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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

My 6 Essential Body Beauty Products (they might surprise you!)

6 Essential Body Care Products | Fake Fabulous

In my bid to cut through the amazing amount of beauty-BS out there, I'm sharing with you my 6 essential beauty products for the body.

These 6 items are ALL I need to wash, treat, de-fuzz and moisturise.
I use them every time I shower (even the razor... more on that later) and my skin is blemish free and smooth all over, even in the traditionally rougher areas like elbows and knees.

I'm not saying this to boast or be show-offy... "Oooo my skin is soft!"
I've just had a lot of comments about my skin over the years and have been asked what products I use.

You can also see 'My 6 (Facial) Beauty Essentials' HERE.

As I have said in my previous posts, I'm all about peeling back the thick rind of hype and sharing genuinely great products that I buy over and over.
Products that deliver.
No-nonsense items that I wouldn't want to be without.

For every item I share here I've tried countless alternatives.
Some were cheap and cheerful, some ridiculously expensive.

(What WAS I thinking?)

I've done the legwork and wasted an unthinkable amount of money in order to get to the nitty-gritty.

The number of products I've handed on to friends and family is HUGE.
Embarrassing really.

{I once gave my husband a Decleor gift set that had brought me out in a nasty rash and he used the face cream on his feet!
Hahahahaha... hilarious but not very funny to any Decleor fans out there.}

So today I'm sharing a blog post about genuinely fantastic products that I regularly re-buy.

Products that offer REAL RESULTS.
Products that (in most cases) are cheaper than chips!

My 6 Body Beauty Essentials:

These products are my genuine go-to's.
My re-buys.
My saviours.
My body's best friends.

DISCLAIMER: These products work brilliantly for ME.
Which means they might work for you, or they might not.
It's all down to your skin concerns and needs.


6 Essential Body Care Products | Fake Fabulous

 In Shower:

1. Any Good Quality Soap

Soap is back in fashion.
It's official.
Soap is making a comeback because of it's eco-credentials.
Personally, I never stopped using it.

I use it to wash my body and shave my bits and bobs.

Any good quality, fine milled soap does a great job.
It smells lovely and leaves my skin clean and soft.

I've never been into shower gels.
They don't last long enough, are easily wasted and are too harsh on my skin... even the 'gentle' versions.
Plus, I can't get a decent lather.

A bar of soap, on the other hand, lathers up like a dream, lasts forever and can be used for everything.

{Quality soap is one of my favourite gifts to receive!}

I've tried every type of shower product from gels to creams to milks.
I've tried a HUGE number of brands from the supermarket's own to Chanel.
I've tried LOADS of formulations from baby wash to luxurious concoctions.

I always come back to soap because it works.

2. A Flannel

Why bother with anything else when a good old fashioned flannel does it all?
A hygienic way to wash your body.
Perfect to reach nooks and crannies... between toes and behind ears.

The best exfoliator ever!

Cheap and effective.

I've tried EVERYTHING from puffs to loofahs to body brushes and I return to this old workhorse every time.

TIP: The thinner the flannel the better. 
Forget luxury makes and get the budget option. 
Not only do they wash and dry quickly (when doing your laundry) but they are thinner, rougher and less fluffy, therefore easier to use on your body and more effective at exfoliation!

3. A Simple Razor

When it comes to hair removal, I've tried it all...
  • Electric razors
  • Epilators (both electric and those funny rods)
  • Depilatory creams and lotions (from the cheap to the silly-priced)
  • Professional waxing
  • Home waxing (Oh lord that was a disaster!!)
  • Sugaring
  • Those hair zapping devices
  • I'm sure there is more but I've blocked it out...
You name it and I've (probably) given it a go.

I always come back to this...

A simple (two blade) razor.

Every time I stray from the path (and feel the need to spend money) I return to my trusty old friend.

I shave ALL unwanted hair every time I shower even though my hair is fine and light in colour.
I can't stand those little prickles as the hair comes in AND I like to be ready for any outfit I want to wear at a moment's notice.
My legs are ready to be in a dress at any time.
I'm even swimsuit ready if you fancy going for a swim!

It's not for everyone (I'm all for embracing your body hair if that's your bag) but that's just how I personally feel comfortable.

For me, a simple razor is quick and easy.
I don't get any irritation when I shave with my lovely soap and my skin is left super-soft and smooth.
A razor can be used as and when you need it (or want it) and leaves no mess.

{You might want to read more about Awkward Facial Hair HERE.}

4. Neutrogena Face Wash

Wait a minute!
Wasn't this featured on the 6 Facial Beauty Essentials list?
Erm.... yes it was.

Bear with me though.
It really is a beauty all-rounder.

This face wash (and mask) is so inexpensive that I use it regularly on my body without feeling like I'm being wasteful.
NOT all over (it can be a little drying) but on targeted areas such as between my shoulder blades.
Anywhere that is prone to a little extra oil production.
Anywhere I like to feel squeaky clean.

It really does work like a charm and if you apply a quick mask-layer to your back it leaves your skin perfectly smooth and ready for that backless dress or bare shoulders.
A brilliant product in summer, or for any special occasion.

Get yours HERE.

6 Essential Body Care Products | Fake Fabulous


Post Shower:


5. (non-mineral based) Body Oil

I'm a real fan of both facial and body oils.
I love most body oils from the cheapest to the most expensive as long as the oil is one that absorbs well and smells great!

The Bodyshop do nice oils that last for ages (seriously!) but at the moment I'm using an oil from Dr Organic.
It's lovely but it does run out of the bottle too quickly... the Bodyshop one is better for that.

A few drops goes a long way.

I usually buy whatever oil is on special offer and that I love the smell of.

TIP: Body oils are great if you don't like the chilling effect of a lotion.
When you rub lotion on your skin the water element of the lotion evaporates and causes a cooling effect on the skin.
If you live in a colder climate or simply dislike that sensation try a body oil.
An altogether more pleasant experience!

As you've probably guessed by now I've tried MANY body lotions in my time.
Countless.
From baby lotion to Jo Malone.
Nothing beats a body oil


6. Sanex Roll-On Deodorant

This roll-on is my go-to.
A cheap and cheerful product that is lightweight and effective.
No stickiness.
No aerosol 'chill'.
No powderiness.
It doesn't nip (even straight after shaving) and lasts all day.
Brilliant.

Why pay more for something that doesn't work as well?


Are you surprised at how basic my essentials are?

I'd love to know YOUR top 6 body care 'must-haves'!
Please share in the comments or drop me an email at fakefabulous.com(at)gmail.com.



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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

'Wearable' Colour Blocking | Winter Outfit

Red, Green, Navy | Wearable Colour Blocking Outfit | Fake Fabulous

The colour blocking 'trend' is going nowhere for 2019 and I'm SO happy about that!

{See my original Colour Blocking post from 2017 HERE... when it was a 'new trend', and not for the first time!}
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Winter Outfit Idea | Long Culottes, Secret Layers, Leopard and a Cropped Top

Long Culottes, Secret Layers, Leopard Boots and a Cropped Top!

For me, Culottes are still going strong in the style stakes.
The fashionistas may be over them, but I'm not ready to let go just yet.

A long pair of culottes (like the ones I'm wearing today) are surprisingly practical for all weathers.

This particular long khaki pair is covering my culotte slip (of course) AND a pair of silk leggings.

I'm all about the layers in winter.
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Sunday, 10 February 2019

6 Amazing (and cheap) FACIAL Beauty Products | NOT SPONSORED

6 amazing facial beauty products I can't live without | Fake Fabulous

As a mum of teen girls, I am constantly being "educated" about the latest must-buy beauty, or makeup, products that will not only make me more beautiful but will also change my life... for the better!
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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Leopard Midi Dress and Cropped Leather. Embarrassing Mums!

Leopard Zara midi dress | Nude Superdry Jacket | Winter outfit

I love an outfit that provokes a reaction and this one certainly did that!

This particular outfit made my middle daughter cringe and guess what?
I loved it!
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Trends to BAG and BIN in 2019

How to nail the Big 2019 Trends without spending BIG.

Is it just me, or do the BIG 2019 trends seem almost impossible to fit into your everyday life?
Are these trends just for Instagram fantasy posing or can they be worn in real life?
Do we really need to go shopping or can we re-jig what we already own?
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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Casual over 40 Outfits don't need to be Frumpy!

Jeans, Trainers and a Teddy Jacket | Casual Style | Fake Fabulous

I often wonder why some stylish (over 40) women miss the mark when it comes to casual dressing?

These women can look effortlessly chic in their workwear.
Their evening outfits look elegant and stylish.
Even their gymwear is chic and co-ordinated.

Then you see them in a 'casual' look and wonder what happened?

Jeans, Trainers and a Teddy Jacket | Casual Style | Fake Fabulous

Of course, style is a very personal thing and I think we all have the right to look how we want and wear what we like, BUT I casual outfits get left behind in the style stakes.

A "that'll do" attitude to casual dressing can snuff out any potential style flame.

Choosing a casual outfit should be like choosing any other look.

It should reflect the casual version of YOU.

When I spot someone in some interesting colour, texture or an unusual casual silhouette I feel my heart do a little leap of joy.

Jeans, Trainers and a Teddy Jacket | Casual Style | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm all-out casual in the classic 'Trainers + Jeans + Jumper' combination, but I'm still trying to maintain a little bit of my personal style.

It's not so hard to do...
Pick comfy trainers that make you smile (mine have ruffles).
Whether that's your favourite colour, a bit of embroidered detail or some cute cut-outs.
Why settle for boring?

My tapered jeans have a real late 80's/early 90's vibe and I love them.
Why settle for a dragging hem, baggy crotch or saggy bum?
Pick a style that makes you feel good.

Trainers and jeans can feel stylish!

The jumper I'm wearing today is a favourite of mine... see it styled HERE, with a pleated skirt...HERE, with jeans and leopard boots.

This outfit is topped off with my teddy coat... see it styled HERE with a leopard skirt!
This big hug of a jacket has to be better than a scabby fleece, doesn't it?

A backpack continues the casual vibe but leather always takes it up a notch in the style stakes.

Jeans, Trainers and a Teddy Jacket | Casual Style | Fake Fabulous

3 ways to up your Casual Outfit game:

1. Choose 'luxe' fabrics


  • Heavy denim
  • Wool
  • Satin
  • Silk
  • Leather

Quality always wins in the style stakes.

2. Try twisting your classics

Jeans, jumper, trainers and a jacket needn't be drab boring.
Add texture, colour, pattern, embroidery, details and FUN!

3. Don't get stuck in a rut

If you feel your casual style hasn't changed since the 90's then it's time to mix things up a bit.
Donate your old jeans to the charity shop and invest in a new shape that makes you smile.
Relegate that scabby fleece to dog-walking duties and find a fun alternative.

The casual version of you deserves to look her beautiful best!

What is your go-to casual outfit?
What pieces do you love?

How do you 'keep it chic' on those easygoing days?

COAT: Next
JEANS: Topshop
JUMPER: H&M (old) ... this one is pretty.
SHOES: Puma
BAG: Vintage... similar.

Jeans, Trainers and a Teddy Jacket | Casual Style | Fake Fabulous

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