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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