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9 Nov 2013

Burnout!

First of all...apologies for my absence. I know that writing a blogpost does not take an inordinate amount of time but I just haven't got round to it recently. My reasons are part-laziness and part-work related. I start a new job next week which is all very exciting but which also involves a lot of handover work from my current role.

Now that my excuses are out of the way let's have a quick OOTD/rundown of some of my very favourite things!

First up, burnout tees from Topshop. Simone mentioned how much she liked these - the softness, loose fit and just general feel is relaxed and easy. I bought a couple of them and am already obsessed. Expect me to buy more. I think they work best when you wear them with some serious neck bling...and so that's what I did today :)








Can I just say that I am shocked that I am not frustrated with my hair length yet. I fully expected to be tediously whinging about the shortness by about now but at this point I am even thinking about going shorter!

Top: Topshop - Link!
Necklace: Topshop - Link!
Jeans: Paige (old Shopbop sale bargain...fully recommend that as a channel for cheap designer jeans)
Shoes: Zara (last season)
Bag: Celine

Makeup chat

I want to do a post on my current makeup routine. I am in a happy rut, applying the same tried and tested stuff every day, but there are two new additions worth a mention here:

Clarins Extra Comfort foundation is OUTSTANDING.



We are talking ticks-every-box-never-want-to-use-anything-else. This is not a PR sponsored statement either - I purchased this myself from the Clarins store in Dubai Mall (Sidenote: The Sephora Clarins guy accused me of lying about the existence of this...dude, just admit you don't know - I won't mind!)

It's dewy yet full coverage. Relatively long lasting but easy to apply. Instantly brightens up a tired face  - your skin actually glows post-application. There are not enough superlatives in the world to describe how amazing this is. Okay, the packaging is stupid - who wants a glass pot that you have to dip into every day? - but every other part of it would make me recommend it anyone.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is the other new addition.



Now the shade part I don't like. Maybe you need skills to apply it or maybe I just prefer powder for sculpting but the illuminate is beautiful. It's a simple cream highlighter that makes any part of your face gleam. This reminds me of Becca's Bird of Paradise Gloss...but better. This with the Real Techinques Contour brush will bring cheekbones to life - even if they are non-existent like mine :)

What new makeup items are you loving right now?

...and hope you are all well? :) 

75 comments

  1. It's annoying when you go to a shop and they are like the product doesn't exist and you know it does.

    xoxo

    Style and Paper

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    1. It seems to happen all the time here as products are released sooo late!

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  2. Your hair looks beautiful and I love the colour of your Celine bag! That Clarins foundation has been raved about on a lot of blogs at the moment, will definitely go test it out x

    A beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog by Izzi

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    1. I would honestly recommend it. Its a good winter foundation as well as it makes your skin feel plump and moisturised :)

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  3. I need to try that foundation! You look great <3

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  4. I've been wanting that shade and illuminate compact for so long! Outfit looks cute :)

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    1. Xmas? :) Its ridiculously expensive but if you love contouring then its a must :)

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  5. If you like the Topshop burnout tees, I'd recommend the tshirts in Gap. I have just discovered them and I'm in love with them. They do come up quite big (that or I'm slimmer than I think) so maybe size down

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    1. I have a couple of GAP tees that I really love...but I haven't looked at that place for a while. I love staple tops so will check them out. Thanks Lily!

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  6. Ooh like the sound of the foundation! I love tee's with the folded sleeves so will need to pick up a few of these :)

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    1. You must! They are so lovely to wear Sam

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    1. I really love it. Its a bit of a splurge for costume jewels but it sort of makes the tee :)

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  8. I think I might have to try that Clarins, is it right down the middle of the road re not too shiny or too matifying? Love your ootd.

    Products I love Bobbi Brown Uber Beige cream blush, and their lip pencil in beige, YSL babydoll mascara and Nars velvet lip pencil in Cruella .

    Good luck with your new job!! x

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    1. Its more dewy but if I feel its too shiny I just set it with a Hourglass Ambient Powder. It really makes you glow - like no foundation I have ever tried I think.

      I hear good things about Bobbi Brown lately...I most have another look!

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    2. Hi Laura, which ambient powder do you recommend? I have similar coloration as you but whiter (I don't fake tan :)

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    3. Hi Laura, which ambient powder do you recommend? I have similar coloration as you but whiter (I don't fake tan :)

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  9. Great outfit, you look very pretty! ♥
    xx

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  10. Intrigued about the foundation. It looks great on you! Don't you love Paige denim? I have a couple pairs and they are the most comfortable jeans I have ever known

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    1. I really want to try more. The denim is so soft....more so than Current/Elliott. What styles do you recommend?

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  11. Wow your bag is so beautiful. I'm falling in love. Outfit looks amazing! :)

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  13. You've convinced me to try the foundation! I actually like the packaging, glass pots of stuff in my makeup collection are always satisfying to hold, open and use. (Pathetic?) I've been dying to get my hands on Shade and Illuminate recently but House of Fraser didn't stock it annoyingly! Would prefer to see it in person but I suppose I'll have to get it online.

    Jade | JadeFungBlog

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    1. No you're not pathetic at all - I do get your point and its one that looks nice in the collection :) Frosted glass/gold lid. Win! The only downer is that it's not portable but I can always put some in a little Muji pot I guess :)

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    1. Thank you Charli! It's so easy to manage like this.

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  15. I've got a real thing for statement necklaces at the moment, and this one's gorgeous!

    - Tabitha at Scared Toast x

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    1. I really feel like it spoke to me in the shop :) Then I went into HM and another necklace spoke to me ... :) haha addicted!

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  16. Eek! Must try the Clarins foundation... except for the fact that I'm naturally oily. funny how that works, I don't want the natural, biological "dewy" look, I want the "dewy" that's from a bottle/pot!!

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    1. :) i am not sure how this would play on oily skins. maybe you would just be uber dewy!! :) It would definitely work better than the likes of Just Skin though - the pigmentation is RICH!

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  17. Loving the Clarins, just like you! Apart from the retarded packaging, of course.

    Best wishes for the new job!

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    1. Thank you! New starts always make me a bit nervous and excited at the same time!

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  18. Your necklace is to die for! I never thought of clarins make up, who knew they would have a little treasure. My favourite foundation is Estée Lauder double wear xx

    the-prettylittlethings.blogspot.com.au

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  19. Hey, pretty lady! You're outfit is adorable! I have an AMAZING foundation recommendation for you. Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super Charged. It's seriously stunning. I think you'd love it.

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  20. The Clarins foundation sounds interesting! The necklace is really cool!
    http://beautylovesbooks.com

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  21. I was eyeing another Clarins foundation, namely the Everlasting one, but, now I may have to have a closer look at Extra-Comfort instead (that's if I still can resist YSL Youth Liberator foundation that everyone's raving about)!
    I have another Clarins makeup favorite at the moment: the eye palette in Forest! Lovely khaki little palette! :)

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  22. You look amazing, love your outfit!

    Need to try the foundation, sounds amazing!

    Greetings from London,

    chrissabella.blogspot.com

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  23. The foundation looks amazing, yeah the pot is an unusual package choice but at least you'll use all the foundation! I hate those pump tubes because you lose so much product unless you take them apart! (And who has time to do that?!)

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  24. Love your hair! I recently chopped mine off too and have been wanting to go even shorter (shoulder-skimming). What do you do to make your hair so full looking?

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  25. I always wanted to try more Clarins product, love a good glowy foundation! But for now I'm still clinging to my garnier oil-free bb cream. I break out so easily but with garnier I'm safe! Have you tried that? x

    Sparks In Spring

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  26. Love the burnout tees; and your hair looks great but if you wanna go shorter I think it will look even more amazeballs.
    Afeeyah xo

    New post ~ http://smilerrr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/top-fall-autumn-lipsticks.html

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  27. Laura, that hair! I absolutely love it! And just when I think I'm happy with my foundation, you post this. Now I have to have it :/

    www.frecklesandfashion.com

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  28. Good luck with your new job! Love the jeans x x

    zoetrope2468.com

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  29. I love the casual t paired with the nevklace. You look so effortlessly chic and your hair looks amazing. X

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  30. Love love love your hair you look amzing! I think I need to check out clarins... and don't mind if you're too busy for the blog ... I'm thankful for every post ;)

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  31. Short hair is addicting:) I used to have really long hair and then decided to go with a bob. I can't get enough of short hair now:)

    xoxo
    Victoria

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  32. Wow that foundation sounds divine. And I love that necklace!

    Ellie | mantrapixie | x

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  33. Topshop t shirts are brill! And the burnout ones are lovely.. I have them in a few colours. They're so easy to wear and style up or down.
    I have this foundation and adore it! I got it after reading a blog post and I'm always sceptical as to how honest reviews are etc, but, it's lived upto my expectations.

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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  34. Oo that foundation sounds amazing! It's a shame it's in a pot instead of a tube though :( I just love hearing about new makeup because I'm a MUA ;) also, loving your chunky necklace with the top! You are right it really brings it to life. www.kateflowermaquillage.wordpress.com

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  35. you look stunning here, I love this kind of plain tshirts with statement necklaces.

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  36. Love, love, love your hair. It makes you look so fresh faced!

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  37. Hmmm will be trying that foundation out me thinks! My Mac one is running out and I want to try something new. Your hair looks AMAZING and great look as per usual :) XX

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  38. Ahh you and Simone are both raving about this foundation-it's making me want to buy it! NOT SURPRISED AT ALL about Sephora-they are a bunch of little know nothing idiots (that is the nicest thing I can say!! They'll all just sales people in Dubai, know nothing about their brand-just want to sell sell sell (rant about Sephora Dubai, Sephora US I love you long time)
    Love the neck bling!!

    Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

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  39. Amaaaaazing look! Seems to be casual but soo chic)
    xo
    Stacy

    http://tastyrumors.blogspot.com/

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  40. Congrats on the new job!

    Also, LOVING your hair this length, beaut!

    www.tinytwisst.com

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  41. Love your new hair and the necklace. Also you've made me really want to try that Clarins foundation!

    Gem x
    flutterandsparkle.com

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  42. Oooh, those jeans are lovely!

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  43. Those tees look like fab staples!
    Happy Monday Laura xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  44. is this foundation suitable for oily skin?
    you look lovely as usual! :)


    Sadia Malik's Blog

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  45. wow, LOVE your personal style! and that hair cut really suits you!
    Would love for you to check out my new style blog!! :)

    XO
    sarah

    ankaratocotton.blogspot.com

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  46. Urm Thanks will probably end up spending more at the tom ford counter ;) How did you find your recent mac purchases i had to pick up the indianwood paint pot and the copper sparkle pigment, Reading anything from you should come with warnings haha :)

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  47. stunning! that handbag and necklace go really well together :)
    Rara from RepeatPiece

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  48. I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog it's so awesome! Keep up the great work ♡

    PS: May I invite you to my giveaway?

    Win a SUITSUIT luggage set (value €407) on my blog:

    www.freshminhtea.com

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  49. love the outfit! great shoes, hair, top and bag! also really want to try that clarins foundation now thanks for sharing some opinions on it. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  50. Love the hair. Just wanted to find out if you'll be purchasing any of the beauty advent calenders out this year. Any if you do... please show and tell.

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  51. I actually really love any creams that are in tubs as opposed to squeezy tubes or bottles as a) it's super gratifying to stick your finger in and "play"...a bit like finger paint and b) you can get out every last bit of it and I feel it's much less wasteful. I know that it's not the most hygienic packaging out there as the product can oxidize, etc, but since I only use it for myself I'm not worried.

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  52. I think a lemon hermes handbag will be better.
    Check out more at http://www.macybags.com/product/hermes-handbags-yellow-birkin-35

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  53. What shade are you in this foundation?

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  54. Wow, i just discovered your blog today and i cant stop reading! Now you made me want to get myself that foundation. Do you think it would work on oily, acne prone skin like mine? I'm just a sucker for foundations :)

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