I was supposed to write this post at the weekend but totally forgot so this is my week in photos from last week.

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1. This is a photo of Buzz and I, my boyfriend’s dog who you’ve probably seen before. My phone’s camera roll must be 95% filled of photos of him and Casper, my boyfriends other dog. They’re like my best buddies, I reckon most people think they’re actually my dogs, haha. I wish!

2. I joined the gym last Monday and I am so happy I did. I had another gym membership until about 2 months ago but I wasn’t going because I didn’t have the motivation. The gym I now go to has just opened and is open 24 hours so I’ve been going every day for an hour and I am loving it so much, I enjoy going early in the morning – that way I know I’ve done it and I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. I can truthfully say I’ve never had legs this sore, haha.

3. My sister and I somehow managed to grab ourselves tickets for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s tour in Paris. The show is four days after my birthday so it’s going to be pretty good – I’ve never been to Paris before but I’m so excited to see the city and see Beyoncé live again.

4. This is a photo of my late breakfast the other morning, I had pancakes with syrup, bananas and strawberries. Deeeeeelicious!

5. Last week, my friend Victoria turned 21 and she had all her friends and family round on Saturday, this photo wasn’t planned (it was planned but we weren’t supposed to be mid-laughing, haha) and we just thought it was brilliant. The first thing she said was “That’s a profile picture right there”.  

6. This is just a cheesy selfie of myself the other day before work, I had been to the gym and you can probably imagine I just wasn’t in the mood to work. It’s so weird to see myself in photos where I’m not smiling, it just doesn’t look right.

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I hope everyone has a lovely week.
Lauren, xx

Cleansers and moisturisers are the kind of products I like to play about with a lot, when it comes to make-up like foundation – I normally just stick to my trusty NARS Sheer Glow but I feel like I’ll know straight away with a cleanser or moisturiser if I love or hate it so I’m always keen on exploring. These products were sent to me by The Hut Group, they run many websites such as Look Fantastic and Beauty Expert. I happily said yes to them sending me some products to try out and I’m so glad I did! This cleanser and moisturiser duo is literally my new favourite thing. I get excited to cleanse my face at night. Weird, right?

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I took this photo after removing my make-up and applying the Sukin cleanser. Please ignore my awful eyebrows, haha.

Sukin Facial Cleanser: £8.12 (125ml)
Sukin Facial Moisturiser: £8.12 (125ml) You can buy these products online right now, I definitely recommend it. Sukin isn’t a brand I had ever heard of until I was sent these products but I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon and buying more from them because my skin feels amazing.

My thoughts on Sukin Facial Cleanser:
Until this day, I’ve never had a cleanser which I use religiously. I’ve tried so many from Clean n’ Clear to Simple – in the past I’ve noticed my skin to be very sensitive to such products and my skin becomes very irritated. 98% of the time, when I cleanse my skin becomes very tight and itchy afterwards and the next morning – my skin will be dry and look very dull. To use the Sukin cleanser, I damp my hands with cold water and I only pump once onto my hand and then I rub it into my skin in circular motions. The formula isn’t sticky, I hate sticky cleansers so much. The smell isn’t too over-whelming, infact it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Boy oh boy, this is 10000% my new favourite product. I am so glad I’ve been introduced to this brand, where have I been hiding?! When I use the cleanser, the product is released from the bottle in a clear gel and once you apply it to your skin, it turns white – I feel like this genius gets all the built up dirt from underneath my skin easily, without irritating me. You don’t have to worry about it going in your eyes – it ain’t painful, trust me. The other amazing aspect about this cleanser is the price, £8.12 for a bottle which will most likely last you around 2 months is pretty damn good. The product lathers up very nicely on the skin and you don’t get any wasted product, after use my skin always feels so fresh and clean.

My thoughts on the Sukin Moisturiser:
My moisturiser changes like the weather, I’ve never had a constant favourite. I have recently been using a moisturiser from Simple but after using it, my skin feels very sticky and itchy so I’m glad to have been gifted this Sukin moisturiser. The packaging is devine, I think they look very natural and luxurious. I personally think it looks pretty good sitting on my table, haha. Sukin use all natural products and since I have very sensitive skin – this moisturiser is perfect. The product smells wonderful and thankfully it isn’t too oily or greasy and I don’t feel sticky after using, it absorbs easily and it smells amazing. A little bit really does go a long way, you don’t need much product and if I ever have too much on my hand, I’ll just happily apply it to my neck and collarbones. Again, the price for a moisturiser which really does itself justice is amazing, if you don’t normally spend £8 on a facial moisturiser – buy this and see what you think. I apply the moisturiser after I’ve cleansed, I use one pump again and massage it into my skin. I definitely would recommend buying both products because they work amazing as a team. The good thing about Sukin products is they’re unisex, everyone really can get good use out of these.

If you’ve tried any of Sukin’s products before, let me know which ones and your thoughts! I am very pleased with these products, thank you to The Hut Group for sending me them, it’s very much appreciated.

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I’m pretty sure everyone and their mum knows about this concealer because it’s hyped about so much but I thought it needed some loving on my blog. I’ve been using this concealer for around four/five months and I absolutely adore it. I previously was using NARS Creamy Concealer but then after trying Collection’s version – it was a winner. The NARS concealer is also very good but considering it costs around £20 when this drugstore concealer costs £4.19 (amazing or what?!) You can find the concealer online or you can buy it on the high-street in Boots and Superdrug.

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“Conceals flaws, imperfections and blemishes for up to 16 hours. It is water resistant and transfer proof.”

I’ve used three different shades of this concealer simply because when I first bought it, I had no idea what shade to buy. The first shade I bought was Warm Medium (3) which was pretty much the same shade as my normal skin tone and normally what you want to do is buy a concealer one or two shades lighter (I didn’t know this when I first bought the concealer). I used the concealer regularly and then went back to buy Cool Medium (2) which I loved, I thought it was a nice shade and wasn’t too light for my skin. This week, I ran out the second lightest shade and Boots only had Fair (1) in-stock and I 100% wasn’t going on with my week without concealer so I bought it and overall, I think the lightest shade is the perfect shade for me. It’s light but doesn’t make the underneath of my eyes look white or dull at all. I like how the product brightens my under eye area but also conceals at the same time.

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Surprisingly, I really like the packaging because you can easily see which shade will suit your skin tone, the writing on the tube will rub off after daily usage which makes it look a little messy after a month or so but what can you do? The applicator is a very good size because it allows you to get into smaller areas like around your nostrils and under the eyes. It is said to last for up to 16 hours and let me tell you, I started a shift a 9AM the other day and somehow, I didn’t get home until 1AM the next day and my face still looked pretty concealed, it does a fantastic job of covering any dark circles and blemishes you may have. I don’t have to touch up my makeup during the day which is a bonus when I use this product and although the formula is pretty thick, it’s also very creamy which makes it a dream to blend into the skin. Overall, I think this product is amazing and for £4.19, you really can’t go wrong. Next time you’re in Boots or Superdrug, pick one up and see what you think.

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Around a month ago I bought a Tosphop lipstick from the Sheer range and the shade was Play With Fire, I absolutely loved it and wore it everyday for around two weeks and unfortunately, one day in work I lost it without realising and since then I’ve been waiting on it coming back into store so I could buy another one.

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You can buy the lipstick online for £8 or in-store (if it’s in-stock). I bought the orange shade because one of my colleagues wore it and it looked amazing on, I’m 100% not an orange lip wearer but this colour is perfect.

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Why I love it:
The lipstick is obviously sheer which means it isn’t too vibrant or bold, I normally put on one coat and I’m good to go. I like how moisturising it feels and I love that the finish of the lipstick looks more like a natural stain, Play with Fire is the most stunning colour for summer so if you normally wear nudes on your lip but want something a little different, I definitely recommend the Sheer Lipsticks from Topshop. The lipstick is very buildable so if you don’t fancy the almost sheer (as the name suggests) look you can add another layer to make the lipstick more opaque. On the website, Topshop call them moisturising lip balms and that’s exactly what they are. The packaging is another thing I love about the lipstick, the all black makes it look a lot more expensive than what it is but it’s also very distinctive, I think. It’s fun and this particular packaging is different from the regular Topshop lipsticks, they’re thinner and have a matte effect. I would say the only negative is the staying power the lipstick has – I can put this on before I leave for work and I will have to re-apply just before I start my shift, I guess it’s just the formula of the sheer lipstick and to be honest, it doesn’t really bother me. I like to know it’s on my lips and having to re-apply is something I’m cool with. Like I said above, this colour is definitely out of my comfort zone but I love it so much. I can assure you I’ll be buying some more colours because I love the look and consistency of this particular colour.

Let me know down below if you have tried any of the Topshop Sheer Lipsticks before!

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Lauren, xx

Apparently right now I’m loving a lot of black items which isn’t very rare so I thought I would show you guys what I’m loving and what I desperately want to buy. It’s hardly a summer appropriate blogpost but let’s face it – in Scotland right now, it certainly does not feel like summer due to the crappy weather.

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I saw this Suede Tassel backpack in work and automatically fell in love. I’m 100% not into backpacks, mainly because I don’t know what I would do with my hands and I’m totally not used to it but this one is acceptable in so many ways. The fringing detail is perfect and gives the backpack such an expensive and classic look. At £65 it is pricey for a bag but it’s Topshop and I reckon it would last years, now I just have to miraculously find £65 to buy it.

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I saw one of the many bloggers I follow on Instagram wearing these chunky boots and I was so shocked when I realised they’re only £29.99 from Missguided. I think they would look amazing with a simple dress or even an all black outfit and a neon kimono, argh I have so many outfit ideas in my head and I don’t even own them. I won’t be able to stop thinking about these until I own them, they’re so gorgeous and the price is just insane.

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I love t-shirt and oversized dressers because the fit is so flattering. A bodycon or anything tight fitting is definitely not for me. Stripes are my favourite kind of ‘pattern’ to wear because they’re so simple but they still look amazing, I have a striped navy and white tee from Topshop that I never have off. I think this dress would be cute with a pair of chunky sandals or even the boots I mentioned above, can you tell I’m outfit building right now? This dress is from Monki via ASOS for £20, bargain! I’ve never tried clothes from Monki but by the looks of things, they seem pretty good. Let me know what you think of Monki down below!

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