Are The Spice Girl's 90s Makeup Looks Making A Comeback?

If you were alive during the 90s, no matter where in the world you lived, you would remember the Spice Girls.  And you would remember the impact of the Girl Power movement.  You may also remember the bright coloured eyeshadows and girlish makeup looks. But are they, in 2018, making a comeback?  There's certainly been similar looks on the catwalks in Paris and Milan recently.

What do you think about a Spice Girls' makeup comeback?

Lauren xx

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How To Get Over Heartbreak

Everyone will experience heartbreak at some point in their lives.  Whether it's a failed relationship or the loss of a loved one.  It sucks and it hurts.  Like, it really really hurts but in a weird sort of way I think it's a good thing that everyone should go through because it makes your stronger and realise that you can get over anything.

Obviously there are some situations that are more difficult than others and everyone deals with things differently but I think what's important to realise is that to not compare your situation to others.  If you are going through something bad and so is someone else except you think there's is not as bad as yours, don't question it.  You don't know the details and what's bad for you could be worse for someone else.

There's no timescale for how long it's going to take to get over your heartbreak.  Again, everyone is different you just have to go through the motions and find ways to ease the pain or learn to cope.  For me, I found the biggest help was to change my routine.  It sounds off but by having a different daily and weekly routine from before the heartbreak almost felt like I was starting afresh instead of being stuck in my past.

Keeping busy also really helps and surrounding yourself with happy positive people.  I lived by myself when I was going through the heartbreak but I decided to rent out my spare room just to have someone else around.  I also booked loads of holidays and really threw myself into my studies and work.

How do you cope with heartbreak?

Lauren xx

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Summer Shoe Style: Espadrilles

Espadrilles have been the shoe of the summer for decades now.  I remember my mum owning numerous pairs in the 90s and then finally getting my hands on some myself by the 00s.

I think the reason they have always been so popular and have always made a comeback is because of how versatile they are.  They come in so many different styles ranging from super casual flats to evening appropriate wedges.  With so many colours and patterns and that cute little iconic tie up ribbon around the ankle, not to mention how comfortable they are, it’s easy to see why the espadrille is here to stay.

And because of their ever increasing popularity it means that everyone from Kurt Geiger to Primark are designing them which means they are affordable for every price point.  Here are some of my favourites for this season:

ASOS - £38

New Look - £15

Kurt Geiger - £99

What do you think about espadrilles?

Lauren xx

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How To Be More Positive

We're all guilty of getting a little down every now and again, some more than others but even the most positive of people can think negatively at times.  Sometimes it can be one little thing that just sets you off and puts a dampener on your entire day.  In an industry like the blogging one it can be really hard not to compare yourself to others and think negatively of yourself.

Here are some top tips I use to stay more positive when I start to feel a little down.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

As I said above, comparing yourself to others is one of the easiest ways to make yourself feel rubbish.  However, no-one's journey is the same and we all suffer knock backs.  Even the people you think are doing really well have properly suffered set backs along the way.  You may not be where you want to be yet but you're on the way and that's what matters.

There's Always Someone Worse Off Than You

This may seem a little mean to think of but it's true, there is always someone out there in a lot worse off position than you so count your blessings and think yourself lucky.  Someone out there would kill to have your bad days.

You're Not Alone

Don't think that you're the only one who has ever felt like this or come across this hurdle because we all face them.  We all feel the same but at different stages.  It's getting through the rubbish that makes us stronger.

This Too Will Pass

This feeling will not last forever.  This crap situation will not last forever.  You will get through it and feel yourself again.  Just stay strong and focus on the better times ahead.

There's Nothing Music Can't Fix

And if you still feel down in the dumps then play your favourite song, have a little dance, go shopping and treat yourself to some new threads or even just buy your favourite food.  These are all instant mood boosters!

What do you do to stay more positive?

Lauren xx

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The Bright Eyeshadow Summer Trend

When I think of summer fashion I always think of pops of colour and brightness.  Makeup is no different.  A bright lip looks gorgeous with a tan or pops of colour on the eyelids is so cute with freckles and glowy skin.  One of the most popular eyeshadow palettes for creating these kinds of look is the Urban Decay Vice palette.  However, this can be pricey and so I looked to the high street for a similar alternative.

This one by Technic I picked up on Amazon for around £10.  It has 12 colours from brights to bronzes.  All perfect for creating a summery look.  This is what I came up with.

I went for blue and purples on the lid with a pinky nude lip.

Do you like the bright eyeshadow trend?

Lauren xx

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My Favourite Summer Co-Ords

This summer it’s all about coordinating.  I’ve seen so much inspiration in the media, online and on the catwalks.  I think what I love most about this trend is that you don’t have to try too hard.  You already have the top and bottoms so there’s no need to try and find something to match, just accessorise and go!

Here are some of my favourites I found via Pinterest.

What do you think of the coordinate trend?

Lauren xx

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How To Be More Plastic Free

Single use plastic is a huge problem for the environment and not to mention killing our sea life.  So much so that lots of companies are now trying to reduce their use of plastic such as doing away with plastic straws and charging for using plastic carrier bags.  Here are a few ways that you yourself can do your bit to live a plastic free life.

  1. Bring your own reusable water bottle/coffee cup preferably metal.  Can you imagine how much plastic waste comes from people that buy water bottles every single day?!  Just buy yourself a reusable bottle, there are so many places that sell them and either fill it up at home or when buying coffee out ask them to use your cup instead.

  2. Shop savvy.  When I'm at the supermarket I try to pick up fruit and veg with the less amount of plastic packaging.  This can prove quite difficult sometimes but a lot of shops are getting better.

  3. When you have leftovers rather than putting them on a plate with some plastic cling film, use a reusable tupperware box, metal bento box or even use tin foil which is at least recyclable.

  4. Use useable shopping bags when you go shopping.  This is one I am probably best at because it's so easy to just throw a bag in when you go shopping and not have to keep buying new ones.

  5. Stop buying ready meals.  They're not good for you anyway because of the amount of sodium most of them contain but they are the biggest culprits at wasting plastic.

  6. Use bars of soap instead of plastic bottles.  This is obviously harder because we are so used to using plastic bottles of soap, shampoo etc but if we can try to cut down on it then we are taking a step in the right direction.

How will you do your bit to go plastic free?


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Get To Know Me! Q&A

I can't believe I've never done one of these before.  I found the 'get to know me tag' on YouTube and answered the questions as best I could.  Enjoy!

1. What is your middle name?  I don't actually have one.

2. Share you favorite subject in high school.  Dance, drama and music!  I loved performing acts and went to a stage school.

3. What is your favorite drink?  Cherry cola.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?  Three Lions, c'mon England!

5. What would you (or have you) name your children? Anja, Sophia and Courtney for a boy.

6. Have you participated in any sports? Basketball and athletics.

7. What is your favorite book? The Time Traveller's Wife.

8. What is your favorite color? Red glitter.

9. What is your favorite animal? Hamsters.

10. What is your favorite perfume? Chanel No.5.

11. What is your favorite holiday? California or Australia.

12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood. 10

13. Have you been out of the country? I'm lucky to live in London so I can easily visit other places in Europe and the World.

14. Do you speak any different languages? Une petit Francais!

15. Do you have any siblings? 1 sister.

16. What is your favorite store? ASOS.

17. What is your favorite restaurant? That's tough because there are so many great ones in London but I love Chinese food.

18. Did you like school? Yes.

19. Who are some of your favorite Bloggers? Emma Hill and Something Navy.

20. What is your favorite movie? Beetlejuice.

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows? Suits.
22. PC or mac?  Hmm, I have both.  They're both great!
23. What phone do you have? iPhone 7.

24. How tall are you? 5'7.5" or 172cm.

25. Do you have any pets? A rabbit called Panda.

What about you?  Tell me something I don't know!

Lauren xx
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Should I Have Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers have been having a moment the last few years and I think a lot of us have posed the question "Should I get my lips done?".

I don't think there's a wrong or right answer here.  If you feel like you want a little extra plumpness or that you would feel more confident having bigger lips or if you really don't like your lips the way they are or even if you don't like the shape of your lips and want a bit of filler to even them out.  You do you.  

I don't have lip fillers myself (you can probably tell!) but that's not to say I have ruled it out completely.  I think like a lot of us we're scared it will go wrong or that the swelling will last for ages and everyone will be able to tell.  If I had them done I would just start with a small bit and work from there until I was happy.

I would want people to be able to notice a little because what's the point in having them done if they look no different but I wouldn't want it to be too obvious.  It's also quite an expensive procedure if you want them done correctly.  Please make sure you do your research if you are thinking of getting them and go to somewhere reputable that is licensed to carry out this procedure.

What do you think about lip fillers?

Lauren xx

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What To Do In London This July

When the sun is shining (as it is right now) there's no better place to be than London.  Seriously.  The City has it all and the warm weather is just an added bonus.

So I've rounded up all the great things that are happening here in the capital this month and things I am hoping to tick off my bucket list:

1. The World Cup Final - this takes place on Sunday 15 July and will be showing in most pubs around the UK, let alone London.  Some pubs even have screens outside so you get to enjoy the warm weather whilst cheering on your country.  C'mon England!

2. Wimbledon - the famous tennis tournament kicked off this week for a whole 2 weeks.  If you weren't able to get tickets or can't afford the hefty fee, you can always pay up to £25 to have a walk around the grounds and enjoy the atmosphere [and sunshine] from there.

3. Pride - I went to this in London 2 years ago and it was so much fun!  Everyone is in such a good mood, the parade was awesome, great music, dancing and drinking.  Head on down to Charing Cross on 07 July!

4. Music Festivals - Lovebox and British Summer Time amongst a bunch of others.  Festival season is in full swing in London this month.

5. Outdoor Cinema - watch a movie on a big screen in Hyde Park or even on the Thames!  I can't believe I still haven't attended one of these.  They show everything from old classics to new releases.  Bring a blanket and a picnic and you're set.

6. National Dim Sum Week - I. LOVE. DIM SUM.  And this week happens to be dim sum week so if you love it as much as I do get yourself down to China Town sharpish!

7. Chiswick House Summer Party - this idea sounds really cute and more for the people that don't like a crazy party but more of a sophistiscated dinner.  With music, food and a few drinks this could be like something straight of a Downton Abbey on 07 July.

8. Peckham Salvage Yard - this weekend Peckham are hosting a vintage market sale.  Nab yourself a bargain and you might even bump into Delboy!

9. Leyton Carnival - if you can't wait until next month for Notting Hill Carnival then Leyton in East London has you sorted.  Bringing a taste of the Caribbean on 08 July.

10. The Making of Harry Potter (Behind The Seams) - for the hardcore HP fans there is an exhibition taking place in Abbots Langley between 07 and 22 July that shows you all about the costume design exclusive from the costume department at Warner Bros Studios.

11. Ride London - between the 28 and 29 July over 100,000 people will be riding 8 miles through London.  Even if you're not an avid rider like myself you can still go along and watch somewhere on route.  I've seen them go past before and it's quite incredible!

What do you think you'll be up to this month?

Lauren xx

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Beach Libraries

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and saw a picture of a library... on a beach..?  So after further research I discovered this was in fact a thing.  This makes me very excited indeed because if there's anything more that I love than sitting and reading a good book, it's sitting and reading a good book on the beach!

I feel like libraries are so underrated now too.  Going to the library was one of my favourite things to do as a kid and I honestly feel that's where my love of reading, and possibly writing, started.  It's such an affordable way to keep up with the latest novels too and a great thing to get kids into.

Santa Monica, LA

The beach library first started in Bulgaria about 5 years ago.  It was brilliant because there's nothing more annoying than being on holiday and finishing your book and then being like.. now what do I do?!  So that's where the crazy idea of a beach library was born.

Now other resorts around the world have joined in on the trend including Dubai, India and Belgium.  I think this is such an awesome idea and can't wait to seek them out on my future travels.  In fact I am off to Belgium next month!  I would also like to see some popping up along the South Coast in England.  Brighton is one of my favourite places to visit and I think a beach library would fit in perfectly there.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

What are your thoughts on beach libraries?

Lauren xx

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Foreo Luna Mini Review

At Christmas, which seems like aaaaaagesss ago now, I decided to treat myself to the Foreo Luna Mini from my Christmas bonus.  I'd wanted one for ages but just never took the plunge as they are quite pricey.  I think I actually bought it in the Black Friday sale at the end of November with about 20% off.

They have a good selection of fun colours and I went for the turquoise green one.  They also do different types depending on your skin.  I just went for the regular one for normal skin types.

The reason I chose the Foreo Luna over one of the cleansing brushes is because it is made of silicon and so this makes it a lot more hygienic and easier to clean.  It is also rechargeable and lasts up to 300 uses.  I like that it tells you after 30 seconds when you need to move onto a different area of the face and it does this 4 times.  I do each cheek, nose and chin and then forehead.

I love how gentle it is on the skin but yet still goes deep and gives you a smooth, clean finish.  I don't use mine every day but every other day works best for me.  I use it with either my Philosophy cleanser or the First Aid Beauty one.

I would definitely recommend the Foreo Luna.  It's so easy to use, you hardly need to charge it and it's also super easy to travel with.  I got mine in the mini size as I felt that was all I needed and it's still about the size of my cheek so perfect for me and even easier to travel with.

Have you tried the Foreo Luna yet?

Lauren xx

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