Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Insta Style #1

Although my blog is mainly focused on beauty, I'm also obsessed with fashion, buying new clothes and putting outfits together. The reason I don't tend to do too many 'ootd' posts on my blog is because I rarely have the time to get outside and take professional photos. I also don't get on well with tripods which can make getting good shots pretty difficult. However, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I'm always posting my latest outfit as it doesn't require quite as much planning as a blog post does. With this being said, I thought I'd start sharing my Instagram outfits here on my blog too so I can include links to the things I've been wearing! I'll probably aim to do this every couple of weeks!

So, starting with the top left outfit - both the top and shorts are from In The Style. The shorts are part of Charlotte Crosby's range and come with a matching crop top (here and here) which I also love but I decided to pair it with a different top from In The Style in this photo as I love the combo of a plain top with printed bottoms. The top also has a lace up front so it's very on trend at the moment. You can get that here and for an extra 10% off anything from In The Style, just add 'KAYLEIGH10' at the checkout.

The top right outfit is this stunning floral playsuit from Ashanti Brazil which has fast become my favourite piece of clothing. I love the floral print and the fabric is a really lovely quality and so comfortable! I'm also a big fan of the plunging neckline and while it is a bit risque, it doesn't look too revealing because of the long sleeves. 

Moving on to the bottom left and my new favourite co-ord. This is from LVNDR which is one of my fave sites for affordable clothes. They've only just launched their clothing line recently so there isn't lots of options yet but the pieces they do have are Summer wardrobe staples. This striped co-ord is so perfect and I love how it can be worn day or night. If you didn't already know, LVNDR is owned by my good friend Em from Em Talks so make sure you check the site out!

Finally, the dress in the bottom right photo is available here from Lasula Boutique and it's the perfect little Summer dress. Again, it can be dressed up or down which I love. I'm a big fan of the off-the-shoulder trend that seems to be everywhere at the moment and this baby doll style is really flattering.

Which of these outfits is your fave? Did you enjoy this kind of post? Let me know if you want to see more.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Toni & Guy Summer Essentials + GIVEAWAY!

You may or may not know that I recently worked with Toni & Guy on their recent Hair Meets Wardrobe campaign where I spent the day shooting with them in London. I was pretty nervous to say the least as it was my first time doing anything like it but I had a lot of fun and it was so great to work with one of my favourite hair brands. Head over to their social media @hair_wardrobe if you want to see the final images - it includes me representing Manchester and covered in Manchester landmarks. Eeep! I've also been trying out lots of Toni & Guy products recently and they've kindly given me some for you guys to win too. So, if you want to win the products in the above image... keep reading! 

The three products up for grabs are all what Toni & Guy refer to as 'Summer essentials' and I'd have to agree as there three products will help you achieve any style this Summer. First up is the Sea Salt Spray which is one of my personal favourite hair products and one I've been using for years. I love applying this to damp hair, scrunching my hair up between my fingers and leaving it to dry naturally. It's the perfect product to take away on holiday when it's too hot to use heat on your hair and it creates the most amazing beachy waves. I love it!

Next up is the 3D Volumiser and this one is for you ladies (myself definitely included) who love big glamorous hair! This will help you achieve that gorgeous bouncy blow dried look with ease which is perfect for all those Summer parties. Simply spray it on from root to tip and blow dry your hair as normal.

Finally we have the 'Cool Defining Cream' which is a great product to use all year round but especially in Summer if you hair is feeling a little dry after exposure to the sun. This lightweight cream will soften and moisturise your hair to create a smooth and polished finish. Simply apply it to towel-dried hair and style as normal.

So if you like the sounds of these three products and want to win them for yourself, here's what you need to do...

- Be following me @k_leexjx on Twitter
- Follow @toniandguyUK & @hair_wardrobe
- Leave a comment below letting me know which of these products you'd most like to try.

For an extra entry, you can tweet 'I just entered @k_leexjx's giveaway with @hair_wardrobe to win 3 Summer @toniandguyUK products! Enter here: ( include link to this post)'

To help me pick a winner, please leave your entry below in this format:

Twitter username:
Product I'd most like to try:
Link to my tweet: (you can remove this if you chose not to tweet)


Monday, 20 July 2015

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks

The perfect red lipstick is a staple in any woman's makeup bag and with the help of Marc Jacob's Beauty and their range of incredible 'Le Marc Lip Creme's'*, you can find the perfect red for you! The collection contains 20 shades of red from bold and bright to deep and dark so there's a shade to suit all skin types, hair colours and most importantly - your personal preferences. 

The lipsticks are described as 'rich, velvety and ultra hydrating' whilst delivering a 'dramatic punch of vivd pigment and endless hours of luxurious wear'. With claims they last up to 10 hours on the lips, it's safe to say I was pretty excited to try them. Each lipstick has been named after iconic women who have inspired Marc throughout his lifetime too which I thought was a cute little touch.

My first impression on receiving seven lipsticks from the range was that the packaging is beautiful. The bullets are a sleek rectangular shape with the Marc Jacobs logo on the lid and a metallic clasp which is strangely satisfactory to open and close. Each lipstick also has the shade and name on the bottom so it's easy to differentiate between them when they're together.

The formula is lovely too - they're really creamy and the pigmentation is just out of this world. I mean all you need to do is take one look at the swatches in this post to see just how vivid the colours are. I wouldn't say they're incredibly moisurising like the description of them claims but they're certainly not drying either. I'd describe the finish as a 'velvet' or 'satin' rather than glossy or matte. I really like this as it means they last a long time without drying my lips. I can't say wether they last the full 10 hours as claimed as I haven't worn any of them for that length of time but they do last well and even if they do start to fade after eating and drinking, topping up my lipstick isn't something that bothers me too much anyway. Especially not when they're this beautiful!

As well as looking great and having a great formula, they're also enriched with ingredients that are good for the lips including powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Most of those things other than cocoa butter don't mean anything to me but I thought I'd include that anyway just in case you like to know what goes into the products you buy and use.

I'm not going to go through every single shade or this post would go on forever but as you can see from the images, there's every variation of red you could think of. My favourite shades would have to be 'Oh Miley' as it's a really fun shade with a mix of Pink and Orange undertones and I also really like the more vampy shades 'Miss Scarlett' and 'Blow' as I think they'll look great in the Winter months! It's safe to say I've now got a red for every occasion.

L-R: Je T'aime, Oh Miley, Goddess, Core Corra, Miss Scarlett, Rei of Light and Blow

I'm a big fan of these lipsticks and would highly recommend you give them a try - whether you're already a big fan of a red lip and want to expand your collection or you're still looking for that perfect shade, look no further than this collection. They're available to buy here from Sephora!

Which of these Reds is your favourite?

Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Best Hair Dryer EVER! | BaByliss Pro ItaliaBRAVA Review

Hair dryers aren't usually a hair tool that I get excited about as they tend to be pretty standard and all do the same job! However, the new Babyliss Pro ItaliaBRAVA* is a different story - it has totally blown me away! I was very kindly sent this as a surprise from Feel Unique and as soon as I opened the sleek black box it came presented in, I was highly impressed with the way it looked. It's a very chic looking black hair dryer with the Babyliss logo on the side as well as the heat and speed settings on the handle.

When I removed the hair dryer from the box, I couldn't believe how light it was. Before receiving this I'd been using a hair dryer that was so heavy my arm would start to ache halfway through drying my hair so the fact that this one is so light is a big big big bonus for me! I also noticed a little card in the box that said 'Ferrari designed engine' and that had me instantly intrigued. A hair dryer designed by Ferrari - surely not right?! Well actually, that's exactly right. Babyliss have partnered up with Ferrari to create the ItaliaBrava. No wonder it's so blooming good!

The main reason I love this hair dryer so much is because it's super powerful. I've got pretty long hair so it can take what feels like a lifetime to dry it if I'm using a bog standard hair dryer (like to ones you get in hotel rooms for instance - not great) but this one is so powerful that it drastically reduces the amount of time I have to spend drying my hair. An extra 10 minutes in bed in the mornings?! Yes please. In all seriousness though, it's actually made a massive difference to my morning routine. The reason it's so powerful is because it has a 'fierce brushless motor' with a power of 2400w which lasts up to ten times longer than a normal motor. Babyliss say "the grille provides hair with a superior heat transfer whilst the ionic generator can be used to boost hair´s shine." It also has a 15% faster airflow and stronger air pressure than other Babyliss dryers as well as 12 heat/speed settings so it can be used exactly as you want it. 

My favourite setting would have to be the 'turbo' button which can be found on the back of the handle - just like a Ferrari, pressing this button really revs up the 'engine' of the dryer and gives you even more power and quicker drying time. It also has a cold shot button so you can lock your style in place and create shine as well as two nozzles which allow you to concentrate the airflow and create your preferred hair style.

Another bonus of the ItaliaBrava is its 'Nano Titanium heat technology' which is said to be an excellent heat conductor and instead of drying the hair out, it helps to lock in its natural moisture. This is great news if you need to blow dry your hair a lot as we all know how damaging heat can be for the hair. I've actually noticed a big difference in the condition of my hair since I started using this hair dryer - it's a lot softer than it was a few months ago and it always looks healthy and shiny after blow drying instead of dry and frizzy like it once did.

You can get the Babyliss ItaliaBrava here for £120.00 and although it is quite expensive, I'd say it's an investment worth making as it's a truly high class hair dryer and will be sure to blow the one you're currently using right out of the water. Plus, who doesn't want quicker drying time, less heat damage and a lightweight hair dryer that won't leave your arm achey after 5 minutes? Feel Unique often off site wide discount codes too so keep your eye out for one of those!

Do you like the sound of this hair dryer?!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

I’m due a Big Hair Colour Change

I was recently contacted by Schwarzkopf and asked if I'd like to be part of their next Schwarzkopf LIVE Lookbook campaign – and I was SO excited.

Myself and four other bloggers (all of whom I follow and can't wait to meet!) will be undergoing a new, bold colour refresh. I’m a big believer that your hair should represent your personal style – so I’m looking forward to showing you my new look!

I know how scary changing your hair can be so my aim to is show you how you can recreate the look at home! As a long time blondie, I'm going to be representing all the blondes out there – I will be going Platinum!

As I'm sure some of you will know if you're a regular reader, I recently had my hair toned down and darker pieces put through it to create a more natural look. Now although I do like it, I recently looked back at some old pictures of myself when my hair was much blonder and I've come to the conclusion that light blonde suits my skin tone and features far better. I almost feel like darker hair washes me out and makes me look older. When I have my hair light blonde, I feel I look younger and my complexion looks brighter.

If you're a blonde too, I'm sure you'll know that it isn't an easy colour to achieve without some professional assistance, so I’m going to be documenting my journey so I can show you just how this is possible with their LIVE Absolute Platinum or Max Blonde lighteners. (It will also save me some money in the process!) Another issue I have with being a blonde is that bleach can sometimes make it look a little brassy. I much prefer a white ash blonde so that's the look I'll be looking  to achieve with Schwarzkopf LIVE..

Be sure to follow #LIVELookbook on their social channels to keep up to date with the campaign and our hair makeovers! Also make sure you check out the website for more helpful hints on colouring at home.

I can't wait to show you all my new look!