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?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Glamorous Waves with The Cloud Nine Wand | Planet Hair & Beauty

I was recently asked by my favourite hair salon, Planet Hair and Beauty, to go along and try their new Cloud Nine Curling Wand. Having heard so much about this range and so many raving reviews of the Touch Straighteners and The O, I knew this tool wasn't going to disappoint.
Matrix Oil Wonders Oil | £12.99 | Shampoo | £7.95 | Conditioner | £8.95 | Available at Planet Hair & Beauty *
After having my hair washed with the New Matrix Oil Wonders range, which by the way smells absolutely amazing! My hairdresser then ran the Matrix Oil Wonders Indian Alma Strengthening Oil through the lengths of my hair, which was soon to make my hair glisten but also deliver optimum softness and strength. This oil is definitely on my wish list, I can't even begin to describe how amazing it smelt, like an expensive perfume but with the undertones of ginger and spice! After a quick blow dry, my hair was perfectly prepped, smelling amazing and ready to go.
The Cloud Nine Wand | £99.95 | Available at Planet Hair & Beauty *
The wand itself is definitely aesthetically pleasing, sleek and comes beautifully packaged. Heat control is easy with the 3 level temperature setting, allowing you to create tight vintage curls or more softer glamorous waves. The good thing about wands is just how easy and versatile they are to use! Another bonus is that it comes with a heat glove, so burnt skin (something I know too well about) will be a thing of the past. The wand heats up super quick and is definitely easier than a clamp barrel. My hairdresser created these beautiful, effortless waves by curling and spraying with hairspray as she went along. Then leaving the hair to cool before brushing out the curls into soft, beautiful waves. I feel like I have hair from a magazine! Never did I think my hair would look so glamorous and shiny.
Cloud Nine Touch Straighteners | £95.99 | Available at Planet Hair and Beauty*
Another product in the range is the Cloud Nine Touch Straightener, an award winning iron with mineral infused plates that glide smoothly through the hair, resulting in beautifully conditioned and highly polished locks. Also beautifully packaged with the cutest little black and blue limited edition heatproof style case.

 Have you tried any of The Cloud Nine range? What are your favourite styling tools?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | The Beauty Edit

Hi lovelies! Hope you've all enjoyed the first week of December. With Christmas in under 3 weeks I'm sure many of us have already got some of our Christmas presents. But for those of you who just don't know what to buy your loved ones or want some beauty bits for your own wishlists I've put together some of my favourite beauty picks! From lipsticks to hair products, there's definitely something for you beauty lovers out there.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Crayons Gift Set | £16.00 | link
I love how soap and glory describe their lip products as like a push up bra for your lips! This set consists of three gorgeous glosses, one a bright pink, one orange and a beautiful berry. Perfect for all year round!
WAH London The Nail Edit Dreamy Days Kit | £23.00 | link
The ultimate nail gift set from the ultimate nail salon. If you follow their instagram you'll know what I mean. This kit comes with everything you need to create beautiful nails with 3 pastel colours, palm tree and peace stickers and sponges (to create the ombre nail look).
Bumble and Bumble Make it Big Set | £21.50 | link
A great gift set for any type of hair, complete with a full size Thickening Hairspray with a 50ml Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. This would be amazing to create big New Years Eve hair!
Origins Let Us Glow Gift Set | £30.00 | link
This is such a lovely skin and beauty set with the original energy-boosting moisturiser and refreshing eye cream. But with the added bonus of a pretty berry lip balm and brightening mascara in a cute little makeup bag. The essential set for all you glow-getters.
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Powder Set | £29.50 | link
In my opinion the best gift set from Benefit but also the hardest ever to get your mitts on! It features a set of 6 blushes including: hoola, dandelion, CORAlista, watts' up, bella bamba, rockateur and sugarbomb. The ultimate blush set for when you don't know what colour to choose! The set also includes watt's up soft-focus highlighter to illuminate your cheekbones too!
Mac Lipstick | £15.00 | link
Mac make the best lipsticks and there are so many shades you're bound to find one for Christmas! My picks would be rebel (a deep vampy purple), ruby woo (a perfect red for Christmas) or impassioned (a gorgeous pink).
Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette | £45.00 | link
Definitely a luxury Christmas gift rather than a stocking filler but look how beautiful it is! It includes 'three natural-looking shades that enliven the complexion; create the ultimate healthy glow with the Bronzing Powder; and give skin a light-reflecting radiance with the Highlighting Blush.' With some of Nars' best sellers such as laguna and deep throat it's a great palette which if you were to buy the products separate it would equate to £117!
TIGI Dumb Blonde Gift Pack | £19.95 | link
Bed Head make some of my favourite hair products and many a times I have used this set. Specially designed for blonde hair (they do have a brunette set too) it aims to repair and rejuvenate blonde colour treated hair. The perfect products for those who have highlighted or colour treated hair.
Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set | £56.95 | link
This has been on my own wish list for a while but I keep convincing myself I don't need any more brushes! But it's a great set for those who are wanting a whole new brush set or their first ever set. Beautifully finished with rose gold handles too, dreamy!
Charlotte Tilbury Colour Coded Eyeshadow Palette | £38.00 | link
The Charlotte Tilbury collection is just beautiful, so much so that I struggled to only pick one product from their range. The packaging is gorgeous and CT certainly knows how to create brilliant products. This palette (the glamour muse) is part of the colour coded range which are designed to suit different eye colours.  But look how beautiful the shades are, you should definitely check out the other palettes. I know I'd be super happy unwrapping this on Christmas day.
Lush Festive Friends Gift Set | £14.50 | link
Lush have so many amazing gift sets, boxed up, beautifully wrapped and ready to go! This gift set is perfect for me, consisting of two bubble bars and two bath bombs, Christmassy themed of course. If you're more into their soaps or massage bars though these are included in some of the other boxes. There's so many to choose from so you'll definitely find one for you or your loved ones!
I hope you all enjoyed this beauty gift guide. Are any of these picks on your own Christmas lists? What are your top beauty picks for Christmas?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

November Favourites

Hi lovelies! I'm very sorry this video was so late, I've been having quite a few problems with uploading recently, why does it take so long! Anyhow, it's here! I promised you in October that I'd be bringing you a video for my November favourites so here it is. November has been a good month for me beauty wise but skin wise not so good. By this I'm meaning how dry my skin has suddenly got and how much moisturising I've been doing recently. I explain it all in the video below. Hope you enjoy and leave me comments for what Christmas videos and blog posts you'd like to see!
Love Laura

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Maybelline | The Eraser Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer

Maybelline The Eraser Eye Perfect & Cover Concealer | £7.99
Finally, I managed to get my hands on this little beauty. I've seen it used so many time before in youtuber tutorials but whenever I went in store I would just find the well used testers sitting on the lonely stand. So the Maybelline Eraser Eye concealer is finally mine and I've definitely put it to good use the past few weeks.

It's packaged in a neat little plastic tube but unlike other concealers, it comes with a twist dispenser and sponge. Now I don't use the sponge to blend my concealer in but it is a nifty little idea. The best thing about this concealer is the coverage. I don't have terrible dark circles but I do get them and I just find this to be perfect at concealing my under eye area. The best part being that it actually lasts all day too, so I don't have to worry about my dark circles. The creamy formula means that it's super moisturising too without sticking to any dry areas or sinking into any creases. I've also put it to the test with concealing blemishes and even though it isn't as thick as my usual Collection concealer it does the trick very well. It's the perfect concealer to hide those spots which are drying up because it doesn't sit on your dry patches and make them really obvious!

The shade range isn't great though. I got the colour 'nude' which was the darkest out of nude and light. I'm not particularly dark skinned, though this is the perfect shade for me. I would like to try the light one though to use as a highlighter. At £7.99 it's definitely affordable and I'd happily repurchase.
Have you tried this concealer? What's your favourite conealers for dark circles or blemishes?

Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | The Fitness Edit

With Christmas very quickly approaching and new years resolutions soon to be on the cards I thought I'd share with you my Top Fitness Christmas Gifts! For all those who may have some fitness fanatics in their family or want some ideas for their own Christmas wish list! I've tried to include some of the basics that everybody should have in their life, you'll definitely thank me come January 1st!

1. My Protein Foam Roller | £10.79 | link
Foam rolling is such an important part of exercise and recovery. I must admit I am guilty of not being a regular roller but I try to make up for it with the stretching I do. Foam rolling is great to relieve muscle aches and pains, especially for runners who get terrible shin splints (like myself). There are so many youtube videos out there too, explaining the techniques to use for different areas. I for one will have this on my Christmas list. My protein have also asked me to include a link to their brilliant discount and voucher codes page here.
2. Nike Diamond Iphone 5 Running Band | £22.50 | link
So maybe this is quite pricey for a running armband but trust me it's worth it. The amount of armbands I went through before I finally purchased this one. It's so comfortable doesn't move at all and is super easy to use. I must warn you though, the armband is quite small, for me it's fine but if you have quite a large upper arm you might need to try the men's one.
3. Incredible by Victoria's Secret Sport Bra | £33 | link
Definitely this best sports bras I have ever tried! They're the comfiest, securest yet stylish sports bras I've found. They give you a lot of support but also look rather amazing under your gym vest. They're most certainly worth the pennies and because they're like bra sizing, the fit is perfect, much better than any sports bra brands I've tried.
4.  Polar M400 GPS Heart Rate Monitor | £157 | link
I had to include a techy gift in this post and this was the obvious choice. Polar are like the Daddy of all fitness watches. This one in particular can track pace, distance and altitude and can help you find your way home with the built in GPS. It also works as a trainer where you can play, syn and share your training whilst setting yourself targets to conquer your PBs. The heart rate monitor also means you can train at the right intensity for your personal goals. Any fitness bunny would be ecstatic with this baby!
5. Breville Blend Active | £19.50 | link
Now this is something I've got on my own list to Santa this year. A much more reasonably priced alternative to the Nutri bullet. A great little blender which mixes and blends up a one-person portion of smoothie, juice or sports drink. I'm already planning all the brilliant smoothies I'll be making!!
6. Nike X Liberty Trainers | £95 | link
Now what an amazing collab this is. The style and comfort of Nike with the beautiful design and print by Liberty. Obviously on the pricey side but these are just such amazing trainers! I obviously wouldn't be running 10miles in them but they'd be great for the gym and also on your daily commute or shopping spree!!
7. Nike Training Kit | £22.50 | link
This is a great kit for those who don't have pricey gym memberships or would much rather workout in the comfort of their own home. Resistance bands have been playing a great part in my workouts recently and there are so many youtube videos of how to use them effectively. Skipping is great to raise your heartbeat and burn off a few Christmas chocolates!
8. Yurbuds Inspire Talk In-Ear Headphones | £21 | link
I've raved so much about these headphones before, even writing a review here. They're just a brilliant idea, they stay in your ears through wind, rain and even when you pull on them. These ones are great because they have the one-touch control and microphone which makes it easier to use when running or working out. I urge you all to purchase!!

What fitness picks have you got on your wishlist? Will you be getting these for any of your loved ones?