Slower Fashion & Honest Beauty

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Outfit Thief! Denim and Checks • Spring Style Ideas

Steal Her Style | Spring blazer and wide jeans outfit | Fake Fabulous

Welcome back to another Outfit Thief post!

You might be wondering what it's all about?

Let me explain...
I'm picking an outfit to blatantly copy.
(No shame at all!)
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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Honest Beauty Review • By Terry Lash Expert Double Effect Mascara

Honest Beauty Review | By Terry Lash Expert Double Effect Mascara

Recently there has been nothing but rotten weather here.

Rain.
More rain.
Sleet.
More rain.
More sleet.

Miserable.

As a consequence of this, my outfit posts are temporarily on hold.

On the plus side, I'm going to share an honest review of a much-hyped mascara!
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Thursday, 20 February 2020

What I Wore This (last) Week • Weekly OOTD Diary

What I wore this week | Fake Fabulous

Welcome to another "What I wore this week".
A glimpse into what I've been wearing during 7 days of my real life.

It's been wet and miserable this week... with the occasional glimpse of sunshine.

A few freezing cold days.
LOTS of rain.
Some (very little) sunshine.
Some hail.
Some sleet.
Some Snow!
A typical mixed bag of Scottish winter delights.

I was sheltering from the elements in some of these shots!
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Tuesday, 18 February 2020

If Something NEEDS styled is it worth it? Boiler Suit over 40

Styling a Boiler Suit | Fake Fabulous

Boiler suits.
They're on-trend at the moment, aren't they?

BUT
How do you really feel about them?

Personally, I'm torn between loving and hating.
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Friday, 14 February 2020

Honest Beauty Review • Lumity

Lumity Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

Today I want to share a brand with you called Lumity.

Lumity reached out to me a while ago and offered to send me some products to review.
I was initially reluctant to agree.

I very rarely agree to this kind of collaboration (my reviews NEED to be completely honest and unbiased) but I was impressed with their ethos, and the sustainability/recyclability of the products.
I agreed to have a look at 3 of their main players and let you know my HONEST opinion.

{I was NOT paid for this collaboration so I don't feel any obligation to say nice things!}

Lumity Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

Lumity sent me a beautifully wrapped bundle of 3 of their main products.
Every item felt luxurious and very 'high end'.

The hard hitter in the bundle were the supplements.

{You can read the official blurb about them HERE.}

Lumity Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

First and foremost, I've got to get one important thing out in the open here...

I'm not a supplement taker (or a believer).

Maybe it's my scientific background?
Maybe I'm just a cynic?

I believe that a normal diet is the best way to nourish your body and unless you have some kind of medical issue (or deficiency) supplements are only good for one thing... producing expensive urine!

For me, the only supplement worth its salt is Vitamin D.
(Especially for anyone living under the gloom of the northern hemisphere.)

Having said that, I do have an open mind so I gave them a go!

The supplements DO feel very luxurious.
They're easy to take in the form of a soft capsule and they're different colours for day and night.

They're NOT suitable for vegetarians and certainly NOT chewable!

My daughter asked if they could be chewed and I experimented...
The answer is an emphatic NO.
They taste so awful!
They also smell pretty foul each time you open the jar but, my nan would say that if they stink it means that they're doing some good.

I love the recyclable storage jar packaging and the non-plastic based packets.
I like the way the separate evening and morning supplements make you feel like you're doing something positive towards looking after yourself.

They feel special.

If you're a supplement fan you'll love them.

The company's blurb sounds impressive and I can appreciate the work that's gone into developing these supplements.
A thoughtful process.

Personally, I didn't notice any difference in my hair, nails or skin but then again my hair nails and skin were in decent shape before I started taking them.

If you're having problems in that area you might notice a difference.
There are certainly plenty of testimonies.

Lumity Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

The next product was a cleansing balm.
This was my favourite item and I was sad to see that I only had a small 10ml jar to play with.

I love a good cleansing balm.
This one felt luxurious, worked well and did not aggravate my reactive skin.

{I was worried when I saw the words "aromatherapy" in the blurb as many essential oils can cause skin reactions but this worked beautifully.}

I loved the eco ethos of the product and the fact that the packaging is recyclable.
(I decided to reuse the jar to store a homemade lip to cheek product)
This cleaning balm is a really nice product both as a cleanser and as a mask.
I tried it both ways with great success.

Lumity Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

The third product was a facial oil.
This facial oil is still going strong!
I like to use a drop under my makeup for a lovely glow and it's lasting well.

I have tried many facial oils over the years and this one is not irritating or too greasy.

You can read more about it HERE.

Lumity Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

I also wanted you to know that Lumity asked me to join an affiliate programme but I declined this offer.
If you want to try these products then you certainly should but I'm not going to give you the hard sell by any means!

I think the products ARE lovely but quite expensive.
If you love luxury products then you will be in your element.
If you're trying to watch the pennies then this range is not for you.

I personally wouldn't spend my money on ANY supplements, regardless of how great they were.
I also wouldn't pay a lot for facial oil.
I think cheaper products work just as well.
The only thing I would buy again would be the cleansing balm.
Maybe as a gift for a friend or as a birthday treat to myself?!

I'd love to know if you've heard of this brand or tried any of their products?
I'd also love to hear your thoughts on supplements?
Please leave me a comment or get in touch HERE.

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Monday, 10 February 2020

Retro Vibes • Winter Outfit

Navy, Burgundy and Leopard | Winter Outfit | Fake Fabulous

This outfit gives me serious vintage vibes.
Miss Marple meets Bette Lynch... and I'm loving it!
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Sunday, 9 February 2020

Winter outfit • Layering a Coat over a Denim Jacket

Winter Outfit | Layered Denim Jacket and Wool Coat | Fake Fabulous

It was another mild winter's day (with a hint of spring in the air) and I really wanted to wear my old denim jacket.
A denim jacket is a spring staple, and spring means hope and positivity!

Unfortunately, despite being mild, it's still much too cold for a single denim layer.
Spring has a while to go yet!
So, I popped a checked coat over the top of my denim jacket for a practical (but fun) layered look.
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Friday, 7 February 2020

Honest Beauty Review • Lacura (Aldi) Hot Cloth Cleansers

Honest Beauty Review | Lacura Hot CLoth Cleanser | Fake Fabulous

Who else loves a genuine beauty bargain?
Who hates paying over the odds for (basically) the same products?
I know I do!

I'm pleased to be able to share this little gem with you.

It's a pack of 4 cream cleansers from Aldi.
£7.99 for the set.
A real bargain.

{You can also buy the cleansers in larger "full size" tubes of 200ml (massive!), however, these 75ml tubes last for ages.}

I have potentially reactive skin and I often react to products that shouldn't cause a reaction.
For example:

  • Anything from Clarins (seriously!)
  • Liz Earle clean and polish.
  • The Neals yard sensitive range (yep... the SENSITIVE range!)

All of which made my face go various shades of red and purple!

So when I was testing these cleansers for you I felt a little wary.
Especially as the original cleanser smells (and feels) almost identical to the Liz Earle one!

{As a side note... I have heard in the past that the Superdrug Naturally Radiant hot cloth cleanser is a dupe for Liz Earle.
It made my face tingle and feel even more irritated than the Liz Earle.
Maybe they're made in the same place?}

However, back to the Lacura...I needn't have worried about irritation!
All of the cleansers were absolutely brilliant.
No irritation at all.
I even used them to remove my eye makeup.

I used them with either a muslin cloth or a microfibre cloth and they worked perfectly with both.

I even repurchased a bigger version of the pink clay cleanser (200ml which came with a muslin cloth for £3.99) not because it was my favourite but because it was the only one in the shop!
I would happily re-buy all of them.

A brilliant product at a rock bottom bargain price.
Perfect for the savvy shopper!

{DISCLAIMER: I bought the cleansers with my own money}

You can buy the set online HERE or pick them up in your local shop.

Please let me know if you've tried them already!

P.S... Here are some images of the ingredients lists...

Honest Beauty Review | Lacura Hot CLoth Cleanser | Fake Fabulous

Honest Beauty Review | Lacura Hot CLoth Cleanser | Fake Fabulous



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Monday, 3 February 2020

What I Wore This Week • Weekly Outfit Diary

What I wore this week | Fake Fabulous

Welcome to another "What I wore this week".
A glimpse into what I've been wearing during 7 days of my real life.

It was a real mixed bag of weather!

A few freezing cold days.
A couple of milder days.
Some sunshine.
A lot of rain.
Some Snow!
A typical mixed bag of Scottish delights.

I was sheltering from the rain in some of these shots!
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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Warm-toned Winter Outfit • Layering a Coat Over a Blazer

Camel and Red | Layering a Coat over a Blazer | Winter Outfit

What's the best thing about dressing for the colder weather?
For me, it's piling on the cosy layers!

Layers can look bulky and sloppy.
BUT, they can also offer colour, texture and interest to an outfit.
The secret is to choose quality fabrics and keep them as thin as possible.
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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Noughties Throwback • Skinny Jeans and a Cookie Monster Coat!

Skinny Levis, Dr Martens and a Faux Fur Jacket | Fake Fabulous | Winter

First and foremost...It Snowed.
Yes!

Winter, here in my corner of the globe, has been quite mild and a bit wet.
Sure, there have been plenty of cold and crisp days, which are lovely...
But no snow.

I've been longing for a dusting of the white stuff, and yesterday the snow finally fell.
Not a lot, but enough to cheer up a winter's day and to lift my spirits.
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Sunday, 26 January 2020

What I Wore this Week • 7 Outfits of the Day

What I REALLY wore this week | Fake Fabulous

Welcome to another glimpse into what I've really been wearing this week.
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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Casual but Cool • Bold Winter Outfit

Bold and Casual Winter Outfit | Fake Fabulous

Casual outfits don't have to be drab, dull and boring.
You CAN inject colour (and individual style) into a casual look without compromising on comfort... or warmth!
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Friday, 24 January 2020

Vintage Coat, Checks, Spots & Brogues • Layered Winter Outfit

Winter Outfit | Checks and Spots | Layered style

This outfit is a real mixed bag.
Different patterns, textures and styles.
All held together by an "Of course they go together!" attitude.
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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

When the Wind Blows! Checks and Leather Winter Outfit

Checked Coat and Leather Trousers | Over 40 Winter Outfit | Fake Fabulous

It's blowing a hoolie out there!

I may have managed to get my layers to lie flat for a moment BUT, as my hair visibly confirms, there was a strong wind here in Scotland a few days ago (when I took these photos).
This mild winter's day had a fresh sting in its tail.
Cool but not too cold.
All cobwebs were blown into next week!

Layers were the order of the day.
No surprise there!
The need for layers is a given in winter.
In fact, it's the same for most days, regardless of the season!
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Friday, 17 January 2020

What I Wore This Week | OOTD Diary

What I Wore | Diary of a 40+ Fashion Blogger | Fake Fabulous

Welcome to another glimpse into what I've been wearing during my real life.

(These outfits are from last week)

It was a typically winterish-coat-heavy week last week.
A few colder days.
A few milder days.
Some sunshine.
A little rain.
A typical mixed bag of Scottish delights.
{No snow though 😞.}

Despite the lack of snow, plenty of scarves, hats and cosy layers have been featuring in my looks.
Somedays I've even needed the added boost of a bright lippy to see me through the day.
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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Honest Beauty | Benefit: Precisely My Brow (worth it?)

Benefit Precisely my Brow Review | Fake Fabulous | Honest Beauty

Welcome to this review of Benefit's "Precisely my Brow" brow pencil.

Forget the fluff, this review is guaranteed to be honest, open, unbiased and to the point!
The photos won't be edited and you'll see me (and the products) in all our glory... or not!

NOTE: This post has not been paid for by the brand {Benefit} and I bought the product myself, with my own money.

Let's get stuck in...
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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Steal Her Style | Navy and Green | Oversized Scarf Outfit

Navy and green Winter Outfit | Steal her Style | Fake Fabulous

Welcome back to another Outfit Thief post!

You might be wondering what it's all about?

Let me explain...
I'm picking an outfit to blatantly copy.
(No shame at all!)
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Saturday, 11 January 2020

I'm Selling on eBay!




Get your hands on some of the items featured at Fake Fabulous...

I'm clearing out some of my blogging storage boxes and I've decided to sell some of my very-much-loved pieces.

Many items are going to friends (if they'll fit and/or suit them) and to charity BUT the close-to-my-heart, super-special items (that won't suit friends) are heading to eBay.
Simply because I can't bear to see them bagged up and sent into the unknown.
I need to know that someone has searched, found and wanted them.
Off to a new home to be loved again.
Sustainable fashion at it's best!

Call me a sentimental fool but I do get a bit attached to certain items... especially those one-of-a-kind pieces.
Vintage knits, coats and shoes especially.
I find it hard to say goodbye.

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Friday, 10 January 2020

Spring Trends Inspo | Bold Double Leather Winter Outfit

Spring Trend inspired Winter Outfit | Double Leather & Faux Fur

Welcome to the first outfit post of 2020.
10 days into the month and no outfits?!
What's been going on?

I've not been in a position to take outfit photos for a few weeks, which has been so hard.
I've really missed sharing these looks with you.
It feels good to be back!

I hope you've had a great start to 2020.
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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Honest Beauty | Skyn Iceland : Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

SKYN Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels Review | Fake Fabulous

Welcome to the first of my 2020 Beauty Reviews.
There are going to be more of them this year.

Honest, open, unbiased and to the point!
The photos won't be edited and you'll see me (and the products) "warts and all".

{Hopefully no warts but definitely everything else!}

First off... This post has not been paid for by the brand {Skyn Iceland} and I bought the eye gels myself.

Lets get stuck in...
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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Why I've Stopped using AFFILIATE LINKS... the truth!

Why I've stopped using Affiliate Links | Fake Fabulous

New Year.
New Decade.
New Attitude.

You may have noticed that it's been a LONG time since I shared any affiliate links here at Fake Fabulous.
They've been absent for quite a while.

No "Shop the Look" section.
Hardly any clickable links to the products I've worn.
In fact, most of my outfits have been full of charity shopped pieces or old bits and bobs I've had for aeons!

You may be wondering what's going on?
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Friday, 3 January 2020

What it REALLY means to Find your Style * 5 Easy Steps

5 steps to REALLY finding your personal style | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm want to talk about how to find your TRUE personal style, stop wasting money and always feel your fabulous best!
Bold statement?
Yes!
But, it's easier than you think.

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