Too soon to pick up a few pre-autumn pieces? I obviously don't think so.

I headed out to TK Maxx this week to go and search for what I had been told, were new autumn pieces. I was slightly let down with how much I found but then again, it has just only turned August so I can get over it. 
I needed some new homeware bits and I always find TK Maxx is a great place to pick up random bits and bobs. Firstly, I found this adorable mug and white pot. I haven't invested in a cute mug before and this one I actually would consider featuring in pictures. My idea for the white pot was that I needed a sugar pot. I don't drink much tea or coffee myself but I really needed one for when guests are round; I mean it's not the most appealing thing getting the sugar out and it's just sat in it's original bag, is it? To go along with this pot, I picked up this pink jar that I thought would work perfectly for teabags. By storing 'guest' essentials in cute jars like this, I feel like it will give a more homely feel (my mum would be so proud). 
Blue Speckled Mug from TK Maxx
Pink and white mug from TK Maxx
I mean obviously if you're buying a mug, you've got to buy coffee too, right?! Like I said, I don't drink much coffee myself but if there is a type to get me in the mood for it, it would be these warm, autumnal vibe flavours. I've always loved the Cinnamon Roll by Dunkin Donuts so thought this time I would try out 'French Caramel' to see how it compares. My ideal situation would be in future to gather assorted flavours of coffee for guests and display them in some sort of cute basket, so by that, I mean coming soon...
Jason Scott French Caramel Coffee
If you stop by TK Maxx and don't buy a candle, how? When I heard they released some autumn bits, I instantly assumed that meant autumnal candles. I spotted this Apple and Pumpkin Spice scented candle and let me tell you now, it smells incredible. I'm burning it whilst writing this, pretending it's September instead of August. Along with my new candle, I also purchased a DKNY white blanket. I was really shocked how cheap this was considering the size. It's a full sized queen blanket that has covered my entire super king bed so if you do have a queen it would hang over the sides. I love it so much and think it works really well with my bedding because I like to stick to white bedding in summer but then by it being fluffy and comforting, it works into my vibe of being excited for autumn soon. It was only £19.99 which I think is so good, do you agree?

That concludes my TK Maxx haul. I hope you guys enjoyed and you will be seeing a lot more content on my blog as we head into my favourite time of the year. If you aren't following my instagram yet go and follow to see more of my hauls over there - @laurajanestanley
Apple and Pumpkin Spice M of W.G candleTK Maxx White DKNY Blanket

So, I have splurged out and had microblading done. Super exciting. It was quite a spontaneous decision brought on by me booking a last minute holiday and not wanting to have to worry about makeup. Personally, I always need brows and lashes done to leave the house, I don't care about foundation or bronzer but if I don't have brows and lashes on, I feel a bit naked. I always notice my brows in pictures and if you read my "brow transformation", you will know I have become way more confident with my brows since knowing what shape suits me to fill in, but the problem with going abroad where it's high humidity, means that I won't want to wear makeup really. I started looking into how much it would cost and tried to find someone who could do them quite naturally.

I found a technician in East Sheen, Richmond, who is an expert at microblading. Here's my tips if you're thinking of getting it done:
  1. Find a technician that has created similar brow shapes to what you want
  2. Save images of the brow shape you want and bonus if you followed number 1, bring/save images of their work that you like
  3. Spend time making sure the drawing is just how you want it, don't feel awkward to adjust it slightly. I asked my technician to square my shape more and not have a very prominent arch because that's just my preference. 
  4. Wear comfy clothes if you can, I was sat getting mine done for 3 hours.
It's not that painful, it just feels like small scratches when they're doing the microblading but they use numbing cream so you won't feel much. I would say on a score of 10 being painful, it was about a 2/10. Really not bad and top ups aren't done often so if you can bare being a bit uncomfortable during it, it's worth it to not having to worry about makeup or creating a better brow shape to make you feel more confident with.

I'm now a week on from having them done. I absolutely love the outcome of my brows. I feel like I have makeup on ready to leave the house from the moment I wake up. I personally don't think the price of them is bad considering if you fill your brows in like me everyday, it takes so much time off your morning routine and it can really help you to feel confident with your brows. I have my follow up appointment in about 6 weeks time to retouch any faded areas. You should only need this touch up and then they last at least a year.

I really recommend getting them done if you're considering it! If I had the money to get it done before now, I wish I would have, but at the same time, it almost came at the perfect time where I had figured what brow shape I like/suit so knew exactly how I want them adjusted using microblading.

Let me know if any of you are considering having it done or have! I love looking at transformations. If you want to see my experience, I also videoed it for my Youtube channel - so go and check that out as well.
Most of us have seen The Devil Wears Prada or The Hills, and wondered if there might be any similarities interning at a fashion company - well there is. Throughout my art foundation year and university, I've interned for six different fashion companies.

What it's really like interning for a fashion company.

Do you really need a makeover to fit in?
Just like Andy (The Devil Wears Prada), I started my first internship wearing a standard 'workwear' outfit. I threw on my most professional looking pencil skirt and paired it with a motif jumper. I walked into the office and instantly regretted my choice. Everyone dressed to match the current trends - their version of workwear attire. Stilettos and designer bags are normal at a fashion company. Everyone always looked very glam at the companies. Meetings are happening throughout the day which means you are constantly networking. I quickly adjusted and found my work style to fit in. It's fine if you're not comfortable wearing heels, you can style up some trendy trainers or flat shoes into your outfit as well. All of my internships have involved running around doing all the tasks that the employees don't have time to do, so if you're wearing heels, make sure they're comfy for a lot of walking about and always keep a blister plaster on you. Your outfit needs to look sophisticated but trendy at the same time. On your first day or interview, definitely dress smarter than you think you need and whilst you're there look at what everyone is wearing so you have an idea of how to dress. I find the classic is some smart jeans and a loose stylish shirt.

Do you get paid?
I haven't found many companies that offer pay with fashion internships, however the majority of them do offer travel expenses and some cover a bit extra for lunch etc. There definitely are internships that pay but be warned they are very competitive and rare. Keep checking websites like for new opportunities. After most of my internships have ended, I have been offered to stay on or been told to reach out when I finish studying. If you can't afford to have a free internship, which is completely understandable, there are some that offer part time internships or if you reach out through email, you might be able to arrange that.

Are carbs a thing?
On my first day at an internship I actually witnessed someone eat a whole packet of chicken satay because it was low calorie and didn't involve carbs. I was sat there with my Pret chicken hot wrap. Working at a fashion company means that the employees tend to want to stay similar to the sample size to be able to fit into them when they're sold off cheap at a sample sales. I got to experience a work sample sale and let me tell you, it was chaotic. Discounts as high as 70% off means that it gets brutal - survival of the fittest.

Do you ever leave the office?
Yes. During fashion week? No.
I know interns that haven't slept during fashion week. You are expected to work just as hard as the actual employees. Even though this will seem hectic for unpaid work, it means you get to experience what it will be like when/if you actually end up working there. One thing to note is that if you're an intern and you want a future job at the company, you need to go out of your way with no pay and show your commitment. You want to be one of the last people in the office and make sure you don't leave until you've checked there is nothing else left to do. I've seen interns leave the day early when they have plans or don't think there is any work left and the employees have noted that down. This makes it really tough to stay motivated when you feel like the hardest worker. If you're looking for a great reference or a job at that company, impressions count so work hard. (And learn how to make a good cup of tea.)
I want to share with you guys a few products I’ve been trying out over the past month.

For ages I have put off filling in my eyebrows. Before exploring the art of brows, I had none - they barely had any shape or definition. Although you don’t have to go full on thick brow style, it could be a great thing for you to experiment with a subtle brow pen. Maybe even start with a tinted brow brush or gel?

After testing out a few products I feel more confident in pictures because before I always felt that when I had makeup on other than my brows, they looked odd or incomplete. I have started wearing eyelashes more often now over extensions. I don’t wear makeup often so when I do I like to spend a bit of time to make it look nice. The downside to wearing lashes is that my brows suddenly looked even more undefined. I purchased a brow felt tip for the first time maybe 6 months ago and I’ve been gradually becoming more confident with it. I recommend this MAC shape + shade pen. It lets you fill in your natural shape and once you’re more confident like I am now, you can start to sculpt your brow shape.

Eyebrows before and after the MAC Shape + Shade Brow felt pen.

What brow products did you guys first use? Do you also look back and cringe at bad brow days?

I would take thick, undefined brows any day over the 2009 thin brow days.

I have sworn by this moisturiser for about two years. I’m someone that sticks to a pretty regular skincare routine. I try to moisturise my whole body once a week. I moisturise my face twice a day with this stuff too. I alternate between this and the Garnier tinted moisturiser, because if you’re like me and suddenly feel like you go from a 6 to a solid 8 with a tan, this stuff is a necessity. This Nivea one is definitely on the thicker side but it’s really moisturising without being greasy. It works great on your face before applying makeup as well.

I’ve found out recently how bad regular sunscreens are for the environment. All of the big names have harmful chemicals that effect coral and sea life. I’ve never even thought about it but that layer of oil you see after coming out the water has to go somewhere doesn’t it and now I know where. I found loads of brands on amazon that are ‘reef safe’ that I’ve just bought two bottles of for my upcoming volunteer trip. I’m working with sealife and snorkelling so the team there warned me to look into reef safe sunscreen and I’m so glad they did.

This is a fairly pricey but great product. They have a selection of coloured glittered eyeliners that are priced at £17 a tube. Obviously eyeliner does go quite a long way so it’s not an awful price range. The product itself it great and the brush works quite well for getting a good winged eyeliner. This eyeliner makes a great subtle but glam look.

Here is a real life Regina George moment to be had. Lush has a peppermint foot cream that I use quite often. It smells great and just by using a specific foot lotion, I feel like I have my life together. It’s a pretty large tub and it has lasted me ages. If you want to feel a bit extra, definitely buy this.

I hope you guys enjoyed this month’s favourites, the beauty edition. I’m trying to work on extending my posts with writing and becoming more regular with more detailed content. I also just started a YouTube channel. Click on that link and go check out my first video. It’s my everyday glam makeup look.
Mother's Day Gift Guide containing beauty products in various price ranges.

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Here are my top picks of Mother's Day gifts.

1. Keegan Drop Earrings | Anthropologie | £38

These are the perfect, mid-priced accessory options for any mum. They are sophisticated and stylish with a touch of elegance. The colour options in this are subtle to work with any makeup look from subtle chic to a stand out date night look.

2. Spring Botanic Collection in a Portmeirion Jug | Bloom | £79

Fake flowers have become really high quality so a lot of people are favouring buying them now. Obviously the real looking ones do come with a price, but if you can fork out over £50 you should be able to buy a nice bunch. These ones I found from Bloom make a perfect gift that won't age and can last forever.

3. Wine Pine Bath Rack | Dunelm | £10

For a low budget option this gift idea is perfect. Bath racks have become a popular decoration piece to leave out with a candle sat in, ready for a night of relaxation.

4. [AD] Wet & Dry Epilator For The Whole Body | Panasonic | £69

Over to my new find, a total must have. Panasonic recently reached out to me to let you guys know about their new Wet & Dry Epilator that has 48 tweezers! Personally, I have used the brand for years and was thrilled to have the chance to let you guys know about their new release. I often use an epilator and cannot think of a more efficient, cost effective way to remove hair. The great part about epilators is that you can do it from the comfort of your home. Even though some of you may consider this price fairly high, realistically this will save you in the long run - no more wax appointments at your local beauty salons.

The epilator has a rotating head and it makes sure that the tweezers don't come into contact with your skin. This is perfect if you have sensitive skin or find you tend to have irritation after hair removal. The idea of the rotating head means that you can glide over any areas and complete with a smooth finish. The skin guard makes sure that only hair is pulled out and that it doesn't tug on the skin.

One of the best features of this product in my opinion is that it has a built in LED light. This makes the hair removal efficient and precise. It's ideal for last minute plans with the summer months vastly approaching. No matter what natural light you have access to, this LED feature means you won't go out looking patchy.

My mum has been using epilators for years. She swears it's the best way to remove hair. I added this into my Mother's Day Gift Guide because it's a great beauty product and the perfect time to start using one.

Have any of you guys tried it yet?

5. Irresistible Almond Collection | L'Occitane | £49

Following on our beauty topic. L'Occitane always brings out the most amazing products. This set has the ideal gifts ranging from a shower oil to a body balm in their signature, beautiful packaging perfect for a pampering night.

6. UGG Scuffette | John Lewis | £80

I think most people have at least one member of their family that owns a pair of UGG slippers? For me, it's my grandma. She splurged once and ever since my Mum has wanted a pair too. This pair comes in many colour options and lasts a long time because it's so well made. Personally, I love the pink pair. What is your favourite colour?

I hope you guys enjoyed my Mother's Day Gift Guide! Let me know what you're thinking of getting.

Laura x

Hey guys,

So December may have led me to a few splurges. I thought I would share with you guys my favourites that I've continued onto this month.

Firstly, the most popular purchase. Dolly Alderton's "Everything I Know About Love". It seems like everyone has this book on instagram. I'm half way through this at the moment and loving it. Her writing style is so relatable and comical. It seriously is a pick up to cheer you up kind of book. I really recommend it if you want some light hearted reading.

2. Primark | Lip Liner and Crayon Duo 
Notice how many of these I already own. It should be quite clear that I love these. They are priced at only £2.50 for a lip crayon AND a matching lip liner! Bargain. These are honestly amazing. They remind me of the MAC matte colours but obviously are so much cheaper. I got these in Red, Nude, Cherry and Light Brown meaning the essentials.
3. The Body Shop's Mediterranean | Almond Milk with Oats Instant Soothing Mask 
This mask is really moisturising and cooling. I find these pots quite generous, I normally get at least 6 uses out of them.

4. MAC | Shape + Shade Brow Tint
I love this product, I honestly can't find another one that works as well for me. I naturally have quite thick brows so a product like this where it's not too heavy but instead just sculpts the brows, works perfectly.

5. Urban Decay | Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner
I love the colour of this product. It does price at £18 from memory, which is quite expensive but because it's an eyeliner, there is meant to be a lot of use out of it. I however, use it on top of a eyeshadow base to make a glitter on top. I have also used it as an eyeliner which works really well too. The shape of the brush also makes it a lot easier than normal to flick it.

6, Lush | Ro's Argan
This body conditioner is amazing. It's very moisturising but also very thick so it might not work for everyone. I use it as a night cream because I think the thickness would be a bit heavy for a morning look.

7. Soap & Glory | Clean On Me
The Clean On Me shower gel has always been a favourite of mine. I've recently started loving it again because of the Christmas deals from Soap & Glory. I find their tubs of body butter and shower gel the most generous for price. They last ages and smell really good.

8. T-Zone | Black Peel Off Mask
When I say this is a face mask that actually does the job, I mean it HURTS. If you can take a bit of pain just to unclog every pore on your face, I recommend this one. It's the best pore mask I have ever used. You know when black peel off masks were popular and you'd go out and buy one but they never actual did much? This one does, I promise!

Hope you've enjoyed my January favourites! Have any of you tried out any of these things?

Cult Beauty Haul

My Cult Beauty order arrived, exciting. I wanted to get some glittery eyeshadows for nights out and even though I love my Urban Decay glitter eyeliner, I wanted a pigmented eyeshadow to stay on during the night without constant top ups. Cult Beauty had a deal running in December where if you spent £50, you got this FREE starter kit, which I spotted as a pretty good deal. I figured, because I already needed some new eyeshadows, I may as well spend the money with Cult Beauty and get these freebies to try out. I’m gradually becoming in love with makeup more and more so I’m constantly looking for samples to figure out what I want to actually purchase.

I purchased these two Huda Beauty palettes because A, they were on sale, and B, I was obsessed with the colours. I swatched them and loved the pigment in the majority of the colours. I’m excited to try them out for a full on glam look. The main thing I love about both of these palettes is the colour options! They are great mini palettes to take in a bag, rather than the usual ones that you can't slot into a clutch.

I also purchased the Laura Mercier eyelash curler. It’s an odd design, but actually so handy because it’s tiny, so perfect for makeup bags and it’s not fiddly so it shouldn’t break. I sometimes find the scissor like curlers are so delicate, they don’t work well being thrown into a makeup bag. Even though it looks a bit daunting to use on your eye, I have tried it, and it worked perfectly.

The Cult Beauty Starter Kit

Moving onto the Cult Beauty Starter was AMAZING. I have tried out pretty much every product now to tell you my thoughts. Here is a list of the products in this fab freebie:

1. Sol de Janeiro | Brazillian Bum Bum Cream £18
Guys, when I say this is one of the most amazing scented creams I have ever smelt, I am not lying. Its's meant to smooth out the texture of your skin and I mean for summer where you're walking round in a skimpy swimsuit, why not look after your cheeks! I most definitely will purchase this again when my freebie runs out. You can use it all over your body, and I most likely will just to smell this good everywhere.

2. Huda Beauty | Lip Strobe £17
This tied in well with my haul, considering I had just bought two Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes. This lip strobe is definitely on the glossy side, but used over a lipstick, it gives a great shine. It's quite subtle but I think that works great if you decide to have a stronger eye look and want a less obvious lip choice.

3. Emma Hardie Skincare | Moringa Cleansing Balm £47
This product shocked me. It was great! Super moisturising, but I mean for that price, that is what you'd expect. It definitely is a high quality product. I'm not sure I'd spend that much personally for a balm. If I had extra money, I would splurge on this, because it would be a great night cream if you had really dry skin. For now, my cheap self will enjoy this product way out of my budget.

4. Cover FX | Custom Enhancer Drops £34
"Gleaming like molten metal" is the perfect way for Cult Beauty to describe this product. It really is a great illuminating bronzer to use. This works especially great if you head for warmer tones because they have a great range for that. This definitely gets a thumbs up from me.

5. Pixi | Rose Tonic £10
Not going to lie guys, I did not need this product. My mum however, has rosacea, so I handed this straight to her. She is always looking for products to minimise red tones on her cheeks.

6. Benefit | The POREfessional: Pearl Primer £11
I really liked this product, but then again I don't have a big problem with pores once I have a base on. It has good reviews and I definitely will use it on special glam nights to try it out more. In my opinion it felt slightly heavy so I wouldn't use it for everyday use.

7. Anastasia Beverly Hills | Clear Brow Gel £23
I mean you can't go wrong with this can you? It worked great. I love brow gels to set my brows in place, it works well if you have naturally thick eyebrows like me that need holding in place. My brows stayed in shape all night using this product. Love it.

8. Caudalie | Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting £46
This product is great for people who have uneven tones or dark circles under their eyes. I know loads of people rave about this product, but for me, I don't have that problem so I can't really give it a fair review.

9. NYX Professional Makeup | Matte Lipstick £7
Guys, I can't express how much I love this lipstick. It's the most moisturising matte lipstick I have tried in a while. I'm currently sat with no makeup, minus this lip and I'm not even fussed with taking it off after I write this because it feels so nice. You know it's good at moisturising when you've got a cold, chapped lips and your lips feel smooth. Definitely recommend and I think the price is really fair too.

10. invisibobble | Orginal £4.99
I am a great tester for hair in one sense because I have very thick, long hair, so if I find a hair tie that can hold a ponytail in place, you have passed a test from me. I've just tested this out for you lot and it actually is gripping really well. It says it avoids headaches, interesting. I will continue using this product, the freebie gave me three nude hair bobbles, which I think is really good.

11. Sarah Chapman | 3D Moisture Infusion Mask £43
This product might be my favourite out of the bunch. This face mask was like putting a cooling jelly on my face. It was so hydrating and held so much moisture in the packet. It was by far my favourite sheet mask I have EVER done. I mean, the price is a little high in my budget, but like I've said for balm, if I have extra cash, I would splurge on things like this. I hope to be reunited with another Sarah Chapman face mask in future, my skin needs it.

So guys, can we just appreciate how amazing that freebie was?!
I feel like I have cheated the system for getting such great products all for spending £50. I mean they definitely did well getting me to buy one because I'm now admiring how much I love these products. Instead of other typical freebies where you're sent cheap-ish products that sometimes aren't that great, this freebie actually sent such good quality, high-end products that I now want more of. It's great for someone in my age range (22) or above who now might be earning and wanting to spend more on good quality stuff.