Sunday, 10 September 2017

An Autumn Transitional Wishlist

autumn transitional clothes wishlist

Sweater weather is finally here, which means one thing: autumn transitional clothes shopping! I've been waiting for this moment for what feels like an eternity, but its finally here and I may have made a couple of cheeky purchases already. I've been scouring the internet over the past couple of week's so here's a few finds that are saved in my basket already.

This Topshop mustard button detail jumper is annoyingly sold out online but there's still stock in store, it just needs to be hunted down! I picked this jumper up in burgundy in the meantime and I absolutely adore it. The button detail is so cute and when sized up (I went for a 14), it looks very Acne Studios-esque and both totally cosy and chic at the same time. I'm on a mission to hunt the mustard version down now! If I don't succeed though, this chunky roll neck Marks & Spencers number will make a good backup plan. It's ultra snuggly and quite long; perfect for keeping your butt toasty on an autumn day. Mustard is going to be huge this season so I'm sure they'll be plenty more jumpers out there to swoon on too!

Autumn is the time of year that I opt for light sweaters to layer with tees and blazers so I tend to pick up a few to freshen up my wardrobe. This ribbed grey Topshop sweater is the perfect staple for my wardrobe as the weather starts to turn and it will look great accessorised with my Missoma x Lucy Williams Horn and Mini Fang necklaces teamed up over the top.

I live in boots most of the year as it is but I'm especially drawn to these black pointed boots from Topshop. Sock boots have been around for a few seasons now, and they're set to be big for a while longer. Having big feet and skinny legs means I have to miss out on this trend, or any boots that fit snuggly around the leg! These ones aren't very high around the ankle though so I think they'll be more flattering on me. The heels are pretty high so I'm not too sure how comfy they'll be, but they're perfect for balancing out a chunky knit with black skinny jeans.

I'm trying to inject some soft colours into my wardrobe, but still keep it quite toned down, especially my day to day workwear. Most of my outfits centre around black jeans and tailored trousers with a bit of a minimalist twist so I tend to look for nicely detailed sleeves and necklines to jazz my outfits up a little. & Other Stories is always good for nice tailoring and detailing, so I'm eyeing up this blush pink v-necked silk blouse, white puff detail shirt and I absolutely adore this trumpet sleeved light blue top. All three of these tops would create the most perfect capsule wardrobe as they'll go with everything.

As much as I love my ASOS cloud pyjamas as they're so cosy, I've been on the hunt for more grown up slinky pjs for a while. The Olivia von Halle ones are insanely expensive, but Marks & Spencer have nailed it with these Rosie for Autograph black satin pyjamas. The buttons are covered in material too and the white piping looks ultra chic. I'm already looking forward to chilly cosy evenings!

It can't be autumn wishlist without jeans, right? I'm obsessed with these black faded Zara mom jeans so I will be picking a pair up for sure. Maybe I need them in a mid-wash too? Although they're highwaisted they look like they're cut quite close on the hips and fit well around the thighs, stopping them from being frumpy like a lot of mom jeans tend to be.

What's on your autumn wishlist?

Laura

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Glossier Duo For Plump Skin

A Glossier Duo For Plump Skin

With only a month to go until Glossier ships to the UK, its only fair that I share some of my fave finds to help you build up your wishlist. I'm smitten beyond belief with the brand (am sat here now in my cosy Glossier sweater - 10 fangirl points for me!), and now having tried most of the range I think I've nailed my skincare routine at long last. I very recently picked up a couple more Glossier products to amp up my routine so it's ready for autumn, and when paired together they make quite a formidable duo.
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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Perfume: Ghost Dream

ghost dream perfume review

Ghost Dream* was launched earlier this year with the aim of inspiring young women to embrace their femininity and independence. What that means in terms of scent is the most delicious oriental floral fragrance that even those who would normally shy away from florals will most certainly enjoy. As a newcomer to Ghost I didn't know what to expect, but from the mermaid-esque pink and blue bottle to the perfume inside, this is something quite special.
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Monday, 28 August 2017

Head To Toe Hydrating Treatments

hydrating treatments

No matter your skin type, everyone needs to include hydrating treatments into their routine. And by routine I don't mean just skincare, as our bodies and hair also need a good seeing to from time to time! Here's a few of my essential head to toe hydrating treatments.
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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

3 To Try: Powders For Dry Skin

Face powders for dry skin

I've was always one to embrace the dewy glow and skip face powder, mainly because my skin is dry and the majority of powders leave a cakey tight cast, but you know, these last couple of years or so I've really started to appreciate a good powder to set my makeup. This is mainly due to layering on more powder products such as blusher, contour and highlight. So I've found that a good powder is pretty essential to keep everything in place and to stop patchiness appearing. Luckily I've found a few good face powders that work so well on my dry skin and don't accentuate any fine lines.
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Saturday, 19 August 2017

August Makeup Musings

August Makeup Musings

This month I've really changed up my makeup bag, switching in a few forgotten gems and [spoiler alert] I bought that Urban Decay palette, so I thought I'd share my ramblings on the makeup I've been using, bought and am thinking about at the moment.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Three To Try: Cleansing Oils

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There's one moment I look forward to every day: when I can remove my makeup. As much as I love wearing it, taking it off and cleansing my complexion is such a joy. I want to effectively yet gently remove every trace of makeup and SPF, leaving my skin prepped and ready for treatments, and I find cleansing oils are the perfect solution. I'm a little bit spoilt as I have a few different options in my bathroom at the moment.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

High End Beauty Products That Make Me Feel Fancy

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high-end-beauty-products

There are so many affordable beauty products available now that really give their higher end alternatives a run for their money, but I can’t help but gravitate toward the luxe side of things. I really wish I didn’t as it’s a bit of an expensive pursuit, but the lure of gorgeous packaging and the satisfaction I get from a luxurious pick is a little addictive! Here’s a few of my recent high end favourites that make me feel all fancy when I use them.
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Influenster UK Max Factor VoxBox

The Influenster UK Max Factor VoxBox

Influenster is a US based online community where beauty obsessives can post product reviews, discover new exciting products, and if very lucky, try out new products sent to them by Influenster, in the form of a 'VoxBox'. I kept seeing it mentioned on Instagram and signed up, not realising at first that it was just in the US. As luck would have it, Influenster came to the UK so we can get involved too. I've not really been too active on it, so I was really surprised to be chosen to take part in their Max Factor VoxBox campaign.
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

What I Learned From Taking A Break From Blogging And Why You Should Have One Too

 What I Learned From Taking A Break From Blogging

 What I Learned From Taking A Break From Blogging

I never intended to take a break from blogging. Somehow, between a stressful two weeks of having a new kitchen fitted and then having a nasty cold, this little space got a bit neglected. I’ll admit I’m not the best at sticking to a regular blogging schedule anyway, but I kind of detached myself a little bit and it was kinda liberating! Here’s what I learned and why everyone should have a break from their blog every now and then.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Skincare I'm Currently Testing

Skincare I'm Currently Testing

Trying out new beauty products is one of my favourite past times, if that's such a thing? I love discovering new brands, and there's also nothing more exciting than seeing what I think of a much hyped product. Here's a few products that I've been using lately and my thoughts so far.
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Monday, 17 July 2017

Topshop Beauty

Topshop Beauty

I've dabbled with Topshop Beauty over the years, with the odd lipstick or highlighter, but it's never really grabbed my attention fully. It keeps cropping up on some of my favourite blogs and Instagram feeds lately so I thought it was only fair to properly check out the range.

I'm a sucker for a pretty and intense highlight, so the Topshop Glow Liquid Highlighter was my first port of call. Being the indecisive Aquarian that I am, I couldn't choose between the two shades they had so naturally picked them both up! I think you'll agree that they are really something.

Topshop Glow Liquid Highlighter


Topshop Glow Liquid Highlighter

Topshop Glow Liquid Highlight in Misty is very much the kind of shade I'm drawn too; a light pearly pink, designed to make the fairest complexion glow. It's actually very similar to Benefit High Beam so there's definitely no need to own both (but if you do, who am I to judge?). The formula is quite light and blends into the skin well on top of foundation, giving the most pretty ethereal glow.

Blaze is the most incredible shade, it's literally like molten rose gold! I am absolutely obsessed with it, and find it really awakens my skin and goes well with a tan (faux in my case). I am so tempted to run this along my collarbone and shoulders for some extra radiance as it is just too good not to. The shimmer in these liquid highlighters is very small so they mix amazingly with a bb creams and foundations if you want to up your glow even more.

Topshop Smoke Stick


The Topshop Smoke Sticks really caught my eye as I love stick shadows, and the By Terry O'mbre Blackstrs in particular (yet not the price!). Trickster is a beautiful golden brown which I'm most likely gonna wear to death - it's totally the shade I gravitate towards. I also picked up the champagne hued Glory, which looks amazing when paired with a dash of Trickster to define the eye socket. Realm is a pale pink shade which really brightens my eyes. The swatches really don't do these much justice so do go and check them out in person.

The Topshop Smoke Sticks couldn't be more simple to apply; they blend well before setting after and then really don't budge. I went for shimmery shades but the matte smoke sticks also look pretty beaut. I may have to investigate those as well!

Topshop Beauty

Have you tried these or anything else from Topshop Beauty? Anything I need to pick up?

Laura

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Stella McCartney EDP

Stella McCartney eau de parfum

I've had this little bottle of Stella McCartney Eau de Parfum for a few years now, but it's only recently that I realised quite how much I loved it, and also how many fragrance purchases it later inspired.
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Delving Into The World Of DHC Skincare

DHC skincare review

I was first introduced to DHC Skincare a few years back when my local Fenwicks stopped stocking it and I picked up a liquid eyeliner for £4! And ever since I've been kicking myself that I didn't buy the entire stock they had as it was all so reduced.


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Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Beauty Products I Can't Run Out Of


As a beauty obsessive (collector?) I like to try lots of different products, so I tend to hop to something new rather than make a repurchase. That said, I was sorting through my beauty products earlier in the week and found a few picks that I love so much that I won't be allowing myself to run out of them any time soon.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Summer Nails

summer nails

I don’t tend to wear that much colour on my nails throughout the year, but when summer rolls round its a great excuse to incorporate a bit of colour into my usually quite neutral nail wardrobe. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite summer nail shades which should keep you sorted throughout the summer months.
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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Brand Spotlight: Palmer's Skincare

Palmer's cocoa butter skincare

I've been testing out some amazing skincare from Palmer’s recently so thought I’d give you a little overview of the range and share my thoughts on the products that I’ve been using. Palmer’s are really well known for their gorgeous smelling cocoa butter infused bodycare products, but I’ll be honest, I had no idea they had a skincare range as well. I’m kind of kicking myself on this one as it’s a bit of a winner! Palmer's skincare and lip care range consists of a few more products than what’s featured here so I highly recommend checking out the full range.

Let’s jump straight in with Palmer’s Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil*. This is a delicious blend of 8 pure oils which dissolves makeup and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished. It’s quite a lightweight formula which emulsifies with water and doesn’t leave any stickiness or a film on the skin afterwards. The cleansing oil easily melts away my mascara and eyeliner so there’s no rubbing or any of that nonsense. I’ve been really suffering with hayfever this year so my eyes are really sensitive. I’ve never had it before so I have a new found sympathy for regular sufferers, how do you guys cope?!

Palmer's cocoa butter skincare

The Palmer’s Purifying Enzyme Mask* is a nice treat for dull or congested skin, best used once or twice a week. It’s a kaolin clay based mask which detoxes the skin, but it also contains papaya fruit acids for gentle exfoliation. As far as clay masks go when they dry down, this one is really comfortable, it’s really creamy which must be down to the cocoa butter – which smells heavenly I might add, so no fear of your face feeling like it’s about to crack! My skin is looking much more radiant and smoother as a result and it also means that my serums and oils sink straight in to do their job.

Which brings me nicely onto the Palmer’s Multi-Effect Perfecting Facial Oil*. Probably my favourite product of the four I have, this is quite a luxurious little oil for the price point. I tend to use oils in the evening so this is lovely to massage in at the end of my skincare routine. It comprises of a blend of anti-ageing oils, cocoa butter, resveratoral – an antioxidant derived from grapes, but most surprisingly it also contains retinol. I love retinol for helping tackle ageing so was very happy to see it in the ingredients. Retinol can be quite harsh on the skin but the Palmer’s oil is very gentle and doesn’t cause any peeling or discomfort. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and so far my skin is very soft and nourished feeling – definitely hiding the late night Netflix sessions so I’m going to keep going with this!

To complement the oil, in the day I’ve been enjoying the Palmer’s Skin Perfecting Moisturising Day Cream* as my morning moisturiser. It’s fairly thick so I just use about half a pump a time. It’s the most scented of the four, but I love cocoa butter so that’s no issue for me. Although it’s quite thick, it sinks in super quickly, and leaves my skin nourished and soothed. It’s also packed with anti-oxidants and includes SPF 15 so perfect for city-dwellers and commuters like me, although as you know I always add on a separate SPF afterwards. Some things never change…

If you love cocoa butter and you’re looking for an affordable range definitely check out Palmer’s as they have pretty much everything covered!

Laura x

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Palmer's cocoa butter skincare

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer beauty essentials

This little heatwave we've been having has meant its been far too hot for much makeup, or really any makeup actually. So I've pared things right back and have switched up my makeup in favour of a few summer beauty essentials.
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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Fixing Damaged Hair

fixing damaged hair

Last year I got into the habit of dyeing my hair peach or pink every couple of weeks, using the hair dryer a little too often and not having my regular 8 week trim. The result? Dry, frazzled hair that resembled hay. Well done, Laura!

My hair got to the point that it would just tangle into a frizzy mess and wouldn't even take in hair dye anymore so I'm making a much more concerted effort to look after and repair my locks by using a few different methods.

NO HEAT, LESS STRESS
Kinda obvious (although not to me as I still kept blowdrying for far too long!), but the hairdryer had to go. And the straighteners. I'm not the biggest fan of letting my hair dry naturally but I had to get into the habit of doing so. I wash my hair as early as I can in the evening to give it time to dry before bed, and by gently combing it with my trusty Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash* I can stop it from turning into a frizzy mess. I don't know what I'd do without my Tangle Teezer, honestly I use it every day on dry hair, wet hair and for distributing conditioner and hair dye.

OLAPLEX
I've heard so much about Olaplex that I had to try it for myself. I haven't found a salon near me that offers the treatment, so I picked up a bottle of the Olaplaex No 3 Treatment which is that at home version. So I don't know how it compares to the salon version but I've been using it as a weekly overnight mask and its definitely making my hair feel smoother and less crazy looking. It did take a few uses to see the difference but the condition of my hair is much better. I put it on damp hair, comb through with a Tangle Teezer and pile my hair up in a loose bun overnight before washing it out in the morning. Super easy!

fixing damaged hair

Kerastase Elixir Ultime for Coloured Hair

HAIR OIL (AND USING IT CONSISTENTLY!)
I go through stages of using hair oils so I've made sure I stick to using them much more frequently, and to both damp and dry hair. I'm really enjoying the Kerastase Elixir Ultime for Coloured Hair. This is a delicious blend of rich oils, including argan and maize which really nourishes my hair and stops it from tangling and going frizzy. Applying it to dry hair has been a game changer as I find that day two hair and beyond gets quite dry and straw-like with the frizziness returning. Using a hair oil helps nourish the cuticle and means that you don't need to add heat to smooth your locks out again.

SWITCHING UP PRODUCTS
The last time I ruined my hair was with a perm in 2009 (can you just imagine that?!), and back then I switched to Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo for a few months before going down a notch to Bain Satin 1 and it completely sorted my hair out. My hair isn't as damaged as it was then thankfully so I've gone straight in with Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Shampoo for some extra moisture. It gently cleanses the hair and uses proteins to restore its strength at the same time. The Nutritive range also benefits from lipids which creates a shield on the hair fibres, locking in moisture and preventing further dryness.

I'm finding that my hair is cleaner for longer too, so I can comfortably go three days now, maybe even for at a push. Washing is quite stressful on hair, so if I can cut down on this as well that would be an added bonus. I'm using the matching Kerastase Nutritive Lait Vital Nourishing Care Conditioner and it's doing the job so far. As conditioners go it's very light, so perfect for fine haired gals like me. Conditioner isn't something I get too excited about but this is a really nice moisturising pick.

Do you have any tips for mending damaged hair?

Laura

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

An Accidental Space NK Haul

Space NK Haul

I had one of those dangerous shopping trips last week when I went into Space NK to pick up a cleanser and ended up buying a load of other bits as well. And then I went back in on Friday and bought more...don't judge! Quite a few people said that would like to see a haul so here it is.
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Sunday, 4 June 2017

SPF For Sensitive Skin

 SPf for sensitive skin

Sun protection is a topic that most of us are guilty of not knowing enough about, and if we're honest I  bet we're even worse at wearing SPF on a regular basis. I know I've been pretty bad in the past anyway! Having sensitive or acne prone skin makes the whole issue a little bid more complicated, as a lot of sunscreens can make matters worse. The key I've found is making sure you're using the right formula for your skin type and also using it every day. But where do you start?
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Friday, 2 June 2017

The Affordable Lucy Williams X Missoma Horn Necklace Dupe

lucy williams missoma horn necklace affordable dupe

I used to be of the opinion that dupes or designer inspired pieces were a waste of money and I would much rather go without or save up and get the 'real deal', but I've done a complete 360 in recent years. Yes, I still love buying designer handbags and I do truly believe it's best to invest in key parts of your wardrobe that you know you'll live in, but sometimes it's really worthwhile picking up a cheaper dupe.

Seasonal trend pieces are a great example of this as you're not going to get a great amount of wear out of them, and sometimes its worth road testing a more affordable piece to see how much wear you would get out of its designer counterpart.

That's exactly what happened with me and the Lucy Williams X Missoma Large Horn Necklace. A few months ago it seemed to be everywhere, and I desperately wanted one. But I couldn't bare to part with over £100 on one necklace.

lucy williams missoma horn necklace affordable dupe

As if by fate I spied this almost exact dupe from H&M for just £3.99. I picked up the gold version in store but I could only find it in silver online so worth a mooch around your local H&M if you want to pick one up. So needless to say I snapped it up and it's hardly left my neck since. As I've worn it so much and I've also probably doused it in perfume (a big no no!), it's seen better days for sure, but I'm now pretty darn certain that I would get lots of wear out of the real mccoy - which has just come back in stock and will most likely be mine very soon...

Laura

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Solarium Point | New Hair

Solarium Point Hair Salon Ramsgate Review

My hair has been in dire need of an overhaul for a while, but I've been holding off colouring it as it was feeling quite dry and damaged and needed a break. So needless to say when the kind folks at Solarium Point* in Ramgate invited me down for a colour and I couldn't say no!

Solarium Point has been open for a year and a half now and it's literally the most beautiful salon I've ever been to. Seriously, it's so Instagramable! The owner, Anna, has a background in interior design and architecture which she's used to make the most stunning and inviting salon. The white and blush hues and geometric decor is really beautiful and calming - exactly the kind of experience you want at a beauty salon.

Solarium Point Hair Salon Ramsgate Review

Solarium Point Hair Salon Ramsgate Review

Solarium Point Hair Salon Ramsgate Review

Solarium Point Hair Salon Ramsgate Review

Solarium Point Hair Salon Ramsgate Review

Solarium Point offer everything from hair to brows, nails, tanning and beauty so whatever you're in the mood for, they're your guys! The salon is also a Bumble and Bumble exclusive salon, so if you're into your Bumble haircare like I am you're in for a treat. I'm obsessed with their Sunday and Surf shampoos as well as their primers as you might already know.

Darren, Solarium Point's very own colour wizard, created the most flattering golden copper colour for me. We discussed the kind of colour I was going for beforehand, and as well as picking out the colours I liked, Darren was very keen to understand what colours and undertones I didn't like so he could create a custom colour that was one hundred percent me. And I think you'll agree he got it spot on! I love the warm golden shade and now I've washed it a couple of times it's settling in perfectly. It's most definitely copper, but a more natural summer appropriate shade than the bright orange copper I've had in the past.


Anna, Darren and the whole team at Solarium Point are so welcoming too, so I'll be heading back there for sure. I'm thinking nails next!

I hope you're having a great bank holiday whatever you're up to. I've been gardening and cooking so far and it's been lush!

Laura

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*I was a guest of Solarium Point.
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Lazy Girl Brows

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I always feel like if I've got my mascara on and my brows done I can kinda tackle anything. Brows frame the face after all and do make such a difference. While my brows and I have had our ups and downs over the years (who hasn't got tweezer happy!?), I've managed to get them to a place that I'm happy with. They're still a bit gappy in places but overall, they're cool.
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Stuff & Things.


I feel like I've lost my pace with blogging lately and haven't caught up with you guys for what feels like an eternity. Life has been pretty busy and its meant I've not had much time to do the things I want to do (sleep, I'm looking at you!), so I thought I'd do a little round up what's been going on around these parts.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beautyblender All About Face Set + Giveaway

Beautyblender All About Face Set

I still find it mad that the beauty world went a bit crazy for this pink egg shaped sponge, but it did and we all fell hard for it! The Beautyblender revolutionised makeup application, giving everyone a little leg up when it came to achieving a perfectly blended, seamless and natural base. Many dupes and competitors have come in its wake, but I always go back to the original pink sponge.

Beautyblender has taken it to the next level and released All About Face* a little family of sponges, each one a different size suited to applying a specific product, and it also comes with a solid cleanser so it has everything you need to create a flawless complexion.

The set of course contains the original sized beautyblender for applying foundation. I've been using this a lot lately with my trusty IT Cosmetics CC Cream as it melts the product into the skin and leaves it really glowy and natural. The next size down in the set is the grey beautyblusher. As the name suggests, its great for applying cream and gel blushes, and I also like this for contouring with. This blends the Glossier Cloud Paints out like a dream and leaves it seamless on the skin. As the sponge is smaller it's a lot easier to get a more precise application, especially if you're a bit heavy handed like me.

Beautyblender All About Face Set

The micro mini sponge is so cute and tiddly! I know that's not really a reason to recommend you rush out now and get one but its tiny size is somewhat satisfying! Its also really good at blending in concealer, especially under the eyes. I find I'm using a lot less product and its creasing less than usual as the micro mini really pushes everything into the skin and adheres it all together.

It's so important to ensure you wash all your beauty tools properly to stop bacteria from spreading and causing breakouts, so its great to see a little blendercleanser solid in the set. It cleans up my beautyblenders really well and its also good for brushes. A little tip for you if you don't have a soap dish or anywhere to store the solid cleanser but I keep mine in an old Lush shampoo bar tin so it doesn't make a mess once I've finished using it - you're welcome. If you've always been curious about the beautyblender and wanted a little starter kit to try out, All About Face is a great collection. Or maybe you just like having a few spares around like I do!

I actually have a second set to give away, so if you'd like to try out the beautyblender All About Face Set make sure you enter the below competition. It's open internationally until 17 May 2017. Good luck!

Laura

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Monday, 1 May 2017

My Most Recommended Beauty Products

most-recommended-beauty-products

I love trying out new beauty products and I feel so fortunate that through my blog I get to test out upcoming releases and discover new brands. While I do flit about and switch things up a lot, there's a handful of products that I repeatedly purchase and without hesitation recommend over and over again to anyone who will listen, so I thought I'd share them just in case you've not yet tried them. And if not, you should!
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Friday, 21 April 2017

National Tea Day | Vegan Tea with T2

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It's National Tea Day today, which
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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Three Night Time Beauty Heroes

beauty sleep products

We've all heard that we need at least eight hours of quality beauty sleep every night to ensure we look tip-top and keep ourselves functioning, but does it really make you more beautiful? Technically, the answer is yes, as lack of sleep can make us all look a little more grey and puffy than we'd like, but I always think it's more about how you treat your skin before hitting the sack, so that once your skin gets to work repairing itself it can draw on the very best ingredients while you slumber.

At night your skin has much less disruptions compared to the day, no SPF or makeup to get in the way, and no pollution or free-radicals. This means its the best time to apply your treatments and really take time to use good quality products that have your skin's full attention. My evening routine is so enjoyable, I really find it relaxing to do every night so for me it's really not a chore, although I appreciate for some people it is. Here's three easy night time beauty picks that I think really contribute to my beauty sleep.

beauty sleep products

SkinChemist Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream*
Collagen is integral to our skin as it provides it with structure and strength, aiding elasticity and firmness. Decreasing collagen production is also one of the first signs of ageing, as from the age of 20 our skin produces 1% less collagen every year, which is quite alarming if you think about it! So it's certainly an area not to be ignored as we (I) venture into our thirties and beyond.

The SkinChemist Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream works to boost elasticity and firmness, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep, making everything a bit plumper and more radiant. Over the past few weeks that I've been using it I've seen quite a difference already; my skin is super soft, hydrated and visibly more healthy. It has a little shimmer to it which might not be to everyone's taste, but by now you know how much I like radiant and healthy skin so bring on the glow! I tend to use this over a hyaluronic acid serum for a double hit of moisture.

Use the code 'LELOREBLOG' to get a bottle for £19.99 (£54.91 off).

beauty sleep products


beauty sleep products

Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil
I couldn't leave this one out as it's one of my top night time picks. Retinol is essential to my routine now and has been for quite a while so I'm sure to use this at least a couple of night's a week. Retinol helps to re-train your skin, encouraging cell turnover so that fresh new cells come through and fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished, while blemishes are kept at bay. As retinol can be quite harsh and drying on the skin at first, this Pestle & Mortar oil formula is ideal as it's gentle on the skin but does its job at the same time. This is one I tend to use on its own so it can really get to work uninterrupted. As this is an oil it's really hydrating and even after one use you'll see results. A perfect night time all-rounder!

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Care
For sensitive skin days I always turn to La Roche-Posay. Their Toleriane range has saved my skin so many times now. It's a no-fuss formula which doesn't contain anything contentious or potentially harmful to the skin and it calms down irritated skin literally as you sleep. Since first picking this up last year I always have a bottle in my bathroom and I always reach for it when my skin has an off day. Also perfect for lazy evenings when you just want to crawl into bed! I'm also using the Riche version during the day at the moment and my skin is so happy.

What's your thoughts on beauty sleep and do you have any go-to skincare picks to help you on your way?

Laura

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