Making big life decisions… 

If there’s one thing I’m bad at it’s making a decision. Where to go for dinner. What to wear out. What lipstick to choose. Obviously not the most vital of life choices. 

But now I’m at that big age in life where shit is getting very real. A week on Tuesday I finish my 4 years at uni. I have to move back home and become an adult. Complete with job and a whole new grown up life outlook… hopefully!

So now instead of having my path already carved out for me I have to decide what I want to do with my life. Where do I want to live? What do I want to do? Do I want to stay with my boyfriend?

It’s literally terrifying me. Because what if I make the wrong decision and mess everything up? 

But I think that some decisions you already know the answer. It’s just admitting it to yourself that’s the issue.

Lauren x

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Homemade Protein Balls!

I attempted making my own protein balls the other day and they turned out pretty good! So I thought I’d share how I made them. These are the ingredients I used but add or swap whatever you fancy:

  • Dates
  • Whey protein (banana)
  • Cacao powder
  • Mixed chopped nuts 
  • Chia seeds
  • Peanut butter 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Honey
  • Chopped almonds 
  • Oats
  • Water

The essential ingredients are dates, soaked and chopped in a food processor or blender. And also nuts to give texture. And obviously protein powder.

The peanut butter made it for me, as did the cacao. 

After blitzing the dates and nuts together, add water until it’s mix-able. Then add your other ingredients and stir. I decided last minute to add oats to soak up some excess moisture and I’m so glad I did as it made them much more filling and substantial. Then I rolled them in chopped almonds to finish, and pop in the fridge.

I’m going to slowly invest in more health ingredients to add in such as macca powder, but just use what you have!

Let me know any other tips or ingredients to try!

Lauren x

Anxiety: Am I a drama queen or am I going mad?

Hey guys…

It’s been soooooo long since I posted that I half thought I was going to give up. My summer was so filled with super holidays and craziness that I didn’t have time to even think about blogging.

But here I am, back at uni, final year and freaking the hell out. And as I lay in bed last night in physical pain wondering who would possibly understand what this felt like, I thought why not write about my anxiety on my blog. Maybe one of you might read it. Hell maybe you even might relate. Who knows.

So yeah. I have anxiety. I’m not properly diagnosed or anything but i’ve been struggling for the past couple of years and toying with the idea of doing something about it.

I am a full on worrier. I worry about things most normal people wouldn’t think twice about. And i let it build up until it seems huge, and I can’t see a way out.

The main thing for me is the physical pain that anxiety causes, that most people don’t understand. When i’m panicky it hurts to breathe and move. My body tingles and my chest throbs, and I can hear my heart beat so loud and fast. And then I panic more obviously.

Half of me thinks I am going crazy. Full on  nutter. The other half thinks I am a drama queen and need to chill the hell out.

Isn’t that everyone’s views on  mental health though? No one seems to accept it as a part of life, something to deal with head on rather than shy away from?

Everyone has something that they freak out about. Mine just happens to be everything, haha!

But sometimes I wish I knew there was someone else out there, having the same chest pains and the same sleepless nights.

All I can do now is deal with it as best as I can. And light as many scented candles as humanly possible. And do as many yoga classes as my body can take.

Let me know if any of this is remotely relatable to you, or if you have any advice you can share.

Lauren xx

Natural Skincare: Witch Hazel 


Hi Guys!

I recently discovered this and wanted to share it with you. If you saw one of my recent posts about how I made my own room spray, you’ll see that one of the ingredients is witch hazel. I got it because it acts as a kind of disinfectant as its antibacterial. But when I bought it and checked out the label I actually realised that is a natural astringent, which basically means toner.

The label says “gently tones and cleanses the skin removing excess impurities and makeup”.

I thought I might as well give it a try. I usually research all my skincare so much before I purchase, and scrutinise every little detail. I didn’t expect much from this as it didn’t list the millions of benefits that garnier and Nivea usually boast.

But let me tell you, this has completely changed me. I put a tiny amount on a cotton wool pad and swept it across my face. It didn’t feel sticky like most toners, nor did it leave my skin feeling dry and lacking moisture. Literally my skin felt baby soft in the morning, and it actually helped heal some of my spots and blemishes. 

I’ve also heard that it can help bring out bruises, so it just helps benefit and heal the skin in lots of ways. 

Plus it’s literally so cheap and you can get it anywhere, you probably even have some already in your cupboard at home.

So instead of wasting my money and time on these miracle toners, I’m gunna be reaching for this! One natural ingredient sounds better to me than all these strange chemicals.

I hope this makes you curious enough to try it! Let me know what you think!

Like and comment! 

Lauren xx

10 reasons why it’s fab to live alone!


Hey guys! Hope you’ve had a lovely bank holiday weekend! I went back home this weekend which I love because it means I can see my family and actually spend time with other human beings which I do rarely now I’m on my placement living on my tod. 

Not gunna lie most of the time I struggle being on my own. Mostly because my anxiety flares up and I start going crazy talking to myself. But there are some perks which you start to miss when you go back to living at home. 

1. You can spend all night having a huge Netflix binge and with no judgement.

2. You can eat what ever you like…. Ice cream for dinner anyone?

3. Your rooms can be as messy as you want…you know your phone charger is under three layers of clothes.

4. You can spent 80% of the day in pajamas.

5. “Omg I’m so busy tonight” means emerdale and kardashians is on

6. You can sit doing you makeup with nothing on and be fine with it 

7. You can leave your washing up for when you can actually be bothered… Meaning your not gunna do it after a manicure.

8. You can have a mini rave to Craig David, complete with hair brush and dancing in your pants.

9. You can do a few sit ups and “yoga breathing” and call that your workout for the week.

10. You can go that extra day without washing your hair because there’s nobody there to smell it.

I hope these make you feel better if you live on your own. And if you don’t… Look what your missing out on!

Like and comment!

Lauren xx

Spring everyday makeup look! 

  
Hi guys!

So I thought I’d share with you a quick and easy makeup look I’ve been loving lately.

  
I started by moisturising and priming my skin with Rimmel Fix and Protect Primer.

I did my base with my beloved Revlon Colourstay Foundation applying with a real techniques buffing brush. For concealer I used L’oreal True Match Crayon and blended  with my fingers to work it in to the skin. I set my base with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

Next I quickly did my brows with my well loved beauty uk brow kit with a small angled brush. At this point I would usually add my rimmel clear brow gel to keep any stray hairs in place.

Next I started with the Khroma Beauty Kim’s kardazzle complete face set. This is from the Kardashion makeup range. I actually picked it up in TKMaxx which usually stocks a lot of their products. I haven’t really used it much since I got it, although now it will be definitely going in my makeup bag. The set contains everything you need, so I started with the bronzer for a subtle contour. I then applied the blush lightly on the apples of my cheeks. Then the highlighter I added to my cheekbones, brow bones and top lip. 

I then took my Makeup Revolution eyeshadow in mocha love. This is only a pound and is always with me. It’s the perfect colour for a quick brush of colour or as a crease transition colour. I added it to my crease. I then took the silver glittery shade from the Khroma pallete and popped it on to my lid. It blends well with the other eyeshadow and is very pigmented. 

I then did a quick little flick with my collection extreme felt tip eyeliner and using a flat brush added a dark black eyeshadow on my bottom lash line. Then it was onto Maybelline Lash sensational mascara.

I then pushed a bit of Rimmel Kate Moss 101 on my lips with my finger and popped on Smashbox lipgloss in coraline.

  

Let me know what you think of this look, any other products I could try?

Also, I’m still relatively new to the blogging world, and posting is still kind of scary to me as I never know if people will enjoy it. Let me know what you think so far, and anything you’d like to see! Also, drop the link to your blog below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

Lauren x