Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Things of a beautiful nature

With it being that time of the year where people ask what I'd like from Father Christmas, I've had to have a think about what I NEED rather than what I'd like (diamonds. furs, world peace, a small white kitten etc.) This has led me to thinking about the stuff that I use on pretty much a daily basis, you know, vanity stuff. So this list is more for me than you, this way I will remember what to ask my loved ones for as a gift and I WILL NEVER HAVE TO PAY FOR MY VANITY AGAIN.

Daily Stuffs

My hair gets DRY. So dry that my hairdresser told me that if I dyed it again, it would essentially turn into chewing gum. I didn't want this. So I started using Argan Oil. Of all the Argan oil on the market, this Avon range is my favourite. It smells beeeeautiful and is a very good price indeedy. I use the shampoo, conditioner, hair mask and oil and my hair is once more hair and not confectionary.

I believe that if I were to be stranded on a desert island, there would be nothing I couldn't handle if I was in possession of a lifetimes supply of Batiste. I have extremely fine hair that is greasy at the roots and prone to dryness at the ends (As discussed above!) so this stuff is the greatest hair invention to have ever been...well...invented...
I've always used these and I find now that anything else dries me (and my purse...) right out.

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING hydrates me and makes me smell as good as this stuff does. I use it after every bath and it goes soooo far, even on my extreme expanse of leg...

Prior to this, I used the Benefit moisturiser which I still adore, however, it costs roughly 10x as much as this one and I truly think this is so near as damnit in smell, feel and effect that I'd sooner pay less.

Stuff in order to look like I got ma shizzle together

I've been using this for about three years and swear by it. It lasts all day and acts as a perfect base for other colours if needed. Day to day I wear it by itself as it gives my eyes just enough oomph.

Isn't this mascara magic? I have never found such a gentle yet effective mascara. My eyelashes are blonde and pitiful and this makes me look like a 60s film star. A total essential through and through.

I can't get across how devastated I was when Boots briefly discontinued their mousse foundation. IT IS WONDERFUL. Gives such a light flawless coverage and stops any shine. It's like being airbrushed. Thank goodness they brought it back and all is now good in the world.

Stuff to make me look slammin'
I've only started using a primer in the last year, I bought this initially but when I ran out I thought "oh, a primer's a primer, I'll buy this cheap one" I WAS A FOOL. A primer is NOT a primer. And no primer is as good as this one. Fact.

My first and favourite red. Enough said.

I love an eye quad, you can take it everywhere and there's something for every occasion. This one is well fit, the maroon brings out the blue in my eyes and the lighter shade doubles as a highlighter - WIN.

I'm pretty new to the idea of contouring and have only just got over the idea that I'm not simply just drawing my own skeleton onto my face. I was recommended this by a pro MUA and it's fab. Plus it's handbag size which is ideal for me as I have a handbag and I like stuff to fit in it.

I'm never knowingly without eyeliner but as I'm getting older (*wah*) it seems to crack on my lash line. This one lasts all day and stays as intense as when I first put it on. I worried that it may be harder to apply but its exactly the same as the standard liquid liner. The only issue is removing it...

I use this on my eyebrows and the shade is totally spot on. It looks sparkly in the picture but it isn't actually sparkly because as snazzy as I am, even I cannot rock sparkly brows. And trust me, I've tried.

If you have these items in your house, I could quite easily move straight in. Bear that in mind because it could happen......HIYA!

I'm not going to say "What couldn't you live without?" because that is extremely flippant and I would expect nothing less than:
> Oxygen
> Food
> Water
> My cats

SO instead, I will ask: What are your dessert island beauty items? (Take into account that I was going to go for three items...Look how this ended up....)

Saturday, 7 December 2013

OOTD - Simply Be and Junarose

When I first saw the Ombre Fit and Flare dress on the Simply Be website I was rather excited for many reasons, the main one being the sleeves. These sleeves look long enough AND wide enough for my magnificent wingo-bings. SO I did my usual, put it in my shopping trolley and didn't actually buy it because that would necessitate me making a decision and I'm simply not good at that. Then I saw the hottest of all the hot things Danie Vanier wearing it over on her blog and my heart went all of a flutter once more.

So I did a buy at it. And here it is:
Dress: Simply Be
Boots: Simply Be
Tights: Primark
I seriously love this dress, the sleeves ARE spot on, the colours seem to really suit me (ginger tones and all) and the fact that it is fully (and well) lined just rocks my world.
A gratuitous feminist face selfie
Lipstick: Chanel Velvet Alure in La Favorite
Eyeshadow: Maybelline 24 hour tattoo in On and On
Necklace: Primark
I was also extremely lucky to be gifted this flaming beautiful Junarose coat by the delicious Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge.
Coat Junarose
Dress: As above
Snood: Primark
Boots: As above
Bag: H&M 
The coat is so, so soft, warm, smart and it has TOGGLES - What more can a woman want from a coat?!? The gold detailing also makes it a bit biker jacket-y and we all know you can't go wrong there. Thank you ever so much Hanna and Junarose for this little beauty - It's made my Winter!

As you can see, I'm not holding my camera in these pictures. It is balanced on top of a spaghetti jar, on top of the fireplace...on a timer that doesn't entirely work... You'll be delighted to know that I am getting a tripod for Christmas. Sadly, the tripod doesn't come with a house that is long enough for pictures or a wall that isn't covered in crap (as evidenced below). Would it be wrong to rent a storage space purely for pictures.....,.?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Bigfoot and The Hender-Smyths

As many of you will know (because I mention it on a regular) I am tall. Not the tallest, very tall or ever reeeaallly tall but tall nonetheless. I'm six foot without heels, and I like it a lot, to the extent that I am relatively happy in any heels that I don't immediately fall off/through/over.
Dream shoes (Don't go up to Smyth size....) from Bait Footwear
I also have big giant feet, which are all the better for walking on. I joke that I have big feet or I'd fall over which is both hilarious (!) and ironic as I actually fall over my stupid big feet more than anything else there is (Although I did once almost lose a foot by getting tangled up in a stray bicycle spoke in a way somewhat reminiscent of a dolphin getting its face stuck in a beer can plastic loop thing that Blue Peter always told us to CUT THE HELL UP OR ALL THE ANIMALS WILL DIE)
 
My feet are a size nine, or a wide eight. Or in the case of my bridesmaid shoes earlier in the year; a seven with my toes curled through the peeptoe and under my foot.... Years ago being this size was a massive issue. Now, not so much.
 
Most of my shoes are from Primark - The reasons being:
Choice
£££
Availability.
 
Every now and then though, I want something different and I would like to share with you now my go-to places and why they are as such, All shoes pictured are instore at the moment and available in size 9 or an 8 wide fit:
Oh Topshop Topshop Topshop, WHY YOU COST SO MUCH?!?! Topshop's shoes are flaming beautiful, they're always so fashion forward and well made - My biggest issues are: The cost - These shoes ARE 'spensive, but I must confess, you get what you pay for. The sizing - Be careful with Topshop 9s, they vary HUGELY in size..
Most of my shoes that aren't from Primark are from New Look. Again the range is huge, the only thing I find is that the quality becomes less as the size increases... The sizing is generally spot on though, and the price is always fantastic (Leather boots for £25 anyone...?)
 
I used to live in Faith shoes as they were one of the first companies to do fashionable shoes in a size 9. Faith is stocked by Debenhams and ASOS now and the range online is pretty extensive. The quality is great but the larger sizes tend to be out of stock prrretty quickly.
I must confess, I've not bought anything from Clarks since I was young enough to put my feet in the squeezy foot measurer. However, on doing some investigationing THERE ARE LOADS OF SIZE NINES GUYS. As you'd imagine, the quality is amazing, which is reflected in the price...
 
Ive always found Next a bit blah, but their shoes are actually very nice, when it comes to occasions, its become my go-to place. Definitely worth a look.
 
 
ASOS is doing a cracking job of size 9s at the moment - Just look at these babies (I NEEEED the silver cut out laceups please!!!) I've never bought shoes from ASOS though and would be intrigued to know about the sizing and quality. 
 
Evans shoes are absolutely lovely, the different width fittings means that you can pretty much get a bespoke fit. The prices are spot on for the high street and they occasionally have some really good styles. The biggest issue I have is that the styles simply do not change enough, even if the colours/finishes do. But then, if it ain't broke, why fix it...?
I'm so pleased I found Simply Be, its really opened it my shoe shopping opportunities. Once again, the variety of width fittings mean that there are so many more options. I bought my beloved over (under on me) the knee boots from here and my Winter was saved! 
This was the shocker for me - Zara do size nines! They are under the rather...er....endearing....(?!) heading of "Special Sizes" and haven't yet tried any but once again, I've had my options expanded and look forward to giving them a go.
 
Some others to give a go are:
 
My dream shoes would be vintage look, possibly with glitter, definitely with a block heel...one day...one day...
 
Any other bigfoots out there? Where do you shop? And more importantly, link me to your dream shoes!!!!