2017 - LaurenAmyBlogs

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Skincare Wishlist
So I am not really one or shelling out on skincare.  My current collection consists of a micellar water, some toner I got in Poundland, a Body Shop vitamin E moisturiser and an eye roll on I have probably had for twice as long as I should have. I also have face wipes that I use every night and morning, and an Avon facewash that I sometimes use in the shower. Other than this it's an occasional face mask or blackhead strip and I'm done.

I do however have an interest in skincare and a need to add more to my routine. I would love to have a collection of skincare products that I use twice daily that do wonders for my skin, but financially I just cannot do that just yet. One day I will have the skincare collection of my dreams and wonderful, even, blemish-free skin, but until then, I am going to spend my time pining over beautiful products, making lists for the future.

01- Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner £48.00
02- Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 29ml £16.00
03- YesTo Grapefruit Correcting Serum £14.95
04- Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, Mint £19.00
05- E.L.F Daily Hydration Moisturizer SPF 15 £9.00
06- Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine In-Shower Mask £4.99
07- Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Hydragel £12.50
08- Kiko Into The Dark Peel-Off Mask £8.90

09- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (100ml Pump Starter Kit) £16.00
10- Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil £16.99
11- Nip&Fab Dragon's Blood Cleansing Pads £9.95
12- Bodyshop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel £18.00
13- Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub £5.95
14- La Roche Posay Efffeclar A.I Breakout Corrector £12.00
15- Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream £22.00

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Current Favourites
I don't tend to stick to the same things for very long so you might start to see a trend of 'current favourite' posts on my blog. I hope that they inspire you to try something new or give you ideas of what or who to watch and apps to try.

01- Palmer's Cocoa Butter Spray Lotion
Everything about this is my favourite. Mostly how easy it is to put on, but it smells incredible too, and the size of the bottle means it lasts ages.

02- Flying the Nest
Recently I have been obsessed with travel in general and this couple's vlog gives me serious wanderlust. I love watching them go to Singapore, Japan, Israel, Croatia, Greece (their wedding video is goals) and many more places.

03- The Michalaks
I recently rediscovered The Michalaks channel after not watching their videos for a couple of years and I honestly do not know why I stopped watching them. They are the most beautifully shot videos and Hannah and Stef are so honest, unfiltered and true to themselves.

04- Samsung Tab A
I've had my tablet for around six months now and I love it. I got this specific one because it had screen mirroring capabilities and because I've wanted a tablet forever. I use it so much and if I didn't have it now I'd be completely lost. I do everything on it from reading blog posts to watching YouTube.

05Criminal Minds
I love everything about this show, from the references to famous serial killers to the way you get a look into each character's life outside of work. I also love just chilling with my boyfriend on a lazy day trying to guess who the killer is before they figure it out. 

06Gerald's Game
A film about a couple who travel to a remote lakehouse for a peaceful weekend to help them overcome their 'struggles' in their marriage (aka spice things up in the bedroom in privacy). The film is all about the wife's struggle to survive whilst handcuffed to the bed after her husband suffers a heart attack. 
This recently came out on Netflix and it is incredible, it is the perfect mixture of terrifying and intense and most definitely not for the light of heart. If you like thrillers over horror/ ghost films you will love Gerald's Game.

07- Libby, by Overdrive
Libby is an app created by Overdrive. Linked to your library card you can download up to 8 audio or e-books at one time, for 14 days. The app auto-returns books once the 14 days are over and the fact that it is so easy to use.

08- My Dad Wrote a Porno
This. Podcast. Is. Hillarious. I started listening to it a while back but then for some reason just stopped. I started again a few days ago and I am devastated that I now have to wait until 2018 to hear more and I am wondering where my life will be without Belinda Blumenthal.

09- Pinterest
I got back into Pinterest after reading about how beneficial it can be for bloggers, and I now have so many boards and I am always on the app on my phone. You can check out my boards here.

10- Indeed
I never thought that I would include an app/website for job searching in a favourites post but honestly, it is the best app out there for anyone who's looking for employment. The 'apply from your phone' jobs make it super easy to apply for things quickly, and they send weekly job search reports so you can see how much you're doing a week.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My Holiday in Pictures (Cartama, Spain)
Whilst I was on holiday, I made no effort to get a blog post up because I made the most of my time away with my boyfriend and his family. I was unsure of what I wanted to post when I arrived home and Tuesday rolled around, so this morning I decided that I would compile a majority picture post, of snaps I took whilst on my holiday.

Not only do I love all of the pictures that I took making it super hard to pick ones for this post, but I also wanted this to be a post sharing the improvement in my picture-taking skills, and to make the pot something I can look back on and remember my holiday.

The first thing I did on our first full day was made the most of getting a shot of the beautiful view from the roof.

I asked my boyfriend to wake me up one time whilst we were there so that I could watch the sunrise. #noregrets

I drank a million and one cups of coffee whilst I was away and now cannot stop, although I'm proud to say that around half of them were decaf, not tryna' get those caffeine headaches.

Walking up the stairs to the roof, I made the most of the chance to get yet another shot of the bright blue sky, except this time, with some stairs and walls too.

There were so many aeroplanes flying over us, that I had to take the opportunity to get a shot of one.
Also, whilst swimming/sunbathing we were trying to guess what company plane it was as they flew over. Cue me shouting 'EasyJet' from the bathroom when I heard a plane.

Whilst saving animals from the pool, my boyfriend came across this tiny praying mantis and I think I bugged it too much because it kept running (flying) from me whilst I was taking pictures of it.

One of the evenings, we went to dinner in Torremolinos, and the entire way back to the car, I trailed behind everyone else to take pictures of trees and the beach.

Whilst in search of the tobacconist, we stumbled across the most beautiful modern looking church I have ever seen.

An attempt at a cute shot of my boyfriend whilst out shopping ended up being yet another shot of him walking slightly in front of me whilst I walk slowly behind taking pictures of everything around me.

A few random pictures that I took on the way back from the town. Some rocks, a tiny bridge that my boyfriend asked if I live under, and a random puddle? of water that had some tiny frogs in it.

Yet another picture of the trees that I saw everywhere we went.

Making the most of the position of the sun through this bridge that we drove over almost every day.

The last picture I took on holiday, a tonne of olive trees I saw on the way to the airport.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

10 Things I Would Save in a Fire.
So Gabby (@velvetgh0st on YouTube) started a new TAG on YouTube a while back, and now that we're back up and running I wanted to finally join in.
This post is more about the most important things to me rather than the fact that if there really was a fire I would risk my own life to run back inside and pick up all of these things that in reality I couldn't carry all at once.

01- Memory Box.
This one might be cheating a little as I do tend to keep all of my most important things in here, but I'm allowing it. Around three years ago I started getting into the habit of saving all of the things important to me in a specific box that lives under my bed. It has things from 2007 onwards and I'd be heartbroken if I lost any of it.

02- Photo Album.
For years I've ended up with all of my pictures just in clear pencil cases, but this Christmas my sister bought me a photo album so they're all finally arranged.

03- External Hard Drive.
I bought myself an external hard drive after I had a laptop that's hard drive died pretty much once a year. So it has all of my pictures on it, important documents and some of my favourite music and films too.

04- My Favourite Mug.
I have had this mug for years, and I love a huge cup of tea and it's super cute. Also, I don't think they sell it anymore so I wouldn't be able to replace it.

05- My Laptop.
Because I am doing my Batchelor's degree with The Open University, all of my work is done online, and to not be able to do so would not only mean me more than likely falling behind but also losing all of my work I have done so far, and other important things.

06- 18th/21st Birthday Box.
So my memory box was lacking in space for all of my 18th and 21st birthday cards, so I ended up having to have a completely separate box, and as I am so sentimental, I needed to keep them!

07- Teddies.
I have 4 teddies that I would want to keep, 2 pandas, 1 Winnie the Pooh character, and 1 dog. I've had the first three for years and the black and white dog was a 18th Birthday gift from my grandmother.

08- Charm Bracelet.
My Nan gave me her charm bracelet years ago and my whole life I remember always wishing I could have it, or have one just like it. It's extremely important to me and I keep it in my Mum's jewellery box to be extra cautious with it.

09- Wooden Elephant Ornaments.
This sounds like a strange choice, but they have strong sentimental value, when my great aunt passed, both me and my great-grandmother whilst clearing her home saw some wooden elephants that we both liked, but we came to the agreement that I would get the baby elephants from the set, and my great grandmother would keep the big ones.

10- Christmas Present From my Boyfriend
A few years ago at Christmas, I told my boyfriend I wanted something sentimental, something with meaning and with the heart rather than something expensive and when I opened my gift on Christmas day I cried. It has taken pride of place in my bedroom on display ever since.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

21 Things I Learnt in 21 Years
I know that these posts are commonly done around Birthday's, but at the time around mine I was taking a break from blogging, so I thought this post would be a good come-back post as it's something I knew I wanted to do eventually.

01- Heartbreak is not the end of the world. You just need time.

02- Self-care is important, don't put it on the back burner to do something else.

03- Do not change yourself to suit other people.

04- Life is too short to stay mad about minor things.

05- Find a hobby that you love, and stick with it.

06- Don't be afraid to talk about things you are passionate about.

07- It's okay to sometimes spend a day doing nothing.

08- Take pictures of/ document important life moments.

09- Don't stress if you haven't yet found 'the one'.

10- Following #9, don't settle because you're afraid to be alone.

11- Be open about your mental health with the people around you.

12- Some friends aren't a permanent fixture in your life, and that's OK. 

13- Tell the people in your life how much you love and appreciate them, often.

14- Don't be afraid to ask for help. 

15- Don't give up when things get hard, you'll be proud that you got through it in the end.

16- Treat other people how you want to be treated, even if they do not do the same in return.

17- Do not base important decisions on other people's opinions.

18- Having real, genuine friends makes life a lot easier, and bad times more bearable. 

19- Even when it doesn't feel like it, know that you have people in your life that care about you.

20- Treat yo' self! Sometimes a blowout, nail appointment and some new makeup can make a bad week great again.

21- Visiting family can sometimes feel like a chore, but do it as much as you can,  you'll regret it in the long run if you don't.

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

My Favourite Free iPhone Apps
Recently I was bought a Samsung Galaxy A6 tablet from my Mum as a late Birthday present, and not only do I love it, but it's also meant that my phone has so much storage now!

I basically deleted all of my streaming apps and games from my phone and installed them on my tablet, this means that I've started to use my phone as more of a helpful personal assistant. Since I had around 3GB of free storage, I decided to look for some useful apps that might help me, and that I did! So I wanted to share with you some of the apps that lately I've been loving, and using a lot.

01- Cara: tracks IBS symptoms and helps you to figure out triggers.
02- Eve: a period tracker that can be used to track period symptoms.
03- Me.Time: similar to a journal but with prompts.
04- Podcasts: to listen to whilst I fall asleep.
05- Buzzfeed: taking those quizzes is such a huge waste of time, but so entertaining!
06- Pocket: To save links from all around the web into one handy place for later.
07- Jackal: Tracks the TV seasons I am watching and the episode I am currently on.
08- ToDoMovies: Tracks the films I want to see and the films that I've already seen.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Blog Update: Plans.
If this is a return visit for you, you may know that I have been away for my blog now since early December. I am not going to make an excuse for why because I don't have one, but I wanted to make a post today just to let any readers know what my plans are for the future of LaurenAmyBlogs.

I don't want to go into too much detail of what is currently going on in my life but to put it simply I am struggling, with everything, my moods, looking for a job, motivation and studies. My studies are the most important thing at the minute as I am coming towards the end of the year which means that I have two essays and an assessment to go, which are all due in around the same time.

So, getting to the point I have decided to take a break from my blog and to wait until I have finished my first year with The Open University. Once I have finished I am free from studying until October, which will leave me enough time to get back into the swing of blogging and to become better organised.

I appreciate every single person reading my posts and I hope that anyone who reads my blog will stick with me through this break. I will be staying active on social media and I will still spend my free time planning posts and getting my blog to the point where I am happy with it.

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