Monday, 27 June 2016

New hair: I went light and here's how you can do it!

(Good old Snapchat filter, you've gotta love em')

Hi, everyone welcome back, again. So, as you can tell, I have light hair again! I have had my hair many, many colours in my time; the most common one is dark to light. I am always dying my hair dark and then lightening it again. I have had my hair dark for quite a while now, so I thought it was time for a change. I did this all at home, which is very   risky, so make sure you do your homework and know what you're slapping on to your head!

How I lightened my locks for the hundredth time (exaggeration I know but you get the point haha)

Step 1.  BLEACH! yes, this will dry your hair out and make it a little unpleasant. My advice to you would be to make sure you pamper your hair beforehand; coat it in coconut oil, trust me your hair will really thank you for it. Anyway, back to the bleaching process, I used Loreal's bleaching kit (Buy here) Now this claims to lighten up to 6 shades. My hair was very dark, as you can see below. My hair went very light but extremely ORANGE! I didn't panic too much as I have encountered this problem many times and it's something that happens when you lighten your hair unfortunately from a dark colour.

Step 2: Getting rid of the orange!   With a little advice from my auntie,  who is a hairdresser I managed to control it. She told me to put an ash based colour to correct orange tones, and it totally worked! I ended up putting one more colour on after the ash colour because I wanted more of a lighter result. The dark blonde hair dye was the finished result and I am very pleased with it.

When you're lightening your hair you should always be patient and stay calm. Youtube tutorials are very handy when you have encountered problems - there are lots of  solutions on there to help you out.

After I finished the lightening process and reached the colour I desired, I conditioned my locks ALOT. I applied a lot of coconut oil; this stuff will be your best friend ever when bleaching your hair!

I hope this helped  any of you out there who are wanting to lighten your hair. It's very achievable to do it at home without spending a fortune. If you were to go a very light blonde, I would really recommend to do that in stages, to keep your healthy locks . Eventually, I plan on going lighter with highlights but it's all in time as I don't want my hair to be ruined. 

What do you think of my new hair? Let me know in the comments.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Going out makeup: black smokey eye

Hello everyone, I'm back again! (yay). Today, as you can tell by the title and image I will be showing you how to recreate a deep, black smokey eye. A black smokey eye is a gorgeous look for a night out, so get practicing now! Now, I am no professional and I may be making a few mistakes and taking different approaches, but this is my approach feel free to adjust it to your own.

Step 1

1.  Make sure you apply eye primer or concealer and powder if you do not have a primer.

2. Tape!! this will be your secret weapon apply tape at the end of your eye lining it up with the end of your brow in a diagonal position, so you get that clean crisp line with your eyeshadow; just like a professional!

3. Don't finish your base makeup completely, as you may get you may get downfall from your eyeshadow!

Step two 

1. Before jumping right into the base colour, apply a matte brown to the crease to act as a transitional colour so everything blends nicely. (I chose this matte brown Kiko shadow)

2. You will need this shadow again towards the end just to deepen the transitional shade and make it look blended and smokey.

Step three

(Morphe 35W palette available to buy on

1. Apply the  matte black shadow carefully and slowly, add a small amount and blend - keep doing this until you're satisfied with the amount of colour.

2.  Apply black sparkly shadow over the top to add sparkle!

3. Deepen the crease with some more of the matte brown shade.

4. Add a small cat flick with liquid eyeliner and apply a pencil eyeliner to your waterline.

5. Apply some of the black shadow to your bottom lash line to deepen the eyeliner.

6. Apply mascara and false lashes of your choice - ta-dah you're done!


I hope this tutorial helped in some way and thank-you for reading, see you soon!


Friday, 3 June 2016

Update: I'm back into blogging!

Hello, everyone! welcome back to my blog. It's been a while, hasn't it? so I thought I would give you a little update.  I haven't been very regular with my posts, so I thought a little explaining was in order. I have got myself a job finally! as a waitress; alongside my college studies. I have also, from today, started my driving lessons and I am very excited about the future; hopefully, I won't have to catch buses forever! My first year at college is coming to an end and I am looking around at potential university options, which is very exciting.  The things that are going off in my life at the moment are very positive and I am looking forward to what the future has to bring!

As for my blog, I plan on paying more attention to it, by to avoid neglecting it again. I plan on taking more care and consideration into my posts to publish good content.  I plan on scheduling blog posts so I don't let my busy schedule take over because I love blogging and it's a hobby that I've loved for years, so I don't want to stop now.

I'm happy to be back blogging now and I hope you stick around to hear more!

Friday, 6 May 2016

My experience with braces so far..

Hello everyone welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share my experience with braces; I have had braces now for about 4 months and have my own opinion on them. I have always been insecure about my smile as in the picture shown my top teeth were very set back underneath my top two. There are no pictures of me at all smiling with my teeth, so these images are actually a big deal to me.  I first started my journey to straighter teeth back in January and I just had a top brace fitted; the bottom wasn't fitted right away as there wasn't enough room at the time. Flash forward to today and I have finally had my bottom brace fitted.

At the beginning, I was very excited to have my braces fitted because I finally knew I will eventually have teeth to be proud of; instead of being insecure and hiding my smile. Now I know my teeth may not be the most severe case you've ever seen but they still bothered me personally.

So, does it hurt to have your braces fitted?

Having your braces fitted is a simple and quick procedure with just a matter of glueing. A couple of hours after you may experience a bit of aching; which can be solved by taking painkillers, other than that it's pretty easy.  At first, I did experience a little bit of rubbing while I was getting used to them, but I used some orthodontic wax and placed it on the bracket that was rubbing and it really soothed it.

Tightening of braces: When the day arrives for your braces to be tightened don't be scared; all it involves is replacing your wire for a thicker tighter one. Like having your braces fitted you might experience a little bit of aching after but painkillers will soothe this.

Tips for people who are new to braces

When I was new to braces I constantly worried about getting food stuck in my brace; to avoid this I recommend carrying a mirror and some travel mouthwash. I also use interdental brushes which are little brushes which fit between your wires to remove any leftover food.

Orthodontic wax!! This was a must for me when I was new to braces; you can buy the wax from Boots or your orthodontist. The wax is placed on the bracket which is causing you discomfort and instantly soothes the annoying rubbing.

Whitening toothpaste: I always use whitening toothpaste because as you know it's very easy for teeth to get stained when wearing braces; using a whitening toothpaste definitely prevents this happening.

Timer: I always use a timer to time myself brushing my teeth. You should be told to brush your teeth three times a day, two minutes top and bottom. The timer really helps and reassures you're brushing them long enough.

Disclosing tablets: These are amazing, they are tablets that are chewed then spat out and stain your teeth purple to show the plaque remaining on your teeth; once the purple staining is gone you know the plaque has gone. Ta-dah, you have  perfectly clean teeth!

I hope this post helps any people worried about braces and if you have any tips I haven't mentioned let me know in the comments.
Lauren x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Inspirational stories #2

 Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to carry on my new blog series with Emma's story; her story shows off her life in fashion designing, what inspires her, how she got into it and her advice. It's a very interesting read! and very inspiring to aspiring fashion designers; to prove that anybody can achieve what they want with determination. 

Emma's story

“I've always had an interest in art and design because my dad is an artist, so art has always been a part of my life and I've always had a huge interest in it myself. The love for fashion all began when I left school and studied visual display; I have been sewing now for 15 years!
When I am designing I think about everyday people and visualise how it’s going to look on them, so they can feel confident and glamorous. I taught myself how to sew but I decided to take a two-year dress making course so I could perfect my skills and delve into more complexed designs. If some people don’t like my designs I just take it as that not everybody has the same taste; I don’t expect everyone to like what I wear, we’re all different and I try not to take it to heart.  I’ve always been inspired by Vivienne Westwood, she's really out there and unique. My fascination all began when I saw her on a chat show wearing a very unusual daring bodysuit; the obsession started from there and even today I still look at her designs for inspiration. I love making 50’s style clothing, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are huge style icons to me. In life my children and family make me happy, they cheer me up when I am feeling down and I am very proud of what they are accomplishing; I am a very proud mum! My oldest child was born two months early and she had to stay in the hospital for a month; it was a challenging time in my life but I wouldn't have got through it without the support from my husband and family. Five years time from now, I hope to be fully focusing on my fashion designing and hope that I can quit my day job and have fashion designing as my full-time job.”

Emma's Etsy  link - you can view Emma's designs on Etsy by clicking on the link! 

If you think you have an interesting story to be shown in my new series then email me:

See you soon,

Friday, 15 April 2016

Inspirational stories #1

I decided to start a brand new blog series: inspirational stories. I think it would be a brilliant idea to showcase people's life and show their determination and hope; which also could help other people out that might be in the same situation.  The main moral to this blog series is that everyone no matter what have a story.  

To kick off this blog series I wanted to begin with Megan's story; she's such an inspirational young lady and I think she could inspire many others with the attitude she has. 

Megan's story

“ Secondary school was my most challenging life experience; everyone labelled me and didn’t get to know me first. I overcame this by coming out of my shell more and showing my true self.   My mum really inspires me the most in life because when I was born 10 weeks early my mum found out that I had cerebral palsy; my mum always taught me not to let it hold me back and live a normal life as possible.  I overcome common stereotypes by proving people wrong and succeeding to my full potential. My goals for the future are to go to university and become a primary school teacher.  My biggest achievement so far has been walking around a little bit of the astroturf at school for charity; a few months after having surgery. If I had to give advice to people in the same situation as me I would say: Don’t look at what you can’t do look at what you can do; I have always been brought up believing that. If you’re not able to do something then always persevere and find a way of working it out, instead of just giving up.  I express my own individuality by the things I wear and my personality. I have a different outlook on life to others and I do not take life for granted because life is precious.”
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Naked 2 basics aka my favourite palette ever!

 Hello! welcome back to my blog; today I thought I would share my new beloved palette. This palette has honestly become my new holy grail item; I love how you can literally create any look with this palette, ranging from day to night. This palette has netural colours perfect for day and also includes darker colours to smoke your look out for more night time looks. For 23 pounds I think this palette is a must have and it's Urban Decay, so what more can you ask for from a palette?

 Starting from the left: Skimp this is a beautiful highlight shade for the browbone, stark another highlighting shade but more matte, frisk is a perfect colour to wear alone for daytime, cover is a more darker brown shade, primal is a deeper brown shade and undone is really great for making any look more intense and smokey.

On my eyes I have cover as the main lid colour, primal in the outer crease and undone in the crease just to add a little more inteseity ( I bleneded the undone shade a lot as this look was for the daytime)

Would you buy this palette? let me know in the comments

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