Monday, 25 November 2013

she's like cold coffee in the morning

Good morning everyone, did you manage to get out of bed? Now that the weather is getting colder it seems even more difficult to drag yourself from your duvet when your alarm begins to scream at you. I've learnt to love the freezing mornings recently and I'm finding more joy out of dark 6 am's.
First of all, what's better than sitting in your pyjamas with a mug of coffee, so hot that it's burning your hand, while you're only half awake? I find it so relaxing to just spend two minutes on a morning reflecting on the past week and wondering what will happen in the week ahead. That's another thing I love. The fact that anything could happen in the next seven days and you have no control over it. Days when I feel like going back to sleep and pretending I'm too ill to go to school, I always remind myself that today could be the day when everything starts to get better. I could win a prize or get a compliment on my hair. Alternatively, I could fall over on the way home or have an argument with my mum. It's like a lottery where instead of winning money, the prize is a day of happiness. And if you don't win then its fine because one day you will, and just the thought of that is enough to keep me going through all the bad days.
Life is so good.

Sunday, 24 November 2013


If you haven't already guessed from the huge picture and the title of this post, I'm part of the #bigblogmasproject! The idea is that you post every day from December 1st to December 24th. There are loads of bloggers taking part and I'm very excited to be one of them. If you want to keep up with the posts, check twitter as everyone will be tweeting their posts with the hashtag '#bigblogmasproject'. I have listed the twitter links to all the bloggers who will be participating if you're interested. And if you want to read Nicole's original post about it, you can click here. Good luck to everybody taking part, it will be a lot of work but I'm looking forward to it!

A full list of all participating bloggers twitter handles and links;
Coleoftheball / Kammitted / Pp_puff / Missbeccabeauty / Hanclarky / Ambipage / Jessbarnes Cometomybdr / Bw_sheep / Ohkalukalay / Missmills_ / Lovelyjubbly8 / Nikmakeupjunkie / Tansandtiarasx / Vintageteapot / Amelia_florence / Likeslippy / Twiceuponablonde / SGBlogxx / Thebeauty_baker / Berrycrumblexxx / April_todd / BethanywellsMUA / Sassydoveblog / _Sammyjane_x / Bexclaree_ / Kellovesclothes / Hannahlouisa__ / CourtneeeyJ / 2sisters1blog / Unexpected_roar / Char_beyy / Naomi_joy_ /Neyavbeautytalk / Victoiraearls / Anothergirlyblg / Beautyblogger20 / Cerysannex / Missksmudger / Sarah_lumsden / Byalextweets / Sarahivell8 / Jessicakbrown / Shadowlinergirl / Allmadeup21 / Hintofsparkle / Jessiekinsxo / Srslylou / Tayscollectionn / Lianne84 / Cutelil_b_blog / Chloe_bellamy / Kendalsblog / CMWB / Lucy_a_bigail / Sophieeroseex / Jesslynjuly / Misslaurameow / Adaynasaur / Hitnmiff / Knitteddaisy / Sweetsparklyser / 4evafashion92 / Mallowbeauty /Beautysupergirl / Aqeela_mua / Jordanmarie89 / Polkadotteapot2 / Fashforeverblog / Kelseyshepherd_ / Hmkeyes / Dixxgina / Uggynog / imogenrose20 / Joni_blog / Laural0uisee / Frostedplanet / Rowbowk / Maclovergirl96 / Danniannie / Juststephblog / _bethhenderson

Saturday, 16 November 2013

DIY room decor 'stars in a jar'

One of my obsessions recently has been tidying and clearing out my room, it's like I'm spring cleaning in winter. The other day I was in one of my organizing moods when I came across some fairy lights I had bought a while ago in Primark. I didn't really know how to use them in my room but since Christmas is coming up I didn't really want to throw them out or give them away. Just as I was thinking of what to do with them, I saw that Katie (from Katies world of beauty) had written a post about DIY Room Decor, where she showed how to use an old Yankee Candle jar to decorate your room (it's so cute, I recommend reading!). I then had a light bulb moment and realised I could change her idea slightly to use my fairylights!
The jar I used was one I already had in my house (no idea where from, I found loads of them in the garage but you can probably buy them from home bargains or something).
If you try this for yourself, make sure the lights you use are quite short and powered by batteries and not a plug!
I think this is such a cute idea for your room, especially since Christmas is coming up and anything that lights up can be considered Christmassy. Its also really handy for me as I don't have a lamp in my room, and this looks a lot different to a standard lamp or light. I've never done anything like this before so I hope it was useful to somebody!
Thanks for reading!
Love, Laura

The Body Shop chamomile cleansing oil review

I originally wanted to name this blog post 'The Body Shop cleansing oil review (aka the best thing you can buy for £10) but it seemed like it was a bit too long. However, if I had used that as the title it would have been 100% true, because this is one product I feel like I can say is money well spent. When it comes to skincare/beauty products, I am very good at wasting money on things that I don't actually need and will most likely be lost in my collection within a few days. However, this doesn't stop me from still buying more and more things and one of those is the new Body Shop cleansing oil.
I had been quite interested to try a cleansing oil for a while, but the thought of rubbing oil all over my face seemed to put me off, as I was sure it would break me out.
I kind of purchased this on a whim (how adventurous am I?) telling myself that whether it worked out or not, it would make a good blog post (ha, does anyone else do this?).

The idea is that you pump a small amount on your hand (another good thing about this product: it has a pump!) and apply to dry skin. Then you basically massage it into your face to break down and remove make up. The subtle chamomile scent makes this process even more relaxing which is great after a long day. I also love that it removes heavy duty make up like high coverage foundations and waterproof mascaras.
If I'm wearing a lot of make up, I'll add a splash of water to emulsify the product and break down the make up a little more, but usually I'm okay with just using a damp muslin cloth or flannel. Removing the product this way helps to exfoliate slightly and remove dead skin which is essential if you have dry skin like me.
Sometimes this is all I need to remove make up and cleanse my skin, so it's a great all in one product.
This would be great for anybody who doesn't want to fuss with skincare, as it's so simple yet so affective and for the quality I would class this as pretty affordable.
I have extremely sensitive skin and I haven't (yet, touch wood) had a reaction to this! My biggest doubt about it was that the oil would cause me to break out, but my skin's improved alot since using this product, so if that's your fear I suggest you get over it and give it a try. I promise you won't regret it.
Have you ever tried a cleansing oil? Let me know which ones are good as I'm interested to try more!
Love, Laura

Sunday, 10 November 2013

things are looking up, oh finally

After weeks of wallowing in self pity, I finally got myself out of the house last night to go to a Bonfire. It's not usually my 'scene' because I'm not a big fan of loud noises, or fire for that matter. However, I decided that for one night I would go out and have fun with my friends, rather than sitting in my room and making excuses when anyone tries to make plans with me. I kept telling myself that I was happier being alone and I turned into this lonely person who thought that things couldn't possibly get better, so why bother trying? It's so strange how one night can make you completely change your mind about everything. I now feel genuinely happy and as if everything is going to be okay again. I know that I'm going to have endless moments in my life where I feel like giving up, but now I know that I never will because it gets better. If you're currently going through a hard time, I promise you everything will turn out okay in the end, you just need to keep going and keep your head up. All the moments where you doubt yourself and feel unhappy will make you into an even better, stronger person. You just need to make the choice to use them to make you better, and not excuses to feel sorry for yourself. Now I've let myself be a teenager for just a night and let go, I feel like I can do it more. Instead of using my teenage years in my room watching TV and avoiding any human interaction, I'm going to use them to make memories that I'll treasure for the rest of my life. I hate to promote the whole 'yolo' thing, but you are only young once, and one day you're going to have to grow up and be mature so why waste your time doing that now? If you're reading this and you're currently in the same situation as I was, just let go. The next time someone asks you if you want to go out, say yes and start making memories.
I abandon my blog for a while because I kept telling myself 'what's the point?' but I promise now I'm going to really start trying. Sorry if this was overly cheesy, and if you're sick of all the life posts recently, some beauty related things are coming in the next week!
Thankyou for reading!
Love, Laura

ps: it gets better