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CURRENT LIP COMBO

Friday, April 29, 2016



There are a few things in life I obsess over: for 11 year old me it was David Tennant in Doctor Who, at 17 it was Once Direction (okay 17-21) and I also obsess over really darn good food because girl loves a belly full of vegan lasagne or roast dinner. But more recently, I've been obsessed with a lip combo that is so easy to pull off and versatile I don't know how I lived without it.

Since adding Tata Harper Volumising Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Popular* to my routine my lips are both nourished and looked pigmented as heck - it's a vegan, cruelty free balm that glides effortlessly across the lips (or cheeks, whatever your multi-purpose needs desire) and can be easily layered on it's own for a natural stain if you don't want too much going on, or you can bring the party by layering it over nearly any lip-liner of choice to create something unique.

I've mainly paired it with Rimmel Lip Liner in Spice, a nice 'your lips but better' pink-red-brown for an everyday vibe I've rocked in all my recent videos and it's so easy to top up (only if really needed because this stuff stays) that you'll be wishing you'd picked it up sooner. Yeah, the dip your finger in the pot niggle is small in terms of hygiene, but this is once combo I won't be giving up just yet.


What's your current lip combo? Do you have a favourite lip look? Have you tried Tata Harper?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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WHAT'S ON MY HOLIDAY FACE?

Thursday, April 28, 2016



So I'm almost at the end of my holiday *brings out the violin* and I'm pretty adamant that I need a personal beach and 30 degree heat all year long. I mean, eternal warmth in your bones, isn't this heaven? But I digress, as during these last few days (well, evenings) I've been rocking an edited version of my stash that is hopefully heat and sweat proof (post coming on that soon) but mainly it's giving me that holiday glow and bold colour I've been missing since hibernating last winter.

For base, I always keep it light due to heat and also wanting to feel all natural on holiday, so I've been mixing the Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer* with Nots CC Cream* which is a nice tanned shade on me now (result) plus it blends easily, has SPF and high coverage, and the shimmer adds a nice J-Lo glow whilst covering too plus it's natural and organic - resullttttttt.

As I said, I'm trying to go brush free this trip because they always end up everywhere and can't keep up the cleaning, so to emulate some definition and contour I've been using the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Topaz which if you blend too much ends up being a darker highlighting shimmer, but use it right and you'll get a subtle contour that makes you look all babein' bronze and fresh in the humidity.

Eyes are being seriously tested right now - my two fave waterproof mascaras are being taken through sweat and smudge-proof paces which again you'll hear more on, but mainly I'm sticking to a natural yet 'stick to you like glue until you use remover' formula from Fairydrops Scandal Queen; it's sadly near the end now as it's getting so dry but I love it all from the packaging to the brush and formula - such a dream. Also, my ever fave Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown is a staple, but if you saw my What's in my Travel Bag video you'll know the spoolie snapped off 10 minutes after I'd used it and was devastated. However, I think Soft Brown is too warm for me so, blessing in disguise?

Finally for lips that are bold and won't budge, I had to pack Cailyn Extreme Liquid Matte Tint in 11* because it's just amazing. Lasts for hours through food and water, bold and bright on the lips, plus it's sunny and sun deserves a bold lip amiright?


What's your usual holiday face? Have you been following my holiday on Snapchat and Instagram? Are you going abroad soon?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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TRYING URBAN DECAY

Wednesday, April 27, 2016



I remember when I got my first (well, only) NAKED Palette from Urban Decay - it was my 20th birthday and I'd heard/read/seen from every blogger and person on the planet that this was the palette to have in your life. The range of colours from cool to warm, shimmers and mattes, plus the luxury packaging made me so excited to use and wear it on my birthday, and pretty much since then it's kept a firm place in my stash and only caused my UD collection to grow.

Okay, albeit very small, my little stash of Urban Decay comes with some new and much loved products that have made an impression on me since I started to take more interest in what I was buying. Yes, the NAKED Palette will always have a place in my heart due to it being one of the first enabled purchases made but also having some rocking multi-style eye looks in one place (plus the Primer Potion* it comes with seriously keeps your shadow on all day), and the NAKED Skin Concealer is honestly one of the best formulas I've ever tried - conceals acne/blemishes/redness with one application enough for your entire face (amazing) plus it's creamy enough to blend evenly but not too thick it looks cakey or settled in creases. The dream concealer if you will, I urge you to buy it NOW.

Recently I've been toying with a few new goodies - now I'm not one for eyeliner and I felt my days of a black flick were gone, but I've been working my hand using the 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Perversion* and after a few 'too thick a line' situations, I'm getting the hang of it and I actually look 'awake' for once. Even with long lashes, my eyes can look undefined in photos sometimes so it's nice to know I can do a flick and look super fresh if I want to. To match the liner, UD has also come up with the matching Perversion Mascara* which is meant to be blackest of black, lengthening, volumising and nourishing without causing clumps. I do have a few mascaras on the go right now, but the promise of volume and length? I'm sold.

Finally, the good ol'face spritz that again everyone tells me I need. I saw Lily mention this on Snapchat once so was intrigued to give it a go as it has a few more goodies in the mix, but the B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray* helps to absorb oil, minimise pores and reduce redness through the day to keep your makeup look slick and fresh all day long. Even though it's meant to prep, I find it work well before and after makeup to keep everything in place, with it look just as fresh as the morning (even if underneath I'm feeling that slip, especially in the Mexican heat) and can we give a shout out to the double capped lid - no spillage or leaks here!

Now I'm more than interested in trying other products from the brand, so what do you recommend? Are you a fan of Urban Decay? Have you tried any of these products?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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WHAT'S IN APRIL'S BEAUTY BOXES?

Monday, April 25, 2016



It's that time again where I chat through the new Beauty Boxes of the month, and April certainly delivered on the 'perfect for travel and making me look fabulous' front - it's like they knew I was going on holiday!

Let's start with Look Fantastic*, who are focusing on spring and Earth Day (which was last Friday) with their latest collection of goodies. Every area of beauty is covered with the Briogeo Don't Dispair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask looking like a saviour for sun-frazzled locks, the Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish which is great to pack in your wash bag for holidays and encouraging an even tan, as is the TanWorks Tan Maintainer which will prolong your sun or faux induced glow even longer, and the Bloom and Blossom Bath and Shower Gel which is 99% organic and natural so thumbs up here!

It's always important to treat your hands too so the Rituals Ginseng and Gingko Skin Softening Hand Scrub gives you a cleansing exfoliation that can be nourished with care by Elemis British Botanical Hand and Nail Butter - it smells like a dream, you'll have used it within a week TRUST ME. Finally we have the added bonus of MyVitamins Lemon Flavour Effervescent which give you a needed energy boost (I can tell you, jet lag will not be a thing with these babies) and also another issue of Elle Magazine which has been keeping me good company on the beaches of Cancun (sorry).


Love Me Beauty* always surprises me with their boxes as the range of brands they stock each month changes but is so varied also. Not only have they revamped their boxes into handy travel bags (saviours) but they again seemed to have read my mind on the minis front! I'm a huge fan of balms so Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips has been a welcome nourisher and protecter against chapped chops and sun damage, and I always dislike taking more product than I need on holiday so the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil is the perfect size for any trip along with their Vinoperfect Radiance Serum which helps keep the complexion even and calm against age-spots, scars and sun-damage - straight into my holiday bag!

A few new brands now and I've seen/lusted over Make Up Forever for a while now after my friend picked up some eyeshadows, so I'm interested to see how the High Definition Powder and Precision Lash Mascara turn out - I do think the powder will be passed on as I'm quite dry and powder tends to cling, but we shall see and it's again the perfect travel-friendly size. Another newbie is Renu Lip and Eye Active Lift which is said to promote collagen and fight fatigue using natural ingredients including yams (always makes me think of SATC 2), and again is also fab for UV damage. Not ones to miss an extra goodie, there's even a little beauty blender sponge to pop alongside my makeup - I'm still yet to venture into blenders but I shall report back when I've mustered the courage.


Another month of beauty goodies and fabulously packed boxes - will you be signing up to either of these? Have you got travel sized favourites? Are you a fan of beauty blender sponges?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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