Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Chill Day Get Ready With Me Hair & Make Up | First YouTube Video

Hey guys, I'm so so sorry for being MIA.. I haven't got a great excuse as to why I haven't posted other than no inspiration or being lazy haha. But yesterday I decided to try out filming a video for YouTube, just to see how I get on and the best idea I thought of that I was comfortable doing was a Get Ready With Me as I didn't have to talk as I feel awkward talking to a camera right now but I'm working on it. 

So without further ado, here's my first YouTube video, I hope it's somewhat watchable. :)

Eeeeek this is so exciting but scary at the same time!!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

DIY Yummy & Healthy Smoothie | #BloggersDoItBetter #2

Sorry for the lateness of this post, with Monday being a Bank Holiday I was out of my usual routine and yesterday I had unexpected plans so I couldn't write and get my post up for the 2nd challenge of #BloggersDoItBetter.. but I have it for you now, a nice smoothie. 

What you need:
A handful of kale
A handful of spinach
A handful of frozen summer fruit mix
A half of a banana
2 strawberries
A half cup of tropical juice

I had to unscrew the blender half way through blending to give it a stir and make sure everything is blended. Having smoothies is a great way to add your vegetables and fruits to your diet in a very simple but yummy and healthy way.

 The blender I use is the Kenwood Smoothie 2Go, roughly costing £30.

And here is my lunch for today which is my salad I make ALL the time, melon for after and of course the smoothie I just made.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

My Favorite Lipsticks

I'm not an everyday lipstick person because it can be too high maintenance especially when I've got to work or I'm busy, so I won't wear any. But on my days off or when I feel like it, i pretty much have lipsticks that would go with any mood, season or outfit. And here are some of my favorites that I thought I would show you all, they're in color order that goes from nude to dark.

First is a nude, it's the Revlon Matte Lipstick in 001 Nude Attitude. As pretty much most matte lipsticks, it can cling to dry patches so I would advise your lips to be exfoliated and moisturized with chap stick. Aside from that I love this color, it doesn't wash my lips out as it's more of a peach toned nude.

The second and last nude in my favorites is Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 600 Nude Eclipse. Unlike the first nude this one isn't matte, it's more of a mix lip gloss and lipstick which is the best of both worlds. It's very easy to apply and doesn't wash my lips out as it's also a peach toned nude.

The third lipstick is Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 027 Juicy Papaya. This is a lovely everyday better than your lips color, it's moisturizing and I opt for this when I don't want nothing to noticeable. I love lip butters, they glide on your lips and look lovely whether your lips are dry or not.

The fourth lipstick is Max Factor Color Elixir in 825 Pink Brandy. This is a pretty coral color, it's moisturizing, easy to apply and will look nice whether your lips are dry or not.

The fifth lipstick is Bourjois Rouge Edition in 02 Beige Trench. This is a kind of different color as it's a nude coral that had undertones of purple, I love this shade. It's moisturizing, easy to apply and will look nice whether your lips are dry or not.

This sixth lipstick is Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in 205 Elusive. This is a cute baby pink and I probably wear this the most as it's an everyday color. For being matte I find it moisturizing as it is a balm and doesn't look to bad on dry lips if I'm honest, it's also very easy to apply.

The seventh lipstick is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 835 Berry Couture. This is another one of my most worn, as it's a beautiful pink purple shade and is a lovely pop of color for everyday. It's moisturizing, easy to apply and will look nice on your lips whether they're dry or not.

The eighth lipstick is Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in 075 Lollipop. It's a cute pink shade that has a blue undertone, it's moisturizing, easy to apply and will look nice on your lips whether they're dry or not.

The ninth lipstick is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 005 Crush. On days where I'm feeling of having a noticeably kind of dark lip I pick this one. It's moisturizing, easy to apply and will look good whether your lips are dry or not as it's a balm.

The tenth lipstick is Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in 102 Nova. I love to wear this when I'm in the mood for a cute pink lip, it has blue undertones. It's moisturizing, easy to apply and will look good on your lips whether they're dry or not.

The eleventh lipstick is Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick By Kate Moss in 107 Wine. I got this lipstick because it's one of Zoella from YouTube's favorite red lipsticks and she wears it a lot. It's the perfect red for me and I wear this on nights out. Even though this is a matte lipstick it's easy to apply and I don't think it's drying for the lips or clings to dry patches.

The twelfth lipstick is Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in 035 Backstage. As it's a dark color it can be a little hard to apply as any mistake will be very noticeable. It's quite moisturizing but I recommend you to exfoliate your lips before hand as dry patches can be easily seen. But I love this shade when I want a vampy dark lip.

The thirteenth and last of my favorite lipstick is Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 128 Starry Eyed. This is my favorite for a dark lip as I find it's moisturizing and easy to apply. But as it is a dark lip, imperfections can be easy to see so I recommend your lips to be exfoliated first.

Swatches with flash in shade order
Swatches in natural light in shade order
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe you found a new lipstick you'd like to try. Leave a comment or contact me on my social media lipsticks you think I'd like to try or if you have any of these and like them.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The TMI Tag

This tag is all over Youtube right now which I really like this tag, it's a good little insight to the peoples lives you watch or read all the time. I haven't seen it on any of the blogs I read but I really wanted to do it so yeahh.

1: What are you wearing?
Galaxy leggings, a casual black long sleeved top and my purple high top Converse. I literally live in patterned leggings or just normal plain ones.

2: Ever been in love?
Yes I have, and I currently am with my boyfriend of 6 months.

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Uhm sort of, my boyfriend at that time who I was going out with on and off for with about 3-4 years and he broke up with my on my last day of high school for no reason what so ever. 

4: How tall are you?
I think I'm 5'5 or 5'6.

5: How much do you weigh?
Last time I weighed myself was before Christmas because I don't have scales at my parents house or my boyfriends house. But back then I weighed just over 10 stone and I'm sure I've put weight in since then.

6: Any tattoos?
Yes I have 2, the first was Believe on my right wrist back in November 2012 for my 19th birthday then my second was a copy of Demi Lovato's Faith and birds tattoo on my right arm in Augsust 2013.

7: Any piercings?
Yes 3. 2 in my ears and my belly button.

8: OTP?
Hmmm in real life I'd have to say Zoe Sugg/zoella & Alfie Deyes/pointlessblogtv aka Zalfie. or on a TV show it would be Hanna Marin & Caleb Rivers from Pretty Little Liars & Callie Jacob & Brandon Foster from The Fosters.

9: Favorite show?
I can't pick one. So here a my main faves Pretty Little Liars, The Fosters, The Carrie Diaries and all the Kardashian shows.

10: Favorite band/singers?
Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Paramore are my faves.

11: Something you miss?
Before it went all wrong in late 2012 & when my parents weren't broken up.

12: Favorite song?
There are so many songs I love, I can't possibly pick but it would definitely be a song from Justin, Demi or Paramore.

13: How old are you?
20 years.

14: Zodiac sign?

15: Quality you look for in a partner?
They make me feel comfortable, make me laugh and like/love me for who I am.

16: Favorite Quote?
Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect and believe in everything, because everything is reachable.

17: Favorite actor/actress?
Lily Collins, Demi Lovato and Adam Sandler.

18: Favorite color?
Purple and yellow.

19: Loud music or soft?
Depends what mood I'm in really.

20: Where do you go when you're sad?
Either just in my boyfriend and I's room or outside for fresh air.

21: How long does it take you to shower?
I don't have a show unfortunately. So to bath it would take me 15-20 minutes if I was just washing my body and shaving but if I'm washing my hair it would take me 30-45 minutes.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
I bath every morning without fail so if I included that in my time it would be an hour and a half. But if we didn't include that then probably 20 minutes, I'm lazy with my make-up and hair on an everyday basis.

23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Not properly no.

24: Turn on?
All of my boyfriends qualities & what I answered for the qualities I look for in a partner.

25: Turn off?
Boys who are dirty, scruffy and rude.

26: The reason I joined Blogger?
Because I'd read many blogs and watched many Youtubers and my love for beauty. I thought a blog would be perfect for me because I am no way good filming myself.

27: Fears?
Spiders and the dark but mainly in unfamiliar places.

28: Last thing that made you cry?
I cry all the time, not always because I'm sad but overall I'm just an emotional person.

29: Last time you said you loved someone?
This morning to my boyfriend.

30: Meaning behind your Blog URL?
Lou is my nickname and rauhls is to do with Justin Bieber as his YouTube name was kidrauhl and ever since 2009 I've called myself lourauhl and it's just stuck haha.

31: Last book you read?
A Proscriptive Relationship.

32: The book you're currently reading?
Did I Mention I Love You.

33: Last show you watched?
Cake Boss.

34: Last person you talked to?
My boyfriend.

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My sister-in-law who's carrying my little niece or nephew woo.

36: Favorite food?
My yummy salad I make, so much fruit & mac'n'cheese.

37: Place you want to visit?
LA duhhh.

38: Last place you were?
Aside from where I am now, my parents house.

39: Do you have a crush?
I'm in a relationship with my crush & I'm very much in love with him.

40: Last time you kissed someone?
My boyfriend a couple hours ago just before he went out.

41: Last time you were insulted?
On a serious tone.. I have no idea. But joking around my boyfriend and I insult each other quite a lot but only as a playful matter.

42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Parma Violets.

43: What instruments do you play?
None, I'm talentless.

44: Favorite piece of jewelry?
My bracelet my brother and sister-in-law got me for Christmas.

45: Last sport you played?
I have no idea, it was too long ago.

46: Last song you sang?
Do You Wanna Build A Snowman - Kristen Bell - Frozen

47: Favorite chat up line?
Do you wanna bang... or nahhhh?

48: Have you ever used it?
HAHAHAHA No NEVER! It's just funny.. if you know magcon then you know they say stuff and then are like or nahhhh.

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Earlier on, my best friend.

50: Who should answer these questions next?
Tania & Sophie

Friday, 11 April 2014

Drugstore Haul #2

I got a nice little haul for you all today, who doesn't love a haul? I sure do love looking at what others have bought whether they're trying them out or if they're re-buying them. So today I had a day off, it was a lovely day and I thought what else to do than venture into town and mainly buy something for lunch and a leave-in conditioner as I'd run out of mine... but I ended up buying a little more than I needed haha.

First up I really wanted and sort of needed new shampoo and conditioners, as I only have my John Frieda Blonde toning shampoo and conditioner. I like to have at least 2 sets so I can alternate each few washes. So I went back to my old faithful set that I know work nicely for my hair and I love. Which is the Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner, I've had these many times before and I always am repurchasing them. They are lovely and really do make my hair feel lovely, moisturized and healthy. Along with those I had to get the Reconstructing 3 Minute Miracle conditioner as the same as the other two, I love this product as well. It really does help my hair feel so much stronger and healthier, I am in love with this conditioner and would 100% recommend. Along with the Aussie products I also got the Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner, (this is not on the Boots website for some reason) which is a staple in my hair care. I use it after every time I was my hair and it helps de-tangle it and makes it nice and healthy looking in between washes. In Boots at the moment it's buy 3 for £10 on Aussie products, but individually the shampoo and conditioner are £4.69 each, 3 minute miracle conditioner is £4.99 and the leave-in conditioner is £4.49.

I also had to get the Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment as I'm growing my hair out and documenting it at least monthly which this product is what I'm using for is as well as others. You can check out the post on my growing my hair out HERE. I had used my first pot all up so I needed to buy another. That is £7.99 in Boots.

Lastly I bought 3 Barry M nail paints from Superdrug. I really wanted just a plain white polish because I've never had one and they're all the rage in spring and summer. I bought a pink sparkly polish which is called Birthday it a special polish as it's Superdrug's 50th birthday. And lastly I got Mermaid from the new Aquarium line. The white and Birthday polish were both £2.99 and the Mermaid one was £3.99 but I got them all in the 3 for 2 deal that's on right now on all Barry M products.

Monday, 7 April 2014

SPRING has sprung tag! | #BloggersDoItBetter Challenge #1

So today & tomorrow is the first topic of the #BloggersDoItBetter and as you can see by the title of this post that the topic is SPRING. And of course on the day I'm writing the post the weather is rainy and gloomy.. but any other day the weathers been lovely. I don't know if it's too late to join in with this challenge now but just in case you are interested to join THIS post I made explains it all and how to join. So without further ado, here is my spring post.

1. What are some spring trends you're looking forward to the most?
Floral clothing pieces is the trend I always look forward to, it's my fave. Also I'm loving the logo or shouty slogan tee's that have been everywhere. I recently bought one from and it is just plain white and says #SELFIE in black writing. Lastly I'm loving the fresh short cuts everyone's doing to their hair, even though I would no way cut my hair I love my long hair.

2. Whats your favorite spring clothing piece?

Probably patterned leggings, I'm obsessed with them. You can never go wrong with leggings and what makes them better and trendier is PATTERNS. I have a little collection I'm building up haha.

3. What do you do during your spring break?
I don't attend school, college or UNI because I'm 20 and I'm done with those... it's now into the real work and that is working. Uh huh work doesn't stop for Spring Break, so I'll be working but on any days off I like to either be with my boyfriend, go visit family, friends or go for lovely walks on my own.

4. Is it warm or cold during spring where you live?
There's not much telling with how spring weather will be in the UK to be honest, some years we've had miserable weather and some has been lovely but so far we've been lucky. It's been sunny and quite warm and today is the first day it's rained.

5. Whats your favorite spring lip color?
Has to be pink, at the moment I'm loving the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive.

6. Favorite spring nail polish color?
Pastels all the way, either soft lavender/purple, baby pink or mint. A few favorites of mine are Revlon 211 Charming, Essie Fiji & MUA Pistachio Ice Cream which is a dupe for Essie Mint Candy Apple.

7. Favorite spring color?
Always purple and yellow. They're my all time favorite colors and I love them all year round, they're both very versatile colors.

8. Favorite Starbucks drink during spring?
I don't have Starbucks in my town but we have Costa and I get the same drink there as I do when I go to Starbucks which is the Mango and Passion fruit Frappuccino/blended ice.

9. Do you add color to your make-up for spring?
Not so much eye shadow because I'm lazy on an everyday basis but I would add a colorful lipstick or maybe eyeliner, it depends how I feel on the day.

10. What are you most excited about for spring 2014?
The flowers blooming and all the colors, everywhere looks lovely and also the nice chill weather.

I hope you liked this tag and also first post of the #BloggersDoItBetter Challenge. I nominate everyone who reads this to give this tag ago.

(Nail Polish Colors: Mint/Blue's L-R - Barry M Blue Moon, MUA Pistachio Ice Cream & Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Greenberry. Purple's L-R - Barry M Limited Edition Effects Lilac Foil, Revlon Charming, MUA Frozen Yoghurt, Barry M Berry Ice Cream, Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Prickly Pear & Barry M Silk Heather. Pink's L-R - MUA Natural Days, Barry M Nude, Essie Fiji, Barry M Bright Pink, Barry M Strawberry Ice Cream, Barry M Peach Melba & MUA Lush Lilac)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The #BloggersDoItBetter Challenge!

You may or may not have seen a post about this #BloggersDoItBetter Challenge on your feed, but I saw it and wanted to read up on it.

It's a challenge created by Touch Of Belle where once a fortnight/every 2 weeks on a Monday & Tuesday we are given a topic to make a blog post about. We all get the same one but our posts will be different as blogs that have joined are not all the same types. For example the topic one week is Easter, then there will be posts like outfits for then, make-up looks, hairstyles, DIY's, cooking or baking, fitness ect.

If you would like to take part then leave your name and email in the comments of the original post HERE and she will contact you with all the details or you can email her with your blog  URL, name and your email  to get involved.

The first post of this will be out tomorrow or Tuesday and I'm so excited to start this as it's a good way to get involved and friendly with other bloggers. If you join in then I'll look forward to your posts in the future.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

March Beauty Favorites

Well another month has quickly passed and we're already into the fourth month of year 2014, where the hell has the time gone? It only feels like New Years was just over a month ago.

Here I am with some favorites I have discovered during the month of may and some that I've loved for a while and I thought I'd share them all with you. I don't know if I'll be doing a favorites post after every month is up because some times my favorites would not have changed but I'll see.

First up is the lovely miracle 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution by L'Oréal Paris, it's basically a make-up remover but it feels more like water and not full of chemicals. It's an amazing dupe for the Bioderma micellar solution that everybody and their mother had and raved about. I have a post here where I reviewed it if you're interested. I got it from Superdrug for £4.99 but at the moment you can get it for £3.32, I don't know how long the price will stay like this so if you want to try out this wonderful make-up remover go get it NOW!

Second is another micellar solution but this one is purely for eye make-up and waterproof products. It's the Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-Up Remover and this product is amazing for stubborn waterproof eye make-up. I literally dap the cotton pad with the solution on my eye, give it a little wiggle then wipe away and it removes so much in that little wipe, it's amazing. Where as the 1st product I mentioned isn't very good with waterproof. I got this from Superdrug for 3.49.

Thirdly is the Garnier Moisture Match Goodbye Dry which is a moisturizer. I was on a hunt for a decent drugstore moisturizer that actually put moisture in my skin because I have dry skin all year round but even more so in the colder months and I come across this product and decided to give it a try. I found it got rid of a lot of my dry skin and makes it nice and moisturized. The product feels velvety on the skin and not that horrible oily feel what some products do. I recommend this product strongly. I got this from Superdrug for £5.99 but at the moment it's £3.99 so now is a good time to buy it and try for £2 cheaper!

Fourth is the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat and this does exactly what it says. It's super fast drying which is what I like as waiting for nail polishes to dry is so annoying especially if you have stuff to do. It also is nice and shiny and the polish underneath doesn't chip for over a week which is amazing. I got this from Boots for £5.99 but at the moment it's £4.99.

Fifth is from one of my favorites nail polish brands Barry M and that is the Barry M Matte Nail Paint Nude Vanilla. I love Barry M and when they came out with a matte line I was so excited to try them and they're very matte but you could also put a top coat on that will make it shiny and not matte if you'd like. Barry M has amazing high quality nail polishes for such a great affordable price. I got this from Superdrug for £3.99.

Sixth is L'oréal True Match Liquid Foundation Rose Vanilla, I love this foundation the coverage is perfect for what I like. I'll be honest, I don't wear foundation a lot because I can't be bothered to apply a full face of make-up but on days which is usually days or nights out to occasions this foundation is lovely. I found it lasts through out the whole day without patching and didn't feel too heavy. I got this from Superdrug for £9.99.

Seventh is the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner Nude and I'm in love with it. On an everyday basis I like my bottom inner lash line to be light so that it opens my eyes and this product glides on nicely and stays on through out the day. I have the black liner to this as well and that also is amazing, I really recommend these liners. I got this from Boots for £3.99.

Eight is the Maybelline Colossal Waterproof Black Mascara I am very fussy with my mascaras and I've tried a lot but I've always ended up going back to this mascara. It makes my eyelashes very long, voluminous and non-clumpy which is the look I go for. Maybelline make amazing mascara's and I've used them all pretty much and like them all but mainly it's this one. In Superdrug it's £7.19.

Ninth is the MUA Eye Brow Kit, this is the best brow product I've used to so far and it will always be in my make-up collection. The color pay off is amazing and it glides on my eyebrows. I use the top 2 colors mixed together and find it's the perfect color for my brows. I highly recommend this product if you prefer to use powder to fill in your brows. I got this from Superdrug for £3.50.

Tenth is the Maybeline Master Sleek Brow Gel Med Brown, I use this also on an everyday basis on top of my powder to set my brows in place and also to add that little extra color. I used to use a clear mascara on my brows but I've fell in love with this brow gel, it's amazing. I got this from Superdrug for £4.99

Eleventh is the Revlon Color Burst Matte Balm Elusive, I was excited when this matte line come out, I had to try them and I fell in love with them. The color pay off is lovely and although it's matte it's not drying at all on the lips as it is also a balm. Revlon does an amazing job with all their balm stains and are must haves in your make-up collections. I got mine from Superdrug for £7.99 but at the moment it's £5.99.

Lastly is the Organix Macadamia Oil Shampoo & Conditioner. My hair is fairly long so I like to take care of my hair with moisturizing hair products to make it the healthiest I can. These make my hair feel very clean, moisturized and soft and is without a doubt my favorite hair shampoo and conditioners ever, and let me tell you I've used so many and none have impressed me like these have. In Superdrug they're originally £6.99 each but at the moment they're £4.99.

I hoped you liked my favorites and if you try them out let me know how you get on either in the comments or on my social media linked at the end of this post. Also I'm sorry for the delay in posts for over a week, 4 people were on holiday at work so I had quite a bit of over time so I was too busy.