Saturday, 24 January 2015

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

As I've said before, face oils have always scared me. Putting extra oil on my face just made me imaging waking up with oily skin and pimples everywhere! But after hearing how face oils can replenish skin whilst replacing essential oils I'm definitely converted. Especially as this time of year is hell for your skin - with the crazy weather and central heating blasting out. My poor skin suffers.
I started to take the plunge and go for one of the best selling face oils Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Described as 'a replenishing night time facial oil with distilled botanicals that visibly restores the appearance of skin by morning.' The packaging is really lovely and reminds me of old potion and medicine bottles but it's a very luxurious glass bottle with a pipette to measure out the 2-3 drops easily. One of the ingredients is lavender essential oil which gives off a really relaxing scent, I even find my Mum using this when she needs a good sleep.
Since October, I've been trying to use this every night on my face and it has definitely helped to keep my skin healthy throughout Winter. It's best to use at night time, applying 2 drops and rubbing into my skin, as this is when your skin is most effective at absorbing and locking in moisture and by morning your skin is moisturised! I've also found that on a morning my skin looks much brighter and radiant but I can't comment on the anti-aging effects, luckily I've not yet developed wrinkles. Even though I've been using it for around 3 months I'd still say there was over half a bottle left. So even though it might be pricey at £36.00 a bottle but it lasts a very long time and really does make a noticeable difference. You can buy this direct from Kiehl's or Debenhams have the occasional 10% off beauty which is always a good time to stock up!
Have you tried any face oil's before? What are your favourite products from Kiehl's?


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Makeup Revolution: Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette Review

Makeup Revolution Ultra Cover and Conceal Palette | £6 | link
I feel like amongst all of the Christmas gift guides and Christmas/New Year themed posts I haven't done a product review in so long. Today I'd like to tell you about a product which I've been putting to the test since November now but it's just taken me so long to review! Makeup Revolution launched in 2014 and they are a cruelty free, innovative and affordable makeup range currently stocked online and in Superdrug stores. They have a fantastic range from the Naked Eyeshadow Palette dupes to a beautiful range of blushes and highlighters. I really don't know why it's taken me so long to pick up something from their stand.

The Cover and Conceal Palette first caught my eye because I had really been wanting a palette to contour with. For me, I was already happy with my Collection and my Maybelline Eraser eye concealers. There were three palettes to choose from light, light-medium and medium-dark. This palette is perfect for me but I'm sure the other palette would cater for lighter and darker skin shades too. The packaging is very sleek, the palette itself is lovely but does get mucky fingerprints on the lid. The huge mirror inside is also so handy, even though I have a big light up mirror I still find myself using this!

When swatching the individual concealers (the swatches are just one swatch, I didn't build up the product) I found they have a very creamy texture which almost melts onto your skin. I must admit they're not full coverage but they are slightly buildable. I've found that if using for under eye or blemish cover up it's best to use a beauty blender as it really helps to set the concealers. Like I said though my intention wasn't to use the shades to conceal with but to contour. For contouring, I think these shades are perfect. I like to use them with either my Real Techniques Contour brush or the domed shadow brush. The concealers are quite lightweight which means they don't look too un-natural on your face and just blend like a dream, helping to sculpt my face. It helps to set the concealers using a powder, not that my skin is oily but they are pretty oily and it will help to set the contour.

To conclude if you're looking for concealers I wouldn't recommend this palette. They aren't as thick as I would like for a concealer and work much better at contouring. But it's a great value little palette for only £6 and for a range of shades it's perfect. I'm also aware that Makeup Revolution have released their Protection Palettes, designed to conceal, touch up and contour. I can't wait to get my hands on these!!
Have you tried any of the Makeup Revolution range? What are your thoughts? Can you recommend any amazing cream contour products?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Hi lovely people. Christmas seems to have come and gone so quick, it makes me sad to think it's over. But the memories are good! As much as I'm still trying to keep in high spirits for the start of 2015 I've definitely got the January blues. The thought of a beautiful beach with the ocean lapping at the shore is so appealing right now. Daydreaming aside, I thought it would be about time I did a 'What I Got For Christmas' post. I did plan on making a video but have literally had zero time in daylight to sit down and film. Oh I long for those Summer months. Anyway I hope you enjoy a little snippet into some of the things I got.

 The most amazing smelling: The Body Shop coconut collection, The Body Shop strawberry body soufflĂ©, Aveeno Moisturisers.

 My favourite type of presents: Vaseline lip collection, Soap and Glory The Sugar Crush set.

 Winter training essentials: Karrimor running socks, Nike Running Gloves, Karrimor Running bottle.

Beautiful Sports Bras: New Balance Pink Bra, Victoria's Secret PINK Red Bra

 My collection grows: Soap & Glory - The Next Big Thing.

 The most beautiful coloured Michael Kors bag. I also got beautiful silver round Michael Kors earrings, but I forgot to photograph those.

Most used present so far, check out my insta for more: Breville Blend-Active
 Beauty essentials: Babyliss KeratinShine Hairdryer and the No7 Light Up Mirror (which needs a wipe down whoops).

Perfect pampering:  Baylis & Harding Spa O2 foot scrub and cream and a lush Christmas gift box.
There were a few other things I forgot to photograph like the Michael Kors earrings, next slippers and pjs and nail varnish. I'd love to see your blog posts/instagram links to see what you were lucky to receive this Christmas. I hope you're all enjoying 2015 and I promise I'm getting back to my regular blogging self! Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

Friday, 2 January 2015

New Years Resolutions: Ignoring The Number On The Scales!

Today is the 2nd of January 2015, where many people will be facing the reality of a New Year after the horrendous hangover they endured yesterday. For many, this means reflecting on 2014 and mulling over potential New Years resolutions, weighing up what's achievable and what's totally never going to happen. One of the most common resolutions which I have seen flying about on many Facebook status' is the desire to lose weight. Now I'll be the first to admit this has been one of my resolutions in the past and then became a 2nd resolution when I didn't reach it the first time. However, this year I definitely will not be fretting over the number on the scales...
I'll start with my own story of my weight. I've always been what is seen as a 'good weight' for my height. In Sixth form I discovered going out and drinking what I wanted and eating whatever took my fancy with absolutely no consideration of what it was doing to my body but I was always around the 8stone mark. Now I was never huge but I know I had a pair of size 12 denim shorts and looking back at pictures I could see the fat around my round face, including multiple chins and know for a fact I had a muffin top! Towards the end of University I decided to stop the drinking and instead opted for a healthy lifestyle. This leads me to where I am now. 2014 for me consisted of half marathon training 3/4 times a week and the gym on any days I was free. This meant I was working out around 5 times a week, ensuring I had rest days for recovery. I noticed huge changes in my body, popping calf muscles, rock hard thighs and a new toned stomach. But I also noticed my weight had fired above 9stone and no matter how hard I worked the number wasn't dropping.
My body was looking the best it ever had, I was feeling amazingly strong and healthy yet I was the heaviest I've ever weighed. The thing is scales don't differentiate a pound of fat from a pound of pure muscle. Through my training I had built lean muscle mass, which doesn't weigh more than fat as a pound is a pound but muscle is around 18% denser than fat. Meaning 10lb of muscle is obviously going to take up less space in the body than 10lb of fat. This explains why I'm in size 8 clothes, smaller than I used to be, but weighing the most I've ever weighed.
This for me is the reason why I ignore the scales and listen to my body. I know when I've eaten rubbish and I feel crappy but I also know from my clothes and appearance of my skin when I need to workout too. So instead of fretting over the number on the scales I'm going to go by my clothes, my measurements and my instincts. Also, if you're lifting 5kg more than you were the week before you're doing something right! It's about being strong not skinny! So in 2015, be healthy, don't fret about the number and listen to your body.
Wishing you all the happiest and healthiest 2015! Keep your eyes peeled for more fitness posts  including some half marathon training tips! I'd love to hear some of your resolutions or plans you have for the New Year!
Love Laura xx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

Seen as it's Christmas Eve and the big guy will already be making his way around the world delivering gifts it's obviously the perfect time to share The Christmas Tag. So I'm sharing with you my excitement for the big day tomorrow and wishing you all a Merry Christmas...
1. On a scale of 1-10 how much are you in the Christmas mood?
Christmas is always a very exciting time of the year for me, no matter how old you are it's great to get into the spirit. I'm definitely a 9, creeping up to a 10 at this point!
2. When wrapping presents is it a fail or are you a pro?
I must admit I'm a present wrapping genius, I get strangely satisfied by creasing the edges of the paper. I love using fabric bows and my bow tying is on point this year. So everyone in my family expect a neatly wrapped bow.
3. When did you put your Christmas decorations up and do you do anything special while putting them up? 
As we have been having an extension done in our house this has delayed the usual tree putting up. Ours went up around the 10th of December, all in good time. It's always my job to put the angel on but this year the decorating was all my responsibility.

4. Do you get dressed up or stay in your pjs on Christmas day? 
In the morning I'll be in my pyjamas whilst present opening. But it's really lovely to get dressed up for dinner and make a big occasion of it. If you can't get dressed up at Christmas when can you?
5. What would be your dream place to go during the Christmas season?
 I remember one Christmas my Mum, Dad, Brother and I went to Florida. I was really against the idea as It wouldn't be like a normal Christmas but I had the best time ever. Christmas at Disney is so magical! But I'd be anywhere on Christmas as long as I was with my loved ones!
6. What is your Christmas tree decorated like?
My Christmas tree this year is god and purple with fairy lights and pretty gold bows. I've always been for a traditional tree and I hate the idea of tinsel!

7. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeers? ( without googling ) 
Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Comet, Cupid, Donnert and Blitzen? Is that them  all who have I missed? How many reindeers does he even have?
 8. Are you on the naughty list or the nice list this year? ( be honest ) 
The nice list of course :)
 9. Name three things you love to do coming up to Christmas? 
1. Visiting family
2. Christmas films
3. Decorating the house!
 10. Any Christmas Wishes?
Happiness, health and good fortune for my family! We've been through a lot this year and I know Christmas without my Nanna will be tough but my family are troopers! So much love for them.
 11. Name 10 Christmas songs you love? 
10 is far too many!! Let's just name a few:
1. I wish it could be Christmas
2. Fairytale of New York
3. Merry Christmas Everyone
4. Anything Buble
5. My Only Wish
12. Name 3 Christmas movies you love? 
1.Home Alone
2. The Grinch
3. Jack Frost
13. Do you like white lights or coloured? 
White, always!!
14. Which do you like a little better, Christmas day or Christmas eve?
This is tough. Christmas Eve I love because of the whole build up to the big day. Everyone is the festive spirit and it's a day I spend visiting family and friends. But Christmas Day is just so nice to spend time with the family, exchanging gifts and just a real happy time!
15. What is your favourite Christmas make-up look to wear? 
For Christmas I usually like a gold eye with a red lipstick but not Christmas dinner! Go check out my last post which has my Christmas Party makeup tutorial!
16. Right now as you're answering these questions, how long is it till Christmas?
Well it's 20:12 which means Santa will be coming in 3 hours!
17. Do you have any present you open before Christmas day?
Being a teacher I get presents from children at school, usually chocolates and mugs. They're the only ones I open!
18. Name three things on your Christmas list?
1. Breville Blend Active
2. A new hairdryer
3. Happiness :)
19. Your having a down day, Your not in the Christmas mood. What do you do to change your mood and become Christmas happy? 
Watch a good Christmas film, usually a classic home alone or Jingle All The Way. Or play a few Christmas tunes and play some silly games with the family. Today we played the game from Celebrity juice which is like word association but you can't show your teeth... hilarious!
20. What is the best thing on your plate when you have your Christmas dinner? 
As a none-red meat eater, definitely not the pigs in blankets. Usually a few roasts and carrots... how exciting am I!!
 I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Tag. Let me know if you've done any Christmas posts as I'd love to check them out! I wish you all such a Merry Christmas and hope you all have the happiest day! xxx

Monday, 15 December 2014

Christmas Get Ready With Me

Hello lovelies, hope you all had a lovely weekend. I know that besides Motivational Monday posts, I never post on a Monday. But because it's Christmas, I thought I'd bring you my Christmas Get Ready With Me, just in time for Christmas Parties and nights out. I'd love to hear about your Christmas looks and let me know what you thought of this. I'm also thinking of doing a 12 days of Christmas, where I blog everyday over the 12 days. What do you think about this? Hope you enjoy the video...
Love Laura

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | Stocking Fillers

To conclude my Christmas Gift Guides, I'm bringing you the best of the Stocking Fillers. A selection of some of my favourite beauty and fashion bits which are all under £20! Perfect for treating your loved ones or for putting down on your own lists to good old St Nick. I definitely got carried away with this, so I tried so hard to narrow it down to just 13. I hope you enjoy my picks of the best Stocking Fillers. Also, sorry that I didn't post a video this week,  don't worry thought because this weekend I am filming my Christmas Party look ready for next week!
Christmas isn't complete without a pair of socks! These are the cutest little slipper socks with a pretty polka-dot reindeer design. Perfect to keep your little toes snug for the festive period.
From the beauty range of a huge beauty guru, these lashes are perfect for the party season. The perfect lashes for Christmas parties, New Years celebrations or for a hot date! I'd be very happy to see these in my stocking on Christmas day.
A perfect dupe for the Naked 3 Palette but at a fraction of a price. This is perfect for those first starting their make-up collection or those who like me, can't resist a good eyeshadow. The shadows are beautifully pigmented and have great staying power with or without a primer.
An ASOS exclusive consisting of Benefit's Posie Tint and High Beam, giving you beautifully flushed and highlighted cheeks. I'm so impressed with Benefit's gift sets this year, keep them coming.
A beautifully packaged product designed to lull you into a dreamy night's sleep whilst caring for the skin. An adorable little stocking filler.
This is the perfect moisturiser for the upcoming Winter months. With such a thick formula which has been dermalogically tested for dry skin and hemp seed oil to give you super moisturised and protected hands.
I'm pretty sure that everyone will have a lush product on their very own wish lists this Christmas. This bath bomb is infused with beautiful citrus scents and is in the cutest little present shape!
The Debut Novel from the Youtube Phenomenon Zoella (Zoe Sugg). There's been so much criticism surrounding this book but as one of my favourite youtubers and with it hitting number 1 before it was even released I have to read!
A perfect treat for your loved ones, consisting of a deep cleansing cream, body cream, hand salve, lip balm and foot cream. All beautifully scented, naturally created and great ways to try out the brand.
Described as a bridal-duo set, although the colours are just perfect statement nudes ideal for anyone. Eternal Optimist is a beautiful warm spiced polish whereas Allure is a seductive sheer colour.
Bourjois make the most beautifully pigmented lip colours for great prices. This gift set is no exception, three beautifully pigmented and silky shades designed to last.
The perfect Winter hat, a cable knit design with the cutest fur pom pom! To keep you super warm it also has a fleece lining. 
The prettiest rings for the party season and you get 8 for only £2.99. In both silver and gold, you can mix and match and wear on the bottom or middle of the fingers.
Will you be buying any of these stocking fillers? What are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking this year?