Book Talk: Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

December 1, 2016

     It's taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things since being off for Thanksgiving break, but I'm finally back! For me, Thanksgiving was restful yet busy. Somehow between stuffing my face with my sister's lasagna and Black Friday shopping into the early morning, I found time to read.

ColourPop Lippies

September 29, 2016

A few weeks ago, around Labor Day I think, ColourPop was having a sale. For a year now I've been waiting for a reason to try out their lip products, as I've heard so many great things. With lipsticks priced at just $6, I couldn't resist. In my order, I purchased three lips products and got one for free which was super exciting.

bh Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette

September 12, 2016

     If you don't know who Carli Bybel is, look her up on YouTube right now (or after you read this post). I've recently become a big fan of her, not just because of her style and beauty, but also her lifestyle as far as faith and being vegan. When I found out she was releasing a palette I looked it up online and fell in love. I added it to my wishlist and a few weeks later I got it for my birthday!

Pür Cosmetics Volume Vixen 4-in-1 Mascara

August 8, 2016

It was time for me to try a new mascara, so when I was in Montreal I ventured into a pharmacy and picked out this one from Pür Cosmetics. Of course, the company is cruelty-free, which is one of my biggest factors in beauty products.

Eating and Shopping | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

August 1, 2016
Yesterday was our last day in Montreal! Even though we only had 3 days, we did so much that it felt like a week! We didn't do as much today, nevertheless, I'm going to share my day with you.

July Favorites

July 31, 2016

This month's favorites post is a bit late and I'm so sorry about that! I overestimated the amount of time I would have to do blog posts while on vacation, and I'm literally typing this on my phone while waiting for the valet to bring the car so we can go to breakfast! 

Osheaga | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I'm sitting in bed this morning trying to get this post done before we head out for breakfast. I'm super exhausted as we didn't get back to the hotel until 1AM this morning, but I think once I get food I'll be much better. Osheaga was a blast, and I'm so grateful I got to go and experience it.

Sight Seeing | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

July 30, 2016

Hi all! If you follow me on twitter you may know that I'm in Montreal for the weekend. My family goes on vacation to a new country right before school starts every year, and this year we chose Canada! The main reason we're here is for Osheaga, the music festival, but unfortunately, we were unable to get the three-day passes, so we're just going on Saturday.

Cruelty-Free Beauty Favorites

July 7, 2016

Hello everyone! If you didn't know, I'm vegan, not only in the food I eat but in all areas of my life. This means I only use vegan and cruelty-free products. I've listed my favorites below and I'll keep adding to it. Enjoy!

June Favorites

June 30, 2016

I can't believe we are already done with June, and essentially half way through 2016! I have a bunch of favorites for this month due to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer!

Kylie Lip Kit vs. NYX Lingerie Lipstick

June 24, 2016

A few weeks back I did a review of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit, and since I've been wearing it a lot I got the idea from my friends and family to do a comparison with a similar, but less expensive product. A lot of Kylie Cosmetics doubters claim you can get the same product for a fraction of the price from brands like ColorPop and NYX. Since I've been going through an obsession with NYX lip products, I decided to purchase the NYX Lingerie Lipstick and do a comparison.

Bahamas/Father's Day 2016

June 20, 2016

This is our family's 4th year in a row celebrating the summer in the Bahamas, and our 2nd year spending father's day here. In honor of father's day, we spent the day soaking up as much sun as we could in the plethora of pools housed by Atlantis (see cool GoPro vids on my Insta soon: @laurennalstonn)!

In preparation for our trip, I made a few purchases, my favorite being this off-the-shoulder, striped romper from Urban Outfitters. You may have been able to tell from my graduation outfit that I'm obsessed with off-the-shoulder right now, and since stripes are totally in the for summer, and rompers are super easy to wear ~ this piece is a must have (a no-brainer really).

Although it's hard to see in the photos, I paired the romper with a simple gold constellation necklace, my orange espadrille wedges, and my favorite french braids. I wore this outfit to explore the marina village, as well as father's day dinner at Nobu.

I hope you enjoyed this post, leave links with your favorite rompers in the comments! Stay tuned, xo Lauren.

*This is not a sponsored post*

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit

June 5, 2016

I've tweeted about it (follow me on twitter) and mentioned it in my May favorites, but I finally got my hands on my Kylie Jenner Lip Kit!  I ordered Posie K, which is a magenta/pink and is perfect for my everyday look. I know that a lot of people want to read reviews before purchasing so today I'm providing you with an in-depth review of my lip kit!

May Favorites

May 31, 2016
Today is the last day of May, which means my monthly favorites. This month, for me, signifies the end of the school and the beginning of summer. It was a great month full of experiences like prom, being elected secretary of my school, and an amazing trip to the lake with friends/fellow student government officers! Because I had such a fulfilling month, I'm super excited about all of my favorites!

Beauty Hack: For Acne

May 26, 2016
All of you, I hope, use toothpaste to brush your teeth. But a few weeks ago, a cluster of pimples appeared on my chin and I turned to the internet to look for easy ways to make them disappear within a couple days. I found tons of websites and other blogs telling me that toothpaste is a great, easy remedy for acne. 

Revice Denim

May 17, 2016

One Monday evening, while I was sitting in the doctor's office waiting for my name to be called, I was browsing Instagram (follow me @misslaurenalston) when I discovered the account @revice_denim. If you know me, then you know that jeans are my absolute favorite thing to wear. I wear jeans at least 3 days a week because for me they are the most comfortable thing ever. I'm always looking for new brands that could fit my body better, because as you may have seen in my Finding the Perfect Skinny Jean post from last year, it's super hard to find jeans that fit my body shape. 

I ordered the main skinnies/dirty vintage wash in my normal size, and to my surprise and joy, they fit me perfectly! I feel great about these jeans because are high quality, a good price($58-78), and the perfect fit. Aside from the fact that they are about 3 inches too long (which can easily be fixed by a tailor), it's like they were made for me. Try out Revice Denim, and let me know what you think of their jeans!

Another reason I fell in love with Revice Denim is their packaging. My package came in a brown paper bag type envelope that was printed with the Revice logo, mission, and social media handles. The details on the packaging add so much to the quality of the product, so I wanted to make sure to mention that aspect of the item.

If you've ever tried Revice Denim, leave me a comment on which pair of jeans is your favorite so I know which ones to get next. Thanks for reading. Stay tuned, xo Lauren.

April Favorites

April 30, 2016
So I am back with this month favorites post, and this month contains a bunch of favorites that I'm super excited about! I've been feeling great lately, which means lots of interesting things for me to share with you all.

How I Cleared My Skin

April 16, 2016

A few weeks ago, I started to notice that my skin was breaking out a bunch.  I'm not sure if it was from stress, poor eating habits, allergy shots, or just being a teenager.  It was making me really uncomfortable being around people or in pictures and I didn't know how to solve it! To clarify (no pun intended), I had clusters of pimples in between my eyebrows and one big Rudolph-like under the skin pimple on my nose.

To clear up the bump on my nose I used Prid's Drawing Salve.  This is pretty much my holy grail product when it comes to larger breakouts, and I definitely notice a difference when I use this product.  I think to the key to clearing up this kind of breakout is to be persistent with treatment and avoid touching it.  I always use a q-tip when applying product so that I don't get dirt and oils from my skin on the spot. These pimples can also get quite large and red so I use ice packs to reduce swelling.

To clear up the breakouts in between my brows I did a combination of things.  I used my favorite spot treatment, which is Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment as well as changed my face wash routine.  As much as I love using my favorite face wash, sometimes it's best to let your skin rest from chemical and go natural.  While I was trying to clear up my skin I used Dove soap to wash my face.  I would remove my eye makeup as normal, but  I replaced my normal routine of face wash and toner with Dove's sensitive skin bar soap.  I loved the way this felt on my skin because it lathers so well and it's super moisturizing.  Because I do have dry skin, I kept using my moisturizer which is Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer but I reduced use to 1x a day.

It's been about a week since I started this new regimen and my skin is doing pretty well.  I have no new spots, and I've been using Ambi Fade Cream to clear up any dark spots or scars on my face.  I'll most likely continue this routine throughout spring and see how my skin is doing.  I'll be sure to keep you all posted!

I hope you enjoyed this post and it helped anyone who is struggling with acne. Stay tuned, xo Lauren.

*This is NOT a sponsored post*

French Braids

April 12, 2016

You guys may or may not have noticed that for the most part I always wear my hair the same way, straight, parted on the left, and sometimes with a headband. The primary reason for this is that I have hair that's short, thin, and extremely delicate. This makes it hard and risky to try out new hairstyles. I've been saying for awhile that I want to grow out my hair so I can wear it in two braids all the time because it's a hairstyle that looks good with my face and it's not super hard. I decided to wear it even though my hair is still short, and I love the way it turned out.

March Favorites

March 31, 2016
As always, here I am on the last day of the month to showcase my favorites.  This month is a bit strange because there is a wide variety of things I have to share with you!

February Favorites

February 29, 2016
People usually think that February flies by because it's a shorter month, but I feel like it's been quite a long month this year. I'm back again to share my favorites from the month with you!

January Favorites

January 31, 2016
I'm back!  January has been such a strange month for me, so I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to, but to be completely honest I was in a creative slump and didn't have any ideas for new posts! A favorites post isn't super original, but this month I have quite a few things I want to share with you all!

Happiness - What I Learned In 2015

January 8, 2016
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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all brought in the new year with a bang and enjoyed your first week of 2016! I thought I'd start out my blog this year with a post about happiness.

In my short 16 years of life so far I've learned that happiness doesn't always come naturally. One of the biggest and most important things I learned in 2015 is that you have to want to be happy and work for it. Despite having all the tools you need to succeed, if you aren't trying to be happy you're going to get stuck in a rut and it can be hard to pull yourself out.

Early in 2015, I started feeling lonely and isolated in my life, and I didn't talk to my family or friends about it.  I put on a smile and kept doing the things I'd always done, but deep down I wasn't as lively as I used to be. I fought a lot with my closest friends and family, and it was around then that I stopped blogging. When I finally decided that something in my life needed to change, I found out news that wasn't surprising and much expected, but when it was finalized I had to face it.  I put on a brave face and tried even harder to be the same Lauren that I was the year before, but everything felt wrong. In the months that followed, I cried a lot, because it made me feel better to get out all of my emotions.  I still wasn't talking to anyone, though most of the people around me knew that I wasn't at the happiest time in my life.

By the end of the summer I had accepted that my life was going to be a certain way, so I tried to make the best of it even though it wasn't what I wanted. From August to November I put all my energy into the doing the things I was supposed to; working hard in school, participating in clubs, and working on my blog; so I had barely any time alone with my thoughts.  Although I loved everything I was doing, I was using it as a distraction.  It wasn't until mid-November that I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and reclaim control of my happiness. Instead of keeping everything bottled up I started to keep a journal to write down what I was feeling and I started to talk to more people and be a more positive version of myself. I couldn't completely change my attitude overnight, but I've been working hard to be the me I used to be (what a rhyme) and do more of what makes me happy.  Somewhere in my journey through high school, I lost confidence in myself, but I have full faith in myself that once I regain that confidence I'll be happier than I've ever been.

The past year has been one of the bumpiest I've ever had, and I know that it's had such a huge impact on my character and my outlook on life.  2015 taught me that happiness isn't handed to you,  you have to work for it and once you do you'll be happier than you've ever been.  Sometimes you have to get stuck in a bad place to be able to come out the other side, and once you do you'll be so thankful that you took the journey. One of my biggest tips is not to go through it alone, if you are feeling constantly and significantly unhappy then talk to people! Whether it be your parents, your best friends, or your favorite teacher talk to someone; and if you feel like you can't then cry a lot and do whatever you need to express yourself whether it be words (me), art, dancing, etc.

My ultimate goal in sharing this post is to help anyone I possibly can.  I feel as though I've been wanting to say all of this to someone for a while now so that hopefully I can help them, and what better platform than my blog. Thank you all so much for reading and commenting on my blog this past year, and I am so excited to see where these next 358 days of the year take me! Stay tuned, xo Lauren.
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