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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Friday, 1 June 2018

Self care tips during exams

Friday, 1 June 2018

Self care tips during exams



University is a stressful time, even though I have finished my first year I still have exams, which are extremely stressful and this month, in general, can be too much for students. With all this in mind, we can forget how to look after our self and it's so important to remember that we should dedicate more time and relax. We all have our own way to wind down and it's vital that you do so as stressing will make your exam season worse.  To be able to achieve good results it is important to put your mental health first, so I have come up with a few tips on how to balance everything and stay happy.


Self-care tips 

  1. Take a relaxing bath and switch off for a while. Revising all day can take its toll, you need to have a rest and take a deep breath.
  2. Take some time to pamper yourself and look after yourself, whether that be to put on a facemask, paint your nails or just catch up on your sleep because us students are bad for pulling all-nighters and it really isn't healthy.
  3. Go outside - Take in some fresh air, go to a local park and just relax. There is nothing worse than being cooped up in your bedroom all day.
  4. Exercise -  Believe it or not, exercise makes you happy it releases endorphins; a happy mind and body is the key to success after all.
  5. Watch a movie and switch off - Sometimes, and this is me included we often don't switch off from life and take a deep breath from it all especially in the exam season when worry is on everyone's mind. Try not to fret it will only make you feel ill, instead reward yourself by taking a break and watching a film or your favourite TV show on Netflix.

I wish you all the best of luck with your exams. My main tip would be to give it 100% in the exam and revision and that's all that is expected of you. I also recommend to draw up a well-organised revision plan so you can spend each day wisely and avoid the night before stress, as revising the night before is a recipe for disaster. Get some sleep beforehand and wake up refreshed and ready for the exam, have a healthy breakfast and take some water into the exam so you're hydrated.

Until next time,
Lauren 
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

I passed my driving test.... finally

Thursday, 26 April 2018

I passed my driving test.... finally





So, I FINALLY! passed my driving test last week with just two minors. Those who know me know that it's been sort of a journey when it comes to driving and it's fair to say I cried when the examiner said the three words I never thought I would hear - 'congratulations you've passed'. It was my 5th attempt, and I know some people may snigger and think well, you must be rubbish but honestly, I kept failing for such silly things, things I would never do on a normal day. I just crumbled under the test conditions and I just found it really hard to stay calm.


When I turned 17 I was never really interested in learning to drive, the thought of it just made me feel sick but I applied for a provisional license and followed everyone else. I took a few lessons at 17 but gave them up as I was a nervous wreck behind the wheel. After a very long gap, I started my lessons back up again when I was 18 and found a really lovely woman instructor who was very patient and calm with me. I realised that the reason I didn't like driving when I was 17 is that I didn't have the right instructor for me and this is something that is very important, you're paying this instructor money and a lot of it so make sure you really get a long with their style of teaching and most importantly, make sure it benefits you.


Another benefit that gave me a lot more confidence on the road was buying a car and insuring it as a learner.  I regularly went out with my mum driving for extra experience and this really helped me overcome my nerves and gain more valuable experience on the road and I really started to become a confident driver. The week before my test that I passed I went out in my car a lot and practiced everything I was a little nervous about. I even went on test routes I remembered in my head, this was really helpful for me and I think this is a big reason why I passed. I kept thinking if I can drive perfect in my car, which has NO dual controls then I can pass my test I am safe and ready.

Every other test I went into I had such a negative frame of mind and this is something you should not do. If you're going in saying I'm going to fail, then you might as well not bother. Go in be confident and have a positive outlook and you can pass your driving test. It isn't rocket science and the examiners aren't horrible they will pass you as long as you're safe. A tip my instructor told me was that they aren't expecting a perfect drive all they want is a safe one. This is so true, nobody is perfect but you just have to demonstrate you can safely operate a vehicle with no help and be safe.



The most important advice I would give to anybody taking multiple driving tests or even theory tests is do not give up. It may seem now that you're not getting anywhere but you will be so thankful when you're holding that pink license!


Thank you for reading,
Until next time,
Lauren.



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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Finding your place in the blogging world

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Finding your place in the blogging world

Blogging is such a huge trend at the moment and It's one I love. I have been blogging for four years now and throughout my blogging journey, I have noticed the number of blogs they are floating around. This can be a negative and a positive, negative being it's hard to be original and find yourself within the community and a positive being there's lots of inspiration out there. So, today I thought I would talk about how to make your blog original and how to find yourself within this huge community.


1. find your genre - This is key when you're starting a blog, readers want to know what they're going to find when they come and look at your blog. You need to determine what category it falls under e.g beauty, fashion or lifestyle.  When I first started I categorised my blog as fashion, lifestyle, and beauty which is broad, now I tend to just call it a lifestyle blog as I tend to stray away from blogging about beauty too much and try and create more life posts.

2. Create unique posts - It is great to write the common beauty guru posts, such as makeup tutorials or a monthly favourites but it's always great to think outside the box and create exciting new posts that nobody has heard of. In the past, I started an inspirational stories series that highlighted people that had incredible stories. It could be anything but the thing to remember is new and exciting things often get more views as people want to read something new.


3.  Make your blog stand out - When people visit your blog you want them to think that it's amazing and they would come back to read it again. It's a good idea to really take time when it comes to the design and logo. Your website design is the first thing people see when they click on to your blog, so make it something that stands out for all the right reasons.


4.  Chat with other bloggers - This is always great to get your blog out there and connect with others because blogging is such a lovely community. In the past, I have taken part in many blogger chats on Twitter and they are great, they give you a chance to share your links and your interests with other people and they also share handy tips and tricks on how to boost traffic to your blog, which is always great.


5.  Look at your old posts - This is very useful because by doing this you can look at the viewings and determine what was popular or not. Once you know what works for your readers and what was the most successful you can start creating content with your readers in mind by creating similar things that are popular on your blog.

That is all for now.
 Until next time,
Lauren.






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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

University life: freshers to second semester

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

University life: freshers to second semester



Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. I feel like this post has been long awaited seen as I am now in the second semester. I know that a lot of you right now will be going through the UCAS experience I went through last year so I wanted to share with you what university is really like. I always knew I wanted to go to university but I was always in the unknown about it because I was the first in my family to go. University is a chance to move out and really become an adult (hello real world). I am going to start right at the beginning to break down how I have found university so far.


Application process

Firstly I am going to briefly talk about my application process, which was a stressful one. I always wanted to go to university as I would be the first in my family to go and that's something I would be very proud of. I started getting doubts when I had to start thinking about my UCAS application, everyone else in my class had sent theirs off and I still hadn't. I was very doubtful of myself and did not think I would get in, even though I got the grades last year that the university wanted. I think I just stressed myself out too much and because of this, I said I was not going to go. I actually changed my mind on the final day UCAS applications could be sent off, so yes I cut it very fine. I am so, so glad I changed my mind and sent it off!


Moving into university halls

If you didn't know I study journalism at the University of Sheffield and I didn't move far away from home, in fact, I live in the same city but I still wanted independence and live the proper 'uni life'.  I feel like moving out has made me into a real adult now as I have to pay for rent, budget and do my own food shop, things I just took for granted in the past. My uni room is really nice, I have my own ensuite and its a fairly spacious room for halls.  Moving out from home can be a nerve-wracking time but its such a great experience and I think I would have definitely missed out on so much if I didn't.

My uni room the day I moved out!


Freshers week

This is definitely the most talked about thing when you're getting ready to start university. I was so excited to meet new people and just celebrate the fact that I am at uni and the hard work paid off! Freshers week is so fun, there's no doubt about it. You will get something called freshers flu, which is dreadful but get some Lemsip down you and you'll be fine.  My first night of freshers as pictured below was something called icebreaker it was so fun and I already met so many new people on my course before I even started. 


University life

Freshers week is over and now comes the work. I'm not going to lie, uni is hard work and it's a totally different ball game to college or sixth form, nevertheless, it's totally worth it. My first essay deadline came around and I seriously started to doubt my place, but this is natural, it's a new thing. I got through it and I passed. I think the strangest thing for most students is the fact that most have come from a background of getting straight A's then getting to university and achieving passes. I think this is purely due to getting used to how uni works and how things are graded differently. You don't have any teachers nagging you or telling you everything you need to do like you would at school; you're an adult now you have to do things for yourself. The First year you only have to get 40%(a pass) which is good to be able to experiment and understand new academic techniques, as things you learned at school on how to write an essay are pretty much useless at uni as most have different referencing techniques etc. The best thing to do is seek help if you're struggling and most importantly don't be too hard on yourself, it's very unlikely that you'll be getting firsts in your first year if you are then well done you! My main advice is to always strive for higher than your target; I always try and push myself higher just so I can learn and become more advanced. Striving for just the standard can make you a lazy student as you're not pushing yourself, do not think that just because you only need a pass for first year that you should not fully try.

Firth court at the University of Sheffield.

All in all, I am so glad I chose to go to university it has really broadened my job prospects in the future and I really agree with people when they say that say uni is the best years of your life. You meet so many new exciting people and learn new things that will shape your future. 

My second semester is now in full swing and I am taking everything I learned from the first into the second and it has really helped. My advice on university would be to only go if you're 100% sure and are passionate about what you're studying, you're paying £9000 a year so it's important to be certain. Of course, uni isn't for everyone and that is fine and you shouldn't be pressured into going if you're not an academic person because like I said it's hard. I have lots of reading to do weekly and it's something you don't get rid of; it's something you should be aware of when applying. 

I hope this post helped a little and let me know your uni experience in the comments
Until next time,
Lauren
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A week in pictures

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A week in pictures



Hello everyone welcome back, today I wanted to share a few pictures I snapped throughout the week that summarises my week in a more creative way than just rambling on with endless words. I have started to work on my photography more and in particular on my phone, so I am able to snap a picture on the move without having to cart around my big camera everywhere. Sometimes it's just way more practical and convenient to take an image on your phone.



Looking after my little cousins, this sweet image is worth a thousand words. This image shows the sisterly bond they have and it's such a natural image. 

Monday morning welcomes a new week at uni. I love this image of one of the uni buildings and how I made it look like a nice summery day when really there was snow on the ground and it was minus one degree.

A trip to Lincoln: so, this just captures spontaneity for me this was such a spontaneous trip but I really enjoyed it. It just goes to show that things that aren't planned can sometimes be the best.



How has your week been so far? let me know in the comments
Until next time,
Lauren
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Friday, 12 January 2018

The story behind my new tattoo

Friday, 12 January 2018

The story behind my new tattoo


Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog.  I know I haven't been as active as I used to be on my blog but uni and work just got in the way. Now I have finished semester one of university which has flown by and I'm now awaiting my exams in January. I will be writing a blog post soon about my university experience so far including moving out, freshers, work load etc so let me know if this is something you would like to see. Anyways, down to the blog post.

So, as you see I have got a new tattoo this tattoo has been saved on my phone for quite a while. This tattoo has so much meaning to me personally and I just knew at some point I would get this done and as of the 1st December that day happened! First things first the pain, now I have had a tattoo before one at the side of my wrist but this was far more painful. It was bareable but it was painful as all tattoos are, but different areas can hurt more. I think my wrist hurt the most as it's thin skin.

The reason I got the tattoo:

This tattoo is very simple, it means free as a bird. This simple quote means to me don't get stuck in a rut you're free to do what you want and you only have one life so live it. Many of us including me can be guilty of having a routine and not mixing it up and trying different things, whether that be trying a fitness class, reaching a career goal etc. I look down at this tattoo and it's just a little reminder to me to be free. This new year I plan on being more active and tyring different things. I plan on starting some fitness classes and joining societies at university. I think 2018 is going to be a good year for me and I intend on making it count, just like we all should!


Would you ever get a tattoo? let me know in the comments.

Love,
Lauren 
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

visualisation and mood boards

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

visualisation and mood boards

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you my love of brainstorming and creating mood boards for inspiration. I wanted to combine all the things that are inspiring me and things I am visualising this month, hey who knows this could be a regular thing. So, let me tell you what it all means to me...

1.  The main background image was taken at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield, this image to me is a reminder to get my camera out more and get back into photography again.

2. This image of a magazine design is a reminding me of my Humans Of Sheffield series I started a year ago, I went around interviewing interesting people. I am making a pledge to start this up again on my blog and also start getting into magazine design again; I miss using Indesign so much!

3. My blog image - this is an indication to change things up a little, play around with my logo and give it a little redesign for the new year.

4. This image helps me visualise art and creativeness, looking at this just makes me want to sit and write all my new ideas down and start working on them.

5. Random acts of kindness- I tried to start this series on my blog a couple months back but I didn't end up committing to it, but this time I am giving it another shot. This image also represents kindness in general, how we should all do our own little bit even if it's just a simple smile!



So, that's my little mood board of creativeness.

Until next time,

Lauren 

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