A Very Merry Belated Christmas

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Hi everyone and a very merry belated Christmas. I've been a bit absent lately what with rushing around in the days before Christmas, spending time with my friends and family, rushing around after Christmas and the big obligatory Christmas Comedown that involved whiskey and tears. Alas, Christmas was great. We exchanged gifts, we ate (far too much), we revelled in time together, we laughed and watched Doctor Who - I couldn't have asked for a better time.

I got very spoiled this Christmas but a few main presents were SJP NYC perfume (smells like strawberries - so good), a set of Fearne Cotton brushes which are actually very good, a new engagement ring, my beloved Michael Kors rip off watch that I've been coveting for a month and a half, The Sims 3 Seasons, Skyrim (for my other half but really for me), some beautiful skincare goodies, a steam mop, plus some money to spend on myself (a coat, shoes, jeans - basics in the sale that I lacked before) and a good professional carpet clean to sort out my state of a carpet.

I hope you all had an excellent holiday.

4 Sleeps Until Christmas

Friday, 21 December 2012

So I've been away for a few days dressing like a 70's throwback, ironing out kinks in the finances, wrapping presents, doing the festive food shop, dressing my dog as a reindeer and drinking far too much coffee. I'm really excited about Christmas, both eve and day now thanks to my amazing family who I could not be indebted to more this year. Are you all as excited for Christmas as I am? Egg nog lattes and twinkling lights at the ready!

Monday Manicure (Review): Collection Bedazzled Nail Polish in Razzle Dazzle

Monday, 17 December 2012

Collection Bedazzled nail polish in Razzle Dazzle - £2.99 from here

I recently received this polish in a secret santa package and I got very excited when I saw it. Isn't it pretty? I never learn with glitter, be it with craft glitter or glitter polish; it takes forever to remove and I always resent it when I'm vigorously rubbing a cotton pad over my nails for minutes on end. However, I love glitter and whenever November/December rolls around I start wanting to put glitter on everything to make it a little more festive. I usually stick to Models Own for glitter polishes but when this came through the door I was far too excited to take off Monday's manicure and play about with this beauty.

First of all, it's £2.99 so extremely cheap. It's very thick and does take a while to dry but it's very buildable. I'd recommend using this over a nail varnish as it's not quite bulky enough to wear alone. I chose red which looked festive and now I'm wearing it over a black. I adore how it sparkles and how the chunky glitter stands out on both a bold and a dark background.

I'll be picking up every shade of these polishes because for £2.99 I am not about to complain.

Summary Of A Tragic Week

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A date with hot chocolate and The Sims 3, festive nails, hair bow, I won a giveaway from Georgina, my winnings, Sadie thinks she's a human, casually stalking the postman, I have the lurgy, I didn't move from my pyjamas all day, socks within socks, egg nog latte treats from my sister and just because the tree in Newport is awful.

This week I've been ill but the news stories from China and Connecticut really made me stop feeling sorry for myself. I've been letting my kids do what they want to do and saying yes to everything because I still have my kids. I'm hugging them a little tighter nowadays.

How To Make A Wig Look Like Natural Hair

Saturday, 15 December 2012

I've been asked so many times how I get my wigs to look so natural both from wig wearers and wig virgins who aren't confident they can pull a wig off. The truth is, anyone can pull a wig off and while I do have some tips nothing can make a wig look more natural than the confidence you wear it with. Most of my wigs are from Hair Passion who do excellent quality wigs, extensions and half wigs for almost half the price of other retailers who use the exact same quality, styles and lengths.

1. Choose a wig that suits you
This is the big tip. Choose a wig that suits your face shape and a colour that suits your skin tone. I've always found the rule about not going more than three shades lighter or darker to be a load of crap but you should be able to tell if something will suit you. Hair Passion have a handy wig guide here that can help you match your style to your face shape but with wigs it's about being expressive and taking a bit of a risk so if you're a natural blonde and would like to try a bright red, go for it!

2. Natural colours will look more natural
It goes without saying really but wigs with a natural or easily achievable look will look more natural. There are dyes on the market which will transform your hair from a dull brown to lilac, of course but if you want to feel confident that your wig will go undetected start with a natural shade. Multi-tonal wigs will always look more natural as your natural hair, even dyed, is multi-tonal so look for wigs that have more than one colour (not necessarily in streaks or highlights but just the appearance of tone). Most good wigs will already be multi-tonal and all of the wigs I have bought apart from a long Ariel-esque red wig have had beautiful natural looking highlights and lowlights but on a screen it can be difficult to tell.

3. Add roots
If you have a platinum or light blonde wig it can look a little fake if it's one colour all the way down. For a more realistic look use an eyeshadow brush and apply a light brown eyeshadow either side of the wig's parting which will give the illusion of a bit of growth. You can build the colour up as desired and simply use your fingers to blend the colour out. Start small and build up (make sure you go around the back of the parting too near the top of your head).

4. Dull the shine
New wigs freshly out of the wire hairnet are beautiful, soft and very shiny. Natural hair just isn't that shiny so take a little baby powder (use sparingly so the wig doesn't look grey or dull), pat your hands together to get rid of the excess and run your hands down the entire length of the wig. The shine will still be there but to a lesser extent.

5. Go for the chop
Wigs with fringes, either full or a side swept fringe look more natural as the fringe covers most of the unnatural hairline. Most wigs that come with fringes are too long so you may want to trim them. I always trim my wigs, both on the fringe and the layers because the more they suit you and look natural the less people will even think about it. You can do it yourself if you're confident but I'll always recommend going to a professional the first time.

6. Cover up the parting
Most times, no matter how real the parting may look, I cover it up. I use headbands in summer and hats in the colder months. I prefer to use berets, knitted or otherwise because I feel I can let my fringe be on show as well as the colour and length without having to worry about the parting, not having pinned my hair down flat enough or little natural hair escapers from the neck.

I just want to point out that I am not an expert. I am just a girl who has been wearing wigs for almost a decade now and these are tips that have worked for me. If you have any tips, let me know as I love new ideas.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me using the 'Contact' link at the top or any of the social media links in the sidebar.

What Laura Wants: Christmas Day Outfit


All items can be found here

Christmas is almost upon us and I can't help but wonder what I'm going to wear. While most people dress up in that perfect dress for office parties and rehash it for Christmas day and some go out and buy all new, I have nowhere to wear a pretty dress. This year we are staying home, cooking for ourselves and our children and eagerly await the Doctor Who Christmas special. So I decided to do a new wish list, one full of cosy knits and practical hats to stave off the cold while I impress with nothing but my cooking skills.

This onesie has Chrismas all over it (literally) and it would be amazing to wear Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with cosy socks. I don't know why I don't have a headphone hat in my life but I need one now. Maybe I won't annoy everyone with my Bublé album again? Fluffy cardigan because my house is an actual igloo. A jumper because who doesn't want a Christmas jumper? The correct answer to that is nobody. This t-shirt would be amazing under the jumper and worn with pyjamas on Christmas Eve and finally, I want this cardigan just because of it's faux fur collar.

What are you wearing Christmas day?

What Laura Loves - Collars




How do you wear yours?

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick - 107

Friday, 14 December 2012

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick in 107 (Wine) - £5.49 here

Whenever someone mentions this lipstick it's my automatic reaction to shout "MY BABY" at them until they understand just how deep my love goes for this colour. It is perfect. It's a deep wine red colour that can be lightly applied for more of a stain (bottom right) or built up for a true colour (the bullet). The photo on the bottom left is in direct light where you can see the berry tone truly comes out. It's matte which is perfect for someone like me who doesn't like glossy lips and finds high shine lipsticks often transfer on to everything and the staying power is rather good lasting a good 2-4 hours depending on lip activity.

It's not a true matte as there is some shine to it and it's quite moisturising so it's a brilliant formulation if you're not ready to go full on matte. I will say you need to scrub your lips well as it does tend to cling as matte products do. Since my lips have been in terrible condition all autumn/winter I found it quite forgiving but it certainly looks better on prepped lips.

I know a lot of people think darker colours wouldn't suit them but I encourage everyone to at least swatch it. I've had this for months and with daily wear and multiple re-applications I'm still on the first tube. It's become a bit of my signature lip colour as of late and my boyfriend now asks if I'm depressed when I don't wear it. I've got a little stockpile in case they run out in all my local stores as they have in the past but it's one I'll be repurchasing over and over again.

What Laura Heard: Friday Playlist


The full tracks are all in this YouTube playlist for free and easy listening. Enjoy!

What Laura Loves - Blogs #1

Thursday, 13 December 2012
Christina

Callie

Victoria

Alix

1. Christina is my best friend so of course she is top in my favourite blogs. I adore how she writes the way she speaks, gives her honest opinion on products and life and her personality never fails to shine through in her posts.

2. Callie's blog is one I've been following for a while now, way before I plucked up the courage to tweet her back as we knew each other in school! A fabulous blog about her travels, her bang on point fashion, plus size fashion in general and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

3. Victoria is someone I've known online for close to a decade. I remember when blogging became the craze and Victoria and I would create blogs with a lot of image mapping and what were actually, quite decent layouts. She is now phenomenally huge on the blog scene and as an avid reader she deserves every ounce of success. Check her out for her eBay wishlists, weekly summaries with beautiful photos and style posts.

4. Alix is the owner of the blog icovetthee.com and it's a gorgeous one. It's one that inspired me to start my own. Her weekly summaries, beauty reviews and videos are always winners.

This is not a sponsored post. These are just blogs I truly follow with every post.