5 Overnight Products That Will Give You Perfect Skin By The Morning

As I get older I find my skincare routine more and more important.  My skin is also quite dry so finding a good moisturiser is probably the most important part of my skincare routine.  Here are my 5 favourite products that always give me soft, glowing skin in the morning even in the harsh winter months!

Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Oil

I'm a huge fan of facial oils for getting super soft skin.  I also put it on my eyelashes and eyebrows and I swear it makes them grow.

Weleda Skin Food

This is a super thick and greasy cream but if you can get past that it does wonders for your skin overnight, it really is food for the skin.

Nip and Fab Dragon Blood

Obviously it's not really dragon blood ;) Nip and Fab are a cruelty free brand and this little product gives so much hydration.  I like to use it under my facial oil or moisturiser.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This is a cult product and for good reason.  It's a toner that contain hyaluronic acid which is great for extra hydration and I always use it after washing my face.

Superdrug Vitamin E Eyecream

Last but not least, eye creams are so important.  I use a pea size amount a little lower than my lash line and work it up.  If you use it too close to the lash line you can end up with puffy eyes in the morning.


Do you have any overnight products you swear by for perfect skin?

Lauren xx

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Recipe Box: Warming Chickpea Stew

Now that winter is really kicking in here in London (I feel like I've started every blog post with that recently!) I'm craving warmer foods but also meals that are packed with nutrients and vitamins that are going to stop me catching any colds or flus that always go around this time of year.  I found a recipe by my favourite, Deliciously Ella, which I slightly adapted.  It's sort of between a stew and a curry which you can have with or without rice.

Ingredients

Tinned tomatoes
Coconut milk
Sweet potato
Aubergine
Spinach
Chickpeas
Tomato puree
Apple cider vinegar
Turmeric
Curry powder
Salt & pepper
Garlic
Brown rice


Pop the sweet potato into the microwave for 10 minutes and then cut into chunks

Chop the aubergine into chunks

Put the tomato puree, vinegar, garlic, spices and salt into a pot with olive oil for 1 minute

Then add the coconut milk, tinned tomatoes, aubergine, sweet potato and more salt and pepper into the pot for about 25 minutes

Then add the chickpeas and spinach and cook for a further 10 minutes

Serve with brown rice


Let me know if you try this or what your favourite winter recipes are!

Lauren xx

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Pick Of The Day

ASOS - £25

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Beauty Club

I did an online order from BeautyBay at the weekend, one of my favourite online stores for purchasing skincare and makeup because they do both high end and drugstore brands.

This time around I got a new Beauty Blender because my old one had had it.  I had one before and then I swapped to the Real Techniques sponge but I have to say I do prefer the original Beauty Blender although the Real Techniques one is a great affordable alternative.




I also need a new facial exfoliator and have been loving the brand Mario Badescu so I got the strawberry face scrub which smells good enough to eat!  I haven't tried it on my skin yet but I will let you know when I do.  I have high expectations because the rose water is so good!

Then I picked up a cream concealer from Milani.  I've not heard much about this concealer but it had good reviews online.  I'm not normally one for cream concealers but I thought I would give it a go as I do really like the brand Milani.  I tried it this morning under my foundation and it worked so well!  Got rid of my bags anyway haha.




Lastly I picked up a setting powder from LA Girl.  I've got a loose powder from them that I love but I wanted a compact I could take on the go and replace my MAC one as I want only cruelty free products now.  I haven't tried it yet but will keep you updated!


Have you tried any of these products?  What new products are you loving?

Lauren xx

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Beauty Advice From My Mum

Even though we now live in a world where we have internet access at the click of a button and social media is a big part of our lives where we watch beauty gurus and makeup artists showing us how to recreate the latest makeup looks and beauty hacks, I think we all started as a little girl or teenager watching our mum do her makeup and trying to copy..





Here are a few things that my mum has taught me over the years.



Always remove makeup before you sleep


Less is more


Red lipstick glams up any look


A good moisturiser is key to keeping skin looking younger


Don't forget your neck and hands, this is where your age shows




Do you have any advice you have taken from your mum?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

1. Jacket - Next, Boots - Topshop
2. Top - River Island, Trousers - ASOS

Top - Mango
Shoes - ASOS

1. Jumper - Primark, Shoes - ASOS
2. Jumper and shoes - Primark

Top - ASOS, Skirt - New Look, Converse - Trainers

Dress - ASOS, Trainers - New Look, Bag - Aspinal of London

Which is your fave?

Lauren xx

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How To Overcome The Fear Of Starting Up Your Own Business

My mum and my sister and also one of my best friends have started up their own businesses in the last year which I think is amazing and I know it's something that a lot of people would love to do but are perhaps scared so I have gathered up some advice and tips I have learnt from them and thought I would share with you here.



Never doubt yourself

Believe in yourself.  You obviously started on this journey for a reason and know that you're good at whatever it is you're starting up so don't doubt yourself.  If you believe in you and what you're doing then others will too.

Go for it, no regrets

Try not to keep thinking what if.  If you don't take a leap of faith and go for it then you will always live in regret and that is way worse.

There will be failures

Of course not everything is going to go to plan but that's what makes it all worth it.  Things will go wrong but you will pick yourself and try again.

Be prepared to work hard

Don't expect it to come easy just because you're good at it.  You are going to have to work your socks off, long hours and possibly not earn much money in the beginning but eventually it will all pay off.

The best is yet to come

This is one of my favourite sayings and it's so true.  I may not have started up my own business but I am working towards qualifying as a lawyer and although I've had a lot of set backs along the way I know the best is yet to come which keeps me going.



Do you have any advice for starting up your own business?

Lauren xx

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Rosy

Now that autumn is nigh I have been looking around for more earthy colours and tones and one shade that has been standing out to me and which I noticed a lot during New York Fashion Week is a rosy pink colour.  I've never been the biggest fan of pink as I find it too girly for my personality but a dusky blush tone can be very chic and anything but girly.

Here are two of my favourite pink looks I've been wearing:



And here are some items from my ASOS wishlist..





How do you feel about the pink trend?

Lauren xx

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Superdrug Haul

Every now and again I like to check out the popular products in the drugstore and do a little haul.  Super drug is definitely my favourite drugstore because the brand itself are activists against animal cruelty and therefore I know that anything I buy from them will not be tested on animals.




I only went in for a mascara..

This was the main reason for my trip.  I tend to buy a new mascara every 3 months or so and I generally check out the reviews beforehand as I like to try something I haven't tried before even if I really love one I've used previously.  This time around I went for the Miss Sporty Pump Up Booster mascara as it had high reviews on the website.  The brush is a funny shape but looks like it will give lots of volume.



The other product I wanted to get was a hydrating mist.  I'm currently using the Mario Badescu rose water one every morning which I love but I'm nearly out so thought I'd give a drugstore one a go.  I really love the vitamin e range as it's targeted at dry skin like mine.  I tested some of my face when I got home and it feels nice but slightly oilier than the Mario Badescu one.



Another favourite brand of mine is Nip + Fab as they are also cruelty free.  Superdrug often has offers on this brand as they can be slightly more expensive than the average drugstore products.  The dragon's blood shots were half price so I thought I would see what the hype was about.  It contains hyaluronic acid which is supposed to be really hydrating and anti-ageing!




Lastly I picked up some face masks as I try to do one once a week.  They're only 99p and are currently doing 342.  I got the dead sea purifying mask which now I realise is for oily skin but I'll give it a go, I got an exfoliating one and a cocktail peel-off one for fun :)

Have you purchased anything from the drugstore lately?

Lauren xx

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New Skincare Routine

Every 6 months or so I try to switch up my skincare routine.  I think it's important to do this because of the change in seasons but also your skin naturally changes over time and so its needs and wants will change too.

My skin type is normal to dry so hydration and moisturisation are key in my skincare routine.  With some help from my beauty therapist I feel I have really got my skincare routine down to where my skin is pretty much clear of blemishes and dry patches and I am overall quite happy with.

Step 1

To take my makeup off I use either the Renaissance cleanser from Oskia or the hot cloth cleanser by Naturally Radiant at Superdrug.

Step 2

Then I like to double cleanse to make sure all the makeup and dirt are completely gone.  For this I use either the Philosophy cleanser or the Dermalogica cleansing gel.




Step 3

In the mornings I will spray my face with the Mario Badescu rose water but in the evenings I like to use something with hyaluronic acid in it so either the Pixie toner or the Nip&Fab pads.

Step 4

A good eye cream.  At the moment I'm using the vitamin e one from Superdrug but I'm open to suggestions for others?

Step 4

I use a serum as this is slightly stronger than a moisturiser so you want to use it underneath.  The one I use it the hydrating one by Simply at Superdrug.

Step 5

The last step is a moisturiser.  In the day it's something by the Naturally Radiant range at Superdrug (LOVE this range for dry/dull skin) and in the evenings it's either a face oil or the moisturiser by Weveda.




I also like to use an exfoliator twice a week like the Nip&Fab once which has hyaluronic acid in it.

What does your skincare routine look like?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

Playsuit - Glamorous UK
1. Jacket - Zara, Top - ASOS, Chinos - Primark, Shoes - Next
2. Top - ASOS



1. Dress - Boohoo, Shoes - Primark
2. Jacket - Tesco, Shoes - Next

Eyewear - Rayban, Cardigan - Banana Republic, Bag - Primark, Shoes - Converse

Shirt - Pretty Little Thing, Shorts and Trainers - New Look

Which is your favourite look?

Lauren xx

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Current Favourite Instagrammers

Instagram is hands down my favourite app at the moment as I think is the same for most people especially in the blogging world.

To be honest, there's only 2 types of Instagram accounts I follow; fashion and food because really those are the most important, right?!

Here are some of my faves:

Fashion



@happyilygrey



@anitadacosta



@meganellaby


Food



@vegancommunity



@leahitsines



@womenshealthuk



Comment below your favourite Instagrammers so I can check them out!  My handle is @wonky_lauren, what's yours?

Lauren xx

Black and Khaki




Images via Pinterest

I'm loving this colour combo lately.  What do you think about it?  I think it will be a great one for autumn and I particularly love the first outfit ;)

Lauren xx

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5 Things Caffeine Does To Your Body

I've never been much of a coffee addict, preferring only to have it when I meet with friends at the weekend rather than every day.  I do, however, love an energy drink until I read about the nasty side effects of coffee.  Now I prefer to have a Berocca or a multivitamin tablet in my water to give me a boost and here's why...





1.  It gives you insomnia

2.  It can make you nervous or anxious

3.  It can cause an upset stomach

4.  It speeds up your heartbeat

5.  It can cause headaches



Do you get any bad side effects from too much caffeine?  I definitely experienced anxiety and that's when I knew I had to give it up!

Lauren xx

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Pink

I was never a girly girl and still aren't really but recently I can't get enough of the colour pink!  I try to wear it in a less girly way and only a pop of it but here are some latest looks where I've incorporated different shades of pink!

Top from ASOS
Shoes from Primark

Jumper from ASOS

Boots from Office

Can you tell my favourite shade of pink??

Lauren xx

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Blue Denim and Stripes

This is my new favourite combo!







What do you think?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

1. Shorts - New Look
2. Shirt - Primark, Shoes - New Look
1. Shirt - New Look, Trousers - Zara
2. Skirt - HM, Trainers - New Look

1. Top - Pull & Bear, Leggings - HM, Trainers - Nike
2. Dress - New Look

Top - ASOS
Overalls - Levi
Trainers - Lacoste

Which is your fave?

Lauren xx

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