Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Owl Attack!

 I'm crazy about owls, from my socks to my scarf. Here I have a few of my owly purchases for your viewing pleasure! My bags were both from ASOS and my scarf was from Bank:

 If you know of any super cute owl related items please let me know because I adore anything to do with owls. I've also developed a liking for foxes too, oh dear! What's your animal obsession?


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Beauty products I'm loving

 Even though I'm on a bit of a budget while I'm hunting for a job I've purchased a few items as I needed them for events and general usage. I love all of these products but I will give you my full honest opinion about them all as I always do. 

 These two products are my go-to items for my daily eye makeup. I needed a new mascara and the recently launched Maybelline Colossal Volume- Smoky eyes looked interesting so I tried it and it's my new favourite mascara as it adds volume without clumping. Maybelline's Colour Tattoo creamy eye shadow in the shade On-and-on bronze is perfect for day or evening wear and brings out my blue/green eye colour; it doesn't last for 24hours but it has good staying power and does not stay in the creases of your eyelid. 

 Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the shade Lovesick is the perfect colour to brighten your look, I wore it to my boyfriend's graduation ceremony with a black and cream outfit. You can wear it sheer or darker for a really bold splash of colour but as it's a stain you do have to keep reapplying it. It smells like menthol too but only when you first apply it which was a little surprise. 

 I also purchased this moisturiser from ASOS called Steam Cream which smells like lavender but as a natural cream it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and it comes in a variety of collectible tins, I just love this Big Ben tin! 

 I'm tempted to get some more Revlon Lip Butters too as they're my favourite lipstick to wear and I might need certain shades for a halloween look soon. What lipstick do you recommend or advise against?


Saturday, 1 September 2012

Holographic Hero

 I've been searching for an affordable holographic nail polish for a while and now I've found the perfect one! I discovered this amazing nail polish by Gosh (Holographic Hero) in Superdrug for under £5 and I love it but be warned- holographic nail polishes usually sell out pretty fast. It applies really well and adds a subtle rainbow shimmer to your nails. This is my new favourite nail polish.


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Flame Eye Makeup Tutorial

 Recently I went to a Harry Potter themed party and I went dressed as my interpretation of Fawkes the Phoenix in a winged orange dress with flame eye makeup. I couldn't find many ways to create a flame or fire eye makeup look so I just did my own thing!

Products used for eyes: BeautyUK eye shadow collection number 2, Urban Decay glide-on eye pencil in Eldorado, Barry M glitter liquid eyeliner number 7, Barry M Shocking Pink lengthening mascara, Bourjois Liner Feutre felt-tip liner, Bourjois Volume Glamour Max mascara.

Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti.

Step 1: Use a gold glitter liquid eyeliner to draw flame outlines on the outer corner of your eyes.

Step 2: Line the inner corner of your eyes with a gold eye pencil.

Step 3: Use a yellow eye shadow and apply it to the inner half of your eyelid, top and bottom.

Step 4: Use an orange eye shadow and apply to the outer half of your eyelid, top and bottom.

Step 5: Use your orange eye shadow to fill in the flame shape you created earlier and a pink eye shadow to fill in the tips of the flames. 

Step 6: Use a pink mascara on your bottom row of eyelashes. 

Step 7: Apply black liquid liner to your upper eyelid.

Step 8: Curl your eyelashes and apply your favourite black mascara.

Step 9: Wear your orange lipstick and PARTY!


Thursday, 23 August 2012

Mallzee: The way forward for online shopping!

 I have the answer to your shopping dilemmas! Have you ever searched through countless shops online trying to find the perfect dress? Do you admire a friend’s style but struggle to create the look yourself? Are you always giving people fashion advice but never getting recognition for your talent?

 Check out Mallzee.com which is launching later this year and those problems will be solved. You can create your own shopping mall or ‘Mallzee’ by choosing the stores you like to shop at and look at all of the brands in one place. Software will even find products to show you based on your personal style!

 If you use Facebook you can invite your friends via Facebook chat and they can help you decide on your outfit choices through polls, and you can star items that they might like. There are also great discounts, sale alerts, and if anyone buys items from your Mallzee you get paid (although I’m not sure how much money you’ll be paid).

 At the moment there are over 200 brands signed up to Mallzee such as Urban Outfitters, New Look, Feel Unique, St. Tropez, Office, Miss Selfridge, All Saints and more so you can do all of your online shopping in one place; this might be very useful when you start your Christmas shopping!

 Betsey Johnson said: "Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and each other", and Mallzee aims to give you space to make shopping social.

 If you put in your email address now and tell your friends via Facebook or Twitter you will be in with a chance of winning £100 of shopping vouchers and other goodies. Have a look for yourself and enter the competition here: Mallzee.com.


Monday, 20 August 2012

GlossyBox August 2012 'International Superstars' Box

August's GlossyBox is filled with products from around the world. I thought this would be a great chance to try some things that I wouldn't come across usually here in the UK!

 The UK added Lipcote, a well-known product that seals lipstick and prevents it from fading and smudging as you party the night away. You may think that it looks like nail polish and I have to say that when you apply Lipcote it smells like nail polish, the scent stung my nose anyway! It also caused a burning sensation when I used it which I was expecting as it does tell you but is was very unpleasant and I'm used to strong lip plumpers. I tried it twice and my lipstick came straight off; on the third try I had to seriously blot the lipstick off my lips and keep my mouth open for 3 minutes while it dried. It did keep my lipstick on but left a horribly bitter taste on my lips when I tried to get it off later. I would not recommend Lipcote at all. 

 As an extra 6th product GlossyBox gave me a lipstick in the shade Glossy Pink. The texture was very creamy and the colour was a lot brighter once I applied it. I prefer more moisturising lipsticks but I loved the cute packaging with the GlossyBox seal on the lid.

Here's the lipstick in more detail:

 Germany's product a Pro White nail polish by Alessandro sounds useful and I can't wait to try this out when nail polish in bright hues such as orange leaves my nails in need of some brightening.

 I've been intrigued by Broadway Nails' imPress Press-on Manicure from the USA; can a stick on nail be the solution to those last-minute panics before a party? I had bad memories of those free packs of nails I got in magazines when I was younger that were far too big and would not stick, and I fear these are not much better. I loved the cute nail polish bottle container but I was disappointed with the disgusting, vivid purple shade of the nails (it looks worse in reality) and it just does not suit me. The colour may suit somebody else but maybe GlossyBox could have sent everyone a neutral pack or at least a classic shade. I'll be sticking with my nail polish.

 Spain's Vera Valenti eyeshadow palette looked really cheap and came in a plastic container that ruined my nails when I eventually prised it open. Including a mirror is a great idea but when it's so small it becomes a waste of space! The bottom left khaki green is wearable and great for the military trend at the moment and the neutral colours will always be wearable, it's a shame the shades aren't very pigmented as I think you'd have to use a lot of product to really see the colour.

 Japan's DHC Deep Cleansing Oil that removes makeup sounds good as I have dry skin but I already have a favourite cleanser! I might leave it at my boyfriend's house so I can remove my makeup if I forget my usual cleanser as I don't think I'll be using it much.

 I enjoy having a box of mystery products every month and sometime there's a really good box but at over £12 a month I don't think it's worth it. I'm getting lots of products that I don't use or like and I can't afford to do that so I'll be saying goodbye to my GlossyBoxes soon; hopefully I'll get some awesome products in the next few boxes before I unsubscribe!


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Minimal Style

Minimal Style

Minimal Style by lauren290591 featuring victorian boots

 I've been drawn to a more minimal style of fashion recently, maybe because I'm moving on with my life and I feel that everything should be fresh and new. Who knows? In an attempt to become more sophisticated I'm thinking about a wardrobe update in a minimal direction. I love the idea of having so many combinations of things to wear and the way that this style always seems to look cool and edgy. 

What do you think about minimal style? If you have any ideas about how to achieve this kind of look then let please let me know!

Lauren Loves : Sophistication and elegance.


Monday, 9 July 2012

What I got for my 21st birthday & haul

 As promised here are a few of the main presents I received for my 21st birthday, there are also things I got with my birthday money and some items I bought in general.

 So I don't have a photo of my birthday cake to share with you (which had candles with multi-coloured flames!) but here is a random item I bought recently. I love the sweet vanilla scent of this Yankee candle and it's just so relaxing and instantly makes me happy.

 My collection of rings were spilling everywhere so I bought myself this ultra cool zodiac/ palmistry hand ring holder and I also got an owl print trinket dish to hold my most worn earrings- both were from Urban Outfitters US online store. For my birthday I also had a Pandora bracelet which you can see closer here:

 From left to right: 1) My stack of books charm with the owl on the cover was a gift for graduating university. 2) The heart-shaped lock with dangling key was a present from my boyfriend for our 4 year anniversary. 3) The butterfly charm was a 21st birthday present. 4) The Gemini cameo was a 21st birthday present (yes I'm a Gemini). 5) I adore all things related to owls and this was a 21st birthday present. 6) I bought a Canon 600d camera with my birthday money and this camera charm so it would remind me of my 21st.

I'd wanted a studded bag for a while so I got this one with mixed studs from the US Urban Outfitters online store and the matching purse from Topshop.

 I got an Iphone 4 for my birthday and after a bit of searching for the perfect case I found this cute little sketched owl case on etsy.com!

 These are my most recent beauty purchases. I wear the Garnier BB Cream over moisturiser for extra hydration and blend with my fingers, it smells lovely and acts as a good primer. I then use my new foundation brush (the black one) and then the (orange) Barry M one which I got in Superdrug to apply foundation as the BB Cream doesn't give you very good coverage. 

 Soap and Glory's Extreme Plump lip gloss sure does work! The first time I used it my lips stayed plumper for hours afterwards but now it has a less noticeable effect after it initially tingles. I'd still use this on it's own or over another lip product for fuller lips as it works really well.

 I got this Umberto Giannini gloss mist to obviously add gloss to my hair which it doesn't really do but it does smell really nice and it makes my hair softer so it's still lovely to use. 

I got the Benefit Porefessional and Badgal Lash Mascara with Glamour magazine and while I'm still not too sure how to use the pore minimiser to its full effect the mascara is great for a quick application.

 The Beauty UK eye shadow palette was needed for costume makeup as I was going to some themed parties and I wanted bright colours. Although you have to apply the shadow heavily it really isn't bad for the price which I think was just under £4:

I also caved in to the pressure and finally bought an orange lipstick and a Revlon Lip Butter in one go! It isn't too harsh once you apply it and although it is hydrating I still wear the lip butter over lip balm:

 For my birthday I wore this triangular owl print blouse from ASOS:

 I also got a black crop top from ASOS and a soft t-shirt from Topshop:

 Hopefully you've enjoyed a look at what I've been buying and maybe have some ideas about what to get someone for their birthday if you need any! 


Sunday, 8 July 2012

GlossyBox June 2012 'Summer Beauty' Box

 Another month, another GlossyBox. June's box seemed pretty average when it arrived and didn't have the 'wow' factor that previous boxed have had, but the contents are more useful than impressive.

 I received a Dermalogica kit containing a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. I already have some of their skin care products and they seem to work fine I just wasn't too excited about this product. I prefer another cleanser and have quite a lot of it left so I don't know when I'll get around to using these products!

 I also had a Vichy Dermablend Starter Kit with 6 shades of foundation. None of the shades look pale enough to use on my skin tone but I might try the palest out with some of my other makeup later just to use it up if I need a heavier foundation.

 The GlossyBox Pro Beauty Brush is made out of goat hair for a supersoft application and I use it with my favourite bronzer. 

 The BM Beauty bronzer is really messy and hard to use without getting it everywhere, as it's a loose pigment bronzer it also has a tendency to appear too strong when you apply it. 

 My sample of Yves Rocher France's Mini Mascara- Sexy Pulp claims to give a 'lash plumping result'. Although the mascara gave no volume to my lashes it did give a unique fine and feathery finish and I'm going to use this mascara when I want a more subtle look as it's great for lengthening your lashes.

Overall, the products in this box will be useful but unfortunately they weren't anything special this time! This box certainly made me more inclined to cancel my subscription as I've had enough cleanser samples now.

Lauren Loves : The GlossyBox bronzer brush, much easier to use than my old one.


Monday, 18 June 2012

GlossyBox May 2012 '1st Birthday' Edition

 During May I wasn't the only one celebrating their birthday- GlossyBox celebrated their first anniversary too! I was very happy when I opened my box and saw more goodies than usual.

 The body products I received were Noble Isle's Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel and Neal's Yard Remedies' Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture. Both do their jobs but I'm not fond of rose scented products and I much prefer my Body Shop products that are strawberry scented.

 I also got two perfume samples from Lolita Lempicka (Eau de Parfum & L'Eau en Blanc). Now, I haven't been overjoyed with most of the perfume samples I've had so far in my boxes but the sweetness of these perfumes is just me. I've loved Lolita Lempicka ever since I purchased the Eau de Parfum in the Paris Sephora and it also comes in a beautiful apple shaped bottle:

 The beauty products I received were Collection's Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner in gold, which did not apply well with the brush that came in the box and is now being used as a cream eye shadow; and some fabulous False Eyelashes from Eldora which I can't wait to wear on a night out soon.

 As a bonus there was also a birthday balloon and a handy little mirror with the GlossyBox logo on it.

 I like having a box of surprise products every month but for £10 plus P&P when I am but a newly graduated student in need of a job and therefore money, I don't know how much longer I can live with this luxury. As I have a huge box full of products (made larger by the monthly GlossyBox contents) I've decided to stop subscribing as soon as I get enough points for my free box. Who knows, perhaps when I have my amazingly high-paid job that I'll completely love and will be given any day now (ha ha!) I will have used all my products up and will be able to afford the subscription again.

 What do you think I should do with my £10 each month instead of the GlossyBox subscription?

Lauren Loves : Memories of Paris when I wear Lolita Lempicka perfume.