New Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink shades January 2020

If I was confused by Maybelline’s press silence surrounding their Pink Collection release of new shades of their Superstay Matte Ink lipstick in autumn last year then I’m flummoxed by the fact that they’ve, again, released more shades without any apparent fanfare. This time I couldn’t even find a name for the release; I simply stumbled across the new shades while checking the collection on Superdrug online, as I do every couple months almost absentmindedly, just in case there are new shades, which there usually aren’t. But, lo, there I found 165 Successful, 170 Initiator, 175 Ringleader, 180 Revolutionary and 185 Mover. Let’s get lookin’ and comparin’

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Vacation Sensation [Vixen by Micheline Pitt]

I’ve wanted to try Vixen’s Vacation dress since it was first released but I made a conscious decision last year to scale back the amount of clothing I buy, and as such I hadn’t yet been able to justify the purchase.

I don’t enter competitions to win freebies on social media because I don’t think that would be fair given that I get gifted items regularly to review here on the blog. However my friend Kat entered Vixen’s Thanksgiving Tag a BFF Instagram contest and because I was the friend she tagged we both won a $100 vixen gift voucher. Vixen then launched their 20% off Black Friday sale, and suddenly I could snap up a Vacation dress guilt-free! Obviously I’ll go into the real details below, but the short verdict? It’s as great as everyone says it is! 

Vixen by Micheline Pitt Vacation peasant dress 60s plus size fit review miss Amy May

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Satin in the Mist [Dolly & Dotty]

I love it when a brand has one or more staple dress styles that they release each season in new colours and prints. It’s great when you find a dress that ticks all your boxes, anyway, but knowing that you’re able to grab that dress in other colourways allows you to expand your wardrobe for different occasions safe in the knowledge that you’re going to feel really comfortable in them all. Dolly & Dotty constantly release their staple dress shapes in tons of new prints and I love how varied their winter selection is in this Amanda dress.

Dolly & Dotty Amanda dress black satin pink red rose floral print gifted fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Darling Miss Daisy [Belbeina Lee]

I have incredibly low patience as a person. When I go shopping I prefer to go alone so that I can walk fast, duck in and out of shops quickly without having to wait for the person I’m shopping with, and leave as soon as I’ve got what I need. It is no surprise, then, that I’ve never got the hang of vintage shopping. I live in a tiny village tucked away in the English countryside, so shopping for vintage in person would mean driving all the way out to larger towns I’m not super familiar with, and thus, journeys that would fill me with anxiety. Add in the fact that my size means finding good quality vintage clothing in my size and within my budget is unlikely and that effort just doesn’t seem worth it.

Vintage accessories, at least, are something I could likely have more success with, but once you consider that low patience level, the potential high travel anxiety level, and my overall lack of true vintage knowledge, once more the trips just don’t seem worth it. Searching out accessories online at least eliminates one of those factors, but still, it takes a lot of time and more than some savvy to find what you need or want in the pages and pages and pages of vaguely related results produced from every search term. This, folks, is why I am so ecstatically pleased that I stumbled upon Belbeina Lee a few months back. Never again do I need to search, research, ponder, wonder or worry–Katie can handmake items just as beautiful and high quality as true vintage, but with no effort required on my part. Literally, take my money!

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Sandringham For Winter [Hotter]

One of the things that ladies new to wearing vintage styles often ask me is how I wear the styles in winter while keeping warm. Usually my advice is to layer up as much as possible, both in the visible aspects of the outfit but also underneath, with tights/stockings and even layering slips and vests if possible and needed. I don’t run particularly cold myself so it’s never been a huge problem for me to go out for dinner in the dead of winter in a swing dress and cute little flats, but as of last winter I made a style change that I’d definitely add to my recommendations moving forward; get some cute knee high boots.

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Twice as Nice [Miss Candyfloss]

Miss Candyfloss pieces can sell out fast–so fast, in fact, that often a piece is entirely sold out before my order reaches my hands, let alone before I can even hope to shoot it and get up a review for you. Because of that today I’m doubling up in today’s post, before these dresses have a chance to sell out! So let’s take a look at the Tatum-Lee and the Edelie-Tea-Burgundy.

Edelie-Lee-Burgundy dress gifted by Miss Candyfloss Acid Doll collaboration fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May

Tatum-lee tartan dress Dear Marilyn gifted by Miss Candyfloss fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Budget-Friendly Custom Eyeshadows [Coastal Scents]

These days there’s only 3 companies I bother buying eye shadows from. Ignoring the fact that I already have way too many and absolutely don’t need any more, the main thing I look for when I inevitably do buy more eyeshadows, whether individual pans or palettes, is good quality for a budget price, which immediately narrows the field right down.

Several years ago I discovered Coastal Scents and their Hot Pots, individual budget-friendly eyeshadow pans that can be slotted into magnetized palettes, and I’ve returned to them again and again. As such I was excited to get the chance to try even more of those Hot Pots and to also test out one of their ready made palettes for the first time, the Revealed Matte palette. The result? Coastal Scents is still part of my favourite 3!

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