Fuck Flattering

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Hi, my names Emma and I really don’t give a fuck anymore about anyone’s opinions on my body or the way I dress. I spent years of my life lusting over sexy body-con dresses, sultry pencil skirts and summer crop tops. I sometimes tried them on but took one look in the mirror and ripped them straight back off again (carefully of course, I mean I’m not into destroying shop property). Even though I really liked the clothes and often loved how they made me feel I looked in the mirror and all I could see was my lumps and bumps. Those lumps and bumps that I had been told consistently though my life to hide away by the media. Being curvy was fine, as long as you knew how to dress your body aka as long as you knew how to cover up the parts of you that were offensive to western beauty ideals. But then this dress came along…

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I was out shopping for new clothes to take with my to Download festival and I came across this dress in NewLook. There was pretty much nothing else I liked in the shop so I decided to take a chance and try it on. I was anxious- bodycon and stripes! Two of the things curvy girls are told to avoid like the plague. But I tried it on and I liked it. Actually I loved it. It was super comfy, I knew it wouldn’t fly up on the wind and most importantly I loved how my body looked in it. I stepped out into the corridor of the changing room so I could get a better look in the bigger mirror. For some unknown reason I asked another woman who just so happened to be in the changing room at the time what she thought of the dress and then came the dreaded words “I do like it but I honestly don’t think it’s very flattering on you”. I know the lady didn’t mean any harm and I did ask for her opinion but it still stung. Luckily I acted against what she said and went for it, I brought the goddamn dress and wore it to Download and felt bloody amazing.

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And so my love affair with clingy clothes and my lumpy body began. I wear what I want when I want. I’m done with asking other peoples opinions. If I like it then that’s all that matters. Fuck flattering, fuck size appropriate, fuck too revealing, fuck too short, fuck too busy. And I never ever bother with shape wear. If you want to wear it then cool, you do you, but I am so fed up of this idea that we need to smooth out our lumps and bumps to be entitled to wear form fitting clothes. I’m done hiding my shape and I’m done caring what flatters it. As long as I’m comfortable and happy then that’s what matters. Who’s with me?!

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Toodles!

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Soap And Glory- The Next Big Thing Box, Treat yourself!

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Every year Soap and Glory bring out a limited edition gift box full of awesome pampering treats. This year’s box is usually priced at £60 for 10 full sized products which would retail for over a whopping £75 normally, so we have a pretty good saving right from the get go. Now for the awesome bit- for one week only Boots stores in the UK have the box on sale for only £29!!!! How freaking great is that! I was convinced they would be sold out by the time I got myself to a store but Boots in Truro had loads left so I managed to nab myself one. They are selling fast but will be on this great deal until Thursday so if you want one at this great price then be quick!

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There were two limited edition, collectable boxes designed by Hattie Stewart (professional doodler according to her website!), one only available online (which sold out within hours) and one only available in stores. As I said I got mine in store but this image shows both box designs. The box is massive and has a pretty durable handle making it easy to lug through town as you finish your Christmas shopping. It’s so lovely and quirky and I think I will be using mine to store my Crown and Glory accessories in once it’s empty. All of the products come snuggled it a pretty pink drawstring bag, which again will be great for storing things in the future.

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As I said there are 10 full sized products inside ranging from facial care to make up to lovely creams for the body. There’s a really wide range of different scents and products in here so you can get a real taste of what Soap and Glory is all about. I think this would be a

great gift for someone who is new to the brand. There’s also a £3 off voucher for the next time you spend £12 which is great if you fall in love with something and use it all up and need to dash out for more.

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I thought it would be nice to go through all the products for you so if you miss out on the deal or are only interested in a few of them you have some sort of idea what they are like. First up we have the Hand Dream Super Cream (£7). As the name suggests this is a hand cream and it really is dreamy! It soaks in to the skin super quickly and leaves them feeling silky soft in seconds. Like lots of Soap and Glory products it has a sweet fruity sent which lasts for ages. Next is Whipped Clean Shower Butter (£8) which is an in-shower moisturiser. You use it like normal shower gel but it is extra moisturising because it has loads of natural butters and oils. It smells good enough to eat with an almondy fragrance. Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream (£5.50) is a super fresh smelling foot cream that you massage into your feet before bed. As someone who likes walking around with bare feet a lot in the summer this will do my feet the world of good.

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Now on to two of the biggest products in the box. Butter Yourself Body Lotion (£10) is a super moisturising lotion best applied to damp skin after a shower. Again it has that sweet but fruity fragrance that really lingers on the skin. I love that it comes in a pump bottle, super easy for application. Orangeasm Body Wash (£6.50) is the fruitiest smell ever! It has the most amazing orange smell to it and when I say that I mean it smells like actual oranges not that sickly synthetic smell you often get. It is so uplifting and just wow! This is perfect for a morning shower as it will really wake you up.

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Sugar Crush Body Scrub (£8) has my absolute favourite Soap and Glory scent! Like most of the other products, there are many other products that share scents meaning you can really build up your fragrance. The Sugar Crush Body Wash (£6.50) is one of my favourite things ever so when I realised that the scrub was in here I was a very happy panda. This scrub works wonders on “scaly” your skin is feeling and it’s sweet lime scent will hopefully make you feel as happy as it makes me feel. The Righteous Butter (£10.50) is a luxurious body butter with that signature Soap and Glory scent. It’s super rich and thick and, much like the hand cream, leaves your skin feeling velvety soft.

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Finally we have some bits for your lovely face! First we have the Thick And Fast Mascara (£10) which I used for the first time today on an outing to town. I am pretty fussy with mascaras, many have come through my house and only get used once before being tossed in the bin. This one however is great! It really have my lashes a boost and lasted all day. The brush is pretty big and a bit daunting, but I found it worked like a dream. Off Your Face (£4.50) are face cleansing clothes with a pretty hilarious name. I love it when brands are a bit jokey with their product names. I have yet to try these but they claim to “wipe your skin clean of dirt and make-up, help to clear your complexion, and leave your face feeling fah-resh” so I hope they deliver. They have a textured surface to exfoliate your skin as well as cleansing and toning. Finally we have Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Shine Lacquer (£7) which is possibly my favourite name for a product of all time. The one included in the box is a kind of pinky, subtle colour that I think would suit most people. It’s the kind of shade you would describe as “your lips but better”. I wore it today and it was pretty long lasting and the shine was just sublime. I don’t usually go for lip glosses or lacquers but I think I may be getting this in some other colours because I really liked it as it’s not as sticky as some others I’ve tried.

So that’s that! Good luck if you want to get your hands on one of the boxes. As I said at the beginning- Boots in Truro had loads left the other day so if you live in Cornwall then get your butt down there! I hope my reviews have helped if you are thinking about getting any of the individual products. Soap and Glory is an awesome company, everything smells freaking gorgeous, works wonderfully and has pink packaging, what more could you want?!

Toodles.