Tuesday, 4 April 2017


The Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation is something I have always longed to try, yet I wanted to wait until my skin was acne free and in a good condition. My skin has been extremely cooperative over the past few months and has been very, very smooth so I made a swift and long awaited purchase. 

I decided to go in-store and get my shade matched as this foundation definitely isn't on the cheap side. Retailing for £31 you get 30ml of product in a beautiful glass bottle with gold detailing. I'm a sucker for products that look good on your dressing table and this is definitely up there with the luxury-feel foundations. 

I feel like my expectations for this foundation were higher than usual due to the huge amount of hype around it in the blogging world. I have heard amazing things and was hoping to be just as impressed as everyone else who had recommended it. 

For me, the product will last until I get home with a small touch up midday. The coverage is light to medium and so I go in with my Nars Creamy Concealer to double up on any problem areas - both products work well together and give me a more even looking complexion. The finish is matte but due to my skin becoming more oily since my acne has calmed, I tend to see some shine as the day goes on. My favourite aspect about this product is the shade, it matches my skin perfectly which has proved difficult to achieve with most brands I have tried.

I apply the product with a beauty blender or a buffing brush, both work well. The product is thin and blends into your skin easily, it also has a lovely smell which is always a plus. I hate foundations that leave brush marks but I haven't experienced this problem whilst using Double Wear, it is very easy to work with.

Overall I am quite happy with the foundation, it has a very light weight feel which is nice when you have a 9-5 day - My skin looks even in complexion and I don't have to worry about it rubbing off throughout the day.

What are your thoughts?

Sophie Lauren

Sunday, 2 April 2017


I haven't posted on Sophie Lauren in over 4 months, ahh!! The last few months have been an absolute whirlwind and I haven't felt like I've had the time to put into my blog.

I graduated university last July which meant that all I could think about in the following months was finding a graduate job and starting my career. I have always been very creative and a job that allowed me to express this was a priority. I love graphic design, social media and marketing and so I worked  on a freelance basis for a few months in order to gain some experience and build up my CV. I also worked with a few local businesses to help them with their social media which was a nice way to experience different fields and work with a range of people. 

In December I was contacted to interview for the position of Marketing Junior at an amazing business , which ended up with me jumping about the kitchen with excitement. My interview came the following week and I was offered the position a few days later which followed with more jumping about the kitchen (and a celebratory wine or two). I started my new job in January and have loved every minute of it, I work with some very inspirational people and have learnt so much during my time there so far. 

I must admit it has taken me some time to adjust to a 9-5 job, especially as I travel in which means it's a get up at 6 kind of deal. I have found that waking up early in a routine has definitely had positive effects on my anxiety and allowed me to achieve more on a daily basis, I also appreciate my weekends far more and feel motivated to do lot's of activities in my free time. 

I have been focused on adjusting to my new role for the past few months and have finally started feeling like things are becoming more natural to me which has allowed me to start thinking about my blog again. I finally took a few blog photos on the weekend which means I can start posting about all the products I have been buying and hauling over my absence. It feels good to be back and writing again!