The Weekly Edit: The Backless Shoe

Spring Footwear

The backless shoe is a huge trend this season. Loafers, mules, kitten heels and flats - you name it, they're backless. I'm starting to dip my toe (no pun intended) in to this trend, and I have to admit, I'm loving it! 

Here are my favourite styles from the high street

Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant by La Roche-Posay

Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant by La Roche-Posay by Laura LewisIf you've been a long term follower on this little part of the internet, then you know I love a bit of La Roche-Posay. So, when they sent me one of their best-selling products that they've added a little bit of a tint to, I was very intrigued by it.  

Effaclar Duo (+) Unifant is a dual-action anti-imperfection formula with sheer coverage with all the benefits of their best-selling product, Effaclar Duo (+). They've added a mattifying 100% mineral pigment tint to it which instantly reduces redness and evens out skin tone. 

If you haven't tried Effaclar Duo (+) it's essentially a spot treatment, and has been in my skincare stash for a long time. It's a total game changer - I'm not sure what they put in the tube but, it totally does exactly what it claims to do. Smear it over your face before going to bed and when you wake up the next day, any blemishes or spots will be noticeably smaller. Keep applying it for a few days and, they'll be gone. It also helps with any redness you have as well. 

You can see why I'm a little excited about the brand adding tint to this now, right?!

I've been testing it out for a while, and I've got to say I like it. The size of the product is the same as the regular Effaclar Duo, and a little goes a long way. I would say it's like a tinted moisturiser, although it's a little thicker but once applied it doesn't feel heavy at all. I find applying it with my fingers better than using a brush, but I think that's a personal preference as it blends just as easy with or without. 

Coverage-wise, it is sheer so I do add concealer to the areas I want more coverage on. It feels light on the skin which is a big seller for me, and I like the fact that it's helping my skin out whilst giving it coverage.

The downside? The only thing I can think of is that it only comes in two shades - light and medium. Hopefully they'll extend the shade range in the future as this is a great product. 

A product that fights blemishes whilst covering them at the same time? The perfect combination in my opinion! It's already become my go-to daily base. 

You can purchase Effaclar Duo (+) Unifant here

24 hrs in...Copenhagen

If you follow me on Instagram,  you'll know I was  in Copenhagen. Although I saw more of a hotel meeting room than the actual city, I did have a couple of hours of free time to go walking so I thought I'd share a few of my snaps.
Aside from the huge amount of pastry I consumed, and coming to the decision that I want a pink bike with a basket (the two sort of go hand in hand, right?) Copenhagen was a cute little city to wander around. 

Things to do
Rent a bike. Something I didn't do, but would definitely have done if I'd have had more time. Copenhagen is set up for cyclists - everyone seemed to own a bike there and, the traffic isn't as crazy as places like London or Paris! Plus, it's the perfect way to see the city. 

Pay a visit to Nyhaven. The real tourist part of the city, but still you must visit (but maybe don’t sit in the touristy cafes outside). These gorgeous pastel buildings, are probably the most popular thing to photograph in Copenhagen and you can see why. 

Copenhagen has a real foodie scene, and I would love to go back for a few days and get my food on!  Apparently, the key is to eat more street food in the day, thus saving money for the fab (and always) atmospheric restaurants at night. 

One of the places I visited was Torvehallerne Market. Home to some great street food, coffee and juice bars. There's a bakery called Laura's Bakery that sell the most delicious cinnamon buns. Worth a visit.

We also ate at a restaurant called The Italian, where I had the best Burrata I've ever eaten. Fact.

There's a lot to see and do in Copenhagen, so I totally recommend a visit - I'll be heading back soon to explore the city more.

The Weekly Edit: Prom Dresses for under £120

Prom Dresses for under £120

Prom season is nearly here, and although my prom was a VERY long time ago now, I thought I'd share some dresses I've found on the high street for all my younger readers. 

Even better, they're all under £120 and available to buy online and instores now. Get going, and have a lovely prom! 

Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury

Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury
She's done it again. Possibly my favourite purchase of the year so far, Charlotte Tilbury has launched her cult classic lip liner, Pillow Talk in to lipstick form and, the results are a dream! 

Pillow Talk is a beautiful, neutral pink colour that works on any skin tone (if you don't believe me, head to her website where you can see swatches for each skin tone). The formula itself is a soft satin matte, meaning it won't dry out the lips like a full matte lip product does. It softens, protects and hydrates your lips whilst being long lasting. It also had 3D glowing pigments to create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller. 

It's my go-to lip colour pretty much daily (I'm sure you can tell by the photo above it's had some wear!) as it goes with everything. Annoyingly it's limited edition so stock up whilst you can or hope that CT makes the shade a permanent fixture. 

You can purchase the Pillow Talk Lipstick here 

Dominque Ansel Bakery, London

Dominque Ansel Bakery, London by Laura Lewis
Dominque Ansel Bakery, London by Laura Lewis
We all know I love a bit of cake (I mean, who doesn't?!) so today's post is rather exciting.

Chances are you've heard of the Cronut® If not, where the heck have you been hiding? Created by French chef Dominique Ansel the half croissant, half doughnut pastry caused insane queues outside his bakery in Manhattan on a daily basis. There was even talk of people reselling them for $100 a pop!

Crazy stuff.

Well, now you can get your hands on one of his cronuts, and other sweet treats as he's opened a store in London. 

Tucked away very close to Victoria station you can visit and feast on treats.  The store itself is a little instagrammer's heaven - marble and copper and cakes that look too good to eat....almost.

There's a huge menu of all sorts of sweet things to salivate over whilst you wait to order. 

and, we ordered up a storm!
Dominque Ansel Bakery, London by Laura Lewis
Banoffee Paella - Built in a paella pan upside-down to caramelise the bananas and keep the crust crumbly, with a light-as-air air dulce de leche mousse.

My personal favourite
Dominque Ansel Bakery, London by Laura Lewis
Salted caramel eclair - mainly ordered because of the pretty design, but still so delicious.

One of their signatures - the frozen S'more. 
Honey marshmallow wrapped around Tahitian vanilla ice cream with chocolate wafer crisps, served on a smoked willow wood branch and torched to order.

I bet you're drooling all over your screen as you read it, right?
Dominque Ansel Bakery, London by Laura Lewis
Because our eyes are way bigger than our stomach's, we washed it all down with the chef's hot chocolate with vanilla and white chocolate marshmallow. 

If you don't have much of a sweet tooth, there are savoury treats on offer as well.

I think we all know that the cakes are the reason to visit though, right?

You can find them in Victoria, here.

If you’re going on a weekend I’d go as early as poss, it get's pretty busy.