Sunday, 29 July 2012

FOTD- Heat Rising, Storm Coming

I said I wouldn't be doing a FOTD this soon after my operation but the swelling is going down fast and I loved this eyeshadow combo so some strategic camera angles later here we are!

Urban Decay toasted & hustle
I also was going to airbrush the lump off my left jaw for my own vanity but I thought that would be a pretty irresponsible message to my younger readers. I have a lump on my face right now; that's actually fine, if you have a lump on your face; that's fine too! We all look different and that's just how it is.

Urban Decay naked palette EOTD
Stila foundation stick (old) Maybelline 24hr concealer, MAC Surf baby bronzing stick gilty bronze, Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter, MAC keep it loose casual colour

UD naked palette- toasted, hustle, naked, buck & sin. MAC blacktrack fluidline, MAC Raven kohl pencil (burgundy) Avon Supershock mascara + 17 blow out mascara

YSL shiny plumping gloss in no 3 glossy brown

This was weather inspired as it's been extremely hot and sunny here the past week and today the storm broke through, so I felt like a warm and smokey look

What do you think?

Friday, 27 July 2012

Essie Topless & Barefoot NOTD

I've referenced this polish as one of my favourite nudes countless times but I don't think I've ever done an NOTD with it...

Essie Topless & Barefoot
It's a lovely ballet pink with creamy nude tones.

I'll be interested to see what the reformulated version for Boots and Superdrug is going to be like! I will test it out when this bottle runs out...

Have any of you compared the new Essie formula to the same shades in the original line yet??

And what's your favourite nude nail polish?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

FOODIE POST: Oat & Honey Smoothie

As I just got out of hospital for surgery on jaw again yesterday there's no way you'd want to see a face of the day post right now (believe me!) and I don't feel like painting my nails or anything just yet- although I have plenty of stuff archived for you for the coming weeks!

One thing I am passionate about right now and am in a fit state to show you is the smoothies I've been making!

First up- the breakfast smoothie

Oat honey & banana breakfast smoothie

recipe for 1:
1x banana (can be frozen if your blender can handle it)
3x TBSP porridge oats 
1/2 cup of probiotic yogurt 
Honey to taste - I like 2 teaspoons manuka honey 

Last time I had this operation was at the end of December so I was having porridge every day because it's easy to eat if you can't move your jaw! I really don't fancy that at this time of year so I did a quick web search too check it's safe to eat dry oats and it is, so the breakfast smoothie was born. This makes a great on the go breakfast even if there's nothing wrong with your face though 

I recommend putting something like an ice cube in if you don't want to freeze the banana pieces to make it nice and cold

To make this an insomniac smoothie just replace the banana with 1/4 cup of chamomile tea- PLUS an ice cube unless your blender specifically states that you can put boiling water in it. Mine cannot and I learned that the hard way so don't do as I do!
The oats and tea can really help to get you off to sleep with the stomach soothing pro-biotics it's a great combo if you can't sleep

Fill me in on any blog happenings I've missed out on so far this week....

Friday, 20 July 2012


This is the closest I'm likely to get to a 'monthly faves' post these days as I'm just not organised enough anymore.. it's more of a discoveries post to be honest though!

Discovery Une: Brushes make things better

exhibit A- Chanel Illusion d'ombre and Real techniques detail brush

Chanel Illusion d'ombre in emrvielle, real techniques small detailer brush
I sort of fell out of love with this eyeshadow after I lost the brush it comes with, but I didn't make the connection between those 2 facts. This Real Techniques brush from the core collection is a great substitute and the product applies so much better with it than with fingers! 

2. Exhibit B- Soap & Glory kick ass concealer

soap&glory kick ass concealer
As you can see my compact is pretty abused, a sign of a good product! I have loads of concealer brushes that I ignore but I've found recently they really are helping this to apply more smoothly, also the Elf studio angled contour brush is my favourite thing to powder under-eye concealer with

3. Avon Supershock max mascara is awesome

Avon supershock max mascara
This is part of a selection free with Marie Claire this month and I'd heard it was the best one- SO True. I put 4 coats on and have the fattest, fluffiest lashes ever. Loving this!

4. Ditto Revlon Just Bitten balm stain in Romantic

Revlon balm stain in Romantic
I don't need to say much about this product as there's not going to anything in my head about them that you don't already know by now. 
But.. staying power and matte velvet look of a stain, combined with the comfortable texture of a balm.. and that the combination actually works this time- it's the way forward.

Have you tried any of these?
What are your current favourites??

Monday, 16 July 2012

FOTD: Humid

Well it was certainly not humid today but it was 2 weeks ago when I wore this look.. late as ever!

I went for Humid eyeshadow by MAC as the main focus to go with the weather and my tropical coloured t-shirt
So here is the look:

laurasummerbeauty: humid face of the day

Mac Face and Body foundation, Myface mymix concealer
Mac gilty bronze bronzing stick (surf baby collection)
YSL no. 1 blush cream, Benefit watts up! highlighter


MAC eyesahdow: Humid & Plumage; Sleek yellow from curacao palette
MAC tarnish kohl & blacktrack fluidline; Soap & Glory  thick & fast mascara


MAC Salute! lipstick (hey sailor collection)

I actually find Salute! quite hard to wear as it's basically the same colour as my face but I wanted a nude with no pink tone at all for this look so it kind of worked.

What make-up have you been wearing- hot or not!?

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

From the Lipstick Vault

Another lipstick from the archive today, I actually took these photos in Spring but got distracted as usual so I'm showing you now- excuse the pasty face!

MAC Lovelorn

MAC lovelorn lipstick
Lovelorn is a really popular MAC lipstick, it's a lustre finish and is creamy and comfortable to wear.
I know a lot of people say this is an easy, natural looking pink to wear but on me it's actually kind of bubblegum-bright!

Have you tried this lipstick? 
What's your favourite pink?

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Pan Down- June Empties

Well Sunday Summary has been postponed as this weekend has gone dramatically badly so I don't want to depress you all- Here's some used up products instead!

1. I emptied the mascara bin and these are all well over 3 months old and totally solid inside. 
Review of Diorshow *here* although I omitted that after 6 weeks this mascara suddenly becomes stunning, you just have to wait for it!
Review of YSL Volume shocking *here*
Review of Lancome Hypnose drama *here*
I don't know why I've never reviewed Benfit Badgal because I really love it. I will definitely review it next time I get one! The Stila major lash is one I got from TK Maxx so possibly not the same formula as the latest version as the packaging has changed.

2. Tigi Bedhead brunette goddess shampoo & conditioner
I did get very shiny and rich looking colour whilst using these but despite being lovely and thick, the conditioner just wasn't hardcore enough for my frazzled ends. The smell like chocolate marzipan though.. drool!

3. John Freida luxurious volume refresher
I'd heard great things about this dry shampoo but it just didn't deliver the volume I was expecting!

4. Scholl rough skin remover & deep moisturising cream
This foot exfoliator and moisturiser are The. Bomb. So affordable too; I re-purchase these constantly.

5. Nivea goodbye cellulite gel-cream
Goodbye Nivea and good riddance! This is totally useless at doing anything to cellulite- don't bother.

6. Ayuuri coconut body wash
This came in a glossy box a few months ago and I really liked it. Coconut & jasmine are two of my favourite scents so I really enjoyed using it. It's a shame the brand isn't very accessible or I would seriously be re-purchasing this too.

That's my June empties- Have you tried any of these products and what did you think??

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Volumizing Hair Powder

Seeing as I love dry shampoo it was only a matter of time before I became addicted to hair powder as well...

I've tried a few different ones but this is the one I've re-purchased (and have a spare in my desk at work!)

Schwarzkopf got2b Powderful volumizing styling powder

schwarzkopf got2b styling powder
It's a simple product to use- I'm useless with hair so it would have to be- you just sprinkle it on dry hair like a salt shaker and ruffle your head.

My hair is very fine and flat and if I just ruffle my hair it does nothing to increase volume without a product in. This does exactly that and lasts all day

Let's check out the before and after!

volumizing powder before & after
The only downside is that your hair feels dry and has a very strange rubbery texture when you're wearing the powder- although this is not permanent!
Also unlike dry shampoo it does not absorb excess natural grease from your hair so it doesn't really look good if you've skipped a hair wash -unless you use a dry shampoo first.

I just love this stuff when I'm too lazy to blow-dry my hair!

I also really wants to try the Toni & Guy hair powder and the Schwarzkopf Osis one- Have you tried any of these and what did you think??