I’ve long been particular about my style and appearance. As an early teen I remember scouring several branches of Topshop to find the belted cardigan that most resembled the one featured on the Calvin Klein catwalk (and then getting hacked off when other stores started stocking similar ones too). Around the same time, I saved my pocket money until I could afford to go to the big department store in a nearby city to buy the just released Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat and was super chuffed when the sales assistant gave me a load of extra samples too.
Now I’m a freelance writer with an interest in fashion and beauty, I spend even more time thinking about and researching lovely things. When I write about articles, I try to place them in their broader context and discuss their significance and meaning too. I don’t want my work to read like a fluffed up press releases. That said, it seems daft for me to not find a way to simply and quickly share some of the products I come across in the line of work and pleasure if I think other people might like them.
As a result, I’ve decided to introduce ‘Tuesday Reviews Day’ to my blog. Each week’s listicle will will feature a handful of products, ranging from bargain beauty buys to best biscuits (I’m lining up a festive special on that one already!). I’m not an affiliate so I don’t stand to gain from recommending anything that I include – every item listed is genuinely something that I think warrants a shout out.
I hope that you find this new feature both a fit of fun and useful too. Let me know if your thoughts on what I’ve included and whether you’ve been tempted to try any!
Last week we looked at how to get festive with your appearance without losing your sense of style by using burgundy cosmetics and accessories. This week I’d like to put forward another perennial Christmas trend: glitter. Anything that shimmers or sparkles seems fair game in December but it doesn’t have to be dramatic or gaudy. There are lots of easy ways to add a bit of fairy dust to your outfits without looking like you’ve fallen off the top of a heavily decorated tree!
One style I love is a suggestion from this month’s Harper’s Bazaar to just add a glittery nail varnish around the crescent and one edge of each nail. I don’t have the manicure skills to pull this off myself but am sure many of you out there can, or you could ask your beautician to create the effect for you.
Even full on glitter nails, whether on one finger, several or all of them, is a nod to the sparkly trend without too great a commitment. Some sheer glitter nail varnishes look great over the top of other colours but if you’re looking for a standalone polish then check out WAH‘s offerings. This brand du jour, with a newly opened must-visit nail salon in Soho, has two outstanding options in this field, classic gold (Roma’s Ruin) and silver (Schragers Touch). They retail at £9 each and both are densely packed with pieces of glitter that you can build up thin layer at a time to amazing effect.
I like these two products so much that I’m going to offer them in my first Tuesday Reviews Day giveaway! If you’d like to win both Roma’s Ruin and Schragers Touch, then simply share one of my blog posts on social media over the next 24 hours (and tag me so that I see it) and you will be entered into the prize draw. I’ll select a winner at 21:00 GMT on Wednesday evening.
[The giveaway winner is Jill Axon]
I’ll also include in the giveaway another little product that’s great for adding a bit of Christmas sparkle to your look. I picked up a Blush Sparkle pot of Fine Snow White Sparkles (£3.50) at the Clothes Show Live recently. There were numerous stalls offering similar goods but what stood out for me was the subtle look that the stallholders themselves were demonstrating. Rather than full on bling, their products were used gently as highlighter, eyeshadow and lip covering. Also the sparkles themselves are really teeny tiny and fine, although Blush Sparkle does offer a chunkier range too (as well as lots of different colours – there’s something for everyone on their website). Simply apply a thin smear of Vaseline then add the glitter as you wish on top. Simple, sparkle.
My personal favourite way of wearing glitter is on my feet. If you’re uncertain about trying out a new trend of any sort, shoes are a good way in, allowing you to nod to a new look without the full on commitment of a head-to-toe outfit. Almost two years ago I splashed out on some flat sparkly shoes from Dune and they’ve pepped up many a party outfit since. If you’re looking for a pair this Christmas then Kurt Geiger is the place to go. They’ve everything from flats to heels with bows – even sparkly trainers. If I didn’t have my silver numbers then I’d definitely be tempted by their block heel gold ones.
Like shoes, another easy way to integrate a bit of glitter into your wardrobe is with a bag. My beaded purse, covered in small pearls, sparkles all year round but particularly gets used in December. I picked it up at a Goodwill store but obviously charity shops don’t have guaranteed stock! A good alternative is to look on Ebay, where you’ll find hundreds listed under glittery, sparkly or metallic bag. They don’t have to be evening bags either. Last week I spied a woman in Friends House Cafe toting a beautiful silver leather shopping bag that was ideal for daytime; upon enquiry I learnt it was from Kin by John Lewis but alas it’s not this season and I can’t track it down (purely for research purposes, of course!). I regret not asking to take a picture of this beaut as it just goes to show that in December at least you can get your glitter on any time of the day or night. Make the most of this time to sparkle.
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