Last Friday Night – REMIX + Smashbox, dumplings and rock music

lfn Last Friday Night – welcome to a new feature on Laura Loves Beauty. Last Friday night is where now and then I’ll share with you what I got up to on a weekend (that is when I do something more exciting than playing with the dogs and visiting Cotton On).

Last weekend I ended up doing a bundle of beauty and blog related activities. On Friday night I took along my bestie, Mel, to the Spark Lab Remix + Smashbox workshop. With Carolyn Taylor hosting, (remember her from What Now? – she is way more funny and entertaining without all the morning cartoons) and two fabulous Smashbox makeup artists all of our beauty woes and questions were answered. Mel and I also took the opportunity of being in Britomart as a chance to have Better Burger for dinner and then Milse for dessert. PERFECT LIFE COMBINATION!


I got two new tips from the workshop Continue reading

Thailand Makeup Haul

IMG_0793 I am back for 2015, firstly with a Thailand makeup haul. As many of you know I spent the first three weeks of the year exploring three different cities in Thailand – and of course I did some shopping! Thailand is lucky to host some amazingly huge malls as well as a lot of makeup filled pharmacies and Sephora! I managed to get a few good products and quite a few things off my makeup wish list while I was there. It was so interesting looking at the different brands and products which haven’t made it to NZ shores yet. I also discovered my new favourite makeup shop… can anyone guess what it is?! Continue reading

Where have I been? Thailand Travels and 2015

thailand collage So, where have I been? I promise all will be answered today, in this very post! But firstly hello everyone! I’ve missed you and I’ve missed blogging, however it has been harder than I thought it would be getting back into normal life and ‘reality’. 2015 has started off with adventure and masses of positivity for me.

Many of you know I spent the first three weeks in Thailand (AMAZING), now I am settling back into work and focusing on my friends, my babe and achieving some personal goals I have floating around in my mind. I’m turning 25 this year and I’ll be completely honest, it’s a bit scary. It seems like a strange in-between, not young, not old just in that grey area (but thank god not actually grey yet). Am I exaggerating and being a total mid-twenties Gen Y right now? Probably, but who cares!

Anyways, back to my travels, Thailand was incredible. It was the perfect mix of new experiences, culture and relaxation.

Firstly we arrived in Bangkok and Continue reading

Merry Christmas from me and Yeez!

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This is a quick post to say thank you and Merry Christmas to all of my fabulous readers! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. So many exciting things have happened this year and it’s been cool to be able to share the journey with some of you. This blog started officially in February this year,  I got my little baby Yeezus in June, I’ve made lots of new friends, have almost completed my full teaching registration, went sugar free for two whole months, attended a ridiculous amount of concerts and events and now I am getting ready to jet off to Thailand on the 1st of Jan.

Thanks so much for all your support, I can’t wait to keep blogging in 2015!

Over the next few weeks things at Laura Loves Beauty Blog will be a tiny bit different. There will be no more posts this week and just one next week on Monday about tips and tricks to make your makeup last all night long while partying it up on New Years Eve. Then for the month of January there will be just two posts a week on Tuesdays and Fridays (rather than the usual three a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday) until I’m back in Auckland.

If you would like to stay updated on my big adventure to three different cities in Thailand then make sure you are following me on Twitter at @LA_Curwood and Instagram @lauralovesbeautyblog – of course I’ll be blogging about my trip and all the shopping I did as soon as I’m back.

Happy Holidays! Be safe and have fun!!!


Trend Alert: Grey Hair – Yup I Went There!

Image from @beautyheaven
Image from @beautyheaven

Grey hair seems to be everywhere at the moment, I love it but I wondered, can I pull it off??! Before now it seemed to be a colour that you wouldn’t willingly dye your hair to be. Blonde, yes. Red, stunning. Purple, trendy, Green tips, so Kylie Jenner! But grey….  However it seems that going grey isn’t just for the ladies down at the local bridge club or RSA anymore!

I first spotted one of my favorite youtubers Samatha from Batalash rocking the ashy grey hair look. She looks stunning with it, but the thing is, she always looks stunning! I started to think about making a change from blonde to a grey more and more, but I couldn’t help thinking if it was just that I like the colour on her or whether I actually really liked the colour and would like it on myself. Has anyone else had that problem? Continue reading

Monthly Round Up – November

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Can you even believe that it is now December? I knew it was coming soon and I knew Christmas was close, but now the reality of it is really starting to hit me. I have this handy Countdown app on my phone that has been helping keep track of how much longer I have until a few important dates. Right now, drafting this post up on the 30th of November I have 8 days until I finish work for the year, there’s 24 days until Christmas and 31 days until I leave for Thailand. That countdown has got me through some long work days this month, but now the end is near! I have managed to start my Xmas shopping, have you? And I also have had some busy weekends at some awesome Auckland events. Continue reading

Summer Survival Series #2 Road Trip Essentials

It isn’t a typical Kiwi summer without some kind of road trip! Whether you’re heading home to catch up with family, having a girls getaway or off to a New Years festival having the essentials always ensures that your road trip isn’t a bumpy ride. There are certain things I take with me no matter where I’m going or what the occasion is during summer. If you read number 1 of my Summer Survival Series (check it out here if you missed it!) you’ll already know that I am planning to head off on a roadie down to Whakatane these holidays before I set off to Thailand. I’ve thrown together a list of totally essential items to take with me on my road trip – my holiday companion Oli at has also compiled his road trip essentials. So together I think we have everything covered! Continue reading

Summer Survival Series #1 My Plans This Summer

Laura at the cove

Since summer is creeping around the corner – see, up there! Where I’m pointing in the distance! So I’ve decided to do a bit of a summer mini series. The plan is a post a week leading up to summer with a different focus each time. Today, I want to share with you my plans for the summer break! I’d love to know what you are all getting up to, whether you are having a big family Christmas, spending all your time off at the beach or heading to somewhere amazing for New Years. For me, my break starts in two and a bit weeks!

I am lucky to be in a position to get school holidays off, my last official day of work is the 9th of December and it is going to be all go from there! My time leading up to Christmas will hopefully be a mixture of preparation and relaxation. I’ll need to get my Christmas shopping done and also get organised for my big trip (more about that below!). But I also want to spend as much time as possible at the beach, catching up with friends and heading out to events – who else is going to Ragamuffin and Katy Perry? Continue reading

Monthly Round Up – October

October is when I start really looking at plans for the end of the year. I can tell you right now that at this exact moment I have 41 days until I finish work officially for the year, there’s 58 days till Christmas and then 65 days until my Thailand trip! It’s been strange getting use to the lighter evenings these last few weeks, but I have really enjoyed it because I have had quite a few late nights at work and it has been nice not to be getting home in the pitch black. My skin and allergies are still playing up, so again this month I have been in and out of the doctors and haven’t been able to wear much makeup either. Despite that and working A LOT,  I have managed to have a few fun times this month and have successfully been sugar free for the whole month!! Woo hoo!! Continue reading