Wednesday, August 31

He-Shi Quick + Easy Dark Foaming Mousse For Him and Her

Hello my fellow fake tanners,

I have been lucky enough to be given the chance to try He-Shis Dark Tanning Foam in my quest to find the best tan on the market.
I will start off by saying I am very impressed with the colour of this tan, I love the darkness to it but I'm not a fan on all of its qualities- but lets face it, its only the colour that matters.



My opinion on whether I prefer lotions of mousses changes very frequently, however the majority of the time I will always choose a mousse over a lotion. I don't know why- I just like the way it works, however this mousse seems a little different to others I have tried- Fake Bake, St Tropez, St Moriz..
It seems ever so runny and so you do have to be rather quick when applying. The picture I have inserted below demonstrates this perfectly. It runs away rather than staying in the same foamy blob like most do, which doesn't make it difficult- just a little bit annoying.

The 'see where it goes' colour guide scared me a little a first- all I could see was yellow/orange tones to it and if I'm honest it terrified me. A small while after application, I found this definitely developed into a deep brown tone and my worries were soon washed away.
I didn't really enjoy the application of this tan if I'm completely honest, out of all the tans I have tried- this was the runniest, most lightweight and thinnest consistency and I quite like to really be able to see and feel where I'm applying.
A little bit of product also seeped through my mitt and stained my hand but this washed off after a bit of scrubbing.
This tan dries on the skin in a reasonable time, definitely within a couple of minutes which is great.
After showering the morning after my first application I was VERY dark, I worried I was a little orange but my mum and friends assured me that I wasn't- but I was darker than normal. On top of these worries, due to the application that I found to be a little tricky I had a couple of streaky fails which added to the whole situation.

Although this product is suitable to use on your face as well as your body, I'm yet to try it as I was also given the Facial Tanning Gel which I LOVE and will review very very soon.
After wearing this for a couple of days and receiving tons of compliments, I have eventually decided that this colour is perfectly normal and was what you would really expect from a 'Dark Foaming Mousse'. Not as Olive as I usually opt for, but still a fab colour.


For a darker colour, you can reapply the tan but I don't think its really necessary.
It lasted about 4-5 days for me before it started going patchy, which is more than enough for me as I would normally reapply by then anyway.

You can view the full range of He-Shi products on there website here and you can purchase He-Shi Dark Foaming Mousse for £27 for a 150ml bottle here.

I hope this has helped you on your searches for a great tan
xx
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Monday, August 29

Ps. Don't forget my giveaway!

Dolls,

Don't forget to enter my 1000 Followers MAC Lipstick Giveaway- it's super easy.. Click here!
xx
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Saturday, August 27

The Miss Selfridge Shoe. Pony Suede Chelsea Boot

The shoes arrived.
Simply amazing, how I can only describe as fierce.
I'm a little disappointed- I feel like these have been returned because they seem really scuffed and not fabulous quality so I may even exchange them for a cleaner looking pair.

They are very tall, which leaves me super tall..
Even so, they are amazing.

The Levis Shorts from Rokit.
Tan Courtesy of He Shi Dark Mousse- Review coming soon.



You can get these here on Miss Selfridge
They cost £85




I love Chelsea Boots, do you?
xx
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Thursday, August 25

Rokit- Levis Shorts

Hey guys,
Today whilst looking around Covent Garden, I popped into Rokit.
I wasn't going to, but it looked so tidy and empty I couldn't miss the perfect opportunity.
Normally, I get pretty stressed out in that shop. I mostly visit the Rokit in Camden and thats quite small and to be honest I'm not the best shopper so it kind of annoys me.
Anyway, the Covent Garden store is perfect- lot's of space to rummage and things in actual size order- score! The staff are also extremely friendly.

I was determined not to spend £35 on a pair of Levis shorts in Urban Outfitters and get a bargain pair and after a years hunt, I finally got them.
I can never find a pair that fit and today I actually found about 5 that were perfect.
The pair I went for in the end were reduced too- mega bargain.
£20 down to £13 and I am in love!

After a long day- a tired, hoody Photobooth shot.

Rokit's website is here and is definitely worth a look- especially if you're on the hunt for vintage beauts or Levis shorts! They have trillllions.

xx
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"Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god you guys"


"oh my god, you guys"
Today I went to The Savoy in London to see Legally Blonde with my mum.
It was absolutely amazing- Elle Woods, Bruiser and the Delta Nu girls were FABULOUS.
I completely recommend going to see it if you;
1. Love the film
2. Love Pink
3. Love anything "omg"
-totally amazing!
I got the tickets yesterday on lastminute.com, for something like £25 each on special offer. We had amazing stall seats so I am very impressed







We looked around Covent Garden too. I love Covent Garden so much- it's so pretty and the shops, markets and restaurants are amazing. The whole atmosphere with the street entertainment is just fantastic.

xx
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Wednesday, August 24

Today I purchased..

Hello my stars,
Today's been a long day.
I've been really busy getting little bits and bobs sorted and before popping for my evening run I stopped off at Outfit and picked up a couple of bits.

Fifi's Factory Groupie Tee- £22 Topshop
Available here
-Picture from Topshop.com

Stars & Stripes MOTO Shorts- £34 Topshop
Available here
-Picture from Topshop.com
This morning on my morning browse through blogs I came across the lovely LC's blog and fell in love with this pair of shoes.

They was on my mind all day and theres not one big of exaggeration there.
So, come 4pm I had ordered them and tweeted about them.
They-are-amazing.
Pony Suede Chelsea Boot- Miss Selfridge £85
Available here.
-Picture from missselfridge.com
I hope you're all fab
xx

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Tuesday, August 23

Bikini Collection

Hello my lovely rays of sunshine,
This morning I was sorting one part of my wardrobe which is a huge mission and came across one of the bags of bikini's that I have that need sorting out for Thailand.
I have a bit of an obsession for Bikinis and I have no idea why, it's not as if its ever sunny here in the UK- anyway I'm currently at 26.. I am absolutely dreading deciding which ones to take away with me.
These are 14 of the ones I seem to pick out the most.

They aren't all brand new..a few have been in my collection for a year or so, but I've only worn them like once, which is a bit naughty and probably a waste of money.
My obsession continues and theres a cheeky couple I have my eye on at the moment from Beachy Bunny Swimwear.. a little pricey so if I do decide to ever buy from there- It will be an absolute treat.
I hope you're all super xx
Ps. Don't forget about my giveaway! It's super easy and you could win a MAC lippy of your choice.
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Monday, August 22

BARE FACED- The face behind the make up

Hello my loves,
This post is a pretty big deal to me for me. Quite simply because I do not go anywhere without my make up, I just don't. I'm not happy like it and if I do then you can guarantee my confidence will be at a major low.
But I have decided to share my utter bare face with you all because
1. I have decided that I should really just try to embrace my make up free face sometimes- especially when I'm going away to Thailand and don't intend on taking much at all
2. I have so many comments about my skin looking "flawless" but don't be fooled- it's pretty much good lighting and a caking of Studio Fix Fluid
and finally
3. I feel like every "FOTD" on my blog would be a lie if I didn't post what I look like before because lets face it- I really don't look anything like them underneath the masses of product.
I don't have bad skin at all, I don't really get spots but I have an uneven complexion, huge bags and annoying blemishes all over the place and I hate it. We all have our insecurities and this is me trying to tackle mine.
Introducing my face and my "Facebook face"..
This is my face just before getting ready today, taken on Photobooth- not the best quality but that's not what I'm going for here.
Just a fake tanned face pre concealer, foundation, bronzer and mascara.
Plain.

This is me with my face on and camera flash on.
Like a different person right?
This post really is a big deal to me- I feel like I'm taking my mask off to the world. Okay, pretty dramatic but really, half of the people that actually know me would have never even seen me bare faced so please be kind.
x

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Sunday, August 21

What I'm Wearing


Hey guys,

Just thought I'd share with you the other FAMOUS lipstick- Heather, it's pretty amazing. A bit of a bother to apply- this lipstick needs absolute concentration and a careful hand. Unlike 'be mine', this little beaut will stain.

Today was a skinnies and pumps cinema kinda day, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway..















































































I'm loving all of the entries for giveaway- don't forget to tweet and 'like my Facebook page for extra entries.

I hope you're all well xx
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1000 Followers! MAC Lipstick Giveaway


Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I can't believe I have reached 1000 followers, I'm utterly quite speechless about it.
I really do appreciate every single follower, page view and comment that I receive and reaching 1000 followers when I never even expected to get 10 is just amazing.
Belles Boutique gets so much attention because of my love of Lipsticks and so I decided to host a Lipstick giveaway because really, who doesn't love a lippy?

The winner of the giveaway will win a MAC Lipstick of there choice.

However, as always there are some little rules.
- You must be following Belles Boutique publicly
-One entry per platform. For example- one comment below, one tweet and one Facebook comment.
-This giveaway is open for every follower I have to enter, anywhere in the whole world.
-The giveaway closes a midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 7th September and will be chosen on random.org

How to enter..
-Comment below with what you like most about Belles Boutique and would like to see more of.
-For an extra entry after commenting below, follow me and tweet about this giveaway linking both my twitter @lauraleigh88 and my blog or/and 'Like' my Facebook page and comment on my 1000th Follower Giveaway photo on my wall.
-Please include an email address so that I can contact you if you win and also find out what Lipstick you would like.

Good luck my sweets and again, thank you!

xx

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Saturday, August 20

Belles Boutique on Facebook

Hi Dolls,

I have finally jumped on the bandwagon and created a Facebook page.
I would love if you would 'like' my page for little updates and photos.
The link is here or you can click the like button on the side of my blog.

Thanks very much!
xx



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FAMOUS Lips.. Be Mine


Hey sweets,
I recently shared with you my absolute bargain of a buy in Superdrug- a lipstick by Sue Moxleys range FAMOUS in Shade 3 Be Mine and I absolutely love it.
All week I have worn it at work and I have received so many compliments.
It's an orangey coral toned red which to be honest, I would never have dreamed of trying before I braved the red lip.
I'm so pleased with it, it has great staying power which is completely necessary for me. Working in an aeroplane is very dehydrating and my lips tend to suffer a lot, but this stayed shiny and sat on my lips really well. When it did start to come off, it did
n't stain my lips as much as some lip colours have in the past which is a bonus too.


xx
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Thursday, August 18

John Frieda- How to straighten your hair using 3 Day Straight

In relation to my previous posts on John Frieda's 3 Day Straight here and here, I have been frequently asked how to use the product for the best results and I have been provided with a video from the John Frieda Live event which answers your questions perfectly.
On this same channel you can also watch how to colour your hair and lighten your hair like a dream.


I hope this helps all of you that are interested in using John Frieda's 3 day straight.
I must say, I'm still all over this product- as is my mum in fact, she probably uses it more than I do. She has shorter hair and it works like an absolute dream for her.

xx
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Tuesday, August 16

I want Kardashian Kolors..Nicole by OPI

Hands up who wants to get there mitts on these?
I do, I actually can't wait to get some.

You all know I love the Kardashians, so when I found out about there nail varnish collection I was thrilled.

Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, Kylie and Kris all have there own shade and here are the fabulous names..

From top row left to right in the pic above they are: All Kendall-ed Up, Sealed with a Kris, Kim-pletely In Love, Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam, Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi, Rainbow in the S-kylie. And bottom row, left to right: Disco Dolls, Listen to Your Momager!, Wear Something Spar-kylie, It’s All About the Glam, Follow Me on Glitter, Kendall on the Katwalk, My Empire… My Rules.

I desperately want Sealed with a Kris, Kim-pletely In Love, Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam, Rainbow in the S-kylie and My Empire… My Rules.

How exciting!

I got the information and the photo above from the fabulous Kim's blog- kimkardashian.celebuzz.com

Stay fabulous dolls x
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Pretty Polish.. Cath Kidston inspired nails


My Cath Kidson/Bedroom/Shabby Chic inspired nails..




So it's 1am on a Tuesday morning and what am I doing? Of course, painting my nails..
I really am quite in love with them. From a distance, they look pretty detailed but to be honest they are just little splodges of colour.
Yes, there a little messy and around the nails need a huge amount of tidying up- but that can definitely wait until the morning as after waiting for all that drying- I need my bed.

Night all x
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Monday, August 15

A few little make up treats..

Hi dollies,
Today I popped to the shops with my mum because I was desperate for some new unmixed (see previous post) foundation. After popping into MAC, I took the obligatory trip to Boots and Superdrug.
I got some bargains!

Have you ever seen the FAMOUS by Sue Moxley range in Superdrug? To be honest, I tend to pass it by most times. It all seemed pretty over the top and I hadn't ever read anything about it.
This time was slightly different- probably due to the 50% off everything sign posted above the counter. Hello!

I looked through it and to be fair, they had lots of lovely shades and products.
It's really easy to get carried away when theres discounts involved so I decided to stick to three products.
FAMOUS Shade 3- Be mine (left)
FAMOUS Shade 7- Heather (right)
These were half price at just £2 each, which I think is fabulous. The colours are really pretty and have just the right amount of pigment to them, in that they are also really buildable.

Heather
Be mine
Top- Heather, Bottom- Be mine

I then picked up this Baked Bronze Bronze Pot in the shade Bali.
I especially love this because the inside of the lid is a mirror- double points!!
This was half price at £3
I finally managed to get a Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder in Boots, I've heard so many people rave about this and finally gave in. This cost £8.99
and finally..

The £5 Boots vouchers are back again- yay!
I got my usual 4 in 1 wipes, as I am now a hot cloth cleanser convert I don't use these every day, however I like to keep these in my work bag for unplanned night stops.
I also picked up what I thought was a replacement eyebrow pencil, but is in actual fact an eye liner- fail!

I hope you're all fabulous.
xx
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Wednesday, August 10

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC..?

Dear Self,
Why must you be so silly at times?

Today has been a little bit of a stress for me. A shallow, unnecessary stress to say the least.
I squirted the last pump of my MAC Studio Fix Fluid and as I'm going away with work for the weekend- I needed some desperately.
With the ridiculous riots/looting thats been happening in my area- getting some will be a struggle (closed roads, carparks etc) and a pointless risky journey out! So, I thought I would scrape whats left in all of my older bottles- minimal, minimal amounts into one to last me over the weekend or at least until I get to Bournemouth- does anyone know where can I get MAC there please?

The said Studio Fix Fluid was in NC35 and I managed to get quite a bit together..then silly self I got a little bit carried away and ended up pouring half of an NC40 into my NC35 bottle and then smashing the top and getting glass inside it also.

Pffft! So, the glass is just a chunk and that has been removed. But I am now going to be a darker shade for a couple of days. I'm going to call it, NC38. If I had wanted a darker shade I would have used my NC40 to begin with. I'm very annoyed at myself and just hope that the shades mix okay.

I'd better get some more fake tan on now.
Sorry for ranting.
I hope you're well x

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Monday, August 8

Model's Own 50% Off Sale!



There's so many Models Own nail polishes that I want, and for half price? Yes please! I've definitely liked! xx
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Sunday, August 7

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Liz Earle Colour- Sheer Skin Tint

Hello dolls,
I was recently given the opportunity to try out the new and exciting product from Liz Earle. It's apart of there new Colour range and is the Sheer Skin Tint.

"We have formulated a unique, high performance beauty must-have that delivers great results on all skin types. Sheer Skin Tiny is our first step into effortless, easy to wear colour. It's a skin thing!" Liz Earle

Before this arrived, my expectations were that this product was going to be more of a tinted moisturiser- something that I don't really get on with but nevertheless I was still very excited to try it as I love Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish and had extreme high hopes that this would be fabulous. I was both wrong and right. I was right in that this is a fabulous product and wrong in assuming this was going to be just like a tinted moisturiser- it's so different and I am thrilled.

This product promises to leave your skin looking dewy, even and radiant with the perfect level of coverage to achieve naturally beautiful skin and that it does. The only issue for me is the slightly less coverage than I usually would go for, but it is perfect for me for 'less is more' days.

"The perfect way to enchance your skin. Our rich, creamy formula leaves skin look naturally dewy, even and radiant. With mineral UV protection SPF15, plus our own specially selected blend of botanicals. You'll love its sheer coverage and lightweight feel"

The consistency pleasantly surprised me. I was expecting a very thin oily moisturiser like consistency and instead I was presented with exactly how Liz Earle describes as a rich and creamy formulation very similar to a foundation- but extremely lightweight.
It is so easy and lightweight that it applies like a dream, theres no expertise to be had when applying this which suits me just fine- I applied it with my fingers and blended in without any trouble whatsoever.
The directions for use are "Apply for forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Blend in with your fingertips"- It really is that easy.

I got this in Beige for Medium skin tones. It will also be available in Bare for light skin tones and Beach for darker skin tones. I hate deciding on a shade so much, but went for the middle shade. I go from very pale to tanned quite frequently and so it can get tricky. The great news is that Liz Earle is offering First time, right shade- which means that when customers order this product for the first time by mail you will be provided with samples of all three shades so that you can try it before you open the full size product. I think this is such a good idea and that more companies should follow this.

I mentioned above that the only thing that is a slight issue is the coverage. Don't get me wrong- this is going to be the perfect coverage for the majority of you, but I personally don't usually leave the house without full. Not because I have bad skin, purely because that's how I'm most comfortable. HOWEVER, this isn't a foundation and I think I have found the perfect product for them 'just popping out- don't need a full face days' and I am so happy with it. As I mentioned it's so easy and quick to apply and it leaves your skin looking really dewy, fresh and natural. It's a really nice balance. I normally am pretty much matte all over, but for the natural look the sheer finish really compliments your skin and gives you the fresh faced look.
I think I'm going to try to avoid using it all the time now because I think its going to make the perfect product to take away to Thailand with me, not only because its lightweight and easy to apply but because is does have mineral UV protection SPF15 which is extremely important to me in a facial product.

The pictures below show just the Liz Earle Skin Tint on my skin with no other products.

This product is going to be available from September 15th 2011 and will cost £21 for a 40ml tube.
You will be able to purchase it;
By mail: 01983813913
Liz Earle Stores

Liz Earle is also available in selected John Lewis stores, Fenwick of Bond Street, Atelier Living and QVC.

It is going to be available in 3 shades; Bare, Beige and Beach and I really recommend that you try this if you are after a product that is just going to give you just a lighter just enough coverage and leave you with a dewy and radiant finish.

xx
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