The packing Disaster that turned into a Heart felt realisation

Okay, so I’ve completely changed the post I was going to upload today because I’m having a mare of a day and then something amazing happened and I just had to share it all with you.

So as you know, I’ve been living over in New York for a year now, and I’ve finally booked my flight home (on Wednesday yay), anyways… I’ve always been one to do things last minute… yes, now I know you’re just thinking well that’s your fault! Right?! But with all the filming I’ve been doing lately and photoshoots I just lost track of the time and now here we are a day or so before my flight and I am still yet to pack.

So as you can imagine like a headless maniac I started packing this morning. It was all going well, I was folding things up neatly, doing the old ‘travel tricks’ of rolling things up in groups and putting socks into my shoes, that was all going well and then… Oh my god. DISASTER!!!! I really underestimated how many clothes I had. Now I didn’t think I bought that many clothes while I was over here but boy was I wrong!! My case is completely full. I’ve just about managed to squeeze my socks and pants rammed down the size but that’s it. It’s full.

So I went through my clothes again, I put into piles the things I NEED, the things I wouldn’t be bothered if I were to get rid of them, and the clothes that had small tares/ or I didn’t want. I dragged out my entire suitcase to do this, but I needed to! So I’ve finally just gone through all of my clothes again but still there is clothes I don’t think I could part with. I just can’t seem to bite the bullet and get rid of some of these items… I’m gunna have to get another suitcase!! Ahhh major panic mode right now.

As if that wasn’t enough, I remembered that my mum wanted me to bring this HUUUUGE DOUBLE BED BEDSPREAD home with me, along with 3 pillows!!! Oh my god!!! So even if I got another suitcase to ram that into I’d barely have any space for my things. Then it dawned on me, do I really need to stress myself out so much about these clothes? Was it really all worth it? I mean they’re just clothes. Now some of you may think ummmm yes! That’s definitely worth the stress, but I had a better idea.

I’ve always been one for helping people out, and volunteering with my mum to help the less fortunate so I couldn’t think of a better think to do than to give them all away.

I decided that the clothes that couldn’t fit into my suitcase I would donate, whether that to some friends I made while I lived over here or donate to a store or even give a homeless person a warm jumper or something.  I gathered up my things and went on my donating spree. Now if you’ve ever been to the city around this time you know it’s absolutely freezing, and the homeless rate is off the roof!

After my day wandering I came across so many grateful people for the clothes, they had nothing but kind words for me.  There was this one lady in particular, who really caught my eye, she was just trying to get by, I decided to go buy her some food for the day, some snacks. I gave her some of my clothes, and she threw them on straight away, she was so grateful. She looked beautiful. It was almost like the sparkle in her eye just bounced back. Like there was hope for her. She told me that she was going to make a change, now some of you may not believe that but I honestly believe her words, if you saw her face light up like it did you’d be amazed. The fact I was able to make another human being who had been through so much, who lost everything, be able to smile and feel something as wonderful as hope for giving her a couple of clothing items which I really didn’t think twice about because it’s so easy for me to get new things, but she was so grateful, it really really warmed my heart. I’m not saying I’m an amazing person or ohhhh look at me I’m doing something good, but I honestly just want people to think twice about things, and whether they really matter. Spreading unconditional love is what life’s all about, and I’m happy I was able to give that woman a little bit of hope today.

I ask you all today, to do something nice for somebody else… it doesn’t matter how big nor small it feels to you, it may mean to world to someone else. From even a simple chat to someone you don’t normally talk to, or even a smile. Trust me, it can go a long way.

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Don’t take anything for granted.

Laurie x

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A chilled lil’ pamper night!

There’s nothing like having a nice chilled weekend, which is exactly what I’m going to be doing this weekend (Minus the filming on Sunday). I’m gunna tell you about some of my favourite things to do for a nice relaxing pampering session..

To kick us all off, I like to take myself a nice relaxing bath – I like to fill it up with Marshmallow scented bubblebath – ensuring there’s loads of bubbles! The smell of marshmallows just leaves me feeling sweet and calm, and it smells so delicious good enough to eat (but don’t!).

While in the bath I like to take a damp cloths and rinse in the warm water and lay it over my face and just relax. Whack on some lovely acoustic music and just let the warm water work it’s magic. I make sure I have removed all of my makeup so I don’t leave the bath looking like a panda. I usually do this with my cucumber wipes, just something about the cucumber makes the skin feel so refreshed and hydrated.

Then I hop out the bath when I start to go wrinkly!

Now it’s on to my favourite part…. the mud mask! I like to mix up my mask routines and try them all, but tonight I tried the Black Charcoal mask, and oohhhh my god! It was incredible. It was so relaxing and left my face feeling so so smooth!

I’ll defooooo be buying this little beauty again!! I also like the chocolate and strawberry versions of the masks because my god, they just smell soooo good, almost good enough to eat! (But of Course, do not! haha).

I leave the mud mask on usually for about half an hour, sometimes longer… If I forget hehe… After I’ve washed off all of the mud mask I usually put on a fresh pair of pj’s and hop on into bed. Whack a film on, and let the bed work it’s magic. Now usually because I’m so relaxed I’ll fall asleep way before the movie is finished, but that sleep will be incredible!!

Oh! I almost forgot, if I’m feeling that little bit more cheeky I would have gone to the store before all of this and picked up a lovely slice on cake… tonights choice was chocolate 😛 Mmmm!

Today is a very short post I apologise I’ve been out all day filming and I’m exhausted but I wanted to write a little entry for you guys in my exhausted state!

Thanks for reading my lovelies!

What do you do to relax yourself on the weekend?

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Laurie x

I’ve been bewitched by Morphe! Sneak Peak

As it’s my last week in the city I decided to go on a little daytime date with one of my friends, a few days prior to this my friend and I discovered a Nutella cafe downtown and decided we had to go there! – So we went, the day was so chilled and lovely and somehow  we ended up in Ultra beauty… hmm that may of been my influence but damn I’m so happy with my purchases!

After a long time coming I finally purchased my very own Morphe palette! Okay I’m lying I bought 2, but they were just too pretty to resist! Time and time again for a night out I’ve just borrowed my friends Morphe pallets to do my makeup as I was still a little indecisive as to whether it was the product to me, and with a product as big as this I didn’t wanna commit to anything before I tried the product. However, after just a few applications I was hooked!

Now if you live in the UK or anywhere outside of the states really you know how much of a pain it is to get your hands on these Morphe Palettes. Especially in the UK when the shipping is sometimes near the price of the product (absolute madness!), or you get put on a wait list for a particular piece. However I’m still here for the mean time and just had to get my hands on a couple!

(I read somewhere that they are opening a new UK version of the store HURRAYYYY – They’ve probably already done that since I read the article but I’ve been away and super busy so haven’t kept up to date, so if this isn’t new news for you I apologise). hehe.

Back to the good stuff…

I eventually after about an hour of scrambling around trying to decide what colours I wanted (and believe me, it was a tough call – they’re all so beautiful), I went for the       35F – Fall into Frost AND the 35R – Ready, Set, Gold! (These links are to the product on the official Morphe website, but as I said I got mine from Ulta… so it’s worth a look).

I want to write you lovely people a fully detailed post/review about what I think about the product at a  later date so that I’ve had enough time to play with the colours and have fun, and see what all the fuss is about. It’s been a couple days and so far so good…

Okay so here’s my first impression of these little beauties! To start off they were only $23 each! For a palette of that size and range of colours OH EMMM GEE! Incredible! This palette is surely going to last me a long time and I won’t have to go out and buy more so this was a sensible decision of me (so I keep telling myself haha). No but seriously, for about $23 a pop why could you not be tempted?

The 2 palettes have a large range of shades and colours, I personally love browns and golden colours so these palettes seemed like the right choice for me. They also include different types of eyeshadows, some matte and some shimmery! Lets get to the shimmery because who doesn’t love a bit of shimmer? Now, these shadows are THE most pigmented eye-shadows I’ve ever seen. -with our close runner up, ColourPop. I barely used any of the product and to my surprise I was able to cover my entire lid. Like I said I would love to write you guys a more detailed entry about what I thought about these babies once I’d used them for a little longer, so I shall do that in the next couple of weeks or so.

It’s been so amazing getting to know these shadows, and to be honest with you… I don’t know why I didn’t buy them sooner!! A-MAAAAAY-ZZZZ-INNNNNG (Amazing haha)!!!!

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading 🙂

Have you been bewitched by Morphe’s beauty products? What’re you favourites?

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Laurie x

 

 

Just a lil’ thank you!

Hello all!!

This post is going to be super short and sweet but I just wanted to recognise that I have reached 50 followers!!!! I know that may not seem like a lot to some people but considering I only started this up properly again last week I am over the moon. I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who’ve followed so far, and I promise to keep you entertained with more content in the very near future! Today really has been a Fri-yayy!

All my love,

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Laurie x

Final touches, could do with or do without? – Review

Hello my beauties!

We all remember the spraying hairspray on your face hack from 2008 right? Sticky, gross mess! But it worked to be fair.. if you could bare the horrific fumes of the over used hairspray haha.. Well, now our prayers have been answered ( a fair few years ago anyway). So, today I’ve decided to write about what everyone seems to be obsessed with over the past couple years or so, and that’s setting spray! Very much alongside primers… it’s really taken the world by storm, and very quickly became a ‘must have’ item in our makeup bags. This particular setting spray is from the Maybelline collection, this spray is called Master fix and I picked it up from boots for only £9.99! (I’ve searched and searched online but cannot find a link, so perhaps it’s only sold in store, sorry!).

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Which I thought was a steal for a setting spray, something to hold my makeup in place all day? Lovely! Unfortunately this product didn’t seem to agree with me.

Now if I’m being completely honest with you all this setting spray isn’t the best. And I mean that in the nicest of ways, when I say it’s not the best I mean for me, and that’s purely because it doesn’t make my makeup last any longer – which is what I thought a setting spray was all about – making your makeup last longer. It lasts just as long as when I don’t wear any setting spray at all, and to pay £9.99 for something that makes no difference, I was a bit gutted. I thought maybe I wasn’t putting enough of the stuff on, so I tried a little more but again unfortunately got the same results.

After this experience I’m not sure if I’m a believer in setting spray, I think I’d must rather use a loose powder to hold my makeup into place (this is what I’ve been doing for years). I was fairly new to setting spray and I was disappointed after using this product.

I won’t be buying this product again which is a shame because Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore lines, but this product for me just isn’t worth it, or working for that matter.

Now everybody is different so maybe this product works for you, but for me – as I’m on camera a lot which involves a whole lot of lighting on me I need my makeup to stick and stay, so when I tested using this product on just a normal day to day without those lights and just taking a stroll around the town and it still didn’t have any effect, I didn’t even bother trying in front of those lights. It just wouldn’t work.

What setting sprays have you tried that work for you?

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Laurie x

Trip to Brazil? & My First Impressions

Hello my beauties!

Recently I have had a lot of spare time on my hands, what a perfect time to write up a few blog posts and beauty reviews ay?! Anyways, I’ve found myself wandering around the city, exploring all it has to offer, as I soon will be returning back to my hometown in the UK.. and to my surprise I find myself flying in and out of many different drug stores.. (not much of a surprise really). Just last week I wandered into a store just to get some bread for my weekly lunches, BUT somehow I managed to fill up my entire basket with new beauty products, I just obviously could not resist!

Today I’m going to talk about one of those products and my first impressions of the product. Since moving to New York I have been introduced to Wet n Wild beauty – I’d never heard of this brand before moving to the city but now I have to admit, I’m hooked! A few reasons being, these products are not only pretty good when it comes to beauty products, their range of stuff is HUGE! Another beauty bonus about Wet n Wild is that the products come at such a hard to resist cheap price! Some of the products starting at as little as $2.99! What an absolute bargain! Now that’s the stuff I want in my life!

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I decided to purchase their Coloricon Bronzer – in the shade 739 Ticket to Brazil – pricing at a low $3.99! This is a bargain and a half, the product is as big as my hand and for $3.99 my god, now that’s a gem of a find! Something I love about this product is the subtlety of it, meaning sometimes with bronzer I find them to be a little over powering when it comes to the application (but then again, that could just be me buying a colour slightly to dark for my completion, oops!). This bronzer is just so subtle I love it! It has a slight shimmer in it too which I love in my bronzers, it’s not too much shimmer so that I look like a crazy disco ball but just enough that sometimes I don’t even need to apply my highlighter! Madness I know! But this bronzer seems to do the trick!

This product also has a very subtle scent to it, which at first I didn’t notice but the more and more I used the product I found the more I noticed it, and the more I liked it. This bronzer has very quickly become a part of my daily routine and I have to admit, I don’t know why I didn’t find it sooner! This bronzer gives me such a natural sun kissed glow, and it’s so light on the skin, I can barely feel I’m wearing any product at all!

Another pro I find with these Wet n Wild products is that, all of their products are cruelty free! Which is one of the main reasons I was drawn to their products in the first place. I think it’s always important to do a little research on your products before you buy them! There are so many brands that are cruelty free out there so why not?!

Well that’s me done, this was only a quick little entry where I just had to share this little gem with you!

What Wet n Wild products are you obsessed with?

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Laurie x

Velvet touch? Beauty Review

 

Hello all!

Today I’m going to talk about a cheeky little limited edition product I managed to get my hands on before they were all out of the stores! Introducing the Rouge Edition Velvet – in the shade 03 Hot Pepper – by Bourjois. I picked mine up from boots but since it being a limited edition item I wasn’t sure whether they were going to bring it back! But it just so happens that they did, and because of the high demands from makeup lover, it’s here to stay, so here’s a little review for you so you know whether or not this is something you should purchase or not!

To start with the proof is in the pudding (at least the title), the word velvet is included in the products name, which I cannot find a better definition for this product! It glides on the lips so delicately and smoothly just like velvet! The creamy consistency of the product is so appealing and leaves me wanting more! It spreads across the lips very easily, but I have to admit I’m a girl who loves bold colours so one layer was not enough for me, but building up on a second layer of the product I was absolutely delighted with the results.  Now as apposed to the lipSTICK this is applied more like a lip gloss, however it in fact still a ‘lipstick’.

It takes a fair amount of time for the product to dry which is a downfall for me, I like products that next to instantly dry onto my lip ready to go – having to wait around more time for this product to dry I became bored, and I didn’t want to leave until it was dry because of the risk of smudging! Once this product was dry however I was impressed. It felt so light on my lips like I wasn’t wearing anything at all! This product dries like a matte lipsticks, which if you follow my blog you know I’m all about matte lipsticks rather than the glossy look.

 

The product seemed to be going well… up until I ate something. Now I know that eating and lipstick aren’t the best of friends as it is but on even the first bite the game was over for this lipstick. It almost wiped every last spec of the product off of my lips leaving like a weird red lipliner. So I thought I would give this product another shot a couple days later, and to be fair the lipstick did last a whopping 3 hours before it started to fade and not look anywhere near as fresh. I’m not saying this is a bad product because it’s not, just for me it’s more of a short term kinda lipstick fix. Like I wouldn’t wear this on a night out where I might be out several hours as it just wouldn’t last long enough. However if I was popping out for a walk, or even a quick bit of shopping it would be fine.

I also did the smudge test where I applied the product and once dried took 2 fingers and gently swiped my lips, unfortunately this lipstick is not smudge proof in the slightest.

They have many colours in this range of lipsticks, so many to choose from and they’re not all red either, even though they’re the rouge edition, they also have some purples, some nice beiges, and nudes, and even browns too.

Like I said before it does feel super smooth on the lips, and it doesn’t actually crisp up and form cracks like a lot of matte lipsticks I’ve tried which is a bonus, but just having a long lasting lipstick is a big deal for me. When I took off this product it came off so easily, not leaving any streaky marks all over my face, and to my surprise after wearing it for a fair few hours when I took it off it left my lips feeling super soft and not dry in the slightest which I also find some lipsticks tend to dry out my lips.

So that’s my thoughts on this little rouge edition lipstick! Let me know your thoughts!

Are you more of a matte or a gloss kinda person? I know I’m most definitely matte!

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Laurie x