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 ...

Friday, 29 July 2011

Monthly Favourites: July 2011 Edition...

Oh my, another month down! It's mental how fast this year has gone, it's officially Christmas Countdown (given that Xmas songs usually start at the end of September in clothing shops!). I hate that we've not properly had a summer yet and winter coats have started coming into stores :( boo!


Anyway, onto what I have been loving this month:


Favourite Make Up Products:


1: Face
Soap and Glory Hocus Focus
I really didn't think this would ever be my favourite product as it's so simple, but since my skin has been playing ball and blemishes are down to next-to-none (YEY!!) I have been loving using this. I have used it on its own under a tiny amount of foundation for a pretty daytime, glowy skin look, on my cheeks and brow bones as a highlight and on its own on days where I'm not doing much, just to even out my skin tone.

2: Cheeks
MeMeMe Blush Me! Coral
I have been loving my MeMeMe Blush Me! in Coral recently. It's great on 'no make-up' days to give a lovely natural looking flush to the cheeks. 


3: Eyes
Again, this is the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but in particular the colour 'Sidecar'. I know a lot of people dislike this shade because of the chunks of glitter, but I have fallen in love with it. I've been using it as just a wash over my lid for a nice natural look a lot this month, and teaming it with 'Half-Baked' and 'Darkhorse' for a more dramatic look. 

Favourite Hair Product:


VO5 Miracle Concentrate containing Argon Oil
A new purchase of mine, but it is definitely making my hair happy! Keep tuned for an in-depth review of this lovely serum, it smells gorgeous, makes my hair look gorgeous and is just gorgeous.

Favourite Skin Care Product:


The Boots Botanics Skin Care Range for Blemish Prone Skin
I am whole heartedly contributing this range of products to my recent good skin phase. My skin has never looked so good!

Favourite Nail Polish:


Barry M Pure Turquoise
I have used Barry M Pure Turquoise so much this month and it's the perfect summer toe colour, it instantly makes me think of sunny beaches and blue waters.

Favourite Drink:


Okay I am obsessed with Ribena Sparkling Raspberry! It's so good you really need to go and try it. Yummy!

Favourite Song:


Ed Sheeran - The A Team
If you haven't heard or don't love this song, you need to. Ed Sheeran's voice is just so beautiful and I can't help but stick it on repeat a couple of times to get my fix. I'm really looking forward to his album for more loveliness from him. 


Random Favourite:


Wall Sticker from eBay (HERE)
My bathroom, but more particularly the wall sticker I put up in there today. What do you think? I think it's just so unusual, and I'm going to mimic the colours in some new towels and little accessory bits and pieces. The room was just so boring and considering I spend so much time in there with all my beauty stuff in there I needed to prettify it. 

Favourite Blog:
This is a new discovery of mine in the blog world, but as I started reading I just couldn't stop each post is so captivating with gorgeous photos and a great writing style. She honestly reviews products with great swatches and even does comparisons for almost everything! Definitely have a look at this beautiful blog, you won't be disappointed.


What have you all been loving this month? I would also love to thank you all for reading, this month has seen my blog hit and surpass the 50 followers mark! 


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 25 July 2011

Label Love: Missguided...

Missguided are a brand which I am always seeing in magazines. With their celeb style and high street dupes at amazing prices, this company have definitely grabbed my attention and their clothing really speaks for itself. Here are a few items which I really LOVE:
(Click To See Enlarged Image)
1. Livvy Trouser £21.99
These will transition beautifully into Autumn/Winter this year, the lovely rusty brown colour is neutral enough to go with lady like blouses and bright prints. 
3. Rosie Skinny Jeans £26.99
These are great for the "Candy Denim" trend if you're a little scared of the more bold and out there colours. 
5. Ines Tribal Print Vest £14.99
An absolutely stunning print on a great shaped top. Wear with jeans for day or tucked into a body con skirt for a night out. 
6. Rossana Peter Pan Collar Blouse £16.99 
I absolutely love this style of shirt. Fashionista it up with a ribbon tie.
8. Louella Cut Out Skater Dress £24.99
A easy way of wearing the cut out trend without having to bare all. This colour is great for Summer. 
9. Jemimma Crochet Waistband Skater Dress £24.99
This TopShop dupe is £10 cheaper and has been see on TOWIE's Lauren Pope. It comes in an array of colours.
TopShop £34.00
11. Zaff Super High Colour Block Wedge £36.99
Colour Block? Check, Wedge? Check. A Summer, maxi dress statement shoe? Definitely! 
13. Hailey Strappy Super High Wedge £34.99
This gorgeous colour pop shoe will add a pop of colour to the simplest night outfit. These look amazing! I would have them in every colour. 
This Mulberry Ted dupe is gorgeous! A definite steal which will last you for seasons to come. 

And how about these beauties for celeb style stealing?
Denisa One Shouldered 'Frankie' Dress £26.99 and Carol 'Frankie' Tailored Pleat Dress £24.99
Ashlee Backless Bandage 'Cheryl' Dress £22.99, Jaya 'Cheryl'  Ruffle Front Contrast Dress £33.99 and Calantha Twist Front Cut Out 'Cheryl' Maxi Dress £29.99
I think the team behind Missguided have a great eye, and I would literally wear everything on the site at the moment. There's something there for every style and it's definitely worth a look.


Make sure you check it out as there are still some lovely sale items at up to 75% off! 


So, what are your thoughts? It's Pay Day for me tomorrow what do you think my purchases should be?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Thursday, 21 July 2011

UK BB Creams Are On Their Way!...

Okay so I was randomly searching the Internet and I literally stumbled across these images and went "ooooooh!"


Miracle Skin Perfector Face


BB Cream Eye Roll-On

If you don't already know what BB Creams are, they are also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm and they are a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia. I first heard of these on YouTube through Beauty Gurus such as MissGlamorazzi. Different BB Creams have different benefits, some have skin whitening or brightening properties, others are anti-acne, some are anti-wrinkle, some are intended to even out skin tone, and yet others to lighten blemish scars. BB creams are sometimes used like a primer under foundation, and if tinted may even replace foundation and some newer ones will have functions of primer, foundation, moisturizer, sun block, pore minimization and skin refining together which can save time and money in make-up. 

From what I can make out from other blogs, it is a pretty light reflecting product which is a lot more skin-toned then Asian branded products which have quite a grey undertone.As far as I'm aware these launch in 17 days in the UK (7th August) and I for one am so excited to try them out1! I have almost bought BB Creams from Asia on different occasions, but I like trying out products before I buy them, or at least swatch them. And this has the added bonus of being from a brand that I know and trust.

MAC is also releasing one in their Prep+Prime range with added SPF 35:



What do you think? Will you be trying out either of these?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

My GlossyBox: July 2011 Edition...

It's that time again girlies! My GlossyBox has just arrived and I'm absolutely loving everything that has come in it this month, and excited to try it all. Again, not all subscribers received the same products in their boxes, so check out other blogs to see the different product variations. 





This months' theme is "Ready, Steady, Glow! 5 Feel-Good Faves" and I received:

  1. Inlight Organic Daily Face Oil
  2. Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil
  3. Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Weekly Self Tan
  4. Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Marvel
  5. Ciaté Paint Pot in Bog Yellow Taxi (074)

I am so excited by this product! I have been wanting to try Ciaté for a while now and I saw Fleur (FleurDeForce) wearing it in one of her videos I just had to have it. It's such a beautiful bright yellow and the name does all of the describing for you. The formula is really smooth, the bottle and handle are so easy to hold and the brush is wide enough to cover the whole nail, streak-free. This is a full sized sample and would cost £9.00 from Ciaté


The next product is another I've been wanting to try for a while. Xen-Tan is a self tanning product which has won so many awards and is widely credited by beauty gurus as the best self-tanning product on the market. I'm looking forward to using this due to the huge amount of fantastic reviews it has received. It is not overly scented but does still have that biscuity fake tan smell, and considering the colour is 'Deep' the actual product is not that scary dark brown colour which I expected (much like the St.Moriz dark colour). I will definitely be doing a more in depth review of this product when I use it! This is a 30ml sample size, the full sized product costs £28.99 from Xen-Tan.


This product will have excited so many when they opened the box this morning. This Illamasqua Pure Pigment in Marvel is a gorgeous yellow-gold shimmer pigment which can be used universally as a highlight, mixed in with eyeshadow, blush and so much more. It's a really finely milled pigment and the packaging is beautiful and sleek. Really looking forward to incorporate this into my make up. This again is a full sized product and costs £15.50 from Illamasqua.


This is the Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil. It is formulated to help slow the ageing process (not that I need that just now!) whilst smoothing and firming the skin. I have heard of Weleda before, but have never tried anything from them, however I know that Adele is a great fan of the brand. This oil smells amazing and sweet and is meant to be used on damp skin (I know it's meant to smell of pomegranate, but to me it smells like lemon muffins!). I will definitely be doing a full review on this one too. Again this is a 100ml full-sized product and retails at £19.95 from Weleda.


The last product is from a brand I have never heard of. Doing a quick snippet of research I have found that Inlight are an organic brand which is suitable for vegans and vegetarians who create herbal ointments for all skin types, but are specifically great for dry and/or ageing skin types. I am a little hesitant about this product given the fact that it is an oil, and the BioEffect oil from June's Box left my skin in a bit of a state. I will give it a go however and hopefully the fact that it is completely natural will help avoid the previous disaster. This is AGAIN another full-sized 30ml product and retails at £25.00 from Inlight.

GlossyBox have outdone themselves this month with 4 full sized products! I didn't sign up to GlossyBox expected full sized products as it was all about sampling new products that I wouldn't usually try and discovering new brands, however this has been such an amazing surprise by the team at GlossyBox HQ and the full value of this box far exceeds the £10 (£12.95 from September) which I paid. 

If you're impressed I suggest you sign up ASAP as the demand for the boxes has outstripped supply the past few months. I for one am definitely keeping up with my subscription! If you've missed out on the July GlossyBox, why not enter SkyLiving's competition to win 1 of 20 July GlossyBoxes HERE.

What did you think of the products? Did you get any variants?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Friday, 15 July 2011

New MeMeMe Shimmer Stacks...

MeMeMe are well known for their amazing high-end dupes of Benefit's box blushes and tints. When I saw that they had tweeted about their new arrivals, their Shimmer Stacks, it's clear they've not stopped at Benefit dupes.
Shimmer Stack in Pink
Shimmer Stack in Gold
Shimmer Stack in Bronze

These look like great Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick dupes, the shades Rose, Bronze and Nectar come to mind. The fact that you get five shades in each brick means they are truly versatile, with both blushing and highlighting colours in one place, these will be great for on the go. The shimmer makes them a lovely addition to your summer make up bag too, whilst the Bronze and Gold variations will also be great to use as eyeshadows.


I know I'll definitely be picking the Pink and Gold ones up when they launch, I absolutely love my boxed blushes!


What do you think?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Battle of the Bronzers: Bourjois Délice de Soleil...

This bronzer has become such a cult product recently I was scratching my head as to why I had not yet bought it! And when I saw the newly repackaged version, I thought why not? The addictive swivelling packaging is a great improvement on the original 'chocolate box' one and the fact that it has a mirror means that it is going to be in my handbag all Summer long.
The formulation includes cocoa bean and orange blossom extract which gives it its distinctive 'chocolate' smell and added radiance and hydration to the skin. It also contains SPF 15, which for a Summer product is great. I bought mine in No.12, the shade for fair to medium skin tones.
I love, love, love the packaging! The swivelling mirror is great for travelling as it's a good size, and can be left in a stood up position, perfect for on the go touch ups. So, how does it compare to the other bronzers which I have reviewed?
L-R: Bourjois, NARS Laguna, Solait Maxi Bronzer, St.Moriz Shade 'n'Shimmer
As you can see, this is the deepest shade of bronzer I own (I'm ghostly...seriously). Whilst it still has shimmer, it seems to only be on the surface, giving it a more matte look on the skin than Laguna(I just opened the two products to check that and I got a waft of the chocolate scent from the Bourjois...Mmmm... It smells so nice!.) I still have the swatches on my hand and whilst the St.Moriz has completely gone, Laguna is less visible than the Solait, Bourjois is still completely visible! 

The product is really fine too, it blends with ease and is virtually undetectable. It just leaves a lovely sun kissed glow to the skin. 

It is a great product, the only thing I don't like is the brush, as it is slightly useless as I really like to use a big fluffy brush when it comes to contouring and bronzing my skin. Other than that, I think it's a great product and at only £8.99 is a steal for the staying power and gorgeous scent. A definite holiday beach bag must have. 

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 11 July 2011

Emma Watson Loves Figs & Rouge...

If like me you are in love with the Harry Potter Franchise (I have been reading the books since I was like 7 or something) you would have watched the amazing Premier for the second instalment of the Deathly Hallows, which debuts in UK cinemas on the 15th of July I think.


Picture from the Metro
Even if you're not a fan of the movies, there's no missing Emma Watson. She's been the face of Burberry and YSL and is creative partner for the fair trade clothing brand, People Tree. 


This British beauty always looks stunning and I have found out the one of my new discoveries is one of her favourites too! Figs & Rouge which I have recently blogged about here and here was uncovered by Charlotte Hayward, Emma Watson's make up artist for the Deathly Hallows Part 2, as one of her favourite picks (she picked it out for Charlotte to use) to achieve her infamous no-make up, youthful look.


The particular one featured was the lovely Rambling Rose Lip Balm, which is amazing and is always in my handbag:




A range of Figs & Rouge products including this balm can be purchased from Boots and are also available internationally for all of you to enjoy.  


For more on the interview with Charlotte Hayward, check out www.bellasugar.com




I have made no secret of loving these products and I think you should all check them out as Hermione herself loves them too! I can't wait to see this film, the book had me in tears and no doubt the end of this 10 year film journey will do too.


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Figs & Rouge: Peppermint & Tea Tree Balm...

You might remember that I picked up a Figs & Rouge Lip Balm in Rambling Rose and absolutely loved it (see my review HERE), and it has subsequently won a Beauty Award from Natural Health Magazine, and as a result I was sent one of they're other formulations, the Peppermint & Tea Tree.


Oops, I squished it in my bag :/


I had said how much I wanted to try this in my last post, and I have to say I am so happy with it. The Tea Tree is a great antibacterial ingredient and Peppermint is naturally soothing. I have not only been using this on my lips, as it gives a great clear glossy which doesn't just disappear, but also on my blemishes at night.




It leaves my skin as well as my lips feeling fresh and it tingles which I usually don't like, but this I just a gentle tingle, not the harsh lip plumping kind of tingle. I have noticed a difference in my skin using it and in conjunction with my skincare routine I think given time, my skin is really going to improve. 


This product has earned it's place on my bedside table and the Rambling Rose is still in my handbag with rather a large dip in it.


Have any of you tried any of Figs & Rouge's products? What did you think?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx



Friday, 8 July 2011

Rimmel Peppermint: My Blog's Nail Polish...

Literally how much does this match my blog background!? I first saw this colour mentioned on Sophie's blog and picked it up the other day. Blues and greens are colours that I really don't have in abundance in my nail polish collection. I have always loved China Glaze's For Audrey but have never got my hands on it, I think that this is a pretty good dupe. 


L-R: Barry M Pure Turquoise, Rimmel Peppermint, O.P.I. What's With The Cattitude?


L-R: Barry M Pure Turquoise, Rimmel Peppermint, Revlon Minted


As you can see, it is one of those polishes which looks green when put with blues and blue when put with greens. It is such a pretty colour and I was actually asked what it was when I was at work yesterday, which surprised me a bit. 


Anyway, as I was saying, I first saw this on Sophie's Blog (which you should all go and have a look at as I love reading her posts) and here is a picture of both China Glaze For Audrey and Rimmel Peppermint together:


Picture taken from Sophie's Blog
They're so similar aren't they (actually scrap that they're identical!) and I do love a good 'drugstore' dupe. The formula is great, in two coats it was completely opaque and glossy. The brush for these polishes is great too, really wide and so covers the nail in one swipe, fab if you're a little bit 'special' when it comes to painting nails (like me). 


This has gone to the top of my favourite polishes for Summer and I especially love it as it matches my Blog. I may have to pick up another bottle to give away as a part of my 50 Follower Giveaway.


What do you think?


Much Love,
Lauran 
xxx 

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25Hour Foundation...

Does it last 25 hours? I don't know as I never keep my makeup on that long, but do I like it? Yes! I love it!


Shade 103 True Ivory
After my Bourjois Healthy Mix ran out, I had all intentions of repurchasing, as I absolutely loved it, but when I arrived in Boots to find it not on the Bourjois stand (I really hope they are still making it) I panicked and went back to the old faithful 'drugstore' brand Rimmel. 


I literally have used Rimmel since I started wearing make up and used the older version of this in the squeeze tube. After my sister recommended that I use this when I was last home, and there was a 3 for 2 on Rimmel, I decided to pick it up


Not completely blended in, but you get the level of coverage it gives :)
In the bottle this did not look like it would match me AT ALL, but on it matches perfectly (as obviously I'm as truly ivory as they get). It has quite a thick consistency in comparison to Healthy Mix and it does seem to be quite sticky on the skin just as it is setting, but the coverage is lovely and it really does stay, I mean really. I have had it on since 8 am, and there is hardly any movement, they only thing that has moved is my concealer.


I am not entirely happy using such a thick foundation in these Summer months, but saying that having skin problems at the moment, this has been a blessing. It covers so well but leaves a natural dewy finish, that doesn't look cakey or that I have overly tried to cover up my blemishes. 


In actual fact, this reminds my of MAC Studio Fix Fluid. That literally just jumped into my head, but less heavy feeling on the skin. Whilst the texture is the same, the finish is so much better and it is so much easier to blend. 


Overall Rimmel, I am impressed with you once again!


What do you always run to when your first pick isn't in stock?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Thursday, 7 July 2011

The Power of Plants: Boots Botanics for Blemish Prone Skin...



After having a bad experience with the BioEffect I received in my GlossyBox this month (resulting in bad breakouts!), my skin has been in need of some love and care and some serious damage control, so I have purchased this little skincare range from Boots. 


I heard SWalkerMakeup talk about the Botanics line in her June favourites this month too, but she blogged about the line a while a go. Anyway whilst I wandered around Boots I found that they had a specific line for Blemish Prone skin (that's me) and decided to give it a go.



The active ingredients in this line include Rosemary, Amazonian Clay and Willow Bark.

Cleanser: This is a foam, mousse consistency, which does not sting or make my skin feel tight after using it. It left my skin feeling fresh and soft. I have been using it in the shower after my Garnier PureActive and massaging it in with the brush on top of that. 



Toner: You can actually see the clay in this product when it has been left to settle. I use this with cotton pads and lightly dab it all over my face. This did leave a slight tightening feeling to my skin, however I think this is due to the clay taking out the oils. 




Moisturiser: This is a very light moisturiser, great if you have oily skin. I apply a tiny amount of this all over my face and leave it to sink in. I've felt that this has smoothed out the appearance of my skin and has left it much softer. 



I really like the packaging of this line too. It looks all natural and 'good for you'. 


I've been using all three products day and night since I bought them, and although I've not been using this line long enough to see a vast improvement, I have noticed that redness has been reduced and new blemishes are not coming out as much. My overall skin texture has changed and my make up goes on so much smoother after using this moisturiser beforehand too. 


I still really want to try Liz Earle, but really want my skin to improve first so I can really see the benefits. There are also some more products in this line I'd like to try such as the face masks and tinted face moisturiser. 


Do you have any tips, tricks or product suggestions to control blemishes?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Saturday, 2 July 2011

OPI Coronation: A GOSH Holographic Dupe?...

I thought of this as soon as I opened my GlossyBox, but really wanted to test it out on the nail as although something looks similar in the bottle, it doesn't necessarily transfer onto the nail.




GOSH Holographic is notoriously hard to find but so gorgeous and eye-catching! I can't help but stare at it whenever I have it on my nails. 


So onto the swatches:
Left to Right: GOSH Holographic, OPI Designer Series Coronation, Coronation over Holographic, Barry M Pure Turquoise.


As you can see Holographic is a pure holographic nail polish. It gives a great spectrum of colour on the nail and has a silver base. 
Left to Right: OPI Coronation, Coronation over Holographic

Coronation really did not photograph well, but the holographic-ness in this polish is totally down to the glitters. The base is a slightly darker silver to Holographic, but as you can make out, the finish is completely different. It's so difficult to photograph!


The top swatch is OPI and the bottom is GOSH. You can see just how much prettier Holographic is, and just why everyone went mad for it. It truly does give a finish which I don't think any other polish can rival.

Really, really trying to get a photo of the holo in Coronation and failing :(


What are your favourite unusual polishes of the moment? I think Holographic is still my No.1 unusual, and OPI Coronation is definitely not up to scratch on the dupe front.


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx