Saturday, 16 March 2013

Connect to my new blog!

I HAVE MOVED!

You can now find me at www.liparazziblog.com

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Friday, 15 March 2013

I've Moved!

The day has finally come to wave goodbye to Blogger and direct you all to my new Liparazzi site:



Look forward to hearing from you all over there!

Laura x

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Key Spring Shades: Yellow

Yellow has to be the ultimate pick me up colour that never fails to make us feel brighter, lighter and more Spring-like.  All this snow that has been dumped on the UK this week has really intensified my need for Spring-time clothes in cheery shades, despite the fact that they would be completely impractical for the present conditions.

I have found myself lusting after shades of yellow - be it fluoro, pastel shades or intense marigold.  I just wanted to share a few pieces I have my eye on and intend to pick up towards the end of March.  The great thing is these shades will last all the way through summer - or at least the short bursts of sunshine we get here in the UK.



I love this deep marigold yellow because it feels slightly more grown up, looks great with a tan and lends itself well to neutral outfits with grey tones.



I love Topshop's colourful take on leopard print - this top would be perfect teamed with skirts, skinny jeans and shorts.  It would work well on it's own or smartened up with a short jacket or blazer.



Ever since I spotted an image of someone on Pinterest wearing a khaki buttoned up blouse with a neon yellow collar necklace, I have been lusting over something similar.  An unlikely colour combo I know but it packs a mean punch and I fully intend to wear it.



I have been searching for the perfect yellow bag recently and this version from Zara ticks all the boxes - versatile toned-down shade, functional and with lovely detailing.  Perfect for my Spring/Summer wardrobe!



A great way to update outfits is always to add key accessories and this neon yellow belt will breathe new life into any of my LBD's in my wardrobe.  It would also add a nice pop of colour to my plain skinny jeans and highlight my waist with mini or maxi skirts.  At such a low price point, it would be rude not to pick this beauty up!



I love how feminine and floaty this Mango summer dress is - perfect for a summer wedding or other special occasion.  The metallic belt is the perfect contrast and subtly highlights the waist.  I would actually prefer it without the straps and luckily they are detachable.



This short jacket would be gorgeous with the black leather skirt I bought recently and would smarten up any outfit with a fun, colourful edge.  I think it does work best when paired with darker colours though for ultimate impact and contrast.



These pumps would be a fun way to add a touch of colour to more toned-down outfits and feature a laser-cut design that is so pretty.

Are you listing after yellow for Spring/Summer? What are your current must-have items?

The New Liparazzi Site

This blog started off just as a hobby, somewhere to collect my thoughts on beauty products, style and fashion.  My blog will celebrate it's fourth birthday in May and I felt that it was time to grow the Liparazzi site into something more.

Since November last year I have been working on creating a more user-friendly, varied and functional site that will feature all the usual stuff you see on Liparazzi with some added extras.  The launch of the new site is TOMORROW.


You can expect the following from the new site:

A completely new userface and design
All the usual beauty products reviews
Style and Fashion posts
Decor and Lifestyle Posts
My Recipes
A permanent Competition/Giveaway tab
North East Blogger Events info, pictures and the ability to book tickets for my events through my site using an external secure payment method

It seemed only natural to integrate North East Blogger Events into Liparazzi given that they are inextricably linked.

I have a giveaway planned for the end of March with a very exciting prize.  Until then the first giveaway to celebrate the launch of the website will feature a Stila 'in the know' eye shadow palette.

I will post a link to my new site tomorrow and look forward to hearing from you all over at my new home!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Some New Bits & Long-Term Reviews

My Ebay obsession is very much still alive and kicking and recently I was lucky enough to find this Aubrey real leather bag for just £20, despite it's RRP of £89.  It's the perfect addition to my Spring wardrobe and also for my resolution to stop carrying around so much stuff with me wherever I go! I am definitely a victim of 'just in case' syndrome.


I used to live in high heels but with a hectic work schedule coupled with the fact that I live in the country and have to drive everywhere, I have found it's much easier to have some flats in tow.  I was never a fan of the loafer-style flat but recently I have found a couple that I really like.  The detailing on the front definitely gives the appearance of smaller feet - there's something about a wide open space at the front of a shoe that makes me look like I have clown feet.  Just me then?


I picked up the taupe pair from River Island and the nude pair from Oasis.  They are the perfect neutral footwear for any daytime outfit.



My penchant for cross jewellery is also in full swing and I picked up a couple more pieces from Ebay.  I also took advantage of the Mango online sale and picked up some bits and bobs including this buffalo head necklace.

One of my MOST worn bracelets at the moment is this leather and gold one from Oasis I picked up whilst shopping in Cork.  I love to mix and match wrist wear and this piece is particularly versatile.


I also wanted to let you know about a couple of long term reviews I am currently working on.  First up is the Rio Salon Laser Scanning Hair Remover.  The thought of never having to shave my legs again fills me with utter excitement but I'm reserving judgement until I have completed the cycle of use.  Here's hoping it works because it would make my life a whole lot easier!


The second long-term review project is Perfectil Triple Active which is a well-known skin, hair and nails supplement.  I have been taking it for about a month now and have already noticed some positive changes.  I am going to go the full term and keep taking them for another couple of months before I give you my full and in depth review.


I am on track to launch the new Liparazzi website at the end of this week and I am SO excited to share it with you all.  Stay tuned for updates!

New Brand: & Other Stories

There's a new high street label on the block and it was created by the same teams behind H & M and Cos, but is priced more like Zara and Reiss.  The website, which was three years in the making, just launched recently following more than six months of hype. 


The new store, which opened on the 8th March is on Regent Street in London but lucky for the rest of us not lucky enough to live in that region, they also have a web store www.stories.com.  The label is aiming to change the way we shop, putting more emphasis on personal style and less on all the usual fashion trends doing the rounds.  Their vision is to anchor their collections around four style ‘stories’ - which grow and change season to season. 



The store doesn't house personal stylists or encourage looks straight from the catwalk, instead opting to coax customers into mix and match from the four different collections.  This will allow you to fine-tune your own signature wardrobe, much like the street style we have seen emerging for some time now.



The label has two different ateliers – one in Paris and one in Stockholm. The 'stories' have been named as follows:

‘Poetic & Dandy’ - Parisin chic
‘Sophisticated & Architectural’ - Sports luxe
‘Minimalism and Contradiction’ - Scandi style
‘Industrial & Effortless’ - Graphic chic





I am pretty excited about the beauty aspect of the label because their products already look very promising! Their lip and cheek products especially look right up my street.





Will you be checking this new label out? What has caught your eye?

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Review: Clarins Double Serum

I am now definitely of an age where I have become almost fanatical about caring for my skin.  Once you hit the big 30 the necessity to hold off the ageing process hits you like a freight train and you tend to freak out at the mere suggestion of wrinkles.  I am a big believer in religiously cleansing, toning and moisturising but I also place my faith in wonder serums that improve the texture and appearance of my skin.  That's why I was incredibly excited to try Clarins Double Serum:


'More than just a serum, this is the only intensive anti-ageing treatment rich in 20 plant extracts that boosts the skin's vital functions. A unique formula that can be used in two ways for a visibly youthful look: - skin looks firmer, wrinkles appear smoother, - the complexion looks more even and regains its glow -pores appear less visible. Dermatologically tested, non-comedogenic.

Ingredients:

Katafray bark extract, hyaluronic acid : moisturising.
Organic perilla and macadamia oils: nourish the skin.
Organic quinoa and green tea extract: protective action.
Maritime pine extract, organic rosehip oil: oxygenise the skin.
Organic green banana extract, thyme and bocoa: regenerating action'.


Now I cannot write this review without addressing the fact that there has been a lot of chat in the beauty blogging community that this product contains mineral oil.  This is an ingredient which often causes a bit of a fuss because it's a very generic carrier oil to house plant extracts and such.  It's also the cheapest oil to use in a beauty product.  This in turn has made people question whether Clarins used mineral oil as a way of producing the serum in the most economical fashion.

I would like to dispel some common myths about mineral oil in this post though.  Basically, mineral oil works as a barrier between the skin and the environment around it. It acts as an occlusive agent, which means it prevents water from leaving your body through your skin. Despite what you may have been told, it will not dry out your skin or cause premature ageing. The fact is that mineral oil is one of the best skin care ingredients available. Since many vitamins are oil based, it's often thought that mineral oil will actually extract them from your skin. There is no legitimate scientific evidence to support that belief. Mineral oil has no effect on the vitamin levels in your skin.  It also does not prevent the absorption of collagen contained in your moisturiser. The collagen particles in your moisturiser are simply too big to penetrate your skin (and that's a good thing!).  Therefore, mineral oil will have no effect on whether collagen gets absorbed or not.

The mineral oil that is used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry is highly refined and purified (its purity is stringently regulated). There is currently no evidence in any dermatological or medical journal indicating that cosmetic grade mineral oil isn't safe to use.

HOWEVER, my only warning to you is that mineral oil can sometimes exacerbate acne problems for some people but if you have problematic skin, you will be more than used to airing on the side of caution when it comes to skin care. Saying that, mineral doesn't clog pores, which can lead to blackheads and acne.


So now we have that technical bit out of the way, I can get on with telling you what I thought of the product. The formulation of this serum is a loose, almost runny liquid and you can clearly see the two-toned effect which is indicative of the Hydric (water) and Lipidic (oil) systems contains within the serum. The Hydric and Lipidic systems are incased in two separate vials within the bottle to maintain the potency of the ingredients and also to prevent incompatibility and instability.  You only need one pump for the whole face and it's a generous amount at that.  I have been applying it every night for almost three weeks now.  It doesn't sink into the skin instantaneously but settles after five minutes or so.  I tend to spend some time massaging it into my skin to get the full benefit of the ingredients and improve the circulation.


I can definitely see a difference in my skin after using this serum in that my usual dry areas around my nose and chin have cleared up completely (I have combination/sensitive skin) .  Actually this is the best my skin has been in a while after the drudgery of the winter months.  I haven't had any breakouts from this and my skin has been almost completely clear for the duration.  I also love the smell of this skincare product - which is important to me in particular when it comes to a serum such as this.

As with all skin care I can't guarantee that this will work for everyone as skin type varies so widely between individuals but speaking as someone who suffers from dry skin and small patches of Psoriasis, this has really hydrated my skin and improved the texture and appearance after a long winter of cold winds and snow showers.  It may not be a good product for those who suffer from oily skin though so bear that in mind when looking into this product.

The long and short of it is that my skin feels lovely, looks lovely and is very clear.  What more could I ask for?

The Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate is priced at £55 for 30ml.