Monday, 16 March 2015

What Your Everyday Make Up Says About You

Ever wondered what your everyday make up says about you? Whether you're elaborate or a barely there kind of girl which one are you?

1. The lipstick only lover


You're fresh and bold. You don't worry about conventions, in fact you willingly fly in the face of them. You want to be considered low key but also retain that little bit of glamour, we're willing to bet that pout is pretty fantastic too. Lipstick always seems to pull and coif a look into existence.  Our lipstick only girl is a head on sort, she's saying 'look how flipping fabulous I am, but look how little effort I've made because I don't care what you think' we love her.


2. Mascara and only mascara


The high school special! This look is beloved not only by school girls because of its natural look but also women who want to keep their make up low key but retain a little bit of flutter. The lashes are a really feminine aspect of  the face, accentuating them with a bare face is the modern equivalent of a flash of ankle. The girl who just wears mascara is confident, she's understated but knows her best features. This girl wants the freedom of a bare face but the little bit of definition her mascara gives her, flirty and forthright. 

3. Nudes, Nudes, Nudes


Nudes, beautiful and light. The nude wearer is a chameleon, toning down and muting the full force of their image. Wearing nudes well requires skill and an ability to blend flawlessly.  The nudes wearer is someone who wants to appear both well groomed but not obviously so, classic, soft, professional, and flawlessly effortless.


4. Underline It


The girl who wears an upper and lower kohl line is making her point. A heavy kohled eye is all about the mystique and the rock vibe. During the day the girl who wears lashings of kohl loves her rebellious streak and probably has some rock vibes that she wants to display even during the day. The kohled eye is a standout piece of make up, focusing and bringing the eye into the picture. The girl who loves her kohl is our inner rebel at heart.

5. The Cat-eye


Our cat eye girls mean business. It can be quite an undertaking to get those perfect cat eye lines every morning, so these girls are tenacious. I've always said don't mess with a woman who has a perfect cat eye eyeliner every day, because they are persistent and overt. The cat eye is a lot vintage with a foot in rock and roll, this girl loves her style and is happy to be bold.

6. Falsie Flutter


The girl who loves her daily falsies is a glamour puss. This girl won't be beaten on style and preening. You are high maintenance and you are proud of it, and so you should be, if you're applying lashes every morning, you should get a medal for your serious skills. This girl is a fan of looking her best at all times and every street is her runway, dress down Friday? Don't make me laugh!


7. Nothing at all


The nothing at all girl is a free spirit, she's confident and doesn't care who knows it. She loves her natural look, and those around her love it too, we're betting some even envy it. This girl doesn't need to worry about whether her eyeliner has smudged and it leaves her with more time to get things done. Beauty isn't just skin deep, she embraces how beautiful she already is.

We're just having a little fun with this one today, of course at Inanity and the Girl we believe all women are stunning exactly how they are and how they want to be make up or no. Our issue was trying to pick which one we were most of the time! We hope you have fun trying to work it out too!

Which one do you think you are? Or are you a whole other look?

Much Love


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Inanity's Spring Skincare Saviours : The Good and The Pretty


With the oncoming spring guess what girls, it's time to shake up our skincare for the less cold days, the ongoing rain but the slight chance of sunshine. I wanted to put together a little post of what I'm using at the minute and give you guys a little glimpse into what I'm loving.



 1. Sunday Riley Juno Face Oil

When I went to the Space NK Sunday Riley launch, I not only got to meet Caroline Hirons but I also won this absolute little beauty. For those of you who are like 'Sunday Who?' I feel you, I wasn't really aware of her so I decided to just try the product and let it speak for itself, if it was going to.  This is a really potent face oil, filled with antioxidants, superfood oils, it's designed to protect, illuminate, hydrate and feed the skin. I use it when my skin is looking particularly lacklustre, I don't always use it every night but you only use 3/4 drops and it layers beautifully with other products. You can massage it into the skin and it disappears and softens.

It is an expensive purchase though, at around £98, if you're looking for a heavy duty feeding oil for your skin, this is a great one. I don't know if I hadn't won if I would have forked out for it, I do definitely think it's a great product though, it just seems to be so rich in all these skin goodies and your skin looks great when you use it, especially those of us like me with dry skin.

I love it, but it's pricey. If you get a chance call into Space NK and feel it!

2. Pixi Glow Tonic

I picked this up when I was in London, it's a cult product for a reason. When I went to their boutique in Soho the tiny white shop was pretty much all orange just from the amount of Pixi Glow they stock to make all of us skincare lunatics happy.
For those who don't know, Pixi Glow is an exfoliating toner, this will again illuminate, strip away those old skin cells and give you a whole new face. I know what you're thinking, 'Dawn is everything you use illuminating?' Um yes, you can put the word, glow, dewy, brightening, or illuminating in front of anything and I will buy it.
This is cult for good reason though, it will make your skin look great, use it after cleansing to provide lots of lovely new skin cells for your serums and moisturisers to get to work on.


 3. Ole Henriksen- Truth Serum Collagen Booster

A light serum, bursting with citrus, this one is yum. I layer this one with another serum and an oil. It's a lovely boosting serum, full of vitamin C, grapefruit, for antioxidents and illuminating. This little potion will help your skin cell turnover, it'll brighten and soothe inflammation and boost collagen.  It's really light, you can wear this day and night, layer or leave under make up.

 This is a really versatile little power product.

4. Yves Rocher- Serum Vegetal

This one was a surprise to me, new from the world of Yves Rocher the French skincare giants. They've just released serum Vegetal and it comes in night and day creams. Best thing for me about the products, no mineral oil, no parabens and no silicon. Another lovely light cream, I do like a light cream, anything heavy and claggy gives me spots (not hot). Packed with plant power, it's an all over moisturiser for everyone, it's not full of nasties. This is your all round happy time moisturiser, and it's a total bargain coming in around £10.



 5. Sunday Riley- Start Over, Active Eye Cream

This was recommended for me by Caroline Hirons at the Sunday Riley launch, I've been looking for a good eye cream that was going to protect and prevent rather than fix.
This one is designed to brighten, cool and lift. This is the cream that you whack on after a hard night, and expect it to do miracles. Although I'm not worried at the moment about bags, I do worry about texture, and this cream is designed to target crows feet and the dreaded crepeyness. More vitamin C, more liquorice, I'm finding this a real theme in the products I'm loving at the moment, vit C for brightness and nourishment and liquorice to brighten again.

I did wince a little when I paid for this at £65 it isn't cheap, but lets get real for a minute, it's 30ml and much bigger than most eye creams which come in those tiny little tubes, this is a good solid glass bottle with a proper dispenser. You normally get around 15ml from most eye creams and that's about £20/30 so size wise it isn't that bad.

It's light, easy to wear, and sinks nicely into the skin. Definitely one to check out.

6. Iluma by Image Skincare-Intensive Lightening Serum

I've been using this for ages and I love it. It is great for skin blotches, scars, horrible red marks from spots, general discolouration (salutes). Essentially this fabulous little dropper, three to four drops and your skin is bright, and clear. I adore it, it's a rebuy for me...I know I know another brightener, evens out the skin tone makes you look stunning.



7. Yes To Tomatoes- Daily Balancing Moisturiser

This one is for combination skin but it is a fabulous little moisturiser, loads of natural ingredients, hydrating, great natural boosters. You can just throw this on and go. I'm a fan.





So that's what I'm using at the minute. Tell me what your favourite products are at the odd skincare time of year.

Much Love




Friday, 6 February 2015

Making Space: Shop My Vintage Closet



So my lovelies, the time has finally come for me to make a little bit of room in my vintage wardrobe. You guys all know I love my vintage finds and I tend to search high and low for them. Today I got the time to actually do something to make a space in my collection. So I'd like to introduce you all to my little 'Shop My Vintage Closet' page.

This is the space which will host the dresses I'm selling to make way for other dresses. Whether it is because I'm not wearing them as much or my rear doesn't fit any more well this is where they'll be.
I have quite a few from a variety of decades which will be listed shortly. At the moment, nip on over as I have a 1960s and 1970s piece both with incredible pattern.




As per usual folks anything you see and like you can email me by pressing the envelope button in the sidebar.

Hope you guys like some of my finds.
Much Love and dresses

Monday, 2 February 2015

Buying Vintage: Everything You Need To Know


Those of you who are vintage virgins, sit yourself down with a cup of tea as I have some wisdom to impart, even if you aren't it's always good to get some ideas from elsewhere. You guys know I love vintage but it can be a little bit of a love/hate thing from time to time. I wanted to pop up some pictures of my recent vintage buys along with a few tips that might help you in your own vintage shopping. 



How To Buy Vintage

1. Do not be scared of styles from different eras

I've always been a resolutely 1950's girl, nipped in waists and flared skirts, then I discovered the joy of a 1940's land girl style tea dress and now I love those too. I've even opened up to shift dresses which I haven't necessarily been sold on just yet but I've tried and liked a few. The point being, styles will surprise you, don't limit yourself.


2. Ignore sizes for the most part

I know how tough that can be, but rather if you can use the sizes on the labels as a guide you can get a better fit. We're all much bigger since the 1920's even the 1950's, not only in width but height, add to that the issues around modern day vanity sizing and you'll see that the size that is on the back of our dresses from Oasis may be a different size than what our ideal vintage size is. For example, I'm both tall and bestowed with 'a gracious plenty' in front and back, so as such dresses that weren't designed for my shape aren't going to fit me well. I tend to go up a size or two and belt if I need it. Don't worry about the sizing. 


3. You have to try it on

The vintage rule that should be emblazoned on every changing room and shop everywhere.Try it on. The fact of the matter is that unlike contemporary fashion, you probably won't see the item in your hand on 3/4 models in magazines. So apart from what you see on the hanger, you won't have a clue how it will actually fit. That's why you must try it on, busty girls, tall girls, petite girls, curvy girls, sometimes vintage dresses adhere to a more rigid pattern so try it on, you may get a lovely surprise.


4. Enjoy the revivals

Throughout fashion history styles have repeatedly been revived, from Grecian design right through to the 1950's echo in the 1970's, the 1920's androgyny in the 1980's, even the 1990's revival now. You may be thinking, so what ? I'll tell you what, revival pieces are great because more modern pieces are increasingly mass produced, have a little more forgiveness in the fabric and can be bought for a fraction of the inspired piece's tag. I have quite a few 1970's 50's revival pieces I picked them up for a steal and they all have some lovely stretch. Keep your eyes open!


5. Don't be scared to rummage

Unlike our High Street stores vintage stores don't have each item in multiple sizes arranged just so, you need to get in there and get your rummage on. Sometimes it can feel more than a little overwhelming when you are confronted with rails and rails of seemingly unending mixed up clothes. I would say give yourself time, don't try and do a big vintage haul in a half hour, you need to locate and try on so give yourself a little longer. That is how you turn up the real gems.


6. Enlist help

This follows on from my last point. Enlist help in looking for pieces, grab your friends, have a conversation about what you're looking for, the rough size, the style so that you have a few more eyes all looking. If you're on your own, go and talk to the shop assistants, give them an idea of what you're looking for, it's ok if you say that you really don't know, but they'll have great suggestions and an inside knowledge of what is in the store. Shopping vintage can be like normal shopping but the best vintage emporiums will be rather more chaotic so make it a bit easier on yourself.


7. Befriend a dressmaker

It isn't as popular nowadays to have clothes altered, we have a plethora of size options, so really dressmakers are more used to formal wear adjustments. Here's the thing though, if there's a piece you love which isn't fitting you well then getting it altered is an easy way to make it work. For example, the dress below this picture, I love it, but it's a maxi and I am a bit too tall for the maxi so it's more of a long midi on me. I'm considering taking it up a little or leaving it. But, what I will be doing is getting the zip replaced. The zip is original and it doesn't lock, so as my bust pressures it it goes flying downward to my bellybutton leaving me red faced and not happy. I've also replaced my favourite Hellbunny dress with the only one I could find anywhere which is two sizes too big. I'll be bringing my original to the dress maker along with the new for alteration. Dressmakers are wonderful, I wish I had the sewing skills and I'd make all my own clothes but until then I'll be supporting my local dressmaker to get a great fit.


8. Online vintage shopping

My favourite way of shopping vintage these days is online. I have my favourite vintage sellers saved on eBay so I always check on their new stock. You won't find out what it looks like on you before you buy it, so I tend to go up a size, but it is very easy to shop. You don't have to rummage around, you'll see things on a mannequin and you'll usually get an idea of the material from the seller. Nowadays it's where I do most of my vintage buying, you also get some of the best bargains!

So that's my take on what you need to know to shop vintage. Have you got any more tips for me?

Much Love

Saturday, 24 January 2015

What To Expect When You're Expecting...To Turn 30


When I turned 30 which was about a year and a half ago, it was not a fun time. About two or three months before it the panic started, those of you who have been regular readers of my blog may remember the posts, skincare was being ramped up and everything was being scrutinised. I have a secret to tell you, I barely had any skincare routine before this, in fact I don't think I took off my eye make up until I was at least twenty-seven. How that changed a few months before my thirtieth. Now on the other side I'm here to tell you what to expect, when you're expecting...to turn thirty.



 1. You will suddenly scrutinise your face more than you ever thought possible
You will. I'm sorry to tell you but it's actually pretty normal. We live in a culture that prides youth and beauty over everything, so as you get ready to hit another decade it's not that surprising that you are going to start panicking. I spent at least 6-8 months about an inch from my mirror scrutinising in natural day light, bemoaning the way things had changed.
Here's the thing, I have never scrutinised my face with that kind of focus, who does...so things I thought had changed actually hadn't I was just unbelievably hyper aware. When you're that aware it gets a bit negative and over focused.

2. You will buy everything in sight that you think will fix your 'problem' or slow things down
Have a good look at these pictures, pretty much all of this skincare was bought in the couple of months before I turned 30, that's a lot of skincare. I was double cleansing, toning, hydrating, serums, creams, eye creams, peels, masks, acids, oh you name it I did it. I went from doing practically nothing to going WAY over the top. Caroline Hirons' page was bookmarked and I emailed her more than once in total despair at the state of my eyes, which I was OBSESSED with. What was the problem with my eyes? Oh I thought I had ridges which it turns out I've always had, I just wasn't so flipping obsessed with them then. It's actually my cheeks which does it, at the time though I was inconsolable about them. Point being, it's not bad to renew your skincare, but going over the top trying to fix a perceived problem is just not going to help. It's the panic talking I think.


3. You will either be hiding from or stuck in the mirror
You'll go through stages of scrutinising, but you'll also go through stages of avoiding completely so you don't bum yourself out. There's really no need, it won't help right now if I tell you that you'll get over it, but you will, honest.

4. You will feel the need to check people's age
You'll google, you'll want to know what age an actress was in a film, if they're younger than you are now, you will be annoyed. Jane Fonda was 31 in Barberella and she was incredible, look at Jennifer Lopez. Age means very little, you just have to get your head around the fact that you aren't in your twenties any more.



5. You will realise that everything will be ok
It took me a while, but I've actually discovered that 31 is a considerably better age than 30. I've chilled out about it so much more. For a start most of those products I bought, I never actually finished, a lot of them are still in my bathroom. I scaled back my skincare to what worked for my skin, and although I buy skincare I buy a heck of a lot less. You will relax into it, and I've found that I feel younger at 31 than I did in my mid twenties, I just feel a heck of a lot less inclined to do stuff I don't want to. 

Things That Are Great About Turning 30

1. You stop doing things you don't want to do, really. 
There's a point where you just don't have the same tolerance for idiocy you used to have. Embrace this, it is good.
2. You stop caring about what people think
Life is too short, and what someone else thinks about you is none of your business. 
3.You can't be bothered with other people's drama
Oh did someone throw you shade on Twitter, really? Get a grip, turn your phone off ignore them. Even the people around you, you don't feel the need to get involved in their dramas, not your circus not your monkeys, you offer advice and that's it.
4. You feel more confident in who you are
Very true, embrace it.  You take less nonsense off people because you're not in your twenties any more trying to work out who you are. Like Her Holiness Beyonce says 'I'm a grown woman I can do whatever I want' this more than ever will hit you in your 30s, You will take much less crap and it is a good thing. 
5. You wake up and realise no one actually sees you in the same scrutiny you see yourself
You are all you have ultimately and how you choose to live your life is up to you. Turning 30 is really not that big a deal, and it can something you greet with positivity.

Each new decade brings something fresh into your life, be open and enjoy it.

GO KICK ASS

Much Love

Friday, 23 January 2015

Weekend Vintage Bakes: Cinnamon Shortbread



If you guys are anything like me, you like a little bit of baking but often aren't keen on very long, arduous, tricky recipes. I like to whack it all in, mix it up and have something that looks good and tastes lovely at the end, not too much to ask right?

I made these little beauts last week and I wanted to pop them up on the blog because they're really effective, terribly easy, and undeniably tasty, seriously if you have any left by the end of the weekend, I'll be very surprised.

This is just a very simple shortbread recipe from Paul Hollywood that makes really buttery shortbread and I add some cinnamon, the fabulous little thing is that I get to show off my sale bargain in my 'with love' cookie cutter from Lisa Angel which cost me all of £2. So here we go.


You Will Need 

225g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
110g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
110g cornflour
2 tablespoons cinnamon 
Pinch of salt

Method

1. Lightly butter 2 trays, or line with baking parchment.
2. Put the butter and sugar into a large bowl and cream together, using an electric hand-held whisk or wooden spoon, until light and fluffy. Sift the flour and cornflour into the bowl, add the salt and cinnamon and mix together until smoothly combined. Tip the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to a soft dough.
3. Roll out the dough between 2 pieces of baking parchment to a thickness of 1cm. Prick the dough all over with a fork and cut into triangles or whatever shapes you like, using a knife or a biscuit cutter. Re-roll the scraps once to cut more (if you re-roll too many times the dough may start to get greasy). Put the shortbreads on the prepared baking trays and chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 170°.
5. Bake the shortbreads for about 20 minutes, until just turning golden brown at the edges. Leave on the baking trays for a few minutes to firm up slightly, then lift the shortbreads onto a wire rack. Dust with sugar and leave to cool. They will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.


Then you just grab your shortbread, sit down with a lovely big cup of tea and enjoy. 

Much Love 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Bye Bye Lash Curlers: Benefit Launch Roller Lash


There are a lot of things you expect to be in lorries, cargo, boxes, random packing containers...one of the things I don't expect is a 1950's style beauty salon, but that's exactly what we got. A gloriously designed haven on the back of an enormous big-rig which will be touring the UK and Ireland to promote Benefit's new product ROLLER LASH.



 Face of the day was very natural with a lot of liner, and of course the Bardot hair! I had to take a quick picture mainly because the whole decor of the place was so on point and so vintage that I actually wanted to take it all home with me. The atomic decor, the hair drier lights-perfection.



 The girls all came in and got settled, Claire from French for Cupcake had her fabulous cape put on by the wonderfully suave Jordan, and Ruth from Willow Lane is of course modelling hers beautifully.




The girls are all in situ and getting ready to find out what is in store!



And here it is, Roller Lash!

So what is it? 
Roller lash is brand new launch from Benefit, its design is based on creating the best curl from the newly designed mascara wand.  A wand based on the principles of retro salon rollers, to grip and curl the hair or in this case the lashes. 


The wand has a selection of strategically placed hooks which grab the lash and grip it, pulling it up like scissors do to Christmas ribbon. There's a special set of smaller bristles at the bottom designed for the bottom lashes, smaller to grab the lower lashes and get all the hairs.




The mascara is very pretty, sorry but it is. I can attest to how hard it is to get that really good shade of vintage coral pink, mainly because I've been trying to decorate the house with it and it is nigh on impossible to get it just right. The rose pinks are more French shabby chic and I'm after an atomic powder coral pink...if you find one let me know.

I digress.

The cut out diamond packaging and sheer vintage salon gorgeousness of it is rather lush. The little ribbed lip at the lid actually takes off the excess mascara so you aren't using too much, the nice thing is, that is helps you avoid that super clumpy finish.

So what is it like on?

I popped a coat on my lashes, used the hook side to wiggle it through and get the lashes grabbed and curled. You guys know that I normally get my lashes LVL'd to get them to curl because they're so straight but I haven't had that done since October, so I'm very overdue. It meant though that my lashes were nice and straight to try out Roller Lash though. You can see the results below.



2 coats of curling Roller Lash, really did fan out my lashes. No doubt about it the wand definitely curls the lashes. I don't tend to buy curling mascaras any more but they never work, this one though definitely works.


My lashes got a nice curl, the one thing I found about the formula on my lashes is it does seem to smudge onto my lids, I think it's perhaps my lashes as I have the same issue with They're Real, so it's probably the creamy formula, but most people don't seem to have that problem. 

Roller Lash hits the counters on 28th February



So there you go folks, if you want curled lashes, this will definitely do it for you!
Thank you Benefit for a gorgeous event and you know if you're ever done with your salon and want to park it in my garden...feel free!

Much Love


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