Tuesday, 27 March 2012

WhatLauraWore: Marina Days

I'm not too sure where this glorious weather has come from but I sincerely hope it stays around for the whole summer; wishful thinking?  The weather in England at the moment is absolutely gorgeous, I've been sitting outside work on my lunch break catching the rays and hoping to have a natural golden tan soon enough!  Mr WLL and I have been going on lots of walks around the parks and beaches where we live.  Today, I wanted to share some photos with you of the outfit I wore recently when we went walking down at the marina.




WhatLauraWore:
Cardigan from Dorothy Perkins
Burnt orange bubble hem vest top from Inspire at New Look
Plum (according to the website!) coloured leggings from Inspire at New Look
Leopard print sandals from New Look
Sunglasses from New Look
Earrings by ROAM jewellery
Tresor Paris bracelet
Giraffe bangle from New Look
Rose gold watch from DKNY
White gold and diamond rings
Crocodile clutch from New Look


It was only when I began to write the above paragraph that I realised just how much of my outfit was from New Look...!  Obsessed?


How have you been spending your days in the sunshine?


Sunday, 25 March 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 13

WhatLauraLoves This Week
Simply Be Stores, white gold and diamond bangle, Batiste Blush dry shampoo, New Look sale, OPI Elephantastic polish, accoustic songs, recording films from the TV, catching up with my bridesmaid Jaymee, supportive nurses, friendship, saving, online shopping, looking girlie, raising money for charity.

A Week In The Life...
If theres one thing I hate in life, its when the bloody clocks go forward or back.  Every single year it leaves me brutally confused.  Today I was due in work at 7am (6am to my body given that its difficult to change your body clock forward an hour!) so I spent the whole night wide awake worrying that I wouldn't get up with my alarm and that I'd be late.  To make matters worse, I turned the auto update off on my iPhone and it still put my clock forward an hour, so I got up at 5am thinking it was 6am.  Oh jeez.  Needless to say, this afternoon I had an awesome nap before going to the cinema to see The Hunger Games.
What a film!  I'm ashamed to admit, until I saw the trailer, I'd never heard of it, I haven't read the book and I didn't know what to expect.  It was on absolutely AGES but I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially considering it isn't the usual type of film I go for.  Is it from a series of books?  Will there be more films?  Once I'm finished reading my current selection of books on my Kindle, I definitely think I'll be downloading the book.

Healthy Eating and Exercise
For those looking for an update, I have stuck rigidly to my healthy eating plan once again this week although I haven't done much exercise as I've been mega busy and had my contraceptive implant changed this week (too much information?!).  I've actually found that I really missed getting the ol' heart beating faster.  Back onto the exercise this week-- I can't wait for Zumba on Wednesday night!

Blogging Life
I attended the store opening of the new Simply Be store at Teeside Park on Tuesday and got the chance to catch up with Clare from Big Beauty Blog (GORGEOUS girl with such a kind heart, go check her out :] ).  What a lovely store it is though and the staff are so friendly.  I actually went there on Friday to buy some clothes and one of the sales assistants actually asked if I had enjoyed myself at the opening, which I thought it was lovely of her to ask.  The opening was a great success and so many people in the local area were pleased that the store had opened.  I must admit, I did feel a little bad when a girl asked where my dress was from and I had to say New Look.

This Week on WhatLauraLoves
This week on WhatLauraLoves, I posted a flirty and girlie makeup look using some of the products from my everyday makeup bag.  I asked if there was any products you'd like to see an indepth review of and in the comments section, a couple of you asked for a review of the YSL Touche Blush in #1 Rose and I also had an email asking for a review of the MAC Matte Bronze powder, so I will get round to doing those in the coming weeks.  There were two WhatLauraWore outfit posts this week, one showing a pretty summer dress that I'm getting my wear of before I ebay it and another showing a gorgeous Taillissime black dress that I got from One Stop Plus... And if that wasn't enough, this week I also shared a mini jewellery haul with you all of some pieces I picked up from ROAM Jewellery which is a concession in New Look.

What have you been up to this week?  What have some of your favourite products been?

Friday, 23 March 2012

WhatLauraWore: Taillissime Little Black Dress from OSP

Friday is finally here and I bet all of you are looking forward to the weekend.  I'm actually working all weekend so I wont be getting up to much sadly.  The clocks go forward an hour on Sunday and whilst this means that ill be in work an hour earlier than planned, I'm really looking forward to the light nights.

Tonight I thought I'd share with you my new dress; the Taillissime Short-Sleeved Knit Dress with Crossover V-Neckline available online from Castaluna.  I was recently asked if I would like to review an item from the One Stop Plus website and I chose this dress in black as I was really in need of a 'little black dress' for smart evenings out.  It is also available in purple, white, pink and orange, my other favourite.  The dresses are available in sizes 14 to 32 and I found that this dress ran true to the size.

TAILLISSIME Short-Sleeved Knit Dress from One Stop Plus, £45
This is the first item I have tried from Castaluna and I am very impressed with their service, from their packaging to their speed of delivery.  As soon as I received this dress I couldn't wait to try it on.  The shape and style of this dress makes it a perfect wardrobe staple for any curvy girl as it is so flattering.  The cross over neckline is universally flattering, the wrap around belt pulls the wearer in at most women's slimmest part and the rest of the dress loosely floats over the stomach, hips and thighs.  The dress is knee length on me; I'm an average 5ft 5" height and I'd say that it would be roughly knee height on the majority of women.  The fabric of the dress is very good quality; it is is completely opaque (you'll not be able to see your underwear through it!) and thick but still light weight and manages to weight down the dress, keeping it in shape without it feeling heavy.  The dress also washes very well.

TAILLISSIME Short-Sleeved Knit Dress from Castaluna, £45
Whilst I do not have a large chest for someone of my size, this dress would be perfect for a busty woman as there is a generous amount of material in the upper part of the dress and the wide cap short sleeves help to balance out the wearers proportions.  The upper part of the dress is quite roomy on me, however this isn't a problem as the material crosses over across the bust to ensure only a classy amount of cleavage is on show!

The dress can either be styled in a couple of different ways using the attached belt which can be tied at the back or wrapped around and tied at the front in a bow, like a belt. This way is perfect for me at the moment as I can tighten it while I change shape. Wrap and cross over style dresses are perfect for those who are changing shape whether it be through losing or gaining weight, pregnancy or toning up through exercise.

I loved wearing this dress from Castaluna as it made me feel confident, glamorous and feminine.
TAILLISSIME Short-Sleeved Knit Dress from Castaluna, £45
WhatLauraWore:
Taillissime Short-Sleeved Knit Dress from Castaluna
Peep toe and jewel slingbacks from Evans
Black satin and diamante clutch from Fenwicks (not shown)

Have you ordered from Castaluna before?  What are your favourite pieces?
*This dress was sent to me for review by Castaluna*

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

ROAM Jewellery

Roam Jewellery
I recently discovered a great half price deal on Roam jewellery. They had some truly gorgeous and unique pieces. Whenever I wear Roam jewellery, I always get asked where I bought it from as it looks a lot more expensive than it is and not many people have the same pieces; it's not like stepping out in Primark jewellery where you're guaranteed to see someone wearing the same item!
Roam earrings, originally £5.50
These will look amazing with a maxi dress in the summer or a little black dress.  They're such a statement piece and for £2.75, I couldn't complain!

I also picked up these earrings for £2.25.  They're so pretty and almost dainty looking but they still have an edge to them; I adore the feather and leaf detail on them!
Roam jewellery earrings, orignally £4.50
The last piece that I picked up from the Roam jewellery range is this gorgeous Indian inspired necklace.  I love the peachy coral droplets with the gold and diamantes as they go so well together.  The necklace is the perfect length too, sitting just below the bust.  For £2 it is an absolute bargain!
Roam necklace, originally £4.00
All of these pieces are a bargain in themselves before going down to half price. The half price offer looks as though it may be a flash deal as I've never seen Roam jewellery half price before so I'm not too sure when the items will be back to full price.  Roam jewellery is a concession available in selected New Look stores.  I bought these from the New Look store in Washington so if you live in the North East, you can definitely get these there.  While I was in New Look, I also saw these cute coral heart studs which will be perfect for when I wear my hair in a casual top knot.
New Look heart studs £2.99
Which is your favourite piece of jewellery that I got? Where are your favourite shops to buy costume jewellery from?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

WhatLauraWore: Making the Most of my Clothes!

This is an outfit I wore recently while I ran some errands and popped to the shops.  I've filmed a vlog wearing this dress which will be up shortly, as soon as I've got time to put it together on iMovie.  I really enjoyed wearing this dress, its a little short at the front and back but its super pretty and I love how it is quite casual too, with the little pockets but it can be dressed up just as easily.  Later in the day, I added a cropped denim jacket by Joe Browns at Simply Be as it got a little too windy.  I hate it when its so warm outside but the wind cools things down!

WhatLauraWore:
Flower and palm leaf dress from Evans
Couture Is Bliss bag by Juicy Couture
Nail polish on hands and toes is Elephantastic Pink by OPI

Over the last few weeks, I've been following a strict diet and I'm quickly losing weight (I will post about my experiences with dieting, I promise, but I'm planning on doing this after the first month!).  Soon enough, I'm going to need a new wardrobe so in the meantime, I am seizing every opportunity to wear the pretty clothes in my wardrobe and make the most of them before I no longer fit into them.  I'm planning on selling my clothes on Ebay as I downsize so I'll let you all know when they're up too.

Do you make the most of the warm days by wearing your prettiest clothes?  What are your favourite outfits at the moment?

Monday, 19 March 2012

Flirty and Girlie Makeup Look

This simple pretty make up look is what I've been wearing most days over the last couple of weeks.  Although it looks as though I have used a lot of products, it's very quick and easy to achieve without needing a lot of precision and concentration... perfect for those of you with early morning starts!  The soft pink cheeks and lips keep it looking flirty and girlie.  A make up look like this is perfect for work, university, days out and shopping trips as it uses lots of mattifying products to keep shine at bay all day long while you're out and about.


Products Used


Face
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in 2 Light applied using Bare Escentuals Max Coverage Concealer brush
Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder in 005 Silky Beige applied using the TIGI Bed Head Heaven brush
MAC Dame Blush
MAC Matte Bronze bronzing powder applied using Bare Escentuals Flawless Face brush
YSL Touche Blush in #1 Rose

Eyes
From the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Island Oasis Eyeshadow Palette (from the Bronze Goddess Soleil Summer Color 2011 collection) I used the two right most shades; the light stone colour all over the lid using a MAC 217 and then the deep copper colour, applied using a MAC 210 in the outer v and on the lower lash line.
MAC Eyelash Curlers
Diorshow mascara in Black

Lips
Lancome Juicy Tube in #19 Lychee

Please let me know if you would like to see a review of any of the products I have used.  Those that I have already reviewed have been linked above if you would like to have a look at them further.

What is your everyday make up routine? What products do you like to use on a daily basis?

Sunday, 18 March 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 12

Hi Everyone I hope you're all well.


What I've Been Up To...
I feel like a changed woman this week.  I've stuck rigidly to my diet and can really start to see the weight coming off, especially when I wore the dress in the photo above as it feels much bigger than when I first wore it here and I have also changed my hair colour by having lots of dark blonde low lights run through it.  I was SO frightened when I first had it done as I'm used to being very light blonde but my best friend does my hair so of course I trusted her to do a good job, and a great job she certainly did!  I've done a little exercising this week, a couple of gym sessions here and there but nothing too over the top as I haven't been feeling very well.  I'm sure my immune system is pretty low at the moment and I was in desperate need of a few early nights off the trot.  I did go out to the cinema this week to see We Bought A Zoo which was sad and had that feel good factor but I wont be rushing out to buy the DVD.

This Week on WhatLauraLoves...
For all I haven't done too much in my personal life this week, it has been a pretty busy week on WhatLauraLoves and that is set to continue for the coming weeks as I've been planning lots and lots of posts for you all to enjoy.  At the beginning of this week I posted about my favourite liquid eyeliner; Collection 2000's Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner and then I posted another makeup post, this time reviewing Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation which many of you asked me to write about.  I've also got a comparrison post between Double Wear and Double Wear Light coming up in the next couple of weeks which may be of some help to those of you who are undecided as to which one to buy.  If makeup isn't your thing, I posted a casual girlie WhatLauraWore outfit on Saturday and today I shared a photo of my new hair taken just before we went to my friends 30th birthday party on St. Patricks Day.

I'm going to get an early night now as I've got a couple of store openings this week and the Vitality Show in London on Thursday.  Full of busy as per usual!

What have you been up to this week?  Have you enjoyed the posts this week on WhatLauraLoves?

New Hair

This week I had lots of low lights put through my hair and today I thought I'd share a quick snap with you of my new hair :)  It has taken a lot of getting used to as it is completely different to my usual bright light blonde and I never really dye my hair other than my usual highlights but I absolutely love it.  I feel like a new woman what with loosing weight and changing my hair.  Bring on the summer!


I hope you like it!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

WhatLauraWore: Holly Willoughby Waterfall Cardigan

Hi Everyone :)
Happy St. Patricks Day!  I thought I'd share a quick outfit post with you today.  Just a casual outfit, but I thought it was pretty and girlie.  I'm going out tonight so I'm currently sat with my fake tan on and I'm about to do my nails.  I've got the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs to try out tonight and I'm really excited to see the results.  I sprayed a little on my arm last night to see what it would look like and I was really impressed.


WhatLauraWore:
Bow top from Evans
Denim knitted leggings from New Look
Pearl and Diamante bow ballet pumps from New Look
Cream waterfall cardigan from Holly Willoughby at Very
Grey Focco from Ebay
White gold and diamond rings, as usual!

I hope you like my outfit!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, £26.50
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is by far my favourite foundation.  I've been wearing it for the last year now and haven't found anything that comes close to it in terms of application, finish and longevity.  It ticks all the right boxes for me.  Other than in posts where I'm going on a night out, this is the foundation I'm always wearing.
Great no fuss packaging that is travel friendly, easy to get the product out and it dispenses just the right amount.  I also like how once it starts running out, you can get the majority of the foundation out and then cut open the tube so that you're not wasting any.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light and Sigma F80
I apply Double Wear Light using a Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush and buff it into my skin.  I find that it leaves a natural matte finish.  It can also be applied with a flat foundation brush or with your fingers however I find that a kabuki brush gives a more flawless  application.  I always look for foundations that work in harmony with my other makeup products and I find that this works perfectly well after applying my morning moisturiser which is currently the Manuka Doctor Apinourish Repairing Skin Cream and Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer.  After application, I dust a light coating of Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection Powder and then apply the rest of my makeup.

Before and After applying Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
This is a sheer-medium coverage foundation that covers all redness, open pores, uneven skintone and blemishes without the heavy feeling and blanket colour of a full coverage foundation.  The formulation is very buildable and can be layered without looking cakey.  It lasts a good 14 hours while I'm out without oxidising or making my skin look shiny and sliding off.  It helps the other makeup products that I use to stay in place for longer as well and I find that it doesn't transfer easily onto my clothes.  I have really oily skin and I find that this foundation soaks up the oil on my face and acts as a barrier to stop further oil coming through throughout the day.  Although this foundation does contain a good amount of powder, I do think that it would be suitable for those with dry skin as it doesn't really cling to dry areas, but I wouldn't advise it for those with very dry skin.

Double Wear Light contains SPF 10 which is great to help protect your skin on sunny days and I find that it still photographs very well without a great deal of flash back.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light retails at £26.50 for 30ml and can be bought direct from their website, from Boots or from many department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser.  Their shade variations are categorised into intensities designed to suit a few similar skintones, which I find handy as I can wear the same shade intensity whether or not I'm wearing false tan, as long as it's not too dark.

Have you tried this foundation?  Do you prefer Double Wear or Double Wear Light? Whats your favourite foundation?
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Monday, 12 March 2012

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner

Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Wear Felt Tip Liner, £2.99

Over the years, I've tried lots of liquid eye liners from Barry M to MAC and this is by far my favourite.  I first discovered it at the beginning of last year when I was in Morrisons picking up a few bottles of Chateauneuf Du Pape for a meaty dinner party I was hosting.  Funnily enough, this is how I also discovered two of my other favourites from Collection 2000 but I'll save those for a later post.

The Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Wear Felt Tip Liner is a fool proof way to create any winged eye liner look.  Its very well pigmented and doesn't irritate my eyes whatsoever.  It is incredibly long lasting and whilst I haven't worn it for a full 24 hours due to sleeping and all that essential stuff, I do think that it would live up to the claims.  I've worn it for a good 18 hours before on an around the clock trip to London and it still looked as fresh as it did when I first applied it.

The felt tip nib makes it so easy to apply, even those who don't have the steadiest of hands could use this with ease.  I used to be fairly useless at applying liquid liner until I tried using this pen.  The nib is strong and sturdy with just the right amount of flexibility so that you can create a variety of looks without a messy application.

I've really been impressed with Collection 2000 over the last year, they've quickly become my favourite drug store makeup brand.  Their long lasting formula's really rival high end brands like Estee Lauder, particularly the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer as it is just as good, if not better than the Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer.  At £2.99 it is a fraction of it's high end counterparts and easily accessible to all at supermarkets and in Superdrug and Boots.

Have you tried this liner? Do you find liquid liner difficult to apply? Do you have any other Collection 2000 recommendations for me?

Sunday, 11 March 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 11

The Marina
This week has been unlike any other; I've been exercising... and enjoying it!  I've been to two Zumba classes which were BRILLIANT, to the gym and swimming.  All of this exercising has taken it out of me though and coupled with losing weight, I am starting to feel a little bit like I'm losing myself... or perhaps I'm becoming a new me.  Since I didn't have to get up for work on Saturday morning, I took the time to get back to me on Friday night by having a pamper night after my swim.  I applied my favourite tan, Fake Bake Airbrush, and gave myself a manicure and pedicure using OPI Elephantastic Pink.  I'm also getting some low lights through my hair on Tuesday because  its getting really sunny and my hair gets mega light in the summer.  It also means dying my Foxy Locks hair extensions which I must admit, I'm nervous about doing!
Loved simple hair and makeup this week
I've had such a relaxing weekend off work,  I went shopping on Saturday and today I went for a drive along the coast with my dad and for a walk along the marina.  It was such a lovely day so we had the roof down on our car.  We had a family movie night on Saturday watching Just Go With It which is one of the only comedies I enjoy watching again and again (I'm a thriller and horror kinda girl!) and Mr WLL and I went to see Journey To The Mysterious Island today which was brilliant.  It's the perfect feel good family film, great for Sunday afternoon viewing.  I managed to get lots of posts planned for the coming weeks and I've eventually caught up on my sleep.  Quite a successful weekend I'm sure you'll agree.

This week on WhatLauraLoves, I blogged about my experience with my first Ciate Nail Pot in the colour Cabaret which I actually received in a Glossy Box last summer and never got round to wearing!  I also posted a mini New Look haul of shoes and jewellery, they have the cutest pieces don't they?  Another product that I've regularly repurchased over the last year but never blogged about up until now is the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, read my review here.

What have you been up to this week?

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara


Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, £11 for 2ml

If you love the wide eyed, defined and even spider lash look then Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara is an essential for your makeup bag.  This is my third tube in the last year and I couldn't be without it, especially when I'm doing my makeup for nights out as it really opens up my eyes and gives my bottom lashes length and buildable definition that I haven't been able to achieve with any other mascara; YSL Faux Cils comes close as it is great on my bottom lashes but not quite as good as this Bottom Lash Mascara, after all, it is designed solely for bottom lashes!

The application is very precise with the teenie tiny brush and can be a little fiddly to begin with but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy to use.  I use the wand to comb through my lashes from root to tip, you can use the 'wiggle' method if you prefer as well.  It grips every lash and gets right into the corners for the ultimate wide eyed look.  It can be layered and built up for even more definition.  The Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is very long lasting and has no fall out onto my skin.  I use my Klorane eye makeup remover to remove it with ease.

I've only ever used the black but there is also a black/brown shade for those who feel as though black looks too harsh for them.  It is available online and at Clinique counters; I buy mine from the Debenhams Clinique counter.

Have you tried Clinique's Bottom Lash Mascara?  Whats your favourite mascara for your bottom lashes?

Friday, 9 March 2012

WhatLauraBought: More Cute New Look Finds

When it comes to ballet pumps, I usually look for something cute, girlie and fairly low cost as I go through them so quickly and like to replace them often with new styles.  I used to always turn to Primark for pumps for work and casual wear as they were always so cheap and the quality wasn't too bad for the price.  However I'd say that over the last year the price of Primark shoes has steadily risen but the quality hasn't got any better.  I wore a hole in the bottom of my last pair after only a few weeks of wear, not impressed!  New Look are offering much higher quality shoes at a only fraction more... and so the shopping begins...
Black pumps with cream bow, £15.99 New Look
Pearl and Diamante bow pumps, £17.99 New Look
These both look equally cute with jeans, leggings and black trousers and theres lots more great styles available in store now.  Let me know if you find any that I might like as I'm always on the look out for cute ballet flats!

Of course I couldn't go into New Look without checking out their jewellery section.  They had a great buy one get one free offer across their whole jewellery line which made these two gorgeous pairs of earrings a great buy.  Their spring and summer jewellery is amazing, a must see!
Disc earrings £4.99 and £5.99 New Look
Have you had a similar experience with Primark?  Where are your favourite places to shop for jewellery and shoes? Do you like the pieces I picked up?

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

NOTD: Ciate Cabaret

Ciate Paint Pots nail polish in Cabaret, £9.99
This is the first Ciate Paint Pot that I've used and I must say, I'm very impressed.  I usually wear pastel and nude shades on my nails so wearing a berry wine colour is quite a shock for me!  The design of the brush makes it really easy to apply the nail polish as it has a long handle and a big bristle brush which is very easy to work with, unlike the MeMeMe Maxi Brush which I cannot stand as it always results in a messy application!  It only needs two coats for a creamy opaque colour and the application is smooth and even.  I really like the formula of this nail polish.  Drying time is fairly quick, not almost instant like Models Own but certainly not like watching paint dry like Eyeko!  Cabaret remained completely chip free for four days and after the sixth day of wear before I took it off, I noticed that there was some wear on the tips but nothing that wasn't wearable.

This nail polish came in a Glossy Box many moons ago but I only started using it in the last couple of weeks.  Whilst I'm not that keen on the colour, I was really impressed with the quality of the polish and would definitely consider buying more from Ciate; they have some gorgeous pastels for Spring 2012.  At £9, it is in the middle of the price range between my two favourite nail polish brands; Models Own and OPI and I do think that the quality is comparable to the high standards set by these two brands, particularly OPI.

Have you tried any Ciate Paint Pots? Whats your favourite shade?

Sunday, 4 March 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 10

My little white tornado, Daisy May

It's been quite quiet this week on WhatLauraLoves, not because I haven't had things to blog about but because I've had lots going on that I needed to give my full attention to.  I've started a new diet and exercise regime and it's fairly strict so I've had to take some time for myself to really get my head around it.  I'm going to post a little bit about it tomorrow though and give you an insight into how I'm doing every few weeks.  I've decided to call it WhatLauraLost... see what I did there? Genius!

I started my diet on Wednesday so in the days leading up to it I wasn't too strict on what I consumed.  On Monday, I took my best friend up to see our wedding venue and we had afternoon tea which was, as always, delicious.  We came back to my house, had a girlie getting ready session with a few drinks, I did her makeup and she did my hair and then we went out to the theatre to see the psychic Sally Morgan.  I've seen her before at the theatre and she was just as good second time around.  We were a little tipsy after we left the theatre and ended up going for a curry and few more drinks in town.  Such a random, fun night.

I did put up a couple of blog posts this week though; the first was a vlog that I made on a night out with my friends showing me preparing for going out and being a little drunk and hungover later on...!  I also posted about a fairly recent addition to my skincare routine, the Manuka Doctor Apinourish Repairing Skin Cream-- it's LUSH!

What have you been up to this week? What are your favourites for the week?

Manuka Doctor Apinourish Repairing Skin Cream

Manuka Doctor Apinourish Repairing Skin Cream, £24.99 from Holland and Barrett
*Nurtures Cell Regeneration*
*Aids renewal of damaged skin cells*
*Helps reduce the appearance of scars & wrinkles*
*Anti-ageing*
*No parabens or SLS*

Over the last few weeks I've added another Manuka Doctor product to my skincare routine; the Repairing Skin Cream from the Apinourish line of products.  All Apinourish products are designed to reduce the signs of ageing like fine lines and skin damage like scarring, by enriching the skin with purified nutrients and bee venom to plump up the skin and accelerate the regeneration of skin cells.  My skin has certainly been benefiting from this product.  I apply it morning and night as the last step in my skincare routine and it is the perfect addition to my weekly treat; the Manuka Doctor Bee Venom Rejuvenating Face Mask which is also from the Apinourish line.  I find that it leaves my skin hydrated, smooth and looking bright.  It has the perfect consistency that I look for in a product; non greasy and neither watery nor too thick.  I find that it sinks into my skin quickly and leaves it feeling soft and smooth without leaving a film on my skin, this makes it the perfect base for my makeup.  After application, I leave it for a couple of minutes before applying my Clairns Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch and then the rest of my make up.  If you're looking for a moisturiser that encourages a flawless complexion both with and without make up then this is definitely for you!


I adore the Manuka Doctor line of skincare products.  I've used them since they were first launched and thoroughly enjoyed using every product I've tried from them; I've reviewed a couple of the other products I've tried here.  They're available exclusively from Holland and Barrett both online and instore and this particular cream retails at £24.99 for a 50ml bottle.  Please be aware that whilst these products are fantastic for all skin types, they are not to be used by those who suffer from allergies to bee stings or from any of the other ingredients that they contain.

Which products from the Manuka Doctor brand have you tried?  Which moisturiser are you using at the moment?