Monday, 7 July 2014

Sunday, 22 June 2014

DIY Kimono

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I've had this scarf for such a long time, it's been sitting at the bottom of my fabric stash just waiting for inspiration to arrive. Well about 5 years later (I kid you not 5 years is a long time) inspiration finally arrived - better late then never I suppose. With all the kimono's floating around the high street and catwalk I though I would give a DIY kimono a go.
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DIY, fashion DIY, fashion, style, Kimono, beach cover up, what renee made
DIY, fashion DIY, fashion, style, Kimono, beach cover up, what renee made
It really is easy to make, I used an over sized scarf and some tassells as the basis. My sewing machine is out of action at the moment to I used a hand needle and thread and iron on bonding to pull it all together. I had a huge amount of fun taking the outfit pictures, it was just me and my tripod twirling around in the garden on a summer day. I'm sure I saw a few twitching curtains from the neighbours!

I'm not sure if I'd wear this as an everyday pop to the shops thing but I'm most certainly breaking it out the next the I'm at the beach. A kimono makes the best cover up - glamorous with minimal effort.

Be sure to check out the tutorial below, for a step by step guide on how to create your own DIY Kimono.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

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If you've followed for a while you will know I love Sleek. Their affordable and have great products with fab colours. It's become a ritual of mine to stop by the Sleek stand whenever I'm in Superdrug, on a recent trip I came across the Matte Me Lip Creams. Matte lip products are having their moment right now with a number of products being launched recently, it's only fair that Sleek wade into the trend.

I decided to shy away from red as I've found 'my' red matte lip in the form of Mac's Ruby Woo. So I took a trip to the plum and nude side and opted for Fandango Purple and Birthday Suit.  The pigment is amazing, I would expect nothing less from sleek particularly on the Purple shade. I was a little nervous about the Nude tone as I wasn't sure how the matte effect would impact the pigment. Birthday Suit looks great when first on in it's cream form but once dry my concerns were founded as it was a little patchy. However Fandango Purple was able able to maintain it's impact.

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Birthday Suit
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Fandango Purple
When you apply the lip cream it goes on in a glossy cream swish making it difficult to relate it to a matte product. Once applied I could quite literally feel the cream drying and mattifiying on my lips, It was quite a strange sensation. I was pretty impressed with it's staying power as I had a day of tea drinking, talking lunching and air kisses, it only needed to be re applied once.

The biggest downfall for me was the drying effect it had on my lips I had a hard time resisting the urge to apply lip balm and I could noticeably feel the product on my lips, which for me is a downer.

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Overall I'd say yes I liked the Sleek Matte Lip Creams but I certainly wouldn't re purchase the lighter shade. The pigment and effect of the darker tones would work well for a night out when I'm less likely to wear it for a long time as the dry feeling on my lips over the course of a whole day did bother me.

So what are your thoughts on Matte Lips particularly the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams?

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