Studio 8’s launch has really excited me since the first email, it’s from the people that brought Phase Eight to the scene and we’ve all seen just by walking past their shop, the dresses are beautiful and so beyond elegant. Studio 8 is now bringing that to a bigger audience, literally, as it’s a plus size brand that caters for sizes 16 – 24. Already, we can all see the problem, they don’t cater past a size 24 and that’s only the beginning of plus size, so hopefully in the near future, they will expand this and make more people happy.Now that the bad is out of the way, there’s really nothing negative to say at all about the beautiful Ruth Spot Dress, it’s very much nothing to what I would normally go for, but I love how I feel in it. It’s a very sophisticated, wrap dress, at a lovely below the knee length on me (but I’m only 5’3 so this may be a problem for taller people). It has a very subtle v-neckline with short, comfortable sleeves and in a size 20, it fits absolutely perfectly. It’s going to be my new client meeting dress, as it definitely shouts office and working woman to me! I’m even wearing my new dressy shoes from Brantano, which shockingly fit my super wide feet. The Clarks Chorus Tempo High Heels Court Shoes at £55 are seriously comfy and secure, to say I have wide ankles as well as wide feet, the 7 are a perfect fit and I’m so beyond happy with them.
With a great dress, there needs to be incredible hair and thankfully, that’s not a problem at all as I’ve been playing with the new Cloud Nine White Touch straighteners and they are glorious. I often complain about poodle hair from my Ghds and with Cloud Nine and them being not as hot at 195 degrees, I don’t get that. Instead, the sleekness of the straightners, curve of the design and thinness of them makes my curls look like beach waves and a lot looser and more natural. Basically, how I hope my hair falls out every time I curl it with my normal ghds. I was really impressed at how they make a defined but loose curl, but there is a slight problem.
They’re not the easiest to use at all, you double clap them together to turn them on, and then there’s two cool settings to navigate between. Once you’ve figured that part out then they’re very quick to turn themselves off, amazing for safety reasons, but if you have thick hair and need to section it off or even answer an email, it gets a little annoying. However, for how my hair looks after using these, I can definitely forgive and get on with it!
Obviously when taking outfit photos and after spending a ridiculous amount on a new fancy camera, it’s important to make sure you keep it in charge, I didn’t. Which means this post is a mix between new fancy photography and an iPhone6 job. Therefore, you unfortunately cannot see my flawless makeup as well as I would have hoped, but you can see the products which achieved it. In this post I am using the new Maybelline Master Sculpt in light, which is a contouring kit. As someone who loves to show off my cheekbones by completely drawing them on, I am always keen to try out new things. I find the powder to be a tad on the warm side, which makes it feel more of a bronzer than a contour as a natural contour should be a cool tone. However, the highlight is heavenly, a bright, cream powder with a little bit of shimmer that really sets off the cheeks.
The main part of my face and the reason it is so flawless is definitely because of BD Trade Secrets. I absolutely adore this foundation and couldn’t wait to try out some new primers to see how they were too. The BD Trade Secrets Vital Long Wear Foundation reminds me a lot of MAC Studio Fix for the perfect colour match between that and NW10, the palest shade. It’s a pretty similar formula, except this one is slighter wetter, which sounds odd but it simply doesn’t mattify as quickly.
My favourite has been the BD Trade Secrets Dream Shine Highlighter, which I really didn’t see working well with it being a darker, bronzy highlighter but my skin has never looked better. I’ve used up 90% of this already as I love using it and it makes me skin look so healthy! At only £7.99 it is an absolute bargain. Finally, another impressive highlighter is the Bd Trade Secrets Luminescence Silk Primer which is a lot more moisturising and therefore, I use it on my dryer days. At £9.99 it smoothes over imperfections in the skin and allows the makeup to sit flawlessly. BD Secrets is so affordable and is available at Tesco!