I've never really thought about the sustainability of jewellery before - I know, call me a terrible human [cos I am] but whereas I'm conscious of recycling and reducing waste, I've never thought about diamonds & the like in this way before. Until now. Lark and Berry are a beautiful, luxury jewellery brand changing the way I think about this concept; boasting some really great ethical & sustainable values. Their fine range of jewellery is made with cultured [not mined] diamonds [me mind's blown here huns, didn't realise that was a thing!] meaning the entire range is ethical AF and always conflict free.

I'm a little bit obsessed with their stackable rings - look how gorgeous they are! Another example of sustainability done right - classy, chic, stylish and very Christmas Stocking worthy. None of the multi-colour tie dye yarn pieces that spring to mind when I think 'eco-friendly fashion'.

Lark & Berry Sustainable Diamond Jewellery
I've made a huuuuuuuuuge list of treatments I wanna try out in 2020 - Botox, Filler, some cutting-edge skin technology I've been researching, CoolSculpting, Microblading... honestly, I'll be a whole new bird by the end of it all. And I can't wait

One treatment I'm DEFINITELY keen to book in is Laser Hair Removal... imagine never having to shave, wax or cope with stubble ever again. THE DREAM. Loved by Kim Kardashian and countless Victoria Secret Models, laser hair removal is effective, painless and life-changing. And if it's good enough for them, it's definitely good enough for me!

Laser Hair Removal At Pulse Light Clinic London
I don't rly do that much with my nails these days, cos I'm just always too busy tbh [I can't relate to past me who used to paint them every single day eating a big bowl of pasta in front of Hollyoaks in the slightest these days] - but it's something I am trying to change, as I do miss this girly detail about myself. I use press on / stick on nails pretty regularly if I'm going somewhere [to mask the fact I defo don't have my life in order atm] but I haven't done much with them other than that and it's something I wanna get back on top of.

Today's post is a quick lil shoutout to some new products in my life from SensatioNail; which I received recently and I'm actually sporting one of right now [the bright pink one]... helping end my manicure drought. These lil huns are the latest release from the brand - SensatioNail's Nailtural Colour Polishes*; which are composed of up to 85% bio-sourced ingredients, creating a formula that’s 100% cruelty-free and vegan friendly too. LOVE TO SEE THAT.

This range boasts a Nailtural Natural Nail Polish Remover* [pictured] & over 20 different shades of polish; along with various cuticle oils to give you the full manicure experience from home. I wasn't sure what to expect from the polishes tbh - but I was really pleasantly surprised... and you can find out why if you keep on reading yeno, hun xox

SensatioNail's Nailtural Colour Polishes & Natural Remover Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
SensatioNail's Nailtural Colour Polishes & Natural Remover Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Urgh. I hate to admit it [like, really hate to admit it] but Summer is over and we're cruising towards Christmas at an alarming speed. The shops have all their giftsets out, there's deccys everywhere, sales have started kicking in & advent calendar mania has struck... meaning I a] lose all self control and wanna buy everything I see and b] have began starting to think about Christmas gifts for friends & family. I just can't control myself when it comes to giftsets and homeware right now, I don't know what it is.

I do enjoy shopping for other people and thinking of gifts that'll [going full Kondo here] spark joy in the faces of their recipients.. but it can be so expensive, yeno? And during the festive season, it seems like my [and many other people's] sense of sensibility when it comes to spending flies right out the window and heads left down the M62 for a few weeks. No wonder Natwest kicked me out.

This is where today's finds come in - genuine, luxury high-end fragrance and beauty brands from TJ Hughes. Yes, you read that right - I'd forgotten that this department store of dreams was an option to shop from too, but I'm super glad I've rediscovered them... especially as their main store is in my very own city [Liverpool.] TJ Hughes specialise in home, fashion, fragrance, garden furniture, technology and electrical items; with premium brands at up to 70% off RRP. WHICH SOUNDS HELLA GOOD TO ME.

For this post, I picked out some gorgeous new designer perfumes - perfume is one of my favourite gifts to receive at Christmas due to how luxurious it is & how the scent can evoke memories of the big day for years to come. I didn't even realise TJ's had some of the big names that they do on their website - and their savings are impressive - so I defo wanted to share them with you today.

Christmas Gift Ideas | Beauty & Fragrance at TJ Hughes, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
I adore Kiss nails and lashes; always have, always will. Their ranges continue to develop, grow and expand in new directions - following the latest trends whilst always remaining affordable and user-friendly. I definitely applaud them - and wanted to show you a few of the new styles from their collections that have landed down in LLL town recently. These lil huns are perfect for Halloween outfit inspo [seriously, run down to ya local Boots or Superdrug where you can shop the range in time for that last-minute night out] and Christmas Party Season beauty updates.

With new, dark, vampy & glittery statement nails for Autumn creeping into their collection - with thick, chunky, textured lashes to add that lil extra something to your sassy Halloween makeup looks, Kiss have once again slayed the game. I wear their lashes and nails on the daily - every day is Halloween for me [haha no just jokin', am not that dramatic, honest] due to how easy & quick they are to apply - but if you don't and you're just looking for some recommendations or inspo to take your makeup to the next level over the next few weeks of festivities, keep reading!

New Season Accessories & Halloween Beauty Inspo From Kiss, lovelaughslipstick blog
New Season Accessories & Halloween Beauty Inspo From Kiss, lovelaughslipstick blog
I've made no secret of the fact that I hate this time of year. I'm a Summer gal through & through, and these colder months get on my swede proper bad. Even in the hotter temps we [very occasionally] get in the UK [when everyone's kicking off about the heat] I'd still happily go hotter; like the climates & scorchio conditions you get abroad. In a heartbeat.

I think one of my all time life goals is to relocate to a little island in the sun [probs a Greek one - Kefalonia has my heart] and start a fresh, relaxed lil life over there. Surrounded by white-washed architecture, thousands of stray kitties I can adopt, beautiful blue oceans and actual sunshine. 

If you didn't know, I actually have a Vitamin D deficiency... which may or may not have contributed to my weaker-than-ya-average bones and that tragic accident & 3,000 surgeries I've had since then.

Living my best worst life. 

Vitamin D [as well as being found in some foods, like all ya leafy stuff & fortified cereals and tha] is... funnily enough, absorbed into your body via the sun's rays. And I live in the UK. And I have no Vitamin D. SO IT''S NO COINCIDENCE, IS IT? I need to be in the sun for health reasons [sounds more convincing, right?] and our British weather just ain't cutting it. Strangely though, when I asked my GP to prescribe me a holiday on the NHS to help sort me out, he said no. For a man named Dr Pun, he really wasn't that jovial. Well tight in fact, as he didn't let me have a hot tub for my knackered back either.

Little-Known Box are legit one of my fave all time monthly subscription boxes ever in the world. I dabbled with Birchbox & Glossybox back in the day [only lasted about 5 mins with Glossybox tho, at the time I subscribed it was shockingly sh*t] but [like all my relationships, apart from my longest standing one with cheddar] none of them lasted. 

When, later in the same year I think it was [after my Glossy & Birchy relationships were long over] I discovered Little-Known Box, they changed the game for meThat was at least 3 years ago, and I still feel exactly the same to this day. I love their luxury packaging, their ethos, their brands & the dedication they have to sustainable, ethical beauty. They're a beauty box with a difference. A difference it's important to be a part of - swerving animal cruelty, supporting independent brands and keeping things eco-friendly. 

I think that sorta sums up the situation - I'm sure if you read my blog or ever cash me on Twitter / the Gram, you'll have seen me declaring my love for LKB before anyway. So let's crack on & unbox the September Autumnal Updates edit together.

Little-Known Box September 2019 - The 'Autumnal Update' Edit Lovelaughslipstick Blog Review
As much as I [openly] despair of Autumn / Winter & its lousy weather, I do love the onset of Christmas Party Season and all the celebrating and festive nights out this time of year brings. I can't stop shopping for & looking at party dresses at the moment - I've found myself scrolling and favouriting festive season fashion constantly over the past week or so... and may or may not have [definitely did] blown a small fortune on new bits. #YOLO.

And yes, I'm aware people probably don't say that anymore and most likely never really did; but I'm sticking with it. 

If you've got special occasions, hot dates you'll totes need a new little black dress for [amiright?], parties, New Year celebrations and the full month of boozing December brings each year on the horizon, there's never been a better time to get yo online shop on. Which is exactly what I've been up to - and the reason why I'm bringing you this lil wishlist of party dress must-haves with Very.co.uk today!

Very Top Party Dress Picks Autumn Winter Christmas Party Season 2019
As a false lash obsesso [I've worn them daily for well over 5 years now] I've got through at least 234234 pairs, tried most brands and experimented with all sortsa different shapes & textures to find the best options for my eye shape. And I'm not a quitter - this is a life decision. I've got plenty of years of lash lovin' left in me before I turn into a proper crusty old woman and stop caring.

One of my fave brands is Kiss - one I've bought from [and enjoyed gifted goodies from] for years. Their lashes are great quality & dead long-lasting - with a huge range of styles and collections to choose from. Stocked in Superdrug and Boots [in-store and online] their range is accessible and affordable. Their lash accessories [such as their adhesives] are great too - affordable & cruelty-free... just an all round great brand. And these new DOUBLE PACKS* of their lashes [from their Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection too; some of my Kiss faves] are the revelation I needed to see this year.


Double Trouble - New Kiss Double Pack Lashes Available at Boots | Lovelaughslipstick Blog
I do not like Autumn / Winter... but I DO love Halloween parties & the excuse to dress up. As a born party planner, I couldn’t not write a post about how to host the ultimate Halloween night in! With the occasion creeping up on us, it’s time to get your ducks in a row and grab everything you need to throw a great bash, no matter whether it's for you and your partner or a handful of your girlfriends.

Think about a typical night in – you’ve got your snacks, drinks, movies and cosy onesies all ready to go. But where a Halloween night in is concerned, you can go a little bit wilder than what you’d usually plan.

How To Have The ULTIMATE Halloween Night In
You just know a beauty box is gonna be a good one when there's that many products inside that they a] won't all fit in one flatlay and b] wouldn't even all fit in the box they arrived in! I've wept about this box countless times over on the 'Gram, and today's the day it finally hits down on me blog. Life's been so bloody busy recently that I'm a bit behind on everything blog-wise sorry, but I'll get there. Cos WHO NEEDS SLEEP ANYWAY, yeno?

Right. Well. This edit of Latest In Beauty is their Sainsbury's Beauty Awards 2019 box* and I genuinely think this might be my favourite curation of theirs to date. It's one of THE best value for money boxes to ever plop through me door - for the price [£25], there is just so much in there and so many fab brands to discover. In total, there's 14 products [all award-nominated] with 9 of these being full-sized.

I'm unable to even get my intense adoration for this box out into words. So it's probs time to roll out about 32,000 photos & hope you get the gist of what I'm saying through them instead, I guess 🤣

The Latest In Beauty Sainsbury's Beauty Awards 2019 Box, Lovelaughslipstick Blog Review
I made a list of the things I wanna achieve / get over the next couple of years recently [thought I'd give that manifesting shizzle a go like] and I would properly love veneers yeno. As well as an assortment of botox & filler procedures, to try and maintain my youthful appearance for as long as I can [even though I'm already 31 and still get asked for ID pretty regularly in big Tescos.]

I personally find aesthetic treatments & things like cosmetic dentistry really interesting - there's so much technique & artistry behind these procedures, and there's no reason why [well, aside from if you pick one of them pyar backstreet ppl to inject ya, don't do that - always go to a qualified, insured doctor or practitioners] you should end up looking 'fake' or 'overdone.' I see so many people ripping people who choose to tweak their appearances, and I just don't get it. It takes all kinds to make a world huns - and if someone feels better about themselves / more like the person they identify as after aesthetic treatments, who are we to judge?

I put up an Insta story recently [on my personal account, not my blog one] with a filter on, which I'd captioned 'this filter makes me wanna get my lips done.' ALL BOYS [no surprise there, like] replied to my story, saying 'you're beautiful as you are, please don't do that' 'you don't need that' 'don't do it'... and I was just like 1. Like Cartman [in that episode of South Park where he dresses as a girl and goes on TV] 'I do what I want' and 2. Boys are so stupid - I've already had lip filler. Granted, it's pretty much worn off now, but pls. These pics you've been liking? Fulla filler babe. 

There's so many misconceptions about aesthetic treatments, what they'll make you look like and the people that choose to have them - which is why I've been talking more about aesthetics and my personal opinions on this sorta stuff more recently. 

I'd love a perfect, pearly white smile so much. Like, self-consciousness about my teeth has plagued so much of my life in a negative way, and seeing so many clinics and the amazing results that can be achieved there in modern day aesthetics is actually pretty inspiring to me. So veneers have defo gone on my manifestation list. 

My time at university was undoubtedly the best of my life [bar 2010-2011, good times.] I loved every single second, grew & matured so much as a person and made a group of friends I cherish more than anything in the world... and who I'll see as family for the rest of my existence. I actually wrote a bit about my experience at uni here, if you're interested; with a few tips for freshers.

The skills & friendships I developed during my stint as a student shaped the person I am today. Cheesy but true. I sing the praises of university to everyone & anyone who'll listen [literally, if you know me IRL you'll know I chat the ears off every man and his dog] so I always feel sad when I hear young people being put off this experience because of the horror stories they've heard re: student debt.

A huge thing that puts people off applying is the idea of the debt you'll incur & lug around for the rest of your life. For young people turning 18 who've never had a debt before [credit cards, overdrafts, loans etc] this can be daunting AF. So let's talk about it

I'm no stranger to loans - as well as my student loans, general life loans have helped me out of many tricky financial moments in my life. Unexpected bills, medical expenses and during times where cash has been tight AF I've used these kinda resources - and provided you use them sensibly and keep to your repayment agreement, loans can actually help you build a better credit score [and get you out of that tight spot!] Companies such as cashlady can help you find the best deal for your situation if you're in need of a helping hand financially. 

Student finance is an essential part of many people’s university experience - especially with the increase in the cost of fees. Loans [as well as {in some circumstances - where available} bursaries, scholarships & government funded grants] help cover living costs during the duration of your studies - and course fees. As you know, it's always important to fully understand what you're signing up to when applying for finance & how it's repaid.

So let's get onto debunking some student loan myths!

University Life: What Happens Next? | Let's Talk About Student Loans
If - like me, you're a freelance kinda gal [or fella] and / or a Social Media Manager, you'll know how precious your time is... and how ground-breaking it can be when you discover a new tool to help you manage & optimise it. 

I've started writing more about useful resources, websites and tools I've located during my journey into freelance life on here recently - hoping to help others & share the love for software I've found to be pretty babein'. Which leads me onto the topic of today's post pretty nicely. 

I've recently discovered a new online platform to help plan, populate and publish marketing content - ContentCal. Using their easy-to-navigate software [which is beautifully designed & very user-friendly] you can collaborate, plan out content, handle inquiries and analyse your posts' performance with inbuilt reporting features. All of which are extremely handy tools - all in one place, for Social Media Managers to have access to. Saving you time and helping create better social media content; taking your clients' accounts to new levels.

ContentCal - A FAB New Tool For Social Media Managers & Content Planning | ContentCal.io
With so many treatments [both surgical and non-surgical] on the market, new technology regularly breaking onto the scene, hundreds of Instagram accounts to keep up with and a lot of science-sounding words involved; it can be hard to navigate the world of modern day aesthetics. 

Everyone's sorta heard of lip fillers and botox - with rough ideas & perceptions of what these two types of treatment involve, but when it comes to other aesthetic options; information isn't as readily available and it can be a bit of a minefield understanding what everything means, who each treatment is right for and exactly what they involve.

I work with a few aesthetic clinics; meaning that I've become much more familiar with aesthetic treatments, how things work and what the latest procedures actually are / do; so I thought it'd be useful for some of you to write up a post explaining more about some of the most sought after aesthetic procedures on the market right now.

This is a collaborative post with Nu You Aesthetics Clinic, so I figured discussing the range of treatments available at their lovely practice would be a great way to share some of my new found knowledge with you guys. Nu You offer a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to help you on your journey to self-confidence - such as 3D lipo [something I've tried before!], fat freezing & Brazilian bum lifts [something I'm so keen to have] - so these popular treatments are gonna be the stars of today's post.

Nu You Aesthetics Clinic - Fat Freezing & Popular Treatments Explained
With the 'bigger is better' filler trend fading fast, more of us than ever are seeing out subtly enhanced pouts at aesthetic clinics [always go with a qualified doctor, nurse or practitioner for filler folks, pls swerve beauticians offering these kinds of treatments as a sideline to their other services & do your research to find a clinic you can trust.]

One of the UK's leading practices - who operate under a natural look ethos; using minimal product to create maximised results for their patients, are Trikwan Aesthetics. Their work revolutionises & sculpts industry best-practice - and founders Dr Sanjay Trikha & Dr Zoya Diwan have created a beautifully understated, new injectable technique [their signature Trikwan Cupid's Bow treatment] in response to the demand for more subtle facial tweaks. This lip filler advancement [exclusive to Trikwan] has gained a legion of followers and coverage for being a game changer in the aesthetic industry.

Latest in Lip Filler, Trikwan Aesthetics
We need to talk about adult acne. Not in a like, SIT DOWN WE NEED TO TALK way or a 'we need to talk' break up way... but we, as a society, need to talk more about adult acne & the physical and mental implications it can have on sufferers. Recent research has revealed that the % of women who struggle with adult acne is on the rise - and that unfortunately; it has a huge negative impact negatively on their careers, money, time and mental health. 

In 2012, the American Academy of Dermatology found that more than 50% of women aged 20-29 were affected by adult acne; making those in their 20's - fighting to cave out a career for themselves, most susceptible. And studies conducted in 2018 show that up to 22% of women aged 26-44 suffer with adult acne - a figure significantly higher than the percentage of adult men struggling with their skin [approx. 3%.]

The effect adult acne can have on our well-being is huge -  shocking studies conducted by the British Journal of Dermatology found that sufferers are 63% more likely to develop depression than those without the condition.

Regardless of the gender you identify as - acne is an issue that affects all. And we need to bust the taboos surrounding it, help & support sufferers and realise that this painful condition is something that actually affects a HUGE amount of adults... not just teenagers. Think My Pale Skin Blog - the content she posts & her videos have shocked and helped so many... but the horrible comments she gets from some highlight exactly how much we need to be talking about adult acne to increase understanding.

InMode's cutting-edge Morpheus8 technology is one designed to treat active acne & reverse the appearance of acne scarring (even pitted scars) in a way never seen before... helping acne sufferers reclaim confidence, careers and cash - so it's something I wanted to cover in today's post. 

Let's Talk About: Adult Acne & How InMode Technology Can Help Beat It
Are Your Clothes Doing You Harm?

When you're planning your outfit for the day, there are probably a lot of things that you think about. Matching styles, finding a comfortable fit, making sure that it's appropriate for the occasion. However, one of the things that people almost never think about is the impact that your clothes can have on your body. You might think that this isn't really something you'd have to worry about but the truth is that your clothes can have a surprisingly large impact on your body whether you realise it or not. With that in mind, here are just some of the ways that your clothes might be doing you some harm.
Do you have a hobby you’re passionate about? If so, you could potentially use it as a lucrative career choice. 

These days, it’s easy to turn a hobby into a career. Whether you’ve got a passion for blogging, photography or nails, it’s possible to set up a business and make money from the things you love. Not sure how? Here, you’ll discover some great tips to help.

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Career
Freelance life is the best, you know. I mean yes, it's also HARD AS HELL sometimes, but I don't regret for one minute taking this chance & seeing my yolo moment of 'quitting my job in favour of following my dreams' through.

More flexible working hours mean that I can spend time doing more of the things I enjoy & spending it with friends and family. As well as venturing to more events, and becoming involved in stuff I wouldn't ever normally consider - or have the chance to attend. PR events, exhibitions, new launches, pitches and award nights. Complimentary treatments [absolute fave] and press days. I even gave an interactive Q&A with an audience the other week. AND I even head off to have my hair done occasionally... I do love a good chat with my hairdresser during my curly blow and I haven't reached for a box of home bleach for weeks now.

I've been helping create, design and plan events with friends over this past year too [party planning is something I feel I was born to do]... from hen parties to baby showers, and from karaoke nights to award ceremonies [only small scale like, I haven't gone full BAFTA yet.]

I didn't realise quite how much prep goes into some of these shenanigans until I got more hands-on [I plan to get very 'hands on' at the Wine & Cheese Night I'm going to soon!]... and although I'd accompanied people to pick up medals for cycling / running club events before, I'd never really considered the amount of options or locations to shop glass trophy or other personalised trophy designs. Probs should, given how some of my best friends & nights are based at a local Rugby club where I've spent many a drunken hour, and who have these kinda ceremonies pretty regularly. But I didn't... and the new circles I'm moving in as a freelance gal means I'm starting to think about this stuff more.

Freelance Life, Events & Awards - Another Useful Resource For Ya | EX Awards
When you think of backpacks, do you think of the thing you used to carry your books in for school, or maybe something college students use around campus? Well, actually, backpacks can be for adults, too, and can offer a stylish way to carry your things around for work or when you have a big day out planned, while also being better for your neck, back and shoulders than a shoulder bag. 

Of course, we are not talking brightly coloured things with plastic fasteners here, but chic, stylish bags from your favourite luxury designers. Here's how to make the grown-up backpack look work for you.

Why Backpacks Are Not Just For School Kids
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