Best Things To Do Before Your Exam.

Best Things To Do Before Your Exam.

Exam season is officially in progress *crying face* and to help you deal with all those papers and mental pressure, i have started my own little exam/revision series over on my YouTube channel; lifeof.lauren, (you can check out the first installment here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td3c2NqI8nI ), and now i’m bringing you a second video to help you get set for the tests ahead.

If you’re wondering how you should spend the nights and mornings before your exams in order to keep yourself stress-free and happy (if it’s even possible to be happy during the dreaded exam season), then i have a few ideas on things you can do to get yourself prepared for a successful exam period in my video below…

 

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Lauren x

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The Comeback Kids.

The Comeback Kids.

Embroidered denim has been around for as long as i can remember, and quite frankly if you didn’t own a pair of jeans with some kind of flowered embroidery up the leg then you missed out big time (jk they were really so so awful). And although embroidered and applique denim has been just under the surface of the world of fashion trends for a year or so now, it’s only recently that it’s been uncovered once again, and making a comeback that’s definitely going to spice up your wardrobe.

From a rainbow butt to ice cream cones to super cute sayings, the jeans of 2016 have got the wow-factor and are bound to turn heads. The addition of applique, embroidery and hand-sewn messages to your favourite style of jeans or much-loved denim jacket, brings a whole new vibe of creativeness and personality to your staple items, and transforms them from plain to damn right lust-worthy.

Long gone are the days of 2D image transfers, and the patching up of clothes using your swimming badges (i mean who wouldn’t want Frosty the tiger on their kneecap), and instead here are the days of 3D applique, a whole lotta’ sequins and cute googly eyed characters covering your denim.

Lauren x

 

 

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Sexist High Heel Row.

Sexist High Heel Row.

Did you know it was legal for some companies to force women to wear high heels to work, and if they refuse to do so they can be sacked instantly without pay? For many women at work, high heels are a requirement not a choice, and choosing not to wear them can result in many females losing out on jobs and being publicly humiliated.

You would expect that today’s society has surpassed sexism and all the stereotypical stigma around women and the female gender. But that’s far from the truth with the ongoing issue of gender inequality a long way from resolved, and the unfair gender pay gap consistently being a problem left up in the air. Despite many of us challenging the gender stereotypes still around today, it seems the rest have all taken a step backwards when it comes to women in the workplace.

Nicola Thorp, a 27 year old woman who began working for a City firm in London, took her story of sexism and inequality to the media yesterday after she was sent home for refusing to wear high heels for her job as a receptionist, and laughed at when asking why she should wear heels when her male colleagues aren’t. And it seems this has been a difficulty for many others too.

For example in 2008 Freshfields took a hammering for reportedly advising its staff to “embrace” their femininity by wearing heels. And one veteran lawyer told Legal Cheek not long back about the time a corporate partner made clear he “was definitely not impressed” by her choice of footwear, a pair of comfy flats (come on what’s wrong with a pair of good old flats?)

But that was then and this is now some may say. However that is not the case, and little has changed. Unfortunately to-date there has always been a stereotypical and sexist representation of receptionists and secretaries. Both have always been seen as careers for females and not males, they have to dress and behave in a sexy/sexualised manner, and they have to wear high heels and a short skirt to conform to the dress code, to name just a few of the out-dated views society has. And all for the pleasure of men. Seems to me like the media are still playing the whole women are the weaker sex card and people are still falling for it and giving in to conforming to it.

High heels do not make up the image of a receptionist nor’ do short skirts. I believe everyone should have freedom to wear what they want and do whatever they wish to keep themselves comfortable, so in this case- wearing flats.

Sexism and inequality are both vulgar areas of society and every day life that need to disappear once and for all, and i think if everyone begins to challenge sexist stereotypes and fight for what they believe in, like Nicola, then we may finally hear the last about The High Heel Row and other sexist issues.

What do you think?

Lauren x

 

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Super Easy Revision Tips

Super Easy Revision Tips

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With exam season fully underway I thought that being an exam veteran myself, there was not a better time to let you in on a few of my own tips for exams and revision. We’re talking about dealing with revision and the best techniques for successful study sessions, how to get organised with equipment and notes, and handy websites and apps to support your revision.

Want answers to all three of them? Check out my video below to follow 5 tips to get you exam ready!

Good luck with all your exams ❤

Lauren x

Reasons Why Being Veggie Is The Best Ever.

Reasons Why Being Veggie Is The Best Ever.

Having been vegetarian for 8 years now, i have seen a huge difference in my health, attitude to life and the choices i make. To show you what all you meat-eaters are missing, and remind you veggies what a FAB decision you made, i’m going to count down a few reasons why i just LOVE being a veggie!

  1. It’s Super Healthy– you don’t risk the consumption of processed meat, saturated fats and excess protein. Instead you find healthier and far more beneficial alternatives like Quorn, fruit and vegetables, tofu and plant produce like lentils.
  2. You Help The Environment– the meat industry uses a hellish amount of non-renewable resources like oil and contributes to the ongoing crisis of global warming. See when you’re vegetarian you don’t have to feel that guilt!
  3. For The Love Of Animals– this is a personal one as i actually went vegetarian after watching a few of the ‘inside’ videos of how animals bread purely for their meat are treat and how meat is produced. Many people don’t actually understand what they’re eating, how it’s made and how disgustingly the animal is treat. But i’ll save this one for another day.
  4. It’s Cheaper– when you’re vegetarian you tend to purchase a lot more fresh produce like fruit and veg which when compared to buying a fridge full of meat each week, works out amazingly cheaper. You could even save money by just going meat-free for two days of the week.
  5. A Longer Lifespan– yes, us vegetarians have been shown to live around 12 percent longer than meat-eaters. So lots more time to enjoy pasta and bean curd.
  6. Better Places To Eat-with limited food choices at your usual fast food restaurants, vegetarians are near enough forced to take time to explore many different restaurants. And that isn’t a bad thing. It allows you to try and taste many different dishes from a variety of different restaurants.
  7. More Room In The Freezer For Ben and Jerry’s– you heard me right, when you’re vegetarian you don’t have to freeze any meat, meaning your freezer is free for tubs of Phish Food and Two Ball Screw Ball’s (do they even exist any more?)
  8. Less Food Adverts Make You Hungry– tv nowadays is jammed packed with your usual burger ads from McDonalds and KFC, there is very little if none ads aimed at us veggies meaning you aren’t persuaded to dial the number of your local takeaway company or take a drive down to the nearest maccy d’s.

Being vegetarian isn’t a missed chicken dinner or a form of suffering- it’s something to envy and something to celebrate!

Lauren x

 

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One Brand Video.

One Brand Video.

From long lasting eye kohl pencils to matte liquid lipsticks in shades to die for, MAC truly has it all, and that’s no understatement.

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It wasn’t until i gave my makeup bag a good old spring clean that i realised just how many products i had from this brand. The iconic minimalist monochrome packaging dominated all the products i reach for day in and day out, the products i’d quickly name if ever asked which beauty item would be my cosmetic equivalent of a desert island disk.

MAC is without a doubt the beauty label that never stops giving, they’re on top of the game with all the latest products; their liquid lipsticks selling out repeatedly since their release earlier this year, and their celebrity collaborations getting better each time (Charlotte Olympia’s being my favourite so far).

You’re never let down by quality, pigment and the wide variety of items out there for every skin shade, type and problem. It’s no wonder i’m using five of their items daily.

In celebration of my most-loved brand, i have, with much difficulty, reduced the list of my all time favourite MAC products down to just ten within one of my latest YouTube videos which you can check out here.

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Sorbet For The Skin.

Sorbet For The Skin.

Yes, you heard me correctly, sorbet..for..the..skin (yummy!), however unfortunately this one is far from edible.

My latest hunt for a moisturiser took me into the very au naturale world of The Body Shop, a shop with a super fresh outlook on products for the face and body and one with a nose for the best smelling ingredients out there.

I’ve always been a fan of this brand, and since my Grandma smothered me head to toe in their Shear Butter on quite a few occasions when i was little it was hard not to love the wonders of each and every product i got handed down to me. As well as the fact that they have such fabulous morals, the ‘not testing on animals‘ being my favourite, and regularly produce products to raise money for charities.

After doing some prior research it was clear to me that the Vitamin E range was going to be best suited to my annoyingly dryer skin and of course the whole collection is pink so what’s not to love!?

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I decided to opt for the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet Moisturiser for a more lightweight Spring/Summer alternative to my heavier Clarins products, and because for the first time in my life i decided not to splurge on the whole range just in case my skin reacted badly.

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Good news- it didn’t. In fact my skin has cleared up dramatically, in terms of blemishes and dry patches. The product is cooling which means it soothes dry skin and is such a lovely silky consistency. This is an all round winner for me, especially with a price of just £13 and a formula that leaves my skin hydrated all day. I can’t say enough good words about it.

If you have dry sensitive skin then i’d definitely treat your skin to this- you can find it here.

Lauren x

 

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