Highstreet Haul; May 2017

Hello again! Here are a few items I purchased this month from high street stores from several cities in the UK around the time of my birthday earlier this month, which you can read here.

Black Ripped Skinny Jeans- New Look £35.99

‘Ripped Knee Skinny Shaper Jeans’ as they’re called on the website. They come in a variety of styles and colours and are the more premium option. Comparing them with the high waisted disco ‘Hallie’ jeans that I usually go for, I think they keep their colour for longer and the material is slightly thicker so I think these might be my new favourite ‘go-to’ jeans.

Western Belt- River Island £10

White Flare Sleeve Top- H&M £17.99 

I think they have this in more than one colour but I chose the white, which I think will be great for my holidays later in the year and the summer season here in the UK as it is sheer and has a lace insert at the back (which also makes me want to get my tattoo corrected). I’m thinking beer garden attire, hah!

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Pink Metallic Biker Jacket- New Look £39.99

Okay so, I love all things metallic at the minute and actually purchased a metallic leather bag whie I was away too, also from New Look, which I unfortatley deleted the photos of, but you can check it out on my instagram if you’re interested. Anyway, the material of this jacket is SO soft and confortable to wear. I purchased a size 14 which is a size above my usual and I always do this with biker jackets as I hate feeling restricted and stuffed- up if you know what I mean! The colour is amazing and actually goes with quite a lot of things that I already have and makes me feel really nice and summery while still fitting in with my personal style (mainly black and white).

 

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Blue and White Striped Shirt- H&M £22.99 (I think)

This shirt actually goes down to my thighs but I specifically purchased this because of the length so that I could tie it in a knot at the front…just a preference! I like this because it could be worn for work or a more formal occasion as well as doubling up as a geat summer piece when worn like this below. One little downside, the creasing is quite annoying but I think that comes with the territory of being a blousy/shirt type person…or maybe that’s just my bad luck?

 

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Black Lace-Up Vest- H&M £7.99

Simple, good quality to for the price and goes with anything!

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Gingham Top- Primark £12.99 (or there abouts!)

Everyone that asked about this top could not believe that it was from Primark as it has that sort of Top Shop-py sort of feel to it. Very good material for the price of it and I’m not really too bothered about what is ”on-trend” as I just buy what I like, but this top is literally just that for this spring/summer. With cold shoulders and a tie front, I think it makes it a little more dressy and could be worn both day and night.

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Limited Edition Croc Effect Boots- River Island £38 (above)

Small Heel Caged Sandals- New Look £22.99 (below)

Bag- Stadavarius £7.99 

This bag is literally huge when it is filled and can fit SO much in! New travel bag I’m thinking…

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Thanks for reading,

 

Lauren x

 

 

Highstreet Haul; May 2017

City Travelling & OOTD’s

Hello! So last week I turned 25, travelled to some cities I’ve never been to and also accepted a new job…well they do say that good things come in 3’s, right? I just thought I’d share the experience in case you were thinking of going or something, as well as a peek of the outfits I purhcased/wore along the way. In my previous posts I think my OOTD’s have consisted of New Look taking up the majority of my outfits, however since I am moving on from the company I will also say bye bye to my half price discount as well, meaning that I will probably be mixing up my brands a little more, haha!

It was just me and my sister, Tammy on the ‘National Holidays’ trip as I have made a ‘thing’ of going away for my birthdays since hitting my twenties (burying my head in the sand, basically) and this time we had four days to explore Chester and Liverpool, whilst staying in a hotel in Didsbury, Manchester. This all came as a bit of a surprise to be honest, as the website claimed that we would be staying in Liverpool and having an excursion to Chester but we had a good time all the same. Just beware if you are booking with National Holidays that sometimes it is all kept very much a mystery until you actually get there, especially if you have you heart set on somewhere in particular, but that being said- there pakacges are SO worth the money!

The highlights of the trip for me personally was;

  • the most amazing burger, fries & slaw I have ever had in my life at ‘Hickory’s Smokehouse’ in Chester (located on the river side next to the cruise boats)
  • Chester park, which was absolutley beautiful (even if I did get attacked by a squirell!)
  • Liverpool in general, I just love that city and all its culture

I actually put together my first YouTube vlog as well so instead of putting photos on here, you can have a little cringe at my video instead, haha! Thanks for reading/watching, let me know what you think!

Lauren x

City Travelling & OOTD’s

Bravura London for Facial Scarring.

Heyyy, I thought I would let you know my first impressions on the skin company ‘Bravura London’ that specializes in treatments such as chemical peel solutions. This brand was recommended to me when I asked if anybody had any tips to get rid of facial scarring that has built up over the past eight years or so for me personally (photos below with and with and without makeup)- yep, I need more than a little exfoliation! I had never heard of Bravura at first and then after some research on their Facebook page and the website that I will link below, it was not hard to find many good reviews, ‘before and after’ photos, as well as a whole bunch of celebrities that can testify the benefits to using these products. It’s fair to say that I was quickly persuaded and purchased two bottles of the chemicals; glycolic (2%) and salicylic (10%) and an application brush. Coming to a total of just over £20, I thought this was simply amazing value for money if they actually work, and I have previously paid £100 for six sessions of chemical peels and I believe that this is the same product they used but in a smaller concentrate.

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So after reading through the instructions and advice provided with the products, I have alternated between the two chemicals every other day and have repeated this 3 times so far, concentrating on the areas with the deepest scars for now. The liquid resembles a gel and is easy to apply and is pain free except a little tingle now and again in certain areas which is just a very slight itchy sensation. I haven’t experienced any after effects except a tiny patch of dry skin which didn’t even show under my makeup and although I’ve only used the products a handful of times, I can already see a small difference in my skin so I will be definitely be continuing with my routine. So far, so good for Bravura London and hopefully this will be the solution that will give me the confidence to go out without any foundation on once in a while! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products and what you think?

Thanks for reading!

Lauren x

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Bravura London for Facial Scarring.

January Beach Walk & OOTD #2

Hellooo! Same beach in South Shields, different day (still a Sunday though) except the weather was cold, rainy and windy- although the dog thought it was still perfectly acceptable, of course.

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Outfit;

 

Scarf- Top Shop

Jeans, Boots, Coat, Hat- New Look

Bag- H & M

(I do purchase the majority of my clothes at New Look since I work there!)

After stopping for a hot chocolate at Minchellas’ again (this is becoming a routine) we walked the length of the beach right through to Gypsies Green where I was parked near, which might I add, is free parking if you’re making this trip too.

Thanks for reading and here are a few more snaps!

Lauren x

 

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January Beach Walk & OOTD #2

A ‘Beauty-ful’ Christmas; NYX & Other Picks

Hellooo! I realise that I’m a little slow on the uptake since we’re almost half way through January but I thought I may as well share a few updates/reviews on some beauty gifts that I got for Christmas since I was going to to another NYX haul post anyway…

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Nude on Nude Natural Look Kit; ‘Diaphane’
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Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick; ‘Sandstorm’ & ‘Soft-Spoken’
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#4 / #7
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Dark, Bold & Smokey brush set
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‘Almond’ roll-on shimmer
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Dewy finish setting spray / ‘Sex Bom’ eye shadow pallette
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Dark, Bold & Smokey brush set

As of yet I haven’t had a chance to use the ‘Sex Bomb’ or ‘Nude on Nude’ eye shadow palettes properly but I literally LOVE everything that I have tried so far! The roll on eye shimmer is the quickest, easiest product to apply to your eyes, ever. It take zero effort (which is a god send as I’m not the best at doing make-up to start with) and the best thing is that it looks amazing either as a subtle day-time look or built up with other products for a heavier, more glamorous eye. I tend to just roll and dab with my finger when I’m in a hurry or use the fattest brush (shown on the far right) to pat and blend, easy, easy, easy. I also love the ‘almond’ colour and intend to purchase more of these in the near future!

The ‘dewy’ setting spray seems to be working great for me as I’m quite active at the minute and don’t really top up my make-up when I’m working so it helps that it stays in place for longer- although if you’re after a real dewy finish, I would not recommend this. I was dubious at first as I would have personally chosen the matte if it wasn’t a gift, due to my oily skin, but it really doesn’t seem to make a difference in that respect.

I actually chose the shades of the suede lip creams myself  and surprise, surprise, they are two fairly neutral shades to add to my collection (not planning to stop this pattern anytime soon either). The pigments are true to what they look like in the tube and again, I love this type of product as they aren’t sticky like the glosses and glide on easily. One little negative is that they need to fully dry otherwise they just slide off, understandably if you have at least one coffee every morning like me, I suppose.

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If you’ve never tried a tangle teaser brush, you’re missing a trick. This particular one by ‘star’, which I believe you can pick up at hair and beauty wholesalers (although you may need a trade card in some cases) is so gentle on my hair even when it’s been in a messy bun and needs a good sorting out. I am still getting used to using the wand on my short hair, not just this one but curling tools in general- if anybody has any tips for styling short hair with a ‘waver’ wand, please share! However, this one is easy to use as far as curling wands go as it has very good heat and safety settings. I was lucky enough to get both of my favourite perfumes for Christmas also, Dior’s ‘Poison Girl’ and YSL’s ‘Black Opium’, although I also received an  extra one which is a variation of the poison variety; ‘Pure Poison’. The first two are very sweet just how I like them and the last is a little more musky which is always nice to change with. The Calvin Klien set came with a thong, boxers and a sports bra and they are just so comfortable but just to warn- these are quite small fitting as I am a size 12 and my sister was advised to buy these in L/XL and they fit nicely so I would at least go for the size up! Last but certainly not least, I’m not going to lie that I was a little bit chuffed when I got two new diaries as I absolutely love being organised, planning, writing and making lists (explains why I chose to do my degree in events management!).

Thanks for reading, feel free to let me know what you think if you got any of this stuff too!

Lauren x

A ‘Beauty-ful’ Christmas; NYX & Other Picks

A Sunday in January; Beach, Dog walking & OOTD

Hi! Since I had the day off work yesterday (Sunday) and the weather was unusually sunny, it would have been rude not to take my dog to the beach, although I was still surprised to see that the place was covered in other dog walkers who had the same idea. I still wrapped up obviously but after 10 minutes I realised I needn’t have bothered!

Puffer jacket- New Look £39.99

Scarf- Top Shop £14.99

Top and jeans- New Look (purchased a while ago)

Converse- Schuh

Bag- New Look £19.99

After having a walk along the beach and trying to get Neo used to the water (he wasn’t having any of it) we headed for a Minchellas where I got a hot chocolate with cream and my boyfriend got a little tub of their strawberry ice cream- which was lovely but way too sickly for me! After that we headed to the cliff area and Gypsies Green which is also a great place to let your dog run around off the lead as there is a huge area of greenery in between the cliff edges and the road leading to Marsden! Here’s a few snaps & thanks for reading.

Lauren x

 

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A Sunday in January; Beach, Dog walking & OOTD

D.I.Y COFFEE SCRUB

Hi ! I’ve been seeing coffee scrubs posted all over Instagram and Pinterest for a while now, and have been wanting to try it out myself as it claims to have positive effects on scars, acne and cellulite (let’s not judge until we’ve tried it). Obviously I don’t expect it to work miracles but after researching the the individual purposes of the ingredients I can understand why it is supposed to work;

ground coffee– for reducing any swelling and redness and has toning properties

sugar– for exfoliation which increases blood flow

extra virgin olive oil– an excellent moisturiser

cinnamon– because it smells so damn good.

You can change the amount of each ingredient you use, depending on how exfoliating/moisturising/thick  you want your scrub. I used; 3 heaped tsps of coffee, 3 tsps sugar, 2 tsps cinnamon and about 3 ‘glugs’ of olive oil and then realised this wasn’t enough when it came to applying, so make sure you don’t skimp if you want to keep the skin on your face !

I was going to have a shower while this was on my face anyway and got a little carried away, applying it to my whole body. It felt a little strange at first but after getting used to the sensation it was a lovely experience, especially on the elbows and legs I found! I now get why this is good for blood circulation and reducing cellulite (along with healthy eating and exercise of course-maybe I should work on those first…)  as the scrub feels quite spikey but nice and I couldn’t believe how soft my skin was- reaaally soft. I know some people use this on damaged hair so I may as well give this a try too at a later date!

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Overall, I would probably make this again if I was having a good pamper session, its quick, cheap and easy to make and the only con for me personally was all of the cleaning up afterwards (I got it up the walls and everything)! Thanks for reading-

Lauren x

 

 

 

D.I.Y COFFEE SCRUB