Tricky Trends And How To Tame Them!

Morning my little cupcakes! its been a proper terrifying week at WDS HQ! Mr Darcey Sleeps has had a mystery virus that landed him in Accident and Emergency, one bag of IV fluids and antibiotics and he is beginning to look a bit better. So, lets get on with these trends:

Ruffles and volume in general is a key trend and brands are sticking ruffles on anything that doesn’t move! for me, who is more than a little on the large and short side, this is not an easy trend but it is still doable….

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these skaters ( I bought both colours!)from http://www.simplybe.co.uk nail the ruffle trend and are super comfortable too.

I also bought this…..

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which is also from Simply Be, the ruffles are cleverly placed on this drawing the eye down rather than across.

Orange eyeshadow whoa nelly! do they really expect us to do this? But fear not loves its actually surprisingly wearable……..

This is courtesy of the gorgeous daughter (as I still have a boil on my eye) this shadow is from a palette called 35s by Morphe,  its strength is the subtle shimmer and the fact that it is more tangerine than orange. The daughter used a yellow wash up to the eyebrow, orange on lid and under the eye. She took the reddish orange from the palette, and took it under the eye and the outer part of the lid in a v shape. Black eyeliner and mascara finish the look , if you are convinced get yours at http://www.beautybay.co.uk.

Finally, and this is a real disaster for me…

Yellow!!!! yellow is a no no if you are my colouring, I am blonde and pale skinned and can tend towards looking naked if I wear yellow! but wait there is always handbags …..

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Look at this little poppet from Dune! More buttercup than daffodil, with a pretty scallop detail it goes by the delightful name of Dinidipley and is available from http://www.dune.co.uk and other retailers.

Before we part company, can I just say how profoundly glad I am that I live in the UK with an NHS which is struggling but still able to deliver world class care. I also want to make the point that in our hospital that care is being delivered by people from every corner of this world. I have to vote in two elections over the coming months and I will be voting for the party that will support those people in saying in the UK.

See you next week for a whats going on at WDS HQ post

Kisses

Karen xxx

Colour Of The Year Goes To…..Greenery!

Good Morning to you fair reader! I have had this post in the back of my mind since January, every year the colour experts at Pantone decide on a colour of the year. Last year two colours made the grade…….


Ah the beauty that is rose quartz and serenity! This year however Pantone have chosen this……


It’s green, very green not mint or emerald …..just green. As you can probably gather green is not my favourite but I was ready to do my usual round up of products that will bring you bang up to date, I was ready to hunt out all the greenery goodies for you. 

However it turns out that the high street aren’t feeling it either, I found mint and pistachio and sage but greenery was thin on the ground. Just in case it is a wild success for you here is what I found…….


This lovely bag comes from Boden, not cheap at £140 but bang on the greenery trend. Too much money? Or too green? Try this…..

This mini beauty with its cute bag charm comes in at a mini price of £17.99, head over to Zara for this.

How about some shoes? ………..

These sandals are from Clarks and are £55.I can testify to their comfort as I have some from a previous season.

Still not convinced? How about just a pop of green in your cosmetics? First up…….

A tiny bit bright but would look fab close to the lashes for a flash of colour. This is from Beauty bay, made by Sugar Pill and £11.00.

Nails next…..


My personal favourite is this Illmasqua nail varnish in Radium, £14.50 and available widely on line.

Finally, this one is a bit of a cheat…..

This Barry M lipstick is green in the bullet but turns pink on your lips! A bargainous £4 and available widely.

And a bit of a PS: Butter London have done a collaboration with Pantone, there is a set including Greenery and some of the other colours for 2017…..


but as far as I can make out only available in the US currently where it’s retails for $39.

So there you have it, I might just go and get that Illmasqua polish to break myself into this trend. What’s your thoughts on Greenery? I’d love to hear from you!

Kisses

Karen  xxx

Save Or Splurge?

Ding dong merrily on high! who’s excited for Christmas? For me it literally is “the most wonderful time of the year”but it is also the most expensive time of the year!

In my family I’m known as a bit of a personal  shopper, able to hunt out the best gifts and the unexpected at the drop of the hat, so let’s have a look at a few items that could be on your Christmas lists with a handy splurge/save option according to your available finances!

Perfume features high on a lot of peoples wish lists, the new perfume from Alexander McQueen really is something special……….

With notes of three night flowering blooms; Sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang, it is exotic and mysterious, and that my darlings is why this bottle will set you back £285! to be fair there are smaller bottles starting at £50.

So how about a save option? I am a super fan of the clever folks at Shay and Blue, this offering hits similar mysterious notes….

Atropa belladonna is inspired by deadly nightshade, with a heart of cassis berries, and notes of narcissus, jasmine and bourbon vanilla, it is a more pocket friendly £30 for 30ml.

How about a glamorous nail polish to see you into New Years Eve? let me present the most glamorous varnish on the market……..

Take a minute to breath in the exquisite design of the shoe designer Christian Louboutin, this is a bottle that deserves a place on your dressing table, but glamour comes with a price tag…£36 to be precise.

I’ll be honest kids, there isn’t a save option for this one,

however if cool polish is what you are looking for, look no further……

Soigne (translates as take care of) polish has up to 85% botanical ingredients, is free from the 5 carcinogens that can be in polish, is not tested on animals and is vegan friendly! hit their sale and you can grab a bottle for £4.80, it normally retails at £11.

While we are on the subject of New Years Eve, it is a great time to try the new trend of flat party shoes. If money is no object there is no better designer that Valentino for this new alternative to heels…

Yum! but at £615 it would give me heart failure to wear them!

Mercifully this is where ASOS rides in with these cuties……

Sorry for the screen shot but at least you have all the info!

Finally, and this might be a niche market, I have an obsession with decorations from bauble makers to the stars Bombki, their macaron set is a dream purchase……..

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At £59… to be honest I don’t know if I would risk it, but thats ok because look what Anthropologie  have……


These are currently in the sale at £18.20! and I like these a bit more!

Heres your links if you fancy purchasing any of the above or just want to admire from afar!

McQueen perfume from http://www.Houseoffraser.co.uk

Atropa Belladonna from http://www.shayandblue.com

Louboutin polish from http://www.selfridges.com

Soigne polish from http://www.soignnails.com

Valentino flats from http://www.selfridges.com

Asos flats from http://www.asos.com

macaron set from http://www.bombki.co.uk

macaron set  from http://www.anthropologie.com

Thats all my goodies today and the next time I see you it will be one sleep until Santa!!

Kisses

Karen xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Fearlessly Go Inside The Pyramid!

Welcome my loves, first of all thanks for all the love of last weeks post, it meant a lot to me and the ginger nutter! Now let’s get down to business, if you have any contact with social media you will be acquainted with one or more of these brands; Younique, Forever Living, Actiderm and Jamberry. 

These brands rely on their presenters putting their brand message out there and let’s be honest recruiting more people to the fold. But that’s not the whole story, what about the products? I’ll be clear from the outset none of the brands pay me or asked for this review, I just thought it would be interesting to see what was behind the hype.

So let’s get going first up is Forever Living, my lovely Pilates teacher Tamsin provided me with this bunch of samples……


All the products are based on natural ingredients like Aloe and Propolis. Between me and my daughter we tried everything, the stand out products for me were the heat lotion which does the job without skin irritation, and the Aloe Propolis cream which I used on my very cracked feet, it delivers great moisture and softness. Carys loved the lip balm which was really moisturising without greasiness. I will be buying a product that I didn’t test, the company produces a number of Aloe drinks that have various minerals added, I will be buying the version called Freedom that is helpful for joint care.  Head to http://www.Facebook.com/MidSussexPhysiopilates.

Now I have reviewed Younique before but was lucky enough to win a raffle for a box of their make up…..


These kits are called Kudos and this one is in support of child sexual abuse charity called defend innocence. Inside is a cream to powder eye shadow, an eyeliner a lipstick and a bracelet. Here are the swatches…..


These are great products but the standout for me is the marvellously named splurge eyeshadow! This is a mousse like product that goes on so smoothly and. Does. Not. Budge. Ever!!! I wore it on a boiling hot day and it was still perfect at the end of the day. It’s not cheap at £21 but I think it’s worth it. Here’s your link http://www.Facebook.com/samsYouniqueMakeUp

I jumped in on an Actiderm group on Facebook run by a lovely lady called Leah and bought a cream to powder eyeshadow for comparison …….


This is also a cracking product, a bit less pigmented but with a lovely cream to powder formulation , it is also a stay s put product.The price for this is  £11 And you can pop over to Leah’s site  here http://www.actibyleah.co.uk.

Last but definitely not least is Jamberry nail wraps, these are applied at home but deliver salon worthy results…….


I am really sorry for the horrendous photo! I got a free sample from a lady called Lisa and it lasted forever, in fact my nails are bare because it outlasted 3 lots of nail varnish ! This is my favourite product of the lot, they are £15 for a full set. Pop over to http://www.lisamaemartin.jamberry.com/uk

So, what’s my conclusion? These are actually very good products with some stand out stars, so don’t scroll past, have a look at what’s on offer, you may be pleasantly surprised!

See you next week for a what’s on the desk post!

Kisses

Karen

I’m On Fire! And In 3D!

I bet you saw that and thought Hollywood had finally called me? I’m afraid not dear reader a combination of rampant arthritis and the dreaded methotrexate have rendered me achy, with burning muscle pain and a face that was red and itchy, until a few days ago. As I can’t change anything about my achey bones I decided to look for skincare to sort out the beetroot face.

My go to brand in this situation is Dr Haushcka which is guaranteed to settle any inflammation within hours…but thats all it does, there is no real “performance” to them, so I had a little look round our local health food shop and mistakenly (but thank goodness) picked this up……..

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This kit contained nothing I actually went out for but it is brilliant! there is a micro bead exfoliant, a mask and a BB cream, there was also a sachet of an overnight treatment. These products are superb, really delivering their promise of increased radiance and a heathy glow. This kit is a little over £30 and is available from lots of online retailers and direct from http://www.renskincare.com.

The next product is from Younique, yes the company that gets quite a lot of attention because of its way of recruiting staff, allegations of a pyramid scheme have been flying around but very rarely do people talk about the products. When a friend of mine started to work for them I knew I wanted to try their star product – Moodstuck 3D fibre lashes…..

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Now I struggle with mascara, there’s the sensitivity and the lashes dropping out from the methotrexate, its a struggle, but not anymore and the results are so good here’s a before and after ( apologies for the extreme close up)……….

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Here’s the before with very little lashes, and heres the after…..

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Amazing! the application is a little bit of a faff, first the transplanting gel, then the fibres, then the gel again, but they all apply like mascara and here’s the best bit it comes off with warm water so I don’t have to scrub at my eyes! Not cheap at £23 but worth it for a bit of glamour! its available from your local Younique presenter.

Finally, and for no good reason other than I had just watched the film Divergent and the quote makes me feel stronger……

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This beautiful necklace was made by a lady called Roelene, you can find her on Facebook just search Curiously Charmed.

I promise next week I will have that painting nearly finished!

Stay Divergent

Kisses

Karen

The Bare Necessities Of ……This Week

Morning! today I have another bunch of products that are rocking my world at the moment, and it needs rocking as I have a chest infection (caused by immune suppressing drugs) and my liver function is up the wazoo (caused by the aforementioned drugs!) so I’m feeling a little less than better!

First, and I am as late as I can be to this party, I have upgraded to an iPhone ….

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I guessed you wouldn’t enjoy a picture of a phone you guys have probably had for the last decade so here is my Harley Quinn cover!

So, I took said phone and took these pictures, first of another daily essential – scented candles….

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This candle is from a brilliant mens shop, Eustace and Arthur in the lovely Somerset town of Langport which is handily where my husbands family live! every time he visits he brings me another “town”, this candle named after the village Curry Rivel (yes really), smells delightful and has an unmistakeable note of curry about it! Inexplicably they don’t have these on the website but they do have brilliant gifts for men, head over to http://www.eustaceandarthur.co.uk and take a peek.

Next up, another product that I should have brought a long time ago …

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This gel top coat by Nail Apothecary is phenomenal! it extends wear on my flakey, chippy nails past the  one day that I usually manage. It was a snip at less than a fiver, I got mine at http://www.asos.com.

There comes a time in your life when you need more than a good moisturiser before you put make up on, step forward primer…..

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This is the cutely named Spackle ( the American word for Polyfilla) by Laura Geller, she has a different version for every concern- redness, hydration, sun protection and this one which is slightly tinted for the vampirish like me, it smooths evens and provides a great base for foundation. This tinted version would be all you need for a weekend face. Available from lots of online beauty retailers.

Finally, the pot of Dianthus that I used for these pictures……..

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If you are not familiar with this plant please pop along to a garden centre, apart from their gorgeous and prolific flowers, their perfume is insane- floral and with a heady note of clove. This tiny pot scents my whole patio.

I hope to finally be well enough to head to the sewing machine next week, so expect a sewing themed post next week including the pattern company that will be making me bankrupt!

Have a great week

Kisses

karen

PS After my darling hubby bought me a table easel, I was finally able to finish this portrait of my dear departed Millie, not bad for my first foray into oils for yonks. Don’t worry, she really did look as fed up as this most days!

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The Colour Of The Year Award Goes To….

Morning Kitty Cats! I always used to wonder how certain colours would dominate the high streets for a few months, only to be replaced by completely different ones (about half of an hour after you have replaced your wardrobe with the previous ones). Part of the process is the company Pantone, used by everyone from interior designers to car manufacturers, they publish a palette of colours each season and choose a colour of the year, this is 2016’s….

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Thats right, the crazy fools have given us two! I love both but the rose quartz is my favourite as its my favourite crystal, it releases harmful emotions, it calms and improves self image – whats not to love? so I have gathered some of my favourite rose quartz pieces for your delight ( and don’t worry the bluebells are from my garden). First, my new favourite trainers…..

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These are from ASOS and are super comfortable, whilst bringing a much needed touch of feminity. They are a total snip at £28,find yours at http://www.asos.com.

Now for an actual piece of rose quartz loveliness….

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This gorgeous bracelet was made by the super talented Deb at Debonair Creations, find more gorgeousness at http://www.facebook.com/DebonairCreationsCoventry.

Now for the inevitable handbag, you must have one to match the shoes, am I right?

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This is a geniune, 24 carat bargain! Ted Baker from about three seasons ago for £20!! oh Ebay how much do I love you? let me count the ways.

Finally, all this rosey goodness needs new eyeshadow, or is that just me? I finally relented and succumbed to the perfection that is Urban Decays Naked range, I had a Naked basics palette for the winter and have worn it everyday, it is the only eyeshadow that does not aggravate my tearless eyes. The onset of summer made this Naked Three palette, which is all rose toned a no brainer…….

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It really is as lovely as it looks, yours from all good beauty stores for £38.

I’m sorry I didn’t manage to find any Serenity products to show you but I’m working on it, I haven’t worn blue since my ill fated Benefits Agency uniform….its time to forgive and forget and move on!

Have a great week

Kisses

 

Karen xxx

This Week I’ve Mainly Been….

Hiya kitty cats! who here remembers the Fast Show? there was that character that used to emerge from his shed all scruffy and say something daft like “this week I have mainly been modelling in Milan”. Well, heres my “this week I have mainly been” …..

I have been wearing Autograph by Marks and Spencer all in one nail varnish……….

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It has been an absolute miracle, formulated with argan oil and vitamin E, it is base coat colour and top coat all in one! perfect for straight from work glamour or when the perfect mum invites you for coffee after school run! heres a picture of my nails 3 days in…..

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Try and ignore the Arthritic fingers, the nails are just losing a little colour on the edge, but for a dark colour I think its great!

I have also been reading this……..

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I was transfixed by the television series and thought I would give it another go after failing to finish it the first time. I’m pleased to say that I’m finding it great the second time around.

I have been enjoying Hyacinths……

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The smell that fills the house , their delicate blue colour and its just happy coincidence that these plus my lump of rose quartz are the Pantone colours of the year- Serenity and Rose Quartz.

On the subject of quartz, I’ve also been reading this……….

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As conventional medicine is not exactly my friend at the moment, I thought this would be a harmless bit of research. Besides crystals are nice to have around the house!

I have been also deliriously happy with this foundation…….

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This is Tarte foundation (no sniggering), not routinely available in the UK I picked this up at QVC, it is marvellous, non drying for my sahara like skin and not aggravating to its Methotrexate sensitivity. Its not cheap, the set above-foundation,concealer and dual brush cost around £30 but you use such a little amount I’m hoping its going to prove economic.

Its my avowed intention to get the sewing machine out this week so wish me luck!

Have a great week

Kisses

Karen