Girl Talk With Laura

// NON SURGICAL NOSE JOB // sk:n clinic //





This seems to be the ‘in’ thing ATM and I totally see why. If you’re not happy with your nose and you’re considering a nose job which is such a drastic thing to do not only because of the cost but because theres so many risks about going under the knife. Plus it looks like it hurts like a mother fucking bitch! (Sorry for swearing but have you seen the bruising?!)

So it was about 6 months ago that I realised the reason I don’t like my side profile is because of my nose. It seems like it doesn’t stick out enough, it looks as if its been a bit squashed and it has the tiniest bump in. Minor things but thats exactly why I ruled surgery out because it wasn’t drastic enough to even consider a nose job. 
Then I heard about these non surgical nose jobs and I thought mmmm maybe this might be the thing I need. And it wasn’t until Lydia Millen had hers done that sealed the deal because of her before and after photos, plus she filmed the process and it looked so easy and painless.

So when I was speaking to my doctor about my Tear Trough fillers that he said it was the same filler that he would use that he’s used under my eyes, well that was it really. He asked me to point out what I wanted to change and what I didn’t like and he was like yep I can do that. Plus if you pay for the fillers then you pay per ml so if you didn’t use it all then thats just wasting it in my eyes. 

If you read my last post about fillers then you know I like to ask my doctor at sk:n clinic on a scale of one to ten whats the pain, I’m sure he said it was about a 7. It totally is not. Its more like a 4 but thats probably because I had my eyes done first and they hurt more so this felt like a doddle. He said it could bruise but it might not. 
The only bit where it hurt was the very tip because of something about theres no extra skin there ( try pinching the skin away from your nose and you can’t) so that made it hurt slightly more.
I loved this procedure because you could see the results straight away and the before and after was like wow did my nose really look like that. But there was no swelling, bruising was minimal and more between my eyes but was easily covered by makeup. It was slightly painful (like a 3) to sniff or sneeze but that will be because of the bruising.

It has made me more confident about my side profile now to a point where I don’t even notice it, and by that I mean I used to hate my photo taken of my side profile but now I don’t mind and don’t think ‘omg delete that’. 
I highly recommend it if you’re thinking about it and dislike your nose as I would much rather have this than a nose job. But it totally matters on what you dislike about your nose. Bumps and to fill out your nose then yes a non surgical nose job is the one for you but for those who want their nose to be smaller then no this wouldn’t work for you. 

Hope this has helped some of you if you were considering it.


Laura x

// WHY NUMBERS SHOULDN’T DEFINE YOU //



So if you've seen my post about when I went to Beneisland you would have read that I was feeling a little insecure about how ‘little’ I was compared to these bigger influences that I’d been mingling with. But I was super overwhelmed with the response that I'd got from social media when I mentioned this (especially by my fellow northerner Chloe - this girl has supported me loads lately and its warmed my heart since people who I actually thought would have supported me didn’t) so I thought it should be something that should be addressed more.

Anyway it made me think. Numbers totally shouldn’t define who you are especially in this social media world. Its so easy to get caught up in numbers and let it take over but thats when you start to lose why you started and yourself. You start to do things just for numbers which is following and being a sheep of others with the big following.

Don’t be a sheep. Be yourself and stay true to your blog/insta. That's what I have tried to do from the very beginning especially since I'm from Newcastle and I'm so out of the London loop so I have to try that little bit harder to stand out, but I'll always me.

Especially with this whole Instagram algorithm, it seems to take ages to hit the next milestone and Ive been stuck around 17k for ages whilst I see all these other people storm ahead hitting 20k and Im here just like cyaaa whilst they head on up. But I’m so happy to see people hit their target and I’m not bitter about it, support your gals and pals. 

Back to the point though, just because these high flyers are flying high on those numbers, doesn’t mean their any better than you or it makes you any less of a person. You could both be putting in the hard work but yours just isn’t recognised yet. Don’t get demotivated, use it to motivate you more. 

Since I have came back from Beneisland, I feel like I have been more myself than ever. I haven’t been trying to fit in and I feel so much better for it plus I feel like I’m staying true to my current followers. I’m always me, I’m always real. Yes it feels amazing to hit the next big number and you feel a bit deflated when you don't (which I have lately) but we need to remind ourselves the reason why we started.

THANKS to everyone who has supported me from the start. Your love and support doesn’t go un-noticed. I see all your comments and likes and my way to show my love back is through competitions because unfortunately I can't give to you all. So head over to my Instagram as there is one live now!!!


Laura x 

// HAIR TRANSFORMATION // FOREVERLONG HAIR SALON //








If you guys know me, you would know that my hair is my baby. I spend an absolute fortune on it to make sure its looked after really well and make sure its done properly. Since I have been dying my hair since I was young (yes I’m a fake blonde) I’m so scared of losing it or dying it too much that it snaps so I don’t mind spending the money and I think its totally shown because my hair has always been in good condition for being bleached blonde.

So when I got invited to Foreverlong Hair Salon in Newcastle I was a bit scared I’m not going to lie because I have been going to the same salon for about 3 years after finding the salon that does my hair how I like. So changing and letting someone else get their hands on my hair was a bit petrifying. But I checked them out and their work and it actually looked a really good salon where the hair was the most important bit to them and they took pride in their work. 

I went along for a consultation and a patch test and just to have a chat about what I wanted which I like because I think its so important to talk about what YOU want. 
What I wanted was to go brighter, more of a white blonde but with low lights still breaking up the blonde because I hate it when my roots come through and they’re so noticeable so low lights just help disguise the roots plus adding tones. 

The day came when my transformation was happening and I was really excited rather than nervous. My colour before was dull and more of a yellow blonde because of my two holidays which you can see has taken its toll on my hair. So when deciding on the colours and tones JoJo my stylist was going to put in my hair we went for more cooler ashy tones to help take away the brassiness plus a cool almost purple toner to go on last to help refresh it all. 
To help with the condition of my hair we used Olaplex too which is a lifesaver, honestly. My hair has never felt softer since having used Olaplex which goes is used in 3 steps and its one of those things where when you use it, you cannot live without it.

6 hours later and my hair was transformed! Yes it took 6 hours but we were videoing the whole process for you so watch out on my Instagram for the video as well as taking pictures. 
I love the results because now my blonde is refreshed and uplifted. Its more cool toned (some may say more silver) which I don’t mind because it goes yellow so quick!

The salon itself if rather quirky with their ring light and back drop which makes for the perfect Insta before and after pic and its so chilled out in there you don’t mind spending your day in there. 

Also the blow dry that JoJo done on my hair after colouring it was bloody unreal, it was the bounciest one ever.

Thanks ForeverLong for having me!

If your based in the north east and you’re after a new do or just a refresh of those dull colours then I suggest you check them out!


Laura x

// AW17 TREND // 70'S SOFT SUEDE // INTU CAMPAIGN //

















JUMPSUIT - MISS SELFRIDGE // JACKET - RIVER ISLAND // BOOTS - TOPSHOP // BAG - KURT GEIGER //

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AW17 TREND 70'S SOFT SUEDE

One of the trends that I've been inspired by the AW17 catwalks is defo the 70's trend with all the soft leathers and soft suedes mixed with those 70's tones & daring prints!

So when INTU.CO.UK challenged me to create an outfit inspired by a trend that I'm loving for AW17 consisting of only 4 pieces. Each piece had to be from a different brand/store. It was harder than it sounds!! 4 pieces for an entire outfit is so difficult!
But the shops that I was always heading to was Topshop, River Island, Miss Selfridge & Kurt Geiger.

I'm obsessed with this outfit as its a bit daring for me! I know you're saying 'Daring, how?!' but honestly just having shoes that don't match my bag sends my head into all sorts of mess! But I'm slowly but surely learning that not everything has to match and its quite cool when things clash. I'm totally getting Inso from The Little Magpie right now.

What new AW17 trend are you loving?

Laura x

// MARC JACOBS BEAUTY // ARE LUXURY BEAUTY BRANDS WORTH IT? //












// NEW FAVOURITE LUXURY BEAUTY BRAND //

I'm all about luxury beauty products ATM because once you start to introduce a couple of luxury/designer pieces into your routine, it makes the high street once stand out like a sore thumb. Plus you totally notice the quality difference. But to make sure you spend your money wisely because lets face it, it could be costly if you invest in a certain piece and it turns out that you don't like it or its not suitable for you. You want it to know that its worth that extra bit don't you?!

Plus, I know what its like to fall into the designer trap where you just want a product from a certain brand just to have something designer. I fell for the NARS trap. I bought their foundation, concealer, blusher, powder and lipsticks. All of which I never use and would rather reach for high street brands! They're just not products I would rate and certainly not buy again!

So here I bring to you a brand that I have been LOVING lately since firstly getting my hands on a lipstick and then later falling for everything. Marc Jacobs Beauty is that luxury makeup brand that you know you're going to get your moneys worth. The lipsticks are my favourite but just look at that blusher! Plus how amazing does the eyeliner look !!

I love the sleek packaging because lets face it you want nice pretty packaging too if you're paying that bit extra.
I'd just like to add that the NARS packaging looks fab but as soon as it goes in your makeup bag its destroyed! That matt packaging attracts all sorts of muck.

(I don't have it in for NARS I promise, I was just highly disappointed)

The packaging on the lipsticks of this Marc Jacobs lippy is my fav though. It closes with a magnet. So its super easy to open and close. I'm dying to get my hands on some more nude shades!









Whats your fav luxury beauty brand?


Laura x

*products gifted by Dowal Walker PR*

// TEAR TROUGH FILLERS // sk:n clinic //





So on the subject of cosmetic procedures, I have been looking at tear trough fillers for a while now because I have ALWAYS hated my eyes. I got bullied when I was younger and its always been ‘my thing’ that I’m not comfortable with so when I seen this I was like ‘omg I need this’. 
It basically is filler injected under the eyes to fill out the very thin bit of skin under the eyes because mine is puffy just under the eyes, then it goes very thin and dark and then it goes puffy where my cheek starts. I also seen that it helps with darkness under the eyes which is another thing I need because I get up at 4.45am every morning for work and its taking it toll. 

So yet again, I went for my consultation with the plastic surgeon at the sk:n clinic in Newcastle on Grey Street, he’s the guy who done my lips too which you can read all about here. He’s amazing and I trust him with my face because he done such a good job of my lips and he knows what I’m like. 
When I get there I’m asking him loads of questions like ‘how many times have you done this’, ‘has anyone gone blind’, ‘on a scale of one to ten how much does it hurt’. 
So in the consultation he tells you the bad bits and the good bits such as there is a risk of going blind but the risk is really low. He’s just really honest and tells you it might not work on you, everyone is different, what might make a lot of difference to someone it might not make any difference to you. He also explains the down time which is that it may bruise and may swell. 

After all of that he asks if you want to go ahead and you sign a load of forms and get taken to get numbing cream on for about 20 mins. 

I went back into the room and he double checked I still wanted to go ahead so then he gets started by stererlizing your area. The pain, is about a 6 out of 10 but its more because its near your eye and you’re more worried. Its also because it feels like its going into your bone which is totally gross but not unbearable. 

He also knows to do a little bit at a time because I don’t want to look totally different I just want to iron out my imperfections that I don’t like.
So he gives me the mirror, does a little bit and gets me to look to see if I want anymore and where. You’re literally in control he’s just got the needle. 

He does the first eye and then moves onto the second eye. I couldn’t tell a difference but it got to the point where he said he thinks we should stop because I hadn’t got any bruising so far and I totally trust him so I agreed. 


It does feel strange but its going to. I just felt a little more tired than normal. 

If I'm totally honest, a month on, I don't really notice a difference! But he did say that some people it totally works and some people you won't be able to even tell the difference. I fall under the last category. I have puffy eyes anyway so I think nothing it going to help these bad boys. 
No, I'm lying. Its not that I can't tell a difference, its just that I don't notice them as much which I'm guessing is a good thing! I would get more in though just to see if its because it needs more like with my lips. 

I would recommend because it may totally work for you! 

Have you had this procedure? Did it work for you?

Laura x

// OOTD // PRETTY LITTLE THING


















// OUTFIT //

JACKET - PRETTY LITTLE THING // JEANS - TOPSHOP // TRAINERS - FOOT ASYLUM // TOP - ZARA // SUNGLASSES - H&M // BELT - TOPSHOP //


Laura x
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