What I got for Christmas & secret Santa gift 2016

Well so that's Christmas done and dusted for another year, I hope you had an brilliant day even if you don't celebrate. I was debating whether or not to do this or not, but they are my favourite blog posts to read and my favourite YouTube videos to watch. So here is what I got for Christmas 2016. I'm not here to say oh look at all of this stuff because that's not in my nature. It's not what's under the tree it's who is around it!!

Now this is what I got overall, but I also got a few vouchers money and alcohol which is already spent and drunk whoops but you get the jest of it. This all from family and friends.

Day 25: Merry Christmas

Guys its day, I wasn't too sure what to post today but I thought I'll just wish you a Merry Christmas. I was going to do what I got for Christmas but I wan't to put a bit more time into it. So how was blogmas for you? I hope you enjoyed reading all of my posts. I can't believe
I actually stuck blogmas out to be honest. But I'm so happy I did!!

Enjoy the rest of your day, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! And since blogmas is over we're back to our normal schedule on Wednesdays and Sundays so I'll see you guys on Wednesday for the last post of the year omg how scary is that!!

Today, I'm thinking of everyone who has lost a loved one I know how hard Christmas time is. As today marks my Daddy's 2 year anniversary, so I'm sending you all my love and support!!

Lauren xx

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Blogmas day 24: Cosey night in

I love a good cosey night in, especially on Christmas eve, it's one of  my favourite ways to spend it.

Here's some of my favourite things to do to enjoy a night in!!

Blogmas day 23: Fav vlogmas 2016

One of my favourite things about Christmas, it's vlogmas time!! I wanted to share some of my favourites that I've enjoyed watching this year.

I love Melanie, she was one of the first Irish YouTubers I think I discovered. Her December Diary has been a bit different than your typical vlogmas. Melanie talks about a bit of everything on her December diaries, not only is there vlogs from her day to day life. She is talking about her life in general. Melanie's great.

I think we all know how much I love Zoe here's my blog post that I dedicated her to.  There's just so much effort put into her videos at Christmas, with both 24 days of Zoella and vlogmas this year. Every day there's two new Zoella videos, I really look forward to watching them every day.

Blogmas day 22: This time next year tag

I was inspired by Sarah from Little reader, to do her This Time Next Year tag. Instead of doing New Year resolutions I thought this would be a bit more fun to do.

Here's the rules:
Thank the person who tagged you
Write your goals for next year
Write how you’re going to achieve your goals
Tag at least 5 of your blogger friends to share their goals
Then if you wish in 365 days write a post for everyone to see if you have been successful or not!

I didn't actually get tagged to do this, just fancied taking part. & if you want to take part in the tag then I tag you!!

This time next year: I want to still be blogging.

Every time I've started blogging, I've quit. But I want to work hard and grow and expand my blog. I think that's a good thing about blogging you can always develop yourself and my blog. I want to put myself out there and plan ahead more. Also I want to really work on my photography.

Blogmas day 21: 2016 reflection

2016 really needs a do over like doesn't it, Trump became president, Bowie sadly passed away. It's been shit. So I thought let's not be a downer about everything that.

It hasn't been the best year, but I thought I'd talk about some of my favourite things that has happened this year.

Blogmas day 20: 15 of my favourite feelings.

I remember seeing Hank Green doing this over on the vlog brothers channel, well over a year now and since seen a few of my favourite YouTubers do it. Like Claire Marshell and Estee Lalonde.

So I thought I'd take my own take on it!! Hope you enjoy.

1. Coming home from work and knowing that you are off the next day.

2. Taking your make up off.

3. Taking your bra off, best relief ever.

Blogmas day 19: Catch up

So how have you been enjoying blogmas? I hope you have  been enjoying reading my post. I just really wanted a good old chat. Since I prewritten a few of these post so I could get ahead of myself, I knew I would have been busy with work and life. So I think I'm over due a good catch up on here since my last one was uploaded in October whoops!

While writing this I'm writing this I'm catching up on all of the shows, crossover week here on Supergirl, Arrow, Legends and The Flash. My favourite kind of week!!

Blogmas day 18: Naya Rivera Sorry not Sorry book review

When I heard that Naya was publishing a book, I knew I needed to give it a read. So went to iTunes I went and purchased it, so I don't have a physical copy of it. Here's a link if you want to buy it.

She's just tells things how it is, that's what I love about her.

Blogmas day 17: Birchbox December 2016

Since October I've posted about monthly beauty boxes, this month I'm talking about December's Birchbox. Here's my past posts if you fancy a read!!

October Glossy box
November beauty boxes

Even the box looks festive, I can't even deal. Can't wait to see what's inside!!

Blogmas day 16: Favourite bloggers

Since it's the season of sharing and all of that good stuff. I wanted to talk about some of my favourite bloggers that I'm loving.

Tara from Catitude & co
Tara's great, she talks about sex, periods, feminism and bit of everything in between. 

Dazhane is a fashion blogger and she just always looks amazing

Blogmas day 15: Christmas films

There's nothing more than I love than just chilling and watching a Christmas films, here's some of my favourites.

Let me know some of your favourite Christmas films?

The Grinch
I love The Grinch, it'll never get old. Jim Carrey is hilarious, there could not have been a better Grinch. I reckon.

Another hilarious film, Will Ferrell is brilliant. Like The Grinch you could qoute Elf like no tomorrow. I'm in a right mood to watch Elf.

Blogmas day 14: Pet presents

Yes I do get my dogs presents for Christmas, just something for them to play with on Christmas day so they aren't bored and they are preoccupied when everyone calls into to our house.

Are you a crazy dog lady like who buy their doggies presents?

Blogmas day 13: Grief

Grief sucks any day, any time of the year doesn't really matter what time of year it is to be honest. Not going into to much detail about it, this Christmas marks my Daddy's 2nd anniversary so I know how hard it. 

I just wanted to share some things that might help you out around this time of year.

Blogmas day 12: Book Tube made me buy it

On the 6th I posted my beauty edition put link here, I seen Laura do this over on her YouTube channel LovelyLikeLaura, I thought I might as well do it myself.

I've actually a lot of books that have been recommend by book tube so let's get stuck in, shall we?

Blogmas day 11: Be my Baby A.L. Michael

I'm very happy to be apart of A.L. Michael's book tour for 'Be my Baby' which is the last book of The House of Camden Square trilogy. After reading this I want to read the rest of the series.

Be my Baby by A.L Michael, what is this book all about?

Two’s company…

If you asked Mollie whether she struggled as a single mum, she’d have to cover her daughter’s ears before answering. Surrounded by friends, watching Esme grow into the sassiest eleven-year-old in North London, and building her name as TV chef Mollie Makes, Mollie’s never been happier. Well, that’s what she’d tell you. But as her best friends pair off, and Esme starts getting into trouble at school, Mollie wonders whether life would be different – not better…but easier – with a team mate.

Three’s a crowd?

But Esme’s dad, Jamie, would be the last man Mollie would team up with. After all, he made it clear eleven years ago that he wasn’t interested in playing the family game. So when he suddenly reappears, Mollie can’t believe her eyes. And soon, she’s got to ask herself the hardest question yet: she knows she can succeed as a single mum. But what if her daughter doesn’t want her to?

Where you buy Be My Baby?

About Be my Baby and A.L Michael 

Blogmas day 10: Zoella

Yes I am writing a whole post on Zoella, she was one of the first Youtubers I watched. Back in 2012, I was only 17 at the time. I watched her messy bun tutorial, back then YouTube was only really starting to be a thing really. Even though there was loads of people making videos but comparing to now and then. Zoe hadn't even got her ombré hair at this point.

She is the definition of #GirlBoss

blogmas day 9: Favourite Christmas songs

I love Christmas music, that's all I listen in December!! Here's my playlist on Spotify if you fancy a listen.

So I thought I'd hit you up with some of my favourites to add to your own playlist!! Here's my YouTube playlist too, if you fancy some more!!

Blogmas day 8: The Winter edit: Make up edition

Winter make up picks, I think I'll continue on using this even past winter. Why would I deny myself good make up?

I've been loving this since I bought it, all matte shades what more could I want really? If you want to try the Kat Von D shade and light eye palette, try this because it looks the exact same. Don't how good they compare, but for £8 it's really good. 

Such a pretty colour, I haven't stopped wearing it since I bought it. I just keep reaching for it and it's a awesome non berry Autumn/Winter shade alternative. If that makes any  sense.

Blogmas day 7: Favourite festive things

I love the whole build up to Christmas, I actually prefer it not going to lie. So here's what I love to get up to during the festive period.

1.Visit a the Christmas market.

2. Festive drinks from Starbucks and Costa, What's your favourite drink?

Blogmas day 6: What YouTube/Blogs made me buy. Beauty edition.

I've seen this for a while, but these past few months everyone has been taking part. So I thought I might as well add mine to the list too.

Looking at majority of my make up it was influenced by YouTube or a blog post. I always read up on reviews before I buy something so all it takes is a video and a few posts for me to buy something.

Blogmas Day 5: Planning Christmas gifts

I hate figuring out what to get people for Christmas, but I also like to plan stuff. So I get my organisation on and hope for the best.

I don't know about you but I hate thinking of what to get people for Christmas. So hope this at least helps one of you out.

Blogmas day 4: Bucket list

A bucket list is something I've been building up for about a year now, give or take. So I'm going to share with you some of my favourite things on my bucket list.

Everyone should have a bucket list, I think.

Blogmas Day 3:Winter reads

Is there anything better than better than curling up with a book? Here are some of the books that I want to read over this winter!!

I want to read a mix of everything and I think I have that.

Blogmas Day 2: Online Shopping

If there is one thing I love is online shopping until I see my bank balance, then it's one big opps. But when it comes to Christmas online shopping is the best thing to exist, because I work all week I don't get much time to actually shop so.

Here is my favourite online shops!!

Blogmas Day 1: Christmas Tag

Happy day 1 of blogmas, let's kick things of  right with a good ole chat about Christmas. I found Becky from milk bubble tea Christmas tag, so I thought I'd answer the questions for you today!!

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
The Grinch will always come to mind, Love Actually, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf. There is so much more, but these are my favourites.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
On Christmas Eve we would usually open one or two presents, but we would usually keep the majority of our presents to Christmas morning.


You heard blogmas is commencing right here on Lauren Catherine, 25 post for the next 25 days. Scary biscuits alright there kid. 

This Christmas day it will mark the 2 year anniversay that we lost my Daddy, so I'm dedicating this whole blogmas to him. Not a day goes by I don't think about you Daddy.

So, don't worry it's not all going to be Christmas related, there's some of my usual stuff thrown into the mix. So check back tomorrow and the rest of the month for more from me!! 

Lauren xx

November 2016 beauty boxes: Glossy box & Birch box

Last month I posted about Octobers Glossy box, I then went on to Birch box. So since receiving both boxes within a few days of each other I thought I might as well share both boxes with you!!

Glossy box & Birch box is the only beauty boxes I've tried and had experience with. I've never had any problems with either company they've been fab these past 2 months boxes.

Beauty & the Beast trailer reaction.

I had to post about this trailer, Beauty and the Beast. I can't wait!! When I heard that Beauty and the Beast was getting made into a live film I was buzzing. I can't wait to see it, roll on next March!!

I hope you are just as excited as I am for Beauty and the Beast!!


So, as you read about Lady on Wednesday, so I thought I would continue on with the animal theme. I can't remember how long it was after Lady I think it around a week or so. Baby Belle came came into our lives.

Meet my other doggies!!

She's still a wee puppy, just over 6 months.


Months after I still don't know what to say, it still hurts. July 17th our little Lady was put to rest. It's a scary world when you hear of dogs getting lost or hurt. Our Lady had her own wee adventure the whole time we had her.

Why I started blogging?

Well why did I start blogging? This is my third blog I've tried to keep up with. This is the one. Every time I tried before I felt I was trying to be something I wasn't so I just left it. I actually deleted them both. 

So why try it for a third time, well why not do something that I've always wanted to do. Might as well have my own wee space on the Internet, where I can talk, write, create, share and meet new people!!

What do I want to make more time for?

What do I want to make more time for? So much time but so little time too. I that makes any sense? Well let's get going!!

Makeup Haul

Why can't I go into Boots or Superdrug and not buy anything? My bank account hurts. but my heart says for the blog, for the blog. So here we have a makeup haul, here's my last one I put up a few weeks back.

I did buy a lot of Soap and Glory but I do love Soap & Glory as a brand so!!

Current Listens #2

Back in August I put out my first current listens, I thought I might as well update you on what music I've been loving this past wee while.

Don't forget to check out my Spotify account for more.

Spooky Halloween tag

So Jordan over on retrospectreviews tagged me to do her spooky Halloween tag, what better post to put live the day before Halloween eh and share my lobe for this time of year!!

I'm just going to answer the questions and if you fancy doing the tag as well, work away!!

Let's get going started shall we?

My TV guide

If you need to know anything about me, I watch a lot of shows. So I thought I'd put together my own little TV guide, maybe even be find a new show for yourself to watch!!

I have to keep note of them all or I'll forget to set one on record or something. I'm just going to write  all of shows that I watch, even if the season is over for the year. Just incase you are wondering!

Catch up

Not even joking I'm sitting watching a sticker haul, I love these videos. Especially plan with me videos. I'm waiting on my photos uploading so, girl had to find something to do, saving some Etsy shops in my favourites as I go!!

Anyway I thought I'd do something a little different when I do these Catch up, instead of just talking about what I've been doing. Let's be honest that's just going to boring. I'm going to talk about YouTube vids I've been watching, music, blogs etc.

Just a bit of everything really!!

Glossy box: October 2016

Do you ever buy stuff just purely just to put on the blog, well this one of those things. A glossy box, now I've seen these for a few years on a few girls from America on their YouTube channel and all that there like. But here best about it, I didn't even know Glossy box was in the UK and it's been going for a while anyway. 

So here is the Glossy box, October 2016. Which was guest edited by my favourite Estée Lalonde, I love her blog and YouTube channel.

Colour pop first impression

As soon as I seen the $4.99 international shipping I was all over that Colour pop website, please believe I didn't even but a highlighter, raging. But this will defiantly not be my last colour pop order for sure!!

But can we just talk about that eye shadow shade but I'm actually in love!! That note though, how cute is it?

Favourite snapchatters

Snapchat is one of my favourite apps, so I thought I might as well share some of my favourite snaps to watch

If you want to follow me, you can find my snapchat over in the side bar or up above with the rest of my social links

The versatile blogger award

First things first thanks to Nikki from just around the riverbend for nominating me in the versatile blogger award!! When I got the mention from Nikki on twitter I originally never hear of it I thought I might as well give it a go!!

So here's the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you - check!
Share the link to their blog - check!
Reveal 7 facts about yourself - check! (See below)
Nominate 10-15 other bloggers - check! (Also, see below)

That lame company: box of lame

That lame company are an awesome little business, as soon as I seen the box of lame I needed it in my life. Small, big and blogger #boxoflame. I got the small box, as soon as I got mine I couldn't believe what I got, so here are the links of all the shops that put there products together for this box.

Can we talk about the package that everything came in? It's beaut.

What do you mean you're not doing blogtober?

Yes, you read the title right I am not doing blogtober, sad times I know. I'm not even going to make an excuse up for you. But I really wanted to do something, instead. I am ready for October and Halloween, just before writing this I painted my nails black and put on my cat ears. Which I don't even know why I bought, I mean it's not like I am dressing up as a cat for Halloween. But anyway.

I do upload a lot of pictures of my dogs!!

So I had a brain wave, Megan from Cardigan Jezebel always makes monthly Instagram photo challenges. Yes, you know where I am going with this!!

Beauty haul

I thought since it was towards the end of the month, pay day is near. So I thought I'd share with you lot a few things that I picked up last week.

I'll link everything below if you want to pick anything up!!

I am the reader tag!!

I seen this tag floating around you tube, I really wanted to take part. So lets chat books!!

If there is one thing you need to know about me I love to read and I have a bad obsession with buying books. But if you read my post a few weeks back I donated a lot of my books, which you can read all about here.

Chill time.

Everyone needs some time to themselves,  for dealing with anxiety I find dedicating one day a week where I can just do nothing is what I need.

Working all week I need at least one day to do nothing. Well do nothing by that do stuff and not feel guilty like watch you tube or  thinking of new ideas for my blog.

Dear greif

Your a pain in my ass, even after all of this you still hit me like a slap on face. Loosing someone will forever hurt. Loosing a family member, a pet or a past partner we all need to grief.

Ctrl alt delete. How I grew up online by Emma Gannon

Now if you read my post on what I'm currently listening to, you would have seen that I am obessed with Emma's podcast Ctrl alt delete.  On July 7 this year she brought out her book, I 'm going to talk about my thoughts here today.

I actully bought my copy on my phone, so I had to sneaky photo in the middle of Easons so here we have it my review of Ctrl alt delete how I grew up online by Emma Gannon

Pretty Little Liars summer final: reaction. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

So if there's one thing you need to know about I am obsessed with PLL, if you follow me on twitter you will see my rambles I go on. Especially PLL that can be a big topic.

Back in June I posted my thoughts on the Game of Thrones final, which you can read here. I thought why not post one about PLL, I do love that show so why not.

So if you are NOT caught up on season 7 do go any further of this post, SPOILERS AHEAD!!