Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Nude Beach by Too Faced

Even looking at this photo makes me swoon at the perfection that is a new lipstick!

Too dramatic to start a review?

Its been a moment since I got excited about a nude shade. Its normally the bright orange and red and pink that get me reaching for my wallet. Yet it only took one glance at this Too Faced La Creme Color lipstick on Kirstys Snapchat (@life-inexcess) and I was sold. And I didn't even see her wearing it, the shade Nude Beach looked so good in the bullet alone.

Only once I bought it did I find out that the consitancy of this is out of this world as well. We are talking creamy, smooth and almost luscious formula that makes your lips look conditioned and hydrated. I would go as far as name this my favorite creamy lipstick formula to date! Bold words right?

It does have a distinct smell but this does not linger. It reminds me of vanilla and lemons and sugar and is not at all annoying.

What else can I tell you? Well its one of those not overly pigmented but not sheer also, it has a beautiful shine but isn't overly glossy, it needs reapplying through the day but you can slap it on without a mirror. Did I convince you yet? This really is one of those lipsticks you would not regret purchasing I promise.

I am soon off to my vacation but as soon as I'm back I shall prepare a mug shot where you can see this in full action or alternatively come over to snapchat (@thelauracarlson) and I'm only wearing it like every day at the moment.

Hope you are all well and thank you for reading :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Favorite Things

This favorites round up includes surprisingly no makeup but that is because I want to do a separate blogpost on my Becca bits.

Other things I have been loving currently are:

Sophie Hulme Milner Mini Crossbody in Blossom Pink- this was my Christmas present to myself last year and I am still smitten. Goes with everything and can be worn as a clutch to a fancy party or as a crossbody for daytime. I have loved it on my trips to Paris and London recently as it fits what I need but limits me from carrying around too much stuff. Plus it is just so very "me".

Hylamide HA Blur- I got this as a present from Lis last time she visited Dubai and a day hasn't gone by that I don't use it. "HA Blur uses an unusual new form of Hyaluronic Acid powder base for its blurring approach" it says on their website. It really is a very unusual product that you can use as a primer or even on top of your foundation. I prefer using it as primer or on no makeup days just on its own. The blurring, smoothing effect is very visible and it gives my foundation an almost retouched finish. This is the kind of products I would have never known to pick up myself but now I want to try more things from Hylamide range.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede- this was the first ever Jo Malone scent I purchased a few years ago and while I have by now tried various others it still hold a special place in my heart. I love the little handbag size bottle and it layers so beautifully with any other Jo Malone perfume should you wish to experiment. Or on its own its like an explosion of peonies, apple and rose mixed with an earthier suede leather. Delicious!

Milkyway Cases "I Slay" unicorn perfection that makes me happy every time I take my phone out.. which is every minute of every day. Check out their crazy selection of cool phone cases and try to not order at least two.

Danielle LaPorte Truthbomb deck- these are my daily little treasures and if you follow me on snapchat (thelauracarlson) you would have seen them. I love quotes in general and picking one card up every morning with a funny or sweet or inspirational quote is such a nice part of my morning routine. You can also get them as an app but I love the physical deck on my desk and using my fav cards as wall art. I have just ordered the vol 2 and can not wait for it to arrive!

Madeline Shaw "Get the Glow" cookbook- I'm so late to the party with this cookbook as it was on every bloggers Instagram feed when it came out. I only got it recently as a present from Laura and I am loving it now. Packed with easy quick delicious recipes and tips to keep it simple and healthy. I think its so easy to get in a rut either just making the same things over and over again or eating out way to often. This kind of cookbooks are exactly whats needed to get my excited about cooking at home again.

And that is it with favorites. Hope you liked hearing about them and that you are having the most fabulous day! x

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Gondolier Hat

I bought a hat!
 This isn't exactly big news but I have longed for a cool summer hat for years and always felt like I will never be able to pull it off. Well its time to embrace these feelings cause I fell in love with this gondolier inspired hat from H&M.  I didn't it buy it straight away and left the store wondering what can I pair it with. A quick round on Instagram to see so many fabulous bloggers rocking straw summer hats made me realize I can pair it with anything from my black summer dresses to jeans and shirts to midiskirts and off shoulder tops. Can you sense how seriously I take my fashion decisions. It is rather sad really that this purchase needed a market research.

I wanted to give you a link for it but it cant be found on H&M online. I did only buy it yesterday thou so its safe to guess you can still find it in stores. Inspired by the possibility of hat outfits I also bought a new black summer dress from COS cause I have no self control whatsoever. I must rope in someone to take my outfit photos with is asap cause I cant wait to show you. Its so very me (can you guess if its midi? ) !

The pastel pink trousers I am wearing on the above photos are from Zara and they are dreamy for summer. A pair of pink pants was just about the only item I didn't have in pink yet and now I feel complete.

Coming back to the hat story- do you wear them? I'm still hesitant if it looks a bit too much "trying to be fashionable" but I love them at the same time.

Here is a few more hats I love online- straw hat with a white band, ASOS white panama hat and this Vero Moda straw Boat Hat.

Thanks for reading x

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Keeping it Pastel

Of course just as I got back into the blogging swing of things and I finally had ideas what to write about my computer crashed. This was three weeks ago!! Can you imagine three weeks without a laptop. I didn't even think I would survive but here I am still alive and kicking. The smart tech men are still trying to figure out what happened but until they do I can borrow the PC from work that I don't know how to use at all.
Sob story aside..you know that makes everything better forever and always? NEW SHOES!
Meet the most beautiful versatile comfortable and dreamy pair of pastel pink shoe perfection- Berlin Pumps by DvF 

 This is the kind of shoe I had been looking for since my Topshop ones just broke in half last summer. Its is the perfect blush pink color with a classic pointy nose and mid height heel. They seemed too good to be true when I spotted them online but couldn't resist and ordered anyway. If I'm going splurge on heels they better be something I'm wearing day and night. Another Diane von Furstenberg win in shoe department. I own two more pairs of her shoes and these will go into Favorites category as well. Beautiful quality, padded sole and heel I can not only look pretty in but actually walk as well. Is it obvious that I'm obsessed?

I am slowly transitioning so that everything in my home and wardrobe is pastel. Its only half intentional but it makes me happy so I'm gonna roll with it.

Any good summer shoe purchases you have made lately? x