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 ...

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Peplovin'...

Words cannot describe just how much I am loving the peplum trend right now. It's that perfect shape to give you the most enviable silhouette and can be transition from night to day, work to evening. Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the high street:
Top: Lipsy, Lavish Alice, Missguided
Bottom: Lavish Alice, Missguided, Topshop, Miss Selfridge
My favourite piece here has to be the gorgeous spiked number from Missguided! I can see this looking amazing with AA Disco Pants and huge wedges. I actually wore the Lipsy dress for my Graduation, it's actually backless and looks stunning on! The Miss Selfridge dress shows that even the edgy among you can work peplum by incorporating studs into this classically feminine shape, and the sequin peter pan collar on the Topshop one adds a little interest to quite a basic top.
I've been wearing my peplums with skinny jeans and Disco Pants, which really emphasise the dramatic silhouette. In terms of the dress, I broke up the block colour with a black belt with gold hardware. Again, this further emphasised the shape and really brought it in at the waist.

What do you think of the peplum trend?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 30 July 2012

ProActiv Solutions Skincare: My Experience...

ProActiv is a 3-step acne treatment system which helps to clear blemishes and prevent future breakouts from happening. It uses salicylic acid as its active ingredient and I'm sure you've all seen the infomercials sporting the likes of Jessica Simpson and Katy Perry as spokeswomen, that's how I first heard of the brand and as soon as I heard that it was stocked in Boots, I went and picked it up.
The kit, priced at £39.99 consists of:
  • Step One: The Renewing Cleanser which is a gentle cleanser containing tiny exfoliating microbeads to scrub away impurities and dead skin cells so they can't clog the pores.
  • Step Two: The Revitalising Toner which helps to balance the skin tone, remove excess oil and soothe the skin after the cleanser. 
  • Step Three: The Repairing Treatment which dries up blemishes and prevents new breakouts. 
I have loved using this system, and the Cleanser and Treatment, I feel, have generated the most improvement in my skin. I like things to feel like they're working, the Cleanser leaves your skin soft and smooth and the Treatment dries out the blemishes, but for me the Toner felt like it was doing nothing. I removed this step and replaced it with the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress Control 3-in-1 Daily Cleansing Lotion, and the results I saw were amazing! After using the system for 2 months (removing the Toner after 6 weeks) my skin is almost clear and I haven't had any new breakouts. So much so, for the past few days I've not worn ANY foundation, which coming from a girl who had to resort to Vichy Dermablend, is really something! However, the improvement was not instant, I have only just started seeing the noticeable results in the last 2/3 weeks. So if you've just started the system, don't get discouraged!

I genuinely thought there was no hope left for my skin, that I was destined to have acne for a long time to come but ProActiv has really helped and I urge all of you acne sufferers to give it a go. I'm going to purchase my next kit from ProActiv directly as you get more products for your money, and I really want to give some more of the products a go.

Have you used ProActiv before? What were your results?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 23 July 2012

Botanics Ionic Clay Mask: Shine Away...

Ionic Clay Mask - Shine Away - £6.99
I've tried so much of the new Botanics range by Boots, and really enjoyed using most of the products. I picked this up as I've not used a clay mask in such a long time and my skin was in need of a little boost. 
This mineral enriched ionic mask aims to absorb excess oil and detoxify the skin, by banishing excess sebum, pollution and old skin cells which can clog up pores. The clay exhibits a negative electrical charge, which helps to draw out deep-rooted impurities without drying out the skin. The active ingredient in this mask is willow bark which is a great natural clarifier. The bark of the willow tree is a natural source of salicylic acid which helps to refine skin texture and target imperfections.
The mask is a nice thick consistency which is easy to spread onto the skin. After about five minutes, the mask dries out and tightens. I really like this kind of mask as I feel like I can feel it working, and when it came to washing it off, my skin felt far deeper cleansed than it would have been with my usual cleanser. It does make a huge mess though, I'm still finding bits of clay that I managed to splash onto the bathroom wall! After using the mask, my skin felt softer, smoother and looked more matte.
I would really recommend this mask if you have oily skin, however for blemishes, I much prefer the Fresh Masks by Lush.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Saturday, 21 July 2012

False Lash Effect: The Japonesque Way...

The perfect lashes are always hard to obtain, trying to find that balance between curl, length and volume, there just doesn't seem to be one product out there that does it all. I was kindly sent these three lash boosting products by Japonesque and here are my thoughts.
Heated Mini Eyelash Curler £12.50, Fast Lash £13.00 and Precision Lash Definer £6.35
I have never used a heated lash curler before, well the concept is a little scary, a hot object near my eyeball!?! but this doesn't get 'hot' just warm and creates a gorgeous sweeping curl to the lashes that looks really natural. Unlike my usual curler, these do not pinch the lashes and there's no risk of accidentally chopping them off, and the super sleek design means it doesn't take up much space in your make up bag. The comb is also handy to keep to hand to separate lashes when using a particularly wet and clumpy mascara.
I have to admit, Fast Lash is one of the weirdest products I have ever used, and wasn't expecting it to be like this. Unlike traditional fibre mascaras which have fibres within its formula, Fast lash is a white polyester fibre which you place on your lashes, cover with a coat of mascara and comb through to separate and define. The fibres cling to the lashes instantly and are absorbed my the mascara giving a lengthened and false lash effect to the lashes. It's quite easy to use once you get it into your head that it's not a mascara and it shouldn't be applied as one. You just tip your head down and blink onto the wand, the tips of the lashes pick up the product and you don't end up with a sprinkling of it down your face.
I've used this for an all over lash boost, just in the corners and have layered it up and each way has given amazing results. Just look at the difference below.
One eye with Fast Lash and Benefit BadGal, the other with just Benefit BadGal. Can you see the difference!
My lashes still feel soft and natural and nothing comes away from the lashes when combing through them. If you despise using false lashes, or find them really difficult to use, Fast Lash is definitely an amazing alternative which gives undetectable results.I am definitely ditching the falsies in favour of this product, as I favouring a less full-on make up look recently, and will be using it for Graduation on Friday. What do you think?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx


Friday, 20 July 2012

Re-Gen: Bio-Oil in a Moisturiser...

If you've read my blog for a while you know how much I rant about my skin and how much I am trying to find products to counteract and improve its acne-prone nature (damn you teenage skin at 21!). After reading one of my favourite blogs by the lovely Zoella, I saw that she really recommended this Re-Gen cream, so off to Home Bargains I went and picked it up for just £3.99.
It's described as a specialist treatment for stretch marks, scars, dry and blemished skin and can improve the condition of skin with scar tissue, the appearance of sagging and aids skin's elasticity. The active ingredient is PCL liquid which helps skin regeneration and essential ingredients including Vitamins A and E, Lavender, Chamomile and Rosemary oils, all very similar to Bio-Oil. 
The cream itself smells identical to Sudocreme but has a much thinner consistency and does not dry my skin out. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves it feeling soft and hydrated. I have been using this twice a day, before applying make up and last thing at night, on my face where I have the most scarring, ensuring I massage it in small circular motions until it is entirely absorbed. I've always been put off using Bio-Oil, given that it is an oil and I have oily skin I just assumed it would not work for me at all. Having the same ingredients and effects in a moisturiser is a lot more practical and far easier to use. 
I have noticed a slight improvement in scarring, with smaller areas almost disappearing completely. It has also aided the healing time of my blemishes and the overall complexion and tone of my skin is more even and soft. 


Have you found any cheap skincare miracles?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow...

This post is brought to you by TRIA Beauty

Hair Removal – A Solution Finally in Sight?  

Waxing, depilatory creams or, worst of all, shaving.  Are they a thing of the past?  They’ve certainly been around for a while and women throughout history have been plagued with unwanted body hair.  Fashions have changed over the centuries, and across cultures, but the basic formula seems to have been men; hairy, women; not.  Even in cultures with a more relaxed attitude to feminine body hair the rule “a beard maketh the man and noteth the woman” seems to be a pretty common feature.  In modern culture, many women remain slaves to their beauty regime, spending hours in uncomfortable positions applying uncomfortable potions.  Laser hair removal has, finally, seen a great leap forward in the permanent removal of hair.  The latest development is the home removal hair laser system; so is this the final solution for women?


Hair Removal Choices
  •  The biggest downside to most traditional forms of hair removal has been the repeat treatments needed.  Shaving is hardly a long term solution and can lead to skin irritation, ingrown hairs and is ultimately time consuming.  Depilatory creams and waxing are longer term but still require repeated treatment.  Laser hair removal is not a one-off treatment and it can take repeated sessions, over a period of time, to inhibit the growth of unwanted hair.  In the past, the cost of salon or clinic treatment has been the biggest obstacle.  With home laser systems, the treatment can be completed in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  Over a period of time, laser treatment is proven to result in a permanent reduction in hair growth.  
  • Traditional treatments are basically a hassle.  Even shaving, which can, at least be completed at home, is a pain.  Waxing and other longer term treatments can be completed at home too, if you’ve plenty of time on your hands (and often a willing accomplice).  In terms of cost, this type of treatment can be economical, however repeat costs add up.  Laser treatment at home does need some time set aside, but it can be completed on the couch watching other housewives being desperate and not sharing the feeling.  In terms of the hassle score, home lasers win the game every time. 
  • Laser, IPL and electrolysis are the more complex solutions to hair removal.  Despite its many downsides, shaving is at least simple.  The modern treatments have, in the past, required session after session at a clinic or salon.  Pampering is great, but this kind of regular treatment can be difficult to find the time for.  In the case of electrolysis, the treatment schedule can stretch to a period of years.  Home lasers combine the advantages of being a simple solution that can be fitted in when you have the time.    
  • Some of us are more sensitive than others.  In the case of shaving this can add to the discomfort and the cost in the form of irritable skin and expensive skincare treatment.  Waxing is not known for its pleasurable sensation.  Laser treatment is generally found acceptable by those with even the lowest pain threshold.  At worst, it’s known for producing a pinching or tingling sensation.  It also doesn’t cause skin irritation, except very occasionally after the first treatment, although this subsides on its own within a few hours. 
Lasers, costly and effective?
The cost of laser treatment, IPL and electrolysis has been the most significant factor for many women keeping them on the wish list.  One home laser product, the TRIA Beauty device, is certainly changing all that.  The simple fact that they offer a one-off cost solution and that repeated top up treatments can be conducted whenever you need to do so, makes them hugely competitive compared to salon treatments.  In the case of the TRIA permanent hair removal laser, it may cost a little more than a razor; but it won’t go blunt.  So far the TRIA laser reviews have been overwhelmingly positive in terms of effectiveness, while the affordability of this and similar systems has been a significant feature that women from many backgrounds appreciate.   
Can home lasers really provide a final solution for women tired of shaving, plucking and melting their unwanted hair on an all too regular basis?  The TRIA permanent hair removal system, a home laser product, seems to be leading the way and suggesting that the answer might finally be “yes”. 

Author Bio
Charlotte actively blogs about Fashion, Beauty, Food & Drink covering everything from the latest fashion trends to tasty food. On her spare time she loves shopping, discovering new products & enjoys getting lost in new places as she writes away.

Have you or will you be trying out laser hair removal? I've always been so intrigued by it and have heard amazing things from friends about the results, and with a celeb following including Kim Kardashian, you can't go wrong with this at home laser hair removal gadget.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Refresh & Revive Sheet Masks...

I picked up these 20 minute sheet masks by Korean brand Refresh & Revive, from Home Bargains when out on a recent shopping trip with my sister for a bargainous price of 65p each! I've heard so much about sheet masks and the good they can do for your skin, so couldn't wait to give these a go. If you've not heard of them before, basically they are a pulp sheet which is soaked in a serum, each claiming to have different properties. Initially, they were an Asian skincare product, but they've now filtered down onto the UK high street.
I used the Intense Perfection one, which claimed to improve skins radiance, vitality and moisture. The masks were very slimy feeling and were hard to unfold, but once on the face, they stay put with no movement and felt cooling on the skin. After about 20 minutes, when the mask started drying out, I removed it and gently massaged the product that was left, into my face. it absorbed quickly and my skin felt so much softer and hydrated. I didn't notice any extreme radiance boosting results, but my skin looked a lot better as any redness and scarring looked far more reduced. A few days on, and my blemishes seem to be less apparent and I've not had any new breakouts, which is great! I know this is not entirely down the sheet masks, but anything that gains improvement in my skin texture and tone gets my vote.


Have you tried out sheet masks before? Do you have any reccomendations?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Nail Polish Collection #1: The Neutrals...

With my graduation fast approaching I rummaged through my nail polish collection to see if I had some suitable neutral colours before rushing out and buying the whole Essie stand...
I really thought I had more nudes than this! I have the limited edition Nails Inc. and Diet Coke's 'Caramel' which is almost exactly the same as Barry M's 'Mushroom' if you're in need of a dupe, and it is one of my most worn shades. Next is a gold with no name (I hate that!), number 352 from L'Oreal, and another unnamed one by Chilli Pepper which gives a gorgeous pink/gold sheen to the nail.
Another favourite of mine is Ciaté 'My Fair Lady', the formula is gorgeous and give a lovely polished look to the nail. The Rimmel 'French Ivory' is great to do a natural looking french manicure and 'Snow White' by Models Own is the most opaque and non-streaky white polish I've come across. 

I definitely feel I need to invest in a few more nude nail polishes, what would you suggest?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Nelly High Heels Tour: Leeds...

On Wednesday I attended the Nelly High Heels Tour with a host of other northern bloggers, fashion lovers and my lovely competition winners (Georgina and Anna). The event was a showcase of their AW12 line with a bit of shoe designing and crazy posing in Onesies thrown in. 
I loved the royal blue colour and  gold spike detailing on these loafers.
The mirrored angular detailing on these heels adds a little extra something to the plain black court shoe. It's such a subtle touch but this makes them one of my favourite pairs of the night. 
These spiked pair where my overall favourite though and the pair I picked to receive free. Although they could do some serious damage if I ever fell over (or accidentally kicked someone) I think they'd look killer with black disco pants!
Mint and rose gold?! These are bound to be a hit and were a favourite of the bloggers for the night. The idea was to pick three of your favourite pairs and enter them into their database Although the event seemed like a great concept, it was slightly unorganised and we spent the vast majority of the night queueing to enter our details for the free pair of shoes. However, It was great to meet up with Laura and Sheree and get some ideas penned for our own event and to catch up with some other bloggers.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx





Saturday, 7 July 2012

N-Spa Indulgent Fruit: Bath Syrup Collection...

Gingerbread Latte, Cranberry Chocolate, Hot Butter Fudge and Chocolate Waffle... Who wouldn't want these scents filling up your bath tub?! When I sniffed these I died and went to sickly scent heaven... If only they were edible...


I recently reviewed some more N-Spa Fruit products and picked these up at the same time I purchased those. This little gift set was bought for a mere £2 and contains 400ml of product. Each of these smell amazing as sickly sweet scents are really up my street and in winter I can see these being my go-to bath products. They bubble up nicely and leave a subtle scent to the bath which is lovely because I often find heavily scented products difficult to bath with because of the time I spend in it. The bubbles don't last too long which is a little disappointing and the formula isn't moisturising, but that doesn't bother me too much. My favourite scent has to be the Hot Butter Fudge, but Gingerbread Latte gives it a good run for its money. These would make a for a great gift and for the price, you can't go wrong!


Next time you're passing through an ASDA I suggest you giving these lovelies a sniff!
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Bioderma H2O Sensibio Micelle Solution...



I'm sure you've all seen and read this product hyped up in the blogosphere. I've been using this product for a couple of months now, and to be honest it doesn't really live up to the hype for me. I've enjoyed using it to remove my make up, it's so gentle, scent free and does not leave a greasy residue on the skin. However, I sort of expected this to be a 'one swipe and all is removed' type of product and it just isn't. I found that it took a while to remove eye make up and didn't remove all traces of it from my lashes and undereyes. It is better than a lot of other make up removers I've used, in that there's no need to scrub at the eye area, it sort of melts away the make up instead. I feel myself using a lot more of this product than I would any other type of remover, and considering that in the UK this is pretty hard to get a hold of and costs approximately £15 shipped, I feel that I could probably find a better and more accessible replacement. I will be using this product up, as like I said, it does the job, I just don't think it's the 'Holy Grail' product it's been made out to be.


Have you guys tried the Bioderma Solution? What did you think about it? Is it worth the hype?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

My GlossyBox: June 2012 Edition...

I finally found my camera cable! So here's my delayed GlossyBox for this month. I'll start by saying that I wasn't overly impressed with this month's box, it just seemed a little lack-lustré. Here's what I received in mine this month:
  • Dermalogica Clean Start 3-Step Kit
  • Vichy Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick Samples
  • GlossyBox Serie Exclusiv Pro Beauty Brush
  • Yves Rocher Ultra Volume Sexy Pulp Mascara
  • BM Beauty Summer Warmth Bronzer
This is my favourite and most-used product out of the bunch. I was so impressed with my Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation that I almost bought this, so I was so glad that I received these samples this month. I love that they included little samples from the whole shade range so you can mix up the colour to suit your skin tone perfectly. The formula is thick and covers everything! The cream texture however does make it prone to movement, especially on oilier skin types so make sure to prime and set the skin when using this product. 
I loved the shape of this brush and thought that it would give me a really dramatic lash look, instead it offered a separated and lengthened look, a sort of natural but more effect. The fact this this is miniature is great as it won't take up so much space in my make up bag and plus, it looks adorable!
I'm in two minds about this, I'm using so much skin care at the moment that's working for me that I don't want to change and hope that these work for me. It contains a face wash, a spray toner and a mattifying lotion. I've heard great things about the Dermalogica products, but I think i'll be passing on this kit.
The bronzer is very, very shimmery! I think that it would be great to use on a darker skin tone than myself as a blush/highlighter, but for me it's just too shimmery and copper toned to use. I might get some use out of it as an eyeshadow, but I think I'm going to pass this onto a friend. I really did not enjoy using the brush either, the bristles are sharp and scratchy on the skin, however it would be good to throw into the handbag for quick lunchtime touchups. 

What did you think of June's GlossyBox?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 2 July 2012

Label Love: Blue Rinse Vintage Leeds...

Blue Rinse Vintage is based in Leeds (Call Lane) and Manchester (Oldham Street). The stores specialise in selling a unique mix of vintage clothing and accessories alongside their popular 'Re-Made' range. Living on the same street, I've often popped in to see what they have in store, and doing a little more research I found that they are also stocked on the ASOS Marketplace, Miss Selfridge, eBay and Urban Outfitters! Above are pieces I absolutely love. The powder blue wrap dress would be so figure flattering on, and could be styled so many ways. I love the way the Maxi has been re-worked with the racer back, would look amazing on holiday. My favourite piece has to be the dipped hem shift dress, I am in love with this shape for the Summer and the pastel lilac colour is perfect. I own a couple of Blue Rinse Vintage leather collared shirts and wear them tirelessly with my AA Disco Pants, messy bun and Wayfarers for that 'effortlessly cool' look.

What do you think? Have you bought anything from Blue Rinse Vintage?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

N-Spa Fruit: Raspberry Milkshake...

Body Scrub - £1, Body Cream - £1, Shower and Bath Gel - £1.25
"Imagine" said the wise man, "that the moon was made of raspberry. Would all socks be pink and all flowers be meringue?Perhaps... And when the evening falls shall we slide down the crescent laughing as we splash into warm waters of sweet milk, how enchanting life would be."


How cute is that to put on packaging!? I ordered these N-Spa products from ASDA along with my shopping this week, and I'm so glad I did. They smell amazing, sort of like the raspberry flavoured kids yoghurts, as I'm sat here now writing this, I can't stop smelling them! The scent is described as a blend of wild raspberry, summer flowers and soft musk, and it definitely is perfect for summer. The body scrub is great to use, being in squeezy packaging means you don't have to scoop out the product and it's much less messy. The grains are seed-like and offer gentle exfoliation, whilst the rest of the formula is really moisturising, ensuring my skin felt nourished and not tight after its use. My favourite product is the shower gel. It foams up so well and again is a really moisturising formula and has a scent which lingers subtly on the skin after use. The body cream is a really light, lotion like consistency which sinks into the skin quickly, with little residue. I've been loving using this before I fake tan as it is moisturising enough to even out dry patches but sinks in quick enough that it doesn't take an age for my tan to dry. In combination these products leave your skin super smooth and smelling amazing.


I'm really impressed with this brand. Their products are really accessible, they have a huge range of products and scents, (gingerbread and apple-mint anyone?) meaning that there really is something for everyone. I really want to try out the N-Spa skincare range, with prices ranging from £1.95-£6, surely you can't go wrong! 


Have you tried anything from N-Spa?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx