I'm going to do an Advent Calendar here on my blog for the days leading up to Christmas. Every day, you will see a gorgeous, girly door with a number on... click on it and the door will transport you to something that Lauren Loves. It might be a gorgeous item of clothing, some amazing shoes, a great hair-style tutorial or just a website I love. EDIT- Not confirmed yet, but will potentially be featuring give aways from companies such as Wonderbra and Sourz!
So just look out for this gorgous little door for a snapshot of Christmassy loveliness.
What do you think? I'm so excited to be able to bring you a daily treat!
I know a lot of you gorgeous girlies hop over to New York at this time of year, and I am very jealous (I've never been out of Europe! *plays a tiny violin*) so I thought I'd throw together two looks for you. One for a tourist and one for a business fashionista!
New York Tourist Look This look is based on the red-riding hood shown in 2007 by Kate Sylvester. I think this look is playful, yet warm and stylish. I love the coat!
New York Business Look This look is styled around the yellow of the famous New York cabs. It's perfect for the smarter business meetings some of you high-falutin' girls who hop the pond on regular occasions. The wooly dress and gorgous houndstooth tights keep you warm, and the masculine boots toughen up the look, but are comfortable for all that walking. Also the woven weekend bag is so stylish.
I got an unexpected email from the boyfriend yesterday morning. I was moaning about the FREEZING cold and admitted that I'd actually worn my Ugg-alikes (or fUggs - fake Uggs) and a hot water bottle on the drive to work, and he decided to take it into his own hands and discover something which will save us cold souls.
I'm not even joking! GL100 have a range of heated clothing which although aimed at disabled people, are obviously available to non-disabled too. They may not be very pretty, but are very cosy! Here's some of the range.
This is a heated back wrap, although I'd put it on my tummy. It's £64.95 from here
This body warmer is also £64.95 from the same site
Or a coat! £109.95
The company also do heated gloves and heated insoles for chilly toesies!
So how do these heated clothes work?
They actually use a rechargable battery pack which allows for around 5 hours heating and come with 5 heat settings. Some of the items also have optional car charging facilities! It must be as cosy as wrapping yourself in your nan's heated blanket!
So what do you think? Any cold souls out there like me will appreciate how amazing this invention is and probably add one of these to their Christmas wish list! The price is quite high, especially for the back warmer, but I guess those posh climbing coats are £100 or more? (don't ask me, I don't specialise in outdoor clothes!)
Can you do Minx nails at home? The answer is yes! Following on from my last post about doing Minx at home with the Rio nail foils, I thought I'd give REAL Minx a go.
A very good friend, Treebs told me that she'd bought Minx online, on eBay and applied it herself using her hairdryer and it actually works. In fact it even admits on the Minx website that you can use your hairdryer at home (although due to the inconsistent heat etc it's not as good as ones done by professionals - as VERY bitchily told to us by the girls on The Salon Geek. Go on, click the link and get as annoyed as I did at us "non-professionals" who clearly know nothing about doing our own nails *rolls eyes*)
Anyway... I bought two sets of Minx "stickers" from eBay, types Golden Lightning Cheetah and Silver Lightning.
And I applied them using my hairdryer... TA DA!
What do you think? I LOVE them! They're so smooth and stuck on well, I feel really proud of myself. And they worked much better than the Rio ones!
Here's the photo of the Rio ones for comparison - baaaad!
Here's how I did it
Remove your nailvarnish, wash hands, shape nails, push back cuticles etc to prepare.
Double check which Minx foil fits each fingernail (they're numbered)
Warm your hands with the hairdryer
Heat the minx foil you want for your first nail (only on the lowest setting of your hairdryer)
When it's warm, peel it off and stick it to your nail, a little gap from the cuticle, and pull it taught over your nail to prevent any wrinkles
Re-heat with the hairdryer and press it around the edges with a hoof stick
Trim the excess and leave the minx to cool
File the edges to seal them. REMEMBER to file from the outside to the middle - DON'T SEE-SAW!
So... are you going to give it a go? I think it's worth trying them once. I don't think they'll last long (about 4 days apparently when you do them yourself) but that's perfect for the weekend. I'll let you know how they weather.
So a couple of weeks ago I told you I'd gone a bit mad on the Barry M website and bought a lot of items (you can read about it here) and now I have some pictures for you! Sorry it's taken so long, with the nights drawing in I never have any daylight to take pictures in! I REALLY need to steal the boyf's posh camera back off him!
Buy one - Barry M Touch of Magic Lip Paint
So Barry M tells us that this green lipstick turns to a personalised shade of pink depending on your skin pH... so is it true?
Wow! And this is how it looks on my lips
Isn't that clever? I love the shade of pink, it's gorgeous and the lipstick is very creamy and moisturising. It smells a bit like playdoh but doesn't taste like it thankfully. The only downside (or upside I guess) is that it stains your lips.
And this is how it looks in real life... not like the website
This is how it looks on my lips.
Again the formula is lovely and creamy and doesn't sit in the dry spots of my lips (I am really badly suffering at the moment from dry lips. I blame the weather) I don't know if the colour quite suits me but I like it.
This lipstick is again £4.49 and available from here
Buy three - Barry M Strawberry Milkshake Lipgloss
This lipgloss is a lovely nude pink and it's amazing! Here it is in real life:
And here it is on lips (this is after I've tried removing the Touch of Magic which is a stainer!)
I applied it above on my natural lips, which are very pink so it gives good coverage.
I used it last weekend over MAC's Creme Cup and loved the effect
The lipgloss smells and tastes delicious, it lasts for a long time as it is very thick and gives good coverage. I would definitely buy more of these.
I wanted this because I've fancied a pink, matte blush for a long time and at this price who can argue!
left - a swipe of the blusher, right - applied with a brush
and here is with and without the blusher. I apply it very sparingly because I don't want to look hot and bothered! It's VERY bright pink! Other than that I like the texture which is fine and blends well and my skin seems to be happy with it!
The blushers are £4.59 from here and come in a lot of quite way out colours!
I'm afraid I can't show you the Dusky Mauve nail polish because I gave it away to a very good friend. I know it's hard to get hold of but she's very worth it!
I was lucky enough to be featured on the gorgeous Lauren's Beauty Chat Tuesday. Lauren's blog LoveLaughLauren is fantastic and full of gorgeous hauls, OOTDs and reviews. Head over to her blog here.
The interview was so much fun so I'd like to say a huge thank you to Lauren for letting me be her 2nd interviewee! If you want to be interviewed in her Beauty Chat Tuesday, email her at email@example.com with Beauty Chat Tuesday in the subject box!
Here's my interview:
This week we have Lauren from Lauren Loves. This stunning girlie has fab outfit of the day posts and will excite your inner shopaholic with her gorgeous wishlist posts. Here are her answers!
1. You're allowed only 5 products to take on away holiday with you, which 5 do you pick?
Firstly, Batiste dry shampoo! This is my saviour on lazy days, or when I over-straighten my hair and it lacks oompf! Second and Thrid are two amazing items from Tigi's superstar range - especially Queen for A Day thickening spray and the blow-dry lotion because I love big hair. The fourth item I need is my MeMeMe flawless concealer (my review is here) for under-eye bags, and finally I always have to wear mascara to open up my tiny eyes - my favourite is MaxFactor's false lash effect mascara.
2. Name your three favourite blogs (please link!)
This is so hard! I love so many blogs – including yours obviously!
And can I add a non-beauty related one just for being amazing please? It’s Hyperbole and a Half which is just the funniest blogs I have ever read!
3. If I gave you £100 to spend on beauty products, what would you buy?
Oh that’d be very generous of you! I’d probably buy a couple of MAC lipsticks, I love pinks so I’d rebuy my “Girl About Town”, and also get a couple of lipglasses there – I’m terrible at the nude lip look so I’m sure the MUAs there could help me. I’ve recently bought a new Dior foundation (which I’m not allowed yet as Mum is giving it to me for Christmas) but I loved it so much when she colour matched me I’d probably buy another. I’d then go mad on the Barry M website and buy all the colours of nailvarnish – they’re so cheap I could probably buy them all on this budget! And possibly the new Models Own set of glitter nail varnishes – have you seen them?!
4. Which item do you use religiously?
I think I named them all in my items to take on holiday! Probably the one I use religiously would be my Liz Earle cleanse, tone and moisturise (this counts as one item because you can buy it in a pack of 3!). I absolutely love Liz Earle and I recommend it to everyone.
5. What is your favourite high street beauty product?
It HAS to be my Collection 2000 Fast Stroke liquid eyeliner! I live in liquid eyeliner, I think it really makes me look “made up” like I’ve made an effort; and the brilliant thing is that it’s so cheap and yet works brilliantly!
6. What is your favourite high-end beauty product?
At the moment it’s my Dior foundation. It’s called Diorskin Nude and it’s really fresh and light but gives lovely, medium coverage when applied with a brush without looking cakey. I love that Dior have created foundation tones for pink-toned girls like me – other foundations are so orange on my face but this one is lovely and natural. I was so impressed, it’s definitely worth the £28 price tag!
7. What was the last thing you purchased?
I bought a load of items from Barry M when they had a sale on (see here) which I HAVE to swatch some time soon for my readers (it will be up tomorrow! Promise!). Sadly when I finish work these days there’s no natural light so that doesn’t make for good photos. I bought the touch of magic lip paint which turns from green to pink! Dolly Pink lip paint which is very Barbie and cute, Strawberry Milkshake Lipgloss Wand which I’ve worn every day since I got it and a Rose blusher which is matte and pink!
8. What inspired you to start blogging?
Well I’ve always loved fashion and beauty, and I talk to anyone and everyone about it and ended up boring my boyfriend, friends and family to tears! I thought I’d do the fair thing and put it on a blog to get it out my system and surprisingly people actually want to read it! I’m so glad I started a blog though – I love the community and how all the girls get together behind a cause and are so friendly.
9. What attracts you to follow a new blog?
I LOVE photos! If a blog has lots of photos and well written content then I am on it! I am really picky about beauty product reviews too – I love bloggers who will show you the product on their faces -. when girls swatch lipstick on their lips I think it makes a huge difference because the products just don’t look the same on the back of a hand. Plus it helps if the blogger is called Lauren :-P
10. Which products do you regret buying and why?
I totally regret getting Barry M’s peachy pink, it looked like a dry, cracked mess on my lips (I’ve added a horrible photo to demonstrate. I’m taking one for the team here girls! But for the price it was worth trying it out. Barry M’s formulas are just so all over the place, some are amazingly creamy and scrummy and others are dry!
Thank you for letting me take part! I love blogger interviews and finding out what bloggers are really like
So what did you think? Didn't Lauren ask some brilliant questions? Thanks Lauren
I know a lot of girls are going mad for the new Lanvin Loves H&M collection (and I know who you are girls, I saw your twitter comments this morning!) But I am not a fan of the new Lanvin collection that some people were queueing overnight for! Sorry!
I'll tell you my reasons why:
Firstly while the dresses are fashionable and wearable, they just seem to be the same old dresses that you could get in other shops like Lipsy, or H&M but with a Lanvin label and a bigger price tag.
Secondly, they appear to have made the same dress in several colours, to increase the size of the collection but with few designs
Thirdly, I'm not a fan of H&M in general. I have yet to buy something from there which looks good quality and is made well so I would presume that these items are the same sadly. My problem with H&M's quality isn't that it's poor, it's just the stitching is often wrong or gappy and in my experience the material is often thin.
Also, I just don't like the designs of any of the collection - they wouldn't suit me at all! (maybe that's my personal opionion coming into it) but I just don't think they are that stand-out and covetable
Here are some of the dresses from the collection.
For example, this dress is £149 and looks like a petticoat. Plus I'm not a fan of the netting straps.
This dress is £99.99 and looks like a blob... a blob which comes in many colours!
This dress really is a statement piece, but looks maybe a bit cheap yet has a £99.99 price tag. This also has several varients
and these dresses are just plain odd...
and that's just the dresses! They seem to have also specialised in odd coats with unnecessary details, jogging bottoms in numerous colours some other items which I could take or leave.
It's just a real shame as my experience of watching Lanvin's catwalk shows is that the items are delicate, feminine and gorgeous. Just take my future wedding dress (in my dreams!) for example. This dress is £8,450 from Net-a-Porter
Does anyone else feel the same or am I alone in my disinterest in the collection? I know there's a hash tag going round twitter called #dontlikelanvin so come let us know your opinions. I'm @laurenlovesblog. Most importantly, were any of you in the 200 queueing at H&M this morning? If so, you made the news!
Rule 1: Someone very wise once told me that Christmas presents should be something you want, but not something you need. In other words, they should be things which are frivolous and that you wouldn't buy for yourself.
Rule 2: If you don't know what to get someone, give them money so they can buy something expensive for themselves!
On that note, I have trawled My Wardrobe for items that I could only ever dream about. I know my blog is normally about affordable fashion, and normally I don't dare go to the My Wardrobe website as I just get upset, but I've taken one for the team girls to show you some things you could add to your wish lists.
This sequin jumper is £246 by DKNY and you can get it here
This stunning dress is £397 by Vivienne Westwood and is available here
I love the retro vibe of this jumpsuit. It's £423 by Halston from here
I would kill for these shoes! When I went out on Friday (see my OOTN here) Shirin was wearing these and I was soooo jealous! They are £110 vy Vivienne Westwood from here
A true classic. This Mulberry Bayswater is gorgeous and is timeless. This is truely an investment piece (or at least that's your argument if someone doesn't want to buy it for you!). It's £750 from here
And another gorgeous handbag... This Lulu Guinness handbag is such an iconic piece and I'd kill for this red Swarovski version! It's £595 from here
What would you pick if you could? I think I'd go for the jumpsuit or the Mulberry.
I went out last night for a very special Birthday party! Here's what I wore (excuse the silly poses, I was having a bit of a giggle with the boyf!)
Do you like it? The dress is called the "Lipsy one shoulder drape dress" in the colour Vendetta and costs £65 from here, the shoes are from Primark and so are the tights, and the hairband is from Topshop.
For my hair, I curled it all with tongs, pinned up the curls until they cooled and then let them down and put my hair into a loose bun and used the hairband to sort out my RIDICULOUS growing-out fringe. (It's a nightmare - I hate growing out my fringe!)
My face of the Night was this (again please excuse the silly faces!)