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: ...

Restaurant Review: Rosie's Diner...

Leeds first 24hour Diner, Rosie's Diner, opened its doors on Monday offering early birds and night owls alike an extensive American themed menu with a warm, family- friendly atmosphere...

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 January 2012

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation: Review...

After a few recommendations from friends and Twitter, I purchased the Studio Sculpt Foundation from my local MAC counter. At £23 it's reasonable for a high-end foundation given the 40ml of product you receive, but for a high-street girl a slight dent in the pocket. However, I use the SMALLEST amount when I do my makeup with this, it just seems to go on forever.


The coverage is very full and so I've been mixing it with my Soap & Glory Hocus Focus for everyday coverage, which helps to give this matte finish foundation a nice natural glow, but for a night out, the coverage gives a flawless finish which photographs great and lasts without touch ups. Perfect! I do not have amazing skin and great coverage is always something I need in a foundation and as I often go to work and then uni I never usually have time to touch-up so longevity is must. 


Given the amount of product I'm using, I think this is going to last a fair while, and so far, I've not had the breaking out issue I had with Studio Fix Fluid. I also like the squeeze tube, whilst a bit of a minefield trying to get the right amount out, it means you can get all the product out (using the old chop of the bottom trick) and there's no need to buy a pump. 


Overall, I'd recommend this foundation if you're looking for a full coverage foundation, but if you like the natural dewy look, I'd recommend going for something else. 


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx 



Monday, 30 January 2012

We Follow No Crowd...

Jeans - Primark
Shirt - Primark
Vest - Primark

First day back at Uni today, the last ever first day in education I'll ever have! Well I say 'day' I had one hour long lecture, attempted to do a bit of work after and ended up with a sausage sandwich... Productive!

Love. This. Shirt. It has a really unusual shape in that it narrows towards the hip giving a sort of bubble shape. The detailing whilst cute, is rather annoying in the fact that the very top button does up and the other two are for show which means it sort of goes a little gapey. I can forgive it though for £10. I paired it with a pair of black brogues and my trusty H&M faux leather jacket which I've had for about 3 years now. I want to wear the shirt with my H&M faux leather skater skirt next time I go out, with some sky high wedges.

How's your Monday coming along?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Nailstagramming #1: The Glitter Edit...

Since I've been away from blogging I've really taken to Instagram and tend to post a photo of my nails every time I do them (you can follow me @lamourlauran). Here are all of my Nailstagrams of recent weeks:
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As you can see I've been loving glitter polishes at the moment, and Rainbow Connection has not been off my nails since I received it for Christmas, leading to the unenviable tin foil wraps to remove it all!

I'm addicted to Instagram so get following to see all of my random thoughts and experiences in picture format.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Primark Haul...

I love seeing other bloggers haul posts so I thought I'd share with you all what I picked up after work today. Bearing in mind I only 'nipped' in for a few new pairs of Pj's...
Who doesn't love lounging about in PJ bottoms on lazy Sundays!? These were £5 each, and I love the spring prints I think it's about time I put away my reindeer prints until next year. 
I love this dress. For £12, the attention to detail is lovely and I love the cream, orange and black colour scheme. I seem to be picking this colour combination up  lot recently. 
I saw the polka dot shirt (£10) on one of Lily's outfit posts and though it was a great versatile piece. Would look great with jeans or a faux leather skirt. The lace shirt was £8. I love anything with a collar at the moment and they're great for layering under knits to change up the neckline.
Primark has had an amazing selection of knits recently and this caught my eye for the sheer fact its pretty and simple. A cream jumper will go with anything and I plan on wearing it with some burgundy jeans and tan wedges. I also bought one of the chunky cardigans to wear for work as it's absolutely freezing working in little dresses all day. It's the warmest cardigan ever and the fact that it's black and longline makes it so versatile. 
Lastly, I picked up this skull print scarf for £3. I saw a similar one in Topshop for £22 which I really liked but on price point alone this one wins. I've been paring this with my leather jacket a lot, it's great for adding a little extra to a plain outfit. 


What have you been buying this week?


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Friday, 27 January 2012

I'll Surrender Up My Heart and Swap It For Yours...

Jumper - Topshop
Shorts - River Island (2 summers ago!)
Scarf - Primark

I have not been out of this jumper since I bought it, it just goes with everything! It has been my go-to comfy jumper whilst I've been revising and doing exams, which finished on Wednesday! Such a relief. I think they went ok, there's one which was a little sketchy but fingers crossed. Now there's only one more semester to go and hopefully I'll be graduating in July, Uni has just gone so fast. 

In other news, I bought the co.uk for my Blog, so I am going to have a bit of a overhaul and get back into the blogging swing of things as soon as possible. I've missed it!

How has everyone else's January exams gone?
Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Thursday, 26 January 2012

No.7 Concealer Brush...

I don't know why, but whenever Boots give out the £5 off No.7 vouchers I never use them! I always forget I have them, or lose them or never know what to buy. I never actually knew that No.7 did makeup brushes so I saw this and thought why not? It only cost a pocket friendly £3(ish).

I've always used my fingers to blend in concealer, I find that it warms it up and seems to 'melt' in a lot better into my skin, but I don't think I'm ever going back after using this. The flat domed shape is great for building up coverage in problem areas and the fact that the bristles are really soft and flexible means its great for blending out too. I've been using it with my Lasting Perfection Concealer the past week and it's made one of the best concealers that bit better. I've also bought the Eyelash curlers which are fantastic. Both are really great quality and are worth their full price tag and are an absolute steal with the £5 off.

Do you have any No.7 recommendations? I have another 3 vouchers to use up!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

From The Hills to The High Street...

We followed the lovely Whitney Port from The Hills to The City and saw her through the launch of her very own label Whitney Eve. Littlewoods have brought her stunning AW11/SS12 collection to the UK and here are a few of my favourite pieces.

L-R: Jacquard Hood Poncho £155, Zuri Wrap Dress £209, Jada Waistcoat £129
The collection is very aztec print orientated and really gives off that 'LA cool' vibe, but it also contains a few key basics such as leggings and body-con vest dresses in nude, black and white. I love the Zuri Wrap Dress as wrap dresses are universally flattering and the print is just beautiful, perfect for spring and summer. 

The price points are pretty much out of my range, but the great thing about Littlewoods is that you can pay weekly if you wish, making it a lot more affordable and easy to grab yourself a key designer piece that will last you a lifetime. 

What do you think of the collection?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless...

As a girl with... ahem... a larger bust, I have always had a massive issue with getting a strapless bra that not only fits my awkward size, but actually keeps everything where it's meant to be. So when I tried on this little beauty I wasn't expecting a miracle, but you know what it does everything you want it to and more!
It feels so weird blogging about a bra, but we all need one eh? Anyway, this particular one has built in 'fingers' which give amazing support whilst really flattering the cleavage, and not giving that squashed in and flattened down look that a lot of strapless bras can give (La Senza, I'm pointing at you). The fact that it is a lower cut too means that it is perfect for all kinds of dress. The thick band means that it doesn't move either, like literally you could go for a run in this thing and still experience no slippage or wardrobe malfunctions! AMAZING! 
The range goes up to a 36G I believe, however they are a really small fit (I had to go up a back size). They are available in Black, White, Nude, Black Lace and White Lace, and retail for approximately £35, however I only paid £15 for mine at the Wonderbra Outlet Store at Junction 32, but I've also seen them in Debenhams and on ASOS, but I'd definitely recommend a try on especially if you are at the top end of the size range. 


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

Sunday, 1 January 2012

A Bit of Winter Sun: St. Moriz Dark Self Tanning Mousse...

Before...
After...(the colour is deeper than the picture shows)
Nothing like Winter to make you wish you were soaking up the sun on a remote beach somewhere tropical... Those who can't fake it right? St. Moriz is one of those brands which is cheap but does the job. Having tried the spray versions (and turning my bathroom a lovely shade of orange in the process), I took the plunge in trying the mousse. I've put off using them as I feared I'd end up really streaky and patchy, which is never a good look, but my tanning addict sister has used this so much I decided that if she could do it, so could I!

It is a terrifying deep bronzed brown colour when it comes out of the bottle, but the mousse blended in really easily and the scary mahogany colour disappeared. It is a green based colour and so does give that 'olive' tone to the skin which is more natural than some brands which are pure orange. The smell is not overpowering but you can smell it slightly on the skin (nothing a body butter won't solve). The colour developed quickly and the product felt completely dry after about 30 mins. 

Although not a drastic colour change, it look great for just one application, like I've had a nice week on holiday, rather than a slave to the sun-beds. Overall, I'm really happy with this product and at just £2.99 from Bodycare, it's such a bargain too.

Have you tried this product yet? Don't let the 'Dark' title put you off, it's not as scary as it seems!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx