Monday, 24 February 2014

What is in my bag you wonder? Thought I would do this post as I myself always love a peek of what's in other blogger's and YouTuber's bags.

BAG: My bag, pictured above, is just a tan messenger type bag which is a great size and I manage to fit a crazy amount into it. Kind of feels like Hermoine's bag sometimes.. I will either wear this one or a black, slightly larger bag with more pockets when carrying more books to school. 

BOOKS: I regularly have quite a few in my bag. Since I am in journalism school, an essential is a reporter's pad with a pen. I also have a plain black diary which doubles as my contact book along with a book to read on the train. At the moment, I've been reading Veronika Decides To Die by Paulo Coelho. My mum recommended it to me, it's a bit dark at times but I'm loving it. 

CREAMS & STUFF: I like to keep a hand cream in my bag no matter the weather. This Neutrogena one is nothing fancy but it works really well! A deodorant is always handy along with a perfume. This Body Shop White Musk Smokey Rose EDT is my most recent purchase and I am in love. I saw LLYMLRS blog about it a while ago but was a bit hesitant as I have never been a huge musk fan. However, the other day I was in the body shop and gave it a spray and walked out without it. After an hour, I went back and picked it up because I loved the way it ended up smelling. To me, it smells sweet, like berries. Mmmm!

WALLET: So I made the mistake of buying white wallet. Oops. Nothing major now that it's dirty as it was only a cheap one and I wanted to test out a pouch wallet before buying a higher end one. This one is really sweet and says 'now or never' in silver on the front. I keep cash, cards, lip balms and headphones in there most of the time. My two favourite lip balms at the moment are Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel I think? And a trial size Blistex. I have also been loving Carmex! But I keep that one by my bed.

OTHER THINGS: Some other essentials. These tissues are so cute. My mum got them for me - not sure where from - but they are adorable and come in a handy book type package. I also usually have a piece of fruit, USB stick, always have my keys and also a recorder for interviews! Bit boring!

So that's what I normally have in my bag. Link below to your 'What's In My Bag' posts or videos. Love watching and reading them :)

Lauren xxx

Saturday, 22 February 2014
Hello and happy Sunday!

I have decided to make a regular Sunday post with six happy/good/exciting things that happened to me over the past seven days. Kind of like a round up of my week but I also think it's a good way to keep focussed on the positive things. 

1. I got AM by the Arctic Monkeys. They are coming to Wellington in a couple of months and I am hoping to be heading to the concert! The album is a few months old but I love it so far. 
2. I finally spoke to my boyfriend! He is in the army doing his basic training at the moment and the only communication we have had over the last few weeks has been letters. But he was surprisingly able to call me for five minutes two nights this week which was a huge pick me up.
3. So I have a bad, unhealthy addiction to chips/crisps, but this week I feel like I have cut down a bit (meaning I didn't have them every day... haha). Lets see if I can cut down further!
4. I managed to take my dog, Louie, to the dog park about four times this week. It can get quite hard with getting home late off the train to find the motivation to go but I notice a little extra run around makes us both feel better!
5. My chords on the guitar have gotten heaps better. It was was one of my Christmas presents last year and I have pretty much mastered D, G, C, A and Em chords after some sneaky YouTube tutorials as I am teaching myself.
6. I reached over 50 followers on Bloglovin! Yay! So thank you to you wonderful followers and readers. It means a lot, especially since this blog is fairly recent!

Let me know the best parts of your week below :)

Lauren xxx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

I was nominated by Em at My Pale Skin which was so sweet since I am only a couple of months into blogging and just recently followed her wonderful blog! It's really nice to already see some support!

The Liebster Award is kind of like a chain award for blogs with under 200 followers, here are the rules:

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you. 
2. You have state 11 facts about yourself.
3. You have to answer the questions given to you.
4. You have to pick 11 nominees and create a set of 11 questions that they must answer.
5. You can't nominate the person that nominated you.
6. You have to tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you. 

11 Facts About Me:
1. I live in New Zealand but was born in Australia and grew up there.
2. I am currently doing a one year course in journalism and hope to go on to a Communications degree.
3. I used to play the violin when I was younger but stopped, and am now teaching myself guitar.
4. I am such a home body. I love staying in all weekend watching movies and reading!
5. My favourite authors are Nick Hornby and John Green.
6. I don't drink soft drinks and hate the taste of Coke.
7. I love cooking shows but prefer to bake.
8. I am awful at making decisions! It drives people crazy.
9. I need to have my shoes matching my handbag!
10. I know shorthand. I use it often and actually enjoyed learning it.
11. I love British bloggers and Youtubers!

Nominee Questions:
1. If you're stranded on a desert Island, and can take 5 products with you, but no mirror... what would you take? 
Miranda Kerr's Clear Shampoo and Conditioner, Lucas Papaw Ointment,  Benefit Erase Paste, Stila SPF30 tinted moisturiser aaaand Benefit They're Real mascara just for fun!
2. What inspires you? 
Just walking through the city! I love seeing what other people are doing, wearing, putting on their face.
3. Favourite store?
ASOS, Cotton On and Glassons. 
4. Worst purchase you've ever made? 
Probably some reaaally cheap nail polishes. The worst.
5. Who is your Girl Envy?
Zoella and Rachel Bilson!
6. Worst make up mishap?
I'm pretty new to beauty myself but probably when I was testing make up looks for my first prom.
7. What product have you been lusting after, but yet to add to your collection?
Benefit Hoola bronzer.
8. What is something you would love to wear (make up/fashion) but feel you can't pull off?
Simple I know, but I'm scared to try a bold red lip!
9. How long does your everyday make up take? 
Not long, five minutes?
10. What product do you wish had never been discontinued? 
This Chanel colourless lip balm my mum always used to have when I was younger! There's a similar product back out now but I don't think it is quite the same.
11. Where do you see yourself this time next year?
About to start a degree. Still blogging hopefully, having made some friends online!

My Nominations:

My Questions For You Ladies:
1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
2. Describe your every day make up look.
3. What are your three favourite drugstore products?
4. What is one hair trend and one make up trend you are a bit nervous to try?
5. Who are your favourite YouTubers?
6. What is on your make up wishlist right now?
7. If you could only ever buy from one clothing brand and one make up brand, what would you choose?
8. What music do you like?
9. What is your favourite perfume?
10. What colour is on your nails right now?
11. What are your blogging goals?

Thank you so much Em :) hope you all enjoyed reading a little about me and make sure to check out the 11 blogs I linked to!

Lauren xxx
Topshop Wishlist #1

Topshop Wishlist #1 

Since Topshop isn't on every corner here in New Zealand, I live vicariously through watching hauls (love everything in Lily Pebbles' latest one here) and scrolling online! Here are some things I would love to see in my wardrobe if I should be so lucky. I especially love the polka dot shirt and the black strappy dress. Would love to experiment with a plain tee underneath the dress a la LLYMLRS. Also, I am thinking of doing a What's In My Bag post in the next couple of days so pop back for that!

Comment a link below to what you've been loving at Topshop!

Lauren xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Last week, a giant cloud blanketed the town I live in - in the middle of summer... I did quite a bit of lazing about so I thought it might be fun to share some of my favourite lazy day things!

TV: So I have a mad obsession with television. I find a series, I fall in love and watch it until my eyes start to hurt! My current favourites are Girls and Mom. Girls features Lena Dunham who was recently featured on the cover of Vogue and a huge role model for a lot of 20 something year old girls. My 20 something year old sister introduced me to the show and although it started off a bit weird, I kept chugging along and glad I did. It is so funny but so real. Mom is a sitcom with Anna Faris, who is a young accidental mom of two who is about to be an accidental grandmother. I don't normally like her that much from her Scary Movie days but I love her and all the characters sarcasm in this show. My mum and I watch it together religiously. My other TV favourites are Modern Family, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Hart of Dixie, Dance Moms (embarrassing...), The Big Bang Theory. Oh and New Girl! Told you. I'm obsessed.

Food: My friend went to Canada a little while ago and picked me up a giant box of these Kinder chocolates from duty free for cheap. They are a bar version of Kinder Surprise eggs, so a little less messy when you're cuddled in bed watching Girls for a few hours.

Nails: I love painting my nails no matter what the weather, but it does feel nice to treat yourself on a rainy day. Colours I'm loving are Covergirl Out Last Stay Brilliant in Go-Go Mango along with a random hot pink I got from a local chemist. They are both a pop of colour and brighten up a grey day!

Books: One of my goals for this year was read more books. I seem to have failed so far but am determined to catch up now! Still, under the category of books I have my Kikki K 'A Sentence A Day' notebook. You fill it in each day and every page has a question up the top with a couple of lines to write the answer. Pages have space for three answers so you can use the book for three years and are able to reflect, seeing how your answers change. A friend got this for me for Christmas and I fill it in every night before bed. Almost makes up for not reading much this year... Almost.

So those are some of my bad weather favourites. Let me know what yours are! Maybe I'll give them a go when another cloudy week rolls around.

Lauren xxx
We all have those days where we open our wardrobes and just think 'ugh'. And I'm sure most of you have a 'this is what I wear when I don't know what to wear' outfit. A pair of black jeans? Check. A plain white tee? Check. A classic blue denim jacket? Check. Your favourite black boots? Check! That's my go-to outfit. What's yours?

Chelsea Boots//ASOS
Denim Jacket//Glassons
White Tee//ASOS

Fake tanning can be scary. Sprays, creams, developing moisturisers, streaks and scrubbing - it all seemed daunting to me until I tried this Le Tan Tanning Gel. 

Looking at the gel for the first time, I was a bit freaked out. It seemed too dark and like it would just stain and leave me patchy. But I exfoliated and moisturised and put a layer of it on and in a few hours, like the bottle says, my legs had some colour. It has a coconut smell that some may find overpowering but it didn't bother me too much as I ended up applying this every couple of days until I built up a bronzed look. The product also faded extremely well for me, not coming off in streaks and patches in the shower. 

I would definitely recommend this to any fake tan virgins or anyone wanting to try a new product. Just be sure to do all that pre-application jazz - scrub in the shower, moisturise with an oil free moisturiser and be thorough when applying your gel, getting it in all the right places!

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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