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2018: January empties

Hey everyone,

This is my first empties post for 2018! I am really looking forward to seeing how many products I can use up this year. If you want to find out how many products I used up in 2017 and how much that was all worth, please check my November and December empties post (the previous post to this one).

I will be posting my resolutions for 2018, which will mention product empties, very soon (bit late I know but stay tuned). With that all said, lets get into the empties for this month…

  1. Botantics All bright with hibiscus cleansing facial wipes (£3.49): I use these to remove my makeup and even just freshen up my face sometimes. These are gentle on the skin and remove makeup well (not as well as the No7 ones though). I have repurchased these as I do like them I just have others that I prefer that are harder to obtain than these.
  2. Bioderma makeup removing micelle solution 250ml (£10.80): This removes makeup so well, its super gentle and doesn’t leave a film on the skin. I will repurchase again and again, highly recommend this.

3. Benefit triple performing facial emulsion (£27.00): Benefits skincare is something that I don’t think is talked about enough in the beauty community. This hydrates the skin, is lightweight, oil-free and has SPF 15. The bottle feels heavy and looks cute on your vanity. However, I will not be repurchasing… Before anyone says anything let me explain why. I got this product when my skin was more combination, now it is super dry. Therefore, I think this product is good for those with combination, normal or slightly dry skin types but it no longer is enough for me.

4. Charles Worthington everyday gentle micellar shampoo 250ml (£5.99): I love this shampoo. It cleanses the hair without stripping it. I can always count on this giving me the results that I want. For reference, I typically like to use a cleansing shampoo and then a hydrating conditioner to restore my hair since I use a lot of heat on it.

5. MAC pro longwear paint pot in ‘soft ochre’ (£16.00): I picked this up years ago and the formula is too dry on my eyelids now. If you have a medium/dark skin tone this shade would probably work well for you but it is just too yellow for me. Therefore, this will be going in the back to MAC pile.

6. Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in ‘fair neutral’ (£19.50): For an everyday basis I still prefer this to the Tarte Shape tape concealer. Everything from the applicator to the shade is just slightly better suited to me. I love both of these concealers though so I have to pick up another one ASAP. (Note: The reason I mentioned shape tape in this mini review is that most bloggers have reviewed them side by side and have a favourite, so I wanted my opinion on this to be made as well.)

7. MAC lipstick in ‘pure zen’ (£16.50): Mangled doesn’t begin to describe this lipstick (it is barely hanging on in the tube). Yes, I do know you can melt them down and use various ways to fix them. However, this lipstick is expired and I don’t like the shade enough to repurchase. Resulting in it joining the paint pot in the back to MAC pile.

8. Tarte cosmetics lights, camera, lashes mini sample (FREE): This makes your lashes look really good in terms of length and volume but I will not be purchasing the full size. It costs £21.00 and if your eyes water even the slightest it makes them burn so badly. I have never had that issue with a mascara before and if you have watery eyes I recommend you stay far away from this one. It is a shame, as everything else about the mascara I enjoyed.

9. Tarte cosmetics maracuja c-brightener eye treatment sample (FREE): This has an incredibly rich formula that really hydrates the under eye area. It does take a while to absorb because of this factor, so it will be dependant on your skin type and preferences as to whether you use this just in the evening or morning and night. Once I have finished my Benefit eye cream I will be purchasing the full size of this one, since it is more hydrating and that is what I look for in these products.

10. L’oreal Paradise extatic mascara (£11.99): This is mascara that made bloggers and YouTubers go crazy in 2017 (it’s marketed as the lash paradise mascara in the USA). I will have to pick up another one as it makes your lashes super long and voluminous, although I do have to say this one dried out super fast in comparison to other mascaras I have used so be aware of that. Everyone compares this to the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara, and as someone who has tried that one (a mini in waterproof formula) I would say 100% save your money and get this one instead.

 

That is it for my first empties post of the year. The first totals are 10 items at £111.27!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Empties: November and December

Hi everyone,

This is the final post on my blog relating to 2017, that year really flew by (don’t worry not going to give the same speech everyone else does).

Differently from an earlier post I have decided, 2018 will have empties posts but not Project Pan posts. This year’s project pans demonstrated that that approach just doesn’t work for me. However, I have found counting empties extremely motivating.

Biore charcoal pore strips (£6.29): These are the only pore strips that I use and the only ones I will recommend.

Patchology Flashmasque illuminate 5 minute facial sheets (£6.00): I am honestly really torn with this one. It was good but it didn’t wow me so I think for now I won’t be purchasing the big box.

Sephora rose face mask (£4.81): This one is the better out of the two hydrating sheet masks Sephora does. It leaves the skin soft and I would say for the price I would purchase it again.

L’Oreal fine flowers normal to combination skin cleansing wipes (£1.95): These ones are better than the ones for dry skin which I wasn’t expecting. The scent is still floral and quite strong so I wouldn’t recommend for those with sensitive skin. Overall, these are okay but they aren’t my first choice.

Garnier moisture bomb (£7.99): This moisturiser is okay but it isn’t supposed to be used near the eye area, and that suggests it’s not good for sensitive skin. I will not repurchase this as it isn’t hydrating enough for my skin type.

Superdrug 50 cotton wool oval pads (£1.99) and PS…Love this 100 oval cosmetic pads (90p): I purchased and used up the Superdrug ones when I couldn’t get my hands on the PS ones. Those of you that regularly read my empties posts will know that I only use cotton pads other than the PS ones when I can’t get my hands on them. Really cheap and more for your money, what more could you want.

Glossier milky jelly cleanser sample (FREE): This is a super gentle cleanser that I think is good for those that only want to cleanse their skin and use targeted products afterwards for their other needs. I have got the full size now and haven’t tried it enough to have a solid opinion but I do stand by my statement above.

The Body Shop Spiced Apple shower gel 250ml (£2.50): This has a great scent for around the Christmas season and I have a 50 ml bottle still in my collection. I am interested in trying out other scents from the Body Shop, as I enjoy the fact the formula is slightly on the thicker side. Giving it a more expensive feel.

The final totals for 2017 are 294 items at a retail value of £1669.08! I am very proud of those figures. For 2016 I achieved 172 items at £691.19, which is astronomically different to this year. I don’t think the 2018 figures will be more than 2017 but I can hope they will be similar.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

October empties (7 items)

Hi everyone,

Its almost time for November empties and I am only just rolling this out. Oops. What can I say, time just got away from me again. Although, I am gradually closing the gap on the amount of items decluttered. Lets hope I can get it all posted before year end.

I am thinking about stopping empties for next year as well as project pans, and focusing on monthly favourites, anti hauls and individual product reviews. I just think it is time to change things a little but do let me know what you think in the comments.

Empties:

Beautyblender liquid blendercleanser FREE – This makes your sponges look brand new. I already have the full size. I know that for most it seems an unnecessary expense when you can use hand soap, but this doesn’t leave them smelling strongly and is more gentle on them too.

REDKEN hair cleansing cream shampoo 300ml £15.58 – This removes all excess product build up in your hair, leaving it super clean without stripping it. My hairdresser uses this all the time on my hair and it truly does make a difference. I will definitely repurchase.

Patchology milkpeel 5 minute flashmasque £6.00 – I purchased this because I thought it was a cool concept, that and Madison Miller (a YouTuber) highly recommends the brand. This sheet mask gently resurfaces the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and looking renewed. I bought this in a pack from SpaceNK for £18, containing 1 milkpeel, 1 hydrate and 1 illuminate. I can’t wait to try those other two. The only other one available is a detox sheet mask and I have every intention of trying that out soon.

Colgate total healthy clean 25ml toothpaste £1.30 – I purchased this for my holidays this year and it lasted such a long time. I have already repurchased it for my next trips. It’s just so convenient and leaves your teeth super clean.

Milani Prime Perfection hydrating + pore minimising face primer £13.00 – It was more of a smoothing primer than a pore minimising one. There was a funny texture to it as well, almost a few gritty bits here and there. Overall, it didn’t do enough of anything for me to purchase it again.

P.S…Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p – It wouldn’t be an empties post without these. Although, there is nothing you can really say about cotton pads.

Tarte precision longwear eyeliner £18.00 – This product has a long applicator tip that I just found really difficult to use. I didn’t have a problem with the formula, so I guess it is all about applicator preferences.

That’s it for this post, I hope you all enjoyed it. Please like this post and follow my blog before you leave. I also have an Instagram page, @teenbeautylife, which you can check out as well.

The totals are now 197 items at a retail value of £976.02!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

September empties (15 items) !Updated!

Hey everyone,

I have been lagging behind with posts due to a law exam, which thankfully I passed, however I am now faced with a new dilemma. I just did another massive declutter of my makeup collection, including some of the items from my project pan that clearly expired, even though I have yet to get through even half of my previous declutter here on my blog. Not sure how to tackle this, so let me know if you have any ideas.

Empties:

MAC Fix + (£18.00): Fix + is a staple in many beauty addicts collections and I can’t disagree with the pros expressed by so many in the beauty community. It’s such a classic product and I am sad that I ran out of it. I have tried alternatives to intensify the pigment of certain shadows but nothing works quite like this. I will definitely be picking up another bottle soon.

Benefit cosmetics Roller Lash mascara (£20.50): This is a favourite mascara of mine and I am so sad that I have to go and repurchase this one. It is strange that I really didn’t like this product in the beginning but now I can’t imagine my collection without it.

AVON nature Apple Blossom shower gel (99p): This is the last bottle of this shower gel that I had and it has been discontinued, therefore I cannot repurchase it.

No7 Quick Thinking Wipes (£2.00): These are my favourite makeup wipes and any time I have a money off voucher I always repurchase these. They are gentle on the skin, remove all traces of makeup and I highly recommend them.

Avene Thermal Spring Water 150ml (£10.00): I got this originally to help with my eczema but it did nothing and I just ended up using it to cool down during the summer. Therefore, I see no point in purchasing this expensive water again.

Sephora Lotus face mask (£4.81): I picked this up during my trip to Rome, I picked up two other types to try out as well, and I did enjoy this one. However, I found the green tea version to be more effective at achieving what it said on the packet. Even though I have dry skin I did prefer the green tea one (for mattifying), I just expected for my skin to feel more hydrated than it did after using this one. Therefore, I wouldn’t pick this up again.

Rimmel London Volume Colourist mascara (FREE): This was a good mascara and I do feel that it did tint my lashes a little. However, it was a little too scratchy against my upper lash line to justify repurchasing it. It may seem very picky but there are other mascaras I like that don’t have an uncomfortable application.

Nivea Invisible for black & white antiperspirant (£1.29): I only got this to take with me travelling but I didn’t take it with me in the end because it really didn’t work for me. Deodorants are such a personal preference and I won’t be repurchasing this one.

L.A Girl Pro conceal in porcelain (£4.00): The concealer itself I really enjoy for the under eye area, as the shade gives a very natural look yet it covers all that I want. However the packaging is really annoying, especially when you are getting a bit low. It just becomes really difficult to dispense the product and the brush tip applicator becomes gross after a while. However, I enjoy the concealer and the price enough that I have already purchased another one.

Benefit cosmetics Boi ing brightening concealer no.1 sample (FREE): This shade works really well as an under eye corrector for me. I will definitely be picking up the full size of this as it requires me to use much less concealer afterwards.

AVON Advance Techniques Absolute Perfection conditioner (£3.99): This was just an okay product for me. I don’t have anything bad to say about it but it didn’t wow me either. Therefore, I won’t be picking this up again.


Tesco everyday value cotton wool pads (£1.00): You guys know I only ever use cotton pads that are not from Primark when my Primark ones run out and I can’t get my hands on them any time soon. Therefore, these were for convenience use only.

Biore deep cleansing pore strips Limited Edition (£8.99): These are no where near as good as the charcoal pore strips. The charcoal ones are the only ones from the Biore range that I recommend but I do recommend those ones highly. I will not be purchasing these ones again.

Gillette Venus & Olay 6 razor heads (£20.49): These are the current razors that I use. Not very exciting but these are the best ones I have used so far.

I completely forgot that I updated my decluttering by brand post 1, by adding content mentioning that I was decluttering my Stila mini liquid lipstick in Perla. This was supposed to be included in this post’s totals originally, so I have edited the figures below to include that item now. (1 item and £6.00)

That brings the total number of items to 159 with a retail value of £728.47!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

August empties (9 items)

Hey everyone,

I recently got back from a week long trip to Rome and I finished quite a few items whilst I was there. I posted photos of these and reviews on my Instagram: Charles Worthington Strength and repair shampoo and conditioner, Neutrogena make-up remover wipes, Tarte brighter days highlighting moisturiser, MAC Natural Radiance primer in yellow (sample), Benefit Porefessional primer (sample) and AVON moisturising sun lotion SPF 50. This brought my empties up to 135 items at £560.64. For more information please see my Instagram: @teenbeautylife


Garnier Micellar Cleansing water 700ml £7.99 – I got this super large size bottle when it was on sale and it has lasted me a long time. This isn’t my favourite product but I will probably repurchase it from an affordability perspective.

Lush Jackie Oates colour supplement £10.49 – This is being binned as it has expired. This product can either be used on its own or, the way I preferred to use it, mixed with moisturiser to make your own tinted moisturiser. It didn’t last well on the skin through out the day and your face just smells of oats. I will not be repurchasing this.


Beauty Blender solid cleanser £14.00 – This is the best brush cleaner I have ever used and I have already repurchased it. It leaves your brushes looking new again and it makes the cleaning process super quick.

Beauty Blender £16.00 – This product applies base makeup flawlessly and I will always repurchase it. This one was the light pink shade, which I will not repurchase as it lost all its colour within the first few washes and didn’t last as long as the original dark pink one. Currently I am using the white and pink marble beauty blender that was launched recently, and I am really enjoying it.


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre £13.00 – This is a super thick cream moisturiser that is amazing for my dry skin. Therefore, I am going to purchase the big size of it when I am next at Boots.

Sephora Green Tea face mask FREE – My best friend bought this for me when she went on her trip across Europe and I really enjoyed it. The sheet fits the face well and doesn’t move around once in place. There is plenty of serum in the sachet and it leaves the skin mattified without feeling stripped. I purchased another one of these when I went to Rome recently.


Benefit Air Patrol BB cream eyelid primer sample FREE – I am definitely going to purchase the full size of this product. It cancelled out all discolouration on my eyelids, keep my shadow on all day and my shadows didn’t crease either. The applicator on the full size means you can apply it directly to your lids as well as being gentle on the skin. If you are looking for a new lid primer, especially one that has colour to it, I highly recommend air patrol by Benefit.

Benefit Firm it up! eye serum sample FREE – This tightened the under eye area, not in an uncomfortable way, and hydrated them which made concealer application easier. If you are looking for an eye serum I would definitely check this one out; ask for a sample at the counter.

Tarte Rainforest of the sea marine boosting mist 30ml £4.29 – This didn’t do much of anything for my skin and therefore I will not be purchasing the full size. You apply this product before your moisturiser and it is supposed to increase your skin’s hydration. However, I saw no difference to before it was included in my routine.

This brings the empties total to 144 items and £626.41!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

 

 

 

July Empties (15 items)

Hey everyone,

I am getting later and later with these posts as these months seem to be flying by faster each time. There are so many posts I have wanted to put up recently but I just haven’t gotten round to them yet. The next one that will be going up after this is my Project Pan update #3, as I need to show you guys the starting points for the new products that I said I was adding during the Project Pan update #2 post. I forgot to add the REVLON shadow in ‘Sand’ to my totals during that post, so the 1 item and £2.99 will be added to my final totals in this post.

Decluttered products:

All bar one of the products mentioned in this section were decluttered because they had expired quite a while ago (6 months +), therefore these had to be thrown away to avoid putting harmful bacteria on my skin.

AVON Planet Spa volcanic Iceland warming face mask (£3.99) – This product didn’t do anything for my skin at all, it just got hot. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this because it just doesn’t do anything for you.

AVON Planet Spa Indulgent spa ritual chocolate face mask (£3.99) – This expired product is marketed as a moisturising face mask. Whilst this did provide a little moisture to the skin it was a very underwhelming product. The only good thing about it was the scent, this really does smell of chocolate and not a fake chocolate scent either. Overall, I would not recommend this.

AVON Planet Spa Caribbean Escape Illuminating body butter (£5.99) – This is supposed to be good for only 12 months and this is at least 3 years old. I just don’t use body butters or lotions. I just hate moisturising my body, I always have. I know I need to but I just hate the process. If you do like body butters though, this is a good one. It gives your skin this shimmer, that’s the illuminating part, it smells really good and it comes really nicely packaged in this jar. I do think this is a good product but I just don’t like using these types of products myself.


Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£16.50) – This has a 30 month expiration date which it is probably has 6 months left on. I purchased this because every exfoliator I had used prior to this was far too harsh on my skin. I do agree that it is a gentle exfoliator that does do a good job, but the jojoba beads are what I didn’t like about it. I do like the fact that these aren’t micro-beads but these beads just don’t seem to want to get off my face. I find them everywhere, on my face (even after a deep face wash), on my neck and in my hair! I will not be repurchasing this as I have found cheaper alternatives that I enjoy that are way more hassle free.

Lacoste touch of pink eau de toilette 30ml (£18.00) – When you sniff the bottle of this it smells great but when I actually apply this to my skin it is so strong. I already decluttered the body lotion of this in a previous post because it was even stronger than the perfume. To top it all off this has definitely expired and I will not be repurchasing it.

Empties:

AVON Naturals Coconut and starfruit shower gel (99p) – I loved using this as it has such a light but fresh and tropical scent to it. AVON does so many different scents in its ranges of shower products that I think once you find your favourite ones, you won’t want to purchase from other brands. This one is definitely my favourite one I have tried and I will repurchase this once my collection has diminished a bit more.

NYX Angel Veil primer (£13.00) – This is one of my all time favourite primers. It is in between drugstore and high end pricing but the quality is definitely high end. It makes your skin incredibly smooth, fills in all your pores and keeps your makeup on all day. I will definitely be picking this up again soon.

AVON Naturals winter nourishment vanilla and golden pear shampoo (99p) – This has the perfect warm, fruity, winter scent that lingers on your hair after the wash. I liked to use this every other wash to re hydrate my hair and I will be picking it up again when it re-releases this winter.


No7 Quick Thinking Wipes (£2.00) – These are my favourite makeup remover wipes as most of you know. Therefore, I will continue to repurchase these when ever I have a money off voucher.

TESCO Everyday value 80 cotton wool pads (£1.00) – I always use the ones from Primark but I ran out and didn’t have time to pick any up. I only get other brands when I don’t have those ones so I won’t repurchase these again as a first choice.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£13.00) – This was a good everyday moisturiser that hydrated the skin but soaked in quickly, making it easy to apply makeup not long afterwards. However, it has a gel like formula which I don’t particularly enjoy as I have very dry skin. Therefore I will not be repurchasing this product. However, if you have combination/oily skin I would recommend trying this product out.

L’Oreal Preference colour extender (FREE) – This stuff is so good, it really makes your colour look like you only did it a couple days ago. You apply this all over, as you would with hair dye, leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it all off. I really like that L’Oreal have added this to their hair dye kit for the Preference range, as it makes your colour look better in between treatments.

Liquid blendercleanser sample (FREE) – I got this free from BeautyBay and I am obsessed with how clean this makes my sponges look and feel. After using both the liquid and the solid cleanser from beauty blender, I can conclude that the liquid is better for sponges and the solid is better for brushes. I will definitely be purchasing the full size bottle of this.

L’Oreal Preference high shine conditioner (FREE) – This product has been in many empties posts, and my thoughts are still the same. I love this conditioner. It leaves your hair smooth and silky and it extends the life of your colour.


That concludes my July empties, I hope you guys enjoyed it. This brings the total number of empties to 141 items and a retail value of £589.10.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

June empties – 14 items!

Hey everyone,

I am late with my empties this month, I know. I have had final audit season (still the stress continues), a Christening, a house party etc. Normally the weekend is my only free time to write blog posts and take Instagram photos, but I haven’t even had that recently. June was also my birthday month, I turned 19, which means I spent too much money yet again. It also means that I have to come up with a new name for my blog before I am twenty (it was hard enough to come up with the original name) I am not ready for that.

Anyways you guys waited long enough for this post, so lets get into what I decluttered and what I used up in the month of June.

Decluttered:

Colourpop Super Shock shadow in Sunset Blvd and Wilshire £4.01 each ~ These two shades are from the Kaepop quad, one is a shimmer shade and the other a matte. Both are warm more orange based shades and therefore I will be passing these on to a friend with a more tanned complexion. I did her makeup with these before and the shades are just so easy for her to wear. Therefore I am decluttering these, because of the shades on my fair skin tone and not for a reasoning concerning the products quality.


Empties:

Dior lip glow colour reviver balm £25.00 ~ This was in my first Decluttering by brand post and I did finish it before writing it. Never the less it was finished during June, so it is in this post, but I threw it out before writing this which is why it isn’t in the photos. I am not fond of the colour that PH changing products create on me and this is particularly expensive. Therefore, I will not be repurchasing.

AVON ideal flawless matte liquid concealer in fair £4.00 ~ I already reviewed this in my Decluttering by brand #2 post but I did mention that it would feature here as well, since I did actually finish this product. It has a pretty natural finish and provides good coverage but is just too drying for dry skin, so I will not be repurchasing.

Johnson’s cotton buds £1.00 ~ I use these for cleaning up makeup mistakes mainly. They are especially good for gently getting around the eye area. These are just a staple for any home for various tasks.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream £33.00 ~ This product lasted me a long time which I am grateful for considering the price. However, out of the three eye creams I have tried this is only my second ranking, the Benefit cosmetics one is still my favourite. Therefore, since this is more expensive I will not be repurchasing it. I believe that eye creams are a really personal preference as you have to consider your skin’s specific needs, and texture is also very important. This was more of a regular cream feel, where as the Benefit one is a little thicker.

AVON Senses anti-stress shower gel £1.00 ~ I cannot accurately describe the scent of this but it is quite warm and spice based. I put my faith in the anti stress claims and it was okay but you could get the same feeling from your favourite sweet scent. As a shower gel it was just as good as the other scents I have tried from AVON, therefore I will stick to my other favourites from the Senses range.

Too Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art eyeliner in black £17.00 ~ This is my favourite liquid eyeliner ever, it is super precise, pigmented and is super easy to create a wing with. I will definitely be repurchasing this soon.

L’Oreal Lumi Magique pure light primer £10.99 ~ This was my second bottle of this product and I do really enjoy using it but I think it is just a little too overpriced for a drugstore product. I have so many illuminating primers at the moment that I will not be repurchasing currently. However, I may pick this up in the future as it is certainly a good product and loved in the beauty community for a reason. It is often compared to the MAC strobe cream and as someone who has owned both I can tell you that they are similar. However, the L’Oreal one is whiter and a much runnier consistency so it is more of a preference thing as to which you should purchase.

 

Tarte skincare pack your bags 911 under eye rescue patches £4.29 ~ These are cooling patches that fit comfortable on your under eyes and the only reason I won’t be repurchasing is because I do not get puffy under eyes. However if this is a concern of yours I do recommend these as they are comfortable, hydrating and a good price.

L’Oreal Fine Flowers dry & sensitive cleansing wipes £3.99 ~ I prefer these to the other type of fine flowers wipes I tried previously as it removes all my makeup, and are less scented than the other version. Still nothing has beaten my No7 quick thinking wipes and those I get for £2. However, I would use these again.


P.S… Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p ~ These I use to remove my makeup with micellar water and apply toner after cleansing my skin. These are of a good size and an even better price and I recommend them.

AVON on duty 72hr max protection 6 roll on deodorant 80p ~ This is the best deodorant I have ever used and it is super cheap. I already have two back ups. It doesn’t stain your clothing either, which is quite a common problem with other brands I have tried. Do you prefer roll on or aerosol deodorants?

Elemental herbology purify & soothe facial cleansing balm FREE ~ This product removes makeup well enough, but the smell is stomach churning and lingers after. Normally I am not so blunt in my reviews but I cannot make any excuses for this.

That is it for this month’s empties, I hope you all enjoyed it. This brings the totals to: 126 items at a retail value of £506.66!

Until the next time,

Lauren x