Beach Wedding Make-Up Look

Ok, so this post is going to require a little bit of imagination, on my part and on yours. Firstly let’s pretend it’s not almost winter in England and therefore decidedly grey and cold outside. Secondly let’s look past my big old jumper and imagine what I’m actually wearing is a gorgeous Summer dress, styled to perfection with spot on accessories and perfect make-up. You see, with the help of BlueBay Hotels & Resorts Weddings I wanted to show you what make-up I’d be wearing should I bet jetting off somewhere hot and sunny to attend my best friend’s beach wedding (further imagination required as by no means so I profess to be a beauty blogger, but I do my best!)
First up the products I used: Bourjois Happy Light Primer, Bourjois 123 perfect foundation (love this!), Oriflame eyebrow kit, (not pictured) concealer from Collection, Real Techniques brushes, MAC mineralize eye shadow quad in Golden Hours*, MAC lipstick in Sunny Seoul*, Urban Decay Naked Skin ultra definition pressed powder in light*, Benefit they’re real eyeliner* and Benefit bronze of champions kit*.
I didn’t want too heavy a look as I think keeping things natural and pretty is the best approach especially if you’re going to be somewhere potentially hot and sunny. I started off with a layer of the Bourjois primer which I love as it gives my skin a bit of a glow boost (not that you can tell as central heating has wrecked my chances of a dewy glow!) and a coating of the 123 perfect foundation, with a dab of concealer over any flaws that needed covering.
A golden look was the first thing that came to mind when I was planning how I’d do this look. The eye-shadow quad from MAC was the perfect piece as the colours blended together beautifully to create a softly golden/bronze smokey eye, accentuated with some flicked out liner, courtesy of Benefit. I love this liner as it honestly doesn’t budge, perfect for adding some drama even when things are hotting up! I also added a coat of the “they’re real” mascara from the bronzer kit which added volume and colour to my lashes without making them feel overladen. I can’t stand my eyes feeling heavy when it’s hot and humid at the best of times, let along for a (hypothetical) special occasion!
For my cheeks I followed the guide in the bronzer kit and added a light dusting on Hoola bronzer where I needed it most. I was a bit worried that this would be far too dark on my porcelain skin but actually it seems to be a suit-all shade that means I wouldn’t look so ghostly pale among the wedding crowds! I also added some “watts up” highlighter on my cheekbones, but failed to capture the gorgeous glow it gave on camera!
I fell in love with MAC’s Sunny Seoul lipstick when looking online and knew it had to be a part of the look. I thought a bright and bold red lip would be a bit over the top for a beach wedding but a glowing semi-sheer pink was the perfect replacement. This is hands down my favourite lipstick that I own and should I ever be off to a beach wedding it’ll be the first item in my clutch bag!
Have you ever been to a beach wedding? Or indeed, have you ever got married on a beach? I’d love to know how your perfect make-up would look (and how you thought I did!)


Finding the perfect winter coat to flatter your figure

While it is always sad saying goodbye to the glorious summer sunshine for another year, or as we call it in Britain, the week we all insisted on wearing shorts, we have to admit that we feel a little bit excited when the clocks change and the long nights draw in. That’s because it’s time to get our winter coats out again!

If you think about it, your winter coat is one of the most important items in your wardrobe. Not only does it need to serve the purpose of defending you against the elements during the coldest months, but it also acts as your external shell for a long period of the year.

A decent winter coat will be worn every day for at least 4 months, so it’s important that you get it right. It is essential that you choose a wonderful winter coat that not only keeps you warm, but also flatters your figure. You may have spent hours carefully selecting some ultra-chic attire, but if you throw on a frumpy old coat you will be detracting from your overall look.

Wrapping up doesn’t mean you have to cover up your curves, and with the right coat you can achieve an elegant and flattering look while staying warm. A long line coat with a belted waist will work wonders if you are looking to accentuate your waist and a flared skirt will act as a distraction if you are trying to draw attention away from your hips. If you are unsure about what style to choose, assess your own wardrobe, carefully examine your most flattering pieces and try to find coats with a similar cut or length as they should be the most flattering shapes for your figure.

When it comes to choosing the design of your winter coat, timeless style always triumphs over modern trends. A simple black ensemble can be transformed into effortless Parisian chic with the addition of a beige trench coat with a belted waist. Aim to find a coat made from fine quality textiles such as wool, cashmere and mohair so you know that you’ll be reaching for it year after year, with the guarantee that it will stay in the same premium condition as when you first purchased it.

Of course, one of the best ways to find a flattering winter coat is to have it tailor made to your own unique figure. While you may think this could be a little pricey, consider how often you purchase a cheaper coat, only to throw it away after a few months because it has either gone out of style or has fallen apart. Tailor made coats are an investment, as they are crafted from high-quality materials, so you know they will withstand many winters. Opt for a classic design and colour to ensure that it never goes out of style.


The Latest Insta Edit

Oh yeah, it’s that time again! Instagram posts are taking over my blog reading feeds and I’m not gonna lie, I LOVE them! Here’s my contribution, a snippet of my month in photos.
As ever, leave links to your posts below. I can’t wait to start snapping all things festive this month. December looks like it’s going to be quite an exciting one in the world of Laura, and I’m sure you’ll be sick to death of seeing it!


Frozen in Time

I told you I was feeling festive this year, two posts in one week featuring Christmas themed clothing has to be a record for me (especially as we’re yet to reach December!). This post is bought to you in collaboration with Lush T-Shirts, my main blog advertiser because I just couldn’t not share with you the brilliant range of festive tees they have just released- a great alternative to the knitted jumper and perfect for a bit of tongue in cheek fun!

Coat: ASOS (similar) | Tee c/o Lush T-Shirts | Skirt: Primark | Boots: Zara

I love how the colours of this outfit come together to show off the snowman’s frosty face! I bought the jacket around three years ago in the ASOS sale and it really doesn’t get enough love. Luckily faux fur is big news again this winter so it might see the light of day more than once or twice. I very nearly put the skirt away for the Winter as it seemed more of a Summer thing, but looking at this ensemble I’m glad I kept it out and I’m sure I can find some suitable tights to make it a little warmer.
As one of the days my workplace is doing Christmas Jumper Day falls on a day I’m doing a clinic I think I’ll be sporting this tee under my tunic (which just so happens to be an icy blue). I think the whole festive collection of tees is really good fun and at £14.99 a pretty affordable alternative to a chunky knit. I’m trying to convince Ben he really needs to own one, however he doesn’t share in my Christmas spirit and I fear this is the only slogan he’s likely to wear! Which design would you pick?


Christmas Party Shopping with McArthur Glen

Sometimes I really have to pinch myself when an awesome opportunity comes my way. The most recent example of this was when the folks at McArthur Glen invited me to their Swindon Designer Outlet centre to shop for the perfect outfit for a Christmas Party- on them! They very generously gifted me a voucher and said I was welcome to bring my Mum along too (to play photographer and help me make decisions) so on Saturday we hopped on the train and ventured an hour out of Bristol to the shops!
The Swindon Designer Outlet is somewhere I tend to visit once or twice a year, usually just after Christmas with my family. I hadn’t been since January and had heard that changes were happening- I’m not usually a fan of change, I like routine but in this case the change was for the better (and things weren’t bad to begin with!). The centre has recently opened the “long shop mall” which is host to many familiar high-end brands including Ghost and Jigsaw- two brand new arrivals to the collection of stores. This post is more about the things I saw rather than what I bought, that I’m saving for another post…
The entire place was beautifully decked out for Christmas, with these amazing nutcracker soldiers all over the place, I couldn’t resist stopping for a quick snap next to one!

Our first shopping stop was Ghost which has only been open for a couple of weeks. Ghost was one of the first brands I ever read about, when I was really quite young. I’ve always associated it with being grown up and sophisticated and I’m pleased to say it lived up to expectation. I loved the red satin maxi dress in the pictures and couldn’t resist trying on this emerald green number- which may or may not have come home with me. The girls in the store were so lovely, probably the friendliest and sweetest out of all the shops we visited; a big thank you for being so damn lovely!

We also checked out Phase Eight which had some stunning pieces (sadly not in my size) and Jigsaw where I fell in love with everything. French Connection had some of the nicest party dresses of them all, the sequin floral number was a particular favourite…
Shoes wise, you’re spoilt for choice at Swindon- Kurt Geiger, Clarks, Pavers, Daniel Footwear and Next had such a gorgeous selection. In the end I picked up a shiny gold pair in Clarks, one of the two you can see in the photos…any guesses which ones I picked and how much of a bargain they were?
I also managed to accessorize with a clutch bag from Fiorelli and picked up some sparkly makeup in the Cosmetic Company Outlet to complete the look. By this point my camera battery was dying (as were my energy levels) but you’ll see photos of those in the next blog post.

Everything at the outlets are 30% off minimum, with savings of up to 70% up for grabs- for those on a stricter budget you can get some really pocket friendly pieces in Next or M&S, but if you feel like splashing out you can make real savings on big name items- the Ghost dress was priced at £50 with a further 10% off with a discount card available at customer information. The French Connection sparkly number was £80 down from a whopping £250! Honestly, outlets are so often overlooked but an absolute treasure trove for special occasion wear and bargain brand buys that otherwise would be out of my reach (and many others I suspect).

We refreshed ourselves with food and drink from the fabulous selection from the Food Hall- between Pizza Express and Wagamamas (with more restaurants to be added soon) we didn’t know what to pick, but ended up with a caffeine fix and a toastie in Starbucks.
I can’t wait to see the whole completed renovation of the Swindon Designer Outlets, due to be finished in the spring time…with a May wedding to attend I’ll be making a beeline to get another snazzy outfit for an absolute bargain price. I even had enough left on my voucher to get a thank you treat for Mum and some cheeky chocolates in the Lindt shop (which smells like melted chocolate and is basically my idea of heaven!)

Stay tuned for the outfit reveal post coming next week- can you guess which dress and shoes I went for? Have you shopped the outlets lately? McArthur Glen have several locations around the UK and I need to know which others are a must visit!

A HUGE thank you to the team at McArthur Glen for making us so welcome on Saturday, it was one of the most surreal yet awesome experiences of my blogging adventures to date! I also bumped in to the lovely Lily whilst I was there, who was completing her shopping mission, I can’t wait to see her post!