Friday, 24 October 2014

Out With The Old, In With The New



Today marks a big day for my little place on the internet. Studs and Dreams, the blog I've been working on for the past two years has had a long awaited makeover and honestly I couldn't be happier, which is just why I felt that writing this post was extremely necessary. 

It feels like I've been running Studs and Dreams for a long time but at the same time, I can remember the day I didn't. So much has changed. I feel like there's so many things I could say in this post, so many things I want to say, but I'm finding it really hard to put into words and for me, a blogger, that's a very strange ol' concept. 

I'm so thankful for all the bloggers before me, for inspiring me to do this. If there weren't any Zoella's, Essie Button's or Gh0stparties of the world then this blog probably wouldn't be a thing. I wouldn't be here today writing this blog post, looking back and looking forward at whats to come. I wouldn't be this excited about my new design. I definitely wouldn't have done a little squeal when it finally went live and finally I wouldn't be excited about all of the new content I'm going to be creating. I feel so inspired. 

Things have changed and I'm probably totally different to how I used to be, but having this site as a hobby, and something I love doing, and something I feel so passionate about is amazing and I honestly cant imagine not having it there. 

I spend so much time blogging and making videos (this is actually something I never thought I'd get the hang of, but I am so excited about this new outlet to show content in a more visually exciting way... and of course, I bloody love doing it!) I don't think that time is a factor a lot of people realise that blogging and YouTubing can take but we're all that passionate about it that that time for us, is spent wisely and honestly, I'm speaking for all bloggers here, we wouldn't want to spend it any other way. 

I'm not saying I've always been amazing at posting. I've only just got the hang of a 'routine', which by the way, you can expect a new post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a new video every Sunday. Exciting!

I've had so many amazing opportunities out of doing this, and I take that as a little pat on the back for working so hard. I've made amazing friends, great contacts, found new passions, new favourite products and I got a job! I am so thankful for all of these things and I honestly cannot wait to carry on my little internet journey. 

Last up, I'm going to give a little mention to why I'm actually writing this post. I didn't just feel like being uber soppy for no reason. My new design. As you can see from the images at the top of the post, it's quite a change and I'm really excited for that. I've had my original design, albeit with a few changes here and there, from the beginning. This design has been a long time coming and I finally got here with a little help from the amazing blog designer pipdig

I designed the header myself but the rest I'll put down to them. If you ever need a site design, then I honestly wouldn't recommend anyone else. I've been burned in the past on the blog design front so I know what it feels like to be disappointed, but this was anything but.... I mean, it must be alright if I'm showing you this post from my brand spanking new design today right?!

Okay, I'll stop now... I feel like I could write for ages. A massive pool of blabber, and not really know what I'm saying. A little of nothing, a little of everything... I don't know. 

I'm going to stop being soppy... and just say a little thank you for stopping by. If you've gotten this far, and are reading this post then it really means a lot, so thank you. Really thank you. 

Please let me know your thoughts on my new design, I'd love to know what you think!

Lorna x

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A Quick Flick: The Bourjois Mega Eyeliner Pen


I am not a pro at all when it comes to putting my makeup on. I'm not a Makeup Artist, in fact I couldn't be further from one. I just have a MASSIVE love and addiction for makeup. I mean, what's not to love about it, it's all so pretty! But when it comes to applying makeup, I'm really not one for knowing what I should be doing and how. Everything I manage to do has come from reading tonnes of blogs, watching YouTube videos, and a whole lotta practice. 

The dreaded liner flick. I could never do it. Liquid Eyeliner? No way, I mean I could tell you about an awful experience I had trying to apply it to someone else (first time for everything, right?) but I'll save that one for another day... Trust me, it's tragic and you just wouldn't want to see the outcome... So I always thought I'd never be able to achieve that gorgeous slick flick... until this baby came into my life. 

The Bourjois Mega Eyeliner Pen* is life changing. I'm not just saying that, but I've never found anything that can actually help me get a little bit of that cat eye liner flick. I mean it's not super easy, easier is probably a better word, and with a little practice, it probably does become easy. I'm not saying I get it right every time, I'm not that much of a genius, yet, but maybe one day with a little help from this eyeliner I'll be a pro.  

It has a thicker nib than other liner pens I've tried and I really didn't expect that that'd help but it really does. The liner is super black, as black as I'd ever want and it lasts so bloody long. 

If you haven't tried this liner, I really couldn't recommend it anymore. I rarely post about singular products anymore, but this one just needed a massive mention as I needed to just sing it's praises, and as you can can probably tell I LOVE it. Obsessed may be a better word? 

What are your life changing products? 

Lorna x

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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Battle of the Hair Straighteners: GHD v Vidal Sassoon


See those battered up GHD's? These are the only straighteners I've ever owned. Yep, that's right, EVER. I bought these back when I was in around Year 8? Maybe the year before, or the year after. But I was around 12, and I'm 21 now. How have they lasted me this long? It's a miracle. It'll be a sad, sad day when these do finally go kaput. I honestly don't know what I'll do... Buy another pair obviously. But I just don't know how I'll live. 

When Vidal Sassoon contacted me to review a pair of their hair tools, I was sceptical, but I thought it'd be a great opportunity to give another pair a go. You know, just so I can compare. Obviously I chose the straighteners, I can't use curling tongs, I forever burn myself and to me, a hair dryer is just a hair dryer. Maybe that's just me being sceptical, but it dries hair and I thought trying a new pair of straighteners could be mutually beneficial for us both. I love my GHD's, more than I love most things I own, so if these Vidal Sassoon ones can compare... Well they must be good. 

First things first, I'll say these Vidal Sassoon Straighteners* will have to be for straightening solely as they don't have the right curve to achieve the curl like you can with the GHD's, but that isn't an issue. It's just like as if I was to use a pair of curling tongs and a pair of straighteners, both have different end results and thats okay. The best bit about these straighteners? They're a bit better for your hair than others... They use Infra Radiance Technology to achieve kinder, faster and more radiant results, and the plates are specifically created to reduce frizz! They also have extra wide plates making the whole process that bit quicker. As if it couldn't get even better, you don't have to have that worry of wondering whether you switched them off or not, they have an auto switch off after 60 minutes, genius! I'm really impressed with these straighteners, and they're so much cheaper at the moment in comparison. 

They're really worth a go as they're a fraction of the price, and as Christmas is just around the corner, why not pick them up for someone for then...

If your after a more multi-task product, I would go for the GHD's, they're a little bit more luxe and are obviously GHD's so need I say more? 

Have you tried either? What are your favourite straighteners? 

Lorna x

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Video: A Few Of My Favourite Things Tag



I decided to film a tag video and ended up with the 'a few of my favourite things tag' started by the lovely Victoria from IN THE FROW. Go on, give it a go, I tag you too... 

Lorna x

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Take The Day Off: Removing Makeup


Taking your makeup off after a long day is such an important step and something not to be missed no matter how tired (or drunk) you may be. I'm quite good usually, and I'll put that down to the Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water (that i've actually talked about before here). A quick drip on a cotton pad and you're good to go... If it's here you stop, I mean it's better than nothing but a good ol' cleanse is something really we shouldn't miss. I'm bad, I miss this step every now and again and really, that's not okay, but I do find that my skin deals with it fine and for that I know I'm just lucky. 

For a good cleanse, I'd recommend the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish*, it's a really natural cleanser and works so well for anyone I know that's tried it. Using a muslin cloth with it allows you to give your skin a good scrub while making sure all of your makeup has come right off. I'd then recommend carrying on your skincare routine as normal with a toner and moisturiser. But I'm a Liz Earle lover and so my recommendations are a bit predictable... 

It doesn't take long, so go on, just take the day off...

What do you use to take your makeup off? 

Lorna x

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Long Lasting Lipsticks


I love wearing a statement lip, but it's a total nightmare when you have to keep reapplying to keep it in tip top condition, right? I've tried and tested the best and the worst lipsticks and this is my pick of the bunch, that'll make sure your lippy lasts a little longer next time... 

I'm going to start with the best of the best, the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 just can't be beaten. Why is it such a great formula, the most perfect red but it's so god damn difficult to get over here?! I mean you can order online from Sephora now, but the super high postage charges and minimum spend limits just put me off. Thankfully my friend Danielle was spending a bit of time in New York and of course I wasn't going to turn down a Sephora purchase, was I? The perfect red lip is here, look no further, and of course, it lasts bloody ages. 

Next up is Bourjois version of the Sephora Cream Lip Stain I guess... The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet does something a little similar, although the formula is definitely different. My pick of the range for this post is the lipstick that got me to wear a pink lip. Say what?! I know. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong* is of course something just a bit special. It's a gorgeous matte pink that applies in a cream formula much like the Sephora one. It has a matte finish and still lasts a long time. This is a definite choice for a night out! Bold pink all the way... 

Another edition from Bourjois is their Rouge Edition 12 Hours and I've gone for the shade Cherry My Cherie*, a beautiful deep red. A long lasting lipstick formula that's well worth a go. 

If you're feeling a bit more subdued then the E.L.F Matte Lip Colour in Coral and the Topshop Lipstick in Powder Room will be a bit more up your street. Both beautiful nudey coraly pinky shades and they're super matte so last a bit longer on the lips. 

Perhaps a lipstick isn't really your cup of tea. Why not try the Benefit Lip Tints? My personal favourite is the Cha Cha tint and the best bit? It's a multi-use product so works well on the cheeks too. It's a tint so super long lasting although on the lips it doesn't pack much of a punch. 

If these aren't really your thing, or maybe you've got a lippy you'd love to make last a little longer, then why not try giving Lipcote a go. A bit of a hit and miss product, sometimes I find it works really well, others not so much, but it's well worth the gamble as it's not bank breaking and it can work wonders. 

The Sephora Cream Lip Stain is by far the longest lasting lip colour I've ever tried, what's the best you've used? 

Lorna x

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Video: Quick & Easy Everyday Waves/Curls



It's that day of the week where I upload a video and this time I'm talking about how I get my everyday waves! I use my GHD hair straighteners to curl my hair, awkwardly, but you know, I get there in the end... 

Please let me know what other videos you'd like to see! Would love to know what your favourites are to watch!

Lorna x

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