Lauren Schroer | Graphic Designer & Blogger

My 2016 Goals

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1. Try 1 new recipe each month.
Since moving out of my parent’s house 6 months ago, I’ve obviously had to become completely dependent on myself as far as making food. And I’ll admit, I haven’t eaten as healthy as I’d like to. I generally try and eat pretty balanced meals, but more often than not I’ve just been eating whatever’s easy and convenient. I’d like to try and experiment with more cooking and trying new foods, perhaps even buying a cook book or two. I’m quite the picky eater but in the recent months I’ve tried some new foods that I actually surprised myself and enjoyed a lot, so I really want to be more willing to try new things. If you have any vegetarian cookbook, recipe, or recipe apps you’d recommend, let me know!

2. Blog at least once a month.
In 2015 I was blogging very consistently for about 6 months and then dropped off the face of the earth it seemed. I would like to try and keep up with a more consistent blogging schedule this year and even if or when I disappear for a while, I’d like to post at least once a month still. Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain a weekly or bi-weekly schedule but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself for this goal. Blogging for me is less of me trying to make a business out of it now, and it’s just a hobby. I don’t want to stress myself out over it and I want to do it because I enjoy it!

3. Be more social.
I’m very introverted, I don’t have a large group of friends, and all of my friends live in different cities. So, because of this combination, I really don’t see people that often (besides at work or staying in with my roommate). I’d love to put forth more of an effort to spend time with my friends this year – either with them coming to visit me, or me going to their cities to see them.

4. Declutter my makeup collection.
I have way too much makeup that I don’t use. I can’t even use the excuse that “I’m a beauty blogger” because really – I don’t blog about beauty much anymore. Makeup is a passion of mine and it brings me so much joy, but I need to apply the philosophy “out with the old and in with the new” to my makeup collection, because for the past few years my philosophy has just been “in with the new; in with the new; in with the new; etc.” and not letting anything go! I might start up a blog or instagram sale page to sell my lightly used products too!

5. Try a capsule wardrobe.
It seemed like in 2015 so many bloggers I follow were trying out capsule wardrobes and I’m really intrigued by the idea! I would love to try it out even just for a month or two to see if I like it. I wouldn’t try an extremely condensed wardrobe – I would probably include around 40 items or so – but I like the idea of wearing clothing you already own and love, and not purchasing new pieces all the time.


What are your 2016 goals? Do you have any tips for me to help me achieve my goals?

Recap: My 2015 Goals

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At the beginning of 2015, I made a blog post sharing some goals I wanted to accomplish in the year. Today I thought I’d follow-up on them and see how I did! To be honest, I forgot to keep track of what my goals were throughout the year but it’s interesting to look back on them how many I still managed to accomplish.

01: Get a job (or do more freelancing) in graphic design. 
I did both of these things! At the beginning of 2015 I lost my part-time job at Target Canada because they closed (RIP). However, this gave me a lot more time to focus on freelancing and working on my blog and I managed to do some freelance work for a few YouTubers, bloggers, and other content creators. In July I ended up getting a full-time job as a designer for an ad tech firm in Toronto and I still currently work there and have put freelancing on hold for the meantime.

02: Do something different with my hair.
In January I cut about 5-6 inches off of my hair, and since then I’ve only continued to cut it shorter! For someone who never does anything with my hair, this was a big deal for me but I’ve loved having shorter hair and haven’t regretted cutting it for a second.

03: Create a redesign for my blog.
A few of you might remember my old blog, Lipstick & Lacquer, which was where I was blogging in the beginning of 2015. In April, I launched my new blog (which you are now on) where I completely redesigned and rebranded myself. 

04: Travel to New York City.
This one unfortunately remains not checked off, but I will continue to put this on my goals list and I hope that one day soon it’ll happen.

05: Read 12 books.
I didn’t do a good job of keeping track of what I read in 2015, but I know for a fact that I didn’t read 12 books. I probably read around 4-5. I enjoy reading but I’m just awful at picking up a book and actually doing it!

06: Reorganize and declutter my makeup collection.
In 2015 I got a new desk for my makeup storage (the IKEA Alex Drawers + a Linnmon table top), and I’ve loved using it to store my makeup! I didn’t declutter as much as I would have liked to, so maybe that’s something I can tackle this year.

07: Clear out my wardrobe of clothing I no longer wear.
I’m pleased to say that I actually did this! I’m a hoarder of clothing. I become attached to items of clothing that I once loved or items that have good memories tied to them. After listening to about 1/3rd of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and after moving out of my parents’ place and leaving a ton of old clothes there, I did end up going through all of my clothing and getting rid of quite a lot of it. I hope to declutter even more this year or maybe even give capsule wardrobes a try.

08: Become more confident bare-faced.
This is still a work in progress for me. In 2015 I spent more time on my skincare and have seen some improvements, so hopefully this is something I will continue working on this year.

09: Scrapbook for the entire year.
I started a Project Life scrapbook in the beginning of 2015 and kept up with monthly spreads until May. In June when I went to Walt Disney World, I was so excited to scrapbook my trip but the task was too overwhelming and I kept putting it off. So unfortunately my scrapbook remains unfinished. I would really like to finish it though because 2015 was such a great year for me! I might attempt a more simple scrapbook or photo album to document 2016 as well.

10: Take more photos.
I definitely took a ton of photos in 2015, but not as many with my DSLR as I would have liked to. I took plenty on my iPhone though!

11: Drink less Coke Zero and more water.
I am definitely still a little bit addicted to Coke Zero. I think I did drink more water though and it’s something I continue to try to do!

12: Keep up with a good skincare routine.
I spent a lot more time on my skincare and searching for products that work for me in 2015. I’m really pleased with my current skincare routine and have learned to enjoy doing it as part of my nighttime routine.

13: Wash my makeup brushes once a week.
What was I thinking with this goal? I wash my Beauty Blender daily but I should probably deep clean my brushes much more frequently.

14: Create a blogging schedule and stick to it.
In the first 6 months of the year I was really proud of how consistent my blogging was. However, once I got a full time job and moved in July my posts were definitely slacking and I’ve hardly posted in the past 6 months. I hope I can fall back in love with blogging this year and be more consistent!

I'll be back shortly sharing with you what my goals for 2016 are! 


Did you manage to accomplish your goals or resolutions in 2015?

H&M Beauty Relaunch | Review

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Recently, H&M has relaunched an entirely new range of beauty products. H&M is where the majority of my wardrobe is from, so I was so excited to hear about their new beauty collection! When promo images were released online a couple of months ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the gorgeous monochrome and gold packaged products.

Last week I ventured into the newly opened H&M Beauty section of the Eaton Centre H&M and was immediately swatching nearly everything. I settled on getting 3 products to first try out from the range, and upon trying them I already know I'll be back for more!

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PURE RADIANCE POWDER BLUSHER

The first product I got was the Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Brown Sugar ($12.99). I've been on the hunt for the perfect neutral everyday blush, and this one seemed perfect. It's a light peachy-beige with a satin finish, and the power is very soft and blendable. The pigmentation is just right too, leaving the perfect wash of colour on the cheeks. I was really impressed with how well this wore, lasting 10+ hours without fading or going patchy. Many blushes in my collection will seem to disappear by the end of the day so I was pleased to see that this one was so long wearing.

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HIGH IMPACT EYE COLOUR

The next item that grabbed my attention was the High Impact Eye Colour in Russet Rose ($7.99). I spotted this particular eye shadow on a display showcasing "The New Neutrals" and it's such a gorgeous colour for fall. It's a metallic rose gold copper shadow that's like nothing else in my collection. This eye shadow has fantastic pigmentation and is so soft and buttery both when swatching and when applying on the eye lid with a brush. This wore for 10+ hours without creasing or fading. It makes for a perfect 1-shadow look with this swept over the lid, into the crease, and smudged along the lower lashline. I definitely want to go pick up more of these single shadows now, their range of colours was massive and they had some gorgeous shades.

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VELVET LIP CREAM

Lastly, I of course had to pick up one of their matte liquid lipsticks. I got the Velvet Lip Cream in Screen Siren ($12.99), a beautiful deep raspberry shade. Liquid lipsticks are my current favourite type of lip product, so I was thrilled to see liquid lipsticks as part of the new launch. Unfortunately, their liquid lipstick did not perform well for me. The application was patchy and difficult to get an even coat of colour. The formula was really quick to dry so you don't have much time to work with the product to get a clean and precise application. Once it was applied and dried down, it was quite drying and uncomfortable on the lips, but usually I'm willing to deal with that if the product lasts all day long.

About an hour into wearing the lipstick, I ate lunch and I had to reapply because it had completely worn out from the inside of my lips. It seemed like once it came in contact with moisture the product began moving around and sliding off. My touch-up ended up making the product appear even more uneven and patchy on my lips. I wore this liquid lipstick for 4 hours before I had to take it off. The colour was so uneven and it did not look good. Unfortunately I will not be buying any more of the liquid lipsticks from this range, but I am still interested in trying out their regular lipsticks and hope they perform better.

If you are in the market for a great liquid lipstick I'd suggest trying the Sephora Cream Lip Stains (which are only a few dollars more than the H&M ones and last 12+ hours!) or the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips (only $6 and last all day on me as well).

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FINAL THOUGHTS

All in all, I am still impressed with H&M's new beauty products. Two out of the three products I picked up were wonderful. The obvious stand out products were the powder blusher and eye shadow. Both swatched and performed on the same level as high-end products, without the high price tag. There are still quite a few products in their range that I am interested in trying out and I'm sure I'll do so over the next little while!


Have you tried any of the new H&M Beauty products? Are there any products you like or are interested in trying?