HD Brows

Hey guys,

On Saturday I went and got myself some HD brows did!  I've heard a lot of fuss about these in the beauty world at the moment and wanted to see what it was all about.  It's quite a trend amongst celebrities too and I heard the likes of The Saturdays and of course the cast of TOWIE have been getting these done.

Before you have them done you need to go for a patch test as they will be dying your eyebrows so you need to make sure you do not have any allergic reaction to the dye.

The process consists of 7 stages to create the 'perfect' symmetrical brow shape and all in all it took about 45 minutes.

The first step was to assess my face shape and colouring to get the best brow shape for me.  She noticed that one of my brows was slightly more arched than the other, which she said is very common.  There are a few different styles that you can go for.  There is a quite soft looking brow which is probably more suitable for blondes and there is also a more strong and sharp brow shape.  I went for something between the two.  I liked the look of the sharp brow but at the same time I didn't want to look too scary and 'scouse brow' like!  Also, my face is quite small so I didn't think I would suit anything too strong.

After we had decided on a desired result the next step was to tint them.  She will try to tint to a similar colour to your hair or if you want darker then you can.  My hair is pretty dark so she went for a dark brown.

Whilst waiting for the dye to take she then waxed under and over my eyebrow into the correct shape, trying to get them as symmetrical as possible.  HD brows are all about being symmetrical.

The next step is threading to get rid of any little baby hairs and blend them into the hairline.

Then she tweezed them to go over the shape and to doubly make sure it was right.

After that she cut any of the longer hairs that stuck out so that they were well groomed.

Lastly she removed the tint as the colour had now been on long enough to take.  She then used an eyebrow powder to fill in any gaps where the hairs need to grow still and set them in place using a brow gel.




(Before)                                                   (Directly after)

At first when I looked at them in the mirror I was quite shocked because of how different they looked.  I always thought my eyebrows were quite dark and thick so I didn't think they would look so different but I am really really happy with them.  They were really dark at first and took a bit of getting used to but now I just love them.  She did say that the dye would wear down slightly after a few days and be a more natural colour so if you are a bit surprised at first, don't worry.


(With make-up)

I can't tell you how pleased I am with them and will definitely be going back again and again.  She said that they last 4-6 weeks and mine cost £25.  She also told me not to touch them during this time, only tweezing the odd hairs that look really out of place.  She said to leave any of the hairs near the hairline because there are some that need to grow back into place as there were a few gaps in some places.  So don't expect to achieve the perfect brow after your first time because it's all about maintaining them and growing them in the right places to achieve the symmetrical HD brows result.  I would highly recommend this treatment.


(Next day)

I hope you found this post helpful and please feel free to ask me any questions on my experience that I can try to answer.

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Thanks xx

Ibiza Made Me Do It

Hey guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but this is caused by the fact that I have been on the island of Ibiza!  So that is what this post is going to be all about today.

Now I stayed in the resort of San Antonio which is notoriously known for it’s clubbing and party scene.  For those of you that are not into that you may want to stop reading now!

The flight to Ibiza from London takes about 2 and a half hours so it’s not too long.  We then took a transfer to San Antonio which was about another half hour.

We arrived in San Antonio in the early evening so we’d missed any sunbathing but still plenty of time for partying!  People will pretty much party all day and all night in Ibiza.  It really is the island that never sleeps.  For me, I like to party it up during the night but take time to chill round the pool during the day.


Thursday

For our first night we decided to take it easy and just have a few drinks in the bar strip which they call The West End.  However, it is a far cry from the West End we are used to in London!  It is full of bars upon bars heaving with drunken people all up for a good time.  You always have hundreds of promoters standing outside all offering you the best deals on drinks to try to get you into their bar.  So we went for a little bar crawl in the West End for a few hours before retiring back to our hotel for some much needed sleep.  We knew we were going to have a pretty mental week ahead!


Friday

The next day we chilled around our hotel pool and then around lunchtime went for a stroll along the beach and got ice creams.  This became our regular routine for during the day.



That night we heard that Example and DJ Wire were headlining at Ibiza Rocks so we purchased tickets and went along.  I think the tickets were about 35 euros.  I’ve always loved Example and have seen him play in London before.  Seeing him at Ibiza Rocks was awesome because it’s such a cool venue and you could get really close which makes the show more intimate which I like.  Ibiza Rocks is a really good venue for seeing artists perform, however, I am not sure I would want to stay in the hotel.  A few of our friends stayed there and said it was quite over-rated.  They have an annoying tokens system whereby you have to buy tokens in order to purchase drinks or food and if you have any tokens left over you aren’t able to use them another day because they change the colour of the tokens!  Seems like too much hassle for me.

The show finished around midnight so after that we headed into the West End again and had a really good night in some of the bars there.

                        

Saturday

I woke up this morning and my legs were aching.  I think we must have been dancing for about 8hrs last night and I think this was the reason!

Tonight we wanted to go to Zoo Project as we heard that Saturday was the best night (they only hold it on Saturdays and Wednesdays).  I think the tickets were 45 euros.  For this a lot of people will dress up as animals and get face and body paint done.  So we visited a little shop in the West End where they said they would do our face and arm for 25 euros which I thought was pretty good.  They even came along to our hotel to do this.

We headed to Zoo Project about 8:30pm as it finished at midnight so we wanted to get a good few hours in.  We took a taxi and it cost us 10 euros.  When we got there the venue was absolutely awesome.  It literally looked like a zoo and had lots of different places to explore.  Unfortunately you weren’t allowed to take cameras in so I wasn’t able to get any photos.  However, the music wasn’t really to my liking and after a while we sat down and enjoyed some of the shows that were put on.  I would describe the music as more ‘chilled Ibiza’ sounds and for me I like it a bit heavier so I was like “where’s the bass?!”  Anyway, it was still a good experience and I really enjoyed dressing up.  We then took the disco bus back to San An which was free and again went to the West End.



















Sunday

So Sunday is when the real clubbing started for us.  We did our usual pool/beach stroll during the day and decided we would head to Space that night.  Space is one of the more famous clubs in Ibiza and is situated in a town called Playa d’en Bossa.  This is also where the famous Bora Bora beach is so a lot of people (more hardcore than me!) will go to Bora Bora during the day for a day rave and then straight onto Space afterwards.  However, we didn’t do this as we like to chill during the day, get a little disco nap in around 7pm and then head out about midnight. 



We went to the West End first and then we took the disco bus which was 3 euros to Playa d’en Bossa.  We arrived at Space about 2:30am.  Luckily for us my friend was DJing at Space that night so he got us on guest list for free entry.  Otherwise I think tickets were about 45 euros.  The night was called We Love Space and featured headline acts such as Groove Armada and Foamo.  This was a really really good night and I think we made it back to our hotel about 7am!


Monday

Monday is the night we decided to head to the naughty club that is DC10.  I think the tickets were 40 euros.  Sorry I’m not saying much about the day but really all we did was pool and beach, chilled and slept!  So anyway, if you ask anyone that has been to DC10 they will tell you this club is deadly!  When I heard this I was really really excited to see what it was all about.  The night we decided to go on was called Circo Loco which I know they have in London sometimes too.  It started at 4pm and went on until 4am.  However, as I said before we are not as hardcore as some people in Ibiza and like to chill during the day so we headed over there for about 10:30pm when the party had really got started.  This was such a good night, probably my favourite night of the lot in fact.  The music was so good.  It was like a really deep house with a bit of bass thrown in.  Everyone was having a really good time and dancing (or skanking as they like to call it) the night away.

                                          

 Tuesday

Tonight we wanted to hit Amnesia as it was a night called Together which is basically drum & bass and dubstep which I loooooooooooooveee!!  I was so excited for this night and determined that it would be my favourite night.  The headline acts were Chase & Status, Afro Jack, Knife Party and Sub Focus.  There was also a girl called Hannah Wants playing and I have heard really good things about her.  I think she is going to be the next big thing in dubstep!  The tickets for this were 50 euros and I was so so hyped up for it.

First we decided to go to Linekers Bar which is owned by my friend’s cousin.  Because of this it meant that we got free drink all night.  However, this proved to be a bit of a problem because we obviously took full advantage of the free booze and got so wasted that we didn’t even make it to Amnesia L  I don’t even remember how we got back to the hotel.  Not a winner!  So I was really really bummed about this.  Fortunately, I have seen a lot of the artists perform before and I have also been to Amnesia before.  It was just annoying that we’d paid out for a ticket and I really was looking forward to it as you don’t get many dubstep nights in Ibiza, it’s mainly house.


Wednesday

Anyway, Wednesday came around which meant we only had one more night left on the island (boo!).  We woke up about 2pm feeling very hungover and sorry for ourselves that we missed Amnesia.  However, we did have a good day planned and I can finally tell you we did something exciting during the day ha!  My friend’s cousin who owns Linekers also owns Ocean Beach Club so he put us on guest list and sorted us a HUGE bed for the day.  This was pure pure luxury, if only we weren’t so hungover.  Anyway, we managed to pull ourselves together (with the help of a pasta lunch and an amazing milkshake!) and had a really lovely day at Ocean Beach.  I think to get into here it’s about 15 euros and then the beds are priced individually.  If you just want a sun lounger for the day it’s 20 euros I think. 


For our final night we wanted to head to Pacha as we hadn’t been here before and thought our Ibiza experience would not be complete without hitting this famous club.  The night we went to was called Wisdom of the Glove and I must admit I hadn’t really heard of any of the DJs but like I say we wanted to just go to see what it was like and say we’d been.  This night was a bit of a fail.  We arrived at the club about 1am which is normally when clubs are in full swing.  However, there was hardly anyone there (one guy dancing on his own on the dance floor in fact!) and everyone else was just sitting around probably thinking the same as us “this sucks”.  To be honest we didn’t really mind too much because we were heading home the next day so didn’t want too much of a mad one.  Again though, we had spent 50 euros on the ticket so it seemed like such a waste of money.  We literally stayed for about 50 minutes so it cost us around a euro a minute to be in there but we just didn’t see the point in staying when everyone was just sitting around really bored.  I think the problem was that on a Thursday night Pacha hosts the biggest night of the whole season, David Guetta’s F*ck Me I’m Famous which is always a sell out months in advance so I don’t think people are really up for going the night before.  If I ever go Pacha again I definitely want to see David Guetta.  I saw him last year at Ushuaia which is also an amazing venue, probably the best venue in Ibiza, and he was amazing.  David Guetta is such a passionate artist and it’s so nice to see someone, after hundreds of shows that he’s probably done, still be so excited to perform.

Thursday

Today was home time L  But our flight was not until 9:30pm so we headed back to Ocean Beach Club as we managed to bag another free entry and bed.  Today was a bit better as we wasn’t so hungover.  So we chilled here for a few hours before getting some dinner and heading to the airport.



I had such an amazing time in Ibiza and I would really recommend it to anyone that loves clubbing, partying, DJs, house music etc.  I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I have such a passion for music that for me it really is the only place to spend my summer holiday.



I’m not a complete party animal however (maybe like 75% ha) and I am going to Croatia in September for a more chilled holiday.  And yes I will be writing another post all about that if that’s more your thing.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Make sure you check out my latest Youtube video where you can see all the clothes I bought for this holiday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XEn2RjH64s and follow me on Instagram: fash_swag24 and twitter: wonky_lauren.

Thanks x

Summer Make-up Look

Hey guys,

The sun is still shining yay!!  I know I keep going on about it but seriously when do we ever get weather like this in London?!  So unfair I'm stuck at work though.  However, that doesn't mean we can't still dress and look summery in the office so here is a make-up look that I created.  I think this look is very versatile and can be worn for everyday or you could glam it up if you wanted for a summer night out.

To start off I primed my skin with Body Shop tea tree pore minimiser all over my skin.  Then I took Benefit You Rebel tinted moisturiser and also buffed that over my skin.  I wanted to use a tinted moisturiser instead of a foundation as I felt foundation can sometimes be a bit heavy in the summer and I wanted something light on my skin that didn't look like I'd caked it on.

Then I took Garnier roll on concealer under my eye and Rimmel Stay Matte powder over my t-zone and undereye to set the make-up.

After this I used Gunmetal from the Naked palette all over my eyelids.  I then took Naked and worked this in the crease and outer corner, making sure to blend it all in.  Then I took a matte black by Mac (Nehru) and pulled this along my lashline and outer corner, again blending it all in.  Then I used Dior Blackout mascara on my lashes and a little Virgin from the Naked palette for my inner corner.

After that I started on my eyebrows.  I have quite thick, dark eyebrows so I don't really need to fill them in much so instead I just brush through them with MUA eyebrow gel and then again take Virgin and put that along the brow bone.

I then went back to the eyes and drew the thinest line of liquid eyeliner.  I didn't want to make the eyes look too dark and heavy as this is a summer look and would look too harsh and 'clubbing' like.  I used my Barry M Wink marker pen as it's dead easy to use and I haven't got the steadiest of hands!  Once this was dry I used a pencil brush to just smug it across slightly.

Then I took Benefit Thrrrob blusher on my cheeks.  This is a really pretty cool pink colour and perfect for summer.  Definitely one of my favourite blushers as I'm a real lover of pink blushers.  After that I used Fake Bake Bronzy Babe on my cheek bones as a highlighter.  This bronzer has a real shimmer in it so I only really like to use it as a highlighter and it looks lovely on the collar bones also!

Lastly I put Mac Impassioned on my lips and some vaseline for a bit of shine.  I'm not really a fan of lipglosses so I prefer to use vaseline instead :)
























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Thanks! Lauren xx

My Weekend... OXO Tower and Brighton!

Hey guys,

The weather was so hot this weekend so I got to do some really nice summery things and here's what I got up to.

Friday Night

Friday I met one of my best friends after work and we went to the OXO Tower on Southbank.  I've been here a few times before but only ever in the winter so it was really nice to go in the summer as they have a balcony where you can sit (if you're lucky enough to get a table/chair) or stand and see the most amazing views of London.




We ordered some cocktails from their rather expansive cocktail menu and they were absolutely delicious.  Here is a photo of a Pimms style one we had.




We didn't eat here this time but I've eaten here before and the food is also fabulous.  There have both a restaurant and a brasserie depending on how much food you want to eat.  Then they also have a bar area which is where we were.

I think the OXO Tower is perfect for any occasion; whether you have something to celebrate - birthday etc, drinks with friends after work or a romantic dinner date.  I would highly recommend this place and will definitely be visiting again and again.  It's probably one of my favourite places in London :)




Saturday

Saturday I didn't do anything overly interesting.  It was just my typical Saturday really but I thought I would include it anyway.

So I got up in the morning and headed over to the gym.  I've just recently joined Virgin Active and I think it's great bcos I'm a proper fitness freak and love to work out but when I go to the gym I mainly do classes so it's important for me to belong to a gym that has a good selection of exercise classes and Virgin Active has so many to choose from.  So Saturday morning I did a body conditioning class which is a mixture of aerobics, step, weights and toning exercises.  Then after that I did a class called Body Jam which is a street dance style class and you learn different dance routines each week.  I'm a trained dancer and went to stage school so it's nice to still be able to do dance classes.

After that I showered, washed my hair and took the train into town to do a bit of shopping.  Then I went to see my dad and sister and chilled in the garden with them for a bit.  I live in a flat so when the weather is nice it's good to be able to go to my dad's and sit in the garden.  Then I came home and had a rather chilled Saturday night as I needed to be up early on Sunday.

Sunday

So Sunday I got up early, met my friends and we took the train to Brighton!  The train from London to Brighton was SO packed.  Understandable seeing as the weather was so nice but it was not the most pleasant train journey, however, we managed to get a seat so I stuck my iPod in and zoned out.

We arrived in Brighton about midday and headed straight for the supermarket to get some snacks and drinks.  After this we were rather hungry so we got some lunch at Harry Ramsden's.  Harry Ramsden's is a famous fish and chip restaurant and the food was so yummy!  I had fishcake and chips and my friends both had cod and chips.




After lunch we took a walk down to the beach to do a bit of sunbathing   The beach was so busy but we managed to find a nice spot to lay our towels and completely chill, enjoying the sunshine.  We probably stayed here for about 3 hours soaking up all the rays before heading back to the train station.  




On our way back we stopped at an ice cream counter and I enjoyed a rather tasty caramel ice cream cone.  Caramel is my favourite flavour of ice cream :)

Then we made a quick stop at a pub to check the Wimbledon score and was rather pleased to note Murray had won!!

Finally we were on the train back to London and I was so tired I fell asleep on the train!  It was such a lovely day though and I hope the sunshine sticks around so I can enjoy more days at the beach.




I hope you enjoyed this post.  You can follow me on instagram: fash_swag24 or twitter: wonky_lauren and subscribe to my Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2bURXIbiN1EG4MPnfNonw.  Be sure to check out my June Favourites video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-k7I8t2AkI

Thanks.  Lauren xx

Outfits of The Week!

Hey guys,

Now that it's Friday, the end of the working week for most of us and finally (well, nearly) the weekend I thought I would show you all the outfits I have been rocking this week including gym, work and going 'out-out'.

First up is gym clothes!  It's been rather hot this week so I've been wearing my little running shorts from Nike and I've paired it with this neon yellow t-shirt.  I love to wear neon tops at the gym.  I just think it looks really cool and they don't show sweat patches too badly!




Next is this cute black pinafore playsuit from New Look.  I actually got this in the teen section but I think they do a similar version in the adult section.  I've teamed it with this gorgeous lace top from Next which I love.  It's so versatile and I just know I will get lots of wear out of it.  I'm even considering getting it in black and they do short sleeve versions now too.  My head has been cut out of this photo as I'm wearing my super high YSL tribute shoes which makes me really tall, too tall in fact for this mirror (I'm already 5'7)!  My necklace is also New Look and my clutch is from Accessorize.  I was having dinner in Covent Garden this night at a restaurant called Tuttons.  The food was really nice in here, especially the warm chocolate brownie for dessert!





Here I am going out to Movida nightclub in London for my friend's birthday.  I'm wearing a metallic jacket by Missguided which I think is super trendy at the moment.  I'm really luvin Phoebe from Made in Chelsea's style and I think this is something she would wear!  My top is from Forever 21.  You can't really see it properly here but it's grey with sequins on the shoulders.  My leather pants are from French Connection.  I'm also a big fan of leather and I think metallic and leather just looks so hot together.  My grey suede shoes are from Office and they have a metallic heel and platform.  My clutch is from Mulberry.




Next is a simple LBD I wore for work.  Every girl should have a LBD in her wardrobe because they are so versatile.  This one is from Tesco and I'm wearing it with my Alexander McQueen scarf and blue suede pumps from H&M.  If I'm wearing black I always like to add a little colour elsewhere to jazz it up.




Here is another work outfit.  This time I'm wearing a grey t-shirt from New Look tucked into a patterned midi length skirt from Next.  I think this look is both smart and trendy which is how I like to look when going to the office.  I'm also wearing a long beaded necklace from Mango.




Next is another LBD I wore to work.  I did my last post on this outfit so check that out for more info!




Lastly is the outfit I am wearing today which is an 'office to bar' outfit as we headed to the OXO Tower after work for some much needed cocktails!  We are allowed to dress a little more casually on a Friday with the exception of jeans.  My dress is from ASOS as are my boots.  I'm obsessed with chunky ankle boots at the moment.  I don't know why bcos we're approaching summer!  My bag is the Alexa from Mulberry.




Well I hope you enjoyed this post.  Be sure to check out my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2bURXIbiN1EG4MPnfNonw, Instagram http://instagram.com/wonky_lauren and Twitter https://twitter.com/wonky_lauren for more updates.

Thanks, Lauren xx


Today I'm Wearing... outfit and make-up

Hey guys,

I'm at work today so wanted to show you what sort of things I wear and how I do my make-up.

I work in an office so we have to dress quite smart.  It's not too strict however, so I get to add my own little twist and I like to jazz outfits up by wearing funky jewellery and shoes.

So first my clothes; I'm wearing a simply black dress from Tesco.  Black dresses are great for work as they look smart but you can jazz them up with any colour statement jewellery and a fab pair of heels.  I've gone for this necklace from New Look which I think is so pretty and still quite elegant looking.  Millie Mackintosh also has this exact necklace!  For my heels I've gone for a simple pair of nude peep toes.  I got these from Next.

As for my make-up I also like to keep this quite simple for work but still with a good coverage.  So for foundation I mixed MAC Studio Sculpt in NW30 with Benefit Rebel tinted moisturiser as I'm kind of between the two colours at the moment where I have a slight tan from the little bit of sun we've had!  I also find studio sculpt to sometimes be a bit dry for me so I like the tinted moisturiser to give a bit of a dewy look.  Then I used a Benefit Playstick in spin the bottle for concealer.  I have quite dark circles under my eyes from lack of sleep so this gives me a better coverage than a lot of concealers.  I am on the look out for a new one though so if you know any that are good for dark circles please let me know!  After that I powdered my face using Rimmel Stay Matte in transparent.  I mainly use this on my t-zone as this is where I get most oily during the day.  Then I used MAC Studio Fix in NW40 as a bronzer on my contour, forehead, nose and neck.  After that I used a Laura Geller baked impressions blusher in Mocha Latte on my cheeks and a little on my nose (I've always done this, I don't know why!) but it's kind of a burnt coral colour which suits my skin tone.  After that I added a black kohl eyeliner by Bourjois on my lower waterline and a coat of mascara which is Max Volume Flash by Rimmel in black.

Hope you enjoy this post and don't forget to follow me on Twitter (wonky_lauren) and Instagram (fash_swag24) and check out my Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2bURXIbiN1EG4MPnfNonw where I did a get ready with my video showing you how I did my make-up for this look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86NxSgJhe5A

Thanks - Lauren xx