Thursday, 28 June 2012

Weleda Summer Travel Kit

Its getting closer and closer to my summer holidays and I've noticed on Twitter that its nearly time for many of you to go away too so I thought now would be a good time to start my travel, holiday and tanning related posts.  Starting with a review of the new Summer Travel Kit from Weleda.  It is the first of its kind in the beauty industry as it contains both beauty and health essentials that are suitable for both men and women.

I first tried Weleda products when I received their Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil in my Glossy Box last summer.  I loved how pure and indulgent it was so when I got this pack I was really excited to try the products to see if they lived up to my expectations!

Available from www.weleda.co.uk
The products in the kit come in a clear zip up bag which is perfect for going through airport security and is really handy for when you're trying to find things quickly, perhaps on the plane, as you can see exactly where everything is.  It is big enough to fit many more products in too so when I go away I'll be taking the rest of my skincare minis and a little make up in here too.

Available from www.weleda.co.uk
The kit contains six 100% pure and natural products which are under 100ml so they comply with airport regulations meaning that you can go through airport security with this in your hand luggage without any problems.  I know I'm focussing on going on an aeroplane here, i.e. abroad, but these summer essentials are perfect for both UK breaks and for holidays abroad.
Citrus Creamy Body Wash
First up in the kit is the Citrus Creamy Body Wash.  It smells amazing and really wakes you up if you use it in your morning shower, very invigorating and awakening.  Although I'd tried this out in the dreary UK, I can imagine it being very refreshing to use it when in a hot country.  Its quite thick and creamy in consistency and feels moisturising on the skin.  Obviously it cleans your skin but it does a good job at making it feel soft, not tight at all, and smelling of  lemons which I love as the fragrance lingers.

The kit also has a Citrus Refreshing Body Oil which is great to use if you've been sunbathing all day as it helps to replace the moisture lost in your skin.  It's also good to use after the Citrus Creamy Body Wash as it helps to layer the scent so that the lemon fragrance lasts longer on the skin.


Layering the lemon scent can be completed with the refreshing Citrus Deodorant.  You only need to spritz it a few times and the scent of lemons and oranges lingers for hours on the skin.


For the more health related products, the kit contains the Rhinodoron Nasal Spray with Aloe Vera which is designed to clear and moisturise the nasal passages.  It is perfect for when you're in a hot country where the air is dry or if you are somewhere where there is a high pollen count.  It is also great for taking on flights as the air conditioning really dries out the air which not only is bad for your skin but will also dry out your sinuses.  I always get a blocked nose on flights so I'm hoping this will stop it this year.


You also get the Combudoron Spray which is traditionally used to reduce irritation and swelling after insect bites.  This is the product I'm most looking forward to trying as I'm very allergic to mosquito bites, they swell up and fill with liquid and there's been many a time I've had to see a doctor on holiday to get an injection and stronger cream.  I'm yet to find something that works on them so I can't wait to try this out.  I'll let you all know how I get on with it when I get back from my holidays (fingers crossed I'll not get any bites to begin with but it's highly unlikely!!).


The sixth product in the kit is the Melissa Comp Drops which can be used to relieve nausea, stomach upset, diarrhoea, over indulgence and travel sickness.  I often get travel sick when in the car from the airport to the hotel so it will be handy to see how this performs.  A multi use product like this is great to take away, especially when going abroad as it can treat a variety of symptoms naturally and it's suitable for all the family.


I can't wait to try out the health products on holiday this year.  I've already used up the body oil and creamy body wash, they were LUSH!  On the Weleda website you can actually buy the mini versions of their products which I'm thinking about doing before I go away as its a great way to try out the other scents to see how you like them.  You can buy the Weleda Summer Travel Kit here for £29.95.


Have you tried any products from Weleda; any recommendations?  What are your travel beauty and health essentials?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

WhatLauraBought: HUGE Clothes, Skincare & Make Up Haul

I'm not going to lie, I've got a pretty fantastic haul for you today.  It has a bit of everything; clothes, shoes, makeup and skincare and I hope you enjoy it!  On Sunday, Mr WLL and I went to the Metro Centre for our monthly shopping spree (i.e. just after payday!) and I was on the look out for some specific products.  I wanted an outfit that actually fit which sounds silly but my body has changed size quite dramatically over the last few months and I wanted something to wear on my forthcoming trip to Amsterdam that I could feel comfortable in.  I went into Evans and New Look and tried on LOADS of clothes, just for the hell of it, in sizes much smaller than I used to buy.  It was a very surreal experience.  I also wanted to pick up a gift for my friends birthday and I needed to repurchase the Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream and MAC's Matte Bronze.  The other items just seemed to fall into my shopping basket...

Clothing


Joanie Floral Gilet from New Look, £19.99
Rose gold buttons and pretty flowers, really whats not to love about this little jean jacket?  When Mr WLL first saw it on the hanger he thought it was awful but once on, he agreed it is lovely.  It will look lush over the coral top that I have bought and I'm also looking forward to wearing it on top of maxi dresses once this weather gets a bit better!



Coral Cut Out Racer Back Top from New Look, £12.99
I love this top, the cut out back detailing is gorgeous and it is a really flattering shape.  It is perfect for summer and I can't wait to wear it when I go on my girls weekend away.  New Look are so reasonably priced and their styles are bang on at the moment.  I think their Inspire range is the best on the market for plus sized women at the moment.


White Linen Trousers from Evans, £15
I have desperately needed some linen trousers that actually fit for the last month or so as I have so many tops that I want to wear before they get too big but nothing to wear them with.  These were in the Evans sale reduced from £25, bargain!  I was quite surprised when I was in Evans as they had lots of dresses that I've seen on the AX Paris website but for a higher price, tut tut Evans!


Coral Flower Sandals from Primark, £6
These gorgeous coral flower sandals will go really well with the top and jacket I got as well as with many of my other outfits.  I'm a big fan of coral so I have a wardrobe full of coral clothing and accessories!

Makeup



Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Pressed Powder, in 2 Medium and 3 Dark, £2.99 each
Fantastic setting powder that keeps my face matte and shine free all day.  I have repurchased this many times  and always reach for it over my higher end products like the Estee Lauder Double Wear pressed powder.  I'm going to do a full review of it soon... watch this space!

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer, £4.19
This is probably my favourite concealer of all time, its certainly one of my most repurchased.  Again, I'll do a full review of it soon but this is another product that rivals the likes of Estee Lauders Double Wear range, it is very long lasting, creamy and covers everything!

Garnier BB Cream for combination to oily skin, £7.49
When the Garnier BB Cream was first launched, I received some samples in the post to try of the original one which I fully intended to purchase on this particular shopping trip, until I saw that you could get one for combination to oily skin.  I opted for that one instead, I just hope it is as good as the original.

MAC Matte Bronze, £18.50
This is my favourite contour powder and one of my favourite products from MAC.  It is muddy without being orange toned and does not contain any shimmer, it is perfect.  Read my review on it here.

Models Own Nail Polish in Juicy Jules and Champagne from Boots, £5 each
Models Own are my favourite nail polish brand.  I've wanted to try the silver glitter Juicy Jules for a long time and I also picked up Champagne as a gift for my friend who saw me wearing it last week and loved it.  Boots have an offer on at the moment where when you buy one nail polish you get another for half price, I'm not sure how long its on for but it is definitely worth checking out.

Skincare



Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream, £21
I've lost count of the amount of times I've repurchased this foot cream, it is absolutely amazing and if you've read my review on it, you'll know exactly why I love it!  The Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment cream contains cashew nut, shea butter, arnica, myrrh and tyme which work together to relieve my tired feet, hydrate my dry skin and soften my hard skin.  I've never found a foot cream that comes close to this one and thats why I repurchase it time and time again!

Clarins Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Lotion, £24
I'm really looking forward to trying this moisturiser.  It is specifically designed for those with oily skin, not combination, just oily, so I'm hoping it is exactly what I've been searching for to use as a daytime moisturiser.  Clarins skincare is awesome,  I've used lots of their products and I'm sure this wont disappoint.  I'll keep you all updated.

Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay and the Clarins Water Purify One Step Cleanser, free samples
The lady on the Clarins counter in Boots popped some samples into my bag.  She said that these are great for those with oily skin so I'm going to give them a go.  I love that Clarins are always generous with their samples, granted the aim is to generate future business for them but I love that it allows me to try out products before committing to the full size, plus they are great for travelling.

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
This is one of my favourite hand creams.  It makes my skin so soft and supply and my nails feel strong and supported after continuous use of this product.

Clarins Soothing Body Scrub For a New Skin
I'm really looking forward to trying this scrub, I'm a big fan of Clarins skincare and I love exfoliaters in general so I've got high hopes for this.  It contains bamboo powders and is designed to soften, smooth and firm... we'll see!

Clarins Extra-Firming Body Lotion
I've heard so many good things about this product.  It is supposed to lift, tone and smooth skin and is perfect for skin that has become slackened due to pregnancy, age and weight fluctuation.  Since I am dieting at the moment and my body is changing, I thought this would be the perfect time to try this product.

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser from Boots, £10
I adore this cleanser, it works incredibly well and my skin hasn't looked back since I first started using it a month ago.  I bought this to have as a backup for when my existing one runs out, yes I love it that much!

No7 Pore Refining Serum from Boots, £13
This product was recommended to me by a woman I work with.  Like her, I have quite large pores on my face and I'm hoping this helps my skin like it did hers.  It is supposed to be a great base for make-up too.

Sure Clear Diamond Deodorant, £1.63
I picked up a couple of these as they were on special offer.  Nothing flash, just a deodorant that keeps my fresh all day and I can spray it freely without being worried about white marks.

What have you been buying lately?  Would you like me to review any of these products?

Monday, 25 June 2012

WhatLauraWore: Losing 5 Stone



Today I thought I'd share with you a quick outfit post from earlier this week, admittedly, this outfit would be gorgeous if only it fit a little better.  However wearing ill fitting clothes is a small price to pay when you have reached a milestone in your life... Last week I past the five stone mark in my weight loss journey and I am over the moon with myself!  I'm trying not to buy new clothes just yet, except the odd dress for a night out, as I'm wanting to continue on my journey and buy a new wardrobe before I go on holiday in a few months time.  I don't see the point in buying new clothes now when I am determined for them to not fit in the not too distant future!  I still wanted to show you this outfit though as I think it's really pretty, girlie and perfect for spring and summer.  The bag was an absolute bargain, on sale in Primark for £3 instead of £8!  I'm not wearing any makeup on these photos either.  I've been going make-up free while at work everyday and my skin has really thanked me for it.


WhatLauraWore:
White linen trousers from Evans
Pink ruched sleeved cardigan from New Look
Blue floral strappy top from New Look
Flip flops from Jack Wills

What are your goals this summer?  Have you treated yourself to anything nice lately?

Sunday, 24 June 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 26

This week in photos, Top Row: my latest purchases... haul to follow next week, my Metro Centre shopping outfit, our first furniture buying trip to Ikea, dresses I'll be Ebaying soon.  Bottom Row: two gorgeous dresses from AX Paris, an outfit I wore this week, Gucci delivery and lots of body moisturisers I was sorting through this week
This week I bought flat pack furniture for the first time.  I've been to Ikea in the past but usually when we buy furniture its the kind thats already assembled, delivered and installed all by lovely men in a van... So you can imagine the carry on I had pushing a huge trolley around Ikea with Mr WLL,  trying to negotiate the isles with one isle going one way and the other in the opposite direction and loading boxes upon boxes onto our trollies and that was before we attempted to get them into the car.  After much stress, I can report that I am alive and well, I haven't put my back out and although the furniture is still in its boxes, they are safety in the house.

Earlier in the week I tweeted and asked if anyone had any requests for posts; a skin care routine and makeup tutorials were popular so I will get round to those as soon as possible.  Do any of you have any more requests?

This week on WhatLauraLoves, there has been quite an even mix of beauty and fashion.  I started the week with a review of a gorgeous Barbie pink blusher that I discovered when I had a £5 off voucher in Boots, the No7 Natural Blush in Candy Pink and I also picked up a bottle of Lady Million by Paco Rabanne at the same time which I reviewed for you this week too.  I'm not jumping for joy over it but many of you seem to love it!

I posted two hair care reviews this week, the first on an Italian brand I've recently discovered called Davines and I reviewed a couple of their products from their DEDE range and the second review was of a brand I know well and love, Klorane.  This weeks post was about their dry shampoo with nettle which is fantastic for oily hair.

If you like reading about lots of products in one go, rather than a specific product at a time, then you'll like my Empties post.  This is my second one so far and I'll probably be posting one every couple of weeks depending on how quickly I get through my existing products.  I've used up lots of Decleor minis this week but I've just thrown out the tubes as I have the full sized versions so I'll review those separately, but still expect another Empties post in the next couple of weeks!

It wouldn't be a week on my blog without a WhatLauraWore outfit post and I hope you love this weeks.  I adore my new scarf but there's only so many things I can wear it with.  Do you have any suggestions?

Hope you've all had a good week, stay beautiful.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle for Oil Control

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle, £7.50 for 150ml from John Lewis

My favourite hair product over the last few months has to be this dry shampoo from Klorane.  I was actually sent a can of this to review earlier this year and I hadn't got round to doing it until now... by which time I have repurchased this twice which goes to show just how much I like it.

This particular Klorane dry shampoo is specifically formulated for those people whose sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, making their hair greasy and lank.  It contains nettle extract which absorbs the excess oil found in hair and restores it to being clean and oil free whilst still looking healthy and shiny.  As well as being used specifically as a dry shampoo to clean dirty looking hair, the Klorane nettle dry shampoo can also be used as a styling product to create volume and give the roots a boost.

I have particularly greasy hair that is thin but I have a lot of it.  The mid lengths to ends of my hair are normal to dry and this dry shampoo works in perfect harmony with my hair.  I often have to wash my hair unnecessarily because my roots are greasy when the rest of my hair is perfectly fine.  This product eliminates that as I am able to give a quick spray at my roots, rub it in and brush through and my hair then looks as though it is newly washed but with the texture and manageability of second day hair.  Perfect.

I've also reviewed the Klorane dry shampoo with Oat Milk which worked excellently but I like this one even more because it is so good for my fine, greasy hair.

What are your favourites from Klorane?

Friday, 22 June 2012

Davines DEDE Hair Care



Over the last couple of weeks I've been trying out a couple of products from Davines, primarily the DEDE Conditioner Delicate Replenishing Leave-In Mist but I also received a sample of the Delicate Ritual Shampoo to try out too.  I've heard great things about Davines products, I remember first reading about them on Tali's blog AGES ago.  Davines are a hair care brand whose products are largely influenced by their Italian heritage and combine science and tradition with the essence of Mediterranean herbs and fruits.


The DEDE collection of haircare products are specially formulated for fine and stressed hair.  This family of products have a mild and delicate formula but don't let that trick you into thinking they're weak.  They know what they're doing and they do it well.

Davines DEDE Conditioner
Delicate Replenishing Leave-In Mist with Grape Extract

www.davines.com
The Delicate Replenishing Leave-In Mist is designed for fine hair that tends to lose volume and body quickly, i.e. my hair.  It contains grapeseed extract which is a natural antioxidant and great at making hair strong and protecting it.

It is very easy to use and achieve great results with this spray; after shampooing my hair, I towel dry it, spritz a few pumps all over my hair and comb through, yes it is even light enough to use on the roots without making my hair greasy!  I then either leave my hair to dry naturally, creating body in my hair as it naturally falls, or I blow dry my hair for a more volumised, sleek look.  This leave-in mist is gentle enough to be used everyday, or rather every time you wash your hair and it is light enough to be sprayed directly at the roots which is something I have always avoided with other leave-in conditioning mists as my hair always ends up looking as though it needs another wash.

I've been trying this out over the last couple of weeks and I have experimented with the number of pumps of product needed in order to achieve my perfect volumised look.  I usually spritz around 3-4 pumps however I have tried more and it still doesn't make my hair greasy at all.

The DEDE Delicate Replenishing Leave-In Mist is also great to be used for detangling hair after washing too as I've found that after spraying my hair, the wide tooth comb I use and my Tangle Teezer runs through it much easier than they have done before.  I've tried using this on my hair extensions too and it made them lovely and soft and they really held their shape when I blow dried the ends under with a big round brush, giving my hair lots of volume when I clipped them in.

The Delicate Replenishing Leave-In Mist is £16.30 for 250ml and is available from salons.  For information on stockists please contact 0203 3015449.


Davines DEDE Shampoo
Delicate Ritual Shampoo with Carrot Extract



I got three uses out of this sample so although I can't comment on its performance over time, I did get to use it enough so see some results and to see how it performs after the first few uses.  The application was the same as any normal shampoo.  It doesn't lather up massively which is a testament to the natural products it contains but it is very easy to work into the hair and massage deeply into the scalp and roots.  I found it to be very clarifying without stripping my hair which I really liked as it made my hair feel very clean and strong.  After shampooing and adding the leave in mist, my hair was soft and silky with a healthy shine.  Lush!


The full size is £13.10 for 250ml.


If you'd like to find out where Davines is stocked in your area, please contact 0203 3015449 for more information.


Which Davines products have you tried?  What is your favourite hair care brand?

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Lady Million by Paco Rabanne




Here is another perfume from my collection, Lady Million by Paco Rabanne.  I first tried this fragrance in the airport before a flight to Mexico when it was first launched and I wasn't too impressed with it, it seemed as though it was the after thought of One Million, the much loved fragrance for men that Mr WLL wears.  One Million smells absolutely AMAZING and is instantly recognisable but I don't think the ladies version has quite the same impact.  I just wasn't blown away by the scent in the way that I was with the men's version... I often spritz Mr WLL bottle on me when he isn't looking- its THAT nice!  I didn't think too much about the perfume until I met up with one of my friends a month or so ago and asked her what perfume she had on as it smelt gorgeous, it was Lady Million, and from that point I knew I had to have it.

This, unfortunately is where the love affair stops and this scenario is a prime example that perfumes do smell differently on different people.  Its not that I don't like the smell of Lady Million, it's nice, its just not amazing and doesn't smell as good on me as it does on the other girls I've smelled it on.  I'm pleased I have it in my collection, its completely different to other scents that I have like Gucci by Gucci and Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture but it does have some similarities in that it is long lasting and that is something that I love about Lady Million.  The fragrances that I usually go for are strong, overpowering, signature scents with a musky base that are very unique and often instantly recognisable; they're individual and don't smell like other perfumes.  That's where Lady Million lets me down, it is just too generic.


Lady Million is a typically floral scent that has top notes of bitter orange and fleshy raspberry, heart notes of neroli, orange flower and Arabian jasmine and a base of honey and patchouli.

The eau de parfum is available in 30, 50 and 80ml bottles and there is also a shower gel and body lotion which are great if you like to layer your fragrance to make it last longer.  I bought the 30ml eau de parfum for £35 in Boots.  This in itself is unusual for me as I tend to always buy the biggest bottle available when I buy perfume and then decant some into my Travalo.  Perhaps, subconsciously, I knew I wouldn't adore this perfume as much as I loved the smell on my friends?  Either way, the 30ml bottle is a great handbag size and I love the packaging. The gold diamond bottle was actually designed by Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance and was inspired by the Regent diamond that is on display in the Louvre in Paris.  It is considered to be the most beautiful diamond in the world, I just wish I could say the same thing about the perfume!


Some will love this perfume and some will let it pass by.  My advice would be to get a few samples and try it out on your own skin for a few days before committing to the full size, that way you'll know if it its love or like!


What are your thoughts on Lady Million?  Does it float your boat or sink your ship?!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Empties #02

This week, I'm back with another Empties post.  In case you missed last week's, here it is, but for now, lets have a look at the products I've finished using up this week.


L'Occitane Mint, Pine and Rosemary Shower Gel
I absolutely love this shower gel.  It's an odd combination of scents for a shower gel but they smell amazing together.  It is packed full of essential oils and not only cleans my body but leaves it feeling super soft and fragrant too.  I've already repurchased the full size.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in Intensity 2.5
This has to be my favourite foundation ever; I repurchase it time and time again.  It gives a medium coverage that is matte but natural and not cakey at all.  I've written a full review of this foundation here and also compared it to the original Double Wear here.


Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush
We all know how much of a fan I am of Batiste dry shampoo, it's nothing new and I regularly feature their newest scents; here is my latest review of the new Batiste Lace dry shampoo.  Since I use Batiste on a regular basis, I've started buying their larger 400ml cans as they're more cost effective.  This particular one lasted me about a month.

L'Oreal Perfect Clean Foaming Cream Wash, Soothing for dry/sensitive skin
Quite frankly, I wouldn't use this again if you paid me.  I found it to be absolutely awful; it made my skin feel squeeky, tight and stripped of any natural oils which is surprising given that it is formulated for dry/sensitive skin and if it does this to my oily skin, God only knows what it will do to those with dry skins!  You basically dispense a small amount of product (which smells a bit like plastic) onto the scrublet, hold it between your fingers and then work around your face in circular motions.  I found this didn't really deeply cleanse my skin and my face still felt dirty after using it.  I was so disappointed in this product and it has taken me ages to use up as I've hated using it so much.  I originally bought it at the end of last year from Body Care.  I went in to buy another Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher Wash (which is BRILLIANT) but they didn't have it and when I saw that this one was on special offer I thought I'd give it a go.  I wish I hadn't wasted my money now.


Lancome Hyda Zen Nuit Neurocalm
I received this sample pot when I purchased a few of the L'Absolu Nu lipsticks when they were first launched last year.  Lancome always seem to get their skincare samples spot on, this little glass pot gives a great first impression and the product inside doesn't disappoint either.  Lightly fragranced, rich and indulgent cream that sinks into the skin slowly over night and allows you to wake up with super soft skin.  It is very soothing and makes me feel sleepy when I apply it, whether that's down to the rich moisturising action or the scent, I don't know but it feels very relaxing.  I'd definitely purchase the full size of this in the future when my usual night cream runs out.


Alex by Alex Curran 100ml eau de toilette
I originally reviewed this perfume at the beginning of last year after receiving three for Christmas.  Alex by Alex Curran makes a really good daytime fragrance because its light, feminine and powdery in scent.  It is very affordable too, about £10 for a gift set with the body lotion included so if you're looking for a cheaper priced perfume to wear during the daytime to save your more expensive fragrances for the evening, then I'd recommend giving this one a go.


Manuka Doctor Apinourish Repairing Skin Cream
This is another product from one of my favourite skincare brands that I have repurchased a number of times.  It works really well for my skin as it is non greasy and sinks into the skin very quickly.  I find that it plumps up my skin and really reduces the appearance of any damage to my skin.  I've reviewed it fully here.


Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream
I've been trying my best to use up little samples of products that I have accumulated.  I tend to keep samples of products like this for when I go on holiday but I recently found quite a few that were half empty and decided to use them up.  This day cream from Simple is nice and light.  It is a little too plain for me but would be great for young skin or those with very sensitive skin.


Phew, I didn't realise how many products I'd used up until I sat and typed all of that!  Now I'd going to do a ceremonial chucking out of all of the empties!


What products have you been using up lately?  Which did you enjoy using and which would you not buy again?  Have you used any of the products featured in this post? 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

WhatLauraWore: Skull Bright

Today I thought I'd share with you an outfit I wore recently.  I absolutely LOVE this scarf that I featured in my latest Primark haul.  Its so bright and summery... I just wish we had a little bit more sun for me to show it off.  The weather here is pretty dismal at the moment.  If anyone would like to whisk me away on holiday to a hot destination then please, whisk away.



WhatLauraWore:
Dress from Yours Clothing
Coral crochet shrug from Yours Clothing
Skull scarf from Primark
Coral bag from Jack Wills
Flip flops from Ralph Lauren
Bracelets by Nomination and Pandora
Rose gold watch by DKNY
Coral rose ring from Primark

Monday, 18 June 2012

No7 Natural Blush in Candy Pink

No7 Natural Blush in #22 Candy Pink. £9.50 from Boots
I've been looking for the ultimate Barbie pink blusher for a long time and I have finally found my match in the No7 Natural Blush in Candy Pink.  It is very well pigmented and adds a bright pop of pink colour on the cheeks.  For a softer look, you can also apply it using a light hand to create a softer effect.  The powder itself is tightly packed in the pan and when swatched it isn't too finely milled.  It is incredibly soft and applies smoothly to the cheeks.  I use an angled blush brush when applying this.
It was £9.50 from Boots but I bought it with one of the £5 off vouchers which made it a total bargain.  With it being so well pigmented you don't need to apply a lot of product so I anticipate this lasting a long time.  When the £5 off voucher next comes along, I'm going to try out some more shades from No7.  I tried ones years ago and it wasn't very pigmented at all, very wishy washy but using Candy Pink and seeing such a lovely flush of colour has made me want to try more of them.  I have used up the majority of my single blushers in the last few months (well, except the new Sheer Cover ones I got recently) and opted for my palettes from MAC and a budget 28 blush palette from Ebay but I realised that I really do need some single blushers to take away with me on holiday and nights away so a few more of these No7 blushers will come in handy.

Have you tried any No7 blushers?  Can you recommend any shades to me?

Sunday, 17 June 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 25

Some incredibly self indulgent photos I've posted on Instagram this week
Hello everyone, I hope you're all well and have had a good week.  I've had a great week actually.  We were offered free tickets to the Elton John concert in Newcastle on Wednesday night, so Mr WLL and I went along and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  I sat there for a good hour not knowing a single song he was singing but then I started to recognise some of them.  He's a great performer and if we had bought the tickets we would have thought they were excellent value for money.  The support act came on at 8pm (the 2Cellos, awesome), he came on at 8.15 and sang with the support act and didn't leave the stage until 10.40!  What a man.  I've spent an absolute fortune on tickets in the past to see singers who are barely on for more than an hour when you take into account the amount of times they run off stage to take their clothes off and return wearing tomorrows washing.
This week I have also made a conscious effort to go makeup free for the majority of the week.  I adore skincare and I love to try to keep my skin in tip top condition so I have decided that when I'm going to work, I will go makeup free in order to let my skin breathe a little and to show off the results of a good skincare routine (I wonder how long she'll keep that up? I can hear you all say...).  Not only does this make getting ready so much quicker in the morning but I'm really enjoying taking my time with my skincare and allowing a product to soak in, rather than being conscious that I need to apply makeup straight away.  I have a tan at the moment which helps a lot too, I think that my skin looks naturally better with a tan and I don't feel as though I need makeup, as long as my skin is clear.  HD Brows and an eyelash tint would greatly help but that will have to wait for payday... I'm currently letting my eyebrows grow in and it is killing me.

One thing that is keeping my skin in great condition at the moment is the Dirty Works Blemish Buster 2 in 1 scrub and mask.  Oh-eM-Gee this is amazing stuff, I saw such impressive results after the first use.  LOVE IT. 

This week I posted my first ever Empties post which featured my favourite and most indulgent Estee Lauder skincare and my favourite eye makeup remover EVER from Klorane.  I'm usually useless at keeping the empty bottles of products that I've used up.  I'm getting pretty ruthless in my old age and can instantly decide if I need to keep something and if it's a no, I get so much pleasure from chucking it out.  In my younger days I would hoard stacks and stacks of junk and I'd have tons of half empty bottles of skincare products and alike.  Don't get me wrong, I still have LOTS of skincare and beauty products but they're either being used on at least a once a week basis, or they're full and unopened.  There is a one out, one in policy these days.

I blogged about another perfume this week, Gucci by Gucci, which has been one of my favourite scents ever since I got it for my 21st birthday from Mr WLL.  I adore how rich and indulgent it smells and I always have a bottle of this on my dressing table.

Oh and in last Sundays post, I talked about my night out with the girls on Saturday night and this week I posted my WhatLauraWore outfit post from that night wearing my new AX Paris Curve dress.

What have you been up to this week? Let me know your news :)

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Dirty Works Blemish Buster 2in1 Scrub and Mask

Dirty Works Blemish Buster 2 in 1 Scrub and Mask, £4.99 for 125ml from Sainsbury's
When I review skincare, I usually spend ages trying it out before commenting on it as  I like to thoroughly test the product and wait to see the true results.  However with the Blemish Buster from Dirty Works, I haven't had to wait any time at all as it is one of the few products that you can see a result from after the first use.  I've been trying this out over the last week and I cannot believe the results, even after the first use, I saw a difference in my skin.

The Bemish Buster is a multi tasking product that can be used as both a clay face mask and as a scrub.  It is designed to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin to get rid of pimples, blocked pores and dirt on your face.  The Blemish Buster is gentle enough for everyday use.  I keep mine next to my bath and have been using it every other night.  I love exfoliating my skin, it is my favourite part of my skincare routine but since I am also using the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, I am very concious to not over exfoliate my skin as although I have greasy skin, I do not want to strip it completely of its natural oils as it will go into overdrive and produce even more oil.  As I said, I've been using the Blemish Buster every other night as a scrub and I have also tried it out as a face mask.  Both application methods work really well.

To use it as a scrub, I wet my face with warm water then apply a small amount to my face in circular motions, concentrating on my dry areas between my eyebrows and around my chin and jaw line, and on my oily areas like my T Zone and around my nose where I also have blackheads.  The product itself is a great consistency; fine and gritty that, when using out of the line of running water, can be nice and abrasive.  My skin feels very clean but not tight at all after using this.  I have also tried using this as a mask by using the same application method above but instead of washing it off, I massage a little more product into my skin and then leave it for 5 minutes, usually while I shave or exfoliate my body.  The Blemish Buster is clay based and contains kaolin which is great for drawing out impurities from the skin and absorbing excess sebum so not only is it great for getting rid of pimples but also for preventing others from forming.


When I first started using this last Friday I had a few blemishes, that weren't full spots but weren't the deep under the skin kind either... more like pimples, and some blackheads.  I've always had a problem with blackheads, I've got quite large pores and whilst I don't get spots often, I do get blocked pores and blackheads.  This scrub has worked wonders in such a short space of time.  After the first use, my skin was bright, my pores were unclogged and my blackheads banished.  I've used products in the past like the Clearasil Blackhead Clearing Pads that have worked wonders on my blackheads but not as quickly as the blemish buster and not with as long lasting results.  For example, the pads, I had to use twice daily and if I missed them out of my skincare routine then I would really notice the difference in my skin, that said I do still love them.  I have quite an oily t zone, large pores around my nose onto my cheeks and dry patches on and between my eyebrows and around my chin and jaw line.  As an all over scrub, the Blemish Buster worked incredibly well.  My skin felt exceptionally clean, soft and very smooth and it looked very clear too.  After the first use, there was a noticeable difference in my blackheads and my pores appeared clear and they didn't look as enlarged as before.  Over the next few uses this continued and what I loved the most about this product is how it stopped my skin from getting as oily throughout the day; I say it is this product as it is the only thing that I have changed in my skincare routine so I can't put it down to anything else.  Plus I've been going makeup free most days and my skin would usually be oily by the time I get home from work and it hasn't.  It has just been very clear and flawless looking.  I'm so impressed with this scrub.  I usually use the St Ives Apricot Scrub which I have raved about countless times but this one is even better.


Dirty Works as a brand reminds me of Soap and Glory and if I had to compare this particular product to something, I'd say it was fairly similar to the Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It, which is also a 2 in 1 scrub and mask, but the Dirty Works Blemish Buster is better.  It's all I wanted Scrub Your Nose In It to be and more.


Dirty Works products are available exclusively in Sainsbury's both online and in store.  They're so affordable and the Sainsbury's website has lots of their products on special offer at the moment.  I really hope to try more from them; the next time I'm doing a food shop for my family i'll definitely pop a couple of products in my trolley.  The Blemish Buster retails for only £4.99 which I was so suprised at as it performs better than so many of my higher end products.

Have you tried any Dirty Works products?

Friday, 15 June 2012

WhatLauraWore: Animal Print from AX Paris Curve

Today I thought I'd share with you one of the newest pieces in my wardrobe, this gorgeous animal print Chiffon Skirt Two In One Dress from the Curve collection at AX Paris.  This is the first time I've worn anything from AX Paris Curve and I'm really impressed with them.  I've got a post coming up where I talk about the Curve line and show you my top picks from the range.  For now though, here is the outfit I wore on Saturday night.  I went out for my friends birthday and she decided upon a bright colours theme at the last minute.  Since I already had this dress to wear and couldn't wait to wear it, I decided to accessorise with bright jewellery and a Barbie pink clutch bag.  The jewellery and shoes I'm wearing were featured in my latest Primark haul; I was gutted when I was half way there and realised I'd forgotten to put my new ring on!




WhatLauraWore:
Chiffon Skirt Two In One Dress from AX Paris Curve
Black and cork wedges from Primark
Coral pink zigzag cuff necklace and bangle from Primark
Pink aztec stretch bracelet from Primark
Pink flower earrings from Primark
Pink clutch bag from Glam by Caprice




I'm so impressed with this dress from AX Paris, they really have created a plus size range that is cut for a true plus size figure.  I've always loved the look of a feminine floaty skirt with a little black vest top but thought that if I wore them as separates then the outfit would be too bulky on my frame, this piece is great because it is a dress but gives the illusion of a two piece.  The black fitted sleeveless top slims down the figure and shows off your curves, the thick straps balance out your figure, particularly if you have an ample bust, while the attached animal print chiffon skirt skims over the tummy, hips and bum area to hide a multitude of sins.  It is a great length too, I'm 5ft 5" and find that because of my stomach pulling everything upwards, dresses tend to be shorter on me, even though I'm only an average height but this dress is a perfect length.  Comparing dresses from the standard line to the plus line, it would seem that AX Paris have paid particular attention to the length of the garments and made them longer to accommodate a curvy figure.   I'm not particularly lucky in the chest department but the cut of this dress is really generous, particularly in the bust area so those curvy girls with a larger chest will have ample room.  I'd say that this particular dress was true to size, if a little big so if you're looking to order it then I'd recommend going for your usual size rather than sizing up or down.  Admittedly, I was going on a themed night out so I'd probably not style it with pink accessories in the future, I'd probably wear bright silver jewellery with the same heels.  I like my arms but if you weren't a fan of yours you could paid this with a little black shrug.

Have you bought any clothes from AX Paris?  Do you like dresses in this style?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Empties #01

Over the last 18 months I've been making a conscious effort to use up the products that I already have rather than buying new ones and I've been doing pretty well.  I'm certainly going through products a lot quicker than I used to as I'm focusing on using one of the same type of product at a time.  I started doing an empties post and video similar to this last year and then got bored and found that I wasn't going through products quick enough on a monthly basis to warrant a post... plus I was useless at keeping them to one side as I hate mess and as soon as I finish a product I love the feeling of chucking away the empty bottle, sad I know!  This last month I've finished quite a few products all within a close space of each other so I thought I would resurrect the empties post and do a mini review on each product.

Today, I thought I'd share some skincare empties from Estee Lauder and Klorane.


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
I instagramed a picture of this earlier today and a few of you asked what it is like.  Well, in a nut shell, it is bloody brilliant.  Combined with a good cleanse and exfoliation routine and this serum works wonders for my skin.  It leaves my skin soft, supple and looking young and damage free.  This is the first of six mini sample sizes that I've got to get through before I repurchase the full size again, which I definitely will be doing, its awesome.  A little goes a long way so I'm hoping it will run out as I'm boarding a plane this summer and I'll pick it up in duty free *clever lass*

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme and Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Creme
I got these two free from the Estee Lauder website when I ordered the full size versions.  I thought it was a nice little touch as you get much more product in them than other samples and they're great for taking on holiday rather than decanting from the full size.  The Re-Nutriv range is ridiculously expensive and probably aimed at skin much older than mine but it really is my guilty pleasure.  The creams are thick and indulgent without being too heavy or leaving my skin clogged.  It is absorbed quickly and keeps my skin soft and moist without leaving a film or making it greasy. 

Klorane Eye Makeup Remover
This is my go to eye makeup remover and I have been repurchasing it for a good 9 months now, ever since I was sent it to review.  You can read my original review here but to keep it short and sweet, it is incredibly gentle, not oily in the slightest and still manages to quickly remove all of my eye makeup, including MAC pigments, in a couple of sweeps with no rubbing involved at all.  Since discovering Klorane, I'm really reluctant to try any other eye makeup remover... if it's not broke, why fix it?

Have you tired any of these products? Do let me know if you like these posts and I'll keep doing them, I think it's nice to get short mini reviews, do you?

Monday, 11 June 2012

Gucci by Gucci


Gucci by Gucci is one of my most adored fragrances.  I first received this as a gift for my 21st birthday and have loved it ever since.  Its sexy, feminine and alluring.  If you know the type of perfumes that I like, then you'll know that this scent is very typically me- strong, powerful and musky.  It oozes affluence, warmth and class, it's just gorgeous.  I think it is quite a complex fragrance and I haven't smelled any other perfumes that I can liken it to.  The top notes of guava and pear make it distinctly unique and powerful, at the heart is the rich and sensual Tahitian Tiare Flower and the base notes, which combine to make it a distinctive, strong scent, are my favourite musk, honey and patchouli.  Characteristically, I think this airs more on the side of being an evening fragrance but I like to wear it day and night.  There is an eau de toilette version of this fragrance however I much prefer the eau de parfum as I don't find the fragrance too long lasting.  I usually get about 3 hours of wear out of it before I feel as though I need to reapply, I do like my perfume to be strong though and to create a lasting impression... you can certainly smell me before you see me!  Lots of people ask me which perfume I'm wearing when I have this on, its up there with the Molecule 01 for the number of times I get asked what I'm wearing.

Not only is Gucci by Gucci an alluring fragrance, the packaging of the perfume is beautiful too; it really encompasses Gucci's signature style.  The bottle features the infamous horsebit which is synonymous with Gucci having first been incorporated into their designs in the 1950's.

Gucci by Gucci is available from all the major perfume counters and online.  I bought this particular one in The Perfume Shop for £71.50 for the 75ml eau de parfum.

What is your favourite Gucci fragrance?

Sunday, 10 June 2012

WhatLauraDid: Week 24

A photo my friend uploaded this week from our trip to London and yes, I did carry that bag around ALL day and yes it was heavy!
I'm in such a good mood today, in fact I've had a great week.  Mr WLL and I stayed over night in Yorkshire last Monday and there was a jubilee festival with live music in the market square next to where we stayed and the next day we visited a few different places in Yorkshire, including Asgarth Falls, Ripon Prison and Police museum and Brymor Ice Cream Parlour, it was great and so lovely to spend some time together.  This week has also been a time for trying out new products, I've seriously never felt so pampered in all my life!  I'm currently sat looking like I've been away in the Maldives for a month thanks to my new Xen-Tan Mousse false tan its so dark but natural looking and my skin is SO soft which I can only put down to my No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser and the Dirty Works Blemish Buster Mask.  I'll be reviewing them in the coming weeks so keep a look out for them.  For now though, I'll leave you with this weeks posts.

I started off the week with my top tip for lazy moisturising, using Johnson's Baby Oil with Aloe Vera in the bath and then I reviewed the Keromask Camouflage Cream, Finishing Powder and Makeup Brushes which a few of you on Twitter have told me you're going to have a try of so please let me know how it works for you.  I also shared with you all the new Sheer Cover collection of Pressed Mineral Blushes and the Defining Mineral Eyeliner that I was sent to review.  The WhatLauraWore fashion post this week came in the form of a pretty floral Joe Browns from Simply Be and I also posted a haul of some summertime items that I bought from Primark this weekend.

What have you all been up to? Have you had a good weekend?