Sunday, 19 November 2017

Instagram Worthy Haircare


I spend a lot of time on Instagram and its become one of my favourite ways to discover new products. Haircare in particular is one area that has become a little costly because of the 'gram. I know we shouldn't judge a book or a shampoo by its cover, but I'm such a sucker for pretty packaging and I know I'm not alone! The proof is in the pudding though and luckily I haven't come across a dud yet. Here's a few of my favourite Instagram worthy haircare finds.

Instagram Worthy Haircare

Sachajuan is probably the range I've wanted to try the longest since seeing it adorn Kate Lavie and Estee Lalonde's feeds over the years. From the pretty blue shampoo and conditioner to the dark and alluring bottles, I wanted in on this super cool Swedish brand. What better than to start off with the cult Sachajuan Hair Repair*?

Piped as a once a week treatment, Sachajuan Hair Repair is infused with the brand's Ocean Silk technology which strengthens tresses with minerals and proteins, adding hydration and shine without weighting it down which is key for my fine hair.

Never one to follow instructions to a T I've swapped out usual conditioner completely for this swoon worthy treatment. My natural frizz is gone and my hair feels incredibly soft and silky. Two pumps go a long way and even though I've not been using it sparingly I've hardly made a dent over the last couple of weeks that I've been using it.

Instagram Worthy Haircare

Nothing is more beautiful than gold, right? American brand Drybar oozes Californian cool-girl hair. The Drybar Gold Mine Leave In Conditioner is spun gold in a bottle and was what first grabbed my attention. I'm a little naughty mentioning this as it's sadly been discontinued, but this is one of a few products in the range that I've tried and they are worth a Sephora order for sure.

I tend to mix the leave in conditioner into the Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil - which sounds pretty cool too doesn't it? The oil helps the conditioner adhere to the hair adding an extra nourishing boost and the golden particles glimmer in the sun and make my copper hair look super shiny. This is such a great combo for dry hair in need of some vibrance.

Instagram Worthy Haircare

I couldn't do a hair post without mentioning Kerastase. It's been a staple in my bathroom for years now. The Kerastase Resistence Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk is a 2-in-1 heat protectant and leave in treatment which makes blow drying a doddle. It smoothes the hair, removes any left over frizz and means that I never need to use hair straighteners any more. Which I'm kinda sad about as I love my copper GHD's! My hair is certainly thankful for less heat though.

Ouai is the ultimate Instagram worthy haircare brand without a doubt. I'm yet to try any of their shampoos and conditioners, but I can tell you that the styling products are bomb. The new Ouai Memory Mist is quite an interesting one. I love the metal cannister which was designed perfectly for my white bathroom. Sprayed into damp hair after the Kerastase milk, it makes my hair smell amazing (seriously all Ouai products smell divine) and the heat activated technology prolongs my hairstyle which makes getting ready the next day even easier.

Other notable products from the range include the Ouai Finishing Creme which just makes any hairstyle better by giving a little bit of moisture and lived in texture, and the Ouai Wave Spray is one of very few products that helps hold a wave in my poker straight locks. It's super fine so there's no crunch or stickiness. Hello gorgeous hair.

Have you tried any of these Instagram worthy picks?

Laura

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Cute Jewels From The Iconic Jewellery Store

Iconic jewellery store canterbury

Over the last few months I've made a conscious effort to accessorise my outfits more as I really feel that little details elevate my quite laid back, possible dull everyday style to something much more interesting and stylish. I always go for comfort over everything else so it kinda needed addressing at some point! The only problem was that upon going through my rather tangled jewellery collection it was evident that most of my items had seen better days and needed to be retired for better quality jewels.

I very rarely buy jewellery online as I like to get a sense of what it looks like next to my skin, so when the Iconic Jewellery Store in Canterbury invited me and a few other bloggers along it was the perfect opportunity to have a good nose around at their collections. What I've come to really love about Iconic is just how darn lovely they all are. You know how sometimes you walk into a store and everything is safely locked away in glass cabinet and the snooty sales assistants make you want to run for the door as you daren't ask for help? There's none of that at Iconic. On the flip side actually they're super friendly and keen to chat through all the different brands they stock, from Thomas Sabo, Daisy London, Swarovski, Trollbeads and Nomination, to more quirky and super cool ethical brands like Alex and Ani, there's a whole load of trinkets to try on, guys.

We were very kindly gifted a few amazing pieces which have become firm favourites in my new much more desirable jewellery collection and I've even surprised myself by trying out a couple of new trends that I never thought were for me.

Iconic jewellery store canterbury

MIXING METALS
Oh now this one is a divider! Most people either prefer either gold or silver jewellery and stick to what they love, but I'm pretty fond of both. I didn't really know how to mix them before now as I have more gold pieces than silver, yet my wedding rings and earrings are platinum. I picked up a silver Nomination charm bracelet* which bridges the gap wonderfully. The stretchy metal bracelet is silver, yet the charms are a mix of silver and gold so it really complements everything. It's a super modern take on charms too as it's flat and fitted to the wrist which I absolutely adore. There's absolutely hundreds of charms too, so I'm gonna bagsy me all the cat ones for sure!

Iconic jewellery store canterbury

Iconic jewellery store canterbury

PERSONALISED JEWELLERY
I've had a couple of L necklaces over the years but its always fun to be able to really make something your own. I've been wearing this Thomas Sabo Love Bridge Bracelet* since the moment I got it and I had to choose a little pusscat paw to be engraved on the little silver disc. Plus you get to press the button yourself and watch the machine do its thing - simple pleasures and all that. It's subtle yet chic and very me because hello crazy cat lady. I love the mix of fresh water pearls and rose quartz too, so while it's quite understated it's really delicate and stylish and looks amazing with a fine knit jumper or silk shirt.

Iconic jewellery store canterbury

LAYERING NECKLACES
Not that I have a huge necklace collection now like I mentioned earlier, but this cute Swarovski Crystal Wishes necklace set* is the perfect excuse to whack a few on as it's a major trend right now. The cute pendants look amazing together and work beautifully with my diamond earrings. I tend to wear them at staggered lengths to really maximise the layers. I might try pairing them with something a little longer over a v neck or open shirt for some bonus style points.

What do you think of my new jewellery additions from the Iconic Jewellery Store? And please settle it for me - do you mix gold and silver?

If you're in Canterbury make sure you head into Iconic as they have so many gorgeous pieces. I also have it on good authority that the vegan food stand up the road does a wicked 'egg' sandwich...

Laura

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

On The Go Beauty Essentials

On The Go Beauty Essentials

Every time I switch my handbag over - which is every other day or so as I like to make the most of my ever growing bag collection - without fail I move the same little gang of beauty essentials over. They've unwittingly become my little comfort blanket as without them my day never really feels complete. They manage to make me look and feel my best and I can tackle pretty much any bad beauty moment with them.
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Review

I'm pretty much a drugstore mascara kinda gal as the way I see it, they either dry up or need to be replaced every three months. Therefore I try and save a few pennies in the 'ol mascara department where I can. However every now and then I like to treat myself to a more expensive pick. The Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara* has been on my list since it launched but I was lucky to be gifted it at the Look Fantastic X Urban Decay event a couple of weeks back and have been putting it to the test ever since. Look Fantastic is one of my favourite online beauty shops so it's great that they've added Urban Decay to their roster. I like to be able to find all my favourite brands in once place!

The Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara is something to look at isn't it? The faceted prismatic packaging is rather alluring lets be honest. This mascara is supposed to create an insane amount of volume and not budge no matter how hot and bothered you get - sex proof apparently. My eyes are pretty sensitive and being a contact lens wearer it doesn't take much to irritate them, so whole zero budging situation was pretty appealing.

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara Review

I've worn this mascara pretty much every day since I got it and I've really been enjoying it so far. The wand is made of rubber which is always my preference and it has lots of super spiky bristles that grab hold of even the tiniest of hairs. This helps separate and comb through the lashes, so even my long lashes don't clump together. The formula is super black and pretty dry which personally I like, but won't be for everyone. This dryer formula makes for superb buildability and I like to apply two to three coats, with one on the bottom. The result is very volumised fluttery lashes with awesome separation and length. I actually think it makes me look like I have more lashes than I actually have which is an added bonus!

I tend to wear makeup for 12-14 hours a day so it gives ample time to test the longevity of any makeup product. I found that the mascara didn't transfer onto my eye lid at all but after a few hours there was a little bit of smudging underneath my bottom lashes. This is most likely because I have tendency to touch my face throughout the day which I know is a terrible habit (I'm working on it, promise) but nevertheless demonstrates that the Urban Decay Troublemaker mascara isn't quite waterproof. I do really like the formula and the effect it has on my lashes though so if you're in the market for a new mascara this is definitely worth checking out. If you tend to wear mascara to the gym though this might not be the one.

It's not Look Fantastic at the moment but you can buy the Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara here for .

Will you be picking this up?

Laura

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Why we shouldn't be afraid of ageing and how to do it well

 

I sometimes think that the beauty industry has a lot to answer. Rather than celebrate women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities, it feeds on our insecurities by telling us that we’re not good enough as we don’t all resemble young , slim Victoria’s Secret models with perfect skin, hair and lifestyles, and throws us skin and body concerns we never knew existed.

My main bug-bear is anti-ageing. We ALL age. It’s inevitable. It’s a natural process that every single living thing will experience and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The campaigns behind the lotions and potions thrown at us to ‘fix’ this problem are often quite alienating to boot. Take Dior’s upcoming anti-ageing line, Capture Youth. Its target audience is 40+, yet 25 year old Cara Delevingne is the face of the range. How more un-relatable can you get! We’re not stupid, there’s no way any face cream can make us look 25 again.

It’s therefore no surprise that given how insecure and knackered out we’re being made to feel that many women are instead rushing to cosmetic aestheticians to explore more radical treatments such as Botox and fillers. But this sub-industry has also had a negative rep over the years due to the amount of bad treatments we’re all familiar with. Over inflated lips, frozen surprised faces and puffy pillow faces are all too familiar.

Dr Stephanie Williams, Cosmetic Dermatologist and founder of the Eudelo Clinic in London, is on a mission to spread a more positive message on ageing and aesthetics. Her philosophy, and that of her clinic, and one I strongly resonate with, is to age well. We can’t turn back time, but we can be the healthiest, freshest version of us. In her new book Look great, not done! The art and science of ageing well. How aesthetic treatments can work for you* Dr Williams outlines her opinions on how we can age well, incorporating a board combination of approaches, namely lifestyle, skincare, advanced treatments and aesthetics. Her view is that nothing should be obvious – no one should look over-done, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having aesthetic treatments, as long as you go to someone knowledgeable. We only notice the bad after all!

Look great, not done is both extremely informative and interesting. It goes into detail about how the skin works, what skincare ingredients we should be looking at and what to think about when considering any aesthetic treatments. Dr Williams’ philosophy is really easy to grasp. Yes she offers many types of treatments at her clinic, but she’s not pushing them as the only option to look more radiant and refreshed. Instead she promotes a holistic approach to ageing well.

For example, if you smoke like a chimney, pass on vegetables and cleanse with a face wipe, don’t be fooled to think that a mil of Botox and a bit of filler here and there will do the trick. It might for a while but like a house, if the foundation to your face isn’t great then all of a sudden the cracks will show and the benefits you once enjoyed will be gone. Instead Dr Williams talks through her stairway concept from lifestyle, skincare, advanced treatments and finally aesthetics, insisting that you cannot jump a step and skip to the next level. It’s realistic, attainable and very refreshing.

If you have a keen interest in skin and looking after yourself, Look great, not done! Is well worth a read.

What are your thoughts on ageing well?

Laura

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

New Beauty On Trial

new in beauty on trial

I love reading first impression posts and skincare routines, so thought I’d do something along those lines as I’m using quite a few new beauty bits at the moment that I’m really enjoying.

My skincare routine in particular is quite streamlined these days, no longer am I hoarding ten different cleansers (more like five), and I’m being a lot more selective with just how many nude pink lipsticks I need to own (still a lot for the average person I’m sure).

So new skincare is quite exciting for me at the moment! Hopefully you’ll find a few things here that might take your fancy too.

new in beauty on trial

HALLOWEENY PUMPKIN GOODNESS

First up is a really quite interesting exfoliator. The Image Skincare ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder* is perfect for this time of year when we’re all obsessed with everything Halloween and pumpkin related! It uses pumpkin enzymes to slough away dead skin cells and impurities, and also includes a protein peptide complex and vitamins to feed the skin with goodness. It’s a powder which you mix with water in your hand to activate before massaging over the complexion to reveal soft and brighter skin.

The Image Skincare ILUMA Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder gives intense benefits while being very gentle and kind on the skin. It’s so gentle in fact that you can use it every day and even mix it into your cleanser to supercharge it and save a bit of time in the morning.

This might be on the pricier scale when it comes to exfoliators, but the ingredient list is packed with quality actives and after just a week or so of using it I’m pretty impressed with how bright and even my skin is looking. I also love the smell it which really reminds me of custard creams!

BRIGHT EYES

I was kindly gifted the Neostrata Skin Intensive Eye Therapy* in an event goody bag a couple of weeks ago which really excited me as I’ve wanted to try this for some time. I hate the appearance of my puffy under eyes and fine lines so it’s really got something to work with!

It’s designed to target exactly my problem, puffiness and lines so I’m hopeful it will do the trick. It's formulated to get into the deeper layers of the skin to really work its magic. Apple stem cell extracts protect the skin’s own stem cells and tricks the skin into behaving as if it were younger.

While a lot of serums and treatments work at a superficial level, this Neostrata offering not only penetrates deeper and uses peptides to stimulate collagen production, but also helps support the structure of the surrounding skin which helps keep everything plump and youthful from the inside out.

As the Neostrata Skin Intensive Eye Therapy is so active I’m gently introducing it into my regime as advised, just using it in the evening at present. It’s a gel formula which is perfect for puffiness as some creams can make things worse. Two weeks in and my under eye area is much more nourished which is making it look less wrinkled and textured and my makeup is sitting better. I’m going to step up to twice a day at the weekend so I’ll give you a full update soon.

new in beauty on trial

THE PRINCESS PRODUCT

I saw this cute travel sized Omorovicza Queen of Hungry Facial Mist by the counter in Space NK and got a bit over excited and had to buy it. Darn those strategically placed mini products which get me every time! After seeing so many people praise it over the years I had to see what it was all about for myself. The mist is super fine so it doesn’t disturb my makeup when I use it during the day, but I do prefer using it as part of my skincare routine.

It’s refreshing and hydrating, which is something we can all afford to get more of. I’m always looking to sandwich layers of hydration in so this does the job perfectly. I love the smell of neroli too so it’s a wonderful indulgent little step to my routine.

I love facial mists and this really is no exception, although as it is a bit of an expensive princess product I’m probably not going to repurchase it on the regular. I'd be pretty happy to receive one for Christmas though… 

new in beauty on trial

DEWY CORAL CHEEKS

Glossier, oh Glossier. They’re finally here in the UK at long last and I’ve been able to finish off my collection of Cloud Paints with Beam. It’s the most pretty peachy coral hue that suits my pale skin tone and makes me look a lot less dead!

Maybe not an obvious autumn shade to go for but I think the Glossier Beam Cloud Paint looks really flattering paired with a champagne eyeshadow such as Foxy from the Tarte Maneater palette, NYX Soft Matte Cream in Stockholm and my favourite deep burgundy Topshop knit. A couple of little dabs to each cheek is all that you need and it really perks up my pale complexion.

What's new in for you this month?

Laura

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn Nails & Tips For Stronger Nails

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

I've been looking after my nails properly for a couple of months now and my hard work is finally paying off so I thought I'd share a few of the ways I've been caring for them and helping them grow. First of all, when my nails are painted they seem to get much stronger and grow a lot quicker. They're quite flakey and brittle naturally so they really like the extra layer of protection polish gives. I've been going for gel manicures for a few weeks now and it's really been helping the condition of my nails, but I do like to change the colour of my nails every week which is the only drawback of Shellac. However, I received a couple of Vinylux colours in the post last week which are super pretty so I had to get the gel off and have a play!

Vinylux is CND's weekly nail polish range and as far as polish goes they last pretty well. I'm quite hard on my nails so it's rare I get more than a few days from any brand to be honest, but with Vinylux I get a good 5 or 6 days. I do try and protect my nails when cleaning but I always end up trying to claw something open with my fingers so it's no surprise my manicures don't last that long (when will I learn?!). Vinylux have just launched their autumn colours and I was immediately drawn to the darker hues of the Nightspell collection. There's everything from purples to burnt copper and silver - totally divine and super flattering on shorter nails.

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

At the moment I'm wearing Lilac Eclipse* with a little of Viridian Veil* for a little ring finger accent. All a bit fancy for me but I thought I'd make an effort now I actually have nails. The polishes apply beautifully and with the CND Weekly Top Coat* added at the end they're super glossy as you can see. The top coat is almost like a gel finish in fact, and once dry - which doesn't take very long I might add - they're pretty durable and you don't get those awful duvet impressions on your manicure afterwards. I don't know why that happens but its so disappointing after you've spent ages painting your nails! This is also one of the few top coats that does't cause shrinkage on me. I love the finish of Seche Vite but it's a real pain for that.

So how have I been looking after my nails? Well, as mentioned, I'm putting those rather unflattering marigolds on whenever I'm cleaning to protect them but I'm also making more of an effort to use a good cuticle oil regularly. I like the OPI Avoplex nail oil and have been using it religiously for a few weeks now - rather than once every so often like before. I have the full size bottle which lives next to my bed, and a pen version which I keep in my bag. They've discontinued them both now so I'm going to have to hunt down a replacement soon. I spend a lot of time on the train to work so I've been making sure that I massage in a lil oil while I'm sat there watching the world go by. I always push my cuticles back after having a bath and by also adding a little oil to keep them and the nail bed nourished they look much tidier. Hang nails are a thing go the past for me. I'm pretty good with hand cream anyway, but its a must if you want lovely hands a nails. Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut is my go-to.

I 've also found that having a squoval shape to my nails has helped make them stronger. My fingernails pretty much naturally have that shape anyway but my thumbs take more work. Luckily my  nails lady has sorted this out for me and I think they look quite flattering too!

Laura

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Autumn nails CND Vinylux Nightspell nail polish

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado - Why Did I Take So Long To Try It?

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado review

My under eye area is my biggest skincare concern. I have puffiness, fine lines and a little darkness - the lot. So I tend to try lots of different eye creams, forever searching for The One. It's one product category I'm therefore never loyal to and I'll be the first to admit I'm a bit of an eye cream snob. I've always spent a bit more in the hope that I'll get better results. I love the Zelens and Dr Dennis Gross offerings, and as much as I like them both and do see improvement in my undereyes, I'm still on the hunt for a new HG.
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Monday, 2 October 2017

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lipsticks

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

The change of season into Autumn always reignites my love for lipstick. I just can't get enough of dusky pinks and deep burgundy shades! So I was pretty happy that Bobbi Brown launched their new Crushed Lip Color lipsticks at the perfect time and the 20 shades in the range are most definitely autumn appropriate.

This I believe, is the first major launch since Bobbi Brown stepped down from her self-named business and if this is the direction the brand is going in then there are some very exciting times ahead of us. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipstick range comes at a time when we've been so bogged down with heavy matte formulas that it's a breath of fresh air. The lipsticks are more crushed lip stains with a beautifully comfortable balmy texture which is quite modern and totally my kind of formula. Infused with beeswax and vitamin e and c, the lipsticks glide on wonderfully. The finish of these is quite unique. Not satin, and not matte, they sit in the soft matte camp and I don't have anything like these in my collection. They're also richly pigmented so even though they wear like a stain over the day they're not flimsy in colour payoff. I initially thought they might be similar to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine formula but they're actually very different.

Bobbi Brown say they last for 8 hours which I feel is a bit of a stretch personally, but as they day goes on they fade into a stain and look quite gorgeously undone. When applying the Crushed Lip Color lipsticks I like to plot them with a tissue before applying another coat, which I feel gives them more longevity and a truer colour, but as far as nourishing lipsticks go they do last pretty well. They're super easy to apply and I don't feel like you have to be too careful with them, although I would always use a mirror personally (the brand claim you don't need one). The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are definitely a minimal effort chuck-on-and-go option which suits me just fine!

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Review

As I mentioned there are 20 shades which run from nudes to true reds and deeper wine shades. It took me forever to decide which shades I wanted - check out Laura's post as her swatches really helped me. I eventually went for Lilac, a dusky blue-toned rose pink, and Ruby which is a much richer autumnal wine shade. I thought I'd get the best wear out of these shades and they're not too similar to the rest of my collection. There's also a couple of shades that are quite bright, such as Sunset which is a beautiful orange that I'm borderline obsessed with, and the fail safe true nude, Bare. I'll be picking up both of these I'm sure. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color lipsticks are going to be my autumn/winter lip wardrobe, they're just so addictive!

What do you think of this new launch from Bobbi Brown? Will you be picking up any of these lipsticks?

Laura

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Combatting The Frizz With John Frieda Frizz-Ease

 John Frieda Frizz Ease

The colder autumnal weather means a few things for my hair; harsh temperatures from blow drying and central heating, being stuffed into a bun to tame it in the wind, and the inevitable static from pulling cosy knits over my head. As someone with dry and fine hair, the outcome is always the same: frizzy, tangled and wild. So what's a girl to do?

Thankfully the John Frieda's Frizz-Ease* haircare range exists, and it's designed for exactly this purpose. It's not only thick curly hair that needs taming, and John Frieda have everyone covered. In an attempt to lessen the damage on my hair and to keep it nice and sleek I've been trying a few products from the range. This is a full regime in order to keep things smooth and sleek from the get go, so first up is the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo* and Conditioner*. When used together, both products are formulated to give you luxuriously smooth and frizz free hair from the first use and to keep it that way.

The John Frieda Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo* is infused with a 'Frizz Immunity Complex' which sounds rather fancy, and aims to keep your hair smooth if used regularly, as well as coconut oil to smooth the hair and leave it silky soft. I found that it very much did smooth my hair and keep it beautifully soft and detangled, but it also left my hair feeling quite coated at the root, even after playing around with applying different amounts. My hair is super fine and quite soft naturally, so it can be a bit of a nightmare with deeply conditioning products, although the lengths crave moisture. So sadly the shampoo wasn't for me, but if you have thicker, coarser and even curly hair this is for you

John Frieda Frizz Ease

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Forever Smooth Conditioner* however, is where it's at for me. Best worked into the lengths and combed through, after rinsing off the conditioner my hair is the most smoothest I think I've ever seen it without using straightening irons. Not a tangle or any frizz in sight! The conditioner also helps keep your hair smooth and free of tangles and frizz for 72 hours, which it most definitely does. I tend to get quite warm in the night which can often lead to my hair looking rather disheveled and frizzy in the morning but not since I started using this, which means I save both time in the morning and limit any extra heat damage to fix it.

I couldn't not mention the product that started it all - John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum*. It's the product we all know, right? I've used this off and on for too many years to mention. John Frieda kindly sent me the extra strength version, and it doesn't muck about. I love serums and hair oils anyway so this has slotted nicely into my routine. Even though it's a more heavy duty formula it's perfect for my fine tresses. It's only used on the lengths and ends anyway so doesn't weigh down my hair or make it greasy. 

The John Fried Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Serum is a bit of a multi-tasker, aiming to eradicate frizz and leave your hair smooth and silky, while also protecting it from heat and humidity. If you tend to use quite a few different products on your hair then this could easily replace several of them in one go. I add a pump to drenched hair and work it all through the lengths before drying and the difference it makes is quite noticeable, especially the shine that my hair now has. Colour-junkies will adore this serum I'm sure!

Have you tried anything from John Frieda before?

Laura

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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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