31 March 2015

Lanolips 101 Ointment

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Through the years some products reach cult status and todays review is one of these products. It's one of those products that I wonder what I did I without it! And it's not just me that loves Lanolips 101 Ointment it's worshipped by bloggers and beauty addicts the world over. It has won nearly every beauty award going including the best lip balm!

Lanolin is a 100% natural substance found on the woolly fleece of sheep that helps keep their coat protected and dry throughout the year.

So when the sheep have their fleece shorn in the summer months, this substance is harvested from the coats. It then goes through vigorous refining and cleaning, to create the Ultra pure medical grade lanolin, used in Lanolips. This pure chemical free lanolin is the only ingredient used in Lanolips, meaning not only is it chemical free it is hypoallergenic and fragrance free.

 
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The multipurpose ointment can be use on everything from chapped lips, dry skin and to help keep your cuticles healthy. So it's the ultimate handbag accessory! 
 

It comes in a pretty baby pink tube with a cute and glamorous cartoon sheep on it! A little goes along way and the balm is really thick., yet it soon melts into the skin once it's warmed up. So you can either roll the tube in your hands to warm it up before applying or rub the balm between your fingers before use.
 

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I use mine nightly to hydrate my lips and leave them silky smooth in the morning. Also I use it straight after I have used my lip scrub to help keep them soft and chap free. By the time I have applied the rest of my make up, the balm has soaked into my lips and leaves a thin coating perfect for using a base to my lipstick. However if you have naturally supple lips you may find it to slick to use under lipstick and may be better off using as a lip treatment.


You can get your own Lanolips at Boots here.
 

Have you tried the Lanolips 101 ointment balm? Or any of the other pieces from their range? What lip products could you not live without?
 

Lots of Love,
Laura x



25 March 2015

BBlonde Maximum Colour toner in Silver

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I have always been pretty adventurous with my hair. So it was only a matter of time before I delved into the pastel and metallic hair trend. I have been oohing and ahhing about it for a while now. Then out of blue I was emailed by the fab people at BBlonde and asked if I would like to try one of there toners, As soon as I saw they had launched a new silver shade I jumped at the chance.


In the box you get a golden bottle of toner. Taking a peek in the bottle you see a sparkly purple liquid. However it is actually more of a liquidy gel which makes applying much easier.


Refresh and improve the condition of your hair whilst adding a stylish silver shade of colour. Easy to use and protects and conditions whilst colouring hair. This colour toner adds soft silver tones that last up to 8 washes.


The toner is perfect for those who are naturally or already blonde and just want to spruce up their shade. Or for the more daring who have just prelightened their hair and want to get a shiny new colour. With my roots coming through anyway I thought I'd go for it and hit the bleach.


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BBlonde recommend not using a conditioner before use so your hair can soak up the colour. Then on towel dried hair slap on the bottle of toner from root to tips. I used two bottles as my hair is quite long and would definitely recommend more than one bottle if your hair is shoulder length or longer. After massaging the colour in pop your head in a plastic cap ( I used a plastic shower cap) give it a blast of heat from the hair dryer for 5 mins. Then leave on for up to half an hour depending on the depth of colour you want.


I left mine on for 20 mins as my hair had just been bleached I knew my hair would take the colour quickly. You then rinse until the water runs clear I then popped in a conditioning treatment before rinsing and leaving my hair to dry before styling.


So here is what my hair once dried and styled looked like!


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I absolutely love it, its a pretty, shiny, light silver shade! I love how multitonal the finish is and the softness of the silver. I will definitely be using this again although I cant wait to try the pink toner from the range! To get your own silver toner take a peek at the BBlonde Website here.

What do you think? Would you join the silver fox clan? What pastel or metallic shade would you like to try? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love, 
Laura x

24 March 2015

An alternative to traditional braces


Flipping through any newspaper or glossy mag one thing you can't fail to notice the stars perfectly straight and shining white teeth. If you have anything less the Hollywood smile you may well have experienced pangs of jealousy at these fab smiles. You're not alone!

Having spent my teens with the classic train track braces, I dreamed of achieving the perfect set of teeth. However my teeth weren't as straight as I had originally hoped. I personally think my braces where taken off too soon. I would love to get my teeth sorted but I'm not keen on having a mouth full of metal all over again.

Just like me, many people are put off getting their teeth fixed by the thought of metal fixed braces. So what do you do if you;re looking to perfect your smile but don't want to look like your a school kid! Well the people at sensu have the answer! With Invisalign you can straighten your teeth without feeling you need to hide your teeth.

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Invisalign are a brand of high quality clear braces,taking the hassle and embarrassment out of wearing a brace. Not only are they totally clear they are also removable so you can have total freedom while achieving your dream smile, meaning you don't have to feel uneasy about smiling in the office or on a night out.

Invisalign is a truly modern orthodontic system. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to straighten the teeth. Put simply, it is an amazing clear brace system, which provides an innovative, inconspicuous alternative to traditional fixed braces.
You can also see the expected outcome before starting the treatment using the latest computer technology, so unlike my previous experience with braces you won't be left feeling disappointed.

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During the treatment you have to wear a series of custom made clear aligners that discreetly move your teeth into the desired position, while you go about day to day life. Wearing a brace no longer has to mean fixed and sometimes uncomfortable braces.

Getting a celeb worthy smile couldn't be easier with Invisalign braces. If your looking to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you have always wanted take a look at sensu site for more information and sign up for your free consultation.

Have you had any experience of braces? Would you like to have your teeth straightened? If you were to get your teeth fixed would you prefer Invisalign to traditional braces? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

20 March 2015

Fake Tan Friday - Sienna X Q10 Bronzing mousse


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Today's trip into the bronzed world of tanning sees us trying out an industry leader! Sienna x made famous by its celeb following and use on strictly. Sienna x regularly wins awards not only for their at home products but also in the salon and spa sectors.


I was sent the Q10 tanning mousse* and balance body wash by the lovely people at sienna X. The tan comes in a 250ml golden can with sienna x written in pink on it! It looks like a professional product with a girly feel. The metal can adds weight to the product making it feel like a high quality product. as well as keeping the ingredients fresh.


The tan is described as a mousse which is one of the easiest ways to tan in my opinion, especially for beginners. However it's so much more luxurious than most mousses I have used. With an almost whipped cream like consistency, the mousse expands quite a lot so you actually use a lot less product than it appears. I been using this for the past few months and I still have some left! Obviously I can't tell how much as its a can but I haven't had any lighter mousse come out implying it's running low.


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When you first apply the colour guide can be quite scary as it's really dark! However the dark colour guide makes it so easy to see where its applied. However when you wash off the guide colour you're left with a natural and golden tan. The formula itself is really easy to move around the skin and extremely blendable, so this combined with the dark colour guide makes it's almost impossible to end up with a streaky or patchy result.


Packed to the roof tops with natural ingredients such as blackcurrant, Vitamin E and pomegranate. as well as Q10 which helps fight the signs of ageing. After use your skin fills silky and moisturised which I think is down to these ingredients.


The tan has a sweet fruity smell, it reminds me of the fruit salad sweets. Perfect for giving u that summer feeling! With no dodgy biscuit scent at all!


I really recommend using the prolonging body wash between tanning. As my tan lasted an extra few days by using it before needing to be scrubbed off.  Also it faded so much less so I will definitely be purchasing that again, with the tan. Without use of the wash the tan lasted 4 days which is great but with it prolonged it to a whole week. One thing I really loved is its easily scrubbed off for me to start the tanning process again. rather than with other tans  which I have to scrub myself raw to get it off.


If your looking for a salon tan at home this mousse couldn't make any easier to achieve.

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Have you tried sienna x tan? What method of application do you find easiest to apply? What tan have you been using lately? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.


Lots of Love, 
Laura x

18 March 2015

Escentual Wishlist #2 2015

I'm constantly adding to my wishlist and today I thought I would share some of the items I'm really longing to own from one of my fave beauty sites Escentual.



1. BareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

Ever since I first saw this advertised I knew I wanted to give it a go. The idea is you add drops of your foundation into the crater in the brush for the perfect application. The fact that you can use the same brush for different levels of coverage, by varying the amount of foundation added, is a major plus for me.


2. BareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

This is the foundation meant to go with the Perfecting Face Brush, so it's only fair to try them together. Offering adjustable mineral coverage and supercharged skincare in one. I also heard really good things about this foundation. I'd love to add this to my hoard.


3. Darphin Ideal Resource Anti- Dark Circle Eye Illuminator

I suffer quite badly with dark circles and anything that can help is without doubt on my wishlist. This lightly tinted moisturiser is said to give instant and long lasting results, with continued use over time leaving under eye skin looking more radiant and younger.


4. Covermark Leg Magic Perfect Cover Waterproof Makeup for Legs and Body

I bruise like a peach and nothing ruins my outfits more than a big blue bruise on my legs or arms. This sounds like the perfect answer! It's waterproof as well so unlike my current diy coverups I don't have to worry about drink spillages or the makeup coming off in the pool.


5. Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Tropical-Riche Masque

With my constant hair dying my hair is always dry and damaged. I'm always searching for ways to restore the moisture as well as giving myself a bit of a pamper. Made with a trio of moisturising butters, this restorative masque improves flexibility, suppleness and smoothness, Just what the hair doctor ordered.


6. Rapid Brow EyeBrow Enhancing Serum

I'm really trying to grow out my brows and get them reshaped and tinted. However my eyebrows are growing at a snails pace (well apart from the crazy odd strand) So anything that can help me get my brows in shape, would without doubt make it on my wishlist.


7. GUERLAIN Rouge Automatique Hydrating Long- Lasting Lip Colour

As soon as I saw this I knew I needed this, the shade is called Tonka Imperiale. This Limited Edition Lippie is the perfect browny nude. Complementing sunkissed skin and in keeping with the 90's lip trend. This lipstick ticks all the boxes for a spring/ summer look.


8. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet Edition

Not only do Marc Jacobs perfumes look stunning they smell divine! I'm a big fan of the Daisy range, so its no surpise this is on my wishlist. I'd love to add this new version to my perfume collection plus it looks so pretty on a dressing table.


9. Schwarzkopf Professional silhoutte Flexible Hold Mousse

I love my hair big and bouncy, one of best ways to achieve this is by using mousse. However I hate when my hair goes crispy so a flexible hold is a must. This lightweight mousse promises natural shine and bounce, With long-lasting yet invisible hold,what more could you want.

10. Givenchy hydra sparkling nude look BB Cream

With summer hopefully on it's way here in the UK I start looking for less coverage from my day to day foundation. A BB cream is the perfect answer to this. This one from Givenchy has SPF 30 and is infused with a sparkling water complex so really hydrates the skin, Definitely what my dryer skin needs.


Do any of my picks take your fancy? Do you own any of these products? What products have you added to your list? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x

16 March 2015

Every Hotels Piccadilly




Welcome to the future of hotels!! Every Hotels Piccadilly, is the first of the newly launched chain of premium 4* hotels. Every hotels has ditched all the traditions of standard hotels and found out what it is we want from a hotel. With knowledgeable approachable staff,super fast Wifi and interactive screens.


Our mission? Simple. We want your stay with us to be connected, comfortable and central. So you'll get amazing bedrooms, the latest technology, friendly hosts, great breakfasts and the absolute best city locations in every hotel, every time.


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I was lucky enough to be invited to stay at the Every Hotel in Piccadilly. Upon arriving I was shocked at how close to the action we really were with Leicester Square literally on the doorstep you couldn't ask for a more central location. Perfect for exploring London's West End. A hop skip and a jump away from the best theatres, nightlife and of course the shops.


Greeted by the friendly staff and swiftly checked in. all the paperwork was done in a blink of an eye. Leaving Dave and I to explore the Hotel. The interior is sleek and modern which matches perfectly with the feel of the hotel. Next to the lift in the lobby is a super swish fully interactive touch screen allowing you to search for the nearest attractions, travel time tables or whatever takes your fancy.


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We were allocated a deluxe room on the 6th floor facing away from Leicester Square. Even though it was so near to the hustle and bustle I couldn't hear any noise from the streets below. The room itself was a lot bigger than I expected considering the location. It was extremely spacious with the biggest bed I have ever seen, you could fit Goldilocks and the three bears in it, with room to spare! The room also had a desk with two chairs. The desk was quickly was turned into a dressing table. My room became the gathering point for both Dave and I as well as the gorgeous Haydy from Squibb Vicious and princess Ellie from Ellie's Ramblings. At no point at all was it cramped or overcrowded even with the piles of clothes and make up lol.


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No more than 15 minutes after arriving there was a knock on the door and I was given a gift box with my name on it, which included a flask, a pen, a hand warmer, plasters, a bottle opener, a map of London, headphones and some extra toiletries. I was really unexpected and a really lovely thought.



The room had a wardrobe with all the amenities you would expect in a 4* hotel such as an ironing board, iron and hair dryer. However it also had some really lovely extras including a fully stocked mini fridge all free of charge and a nespresso coffee machine.


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The bathroom although compact was not at all claustrophobic. It was in keeping with modern and stylish look of the hotel. Yet most importantly it was extremely clean. The bathroom had plush bathrobes and a powerful walk in shower as well as all the little toiletries which make your stay so much easier.


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We were invited for drinks with the management as well as the other bloggers in the restaurant /bar area, which like the rest of the hotel is chic and stylish. We were also lucky enough to have a dinner and taste some of the menu, which I can assure you is really tasty especially the pasta and pizza! All the staff were so friendly and gave us advice on where to head that night. It really was a fab night had by all, I'm sure you will have seen if you follow me on Instagram!


In the morning there was a lush spread of hot and cold food for breakfast. Again it was up to an extremely high standard. If you are planning on visiting make sure you taste the sausages as they were delicious!


One of the things that really stood out about Every hotel is the fact it is so interactive, in the restaurant you can use the Soundjack app on your phone to choose the music being played. In the high tech gym you can watch Youtube, listen to your favourite music or run through various destinations on the treadmill. Even the TV in my room was a smart TV which allows you to use apps. It really is the next generation of hotels, The focus is clearly on the guest and what the modern hotel user requires from their stay.


If you are travelling on business or need a place to stay for a trip in London, Every Hotels is without doubt the place I would recommend! Not only is the hotel in an amazing location with fantastic technology, it also is extremely affordable.with even the Deluxe rooms at around the £200 pound mark.


What do you want from a hotel? Would you like to stay in an Every hotel?  Have you been to the Lomdon's West End? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below!


Lots of Love, 
Laura x
 

A massive thank you to Joes Blogs for organising my stay and For Every Hotels for making it so enjoyable. 

9 March 2015

Make up Revolution's Lip Lava

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When I saw that Make up Revolution where launching there own liquid lipstick range I couldn't contain my excitement. I have been majorly impressed with the previous products of theirs that I have tried so I was eager to give these a shot.


I haven't purchased any of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks so can't compare textures etc. Yet these are without doubt very similar and after reading other bloggers comparisons some of the shades are pretty much exact dupes.


The Lipsticks come in 12ml squeezy tubes that's packaging is the same shade as the colour inside. The tubes have a sponge applicator which the liquid lipstick seeps into so there isn't any waste. The slanted angle also helps with the ease of the application.


There are five different shades in the range.


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Shockwave - An Extremely bright lilac shade with blue undertones.
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Tremor - A pretty neutral to warm toned pink. Quite bright yet easy to wear.

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Firestorm - A Classic Blue toned Red. its less opaque and with a more of glossy finish than the others. Due to its more watery formula it is harder to get an even level of coverage.
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Unleash - An extremely bright and vibrant orangey coral Shade that is almost a neon orange when first applied.

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Forgiven - My favourite shade of the range a classic creamy brown nude.


The lipsticks apply as almost a wet look gloss then dry to a semi matte almost wax like finish . Prepping of the lips is vital as they do tend to settle into fine lines. Yet I love the fact it isn't too matte as if you have drier lips like mine, matte lipsticks can be quite hard to pull off. The only issue I did have is the lipstick did transfer on to my teeth when first applied so it is worth letting it dry a bit before continuing with your daily activities. This was only with the red shade though which I think is because the formula is slightly more watery.


If you have been longing to try a liquid lipstick, then these are perfect and at only £2.99 you cant really go wrong. Especially when the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks are £19.00 each. I would love for them to extend the range of shades and maybe bring in some full on glossy finishes. I love how super pigmented these are and they are really long lasting which is fab!!

Have you tried these yet? Do you own any liquid lipsticks? Which of the shades do you like best? Let me know all your thoughts by commenting below!


Lots of Love, 
Laura x



2 March 2015

Bounty Candle


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Just before Christmas I won a Gemporia giveaway which included this gorgeous Bounty Candle. Like most women I'm a sucker for a beautiful candle. I love the relaxing lighting given off by a burning candle and of course the gorgeous scent.


One of my all time favourite sorts of candles are ones in jars. They last forever and you get a pretty jar to reuse once they have finally finished. So this massive jarred candle was a joy to behold. It came in a really pretty and calming scent of vanilla, peach and amber. It even fills the room with its scent even without being lit.


Even though I have had many different candles during my time. This was my first jewellery candle, I had seen these online before and thought It would make the perfect gift for a loved one. Not only do they get a fab candle but within the wax is a piece of jewellery for them to discover. My candle is from the company Bounty Candles. Their candles are handmade scented candles with a hidden piece of genuine gemstone jewellery in every jar.


Somewhere within the candle is a secret piece of jewellery which is guaranteed to be GENUINE gemstone set in either Sterling Silver or Gold. You might bag yourself a Diamond, Sapphire or Emerald!


As soon as I saw my silver wrapping in the candle I dove in with my tweezers eager to get a peek at my bit of jewellery. I quickly unwrapped it to reveal a gorgeous amethyst stone set in a rose gold plated sterling silver ring. It really is stunning piece and after checking on the site found I was now the proud owner of a ring with over 2 carats of real amethyst.


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The candle only costs £35 ,which compared to a lot of designer candles is good value especially when you consider that you get a pretty piece of jewellery included. The candle itself has a burning time of around 150 hours!!! I have been burning mine for roughly 10 hours and it looks barely touched.


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I'm already looking into buying my next candle the only issue I'm having is what scent to go with! Have you tried any jewellery candles? Which of the Bounty Candle scents would you go for? What do you think of my bounty?


Lots of Love,
Laura x

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