Hair Transformation!

Hey everyone, I’m writing again and for more than once in a month! This really shouldn’t be something to celebrate, but you have to celebrate all the small successes right?!

I thought it was about time to share my hair journey. This year I feel like I’ve been all the colours imaginable! You can see them all on my Instagram! From black, to green to pink and eventhough some of them haven’t been exactly what I’ve anticipated, I’ve loved having them all. As well as colours, I’ve gone from the longest hair I’ve had in years to the big cut and I have to say the short hair is a firm fave of mine now 🙂

It’s fair to say the pics above the colours are all fairly light and I think this is my preference. I’ve had dark hair a few times and I’m not really sure if it suits me, plus I love the light hair and dark eyebrows combo too! However, I’m open minded and just want to try looks that are different, so now I’m trying to decide what the next step is in my hair journey.

And these are the most recent hair colours! I’m loving the current grey/white/blue vibes 🙂 I’ve wanted this colour for ages, especially after getting into iZombie and the hair colour in that series. I cannot do a blog post though without shouting out the best hairdresser I’ve ever had. I’m lucky enough to call Louisa one of my best friends too and hopefully she enjoys messing around with my hair as much as I enjoy being guinea pig 🙂 Make sure you go and follow her as well – her pics are so beautiful and I want everything she posts!

But what next? I was thinking yellow, orange kinda takes my fancy and blue does too! Or should I go darker for winter? Or get extensions?

Help me decide! Comment below what you think would look good and be fun to try – I’m open to most things (as you can tell) and would love to get your input 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

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Product Review: Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour

Hey everyone, me again! So I think I am going to have to keep my posts to once a week at the moment as I am seriously lacking any time currently, but I promise I am trying really hard to keep this all going for you as I love writing, talking about products and getting to do load of fun things with makeup and clothes 🙂

So today I decided to review a new product I purchased and put to the test yesterday for you which is the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour. I bought shade 605 HD Obsession which on the shelf looks like a shocking pink colour. It really caught my eye as being a standout and fun shade AND with it being matte as well made it a no brainer!

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So, I love matte lipsticks, but unfortunately they are often very flaky and drying which is why I like to try as many different brands as possible until I find one which I love. I recently purchased MACs Pink Plaid (review to come soon) but even that needs constant reapplying and still makes my lips flaky, which definitely isn’t a good look, so honestly I didn’t have high hopes for the Revlon lippy.

Firstly, I bought this from Superdrug on a 3 for 2 offer as well as getting a free gift set, so it was essentially free, although I think it usually retails at £7.99 so about half the price of a MAC lippy. Secondly, it is probably worth nothing that this isn’t a lipstick, but is instead a colour and applies more like a gloss or stain. Traditionally when I have used other liquid matte colours, I have found them to be really drying, and although they have lasted well, they make my lips feel chapped to high heaven so I try to avoid them (MUA – I’m deffo thinking of your products when I write this!)

Also worth mentioning is that if you find you love the formula, unfortunately it only comes in 8 colours, with at least 4 of them being pinks. The rande features very limited reds, nudes or browns which is a shame as they are definitely my fave shades normally!

Anyway, how did it apply I hear you ask? Very well actually! It applies quite lightly and the velvety applicator is perfectly shaped to help quickly apply colour without the need for lining and although it is a drier formula doesn’t dry the lips at all and helped to prevent any bleeding (although it did still smudge a bit) It is really easy to build to a strong all over colour. A bit of a shame though as the pink it applied is actually quite a lot duller than the package, however is still nice.

Now most lip colours like this will offer a guarantee about how long they are supposed to last but this one didn’t, which really should have been a bit of a giveaway! I applied it at about 8pm before going out, but after a few pre drinks of wine, had to apply before leaving the house to go out and had to reapply at least 4 times before coming home.

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All in all, it was a decent lip colour. It was easy to get off, didn’t leave my lips dry, applied nicely, but for the money I would definitely expect it to last a bit longer than it did and wish the shade had been a touch brighter.

Would I buy it again? Probably not to be honest but it was definitely worth a try. Do you guys have any matte lip shade recommendations?

My April Empties

Hey everyone,

So I am back to being completely unreliable at writing again, but I promise I have a good reason… I got offered a new job!

I haven’t started it yet, but prepping for the interview, prepping for my start date and of course celebrating have been taking up all of my (already not very) free time 🙂

I thought I would do a different post today (and continue to try to do this one regularly – I’m getting a diary any day now to be better organised!) which is all about the products I have used up in April, what I thought of them and whether I would be restocking them.

So lets jump right in…

Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray

This is a product I first bought several months ago and have used a lot! I love the staying power it adds to my makeup without being heavy and I also love the way this dries. Other fixing sprays I have tried you can see on top of fixing powder as silver smudges however this dries completely invisible and will keep my makeup in place all day (although I can look a bit shiny by the end of the day) As soon as I was almost out of this product I decided it needed to be restocked, so I now have a full bottle ready to be used and will definitely be using this as one of my daily staples. I’m also thinking about purchasing the Makeup Revolution Spray Primer which comes in the black bottle to see how these two products work together. Have any of you already tried it? I’d love to know what you think in the comments below!

Simple Kind to Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On

This has been a twice daily staple in my skincare routine for almost a year so I was devastated when this ran out. I don’t tend to suffer from dark circles under my eyes, however I do get puffy undereyes especially when I am tired to using this eye roll on helped reduce the puffiness and also keep it at bay. I’ve been trying to repurchase this since it ran out a few weeks ago, but I cannot find a replacement for it in store so I’m probably going to have to order it online 😦 Either that, or I’ll look to branch out to another brand for something similar as I loved this one so much it really isn’t an option not to replace it, so let me know if you have any suggestions of other really effective brands or puffy eye bag treatments you use!

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner

So my hair has been pretty dry recently, so when I went to Bulgaria where I knew the snow and sun would be taking it’s toll, I bought a bottle of this conditioner to deep nourish my hair (plus it’s the perfect size to travel with). I had never used it before but had heard good things so figured it was worth a try and I have to say I was beyond impressed. Not only did my hair feel amazing despite the conditions in Bulgaria, when I got back home, my long hair which desperately needed cutting felt shiny and smooth and people even commented on how healthy it was looking. But then it ran out 😦

I want to replace it so bad, but for it’s small size and it’s price per 100ml I just cannot justify this as being the conditioner I use all the time when I can get Tresemme conditioner for about half the price per 100ml. Maybe I am just being a cheapskate, but I think I’d rather wait until it was on offer to make it more cost effective. (So let me know if you do see it anywhere on offer as I will be straight there to stock up)

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Of the three empties I seem to have accumulated this month, one of them I immediately repurchased, one of them I cannot justify the cost and the other I cannot find, however I would definitely suggest giving them all a go as I cannot really fault them for how effective they are.

Hope you found this post interesting and useful! Make sure to let me know what some of your favourite products are or what your recent empties have included.

Don’t forget to like, share and comment on this post and also to follow me on Instagram for more regular updates 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation Review

Hey everyone,

It feels like it has been a while since I wrote a review so today I thought I would share with you my thoughts on the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation with comfort serum.

I picked this up after video hopping on Youtube and noticed a few people (including Zoella) talking about how this was one of their favourite daily wear foundations so I figured it was worth a try.

Now all you regular readers will know that I have become a bit of a Nars Foundation convert (read my review here), so I was extremely sceptical about trying a new foundation but I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised and this has definitely become my everyday foundation due to its exceptional coverage and its exceptional price!

As I have mentioned before, I have really fair skin so finding a foundation with the right base colours to match my pale skin and not make me look too orange is really hard (especially in the middle of winter when I am in my new born fish phase of colour!) I ventured away from my usual shop and actually ended up getting this from Superdrug instead of Boots as there was an offer on for Rimmel products there but unfortunately they didn’t have their lightest colour (Ivory) so I settled with the next shade along which is called True Ivory (I have a feeling that in a hurry these names being so similar really could get a bit confusing) I was worried that it could potentially be too dark, but actually it matched really well and I am now wondering if I had picked up the Ivory colour that I would have just ended up looking like an extra from Twilight.

Again when I tried this foundation my skin was terrible thanks to a change in skin care products, however I found that this both covered my blemishes and allowed my skin to breath helping clear up my problems in double time! I was worried that this product being a silk finish may reduce the coverage but I was wrong… actually this looks fab with or without setting powder for a more natural finish without compromising on coverage like I have found in the past.

Even better is the fact that not only does this foundation come with a pump unlike the Nars Sheer Glow, but it also retails at £7.99 full price and is usually on offer and with a wide range of colours too, at that price you’d be silly not to give it a go if you are in the market for a new foundation.

Obviously I don’t know if this lasts 25 hours as I have never worn it for that long, however I did accidentally fall asleep with this on and woke up with it looking the same as it did when I went to sleep so I would say 25 hour lasting is probably pretty accurate 🙂

Some of the looks I have created using this foundation ^

So let’s do a little run down of the pros and cons in case you have forgotten…

Pros:

  • Applies so easily with a brush and blends for a flawless finish
  • Smells clean and fresh
  • Gives great coverage although requires some building
  • Easy to build for a fuller coverage look
  • Breathable and lightweight to wear
  • Doesn’t transfer!!!
  • Doesn’t get oily throughout the day
  • Great range of colours to choose from
  • Super affordable

Cons:

  • Does need building for a fuller look
  • Names of colours ae very similar which could get confusing if purchasing in a hurry

I have to admit that I hadn’t really used too many Rimmel products before this often sticking with other brands (both high street and slightly more high end) but this foundation has definitely opened my eyes to the quality of Rimmel London products and I already have my eyes on some other pieces I want to get my hands on! This has absolutely renewed my love of the high street products and for that I am giving this a Lifestyle for Less rating of 4 out of 5! I will absolutely be purchasing this and other Rimmel products in the future and am recommending this to everyone that has been asking too 🙂

I hope this review was helpful but don’t forget to let me know what your fave foundation is in the comments! Make sure to check out my Instagram and Twitter for more from me daily and to like, comment, share and subscribe if you enjoyed this post and you can also find me on snapchat @leannemerrill and @lifestyle4less 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

London Fashion Week Gifting Lounge Round Up

Hey everyone,

Wow, it’s been such a busy few weeks! With work, gymnastics and general socialising, finding time even to sleep has been tricky but of course I am still trying to find the time to post!

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bloggers Hub Gossip Girl themes gifting lounge at London Fashion Week. It was my very first time at an event like this and I was both very excited and super nervous!

Luckily my good friend Katie agreed to come with me which made the whole thing even more fun! We spent all afternoon getting ready and enjoying ourselves before jumping on the train to London and hoping we could successfully negotiate ourselves around the seemingly endless maze of the London train lines.

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Somehow we managed to get there safe and were even early enough for an impromptu photo shoot on the streets of Hoxton, before entering the very trendy art gallery which was housing the event. The gifting lounge itself was Gossip Girl themed so I took my outift inspiration from Jenny Humphrey and Katie took inspiration from both Blair and Selena, but both still put our individual flairs on our looks. My outift consisted of a t-shirt dress from Primark, a check shirt from H&M and boots from eBay whilst Katie’s look featured a skater skirt from H&M and boots from Primark, so all very budget friendly!

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On Twitter following this event loads of people were slating it which I feel is a bit unfair as all in all it was a good night! Getting there early meant I had loads of time to speak to all the brands before it was too busy and even had the chance to get a mani from CitySwish (which was lush) as well as meeting loads of interesting new bloggers. Some of my favourite brands that I met were SniffyWiffy, IKRUSH and Madame La La which I’ll be doing individual posts on soon, but there were loads of brands there including AKA, Collagen Gold, Luxsit, Louise Mcleod, Souksy, Ruver and more!

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I was really worried I would feel like a bit of a fraud seen as I’ve only been blogging for a few months and still forget people actually read what I write, but actually my role at work really gave me an edge as it taught me to get the most out of networking opportunities like this whilst still having a really good time so it certainly gave me a new found confidence in my abilities. A massive thanks to everyone who I spoke to at the event as well who complimented Katie and I on our outfits and make up as we were really flattered 🙂

I can understand why some people were unhappy, it sounded like Bloggers Hub had some problems with their caterers which couldn’t be avoided and it turned out the venue was quite small for all the bloggers in attendance, but all things considered I had a great time (which you’ll probably be able to see more when I upload my vlog from the day) and I can’t wait for the next event I get to be a part of 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post and are able to see how excited I am to get to share my experiences with you all!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Just checking in!

Hey everyone, hope you have all had a lovely weekend, whether it’s been spent with the one you love or just doing something you love 🙂

I’ve been lucky enough to spend my weekend with my lovely boyfriend and his family up in Lincoln to celebrate a birthday and valentines day! It’s been hectic but totally worth it, however I’m really sick now and have spent all day in bed recovering, hence the lack of a good post today 😦

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Anyway, I have so much great content planned for you guys over the next few weeks and months so stick with me and I promise I’ll try harder to give you all something more exciting to read!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Post Christmas Clear Out

Hey everyone, Merry Christmas!!

Hope you all had an amazing time with your friends and family and enjoyed every second as much as I did 🙂

There are so many plans I have for my blog over the next 12 months but for now I’m going with a simple post – all about getting organised after Christmas (mostly because I am in a bit of a food coma so can’t think too much right now!)

If you are anything like me then the aftermath of the festive season will leave you feeling all a bit stressed and anxious as your house becomes inundated with pressies and people galore, and trying to find room for it all (especially in a little house like mine) can be a tall order!

Today I have spent my time cleaning and organising (as well as stuffing my face with loads of leftovers) to try and get back to some normality which has involved clearing out loads of old stuff, finding homes for lots of new stuff and just generally tidying up a bit 🙂

Honestly, getting your house in order (literally in this case) has left my mind feeling much clearer than it was before and actually it was really simple!

My house before I got organised!

My house before I got organised!

I mean, despite opting in for e-billing for pretty much everything I still get loads of post, and so buying a shredder and getting rid of all the old paperwork was such a quick win. Immediately we had loads less clutter and more room for stuff we actually want! And if you’re reading this I assume you probably got loads of clothes and make up just like I did, so just taking the time to organise it all into however you store your products (I’ll be posting about how I store my huge haul of make up and beauty products soon!) makes such a big difference 🙂 Hanging away all my clothes also really helped especially with my wardrobe organising plan which I posted about a while ago and which is definitely one of the best organising tips I’ve implemented. Plus by organising it all away you actually remember every item which you got!

Anyway, this is probably a really boring post, but basically I just wanted to tell you all that if you are feeling stressed and anxious about finding the time to sort everything and to get back to some normality, take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture! You’re not the only one who is feeling that way and to be totally honest, pretty much everyone is in the same boat at the moment! Break it all down into chunks and do one bit a time, it makes it much more manageable and don’t forget to play some of your favourite tunes as you work to make everything more fun (as organising and cleaning can be totally boring!)

Failing all the above, do some exercise! I enjoy going for a walk in the fresh winter air and clearing my head a bit as it makes everything that you worry about seem completely irrelevant and not only that a good double benefit of the walk is that it’ll help burn off those Christmas calories!!

I hope you enjoyed this post or that you at least found it a little bit helpful to reassure you that you’re not alone if you are feeling a bit frazzled. Do any of you have any top tips for overcoming stress or anxiety? If you do I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

Also while you are here look out for the launch of my Youtube channel coming soon as well as my fitness and health series that I’ll be doing to help you beat the bulge (which I definitely need to do after massively overindulging) which will be coming in the next few weeks a long with a couple of surprises I have coming up for you all over the next few months 🙂 As always if you enjoyed this I would really appreciate if you could like, share, comment and follow my blog and for more on me don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @lifestyleforless and Twitter @lifestyle4less!

Lots of love, Leanne xx