Value Heaven – Ebay Longline Bra

Hi everyone,

I know longline bras are one of the pinup staples but it can be difficult to make an investment in something you aren’t sure will fit or flatter you. So I tried a cheap longline bra I bought from Ebay to see if it’s worth it! I puchased it from the store Value Heaven and I obviously bought black, but it is also available in white.

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This bra size range is from 34-46 back size and B-DD cup sizes. At the moment I am a 32E so I purchased the 34DD and decided to make a small alteration to take it in. The waist measurement on the 34DD unstretched was 27” and it stretched out to 36” which is a huge amount of stretch and meant it didn’t have a lot of shaping on me. I think on a 34 band size it would be a much better fit and wouldn’t need taking in.

The before is above and the after is below. As you can see I took a large amount of fabric out of the wing. I did this through the same method as my Taking in a Bra Tutorial. The finished measurements were 22” unstretched and 29” fully stretched, this fits my 28” waist very snugly now.

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One issue I had with quality was that one of the hooks from the second row was missing when I received it, as you can see above. Of course being a cheaper option it was going to have some quality compromises. The back strap elastic sewn to the back of the wing isn’t finished and is just a raw edge, but as this doesn’t fray it isn’t an issue. The sewing is relatively even and there aren’t any other glaring issues.

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This is a lot more of a softer shape compared to more structured reproduction bra makers such as What Katie Did or Secrets In Lace. The fabric is stretchier and the foam in the cups is a lot less rigid. I like this for a more subtle and natural look and feel. I also love that it has no wires! I find due to the longline and fitted nature there is no issue with it gaping on me and my breasts still feel very secure.

The cups have a rather wide set shape, so your bust may not have a huge amount of forward projection. The breast tissue is still fully contained, it is spread more to the side of the cups and bra. For people with wider set breasts this will probably work amazingly for you.

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The lace is different to the Ebay model, which is something that isn’t too unusual in the lingerie industry. Due to availability and cost materials can change between the model and actual versions. I actually like this lace a lot more than the one modelled. The elastics, findings and main body fabric are still the same.

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The low back is extremely versatile as you can wear it with deeper cut garments and you will still have a sleek silhouette. I also love bras with low backs as they look so beautiful.

I do want to address any thoughts as to this bra seeming familiar. I believe this is the same cut and made in the same factory as the old House of Satin styles. As you can see in this review by Quirky and Curvy it is almost identical to the bra I am wearing. House of Satin have since reworked their line and produce more polished and styled garments. I like that very afforable still exists AND it’s made in the UK!

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I bought the bra here from Value Heaven and it cost me around $30NZD including shipping. No you aren’t getting incredible quality or a structured garment but for only $30 this is a good way to take a dip into the world of retro lingerie without spending a huge amount of money. I would recommend this bra for people just getting into this style of lingerie and on a strict budget. For seasoned veterans it isn’t worth it, I will continue to wear it as it is the only longline bra that currently fits me.

Brands I really recommend for vintage lingerie and longline bras are: What Katie Did, Triumph, Secrets in Lace and Dita Von Teese. Search “Longline” in my search bar to find other reviews of longline bras I have covered in my series ‘The Great Longline Bra Quest’.

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Jonathan Aston Backseam & Heel Stockings Review

Hi everyone,

I’ve noticed that Farmers have been getting quite a few new stockings in so I’ve found a new pair to try! These are by Jonathan Aston and they are the Back Seam & Heel Stockings from the ‘Vintage Legs’ collection.

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I like that the card your stockings come wrapped around has some pictures from the range, it’s a little more detail than most.

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These stockings retail for $16.99 and just come in Black here in NZ, which is a 15 denier sheer black leg with black seam and welt. I find any weather and season suitable for black stockings, but we are coming into winter so I am excited to wear them with some of my darker outfits.

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I do adore the opaque black seam, heel and toe but especially the slight leg shaping! It shows a real attention to detail and aids what I find to be a great fit.

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These are some of the smoothest stockings I have ever felt. They are silky smooth and never feel rough even when I rub my legs together. I also really like that the smooth feeling doesn’t come with a shiny slip of any kind, they are still gorgeously matte.

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The knit of them is very fine which is why they feel so good, and it’s wonderful they managed to do this without upping the opacity. I also find the knit makes them less prone to laddering. I actually ripped quite a hole in them on my first day wearing them and it didn’t ladder at all throughout the day (I ripped them at about 11am and wore them until 8pm). Before I took them off I sealed the hole with clear nail varnish and they held up really well the next time I wore them!

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These stockings come in the sizes A/B and B/C, the size chart is explained on the back of the package and is like a regular hosiery size chart. Though I fit in A/B of course I went with B/C for the extra length. They fit well up to the top of my legs, though the suspender belt I was wearing in these photos doesn’t hold them up quite so high. They fit comfortably but I’m not sure they would fit legs much thicker than mine. What I do like though is that the tautness of the stretch means they don’t sag at the welt as much as other stockings and they really don’t want to fall down my legs.

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I looove the fully fashioned style of these, and for the price point it was something I was totally not expecting (excuse the fluff on the carpet and my feet). The seam was also raised and felt so much like a real seam. The cuban heel shape is my all time favourite heel shape and I prefer it to a point heel so they get extra points there!

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I love these stockings and I’m thinking about re-purchasing them in the next couple of weeks! I love the soft smoothness and the fact they can stand up to a bit of wear and tear. At only $16.99 NZD they are such good value compared to other stockings available here. These are already some of my favourite stockings that are possible to buy locally, and they are the closest stretch stocking to true nylon Fully Fashioned that I have tried!

I am wearing these stockings with the Dita Von Teese Madame X
Bikini Brief and Suspender in black.

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Triumph Endless Comfort Wire-Free Bra Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another vintage style bra review. Today I am reviewing the Endless Comfort Wire-Free bra by Triumph. I have previously reviewed and adored their Poesie bra so I definitely had high hopes for this.

I bought this bra as I was desperately searching for a wire-free bra is my local stores -read: Farmers and Bendon. I have recently gone up a cup size and grown to despise wired bras so I just really wanted a new bra that fit my criteria.

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I was drawn to this bra particularly because it was black, most wire-free bras in NZ are either white, beige or made of flimsy lace and aren’t made in over a C cup. Also with a name like Endless Comfort I couldn’t not try it!

I really love the subtle brocade of this fabric, I’m never one for a plain plain bra and this accompanied with the shiny semi-sheer neckline really add some interest. The inside of the cups is lined with a soft knit fabric which feels lovely and soft when worn.

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A close up on the detail of the bra. The tiny bow is so sweet and such a cute little addition. The seams are all beautifully neat and sewn to lay flat against the skin, they are not scratchy or itchy. In fact neither is the elastic, all types used have luxuriously soft plush backs.

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At first I was a little hesitant to buy it due to it’s thick straps. I always shy away from the ‘comfort shoulder’ style bras as it isn’t something that I require in a bra and I don’t want it to feel too bulky of ruin the lines. These straps are slightly wider over the shoulder but don’t have any padding which I like, they feel very comfortable and never dig in whatsoever!

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This bra has a slightly pointed look which I love for everyday wear. It’s not as sharp as the What Katie Did Padded Bullet Bra, nor as round as the Lovable Lacey and Seamless Soft Cup. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of the spherical breast look and it’s nice to have something easily available that doesn’t fit that mould.

Edit: The size range for this bra is 12D-24DD with many of the band sizes going up to an F cup

I bought the size 12DD as they don’t go down to a 10 band size, I would normally be a 10E. I find the band to not be too loose and the thickness of the stretch really helps that. I find the cup size to be a great fit on me, I tried the 12D and it was just a bit too tight in the cups. I definitely think these cups would suit a large variety of breast shapes as the cups do have a bit of stretch to them. The cups are also full coverage, so the neckline is a little high but I don’t wear a lot of larger necklines anyway.

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The fabric used for the wings is extremely comfortable and it has a nice thick stretch to it. Having three hooks and eyes is also sooo much more comfortable and supportive, and these have a lovely plush back. The care and composition details are actually on a removable tag, so they can be easily removed. The only tag on the inside is a small woven ‘Triumph’ label which I have not found scratchy, or actually noticed at all!

The Triumph website claims that this bra “will have you wanting to wear it everyday” and over the weekend I was moving (a very long and intense three days) it was actually the only bra I reached for.

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I bought this bra for the regular price of $69.99 which is a pretty average bra price I would say. This has definitely been worth it for me. I wear this bra more than any of my other’s currently as it is just so darn comfortable (endlessly one might say) and has such a shape that I love.

I have to admit this is another bra which I have accidentally gone to bed wearing so if that doesn’t sell you I don’t know what will. If you are looking for another vintage style bra to try or even just want to try wire-free a spin I definitely recommend this.

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If I Lived in Yharnam OOTD

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I’d share a little OOTD post, something I want to try doing more regularly as they are easier to photograph and write than some of my other posts. My schedule is going to be very tight for the next few months but I really want to try and put out more content.

Today’s outfit was inspired by my Bloodborne shirt and what I would probably wear on a very casual day in Yharnam.

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I’ve had this plaid set for years, I think I made it in 2012 and it’s still going strong. Both the skirt and cape are full circles so they were very easy to cut and sew.

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I do like the fullness of a circle cape, fitted ones I find can be a bit restrictive. I really like that the skirt on it’s own can be comfy and casual but having something to match really makes it that little bit more stylish. Also you couldn’t be seen in Yharnam without a cape!

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The shirt is from Insert Coin Clothing, a brand I discovered when shopping for my SO’s Christmas present. They were having a sale at the time so this is one of the things I picked up for myself!

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The shirt isn’t extremely fitted so it can be a big baggy in the waist, but that doesn’t bother me as I usually wear it tucked in. It makes for a nice casual shirt to wear with circle skirts.

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The reversible hairbow is from Two Lippy Ladies and I received it in a goody bag from a local high tea last year.

I’m also wearing this Karolina Laskowska choker, I bought this as I couldn’t buy the full set of the Natasza set but loved the lace. I honestly didn’t expect to fall in love with this as much as I did and I really want to buy more of her accessory pieces!

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I am wearing Besame Cosmetic‘s American Beauty lipsticks, one of my favourites as it can look anywhere from hot pink to a deeper red depending on your skintone and clothing.

And we’ll finish off with a dorky photo because why not?

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I hope you enjoyed this little OOTD post, let me know if you enjoyed it or would want to see more on the future!

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VooDoo Undercover Back-Seam Stocking Review

Hi everyone,

I’ve been wanting to do more vintage related reviews recently but don’t have the budget for new clothing most of the time. I have decided to do more stocking reviews! We don’t have a lot of places that sell stockings in NZ and it can be such a hassle ordering online. I’m going to be reviewing whatever I can find of seamed stockings here! I’ve previously reviewed Columbine Stockings here if you haven’t checked that out.

First I’m going to be starting off with these VooDoo Undercover Back-Seam Stockings which I spotted in Farmers for the first time about a month ago.

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These stockings retail for $19.99 and come in Dark Noir (Black seam on Black stocking) and Monaco Glow/Noir (Black seam on Nude/Sunkissed stocking). Of course I went with Dark Noir; most skin tone stockings come up way too dark and orange on me.

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Out of the packet they did not inspire total confidence. They have the standard stretch stocking sausage shape and that seam is anything but straight, but they did turn out fine when worn. I was also rather concerned that they might not fit as they seem quite small straight out of the packet.

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These do feel very soft and comfortable. I don’t find them scratchy or itchy at all at any point during the day.

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I was quite disappointed that the V-shaped design at the top of the stocking did not look as nice as it did on the packaging. Maybe if I had a smaller size they would have stretched out more, but they are a nice touch.

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They do have quite a smooth look to them. Up close the weaving is a little looser and more obvious, but this is usual with stretch stockings, and these have plenty of stretch in them. The welts are also much thinner on me than on the model on the packet, but I had no problem with them digging in though the day and have worn them for quite long days which is fantastic!

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I always buy my stockings in the Tall/X-Tall size as my lower half is larger and I also want my stockings to come up high on my legs. Despite the squat seam detail I do think these fit well. They aren’t too loose around my ankle and they stretch around my ample thigh with no trouble. For reference I am about a size 16 on my lower-half and think these could fit a size 18 quite well too.

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I was rather dissapointed that the seam just starts at the toe and runs right to the top with no heel detail or reinforcement. I feel like I will damage the heel more easily, but I haven’t had that problem so far. I do understand that this is probably to make this fit more universal, I know I have trouble with getting stocking heels to fit where they need to be.

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If you want a comfortable and soft pair of daily seamed stockings then I can definitely recommend these. I was dissapointed with the welt detail but the comfort more than makes up for this. At $19.99 they are around the price of What Katie Did stockings which is pretty reasonable. I definitely reach for these in my daily life and know I can wear them for long days with no trouble!

I already have my next pair of stockings ready and waiting to be reviewed so look out for that soon!

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Designer Brands Longwear 24 Hour Foundation Review – Pale People Problems

Hi everyone,

After sooo long I am finally back with a new foundation review, part of the Pale People Problems series. Since the last one I did I have tried about 5 different foundations, so I’ll be trying to cover those in the coming weeks.

Today I’m reviewing the Longwear 24 Hour foundation by Designer Brands Cosmetics. This is a brand I had never heard of until I went hunting in a pharmacy for some new powder. I decided to also swatch a few foundations while I was their and came away with this one!

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I am reviewing this foundation today in the shade Porcelain Ivory, the lightest shade, mixed with the L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Foundation in the shade White – Lightener. I have been mixing ALL my foundations with this recently. It’s a really good way to lighten foundation and I find it doesn’t change the coverage or consistency much at all. Anyway back to the foundation at hand…

I mix around 2-3 pumps of the DB Cosmetics foundations with 1 pump of the L.A Girl mixer. It looks like more but the white foundation is very runny so spreads around easily. I find this to be a good amount to lighten it by and it blends into the consistency easily. The DB foundation is a lot firmer and I really like it, it’s very thick and smooth and feels like a full coverage foundation.

As you can see I have a lot of freckles and some quite intense under-eye bags so I do like a lot of coverage. Though this does look like quite a colour difference you can see it matches my neck spot on! I applied this with a damp beauty blender, something I didn’t believe the hype of but then I bought it and I am a total convert.

Here I have concealed with the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly, and powdered with the NARS Light Reflecting Loose powder.

I find this foundation doesn’t set and just stays a very dewy finish. I, of course, need a matte finish so I always powder my face.

Here is a picture of my finished makeup, and a close up to show you how it is on my skin. As you can see it looks nice and flat, and there’s nothing weird going on around my nose. It has a really good coverage and I love how flawless it makes my face look.

There are a few tiny white bits on my face which is just leftovers from a special makeup I did the day before and I didn’t wash my powder puff.

Here’s my foundation 5 hours later. I had quite a day out in the heat and the sun and it held up really well. It doesn’t really look any different at all to me! I really love that this foundation doesn’t oxidise, at all so the colour you see will be the colour you get.

At the 9 hour mark. As you can see there is a little foundation caking near my nose. It’s also coming off a little on my nose and my chin. I tend to rub my nose a lot due to allergies so my foundation doesn’t usually last here. It still looks good from a distance though and would definitely be happy going out looking like this.

And 11 hours, it has definitely started to break down. This is definitely not a ’24 hour’ foundation but it has lasted pretty well. I was sweating a lot and was touching my face quite a bit so this is looking a lot better than other foundations I’ve tried.

The Designer Brands Longwear 24 Hour foundation costs just $17.99 which is an insane bargain, and the cheapest foundation I’ve seen outside of a dollar store here. I bought mine at a Life Pharmacy. The undertone of this foundation is very neutral and it is my favourite foundation at the moment! If you’re looking for a cheap pale foundation then give this a go.

I shall leave you with a big swatch comparison of all the foundations I currently have and have used over the past 6 months.

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Fully Fashioned Stockings – What Katie Did Lingerie Review pt.3

Hi all,

Welcome to the end of my What Katie Did review, sorry this one was so long in coming. If you haven’t yet read my other reviews you can read about the Padded Bullet Bra here, and the Liz Suspender Knickers here.

Today I will be talking about the Point Heel Fully Fashioned Stockings. These were my first ever pair of fully fashioned stockings so I was unbelievably excited when I received them. It has been years since I first discovered Fully Fashioned Stockings (FFS) but I have always been hesitant on buying them. I tend to be quite hard on my stockings and I’m not sure I own a single pair without a little run or snag in them. They are also quite a bit more expensive than the regular stockings I buy but boy are they worth it.

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When I first got them I had to open the packet and feel what they were like. They are like nothing I’ve ever touched before. I don’t want to get too poetic but it almost feels like you are touching the mist of a cloud or something equally as soft and close to nothing. Anyone who came round to my house would be forced to feel how amazing they were – and I made careful to inspect their hands first.

I waited until I was taking the pictures for this blog post to try them on just in case anything happened to them. They feel so luxurious and I love the slightly scratchy sound they make. I always thought the welt and keyhole was such a gorgeous detail and it’s so interesting to be able to examine it close up. You have to be very careful when putting these on as they can snag easily. I found it also a good idea to shave your legs the day before, or on the day of wearing these just in case your hairs catch. If you don’t shave your legs at all I think they will be fine as the hairs will be longer and a touch softer. I have gloves which are advised to use when putting them on but I find just checking my nails around the edges was fine.

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In their fit notes What Katie Did say these are made for sizes 12-16 and if you are outside of these to consider sizing up or down. I usually fit about a size 16 in my hips and am around 5’5 (165cm) so I bought the size Medium which is recommended for 5’4-5’8. These fit perfectly on me, I don’t get any bagging around the ankle and the foot length was pretty spot on too. They wouldn’t go too much higher up my leg than I have them in these photos. With stretch stockings I generally prefer to wear them at an ‘opera’ length so covering my full leg. Because these are so special I really don’t mind.

I have to say I haven’t worn them out of the house yet because I haven’t really had an event which has felt special enough to. I am very looking forward to it though. I think these definitely should be worn with at least a 6 strap suspender belt as they did sag quite a lot with the Liz knickers, which are just 4 straps.

These are made in the UK on the traditional machines that were used back in the 40’s and 50’s. If you are interested in learning more and about the differences between these and regular sotckings then What Katie Did have this great informative video.

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What Katie Did’s fully fashioned range is priced between £20-£25 depending on the heel detail. The Fully Fashioned Point Heel Stockings cost £20 which is about $35 NZD right now. I think this price is definitely worth it for such a beautiful and delicate item. It is a little more pricey than the regular stockings from Farmers but you get so much more out of it. I definitely think it is worth it to have these, I am excited to wear them out to events and I feel so good in them.

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