Dressing to suit ME

This summer has left me slightly uninspired, in fashion terms. The Bardot top craze was nice enough (I find shoulders to be such a graceful part of the body) but summer dressing is often tough. Or, is it just me?

On one shopping trip, I tried on 5 or 6 camisoles. They looked beautiful on the hangers but gave no definition to the waist when worn and basically hung straight down from my bust. I looked like a box with legs.

I’m slowly learning how to dress for my body. There are no rules about what we should and shouldn’t wear but I personally feel better if I’m wearing clothes that fit well and suit my shape. Fashion comes and goes. I remember impulse buying a bomber jacket, which made me look like one of the Mitchell Brothers…

We live and learn.

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So, here are some recent purchases. A pencil skirt is classic and more flattering than a skater or mini, if you’re petite and hourglass (same as myself). The top is from New Look; I like it so much that I bought the burgundy and black versions too. It fits closely to the body and is fantastic if you’re fuller busted. Finally, I can never resist nude and functional shoes, these are beyond comfortable and give some extra leg length.

Top of my wishlist for flattering clothes is The Vampire’s Wife – slowly saving up for the emerald green dress!

I’d love to hear from you ladies. Which clothes make you feel like you can take on the world?

Laura xx

Faith in Nature Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner – Review

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For years, I’ve alternated between premium and middle-market brands for my haircare. It’s a good feeling when you finally find a shampoo that gives a thorough cleanse without drying your hair out, or a conditioner that doesn’t leave your ends looking like rat’s tails, despite your meticulous efforts at rinsing it out (with cold water too – lovely!). Unfortunately, if you’re anything like me, that feeling seldom lasts, as my hair seems to get used to products after a short while. Product buildup, dryness and general rebellion ensues. Expensive and irritating!

Recently, I came across a brand called Faith in Nature. Ella Woodward, of Deliciously Ella fame, recommended the coconut duo in a post on her website and I decided to give it a try (she does have the most divine hair – might be something in this plant-based diet too!).

As you can see, the shampoo and conditioner are both vegan and cruelty free. There’s also no sodium laureth sulfate(SLS) to contend with, a harsh chemical which lurks in a lot of beauty products.

The shampoo lathers up really well and emits a gentle coconut smell. I love using nutty, warm scents in the bath and shower (like shea and almond), as fruity scents can be slightly overpowering, so this is perfect for me. When rinsing off for the first time, I noticed my hair felt really clean, although not stripped. I then applied the conditioner, which is a slightly runny texture, from mid-lengths to ends. As usual, I faffed around for a couple of minutes to let the conditioner melt in, before rinsing it off. My hair felt immaculately cleansed and smooth.

You can’t really gauge the how well a shampoo or conditioner has worked until your hair has been dried and styled. When I had finished, my hair was glossier than usual and had a slight lift – result! I don’t find it easy to add shine to my natural ash brown hair without weighing it down with products but this cleansing duo really worked a treat.

Rating: 10/10

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick – Bitch Perfect

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In spring, we cast away our darker lipstick and hunt for products that will give the gift of pure, unadulterated radiance. Dry winter skin- GO! Where’s the bronzer? Sunglasses are ready…it’s never too early to crack out those Ray Bans (sun is such an occasion in England that we simply have to make the most of it).

To go with those sunglasses, might I suggest this beautiful lipstick? Charlotte has done it again. ‘Bitch Perfect’ is cool but peachy – in other words, perfect for Spring.

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It applies easily and gives a subtle, plump shine to the lips; it’s my first non-matte Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and probably not my last! The texture feels moisturising and comfortable, which is good for those cooler Spring days. Looking for something cheaper? The Kate Moss nude lipstick collection for Rimmel is an excellent choice; a nude lip for a range of skintones!

What would you pair this with, to create a healthy spring look? I think it will look ideal with some dewy foundation, NARS Orgasm Blush (reviewed here) and lashings of brown/black mascara.

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NARS Blush in Orgasm – Review

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I was on the lookout for  a new blusher and this product immediately caught my eye. Its soft, shell pink hue is perfect for pale complexions like mine; the delicate addition of gold shimmer lifts the face and stops the blush from looking flat. This saucily-named product gives its wearer the most subtle, intriguing glow.

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I applied just a hint of blush onto my cheeks (no other makeup used), so you can see how it gives a delicate colour to pale complexions. I understand it compliments a range of skintones, which is even better! As with all NARS products, the packaging is sleek and has become a staple in my makeup routine within a short space of time.

Rating: 10/10