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Friday, 25 July 2014

The New Fashion Rules

The New Fashion Rules

Back in the 1950s, when women hit their thirties, they suddenly morphed into staid matrons with frumpy skirts, old lady perms and sensible shoes. These days the intergenerational fashion rules are far more fluid and items of clothing that would previously be banished as off-limits are still very much an option. Read on to find out how to stay youthful, style wise, without looking like mutton dressed as lamb.

Slogan T-shirts

Forget the saying that if you’re old enough to remember a trend the first time round, you’re too old to wear it this time. Printed T-shirts inspired by rock bands of the eighties and nineties are a great look with jeans and flip-flops for an understated summer look for all of us. When it comes to slogan tees, the style rules are simple - stick to stuff that won’t offend anyone at the school gates and, if you’ve still got a flat stomach, by all means go for a cropped style. If you’ve got it flaunt it!

Playsuits

Even though the name conjures up images of toddlerhood, the right playsuit can work brilliantly well into adulthood. If you feel a bit unsure, invest in a plain cotton beach version to pull on instead of a sarong after a day by the pool on holiday. They make fantastic hassle-free cover-ups to take you from the beach to an early evening drink.

Bikinis

Don’t be scared to dare to bare in a bikini, even if you’re nearer 40 than 18.  Yes, it’s true that not everyone can get away with a barely there affair made of the tiniest triangles and skinniest string, but there are lots of figure-flattering supportive options out there for ladies who want to rock grown-up bikini chic on the beach this summer.

Mini Skirts

If you’re blessed with a nice pair of pins, a mini skirt is always going to look fantastic, whether you’re 17 or 47. There’s no need to go super short either – ASDA’s mini skirt range has all sorts of styles available from flirty skater, to sexy tube to casually cool chino or denim, meaning you can tailor your look to your comfort zone. When the weather starts to get colder, mini skirts actually get easier to wear as you can team them with tights and knee length or ankle boots for an eye-catching but covered-up Autumnal look.

Jumpsuits

Even if thin neon-printed jumpsuits are more likely to find their way into your shopping basket for your daughter than for you, don’t dismiss the jumpsuit when you’re looking for a new outfit for a night out. A wide-legged, draped jersey jumpsuit in black or navy with a sparkly belt is a brilliantly elegant wardrobe update to take women of all ages out on the town this summer and beyond.

When it comes to style remember you’re as young as you feel, so if it suits you and it makes you feel happy, go for it and be forever young in fantastic fashion.






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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The difference between waxing and threading eyebrows.

Hey guys!

For the past 4 years I have always had my eyebrows threaded, although somewhat begrudgingly. When I was a teenager I over plucked (I'm sure I'm not the only one) and after that I left them for ages not wanting to make them terrible again. But that of course left me with caterpillars that I didn't know how to shape, and it was around this time threading became really popular, so I gave it a go. It was super painful, but cheap and quick, and I thought the thinness of my eyebrows was normal. So I continued, the pain stayed the same, as did the thinness. I wasn't a fan but it was preferable to leaving it and it didn't look SO awful I thought.


Look how thin they are! I feel like having eyebrows that thin make my face look a big bigger than it actually is.

I'd always heard waxing was far more painful than threading so I always stayed away - threading was painful enough! Over time it became too painful to continue, and I let my brows grow out whilst I decided what to do. Around this time I was perusing Debenhams and saw the Benefit counter waxing some-one's eyebrows...it didn't look as horrific as I expected so I bit the bullet and booked myself in for the next day.

Here's what it looks like!


As you can see, there's a big difference between the two pictures. Benefit make sure to accentuate the natural shape and arch of a person's eyebrows, making it far more flattering. As for the pain? SO much less painful than threading, and it doesn't take much longer either. Depending on where you go means you may have to pay a bit more, for instance Benefit charge £11.50 for a wax whereas most threading places charge £6/7, but I think it is so worth for it for the results, and definitely something to think about if you can afford it. I get mine tinted too, but that's because my eyebrows are super pale and just a bit sparse without tinting (due to the overplucking I mentioned!)

Have you ever had your brows waxed or threaded, and if so, what process do you prefer?
Kx

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Graduation!

Hey guys, so today I thought I'd show you my graduation pics from last week! As some of you may know, I did an English degree at the University of Bedfordshire, and Tuesday was my graduation, which was awesome!
I was lucky enough to get my makeup done at the Benefit beauty bar in Debenhams due to a complimentary beauty voucher, which relieved me of so much stress on the actual day!




The dress is from ASOS, it's been sitting patiently in my wardrobe for months now, but I didn't want to wear it until graduation!
I asked for my makeup to be quite natural, I know the pictures are going to up and about for quite a while at my parent's, so I didn't want it to be too outlandish, I'm more likely to regret more bold makeup choices in future years! If I could remember every product they used I'd write it down, but I don't think I can - that being said I'm sure if you want to know any specifics I can let you know!

To those that graduated in the past week or so, what did you think?! I expected the ceremony to be longer than it was, I was relieved!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

My Makeup: Minimal




Hey guys! Today I thought I'd show you what I wear when my make-up is minimal and I don't want to cake it in foundation! (Which is more often than not in this humid weather!)
I've forgotten to include a very important product here - my brow pencil. It's Revlon's Brow Fantasy in Brunette, you'll get a review soon enough ;)

If I'm going to wear any make-up at all, I have to pop concealer on under my eyes, I have the most terrible eye bags regardless of the amount of sleep I get, so I try to cover them up as best as possible. If anyone knows anything that gets rid of eye bags, let me know!!
The No7 shadow is 'wheatsheaf' and is my absolute favourite, I've not quite hit pan yet but I know it'll happen soon!!
My lip product is also a No7 one, their relatively unknown (it seems) BB Lips, which I think is their dupe of Clarins Lip Perfectors. They came out this time last year in a load of colours, and I love them! I don't like having bare lips, so these are fantastic when I don't want a bright pop of colour like I usually sport!
Benefit's They're Real mascara is my holy grail mascara, I am obsessed with it. It lasts all day without slipping down my face, it's the blackest of blacks and it makes my eyelashes so, so long!

What do you wear on minimal make-up days?
Kx

Friday, 11 July 2014

Review: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Polish in 'Almond'




When the four new Barry M Gelly polishes first came out a few months ago, I wasn't too bothered by the colours. I have 'Lychee' which is a coffee-toned nude, and thought Almond was too similar to warrant a purchase (since when has that stopped me before?!)
However, the more blogs I saw it featured on, the more and more I grew to like it!
It's a lilac-toned mushroom colour, quite similar to Topshop's 'Barefoot' which is also a fav' of mine. You can never have too many nudes! Like most of the Gelly polishes, it is opaque in two coats which is great, and the brush hugs my nail very nicely. I don't think the picture quite does it justice, it's certainly lighter and less gray in person than the camera shows!

Have you tried this? What did you think?
Kx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Weekend Wishlist!

Weekend Wishlist



This week's wishlist is a bit smaller, mainly because there isn't much that I'm loving at the moment! My wardrobe is at least 50% black, and quite frankly, everything around is so bright. As much as I love summer weather, I'm looking forward to the jewel tones of Autumn fashion!

The first four items are items I've been coveting for a while, but the last one is a new addition! I now use both the mascara and eyeliner, and they're a right nuisance to remove at night, so this remover seems like a good idea, I'm just not enamoured with spending £14.50 on a makeup remover when I already own so many!

What's on your weekend wishlist?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Benefit's They're Real Eyeliner





So I know everyone and their mother has been obsessing over this product in recent weeks, and I'm pretty late to the party. But nevertheless, I am here! I'd like to think I'm not one for succumbing to fads without substantial evidence so when everyone started raving about this product, I held back. I love Benefit, and They're Real mascara is my holy grail mascara, but I didn't want to fork out £18.50 for a product I might not love. So I watched as review after review rolled in calling this product amazing. I resisted the urge to go out and buy it for a few weeks, but I couldn't hold it any longer. With claims that any eyeliner novice could achieve the perfect cat eye, I was taken. And how glad I am. I am the worst at eyeliner. Seriously, I'm terrible. Even just popping a simple line on my upper lash line normally takes me ages, so I was interested to see how I would fare with this one.
And oh my goodness, I LOVE it. If even I can handle it, I'm sure anyone can. I cannot recommend it enough! The tip is so soft, I've known some eyeliners to drag at my eyelid and hurt me, but this glides along quite happily, creating a perfect straight line.

If you're thinking about buying it, just do it.
Kx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June Favourites!


MAC's Honey Love is the first item on my favourites list this month, the gorgeous brown-nude is perfect for daytime and night time, and I find myself reaching for it every day! Watch out for a review of that coming this week! Benefit's Lollitint was a bit of a payday impulse purchase after having my makeup done by Benefit, but definitely a happy purchase, it gives such a gorgeous candy pink tint to both skin and lips, very flattering for my pale skin! Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate was a product I ummed and ahhed about for months, after trying a sample I knew I loved it, but wasn't sure about the £36 price tag. My boyfriend got me a Kiehl's giftcard for my birthday and I knew straight away I wanted this, and I love it so much! It makes my skin so baby soft! Another Benefit purchase, this time their Hello Flawless foundation. If you're looking for a medium coverage that's buildable, it's perfect. I don't know what it's like for darker shades, but there are quite a few shades for the pale ladies! My final two favourites are both Body Shop products. Their BB Cream is awesome for days where I don't want to put a full coverage on my face, and is the only BB Cream I've tried that doesn't melt off my face after an hour! Their new product Instablur is so so awesome, I'll save my review for a later date, but that's another one you should watch out for!

What are your June Favourites? If you've done a video, link me below!
Kx

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