IN THE WORDS OF KATE SPADE “PLAYING DRESS UP BEGINS AT AGE FIVE, AND NEVER TRULY ENDS”.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

The dressing up box lived in the attic and was brought down on occasion for my sister and I to rummage through. To the ordinary eye it was filled with limp lifeless items that once had their day but were now left to collect dust. To us it was a box of adventures that paved our stories, whether I was a princess, a bride, a nurse, a horse – my sister directed and I followed suit. We painted our faces as well as our mothers enjoying the magic of dressing up.

I was introduced to makeup at an early age as giving my mother a glam-over aged 3 was a regular occurrence, my sister and I having half a face each. She still looked beautiful.

Dressing up continued through my early life in theatre and then transferred and matured into fashion. Now, each of my fashion decisions is an opportunity to be a different character, unafraid to try out new looks and be daring, with the help, of course, from a little make up. Here are some of my favourite looks from the Love & Found Collection at John Lewis.

DISTURBED

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

DISTURBED IS A COLOUR OF MYSTERY, FOR A BOLD LOOK AND A CONFIDENT WOMAN.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

IT’S CREAMY MATTE TEXTURE IS SOFT ON THE LIPS AVOIDING CRACKS FOR THE PERFECT DRAMATIC POUT.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

SLOWBURN

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

VIVID RED WAS ONCE SEDUCTIVE AND SULTRY BUT NOW WITH MINIMAL MAKEUP IT CAN LEAVE YOU FRESH FACED AND MEANING BUSINESS IN THE NICK OF TIME.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

SLOWBURN IS A DEWY RED WITH A SLIGHT SHEER MAKING IT MY GO-TO ‘LIPPY’ WHEN I WANT A QUICK FIX!

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

CRUSH

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

THE ULTIMATE GIRL CRUSH PRODUCT! THIS IS DRESSING UP AT ITS FINEST AS WE TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE TO THE 90’S WHEN CLUELESS WAS OUR FAVOURITE MOVIE.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

CRUSH IS HOT PINK WITH A CREAMY FEEL THAT URBAN DECAY DESCRIBE AS ‘BADASS LUXURY’ – I’M SOLD!!

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

HITCH HIKE

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

HITCH HIKE IS EXACTLY THE LIPSTICK YOU WOULD WHIP OUT IF YOU WANTED TO BAG A FREE RIDE

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

IT’S ON THE VERGE OF SULTRY RED, BUT WITH A SUBTLE APPROACH IT LEAVES YOU LESS INTIMIDATING WHILST STILL GIVING YOUR LIPS THAT POWER.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

INTERROGATE

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

INTERROGATE IS AN EVERYDAY FAVOURITE OF MINE. ITS PEACH UNDERTONES GO PERFECTLY WITH A PEACH BLUSH IF YOU ARE WANTING TO STEP AWAY FROM PINK SHADES.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

THIS IS A PERFECT COLOUR FOR THE TRANSITION BETWEEN SUMMER AND AUTUMN.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

TRICK

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

IF YOU FOLLOW THE MOTO ‘SUBTLETY IS KEY’ THEN TRY OUT THIS TRICK. DITCH THE VASELINE AND TRY OUT THIS SHADE WITH ITS CREAMY TEXTURE AND HIGH LEVEL OF PEARL IT’S ENOUGH TO LEAVE YOUR LIPS SOFT FOR DAYS.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

AT FIRST GLANCE IT APPEARS AS JUST A SLIGHT GLOSS BUT AS YOUR LIPS HIT THE SUNLIGHT THEY ARE BATHED IN GOLD SHIMMER, MAKING YOUR POUT COME TO LIFE.

JOHN LEWIS, BEAUTY, LAURA BLAIR, LONDON FASHION GIRL, URBAN DECAY LIPSTICK, BEAUTY, LIPSTICK SWATCHES, TESTING LIPSTICKS

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