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Laura Pearson-Smith is a beauty, style and travel blogger & journalist based in Glasgow, United Kingdom. She chats regularly on TV & radio about beauty, style trends, social media, body confidence, pop culture and current affairs.
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Kylie Jenner puts black lipstick on 3-year-old niece North, sparks debate about whether kids should wear make-up

01 Oct 2023  |  uk.style.yahoo.com
Kylie Jenner faced criticism for applying black lipstick on her three-year-old niece, North West, sparking a debate on social media about whether young children should wear makeup. While some criticized the act as inappropriate, others defended it as harmless fun. The incident occurred during a family celebration for Tyga's son, King Cairo. The article also references a similar controversy involving Katie Price and her daughter, highlighting the ongoing debate about the appropriate age for children to start using makeup. A survey by Escentual.com revealed that girls are starting to wear makeup at a younger age, influenced by peer pressure and reality TV shows.

London to Brighton Bike Ride: why Amy's taking part

01 Oct 2023  |  uk.style.yahoo.com
Amy Thorley is participating in the London to Brighton Bike Ride, driven by personal motivations and a desire to support the British Heart Foundation's research into cardiovascular disease. Inspired by her late father and her own health journey, Amy aims to raise funds and awareness while completing the 54-mile ride. The event has a significant personal and family impact, fostering a sense of togetherness and promoting health and fitness within her family.

I Tried 3 Kitchen Beauty Hacks For My Skin

20 Jun 2017  |  Romper
The author tested three popular kitchen beauty hacks: green tea ice cubes for under-eye circles, lemon juice as a dry shampoo alternative, and olive oil as a makeup remover. The green tea ice cubes were effective in reducing puffiness and dark circles. Lemon juice failed to de-grease hair and was deemed a failure. Olive oil successfully removed makeup but left a greasy residue, making it a less desirable option compared to standard makeup removers. The hacks were not necessarily more time-efficient than regular products but offer natural, cost-effective alternatives.

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PS Beauty Workout Collection: We test Primark's budget gym makeup

27 Mar 2017  |  metro.co.uk
Laura Pearson-Smith reviews Primark Beauty's Workout Collection, designed for gym use. The collection is budget-friendly, but the foundation stick is criticized for its color and texture, and the eyeliner for its lack of pigmentation and smudging. The mascara and lip products receive praise for their performance. However, the collection's waterproof claim is challenged, as the lipstick and eyeliner did not hold up in a shower test. Overall, the collection is not recommended for gym use, but the mascara and lip products are considered good for other occasions.

Ombre hair – 10 stunning styling ideas to show off your colour

20 Mar 2017  |  Metro
Ombre hair remains a popular trend, showcased by models at Blumarine, Julian Macdonald, and Alexander Wang in the SS17 catwalk shows. The article provides ten styling ideas to enhance ombre hair, including loose curls, au natural looks, textured waves, straight and sleek styles, high ponytails, pigtails, fishtail braids, fringes, buns, and tight curls. Each style emphasizes the unique color gradient of ombre hair, offering various ways to showcase the dye job.

Primark Beauty's budget-friendly makeup collection for the gym

13 Mar 2017  |  metro.co.uk
Laura Pearson-Smith reviews Primark Beauty's PS Workout collection, a budget-friendly makeup line designed for gym use. The collection includes a foundation stick, mattifying face powder, waterproof mascara, eyeliner, lip liner, liquid lipstick, and SPF lip balm. Pearson-Smith critiques the products based on their performance, coverage, and suitability for gym activities, noting the limited shade range and the mixed quality of the products. She finds the lip balm to be a good everyday choice and the liquid lipstick to be surprisingly non-drying.

Nike is launching a high-performance hijab for Muslim athletes

07 Mar 2017  |  uk.style.yahoo.com
Nike announced the launch of the Nike Pro Hijab, a high-performance hijab for Muslim athletes designed for breathability and comfort. The product, which has been tested by athletes like weightlifter Amna Al Haddad, running coach Manal Rostom, and figure skater Zahra Lari, aims to address performance issues faced by Muslim women in sports. The Nike Pro Hijab is made from a lightweight, breathable polyester and will be available in three colors early next year.

London to Brighton Bike Ride: why Andrew has signed up

07 Mar 2017  |  uk.style.yahoo.com
Andrew Wisdom, a 59-year-old heart attack survivor, has signed up for the London to Brighton Bike Ride to support the British Heart Foundation's research into heart disease. Having undergone a lifestyle change involving diet and exercise, Andrew has trained for the event, which has been the BHF's flagship fundraiser since 1976. Despite the challenges, including Ditchling Beacon, he is determined to complete the 54-mile ride, having already raised more than £200. The ride represents a personal achievement and a way to contribute to the fight against heart disease.

London to Brighton Bike Ride: help James raise life-saving funds

07 Mar 2017  |  uk.style.yahoo.com
James Smith, a 55-year-old heart attack survivor, will participate in the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the third time with his daughter Ellie on Father’s Day to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The event, a 54-mile ride and BHF's flagship fundraiser since 1976, attracts a diverse group of cyclists and features community support and partially closed roads. James, who made significant lifestyle changes after his heart attack, emphasizes the event's camaraderie and the importance of BHF's research in heart disease prevention and treatment.

6 makeup blender sponges you need to buy now

06 Mar 2017  |  Metro
Makeup blender sponges are essential for a natural foundation finish and applying cream and liquid products. The article reviews six sponges, including the original Beautyblender, favored by celebrities like Beyonce and Oprah, and the affordable Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Other sponges reviewed are from Blank Canvas Cosmetics, Barely Cosmetics, and Shiseido, each with unique features suited for different makeup applications. The author, Laura Pearson-Smith, is the founder and blogger at A Life With Frills.

Makeup Revolution: The best new beauty releases you need to buy right now

20 Feb 2017  |  metro.co.uk
Makeup Revolution, a budget makeup brand available in Superdrug and online, offers high-quality products at affordable prices, including original items and cheaper alternatives to high-end makeup. The brand's extensive product range includes the Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kits, My Sign Complete Eye Base, Luxury Banana Powder, Ultra Strobe Balm Palette, and Precision Expert Luxe Complete Brush Set. These products are praised for their value, pigmentation, and quality, with the article providing a positive review of the brand's latest beauty releases.

Here are 6 milk-based skincare products you have to try

30 Jan 2017  |  Metro
Milk-based skincare products are gaining popularity due to their moisturizing and soothing properties. The article reviews six products: Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing & Makeup Removing Wipes, Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser, MooGoo Skin Milk Udder Cream, Oskia Eye Wonder Eye Cream, Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask Aqua, and Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm. Each product is praised for its specific benefits, such as gentleness, hydration, and anti-aging properties.

6 amazing recipes for making DIY lip scrubs at home

30 Jan 2017  |  Metro
The article provides six creative and cost-effective DIY lip scrub recipes to keep lips soft and kissable. It includes detailed instructions for making Brown Sugar Lip Scrub, Rainbow Lip Scrub, a dupe for Lush's Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Olive Oil Lip Scrub, Cinnamon Lip Scrub, and EOS Bubblegum and Cotton Candy Lip Scrub. Each recipe highlights unique ingredients and benefits, such as the conditioning properties of olive oil and the natural lip-plumping effect of cinnamon. The article emphasizes the fun and practicality of making these scrubs at home.

12 up-dos for when you’re bored of wearing your hair down

23 Jan 2017  |  metro.co.uk
Laura Pearson-Smith, founder and blogger at A Life With Frills, offers 12 creative up-do hairstyles for those looking to try something different from wearing their hair down. The styles range from elegant and relaxed to retro, chic, and playful, with each accompanied by an Instagram link showcasing the look. The article provides inspiration for those seeking to add variety to their hair styling routine.

8 ‘no makeup’ makeup tutorials you need to watch

09 Jan 2017  |  Metro
The article highlights eight 'no makeup' makeup tutorials from various beauty vloggers and YouTubers, each catering to different skin tones and preferences. It emphasizes the appeal of achieving a natural, barely-there makeup look using a mix of high-end and affordable products. The tutorials are presented as quick and easy solutions for those who want a flawless appearance without heavy makeup.

Here are the best places to get free makeup samples

09 Jan 2017  |  Metro
Free makeup and skincare samples are a cost-effective way to try products before purchasing. Online retailer Feel Unique offers a selection of five free samples monthly for a small postage fee. Magic Freebies aggregates free sample offers from various beauty brands. SoPost distributes deluxe samples through Twitter promotions. Clarins provides free samples with online purchases, and high-end beauty counters like Bobbi Brown and Giorgio Armani offer shade-matched sample pots. Laura Pearson-Smith, founder and blogger at A Life With Frills, provides these insights.

5 top Tom Ford makeup products to splash your cash on

02 Jan 2017  |  metro.co.uk
Laura Pearson-Smith recommends five Tom Ford makeup products for their quality and versatility, despite their high price. The products include Tom Ford Lip Colour, Cream Colour for Eyes in Spice, Shade & Illuminate, Ultra Length Mascara, and Cheek Colour in Love Lust, available at various high-end retailers like Selfridges and Harrods. The article emphasizes the products' worth as investments for their luxurious feel and performance.

6 eye makeup looks to recreate with Huda Beauty Rose Gold eyeshadow

26 Dec 2016  |  Metro
The Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition Textured Shadows Palette, priced at £56, is highly popular and currently sold out with waitlists on Cult Beauty. Created by YouTuber and beauty guru Huda Kattan, the palette features 18 high-pigment matte, satin, and foil-effect metallic shades. The article showcases six eye makeup looks that can be recreated using the palette, emphasizing its versatility and high quality. Each look is described in detail, highlighting the specific shades used and the techniques for application.

5 90s makeup looks that are back in fashion

19 Dec 2016  |  metro.co.uk
The article discusses the resurgence of 90s makeup trends, highlighting five specific looks that pair well with chokers and spaghetti straps. It references the Spice Girls and Instagram for inspiration and suggests products such as MAC's Chestnut lip pencil and Rimmel's Heather Shimmer lipstick. The looks range from neutral eyes with brown-nude lips to heavy brown smokey eyes with dark brown-toned red lips, emphasizing the use of products like false eyelashes, black eyeliner, and clear lip gloss.

9 makeup bags that are perfect Christmas gifts

30 Nov 2016  |  Metro
A curated list of nine makeup bags ideal for Christmas gifts, featuring products from brands like Tatty Devine, Charlotte Tilbury, and Zoella Beauty. Each bag is highlighted for its unique design and functionality, with positive endorsements for their aesthetic and practical appeal. The article emphasizes the versatility of these bags, suitable for makeup, skincare products, and other personal items.

How to party-proof your makeup for a long-lasting look this Christmas

28 Nov 2016  |  metro.co.uk
Laura Pearson-Smith provides tips on how to ensure makeup remains intact throughout festive celebrations. Key advice includes using a primer for a good base, applying products in light layers, opting for waterproof mascara and eyeliner, using a finely-milled powder for oily areas, and setting the makeup with a spray. Product recommendations include Eyeko for waterproof mascara, Charlotte Tilbury's powder for controlling shine, and Urban Decay's setting spray.

9 ways to get creative with eyeliner

07 Nov 2016  |  Metro
The article presents nine innovative ways to apply eyeliner, moving beyond the traditional cat flick. Techniques include Cut Crease, Ribbon Liner, Shadow Liner, Rainbow Liner, Graphic liner, Dot Liner, Bird Liner, Artistic Liner, and Minimalist Liner, each offering a unique aesthetic. The piece encourages experimentation with different colors, patterns, and applications to make a statement with makeup.

10 of the best makeup kits for your Christmas wish list

07 Nov 2016  |  Metro
The article highlights ten makeup kits perfect for Christmas gifts, catering to various budgets and preferences. Featured brands include Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Bare Minerals, Benefit Cosmetics, Sleek Makeup, Tanya Burr, Too Faced, YSL, Soap & Glory, and MAC. Each kit offers unique products, from travel brushes and eyeshadow quads to lip glosses and highlighters, making them ideal for trying new products or enhancing holiday looks. The article emphasizes the value, versatility, and quality of these makeup sets, making them excellent choices for festive wish lists.

All the AW16 hair trends you need to know about

25 Oct 2016  |  metro.co.uk
The AW16 season's hair trends are heavily styled and deliberate, featuring hair jewellery, low ponytails, 1920s waves, elegant knots, and creative plaits. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and Jenny Packham showcased these styles on the catwalks. Side partings are also popular, and the article encourages readers to experiment with different braiding styles and to accessorize with sparkly hair jewellery.

8 brides who’ve done wedding makeup differently

18 Oct 2016  |  Metro
Highlighting eight brides who have chosen unconventional wedding makeup styles, the article showcases a variety of bold and unique looks, from smokey cat eyes and red lips to playful colors and glitter. Each bride's makeup choice reflects her personality, challenging traditional bridal beauty norms.

10 glitter eye makeup looks for your next night out

29 Sep 2016  |  Metro
Glitter eye makeup remains a popular choice for nights out, with various styles to suit different preferences. From subtle glitter tears to bold Bowie-inspired looks, the article provides ten creative ways to incorporate glitter into eye makeup. Techniques include using glitter eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even enhancing false lashes and brows with glitter for a standout effect.

10 cruelty-free makeup brands you need to check out

11 Sep 2016  |  Metro
The article highlights ten cruelty-free makeup brands that do not test on animals or sell to countries that mandate animal testing, such as China. Brands like Eyeko, Sara Hill Makeup, Illamasqua, Too Faced, theBalm, Urban Decay, By Terry, Pur, Pixi, and Essence are praised for their high-quality, ethical products. Each brand is noted for specific standout products, from eyeliners and foundations to lipsticks and highlighters, emphasizing their commitment to cruelty-free practices and product excellence.

10 bronzers you need in your life

06 Sep 2016  |  Metro
A curated list of ten bronzers that cater to various skin tones and preferences, highlighting their unique features, textures, and benefits. The article emphasizes the importance of having a versatile bronzer collection and provides detailed descriptions of each product, including their price points and where to purchase them. Brands like Urban Decay, Models Own, Primark, and Too Faced are praised for their quality and performance, with each product offering distinct advantages such as pigmentation, blendability, and moisturizing properties.

7 great makeup tips from bloggers

28 Aug 2016  |  Metro
The article shares seven practical makeup tips from various beauty bloggers, emphasizing the use of common products in innovative ways. Tips include using Vaseline to keep glitter in place, utilizing an eyeshadow palette for multiple purposes, and adding saline solution to mascara to prevent it from drying out. Bloggers also recommend creative uses for makeup brushes, proper brush handling techniques, and specific eyeliner tips for different eye sizes, especially for those who wear glasses.

Summer makeup: 5 ways to add bright colours to your look

15 Aug 2016  |  Metro
Experimenting with bright makeup is encouraged during the summer, with suggestions to incorporate bold lipsticks, electric eyeliners, colorful mascaras, statement eyeshadows, and inner corner colors. Brands like NYX, YSL, and Kiko are recommended for their vibrant and trendy products.

8 hairspray hacks that will change your world

10 Aug 2016  |  metro.co.uk
Laura Pearson-Smith, founder and blogger at A Life With Frills, shares eight innovative uses for hairspray beyond hairstyling. These include threading needles, stopping runs in tights, de-fluffing garments, removing sticker residue, reducing static on clothes, lifting lipstick stains, preserving cut flowers, and protecting chalk drawings. The article provides practical tips to maximize the utility of a single can of hairspray.

8 retouching powders to perfect your selfie

08 Aug 2016  |  Metro
Eight retouching powders are recommended to enhance selfies by improving skin appearance. Products from brands like Too Faced, Smashbox, Hourglass, Bobbi Brown, Soap & Glory, Ben Nye, Charlotte Tilbury, and Chantecaille are highlighted for their unique benefits, such as brightening, bronzing, illuminating, hydrating, anti-aging, and color-correcting properties. The article provides detailed descriptions and usage tips for each product, emphasizing their ability to create a flawless look.

5 steps to follow for a ’60s makeup look

01 Aug 2016  |  Metro
Sixties-style makeup, characterized by doll-like eyes, is currently trending. To achieve this look, start with a pale base using a medium to full coverage foundation, apply a light pink cream blusher, and prepare your eyes with a nude or white eyeshadow. Emphasize your eyes with thick black liquid eyeliner and false lashes, and draw on bottom lashes with black eyeliner. Recommended products include Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, Rosie for Autograph Cream Blush, Benefit Cosmetics Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer, and Illamasqua Precision Ink Liner.

10 makeup organisation tips to sort your stash

24 Jul 2016  |  Metro
The article provides ten practical tips for organizing makeup collections, emphasizing the use of various storage solutions such as acrylic drawers, Z Palettes, lipstick holders, upcycled candle jars, magnetic tape, letter holders, cutlery holders, tool boxes, Vueset palettes, and brush rolls. Each tip is designed to maximize space, improve visibility, and maintain a neat and stylish display of makeup products.

Makeup dupes: 10 cheap products that look expensive

14 Jul 2016  |  Metro
Makeup can be expensive, but there are budget-friendly alternatives available that mimic high-end products. This article lists ten affordable makeup products that offer similar effects to their more expensive counterparts, including items from brands like Essence, Makeup Revolution, NYX, and Maybelline. These dupes provide good quality and performance at a fraction of the cost, making them great options for those looking to save money without compromising on their makeup routine.

Interview With An Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Ethical Fashion

11 Jul 2016  |  uk.style.yahoo.com
Ethical fashion expert Olivia Pinnock, founder of The Fashion Debates, explains the importance of ethical and sustainable fashion, highlighting the negative impact of high street fashion on the environment and workers. She discusses how consumers can make a difference by being conscious of their shopping habits, supporting brands that prioritize sustainability, and participating in initiatives like Fashion Revolution's #whomademyclothes. The article also mentions Pinnock's favorite ethical fashion brands and provides details about the next Fashion Debates event.

Interview With An Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Ethical Fashion

11 Jul 2016  |  yahoo.com
Ethical fashion expert Olivia Pinnock explains the importance of sustainable practices in the fashion industry, highlighting the environmental and humanitarian issues caused by high street fashion's current business model. She discusses the exploitation of workers and the environmental damage caused by fast fashion. Pinnock suggests buying second-hand or vintage, supporting smaller ethical brands, and being conscious of shopping habits as ways to promote ethical fashion. The Fashion Debates, founded by Pinnock, is a series of events that address ethical issues in the fashion industry, with the next event focusing on racism. Ethical brands like Monkee Genes, Veja, Antiform, and Suede and Co are recommended for their sustainable practices.

Kylie Jenner lipsticks UK: Here's what the Kylie Lip Kits look like on

03 Jul 2016  |  Metro
Kylie Jenner's Kylie Lip Kits have become a popular makeup line in the UK, despite high shipping and customs costs. The article reviews various shades, including Koko K, Candy K, Kourt K, Dolce K, Exposed, Posie K, Mary Jo K, True Brown K, 22 K, Heir, King K, Reign, and Kymajesty, highlighting their unique colors and suitability for different occasions and skin tones.

Mermaid makeup: The 10 best products to achieve the look

25 Jun 2016  |  Metro
The article highlights ten makeup products essential for achieving a mermaid-inspired look, emphasizing their unique features and benefits. Products from brands like Seventeen, Stila Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown, Elizabeth Arden, Kiko Cosmetics, YSL Beauté, NYX, and Spectrum Collections are recommended for their illuminating, shimmering, and iridescent qualities. The author, Laura Pearson-Smith, provides detailed descriptions and praises each product's ability to contribute to the desired mermaid aesthetic.

5 YouTubers whose makeup tutorials you need to watch

30 May 2016  |  Metro
Millions turn to YouTube for makeup tutorials from top beauty experts. The article highlights five influential YouTubers: Tanya Burr, Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends), Nic Haste and Sam Chapman (Pixiwoo), KathleenLights, and Tati (Glam Life Guru). Each offers unique insights, from celebrity looks to professional techniques. Tanya Burr is noted for her makeup collection in Superdrug and her book 'Love Tanya'. Ruth Crilly shares backstage tips, while Pixiwoo sisters excel in diverse makeup looks. KathleenLights, despite no professional experience, is praised for her passion. Tati provides detailed, glamorous tutorials. The article emphasizes the value of these YouTubers for learning new makeup skills and trends.

Would YOU dare get rainbow hair? Blogger Laura Pearson-Smith's colourful dye job

21 Dec 2015  |  Mail Online
Laura Pearson-Smith, a 31-year-old blogger from Glasgow, decided to transform her brunette hair into a vibrant rainbow using Quif hair products. Initially hesitant, she embraced the change and found it boosted her confidence. The process involved bleaching her hair and applying multiple semi-permanent dyes. Despite initial plans to revert to her natural color, she decided to keep experimenting with bright colors, enjoying the dramatic and fun new look.

More Books I've Enjoyed Reading Recently

01 Jun 2015  |  A Life With Frills
The author shares a list of books they have recently enjoyed, providing personal reviews and opinions on each. The books span various genres, including chick-lit, thrillers, and more serious literature. Highlights include Lindsey Kelk's 'Always The Bridesmaid', Allie Spencer's 'Summer Loving', and Elizabeth Haynes' 'Into The Darkest Corner'. The reviews are subjective, reflecting the author's personal tastes and experiences with each book.

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