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 ...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Ladbrokes Grand National Ladies Day Outfit Challenge 2014: My Entry....

I've never been to the Races, but have always been jealous of all of the photos of girls being super glammed up and enjoying a girls day out together. This year, Ladbrokes are hosting a competition to win tickets for the Grand National Ladies Day at Aintree and I've jumped at the chance to submit my entry. All I had to do was post an outfit featuring what I'd wear to Ladies Day.

Jacket: Zara || Dress: River Island || Bag: Zara || Shoes: Zara || Necklace : Kardashian Kollection for Lipsy || Lipstick: Topshop
I actually have this dress and I absolutely love the bold pattern and bright colours. I'd pair it with this beautiful white Blazer from Zara to make it more appropriate for Ladies Day, but the contrast of the print and pure white gives an effortlessly chic look. Barely there shoes add that classic finish without detracting from the dress, and the thicker block heel of these Zara ones mean there'll be no sinking into the grass.

I haven't opted for a headpiece here, the mark of a true Ladies' Day outfit, but I'd add a floppy hat or fedora to give a nod to the tradition whilst adhering to my personal style. A final slick of Topshop's Infrared lipstick, loose waves to the hair and a bronzed smokey eye and I'll be making my way to Liverpool.

The competition closes at 12PM on Friday (28th March) and the winner will be announced at 5PM that day. You can vote through Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook from the Ladbrokes website. What do you think of my outfit choice? I'm always trying to think of new ways to style what I currently own.


Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Benefit They're Real Mascara...

I seem to be falling further and further in love with Benefit products recently, first it was Hoola, then the POREfessional and now the stunning They're Real Mascara which has sky rocketed to the top spot of mascara HG status. I have already gone through a few mini samples of this mascara, but I won the full sized product from the lovely Becca, and thought the time had come to share my views on Benefits "They're Real".
The formula of this mascara lifts, curls, volumises and separates the lashes to create a truly false lash effect. The wand, whilst looking like some kind of torture devise, is part of the reason why this mascara is so amazing. The brush is made of staggered bristles which grab all of the lashes and the spherical tip ensures you can catch even the smallest lashes in the corners of the eyes, giving a wide eyed look. This doesn't make my lashes clump together, and unlike a lot of other mascaras, you do not have to wait for it to dry out before it gives great results. I can see why this has become such a cult mascara.
On me, this mascara does not budge on me, it doesn't flake, smudge or loose its oomph throughout the day. My lashes stay curled and defined from the minute I apply it to the minute I struggle to remove it at night. My Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Cleansing Oil even has a hard time taking this off, not necessarily a point that would stop me repurchasing, but it is a little bug bare. If anyone has some eye makeup remover recommendations, please throw them my way!

At £19.50 a tube, this is on the pricey side of proceedings, but the results make the parting of the pennies justifiable.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Leeds RAG Fashion Show 2014: Wanderlust...

On the 27th February, I was invited to sit FROW-ish to the Leeds RAG Fashion Show. This years theme was Wanderlust and featured some truly gorgeous designs alongside the inevitable lineup of Leeds Uni's finest abs and beautiful faces.

The night kicked off with cocktails and champagne whilst I got chatting with Laura and Anton, snapping a few outfit photos and a obligatory Photo Booth session. We were lead into the Refectory and local band Purple Emperors started off the show. We were then introduced to the show with a touching speech about the two charities Leeds RAG was supporting, SUDEP Action and Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL). It was lovely to hear just how involved the students and organisers were with the two charities.

This year's show Wanderlust, marked their 10th Show and took inspiration from exploratory travel, natural landscapes and exotic environments. Unfortunately, I had to leave at the interval to go to work, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the show which showcased works by Casper Oliver, AQAQ, American Apparel and Leutton Postle.

The first collection was called Bohemian Rose and was inspired by fields, meadows and wild flowers. I really liked the dusty colour palette, delicate fabrics and florals that these outfits had to offer and the paring of heavy leather jackets and spring dresses was definitely something I could see myself wearing.
Northern Lights was the second collection to hit the catwalk. The clothing was very clean, with PVC elements by Casper Oliver. I loved the hints of bright blue against the mainly metallic colour palette of these outfits and the see-through outerwear looked incredible. The models diamanté encrusted brows and slicked back hair really pulled the looks together.
That sequin jacket!
The Burnt Earth collection had to be my favourite of the night. A gothic theme, all black outfits with lashings of black lipstick and winged liner with hints of hot pink and orange. I loved the heavy leather, cut-outs, headpieces and the out-there duvet coat by Philli Wood. Most of the collection was ready-to-buy by AQ/AQ.
I wish I could pull off this leather jacket look!
The final collection I saw was Fresh Water Pearl, inspired by steam, oasis and blue lagoons and comprising of designs by Leutton Postle and Casper Oliver. The prints in this collection were stunning but I fell head over heels in love with the backpacks by Casper Oliver. These neoprene and PVC designs completed these outfits perfectly and I for one really want to get my mitts on a satchel of my own!
The abs were nice, but it was this bag by Casper Oliver that had my heart beating fast!



Throughout the show we were all asked to take selfies for the sponsor brand RockPamperScissors for the chance to win some fab prizes which was so much fun and a great way to get involved. Lucinda kept up live twitter feed throughout the whole show, complete with photos of all the outfits and captions detailing who the designs were by.

I really enjoyed Wanderlust and my first foray into blogging at fashion events. It's thoroughly given me the fashion show bug (LFW anyone?!). I think I definitely need to sharpen up on my photography skills though, but getting ONE non-blurred photo was an absolute achievement. It was great to meet the gorgeous Em, the lovely Anton and catch-up with Laura throughout the night. As 10PM hit, I had to make a quick exit and dash to work, but I'd love to thank Lucinda for inviting me down and I was gutted that I didn't get to see the remainder of the show.

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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Monday, 10 March 2014

DIY Ombré Hair: Bleach London and Bblonde...

As the seasons are changing, I decided to give my ombré hair a little revamp, giving the tips a wash of white-blonde using Jerome Russell Bblonde Medium Lift Blonding Kit to give the ombré its lift and finishing off with toning and conditioning products from new kids on the block Bleach London.
Bblonde is the only kit I've ever used to ombré my hair. Its so easy to use and gives exactly the results I look for. I started off applying bleach to the areas I wanted to turn white. I focused this on the very ends of my hair aiming to get the product equally applied across my hair. I scrunched the bleach up the hair to give it a more natural gradient. After 30 minutes I applied a bit more bleach, higher up my hair, using the same scrunching technique. After another 30 minutes I washed everything out and applied the provided conditioning shampoo.
The results weren't as white as I wanted to I picked up the Silver Shampoo and Conditioner from Bleach London, a salon brand which is renowned for its incredible hair colours. After two applications of the shampoo and conditioner the ends of my hair are a lovely ashy white-blonde colour. The products smell lovely and are not too highly pigmented that you go from yellow to purple in one application. I am now using this combination on a weekly basis to keep up the vibrancy of my colour.
The final product I purchased was another my Bleach, their Reincarnation Mask, a deep treatment conditioner aimed at increasing hairs elasticity and repairing the dryness and damage associated with dying your hair. This product is incredible!  I applied this thick mask to the mid lengths and ends to pre-shampooed hair and combed through. I tied my up whilst it soaked in and washed it out after 10 minutes. It smells a little like Sudocrem, but the results are amazing, transforming my parched ends to hydrated flowing locks which are easy to style and much more manageable, even the Boy commented on how soft my hair was.
The mask has to be one of my favourite discoveries of late and it has come from a brand that I didn't know much about. What has been your favourite discovery recently?

Much Love,
Lauran
xxx

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