wont make me look a bit more tanned. I’ve also been out wearing it since my review, and I’m pleased to say it gives a flawless looking photo finish! The foundation that I would usually wear makes me glow white in pictures usually, so I’ll definitely be using the Maybelline BB cream in the future.

2. Maybelline le Colossal Volum Express Mascara: £7.99

This mascara is actually a repurchase: I originally had this a couple of years ago. I loved it. It dried out. I moved onto a different brand and forgot about it. But there was an offer in Superdrug (still is I think!) on 2 for £10, so thought I may as well go for it! And I still love it just as much as before.

3. bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer: £12

This was the first thing I have ordered from feelunique.com! I needed an eye primer, and figured as it was on sale, I’d give it a go! I found this quite disappointing if I’m honest. On one hand, it DID keep my make up on all night (a rare feat I will admit) and I’m tempted to keep it because of this. However, I didn’t really get the clue from the ‘brightening’ that it was actually white. And didn’t really fade. This wasn’t too much of a problem for my eyelid, but it did show through my eyeliner on the bottom lashes, which I’m not really a fan of.

4. bareMinerals Eyecolour in ‘Beautiful Autumn’: £10.50

I have been excited to get this colour for a while now. Every time I went into Debenhams, I would go and swatch it but they NEVER had it in stock 😦 so I got it from feelunique.com instead. This was harder to apply than expected (I used the double ended Urban Decay brush from the Naked2 Palette) but it did give a gorgeous colour and really brightened up my eyes.

5. Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in ‘Machine’: £8

I bought this from the sale on ASOS on a whim. I did blend with the Beautiful Autumn colour on the outer corner of my eye, but it takes quite a lot of colour for it to actually stay put. It’s a dark grey-black colour with a hint of sparkle, but just comes across quite light grey when applied: this is my first experience with Illamasqua eyeshadow and I was quite disappointed. But I am going to persevere and try it out with a really smokey eye, so I’ll let you know the results.

6. Nspa Body Lotion in Jojoba and White Jasmine: £1

Aaaaaand finally – this was on sale in Asda for just 1 pound! I bought my friend some Nspa products for her birthday and they smelled so gorgeous, I just had to buy myself this. It is the smaller size (75ml) but I have quite a lot of other body butters and lotions to use up, so I’m going to carry this around in my bag to combat winter dry skin!

So that’s it for my first haul! Hope you liked it, and if any of you have any other products to recommend, I’d be happy to hear it! You can follow me on GFC at laurasbeautyheaven.blogspot.co.uk

Review: The Hub – Alehouse & Kitchen

Source Credit to the Hub Website

Only recently have I discovered this gem of a restaurant and it’s fast becoming one of my new favourite places in the city. It’s a more high end pub owned by the Bistro Qui? Ltd (many of you will have walked past Bistro Jaques: Hardman Street of the same owners) and is situated in the Casartelli building at the end of Hanover Street (around the corner from John Lewis at Liverpool ONE). The gorgeous interior makes it something a little bit different, with exposed pipes and copper pans hanging from the ceiling: it’s the perfect combination of buzzing restaurant without the prices that will make you weep.

Source Credit to the Hub Website

I’ve visited twice now – once for lunch, once for dinner – and feel it’s now my job to spread the word! It also opens for breakfast which I am very tempted to try out soon! The menu’s are varied: the lunch and dinner menus both consist of mains, lite bites/starters, pizza, cheese boards and desserts; plus there is also a children’s menu available. When I visited for lunch, it was pretty quiet and service was rapid. I ordered ‘Stuffed Potato Skins, Cheese and Bacon’ from the ‘Lite Bites’ menu (all dishes under £5, and they feature offers such as 3 dishes for £10.95). Lite bites suggests that portions will be small (especially for the price) but when they arrived – with side orders of chips and crusty bread – my friend and I were pleasantly surprised:
Safe to say, we were completely full by the time we had finished eating, and the food was excellent. The Lunch Menu also features sandwiches, pizza and a selection of mains also available in the evening. The interior of the restaurant and the friendly staff meant that the atmosphere was amazing, even at a quiet time, and the bill came to less than £10 each!

So by now, I wanted to see how dinner compared to that tasty lunch! This time, we went on a Friday evening and the place was packed out with people enjoying some after work nibbles, or having a few drinks before hitting the town. A slight hitch to the start of proceedings was handled smoothly – they hadn’t made a note of our telephone booking. However, by the time we’d ordered drinks from the crowded bar, our table was ready and the staff were apologetic.

Between us, we ordered: 2x 8oz Steak Burger (served with bacon, cheddar cheese, chips and ‘hub-slaw’, 8oz ‘Conway Valley’ Fillet Steak (with chips, tomato and field mushroom) and Salmon (with saffron rice). The food arrived without too much of a delay, given how full the restaurant was, and the burger was really lovely. I’d never had a steak burger before – and you weren’t offered a preference of how it was cooked – but I found mine was just right at medium-well done. I don’t have a picture to show you guys, but it arrived on a massive plate with a side salad and chips. The salmon was enjoyed (although he wished he’d got the burger in hindsight) but the steak probably could be improved. For £18.95, it’s the most expensive main on the menu, but it was pretty small and only came with a couple of chips and two tomatoes. Although it was great quality, a little bit more quantity probably would have been more filling for an evening meal. New drinks were offered frequently, but even with the three I was with all drinking cocktails and whiskey (booo to being designated driver, sitting left out with my cokes ! ), the total bill came to £95 between us for food for four, plus all our drinks.

Source Credit to the Hub Website

Maybe not somewhere to visit frequently when you’re running low on money, but if you’re in need of a little treat or celebration I would urge you to get down to The Hub. It’s perfect for birthday drinks (especially if you visit in Happy Hour: 5-6.30 where you get 2 cocktails for £8, or 2 jugs for £25) or a family meal. Full of 20-somethings getting ready to forget about work for the weekend, The Hub is one of my new favourite places to eat in Liverpool City Centre.

The Hub: Alehouse & Kitchen can be found at 16 Hanover Street.
Call 0151 709 2401 to book a table or visit http://www.thehub-liverpool.com