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New Year's Eve Outfit Ideas!

I know I'm a bit late and most of you have probably sorted your outfits for tonight's festivities but in case you haven't here are a few ideas for whatever your style and whatever occasion you are going to... Style: Sexy/Daring Occasion: Rave/Club Top: New Look, Leggings: H&M Style: Smart/Trendy Occasion: Dinner/Bar Dress: ASOS, Boots: Office Style: Casual/Relaxed Occasion: House party/Pub Top: Next, Shorts: New Look Style: Glam/Girly Occasion: Club/Bar Dress: Lipsy, Shoes: Kurt Geiger, Necklace: Dorothy Perkins Style: Cute/Fun Occasion: Family/Boyfriend Dress: ASOS, Shoes: Primark I hope you all have an amazing New Year whatever you do, I'm sure you will all look fabulous and may your 2014 be a stylish one! Love Lauren xx Instagram  |  Twitter  |  YouTube  - check out my latest makeup and hair tutorials:

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

So I know it's very nearly Christmas and the last thing you're probably thinking about is healthy foods!  But we will be in 2014 before you know it so I thought I would get you all prepared for New Year resolutions and list a few ideas for healthy breakfasts.  I know it's cliche but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  I always always make time for breakfast and here's a few that I enjoy to make.  They are all quick and easy. Porridge with almond milk  - this is going to give you lots of energy and keep you full until lunch time.  I prefer to get rolled oats rather than the packet stuff as it has less sugar. You could swap the almond milk for regular cow's milk if you prefer that also. Yogurt  - sometimes if I'm in a mega rush then I can just grab a yogurt and take it to work with me.  I go for healthier ones with less sugar such as Greek yogurt or french style ones. Grapefruit juice  - this juice is amazing to drink because it i

Best of Beauty 2013! (Yearly Favourites)

I know I already did a post earlier this weekend on drugstore favourites but I wanted to put together a yearly favourites with a mixture of drugstore and high end products that I have been loving in 2013.  Also, I cannot believe we are almost at the end of 2013!! Primer The best primer out there I believe is the Smashbox Photo Finish one.  However, it is a tad on the expensive side so you could opt for Benefit Pore Professional or MAC's Prep and Prime. Foundation The best foundation I have tried this year is the Nars Sheer Glow.  I'm not really one for a 'dewy' look because I find sometimes it can look more oily than glowy which is never a good thing!  However, this gives just the right amount of glow without looking greasy and even works for oily skin. Concealer My two favourite concealers are the MAC pro longwear and Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection.  The MAC one can be quite heavy when applying but dries flawlessly and is great for covering

DIY Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of my favourite drinks to drink all year round and I have loved it every since I was very small.  But there's nothing better than having it at Christmas time all snuggled up on the sofa so I have put a super simple recipe together on how to make orange flavoured hot chocolate and decorate them in festive orange cups. To start you will need: Milk Orange flavoured chocolate Oranges Marshmallows or whipped cream Straws First you will need to heat your milk in a saucer.  You can do this on the stove or be lazy and pop it in the microwave!  Once heated (you don't want it to boil) you can add the orange flavoured chocolate and melt that in too.  Keep stirring and have little tasters along the way to check it's chocolatey enough for you! Then you can either stop here and pour the milk into mugs, adding marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy or for something extra Christmassy you can hollow out an orange, cut off the top and pour the m

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Review

I bought this mascara about 3 months ago now and have been getting lots of compliments about how long my lashes look. You can buy this mascara at Boots, House of Fraser, Debenhams etc as it is a high end product and retails for about £22.   It does come with quite a big brush which I personally love as I find it gets through all my lashes without making them clumpy.  The liquid is quite wet so you have to be careful when using as it can go everywhere (I did it on the train once, disaster!)  It's quite a thick, heavy mascara so may not be great if you have short stumpy lashes as the brush may be too big. This mascara also comes in brown, blue and green as well as black.  I have the original black colour as I wanted it more for everyday/going out.  I do love blue mascara too every now and then to mix things up and I think it looks great on dark eyes. The colour is really pigmented and even if you have quite a few coats it won't go clumpy. I, like many girl

Top Drugstore Beauty Products

I don't know about you but when I go into Boots or Superdrug I'm always drawn to the make-up aisles and checking out the latest drugstore products.  I do own quite a few high end products as I like to mix it up but I'll always have a love for drugstore and some products I actually prefer over high end and will continue to purchase again and again.  So here are my faves... Primer:  Bourjois Happy Light in matte I purchased this about a month ago and I'm really really happy with it (as the name suggests ;))  Although I'm not an overly oily person it does stop my face from getting oily in the areas that do and works as a great base for my foundation.  You do have to blend it in quite quickly as it's rather fast drying but other than that no complaints. Foundation:  Maybelline Fit Me in 230 This is a rea

My Birthday and The Night I Met Millie Mackintosh

Wow this past week or so has been so hectic, hence why I haven't had a chance to get on here and write.  I thought I would just give you an update as to what I've been up to. Last week saw me turn another year older and to celebrate I partied with Millie Mackintosh from Made in Chelsea, no seriously!  Anyway I'll get to that in a bit.. Before that I was running about in London; Christmas shopping on Oxford St and attending a Human Rights seminar on Human Rights Day (I won't bore you with that, this is a fashion blog so let's stick to the agenda!) then for my birthday I had the day off work and spent it with my mum.  We headed to Bluewater shopping centre for a bit of retail therapy and a spot of lunch.  The mall was not too busy actually as I thought it would be hectic with Christmas shoppers this time of year but perhaps everyone has been organised this year? We had lunch at Cote Brasserie which is a really really nice French cuisine place  http://www.

DIY Lip Sugar Scrubs

The temperature has really dropped here in London and I have been suffering with bad flu this past week. One thing I really noticed was my lips getting really dry and flaky (yuk!) and I kept thinking that I must get myself a lip scrub.  Then I realised, why not make one myself!  The ones they use in Lush are made with natural products so I figured it would be easy enough. The ingredients you will need are: Sugar - white or brown Coconut oil Honey Olive oil Those are the basic ingredients, you can add more depending on what you want and I will tell you more about that. So if you take a little jar that you want to keep the lip scrub in and half fill it with sugar. Using brown sugar will be slightly less harsh if you have sensitive skin.  Then pour this into a mixing bowl.  I just eyeball my ingredients so just work out roughly how much you think you need.  Add about a large spoon full of coconut oil, a blob of honey and a spoonful of olive oil.  Then mix it

My Winter Fashion Essentials

Winter time is great for getting out all those cosy jumpers and snug boots to keep you warm so I thought I would show you a few fashion essentials that I love to keep me going through winter. First up is jumpers, probably the most essential item for winter.  This year I've been loving bright neon coloured jumpers and I bought the coolest one from Glamorous earlier this year.  It comes in one size so it has a different fit on everyone.  I'm quite small so it's rather baggy on me but I love wearing it with skinny jeans and a long scarf like I've worn below. Next up is jeans.  Jeans just go with everything so it's good to have a few decent pairs.  I really like the ripped ones that are out at the moment and have been looking at this pair from Missguided  ( ).   I also really like the waxy finish look ones that kind of look leath

Holiday Gift Guide: for Her!

The holidays are coming around so quick and Christmas will be here before we know it.  So I thought I'd go a gift guide on ideas of what to buy for mum, sisters, girlfriends etc to help with those of you that are stuck on what to buy and don't want to leave it to the last minute. Clarisonic This is an awesome product.  I don't have one myself but I am seriously looking into getting one.  I've heard so many great reviews on this.  It's basically an electronic face brush that vibrates and pulses against your skin removing all the dirt and dead skin cells.  The one I've attached is the Mia one at £90 but they have just brought out the Mia 2 which retails at roughly £112.  However, if you didn't want to spend that much and you wasn't sure if you'd like it Olay do a really goo

November Favourites 2013!!

I can't believe we're almost at the end of the year, scary! Here are some of the things I've been loving throughout November. Products Now that I've got my hair extensions back in I needed to change up the products I've been using in my hair to make it more managable.  The first product I've been enjoying is the Tigi Rockaholic Born to Rock Leave In Detangler and Defrizzer ( ).  This is great if you have long thick hair or thick curly hair because it really gets those knots out and leaves your hair feeling soft.  You apply it to towel dried hair and distribute evenly. The next product is also by Toni and Guy and it's the Tigi Headrush Shine Spray ( ).  This is the last product I use after I've styled my hair and it gives it a nice shine without looking greasy or oily. Next up is som