The Perfect Red Lip...

Red lips just ooze glamour and add that little bit of oomph to a simple outfit. Have a read of this post to find out my favourite products and tricks to create the perfect red lip ...

What's on my iPhone?...

I saw this tag video on one of my recent YouTube catch-up sessions and thought it would transpire well into a blog post. I love seeing what apps people use on a day to day basis so here's what my iPhone 5 is loaded up with: ...

Event: #shhealthysmile at Everyman Cinema

At the beginning of the month, I was invited down to the Everyman Cinema in Leeds by the lovely team over at Simplyhealth to enjoy a good ol' giggle with my Sister...

YourTea Tiny Tea Teatox

So here we are 7 days into my Tiny Tea Teatox and I've really enjoyed it! The first thing I noticed is how much my skin has cleared up. I genuinely didn't think that this was a benefit of the tea, considering it is essentially a 'weight loss' system ...

Coral Ombre Nails

Not a perfect ombré, but these colours look so good together that I can forgive the fact that I don't have five perfectly gradiented coral tones in my nail polish collection ...

Monday, 24 November 2014

My Blog Has Moved || www.ashley-rae.uk

You can now find all my blog posts over on my brand new blog www.ashley-rae.uk. To keep up to date with all of my blog posts, photos and updates, make sure you check out my social media channels below:

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Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

My New Blog || www.ashley-rae.uk


The Blemish Beater and Under-Eye Brightener - READ MORE
The Face Mask Wardrobe - READ MORE
Today, I launched my brand new beauty blog ashley-rae.uk. I will be posting daily (twice on a weekend) on there from now.

Thank you for reading L'Amour Lauran and I hope you will enjoy things over at ARB much more!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Event: The One Where They All Watched Friends #shhealthysmile...

At the beginning of the month, I was invited down to the Everyman Cinema in Leeds by the lovely team over at Simplyhealth to enjoy a good ol' giggle with my Sister with the first four episodes of Friends in our own private screen, complete with sweets, popcorn and some fun competitions.

It's so easy to forget to take time out for yourself and really enjoy the little things. We're all so focused on where we're going to notice the now. With recent events in my life, I've been finding it hard to enjoy myself, and just laughing sometimes makes me feel guilty, but the truth is, laughter really can be the best medicine, and taking that time out to be with your best friends can do you the world of good. This is the message that Simplyhealth's #shhealthySmile campaign really wants to promote.

With it being a whole 10 YEARS since the final episode aired, it's easy to forget just how hilarious the first few episodes of Friends are, and now I'm heading into my mid twenties, there's a friends related one-liner that fits into almost every area of my life, which we were all reminded of throughout the night following the #. It was amazing just how many quotes you remember! The feed had me chuckling the whole way home.
I had such a fun evening at the Everyman, their intimate and comfortable screens, which remind me remarkably of the Central Perk, make for such an enjoyable viewing experience. I can't wait to go again and I want to thank Joe Bloggers and Simplyhealth for such a great night (and my new favourite mug...)
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Friday, 18 April 2014

Spring Colour Pop Make Up...

I have been and will always be a neutral makeup up kinda gal, opting for bronzed tones on my lids, nude-pink glosses and barely there blush, that is until the sun started shining and these two bright beauties popped through my letter box.

The Eyes
Now the clocks have gone back and the days are getting longer, Summer is well and truly in sight. I am no stranger to the bright lip, but bright eye colours are way out of my comfort zone. The SS14 runways were awash with colour pop eyes, and not in the way that is reserved only for the runway, but in a way in which the average colour-phobe can pull off.

Additional products used: 17 Stay Time Long Wear Primer, Rimmel 25 Hour Lasting Finish Foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Bourjois Bronzing Primer, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, Becca Brow Powder*, W7 Golden Brown Palette*
I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever* with my Urban Decay Shadow Brush to highlight the inner corners of my eyes and blending it out giving a softened look. Finishing off the eyes with a slick of Benefit They're Real and I had a look that would't look out of place at Coachella. The look is surprisingly wearable and I can definitely see myself reaching for this combination throughout spring, it just adds a little something!

The Lips
Corals and Oranges make more of an appearance on my lips throughout Spring, and this gorgeous Chunky Lips pencil from W7* in Spontaneous is no exception. The formula is really creamy but quite drying, so a slick of Blistex and Lush's Lips Scrub goes a long way with this product. It wears really nicely and the colour payoff is great. Amazing for just £2.49! The matte finish is really comfortable to wear and really compliments the turquoise in the eyes. It is a very similar shade to the Topshop Neon Rose Cream Blush which I paired with this look.

I was kindly sent these products by Xtras, an online beauty outlet stocking everything from hair extensions to perfume at great affordable prices. I was so surprised by the range of products they offer and the incredible quality of the products from W7, a brand I knew nothing about. I can't wait to try more of their products.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Mission Clean & Lean: 21 Day Detox...

It is officially 60 Days until I will be donning a bikini and jetting off to hotter climes for my Summer holiday (and 1st ever trip abroad in over 10 years!), and whilst I am fully aware that Summer bodies are made in the Winter, I am upping my fitness routine and clean eating to ensure I feel and look my best.

Mission Clean & Lean are a unique, online detox program lead by Fern Whittaker & Jo Parry, who aim to motivate and transform all of their members through just 21 days of clean eating and 20 minutes of daily exercise. Looking through their Facebook page and their members before and after photos, you can see that their regime is nothing but successful, shedding pounds and inches and overhauling their lifestyles.

The plan is incredibly social, making use of Facebook and Twitter to really support their members to keep them motivated and on target to meet their goals. The girls share their information daily, posting exercise plans and meals for the following day. Tomorrow marks the first day of my detox, I have my shopping list and meal plans in hand and I can't wait to get started.

I will be sharing my all of my measurements at the end of the detox (alongside the dreaded before and after photos), so make sure you follow me on Instagram to keep updated with what I'm eating and doing and feel free to tweet me or leave comments below.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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L'Oreal Les Blancs Nail Polish Collection: The Barely There Manicure...

Just when we thought Spring had well and truly sprung, the Great British weather throws us a curve ball and we're plummeted into grey skies and drizzle. Again. However, this hasn't dampened by beauty spirits and I'm jumping feet first into editing my beauty collection, starting with these barely-there shades from L'Oreal.
The Les Blancs collection features four gorgeous white based polishes with the tiniest hint of colour. I was sent Peach and Lemon Meringue to try out. Inspired by sorbet and macaroons, these colours are perfect for Spring. They glide onto the nails well and are opaque with two coats, drying super quick and even standing up against chips without a top coat. The bottles are a tiny 5ml, but, if like me, you never finish a bottle of nail polish, they are a perfect size. 
L'Oreal Perfection Colour Riche Les Blancs in Peach Neglige (*)
L'Oreal Perfection Colour Riche Les Blancs in Lemon Meringue (*)
As you can tell by the photos, the colours are so subtle! They are a little more visible in real life and the camera doesn't quite capture their true hues, but both shades are beautiful and I can see myself wearing these throughout Spring and Summer this year. As someone who never wears yellow, the Lemon colour is surprisingly easy to wear and doesn't look sickly against my skin tone, and the peach is just gorgeous, both are like nothing I already own. I think I'm going to pick up the other two shades in this line, a pretty blue and pistachio green, colours which I love to wear on my nails. 

What do you think of the Les Blancs collection?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Ladbrokes Grand National Ladies Day Outfit Challenge 2014: My Entry....

I've never been to the Races, but have always been jealous of all of the photos of girls being super glammed up and enjoying a girls day out together. This year, Ladbrokes are hosting a competition to win tickets for the Grand National Ladies Day at Aintree and I've jumped at the chance to submit my entry. All I had to do was post an outfit featuring what I'd wear to Ladies Day.

Jacket: Zara || Dress: River Island || Bag: Zara || Shoes: Zara || Necklace : Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy || Lipstick: Topshop
I actually have this dress and I absolutely love the bold pattern and bright colours. I'd pair it with this beautiful white Blazer from Zara to make it more appropriate for Ladies Day, but the contrast of the print and pure white gives an effortlessly chic look. Barely there shoes add that classic finish without detracting from the dress, and the thicker block heel of these Zara ones mean there'll be no sinking into the grass.

I haven't opted for a headpiece here, the mark of a true Ladies' Day outfit, but I'd add a floppy hat or fedora to give a nod to the tradition whilst adhering to my personal style. A final slick of Topshop's Infrared lipstick, loose waves to the hair and a bronzed smokey eye and I'll be making my way to Liverpool.

The competition closes at 12PM on Friday (28th March) and the winner will be announced at 5PM that day. You can vote through Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook from the Ladbrokes website. What do you think of my outfit choice? I'm always trying to think of new ways to style what I currently own.


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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