Wednesday, 24 August 2016

There's a fake tan for everyone - read all about them!



Hello, everybody and welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to be sharing with you the best-kept secret, us fellow Casper the ghosts love - fake tan. Fake tan is a big thing on the market these days, so being a newbie can be daunting as there's so many. No fear, I am here to break things down for you.

 Mousse tan (from left to right: No7 tan, SugarBaby, and St Moritz). 

No.7 tan - This tan is perfect for newbies, as it is so natural and it's almost impossible for you to streak it. This is one of my favourite mousse tan, as it's so natural and I always receive compliments on it. You also get a good guide colour from this which helps show where you've missed.

SugarBaby tan - I believe, this is an Australian brand. This tan was a lucky find in Tk Maxx which I am very glad I found. This tan is perfect if you're going out somewhere and need a tan quick as it develops within an hour - yes you heard me an hour! This tan also smells so good, which is rare to find as many have an awful smell. 

St Moritz tan - I love this tan because it's very cheap and cheerful -  for 3 pounds you get an amazing tan that rivals high-end ones. This fake tan is very alike to the St Tropez tan. I have used St Tropez but often went back to this one. This tan also gives you a guide colour, like all the others, so no fear of missing any spots or streaking.

Spray on tans - I am not normally a big fan of spray on tans after having huge problems in the past. I gave this one a whirl and I wasn't disappointed; it completely changed my opinion on spray tans. I bought this from a wholesaler as my auntie has a pass. I apply this to a mitt as I get more control with blending and how much product goes onto my skin. This is rather dark, so a little goes a long way I have found. This does last rather long, so I do often go for this if I need a long lasting tan.



Gradual tanners 

Garnier tan - This tan is perfect and it smells like apricots - which is a winner for me of course. After application, you wake up with a natural, subtle summer glow. Apply as many times as you want over a couple of days until you get the desired colour. These tans do last a lot longer than the others I have found and look the most natural. The only downside is you can not see the product so you don't know if you've streaked or missed a spot. This is very moisturising to the skin which is a win, win situation really.

Dove gradual tan - This gradual tan has to be my favourite, it was the first one I used and everyone recommended it to me. It is the same as the Garnier one with the application. I get the shade deep in both, as I am inpatient and want my tan quick!


So, they are all my favourite fake tans. Which one would you use? let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Lauren 
x



Thursday, 18 August 2016

CSS codes and tips for new bloggers


Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. So, I have actually been blogging now for two whole years and I have gathered some tips that may help new bloggers. Blogging can be quite daunting, I didn't have a clue what anything meant at first. With that problem, all I can say is YouTube will most definitely be your best friend - there's a tutorial for every blogger dilemma out there. I used to really struggle with coding and all the technical jargon, but a bit of Googling and Youtube solved that. I slowly started to make little changes with my blog and making it my own; Instead of using a custom default template.  So I am going to share with you some top tips on design, getting your blog out there, etc.. 


1- Like I just said, If in doubt YouTube it. Watching a video can really help get your head around something. 

2- Design:
 When I started making slight changes to my blog, to make it more my own I started off changing the logo. Make it stand out and add a slogan or image that really sums up your blog. Today, my blog logo is very minimalistic but it really goes with my template. It's totally up to you, but changing your logo can make a whole lot of difference and really make your blog more personal.

3- CSS codes: 
I first started with simple CSS codes to make simple changes to my blog. You can edit this by clicking: blogger, template, customise, advanced then scroll to the bottom of the advanced section and you will see 'add CSS.' This is where you add your CSS codes. I have a few basics codes that may help you out! All you have to do is copy and paste these into the add CSS section, exactly as they are!

Remove default blogger image border 



.post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img,
.BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
  padding: none !important;
  border: none !important;
  background: none !important;
  -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
}

Centre your blog header

#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important;} #header-inner {text-align:center !important;}



Centre your post and date titles 


.post-title {
text-align:center;
}



.date-header {
text-align:center;
}


I hope those CSS codes help you out! They really did me when I was starting out as they are errors a lot of newbies face and really make an impact on your overall designs neatness. 

4- Social media: 
This is very important when it comes to promoting your blog and increasing your followers. You have to consistent with your blog posts and social media accounts. When I have a new blog post I always advertise on Twitter, this allows other people to see and bring in potential new followers. I also tag blogger retweet accounts - these accounts retweet bloggers tweets so that they can be seen by more people. Also use a lot of popular hashtags that relate to your blog post, such as #bbloggers or #lbloggers (beauty bloggers and life bloggers). These are popular hashtags and are viewed by many.



5- photography:
 This is a very important skill; taking pride in your photos pulls in a wider audience as your posts look more appealing. Pictures are what readers look at first if it looks interesting they are more likely to want to read on. I am not the greatest when it comes to photography, but I have definitely progressed over my two years but that's what blogging is about - progressing and becoming better and better! 


6- Make sure you blog about the things you're truly passionate about! Don't just write about anything, as your readers will know from the way it's been written if you're not interested. Make sure you put effort into your posts and plan them. Do some research into popular posts, and take your own twist on things. Uniqueness is key in the blogging world! 

I hope these tips help any new bloggers If you have any tips, let me know in the comments 

Until next time,
Lauren 
x

















Sunday, 14 August 2016

Is this the best BB cream ever?

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today's blog post is all about my new found love - my Garnier BB cream. I never use foundation anymore and I haven't for a long time. I have used many BB creams and none have come close to this one. This BB cream is 9.99 and that is pretty good as you only need the smallest amount and it lasts a while. Compared to the others I have tried this is the cheapest and the best.  I am going to give you a quick run down on this BB cream...

This is fab for people in a hurry, as it moisturises your skin perfectly and keeps you looking fresh and awake.  My skin feels so fresh and natural once I apply this and it actually feels like my skin; whereas foundations can often feel like a mask. Since I have been wearing this BB cream I have received many compliments and I've noticed that my skin has really been behaving. I have had clearer skin since using this which is amazing, who wants spots? not me that's for sure! 



Here, is what the BB cream looks like on my face - natural, fresh, and clean. I set the BB cream in place with a little powder, as that's my personal preference (to avoid getting shiny throughout the day). You can for sure add some concealer to any specific problem areas for extra coverage, but I have found this to be buildable coverage so apply in stages; if you need more add a little bit.  I do put a little under eye concealer on also, again for my personal preference.


Just a quick little blog post on my favourite BB cream. 
Would you use this? let me know in the comments.

Until next time,
Lauren 
x

Friday, 12 August 2016

10 of my life goals



Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you 10 of my life goals; we all have goals in life and I think they're really important to set, so you push yourself. I often visualise the world I aspire to live in and do everything I can to make it happen. Whether it's saving for a trip or studying hard. So, here are my 10 ultimate life goals...

1- I have spoken about this one a lot but one of my main aims in life is to become a journalist. I am currently studying it at college and hope to carry on my studies at university. I really study hard when it comes to journalism; I seek work experience and always work on new and exciting article ideas. Me blogging right now is very good experience for me, as I am keeping my brain active and creative - which is important to be a successful journalist.

2- I hope to find an opportunity to travel the world backpacking. I would love to see: Thailand, America, Iceland, Austrailia and Fiji. I think it would be an amazing opportunity to see such gorgeous sights!

3-  Skydive - I would love at some point to really push myself and do a skydive because I think it would be an amazingly surreal experience.

4- Try scuba diving, some place tropical and see the beautiful creatures hidden in the deep sea!

5-  I would love to write a fiction book and get my imagination flowing. Even if it didn't get printed I think it would be a nice thing to look back at in time and show other generations in my family.

6-  Learn to play the guitar- this has always interested me I think it's such a cool skill!

7- Live life to the fullest and make sure I experience new things on a regular basis and not become a creature of habit!

8- I would love for my blog to really take off and become more recognised! I also hope to carry on my blog and document all my life - a place where I can look back and remmeber all the things I have done!

9- Get really into fitness and yoga I want to treat my body like a temple and try new vegetarian recipes and be more creative with my food.

10- Be happy each and everyday and make sure I don't take things for granted.


What are your life goals? let me know in the comments.

Unitl next time,
Lauren
x




Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The brushes you need for a flawless base!



Hello, everyone! welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to be talking about my favourite brushes to create a flawless base, as we all want to create a flawless base am I right? I am a huge fan of Real techniques brushes and most of my brush are in fact Real techniques.  I am going to talk you through step-by-step on how to use these brushes and how to get the most out of them!


Detailer brush- this brush is perfect when you get a pesky little blemish and it just won't cover. I use this brush to cover any little spots, as it's so small and helpful to be more precise. 

Buffing brush - this brush is fab. I use this brush to blend BB creams or foundations. This brush makes blending liquid foundation effortless and quick and gives you amazing coverage; which is what we all want from a foundation brush. This brush is perfect if you're in a rush because it takes seconds for your foundation to be buffed into your skin - perfect for me as I often overlay a lot!

Contour brush- Yes, it is brilliant for contour but I use this for highlight, and let me tell you it's amazing. My highlight just pops as soon as I use this brush, definitely  a highlight on 'fleek' moment. 


Pointed foundation brush- perfect for blending under eye concealer and reaching small areas your buffing brush can't. I love this brush for my concealer it's honestly a handy little brush.
Eco tools mattifying brush - this brush is perfect for powder. I use this brush for my pressed powder to set all my makeup in place; you don't want all that hard work to be wasted!

Bamboo angled brush- This is perfect to achieve those on fleek brows! I love how this brush can perfectly help you achieve that perfect arched brow. This brush is my staple as I couldn't go anywhere without giving my brows a little definition.

Do you use any of these brushes? Let me know in the comments 

Until next time,
Lauren 
x

Friday, 5 August 2016

Style We clothes order review


Hi, everyone! welcome back to another blog post. Today I am going to share with you this fabulous blouse Style We  kindly sent me to review. As always opinions are all my own and just because I was sent this item does not mean I am going to lie. 

When I was contacted by Style We I found it so hard to pick one item -  there were so many lovely items.  I wanted a statement blouse perfect for smart casual events and I found the one. I love the added red to this top; subtle but very eye catching and it really brightens the whole look.  I wore this blouse with a pair of high waisted ripped knee jeans to make the look more smart casual. You could pair this blouse with a pretty skirt tucked in to go more glam for a night out. 

Overall I think Style We are a really good clothing company because all their clothes have been designed carefully by top designers and are all unique designs! 

The shipping also was very speedy and I could keep a track with every move of my order. The courier service DHL sent my item and I even had the chance to reschedule my delivery if needed; which is very handy! I would recommend you to have a browse on Style We if you're looking for unique pieces designed perfectly.


Looking for some style inspiration follow Style we on Pinterest (link to Pinterest) They have every fashion trend you can think of there's something for everybody - happy pinning :)




Let me know what you think to this blouse in the comments!

So, that's all for now until next time
Lauren 
x

Friday, 15 July 2016

How I add a hint of vintage to my bedroom


Details of image: 
Candles from Primark the one burning is a Yankee candle;
Heart tin from Turkey;
Heart bowl from Wilko;
Date display from a charity shop.

 Hello, everyone! welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to talk about a theme that has kind of taken over my life - vintage! Shabby chic/vintage is everywhere now and it's classed as cool to have a distressed look to your decor. I love the whole idea of upcycling I personally love the worn in look that comes with the whole shabby chic feel. I am currently upcycling my chest of drawers by adding a few touches like replacing handles and painting; I will keep you updated with that one, for sure!

I wanted to share with you today my bedroom and the little vintage touches I have added to really give my room the whole vintage vibe, so here goes... 

Bunting bought on Ebay
Bunting is a staple for transforming any room into a shabby chic room! If I could I would hang bunting everywhere!

 Shelves from b&m
Bunting: Ebay
Left shelf - Candles: Store twentyone house lantern: Matalan

Right shelf- Candles: Store twentyone Hat ornament: charity shop 

Top middle shelf: Everything from Store twentyone including the clock
Now, I have, to be honest, I'm not one hundred percent sure where this came from my Nan bought it me so. I'm sure you can get similar ones from Ebay or Amazon.

This plaque is from b&m I remember seeing this at the till and I had to have it!

Heart frame from Poundstrecher 

Again, I am not sure where this picture came from as my Nan bought it me but there's plenty similar pictures out there.
I adore this mirror! It's from Store twenty-one and it really adds to the vintage theme, such beautiful detailing!


So, that's all for now. Let me know what you think in the comments - I love reading them.

Lauren
x


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