Thursday, 30 April 2015

NEW VIDEO| This or That Tag


Today's video is a quick one as I was in a rush to get ready for the Have To Love event this evening in Newcastle.

I was tagged by my lovely friend Zoe (mammafulzo) to do the This or That Tag and here it is!


Hope you enjoy it.  If you do, please give it a thumbs up.

Have you done this tag? Leave a link to it in the comments so that I can watch it if you have!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic

Back in the day, I was all about my lashes.  The bigger the better but when I look back at photos of my younger days, its a wonder I managed to keep my eyes open.  They were that long and full, I'm surprised I didn't walk around with my eyes shut half of the time.  Perhaps they suited my wild lifestyle more at the time.

These days, while I still like a full, fluttery lash, I do tend to opt for something a little more toned down that still accentuates my eyes without completely taking over them.

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic

The Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic are a great option for me because they're quite full and volumising in appearance which still feeling comfortably light weight and natural.  I almost forget that I'm wearing them!

Those of you who prefer a more subtle, natural look will love the Looks So Natural range and I would say that Iconic are probably one of the most dramatic pairs in the line so you can probably imagine how natural looking the others in the range are!

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic

The Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes are so lightweight, you can't even feel that you're wearing them.  The band that they come on is so incredibly flexible that they fit to your natural lash line with ease, making them quick and easy to apply.  The pack comes with a little tube of lash glue which is actually very good and once these are stuck to your lashes, they stay there until you want to remove them.

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic

I like to curl my lashes and apply a coat of mascara first and then pop these on with a pair of tweezers.  It literally takes seconds to set them in place, using the contact lens friendly adhesive, and they blend with my own lashes so seamlessly.

Their natural appearance is thanks to the revolutionary tapered end technology on the end of the lashes.  Not only does this give the lashes a light, fluttery look but it makes them appear very natural as well because it mimics the look of real lashes.

False eyelashes are usually cut blunt on the ends and are the same thickness from the band to the tip which can make them feel and look heavy whereas these look and feel as fluttery and light as a feather!

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic

I reviewed some other pairs of lashes from the Looks So Natural range called Vamp and Pretty, you can see what I thought about them in this post and I also included the Hot set in my date night makeup look here.

The Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Iconic are available here for £4.49.

What are your favourite lashes?

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

WhatLauraWore: Gemma Collins Boutique Peplum Top


On a recent trip to Brentwood, the place made famous by ITV's TOWIE, I popped into Gemma Collins Boutique to check out her latest collection and the gorgeous pieces in her shop.

This peplum top immediately caught my eye.  Not only is the mix of white and pastel pink perfect for the spring time, the shape of this top is fabulous, let me show you why.



I love the shape of peplum tops and they look great on so many women but the ones that are a little more rigid tend to accentuate my middle and make me look larger which I don't appreciate.  However this peplum top doesn't do that at all.  It is very generously sized and although it has that gorgeous peplum shape, it isn't rigid so it floats over my stomach rather than sticking out.

There isn't anything about this top that I don't like and I've got to say that I've never had so many compliments on a top as I have with this one.  The top portion around the neckline is laser cut and made of a different material to the rest of the top which is stretchy and textured.  It is available in two variations, pink and mint and I couldn't resist picking up both of them.  I was wearing the mint one in town the other day and a lady actually stopped me in the street to say how pretty it looked which was a lovely confidence boost!

The thing that I love about it the most is the way that the back is longer than the front which makes it ultra flattering and easy to wear with leggings like I am here as it covers my bottom... yes these are leggings!



With having such dramatic proportions, I always struggle to get proper jeans to fit.  My legs and bum are far smaller than my stomach so if I buy jeans to fit my tummy then they end up looking like bell bottoms.  I can't be rocking the 70s fared look every day so instead I like to opt for the New Look Inspire Denim Jersey Leggings.

These leggings are an absolute staple in my wardrobe and I have been repurchasing them for years.  They're the only way I can truly get the look of skinny jeans and they're so comfortable, I think I'd opt for these over jeans even if I could find some that fit well!  I buy mine from ASOS as I am slightly addicted to their Premier Delivery service but you can also get them direct from New Look.



To pull out the pink in the top, I added some pink heels, bangles and my Guess bag that I bought from the Guess store at the Safari Centre in Tenerife a couple of years ago.  Just thinking about it is making me really wish I was on holiday right now!




WhatLauraWore:
Peplum Top from Gemma Collins Boutique (available in store ONLY-16 Crown Street, Brentwood, call 01277500272 to order)
Bag from Guess
Bracelets & bangles from Primark
Pink suede effect heels from Primark
Ladies skeleton watch by Kenneth Cole from The Watch Shop

Do you love peplum tops?  What are your favourite clothing shapes?

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Monday, 27 April 2015

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches

Let's face it, you don't have to have been reading my blog for very long to know that I've fallen in love with Makeup Revolution. Their Blush Stick and Radiant Light Powder have saved me pounds from buying their expensive cousins in Space NK.


Makeup Revolution offer fast paced makeup releases in a wide choice of shades that are excellent quality and priced very affordably price, whats not to love?


Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review and Swatches
Swatches of the Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquers*
The latest Makeup Revolution products that I have been trying out and loving are the Salvation Intense Lip Lacquers.

These are essentially a very pigmented lipgloss.  They give your lips a full, bold and glossy look and really pack a punch in the colour department, a bit like a lipstick would.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

There are eleven different colours to choose from ranging from purples and pinks through to reds and nudes.


I have two shades from their first release of colours which come in the older packaging with the longer cardboard backing and four shades from their new release that are in the slimmer packaging.

The rose gold cardboard boxes that these lip colours come in is so striking, I love rose gold as a colour anyway but these are the kind of boxes that really stand out on the shelves in Superdrug.  There's just something about rose gold that looks so luxe, expensive and damn right gorgeous.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

The packaging of the product itself is pretty much standard lipgloss packaging with a clear tube so that you can see the colour of the product and a black screw off lid.  The text is a shiny rose gold and they've added a band of rose gold colour around the top of the clear tube which I think is a lovely touch and really adds something to the appearance of these already stunning glosses.

Makeup Revolution have added clear stickers with the name of the lip gloss onto each of the tubes as well so that you know the name of the colour you're using.  When I say names, the lip lacquers each have their own fun names like 'Paparazzi' and 'More Than I Could Give' which I really love as even though they don't give an indication as to what the colour will be like, I find it so annoying when products have numbers rather than names so I really like these ones!

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Didn't I Tell You?
Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Didn't I Tell You?
The shade Didn't I Tell You? was one of Makeup Revolutions first releases in the Intense Lip Lacquer range and it is one of my favourite colours from those that I have tried.  It is a muted, mid toned pink with a cool tone to it.

Didn't I Tell You? is one of those shades that is so wearable, it is perfect for everyday use at any time of the day.  It's not too in your face for the office nor is it too plain jane for a night out on the town and it makes the perfect accompaniment when you're out for a meal.


Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

The colour of Nothing Like You And I is quite difficult to describe.  It is an earthy red but it does have a slight brown tone to it and again, it is quite muted.  It isn't an in your face bright red making it very wearable for the daytime.  My friend who has the most beautiful light brown skin thanks to her stunning Indian mother, wears this shade all of the time and it looks incredible on her skin tone.


Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Nothing Like You and I
Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Nothing Like You and I
The Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquers come with a doe foot application which makes them so easy and comfortable to apply.  I have found that on a couple of occasions, the stopper inside the tube that helps to wipe excess product from the applicator, has actually popped out which means that the wand is covered in lip gloss which can get a little messy but that's nothing that a baby wipe can't sort out!

Since the lip lacquers are pretty pigmented, I'd recommend applying them while looking in the mirror for the first application of the day.  Then once you have the outline in place, if you want to top up during the day, they're find to just add a little to the centre of the lips and smack them together without looking in the mirror.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

My favourite thing about the Salvation Intense Lip Lacquers is how comfortable they are to apply and wear.  They're so smooth and literally glide on to the lips.  The colour pay off is fabulous and they're very pigmented so only a couple of swipes of the applicator wand is needed to create an intense lip look.


Pigmented glosses or even glosses over lipsticks can be a nightmare on windy days as if your hair blows and gets stuck to your lips then the colour transfers, it can end up all over your face and let's face it, it just gets messy!  Whereas with these glosses, there is no sticky feeling to them so when you're wearing them, if the wind blows you're not going to end up with your blow dry stuck to your lippy!

They also do not have that tackiness that lip glosses.  Of course you can tell that you're wearing the lip product but they feel more like a slippy lippy or lip balm rather than a gloss and your lips don't stick together when wearing them.


 Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Rebel
Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Rebel
Rebel is one of the newest shades from the Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer line and it is a beautiful deep berry shade with a touch of pink in it when swatched.  This lip colour has me baffled as in the tube it looks like a pink purple, when swatched it looks more like a pink berry and when applied to my lips it looks more of a burgundy berry.  Either way it is beautiful!

I did find that Rebel had a tendency to bleed a little on my bottom lip which is annoying as it is so pretty however what I have found works well with it is to mute out the lips with a foundation brush first, then apply a clear lip liner (very affordable one here) followed by the Rebel lip lacquer.  I then blot my lips with a tissue and this sort of mattifies Rebel and makes it more of a stain.  Then I apply another layer of Rebel, staying ever so slightly away from the edge of my bottom lip.

 Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Barely There
Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Barely There
I was very pleased to find a no fuss, wearable nude amongst the new releases from Makeup Revolution.  Barely There is a true nude with plenty of peachy brown tones in to stop it from looking like concealer.  This one is a hit with me on natural makeup days or for when I'm wearing a dark smokey eye on a night out and want to keep the lips looking neutral.


Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

I really like the scent of these lip lacquers as they smell faintly of vanilla, a bit like a cupcake scent rather than a MAC lippy smell.  It isn't too strong and doesn't last for a long time but it is apparent when you apply the lip product.

While the scent doesn't hang around for too long, for lip gloss hybrids these products do last a relatively long time on the lips.  Providing I'm not eating anything, I can easily go two to three hours without reapplying these and I find that they wear off very evenly as well which I love.  All of the colours seem to gradually fade away and some of the darker ones leave a light, even stain in their trace.


Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Paparazzi
Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Paparazzi
Paparazzi is a super bright pink with a blue tone to it that makes your teeth look whiter than they are.  It has this incredible shine to it that makes the lips look so full and juicy.  It is so pretty worn alone but can really up the impact when layered over a dull and boring lipstick.  I LOVE this shade!

I have to say that I adore the finish of the lip lacquers, especially Paparazzi.  They all have a gorgeous glossy finish to them, the muted ones less so than the brights though and Paparazzi is the best of the bunch that I have tried.  It looks fabulous and much more like an expensive pigmented gloss.


Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Depravity
Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer in Depravity
My final Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer shade is Depravity which is a cool toned lilac.  I didn't think I could pull off purple lips but I actually really like the effect.

This one applies a little more sheer to the lips than it does when swatched and it isn't as pigmented as the other lip lacquers but I think that this is probably a good thing when you're trying out a completely new colour like lilac for the first time!

Makeup Revolution Salvation Intense Lip Lacquer Review

I have really loved trying out these lip products and some have become staples in my every day makeup bag, namely Didn't I Tell You?, Barely There and Paparazzi.

They're very affordable at £3 each and are available to buy from the Makeup Revolution website where they also have fabulous swatches of each product and from Superdrug.
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

WhatLauraWore: Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

If you're wanting to update your look this summer then one of the quickest ways to do that is to add something with crochet or fringe detailing to your wardrobe.

The 70s look is very in at the moment, as are boho babe touches and fringing and crochet details fit in so well with this.


Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

This is the first summer that I've really dabbled with fringing as it wasn't a look that I particularly liked in the past whereas I've really been enjoying it this summer.  You might remember my post all about fringing that I put together recently and it seems as though many of you are giving it a chance this year too.  Times are changing girls, times are changing!


Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

One of the best places to shop in to tick off both of these trends is Primark as they have so many different pieces to choose from.  I picked up this white crochet fringe waistcoat for a really affordable price and it serves as a great way to update my wardrobe without spending a lot of money.  I think thats pretty important when it comes to trend led pieces as I wouldn't want to be spending a lot of money on something that will have a relatively short wear time in my wardrobe.  If I don't know whether I'll still be wearing it in years to come then I don't like to invest!

I've worn this Primark waist coat quite a number of times since I showed it in this haul and I've got to say that I love the summery, boho touch it adds to an outfit.  In this post I'm wearing it with a black maxi dress but it also looks lovely over the top of a vest top and blue jeans and jean shorts.


Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

I'm going to take this piece on holiday with me as I think it'll be great to pop on day or night.

Some other plus size fringe pieces that I love are here:





Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

My flip flops are my super comfortable ones from the Truffle Collection at ASOS.  I have these in cream and white as well because they're just so practice, comfy and pretty looking!  I guess once you find something that you love it makes sense to buy it in other colours!

The sunglasses I'm wearing are my rose gold aviators by Michael Kors.  I believe they're the Dylan model which was out last year but they've released some new ones this year that are very similar.  You can check them out here.  I love the rose gold, it looks so flattering.

Primark Crochet Fringe Waistcoat

WhatLauraWore:
White crochet fringe waistcoat from Primark
Wicker bag from New Look
Long leaf necklace from Muse (super old shop that was in the Metro Centre)
Michael Kors Dylan Sunglasses (similar here)
Truffle Collection heart flip flops from ASOS

How do you plan to update your look this summer?

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

NEW IN | Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Makeup favourite, Kiko Milano have launched their new Modern Tribes collection for summer 2015.

Inspired by earthy tones, this limited edition collection is simply stunning with glowing, bronzed skin, alluring pops of colour for the eyes and the most wearable colours I've seen from a makeup collection for the lips and cheeks.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Kiko have seriously nailed summer with this makeup collection and I'm really impressed with the range of products that they've covered, all housed in elegant wooden cases decorated with gold accents.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

For the face, there's a cream and powder SPF foundation which each come in three different shades and a BB cream with a high SPF 30 to protect you from the sun, which is available in four shades.  There's also a new ergonomically designed face brush, a couple of baked bronzers that have a light vanilla scent and three baked blush shades that are divided into three different hues that you can use individually or swirl together.


Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter
Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter*
The face brush is designed to work particularly well for applying face powder and contour as well as for applying the Sahara Glow Highlighter that I have been trying out.  Remember bronzing pearls from years ago?  Well this product took me back to my younger days of ordering them from the Avon Catalogue, I do love a bit of nostalgia!

The Sahara Glow Highlighter is delicately fragranced with white flowers and combines three different shades of pearls, champagne, peach and bronze, to create a gorgeous illuminated look on the face.  The pearls have a beautiful lightweight and ultra fine texture that picks up easily on my brush when I swirl it in the pot that they come in.


Kiko Sahara Glow Highlighter

I like to apply this on my cheekbones, cupids bow, down my nose and in the centre of my forehead and I love how effortlessly it blends into the makeup that is already on my face.  As well as helping to bring light to my face, it creates a seamless makeup look and can even be used on other areas of the body.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

Sweeping a little of this highlighter down the shins and across the d├ęcolletage would look beautiful, especially with a tan, making it the perfect multi-use product to use this summer!


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava
Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava*
Also for cheeks is the stand out product from the line for me, the Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks that are multi-functional jumbo lipstick and blush pencils that are the best of their kind that I have found.  Usually products that can be used on the lips and cheeks are usually great for one and not the other.  Sometimes they're too drying on the lips but fabulous on the cheeks and others are too shiny and balmy for the cheeks but juicy on the lips, usually I cannot win but these are an absolute winner for me.


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava

I have the shade 02 Supreme Guava which is the most deliciously creamy coral shade, PERFECT for the spring and summer months.  Kiko have got the formula of these spot on, enriching it with Vitamin E which is known for its antioxidant power.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

It has a creamy texture that glides on to the skin and blends in effortlessly.  I draw a few swipes onto my cheeks and then either blend it out with my fingers or buff it in with a brush, a flat top kabuki foundation brush works particularly well, I have found.


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava

The finish on the cheeks is what I would called demi-matte in that it looks almost matte, it doesn't feel drying at all and it does still have a little bit of a creamy look to it.  The finish is long lasting and very buildable so I can wear this in quite a subtle way or build it up to create a more intense look.  I can apply this to create my desired look on a morning and know that it will still be giving me that radiant colour by the time I get home.

On the lips, this pencil gives the most gorgeous pop of creamy coral colour.  It is very pigmented, easy to apply and leaves the most beautiful opaque colour in a couple of strokes.  The colour can be built up with ease or it can be sheered out by applying only a small amount to the centre of the lips and then blending out with a lip brush or your fingers.


Kiko Free Spirit Lips and Cheeks in 02 Supreme Guava

Kiko have really thought this chubby little gem through by including a super sized pencil sharpener in the box alongside the pencil.  I think that this is a genius move as I definitely wouldn't have had a sharpener big enough to work with this product.



There are six different shades of the lipstick and blush pencils available ranging from coral to pink and red.  I'd love to try more of these!


Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara
Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara*
Moving onto the eyes and lovers of colour will adore the Graphic Ritual Kajal Eyeliners of which there are six shades that really pack a punch.  There's also a new mascara available that I have been trying out which is called the Dawn To Dusk Volume Mascara.


Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara

If you like a creamy mascara that has quite a wet formula then I'm sure this will be an instant hit with you.  The mascara has a fibre wand that picks up just the right amount of product.  The first coat separates the lashes really well and the second really packs the volume into the lashes.


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

It is super black in colour which really makes the lashes look defined and the formula's flexible filming polymers help the mascara to adhere to the lashes and hold a curl in place.  My super straight lashes do have a tendency to drop when I've curled them but I was really pleased with how well this mascara kept the curl in place and with how it didn't flake or smudge throughout the day.


Kiko Dawn To Dusk Volume Effect Mascara

If that wasn't enough, Kiko have also released three rollerball fragrances that can either be purchased alone or together as part of a set.  One smells of vanilla and musk, another of rose and cherry and the other of bergamot and jasmine.

Plus they come with a beautiful turquoise pouch that is perfect for your handbag!


Kiko Modern Tribes Collection

I am so impressed by the Kiko Modern Tribes Collection and would go as far as to say that it is my favourite launch from a makeup brand so far this year.

You can shop the full collection here but be quick as it is a limited edition release!

What do you love the most about summer makeup?

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