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Monday, 14 December 2015

A Christmas gift guide for the girly girl in your life


There's only one word needed to describe Christmas shopping, and that's... nightmare. Other words such as stressful and tiring could of course be used, but I'd say the word 'nightmare' sums up the mad dash in the shops pretty well- would you agree?  

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Friday, 13 November 2015

My pick of the best autumn/winter wardrobe essentials


I know, I know, I've declared my love for autumn/winter fashion countless times before; but I'll say it again, I LOVE autumn/winter fashion. Shall we say that's the 55th time I've made that statement- whose keeping tally here? 

I mean, there's just something about the fashion this time of year that makes you feel that little more stylish. 

Actually, having said that, I wouldn't go as far as claiming I'm Sarah Ashcroft stylish, I highly doubt she struts out flinging a coat over her pyjama top. It's comfy, okay... 

Anyway, pyjama tops being kept under wraps aside- it's all fun and games until you need to take your coat off, and somebody catches a glimpse of your finest Primark Minnie Mouse top- I thought I'd talk you through my staple autumn/winter wardrobe picks. I pinky promise the pyjama top won't be mentioned today, enjoy... 

1.) A pair of killer knee high boots: 


First up on my essentials list is a pair of knee high boots, or a pair of thigh highs, if you aren't a short arse like myself- can we just take a moment to high five about the fact that heels exist?! From 4ft tall- or should I say 'small'- to average height in the space of seconds. Count me in. 

Petite girl probs aside, these are the type of boots that instantly transform a casual, laid back outfit into a 'oh so glam' sophisticated one. They also go with absolutely anything; jeans, skirts, dresses, you name it, they'll go. You need a pair! 

2.) A dress that'll impress: 


You really can't go wrong with a dress, can you? If you think of it all you need is a pair of shoes/boots, and your entire outfit is sorted. No faffing about trying to find a top to match; simply fling it on, and you're good to go. 

Majority of my autumn wardrobe is made up with Primark clothes this autumn, which I'm certainly not complaining about, an entire outfit for under £50, yes please. 

However, my favourite dress this season was kindly gifted from the team at BooHoo, as part of their 'Dress for Autumn' campaign. A gorgeous khaki shirt dress that can be worn either casually, or dressed up when teamed with heels and a clutch. 

3.) The statement skirt: 


If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that I don't wear jeans all that often? Well, that's because I've got a thing for skirts this autumn! 

As somebody that has a fear of looking 'too casual' a skirt is the perfect option. I always pair mine with a roll neck jumper as it really does make for easy peasy autumnal dressing. 

That's if you don't manage to ladder your tights just before you're about to step foot out of the door, of course. Girl in a rush last minute, and all that! 

4.) Faux fur gilet: 


I'm faux fur mad at the moment, and furry gilet's are no exception. Chuck one of these over a jumper and a pair of skinny jeans, and you've got yourself the perfect cosy outfit. 

Oh, and just a quick heads up to all of you fellow foodies that love dining out, you'll be super pleased to know that a fur gilet covers up a food baby just nicely. What I'm basically try to tell you; go all out, at the all you can eat buffet, worry about looking three months pregnant at a later date! 

5.) The perfect handbag:


Boring outfit that needs livening up? Grab a handbag. An all black number that needs a splash of colour? Grab a handbag. I think you get the gist, a handbag is key to adding that finishing touch to your look. 

I always opt for a nude or black bag, that way they go with everything outfit- three cheers for being boring sensible. I'd say Topshop is fave place to shop for the perfect bag, they aren't too pricy either, which means you can afford to buy two- more handbags, the better, right girls?! 

*Having just read those last two paragraphs back to myself, I can only apologise for how many times I say the word 'bag'. I am a girl with a limited vocabulary after all, forgive me. 

So there we have it, my staple Autumn/Winter essentials? Which five things would you claim 'essential' this season? 




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Monday, 12 October 2015

My ladies that lunch outfit of the day

Shop my look; 
Gilet: New Look
Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Topshop -old season 
Jewellery: Pandora 

A few weeks ago now my grandma and I ate out at this cute country pub- I'm sure you're all extremely shocked that an afternoon out for me involved food, huh?- which just so happened to be the perfect place to snap a few photos for my blog. 

So, after copious amounts of chocolate brownie, and mojito cheesecake later, we dashed out to try and get the perfect shot...attempting to dodge the people enjoying a glass of wine, of course. I'm still not about that posing in public life. Oh look, there's a bush, let me hide behind that! 

Anyway, posing in public battles aside for the moment- you know I mentioned in my previous outfit post that fur everything is one of my very favourite things about the colder season? Well, would you just take a look at this furry beauty. I mean, c'mon, I know that you're going all heart eye emoji over it! 

I've been on the search for a grey furry gilet for what feels like a lifetime now, so when I eyed up this baby, you can bet I dashed over there right away. I can imagine a few shoves would have been given if anybody dared get in my way! 

As it is quite a staple piece I decided to keep it simple with the rest of the outfit, so paired it with my good old faithfuls: black skinny jeans, black ankle boots, and a black roll neck jumper. Yay for colour! Oh, and as it happens this is the perfect outfit to go out for lunch in, no breathing in required- the gilet covers up a food baby just nicely. 

So what I'd like to know is, what would your perfect ladies who lunch outfit be? 




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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My take on the perfect autumnal outfit


Shop my look; 

Fur gilet: Topshop- old season 
Jumper: Primark
Skirt: Topshop- old season
Boots: Miss selfridge
Bag: Topshop - old season 

I love autumn fashion, I really do- that's number 1083 on my list of things I adore about all things autumnal- just in case you was wondering. I know I do like to bang on about my love of cosy nights, and how it's now acceptable to wrap yourself up like a cocoon in your duvet, because well...it's cold okay.

But, believe me when I say big chunky scarves, heeled ankle boots and fur everything are my very favourite things about the colder season. So this is how this outfit came about, I chucked all of my fave pieces together, and badda-bing-badda-bang, the perfect autumnal outfit. 

A fur gilet and roll neck jumper- that was a bargain at £6, may I add- make for the cosiest of all cosy outfits when paired together; every girl needs this combination of comfort in their lives. The dogtooth skirt is also a winner as it goes with pretty much anything. You know, it's one of those pieces of clothing you just need hanging proudly in your wardrobe! I would mention my ankle boots, but as they made an appearance in my last post, I shan't- they're gorgeous, so they speak for themselves anyway. 

So, that's me signed out as Gok Wan for the day, what would your ideal autumnal outfit be? 
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Let me introduce you all to my new fashion project...


Shop my look- 
Hat: Topshop 
Jacket: New Look -similar 
Jeans: Topshop 
Bag: Topshop - old season 

You know I always said that I love fashion, but blogging about fashion bored me to tears? Well, I've kinda had a change of heart since then. Yep, you guessed right... I've decided that I'm going to give standing in the street, posing like I love myself a shot- all in aid of sharing my all time fave outfits with you lot, of course. 

For months now I've been stalking all of the top fashion bloggers thinking 'maybe I could give that a go'. It just feels the right thing to do as I always have loved fashion and dressing up. And that's when I roped my grandma in to be my very own personal David Bailey (photographer). So shoutout to my grandma for being patient with me whilst I posed rather awkwardly in the garden... You've definitely came on leaps and bounds from the days where you used to take about five minutes to take one, out of focus photo!

So, from here on in you can now expect to see a few fashion type posts uploaded every now and then. I promise I will get better at this posing malarkey, but until then I do give you permission to do a little laugh at me- put it this way a few tips from you fellow bloggers would be very much appreciated! 

Oh, and nobody warned me that fashion blogging is harder than it looks <actually, scrap that; a lot bloody harder than it looks. I will stop wanting to run off and hide when an old woman looks at me gone out, right?! 









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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Ferrero Rocher cupcakes complete with Nutella buttercream & centre


If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I'm a bit of a baking enthusiast that likes to tease you all with my cupcake creations on a weekly basis, apologies. I'm forever getting people ask me for the recipe each time I post a picture wether it be sticky toffee fudge, raspberry margarita or mint aero flavour! So, today I thought that I'd  better share the recipe for my all time personal faves, and that's my Ferrero Rocher cupcakes complete with Nutella buttercream and centre. YUM! 

Is your mouth watering, yes? If so you better get your apron at the ready, dig out your mixing bowl, and.... on your MARKS, GET SET, GOOO! Happy baking, 

The ingredients you'll need; 

Cupcakes: 
•2 large eggs
•115g caster sugar 
•115g self-raising flour 
•115g margarine or butter 
1 teaspoon cocoa powder 
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Buttercream:
•185g icing sugar, sifted 
•125g butter or margarine
•4 generous tbs of Nutella 

Decoration: 
•6 Ferrero Rocher's 
•Nutella (to drizzle over the top) 


Method: 

Cupcakes: 
1.) To make cakes, place all of the cupcake ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them all together until combined. You could use a wooden spoon if you don't have a whisk but this will take longer, and requires more effort! 

2.) Place even amounts of mixture into 6 cupcake cases. There might be a bit of mixture left depending on how big your cupcake cases are! 

3.) Bake on the second shelf from the top of a preheated oven 190 c/170 c fan/gas 5 for around 20/25 minutes. They may take longer than that though so just bake until they're ready. You can tell when they're fully baked by using a cocktail stick/something similar to poke into the middle of the cupcake, if there's mixture on the cocktail stick then they need longer in the oven and if it comes out clean then they're ready! Cool on a wire tray. 

4.) Once your cupcakes are cooled completely you want to carve out the centre, I usually cut around a piping nozzle as that's a good size! Then add a generous amount of Nutella to the middle of your cupcakes for an extra Nutella kick- this step is optional. 


Buttercream: 
1.) Whisk 115g worth of butter with a whisk for 5-10 minutes so it's extra fluffy and then sift 175g worth of icing sugar into the same bowl. 

2.) Combine the icing sugar, butter and Nutella and whisk for a further 5 minutes, and then pop it into the fridge to set as it makes for neater piping. 

3.) To pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes you'll need to use a piping bag. You can pipe the buttercream on however you want so just choose the nozzle you like best- I used a Wilton 2D for these particular cupcakes. To finish stick a jar of Nutella in the microwave for around 10 seconds, then drizzle over each cupcake and top with a Ferrero Rocher- as easy as that, Mary Berry would be proud! 

Being the huge Nutella lover I am these are my dream cupcakes, what would yours be? Oh, and as always if you decide to give these a whirl then be sure to tag me on Instagram (@itslittlelauren), I'd love to see your creations! 

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday summary...


1.) It's only right that you show off your new necklaces and all time fave lippy on Instagram, right? Oh good because that's exactly what I've just done! Today's outfit details after such a lovely day with my mum. 

2.) My glittery Echo Falls wine bottle which I absolutely love! If you'd like to purchase one for yourself, or maybe for a gift for a friend/family member then check out my previous post for the link to the website. I was over the moon with mine, what girl wouldn't be?! 

3.) Boredom of course leads to arranging your pandora collection, and then instagram-ing it, just because... 

4.) Although they tasted nice I wasn't too pleased with the appearance of these Kinder Bueno cupcakes, complete with Nutella buttercream and centre. Please remind me to never attempt baking in the heat again; melting buttercream = a perfectionists nightmare! 

5.) A catch up with one of my friends 'sophisticated ladies who lunch' style. I obviously had to order the chicken katsu curry as it is my all time fave! Oh, and to the girl that came over and said hi; thanks for making my day and being so lovely! 

6.) Shameless mirror selfie wearing one of my holiday outfits- who'd have thought the holiday clothes would be making an appearance in this country?! I can't wait to wear my floppy hat on the beach, the countdown has officially begun. 

7.) Glorious sunshine, my favourite food and a catch up with a friend all in one day... Who says Mondays have to be mardy Mondays?! It made such a nice change to get out of the house and do something when I don't usually. 

8.) Taking full advantage of the fact it was the hottest day of the year this week with a BBQ and drinks in the garden. There really is nothing better than a nice chilled evening, is there?! Also, I now no longer look like Casper's double thanks to the sun deciding to show it's face *salsa dancing emoji*.

9.) Lesson of the week: never fall asleep in the garden, you will wake up being pelted by hail stones... Don't you just love England's temperamental weather. I bet my neighbours had the biggest laugh of the week watching me mad dash inside, shielding myself with my duvet- I'm all about that glam life. 

So there we have it, that's what my week in photos looks like. I've honestly had the best week ever despite it being a bit of a struggle at times due to feeling unwell! But, as always I'm so grateful that I've been able to go out and enjoy the sunshine along the way, my inner worshipper has been in it's element! 

Have you had a good week, what have you been up to? 



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Monday, 15 June 2015

Four really important things blogger newbies need to know

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One year on and here I am still struggling to get a blogpost kick started. Sure, all of the ideas are there, I've even been super organised and got my notebook out definitely not pretending to be a better blogger than I am to jot down the key things I want to include, but has that helped? No, it really flipping hasn't. You'd have thought after a year of blogging my mind would no longer go completely blank every time I attempt to be even the slightest bit productive. Thanks brain, as helpful as always. 

Anyway, blogger probs aside; after deliberating over what to write about for what feels like hours I've finally decided that I'd share a few things I've learnt about blogging in the past year. Hopefully they'll be of some help to you, you can bet 'how to beat bloggers block' definitely won't be one of my tips... 

Fancy shmanzy equipment isn't a necessity
Okay, so don't get me wrong here; I'd love nothing more than to own a really expensive flash camera, but is that realistic on the budget I'm on? No, unfortunately not. I use my iPhone to take all of my blog snaps and I can honestly say if you practice your technique then photos taken with an iPhone can look just as good.

If you're a newbie in the blogging world then don't think that you need to own the latest DSLR camera. If do however happen to have the budget for one and you're passionate about photography then sure, splash out, but if not then don't waste your money. Same goes for MacBooks and what not! Photography is definitely an important factor to becoming a somewhat 'popular blogger' shall we just say but the content is what keeps people returning, in my opinion. PS- here's some photography tips for iPhone users you may find useful. 

Photo taken with iPhone 6 
Don't let blogging take over your life 
From the very start I've stuck to a 'blogging schedule' where I'll post three times a week; Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. However, as of late I've realised that although I'd ideally love to stick to that plan at all times, realistically it can't always happen. Life simply just gets in the way, but do you know what? That's okay because blogging for the majority of us is a hobby after all. 

Just because other bloggers upload a new post daily don't let that make you feel pressured, do what you can and if that means that one week you think to yourself 'you know what I don't feel like blogging this week' or you simply don't have the time then don't beat yourself up about it. Blog when you can, force it and you'll stop enjoying it! 

You don't have to follow the crowd
Everybody's frantically typing away at their laptops ready to upload their view on the latest eyeshadow palette, that means that you also have to do that as well, right? If that's not what you're into then, no. I first started out thinking I wanted to blog about fashion but I soon realised that even though I really do love all things fashion writing about it bored me to absolute tears. It just wasn't me. 

If you aren't passionate about something or you don't enjoy writing about a certain subject such as fashion then to put it simply, don't. Never feel you need to blog about 'popular' things in order to be a success in the blogging world. Blogging to me is all about being able to express myself in whichever way I please! 


Comparison is the their of joy 
Yes, and that saying most definitely applies to blogging. That girl you follow has thousands of followers, perfect photos, content that leaves you wanting to spend the entire night binge reading instead of actually doing something important, and what does that make you feel about your own blog? Absolute rubbish, that's what. How the heck does she do it?! I'll be honest here, I've been guilty of comparing my own blog to somebody else's myself and here's what I've came to realise... 

With blogging everybody spends different amounts of time on it, some even blog for a living and can dedicate their entire day to perfecting their latest post. You, however do it for a hobby, alongside daily chores and work, of course you aren't going to be able to achieve that level of perfect. It's impossible. A little helpful tip; always compare yourself, to yourself. Read old blogposts, you might cringe a little lot but you'll realise just how far you've come! 

So, that's what I've learnt about blogging so far, I'm sure I'll learn even more over the next year. I really hope they've helped you in some way, what have you learnt about blogging? I'd love to hear your tips/stories, 










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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

My latest beauty purchases | A MAC splurge


There's one question every girl wants the answer to, and that's... Why does almost every beauty product seem to run out at exactly the same time? Oh, and we aren't talking a mascara and lipstick here, we're talking our whole damn collection. 

You know when you're getting ready and the amount of products you have in your makeup bag just start dropping like flies? Like, 'oh new concealer needed', 'that mascara needs binning' and 'that's definitely the last time I'll be able to use this eyeshadow'. *Makes a mad dash to your local makeup counter half an hour later*. 

Well, that very same thing happened to me not so long ago which of course resulted in a rather large MAC splurge. Let's just say my purse wasn't best pleased! Anyway, ramblings aside I thought I'd let you have a little nosy at some of my 'must have' products that I picked up... 


Studio Fix foundation | Shade- NW20 | Link 
First up on my 'must buy immediately' list was the Studio Fix foundation, I really can't go without it. I'm now onto my third bottle of this stuff so it's safe to say I'm a bit of a fan, and with good reason too! As far as foundations go I've never used another that compares as it gives the most flawless 'airbrushed' finish without looking completely unnatural too. All in all Studio Fix is an all round brilliant matte, medium coverage foundation that I'd recommend to all of you girls with oily/normal skin. 

Prep + Prime highlighter | Shade- 'light boost' | Link 
I've been going contour crazy as of late so this is an absolute essential of mine! Luckily they had one left in stock- mini meltdown = avoided. I love just how much it brightens up your whole face, it really helps to cover up dark under eye circles too. It's super creamy and blends like a dream which means you aren't left with those rather annoying creases under your eyes, they sure do give the game away every time. 


Strobe Cream | Link 
Being the dewy finish lover that I am this is yet another 'must have'. I've mentioned this countless times before so I shan't ramble on for too long but I like to use this as a primer to add a nice healthy glow- it also helps foundation to blend perfectly- and then mixed into a pump of Studio Fix foundation to add yet more dewy-ness. I find this really helps if you find a foundation a little too 'cakey' and want a more natural look instead! 

'Velvet Teddy' lipstick | Finish- Matte | Link 
I've been after this lipstick for absolutely ages, and no, that's not me exaggerating either. Every time I asked if they had it in stock at my local MAC counter or every time I tried to order it online I never had much luck and always left empty handed and disappointed. I was worried that this was going to be one of those products that was over-rated but much to my surprise, it isn't at all. This is just a really lovely everyday lipstick that also looks equally as nice for going out too. If you can get your hands on Velvet Teddy then I'd advise you to buy it immediately, you'll love it! 


'Russian Red' lipstick | Finish- Matte | Link 
Yet another lipstick, I'm addicted, aren't I?! Flat Out Fabulous has been a firm favourite of mine for some time now but since buying this gorgeous matte finish, dark red shade it's well and truly been beaten, I'm now going all heart eyed emoji over this beauty instead! I cannot wait to wear this on holiday when I've got a tan too, I can imagine it'll really add a pop of colour to an otherwise plain outfit! Oh, and it also makes your teeth look super white, major plus right there. 

Do you use any of these MAC products, and if so what do you think? Also, do you have any bright MAC lipsticks with a matte/retro matte finish that you'd recommend? 



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Monday, 8 June 2015

Jammy Dodger cupcakes drizzled with sticky strawberry sauce


If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I'm a bit of a baking enthusiast that likes to tease you all with my cupcake creations on a weekly basis, apologies. I'm forever getting people ask me for the recipe each time I post a picture wether it be sticky toffee fudge, raspberry margarita or mint aero flavour! So, today I thought that I'd  better share the recipe for what seems to be my most popular batch of cupcakes ever, and that's my Jammy Dodger cupcakes drizzled with sticky strawberry sauce. 

So get your aprons at the ready, dig out your mixing bowl, and.... on your MARKS, GET SET, GOOO! Happy baking, 

The ingredients you'll need: 

Cupcakes: 
•2 large eggs
•115g caster sugar 
•115g self-raising flour 
•115g margarine or butter 
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Buttercream:
•175g icing sugar, sifted 
•115g butter or margarine

Decoration: 
•Strawberry sauce
•12 Mini Jammy Dodgers 


Method: 

Cupcakes: 
1.) To make cakes, place all of the cupcake ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them all together until combined. You could use a wooden spoon if you don't have a whisk but this will take longer, and requires more effort! 

2.) Place even amounts of mixture into 6 cupcake cases. There might be a bit of mixture left depending on how big your cupcake cases are! 

3.) Bake on the second shelf from the top of a preheated oven 190 c/170 c fan/gas 5 for around 20/25 minutes. They may take longer than that though so just bake until they're ready. You can tell when they're fully baked by using a cocktail stick/something similar to poke into the middle of the cupcake, if there's mixture on the cocktail stick then they need longer in the oven and if it comes out clean then they're ready! Cool on a wire tray. 


Buttercream: 
1.) Whisk 115g worth of butter with a whisk for 5-10 minutes so it's extra fluffy and then sift 175g worth of icing sugar into the same bowl. 

2.) Combine the icing sugar and butter together and whisk for a further 5 minutes. 

3.) To pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes you'll need to use a piping bag. You can pipe the buttercream on however you want so just choose the nozzle you like best- I used a Wilton 2D for these particular cupcakes. To finish drizzle each cupcake with a generous amount of strawberry sauce and then top with two Jammy Dodgers, as easy as that! 

What do you think to these Jammy Dodger cupcakes? For some reason they remind me of my primary school days, odd. Oh, and as always if you decide that you'd like to give these sweet treats a go then be sure to send me a picture/tag me, I'd love to see! 

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Lauren's Looks turns 1 | My 1st year of blogging


I cannot believe I'm typing this as I really don't know where the time has gone but Monday marked one year of me having my very own blog. Yes, that's right, Lauren's Looks is now the grand old age of 1- mad I know! It's strange because you know when you feel like you've been doing something forever, but then on the other hand time has zoomed by so fast that it also feels like yesterday? Anybody else get that same feeling, just me? Well, it kinda feels a bit like that! 

For me starting a blog was a very spur of the moment decision, and truth be told it was only made out of pure boredom. I never, ever expected that I'd still be blogging one whole year later as I really didn't start with the intention to get serious about it. Looking back- as absolute cheesy as this will sound- it's perhaps one of the best spur of the moment decisions I've ever made; extremely cliché of me, I know. 

I can remember when I first started out, I was waaay too nervous to post certain things, because what the heck would people think? Now look at me, I regularly post about my battle with ME and the struggles that come along with having a chronic illness. I'm absolutely amazed at the fact I've been brave enough to do so as I've always struggled opening up about my illness, and I truly believe that blogging has helped me get over that. 

Some decide to start a blog for the followers, the 'freebies' and the popularity, I on the other hand wanted to start blogging for a completely different reason. That very reason was I felt lonely and almost as though I didn't have much of a purpose in life, I desperately wanted a new hobby to get involved in as having a chronic illness takes the ability to go out with friends, have a job and socialise away from you. And blogging has been that very thing that has filled that gap in my life, I now have something productive to do with my days when I'm unable to leave the house. So sure, I'd be lying to say that the followers and perks of being a blogger aren't a bonus but the most important thing to me has been the interaction with others and the fact I've now made new friends without even having to leave the house! 

It still astounds me a year later that people are actually interested in what I've got to say- 2000 of you to be precise- about all things beauty and lifestyle, and I'm so grateful for all of the comments and positive feedback on my blogposts. The fact that people actually take the time out to send me messages and emails almost daily means so much, that alone is one of the reasons why even when blogging can be difficult at times I don't give up. 

So, on that note I'd just like to say one HUGE thank you to each and every one of you that have taken the time out to have a little nosy at my blog. Here's to another year blogging, 



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Monday, 18 May 2015

My everyday flawless skin regime


'Which foundation do you use?' is without a doubt the most popular question I get asked, along with 'what do you use to contour?', can you spot the ever so subtle theme here? Its beyond me that people are actually interested in the makeup products I use as I'm definitely no makeup artist/expert. As many of you do seem to be interested though I thought I'd talk you through my everyday routine... the everyday bit is a bit of a lie though, think more a couple of times a week routine. 

It's always vital that you apply a primer instead of rushing straight in with the makeup, it just makes life easier if you're starting off with smooth, dewy skin- doesn't it?! So, first things first, MAC Strobe Cream. This just helps to achieve that healthy glowing look, but I'm sure you already know that if you're a regular reader of my blog. 


Now I've finished prepping it's time for foundation, my foundation of choice is MAC Studio Fix fluid in the shade NW20. I absolutely love this foundation as it gives the most flawless finish when mixed with a squirt of Strobe Cream, dream team right there. To apply what I like to call the 'dream team' I use a Real Techniques stippling brush, this ensures that just the right amount of product is applied, cakey mask like finish = a thing of the past. 

The next task on my list is to cover up what I refer to as my 'panda eyes', to do so I use MAC Select-Cover up concealer using yet again a Real Techniques brush- I guess nows a good time to mention these are the only brushes I use, they're brilliant yet so affordable. The best way to cover up those pesky under eye circles is to create a triangle, or a V shape- whatever you'd like to call it- instead of simply creating one line as this won't cover up your dark shadows as well. 


As of late I've became a huge fan of this whole contouring trend, it did take me a while to grasp the technique but I'm obsessed now that I've finally mastered it. After watching what feels like countless tutorials I've came to the conclusion that you have to contour to suit your face shape, instead of following any old guide. The two products I use to do so are both MAC- surprise, surprise- the 'matte bronze' bronzer and the Prep + Prime highlighter in the shade 'light boost'. I was thinking about doing a blogpost on how I contour, if any of you are interested let me know in the comments and I'll definitely do one. 

Anyway, moving swiftly on. To set all of the products I've just applied I go ahead and use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in the shade 'medium'. This is my absolute fave powder as it gives the nicest natural finish which is just what you need when you've applied quite a few products already. 


To finish I add a sweep of MAC 'soft and gentle' highlighter to my cheekbones, brow bones and down the middle of my nose. I love the glowy finish this gives, it really finishes of the whole 'dewy' look! 

So there we have it, my everyday base makeup routine that's guaranteed to look flawless every time. I know it's a lot of products but I don't mind when it gives the finish that it does! Do you have any essential 'base' products? 




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