Saturday, 19 December 2015

Dinner at Long-Reach Beefeater Whitstable

beefeater restaurant review

Leon and I are pretty simple and low maintenance when it comes to choosing restaurants. Mainly because Leon refuses to eat vegetables so it kinda narrows down our options! More often than not we end up at Long-Reach Beefeater in Whitstable* as you know what you're getting and the food is delish!

Beefeater have refurbished their restaurants so when given the opportunity, it was only right that we went and had a nosey. The decor is so different and features lots of scandi-inspired loveliness with lots of rustic touches. Basically my kind of Pinterest inspo! Think of lots of grey panelled wood mixed with heavy rustic oak and painted brickwork, industrial lighting and grey and mustard faux leather booth seats. Beefeater has certainly had a very stylish makeover and looks nothing like you would imagine it to.

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

The Beefeater menu has also had a little makeover in time for the festive season and as meat lovers we were very happy about that as the grill section has been notably revamped and expanded on. Saturdays are always popular, but this one was particularly busy and we had to wait a while for our table and again for our food, but once it arrived it did not disappoint.

We always share a starter so BBQ wings were first up, followed by some gigantic steaks and chunky chips. I plumped for a gorgeous tasty rib-eye whereas Leon had the newly added porterhouse steak which was absolutely huge! It was about 18oz or something crazy like that but the boy did good and finished the lot. I never manage to finish my main course but I still have to have a dessert because why not. I always finish a sundae, that's for sure. An Eton mess it was for me and a chocolate and honeycomb sundae of Leon that I had major envy of so I think I'll have to go for that next time.

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

I'd highly recommend a visit to your local Beefeater as the food is amazing, but beware, you will end up wanting to run off with the decorations at the end of the night. Oh, and those bell jar lights. Swoon!

Laura

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Currys and Nespresso blogger event which was organised by the lovelies at the Joes Blogs network. Despite having to hop on a train up to London and be practially up the road to my office on a Saturday, it was such a lovely day. It was held at The Fable in Holborn, which I've never been to before but it's such a lovely bar and restaurant - one I definitely have to find an excuse to go return to. The toilets were total bathroom inspiration with gorgeous sinks and cocktail recipes written on the mirrors.

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

We were all split into groups and began an afternoon packed with coffee related activities. First up my group had cocktail making. Bloggers, coffee and alcohol - what could go wrong? Unfortunately it meant I was clumsier than ever, slopping cream about and generally spilling everything I touched. Yup, I cannot be trusted! We created two cocktails that featured coffee, so we had to get to grips with using the Nespresso machine to pour our own espressos. The machines were super easy to use, yes, even for clumsy 'ol me! We do have a coffee machine at home but after using one I really want a Nespresso now, especially the one that can froth milk too. They look so sleek and they're not too chunky either.

Fancy giving these cocktails ago yourself? Here are the recipes:

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso


KRAKEN COFFEE

50ml Kraken rum
1 Dharkan espresso pod
20ml gomme syrup
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Chocolate powder

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

VANILLA SKY - MY FAVOURITE!

50ml Black Label Johnnie Walker
50ml vanilla gomme
1 Dulsao do Brasil espresso pod
100ml cream - go easy as it will go everywhere!

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Next up we went onto coffee tasting with a couple of the guys from Nespresso. We tasted some different coffees and paired them with some rather Pinterest worthy chocolates to bring out their individual flavours. The pink one was definitely my favourite! I'm not a fan of really strong coffee so it was really interesting to test my tastebuds which definitely concurred with that!

The last activity was latte art and I got to use the rather scary barista style coffee machine to pour a latte and then dust some chocolate powder on it. I don't think I'll be applying for a job in Starbucks any time soon but it was great to learn exactly how to make a good coffee from one of the pros.

I'm literally going to stalk Currys over the next few weeks now in case one of these bad boy Nespresso machines go into the January sale. The pods work out at about 30p each which is a hell of a lot cheaper than I thought. I really want to try out all of the different flavours, mainly as the coloured pods are drool worthy and I think they'd look pretty good all lined up in my kitchen! Nespresso are also a very sustainable and environmentally friendly brand. Their standards are actually higher than Fair Trade - bet you didn't know that either?

Laura

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Winter Hair Care

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My hair routine is pretty minimal as I'm not the greatest at styling it and I find that it easily looks too overdone if I'm not careful. I've been growing my hair for the last few months so I'm really concentrating on keeping it healthy and happy for now. I thought that as I'm really happy with the products I'm using at the moment I'd share my winter hair care routine with you today.

I have super fine hair so I feel like I'm always looking for the ultimate shampoo and conditioner pairing that will keep my hair feeling really clean and light, but adding a bit of volume and shine into the mix while also keeping the frizz at bay. Now that's a lot to ask for so surprisingly its an ever growing search, but I think I've finally found the right products for the job.

I start off with the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner which are designed to improve the condition of your hair over time. Basically it's perfect hair in a bottle! The Perfect Hair Day range keeps your hair cleaner for longer as the products manage to repel dirt, meaning that I can get an extra day out of each wash before reaching for the dry shampoo. My hair feels really fresh after using these and not at all coated or weighed down as there's no silicone or sulphates in there - perfect for my coloured tresses. Before drying my hair I work a small blob of the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector into the lengths of my hair and this totally removes any frizz and once blow dried my hair is ready to go. The results then last until your next wash. The only downside? The Night Cap Overnight Perfector isn't available in the UK at the moment. Escentual carry a few bits but apparently the range is properly launching in the new year under a different name so that will be a happy day for me!

winter hair care

I also religiously apply a hair oil to the tips to help the condition of my hair and to add a bit of shine and I'm still working my way through the O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum*. It smells amazing and although this little bottle is nearly empty, it's lasted me absolutely ages. I'll definitely be picking up another one of these. I recently reviewed the Colour Excellence Hair Detox and I've now added the Colour Excellence Highlights Brightener* into the mix. This treatment is great to use once a month or so and it removes product build up, leaving coloured hair and highlights more vibrant. It's especially designed to not strip colour and makes my copper hair really shine.

As I'm trying to look after my hair I only use the Wet Brush* on it. It doesn't snap or pull my hair and it's even safe to use on wet hair - hence the name of course! I really like paddle brushes too, so to have one that doesn't damage my hair is awesome. On the rare occasion I heat style my hair I spray some of the Bumble & Bumble Does It All Styling Spray into my hair before putting a few very messy loose waves in with my GHD straightener. This is a bit of a miracle worker as it's light, but definitely helps my hair hold a curl as short of putting super dooper strong hold hairspray in, nothing else does. I hate crispy hair and need some help in the hold and texture department which Does It All does to a T. Plus the can is mahoosive so it should keep me going for quite a while yet!

Laura

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Brow Faves


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A brow routine is something that I tend to be quite loyal to for a few months and then a new product comes along and its all change for the new few months. There's just something about finding a great product or two that work so well together I think.

I've been growing my brows out for the last couple of months after getting a bit tweezer-happy and they're finally starting to grow into a shape that I think suits my face. They're still too straight for my liking but I'm too nervous to start messing around with them again! I need a pro to fix that one for sure. I've been going for a more natural look of late and I've found the perfect duo of brow products to do that.

To define the shape and fill in all the sparse areas I use the Rodial Glamobrow in Ash Brown*. This is such a good colour match for me, not too brown and not too warm. The spoolie on the end is super useful for combing my long brow hairs in place before using the fine nib to draw little individual hairs in. It's quite a bit more pricey than a lot of pencils I've used in the past, but this is a firm favourite of mine now and one that I will definitely repurchase. Rodial Glamobrow never looks harsh and I doubt you could ever go crazy with it and end up with marker pen brows!

Because my brow hairs are crazy long (whyy?), I have to add a brow gel to set them in place and stop them from blowing around in the wind, as who wants that? For this I'm currently using the HD Brows Brow Beater*. This is a fine setting lotion that slicks my brows into place all day, but without any stickiness or crispy brows. In fact, you can't see it on there at all but it certainly does the job. As with all clear brow gels, the HD Brows Brow Beater clings onto any other products you use beneath it so it looks a bit gross in the tube now, but for perfect brows I think I can overlook that!

Have you used either of these?

Laura

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Blemish Survival Kit

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With winter comes dry and sensitive skin for me and this year is shaping up to be no different. I've had a stressful couple of months thanks to a very drawn out house buying process which is still not there and the result is that my skin is absolutely horrendous and breaking out like crazy. Just what I need to help make me feel positive and happy!

There's two ways of dealing with this, a pity party for one or to take serious action. I decided to toughen up and I've put together a pretty good blemish survival kit which is really helping sort things out.

The Exterminator
When I was in New York last month I was desperate to try a few things from Kate Somerville as Sephora don't ship the brand to the UK (sob). One of a few things that I picked up was the Kate Somerville DermalQuench Clear Anti-Acne Treatment. Looking quite odd in the can, this is an aerosol that releases a foam that once applied to my skin instantly cools and soothes. It contains salicylic acid to deep clean and unclog pores and prevent future breakouts. It also hydrates while restoring the skin's natural pH balance which helps limit any further skin irritation, as quite frankly I don't think I can take any more!

The Moisture-Giver
Masks always benefit my skin greatly when its under attack and I have been reaching for the Nip+Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask* two to three times a week to deeply hydrate my skin. Formulated with the superfood kale and witch hazel to heal, this gentle clay mask really calms my skin and restores it with much needed moisture. I find that one of the key steps to healing blemishes is to ensure that they are as hydrated as possible. When my skin freaks out it dries out like a prune and looks super grey, so I'm piling this one on as much as I can.

The Protector
Another great find from the US is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. My next Sephora order is probably going to include a couple of tubes of this little baby as my skin absolutely adores it. Infused with coconut water, this rather wonderful primer adds seals an extra layer of moisture to my face, smoothing over the lumps and bumps while creating an extra layer to protect from further aggressors. It really perks things up and helps hide the devastation underneath. My skin is much more radiant and glowing and I find that my foundation glides over the top and lasts all day without separating, disappearing or caking.

The Eraser
The final part of the puzzle is the Rodial Airbrush Concealer*. This arrived the day of my horrendous breakout (fate, obviously!), and I am so thankful that it did. It's a waxy formulation that seriously covers everything, but without being heavy or cakey. I've been using it both over blemishes and to brighten my under eye area and it does both incredibly well. Best applied with a clean finger, it melts into the skin and blends incredibly well. I build up a couple of thin layers over more troublesome areas and it stays put all day and doesn't dry out my skin like a lot of similar potions have done in the past. And, it's also quite a stunner in it's gorgeous little compact.

What's in your blemish survival kit?

Laura

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Liz Earle - More Than Just Cleanse & Polish


Liz Earle Makeup

The iconic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has defined Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare for the last 20 years, and that's no surprise either. Indeed, it's a cleanser which seems to have sparked off more than one generation's first foray into good skincare (including my own), and it was one of the first cream cleansers to be introduced to the market which led to near enough every brand releasing their own version.

But, while Liz's perfectly curated skincare line is with no doubt groundbreaking, the makeup line from the brand is not one to be pushed aside. Now, even as a massive fan of the Liz Earle brand, I must admit I was late to this one, but if nothing else it was well worth the wait and I have most certainly been kicking myself for taking my time!

I've been long intrigued to try the Liz Earle Signature Foundation which has received rather high praise that I can most definitely contribute to. It's a light to medium foundation which offers a natural finish that makes my dull dry skin look much more full of life without being too dewy. It brings a radiance to my skin while somehow sitting somewhere in between a satin and matte finish. Perfect for the those with dry and dehydrated skin, the Liz Earle Signature Foundation is a beautiful everyday base that covers most of my bad skin woes without caking. The only downside is that its limited to three shades.

To complement the foundation I picked up the Liz Earle Radiant Glow Bronzer which I have since become rather obsessed with. I can't convey quite how gorgeous this bronzer is but it's most likely my favourite bronzer to date. Strong statement I know, but sometimes you just have to shout it from the rooftops! It comprises of four gorgeous glow giving shades which add dimension and contour to the face as well as a healthy finish. Either pick out the individual shades or do as I do; and swirl the brush into all of these delicious hues. It applies the perfect amount of colour with a gorgeous sheen and it's certainly not too much for my pale skin. Ladies, we have a couple of winners here.

Have you got any Liz Earle makeup favourites?


Laura

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Autumn Wishlist - Monochrome Edit


autumn style wishlist

If nothing else, this rather large wishlist is testimony to the fact that a) I have expensive tastes and b) that my wardrobe is fairly boring, but in all honestly colour and red hair don't really go too well (for me anyway!).

At the beginning of the year I completely overhauled my wardrobe, getting rid of everything that didn't fit or I hadn't worn in a while and since then I've focused on building a smallish wardrobe of high quality pieces that work really well together. I've stuck to that and now wear everything I own which is miles away from what was going on last year! I've lived in oversized shirts and jeans and now that it's colder at last (yay!), the fluffy jumpers have been making an appearance.

If nothing else, autumn is an excuse to hoard cosy jumpers and I will not hear otherwise! With that in mind, you can't really go wrong with a classic grey v neck cashmere number and I've been eyeing up this one from Equipment for months. It will be mine one day... On a similar vein, both of these oversized sweater dresses are perfect for the colder months, either with chunky boots or loafers. If I had to pick then it has to be the Acne Phebe dress as I absolutely adore the softness of Acne's knitwear and they're really good investment pieces.

My work wardrobe is literally jeans and fitted jumpers, or oversized shirts so either of these Zara numbers would be welcome additions. I love the black shirt and think it would look so chic with black jeans and black boots. Yup, I'm full on goth and I don't care. This gorgeous Isabel Marant watch would go really well with that too. Me love, a lot.

I keep looking at little crossbody bags as sometimes its nice just to have a few essential things with you rather than everything including the kitchen sink! I really can't decide which one to go for though, but seeing as the Chloe Faye is sold out everywhere and the Celine Box bag is mega £££ I'm edging towards this cute Saint Laurent beaut. Fingers crossed for the winter sales! Of an of course there has to be a foundation in there because, well foundation. I'm loving light bases at the moment and have heard lots of praise for Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder so why not?

What are you lusting over at the moment?

Laura

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Multi-Masking: Two (or three) is better than one

multi-masking face masks

Face masks and I are good friends. Rather, I have a problem and keep buying more and more! But, shopaholic tendancies aside, I find them so effective and in my ever increasing arsenal I've got something to treat pretty much anything that my skin throws at me. Sometimes though, I like to indulge in a little mask mixology and treat myself to a home spa-like facial. Because why the hell not?

I approach this very much like a facalist would, really looking at my skin and seeing what it needs; is it dry, maybe a bit dull or reactive? The autumn weather and central heating has been taking its toll and my skin is feeling quite sensitive as it's breaking out, while also being quite dehydrated and dull at the moment. So once a week I've been pulling out all the stops and going to town with this little trio of goodness.

To slough away dead skin and brighten my complexion I've been keeping away from manual exfoliators and opting for the gorgeous Elemis Papayza Enzyme Peel to prep my skin and allow everything that follows to really penetrate and get to work. It's a comforting cream mask that's nourishing in its own right and I always have this in my bathroom. As my skin is feeling a bit sore this is the perfect way to exfoliate and resurface without causing any damage or trama.

For a gentle cleanse and to unclog pores and heal blemishes I've been reaching for the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque. I wouldn't say I love this, it does the job but I don't find it as life changing as most people do. I've been using this more frequently lately as my all time favourite Antipodes Aura Honey Mask is all used up so I'm going to see how I get on with this Aesop number. It's a clay mask but I don't find it makes my skin feel tight or breakout, but it definitely helps heal those little boo-boos and provide a great base for some hydration to sort things out.

The pièce de résistance has got to be the Aurelia Cell Revitalise Rose Mask. Seriously pricey but seriously dreamy, this rose infused pot of loveliness delivers so much hydration to my skin. It's packed with probiotics, peptides and omegas and after rinsing off my skin feels absolutely awesome. I find it super soothing and my skin has much more life in it afterwards. Fine lines are plumped and I look less like a corpse. Rose is one of my favourite scents so the hint of damask rose goes down a treat. It's pure luxury but also extremely effective. The Aurelia Cell Revitalise Rose Mask is the first product I've tried from the brand so there may be more going on my christmas list!

Have you tried multi-masking and if so what are your favourite combos?

Laura

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Restoring your colour with Colour Excellence Hair Detox


A couple of weeks ago I went to the Colour Excellence launch party where I had this amazing caricature picture drawn of me and learnt about the new Colour Excellence hair product range. It consists of three products, one Hair Detox, Highlights Brightener for brunettes and redheads and another one for blondes.

As someone with coloured hair, I'm very aware of the damage that can happen to my hair if I'm not careful and I try and keep it as strong as I can and really limit heat styling were possible. As my hair is super fine, it gets greasy very quickly and styling products weigh it down, making it dull and lacklustre. So I was pretty excited to try the Colour Excellence Hair Detox* as it's designed specifically for colour treated hair. It deep cleanses the hair and scalp but without damaging colour, which is a combination that's hard to find. I do use clarifying shampoos once every couple of week's to help remove buildup but they do strip my colour out, so for me this is a great alternative.

To use Colour Excellence Hair Detox you simply mix the vitamin C powder sachet into the bottle and shake it up and apply allover to towel dried hair after washing. After rinsing I added conditioner and air dried my hair. Once dry my hair felt so soft and bouncy, which considering how lifeless it usually is (darn you fine hair!) was pretty impressive. This is one of the benefits that I think really sets Colour Excellence Hair Detox apart from clarifying shampoos. My scalp felt really comfortable and not at all stripped and my  hair colour more vibrant and copper toned than usual.

I'm off to New York tomorrow which is mega, mega exciting, so once I'm back I'll be testing out the Colour Excellence Highlights Brightener to see how that measures up and removes all the smog and pollution out of my hair so look out for that one :)

Hope you have a great week and I'm sure there will be some hauling when I get back!

Laura

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Feel Good Gift Ideas



Whether its a gift for someone else or the a 'to me from me' kind of present (the best, obviously!) I always like to buy something that's going to put a smile on your face. With Christmas coming up in something crazy like nine weeks now is the time to get your thinking caps on! It's so hard to buy for other people unless they've been hinting at something specific for ages so a nice little thoughtful always does the trick. I've been feeling less than great recently, mainly due to house buying stress (a story for another day), so I picked up a few feel good gifts to help lighten my mood. It was a bad few days ok!


Lush do the cutest little gift sets which often have a bubble bar, bath bomb and a shower gel in but I really like to make my own little gift sets. Whatever you pick is guaranteed to go down well and let's face it, who doesn't want a sparkly bath?? I picked up The Experimenter which is a new addition to Lush's bath bomb range. When added to your bath it explodes into rainbow colours and smells really dreamy and relaxing. It's got popping candy in it so the show is all over a bit quick but it's worth it!

I also picked up the Karma bubble bar as Lush's bubble bars are the best. I'm saving this for a Sunday pamper session but I'm really excited about this one. This gold-tipped little pyramid smells really relaxing but it also has some quite uplifting scents in it such as orange and patchouli so I'm intrigued to crumble this one into my bath.


I always buy candles as gifts. They're so versatile and I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't like a candle! Especially if you know some fairly fussy people. Candles are so uplifting, no matter how bad a mood you're in a candle is a sure fire way to put a smile on your face. I was recently sent this Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck candle* from I Want One Of Those and I absolutely love it. The description of a cozy night by the log fire could not be more fitting. It's a gentle fragrance but it's so gorgeous and manages to fill the room. It's not on their website at the moment but there's lots of others to choose from and at £8 it really won't break the bank.


I totally picked this little cute jar of bath salts up on a whim as it's so dinky and, well, cute! It's from East Of India at Queen Bee Home in Canterbury and the lavender bath salts inside are really relaxing. I'm so into bath salts at the moment but I think they make perfect gifts too, especially when they have lovely little messages on like this one. Queen Bee is one of my favourite homeware shops. They sell really lovely antique furniture and lovely cushions, blankets and home trinkets.

What's your ideal feel good gift and what do you think of my picks?

Laura

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

A Simple Lush Routine For Stressed Skin

Lush skincare review

Whether its the colder weather or just bad luck, my skin has been stressed out of late. My routine has been fairly solid for a while now, with the odd new product coming in but it's not cleared up the sore under the skin blemishes that have been making their presence known for a few weeks. So I decided to add in some fail safe gentle bits from Lush to work their magic. It's been a while since I used Lush's skincare range so I'd forgotten how good it really is. I'm usually in there fighting my way through the school girls to get to the bath bombs and bubble bars!

I picked up an old favourite of mine, the Lush Ultrabland Cleanser. It's a thick and creamy cleanser which gently but very effectively dissolves makeup and leaves your skin clean yet comfortable. Almond oil helps hydration levels while leaving skin super soft and comforted. It also contains rose water which calms stressed skin and helps soothe it at the same time. There's also honey which acts as an antiseptic, clearing away any nasties and starting the healing process. This is definitely a first evening cleanse for me as it is relatively heavy and I like to massage a generous amount in and leave it to work its magic for a few minutes before removing with a warm flannel.

The Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub caught my eye as it's designed for both face and body. The name clearly gives away the key ingredient - salt, of which it contains rather coarse chunks to whisk away dry patches and leave your skin silky smooth. It's a bit more abrasive than what I'm use to, so certainly something to bear in mind, however it's cocooned in creamy avocado and coconut oil which are both rather nourishing and comforting to stressed skin.

Whenever my skin is stressed out I always raid my arsenal of face masks so I've been reaching for the Lush Oatifix Face Mask. This mask aims to hydrate skin and leave it soft and comfortable. It's a rather odd consistency and feels a little like you're smoothing cold lumpy porridge on your face but if you can get over that it will leave skin moisturised and happy. Oat actually acts as an antiseptic so it helps calm breakouts while banana adds a boost of hydration. It's one that needs to be kept in the fridge so the cool paste further extinguishes any irritation too.

What do you think of Lush's skincare range?

Laura

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

No One Does Limited Edition Quite Like Chanel

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Be still my beating heart for when I see something as pretty as the Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette I have to have it. Launched as part of their autumn collection, and therefore not around for much longer, this is limited edition in it's finest. Chanel normally release a five or six shade palette around Christmas too but I always seem to miss it.

This time I got to a Chanel counter pretty quickly and for good reason as this is beautiful. There's a good mix of shimmery and matte shadows in the perfect neutral hues so you can be certain that you'll use them all. Good job when it's an expensive Chanel palette! The pattern on the shadows is absolutely gorgeous, almost too pretty to disturb. It's inspired by patterns of the stained glass windows of Abazine Abbey which are said to be quite dear to Gabrielle Chanel herself.


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The Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette comes with a couple of fairly okay double ended brushes which as usual I put to once side and then lost. To be honest you're always better using a proper brush than sponge applicators so I stick to my Zoeva brushes. The formula of the shadows is really lovely, lots of pigment and they blend beautifully. The range of colours means you can go for lots of gorgous day time looks or go all out an smoke things up for the evening. I've mainly been wearing it in the day, usually with a lighter colour all over the lid and one of the darker shades smudged into the crease for a bit of definition.

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Given the Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow palette is limited edition it's not going to be around for too much longer. So if like me you've always wanted to get your hands on one and you're all for neutrals, I'd go for this little beaut.

Have you tried a Chanel eyeshadow palette before and will you be treating yourself to this one?

Laura

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn Transitional Hues

autumn transitional makeup

My favourite season is now officially upon us and I'm pretty happy about that. There's something about the crispness in the air, not to mention cosy jumpers and fluffy socks that I can't get enough of! I'm such a homebody, that's for sure. It's also a great excuse to mix up your makeup and pick out some autumn worthy hues.

I'm keeping it quite simple and low key but for eyes I really like a subtle burgundy hue. Anything too red and it can look a bit unhealthy, but the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate is ideal. It's got enough depth to it due to the little pieces of shimmer in the formula but it's definitely not glittery. I tend to pat this all over the lid with a finger and blend out with a fluffy Zoeva luxe crease brush. I'm not sure if I got a dodgy pot of this or whether its the colour but it doesn't have as much pigment or blend as nicely as some of the other shades in the range. Given it's quite a bold colour the lack of pigment is actually quite a godsend. I would much rather build up colour than end up with too much!

For cheeks there really is no better choice than the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed. It's the perfect dusky pink that suits all skin tones and gives you that "I've just been out in the cold" kinda flush. On pale skin this is perfect for adding a little definition and contour. Of course if you still have a NARS Douceur knocking about then go for it. Both hues are right up there on my list of loves and they're pretty much on rotation all year round, but in autumn they come into their own for a subtle yet realistic pop of colour.

My lips have started to feel the change of seasons already and have been a bit dry and cracked so I've not been wearing lipstick too frequently. Instead I've been loving the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. Containing shea butter this is a super hydrating lip balm which has a lovely deep red wash of colour. I really rate Korres as a brand and have a couple of of these now. Super easy to apply (even without a mirror), these lip butters last quite a while on the lips and the colour is really pretty and flattering but not too in your face at the same time.

Of course I used autumn as an excuse to buy a new nail polish. If that's not a good enough reason I don't know what is! I've wanted to try Only Fingers and Toes for a while now but they're only stocked online and at Harvey Nichols and they're darn expensive. I went for the shade Maharani, which is a gorgeous brick red with a touch of brown. When it first arrived I was a little disappointed as I have a few other polishes in pretty much the same shade. Once applied though it's definitely a bit different and it's super glossy. Two coats provide a perfect amount of even colour. I didn't find the lasting power too good if I'm honest, I think this chipped in around four days but it's such a lovely colour that I'm not too sad.

Certainly not a colour, but I've put the gorgeous Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne back in rotation. It's quite a warm and comforting scent and I always receive lots of compliments on it. It's a bit more complex than the ever popular Orange Blossom but quite similar, so certainly one to try if you like that kind of scent.

What autumn shades are you plumping for now it's jumper season?

Laura

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Nip+Fab Kale Fix

Nip+Fab Kale Fix

Superfoods are well known for their antioxidant qualities so I try my best to include as many into my meals as I can. One leafy favourite of mine is kale. Not only is it versatile and super quick to cook, but it tastes amazing and gives a good dose of vitamin A (derived from beta-carotene), C and K, along with essential minerals. It's also thought to help reduce chlolesterol and protect against cancer - pretty impressive. But it's greatness doesn't stop there. Thanks to quirky brand Nip+Fab you can now include kale in your skincare routine.

The three-piece range from Rodial's little sister brand Nip+Fab has now launched and as we transition into the colder months thus exposing our skin to the elements, it couldn't come at a better time. The Nip+Fab Kale Fix range is designed for those with dry and dehydrated skin in mind, which as someone who suffers with both is music to my ears. It also aims to strengthen and repair the skin, while protecting it from free radicals and other environmental aggressors.

I was intrigued to see what the Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads* were like as often wipes don't remove all my makeup and leave my eyes streaming afterwards. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the case as the pads really effectively removed my makeup and caused no discomfort. They're quite saturated and have quite a raised texture on one side, so they really cling to the skin and remove every trace. My skin feels very comfortable after using the Kale Fix pads as they're really nourishing due to a mix of kale and watercress. I also found them cooling and smoothing on my skin (perfect after a long day in front of a computer!).

The Kale Fix Moisturiser* is ideal for anyone with sensitive and parched skin. It's quite thick in texture but it sinks in well and leaves my skin super soft. Along with kale and watercress, it also benefits from almond oil to provide extra hydration, along with aloe vera and shea butter which in turn soothe the skin and leave it really soft. I've found this so comforting to use during a hormonal flare up as my skin has been quite sore. Within a week of using the Kale Fix Moisturiser my skin was much calmer. As someone with ageing skin this provides the perfect level of moisturiser to plump up my fine lines and keep things soft and happy. It's a definite favourite and perfect for morning and evening. Those with oily skin may want to reserve this one for the evening alone.

The treatment element of the range (and my must-have) is the Kale Fix Clay Mask*. Now I'm not the greatest clay mask fan as I hate the feeling that a lot of them bring as they dry on the skin. This is nothing like that; it's actually more of a clay/cream hybrid in terms of texture and comfortability. I've been multi-masking a bit more recently (more on that soon) and I love to add this after an exfoliating mask to really get the best of both worlds. It includes witch hazel to help draw out impurities, without leaving you blemish-ridden. Let's not forget the key ingredient, kale, which helps repair the tissue while watercress injects moisture to plump and soften the skin. Like the other products in the range it smells amazing and fresh.

What do you think about adding kale to your skincare routine?

Laura

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Schwarzkopf got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment

Schwarzkopf got2be All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment

When it comes to my hair, I'll admit I'm pretty useless and rather lazy. It's rare that things get fancier than a rough dry with a hairdryer and a few messy waves here and there. Recently though I've starting taking a bit more of an interest and have introduced a few new styles and products into my repotoire. Still quite minimal (read: lazy), but I'm trying!

One such product is the Schwarzkopf got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment*. At under £5 this is worth every single penny. Billed as a multi-tasking hero, the Schwarzkopf got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment has a lot of strings to its bow. I tend to use this when I want perfected hair with minimal heat damage and I've got no more than five minutes to spare. A little goes a long way (ignore the directions), so I tend to apply a small pump to the lengths of damp hair. The result is glossy, smooth locks which looks as though I've got busy with the straighteners when actually I stayed in bed for that extra 10 minutes. Come on, it doesn't get better than that, right? What's more is that my hair feels so much thicker and fuller and the frizz my hair seems to cling hold of is nowhere to be seen.
 
As my hair is very fine and soft I have to be careful not to overload it for fear it turning into a flat greasy mop. That's where a multi-tasker such as the Schwarzkopf got2be All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment is a bit of a godsend. First, it gives my hair all the sleekness and shine that I crave, but it's also super light and doesn't weigh my hair down. It's basically perfect hair in a pump!

Laura 

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Face oils are totally my thing and a step I never miss every evening, so when Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil came out a while ago it was speedily put on my wishlist. An oil that improves your skin while you snooze? Surely you can't get much better than that. Cue a few weeks of tracking it down as everyone else had the same idea and snapped up all the stock, but I got my paws on a bottle of the blue goodness in the end.

Now that I've been using this consistently for a while it seems only right that I share my musings on the latest Sunday Riley release with you. This is my second purchase from the brand, having tried the Start Over eye cream a while ago (which is well worth picking up I might add!). For those not familiar with the brand, Sunday Riley blends pure botanical ingredients with the latest advancements in chemistry, meaning that the products born from this union are truly effective and innovative. It goes without saying that this does mean that you are paying quite a bit for products from the range, but if you are serious about anti-ageing and improving your skin it's certainly worth it. Of course if you are in your early twenties you can skip this and save your pennies.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil is rather special in appearance; a deep greeny blue oil given its colour by blue tansy. Then there's the gorgeous glass bottle and pipette which looks pretty darn wonderful on my bathroom shelf. Luna is an oil with a difference, as it is actually a treatment suspended in an oil. Not only does it fight the signs of ageing, but it also reduces pore size, improves the texture and elasticity of the skin, heals blemishes as well as repairing the damage caused by sun, the environment and pollution. That's quite a lot to pack into one product! As well as containing cold pressed advocado, grape seed and chia oils, the star of the show is trans-retinol ester which is much gentler on the skin than it's retinoid family, but still very effective. If you want to try out retinols/vitamin A or have found them to be quite harsh and drying on your skin, Luna is an awesome alternative.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Luna Sleeping Night Oil is best applied to dry cleansed skin in the evening and gently massaged in. It's very blue in person which means its super easy to know when you've properly applied it as the colour then disappears. It also sinks in very quickly and feels quite light and comfortable in texture, so my skin never looks or feels greasy. I find Luna to be very hydrating and I never need to add a moisturiser on top. What really surprised me was that I noticed a difference after the first use. My skin looked brighter and more even in texture, my blemish marks seemed not as obvious and my skin felt beautifully soft. I'm not one to really notice immediate changes in my skin after introducing new products, it's more when I don't use them that the difference is clear and I'm left thinking "ah that's what it does!", so this was quite a revelation.

My skin has massively improved since I introduced Luna into my routine. I use it most nights and have found my skin to be much more radiant and hydrated and my fine lines not as noticeable. In the morning it actually looks like I've slept properly and my breakouts clear much quicker. I've also not had any blemish marks or scars form which I tend to really suffer with. I really couldn't praise this bottle of blue loveliness enough. If you're in your late twenties and beyond you need to try this.

Have you tried Luna or anything else from Sunday Riley?

Laura

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Monday, 17 August 2015

A new hair repairing duo

repairing damaged hair

After being a bit cruel to my hair this year and heat styling it a fair bit (not to mentioning bleaching it twice - oops), I've been feeling a bit remorseful for my poor tresses. Things have been feeling a bit more dry and damaged than usual so I've incorporated a couple of new products into my routine to help repair the damage to my hair and to add a bit of vitality and strength.

My hair is really fine but I seem to have a hell of a lot of it, so I really like light formulas where possible. I've used lots of oils aimed at repairing damaged hair in the past but only a few have ever actually delivered results. I recently received the Revlon Professional Orofluido Asia Zen Control Elixir* and it's made quite a difference already. Formulated with Asian ingredients, this rather decadent smelling hair oil works to limit frizz, smooth hair and add shine. It also contains a UV filter to protect against sun damage and bamboo rice extract which helps improve elasticity. All sounds pretty good, right? What really got my attention was that one of the ingredients is rice extract which helps seal split ends and strengthens the hair. I've been using this for a few weeks now and I've hardly made a dent in the bottle. I use a fairly generous amount to damp hair and work it through the lengths, and then add a little to dry hair to seal the ends and add shine. I can see this bottle lasting me a very long time.

The Orofluido Asia Zen Control Elixir is an absolute pleasure to use. As I mentioned before, the scent is amazing; quite sweet and fruity which is all down to camellia oil. It's so incredibly uplifting and makes you feel, well, quite zen! Formula-wise, it's a super lightweight oil but it really does pack a punch. It's undetectable in the hair and doesn't weigh it down or make my hair feel sticky or greasy. My hair has been so much softer and full of vitality and hasn't turned into it's usual frizzy mess in this humid heat.

After applying the Orofluido Asia Zen Control Elixir to damp hair and combing through with my Wet brush I then add a little blob of the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil* to the lengths for good measure. This is a blow dry cream which aims to limit drying time while giving a good dose of argan oil to moisturise and protect against the sun's rays. In fact, it's mission statement is pretty identical to that of the oil but the combination of the two is where it's at. The Soy Renewal Creme Oil is perfect for fine hair as it's super lightweight in formula and sinks in so well. It feels almost a little silicon-y but it smoothes into my hair beautifully and you can't feel it at all. The soy protein helps to repair and strengthen damaged hair and I've definitely been reaping the benefits. My hair feels a lot stronger and my split ends are a lot less noticeable. Hopefully enough that my hairdresser won't give me too much of a telling off when I next go for a trim...

Have you tried either of these and do you like to mix products?

Laura

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Triangle bras are awesome

triangle bras and bralettes

There's nothing more satisfying than pretty and comfy underwear in my opinion. It's quite hard to find bras that are both of these things unfortunately. That's why I'm so happy that triangle bras and bralettes exist. They're super comfy and you can get lots of pretty lacy numbers that go with pretty much everything. Triangle bras are awesome because they're so light and perfect for hot days as they never dig in and make you feel gross. Super appropriate now we are (finally) in summer!

My wardrobe is pretty simple, consisting of jeans, lots of plain tees and far too many stripey tops but in the summer I like to wear lighter and more sheer tops. The only problem with that is they can be quite see through and it can be a pain to find a bra to go with them. I was trying to find a bit of inspo on how to style linen and sheer tops and on Pinterest there were loads of pictures of black bras and white tees, which is a bit daring for me!

Luckily then, I recently found this gorgeous nude Simon Perele number that's just perfect for white tees and those that can be a little bit see through. The lace is super cute so even if a little bit poked out of your neckline it's still delicate and yet tasteful. I also wear this Wacoal bralette quite a bit with darker tops and it's so comfy! It's pretty plain but so functional and I have it in lots of different colours. Annoyingly this has now hard to get hold of but I also love this one from H&M which goes with literally everything. H&M have always got my back!

There's lots of small independent brands that sell triangle bras on Etsy and Instagram but they can be quite pricey. H&M, Urban Outfitters and Topshop have a great affordable selection between them so I think I'm going to be stocking up on quite a few. Triangle bras won't provide great support if you're quite large on top but I find that they give the perfect support for my average size. Obviously they won't do much If you're heading to the gym! I could quite happily live in these forever...

Do you think triangle bras are awesome too?

Laura

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Worth the hype? Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette review

I'll be honest, I was pretty chuffed when I finally got my hands on the Lorac Pro Palette. It was incredibly hyped last year, but alas so difficult to get your hands on this side of the Pond. For a long time I held off paying the extortionate customs and shipping charges but it was inevitable and one day I crumbled.

The Lorac Pro Palette boasts 16 colours, eight of which are mattes and the rest shimmers. This to me is perfect. I love having a mix of the two, this way you can create so many amazing looks with just the one palette. It mainly consists of warm colours, and there's also a really good mix of shades so you can either create a simple fuss-free wash of colour for the day, or go all out smokey eye for the evening. It really does offer the best of both worlds.

Let's talk about pigment, and believe me, you will not be disappointed with the Lorac Pro Palette! The formula is incredibly buttery and super pigmented. In fact, it may be a little too buttery as there is a fair amount of fall out from these shadows. You really just need to lightly press your brush into the shadow as a swipe will leave you with enough eyeshadow to make up an entire troop of Victoria's Secret models. So unless that's what you're doing, go easy! When I first used mine I used far too much so lesson learnt there. We don't want to be wasting something this gorgeous now do we?

I'm yet to go to town and create a full on smokey evening look with the Lorac Pro Palette but I have been getting into building gorgeous day time looks with it. My favourite hues have got to be Champagne (paired with liquid liner), Lt. Bronze with Pewter in the crease for work, and a mish mash of Sable with either Garnet or Espresso for something a bit more striking and bold.

The packaging is pretty gorgeous too. The palette itself is really thin and light so it's perfect for travelling (or doing your makeup on the train as I do!). It's got an almost rubbery NARS-eque texture to it and it's pretty sleek.

It's pretty obvious that I think the Lorac Pro Palette is worth the hype, and I'm eagerly looking forward to visiting Ulta in October to see what other Lorac goodies are on offer.

Have you tried the Lorac Pro Palette? I'd love to know what you think of it too!

Laura

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Monday, 3 August 2015

My new favourite summer base

Rodial Skin Tint+ SPF20 Review

It's no secret that I am a base hoarder, but when it comes to lighter dewy bases and tinted moisturisers, boy do I get excited! Sad maybe, but I think I have found my all time favourite summer base at last, in the guise of the newly launched Rodial Skin Tint+ SPF20* (£45). I'm always recommending Rodial as a brand, their skincare products are so effective on my skin and their makeup range is a whole level of awesomeness.

Rodial isn't cheap by any means, but if your budget says yes then I urge you to try this tinted moisturiser. The Rodial Skin Tint+ is actually a reformulation of their existing skin tint and they've absolutely cracked it this time. It comes in three colours which is a bit limited, but they appear to be quite forgiving so I think most people will find a suitable shade. I have the lightest of the three, Capri (light) and it's a perfect match for my fair skin.

The texture is pretty creamy and it buffs into skin beautifully and seamlessly. It gives a light to medium coverage and is extremely buildable I find. I first apply a very light layer and then add a second layer just where I need it and it's perfectly undetectable. It really does look like skin, but better. Now, I also have the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser which is even more expensive, and whilst it's very nice and quite natural, and the Rodial Skin Tint+ looks far more like skin to me. It leaves your skin looking naturally radiant and perfected. It also includes SPF20 which is pretty high protection and is infused with animo-peptides which help regenerate the skin and target signs of ageing. In the summer that's what I want; a weightless, undetectable base that has SPF.

I tend to use this over the top of my Stila One Step Correct Primer and leave it there. I've got some blemish marks that are slightly visable, along with some freckles, but I think this is the key to natural skin. If you cover everything it tends to look flat and not very skin-like. The Rodial Skin Tint+ has really great lasting power which I was kinda surprised about. I think it looks best without powder and even then it doesn't need any touching up throughout the day. I haven't even looked at another base product for the last two weeks so this really is a winner!

What's your favourite summer base and have you tried anything from Rodial's makeup range yet?

Laura

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Rodial Skin Tint+ SPF20 Review




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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Braids by Blo

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

As summer is now upon us and I had a fair bit cut off my hair recently, I've been trying to get a bit more adventurous when it comes to styling my hair. I love a bit of a curl and a wave, but lately I'm really digging braids. Trouble is, I'm not that good at them. So when I was invited along to Blo Blow Dry Bar in Covent Garden* again to experience their braid menu I was pretty darn excited.

This is was my second trip to Blo (read about my first visit here), and I simply love the concept. You pick a style from the menu and are treated to a wash and blow dry before they get to work styling your hair. For £28 that isn't bad at all. I also love Covent Garden so it was nice to have a little wander around the shops too. If, like me you're not the greatest at styling your hair and go to events and things after work, this is a great fuss-free way to get your hurr did.

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

Unite hair products

I decided to go all out and pick something I'd never be able to recreate at home, which was Crowning Gloring. It's a full on festival, laid back crown braid which will suit pretty much everyone with mid length hair onwards. My stylist first washed, dried and prepped my hair using Unite products (which I'm now coveting), before getting to work on the style itself. To create texture and give my fine hair a little more texture and grip we went with Unite Beach Day. I do use salt sprays but never though to use one before braiding my hair before so it was good to pick up some tips from the pros.

The braid itself took no time at all and I was really happy with the result. Another way of wearing this kind of style would be to leave wispy bits down and to muss it up a little to add a bit more of a lived in feel. It was literally the hottest day of the year though so I was very happy to have all my hair away from my face and neck, especially when getting back on the tube later!

What do you think of the finished look? Are you a braid fan and have you been to Blo before?

Laura

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braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

braids by blo blow dry bar covent garden

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