Friday, 31 January 2014

After a long day of ponytail wearing, sometimes a girl wants to let her hair down - but without that crease left behind by a tight elastic.
Twistbands are made from elastic trim and are thicker than your average hair tie. I finally found these for sale in New Zealand from Sample Bar's Glam Store (which I think has now shut down) after seeing the colourful bands all over the internet. Like magic, they claim to not crease your hair. I don't think I can comment on their ability to leave your hair without that dreaded bump as I wear my hair naturally curly most of the time so it goes a bit unnoticed. But I do think they add something playful to a plain old ponytail! I've been using them, along with my mum and sister, for over a week in high and low ponies and even a bun. Love all the colours and styles they come in.
Read all about how the company got started here - such a cute little story.
Lauren xxx
Tuesday, 28 January 2014

There's something about silver jewellery. The way it looks when it's old. The way it looks when it's new. No matter the age, it is timeless and so easy to wear everyday.
I had been pining over the Karen Walker moon pendant for about a year, so when I spotted it on Trade Me (the New Zealand version of eBay) for about half the price last week, I didn't think twice. The crescent moon face pendant, which has a cute little star as an eye, hangs on Karen Walker's classic link chain. The clasp also has a small circle with 'kw' on it. Everything about it is so sweet. For a while, I have been a bit obsessed with moons so to finally have one on a necklace is perfect. It is also a bit different than the Runaway Girl which everyone and their mum seems to be sporting.
For Christmas, my lovely mother got me and my sister rings from Karen Walker's superfine range. We opened the boxes (which are the most beautiful mixture of elephant grey and gold) and knew they had been mixed up because she had the heart and I had the star. A quick switcharoo and we were in love! My heart ring needed resizing to fit my teeny tiny fingers so today was the first day I wore it! These are really popular and come in quite a lot of different designs. Stars, hearts, dogs, bears, cats, skulls, peace signs, daisies, bows... Like the range suggests they are superfine, which gives them a cute and dainty look.
So those are my recent purchases that I will be wearing everyday for sure! They go wonderfully with my Stolen Girlfriends Club bow ring and my Pandora heart one. I'm not overly adventurous when it comes to jewellery so these are my staples that I feel bare if I forget to pop them on daily!
Lauren xxx
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Friday, 24 January 2014
At the end of last year, I signed up to Sample Bar in a bid to be more adventurous with beauty products. I have never been a religious cleanse, tone and moisturise person and I never really wear more than a tinted moisturiser and a dab of concealer. Buuuuut, I want to try new things. So I received a little black box on my doorstep, filled with these luxury goodies!

The first thing I noticed from the box was this Angel Nourishing Cream Leave-In Conditioner. Now I'm not a huge fan of things like this that may leave your hair greasy and gross but I tried it a few days in a row and quite enjoyed it. It smells okay and is supposed to protect from heat styling tools which is a plus!

Like I said, I am not a huge cleanse, tone and moisturiser so I decided to give the Dr. Wendy's cleanser to my sister. It is totally natural and made in New Zealand. Sample Bar were kind enough to put in a full size of this. Lucky her!

I, like many girls, am a self-confessed lip balm hoarder. It started for me with Lip Smackers at a young age and the addiction grew and grew. I'm known among friends to ALWAYS have something in my bag to cure chapped lips. For the last couple of years, my go to balm was Lucas Papaw Ointment from which I did not stray. This classic Carmex may make it into the number two spot. It reminds me slightly of Blistex because of the smell and the tingly sensation. It works great and leaves my lips smooth after one application.

The next thing was a small pottle of Argania Hair Oil. I have tried Moroccan Oil a couple of times before but was never crazily hooked on the stuff. This little 5ml tester may make me fall in love with hair oils though. It smells delicious and after using it last night, my ends feel softer than usual.
The last item in the box was a mini fragrance which has already made its way into my car for a quick spray every morning before I jump on the train. It is the Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline Fragrance which is said to be inspired by the glow of pure crystals and smells like lotus flower.
Sadly, Sample Bar has decided that was their last pack they are sending out and the company is closing down. Just my luck, right after the first box I receive! I really liked Sample Bar because it had a store you could purchase singular products from that had appeared in a box. I did so a couple of times and they always threw in some sweet sample goodies! However, I have done some research and found another New Zealand beauty box called Goodie Box. I'll let you know how I get on!
Lauren xxx
Sunday, 19 January 2014
After years of scrolling through blogs like LLYMLRS, Zoella, Sprinkle of Glitter and Life Without Tanlines (to name a few of my favourites!), I am exploding with inspiration, jealousy and a hint of fearfulness. Exploding with inspiration because girls like Lily, Zoe, Louise and Lauren are all so different and unique but somehow I relate to each at one point or another. Bursting with jealousy because they take blogging to another level that I find intriguing. And a splash of fearfulness seeps in as I write my first post - what if no one reads my blog? What if I don't make any friends in the process? What if I'm bad at it...

Putting that aside - I'm just going to go for it. So here's the beginning, enjoy!

Lauren xxx

C'est Lauren

C'est Lauren
My name is Lauren and I am a
lover of the fashion and beauty
world from New Zealand.
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