Friday, 12 February 2016

FOTD | Valentine's Beauty

Friday, 12 February 2016

When it comes to Valentine's Day beauty my makeup is pretty straightforward. A bright lip feels most natural and I usually dress up my eyes with a little winged liner. Here I've added a swipe of shadow too. Granted this is far more 'overdone' for what will probably be an evening in with the other half and a takeaway, V-Day does fall on a Sunday this year after all. I couldn't not do a classic V-Day makeup look though so here's what I would wear. 


This lipstick from the L'Oreal Color Riche range is a new addition to my makeup collection. The colour straddles red and pink and it's a welcome change from the plethora of pillar box red lipsticks I have already. It's gorgeously pigmented and whilst it is supposed to be matte it has a slight sheen to it and I don't find it drying. 

I'm still a complete novice when it comes to applying eyeshadow no matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch, so I kept my eyes pretty simple. I used a mix of Iman Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye* (from April's Glowwbox) and Ted Baker Eyeshadow from their Brilliance of Beauty set. As it's Winter I have to rely on usual indoor lighting and as I was standing right underneath my ceiling light the tones of the eyeshadows don't 'pop' as much in the photos as they do in real life. I really love these eyeshadows though and they complement each other perfectly. 


I've been missing my long hair a lot lately so will occasionally live vicariously through extensions. Here I'm wearing these bundles I bought from Aliexpress months ago. I just wrapped the tracks around the base of my ponytail and secured with a few bobby pins. I initially planned to make these bundles into clip-in extensions but the individual tracks are pretty thin so I've now made a u-part wig out of the hair. The curls are gorgeous, though looser than my hair texture, and blending them together is almost seamless. You can expect a few more snaps of me wearing this hair soon. 





Face
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)

Eyes 
Ted Baker London Eye Shadow Trio (Brilliance of Beauty Set)
Iman Luxury Eye Shadow (Tiger Eye)
KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner (Black)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)

Brows
Eylure Brow Kit (Dark Brown)
KIKO Brow Mascara (Black)

Cheeks 
Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde)

Lips
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick (430 Mon Jules)



*received in April's Glowwbox. You can read my disclaimer here



Do you have a typical Valentine's makeup look?


Lesley x

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Style | Stradivarius Dungaree Dress

Sunday, 7 February 2016

I'm happier in monochrome than I am in colour so black and white is just my thing at the moment. I've been going back to basics with my wardrobe in general too, trying to have a few key pieces which all work together (like a capsule wardrobe) rather than lots of mismatched pieces which don't mesh as a whole.



This dungaree dress is one of my staple pieces and works with a number of items in my wardrobe. I picked it up last year during autumn from Stradivarius and the retailer has so many great quality basics. I've got my eye on their bomber jacket next but I'm waiting for the weather to pick up a little here first!



I also bought a pair of Black Timberland Boots I've been lusting after lately (seen in my ASOS wishlist) but I got them from Foot Asylum on sale. They're a little chunkier and more masculine than the kind of shoes I'm used to but work great with my casual shirts and dresses.





Top - Forever 21 | Dress - Stradivarius | Boots - Timberland | Bag - H&M | Hat - Chidora* | Watch - Ben Sherman 


*sample - read my disclaimer 
here.


What have you been wearing lately?


Lesley x

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hair | How I Detangle [Video]

Thursday, 4 February 2016



I've had a few questions on how I detangle my hair so I put together this video. The key things for me are only detangling when my hair is moisturised or dampened slightly with an oil or conditioner and working my way in small sections from the ends to the roots. I do most of my detangling on wash day so I've shown the exact process I usually follow below.
The Video:



How do you detangle?


Lesley x

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Haircare | Spot Hair Conditioning

Sunday, 31 January 2016

I've always had such great success with conditioning certain areas of my hair separately, specifically my ends or my edges. Mid 2010 was the first time I started applying conditioner only to the last couple of inches of my hair as it was in such a terrible state that I hoped it might curb the breakage. It became a great pick-me-up for my strands, and targeting problem areas in this way really helped with overcoming some serious hair damage.





I recently spent a week skiing in the snowy French Alps and one day it was -14! My ends suffered so much from the cold even with daily moisturising whilst the rest of my hair stayed relatively hydrated. I was only able to fully condition my hair once whilst on holiday (due to having limited product) and eventually I had a lightbulb moment. I could have focused the conditioner where it was needed most - my porous, dry ends.

Since I've been back home (in a marginally warmer climate) deep conditioning my ends more than I would do my whole head has really injected some life back into them. It's so much quicker than having to deep condition my whole mass of hair just to keep my pesky ends in shape. My ends dry quickly too so I'm not always having to go to bed with a wet mop of curls post-wash. I'm definitely going to continue this method in between wash days for the rest of the winter.

Key things to remember when spot conditioning...
- Identify the most damaged or dry areas of your hair (if any). This method is not intended to replace regular conditioning but add extra attention to areas which are weaker than the rest of your hair.
- Rinsing areas with water first helps remove some product build-up but be sure to let it dry a little before application to maximise conditioning.
- You can spot condition with a regular conditioner, deep conditioner, heated oils and even henna.
- Apply a generous amount of product and leave on for at least 15-30 minutes. You can do this overnight if you prefer.
- Covering the hair after application helps it stay warm during the process for better conditioning.
- How often you condition depends on your personal hair needs and lifestyle.
- Consistency and patience are key so you may have to try this a few times before you see results!


Have you tried spot conditioning?

Lesley x

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