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5 Makeup Products That Will Make Your Makeup Routine So Much Quicker

I don't know about you but whenever I'm getting ready in the morning I always seem to be short on time!  Don't get me wrong, I love spending time on my makeup but if I'm in a rush I need to get in done quickly so with these time-saving products I've managed to get my morning makeup routine down to 5 minutes!




Any sort of 2 in 1 product is going to save you time so look out for those first of all.  This one is my favourite.  It's quite full coverage but you can thin it out by using a beauty sponge or mixing it with your moisturiser.



Bare Minerals Powder Compact

This is great because you can also use it for on the go.  The pressed powder comes with a mirror and sponge.



Laura Geller Mocha Blush

The colour of the blush is a near bronze colour so you can get away with not having to use a bronzer as well, saving more time!



NYX Tinted Eyebrow Gel

I love tinted eyebrow gels because you can fill your brows in at the same time as setting them, genius!  They also give a more natural look and stop you from overdrawing them!



IT Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

This mascara really does what it says on the tin.  One or two quick coats of this and you're good for the day ahead.




Do you have any trusty and speedy makeup products you use for quickness?

Lauren xx

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Mexico City


So I went to Mexico in May this year and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write a post about it but time has just flown!  Mexico is a country I’ve wanted to visit for ages but there’s so much to see, I wanted to do it properly and take a bit of time to travel around.




Flights

My boyfriend (kind of) surprised me with plane tickets to Mexico City for Christmas and we straight away got planning to where else we wanted to go.  We decided to fly to Mexico City for 5 days, then fly across to Cancun for 5 days and then get a bus to Tulum for the last 4 days before heading back to Mexico City and then home.  I will write about Cancun in a separate blog post (hopefully that won’t take me another 3 months!).

We flew direct with British Airways from London Heathrow and our flights were around £600 each.  This included luggage and seat selection.  I can’t fault BA at all, even with the delays, because it was such a comfortable flight.

After the long 11.5 hour flight from London to Mexico City plus a two hour delay we finally made it around midnight to our hotel (which would have been around 7am back home!).  We were very tired and just wanted to sleep.



Hotel

We stayed at the Pennsylvania Suites just outside the city centre and we had the penthouse suite.  The room was insane with it’s own living room, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and bathroom.  We also had a long balcony overlooking the most beautiful plant wall.  The was definitely my favourite hotel room from the whole trip.



Day 1

We took an Uber into the city centre to explore.  Ubers are really cheap in Mexico City and easy to get around.  We meandered around the city seeing some beautiful architecture, looking around the shops and stopping for some Mexican lunch.  The food is also super cheap here.  A bowl of guac and chips cost just £2.50 and the beer around £3 a bottle.  After spending the day in the city we headed back to our hotel to change and then went out to a local restaurant for dinner.  There are a lot of Mexican-Italian eateries around so that’s what we went for that night.



Day 2

We got up early and took a taxi to Teotihuacán to see the Pyramids.  It was a super hot day so you can imagine climbing the pyramids were a challenge but we got there and it was worth it because the views were just amazing.  It’s crazy to think that this architecture was built by hand 100s of years ago.  After a long day in the Mexican sun we headed back to our hotel to change and jump in another Uber to the Azteca Stadium.  My boyfriend is a huge football fan so getting to see one of the greatest teams in the world play in one of the world’s biggest stadiums was a real treat for him.



Day 3

This was my boyfriend’s birthday so I let him decide what he wanted to do and being the geek that he is he said he wanted to go to the Museum of Anthropology!  The museum was nice (not as nice as the London museums) and it was very big, however, I did find that it seemed to repeat itself a lot as you went round.  Overall, however, we had a lovely day in the city and went back in the evening for a nice dinner at an upmarket restaurant for our final night here.



Day 4

We were flying to Cancun later this day so didn’t want to venture out too far from our hotel so we decided to look up some nearby parks to explore and found this really cool one with gardens, a running track, gym and children’s playground (where we may have jumped on the swings)!

I loved this city so much I really didn’t want to leave but was excited to head to the beach and get some warmer weather.  It was hot in Mexico City but not as hot as we were about to experience in Cancun.. *stay tuned for the next chapter*



Food

Places we ate at and would recommend:

Senora Grill
El Huequito
El Romano
La Rural Argentina


Have you been to Mexico City?  What did you think?  I will definitely be back!

Lauren xx


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3 Things I Want To Stop Apologising For

As human beings and especially Brits we are programmed to constantly subconsciously apologise.  Even when it's not our fault!  If someone knocks into me at the station in the morning we will both instantly apologise for example.  We just can't help it and although it may seem like the polite, correct thing to do I think maybe we need to take a backstep in some instants and just stop because it's not always necessary.


My appearance

If I don’t feel like I’ve dressed up enough or am smart enough on a certain occasion I will always apologise ‘sorry I’m a bit casual today, sorry I have no makeup on, sorry I’ve just scraped my hair up today’.  But why do we feel the need to do this?  What’s wrong with just wearing comfortable clothing from time to time?  If I feel more comfortable I generally work better so surely that’s a good thing?  I LOVE not wearing makeup and letting my skin breathe and I honestly think this is one of the reasons I have such clear skin.  As for my hair, I am a busy woman, I really don’t have time to wash, dry and style it every day!  Men don’t, so why should we?



My priorities

Lately I feel like I’ve been letting friends and family down by prioritizing doing work over seeing them.  I work full time whilst trying to study for further law exams and it’s not easy.  Sometimes you have to make a choice and prioritise your needs.  However, I’ve worked my butt off to get as far as I have and although I’ve made A LOT of sacrifices along the way it kind of has been worth it and I know it will pay off in the end.  So really I shouldn’t feel bad and I know my friends and family will only want me to do well so they understand too.

My feelings

It has taken me this long to realise that feelings are something that are completely out of our control.  We really can’t help how we feel and therefore we shouldn’t have to apologise for it.  I sometimes feel like I’m being dramatic by getting upset or angry of some menial issue and will apologise for snapping at people.  This is fine but at the same time there is a reason for being upset over something and so we shouldn’t feel like we were wrong to feel this way.


Is there anything you want to stop apologizing for?

Lauren xx

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