Sephora Haul

Sephora is one of my all time favourite beauty shops although I think I like it more knowing that it’s something special and restricted that isn’t available in the UK.

Recently I went to Portugal as you would have seen if you follow my social media and luckily for me they had a Sephora a 2 minute walk away from our air B ‘n’ B so as you can imagine I brought quite a few things…

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What did I buy;

Masks; – I’ve always wanted to try them as I’ve heard some great things about Sephora face masks. I brought the Avocado mask, Lotus mask, Green Tea mask and the Algae Mask. I also purchased the lip mask and a nose pore strip. I am yet to try any of these products out yet so I can’t provide a review but I’m so excited to try them!

Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara; –  I’ve heard some great things about this mascara and I know I’m a little late to the bandwagon but I’ve had too many mascaras to justify buying a new one but before my trip to Portugal I used up a mascara so I decided I could justify buying a new one. I love this mascara and I can see why everyone got so excited over this face mascara. It gives your lashes so much volume and length without being clumpy.

Sephora Eyelash Curlers; – The day before we arrived in Lisbon my eyelash curlers that I’ve had for many years from Primark sadly broke which was actually perfect timing so I brought some eyelash curlers from Sephora and of course I got the bright pink ones. These do a good job of curled your eyelashes whilst being very gentle.

Mini’s aisle EG the most dangerous section of Sephora; – I always fall into the trap of the mini’s aisle and end up buying smaller versions of products I can’t justify spending on the full-size ones and/or holiday gifts to myself.

The first thing that I purchased from the mini’s aisle, I brought myself the multi-tasking brush. I decided that this would be good for foundation and powder on holiday and it’s a small brush so it saves room. The brush also comes with a plastic contain to save it from getting grubby – genius!

The next thing I brought from the mini isle was Sephora’s lotus sleeping mask as I have an 8-hour flight to Antigua in December so I thought that this mask would be perfect for the flight! I always make sure to look after my skincare on a long haul flight!

The final thing I brought from the dangerous mini aisle was a pack of ribbon hairbands.

I brought so many minis I also got a Sephora free liquids bag – Oops… 😉

What are your favourite bits from Sephora? Would do I need to buy next time I go?

See you next Sunday at 6 pm

– Lauren, XO 

A day in the life: Digital Marketing Student

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8 AM – My alarm goes off on my phone.

I normally spend and limit myself to ten minutes in bed to check social media and wake myself up a bit before getting out of bed.

8:10 –  The first thing I do is go to the bathroom to brush my teeth, wash my face, brush my hair and put in my contact lenses

8:15 – Now’s the time to make myself look more awake then I feel! I normally straighten my hair and don’t do anything special with my makeup as I don’t have time so a simple winged eyeliner look with some kind of daring lipstick is my go to.

8:40 –  I would love to be one of those people who organises their outfit the night before but English weather can be so unpredictable so I always pick my outfit in the morning – my typical uni day outfit is smart casual. I usually wear a nice blouse, jeans and some boots.

8:50 – Time to make breakfast. My typical breakfast is Rachel’s Lemon Yogurt, Waitrose granola and some berries. This is a healthy breakfast that keeps me going throughout the day – I also have some coffee with this of course!

“First I drink coffee and then I do things”

9:00 – I now normally spend 40 minutes watching YouTube, eating my breakfast and drinking my coffee before making my way to my university building for a lecture or presentation to my fellow classmates and occasionally important brands/companies

10:00
 – Time for University. My morning can consist of either a lecture with one of my lecturers or prepping for a presentation in the afternoon.

Currently, my typical morning would consist of researching into a report that’s due soon and prepping for my weekly presentation to my fellow class mates and Red Bee Media.

12:30 PM – Lunch time. Normally I’ve made my lunch at home the night or morning before in order to save money and make sure that I have a healthy lunch.

I get an hour for lunch where I normally eat my lunch and hang out with my fellow classmates and we discuss how the morning has gone.

13:30 – Back to work. In the afternoon I will either have another lecture, presentation or work on my latest report that is due in.

17:00 – Time to head home.

I normally have half an hour to fourth five minutes where I lay on my bed and check my phone and have a snack of some kind before I head off to the gym for a workout

17:50 – My gym is about a ten-minute walk away and I normally workout for around an hour before heading home to cook dinner.

19:00 – Time to cook dinner. I’m a pescetarian meaning that I don’t eat meat and only fish. Head over to my what I eat in a day to see the typical meals of a pescetarian – I try my best to eat a healthy and balanced meal.

I’ll normally take my food back to my room and eat it whilst watching a Netflix show of some kind and if not I’ll sit down and eat it with my flatmates whilst watching TV.

20:00 – I’ve normally eaten my dinner now and watched an episode or two or a Netflix show. I will now probably grab some kind of sweet treat to nibble on whilst I watch some more Netflix shows for the next two hours and a half.

22:30 – Now is the time I will start to settle down and get ready for bed.

I’ll take a shower, brush my teeth, put on some skincare, get changed into my pyjamas and scroll on my phone for a little bit.


I really hope you enjoyed this blog post.

It was something a little bit different for me but I thought it would be nice to show you an insight into what it’s like to study digital marketing and/or be a uni student. 

See you guys soon with a completely new look! I can’t wait! 

– Lauren, XO

The best subscription box for students

Hi Guys,

Recently the Unibox got in touch with me and offered me their exam survival box. I was very intrigued as to what the uni box is. There are so many different subscription box’s out there for fashion, beauty, food etc but there are none in the market for students by students?

I thought that this box sounded great and like something that I would be interested so I purchased the Uni Box from their website and eagerly awaited the arrival of it!

PSthis box would make the perfect gift for university students – hint hint family!

Here is some information on what the Unibox is and how it works first of all;

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– Above pictures belong to the uni box website 

You can pay monthly, prepay three months or prepay 6 months. I am personally on the monthly subscription but you can choose whichever one you like.


The exam survival Box: 

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The first thing that I saw when I opened the box was a quote that says “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” I love this motivating quote to help you get by during exam season. There was also a magazine with some exam tips and brain-boosting recipes.

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“Just get on with it notepad – I love this notepad. I’m 100% a stationary nerd so I can’t wait to have this on my desk and use it to jot down my to-do lists!

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“Seba Med cleansing bar”  – I am yet to try this but I can’t wait. It’s a facial soap which aims at getting rid of pimples, blackheads and skin impurities. Perfect for those pesky stress-related skin problems that can occur around exam time!

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Space Masks Intersetlla Relaxion Eye Mask – I am yet to try this face mask but I can’t wait to try it! The idea of a relaxing eye mask sounds get to me as recently I haven’t been sleeping as well as I would like to so I’m excited to try these masks out!

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Conscious water capsules – I’ve never tried any kind of natural supplements or water treatments so I’m excited to try these natural energy and mind boosting capsules!

IMG_3163‘Virtue sparkling energy water in the flavour lemon and lime’ – I’m excited to try this energy water. It sounds delicious – especially since it is 0 calories with no sugar, sweeteners or preservatives. IMG_3164

Nim’s pineapple crisps – I’ve previously tried dried apple crisps and vegetable crisps and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them so I’m excited to try these tropical pineapple crisps. IMG_3166

Nature creative salted caramel bar – This sounds like a delicious snack that I can’t wait to have mid-study break with a coffee. I love flapjacks and especially when they’re packed with protein seeing as I’m a vegetarian. IMG_3165

‘Rawcha cacoa and goji bar’ – This sounds yummy. I’ve previously tried cacoa & goji related food items and enjoyed them so this should be delicious! IMG_3169

Rescue plus throat sweets in the flavour orange and elderflower‘ – Next time I’m ill I can’t wait to try these. Throat sweets always seem to taste gross but orange and elderflower sound quite delicious. Hopefully, I won’t be using these until winter time!


How much does the uni box cost?

One month – £24.99 + P&P

Three month – £23.98 + P&P

Six month – £22.50 + P&P


Where can I subscribe?

You can subscribe to the uni box via their website – > http://theunibox.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwo-XIBRCOycL7hsuI_NoBEiQAuS6HtAyw7kLsmJo08GmsLRjSzZPXKd2gVQP1Cr8JCs3R1tUaAjv68P8HAQ

Travel Guide: Portugal

Hi Guys,

Recently I went to Portugal on a two week holiday with my parents.

I absolutely loved it. The sun was constantly shining and the drinks kept coming.

I know some of you are going to Lisbon in the up and coming weeks so I thought it would be nice to do a blog post with some recommendations. Even if you’re not going to Lisbon you could read this blog post to have a sneaky peek into Lisbon and Cascais. It’s the perfect and affordable European city break to go to with some friends and/or family.

For the beach;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re staying in Lisbon but fancy a trip to the beach I would recommend getting an uber from Lisbon to Cascai. It’s a super cute and quaint sea side town with some amazing restaurants, bars, and beaches. The uber is about a 20 minutes ride away and cheaper than taxi’s.

For the beach itself you can hire a bike and cycle 40 minutes or get an Uber to Guincho beach! It’s also named the surfers beach – it’s a great spot to sit and watch the surfers!

For some pool time:

If you fancy a day at the pool I would recommend the reverse pool lounge in Cascais. They do delicious cocktails brought to you in your day bed at an affordable cost.

The day bed cost’s 20 euros a day and the cocktails are around 8 euros. You can find all the costs and any more details linked on their website.

For an adventure:

If you fancy some culture and the feeling of what it’s like to be a princess for the day I would recommend getting an Uber to Sintra and visiting the main castle Pena.

The castle is simply beautiful and like something out of a Disney film as my mum and dad quoted. I felt like a princess wandering around the gorgeous castle and gardens that surrounded it. I would recommend giving yourself a day here to wander around Pena and the other surrounding castles/gardens. Bring a picnic too if possible as this is a tourist spot and food can be quite pricey.

PS –Sintra is at the top of a mountain so it’s a bit chilly – wear trainers and a jumper!

Montserrat is also a beautiful castle in Sinatra with stunning gardens and fairytale vibes!

For Instagrams: 

If you are interested in wandering around some beautiful gardens and snapping up those beautiful Instagrams I would recommend that you go to Quinta Da Regaleira.

There’s a gorgeous house that you can wander round as well as the most magical gardens with waterfalls, caves and wells that you can explore into.

For shopping:

For shopping I would recommend that you check out the LXFactory. The LXFactory is a revamped industrial estate. The shops used to be factories and warehouses which now house quaint fashion shops, coffee shops, a book shop, wine and sardines shop and much more.

I would recomend going here for the morning or afternoon. Go for lunch and then coffee and cake at Landeau – the chocolate cake is to die for! Trust me it’s amazing…

For brunch: 

For brunch I couldn’t recommend Nicolau to you enough. The food and coffee’s and smoothies were delicious. I dragged my parents along here for brunch before we headed off to the airport and we all had the most delicious meals.  They do gluten free, vegan and vegetarian offers for breakfast and you can have anything from an Acai bowl to Nutella on pancakes for breakfast.

For Dinner:

For dinner, I would highly recommend that you check out Time Out in Lisbon.

Time Out has a range of different food stalls offering different foods from seafood to pizza to custard tarts. I went with my parents to Monte Mar and had a range of seafood dishes. Monte Mar was personally my favourite food stall there and the chef’s were so friendly! They even gave us free squid rice which was to die for!

For Cocktails:

For cocktails, I would recommend Deck 7. The cocktails are delicious and affordable at around 8 euros a drink. The views are amazing too, the above picture was taken looking over at castle San Jorge which is another location I would recommend to travel too although Pena is much prettier with more to see.

Another great place for cocktails with a spectacular view over the city is the Park Bar. This is a rooftop cocktail bar which is located on top of a car park in central Lisbon!

This place was recommended to me by a local. Park Bar has chilled out vibes, good music, friendly staff and affordable drinks.

I really hope that this blog post helped anyone thinking of going to Portugal or Lisbon!

See you guys next Sunday at 6 pm!
-Lauren, XO 

PS – Check out my vlog from Portugal to see more!

My makeup storage + tour

Hi Guys,

As a very organised person, I love everything having its own sensible place. Everything in my room is perfectly placed and pretty – ready for Instagram pictures!

I thought I would talk you through my makeup storage, all of my storage is from Amazon apart from my makeup brush holder which is from Ikea and my light up mirror from ASDA.

My jewellery holder is from Tiger and my diffuser is the Antigua scented diffuser from Next. I chose the Antigua scent as I will be going there this year for my 21st birthday – how exciting!!


Lipsticks, Face products, Brow and Eye pencils; 

IMG_1257.jpgOn the top layer of my makeup storage I have Lipsticks, Foundations, Concealers, Eyeliners, Eye pencils, Brow pencils and face base products such as primers and setting sprays.

Eye and extra brow products;

IMG_1251.jpgIn the top drawer of my makeup storage, I have eyeshadow pallets and pencils, eyeshadow primers, brow gels and mascaras.

Blushes, Bronzers and Highlighters;

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In this drawer, I have bronzers, blushers and highlighters.

The Revlon blusher in shade 012, The Benefit ‘Dandelion’ Blusher and the Benefit what’s up highlighter are my daily contouring staples! They’re all so pigmented and work together so nicely for a gorgeously everyday spring makeup look!

(Let me know if you would be interested in seeing my everyday spring makeup look?)

Liquid lipsticks and glosses;

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Brushes;

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I own the Zoeva complete brush set, my curlers are from Primark, my beauty blender is from boots and my daily brush spray is from Sephora.


I hope you guys enjoyed looking at my makeup storage and it inspired you as to how to organise your own makeup.

DISCLAIMER: – I probably have too much makeup then what is needed but I like to have a choice of products to swap around on a daily basis which I do

See you guys soon,

Lauren, XO 

My university experience and tips

Hi Guys,

Today’s post is all about my personal university experience. I’m going to tell you everything from writing my personal statement to 6 months on in my course.

Applying for university can but such an exciting and scary time in your life. I remember around this time last year when I was planning my personal statement thinking; Am I ready for university, is this the right decision for me, am I smart enough, will I get home sick and hate it and want to drop out? So many thoughts were flying around in my head as I thought about the whole idea of going to university and whether it was the right decision for me.

Here are a few tips for applying for University;

  • Make your personal statement stand out

This is something that you will be fed up of hearing by the time that you complete your personal statement but it’s so important to make yourself be bold and stand out.  The admissions teams at university’s read thousands and thousands of generic personal statement every day. The different between a generic and unique personal statement could be the difference between a conditional and unconditional offer! Tell them your hobbies, what you’re good at, what you enjoy and where you have traveled! 

  • Do your research into courses 

–  Really look into a range of courses and universities across the country. There are so many courses with similar names at different universities but they all have something slightly different which you might prefer 

  • Make sure that you go and visit the University and meet the tutors on the courses that you’re interested in

Sometimes the courses are completely different online as to what the tutors tell you and show you they are. For example, I went to see one media course in Edinburgh and I was disappointed to see that the university didn’t even have all of the latest equipment of software such as macs and adobe which a fast moving media course should have, the lecturers were uninterested and the course was too theoretical based when I understood it was half and half. 

  • Remember that no course or University is perfect

–  You probably aren’t going to like every single aspect of a course or University but the idea is to find a course and university to have more pros than cons. This may seem over the top but it’s not a bad idea to make a pros and cons list of your favourite Universities and courses in order to help you narrow your choices down to 5 or 3 courses. 

  • Don’t be nervous about interviews

– The lecturers are normally very kind and just as nervous as you are about the interviews. The interviews are also a good opportunity to practice your interview techniques for future jobs when you graduate. 

Make sure you dress smart, speak clearly and lock eye contact with the person interviewing you. The difference between a conditional and unconditional offer all depends on your confidence, open body language and knowledge. 

  • Don’t miss deadlines!

– Deadlines are so important to not miss! If you miss a deadline then you have instantly set a bad impression upon the university. The saying first comes first serve and you snooze you loose are very relevant when it comes to the university. 

The sooner you send in your personal statement or apply for your no 1 accommodation the better chance you have of succeeding. 

Check out Which’s website for more useful information on applying for university! 

– Their site really helped me with advice and behind the scenes information when I was applying for university! 


Don’t be nervous or worried about applying for University. It’s such an exciting time and experience in your life that you will remember forever. Just make sure you choose the right course and don’t miss your deadlines and you will be fine!

A year ago I never thought that I would make it or even want to go to University thanks to various people looking down upon me but look at me now. I’m studying a degree at Birmingham City University on an unconditional offer. I got 5 out of 5 offers including two unconditional offers! I saw what I wanted and I worked my butt off to achieve it – make sure that you do the same and reach for your dreams!

Good Luck to everyone currently applying to University – If you have any questions please contact me via my social media pages or comment below.

– Lauren, XO

Garnier Ultimate Blends Photo Shoot

Hi Guys,

Recently I was lucky enough to win Garnier’s Boots competition where I received a sample of Garnier’s new Ultimate Blends ‘Coconut Water and Aloe Vera range’. I also won the opportunity to attend a photo shoot on Wednesday the 24th of May in order to be the face of the new range which will be featured online and in store at Boots.

It was such a fun day and an amazing opportunity that I will never forget and will always be telling friends and family about! The staff were so friendly and Garnier spoiled me with products and pampering. I felt like a true princess for the day!

The new range includes three new products; Coconut and Aloe Vera, Coconut and Macadamia Nut and Coconut Milk. 
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– I received the Coconut Water and Aloe Vera range as well as a goody bag after the shoot full of various products that I can’t wait to try!

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The new products offer nourishing, lightweight and deliciously smelling shampoos and conditioners ready for summer! I’ve tried the Coconut Water and Aloe Vera range and I could instantly see a difference in how shiny, sleek and weightless my hair was! I would definitely recommend the new range if you struggle with dry and dull hair!

The new products are out in Superdrug next week and Boots the week after or if you can’t wait that long they are available on Amazon!


Look out in Boots stores, website and social media for me and tweet me if you find the pictures from the shoot! I can’t wait for you guys to see the new products and campaign!

Let me know if you try the new range and what you think!

See you guys soon,

Lauren, XO 

Why it’s good to have a social media detox

Hi guys,

Whilst my blog was getting redesigned I took the opportunity to have a detox from social media. Don’t get me wrong, I love Instagram and Twitter but sometime’s it’s good to take a step back and a break from social media.

We spend an average of 60% of our day scrolling through social media spying on what other people get up to, getting jealous and judging others. I don’t get many negative or spiteful comments but the odd few that I get from followers, friends and sometimes even my family too can take a strain on you. There’s only so much you can take before you snap and react which will always make the situation worse.

Taking a social media detox was personally so good for me because when I came back from my detox I realised that I hadn’t missed social media all that much at all. A detox and a step back also made me realise that other people’s jealousy and spitefulness isn’t my issue and that it’s theirs.

Why don’t you try taking a detox from social media because I can promise you that the grass is greener on the other side and after a few days you will realise how little you miss social media and the negativity that can sometimes come with it.

See you guys next Sunday at 6pm

– Lauren, xo