Friday, 26 September 2014

VIDEO: Whats In My Travel Make Up Bag? & Its My Birthday!

Its Friday, its the start of the weekend and its my birthday.  Excited much?
Today's video is a 'Whats In My Make Up Bag?' travel edition.
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Monday, 22 September 2014

WhatLauraWore: St Legers Ladies Day

After a busy month, a trip down to Doncaster Race Course for the St Legers Ladies Day with Ladbrokes Bingo was a welcome change of scenery.  I usually plan my ladies day outfits weeks in advance but this was all a bit of a welcome whirlwind.  I decided to opt for the Lovedrobe Navy Lace Insert Skater Dress from Evans which is a wardrobe staple shape that I also have in the blue (review here) and the coral (review here).
Kellie from Big Fashionista blog, WhatLauraLoves and Sam
This dress is in a classic, flatter all, skater shape that you can pop on and look ready to head out the door in seconds.  It is super comfortable to wear and the fit is very generous as it is elasticated under the bust and then just falls really prettily, hiding a multitude of sins which was much needed after the champagne reception, indulgent meal and afternoon tea that we were treated to.
I was lucky enough to be able to take along one of my friends which gave her an insight into the blogging world and it was great to meet so many lovely people including bloggers like the gorgeous Remie from Remie's Luxury Blog and the ever fabulous Kellie from Big Fashionista.
WhatLauraLoves and Remie from Remie's Luxury Blog
I knew that I was going to be on my feet for a long time and so I chose to wear my super comfortable nude wedges from Primark... although these were swapped for the Ladbrokes flip flops that were in my goodie bag for the journey home!
Nude is a shade that goes with everything, especially with navy.  Rather than buy a new fascinator, I was able to use my gorgeous nude gold fascinator that I wore to Ladies Day at Aintree a couple of years ago.  Check out my commentary on the vlog of that event here.  I'd like to think my knowledge of racing has improved since...
My nude clutch was from Matalan and has a gorgeous soft gold glittery panel on the flap.  I always like to pick a metallic as an accent shade and for this outfit, my choice was gold. My gold Mikey diamante ball bracelet and gold diamante Tresor Paris earrings were the perfect accessories to compliment my outfit.
While I didn't strike gold on all of the races, my friend and I did manage to win three of them after sweet talking a very kind horse trainer into giving us some of his top tips.
A great day was had by all and the wins just made it a little sweeter.  Thanks so much to Ladbrokes Bingo for a great day out.
Lovedrobe Navy Lace Insert Skater Dress from Evans
Nude wedges from Primark
Nude and gold glitter clutch from Matalan
Kenneth Cole Ladies Skeleton Watch from Watch Shop
Gold diamante ball bracelet by Mikey from House of Fraser
Gold diamante earrings by Tresor Paris from Earnest Jones
What Ladies Day events did you attend this year?

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Sunday, 21 September 2014

VIDEO: The British Tag

So far I've stuck to my commitment of uploading a video every Friday.  Filming is definitely something that doesn't come naturally to me and editing is taking some getting used to but I'm really enjoying and learning all of the time.

The video that I uploaded this week was the British Tag.  My lovely friend Zoe from Mammafulzo suggested that I film it as I was looking for an easy video to do that would give you all a little more of an insight into me.  I also showed you my five favourite teas... although I don't know how interesting that is... sorry coffee drinkers!

Please give it a watch and a thumbs up.  If you have any questions, do leave them on the video and I'll get back to you.

Next Friday's video will be a 'What's In My Travel Make Up Bag?' and it will actually be uploaded on my birthday :)

If you have any suggestions for future videos then please let me know in the comments.  I know a few of you have asked for a hair and makeup tutorial and I'll definitely get around to filming that, I just need to learn how to do the set up etc!
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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray

The Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray is a hotly talked about product in the blogging world and I'm finally ready to put my two cents worth into the mix and let you all know what I think about it.

The Charles Worthington Salon At Home Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray is a dry spray that you can either spray into the roots of your hair or through the mid lengths and ends to add height, volume and texture to your locks.

I've heard that this a dupe for the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and while I've never owned a can of it, I can see from videos and photos that it does a very similar thing for a lot less money than the £39 Oribe price tag.  It gives the hair a matte, dry feel that creates a lot of texture in the hair.

The way I like to use this product the most is when it is sprayed through the mid lengths of my hair.  This gives me enough lift and volume in my hair with plenty of texture without overloading my roots.  I've seen others use this and when sprayed too heavily into the roots it can give that cotton wool feeling to the roots, a little like a cross between a hair spray and an oomph powder which I don't like.  However when I spray it through the lengths of my hair, it creates loads of texture and makes the hair matte and slightly dry which I much prefer the feeling of over the sticky cotton wool feeling that some plumping powders give my hair.  Plus the dryness helps my hair to last an extra wash as it doesn't get greasy as quickly.

Less is definitely more with this spray.  I start off with my hair freshly washed, down and straightened a little to smooth out the ends.

Then I lift up large, random sections of my hair and spray the Texturising Spray through my hair from a distance.  Like I said, less is more, so I tend to go for short bursts rather than a long, continuous spray.  It is so easy to use, literally spray and go.

Adding a little of the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray at a time enables the texture to be built up so you can really customise the end result to suit the look that you're wanting to achieve.

After I've sprayed my hair, I ruffle my hair about a little to give the volume a little boost and then I arrange my hair in place, whether it is leaving it all down or clipping some of my fringe back.

And the result? Gorgeous, volumised hair that is full of bounce and rough shape.  It leaves the hair feeling a little dry but that's just the matte texture. 

The texture is great for choppy, layered hairstyles in particular because it really emphasises the different layers in the hair.  From my experience of trying this product in my friends hairs, it tends to work best on mid length to shoulder length hair like mine if it is volume and texture that you're looking for.  Also if you have long hair and hate the softness it has when you first wash it, this is a great product to spray through the lengths as the matte finish stops the hair from feeling too soft and slippy which is great if you're going to go on to curl your hair or pin it up.

The Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray doesn't have a hairspray type hold like I've heard in other reviews, at least it doesn't in mine but the great thing about adding a matte texture to your hair is that when your hair drops throughout the day, you can fluff it up and your style will be revived.  This is great, particularly if you're out all day at work and then going out with friends afterwards.

After a day out with the Texturising Spray in my hair, I like to apply a hair oil to the ends of my hair and then brush through my locks, starting at the bottom and working my way up.  This helps to distribute the oil through my hair which helps to combat the matte finish that the product has left in my hair and makes it brush out easily as without it, it is a little tough to get a brush through my hair.  It isn't knotty or anything but the texture does stop my hair from being touchably soft in that I couldn't run my fingers through it.

Overall, I think that this would definitely be a love it or hate it product and I'm in the love it camp.  While it doesn't make my hair feel particularly amazing, I LOVE the volume, matte finish and texture that it gives my super greasy, fine and limp hair.  It makes my hair look a lot thicker than it does without this spray so I definitely see the benefit in using it, particularly on my second day hair when it is much more limp than on the first day.

You can buy it here where it is currently on offer, which is a great opportunity for you to try some other Charles Worthington products.  I've reviewed some others on my blog if you'd like to check them out; there's a shampoo and conditioner review here, the Instant Root Concealer here and a hair mask here.

Have you tried the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray?

P.S. If you're a fan of Space NK, they're holding their Beauty Anthology Event today and tomorrow (18th September) where if you spend over £150 you could receive an exclusive goodie bag filled with ridiculously amazing brands like By Terry, Hourglass and Sunday Riley.  For a full list of all of the brands and the terms and conditions, head over to Space NK here.
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Friday, 12 September 2014

Whats In My Bag?

I asked on Instagram this week for what you'd like to see me film for my next YouTube channel video.  Many of you asked for a Whats In My Bag? video and thats exactly what I've filmed.

Featuring my Alexander Wang Rockie Bag, this video shows you my minimalistic handbag contents!

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What do you keep in your bag?

P.S. Nicola from Cosmetic Smile, I emailed you as you won my giveaway but I haven't heard back from you, please contact me :) xxx
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