Monday, 27 July 2015

NEW IN: RAYBAN ROUND SUNGLASSES

Hi everyone, hope you're all well and enjoying the summer holidays! Every year I'm lucky enough to go on a sunny holiday abroad, but I've never actually had a decent pair of sunglasses. I normally opt for some cheaper ones from Primark or Topshop - Which are generally pretty good and get the job done. However, this year since I've started working I thought I would actually by myself a pair of Raybans. I've been wanting some forever, but never knew what ones I would like and if they would suit me.

I went into a shop in my local shopping centre and tried on a few pairs in different colours and styles. I knew I liked the 'round' shaped/style but I didn't know what colour to get. (Who knew choosing sunglasses could be suck a difficult task?) In the end I opted for the original green/gold round sunglasses, which I adore!

ROUND CLASSIC GREEN CLASSIC G-15 RB3447


Can we just talk about the beautiful leather packaging/case they come in, so pretty! Its really sturdy and safe which means I don't have to worry about them breaking in my handbag which is a constant mess. The only thing with buying one pair of these sunglasses is that I want to buy almost every colour, I'm obsessed with the copper pair! They look lovely on and are a lot more flattering on a lot of different types of face shapes which I didn't expect. -Now enjoy a very posy picture of me, in which my eyes are closed and you can hardly see the sunglasses. Great picture Lauren.


Overall, I love these sunglasses and I know I'm going to get so much wear out of them whilst on my holiday. Ive seen so many people and celebrities wearing this style of sunglasses recently, pretty sure Gigi Hadid posted a picture of her wearing them at some point, and if they're good enough for her, they're certainly good enough for me!

What do you think of Raybans? What are your favourite sunglasses? Thank you for reading, be sure to follow on bloglovin!




Thursday, 16 July 2015

NEW IN: MAYBELINE DREAM BRONZE BB

Hi everyone, it's been a long time since I last even thought about writing a blog post. Its safe to say I have missed it and I'm excited to get back into the swing of things, especially since i've officially finished school for summer! *cheers* I'm hoping I'll be able to post more frequently and also include more fashion and outfit posts as they are my favourite!

Whilst shopping in boots I noticed this new 'BB Dream Bronze' from maybeline. This sounded really interesting to me, especially as I'm going on holiday at the end of august I thought it would be great to use as a base. 



This Dream Bronze BB is the third in maybelines BB collection I believe, with them having the original BB cream as well as the one that contains salicylic acid. I personally haven't tried any of the others, but this was the one that intrigued me the most. I actually quite like the simple, yet cute and pretty packaging. The tube makes it easy to squeeze out the right amount of product as well as it being small and travel friendly.
What I like most about this is the concept. It's a bronze like colour, almost like fake tan but you can apply it onto your face. As well as this, the BB cream adds the most perfect amount of coverage. Personally, I know when I go on holiday I'm going to be using this in the evening when I go out. If your like me, my face doesn't tan that much due to exfoliating and toning my skin, therefore this will work great to add a bit of a natural sun kissed glow. This also has SPF 25 which means it will also protect your skin from the sun!

Overall, I think this is amazing and I can't wait to test it out properly on holiday when I have a tan. Have you tried this product out, what do you think? Thank you for reading my blog, be sure to follow!


Monday, 15 June 2015

HIGH END MAKEUP HAUL

Hi, everyone hope you're all well. I'm back at school now and I've officially started year 13. Its so crazy to say that this is pretty much my last year at school! It's gone by so quick and I feel like I now know what my parents meant when they tell me to really enjoy school and to embrace it because once you've left theres no going back. Anyway onto the post for today.


If you know me, you'll know I've been lusting over way to many makeup products for way to long! So I decided it was about time I picked a few products up that are at the top of my wish list. I picked up these on a trip to London with my mum. You won't believe me when I say this but that was my first trip to London to go shopping! It was amazing and I loved walking around and taking in the completely different atmosphere!




The first product I purchased I had been wanting for ages, after seeing many people talk about it online I knew I had to buy it. This is the Chanel Bronze Universal which in other words is a cream bronzer. The packaging like all Chanel products is beautiful I love the glass 'tub' if you want to call it. The colour is lovely, However is more of an orange tone than other bronzers I own. The constancy like you would think is a cream texture and applies lovely onto the skin, blending seamlessly. I think this would look fab on holiday with a tan!



I've previously tried the original loose powder version of the Bare Minerals foundation which I really love. However, mine is a few shades to dark as I brought it for a holiday. I decided to buy the pressed version instead as I'd read great reviews on how easy and fuss free it is to apply. The coverage is so lovely and build able, it can be used as a foundation alone, or as a setting powder to keep you looking matte and add more coverage. I got colour matched to the shade 210.


I never normally wear makeup under my eyes as I don't particularly feel like I need it and I have quite dry under eyes so I find a lot of products tend to crease and look flakey. However, my mum loves the touché éclat and literally swears by it so I decided I would try it out. I used it once and I knew it was going to be perfect for me - it's so lightweight and blends effortlessly without creasing or clinging to drier areas. It doesn't have the most coverage but for something to brighten up a little bit it works really well!

The last product I purchased was a M.A.C lipstick. I brought the shade 'Ruby Woo' which I forgot to take pictures of -Don't hate me please. It's a lovely red colour and in my opinion is more of a brighter and pink toned red compared to 'Russian Red'

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

MAKEUP ON TRIAL

Following one of my recent posts 'skincare on trial' I thought I should do one on makeup too. I've received quite a few new makeup products due to it being my birthday a couple of weeks ago as well as purchasing a fair few myself! I know next on my list is the Chanel cream bronzer!



Giorgio Armani 'Luminous Silk' Foundation


I actually brought this a while ago after the constant love bloggers give it online. Knowing how many people love it finally persuaded me to purchase it, even though it might have cost me and arm and a leg at £36. I've actually done a full review on this product as I was planning on this post to go up sooner. However, if you want to see the full review click here.


MAC 'Soft and Gentle' Highlighter


I received this from one of my besties for my birthday after lusting over how pretty hers is. The colour is just stunning and I know its going to look beautiful when I'm on holiday with a tan. The new MAC packaging means this has a sort of magnetic clasp when it shuts and can I just tell you how satisfying it is when I close it. (I'm not the only one that thinks that right?) I am planning on doing a full review so stay tuned.


Rimmel 'Lasting Finish' Concealer


I spotted this when I was in Boots a couple of weeks ago and decided to try it out due to it claiming to be high coverage and really reminded me of the Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' concealer. I've actually really been enjoying this. At first I thought it was way to thick and hard to blend which therefore meant it was quite drying. However, I've realised its best to warm the product up before hand by using your fingers. This really helps the concealer to blend easy but keeps the high coverage. This concealer really does have full coverage and covers everything, blemishes, discolouration, redness, I also used it as an eyeshadow base/primer and it worked fab! I haven't tried it as an under eye concealer as I personally feel it could be a bit heavy and drying but it will probably work great for some people. Overall this concealer is great if you're after a high coverage concealer that isn't too expensive this was around £5-£6.


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Thursday, 28 May 2015

GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION

After hearing almost every blogger and youtuber talk about their love for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation I knew I would eventually need to purchase it. I brought mine from House of Fraser after reading Lily Pebbles 'What Shade Are You in?' post. I found her post really useful as I noticed we are similar shades in other foundations and concealers. I picked up the same shade she uses which is 4.5. However, I do wish I brought 4 as it would be an even better colour match. 


Firstly, lets talk about that beautiful packaging, so sleek and pretty. Which it should be for £36. (House of Fraser currently have 10% off if you're interested in purchasing it!) I like the glass bottle as it certainly does make it feel expensive and luxurious. However, for travelling I'm not sure how it would end up if you were to accidentally drop it -I don't even want to think about that disaster occuring!

I was quite surprised when I first pumped out this foundation onto the back of my hand. The consistency was a lot thinner than I had expected. My initial thoughts after I had applied it was that the coverage actually isn't that great. However, I didn't use that much, which suggests how build able the foundation is. I added another layer onto my face and like I mentioned the coverage was medium/full and looked beautiful.

If you know me you'll know I'm all about a matte base, which you will therefore ask why chose a foundation that claims to be 'luminous'? I have very dry/combination skin, weird I know. Therefore I wanted a foundation I could wear when I'm going out, having pictures taken and generally want my face to look pretty flawless, without it enhancing my dry areas. The first couple of times I used this foundation it did take me a while to get used to the more dewy effect it gives.

I personally, on my skin would say this is very hydrating and dewy. Which is good for me as it means it doesn't cling to any dry patches. Due to me being used to a matte base I did chose to mattify and set the foundation with some powder. - I'll either use a regular transparent powder, or my Bare Minerals powder foundation which adds a bit more coverage.

As for photography, this foundation is great due to it containing no SPF. I've worn this to a few parties and events in which I knew I'd be taking photos and like I expected they turned out great. *cheers for having no ghost face in pictures*

Overall, I would recommend this foundation. I think the real reason this is such a cult product is due to the way it photographs and how beautiful it looks. Like I mentioned I've only used it a few times so I'll deffo update you on my thoughts. I recommend getting colour matched and trying a sample simply due to the cost and because it comes in a whopping 21 shades!

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

SKINCARE ON TRIAL

Hi everyone, hope you're all feeling well. Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I've been revising and completing my AS exams at school, but yesterday I finished my last one and I'm so happy that I can get back into blogging! *cheers* I recently placed an online order from Escentual and thought I'd share some of the products I'm testing out. I love La roche Posay as a skincare brand, however, I've only really tried a couple of products out. One being the 'effaclar duo+' which works wonders for my skin. Knowing this I thought I should try out some more products from the brand.


I of course picked up another tube of the Effaclar duo+ as mine was running out. I can defiantly notice a different in my skin when I'm not using it. This serum like product helps to reduce the appearance of dark marks and pigmentation left from previous blemishes, as well as helping to moisturise the skin. 

I then picked up a couple of products I haven't tried before. Firstly I thought I would try out the matching face wash in the effaclar range  which is the Purifying gel face wash. My friend uses this and loves it and has told me numerous times how much it has helped her skin. This face wash is actually targeted towards oily skin which I think will be great now its starting to get a little bit hotter. 
Finally, I picked up the much raved about Serozinc I actually picked up two of these as there is a deal online where you can purchase two for £10, which is fab considering they normally cost £8 individually. I've only used this a couple of times, so I'm yet to have any proper thoughts about it. However, I might do a full review if your interested in knowing my full opinions?

I only picked up a few things from Escentual but I know when I place another order I'll be looking at the Nuxe lip balm. 



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Saturday, 18 April 2015

ORIGINS CLEAR IMPROVEMENT CHARCOAL MASK

Hi everyone, hope your all well! Recently I picked up some Origins products to try out. I've never tried anything from the brand before, but the face masks have always been the one product that intrigued me the most. I'm a complete sucker for face masks, I'm pretty much addicted! I picked up clear improvement mask which is aimed towards oily and blemish prone skin.


 "Clear Improvement gets to the bottom of skins overcast condition and clears the way for it to act its best. Activate Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental pollutants, Lecithin dissolves impurities. Without all that "stuff" down there, skin "breathes a sigh of relief." 

 I really love this mask as its completely different to others that I've tried. The consistency is quite thick when initially applied. However, a little bit goes a long way. I leave this on until it has completely dried before washing it off with warm water. One of the best things about this mask is that although it has a sort of clay consistency, its so easy to remove, I hate having to faff about whilst removing the product!

After I've removed the mask I can notice a great improvement in the size and appearance of my blemishes, everything is much more calmer and the redness has gone down. As well as helping to clear blemishes it also helps to clear pores from any dirt and excess oils which could potentially cause breakouts.


Overall I really enjoy using this mask. I've seen noticeable improvements in my skin after frequent use (I like to use it around 2-3 times a week, normally after a workout when my face has been sweating. I feel like it helps to really deep clean my skin.) I really would recommend this if your after a new face mask, its super fun due to the colour and really helps. If you have blemish prone or oily skin defiantly try this out, although origins do claim that it is suitable for all skin types!


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