Since it’s party season I’ve been braving the cold and joined Wilkinson Sword in their #ditchyourtights campaign. When it comes to LBD’s (or any dresses for that matter) I always find they look that little bit more glam with bare pins but since my legs have been in jeans for a few months now there are always a few tips and tricks I like to use.
Apparently I’m not alone and two-thirds* of women also prefer to go bare-legged at special occasions and are fed up of tight problems. For me it’s because of the aesthetic look, I just love the look of a polished, tanned leg with any sort of dress and I guess that’s why we rarely see tights on the red carpet.
I like to start by exfoliating my legs to get them looking healthy and remove any dead skin, I usually go for exfoliating gloves as they’re inexpensive and really get the job done.
Most importantly for me is shaving my legs, especially as they may have gone a little unforgotten recently. My favourite razor is the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk, is has 5 curve-sensing blades that adapt to your legs and a water-activated moisturising serum for a close but hydrating shave.
Since my legs haven’t seen the light of day in a while I love a little bit of fake tan, nothing to dark but just enough to add a glow and give the illusion of slimmer pins. My go-to is the Bondi Sands lotion as it’s not too dark, applied evenly and really hydrates the skin too. Before leaving the house I add a little bit of shimmer or bronzer down my shins and I’m ready to go…
And if you’re really worried about the cold, just throw on a long coat and a scarf which you can use as a blanket over your legs in the car, I promise it’s worth it!
To get your £1.50 Wilkinson Sword Razor (usually £9.99) check out the Wilkinson sword website. All the details can be found on this page, but you’ll receive a confirmation once your razor is on the way to you!
* Wilkinson Sword used the independent online research company Fly Research who surveyed 1,000 women aged 16 and over, during November 2015
Post kindly sponsored by Wilkinson Sword
Glitter can often look childish or even at little over the top but it has a place in my heart. My friends call me a magpie and I am always drawn to anything gold and shiny therefore I use Christmas as the perfect excuse to indulge in glitter.
The easiest way to do glitter in on the nails; you can go for an accent nail, a balayage effect or if you are feeling particularly brave even full on glitter nails (stay tuned on my Instagram for this very soon!). It’s the perfect way to inject some festive cheer but in a more subtle way. My favourites glitters are Deborah Lippmann and Barry M- both very different price points but both absolutely beautiful. I have really been embracing glitter nails recently and you have been showing me lots of love because of it on Instagram, I can’t wait to paint all 10 nails a intense gold colour, although I am sure the removal will be no where near as fun!
My second favourite way to add a sparkle is on the eyes. You have a few choices from eyeshadows and pigments to glitter liner. Glitter shadows to tend to fall a little more than matte ones so bare that in mind and always do the eyeshadow first. My favourite thing however is to press a glitter eyeliner into eyeshadow on the lid as it seems to sparkle a little more and doesn’t fall or move as much.
If you aren’t really looking for a glitter and prefer a bit of shimmer/highlight than the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone is my favourite. I love it on the cheek bones, in the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone.
What’s your favourite way to wear glitter?
(I put off posting this as Ana happened to write a post about glitter too- check it out here as its fab, as always but figured there was no point saving it for 4 months later after Christmas)
I’m really not very fussy about Shampoo and Conditioner, if it works I’ll use it. For me it’s all about the styling tools and products you use after especially when it come to party hair.
One of my beauty unsung heroes has to be my GHD blow dryer, I feel that I don’t give it enough credit- it’s amazing! I use it every single day, it dried my hair quickly and is great for adding volume if I have time to round brush my hair. I always use a volumising spray in my hair, I do like mousses but they require much more work. The one I’ve been using daily is the Philip Kingsley Maximizer which gives great volume but isn’t sticky or too heavy.
Depending on the style I’m going for I obviously will use a different tools; for volume I go for Cloud 9 The O, for straight hair you can never go wrong with a GHD and for curls I’m currently using the Babyliss Boutique Soft Waver. I need something that will heat up quick and give me the style I want with minimal effort quickly.
As I have fine hair I love a good dry shampoo to add some texture, I swear by Batiste but recently I have been trying the Swell Dry Shampoo which isn’t in the traditional can. Instead it’s in a little pump bottle which disperses the product really finely and allows you to really concentrate the product on the roots. For more texture I have been using the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray and would say it’s just as good as the high end ones I have tried and an absolute must if you are going for volumised or messy hair.
To hold it all together and to get it lasting all night than a hair spray is essential. I always have lots of hairsprays on the go but I have been reaching for Urban Fudge Hair Spray recently, it’s quite light weight whilst smelling amazing and offering great hold.
What are you Party Hair Essentials?
At the beginning of autumn I shared my favourite beauty bits and new releases for Autumn which you guys seemed to really enjoy so I thought I would do the same for the Christmas Party Season. For me party season is about long lasting bases, red lipsticks with a little bit of gold and glitter to finish it off. You can go a little over board and still look festive rather than drag queen in my eyes so it’s just a little more fun. As it’s getting so cold I like to play up the makeup and keep my outfit boring as I can’t bear feeling cold.
What are your party season must haves?
With Christmas parties having already started I thought I would share my favourite dress ready for the party season. I have a mixture of LBD’s and sparkly numbers so you make an entrance at any party! They all range in price from inexpensive to quite luxury but there is something for everyone.
Jersey Dress from Heine.co.uk This dresses kicked off this whole post- I love the shoulder detailing!
Crochet Trim Dress New Look I love the detailing on this dress, it’s still quite plain but it just adds a little something extra extra.
Lace Pencil Dress River Island If you’re confident enough to go strapless this is a beautiful dress which still remains quite covered as it’s a pencil skirt.
Midi Body Con Boohoo Once again this dress has beautiful lace detailing and I love the thin straps which I think make the dress very sexy.
Embroidered Lace Mini Dress Net-a-Porter If you are feeling spendy this dress is really fun and could probably even be worn during the day with flat.
Silver Sequin Bodycon River Island If you are quite conscious of your arms than this is the dress for you!
Silver Dress Heine.co.uk The Sequins on this one are particularly impressive and it would work for other parties throughout the year.
Lace Hem Sequin Dress Topshop I think the colour of this dress is particularly special, its a great shape and the detailing on the bottom really finishes this dress off.
Embellished silk-georgette dress Net-a-Porter If you have a little extra money to spend this dress is pretty timeless!
Sequin Embellished Tunic Dress Marks & Spencer A great party dress for any age, it’s fun without being too revealing!
What will you be wearing this party season?