Saturday, 19 July 2014

A cute Summer's day out



Hello everyone,

The weather  has been so lovely and sunny recently, so wanting to make the most of it (the sun doesn't stick around long in England) I decided to go on a cute day out last week with my granny, sister and little cousin. We started the day with a little look around the dainty, little craft shops by the canal before heading towards the ice-cream parlour. I opted for two scoops of delicious, summery strawberry ice-cream as that's my favourite, but I kind of wish I had tried something new such as the Oreo flavour which my sister had which looked amazing! Our local canal always has something going on, and whilst we were there a footballer puppet show was taking place in celebration of the final of the World Cup that day. I must admit the puppets did look a bit freaky and my little cousin was not too amused!
After my gran took a million photos of my little sister, cousin and I, we decided to go to the chippy for lunch. With a view of swans swimming by the canal, this was the perfect little lunch on a beautiful sunny day. Before heading back home we went on a little explore by the canal whereby me and my little cousin raced down hills surrounded by the beautiful countryside. I really enjoyed this little spontaneous adventure day out with my family, these are the best kind of days. I'm back in Sheffield now and have finished packing (just about) ready to move into my new house tomorrow. I'm so excited! My next post will be a tour of my new room which might take a few weeks to put up as we have no internet yet but I'm looking forward to sharing it with you!
Have you been making the most of the sunny weather too? What's your favourite thing to do in Summer?

Lauren
xxx 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Nancy!


Hello everyone,

Fairly recently my family bought a new puppy; six month old Nancy the Chorkie (Chihuahua / Yorkshire Terrier). I just thought I'd do a quick post and share some pictures with you as she's the smallest, cutest puppy ever!

PROFILE

Favourite things: Teddies, cuddles,  visiting my best friend Martha

Dislikes: Schnauzers, the smell of nail varnish, the rain

Hobbies: sleeping, walking, sunbathing

Hiding place: Behind the curtain

Favourite treat: Carrots and apples

Current interest: Bees and butterflies


Do you have/ want any pets?

Lauren
xxx 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Review | Garnier BB Tinted Face Protection Cream


Hello everyone,

Last July I won a prize (just an average shampoo and conditioner set) but never received it until now, after complaining several times on all of the company's social media I finally got a response this month and as a way to say sorry they sent me a heap load of goodies- definitely worth the wait! I don't really talk about the things I've won on here as I'm not one to show off, but if you're interested on hearing about what I've won or tips on how to get into comping then let me know  if you'd like me to write a post on that. Anyway, on with today's post! I thought I'd review one of the products in this collection as they are considered the best beauty buys of 2014. I've chosen to start with the Garnier BB Tinted Face Protection Cream as I've wanted to try BB creams out for a while.
What is it?
Garnier BB cream with SPF 30 is a sun protection cream used for the face and neck with a tinted formula which blends naturally with skin tone. This Blemish Balm claims to protect the skin with SPF 30 (UVA approved) and create an illuminating, flawless and even finish. This BB cream has many benefits including being rich in vitamin E (which helps maintain healthy skin), UVA protection, evens skin tone, hydrates skin and protects against sun-induced skin damage.

Does it work?
Yes, the product does do what it says on the packet; I found that this tinted cream was best applied using my Real Techniques stippling brush and I believe that less is definitely more as too much leaves a slight orange tone. The Garnier BB cream has a smooth, lightweight consistency which is easy to apply and blend making skin feel fresh and smooth. The best thing about this product for me is that it feels so lightweight like you're not wearing any make-up, but gives a flawless, naturally tanned look which is perfect for summer. Although it's recommended to top up the BB cream every couple of hours to ensure maximum protection from the sun, I found that the wear time was about 6-8 hours before it starts to fade. I think it's vital to top it up often if you're out in the sun though! 

Final thoughts.
I don't think I'd wear this on an everyday basis as I like wearing foundation, however, I think this would be great to use if I go on holiday or go to the beach and want my face to feel light and fresh whilst having a high enough Sun Protection Factor to protect my skin. I think this BB cream would also be nice to wear on 'no make-up days' as there are many added benefits within the product with the enrichment of vitamin E and SPF 30. Garnier BB sun protection cream is currently on offer for £8 (from £16) in Boots so it's definitely worth trying if you don't really like foundation and want an alternative that leaves your skin feeling fresh, light and flawless or if your going on holiday and want a subtle tan and protection from the sun (Garnier BB sun protection cream is also available with SPF 50).

What would you like to see me review?
What do you think of BB creams? Do you have any foundation recommendations? I tend to go for foundations that give a nice dewy glow but I want to try out a few matte versions; I fancy a change in my everyday make-up routine!


Lauren
xxx 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Monthly photo highlights | May


Hello everyone,


First of all I am sorry for the lack of blogging over the past month; I'm hoping to blog a lot more now over the summer as I've finished with uni now until October when I enter my final year! This month has probably been the best yet (I know I keep saying that but that's a good thing right?) with going for meals and night out with my flatmates before they all left for summer, achieving a 2:1 overall for second year, baking cupcakes and enjoying the sunshine with lots of dog walks and going to the beach. I loved going home for a week after handing in all of my assignments; it's so nice to visit all my family and friends who I haven't seen in a long time and have a good catch up - I'm actually back home right now for another week before I go back to uni to search for a summer job. 

The highlight of my trip home was definitely going for Afternoon Tea with Emily and her mum at our local village pub, we enjoyed a lovely girly chat whilst eating the most incredible bite-sized food (white chocolate crème brûlée, fish and chips, glittery rocky road...) served on a really cute, miniature picnic bench. Another  highlight was going to Chester Zoo with my best friend; I have always loved going to the zoo so this was such a lovely day. We spent the day walking around the zoo in the sunshine looking at all the cute animals (the chimps are my favourite, I could watch them all day!), having a picnic and eating ice-cream.

1. A lovely day at Chester Zoo with my best friend, you're never too old to enjoy going to the zoo! The baby orangutans
and chimps were definitely my favourite, can adopt one for my birthday please?
2. It's always nice to go home and give my baby chihuahua lots of cuddles
3. This is probably the best photo I took at the zoo, the giraffe looks so cute!
4. Lunch (an impossibly enormous lunch) with my granny
5. Playing badminton with my little sister
6. Afternoon tea served on a picnic bench with Emily from aletterfromem and her mum
7. The last big night out with my best uni friends
8. Baking strawberry and cream butterfly cakes... they were all gone within a few hours!
9. Enjoying the sun with a dog walk on the beach
More photos from my day at Chester Zoo!
I hope you all had a lovely month just like I did! Do you have any plans for summer? Do you have any nice holidays coming up?

Lauren
xxx 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Monthly photo highlights | April


Hello everyone,

April has been a surprisingly good month for me, I hope you all had a wonderful month too! Despite having to write several essays and reports (I still have quite a few to complete start), I have certainly been making the most of the sunny weather with family and friends. I have enjoyed going for my regular mocha's at Waitrose, baking, going on spontaneous nights out, picnics in the park and catching up with my big brother. The highlight of the month for me was definitely going home for a few days over Easter. Easter was so much fun, it was lovely to see my family and coming home to a cupboard full of chocolate treats was great too! The relaxed weekend involved decorating Easter biscuits with my little brother and sisters, enjoying a big, fat Sunday roast and a slice (or maybe two) of the chocolate Easter cake made by my granny which looked and tasted amazing- I wish my baking skills were as good as hers!
1. Enjoying my regular trips to Waitrose for a free mocha; I've been quite a few times this month!
2. Enjoying the sunny weather with my best friend with shopping and exploring the woods
3. Decorating Easter biscuits with my younger brother and sisters
4. All dressed up for a spontaneous night out with 
ALetterFromEm.
5. The cutest Easter cake ever made by my granny... this definitely puts my Easter nest cake to shame!
6. A cupboard full of Easter treats waiting for me at home
7. A picnic in the park with my best friend
8. Me looking too proud of my decorated Easter biscuit!
9. Pizza Hut lunch with my big brother
What have been your highlights throughout April? I think May is going to be a great month filled with lots of nights out, barbecues and picnics before we all leave for the summer, I just hope the weather stays nice! I hope you all have a lovely month filled with happiness and fun :)

Lauren
xxx