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A LOVE AFFAIR WITH KIEHLS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016



I appear to have been late on the Kiehl's bandwagon, with everyone rating the Midnight Recovery Oil left right and centre alongside the Avocado Eye Cream, but last Christmas after picking up the Iris Essence, my interest piqued in a cult brand amongst us beauty loving folk.

It was only at duty-free that I really found myself deal deep in a few new products that I have come to love and swear by recently; firstly the Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Mineral Super Fluid Suncream is a god-send for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin (watch my review here) because it has a cool tone tint that helps conceal any blemishes and high SPF that keeps you protected for hours. Expensive for a little bottle and hard to find outside of airports, yes, but something you'll fall in love with? Definitely.

Again, duty-free came a calling and fears of sunburn (which later came true along with the heat-rash, my British skin was unprepared) were answered with the Centella Recovery Skin-Salve; I had a sample of this from Liberty and it was very soothing thanks to the added Aloe-Vera and Tiger Herb gel consistency, so I was constantly lathering this on my shins and arms come the end of the week (Note, leave it in the fridge, absolute heaven.)

Finally whilst sifting through the many sample drawers I own, I found a mini Kiehl's Hand Salve which I gotta say is the nicest lightweight formula I've tried - super hydrating but non-sticky or greasy, just the perfect top-up if you're out and about or needing something cool for summer.


What about you - are you a Kiehl's fan? Is there anything else from the brand I should try? Have you tried any of these yourself?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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A PASSING THOUGHT ON LIFE

Monday, May 23, 2016




I wrote this following post on holiday, when I was having a very internal freak out about what I was doing with my life. I felt trapped yet lost, creative but uninspired, and so lonely I couldn't share my voice. This was left stranded in my notes app for weeks, and was what I originally wanted to write in my Reflections post but forgot, along with all my other notes. Whilst I'm not completely in this mindset anymore, it still lingers after a strange week.

'Leaving your routine is a strange thing. You feel so scared and apprehensive to let go of what you know, what you do, how to be that sometimes you never leave your norm, but once you arrive in your new destination and see the ocean (or trees or pool or strip of lights and noise of a new city) somethings switches in you.

I expected myself to still have blogger mode on whilst abroad, but to be honest it confirmed some feelings I'd had recently - is it really worth my time doing this? I often sit furiously typing away at my desk, planning and plotting my content, hoping everyone likes it as much as I do, but in the last few weeks it's felt different, niggling almost in my brain; does anyone really care? Do I really care? Am I pleasing myself doing this, or am I just trying to break my way through barriers and boundaries to join my friends in more sought out places?

I've never known what I wanted to be in life, I've always followed the path of 'do well in school, focus on grades and then you'll see' and what I did see was I was unprepared and unaware of what my desire in life was to be. I've always had likes, passions and things I'd enjoy doing, but come to it now I still can't pin-point a 'yes, that's it'. And blogging was an amalgamation of all the things I enjoyed, but now it feels like a general rather than specific thing I should be doing. As I've seen my friends succeed (which pleases me, I'm so proud of them) I've also learnt of the less wonderful sides of blogging and YouTube, and whist it's given apprehension it's made me want to treat everyone equally yet I still don't feel it's the same as a whole.

Am I a good content creator? Do I have interesting and informative things to say? Is my personality a reflection of something people want to invest in? And more importantly, so I even see a future end goal to all of this?

All of these thoughts, are amplified of course, because I have allowed myself to relax. I have allowed myself to cut all the ties of norm and do things I enjoy but never allow myself to do - I have read a book every day, I have gone abroad and sat by the ocean, I have put my phone down (somewhat) and enjoyed the warmth on my bones and the imagination of stories and self-help guides to make my feel whole and content again. 

By coming here, I've allowed myself to question all possibilities and accept them as potential outcomes, and all I seem happy with. By leaving my norm I have allowed myself to see things clearer, as clear as the ocean in front of me now. And in this moment, I couldn't be happier with my norm.'

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A BOTTLE OF RELAXATION

Friday, May 20, 2016



These last few weeks have been havoc in terms of sleep - just when I thought I'd got over jet-lag, a wave of tiredness has hit me and I just can't seem to get out of it just yet (cue several nights of forcing myself to wake up early so I go to bed at a normal hour, I was not built for 11pm sleep.)

I've found that a relaxing environment really is the best way to switch off (tell me that please when I scroll at 10:30pm STOP ME) so I've recently rearranged my room to feel more minimal and clean, yet very cosy (updated room tour? Hit me up) but the main thing that gets me snoozing soundly is sleep sprays, and after using the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray for a few months I found it to be good but still had a slight synthetic scent to it which made me a bit headachey. Thank goodness then that I picked up the Mio Liquid Yoga Stress-Free Space Spray, which has the most wonderful spa-like cleansing and 'knocks you for six' aroma that has honestly made falling asleep easy.

Not only that, but because I took it on holiday it reminds me of the beach and relaxing by the pool, so props to using specific items abroad! I've nearly used a whole bottle since the first spritz a month ago which goes to show how much I adore it,  and I highly recommend you use this on a wild Friday night for the ultimate weekend lie-in, or just go ham and use it nightly for the best rested snooze you'll ever have.


Have you had trouble sleeping recently? Are you a fan of sleep sprays? Is Liquid Yoga on your list?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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HEAT-PROOF MAKEUP

Wednesday, May 18, 2016



A lesson I'll never learn is over-making makeup for a holiday - one step into a warm climate and I prefer to swear off any base and fuss, letting that Vitamin D do it's work for me. That being said, on the odd few nights in 30 degree heat recently I decided to put some of my favourite long-wear products to the test to see what is really going to stick come humidity, rain or sunshine.

Mascara is always an easy way to add 'oomph' to a holiday glow and let's just say the warm climate really put my two favourites to the test - Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof has more grab than most in the UK however by the end of dinner on my second night it had transferred under my lower lash line, unlike Fairydrops Scandal Queen which stayed put and fresh all evening; no hint of transfer, smudging or lack of curl or volume. Goes to show that products formulated in humid countries really will stand the test of time. Or heat for that matter.

Speaking of Korean products, the A'Pieu Smudge-proof Shadow Stick* really did as it says on the tin - high pigmented colour to add a golden glow, no smudging or transfer during the night, and only budged with a bit of Clarins Eye Makeup Remover. Subtle summer eyes, sorted!

Personally I prefer a bit of mascara and a bold lip on holiday (why I forget this and keep packing ALL my makeup, I don't know) so wanted to put my only liquid lipstick to the test - the Cailyn Extreme Matte Tint* dries down well on the lips without looking so, but be wary of oily food as you'll get a lovely ring of colour on the outside of the lip - one to top up post-dessert devouring ;)


What are your heat-proof favourites? Have you tried any of these products? Are you off anywhere nice soon?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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