20 May 2016

Must Have Nude Lip Combo

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For lipstick lovers nothing brings joy like finding the perfect lip duo. I first saw this combo when scrolling through Pinterest and it was so stunning. I knew I had to have it in my collection.

I'm not usually a fan of matte lipsticks as my lips are naturally really dry and they just emphasise the dryness. Due to my parched lips, I have avoided the whole liquid lipstick craze that has taken over the beauty world at the moment. I've sat on the side lines feeling envious of you smoothed lipped lovelies with your perfectly applied matte lips. So purchasing a liquid lipstick, even one as beautiful as Pure Hollywood, was a bit risky as there was a high chance I wouldnt end up wearing it.  Yet what's life without a little risk lol.

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The Rimmel lip liner in Cappuccino, on the other hand I knew I would wear it again and again. Rimmel's Lip products are some of the best on the high street and a real bargain at only £2.99! I love mixing and matching shades and this will go with so many of the shades already in my collection. The brown shade is perfect for creating the 90's nude look which I'm a massive fan off.

Whether you simply line your lips with Cappuccino and apply Pure Hollywood or mix the two together the results are beautiful and a must have for any nude lipstick lover!


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Pure Hollywood by Anastasia Beverley Hills, described as a light - medium peach with a hint of pink.

Cappuccino by Rimmel, described as cool nude brown.

I love them both individually but together they make the ultimate nudey brown.


After a while my lips did start to look a bit crispy. To target this I simply pressed a clear lip balm over the top or you could pop a thin coat of clear gloss over the top. So if you are prone to drier lips like me then I really recommend carrying a balm or gloss with you for when your lips feel a bit parched. I have been loving this combo and been wearing it constantly, if you are looking for a glamourous nude lip you cant go wrong with these two.

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What are your go to nude products? What are your fave liquid lipsticks? Do you suffer with dry lips as well? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

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13 May 2016

OOTD - Glam on a budget

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Slinky V Neck Crossover Wrap Dress - Vestry £45.00

Glamourous Nude Tie Up Barely There Heeled Sandals - ASOS £26.00 

Zara Patent Ladies Flat Clutch - Amazon £10.89

The Amelia Sterling Sliver Necklace - Warren James £16.00

The Amelia Sterling Silver Earrings - Warren James £11.00


You may know a few weeks ago now I was at the UK Blog Awards ceremony after making it to the final ten in the Best Fashion and Beauty Blog category. I was over the moon at being nominated as well as making it to the final ten and of course wanted to get a new dress with all the trimmings to wear on the night. 

When it comes to going to an event be it a wedding or any big occasion,you always feel more special in a brand new outfit. This, however ,can get really expensive,especially if you have a few events a year! Like most of us I don't have lots of money to spare and am saving for a house ,so I wanted to keep the cost down. All that being said I still wanted to look and feel glam. So I was on a mission to find an outfit that wouldn't break the bank yet would make me feel fab.

I decided I wanted a navy dress to complement my slivery hair and Dave has a navy suit so I knew we wouldn't clash. After trawling through nearly every site online I just couldn't find what I was after especially not at in the lower price range. Most the dresses were either extremely low cut (which isn't really appropriate, not really the occasion to have your girls flapping about) or backless (not ideal if you need to wear a bra to avoid the risk poking someone's eye out with cold nips.) All the others had cut out pieces in them (not ideal if your not particularly toned lol I didn't fancy a roll hanging out of my dress) or were more for bridesmaids than an awards evening.

I was nearly at the point of tearing my hair out when I'd been to all my local shopping centres and looked online more times than I could count. Then after the millionth search I found The Dress!! From Vestry, I actually used to shop there quite a lot when they had a store in Bluewater. I have quite a few pieces from there, so I knew the quality would be good. For only £45 total Bargain,not too over the top but still dressy, It was just what I was looking for.

Once I had found the dress, I was on the hunt for some shoes. I came across these on ASOS for £26.00 and thought they would be perfect. I love nude shoes and knew I could team them with lots of the outfits I already owned. WIN!

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Next I needed a bag, I'm particularly fussy when I'm pairing shoes with a bag. If they are the same colour they need to be the same shade, or I'd rather a different colour, such as silver or gold. LOL Told you I was fussy. Its just a personal preference I think it makes an outfit look more put together. I looked everywhere for a creamy nude bag to match the shoes but all where slightly off colour wise. Then I found this beige nude Clutch bag on Amazon. It was slightly dubious about buying a bag from there but I thought I can always send it back if its not right. It had really good reviews and at only £10.89 it was worth a shot. When it arrived I was blown away, not only was it a perfect match colour wise, it was really good quality and big enough to fit all my essentials in. I'm definitely going to search amazon for accessories more often.

I wanted to add some jewellery but nothing too big or flashy, so when browsing on the local high street. I popped in to Warren James, a discount jewellery store, which is my go to place for studs etc as I'm always loosing them. My dad spotted the set and I loved them instantly dainty with a hint of sparkle. They would look really pretty with my favourite diamonte bracelet, that my mum bought me for my 18th.

After what seemed like a nightmare at the beginning I was so happy with the outfit and how it all looked when teamed together. On the night I received lots of compliments on my outfit and I felt fantastic in it. Although I didn't come away with anything, I had an amazing night and spent most of it with the gorgeous Simone from Eltoria who was a worthy double winner. I'm so proud to have made it to the finals and want to thank you all for all your love and support.

What do you think of my outfit? Do you think I did a good job on a budget? Which is your favourite piece? What would you have worn? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

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11 May 2016

How to classic Smokey eye with Jane Iredale


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If you haven't heard of Jane Iredale, I wouldn't be too surprised. I was only made aware of the brand a few months ago, on a visit to Illuminate Skin Clinic. As a self confessed make up addict its quite rare for me not to have heard of a brand of make up. So as soon as I saw the display I was instantly intrigued, What first struck me was the gorgeous high quality packaging.  I had a chance to have a play with some of the products and was blown away at the formulas, I couldn't believe this isn't a more well known brand.

Known as 'The Skin Care Makeup', the Jane Iredale range of products is so beneficial and safe to use, that plastic surgeons and dermatologists all over the world recommend it. Combining the most up-to-date colours with skin care benefits, Jane Iredale products:


- Are non-comedogenic, so will not block pores.
- Have virtually no allergy risk.
- Have been sensitivity tested and are anti-inflammatory.
- Offer broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection - up to SPF 30.
- Are very water resistant.
- Offer complete coverage for skin conditions such as acne, redness and rosacea.
- Contain no talc or parabens and are composed of inert minerals that cannot support bacteria.
- Are not tested on animals.


Jane Iredale products use a highly-sophisticated blend of minerals and pigments that are micro-pulverised - meaning that your skin is allowed to breathe and function normally whilst wearing the makeup, whilst being protected from air-borne pollutants. You'll rarely need to touch-up during the day, due to the staying power of the minerals - plus, they won't crease or smear!

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I ended up purchasing the BB cream for my mum as I knew she would love the mix of the creamy texture and the extremely high coverage. Luckily for me the International institute for Anti - Aging (the UK representatives of Jane Iredale) saw my tweets stating how impressed I was with the brand and got in contact to see if I would like to try some more of the Jane Iredale range.

I received the gorgeous Naturally Matte Eyeshadow palette*, which has 5 matte pressed powders in a range of extremely wearable earthy tones. Housed in a sleek lightweight palette with a big mirror and a double ended brush.

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Buttercream - Matte creamy neutral

Hush - Sheer soft pink

Slate Brown - Matte grey brown

Eggplant - Matte rose brown

Fudge - Matte deep chocolate

As soon as I got my hands on the palette, I couldn't resist having a play. One of my all time favourite looks is a classic nude smokey eye which this palette is perfect for creating. Here's how I used the palette to create the look.

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- Using the lightest shade Buttercream, a cream shade. apply all over the lid right up to the brow to give a even base.

- Then with shade hush, coat just the eyelid.

-As a transition shade, I used the soft brown shade. With a soft fluffy brush apply to the crease and blend.

- Using the darkest shade Fudge, apply just to the last third of the eyelid and bring the shadow underneath the eye to midway along the lash line.

-With a liquid liner of your choice, line your upper lash in a thin line. Then pop on some of your favourite lashes.

The shadows are beautiful and the shades are all shades I will use. In this look I didn't use the shade slate brown the more eye toned shadow yet I will without doubt use this in different looks. Which is brilliant as most palettes I end up with at least one or two shades never really getting any use. The formula of the shadows is really creamy and not at all chalky. As matte eyeshadows go this is without doubt one of the easiest to use and blend, up there with the urban decay mattes. You can get your hands on Jane Iredale products here.

Have you ever tried any Jane Iredale products? What do you think of my smokey eye look? Which of the shades would you use the most? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x



6 May 2016

The art of smiling - why I disliked my smile and my choice to change it.



I'm a big believer in doing what makes you happy. In fact, this year one of my resolutions was to do just that; stop letting fear and worry take over and to look after myself inside & out. I've joined the gym and attempted to tackle my inner issues head on . I've made time to reflect on how I'm feeling and what I actually want. Some of you may think this is really irrelevant or petty but a major part of me being happy is to be happy in my own skin and wanting to really smile!

One thing that's always bothered me is my smile. I have what's called a hypermobile lip which means my lip rises much higher than normal when I smile revealing more of the gum.which really isn't helped by my thin top lip.

For years I've spoken about doing something about it only to be met with disapproving looks and comments along the lines of what a waste of money you look fine. Making me feel vain and silly for letting it get to me. But the truth is it really bothers me.

Unless you have actually met me face to face chances, are you wont have known about it. It's bothered me so much, I find myself covering my mouth, controlling my smile and not really smiling in any pictures.  If  someone catches me unaware and gets a snap I guarantee I'll hate it. I am always conscious of people looking at my mouth.

Over the years my gummy smile hasn't stopped me getting boyfriends or people saying I was pretty. I'm engaged to the gorgeous Dave, who is always telling me how beautiful he thinks I am. I wasn't looking to get it fixed to be more attractive to other people. (anyone shallow enough not like someone because of showing a bit more gum, isn't worth the time of day anyway.) I just wanted to finally feel good about something that constantly played on my mind.

So after years of thinking about it, I thought enough is enough. After some online searching I read about the use of Botox to help reduce the look of a gummy smile. If something as simple as a few injections can make me more confident. It's worth doing!

I really wanted any treatment I underwent to be carried out by a health care professional. Your face is something you can't really hide and after reading how injecting in slightly the wrong place can cause unwanted and sometimes deforming results. I wanted to reduce any risks of it going wrong by getting the experience and knowledge of a reputable cosmetic practioner.

I spent weeks searching through all the different clinics, scrolling through pages of reviews and recommendations.  When I came across Illuminate skin clinic. Although it was further away than most of the clinics, I was contemplating,procedures are carried out by Dr Sophie, who has won many awards, has amazing reviews and is well known in the industry. Even creating her own formulation of Botox. I got straight in touch.

After chatting away to Ellie the clinic coordinator, I was booked me in for a free consultation. I was really nervous but both Ellie and Dr Sophie made me feel really comfortable. After a long discussion, Dr Sophie agreed I'd be the perfect candidate for Botox to reduce the rise of my upper lip and possibly lip filler to help fill out my lips.

Although slightly scared, I had total faith in Dr Sophie and knew she had understood what my fears were. I wanted to still look natural and still have my own smile, just improved. After a couple of visits and a few injections later, I was well on my way to finally feeling comfortable with my grin.

So here are my amazing before and after pictures. Although my smile isn't totally gum free, I have become so much more confident in myself. It still looks natural and looks better than I could have imagined. If you are looking to get a non surgical confidence boost I can't recommend Illuminate Skin Clinic enough.


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I hope this post helped you understand why I wanted to get Botox and lip fillers. I will be talking much more about the procedures and results in this series of posts. So follow along to find out more.

If you have any questions or would like to see a post about any part of the process just let me know by commenting below. Are you really conscious of your smile? Do you suffer with a gummy smile? Have you had any non surgical procedures? I'd love to hear all your thoughts

Lots of love,
Laura x






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