Friday, 25 June 2010

MAC Haul :)

Hey girls, I had a bit of a weak moment at the beginning of the week. I needed a new pro palette so went to order it online and 'accidently' dropped all these other goodies into my shopping basket.. oops!


MAC 130 Brush
I was really surprised by how small this brush was when I opened my package. I'm a little sceptical but I'll give it a go and probably do a review soon.

Left to Right - Mineralized blush in Dainty, Blush in Well Dressed

Swatches:
Left to right:
Well Dressed - I've been wanting this blusher for ages, I'm sure you all know what it looks like but it's a really pretty pale pink.
Dainty - Love this blush, it's a perfect peachy coral and leaves a gorgeous glow to the cheeks.

Pro 15 pan eyeshadow palette

I got three eyeshadows in pan form (left to right) Naked lunch, Gleam, Cork

Swatches:
I'm really sorry about the swatches, they didn't come out well at all.
Left to right:
Cork - a pretty standard medium golden brown that will be a great crease colour for an everyday look
Gleam - a beautiful pink laced with gold shimmer
Naked lunch - a gorgeous neutral pinky colour, it's quite close to my skin tone gives a really natural look

Lipglass in underage, Lipstick in creme cup

Swatches:

Underage - a gorgeous milky pink nude colour
Creme Cup - a lovely mid toned neutral pink

I feel a little guilty about this splurge but I was feeling a bit down so wanted to treat myself!

Laura xXx

Thursday, 24 June 2010

NOTD: Barry M - Flamingo Pink

Hello my lovelies, I'm sure you are all more than familiar with Barry M's Flamingo Pink nail polish but I thought I'd do a quick NOTD post because it's one of my favourite summer colours.


I think this nail polish comes close to being a perfect coral. It's got a great balance between pink and orange and has a real brightness to it that the photo doesn't capture at all. It's one of those colours you can't stop looking at when you are wearing it. Perfect for this lovely weather we are having at the moment.

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine
Laura xXx

Sunday, 20 June 2010

FOTD & OOTD

Hey girls, this is the look I wore a couple of days ago. I don't often wear bright eyeshadows but sometimes I get bored of wearing neutrals all the time. The two colours I like to wear most on my eyes are purple and green. I opted for purple...

FOTD:




Eyes:
Light Pinky colour from the sleek graphite palette all oer the lid
Purple from sleek original palette in the crease
Urban Decay AC/CD in outer V
Mac black track fluid line on upper lash line
Benefit bad gal liner on lower lash line
Barry M white liner in waterline
L'oreal voluminous mascara

Face:
Bourjois healthy mix foundation
Rimmel stay matte powder in transparent
Maybelline mineral blush in rose topaz
Barry m natural dazzle bronzer
Mac mineralized skin finish in by candlelight

Lips:
Revlon Pink Pout Lipstick
Benefit her glossiness in my people your people

OOTD:

Light wash skinny jeans - river island
White cotton ruffle top - new look
Black skinny belt - tesco
Navy cardigan - New look

You can't see my feet but I wore black gladiator sandals from Jane Norman.

Hope you've all had a great weekend.
Laura xXx

Update/Ramble

Hey girls, really sorry I’ve been quiet on the blogging side of things this week. I’ve had one of those weeks...

Yesterday me and my boyfriend split up. I feel like I’ve lost my best friend, the person I shared everything about my life with and the person I felt completely comfortable with. Right now I can’t imagine how anyone else will ever be good enough or will share the same kind of connection as we had. Deep down I know it’s for the best and in the long run will make me happier but it’s going to take some time to get used to the whole thing. I knew it was coming and it wasn’t really a shock but to be honest right now that doesn’t make things any easier. I know I’m not the first person to feel like this and I’m sure a lot of you can empathise with me. I know times a healer so I just need to be patient.

On a positive note, I had an interview on Wednesday for a marketing internship which is what I studied at university. It’s only a temporary position but I’m giving up my permanent job to do it. ‘She must be mad’ I bet you are all thinking. But I think this is just something I need to do. I’ve been trying to get a job in marketing for over a year now and have failed. I feel that this experience is exactly what I need to help me get to where I want to be. I’m at a stage in my life where if I was unemployed for a while it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I live at home and have very few ‘essential’ outgoings. I’ve been finding it hard to fit job hunting around my current job anyway because it’s the last thing I feel like doing when I get home from work. The only bad thing is that it’s in the town where my now ex-boyfriend lives and a part of me just wants to be able to leave that part of my life behind.

So I handed in my notice at work on Friday, feels kind of strange if I’m being honest. I feel like everything’s going to change for me over the next couple of months and nothing is going to feel the same. I’m not sure how this makes me feel... a little uneasy I guess. I know I’ve just got to go for it though and make the most of everything that’s thrown my way.

Sorry if this was a really boring ramble and well done if you got to the end of it!

Hope you are all ok. Much love, Laura xxx

Friday, 11 June 2010

NOTD: No.7 - 60's Mini Skirt

Recently, to celebrate their 75th anniversary,  No.7 have launched a 'decades ' collection to represent each decade they've been on sale. I went to check it out a couple of days ago and the one thing that caught my eye was this nail polish, 60's mini skirt.


It's a beautiful creamy, ivory colour that's extremely opaque for a colour this light. I found the consistency easy to work with, it only took two coats and I didn't have any problems with streaking. I really like it, what do you think?

Will you be checking out No.7's most recent collection?

Laura xXx

Collective Haul

I've been spending more than I should be these past couple of weeks. The only excuse I can come up with was that I was in desperate need of some summer clothes and you know what it's like once you're in the shops...

New Look:

Lilac spotty cotton top - £20


Tan gladiator sandals with gold studs - £20


Pearl bracelets  - £6.00
Silver beads - £5.00

Boohoo.com


Cream summer dress - £21.00


I really liked the style of this dress so of course I have to have it in three different designs! I featured it in a OOTD last week so check that out to see how these fit. £21.00 each.

Zara:


This looks like nothing special on the hanger but on it's a really pretty summer dress which I think is going to be easy to wear. £25.00

Primark:


I bought this top in grey and cream. I think it's a versatile top that can be dressed up for a meal or drinks with friends or will work well for an office outfit aswell. £8.00 each.


I'm not 100% whether I'm keeping this dress, it looks better on than it does on the hanger.What do you guys think? £9.00


Turquoise and gold chunky ring - £2.00

H&M:


Turquoise and silver ring - £2.99



Silver butterfly ring - £2.99

Accessorize:


I've been looking for a 'love' ring for a while now and when I saw this sterling silver one in accessorize I loved it. It just looks so pretty and delicate and for £6.00.. bargain!

Sorry for the long post. Hope you're all enjoying the Friday feeling.
Laura xXx

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Small CCO Haul

I knew there was a CCO in York so thought it would be rude not to stop by while I was there. To be honest there wasn't a lot that was grabbing my attention but I did pick up some eyeshadows.


Digit:


'Soft pale violet with subtle shimmer' (velvet)

Plum Dressing:

'Subtle pinky-purple shone with metal' (veluxe pearl)

Femme-Fi:


Limited edition with the Neo Sci-fi collection.
'Frosty Golden Cream' (veluxe pearl)

Cranberry:


'Reddish plum with pink shimmer' (frost)

Swatches:



From left to right:
Cranberry, Femmi-fi, Plum dressing, Digit

Now I just need another palette to store them in! :)

Laura xXx

Magazine Freebies

Hey girls,

I'm sure you are all aware that in the July issue of Glamour they are giving away a free benefit product. There are three up for grabs so of course I hot-footed down to the newsagents this morning to make sure I got my hands on these.


The Freebies:

It Stick: 'Instant concealing pencil that disguises lines, blemishes and flaws of any kind for a smoother, younger appearance. RRP: £17
Bad Gal Liner: 'This big, black kohl pencil has attitude. It goes on smooth and straight or can be smudged for a smoky, sexy look. RRP: £15
Eye Bright: 'This pale pink, brightening stick is a purse-szied pick me up for tired eyes. RRP: £15

I haven't tried any of these products before before so I'm excited to give them a go. At £2 per magazine you can't go wrong, £6 for £47 worth of product is a real bargain!


Red magazine have also jumped on the free gift bandwagon this month and are giving away a Jemma Kid lipgloss.


There are three colours to choice from but i got 'Shell' a peachy nude colour. It's quite sheer with a slight shimmer to it and looks gorgeous over a nude lipstick. I love the consistency of these too, they aren't too sticky but still stay put for a whole. These usually retail at £14. 

Will you be rushing out to get your freebies?  

Laura xXx

Monday, 7 June 2010

Five Good Things...

Hi girls, hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Dan and I went to meet some friends from uni on Friday night for a lovely meal. Apart from that it’s been fairly low key, apart from some shopping yesterday.. oopps! I know I shouldn’t have but I was desperate for some new summer clothes. Onto my five good things for this week...

1.   I’m on holiday this week... yay! I thoroughly enjoyed my first lie in this morning and have some good plans for the week!

2.   I found out this morning that I’ve been offered an interview for an internship I applied for a few weeks ago. I’m really excited but nervous at the same time. It’s not till next week so I have plenty of time to prepare.

3.   I am off to York on Wednesday night with the boyfriend and I’m super excited. I love little breaks in England.

4.   I met up with the girls for a few drinks last night and we had such a laugh. We don’t meet up as much as we should anymore because life just kind of takes over sometimes doesn’t it? I love that whenever we meet up it’s exactly the same, like we just saw each other yesterday.

5.   I’ve been getting the summer wardrobe out in full swing now the weathers finally getting warm. I love pretty summer dresses and gladiator sandals. Summer fashion is so much fun.



Laura
xXx

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you soo much to everyone who entered my contest. I used random.org to find my winner. And the winner is...

Olivia @ Olivia Writes

Congratulations. Please email me at lauraann5@hotmail.com and let me know your address.

Hope you've all had a great weekend.

Laura xXx

NOTD - Nails Inc with Diet Coke - London

Nails Inc - London

I don't own many nail polishes in the grey, beige, taupe family but since this was free with the diet coke promotion I thought I might aswell pick it up and give it a go.


I have to say that when I first applied it I wasn't really sure. However after wearing it for a while it's really growing on me. I'm not an expert on these types of colours but I'd describe it as a taupe with a hint of mauve. It looks really sophisticated on the nails and I will probably be sporting these types of colours more often. The only let down with this polish is that I found the consistency really difficult to work with, it's really thick and gloopy and was just a general nightmare to apply. Once I had my seche vite top coat on they looked fine though.

What are your thoughts on the taupe nail polish trend?

Laura xXx

Saturday, 5 June 2010

FOTD & OOTD


Hope you are all enjoying the lovely sunshine. I thought I would share my OOTD and FOTD with you all today.




Face:
Bourjois healthy mix foundation - 53
Elf concealer
Rimmel stay matte powder - translucent
Barry M natural dazzle bronzer
Mac ripe peach blush
Prestige skin loving minerals - pure shimmer as highlight

Eyes:
I used the sleek storm palette to create a really neutral
Urban decay - homegrown under the lower lash line
Mac black track fluid line
Maybelline the falsies mascara

Lips:
Topshop lipstick - desert
Barry M toffee lip gloss

Outfit:
(sorry for the bad photo and massive smear down my mirror :S)

Dress - boohoo.com
Skinny tan belt - primark

Thank you very much to everyone who entered my giveaway. I will do my best to have the winner posted up by tomorrow evening.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Laura xXx

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Five Good Things...

Hey Girls, sorry this is a bit later than usual this week, been really busy and had the added stress of a power cut this morning. I didn’t expect to be boiling pans of water to have a wash with at 6.30 this morning but hey ho! Hope you all had a lovely and relaxing bank holiday, mine was lovely, I didn’t want it to end. Onto my five good things for the week..

1.   Getting to spend time with family over the weekend that I hadn’t seen for nearly two years. Some of our family live at the other end of the country so it’s difficult to meet up regularly. I almost forgot how much I love to spend time with my family.

2.   2 days to work till my week off... seriously excited and soo ready for it now!

3.   My best friend from uni lives a fair distance away from me but she’s up near me visiting her boyfriend this week so I get to see her! I don’t get to meet up with her very often anymore and I miss her so much.

4.   Lately work has been getting me down a little bit but the last few weeks I’ve been feeling more positive about it and I’m really glad because I hate being unhappy at work.

5.   The sun has got its hat on again this week; I just hope it stays nice for my week off. Sod’s law will probably mean it’ll rain all week!!


My giveaway ends on Friday so if you haven’t entered already make sure you don’t miss out!

Hope you are all having a great week. Laura xXx