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, 19 January 2014

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Fondant...

This dessert has literally saved my sanity this weekend. After a truly terrible week, I've felt really down and in a bid to cheer me up, my boyfriend made me this gorgeous, bordering on 'healthy', dessert (the Boy can bake, who the hell knew?!). The ingredients used can be taken to Paleo by using 80% dark chocolate, sweetener, coconut flour and coconut oil, use 'normal' ingredients for a more naughty desserts.
Ingredients:
110g of dark chocolate
4 tbsp of oil
2 eggs
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp flour
2tsp cacao powder 

How-To:
1. Preheat the oven to 175C (fan assisted). Break up the chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and add the oil. Microwave for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. Set aside to cool. 

2. In another bowl, crack the eggs and add in the salt, sugar and vanilla extract. Whisk together until the mixture is light and frothy. This takes quite a while if using a standard whisk. I suggest bribing someone to do it for you. 

3. Once whisked, the chocolate should have cooled a little. Add the egg mixture to the chocolate and sift in the flour and cacao powder. Gently fold the ingredients so you don't knock out all of the air, until all of the ingredients are combined. It'll look a bit like chocolate pudding. 

4. Pour the mixture equally between two greased ramekins making sure you leave about half an inch from the top. 

5. Put in the oven for 12 minutes. It should crack and look lovely and gooey when you take it out. Leave to stand for a few minutes to set up a little and allow the liquid chocolate centre to cool a little. 

6. ENJOY! 

This dessert is lovely and cakey on the outside and gooey chocolateyness on the inside. I can't believe how easy you can make something so delicious. Let me know if you try out this dessert and how it turned out for you. It literally tastes like heaven!! 

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx



Friday, 10 January 2014

Beauty Wishlist #1...

With the New Year comes 'Yearly Favourites' posts and a whole lot of lusting over beauty bumf I need in my life, the need for which, affirmed by other bloggers, the biggest enablers known to beauty obsessed man. The number one lust-spot is held by the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, hailed as the best foundation of the year by both VDM and Amelia Liana.

The brand-lust award has to go to Charlotte Tilbury and Kevyn Aucoin. The rose gold beauty of the brand new Charlotte Tilbury make up is enough to make any girl weak at the knees, but when the products themselves are as equally beautiful, you might as well hand over your bank card and plug your ears. This stunning eyeshadow palette is filled with colours neutral enough to use everyday but the glitter makes it that little bit special. Kevyn Aucoin's promise of perfectly sculpted cheekbones and concealed complexion perfection ensured his products were at the top of many beauty bloggers products of the year and onto my cult beauty wish list.

2013 was the year of the brows and Anastasia was the brand on everyone's lips. Their newest offering, a pomade, excites me greatly. I love the effortlessly done look good brows give, they really finish off a make up look and make a 'no make up' day look like you wake up flawless (oh hai Beyoncé), instantly making you feel better about life.

There's something about Jo Malone, something that makes me feel instantly grown up, their fuss free classic packaging sets itself apart from the rubber flower topped perfumes that crown my collection. The heavy and more masculine scents really appeal to me, and I've been known to rock my boyfriends aftershave on occasion, so I think a trip to Jo Malone is well overdue. 

What has topped your lust list for 2014?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

American Apparel Nail Polish in Supernova...

I think I've been obsessed with Deborah Lippman's famous In The Air polish since I started blogging 3 years ago. The blue hue paired with glitter just looks so beautiful. This is what I've tried to recreate in my mani today, albeit with a much brighter blue hue in the form of Barry M's Pure Turquoise.
American Apparel Supernova Nail Polish*
Probably a little too summery on its own for this time of year, but paired with this gorgeous glitter from American Apparel, it transitions to winter perfectly.
Barry M Pure Turquoise
With all of this talk of snow and a 'Polar Vortex' blue and glitter seems highly relevant and plus, looks beautiful on my nails. The formula of Supernova is not too dissimilar to its OPI counterpart, the glitter isn't as densily packed into its clear coat but this aids application as it doesn't seem to clump together. It gives an even yet random scattering of all of the different types of glitter. 
I don't think I'm ever going to tire of this type of polish and I'm really impressed by American Apparel nail polish, I wouldn't have ever thought of trying their offerings but will definitely be giving some more of them a go. 

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Sunday, 5 January 2014

L'Oreal Skin Perfection...

I definitely think the high street has upped its game when it comes to skincare, offering serums and cleansers which seriously rival those costly twice as much. L'Oreal launched its skincare in the Summer and I was seriously impressed by it. The range is designed to give you 'pixel perfect' skin without make up.
L'Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum* and L'Oreal Skin Perfection Day Moisturiser*
The serum is absolutely fantastic, definitely a stand out in the range, in fact I recommended it to some girls at work and they loved it too. The pearlescent serum sinks into the skin quickly, blurs pores and gives a lovely healthy glow to the skin and gives that healthy within look when wearing foundation. It actually makes my makeup go on a lot smoother. Blemish scars heal much quicker and my complexion overall looked more even.

The moisturiser is lovely and thick yet is sinks in quickly and leaves my face feeling super soft. The pair work well together and you can definitely see a difference in the overall texture and appearance in your skin after continued use. The range using technology used in their anti-ageing skincare products and it's great to have a skin care range aimed at women in their 20's which isn't centred around acne and teenage skin, products for which often cause more harm than good.

Have you tried out anything from the L'Oreal Skin Perfection range?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie...

Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie Large Jar*
Say Hello to the love of my life... Well, the scented version anyway. Yankee Candle's Snowflake Cookie has been constantly alight in my bedroom since Christmas Day and it's sweet christmassy scent has been filling my house to the point where I could convince my neighbours that I'm the next Delia Smith.

The scent is, as the name suggests, a very sweet and sugary cookie smell, like home baking but better. I think it is incredibly similar to Christmas Cookie and Vanilla Cupcake, minus the Vanilla Scent. If like my mum, you can stand sweet scents you'll hate this, but I LOVE it. I tend to stick to burning sweet or warming scents, I'm not a great fan of fresh or citrus. The delicate pink colour is adorable and the fact that it burns for over 100 hours is fantastic, should just about last me until the end of the month ... Joking? You can definitely tell the difference in quality and scent payoff with Yankee Candle, I am a huge candle burner but no other candle fills my whole house with a scent quite like theses, they really are incredible value for money.

What's your favourite candle brand? What kind of scents do you favour?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Restaurant Review: The Pit Leeds...

Leeds' 'The Pit' is the newest restaurant to be opened by the Arc Inspirations group, the likes of which own some of the most successful bars/restaurant in Leeds (Box, The Arc and Napa), and it centres its food around their hand built smoker and charbroiler and a whole lot of meat. 
The Pit is situatuated down Merrion Street in Leeds, right opposite Verve and is mainly underground. The bar itself is lovely and the smell of food instantly hits you. We were seated immediately with no waiting time (although a lot of tables had been reserved prior to us arriving) and we browsed the drinks menu which was filled with unique signature cocktails. I went for the Bourborn & Butter, containing peanut butter, which was seriously strong (no mixers here baby) but weirdly moorish whilst The Boy went for the Lemon Meringue... Literally THE most incredible cocktail I have ever tasted.

On to the food. I don't even know where to start. For one, we ordered too much food. Two starters, two mains and two cocktails, I was fit to burst by the end, but the food was just so good. We started with Philly Fries and the Meaty BBQ Nachos. The portions are smaller than expected, but I think that was because we were thinking along the lines of Red's True Barbecue, where serving a bin lid of meat is the norm, but the portion sizes were deceptively filling and in hindsight far more appropriate for the meal. The 'Pig Out' burger was gorgeous, I loved the pork, apple and bacon combo but I definitely struggled to finish it.

If you're already a lover of the other bars in the Arc Inspirations brand, The Pit is a sure fire winner for you, with many of their menu favourites appearing on The Pit's menu board, just bigger and better, you're bound to find something to devour. Also, the Pit is a great alternative to Red's True Barbecue if you struggle to get a table their through their peak times. For me, their cocktail selection is on point and a definite talking point. I'd recommend anyone to go for a few drinks, and challenge you to be able to walk straight after!

Have you been to The Pit?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Wrappz iPhone Cases...

Wrappz Personalised iPhone 5 Case* - £18.97
I am forever forgetting to print out photographs and take the time to look through the memories I've made with friends and family. This personalised iPhone case from Wrappz is just amazing, it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. 

The Wrappz website is really easy to use and the quality is amazing, the case is hardwearing, fits well and the actual photo quality is as if you're looking at the master copies. I chose to use only a few photos, but with a bit of patience you could create a mosaic effect with all of your favourite photos. I also really like the fact that the photos wrap around the sides of the phone, it definitely makes gives it a more expensive look, and best of all, every case is unique! 

I think that personalised phone cases are fantastic gifts and I love that you can be as creative as you like, with options of adding text, and with the help of Instagram you can make someone a really memorable and thoughtful gift that they wouldn't think of buying for themselves. 

The lovely guys over at Wrappz are offering you  a code for a FREE (all you need to pay is postage) skin of your choice using the code 'freeskin' at the checkout. Their skins cover both the front and back of your device, protecting them from scratches and everyday wear and tear, and they are also fully customisable. 

Let me know if you pick one up!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014 Beauty, Blogging and Life Resolutions...

As I'm sat here getting flashbacks from last nights antics I'm thinking about the New Year and, although I don't tend to stick to the 'new year, new me' mantra I do like to make a few resolutions to ensure the next year is as amazing as the last. Here are a few of my 2014 Resolutions...

001. Live Healthier
Beauty starts from within, we all know this. What goes on inside shows on the outside and whilst I have never been an 'unhealthy' person and I do believe that in moderation, you can eat and do anything you want to, my body isn't where I want it to be and after a lot of research I'm going to adopt a healthier lifestyle following Paleo. I think sticking to the 'if you can't kill it or pick it, you shouldn't be eating it' is a no brainer and obviously upping the exercise and actually using that gym membership that has been sneaking it's way out of my account every month.

002. Be More Organised
I am such an unorganised person, I'm messy, never plan and always forget things. This year I want to change this. I need to reorganise my makeup (and pretty much my whole life), overhaul my wardrobe and put more into my Blog. I also need to reconnect with friends who have flown the nest and spend more time with my family.

003. Try New Things
Starting to be a bit more adventurous with my makeup and going out of my comfort zone with my style. I'm still only 22 after all, there's so much I need to do; Travel the world, discover whether I am actually an adrenaline junkie (or just someone who thinks jumping out of a plane would be fun), decide if i ACTUALLY like Sushi?!

004. Be More Active in the Blogging Community
Reading more blogs, commenting on posts, sharing the links of bloggers and posts that I have enjoyed and revisit. The YouTube Vloggers have got this down and I think us Bloggers can learn a lot from their constant interaction with one another and sharing each others content. After all, we write for others to read why not point readers to things that you love?

005. Document More
Take more photos, print more photos and write more memories down. I want to be able to physically show people the things I've done rather than point them to a website or show them photos on my phone. I love the thought of a memory jar that I can come back to this point next year and relive the things I've done and achieved.

So there's my little resolutions for the New Year. I have so much planned to do this year I can't wait to grab it all and make amazing memories with my friends and family. 2014 is the year of bettering myself. Hooray!

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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