AD | Updating Your Wardrobe For Winter With Cari's Closet

Now. If you follow me on any form of socials [especially Twitter, where I complain about my pet peeves on the reg] you'll know I am not a fan of this time of year [and that's putting it extremely politely, I'm usually a lot more blunt when I express my opinions on Autumn / Winter 😂😂.] I can't cope with being cold, I can't cope with the leccy bill being about a grand, I can't cope with constant rain / never-ending threats of snow and I despair of the fact it's dark 97% of the time.

BUT [finding a lil silver lining to my least fave few months of the year] I do massively enjoy shopping & updating my wardrobe with stylish new pieces that make me feel cute [or at least slightly less of a giant meff.] And this year, I'm feeling particularly spendy. 

One trend that especially has my heart in 2019 is the teddy bear jacket - I love how effortlessly glam & stylish these pieces of outerwear look, and how you can dress them up or down... and Cari's Closet are delivering the goods on this front. Just look at those jackets. Those colours. That optimum not-too-short-but-not-too-long length. Huns, my credit cards are trembling in anticipation of the battering they're about to get as I write up this post.

Updating Your Wardrobe For Winter With Cari's Closet, Teddy Bear Jacket Style 

Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London*

If you're looking for a luxurious beauty advent calendar experience this Christmas, you're very much in the right place. Sara Miller London [a luxurious brand I was unfamiliar with prior to this post but who now have my heart] have released some of the most beautifully designed, lux advent calendars I've ever clapped eyes on... for the most magical unboxing / countdown to Chrimbo experience.

And this is coming from me - the real life equivalent to the Grinch, so that's saying something indeed. This post is a little later than intended, as I've been taken down by flu, a chest infection and something going on with my ears [can't cope - I've definitely been looking into ear wax removal in London to see if this helps with the eczema situation I seem to have going on down my ear canals!!] - but it's totes worth the wait.

Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London, Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars
Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London, Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars
Counting Down To Christmas With Sara Miller London, Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars

AD | Get Brighter, Whiter Teeth From Home With Naturawhite*

As someone who lives for red wine and coffee, I'm always conscious of staining & discolouration on my teeth. The first thing people notice about you is your smile - and I don't want them to look at mine and run for the hills in terror! I've tried a few different toothpastes, strips and mouthwashes before, with mixed results when it comes to whitening... the majority haven't rly done much for me at all... but I'm delighted to announce that this advanced home teeth whitening system* I was kindly gifted by Naturawhite is a gamechanger.

High quality, beautifully designed and easy to use, this teeth whitening kit is bloody brilliant. I've always wanted to try a set with a brightening LED light [and pretend I'm one of those celebs / Insta baddies] and the way this lil piece of tech accelerates and optimises the whitening process is the one.

The kits are great value for money, as you'll get several whitening sessions outta each box. I can't fault the overall system and how effective it is - I know I'll be reaching for it pre-nights out, for that brighter smile when it comes to pics for the 'Gram. In just 45 minutes, you can achieve several shades brighter - instant, effective yet gentle results that'll restore your self-confidence and give you a lil boost from home. Affordably

Naturawhite Advanced Home Teeth Whitening Kit Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Christmas Gift Ideas | Beauty & Fragrance at TJ Hughes*

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

New Season Accessories & Halloween Beauty Inspo From Kiss*

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

Life Goals: Moving Abroad*

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 September 2019 - The 'Autumnal Update' Edit*

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

AD | My Top Party Dress Picks, From Very.co.uk*

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

Double Trouble - New Kiss Double Pack Lashes*

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.

THE VALUE FOR MONEY. THE BEAUTY. MY EMOTIONS. I CANNOT COPE.

Double Trouble - New Kiss Double Pack Lashes Available at Boots | Lovelaughslipstick Blog

How To Have The ULTIMATE Halloween Night In*

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

The Latest In Beauty Sainsbury's Beauty Awards 2019 Box*

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

IMAGINE Opening Your Own Store...*

Before I went rogue & embraced self-employed life, I'd always worked in retail and sales. Well, aside from that stint I had with computers & apps and that for a while. Fashion retail was always my thing - I've worked in many different retail stores [including Quiz, Clarks, Hollister, Pilot, Lipsy & Next to name a few] in a variety of positions [employment wise, you derty dawgs xo] and I loved it. 

Yes, the hours were long, the responsibilities were pretty gargantuan and the pay was sh*te... BUT I loved the fashion, the merchandising, the sales, the targets, the customers, meeting new people and the lols this lifestyle brings about with it. And the Christmas parties

Due to this - and sneaky little tasters I've had into retail / customer service through visits and trade shows I've worked in in 2019, I've thought about - many a time - setting up my own sorta store? Like, for a short time I sold bits online [and created a bit of an Etsy store]... and I totally bought a domain, made a logo, planned a site / socials and sourced packaging for an eyelash venture I was gonna totally launch this year... but just imagine having a real life, gorgeous boutique fashion store; with a flower wall, stylish AF mannequins and properly sleek, style shop fittings?! 

The dream is there, the seed of curiosity is firmly placed in my mind and there's been times I've wandered through town [and other cities] looking at office spaces and empty store units just dreaming of what could be. I've become somewhat of a dreamer, multi-tasker, Del Boy and wannabe entrepreneur these days [I repeat: wannabe] and this anything is possible mindset is something I'm enjoying embracing.

IMAGINE Opening Your Own Store

Manifesting My Dream Smile*

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. 

University Life: What Happens Next? | Let's Talk About Student Loans*

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 finance, 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

A FAB New Tool For Social Media Managers & Content Planning*

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

Popular Aesthetic Treatments...Explained*

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

Latest in Lip Filler*

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

Let's Talk About: Adult Acne & How InMode Technology Can Help Beat It*

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?*

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.

How to Turn Your Hobby into a Career*

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, Events & Awards - Another Useful Resource For Ya*

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

Why Backpacks Are Not Just For School Kids*

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

Beauty Trends To Look Out For From The Catwalk*

The majority of global fashion weeks have now been and gone, showcasing all that is to come in Spring and Summer next year. Generally speaking, Spring & Summer are full of runways and shows with quite natural and barely-there makeup. The hair can be quite natural too, with anything super slick saved for Autumn / Winter showcases.

Recent shows have showcased a wide range of trends; showing off a really fun and unique energy. Here are some of the latest beauty trends to be looking out for; are there any that you are particularly excited to try?

Beauty Trends To Look Out For From The Catwalk

Little-Known Box August 2019 - The Sunkissed Edit*

I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'RE ABOUT TO ROLL INTO OCTOBER. Where the actual hell has 2019 gone?! Was there even a Summer; apart from that week where it was ded hot & everyone kicked off? I have many questions and very few answers... story of my life tho, tbh.

It's this theme of I swear I blinked and half the year disappeared that leads me on to today's post - my review of the August 2019 'Sunkissed' Little-Known Box*. I swore this only arrived the other day... only I received my September edit this week and realised that no, it wasn't yesterday. It was a month ago. And this post has been chillin' like a villain in my drafts ever since.

AM A BADMAN.

So let's attempt to rectify this situation with today's post. An unboxing of Little-Known Box's gorgeous Sunkissed August 2019 curation, with 300,000 photos and lots of declarations of undying love. Standard.

Little-Known Box August 2019 - The Sunkissed Edit, Lovelaughslipstick Blog Review

Why We Could All Do With An Autumnal Holiday*

With the nights drawing in and the leaves turning on the trees, there’s no denying that Summer is well and truly over. While some of us relish in the thought of cosy nights in and hot chocolates, the rest of us are still trying to cling onto that last little bit of Summer. 

We might not be able to get it here at home but just a short plane ride away and you’ll find yourself in those warmer climates you crave. 

Plus, it’s not all just about getting some well-deserved rest time. There are actually a number of surprising health benefits that come with soaking up some Winter sun. Let’s take a look at just a few of them! 

Why We Could All Do With An Autumnal Holiday

Interior Tips For Those Who Rent*

I dunno about you hun, but there's no chance of me getting a mortgage any time soon. My laughable levels of debt are trolling me at every opportunity. 

If you're one of the lucky ones with ya life in order & the owner of your own property - I applaud & envy you in equal measure. As a gal who rents, I can't imagine how exciting the freedom of owning your own place must be.... when it comes to ALL THE PETS YOU CAN HAVE & the amount of cool interior stuff and renovating you're allowed to do. Marble eeeeeer'thang pls

Whereas renting is the best option for me - and for millions of people out there too, it does come with its limitations when it comes to how much you can do with ya place. I can't exactly knock a wall through to build the walk-in wardrobe of my dreams - and I defo can't install the hot tub my life NEEDS without it causing a bit of a scene. 

I can just imagine the person who owns the property I rent reading this post & visibly shuddering at the thought of the carnage I'd cause to their rental [and possibly to myself in the process]... whilst clutching a copy of their landlord insurance policy document to their chest & praying to Jesus that none of this happens!

Today's post contains a few ideas & tips on how to make the most of the space you're renting and have fun with your interior - without getting yourself booted out or giving your landlord a heart attack in the process.

Interior Tips For Those Who Rent

The Best No-Makeup Makeup - Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Fresh Skin Tint*

I was lucky enough to get a lil surprise from my huns at Feel Unique recently [you may remember that day I received that amazing bundle of Iconic London goodies from them ages ago & freaked out in excitement over on Insta - & I WILL feature them in a more detailed post soon too... I've just been a terrible blogger, & human recently!] in the form of this Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Fresh Skin Tint*. God that was a long sentence - that's like what it's like listening to me ramble on about cheese & South Park without taking a breath in real life.

At £32.90 a tub it's not the cheapest product ever - but at the time of writing this post, it's actually on offer at Feel Unique for £19.75, and I'm now tempted to try out other items from the range; thanks to the cheeky price-drops they've rolled out across Lumene products on the site tbh. 

But anyway. This stuff is on the more expensive side of life... but it's also ded gud and I'm properly enjoying it, so with this in mind [and how long it's lasting me so far!] it's probs worth the investment. I'll whack a few pics in now so you's don't get too bored listening to me waffle on [bounce rate, yo] and then we'll talk about what it does and that. K? xoxo

he Best No-Makeup Makeup - Lumene Invisible Illumination Instant Glow Fresh Skin Tint, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Why Being Your Own Boss & Going Freelance Could Change Your Life For The Better*

In a perfect world, we would all be our own bosses. There is nothing quite so liberating as having nobody to answer to and to be 100% in charge of your destiny. What many ‘wage slaves’ don’t realise, however, is that it has never been easier to make this dream a reality. The information age has brought with it lightning fast internet and the ability to work anywhere and do anything at any time. This has led to a major boom in self-employment

Of course, there will always be downsides [chief amongst which is always the lack of paid holidays] but there are more benefits to being your own boss than there are drawbacks, as we will see below. 

Dream Home Planning*

It's official: I've become properly heavily invested in home decor. I've stopped investing quite so much coin into Jagerbombs in favour of doing up my interiors and swapped stalking the clothing sections on web stores in favour of the home department. Instead of reading which Geordie Shore girl has fell out of a club and flashed the press this week, I'm learning about new interior trends & home accessories for the new season. 

Am I growing up?

I mean, probs not, but I'm enjoying this lil dabble I'm having when it comes to home decor & interior renovation nonetheless. Which is why I've taken to writing about this kinda stuff on my blog more these days. There's so much I'd love to do, so many interior & architecture trends I'm digging [lol okay I'm an official adult, I don't think I've ever said architecture in my life before now] and so many dream homes I have my eye on for when am not so disturbingly poor.

I want a proper penthouse yeno - a duplex of some form, with a gorgeous glass balcony and glass spiralling staircases; complete with beaut balustrades, LED mood lighting and sleek, minimal decorations. Probs a water feature or 12. A pool. And a hot tub. Pretty much the houses I made every time I played on The Sims. Casual. But a gal can dream xo

Square 1 Balustrade

Three Quick Fix Beauty Hacks That Really Work*


We are a society that is addicted to 'hacks'. From giving our Ikea furniture a bespoke, expensive look to a swift upgrade of our autumn wardrobe to Marie Kondo-ing our sock drawers, we need these little moments that enable us to feel we're winning at life and getting a quick fix in a results-driven but ultimately time-poor world. Can this mentality be translated when it comes to our looks? Well, plenty of unscrupulous companies are hoping so - you know, the ones out there promising that their overpriced product is the holy grail that your beauty routine has been missing. 

Luckily for you, the real beauty hacks worth knowing can't be found on an Instagram feed being promoted by a reality star. These appearance upgrades work every time and won't leave you feeling conned. 

Developments In Online Dating*

Online dating - the way everyone seems to meet everyone, these days. Gone are the days where you'd feel pyar ashamed to announce you met ya fella online... even the elderly nation [who can't 'abide' with 'this internet'] are much more accepting of the news you've met your new bae on a dating site [this isn't me speaking from personal experience btw haha, I'm happily single] & partial to a bit of swiping themselves. 

Online dating & mobile apps have undoubtedly helped so many people meet likeminded others [for whatever purpose, no judgement over 'ere like], created new friendships, lead to millions of dates and a fair few long-term relationships / kids / marriages as well. It's just become the norm

On bae watch? Download Tinder. Lonely? Get swiping hun. Wanna meet someone for drinks whilst you're visiting London next week? Get on ya profile

BUT. The fact that so many people use these resources now [despite this being great in terms of choice!] does come with a few drawbacks; which are causing users to seek out slightly different approaches when it comes to finding love online. And leads me on nicely to the topic of today's post.

Developments In Online Dating Habits

6 Things To Do At Night In London*


London by day can provide wonderful experiences and is always worth visiting, but like many cities, the capital of the UK tends to arguably be at its best during the night time. Here are six suggestions for things to do in London during the night-time hours… 

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 https://www.silkyoceanstudios.com/ - 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… 

Little Known Box July 2019 - The Summer Edit*

LEGIT. Where has time gone recently? Where has Summer gone? Where has my dignity gone? So many questions, so little answers

I'm here today to review July's [yes, it's totes September by this point and yes, whilst we're here - let's just address the elephant in the room & confirm that I am definitely a terrible human / 'blogger'] Little-Known Box - which was their Summer Beauty edit. 

This post is already late enough as it is... so I'm probs going to stop rambling on and questioning my life decisions / ability to adult and crack on with the review now, okay hun?

Little Known Box July 2019 - The Summer Edit Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Little Known Box July 2019 - The Summer Edit Review, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

The 5 Quirkiest Bars and Cafés 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 Cafés in Kent

Skincare Latest | Picks My Skin LOVED This Summer*

I've got so much better at skincare in 2019. I might still be every bit as broke, have miserably failed in my goal to book a holiday & I'm still without my pet sausage dog called Wilson - but I can cling on to my [albeit minimal] skincare education. And that's something. 

I've swatched, slathered on & soaked in soooo many different products this year; it's been great. I've discovered new brands, new releases, new ingredients and new things that work for my skin - as well as a few bits I'll avoid in the future [namely ones that smell like the actual pits of hell or have congealed within about a week into rancid slimes.]

I'm not ready to say goodbye to Summer yet. Or ever. It's gonna be time to promote my reasons why I hate Autumn blog posts soon, before morphing into the miserable, cold season hating crank that I am; but Summer forever lives on in my heart. And no, I'm not high RN... I just love the warmer months that much. K?

Today's post keeps that Summer dream alive for me. I've compiled some of my favourite skincare discoveries from SS19 into this post to share with you - products which yes, are proper mint for use during the warmer, better months of the year, but also totes have their uses during the colder, crappy months too. All round 10/10's. So let's meet them.

Skincare Latest - My Top Picks, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

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:

💗 Age Protect Collection - formulated for your teens & 20s
💗 Age Defend Collection - formulated for your 30s & 40s
💗 Age Defy Collection - formulated for your 50s onwards
💗 Skin Essential Collection - daily essentials to enhance your regime
💗 Skin Perfector Collection - targeted treatments for every skin concern
💗 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

The Grazia 'Best In Beauty Edit ' Latest In Beauty*

When a beauty box arrives & it has so many products in it that they won't all fit into a flatlay, you just know it's gonna be a good one. This fact - & the weight of the parcel itself - are two pretty strong indicators of how amazing the Grazia Best In Beauty Edition* Latest In Beauty Box is... but honestly, some of the products in this curation have changed me actual life so I can't cope. 

One of the best beauty boxes I've ever received? It's up there - like right up there [ooh-err!] tbh hun. The value for money is insane & the spread of products rocked me proverbial socks [I never wear socks, they proper p*ss me off. Al fresco feet for me.]

ENOUGH TEASERS. Enough declarations of love. Definitely enough talk of feet. It's time to reveal the line-up within the Grazia Best In Beauty LiB, and weep over some of my stand-out products with you.

The Grazia 'Best In Beauty Edit ' Latest In Beauty Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog
The Grazia 'Best In Beauty Edit ' Latest In Beauty Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog
The Grazia 'Best In Beauty Edit ' Latest In Beauty Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog