30/10/2014

Zoella Beauty Range | Soap Opera



It is the time of the month where I would usually write a monthly favourites post but this month I haven't really had any new favourites throughout October so I thought instead I would write a post on something from Zoella's new beauty range (It was released in Superdrug stores and online at superdrug.com and feelunique.com last month) - the soap opera bath soak and shower cream!

I only picked it up yesterday but have already used it twice and can say that I really love it! It has a lovely fresh fragrance to it and with just a small amount added to running water, it makes loads of bubbles (as you can see from my photos!). It also leaves your skin feeling super soft. I really want to buy the perfume soon too but unfortunately it was sold out when I was shopping yesterday - but hey what can you expect with Zoe having over 6 million subscribers! I really adore the packaging of the whole range too! It completely sums Zoe up with her logo printed on each item and is super cute and girly with the pastel colour theme throughout the range.

Other products in the range include a body lotion, bath fizzers, a body mist, a candle and there is also two super cute make-ups (an eye aqua green one and a pink guinea pig one!). All can be bought for just under £50.

It is a great collection and its so lovely to see all the blogging and YouTube community come together when Zoe announced the range earlier this year. I can only see the future getting even more brighter for Zoe especially with the release of her first book in a few weeks (cant wait to get that too!) It is so great to see someone who I have been watching on YouTube for the past three years grow and have as much success as she has! She is a true inspiration to all young people and I wish her the best of luck for the future!

Have you brought anything from Zoella Beauty?

Lauren x
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26/10/2014

Simple Chocolate Brownie Recipe



Today I made some chocolate brownies and thought that it would be a good idea for a blog post aside from the regular beauty and fashion posts. They smell absolutely incredible and taste even better! Its a fairly simple recipe to follow.

Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes (depending on the size of the baking tray; the smaller the tray, the longer they may need)

Ingredients:
130g Plain Flour
175g Unsalted Butter
325g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
200g Dark Chocolate (broken into pieces)

Extra Equipment:
Baking Tray
Mixing Bowl
Wooden Spoon
Measuring Scales

Optional:
Icing Sugar to Decorate (Dusting)
Chocolate Chips

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees or gas mark 6.

2. Grease and line your baking tray with parchment paper.

3. Put the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl and place into a microwave until its smooth and melted. (This can also be done in a saucepan on the heat if you prefer).

4. Add the melted chocolate and butter to your mixing bowl and add in the caster sugar and stir well. Then add the flour.

5. Crack the eggs and add one at a time to the mixture (I like to crack them into a cup or jug before adding them to the mixture but you can crack them straight into the bowl if you prefer).

6. Make sure the mixture is thick, smooth and glossy. Add in the chocolate chips (optional).

7. Spoon the mixture into the baking tray and cook in the oven until flakey on top but still soft in the centre - cook for about 25-30 minutes (may be a little longer if your baking tray is small as the brownies will be thicker).

8. Take the brownies out of the oven and leave them to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar (optional) and cut into squares! Then enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Lauren x
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22/10/2014

Wishlist: Autumn Day Outfit

Jumper / H&M
Monochrome Loafer Shoes / New Look
Bag / H&M
Essie Nail Polish / Licorice 
Jamie Jeans / Topshop

Who doesn't love to wear a cosy jumper for a chilly Autumn day? This one is from H&M and I really like that its not your typical style jumper as its slightly cropped. Also how lovely is the cherry red colour? Jeans are obviously a must-have for any wardrobe and these black Jamie jeans from Topshop are perfect and the ripped knee add to the casual daytime look.

These loafer shoes has been on top of my wishlist for a looong time! I love this style of shoe as I think they are a must-have statement to any look. I want them! How nice is this fringed bag from H&M? I had a fringe bag a few years ago and used it to death! I have always loved the fringed bag look and think this one would be perfect for the Autumn and Winter seasons. Love!

Lastly, as a nail polish addict, I had to add one to this post. I think black nails look great for this time of year and I love this one by Essie - Licorice! Also how cute are the names of the essie nail polishes - I love them!

Lauren x
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19/10/2014

My Favourite Autumn Blush



For someone who loves make-up, my make-up collection pretty much stays the same all year round but one thing in my collection that does change is my blush. My favourite blush for Spring/Summer is Rose Gold by Sleek (in the face form contouring and blush palette) but by the time September rolls around and the colder weather is upon us I also end up wearing this one - Pomegranate, also by Sleek.

I absolutely love sleek blushes - great quality, a bargain price and super pigmented! I first heard about the brand, Sleek, last year after Zoella spoke about it one of her haul videos and since then I have loved both this blush and the contouring and blush palette and although I haven't brought anything else from the brand, if the quality is anything like these two products then I would love them!

Pomegranate is a beautiful dark deep plum shade and I think its just a perfect shade for this time of the year. I apply it to the apple of my cheeks using my all-time favourite blush brush by Real Techniques and as it really pigmented, I always have be careful not to put too much on.

Have you tried anything by Sleek? What is your favourite blush?

Lauren x
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10/10/2014

Autumn Makeup Look | Berry Lips





I love a classic berry lip in Autumn so today's post is a pretty Autumn inspired make-up look using my all-time favourite berry lipstick; Rimmel Kate 107 - every bloggers fave! I applied the lipstick using a small eyeliner brush (I don't wear eyeliner as I don't think it suits me but the brush works well to apply lipstick!) I'm no make-up artist but here is my post on the classic Autumn look!

What I Used: 
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, Sleek Face Form Blush and Contouring Palette in Light, Avon Glimmerstick Brow Definer in Dark Brown, MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette, Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara, and of course Rimmel Kate 107!

Lauren x
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08/10/2014

My Top 10 Beauty Products Tag



I love reading tag posts so today I thought I would do the 'My Top 10 Beauty Products' Tag! The products I have featured include everything from my all-time favourite foundation to my favourite Autumnal lip colour! Although I have many beauty products that I enjoy using, these products are my go-to products. Hope you enjoy!

Foundation
I have a few favourite base products but Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation is always my go-to one and always the one I go back to if my skin is not feeling its best as its lightweight, beautifully blends and has a great amount of coverage. I totally love this product and my skin certainly does too!

Concealer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Warm Medium (shade 3). I have been using this for a long while now and can still say its my favourite as I've tried nothing that comes close it. It is great at covering blemishes and redness without looking cakey. I have been wanting to try out the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but as its a little on the pricey side, I think I will stick to this great budget one! Love this stuff!

Powder
My skin tends to get very oily in the t-zone so anything to help and cover that is great in my eyes. Rimmel's Clear Complexion Clarifying Powder In Transparent works wonders on my skin and is very lightweight. It works really nicely with my favourite foundation and concealer too!

Blush, Bronzer AND Highlighter!
Yep you read that correctly, I've put all these three into one paragraph and that's because I love the Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette! I bought this a few months ago after seeing the hype on many blog posts and I'm glad I gave it to the hype. The bronzer is a perfect shade that is not too orange and is perfect for contouring (which I don't tend to do everyday) or if you just want a healthy glowing looking skin. The blush is in the shade 'Rose Gold' and is a beautiful rosy gold colour which is perfect for the summer and winter months. The highligher adds a lovely simmer to the apple of my cheeks which adds to the glowing skin effect. Love love love this palette!

Mascara
I love Maybelline's Falsies Mascara! After seeing Tanya Burr talk about this product and how much she loved it on a lot of her YouTube make-up tutorials, I went and bought it and I can honestly say its my favourite mascara. I have also been loving Barry M's Lash Vegas but I think this just wins for me as its great at giving the false eyelash effect which the false eyelashes! Win Win!

Eyeshadow
I was on the lookout for a great eyeshadow palette and what a bargain this one is! Great set of colours, Great quality and a fantastic price too! Although I don't tend to wear eyeshadow everyday or barely at all in the summer months, I'm looking forward to using this a lot more in Autumn and Winter months!

Eyebrows
I love Avon's Glimmerstick Brow Definer in Dark Brown. Lucky for me, I don't need to really fill in my eyebrows that much but I do use this often enough to know that I love it! Its a great match for my brows and is easy to apply. Love!

Lip Product
When I think of Autumn, I think dark lips and my all-time favourite lip colour has to be Rimmel Kate 107! I think everyone loves this as I've seen so many Bloggers and YouTubers raving about it! Its the perfect Autumn lip colour - a dark deep purpley red -  and is very moisturizing! Perfect!

I really loved writing out this tag and tag anyone who reads this post to do it! A collection of my holy grail products.

Lauren x
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04/10/2014

Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water




You may notice (or not) that my last post is missing - My September Favourites - as I accidently deleted it as my computer is playing up, waah :( But I'm back with another post today and I'm talking about a product I have been loving over the past month and was featured in my favourites post. Enough with the ramble, onto the actual post..

Today my post is focusing on a fairly hyped product and a product I gave in and bought after reading about it on many blogs, yes its the Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water. It is used to remove make-up and smooth and purify skin. It is mainly used in the evenings, hence to remove make-up but can also be used in the mornings to remove any make-up left over from the day before, before completing your usual skin routine. I tend to apply a small to medium amount to a cotton wool pad and then apply to pad onto my face. Although it says to 'no need to rinse or rub', It does take a bit of rubbing to get rid of make-up but as it dissolves even waterproof mascara brilliantly, so it does get a thumbs up from me!

It doesn't irritate my skin as it contains no alcohol or perfume so its perfect for anyone who has sensitive skin. I used to use Simple Facial Wipes (what I have used since I started wearing make-up at sixteen) but this is what I use all the time now to remove my make-up. Great addition to my skincare routine!

Lauren x
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