8 February 2016

My current clip in hair extensions

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Although I have loved having my silver hair one of the things I miss most is my clip in extensions. I love how easy they are to use and can transform my look within seconds. I've still got some of my old sets but they have seen better days and I didn't think they would be worth dying. Getting a new set has been on my to do list for a while but I haven't managed to get round to it. So when the amazing people at Irresistible me hair extensions asked if I'd like to try one of their sets I was super excited.

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As I was going to have to tone the extensions to get them to match my colour, I needed to make sure that I picked the best hair possible. So getting hair with the cuticles laying in the same direct (Remy hair) was a must. With that in mind I picked the premium line Royal Remy extensions*.

Royal Remy is our premium line of clip-in hair extensions. We use top of the line hair and a special treatment unique to Irresistible Me to add extra silkiness and durability and make these the best hair extensions you can find. 

The thickness of the hair is amazing – it’s the same from the top to the bottom of the weft which will provide a lot of body and bounce while wearing them.
This line is very easy to blend with your own hair and can be very easily styled, cut, coloured and curled. 
Ultimately, the Royal Remy hair will last longer and is the closest match you can find to completely unprocessed hair. If you’re looking for longevity and volume, the Royal Remy line is the best choice you could make.

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I picked the lightest shade possible which is Platinum blonde (#613) so it will be easier to achieve my grey tones without damaging the hair. As I have a lot of hair I picked the most hair which is 200g. I was expecting there to be a lot more shedding when I toned the extensions but I was amazed at how little hair fell out,which just shows how well the extensions are made.

In the 200g set you get 10 pieces- 1 pc of 4 clips (7.5"), 2 pcs of 3 clips (6"), 5 pcs of 2 clips (4"), 2 pcs of 1 clip (1.2") so you can mix and match the pieces to get the right amount of volume and body for you and each look you create.

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Me with my natural hair
Irresistible me - Hair extensions - Clip in extensions - human hair extensions - silver hair - before and after - remy hair - review
Me with my Irresistible me hair extensions in.

When you receive your extensions you receive one clip wrapped separately,which is a really fabulous idea so you can have a look at the quality, texture as well as match up the colour to your own hair. This makes the whole prospect of buying extensions online a lot easier as you don't have to open the whole pack, if they don't meet your needs and can send them back hassle free. What more could you want.

I'm loving my new extensions and think they are a real bargain considering the amount and quality of the hair. I have been really enjoy wearing them and love how they look straightened or curled. I've had these a few months now and they still look brand new. So if you are in the market for some new extensions I really recommend you check out Irresistible Me hair extensions.

Do you wear hair extensions? Have you purchased any clip in extensions online? Would like to read a post on toning and matching up hair extensions? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

5 February 2016

5 Must Have Foundations for Dry Skin

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Finding a good foundation can be a nightmare, not only do you have the minefield of finding the right shade. You also have to battle through all the amazing claims the brands make to find a formula to match your skin type. After spending a small fortune on different formulations and brands, these are the five I would recommend for those of us with normal/drier skin types. These are the foundations I find myself reaching for more than any others.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation £7.99

This was one of the first gel foundations on the High Street.,which is one of the reasons I was drawn to it. I tried it when it first launched a good few years ago and have pretty much always had one in my collection since. Lots of  brand's have launched Gel foundations in the mean time but this is still the best in my eyes. Without doubt one of my all time faves, I have rambled about it many times on here and to anyone that will listen. If you have dry skin just try it!

Our first Gel Foundation with no waxes and fillers. Coverage that looks and feels 100% you. The secret of Fit Me Foundation? Some waxes and fillers can mask your skin colour, Fit Me Foundation has none. Its transluscent gel based formula merges seamlessly with your skin.

Dior Nude Air Serum Foundation £33.00

On the pricier side but without doubt one of the best foundations I have ever used. It's like velvet on your skin, it glides on the skin to create an airbrushed finish that can be built up easily to a fuller coverage when needed. Even though it's moisturising it still lasts all day with a youthful dewy finish. It's a must have for drier skins. A little goes a long way as well so although expensive, a bottle does last a long time.  You can check out my full review here.

Dior’s Diorskin Nude Air is a weightless, ultra-fluid foundation serum that creates a nude makeup look. Formulated with SPF 25, it offers sun protection and the fresh-faced beauty of a natural-looking glow. Infused with Oxygen Activ™ technology, an innovative blend of a hyper-oxygenated oil, cranberry oil, vitamin, and minerals, this serum’s high-precision dropper deposits an undetectable film of makeup onto the skin, while its soft-focus agents and glazed pigments instantly produce an even-looking complexion that achieves the right amount of coverage for a radiant, sheer finish.

Loreal Lumi Magique Foundation £10.99

I only discovered this last year but I love the radiant glow it gives the skin. Definitely one for more mature or drier skin types. It really does lift the complexion and gives medium coverage that can easily be built up. Perfect for days your skin is looking slightly dull and needs a little boost. It covers up your flaws but doesn't cling to any dry patches of skin.

The first liquid light foundation that offers a perfectly natural complexion, infused by light for a healthy-looking glow like never before! With age skin can become dull and tired. Lumi Magique helps give instant skin radiance. You will be glowing inside and out.
Light texture, lets skin breathe with 24 hours of hydration.With SPF 18 and 12HR magic hold.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation £10.99

A great day to day foundation that add a real radiance to the skin with out looking greasy or shimmery. It's medium coverage and extremely buildable. Without doubt one of the best the High Street has to offer. It gives a skinlike cake free finish whilst still offering you coverage.

Give your skin a radiance boost with Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – made from a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for an even complexion and an instant anti-fatigue result!
Its fresh and instant blending gel texture blends and glides onto the skin for an even, natural finish with no mask effect. Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are smoothed and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours*.
Made from an instant anti-fatigue vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula with litchi, goji berries and pomegranates.

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm £30.00

This is brilliant stuff, another pricier one but don't let that put you off. A hybrid of a primer, BB cream and foundation, it blurs the skin but doesn't mask it. Created to give a bare skin finish, this is almost like you have swapped your dry skin for a moisturised flawless complexion. It's a one of a kind product that is in a league of its own. It's a beautiful formula and really lasts, while giving you a soft dewy finish.

Teint Couture Balm leaves your skin with a lightweight veil of coverage. Its antioxidant complex of vitamin E and jasmine flower work together to protect and revitalize the skin. Infused with a light-reflecting diamond powder, this foundation corrects blemishes and gives your complexion a natural-looking radiance.

These are the five foundations I use more than any others and will without doubt repurchase them when I run out. I really hope you found this post helpful and found some new foundations to try. If you have combo dehydrated skin I recommend checking out this post from Emily at British Beauty Addict for her top picks. If you have oily skin and want some foundation recommendations then check out this video from Lisa Eldridge.

Have you tried any of my faves? Which foundation would you recommend for dry skin? Will you be trying any of my top picks? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

3 February 2016

Kat von D - Shade and light contour palette

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Kat Von D first found global fame in the TV show Miami Ink then L.A Ink with her striking tattoo designs and her amazing talent for portraits. When it came to creating her own make up range Kat Von D drew from her artistic back ground. which in turn has resulted in some absolutely amazing products adored by make up artists the world over.

So when my lovely friend Lynn went on an amazing Birthday trip to New York recently and offered to pick me up some bits. I knew I wanted to try one of Kat Von D's most popular products the Shade and Light contour palette.  This is currently a real struggle to get here in the UK, although there are rumours that Kat Von D's make up will soon be available in Boots stores. Luckily for me Lynn managed to pick one up for me
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An expert sketch artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits, infusing them with lifelike authenticity. Take artistry shading into your own hands with this Shade + Light Contour Palette. Effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition. Unlike traditional bronzing powders, the Shade + Light Contour Palette is loaded with a unique selection of matte shades that capture the true hues of shadow and light. The three contour shades create realistic shadows to recede facial features, while the three highlight shades impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension.  These silky, buildable powders blend effortlessly into the skin for a flawless, fade-proof finish that flatters every skin tone or face shape.

The palette is cased in a sleek black cardboard package with a magnet fastening. With Shade and Light written in black and silver across the front in an edgy font. Although cardboard the packaging is sturdy and doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. The style of the palette screams Kat!

In the Palette is a full size mirror which is fabulous. You get 6 shades in total all of which are matte. Three of the shades are highlights and the other three contouring hues. You also get a guide which shows you how to contour your face, which is really handy even if you have been contouring and highlighting for months. And a must read for beginners.

The Shades included are :

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Lucid - Described as pinkish nude, its a slightly pink beige shade.

Lyric -  Described as a yellow beige which I think describes it perfectly.

Levitation - Described as a soft peach, it looks slightly orange in the pan. I'd say it's really light peachy nude.

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Sombre - Described as a true taupe, It's a medium ashy brown.

Shadowplay - Described as a soft brown, I'd say it's medium slightly warmer toned brown.

Subconscious - Described as a deep brown, it's a dark brown with some warmth.

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I absolutely love the range of shades in the palette, at first I was a bit nervous about highlighting with matte shades. I'm used to at least some shimmer, I thought I might look a bit flat. However this wasn't an issue at all. The shades are so finely milled and blendable that you are left without feeling like you are wearing a mask. The formula is slightly powdery but it's really easy to work with and so buildable. I can't fault it.

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I use a mix of both the peach and yellow shades to set my under eye area, both of which are amazing and Lucid to highlight the high points on my face. I have been using Sombre to create shadows on my face and Shadowplay to add depth and slim the outer areas of my face. Subconscious is a bit dark for me at the moment but I'm sure I will get more use in the summer, or when I want to create a more drastic contour.

This is without doubt one of my all time fave contour products and if you can this is worth adding to your collection. What do you use to contour? Which shade do you think you would get the most use of? Are there any Kat Von D products you really want to own? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

1 February 2016

Like this ... then try that - MAC lipsticks

There is nothing we all love more than a bargain, especially when it comes to make up. I am a massive MAC fan and have a real weakness for their lipsticks. Yet this obsession is without doubt an expensive one. So in the Second instalment of Like this ... then try that, I'm delving into world of Mac lipsticks. I have found lots of brilliant dupes and similar shades, that will be a lot kinder to your bank balance.

Like MAC Brave ... Then try Nyx Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar £6.50
The shade is an exact dupe however the MAC version is in a satin rather than matte finish. If you don't mind a more matte version then get ordering Whipped Caviar.

Like MAC Cosmo ... Then try Rimmel Kate Moss in Rossetto 08 £5.49
If you love the soft coco hue with a hint of pink then you need to try this out. Both are like a slightly lighter version of the really popular Twig. Rimmel's version is less than half price so well worth a swatch.

Like MAC Rebel ... Then try Makeup Revolution in Rebel with a Cause £1.00
Although Rebel with a cause looks much more reddy brown in the picture,have a look at a swatches online and you will see its much more of a burgundy plum shade just like Macs Rebel. Its not as opaque but for one pound, having to do a few more swipes to get the same look isn't the end of the world.

Like MAC Please Me ... Then try Rimmel Kate Moss in the Shade Celeb 028 £5.49
Rimmel and Kate Moss have done it again and created another dupe of one of the most popular MAC shades. Anyone would struggle to see any difference between this two muted pink shades.

Like MAC Crème Cup ... Then try ELF Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink
In love with the light blue toned pink of Crème cup? Then head over to ELF and get your hands on Runway Pink this moisturising mineral lipstick is a perfect match, at less than half the price of the original.

I really hope you enjoyed this instalment of like this... then try that. Which products would you like me to feature or find a similar product to in the next post? Do you have any amazing dupes for MAC lipsticks? Have you tried any of the lipsticks mentioned? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

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