Big hair and geek glasses...

...seems like that was the motto of the day.

My Saturday was spent slobbing around my flat, catching up on Gossip Girl, tidying up and eating carrot cake. For that reason I decided not to waste the contact lenses I wear on a daily basis, but to don the glasses instead.

I got these last year. I am one of those awful optical consumers that is never happy with her specs. I take years to find some that don't leave me grimacing in the mirror and then when I do finally hit the jackpot by finding a palatable pair, begrudge their exorbitant cost.

They just can't win.

Having said that though, I actually love glasses. I love seeing people wear them. I love all the different styles and I love the transformative effect they can have on a face. If they didn't cost so damn much I might have more than one pair.



So these are my glasses that I picked up from the best opticians in the world - Auberbach & Steele - last year. That place, on the King's Road in London, is a haven. They stock interesting brands and will make sure you walk out with a style that looks good. They are also super nice and non-judgmental about your over-reliance/over-wear of contact lenses. (ie, no lectures - yes, I have had those before from other places!)

PS. My hair looks massive as I just brushed it with my hairbrush (Mason Pearson) - that baby is the key to big hair :) Seriously - that's one of the main things I am doing different with my hair - running a brush through it! Post coming soon :)

Glasses: Dita Courante's in Red Crystaline (I had never heard of Dita when I bought these...only later did I realise they were some big-super-duper brand...clueless!)   
Jumper: Vintage Zara (AKA about 2 years old ;)
Bracelet: Hermes

A pointless aside...

This is a pointless aside as you cannot actually really see/appreciate either product BUT...


On my face I am wearing my latest love affair...the Bioderma Tinted sunscreen.

I changed my tune with this one as I have owned it before and didn't love it at all. It reminded me of Benefit's You Rebel - ie, a colour that didn't quite work and a consistency that never seemed to set.

It might be the climate I am in right now, the fact my skin is not that oily these days or just that I applied it with a kabuki and let it set for 5 minutes but I am enjoying it. The coverage hints at the kind that you get from Chantecaille Just Skin and whilst it feels tacky initially it does set.

LOL at the kind of flash back that you would get from a 100SPF skin base though. 

La Roche Posay...

And an even more pointless mention goes out to the La Roche Posay (LRP) Redermic eye cream.

Two things come to mind when I think of LRP:

a) Their packaging is distinctive because of it's total blandness; and
b) Their products never let me down.

After running out of Avene Ystheal (not one I can pronounce out loud - eeesthe-al?) I thought I would try Redermic and like all creams, I hoped that it would be the one, that it would make a difference. And....well I think it's one of the better eye creams I have ever tried. How's that for a measured statement!?

It has almost completely changed the texture under my eyes. It's far smoother and whilst I still have fine lines I think the combination of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and dimethicone, the latter of which is a known "soft focus" helper, have massively helped.

It's the kind of cream that I enjoy using because I genuinely think that when I wake up in the morning, my eye area looks rested and fresh - rather than sunken and dehydrated.

It's about £20 a tube from Boots and I think that's a good price.The majority of the reviews that I have seen are on the positive side. Some comments refer to a hunch that it might be drying - I haven't found that and I use it morning and night. Other comments state that you only see real results 2-3 months in. That's fine. I am happy to continue with this one and coupled with my reliance on Effaclar K, I am quickly turning into a LRP fangirl :)

...having said that, if you have any eye cream recommendations for the more active ingredient kind, let me know!

Thanks for reading. That was quite a ramble today...

72 comments:

  1. I have to wear glasses for driving and it takes me ages trying on every pair when I need new ones! I'd love laser eye surgery, but too many medical tv shows have put paid to that! Love the big-hair-&-geek-glasses combo on you :)

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  2. I absolutely love this look on you!
    It's really laid back and chic:)
    I have the same problem with glasses, its an absolute nightmare to find a good pair.

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    xx

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  3. I LOVE the big hair and geek glasses. You look fab! xx

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  4. Wow your hair looks so beautiful and healhty and those glasses your suit you.

    Great post!

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    xxx

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  5. LRP is the best, that is all. (And Bioderma is a close second, their sun protection is fantastic for people with sun allergy like me).

    Absolutely love the glasses :) I've had mine for a bit less than 2 years, which is when the itch of new glasses needs to be scratched again (I try to keep the budget reasonable, but I wear them most days so it's a necessary investment). So this is inspiring :)

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  6. The big hair really suits you as do the glasses :)

    I never knew SPF 100 existed.....I will definately have to look up this product as I am always looking for crazy high SPF's to maintain my corpse white complexion :P xo

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  7. Your glasses really are gorgeous! I know what you mean about the 'wear glasses more, lenses less' lectures but ironically my sight is better in the lenses and has been worsening less! Love your outfit also x

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  8. Even with glasses you look lovely. I only wear mine around the house and totally rely on contact lens. I'm looking into a new pair of specs by Ray-Ban that may give me the confidence to wear outside.

    I forgot to previously mention that over Xmas I went to Ledbury Mcintyre and had my haircut by Lesley so thank you for the recommendation, I will definitely be going there regularly. Oh and I love the Mason Pearson, actually keep a spare one in the handbag :) x

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  9. @Parveen - ah i wish the Rayban Wayfarer specs suited me but try as I might, they just don't :(

    So glad lesley has another happy customer. I miss her so much. The only hairdresser in the world I fully trust with my hair :)

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  10. Omg your hair looks so big and healthy! Do a review on this brush I am intrigued! I've never tries any La Roche Posay products but have spent many an hour on makeup alley and other blogs reading about their products! I'm too scared to leave my beloved Liz Earle! xx

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  11. I cannot wait for your hair post! Very excited...your hairs looks really fabulous. I use LRP products since I was a teenager with acne, and now in my mid 20's i still use this brand and love it. I need to check that Bioderma tinted moisturizer, I am pretty sure since you mentionned it in your blog now we will see a new craze and buzz around that product hehe!

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  12. Loving the glasses

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  13. I have yet to find an optician that doesnt give the contact lens lecture! I am also an LRP fangirl - loving Effaclar Duo at the moment :)

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  14. You always look so chic :) think I need to try the Bioderma tinted moisturiser, sounds really good apart from the SPF100 haha x

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  15. I need to get myself some La-Roche Posay! :)

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  16. I am absolutely in love with the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream. My crepe-like (gross) under eye area is so grateful I made that purchase =D

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  17. you look lovely... i love the geek glasses, big hair and the top is just too cute =) xx

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  18. gorgeous specs! would you be able to remember the name of the mason pearson brush you have? I definitely want to make the investment after seeing your post! Thanks xx

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  19. I absolutely adore La-Roche Posay!! I use their physiological cleanser and toner daily and even prefer it to the likes of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish!!

    Also, those glasses are amazing and suit you so well :)

    Gem x
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  20. You look gorgeous! Always so chic

    xxx

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  21. The title in itself of this post is fantastic.

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  22. I rely too much on my contact lenses, too. Only just got into wearing my glasses more regularly after years of having them. Yours look great!

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    x

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  23. I love your glasses story. I'm a "geek" glasses/contact lens wearer and I work for an ophthalmologist and optical store. And trust me, they are right in saying that overwear of contacts are horrid; some of the conditions that I've seen from overuse of contacts are nightmare-inducing. And I can speak from experience, I ended up getting giant papillary conjunctivitis. It's gross, don't google it.

    Either way, congrats on finally finding a good pair of glasses! It definitely took me like 5 years!

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  24. I need that brush!! The four thin hairs I have on my head would greatly benefit from it I think. :)

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  25. I love glasses on both women and men, super sexy!This reminds me that I must book an eye test this year, never had one :) xx

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  26. I don't believe I've ever seen a product with SPF 100. Yes the flashback would be horrendous!Loving the glasses on you. Nice change.

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  27. Your hair and glasses combination is absolutely killer, love love love! :) you always look phenomenal, girl!

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  28. I wear glasses and see so many expensive pairs that I would love a little more than my existing expensive pair but cannot justify, life! Love yours, good size/shape/colour. Hair looks brill

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  29. Might have to start brushing my hair if it will look like this!! :)

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  30. I guess I'm in the minority here... but glasses are one thing I actually do splash out on. I have 3 'high end' pairs and don't regret a single penny spent on them. Any why not - I wear them every day and always feel fab.

    Origins 'a perfect world for eyes' has been my go-to eye cream as of late. It's got a great texture too - not quite serum, not quite a cream.

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  31. I love L'Occitane Immortelle eye balm, I feel like I can see a definite change in my under eye area. I've generally really been impressed by L'Occitane lately.

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  32. Love those glasses! Oh yes, have you tried the Effaclar Duo?

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  33. Love the glasses!
    Can I ask who cut your hair at JetSet? Looking to make an appointment this month at the JBR location. Thanks!

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  34. I know its soo hard to find a good pair of glasses! I've had my rayban glasses for about 2 years now and love them but need a new pair... one of the most difficult shopping challenges! Love your glasses though Laura, they look fantastic!

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  35. I personally am a ROC girl. I slather that MultiCorrexion on desperately morning and evening., its my favourite potion. On a whim recently I bought a face serum from an ETSY seller. Can't even tell you why, the face fairies made me do it ;)! Never having bought anything but jewelry I wasn't expecting much BUT after a few weeks my face is smoother, my under eye is vastly improved and even an age spot (yikes!) on my left cheek is fading. I even repurchased, I couldn't believe it myself! It arrived here in the Middle East really quickly as well. Here is a link if anyone is interested http://www.etsy.com/listing/62048755/omg-serum-the-ultimate-facial-serum-dmae
    12$ USD-who knew?
    Laura I used to follow you on Youtube, being an eyelash slave like yourself. Have you tried any new growth serums? I used Lilash for some time even though it was somewhat irritating-I have been off the serums for awhile-any recommendations?

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  36. Great post!

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  37. Great geek look! I am a fan of LRP in fact you just reminded me I used to use a redness reduction cream (can't remember the name off the top of my head) but it was brilliant, note to self..must repurchase.

    Esther xx

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  38. Love your hair like this!!! And i am a huge fan of glasses. I wear contacts because I get a headache wearing glasses when out and about.. but every now and then I like to rock the geek!

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  39. as much as i love looking at pictures on your blog, the main thing i come back for is your superb writing. i love posts like this one, because you seem to have a natural talent in writing...needless to say, you always look amazing, particularly in this picture.

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  40. nice style - nice blog <3

    xoxo

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  41. It's amazing how much of a difference a good pair of glasses can make! I currently prefer the plain glass, no frame pairs as I look a complete idiot in the "geek glasses" - such a shame as they look so fab!
    Thank you for your thoughts on the creams, I often eye up La-Roche Posay in Boots but seem to hold off constantly... I may be tempted to invest next time though!!
    Katie x x

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  42. nice glasses :) and i really enjoy your style of writing :)

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  43. aw i love my glasses, and how i look so different with/without them! xxx

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  44. Love the hair as well as the glasses! I actually would like to wear some, but my eyesight is not bad at all so that I don't need any... haha you always wan't what you cannot get <3

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  45. big hair and glasses are the story of my life

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  46. I haven't worn glasses since I was 13. I can't say wearing them with your hair in a ponytail everyday, your tie as high as humanly possible and clunky Clark shoes has the ability to make anyone look cool, a nice little lesson I learned in my first two years at high school.

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  47. Those glasses look so great on you! I recently tried on several similar-style pairs but they just didn't work on me.

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  48. Which Mason Pearson do you use? Your hair looks amazing.

    Xx

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  49. Love the glasses! wish i needed some :'(
    xxx

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  50. I love those glasses Laura, I've needed a new pair since I lost mine, and you have definitely given me the idea to go to Auberbach & Steele :)
    And I completely know what you mean about the over wear of contacts, i am awful with mine! xx

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  51. Great look! I've been tossing around the idea of wearing those glasses for a while. You definitely pull off the look, not so sure I could! xo

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  52. These glasses really suit you!!

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  53. I love wearing various stylish glasses also but hate the price! My remedy? I wear my contacts all the time but purchase less expensive glasses at Nordstrom's, Bloomingdale's, or Neiman Marcus. These glasses have simple glass as the lens, but I do not get them finished with prescriptive lenses. I put my contacts on in the morning, choose a pair of frames that fit my personality/outfit for the day, and leave the house being able to see AND feeling smartly accessorized!

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  54. The glasses look great on you. I wish I could find a pair that suits me. For now, I'll just have to stick to my sunglasses for accessories.

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  55. I love your glasses!! Your blog is amazing, and I am definitely following you now!! I love your style:) xx

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  56. love the glasses, am just running out of my eye cream so might give this a go :D

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  57. I love the big hair and geek glasses style (I use that style every day actually lol)

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  58. i really love your glasses!!
    love this selection!!

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  60. i know this post is about your hair and glasses, and whilst you look gorgeous, that top is so lovely! especially with those trousers! beautiful as always laura :) X

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  61. Those glasses reallllly suit you! X

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