Saturday, 31 December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A plus size alternative to the highstreet

Hey guys! Following on from my post about plus size magic knickers, I thought I'd make another post about plus size womens clothes. When it comes to plus size clothing it can be hard to find items that are on trend that go up to a suitable size and it's a real pain in the you know what. There are a couple of high street shops out there that are catered to plus size women, but with Womens clothing at Simply Be you can be on trend and the prices are brilliant too. Sizes run from 14-32 so no matter what size you are, you'll be able to find something to suit you. You can also currently pick up some good bargains in the sale on their website with up to 60% off.

Here are a few of my favourite things from their website at the moment-
This jacket stood out to me for the simple fact that it's leopard print. I cannot get enough leopard print! I think this jacket is a nice length than would suit most, not too short and not too long. I also like the fact that it is black and white leopard print instead of the traditional orangey brown and black. It's also a steal at £25! It also runs in a smaller size than the usual 14-32 as it's also available in a size 12 (but it's currently limited stock!)

This dress is simply wonderful! I find it hard to find dresses as pretty as this anywhere else. It's so femminine and I love the tiered effect. The black belt really adds that finishing touch that will also sinch in your waist a little so even if you don't have hips, it'll give you the effect of hips! This dress is currently on sale at £36 (saving £24 off the original price) I would wear this with some leggings and ballet pumps for a more casual look. A great addition to your summer wardrobe!


I wear cardigans like this on an almost daily basis. I usually go for black ones because it goes with everything, but this one is gorgeous in this greyish colour. I love cargigans that hang like this one as they are always flattering on bigger figures as the drape effect just hangs off your curves and doesn't cling. I wear these cardigans as a nice little cover up when it's too hot for a coat and too cold to go without. This cardigan's by And Abigail and currently is on sale at £36 (it also comes in black if this lighter shade isn't to your taste.)



This top is just so me. The wonderland design is just stunning! The top features one long floaty leave and one short sleeve, which I think adds a really unique edge to this top; you'd stand out in the crowd, that's for sure! I like the minimal use of colour too as it gives it a more 'classic' look. This top is currently on sale at just £18 (saving £17)


How perfect is this?! It's a really fun jumper that features some cartoonlike hearts. It's longline and I think the red, grey and black look amazing together. It would look amazing with some leggings for a more casual look. I've owned some of Joe Brown's items in the past and they are so well made, I love 'em! This jumper is currently on sale at half price at £24!


Hope this was helpful!
Speak to you all soon!
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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Even the celebs use magic knickers!

If you're like me and probably a large number of plus size women, you love your little secret that hides under your clothing. Plus size magic knickers work wonders and I'm here to talk you through a few different styles and what they do.

Everyone knows that we all have self conscious days where our wobbly bits just seem to wobble a little more than usual. On these days we need a quick fix and there is nothing better to do this than magic knickers. For those who don't know, magic knickers are underwear that 'pull you in' and support you where you need it, in some cases taking a dress size off. It's not just plus size ladies that use these, celebrities have admitted to using them too to keep their figures looking amazing under their red carpet dresses! The market for these is massive and they've now even started making them for men too!

Here is my guide to a few different styles and which are my favourites.
All briefs mentioned can be found on simplyyours.co.uk.

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Miss Mary Control Briefs
  • These knickers look like conventional knickers, but they have some support in them to help support you where you need it. With the pretty design these could easily be mistaken for normal knickers so are more discreet than some others on the market.

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Flexees by Maidenform Briefs

  • These are one step up from the above knickers because they give more support around the tummy as they are a little bigger. These Flexees also tackle the problem that so many of us have with our magic knickers... the eternal stuggle of getting them on and off. They slide on and off effortlessly. Brilliant!





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Triumph Retro Sensation Long Leg Brief
  • This style of briefs give the support that the Maidenform style of underwear, but they give you the added extra of having support for the thighs as well as tummy, hips and bum. Because these are made out of soft material they are surprisingly comfortable.




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Miss Mary Of Sweden Conrol Shaper

  • This is 'the ultimate'. It covers all bases with its design. If your worry is hips, thighs, tummy, bum or anything inbetween, this is ideal. Items like this one tend to have specially woven areas in the places you need it to give you that extra support. These would be ideal if you were going to a party and your dress clings to your bumps. These briefs give you an all over smooth look so no more clinging!
So there are a few examples of shapewear that are on the market at the moment. Hope you found this post helpful!

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Boudoir Privé Beauty Box - September 2011

Today I finally received my first ever Boudoir Privé Beauty Box! It took a while to arrive, but I must admit that it's worth the wait! Here is what I got in my box:




This eye cream retails at £90 for 15ml! I'd say this was around a 5ml sample so I'm dead chuffed with it!


This looks like a rather interesting hair oil treatment. A bottle of this size retails for £5.75!


This. Smells. Beautiful. If you like the lemon/lime scent that this is for you. It seriously smells good enough to eat. Can't wait to use it.


This is what made the box for me! Zoya are a brand that I've wanted to try for ages but never got the chance to. Now Boudour Privé have given me the chance to give their products a go! I adore this colour. It's something I would've picked for myself!


This glitter 'Boogie Nights' eyeliner by Cargo Cosmetics is quite a let down. I adore glitter in eyeliner's, but this just completely lacks in any decent pigmentation.


This small sample of Agent Provocateur perfume is a little strong for me and isn't the usual fruity scent that I go for, but still not too bad.


These Blot & Bronze papers seem like quite a novel concept, but I quite like being my pale-self haha.


Finally you get this nice little sampler of all the nail colours in the Fall 2011 collection from Zoya!Good idea!


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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Haulin'

I went into the most unlikely of places today and actually found something that I adored and thought actually suited my style. This place? Bon Marché. Crazy, I know. I liked the item that much that I got two!

Zebra Print Cardigan - £14 from Bon Marché.
This thing is bloody wonderful! I bought the magenta and white versions because I just fell completely in love. On the website the magenta one is called 'red' for some reason, but it genuinely is more pink. I love the black rubbon belt detail on it too. Here's a link to the website if you want to buy one for yourself: Click here.

Facets Of Fuchsia Revlon Nail Enamel - £4.49 from Superdrug.
This is going to be the 'must have' colour this autumn, I think. I know in the States a few Guru's have raved about this product. It's also featured on Boots current alarm shrouds at the front of store. I've just put it on over the top of Boulivard by Barbra Daily and it looks wonderful. It's a sheer black polish with magenta pieces of large and small glitter. It looks stunning.


Paperchase Bubble & Sweet photoalbum £9.50
This is adorable! It can be used as either a photo album or a scrap book. The pages are bright and fun. It can be closed and bound by a purple ribbon. It looks so cute and totally kawaii!

Paperchase tin pot £2.50
This little tin is adorable. I'm going to be putting my makeup brushes in it.

Hello Kitty Wristband £4 from Claire's
I spied this while browsing in Claire's Assessories and had to buy it! It's thicker than most other rubber wristbands (as can be seen on the second photo). It features different sized Kitty's and looks lovely!

Cowshed Lippy Cow Lip Balm £1.49 from eBay

MUA Single Eyeshadows - £1 each from Superdrug.
I still can't get over these eyeshadows. For a quid you just can't go wrong! They are so pigmented, as you can see on the photo. These are four of the new shades. Lovely.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £26.50
I picked up another bottle of my all time favourite foundation because it is the only foundation that is light enough for my skintone. The shade I go for it 'Shell' and it suits my skin perfectly. I love the dewy finish and it just doesn't budge all day.

In some places at the moment you can get a couple of freebies! They come in this cute little blue mesh bag.


You get this 7 day Advance Night Repair.


You also get this little foundation brush for free too! It seems really good quality and comes in a cute little pouch, so thumbs up for good freebies!
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Thursday, 15 September 2011

FOTD, September Glossy Box & Haul

Face of the day

Eyeshadows used- Dollipop by Sugarpill Cosmetics, Blue & Purple eyeshadow by Famous by Sue Moxley.
Eyeliner - MAC Blacktrack fluidline
Mascara - Maybelline Cat Eyes mascara
Lipstick - Kate Moss Collection lipstick by Rimmel in shade 03

GLOSSY BOX for September 2011
Today I received my second ever Glossy Box. I'm much happier with this box that I was with the last. Here is what I got in my box.








All in all, I'm much happier with this box. I will actually be using every product in this box instead of the one or two that I actually used in the last box. Thumbs up Glossy Box. You've redeemed yourselves!
NOW.. To the hauling!

I got this amazing Sugarpill Cosmetics Trio Chromalust set. I had no idea that these things even existed until I looked on Genie Cosmetics' website. I was really happy with the set because I was going to buy Birthday Girl (The pink colour) and Darling (the teal colour) anyway. Tiara is a beautiful colour too so I'm impressed. For £18.99 I think the set is a bargain as they usually retail at just over £8 each!

This one is Birthday Girl (Pink with pink glitter)

This is Tiara, a very finely milled silver.

And finally this one is Darling. I like this one the most. Beautful teal with shimmer.


These are the nail polishes I bought.
From L-R - Claire's Accessories (nameless?)
Sinful Colors - Purple Diamond
Stargazer - 303
W7 - Blue Diamonds


I also got these clip in hair extentions from Blue Banana. I know they scream scene kid, but THEY'RE LEOPARD PRINT!


This Revlon Kabuki brush was a bargain at only £2.99!


These false eyelashes were only £1.99 each and I think they're very, very pretty.


I got this Bodyology Crushed Pearl Créme in the shade Bora Bora for only £2.99. I'll probably use this as an eyeshadow base. It's such a beautiful colour.


I also bought two samples of INAZ cosmetics pigments. This one is called Power. It's a stunning bright purple with glitter.


This is another INAZ pigment. I believe it's called Victory (I'm not sure, the sticker on the bottom doesn't seem to fit all the name on.)

So, that's all for today folks. Speak to you soon!

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