The Importance Of Websites For Small Businesses*

Since I went rogue, packed me job in and went self employed last year; there's certain things I have learned are of crucial importance when you're trying to create an online presence & develop a sense of professionalism & trust with potential clients. 

I personally am an example of what not to do really, as my business website has been very much put on the back burner... but yeno, I have this one. I'm talking more here about my experiences helping small businesses and start-ups develop their branding & online personas - many of whom have either not had websites at all initially, or had quite basic and difficult to use sites in need of some TLC.

Not only does having a sleek, professional website better define your services and give potential customers a more in-depth understanding of what it is you can offer them; but creating content with SEO in mind and using this online platform to [verbally and non-verbally] communicate your brand's values can also help boost that level of trust I mentioned earlier. In turn, increasing visits & conversions. 

This post in collaboration with - a great resource from which to purchase website designs which would suit most small businesses [regardless of industry.]

The Importance Of Websites In Business*

A Sprinkle Of Something New This Season*

As Autumn starts to blow in, it always feels like a good season to make a few changes. This can be a time of fresh starts and new interests, before the crazy season kicks in in December. This is why today we are sharing with you a few ideas so that you can try a sprinkle of something new this season.

The CUTEST Accessories, 20% OFF & A #GIVEAWAY | A Collaboration With CaseApp*

As someone prone to dropping everything in my possession, spilling drinks like a pro and ruining me own life on the reg; I definitely need covers on my electronics to protect them. For me. From me. Anyone else relate?

I've been lucky enough to get me mitts on these BEAUTIFUL CaseApp goodies recently - which protect my fave pieces of tech from damage [aka me, a human whirlwind of destruction] and make them look insanely beautiful too.

Marble & pink? Sooooo my aesthetic, hun

Today's post is an ode to my new accessories, an introduction to CaseApp, an exclusive 20% off  code valid until the end of this month aaaaaaand a giveaway. Lots to cover, many tears to weep over their beauty and some fab opportunities for you if you fancy a slice of the CaseApp action.

CaseApp Personalised Phone Cases & Personalised Laptop Skins Review | lovelaughslipstick blog

Money Discussions You Need To Have With Your Partner*

When you find the love of your life, nothing can get between you, right? Wrong! There’s a reason that money is a taboo topic. 

Do you know when’s the right time to be open with your partner about how much you earn and what you spend your money on? How long should you be with them before you tell them everything — that is, if you ever do tell them everything? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone.

When it comes to cash, how much you have and who pays for what can be awkward. To help you have the big money chat with them, here are a few things you can do to make things less awkward… 

The 5 Quirkiest Bars and Cafรฉs in Kent*

Kent has long been a tourist hot spot – after all, it’s home to the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral and other notable gems. Its beauty and history aren’t the only things that attract visitors, though. In recent years, the county has become famous for its array of quirky pubs. Whether you seek a colourful cocktail, vintage wine or simply a good old pint, it’s bound to have a bar to suit you.

But which are the best? Where can you get the ham & cheese croissant of your dreams? Where does the finest selection of cakes & biscuits you'll ever feast your eyes on? Commercial waffle mix or handmade with a twist? We explore the top five….

The 5 Quirkiest Bars and Cafรฉs in Kent

Natural Skincare & Makeup From Antipodes* | #OrganicSeptember

I can't believe it's #OrganicSeptember already... it barely feels like ten minutes since we were full-swing into these festivities last year. #OrganicSeptember - if you're not familiar with the term - is an annual campaign led by the Soil Association; which encourages us to change up our purchasing habits, swapping products & lifestyle choices for organic alternatives

This - in turn, raises our awareness of what we’re actually consuming and hopefully leads to continued changed habits. It’s a great way to promote & educate others about organic food & farming practices. 

Antipodes are an amazing brand to shed light on as part of this month; many of their hero products are certified organic, beautifully luxurious, effective AF and cover skincare and makeup bases. Meaning making a change to their collection this #OrganicSeptember is easy, enjoyable & hopefully one you'll be able to stick to moving forward. This post contains a few suggestions of products you may enjoy; helping give you an introduction to the brand.

Natural Skincare & Makeup From Antipodes #OrganicSeptember Lovelaughslipstick Blog

The Art Of The Selfie*

Nowadays, the most popular sorts of photo are probably the ones you take of yourself. Selfies have been around for a while now, but there’s more to taking one that simply tapping the button on your smartphone and posing. Let’s take a look at how we might inject a little bit more artistry into your self-portraits. 

AD | Spiritual, Meaningful Accessories, Fiyah Jewellery*

They say [whoever 'they' are] that a picture speaks a thousand words

Well, even the thousand or so adjectives these pics are gonna throw at you don't come close to how beautiful this lil piece of jewellery is in real life... my knackered camera lense doesn't do it justice. It's that delicate and pretty.

Today's post is an ode / a profession of undying love & dedication to this stunning Fiyah Stretch Moon Ring* I was kindly gifted - and [trigger warning] the following paragraphs are no doubt gonna contain a lot of exclamations about how much I can't cope. Prepare yourselves.

Spiritual, Meaningful Accessories, Fiyah Jewellery | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Learning More About Ark Skincare*

I've been spoilt by Ark Skincare recently - who are a brand I've tried once or twice in the past [thanks to British Beauty Box & others] but whom I've learned loads more about thanks to their recent generosity.  

Their inclusive range - and the number of different collections this fab, cruelty-free brand offers to target specific skincare concerns [and age groups] is great. Although I knew of Ark Skincare I didn't realise quite how many products they offer; including the:

๐Ÿ’— Age Protect Collection - formulated for your teens & 20s
๐Ÿ’— Age Defend Collection - formulated for your 30s & 40s
๐Ÿ’— Age Defy Collection - formulated for your 50s onwards
๐Ÿ’— Skin Essential Collection - daily essentials to enhance your regime
๐Ÿ’— Skin Perfector Collection - targeted treatments for every skin concern
๐Ÿ’— Body Beautiful Collection - indulgent products for body & mind

Todays post is a lil overview of Ark Skincare themselves & of the goodies they treated me to recently; which I've been working into my skincare routine over the past few weeks.

Learning More About Ark Skincare Products - Review - Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Summer Lovin'*

... had me a blast. Summer lovin', happened so fast [alright I'll stop virtually serenading you. Promise. Bet you're singing that now though, right?!] 

If you's hadn't realised by now, Summer is my life and I hate the colder seasons - I just love it for so many reasons. The heat, the bright mornings, the days in the park, the outfits, the good mood it puts everyone in. The Summer Horn [which is definitely a thing, we discovered this in uni & lovingly named this seasonal 'i-fancy-everyone-when-the-sun-is-shining' phenomenon the Summer Rand...  'everyone' coming with T&C's btw, we didn't literally mean everyone ๐Ÿ˜‚.] 

Life's just better when the sun's shining, imo. There's a change in our mood, our outfit choices, our activities and - I'd say - a change in our dating habits too. The sun's glorious rays increase our levels of happiness and encourage us to head out to do more / socialise in beer gardens of the world [guilttttyyyyyy] - lifting our moods & making us less cynical towards other humans. 

The nights are longer & lighter - meaning there's more time to sneak in dates after work and of an evening [and means you can wear totes cute Summery outfits that show off ya bod, rather than the 15 big coats ensemble Winter dating forces us to go with] .... and with said Summery outfits, the rand defo goes up a notch, as you get to see more of the person you're on the date with. Sunglasses legit make everything & everyone look hotter too; amiright?!

Summer Loving - Dating & Relationships, lovelaughslipstick blog

Recyclable Plastic Storage, Containers & Bottles | Sustainable Home Hacks*

You may have noticed a few more home / lifestyle based posts creeping onto my blog recently - I'm not one to chain myself to just one niche or area of writing [though I'm sure there are plenty of these online coaches / people who'd tell me that this is ded wrong & then charge me a smol fortune to list the errors of my ways. But YOLO.] I'm multi-faceted huns. My interests are as wide as being like, everything from pressed powder to pigeons. 

I've got really into home stuff and life hacks recently - unashamedly so, in fact. Home interiors, storage ideas, design, rugs, carpet cleaning: you name it. I dig it. 

And referring back to the first two items in this list of loves [home stuff and storage] brings me nicely onto the topic of today's post - a fab online company I've discovered who make the most exciting range of plastic containers and storage solutions. If you're the kinda gal who goes a bit OTT in Ikea or in the tupperware section in Tesco; you should probably sit down and steady yourself before reading on.

Recyclable Plastic Storage, Containers & Bottles | Sustainable Home Hacks Lovelaughslipstick Blog

The Easy Way to Pick Between iPhone and Android Smartphones*

If you’ve ever been tasked with picking between an Apple and Android phone then you’ll probably have looked at countless guides and videos. Alternatively, you could just ask a more tech-savvy friend or family member, but with the number of devoted fans on both sides, it can be hard to get a trustworthy opinion these days. Coupled with the fact that some publications are clearly one-sided, it begs the question; what’s really best for me?

So we’ve decided to remove the bias and give you a clear way to determine if an iPhone or Android smartphone is better for your needs so you don’t go wasting money.

Home Decor Goals & Achievements 2019 - An Update*

I'm actually getting my sh*t together a bit guys re: home stuff - I've been refreshing the gaff with coats of fresh white matte emulsion, have covered most carpet stains with lavish new rugs and I've even discovered how I can resolve some of my carpeting issues with these metal things me Da can help me with from B&Q. ADULTING 101? Completed it, mate.

I'm properly enjoying researching more into home improvements stuff & decor hacks; learning about interior trends & stalking peoples' bathrooms and shelving ideas on Pinterest atm.

Mad how your priorities and interests can change isn't it - at the moment, I'm tending to wander down the homeware aisles of stores rather than the makeup section... which has left me questioning who I  even am, but also to a much nicer home environment. My visits to the wine aisle haven't lessened though, you'll be unsurprised to learn

I literally was unable to cope in Dunelm the other week - my camera roll is full of snaps of all the stuff I want for inspo / future bankrupting shopping trips there.

For me personally, home decor wise, I love sleek, minimal interiors... we're talking laminate floors, glass staircases, underlighting, marble surfaces, fluffy chic rugs, blinged up cushions, ridiculously extra bed frames / headboards and glass ERRRR'THANG. With flecks of that proper bling crackled glass here and there for statement effects / accents. Countertops, staircases, shelving and sparkling glass bathroom fittings worthy of a 5* hotel. Do I own these things yet? Well, no hun. But I bloody well want to - and I've been doing research into companies that can help me achieve these goals; such as The Glass Warehouse.

Home Decor Goals & Achievements 2019 - An Update | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Brand New From Bali Body* | The Fake Tan Brand You've GOTTA Try

I love fake tan. Life is HONESTLY so much better with a tan - my clothes look less sh*t, my makeup applies better and my self confidence is at an all-time high when I've got my glow-on. I first started experimenting with fake tan about 15 years ago [yeah alright, I'm old] .... and having navigated myself through the disasters, triumphs, discoveries and set-backs I feel like I've now qualified to talk quite knowledgeably on the subject. So I'm here today to do exactly that.

I first discovered Bali Body last year [here] and fell in LOVE. The packaging, the aesthetic, the product, the ethos. They're just the most gorgeous tanning products - I've used up every last drop of my tanning mousse of theirs & recommend that every tanning obsesso looks them up pronto

One of my friends who lives in the US sent me a selfie of her in her bathroom recently, and I clocked a bottle of Bali Body on her shelf, too! I was like 'OMG JEN I NEVER KNEW YOU USED BALI BODY!!!' and we wept over-enthusiastically over how bloody good it is for a good few minutes.

So yeah. They recently sent over a bottle of their newly released Face Tan Water* for me to try out [along with a cheeky Shimmery Body Oil*] - hence why I'm here today to weep over them with you. That packaging - it's legit impossible to take a bad photo of these stunners.

Brand New From Bali Body* | Fake Tan, Face Tanning Water & Shimmering Body Oil Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

New In & My ALL-TIME FAVOURITE CONCEALER TO DATE | Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer*

I can't even try & write an enticing lead-in to this post... one that creates pure suspense & drops cryptic hints about whether this product is gonna be any good. There's no twists & turns or clickbait incoming here, soz. Cos I cant hide my love for this product

Let's just kick things off by stating loud and proud right now that THIS IS PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE FULL COVERAGE CONCEALER OF ALL-TIME / TO DATE & I'll stand by this statement until someone creates one that rivals it. Cos like, I love it more than Shape Tape [a lot more, actually] and that was my last 'one to beat.'

Too Faced's Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer* - you have my heart now. LOVE YOU HUN XO [I guess if you wanna learn more about why I love it so much & look at some pretty pics / swatches, that can be your hook to read on. But even if you don't read on & just opt to order some right noww instead, then my work here - spreading the word of this precious angel - is done.]

Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer Review - Lovelaughslipstick Blog

5 Things Every Living Room Needs*

Your living room is one of the most public rooms in the home; it’s where you hang out with your family, relax after a long day & entertain guests. You likely spend a huge amount of time in there, so it needs to be perfect! You’ve probably already nailed the basics - such as comfy seating and a decent television - but here's five more things to consider which every living room needs.

5 Things Every Living Room Needs - Lovelaughslipstick Blog

New In From St Moriz* | My Tanning Brand Ride or Die

I love St. Moriz... I've holidayed there overnight SEVERAL times throughout the past 9 years now - they're my OG fake tanning brand & one I've been able to rely on for almost a decade when it comes to achieving a deep, even & streak-free glow. AND THOSE LOW LOW PRICES ๐Ÿ˜ Literally running into Home Bargains after work to pick up a bottle for about £3.50 in time for last-minute nights out was the one.

I was lucky enough to be sent a few of the brand's latest releases recently - which I'll talk about in this post. St. Moriz have really upped their game over several years; releasing loads of new products, variants of their infamous mousse tan and other skincare / sun related innovations to keep them at the forefront of the tanning arena. All still very reasonably priced

Here's a couple of their newest products - St. Moriz Professional Medium - Dark Clear Tanning Mousse* andddd the St. Moriz Advanced Pro Gradual Tan & Protect Cream*; available in regular & travel-size. You can pick St. Moriz up from loads of retailers - Boots, Superdrug, Feel Unique & Tesco being some of the most well-known names to line their shelves with this glorious tanning Godsend.

New In From St Moriz | St. Moriz Professional Medium - Dark Clear Tanning Mousse & St. Moriz Advanced Pro Gradual Tan & Protect Cream; Lovelaughslipstick Blog Review

What Time Is It? It's MASK TIME*

I love beauty subscription boxes. I love trying different k-beauty brands - and the innovative ingredients their products incorporate. I also love sheet masks. So this cute AF box - from Mask Time is pretty much the perfect combo for me; blending all of that into one cute monthly subscription service. JUST LOOK AT THAT PACKAGING ๐Ÿ˜

The box I'll be featuring in this post is Mask Time's May Glow Starter* edit - which you can order using that link [non-aff] for £12.95, if you like the look of its contents! Which I'd better hurry up and reveal to you, I guess. The May Glow box has been curated to help us get festival ready, with a collaboration with Duft & Doft; a bestselling sheet mask brand whose products are designed to soothe, plump and brighten your complexion. And my half dead, half fossilised face defo needs some of that action.

Mask Time x Duft & Doft May Glow Starter K Beauty Box Review | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Wedding Planning 101: Locating South Wales Wedding Venues with*

I've been to a few weddings this year, with more to come - all my friends are growing up & I can't cope with the cuteness! ๐Ÿ˜ I've been helping out as much as I can... I've designed Save The Dates, organised sten do's and done research on wedding venues / different areas of the UK [and abroad!] that'd be good shouts to host these cute festivities.

As much as it's fun and super exciting, it can be really difficult to narrow down venues... I don't know how these super-organised Bridezilla's manage to be so efficient with it! Even just narrowing down places to stay / rent in Wales for a sten I planned recently [which is a hybrid of a stag & hen do, in case you're unfamiliar with the term] was incredibly difficult in terms of seeing all available options for the date range clearly and in one place. You may remember seeing my slightly over-excitable / Jagermeister-fueled Insta stories during my time in South Wales & the wedding themed festivities I planned - that time.

As part of my research looking into places to stay, points of interest, sten-themed activities and venues, I discovered - who are a bit of a game-changer when it comes to locating South Wales Wedding venues. The struggle of having about 3000 tabs open trying to co-ordinate venues and weigh them up against each other is no more - the site has everything all in one place, it's easy to use and you can see multiple wedding venues clearly & well presented.

Wedding Planning 101: Locating South Wales Wedding Venues with

Dr Nina Bal Introduces ‘Cherry Lips’ Filler Enhancement - Korea’s Biggest Lip Filler Trend Comes To The UK*

You may have read about my experience getting subtle lip filler recently - it's something that's helped boost my confidence so much and makes me feel so much better about the general state of my face. I'll definitely be revisiting for another appointment soon. 

I've been keeping up-to-date re: the world of aesthetics and in terms of the latest treatments & procedures on the market recently - I find it fascinating and so clever what can be achieved these days with a little filler; in the right hands. Which leads me on nicely to the topic of today's post -  which combines my new interest in the world of aesthetics with a procedure I've had myself... and Korean beauty trends [which are always proper one-step ahead].

Introducing 'Cherry Lips’ anti-aging lip fillers, courtesy of Dr Nina Bal.

Dr Nina Bal Introduces ‘Cherry Lips’ Filler Enhancement -  Korea’s Biggest Lip Filler Trend Comes To The UK

Current Cult Beauty Crushes

I'm broke huns. Properly poor. But what's new ๐Ÿ˜‚ I've massively overspent on Jagerbombs and McDonald's over the past few weeks [zero regrets] so my 'new makeup funds' have been depleted. For at least for the foreseeable future; if not for all of time

Here's a lil wishlist of some of the goodies I'd splurge on from Cult Beauty if I wasn't brassic AF. Picks I either love but wouldn't ever feel able to justify paying those prices for [unless my gambling efforts paid off & I came into some actual moola] and others which I'm hoping, one day, I'll be able to treat myself to. 

Current Cult Beauty Crushes, Lovelaughslipstick Blog Wishlist

Home Goals 2019 | Fixing Up My Flooring*

I think I've touched on this before - in this new era of home interior & improvements posts I've been enjoying creating recently... but I properly need new carpets in mine. 

As part of my Home Goals 2019 list [which maybe I'll share at some stage, as part of another post] I've scribbled 'RUGS' and double underlined; mostly because I assumed getting decorative rugs would be the most inconspicuous way of looking stylish AF without people realising my extensive collection is to cover all the drinks stains on the carpet.

But I'm starting to realise now, as I continue spilling, the answer may actually lie elsewhere - in getting new flooring... be this carpet or vinyl. I'm keen AF on the vinyl idea tbh, as this'll be so much easier to clean next time I slop my morning coffee down myself & across the floor. Constantly ordering rugs, I've learned, isn't necessarily a sustainable lifestyle... especially as there's a very real chance I'll spill me brew on them too and end up in the same situation but 2x worse.

I did used to question 'Why am I like dis?' each time I had a carpet crisis with a beverage, but I think I've just accepted it now. Maybe I need to address this issue - as well as new flooring - as part of Home Goals 2019, hey?! Cup Filling Judgement Goals 2019 might be the next list I'll have on the go.

Home Goals 2019 | Fixing Up My Flooring Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Latest in Beauty Summer '19 The Beauty Heroes Edit* | #LoveLiB

WOW. If you're looking for Summer in a box, look no further than the Summer 2019 Beauty Heroes Latest In Beauty* edit. Legit. Just look at that flatlay below - the products, colour-scheme & relevance all these products have at this time of year is like, 10/10. AND IT'S ONLY £30. FOR ALL THAT STUFF. Which has a retail value of £138!

The ability to cope is leaving me body right now, huns. Let's roll out some pics before I go full-on into this post [which will, as you may have sensed, no doubt be a massive ramble professing my undying love for these items & this company] so you too can bask in its glory & get all giddy with me.

Latest in Beauty Summer '19 The Beauty Heroes Edit Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Little-Known Box June 2019 | The Sun, Sea, Sand Edit*

One of my most used mottos these days seems to be 'better late than never'... so on that note, let's crack on with this post; a review of Little-Known Box's June 2019 edit. Despite it now drawing towards the end of July. This #girlboss life is harder than they make it out to be, huns!

June's box has been curated to refresh our skincare routine & makeup bags for the warmer weather - and as I type this post, we're smack bang in the middle of a heat wave; so this sentiment is defo appreciated! LKB HQ - being the mega babes that they are, realise that Summer is a social time that's typically home to holidays & travel adventures... and with that in mind, have chosen travel-friendly, flight-safe goodies to spoil us with this month. WOT HUNS ๐Ÿ™Œ

Little-Known Box June 2019 | The Sun, Sea, Sand Edit Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Taking Ya Love For Fashion To The Next Level*

I love fashion. I love shopping in clothing departments like a madman every bit as much as I love going pure rogue in the makeup aisles... and almost as much as I adore perusing the 'Whoops!' bit in Asda

It might not look like it most of the time - I'm aware I look a bit like a smackhead, but honestly... if money was no object, I'd be unstoppable; splurging both online and in store. Though I typically find more online that I like these days.

The absolute dream would be for me to be more involved in fashion - I've had years of experience working in fashion retail and absolutely loved every second of it... and now I've gone full #girlboss and dipped ma toes into the world of self-employed life, these two things combined make me consider wanting to start my own lil fashion boutique business. But where can you get stock that's profitable? Apart from sites like AliExpress and [as I discovered in my Expectation vs Reality series a few years back] that's not at all viable.

From sizing, to quality, to looking like something from a porno; AliExpress and the eBay type shops that sell stock sourced from these kinda retailers are not the one. BUT I've been doing a bit of digging on this topic and have found a lil site based in the UK who look properly good when it comes to buying in stock wholesale. 

Wholesale clothing for women in the UK, J5 Fashion | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

NEW Release From Leighton Denny | The Wanderlust Collection*

Direct start; but I love a good red nail and Leighton Denny's brand new Wanderlust SS19 Collection is home to one of the brightest, sassiest & bad-ass reds I own - as pictured throughout this post, in the shade Flight Club*. So obv I've had to run to my [somewhat neglected of late, sorry] blog and word vomit all over the shop about how much I love it... and the Wanderlust Collection itself.

This new SS19 capsule of iconic nail polishes has been named the 'Wanderlust' collection; with aptly chosen names, which I love a bit lot. Perfect for a Summer getaway [lol pls, I want a holiday on a Greek island so bad] the range is a mix of new, rich and versatile classics that go with everything & add a splash of understated glam to ya look. They're available to shop at John Lewis and M&S.

NEW Release From Leighton Denny | The Wanderlust Collection, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Making Toes [Slightly] More Tolerable | Kiss imPRESS Press-On Pedicures*

Let's be real. Feet are not okay / aesthetically pleasing. I know some people don't mind them - and some people have pyar fetishes surrounding them *shudders* but I'm not a fan. The worst part for me are the toes, and the nails... especially if they're not well maintained. Brb, these mental images are making me want to do a sick.

I've used Kiss / imPRESS Pedicure kits [aka false toenails you stick on without needing to get ur trotters out for a beautician] for years; buying them off eBay as I had no idea that they were actually a wide-spread thing. I just rly have strong concerns about the aesthetics of feet. But it turns out this life hack / toenail trickery is actually a thing - a thing stocked in Superdrug - and ma baes at Alex Silver sent me some of their new SS19 designs to try out. FEET ON FLEEK, HUN.

Making Toes [Slightly] More Tolerable | Kiss imPRESS Press-On Pedicures, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Making Toes [Slightly] More Tolerable | Kiss imPRESS Press-On Pedicures, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Life As A Freelancer In Liverpool | With Signature Works*

If you work on a freelance basis and you're a lone wolf [I guess technically what you'd call a sole-trader, if you're being pure profesh like] / work from home, life can potentially get a little lonely during the working day.

You may speak to 10, 20, even 30 people a daily basis... but as you're pretty much chained to your laptop, the majority of these interactions are likely to be virtual, remote conversations; via apps and / or phone calls. Ya pals are likely to have different shift patterns and availability than you, your other half may well work in an office block an hour away & arrive home knackered every night just at the time your creative juices start flowing... generally - in terms of social shiz, freelance life [depending on how you manage it] can be pretty awkward. Which is the general consensus I've got when speaking to my other self-employed huns about their experiences, too.

Where most people work 9-5 type shifts & are able to switch off at the end of the day [unless your job is insanely sh*t / stressful & you end up bringing work home with you - and kween, I've been there like ๐Ÿ˜ท], self-employed #girlbosses can find themselves working all kinds of hours, all days of the week... cos where do you switch off, and how do you draw a line under your day when your office is your front-room, your bed, your desk in your bedroom?

Life As A Liverpool Freelancer Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Five Tips To Look After Your Hair*

Hair may technically be dead, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the time to look after it. Something I totes need to start doing ๐Ÿ˜‚ When it comes to hair, everyone is different, but following these five tips should lead to an improvement in its general health. Which, after about 234 boxes of bleach, mine defo needs!

Home Interior GOALS | Feat The Marble Store*

I never thought I'd become this person, but here we go. 

I'll freely hold my hands up & admit I've started spending more time than I thought I ever would looking at home decor pins on Pinterest... as well as [even more shockingly] considering spending my [rare] spare ££ on home furnishings & cleaning products rather than Glenn's Vodka and £5 entry into Popworld on a Saturday night. Am I okay? Dunno. But here we are. 

Here's a few of the home interior trends, looks & ideas I am all about and need in & around me gaff immediately. 

Image Source: Pinterest |  Article link

What's It Like Getting Lip Filler? | Subtle Lip Enhancements at White Swan Aesthetics*

I've wanted lip filler for proper years. As I've aged, my face has changed shape & my lips have too; as a result of this. Although they've always been alright & I've never hated them, their changing appearance and loss of symmetry was something that bothered me. Namely on me top lip - the area I feel most gals seem to have beef with.

So when I was offered the chance to have a consultation & treatment to address these concerns at White Swan Aesthetics in Wimbledon, I jumped like no other at the opportunity. One big thing that had help me back from enquiring about these treatments before was worrying about how legit, professional & qualified the practitioners administering filler locally actually are... something I didn't have to worry about with White Swan

White Swan's doctors are each insanely qualified in what they do - and picking out a clinic you can trust, with good reviews & recommendations was very important to me when even debating the lip filler path. I knew I'd feel comfortable having my treatment done there - with doctors I'd done my research on, in a highly recommended clinic; so I hopped on dat coach down to London asap to see the sights & boost my confidence with a treatment I really wanted and fuller, more symmetrical lips.

What's It Like Getting Lip Filler? | Subtle Lip Enhancements at White Swan Aesthetics* | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Online Design Resources | Monogram Maker*

As someone who is constantly putting together bits of graphics, designs, branding & creating logos, I'm always on the look out for new websites & pieces of software to inspire me, those which bring new things to the table & those which are easy to use. A big part of my job these days involves creativity & designing stuff [which I love]  - I've created branding, logos & ebooks for several clients now. And it's rapidly overtaken my love for writing; which I wasn't expecting but am fully embracing.

You don't have to pay a small fortune to get access to some of programs, software or apps to help you with design ideas and you don't need to go back to uni or train up for a qualification... these fab resources are online, often free, reasonably priced and are properly intuitive for the user to pick-up. And can produce professional looking, gorgeous graphics & imagery when used effectively. 

I'm a huge advocate of sites like Canva [actual bae] and Photopea [free online Photoshop basically] - and another useful one I've discovered recently is; which I wanted to share with you absolute worldies in today's post. So grab a brew & 15,000 biscuits [Chocolate Digestives are like my new version of crack atm] & get settled to have a lil read. If you want like. No pressure.

Online Design Resources | Monogram Maker Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Reminiscing About That Time I Was Young & Went To Prom*

Now, I'm going to sound like, fully-fledged fossil here [but that's okay, with my birthday approaching I guess I need to accept my ripe old age at some point ๐Ÿ˜‘] - this is going to be one of those 'back in my day' type post; something which I always say in my mind in the voice of Fred Elliott. If you know, you know [#GrowingUpManc, #ISayAshley]

Today we're reminiscing aaaaall the way back to my days of youth; back in my day when proms were quite a new concept and a good old school disco [with kids trying to sneak vodka into the bogs and our preferred currency being those mad yellow polos - the citrus ones] was much more familiar territory. Which was pretty much what our prom was in all honesty; a slightly pimped up school disco, just pulled out of the sports hall and plopped into a hotel instead.

Times have changed so much since we all raided the Debenhams' posh dress section & applied patchy AF fake tan in an attempt to channel our American rom-com prom queen idols - these days there is a lot of money spent on dresses, beauty, hair & makeup for gals attending their prom [pretty much a posh leavers do, right?]... with custom made dresses & Louboutins galore. Like, I've seen cases of over a grand being dropped and CANNOT COPE.

The idea of having this sorta ball was such a culture clash for us at the time - we'd only just got past Adidas popper pants and Helly Hansen bubble jackets, proms were pretty new ground and a far cry from dancing to Robbie WilliamsAngels in a big circle at the school disco; with teachers supervising our every move. Parents had no idea what was expected ££ wise, and I don't think I've ever seen a limo in my hometown until the idea of prom arrived there.

Prom Dress Finder Collaboration, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Weeping Over The Hempz SS19 Citrine Crystal & Quartz Collection*

My baes at Alex Silver always hook me up with the cutest pamper parcels - and today's feature is yet another glowing example of this fact! 

They very kindly sent over some goodies from Hempz brand new SS19 Citrine Crystal & Quartz collection for me to try out recently - and lemme spill that tea RIGHT now [if this was real life, I'd be pouring a massive mug of the stuff on ya pure white carpets for dramatic effect] ... they smell SO EFFING GOOD that I can't cope.

The Hempz SS19 Citrine Crystal & Quartz Collection, Lovelaughslipstick Blog Review

Spring / Summer Home Interior Improvement Goals*

I KNOW RIGHT. Probably the most grown-up title for a blog post I've ever published. 

I've seemingly morphed into this proper adult at the moment though - buying new room fragrances, bleach by the tonne, new bedding, rugs [mainly to cover some of the damage on my carpets, lol] and cushions. 

I'm not quite sure when the transition of me spending all me wages on Glenn's vodka & nights on the lash to transforming into a pure homemaker occurred, but you know what - I'm enjoying it. Me gaff actually looks a bit less like a crack-den these days, and it's nice to spend time in; what with all the homely touches I've been working on.

There is still quite a lot to do though to get each of my rooms to the standard I'd like them to be at, so I decided for today's post, I'm summarise all my home interior / DIY goals as a reminder to myself... and as home stuff is quite topical right now isn't it [a la Mrs Hinch] and I'm pure mad for dat traffic xox

Spring / Summer Home Interior Improvement Goals, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

10 Practical [Yet Less Commonly Spoken About] Items You Might Consider Taking Abroad With You*

Once again; today I'm sat in my pjs looking at cheap holidays & scanning for bargain flights, in the never-ending cycle of wanting to relocate my entire life to Greece & travel the globe.

I love going on holiday, love travelling & love soaking in the sights and ambience of other parts of the world. Especially those around the Mediterranean sea [tell me you didn't sing that in your head as the part in the Vengaboys' 'We're going to Ibiza'?!]

Today I've popped together a list of ten practical [yet less commonly spoken about] items you might consider packing to take on your travels. We're not talking sunglasses, suncream, bikinis - your usual holiday guide stuff. And equally, we're not talking anything pure wild here either [there will be no whips, gimp suits or jelly involved!] Simply a rundown of less conventional travel items you may have not considered, or considered the importance of before. And things that are important to talk about.

10 Practical [Yet Less Commonly Spoken About] Items You Might Consider Taking Abroad With You* | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

5 Essentials For A Girly Hotel Stay*

Is there anything better than a stay-over in a hotel [be this a city break, an overnight stay or a week all-inclusive in a 5* resort in Mykonos] with the gals?! The memories, the laughs, the indulgence of staying somewhere away from home; with fluffy towels & sachets of posh tea by the kettle. I always seem to sleep better in hotel beds too - don't know why? ๐Ÿ™‹

I'm staying in a hotel with the girls in a few weeks for a wedding we're attending and I can't wait - for all these reasons and more. I've compiled a quick list of some of the essentials needed [and which I will most defo be packing / sourcing during my stay] on every girly hotel break below - which ones do you agree with?

5 Essentials For A Girly Hotel Stay, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Aloha Sunkissed Summer! | Perfume Click*

My huns at Perfume Click treated me to an AMAZING bundle of Sunkissed goodies recently - and I can't even cope. I knew that Sunkissed existed and that they're a fake tanning brand... but I hadn't tried much of theirs, did not realise Perfume Click stocked them, how vast their range actually is and that they also make makeup, too?! My tiny, senior mind was blown when I unwrapped this incredible parcel. 

And that's probs a good place to dive in and start my review.

I was lucky enough to get me [tanning] mitts [that's a terrible pun but I'm committing to it, soz xo] on an assortment of goodies from Perfume Click - a 5 piece Sunkissed Aloha Summer Prep & Finish Tanning Kit*,  Sunkissed Instant Tan Mousse in Dark* [yaaaaaaas], Sunkissed Time To Prime Makeup Primer*, Sunkissed Perfect Fix+ Setting Spray*, Sunkissed Diamond Dust Highlighter Palette* & a Sunkissed Exfoliating Mitt.* 

And breathe. See what I mean about not realising how extensive this range is these days?! Here's a lil rundown of my thoughts on it all.

Aloha Sunkissed Summer! | Sunkissed Fake Tan at Perfume Click, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

NEW | Skinny Tan's Rainbow Range*

Skinny Tan have been smashing life's head in this year, with LOADS of proper mint new releases. The majority of these have been fake tan related - as well as the fake tan & SPF combined genius-ness I featured here

But their latest collection is something totally different for the brand... yet totally on-point. Skin & Body Care. The Rainbow Collection. Beautiful cleansing & nourishing everyday bodycare solutions to prep your skin pre-tan & prolong its longevity post-tan. Yaaaaaaaas. OH and FYI, Skinny Tan have an offer on at the moment, where you can buy the whole family of products for just £15. Can't cope.

Here's a quick run-down of each of the products in the Rainbow Collection & how I've found using them.

NEW | Skinny Tan's Rainbow Range Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

I Researched The Instagram Algorithm To Weigh Up How Screwed We Are

I'd like to start off this post stating the fact that I don't know if anyone ACTUALLY knows what the balls Instagram's algorithm is up to these days. I doubt even they do, tbh. 

So I'm not trying to pass myself off as some form of Insta guru by writing this post - or pretending like I've got my sh*t together, 400k followers & a load of new ads to not disclose... [*sips tea*] cos lawd, I rly don't. I've just been doing some research & lose about 34 followers a day. Casual.

I've sorta given up hope recently tbh... everything that used to help boost engagement - in a pre-mixed up Insta-world, does f*ck all for me these days. I get more likes on photos I don't hashtag than I do on pure pre-scheduled, proper curated ones [with a chunk of hashtags just crying out to be noticed at the end.] 

Even pics of me rancid face seem to be doing better than actual nice product pics... which is a startling realisation of just how messed up this platform in 2019. Is Instagram okay hun?

Again, I'm not claiming to be an expert on how this algorithm beast gets its kicks... and have I put any of the tips in this post into practice on my own 'Gram yet? No, cos I can't be arsed. But I have spent many precious minutes reading the latest articles about the new algorithm; so I decided to compile this wisdom into a post for ya; to save you having to trawl through pure long articles that make you lose the will to live.

And if, after following these tips, our engagement is still sh*t, terrible boomerangs are still plaguing our feeds & reality tv stars are trying to peddle them teas that give you raging diarrhoea, I think it'll then be time to throw in the towel, admit that Insta's properly mugged us off & invest all our recreational time into moaning about it all the time again. Deal?

The New Instagram Algorithm & How To Keep Your Engagement Vaguely Okay With It, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Day-2-Night Wear | Outfits For The Office When You Have A Hot Date That Night*

The guy you’ve been talking to for a few days now - after scoring a perfect pass on your London Dating App, wants to take you out for a drink. Prosecco? Yes please

The only problem is… you have to meet him after work. Wardrobe CRISIS! What can you wear to work that’ll take you from day(t)-2-night [see what we did there?] Here's a few ideas you might find useful.

Day-2-Night Wear | Outfits For The Office When You Have A Hot Date That night | Clikd App

Getting Ready For Summer With Skinny Tan*

Life is at least 78% better with a tan... though usually a fake one for me, as the weather in this country doesn't really cut it. Amiright?! HOWEVER if you're ded lucky & planning on heading somewhere legitimately warm, beachy & bikini-appropriate to soak up some rays, it's important to protect your skin whilst bronzing... and vitally important that you take me with you xox [I need a holiday even more than I need a pint of coffee right now. I.e. A LOT.]

On this note of safe suntanning, my baes Skinny Tan have released some proper exciting, ded innovative new products to help boost ya tan and protect your skin at the same time; that I wanna share with you huns today. 

Cos yeah, having a tan is the dream & makes me feel bangin' [we're talking at least about a 3/10 rather than the usual minus 12]... but skin cancer is not the one; sun cream & taking precautions when exposed to the elements is CRUCIAL. Don't risk it. Here's the inside scoop on this collection.

Getting Ready For Summer With Skinny Tan* | SPF, Aftersun, Moisturiser Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

The ULTIMATE Father's Day Gift Guide 2019*

Hey huns, how are ya? In case you've forgotten me, I'm not ded; I've just been insanely busy these past few weeks and have somewhat fell outta the way of writing, washing & being active on socials [other than retweeting cute cat pics & lolling at pigeon memes. Obv.]

I've suddenly [and I don't wanna say this too loudly, in case it scarpers again] got a little burst of motivation to get some blog stuff boxed off today though, so figured I'd pop back onto ya screens with a big old topical post full of some AMAZING goodies & lots of stars in time for Father's Day 2019. Cos there's not long to go now, is there? Here's a round-up of some of the tastiest, personalised, fittest gift ideas on the market this year; picked with me legend of a Dad in mind.

The ULTIMATE Father's Day Gift Guide 2019, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Little Known Box | The May 2019 Birthday Edit*

Ah, it's that time again ♥️ Another month, another Little Known Box* to unwrap & weep over. If you follow me on anything ever or have read my blog before, you'll know of my intense love for all things LKB & how this undying loyalty now goes wayyyy back... I can't quite believe it's been multiple years we've worked together & that this May, Little Known Box are actually celebrating their 3rd birthday

3 YEARS. That's three whole years of these incredible curations, indie brands & ethical ethos' plopping through my postbox every month & I can't actually cope... #blessed

To mark the occasion, LKB are gonna be celebrating this month with giveaways & special offers, as well as with this fab birthday inspired box. This might be a slight spoiler, but I'd say to keep an eye on my socials - as well as theirs - this week, if you're interested in these fun celebratory competitions... ๐Ÿ‘€ And with that, let's delve right in shall we huns?

Little Known Box | The May 2019 Birthday Edit, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

This INCREDIBLE Mirror Has Brought Me SO Much JOI*

Oh my days, beauty blogger / vlogger alert. I've got my hands on one of the most innovative and useful tools when it comes to doing ya makeup - and for if you like to take pics of your handiwork or create videos for your followers as you do so [fab for Insta stories.] What am I on about? Well hun. Sit down & I'll tell you.

Introducing the Spotlite HD Diamond 2.0 by JOI* - which is not just another makeup mirror. It's a game changer. As you'll soon see.

And what was even more exciting when I was unboxing it? The fact I recognised the beauty blogger who's worked with JOI to create it - Hayley Hall. She's not an unrelatable Zoella character or an out-of-touch bblogger you can't vibe with since they signed that 6 figure deal with a skinny tea... she's a normal [much more successful than me] blogger who's mates with bloggers I'm mates with; and seeing that is right nice.  #Community

Spotlite HD Diamond 2.0 by JOI Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Spotlite HD Diamond 2.0 by JOI Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Group Activities That Are PERFECT for Hen Dos*

I’ve rambled on a fair bit these past few weeks [both on me blog & on Instagram] about how much fun I had recently arranging a stag do for one of my best mates… and all the naughtiness I have planned for a hen do I can’t wait to arrange in July. And then another one I’m planning for next Feb… preferably abroad. PASS ME THE SAMBUCA HUN!

Whilst I’m slightly bitter that none of these festivities are my hen do, I’m literally living my best life attending them all – and have found party planning is pretty much my dream occupation. From drinking games, to cute sentimental details – and from group activities to decoration; planning stag / hen dos is my JAM. 

If you’re planning a hen or stag do, I’m going to list a few ideas for group activities that’ll make the occasion an absolute BALL. And when it comes to having a ball on ya hen – and group activity days that everyone’ll enjoy, Essential Adventure have a whole heap of options. Meaning you can plan something everyone will love – even if the guest-list includes their grumpy great aunt & problematic mother-in-law!

Photo by Isabella Mendes from Pexels

Discovering Natura Siberica - Launching in Holland & Barrett on 27th May*

I really needed a new eye makeup remover, as mine all sorta ran out around the same time [including my Charlotte Tilbury sample from last year's Advent Calendar & this one I'd quite enjoyed... typical] - so when I was given the chance to try one from organic huns Natura Siberica, I jumped at the chance.

Natura Siberica are celebrating the launch of 16 of their hero products into Holland & Barrett on May 27th, which is a bit exciting [and good to know, cos I'll definitely be checking out more of the range after my positive experience with the products of theirs I've tried so far!] - and as part of this celebration, sent me their Natura Siberica Moisturising Foam Eye Make Up Remover* [which is just £5.75] to try.

And I love it.

Discovering Natura Siberica - Launching in Holland & Barrett on 27th May | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Cosmetics, Aesthetics & Confidence | 23MD*

I was a nail model at a friend's salon this week; where a girl who was training to become qualified in the art of acrylic nails used my talons to create some of her very first lewks. Although she was a little unsure of her finished result, I properly love my new set of claws & am having a ball tap-tap-tapping away on my keyboard whilst writing up this post.

It is mad how much of a confidence boost little cosmetic additions to ya life can give you isn't it - I'm proper keen to get Russian Volume Lash Extensions next; cos just think of how put together & ready to hit the ground running I'd be with them and my posh new nails?! Not to mention the huge list of aesthetic procedures I want on my face this year - I've written up a manifestation list of all the things I want & stuck it next to my bed to make it happen. Will definitely have to remember to take it down if I ever decide to entertain company again, tho - there's some proper cringe stuff also made the cut [such as new tea towels & a chair ๐Ÿ˜‚] 

With celebrities, influencers & the gorgeous gals you see pretty much everywhere flaunting their aesthetically perfect appearances & on-fleek facial features, it's hard not to feel a little tempted to want to get some work done here or there. 

For me, I don't want to massively alter my appearance; I just wanna make little aesthetic tweaks to make me the best version of me - and improve my wayyyyy low levels of self-worth / esteem. Am I having a mid-life crisis, with tattoos, treatments and posh talons? Probably, hun. But as Alanis Morrisette once sang... 'if it makes you happy...' - and happiness / self acceptance is defo what I'm pursuing RN. It's imperative if you're considering any form of procedure to do your research, and book in at a reputable clinic which is fully insured / qualified for the treatment you're seeking

Somewhere like 23MD

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation - New Shades Now Available*

This is a strong statement to make BUT I'd say Too Faced are probably one of all time favourite beauty brands. I just love them, yeno? Their products, their packaging, their quality. Their scent.

Inclusivity is imperatively important - in beauty, and in all aspects of life; so I'm pleased to announce in this cheeky lil post that Too Faced have just added another 10 new shades to their colour range of Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation* [RRP £27.] So if you've been keen AF to try this gorgeous product but unable to find your perfect colour match in the past - now you can! And just look at her ๐Ÿ˜

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation - New Shades Now Available | Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation - New Shades Now Available | Lovelaughslipstick Blog