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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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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Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Glossy Dewy Cheek Edit

The Glossy Dewy Cheek Edit

I find it so crazy to think that it wasn't all that long ago that I was so obsessed with creating a perfected base, and now I'm always reaching for much more lightweight barely there products, or sometimes just a smidge of concealer and nothing else.
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

A Budget Friendly Hair Fixer

syoss-salonplex-hair-renaissance-review

I would be lying if I didn't admit to being somewhat of a shampoo snob. I've used the same trusty Living Proof combo for a year and half which was fine until I recently managed to wreck my hair by dyeing it too frequently and my husband started reaching for my high-end combo. For someone with short hair he's getting through those bottles a bit too quick for my liking!

In a bid to fix my damaged hair I've been trying out a more purse friendly offering from syoss*. The syoss Salonplex Hair Renaissance range* recently launched in the UK and is available along with your weekly grocery shop at Tesco from just £2.00, so my better half can go all out without a scolding. The Salonplex range aims to give salon-like results for very affordable prices. Designed for chemically treated and mechanically stressed out hair (that'll be the straighteners!), the technology within the products works to restore millions of broken hair bonds every time they're used, so over time the hair is strengthened and improved. It also seals the hair fibres to keep protect from further damage.

I've been using the Salonplex Shampoo* and Conditioner* every other day for a couple of weeks now and I'm impressed. My hair is shiny and smooth and looks much better than it has for quite a while. The shampoo is my favourite of the two as it leaves my hair feeling clean but not stripped. The conditioner is pretty standard but detangles my hair nicely without weighing it down, which is quite important for me as my hair is insanely fine and turns greasy super quickly. But the hero of the range for me is the syoss Salonplex Hair Renaissance ReCreator Leave-in Serum*. I use this on both damp and dry hair and it makes my hair feel so silky and it's easy to get a brush through without tugging. I'm trying not to use too much heat on my hair so the ends can go a little bit frizzy if I'm not careful, so a couple of pumps of the serum on dry hair does the trick.

What hair care products are you using at the minute and do you swap and change or do you have a consistent routine? I'm never sure whether consistency is best for hair so let me know what you think.

Laura

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Monday, 3 April 2017

How To Buy Glossier In The UK & Haul

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I've wanted to get my hands on Glossier for the longest time, but they don't ship to the UK. A lot of the other American brands like Color Pop and Tarte have made themselves available to us but Glossier are still somewhat coy about it if asked. I had to find a way without physically jumping on a plane myself (maximum devotion points lost there I know), so when myMallBox contacted me to see if I wanted to trial their US shipping service it was fate and I started making my Glossier shopping list straight away.
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Double Cleanse

Caroline Hirons and Pixi Beauty Double Cleanse

The premise of double cleansing is pretty simple but its surprising how many people miss out on it. Personally, as a teen I spent many hours watching Liz Earle on QVC, so its something I did from the very off.  In case you're not familiar, the first cleanse is to remove makeup, SPF and anything else that might be lurking about on the surface of the skin, before going back in and really cleansing the skin thoroughly. Washing off the day as soon as I get in the door is such a cathartic experience for me, and one I often think about during the day, it's just so nice!
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Good Beauty Habits

Five Good Beauty Habits

It's been a long time since my skincare routine consisted of a makeup wipe and a smothering of moisturiser - in fact I'd say it's pretty solid now, but there's always room for improvement. Sometimes making a couple of small changes here and there make all the difference, so today I thought I'd share some good beauty habits that I'm doing quite well at so far which you might find useful too.

SWITCH OFF AND GET MORE SLEEP
Oh this is forever a tricky one! If you're like I was up until very recently and go to bed early just to scroll through Instagram until midnight, setting yourself a little reading challenge might help. I tasked myself with reading at least one book a month, setting aside at least half an hour before I go to sleep every night. It forces me to put my phone down and unwind properly without the glare and blue light which is proven to stop you from getting the best night's sleep. So far I'm on book 6 of the year and if I miss an evening I feel super guilty! I also use the bedtime function on my phone which gives me a 15 minute warning that I need to get myself to bed, and I'd also recommend using the do not disturb setting too -  no more getting woken up by notifications, hurrah!

KEEPING HYDRATED
If I could have a water drip attached to me I would be very happy and never need to worry about this again but in the absence of that I always have a bottle of water with me and one on my desk at work which I glug away at all day. If I can get through at least two bottles a day I'm happy. It's a tough one but makes the biggest difference to how I feel and my concentration levels throughout the day.

TAKING GOOD CARE YOUR BODY AS WELL AS YOUR FACE
As I said before, my skincare routine is solid. I couldn't bear the thought of sleeping in my makeup and am pretty good at taking it off as soon as I get home, but one area that often gets neglected is the rest of my body. I've been using the Roger & Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus Sorbet Body Lotion* to nourish my pins and they feel much more supple and smoother. They also look a lot healthier overall and that's all down to the mix of aloe vera and essential oils in this Roger & Gallet offering. It has a very velvety texture and as it's a sorbet rather than a heavy cream, it sinks in straight away so it's really easy to incorporate into your routine - no hanging about waiting to dry! This is my new before bed ritual and it really helps with the first point too as I find the mandarin and grapefruit scent so relaxing.

LOOKING AFTER CUTICLES AND NAILS
Related to the last one a little, I'm also trying to get into the habit of taking much better care of my cuticles. They get so dry and I end up with painful hang nails if I'm not careful, so a little slathering of the Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy* is making the world of difference. Initially designed for horses, for which is it was really effective at healing and preventing cracked hooves, it's a super low-fuss gel that melts into the skin and protects my paws too. I tend to apply quite a bit and really massage it into my nails to help strengthen them. I need to track it down in a travel sized tube actually as it's a little clunky for on the go.

LISTEN TO YOUR SKIN
It's all well and good sticking to a good skincare routine, but if it's too complicated or you're swapping products constantly, your skin can easily have a hissy fit. It's so important to listen to your skin and give it what it needs, when it needs it, and without overloading it. Since finishing Roaccutane for treating acne, my skin has become much more sensitive. Sometimes I'll only exfoliate once a week if that's all that's required, and sometimes it might need a face mask twice a week or maybe every other week. The key is to be flexible as no two skin days are the same. If I can skip foundation, I always will, for instance.

Will you be trying any of these and do you have any good beauty habits to share?

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Mother's Day At Home Spa Experience With Sanctuary Spa

Sanctuary Spa Mothers Day Gift

With Mother's Day just a week away now I'm quite smug to have sorted my gift out already. Often I'll treat my mum to a day out and a nice lunch, or maybe a spa day. This year is a little different though as my poor mum has recently had eye surgery and is back in hospital this week for the final part of her treatment. So I doubt the last thing she wants is to have her face tinkered with or to be dragged around somewhere for the day, so I was initially a little bit stuck on what to get her.

Luckily, the lovely people at Sanctuary Spa have got me covered. If my mum can't go to the spa, I'm going to bring the spa to her! They very kindly sent me an assortment of beauty and bath bits, so while my mum is on the mend she can have a relaxing spa-like experience in her own bathroom.

Sanctuary Spa Mothers Day Gift

So, diving right in we have a luxurious Sanctuary Spa Foaming Creamy Bath Soak*. I honestly don't think you can get more relaxing than a bath of moisturising creamy bubbles so this is the perfect way to create a calm and restorative spa environment. It has a very spa-like scent which I know my mum is going to adore. She's such a bath fiend anyway so I can imagine her relaxing away with her book until the water's cold!

To slough away dry skin is the Sanctuary Spa Long-Lasting Moisture 4 Day Moisture Oil Scrub*. The perfect first step to nourished limbs is always a good body scrub. This one is a shea butter based salt scrub, so it's beautifully moisturising and is also infused with oils - gold of pleasure oil, no less! So as well as leaving your skin amazingly smooth it leaves it intensively nourished for days after. The Sanctuary Spa has formulated this dreamy scrub by calling on their knowledge of facial oils so you know it's going to be effective.

To lock in extra moisture and cocoon the skin is a ginormous tub of Sanctuary Spa Luxurious Body Butter*. It actually couldn't smell any dreamier, and once applied to slightly damp skin which ensures the moisture is drawn further into the skin, you're left feeling like you're floating. For a deeply nourishing body butter it's not thick and gloopy, but instead melts into the skin so my mum can pop her pyjamas straight on afterwards!

Sanctuary Spa Mothers Day Gift

For the face, lets kick off with the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Radiance Peel-Off Mask*. As we all know, exfoliating is a crucial step in removing all the nasties from the surface of the skin to reveal new healthy skin and to allow all the products that follow to do their job effectively. My mum has the driest skin imaginable and is always on the lookout for an effective yet gentle exfoliator, so this peel-off mask is perfect. It has a super uplifting orange scent which will no doubt cheer her up in the process. Just 5 to 10 minutes is all is required, during which the mask dries and is good to peel off, leaving bright, soft and radiant skin behind.

Now the skin is looking cheery and fresh, a serum is the perfect next step. The Santuary Spa Radiance Revitalising Super Serum* helps tackle uneven pigmentation and reduce dark spots, so for someone like my mum who spends a lot of the time outdoors with her horse this is the perfect skincare pick. It contains an extract from the kakadu plum, which is apparently the highest source of vitamin C to help brighten the skin, along with vitamin E and vitamin B3, so you're left with hydrated, soft and even skin that looks more healthy and refined. I'm kinda tempted to keep this one for myself actually...

To lock in moisture and protect from the sun's rays is the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15*. Again as this is part of the radiance range, it also works to even out the skin tone and give a much loved healthy looking glow. It's a light lotion that's quick to pop on, so perfect for my mum who hasn't too much patience when it comes to long beauty routines. Having SPF 15 is quite a bonus too as I'm always telling her she needs to protect her skin more when she's out and about!

My mum is absolutely going to adore this selection of Sanctuary Spa treats. I've gotta admit that I'm pretty jealous...might have to go and run myself a little pampering bath now!

What are you gifting your mum this Mother's day?

Laura

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Galifornia, GALifornia

Benefit California Blusher review

Benefit California Blusher review

Benefit's Dandelion Blush was probably my first product from the brand some 13 years ago now (yeah I know that was a long time ago!) and so there's a fair degree of nostalgia that I hold for Benefit's boxed blushes. I don't have many now and haven't picked up any since Hervana a year or two ago but I couldn't resist the newly launched Benefit Galifornia Blusher.

Now the design of the packaging is a little cutesy which I'm not totally sold on, but inside the box is the most stunning blush that I had to make mine. Inspired by the golden bronzy tan of a true Californian surfer gal, this blush to me is summer in a cute little box, truly. The sun embossed design on the top is almost too gorgeous to ruin, but oh so tempting. I bought this a couple of weeks ago but obviously couldn't use it until I had taken photos of it's gloriousness, and it almost killed me!

Benefit California Blusher review

Benefit California Blusher swatch

The gold overspray is a nice touch but sadly disappears after a couple of swirls of your weapon of choice. On the subject of brushes, I always opt for a fluffy one like the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki, and can never bring myself to ruin the cute Benefit mini brushes!

The colour itself is a coral-pink, and is almost orange looking in the pan, but it translates on my pale skin as the most flattering glow, and isn't anywhere near as scary as you might think. It's almost as good as a lie in as it really wakes up my complexion which is a-ok in my books! Also, can we talk about the gorgeous scent? It's vanilla and pink grapefruit aroma gives me serious summer holiday vibes. Now the sun is making more of an appearance (ok it's been one day but still...) I just wanna dust of my shorts and soak up the sun!

Will you be picking this up?

Laura

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Life After Roaccutane - Six Months On

what to expect after finishing Roaccutane

I actually can't believe it's been six months since I finished a six month course of Roaccutane to treat my acne, the time has literally flown by. When I was undergoing my treatment, however, boy did it drag! As I was coming near the end of my course I was looking for posts and videos on what happened next, and what to expect after finishing Roaccutane, but there wasn't much about so I thought I would share my experience in case it helps someone else out.

I won't go into too much detail about what Roaccutane/Accutane/Isotretinoin is as I've talked it in detail before (read my other posts here and here). But very briefly, Roaccutane is an oral acne treatment that's only prescribed by dermatologists and is pretty darn harsh. It's the last step in treating acne when nothing else has worked and it has a long list of potential side effects which can put some people off which is understandable.

The Paranoia
As I got closer to the end of my treatment I was seriously excited to stop taking it of course, but taking a pill every day to keep the acne at bay was a bit of a safety blanket. I worried that as soon as I finished the last tablet I would be one of the unlucky ones that it didn't work for and I'd be doing another round. Everyday for that first couple of weeks I was scared to look in the bathroom mirror when I woke up, just in case some explosion had happened on my face. That seems a bit daft I know, but after enduring six months of soreness and insanely dry skin, the thought of taking Roaccutane again was unimaginable. One morning I woke to find lots of little red pin pricks all around my nose and cheeks, spurring on a ugly crying face and a trip back to the derm. He assured me it was ok, I had done a long enough course and it was likely to be some sensitivity that would go down shortly. And he was right.

Getting Back To 'Normal'
For me the worst side effect was the dryness, which most people seem to get. As I had dry skin to start with this was extra harsh. The only positive part of this was having a dry scalp and only having to wash my hair once a week. It look about a week for my lips to become less dry and the redness and dryness of my face was massively reduced in around two weeks. My hair was back to its previous lank and flat self in about the same time... honestly, I miss the old days! My skin, however,  never really went back to 'normal', as instead it created it's own new normal. Delightful!

The New Normal
This for me was a complexion that was more sensitive. It couldn't be treated the same way it always had been. I was someone who had had dry skin all my life and mainly used oils and deeply hydrating luxurious face masks to treat it with. But my skin had other ideas now. Remember those red pin prick marks? This was my skin telling me to calm the hell down with all the lotions and potions. So I adopted a more simplistic regime, only products that were tried and tested. I cut right back on the oils, using them possibly just once a week, and instead worked on fixing the damage Roaccutane had caused to my skin, cos boy was it thirsty and dehydrated! So now I at least know that I can over moisturise and overload my skin and the red marks are a warning sign.

Was it actually worth it?
So far...yes. I have had one spot to date, a couple of weeks into January. But it was a far cry from what I used to experience and was gone in about two days. Really nothing to worry about. I think it's the only spot I've had in a whole year, as I was quite lucky not to break out when I was taking Roaccutane. My skin is now so much better, my skintone is much more even; my red marks are still there in places but they're really slight. I'm hoping they do disappear eventually but they're hardly noticeable now. I'm really enjoying the fact that now I feel like I have a choice when it comes to base products. I love foundation, so of course I want to wear it, but I don't have to anymore. I couldn't have imagine that being a choice a year or two ago. My only regret is waiting so long!

Of course this is just my experience with Roaccutane which will be very different from someone elses, but if you're debating going on it, please give it a go. You can always stop treatment. If you need any tips and tricks for dealing with Roaccutane honestly please ask me or send me a tweet, I do love a little skincare chat.

Laura

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