Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The Kylie Jenner Lip

She's definitely the edgy one out of the Kardashian - Jenner clan, known for her ever changing hair and edgy style. But now we're all obsessing a teeny bit over Kylie Jenner's new plumped pout. Her new pout is very controversial and I must admit you can tell she draws her lips way out of her natural lipline, but you have to admit she is rocking the look. I do love it, although I'm not one for making my lips look huuuuge, especially when they are teeny anyway and would look totally ridiculous. Kylie has openly admitted to use the Mac Whirl Lip Liner along with Mac's Velvet Teddy Lipstick. Beauty lovers alike have obviously caught on as most stores and online seem to be sold out of these two products. However this post is my own take on the KJ lip using high street products.
Kylie has a very distinct line around her lips, but I didn't want to go for the very 90's supermodel look and I've gone for a much more natural wearable lip. You'll see below in the pictures that it's a different shade to Kylie's but much more suited to my skin tone. To line my lips I used the  Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob. This is the perfect natural lip colour and is literally my lips but one shade darker and even better it's only £3.99. I'd definitely recommend this as a staple for your makeup bag. I then used the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist. This is the first time I've tried one of these lipsticks and they go on much like a lipgloss but it's a very thick opaque formula, so be careful to make sure you don't have too much on the brush. Then after a few minutes it dries into a matte colour. I really love this colour, it's so wearable and I thought it would be super drying (even on my very dry lips) as it's matte but it felt and looked fine throughout the day. Another great thing is their staying power, they wont budge - however this is a pain when you try to remove it and it turns your face a tinted pink. For £8.99 I'm definitely going to stock up on the other shades in the range!
What are you thoughts on the Kylie Jenner lip? Have you achieved this look with any products?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Weekend Face

This weekend marked my friends birthday, which we celebrated by a night out in Leeds. Although as it was a Friday I felt like I didn't want to look too over-dressed as there are lots of city workers out and it's quite casual. So I kept it simple bringing out some of the old favourites and experimenting with a different eye palette, straying away from the usual Naked palette look. As I kept it quite neutral with the eyes I did attempt a bit of a brighter lip but for once Topshop's Macaroon looks quite nude. After these pictures I did switch it up and went for a Mac Crème Cup lip instead. I used my enrapture heated rollers in my hair and I was very upset as I ended up melting half of one roller as it wasn't sitting on the bar properly. Damn! Here's what I used:

Laura Mercier Primer
Nars Sheer Glow in Barcelona
Collection Concealer
No7 Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Sleek Rose Gold Blush and Highlighter
HD Brow Kit in Ash Brown
Bourjois 1 Second Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies
Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
Mac Eye Kohl in Phone Number
Clinique Eyeshadow in Daybreak (base) and Chocolate Chip (crease)
Topshop Lipstick in Macaroon

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Glamour Beauty Power List 2014

 Hello beautifuls. I hope you're all having a lovely week! On Sunday I ran the Bupa Great North Run (half marathon) with my Dad, supporting the Alzheimer's Society. It was such an amazing experience and I'm so proud of myself, considering I couldn't run to the end of the street at the start of the year. It's safe to say I have been making the most of rest days since, however I did go to the new release of metafit at my gym and I have the biggest bruises ever on my knees from the crazy new moves. Anyway I think I definitely deserve the pampering this week so I was very happy when the Glamour Beauty Box showed up at my front door.

 I know that there are a lot of these beauty boxes on the market, especially those which you can  subscribe to every month. However, what I really love about this box is it's just like a one-off, filled with such amazing products. Glamour definitely know what us beauty obsessives love and they've clearly found the best products to include in this box. The products in the box are the ones that made the Beauty Power List and I must say I am so impressed.

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Obviously the whole reason why I wanted this box in the first place. The Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser is a cult cleanser which is huge with beauty bloggers, vloggers and anyone who loves good skincare. I'm ashamed to say I've never tried it! Although, I cannot wait to get into using this. I love how it comes with it's own little cloth to help cleanse skin leaving it smooth, clean and conditioned. Expect a full review shortly.
Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
As I lead quite an active lifestyle, running and going to the gym, I do wear waterproof mascara on a daily basis. This means when I exercise I just remove my face makeup and I'm ready to go. But the night time mascara removal routine is a nightmare. This is where these little beauts come in. They're 100% cotton pads which contain aloe extracts and olive oil, which will help that mascara to slide right off whilst conditioning my lashes. These sound brilliant and hopefully will be the saviour I've been needing.
Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara
Having never tried a bourjois mascara, I am impressed. The packaging is just amazing and bourjois always manage to make their products so pretty. The brush is rather large which helps to coat all of your lashes, without clumping! It does leave my lashes very voluminous but definitely takes more than the second.

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray
Now I am obsessed with hair products. I'm always on a mission to get healthy long luscious locks and anything designed to protect my hair is a bonus. Philip Kingsley has been a huge success with their cult product the elactisizer (which I have yet to try).  This spray is designed to protect your hair from daily heat, styling and breakage and can be sprayed into wet hair as a detangler! Sounds amazing to me, it's the perfect little size and smells like an expensive perfume.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
I've only ever tried one primer, the benefit pore-fessional one and I've been happy with it so I never saw a reason to try something else. But this primer is beautiful! It's a lovely creamy gel texture which makes your skin feel amazing. I haven't tested it's longevity yet so cannot comment on whether your makeup stays put for the long run but I'm hoping I'll be very impressed.

 Nude Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick | Coffee Craze
When I first pulled this out of the box I didn't have a clue what it was but noticed it looked like a rather scary coffee colour. Then I swatched it on my hand and found it's the most beautiful creamy 'Kylie Jenner' nude. Everyone knows how huge nude lips are right now and this seems to be the perfect shade. The texture is amazingly creamy and I'm very impressed. I would never usually go for such a shade but that's why these boxes are good. It definitely won't suit all skin tones but it's such a lovely everyday lip colour, for me anyway.

James Read Sleep Mask Tan
I am definitely one for sun kissed skin, the whole year round. But I kind of went off fake tan literally this time last year. I was fed up of the patches and scrubbing your skin until it cried. However this little beauty may have brought back my tanning days. It's said to combine the hydrating effects of a facial with a healthy does of self-tan. Which sounds brilliantly moisturising to me and anything that wont sit on my dry patches is a bonus. You can then wake up with beautifully sun-kissed skin. I'm intrigued and can't wait to try Mr Read.
I'm super impressed with this box. I just love how you get to try so many products you wouldn't usually consider all for just £15.99. If you'd like to try some of these products you can get your box from here.  What do you think of the The Glamour Beauty Power List Box? Have you tried any of these products before, what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

August Favourites

Hello, gosh I cannot believe that it's time for August favourites. Where has August gone??? It    makes me sad to say goodbye to August as I've had such a relaxing time and made some great memories. However, it does mean we're edging ever so close to the end of the year and after a very difficult 2013 so far I'm happy to say goodbye. Everything on this post seems to look a little bland but I've really loved all of these products and have to share them with you...

In Summertime everyone wants their skin to look the best, as it's probably the only time of year your skin sees the sun. It can be a bit of a chore slathering on body moisturiser in the morning or after shower time, so this is where this lovely product comes in. You use it after cleansing with shower gel and you rub it into your skin before rinsing off. It applies like a creamy body lotion and this one smells beautiful. When you step out of the shower your skin feels soft and moisturised and I don't feel like I have to apply moisturiser. I'll definitely be re-buying!

If you're a regular on my blog you will know how much I love Clinique. This month I've really loved using their Moisture Surge Overnight Mask because my skin has felt a little dry from all of the sun it's had. I use this as a night cream and it's not too thick and on a morning leaves my skin feeling fresh and moisturised without being oily.
I am obsessed with hair products at the moment. Again, after the amount of sun my hair has had it is desperately needing a nourishing treatment. This product is so perfect, you apply it like a leave in conditioner and dry/straighten your hair as normal. It smells so fruity and amazing and leaves my hair feeling and looking stronger and healthier. I definitely want to do a full review of this little beauty.

I love this lipstick so much. To me it's been my perfect Summer shade, bright and pretty yet totally wearable. I've not tried much of the topshop makeup range but judging by how much I love this maybe I need to explore. The shade is the most perfect coral pink and the longevity is great too. 

This is one of those perfumes I've had for a while but haven't tried because I've been happy with my usual scents. However, I sprayed some of this before my holidays and fell in love. It's such a beautiful scent. I'm rubbish at describing smells but it's described as 'combining a sparkle of mandarin, wild berries and water lily with a hedonic blend of dewy honeysuckle, gardenia petals and jasmine.' It's just beautiful and perfect for Summer.

I decided to come out of my comfort zone and part from my beloved Maybelline the Falsies Mascara and try something else. I definitely made the right decision because I have found a new favourite. This mascara makes my lashes look so long, without clumping or looking flaky. It claims to be a lash enhancer while helping lashes grow. They definitely look amazingly long when I apply this!
Have you tried any of these products, what were your thoughts? What products have you been loving this month?

Love Laura x

Friday, 29 August 2014

Working Out At Home

Now we all know that we should be doing around 30 minutes of exercise a day. However, with expensive gym memberships and busy lifestyles many of us put this off as we don't have enough time. But 30 minutes is equivalent to just 2% of our day! When you put it like this it really puts it into perspective and honestly there should be no excuses. Even though I am a member of my local Bannatynes, I have come to the realisation that you really don't need a gym to have an effective workout. Running is a great way of keeping fit away from the gym but is not for everyone, so here are some workout ideas that I have tested myself and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

The 30 Day Shred
This was something I started doing before my holidays and oh wow you do get results quick! The 30 day shred is a programme designed by Jillian Michaels (from the biggest loser) which combines cardio, strength and abs work over different intervals and levels of difficulty. Each 20-minute workout (although this sounds short it is brutal) consists of 3 minutes of weights, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute ab work. In level one you do workouts consisting of jumping jacks, skipping, squats whereas in level 2 and 3 they progress into harder exercises such burpees, mountain climbers etc. I must say you definitely feel fitter as the days go on and by day 5 you'll have no problem completing the workout. One thing you need to have is some form of handweights and a mat but bottled water would do too. I really enjoy the 30 day shred and if definitely helped me to burn fat from my stomach and thighs. I loved how quickly you could see results and it's only 20 minutes everyday! You can buy the DVD from amazon or watch on youtube like I did. Just by googling 30 day shred you can see peoples amazing results and before and after pictures. It's definitely a brilliant workout for both fat burning and toning.


Blogilates is run by Cassey Ho (a pilates instructor) who posts videos, workout plans, recipes etc which you can use at home. She has such a huge variety of videos with different exercises from pilates and toning to cardio and achieving a bikini body. My favourites are the Victorias Secret Angel series, these really do work. Cassey herself is really enthusiastic and she talks about crazy things to try keep your mind off of the exercise you're doing and the fact that your muscles hurt so much. Each of the videos is only around 15 minutes first but gosh they really do target your muscles and make you work. No equipment is really needed and Cassey is quite amusing when she asks you to use heavy textbooks as weights! You could do a few of the videos at once to target different areas or mix it up with some pop cardio followed by a bikini blaster workout! I would definitely recommend you check out her website blogilates.com and there is even an app for iPhone so you can literally work out anywhere. No excuses!!

A brilliant piece of equipment for working out at home is your phone. You can find workouts for every part of your body just by flicking through the app store. An app which i've recently come across is SWORKIT. It's so easy to use; you choose from strength & cardio, yoga and stretching or you can create your own custom workout. Then you pick the area of your body you wish to target (or if you want you can pick a full body workout) and how many minutes you want to workout for, which is brilliant for those pushed for time. The app tells you the moves you need to do, the reps and a little clip of how to perform the move perfectly. It's a brilliant little app but I do wish it had music on there to keep you motivated, so you'll have to sort that bit yourself. Another downfall is that you have to pay to go pro, which makes the app a little basic but perfect for beginners. Overall a good little app, ideal for those who want to squeeze in a workout with no equipment needed.

Youtube & Instagram
Social networking is huge and full of fitness bunnys who inspire me everyday to get my ass off the sofa! I follow (stalk) so many people on instagram who post daily workout ideas and videos. Some of my favourites are soniatlevfitness; she has an amazing body and posts quick workouts everyday using chairs, walls and her own body weight. Another self-confessed gym junkie is Censkiii, even though she posts a lot of gym workouts, she does post no-equipment home workouts and she has a body to die for. A different type of fitness lover is Healthyxjessx a self-taught yoga and fitness enthusiast who posts yoga poses and videos of how to get into the different stretches. She also lives in Dubai and her pictures by the sea and on the beach are just amazing! Yoga is something i've been trying to get into, with running it's important you stretch your muscles properly and i've actually come quite a way just by watching Jess' clips. Lastly, youtube is your go to for workout videos relating to any parts of your body, any goals you have or any equipment you want to use. I did one the other day where you had to do squat jumps on your stairs and mountain climbers, it was crazy and exhausting but good! 

I hope i've given you some ideas for how to keep or get fit at home! If not I hope i've at least given you a bit of motivation or inspiration to workout! These are only a few ideas for working out at home. I may do a post about the workouts I tend to do to target areas of my body or maybe my floor routine at the gym. Let me know what you would like to see on here! Also I'd love to hear if you've tried and loved any of these workouts or what you do to workout at home? Have a lovely weekend everyone and try to fit in a workout!! 
Love Laura xx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Holiday Lookbook

Hello lovelies! Now this is a very late post seen as I went on holiday at the end of July/ start of August but I'm still reliving the pictures and the beautiful places I visited. If you're wondering where I have been I went on a cruise through the Adriatic Sea on the Thomson Majesty visiting; Corfu, Slovenia, Venice, Piran and Dubrovnik in Croatia and the beautiful Montenegro. I fell in love with the places I visited and never thought I would say this but cruising is definitely the way forward. Waking up in a different country everyday and parking your hotel right in the centre of beautiful towns, just being able to hop on and off as you please (I miss this holiday so much!!). So here are some of my outfits I wore on my holiday, check out my instagram too for lots of other holiday pictures.
Stunning Montenegro
Top: Zara
Shorts: Levis

 St Marks Square, Venice
Bandeau Top: Miss Selfridge
 On board with some amazing cocktails
Top: Asos
Skirt: Zara
Necklace: ebay
Watch: Michael Kors

Captains Dinner
Organza Dress: Miss Guided
Heels: Dorothy Perkins
Playsuit: Oh My Love at Topshop
Yellow Dress: River Island
Wedges: Primark
Cocktails on Deck
Dress: H&M
Necklace: Dorothy Perkins
Heels: Dorothy Perkins

 Beautiful Dubrovnik
Kimono: Zara
Bandeau Top: Primark
Shorts: Primark
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

 Sea Blue
Playsuit: Primark (absolutely love this!)
Bracelet: Topshop
Heels: Dorothy Perkins

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to Achieve Summer Bronzed Skin

Summer is without a doubt my favourite season. I love living in a bikini, having effortless beach waves and spending time in the beautiful sunshine. When the temperature rises the last thing I want to be doing is applying a heavy foundation to my skin and I love to embrace my natural glow. However, as I do wear a high SPF on my face I end up with a much paler face in comparison to my body. So here are some of the products I use to enhance my Summer skin and achieve a bronzed glow.

 I bought the bourjois BB Bronzing Cream back in Winter time and when I applied it to my face it looked ridiculous. However, on a whim I decided to try it after coming back from my holidays and my gosh I'm in love. This is definitely my new favourite base. It's unlike any other BB cream with it being a dark brown shade. I apply it to my skin using my Real Techniques buffing brush and it buffs into my skin like a dream,  quickly darkening my skin so it matches my body. It's not great at concealing blemishes which is pretty silly seen as it is a BB cream but it's perfect to achieve a bronzed glow. I also love the other products in the range (pictured below). The Bourjois Delice de Poudre is a great alternative to a powder, which you can use after the BB cream. Whilst the Bourjois Bronzing Primer is perfect for cheeks and temples. You can get all three of these on offer at Superdrug.

With my skin being darker in Summer this means that my usual contour products don't show up as great as I would like. I usually use the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder to achieve chizzled cheekbones but as I use this as a base it just isn't dark enough. The Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light is a brilliant little palette with a dark enough bronzer to show up on my cheekbones and a beautiful rose gold blush and highlighter. I took this kit on my holiday this year and it worked brilliantly. Another amazing contour is the Mac blush in Harmony. Although a little bit pricier, this is a really good product and you only need a minimal amount to make your cheekbones pop. It's the perfect ashy brown without making your cheeks orange! The last product pictures is the beautiful Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Coral Reef. This is such a beautiful blush for Summer! I love trying something a little different when on holiday and this coral blush looks amazing with bronzed skin and a bold coloured lip. It wears really well and the colour is really buildable so don't worry about it being so bold.
These are just some of my favourite products for achieving a bronzed glow. What are your favourite bronzing products? Have you used any of these products before?

Laura x