The Ultimate Moisturising Cream

Having dry skin I'm always seeking out the best moisturisers to aid it.  I've tried and tested many over the years from all over the world in fact!  But the best one I've found seems to have been right under my nose here in a UK drugstore and that is Superdrug Naturally Radiant Cream.  I have mine in normal to dry skin.




It's a really thick cream which is specific for night time use and it feels so cooling on the skin, perfect for those summer nights.  I believe they also do a daytime one and one for oily/combination skin although I haven't tried these so I can't vouch for them.  It has added SPF and smells amazing due to the fruit infusion.  I really love the Superdrug brand though and have tried their serums also.




I like Superdrug because it's both affordable AND they don't test on animals which is important to me.  They are always doing offers and I think when I bought my cream it was half price.  I then recommended it to a friend and she got it for BOGOF.  This cream is supposed to make your skin more radiant and I have seen a slight difference although I don't use it every day as I like to swap between my Josie Maran argon oil.

Have you tried anything from the Superdrug range?  What do you think?

Lauren xx

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A Comfy Chic Way to Wear a Fuzzy Jumper

Okay I'm aware we are in the midst of a heat wave here in the UK BUT the weather quickly changes here and we need to be prepared.  Also, I'm so in love with all the Autumn Winter collections that are coming out in stores currently so I wanted to share my numero uno fashion piece for the winter; the fuzzy jumper.

I know the fuzzy jumper can sometimes be hard to style, mainly because people think they're going to be really itchy but not these days.  Check out some of the inspiration I've added below from Pinterest and tell me which is your favourite look!





I think the last one is my fave!

Lauren xx

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Runway Beauty Looks You Can Totally Pull Off

I don't know about you but I always get so envious when I see the models on the runway with their high cheek bones and perfectly chiseled jawlines.  I always thought they must just have the best makeup artists in the industry to create these looks but actually it's more achievable than you think.

With so many great products available now we can easily create that supermodel runway look at home.  Here are some of the best products I found for creating those looks.





Base

You want your skin to look dewy and glowy so good for a good primer like the Becca Backlight primer or the L'Oreal Lumi Magique.  Then for foundation use something like Nars Sheer Glow or Bourjois Healthy Mix.


Contour

If you love that contoured and highlighted look it's best to get yourself a contour kit which comes with a range of colours.  My favourite are the Anastasia Beverley Hills kit and the NYX one.


Highlight

Supermodels LOVE a highlight and are rarely seen without one.  It's the main product in creating their runway look.  Becca do some great highlighters, especially the Champagne Pop one by Jaclyn Hill and also The Balm have some amazing affordable ones.


Blush


Generally they will only have a light pinky blush just to give them that flushed look.  Smashbox does a 'supermodel experience' blush and another favourite of mine is the Sleek Rose Gold which adds a bit of shimmer too.


Mascara

Finally mascara, they don't use a lot here either and definitely don't add any lash extensions.  It's all about looking as natural as possible so for that I would use BareMinerals flawless mascara or ELF studio mineral.




Let me know your favourite products for creating a runway look!

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week: Marrakech

Eyewear - Rayban
Tee - eBay
Bag - Zara
Pants - Primark
Shoes - Peacocks
Hat - Brick Lane Market
Tee - New Look
Skirt - ASOS
Shoes - Dune

Dress - Next
Shoes - Peacocks

Dress - H&M
Shoes - Dune

Eyewear - Rayban
Top - River Island
Pants - Next
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Peacocks

Dress - River Island
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Dune
Necklace - New Look
Hat - Brick Lane Market
Top - ASOS
Skirt - New Look
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Dune

Dress - Missguided
Shoes - Dune
Which one is your favourite?

Lauren xx

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How To Style The Plaid Shirt

The plaid shirt has fast become a wardrobe staple for many.  I think this is mainly because it is such a versatile piece that you can incorporate into any outfit.  I wore the blue checkered one I have from Topshop just last night to dinner with some skinny jeans and glitter flats.



I think a plaid shirt also looks good with white jeans, a skirt or undone over a dress. There are just so many options!  Here are some great plaid shirt outfit inspo I found on Pinterest.






Which is your favourite way to wear a plaid shirt?

Lauren xx

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My Current Candle Collection

I was never really one for lighting candles which I know isn't very blogger of me but I just wasn't fussed by them.  I think I was also scared that I would knock it over or forget to blow it out after use.  So I just had them around the house but never lit them lol.  Is that weird?

Anyway, after I spent a month in America (posts here and here) and came back in January I discovered that my boiler was no longer working.  It was 10 years old so it had had it's day.  Anyway, I had to wait a long and very cold 3 weeks before I could get it fixed and during this time decided, during a desperate attempt to keep warm, to light some candles.




The candles didn't really keep me much warmer but they did help take my mind off the cold haha.  And that's when I really got into them.  Then I went to a candle party by Party Lite and learnt so much about different candles.  The candles they sell there are much better for you as they don't let off any toxic fumes.

I picked up a black one in a chocolate orange scent just for something different.  I also have some beautiful Jo Malone candles which are probably my fave and then a really pretty Christmassy red one from The Sanctuary.  I'd like to get a Yankee Candle as I hear they do really great scents.

Where do you find the best candles?

Lauren xx

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Marrakech, Morocco: Photo Diary



















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It's Been Six Months But Who's Counting?

I want to get personal today and I want to be real.  I want to leave the fashion and makeup to one side for a minute and bare my soul a little.

In the last six months I have stopped living alone and gotten myself a flat mate, lost 12 lbs, gained 10 lbs, endured the worst break up of my entire life, visited six different cities in four different countries, healed my past, forgave my father, became vegan, found my faith, discovered my calling, began to like myself, and still managed to get some shopping in. ;)
Needless to say, I have A LOT to fill you in on. I am told that this "time" of my life, which I have been referring to as "rock bottom" ha, is not only necessary for personal growth, but also a HUGE blessing. Hmmm...

Ok so I am still trying to sort out this "single" thing. It's pretty obvious that when you don't have a boyfriend to lay in bed and do nothing with, you go out. I'm trying to get on board with this, but without fail, in the midst of my fun this buzzer always goes off in my head saying: "Ok. Times up. Time to go home" and for a few months that's exactly what I would do. On command I would politely excuse myself, walk home, listen to some music, pray, cry... you know... normal, broken heart activities. Lately, my internal clock has changed it's tune.  I feel so much more like myself again and I honestly believe this is down to a change in routine, distraction and time being the best healer of all.
I was religious about facing the end of my relationship head-on, without any crutch. I wasn't out clubbing or hitting up random dudes or even worse.. cutting my hair. But anyway, with 6 months single under the belt I feel like, well now that I have mastered the Taylor Swift 1989 Album, eating all the carbs, nagging the hell out of my best friends, and wearing face masks all day, what is the next step of easing into reality? How can I challenge myself, yet stay in my comfort zone as I continue to heal? And I was like... I know, I will just take all of those things with me and see as much of the world as my annual leave will allow!
So I went to America, Poland, Greece, Morocco, back to America in September and more of Europe later this year.  At first I thought I was just running away from it all and these were just temporary highs but actually they've helped me with the healing process and self growth and I would totally recommend it!


I'm not really sure what I'm trying to get at here but I just wanted to be a bit more raw for a change.  We are all human after all and we all feel.
Thanks for listening.
Lauren xx

Sunday Best

In England, as I'm sure is the same in other countries, we have what is called 'Sunday Best'.  This originally derived from going to church on a Sunday wearing your best clothes, a tradition that a lot of people still do.

Another tradition in the UK is to go out for Sunday dinner for a roast or gather with family and friends to host a roast dinner at someone's house.  I often go to my grandparents for this and it's one of my favourite things to do out of the whole week.

I mean honestly, I don't really need an excuse to dress up but I'll take it anyway and so Sunday becomes the day we don our best clothes whether it be for church, dinner or other plans.

There seems to be quite a clear difference, however, between your usual dress up (on a Saturday night say) to the Sunday Best.  Probably because it derived from the church tradition people like to be quite smart and classic on a Sunday so for me this would mean a cute dress or skirt or maybe some smart trousers and shirt.  I tend to stay away from jeans and Converse on this day.

Here are some examples of what to wear for Sunday Best..









Do you do Sunday Best?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

Eyewear - Celine
Shirt - ASOS
Shorts - New Look
1 - Dress - F&F, Shoes - Primark
2 - Dress - Millie Mackintosh, ASOS

Hat - Peacocks
Dress - Forever21
Shoes - Next
Camera - Nikon D3300

Tee - eBay
Dunagrees - New Look
Shoes - Chanel

Eyewear - H&M
Dress - Motel Rocks
Boots - Miss Selfridge

Which is your favourite?

Lauren xx

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This Season's Staple: The Black Heel

ASOS


New Look


Shoeaholics


Lauren xx

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