Sunday, 26 April 2015

Blo Blow Dry Bar Covent Garden

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A couple of week's ago I was invited over to the Blo Blow Dry Bar in Covent Garden* to see what it was all about. As you can imagine I jumped at the chance to have my hair done! I'm not great at styling it at the best of times so any tips I can pick up and I'm there.

If you haven't heard of Blo before, the salon hails from across the pond and recently opened in the Covent Garden Piazza. The idea is pretty simple (and pretty good); you choose one of seven hairstyles from the menu and £28 and 45 minutes or so later you're good to go. With fantastically coiffed hair. For those that are a bit scared of the hairdresser, you really don't need to worry at Blo. There's no scissors or hair dye in sight, just gorgeous hairdos to choose from.

Onto the hairstyles themselves, there's loads of choice. Whether you have long, hair, straight or curly hair there's something everyone. As I said before, I'm no natural when it comes to curling and twirling my hair so I picked the Holly Would. It's a gorgeously volumnous and curly style so it just had to be done.

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Blo-Blow-Dry-bar-covent-garden

Blo-Blow-Dry-bar-covent-garden

My hair is super soft and annoying to style as it just slides out of everything, so it took a lot of blow drying, pinning and hairspray but we got there! I was going out for lunch afterwards so I wanted my hair to last as long as possible. The hairdresser used a few Unite products on my hair which I was super impressed with. I've heard a lot about Unite so it was great to finally try them. Especially the hairspray, it kept my hair in place all afternoon without feeling crispy or sticky. I'm gonna have to pick some up now and get practising with those straightening irons.

I love the concept of Blo, especially as someone who often has a long day at work and then goes to events afterwards in the evening. The idea of popping into a salon and them washing and styling your hair so you're all fresh and ready for whatever you have planned is great. It's also only 20 minutes from my office so I will be back, that's for certain. Just need to find an event to go to and pick out a 'do to match...

Laura

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Monday, 20 April 2015

New in: Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer






Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer

Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer Swatches

There are so many great lip products being released right now and I've totally got sucked into the hype which I'm kicking myself (and my purse) for. I never used to be that into lipsticks but in the last couple of years that's really changed. I've always got a couple floating around in my bag (gotta have some choice eh?), and let's not forget the various lip balms that seem to multiply in the depths of my bag. So when Clinique launched their new Lip Pop Colour and Primer range recently I was all heart eye emojis as that means multi-tasking, ie downsizing my Mary Poppins-esque makeup bag.

So what are they? Well, as the name suggests, the Clinique Lip Pop Colour and Primers are exactly that, a primer and lipstick all in one. The idea is that they hydrate your lips throughout the day whilst providing good opaque colour. These are not to be confused with sheer lipsticks, balms or tints. Oh no. They're really creamy and comfortable to wear and the colour pay off is amazing. They last a good few hours and wear down to more of a stain. 

Shade-wise there's 16 lovelies to choose from in the Clinique Lip Pop Colour and Primer range, broken down into nudes, pinks, reds and berry hues, so really something for everyone. It was actually really hard to choose as the differences between the colours are actually quite small! I ended up going for Beige Pop which is an everyday nude that I know I'm going to get loads of wear out of, Sweet Pop which I'm wearing in the photo below and is perfect for summer and super flattering for us paleys! Lastly I had to go for a red so Passion Pop it had to be. I've not worn this one yet but I think it would be gorgeous with a slick of liquid eyeliner and perfect skin. Effortless chic at its best!

Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer Sweet Pop swatches

I think I need to invest in a berry shade from the range too, so I'm sure I'll be going for another swatching sesh soon! The Clinique Lip Pop Colour and Primers are £16 each and you can nab yourself one from Boots.

Laura

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday rituals

Arran Cosmetics Feel Good Formulas

Arran Cosmetics Feel Good Formulas

I can't believe another week has flown by. It's amazing how time goes so quickly sometimes. On Sunday that becomes all the more apparent and I start dreading the arrival of Monday! It never gets easier, especially if you're going back after some time off. I do actually quite like Mondays. There's something about the arrival of a new week and starting afresh that I crave.  To set myself up for the new week I have some Sunday rituals that help blast away the Sunday night blues and get me looking forward to the week ahead.

Morning
I always make sure I have a quick run around the flat and tidy up as much as I can and give things a quick clean on a Sunday. I'm quite messy and never put clothes and makeup away so if I don't do this I end up running around in a blind panic trying to get dressed in the morning which is somewhat stressful and to be avoided at all costs. It's also such a nice feeling when everything is clean and tidy! I also make sure that all the washing is sorted too as I never find time to do this in the week.

Afternoon
Flat tidy and feeling somewhat smug, the rest of the day if we're not going out, is spent blog writing and scheduling, as well as keeping up with my Bloglovin feed. Again, this gets me all ready for the week ahead and I feel like I'm in control and prepared. I try and get as many photos edited and set up into draft posts at the very least, and if I can I'll write up as many posts as possible and schedule them in. This doesn't always go to plan, but at least I'm giving myself the best possible chance!

Evening
With the clock ticking away, the Sunday blues start to kick in at about 7pm. Especially if we haven't done very much with our weekend and it all feels a bit wasted. I use this time to have a massive pamper session. It always cheers me up and there's nothing nicer than feeling all soft and smooth when you crawl into bed.

For me a pamper always begins with either some bubble bath or bath salts to help me unwind. At the moment I'm using the Arran Aromatics Feel Good Formulas Lavender and Black Pepper Mineral Soak*. These bath salts smell really nice and as they have lavender in and I feel really calm and ready for bed after my bath. I'm not the best sleeper so I find I really rely on lavender to help me nod off. A handful of bath salts later and my bathroom is filled with the most dreamy lavender scent. As there's also some black pepper in there it has a bit of a spicy twist which is really nice. Also can we just take a second to appreciate how gorgeous the kilner jars that these goodies come in are?! Such a lovely touch.

Onto the pamper itself, I usually go for The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil first as it feels so nourishing on my skin, followed by the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm as my second cleanse as its so nice and softening. I strongly recommend if you haven't tried it yet! Next up is always the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub which never fails to leave my skin really smooth. AHAs and BHAs work so well on my skin so I know that anything with them in will surely be worthwhile using. They're really good at healing blemishes and keeping new ones at bay too. For a glorious hit of moisture I always turn to my trusty Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask. There's nothing out there that has quite the same effect on my skin. I'm so glad I discovered the one!

Onto my body, and as my skin is so dry I really have to look after it and use a body scrub regularly. I'm really digging the Arran Aromatics Feel Good Formulas Seaweed and Mineral Salt Scrub*. It looks a little odd in the tub as its liquid at the top but a thick salt scrub throughout. I mix it up a bit before massaging into my skin. It's quite a coarse exfoliator which is always my preference, so it removes every trace of dry skin. I also find it leaves your skin feeling very soft and moisturised as it includes natural oils. It also smells amazing, I really like herby kinda scents and this scrub like the bath salts, packs a punch.

Once I'm all towelled off I go to town with The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Lotion as I'm pretty addicted to this still and it sinks in pretty quickly so I don't have to stand there flapping about before I can get dressed!

All clean and ready for bed there might be a film and a cup of hot chocolate due before its time to hit the sack and begin another week... Do you have any rituals to stave away the Sunday blues?

Laura

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

The colour love-in continues: Lord & Berry Supreme Eye Pencils

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Lord-&-Berry-Supreme-Eyeliners

Lord-&-Berry-Supreme-Eyeliners

Lately I've really been getting into being more adventurous with makeup. I've been shunning my usual brown and neutral hues in favour of some gorgeous colours. Maybe it's the Springy warm weather but I'm loving colour at the moment, it really cheers me up.

I've been playing around with the lovely new Lord & Berry Supreme Eye Pencils* and thought it was about time I shared them with you. I absolutely love the Lord & Berry liquid eyeliner and would go as far as saying that it's my favourite all time eyeliner. I've recommended it to so many people now as it's super easy to apply and it stays put.

So I kinda had high expectations for their pencil offering, but I shouldn't have worried as these are super nice. I have three shades, Smart Green*, Smart Blue* and Smart Purple* and I've been getting lots of wear out of all of them. The colours themselves are gorgeous, slightly metallic and super pigmented. They glide on really well and don't drag the skin. This is down to having jojoba in the formulation so they are also kind to the delicate skin around your eyes. I love buttery eye pencils and these do not disappoint.

My favourite has to be Smart Green as its really versatile. I've been using it either on it's own or sometimes paired with Burberry Pale Barley for a lovely light wash of colour. It's really gorgeous smudged into the bottom lashes too.

At £12 each the Lord & Berry Supreme Eye Pencils are fairly pricey, but as they are so creamy and buttery, a quick swipe is all you need so I think they'll last a fair while. Once applied, they set pretty quickly so if you want to smudge them into your lashes you have to be pretty quick! They don't move around or irritate my eyes at all and I find they withstand a full day at work easily as they are also waterproof. Win.

I think that colour is quite flattering against my hair, especially as I am pretty pale. I recently sorted my roots out and brightened up the colour and it's now super bright and coppery. So I think this colour love in might last a while yet. Neutrals, you should be worried. If you haven't tried anything from Lord & Berry you're really missing out. Everything I've tried so far I've loved. You can get your hands on the Lord & Berry Supreme Eye Pencils at Selfridges. Go, go, go!

Do you wear coloured eye pencils and do you think you'll try these ones?

Laura

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Monday, 13 April 2015

The face oil I'm totally smitten with

Yes to blueberries face & neck oil

If you've been reading Lelore for any length of time you'll know that I don't go a day without using a face oil. They work so well for my dry skin and have completely changed its condition over the last 18 months or so. My skin is no longer flaky and although it still has dry days it's so much better than it was. I find face oils so relaxing and therapeutic to massage in before bed and they really help fade blemishes over time.

Lately I've been switching up my evening face oils and I'm totally smitten with this new face oil release from Yes To Blueberries. The Yes To Blueberries range is the anti-ageing arm of the Yes To family and it's also cruelty free and mostly made from natural ingredients. The Yes To Blueberries Face & Neck Oil* recently launched in Boots and it's a bit good. It gives the skin a boost of fatty acids to help nourish and plump up and diminish the appearance of fine lines.

I find this really similar in texture to The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum in Oil as it's a relatively light and liquid oil that absorbs straight into the skin. I've been using this now for about six weeks and tend to use it about three nights a week as I'm still using rosehip oil to fade my remaining blemish scars. After massaging it in for five minutes or so my skin feels really comfortable and soft and you can either leave it there or add your evening moisturiser on top. I find it's really nice paired with the Garner Miracle Sleeping Cream for when I really want to go to town on my skin (you can thank me later!). Come morning my skin looks and feels much more nourished and healthy. I know that quite a few people are allergic to rosehip oil and it seems that most face oils include it. However, the Yes To Blueberries Face & Neck Oil doesn't so if you sit in the allergic camp and want to use an oil that doesn't cost the earth you should give this one a go.

In other news, you might have noticed that I've been playing around with backgrounds lately. As much as I like a white background I've been getting a bit bored of it lately. What do you think, shall I switch things up more often? It's so hard to get backgrounds right and keep them unique to you but I feel like I need to dabble for a bit!

What do you think about face oils and will you be picking this one up?

Laura

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Worth the hype? Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

I've been eyeing up the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49) since the day it launched but only took the plunge and actually bought it a few weeks ago. I have quite a few bronzers, contours, highlights etc (ok maybe I have a problem!) but this little beaut was too enticing. It's absolutely gorgeous in it's embossed rose gold tin and although its not the tiniest compact its quite slim so is nice and easy to cart about with you.

I always swatch it when I walk past a Charlotte Tilbury counter as I've been trying to make my mind up about the bronzer as it is quite warm toned which isn't always that complimentary on my pale skin. I shouldn't have worried though, as it the bronzing or sculpt shade blends really nicely and is definitely not too warm for me. It's great for building up colour too, whether you dust it all over or get to town on those cheekbones. I've been doing both and I find it's really gorgeous with or without blush. It gives me just the right amount of colour, whilst looking quite natural at the same time.

I've read quite a few reviews on the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette over the months, and a few people have said that they find the highlight shade too much for everyday. I really don't agree with this. Yes it is noticeable, but that's the whole idea right? Obviously I don't go crazy with it, but I find the shimmery champagne colour really nice for day or night, it works so well with the sculpt shade and it's super flattering on the top of my cheeks and under my brows. It has this magical ability to put some life into my face and is so dreamy on top of a dewy base.

I have the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush (£35) as well and the tapered brush makes it so easy to apply contour in the right place. It's a super soft brush and picks up just the right amount of product so I know that I'm not going to end up looking like I have a dirty face! Believe me, it took me a long time before I realised how I was applying contour completely wrong (and way too heavily in the wrong place!).

I can safely say that Filmstar Bronze & Glow is totally worth the hype. My only regret? That I didn't buy it waayy sooner!

What do you think of this gorgeous palette?

Laura

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Current Brow Routine

current brow routine

current brow routine

Illamasqua thunder brow cake

l'oreal brow artist plumper

I'm always fighting my brows into some sort of a shape it feels. They're naturally quite bushy and long which would be great right now while we're all trying to get our brows on fleek, but back when I discovered tweezers I didn't want lovely thick brows and as a result, butchered them into submission. Years later they won't grow back properly at the front, so I'm trying my best to except these little sisters for who they are now.

Once a week I give them a good tidy up and pamper. I tend to comb them into shape before tweezing away any stragglers and trimming the crazy sprouty hairs at the front. My left brow is slowly getting there and filling out a bit at the front, but the right is forever patchy and happy. Tis life I guess and I'm certainly not going to lose any sleep over it!

However, I do rely on a few little things to make them look a bit more unified and presentable on a day to day basis. Seeing as I change up my brow routine quite a bit I thought I'd share the current roster with you. I'm not that picky about what I use, as you know I love the Soap & Glory pencil, but I'm also quite partial to a cream or gel. Yep, I'm a brow floozy and I don't care.

At the moment its all about the Illamasqua Brow Cake in Thunder (£15.50). I've wanted this for ages but as I was quite happy with my other brow products I didn't feel the need to rush out and panic buy it. A few week's ago hubby and I went into London for the day and as we passed the Illamasqua counter in Selfridges I thought I'd treat myself to this and a few other goodies. Thunder is the perfect shade for me, neither too warm or ashy. It's also super easy to apply with a MAC 266 Small Angle Brush (£16.50) and I find that I don't need very much at all. It fills in my gaps but it still looks quite natural and not too dramatic, although you can go full on if you like (I won't judge you).

To finish off and set my eyebrow hairs in place (they wander - not a good look!), I've been using the L'Oreal Brown Artist Plumper (£5.99). I have the clear version of this and it's as good as Benefit's Gimme Brow and the MAC brow gel but much cheaper. The wand is smaller enough to pick every little hair up and it doesn't leave things crispy. I'll have to try out the brown version at some point to see how that measures up, but for now I'm pretty happy with my little routine.

I'd love to know what your brow routine is and whether you've used any of these products. Let me know in the comments!

Laura

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Eyeshadows

MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

MeMeMe Cosmetics are a brand that are I'm increasingly hearing more about but until recently I hadn't tried. I was sent a couple of the MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Eyeshadow* gift sets to try out a couple of weeks back and boy are they good!

I was sent two different sets to try, the MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Beautifully Baked Collection* (£15) and the MeMeMe Cosmetics Eye Inspire Pressed Perfection Collection* (£15). Each eyeshadow contains a combo of complimentary colours that are definitely trend-led and absolutely gorgeous. There isn't a single one of these that I wouldn't use and we all now how I tend to stick to neutrals...

MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

First up are the Beautifully Baked Eyeshadows which I think are my favourites of the bunch. These quads are so beautiful and are all shimmers. For play-it-safes like me there's a neutral in the form of Goddess Eyes, but I've been experimenting with all of the colours so far - expect lots of looks to come soon! Smouldering Eyes is super gorgeous too, and I love the blues in this one. They make such a great eyeliner too, so apply with a wet eyeliner brush to make a lovely shimmery liner out of this. Opulent Eyes is a bit more daring but I love the warm colours in this one. Definitely reserved for a big event, this is one to experiment with.

As the name suggests, the eyeshadows are a baked formula, so expect a creamy, buttery texture and lots of pigmentation. They're not crazy pigmented, but still pretty impressive and they build really nicely which is a godsend if you're not used to colour or a little heavy handed like moi. They also have great lasting power. The MeMeMe Cosmetics Beautifully Baked Eyeshadows are also so similar to the MAC Mineralise Eyeshadows and you can get three different eyeshadows for the price of one from MAC. No-brainer if you ask me...

MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

The Eye Inspire Pressed Perfection Eyeshadows are perfect trios for using everyday, whether you like the neutral tone of Sultry Eyes (which I've been wearing to work quite a bit), or whether you like something a bit more adventurous. Smokey Eyes is definitely suited to night time, unless you can rock a smokey eye in the day. It's not too dramatic so you can blatantly get away with this one! My favourite though, has to be Desire Eyes. This collection of greens really compliments my brown eyes and copper hair. I tend to use all three shadows, building up intensity and defining my eyes. The MeMeMe Cosmetics Pressed Perfection Eyeshadows are again well pigmented and last all day and I find that they are only a little less shimmery and buttery than Baked Perfection but are so wearable.

Here's a little simple makeup look from the other day featuring Goddess Eyes. I used the taupey shade all over the lid, with a bit of the darker shade in the crease. To finish it off I smudged a teeny bit of the golden shade into the lower lashes and a touch of the pearly white shade into the corner of my eyes. The MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadows are so lovely to apply, super fool proof too. I'm gonna have to try more out from this range as I'm so impressed!


MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

MeMeMe Cosmetics Eyeshadow Review

Have you tried anything from MeMeMe Cosmetics and if so, do you have any recommendations for me? Hope you're all having lovely Easter, and don't eat all your eggs at once! We're popping out for a late lunch soon so am looking forward to that.

Laura

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