Tuesday, 25 November 2014

I am a walking Body Shop...

So, it is official, I am a walking Body Shop.
I discovered my love for The Body Shop at the young age and my love has continued to grow ever since.
Whether it's skincare, beauty, or just a treat, The Body Shop always has the product for you, so I thought I would share with you a few of my favourites.

In terms of skincare I am a massive fan of the Tea Tree Range. As someone who has quite problematic skin and has dealt with quite bad acne for a great deal of my teenage years, I find this great for clearing my skin, but it is still gentle enough to be used every day, and not to damage my skin. The Blemish Fade Night Lotion is a particular favourite of mine, instantly reducing redness and scarring. For hydration, I love the Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, which is superb for adding hydration, and only a tiny amount is necessary which means one pot lasts a long time, which is an added bonus. But, if I really want to hydrate my skin, I always reach for my Aloe Protective Restoring Mask , perfect for super dehydrated skin - leave on overnight for an extra boost of hydration!

Throughout my teenage years I was stuck in the inevitable cycle of makeup - induced breakouts, which meant that I couldn't go without makeup, yet my makeup just made my acne worse. However, The Body Shop's beauty range is just perfect for my skin, with it being light enough and usually mineral based so it doesn't break me out. In terms of foundation, the Extra Virgin Minerals Liquid Foundation offers high coverage, whilst still being really light and blendable on the skin. I find this works best in combination with the All-In-One Face Base which helps to mattify and set the liquid foundation. I am also a huge fan of their lip products, whether it be their Colour Crush Lipsticks, which offer fabulour colour payoff and longevity, or their Born Lippy's, which are super moisturising but still offer a colour payoff, they are great products all around.

A few other products are of course the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and the Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Make-up Remover, the Spa Wisdom Africa Honey and Beeswax Hand and Foot Butter, an absolutely luxurious butter that is incredible moisturising, the Daily Hand Cream, which is great for chucking in your handbag on the go, and of course the classic Body Gels and Butters, of which the coconut scent is possibly my favourite.

So, before I list the whole contents of The Body Shop in this post, I should sign off for now.
Let me know your favourite Body Shop products!
Love, Ren. X

Saturday, 20 September 2014

A Little Beauty Haul!

So, recently I ventured back to my home town for a week (hence my absence), and discovered that many of the stores in my local shopping centre were having sales, which of course meant that I had to go shopping. Although I don't think I went too crazy, here are a few of my favourite purchases;

These balms are absolutely divine. They are super nourishing, with a gorgeous creamy texture that make you feel like you're slathering your lips in heaven. However they also have an excellent colour payoff. Be careful though, definitely take this with you if you are going out for a day, reapplying necessary!

I adore the colour of this nail polish. A light minty green with a hint of cream, it's a perfect go-to shade. So far I've had it on for 2 days with no chips, making it a great formula. However this is definitely a build able nail polish and at least two coats are required. But trust me - it's worth it!

I've always had a huge love for baby lips. They are always great when your lips are feeling a bit gross, and you need a nourishing balm on the go. Even greater, they contain SPF 16 AND they now come in colours! Definitely a basic essential lip product in my collection.

This has been my all time favourite mascara for a long time now. A staple in my everyday makeup routine, it is super lengthening and volumising which is great if, like me, you have tiny little weedy eyelashes. I recommend this mascara to everyone I know, however if you know a good dupe for this, please let me know too!

Ask anyone who knows me and they will confirm that I am literally a walking Body Shop, particularly when it comes to skincare, so I felt it was only right to give this product a whirl. I've always been a big fan of the Body Shop's Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, but I felt it was time to change it up a little bit. Although this product is effective in removing eye and lip makeup, I definitely find the Silky Cleansing Oil a much more effective option. This makeup remover requires a lot of the product and is a time-consuming process, in comparison to the quick scrub of the Silky Cleansing Oil, however still a great product nonetheless. 

This concealer is one that is definitely true to it's name. Super illuminating and creamy it is great for early mornings and those inevitable dark under eye circles. However, it is also great for any large blemishes and even as an illuminator. 

This perfume is another staple in my everyday routine. Although my love for Chanel No.5, Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck, and J'adore by Dior will outlast the test of time, this is a great everyday fragrance if you just want a quick spritz to freshen up. 

So, that's it friends. There seems like there was a lot of Maybelline loving in this blogpost, but hey, I don't make the makeup, I just choose the best bits.
Let me know if you have any recommendations based on these products, as I always love testing out new ones!
Love, Ren. X

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Hi There!

And welcome to my blog!
I have been wanting to start my own blog for quite some time now, as a way to express my love for beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel, and a place to write down my daily experiences, but I've been way too nervous to put myself out there up until now.
So, I guess I should introduce myself.
My name is Lauren, or as my blog title suggests, you can call me Ren for short.
I am 18 years old, and a born and bred Aussie, having spent my whole life on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW, until a recent move for university took me to my lovely capital city, Canberra.
Currently, my life is a bit insane as living two different lives two different states can be chaotic, yet the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me.
So, I am starting this blog to document it all, my life, and my passion for beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel,
And I would love you all to come on this adventure with me!
Love, Lauren xxx