Friday, 17 February 2017

Illamasqua lipsticks in Apocalips, Posture, Pinkie and ESP - a review

Illamasqua-lipsticks-Apocalips-Posture-Pinkie-ESP-review //

I recently bought 4 lipsticks from the Illamasqua sale and I have swatches and a review to share. I bought 2 sensible colours and 2 wild ones. I already had a couple of Illamasqua lipsticks, one of which I reviewed here, so I was familiar with the formula. Illamasqua lipsticks are thick, go on opaque and generally have good longevity. Many of the shades they offer are off the wall, and I ❤ them for it. Read on for more photos and my opinion of them.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Love Leah reader survey results

Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in my reader survey! It was very enlightening, and you're a lovely bunch. Let's see what you all said than, shall we?

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

On the death of friendships

I've experienced most types of friendship breakups there are, as I'm sure many of us at my age have. I've had the jagged, abrupt loss of friendship after a row or misunderstanding - the burst of terse words and the bereaved feeling that follows it. I've had real bereavements - dear friends who've died suddenly, leaving important words unsaid between us. I've had friendships that have become extinct because of geographical distance between us or lack of time together. The only kind of breakup I've never experienced is one where one party suddenly stops communicating with no explanation, leaving a lack of closure and wondering what went wrong.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

New Look Curves double pocket maxi coat


Hello loveys! I'm wearing my new bargain coat today, which I got for £21.60 from New Look Curves. Both my winter coats were from New Look this year and I got them both at steep reductions. Although I know it's very tempting to buy something you've had your eye on as soon as it goes into the sale, but if you can hold on for a few days most websites will make final reductions or give you a further discount if you're an email subscriber. I rarely buy anything at full price - *Gollum voice* IT BURNS US! Anyway, read on for more photos and the rest of the details.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Love Leah reader survey

Hello lovelies!

I've made a reader survey to answer some burning questions I have for you - like your age group and which country you live in. And also does my 'Read More' doohickey annoy you? Do you click on it to read the whole post, or would you like me to post everythaaaang there so your eyes can roam freely? What kind of posts you want to see more of from me, and what are your fave kind of posts to read? I value your opinion and it's all totally anonymous.

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

More adventures in layering

Once again I'm wearing one of my In The Style Curve dresses. No, they're not paying me - I bought them all myself. I just love plisse fabric - so luxe, but so wearable for every day looks too. It does show up my VBO (visible belly outline) and it does make the cellulite on my bum look worse but I don't care - those are parts of my body that millions of people share and there's nothing wrong with them on me or you. Read on for more.....

Monday, 6 February 2017

Clouds in my coffee - a bodycon outfit

I'm wearing an old dress from New Look Curves (or Inspire as it used to be called back then) and as soon as I put it on I felt RAWWWWWWR. This fierceness just came about me, and when I added the lipstick and the flower crown my look was complete. Anyone who underestimates the power of clothing to completely alter a mood is bananas. 🍌 Clothing can be camouflage, armour and more. Read on for more pics and the rest of the outfit details.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in Magick and Gothica - a review

Kat-Von-D-Studded-Kiss-lipsticks-in-Magick-and-Gothica review // WWW.XLOVELEAHX.CO.UK

My dad sent me some late Christmas money so I bought myself a couple of Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in Magick and Gothica. I'd had a mini sized Magick lipstick from a Love Me Beauty subscription and I immediately fell in love with the formula and the longevity and wanted a full size as it's my favourite lipstick ever. The colour suits me so well, and I think it's a shade that would suit a lot of different skin tones as well.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Cruelty free perfume - Pop by Stella McCartney gift set from Fragrance Direct*

Cruelty-free-perfume-Stella-McCartney-Pop-Fragrance Direct //

I've shopped with Fragrance Direct a few times now. They do makeup, fragrance, skincare and gifts at prices far more affordable than the high street. They got in touch to offer me a fragrance to review and I chose Pop by Stella McCartney as it's cruelty free - it isn't tested on animals. Pop is a light fragrance, perfect for every day wear. Read on to see what I think of it.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Windswept on the beach in In The Style Curve


I liked this style of dress from In The Style Curve so much I bought it in 5 colours. I only paid full price for one though - the rest were discounted. As I said in my fashion manifesto for this year, it's all about layering and wearing things in different ways to my usual style, so that brought hi tops, a shiny dress and fishnets, a combination not my usual style at all.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Viva Voluptuous launch event

Viva-Voluptuous-plus-size-luxury-lingerie-launch-event //

I was invited to the official launch event for Viva Voluptuous lingerie, which I attended in London on Thursday. It was a lovely evening of good company, gorgeous luxury lingerie, fabulous cocktails, and burlesque entertainment.

Monday, 30 January 2017

What you can do to fight bigotry and intolerance

If you're anything like me you may have been caught in a fog of inertia and helplessness since President 45 took office. His first week as leader of the free world has made plain his hatred for almost everyone and everything - women, Muslims, Mexicans, immigrants in general, and the environment. As far as I can see all he cares about are white people, preferably rich, old and male. I've been in a freefall of buying crap I don't need to try to soothe the reality of this, but there IS no soothing this, not with material things anyway.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Learning to layer

in the style curve pearless silver dress layering //

As I mentioned in my Fashion Manifesto for 2017, I want to learn to layer and wear things in different ways to maximise the items I already own. I'm wearing my pearless silver dress from In The Style Curve (which I wore dressed up here) in a more casual way.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Bears and wizards

James calls this coat my bear coat, and these shots were taken in front of a wizard themed set of graffiti in Eastbourne, hence titling this bears and wizards. Read on for more photos of me and the wizards.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Embracing greasy hair

Embracing-greasy-hair //
{Image from Pixabay}

That sounds disgusting, right?! Bear with me. My hair is coloured with henna and I've grown tired of having to refresh it every month, especially now I'm using two colours for contrast. I figured if I wash my hair less then the henna would last much longer, and perhaps my scalp and hair would be healthier too. Maybe it'll even grow quicker.
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