Friday, 15 June 2018

How to manage money as a Young Adult

How to manage money as a Young Adult
Friday, 15 June 2018
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Unfortunately, money matters and personal finance are looked upon as a realm for the grown-up adults. Young adults often don’t look at money and finance with much care as it seems like such a daunting task. However, if you make the right start as an adult, you’ll not only be financially sound but you’ll develop good financial habits.  

Read on to learn about some good money management habits that can help you develop a stronger financial future...



Start Saving Early


I know this is a lot easier said than done but it'll honestly be worth it in the end. No regular job is going to make you rich instantly, and you are likely to spend about everything you earn. It is a wrong notion that only older or those who are retired should save money. A huge tip I have is to get automatic transfers from your bank accounts to savings accounts so that you get less tempted to spend. That means if you face any problems in the future, such as your car needing repairs, then you're able to pay for the repair costs.



Look at your spending habits


It's so important to keep track of how and where you spend your money. Budgeting and small manageable changes can make a massive difference to your expenses. Develop a better understanding of your money and spending habits for better control.



Manage your Taxes Well


Taxes seem like such a daunting thing when you're a young adult so it's important that you understand the tax system and how those taxes work even before you get your first paycheck. Calculate how much money you are left with after meeting your financial goals. There are ways to determine your own payroll taxes and how much goes to taxes out of your gross pay.



Maintain an emergency account


It is essential to have an emergency fund to any certainty in life. It could be related to career, unforeseen expenditures, and health. If you have some spare money, you will feel confident of facing the emergency situation. There are options to get affordable loans in case of an emergency and one good option is loans from cashlady.com. However, this is only a last resort and you definitely should consider other options first.



Have Clear Financial Goals


Be more responsible financially, and one good way is to set some financial goals. Set a timeline as to when you would want to own a home, pay off a loan or start a retirement fund. The financial goals can vary, but if one works towards their agreed-upon objectives, they are inevitably going to see the results.



Avoid using the credit card


Use a credit card only when it is must, and there is no other option. Millions of individuals use credit cards and often end up having severe financial obligations. They are never able to shake off that credit card debt which is known as financial cancer. I definitely wouldn't recommend this to anyone let alone young adults so be careful as you don't want to end up in loads of debt!


Take care of your health and get health Insurance 


If you want to safeguard your hard-earned money, then take good care of your health and get health insurance. Even a few weeks stay at a hospital can leave a significant dent in your wallet. However, you need not worry if you have the health insurance. Unexpected emergencies can crop up anytime, and one can be left scrambling for funds.



* This Post is sponsored.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Guide to Pinterest: Blogger Edition

Guide to Pinterest: Blogger Edition
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
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Pinterest is such a confusing social platform for a lot of Bloggers. There are people who swear by Pinterest and claim that most of their traffic comes from there and there are also people who have absolutely no clue how to use Pinterest to boost their engagement. So, if you want to learn all the secrets of Pinterest then I suggest you read on...



A huge thing to take into consideration when it comes to Pinterest is that follower's don't really matter.

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T H E   P I N S

Pinterest is very different from a lot of social platforms in the sense that even if you have a 'small' following, your posts can still get seen by thousands of people. The secret to Pinterest is 'keywords'.

Whenever you upload to Pinterest, the best thing you can do is add keywords to your posts. This way if someone types in one of your keywords, your post is more likely to come up regardless of whether that person follows you or not.

Now, keywords are important but what's also important is making sure your pins are visually appealing. If you're uploading blurry, low-quality images then you're less likely to get people wanting to click on your pins. I recommend creating your pins on Canva like the one I created for this post.

Make your pins verticle! By doing this you're much more likely to get your pins seen as it takes up more room on the Pinterest Dashboard.

So, that's how you can get your posts seen but what about your blog? Well, I recommend setting up a business account. A business account will allow you to view all your analytics which you may find useful when looking at which pins get more engagement.

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G R O U P   B O A R D S

In order to join a Group Board, you usually have to send them a request. I recommend asking Blogger's you know if you can join their Group Boards. If you don't have anyone to ask then feel free to send me a message on my Twitter (@laurenannbeauty) and ask if you can join one that I'm in!

Once you've joined a Group Board you can then go ahead and share your pins with everyone in the group. However, if the Board is all about 'Travel' then don't go sharing pins surrounding 'Fashion' as you're more than likely going to be asked to remove it. Plus, people who have joined a board about 'Travel' aren't going to want to read a post about 'Beauty' if it doesn't fit in with their niche.

Make sure you pin everybody else's pins though if you want to get the same back.

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F A C E B O O K   G R O U P S

Group Boards aren't the only way to engage with other Pinterest users, there's also Facebook & Twitter. I'd highly recommend joining a Pinterest Pinning Group on Facebook. I'll put an example of some below:


You can also search for specific niches, for example, you could type in 'Pinterest Beauty Group Boards' which will bring up Facebook Groups that are Beauty focused. 

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You should now know everything you need to start up your own successful Pinterest account. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me a message on one of my Social Media accounts!

Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Organic Beauty with Simply Soaps

Organic Beauty with Simply Soaps
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
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I love writing about organic beauty brands on my blog so when Simply Soaps wanted to send me over some products to review I was very excited!

So many people are buying organic products now and I can definitely understand why. For people with sensitive skin like myself, it's important that products don't contain any harsh ingredients so therefore organic/natural skincare is usually the better option.



I started off by trying the Queen of Sheba Bath Salts. I must say, I really loved the scent of these salts whilst I was in my bath. They made me feel so relaxed and they dissolved quite quickly! This product actually contains Goat's Milk so it makes your skin feel super soft. I'd probably say this is my favourite product of the lot! It is also less than £4!

Next, I tried the Rosa Passionata Facial Serum. This retails for just under £12 and had a similar scent to the Bath Salts. The scent was slightly too strong though in my opinion so isn't the best for my skin type. This did make my skin feel very soft however and I liked applying it before I went to bed to help make me feel more relaxed. A little does go a long way with this product so you have to be careful not to go overboard as you'll be left feeling very oily!

Lastly, I was sent the Lavender & Calendula Soap and unfortunately, this was a product I could only use once! I suffer from migraines when I try out a Lavender scented product so I wasn't able to use it more than once. I did try it though just to let you know how I feel about the consistency and lather of the soap (that's dedication for you!).  So, I can say that the consistency was very nice, the soap felt soft and lathered nicely. But due to the Lavender scent, I was unable to get full use out of it.


Do you own many organic products? If so, what are your favourite brands?

* The items mentioned were sent to me to review however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brand I am working with.
Friday, 25 May 2018

Balance Me Skincare

Balance Me Skincare
Friday, 25 May 2018
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As you all know by now, I love skincare that is cruelty-free, organic & vegan but unfortunately, there aren't a huge range of skincare brands that offer this so when I came across Booth's range of  'Balance Me' products, I was extremely intrigued to give their products a go as they are 99% natural.

For the past few weeks, I have been giving some of their products a go and wanted to let you all know my thoughts.



1. Wonder Eye Cream - I quite like the consistency of this product, it's not too thick but really hydrates under the eyes. It easily absorbs into the skin and it has a really pleasant smell to it (I would try and describe the scent but I'm not the best at doing that!). I don't have very obvious under-eye circles anyway so I can't advise as to whether it helped much with that but it does feel nice on the skin. The only slight problem I have with this product is that I often pump out a little too much product for my liking but like I already said, it is easy to blend into the skin.

2. Moisture Rich Face Cream - This cream is nice and thick so it really adds a ton of moisture to your skin which is great for sufferers of dry skin - like myself! If you don't like to have a shiny complexion in the morning then you could definitely use this as a night cream instead as it leaves you with lovely soft skin in the morning. It is quite pricey but I think it's worth it if you're looking to hydrate your skin that little more.

3. Pure Skin Face Wash - This Face Wash definitely is refreshing on the skin but this was the only product that I didn't get to use that much purely because I was testing out a cleanser from another brand. However, this product had an incredible smell and I feel the price is pretty reasonable for the amount that you get.

4. Radiance Face Oil - A good thing about this face oil is that it's 100% natural so it won't clog your pores like a lot of other facial oils do! My favourite thing about this product though is the packaging. The glass bottle is absolutely lovely and it looks great displayed on my bathroom shelf. The application is simple as it comes with a pipette so you just drop it onto your skin. Honestly, this product looks incredible under my foundation if I'm going for a dewy look!

5. Congested Skin Serum - I think this is my favourite product from the whole range! I really did not think that I would be able to use a product that helps get rid of spots as I have such sensitive skin so anything too drying is a no-no for me. However, whenever I felt a spot coming I used this product and honestly the spot didn't even show up the next morning! Not only that but it didn't dry my skin out at all and the smell wasn't too strong either. A must-have in my opinion!

6. Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm - For some reason I didn't include this product in the photograph but I also received this from Booth's as well! This is very similar to the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish which is a firm favourite of mine so to find a cheaper alternative is great! It also comes with a Muslin Cloth which is good. The balm feels really soft on your skin and actually helps remove any leftover makeup that's lying on my skin.

So, overall I'd say that 'Balance Me' is an amazing brand for cruelty-free, natural skincare. They have such high-quality products but at a reasonable price which is fabulous!


* The items mentioned were sent to me to review however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brand I am working with.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Personalised Disney Gifts with MJ Gift Shop

Personalised Disney Gifts with MJ Gift Shop
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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I don’t think I’ve ever met a person that doesn’t love Disney! I mean, how could you not love sitting in bed with a nice cup of tea watching Disney films on the TV?

When I was contacted by MJ Giftshop to review a personalised product from their Disney range, you can only imagine how excited I was! MJ Gift shop sell a range of different personalised items (not just Disney items) so you’re bound to find a present for every member of your family - or yourself!

I was sent over a personalised pillow of my favourite Disney film ever - The Jungle Book!
The pillow has a print of one of the Jungle Book scenes with the writing ‘I want to be like you’ which is a line from one of their songs. On the back of the pillow is my name in big writing which gives it that personal feel.




I must say, the quality of the pillow is incredible and the cushion inside it was soft too! If you know somebody who loves Disney and you're wanting to treat them then definitely check out MJ Gift Shop as you're bound to find something for them.



Now, I wouldn't promote a website without providing you with an AMAZING discount code! So, this code 'JOINUS50' gives you 50% off your order which is incredible.


What's your favourite Disney Film?



* The items mentioned were sent to me to review however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brand I am working with.




Sunday, 22 April 2018

Curly Hair Routine

Curly Hair Routine
Sunday, 22 April 2018
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If you have curly hair like me then you’ll know how hard it is to combat frizz and keep your curls looking bouncy and defined. 

I have been trying for so long to find haircare products that don’t just keep your hair looking amazing but also are affordable to buy! So let’s have a look at my Curly Hair Routine...

Firstly, I like to brush out my hair before I step into the shower as it saves me damaging my hair later on when my hair is wet. I love using a brush that is formulated for wet hair as it’s a lot softer on your curls! Once I’ve done that I jump in the shower and start to shampoo! 



I don’t shampoo my hair every time I shower because it tends to make my hair really dry but when I do, I like to use the Noughty Blondie Locks Shampoo. This is because I have blonde hair (it’s not my natural colour) so this shampoo really helps to make my blonde hair BRIGHT!

I am a sucker for a good conditioner so I tend to use at least two every time I wash my hair - that’s not including a hair mask! 

Of course, I have to follow up with the matching Noughty Blondie Locks Conditioner too! I really find that the blonde in my hair stands out a lot more after using these products. This is because it contains lemon which is a natural lightener, it also makes it smell great too! 

(If you’re wondering, you can purchase Noughty Haircare in Superdrug!)

The final step in the shower is to use a hair mask, which I tend to leave on my hair for the duration of my shower and then rinse out at the end. For this, I use the Lee Stafford Choco locks Butter Cream! This hair masks smells absolutely incredible! If you like chocolate than you’re bound to love this. 

Once I’ve finished in the shower, I ring out the rest of the water in my hair and leave it to air dry. If I can avoid using a hairdryer I will because I find it is so damaging to my hair! 

Once my hair is almost dry I use some sort of oil in my hair to make it appear shiny. My favourites are Argan Oil & Coconut Oil. If I’m going out that day then I’ll use a hair mousse so that my curls stay put all day! 

One of my favourite hacks for curly hair is while it’s air-drying to use your hands to scoop the bottoms of your hair up and scrunch them upwards. This just stops your curls from dropping.

I hope this helps you curly-haired girls in some way. If you’re reading this and you have straight hair then don’t worry, you can 100% use these products in your hair too! They’re great for all hair types. 

What’s your favourite haircare brand? 

* I was sent products from both Noughty and Lee Stafford however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brands I’m working with.
Friday, 13 April 2018

The best of Makeup Revolution

The best of Makeup Revolution
Friday, 13 April 2018
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If you haven't heard of Makeup Revolution then you've been living under a rock. They sell high-quality products at such an affordable price!

I've tried out many different products from their brand and I've managed to narrow my collection down to a few of my favourite products.



The HYPED-UP Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

I had high hopes for this concealer as it was so hyped-up in the Blogging World and I have to say, it did not let me down! The consistency was quite thick for a liquid concealer but that meant it had incredible coverage. It has been compared to the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer which I can definitely understand having tried both concealers. I will definitely keep purchasing this concealer.

Makeup Revolution Brow Definer in Light Brown

This retails at only £2.50 so for it to make my 'Best of Makeup Revolution' list, it must be pretty impressive! I purchased the shade Light Brown and I have blonde hair. I was worried that it might be too dark, but I was pretty surprised to find out that it matched almost perfectly. The tip of the pencil is angled which makes it easier to apply the product in brush-like strokes and the brow brush on the end is very useful! 

Makeup Revolution Soph X Highlighter Palette

I absolutely love this highlighter palette. It contains so many different shades and also includes darker highlight colours for people with darker skin. I love to wear the bronze highlight shades when I'm looking a bit more tanned (thanks to fake tan!).

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette

These blushes are so incredibly pigmented! My favourite thing about this palette is that it includes more natural looking blush colours (such as the one in the top left). Not everybody has bright red cheeks so it's always nice to see a blush that is suited to everyone.


Makeup Revolution is such an incredible brand and I couldn't recommend them enough. You should defitelu try out some of their products if you haven't already.

What's your favourite product by MUR?
Thursday, 29 March 2018

Changing eye colours with Feel Good Contacts

Changing eye colours with Feel Good Contacts
Thursday, 29 March 2018
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* This Post is sponsored however, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by the brand I am working with.

I wear glasses on a daily basis and honestly, I don't mind it. However, I much prefer what I look like without glasses so when I was contacted by Feel Good Contacts to see if I would like to test out their coloured contact lenses, I was excited!

I've always wanted to try out coloured contacts because not only can you see clearly (as you get your prescription with the contacts) but you also get to change up your eye colour! 

I have quite dark brown eyes normally so I wanted to see what I'd look like with Hazel eyes, therefore I obviously chose the Hazel colour. I chose the Fresh Look Colour Blend Contacts. I was worried that because my eyes are quite dark, the colour in the lenses wouldn't show through but I had nothing to worry about!

I was excited to see what the hazel colour would look like with different makeup looks so I have to say, I did try out a range of different makeup looks whilst wearing these. 

The packaging was well presented and in the box, there was: The Contact Lenses, Solution and a Contact Lenses Case.


The lenses were really easy to put in - after watching a few youtube videos of course! ;)
When I received my contacts, I was expecting them to look 'fake' and look like I was wearing contact lenses but in actual fact, you could not tell at all! They looked extremely natural but also made my eyes pop. They didn't feel uncomfortable at all. Obviously, they took a little getting used to but it didn't cause me any problems.

Usually, when I look in the mirror I don't really pay attention to my eyes because I don't feel they stand out much, but since I've been wearing these contact lenses I've found that I can't stop looking at them because they look so bold!



I couldn't recommend Feel Good Contacts enough! Their customer service is excellent and they provide fast delivery so you don't have to worry about your contacts not coming when you need them to! I also can't believe how affordable these contacts are too. 

You can purchase the contact lenses with no prescription too for all you perfectly-sighted people!



So, if I've convinced you to give coloured contacts a go then here's a 10% discount code for you to use at Feel Good Contacts:

FEELGOODTIME

Would you consider giving contact lenses a try?



Monday, 26 March 2018

How I achieve glowing skin

How I achieve glowing skin
Monday, 26 March 2018
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Spring has finally arrived and everyone is now trying to glow-up for the warmer weather - although I'm not sure the weather is getting any better here in England! 

The good news is, you don't have to splash out lots of money in order to get glowing skin. There are so many creams and serums you can use to get that dewy looking skin you're going for but there are also products you can use that are most likely lying around your house!



1. Coconut Oil - You've probably heard this beauty hack already but honestly, Coconut Oil does wonders for removing makeup and getting that youthful-looking glow. I have tried so many makeup removers but having slightly dry-skin it can be hard to find a product that doesn't strip away the moisture from my skin. Therefore, when I started using Coconut Oil it was amazing!

2. Use a Moisturiser or Luminating Primer - Now, I'm not just talking about any old moisturiser. If you're looking for that dewy look then I recommend using an oil or a cream specifically for a glowing complexion. I swear by the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm! I use this every day even if I'm not wearing makeup and it instantly makes my skin look brighter. It is pretty pricey at £32.00 - so if you know any alternatives then feel free to let me know - but I would highly recommend investing in this.

3. Fake Tan - Before I get on to this I just want to say that you absolutely do not need to apply fake tan to get glowing skin! I personally feel a lot more confident when I've got a tan so if you're looking for a good one then I highly recommend Bondi Sands. 

4. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight! - I love using liquid highlights for a more effortless look as it doesn't leave chunks of glitter on your face like a lot of powder highlights do. I love the Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighter personally as it works really well my skin tone. One of my favourite hacks is to mix a little bit of your favourite liquid highlighter with your foundation!

5. Setting Sprays/Rose Water - I really recommend using a setting spray rather than a setting powder for a dewy look. This is because powder can dull your glow and make your face really matte-looking. I have been using the Younique Rose Water Spray on my face but I'm sure there are plenty of other cheaper alternatives.

Well, that's all of my tips & tricks to getting a glowing complexion. I hope this has helped you out in some way and I'd love it if you could let me know any tips you have to achieve that dewy look.

xoxo