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april favourites

Published May 1, 2012 by laurrx

i have been really bad on the blog front but i’m not gonna lie life’s pretty boring!! but in April i tried a couple of new shower products, no new make up products as i’m on a make up buying ban!

since i got blond put in my hair i have been a mega “i-love-my-hair” girl and i try my hardest to take care of it. i get in the shower with every intention of washing my hair, then i think of how long it takes to dry and style and change my mind. it’s a lot of effort, it tires me out to be honest. i probably wash my hair 2-3 times a week. i’ve never been one to wash my hair every day cause that just ruins your hair.

i always try different shampoos, conditioners and treatments etc, and i’ve tried a few specifically for blond hair, and when i was in Boots i seen the John Freida Sheer Blond Go Blonder range and bought the shampoo and conditioner.
these products contain citrus extracts and chamomile, and these ingredients help to maintain the healthy colour in your hair, by tightening the cuticles and strengthening the hair shaft. for all shades of natural, colour-treated or highlighted blonde hair, which means you don’t need to have naturally blond hair, which i don’t. a few people have reviewed the product online and claimed it’s allowed them to get their hair coloured every 8 weeks instead of 6 weeks, some other people have claimed it hasn’t worked at all. i don’t really understand why it works on some and not others, but i can say it’s not gave me colour so i can get my hair done after longer breaks, but it’s made my awful roots look less bad. another thing i have noticed, i just noticed tonight as i was washing my hair, i go through conditioner like nobody’s business but i feel like this has lasted really long, so i was definitely paying the price for the quantity. i think the formula is quite concentration, so i feel like after the first few times i learned that i don’t need to use as much as i do with other brands.

i am really loving all American TV right now, i’m so wired into Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, 90210, 2 Broke Girls (new on E4 – AMAZING) but last week the winner was totally and completely Glee – Wanna Dance With Somebody. the amazing tribute episode would have done the late Whitney Houston proud. i was so impressed. when i seen they were doing a Whitney tribute i was a bit unsure and thought “who can do it as well as Whitney” but i love love loved it. my favourite was Santana and Rachel singing “So Emotional”. i loved that a couple of the songs had their own spin, with a different beat and change of the words (Dance With Somebody).
i have a total and complete girl crush on Santana, and i absolutely hate Rachel, but i really enjoyed this one. Also, normally i can’t watch Kurt on TV but he absolutely KILLED “I Have Nothing”, he was amazing!!! i just loved it, and i think i may have watched it about 3 times since thursday and it’s saved on the Sky+ planner for more screenings!

 this has been a short favourite blog, it’s just that i haven’t had much going on. i’m planning the “30 photos” for June myself. I’m going to find a scavenger photo hunt for the month and try find at least one each day! it’ll be a fun one, i hope!

LCSx

march favourites

Published April 10, 2012 by laurrx

holy march this month actually flew in and i can’t believe it’s 10th april already. i had a few nights out, parties and a weekend away, so i had to use and pack alot of products and i had to be quite choosy so this is how i came up with my

march favourites

batiste dry shampoo XXL volume
it took me a few uses before i decided i liked it. i felt like it didn’t do what a dry shampoo should – make my greasy hair look greasy – and all it done was make my hair tuggy. but when i realised that i actually need volume in my hair sometimes and it really does work.  i love batiste! any kind of batiste really, but this is especially good when your hair needs that OOMPH!

no7 BBcream
i think i wrote about this in a spring blog so just a quick word about it. i’ve been using this NON STOP and i really do love it.

avon lavender and chamomile room spray
this is fully amazing, i absolutely love lavender scents. i spray this over my bed spread and pillows and spray it on my carpet. lavender is known for it’s healing and calming properties, so when it goes on my bed sheets it makes me so sleepy and i am such a terrible sleeper. recently my bed sheets have been drowned in the spray.

one tree hill
when Linda still lived with us, i tried to start watching one tree hill once, maybe twice and i just wasn’t interested at all. but when it was on E4 on mondays i kept watching it with her and i was loving the more recent series. so i was up at her flat and decided i’d start again, but i started from season 2 and i’ve become obsessed and actually confused (because i’ve been watching the DVDs, the present series and the reruns they have been playing on tv during the day). i’m on season 7 on DVD and the present series, and i really love it. my favourite thing about it, is the music. the soundtrack to one tree hill is actually amazing.

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday:  Roman Reloaded
FREAKING AMAZING!!!! i have actually fallen right in love with her these past few weeks! i love all the songs she’s done on Drake’s new album, the songs shes done with David Guetta and, of course, all her older stuff. my ultimate favourite songs on this album are Roman Holiday and Pound The Alarm. i am so extremely very excited about seeing her at TITP!!!!

I have put myself on a make ban, i don’t think i need anymore. so for now i have no new make up favourites, but i’m open to new hair products and TV shows!

LCSx

spring fling – essentials for the season

Published March 28, 2012 by laurrx

the weather in scotland has been gorgeous this week. there was constant blue skies and the sun was out all day, in work i was sunning myself and actually got some colour. not bad for March, i thought!

but finally spring has sprung and the sun had shone, so i thought i’d share some of my favourite spring/summer products…

No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream Normal/Dry, Medium
so, i only got this like a week ago but i already LOVE it. i think i’ve used it a bit more than i normally would because of the weather.  this BB Cream is SPF 15 and has 5* UVA technology which protects the skin. it’s great for this season and the weather we’ve been having – of which i hope we get more of – with it being really light on the skin. i use this in the day time, and set it with my MAC powder. with this BB Cream i don’t use concealer, well really in this weather i don’t use concealer (only because i’ve yet to come across a good one that will stay!), i only don’t use concealer because the shade of this i have seems to cover up enough with just one layer.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Original
primer is a great invention in the warm weather, there’s NOTHING worse than extreme panda eyes and smudged eyeshadow when you’re getting your tan on. this is the best primer i’ve ever used and it’s UD’s #1  best selling product and i can fully see why. primer potion makes colours pop and it’d make the colour on your eyes look great in this season. i’m sure i read that pastel colours were in and there’s nothing i dislike more than pastel eyeshadow, but after trying it out using the primer it looks really cute and would look great on holiday or just in the park with your friends, or sitting in a beer garden finding your next spring fling…

NARS Blush – Orgasm
i am just in love with this pinky-peachy-corally coloured blush. this picture does NOT do the colour justice (give the NARS website a visit and check it out). it highlights the cheeks as well with the subtle accents of gold shimmer. it’s a great colour for the time of year, really natural and bright. a big plus for this being a blush and faint highlighter, is that it’s a 2-1 which means the less product packed on your face when it’s warm or humid outside

MAC Lipstick – Girl About Town
the things i love the most about MAC lipsticks are probably…
1. the smell
2. the pigmented colour
3. how moisturising they are.
the strong pigmentation really helps in the weather and maybe fun spring activities, where you’d forget to re-apply so it really stays and you don’t need to worry about it. the lipsticks are so moisturising which is great, especially for people like me who forget to use product to prevent the lips from being burnt. and after the lips are burned they need to be moisturised and this not only helps the burnt lips, looks amazing on…the smell is just a bonus.

Some fun flower hair clips from various shops
i love putting flowers in my hair, at the weekend me and my sisters were rocking about Aberdeen with daffodils stuck in our hair. it always looks so summery and pretty. i need to stack up on them for the summer – TITP and Zante – so i can shove them in my hair for something cute to add to the style.

hope you loved my spring fling blog, what’s your favourite product for the sun and the season?

LCSx

Review – Revlon 3-Barrel Jumbo Ceramic Waver

Published March 19, 2012 by laurrx

i always forget about this purchase, and always always forget how good it is!

i seen someone review these on youtube before i went to Florida, and i’d never seen them here so when i was over there i bought them. i got them in Target for about $25-ish – can’t fully remember. i was impressed by both the price and how well they worked. i have curling tongs which cost around £30 in stores and my hair doesn’t hold in the curl for a full night out, and i paid probably about £20 for these wavers and my hair is wavy for at least 2 days!

they actually look ugly as hell, like big transformers and look mega tricky to work, but they are really easy – unless you’re my sister and burn yourself…

another feature is changing the temperature – there’s settings 1-30. mines are always set at 30 cause they work best and make more prominent waves. i assume the lower settings make a subtle wave.

the barrels heat up really quickly – i burnt my hand today… and theres a clip right at the bottom of the handle, near the cord and it clips the handle down for easy storage. i find it really helpful because i have these, tongs, a hairdryer and straighteners in my drawer and they’re all entwined together…

this is the best picture i could find, i’m actually quite annoyed at myself for not using them more than i have. this was my 21st last July. (the dress is from a department in Macy’s…Grass Collection). it was a beach party and i’d been running around all day preparing the hall and buffet and that, so it was a quick idea. And the “beach waves” were fitting for my beach party theme.

in Target it was $25 as i said, i just found it on Amazon and it’s $22ish. but i can’t find it on UK amazon…?

i’m going to Aberdeen this weekend, and i’m planning on taking them since my hair worked out nicely today until the RAIN got it’s hands on it!!! i was not pleased.

i recommend these wavers 1000000%! they are really impressive and really inexpensive!

LCSx

YouTube.

Published March 5, 2012 by laurrx

i’m on YouTube constantly watching hair/make up tutorials, finding answers for games, music videos, downloading music…etc.

a few of my favourite finds are…

*nail art i love this. i tried it once i seen it and it never worked up for me at all, sadface… but it actually fascinated me that it’s possible. i wanna try it again, but i need scotch tape, cos i tried it with normal sello tape and it was rubbish. i just looked through my phone and i cannot find the pics for it. but it was actually quite cute. i done, pink, purple and gold. and another time i tried two shades of pink. the main issue with it was that it was soooo messy. i’d try it again if i thought i’d keep it tidy. i just couldnt be botherd with that mess. there are AMAZING ideas on youtube, i don’t think the one above is the best one i seen. i just watched a girl do a poinsetta (the red christmas flower?) one, it was gorgeous! i also subscribe to “CutePolish” on youtube, the ideas are so simple but they look really good!

*baking!
these look BEYOND delicious! i actually just watched this baking how-to video! it’s so simple and i am definitely gonna make these when i’m doing my next baking day! colourful with some vanilla flavour! YUM! i don’t like to use food colouring sometimes. last time i used Morrisons own pink food colouring and it smelled AND tasted like beetroot! i mean yeah i love beetroot as much as the next person but not on my cupcakes thanks!!

*hair styles
this is actually one of my favourite hair styles. i would never rock about with a general french plait in my hair but this just looks nicer and more like you’ve made an effort, if that makes sense? it looks quite intricate but its actually so simple. i’d never be able to explain it in words so just go on YouTube and search “hair fishtail” and there’s loads of tutorials. once i looked at one for a fishtail and then more came up at the side for all these other hair styles. i’ve tried loads but my fingers are like big mars bars and i get so frustrated that when i get one thing wrong it ALL goes wrong! my favourite channels for hair styles are either “LuxyHair” or “FoxyLocksExtensions”.
i have subscribed to so many make-up gurus and everything, and i think thats how i got so into make up. it’s how i know about the Naked palette and the coastal scents palettes that i now have.if i’m going out i like search “clubbing make up” or “casual day make up”.
i actually love YouTube, i wish i liked my voice enough to make videos…the only way i’d do that is if i magically woke up with an american accent. cause i cringe cringe cringe when i hear my own voice!!!
LCSx

Favourites.

Published January 11, 2012 by laurrx

I can’t do monthly favourites at all, i don’t remember what i use most. so maybe recent favourites will do?

i love Soap and Glory products. I genuinely don’t know where else to get them apart from Boots. This is especially amazing. I plan on blogging about all of my favourite S&G products, because it is so good! All the products smell exactly the same, but that’s not a bad thing. The smell is so nice. This is one of my favourites because it worked really well on my hair. When i got more blond in my hair i found it to be really dry, and i have only used this about 4 times and i find my hair to be less dry, both looking and feeling. I could honestly rant and rave about this all day and i’m trying not to go on to other S&G products but i’m excited about writing that blog. I got the most amazing Soap & Glory vanity case for my christmas, i absolutely love it!

Sephora Instant Refreshing Toner. I bought this when i was in Gran Canaria in September, and i actually forgot all about it until quite recently. It’s really good, and it really does break my heart that we dont have a sephora here. Even if they had one in London i’m sure i’d have day trips every now and then to go buy Sephora things. They are so inexpensive and work really well. I recommend any Sephora product, actually. Everything from there that i have is really good, and works. I use this after i’ve just cleaned my face with a facewipe, and it really does refresh the skin. I’ll also use it when i get up in the morning and it really wakes me up, and i think – i don’t know if this is just my head – it really does make me seem more awake, and feel more awake.

This is my ultimate recent favourite. Urban Decay Naked Palette. Linda gave me this for my Christmas, i have already wrote about it in a blog, but it was hardly a ‘review’ or anything like that. My favourite colour HAS to be half baked…or sin…or maybe toasted. Or all together! i really always use at least 3 colours on my eyes, and have became shocked when people tell me they use ONE. its mad! i also really love the brush that comes with it. i got a Lancome Absolut Voyage make up palette and i was so disappointed in the brushes, so when i read about this one and how it came with a brush i was fully expecting a crappy little floppy, soft brush. but i am really impressed with how good it is!

shes not a favourite but this is my mum. it was her birthday today so she gets a picture. me and Linda got her a gorgeous pair of Swarovski earrings (which she was already given then lost one when she fell on holiday) which she loved and my dad is taking her to Lanzarote for a week at the end of the month. We went to Frankie and Benny’s for dinner, it was really nice. i love that restaurant!

hope the January Blues arent setting in with anyone quite yet. I’m sure “Blue Monday” is the 16th and i am dreading it as always!

Keep happy thoughts!

LCSx

What I Use In Everyday Life.

Published August 5, 2011 by laurrx

Happy Friday!

I have just been sent home sick from work, and I’m the most bored person ever. So I looked around and caught sight of my lil laptop sitting all along wanting to played with. its BLOGO’CLOCK – new word for blogging time!! I like.

(Watching Valetine’s Day Glee and Puck is singing “Fat Bottomed Girls” – to me of course! God i’d marry him!!)

So todays  blog is about my everyday skin/hair products i use. Perhaps not every single day but maybe everytime i wash my hair or every few days as some products are not recommended to use every single day! So to start i’ll begin with hair products.

MOROCCANOIL
This stuff came free with a subscription to Elle magazine and to be frank i had never heard of it at all. But after using it, i noticed such a huge difference. It is applied when hair is damp (i apply after a thorough towel dry). It gives the hair a gorgeous shine and it looks a lot healthier. For best results i always straighten my hair after use. If i am leaving my hair curly i’ll use my Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly (In previous blog).

JOHN FRIEDA LUXURIOUS VOLUME BLOW DRY LOTION
This is a lil travel spray (Top Tip! If i’m looking for new hair products [Shampoos/Conditioners/Hairspraysetc] I always first purchase smaller or travel sized ones. I bought the travel shampoo and conditioner of this and it is actually really good. I don’t know wether it’s because i always dry and style my hair properly now. Before i’d just dry it without sectioning it off, now i use about 4 clips to keep all sections away! This is very impressive and i’d recommend it!

These two, along with the scrunching jelly are my three favourite hair products – the ones i’d take to a deserted island! Now onto the face! (Currently jamming to Artie singing “Pretty Young Thing”)
LET ME TAKE YOU TO THE MAX.

BOOTS ESSENTIAL CUCUMBER CLEANSING WIPES
These are really my favourite ever face wipes. I used No7 ones and they were really just the same. The No7 ones were about £6 and you get 3 packs of these Boots wipes for £3. Sometimes i may need to use two, but its the same with the No7 ones especially if you have heavy eye make up on. These ones being cucumber are all really refreshing, sometimes good to use in the morning and just before applying make up just for a clean and fresh start. I also suggest that if you have make up wipes, store them upside down to keep the topmost wipe moist.

CLINIQUE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURIZING LOTION
(I use ‘Very Dry to Dry Combo’)
I bought this with the other Clinique 3 Step Skin Care products. These were the Liquid Facial Soap in mild and the Clarifying Lotion. Out of all 3 the moisturizer i use most. I use it after washing my face and before applying make up. My skin always changes from oily to dry at different parts of the year. Right now – summer – its very oily. But i still find this useful and to work really well.

NIVEA REFRESHINGLY SOFT MOISTURIZING CREAM
I got this in my stocking for Christmas from my boyfriend. It’s one of them best hand creams i’ve used. I bought another one to take to Florida with me and it really wasn’t as good and the consistency of the creams were different. I’ve used this one, mostly for my hands, but for other things. I bought a Sephora foundation and  it was a bit too orange so i mixed it with this moisturizer and it went onto the skin alot better. It’s also got a lovely smell to it!!

CARMEX ORIGINAL
I LOVE CARMEX!! ILOVE CARMEX!! VASELINE WHO??
I honestly have about 5 full tubes of this bad boy! One in my work locker, one in my hand bag, one by my bed and two in my make up drawer. I used to love Vaseline, but up until i was introduced to Carmex by my sister, Vaseline and I are no longer!! “It soothes, It heals, It protects” – it sure does! It’s great in the winter and summer and autumn and spring! ALL THE FREAKING TIME! There’s also a cherry one and thats awesome, and it’s got a nice lil tingle on the lips 😉

So these are my everyday uses. I know i keep going on about a make up…i am currently trying to put a look together!

Now i may just lay in bed and watch Tangled because the other night while it was on, i was busy busy trying to put together my first blog!

Catch you at the next BLOGO’CLOCK

LCSx