Blue dress

I love a floaty dress and have a significant number in my wardrobe. This blue dress is one of those Insta famous numbers everyone seems to have. I was worried it wouldn’t work on a big chest but it is fine. Zara do well with the diversity of their models but they don’t have anyone my size wearing their clothes so its always hard to tell what size to order. I’m in a L but it goes up to XXL.Dress, sandals, bag.

The bag is worth a quick mention. It’s deceptively big and fits purse, phone, small make up bag and kids colouring books, pens and the compass and binoculars we take everywhere 🙂

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Snake mules

Last year I bought some snake print mules that I loved but were uncomfortable. Perhaps partly because I sized up as I often do with mules – I like a bit of extra shoe at the back for slouch. Eventually I gave up on them and they went to a new home. I’ve missed them since – I often think “if only I had snake print mules….” (sad but true.

Fast forward to these babies.

I saw two people wearing them on Instagram; @thefashionablepan who wore them for what looked like a busy weekend with lots of walking in Madrid, and my friend @fashion.beauty.me who knows a thing or two about shoes.

They arrived this morning and I put them straight on.Trousers last year but pink version here, tee, jacket, belt, shoes I got my usual size this time (gawd my roots need doing!)

I have my three year old niece and sister coming to stay so am going to have a quick calm coffee before the storm!

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Ladies who lunch (in the rain version)

My youngest sister is just back from university and yesterday I stole her for the afternoon. Lunch with just me then she got my kids from school which they loved then tea and board game fun at home. (My sister happens to be a makeup whizz so we had a bit of makeup fun too)

It’s now not just wet and grey in London but actually chilly. To say I am annoyed about this is a huge understatement. I have a wardrobe full of beautiful clothes that have had almost no wear.I was planning to wear this green dress and Stan Smiths (too wet for any other footwear) but I couldn’t find a jacket warm enough that went with the dress so I had to get changed. So goddamn dull.Old Zara jeans, blouse and headband are H&M but sold out, mac (lovely but in no way waterproof)

Today I am wearing a shirt I bought a while ago but haven’t worn yet.Old Zara jeans, shirt here. There’s a blue dress version too that I’m rather taken with.

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Beauty

It’s a while since I’ve done a beauty post and I’ve changed a lot of what I’m using since then. Most of the new things are much cheaper than my old products so I thought it would be good to share some ideas.

First make up.

Several of my best friends (also old All Wornout-ers) are beauty buffs. One introduced me to IT Cosmetics a few years ago and I’ve not looked back. I adore their CC foundation. In winter I wear Light and sometimes mix in some Estee Lauder Double Wear for coverage (I wear Pure Beige which is a perfect match for my winter skin in the DW for reference) In summer I gradually mix IT CC in Light and Medium Tan until the rest of me is bronzed enough to wear the darker shade alone. I’ve recently started using an ancient By Terry foundation brush to apply it and like it even more.

The IT concealer is a stand out product too. Sadly the shade I have is too pale – I need Medium but have Light – but the coverage is excellent. I used to use it with the IT short brush I bought with it but prefer to use it with an old Hourglass concealer brush.

I understand that IT products come up on QVC at very good prices.

Blusher I have a life long struggle with 😉 The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk blusher is my current one. I’m not sure it’s great on me. I have a Bobbi Brown one too which I was told suits everyone but it’s so bright even the smallest amount makes me look very flushed.

I thought this might help my face look less flat. I’ve watched all kinds of videos about how to apply it and none of them have made sense to me. It’s a decent sparkle free bronzer though and I’ve happily used it every day through winter to lift my face a bit. As proper summer comes around (please, please June) I’ll be switching back to this which is brilliant.

I love a bright lipstick any time of year but particularly with very little eye make up in summer. Mac’s Relentlessly Red (which is actually pink) and So Chaud (bright orange) remain my favourites. They’re sold out on my links but I like John Lewis’ new lipstick try on service. They are in stock here and here and you get some decent freebies if you spend over a certain amount.

On to skin.

This time last year I was extolling the virtues of Drunk Elephant. And I did love it (particularly this) Fast forward a year and a very costly house rebuild and I’m not using it anymore. Now I’m all about the cheaper brands and can I see a difference? Nope. My skin looks as good as a tired 42 year old ex-heavy-smokers ever will!I love this Vitamin E eye cream from Body Shop – I use it morning and night.

Next up this rather tacky Nip+Tuck serum one of my sisters recommended. I don’t know if it’s doing anything but I feel odd if I miss this step.

I switch oils but always come back to this or this. I love the smell of the Neals Yard and it’s usually on offer. The Clarins is meant for night I think but I use a bit in the morning too when I have it (my last bottle smashed – it’s a thick glass bottle that gets slippy in oily hands!)

Then I use this Body Shop cream (there’s a lighter version and a gel too) Again, I’ve flirted with ones five times and more the price but my skin likes this.

Finally I’m using this Vitamin C boost and it definitely adds a glow. I have dehydrated skin but don’t agree with some of the reviews that mention grease. It’s very moisturising but leaves no residue or tack under makeup, gives SPF 30 coverage and I really enjoy using it. My sister swears by this if you prefer a less thick cream – it’s an excellent base for makeup.

At night (& in the morning) I cleanse with the Emma Hardie balm another sister introduced me to and that I always go back to (I buy it from M&S when they do their 20% off) I’m waiting for a big Beauty Pie order and am going to try this.

On the subject of Beauty Pie – I love it! The only minor dud I’ve ordered is the SPF I got for my sister. She didn’t get on with it – I’ve tried it and don’t mind it but I prefer the Body Shop Vitamin C glow booster which has higher SPF too.

My favourite use every day Beauty Pie buys are these eyeshadow sticks. I use en taupe (my favourite eyeshadow colour ever – it’s like ice cream!) and vanilla whirl every day. Their lip balm sticks are lovely too – more like a balm than a gloss, not sticky and just the right amount of soft colour.

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