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.

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! 

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.

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!
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