The Corset: A Cultural History

As I say many times on here, I have a passion for lingerie and its’ history, particularly corsets and how they evolved through the decades in England and in Europe. One of the books I had purchased a while ago was The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele, and it is literally one of my favourite fashion books due to the amount of information in there.

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Valerie Steele is also the chief curator and acting director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and writes in a way in which it doesn’t feel like it’s hard work to read, as can be the case with a lot of informative books. In it, she explores the history, social norms, and fabrics and styles worn over time. The book also dispels the myth of tight-lacing and the notion that men were responsible for what would now be considered a micro-trend, because it was not as popular as we are led to believe.Overall, I highly recommend this book for anybody with an interest in corsetry and the evolution into what we wear today.

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Illamasqua Blush Duo Review – Duo 3 Beg & Bronzerella

For some time I have been eyeing up items from the Illamasqua cosmetics brand, but had never really pushed through with actually buying anything. This is mostly because their price points are a little on the high side for a student, and as an Estee Lauder girl I have been spending most my time at their counters instead. The almost gothic kind of vibe this brand gives off, along with their unusual advertising campaigns are no accident either, as the brand is the baby of Joseph Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and co-founder of Agent Provocateur. Three new blush duos were released not so long ago- Below are colours  Katie & Ambition described as a neutral and candy pink, and Lover & Hussy described as a soft apricot and candy pink illa

The one I bought was Beg & Bronzerella which is described as a dusky rose and copper bronze. I thought this would suit my skin tone best (you can see details of my About section if you are similar and looking for something that would suit you). Illamasqua claims the blush duo’s are highly pigmented, and can be used to shade, brighten, enhance and contour.

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Verdit : Totally in love with this blush as the colour payoff is incredible. Due to the high pigment, the only thing I would advise is to be careful in your application and choice of brush. I’m definitely going to have to buy a new brush so that I can apply this without the colour coming off too strong. A little bit goes a long way and a light hand should do the trick. This applies to the bronzer especially, which can easily double up as an eyeshadow too.

The only drawback I have is the shape of the case. It’s great that it comes with a mirror, but the corners aren’t ideal for throwing in my makeup bag. However I can overlook that due to the quality of the product. Overall rating? 9/10

First Ever Lingerie Fashion Week

I learned the exciting news recently that there will be an industry first this year: A Lingerie Fashion Week held in New York featuring catwalk shows featuring AW13 collections from selected brands.

Founder Lauren Rich said ““It will give exhibitors a platform to reach consumers that a trade show can’t do,” she told Lingerie Insight. “I one hundred per cent think trade shows are necessary, but trade shows only reach buyers and the trade press and maybe a few market editors from magazines – I really think the industry deserves a platform that can give the consumer press something really exciting to report on in a way that a trade show can’t offer.” – LingerieInsight.com

 

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I feel this is a fabulous idea as the intention is that it gives a platform for lingerie retailers to showcase new collections and create a hype around their catwalk shows by inviting bloggers and others in the media to promote and talk about their brand.

Between 10 and 20 brands have been initially expected to participate, with each being approved before selection. The aim is to target anyone from emerging designers, to established mass-market brands, with quality being the main focus.

Lush Lemony Flutter : Review

It’s my first post after the Christmas break and I hope everyone had a lovely time eating their own body weight in food and spending time with loved ones. Today I will be reviewing impulse purchase of the day, cuticle butter Lemony Flutter from Lush.

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I originally had come into the store because I have a couple of dry patches of skin on my lower legs that just would not go away. I became a little frustrated at the number of lotions which contain mineral oil and in some cases palm oil, which is something I don’t want to be associated with. I figured Lush would be the ideal place since its’ products are also cruelty-free.

Whilst looking around I found this cuticle butter seeing as it said it could be used all over the body I thought this would be perfect. I was a bit hesitant as it seemed to be expensive at £6.25 for small pot which can fit in the palm of your hand, but it is definitely worth it.

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Ingredients: The ingredients in this pot are one of the reasons why it’s worth the price, and why it has so many rave reviews on Makeup Alley (which, by the way is an amazing website for beauty product reviews). There is everything from avocado oil, to mango butter and lavender oil.

Application: Another reason is the longevity of this product- a little really does go a long way, because although it is a very thick cream, it almost ‘melts’ when warmed up with your fingers.  The only drawback is that it can be a bit greasy. However, this is a product which contains many oils so this is to be expected.

Verdict? 8/10 This is a fab little product which will be added to my list of permanent items in my makeup bag. Marks are only taken away because I haven’t used the butter long enough to quite see a result on my cuticles, and there are some days when there’s only so much lemon you can take! (warning- it has a super strong lemony scent) but for the most part I enjoy the scent due to being a fan of citrusy scents