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

Friday, 15 August 2014

Clinique | Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

This is a review about an amazing product which as you can probably tell from the pictures, I have been using such a long time! It's the amazing Clinique take the day off cleansing balm. Now before I tried this I was never really into fancy cleansers. I used to just use a Nivea or Garnier milky cream cleanser and that would do the job. However, I had been eyeing up these oil balm cleansers for a while and on a whim decided to purchase. Well I don't think I'll ever be looking back!
When I first got this I was a little confused at how it works but it really is so simple. You take a small scoop of the solid balm into your fingertips and rub this into your skin in circular motions. The consistency is lovely and it melts away into a silky oil formula under your fingertips. You then begin to see the oil bringing away your makeup, literally melting it off of your face. I then get a hot face cloth and wipe away the oil and makeup it doesn't leave a trace behind, even any waterproof mascara. Now, I'm not sure if you are supposed to use it on your eyes but It's amazing at removing stubborn waterproof mascara, even better than actual eye makeup removers.
I'm so impressed with this product, I couldn't imagine using any other cleanser now. It's perfume free like any of cliniques products and it's really kind to your skin. One thing people worry about with these cleansers is the idea of applying an oil based cleanser on your face. However a common misconception is that if you apply oil to your face you're going to make it oilier. This isn't true, infact oil dissolves oil, therefore applying an oil to your face will cleanse your face whilst replacing the dirty oil and sebum with beneficial ones. I've noticed that my skin looks so much clearer and I have hardly any dry patches now. Another thing to note is how long this lasts! You only need the smallest amount each time you cleanse so a pot of this will have you going for months. You can get yours here for £22.
Have you ever tried an oil based cleanser? What are your thoughts on cleansing balms?
Have a lovely weekend everyone xx

Saturday, 9 August 2014

July Favourites

Hello lovelies. Apologies for the lack of posts, I've been on holiday!! I had such an amazing time cruising the Adriatic visiting amazing places like Montenegro and Venice, photos and outfits will follow shortly. But for now here are the products I've been loving throughout July and on my holidays!
You can tell how much I love these lashes, just look how they're stuck to the packet ha! I wore these on my holiday and absolutely love them. I've tried ardell before but I've always gone for much bigger lashes, after not wearing any lashes for a while these are the perfect length. They're really fluttery and look so natural. The clear band is also a good idea and I find them much easier to glue down than eylur. They don't come with glue though so make sure you've got some. I'll definitely be repurchasing! 
Really love these lip glosses! They're perfect for wearing in the day without having to worry about the wind sticking every piece of hair on your head onto your poor lips. They're very sheer but super moisturising. I think this one is in the shade grapefruit which is a perfect bluish pink colour which makes your teeth look really white. I also wore this on a night over Mac Crème Cup and it looked gorgeous. It just gave my lips that extra pop and looked really pretty with a tan. This will definitely be taking pride of place in my makeup bag!
Hairspray is a must have for holiday but with the tight luggage allowances and restrictions I wasn't going to be lugging my 400ml hairspray with me... Enter the travel size 75ml Elnett hairsprays. So cute and perfect for travelling! I don't really see much of a difference between the types of hairspray but this one does smell much nicer than the original Elnett scent. Which is always a bonus. I used this everyday and still have quite a lot left, I'd definitely recommend these lovelies for travelling.
Now I can't believe I haven't discussed these on the blog yet because they are saviours! I don't wear much makeup on holiday, especially foundation, so I only took 4 brushes with me. They were the buffing brush, contour brush, deluxe crease brush and base shadow brush. I seriously didn't feel like I needed anything else (I had an eyebrow brush on my pencil). The buffing brush is perfect for working in my favourite bourjois paris bronzing primer. I used the contour brush to chizzle my cheekbones and the eyeshadow brushes with my favourite Naked Palette. Need I say more?
These body butters are just amazing. I used to use the Banana Boat Green Aloe Gel, which is really good for sunburn but these are just so moisturising. I do find that my skin can get dry on holiday, with putting all these new lotions and oils on and I don't usually take a separate moisturiser with me. However, this is an after sun and body moisturiser rolled into one. Apart from smelling absolutely amazing, it really does work. I used the Exotic Coconut one on holiday which smells like pina coladas and my skin smelt and felt amazing. I would recommend these to anyone, even better when you put them in the fridge!
I hope you enjoyed my July favourites. Very much all products I've used on holiday! Let me know what your favourite products have been this month or any products you love to take on holiday. Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

June Favourites


Hello lovelies! I cannot believe I am writing this post... where has June gone? Anyway, July has started off so good. Today I went to watch the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. It was amazing. I feel so proud to be from Yorkshire! The atmosphere was unbelievable and it's so nice to see how everyone comes out to show their support. If the Tour is coming near you I really do recommend you go out and get involved! So before I get carried away, onto the favourites...

Clinique | Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
I've had this cleanser a while now after my brother bought me it for my birthday. Now I was rather worried about how to use this at first. It's not a liquid, it's not a cream but it's like a solidified oil. You literally scoop some into your fingertips and it melts away into a silky oily fluid. I use this all over my face, massaging it in before rinsing or removing with a wet flannel. It even removed my waterproof mascara (it does make your eyes a little blurry though, but never irritates). I honestly cannot get enough of this and it lasts so long. You can get yours for £22 here.

Revlon | Colourburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
This was the very first lip butter I tried. I really wanted to branch out with my lip colours and as this is orange it's a pretty good place to start. It does look rather daunting in the stick, however it applies so lightly and you can build the colour to as light/pigmented as you like. I find it looks beautiful with bronzed skin! It's a lovely formula which is very moisturising and how cute is the packaging! You can get yours for £7.99 here.

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder
Obviously had to have something French in here, stick with Le Tour De France! This is such an amazing bronzer, it's safe to say bourjois definitely do the best bronzers right now. I've had this for a while but never put it to much use. However, I've seen Tanya Burr using it quite a lot and she inspired me to get it back out. It's the perfect matte bronzer which you can use to contour or just for an all over bronze. It also smells beautiful, a little bit like chocolate. If you want to be all bronzed up you can get this for £7.99 here.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Black
I have seen so many mixed reviews on this. It was recently a gift in Glamour magazine and I have used it every day since. First of all I only really use the felt tip liquid liners as I find brushes so difficult. But I really do not find it scratchy at all. It goes on so easily and smooth and it's really helped me to create a winged eye. It stays on all day, without any smudging or bleeding.  I honestly do not know why people have had so many problems? Maybe it's because I got mine from Marks & Spencers? I cannot recommend this enough, you can get yours for £12.00 here

Lee Stafford Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray
So, in the quest to get long Rapunzel hair I have tried reducing the amount of heat I use. This has meant I have been letting my hair dry naturally and sleeping with wet hair eeeeek. Luckily for me I do have wavy hair anyway, however I spray this on wet hair and it looks like I've just stepped out of the sea! I love what salt water does to your hair on holiday and this mimics that look so well. I use this in the morning too to add a little bit more texture, it also smells amazing, as all Lee Stafford products do! If you want beachy waves you can get this for £7.99 here.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

How To Get Into Running

Seen as I added the 'fitness' tag to my blog I thought it was about time I actually posted something fitness related. This is something that a lot of people ask me about and so many people find it so difficult to start. As you guessed it's running. Many people say to me, 'I don't know how you do it', 'I can't even run up the stairs' and some even say 'you're crazy'. But guess what, I understand this because I had to start somewhere. Nobody is born running, ok some people obviously find it easier and it comes natural but I'm not one of those. For those of you who are wanting to get your running trainers on and pound the pavements here are some of my tips...
A Running Partner
One of the best tips I can give you is to run with someone else. You don't even have to talk to them!  I run with my Dad, who has ran half marathons and cross the line of the London Marathon last year in an impressive time. He is my whole inspiration and ever since I watched him run London I have wanted to be in that position. I run with him all the time, sometimes I feel like I'm holding him back but he doesn't mind. Trust me, if I went running alone all the time I'd run to the end of the street and run back home. Running with someone else keeps you going and it's also good to have someone else to pace you, so you don't burn out too quickly.
The Correct Gear
Ok now as much as I love buying new running clothes I'm not talking fashion here. I'm talking suitable footwear. When I first started out running I used my Nike Free Runs 5.0. However, I got seriously bad calf pain and it used to put me out for days (I could also feel every stone under my feet when running). These were not a good choice and I knew with the miles I would be doing I needed a bit of support. I went to Up and Running, where they watch you run, assess your running style and foot type, then offer you a selection of lovely trainers. I cannot recommend them enough and they do know what they're talking about. It's so important to know your foot type and running style and to get fitted properly!
I rely on my trust IPhone so much throughout my runs. I started out using the Nike Sensor you put into your shoes but I found this was so far out. I then went onto using Map My Run but I dislike how it only gives you feedback after every kilometre. So now I'm using the Nike Running app. It provides me with feedback on my speed, distance, pace and at the end of your run it tells me my splits! Each run you do is saved so you can track your progress, it's also good to compete with yourself to better your times. You can add friends to it to give you a little bit more inspiration and add your own playlists! I would recommend anyone who is starting out running to set up an upbeat playlist with songs that will keep you going. I have songs like Kanye West 'Stronger' and Avicii 'Wake Me Up'.
There is also a good app which my friend is using right now called 'Couch to 5K'. This is basically an app for beginners to get you running 3 miles in no time. It has a running programme which consists of walking and short runs to build you up over time. This is such a good idea and it's always good to follow a training plan. I use a training plan at the minute and ticking each day off makes you feel so successful!
Don't Forget What You're Running For
The whole reason I first started running was watching my inspirational Dad run the London Marathon. I signed myself up for the Great North Run with hopes to cross the finish line with my Dad this year. We're running in memory of my Great Grandma and Nanna who both had the awful disease dementia. Having something to run for and feeling like you are making a difference gives you that little push of inspiration when you're struggling with gruelling hip pain 5 miles in. Don't ever forget what you're running for! Even if it's just a personal fitness goal always picture the end result.
Those are my best tips for starting running. I'd also say don't stop! Many times I've gone out ran to the end of the street and thought oh gosh I'm going to die my legs wont carry me. But your body can do amazing things. Keep going and always picture the end goal. If any of you would be kind enough to sponsor me doing my half marathon you can do so HERE I'd be so grateful and will thank you forever! Let me know if any of you have taken on board any of my tips. Or, if you have some of your own tips to add.
P.S. If that all fails just think of Ryan Gosling...

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Weekend Face

Hi lovelies, I hope you're enjoying the weekend! I haven't done a makeup update in a while so I just thought I would update you on the products I have been using. I don't wear much makeup at all through the week and it's very rare I wear foundation at the weekend as I usually just stick to my BB/CC creams. But here is my weekend face if I'm going somewhere special. Let me know if you'd like to see any reviews of any of the products I used.

Nars Sheer glow| Barcelona
Collection concealer | Medium
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Sleek Face Palette | Light
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil | Hazel
No7 Eyelash Curlers
Soap and Glory Eyeshadows | Minky & Dandy Plum
Revlon Grow Lusious Mascara
Mac Eye Khol | Phone Number
Collection Extreme 24hr Felt Tip Liner
Mac | Crème cup

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

June Sales: Zara and Victoria's Secret

Hi lovelies. If you didn't already know Zara have a huuuge sale on right now both online and in-store and in case you didn't know it's definitely my favourite on the high street. As soon as I got the e-mail, I was straight online ordering. I then popped into the Leeds store and noticed they had different items in store... so I obviously made some extra purchases. Also my favourite underwear store Victoria's Secret have their semi-annual sale going on. I'm hoping to do outfit pictures including some items but for now here is what I bought.

 Leaf Print Crop Top | £25.99  £17.99
This one was an in store purchase and they had lots left in the one I went to. Now I don't think I would usually go for something like this but I tried it on and it looked so pretty. It's very silky with some sheer panels but they don't reveal much which is good. I really like the green colour and the print is just lovely. I'm really happy with this and can't wait to feature it in holiday pictures.

Jeans | £29.99  £19.99
These were one of those unnecessary purchases but I do really love them. I already ordered the Zara jeans from the internet but at this point them still hadn't arrived. Whoops. So I ended up getting another pair. However, I do prefer these to the other jeans in this post. They are not high high waisted but they rise up a little higher than usual and they look really good, especially when I paired them with the crop top!  I also like the little roll ups on the bottom (which aren't sewn in). Zara are definitely winning on the jean front!

Neoprene Printed Skirt | £19.99  £12.99  [link]
I've noticed a lot of neoprene on the high street atm. Even making bikinis out of it, so I definitely thought it was time I got my hands on some. This skirt fits like a dream! It hugs your curves but doesn't cut into your body or roll up because of the nature of the fabric. It's such a pretty print which I can pair with so much because of the different pretty pastel colours. I want it in other colours now! Hint Hint Zara.

Printed Jacket with Fringing| £29.99  £22.99 [link]
Now Kimonos are such a huge trend right now and I just love the print of this one. I saw it in store a few weeks ago but I was unsure of the length. It is longer than the usual kimonos but I thought this would be perfect to cover your bum with leggings and also thrown over a bikini. When I saw it on the website I knew it was one of those buy it or you'll regret it purchases! Can't wait to show this off in an outfit post.
Ripped Skinny Jeans | £19.99  £17.99
Now I apologise because I cannot find the link for these at all. I've wanted some ripped skinny jeans for a while now and I wanted to steer away from my usual topshop leigh jeans. I love Zara jeans. I find they fit perfect, which is really suprising because some of their sizes can be very sporadic! I have quite a big bum for my shape and find some jeans can gape at the back but Zara jeans always seem to fit so perfectly!
Flat Glitter Sandal | £25.99  £15.99 [link]
Now these sandals are my favourite I have bought for a while. I love wearing sandals and the feeling of having air to your feet all day and not sweating away in your shoes (I know eww). However, I don't really like my toes being out. I'm sure it's not just me who is toe conscious? These sandals are perfect because they cover your toes over but they're still open to the air. They're also really comfy which is surprising as they're so flat. The colour is also a winner because you can wear with gold or silver! These will be on my feet aaaaalll Summer!

Dream Angel Bra | £62.00  £29.50
Now I wouldn't usually post my underwear on the internet but when it looks this pretty I'm sure it's ok! This bra is absolutely stunning. It has the prettiest lace pattern and there are teeny little diamantes, which are probably a nightmare for the washing machine (must remember to handwash) but they're stunning! Victoria's Secret do the comfiest bras ever. They are the perfect fit and the fabric is just so soft. I wouldn't pay the original crazy price for it but I can understand why some people would.
Pink Shorts | £22.99   £11.50
Ok so they're not Pink they're a greeny/blue colour but they're from the Pink section of Victoria's Secret. This section is made for teenagers or young adults and has much friendlier prices. They also have the most amazing sports and yoga clothes. Now I've needed some running shorts for a while. The type that your bottom doesn't eat and that don't fall down either. These are perfect. They have a rather good underwear section which is like built in pants underneath the actual shorts. This makes them so comfy when running. They also have the little slits at the side so they rise up with your leg then go back down. I tested them on my weekend run and I love them, there's even a little pocket for your house key.
Pink Sports Bra| £24.99  £14.50
Oh wow. These are the comfiest sports bras ever. I have a few from PINK and they are just amazing. They have the coolest designs and patterns and are just so cute. They are padded so give you a little bit of confidence when working out and they just keep everything perfectly in place. These are definitely my all time favourite sports bras.
Have you been hitting the sales recently? What are your favourite sale picks? Let me know below! Have a lovely week.
Love Laura