Saturday, 26 September 2015

Open your eyes to CODE Beautiful

Fear not, this CODE has been cracked and the answer is VLM- Volume Lengthening Mascara. Here at WSd we not only champion fab products but also their dedicated creators. Sarah and Kirsti, the Co-Founders of CODE Beautiful spent two years creating the perfect mascara that does it all- adds length, volume and thickness, curls and separates and lasts all day. This hero product just HAD to be added to the sassy shelves of our one stop shop!

CODE VLM is ideal for us busy gals with a penchant for partying. Its buildable formula makes it perfect for layering, taking lashes from a subtle day time look to sundown drama. Plus, its ‘build-on- build capability’ means that clumping, smudging or flaking won’t rain on your plumped up parade. For those of us with naturally long lashes, this product is great for adding a natural looking curl that won’t follow suit in that 4pm slump! A special sealing agent protects lashes, while conditioning oils and vitamins encourage lash growth- team WSd are hooked! Combine all of this nourishment with a unique application technique and lashes will be lifted for as long as those heels are on! A sweep of CODE VLM will add the finishing touch to any look, day or night.  Follow this link for a step-by-step tutorial to get the best results:

CODE VLM (£19.95)

As if cracking one code wasn’t enough, then CODE Beautiful has also created a pre-mascara lash plumper. Code FFL- FORGET FAKE LASHES- creates instant volume, thickness and length, giving short or sparse lashes a real boost. Anything to avoid the midnight hanging falsie is a winner for us!! Plus it can be used with any other brand of mascara. Sarah <3s FFL, and since using it under her existing mascara so many people have commented on the lift and curl of her ordinarily straight lashes. The light brown colour of this ‘pre-mascara upgrade’ means that the only person who needs to know about your thickening secret is you.  Allow CODE FFL to dry for 30 seconds (a minute is totes fine if you’re perusing DB’s Insta) then apply mascara and build as many layers as your heart desires!
CODE FFL (£18.00)

The gorge packaging makes both VLM and FFL fab pressies- pop one inside a Lola and Gilbert pouch (£13) for the ultimate gift idea and serious bestie brownie points! Or, why not just treat yourself; no one needs an excuse to feel uplifted!

CODE Beautiful is an exciting new brand for WSd and we’ve already added CODE VLM and CODE FFL to our make up bags. We’ve tried and tested both products and they are now firm favorites!  Plus, all of our beautiful models will be rocking CODE VLM mascara at Hitchin Fashion Show on Saturday 10th October.  

Check out the CODE Beautiful YouTube channel for all the magic behind the wand.

Have you tried the CODE Beautiful range? Let us know what you think!

Rachel x

Image Credit: CODE Beautiful

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Layer Up

In the infamous words of Mary Berry “It’s all about those layers”. At WSd, we use layers to beat the unpredictable weather and to keep your favourite purchases current and wearable, all year round…

The weather app is probably selected more frequently at the moment than beloved Instagram. Yet it is quite frankly as unreliable as its very subject. The solution to this daily problem is already hanging perfectly poised in all its whimsical glory…your fave summer playsuit. Don’t banish this little beauty to the back of the wardrobe to a lonely life of winter hibernation, instead, wear it over a thin long sleeved top. Vero Moda ease this transition to AW with their Sunset Funnel neck jumper, which provides an oh so desired cosiness but is thin enough to act as a base layer. Mink Pink’s Pretty Petals ruffle playsuit, with its V neck and short sleeves would make an ideal partner and teamed with a pair of luxurious opaque tights (we <3 DP’s) makes for an instant seasonal update! To toughen up the look, add flat boots such as Sol Sana Eddie with detachable harness. Finish with your favourite leather bag. The Sunset Funnel neck also looks great under strappy negligée type dresses, over summer dresses and with tube skirts. An all-rounder!  

Top to Bottom: Mink Pink Pretty Petal Ruffle Playsuit (£55)
Vero Moda Sunset Funnel Jumper (£22)
Sol Sana Edie Boots (£175)
Becksondergaard Cadman Drawstring Leather Bag (£125)
The cape may not have been Madonna’s greatest ally at the Brits, but it is most certainly ours this AW. It is ultra-wearable and allows complete freedom of movement which a chunky coat may not. The Vero Moda Dagmar cape comes in a bevy of autumnal shades and is an effortless throw-on staple. Why not layer on a couple to build up warmth, colour and your cape kudos. Counterbalance the soft wool with a pair of Vero Moda PU biker leggings to add some toughness to your swooshing cape power and show the world you mean business.  

Top to Bottom: Vero Moda Dagmar Cape (£18 each)
Vero Moda Patterned Cape (£52)
Vero Moda PU Biker Leggings (£35)

Crop tops were a huge look this SS and they’re sticking around to see us through AW in the form of the chunky knit jumper. The Somedays Lovin Strabo chunky knit is perfect for layering. Its boxy-cropped fit favours a fitted layer underneath, which creates a visual balance and prevents the eye from creating extra bulkiness where there is none! 

Somedays Lovin Strabo Chunky Knit Jumper (£45)

Humble in its abiding toughness, reliability and versatility, the military shirt is a true fashion staple. The Somedays Lovin Catskills Disposal version is a core layering component and worn in whatever which way creates the perfect androgynous look. Layer it open over a basic tee to create a relaxed vibe, or wear buttoned with leather separates and heels to create a polished and sculpted look. A hint of army green collar peeking from beneath a soft jumper is another way to subtly build up layers while keeping things lightweight. 

Somedays Lovin Catskills Disposal Shirt (£70)
If you are worried that layering will lose your silhouette...then get waisted! Add a belt to your outfit to cinch things in at the waist and keep all those layers in check! Mix up textures and throw some studs into the wool mix. Look no further than the Becksöndergaard Sunshine Studs Belt (£49), which will allow you to layer without any bulkiness!
Becksondergaard Sunshine Studs Belt (£49)

    Let us know your fave ways to layer up and your go-to pieces this AW!

Rachel x