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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

MY NEW BaByliss HAIRDRYER

For most of us, a hairdryer is an essential tool. 

Recently, my old hairdryer had been showing some signs that it might be on the blink.  I shampooed my hair and I was just beginning my blowdry, when my hairdryer packed up completely.  Luckily, I had a small travel hairdryer in the drawer - not a particularly good one, but a hairdryer at least - and I used that to continue.  I had almost completed my blowdry when - guess what? - that packed up too! Well, it was very old.

It was time to go out and buy a new hairdryer.  As I had been really pleased with my BaByliss straightener, I decided to try a BaByliss hairdryer.  I had lots of points on my Boots Advantage Card to redeem, so I went to Boots the Chemists to look at their selection of hairdryers.  I chose the BaByliss Travel Dry 2000 Hairdryer, intending to use it all the time, for both home and travel.  


BaByliss Travel Dry 2000 Hairdryer

For a travel hairdryer, this is quite powerful - 2000 w.  Compact and lightweight, it has a folding handle and a dual voltage converter (225v or 240v).  There are 2 heat/speed settings  and it comes with a concentrator nozzle for styling. Guarantee: 3 years.


BaByllis Travel Dry 2000 Hairdryer Folded

You might wonder why I have bought a travel dryer for general use.  As my hair is medium long and not that thick, it dries quickly.  Certainly a 2000w hairdryer is powerful and fast-drying enough for me.  Also, as I am a very small person, I do prefer to use lightweight, compact tools if possible.  When I dried my hair as usual, layer by layer for a smooth effect, I was delighted with my BaByliss Travel Dry 2000 Hairdryer.  It ticked all the boxes for me!

Whilst I realize that some people, especially those with long and/or thick hair, would want a more powerful hairdryer for normal use, I would certainly recommend this one as an excellent travel hairdryer.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

KEY PIECES FROM MY WARDROBE - SPRING 2019

Put it down to austerity, the rising cost of bills and the uncertainty of Brexit, but many of us have been spending less on new clothes recently.  Phrases like "shopping my wardrobe" keep cropping up. 

When "fast fashion" arrived, we could buy trendy clothes and accessories at very low prices.  Maybe they were not so good at the start but they improved in both quality and design until they really became "cheap chic".  Clothes were so inexpensive that it was tempting to buy lots of pieces each season.  Our wardrobes expanded!

I began 2019 by going through my wardrobe and taking out items fit for the recycling bag.  A collection of beautiful pieces remained. They were still in wearable condition and they hadn't outlived their fashion life either.  I resolved to look in my wardrobe first before buying anything new for Spring.  

I looked at my favourite designers' Spring/Summer 2019 collections.  The "gender-fluid" trend was in evidence at SAINT LAURENT (Helmut Newton inspired masculine-feminine tailored pieces) and CELINE (smoking jackets).  From my wardrobe:-
  • A black tailored jacket
  • A black tuxedo 

I bought both jackets in the above photos some years ago at H&M.  I will wear them with my black jeans, sometimes with pointed-toe kitten heel pumps, sometimes with sneakers.  

The "Paris La Nuit" inspired collection at CELINE also featured pretty, frilled little dresses and tops.  In this mood, from my wardrobe:-
  • a black polka dot blouse in a sheer material:

  • a black silky, frilled camisole top:

Both these pieces were also bought some years ago at H&M.   I could wear them with a little black skirt (I've two of them in my wardrobe!) or just with my favourite jeans (black or dark blue denim).

Well I've made a start and I will certainly look in my wardrobe first before buying anything new this Spring/Summer!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

YVES SAINT LAURENT VOLUPTÉ PLUMP-IN-COLOUR LIPSTICK

As the first day of Spring is only 5 weeks away now and it is beginning to feel milder out, I felt it was the right time to buy a new lipstick, in readiness for the new season! 

I wanted a bright pink or fuchsia and discovered that YVES SAINT LAURENT had some beautiful shades and textures.  My favourites were: 

ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE (a hydrating "Oil-In-Stick" shiny lipstick) in Rose Saint Germain (49), a bright pink, and Fuchsia in Rage (19), a dark, purple/blue toned fuchsia

and

VOLUPTÉ PLUMP-IN-COLOUR in Dazzling Fuchsia (02), a bright fuchsia - as in the photograph below.

YSL VOLUPTÉ PLUMP-IN-COLOUR 02 Dazzling Fuchsia

VOLUPTÉ PLUMP-IN-COLOUR contains coconut and pomegranate oil and is similar to  ROUGE VOLUPTÉ SHINE in that it is a moisturising, shiny lipstick.  It also has a black heart core which contains glycols to boost circulation and peppermint extract, designed to give a plumped effect.

I tried out the three lipsticks and decided to buy the VOLUPTÉ PLUMP-IN-COLOUR in Dazzling Fuchsia (02).  I thought that the colour was exactly what I wanted and I felt that the texture did have both a moisturising and plumping effect.

Contained in a glamorous case - silver with a gold and pink band with YSL initials around the middle, this beautiful lipstick actually made an excellent Valentine's week present from me to me! 

What next? Currently busy looking at Spring/Summer 2019 collections from my favourite designers to decide my fashion mood for Spring, I intend to "shop my wardrobe" for some key pieces before going on any shopping sprees! More about this to come in my next post.


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

LACE TRIMMED LINGERIE


A vest is always an essential piece in my wardrobe to wear as a base layer, especially under short/cropped jumpers and sweatshirts and sheer tops.  It can be a plain, close-fitting sporty style or sometimes I like to wear a more luxurious and pretty camisole.  As I needed a couple of new vests, I was looking around in H&M and found this lovely black camisole and shorts set in their lingerie section. H&M actually sell the set as pyjamas. 




Made in a polyester soft satin material, the camisole is trimmed with lace at the top and the matching shorts have lace insets at the sides.  I like the adjustable shoulder straps on the camisole.   I bought the set to sometimes wear as pyjamas but I also intend to use the camisole as a layer in the daytime.

Lingerie - 18th Century Lingerie - was the influence for the beautiful dresses in the recent CHANEL Haute Couture Spring/Summer show in Paris.  Karl Lagerfeld presented his collection at the Grand Palais against a background  that resembled an Italian Garden.  Flowers were an important feature and hand-painted ceramic flowers were attached to dresses.  Little pointed-toe, sling-back ankle boots with high, thin heels were worn with all the collection.  The models wore their hair swept up in  very high hairstyles which echoed the shape of 18th Century wigs.  The beauty look was dramatic - dark navy blue eye makeup and red lips against a porcelain complexion.  CHANEL's Les 9 Ombres Edition No. 2 Quintessence and Stylo Ombre et Contour in 02 Bleu Nuit were used for the eyes.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

A NEW SEASON

It's really cold out now and Spring seems a long way off.  Although it might seem rather soon to be thinking about the new season's fashion and makeup, Karl Lagerfeld  presented his CHANEL Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 Collection in Paris yesterday and the new CHANEL Spring makeup comes out in the shops this week.  For me, these events are my wake-up call to begin planning (and perhaps buying a few new things) for Spring.

My first "pre-Spring" buys are often sports/athleisure pieces.  There are two good reasons for this.  One is that they can be worn all the year round and layered, or unlayered, according to the weather.  The other is simply that easy sports/athleisure style is my daily "work uniform" and by now it's all getting a bit jaded and some pieces are worn out.  Just a couple of new season's pieces and some new trainers can make all the difference!



The short black sweatshirt in the photo above is from H&M's Divided section.  It is made in a lightweight 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester fabric with ribbing around the round neckline, cuffs and hem.

I fell for the Primark backpack as soon as I saw it! Made in a lightweight black polyester material, it will be an easy to carry workbag.  The main compartment is spacious for larger items, whilst it will be easy to find smaller items in the two zip-up front pockets.  The lower front pocket is finished with an attractive chevron-patterned quilting.

Then I saw this pack of pony tail bands in H&M.  I thought instantly that the colours and the transparency of the bands were just right for Spring.  I think they can be worn as bracelets too, with sporty, casual pieces.




That's my first new season's shop over! WHAT NEXT?  I shall be looking at lingerie, new trainers and new "limited edition" Spring Makeup.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

COLD WEATHER CHIC

Over a week into January - a belated HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

It's been a cold start to 2019 and I was pleased to wear my beanie with the faux fur pompom from Primark, bought at the beginning of the season.

From my existing wardrobe, I found some beautiful winter warmers that I bought last winter:  
Black Suede Sock Boots trimmed with small studs from Topshop, a Black Scarf with fringes and black mittens with faux fur pompoms, both from H&M.


It was so nice to receive H&M gift cards at Christmas from the family and I have already spent some of it on a couple of warm things.  Living in a flat with polished wooden floors, slippers are an essential for me and I bought these soft grey, cable-knit slippers trimmed with a bow and pompom and lined with a lighter grey faux fur. The soft soles have anti-slip protectors. It will be lovely to slip my feet into them on a cold morning! 

Amongst the "new arrivals" for the new season in H&M's Divided range, I found this warm, soft-knit black jumper, with ribbing around the round neck, cuffs and hem.  The shape is fashionably short.

Cold weather can make skin red and sensitive.  You may have read my post "La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Daily Moisturiser" back in the summer, when I reviewed my sample of this product.  If not, you might like to read it, so please just click on the link below:-

http://www.petite-panache.com/2018/07/la-roche-posay-toleriane-ultra-daily.html

I mentioned that I had a spare little sample tube and that I would save it for the winter.  La Roche-Posay claim that it helps to reduce redness very quickly and I thought that I would try it out when my face was affected by cold, wintry weather.


Yes, it did calm the redness down really fast and soothed away any feeling of soreness.  I think this is a very soothing moisturiser and well worth buying.  Although I have used the same excellent moisturiser for years, I am thinking of buying Toleriane Ultra as an additional treatment when needed.

Now I am going to warm up with a lovely hot drink - a cup of Twinings Blackcurrant and Blueberry tea!




COMMENT: I thought Lady Gaga looked wonderful at the Golden Globes awards recently in a blue Valentino Couture dress, blue tinted hair and diamond necklace from Tiffany.