We definitely didn't look half as good as TOWIE star Lauren Pope when we woke up this Monday morning...

It looks as though we weren’t alone when we struggled our way into Monday morning earlier today – Lauren Pope was finding it just as difficult too!

But, whereas we woke up with mascara smudges under our eyes and a rather stonking hangover (hey, we’re allowed a bottle of wine with The X Factor, aren’t we??), Lauren looked radiant as she greeted her fans on Instagram – even though she was completely make-up free. UGH.

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With gorgeous glowing skin and her tangled hair falling loosely over her shoulders, the TOWIE star looked enviously fresh-faced as she kick-started her week on a positive vibe.

Captioning the make-up free shot, Lauren wrote: ‘Up n at em, ready to smash the week ahead…well once I put a brush through my hair and find some mascara! #HappyMonday.

Lauren’s look was in stark contrast to how we’re used to seeing the reality TV star, who – like most of the Essex girls – isn’t often seen without a full face of make-up.

The gorgeous star shared the snap just days after confirming that she’s quit The Only Way Is Essex, with the current series set to be her last.

Popey – who has been a regular member of the TOWIE crew since the ITV hit first aired waaaay back in 2010 – is quitting the show in order to grow her business ventures and to follow her dream of finding success across the pond in America.

A source told Now: ‘Lauren is leaving TOWIE, she’s working on developing her business. Her dream is to live and work in LA and she feels TOWIE is holding her back.’

We wonder if she was on her way to ‘smash’ a meeting with an important LA-type this morning then? We hope it went well if so, Lauren – and that you found your mascara!