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 ...

Saturday, 31 December 2011

My Favourite Products of 2011...

NYE! This year has absolutely flown bye, I can't believe how fast it's gone. It's not been the most amazing of years for me, so it's an even bigger reason to make the most of 2012. 


As my last post of the year I thought I'd give you all a quick round up of the things I've loved using this year.


Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer and Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
My foundation has changed constantly throughout the year and I've still not managed to find the perfect one, but these two have remained in my routine for so long. I'm sure you've all seen the ravings about this wonder concealer, but it does everything you could ever need a concealer to do! I can see this being repurchased a lot in 2012. 
NARS Orgasm, Albatross and Laguna
This little trio has served me well the past 6 months and I've only recently hit the pan. Orgasm is the perfect pink toned blush, and the fact that it's in this little compact makes it great for travel and is constantly in my handbag due to its massive mirror. I can see myself purchasing the full sized Orgasm, but Albatross and Laguna are so dupable, I don't see myself buying either when I eventually run out, no matter how much I love them.
Urban Decay Naked Palette, Blink+Go Mascara, HD Brows Palette
The Naked Palette speaks for itself, the holy grail of all neutral eye palettes! From summery to sultry, the colours in this palette can create them all. I can't wait to get my hands on the new one! Both the mascara and HD Brows I discovered through GlossyBox and I will definitely be buying them for myself as soon as they're gone. You can read a full review of the mascara here, but it's the best one I've tried all year. 
MAC Costa Chic
2011 was definitely cast over by a hue of coral. I went crazy for this colour in the summer and I love the way it instantly warms up the face and gives a carefree summery look to my make up.
Neutrogena Spot Stress Control and Visibly Clear Ranges
I've seen the best results from this range and it's definitely helping to keep breakouts to a minimum whilst still making my skin feel clean, hydrated and soft. 2012 will hopefully be a clear skin year!
Aussie Dual Personality Anti-Frizz Conditioning Milk and Heat Protection, John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Spray, Batiste Big & Bouncy XXL Volume Dry Shampoo and Mark Hill Raw Snow Leopard Curling Wand
I have started a love affair with Aussie the last few months, their products really work and smell absolutely LUSH. My hair has been so much softer, manageable and my split ends have been reduced since I started using them. Every 'Bottle Blonde' should own one of these John Frieda sprays, they're great for root touch-ups and creating highlights in flat toned hair. Batiste has been such a saviour and the XXL Volume version is perfect to boost the volume at my roots and inject a bit of glamour into my hair, especially when I'm using my curling wand. Curly hair has been my signature do this year.
Ciaté Paint Pot in My Fair Lady, OPI Excuse Moi!, OPI Rainbow Connection, Barry M Silver Glitter, Barry M Mushroom, Barry M Shocking Pink and Barry M Black Magic.
I have developed a slight obsession with my nails this year and my polish collection has grown substantially. These are my go-to shades when I don't know what to paint my nails, and the glitters are perfect for changing up the look of a plan polish. 
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau De Parfum
Although I received this as a Christmas present, I've been lusting after it for so long. Its such a lovely girly fragrance that packs a bit of a punch and the packaging is gorgeous too!

So there it is, my little love list of 2011! What have you been loving this year?

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and have a great night tonight. Love you all, and thanks so much for following me and reading this year!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

My New Favourite Mascara: BLINK+Go Mascara...

Say "Hello" to the most PERFECT mascara I have ever used from BLINK+Go:
Aside from the fabulous packaging, the mascara claims to give longer, thicker and sexier lashes and I completely agree! It lasts an age without flaking or smudging which is a must this party season and my lashes just look amazing and have a slightly false lash effect about them. I wouldn't say it was completely waterproof like it claims, but would definitely hang about after those teary family reunions or especially sad Christmas films. 
I did get this in my GlossyBox, but I would completely justify spending the £12.95 on it, as for a mascara it's not that steep as L'Oreal ones are hitting the £11 and £12 marks as it is. 

What's your favourite party mascara?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 19 December 2011

A Christmas Cupcake...

You all know how much I am in LOVE with OPI's Rainbow Connection and when I went to a salon to get it the other day I was told I'd be put on a month long waiting list :o well that just wasn't going to cut the mustard when it comes to the most festive and party perfect polish this season, so I went on an eBay hunt and came across the Milani Jewel FX range and Gem just caught my eyes as the perfect dupe!
I used Barry M's Strawberry Ice Cream as a base colour and topped it off with two coats of the lovely Milani Gem. It's just a lovely fun colour and it catches the light so well giving the nails a lovely sequined look.

What do you think?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx



Sunday, 18 December 2011

My GlossyBox: December 2011 Edition...

Another late GlossyBox post, but being without internet does have its downfalls! But, this being the final box of 2011 I had to share its contents with you.
This months box is Part Two of 'The Christmas Gift Guide' and I'm loving the festive red (and actually glossy) packaging. This is definitely the best box I have received and here's what was in it:

  • Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel
  • BLINK+Go Hi-Definition Mascara
  • MeMeMe Seventh Heaven
  • Deborah Lippmann Mini Nail Varnish in Razzle Dazzle 
  • Deborah Lippmann Stripped To Go Sachet
  • Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lipgloss
I used this last night and it smells absolutely gorgeous and the sweet almond oil in it means it's really moisturising, great for helping skin cope with the drying cold weather. This is a full sized (200ml) product and retails for £6.50
I was over the moon to see this in my GlossyBox this month. I loved the Daniel Sandler one I received a couple of boxes back, but it was a bottom lash mascara and not really practical to use everyday. The formulation and brush size look great and I'm looking forward to giving a proper review of this. I love the packaging too, it seems to be in a metal tube and the fact it comes in a box makes it feel so much more luxurious. This is also a full sized (8g) product and retails for £12.95.
Seventh Heaven is a moisturising 'face base' which has quite a strong scent so if you're sensitive skinned I'd say be wary of using it. I was a bit unsure of how to use it, but I gave it a go on top of my moisturiser and before my foundation and it gave a lovely luminescence to the skin. The full sized (30ml) product retails for £15.00 which to be quite honest is a little on the expensive side for a high street brand. Is it worth it? I'm not sure as of yet, I definitely need to road test it a little more. This is a 10ml sample. 
You can't be a nail polish addict and fail to lust over some of Deborah Lippmann's polishes, 'Glitter In The Air' and 'Happy Birthday' being my two lusted over polishes. I love how they're all named after songs too! This is Razzle Dazzle and it's definitely the most perfect festive red. This is a cute mini sample, the full sized bottles retail for £16 each, expensive but worth it the formulation and brush are lovely to work with.
This is such a pretty and wearable shade. I've never heard of Cargo before and was pleasantly surprised to find their glosses long lasting and non-sticky. Perfect! They retail for £10, a good mid-range price for a gloss and a better formulation than Mac. 

What do you think of this months box? Have you signed up to GlossyBox or are you a member of another sample box?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Friday, 16 December 2011

Festive Polish: Milani Jewel FX...

Look what came in the post this week! How pretty are these?! Sequins in a nail polish, what more could a girl want this festive season.
Left to Right: Silver, Gold and Gem
I found this brand whilst I was looking for a Rainbow Connection dupe (more on that in another post) and thought this range looked stunning, so I did as any polish addict would and ordered three of them... I have a problem... Seriously...
All together including postage they cost me $21 which is about £13.50 (link) which for 3 polishes and postage from America, ain't half bad. I am definitely going to get so much use out of these over Christmas and New Year.
What do you think? Have you tried anything from Milani before?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

You Know You Gotta Work, Work...

  • Body* - Lipsy
  • Trousers* - Lipsy
  • Jewellery - Primark
  • Nails - Barry M
A simple work outfit today and for the first time since I started working there a year a go, I'm wearing trousers! This isn't usually an outfit I thought I'd wear, but I've been converted. The trousers are a really flattering fit and the body is a nice fitted contrast to the loose fitting bottoms. 

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I have been without Internet as I used up my allocation too quickly!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

*DISCLAIMER* Products marked with a * were purchased with staff discount. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Freemans 12 Dresses of Christmas Competition...

*This is a sponsored post*

Looking for a perfect dress this festive season? Have nothing to wear and the high street failing you? Look no further than Freemans.com who are offering you all a chance to win a gorgeous party perfect evening dress every weekday between the 1st and 16th December.

To be in with a chance of winning one all you need to do is check out the lovely Freemans ‘Dress of the Day’ on either their Blog or Facebook Page and leave a comment beneath, answering the days question, to be entered into the draw to win that very dress! 

There are twelve different dresses up for grabs, enter every day to maximise your chance of winning.  If you ‘like’ their Facebook page all of the competition updates will be in your news feed, so you'll be kept up to date with each dress.

Here are the dresses that have already been up for grabs, how stunning are the 1st and 4th ones?! 
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You must be in the UK and over 18 to enter and one winner will be chosen per dress. You can see a full list of all of the Terms and Conditions here.

The link to the competition will be over there on the right hand side for the duration of the competition. Give it a go you might just end up walking away with a stunning dress absolutely FREE!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Baby It's Cold Outside...

Ok, so this is my first ever proper OOTD, so mind the dodgy posing and the fact my eyes look like they're closed ... A lot to learn to say the least!... I'm just heading out to uni today and hopefully the library too (dedicated final year student), so need something comfy and warm. Here's what I'm wearing: 
  1. Jumper* - Next
  2. Skinny Jeans - Primark
  3. Jewellery - Primark
  4. Nail Polish - Barry M Silver Glitter
And here's my make up:
  1. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25Hr Foundation in Ivory
  2. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
  3. Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent
  4. Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam
  5. Sleek Blush in Aruba
  6. Bourjois Bronzer in Fair/Medium Skin
  7. Sleek Pout Polish in Monte Carlo
  8. Rimmel Glam'Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara in Black
  9. Rimmel Flash Eyeliner in Flash Black
  10. HD Brows in Foxy (Ash Brown)
I love the rose gold sequins and elbow patches on this jumper, it makes it so easy to create a pretty but simple outfit with it. I'm really loving Next at the moment, they've got some really gorgeous knits, coats and footwear in this season, if you're out and about you should really check it out. 


What do you think?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx


*Disclaimer: Purchased with staff discount. 

Barry M Limited Edition Effects Silver Glitter....


Wandering around Boots yesterday I saw this and instantly bought it. I thought given the lovely holographic cap, it was going to be a slightly holographic silver glitter, however, the polish doesn't seem to live up to the 'Nail Effects' name, and is a pretty standard silver glitter polish.

After one coat...
After two coats...
It consists of fine glitter particles and is really easy to build up from a glitter top coat to a really opaque stand alone polish. The photos actually don't do this any justice, after two coats it's much more opaque and really eye-catching. If you like other glitters from Barry M, you'll definitely like this one. I think I'm going to give this ago over the top of GOSH Holographic this Xmas. 

It's limited edition at Boots and is £3.99.

What do you think?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx




Thursday, 1 December 2011

One Year Later...

L'Amour Lauran has reached the grand age of 1 today! A year ago today I posted my first ever post and year on, 132 followers (GFC and Bloglovin') and over 22,000 hits later I'm amazed by the progress me and my blog have made. It only seems like a few weeks ago, after becoming obsessed with the online beauty community watching the likes of SWalkerMakeup, Gemsmaquillge, Pixi2woo and Pixiwoo on Youtube and deciding I wanted a place to vent my views on things.

This year, has not been amazing for me in terms of my personal life etc, but I have had the chance to go to some lovely events, meet amazing local bloggers and learn a heap about the fashion and beauty industries because of this little space of internet, which definitely made a difference!

So what have you been loving this year? Well here are a few of your most viewed posts:
  1. Review: Barry M Foil Effects...
  2. How-To: Re-Do Your Shoes Jeffrey Campbell Styleee...
  3. Guilty Pleasures: OPI Muppets Collection...
  4. Blonde and Blonder: Progress Day Three...
  5. How To: Nails of the Day Tropical Sunset...
Blogging has lead me to think about other career paths too. This year I have felt that Law is really not the route I should be taking with my life, instead I've been looking at careers in fashion and especially merchandising! A turn around to say the least, but blogging has given me the confidence to stop hiding behind something my parents have always wanted me to pursue and really think about what I want. 

Enough of a ramble from me but just a quick reminder that you can follow me on Twitter (@Lamourlauran) and Bloglovin'! Just click the buttons over there to your right.

A big thank you to all of you out there who are supporting L'Amour Lauran, here's to another year of happy blogging and happy reading :)

Much Love, 
Lauran
xxx