Thursday, 23 October 2014

WhatLauraWore: Plus Size Jumpsuit

Before I start, I promise that this is going to be my last birthday related post!

Today I wanted to show you the outfit that I wore out to dinner and for drinks with my friends for my birthday.  We went to a little Italian restaurant along the sea front for dinner and then onto a pub/bar that plays music until quite late.  I didn't want anything wild or OTT, just a good time with friends... and a good time we definitely had.

My friends decorated the area where our table was in the restaurant and brought me some gorgeous gifts.  Some of which can be seen here.

The outfit that I wore centred around this gorgeous jumpsuit.  While I've had playsuit, jumpsuit and onesie PJs in the past, I have never worn anything like it out of the house because I couldn't find a piece that actually looked like clothing rather than PJs!  That was until I spotted this one in the sale online and ordered it on a whim.

I love the tropical floral print on the top as it is bright and colourful, perfect for a birthday girl.  The top has a deep v neckline that I find very flattering although I did have to pin it as it was very generous in size.  The waist is elasticated to pull you in and then the legs of the jumpsuit are peg leg shaped which really help to give your legs some shape and to make the jumpsuit more fitted.  I love the soft, stretchy material as it makes this jumpsuit so comfortable to wear.

I paired it with a pink clutch bag and pink make up to bring out the pink in the jumpsuit and I wore black wedges to draw attention upwards towards the top of the jumpsuit.  For a little sparkle, I added some silver jewellery.

Tropical Floral Peg Leg Jumpsuit from ASOS (sold out) also available from Pink Clove
Pink bow clutch by Glam by Caprice from Very
Black wedges from Primark
Heart necklace by Roam Jewellery from New Look

Before heading out, I took some quick snaps on my iPhone to upload to my Instagram account.  Follow me there for lots of outfit posts!

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

High End Beauty Haul: Chanel, Dior, Laura Mercier & More!

My new video is live and ready for you all to watch.  It is a high end beauty haul featuring lots of new products that I have bought and will review for you all on my blog in due course (gotta give me time to try them first!).  I've linked all of the products below as well as the review of the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment that I have already raved about.

Please give the video a watch, I hope you love it!

Products in my haul:

Dior Lip Experts Duo Travel Exclusive


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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Sanctuary Spa Creme Souffle Review

When I reviewed the 7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm, I knew it wouldn't be long before I was raving about another Sanctuary Spa product on my blog.  This time it is the Creme SoufflĂ© that I can't stop shouting about.

I am literally obsessed with the Sanctuary Spa signature fragrance.  I've used their products from what I call the orange range for years and years as I would always receive them in gift sets from Boots at Christmas time.  This product has that favoured scent of mine but surprisingly enough, I have never tried the Creme SoufflĂ© before.

The Sanctuary Spa Creme Souffle is a body moisturiser that is an absolute treat to use, especially after a bath when I've used a body scrub to slough my dead skin cells away.

When I first saw this I thought that it was going to be just like the body butter from the same range but it isn't at all.  The Sanctuary Spa Creme Souffle has a gorgeously light, whipped texture.  It is full of little air bubbles that make it much lighter than the body butter but it moisturises the skin just as well.

The Creme Souffle applies easily to the skin.  I find that it is absorbed really quickly, more so than a body butter, so it is perfect for those nights when you're looking for some intense nourishment but you don't want to have to wait for your body product to dry before you pop your PJs on.  The quick drying, easily absorbed nature of this product is thanks to the light bubbly whipped texture.

I love this product because I can use it at night after my bath or first thing on a morning before I get dressed, either way, it makes my skin feel super soft and moisturised without feeling as though I have a product on my skin because it doesn't leave a residue or sticky feeling.  Not to mention the gorgeous fragrance that lingers on my skin all day after I've used it; it is simply delicious!

After applying the Sanctuary Spa Creme Souffle my skin looks and feels really nourished and hydrated.  The cream is packed full of nourishing ingredients like Red Seaweed extract, Vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Mango extract that really work together to moisturise the skin.

The pot is a HUGE 475ml size and I'm about half way through so I'm going to have silky soft skin for a long while yet!

It retails for £10.50 from the Sanctuary Spa website and from Boots where they have lots of offers on on a regular basis (at the time of writing, theres 3 for 2 across loads of skincare products).

What are your favourite Sanctuary Spa products?
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Review of the Femfresh Range of Intimate Body Washes

Femfresh feminine hygiene products
It is a basic need in my life, to be clean and to feel clean and it really isn't asking a lot.  Yet when I pop into Boots and Superdrug the shelves are lined with so many shower gels to choose from in lots of different scents to clean your body with and to make it feel and smell nice but when it comes to feminine hygiene products there isn't as much of a choice available.  This is ridiculous really considering we all have sensitive areas that need to be cleaned just as much as the rest of our body.

When it comes to feminine hygiene products, Femfresh are really flying the flag as the market leading brand because they offer the most choice I've seen out there and after trying out various products, they really are the best there is.

Femfresh Daily Intimate Wash*
In the past I've talked a lot about the travel size bottles of Femfresh on my blog because I think they're an essential part of my travel toiletry bag whether I'm camping in the lakes or on safari in Kenya but today I wanted to share with you a selection of their full size products.  These are just as much of an essential in my shower as my shampoo and shower gel and I love that Femfresh offer a variety to choose from and while they all do pretty much the same job, they're all a little different.

First up is the Femfresh Daily Intimate Wash which I first tried and loved in the travel size and now I have the 250ml bottle.

This one is a very gentle, gel like wash, containing soothing and calming aloe vera, that is suitable for use everyday.  Using a product specifically designed for your intimate area is really important because normal body washes can disturb the pH balance of the area causing discomfort and irritation.  The intimate area usually has a low pH level which helps to protect it against irritation and Femfresh helps to keep the pH balance at this healthy level.

The Femfresh Daily Intimate Wash cleanses the skin without making it feel dry and irritated because it is free from soap and helps to soothe the skin.  It doesn't have a strong scent but leaves you feeling fresh, clean and banishes any unpleasant odour.

It is priced at £2.99 and is available here.

Femfresh Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash*
Next up is the Femfresh Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash.  I believe this is a fairly new addition to the Femfresh intimate skincare line and I reviewed it back in April along with their deodorant which is an absolute favourite of mine, particularly when I'm travelling or exercising.  You can read my full review here.

This is one of my favourites out of all of the Femfresh washes because I find it the most effective at neutralising odour and making my feel really clean.  This is the one that I use after I have been to my belly dancing fitness class and if you're a gym go-er then I'd really recommend it for your wash bag.  It has this silver ion technology which is why it keeps you so fresh.  Natural originating silver ions have very strong antibacterial and deodorising properties that work with your body to help it become and stay fresh and anyone can benefit from it in this wash, even those with the most sensitive of skin.

What I like the most about the Femfresh Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash is that it can actually be used all over the body and it will keep your whole body feeling and smelling fresh all day long.  It is gentle and wont irritate your skin, after all it has been formulated specifically for use on your sensitive areas.  I don't know of any shower gels that I would trust to use down there so it is great having a product that I can use all over.  When I pick a body wash, I tend to like awakening, zingy scents but these aren't great to use on intimate areas not only because they can upset the pH balance of the area but also because of their scent.  If any of you have ever washed using the Original Source Mint Shower Gel then you'll know exactly what I mean... burn baby, burn.

This wash has a slightly more noticeable scent than the Daily Intimate Wash and it is slightly more milky in colour but they are used and perform in the same way.

The Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash is £3.69 here.

Femfresh Ultimate Care Pure and Fresh Gel Wash*
Next is the Femfresh Ultimate Care Pure and Fresh Gel Wash which is another preferred wash of mine for after I have exercised because it has a slightly stronger fresh scent than the Daily Intimate Wash and I find that that gives me the feeling of being even cleaner, making it great for use particularly when it is that time of the month.  It is packed full of ingredients from natural origins and you can use it everyday in your shower, just as you would with a regular soap or shower gel.

As with all of the Femfresh products, this intimate body wash is dermatologically tested and also gynaecological tested, unlike the usual soaps and shower gels that you'll find in the shops.  This way, you can ensure that what you're using is suitable for your most sensitive area.

The Femfresh Ultimate Care Pure and Fresh Gel Wash is available for £3.69 here.

Femfresh Ultimate Care Soothing Wash*
Last but by no means least is the Femfresh Ultimate Care Soothing Wash which is my absolute favourite wash product from Femfresh.  Like with the other Femfresh products, this hypoallergenic wash can be used as a shower gel too and it is my favourite one to use in this way because I really like the scent of it; very girlie and a little fruity.

It contains probiotics to stimulate natural defences as well as moisturising and protecting cranberry oil.

My friend actually recommended this wash to me because it is her favourite to use.  She'll remain nameless for what I'm about to tell you but she is someone who suffers from recurrent cystitis and so she really needs to be careful of what products she uses down there.  She absolutely swears by the Femfresh Ultimate Care Soothing Wash and even uses it in place of shaving gel when preening the rose garden so to speak.

Again, I think this is a great one to use, particularly if it is that time of the month  and it is available for £3.69 here.

While I have reviewed each Femfresh product here separately, I do think that they're all much of a muchness because they all perform exceptionally well and do exactly what they say they will on the bottle.  Ultimately, you need something that is going to be gentle and effective without disturbing the pH balance of your skin and causing irritation.  Femfresh ticks all the right boxes so it is just up to you to find the one that you like the most.  My two favourites are the slightly more milky washes; the Active Fresh Wash for after exercise and the Soothing Wash for daily use, particularly when feeling a little more sensitive than usual, mostly because I like the smell of it the most!

You can visit the Femfresh website for more information on these products and all of their other ones.

What are your favourite Femfresh products?

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Repurchasing Favourites: Klorane and Thierry Mugler's Alien

For all I have a stash of beauty products large enough to open a small retail store, there comes a point in my life where I just can't resist repurchasing some of my favourites.  This time, it was a perfume that I just cannot be without and two of the best make up removing products I've tried from top skincare brand Klorane.  I bought all of these from Escentual and got some great deals (1/3 off French pharmacy brands in October and the fragrance is cheaper than elsewhere anyway!).

The first product that I repurchased was the Klorane Eye Make Up Remover Lotion.  I have been using this for years and years and it is the only eye make up remover that I have ever repurchased because, in my eyes, it is the best out there.

I have tried quite a number of eye make up removers in the past and what I have found is that I am not a fan of bi-phase solutions where they have a high oil content and you have to shake the bottle to get the two liquids to mix together.  I hate the feeling that they have on my eyes and they leave an awful residue that tends to irritate them and make my skin feel awful.  Since I discovered the Klorane eye make up remover many years ago, I haven't looked back and while I've tried other removers since, they have all been samples or freebies when buying other products, as this is the only eye make up remover I will repurchase now.

What I love about it is how gentle but effective the formula is.  It doesn't feel oily in the slightest.  I pour a little onto a cotton pad, the remover has a blue tint to it so you can see exactly how much you've applied so as not to waste any, and then I hold it over my closed eyes for a few seconds and then wipe away the make up.  It is effortless and doesn't tug at my eyes at all.  I particularly like using this make up remover after a night out as it removes pigments, liquid liner, waterproof mascara and lash glue with complete ease.

Considering it has a very mild formula with soothing cornflower, it is incredibly effective and removes all of my eye make up in an instant without irritating my eyes or making them sting.  French cornflower has softening and anti-inflammatory properties and Klorane harvest it during full blossom before frying it out in special clay ovens which means that the cornflower water that is subsequently distilled from the flowers has all of the active ingredients and purity still in tact.  It has a pH that is similar to that of tears which is what makes it so mild that you can use it without irritating your eyes.  It s suitable for those who wear contact lens' too so if you're a lens wearer then give this a go.

Klorane have repackaged their eye make up remover into more of a slender bottle.  I like the new packaging, although there was nothing to dislike about the previous packaging either.  You can see my full review of this eye make up remover from many moons ago in this post although my opinion has only grown stronger towards the product from then to now.

The eye make up remover is available in a 100ml and a 200ml bottle like the one I have.  It is available to buy here and here.

The other Klorane product that I repurchased were the Klorane Make Up Remover Wipes.  I actually received a sample of these to review a couple of months ago but I used them up before I could even get my camera out to snap a photo of them; I loved them that much!

These are a very quick and easy way to remove the vast majority of the make up from your face before heading into the bathroom for a thorough cleanse.  They're very moist wipes so they don't tug at my skin whatsoever and the solution that is on the wipes is very effective indeed.  Like with the eye make up remover lotion, these wipes contain the same French cornflower water, making them very gentle and non irritating on the skin.

While I wouldn't suggest make up remover wipes as your only method of cleansing your skin, I think that they're great at getting your make up off before cleaning your skin with a cream cleanser, for refreshing your skin on a morning or for taking with you onto aeroplanes, to festivals, camping and any other home away from home.  These are the best wipes I've found to date as they're very moist, great at breaking down dirt and make up and they come in a packet with a proper lid that helps to prevent them from drying out.

The Klorane Make Up Remover Wipes are available here in packs of 25.  They are also available from John Lewis.

The last favourite that I repurchased was the Thierry Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum Eco-Refill Bottle.  Alien is one of my most loved fragrances and I have worn and repurchases it for years and years.  The scent is sensual, exotic, very mysterious and different to anything else I have ever smelt before.  It is very distinctive and once you know what Alien smells like, you'll be able to recognise it instantly on others.  I do find that this is a scent that smells different on different people so I think it is one to try in store before buying it blind online.

When you purchase Alien, you're able to buy a refillable spray bottle that comes with the perfume inside, then when you run out you can take it along to a refill stand from certain stores (theres one in the House of Fraser where I live) or buy one of these refill bottles to top it up yourself.  These are the new echo ones that are in slightly cheaper packaging than the other type of refill bottles but that doesn't matter at all as you're not going to be keeping it on your dresser once you refill your gorgeous Alien bottle.

Refilling the bottle is easy, I have done it many times before.  The box containing the refill bottle also comes with a handy funnel so it enables the perfume to be poured into the Alien bottle with next to no spillage depending on how steady your hand it.  I can't wait to refill my bottle and start wearing this scent again.  I have definitely missed it!

The 60ml refill and the 90ml refill bottle like I have are available here and here.

What favourites have you repurchased recently?

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