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, 18 December 2012

Batiste Graffiti and Paisley...

Dry shampoo, where would we be without it?! Batiste is without a doubt my favourite brand of dry shampoo and I owe many '5 minutes more' snoozes in bed to them. Who wants to get out of bed earlier than needed on these cold winter mornings, I know I don't!

Batiste Dry Shampoo Paisley* and Graffiti* £2.99 each
Paisley has a really feminine fragrance to it that I really like, It's light and refreshing without being too overpowering, and consists of top notes of Grapefruit, Lime & Cassis, middle notes of Jasmine, Rose, Apple, Raspberry & Patchouli and a base of Musk, Vanilla and Caramel. Graffiti on the other hand is a lot more masculine with fruity top notes of Apple, Wild Berry, Grape & Citrus, middle notes of Jasmine, Lily & Iris and a base of Musk, Coconut, Sandalwood and Cedar. The Sandalwood in this one really stands out and sets it apart from the really floral and tropical scents that are usually associated with dry shampoos and I can definitely smell why this is described as en edgy and urban fragrance.

The results, as ever with Batiste, are great, refreshing hair without weighing it down and leaving it looking powdery. My favourite of the two scents is definitely Paisley and it has replaced my previous love for the Cherry scent!

Have you tried either of these or does a different brand hold your allegiance?

Much Love, 
Lauran 
xxx 

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Christmas Gift Guide #2: What to Buy HIM?!...

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway and with only 13 more days to go! Men are literally THE most difficult to buy for (thank God I only have to buy for my Dad this year!) so here's a few suggestions if, like me, you struggle buying for the boys in your life...

  1. I'mAStar Clothing Kanye West T-Shirt £25 
  2. Nike Blazers £69.99
  3. Crystal Head Vodka £59.99
  4. River Island Superman Comic Book Mug £6
  5. Solo Beats by Dr Dre £118
  6. American Candy Hamper £17.99
  7. River Island Christmas Jumper £38
Check out my post on the new I'mAStar label here. Their T's designs are all about edgy fashion and individuality whilst ensuring it is affordable and accessible to everyone who wants it. Who wouldn't love to stare at Kanye's face when the other half starts talking about xboxes and football ... *yawn*

Hampers are always a unique gift idea. You can fill it with their favourite sweets/chocolate from the supermarket, retro sweets or American candy we can't usually get our hands on. The best thing is that you don't have to stick to a store bought one and can really personalise it depending on who you're buying for. Who doesn't love food right?!


A cheesy christmas jumper is a MUST in my opinion and this year, the high street has gone a little crazy and I've seen such an interesting array (the guy who was walking around the German Market with a light up snowman one, high five!). This one from River Island isn't too crazy that it couldn't be worn throughout the other winter months. ASOS has a great range of Christmas Jumpers at the moment. 

Whilst the Nike Blazers and Dre Beats are slightly cliché they do make great gifts that'll last and the Crystal Skull Vodka is really unusual and makes a welcome change to the standard bottles of alcohol everyone receives at Christmas. 

What are you buying the guys in your life this Christmas? 
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Friday, 7 December 2012

High Maintenance: Looking After Blonde Hair...

Blonde hair is notoriously difficult to maintain, constantly threatening to turn various shades of orange and prone to becoming dry and breaking. Although mine is ombré, I treat it as if it was wholly blonde and here are my saviour products:

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo, Pro:Voke Brightening Shampoo, Dove Nourishing Oil Care Express Treatment Conditioner, Pro:Voke Revitalising Dry Shampoo
To counteract the dryness in my hair, I always pick up nourishing products alongside my usual John Frieda Go Blonder range. These Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo and Express Treatment Conditioner contain a blend of Argan, Coconut and Almond oils to smooth, nourish and replenish the hairs fibres. The oils are instantly absorbed by the hair and you can instantly feel the difference in it and there's no oily residue. 

The one product I always recommend for blonde hair is the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo. The violet pigment knocks out any brassy tones and brings out the true blonde tones in your hair. It's £1.99 at the moment and hands down beats the more expensive toners and treatments on the market. I use this twice a week, but be careful how long you leave it on though as it can tone your hair violet if you have white/blonde hair. The Revitalising Dry Shampoo is different to other blonde dry shampoos in that it is not tinted. Its aimed at protecting colour treated hair with UV absorbers alongside refreshing and adding volume to hair styles. The formula is good too, I don't think it's as good as Batiste at refreshing hair, but it does leave a nice sheen to the hair whilst still making it look clean. 


As well as these, I use the L'Oreal Elvive Extraodrinary Oil before blowdrying and as a finishing touch to seal in my style and keep any fly aways at bay. 


What are your saviour products?


Much Love, 

Lauran
xxx

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