Friday, 26 October 2012

isme Styling Tips

Since having kids my body shape has changed completely, I never had the body of Cheryl Cole (sadly) but I was certainly smaller than I am now. I often use certain tricks to try to hide my lumps and bumps. Luckily the lovely people at isme contacted me with some great tips to help women like myself conceal problem areas. 

isme is online and catalogue shopping for clothing, homewear and electrical products. It's best known for it's ladies fashion,  it'sfronted by Lynda Bellingham and also sponsors Loose Women.

"At isme, we believe style changes with time. You see trends come and go, you learned about yourself and your style – and you just know what looks good. So we've created a new collection, just for the woman you are now.
It's everything you want!"

Here are the fabulous Tips isme have provided.....

Best Ways To Conceal A Large Tummy

Whilst we may all dream of having a six-pack like Jessica Ennis, chances are we are one of the millions desperately trying to conceal a stomach that we are less than happy with. The good news is that modern fashion enables ladies to cleverly disguise tummies that are anything but flat.
If the diet is not going too well, the sit-ups are starting to wear you down and that chocolate bar is calling out your name, then read these suggestions on how to conceal a large tummy with flattering fashion.

Long Top and Leggings
Winter is rapidly approaching, causing ladies with large stomachs to joyously reach for their leggings once more. Leggings are usually elasticised and can cunningly create a flattering look around the midriff. Wearing a pair of leggings with a stylish long sleeved top can easily knock a couple of sizes of your waistline and opting for control leggings will help keep any lumps and bumps in check.

What did plus-size women do before shapewear was invented? From control pants to vests and corsets, shapewear can almost  eliminate problem areas helping you appear slimmer in little more than an instant.
In fact shapewear has come a long way from the original ‘granny knickers’ of old and offer practical options which are as sexy as they are flattering. Placing these sexy pieces of lingerie, such as an all-in-one bodyshaper, slip or control pants under an outfit can mean that you step out with confidence with a smoother, slimmer silhouette.

Skirt Over the Problem
Similar to placing shapewear under an outfit to give a false allusion of slimness and a smoother tummy, wearing a skort (combination of a skirt and short) can be equally as deceiving. If you are off to sunnier climates some time soon and don’t think you’ll have time to achieve a Jessica Ennis stomach before you go, you can still look hot on the beach with the help of this fashion staple.
The shorts are typically on the tighter side, providing stability and helping to flatten problem areas, while a loose skirt is draped over them to hide any unwanted stomach rolls. This gives you a slimmer appearance whilst creating a feminine look which is both attractive and practical.

Things to Avoid
Lastly, remember that to hide a large stomach you need to avoid certain clothing styles. Anything which fits snugly round the tummy will obviously be a bad choice, as will tops with horizontal stripes as these make you look wider. Instead, opt for vertical stripes which draw the eye downwards and accentuate other assets to detract attention from your stomach. 

You can find some fabulous fashion, gifts and homewear at

Friday, 19 October 2012

My Essentials Feature

Hi guys, I've been meaning to do this post for a little while, but I've had to neglect the blog for a short while as my darling daughter Poppy decided to destroy my beloved laptop by chucking it on the floor during a temper tantrum......anyway....lets move on!!

So back in August the beauty Editor of Essentials magazine contacted me and asked if I would take part in a little feature for their November edition (out now). I had to put a little information about myself with 6 to 8 beauty tips, all within 150 words!! Sounds easy right?! 150 words is not a lot lol! But I managed it, and here is my first ever magazine feature!!

I suggested wearing a pop of colour on the lips, such as a classic red for a Hollywood glamour look and adding a cream highlighter to your moisturizer if your skin is looking a little lack luster.

I was delighted to be contacted and asked to take part! Exciting times! I would one day LOVE to have a little beauty column or a regular beauty spot in a magazine, that is my dream!! So to be asked to do this was just amazing!!! 

You can pick up Essentials magazine in supermarkets for £2.95.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Look Good Feel Better With Look Beauty

Look Good Feel Better is a national charity offering free confidence boosting skincare and makeup workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment.

The lovely people at Look Beauty are contributing to this amazing charity. They have selected their ‘Flirty Five’ pink products and will donate 50p per product throughout October.

The ‘Flirty Five’ are....

         ‘Rock Candy’ Loud Lips Lipstick - £7
         ‘Rock Candy’ Loud Lips Lip Liner - £4
         ‘Silk’ Statement Eyes Mono Eyeshadow - £4
        ‘Pinch’ Make Me Blush Blusher  - £8
         ‘Corsage’ Nail Pop - £5

I love the Nail Pop, it’s a gorgeous Barbie pink, perfect for very girlie girls!.....Like me!

The Blusher is beautiful, it’s a very pretty pink with subtle silver glitter running through it.

The eyeshadow is a pinky purple with a shimmery finish. I tend to shy away from pink eyeshadow, I’m not keen on the ‘punched in the eye look’, however with the blue undertone you avoid that undesirable look!!

The lip liner and lipstick are a real bubblegum pink, I love a hot pink lip but personally prefer a slightly deeper shade, however if this is your colour, you’ll love this lipstick and liner! The lipstick formula is lovely, it applies easily, with and semi matte finish and is pretty long lasting, I’d say around 2 hours.

The liner glided on effortlessly, avoiding dragging the lips, which is a bugbear of mine in liners.

I love Look Beauty’s packaging, very sleek yet girly! The lipstick and blusher close magnetically!! Love that!

You can find these goodies in large Superdrug’s and on line at

More  information on Look Good Feel Better can be found here at

*PR Sample