Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lancaster Tan Maximiser

Hey guys had a little bit of an absence as been to Cyprus with my family and I didn't take my phone laptop or any kind of device to connect me to any kind of social media and it was actually really really nice to be away from it.  But I'm back and hello social media and hello new post.  So today I'm writing about a product that you literally cannot or shouldn't not get for your holiday and even you return.

If you like to get a safe tan but prolong it then you literally have to buy the Lancaster Tan Maximiser I cannot find anything close to it equal to it or better.  I buy it every time I go away and sweat if I can't find it.  I don't understand why Lancaster sun products are not as huge as they should be, they should be huge, they are in Europe you can pick them up in most shops or pharmacies but for me I get it in the airport every time I go away.  I bought a 400 ml size (so a large family size) at Bristol Airport and they actually had Lancaster Sun products on offer and if you bought two products a third was free, so hello shopping basket.  I did actually pick up a Clarins 50 SPF for the face and that was amazing for keeping out the nasty rays of the sun on your face.

So Lancaster are typically encased in bright orange packaging which distinguishes them in there range, they are not a cheap brand by a long shot but in this case you really get what you pay for.  Why do I love the tan maximiser and why do I always use it.

The tan maximiser is basically an after sun, so after you have been out in the sun all day or however long you spend out, I shower as normal and then use this aftersun liberally everywhere.  I do this the whole time I'm away and for ten days after I return depending on how much I have left.  This consistency is milky but not runny where it will go everywhere and soaks in well into the skin.  It does have a distinctive smell which I can only describe reminds me of holidays, but that's because I always use it, it's not a horrible scent but not floral or coconuty so don't expect that. The reason I use it is it literally helps my skin rebalance after the sun, as my legs and arm tend to feel dry after sun exposure and this helps soothe the skin and counteract drying.  Not only that it helps deepen your tan and it really does.  Infact when I went into work my colleagues asked me if I had sunbathed using oils and a really low SPF when infact I literally used SPF 30 the whole time I was away and never dipped below that the whole time.  They looked at me amazed as if I was lying when I really wasn't this is what I've used and I didn't tell them, but luckily for you I'm telling you.



Laura x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Tk Maxx a little Mecca of bargains

So you know what I haven't stepped into TK Maxx for years,  I've viewed it in years gone by as a bit of hit and miss.  You know when you go in and have high expectations and come out deflated and gutted you really wanted to buy something and you couldn't. So my daughter was nagging and nagging and nagging some more please can we go up to TK Maxx so we did.  Clothes wise I wasn't winning as I couldn't go through the rails and rails but she did I was more drawn to the homewear and  skincare that was right up in my level.

If your looking for shampoos and conditioners and good quality hair masques I would say you would get a bargain but it's a case of if you see it get it as you will go back up to get what you didn't get but then decide you want and it's gone. There was a huge bottle of Redken Allsoft shampoo I wished I had bought but didn't and my next visit up there it was gone.  Also great for suncreams I bought some Lancaster Suncreams for my children as I really like it for them and online it's expensive but it was half the price in TK Maxx I was loving getting that at a tidy price. Also I picked up some oval sponge brushes you know the Artis dupes but without the humongous price tag.  I had been dying to try them for ages so I was chuffed to get them as I thought even if I don't like them for just over a tenner it won't matter.

I did notice some Elizabeth Arden skincare and Clinique so again great if you are looking for a bargain, these were incased in security boxes in guessing people may have been trying to help themselves to these.  I didn't buy any skincare but it was nice to see great brands up there, oh I did buy a round brush I can't remember the brand it was one I hadn't heard of but I remember on the packaging it said it helped reduced frizz and anti static ness on the hair and infairness it has helped give my hair a good finish and that's great for me as I hate blow drying my hair,

After rummaging round there I went back to the home department they had loads of candles very JO Malone inspired now some made me gag but some were really nice but I didn't buy any I did get a lovely good quality cushion though.


I did buy this huge Wella Enrich shampoo to with all my kids will prob last me about 4 weeks as I'm sure they tip it down the sink or empty it out in the shower.  But it's perfect for fine hair so great days.

My daughter bought some old school Ellesse clothes no thanks I said I wore that when it was out the first time gulp.

Laura

Ps this is not sponsored this is just my general shopping observations

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Budget V Premium Mascara can you tell the difference

Hello guys so I'm sat in today having a lazy day huts chilling out really. I went to see Girls Trip last night with 5 of my friends and I have to be fair it literally is one of the funniest things I've seen in years.  I couldn't even drink my water in fear of me spitting it out in laughter the whole cinema was in hysterics constantly the sign of a good film. Defo what I needed and if anyone of you haven't seen it and were thinking of going do go it's worth it.

So I was sorting out my makeup the other day and I was horrified to that I had only three active mascara's left, infairness I haven't bought any for a while plus I've been quite skint so haven't bought too much anyway.  But what I wanted to do was review two out the three that I am using.



So here they are one is by Estée Lauder  the sumptuous extreme mascara in black and the other is from Esscence and is the Rock and Doll mascara which incidentally I picked up in Wilko.



So first of all onto the price points the Estée Lauder  comes in at a jaw dropping £22.95 and that's actually the cheapest I've seen it at Allbeauty.  So what are my thoughts? It's packaged beautifully as you would generally expect from a premium beauty brand encased in an elegant gold case which is not bulky or annoying it's great for travel when your restricted really with your makeup items and you don't want a huge bulky thing hanging out your makeup bag. I use this this with the lash primer that I'm identically I won in a competition. The brush is huge which you can see from my picture it's like a big Christmas tree style brush well I think it looks like one anyway.  You do get a lot of product on the brush and a lot of wetness feeling on your lashes so it feels a bit like a paintbrush slapping paint on the wall.  I use two coats of this and it does give you a good coating on the lashes.  I didn't get any clumps which I do like, I do not like this brush at all for the lower lashes I find this too awkward and big really for getting in at the lower lash, I much prefer the Clinique mascara designed solely for the bottom lashes.  
After a day of wear this did hold well and still looked quite fresh not the best when I've been to gym but then it's not labelled as water proof and lately my face has been a hot sweaty mess after the gym.  Oh and I don't put makeup on to go to the gym I just can't be arsed removing it before work to go.


Now onto the Esscence one you can see from the picture the brush is completely different to the Estee  Lauder one much smaller and difference in shape. The price point I picked this up for about £4.00 so value wise tons cheaper than it's premium friend above.  Packaging wise it's ok a bit clumpy but not gross, quite trendy with the rock n doll slogan this would appeal to my 15 year old daughter. Application wise much drier than the Estée Lauder one, I like the brush easy to use and apply. Now for me I did get quite spiky looking lashes I wouldn't say clumpy but a bit of a weird hedge hog style eyelash look.  Not horrific just different, but after a day I did experience a bit of smudging.  Didn't irritate my eyes or anything like that though.  Again I would prefer the Clinique mascara for the bottom lashes as nothing beats that one for them.  In terms of price I think it's ok, I'm at the age where I want my eyelashes to look like classy sweeping brushes so I wouldn't say this is my favourite but my daughter has now stolen if off me, I don't recommend sharing makeup I will add. 
I like the Estée Lauder one but I don't think anything currently beats Lancome Hypnose or Magnificels unless you can let me know if any can. 


Laura x 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Nivea double effect eye makeup remover

Now as a lover of a lot of eye makep including sometimes waterproof eyeliner I often struggle to get all my eye makeup off after doing my normal cleansing routines.  I am quite fanatical about my skincare and like to go to bed without any makeup on and I don't like to wake up to panda eyes.  So when I was in Boots the other day I thought do you know what I know that this eye makeup remover has been around for a little while now, I did think hmmmm perhaps this may be a big gimmicky with the separation in the bottle and the shake together solution but I thought let's give it a whirl.

Granted this is a small bottle it's only 125ml you don't really need a lot even for a heavy Eye makeup wearing person. The ingredients are ok they are suitable for sensitive skin types there is no fragrance no soap and no Parabens in,  there is sodium chloride in which some people may find a bit drying.  I shake the bottle to mix together and put some remover on a big square makeup pad I then place over my eyelid and hold it there for a while to let the product soak in so I can just wipe away my makeup instead of dragging and tugging the eye area. I fold the cotton pad over and then run this under my eye area to remove my eyeliner.



What I do then is to just wet another cotton pad in lukewarm water and wipe this over my eyelid and
around my eye area just to remove any last bits of product from around my eyes that gives me a clean base then for my eye creams and moisturisers.  I do find this eye makeup remover small but quite mighty in size it's really effective for removing even my hardcore water proof really good mascara's and even after a night out when I have literally layered on the mascara and eyeliner it's really really good at helping me not wake up looking like a panda.



Laura x

Monday, 7 August 2017

Elemis marine cream breast cancer limited edition pack

Evening guys I literally haven't bought anything for ages been proper skint but payday came and I was desparate for a new moisturiser,  I had a scroll through QVC website thinking hmmm please let's have a good moisturiser on offer or at least on easy pays.  I am quite strict on my skincare regime I am more into this than I am clothes, and its true your skin will like you if you like it first.  Really I need cleansers oils and allsorts as I'm running out of everything but moisturiser has to be the first purchase.  So I purchased the limited edition Elemis Marine cream  which incidentally was on 3 easy payments thank god......when it arrived it was in a bright pink gift box which looked too pretty to actually open, it looked like something that glitter would burst out of and unicorns would appear. That aside I opened it and my gigantic marine cream was there saying "hello come get me" in a beautiful pink jar with the breast cancer symbol on the top of the jar and also a spatula to use the cream.

So what is the deal with the marine cream and is it worth the price tag,  here is the science, complete with marine extracts Padina Pavonica with claims to transform the complexion in just over 2 weeks. Trials have proved that the appearance in wrinkle depth was reduced by up to 78% and that hydration was increased by up to 45%. Skin firmness and elasticity are dramatically increased whilst providing superior free radical protection.  



When I bought my first jar it was a much smaller version of this one, I literally used to plaster it all over my face and leave it.  I know now that's not the way to use it at all,.  Now I use the spatular and take out a tiny tiny bit less is more in this particular case.  I rub it between my hands to warm it up and activate the ingredients and then pat into my skin.  It's quite a nice routine once you get int it, you need to spend a little doing it but the results show on your face so keep at it.





I believe that proceeds go to breast cancer care from all sales of this product. It will take me a while to use this one up and the little bottle is to pretty to throw out.

On another news it's the school summer holidays although I'm not sure where the summer bit fits in as the weather has been shocking, but on the weekend I took my children to see CARS3 and we loved it, they are telling me they want to see captain underpants next omg....


Laura x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Botanics #theplantone review*

I was really kindly sent a large selection of skincare from Botanics, I love skincare so I was so happy to receive it.  Botanics is a natural skincare range that combine powerful plant extracts for a healthy looking complexion whilst being very reasonably priced. This weekend I had been painting my fence and shed out my back garden I had no idea it would take so long plus I didn't realise it was so hot so guess what I burnt my face and nose a bit ahhhhhhh. So these products have been so welcome to use to try and soothe my poor face. So let's have a little look at what I had.

My favourite: Organic Facial Oil, basically this is described as a meal for the skin, a little bottle of facial oil complete with a dropper to dispense the product, I put three drops into my palms and warmed then pressed into my skin, I was hoping that I wouldn't be met with that gross greasy feel and I wasn't this oil soaked quickly into my skin and made if feel lovely and hydrated, combined with rosehip oil which is rich in omega oils this may explain the nourished feeling and plumping, oils are my go to with skincare now as I feel they are essential in maintaining healthy skin and I was impressed by this little gem.

Day Cream: sometimes I skip it then do my makeup and I wish I hadn't when my makeup looks rubbish, so I try and find something lightweight I can use before makeup and this cream is good for that lightweight and non tacky I massage this cream in and let it sink in for about 10 minutes then apply my makeup, this cream is enriched with clary sage extract which helps moisturise dehydrated skin for hours.  As you get older it's been more important to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated because if you don't it will look rough and prune like and aged and you don't want that, so try not to skip it try and keep it moisturised, cleanse and then moisturise whilst you have your cup of tea in the morning.

Radiant youth refining microdermabrasion polish: now in truth I haven't used any exfoliating products on my face for a little while, so when this arrived I thought ok lets have a little go, now products I've used before have put me off for being quite rough, now when I used this yes it is a rough but I used it in areas that I felt my skin would benefit from getting rid of gross dead skin cells particularly my forehead and round by my nose and my chin, so a little scrub gently in circular motions and then I rinsed off oh my word my skin felt like velvet after using it I was so happy, this is the best time then to apply a facial oil or serum as your skin will literally soak it right in. My skin was a little red after using it, but that's to be expected after giving it a little scrub. My skin was glowing after this, now for me I will use this only once a week I feel like that is enough as rubbing your skin too much is not good for it and it's more effective to use it less frequently.


The triple age renewal facial super serum: this serum is formulated to help hydrate and nourish skin and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles,  this one wasn't my favourite but only as I found it a bit drying for me, I'm more of an oil person than a serum I've come to realise, but combined with the combination of skincare this is a good little product.  You cannot beat the prices of these products and for the record my skin is normal to combination and I didn't receive any irritation or breakouts the only redness I experienced was when using the micro Dermabrasion but that's to be expected.  No dryness spots or weirdness so I would recommend.




Laura x

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

How to live life to the full

Hello beauts hope you are all well, today I'm writing another positive post, in view of so much sad things around at the moment and me knowing 4 people my age with terminal illness I thought it was time to reflect on positive things and blessings.  I'm a massive believer in life is too short to not enjoy it and for me I love travelling and going different places and doing that with my children as that is what makes happy memories.
If you can't go abroad then going to the park or for a nice walk is just as good, fresh air and quality time with your family is priceless and doesn't matter where you are.
If like me you suffer from anxiety or depression sometimes you may not feel that your life is positive or you can even live your life to the full but with that my best advice is to take small steps every day and try and dig out positive aspects of your life and what I'm trying to remember that your kids are only little kids for such a short time they grow up so quickly and then don't want to do things with you when they get older.
I have started doing exercise now to, I used to shut off when I heard people talk about going to the gym or running and think how boring and actually I don't do any of those things but I do an exercise class with wicked music that helps me through it, I don't find it one bit boring and I actually really love it and I get home and feel good and less stressed when I do that.
If you have lots of friends try and meet up where possible and spend time with them, people are very busy with life but try and fit in time for your friends you need them as much as they need you. And to have a good laugh and a giggle is something to look back on when you don't feel too great.

I'm a firm believer of not saving for when I'm old this doesn't mean it's advisable and not for everyone, I think to myself sod it spend it now, if I do get to old age il be skint but at least il have good memories a good skincare collection and I will have good memories with the kids.

What do you do to live your life to the full??

Laura



Sunday, 11 June 2017

My micro blading experience

Hey guys much more of a light hearted post compared to my other ones,  today I'm talking about ya browz in real terms your eyebrows, I've always heard bloggers, makeup artists and anyone who knows there stuff say how important your eyebrows are to your face and that they really frame your face.  So for years I've been plucking my eyebrows to within an inch of there life and then with any gaps I've been left with I've been filling in so badly.  I have bought every product and brush known to man to try and give me the brows I have wanted but I've sadly failed.
And then I heard of people having there eyebrows tattooed and I had been toying with that idea for ages but never actually done it.
And then I heard of microblading and I was like ok what is that?  "Microblading is a form of tattooing, unlike a regular tattoo where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine, hair like strokes are drawn with the tool to mimic natural hairs in your brows"

Now my eyebrows are pretty straight naturally and I didn't have an arch at all, so the space between my eyelid and the top of my eyebrow was literally non existent.  It was only when I had my makeup done for my birthday and the artist gave me a really definite arch I realised how much it could transform your whole look and I decided to give it a go.

I booked in with a reputable salon and seen loads of examples of her work and done it, I had numbing cream put on the areas needed and she left that to take effect, once she started I could hear a scraping noise which I wasn't loving but I couldn't feel anything.  It did take a while I honestly felt like I had been in the salon for hours and was loosing the will to live but then it was done.  I was really happy with the results though and the lady booked me in for a further 4 weeks for a top up.  The environment was really clean and sterile which again is essential when having a treatment like this done.

So today i returned for my top up and this is essential for any patches to be filled in and to keep your colour nice and fresh, the colour can be adapted to suit any hair colour and skin colour so that they look as natural and non fake as possible.  Today didn't take half as long as they first did, and the bonus was I didn't hear that scrapy sound either, so truthfully I could have gone asleep and I wouldn't have felt a thing.  The only thing that freaks me out is when I wake up in the morning makeup free my eyebrows are completely done and I look so funny as they are perfect and then you have my non makeup face ha ha.

If your considering it, it is worth it, I have to return every year now for a top up and I should always have nice eyebrows.

Hope you enjoyed this post



Laura 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Real life How I Escaped a cult growing up.

Hey guys hope your well, wow this title is deep isint so unlike my normal I like this tan or face highlighter post but I've been thinking a lot about this all recently and thought I would share it particularly if it can help anyone.
So about me you may know that I'm in my forties and currently live in Wales growing up my "dad" was in the RAF so I lived in lots of places but ended up in Scotland as a small child along with my brother who I was just over two years older than.  Being a little girl I remember quite a happy childhood when I was say 6 years odd but that all changed when my families religion changed from my father being a Catholic and my "mum" being a non practising Methodist to a different religion that I won't name but you may guess when you read on. I noticed that a lot changed the Christmas tree was thrown away and I didn't have birthday presents or parties anymore, and nor did my brother, I will say my father wasn't part of the new religion but he agreed with the stopping of birthdays and Christmas. At school I was taken out of participating in Christmas concerts in mixing with the children out of school and not allowed to receive or give presents, I remember being stuck in a room on my own whilst the other children enjoyed christmas parties and not enjoying that feeling.

Attending the meetings (talks about god etc) where very regular, I personally hating walking there we would be made to do the three mile trip there by foot three times a week in all weathers, I don't think I missed one even if I was unwell. So I got to about eleven years old and then my parents told us we were moving to Wales I was quite excited about this, being a kid I thought this was a great adventure new school new friends and hopefully not having to attend those meetings.  Little did I know that my life was going to get a whole lot worse.
The move was complete and my brother and myself were put into new schools, I settled ok, and was invited to lots of places but I was never allowed to go, I don't know what changed in my dad but I started beating my mother really really badly and they would be arguing constantly, he started drinking extremely heavily and that did not help matters. Whilst all this was going on I still was attending this church.  My mother became more and more iratic in her behaviour and would shout at me whilst on the way to the church, if I didn't participate in the meeting she would hit me on the back of the head with her hand or worse get the microphone and hit me on the head with that it was mortifying.
Home life was getting increasingly worse, I was now 13 and my brother 11 and my father was beating my brother all the time and throwing so much emotional abuse at him, in the end my brother stopped going to school and ended up running away from home and getting into trouble.  I was being made to go to the betting shops and stand outside and ask old men to put bets on for my dad as he wouldn't leave the house and then I would have to get people to get cans of beer and cigarettes for me to take home for him to, this was daily, my brother didn't return home after this he ended up at young offenders institutes which was awful, meanwhile back at home the beatings went to me.  I was still having to go to the church and disguise my bruises my swellings and my tears.  I wasn't allowed to discuss what was going on,
I sat my exams and I really do not know how I did it without falling apart I was desparate to get away from the church and my situation at home, I remember being scared going to bed and going to sleep in fear as many times my father would drag me out of bed by the hair and pull me down the stairs and scream swear at me and beat me, he would continuously tell me how ugly and horrible I was so naturally I thought I was.  I begged my mum to help me but she wouldn't listen to me, I was now 19 and I was mentally and physically battered, I had been beaten 4 nights continuously and was a wreck, the church were having a party (gathering) In a house in Cardiff and I begged to go, I couldn't believe I was allowed to go, I went and was told to be home by 11 bearing in mind I was 19, I was enjoying myself and realised it was 12 o'clock and at that moment I decided I wasn't going to return home and I never did.
For three years after that night I would go to work and my mother used to wait in the bus stop and thrust letters in my hand,, she wouldn't talk to me, she said she wasn't allowed as I had left the church to, she said she couldn't have anything to do with me anymore, the letters were very long and rambling and didn't make any sense at all. But in essence she wouldn't bother with me anymore.

So where am I at now, well I'm 43 years old, my parents are now living in Reading, I do not see them at all anymore, I have seem them once 15 years ago and that was when my brother died, but I don't anymore, if you think I'm harsh not having things to do with them this has been a long thoughtful decision, I am a mother to three children myself and I would never ever treat them in this way or force them into a religion either.  I would say that I haven't been left unscaved by them and I struggle with a lot of things, I was never shown love or affection by them, so I do find it hard to be loving loving if that makes sense, I know I'm not ugly but it's taken me a long time to realise that but the feeling of escaping the clutches of the religion were and have been overwhelming some of my memories have been lost of my childhood I don't know if it's because of trauma but I can't remember them, but now I'm happy and living a normal life.

So if your in a similar position or scared you cannot get out of something you can be brave strong and do it, you won't look back.



Laura xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Does ageism exist when your a blogger

Well hello lovelies hope your all well, today's post isint my normal look I've bought a fab shampoo or look at the bling of this highlighter today's post is about a more prevelant thought.

As an avid twitter user although no I don't have thousands of followers etc, I like twitter for promoting my blog, competitions and seeing what is going on in the world I have noticed a change in the last four years.  Whereas when I started blogging I couldn't give a rats ass about my age my weight my bank balance and what bag I carry, I started blogging as a hobby and I consider it still that way.
However I have noticed that bloggers do seem to get on if they are the size 8/10 perfect hair chanel bag carrying type, this is not meant as a swipe by all means I myself have been in the size 8/10 category I just didn't have the Chanel bag or the perfect hair... But what about the talent and the personality first.  Why can't bloggers succeed because they are older a bit more lined and have a bit more junk in there trunk.

I've seen big bloggers who are a bit older and shall we say not as stereo typical looking as the run of the mill types get terrible abuse on Instagram saying some awful things.why even people even type these terrible things i will never know what gain do people have from belittling people.  Why shouldn't people who are a bit older or a bit different looking do a lovely contour look, or a nice glitter eye why not??? Or do a nice outfit post who cares if they are a size 20, everyone is beautiful and unique and what are we telling these younger girls that unless your perfect you won't succeed, why my words to that is kiss my age as the lovely Jules a fellow blogger says, she rocks the outfits posts and her positivity is refreshing... age doesn't matter we are all succesful and we all can look amazing we need to stick together and support.


Here is my kiss my age picture, sporting lashings of glitter highlighter and bronzer and I don't care....yes I'm old but I'm not growing old typically why should I.


Laura x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wella Oil Reflections Lumionous Shampoo

I had been sent this shampoo and conditioner a couple of months ago to try and I loved it so much I ordered the mega 1000ml size it must be a salon size as it's huge, I didn't realise it didn't come with a pump though so when the shampoo came without I just ordered that separately.  My hair is now just under the chin in a bob with purposely dark roots, it's then a while to get there so it's quite frazzled.
My hair is also very fine and flyaway to.

The shampoo is described as being able to offer a mirror like shine to dull hair, and I can say this is true, my hair is dull and bring processed to blonde doesn't shine very well at all. But that being said my work mates have commented and said my hair does look more shiny recently win win. 

Ingredient wise Camellia Oil and White Tea extract are present which help to moisture the hair from roof to tip without weighing down the hair.  Now scent wise some people have described it as floral I personally don't I think it's more of a fresh clean scent, I love the smell and thats one of the things that made me buy it, I can smell it on my hair for hours after washing it, I love that as it makes me feel clean and that my hair is clean.  


I bought the conditioner that matches the shampoo to but you know how it goes the shampoo always runs out first so I figured it would make more sense to get the large shampoo and normal sized conditioner as they will probably run out at the same time now haha.

I know Wella have a new range out now to called FUSION my beady eye is on that to, but let's see how long this takes me to use up.  Another reason I love this is my opinion is that if you have a nice haircut and you colour your hair to, you need to look after that colour, so that's another reason in my justification in buying posh products.

It may help to know I picked up this huge size for £20 which is a bargain as it's normally £40 I can't remember the site but if you scour the net you should be able to find a good deal to.


Laura x 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Forty third birthday celebrations

Scary that in seven years il be fifty but hey live life to the full I say, so with that in mind it was rude to not organise a birthday night out well starting at 5pm ok so early evening.  You don't realise how much effort it is to get ready for a night out, pre prepping is all about the tan, the nails, the hair then on the day it's the makeup.  My early morning started with football matches for my littlest then more football through the day.  So bit of a final rush to get ready.  We decided to go out local as it's easier to get home and if you have a good drink you don't really want to be sitting in a taxi for twenty minutes feeling queasy sore feet and just dying to get in.


So this was the start hair done by my clever niece I wanted a nice clean blonde with dark roots and that's what she did, literally a hair angel so lucky the poor girl is local as I'm always pestering her I think I'm enough to put her off hair.



And here she is all ready I know she's my niece but what a gorg she is.  She's such fun as well and always has a smile on her face.








And me complete with a top I had for my birthday from a little boutique in Cardiff from my best friend... Makeup mainly Mac Charlotte Tilbury and Armani. 




So a late afternoon tea which was gorgeous washed down with copious amounts of Prosecco.

Now don't be deceived by this little ensemble. Inside this copper teapot was a cocktail which was called Cherry Bakewell and was absolutely stunning, but absolutely lethal and very strong I'm sure it was neat alcohol but really nice.  We always start off so sophisticated and it ends up a little bit messy but why not being 43 is not so bad.


Laura 



Sunday, 23 April 2017

Skinny Tan Express Mousse*

Hi guys hope you are all well, this week I'm limbering up for my birthday, it's my 43rd so no stranger to birthdays as I've had lots now as I'm climbing up the numbers, that's not to say I can't still prep like a teen for my nights out he he, well admittedly it's a lot tougher these days.  One thing I like do now before a night out is fake tan, I just feel personally a bit more body confident and happier with a bit of colour, years ago I favoured the orange shades nowadays I prefer more of a glow and a healthier natural look.  I was really kindly sent some skinnytan to me to try.  I had seen ads popping up for this on my Facebook and I had heard a little about it but hadn't actually bought any, I think the initial price may have put me off hence I'm glad I tried it now was il fill you in now.

So I was sent the Express Mousse including the Mitt, the express mousse is developed so if you are rushing to go out and need your tan in quick time then you can, you leave it for an hour and you get a medium colour leave it longer and you will get it darker.  I have to say hands down  and I kid you not this is the best smelling tan I have ever come across a fresh coconut smell which reminds me of going on holiday is what you get with this, no awful biscuit smell, no wet sticky tacky feel either on application I was more than happy with this, also I have to tell you about the mitt, this mitt is literally goals, it feels soft to the touch made with velvet and dark brown so no lovely tan stains, easy to wash and look after, this mitt is beautiful.


In my humble personal opinion the mitt is so well thought of as it's one of my gripes when you take your time to do your tan and make sure you don't have streaks and then you take the mitt of and you have tanned palms it drives me insane.  But I didn't get this using the mitt.
So back to the tan I used it for an hour and had a light soft glow, my personal preference is leaving it on over night and showering in the morning as I prefer a slightly deeper colour which lasts longer.  It was a little patchy round my ankles but I didn't exfoliate them enough so make sure you do this and moisturise your ankles first.  I got a good solid 5 days out of this tan, I also liked the fade off to, it didn't look weird it actually faded off very naturally.  

Now back to the price point it's not the cheapest tan around, however in this case I will say if you like a nice smelling tan with an excellent colour pay off then it's worth getting. 
Roll on my birthday celebrations with a nice healthy tan,

Laura


*PR sent for consideration for review

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Afternoon tea at the Hilton and Dirty Martinis

So my bestest friend in the world recently turned 40 and had not long had a baby so she didn't want a mad weekend away much to all our disappointment, I was hoping for a weekend in Ibiza or even Marbella even if I would be in bed by 10pm. So with these plans aside I arranged a night day out in our hometown of Cardiff.  I booked Afternoon Tea at the a hilton for 25 of us with prosecco and then a booth at Dirty Martini.

We all took our children to football in the morning and then had the mad dash to get home to get all ready for our day out.  We all met at the local pub then took a train into town to get to the Hilton. The manager came to introduce himself which was lovely and then we were seated until our food arrived. We were topped up with endless amounts of prosecco which trust me is hard work in the afternoon.  There were other parties present to another 40th celebration and a 30th birthday also.  I was secretly giggling there was an elderly lady in one of the parties who's prosecco had gone right to her head and she was slumped in the chair I thought it's normally me who's like that.  Anyway we had a great afternoon and such a good laugh, going back and for the toilet was a nightmare it felt about three miles away from our room but never mind eating all those sandwiches and cake the walking is probably a good thing.





So we finished up here then walked through the shopping arcades to Dirty Martini, I haven't visited Dirty Martini before and I was impressed with how smart the staff were and how smart the place was, we arrived just in time for happy hour and we made way through the cocktail menu.  So our night just got better and better and the laughs louder and longer.  We caught the last train home and literally had the best day ever.

Laura 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

How I spend my chilled evenings

Hi guys hope your all well, today I'm actually having a bit of a chilled evening after a busy day in work, I finished early from work the sun was shining and I got loads of boring washing and cleaning done. My children were relatively calm after a mad day in school but were playing musically on there iPads so once that was done it was our family time. And I rarely get to do it but what's better than lying on the sofa with your feet up with the kids round you, well I love it anyway.  I'm really back into watching Benidorm again I thought it was slow to start but it's eventually picking up and I'm enjoying it again and yes I do find watching the tv Panasonic 4K TV is perfect for this as when I had my first flat I had the smallest little portable tv you have ever seen and I couldn't see anything on it.  So to be fair I didn't find it relaxing or get to appreciate anything I was watching as I could hardly see it plus it was so grainy I often just turned it off and lost my patience grrrrrr. So I actually feel posh now as I have defo upgraded and when I have the time I love watching travel programmes and love seeing things in the glory and colour they should be not in the past black and white god I'm so old.


I would say that family life and free time are not something that many people can find time to mix together.so I would say if you get it snatch it and do it as making memories are the best thing ever. I literally have to snatch the time now as my teenage daughter is generally in her bedroom on group chats talking to her friends, my middle boy is generally on his phone or out with his friends or doing his homework, and my littlest doesn't give me much tv time as his xbox is attached to it, what idiot what do that (me) and he's playing FIFA as he's football obsessed, but I'd rather that than kicking the football all around my house as he's been known for the last year to do that and break loads of my vases. Oh actually as we speak he's up at the tv break and kicking a tennis ball around where did that come from.

Hope you enjoyed this and your valuable free time to


Laura

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My lip filler experience

Hey guys  hope you are all well, and starting to enjoy the lighter nights, although tonight it's currently pouring down, so I thought I would fill you in on something I've had done, now my friends have been having Botox and things done to there faces for years and at the ripe old age of nearly 43 I've been lucky enough to not need anything like that done but recently whilst they were all having stuff done I thought I'd quite like a little filler to make my lips fuller but didn't want them to look huge.  Now my natural lips are a little wonky and quite thin on the top so I was hoping for a more fuller but natural lip.

The advice I would give is if you want something done research it first don't just jump in, the ladies that done mine are qualified nurses, I filled in paperwork including health questions, seen certification and had after care advice if you are not presented with any of these things I would think twice a cheaper offer may not be a sensible one.

So all in all my procedure took about twenty minutes where I was given a numbing block in my top lip, I am not keen on needles so I don't look. I close my eyes and think about nice things to take my mind off it all, once this is done the nurse goes ahead and injects the filler.  Now as I had explained the look I wanted she had she knew where to place the filler.  Once she was happy with this she moved on to the bottom lip and again applied the numbing block and proceeded to inject the bottom lip once the lip had numbed.



After she had finished they were swollen and they continued to be for about two days plus they do feel a bit weird like a bit rubbery but after that they do look much more normal, I don't think  they look huge well I don't think they do and I like the way they look with lipstick on, I don't wear Lipliner when they are like this as I feel they don't need anymore definition.



And this is my before and after pictures which they use on there website which I actually feel is quite nice, I know some people won't like them and that's ok.  If anyone wants to ask me anything I'm more than happy to help


Laura x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse

So back with a skincare post today this time I've been trying a range I have heard absolutely loads about but I didn't but mainly because I stuck to my usual brands, anyway I decided to give the cleanser a go, described as a balm and after using a balm before but from a different brand I figured I didn't have to much to lose.
Sarah Chapmans ultimate cleanse is designed to remove all traces of makeup and to leave the skin feeling soft and clean, the cleanser comes in a pump bottle which you literally press one pump into your palm and that is sufficient to use to cleanse your skin.
Ingredients include soothing omega-rich baobab and borage oils mixed with a dose of antioxidant vitamins A and E and precious white lily to boost collagen production. Also provided is a professional cleansing mitt which has two layers one side for exfoliation and one for removing eye makeup.



So as someone who wears a lot of makeup including foundation and bronzer and blusher and eye makeup I was interested to see how this balm would perform and would it get all this makeup off, well the answer is yes, you use the amount that the pump dispenses and massage gently into your face, the balm turns into a creamy milky formula which easily wipes and washes away.  My skin is left cleansed feeling clean and brighter and my pores felt clean and tighter.  I didn't feel that my skin felt tight or irritated but felt soft clean and looked healthy and if you end up with healthy clean glowy skin then that's a great basis for your day to start with, if your skin looks congested and blocked then your makeup won't look great and you won't end up having the best day because if your skin doesn't look great you don't feel great.

I love this cleanser it truly is lovely and luxurious my only criticisms are the price point it's not the cheapest (£40.00 100ml) and the packaging in my humble opinion could be a little better but I actually do believe it's what's inside that counts.

Laura xx

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Garnier Miicellar Cleansing Gel Wash

Hey guys hope all is well, this week has been manic with half term and even though I've been in work and the kids have been off this week seems to have been really long and exhausting,,,anyway towards  the end of the week my favourite cleanser ran out with no warning as you can't tell how much is left as the bottle is green and you can't see inside, so I was thinking what I do now so a quick run to Boots and a scan of all the shelves and I still couldn't decide.  Then I noticed  the Garnier section had a third off all products so it's a win win.  I bought the new Cleansing Gel Wash and a huge bottle of Micellar bottle which literally was massive but it has to be as my daughter pinches it all the time.




The Cleansing Gel wash is new to Garnier and is an all in one cleanser which soothes the skin and removes makeup even on the lips and eyes.  Normally my daughter uses face wipes which I don't like so I bought two bottles of the gel wash for me and her.  I like the fact that the bottle has a pump on it as it's nice and hygienic and not only that as my daughter suffers from bad skin at the moment it's ideal for keeping more bacteria away from the skin. There is a sensitive skin version which I bought the two of and a normal version.  This product is unscented but yet fresh and leaves your skin feeling clean and not stripped or dry which I hate and has been known with products before.  My skin is oily and my daughters is sensitive and acne prone, so the results for both of us were good as neither were left feeling harsh,
Also it's worth noting myself and my daughter are both makeup junkies addicts full on we love makeup girls which means we both love our false eyelashes full face of makeup including glitter which can be an absolute nightmare to get off plus not only that when either of us give our faces a good full on cleanse we think that our skin is clean and wake up to the dreaded panda eye look in the morning gulp it's so not a good look. However after using this gel wash it didn't a really good job of getting rid of makeup including stubborn tough to remove makeup,  Tel gel turns to a lather and you normally only need about two pumps to give your face a good cleanse.

I am normally a high end skincare girl and my daughter a face wipe girl, I've encouraged her to ditch the wipes which she has and uses this, and I am now a convert to this as it comes in at a fab price and does an amazing job.


Laura

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

I'm all about the glitter and sparkle and to be honest the sparklier and glittery the better, so when Stila launched there new range of eyeshadows they were heavily featured on many a bloggers instagrams and they were literally raved about I did think are they as good as the hype.  My other also fear was would the glitter literally give you the dreadful fallout and I would be forever scrubbing away through the day and the night under my eye trying to get rid of it and the other worry being a person over 40 was the glitter going to be a terrible no no full stop well let's see.

So there it us I bought Kitten Karma which is described as jewels for the eyes a perfect mixture of pearl and glitter to adorn the eyes with incredible luster and shimmer. Also described as lightweight
water infused formular which glides on effortlessly, dries down smoothly locking in sparkle with
minimal fallout.
So with that in mind I put this on this morning before going to watch football with my son just the right place to have a full on glitter eye ha ha and here we are.

So you can see I have kept most of my other makeup a lot more flat as I don't want to take anything away from the glitter and literally placed it on too of my eyeshadow which today was Mac Cranberry and Mac Antiqued.  I applied it all over my lower lid with the applicator in the bottle.





I also all applied a little bit by my tear ducts just to create a bit more drama I actually thought oh god what if I'm glittering so much il get him the face with the ball.



And this is me after football so looking a bit more shinier as I have oily skin and it's all still intact despite being at football being subject to freezing temperatures and having some funny glances at football I have no fallout whatsoever.  Normally you can also put glitter on and it can feel quite weird and scratchy to apply I didn't experience any of that.  It does feel wet to go on your eyelid but druse super quick plus I didn't get any transfer onto my upper lid from blinking or anything. Do I love it oh my god yes I really do, do I want the other colours yes I do.

Also is it age appropriate well I'm over 40 and I have it on, I actually really like it and yes I would wear it out for a night out of course I would, and there may be some skeptics who don't think it's suitable for someone my age and that's ok but I happen to enjoy a bit of glitter and as long as that makes a person feel happy and that's fine to.


Laura x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Valentines Gift Ideas and Valentines Day as A Kid

Hey guys freezing day today been to my little mans football now wrapped up in the warm thinking about ideas for Valentines Day, I was really kindly sent a gorgeous little charm from tresorparis which is a red pair of ballet pumps and really really cute, I'd be happy with that as a gift they also have little flip flops and a stunning red stiletto which are priced between £14-19 which I have to say is very reasonable I am definitely going to buy the stiletto to complete the look on my charm bracelet.
I actually think it's quite difficult for men to buy their wives or girlfriends presents for Valentines Day as typically some may steer towards the safe chocolates and flowers but more is expected nowadays so a little gift like this is thoughtful plus a keepsake.




So what else could be nice as a valentines day gift well again it depends on budget but other ideas are perfume which is always nice,  a nice purse or scarf and my personal favourite very cliche but I love Lindt chocolates and they come in strawberry flavour which is literally amazing.  I like makeup as well and you can see from my photo I like a red lip sometimes to and my favourite Chanel red lipstick has had a battering and is nearly all gone.


So there really are so many cute little thoughtful gifts that you can get.  Ok embarrassing I know but when I was a child at school I used to get so excited for valentines day as I thought it was amazing and I used to every year run to the door to see if I would get any cards through the post but I never did, then I used to have a little butterfly in my stomach going to school praying I would get a card but I never ever ever did.  I was always so disappointed but looking back now I can clearly understand why I didn't, I had a boys crop for hair and terrible acne, and all the pretty girls and popular girls used to leave school practically needing a suitcase for all there balloons and gifts.  Good job later on I learnt how to deal with my hair and skin.  Nowadays I make sure I buy cards for my children as I know what it's like to feel left out and I love seeing there faces when they get a card, they make out that they don't like it and get all embarrassed but I know and can tell they secretly love it.

Happy valentines day all


Laura. X


*pr sent for consideration for review

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Three of my top thickening texture products for hair

Hey guys hope your well, my little man is off on a school trip to London tommorow so I've sat by him on his bed as he has to be up really early and like me he's no fan of early mornings.  So I thought I would tell you some products I've been loving lately for hair when you need some volume and texture, if your a thick haired gal or guy you might still love these for texture but if your a fine flyaway type like me these may be perfect for you.  So if you read my blog regularly you may know I have had hair extensions for a while but I took them out myself to rest my natural hair.  I had a good cut on my real hair which I love so now it's just down to me and the products eek.

First I've been loving Kerastase Spray a Porter described basically as a sea salt spray yet this is not a typical salt spray where you could be left with that sticky gluey feeling in your hair.  This actually gives the texture you need and want but still allows your hair to move as it's not all clumped together, the formular is lightweight and also is combined with a heat protector so your getting the benefits of protection from your hairdryer and styling tools plus you get the finish you want.  To use I wash and condition my hair as usual and towel dry I lightly spritz the spray through my hair I then rough dry my hair with the drier and then I usually pull through some curls with either my straighteners or a curling wand. I like this as it offers the heat protection plus the wavy tousled effect on my hair that I
am currently wearing, for me this was a winner as sprays like this can often leave my hair feeling
horrible and really weighing my fine hair down but this didn't and it didn't make my roots feel greasy
either.  I'm sure if your lucky to have more fuller hair this won't need to help with volume but can
give you that beachy look.


Secondly another product I've been using is from Wella called Sugar Lift* now I happen to like this line and I love the classic sleek packaging! now again for fine flat hair this will and can be your new best friend it's currently mine if it's not been placed in hiding away from my daughters thieving hands with her lovely long full hair she tells me she likes the smell grrrr,  so again if I'm changing up my products I will wash and towel dry my hair and use this before styling along with a heat protector. 
After my hair has dried I also use a bit at the root just for some extra sneaky volume and I feel like my full haired friends all bouncy for the day.  My daughter was right it does absolutely smell nice I cannot think of any negatives to say about this, it really is a must for creating lift and helps with texturised styles.


And lastly this one is from Aveda called Volumizing Tonic it actually looks and reminds me of something from the Pharmacy but don't be fooled, this little gem is typically Aveda in terms of plant extracts and is amazing for that fine fly away hair we are taking about.  Wash your hair and apply to the roots, only the roots and if your using a damage repair or heat protector use that at the ends and not where you have applied this. This is not a thickening treatment though I believe you can buy one from Aveda but this is the volume one and you certainly get volume, in truth for the first hour of going out I feel like my hair is huge and everyone is staring at it, but in reality of course it's not and it's not huge, it's just nicely volumised and bouncy which are two things I'm not used to with my hair.

So if your thinking of adding some sass and volume and or looking for a texure used look hopefully these reviews will help you to be able to make the most from your style.


Laura x


*was gifted as part of the looks for the Golden Globes by Wella 




Sunday, 5 February 2017

Why I changed my blog name

Ok so a few have asked ok your still blogging but why have you changed the name from Liberty Loves Makeup to Alexa's Attic.  So Liberty is my daughters name so I felt that it was a fitting tribute to her that I named my blog after her plus the makeup side comes from my obvious love of makeup.  My only gripe in the name was if I was writing about skincare or hair it didn't reflect well in the title. I felt that this restricted a bit what I talked about and I didn't want to just be stuck talking about those things.  I do love them but want to be able to chat about allsorts.

So where did Alexa's Attic come from actually it was really easy and simple choice Alexa being my middle name and the Attic because I thought, in an attic you store all sorts of things and sometimes popping up in a attic it can be a bit like a treasure trove, so this was a good fit for me as I will be able to talk and chat about everything and won't feel that I am restricted to just certain things.  Don't get me wrong makeup skincare and hair are still going to feature really highly on the blog but there will be holiday stuff travel kids and all sorts so I hope that you will like it and follow my journeys with me.



Thanks for reading my post


Laura x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Armani Power Fabric Foundation First Impression


Hi guys Hope you are all well,   I haven't bought a new foundation for ages I have had about 6 different bottles on the go with tiny bits left as sometimes you can't see how much is left in them and I've been rotating them but I actually thought enough is enough I need to get ordering a foundation.  I was going to stick to my old faithful ones that I normally get but I had watched a youtube video from Lydia Millen and she was using the Armani Power Fabric foundation and I liked the look of it and description. 


So it came yesterday in lovely black packaging typically chic Armani, and the foundation itself is described as Long wear high cover foundation with an SPF of 25 which is amazing to protect your face from the damaging effects of the sun.  Described as lightweight a second skin finish but with full coverage.  There are 20 shades to suit all skin tones and the formula is adapted to deliver optimal coverage without cracking or dulling.  So is this true and how did it perform for me.






The shade I chose was number 4, I was a bit nervous as it's by no means a cheap foundation and I wasn't  going In to a store to get colour matched.  So I was thinking oh no what if it's too pale for me or what if it's too dark and I look like a Terry's chocolate orange and then what if it oxides in the day you know the usual worries so with all this  playing on mind I put it to the test this morning. Up early any blurry eyed for work here we go.







So here's my tired puffy 6am face which I prepped with a sweep of micellar water and my Kiehls moisturiser for my base, I put one pump of foundation on the back of my hand and then started to apply onto my face.  Application was fine you don't get a lot of stretch with the foundation due to the matte finish but I was ok with this considering I had just stuck to the one pump.  Easy to blend into my face and I was thrilled to see the colour match in my opinion was good for me.  My skin is oily to combination just for reference.  After I had applied the foundation there was a few minor areas that needed a bit more work but I could do this with concealer which was just by my nose. 







Sorry about the lighting but it's not great at 6am plus I can't focus myself that early ha ha, but you can hopefully tell that the foundation has covered the redness in my natural skin and I think it gives a very good natural but effective look to the skin





And this is me en route to work this is just before 8am and I think that colour match wise this is good plus I think that the look is nice and natural,  I love the feeling of this foundation as it truly feels light and airy and my skin didn't feel cakey or heavy but actually light and fresh.  Now as it's matte your face can actually look quite flat so I have applied a small amount of my bronzer which today I used Bobbi Brown and I had my trusted Becca Highlighter on.  I feel this just gives the skin the glow I want, but if you don't like a glow you don't need to do this.  If your a fan of a glow you may favour Armani Luminous Silk, but in my opinion I much prefer this one, it does remind me of another of my favourites Double Wear but to me this is far better.


And here we are at 4pm I have no shine really on my forehead and I hadn't powdered either, the only powder i did was set under my eyes to prevent creasing which I used my Laura Mercier Loose powder.  
So overall verdict is if you like a medium to high coverage foundation that feels light and airy with no glow then this is great for you.  If you prefer a more glowy complexion then Nars Sheer Glow may be more your bag or Armani Lumious Silk.  I happen to love this I didn't have any cakey flaky patches on my face.  And it did last me all day.  The only off putting factor is the price a jaw dropping £36 but we are talking Armani here plus as I only used a little bit it's sure to last me a while.

Hope you liked this post 


Laura xx



Saturday, 28 January 2017

Three days at Disneyland Paris

They say it's a kids dream to go to Disney but now I'm back I would say it's everyone's dream to go to Disney.  So let's get started on our trip, I've never been before and my children haven't either so I was desperate to go and to take them, so I booked it and didn't tell the children and surprised them by telling them a week before, why I did it a week before I'm not entirely sure because they literally couldn't sleep as they were so excited.  On the morning we went we had to get up at 5pm I couldn't sleep myself as I was so excited but did get up on time and then a mad rush to meet the coach as we were travelling to Paris by coach gulp.  I made sure I took plenty of snacks and iPads to keep the children entertained as the journey was estimated for 12 hours double gulp.  Actually it went really quick and we arrived at Disney, we checked in and I was staying  at Santa Fe Hotel.  Quick drink and we were out, it was quite cold and rainy but who cared as we were in Disney.

A quick stop in one of the Disney shops for accessories and we were off on a quick look at everything.


Anywhere else you couldn't get away with this look but at Disney anything is acceptable.  No amount of tiredness would stop any of us from staying out and exploring but we did need to go back to the hotel and we had a busy day ahead of us.  The next day we bounced between both parks universal and disney, as we had done a few fast passes, we wanted to get most of the big rides out of the way so we opted for Tower of Terror first, right now I queued for the ride and got to the top ready to go on and my nerves got the better of me so is linked off down the stairs I felt so gutted I couldn't do it.  My children came off bouncing and loving it.  So in my head I thought I need to do this ride at least before we leave.  The rest of the day we walked round trying to do as many things as we could and we did.  What we couldn't do we fast passed and had times to go back later in the day. After a really long but fun day we stopped for good in one of the many eateries in the park I can't remember the name but I know it was really expensive to eat there.  We then went and done our fast past rides which were Peter Pan and Pirates of the Carribean and then it was time for the wishes fireworks display.




I literally had a huge lump in my throat watching this as it really was one of the most magical things I've ever seen,  the children literally didn't speak but they were fixed on watching the fireworks.  To savour these moments I will never ever forget and I hope they don't either.   The next day again was a culmination of doing the rides that we hadn't done before so we did Ratatouille and I think it was one of my favourites it was amazing, and I would say if you are going and haven't gone before try your best to do it, it's visually amazing.  We tried to get back on it but it was so busy so I think other people had the same thoughts.  This time after we had done loads of rides we wanted to have a really good look in the shops as I wanted to buy some things to take home like mugs and presents and the obligatory fridge magets I couldn't help think how really expensive the shops were, lots of my friends told me it was and it really is but I was prepared for it.  I think it was the eating out that really was so so expensive but again people had warned me so I was prepared for that to.  


The days literally flew I have never known days to go that quick before they certainly don't when your in work, but on the way home we were all really tired, but I just looked at my pictures on my phone and couldn't help but think what an amazing amazing time.  This picture was from one of the parades everything was fab to watch and there was no little detail that was missed everything was so perfect.  And back to the Tower of Terror ride did I go on it yes I did the next day after the one I was far too scared to go on, I literally thought if my children can then I need to not be a wuss, let's just say my heart was nearly in my mouth on it, and I thought I was going to fly our of the seat and out if the building but obviously you don't, it was such a thrill ride, but I am so glad that I did it, my children thought I was so brave and for ten minutes after I had been on it, I was like the coolest mum ever.  I am sure I aged 50 years on that though.


Would I go back yes I would go tonight I literally loved it, when people have told me before how good it was I thought ah can it really be that good, yes it literally can memories last forever,  the only thing I would say is eat savvy as it is very expensive to eat out.  Take snacks for the day for the park, I took a small Robinsons Squeezy which I could put orange squash in water so the children had plenty to drink.  Wear warm clothes layers are better, and take comfortable shoes as you walk non stop.


Hope you liked this post.


Laura x



Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Algenist Anti Ageing Review

Hey guys bit of a skincare post which is one of my favourite things to talk about other than chocolate so as I'm heading into my 43rd year gulp I am really stepping up my skincare regime particularly when it comes to anti ageing.  I purchased a set from QVC called Algenist I had actually never heard of this brand before but figured after reading a lot of reviews this line would be right up my street.  So I bought the whole set on a easy pay option from QVC which basically means you get the whole lot and can pay it off in little bits each month.



So here is what I start with the Algenist Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser in the morning, to apply I wet my skin and lather gently into my skin.  The cleanser is gentle yet effective and leaves my skin feeling clean but not dry.  The anti ageing factor in here is Alguronic Acid which is extracted from algae.  Algenist products are said to promote tight wrinkle free skin over time.  I actually like the
cleanser as I feel it's creamy and gentle to my skin doesn't leave it feeling dry but you do get the
feeling of tightening not in the drying sense but In a hopefully good way steering toward keeping the skin looking fresh and healthy.


After I have washed my face I never ever not use moisturiser so I use my Regenerative Anti Ageing Moisturiser.  A few people have complained they don't like the smell of this, I can give or take it, it's not floral or particularly over powering and not off putting in  my opinion but I understand some people prefer things or sometimes be fragrance free.  I think I would prefer a pump with the moisturiser as once you open the bottle I feel like a lot of ingredients will become less effective, but that said I love the fact the moisturiser is lightweight and sinks into my skin well, plus I like the fact that if I use the products in conjunction with each other.  I wake up in the morning and my skin looks glowy in the morning.  I apply this on my face and neck I sometimes forget to put moisturiser on my neck but I'm really trying to remember as I don't want a neck like a crocodile.  I don't use this every night I use this every other as personally I feel this suits my oily skin best.

And last but not least I absolutely love eye creams especially if they work.  The Algenist eye cream is rich and enriched with Alguronic Acid Vitamin C and Caffeine which added together are to combat puffiness and dark circles.  With a blend of Aloe Cucumber and Green Tea Extracts provide nourishment to the fragile eye area. I actually can use this morning and evening it's great as a primer to my eye area before makeup as yet it hasn't made my eye makeup run or move, but then i always use a loose powder underneath just for added protection.  It really Is one of my favourite eye creams as it's light and yet nourishing.  I don't suffer from dark circles yet as my sleep pattern is rubbish it is helping me with my bags.

Hope you enjoyed this post 

Laura x