#LFBlooms Beauty Box + Preparations for the UK Blog Awards

With only a couple of day to go until the UK Blog Awards I’m starting to get really excited. I did warn you that this week would be packed full of my preparations for the blog awards – I told you all about my shoes on Tuesday Shoesday and will be sharing my outfit tomorrow […]

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Living a cruelty-free life

I want my life to be cruelty-free. This is something that has been important to me for a while and I’d love to share my passion for the issue with you today. I’m actually rather embarrassed to admit that for all the years of my life leading up to this decision I hadn’t really ever considered it. I […]

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How to get glamorous curls

Today I have two fabulous things I want to share with you. Firstly, I’ve got a great step-by-step tutorial for creating glamorous curls at home. And secondly, I’m hosting a fun giveaway in conjunction with John Frieda so that you can win a Frizz Ease styling kit to recreate this smooth Hollywood-inspired look for yourself […]

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How to create iconic 1950s hairstyles

Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Marilyn Monroe – they all epitomised an era of elegance and glamour. Their looks remain timeless and, therefore, it’s no surprise that their influence on style still lives on today. Celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera all embrace the hairstyles of the […]

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Summer Essentials 2015

Now that we are well into the swing of June I can confidently say that summer is here. While the weather may not always be perfect, the season is undoubtedly the most anticipated of the year. It’s when most of us take a well-earned holiday, many of us finish our exams and lots of us […]

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Step-by-step Summer Beach Waves

Tousled waves are one of my favourite hairstyles for blonde hair beauties during the summer months, making it look like you have just stepped straight off the beach, even if all you’ve been doing is working in the office all day. One important tip I have for this hairstyle, as with any curly or wavy […]

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Juicy recipes for amazing hair

Some people are born with naturally shiny, healthy hair. They can wake up in the morning and spend minimal time trying to tame their mane, and don’t have to fork out lots of money to buy numerous products to make it more manageable. Unfortunately, not everyone is this lucky in the hair department. For many […]

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Spooky ideas for DIY Halloween nail art

It’s at this time of year that I start to go a little crazy with my nails. I pick out the darker colours and I load up on glitter. I love a bit of simple nail-art as much as the next girl so I like to get my pens out and get creative. And what better […]

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Halloween hairstyles

Halloween is my favourite time of year. I love getting dressed up, covering myself in fake blood and putting on those all-important cat ears which, if I’m honest, have seen a lot of wear over the years. However, not everyone is a fan of fancy dress and some people can feel a little bit embarrassed […]

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Best face forward for the Cosmo Blog Awards

It’s coming… the biggest event in the blogging calendar is less than a week away. Yes, the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards are next Tuesday evening and I cannot wait to get there. Despite my excitement, I’ve been surprisingly relaxed about getting my outfit sorted and in truth the event has rather snuck up on me. My shoes were […]

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I love you from the bottom of my pencil case…

This is one of my favourite lyrics from a Beautiful South song and it always reminds me of this time of year. Yes, it’s officially back-to-school time and the new school term is just starting. While students all around the country are buying ring-binders, registering their student discount cards and thinking about furnishing their study-bedrooms, I […]

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Pre-preparation to keep your hair looking great at Glastonbury

With Glastonbury starting this week and a plethora of music festivals taking place throughout the summer I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about how to pre-prepare your hair to keep it looking great during the festival season. Its one of the things that I dread about going to […]

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Best face forward at the National Blog Awards

Did you know it’s the National Blog Awards this week? Did you know that I’m a FINALIST?! Have I mentioned it before..? 😉 Going to an event of this magnitude – the ‘Oscars of the blogging world’ – has got me excited and worried in equal measure and now that my ticket has arrived I’ve […]

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Best face forward

Would you go out of the house without make-up on? Are you brave enough to meet up with your friends without a puff of powder? How about heading out on a date without a coat of mascara? I wouldn’t. I’m not. And no way! I’ve met many women of all different ages over the years […]

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Tips on using Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2014

Is it a big thumbs up or something you’d never ever wear? When colour trend experts Pantone announced the colour of the year I was in two minds as to whether it’s the colour for me. You may remember that last year’s colour was Emerald (which I quite liked and even made my own emerald […]

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Your secret beauty weapon – your smile!

Ok I know it’s cheesy to say it, and I hate it when anyone tells you to ‘Cheer up’, but a smile really can make the world of difference – not just in terms of looking nicer, but feeling better too. I’ve been reading up about the effects of a smile and here’s what I’ve […]

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My use-up challenge ~ making mineral make-up

Earlier this month I challenged myself to use-up all the odds and ends of cosmetics and skincare products that I have on my dressing table rather than spending more money that I don’t have on the current ‘essential’ products. When I buy moisturiser, I know full well that I already have pots and tubes of the same […]

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Use it up & be inspired ~ A couple of blog challenges to join in with…

Let’s start with the real reason why I’m setting myself this challenge: I need to save money between now and Christmas (yes, I’ve peeped into the piggy-bank and there’s not enough in there to buy Christmas cards, let alone anything else!) and the best way to do this is to stop spending. That’s easy to say, […]

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Sparkly summery nail art… for autumn!

This week I’ve decided to paint my nails in a shimmery gold polish, to celebrate the last of the summer sun and to welcome the lovely autumnal gold shades that the trees will soon be turning. I am already looking ahead to Halloween and… dare it say it… Christmas – and I think that this […]

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MUA’s new ranges – pastel nail polish & Power Pout

I took advantage of Superdrug’s 3-for-2 offer last week and snapped up a couple of MUA items that I’ve had my eye on – including a new pastel pink polish and a couple of MUA lipsticks. I hardly ever buy anything different for myself, and I really struggled to choose a make up treat this time (I spent […]

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Beauty // Looks for 2013

Much like fashion, beauty trends change from season to season. This spring, expect to see a variety of makeup options. At the Spring 2013 Fashion Week, makeup artists used bright hues in blues and greens while lip colours in tones of brilliant reds and crimson dominated the runways. Beauty experts also emphasized the “barely there” […]

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The cheapest ever nail art & permanently perfect nails

At the weekend I went shopping for a few office supplies and amongst my basket of envelopes, parcel bags and pencils was a pack of chunky permanent marker pens. Now, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, (I’ve just been invited to join this nail art bloggers group eek my nails are nothing compared to these!) […]

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Love-heart nail-art for Valentine’s Day

I took a bit of time over the weekend to try out an idea for getting pretty heart-shapes onto my nails ready for Valentine’s Day. I snapped some pics of the process and I’ve created a bit of a DIY tutorial for making your manicure a little bit more romantic for V-Day, or even for […]

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Beauty review – Max Factor’s Facefinity 3-in-1 Foundation

The next big thing in the make-up world is foundations that are more than just a foundation – many are including primers, moisturisers, anti-aging properties, SPFs and more. I’ve read a few beauty blogs reviewing the new products out there and I’ve chosen to buy the three-in-one foundation from Max Factor – Facefinity All Day Flawless. This product includes a primer, concealer and foundation, plus a […]

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Beauty Review – Missguided Lipsplash gloss

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of this month’s Cosmopolitan – which has been tricky due to the amazing product giveaway with the magazine. November’s freebie is a full-size missguided lipsplash gloss and it is available in 3 gorgeous shades, so I think that the ladies have been grabbing multiple copies of the […]

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Beauty Review: Boots 17 Candy Nails

I’ve tried out a new nail polish this week from Boots 17 range – yes the bargain range that my  little sister prefers – and the most funky colour palette. The 17 range is great at bringing out the season’s most fashionable make-up shades and I chose this candy lilac colour. I needed 3 coats […]

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Neon brights – Nail polish to brighten up the last of summer

This über-bright nail polish caught my eye when I was browsing in Superdrug and as it was pocket-money price at only 2 quid, I snapped it up to perk up my nails for the last of the Summer – 2True Colour Quick nail polish in Shade 3 – a bright neon coral. I was surprised with the […]

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Review – NYC mineral foundation

I’ve had my eye on the mineral foundation from the New York Colour range for a while now, especially after giving my little sister the mineral make-up kit for her birthday earlier this year. So when my normal foundation started running low, I ordered myself a pot of the NYC Naturals mineral foundation. This is […]

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