Saturday, 22 November 2014

Drugstore Haul #4

Here I am back with another drugstore haul, I just can't help myself I have to have a browse in Boots and Superdrug every pay day and end up buying stuff I want and need even though I know I wouldn't use some of it on an everyday basis. This is a collective haul over the last couple months, they weren't all bought in one shopping spree.

First up is the two skin care products I bought. The Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser I saw on LaurDIY's Night Routine video and it got me interested as I need a good face cleanser and she said many good things about it so I look up reviews of it online and came across so many good ones and decided I was going to try it out. I'll do a review on this product once I've used it for a while. The last product is Nivea Creme Moisturizer which is used for your face and body. My nan and mum have used this since they were young girls, it's always been their top and most used moisturizer, they swear by it. My nan is 82 years old and looking at her face she looks like she's in her 60's, I'm not exaggerating. She's always had people say to her she looks young and well for her age which she says it's thanks to using Nivea everyday since she was around 18. So I've grown up with using this moisturizer and I've always loved it, it's so moisturizing and kind to skin, I use it for my face, neck and to remove my eye make-up (it works so well for that by the way) I've not discovered any other moisturizer better than this, that's why I'm always going back to this one and with the cold months well and truly arrived I thought I'd best buy this well loved baby.

Hair products are next, which is my favorite topic! My local Boots store has recently finally got all the OGX Hair products so that got me super excited and immediately wanting to try another shampoo, conditioner and oil. As I love the wonder fruit/nut/seed that is coconut with all the good benefits it has for hair I thought it would be rude if I didn't try either the Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner or the Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner first. I went for the Coconut Water Shampoo and Conditioner simply because what is said on the bottle drew me more to it. Then I got the Thick And Full Biotin And Collagen Weightless Reviving Oil Treatment as I know biotin is a supplement that many people including me use it for hair growth so I wanted to give it a try and the oil and serum I'm currently using for my hair just isn't cutting it. 

Now for the make-up portion of this haul. First up is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge also known as the beauty blender, I've seen countless of good reviews on this and after stopping myself buying it for months I decided to bite the bullet and buy it to try. I don't use foundation on a daily basis simply because I'm lazy and my skin isn't too terrible but after seeing many reviews once again on the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation I wanted to give it a try, I got it in the shade 52 Vanille. The next product I just come across it while looking for another product, I wanted an actual contour shade instead of using bronzer to contour as that wasn't really working out so I saw the Seventeen Define And Conquer Kit and thought I'd give it a try in the shade fair as that was the only shade they had in stock.

Again to go with the contour topic I went in Boots to specifically buy the Natural Collection Solo Eye shadow in the shade Crushed Walnut. Yes I know it's an eye shadow but Kaushal Beauty uses it for contour always talks about how amazing it is for that and I've also seen people using it for their eyebrows. So this product is a multi purpose one and I will be using it for contour, eye shadow and try it out on my brows to see if the shade is a match. And while I was getting that eye shadow I come across the Natural Collection Duo Eye Shadow in the shade Mocha And Latte which are a matte dark brown and champagne shade, I thought it would be perfect for an everyday eye look. The champagne shade for inner eye highlight, and all over the lid color and the brown for the crease.

The last four for this haul are lip products. I was really wanting a nice dark purple look, so I was looking in Superdrug for a certain lipstick that Amelia Liana used in her Day To Night Routine video which is the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in the shade Dark Night Water - Oops but they didn't sell it in my local Superdrug store so I looked at what they did have and found the perfect one which is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in the shade 663 Va Va Violet, I also wanted a lip pencil to go with it and found the Barry M Lip Liner in the shade 11 Plum the two go together like a dream. I also got another lip look which is another purple one but more of a muted look than the other one. The lipstick is Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in the shade 18 Violin Strass and the liner is the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in the shade 064 Obsession.

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you want me to review any of the products after I've had enough time using them then feel free to leave me a comment of the ones you want me to review or contact me on any of my social media sites that are linked at the end of every post and the top right of my blog. Thank you.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

It's All About Me Tag!

I've seen this post floating about through my Bloglovin' feed and as I love tags I had to do it, plus it gives you a little more info on me, so you know more of  me other than being a beauty blogger.

Vital Statistics:
Me: Lauren.
Nicknames: Lou, Loz, Lozza, Lol.
Birthday: November 18th. So yes my birthday was yesterday. (when this post was posted)
Place of Birth: Kent, England.
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio.
Male or Female: Female.
Occupation: Customer Team Member at a supermarket.
Residence: Kent
Screen Name: Lourauhls

Hair Colour: Brown with Blonde Highlights.
Hair Length: Longish.
Eye colour: Green.
Best Feature: Eyes.
Height: 5ft 6.
Braces?: Nope.
Glasses?: Nope.
Piercing: Ears Twice and Belly Button.
Tattoos: The word 'Believe' on my right wrist which was inspired by Justin Bieber and also I've been though some rough times in my teens with insecurities mainly and I wanted this tattoo so I can see it everyday and have it help me and Faith with birds on the outer of my right forearm just like Demi Lovato, I fell in love with her tattoo and wanted it for so long, also faith was to give me some help for my low points as well.
Righty or Lefty: Righty,

Your 'Firsts':
First best friend: My cousin called Hanna.
First Award: Probably a teacher award for getting 10 house points in primary.
First Sport You Joined: I'd say Basketball.
First Real Vacation: I think it was Cornwall when I was a few years old, I always went there as a child. But don't quote me on that.
First Concert: Justin Bieber's My World Tour in 2011.
First Love: My childhood boyfriend we were literally on and off from late primary to the year I left secondary.

Movie: Home Alone 1 & 2.
TV Show: Pretty Little Liars.
Colours: Purple and Yellow.
Song: I can't possibly pick but my favorites in mind are from Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Paramore and Ariana Grande. I'll tell you one from each. Turn To You - Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato - Believe In Me, Paramore - Ain't It Fun, Ariana Grande - One Last Time.
Candy: Rainbow drops and Parma Violets, childhood faves and still are my faves.
Restaurant: The Wheatsheaf Hungry Horse.
Store: Boots.
School: Don't have one always hated School.
Book: The DIMILY & Danger series.
Magazine: Heat.
Shoes: Converse.

Feeling: Loved.
Single or Taken: Taken.
Eating: Nothing.
Typing: This post.
Online: Bloglovin', Twitter and Youtube.
Listening To: TV.
Thinking About: My boyfriend.
Wanting: A new job!
Watching: The Heat.
Wearing: Leggings, black vest with my oversized purple hoody.

Want Children?: Yes.
Want to be Married: Yes.
Careers in Mind: Admin or Blogger/writer. I'm a qualified Beautician and Masseuse so being a blogger/writer for this would be a dream.
Where do you want to live?: Anywhere with my boyfriend as long as we're close to our family.

Have you ever:
Kissed a Stranger: Yes, in drunken states.
Had Alcohol: Yes.
Smoked: Yes, once again in drunken states.
Ran Away From Home: Nope.
Broken a bone: Nope.
Got an X-ray: Probably.
Broken Someone's Heart: Probably at some point.
Broke Up With Someone: Yes.
Cried When Someone Died: Yes.
Cried At School: Yes. (I'm a very emotional person!)

Do You Believe In:
God: In a way I do, in a way I don't
Miracles: Yes
Love At First sight: No
Ghosts: Yes
Aliens: No
Soul Mates: Yes
Heaven: Yes
Hell: Yes
Kissing on The First Date: Yes
Yourself: Not all the time.

I hope you liked this tag, I tag you all reading this, so if you feel like doing this tag, be sure to do so and comment below when you've done it so I can check yours out! If you haven't got a blog then leave a comment of your answers to this tag. I'd love to read all about my readers. 

Also I turned 21 yesterday which was November 18th, so I will be posting a birthday post, with what I did and gifts... Not for bragging purposes just because I'm one who likes to read others posts and watch their videos on their birthdays and I know plenty people do also.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Hair Update!

So as the title states, this post is a hair update, not an update on the growth of my hair from the Operation Healthy Long Locks project I started. The update on my hair is the color! Since I had strayed from my blog about 5 month ago, you last saw my hair was Ombré and then I took the blonde higher up my hair so it was 75% blonde and 25% my natural hair color which is at my roots. Many would say my hair wasn't much Ombré as there wasn't much of a gradient section as usual Ombré but there was a little so it looked blended and not just a clear line from brown to blonde.

I've always been anti-bleach in my hair because I want and strive for my hair to be as healthy as can be and grown much longer, with your hair bleached it can do a lot of damage. But I thought what the heck and as cheesy as this is, it's true "you only live once!" I loved having Ombré but I wanted more blonde than I originally did have, and so I went 75% blonde. It worked for me because it sort of was a way of me being a blonde head but not to the roots as I'm originally brunette so the growth back would be horrendous and I'm not about the life of getting my hair re-dyed every 6 weeks, that is too much. So I opted for it to be so I can leave it for months without need to get it re-dyed which is what I liked about it.

But at the beginning of September I'd had enough of all that blonde, my boyfriend, family and friends told me many times within those short 4 months of having my hair like that, they thought it was awful and they hated it. I ended up hating it myself but it was different for me, the only option for me was to go back brunette. Well I still have blonde in my hair, I had lots of small highlights throughout all of my hair and a light brown all over and I love it. Also I had a trim because obviously with the blonde I had, it did make my ends a little damaged and now it feels, looks and is so much more healthy. I definitely will be keeping my hair like this for a fair long while this time, my hair needs and deserves a rest.

(Top left is my original ombré, top right is the first of more blonde application. Second left is second and last application of blonde as well as second right. The last third row is my hair a couple days after I had my hair dyed with highlights and the last two picture's are my hair now, over a month onwards.)

Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this post. Did you like my hair Ombré, mostly blonde or brunette with highlights? Feel free to leave comments about my hair and all my social media's are linked at the bottom of this post as every post.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Where have I been?!

I would really love to have some sort of an acceptable excuse as to why I haven't posted anything since May, but I haven't to be honest. Yes work has been busy for me, I've had a lot of shifts over the summer. I've had days off of course but I was either going out or indoors, just not focusing on my blog. It is a bummer that I haven't kept up my blog to me because I love to blog and read blogs, it's just i'm not the best at sticking at anything. It's not that I lose interest, I some times get stuck with ideas of what posts to do and with my job not being full time I don't have a ton of money to keep buying products ect. for the purpose of this blog so I some times am limited with reviews and stuff. I also become lazy and obviously I'm a beginner at blogging so my audience isn't very big so I think in my head 'well no one really cares for my blog or if I post' so I drift away without purposely meaning or wanting to.

I really do want to keep blogging and get a much bigger audience because beauty, hair and lifestyle stuff is what I love and literally I want to have my blog succeed not just for me but to help others out with certain topics for their lives.

I am back to blogging & will keep at it this time for sure!
New post will be up TOMORROW early noon.