Friday, 27 February 2015

Project wardrobe: how to build a capsule wardrobe

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At the beginning of the year I mentioned that I wanted to sort out my wardrobe which is currently overflowing, yet I probably only wear about 10% of it. I decided that I wanted to build a capsule wardrobe that reflected my personal style better, and to be more sensible when it comes to shopping. A capsule wardrobe is a small core of items that you then base your wardrobe on, consisting of pieces that are fully interchangeable with one another, so if you're getting dressed in the dark (me most mornings!), whatever you've picked out should go together and you're therefore able to get more out of your clothes without thinking too hard about it.

If you're looking to simplify and streamline your wardrobe, here's a few tips to help you on the way which I found really useful.

Define your personal style
Whether you're quite trend-led or have your own distinct style, it's key to identify how your existing clothes can work better for you. I felt that I didn't really have my own style until I asked a few of my friends. To me this ideal of personal style is the outfit that your friends imagine you wearing when they think of you. My personal style, which now completely makes sense after it was pointed out is a a combo of a couple of different outfits or uniforms; mainly a skirt or jeans and a shirt/top/jacket for work and usually something a bit more relaxed like Levi 501s and a tee or jumper at the weekends. I am a sucker for oversized loose shirts and dresses (COS and I are great friends). I don't tend to stray much outside of this and I don't really embrace trends.

Go through everything, ruthlessly!
Yes, this is the boring time consuming bit, but it's the most important step. I went through everything I owned and if it didn't fit into one of my 'uniforms' and certainly hadn't been worn for more than a couple of months but it went into storage. I didn't want to go all crazy and chuck 90% of my wardrobe out on a whim so this seemed like the sensible solution. Well-loved and worn pieces went in the keep pile and anything that had seen better days or hadn't been worn in yonks/didn't fit went in the get rid or pass on pile. As I was being super strict and focused on the job in hand this wasn't as hard as I thought. The pile that I was left with to keep was seriously tiny compared to what it was before and was the perfect base for my capsule wardrobe.

Assess the gaps
Now that things were a hell of a lot more manageable, I sorted through everything and began to build possible and interchangeable outfits that centred around my style aesthetic. From here I could see that I needed more basics such as well fitting t shirts, jumpers and skinny jeans. This then formed a little shopping list to help me build my wardrobe up a little and not wear the same clothes all the time. The amount of clothes you need to have will really depend on how you wear them and how often you want to do your washing etc, so find a balance that works for you.

Focus on quality
I'm a firm believer in investing in staple basic items as they do serve you well over the long term. I tend to spend more on plain t-shirts, jumpers, jackets and dresses, which are the core of my work outfits. I buy most of my clothes from Zara, Whistles, COS now, as even though it can cost a bit more, they really do last. I've gone through countless pairs of Topshop Leigh jeans over the last couple of years, and at £40 or so this really starts to rack up. So I still need to invest in some better quality jeans (and boots which I live in), and stop buying cheap tatt from Primark etc that only lasts a couple of washes. Depending on your budget, I'd really recommend identifying what you wear most and aiming for the highest quality that you can for these pieces. Pretty much everything we buy now is mass produced and the quality is so hit and miss. If you stick with classic pieces as well you will get so much more out of them. Embrace trends if they appeal to you, but don't spend a huge amount on things that you won't be interested in three months later. Not every trend suits everyone, so try and pick out pieces that fit in with your own style and make them work for you.

A month on I'm so much happier with how I dress. Everything has a home and can be found easily, and I've worn everything in my wardrobe so far. As for the things in storage, they're going to stay there for a couple of months and if I don't reach for them then they'll go too. I'm hoping that now I have a wardrobe of clothes that I really love and of much better quality, as well as a better attitude to shopping that I will be able to save money going forwards.

So I hope you found this useful. I would say that there are so many different ways of sorting out your wardrobe and not every method works for everyone, so its worth having a go and stepping back and seeing if you've got to the point you want to before trying another tact.

Have you tried to build a capsule wardrobe and if you have, do you have any tips to share?

Laura

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Monday, 23 February 2015

A makeup switch up

What's in my makeup bag

I hope you've all had a good weekend. This morning was a tad painful for me as I had last week off as holiday (cue late nights and late mornings,) so the alarm going off at 6.30am was not the one. My cats made it so hard to leave today, I swear they know we are going to be out all day. When we left, our kitten Aeris stood at the big window in the living room watching us get in the car and I felt so mean. I'm such a cat obsessive, but cats are blatantly better than people. Fact. I have an hour and a half commute into London so there was some napping being had this morning (most likely with mouth wide open - niice).

As much as I like makeup I do like to give my skin a rest once in a while so I think I wore makeup once, maybe twice last week. It was actually quite exciting putting my makeup bag together yesterday, all ready to sort out my zombie face this morning. I love having a little nosey into other people's makeup routines so I thought I'd show you what I put together as I like to switch things up and normally every week I'll change a few things around.

I've mainly been wearing the Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation lately as my skin has been quite well behaved, but I was missing my HG Nars Sheer Glow (£31) so that got a little look in today. I love how flawless it is and that I don't have to powder it for it to stay put. Considering that during a normal work day I'm out for 12 hours, this little beaut really does deliver. If you haven't already tried it I strongly recommend you do! My recent blemish scars are hardly noticeable which is mainly down to the Silk'n ReVit* and Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil, so I've been using a lighter concealer if any at all. The Inika Certified Organic Perfection Concealer* (£21) fits the bill completely. It's super blendable and doesn't accentuate any dry patches.

I'm getting there with contouring and still absolutely loving the Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder and Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Illuminating Powder*. Yes they are mega expensive at £52 each but I think they're totally worth it. They're really finely milled so are practically fool proof and will last forever. Plus, well, look at how gorgeous they are! I talked about them more in my little contour routine recently which you can read here. I love using the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hr Blush in Exposed (£23.50) for a subtle yet flattering blush so this was popped straight in the bag too.

For eyes I've been getting a lot of use out of the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Luxury Eyeshadow Palette (£38) that I got for Christmas. The reddish shade with the shimmery dark brown run through the crease is absolutely stunning and I always get compliments when I wear it. Brow-wise, it's gotta be Soap & Glory 2-in1 Brow Filling Pencil and Brush (£8). Seriously, I love this and my poor Dipbrow Pomade doesn't get much of a look in at the moment. I'm giving the massively hyped Benefit Roller Lash (full size £19.50) a whirl at the moment and don't know what I think of it really (apart from being massively overhyped - seriously I can't handle reading another review!). It doesn't curl my lashes particularly but it does separate them nicely. I do like it but there's lots of mascaras I would choose over this for sure. Lastly I've rediscovered my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy (£25), a lovely understated nude that you don't even need a mirror to apply. It's really hydrating too so a good all-rounder.

Let me know in the comments what favourites you're using at the moment as I really am that nosey person!

Laura

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Friday, 20 February 2015

When in Boots we shop (well I do)

A Boots haul featuring Revlon eye primer and brightener, Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner and Max Factor Creme Blush
 
I haven't been into Boots for a while now as I'm trying not to spend too much and it's near impossible to wander around in there and come out empty handed. However, I was in the mood for a mooch around yesterday and low and behold, shopping occurred. And I'm totally not sorry!

My eye luggage is the bane of my life at the moment, I always look knackered (even when I'm not), and I swear one eye has a bigger bag than the other! So anything that claims to sort this out is on my radar. It was then no surprise that after spying the Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener (£9.99) that it ended up coming home with me. Like with everything in this little haul I've only used it the once but I was pretty pleased with how it hid the suitcases under my eyes. It's quite a light pinky colour so perfect for pale skins. Not quite sure how this is a primer but we'll see how it performs.

I've never used the Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner (£2.99) before, but considering how much this gets raved over and the fact that it's uber cheap I finally picked it up. The tip/applicator is quite sturdy so it's pretty easy to use. I might add that I've not attempted a flick yet, baby steps and all that. It's pretty matte once it's dried, and super black. Heart-eyed emojis all around.

I don't need any more blushers, lets be honest now, but the Max Factor Crème Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve (£8.99) just spoke to me. Not really (unless I've finally lost it?), but I absolutely love this colour. It's a gorgeous dusty pinky/plumy hue that is super flattering and adds definition to my face. There's six colours in the range that are all multi-tonal (think Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush at a fraction of the price) and I can't wait to wear this more. I think it would look awesome with MAC Soft & Gentle for a lovely little highlight and glow.

Have you picked up any little delights in Boots lately? I'm all ears for recommendations!

Laura

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

At home microdermabrasion with Silk'n ReVit

Silk'n ReVit microdermabrasion
 
Silk'n ReVit microdermabrasion
 
Microdermabrasion has always sounded a little scary to me, but that couldn't be far from the truth. It's basically a facial treatment which deeply exfoliates the skin, promoting cell turnover and whilst doing so reduces lines, removes acne scars and aims to leave your skin more youthful and radiant. I've never had an in-salon microdermabrasion treatment before (a course of treatments is pricey), but now that I'm 32 *gulp*, ageing is something I'm getting increasingly worried about so I've been wanting to try this for a while.

I've been trialling the Silk'n ReVit Diamond Peeling Microdermabrasion Device* (£88.55) since December, using it 1-2 times a week and I'm pretty impressed with this little gadget. What apparently sets this apart from most microdermabrasion treatments is that it uses diamond abrasion rather than crystal which can leave aluminium oxide particles behind which can irritate the skin.

If you've been reading Lelore for a while you will know that I'm always moaning about having dry, sensitive skin. As it is dry I do need to exfoliate properly 2-3 times a week so Silk'n ReVit has made fast work of this. The device itself is mains operated which was music to my ears as I hate waiting for things to charge! It's a really fine tool that exfoliates the skin and as it's handheld you can target specific areas. Silk'n ReVit comes with 3 different detachable heads, precision, fine and coarse and has two speeds so you can decide which best suits you. I mainly use the precision and fine heads but if you need to you can use the stronger coarse head for more intense exfoliation. I typically use it for about 5 minutes a time, starting on my cheeks and working my way around my face. It is a bit odd to begin with as it creates a vacuum on the skin, so it's literally like vacuum cleaning your skin and sucking out the old dead skin cells. As gross as that might sound it really works! Afterwards I apply a nourishing serum and follow with an oil or night cream and my skin absorbs products more quickly so they get to work that little bit faster.

6 weeks on, my skin looks and feels so much better. The lines from my nose to mouth are less defined and I had a horrible bumpy area of skin above my lip that's now completely smooth. My skin feels a lot softer than before and my acne scars are less visible. My skin is definitely more radiant and glowy and I've been able to ditch concealer. Even though I have sensitive skin I haven't had any irritation at all. As ReVit is so easy to use, with no mirror needed, I've incorporated it into my routine really easily and would highly recommend it if you are either seeing signs of ageing or if your skin is lacklustre and dull. They also have loads of other devices, from the newly launched cellulite busting gadget to hair removal, so if you wanted to try a treatment but are put off by salons I'm sure there's a Silk'n gadget to suit.

Laura

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Monday, 16 February 2015

A natural makeup look with Inika Organic Cosmetics

Inika Certified Organic Cosmetics Natural Makeup Look

Inika Certified Organic Cosmetics Natural Makeup Look
L-R, Inika Certified Organic Perfection Concealer*, Inika Certified Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Pink Cloud*, Inika Certified Mineral Illuminisor*, Inika Certified Organic Eye Liner*.
 
Inika Certified Organic Cosmetics Natural Makeup Look

My love for makeup seems to have taken hold around these parts of late as I've been using the same skincare for a while now. I am testing a few new bits so I will be sharing them with you soon, but in the meantime, yay more makeup!

Although I do wear a lot of makeup (my daily bag is rather heavy), I do prefer a natural and generally neutral vibe. So with that in mind here's a look I put together using Inika Organic Cosmetics*.
As someone with blemish prone skin I am quite cautious with ingredients, so Inika is completely up my street. All Inika products are between 75-90% organic, 100% natural, cruelty free and vegan friendly so it's without doubt that this Australian brand is one I've wanted to try out for a while. There's no nasties in here at all, actually the list of what's not in their products is probably a lot longer than what's in them!

As I was going for a natural look I used the Inika Certified Organic Crème Eye Shadow in Pink Cloud* (£18) all over the lid as a base. It's a light, slightly shimmery cream that blends beautifully and once dry stays put. As it is pretty light I used it as a base to cancel out my veiny lids and to brighten things up a bit. The formula is beautiful and I think I'm going to pick the other two colours in the range. The range only consists of three colours at the moment; a champagne beige and a cool slate grey but they are really beautiful shades that would suit everyone. The formula is really buildable so you can apply shadow over the top or wear them on their own. You also need the tiniest little amount so it will basically last forever.

To add a bit of colour I smudged the Inika Certified Organic Eye Liner in 06 Coco* (£13.50) close to the lash line on my eyelid. This is my favourite way to wear eyeliner, it makes my lashes look nice and thick and this chocolatey brown shade really compliments my eyes. The pencil is super buttery and pigmented and doesn't drag at all. It also has a sharpener on the end which is bloody handy as I can never find one when I need it!

Base-wise I used the new Lancôme Cushion Foundation (more on that to come soon), and the Inika Certified Organic Perfection Concealer* (£21) to cover some acne scars and to add a bit of light under my eyes. This is the lightest shade of the two which is a little bit yellow toned for me but it blends in really well so it doesn't matter that it's not the perfect colour match. It's a light-reflecting mineral concealer which I really like for concealing blemishes as it's quite hydrating and doesn't cake but it doesn't do much for my eye bags unfortunately.

To finish things off I dusted the Inika Mineral Illuminisor* (£17) all over my face. This is a loose powder that you can either use as a highlighter, blush or all over powder. It's a dreamy very light pink shade that will suit all skin tones. It's super finely milled and slightly shimmer without being glittery so I love using it all over my face as it perks up my skin nicely and doesn't feel heavy.

So that's my face, with makeup on it!  What do you think of this look and have you tried Inika before?

Laura

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A foundation line-up worth your time (and money)

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Foundation is one of those things that even though I'm pretty happy with my current line up, and am pretty certain I've found my Holy Grail,  there's always space for one more. Always. You know, there might be something even better out there.

Lately I've got a really good roster of creamy bases on the go that seem to fit every skin situation so I thought I'd share them with you.

The Barely There Base - Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£32) gets a lot of praise for being as skin-like as you can get in foundation terms. It's pretty creamy and melts nicely into the skin, and I find that once it's on it's hardly detectable. Not quite matte yet definitely not dewy, this is one that I always go to when I want something unfussy and light. Sitting in the light-medium coverage camp, Skin Base gives a natural finish. I find it doesn't quite cover blemishes, so I turn to this one when things are good.

The Lit From Within Glower - Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation (£35) has graced my mug more times than I care to mention in recent weeks. Still light-medium, but really nice and buildable and long lasting, Fresh Glow covers more than Skin Base does but still feels light and comfortable on my skin. It somehow manages to add radiance without being overly dewy and perks up my skin which has been a bit dull lately *shakes fist at winter*.

The New Recruit - YSL Le Teint Touche Eclait Foundation (£30.50) made its sneaky way into my into my stocks a few weeks ago and I'm still getting to grips with it. It's based on the formula of the Touche Eclait highlighting pen and aims to add radiance and glow to the skin. It's a light formula that does make my skin dewy but I'm not reaching for it as much as the others just yet. The lasting power isn't as good as Fresh Glow, maybe because it's such a creamy dewy base. I need to give this a bit more of a try I think as some foundations don't always click straight away.

The (Current) Holy Grail - NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (£31). If I'm in need for a medium-full coverage, do it all, fake 8 hours sleep, hide the nasties and stay there all day base, this is The One. Now on my second bottle, I couldn't be without this. It provides the most dreamy, perfect finish and I can't praise it enough. Well, except for the lack of a pump that is...

None of these are particularly purse friendly annoyingly, but foundation is one thing I always struggle to find more affordable decent light shades in. Have you tried any of these and do you have a few go-to bases?

Laura

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

A little home office wishlist

A little home office wishlist


I've wanted to update my Samsung laptop for a while now and was originally thinking of getting a MacBook Pro, but instead I've decided to go for the iMac as in the long run it's more suited to my needs. So while this is very exciting I was then thinking about where the hell I was going to set up a desktop PC as I currently don't have an office or desk to work from. Yup, I'm guilty of sitting in my pjs with my laptop on my knees. You're welcome for that lovely image!..

The problem is we just don't have the room in our little flat. The spare bedroom has become hubby's man-cave so I tend to retreat to the living room. With some ruthless de-cluttering of DVDs we never watch and a clever re-jig of the furniture I will at last have my own little area in our living room and I can't wait to deck it out.

So a white desk is of course at the top of my list. This Malm dressing table from Ikea is the perfect little desk; it's pretty compact and has a draw which will always come in handy. Because this isn't your regular office space I want a chair that fits in with the décor of my living room (red and black accents), and also one that doesn't wheel about and make lots of noise on our laminate flooring. I love the selection of chairs from Made.com and this Flynn black chair is just gorgeous. It looks nice and comfy and will fit perfectly under the Ikea desk too.

Once my little set up is ready I then need some nic-nacs of course! A lamp is definitely an essential and I absolutely love this copper number from Notonthehighstreet.com. I think it's so chic and will look gorgeous on my desk. I'll need somewhere to put my pens so that the cats don't run off with them - seriously unless its nailed down they will run off with everything! I thought this Swan bowl would be a gorgeous addition perfect for the job.

No office is complete without a little picture so I thought I'd get a couple of prints from Etsy and frame them. This Live Love Meow typography print is rather fitting I think. Lastly, my candle obsession must be taken into account. I have a few dotted around our living room but the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt candle is my absolute fave at the moment so it has have prime position on my desk.

What do you think of my picks?

Laura

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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Beat those winter blues with a pink lip

beat those winter blues with a pink lip

beat those winter blues with a pink lip

Hello! I'm Gabriella and today I'm taking over Lelore, so I hope you enjoy this wintery spring makeup look. I'm the beauty obsessive behind the Scandinavian Beauty Blog, Willow Jolie and I've been following Lelore for about six months now and her beautiful photography, honest and lovely personality never fail to amaze me which is why it's an honour for me to guest post today.

I'm based in Sweden where as you might know, winters are brutal, so to beat the winter blues you sometimes have to take matters into your own hands and do something about it, which to me means an overload of bright nails and lips (and Netflix).

But since it's still winter and the beautiful pastels and corals aren't quite appropriate yet it's all about MAC ''Girl about Town'' until then! It's a bright cool-toned fuchsia that makes teeth look white and brightens up your entire face. Hallelujah. The pigmentation on this little bundle of goodness is incredible, the formulation is fabulous and it glides on smoothly and evenly. Since the lip is already quite a statement, I like to keep the rest of my makeup as simple as possible with Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme CC as a base to even out any redness, Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer under the eyes to cover up those dark circles that nobody should have to see and finally, to plump things up ever so slightly I'm loving Tarte Cheek Stain in ''Natural Beauty''. I've used the lightest shade in the Clinique All About Shadow Quad " Morning Java" all over the lids to not leave them bare and followed with my all-time favourite mascara; L'Oreal Telescopic "Carbon Black" and applied it generously to get long and separated lashes! That's it, a quick and easy look that anyone can pull off and that will brighten up your day and everyone else's around you and before you know it "Girl about Town" will be on everyone's lips!

beat those winter blues with a pink lip

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Witch Overnight Clearing Serum Review

Witch overnight clearing serum review
 
 
Lately I've been using lots of Witch products in my routine as my skin really gets on with the range. I love the Witch Blemish Stick* as you can apply it throughout the day and it dramatically reduces inflammation. So you can imagine my excitement when Witch Skincare's new night time treatment, the Witch Overnight Clearing Serum* (£5.99) came through my letterbox.
 
I'm all for a great night's sleep and even better when my skin is able to sort itself out at the same time too. This  serum is perfect for sensitive blemish-prone skin and is best applied at night under your moisturiser. I like to keep things pretty simple at night so I apply this underneath a treatment oil and leave it at that. Witch Overnight Clearing Serum is a light, gel-like oil free formula which works while you sleep to minimise existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Like all products in the range it contains witch hazel extract which is renowned for its spot fighting qualities.
 
If like me, you struggle with blemishes this is definitely one to try out. My skin has been pretty well behaved of late but I have had the odd big nasty face visitor to deal with. I found that the Witch Overnight Clearing Serum felt quite soothing on application; it smells nice, feels silky and leaves your skin feeling soft and comfortable. It feels quite nourishing on the skin and I'd imagine that you could get away without adding a moisturiser if you're more of a oily/combo skin type. Come morning my skin was less agitated and my spots have healed quite a bit quicker. It's supposed to reduce redness as well but I don't really suffer from this so I can't vouch for that. What I will say is that my skin has been a brighter and not as dull as it tends to be in winter.
 
I find a lot of spot treatments to be drying but was pleasantly surprised that the Witch Overnight Clearing Serum does not fit into this category. Its really effective and gentle on the skin and yet another Witch Skincare product that I'm really impressed with. It's also quite generous in size (50ml) and I can see it lasting me ages, even though I'm using it every night at the moment. 
 
Laura
 
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