31 May 2014

Save or Splurge Jelly Shoes

This summer, jelly shoes are a must have! Whether you're looking to save or splurge here are some of the best jelly shoes around at the moment! From £5.99 to £149.00 There are a pair of unique looking jellies to suit your style and budget!

Diana Butterfly Jelly Shoes - Mr Shoes £5.99

Turquoise Strappy Jelly Sandals - New Look £9.99

Funky Jelly Sandals - ASOS £10.00

Silver Glitter Jelly Shoes - Matalan £10.00

Chunky Summer Jelly Sandals - Ebay £14.79

Stone Open Toe Jelly Wedge - New Look £19.99

Pink Flower Pot Jelly Sandals - ASOS £21.00

Black block Heel Jelly Sandals - River Island £22

Juju Maxi UV Blue Jellies - ASOS £24.00

Juju Babe UV Yellow Sandals - ASOS £28.00

Navy Mel Marshmallow - Schuh £30.00

Clear Troupe Hedgehog Jellies - Schuh £30.00

Humour Heeled Jelly Sandals - ASOS £40.00

Sugar Vinyl Platform Sandals - Topshop £50.00

Love Moschino Studded Blue Jelly Shoes - ASOS £69.00

Jason Wu Trippy Smoke Lace Jellies - Coggles £95.00

Vivenne Westwood Lady Dragon Sandals - Soletrader £149.00

Will you be wearing jelly shoes this summer? Which of these do you like the best? Do you already own a pair? Which style of jelly shoes are you lusting after?

Lots of Love,
Laura x

30 May 2014

Laser hair removal from Sk:n

Unwanted body hair is a big nuisance. I dread to think how many hours I have spent waxing and shaving. I have often wondered about Laser Hair removal. Yet like many people rule it out because I assumed it was extremely expensive. However with treatments from just £31 at one of the UK's most experienced clinics in the UK. The dream of having permanent hair removal is no longer out of reach.

If you want to permanently reduce unwanted hair on almost any area of your body, Laser hair removal could be the answer.

How does it work?
Laser Hair removal is a medical procedure where a laser beam is passed through individual hair follicles. The heat of the laser damages the hair follicle and stops future hair growth.
Although laser hair removal slows down hair growth, It takes a few treatments for optimum results.

Why choose Laser Hair removal?

- Lasts longer than any other hair removal method
- The best possible treatment for those who suffer from ingrowing hairs.
- Safe on sensitive areas and most skin types.
- Kinder to the skin than waxing
- Leaves skin softer than other hair removal methods.
- Statics show that 60- 95% of targeted hair is permanently removed after the recommended course of treatments.
- Virtually painless
- No downtime required after treatment

The average women spends roughly £12,000 on shaving and hair removal products in her lifetime. Shaving up to 11,540 times! Then take into account how much time is spent removing hair. It's clear to see why anyone would rather have laser hair removal.


Why choose Sk:n?

Sk:n clinics have 34 clinics nationwide and are the UK's most popular laser hair removal clinic. With the best lasers in the business worldwide, Sk:n can treat virtually any skin type. Performing 11,000 laser treatments a month and more in total than any other clinic in the UK, You couldn't be in better hands. 

Whenever considering a procedure you need to be sure that you are choosing a reputable clinic and being treated by a trained practitioner. 
Sk:n have tried to make this as easy as possible by ensuring staff are trained to the highest standards within the industry, with each practitioner goes through a vigorous and prolonged training program. With each treatment following strict medical protocols set by the medical standards team. Sk:n is also registered with the Care Quality Commission. So you can rest assured you will be receiving the best treatment available.

For more information visit : https://www.sknclinics.co.uk/ or call 0121 5678 352 to book your no obligation consultation.

Have you ever wished to have laser hair removal? Will you be looking further into laser hair removal? How do you currently remove unwanted body hair? Could you imagine how much time you would save not having to wax or shave again?

Lots of Love 
Laura x

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29 May 2014

Benefit Big Easy- Review and Swatches

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As the weather heats up a lot of us will be looking to swap in our foundations for something a bit lighter such as a BB cream. Which is all well and good but what about those of us with acne prone skin who still need a bit of coverage?

Well Benefit have heard your prayers! They have came up with a BB cream with a difference as this one offers an impressive amount of coverage!

Benefit Say:
BIGGER than BB! Our multi - balancing complexion perfector contains ingredients known to help balance skin and oil control... soothing, comforting and fighting free radicals. The cushiony liquid to powder formula self adjusts to your exact shade. It melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & smooth like a powder to even out skintone and conceal imperfections. One & done... big easy saves the day!

Beauty balancing act!

  • Balances skin & controls oil
  • Self adjusts on skin to your exact shade
  • Perfects & evens with liquid to powder finish
  • Protects with SPF 35 PA+++ to help prevent ageing 

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I was lucky enough to receive this from my beautiful best Friend Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie. As this shade 05 Beige was much too dark for her fair skin. I'm quite fair but a great lover of fake tan and a bit of a sun worshipper in the summer. So this is perfect for me in the summer months when I switch up my foundation for a darker shade. The colours do come up a lot lighter than they look when swatched. Due to the lightweight and the self adjusting formula it is easy to make the shade blend well into your skintone.

Although it offers more coverage than the average BB cream you may need to add some concealer to anything more than a minor blemish. This is the perfect formula for anyone with combination or oily skin. As its perfect at keeping oil at bay and giving skin a matte powder finish.

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If you have any dry skin then this really isn't for you as the mattifying formula will dry your skin out more and cling to any dry patches. Which if you look closely on the picture where I am wearing Big Easy you can see it has become slightly patchy on the drier skin on my forehead and around my mouth. However if in the summer your skin gets an extra shine to it this may also be a saviour.

Have you tried this? Which benefit products do you love? Will you be wearing a lighter foundation or BB cream this summer? If so which ones?

Lots of Love,
Laura x


26 May 2014

Guide to Foundations - Setting foundation with Powder

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It's been a while since I have added to my Guide to Foundation series. If you have missed previous posts you can find them here - Types of foundation, What to expect from what coverage, Foundation finishes. This week we are looking at setting your foundation.

To make the most of your foundation you need to ensure you are using products to help it last and one of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are setting your foundation properly. There is still a big do we don't we debate about whether we need to set our foundation. I personally always set my foundation, although people with extremely dry skin might be better off without adding powder.

Why do you need to set your foundation? 

Setting foundation with a powder will -

Help fix the foundation - Applying powder to slightly damp foundation helps fix your foundation making it last longer

Reduces Shine - Gives skin a smoother appearance, reducing areas of shine.

Absorbs grease - Ideal for people with oily skin as it absorbs any excess oil produced by the skin.

Helps conceal minor blemishes - adds an extra bit of coverage.

I really advise setting your foundation, if you find your makeup is sliding off your face. Also if you need your makeup to last a long period of time and still look flawless then setting your foundation is a must. Those of us with oily or combination skin will benefit from setting their foundation as it helps combat any shininess. You can use powder to help stop shine in specific areas or all over if needed. Setting your foundation also stops creases appearing. This added step can also help you if you find the need to reapply or touch up your base during the day.

Different types of powder used for setting

Pressed powder

- Can be purchased in your a shade correct for your skin tone and colour
- Adding extra coverage.
- Easier for touch ups on the go.

Cons -
- If you get a tan or your skin colour changes throughout the year, you will need to purchase more than one shade.
- Can appear cakey and settle in fine lines as its not that finally milled as loose powder.
- Less hygienic as germs can harbour in the product
- More risk of cross contamination if used professionally on different clients.

Loose powder

Pros -
- Loose powder is best for a natural looking finish as its finely milled.
- Translucent loose powder is the most versatile and is the preferred choice by most professionals. It is colourless, so it doesn't affect the colour of the already applied foundation, so perfect for year round use.
- No risk of cross contamination as you can dispense the required amount, so perfect for use on more than one person if used professionally.

Cons -
- Harder to travel with and more prone to spillage.
- Offers less coverage than pressed powder.
- Can add an ashen effect to the skin.
- Can cause flash back if high definition loose powder.

As you can see both have their pros and cons. However, I recommend setting your foundation with a loose powder after applying it at home as this gives the most natural effect. Yet I recommend a pressed powder for touch ups in the day and for use when traveling.

Do you set your foundation? Which products do you use? Do you find using a powder has helped with any of your foundation problems? Are there any posts you would like to see in this series? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

22 May 2014

Put your Feet First - A guide to an at home pedicure

After months of keeping your feet wrapped up its finally time to ditch the woolly socks and get your sandals out of the wardrobe. After being stuck in boots and being neglected for months, you may be looking to give your feet a bit of pampering. So I created this guide on how to give yourself an at home pedicure!

This post will help you get your feet looking in top shape for the summer months. I have also included some products I recommend using while doing your pedicure. However you can still follow the guide and use any products you already have.

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- First things first remove all of your old nail varnish and soak your feet in warm water to soften them and refresh them.I like to add Peppermint Reviving foot soak from The Body Shop £7.00 peppermint is amazing at  neutralizing any foot odour.

- If toe nails are long cut them to get t rid of the free edge. I think shorter toenails look much neater and cleaner. I use a nail clipper as it is easier to get clean cut, I recommend this combo set from Tweezerman £12.00. 

- File the nails straight across with an emery board  Don't shape your toe nails as this causes ingrowing nails. I use Elegant touch professional nail files £7.50 for two. As they are prefect for filing toenails which are generally thicker and tougher than finger nails.

- Apply cuticle cream to the cuticles and massage gently into cuticles. I use Sally Hansens Cuticle massage cream which is a complete bargain at only £1.50.

- Soak feet in clean warm water to remove the cream.

- Apply cuticle remover cream with a cotton bud, be careful to only apply to the cuticle and not the surrounding skin. This cuticle remover from Mavala £9.40 is one of the best I have tried.

- Push back cuticles using a hoof stick in circular movements flat against the nail bed. My favourite is this hoof stick from Leighton Denny which cost £1.10.

- Rinse off all remaining cream.

- Use cuticle cutters to remove the debris of the cuticle. Only snip the excess parts of the cuticles away. Do not pull as this can damage the remaining cuticle and nail. You can get a bargain pair of cuticle nippers from Elegant touch at £4.09.

- Apply a foot scrub, All About Feet scrub is amazing at £6.99 to help remove any dry skin on your feet. If your feet have extremely hard skin you may need to use a foot file to help remove it, Body Shops file a foot is £5.00.

- Rinse off all the scrub then apply a foot cream and massage into both feet. One of my all time favourite foot cream is L'Occitane's Shea butter Foot Cream £8.00

- Paint your nails a colour of your choice using a base coat and a top coat to prevent any chipping.

-If you want to give your feet an added treat once your nail varnish is dry smoother your feet in an overnight moisturising treatment like Heel Genius £5.00 from Soap And Glory. Then pop on feet softening socks from Bliss £29.49 while you sleep and wake up with silky soft feet. If softening socks are a bit too expensive pop on some clean cotton ones to help your feet breathe while soaking up the overnight treatment.

 After following this step by step guide your feet should be looking beautiful and feeling great! Are there any things you do in an at home pedicure that I haven't included? Have you used any of my recommended products? Will you be prepping your feet for the summer months? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

lots of love,
Laura x

20 May 2014

Perfect Purple Pouts

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I love trying out the latest trends and purple lips is one of the major trends this spring/ summer! A perfect way to try out a new trend is to try some of the amazing lipsticks from the highstreet!

One of the bonuses of buying highstreet lippies is you can get a lot of different shades for the price of one higher end lipstick. So here is are my favourite Purple highstreet lipsticks.

Barry M - Palest lavender 129
This lipstick is truest lavender of my purple lipsticks. This is a cool toned lavender with a slight pale blue/pink undertone. With a creamy and soft texture this is a striking milky light purple.

Look beauty - Double Hit Lip in Berry Blast

This lipstick comes from a double ended lip product from Look Beauty. One end is this medium bright purple shade lipstick and the other a matching lip gloss.

Nina Ultra Pro - Tropical 

I got this lipstick from a local independent beauty supply shop after really enjoying Nina Ultra Pro nail varnishes. Yet is readily available through the internet on sites such as Ebay and Amazon. The colour is a light frosted pinky purple shade and cost £1.99!

GOSH - 131 Amethyst 

This is a beautiful deep cool toned purple shade with a silver shimmer through it. Gosh lipsticks are one of the most moistursing of the all the highstreet brands. Probably one of the most flattering purple shades as the blue tones leave your teeth looking really white.

Essence - 09 wear berries

This is the warmest toned of my purple shades. I find this to be one of the easiest to purple wear, due to its strong pink berry undertone.

MakeUp Revolution - Enchant

A pale cool pinky toned lilac this has to be one of the best ways to try the lighter shades on yourself as this amazing shade is available for only a mere £1.00

Have you tried a purple lip yet? Which of this shades do you like best? Which purple lipsticks do you own? Are there any purple lipsticks you recommend me trying next?

Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

Lots of Love,
Laura x

15 May 2014

Bourjois Delice De Poudre Bronzing Powders Shade 51 Vs. Shade 52 - Review and Swatches

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After lusting after Delice De Poudre for ages I finally gave in and treated myself. However I didn't realise that there was two different shades. So I decided to get them both, hoping I would love them both. I wasn't disappointed!

The powder comes in the shade 51 and 52. With 52 being noticeably darker in the pan than 51 which has a more yellowish undertone. Both have subtle glitter particles in them however the glitter seems to be denser in quantity in 52 than 51. However when applied the glitter is hardly visible at all. 

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Bourjois Says:
Its subtly iridescent formula enriched with flecks of golds gives a radiant but non shiny glow.
Its delicious chocolate perfume and ultra soft texture will make you melt with pleasure!
Delice de Poudre exists in 2 shades for 2 different results and applications:
- Gold bronzing powder sprinkled with rich clusters of sunshine for the cheekbones and the d├ęcolletage
- Bronzing powder for fair to medium skin for the face


The formula of both is beautiful and easy to use. They are both really silky to the touch and isn't at all powdery. The shades are really blendable and although not the most pigmented they are really buildable. So perfect for use on paler skins or those not used to bronzing.

- The lighter shade 51 did appear more pigmented when applied than 52. 

- The darker 52 took more product to get a noticeable colour on my skin. Yet I am a big fake tan wearer so fairer people will notice the colour easier.

Saying that I love a bronzer and love the finish of them both. The fact that you can build them up means you never apply to much and this gives a much more natural finish.

Although both have a slight orange tone this doesn't transpire when applied. Neither give you an orange tango or a muddy dirty look!

-51 is the lighter of the two shades and has a slight yellow undertone. When applied gives a natural golden glow.
-52 is more of a deeper brown shade. It gives more of a olive toned bronze when applied.

 I find that I much prefer using the lighter 51 as an all over bronzer and 52 for contouring. They are perfect for day to day use as the colours aren't too in your face. So give a natural sunkissed glow.

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Overall I love these bronzers and would without doubt repurchase. I love the chocolate scent which smells delicious, yet isn't too overpowering its sickly. The packaging is also really pretty with the design replicating a chocolate box. Its very thin and not too bulky so fits nicely into a handbag for touch ups on the go. I have been using them both religiously since I purchased them. I got mine from Boots and think they are both definitely worth the £7.99 price tag. 

Have you tried either of these? which do you like the look of more 51 or 52? Which bronzers do you use? 

Let me know your thoughts by commenting below! 

Lots of love,
Laura x

13 May 2014

Pastel Picks

Pastel Shades are a massive this spring/summer! So I decided to do a pastel inspired wishlist with my pick of the most beautiful pastel make up products available at the moment. There are products to suit every budget, so take a peek at my pastel picks...

Violet Swizzle - Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish £3.99

Meteorites Blossom Collection Pearls - Guerlain £36.00

Pink Heart Tweezers - Shavata £21.00

Fizzy Appleicious - Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish £3.99

Pop Limited Edition - B.Complete Eyeshadow Palette £6.99

Lollitint - Benefit Candy Orchid lip & cheek stain £24.50

Summer Love Limited Edition - Barry M Eyeshadow Palette £6.49

Lip Glow - Dior Addict Lip Balm £23.50

Spring Look - Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette £41.00

Aurora - Tanya Burr Lip Gloss £6.99

Candyfloss Cutie - Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish £3.99

Lolly - MUA Blusher £1.00

Sherbert Sweetheart - Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish £3.99

Cupcake - Beauty UK Lipstick £3.49

Face Color Enchancing Trio - Shiseido £32.00

Blueberry Whiz - Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish £3.99

What do you think of my picks? Are any of the above products on your wishlist? Which of these products would you love to try? Do you already own any of these products? Would you recommend them? Let me know by commenting below!

Lots of Love,
Laura x

6 May 2014

Essence silky touch blush in Babydoll

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Essence is a brand not readily available in the UK although launching the brand in here in September last year it is only available in a very small selection of shops. The brand is a German cosmetics company that offers beautiful high quality products for bargain prices. The brand is popular the world over but I've yet to find somewhere near me that sells it. Although you can get them online, the full range is still hard to come across.

I was lucky enough to receive this from a very good friend at Christmas, knowing that its a brand I really want to try and the products are of amazing quality.

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The packaging is clear, so you can see the beautiful pattern embossed on the blush. Which is a pretty pattern of circles, swirls and dots. The blusher I have is called babydoll. The colour of the blush is a beautiful soft rosy pink and gives a natural pinched cheek look which I think is really pretty. This shade is really flattering to fairer skins and gives a pretty hint of a flush on darker skins.

 The colour is much more pigmented than I was expecting and really buildable. I love that it can give a deeper colour if desired or give you a natural barely there look, which is a really popular look for the spring and summer season. You do need a light hand when applying as due to its high pigmentation you can easily over apply and look like you have been slapped round the chops lol

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As the name suggests the formula is silky and leaves your skin with a ever so slight sheen. It is ever so slightly powdery to the touch. It is however really soft and easy to use with a lasting time that rivals much higher end brands.

 Lasting for nearly all of the day and still leaving a slight glow on the cheek. The only thing that may put people off is the hint of shimmer in the blush, however I don't mind a little glitter in my blushes as long as they aren't overpowering and I didn't find this to be the case.

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I am really Impressed with this blush and would love to try the rest of this range of blushers. Hopefully the brand, will continue to branch out here in the UK. I for one would love to try some of the other products available.

Have you tried these blushers? Which sort of blusher are you sporting at the moment? Have you tried any Essence products?

Lots of Love, 
Laura x

4 May 2014

Nail First AID Kit

Are you nails looking a little worse for wear? I don't no about you but when my nails are looking tip top I always feel better about myself. With the trend for bright and bold nails taking hold. You cant pull of the look with shoddy looking cuticles and hang nails. Obviously we all know the best way to improve your nails is to improve your diet but what products are the best to give you a helping hand in the quest for beautiful nails. So I created this First Aid Kit to help you, get the some life back in to your nails!

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In your First Aid Kit I recommend the following:

Nail Strengthening Treatment
Help combat weak and fragile nails. You need to use continually for the best results, yet they are essential for those of us with weak nails. Nails are flexible and stronger without breakage. After trying lots of different ones. The only one I really noticed massive differences with is Nail envy from OPI £18.65

Cuticle Oil
Fix ragged and broken cuticles. These are amazing at repairing and nourishing the cuticle. Rub in to your cuticles every night to keep your cuticles healthy and stimulate growth.  My favourite is Butter London Handbag Holiday cuticle oil £13.00

Protein Base Coat
Improve brittle nails by using a protein enriched base coat. These will help your nails be more flexible without breaking while protecting your nails from the drying effect of nail varnishes. I recommend Protein base coat from Essie for £10.50

Crystal Nail File
Stop nails splitting and peeling. Use a crystal nail file instead of a emery board they are much more gentle and leave the nail edge much smoother. file nails in the same direction instead of sawing to and through to help keep the nails edge intact. My favourite is a crystal nail file from Leighton Denny for £15.50.

Nail Buffer
Smooth out those nail ridges. Not only does buffing smooth out any unsightly ridges the buffing they also supposedly stimulate nail growth. However If you nails are weak avoid buffing them as this will make them thinner by wearing away some of the nail layers. And always buff in the same direction. Pick up this bargain 4 way Buffer Block From Boots for £2.00

Hand Cream
Fix dried out cuticles and cracked skin. Help keep nails strong and healthy aswell as the skin around them with a rich and creamy hand cream. Using hand cream regularly helps moisturise your cuticles and aids healing to dry cracked hands. My favourite are Soap and glory Hand Food £5.00 and L'Occinane Shea butter £8.00

Did you enjoy this guide? what are your essentials to healthy nails? Have you used any of my recommended products, what did you think of them?

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