Saturday, 24 September 2011

Dalmatian Inspiration

 It looks like Topshop has gone dotty for Dalmatians. Prepare to see that monochrome pattern everywhere, from your shoes to your nails!

Lauren Loves ♥: 101 Dalmatians! I'm such a 90's kid.


Unlucky 13

 Friday the 13th is a special date for me so this necklace would be perfect but it's a little bit pricey. I think the quirky pieces of jewellery by Calourette are amazing so feel free to buy any of it for me!

Lauren Loves ♥: Jewellery by Calourette.


Thursday, 22 September 2011

What to buy now

 Yesterday I passed my driving test first time! During the days before my test I decided to go shopping to relieve some stress without spending too much money.

 I got some autumnal, burgundy coloured jeans from Topshop which cost £40 (without including any discounts) and some gold studded, black boots from Primark for only £15. Bargain.

 Recently I ran out of liquid eyeliner so I went to Boots and there was a 3 for 2 offer across selected ranges, and my Bourjois Liner Feutre was included so of course I had to buy 2 other items.

 For a while I've wanted to try Maybelline's Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner; I finally gave in after Boots seduced me with their offer and got it in the shade 01 Intense Black.

 The other product I chose was a Kate Moss lipstick from Rimmel, she's launched this collection to celebrate 10 years as a Rimmel London Spokesmodel. I decided on shade number 12 which I think is a duller, classic red with a very slight hint of coral.

 As we know, Primark is always good when shopping on a budget but if you're in need of some new make up then take advantage of the 3 for 2 offer at Boots while it lasts!

Lauren Loves : Make up offers!


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Studs & Spikes & Skulls


 Everybody is loving the Fetish trend right now, It's all about textures and toughness.
 This trend mirrors the dark, harsher atmosphere of winter; wear head-to-toe black for a sophisticated edge or add a splash of colour if you're feeling daring.
 I'm not suggesting you should strut your stuff down the high street in a PVC catsuit, you can follow this trend by simply wearing a leather jacket, a skull print scarf or carrying a studded bag.

 Even Lady Gaga is a fan of the Fetish trend, in this photo she is wearing a black chiffon Versace dress with gold stud detailing and shiny black accessories:

   Here are some pieces that will hopefully inspire you:

Lauren Loves ♥: The Fetish trend. Skulls. Spikes. Studs.


Friday, 16 September 2011

Are you a student who loves to shop?

Lauren Loves ♥: Being a student and saving money!


The A to Z of Me

A. Age: 20 years old.
B. Bed size: Double.
C. Chore that you hate: Washing up.
D. Dogs: I've had 2 dogs before. As I'm allergic to cats being a cat person isn't really an option for me. I would love to have a puppy.
E. Essential start to your day: Coffee. Milk and 2 sugars.
F. Favorite color: Pink but I tend to wear purple more.
G. Gold or Silver: Depends on what I'm wearing. I love metalics so either.
H. Height: 5’6"... and a lil bit. Yes, the lil bit is important : )
I. Instruments you play: Grade 2 piano and Grade 3 violin. I haven't played in years though and I really don't consider myself musically gifted in any way. Oh, and of course the recorder.
J. Job title: Student. Destined to remain jobless after attaining my degree.
K. Kids: None.
L. Live: Near Birmingham UK.
M. Mother’s name: Gaia, I think she's named after an Earth Goddess or something.
N. Nicknames: So many! Loz, L, Lozzygog, Lozen, Lorene, Taylor, Tay Tay... I won't go on.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Lots of visits but luckily I've never had to stay overnight in a hospital myself.
P. Pet peeves: Lying, in any shape or form.
Q. Quote from a movie: 'Sans toi, les émotions d'aujourd'hui ne seraient que la peau morte des émotions d'autrefois.' = 'Without you, today's emotions would be the scurf of yesterday's.' ~ From Amelie.
R. Right or left handed: Rightie.
S. Siblings: One younger Brother.
T. Time you wake up: It varies but I guess I'll be getting up earlier once the next semester of uni starts.
U. Underwear: Anything pretty.
V. Vegetable you hate: I don't care if it's technically a fruit, I can't stand tomatoes. Unless they're hidden in a sauce.
W. What makes you run late: Nearly everything! I'm usually a bit late unless something is really important then I'm always ridiculously early :/ Mostly, I'm late because I spend too long deciding what make up to wear.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Only my teeth to check if I would have any wisdom teeth. There are none :D
Y. Yummy food that you make: Any pasta dish for a main meal. Rocky Road or anything chocolatey for dessert/ snacks.
Z. Zoo animal: Saw the cutest little Meerkats at the zoo. I love Owls and Bats too but not all Zoo's have them. 


GlossyBox September 2011 ‘5 Future Classics’ Review

 I’ve been testing out GlossyBox products since June and the September box came today, earlier than I expected!

 Firstly the 1.5 ml Eau de Parfum Plum by Mary Greenwell smelt very ‘mumsy’, not a scent I’d wear as a 20 year old and came in one of those awkward tubes to ensure that once opened, the perfume will be all over your fingers.
 It didn’t smell like a plum to me but then again I haven’t sniffed any plums lately, if you want to smell like a plum maybe you’ll love this.

 Day Solution by Green People is a daily moisturiser ‘delicately scented with fairly traded Rose Geranium’. It says to apply to your face and neck but the scent of Rose Geranium is about as delicate as an elephant wearing Dr Martens so it’s now my excellent hand cream for the winter months.

 There were also a couple of sachets of Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner. Apparently it ‘prevents frizz, adds bounce, body and shine’ but as it claimed to be ideal for colour treated hair I’ll be saving this sample for usage when I next highlight/ dye my hair.

Eye&Brow Palette in 'Vamp'.

 I was excited to find a HD Brows Eye&Brow Palette in my GlossyBox, however instead of receiving ‘Bombshell’ for blondes or even ‘Foxy’ for brunettes I got ‘Vamp’ for dark hair… I have blue/ green eyes and medium blonde hair.
 Somehow this product hasn’t matched the preferred requirements in my beauty profile I filled out for GlossyBox but I guess you get whatever products they have left over if there’s a high demand.

 On the plus side, for the price of £19.95 when I only paid £10 and P&P for the entire contents of my GlossyBox I really can’t complain. The shades are too dark for defining my eyebrows but I have been loving matte brown eye shadows recently and now I have 4 more that last ’24 hours’.

 My final and favourite product in this GlossyBox has to be The Green Balm by Moa. I tried this and it’s the most moisturising lip balm I’ve ever used! It is organic and smells very slightly like tea tree oil and my beauty card informs me that it has ‘many weird and wonderful uses’.

 As I’m so nice here are the discount codes for the products in my September box if you wish to purchase anything:

Green People Day Solution. Save £5 when you spend over £20. Code: Glossy2.

HD Brows Eye&Brow Palette. £5 off at Code: Glossy3.

Moa The Green Balm. 20% off at Code: LOVEMOA.

Plum by Mary Greenwell Eau de Parfum. 20% off your second item purchased from the Plum collection at Code: Just register on the site to receive your discount.

Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner. 10% off at Code: RAHUA10.

 For more information about GlossyBox or to see what products were in past boxes you can visit

Lauren Loves ♥: The Green Balm by Moa.


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Cosmic Galaxy Nail Tutorial

Cosmic Galaxy Nails

 To achieve this space nail design I used: black nail polish, white nail polish, gold nail polish, peach nail polish, blue nail polish, magenta nail polish, sparkly nail polish, a piece of a sponge, tweezers, and a cocktail stick.

 Step 1: Paint your nails black.

 Step 2: Holding the piece of sponge with your tweezers put a small amount of white nail polish onto a corner of the sponge. Shape the main body of the galaxy by dabbing the sponge on your nails; try to create a curved line. Don’t use too much nail polish as it will take longer to dry and this design requires several layers of polish on your nails.

 Step 3: After a couple of minutes, lightly dab a gold nail polish over the shape of the galaxy on your nails.

 Step 4: Choose a side or corner that your galaxy shape has and dab a peach nail polish over the gold nail polish. Don’t dab the peach nail polish further than a third of the way along your galaxy shape.

 Step 5: Use a different corner of your sponge and dab a blue nail polish along the sides of your galaxy to refine the shape if it has become messy and to blend it into the black background.

 Step 6: Using another corner of your sponge dap a small amount of magenta nail polish in the same corner that you put the peach nail polish to create a faded line of magenta to peach to gold along the shape of your galaxy. You can also use the magenta to furthermore blend the blue nail polish into the black if your magenta nail polish is dark enough.

 Step 7: Dip your cocktail stick into a white nail polish and stipple (dot) it sparingly across the black sections that remain on your nails so it looks like stars.

 Step 8: Wait a few minutes for your design to dry then paint one or two coats over your nails using a sparkly nail polish to add more stars.

 I had most of the nail polishes in sets that were gifts so I don’t know where they came from but some of the other colours I used were: Extravagance by O.P.I Nail Lacquer (magenta), 198 Azure by Rimmel London (blue) and 105 Starry Silver Glitter by NYC (sparkly).

 You can create this cosmic galaxy design on your nails using whatever nail polish colours you have. Swap the black for a dark blue, the gold for yellow or the white for silver… go crazy!

Lauren Loves ♥: Glitter and sparkles.