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 ...

Sunday, 30 September 2012

VO5 Hot Oil: Moisture Soak Elixir...


I am a girl who relies heavily on reccomendations when it comes to trying new products whether they come from blogs, friends or YouTube I like to know that the product has worked for someone else before I give it a go. After watching a couple of LLYMLRS videos, I noticed that she couldn't stop mentioning this product and went to give it a go. 

The Moisture Elixir is a deeply moisturising oil treatment for dry and damaged hair to restore its strength without having to preheat. I've been using this once a week whilst in the shower, before I shampoo my hair. There's a little guide down the side as to how much you should use, so this lasts me about 5 weeks. I run it through the very dry and damaged ends of my hair and any left over I run through the rest of my hair. 

After leaving it in my hair for a minute or two, as soon as I start to wash it out I can feel an instant change in my hair. It feels softer, smoother and more nourished than it did when I got in the shower. I love products that give you an instant fix and this is definitely one of those products and I have already re-purchased it. I would recommend this product especially if you are a bleached blonde or have gone for an ombre style as it really injects moisture into the hair, making it much easier to style and keeping split and dry ends at bay resulting in a smoother and sleeker style. 

Have you used this before? What do you think?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Japonesque Safari Collection...

*Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush £19.50
How stunning is this brush? Japonesque have launched this amazing Safari Chic collection consisting of this gorgeous Bronzer Brush and a lovely set of three brushes including a powder brush and two eyeshadow brushes splashed with the most cute leopard print design, how could you resist?!



I was kindly sent this lovely Bronzer Brush by Japonesque and HQHair a few weeks ago now and I've fallen in love. The brand is right on the mark with affordable and high quality brushes and the Safari Chic range just injects a little bit of fun. 

This brush had a high density of soft synthetic bristles and the small size makes it perfect for travelling. This is perfect finishing powders and mineral make up as the bristles are perfect for buffing in product leaving a flawless finish, but of course you can use it for anything you see fit, including liquid and cream products. 

The brush is so soft when used and the synthetic bristles mean it is easy to clean and fast drying with no staining, splaying or discolouration of the pattern. The full range of Japonesque products can be bought from HQHair

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Friday, 28 September 2012

Revlon Colourstay Foundation: Combination/Oily Skin...

Revlon Colourstay for Combination/Oily Skin £12.99
I'm always on the lookout for the perfect foundation, giving magazine perfect skin with minimal effort. After finding MAC not for me, breaking me out and oxidising too much, I took to the blogosphere and did a little research, and one name just kept cropping up... Colourstay.

The fact that this foundation comes in two different formulations, one for normal skin and the other for oily, was what made me think that this foundation would be great for me, 

I actually bought this and it's the wrong shade for me, a tad too dark, but I can work with it. That aside, the finish I get from it is natural but matte, with a buildable coverage. This stuff really stays too, I can believe the 24hour claim (although I would never try it). I can put my makeup on at 7am and it still be near on perfect by 10pm, with the addition of a little Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. It is very reminiscent of the MAC Studio Fix Fluid, except it is much easier to blend and as of yet, hasn't broke me out. 

My pet peeve with this product is that it doesn't come with a pump. I feel like I've wasted so much of it by pouring it out and it is so messy. Other Revlon foundations come with a pump so I really don't understand why Colourstay doesn't. This being so, I will still be going back and purchasing another (in my correct shade). On a side note, the colour range of Colourstay is fantastic! It goes down to a shade lighter than me (NC15/20) and there's 9 shades in total, amazing for a high street brand. 

Have you used Revlon Colourstay? What did you think?

Much Love,
Lauran  

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Garnier Skin Naturals: Dark Spot Corrector...

Garnier Skin Naturals Dark Spot Corrector 
The Garnier Dark Spot Corrector is a No.1 best seller in the US already, and is a daily illuminating moisturiser which fades discolourations in skin tone as a result of sun damage, age and blemishes. 

First things first, the packaging is really great; a metal tube with a needle point nozzle to dispense the product. It's great that you can roll up the tube so that you can get every last bit out. 

The formula contains a 5% concentration of Vitamin C which is known for its antioxidant and skin boosting properties, and it light and non-greasy, very similar to the Caudalie SOS Thirst Quenching Serum. The Dark Spot Corrector is meant to gently exfoliate the skins surface to brighten and even its appearance. 

The lotion sinks into the skin really quickly and leaves the skin feeling super soft, smooth and hydrated. It makes my moisturiser sink in a lot better and my foundation apply smoother, I can now see why everyone raves about serums!

As for diminishing the my dark spots, I've not been using it for long enough to notice a huge difference. Marks are slightly faded, but it is recommended to use the product for between 8 and 12 weeks before a significant improvement is seen. However, as a daily serum I'm really enjoying using it. My skin looks a lot more healthy and stays hydrated longer. 

What do you think of serums? Have you tried this one?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil...

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a water-soluble oil which contains a blend of olive oil and vitamin E to deeply cleanse, unclog pores, remove impurities and fight free-radicals. 


The concept of slathering oil all over my face to remove my makeup puzzled me slightly, but Japan has churned out so many cult beauty favourites, I put my scepticism aside and gave it a chance, and surprise surprise, I've really enjoyed using it. So much so, Bioderma has been pushed to the back of my drawer!

The formulation of DHC Deep Cleansing Oil means that it is great for oily skin, such as mine, and skin which is prone to irritation as it is fragrance and colour free, although it is suitable for all skin types. The oil mixes with the skins natural sebum to combat any excess oil produced and treat blemishes.

The product melted away my make up with ease and once washed off, left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and hydrated without a single trace of greasy residue. 

I've read so many positive reviews on this product and now I see why. I can definitely see myself buying the full-sized product, which currently retails for £18.50 for 200ml, when my little sample runs out. However a little goes a long way! 

Have you tried cleansing oils? What did you think?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Monday, 10 September 2012

MUA: Lipstick in Nectar...


I've finally found a Superdrug that has a fully stocked MUA stand! Yes! I picked up this lovely lippy along with the MUA Heaven & Earth Eyeshadow Palette after lusting after them for such a long time and getting faced with an empty MUA stand in the city centre.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Garnier Summer Body: Deep Sun-kissed Look...

I've never been too convinced by gradual tanners and have always preferred to slather on the St.Moriz before a night out and hope that it doesn't rain and that no-one spills a drink on me, but after picking this up I think I may have been converted. 

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Broadway ImPRESS Nails...

ImPRESS Press-On Manicure in Velvet Rope £7.99
I've heard great reviews of the ImPRESS Press-On Manicure and I really like the concept; no chips, no drying, no glue and no mess for a manicure that lasts a whole week. I'm not going to lie though, when I took them out of the packaging, which I really love, I wasn't too convinced. The sticky backs gave me flashbacks to the nails I used when I was younger which pinged off as soon as you needed to pick something up, but they've come a long way since then!

Friday, 7 September 2012

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: Multi-use Dry Oil...

After receiving Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in my GlossyBox, I tried it one my face and hated it and on my body and did not feel that it made much of a difference. I then tried it on my hair and I fell in love!