20 June 2016

How to make the most of your face masks



A lot of us use a facemask either just as an occasional treat or as part of your regular  routine. Yet facemasks are a brilliant way of instantly improving the look of your skin. Today I'm sharing some vital tips to help you make the most of your face mask and see the best results.

Time to get steamy - Steaming your face before hand is a brilliant way of loosening up dirt and blocked pores. Helping the grime to be removed and for the mask to really get in to the skin. So steaming your face before using a mask is a great idea, or even just using a mask after a shower is better .

Using the right masks - Read the instructions and find out if its suitable for your skin type. Lots of us get carried away after hearing fab reviews about a product but everybody's skin is different and has different needs. I have also been known to buy a mask because I like the sound of the scent only for it to do nothing for my skin.

Try multi masking - This is swiftly becoming the new buzzword in skincare yet is something that has been used in profession facials for years. The idea is to use different masks for different parts of your face. Which makes a lot of sense when you think about it, you may have an oily t zone yet dryness on your cheeks. So you mix and match the face mask you use on different areas.

I found the only way to do this cost effectively is to buy tubes or jars of facemasks as opening multiple sachets is really wasteful.

Give your masks a new home - Not that much of an issue if you have single use sachets as they are for only one use but if you have jars ,. you might want to rethink where you store your masks. The warm and damp conditions of a bathroom is a breeding ground for bacteria. A cool dry place is the best place to store your masks and keep them fresher for longer.

Bring it down - Don't forget to apply your mask to your neck and even the top of your chest. These areas are often neglected and are also are one of the areas that show the first signs of ageing. They can also be prone to blemishes as well so will benefit from a good pampering.

Get tooled up - using a brush to apply the mask helps with precision application, which is a must if you are trying out multi masking, it also stops you applying too much and wasting your mask. Also using your hands could spread bacteria giving you pesky blemishes.

Tone, tone, tone - Using a toner after a mask is really important, a toner restores your skins natural PH balance. It also helps lock in all the benefits of the mask you just used.

Don't reclog - It can be really tempting to apply more moisturiser after a face mask especially if you have used one made to dry out oily areas. However don't lather your skin in serums and moisturisers this will only reclog pores. Keep it light and use no more than usual or you will just filling up your pores with lots of product.

I hope you found these tips helpful and your skin can reap the rewards of your facemask. Let me know if you have any tips for making the most of a face mask? Do you use a facemask regularly? I'd also love to hear your facemask recommendations. Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

15 June 2016

Latest in Beauty - Weekend away Box

I adore a beauty box, receiving a box of treats is always a great way to start the week! Latest in Beauty offer some of the best beauty boxes in my opinion. Rather than a monthly subscription and tying yourself to a contract. You can just pick up one of their ever changing themed boxes, whenever you see one that takes your fancy. This works out much better value for money as you can pass on boxes that you wouldn't use.

One of the newest themed boxes available is the weekend away box which features travel friendly size products that make packing for any trip a breeze. This box is filled with everything you could need, from hair products to nail polish. The box costs £20 and is packed to the brim with exciting products.

Heres what's inside!
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Charles Worthington - Moisture seal hair healer leave-in conditioner.

This lightweight, yet deeply nourishing leave-in gel-crème conditioner contains super conditioning agents, including Argan Oil. It repairs  thirsty hair for a smooth, healthy-looking finish. Hair feels soft, silky and deeply nourished all day long.

My hair gets a pretty rough time of it with the constant bleaching and colouring, so I'm always looking for products to give it a little boost. This is meant to improve manageability and leave hair silky which is amazing as when the suns out my hair can become really unruly and dry.


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Sanctuary Spa - Ultimate Cleansing Oil

Infused with a special blend of 4 oils, this hard-working yet gentle cleanser effortlessly melts away make-up, dirt & impurities to leave your skin feeling beautifully clean & soft with no greasy residue. Discover clean & fresh feeling skin that glows with health.

I'm a massive fan of Cleansing Oils a little goes a long way and they leave your skin feeling really fresh and clean. This is the perfect size for taking with you on travels. I'm really excited to give this a go and love the light orangey scent.

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REN - Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion

Lightly fragranced with Moroccan rose, this fast-absorbing body lotion replenishes the moisture barrier to leave you feeling silky smooth.

I have used this before and it leaves your skin feeling super soft, without feeling slimey. Don't be put off by the Rose scent as it doesn't smell at all old fashioned and is really lightly scented. It's also really quickly absorbed by the skin so you don't have to wait for it to dry, great for days you want to be out and about.

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Nails Inc - Sloane Mews Nail Polish

A super glossy, long lasting, intense colour. This limited edition rich plum shade is perfect all year round. With a new expertly design brush exclusive to Nails inc, polish can be applied easily to create a flawless finish. Ergonomically designed to work with the shape of the nail, the brush is also wide and flat to minimise the number of strokes required.

Sloane Mews is a dark purple plum which is not usually a colour I would go for in the summer months. However after trying it, its the perfect colour for toes, giving a classy and chic look and it looks stunning with any colour. NAILSINC formulas are some of the best around and I love the glossy finish. Plus it's a gorgeous shade to have in your collection.

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Merumaya - Integrative Effective Skincare Mud Marvels Mask.

Deeply cleanses, detoxifies skin, evens and brightens skin tone. It minimises pores, helps control oily skin, spots and blemishes. Powered by activated charcoal and ground volcanic ash, along with purifying kaolin and bentonite, to deeply cleanse and detoxify skin. AHA's gently exfoliate resulting in a radiant, refreshed complexion. 

Charcoal masks have become my go to face masks they are great at pulling out all the impurities from the skin and help I have noticed a big difference in my pores since using them. So this is a great addition to the box for me.

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Melvita - L'Or Bio Huile Extraordinaire

Rich in omega 3, 6 and 9, the L'Or bio Huile Extraordinaire is a light and nourishing dry oil for face, body and hair. Containing a mix of 5 precious organic oils to regenerate and nourish the skin while improving your hairs strength and shine.

Melvita is swiftly becoming one of my favourite skincare brands, I have tried a few of their products now and all have been fantastic. This isn't a one I have used before but I couldn't wait to give it a try and had a quick spritz right away. The scent of this is just beautiful with a mix of bergamot, citrus and vanilla. It lingers on the skin without being overpowering and my skin was left looking healthy without looking greasy.

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The Organic Pharmacy Marigold & Comfrey Hand Cream

A light, instantly absorbed hand cream enriched with healing herbs marigold and comfrey as well as shea butter and aloe for super soft skin. Perfect for everyday use.

I cant bare having dry hands, so I like to carry a hand cream around with me. This is the ideal size for throwing in your bag which is great. The smell is amazing and really fresh, even my partners really dry hands were left feeling supple.

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Garnier - Miracle Sleeping Cream

An innovative night cream that helps to reduce the signs of fatigue by leaving skin intensely hydrated brighter and more radiant. From the first application skin will instantly look smoother and healthier.

A night cream is a must in my skincare routine especially if I'm travelling as this can really suck the moisture from your skin. My skin is dry anyway which makes my skin look rather lacklustre . I have really high hopes that this will leave my skin looking more replenished.

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Philosophy - Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye Cream

Specially formulated for the delicate eye area, the Renewed hope in a jar eye cream contains clinically-proven skin renewal technology that hydrates, brightens and reduces puffiness.

I have heard so many amazing things about this eye cream so I'm really excited to see this in the box. I suffer quite badly with dark circles and puffy eyes, especially if I have had a few late nights so this will be fab for keeping them at bay.


I'm sure you'll agree this box is filled with some real cracking products that would be perfect for keeping you looking in tip top shape on a weekend break or for topping up your beauty stash. I really happy with all my new goodies, another great box from LatestinBeauty. You can get your own on the Latestinbeauty site at only £20!

Have you bought the Weekend away box? Do you love beauty boxes? Do you prefer subscription boxes or limited edition boxes? Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of love,
Laura x



13 June 2016

OOTD - Clueless inspired Outfit with New Look

OOTD - Outfit of the day - Clueless - Cher - 90's - inspired - Outfit - backpack - styling - get the look - layered top - New Look - Trainers - Leggings


Black 2 in 1 Cami T-Shirt* - New Look £17.99
Black Elasticated Waist Leggings* - New Look £12.99
White Faux Leather Lace Up Trainers* - New Look £12.99
Black Push Lock Backpack* - New Look £19.99

Clueless is one of my all time favourite films and the outfits have become as iconic as the films themselves. So when New Look got in touch and asked if I would like to recreate a student look from a film I automatically thought of Clueless,especially since the 90's are back in fashion lately. I quickly grabbed my old DVD and re watched it immediately, keeping a beady eye on all the fantastic outfits.

One of my favourite looks from the film, that in my opinion is one of the most wearable ,is the outfit Cher wears at the tennis class. I decided this would be the perfect look to recreate as Sports Luxe is also a big trend at the moment. Although not as legendary as Cher's yellow checked blazer and matching skirt. For me it is the epitome of 90's style.

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In the scene Cher is wearing a White T shirt with a black vest over the top and black lycra shorts. I found this 2 in 1 layered top which is in the same style as the tops worn by Cher. I updated the look by swapping the lycra shorts for leggings. Which makes the look much more modern and easier to wear in the British unpredictable weather. Plus not being keen on my legs these make me feel much more comfortable. The leggings also have a thicker waist band than most leggings so if you're like me and your leggings are always gapping and falling down then these are a must have.


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I paired the top and leggings with some bright white leather like lace up trainers,which are surprisingly super comfy. I'll definitely get a lot of wear out of them and are amazing for only £12.99. They will look fab with a variety of outfits and are ideal for throwing on when running around completing errands while still looking swish.


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Lastly to team the whole look together and because no outfit is complete with out a bag. I picked this gorgeous leather looking black backpack with gold hardwear. I love this bag its big enough to fit in all your essentials while still looking stylish. It also looks much more expensive than it is at £19.99.

Whether your heading to class or to the shops this outfit is the ultimate combination of trendy and comfort. For lots of outfit inspiration and tips galore check out the New Look student hub. I actually can't get enough of this look and on colder days will be grabbing myself a black bomber jacket and feeling a total betty!

OOTD - Outfit of the day - Clueless - Cher - 90's - inspired - Outfit - backpack - styling - get the look - layered top - New Look - Trainers - Leggings


What is your favourite student film? Which look from Clueless would you have recreated? Which of my picks do you like the most? Would you wear this outfit? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.


I'm Outtie!
Laura x

*This post contains Gifted items/PR samples.

1 June 2016

The art of smiling - Q+A Botox for a gummy smile




If you have read my post from a few weeks ago (if not its here) you will know I recently had Botox and lip fillers. In my previous post, I discussed why I wanted to change my smile and shared my Botox before and after pictures. In todays post I thought I would share what the experience of getting Botox was like and answer some questions about the procedure. I'm talking about the two procedures, I have had separately ,as I didn't have them on the same day and are both different. I will be discussing my lip filler experience in my next post.

Firstly I know everyone bangs on about it but if you are looking to get your any sort of injectable,it is so important to find a professional who has experience in whatever procedure your undergoing. I can't stress this enough .Its your face, you cant hide it. So I really would urge you to go to a Doctor or nurse. Not only is there less chance of it going wrong but they are trained medically so if god forbid anything did happen they know how to deal with the situation and correct it.

My Botox treatment was carried out by Dr Sophie Shotter at Illuminate Skin Clinic in Kent. After a long discussion about what I wanted and what my expectations were. I felt we were on the same wavelength straight away and was impressed by her in depth knowledge of facial injectables. I without doubt felt I was in safe hands.

I have received lots of questions about the actual procedure and what it involves. So I thought I would answer them below.

Questions and Answers -

Where do you get injections to help reduce a gummy smile?
A common misconception is that you receive the Botox in your lips so many people where confused as to why I had the injections near my nose. Yet this is where the muscles responsible for lifting up the lip are the placed.

How does it work?
Botox (Botulinum toxin) works by temporarily blocking nerve impulses in the injected muscles. Therefore reducing the movement in the muscle. In gummy smiles it reduces the amount your lip is lifted when smiling, exposing less gum.

What happens in the procedure? How long does it take?
To be honest it was over in a flash. I went into the treatment room and Dr Sophie cleansed the area. Warned me that it may sting as the area is very sensitive. Then I received two injections one either side of the bottom of my nose. The procedure itself took no more than two minutes. Then the Dr checked I was ok and I was done!

Is it painful?
This is quite a delicate area yet I wouldn't say it was painful, it was more of an quick sting. My eyes did water but was no more painful than any other injection. I didn't have any pain after the injections either. I would say it was 2/10 pain wise.

Are the results instant?
The results aren't instant but you should notice results after 4 days. After 2 weeks the full results will be achieved. I noticed the difference around 5 days after treatment.

Is it permanent?  How Long does it last?
Botox isn't permanent and the duration it lasts varies. Each persons body breaks down the Botox at a different rate. However the results tend to last between 3-5 months

What are the side effects?
You may experience discomfort, bruising or swelling in the treatment area. You may also get a headache from the injections. In rare cases people are allergic to Botox but this is extremely rare. However I didn't experience any side effects. This is another reason to go to a professional so you can seek advice if you suffer any irregular side effects.

How much does it cost?
Prices vary between clinics but on average are around £200 for one area. Some places do offer Botox for less however they may be using a lower quality of Botox. so its worth remembering results wont be as good or last as long. At Illuminate Skin clinic you can also get a small top up free of charge if needed at your 2 week check up ,which is brilliant.


Botox Aftercare Tips

- Always follow any aftercare advice given by your physician.
- Do not lie down flat for 4 hours after treatment.
- Avoid rubbing or massaging the area that has been treated for 2 weeks - this includes facials.
- Avoid bending forward for prolonged periods of time.
- Aspirin, Ibuprofen and alcohol should all be avoided for 24 hours after treatment as this can increase bruising.
- Avoid intense exercise, saunas, steam rooms and sunbathing for at least 48 hours after treatment.
- If you have any concerns get in contact with your physician.


I really hoped this helped answer some of your questions about Botox and getting Botox to reduce a gummy smile. If you are interesting in getting Botox yourself and want to know more check out Illuminate Skin Clinic which has lots of helpful information. Or if you are in the South East and looking at injectables or other treatments, I cant recommend Illuminate Skin Clinic highly enough.

Have you ever had Botox? Would you consider it? Do you suffer with a gummy smile? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x




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