Saturday, May 19, 2018

"This is a man's world..

But it would be nothing without a woman or a girl..."Can you guess which trend I am obsessing over this month. Menswear, although not really a new trend, is invading the fashion world one pinstripe at a time. While some can pull it off without a second thought; for others like me, it might require a little more effort and practice.

The trend allows you to explore masculine style while adding your own individual flair. So if you don't want to wear the trend top to bottom; there are ways to incorporate it into your style, one item at a time. In this post I discuss the menswear trends I am dying to try.

Blazers: This is probably the easiest way to inject a little bit of masculinity into your every day wardrobe. You can wear a blazer over a dress or with a jeans and t-shirt.  A blazer is the ultimate masculine piece. I especially love a sleeveless blazer.




Loafers and brogues: I find loafers and brogues absolutely sexy. There's just something so irresistibly carefree yet controlled about them. In my opinion they look best with tailored pants but, they will add some edge to dresses and skirts as well.



Cigarette pants: Nothing says men's inspired fashion like good tailoring...and well tailored pants are right at the top of the list. I love a pair that sits right above the ankle. I think the hint of skin is quite feminine.


Boyfriend jeans: Boyfriend jeans are the epitome of "borrowed from the boys". It can be dressed down with a t-shirt and flats or glammed up with a leather jacket and some sparkly heels. I love how versatile it is.


What is your favourite masculine trend? Which trends are you currently obsessed with? I Enjoy the inspiration images in this post.

*I do not take credit for the images in this post

TILL LATER,LAUREN!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Essence You Better Work Primer

Imagine a primer that works as hard as you do. One who promises to keep you looking sweat free and instagram ready even after a work out. Now, imagine no more and say hello to Essence's You Better Work Gym proof primer.


The latest offering from Essence is sweat proof, has SPF20 and gives you an instant blur effect.  I put it to the test both at work and at my fit club and I adore it. I usually look like a bit of an overcooked tomato after working out but, not when I wear this primer which is a bonus for me. It cancels out the red look you get from sweating.


The light blue liquid reminds me of toothpaste and has a thicker formula than what I am used but, it still blends easily. I use it sparingly and I usually wait a minute or two  before applying my foundation. I feel like the people at Essence are really taking into consideration what we do on a day to day basis and are creating products that are relevant. With or without foundation this primer works and the slim tube slips easily into your hand or gym bag.


This primer retails for R74,95 and I could kick myself for not buying more than one. So it goes without saying that I am definitely repurchasing.

What are your thoughts on primer? Is it part of your make up routine? I would love to hear from you.

TILL LATER,LAUREN!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Heavenly Bodies: The 2018 MET Gala

It goes without saying that I was excited about the MET Gala this year but, when I discovered what the theme was, I surpassed excitement . The grand affair was held on the first Monday in May (7th) and I, along with the rest of the world, could not wait to see what the red carpet would produce this year.

This year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” was perplexing to say the least but, I was sure the stars (at least some of them) would rise to the occasion. And did they ever. For me, the winner of the night was Rihanna in Mason Margiela by John Galliano. Not only did she co-chair the MET gala this year for their 70th anniversary but, she honoured the theme in a way I could not have imagined. No one interprets a theme quite like Riri. Some of my other favourites also include Cara Delevingne, SZA, Cardi B, Zendaya and Lily Collins.

I was also frustrated by a few of the looks. Listen, I am no fashion expert but, when you don’t even try adhering to the theme, what’s the point? This is the one night you get to be over the top and I wish some celebs were not playing it so safe. I’m talking about you Kim Kardashian West. Nevertheless, the night was a marvellous spectacle ( judging by the fashion) and I can’t wait to find what next year’s theme will be.

In this post I have gathered some of my favourite and not-so-favourite looks from fashion’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Do you see your favourite here? Tell me who think was best and worst dressed for the night.

Rihanna 
Rita Ora
Winnie Harlow
Kris Jenner
Kendall Jenner
Car a Delevingne 
Migos
Lily Collins
Traces Ellis Ross
Miley Cyrus, Stella McCartney and Paris Jackson

Janelle Monae
Kim Kardashian West
Nicki Minaj
Trevor Noah
Cardi B
Issa Rae
Mary J Blidge
Gigi Hadid
Selena Gomez
Lana delRey
Priyanka Chopra

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
Blake Lively
Zendaya

*I do not take credit the images in this post.

TILL LATER,LAUREN!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Beauty on a budget: My must haves

There is nothing I value more than products that don't cost me an arm and a leg but, the quality suggests that it might have. When I shop for make up I always keep in mind that it has to make my life easier.


In today's post I discuss some of my absolute favourite (and inexpensive) must haves. I dont have time to reapply my make up during the day so staying power plays a huge role when it comes to buying products. At first I didn't care much for primers but, after doing some research I realized that a primer is imperative when you want a flawless look. This one from Essence is especially wonderful. The Fresh &Fit Awake primer promises a healthy glow while minimising your pores. I've worn this primer with and without foundation and it looks amazing either way. It retails for R74, 95.



Another winner for me is the Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder. This was my first time using a loose powder so I have to admit I was a bit unsure of its necessity. However, I am glad I gave this powder a chance. It gives me a beautiful matte look and keeps my foundation from looking shiny and tacky. I especially adore it on the warmer days. I bought this on sale for 20 bucks :)


Lastly, I want to talk about the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealer. Now this has been a cult favourite ever since I can remember so I was curious to say the least. I use this concealer every single day of my life. I couldn't imagine not using it. For the price (R59,95) its pretty amazing at covering the dark circles under my eyes.


Have you used any of the products in this post? What are your go to products at the moment? I would love to hear from you.

TILL LATER,LAUREN!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Review: Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser

I'm not the biggest fan of lotion. Don't get me wrong...I'm not the kind of person who likes to be ashy. I just prefer a body mist or bath oil. Something that doesn't require a lot of rubbing and ultimately saves me time. When I saw Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser I was definitely intrigued . First of all the packaging ( a 190ml spray bottle) seemed really fancy. So it's safe to say that I'm a sucker for packaging. That aside, let me tell about the actual product.


The spray comes in 3 variants at the moment. Deep Restore, Cocoa Radiant and Aloe Soothe and they are absolutely perfect for the winter months ahead. They all contain micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly which helps with moisturising and restoring dry skin.

Deep Restore
 The formula is completely non greasy and absorbs quickly and easily into your skin. They also smell and feel amazing and it makes your skin look like the sun licked it ( hello glow).

Cocoa Radiant
 I love the fact that you get to choose which scent you like instead of just having to deal with one scent for everyone. I like every single one of the them but, the Cocoa Radiant  has a bit of a special place in my heart.

Aloe Soothe
So the real question here really is whether its worth the R79 bucks its retailing for? One hundred percent! It does a perfect job of moisturising even the dryest parts of your body, it lasts a long time and it smells divine. What exactly is not to love?

Sidenote: they are on special for R39,99 @Dischem at the moment but I'm not sure for how long so hurry and let me know what you think about it!

TILL LATER,LAUREN!


Monday, March 5, 2018

FI(gh)T CLUB



A few weeks ago on a whim, and because at the time whenever I looked at my body I wished it belonged to someone else, I joined FIT CLUB. A group of women (and some men) doing power work outs every Tuesday and Thursday.

You see, 7 years later I still haven't bounced back from my pregnancy body and, if I'm being completely honest, I did not make much of an effort to get back in shape. I was too happy to hide behind excuses.

So one morning after I saw a friend posting about the class I packed my bag, went to work as usual and anticipated what my first work out since forever would be like. As the day went on I started making so many excuses not to go. If you work with me, you'd probably never guess that I am the queen of excuses. But only excuses when it comes to personal growth. For so long I have been my own worst enemy. Let me tell you what triggered my sense of motivation.

My fiance is an amazing guy and not once has he said something about my not-so-perfect body. In my state of insecurity however, I was always picking fights with him whenever he mentioned anything about weight. I realised something needed to change drastically and so I got my nerve together and went to my first FIT CLUB. And let me tell you, I haven't looked back ever since.

Not only is it an amazing work out ( I sweat like a pig everytime) but, it's such a supportive environment with people encouraging each other every step of the way. The coach is someone you can count on for advice as well as healthy eating tips. This was exactly what I  needed in my life. It gave me a different sense of purpose and I started to look at my body in a way that's appreciative of what it can do for me instead of what it lacks. I don't know where this journey will take me but, I am excited for the future. FIT CLUB has brought me back to life and for that I will forever be thankful :-)

TILL LATER , LAUREN!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

First Impression : ABHCosmetics Glow Kit

Hey everyone!

This is a post I am ecstatic to do. Recently my friend suprised me with the most beautiful make up gift I have ever laid eyes on. I might as well have been living under a rock because, before the gift, I had never heard about Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics (ABHcosmetics). Or rather I didn't notice exactly how many bloggers had been talking about the brand. Once I did some research, my excitement grew leaps and bounds.


This particular glow kit was a collaboration between vlogger Nicole Guerriero and ABH and it contains six stunning shimmery shades. The pigmentation and colour pay off is glorious.

-from left to right, bottom to top the shades are:

*Kitty Kat
*Forever Young
*Daydream
*Forever Lit
*Glow Getter
*143



They are shimmery shades which creates some beautiful effects. The brown and copper shades are perfect for day time glam and the maroon and silver will spruce up any night time event. As intense as the colours look in the pan, they are really easy to use and perfect for layering. Another thing that I love is the stunning pink packaging. Great packaging always wins in my books.


Like I have said before the colour pay off is amazing and you can use them anywhere you please. It accentuates and highlights the face and body. So its just a matter of personal taste. I can't wait to create some amazing looks with this palette :)

Have you used any of the ABH cosmetics? I would love to hear from you.

TILL LATER, LAUREN!