Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Monday, 21 April 2014

Review: Orly Won't Chip Top Coat

You might have seen my little rave a while back all about the Orly Bonder nail polish, one of my favourite finds of the year so far, well imagine my surprise when this little goodie appeared on my door step.

The Orly Won't Chip* top coat is basically the big sister to the Bonder base coat. Together they aim to work as a superglue for your nails, ensuring they stay around for a decent amount of time, rather than just chipping off after a couple of hours.

Now, I have nails that for some reason nail varnish hates. I've never really had a manicure last longer than a couple of days, no matter what I tried, until Orly came into my life. 

They each promise to make you mani last for as long as possible and prevents chips appearing.

Both of these products really do what they say! I do think the nail varnish matters, for some I can make a manicure last for 3 days, but for some it can last over a week. Now I'm not going to say absolutely no chips appear, as I have very rubbish nails, but they make varnishes last so much longer than without them. I definitely couldn't be without these in my nail stash.

Have you tried this polish?

Laura xoxo

You can pick it up from LookFantastic here.

*This was sent to me for review purposes. All opinons and views are my own and I'm not being paid to write this post.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Everyday Items

Ever since blogging my eyes have been opened to a whole array of products that I never would've found if it wasn't for this hobby of mine. Due to that I have collated a rather large amount of products. Whilst I like to chop and change what I use on a daily basis, there are somethings I find myself using everyday without fail. 

As I don't wear make-up daily most of this list is skincare. Although my skin does get oily I try really hard to keep my hydration levels up so I use Hydraluron to keep all my moisturising products locked in. A product I use either as a day moisturiser or as an evening treatment is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. It smells amazing and really does mean your skin is fully hydrated after use. When I'm not using the mask I like to use the Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment under what ever other moisturiser I'm using. It really has helped clear my skin up. At least once a day I like using the Origins Make A Difference Cleansing Milk as it is soft enough to sooth my skin whilst also harsh enough to rid blemishes too.

The final two products I reach for daily are the Batiste Dry Shampoo which helps me eek out the number of washes I have to take part in, and my deodorant of choice from Mitchum. 

So that completes my daily products. What do you use daily?

Laura xoxo

Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday Favourites: Making a House a Home

As I said in a previous post, I'm really getting into Pinterest at the moment. One of my favourite boards is my 'To Make a House a Home' board. I currently still live at home, mainly because of money reasons, but also due to the fact I really love living at home, I have a great relationship with my family and my room really is my little sanctuary (which none of my uni rooms felt like!) 

Whilst I don't have the room or capacity to have a full room switch up, nor do I really want to as I like my room, Pinterest constantly makes me want what I can't have; so recently I've been picking up new bits and bobs to add to my room. 

I picked up this little box from a shop called Store Twenty One and I've decided to use it to store all of my 'decorative' scarves. I used to keep them in an Abercrombie and Fitch bag, however it ended up looking very messy and wanted my room to look much tidier and neater. This has done the trick perfectly.

Another Store Twenty One purchase is this little wicker basket. I love having my electronics by my bed as I love reading and having my phone near me whilst I sleep. This means they're all tidy and not making a mess.

My little twig lights make my room feel so pretty and relaxing in the evening. I picked them up from £Stretcher. To keep them in place I picked up this vase from Homebase along with the marbles too.

One of my favourite things is this Teddy Bear blanket which I picked up from Dunelm Mill. It is the sofest comfiest blanket ever! Highly recommend to everyone.

Finally, these pillowcases are something I've lusted after for a long time, and just after Christmas they went into the sale so I picked them up. They're from John Lewis and I love them. I know they're the wrong way round, but I sleep on the left and prefer the colour.

Where is your favourite place to pick up home-wear?

Laura xoxo

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Trying the Trend: White Nails

So, extremely badly painted nails aside (the camera has made them look worse!)  I thought I'd try the whole white nail trend a try. It's definitely something I haven't dabbled in since the awkward primary school Tipex as nail varnish days.

My weapon of choice was Pseudo Silk Kimono by Deborah Lipman*. It's a matte offering which was a first to me. I've never really used a matte polish before, the application is a bit tricky if I'm honest. You have to work fast and really layer up the product to get a decent finish (yes mine is messy!)

The matte look reminded me a bit too much of tipex nails, so I decided to use a top coat that had a bit of shine to it, and I think that made the varnish a bit more wearable for me.

Overall I think this trend is quite interesting, however, can I pull it off? I don't really think so. I do however think it would look nice with some glittery polish over the top!

What do you think?

Laura xoxo

You can pick the polish up from LookFantastic here.

*this product was sent to me for review purposes, however all opinions and views are my own and I was not paid to write this post.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Blogging Balance

Blogging was definitely a lot easier before I went into full time employment. I'm sure many began their blog as a uni side line project and with the flexible student life it was much easier to fit in a regular blogging schedule. However when you throw in working through day light hours and the need to squeeze a lot of things into a limited time frame things can be a little tricky. I must admit it's taken me a while to adjust to the whole working and keeping a blog balance. Of course I was tempted to just stop blogging, but my blog is something I'm proud of and something I want to stick with, so I've had to figure out some ways to balance the two. Hopefully this post may help some of you too.

1) Plan ahead - I like to have at least a weeks blog posts scheduled and ready to go, with others either drafted or titles created at the minimum. I have a little diary which I like to write down and plan when and what I'm going to post about.

2) Make use of the 'notes' section in your phone - Ideas come to you at the most peculiar times and places, and if you're anything like me you'll forget them almost instantly so it's always best to write your ideas down and then come back to them (if you can remember where you wrote them, but that's a different topic really.)

3) Schedule time - Whilst being a student meant you could grab a few minutes in the day here and there to snap pictures and write posts, it's much harder when you're working 9-5. Set aside some dedicated time at the weekend and plan out the weeks posts and take bulk photos. For me photos are the hardest part to incorporate as you have to upload them to your computer and then on the post too (life's tough isn't it!)

4) Make use of free hours - I like to upload my pictures on the weekend and then during my lunch break type up one blog post a day (as long as I have the time, obviously.) It's a great way to stay on top of things but I don't feel overwhelmed doing it in one go.It also doesn't make me resent blogging for taking up all of my weekend time.

5) Don't stress -  It's not the end of the world if you miss a day or two (or even a week!) I've learnt that blogging is definitely a hobby and the more I stress about it, the less I want to do it. There is no point forcing crappy content (which I hope this isn't) that you aren't proud of, if you don't like it, chances are others won't either.

What are your tips for juggling blogging and life?

Laura xoxo

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