Saturday, February 06, 2016

CRUSHIN' ON KENDALL JENNER

Kendall Jenner in Balmain x H&M

Kendall Jenner has really been kicking ass on runways recently, and how amazing does she look?! I wanted to share with you a piece that I wrote and collated for Mode about 5 times she killed it on the catwalk...

Check out 5 Times Kendall Jenner Killed it on the Catwalk
by Laura Pearson-Smith at Mode

What is your favourite one of her runway looks?

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Friday, February 05, 2016

FACE MASK FRIDAY: TONY MOLY I'M REAL ALOE FACE MASK SHEET

Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Face Mask Sheet

For this week's Face Mask Friday, I'm reviewing a sheet mask from Korean brand Tony Moly. The Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Face Mask Sheet (£6 from www.cultbeauty.co.uk) is designed to hydrate dry skin, soothe and reduce redness.

Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Face Mask Sheet

This looks and feels like a normal fibre sheet mask- nothing unusual in terms of presentation here. You pop in on your face and leave it there for 30 minutes. Be careful, however, when you take it out its packet as the serum it is infused with runs out everywhere. My skin absorbed most of the liquid from this very wet mask, and I just massaged the residue in after removing the sheet.

I really liked this product- it felt very comfortable on my skin, doesn't have any real scent and left my skin feeling softer, plumper and more nourished from the Aloe Vera Leaf the mask contains. I think £6 for one mask is a little bit on the pricey side, but it is a good remedy for quickly combating dry winter skin. 

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

SLEEK MAKEUP LIP VIP LIPSTICKS

Sleek MakeUP Lip VIP Lipsticks

I love Sleek MakeUP- they are my favourite high street beauty brand, and just when I think that they couldn't possibly be any better, they release their new semi-matte Lip VIP Lipsticks (£5.49 from Superdrug).

Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick Shades
Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick Swatches

I am obsessed with these lipsticks- they are amazing! They are incredibly pigmented and creamy, and they glide on like a dream. There are 6 beautiful shades (from left to right)- Private Booth (a pink-toned nude), Flaunt It (an orange), Backstage (a salmon pink), Night Spot (a cool-toned red), Guestlist (a coral) and Reserved (a baby pink).

They contain coconut oil, Vitamin E and shea butter; so they are very moisturising and nourishing on the lips. They feel very comfortable on, are long-lasting and provide perfect full-coverage with a velvet finish. You seriously need to try these!

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

LOOK FANTASTIC FEBRUARY BEAUTY BOX

Look Fantastic February Box

This month's Look Fantastic beauty box is a good one, so if you don't already subscribe (£15 for one month), you had better get over there and do it pronto. As you would expect, February's box is love-themed for Valentine's Day.

Look Fantastic February Beauty Box Contents

The #LFLOVES box is, as usual, full of brilliant beauty goodies, but this month you also get the March edition of Elle magazine too. Inside the box is a miniature Denman hairbrush on a keyring- the perfect emergency styler after a trip outside during Storm Henry.

HI IMPACT BROWS Eye & Brow Perfector
HI IMPACT BROWS Eye & Brow Perfector Swatches

There is also a brilliant brow kit in this month's box. The HI-IMPACT BROWS Eye & Brow Perfector palette (worth £18.99) contains four shades of matte powders to cover all colour needs- there is something here for blondes, redheads, brunettes and black-haired beauties too. As well as being great for filling in your brows, these also make great eyelid crease colours for a smokey eye look.

Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intimacy Swatch

Another product in the box is the Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intimacy (worth £10). It's a great muted brown-toned pink, but I find this quite drying on my lips so I've been putting some clear lip balm on top, negating the matte element. It is very long-lasting and doesn't wear off unevenly.

There are also two travel-size body products in this month's box, so you can indulge in a pamper session. The Bliss Pink Grapefruit and Aloe Body Butter contains coconut oil and Vitamin E to soften and nourish the skin. It has a lovely sweet and sharp grapefruit scent that will motivate you in the mornings. You also get a travel-size of the MONUspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil. It has a calming spa-like scent with Almond Seed, Sandalwood and Rosewood oils to nourish the skin and relax your muscles. Apply it to yourself, or get your partner involved for a real Valentine's treat.

Finally, you get a travel-size bottle of shampoo or conditioner. Not everyone will get the same one, but you will get one from Look Fantastic's favourite brands- including KMS California, Redken, and Pureology amongst others. In my box, I got the KMS California Color Vitality Conditioner. This smells amazing and helps preserve the vitality of colour-treated hair.

Do you like the look of this box?

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

VALENTINE'S GIFTS I'M GIVING

Valentine's Gifts for Friends

Personally, I like to give low-cost, handmade or sentimental gifts on Valentine's Day as I think they mean more; so I thought I would share with you what I am giving my friends and family this year to give you some inspiration.

Habdash Box
Habdash Box Contents

To my best blogger friends Lori, Lynsay & Ayden I made cute little Valentine's bundles that I created online at Cheerz and wrapped with felt, fabric and embellishments from the latest Habdash crafty subscription box (£15 per month). I love their Valentine's-themed box- it's full of such pretty and useful things to get crafty with. If you want this box, but don't want to sign up for a subscription, you can buy it as a one-off from Not on the High Street for £15.95.


Cheerz are offering a love-themed box of 30 Polaroid-style photo prints for £13 and you can upload directly from Facebook and Instagram. I chose to print my friends a selection of inspirational quotes and pretty images (from free printables at Oh So Lovely) to decorate their homes with to make them smile every day. I also gave them a strip of photos of us together- Cheerz offer sets of 5 'Love Strips' (£6.50)- where you can compile 5 strips of photos like the ones you get from passport photo booths. Who remembers squeezing into one of them with all your friends before camera phones were invented?! If you want to get these products in time for Valentine's Day, the 4th February is the last day you can order.

Snapfish Photo Keyring

For my husband, I made him some personalised photo gifts from Snapfish. This acrylic photo keyring is just £2.99 and I've had it made with a photo of my stepson and I on holiday in Walt Disney World many years ago. You can also create really fun personalised photo occasion cards too.

Will you be giving any of these this Valentine's Day?

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

JANUARY 2016 FASHION & LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES

January Fashion & Lifestyle Favourites
Tens Sunglasses worn by Laura Pearson-Smith
It's time for my monthly fashion and lifestyle favourites again, and there are only four things that I've really loved throughout January. The first are these cool sunglasses from Tens. Yes, we've had an incredible amount of rain here in the UK, but the sun has still been out and when I have been in the car, these have been amazing. Tens are a Scottish brand that wanted to design sunglasses where your bright view of the world isn't substituted for lifeless shade, so they created a lens to shield you eyes from the sun but keep your view just as vibrant at the same time. These sunglasses are their Classic Style in Black (£64) and they are so comfortable and look super-stylish.

A book I've been really enjoying and finding very useful over the past month is Fashion Hacks by Caroline Jones (£7.99 from Carlton Books). It is full of so many useful fashion tips- from styling, to storing your clothes and repairing them. It's a must for every shopaholic!

Parisian Street Style Colouring Book

I've also been loving an adult colouring book that I got for my Christmas. Parisian Street Style: The Colouring Book by Zoe de Las Cases (£6.99 from Amazon) is full of delicate line-drawing of street style, garments and accessories for you to colour in or draw patterns on to create your own dream clothing.

Pantone Serenity Handbag

Finally, I have been loving this handbag that I got for Christmas and not just because it is in one of Pantone's 2016 colours of the year. This faux snakeskin-textured shoulder bag from River Island (£22) has gold hardware and a snake chain strap (or it can be used as a clutch too). I think it's so pretty and feels a lot higher quality than you would expect from the high street.

What were you loving in January?

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Monday, February 01, 2016

JANUARY 2016 BEAUTY FAVOURITES

January Beauty Favourites

I can't believe the first month of the year is over already! It's time for my January beauty favourites-  a round-up of the beauty products that I've been using the most over the last 30 days.

Sephora Wishes Come True Palette
Sephora Wishes Come True Palette Swatches
Sephora Wishes ComeTrue Swatches

I've been loving the Sephora Wishes Come True Holiday Palette (now out of stock) since I got it on Christmas Day. It has a mixture of six matte and shimmer powder eyeshadows, a gorgeous bright pink powder blusher and two stunning powder highlighters. The four matte shades in this palette aren't great- they are quite chalky and there is a lot of fallout. The shimmery gold and silver shades however are beautifully creamy and intensely pigmented. The matte blusher and the two shimmery highlighters are amazing too and the highlighters work great on the eyes as well.

I've also been loving two lip products this month- the clear Bee Good Raspberry and White Chocolate Lip Balm (£4.75 from Bee Good) smells delicious. It's quite a thick and rich balm that moisturises my lips and keeps them smooth really well. It was inspired by beauty vlogger Jason Harwood (#teaminternet rules) and voted for by you guys to be made by Bee Good. The main ingredient is British beeswax which acts as a natural barrier to the skin again bacteria and the environment.

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Beauty Secret Swatch

The other lip product I've been loving and wearing constantly throughout January is a liquid lipstick from Essence. The Essence Liquid Lipstick in 02 Beauty Secret (£2.50 from Wilko) is a highly pigmented, muted glossy rose colour that is applied with its doe-foot applicator. It isn't sticky in texture and is very long-lasting.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

My favourite mascara at the moment is the brand new release from Elizabeth Arden. Their Grand Entrance Mascara, which launches today (£22 from House of Fraser), is a real show-stopper. I love it's curved plastic bristled brush that fits nicely into the shape of my lash line. It seperates them beautifully, lengthens them and holds a curl really well. This mascara gives me amazing statement lashes that are very black, very dramatic and very eye-catching.

Sunkissed Sculpt & Glow Palette
Sunkissed Sculpt & Glow Palette Swatches

Finally, I've been loving a new duo shimmer highlight and matte contour palette from Sunkissed. Admittedly I've only been using this product for a week, but I've used it every day as I'm so impressed by it, so I coudn't not put it in this month's favourites as I don't imagine that I'll stop using it anytime soon. The Sunkissed Sculpt & Glow Palette (£5 from Sunkissed) are really smooth and creamy powders that blend beautifully. This highlighter is very shimmery, but the shimmer particles are finely milled so it looks very natural on the skin.

Have you tried any of these?

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Monday, February 01, 2016

SLEEP & RELAXATION TIPS

Sleep & Relaxation Tips

As I talk about all the time, I am forever on a journey to feel more relaxed and get a better night's sleep. I've been trying some new things recently which have helped, as well as relying on some old favourites- so I thought it was time for a sleep and relaxation tips post to share some of them with you.

Pranamat ECO

Meditate or zone out for 30 minutes

Every afternoon now, instead of going for a sleep in bed, I've been trying to take half an hour out of my day to lie on the floor on my Pranamat ECO Massage Mat (110 Euro from Pranamat). This is an acupressure mat that is covered with very sharp spikes- basically like a 'bed of nails'. It takes some getting used to, so for the first few days I used it with a t-shirt on before letting it loose on my bare back. I take a pillow from my bed to put under my head and have some water next to me (this cute pink plastic cup with twisty blue straw is £7 from the Get Fit range at Paperchase), and I lie there still for around half an hour. It's an all-natural, eco-friendly mat that has a lotus arrangment. It is supposed to ease pain, activate all areas of the body and stimulate the mind. I find this relaxing as it forces me to be tech-free and do absolutely nothing for 30 minutes. The accupressure points that it hits also revives me to carry on my working day for the rest of the afternoon.

Have a bath before bed

I try to have a really hot bath with a Lush Twilight Bath Bomb (£3.50 from Lush Cosmetics) every night before bed. It relaxes all my muscles, and makes me feel sleepy from the malt lavender scent it fills the bathroom with.

Make your bed comfortable

One of the first things I do as it starts to get dark at night is to prepare my bed and my room for sleep. I put a hot water bottle in my bed, make sure that I have my favourite pillow- the White Duck Feather & Down pillow (£16 from The Duvet Store) in my girly Taylor Sleep pillowcase (£12 from Chatty Feet), put on my fairy lights and spray the amazing Neom Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist (£20 from Neom Organics) all over the bed.

When it's time to get into bed, I dab the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Balm (£19 from Space NK) under my nose, on my temples and on my wrists, and play an Audible audiobook for 15-30 minutes until I drift off to sleep.

Do you have any good sleep or relaxations tips?

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

MEN'S SKINCARE VALENTINE'S GIVEAWAY

Men's Skincare

If you are struggling with what to get the man in your life for Valentine's Day, this giveaway might be for you. One winner will get both of these men's skincare sets from Kiehls and Bulldog. Together they are worth over £60. All you need to do to enter is to follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and will end at 11.59PM on Wednesday 10th February 2016.


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