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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Tuesday treats

I bought this dress this week. It’s a really light cotton. I have a 14 and could’ve sized down but I’m happy with a looser fit. I like a dress like this for really hot days (please, please). Unlike in the photo, the tie on the front does up properly to hide a bra.

I bought this dress too. It’s a very similar print to the shorter Stories one that’s probably my favourite dress. This is described as a kaftan but is a proper midi dress.Here with Ancient Greek sandals (did you know they’re started doing ankle chains?) I have a 12 on – definitely size down. (Necklace and headband old/oos)

I’ve just looked my Stories dress up and it’s in their new sale. It really is the cliche dress up / dress down dress. I’ve worn mine with Stans and with sandals and espadrilles. I have a 40 (so size down)

If you’re considering the Stories sale, these are worth a look. I didn’t buy them last year when I first tried them and regretted it. I’ve now bought some Office ones instead but at just shy of £40 and with a nod to the current fringing trend these are well worth it.

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Summer Rain *

Can we call it summer? I’m not so sure. Yes it is June but it’s not been consistently warm for weeks now. And today it’s lashing down in London.

Pink trousers, tshirt, jacket, trainers (save 15% with code SUMMER and size down 1/2 a size).

  • I’m going to have to dig out some Belinda Carlisle now!

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A few outfits

One of the things I love about summer is how easy it is to get dressed. No fuss of layering heatechs and jumpers and working out which length of boots work with which cropped jeans (a particular annoyance of mine)

Now finally the nicer weather is starting.

I bought these super relaxed linen mix trousers in Zara last summer (I bought two pairs which shows how much I love them) I wore them the other day with a new linen vest. It started well but an hour into the day the linen on the top had become so baggy it was literally falling off! Luckily I was wearing a jacket and black bra and just about managed to tuck it in and style it out. I’ll have to put the vest on a hot wash! Trousers old, vest (don’t size up like I did!), jacket, belt, necklace, earrings, sandals. They don’t seem to be doing this colour of trousers this year but I have the pink and they’re lovely.

This dress is perfect for summer and I’m glad I nabbed both colourways. I’ve worn the red and black one a few times a week since I got it.Here with Office sandals (20% off with Summer20)

This is the more neural coloured version. Bag and sandals here, headband is from H&M but is sold out. On the hanger they look like they might be see through but they’re not.

This dress is new from ASOS. I really like it despite there being a small bra flash at the side of the square cut arms.Dress, sunnies, sandals.

And here is my summer uniform.Denim shorts, black top – it seems to have sold out but this looks interesting, headband was from H&M but has sold out too (nab this one quick!), sandals (now £15)

I like a black top and struggle to find ones that fit my requirements. The biggest no no is anything tight on the tummy which rules out all the 90s styles flooding the shops. I’ve always steered away from v necks because I don’t like flaunting my chest but these ASOS tshirts sit nicely, are loose without being baggy and keep their shape and wash well too.

That’s it from me today. I am leaving the sandals at home and donning my steel toe capped boots for a day of working on my new house.

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