Saturday, 25 April 2015

NEW IN | Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Makeup favourite, Kiko Milano have launched their new Modern Tribes collection for summer 2015.

Inspired by earthy tones, this limited edition collection is simply stunning with glowing, bronzed skin, alluring pops of colour for the eyes and the most wearable colours I've seen from a makeup collection for the lips and cheeks.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Kiko have seriously nailed summer with this makeup collection and I'm really impressed with the range of products that they've covered, all housed in elegant wooden cases decorated with gold accents.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

For the face, there's a cream and powder SPF foundation which each come in three different shades and a BB cream with a high SPF 30 to protect you from the sun, which is available in four shades.  There's also a new ergonomically designed face brush, a couple of baked bronzers that have a light vanilla scent and three baked blush shades that are divided into three different hues that you can use individually or swirl together.


Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter
Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter*
The face brush is designed to work particularly well for applying face powder and contour as well as for applying the Sahara Glow Highlighter that I have been trying out.  Remember bronzing pearls from years ago?  Well this product took me back to my younger days of ordering them from the Avon Catalogue, I do love a bit of nostalgia!

The Sahara Glow Highlighter is delicately fragranced with white flowers and combines three different shades of pearls, champagne, peach and bronze, to create a gorgeous illuminated look on the face.  The pearls have a beautiful lightweight and ultra fine texture that picks up easily on my brush when I swirl it in the pot that they come in.


Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter

I like to apply this on my cheekbones, cupids bow, down my nose and in the centre of my forehead and I love how effortlessly it blends into the makeup that is already on my face.  As well as helping to bring light to my face, it creates a seamless makeup look and can even be used on other areas of the body.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Sweeping a little of this highlighter down the shins and across the d├ęcolletage would look beautiful, especially with a tan, making it the perfect multi-use product to use this summer!


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava
Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava*
Also for cheeks is the stand out product from the line for me, the Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks that are multi-functional jumbo lipstick and blush pencils that are the best of their kind that I have found.  Usually products that can be used on the lips and cheeks are usually great for one and not the other.  Sometimes they're too drying on the lips but fabulous on the cheeks and others are too shiny and balmy for the cheeks but juicy on the lips, usually I cannot win but these are an absolute winner for me.


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava

I have the shade 02 Supreme Guava which is the most deliciously creamy coral shade, PERFECT for the spring and summer months.  Kiko have got the formula of these spot on, enriching it with Vitamin E which is known for its antioxidant power.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

It has a creamy texture that glides on to the skin and blends in effortlessly.  I draw a few swipes onto my cheeks and then either blend it out with my fingers or buff it in with a brush, a flat top kabuki foundation brush works particularly well, I have found.


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava

The finish on the cheeks is what I would called demi-matte in that it looks almost matte, it doesn't feel drying at all and it does still have a little bit of a creamy look to it.  The finish is long lasting and very buildable so I can wear this in quite a subtle way or build it up to create a more intense look.  I can apply this to create my desired look on a morning and know that it will still be giving me that radiant colour by the time I get home.

On the lips, this pencil gives the most gorgeous pop of creamy coral colour.  It is very pigmented, easy to apply and leaves the most beautiful opaque colour in a couple of strokes.  The colour can be built up with ease or it can be sheered out by applying only a small amount to the centre of the lips and then blending out with a lip brush or your fingers.


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava

Kiko have really thought this chubby little gem through by including a super sized pencil sharpener in the box alongside the pencil.  I think that this is a genius move as I definitely wouldn't have had a sharpener big enough to work with this product.



There are six different shades of the lipstick and blush pencils available ranging from coral to pink and red.  I'd love to try more of these!


Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara
Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara*
Moving onto the eyes and lovers of colour will adore the Graphic Ritual Kajal Eyeliners of which there are six shades that really pack a punch.  There's also a new mascara available that I have been trying out which is called the Dawn To Dusk Volume Mascara.


Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara

If you like a creamy mascara that has quite a wet formula then I'm sure this will be an instant hit with you.  The mascara has a fibre wand that picks up just the right amount of product.  The first coat separates the lashes really well and the second really packs the volume into the lashes.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

It is super black in colour which really makes the lashes look defined and the formula's flexible filming polymers help the mascara to adhere to the lashes and hold a curl in place.  My super straight lashes do have a tendency to drop when I've curled them but I was really pleased with how well this mascara kept the curl in place and with how it didn't flake or smudge throughout the day.


Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara

If that wasn't enough, Kiko have also released three rollerball fragrances that can either be purchased alone or together as part of a set.  One smells of vanilla and musk, another of rose and cherry and the other of bergamot and jasmine.

Plus they come with a beautiful turquoise pouch that is perfect for your handbag!


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

I am so impressed by the Kiko Modern Tribes Collection and would go as far as to say that it is my favourite launch from a makeup brand so far this year.

You can shop the full collection here but be quick as it is a limited edition release!

What do you love the most about summer makeup?

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

GIVEAWAY | Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails


Girls, I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that glitter nail polish is an absolute pain to remove.

Now you don't have to worry about that with the Gel Fantasy Nails from Kiss.

The Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails are packed full of glitter and sequins under a glossy gel coating that looks incredibly pretty on the nails.  They give you a salon quality manicure without the fuss, UV lamp and the gel nails price tag!  There are nine glitter packed designs to choose from including super pretty silver and gold through to multicoloured.  Each nail has a pre-applied, pre-cured top gel that provides a smooth finish every time.

Images courtesy of Kiss Products and Alex Silver PR
They are available in medium and long lengths and each pack contains 24 square nails so you'll be sure to find the right ones to fit your nails.  The packs also include a tube of glue and some super sticky adhesive pads so you can choose how to adhere them to your nails.  They aim to stick around on your nails for up to one week which is perfect if you have a few different events to attend.  Whether you want to bring out your inner rock chick or bohemian babe, you can complete your summer look with these press on nails, plus when you want to remove them you can simply peel or soak them off!

If you're off to a festival this summer, these would be perfect as they're so fun but they're as equally suited to a wedding or another summer occasion as there's plenty of designs to choose from.

The Kiss Gel Fantasy are available from Asda for £8.99 however I have three packs to give away to readers of WhatLauraLoves.

All you have to do to enter is to follow my blog via bloglovin and tweet about the giveaway.  Extra entry options are available in the form below.

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The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and will be open until 12:00 on 30th April 2015.  There will be three separate winners who will each win one pack of Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails at random.  They will be sent out by the UK representatives for Kiss.

Good luck!

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

WhatLauraWore: Bright Floral BoohooPLUS Maxi Dress


The feeling of love at first sight describes the way that I felt when I first saw the Amber Rose Print Maxi Dress from BoohooPLUS.  I instantly knew that I just had to have it.  I'm sure that I don't need to go into too much detail as the dress really speaks for itself... I'll just give you a minute to appreciate how beautiful it is.

Available from Boohoo in sizes 18 to 24, this dress is a real head turner and will be the envy of many women regardless of their size.  The dress has a roomy fit with plenty of stretch in the fabric as well as an elasticated band under the bust to ensure an accurate fit and comfortable wear.  It is floor length on my 5ft 5" frame, which gives it a beautifully elegant look and makes it as equally suited to an evening celebration as it does to a day time occasion like when I strutted down Brentwood High Street shopping in it last week.

If you're looking for a dress that will get you noticed for the right reasons at events, gain you plenty of compliments and most importantly, make you feel a million dollars then this is the dress for you.  I'm a big believer that we should all aim to feel happy and comfortable in our own skin regardless of our size.  Every day I like to strive to be the best me that I can be and while it all starts on the inside, I do love to dress up and find that a great feel good dress like this can not only transform my look but my mindset for the day as well. 



The plunging wrap over V shaped neckline is super flattering and provides ample room in the bust for those with a bust far larger than mine and the black colour makes this dress so wearable for many.

My favourite part of this dress however is the vibrant floral pattern of the skirt part of the dress.  It is simply stunning and so eye catching.  I love floral designs anyway but to see them with such a gorgeous bright colour palette is fantastic.  I feel so happy and smile from the inside out whenever I wear this dress and I cannot recommend it to you all highly enough.





The shoes that I'm wearing are the Truffle Collection Heart Toe Post Sandals that I actually bought on sale at ASOS.  They're still available on sale here and you can take a closer look at them in the photos on the website.  Essentially, they're flip flops with a huge black and gold heart on the toe post but they're so much more than that as they're incredibly comfortable thanks to the spongey yet supportive sole.

I had a cream and gold pair of these that I wore throughout the whole summer last year so when I spotted them online in different colours, I knew that I needed to order them for this year.  I've already had so much use out of these already and April isn't even over yet!



The bag that I'm carrying is my gorgeous Lulu Guinness Lips Clutch.  I have wanted one of these for YEARS and finally took the plunge last year and ordered one.  They're currently available here on ASOS and I'd definitely say that they're worth it.

Out of all of my bags, this is the one that people comment on and compliment me on the most.  Its a little bit quirky, a little bit there but the black keeps it looking sleek and sophisticated.  It is the ultimate night out bag for me and the perfect accompaniment to this fun dress from Boohoo.



Boohoo have been going from strength to strength in recent years but they really came on my radar when they launched their fabulous plus size line which ticks so many of the right boxes for me.  It is all about celebrating style at any size and is very much an extension of their standard line which is what many plus size women have been looking for in clothing stores for years.

BoohooPLUS have just launched an exciting new collaboration with blogger and model Nadia Aboulhosn who has co-designed her own capsule collection together with the boohoo design team.  The collection comprises of 20 trend-led pieces that strongly reflect Nadia's own style from some sports luxe inspired androgynous separates through to minimal glamour pieces that are available in a variety of colour ways.

I'm sure that the collection is going to be a hit with high fashion lovers.  Check out the pieces below and click on the images of the ones you like to be taken directly to the page.




WhatLauraWore:
Lulu Guinness Black Lips Clutch available on ASOS
Earrings from New Look
Bangle from Primark


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Monday, 20 April 2015

WhatLauraWore: Bardot Maxi Dress

Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

Spring is here, summer is on its way and so is my holiday to Morocco.  To say I'm excited is a complete understatement and I've been frantically searching the shops and my favourite online websites to find the best summer fashions to take away with me when I go away.

This summer, I really want to mix up my current wardrobe with some new trend led pieces and really enjoy everything that dressing for the warmer months has to offer.

When I'm looking for summer clothes, one website that I always check out is New Look and I head straight to their Holiday Shop for all of the latest summer trends.  I much prefer shopping from their Inspire range online as they have a much wider range available than they do in store and I like to be able to see all of their pieces in one place.


Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

This summer its all about loose, floaty fabrics which is great if you're someone who likes to feel comfortable in their clothes which I certainly do.  I hate close fitting, restrictive fabrics so something that enables me to shimmy around effortlessly at a beach party with a cocktail in my hand is going to head straight onto my to-buy list.



Fashion wise, there is something for everyone this summer whether you're someone who loves plain colours or bold prints.  If plain is your thing then I'd suggest adding some texture with crochet detailing, fringing and pompom trims and if you're a lover of prints then you will adore the aztec, tropical floral and boho floral that there is around right now.  Worn alone over plain basics or as a co-ord they look so amazing, especially if you're wanting to achieve that laid back, boho babe look.


Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

As we started to come out of winter and the spring trends started to feed through onto my favourite online shops, I began to notice the abundance of Bardot styles available.  This style is going to be huge this summer whether you're wanting a more structured evening look or a laid back gypsy style outfit.

When I saw the Inspire Black Jersey Bardot Neck Maxi Dress, I knew that I had to have it as it would be perfect for my holidays this summer and ideal for wearing to the shops or out for afternoon drinks with the girls back home.

Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

The first thing that struck me about this dress when I put it on is how comfortable it is to wear.  That's the great thing about jersey as it is super soft, relatively light weight and very relaxed which makes it so easy to throw on and go.   This one has plenty of stretch in the fabric and I love that it has the elasticated detailing in the design too with the elasticated Bardot neckline and short sleeves that ensures this off the shoulder style stays that way and the elasticated part under the bust that pulls you in at the waist.  I really like this feature as it enables you to create more shape in the dress and have it fold over a little to make it ruffle more at the bust.

For reference, I am 5ft 5" and this is most definitely maxi dress length on me,  a couple more inches and it would be floor length, whereas on the model, who is 5ft 9" here on the New Look website, it did come up shorter to more of a mid calf length on her.  That's something to bare in mind when ordering as this dress looks fabulous at either length.  Sometimes I find that maxi dresses swamp shorter girls and sometimes on girls that are taller, they can be too short and look a little silly.

One of my beautiful besties is super tall at almost 5ft 10" and she often finds that maxis from the tall section of websites are too long and those from the standard section look like the bottom of the dress has divorced her ankles and married her knees.  This Bardot maxi dress is ideal because it would suit someone a little shorter than me and someone a lot taller so its a win win!


Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

I can't wait to wear this dress in Morocco as it will be great for day and night wear.  When I'm on holiday and trying to pack lightly, I like to take dresses that are good for all times of day then I wear them out at night first so that they're looking their most pristine and then I'll wear them a couple of times during the day too.


This dress will look gorgeous when we go to the YSL gardens and to look around the markets with a hat and a fringe bag and it'll look lovely dressed up with a statement necklace, my hair in a top knot and some sparkly sandals at night too.


Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

When the sun is shining, I want to be out there enjoying it, not stuck at home choosing my outfit so a dress like this is perfect for me because it looks instantly fabulous and is very easy to accessorise.

I've chosen to pair it with my straw fedora from Next that I bought last summer which looks so cool as well as actually keeping me cool, especially when I'm on holiday when the hot sun threatens to burn my scalp to within an inch of its life!

Boohoo actually have a very similar, very affordable straw fedora here.  I have bought many of my hats from Boohoo in the past and they have always been superb quality and lated me a long time!




For jewellery, I'm wearing my long gold leaf necklace that I got many years ago from a shop called Muse that was in the Metro Centre that is very much long gone, sadly as they sold some gorgeous jewellery pieces.  There's a similar one from Claires.

I'm also wearing lots of gold bangles that I believe I got from Primark but again it was so long ago and they're very mismatched.  Bangles are perfect for wearing during the summer but I find that they're a bit like hair grips; I keep losing them!  I really need to sort through all of my jewellery as I don't feel as though I'm getting as much use out of it all as I should be.  That's another thing to pop on my to do list!


Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

For my shoes, I decided to take my new Michael Kors Meg Flat Thong Toe Post Sandals on their first outing.  I've been trying to save these for Morocco but the temptation got the better of me; lets face it, they're gorgeous.  The huge gold bow and rope style base go so well together and I love how incredibly comfortable they are.  I can walk around all day in these without them hurting my feet at all thanks to their flexible sole and they fit really securely to my feet too which stops my feet from sliding around in them.  Yes they were expensive but I honestly couldn't recommend these enough!


Plus Size Bardot Maxi Dress Straw Fedora Michael Kors Sandals

WhatLauraWore:
Straw Fedora hat from Next (similar one here)
Gold bangles from Primark
Leaf necklace from Muse (similar here)

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Friday, 17 April 2015

WhatLauraWore: Missguided+ Green Tartan Dress

Missguided Plus Size Green Tartan Dress

On the very rare occasion that I can't quite be bothered to get dressed up to go out, I like to opt for a bold, statement piece of clothing that does the talking for me.

This was one such occasion and the plus size tartan skater dress in Green from Missguided is the piece that I picked to focus attention on with my outfit.  We were heading out for a light bite with friends and so I wanted to look like I'd made a little bit of an effort but I hadn't really.  I had not been feeling very great in myself and my neck was hurting badly so I thought I'll skip jewellery and fancy pieces and pop on a comfortable skater dress.


Missguided Plus Size Green Tartan Dress

You might recognise this dress from my Valentine's Day post here but I thought I'd share another outfit post with you where I'm wearing it as it has gone into the huge sale on Missguided so it may be your last chance to pick it up if you haven't already!  This is definitely one of my most worn dresses of recent months because it is so comfortable and easy to throw on with a pair of leggings.

It is that classic skater shape that I love with half length sleeves and a low scoop neck.  The material has enough stretch in it to make it comfortable to wear but it still retains its shape.  I love the forest green colour in the tartan, having never really been a fan of the red variety, and think that it actually looks lovely with my blonde hair... effortlessly chucked back into a quiff as you can see haha!


Missguided Plus Size Green Tartan Dress

The shoes that I'm wearing are some that I was given on a shoot years ago however I have finally found some incredibly similar ones on the Wallis website here.




WhatLauraWore:

Black peeptoe heels from Simply Be (incredibly similar ones here)

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