Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Birthday Haul 2017

Another year has gone by and I'm now 22! Que Taylor Swift, "22"! I definitely don't think I listened to that half as much as I should have on my birthday. 
So it was my birthday on the 14th July and I turned 22 - is it normal to still not feel like an adult yet...

This year, for the first time in 4 years I worked on my birthday! Don't get me wrong, it was still a lovely day and the kids all sang Happy Birthday at work, but it was nothing compared to last year, being the same day as graduation! (That will always be a day to remember) However I still had a really lovely day. We went out for a meal and drinks in the evening with friends and family and I was completely spoilt!

For todays post, I'm going to share a few things I was kindly given for my birthday. I'm not in any way trying to brag, but I personally love reading these blogs, purely because I'm quite nosy, but it also gives for great gift ideas!

Off Mum and Mick I was brought a variety of shoes, some nude heels, a white pair of sandals and some Nike trainers, it may sound odd, but I've never owned like a proper pair of trainers so I'm so happy to finally own a pair!
They also brought me a Cath Kidson mug and notebook, an electric toothbrush, some clothey bits and a beaut smelling candle! Off friends and other family members I got Tanya Bakes, the Tili Beauty Box, nail varnishes and a few other bits and pieces. 
 And last but no means least Craig is taking me to London for a couple days which I'm super excited about! And to make it even better his family brought us tickets to see The Lion King!

Thank you to my family, friends for your lovely gifts and cards and to everyone else who wished me Happy Birthday! I know this was a bit of a random post, but I like to keep note of the lovely things I was gifted, and like I said, they make for good gift ideas!
Hope you enjoyed the post, take care. Love Lauren xx





Wednesday, 12 July 2017

13 Summer items under £30

As usual I have side tracked away from doing some work at home and instead have had an online browse. So to make it seem productive I'm going to put together a few things that I think will be fab for your Summer wardrobe! There's also some amazing sale pieces around at the mo! 









4. ASOS Bikini top £12
5. ASOS White Dress £27.99
11. Boohoo Beach Bag £10

Hope you enjoyed this post. What are your Summer statements?
 Take care. Love Lauren x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

3 Soap and Glory Must-Haves

This morning I was applying my make up and didn't realise how many Soap and Glory products I owned and use pretty much every day. Obviously I though 'Ah, this calls for a beauty blog post!' So today's post is going to be a little review of the three products I love using and don't go a make up day without wearing! Let's call this 'My three Soap & Glory holy grails', or not, because that's quite a mouthful! My must-haves!
P.S If you like the look of any of these products, it's 3 for 2 in Boots at the mo!

Thick and Fast Mascara
I've tried a few of Soap & Glory's mascaras but I always go back to this one. It pretty much does what it says and leaves your lashes looking thick, long and full, without getting clumpy. It lasts all day, holding the curl and doesn't smudge or flake under your eye.
I don't know if I should admit to this bit because I know they say you should get rid of a mascara after 6 months (I don't really follow this rule...) but I received this mascara in an eye set at Christmas and it's still in amazing condition like it hasn't dried out at all - so here's to keeping it for probably another 6 months...oops!
Shop it here


Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Pencil
I highly rate all of the soap and glory eyebrow products, but this one in particular is my fav! The pencil comes in three shades, I wear 'Brownie Points' and it's a pretty good match. 
One end is an eyebrow wax in pencil form and the other end is a thin brush for tint. I tend to use the brush side to draw in some finer hairs, and I prefer the natural finish it gives. However the pencil side is great if you want to do create a more stronger brow look. This product is perfect if you want a versatile pencil for both natural and more define brows. The staying power is also fab and doesn't smudge at all!
You can shop it here

Highlighter and Brow Swatch
Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder
I've never been a blusher wearer as I have quite red toned skin, so I was always skeptical about wearing it, but when I was on the hunt for a new highlighter I came across this. It's a pinky peach highlighter so gives off a really lovely healthy glow. As it is quite pink toned I only use this on the apples and tops of my cheek bone as they're the areas I want to look a little blushed. It works a treat! It's easy to apply and gives a lovely subtle glow in the light without looking too shimmery. Would defo recommend this if you're looking for a new luminizing powder this Summer!
Shop it here

Hope you enjoyed this post on a few of my beauty faves. What are your holy grails? Have you tried anything from the Soap & Glory range?
Take care, Lauren x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Glamping Break to Devon

I've finally written a blog post, in what feels like forever! I went through a bit of dry spell with blogging, but recently Craig and I took a trip away and I enjoyed it so much I thought it deserved a blog! It was such a lovely time, and the weather was absolutely beautiful - I mean, we ate ice cream on the pier, and swam in the outdoor pool, in April?!

For Christmas Mum brought Craig a glamping break for 2, with the gift you get to choose out of about 34 locations. Last year we left it a little too late and ended up on not the best of sites, it tipped it down and there was literally nothing around to do. However this year we were lucky enough to book into one of the camping sites that looked really good!

I also vlogged this trip here.

We stayed at Whitehill Country Park in Paignton, Devon. I honestly don't think I could fault it, the staff, facilities and location was fab! On the site there is a country shop, outdoor pool, hot tub, a bar, cafe, clubhouse and a few amusement activities. The country park is catered for camping, caravans, glamping pods and lodges (which look fab! Especially the ones with hot tubs!)

If you don't know what glamping is,  it's like glamours camping, basically the fun of camping - but without the tent! The pods are carpeted and equipped with a floor mat, lamp, heater, and bedding. Although, I would also advice taking a blow up bed!

As Devon is a bit of a drive away, we set off pretty early, but couldn't get into the pod until 3pm. So decided to stop at Paignton zoo beforehand. I love a good zoo, and this one had soooo many animals - most of which were there as they were endangered. It's always good to know the animals are being well looked after. I'm pretty sure Paignton zoo is one of the UK's top zoos! We didn't realise at the time, but the zoo ended up being like a 5 minute drive from where we were stopping!

The first night we stayed on the site, had some food (the pizzas are amazing) and drinks in the bar then played Bingo, table tennis and went on the arcades, granted I had had a few too many drinks!!
The next day was again beautiful weather so we drove into Paignton town for a mooch! If we had actually read the map or spoke to someone at reception we would have found out that there's a bus stop at the entrance to the park. The bus stops at Paignton! So if any of you ever go here, I'd recommend the bus - who wants to drive on a break away! (obviously us....haha!)

We had some lunch and played mini golf. I flipping won a free game!? Can you believe it?! You know at the end of mini golf there's usually the last hole, that if you get a hole in one, you win a free game. Well it was the only hole in one I got, and I won a free game!
We also went in some arcades and became pretty addicted to both Bingo and the ticket machines. But I mean, you can't really go on a British seaside holiday and not spend all your 2ps winning little key rings you know will go straight in the car boot sale pile when you get home! For the record, about £10 down, we got 330 tickets, winning us two key rings, some hairbobbles, sweets and a pin badge - worth it!

That evening we fancied trying somewhere different to eat from the site, so we went to Noah's Ark - I felt so awkward ringing for taxi's like, 'can we get a taxi from Noahs ark please?'! It was about a 40 minute walk, which was fine on the way there, but probably wouldn't have been the best idea to walk the country roads back in the pitch black - so taxi it was! Nice food though! Back at the clubhouse we listened to some live acoustic music and I can't for the life of me remember his name, but he was so good!

On our final day we stopped off in Torquay before heading home. Now apparently Torquay is supposed to be this huge holiday destination in Britain that they even had palm trees (didn't quite have the same effect as Spain..) But I'm not sure whether the colder weather had an impact on it, but I didn't really find it to be that amazing...however, we did find some amusements (again) and played mini bowling - I'm sure it has a proper name for it...
We then headed home - I always hate the end of a break away going back to reality...but this ending was made much easier knowing we still had the final episode of Broadchurch to go back and watch, no spoilers but omg, I was not expecting that!

I had a fab few days away and if you're ever looking for a cheap getaway then I would highly recommend glamping. It's so fun and easy!
I hope you enjoyed this post and as I said I also vlogged the trip if you want to get the fun filled, detailed, (slightly tipsy) version of the trip! 

What are your thoughts on glamping?
Take care, love Lauren xx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

QVC Tili Beauty Box 3rd Edition Review

Recently I've discovered QVC is the place to order anything beauty related for bargain prices! I've got my eye on a few things on their website, but the first thing I decided to buy was the Tili Beauty box (Try it, Love it). This is the third edition of the box and after having read reviews from the previous 2 I was quickly persuaded! The box is a bargain buy for £20 including P&P with 10 well known, high end products - a few of which I've wanted to try out.

What's inside?

Essie Nail Polish in Mint Candy Apple - Perfect for coming up to Spring. 
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Coconut Breeze (40ml) - I've never used a hair mask so pretty excited to try this out!
Molton Brown Shower Gel (50ml) - Great for travelling and smells amaaaaazing
Australian Bodycare Skin Wash (50ml)
This Works In Transit Camera Close-up (20ml) - This was one product that really drew me to the box. It's a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one! 
Elemis Face Wash (30ml) - Again great for traveling, and I've heard some pretty great things about Elemis skincare.
Pixi Glow Toner (15ml) - I was a little disappointed in the size of this product, however it's probably enough to try out the product and see if it's worth buying. Again, something I've wanted to try.
Decleor Oil Serum (5ml) - Another small tester, but with an oil I imagine you only need a teeny bit anyway...this smells so good!
Doll 10 Lip Velvet (2ml) - I would compare this to the bourjois lip velvets which I love. Mine came in the shade Couture-able (a peachy nude).
Mally Evercolour Shadow Stick - I received the shade Moonlight. With both the lip velvet and the shadowstick you can't choose the shade you want, so I can see how some many prefer to choose but for me I was all down for getting a surprise as I'm the worst for decision making!

Although most of the products are miniatures, I reckon they'll last a while and it gives you a chance to try the product before actually splurging on the full size. I'm also off to Dublin in a few weeks so used the excuse that I needed some travel sized products for the trip! 
Overall I'm impressed with the box and will defo be recommending. Here's to the next one! (I've heard they come in stock every 3 months...)

Hope you enjoyed this post, and finding out a bit about the Tili Beauty Box. What are your go to beauty subscription boxes?
Take care, love Lauren xx

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Some ASOS Loves

I've recently been doing some online browsing as I feel my wardrobe needs a little jazzing up and you know when sometimes you need that good ole' shop to make yourself feel all fancy and fresh again, well that's what I'm hoping to do come pay day! I mainly shop on ASOS as they have such a huge variety of brands and styles, so getting everything in one place is fab! Here are a few things I quite liked and thought you might too!

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1. Levis Levi's Skinny Jeans

What have you been loving in the shops recently?
Take care, love Lauren xx

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Highlights from my 2016

I know we're already 8 days into the new year (am I even aloud to comment how fast this year is already going yet?) but I thought it would still be nice to do a little round up of some highlights from my 2016. This year was full of highs and lows but I wanted to pin point memories that really stuck out for me and made my 2016 fab!

 This was a huge highlight from 2016, like I actually graduated, I passed my Uni course and I couldn't be prouder of myself! Granted it's pretty hard to get a job with my course degree, but I still did it! Alongside the graduation but falls into the same category is completing my dissertation. I genuinely didn't think I would complete it, but seeing it in its shiny bounded folder was a huge relief and a pretty proud moment! 

Turning 21 
So my graduation and 21st were on the same day, at first I was a bit disappointed but we celebrated by birthday the week before with a garden party which was fab! But honestly I don't think the day of my birthday could have been any better. We still celebrated both occasions with partying, food and drink and of course, I got to spend my birthday with those I loved!

New York 
Mum has wanted to take my brother and me away for a while now, and what better place to choose than New York! Again this was a huge highlight of the year. It was such an amazing holiday. We saw two broadway shows, ate in some amazing places, biked round central park and just had the bestest time. I can't thank Mum enough for the experience!

This was Craig and I's first holiday together abroad. It took some persuading to get him to go as he's not that fussed about things like that, but I'm super happy he agreed and we had a really good time! I wasn't expecting the weather to be that great as we went end of October but we were really lucky and managed to get most days sunbathing by the pool! Now for the persuading for April....

Getting a job 
After uni it's quite hard to fall into a job that you like straight away, and admittedly I hadn't a clue and still haven't as to what I wanted to do after Uni. I applied for jobs here and there and was lucky enough to get the job of a TA in a SEN school.

This year I went to two beautiful weddings. The first, I was maid of honor to one of my oldest school friends, it was so lovely and veeeery emotional to see the first out of our friendship group get married! And the second being Craig's brothers wedding. Craig did the most perfect speech and I'm super proud of him! On top of these two weddings, Mum and Mick announced they were planning to get married this coming year! Exciting!

Other mini trips away 
These were little breaks I'd taken throughout the year, mainly with Craig or family to just have a bit of a time out from Uni or trips we'd been given as gifts. They were all really good fun. I think a mini break is good to have in the diary as it's something little to look forward to, and you get to explore a few places closer to home. Hopefully a few more mini holidays/breaks get planned for this year! 

Attending my first bloggers meet up 
In August I attended a bloggers brunch in Milton Keynes set up by Sophie, it was lovely to meet and chat to bloggers about things that we all have a similar interest in, especially as I've not really met anymore beforehand in person that blogs too. Aim for this year is to attend more events!

 Towards to end of University I got an email explaining that the uni were looking for 20 students to visit a school in Barcelona, all expenses paid for, to share our creativity and knowledge from our courses. It was first come first serve and surprisingly I was in the 20 along with my friend, Bex. It was such an experience meeting and learning from students all over the world.

So like I said not all of this year was amazing but there were highs alongside it and I guess that's what makes a year. Here's to making more memories this year. What are your highlights from 2016?
Take care, love Lauren x