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 March 2012

Topshop Make Up: Neon Rose and Coy...

So I went a little cliche and bought two of Topshop's most blogged about make up items, Coy and Neon Rose:
Topshop Lip Stick in Coy
I love this colour, hate the way it's packaged. It would have been more useable in a traditional lipstick tube as I've had this a little over a week and managed to smoosh most of it in the lid, and I aren't looking forward to sharpening it. However, it is a pretty colour, definitely perfect for spring. As it is a matte shade, I have been sure to put a tonne of balm on before hand and ensure my lips are smooth. I've been finishing it off with a bit of Vaseline too to give a slight sheen to the lips. 
Topshop Blush in Neon Rose
Not much I can say about this apart from gush at just how much I love this! The colour is stunning. It's bright, but can be blended out or built up to give the tone desired. The consistency is great, a sort of cream which bends to a lovely sheeny finish giving the skin a lovely natural flush and glow. 
The two products in action... horrendous photo of me though! 
What do you think of these? Do you have any recommendations from the line?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 26 March 2012

Glitter Gradient...

Models Own Snow White and Milani Jewel FX in Gem
Clearly still loving glitter polishes. There's something about sunshine and glitter that just makes a girl happy. I purchased Snow White the other day as they're on 3 for 2. Its a true flat white with no shimmer or pearl and I bought it purely for use with this sort of thing, glitters and shatters as it provides such a great base and shows off the top coat. 
The sun is shining away so me and the little sister are going on a bit of a mystery tour to Harrogate for a wander around and a little cream tea from Betty's. 

How are you spending this sunny day?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Friday, 23 March 2012

Early Payday = Beauty Haul!...

So I've just been paid and obviously after a week of a complete shopping ban (money never seems to stay in my account long enough), beauty shopping was calling me and here's what I've come home with!
Models Own Nail Polishes in; Snow White, Disco Mix and Purple Ash - £5 Each. I went in with the intention of getting Utopia and Juicy Jules but everything had sold down so picked up these three instead. Everyone seems to go crazy for 3 for 2!
Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat - £6.65. I had the OPI Nail Envy in my hands and decided £18.85 was far to much to part with for a nail treatment. Instead I went with a top coat as mine has just about run out. 
17 Photo Flawless Primer - £4.99 and Collection 2000 (now just 'Collection') Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2 - £4.19. Two amazing products. Don't let prices fool you girlies these products rival their high end counterparts. 
After realising the new Leeds Topshop does actually have a make up section (top floor.. Duh!) I went a bit blogger cliché on you and I picked up Blush in Neon Rose - £6 and Lip Stick in Coy - £7. I went in to pick up the Razzmatazz polish (here) but they were all sold out :( If anyone sees it in please let me know.
Finally, not beauty related, I picked up these two rings in the Miss Selfridge sale for £2 and £3 respectively. I saw the Hope ring in Topshop in silver for full price £10 and really wanted it in gold so luck would have it Arcadia tend to duplicate and I found this! Meant to be. M/L is a little big, but S/M is always too tight and I risk losing a finger, should have definitely been adjustable. 

If you want an in depth review of any of the products, let me know (Topshop Make Up coming up soon!) and i'll be happy to do it. Now i'm going to sit calmly and try and come down from the £70 free chocolate sugar high i've been on for the past two hours at work.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 12 March 2012

My GlossyBox: March 2012 Edition...

This month's box is the hotly anticipated 'Harrods Edition' featuring five samples of luxury products found in their infamous beauty halls. Here's what came in mine this month:

  • Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter
  • Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream
  • RéVive Intensité Créme Lustre SPF 30
  • Lancôme Juicy Tube in Toffee R'N'B 93
  • Versace Vanitas Versace Eau De Parfum
I love that this box is almost all skincare. Whilst I do love the make up that gets thrown into these boxes unless they're a staple such as a mascara, blue or lipstick, the colours are pretty hard to get right. Especially with Summer on the way, I'm making a conscious effort to take better care of myself, going to the gym and taking better care of my skin.
This smells like freshly squeezed orange, it's gorgeous and smelling it makes me think of summer and want it to hurry up! It's a thick body butter but doesn't leave a greasy residue which is lovely. It's really hydrating too. The full sized 200ml product retails for £20.50
I've been looking forward to trying out some Clarins products, even if they're not actually sold in Harrods, this body cream seems like a good place to start. Firming creams are always good around summer to tone up the skin on your legs and stomach. Can't wait to give this a proper test. The full sized product retails for £39.50.
I am really intrigued by this product, considering the full sized product retails for a whopping £235! It claims to feature Bio-Firming Protein with a complex of enzymes to help increase elasticity while reducing the appearance of sagging skin. While at 20 anti-ageing is not the top of my priorities I'm beginning to appreciate that prevention is better than the cure! If it doesn't make a drastic change to my skin, the fact that it contains SPF 30 will mean it will protect my skin from anything the sun can throw at it. 
I really like this! The formula is non-sticky and high gloss. The scent is pretty sickly sweet but I like that. The colour is nice and neutral and gives a nice gold sheen over the lips. A full sized 30ml Juicy Tube retails for £14.
Definitely the most perfect scent for spring. As I'm no good at describing scent, it's described as a "fresh blend of lime, tiare and freesia. Evoking the scent of a garden in full bloom, with a hint of cedar" at £45 for 30ml, it's not a bank breaker either. 

What did you think of this months box? I hope that GlossyBox continue doing collaborations, the boxes are getting stronger every month.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Primark Beauty Nail Polish: Spring/Summer Colours...

Primark Beauty Nail Polish - £2 for a set of four. 
You know how Primark love to tempt you with things whilst you're waiting to pay? Well that's how this bundle of springy nail goodness ended up in my basket. £2, I couldn't resist!


Each polish is 6ml and the bottle is tiny, making them a little difficult to get a good grip on when painting. The formula is great and only needed two coats to give an opaque finish. The drying time isn't amazing but on par with the likes of Barry M. I love the blue and green, they are such pretty spring colours and are perfect for adding that little bit of colour into an outfit whilst the weather is still cold. For the price they're great value and there were a number of sets from dark vampy colours to glitters, so something for everyone.


What do you think?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Sunday, 4 March 2012

My GlossyBox: February 2012 Edition...

I do love it when my GlossyBox turns up. Always comes at a time when I need a little pick me up (aka. after two nights and a lot of alcohol!) Let me know if you're getting bored of these posts by the way, I know there are a lot of blogs who do reviews of the sample boxes. 
Anyway, in homage to Fashion Week, this month's box is 'The Fashion Week Edition: 5 fabulous essentials to keep you looking your fashionable best'. Here's what came in mine this month:

  • Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon
  • Dr. Bronner Lavender Hand Sanitiser
  • Awapuhi by Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger Treatment Oil
  • Como Shambhala Invigorate Shower Gel
  • BM Beauty Pure Mineral Eyeshadow in Wolf Howl

I was secretly hoping I'd get this in my box this month. I've never tried any Becca products before but have heard great things about them from the likes of Pixiwoo. This is lip and cheek stain which is apparently water-resistant, so will be perfect for summer. Trying it out on my hand it is a lovely reddish pink colour which smells like watermelon, I also love the fact that it's a multi-tasking product which means you can throw it in your bag and be good to go. Can't wait to give this a proper testing! This is a full-sized 7ml sample which retails for £20 (here). 
This is odd to find in a beauty box, but given the theme it makes sense. The actual products is odd too, it's a spray rather than a gel as a hand sanitiser and is lavender scented which makes me sleepy, a weird combo, but a product I'll use nonetheless. This is a again a full sized product at 59ml and retails for £3.99 (here).
There's a lot of hype surrender hair oils at the moment, and I'm looking forward to giving this one a go. It can be used on wet or dry hair to smooth dry and damaged hair. As it says 'styling' in the title, I'm assuming it doesn't actually have any restorative properties, but gives the illusion of healthy hair. This is a 25ml sample size and the full sized 100ml retails for £25.95 (here) which is up there with Moroccan Oil in the price stakes.
Nothing too exciting about a shower gel, but a practical choice. The peppermint and eucalyptus will definitely refresh and wake you up in a morning. This is a 50ml sample size and the full sized 300ml product retails for £20 (here), which for a shower gel, I think is a little expensive. However, if this doesn't wake me up for uni tomorrow, there is no hope left. 
I really don't like loose mineral eye shadows, so I will be giving this away, but this is a pretty dusky purple/midnight blue colour with shimmer, from the Storybook Collection, and will be great for a smokey eye. The brand itself is co-owned by Kimberly Wyatt and is cruelty free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. This is a 1g sample, the full sized 2g product retails for £7 (here).

What do you think of this month's box? I'm so excited for the Harrods one for March!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation: 100 Ivory...

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation - £8.99
Look at the glow this gives!
I am, and always have been a great fan of Rimmel foundations, they're great quality at a great price and almost always deliver on their promises. 

I picked up this on Tuesday, and out of the (naff) 6 shade range, I picked up 100 Ivory as it's the shade I always go for with Rimmel, with varying colour results. The formulation itself is a pretty thick, gel like consistency which blends out easily with a small amount going a pretty long way. One to two pumps is perfect for an even coverage across the face, if like me, you prefer a heavier coverage in certain areas, it is build-able without looking cakey. 

The photos show the 'glow' that this foundation gives, for me there are a lot of shimmer particles in it, so I will be staying away from using it on nights out or where I know I will be getting photographed (avoiding the disco ball effect) but on days where you want to look fresh faced this is perfect! It highlights the skin in all of the right areas and gives that youthful, dewy glow to the skin. Yes, dewy, so all of you oily skin ladies may need to go cautiously with this, or team it with Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (my favourite and most repurchased Rimmel product of all time) in the areas which are prone to getting oily throughout the day. I don't have many dry patches on my skin at the moment, so I can't really comment, but the formulation seems hydrating. The overall finish is pretty pore less and doesn't seem to sink into imperfections. I do use this with concealer and setting powder over my t-zone and blemishes, so this obviously helps with staying power, but I didn't feel the need to touch up.

This won't be replacing my favourite foundation of the moment, due to the fact I'm favouring full coverage, but it is a welcome addition to my foundation drawer and it will be used up, especially when the weather warms up! 

The lovely Laura and Gemma have great reviews of this foundation too with photos of it on their skin so you can see how it looks :)

Have you tried out this foundation?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx