22 February 2014

In praise of slippers

Hot buttered toast, the sound of rain that you do not have to go out in at the window, an Audrey Hepburn movie and, of course, tea: such things never cease to make me feel cosy, and like everything might all be okay.

Slippers are the epitome of this feeling. They encase your toes in a fluffy embrace, while protecting them from old dried-up contact lenses and preventing wooden floor slips (essential if you’re as accident-prone as me), but they get a bit of a bad rap. Lumped in with cardigans and sensible shoes as old-fashioned, they can be dismissed far too easily.

So here I am sticking up for slippers. I bloody love the things. As a sufferer of near-constantly cold feet, they are essential if I want to move from the sofa. Which, let’s be honest, isn’t that often; but just think how little I’d get done if my feet were permanently ensconced under a cushion.

They save my poor delicate feet from the shards of the countless glasses I break in my life as London’s clumsiest girl. They stop me slipping on the lakes that form on my bathroom floor when my flatmate who apparently doesn’t believe in drying himself has a shower (love you really, Ben). But mostly, they’re just pretty snuggly. And I like snuggly.

I don’t just have one pair of slippers. Oh no! I have a whole collection, each serving a different temperature range. Right up until the height of summer, when the flip-flops come out. Because what’s life without whimsy? Here are some of my favourites, because I know you’re all DYING to find out:

Love 4 An Owl moccasin slippers c/o Moccis

My Moccis – the ultimate slipper. These things are, simultaneously, basically comfy indoor shoes and a regression to your childhood. A leather moccasin sole (skid proof for those as clumsy as me), snuggly sock AND they have owls on. What more could you want?

Fleece slippers - Ayacucho

My Ayacuchos – softest thing I own. As well as being made from the softest fleece (something I'm not usually an advocate of, but it totally works in this case), these also have a non-slip sole. I'm sensing a pattern here...

Ballet slippers - John Lewis

My ballet slippers – as chic as slippers can ever really get. These are what I wear when it starts to get a bit warmer and I just want something to pop on, probably over bare feet. Being in the style of a ballet flat, you could almost get away with wearing them to the shops. ALMOST, GUYS.

9 February 2014

Long, fluttery, voluminous lashes sans extensions? Meet Magnifibres.

My eyelashes have always been a disappointment to me. Short, sparse and with a determined refusal to curl, the ability to seductively bat my eyelashes has always eluded me. A friend once asked if I wanted some of her mascara and had to backtrack with the skill only a girl possesses when I told her I was already wearing it. I’ve tried every ‘false lash’ mascara out there but to no avail – my lashes have never been convincingly enhanced. I was starting to resign myself to a life sans the flutter-factor, when I was introduced to Magnifibres.

Working in a very different way to false lashes (there’s no fiddly glue to deal with here), Magnifibres coat your lashes with natural fibres to add fullness and length. You apply a layer of mascara as usual, then brush what looks rather curiously like cobwebs on to your still-tacky lashes. Wait 30 seconds and apply a top coat of mascara and your lashes are done. Magnifibres are a totally different approach to eyelash enhancement, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the fluffy fibres, but I was suitably impressed. The fibres clung to my eyelashes so well that when I added my final coat of mascara they looked thicker, longer and even obliged me and curled into a pleasingly flutterable fan: something I had never experienced before. Removing them is easy peasy too: they came off quickly with my usual face wipe with no extra effort required.

Although they created a noticeable difference to my eyelashes, false lashes they are not. For every day use they give a wonderful boost to your look, but for special occasions I think that falsies give a fuller effect: even if they run the risk of embarrassing impromptu ungluing. But £20 a tube (which lasts for months), it’s a great investment for your make-up bag. I feel a flutter coming on…
Magnifibres are available to buy online here.
Originally published on Running in Heels.