I feel ‘summergoth’ is an important aesthetic and this dress goes a long way to totally nail it, especially with my blood-coloured lips and heavy, dark eyes. This dress is from Isolated Heroes, makers of my new pink sequin jacket, and let me just say: I know how rare it is to find genuinely cool and interesting clothes in my size. To find a retailer that makes clothes for skinny girls but that will also bother to make them up to a size 24 (I know that’s not every size but it’s a pretty decent range). So it’s a shame that I can’t be 100% enthusiastic about the finished product as mine is already developing flaws. It’s only a small hole (where the bottom-most eye connects to the mesh fabric of the dress) but it’s a hole that shouldn’t be there after one wear. Isolated Heroes have been extremely attentive, happy to answer questions and resolve issues with my order, but I’m not gonna pretend that everything is A++ with this item. I’ll keep wearing it and hope the hole doesn’t increase (and style it out when it does), but it’s just a shame that we can’t have bangin’ designs and bangin’ quality for our $$$.
Dress : Isolated Heroes
Sandals : Dr Martens
Even though there are items of clothing I really need at the moment (both my favourite black skinny jeans AND my beloved white Superga sneakers have holes in, and are soon to become unwearable), the one thing I’ve actually shelled out for recently has been a very frivolous black mesh skirt. It’s not like anything else I have, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The other day I was scrolling through Instagram and someone posted something similar, and that was it- I knew I had to have it. I think the most me way to wear this skirt is with the long-sleeve shirts I so adore, but I also went for super chic and feminine shoes this time.
Lipstick is MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Criminal, which I like a lot, but goes on a bit unevenly and is quite drying. The colour is great, though! And my earrings are old old H&M ones that I hardly ever wear but are absolutely perfect.
This weekend I had the great pleasure and privilege of attending the wedding of George, who you will almost definitely know from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, and her now-husband Robbie. It was a beautiful day, full of sunshine, peacocks, great outfits and good vibes. I went with Callie and Danie, wh0 were absolutely excellent fun, and looked amazing (head to their blogs in the fullness of time, and I’m sure they’ll have posted their outfits too!)
I always feel a bit self-conscious when I wear A Nice Dress because I’m never sure if I’ll be able to pull it off, and make the rest of me look nice enough to go with it. This House of Magpie dress, that Navabi kindly gifted me when I was panicking about not finding anything to wear, was unbelievably beautiful, and so much nicer than anything I’ve worn before. Unfortunately that dress is now out of stock but they have other dresses by the same designer here. I went for pale, blush- and baby blue-coloured accessories and pewter nail varnish to pick up the colours on the embellishment, and bright pink lips with rose gold eyes. I loved it, and felt like a sweet princess all day.
It was unbelievably sunny (so sunny, in fact, I now have terrible sunburn!) so I turned to my trusty tortoiseshell cat-eye sunglasses from ASOS.
I can’t lie: we all looked fully radiant.
And what a beautiful bride!
I went for MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick under Sephora Luster Matte lip colour in Magenta.
Congratulations to George and Robbie, and I wish you an excellent and long marriage!
One of my favourite tweets of all time is by musical and aesthetic genius Annie Clark, aka St Vincent: My summer look is “bereaved mistress showing up to the funeral against the wishes of the family.” I thought of her on Saturday as I wore this outfit, in which I felt deliciously un-summery for the temperature. At the centre of it is the absolutely wonderful, perfectly-fitting jumpsuit from Studio 8. It’s so comfortable and feels so deliciously high-quality, and the inky midnight blue shade feels so super chic- more so than black. There’s a lot of lovely, quality, grown-up stuff at Studio 8, which is the new plus-size range from Phase Eight. When they offered for me to try an item from the new range, I knew instantly that it had to be the beautiful jumpsuit, but there’s a lot of super stylish work-appropriate stuff that can often be hard to find for the fat babe. I borrowed my friend’s hat, which was a Primark bargain and I need to buy for myself, as it’s totally great. I think I am a Hat Person.
I’ve got obsessed with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks. I want them in every colour. This month I bought two: Don’t Pink of It and Grand Cru, with the latter being what I wore with this outfit. It’s a gorgeous, long-lasting dark red that feels very sexy. Here is a picture of me wearing it, next to some graffiti that appears to say ‘slut.’
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Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation
I’ll admit it: I know I don’t wear the right shade foundation. This isn’t news to me. The foundation I wear is slightly too orange to be natural on me, and yet I’ve been buying this since at least 2010. I would even get my mum to bring it to me when I was living in Montreal because you couldn’t get it there. What can I say: I know what I like, and what I like is Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation in Light Beige. I love how heavy the coverage is while still being glowy.
MUA Undress Your Skin Illuminating Liquid Glow in Oyster
My current makeup goal is one word: glowy. I want to glow like a lightbulb. Like a glow worm. Like a setting sun. It’s what has motivated most of my makeup purchases this summer, and I think I’ve finally got it pretty much down. I mix the cheap-as-hell MUA Illuminating Liquid Glow in Oyster with my foundation and apply it all over my face. It just gives me a dewy all-over shimmer and I love it. Also the price means I don’t feel too bad about using a good squeeze every time I apply my makeup.
Benefit Fake Up under-eye concealer
I’m not totally sold on Benefit as a brand, especially the way it seems they pay bloggers to give their new products good reviews that, when they hit the market, inspire ‘WTF?’ and ‘ugh, no!’ from anyone who buys them. But! This is my all-time favourite under-eye concealer. I’ve tried other when I couldn’t afford to replace mine, but I’ve decided it’s a cost worth undertaking. It’s honestly the best: moisturising, never cakey, makes my eye-area look brighter and fresher.
Nars Illuminator in 413 Bleecker
The next step in my glow obsession: applying Nars Illuminator to my cheekbones, browbone and a tiiiiny little bit on my cupid’s bow. The colour of 413 Bleecker (an instore exclusive, you can’t get it at counters so I gotta make it last!) is ideal for me as it’s not too gold, not to silver, just non-specifically shimmery and glowy. I love the sheeny effect without being too disco-ready.
Real Techniques buffing brush from Core Collection
Real Techniques brushes are The One. I can’t fault them. This one picks up the perfect amount of blusher and applies it evenly.
Max Factor Creme Puff blusher in Alluring Rose
I told myself when I finished my last blusher, which was one that came in the Lancome palette in Nectar Lace, I would buy Nars Orgasm blusher. When the moment arrived, though, I was hearing such good things about the Max Factor Creme Puff blusher that I figured I might as well give that a go before committing to a much more expensive product, even though I know Orgasm is absolutely wonderful. I’m really glad I gave the Max Factor blusher a chance. It’s a different shade to what I would usually wear- more browny than peachy- but I really love it, and it lasts so well.
Bourjois Maxi Delight bronzer + brush
This summer, I’m using the big bronzer brush and lightly sweeping this Bourjois bronzer over my forehead, nose and chin. I wouldn’t normally do this, but I feel it fits well with my Glow Goals and I like the way it looks with my natural hair colour.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
In a reversal of my blusher decision-making process, I had been happily using a high street-priced mascara (Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde) but when I had lunch with my fave fat femme dreamboat Stella in NYC, one of the main topics of conversation was what I was going to buy in Sephora the next day. She was evangelical about the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, so I thought I would give it a go. I am sold. I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase or if I’ll alternate with my old Bourjois one for economy, but it’s really, really great. It’s no secret that I was blessed with dark, thick, tenacious hair alllllll over, and nowhere is that more welcome than my eyelashes. I have naturally good eyelashes so maybe I don’t need as much help as a lot of people, but this is outstanding. A great brush, a great formula, and really exceptional in its ability to look A++ with two coats.
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow pomade + brush
This is very important. This is hands-down the best eyebrow product I’ve ever used, and I have used many. Turning my eyebrows from a curse in my teenage years to a blessing in my twenties has been delicious, and I like to be able to keep them looking strong and defined. Anastasia DipBrow is absolutely wonderful: highly pigmented and long-wearing, it’s a really fuss-free way to get your eyebrows looking perfect with one product (plus a hard-angle brush). I’ve used this constantly for over a year and I’ve still got, I would say, half of the pot left. This is mostly because I have so much eyebrow, and I know friends who use it a lot more sparingly than me because it’s so heavy and it shows up so easily on their face, and theirs is lasting even longer. But one pot lasting two years? Great beauty economics.
And all in one place
There’s one product I’m absolutely desperate for, which I feel will be the holy grail in my pursuit of a warm, beautiful glow. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. I know it’s hyped to death, and I would be skeptical, but I’ve really not heard a bad word about it. When a friend was getting her eyebrows done at Bobbi Brown in Liberty, I used that as an excuse to let the Hourglass lady put the contents of this palette on my face. I don’t know exactly what she did, and I will be watching 1000 YouTube tutorials to recreate it, but I came away looking like an unbearably radiant angel. My skin has never looked better. I’m thoroughly anti-powder because I love the glow, and because powder sticks to the little peach fuzz on my cheeks, but this was completely seamless and didn’t feel at all like A Face Powder. I am obsessed.