Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Origins Look Alive Skincare Set

Morning Beautiful People
I have got a little gem of a set for you here. The Origins Look Alive Skincare Value Set. Wa wa we wa!

Origins Look Alive Skincare Value Set, £24
GinZing™ Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff 15 ml
VitaZing™SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer 30 ml
Modern Friction™ Nature's gentle dermabrasion 30 ml

I originally went to Origins in search of the hugely popular VitaZing moisturiser, when I saw this gift set at the till.  Considering the full sized VitaZing is £25 for 50ml, i thought this set was an absolute steal as although you're getting a slightly smaller VitaZing at 30ml, you're also getting a 30ml Modern Friction exfoliater (£29 for the full sized 100ml tube) and a full sized GinZing eye cream 15ml, which usually retails at £20 on its own.  Lots of facts and figures there for you all but hopefully you can see why I would have been crazy not to pick up this set.  Needless to say, I was on it like a tramp on chips.

VitaZing by Origins
VitaZing is a slightly grey toned moisturiser with little beads that works a little bit like a tinted moisturiser.  When applied, it blends to a slightly tanned version of your own skin tone which is clever in itself.  Not only is it very moisturising but it is great for giving just the right amount of coverage and healthy glow, like I've been on holiday.
On the whole, I would say that I have quite clear skin, yes I'm prone to the odd blemish, but who isn't? I swear by a good skincare routine and I really think that I have this to thank for my fairly good skin. You can watch my morning and evening skincare routine here and here. When I do get blemishes, they are usually covered just by foundation alone and I tend to use concealer more for correcting darker areas of my skin, like under my eyes and around my nose. I tend to wear foundation on a daily basis to just even out the colour of my skin but when I have a natural tan or if I've used a fake tanner, which is mostly during the summer months, I love being able to go foundation free.  Now that I have VitaZing, I can put my foundation down for the few days a week when I don't want to look as done up and opt for a more natural, healthy dewy glow that covers my imperfections and gives a my skin but better look.  VitaZing will be PERFECT for when I'm holiday, especially for day trips where I wouldn't want to wear makeup but where it would be nice to look as though I have awesome even skin.  The only thing I would say is that VitaZing is perhaps a little too moisturising for me.  I have oily skin and find that if I wear this alone then my skin is really really oily by the end of the day.  All I do i set it with a quick sweep of a translucent or pressed powder, like Estee Lauder Double Wear or Maybelline Dream Matte Powder, then I'm good to go.

Although I have a pretty good skincare routine, I'm not afraid to say that I've never used an eye cream before on a regular basis.  I often go for Decleor facials so I get lots of little samples of eye cream which I have used but I've never wanted to fork out the cash for the full sized versions.  This set was a great way to try an eyecream and I'd heard lots of good things about GinZing.  I'm fully aware that using an eyecream is important because the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of the skin on your face so it needs a little extra gentle attention but now that I've been using an eye cream on a regular basis, I really appreciate how much of an important element it is in my skincare routine.  GinZing has a light, non sticky texture with a beautiful pearlescent light reflecting particles which do not translate onto the skin making it a great choice for both men and women.  My partner Michael has used this as he often gets really dark circles under his eyes and this has helped his eyes to look more awake and hydrated.  GinZing makes my own eyes look less puffy and much more awake which is great as I apply it in the mornings when I look like death warmed up!

I'd recommend applying any eye cream with your ring finger, tracing your orbital bone around your eye socket with light dabbing motions.  There's no need to apply an eye cream to your upper and lower eye lid as the skin in those areas is without any pores so an eye cream is ineffective here.  Your ring finger is the best finger to use as you can apply the least amount of pressure with it and therefore wont be dragging your sensitive skin along your face.

The last little gem in this set is the Modern Friction exfoliater.  I'm a huge fan of Origins Never A Dull Moment skin brightening face polish because it does what it says on the bottle plus it smells delicious.  Its not a product I could use as my full time exfoliate though as its just not harsh enough for me.  I like a good scrub from my exfoliater

I picked this up from House of Fraser but its also available online at www.origins.co.uk and other Origins counters.

What are your favourite Origins products?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

WhatLauraWore: Casual Little Black Dress 14.07.2011

Morning Beautiful People <3
Thought I would show you my outfit from last Thursday.  It was my day off work and I ended up going for a look around the shops and afternoon drinks in the sunshine with a couple of my friends and then we went out on the nice for a meal and drinks along the seaside.  This outfit was perfect for carrying me from casual day wear to evening wear as I just fluffed my hair up for the evening and reapplied my lipstick, so id really recommend getting a dress like this. Its perfect for the summer, especially if you're going away on holiday.

Black jersey summer dress from Evans
Cropped denim jacket from Joe Browns at Simply Be
Rose gold bracelet watch from DKNY
LOVE necklace from Primark
Coral jewel earrings from River Island
Creamy peach floral bangle from New Look
Gold heart ring from Tiffany & Co
Engagement ring (as always)
Gold flower sandals from Primark
Mock croc bag from River Island
I thoroughly enjoyed my day off, my favourite part was sitting outside at lunchtime as the sun was soooo hot.  I burnt a little on just one arm.  One of my friends however burnt pretty badly, it looked so painful by the evening, bless her.  Nothing a little aloe vera aftersun wont sort out though.  Aloe vera is fantastic if you've got sunburn as it takes the heat and the redness out of your skin.
Its my day off work today too and I'm gutted the weather hasn't kept up from last week.  When is this British summer heatwave coming that the reports have been talking about?!  Think ive been waiting my whole life for it!  I've woken up with a sore throat today too which hasn't helped my mood at all, so going to be popping pills like there's no tomorrow to get rid of it and eliminate a full cold- i WILL go out at the weekend!
Just about to go in the bath now to wash my false tan off.  Major fail last night.  Started spraying on my St Moriz aerosol spray tan (its AMAZING, best I've ever used) and managed to do my legs and half way up my body until it ran out.  I bought a spare can a couple weeks ago as I'd had four full body applications out of my current can, so I knew it would be running out in the next couple of applications, but I just couldn't find it in my blind panic!  I found the mousse which I've never used before so I just whacked that on the rest of my body.  It looks alright with the guide colour dried but the mousse looks a lot darker than the spray... The chances of this coming out looking even and streak free are about as slim as I am!  Anyway, ill let you all know the outcome on Twitter @whatlauraloves.


Monday, 11 July 2011

WhatLauraWore: Dinner with Friends

Evening All!

I'm just off out for dinner with some friends to celebrate my friend's graduation so I thought I'd show you what I'm wearing.  Its quite a casual affair; we're going to a beer garden and then for tapas and sangria!  I've been in a great mood all day, really enjoying life and the summer.  I've been busy brain storming some money making schemes too to raise some cash for mine and Michael's holidays later this year.  I cant wait to get on a plane and fly away for a couple of weeks!

Floral Print longline tunic from Evans
White linen trousers from Evans
Gucci wristlet
Gold flower flip flops from Primark (not shown, naughty blogger)
Floral and glitter bangles from NewLook
Love necklace from Primark
Thomas Sabo charm bracelet
DKNY rose gold watch

Hope you all have a good night, whatever you're up to :)


Thursday, 7 July 2011

WhatLauraWore: Calvin Klein Model

Morning Beauties <3
Have you ever felt put on a white top and instantly felt like you were in an advert for Calvin Klein?  Well I kind of had that feeling this morning when getting ready for 'dress down' day at work. Now clearly I dont look like a model at all but I did feel pretty from the inside out today.

Here I'm wearing the western check style shirt from New Look that I featured in a recent WhatLauraBought haul. My body shape doesnt really suit shirts as I'm much bigger around my waist than I am at my chest so if I were to buy a shirt that fitted around my chest, it wouldnt fasten around my waist and if I bought a shirt to fit my tummy it would be gaping wide at my chest so I cant win with a buttoned up shirt.  Since I love the check shirt trend, I thought I would try wearing it open and I have to say, I really love wearing the shirt like this.  Since I bought it, I've worn it open several times over a black cami or vest top and I love how slimming this looks.  Today though, I wanted to go for something a little more summery so I opted for a simple white vest top from George at Asda and paired it with simple turned up jeggings from Yours Clothing and floral pumps from Primark. Whilst I opted for very natural, minimal makeup, I added a little bit of my signature bling with some gorgeous gold pearl and diamante heart shaped earrings from New Look, a gold and diamante Love necklace from Primark, my Thomas Sabo charm bracelet and my DKNY rose gold watch. I took a packed lunch with me today so I needed a fair sized bag with me, I opted for a canvas and brown leather bag from Matalan.

WhatLauraLoves Top Tip!
If you love check shirts but are like me and cant find the right fit, then wear it open with a plain vest top underneath. Black and white vests look gorgeous!

Check Shirt from Inspire at New Look
White Vest Top from George at Asda
Blue Jeggings from Yours Clothing
Floral Pumps from Primark
Bag from Matalan
Thomas Sabo Charm Bracelet
DKNY rose gold watch
Pearl and diamond heart shaped stud earrings from New Look
Gold and diamante LOVE necklace from Primark

Hope you're all having a great week.  I'm off to the countryside tomorrow with Michael, we're going camping.... in a camping pod, not a tent. This should be interesting!!


Monday, 4 July 2011

Summers Essential Accessories

Morning All
Today I have a guest post for you from the new plus sized fashion brand, Curvissa who tell you all about essential accessories for the summer months.  You'll know from my previous posts that I'm a lover of jewellery whether its a dainty necklace or a statement piece, I just love how the right items can have the ability to completely transform an otherwise boring outfit.  As well as making clothes in sizes 14 to 32, Curvissa also make some gorgeous pieces of jewellery and when they contacted me about the brand, I just had to share some of my favourite pieces with you too!

Summers Essential Accessories
If your summer wardrobe consists of a few staple pieces, spice up your shorts and tees with some stunning seasonal jewellery, bought to your by new plus size fashion brand, Curvissa.
Drop Earrings
The ultimate in daytime glamour, drop earrings should be a permanent feature in our jewellery boxes. Wear them with jeans and let down your hair for a day at the park, or tie back your tresses and team your drop earrings with a gorgeous LBD for a stunning evening look. As this accessory is generally oversized, opt for a pair that flatters the shape of your face. Round and fuller faces will suit oblong shaped earrings as they will minimise facial fullness, whilst longer faces should choose earrings which bell at the bottom to add width.
Cocktail Ring
Keep a bejewelled finger on the pulse of fashion with a bold statement cocktail ring. This key accessory can play an essential role in creating individual style and adding a touch of glitz to any outfit. Whilst smaller rings can exude a simple elegance, a big and beautiful ring with added wow factor is perfect party wear and will leave you feeling instantly fabulous for your special event.
Fancy Dress Ring, £12
Boho Bangles
Wear your feminine charm on your sleeve with boho inspired bracelets. Thick and heavy by design, these chunky accessories should be worn in groups of three or more for a modern twist on a vintage look. Solid metals in shades of bronze or gold are perfect for the 70’s vibe that has heavily influenced this season’s trends and can be worn to add style and glamour to a range of outfits.

Statement Necklace
Go bold and adorn your neck with a flashy necklace this summer. Perfect for jazzing up a variety of looks, this season necklaces are all about making a statement in a unique and eye-catching fashion. Wear this standout accessory with a basic T-shirt and jeans to make your day time wardrobe pop, or in the evening to compliment a summer dress. Go as big and bold as you like with this one, and let your accessories do all the talking.
Beaded and Shell Necklace, £8
Want to know WhatLauraLoves?
I've been on the hunt for some turquoise jewellery, its the ultimate colour for the summer and looks beautiful with a tan.  Here are my favourites from Curvissa:

1. Leather and Bead Bracelet, £10
2. Drop Pendant Necklace, £12
3. Metal Dress Ring, £10
4. Fashion Earrings, £18

What are your favourite pieces from Curvissa? What style of jewellery do you like to wear most?


Saturday, 2 July 2011

WhatLauraBought: Vintage, Floral and Summer Style

Morning All
I cant believe July is here already, this year is literally flying over.  Today Michael and I are taking his mum out to pick a present for her birthday and then we're taking her up to see our wedding venue.  Michael and I are going to be signing our contract and handing it in so it all seems so final!  We'll probably get some afternoon tea while we're there too, yum :)
Today, I thought I'd show you some buys from Primark and NewLook.  There's loads of pretty things like this out at the moment. I love all things floral, vintage and bling!

Tan bag that's perfect for work or school. Fits LOADS in and has little zip pockets on the front.
Floral holdall bag- ill be using this for summer weekends away and for when I'm going swimming.
Pink and black cosmetics case- i use this to hold all of my skincare products.
Gold and pink blush flower sandals- gorgeous day or night.
White canvas peep toe style espadrilles.
Pink blush brogues- quirky and girly. They go with everything from jeans to leggings and trousers.
Peach flower flip flops- only £1.50 so these make a great bargain buy for the beach.
Floral pumps, gorgeous with jeans and cut off trousers.
Multi pack of pastel coloured hair bobbles- perfect for pretty summer hairstyles.
Pastel and metallic bead bracelets.
Floral disc earrings- perfect for the spring and summer time.
Floral fabric earrings- pretty in pink and something a little different.
Blue and green floral over sized scarf- this is HUGE and colours that I wouldn't normally go for so this is a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

Western style red pink and blue check shirt- i wear this open with a black cami underneath.
White and gold disc earrings.
Heart shaped pearl and diamante earrings- tacky and bling but I love them.
Floral headband, this will be perfect for around the pool on holiday to keep my hair off my face.
Two pairs of sunglasses- the bigger the better as far as I'm concerned *bug eyes*

What have you been buying recently? Any shops with must have summer items that you can recommend?
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