The Sexy Comfy Non-Wired Bra…

Wacoal Embrace Lace Soft Bra

I’m in bra limbo at the moment. Apparently I can’t wear an underwired bra because I’m still breastfeeding, but I only feed first thing in the morning and last thing before the baby’s bedtime, so – in effect – during the hours I’m wearing clothes, I’m not strictly a breastfeeder. And I don’t want to have to wear a nursing bra, with its clip-down bits and wide straps, if I don’t absolutely need to; I’m desperate to get back into something lacy and lovely.

There seems to be a real shortage of attractive non-wired non-nursing bras: I realised this when I was pregnant and wanted a soft bra without drop down cups. Because why an earth would you want drop down cups on your bra if you don’t have a baby yet? And what about people who want a soft, non-wired bra who are not pregnant, have no intention of getting pregnant and have never been pregnant? What about if they just want to be comfy, or can’t wear an underwire for some reason, or like the shape that a more relaxed-fit bra gives them?

I think that Wacoal’s Embrace Lace must be the best non-wired bra I’ve found. I actually spotted it before Christmas in Harvey Nic’s and thought that it looked incredibly sexy – plunging at the front but with such a delicate shape and pretty lace detailing. At that time I was still feeding about eight times a day (seems crazy looking back) and non-nursing bras were totally off my radar, but since I’ve cut down on feeds I can get a bit more adventurous in the lingerie department.

Wacoal Embrace Lace Soft Bra

Now listen; Wacoal’s Embrace Lace will not offer a supreme amount of support – you can probably tell that, if you have big knockers and an experienced eye, just by looking at the picture. It’s not going to keep you in check if you’re climbing Snowdon or doing a Jazzercise class or even vigorously whisking cream for a pavlova. This, if you have an ample bosom, is what I would call a “fair weather” bra. It needs to be treated in the same way you’d treat a pair of high-ish heels; no running for buses and be extra vigilant when drinking. Bountiful boobs have a habit, if you’re not careful (ie you jog down the stairs to catch the postman) of working their way out of the middle and breaking free from the restraints. But for general swanning about, for dinners and shopping and romantic dates and bedroom antics (relatively sedate ones), it’s a winner.

This bra comes in loads of different shades and variations – my favourite is the one I’ve pictured above (it’s at John Lewis) but there’s black with a cream trim, hot pink, pale pink, nude… The plunging neckline is incredibly useful if you’re dressing in something particularly low-cut – there aren’t many “solution” non-wired bras out there – and the wide lace trim looks very chic and expensive when you catch a glimpse of it through a blouse or dress.

There are no cup sizes with this bra – just chest measurements, so 32, 34, 36, 38. My bra size is around a 32E but I wear a 36 in this – I can’t even fit one breast into the size 32! – so it’s worth ordering a couple to get it right. You can find some Embrace styles at John Lewis here and others at Figleaves here. They are £38 each but at the time of editing this, Figleaves have 30% off if you use the code TREAT30. Not sure how long that’s valid for I’m afraid, I just spotted it on their homepage!

The post The Sexy Comfy Non-Wired Bra… appeared first on A Model Recommends.

Continue reading

La Petite Robe Noir Palette

Guerlain Palette World Duty Free

Somehow, I never quite have enough time to really, properly shop at airports – usually, I’m physically running to get on the plane in time (don’t even start me on my Dublin airport disaster where I somehow – I have no idea how – went through a wrong door and ended up in baggage reclaim which meant I had to run the entire circuit of the airport all over again…) but I know that some people sensibly leave an extra time allowance to browse the shops. So if you’re one of those super organised people, then you might spot this little gem from Guerlain – La Petite Robe Noir Palette – available at World Duty Free.

Inside the casing, there is a mirror, blush, three shadows, a mini gloss, a powder brush, and a perfumed face powder. Travel exclusives are made for airport shopping only so there’s no chance of finding them elsewhere, and actually, it seems that brands are allowed to be a little more playful for that market, as is the case with La Petite Robe Noir Palette. It’s £51 at World Duty Free.

WDF Price £51.00 (TRX)

The post La Petite Robe Noir Palette appeared first on British Beauty Blogger.

Continue reading

Melvita Day Cream: Cheerful and Uplifting

Melvita Nectar de Roses Hydrating Day Cream review

A jolly little day cream for you: Melvita’s Nectar de Roses Infusion. You might think “jolly” a slightly odd word to use to describe a moisturiser, but it’s highly appropriate in this case – the sugared rose smell of the Hydrating Day Cream is just so cheerful and uplifting.

Nothing too complicated going on here – I tend to bung this on when I’m going to be indoors for most of the day – but it’s nicely moisturising if your skin is on the slightly dry side. Not too greasy, but you definitely feel the effects (it has shea butter in the base, which I find tends to leave a comforting sort of residue) and it leaves my skin nice and plumpy.

I’ve also been slathering this on in between makeup changes if I’ve been trying out a lot of different foundations. It feels quite soothing and it actually sits very nicely beneath the face bases, counteracting the tightness that I can sometimes get when I do too many cleanses in quick succession. (I tend to use cleansing wipes or micellar waters when I’m testing makeup in my studio, due to lack of a sink, so that doesn’t help with my general sense of skin comfort!)

Read: soothing moisturisers for sensitive faces…

For ultra-soothing and balancing and general skin-sorting, I haven’t found anything to beat the MV Organic Skincare Rose Soothing Protective Moisturiser, but I appreciate that it’s a far steeper investment at £77. Though you do get a whopping 70ml. My sister-in-law has seen her hormonal skin quite transformed by stripping back her routine and using MV. If you want to give it a whirl (I used it all the way through pregnancy to try and keep my skin on an even keel) you can find the moisturiser here.

But back to the Melvita (post got a bit gatecrashed there, didn’t it?): plenty of rose going on in this little tube of day cream. Rose extract, rose water, rose oil, and taken from a few different types of rose, too. Jam-packed with rose you could say. Jolly, jolly nice.

IMPORTANT: The Daily Fix Email

model beauty blogger

An important message for email subscribers; you have a new-look Daily Fix coming your way. It should be in your inbox right now, as a matter of fact, alongside the usual one. I’m de-commissioning the old system because there were quite a few glitches; the new one will be much more reliable. (There were thousands of people who weren’t receiving the daily emails – I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to fix this!)

So please check your inbox; you should have two versions of today’s post. The new one is very neat and has my funky face banner along the top – looks something like the one above, though not with yesterday’s content in it:

And the old one looks like…well, the old one. Here’s yesterday’s post in the previous format:

ruth crilly daily fix

You don’t need to do anything at all with regards to this email changeover, unless you can’t see the new one in which case please check your spam filter/junk mail for it and mark as NOT JUNK. You’ll then continue to receive your Daily Fix every morning, happy as Larry. I have automatically moved your email addresses over, so this should all be seamless, but if for some reason you can’t see the new email at all then you can sign up here. The old email system (pink title, weird formatting) will be turned off by the end of the week.

Thanks everyone!

Continue reading