Saturday, 14 December 2013

My Everyday Makeup Bag // Winter Edition

Heya! I love looking at these sorts of blog posts because it really shows a lot of products that are worth buying and all in one post, and I have to say I highly recommend every single product shown! I have split the pictures into eyes, lips and cheeks and face to get a better view of the products. Details will be below each picture. The products I chose were ones I used most often, I do have a few other products that I use almost as regularly but these are ones I have been using most recently. Enjoy!

From L to R:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Vanilla
Clinique Superpowder Double Face Powder in Matte Neutral
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in Light
Maybelline Eraser Eye Under Eye Concealer in Light 

From Top to Bottom:
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Collection 2000 Extreme Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Rimmel London Sexy Curves Mascara in Black Brown
Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black 
Miss Sporty Clear Mascara (For Brows)
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Sleek Brow Kit in Light

From Top to Bottom, L to R:
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Earthshine (Limited Edition)
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Stereo Rose (Limited Edition)
Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Crush 
Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me
MAC Lipstick in Rebel (Not Pictured, Can't Find It! Oops...)
Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek inside my makeup bag, have a lovely rest of your day!
Lauren xoxo

Monday, 9 December 2013

Trend Seeker // Winter 2013 Makeup Trends

Heya! Today I am starting a new 'trend seeker' series which will hopefully run seasonally and will contain all of the latest and hottest trends in makeup and possibly fashion! I am really excited about these posts because I love getting the gossip on all the latest catwalk and high street makeup trends because it gives you the opportunity to try something new whilst looking stylish and up-to-date at the same time! The posts will be in three sections- eyes, lips and face. Enjoy!

"Finished" Skin
Matte 'Finished' Skin

Following the previous long lasting trend of the natural 'dewy' finish, the current trend has gone in the opposite direction with matte, flawless and powdered makeup dominating the catwalks. Personally, I have never been a fan of the 'dewy' finish anyway because it is so easy for the skin to look too glowing and oily, so this trend works for me!

Products to try....

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Powder


Thin Black Eyeliner
Moving away from the vintage style thick winged eyeliner, this winter it is all about a much thinner and more subtle line. This will give a subtle definition to your eyes without over shadowing them and will add a subtle hint of glamour. Personally I would also wing this out with a thin single line wing, but its all down to personal preference.
Products to try....

Maybelline Master Precise Eye Liner

Matte Wine/Berry Lips
This is probably by favourite trend of all- the matte dark lip. If you don't have a matte lipstick, use powder to blot the shine away. This trend can be made wearable for your everyday makeup routine, just tone down the eyes and let your lips do the talking!
Products to try....
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush
Hope you have fun trying out these new trends! Just to add, the three products mentioned have all been tried and tested by me and have been firm favourites of mine for a long time, so I highly recommend all of them.
Lauren xoxo

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Party Outfit Ideas


Heya! Following on with the Christmas themed posts, I have created a few looks that would be perfect for a Christmas party or even a Christmas day outfit! I have tried to create looks for a variety of styles so that there is hopefully something for everyone. Enjoy!
Outfit #1 Girly With An Edge
Christmas party dress

I called this outfit girly with an edge because I think the black netted top of the dress gives it a slightly edgier look along with the plain black shoes, and for a pop of colour I added a glamorous gold clutch. The clutch shown is on the pricier side but I have seen so many similar clutches so I'm sure anyone interested will have no problem finding an affordable alternative.

Outfit #2 Glam Rock Chick

Christmas party outfit
This outfit is very edgy and I kept it simple and edgy and added a pop of glam with the studded clutch. I love my leather jackets and I would probably wear an outfit like this as I do like my black clothing!

Outfit #3 Bold and Gold

Christmas party outfit

Cobalt blue has always been one of my favourite party dress colours and it looks great with all skin tones and hair colours. I dressed this pretty dress up with black and gold accessories to add a touch of glam and I think this would be the perfect Christmas party dress.

Hope this was helpful, and enjoy your Christmas!

Lauren xoxo

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas | Under £10

Heya! I know this may be a bit late for all of you super organised girls out there, but if like me you are a bit of a last minute girl when it comes to Christmas shopping, here are some brilliant gift ideas that I have found for under £10! With my budget forever decreasing and my list of people to buy for forever increasing, I have really had to budget this year and find reading these really helpful, so hopefully you will find this helpful too!

Paperchase Moustache Jewellery Stand £6

I love this gift because it is a little bit different but will put a smile on someone's face. Also, because of the colour it will match with any colour scheme in any bedroom so is a perfect quirky gift for anyone.

New Look 3D Reindeer Socks £7.99
Red (Red) Red 3D Christmas Reindeer Slipper Socks  | 290811960 | New Look
Red (Red) Red 3D Christmas Reindeer Slipper Socks  | 290811960 | New Look

How cute are these? Who wouldn't want a mini reindeer sat on their foot! Novelty socks are all the rage at Christmas and these little cuties are a little bit different to your conventional Christmas socks.

Lush Baby Frosty Gift Set £9.75

This is one of the cutest Lush gift sets I have ever seen! I wish I had seen this at my local Lush because this would make the perfect present for friends! It consists of two bath bombs wrapped up inside a snowman cloth and is just adorable, who wouldn't want to unwrap one of these on Christmas day?

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy Perfume 30ml £9.99 at Boots
This is such an amazing bargain with an RRP of £22! I can tell you honestly that this smells amazing as I bought it for my sister and the bottle is also gorgeous. Perfect for an expensive looking present on a budget!
Have a lovely Christmas!
Lauren xoxo

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Collection 2000 Little Mix 'Perrie' Lipstick Review

Heya! Recently I was in my local Superdrug when the new 'Little Mix' collection by Collection 2000 caught my eye. As soon as I saw the 'Perrie' lipstick, I knew I had to try it out. It is very different to your conventional plum toned lipstick and is more of a warm toned purple. I have never tried an actual purple lipstick so I was very excited when I saw this colour and at £3 it was a steal! I didn't really know what to expect when it came to pigmentation and staying power as I have only tried one other Collection 2000 lipstick and I have to say I hated it and gave it to my sister, so I was not very optimistic!

Pigmentation- 8/10 The lipstick was pretty pigmented and can be sheered out or applied opaque
Finish- 8/10 This lipstick has a creamy satin finish and is very smooth and buttery
Lasting Power- 5/10 This is where the lipstick let me down, it slides of the lips pretty quickly and easily leaving that annoying ring on the lip line and would have to be reapplied after eating and drinking and at other stages throughout the day
Colour- 10/10 I absolutely love the colour of this, it is a warmer toned purple but it does have cooler blue undertones and I have not seen a colour like this before
Overall rating- 7/10 I gave this quite a high rating considering the poor staying power because I love the colour and finish so much that I would say it was worth having to reapply it quite regularly. Saying that, if I found a dupe for this with a better staying power I would feel the need to purchase that and discard this one.
Lauren xoxo

Friday, 1 November 2013

October Makeup Favourites 2013

Heya! The month of October was the real changing point in my seasonal makeup as it really starts to get colder and I find myself reaching for those darker reds over the summery pinks I had been wearing. Because of all the great new products I have tried recently, I decided it would be a good idea to do a post on all my favourite products from the past month. If my daily makeup varies enough I may start making this a monthly thing as I find these really helpful whenever I read them.

Face Products:

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 'Vanilla':
Lightweight but with buildable coverage, this is my current favourite foundation. It feels like nothing on your skin and is not greasy at all like other light foundations I have tried e.g. Maybelline 'Fit Me' and is a really good match for my pale winter skin tone (great for yellow/olive undertoned skin!).

Clinique Superpowder Double Face Powder in 'Matte Ivory':
Although the colour match is not perfect as there seems to be no yellow based powders in this line, I LOVE this powder at the moment. The coverage is amazing, you could wear this as a foundation. It is by far the best powder I have ever tried, worth the slightly hefty price tag.

Maybelline The Eraser Eye in 'Light':
This is the best under eye concealer I have ever tried. It covers dark circles very well leaving just a faint shadow visible under my eyes and is well needed after getting up at 5:50am for college half the week! It is very creamy and blendable and is very yellow toned (hooray!) so matches my foundation and skin perfectly!

Sleek Brow Kit in 'Light':
Although I don't use the wax, I do really like this handy little kit. The powder (like always) is slightly too much of warm brown but is the closest match to my eye brows so far. I have gone form someone who never felt the need to fill their brows in to using this every day, so that speaks for itself!

Collection 2000 Extreme Felt Tip Liner in 'Black':

I do really like this eyeliner for the price. Although it still doesn't beat the Maybelline version, at half the price I can deal with that! The only difference to me is it takes a little more skill to apply neatly and isn't quite as black, but apart from that I do like it a lot.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Crush'
This has been my go-to lip colour recently because it is so quick and easy to apply before leaving the door, and easy to take in your pocket for touch ups throughout the day. It is long lasting and very pigmented so I usually wear it sheer by just dabbing it on for a subtle hint of colour. I have tried many plum/red toned lipsticks, usually in deeper tones like this, and this is by far one of my favourites. Very good for people like me that seem to suit reds over pinks, especially if again like me your lips are naturally quite pigmented with red as it just deepens this colour and is very pretty.
Lots of Love,
Lauren x

Monday, 7 October 2013

Autumn Fashion Favourites


I have been busy busy busy recently with work and college, so haven't had time to post but I am back now! Today I am doing my current autumn fashion favourites consisting of key pieces from my own autumn wardrobe. These have all been tried and tested by me so I can confidently recommend them all! Enjoy :)

New Look Petite Black Coated Disco Pants £22.99

Black (Black) Petite Black Coated Disco Pants | 290692301 | New Look

New Look Petite Monochrome Aztec Print Leggings £12.99

Black Pattern (Black) Petite Monochrome Aztec Print Leggings  | 292961609 | New Look

H&M Purl-Knit Cardigan in Burgundy £14.99