Fashion and Beauty: Essentials

2 May

 The Bare Necessities.

10 Fashion and Beauty must-haves:

The crucial items every woman should own

* Good underwear

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in some decent under-garments. You can purchase a gorgeous bodycon Gucci dress but without a good set of holsters you won’t get those turning heads you’re after. A bra needs to be fitted, seems obvious but 80% of women don’t wear the right size bra, if you’re not wearing the correctly fitted bra, there’s no point in wearing one at all. A cup size too big and your bangers will fall south, but a cup size too small and you’ll end up with the double boob effect – not a good look – we want two boobs, not four. Back size is also key, too small and it won’t feel comfortable, the straps digging in is aggravating, you can be a size zero, but back fat will get you. A back size too big, and your bazookas will be flying around everywhere. Your two precious gems are fragile little (or large) creatures, you need to support and take care of them! If you’re bigger on top, look for under-wire with modest cups, a wide band, and wide straps. If you’re smaller, avoid under-wire, since they can be uncomfortable, look for padded or push up designs. Bra sizes vary from shop to shop, so ignore the size on the tag and go for what fits you and your body. Have fun with your underwear, plain white and plain black are important ones to have in your wardrobe, but even though they may be the optimum of practicality, who wants sensibleness when you can have style and fashion on top of that? Lacy, colourful, and beautifully designed underwear makes you feel confident and sexy, it’s a great way to be experimental with fashion and release that inner Pussycat Doll. Knickers. Now these really do have to fit, too small and BAM! Instant muffin top, too big and SHAZAAM! Your pink, lacy, see-through thong just got granny-fied. Spanx are also a great little invention, it’ll hide a multitude of sins and suck in all of your lumpy and bumpy bits, no need to wear them daily, good lord no, just on those events when you need that extra little extra oomph so you can enjoy your night without worry that you’ll be caught on camera with your gut out. Good underwear is the foundations of a good wardrobe.

* Dry shampoo 

Freshly washed hair feels gorgeous, you can’t help feel like you’re the star of a L’Oreal advert as you sit and stare at yourself swishing your hair around in the wind*. However, washing your hair is also a chore, it takes up a good chunk of your night and sometimes, simply, you cannot be f*cked. Then the morning comes, and you regret your lazy decision while you brush your post-bed tangles out of your wet-look, wet-feel, grease ridden hair. This is when dry shampoo is your super- hero. A few little sprays and you’ve gone from Danny Zuko to Jennifer Aniston, without any of the effort. Dry shampoo used to be around in the 60’s, I’m baffled as to why it disappeared for so long, this bottle is staying around to see me through right to the coffin let me tell you that.


‘Why should women be forced by society and institualised to be made to look a certain way?’ I hear you sisters. I admire your protest, your bravery, and everything you stand for, I really do, but frankly,  under-arm spiders – it’s just not for me. Don’t get me wrong, winter times and lonely nights, I’m free as a bee, but when Summer arrives and the boyfriend visits, it’s definitely time for the chop. There are a range of options to get your smooth legs: wax, sugar, epilator, removal creams, and so on, but a razor is an essential item to have in your beauty box. It’s a quick, pain-free fix to getting that silky feel in a second. Your boyfriend surprises you on a cold Christmas eve – lovely thought, but hairy legs. Run to the bathroom quickly and you’ll come out smooth as a baby’s bum.

* She Laq

Benefit cosmetics are a god-send. This is one of the treasures which I cannot live without. If i didn’t have this beauty I  would simply point-blank refuse to put eye shadow on. You brush the magic little potion onto your eye-lids, leave to dry, and then apply your eye shadow. And that’s it, you are set for the day knowing at no point will your eye shadow run, fade, crease or disappear. It’ll be with you til the bitter end of the night. Sadly, this magical product has been discontinued, there are other ones out there which do the same job, and Benefit have replaced it with a new product, but until my bottle runs dry, I’m not surrendering to change.

* Good pair of dark denim skinny jeans


A staple item for every and any woman. A dark pair of skinny jeans are perfect for any season or occasion. You can team them up with a pair or trainers and a hoody and you won’t be out of place from the other mums walking their toddlers in the afternoon sun but they are equally a brilliant option to glam up with some heels and a posh top for a Christmas night out. You literally cannot go wrong with a pair of good jeans. From 5 years old – 50 years young, from size 0 – size 30, all will look fabulous in a pair of denims. Invest wisely, they’ll be your best, and most trusted friend.

* Vaseline


A little pot of petroleum jelly will get you a long, long way. Vaseline will give you supple skin all year round, helping out with any scars as well as dry or irritated skin to give you moisture and protection. Lips love it. Dab a bit of this on and chapped lips will be a distant memory. You can add a little lip liner to make a nice lip gloss, you can run through your hair to use as a gentle serum to tame stray-aways, and you can rub on your eyelashes before bed to help promote growth in lash length.

* Instant fake tan

The girls asked you on an impromptu night out?  You want to attend but the surprise and unexpectation means you haven’t made the effort you would normally? It’s okay, make sure you have some instant tan (the Rimmel one is my fave), squirt a tad onto your mit, rub into your skin and Voila! Milk bottle legs have vanished, post-holiday-esque pins are ready to be shown to the world.  You no longer have to sun bathe for hours on end to get some sort of ‘glow’, go shopping, get cooking, continue sleeping, you’ll get a better glow in a bottle.

* Pair of black high-heels

Skirts, shorts, dresses, jeans, trousers. Interviews, work, Church, afternoon shopping, heavy nights out on the town, pleasant evenings in at your friends. Black high heels are inoffensive and stylish. They literally work with anything, for any occasion. Get a good set of high heels and you’re guaranteed to always have the perfect accessory to complement any outfit you choose.

* Concealer

If you only have one item in your cosmetic case, make it be a concealer. It hides away those dark circles, any spots or blemishes, and highlights your face to look bright and beaming – even on a Monday morning – when you feel anything but. You can literally look transformed with a quick  swipe from a concealer pen. If someone turns up at your door stop just as you’ve settle down for an afternoon nap because your 18 month old has FINALLY stopped crying since 11am the previous day, you’ll feel like shit, you’ll look like death, quickly get that concealer, draw it all over those give-away areas and yeah, you’ll still feel shit, but you won’t look it.

* GHDs

ghdEvery day I wake up looking like Diana Ross in her prime. On holiday, my hair turns into some sort of birds nest. If I step out from the car and walk to the office front door (which is approximately 6 yards away) and it happens to be mildly windy**, my hair will be as big as Afromans. GHDs really do provide you with good hair days. Gone are the days when straighteners take an hour to warm up, an hour to make any effect to your hair, and after an hour, you’re back to looking like a member of The Supremes. GHDs – heat up in 20 seconds, glide through your hair with ease, and leave it looking gorgeous all day long. You don’t have to limit yourself to straight hair either, GHD’s are great curl creators and you can adopt a variety of hair styles with just this one instrument. You’re options are no longer Afroman or Wednesday Adams, you can actually go for mid-spectrum. If I didn’t own a pair of GHDs, people will assume I lived on the streets and they’ll be throwing money at me. Although, if I saw myself pre-GHD-purchase I’d probably donate some funds to contribute to some decent hair apparatus too. Go buy one, you won’t regret it.


*the wind being your hair dryer

**actual wind


3 Responses to “Fashion and Beauty: Essentials”


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    […] 2. Vaseline – Pure petroleum jelly.  A little pot of petroleum jelly will get you a long, long way. Vaseline acts as a protective barrier to keep dryness at bay to leave your skin supple all year round. This is a multi-purpose wonder too. You can add a little lip liner to make a nice lip gloss, you can run it through your hair to use as a gentle serum to tame stray-aways, you can use it as an eyebrow gel to keep your unruly brows in place and you can rub onto your eyelashes before bed to help promote growth in lash thickness and length. You can even mix it with your lipstick to create a cream blusher and it’s also said to maintain your perfume scent for longer when applied at perfume points pre-spritzing. A beauty essential. […]

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