Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Minimal Style

Minimal Style

Minimal Style by lauren290591 featuring victorian boots

 I've been drawn to a more minimal style of fashion recently, maybe because I'm moving on with my life and I feel that everything should be fresh and new. Who knows? In an attempt to become more sophisticated I'm thinking about a wardrobe update in a minimal direction. I love the idea of having so many combinations of things to wear and the way that this style always seems to look cool and edgy. 

What do you think about minimal style? If you have any ideas about how to achieve this kind of look then let please let me know!

Lauren Loves : Sophistication and elegance.


Monday, 9 July 2012

What I got for my 21st birthday & haul

 As promised here are a few of the main presents I received for my 21st birthday, there are also things I got with my birthday money and some items I bought in general.

 So I don't have a photo of my birthday cake to share with you (which had candles with multi-coloured flames!) but here is a random item I bought recently. I love the sweet vanilla scent of this Yankee candle and it's just so relaxing and instantly makes me happy.

 My collection of rings were spilling everywhere so I bought myself this ultra cool zodiac/ palmistry hand ring holder and I also got an owl print trinket dish to hold my most worn earrings- both were from Urban Outfitters US online store. For my birthday I also had a Pandora bracelet which you can see closer here:

 From left to right: 1) My stack of books charm with the owl on the cover was a gift for graduating university. 2) The heart-shaped lock with dangling key was a present from my boyfriend for our 4 year anniversary. 3) The butterfly charm was a 21st birthday present. 4) The Gemini cameo was a 21st birthday present (yes I'm a Gemini). 5) I adore all things related to owls and this was a 21st birthday present. 6) I bought a Canon 600d camera with my birthday money and this camera charm so it would remind me of my 21st.

I'd wanted a studded bag for a while so I got this one with mixed studs from the US Urban Outfitters online store and the matching purse from Topshop.

 I got an Iphone 4 for my birthday and after a bit of searching for the perfect case I found this cute little sketched owl case on!

 These are my most recent beauty purchases. I wear the Garnier BB Cream over moisturiser for extra hydration and blend with my fingers, it smells lovely and acts as a good primer. I then use my new foundation brush (the black one) and then the (orange) Barry M one which I got in Superdrug to apply foundation as the BB Cream doesn't give you very good coverage. 

 Soap and Glory's Extreme Plump lip gloss sure does work! The first time I used it my lips stayed plumper for hours afterwards but now it has a less noticeable effect after it initially tingles. I'd still use this on it's own or over another lip product for fuller lips as it works really well.

 I got this Umberto Giannini gloss mist to obviously add gloss to my hair which it doesn't really do but it does smell really nice and it makes my hair softer so it's still lovely to use. 

I got the Benefit Porefessional and Badgal Lash Mascara with Glamour magazine and while I'm still not too sure how to use the pore minimiser to its full effect the mascara is great for a quick application.

 The Beauty UK eye shadow palette was needed for costume makeup as I was going to some themed parties and I wanted bright colours. Although you have to apply the shadow heavily it really isn't bad for the price which I think was just under £4:

I also caved in to the pressure and finally bought an orange lipstick and a Revlon Lip Butter in one go! It isn't too harsh once you apply it and although it is hydrating I still wear the lip butter over lip balm:

 For my birthday I wore this triangular owl print blouse from ASOS:

 I also got a black crop top from ASOS and a soft t-shirt from Topshop:

 Hopefully you've enjoyed a look at what I've been buying and maybe have some ideas about what to get someone for their birthday if you need any! 


Sunday, 8 July 2012

GlossyBox June 2012 'Summer Beauty' Box

 Another month, another GlossyBox. June's box seemed pretty average when it arrived and didn't have the 'wow' factor that previous boxed have had, but the contents are more useful than impressive.

 I received a Dermalogica kit containing a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser. I already have some of their skin care products and they seem to work fine I just wasn't too excited about this product. I prefer another cleanser and have quite a lot of it left so I don't know when I'll get around to using these products!

 I also had a Vichy Dermablend Starter Kit with 6 shades of foundation. None of the shades look pale enough to use on my skin tone but I might try the palest out with some of my other makeup later just to use it up if I need a heavier foundation.

 The GlossyBox Pro Beauty Brush is made out of goat hair for a supersoft application and I use it with my favourite bronzer. 

 The BM Beauty bronzer is really messy and hard to use without getting it everywhere, as it's a loose pigment bronzer it also has a tendency to appear too strong when you apply it. 

 My sample of Yves Rocher France's Mini Mascara- Sexy Pulp claims to give a 'lash plumping result'. Although the mascara gave no volume to my lashes it did give a unique fine and feathery finish and I'm going to use this mascara when I want a more subtle look as it's great for lengthening your lashes.

Overall, the products in this box will be useful but unfortunately they weren't anything special this time! This box certainly made me more inclined to cancel my subscription as I've had enough cleanser samples now.

Lauren Loves : The GlossyBox bronzer brush, much easier to use than my old one.