Tuesday, May 17, 2016

London OOTD

 I didn't document everything I wore in London but there was a picture or two on most days so thought I will show you a short overview of my spring favourites.

First of all let me tell you that I dont think I have ever been to London with this sunny and beautiful weather. It was a glorious 22-26 degrees 4 days in a row and it made the already amazing city even more fab.

So here is what I wore:

I wore the off shoulder floral pencil dress from ASOS for dinner at drinks at E&O in Notting Hill. The pencil cut generally is a bit tight around the hips for me but this fits perfectly . The off shoulder detail is just so pretty and feminine and I love the fabric. They only have the exact same fabric left in curvy option but this is exact same cut and may i say maybe even prettier colours? Is it too much if I order that one also?!! ASOS is full of gorgeous floral pencil dresses currently and I have thisthis and this in my Saved folder. I dont need that many floral pencil dresses but the force is stronger than me!

The next outfit is easy to replicate should you wish to. My stripe top is old but this and this would work really good or absolutely any other striped top thats more fitted. My poofy black midi is tailor made but can also be found in high street stores I'm sure (on ASOS you can get this). I just liked it in a certain length and that it would be perfectly fitted from waist and mostly skirts are wide for me. And my most worn shoes of late are the bronze leather Converse that are out of stock everywhere.

The white lace dress that you can not even see because I love the wisteria on this picture more than I want to show you the dress. Mainly cause it is by Estonian brand Iris Javier last summer collection and not available anymore. I wore it to brunch at The Botanist and it is probably one of my most worn dresses to date. Its great with heels or converse and leather jacket. It doesn't wrinkle so perfect for travel. It looks fancy but cute. It everything basically! You could get a very similar feel with this lattice midi from ASOS.

Last is the old and trusty Paige Skinny Skinny Jimmys and a brand new off shoulder top from GAP For The Love Of Denim collection that seems to be sold out online. Surely you can find it in the store thou and I do recommend!

I wish I took more photos to show you but better luck next time. I will just for good measure add my current fav hairdo photo also. Just taking a small break from the Laura roll.

Impossible to mess this up. Use texturised spay in second day hair and part them at the middle. Make two loose braids and connect them at the top of your head with pins. Move the braids closer to forehead or further back for slightly different look.

Alright I really must go now. Let me know what I should post about next. More outfits or random makeup chat? x

Sunday, May 15, 2016

London Beauty Haul

After going slightly over board with the skincare haul in Paris I did try to limit myself in London. I tried my hardest. I kept saying I will only buy ONE thing and it will be something by Charlotte Tilbury as I have never tried anything from the brand and it always looks dreamy in other peoples news feed and blogposts.

However I try to serve this up I definitely bought more than one thing. But I will give myself a pat on the back for containing the excitement in Boots and not even going into Superdrug. But lets not dwell on the things I didn't get and talk about the bits I did pick up.

The Dolce Vita quad- oh these warm copper tones. I think this palette needs a face of the day type of post where I can go more into detail about each shade. Right now I have only gotten to play with it a few days but its beautiful quality (I would go as far as saying one of the best quality eyeshadows I have ever tried) and great shades I did not have in my collection.

The Retoucher Concealer and Treat Stick- I am buying all the concealers in the world at the moment. You see apparently I am getting old and suddenly my under eye area has become the most problematic part of my makeup. Most of the tried and trusted concealers suddenly don't work anymore (for example: NARS, Laura Mercier and the UD one) . They either cake or gather in the fine lines making me look old and tired and Im not digging that look. The CT concealer is really good. It has proper coverage and minimal creasing on me. Also the staying power is very good so as boring as buying a concealer is I'm glad I picked this up.

You know whats not boring to buy thou? A lipstick!!

At our last girls lunch I asked for recommendations on what to look out for at the CT stand and Stacey told me I must buy Lost Cherry. The girl knows what she is talking about. This is such a unusual shade of pink-coral and I love the formula. Matte but not drying, super easy to wear and just feels velvety on the lips. I get about 3-4h wear time out of this before needing touch ups but carrying around a lipstick that pretty is really more like a treat. It just perks up the completion and makes me feel like I am "fresh" faced when wearing it. A new obsession is taking off called "must have all the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks". I definitely urge you to check this shade out if you are lucky enough to live near a store that sells it.

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede parfume. Repurchase from the airport Duty Free cause I was feeling sorry for myself and didn't want to fly back to Dubai. So retail therapy.

Since I went over my "i buy one thing" limit at CT I toned it down with everything else. Nothing to write home about all tried and tested and products I can't get in Dubai. I picked up the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texture which again was once gifted to me by Stacey. It doesn't compare to Oribe but I actually use it for different purpose. Cause its quite sticky and gives hair great grip I use it when I want to have volume but do an updo as my hair naturally is very silky and slippery. Perfect pre braids or teasing and its cheap.

The Maybelline Eraser goes into the category of "buy all concealers" I remember liking it ages ago but haven't given it a good enough go to comment at the moment. A clear brow gel from Blink is really not exciting but I did buy it. I probably paid a bit much for this gel but I had my brows shaped in Blink and the product stand was right there. Let me tell you a little story about my brow shaping. I had wanted to do that for ages. I hate doing it in Dubai because the three salons I have gone to the following happens:

I go in ask to get my brows threaded. I lay down in the chair. I worry that they will thread my brows off cause maybe we don't understand each other due to language barrier. The lady seems very qualified so I calm down. She starts. She finishes brows and goes "Mam upper lip also right?" (rolling her eyes while saying that). I start feeling self conscious about having a moustache even if I never thought I have one. I ask do you think I need? She giggles and says yes mam definitely need..too much hairy. I feel even worse and agree to have my upper lip threaded. I shed tears cause its so painful. I deal with pimples on my upper lip for weeks after. I am unhappy. In a worst case scenario I was once also told that really my whole face needs threading. I felt like a gorilla.

I leave you with this exciting story for now and I will be back with a little London in outfits post soon x

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nike Air Max Zero City Collection 2016 // Tokyo

I am as far from a sneakerhead as possible. I own a few pairs of Converse and thats about it. I have never owned a pair of limited edition sneakers neither has Nike Air ever caught my attention. I have always deemed it too sporty and bulky for my style.

Enter - the dreamiest pair of sneakers EVER. A dusty pink perfection in a new Nike Air shape which is way narrower and less bulky. Hence much more appealing to me. To look like I know what I am talking about here I did some reading and found out that this limited edition release included 5 different pairs of women sneakers named after cities. Tokyo is the one what won my heart.

Honestly I just saw a photo of them on Instagram and tracked them down like that. Only then did I come to know that this is exclusive release and that I must act fast or they will forever remain a dream. I haven't figured out too many ways to wear them besides skinny jeans and white t-shirt. I am picturing maybe a white loose dress of some sort as I dont wear shorts. Maybe I could even fashion a midi skirt combo that would look cool?

I think one of the reasons I have started noticing sneakers more is that I find the correct shoe trends to be..well how shall I say this.. ugly? All the slippers, bulky platforms and weird shaped heels are just not my cup of tea. And everything has ankle ribbons or laces which make my not so long legs even stumpier so thanks but no thanks.

You can order them from here and if you live in Estonia they have them at Reede store.

And not that I need any more but I do have these special edition New Balance for J.Crew and these Converse in my saved folders waiting for that day when self control fails.  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tilk! Skincare

 When I got contacted by Tilk! asking if I would like to try a few of their fresh bio skincare products I couldn't have said yes faster. First of all the brand originates from Estonia and I love all the cool skincare emerging from my homeland lately. Secondly when something is called bio skincare it just catches my interest.

So what I got sent is their Regenerate Me bio facial cream which is made for combination skin. I have been using it for about two or three months now so feel comfortable to give a little review. It contains carrot oil, almond oil, shea butter among other great things and it smells of lavender which is wonderful. Im a huge fan of lavender scent so smearing this all over my face before makeup is a real treat. It also sinks into the skin very fast so I don't have to wait long to put makeup on.  I have actually noticed that my t-zone which tends to get shiny fast stays matte longer now that I'm using Tilk!. I even did a little test and stopped using it for a about 10 days and the disco ball forehead was fast to return.

The real gem of the two products is the Moisture Me hand cream. Lets talk why exactly am I raving about a hand cream? Well the texture of this is magical- is a fluffy light almost whipped up moose like consistency that sinks into skin super fast. I believe that would be the mango butter found in the ingredients list that gives it this cloud like softness. The scent is almost as magical- a super crisp and strong fresh lemon that lingers on my hands for a while. Now if you are not one for strong scents maybe this isn't for you but I love the burst of citrus that comes with lotioning my hands. I often use hand lotion at the office and since having Moisture Me people around me often ask what smells so good?

The box they come in is cute but I have to say the plastic container did make me think "cheap" at first. However when I realised one of their marketing points is that Tilk! creams are easy to travel with the super lightweight plastic pot made more sense. All in all I really like the products and if you are one for natural organic skincare they do deliver internationally so give it a go.
Im back home this summer and definitely picking up a few more lotions from their range and maybe a cute lip balm as well.

Are you a big brand fan or do you love trying out different smaller brands organic skincare? I would love to hear more suggestions on what I must try.