Thursday, 31 March 2016

Long Time No See

So, as some of you may have noticed I have not been blogging and its been over 2 months since I uploaded my latest blog post and I have my reasons which I feel like you all should know:

  1. People at my school found out and I felt embarrassed which I shouldn't do! I should feel proud of my blog because its what I love and so I don't want to let that get in the way!
  2. I felt pressured to upload on certain days and I felt guilty every time that I missed a deadline. I have realised that I do this blog for myself and that I shouldn't have to worry so I'm going to be making my blogging experience much more relaxed from now on!
  3. School. School is becoming much more challenging at the moment as I am in year ten at school which means that things are only going to get worse. I have started coursework but I am struggling with my German assessments the most as we have to memorise our whole script off by heart which is extremely difficult. Unfortunately, no matter how much I love blogging, school comes first.
I'm sure many people can relate to my third point especially so I hope that you can all understand. Thank you for reading this and hopefully I can upload more as it is currently the Easter holidays!
 Finally, I am off to Scotland with my family next week so hopefully I can do another 'Come Along With Me' post similar to my one I did when I went to Devon!
 I'm hoping to do some exciting things with my blog this year so I hope to look forward to that! Once again, thank you for understanding and I will see you in my next upload!
~L x

Sunday, 24 January 2016

My Top Ten Favourite TV Shows

If you know me then you will realise that one of my favourite things to do is binge watch to shows until I am up to date! However whilst I have been watching these shows, I have come up with a list, that I think is long enough, to share with you all!
This list is in no particular order as I don't think I would be able to choose a favourite as I love them all! Hopefully this gives you an idea of a show that you could watch and get into and let me know if you watch or want to watch any of these shows down below!

1. Pretty Little Liars 
I feel as though I should start my list off with a very obvious show and it had to be Pretty Little Liars! I will not go into too much detail about the show as I already have a blog post uploaded dedicated completely to the show which you can read here.

2. The 100
This is a new favourite of mine and I have been hooked ever since the first episode! It is about 100 teenagers (prisoners) who have been sent to Earth in order to find out whether it is a safe planet to live on once again. However, the teenagers find out that Earth has changed in many ways and it soon becomes an action packed show! 

3. The Walking Dead
As you can tell by the title, this show is all about zombies and survival. Ever since the 'disease' had hit Earth, it has become extremely difficult to stay alive and live in a world over run by the walking dead. Once again this show is full of action and is definitely one to stay away from if you have a fear of blood!

4. Once Upon A Time
So, if you have never heard of this TV show then you will expect it to be full of happiness and fairytales, however you are far wrong. The story follows a girl called Emma who was abandoned as a baby, later to find out she is the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. The show puts a twist on the fairy tale characters that you have grown up to love and have allowed the audience to see a different side to fairytales that we already know!

5. The Vampire Diaries 
As you can obviously tell by the title, this show is about vampires. It follows the life of a girl named Elena who gets caught up in a love triangle with the two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon. (TEAM DAMON ALL THE WAY) Throughout the show, every character finds themselves in difficult situations and this is another show where a lot of blood is shown. Just to warn you!

6. The Originals 
This show is another new favourite of mine and it is actually a spin off of The Vampire Diaries! It follows the lives of the first vampires to ever live and is set in New Orleans. There are vampires, witches and werewolves in the show and a ton of action!

7. Grimm
So this show gets both good and bad reviews however, I personally love it! It is based on a man named Nick who is able to see the monsters that hide behind the faces of normal human beings. I realise that the show may come across a little fake to some but I thought that it was such a good show which I loved!

8. Sleepy Hollow 
This show was one that I haven't watched in quite a long time but I still enjoyed it. It is about a man names Ichabod Crane who is ressurected after 200 years. It is full of magic and mystery and is also full of action.

9. Supernatural 
Two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester  follow their fathers footsteps in hunting and killing supernatural creatures after their mother was an evil supernatural being when they were young.

10. Teen Wolf
I realise that I said that there was no particular order to this list of shows but I just had to save the best till last. Teen wolf is my all time favourite show! I just love the characters (Stiles Stilinski is my absolute favourite) and the story line! The show follows the life of Scott McCall after he gets bitten and turned into a werewolf.  There are so many mystical creatures in the show such as werewolf, a banshee, hunters and many other creatures created by the show!

What are your favourite shows?

Blogging Goals For 2016

I have a good feeling that this is going to be a very exciting year for me in terms of blogging! I can see myself developing the way I write and also I can see the standard of my photography improving! However I have a couple of points which I would love to share all about my blogging goals of 2016.

1. Reach 100 followers.
Now I'm not saying that I am only doing this for the followers! To be honest, that is the least of my worries, but it is always nice to know that you have an audience there who are reading my blog!

2. Make more friends in the blogging industry.
Now I have made a ton of amazing friends through Instagram who are able to support me whenever I need help! They are some of the best people I have met and I would love to meet more people and share our love for blogging!

3. Do more collaborations.
It is always fun to do collaborations with people as it does not only bring you together as friends but it also allows you to compare your writing skills and to improve as there is always room for improvement!

4. Develop my writing technique.
Whenever I read other blogs I find myself noticing the way that they write and the language that they use and I am always looking for ways that I can improve!

5. Improve my photography skills.
Just like I said in the introduction, I love to see blog posts with amazing photography and I would love my blog to have that effect on people. Therefore, I am going to be experimenting with lighting and different angles to give the best possible results.

Have you got any blogging goals?
~ Lauren Xoxo

Sunday, 17 January 2016

What's In My Bag - Winter 2016

If you have been following my blog for a while now, you will know that I have done two 'What's In My Bag Posts' in the past and I think that every once in a while, it is good to update you on what I carry around with me!

So the bag that I carry around with me is one from Ted Baker which I luckily received for Christmas. I am absolutely in love with it and I especially love the rose gold details! I enjoy carrying it around on the long strap, rather than the handles also simply because it is easier!

The first thing that I carry around is an absolute essential and that is my phone! I have the iPhone 6 in gold and I love it! I also carry my matching purse, which I also received for Christmas which I am so grateful for!

I don't tend to carry much makeup around with me when I am out but I like to bring my Mac lipstick in the shade 'Lovelorn' for a natural lip colour. I also carry a small, compact mirror around with me so I can check up on my makeup throughout the day!
The next thing that I bring with me is the Zoella Beauty hand cream which is definitely an essential, throughout the cold months.

Finally, I tend to bring a pair a headphones and a small body spray around with me, for top ups during the day!

Finally on certain occasions, I like to bring a book with me however, it is quite rare of me doing so!

What are your handbag essentials?
~ Lauren Xoxo


Friday, 8 January 2016

Beauty Favourites of 2015

As many of you can tell by my recent blog posts, I am taking advantage of the new year and having a ton of ideas for blog posts! Today I have a 'Beauty Favourites Of 2016' post for you all and I'm just choosing the products that really stand out to me.

Benefit 'The Porefessional'
This is my all time favourite primer that I have ever tried! I have repurchased it so many times and I use it every single day when I am applying my makeup. It creates a perfect base and also keeps my makeup on all day which I love.

Benefit 'Rockateur' blush
I love this blush all year round however, I prefer it in the winter months simply because I prefer a lighter/ brighter blush in the summer! Although this is my all time favourite blush by far, I love the colour, the pigmentation and pretty much everything about it.

Benefit 'Hoola' bronzer
Usually I really don't like bronzers, purely because of my pale skin. I find some too orange or too dark but my opinion changed when I got a sample of the 'Hoola' bronzer in a Benefit set! 'Hoola' bronzer is the perfect shade and it is so easy to blend so there is never any harsh lines on my face, I just love it!

The Balm 'Mary Lou Manizer' highlight
I picked up this stunning highlight in Duty Free on my way to Spain and I have been in absolute love with it ever since! It is the perfect colour and the pigmentation is unbelievable. I have never been so impressed by a highlight before!

Urban Decay 'Naked 3' eyeshadow palette
Throughout the year I have mentioned this palette many times and that is because it is my all time favourite palette ever! One reason being I love wearing rosy toned shades on my eyes as they make my blue eyes seem brighter! However I love the variety of colours and also the pigmentation!

Maybelline 'Lash Sensational' mascara
I felt like I just had to include a mascara as my final beauty favourite of 2015 and I had to choose my well loved 'Lash Sensational'. I am in love with this mascara and it is perfect for both thickening and lengthening your mascara me all in one which is often tricky to find! I love everything about it from the packaging all the way to the product itself!

What are your beauty favourites of 2015?
~ Lauren Xoxo

Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Years Resolutions

Since it is the start of a new year, I figure that this is the perfect opportunity for me to share some of my New Years resolutions! I haven't gone overboard with these and they are simple resolutions that I can achieve in everyday life!

1. Drink more water.
It's is so important to drink water as it can benefit you in so many different ways! I don't usually drink much water on a day to day basis so I'm going to be drinking a lot more water from now on, hopefully..

2. Eat more fruit and veg.
My next resolution is to eat more fruit and veg! My reason for this is the same for drinking water, it can benefit you and your body in so many different ways.

3. Read more. 
If you read my first blog post of 2016, then you will know that I want to read more and I have set myself a list of twelve books which I hope to accomplish by December this year!

4. Go out more.
As we all know, it is very easy to stay in bed and watch Netflix for hours upon hours so I'm making it my goal to actually leave the house and socialise a lot more than I already do!

5. Try my best in every single subject at school.
One again, it can get difficult to keep focused on all of your lessons at school, especially if it is a crucial year and you're getting piles of homework which never seems to end. This year I really want to try as hard as a can and receive the best grades of my ability.

What are your New Years resolutions?
~ Lauren Xoxo

Friday, 1 January 2016

Reading Bucket List 2016

So, as some of you may not know, I actually love reading and I have put together a list of twelve books that I aim to read by the end of the year! Hopefully in December, I can put up a new blog post and update you al on what books I was able to get through! This list is in no particular order but here it is!

~Also please forgive the bad lighting in the image below, I'm finding it difficult to take photos as it gets dark quickly and I am unable to use natural light~

1. The Maze Runner - James Dashner
2. The Scorch Trials - James Dashner
3. The Death Cure - James Dashner
4. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
5. The Lunar Chronicles, Cinder - Marissa Meyer
6. Looking For Alaska - John Green
7. The Mortal Instruments, City Of Bones - Cassandra Claire
8. Divergent - Veronica Roth
9. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
10. Allegiant - Veronica Roth
11. Paper Towns - John Green
12. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

So I hope you enjoyed this quick blogpost and that it maybe gave you some inspiration to read more as well!
 ~ Lauren xoxo