Wednesday 30 November 2016

Pinup Flicks with Le Keux Cosmetics

Wearing Pinup Powder, Cadillac eyeliner and Whistle Bait Lip paint
Looking back, I find myself swelling with pride at how much my makeup skills have come along in the past few years. I come from a family where make up wasn’t really worn. My mum worked in roles that didn’t allow make up and as such, I never really felt much drive to wear more than a swirl of lip-gloss growing up. I kind of fumbled through most of my early 20’s, still without a clue and not wearing much make up until I got into dressing retro. Looking back at my first make up attempts from my baby pinup days I can’t help but giggle: I was a novice with eyeliner, I didn’t wear lipstick as I found it too intimidating and wore a translucent powder as a foundation. I’ve certainly come a LONG way since then and wanted to start sharing more of my makeup journey with you all as well as make up reviews! I felt the best way to do this was to share now only on my YouTube, as I was previously doing but also on my blog! So this week I wanted to share some goodies with you all that I recently got sent by Le Keux Cosmetics!

Lip Paints in: peachy keen, Cherry Bomb and Whistle Bait. Cadillac eyeliner and pinup powder
Le Keux Cosmetics are a UK based cosmetic brand which make paraben free and cruelty free cosmetics with a retro vibe. Beautifully packaged and each with a lovely subtle smell, these will definitely give your dressing table a touch of glamour. They arrived quickly in the post from the UK, wrapped up in a hot pink mailer bag which caused the postman much amusement and me a lot of excitement. For my first review I decided to share my thoughts first on the Pin Up Powder and Cadillac eyeliner as I wanted to review the lip paints separately, as there are a few different ways to wear them!

Fresh Faced
Liquid foundation and Pinup Powder applied
Liquid Foundation applied 

As my previous setting powder had just run out, I was super excited to give the Pin Up Powder a try. I was super excited to open up the box and find the pretties packaging inside. Size wise this powder container fits in the palm of my hand and is a pretty pink colour. When you open this container it features a sealing top under the lid, to help stop you spilling your powder and the powder itself has a soft smell to it that is really quite pleasant. I personally like to apply this powder with a powder brush and a little definitely goes a long way. I found it wore well and I didn’t get oily through it by the end of the day either, which is something that’s super important to me! It also held up well against my morning walk to the station, which can normally REALLY trash my makeup. I also haven’t reacted to it, which is another plus as my skin is quite sensitive. I now jump between wearing this powder and my other one, depending on the look I want to get.  Definitely something I’ll keep on wearing!

Brows and shadow applied. Time to Apply the Cadillac Liner
Cadillac Liner Applied
Cadillac Liner Applied
 I will admit, the Cadillac liner took me a little while to get used to using. My first attempt was disastrous as I didn’t read the instructions on the packaging which was totally my bad. After some investigation and seeing where I went wrong I re-tried to delightful success. The Cadillac liner is high pigment liner, which is a bold black. To activate the liner, you need to swirl your brush (which I didn’t do initially!) and evenly coat your brush before applying. I found using both a liner brush and an angled brush gives me the best results. This liner wears well and I found it had minimal smudging throughout the day. To increase its long life you can even set it with the Pin Up Powder, which also gives it a more ‘matte’ finish. For someone who is completely new to liner, this product may take a little getting used. As someone a bit more practiced with liner, once I got the hang of the angled brush I didn’t find I had any problems applying it.

Complete look with Pinup Powder, Cadillac Liner and Lip Paint in Whistle Bait. 
The finished look when teamed with the Le Keux lip paints is a strong pinup look. As I said before, I’ll be reviewing the lip paints in a separate review as they have multiple wears that I wanted to cover in greater detail! To finish this look I teamed it with the colour Whistle Bait, which is one I’ve been wearing a fair bit of late! Overall I’m super happy with my goodies from Le Keux and cannot wait to try different styling combos and add to my collection. For gals who love a bold pinup look, this is a brand to look at!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review and I’ll be doing a YouTube video of the application of these goodies soon! Also, for my followers! If you use coupon CURVECREATION10 you’ll get 10% off your own Le Keux goodies!

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received these items in a collaboration from Le Keux Cosmetics, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Monday 28 November 2016

Weekly Outfits ~ 21st November 2016

Hello lovelies!

Another week has come and gone and I can’t believe how fast Christmas is creeping up on me this year! I’ve got so much to organise before the end of the year and feeling like I just won’t be able to fit it all in! But I’ll do my best.

I had a super flat out weekend. Stock run and sorting for Daisy Jean. A friend’s birthday party. Shooting with a new photographer for the blog as well as which is exciting! I’ve got some awesome stuff coming this week too! So keep your eyes peeled!

Flowers ~ Black Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs 
Earrings ~ Hollywood Hoops from Retro Resins on etsy
Brooch ~ Lipstick brooch from Erstwilder 
Top ~ Discontinued top from Pinup Girl Clothing 
Skirt ~ Lipstick Vixen Skirt by Vixen by Micheline Pitt from Natasha Marie Clothing
Shoes ~ Red Loraine heels by B.a.i.t. but another innocent tale Footwear from Royal Vintage Shoes 
Scarf ~ Navy Blue Nylon Scarf from Daisy Jean Floral Designs 
Brooch ~ Ducks and Drakes from Erstwilder 
Dress ~ Annie retro swing dress in pink from Dolly and Dotty (review coming soon)
Belt ~ Navy retro belt by Hell Bunny from Gwynnies 
Shoes ~ Addie 1940's Pumps from Royal Vintage Shoes


Flowers ~ Red Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Beads ~ Red bead necklace from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Eagle brooch from Erstwilder
Top ~ Princess Blouse in pink from Honey L'Amour 
Skirt ~ V2 skirt in leopard from Lady K Loves
Shoes ~ Payless


Flowers ~ Blue rose double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs 
Beads ~ Blue bead necklace from Debstar Designs 
Brooch ~ Sunflower brooch from Erstwilder 
Top ~ White Peasant blouse from Doll Me Up 
Skirt ~  Sunflower Circle Skirt by Hell Bunny (can still be found occasionally on ebay)
Shoes ~ White sandals from I Love Billy


Flowers ~ Yellow rose double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs 
Brooch ~ Goldfish brooch by Luxulite from Coconette-oz
Dress ~ Megan dress from Karina Dresses 
Shoes ~ Brown Tbar Sandals from Rubi Shoes 


Scarf ~ Teal Nylon scarf from Daisy Jean Floral Designs 
Top ~Bikini Beach Bash tee by Atomic Swag from Gwynnies 
Trousers ~ Sand Swing pants from Vivien of Holloway 
Sandals ~ 
Brown Tbar Sandals from Rubi Shoes 


Flowers ~ Blue Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs 
Earrings ~ Retro hoops in blue from Luxulite 
Beads ~ Blue bead necklace from Debstar Designs 
Brooch ~ Train brooch in pink from Deer Arrow 
Top ~ White Peasant blouse from Doll Me Up 
Belt ~ Navy Retro Belt by Hell Bunny from Gwynnies 
Skirt ~ Jenny skirt in Mary Blair pink train border print from Pinup Girl Clothing 
Shoes ~ White Sandals from I Love Billy

Which is your favourite look from last week?

Til next time darlings!

Friday 25 November 2016

Summer time Tiki with Lady K Loves

It’s no secret I’m a tiki lover. There’s something about the whole tiki look that just gives me that happy feeling inside. As well as a love of tiki, I love pieces that are versatile. Nothing makes me happier than an outfit I can wear styled different ways to create different looks. Pieces that seem to want to fight versatile styling tend to make me sad so I was thrilled that I found this skirt to be such a winner. For me, the V2 wiggle skirt in leopard from Lady K Loves definitely ticked all those boxes!

Flowers ~ Black Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Hoops ~ Gold Hollywood hoops from Retro Resins (review here)
Necklace ~ Black Skull Necklace from Debstar Designs
Top ~ Green Halter from Dangerfield
Skirt ~ V2 Skirt in leopard from Lady K Loves
Shoes ~ Pinup Couture Wooden Tiki Mules
The V2 wiggle skirt is wiggle style made by Lady K Loves. Available in black, leopard, jade and brandy wine there is a colour in this skirt to suit any gal. With their design based on their killer cigarette pants these skirts feature a fitted waist and knee as well as a longer length, something that is truer to an actual 1950’s wiggle skirt. A back zip and button make for easy closure and wear as well as a slight back slit for ease of walking and a bit of a breeze. This skirt is beautifully made, comfortable to wear and killer to style.

As I mentioned in my last post about Lady K Loves, one reason they’re currently one of my favourite brands is their amazing fit. They’re a brand that fit my smaller waist and bigger hips without shapewear (I went sans foundations for this review too!) which in the coming summer months I know I’ll be extremely grateful for! Its already proving that its going to be a particularly humid one here in Sydney Australia and some days its simply too humid to even think of wearing my foundations (which is definitely making me sad). I’m wearing this killer skirt in a size Large! While it was initially snug it did stretch out a bit after a wear and the fabric breathes well.

Since I am talking about a wiggle skirt, which can be a bit of a gamble for thigher thighed gals during the warmer months. Previously as I wasn’t walking all that much it wasn’t something I’d have to consider but since moving its become something I’ve really had to think about so I thought I’d stop here and give a few pointers on ways I like to help prevent thigh rubbing and other options I’ve read that are really good!

The first option of course is to put a physical barrier between your thighs. This can be done a variety of different ways.
1.       You could wear bike shorts (something I’m known to do when I’m walking to or from the station in looser skirt)
2.       You can wear a band around your thigh such as a Bandelette . These have had good reviews from what I’ve seen and I’m actually hoping to give them a go soon
3.       A pair of long legged ‘underwear’ such as the functional anti-chaff knickers from the Big tights company or the cute lace shorties (and matching tops) of Undersummers
4.       One of my favourite options in cooler months is to wear a Panty girdle, such as Rago #6207 or the #6201. Both not only smooth your figure but the barrier helps prevent thigh rub

One of the other options that I’ve read about is Body Glide anti chaffing balm. I’ve been hearing the praises of this sung a lot online and its definitely something I want to give a go! 

I’m also loving the versatility of this fun skirt. So far I’ve worn it with a few different tops and it just goes with so much! Comfortable and versatile! Two of my biggest things I look for when picking items for my wardrobe!

The V2 skirt retails for 
£45.00/$75.51AUD with international shipping! + shipping and they do post worldwide! So no matter where you are you can have 

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this post and I’ve got more gorgeous goodies from Lady K Loves coming your way in December and in the new year too!

I’m also super excited to say some changes are going to mean I’ll be able to bring you all better blogs in 2017, as I’ll have access to transport on my shoot days again!

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this skirt in a collaboration from Lady K Loves, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Guest Blogging for What Katie Did ~ Sharing the body love in Party Wear!

Hello darlings!

So earlier this year I was contacted by the amazing What Katie Did (a retro lingerie company in the UK that I adore) to work on a blog series to showcase how to style foundation garments on a curvier frame with certain outfits and after some organizing we decided on a 3 blog series to showcase 3 different styles of outfits with corresponding foundation garments! 

I think its so great to see retro lingerie brands being more body inclusive. As a curvier girl it can be intimidating finding retro foundations when you can't relate to the models showcasing it and worrying about fit, so I am thrilled to be able to share my love of lingerie, with a brand I love with you all! 

I'm also loving the photos for this collaboration so much! The photography goddess Sherbet Birdie shot this series and her photography is amazing (if you haven't shot with her you need to!). I was beyond excited about the entire thing and still am! I also shared some behind the scenes sneak peaks for you all of this set (another coming for the next one soon!) to show the process of my transformation and a glimpse of the process of this photoshoot, as keeping it real is something I'm about. 

Our first blog post is now live and it covers killer curves for this years party season, featuring What Katie Did (of course!) and Pinup Girl Clothing, an another amazing retro brand that is size inclusive for more fuller figured ladies! I wanted to share it here for you all. For those who want to read the original article, check out the What Katie Did website here! I have another two guest posts coming, showing off two different looks again! 

Guest Blogger: CurveCreation on Partywear!

The end of the year is creeping up with surprising speed and no matter where you are in the world, December is function season. Parties, formals, proms, graduations, Christmas events and New Year’s celebrations are everywhere as we celebrate the closing of another year. For me it’s no exception, and when I go glam I really like to look my best.
This party look is inspired by the decadence of past screen sirens. As my figure leans more towards a pear shape, I am lucky enough to have a proportionally much smaller waist, which makes a super-curvy bombshell look very achievable. However fear not if you have a different figure – I’m here to prove with the right foundations everyone can feel like Marilyn Monroe, and pull off those slinky dresses you always wanted to, whatever your size or shape!
To create an hourglass shape I use a layered approach, something I save for occasions where I want to add a little bit of extra sass to my outfit and figure. While I do naturally have a smaller waist to hip ratio (around 12-14 inches) I do like to make this difference more dramatic when I want to look extra fabulous. I start with a pair of high waisted Maitresse Knickers, underneath a Vamp Corset in Black Satin from What Katie Did. As a gal with a shorter torso, smaller waist and carrying most of my curves in the bottom, I find that the ultra-curvy Vamp really works for me. The shorter length doesn’t restrict my movement and the signature goring on the hips allows for a really good cinch on my waist without compromising my fuller hips. The reduction a Vamp gives is amazing and perfect for a high glamour look like this one! For a smoother finish, I’ve replaced the cord laces with lacing ribbon, which I feel doesn’t bunch as much under clothes, meaning you aren’t left with bulges. Although the Vamp is my personal favourite, there are of course lots more options for different shapes and styles at What Katie Did, as they create corsets in sizes 16”- 34” which equates to approximately UK 6-24 (US 2-20) dress sizes!
Over the top of my corset I’m wearing the Glamour Nouveau Corselette in Black. While Corselettes are usually worn without a corset for cinching and shaping, for this outfit I used it to take the work the Vamp does and helps bring it up to the next level. The cups clip separately from the bodice, which I find gives brilliant bust support, and the front eye hook closure allows for a sleek finish with no lumps and bumps. By wearing the Corselette over corset, the lines of the corset are smoothed (especially useful under tight-fitting dresses), as well as offering shaping to my hips and giving my bust a lift with the built in bra. The six straps on the Corselette allow for comfortable hold on my stockings, which means I don’t have to spend the night adjusting them (because no-one needs that distraction when they’re looking this fabulous!) I’ve also found the Corselette to be a highly versatile piece for day-to-day life as well, as it’s perfect for under not just wiggle styles, but swing and a-line dresses and skirts too.

 To complete this glamorous look, I’ve chosen a pair of Fully Fashioned Empire Heel Stockings. The intricate designs on the heels of Empire Heel Stockings were inspired by the Empire State Building in New York, and back in the day ladies would save their Empires (also known as Manhattans) for very special occasions only, as they were considered so fancy! Fully Fashioned Stockings are incredibly soft and sleek, and I find a little bit of luxury the perfect finish to an outfit like this; even if they’re only just seen, you can’t be wearing any old stockings under a dress as gorgeous as this!

As a lover of slinky dresses that accentuate my hips and waist, it was great fun finding the perfect dress to complete this look. While there are many incredible designers around who make beautiful floor-length dresses, Pinup Girl Clothing’s iconic Gilda Gown will always be a firm favourite. After a little indecision, I decided to go with the Purple Velvet Gilda Gown and, of course, couldn’t resist the matching cape. This stunning gown is ideal for any event where serious glamour is required (although that definitely won’t stop me wearing it anywhere I can!) The fit, with its own built-in bengaline shaper, makes it perfect for ladies of all shapes and it’s available in a huge variety of sizes. It’s also perfect for achieving instant elegance – it’s figure-hugging yet forgiving, with wide shoulder straps (making bra-wearing easy, even for the better endowed of us) and a mini fan train which adds to the silver screen starlet feeling. The matching cape features the most stunning silver diamante clasp and is perfect to keep you warm without having to resort to a bulky coat during the evening. It’s also a great option to cover up your arms if you’d rather not show them off, without having to resort to sleeves which can sometimes be a little stuffy and hard to dance in. It also means you have the option of two different looks – both of which radiate high end glamour. (For ladies who aren’t a huge fan of the floor length Gilda, it also comes in a knee length version, ideal for cocktail parties)
I chose to keep the accessories simple to compliment the silver clasp on the cape. A simple vintage silver diamant√© bracelet and matching dress earrings were chosen to help pull the look together, and Miss L Fire’s 1940s Lila Heels in Black Velvet (purchased from Royal Vintage Shoes) gave me a little leg-lengthening lift to complete the look. For an extra level of evening glamour, a pair of What Katie Did’s elbow length satin gloves would look absolutely amazing.
And so as you can see, with the right foundations anyone can be a silver screen starlet!
Photography: Sherbert Birdie 

By What Katie Did
Glamour Nouveau Corselette - Black - 32-38 B-F (10-16 B-F) - £95.00
Vamp Corset - Black - 18"-34" - £169.50
Maitresse Nouveau Knickers - Black - 8-18 - £26.50
Fully Fashioned Empire Heeled Stockings - Black - S/M/L - £25.00
Long Satin Gloves - Black - One Size - £17.50

Other Pieces:
Shoes: Miss L Fire Lila Heels (stocked at Royal Vintage Shoes)
Jewellery: Vintage

I hope you've all enjoyed this post as much as I've loved writing it for this collaboration and I am so excited for the next release!

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: This post was a joint collaboration with UK Lingerie Brand What Katie did and US brand Pinup Girl Clothing. All opinions expressed are honest  and my own to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Weekly outfits ~ 14th November 2016

Hello darlings!

Boy of boy have I been a busy bee! I’ve got some awesome blog posts coming your way, as well as some review/tutorials of some new makeup goodies! I’ll also have Christmas goodies hitting the blog in December as well! Also, did you see my Guest blog on the What Katie did website? I go over how to achieve a bombshell look for the party season.You can read it by clicking here and I'll be talking about the experience on my blog this week!

But til then, here are last week’s outfits!

Scarf ~ Red Repro nylon scarf from Daisy Jean Floral
Beads ~ Yellow necklace from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ T-Rex Brooch from Erstwilder's first Dinosaur Release
Shoes ~ Payless 

Hat ~ Vintage 
Snood ~ Red Snood from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Brooch ~ Talk is cheap brooch from Jubly Umph
Blouse ~ Greta blouse in red from Heart of Haute
Suit ~ Vintage 1940's suit from Word from the bird
Shoes ~ Nita heels from Royal Vintage Shoes

Flowers ~ Blue rose double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Necklace ~ Lilac beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Lilac Lenore brooch from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Shoes ~ Brown Tbar sandals from Rubi Shoes

Flowers ~ Red Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Necklace ~ Red beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Scotty the Stegasaurus brooch from Erstwilder
Shoes ~ BAIT from Royal Vintage Shoes

Scarf ~ Baby blue scarf from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Hoops ~ Bamboo hoops from ebay
Brooch ~ Lobster brooch from Glitter Paradise
Top ~ No brand 'Marilyn top' in white
Pants ~ Tiki trousers from Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes ~ Brown Tbar sandals from Rubi Shoes

Keep your eyes peeled this week for whats on the blog!

Til then dolls!