Lauren Loves Blog

15 Apr 2018

Review: L'Oreal Tattoo Signature eyeliner

As I'm sure you'll have noticed, I love eyeliner and I've tried many different types over the years. My biggest problem with eyeliner is I have greasy skin, so if I do a wing or flick, it's often melted away by the end of the day. I thought I'd give L'Oreal Tattoo Signature eyeliner a go

The eyeliner, which is a felt-tip style, promises 24 hours of lasting power and highly pigmented colour. This is something I can't refuse - the eyeliner lasted really well throughout the day with some fading, but not smudging. However I have a big issue with this eyeliner because it's a nightmare to apply!

If you're some sort of genius who can apply eyeliner with one swipe, you might be ok, however I found applying this eyeliner to be a nightmare! Every time I tried to add colour, neaten the line or go over any area again it cracked, flaked and came off! The pen was also only inky enough to put colour down on the first swipe, so the wing which I put on near the end was really patchy and faded.

So overall the conclusion of this very short review is this eyeliner is rubbish, don't waste your £6.99 on it. If anyone has any recommendations for super-staying eyeliners for oily skin types, please let me know!

8 Apr 2018

Our engagement story!

If you follow me on instagram, you'll know that last Friday Sam and I got engaged! So exciting! I know I am obsessed with engagement stories and blog posts so I thought I'd share mine.

The background - 
Sam and I have been together for about 5 1/2 years. We met at work about 6 years ago and for me it was love at first sight (have you seen his face?!). I was told a new member of staff wanted to talk to me and I was totally not in the mood to talk to anyone that day. I agreed to meet them anyway and Sam walked in to the room! I can't remember the conversation but can remember my feelings - it was very overwhelming! At the time, I was in the middle of a messy break up, so when he asked me out 3 times over the next 6 months I kept saying no! Although secretly I was totally smitten and couldn't wait to see him at work each week. 

In the September, we were working really closely together as he'd just got the same job as me, and I was giving him a 2 week induction. On the drive back from a late meeting one night he said "I'm hungry, are you?" and I said yes, so he swung into a GBK for dinner. That week we had our first official date at a Mexican restaurant called Coriander in Bournemouth (he later found out I hate the herb Coriander!). 

We now live together in Portsmouth, and as I keep banging on about, we're buying a house together in Bournemouth. We have our little dog Teddy and our old lady cat Button and have so much fun together. 

The engagement - 
On New Year's Eve we were doing our usual weekend routine, Sam was in the bath and I was sat in the bathroom chatting to him - he gets no peace. We were talking about what we wanted to do in 2018 and I thought I'd cheekily say I'd like to get engaged! We'd had a 6 month ban on me talking about weddings/engagements and I'd done a great job so thought I'd take my chance. To my shock, Sam said ok! He told me to choose my ring and let him know! 

I spent the next month doing lots of ring research, which I'll come back to in another blog post. I then sent him the link and tried to patiently wait! A few weeks later when we were staying at his Mum's, I woke up from a lie in and wondered downstairs. She grabbed me and shouted "congratulations!!!" and in my sleepy state I said "thanks... what for?". She said Sam had told her he was going to propose! A couple of months later and he did it...

This story follows on from my last blog post about a date night outfit, turns out that was my engagement night! We went out for dinner at Koh Thai in Southsea and I had those drinks. We then went to a pub on the way home for a pink wine! We walked to and from the restaurant so when we got back I was soaking wet from the rain. We put on our PJs and agreed to have a little nightcap before bed. I went downstairs and poured out two proseccos from the open bottle and walked back into the lounge. Sam came downstairs, got on one knee and said "Loz, will you marry me?". I squealed, grabbed the ring and jumped at him for a legs round the waist monkey hug. I don't think I even said yes! 

This was my tipsy, over-excited face straight after! 

On the Saturday we were seeing my parents, brother and his girlfriend and my Aunty and Uncle so I saved the news for 24 hours before telling anyone. It was really lovely to have that time together with our special news. We did all the normal Saturday things but as an engaged couple, the dog walk, going to McDonalds, cleaning the house! Going out for the dog was a good opportunity to take a lovely photo of the ring - it's so sparkly and distracting! I'll share more on the ring and specs in another post. It's away at the moment being resized - it fit but was half a size too small! 

On Sunday we told our friends and did the usual Facebook announcement. I hadn't realised but it was April Fools Day so I did have a few texts asking if it was true! Everyone has been so lovely and happy for us, it's been really exciting. Mum and Dad got us beautiful flowers and a balloon. 

We've also had lots of cards from family and friends, some gorgeous spring flowers and an amazing cushion to commemorate the date (Thanks B!)

So now begins the exciting and daunting opportunity to plan a wedding! Sam and I have been talking about what's important to us, such as a big party, casual and easy-going, bright colours, Spring time and lots of photos of everyone enjoying themselves (as my friends all know I'm a huge fan of photography and I'm always the annoying one with the camera at parties. It'll feel strange to leave that up to someone else!) We'd also like to be near the sea/beach as we've both grown up on the beach in Dorset over our summer holidays. We're really lucky we have lots of friends who recently got married so we have lots of inspiration and advice at hand if we want it. We also have supportive families to offer advice. We're spending the next couple of weeks exploring potential wedding venues and once we've found one or two we like, we'll probably take parents to have a look and get their input. 

If there are any Dorset brides, or anyone planning weddings, please let me know your top tips, great resources and recommendations

31 Mar 2018

Outfit post: date night

Happy Easter Weekend! Last night Sam and I went out for a date night - we've not been on a proper date in ages due to trying to save for our house move soon, but he treated me. We went out to Koh Thai in Southsea and I got to wear my new dress! 

This dress is the GANT Misty Dot shirt dress and was kindly sent to me to review. I originally chose it as a work dress but thought it was too cute to save for work! The buttons don't go all the way to the bottom so there's room for a little leg! I love with shirt dresses that you can tie and button them in a range of ways to get different looks - from sensible work to going out for cocktails! Apparently GANT created the "locker loops" on the back which you can hang up when you're at the gym. 

I teamed the dress with these heels from the sale at Marks & Spencer which I got for £10! They said they're a size 6 but they're huge and fit my enormous feet! I even wore false eyelashes! I love these from Eyelure lashes called #shoesaremymuse. I've been wearing them again and again - any tips for keeping falsies looking good? (Taking them off in the bathroom while drunk and leaving them there probably isn't one of the best ways to care for them). I also wore my favourite last-forever lippie - Maybelline 24 hour lipstick in Blazing Red

Koh Thai was yummy - we had a selection of Tapas sized things and I had buy one get one free on pina coladas, which I can't believe I've just discovered! I'd really recommend the red curry if you go. Delicious!

What's your go-to date night outfit?


13 Mar 2018

Interiors: My grey & yellow bedroom

Where's your safe place? Mine is my bedroom, with the sun streaming in my window onto my feet, snuggling with my dog. I love my room - grey and white with a pop of colour. Sometimes blush, sometimes mustard yellow. When I'm stressed at work, or sat on the bus, I sometimes close my eyes and imagine I'm there.

I've painted my room Farrow and Ball Pavillion Grey, except I asked the man at Johnstones Paints to mix me the same colour and I love it! My bed is super old and squeaky - I got it from Argos about 7 years ago and I definitely need a new one. On the walls are moon and Earth prints which I got from Etsy and had printed on canvas. (I'm the moon!)

My lovely bedding was very kindly sent to me by JD Williams. It's the beautiful beautiful beautiful Canterbury reversible bedding set which was only £30 for king size. I teamed it up with the matching quilted throw which is grey with polkadots underneath (£50). I used grey sheets (£15) and pillowcases  (£5) underneath. It's so soft and warm!

The bedside tables are cheapies, also from Argos, which I painted eggshell white. The bedside lamps are my favourite ever. They're from Ikea and have a lovely little pully switch. On my side of the table is the Aldi sunrise alarm clock which has changed my wakeup 

I think Teddy dog approves of his new napping place!

18 Feb 2018

Taking my new trainers out - an update on life

Hi team!

I've been wearing these new all-black Nike trainers constantly for the last week. Life's been on the go, so I was so grateful to Footway for sending me a discount code so I could buy these sneaks to sneak around in

We've had a pretty manic time recently. The update is in the last week, we gave up on waiting for the house we were buying in Bournemouth. The guy showed no interest in moving out so we withdrew our offer. Thankfully another house (which I prefer) came on the market and we got our offer accepted. Hopefully we're still full steam ahead to move by the summer. I can't wait to have time for running, joining a new netball team, going out!

I've been commuting 4 hours a day still, but surviving better. I've discovered podcasts and am binging My Dad Wrote a Porno series 1 which is hilarious. Thankfully I get to stretch my legs - I'm on my feet a lot with my new job as I'm working on inpatient wards, so the trainers are perfect - smart enough for work but comfy for running up and down hallways and dashing in the rain back to my office. They're the Nike Air Max Thea Premium in black and cost £105. I'm actually really impressed with Footway - they stock everything and at really good prices! My main complaint is there is too much choice for lazy browsers like me and are more for shoppers who know what they want. 

My Misfit Ray broke at the beginning of the month, but thanks to their warrenty I was sent a new one really quickly and it's an upgrade with a grey leather strap. Perfect for tracking those steps and how much (little) sleep I'm getting!

This week I've also been at my lovely friend Emma's hen do! 5 weeks till the wedding and I have the huge honour of doing her hair and makeup. We had a trial run a couple of weekends ago and I had a really fun time playing around with my favourite hobby - beauty! It does help that her face is such a flawless canvas to begin with though. We went to New Manor Spa in the New Forest and I enjoyed my first hot stone massage. I really needed it and felt so relaxed after, and I think I fell asleep several times during the massage. Then we went out for dinner and I provided the mandatory willy cake! I won't post it, just in case you're reading this at work!

This week, Sam and I are off together so we've got plans to go for breakfast, go to the New Forest for a dog walk and have a mid-week night out together! I'm really excited for it, plus lots of knitting and resting. I love a stay-cation. 
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