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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Current Skincare Routine (Cruelty-Free)

Considering I'm professionally trained in skincare, you'd think I'd invest a little more time and effort into my skincare routine. I should do the routine I was taught, with all of the right products and skin cleansing massage techniques. But alas, I'm v lazy and you'll more often than not catch me wiping away my make-up with a face wipe. I'm trying my best to change this, though, because my skin isn't enjoying it and to be honest I don't think 'I'm lazy' is a very good excuse to neglect my skin. So today I thought I'd show you the products I'm currently using in order to banish the face wipes, the laziness and the not-so-nice dry flakiness from my skin.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Seed by Lisa Heathfield

Title: Seed
Author: Lisa Heathfield
Genre: Young Adult
Length: 335 pages
Published: 10th March 2015
Series: First book in a duo

2016 has actually been an okay year, book-wise. I mean, I'm 44% complete with my GoodReads reading challenge already so that's pretty good going, right? I've read some great books so far but without a doubt the best one I've read so far has been Seed by Lisa Heathfield.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Life Lately Through My iPhone

I've taken a lot of photos on my phone recently whenever I've been out (which I've been doing a lot recently, YAY) but I don't have enough photos from each trip to warrant a photo diary. So purely for my own future benefit, I thought I'd throw them all together into post with no real rhyme or reason. Most of them are from the trip I took to Portishead with my mum, Luke, Leigh and Luke's brother Josh but there's also one or two from when I went to town with my dad recently.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

4 Cruelty-Free Mascaras Under £10

If I could only use one make-up item for the rest of my life it would undoubtedly be a good mascara. I don't feel quite myself unless I have thick, dark, fluttery eyelashes and I certainly look a hell of a lot prettier with them, too. Unfortunately it's proved difficult to find a cruelty-free mascara that is vegan but that also gives my lashes the length and volume that I require, generally because there are hardly any vegan mascaras out there. Today I thought I'd share with you four of the mascaras that I've tested out on my cruelty-free journey so far.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Things I'd Like To Do This Week

Today, I come to you with a confession. This is something that I've been denying for what feels like my entire life but today I'm going to come clean: I hate to do lists. They make me feel overwhelmed, stressed and like I couldn't possibly have enough time to do all these the things that I 'have to do'. So today I'm going to try and put a little spin on the 'regular' to do list and share a list of things that I'd like to do instead. (Idk why but even the wording of that makes me feel a lot calmer.)

Friday, 15 April 2016

Mini Spring Book Haul

Hihi! I have a little book haul for you all today. It's been so long since I've bought a lot of books at one time - in fact since Christmas I've only bought two other books aside from these five. It's very exciting to be adding new books to my shelf, though, and I'm even more excited about it because I genuinely can't wait to read all of these!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Best Places To Buy Second-Hand Clothes

One of my 2016 goals is to purchase clothes on a 80-20 ratio: 20% new, 80% second-hand. I'm getting on really well so far - the only clothes I've bought new were featured in my recent Primark Haul and I have several fab new (to me) pieces in my wardrobe thanks to a few places that I'm going to list for you today!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Things My Anxiety Tells Me

A few weeks ago I spur-of-the-moment wrote a blog post titled 'An Open Letter To My Anxiety', basically offering an over view of my experience with anxiety but in a way that I found very therapeutic because I was telling my anxiety all of the things that I needed to. Upon finishing this post, though, I decided that maybe I wasn't ready to publish it. I have this sometimes with personal posts - I wrote Opening Up around four times over the span of a few months before finally posting it. It just has to feel right for me to publish it and at the time it didn't. So after talking with Beth I've decided to do something a little similar and share a few things that my anxiety tells me. I've been wanting to do this for a little while but I wasn't sure how to go about it in a way that was relatable but also so that it wasn't too triggering. I don't want to put thoughts into peoples heads, especially if they suffer with anxiety already. I've read a few of these styles of posts and come away thinking "I've never thought about that before, I should definitely worry about that now that I know about it." BUT I've figured out a way (hopefully) to share my thoughts in a way that is a lot more responsible and shouldn't be too triggering at all.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Quick Eats: Parsons Bakery Vegetarian Sausage Roll

Hihi! Welcome to Quick Eats: new feature on What Lauren Did Today! I'm hoping that it'll be a long-running feature purely because 1. it'll be (hopefully) helpful to some people and 2. it gives me an excuse to eat a lot of things. My plan is to hunt down, try and then review vegetarian (and hopefully vegan) lunch options from all different places - including supermarkets, bakeries and fast food restaurants. I think one of the most intimidating things about going vegetarian is not knowing what to eat when you're out and about as the options are pretty limited so with this series I'm going to do all of the hard work for you! I'm also setting a budget limit, meaning that no full meal will cost more than £5. SO let's get started!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Wreck This Journal #6

Hihi! I've been (semi) creative again! I actually dubbed April as my 'Self Improvement Month' in an effort to start doing all of the fun things I've been putting off, like learning a new language, how to write calligraphy and to also push myself with my anxiety. It's going pretty well so far, and today I have some physical proof!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

4 Cruelty-Free Blogs You Need To Read

I realised that I haven't been sharing much love for my fellow bloggers on What Lauren Did Today recently - not since I wrote up my 'Blog Roll' master list. So today I thought I'd sprinkle some dazzling cruelty-free highlight onto a few of my current favourite cruelty-free bloggers! If you're just beginning to delve into the cruelty-free lifestyle then these four blogs are the perfect starting point. Not only do they share cruelty-free beauty posts (including collections and reviews), they all talk a little bit (or a lot) about vegan food!

Friday, 1 April 2016

March Favourites

Oh hey there April. Where did you SPRING from? Hahaha... sorry about that. Today I have a big ol' favourites post for you. I think that you can tell I'm beginning to live my life again after having a difficult few months as I actually have a bunch of things to talk about today. That's how you can tell when I'm sad - I don't bother with anything so never have things to talk about. But today I have lots to talk about so YAY.