Friday, 23 December 2011

Festive treats (for me!)

 Although I did decorate the gingerbread house (with some help from my boyfriend) I must confess that this festive treat was not all for me!

 As there are so many discounts around right now I thought I'd make the most of them and buy myself some things for Christmas.

 First up are these pretty statement stone rings, I've been wanting some for a while and with the temptation of a discount code I just had to buy them from Lily Melrose's jewellery shop

 Reduced from £35 to around £15 I managed to buy this t-shirt from The Orphan's Arms on ASOS:

 I went a little t-shirt crazy, being a massive Harry Potter fan and seeing Gem wearing the Deathly Hallows logo tee on I had to buy my own from Orange Circle. My wardrobe was lacking in navy items and I thought the colour went well with the cosmic print of the logo so I ended up getting the same t-shirt:

 The Topshop sale starts on Christmas Eve and I'm sure there'll be lots of bargains so you can treat yourself after all the hard work getting everything ready for Christmas.

Lauren Loves ♥: Saving money over Christmas.


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Need Christmas Outfit Ideas?

 Christmas is all about the glitz and glam and I hopefully have some inspiring outfit ideas for you!

 Why not vamp up the traditional gold sparkly Christmas dress with a cropped leather jacket and tough accessories? Wear with embellished heeled boots or if you're really daring, combat boots.

 Mix sequins and sparkle with other textures like leather and faux fur. Jazz up your LBD with an eye-catching clutch. Wear your favourite Christmas jumper with statement heels to a party or bejeweled flats if you want to keep things more casual.

 Most importantly, don't forget the Christmas spirit! Wear gift wrap inspired accessories/ make your own, or add novelty antlers, a Santa hat or bows to any outfit for an instant Christmas vibe. 

Lauren Loves ♥: Getting festive


Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Tag!

 Santa Claus is coming to town! Sorry that this is the most Christmassy Photo I seem to have right now, it's actually from last Christmas and random info for you: I named it the Death Chair. Because who doesn't want to sit on a wonky chair in the middle of a frozen canal? 

 Grab yourself a mulled wine or your preferred beverage and give my answers to the Christmas Tag a read:

1. Favourite christmas song:

Santa Baby. Most Christmas tunes put me in a festive mood though

2. Favourite christmas colour:

Glitter! Wait... is glitter a colour?
3. Favourite reindeer:

Rudolph the red nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose, I tried to remember, but he's the only one I know...s
4. Favourite christmas drink:

Snowball for alcoholic, and for non-alcoholic it has to be Hot Chocolate with marshmallows

5. Favourite christmas food:

The chocolates I will inevitably eat for breakfast. All Christmas food is awesome!

6. Favourite christmas films:

I would say The Snowman but it's too damn sad so: The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch, Edward Scissorhands, A Christmas Carol and many others

7. Christmas eve or christmas day?

Christmas day

8. Favourite thing to do at christmas:

Watch all the festive TV shows/ films

9. Favourite christmas memory:

Ahh childhood memories of waking up at 4am and being told to wait until at least 6am for present opening and lying in bed for 2 hours waiting

10. Favourite christmas tradition:

Drinking Snowballs, eating chocolate oranges and setting the Christmas pudding on fire.

 Leave me a comment if you read this/ if you're going to do the Christmas Tag too!

Lauren Loves : Not growing up and still getting excited for Christmas


Sunday, 18 December 2011

GlossyBox December 2011 'Christmas: Part 2' Review

 This limited edition Glossybox came in festive, pillar box red packaging:

 I have to say I was really happy with the contents of this month's box and there were two full sized products which are worth over £20 together so I certainly got my money's worth.

 The Rituals Foaming Shower Gel I received was Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil. It smells amazing but it's a good job I opened it in the shower because it went everywhere when I broke the seal!

 At first I was disappointed that I got the Blink + Go Hi-Definition Mascara instead of one of their eye shadow and blusher palettes but I have so many eye shadows already and my mascara is running out so It's probably better that I got the mascara. 

 The MeMeMe Seventh Heaven facebase is a primer and moisturiser and it smells like lemon mousse, so tempting I want to eat it. The full sized pot costs £15 though and I bet a decent moisturiser would be just as good as a facebase that you apply before makeup.

 Another makeup product I received was the Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss in the shade Serengeti which is a gorgeous peach colour with a slight gold shimmer. As a sample sized product it's perfect to put in my handbag.

 Lastly I received a mini Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in the shade Razzle Dazzle which is a glittery pinkish red, ideal for the Christmas party season, and a Nail Polish Remover Mitt which is useful to pack if you travel and don't want to take a big bottle of Polish Remover with you.

 This was my favourite Glossybox so far, if you subscribe too let me know what you got in your box! Now, how do I stop spending my Christmas money before I have it...

Lauren Loves ♥: Christmas glitter


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

My Favourite Things Right Now

 This is just a little post to show you what I'm loving at the moment. First up is my amazing, shiny, glittery, camera-shaped bag that I got from ASOS:

 I also got a beauty product after finally giving in to temptation (it must have been the chocolate)! It is of course the Bourjois- Delice De Poudre, Bronzing Powder in shade 52 that smells sweet too. It's meant to be chocolate scented and instead of containing shimmer like a lot of bronzing powders this one is matte:

 These are my favourite things right now but I will be posting very soon about the contents of my Christmas Glossybox which I'm sure will contain some awesome beauty products so look out for that! Let me know what you're up to over Christmas or if there's anything you'd like me to do a post on.

Lauren Loves ♥: Sparkles and chocolate


Thursday, 8 December 2011

Wizard of Oz Nail Art

 Need something to brighten your day? I did. With deadlines looming and the need to procrastinate increasing I thought why not jazz up my nails. I've just purchased a Wah & Models Own nail art tool so I'm not an expert at using it (or even just painting my nails) but I wanted to use it and the Wizard of Oz inspired my nail art, hopefully it will inspire you too!

 Left hand from left to right: Glinda the Good Witch, Emerald City, (Somewhere over the) Rainbow, Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers.

Right hand from left to right: Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Tin Man, Dorothy's dress, 'Oh My' lyrics (Lions and Tigers and Bears- Oh my!), and a Witch's hat (as worn by the Wicked Witch of the West).

 Let me know if you're thinking about doing some Wizard of Oz inspired nail art!

Lauren Loves ♥: The moment Dorothy opens the door and it's no longer black and white.


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Graze- want a free box of snacks?

 I ordered a free Graze box the other day, which contains 4 boxes of healthy snacks that you get by choosing the things you like from a selection of boxes to ensure you get something you'll like. It comes in a package perfectly sized to fit through your letter box too! 

 Sorry about the Hello Kitty thing, just covering my address. When you open it you also get a handy guide and a personalised booklet about the contents of your box:

 In my package I had the boxes: Florentine, Hazelnut Espresso, The Beach and Natural Vanilla Seeds.

 I'm not being paid in any way by Graze to promote them, I just thought it was a good idea if people are looking for healthy snacks especially as Christmas is coming and the season of colds is upon us.

 If you want to try a box for free, with the ability to cancel your subscription if you don't want another box once you've got the free one, you can use my code: 7G9GPQZD when you visit

Lauren Loves ♥: The Florentine- Belgian dark chocolate, cranberries and pumpkin seeds! Tasty and healthy= amazing.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

GlossyBox November 2011 'Christmas Gift Guide: Part 1' Review

 Once again it's GlossyBox time, do you want to see what was in my November box? Of course you do! 

 I was so happy with this month's box, I think it's perfect for winter as your skin and hair can dry out and it is the party season so we all want things to make us feel special.

 GlossyBox has provided lots of perfume samples before but I think that Illamasqua's Freak Eau De Parfum is the best yet, I already enjoyed an Illamasqua Eye shadow previously and now I can't wait to see what they come up with next. I prefer sweeter scented perfumes and I think this one is sweet but has a musky edge, it is indeed 'bottled midnight'.

 Freak contains:
Top Notes: Black Davana, Opium Flower, and Belladonna
Heart Notes: Poison Hemlock, Datura, and Queen of the Night
Base Notes: Frankincense, Oud, and Myrrh.  

 Subscribers get 20% off with a code and I'm totally loving the fantasy elements of the packaging:

 So you're smelling wonderful, why not jazz up your nails too? I haven't used Nail Rock Nail Wraps before but they come with a useful guide and you can see the range of their designs:

  I got 'Black Lace on Red' in my pack, I'm sure they'll be a lot easier to use than creating the lace effect myself and I'll be sure to use them next time I want wow-the-crowd nails.

 The coldness of Winter usually causes everyone to turn their central heating up and BAM... dry hair and dry skin. Luckily I have some products to combat this problem:

 On the left there is Arbonne's Ultra Hydrating Hand Creme, it makes your hands soft and initially smells fresh and fruity as it is made with 'kiwi cell extracts'. Unfortunately I found that the scent faded after a short while and smelt a little bit too much like a citrusy cleaning product for my liking.

 In the middle is Dead Sea Spa Magik's Delicate Boosting Mask. I'm glad I got the one for Dry/ Sensitive skin and it does nourish your skin but it smells horrible, as a facial product this could do with a nicer scent.

 On the right is Phillip Kingsley's Elasticizer, a pre-shampoo treatment to add bounce and shine which I will no doubt need for my hair soon as it is exposed to the harsh elements, I'm keeping this on stand by!

 'We have a special surprise Christmas GlossyBox lined up for you'- okay the card in my box officially made me start being excited for Christmas. If you're struggling to find an xmas gift for a guy they are just launching GlossyBox for Men!

 If you're interested check out:

Lauren Loves : Illamasqua- Freak Eau De Parfum.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Birds of a Feather

 This weekend my boyfriend was at home and I had a lovely few days with him before he went back to university. We went to see Breaking Dawn, if anyone has seen it, how gross is the birth scene and how comical was it when Jacob first saw Renesmee's CGI face? We also went shopping, the items I purchased will follow shortly, and when I got home I found the ring I won in a competition and a letter from Charlie whose blog is and should shortly be changing to, so thank you for my prize I really do love the bird's nest ring!

 I went to Bank and found this cozy boyfriend cardigan from Blonde + Blonde which is perfect as the weather has just turned chilly:

 As you may already know I have an obsession with owls and on my shopping travels I found a cute owl-shaped ring from Primark, which goes nicely with my wing ring and my new bird's nest ring!

 The nail polish I'm wearing is Nails Inc: Basil Street, and Model's Own: Garnet.

 I used to love Vanilla Coca Cola before they stopped selling it in the UK and I was stupidly happy to find this lip balm for £1 when I went shopping:

 So that was my weekend, what have you been up to? Feel free to leave me a link to your blog if you have one!

Lauren Loves ♥: Being cozy when the weather is cold.


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Owl Obsession

 So, I've been struggling through the first load of uni work for third year, trying to be a wise owl, and recently I've found myself loving anything related to owls! I'm talking on Frozen Planet, in music videos, and anything fashion related. They're owl I want for christmas. Yes, that was an owl-ful pun. Sorry.
 Here are a few of the owly items I've been coveting:

 How adorab-owl is that beaded bag??

Lauren Loves ♥: Owls. Hedwig is my hero.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Katy Perry Inspired Halloween Eye Makeup

In case you were looking for a slightly more alternative look for Halloween, this is my Katy Perry E.T video inspired alien look that you can create using whatever makeup you own!

Katy Perry's makeup from her E.T video:

 To create my E.T inspired look I wanted to use blue/ pink/ purple colours, but use the colours you already have, I don't think it matters when you're an alien!
I used: blue eyeliner, black liquid eyeliner, silver glitter liquid eyeliner, white eye shadow, light purple eye shadow, dark purple eye shadow, purple mascara and pink mascara.

1) Get your white eye shadow, cover your eyelid and up to your eyebrows.

2) For the eyebrows, create an outline using your blue eyeliner that is slightly longer horizontally than your natural eyebrows, with an angular arch. Fill in your eyebrows using the blue eyeliner. Add a vertical line at the thickest end of your eyebrows using your black liquid eyeliner to add definition.

3) To decorate your eyebrows draw shapes like circles along the upper outside edge. I used concentric circles and dots in a silver glitter liquid eyeliner and filled in the concentric circles.

4) Using your black liquid eyeliner, line your upper eyelids and curve it at the outside of your eye to point towards the tip of the outside of your eyebrow.

5) Try to create a bigger and more elongated eye shape. Use the silver glitter liquid eyeliner and create an angular tipped outline just under your inner corner and end under the end of the curve you drew on your eyelid using the black liquid eyeliner.

6) Use your black liquid eyeliner to draw the same line again as close as you can to the silver glitter liquid eyeliner line but underneath it.

7) Take your dark purple eye shadow and create an outline just under your eyebrows that mirrors the outer shape of your eyebrows and ends at the tip of the curve you drew on your eyelid using the black liquid eyeliner. Create an rectangle outline at the inner end of this outline and draw this line until you reach the center of your upper eyelid.

8) Fill in this rectangle shape using your light purple eye shadow and continue shading under the dark purple outline but over the crease of your upper eyelid.

9) Curl your eyelashes and coat them in purple mascara. Add pink mascara to the tips and the bottom eyelashes for an extra splash of colour.

 Change any of the colours if you need to, or create a different colour scheme for this eye makeup look like red/gold. If you have more glitter feel free to use it and if you own a crazy lipstick in a colour you'd never usually wear then this is the look you should wear it!
 Add a slick backed pony tail or a wild hair style and any dress that sparkles. If you own deely boppers then add them too and your Halloween alien look is complete.

Lauren Loves : Being a crazy alien just like Katy Perry. In her music video. Obviously.


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Halloween Bat Eye Makeup

 My amazing friend Sophie and I went for lunch in Birmingham and then to see Batman Live which was awesome. There was even bat-shaped confetti!

  Going to see Batman Live inspired me to create a bat eye makeup look:

 Start with the upper eyelid and using a liquid eyeliner draw the bat head in the center, create the bat wing shapes either side. For a Batman logo fill in the rest of your eyelid with a yellow or gold eye liner/ eye shadow. You can just have the bat on your upper eyelid or have a complete bat outline by adding the lower outline too. Design a full bat outline on both of your eyes for a great alternative to wearing a mask, especially if you are going to a costume party as Catwoman or Batgirl. Add this bat eye makeup to make any Halloween costume extra spooky!

Lauren Loves  ♥: Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na-Na-Na Batman!


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Halloween Vampire Diaries Inspiration

 The Vampire Diaries has just appeared again on my TV screen and if you'd rather channel a more glam Halloween vibe than go for a totally gory costume, then hopefully this Elena/ Katherine inspired look will help!

 Original Photo Inspiration:

My Inspirational Collage:

 To recreate the look of Nina who plays Elena/ Catherine:
1) Wear a blood red dress
2) To elongate your legs and create the illusion of bare feet wear nude heels
3) Accessorize with a jeweled or antique style statement necklace
4) Go for dark smokey eyes and either black or dark red nail polish

 And here's something for the girls who like The Vampire Diaries:

( From: )

Lauren Loves : Vampires!


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Halloween Outfit Inspiration

 So I was going to have a coffee and a chat with my friends in Costa...

 When I saw this cute lil thing and had to buy it!

 The skeleton gingerbread man reminded me that Halloween is indeed approaching and I've created some inspirational collages for you:

Lauren Loves ♥: Getting ready for Halloween!