How to Wear a Pink Lip

Wearing a pink lip can sometimes be quite hard, especially if it's a rather bright and vibrant shade but I think it looks so lovely for this time of the year.

My favourite shade of pink is Impassioned by MAC.  It's very bright and has such a creamy texture that it glides on really well and stays put for quite a few hours.  I find I never have to wear a lip liner with this one either.

When wearing a pink lip I think it's important to get the rest of your make up right so that you don't look washed up and colours don't clash.

So starting off with the skin I would get myself nice and tanned.  My favourite tanners at the moment are the Superdrug Solait tan in dark and also Tan Truth which you can get from Sally's Salon Services.  Where I have just come back from Ibiza I have still got a bit of a tan so every few days I use the St Tropez Everyday gradual tanner and this helps top up my tan slightly.

Then you've got to get the make-up right so starting off I use Rimmel BB cream in medium matte which I'm really loving at the moment.  I like to fill in my eyebrows using the Anastasia Dipbrow pomade in dark brown, eyes I keep quite neutral either adding loads of mascara or fake lashes.  I also sometimes pop in some blue contacts as I think a bright lip looks really nice with blue eyes.  Then I add a bronzer and a quite muted blush like Sleek's rose gold so as to not overpower the lip and I'm done.




So that's what I found works best for me. How do you like to wear a pink lip?

Lauren xx

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Organising Your Shelving Units

I wanted to talk about something other than beauty and fashion on my blog for a change.  It’s supposed to be an ‘all-rounder’ blog anyway so here is some lifeness for you.

When I was studying which I’m sure you know all about because I didn’t stop going on about it!  But when I was studying my flat got into a bit of a mess and I remember thinking to myself “when this exam is over I’m going to have a proper sort out and organise some of these shelves”.  I think it’s important to do this every now and again anyway (maybe every 6 months).  It’s nice to de-clutter, change things up and keep them fresh.

So my plan is to tackle this this weekend as I’ve spent the last 2 weeks catching up on sleep lost in Ibiza (I know, I’m getting old!) but c’mon I’ve been working full-time too J

What I plan to do is clear the bottom shelf of my book case in my living room where I store my study books, throw out anything I no longer need and any books I want to keep for reference I’m going to store on a shelf in my wardrobe or take to work (hehe).



In my bedroom I have a square unit which has 4 cut out squares inside.  It’s hard to explain so I’ll attach a photo with a link if it’s still available.  I’ve just thrown stuff on here over the past 2 years and it’s become really messy so I want to get some pretty little boxes that I can fit inside and throw everything in them so from the outside it’s no longer messy.



I’ve been looking at these ones in H&M.



Do you have any tips for de-cluttering and organisation?  If so, tweet me @wonky_lauren I’d love to here!

Lauren xx


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Wear | Life | Eats: Mum's 50th Birthday!

This past week saw my mum turn the Big 5-0!  So for a special edition of WLE I thought I'd share with you what we did to make her birthday extra special.

My sister and I started planning something about 2 months in advance and we were stuck between a spa day and afternoon tea.  We decided to go with the spa day as we thought it would last a bit longer than afternoon tea and we wasn't really sure if my mum would like afternoon tea as she's not really a tea and cake kinda person.  However, when we called our chosen spa (Rowhill Grange) it was fully booked until the end of July!  We've been to this spa before which is why we had chosen it but anyway it was back to the drawing board.

I then looked into having lunch somewhere nice in London which is when I came across the celebration package at the OXO Tower.  The package included food, a cocktail, a glass of wine/beer/soft drink, a photo and cake.




I am so glad we decided to go with this because it made it such a special day for my mum and she really enjoyed herself.  It was a nice summer's day and so we had a table outside overlooking the whole of London.  The view was amazing as was the food and drink. They took a photo of us and came back at the end with the photo inside a birthday card for my mum to keep.  They also gave her ice cream with a candle on top and a birthday message on the placard.




It really couldn't have been any better and the staff were awesome too!




I told them that I was vegetarian and they brought me a vegetarian platter along with chips and a perinaise dip which was so yummy.  My mum and sister had squid and mini burgers.  They also gave us bowls of olives, almonds and spicy nuts to start.  My mum and I had Presecco cocktails and my sister had a virgin cocktail as she was driving which was a spiced apple cooler.




I would highly recommend this celebration package if anyone has a special occasion they are looking for ideas of something to do.  For more details check out their website: http://www.harveynichols.com/news/2014/02/28/celebrate/?restaurant=the-oxo-tower




Lauren xx

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Protect Your Skin

Now that we seem to be having some pretty good weather in the UK, I don’t want to jinx it but I’m quite impressed, I thought I should talk about the rather relevant subject of protecting our skin.  I know it’s a bit of a boring post but it’s something that’s really important especially this time of the year whether we have a hot summer or you are away on holiday somewhere hot.  You need to protect your skin.

You should wear at least SPF 15 on your face all year round anyway.  This is to prevent premature ageing and wrinkles.  I know it seems like a chore but at lot of foundations and BB creams come with an SPF already built in so look out for those when choosing one.

I know a lot of people like to wear lower factor sun creams because they want to get the best tan they can but you can still get a tan from wearing higher factors.  It just means it might take a little longer to reach that optimum tan but that you won’t burn and this is what we want to prevent.  Burning means you have damaged your skin and this is what could potentially cause skin cancer.  I’m by no means saying just because you’ve burnt you’re going to get skin cancer but every time you burn you are increasing your chances.

I never wear less than SPF 20 on my body and 30 on my face.  I always get a nice tan with this and never burn.  If you are someone that burns easily or have naturally pale skin then wear a higher factor.  Another thing to consider is your moles.  If you have moles then put a higher factor on them.  I have a few on my back, one on my leg and one on my arm and I always put the 30 on them.  You can get the sun screen sticks or the lip ones which are good for applying to moles without it getting messing.  If you have a lot of moles then it’s probably best to cover yourself in 30 or higher.

Another issue I want to address is sunbeds.  I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a fan of them in the past.  It’s so much easier to jump on them rather than applying fake tan, scrubbing it off when it goes patching and starting again.  BUT, they are so bad for you.  They increase your chances of getting skin cancer by 400%.  That’s huge!  Nowadays I’d much rather get my tan from a can and spend the extra time doing it than risking cancer.

To end, I wanted to give a benefit of the sun and that is the benefit of vitamin D.  Vitamin D comes from the sun and is good for our bones.  Getting out in the sun for an hour a day will do us the world of good and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis.  If you work indoors try to get outside on your lunch break or walk to/from work/the station.  This will also put you in a better mood!

So without sounding like a moaning parent, all I’m trying to say is; enjoy the sun but BE SAFE.

I hope this post was useful and let me know if you have any other sun facts.

Lauren xx


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Ibiza 2014

Last week was absolutely manic for me and I am still recovering (getting old!).  I started the week with a 3 and a half hour exam and 12 hours later I was on a plane to Ibiza where I spent the next 4 days.



Ibiza is my favourite place to visit during the summer and this was my 4th time on the island.  I love it because I’m such a huge music fan and go mad for all the top DJs that play out there.



It was pretty full on this year and we spent most days at JetApartment pool parties or raving on Bora Bora Beach.  I normally stay in San Antonio which is generally quieter during the day and really comes alive at night with the West End bars.  This year I stayed in Playa d’en Bossa which is livelier during the day with not so many bars in the evening.



The first night we went to Amnesia for a night called Together.  This is my favourite night of the week as it plays host to drum and bass and dubstep DJs.  The rest of Ibiza is mainly house music.



This year I got to see Andy C, Chase & Status, Sub Focus and Hannah Wants at Amnesia.  They were all awesome and I even bumped into Hannah Wants in the toilets!  You should definitely check her out if you haven’t already.  She’s such a sweet girl and a great DJ.



The next night we did Space which wasn’t really that busy.  There were probably about 100 people in there but because of the sheer size of the club it makes it look about 10 people.  I always find Wednesdays in Ibiza a bit of a funny night because there’s not loads going on.  Flux Pavilion was playing in Pacha which I’d love to have seen but we were going there the following night so my friends weren’t so keen.



So then the final night we managed to get tickets for the usually sold out F**k Me I’m Famous by David Guetta at Pacha.  This was A-mazing!!!  So so packed but such a good show.  He did a two and a half hour set so although the tickets cost us 70 EUR it was so worth it and I was glad to get tickets because normally when I go in July or August they’re completely sold out.



The final day was spent in Ocean Beach Club.  This is a rather swanky establishment and it feels really luxurious to lounge about in.  The music was pumping and the sun was shining so it was the perfect note to finish my trip on.



If you would like to see my Ibiza packing videos you can view them here and here.  I also filmed an Ibiza vlog which I hope to get up this week so make sure you subscribe to view it.



Lauren xx

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Wear | Life | Eats

Wear

Lately the weather has been real hit and miss, which is most of the time for London, but it's been rather extreme.  We've had scorching hot days and down right miserable rainy days.  Now that we are in June and hopefully entering the summer season I'm hoping for a lot more sunny days.  Until then, however, to get me through the 'in between' weather I have dug out my trusty leather jacket and have been throwing that on with almost every outfit.  The thing I love about leather jackets is that they go with literally anything.  You can wear it casual like I have below, with jeans and a t-shirt or you can take it with you on a night out to put on over a pretty dress or playsuit.  If the weather is a bit chillier then I can either wrap a scarf around it or wear a hoody underneath and layer it.  It's so versatile!  I got mine from Miss Selfridge and I love the zip detailing.




Life

I feel like a broken record here but I am studying YET AGAIN.  I'm hoping this will be the last of my exams now as it's the final one so as long as I pass I FINALLY get to graduate!   Without boring you too much, the exam is on contract law and part of the Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx) qualification.  When I left school after my A-Levels I had no idea what I wanted to do and really couldn't be bothered with any more studying so didn't really consider uni too much.  A couple of years later, however, I decided to enroll in this course at my local college which my firm has funded and it's great because it's a hell of a lot more cheaper than doing a law degree, you can work and study part-time and you can still train to be a lawyer at the end of it.  For more info visit: http://www.cilex.org.uk/

Eats

Now I'm definitely going to sound like a broken record here... 'Lauren's Health Kick' haha. So part of my health kick has been cooking the amazing courgetti.  This is basically spaghetti made out of courgettes.  Some also call it zoodles (zucchini noodles).  I make mine with a Julienne peeler which I bought for 99p on eBayer.  Then you just use it as you would a potatoe peeler or any other kind of peeler until all the courgette has turned into little spirally spaghetti-like pieces.  I then throw mine into a wok or frying pan with a little Fry Lite and then serve with vegetables, quorn, tofu or meat/fish if you wanted and then add a sauce.  It honestly tastes just like pasta.  Here is the pesto and tofu one I made below.  Yum!




Lauren xx

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