Thursday, 31 January 2019

My natural makeup essentials

Thursday, 31 January 2019

My natural makeup essentials


Today I am throwing it back a little and writing a beauty post, something I used to write a lot when I first started this blog. I'm not an expert but I have found a few firm favourites that really work for me. A lately I have been enjoying more of a toned down makeup look - more of a no makeup, make up look if you get my drift... Anyway, it can be easy to get caught in the endless instagram beauty trends and it's hard to stay up to date with it and of course not everyone has the budget to spend on luxury make up items; that is why I have put together a natural makeup look that can suit both budgets. I will list all of the items starting from the base...

FOUNDATION 
 Collection Illumanating foundation in the shade golden ivory.
 I remember I have tried this foundation in the past and I didn't really like the formula but, I decided to give it a go again and I dont know if Collection have changed the formula but I love it! This foundation achieves a dewy natural look, it's a light to medium coverage and is defintley buildable. I love how dewy and healthy it makes my skin look and the main advantage is it's so breathable - there's nothing worse than having a heavy foundation on your skin that feels so cakey.


EYEBROWS
I completley forgot to take a picture of the brow product I use but, I use the Elf palette in the shade dark brown. It's like a pomade and it's hands down the best brow product I have used, you can buy from Superdrug here  The best part about this product is that it's only £4.50.

EYESHADOW
On days when all I want is a very natural almost skintoned eyeshadow look I use my Revlon palette. It's a lovely mixed brown tone palette that can be great for daytime looks but also for night, which can easily be done by using darker shades. 

MASCARA
Most of my cosmetics are from drugstores (Boots, Superdrug etc) but occassionally if it is really worth investing in a high-end product I will. This YSL mascara is defitnely that item, I have used this a few times in the past and always loved it infact, it was the first every high-end makeup I purchased back when I was 15!

BLUSHER AND HIGHLIGHT

I use the ProFusion blusher and highlight palette as the blusher shades are super natural and the higlight just gives you that fresh faced look, perfect when you need a little help with your skin. I love the highlight in this palette it's so natural but beautiful and a little goes a long way. I never really heard of Profusion before until I received this in a gift set for Christmas - the brand is definitley worth looking into they offer amazing makeup for really affordable prices. Their eyeshadow palettes are amazing also the pigmentation is unreal.

LIPSTICK
The key to any natural makeup look is to keep the lips natural and stay close to their natural colour, so stick with a nude colour. I have chosen a Ted Baker lisptick its a beautiful nude shade, the only downside is I got this in a Christmas set so I don't know if it is avaliable. The positive is that drugstores now offer a real wide range of nude lispticks, catering for everyone!


What are your make up essentials? let me know in the comments.
Until next time,
Lauren
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Thursday, 24 January 2019

January playlist - throwbacks and newbies

Thursday, 24 January 2019

January playlist - throwbacks and newbies


It has been a long time since I posted on my blog and its made me sad so, I have decided to commit way more time to my blog again and start posting regular content. Today I wanted to start off with an old favourite, something I used to post a lot in the past, and that is my current playlist. I have to admit this playlist is a little random as there's some new songs and a few throwbacks but, I think there's something for everyone in there and for everymood too.  I made the playlist on Amazon music but I will also list all the songs down below in case you dont have access to it so, enjoy...



Tracks listed
  1. I found You - Calvin Hrris & Benny Blanco
  2. Taste - Tyga 
  3. Thank u, next - Ariana Grande 
  4. Giant - Calvin Harris & Rag 'n' Bone Man
  5. Stronger - Kanye West
  6. Pon de Replay - Rhianna
  7. This is America - Childish Gambino 
  8. Fast Car - Jonas Blue 
  9. Ignition - R. Kelly
  10. No diggity
  11. Return of The Mack
  12. Havana - Camila Cabello 
  13. Better Now - Post Malone
  14. I fall apart - Post Malone
  15. Human - Rag 'n' Bone man
  16. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
  17. The Sound - The 1975 
  18. Waiting All Night - Rudimental & Ella Eyre
  19. Play - Jax Jones & Years & Years
  20. Piece of Me - MK & Becky Hill
  21. Real Life - Duke Dumont
  22. Cola - CamelPhat & Elderbrook
  23. On My Mind - The Disciples
  24. One Kiss - Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
  25. Just Got Paid - Sigala, Ella Eyre and Megan Trainor
  26. Back & Forth - MK,  Jonas Blue & Becky Hill
  27. Dilemma - Nelly ft Kelly Rowland
  28. Hold on - Drake 
  29. Young Dumb & Broke - Khalid 
  30. Blinded By Your Grace - Stormzy
  31. Did You See - J Hus 


Are any of these songs your favourite? let me know in the comments.
Until next time,
Lauren.


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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sheffield Mental Health Information Forum: Helping locals connect with services

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sheffield Mental Health Information Forum: Helping locals connect with services

Today, I wanted to share with you an important forum that helps Sheffield people connect with mental health services. The Sheffield Mental Information Health Forum was founded by Ellen Chapman, 22, to help local people who are struggling to find and connect with mental health services. The 22-year-old launched the forum in May, and since then has been striving to grow the Facebook page and overall connect with people in need. The forum will make a positive impact on people's lives so, it is important that the message gets heard.

Ellen said: "I am trying to be the person I needed when I was younger." This is the main reasoning to the idea of the forum. Ellen has devoted a lot of time to this page, she has even spent money to promote the site on Facebook so more people can access the help they need.

I think this forum is a fab idea, and many others should be set up in local areas. There's always been a stigma behind mental health which is so sad; this site can really help people connect with services and people in similar situations.  Ellen really is a remarkable woman and is very passionate about mental health; to say she has pulled this all off on her own is amazing. There's an array of services on the forum ranging from helplines, tips, and meetings. This site is the place to go to for anybody in need of help as services can be hard to access and find but Ellen makes it simpler to find a service that can suit each individual need.



Until next time,
Lauren.



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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Paperless Post Halloween inspiration *

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Paperless Post Halloween inspiration *




Hello and welcome back to my blog, today I wanted to share with you a lovely site called Paperless Post a site which allows you to send invitations, birthday cards etc via email which saves on paper and overall helps the environment. Paperless Post has partnered with some really well-known brands such as Kate Spade, Oscar De La Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Riffle Paper Co. There's a huge array of cards on the site and they have you covered for pretty much every occasion you could possibly think of. I decided to bring you a selection of my favourite Halloween cards as we're in October tomorrow so, it felt appropriate.  Paperless Post's overall message is to help connect people in real life; all of their products are designed, developed and deployed in-house. They say: "we're serious about what we do, how we do it, and making sure we're scaling quickly and smartly." 




Here is just an explanation on the costs on the Paperless Post site, most cards are free but as explained down below they are small fees for premium features. (This is just an example on one specific card, so do check individually).


My favourite Halloween designs...







visit the full range by clicking here


Which design is your favourite and would you give Paperless Post a try? let me know in the comments 
Until next time,
Lauren 
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Monday, 3 September 2018

Photo round up from Leeds Fest

Monday, 3 September 2018

Photo round up from Leeds Fest



So, I went to Leeds Fest and I took a few pictures to round up in a little blog post you're now reading. I went just for the day but it was really good; being my first festival I wanted to see if I liked it before I tried camping for the full weekend. I used an app called Huji to take these pictures to give it that 90's filter and I really think it makes the colours come out more. I thought I would keep the post short and sweet and let the pictures speak for themselves, so enjoy!








Did you go to a festival this year? if so let me know in the comments
until next time,
Lauren.
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Monday, 6 August 2018

Advice for results day

Monday, 6 August 2018

Advice for results day

 A level and GCSE results day are quickly looming and I know there's many of you out there nervous about what they will be opening in those dreaded brown envelopes. I wanted to help ease any stress you all may be facing building up to results day because I know what it is like; the pressure can get too much as for most people their university place, sixth form or college place is depending on what grades you get. I know the fear and the feeling of the unknown but if things don't go to plan it really isn't the end of the world there's plenty of other options. If you're heading to university and you don't make your first choice do not panic firstly, it is worth trying to ring the university up and make sure they know about any relevant work experience as I know people who have missed grades and still got in their first choice by having the courage to ring up. If this fails don't stress, phone up clearing or go with your insurance choice.  I am a strong believer in that things do happen for a reason and if it is meant to be it will be; don't let missing out on a grade ruin your dreams there are always other routes such as apprenticeships or a vocational course.

The overall aim for this blog post is to make you all realise that grades are not everything, but if you get into your first choice university, college or sixth form then that is brilliant,  but there are always other options out there if you don't. It pains me when people think their life and dreams are over just because they missed out on a grade, trust me it isn't; keep working on those dreams and make them a reality!


I wish you all the luck in the world on results day and remember to always check all your other options out and most importantly don't over stress yourself about it all. If you're confused on what to do with your future after education it's always a good idea to see a careers adviser to guide you in the right direction.


Until next time,
Lauren

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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Make up for 99p is this for real??

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Make up for 99p is this for real??




Today I wanted to share with you a budget brand that I recently discovered in Home Bargains. I decided to pick a few bits up as I was keen to write a blog post and share them on my blog. I think these could be great for anybody on a tight budget who still want to feel glam; often cheaper brands are frowned upon and often people turn them down due to the low price tag but sometimes cheaper products can be just as good. One thing I love about this brand is that it's cruelty-free, one thing all brands should be. All of these products were 99p, so I thought at that price why not give it a go, after all, I have nothing to lose.


 I picked up the shimmery eyeshadow palette as I have a lot of matte shades and I wanted to see how well these shades pick up, below are some swatches of the shades.

For 99p the pigmentation is honestly fab, I really wasn't expecting much from this palette. They have a few palettes on offer in Home bargains ranging from brights to nudes.


I am not one for blush normally, but I just decided to give it a go for the price. I have to be honest I wasn't too keen on the texture of this blusher it felt very chalky and the colour was a little too bright for me. They do have more subtle tones of blushers and I should have opted for one of those.


The last thing I bought was a setting spray. I see everyone rave on about setting sprays and I have never tried one so, I thought why not try this one, after all, it's only 99p.  

I will keep you updated with this spray and the other products as I still haven't fully tried them out. If you would like an updated blog post or maybe a makeup look with these products let me know in the comments. Overall, I would say this line is good and it's worth giving it a try and discover what suits you the most.

Until next time,
Lauren.





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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Primark pressed glitter palette... hit or miss??

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Primark pressed glitter palette... hit or miss??



Festival season is finally upon us and with that being said, all well know make-up brands start to bring out their festival style glittery make-up. Glitter is literally seen everywhere at festivals and it's a huge statement, so when I found this little palette for £4 at Primark I had to give it a go. I wasn't expecting a lot but for the price, it's worth a try.

Application: So, firstly you do really need to build these up. When I first applied the glitter you couldn't see any colour, so I decided to put a powder eyeshadow on first to give the glitter something to stick to and that worked a treat. The glitter shadows are a bit vaseline-like so they are very slippery, because of this I highly recommend setting your lids with powder.

Lasting power: The glitter did slip and slide and didn't last very long I noticed after a while the pigments just slowly disappeared, which was a big disappointment. I think for the price it's a good palette but it just doesn't last very long. Below I have added a few images of the look I created, bare in mind I did apply a pink shadow underneath before applying the glitter shade.



Overall the palette is a great bargain and it is amazing to pick up to experiment with make-up looks in an inexpensive way.
Would you give this a try? let me know in the comments.
Until next time,
Lauren.
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Monday, 9 July 2018

Cute cat photography, because why not...

Monday, 9 July 2018

Cute cat photography, because why not...

So, I am back again with another blog post after a long break; Just a quick life update, I have now finished university and thankfully I passed my first year which is a big relief. Over summer I plan to dedicate more time to my blog and post on a regular basis because let's be honest my posts have been all over the place. I recently got my camera out and decided to snap a few photos of Sooty my cat, now this is a rare moment for me because it is normally impossible to get a photo of Sooty as he usually just runs off. I could not waste these cute pictures so I thought why not share them on my blog. So, without further ado here are the cutest pictures of Sooty....







Until next time,
Lauren 
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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

To Save review: hit or miss? *

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

To Save review: hit or miss? *


Hello and welcome back to my blog. I haven't written a fashion style post in a while, but I was contacted by a brand called To Save which is a very affordable clothing site, they kindly offered to send me a few things to review. Being a student it is great to see clothing sites that are affordable and good quality, so I  wanted to put this brand to the test and see if it is worth it or not. You can visit To Save by clicking here

 First of all, I love this necklace it is definitely my favourite item. I have been wearing it a lot almost every day and I just think it is so simple and cute, it literally goes with any outfit. Normally I am the one to stray away from cheap jewellery, but this is an exception as it is really sweet.


You can buy the necklace by clicking here






This blouse is so cute, I personally love the beaded detail. The only criticism I have is that it is way too big for me. It is an oversized blouse so just be mindful of that. For the price, you can't complain but the material is very thin but all-in-all it is a lovely design it is just a little too oversized for me hence why I can't show me wearing it.

You can buy the blouse by clicking here







And finally, I chose a pale pink bag. Now, this again is brilliant considering the price which I cannot complain about but the quality is a little flimsy. It is a lovely design I just don't think it is very practical but nonetheless, it is perfect to buy if you're just wanting a bag that's a little different but you're on a budget.


Overall To save is a good site for people who are on a budget, they do offer on the trend stuff but be aware of sizing. I do think some of the material is a little on the thin and flimsy side but again, for the price, you cannot moan. I would rate To Save overall a 5/10



Have you ever shopped at To Save or would you? Let me know in the comments
Until next time,
Lauren.

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