Monday, 5 May 2014
Moving into May, I've decided to jump on the bandwagon and do a monthly favourites - enjoy!

Probably my absolute favourite of the month has to be the Clinique Instant Lift For Brows. I naturally have dark eyebrows which I never thought would need filling in. However, after becoming a bit obsessed with beauty bloggers and gurus over the last year and hearing how important filling in your brows can be, I thought I'd give it a go. This pencil is double sided - one end is a twist up crayon to fill with (I have the shade 03 - deep brown) and the other is a twist up pearl highlighter. I am no expert but I found this super easy to add into my routine. A quick brush and fill of the brows followed by a swipe of the highlight on my brow bone and it completely changes your face. I also like to use the highlighter end in the inner corners of my eye some days - definitely opens them up and brightens!

Next up is something I thought was a bit of a gimmick but popped into the supermarket to snap it up anyway after a recommendation from a friend. The Vaseline Spray Moisturiser promises to absorb in seconds and repair dry skin - which isn't an entirely untrue claim. I find this method of a spray moisturiser definitely quicker than the regular rub in from a tub, tube or pump. It is also super handy when you're in a rush/super cold and lazy after a shower in the winter! Guilty.

A few little things...

Carmex! A true life saver in my books. I think I've admitted this before but I am a lip product hoarder - seriously an advertisers dream when it comes to balms, glosses, sticks and stains. This has had plenty of use over the past month. I pop it on before bed as I love it's long lasting qualities. Then I chuck it on once I wake up (before I start doing my hair/face) so that once I get to applying a product to my lips, they are super soft. Later in the day, it also gets an application or four. Truly obsessed and works miracles.

These ASOS sunglasses were spotted on Hello October's blog a little while ago and I loved the way they looked, especially since she has a smaller face which is similar to mine. I hopped on ASOS and searched for them however they were only in black, which I might prefer anyways, and now I can only find them online in brown. They look really fashionable and I love wearing them when the sun decides to make an appearance.

As you probably read in most blogger's posts, I have never been a huge fan of lip glosses. Sticky products and below boob length hair, plus Wellington wind do not mix! But my mum's friend gave us a pack of these Napoleon Perdis lip glosses and I have kept at least one in my bag ever since. They aren't too sticky and I find them quite moisturising. The applicator is also one of my favourite types - a brush, not a spongey type one. The colour range (which we split up amongst the family) ranged from a light pink to hot pink with a couple of nudes and oranges in between. I tried them all and surprisingly liked the way the orange-toned one looked! Trying out some more glosses may be in order!

During a browse through the Salvation Army, I spotted this read for something like $2. I haven't quite finished it yet but absolutely love the story so far, just like I do with other Nick Hornby novels. It is about a group of four people who all meet on a rooftop on New Year's Eve with plans to jump. Typing that now, I admit it sounds a bit dark and depressing but it has some real wit in it which definitely reminds me of About a Boy. Also, the film version of this has been made which has Aaron Paul cast. Can't wait!

Lastly, something black of course. This wee little bag has been slung over my shoulder in a rush for the past few weeks and it is a great size. During the day (and night to be honest - I recently wore it to the Arctic Monkeys gig) this Dotti purse perfectly fits my wallet/pouch, a lip product or two, my keys, a small hand cream, my phone and my sunglasses on top! What else could I need?

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I've been enjoying this month. Let me know what your monthly favourites are below! Any recommendations? Thanks for reading!

Lauren xxx

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Mmm, marshmallows. 

That was my thought upon stepping into a hot bath with this bad boy. After running a plain old bath, I plonked in the Melting Marshmallow Moment melt from LUSH. Unlike a bomb or a bubble bar, bath melts don't fizz or fluff, they melt... Duh. It takes a wee while to work it's magic and really make a difference in the water (compared to other products I have tried) but this melts in pink and creates a subtle, not overly sickly smell of sweet marshmallows. That was a bonus with this melt as sometimes, pink products can be a bit over the top with their scents. Another plus was the silky feel to my skin after hopping out of the bath. Melting Marshmallow Moment has almond oil and cocoa butter in it so it was bound to be quite the moisturiser! 

I have purchased some other LUSH bath products which I hope to be telling you about on here soon. Let me know what your favourite bath thing is and I might try it out! It's coming up winter here so baths are a perfect way to spend nights.

Lauren xxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Contemplating a hairbrush is rough for a girl with a head of thick, long, brown hair but my keen eye spotted this Michel Mercier detangling brush - admittedly because it was pink... This brush is actually the children's version but I'm pretty sure the only difference between this and the original Michel Mercier detangling brushes are the colours? Both ranges have 428 bristles at varying heights and widths in a bid to remove knots without pain. It's a similar idea to the Tangle Teezer which I have also tried, however this range has three types of brushes for thick, medium or fine hair (I got thick). In comparison to other detanglers, the bristles on the Michel Mercier ones are harder and feel somewhat more stable. The brush isn't completely painless when removing knots which no brand can guarantee, but I do notice slightly less fall out which for me is a bonus! It is also a bit more user friendly compared to the shape of other detangling brushes with no handle. The handle and wide paddle (my friend commented it looked like a tennis racket haha) are huge selling points and really make the brush unique and a breeze to use! 

Lauren xxx

Sunday, 6 April 2014
Hi lovelies! Do you even remember me..? Apologies for the couple of weeks off! It has all been a bit crazy with finishing my diploma, my boyfriend coming home, working and I am currently feeling quite under the weather unfortunately.

I thought I'd kick things off again with a Sunday Six post where I list off a few things that made me smile in order to keep in perspective the good things going on around me. I'll be putting some things from the last two weeks into this post to give you a bit of an update!

1. Like I said, I completed my diploma! It was very exciting to receive that congratulatory email saying I had passed, and the fourth one to do so. Now onto job hunting and working...

2. Following on from that - I applied for a job. It's not the most thrilling process with updating resumes, creating cover letters and online applications. However, it did give me a glimmer of hope and a teeny bit of excitement bubbled up inside me at the possibility of a fresh, new job after studying.

3. I finally got to see Jacob! It had been eight weeks since he was home, but four since I had seen him, so to have him back here for the weekend was lovely. He got to come to my graduation dinner, go to his grandmother's birthday and just relax which he hadn't done since he headed to the army.

4. During my graduation dinner, awards were presented and I managed to snap one up. I won an award and prize for best shorthand writer which was rewarding as hard work pays off and I actually enjoyed that part of the year!

5. No idea why I haven't put this higher on the list but... I hit 100 followers on Bloglovin. And then 150! That is just beyond a number I expected so hank you to all of you readers! I would love to know what your favourite kinds of posts are to read and any you would like to see on here?! Comment below if you have any post ideas.

6. This morning, I woke to a post on Facebook by the one and only Ed Sheeran. A minute of his new song 'Sing' was released and that was basically the best minute of my day! I am a huge huge huge fan and cannot wait for the entire song and the rest of an album to be blasting from my iTunes.

Once again, sorry for the blogging holiday! I hope to be better - but thank you for following and continuing to read my posts. Reaching those two milestones mentioned was such a boost.

Let me know what the best part of your week was! I love replying to comments and want to hear the highlights :)

Lauren xxx
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

These three body butters came as a set which I couldn't help but try out! I see Soap and Glory products pop up on blogs daily, but here in New Zealand I unfortunately haven't found it in store. Upon first glance Dirty Works has a similar look to Soap and Glory but having never tried their products, I can't say these are a dupe. But they definitely have the look! After smelling, I loved Velvety Vanilla and Supreme Cream (which I am thinking about purchasing a larger tub of). That Fiji Feeling Coconut body butter however, didn't do anything for me. I'm normally not put off by coconut smells but it meant I haven't used this one and don't think I will. It's a bit overwhelming. The two I have tried definitely do the job, and well. I apply it before bed, after a shower and my skin (especially dry areas like the knees and elbows) feels great in the morning! 

Has anyone found Soap and Glory in New Zealand? Or anywhere online with free shipping? 

Lauren xxx

Sunday, 23 March 2014
Whilst out one day, I spotted these glass jars for only $5. Immediately, I put two under my arms and left the store with a bargain! When I arrived home, I wondered what they could actually be used for... and nail polishes sprung to mind. So I took all my polishes out of their regular storage (half haphazardly thrown into a basket, the other half kept in a fold out makeup bag) and placed them in one of these! Admittedly, it can get a bit noisy when choosing a colour but I love the way it looks on my shelf and it's a great way to spot polishes because it's clear glass. 

Where do you store your nail polishes?

Thanks for reading :)

Lauren xxx

C'est Lauren

C'est Lauren
My name is Lauren and I am a
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world from New Zealand.
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