Sunday, 28 June 2015

My Summer Makeup Look



Hello lovelies. How long is it since i've done youtube! I bet some of you newbies didn't even realise I have a channel, but yes I've finally uploaded a video. It's a super simple no-foundation Summer Look with a bright pop of lip colour. I really hope you enjoy watching and please like, comment and subscribe if you don't already. Also, if you have your own youtube channel leave your link for me to check out!


What's your favourite 'Summer Look'? Like me do you like to free your skin of foundation?

Monday, 22 June 2015

Say Hello To Strobing



Sorry Kim K but it seems contouring has taken a back seat to the new Strobing makeup technique. This may come as welcome news to those who struggle to sculpt their face or find it rather ridiculous doing what may seem like colouring by numbers everyday. Strobing is the technique of highlighting the high points of your face which naturally catch the light, enhancing your inner glow! But to pull this look off a flawless glowy base is crucial, which means having a killer skincare routine. So girls instead of sculpting your face treat your skin well and even invest in brightening moisturisers such as Korres Wild Rose Brightening Cream.  Once you've nailed the skincare routine you need to add that luminescent glow to your skin, Mac are leading the way with their Strobe Cream but a dupe for this is the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer, giving you the perfect glowy base. Then to finish off the 'strobing' use a liquid highlighter like my favourite Benefit's High Beam. I must admit I am pretty pleased about this new trend, considering I don't have the greatest cheekbones but I love a good highlighter!

How do you feel about contouring taking a back seat? 
Will you be adding 'strobing' to your look?



Friday, 19 June 2015

Golden Summer Look


With the beautiful sunshine coming out to say hello for the past few weeks (although it seems to have gone into hiding today) I decided to share a pretty golden Summer makeup look. I've kept it simple because I hate anything too heavy when it's warm but it's a perfect look for relaxed evenings; dining alfresco and admiring the sunsets. This is my favourite type of look, glowing bronzed skin finished with Sleek's rose gold blush and benefit's high beam highlighter. On my eyes I kept it simple with Urban Decays's Naked half baked and dark horse in the outer corner and my favourtite Maybelline the falsies mascara. A Summer look is never complete without a hint of coral which comes from Mac's beautiful Flamingo lipstick.




What's your favourite Summer look? Do you like to keep it simple for the Summer months?

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Tanya Burr | Lips and Lashes



This one comes rather late following the huge launch of Tanya Burr's second installment of her cosmetic range. But I've finally got round to trying out her lip-glosses and lashes. I decided to try the gloss in lunch date, which is a beautiful nude dusky pink shade and the lashes in 'Date night', which you can find on Feel Unique and Superdrug. 


I chose the 'Date Night' lashes because they look just like Ardell demi-wispies, which are my all time favourite lashes. They have the cutest packaging with a pearlescent glue which is really good and dries completely transparent. They're probably some of the easiest lashes I've applied, even more so than Eylur and stuck really well whilst feeling flexible too. I love these and for £5.49 I will definitely be alternating between 'Date Night' and my Demi-Wispies! 


I'm not usually one to wear lip gloss, I just prefer the look of a lipstick but this one really impressed me. First of all can I just say the scent is just delicious, a lot like strawberries and cream! The gloss has a large doe applicator which is super soft and easy to apply. Lunch Date is a really beautiful understated colour, perfect for everyday too just to provide lips with hydration whilst making them look pretty. I used mine with my Rimmel East End Snob lip liner and they're such a perfect match. The downside is how sticky it is but you usually expect this with any gloss, so hair up's the best option. For £6.99 and with such a huge range though they're really lovely glosses.

Have you tried Tanya Burr's range of cosmetics? 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Time To Relax | Temple Spa Repose


Temple Spa Repose | £39 | link

 Leading a busy lifestyle and putting in tough sessions at the gym, it's important for us all to have time to ourselves to 'repose'. This is where Temple Spa's aromatherapy resting cream 'repose' comes in. Described as 'a duvet for the skin' and loved by many including Nicole Scherzinger, who describes it as a good nights sleep in a jar, it's natural plant extracts, anti-oxidants and relaxing essential oils really do help to sink into the skin giving you a relaxing, good nights sleep.
Not only is repose great for helping you to fight those sleepless nights and send you into endless slumber but it's also know for it's skin firming properties to help prevent premature ageing. Now I'm not worrying about ageing just yet but it's never too early to start and is an added bonus in this cream. The scent this thick moisturising cream gives off is just bliss, it's a very lavender, relaxing aroma which is great to massage into your temples at the end of a stressful day and to combat anxiety, or to soothe you to sleep on a long-haul flight. You could even give your skin the full spa treatment applying Repose all over the face to really feel the benefits. Repose is designed to relax, create a sense of peace and give your skin an essential boost of vitamins and nutrients which it definitely has done to mine. I wake up refreshed, my skin radiant and knowing I've had a great nights sleep.
Temple spa is one of my favourite brands which has been featured on here a number of times, not just for their brilliant products but the quality of the ingredients they use and their cruelty free ethics. Overall I really love this little jar of goodness. It's a perfect nights sleep in a jar filled with qualities to keep my skin looking refreshed and healthy, perfect for those on the go. You can pick yours up here for £39 for the full 50ml (featured is 15ml).
How do you help yourself to relax and sleep better?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas | Mason Salad Jars

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Lately I've been Pintresting like mad. Pinterest isn't just great for inspiration for hair and home but gives me so much motivation and inspiration for nutritious yummy food ideas. The idea of a mason jar is that you strategically pile the yummy ingredients and flavours into the jar, then when you're ready to eat tip it out into a bowl. The great thing about mason jars is how you can fill them with lots of salad, carbs and dressing and because of your strategic placement of ingredients, it won't be soggy come lunch time. I really love the idea of not having to worry about your salad rolling about your lunchbox on your commute and a fresh salad come lunch time is perfect.
 
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The best way to do it is by firstly loading in your dressing, this goes in first so the greens on top don't get soggy through the day. Then add in a protein  like chicken or fish and some carbs like rice or pasta, this will stop the rest of the ingredients getting wet from the dressing so your salad will still be nice and crisp. If you're wanting to add in nuts, seeds, raisins or dried fruits add them in next before finally adding the salad with lots of leafy greens. When it's time for lunch, pour the contents out into a bowl and it will be fresh, yummy and ready to eat!
 
You can pick up mason jars from here  with different sizes and variations to suit every body's food needs and portion sizes. I've included some yummy ideas from my favourite pins to get you inspired to create your own mason salads. You can also follow me over on Pinterest to check out my favourite pins!

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What will you be adding to your mason jar?
 
 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Clean and Clear Skin | MayBeauty's Incredible Face Mask

MayBeauty Incredible Face Mask*
This month I was contacted by the brand MayBeauty to see if I would like to test out their 'Incredible Face Masks'. As I hadn't heard about the brand before I emailed back with a few questions and did a little research myself. It's great to hear about new, up and coming brands and after some research I found out just how popular they were in Sweden, after launching there in 2013, with so many raving youtube reviews. MayBeauty are also cruelty free and focused on few products which give guaranteed results, or your money back.
 
 
The package included 5 face mask sachets, an application brush and an incredible skin guide with great tips about how to improve your skin through diet and general skin tips. The face mask itself is different to anything I've tried before. The consistency is like a thick black gel which is tricky to spread but I found it easier to apply evenly using the brush. One warning  though is on application, do not put it on facial hair, especially your brows or they will be whipped right off and nobody wants that. I shaped the thick gel around my face, avoiding eyes, lips, eyebrows and hair line and left it for 40 minutes. Yes, that's also something which is different to the usual face mask, they recommend you leave it for 30-45 minutes. Now, however difficult that is keeping your face still as it tightens up I did it and the results were amazing.
 
The mask claims to remove blackheads, oil, dead skin and prevents acne. Now I can't comment on the acne but after a rather satisfying removal of the mask, like removing PVA glue from your hands at school (YES!!). I was left with fresh, clean and clear skin. As the mask is literally peeled from your skin, it can be a teeny bit painful but you'll be fine and the satisfaction is so worth it. Blackheads appeared less visible and it actually allows you to see what's been removed on the underside of the mask. It's great to see instant results and feel super soft skin and I can't wait for my next one already.
 
Overall a brilliant mask which I'm super impressed with and I want you guys to try it too. Now MayBeauty have kindly offered my readers an amazing 30% off all face mask packages which you can do here at this link or by entering the code: laurasfacemask30. This means you can try the same package for just £13.30. Thank you Maybeauty for the opportunity to try a brilliant mask, I can't wait to try more.
 
Do you use a face mask as part of your skin care routine?