It Cosmetics CC+ Cream (and UK launch details)

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

 2017 is fast becoming the year of US beauty brands launching in the UK, and I am totally fine with that! First we had the news that Glossier will be available on these shores soon (not sure in what capacity, but as soon as I know, I'll report back) and now It Cosmetics have launched their products here.

If you follow me on Instagram and are able to sit through my ramblings on Instagram stories, you may have seen I picked up the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ and the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer whilst I was over in Sydney at the beginning of the year. 

I've only been using them for a couple of months, and even then not every day. But, I have to say I like what I've seen so far. 

The It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+ cream gives you full coverage - don't be put off by the thickness of the formula; as it can be thinned out with a damp Beautyblender if you're not wanting full coverage. 

What I love about it is that it seems to melt into your skin and instantly make you look good! The finish is glowy without making you look like you've been doing a bout of hot yoga (a.k.a sweaty). I've also found that it lasts really well, and haven't had the need to do a touch-up halfway through the day. 

It also has SPF 50+ UVA/UVB broad-spectrum physical sunscreen in the formula - perfect for those sunny days! 

My only negative thoughts are the packaging. Bearing in mind this is pretty pricey (around £30) I think it looks fairly cheap looking in it's tube - a tad drugstore over luxury, but that's my opinion and as long as the product does what it says (which it does!) then it's all good. 

Here's the science part from the It Cosmetics team
Clinically shown to give you 179% of skin hydration, smooth skin texture and enhance skin brightness, this breakthrough color-correcting cream never creases or cracks and instantly camouflages skin imperfections including dark spots. Plus, it’s infused with an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E that work in harmony to diffuse the look of wrinkles, minimize pores and give you a more radiant, supple and flawless-looking complexion.

It Cosmetics UK Launch Info
As of yesterday, you can now buy the brands products online here. There will also be a pop up in Selfridges, London from the 8th June for 2 weeks with a permanent counter launching on the 26th.

See you there!

24 hours in...Rye

24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
Just over 90 minutes away, along the coast from Brighton sits the town of Rye, and is where I spent a couple of days late last year with the husband. 

From the cobbled streets, independent boutiques, antique shops and tea rooms with windows full of cakes, Rye is such a quaint little town full of history and very old buildings.
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
Easy to get to from London via train, you also have Camber Sands and Dungeness nearby for further exploring.
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
Lunch was from Webbe's at the the fish cafe, which sources all their produce locally, and dinner was at The Union which was highly recommended by the staff at our hotel. 
There are a fair few restaurants dotted all over the town and nearby that came highly recommended by people and I can't wait for our next visit so we can try some out. 
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
We booked a couple of nights at The George in Rye, which is on the main high street in the town. With the comfiest of beds, REN products in the bathroom and Espresso Martini's on room service, my husband basically had to carry me out screaming when we left. 

Their food was delicious (highly recommend the salted caramel soufflĂ© and french toast, FYI) and we spent quite a lot of time hanging out in front of their big fire playing board games and drinking tea whilst it rained heavily outside. 
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
I think we all know by now, that I love a hot chocolate. Give me a mug of the stuff over coffee ANY day. Which is why Knoops had to have a little mention on here.

The menu is dedicated exclusively to hot chocolates. There's a variety of chocolate to choose from for your base, and then you can jazz it up with extra flavours in the form of spice, fruit or even a herb. 

To top it off, they offer homemade vanilla marshmallows. 

After two sips, I was on a chocolate high.24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis
24 hours in...Rye by Laura Lewis

The perfect destination if you want to escape the craziness of city life. 

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!