Sunday, 12 February 2017

What To Do When You're Single At Valentines

Fun Things Single At Valentines
Valentines day when you're single is stereotypically supposed to be one of the worst celebrations of the year. For me who's spending valentine's day alone for the first time in four years this year, I can totally see why it would admittedly be one of the more days us single ladies seem to dread. But I'm not going to let it be something I can't not celebrate just because I'm not loved up, you know? Instead I'm going to have it as the day that I take time out for ME and focus on loving myself as much as I possibly can (which btw we should all be doing every single day of the year anyway). So if you're a singleton like me and don't have anyone 'special' to spend the 14th with, then keep on reading because I've got a fair few ways you can make it your special day instead!

Monday, 6 February 2017

What I've Been Loving Lately

What I've Been Loving Lately
With it just being over a month since Christmas and New Year occurred, I've had a good few weeks to start trialing out new beauty products and divulging in some new or old lifestyle interests for the first part of 2017. I thought it would be fun to share with you guys what I've been loving lately and also hear what you have been obsessed with so far this year.

NYX Full Coverage Concealer - After being disappointed with the formula of my last NYX HD concealer, I wanted to opt for something a little different but of course from the same brand. I decided to go for the NYX full coverage concealer which comes in a little jar. I've been using the lightest shade within the range Porcelain.  At first I will admit to being a little skeptical about this concealer since it's a cream based formula. I really didn't want it to look too cakey or drying under my eyes. But I was actually pleasantly surprised at the coverage and how well it sat on my skin. Using a damp beauty blender, I find that this method of application is easiest with this concealer. It really helps to cover my dark circles and brighten up my under eye area. I'd definitely say give this one a go!

Copper Pineapple Tray - Isn't this just the cutest thing?! I got this for Christmas from my parents and I absolutely love it. I can't believe my Mum thought I wouldn't like it, but I'm seriously in love with it. Coppers everywhere right now like it has been the past few seasons and the pineapple shape really fits in well with my tropical/fresh inspired theme I have running throughout my room. Plus it makes the perfect blog prop!

Capture Your Style by Aimee Song - The book that every blogger needs to own! I also recieved this as a gift for Christmas. I'm sure everyone like me has felt the struggles of Instagram lately. I'm definitely feeling since I lost access to my account and I've had to start over. But this book really inspired me to up my game with the quality of content I upload on Instagram and even on my blog. Capture Your Style not only displays an amazing range of images taken by Aimee, but also shares so many useful and easy to follow tips to help you produce high quality images and grow your Instagram. 

Primark Oval Brush - I love the look of the oval brushes! They're just an interesting and cool concept. However I didn't want to pay full price for a brush that I might not even end up loving and plus who doesn't love a more affordable dupe? Throughout January I tested out this Primark oval brush. I've been super impressed with this especially as it was only a couple of pounds. It blends the product evenly and creates a flawless finish to your makeup. I compared it to the Real Techniques buffing brush in a post a few weeks back if you want to check that out for a full review.

Teen Wolf - I've been watching Teen Wolf now since 2011 and I'm so sad that it's coming to an end in the summer. The first three seasons are honestly so good and they made me really fall in love with the show. Season six has definitely enlightened my love for what the whole show was about since the two previous seasons were a bit of a disappointment.  But I'm loving where season 6 is going as it heads into the last ten episodes. I'm not ready to say goodbye to the characters! Also it's now on Netflix, so if you want to check it out and see what the fuss is about, then you can watch the first five seasons over on there. You won't regret it!

Primark Velvet Matte Lip Crayon - Another Primark product, but probably one of my favourite products of the year so far. I'd seen Corrie from DizzyBrunette3 test out this lip crayon in her testing Primark makeup video a couple months back. I loved the colour of the crayon, but also appreciated the quality of it and of course the price. Honestly this lip crayon is one of the best lip products I have probably tried and that's not even an exaggeration. They are so easy to apply, they effortless glide on to the lips and feel so creamy. They're not drying at all even though they're a matte finish. They honestly feel so lovely on the lips. The colour pay off is crazy and it also lasts such a long time throughout the day, even with eating and drink it hardly budges. Honestly you need to get your hands on a few of these lip crayons. I'm obsessed with them!

The Body Shop Frosted Berries Hand Cream - First I need to say how bloody pretty the packaging is and also how wonderful this hand cream smells! The Body Shop Frosted Berries hand cream was apart of their Christmas range, so unfortunately it's not available anymore I don't think (sorry!!!). But the quality of this hand cream is sooo good. You know when you put on a hand cream and it's so sticky, like it takes forever to dry and you can't literally do anything because your hands are so saturated? Well this honestly doesn't feel like that at all. It makes my hands feel so soft without that stickiness feeling. Plus a little bit of product goes a long way, so it's going to last you for a long while. It's definitely been one of my winter pick me ups this year!

What have you been loving lately?

Lauren x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Monthly Task Ideas For Bloggers

Monthly Task Ideas For Bloggers
We all can agree that most of us want to run a successful blog and be able to manage it to the best way that we can, right? No matter how long you have been blogging for, you'll know that it takes a lot of hard work, time and motivation to be able to achieve this. There's always a mixture of different things you need to be doing to run your blog and any social media channels you have linked to it. Today I wanted to share with you a series of task ideas you can use monthly to help maintain the running of your blog and also achieve the things you might forget about or put off for whatever reason. These ideas will help keep you super organised and also working efficiently to make your blog the best it can be!
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