I’m in the process of trying to catch up with this challenge. I’m not as well organised as I had hoped to be. Yesterday, I covered the bralette for B. Today I’m tackling C for Corset. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of corsets of my own to post. It’s not an item that I’ve had in my wardrobe for a few years.
I think corsets are still popular because of the idea of them, rather than the functionality or the comfort. Let’s be honest, anyone who has ever tried on a corset knows that they are the most uncomfortable garment you will ever wear. And usually, you need someone else to tie it for you.
Back in my twenties, I had a few corsets in my wardrobe. They were deep colours, crafted from satin, boned to give me a more flattering shape than nature had decided to give me and trimmed with lace. I never once wore them as underwear. They were my “going out” clothes, worn as a top. Nobody batted an eyelid. Back when the whole boho thing was on trend, and everyone was dressed in floaty, florals and hiding their shape, I was opting for corsets instead.
That’s not to say that a corset can’t be feminine. It really depends on how it is constructed and what materials are used. But it’s not for those who like soft fabrics and freedom to breathe.
Have you ever worn a corset? What did you think of it? Tomorrow D will be for Dessous.
Welcome back to my A to Z of Lingerie. Yesterday I kicked off by writing about A for Applique. Today I’m moving on to a garment rather than a decoration. Back in 2014 when I attempted a challenge like this, the A to Z of lingerie, I chose to make B for Balconette. This time round, since the autumn/winter trend for 2017/18 was bralettes, I am choosing that instead.
Bralettes are an item that I have only just started wearing, mostly because they weren’t widely available until recently. For those not familiar, they are essentially just a crop top with some light support, but the difference is that a bralette is usually crafted from the usual fabrics that are used for lingerie, like lace. The one pictured here is by Willow Layne Lingerie, who are NOT paying me to mention their name. I just like the bralette and thought it would be a cool picture to use.
I find them best for lazy days when I’m not exercising or doing anything too strenuous that would require some bust support. However, I don’t find them as comfortable as I think I’m supposed to, so I wouldn’t say they’re a leisure item.
The other thing about bralettes is that there isn’t a lot of support. I’m quite petite and even I don’t feel like I have an adequate amount of support.
Tomorrow, is C for Corset.
I really wanted to be more organised than I am for this years A to Z Blogging Challenge, but here we are on 1st April. It’s the end of the day and I’m breaking my “No technology after 8pm” rule in order to get this post written.
So, this year’s A to Z is the A to Z of Lingerie. A is for applique, which is basically a piece of fabric stuck onto another piece of fabric. That is essentially what applique is. The older I’ve become, the less likely I am to purchase items with applique because it’s fun, quirky and has a young feel to it, especially the item pictured. (That item is by Cherry Lingerie London, who are NOT paying me to show their picture or mention their name)
Applique can give an otherwise plain garment a bit of personality. Some people love it, some people hate it. I think for me personally, it depends on what applique is used. At 37, I’m probably too old for the styles pictured but I did recently see a black lingerie set in Primark which caught my eye. The bra, panties and body suit were made from a transparent black material but there were applique red roses strategically placed to cover the nipples and pubic area.
What are your thoughts on applique? Would you, or wouldn’t you? Tomorrow I’ll be discussing bralettes.
Time for something a little different here on RockPaperSpirit. I love trying new and interesting beauty products, especially those from brands who have an altruistic approach to beauty and today I’m reviewing Beauty Papier’s Green Tea Blotting Paper.
The idea is that when you get excess oil on your skin, you can blot it away with these handy little sheets of blotting paper before re-powdering so that the powder doesn’t clump on your skin, which looks unsightly and embarrassing. The sheets are made from wooden hemp and natural pulp with green tea leaf extract which is so nourishing for the skin. This product doesn’t contain any parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulphates or gluten. It also says on the pack that it doesn’t contain any phthalates but to be honest, I didn’t know what that is or why it’s important. So, having looked it up, I can tell you it’s a type of salt that is a plasticizer which improves durability. It doesn’t sound good, so probably best that there’s none of that in there! They are vegan friendly too, which means they’re cruelty free.
They’re packaged in a cute little credit card sized pack, decorated with green tea leaves patterns and opens at the front to allow easy access to the sheets. There’s 30 in a pack and they’re a little tricky to remove one at a time. The irony is, you probably need damp or oily hands to remove one at a time!
The sheets themselves work a treat! It’s actually incredible the amount of oil they soak up from your skin and don’t really move too much make-up. There’s something gross but satisfying about seeing the greasy residue on the sheet afterwards. Best of all, your skin doesn’t get coated with any powders from the sheets since they don’t contain any, unlike other blotting sheets which leave a residue on your skin.
Overall, I would recommend these if you can afford them. They’re handy to keep in your bag and although many of us probably wouldn’t be too bothered about getting a little oily later in the day, they just make you feel so much fresher. They’re priced at £7.99 for a pack of 30 sheets, so they are a luxury item. Due to their size, I’d say they would make an excellent stocking filler for the beauty conscious female in your life come Christmas time! You can read more about these sheets or buy them on the Beauty Papier website.
Night cream was never on my radar in my younger years. I used to just slap on another layer of whatever I had used during the day and feel happy with that. As the years have passed, and I’m now approaching forty, I’ve sought out a more intense, hard-working moisture treatment to use before bed. That was until Clinique changed the formula on my favourite cream and I’ve found it increasingly difficult to find something to replace it. One of the creams I tried was Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Night Cream.
This cream is formulated with green tea to combat premature ageing. It was pretty cheap at £9 which is considerably less than the £50 I used to pay Clinique for a cream whose benefits were dubious.
I have to point out here and now that I have not been paid for this post at all. It’s based on my own experience with a cream I purchased from my local Boots branch with my own money, so my opinions are my own. I am glad about that because it means I don’t have to feel bad about being so honest.
My first impression of the cream was that the packaging was plain and functional. It comes in a short, thick white tube. The lid is clear and there’s a plastic plug in the spout which can be re-used time and again to stop the air getting into the cream. I think it’s a really good idea but it is fiddly. It’s not the most attractive product you’ll have in your bathroom but it has a fresh, modern design that’s pleasant to look at.
The cream is unperfumed. It is supposed to have no scent at all, but it has that smell that unperfumed cosmetics have. It’s a little bit like plastic. The most important thing is that there’s no artificial perfumes in it, so if you have fragrance allergies, this is good news. However, there is a massive list of ingredients which is overwhelming, so the potential for allergies is still there. None of the ingredients used are organic either, which is disappointing. Also, parabens feature in the ingredient list.
There’s also no mention of animal testing or being vegan friendly, although it does say there are no animal derived ingredients. It clearly hasn’t been certified vegan friendly though as it doesn’t contain those words. The USP of this brand is the fact their products are fragrance free. Other than that, there’s nothing particularly natural or ethical about them, as far as I can see.
I used this product for a week before I gave up on it. It has a nice texture and it applied quite well. However, it didn’t make my skin any softer or more youthful in the time I was using it. In fact, my skin didn’t seem to have been moisturised at all. What’s even more disappointing is that I have a nasty patch of eczema on my neck now since I used this cream. I’m not saying this cream is to blame, but I haven’t had eczema on my neck or face in my life. It was only ever on my hands and usually down to dietary issues, which have been resolved. If this cream had been moisturising well enough, the eczema would not have been an issue. I’ve had to use half a tube of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on my neck to get the problem under control.
Overall, I didn’t like this cream at all. It might be suitable for some consumers, especially those who are looking for a fragrance-free, light-duty night cream, but it’s not for me.
What’s your night cream of choice?
The funny thing is, although I was so nervous beforehand I turned those nerves into adrenaline and let them fuel me. It helped that I had texts from a few friends coming through as I was waiting to be interviewed. I knew I had support and if I was going to trip on my words or go mute, all those friends who were listening would be cringing and turning red along with me. Luckily I think it went just fine. Next up was the signing.