Tuesday, 28 September 2010

NOTD: Mint Green by Barry M

To break away from my usual Models Own nail polish purchases, i thought id try the much raved about Mint Green by Barry M to see if it lives up to the hype... and let me tell you, it doesnt disappoint!
Mint Green by Barry M
Application was smooth but the colour did appear quite streaky and the colour wasnt very vibrant after one coat.  The consistency of the polish seemed quite watery.  That was until i applied a second coat...

Mint Green after 2 coats
A second coat later and this nail paint was transformed into the vibrant, creamy, gorgeous colour that ive heard everyone talking about!  I always apply a second coat of nail varnish anyway so this really doesnt bother me.

2 coats, before a top coat
As for the colour, it is exactly what you'd expect from a nail paint named Mint Green.  Its a gorgeously light, pastel shade of green that looks as good in the bottle as it does on the nail.

I bought my nail paint from Superdrug, they're usually £2.95 each but they had a 3 for 2 offer on so i got a couple of other things to try.  Barry M also have a website http://www.barrym.com/ where you can buy absolutely everything Barry M from the comfort of your living room!

Have you tried this nail paint? Im definitely going to buy some more Barry M nail paints. I absolutely love this one, its right up there with my fave nail paints!



Primark Accessories Haul

It was my birthday yesterday and I got a little bit of money as part of my presents off some of my family.  I had a little spare time today so popped into the Metro Centre before going to uni and headed straight to Primark, or Primarni as i like to call it.  I never used to like Primark because when it first opened it was a bit like a jumble sale with clothes just all over the place but now i think theyre loads more organised and i can quite happily go into the store to browse at all the lovely things.  Everything has been bought with the autumn/winter season in mind.

Heres what i bought:


Knee High Cosy Socks- £1 a pair
The first thing i bought was two pairs of knee high cosy socks which were like a one size fits all, well if you're a 4-7, so they fit the majority of womens feet.  These socks are perfect for the cold, winter nights which seem to have come very early this year- im wearing the pink pair already!  Theyre so cosy and warm.  I love the colour and design of these socks too.  The pair on the right in the picture above are baby pink and white stripe with a little white bow on the top.  Theyre a stretchy material with an elasticated bit around the top.  The pair on the left are the same baby pink colour but they have like little sparkly bits in and a little pink bow at the tope instead of white.  Ive tried to capture the sparkley bits in the photo below:

Pink and sparkly socks
The only problem I had with these socks is that they are supposed to be knee high but they dont reach quite up to my knee, perhaps its because im a size 7 but surely if they fit a 4-7 then they should reach the knee no matter what the shoe size?  I love these socks despite this and cant really complain as they were only £1 a pair and ill be wearing them rolled down or half way up anyway.  Heres how the socks look when theyre unrolled:

Gorgeous cosy socks
These will look gorgeous with my PJ's this winter. I usually wear shorts n a vest top, even in winter so they'll look cute and add an extra bit of warmth.

The next thing i bought was these gorgeous chunky knit mittens in grey:


Grey mittens- £2 a pair
I love colour of these mittens, grey will literally go with most of my winter wardrobe and at only £2 a pair i couldnt resist!

Popcorn knit
On the receipt, these mittens were referred to as 'popcorn mitt' which, when looking at them, is a good description.  Theyre a fab design and look much more expensive than they were.  They're also really warm and cosy and come a bit further up my arm, passed my wrist which i like as i hate it when i stretch my arm out and theres a gap between my glove or mitten and my coat!

So warm and cosy, i love these mittens
I much prefer mittens to gloves as i like to be able to move my fingers about inside.

Next i bought a snood for £4.

Snood- £4
Its a cross between a scarf and a hood and can be worn three ways, 1. wrapped twice round the neck, 2. around the neck unwrapped so its just like one big loop, and 3. wrapped twice round the neck, with one of the loops pulled up over the head like a hood.  Snoods have been around for years, i remember wearing a cream one back in school (how very fashion forward!) but they really became popular last winter.  This one is a light grey with silver thread weaved through it with little silver sequins on.  Ill be able to use it throughout the day or even to keep me warm on an evening with skinny jeans, a little top and a blazer for the cinema or something.

The next thing I bought were these tan coloured wannabe sheepskin mittens for £3:

Tan mittens- £3
Last winter i saw some gorgeous UGG mittens in my local Daniel Footwear shop.  Whilst they looked gorgeous in the box, when i tried them on they were so itchy and i just knew they would irritate the life out of me.  The also came quite far up my arm which i found restricting.  All in all, they were definitely not worth the £90 (something like that) price tag they were given.  When i saw these mock suede and mock sheepskin mittens in Primark i was a little put off at first thinking that they'd look cheap but honestly when i tried them on they totally changed my mind.  Theyre so soft and exactly what i was looking for.  Being a BIG fan of the Ugg brand, i couldnt believe i loved these so much at such a very small fraction of the price.  They can be worn two ways:

Look 1: Unfolded

Even when unfolded, these mittens keep your hands warm without restricting the movement of your wrist.  They come a little past the wrist too so again, no skin is left out in the cold.


Look 2: Folded Over
With the tops of the mittens folded over they look really cute and bang on trend, i prefer this look the best!

I also bought this gorgous dusty dull pink knit hat for £3:
Pink knit hat- £3
This gorgeous pink colour has shiny pink thread running through it with little sequins on, a bit like the snood.  In fact you can actually buy a snood that is the same colour, material etc as a snood and theres a grey hat the same as this one like the grey snood i bought.  I just thought these would suit me best out of what i got. I didnt buy them both in the same colour as i wont be wearing them together anyway so didnt need them to match.

Now for shoes, i got these gorgeous pumps for £12:
Black and studded pumps- £12
They have a gorgeous double knotted bow on the front with little gold studs on and they have a rounded point.  Theyre a bit more pricey than a lot of Primark pumps but thats because they have real leather uppers and theyre much cheaper than other high street shops.  Theyre such good quality too.  I wore these on a night to the cinema recently with some black skinny jeans.

Moving onto jewellery, i bought these gorgeous vintage earrings:

Vintage earrings- £1.50
I couldnt believe these were only £1.50, theyre an absolute steal, especially with all the detail thats on them. My friend has a round version from Top Shop and they were quite a bit more expensive.  They are oval shaped and creamy pearl in colour with gold around the outside.

Another vintage buy was this flower ring:
Vintage ring- £2
 It was only £2 and its absolutely HUGE! It has a gold metal pattern around the outside and a faded flower picture in the middle.  Ill wear this on either my index finger or my ring finger, although its a little big... perhaps I should have just bought the medium!

Looks gorgeous on <3
Another ring i bought is this sparkly bee ring:
Bee ring- £2
How cute does this ring look?
 This ring is silver coloured with white, black, brown and yellow stones. Its really pretty but something that i wouldnt usually buy as i usually go for flowery rings but i thought id give something different a go.  I think im going to enjoy wearing this ring, its very bling!

I bought my first two finger ring from Primark on this shopping trip too.  Ive read so much about them on blogs that i thought id give this 'Love' one a go:
Love two finger ring- £1.50
Im not too sure if i like my fingers being restricted by a two finger ring but at £1.50 ill definitely give it a go.  I really like the script writing of the word 'love' and it looks lovely in gold, especially since im quite tanned at the moment. This is the ring on:
Wearing the love ring
The last piece of jewellery that i bought was this gorgeous pearl love necklace for only £2:
Love necklace- £2

Love necklace

Ive been really into pearls for a while now so this is the perfect necklace for me!

What do you think of my Primark buys?



Monday, 27 September 2010

NOTD: Beths Blue by Models Own

Beths Blue by Models Own
Just painted my nails ready for going to uni and for lunch with my friend Jonny and before i put a top coat on, i thought id write a little blog post about the polish I've used.  Its called Beths Blue by Models Own.  I do apologise if all of my blog posts on nails seem to be about Models Own polishes, its just that i most of the polishes i own are by Models Own and they're the ones i use most frequently out of my nail polish collection.  I love them so much because they're great quality for a great price and rival the high end brands- and win!  They're such good value for money, but they haven't skimped on the packaging like some brands do.  I love the way the polishes look both in the bottle and on my nail and Beths Blue is no exception.

The application of Beths blue is easy- the consistency is so smooth and creamy.  I could have left it at just one coat as shown below...

Beths Blue after one coat
... But i thought two coats would be best to make sure my nails were completely covered and even.  This is what Beths Blue looks like with two coats and no top coat:


Beths Blue after two coats
I absolutely love the colour of Beths Blue, I've never seen a colour like this by any other brands and it is most certainly a welcome addition to my pastel polish collection. The colour is like a blue/light violet colour and actually reminds me a bit of a blue version Lilac Dream by Models Own, if that makes any sense! The colour is so creamy and after two coats it doesn't look at all streaky.

This was £5 but if you check out http://www.modelsownit.com/ you'll find loads of money saving offers as if you buy more, you save more :)  They also sell the polishes in Boots :) But i dont think my local one has them in so i always shop online (best savings too!).


Im wearing this polish with skinny jeans, my new Ralph Lauren polo (in quite a similar colour) and jumper and some cosy knitwear ive just got from Primark.  Cant believe its cold enough for a scarf already. Gutted!

Overall a lovely polish and definitely worth five of the queens English!  My boyfriend has even complimented me on this colour- now, for a boy to notice nail polish, it MUST be good!


 


Sunday, 26 September 2010

Thunder and Lightening...

My blog may be called 'What Laura Loves' but i can tell you what Laura most certainly does not love and thats being stuck in a caravan during a thunder storm.

With it being my birthday on Sunday we booked a cheapy break away in a caravan along the Yorkshire coast about two hours from where we live.  The drive down was fab and the weather was gorgeous all week.  I went with my mum, nana and fiance, Michael.

3 generations all together <3

We did loads of typical family things, which was lovely. We went to the Sea Life centre in Scarbrough and saw a huge turtle and penguins, such a good day out if you like that kinda thing. We also went to this animal and garden park in Filey.  We ate out at some lovely restaurants and it was lovely to get dressed up with my mum and nana... 3 generations all together :)


Feeding a donkey
On Thursday, Michael and I drove a little further afield and went to the Designer Outlet in York. OMG, it was absolutely fantastic. Bargains galore!  While we were there we did a little shopping for my birthday.  I got a v neck jumper and two polos from Ralph Lauren, a cable knit jumper from Crew Clothing, a crotched waterfall cardi from Next and some Bobbi Brown and MAC make up.  Ill do a post about some of my purchases later... at the moment they're being wrapped up in shiny paper for my birthday :D  I also had a look in Joules because im trying to get my hands on some wellie socks and although they didnt have any in the shop, the sales assistant said that they have just opened an ebay shop for the joules outlet so i MUST have a look on there!

We'd had such a lovely day at the designer outlet but as we were coming home, the heavens opened and the rain was pouring and pouring down.  It was quite scary actually when we were driving back as all the country roads were all flooded and my windscreen wipers werent wiping fast enough so i could hardly see where i was going.  Clearly a little convertable isnt designed for such conditions!  By the time we got back to the caravan the rain was getting heavier and heavier but after a few hours, it started to clear up, so we were able to go out to get some dinner.  We didnt go to bed until late but by then the rain had started up again.  It was fab listening to it pitter patter on the caravan roof. Until we were all awoken at 4am with a bright flash of light and the loudest bang ive ever heard.  To say i was shitting myself is a complete understatement, pardon my french.

We all got up and tried the light and soon discovered all of the electric was off.  Then in walks a man, soaking wet and dressed all in black and carrying a torch!  Turns out he was an electrician off the campsite and had come to check our fuse box.  He told us the lightening had hit the caravan next to us, blown all the fuse boxes and thats why we had no electricity.  A very sleepless nights sleep followed.  It really is true what they say about the calm before the storm because it would be really quiet, then the wind would start up and then the thunder and lightening!  Really exciting but really really scary too!!

Hope you've all had a good week.  Ill never forget mine in a hurry. Such a lovely, fun, exciting and scary time rolled into one!



Sunday, 19 September 2010

Hairspray



My fiance suprised me with tickets to see the musical Hairspray at the Sunderland Empire as an early birthday present.  I literally had no idea as he'd booked tickets for the matinee performance and took me into town thinking i was going shopping.

I absolutely LOVE Hairspray, i saw the film on the plane when i was coming back from the Maldives a few years ago and loved all the music and just how colourful it was.  Hairspray is set in America in Baltimore in 1962 and follows the story of dance and fashion trendsetter Tracy Turnblad as she overcomes negative opinions about her size to dance on the Corny Collins TV Show.  Its a storyline with a happy ever after ending as Tracy wins the heart  of Link Larkin the towns heart throb.  Along the way, Tracy helps to overcome discrimination because of her size which is something i can relate to, being a bigger girl, and she also aids integration of the black and white community in Baltimore and brings a love of RnB music to everyones ears.
Me and Michael with Les Dennis

The leading cast vary depending on where you see the show but in Sunderland where i saw it, Les Dennis played the part of Wilbur Turnblad and Michael Starke played the part of Edna Turnblad (previously played by Michael Ball and Brian Conley).  We actually got the opportunity to meet the cast afterwards and we chatted with Les Dennis and Michael Starke and had our photos taken with them.  They were both really lovely but Michael Starke more so than the others as he really spent a long time chatting to us all.

Me and Michael with Michael Starke
Hairspray is such a fab musical, i would urge all of you to see it.  Tickets are a little pricey but they are completely worth the money.  It is a show all the family can enjoy.  There is literally something for everyone from the songs, to the hair and make up (which is absolutely amazing, big and backcombed, just how i like it!) to the dancing and acting.  My boyfriend was even dancing and clapping along to my favourite song 'You Cant Stop The Beat' at the end of the show (and hes a real manly man... he doesnt usually do that kinda thing! haha).  Its not my birthday until the 26th but im hoping to get the DVD now.... hint hint!

Have any of you been to see Hairspray? What did you think of the show?

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Random facts about me!

Hey Everyone

Ive been tagged by Amy at Flaws and All... to do this blog post.  So here's 9 random facts all about ME!

Me, my fiance Michael and our puppy Daisy May
So here goes...

1. I have a little cuddly bunny rabbit called Buno who ive had since i was about 1 year old.  I still sleep with him now and im 21.... not many people would admit that would they?!

2. I have a gorgeous puppy called Daisy May, shes a bichon frise and just sooo cute

3. I get along much better with my mum now that i used to, perhaps its because ive grown up and live on my own now. I love that we're quite close now as its what ive always wanted.

4. I'm not vain; just self concious.  I think a lot of people are actually quite surprised at how self concious I am.  They think that because im loud that i love myself, but trust me, i dont!

5. I absolutely LOVE the soaps; Neighbours, Home and Away, Emmerdale, Corrie, Eastenders, Waterloo Road. I cannot live without them.

6. Id secretly love to be a performer on stage. Im great at acting (the fool, usually).

7. I absolutely hate my fiances choice in music.  Most of the modern stuff he likes, i like, but then he likes some really weird old stuff that just no one woud expect.

8.  I went fishing when i was in the Maldives in 2007 and i caught a shark. Seriously.

9. I dont have any tattoos. Id quite like to get one but just to see what it feels like... although im not a fan of paying for pain.  I think id regret it when im older anyway so perhaps theyre just not for me.

So there you go, 9 random facts about me!

I tag...

NOTD: Pink Blush by Models Own

At long last, i have found the ultimate Barbie pink nail polish: Pink Blush by Models Own.
Pink Blush by Models Own
Ive searched long and hard to find a colour like this and although ive found some gorgeous pinks, they were either too bright, too dark or too much of a pastel shade to what i was looking for.  There was a couple of pinks that I thought had that "Barbie" look about them, Models Own Sophie's Pink and Pink Blush, so i thought id wait until the Models Own 50% off sale to purchase them.  However before the sale started, I had the chance to read Amy's blog (http://amy-leigh-brown.blogspot.com/) where she wrote about Sophie's Pink by Models Own.  I was sooo thankful to Amy for her review and swatches of this nail polish as its actually more of a neon colour and looks different to how it looks in the bottle.  Her blog is fab and really helped me to make my mind up when deciding which polish to go for, so when the MO Facebook 50% off sale came around, i took the plunge and purchased Pink Blush in the hopes that it was the shade of pink i was looking for... and it sooo is!


Like most other MO nail polishes, application was smooth, even and streak free.  The polish is so well pigmented that i could have left it at one coat but i always do two coats, just incase ive missed any edges or anything.  For quite a matte nail polish it does have enough of a shine to it too that meant i didnt need to wear a top coat.  Normally id apply one anyway but i was in a rush when i put this on and was quite happy with the results so didnt apply one later.

Pink Blush is the ULTIMATE Barbie pink shade
Pink Blush has so much staying power too- ive had it on for 5 days now and judging by the above photo- its still chip free!


I paid £2.50 for my nail polish as i got it in the MO sale, but usually these polishes retail at £5 on http://www.modelsownit.com/ or from selected Boots stores.  They always have fab offers on so you can save some money too.

Id highly recommend this polish if you're looking for bright, colourful, Barbie pink nails.  I absolutely LOVE IT!