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  • 07/20/14--05:00: SUMMER LOOKBOOK

  • I'm so excited to share this video with you today as a lot of hard work went in to the filming (thanks Anna!) and the editing. Four Summer looks you've probably seen me wear before but are my favourites for the current Summer-ish weather. 

    I really hope you like it and if you're not already subscribed to my YouTube channel you can do so here

    * This video was kindly sponsored by Starbucks.

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  • 07/20/14--23:00: IT'S ALL ABOUT COMFORT

  • Now first of all I really hope Rich isn't reading this. It's a ridiculous post as it is, but this particular topic really winds him up. So what's the topic? Work out clothes make the best loungewear. 

    It's nothing new, we all knew that trainers were comfy but until recently I'd never felt comfortable working such casual wear into my everyday wardrobe. Now I love nothing more than skinny jeans and a pair of trainers. I had a pair of Puma's but they were quite heavy and my friend Gemma was raving about her Nike TR4s so I gave them a go. I prefer the shape of these to the 3.0 shield as they are slightly more narrow at the front. I chose the new grey and coral pair but changed the laces to black to make them more everyday wear and less sporty. They're seriously a dream to wear, I don't think I'm ever going to take them off. 

    I also recently picked up a pair of discounted Nike dry-fit shorts from Sports Direct. These were actually for working out but... erm... that didn't happen. They are so comfortable though, I live in them every day. Rich comes home from work and it looks like I've been working out, I'm fine with that! If you do decide to wear these to actually work out, they're really good because they have a netting inside so you don't flash your knickers to anyone.

    Finally, my last comfy loungewear love goes to the H&M tracksuit bottoms. They're soft, they're cheap and they do the job. When it's too cold for shorts I wear these... I call them my filming pants. 

    So yes, I just wrote a post about the comfy clothes I like to slob around the house in but I just don't do uncomfortable! Comfort always comes first. 

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    I've been asked since day 1 to do a video on my MAC palette(s) but I just hadn't found the inspiration to sit and talk through every shade. I thought it would be fun to do a snappy little video showing you all the shadows I own and some of my favourite looks using them. 

    I hope you like it! Ooh and let me know what your favourite MAC eyeshadow is? 

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    Despite my disappointment that Clinique's new launch isn't called Chubby Cheeks, I was excited to get my hands on these and give them a go. 

    This is their the latest addition to the Chubby family and this time they're a travel friendly cream blush. The concept is the same as for the lips and eyes but on a slightly chunkier scale and with only 4 shades. 

    Pretty much every brand is bringing out a cream blusher in this form but I wouldn't be surprised if Clinique were working on it first. I'm happy they held back and released them now so I can compare to the many I've already tried. 

    With the Chubby Stick for Eyes I found the domed tip to be quite awkward but for the cheeks it's a perfect fit. It's really easy to apply the product with one swipe or dab. I found blending with my fingers required a bit too much work so I opted for my Real Techniques Contour Brush and it worked perfectly. You can apply it with just your fingers, but for some reason it's never my preferred method. The idea with these is that no mirror is required so therefore the formula is sheer and creamy. Saying that though, there is decent colour payoff and it's not too sheer. 

    Robust Rhubarb is a pretty coral, Amp'd Up Apple is a natural rose, Plumped Up Peony is a deeper berry pink and Roly Poly Rosy is a brighter, floral pink. 

    What I like about these is not just the pretty flush of colour they give but they give your cheeks moisture and a subtle glow that's really flattering. Also, there's no glitter involved - wahey!! 

    I think Clinique Chubby fans won't be disappointed with this new launch. They're available online now for £19 each and in stores from 1st August. Will you be trying one? 

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  • 07/23/14--23:00: Sunday Sun
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    I took my role as family photographer very seriously on Sunday. It was my niece's 2nd birthday and I loved taking hundreds of photos to print.

    I wanted to share a few on here just because I think they're sweet and might brighten up your day. 

    I hope you like them!

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  • 07/24/14--05:00: VLOG: Surprising Anna!!

  • Welcome back to another weekly vlog! This week was a busy one. In between computer time I played tennis with my dad, went to a new beauty launch, surprised Anna at the finish line of her race, had a family garden party, took my best friend out for a birthday dinner.... Yeah, it's definitely been busy. 

    I hope you enjoy coming along with me! 

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    Bumble & Bumble is hands down one of my most-loved haircare brands so when they bring out a new range I actually get excited to wash my hair for a change. 

    As an extension of their famous Invisible Oil Bumble have added 3 new products to the range; a shampoo and conditioner and a primer. 

    I've given them a full on trial, so I'm ready to report back... Let's start with my least favourite. 

    The shampoo and conditioner are both sulphate free which is perfect for me and the smell is gorgeous, seriously amazing. The shampoo didn't blow me away though. I found even when only a tiny amount was used it was a little too heavy for me and hard to wash out. This is the exact sort of texture I look for in my conditioner though, so I was really happy with that. It smoothed out the hair, helped combat frizz and the detangling and protecting qualities are right up my street! 

    The star of the show though has to be the primer. It's a heat/UV protector and detangler all in one. I can't live without these sort of products and this one is really easy to spritz, works great on knots and I know it'll protect my hair well from straighteners. It can be used on wet or dry hair although the spray is quite wet so be aware of that if you don't have naturally straight hair. 

    The conditioner and primer get a big thumbs up from me so if you're after some new haircare bits, these are definitely worth trying!

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  • 07/25/14--23:00: WEAR LIFE EATS

  • WEAR //
    I've managed to get my hands on the brand new YSL Fusion Foundation and have a sneaky try. It's completely different to anything you would have tried. Matte, but not matte, luminous but not dewy, seriously long-lasting. The packaging is very different and like most YSL foundations, there is a huge shade range. So, let me know, do you want a full review some time soon?

    LIFE //
    I thought it was time to update you on the video I've been loving on YouTube recently. So who else saw the Jack's Gap "A Film for Ella" video and cried? Jack made a really cute video for his girlfriend all about how he surprised her in Australia. I literally watched it then immediately turned to Rich and told him off for not being more romantic! 
    I've also really been enjoying Grace and Mamrie's "Hey USA" road trip around America series on the Astronaughts Wanted channel. They really crack me up and I love how these videos are edited so they're a mix of vlogging and "proper" shots. 

    EATS //
    I visited the Scooter Caffé from Steve's recommendation. It's an old scooter repair shop turned coffee shop and it's really cute and quirky. The atmosphere is great, the coffee and cakes are delicious and it stays open late and turns into a bar - what a bonus! If you're a coffee love then it's definitely worth checking out - 132 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7AE

    Have a great weekend and I hope to see some of you at the picnic tomorrow!! 

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    Welcome to the first post in my Mani Month series! For the next four weeks I'll be featuring different shades of Max Factor's Gel Shine Lacquers, creating different 'Modern Decade' looks from their selection of colours. 

    Max Factor is celebrating 100 Years of Glamour this year, can you believe it's been 100 years since Mr Max Factor himself launched his first ever product?! In celebration, Pat McGrath has grouped the new Gel Shine Lacquers into 'Modern Decades' with each colour representing a different time in the history of beauty... 

    First up is "Patent Poppy", a 50s pin-up red. This is a colour that we all associate with the 1950s, whether it be that bold matte red lip, the red dress or in this case, glossy red nails. Red nails will never go out of fashion, it's a timeless beauty look. 

    “For me, every woman must own a modern red polish, and Patent Poppy is perfect for a classic glamour look but with a modern twist- it's a vibrant true shade of red with a slight hint of orange that just pops" - Pat McGrath

    I got an opaque finish on first application so I was blown away. I didn't even have to apply a second coat! The finish is gorgeous and glossy and I really like the long handle as it makes it easier to apply the polish. 

    Red isn't usually a colour I love on my nails but this bright shade of red is really nice for the summer. The slight orange undertones makes it less contrasting with my skin tone. 

    I hope you're looking forward to the next 3 Max Factor nail posts and the other nice colours that are still to come. If you want to get involved, feel free to recreate these pretty red nails and tweet me your photos using the #ManiMonday hashtag! 

    *This post is sponsored by Max Factor

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  • 07/27/14--05:00: HOLIDAY BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

  • Happy Sunday everyone! For today's video I'm talking through some of my holiday beauty essentials... the bits I can't be without when I'm on the beach or by the pool. 

    Hopefully it'll help you tick off a few things from your packing list and if you are going away, have a lovely time! 

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    I've spoken before about the VitaZing tinted moisturiser, the GinZing eye cream, the GinZing mascara and more recently the GinZing moisturiser. It's a range formulated with caffeine to help tired looking look more refreshed.

    Origins have recently extended the range even more so I thought I'd give you my thoughts on the new products...

    First up is the Refreshing Scrub Cleanser which is my least favourite out of the two. It's a refreshing cleanser that multi-tasks exfoliating with cleansing for a 2-in-1. I love the smell and 'zinginess' but for me it didn't give my skin a good enough cleanse and I'm not a huge fan of physical exfoliants. 

    The new Refreshing Face Mask is way more up my street. It's really nice to use in the morning which isn't usually a time I use face masks. You apply it onto clean skin and it instantly refreshes and relieves your skin of any irritation. After 10 minutes you can tissue it off and your skin will feel amazing. This has been really lovely to use especially during these warmer days. It's like an ice lolly for your face - don't quote me on that. 

    The GinZing range is one of my favourites at Origins and definitely worth trying if you feel your skin is looking dull or tired. The products are really enjoyable to use and I love when you can actually feel them working. 

    Have you tried anything from the GinZing range?

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  • 07/28/14--23:00: Q+A #ASKLP

  • For today's video I thought I'd take a seat on the sofa, get comfy and answer some of your questions! 

    I picked some of my favourites from the #askLP hashtag on Twitter... warning, there is more terrible singing in this video! 

    Enjoy xx

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    I was hoping for this to be a rave review about one of my favourite brands bringing out brand new amazing lip glosses... Unfortunately that's not the case. 

    I love Fresh as a brand. My mum and I have been using their products for years, especially the lip balms and scrub. I recently spotted the Sugar Lip Treatments on the Sephora website and my heart skipped a beat. I was imagining a balmy lip gloss in beautiful wearable shades. 

    The packaging of these is spot on and really good quality. I also like the scent as it's just like their lip balms, fresh and zesty. The problem I found with these was the formula, which is really the most important part. The formula is very sheer and balmy which makes it really hard to apply without it looking streaky. Because it is so sheer, it dulls down the shades and they all become a bit beige and unflattering. 

    I also found them to be really sticky on the lips and quite irritating to keep on. It's such a shame as I was excited for this launch, but I can't love everything! 

    I'd still recommend checking out the Fresh Lip Balms as they really are the best! 

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  • 07/30/14--23:00: VLOG: GIANT PICNIC MEETUP

  • It's time for my weekly vlog and this one is literally packed full of random shenanigans. At the start of the week I had a day of fun events, meeting Aerin Lauder, ice skating in the Jo Malone offices and catching up with old friends. Then came the weekend and what was probably the best meetup I've ever been to! 

    I won't ramble on here, you can watch the video and here me chat about how much fun we had! Thanks to everyone who came! 

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    Travel minis are my by far one of the best beauty inventions. Every time I go away I genuinely look forward to rummaging through my collection of minis and picking out the ones I want to take with me. 

    Pai, a beautiful skincare brand I've mentioned before, have made the choice even easier. They've put together different travel essential kits grouped by different skin types. There are four to pick from; Calming, Balancing, Hydrating and Ageing. For just £20 you get a cleanser, day cream, skin tonic, muslin cloth and a small zip bag to keep them in. 

    I will 100% be taking these away with me and I can't wait to try the products. If you're off on holiday soon, this is a great set to add to your toiletry bag!

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    Welcome back to week two of my Mani Month series! For the next three weeks I'll be featuring different shades of Max Factor's Gel Shine Lacquers, creating different 'Modern Decade' looks from their selection of colours. 

    The Gel Shine Lacquers are brand new to Max Factor and there are 9 classic shades to chose from. They offer high-shine and intense colour that lasts up to 7 days (and they really do last!).

    Pat McGrath, their Global Creative Design Director, has grouped the new Gel Shine Lacquers into 'Modern Decades' with each colour representing a different time in the history of beauty. So this week I'm focusing on the 70s! With the 70s came the middle parting, feathered hair and glowing skin. The 70s was also a time for the punk movement and blue nail polish was very popular amongst the 'hipsters'. 

    This shade "Glazed Cobalt" is right up my street. It's bright, easy to apply with one coat and has a slight purple/turquoise undertone that I love. "Lacquered Violet" is also grouped in with the 70's Blues and it's a vibrant purple that looks really fun on the nails.

    "This luxurious Glazed Cobalt shade perfectly brings to life the summery shades of blue seen across Givenchy and Valentino shows. With rich turquoise undertones, it's a truly modern cool blue that's so soft, minimalist and wearable today" - Pat McGrath

    If you're not so fond of the 70s fashion look, I think blue nails works really great with an all black outfit. It's an easy way to smarten up a colour that otherwise might feel quite young. 

    Are you brave enough for cobalt blue nails? If you want to get involved, feel free to recreate these nails and tweet me your photos using the #ManiMonday hashtag! 

    *This post is sponsored by Max Factor

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  • 08/03/14--01:30: JULY FAVOURITES

  • It's that time of the month again, so grab a cup of tea, take a seat and let me talk through my favourite products from the month... 


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  • 08/03/14--23:00: EASY SUMMER HAIRSTYLE

  • Ahead of tomorrow's video where you'll see this hair-do in action, I wanted to write about this really simple Summer hairstyle. I got lots of nice comments on this vlog about my hair on the Sunday, so here's how I did it...

    I'm not one for fancy hairstyles so this is really easy. You start by making a centre parting in your hair and taking one section from the front side. You then loosely plait this section leaning the plait away from your face. Do the same on the other side. 

    Once you have two plaits you just pull them back and fasten them with kirby grips on the back of your head. You can use the grips to tidy up any bumpy bits although I don't think it's supposed to be a tidy look.

    I think the plaits looks really pretty for Summer and this style takes literally minutes to do. It's also a good one for greasy hair days!

    So what do you think? Will you give it a go?

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    To coincide with today's video, I wanted to show you the "Bohemian" makeup look I'll be wearing to V Festival in a few weeks time. 

    It's simple but I think it really makes an impact. I love the combination of dewy, fresh skin with a simple black eyeliner flick, glistening pink cheeks and subtle berry lips. 

    I really enjoyed trying out some new products, especially the Bronzilla Bronzer, it worked really well to contour the cheeks. I also really like the Revlon ColorStay Concealer because it was moisturising enough for under the eyes but had high enough coverage to use on blemishes too. 

    All the products I used are listed below and you can also view them here on the Boots website. 

    What do you think of the "Bohemian" look?

    Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 'Nude' // Revlon ColorStay Concealer in 'Light' and 'Light Medium' // Revlon Bronzilla // Revlon Rose Glow Highlighting Palette // Revlon Racy Rose Blusher // Revlon Moonlit Eyeshadow Quad // Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen // Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara // Revlon Lip Butter in 'Berry Smoothie // Revlon China Flower Nail Polish

    *Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Revlon via Mode Media.The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Revlon. 

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  • 08/05/14--23:00: Tarte "The Sculptor"

  • This little beauty was added to my Sephora basket during my last online haul. I wanted to try something else from Tarte as I love their blushers, but not much really stood out to me. This looked really interesting though, a contour in a crayon form...

    I usually just use bronzer to contour or occasionally the products mentioned in this post.  The problem I've found with cream contours in the past is that they were hard to blend and didn't give me soft enough edges. 

    The Tarte Sculptor crayon is seriously creamy stuff. It applies effortlessly, really quickly and then it's a dream to blend out either using your fingers or a small brush. The shade is "Park Ave Princess" which is the same as their bronzer. I find it has the perfect mix of warm and cool tones, so it bronzes the skin but still contours and creates nice shadows. 

    I'm so happy I ordered it and I'd definitely say it's worth picking up next time you're in Sephora or shopping the website! 

    Have you tried this?

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