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Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas gift guide for her

1. Topshop | Balconette Bra | £18 
Topshop do the prettiest underwear sets and this one is no exception. Simple, classy and girly! 

2. Topshop | Mini Knickers | £10 

3. H&M | Wraparound skirt | £20
I absolutely love this skirt, it could either be dressed down with black tights and a cami top or you could dress it up for a night out with some heels! 

4. River Island | Cream embellished neckline tank top | £32 
This is the perfect top to wear if you want to look like you've made an effort when you really haven't, it would look equally as nice with a pair of skinny jeans! 

5. River Island | Cream colour block wing tote bag | £45
River Island have so many nice handbags at the minute so I found it hard trying to choose just one. This is the one I went for in the end though because I think it'd be really versatile and I love the colours! 

6. Olivia Burton | Wonderland rose gold plated watch | £65
All of the Olivia Burton watches are gorgeous but this one is my favourite. So classy and you could wear it everyday as it'd go with every outfit! 

7. River Island | Pink gemstone oversized stud earrings | £10
I'm sure all you girly girls love these earrings, well I know I certainly do anyway. These aren't too expensive either so they're good if you're after a little something! 

8. River Island | Black faux fur collar jacket | £50
Big cape style jackets with fur on are really in at the moment so this is bang on trend. 

9. River Island | Black platform sandals | £55
I fell head over heels in love for these heels as soon as I first set my eyes on them! Not quite sure how I'd walk in them but I'm sure I'd certainly try my best. 

10. River Island | Black block heel ankle boots | £40
A slightly more sensible shoe option, these would look perfect with just about every outfit! 

11. MAC | Heirloom lipstick | £17
What girl wouldn't want a sparkly MAC lipstick for Christmas? You'll definitely be in her good books if you buy her one of these! 

12. Urban Decay | Naked 2 palette | £37 
My favourite out of all of the naked palettes, it's really versatile and could be used for all occasions. You could create either a bold smoky eye or a more natural look using the neutral colours so is definitely worth buying! 

What gifts would you like to receive on Christmas Day, any of these? Lauren x


Monday, 24 November 2014

My guide to flawless, radiant skin

I'm not certain about a lot of things but when it comes to flawless, radiant skin I'm pretty sure you'll agree with me that everybody would love to have it- me included. I'm not joking when I say it's taken me years to find the right products that work for me, I must have tried just about every skin care product in existence. From foundation to a good moisturiser that won't bring me out in an unsightly break out I think I've finally mastered this whole skin care malarkey, *salsa dancing emoji*. 

There's nothing worse than waking up with a gang of spots that seem to have accumulated over night without invite, is there? I'm guessing your answer is a no! With this is mind I've decided to talk you through my skin care and makeup routine in a bid to hopefully help anybody that's struggling to cope with their uncooperative skin. 

Skin care 

You don't need to be a genius to know that if you want flawless skin then you need to look after it with the right skin care products. I've already wrote about my skin care regime so I shan't bore you all by rambling on about it again, read all about it here.

Simple | cleanser and toner 

Clean & Clear | oil free moisturiser 

Make-up routine

As well as looking after your skin you need to make sure you're applying the right makeup products. There's so many foundations and powders out there so it makes it all the more difficult, how do you know which to go for? I just want to add before I talk you through my daily makeup routine that just because this works for me it doesn't necessarily mean it'll work for you. Go for the products that suit your skin type best, if you struggle to decide which product is best for you I'd advise going to your local makeup counter such as MAC, No7 etc and ask a professional makeup artist to help you. 

Rimmel | Fix & Perfect | Primer 
Before I apply my foundation I apply a primer all over my face. If you don't already use a primer then I'd really recommend you use one as it helps your foundation go on a lot more smoothly. It also stops your foundation from clinging to any dry areas or sitting in any fine lines! 

MAC | Studio Fix Fluid | Foundation 
Once I've applied a primer and made sure it's all dry I'm then ready to apply foundation. I really like MAC studio fix but as it's high coverage I find it a little heavy so I mix one pump of foundation with the same amount of oil free moisturiser on the back of my hand to thin it out. I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do but it works for me and it gives me a nice natural dewy glow. I use a real techniques stippling brush to apply my foundation, I've found applying a little amount first and building up the coverage gradually works best! 

Collection | Lasting Perfection | Concealer 
The dark circles under my eyes are awful and I have a real hard time trying to cover them. I didn't realise that I was actually applying my concealer incorrectly until I came across a photo on Pinterest! The collection concealer is so good, it's super high coverage so it's brilliant for somebody like me who resembles a panda. I'm useless at explaining so here's a 
picture of how you should apply your concealer instead... 

MAC | Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | Powder 
After the five minute battle I have trying to cover up the dark circles under my eyes I swiftly move on to setting my foundation with a powder, I usually use a real techniques buffing brush. As it's name suggests this powder gives a really natural finish and doesn't look cakey in the slightest- I'd definitely recommend it. 

MAC | Bronzing powder | Shade- Matte Bronze 
I don't go crazy when it comes to bronzer, I usually just very subtly contour my cheekbones using a real techniques contour brush. I make sure I blend, blend, blend so I don't end up with the dreaded 'orange stripe'. This bronzing powder is my absolute favourite as it doesn't contain any glitter/shimmer and is quite a natural shade, i can guarantee you won't end up an orange glittery mess with this bronzer! 

MAC | Mineralize Skinfinish Natural | Soft & Gentle 
Last but not least, highlighter. I apply this to the top of my cheekbones, down the middle of my nose, under my brown bone and to my Cupid's bow. I'm an absolute sucker for highlighting products, I just love glowing looking skin. This does just that, it gives you the most natural looking radiant glow. 

So there we have it, my skin care and makeup routine. What did you think to this post, did you find it helpful at all? Lauren x

Monday, 17 November 2014

Herbal Essences 'bee strong' hair mask review

Nobody likes unhappy, lacklustre looking locks do they? Well I know I certainly don't anyway! My hair has needed some serious TLC as of late, it's been so dry and has been crying out for me to inject some moisture back into it. That's when I went on the prowl for a good old deep conditioning hair mask to work it's magic. After reading various different reviews online and a ten minute, scan every shelf possible in boots in search for 'the one' I came across Herbal Essences bee strong strengthening intensive mask. 

At an absolute steal of £4.39 you really can't go wrong- I think that's such a reasonable price to pay for a good quality hair mask. I've heard nothing but good things about the Herbal Essences bee strong range so I've been meaning to try some of the products out for a while, it's safe to say I was a little excited to try this hair mask for the first time! 

I can honestly say I'm not disappointed in the slightest and would 100% recommend it to anybody that wants to bring their damaged hair back to life. After just one use my hair looked so shiny and glossy, not mentioning just how gorgeous it smelt too. It says on the tub 'with honey & apricot extracts' so you can probably imagine just how nice it smells, I'd buy it just for that! 

I haven't got a bad word to say about this hair mask, it's left my hair so soft and I'm extremely pleased with the results. It's great for if you're on a bit of a budget as the tub would last weeks, you only need to use it once a week. I'm definitely going to go out and buy the rest of the products in the bee strong range! If you would like to spend a little more though another hair mask I'd recommend is the Lee Stafford treatment for hair that never grows past a certain length. I've mentioned this before on my blog, review here.

What do you think to hair masks, any you'd recommend? Lauren x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

16 hairstyles for when you're having a bad hair day

Do you ever have a really bad hair day and you just don't know how to tame your unruly locks? If the answers a yes then you're reading the right blogpost! All of the hairstyles I'll be including in this post are guaranteed to turn a bad hair day into a good one every time. Just a little warning you may have serious hair envy after flicking through these pictures- I did. 

Wavy/Curly hair: 










What do you think to these hairstyles, which ones your favourite? Lauren x 

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