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
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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
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Monday, 23 June 2014

Summer Sorbet: The Body Shop's Body Sorbet

Well I am so very lucky to be blogging about these after I managed to get my hands on the new and amazing body sorbets from the body shop. I have been anticipating their arrival since last month and I am so happy to finally be blogging about it. If you've tried the Body Shop's body butters I am sure you'll already be in love. However, doesn't it annoy you when the butters get under your finger nails and take forever to sink into your skin....

Enter Body Shop's new weapon, the Body Sorbets. Now I absolutely love the smell of the strawberry range at Body Shop and it comes second to the coconut scent. So obviously I had to try the Strawberry sorbet. The others in the range are Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Moringa and I'm sure I tried a Satsuma one? They all smell absolutely amazing and I found it considerably hard to choose but strawberry is my favourite as it smells like angel delight! They have a gel like formula which naturally is classed as a sorbet and they instantly sink into your skin. They remind me of the consistency of an after sun but they just smell sensational. Your skin is so silky smooth afterwards and the smell lasts for a good part of the day. I definitely prefer the formula to the body butters and the packaging means no messy nails or slopping the sorbet everywhere. The sorbets contain 100% aloe vera which means they would be perfect for slathering on after a long day bathing in the sunshine and super cooling to the skin.

I am completely sold by this new collection and I am so glad Body Shop have brought out a product like this. I can't wait to get my hands on the other sorbets now and they're only £8 each. I think the official release is the 16th July but trust me they're worth waiting for!
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Friday, 20 June 2014

Graze | The Breakfast Variety Box

Happy Friday! Oh I can't even begin to explain how happy I am that it's the weekend! Today's post is a food one. Now I've had graze boxes in the past, just the weekly one with the four snacks. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed them but I always found that I never actually ate them. I was just taken by the novelty of the whole choose snacks, box through your door, exciting! So I decided to cancel them a few months ago. However, I recently received an e-mail about their breakfast box. Now I'm not sure how long they have been going but up until now I have never heard of them. I browsed the website and found that they have the yummiest looking granola ever. So I was obviously sold (even better the first few boxes were half price at £1.99).

 Now the packaging is soooooo cute!! I was amazed to see the little message 'Good Morning Laura' on the front. The personalisation is just lovely. You can also choose what days your boxes come, I've ordered mine for every Monday. You get 4 perfectly sized little breakfast packets, each one is just the right serving size. Now if you're familiar with the original graze snack box you select items and classify them by:  bin, try, like, love and send soon. This is so helpful because if you don't like something or have any allergies it prevents graze from sending them. You can also choose your favourites and it means more chance of you receiving it. In my little box I got Strawberries and Cream, Rocky Road, Oaty berry crumble and Dark Chocolate orange. Currently, they only do the breakfast granolas but they have some lovely looking porridges coming soon.

Now the one granola I really wanted to try was the rocky road. However, I was slighty disappointed. There are some rather large chewy cherries in there which even though they taste amazing they took me so long to chew. So unless you have a good half hour breakfast time this isn't good. My favourite by far was the strawberries an cream granola. The yoghurt bits in there are so tasty! Each packet is around 300 calories which is good and they seriously taste amazing. Even better you're getting in a bit of morning fruit too. I have my granola with milk but you could have them with yoghurt and add in some extra fresh fruit too. I seriously love these little breakfasts. It adds a bit of variety to your routine and you could even take them with you when you're travelling or on the move. I'm very exciting to try their porridges and will certainly be continuing with my breakfast boxes.

If you'd like to try these boxes and would like your first and fifth box free enter this code or click the link: LAURAK1TP . You can always try them and quit at any time you like and they wont take any payment. Have you ever tried the graze breakfast variety boxes? What did you think of the original boxes? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I'd also love to hear if you have any requests for posts, I'd love to hear what you think!

 Love Laura xx
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Lush Bunty Pink Gift Box

 Lush| Bunty Pink Gift Box| £13.95| link
Now this is a post I've been waiting to do for ages! I got the Bunty Pink gift box for my birthday. I was so excited to see what was inside that I totally forgot to take pictures of the lovely packaging whoops. However, you can go on the website and check out their lovely gift wrapped boxes and they have an amazing range of them too. Now I never really dived into the whole bath bomb/bubble bar scene before I tried this box. Sad to say I didn't understand the hype... however I am totally converted now. The products are amazing they make your bath look pretty and your skin feel so luxurious. They really are a pamper in a bar/bomb. I also love the lush ethos as they are cruelty free and actively support charities, including banning greyhound racing. Which I am a 100% behind. I really admire lush for this and think it's such an amazing company. So onto the products...
Creamy Candy is a bubble bar with a sweet scent of candy floss and moisturising properties such as almond and cocoa butter. The smell is the first thing that will grab you with this, it's amazing. It does smell like sweet candyfloss and is like nothing I've ever smelt in a bath product before. All you do with the bubble bars is crumble them into the water and they literally melt away. They are also generously sized so I usually break it in half and save the other half for another day. I also do this with the bath bombs but this can be a little trickier to do. Now this bubble bar isn't as relaxing as others but it does make your skin feel amazing and also smell amazing too. I definitely recommend.

Space girl is a huge purple bath bomb which comes covered in glitter (but you can't see it because of my rubbish photography haha). I was very worried about the glitter (which is named space dust, which I quite enjoy) and it getting absolutely everywhere including in my hair but it's really not that bad. It's also said to have cracking candy in but I didn't notice this? It's a very fruity fragrance, with grapefruit oil and bergamot oil but also has the almond oil with its moisturising properties. I didn't enjoy this bath bomb that much. I'm not sure if it's because I prefer a relaxing bath or just because it wasn't all that moisturising. I'd love to know your thoughts on space girl.

Think Pink is such a pretty bath bomb which actually has little coloured flowers in the top of it, but yet again my photography failed on this one. I think I should've stuck them down to stop them rolling about!! This bath bomb was definitely better than space girl. It's a relaxing one with vanilla and Tonka fragrance and there are also teeny confetti hearts which float around your bath. It's a very pretty bath bomb and also relaxing. It's a very sweet scent and there is lavender oil thrown in there to help make your experience so so relaxing. This one also made my skin feel really lovely (despite having to pick off the confetti hearts). This is one of my favourites and I will definitely be repurchasing.

The comforter is my favourite out of all four. This really is the ultimate relaxing bath product ever! The bar itself is huge so you only need half for a bath full of lovely foam and bubbles. The comforter is a beautiful colour and makes your bath look really pretty too. It has cassis absolute, which gives of a distinct blackcurrant fragrance and there is also bergamot which is a little uplifting. I absolutely love the smell of this bubble bar and when you get out of the bath that smell just continues. It made me feel really relaxed and so so moisturised. This is definitely my favourite so far and I cannot wait to get my next bar!
These are just my thoughts on the four bath products I tried. I'd love to hear your thoughts on lush bath products and what your favourites are. Which lush bath products do you love? Have you ever tried any of their gift boxes? Be sure to let me know your thoughts below. Love Laura xx

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Hair Favourite: Shu Uemera Art of Hair Essence Absolue Hair Oil

Shu Umera Essence Absolue | £33.50 | link

Hello lovely people. Thank God it's the weekend! I've had a terrible week, consisting of me being poorly most of the week. I've had the horrid cold virus and I woke up today and it's final going, phew. Anyway today is another one of those hair posts. If you haven't gathered by now I love my hair products and I will try anything to make my hair grow. Now Shu Uemera is one of those brands I have NEVER tried before and I don't suppose it's especially well known for hair products either. I stumbled across this hair oil and read some amazing reviews and I couldn't resist.

Now I've tried almost every oil under the sun and this one comes out tops. This oil is made with camellia oil, said to nourish hair and protect it whilst keeping it lovely and soft. The texture of the oil is very runny and it comes out quite clear. The smell is amazing! Probably not as nice as Moroccan oil but I do love it. On the bottle it says you can use this before shampooing as a treatment. But I've never used it in this way. After shampooing and conditioning as normal I towel dry my hair they apply 1 or 2 pumps to the mid-lengths and to the ends of my hair. One thing I also love is that it isn't greasy and it doesn't weigh your hair down like some other hair oils. This means you can use it on dry hair to smooth down fly-aways and to moisturise frazzled split ends. You don't get any horrible discoloured build up on your hair either and it just makes your hair look shiny and fabulous! 

I love the pump design as it keeps mess to a minimum. The oil lasts ages. You only use a tiny amount and that goes so far that the bottle never seems to go down? So even though it's a little expensive it's totally worth it. I've found that this oil has really helped to keep my hair in top condition and has also contributed to my hair growth. There's a picture of my long beachy locks (which I am very proud of!) below.

Have you tried this hair oil, what did you think? What are your favourite hair products for lovely long locks?

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Yurbuds Inspire Earphone for Women

Hi lovelies. Today is a bit of a different post. I haven't done many fitness posts yet and I feel that I need to do more posts regarding fitness and my training. In case you didn't know I'm currently training for the Great North Run in September. It's a half marathon and I'm really taking my training quite seriously at the minute, especially with how quick it's coming around!

Now I have been using my iPhone 5s earphones to run in but the shape of them is so weird they began to hurt my ears. Another thing which annoyed me when running was that if you accidently pull the wire or run into a bush (I do it all of the time) the earphones fall out! I found that I was spending most of my run sorting out my earphone malfunctions and wasting my energy.

So this was when I discovered yurbuds! They are small earphones which are specifically designed for women with small ears (and I have teeeeny shrimp ears). Not only are they the perfect snug fit but they don't pull out! No matter how hard you tug on them they just don't. Now I was very sceptical about this claim when I read up on it but unless you pull them to the side they will stay well put. It's patent-pending technology and you have to put them in a certain way and they almost lock in. They're also so comfy and if they aren't the right size they come with other little blue attachments which just go over the earphones. The leads is really long (4ft to be exact!) and I can manoeuvre it between my sportsbra and up my arm perfectly.

The sound is great and you still get a teeny bit of background noise which makes it safe for listening to traffic noises. They're also sweat and water resistant so they work perfectly in the rain too. I honestly don't know why I didn't buy these sooner! I got my earphones from amazon for a very reasonable £20. They do a range of colours and different models with the voice and music control too and they also do mens! This could be a perfect fathers day gift! Are you an avid runner? What sort of problems do you encounter on your runs or even on the quest for a Summer body?
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

May Favourites

Oh wow! How quickly are the months going this year. It's only 40 something days until the 6 weeks holidays and honestly it can't come any sooner. I haven't done one of these favourite posts for a while now but I feel that because of this the products I am discussing are those that I have been loving for a while now but I haven't shared them. So lets get on with it...

Mac Blush in Harmony - Now because I went on holiday at Easter I have got quite the sun kissed skin and I found it tricky to find a bronzer that worked well as a contour. My brother bought me this blush for my birthday back in February but because it is quite dark I never got much use out of it. However, now my skin is darker it works perfectly! It's a perfect contour colour, without being to orangey. I use my real techniques brush to apply it but I feel that this makes it go on a little streaky so if you have any contour brush recommendations please let me know!

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach - This is one of those lip products I am really starting to love now the sun is shining! I'm sort of feeling like this is a holiday makeup post but it's not! I swear! This is such a gorgeous peachy pink colour without being too bold. I don't tend to go for the bold lips, my favourite mac lipstick being crème cup! This shade looks gorgeous with a tan and you can tell I've used it that much the writing has all rubbed off. Whooops.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - Now to be honest I'm baffled by all of the CC, BB jargon. I just know that they are not as heavy as a foundation and I like that. I hate heavy foundations and only wear my Nars Sheer Glow for special occasions. I do prefer to go bare faced but when I feel I need a bit of cover this is perfect. Again it's one of those products which is perfect for Summer, as it has an SPF 15 in. It basically covers any imperfections and hides any odd patches or discolouring in your skin. I definitely recommend this one I just wish they did darker shades.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray- This product is a little gem and if you don't have it I recommend you go and buy it! I bought mine in duty free as they do a really good package where you get the eye roll on, the moisture surge moisturiser and this spray. It is so ideal for holidays, hot sunny days and travelling! I use it on the aeroplane to give my skin a little hydration. It's basically a moisturising spray, which is the perfect size to fit in your travel makeup bag. It also works so well at cooling the skin down. I love you Clinique!

Natures Garden Sea Kelp - Now you may see that on the bottle it says these tablets are for weight management. However, this is not why I take them. Sea kelp is said to have ingredients which boost hair growth, nutrients to strengthen hair and it helps to prevent split ends and damage. Now I've tried every hair growth trick under the sun and I really do think these tablets are effective. I take them every day and my hair is getting longer (even though I get regular trims). It appears healthier and hey I'm happy with that! You can get these tablets from Holland and Barrett.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Light - I was so confused when I first saw these come out. Is it a mousse? Is it a conditioner? What is it? Well its basically a conditioning mousse you use after shampooing and it claims to boost volume whilst conditioning your hair. Now I  am very much in love with the Aussie range and their amazing smells so I'll try anything from them. But this product is something else. It makes my hair feel amazing and bouncy but without the crunchy mousse weighed down feeling. I really don't know how it works because you wash it out of your hair. But it does? And who am I to question it! This has replaced my original take the heat 3 minute miracle for now and I'm definitely loving it!

So that's it! My favourites for the very fast flying month of May! Let me know what you think of these products? What products have made it into your favourites this month?

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Bourjois Bronzing Primer Review

Hi lovelies. I cannot believe it is Sunday already and today is also the 1st of June. Where has the year gone? It also means its nearly the end of half term though :( Anyway today's post is a product which I have been using for so long but it is perfect for these Summer days. It is called a bronzing primer which you think you would use underneath any foundation as a base. However I use it just like a normal bronzer and it is so perfect.

This product has been compared to the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel. I cannot really comment on the likeness as I haven't tried this and I see no reason to try it as I'm so very happy with this product. The bronzing primer itself has a mousse like texture which buffs in perfectly into my skin but is also buildable. I use my Real Techniques buffing brush to buff the product into my cheekbones, temples and jawline. It's also a really nice colour, not too orangey and gives you the perfect sun kissed look. I really enjoy using this on the first few days of my holiday when my face isn't as tanned as my body and needs that extra bit of colour. Although I would say that when I am tanned you can't see the product at all on my skin.  The bronzer does stand the test of time too. I do have to powder the bronzer as I said it is a mousse like texture but it does last on my face. The packaging is very handy too and easy to carry as it is plastic. It's also large enough to get your brush in there and give a good swirl. It also smells delish!! I'm not sure if your face smells the same when wearing it though?

 I think this bronzer is perfect for wearing alone in Summer time and also to bronze up your face  in  Winter. It's a staple item in my make-up bag the whole year round. This is me wearing the bronzer to brown up my face. You can buy this bronzer from drugstores for around £9.99. I got mine from boots but it's currently on 3 for 2 at Superdrug. Have you tried this bronzer? Have you tried the Chanel one, how do you think they compare? Be sure to let me know if you have any recommendations below.

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