So for some reason I can’t get the cursor to type after I’ve uploaded some photo’s sometimes?! Gah!
1. Allergic reaction.
2. Smashed my bloody phone into pieces and phones 4 u has shut down so my insurance claim can’t be the same now apparently so I’m pissed about that!
3. I’ve been told I need to have a blood test, so yeah not looking forward to that as I’m a massive wimp and I remember it hurting a lot last time I had one done 😦
Anyone who knows me well, knows I love my food. And yesterday I was thinking of ways to eat up the remainder of my Nutella. And I came up with the idea of sandwiching it between rich tea fingers, heavenly! Should really be starting my holiday diet but that’s now post-poned until 1st May 😐 ha.
Here are some selfies after the photo shoot I did recently and also one or two or random ones 🙂
I seem so vain, but I reassure you I’m not! That’s it for today’s blog, thanks for reading, if anyone does :’)
On Wednesday afternoon I went to my friends salon and she put a silicon mask on my face as part of a project for her uni work. She’s currently studying effects make up there. Little did I know that I would be allergic to this. I was completely fine for the rest of that day but woke up the next morning with a little bit of an itchy rash on the one side of my face that the mask had been applied to. I thought nothing of it and it didn’t seem to bother me. But by the next morning I woke up and thought it was odd that I couldn’t seem to open my left fully. I looked into the bathroom mirror to find my eye was half closed due to really bad swelling and my whole face and neck was covered in an awful, thick red rash. I looked as if I had really bad sun burn! After work that day it had progressive gotten worse and my mum decided it was time to get me to hospital to have it checked out before it got even worse. I was proscribed some tablets and cream for my allergic reaction. Today is Tuesday, my eye isn’t swollen anymore but my face is bright red and feels like it’s on fire still 😦 Moral of the story, always have a patch test before using new products!! I cannot stress this enough. I am aware that I do have allergic reactions to other things including; some swimming pools due to chlorine, shower gel, bubble bath, soaps and body lotions/moisturisers. It’s such a pain, I’d love to be able to try Lush bath bombs but I know I’d react badly to them so it’s just not worth it. The only bubble bath I can use is from the Simple range, their products are a God send! And here’s a photo of me looking sad and horrendous but just to show how bad the reaction was. It’s hard to see the redness in the photo as it was taken inside, but believe me I was tomato red!:
So I did a recent shoot with David Clic, lucky a week before the reaction happened. It was just a bit of fun and I enjoyed it! He was really nice and gave good direction. Although I haven’t received my final photo, here’s a sneak peek 🙂
I can’t get my head around how fast this year is flying by already! Lots of things seem to have happened within the past week/fortnight. They say it comes in threes and for me it has. The first thing being that I have purchased my first ever car, which I am ecstatic about 🙂 I had managed to save up enough money from working to buy myself the car I’ve always wanted, a Mini. I feel a great sense of achievement in doing this and it has taken a very long time, but I have fully paid it off and bought my insurance for it. I feel it’s one of the first steps in becoming a responsible adult and setting me on the right path to become independent and move out. Also I wanted to name my car for abit of fun but I can’t make a decision. I thought I’d give my car a name beginning with M as it’s a Mini but there’s a couple of others I like regarding the colour and number plate of it. The choice is between Martha, Ruby and Tiffany! Haha. 🙂 Here’s a few photos:
I can’t wait to save up some more so that I can get some decent black alloys and have black stripes put over it!
The second thing to happen was that on the morning of April fools day I decided to prank my boyfriend. He has to work outside most of the day at his job and he had told me it had been hailing the day before. So I decided to play a light hearted joke on him and say it’d snowed. And my mum had done this to me before so that’s why I thought of it. I got him good but then I thought he was getting me back when he said something. He told me that he had booked our holiday abroad this year for us. Of course I was sceptical, after all it was April fools day. But then he showed me the booking confirmation email to prove it. So in the space of a day I had gotten my own car AND my boyfriend had put a deposit down for 2 weeks away in Tenerife in July!I’m so excited about it, we’re going to stay in a Hotel in Los Cristianos. If anyone knows of anything fun to do there etc let me know please! Here’s a couple of photos of where we will be staying:
And last but not least something else has happened that will be a big change in my life for a while. I can’t say anything much online at the moment as I haven’t informed the correct people about it yet. But I am very nervous about it all and it will be very mentally challenging. Hopefully it’ll all work out, but there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be sorted out first.
Here’s 2 more photos from this week including a my new crop top from Topshop that I’ve bought to wear on my jollys!
And that’s all I have to blog about today guys as I currently have a sickness bug and I’m feeling very rubbish 😦
So here are some photos that I have been waiting to upload from back in February. I’ve been busy with work and now I have a week off, so things are getting done finally!
I took a trip to the local woods and took some photographs of my bestie. I also set up the camera as to how I wanted it and asked my friend to return the favour and hit the shoot button when it was my turn. It was a fab day full of laughs and gossip inbetween photos and I’m lucky to have her! A few of the photos are listed below. I have always been interested in becoming a photographer, but I need some professional guidance in order to grow. If anyone would like to give me any hints or tips please comment below 🙂
Today’s second post is on all the different hairstyles I’ve had since 2010-2015. I’m so tempted to get a fringe put back in as it’s really awkward having to pin my side fringe up for work and looks naff. Opinions would be good. 😀 Spamming with 9 photos:
So recently, I’ve been into my leggings seeing as though it’s winter and I’m not one of these silly little girls who would rather catch pneumonia rather than cover the f— up like any normal human being. In the photos uploaded underneath, both pairs of leggings are from River Island. Love love LOVE their leggings and trousers, they always fit so well! I’m into monochrome, neutral colours and dogtooth patterns at the minute 🙂 Black crop top – Topshop, Black short sleeved top – New Look.
The dress I’m trying on in the photo below is from River Island. It’s currently still in the bag it came in as I’m undecided whether it looks good or not. Opinions would be great!
So today I thought I’d have a go at reviewing a few beauty products. If, like me, you have combination or sensitive skin and you’re looking for an eye cream then I have just the thing for you! I have tried a couple of eye creams that state to wear them both day and night but they always feel so thick, gloopy and never absorb into my skin. I cannot rave about Simple age resisting eye cream enough! Thank goodness I’ve found an eye cream that feels really light and absorbs into my skin within at least 30 seconds after applying it 😀 I haven’t been using it for long, but most moisturisers for some reason, give me spots if I use them regularly but so far so good with this one. I have to be very careful with what products I use as I’m allergic to some ingredients in bubble bath, body wash, soaps and body soufflés but so far all the Simple products seem to agree with me. Damn I feel old reviewing an eye cream but hey ho!
MUA – Make Up Academy lipstick in Nectar.
This is one of two products I have recently purchased over the Christmas period from MUA. Wow, the colour is stunning, ever so bright and attractive. I love the tone and it’s right on trend at the moment. It’s not a matte lipstick like I usually tend to steer towards, it’s very creamy in texture. But it stays on really quite well! I can’t believe the lipsticks are only £1 each it’s crazy, I’ll definitely be buying more from this range 🙂 I also purchased a concealer from the MUA stand and I’m pretty sure that was only £1-2 and it’s equally as good. Great quality and cheap prices, I totally recommend them! 🙂
Rimmel London – Eyebrow pencil.
On to eyebrows now. I always used to pluck/get my eyebrows waxed really thin and now I’m regretting it as thick eyebrows are in again. I’ve been trying to grow them back for a while now but it’s a very slow and boring process. I wouldn’t advice anyone to overly pluck their eyebrows for a few years as they do start to become resilient to grow back which is annoying!! 😦 In the meantime I’m using Rimmel London’s medium brown eyebrow pencil to give them some defining colour and a little bit of shape. My eyebrows are so light in colour naturally that they need so colour to be noticed. Here’s a photo with just one of my eyebrows done so you can see the difference it makes. Excuse my rubbish eyelashes, they’re naturally unfabulous 😦 Oh, and yes I would recommend this product 🙂
Today I’m reflecting on the previous few days that have passed. It was CHRISTMAS on Thursday and it was a good un! My aunty, uncle, two cousins and their fairly new addition to the family, puppy Jess came down to Lincolnshire for the day. I don’t get to see them very often as they live in Leicestershire, but I suppose when I do it makes it even more special. We spent the day at my Grandparent’s house which I was particularly pleased about as my Grandma cooks the best roast dinners! So after stuffing ourselves with all the trimmings and pudding afterwards, we had a visit from my other younger cousin who’s 17 and lives just around the corner. She was asked what she had bought her boyfriend for Christmas, something she won’t be forgetting anytime soon. She told us she had bought him a “vin-al” and my family began to laugh, she obviously meant vinyl!
I then took the pup out for the first time which was lovely and got some very fresh air into my lungs. It was then time to watch ol’ queen doing her speech. How cute does she look in her outfits! I hope I look that good when I get to her age 🙂 After having more chilled out vibes with the family I headed of to the boyfriends for nine o’clock. We stuck good old Home Alone on but we were exhausted from the days excitement and passed out for the night after getting 5 minutes into it!
Boxing day vibes.
Boxing day then commenced with an early start by nipping into town to see what the sales had in store for us. The thing that really annoys me is that the changing rooms are always closed in the shops argh!! I did however manage to purchase a lovely little black number from River Island. It’s a tight fitting black dress with a PVC top and halter neck style. I have waaaay too many dresses but I just had to have it! If anyone can give me tips on how to sell some of my other dresses I would be grateful as I want to get rid of a load of old ones. I’m terrible, my wardrobe is bursting at the seams and I have also taken up a whole half of my mum’s wardrobe up now eek.
After all the hectic shopping had ended I then popped to see my childhood friend but not for long as I was wanted at my aunty and uncle’s house for family gathering part 2. We had such a great feast of food, my choice being curry and also a slice of rocky road made by my aunty which was amazing! Only thing is, it was the first time introducing my boyfriend to the family and they were on him like a tramp on chips like I knew they would be. Totally annoying an predictable which is irritating and won’t be happening again anytime soon. Cheers for that!
So I think I’ll end this post with a few photographs of the gifts I received and a photo or two of my family. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Also if anyone has any fancy dress ideas please comment below. That’s the next drama, looking for a costume for a New Years Eve party I’m off to. Ciao for now. Laurendeannaxoxo.
Bonjour! Let me jump straight in there by telling you a bit about myself.
My name is Lauren, I’m 23 years old, I’m 5’6″, white British and naturally brunette.
Firstly, I would like to take this chance to welcome you to my blog. I have decided to have a go at blogging as a couple of others I know do it and say it’s enjoyable and it’s also a way for me to vent thoughts that I have, rather than displaying large rants over Facebook. This was the first website to appear, but if there are another places to create blogs I would be open to take a look on other sites too. There isn’t a particular topic that I am interested in blogging about, just things I encounter in everyday life.
So now I have given a brief introduction I would like to begin jibber-jabbering away on my first few chosen topics – beauty, weight and judging others. It really touches a nerve with me when people judge others, especially on the way they look and their weight. I have no idea who this quote is originally by but it is one of my favourites: “No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.”
People can be so cruel in this world. People pick on others to make themselves feel better, big up their ego or maybe even due to personal problems and none of those reasons are acceptable in my opinion, only in slim cases. It angers me when you can see a person smirk if an over-weight person is about to walk into a fast food restaurant or just generally enjoying their food and minding their own business. You don’t know their story, and to lower that person’s self esteem could have damaging effects on them. It might only seem like a silly comment at the time but if they catch on to what you’re saying it can instantly ruin their day.
I’ve experienced the other end of this scale. When I was younger I was always catching sickness bugs and I have stomach migraines as diagnosed by the hospital. I had always been a naturally slim girl, both my parents are of an average weight. But for some reason, only once or twice for whatever reason, I had a few words thrown at me by other children at school about my weight. I never really had any bother with it as I am a normal and healthy weight for my age but others just like to try and bring people down. Whilst I was in college I had taken a few days off due to having tonsillitis and I admit that I did have a tendency to complain that I was either too hot or cold or feeling tired. But the tiredness was due to staying up late watching telly late and texting my friends until an unsociable hour. One of my college tutors who was of a spiteful nature in general had taken a disliking to our group of friends there and had decided to ring my parents and claim that I was anorexic without even speaking to me or anything. Unbelievable. I was disgusted with the length that some people will go just to have a dig at you to their expense of ‘having a laugh’. For anyone who knows me will know that I am always eating endless amounts of junk food and whatever I like. No one should have to think you need to be a certain size to be considered accepted in society.
The same principles apply to how I think beauty should be perceived. I shouldn’t feel like I have to have a perfect body image, wear a certain style of clothing to keep up with fashion or have to keep my hair and make up immaculate 24/7 if I leave the house. Luckily I have reached the point in my life where I have decided to break free from the mould and take charge of my own fashion, style etc just like I should. I wear whatever I like rather than whatever the latest trend is, whether people like it or not.
The saying “Beauty is skin deep” is believed by so many, and I too, have believed this in the past. But since opening my eyes and also through experience I have realised these things; 1) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 2) Having a certain look that the media perceives as being beautiful doesn’t make you beautiful in every way. 3) A lot of people have ugly hearts, personalities and traits. 4) A lot of people use and abuse their ‘beauty’ to get places in life – and others fall for it.
Yes, I admit it, I would love to look like Megan Fox, who wouldn’t? But I have learnt not to spend my life dwelling on my imperfections as after all, that’s what makes us special, quirky and unique… it would be so boring if we were all the same! I could talk about this subject forever, it’s one I feel very strongly about and would love to know your opinions too, so please leave a comment 🙂
Now for the more serious rant. I may/may not choose to let certain people that I know read this blog. And I think that this next part may help me to openly explain to them and let them know how I feel about what I am about to type. I am absolutely terrible for keeping my feelings inside about it as I always try to avoid the subject for some reason as it makes me feel uncomfortable.
I have lots of imperfections, as does everyone, but I have one that is particularly unique if you like. I was born with longer thumbs than most people, to the point where they almost look like fingers. It’s called being double jointed as I literally have an extra joint in both of them. Whilst I was younger and before surgery, they gave me no discomfort what-so-ever and I was able to do normal things like everyone else. But as I got to primary school mean names were thrown around sometimes which made me feel unsettled and singled out. I was pretty good with dealing with it to be honest, just sucked it up and threw a few nasty words back at them, which doesn’t make it right but this was primary school for Christ sake.
As I got older and started secondary school, again a few mean words were used by a few obnoxious kids but nothing I couldn’t deal with and surprisingly not as bad as what I received at primary school! One thing that did stick into my mind though was when I had a silly little crush on someone and my so-called friends at the time went to the boy and teased him by asking him why he would ever want to be seen holding hands with me with the way I am. And I truly took this to heart and it has stuck with me until the present day. It has affected me so badly that I when I did eventually have my first proper boyfriend and I got to meet his friends, I wouldn’t let anyone find out the ‘real’ me so to speak.
I would hide my hands by wearing long sleeved jumpers, hoodies and cardigans the entire time. I wouldn’t even let his family see, and this continued for a period of four years. I was scared to death that I might be rejected and not seen as beautiful because of my imperfection. I was frightened that if other people knew about me they would tease him in the same way and that I would be thrown aside. It has greatly damaged my self confidence. I’m not blaming just the one incident, I am blaming the whole build up of things and I also blame myself for not being a strong enough person to just be who I am.
To be honest I have no idea why I am talking in the past because even to this present day I still do it. Whether it be a trip into town, getting served in a shop, walking down the street or being in the company of my boyfriend’s friends, I still hide myself away. I will not leave my house without wearing a long sleeved garment and you can imagine how frustrating that becomes for me in the summer. But I still do it.
After a full year of being in a relationship with my current partner, I finally decided to let myself be me in front of him. It was only until the night before that we were going on holiday abroad to a hot country together that I somehow plucked up the courage to send a text explaining that it was going to be hard for me not wearing a long sleeved garment and covering up my imperfection on holiday. On holiday I decided to take a breath in, and go for it. It was the most difficult thing I’ve done. But my partner stood by me and said it didn’t change anything by being myself all the time. I had horrible thoughts running around my head like “what if he ends it with me because of this, it’ll hurt me even more” But I am so glad that I did it now and it has made us stronger.
I would like to gradually get more confident and be able to show my imperfection without feeling ugly and terrified of what people might say. I have told myself that one day when I do find the courage to do this, I will treat myself to a butterfly tattoo to symbolise setting myself free from my fears.
So there we have it, well done if you managed to sit through and read all of that boring rant of mine! 😛
Signing of for the day after 1657 words! Lauren Deanna xoxo.