Monday, 30 May 2011

WhatLauraWore: Seaside Arcades and Cinema Days

Hello Everyone, I hope you're all well.

Here's an outfit I wore yesterday to go to the cinema with Michael and for our Sunday lunch.  We also ended up going to the sea side and playing on the arcade games like little kids. Such fun after quite a hectic and stressful week.

WhatLauraWore:
White Peacock Motif Print Slub Tunic from Yours Clothing http://bit.ly/kAGldQ
Black Lace Trim Leggings from Yours Clothing
White canvas peep toe espadrilles from Primark
Pandora Bracelet
Little blue bracelet from a little stall on my holiday to Egypt
Rope charm bracelet from Matalan
Guess heart diamante bracelet
Tiffany Ring and my Engagement ring
Vivienne Westwood Mini Bas Relief Earrings
Bird and heart jewel necklace from Muse
Louis Vuitton bag

I did my first outfit of the day style video on my Youtube channel yesterday.  Please give it a watch and a thumbs up or comment :)  I talk about the make up I'm wearing in this video too.


Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Estee Lauder Double Wear Review

Hello Everyone, I hope you're all well :)

When I first bought my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and powder I had lots of requests for a review of both of them.  After using it for a few weeks, I did put up a review on my Youtube channel but today I am going to properly review them for you now that I've been using it for a couple of months.  Both my bottle and powder are still going strong despite using them everyday which is a great testament to how much you get in and how long they last.  Both can be worn alone or together, I personally decided to buy the powder just to top up my face throughout the day and to ensure my skin stays looking shine free.
Double Wear stay in place makeup
Estee Lauder Double Wear Vs Dior Skin Forever... Decisions Decisions!
I have quite clear, normal to oily skin and find that many foundations apply really well onto my skin on a morning but by lunchtime, they begin to slide off and make my skin look greasy.  I had been using up a lot of old bottles of liquid foundation and some Bare Minerals foundation that I had but really felt that I needed something more full coverage and mattifying... so off I went to the Estee Lauder counter.  I'd heard a lot about Estee Lauder Double Wear and also about the Dior Skin Forever which is supposed to be similar to Double Wear.  Double Wear won for me as I'd heard the most about it.  I'll definitely be trying out Dior Skin Forever when I have used up this though, just to make sure I made the correct decision.
The Hype
Stay in place, transfer free, mattifying, oil and shine free foundation that leaves your skin looking flawless. With the liquid foundation claiming to last for 15 hours and the powder claiming to last for 10, my expectations of Estee Lauder have a lot to live up to.
Double Wear 2W1 Sand 26 and the incorrectly matched Ivory Beige
Selecting a Shade
I would highly recommend getting samples of DW before you commit to buying it, purely to make sure that the colour is right for you.  I visited Debenhams and was colour matched with Ivory Beige but then went to House of Fraser and was matched with 2W1 Sand 36 in the liquid foundation which is completely different- much more of a yellow shade.  I prefer a yellow based foundation as it cancels out a lot of the red tones that I have in some areas of my face.  My hair is quite a light blonde naturally and I have dark eyes (unusual for a blonde!) so I have quite sallow skin tones and a salmon, pink toned foundation like the Ivory Beige just does not suit me at all- check out my YouTube video below to see the stark contrast between the two shades.  There is such a wide range of shades available from Estee Lauder though that it is easy to find a shade to suit you, you just have to be careful that you're being matched to the correct colour as the bright lights in department stores are very deceiving.  Don't be afraid to go with your gut instinct as I did and go against the advice of the girls at the counter and always get a sample first.  Theres no point in spending all that money on a good foundation if its the wrong colour.  I also bought the powder to use with my liquid foundation and the colour I chose was 2W1 Sand 16.  There aren't as many shades available in the powder but this isn't a problem as long as you have the right shade of foundation underneath, as only a light dusting of the power is needed.
Double Wear stay in place powder in  2W1 Sand 16
Formulation
The liquid foundation is very powder based which makes it a godsend for oily skin but feared by those with normal to dry skin.  If you have normal skin to oily then you'll be fine with this foundation but I really wouldn't suggest it for people with dry skin as the high powder content makes it very drying.  If your skin is more combination or oily with dry patches, I would recommend wearing a moisturiser underneath the Double Wear foundation, even people with oily skin who don't wear a moisturiser under their make up can benefit from a layer under their Double Wear.  Again though, this is where getting a sample before hand can prove very valuable as you'll be able to tell from a few wears if this is going to be the right foundation for you.  Both the liquid and powder formulas are very buildable.  Both the liquid and powder contain an SPF of 10.  As a general rule, if you're going to have your photograph taken then you should stay away from foundations that contain an SPF because it reflects the light from the flash and can make your face look lighter than your body.  However Estee Lauder promises that Double Wear is photo friendly and since I have tested this out when having my photo taken during the day and on an evening, I can concur with this.  Double Wear therefore is great for keeping your skin safe in the sun and great for when you're having your picture taken- result!
You can use a brush like this but I prefer to use my fingers
Application
Double Wear liquid can be applied using a brush like the one in the photo above or using your finger tips as demonstrated in my videos below.  Since Double Wear liquid has a high powder content and is therefore fast drying, I like to use my fingers to apply it as this keeps the foundation warm and gives you a little extra time to apply it and blend it in.  As you can see in my Youtube video, I like to blend it all over my face and down onto my neck.  There's nothing worse than seeing someone whos neck is a completely different colour to their face!  As for the power, I tend to use a pressing motion to get the powder onto my face, using the pad that comes in the compact. Pressing the powder onto my face rather than sweeping it on stops me from dragging the liquid foundation off my face and onto the pad.  Double wear provides a fast, even application with fantastic coverage.
No Makeup
After Double Wear liquid foundation
After the powder, creating a flawless matte finish
Coverage
Estee Lauder describe the Double Wear liquid foundation as medium coverage but in all honesty I would say it is more medium to full coverage.  Its certainly the most full coverage foundation I've ever used and it covers all my flaws.  If you're looking for a foundation that hides all your imperfections and gives you flawless looking skin then this is the foundation for you.  There is also a Double Wear concealer available, which if you're going to buy I'd recommend going one shade lighter than the Double Wear foundation you've bought, just to really conceal any discolouration.  However, rather than spending the £18.50 on the concealer, I would recommend just leaving a little bit of the foundation on the back of your hand to dry slightly (it doesn't take long!) before applying that to the areas you want to conceal as this works in exactly the same way.  If you like a long lasting foundation but you find that Double Wear is too heavy for you, then you could try the Double Wear Light which works on the same principle as the original Double Wear, it just has a lighter, more sheer formula.  Similarly, if you love Double Wear but would prefer an even fuller coverage foundation, then Estee Lauder also offer a Maximum Cover version.

Staying Power
Estee Lauder Double Wear is designed to stay in place all day and long lasting it certainly is. Double Wear has great staying power and it doesn't transfer onto my clothes. This will be great for in the winter when I wear a lot of scarves. I love the finish it gives as it really does make my skin look natural and flawless.  I've heard some people say that it feels too heavy on their skin but I honestly cant tell that I have it on and it doesn't look cakey at all.  I do however think that I need something slightly lighter for the summer, especially when I go on holiday as I wont need something as full coverage when I have a tan and so I will definitely be trying out the Double Wear Light in the coming months.  I love how I can wear my make up with confidence now as I used to get so embarrassed by my oily skin.  Double Wear leaves me shine free and stops my skin from getting oily without clogging my pores.  I also find that my other make up applies much better when I use this as my base and I find that even my cheaper products look more high quality when they are applied on top of this foundation.


Price and Packaging
The Double Wear liquid foundation retails at £25.50 for 30ml and the powder compact is also £25.50 for 13g which is a pretty average price charged across the board from other high end brands. I'd say the quality of the foundation is definitely worth the price tag and it lasts for ages. If theres one thing you spend a lot of money on in your make up bag then let it be a good foundation as your other, cheaper make up will sit much better on a good base. Everything about the Estee Lauder foundation screams class and expense, even down to the high quality packaging which is in the signature Estee Lauder style. I love how the compact looks very classy and its great pulling it out of my bag to powder my nose during the day! You get a big mirror inside the powder compact too which is great for when you're on the go. The only thing that I dislike about the packaging is the pot of liquid foundation. I hate that you have to pour the foundation out- it would be so much easier with a pump and then I wouldnt waste any or risk spilling it everywhere!

Watch my Youtube Review and Application of Double Wear here


Buy From
Estee Lauder products can be bought direct from their website, from Boots or from many department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser.

If you buy Estee Lauder from their website or from makeup counters in department stores then they often have offers on where if you buy two products then you get a free gift.  Usually I'm not tempted by these offers if there isnt a second product that I like but I had intended to buy the two products anyway and it was nice to receive a little gift... It kind of made spending all that money even more worthwhile!

Heres what I got:
Changing my mind on Estee Lauder

Before now, I'd only ever tried out an Estee Lauder lipstick in Beige which is one of their Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipsticks but that's about it.  I think Estee Lauder is often over looked by younger make up lovers, in favour of more cool brands like MAC and Illamasqua, as it is more associated with middle aged women and older.  I've definitely changed my mind about Estee Lauder since trying Double Wear.  Yes, its pricey but its such high quality that it is worth it. Just make sure you try a sample first so that you definitely get the right formula and shade for your skin and to make sure that it isn't too drying for your skin type. A good quality foundation will stand you in good stead for applying your other make up and for making your make up last.  I'll definitely be trying out some other Estee Lauder make up soon.  I really like the look of their Bronze Goddess Duo and their 5 Tone Blush in Pink Shimmer.

I hope you enjoyed this review- I know a lot of you have been asking for it since I bought it.  If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them but please post them on my Youtube channel or email me at whatlauraloves@gmail.com as its so much easier for me to reply directly to you on there.  I feel awful when people comment on my posts and then I'm unable to get back to them personally.  I do try to reply underneath to the comments but I'm not too sure how many people actually check back for a response.
Let me know about your favourite foundations and any powders that you know are good for oily skin.
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Monday, 16 May 2011

NOTD: Peach Sherbet by Models Own

Hello Lovelies <3
Peach Sherbet nail polish by Models Own £5
I'm addicted to Models Own nail polishes, its getting rather serious!  What I love the most about Models Own polishes is that on the whole, they look the same in the bottle as they do on your nails, so you can buy with confidence.  Today I'm wearing Peach Sherbet which is creamy, matte and just perfect for me.  Its a beautiful pastel peach nude that is perfect for summer.  The formulation is pretty much the same as the other Models Own pastel polishes- pretty thick and in need of two coats to ensure an even application.  Its fast drying too which is always a good thing when you have busy lifestyle- sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day to paint your nails!

I think this polish looks better with a suntan so its perfect for the spring and summer months.  When I applied this last night I wasn't too sure about the colour against my pale skin... as in the photos, but after applying my Garnier Summer Body last night, I have woken up with a gorgeous tan and creamy peach nails to suit.

Peach Sherbet retails at £5 from www.modelsownit.com and shops like Boots and River Island.  There's always offers on so you can try more shades and save money at the same time so have a good look for your perfect nail wear.

What is your ultimate spring shade?

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

WhatLauraWore: Coral Queen

Hello World
I'm in such a good mood today.  I have put in five days holiday at work but the way that its fallen, I'm actually getting nine days straight off work- SCORE!! Wahoo I absolutely cannot wait.  I've had so much going on recently, I feel like I've never stopped to enjoy life and that's what i intend to do on my time off.  Starting with picking up a good book and reading in the sunshine!
I have a few videos coming up for you all, some I've already filmed and I'm waiting to edit and I also have a favourites video that I'm waiting to film... Michael and my dad have been home for the past week and a bit and I feel a bit of a div if I film when they're in so I'm waiting until the house is quiet!
Until then though, here's an outfit of the day for you.


WhatLauraWore:
Coral jacket from Rogers and Rogers at Matalan
Ribbed cami in pink blush from Simply Be
Blue denim jeggings from Yours Clothing
Floral pumps from Primark
Chalkcroft Mini Bag by Jack Wills
Floral oversized scarf from Primark
Sunglasses from River Island
Coral and diamante earrings from Primark
Love necklace from Primark
White and gold diamond rings
Rose gold watch by DKNY


Thats all from me today.  I've got some great posts coming up on the blog and some exciting news too- today I received an invite to an Evans event so Ill post more on that next week!