What Lauren Did Today is One! + My Favourite Posts

What Lauren Did Today is officially one year old! Yep, it's been one year to the day since my very first post on this blog, which was a 'First Impressions' of City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I can't believe how far I've come! Since that post, I've talked about mental health and anxiety, becoming vegetarian and going cruelty-free, as well as my favourite books and lots of to-do lists. If you've read the 'About Me' section of this blog, you'll know that I started What Lauren Did Today after beauty blogging for a year, and it's the best decision I've ever made.
I've met so many amazing people both through this blog and through Twitter that I'm so grateful to have met. I've also been inspired by so many fabulous bloggers, who have helped me make so many decisions, whether they were conscious of it or not. I don't think I ever would have become cruelty-free as quickly and easily if it weren't for all of the amazing cruelty-free and vegan bloggers that I follow.
*sniff* now, enough mush and tears. I thought it'd be fun to share with you guys all of my favourite posts from the past year. I did something similar in my Goodbye 2014 post, but I thought it was due an update.
Finally, I just want to say a massive THANK YOU! to everyone who reads/comments/tweets and interacts in any way with me and my blog. I recently reached 250 followers which is AMAZING and overwhelming and kind of scary at the same time. I literally can't believe that this many people find me remotely interesting! I'm so glad that people like my blog, because I put in so much effort and it's amazing to receive a comment or a tweet about a post that I've worked hard on.
Another way that I'm saying thank you will be live midday on the 1st of June, so keep an eye out for that ;)
Love you guys <3

The Game Of Thrones Tag


1. How did you discover the series/book? I discovered it after listening to Lily Melrose talk about it on her YouTube channel.

2. Who is your favourite house apart from the Starks and Lannisters? I am in looove with the House Tyrell. They're just so devious and fake innocence so well. I used to be really against liking the Houses and preferred to see the characters as individuals, but the more I've watched the more I've seen that the Houses really do make a difference to the characters themselves.

Pre Holiday Haul

Hello everyone! Today I thought I'd share with you a few of the things I've picked up recently for my holiday next week. I'm not the sort of person to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for when I go away, but I do like to refresh a few things every year, like sunglasses and a bikini. I also really like to buy a new shower gel with a specific scent, so then every time I smell it afterwards it will remind me of my holiday!

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream

Doesn't this moisturiser have the longest God damn name? Just typing out the title of this post half-filled the alloted space bar. Gawd. 
I finally finished my non-CF moisturiser a few weeks ago, and looked to Superdrug for a replacement. Since turning cruelty-free I've been using the Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser and my skin has fared pretty well with it, so I decided to stick to that range and picked up the Brightening Day Cream for Normal/Dry skin. I'm quite lucky with my skin really, as it doesn't have particularly expensive taste, and can manage exceptionally well with just a simple line of products and by me drinking a ton of water. My biggest problem is dryness and redness, which this moisturiser tackles easily.

My Book Rating System Explained

Deciding how many stars to award a book used to be really difficult for me. Because when there's only five levels to choose from, things get complicated. A book may deserve a 4 star rating for its characters, but a 2 star rating for it's plot and pacing. Or it may deserve 1 star for it's plot and pacing, yet 4 stars for the writing quality. So I quickly devised a little strategy to make book rating so much easier, and today I thought I'd share it with you guys. I know that sometimes I'll review a book and people have questioned my star rating based on the review, so hopefully this post will clarify things.

Things To Achieve This Week

I'm totally posting this here so that I'm held accountable.
  Participate in at least one blog chat.
 ♥ Complete one Wreck This Journal/Colouring page.
  Attempt to go out alone at least once.
 ♥ Comment on 3 blogs per day.
 ♥ Stop drinking chocolate milk (!) and start drinking water again.
 ♥ Refocus and re-motivate.
 ♥ Paint my nails.
  Watch one of episode of American Horror Story: Murder House (alone bc no one will watch it with me, sob)
  Write on at least 3 days.
Finish reading Catching Fire & start Mockingjay.

Top 5 Books I Finished In A Day

Not all amazing books can be measured by how long it takes to read them (just look at Game of Thrones... I love it but I still haven't finished), but in some cases I think it says a lot. So today, I thought I'd share my top 5 books that I finished in a day. In fact... I think that I finished all of these books in one sitting (separately, obvs) and went without food, water and social activity in order to do so. Although the social activity part wasn't much of a sacrifice.

Vegan Beauty Wishlist Under £10 | The Holiday Edition

Does anyone else pack really early for holidays? It's just under four weeks until I go and I'm having the urge to fill my suitcase already. My holidaying partners (my father and brother) have assured me that they will be packing four hours before we depart, as opposed to four weeks, and so of course are laughing at me at every opportunity. But I just like to be prepared! Which ties in nicely with today's blog post, as I'm going to be sharing the Vegan Beauty Wish List that I've prepared to accomplish before I go away on my holiday. I'd just like to point out - I'm going to be remaining in the UK for my holiday, so not all of these products are within the 100ml aeroplane restrictions. Of course you could just buy these full size and decant them into little pots to take away with you!

My Personalised Blogging Notebooks (And Mug!)

The £1 Power Candle

I picked this candle up on a whim. With it's delicious apple scent, cute mint green colour and adorable glass packaging, I was instantly drawn to it, but then when I looked at the price... I couldn't resist. I didn't expect much from it, I'm not going to lie. I've had a rocky past with Primark's candles as the scent throw isn't particularly strong, but this little £1 mint green beauty... it's amazing.

Life Updates | Lambs, Luna & Blog Design

For some reason, I always go to start my blog posts by saying 'Yoooo' but then 'listen up, here's a story...' comes in my head afterwards and I think it's too weird. (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a link to the song)
I was scrolling through my iPhone photos a few days ago (I was stuck somewhere with no wifi..) and realised that I had so many photos that I could share with you! It's been a while since I've done a life update post, so I have plenty to talk about.

Art Therapy At Home

Hihi! Today I thought I'd talk about something very close to my heart: art therapy. I started attending an art therapy group back at the end of last year, and I'm just coming into my last few weeks of attending. When I'm finished, I'm sure I'll write up a whole post about my experience, but today I thought I'd share some ideas for doing art therapy at home.

April Favourites

Does the fact that it's May already freak anyone else out? It's practically summer, when I swear it was pissing down rain two weeks ago (although, this is England...) Today I am sharing my April Favourites! I completely skipped this post last month, mostly because I have a miserable March and didn't really do much. I read a few books, but I wouldn't consider them favourites, and I used a few Lush products but I'd already talked about them... I just didn't really see the point. BUT April was different, as I have quite a few things to talk about!