One of the most commonly held misconceptions re: office lyf is that looking professional can only be achieved by teaming a boring black skirt / trousers with a shirt. I'm throwing no shade at this outfit choice; by any stretch of the imagination, like - it defo looks sleek, smart & is totes suitable for the workplace. But it's not the only option available to you, queen.

If you feel like your current selection of workwear is holding your personality prisoner, read on for a few top tips on how you can look stylish and show off your true sense of style in the workplace. Whilst maintaining your job & looking HAWT during your Tuesday morning flirt with Bob at the photocopier.

With their vast range, affordable dupes and mini price tags; I was like a moth to the flame [or a fly to the dog sh*te] when Makeup Revolution announced their newest brand: Revolution Pro

Although one of my last purchases from these guys [that proper crappy yet overhyped concealer] displeased me in a big way, I'd never let one let-down Larry release taint my love for a brand I have supported for years. And I'm so glad I didn't, because one of the products within the flatlay below has become my ultimate all time fav and go-to guy - and once I've been paid, I'm gonna order more to stock up because I literally could not face adult life without it. It's time for some serious declarations of love for Revolution Pro, written up in this very-quickly-bashed-together-post because my need to share my discoveries with you guys was too intense to wait. R u ready?

Makeup Revolution / Revolution Pro Makeup Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Until recently, I was a massive Antipodes virgin [as well as an all round born again virgin because hello wot is sexual intercourse, pls?] and I'd only ever perved on the brand from afar in Caitlin's beautiful imagery. But now? Now I'm a full on convert, using their products every single day of my existence within my skincare regime. 

I've been lucky enough to get me mitts on the Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Light Day Cream* and also their Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner* [just look at that aesthetic AF packaging, pls!] and after having used them religiously for the last few weeks; I can see why Caitlin - and half of the beauty blogging community, have so much love for this natural, green skincare brand. So naturally - it's time for me to profess my love & sing its praises within the ol' blogosphere, too. Grab yaself a brew, baes. 

Antipodes Skincare Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Online Dating 101*

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When I was a young whippersnapper [yes, I was youthful and carefree once, can you believe it; rather than the miserable old bag I am these days] online dating was something that people did on the down-low. Mostly because at the time, there was nothing but negative hype on how everyone online was either a sexual deviant or a mass murderer... and how if you went to meet an online pal you were 95% going to end up being kidnapped & sold to the sex industry - or in a kebab in Blackpool or something.

I remember a girl I worked with about 10 years ago signing up to a dating site & everyone in the shop thinking it was a bit weird; and that dating sites were only for old people who couldn't meet someone in real life. Oh past me. How times have changed. And I love it.  Traa stigma and judgmental jeffrey. Hello new age of lurve.

Online dating is now one of THE most popular ways to meet ya new bae. Whether you load up profiles and get chatting online - or swipe right on the fitties that catch your eye on dating apps; the stigma has been banished. Rather than being embarrassed about declaring that they met bae on the web, my mates are proud to discuss their online dating success stories... and many of my best friends are in long term relationships off the back of this new digital age of dating. I like this. I see online dating as a really positive use & development in technology & social media.

I'm forever dreaming of my next excursion overseas. I friggin' hate Autumn / Winter; and the backend of 2017's colder months felt like they were literally never gonna shift - pretty much every other weekend there's been pure horror stories floating round Twitter about impending snowfall, people panic buying bread at the Asda & beasts from the East. Not the one.

One thing which does kinda taint my foreign fantasies however, is that crushing realisation that before the fun can begin, I'll have to endure the ballache that is queuing in the Post Office  / Travel Agents for all of eternity [always behind someone that abso hum-DINGS of BO / dog poo] to get my travel money sorted. And that, rather like cold weather & stormy eastern beasts, is also not the one

Thankfully, there is a company working to put an end to this money misery [& endless queuing behind Stinky Stanley & his crackhead pal Steve] - and their name is WeSwap*. This innovative brand is revolutionising the way we buy, sell back and order currency - and you can read more about how exactly here. I'll definitely be loading, packing & taking advantage of one of their trusty travel currency cards next time I head off on vacay - but what other essentials will I be packing [alongside my newfound WeSwap wisdom] in my luggage? Read on to find out!

The Unpack Your Bag Challenge, With WeSwap Card | Lovelaughslipstick Blog
The Unpack Your Bag Challenge, With WeSwap Card | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

As you may just be able to tell from the name of my blog, lipstick to me is a] bae and b] a daily essential that I don't leave the house without. Not that I leave the house that regularly, like. A quick slick of lippy can instantly glam up your OOTD, make you feel more put  together and finish off ya makeup look

But finding the right shade can be tricky, as each of us are so unique [and HAWT] so it’s important to find a shade that works for you and your hair & skintone. Have you ever noticed that for some sly reason, a shade that looks FIT on ya mate or on a pure celeb looks proper grim when you come to try it? Yeah. That

I know I've got a proper stash of lippys I've bought in the past that looked proper fit in the tube, but that I'll never wear because on me, they look friggin horrend. So for today's collaborative post, I'm gonna be sharing some tips on how you can get the most from your new lipstick; and nail the look you're going for every time.

Although I've told current bae that if he asked me to marry him, I'd say no, I do sometimes [like, very very occasionally] think about weddings & what mine would be like. Mostly after binge watching 'Don't Tell The Bride'. And also after going to one of my mate's weddings last year around Christmas - in the most beautiful venue, which was one of the most magical events I've ever attended

Factors like what I'd wear, who'd do my makeup, the venue, how I'd have my hair, which setting spray would best stand the test of time, the honeymoon, the guest list, the photographer & of course, the hen party and all the inflatable cock merchandise that would accompany [hahahah] it are all factors that cross my mind [as well as wondering who I'd tolerate enough to marry!!] when I let my imagination go a bit rogue

A lot of my pals are married, getting married or keen as badgers for their fellas to pop the question - so I thought I'd throw a cheeky wedding post into the mix for ya today. It's a natural progression from all the dating ones I treat you to [or torture you with, depending on ya preference!] on the regular. What would my dream wedding actually be like? 

Bijou Wedding Venues, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Sun's out, bums out [well, not literally... although I did just take the bins out in pretty see through leggings #Yolo.] It's time for my horrible coat to get in the bin, for my Uggs to head back into retirement, to dust off my flip-flops and to start LIVING. I hate cold weather [Autumn / Winter suck absolute arse, in my opinion] and I legit live for the warmer seasons of the year. Beer gardens, sunnies, boho hair, tans, long evenings, BBQs, sweet perfumes and glowy [not sweaty] skin are my baes.

I've recently started getting properly into highlighter [this fab GWA palette was the catalyst that sparked off this unstoppable new obsession in my life] and embracing that Summer shimmer vibe... and these NEW RELEASES [also from GWA London] have game, set and match stolen my heart. And ensured that I'll be looking lit AF this year. 

With sleek packaging that rivals our queen Charlotte Tilbury... but without the insanely high price tag [soz doll] these brand new Liquid Glow Illuminators* are another stand out product for me in Girls With Attitude London's cruelty free collection. And I'm so excited to constantly represent them this Summer.

New GWA Liquid Glow Illuminators Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

The sun's finally out - which makes me think of one thing and one thing only. HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIME! I've written a few more travel related posts of late [can I plz PR request a holiday now?] looking at places I've been, want to go and those that are bucket list worthy. 

Everyone who I've spoken to's bucket list is slightly different - all filled with weird and wonderful destinations. Do you have one - or locations in mind that you'd add to it? I am a big fan of lists tbh; for every part of my life. I like feeling organised and that they summarise goals, giving me something to work towards. But with so many amazing locations around the globe to choose from, how do you actually pick which ones should make it on your bucket list? A great starting point in writing your own is to think about the kind of holiday you enjoy... and then to take a look at the two destinations I’ve got for you in this collaborative post below to spark some inspo, before you get writing!

Aside from melted cheddar and copious amounts of chocolate, there is nothing I look forward to more than Summer - and the incentive / wanderlust that the slightest peep of sunshine gives me to book my next vacay. The symptoms of said travel bug are especially heightened this year for me, as I was unable to book anywhere or even leave the house for the entirety of 2017 [worst. year. EVER!] - so now I'm proper gaspin' to dip my toes in a foreign ocean & bronze up my pasty-ass skin. ASAP.

The days are getting longer, the sun is [very occasionally] getting his hat on & blessing us with a few rays and the temperature is [slowly AF] rising... if these things don't make you wanna start planning your next holiday immediately; I don't know what will! That's why I'm made up to have discovered this year; who specialise in cheap short haul holidays [e.g. to some of the sexiest lil sun-traps in Europe.] Although I'd like to travel further afield at some point, it's all a little out of my budget - so websites offering fab deals, such as this one, are ideal for me. Plus, places such as Turkey and the Greek Islands [Kefalonia, Rhodes, Mykonos etc] are some of my most favourite places in the whole world ever; and only about 4 hours away, depending on ya flight route.

All this holiday talk has got me feeling a little giddy - so I'm going to share a few of my favourite places I've been on holiday today and some other short haul destinations I'm game as a badger to visit. All of which can be explored on Holiday Gems website.

I'm probably at one of my top five happiest ever levels when I'm sat watching Dr Pimple Popper extraction videos on Insta... way into the night, when I should totes be sleeping, obv. Yolo. Therefore when these goodies from Misfit Cosmetics landed in my life [namely, this super enticing Blackhead Extraction Paste Peel Off Mask*] my attention was very much piqued & the stuff was on my face as soon as I'd taken a few snaps of it. Cos yeno, you can't just dive straight in there and risk ruining that Insta aesthetic, queens. #DoingItForThe'Gram

I just loooooove clearing out dem pores & peeling stuff [be this off of my face or on my nails; as you may have read about here] - these slightly unusual activities are two I'd probs rank in my top ten hobbies tbh. So how did these products live up to my expectations? Was the mask as a-peeling as it sounded going off first impressions [hahaha I'm so punny]? What is a Wake Up Wipe* [I am aware I've got a bit carried away talking about the Extraction Paste thus far, but these baes are also from Misfit... are they fit or a mis{s}]? All will be revealed with a cheeky scroll or two, gang.

Misfit Cosmetics Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

I've wanted a Happiness Planner since the dawn of time [well, since I started blogging about 4 years ago... yeno I have a tendency to be sliiiiightly overdramatic sometimes.] But I'd always found that they weren't the most easily accessible of things to get ya mitts on - they'd always be either sold out, shipped from over the pond [meaning you'd likely end up being bummed by hefty custom fees] or just dead pricey [& yous all know I'm a self proclaimed pauper, so I could never rly justify the expense of one when my rent wasn't paid, I was living off bunny shaped crisps & debt collectors were pure blowing up my phone. However much I tried.] 

But times have changed. These babein' planners are no longer out of my reach. I legit have one of my very own [actually buzzin', queens] - and I know where I'll be going next year for one, too. Find Me A Gift. If you wanna banish them blues & embrace happiness this year - look no further than the Happiness Planner January - December 2018*. It's so much more than just a journal - the thought put into this product, its presentation and the content of the planner is just something else, like.

The Happiness Planner January - December 2018 Review, from Find Me A Gift | Lovelaughslipstick Blog
The Happiness Planner January - December 2018 Review, from Find Me A Gift | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Oh look, another blog post dedicated to my love for Touch in Sol ... what a surprise, I hear you exclaim. Soz queens - this brand is one I've fallen for big time ... and I'm pretty sure if you've tried any of their products, you'll understand exactly why they're all I talk about these days! Stocked at Feel Unique, Cult Beauty and ASOS [to name just a few retailers, cos I am lazy], this innovative AF K Beauty brand combine groundbreaking, innovative formulas with cute packaging, glitter and on-point products. And today's blog post is all about another one of my favourite collections from them; the Go Extreme High Definition Lip Lacquer* gang.

The Touch in Sol Go Extreme Lip Lacquer Collection Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

I'd always been a makeup brush kinda gal when it comes to my base, until recently. I went a bit sick on Cult Beauty cos I had a 15% off discount code and zero self restraint [obv] and picked up the Beauty Blender x Toofaced Beauty Sleep Set - which I consequently professed my love for pretty strongly across me socials. And then, a bit like that manifesting theory I read about sometimes on Twitter, my baes at Beauty Blender only went and sent me the OG of blenders - their Original Beauty Blender* in bright pink [#Goals] and that was that. Love secured.

The Original Beauty Blender Bright Pink Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Although certain situations can pure make me uncomfortable [and I then end up saying the most cringe things ever due to my awkwardness as a human & dying inside *insert all of the 'Why are you like this? memes here*] I am, I would say, fairly confident. Or at least good at faking it. In many ways. 

A lack of self confidence however, is something I know a lot of people [indeed, many of my friends] find themselves having to deal with - which leads me to wonder what the secret is to becoming a generally more confident person? There are lots of answers to that question, and, of course, different things work well for different people. Different strokes for different folks, and all that. But there are a few common trends which seem to result in greater confidence for the majority of people, and we’re about to discuss them right now in this collaborative confidence post!

Wow. These Dr Roebuck's products, guys. Just wow. I'm not even really that much of an esteemed skincare specialist [yas all know that I still enjoy a good facewipe within my beauty regime]... but I can tell you - RIGHT NOW, that my skin has legit BLOSSOMED since this gorgeous bundle of serums, scrubs and creams came into my life. If you're not familiar with the brand... pls, grab a brew and get yourself acquainted. The only tea getting spilt here is the one in the mug beside me - which is flying about everywhere as I'm frantically typing up this post of love & appreciation like a madwoman.

Dr Roebuck's Skincare Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Guys, big news. Big, beautifully scented news. For the first time in like, four years, Marc Jacobs fragrance are introducing a new addition to their collection, Daisy Love Marc Jacobs* ... which lands in stores worldwide this month but is EXCLUSIVE to World Duty Free Beauty until the 11th April. How exciting is that? 

I've smelt it & evs, so I can a] officially confirm it's bloody STUNNING [I'd be the first to announce if it smelled like hell on earth, you've seen my Insta stories] and b] that every girl needs a bottle of this beautifully floral fragrance on their dresser. Immediately. If you are heading through the airport over the next few days [lucky you!!] defo head into WDF and have a sniff / massive splurge before anyone else. And even after the 11th, make sure that you get reservin' ya bottle to pick up from your chosen terminal before you board... cos this cute, daisy inspired bottle is one you're gonna need spritzed all over ya life, being and possessions this Spring / Summer. It's all I've worn [perfume wise hahaha #sendnudes] since it arrived in my life; I'm absolutely in love.

Daisy Love Marc Jacobs Perfume Review, EXCLUSIVE to World Duty Free Beauty until the 11th April | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

I've got something a little different for you guys today - and different for me. I don't normally blog about fitness, or weight, or health rly ... because I am anything but fit. My leg was hanging off for the majority of 2017, I haven't been able to walk [let alone work out] since then, I've been eating my feelings like there's no tomorrow [hello new fat status] and healthy lol... I've had like four operations and a potentially life threatening bone infection in the past 12 months. Soooo those three things have been anything but my forté

I'm still not okay... I still can't walk properly & I still remain in daily pain after my surgery in December. But enough is enough. I can't just fester in my duvet forever. I'm doing physio at the hospital and trying to do more [despite the limitations & exhaustion] - plus I've been given the okay to do a few things at the gym [and I'm even starting hydrotherapy in the pool soon.. hahahaa me in a swimming costume PLS] - so it's time to start making my fitness, my weight and how I feel about my appearance a priority again. I've called in a little help to help me achieve my fitness goals, at least for just the first month or so anyway, in the form of So Shape*. And this post is a lil introduction to the shakes themselves, why I'm taking part in this 28 day challenge and what they actually do.

The So Shape Challenge - An Introduction* Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Confession : I'd never tried Leighton Denny products before now. I KNOW - shocking, disappointing... something which slightly more dramatic souls [ie me] might class as downright unacceptable. But thankfully this woeful story has a happy ending; as the gals at Alex Silver PR ended my LD drought by sending me their new Easy Peel Base Coat* and a rather erotic glittery polish* to test it out with, too. And as far as first impression products go, this blogger mail could not have been ANY more a-peeling to me. 

Leighton Denny's new Easy Peel Base Coat Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
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