Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:11:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://i1.wp.com/fashionistabarbieuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/favicon.png?fit=32%2C32 Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com 32 32 Vogue 100: A Century Of Style http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/vogue-100-a-century-of-style/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/vogue-100-a-century-of-style/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:16:49 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54438 I’m a magazine junkie, I have been since I was a teenager, my bedroom used to be stacked high with copies of Vogue, I literally pawed over each copy digesting every bit of fashion information I could and being amazed by all the beautiful editorials. The Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National...

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I’m a magazine junkie, I have been since I was a teenager, my bedroom used to be stacked high with copies of Vogue, I literally pawed over each copy digesting every bit of fashion information I could and being amazed by all the beautiful editorials. The Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery makes me think of those days, the time when I used to sit in my room doing my first flick through the magazine, for some reason always back to front, before flicking front to back, and then finally sitting down to read. It was like a ritual and the unorthodox layout of this fashion exhibit makes me think that the curator is also a flick from the back kind of magazine reader, as after an initial display of classic Vogue images, the exhibition proceeds backwards in time, starting in the present and working its way back 100 years to 1916.

The exhibit is much bigger than expected, it literally takes over the whole ground floor at the National Portrait Gallery, but considering it took the exhibition team nearly six years to put it all together it’s hardly surprising. I overheard the curator Robin Muir saying they went through close to 2,000 issues of British Vogue, US Vogue and Paris Vogue from the past 100 years, seriously how dreamy a job does that sound, as well as hitting the Condé Nast archives, as some of the photographs in the exhibition didn’t actually make it onto the pages of the magazine. 

What caught me off guard while walking around the exhibition, which is split into decades, is how Vogue’s editorials brings to life the decade in question with regards to the cultural landscape, rather than just showcasing the trends. The editorials of the Fifties, for instance, are gritty, showing the post-war austerity era, while the Sixties are more free loving, the Eighties was quite brash and bold, while the Nineties and Noughties it seems are all about celebrities. It’s the early years that really impressed me the most as photographs seem to embrace a story and captured the moment more than the current day editorials, which just seemed a little too glossy alongside the older imagery. 

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All the great fashion photographers are represented from Norman Parkinson to Cecil Beaton, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Tim Walker and David Bailey, as well as Herb Ritts, Irving Penn, Corinne Day, and Lee Miller, who captured a series of exceptional Second World War photographs as Vogue’s official war correspondent. 

There are lots of highlights, it was incredible to step back in time and see where the magazine began, with the 1940s really standing out for its thought-provoking editorials, it was also amazing to see a rare version of Horst’s famous ‘corset’ photograph from 1939, you know the one that inspired the video for Madonna’s hit ‘Vogue’, as well as vintage prints from Baron de Meyer, the first professional fashion photographer. It’s not to say that there were no highlights in recent years, I’m obsessed with the Peter Lindbergh supermodel cover in 1990, I remember buying that copy aged 10 and wanting to be a model, it really is the image that defined the supermodel era. 

Other great images you can’t miss are the Limelight Nights editorial by Helmut Newton in the 1970s room, get to see Grace Coddington chilling in a pool, everything Herb Ritts, I’m obsessed with his incredible work – the Claudia Schiffer in Paris image with her on the back of a motorbike from 1989 is one of my favourites, as is the Madonna editorial that I spotted in the A Century of Magazines room. You also have to hunt down all the Cecil Beaton imagery, the Fashion is Indestructible from 1941 with a woman looking on to a bomb-blasted building is incredible. 

Rooms that I adored had to be the A Century of Magazines, as a magazine hoarder this was incredible to see, and I was also pleased that I even had a few of those issues, getting rid of nothing really went in my favour here. I also loved The Planning Room, I love seeing negatives of prints and the process behind things and the video running on the wall is a must watch. 

I’m trying to describe the feelings I got while wandering around this exhibit and all I can think is that it is like flicking through a copy of Vogue without the adverts and feeling like you are a part of time walking through each decade within the editorials. Some made me stop dead in my tracks, others made me giggle, a few made me remember my first time seeing them, while others just inspired, I have, to be honest, I wish some of the descriptions were better like also including the stylist and clothing. For me, that’s what Vogue does incredibly well, it inspires and drives creativity, which is probably why they are known as the best fashion magazine in the world. 

What I would say that this exhibition isn’t just for fashion enthusiasts, yes an interest in fashion and Vogue will be the primary audience, but the photographs are much more than just pretty models in clothes they tell a story and showcase personalities, as well as the fashion, I think anyone interested in photography will find this exhibit inspiring. 

Step inside the Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition with my little video below: 

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Shop the Vogue 100 exhibition:

Of course you couldn’t have a Vogue exhibition without a well stocked shop. As you know I do love a gallery shop, I can’t come away from an exhibition without a few postcards, and this has the works. Postcards, magnets, prints, cups, books, jewellery, stationery, and even beauty products and biscuits. I would suggest picking up the official Vogue 100: A Century of Style book that fully illustrates the exhibition, however, it does retail for £40. Luckily the there is also a cute little ‘highlights’ book that features fifty key images from the exhibition with texts by curator Robin Muir who tells the story behind each one, and that’s only £14.95. 

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Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at the National Portrait Gallery from February 11 until May 22.

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Cocobay Resort – The Perfect Honeymoon Hotel http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/cocobay-resort-antigua/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/cocobay-resort-antigua/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:07:24 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54412 One of the most important things about planning a wedding has to be booking the most perfect and romantic honeymoon destination. I know the dress, the venue, and the cake are all important, but come on after the stress and excitement of creating a perfect day you are going to be in need of some...

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One of the most important things about planning a wedding has to be booking the most perfect and romantic honeymoon destination. I know the dress, the venue, and the cake are all important, but come on after the stress and excitement of creating a perfect day you are going to be in need of some well-earned rest and relaxation, and this is where the Cocobay Resort in Antigua comes in. It’s strange, I’m not sure why I haven’t shared more of our honeymoon, I adored every second of it, so after a number of people enquired about the hotel we stayed at on my Instagram and Twitter I thought the best solution was to write up my thoughts. 

A honeymoon is an important decision, first up you need to decide what kind of holiday you are after, for us, especially after a crazy fun week in New York getting hitched, we just wanted to relax in a quiet, gorgeous setting, which was still warm in November, and that’s how I stumbled upon the Cocobay Resort in Antigua. I’d been to the Caribbean before, but not Antigua, and I loved the charm of this hotel as soon as I saw the website. Both my husband and I are fans of smaller, boutique-style hotels, and the Cocobay Resort has 57 single-storey cottages, suites and 4 Plantation Houses – so something for every budget, it also has plunge pools, which for some reason was high on my wish list. 

Our room was adorable and romantic, I loved how secluded it was perched on the cliff, the view from our plunge pool was divine, and it was heavenly having a bubble bath on the patio under the stars. I loved how simple the rooms were, no TV, just a giant bed, Princess netting, crisp white sheets, and a giant hammock outside. It was also so lovely that our cleaner put us out fresh flowers every day. 

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The location of Cocobay Resort is perfect, the hotel literally lies next to two beautiful beaches, and for something a little more private, a third is literally just a kayak away, which is nice for a romantic afternoon on your honeymoon. As well as opting for a waterfront suite with plunge pool, it was nice that the hotel itself also had two great pools, I particularly loved the infinity pool perched on the cliff edge, it became a little ritual to watch the sunset while paddling. Had enough of sand and swimming, the hotel grounds are also relaxing, the gardener really has done a beautiful job and it was so lovely lounging in the two-person hammock under the palm trees looking out across the bay.

The Cocobay Resort is also known for its food, we were all-inclusive, which literally meant that the hotel stuffed us to bursting every day. Starting with a hearty breakfast, I became obsessed with creating the perfect omelette, and the spectacular sea views are the only way to start the day. Then at lunch, the buffet served menu featured everything from fish to burgers, chips and pasta, as well as yummy desserts. In the evening, the gourmet restaurant gets a little swish where the dress code is smart elegance, it really was nice getting a little dressed up each night. The three-course à la carte menu is also special serving authentic local and International cuisine from soup and crab to start, to lobster, jumbo shrimp and beef tenderloin for mains, and each night there was a selection of incredible desserts, which were my favourites. The only criticism, a very tiny one, has to be that the menu didn’t change enough for me, especially not being a big meat-eater, but it was fun trying out some of the fish dishes. 

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If you fancy a change from the main hotel restaurant there is also Sheer Rocks, a very romantic restaurant that has private booths that overlook the nearby Little Ffreyes Beach. I really enjoyed the tapas and fun atmosphere especially when they had live music on. I strongly recommend you book, even staying at the hotel doesn’t guarantee that they can squeeze you in. 

So location is great, food is incredible, but what about the atmosphere and staff, well you can get anymore friendly and helpful. I became quite attached to the waiting staff, they were attentive and friendly always suggesting great places to visit and excursions to take. The great thing about a smaller hotel is that there are limited people and the staff always seem to be more friendly – this created a great, relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a honeymoon, I can really see why some couples go back year-after-year. 

You can book Cocobay Resort through Virgin and other travel operators but trust me book directly as the prices really are cheaper. 

What’s your perfect honeymoon destination?

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8 Tips For Living Well http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/8-tips-for-living-well/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/8-tips-for-living-well/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:52:42 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54401 As soon as the New Year comes around we all seem to go health and fitness crazy, but sadly as soon as it turns February our enthusiasm has generally wavered, which is where my 8 tips for living well will help you get back on track. Being healthier doesn’t mean you have to change your...

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As soon as the New Year comes around we all seem to go health and fitness crazy, but sadly as soon as it turns February our enthusiasm has generally wavered, which is where my 8 tips for living well will help you get back on track. Being healthier doesn’t mean you have to change your entire lifestyle, think baby steps rather than life-changing steps, even quick-and-easy tweaks to your daily routine can make a huge difference to the way you feel. From adding a daily smoothy, embracing yoga, opting to go to bed half-an-hour earlier, as well as drinking more water, these living well tips, have been helping to keep me on track. 

8 Tips for Living Well

1. Invest in a NutriBullet

We receive this incredible blender as a wedding present, thank you Mum, and we’ve been obsessed with it ever since. We generally opt for a delicious Nutriblast smoothie every day and it is super easy to add fruit and veg to your diet. All you need to do is pack your NutriBullet with whatever fruit and veg you like, we generally opt for 50 percent greens, generally kale or sliced greens, and the rest fruit, like bananas, blueberries, and strawberries, generally whatever you like. Then for added nutrients we add in some oats and seeds. It’s the only way I will actually eat sunflower seeds. Need any inspiration on recipes NutriBullet has a free app that has more than 250 on offer, you can search by ingredient, health topic, or browse its most popular. My approach though is to use what’s in the fridge and fruit bowl. 

2. Exercise Regularly

I would have said daily but I did say baby steps. I’ve actually taken up yoga, I’m in week 3 and I’m loving it. I actually found a yoga class on TV which has been showing me the basics and I have found that exercising from home has been helping me as the thing that has put me off joining a local class has been confidence in the moves, so practising at home is helping. Whereas yoga doesn’t seem as intense of a workout as running, I’ve found it much more calming and relaxing, and it is improving my posture, which is making me feel more confident in my clothes. It’s also nice that all you need is some direction and a mat to get started. I also love walking, it doesn’t sound very energetic but a walk really is great for clearing the mind. 

3. Cut down on sugary foods

This is actually the hardest for me, I do have a sweet tooth, but eating and drinking less sugary foods does make you feel better in the long term. I know I can do it as I did before I got married, but I find easing off gently is better than going cold-turkey, and I know that it is especially hard now we are in mini egg season. Start small, if you have sugar in your tea cut it out, trust me after a week you won’t even notice that you don’t have sugar in it anymore. Really need the sugar opt for a fruit tea instead as they are generally sweeter. Cut out fizzy drinks, cakes and pastries, as well as that sugary cereal you adore, try the Nutriblast it really will fill you up. 

4. Drink more water

I actually carry a water bottle everywhere with me to make sure I stay hydrated, I don’t know why but I always seem to forget to drink water when I’m busy and having a bottle close by actually helps to remind me. They say you need around 2 litres of water a day, more if it is hot and you’re active. Plus if you keep yourself hydrated it really will help with those sugary cravings, help keep you focused, and keep those pesky headaches away. 

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5. Buy a smartwatch

Smartwatches have come a long way, they are no long bulky, ill-fitted or ugly any more thanks, in part to this fashionable Huawei watch. I do still have some reservations about smartwatches, I’m not sure I need a watch to do more than tell the time, but I do like how this Android Wear smartwatch using GoogleFit has helped me keep track of my exercise, as well as give me a gentle push to get up if I’ve been sat at my desk too long, and there is even an app to monitor how much water I have drank – so really there is no excuse. It’s quite nice at the end of the week to see how many minutes of exercise and how many steps I have done. It also makes it easy for you to set yourself some targets, start small and build up, then you won’t be disappointed and give up. 

6. Get a good night’s sleep

I’ve blogged before about my sleeping habits, or lack of sleeping at times, and I’ve found that we all need a boost getting to sleep especially when I’m stressed. These tips still apply, I can’t recommend This Works sleeping range enough, I do love the lavender smell of their pillow spray, and I’m obsessive about jotting down my worries. I have also found that doing yoga regularly has been helping, the relaxation of the breathing makes me calmer and helps me clear my mind. Try making your room as calm and relaxing as possible, if there’s too much light coming through, get some black out curtains, and try not to use technology while in bed. I also like to stay to a routine, in bed by 10pm, lights off a 10.30pm, giving me time to read a few chapters of my book.

7. Prep at the weekend

I find that my eating habits can be a little worse during the week when I’m busy, to assist my living well philosophy I’ve tried preparing and cooking up a storm at the weekend and freezing batches that can be then easily microwaved instead of calling a Dominos. My chunky minestrone soup is great for this, it doesn’t take much to cook, for instance, you can actually do it alongside the roast dinner, all you need is a large pan and you can make up three or four servings.

I’ve also been embracing my spiralizer, it is a great little gadget where you can make thin ribbons of vegetables, I love courgette and carrots. Spiralize all your veggies and then place in water in the fridge and cook up as needed. I find they are a great alternative for rice and pasta, more filling, and count as one of your five a day, plus they are super quick to cook. 

8. Forgive yourself

This is a big step to living well, learning to forgive yourself if you overeat, drink too much or fail to exercise. Instead of beating yourself up about it, forgive yourself. Allowing yourself a few indulgences isn’t bad for you, just do everything in moderation. For me, if I want pancakes for brunch at the weekend with friends, I don’t make myself feel guilty, I just enjoy it and then opt for something healthier the next day. I think you end up being harder to yourself if you ban things from your life, the aim of living well is to have them a little less. 

Do you have any tips for living well?

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Friday Favourites: Earn Your Stripes http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/friday-favourites-stripes/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/friday-favourites-stripes/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:48:16 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54384 So did this Friday come around quick for anyone else? This week really has flown by, the closer it gets to London Fashion Week the less organised I seem to become, which is not a good thing, so today’s Friday Favourites is a little late, sorry, will try to do better, but it’s a good...

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So did this Friday come around quick for anyone else? This week really has flown by, the closer it gets to London Fashion Week the less organised I seem to become, which is not a good thing, so today’s Friday Favourites is a little late, sorry, will try to do better, but it’s a good one, all about rocking graphic stripes. Horizontal, vertical, block, overlapping asymmetric stripes they were all seen on the catwalks at the spring/summer 2016 shows – everyone from Prada to Roksanda, Dolce and Gabbana and Jonathan Saunders, as well as Missoni, Chloe, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, and Stella McCartney. So it isn’t a surprise that the high street has followed suit and I’m loving that this season it is much more than just the Breton stripe top, we have dresses, skirts, trousers, shirts, and even bags. 

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Buy Stripes: 1. Asos White – funnel neck mini dress in block stripe, £75 // 2. Next – formal utility shirt, £32 // 3. Farfetch – Comme Des Garcons Play, striped T-shirt, £114.24 // 4. Topshop – modern stripe skirt, £36 // 5. Cambridge Satchel Company – small stripe cloud bag in peony peach and pink, £130 // 6. Boohoo – striped midi shirt dress, £22 // 

My favourite and must have piece from my edit has to be this gorgeous new Cambridge Satchel Company cloud bag. I’m a huge fan of this British brand and I have really loved the new pieces they have been designing, especially the smaller styles, and this peony peach with a vibrant pink stripe is high on my SS16 wish list. Isn’t a beauty? Plus, this bag will ease you into the stripes trend without committing too much. 

Another ease-yourself-in look is this go-faster stripe skirt from Topshop, this mini marries a sporty vibe with graphic stripes and I also think you could pair it with the stripy Next shirt or the Comme Des Garcons Play striped T-shirt to make a more bold statement. 

If like me you are thinking of throwing yourself into this trend, and why not look at these gorgeous pieces, my top piece would have to be the Asos White block stripe dress. This dress is perfect to wear now with tights and black ankle boots before the weather warms up and you can wear with cute adorable flats. I also think it would look cool teamed with white trainers for a sporty feel. 

Are you excited to wear graphic stripes this spring/summer? Have you added any of the pieces onto your wish list?

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Designer Dupe Lips Sweater http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/designer-dupe-lips-sweater/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/designer-dupe-lips-sweater/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:01:25 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54352 I’ve been trying not to just wear jeans this winter, my attempt to continue to push my own personal style, and I’ve become a little obsessed with wide-leg trousers, especially worn with trainers, and this has to be one of my favourite style posts this year and that’s mainly to do with this incredible lips...

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I’ve been trying not to just wear jeans this winter, my attempt to continue to push my own personal style, and I’ve become a little obsessed with wide-leg trousers, especially worn with trainers, and this has to be one of my favourite style posts this year and that’s mainly to do with this incredible lips sweater, which is such a designer dupe of Marcus Lupfer but only cost me £14.99 from H&M.

When it comes to weekend style I like it to be a little fun and easy to throw on and this bright red lips sweater is perfect. I’m also loving how it works with my new favourite bobble hat that I picked up the Gap sale for £4, a super bargain, I do adore a giant pompom. Plus is it just me who loves to cheer up winter by wearing bright red? Finishing off my look is my black and white bomber that I have had for at least 10 years, I love that it still fits and that bomber jackets are back on trend as this is such a cosy look for the weekend. 

I took this on a bitterly cold winters day in Cambridge, it was so nice to wander along the river, I couldn’t believe people were punting in this cold, and then wandering through Gonville & Caius College. It is one of my favourite colleges in Cambridge because each season it looks a little different, with winter being the most haunted and beautiful I think. It kind of reminds me of Harry Potter with the tree taking over the building. So stunning and serene and beautiful if you walk around hearing the choir practice. If you are coming to Cambridge it is a must see, plus it is always free to walk around at the weekend.

Do you like how I have styled this lip sweater?

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Beauty Favourites: Benefit, Lord & Berry, & Nanshy http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/beauty-favourites-benefit-porefessional/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/beauty-favourites-benefit-porefessional/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:00:59 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54340 I haven’t done a beauty favourites post in a while, I’m not sure why as I have tons of amazing products that I’m loving, so I’ve decided to try and make this a monthly gig to share the beauty pieces that I’m loving and using a lot, and this month it’s all about Benefit and...

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I haven’t done a beauty favourites post in a while, I’m not sure why as I have tons of amazing products that I’m loving, so I’ve decided to try and make this a monthly gig to share the beauty pieces that I’m loving and using a lot, and this month it’s all about Benefit and the new additions to The POREfessional range, the most incredible waterproof make-up remover, and a great collection of cruelty-free eye make-up brushes from Nanshy. 

Beauty Favourites: Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue & Instant Wipeout Mask

If you are already a fan of Benefit’s POREfessional range you will love these two new additions, especially the Matte Rescue Invisible Finish Mattifying Gel (£21.50), an amazing lightweight, water-based gel that helps tackle shine, blurs your pores, as well as hydrate your skin, which is especially needed in the winter. I’m a big fan of Benefit’s skincare, not just because of the fun packaging, but because I find that they aren’t heavy on my skin and do like how they are innovative with their products, this little beauty’s secret ingredient is diamond powder, which is known for its soft-focus pore-blurring effect. 

What I love about the Matte Rescue has to be the fact it has a natural-looking matte finish that doesn’t dry out my skin, I find that even though I do need a matte product under my make-up most out there dry up my skin and my make-up doesn’t sit well, this product due to its lightweight texture feels really nice on and I love that you don’t need to wear too much of it. I simply applied a thin layer of the gel over my freshly cleansed face, as well as my usual moisturiser, and then waited a few minutes before adding my usual primer and foundation. It might seem like an extra step in my routine but I’m telling you it is worth it for great looking skin. 

The other product, the super-cleaning pore masks (8 for £24.50), is a pamper session waiting to happen, as the super-hero shaped dual-sided mask gets to work on your pore-problem areas, think nose, forehead and even chin, yes this crazy mask can be used in various spots on the face, not just over the nose like other products. The smoother side starts by cleaning out and smoothing the look of your pores, while the special textured fabric helps exfoliate and remove impurities using a mushroom extract which is known to clarify pores. 

All I can say is this is a great addition to bathtime relaxation, the mask goes on for 10 minutes and you get to soak your worries and shrink your pores while actually doing nothing, that’s the sort of beauty product I love. I’ve only tried this around my nose, one thing I will say is the menthol scent is strong, I think my eyes watered the first time I used it, but you do get used to it. 

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue, £21.50 for 50ml (c/o) // Benefit POREfessional Instant Wipeout Mask, £24.50 for 8 (c/o)

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Beauty Favourites: Lord & Berry 2 Phases Waterproof Make Up Remover

I have very sensitive eyes and I find most eye make-up removers hurt like crazy and they are even worse if they take an age to get my eye make-up off, well that’s where this gorgeous looking Lord & Berry 2 Phases comes in, as the dual phase remover is not only mesmerising, I could tip it up and down all day watching the two phases mix together, but also mild, as well as being designed to remove the most stubborn of make-up including smudgeproof, waterproof and long-lasting make-up. OK, normally I’m skeptical about such claims, and normally if the remover can get rid of my Mac eyeliner with ease then it is normally so greasy I don’t want to use it, this beauty is gentle, soothing, and moisturising, and that’s all down to the extracts of cabbage rose oil and the anti-inflammatory and toning extract of hamamelis. I know right, fancy!!!

As well as working its magic on my eye make-up, including my super-strength waterproof mascara, its gentle, non-irritating formula means you can take off the rest of your face as well, including the most stubborn of lip stains with one ease sweep of a cotton bud, yep, I didn’t need three or four to get the job done. Normally I would use my make-up remover then finish it off with my toner to fully cleanse my face but I have to admit I did feel that my face felt clean and I didn’t need to even rinse it off. 

There’s a downside, it is a little pricey, at £16.50 for 150ml, I wonder how far it will actually go. I would love to use this daily but I think to give it more shelf life I will just be using it only on those stubborn make-up products. 

Lord & Berry 2 Phases Waterproof Make Up Remover, £16.50 for 150ml (c/o)

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Beauty Favourites: Nanshy Eye Brush Set

When it comes to make-up brushes I’m shocking, I’m one of those people that doesn’t regularly clean them, I know terrible, I would actually rather just buy a new one, again, I know that’s not the right idea, but now I know why, as I obviously wasn’t using great brushes likes these from Nanshy. I actually had never heard of this brand before, and I actually can’t remember which event I was gifted them at, I know bad right, but they are amazing, and the best bit they are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and approved by Peta.

Normally I get rid of brushes because I don’t like the texture of the brush and the bristles shed too much, these beauties not only look good, I’m obsessed with the wooden pearl coated handles, the antibacterial synthetic vegan bristles really have a density and firmness, while still being soft to the touch on the skin, and I really feel like using these seven distinct eye brushes has really made my eye make-up look better. That might have a lot to do with the fact I didn’t realise there were 7 different brushes before to do my eye make-up, thankfully these beauties are all labelled. We have a precise bent eyeliner brush, which isn’t pictured as it is my favourite it really has made applied eyeliner so much easier; an angled detailer brush, for those hard to reach areas; a flat definer brush; a blending eyeshadow brush, great for a smoother application; eye crease brush; tappered crease brush, to make your eyes pop apparently; and a large shadow brush.

I have to be honest I’ve been really impressed with the quality, the softness of the brushes and the price, seven brushes for less than £30 is great value. Plus, it has made me realise that I need to start looking at my beauty products a little closer to ensure that they are animal-friendly. I think I will have to look at the other brushes sets that the brand has to offer. 

Nanshy 7 Eye Brush Set, £29.95 (c/o)

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SAG Awards 2016 Red Carpet Trends http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/sag-awards-red-carpet-trends/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/02/sag-awards-red-carpet-trends/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:58:42 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54326 The SAG Awards always seem to be a little hit-and-miss for me, this year was no exception, however, I did notice a number of red carpet trends that I thought were worth sharing, from goddesses in green to starlets making a bold statement, and even pastel hues and floral prints were spotted, plus continuing on...

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The SAG Awards always seem to be a little hit-and-miss for me, this year was no exception, however, I did notice a number of red carpet trends that I thought were worth sharing, from goddesses in green to starlets making a bold statement, and even pastel hues and floral prints were spotted, plus continuing on from the Golden Globes red carpet blue was a hot colour, I think it is safe to say no-one will probably wear blue at the Oscars as it has been everywhere this award season. 

SAG Awards red carpet trends – Green

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Seeing so much green on the red carpet took me by surprise, I’m not sure why, but when I think red carpet glamour green isn’t the colour I immediately think of, and there was such a varied spectrum of green on display. We had nominee Kate Winslet wearing a custom Giorgio Armani teal silk cady gown, which I think was the most gorgeous of the green hues, and then we had Eva Longoria in a dark green beaded mesh, body-baring Julien Macdonald dress with a plunging neckline and open back. The most vivid of the green gowns had to be Julianne Moore in this glittery green Givenchy couture halter neck number with crocodile leather details, which certainly made a statement. I have to be honest when I saw this on TV it looked more gold, and if I’m totally honest this has to be one of my worst-dressed looks of the night, I really didn’t like this gown. 

SAG Awards red carpet trends – Bold Statements

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I do love a bold statement on the red carpet and these three gowns were among my favourites of the night, just sadly pipped to my top five best-dressed list. First up we have a stunning Sofia Vergara in a bright pink ‘Jessica Rabbit’ style dress designed by Vera Wang, one of her go-to designers. I love everything about this va-va-voom look, it is sexy, and classic Sofia and she pulls it off beautifully. But when it comes to bright pink hues I think Emilia Clarke slightly pips Sofia in this plunging fuschia Dior couture ballgown, she is basically doing her best Barbie impression and I adore it. Plus I’m loving her hair and make-up, and her Dior fine jewellery earrings and rings.

The biggest statement though has to go to Sarah Paulson in this beautiful black silk velvet column Armani Privé gown, which featured a bodice of fringe in a delicate blend of fuchsia and royal blue adorned with Swarovski crystals. I loved this dress, and Sarah worked her hair and make-up, her bold pink lipstick was perfect. I think this look was absolutely divine, but I can see that it might divide opinions.

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The prettiest of the SAG Awards red carpet trends has to be these three pastel dreams, from pale pink to seafoam green, and it really was a welcome change from all the dark colours on the red carpet. My favourite was Christina Ricci, I think her youthful Christopher Kane gown with the lace bodice just took it ahead of Saorise Ronan in a blush pink floral-embroidered Michael Kors Collection gown – I do love a statuesque full-sleeve gown and this is a beautiful colour. I also have to give it to Saorise for her jewellery, she was wearing the most stunning winged Forevermark diamond earrings. 

Then we have Mad Men star January Jones in this ethereal seafoam green Schiaparelli couture dress. Always one to go for the high-fashion choice, this gown is a beauty, I love the draping detail as well as the colour, and her hair and make-up is fierce. One thing you can always guarantee with January is she brings confidence to the red carpet.SAG Awards red carpet trends, sag awards 2016, sag awards, red carpet, award show, award season, celebrity, fashion, glamour, best dressed, january jones

SAG Awards red carpet trends – Blue Hues

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Whereas the blue trend at the Golden Globes was darker, it seems for the SAG Awards stars turned to the brighter hues of the blue colour spectrum, well except for Naomi Watts, who went for this black and blue embroidered feather flower appliqué Burberry gown. Brie Larson had one of the lighter hues on in this baby blue Atelier Versace gown straight off the couture catwalk, it was definitely one of the sexiest gowns of the night, as you would expect from Versace. My favourite blue hue, however, had to be Claire Danes in this slinky 90’s vibe Stella McCartney gown, I just adore the two-tone midnight-and-sky blues, as well as the simply-yet-sexy fit. Also, Claire had some of the best jewellery on, I totally adored her lapis-and-diamond bracelet from Tiffany & Co. 

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SAG Awards red carpet trends – Flower Power

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I’ve already showcased a few floral looks, Saorise Ronan in Michael Kors and Naomi Watts in Burberry, but I felt these two looks needed their own category. Kiernan Shipka made my top five in this floral Erdem, I totally adore that it is modern and fresh with the sweetheart neckline and black piping detailing to the corset, while also having a vintage look with the floral fabric, the icy metallic blue flowers are divine. 

But when it comes to flower power no one can beat Rachel McAdams in this Elie Saab couture gown with a Swiss dot base embroidered over with black, sparkling lace tulips. I had to sleep on whether I liked this dark romantic gown or not, I have to be honest I’m still not sure, it’s the lighter coloured base of the gown that I’m having issues with, but you can’t deny how different it was from the rest of the red carpet looks that I thought I had to include it. But once again Rachel totally wins when it comes to her hair and make-up, her cool, roughly-done approach to her bob is so working, I love it. 

What did you think about this year’s SAG Awards red carpet trends? Who was your best-dressed?

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SAG Awards 2016 Best Dressed List http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/01/sag-awards-2016-best-dressed/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/01/sag-awards-2016-best-dressed/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:08:48 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54307 So we’ve had the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, and last night was the Screen Actors Guild Awards, better known as the SAG Awards 2016 and the red carpet was shall we say just OK, there were a few great looks, lots of nice looks, and a whole lot of boring. I’m not...

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So we’ve had the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, and last night was the Screen Actors Guild Awards, better known as the SAG Awards 2016 and the red carpet was shall we say just OK, there were a few great looks, lots of nice looks, and a whole lot of boring. I’m not sure whether it was because some of my red carpet big hitters were missing Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, and Emily Blunt, who we’ve seen previously this award season. However, there was some good news British-based designers did really well, we had gowns designed by Julien Macdonald, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Stella McCartney and Burberry – so good to see these incredible designers on the red carpet, and three of them even made in it to my top five best dressed. 

SAG Awards 2016 – Best Dressed Top Five

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Brie Larson in Atelier Versace SS16

First up we have SAG Awards 2016 winning actress Brie Larson, who scooped the Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for her performance in Room. Brie wore a straight-off-the-catwalk look from Atelier Versace’s recent spring 2016 couture show in Paris. This pale blue draped silk cady gown with a thigh-high split and Swarovski knot embellishments was a head-turner and gave her slender figure a curvaceous look. The actress also accessorised her look with more than $1 million Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

The actress said on the red carpet that she had just flown in from Australia and went directly to a gown fitting with stylist Cristina Ehrlich: “It was the first one [dress] I put on and I just knew — I couldn’t sleep on the plane, but you know when you’re perfectly in a daze and you can just make the right decision? That’s what happened.”

The only thing distracting me from this look is the hair, it seems a little too old-fashioned, and the heel isn’t working for me either – but this dress is stunning. 

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Kate Winslet in custom Giorgio Armani

There is some special about Kate Winslet in this custom Giorgio Armani silk cady teal gown. I have to admire someone who knows their signature style and sticks with it and this sleek, simple and structured gown with a deep v-neck and satin detailing on the décolleté and arms was perfect for her, and it was fitted beautifully. I also love that this was the first-time ever that the actress had worn Armani. 

As well as loving her gown’s silhouette, the green hue seemed to be a trend of the night and was seen on other stars including Eva Longoria, Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei. I also have to point out Kate’s incredible jewellery, those black and white diamond pear-shaped earrings by Neil Lane were made for a movie star. I just love the Old Hollywood glamour that Kate always brings to the red carpet. 

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Christina Ricci in Christopher Kane

I’m obsessed with this gorgeous pale pink gown by Christopher Kane that nominated actress Christina Ricci wore to the SAG Awards 2016. Not a designer you normal see gracing an award show red carpet so I was surprised and over-the-moon, as I adore this pastel pink gown with its lace bodice and full pleated skirt, which flared out a little into a train at the back. It was youthful, fun, and really stood out against all the blue, green and black gowns that graced the red carpet. I’m also loving her vintage Fred Leighton jewellery, really added to a gorgeous look. 

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Can we first up just digest that Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka is only 16-years-old and she has already nailed the red carpet. I just can’t express how beautiful this floral Erdem dress is, the silhouette is divine, and I love that the what-could-be-a-granny floral print has been given a sexy, youthful vibe with the sweetheart neckline and black piping to the bodice.

What I also love about Kiernan on the red carpet is that she knows that she is a teenage and she always keeps her beauty looking beautiful and not too-over-done, and she totally gets that this dress has a lot going on so she kept her jewellery to a minimum, just wearing some Dana Rebecca Designs diamond stud earrings. 

I do however think this look will divide opinions – are you loving it as much as me?

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Naomi Watts in Burberry

Naomi Watts really does do elegant beauty really well and I adore her in this striking blue-and-black floral lace embroidered Burberry gown. I love the two colour combinations, as well as the sheer touch to the floral appliques on the sleeves. This gown is fitted to perfection and I love how her gorgeous figure is accentuated by a black satin band around her waist, it not only breaks up the floral lace but enhances her figure.

To finish off her look, the About Ray actress wore Bulgari sapphires, Jimmy Choo sandals, and carried a cherry red clutch, which perfectly matched her red lips. Also, how cute does her messy bob look? 

Who was your best dressed at the SAG Awards 2016?

Did you miss my best-dressed list from the Golden Globes? Head over here for all my recent red carpet coverage.

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Friday Favourites: Ruffles & Frills http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/01/friday-favourites-ruffles-frills/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/01/friday-favourites-ruffles-frills/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:50:28 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54296 I know it is still winter, but the high street is awash with spring/summer 2016 trends already, and one of my favourites as seen on the catwalk at Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, JW Anderson, Carven, Marques’ Almeida and Giambattista Valli, had to be delicate feminine ruffles and frills. The catwalk had it all sheer tiers, chiffon...

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I know it is still winter, but the high street is awash with spring/summer 2016 trends already, and one of my favourites as seen on the catwalk at Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, JW Anderson, Carven, Marques’ Almeida and Giambattista Valli, had to be delicate feminine ruffles and frills. The catwalk had it all sheer tiers, chiffon cascades, even leather ruffles, all of which added delicacy and drama to beautiful dresses, coats and skirts, and I love that the high street has taken note and adapted the catwalk ruffles to gorgeous tops. 

Out of all the trends coming ruffles and frills is one of the easiest to have a go at, especially as the high street has so many to offer and each one of the five I’m in love with are all under £40. The best bit about this week’s Friday Favourites has to be you can go as big or as small as you want with the ruffle, there are pieces out there that are either delicate or dramatic to make a statement, for me, it’s all about the delicate structure of the ruffle, I love adding a touch of femininity into my wardrobe, and there is something about a ruffle that always makes me smile and feel feminine. 

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Buy Ruffles & Frills: 1. Asos – off-the-shoulder top with ruffle sleeve, £30 // 2. Topshop – ruffle tie-neck shirt, £38 // 3. H&M – Conscious collection ruffle blouse, £29.99 // 4. Oasis – blue frill sleeve blouse, £32 // 5. Boohoo – Poppy ruffle sleeve sweater, £15 – also comes in Black // 

Easing into the trend go for this chic ruffle neck-tie shirt from Topshop, it will basically go with everything from a high-waisted skirt to ripped jeans, and even under a jumper until it gets a little warmer, and it really only has the littlest of ruffles, but enough to still be on trend.

After a little more, check out this off-the-shoulder beauty from Asos, those sleeves are divine, or the gentle frill running down the sleeve of the Oasis blouse that will look great teamed with cigarette trousers. For a great evening look why not go for this black beauty from the H&M Conscious collection, I adore the sheer long sleeves and the neckline as well as the gathered ruffle to the front, plus it’s less than £30. 

But the piece that I’m snapping up straight away, and which I think might make an entrance at London Fashion Week, has to be the bargain ruffle sleeve sweater from Boohoo, it comes in white and black and is only £15, yep that’s right a steal, I think I might need both colours. I love the structured of the sweater, it will look amazing worn with ripped jeans and a block heel, as well as with smart tailored trousers, and a sexy leather skirt. I just can’t get over the price.

Will you be wearing ruffles and frills this spring? Which top is taking your fancy?

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Hello Curvy Barbie #TheDollEvolves http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/01/curvy-barbie-new-body-shapes/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/01/curvy-barbie-new-body-shapes/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:54:23 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=54274 Barbie in recent years has become this byword for unrealistic body types and for decades the doll has been accused of promoting an unhealthy body image, so her slender figure has become a ‘real’ woman, yep Barbie now has a bum, meat on her thighs and a little tummy. Curvy Barbie, as she is being...

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Barbie in recent years has become this byword for unrealistic body types and for decades the doll has been accused of promoting an unhealthy body image, so her slender figure has become a ‘real’ woman, yep Barbie now has a bum, meat on her thighs and a little tummy. Curvy Barbie, as she is being called, will also be joined with two other new Barbie body shapes for the Barbie Fashionista collection, Tall, which is a little tall than the original, and appears to have broader shoulders, as well as a Petite version, which is just as skinny as the original but a little shorter, I’m calling her the pop-star of the bunch, I don’t know why but when I think Petite I think Kylie and Chezza. 

As well as the new body shapes, Barbie now also comes in seven skin tones, 22 eye colours, and the new range has 24 hairstyles from the uber-bright to the classic blonde. It’s this diversity that should be the main talking point, I do believe that girls and boys of all colours should be able to play with dolls that they relate to and connect with. One thing I hope is that the toy retailers stock these gorgeous diverse dolls, as from a Barbie collector who loves adding beautiful dolls to her collection, as well as having a gorgeous mixed-race toddler in her life, finding a black doll, especially here in the UK isn’t always easy.

I have to be honest, I didn’t have a problem with Barbie’s supposedly un-normal size, I always select my dolls that I collect based mainly on their faces and style, for me Barbie has and always will be a style icon and I think that’s what’s been forgotten with these new shapes. 

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I tried to relay my thoughts on Twitter, I don’t think 140 characters was quite enough, but I do love the curvy dolls, do you think her jawline was modelled on Gigi Hadid? Simply beautiful. I still don’t think they are realistic, but hey a step in the right direction if that’s what’s needed to educate children that women come in all shapes and sizes, then these new additions can only be a good thing, and come on you can’t deny that they’ve given a new voice to the conversation on accepting different body shapes in popular culture.

But what I think is that the whole collection needs a little style makeover as well, the fashion choices of the various body types are something to be desired. Yeah, there are a few standout pieces, oh hello Tall redheads with the most amazing curls, but overall I think what Barbie needs is a better stylist. 

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For Curvy Barbie why was she given such unflattering, fuddy, and kind of boring looks – some of them are just the same but in different colours? Which when I said this on social media people told me I was missing the point of these dolls and that I didn’t understand. I totally understand why they’ve added new body proportions to the doll range, but in turn, why does that mean that they have to wear poor outfits? When I say flattering, I mean that for all body shapes, we all have more flattering styles than others, people really need to stop being so sensitive about this subject and trashing people’s opinions. I, for instance, am curvy, I wouldn’t, therefore, wear that stripy vest with jeans, a T-shirt would have been better as I don’t like the tops of my arms. That isn’t a criticism of my body shape that’s just dressing for my body shape to be more comfortable, which I don’t think should be labelled bad, if you are curvy and like your arms good for you. I wasn’t, however, suggesting that Curvy Barbie needed to cover up, I’m actually loving Sporting Curvy in her Balmain-style mesh vest dress, doesn’t it look like something Rihanna would wear? I’m totally on board with that, and I’m also loving Emoji Fun Curvy, any doll wearing a unicorn gets my vote!!!

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Can we all please remember that she is a doll, a toy to be played with, and if her fashion choices don’t appeal then she won’t be picked out by a child in the toy store. I do think the hair colours will help, I’m loving Curvy Barbie’s blue hair, totally making me want to change my colour, and also making me think of Katy Perry, not because of the curves but because of the hair colour before any sensitive readers get riled up!

I have played with Barbie all my life, I can’t remember once thinking that I wanted to look like Barbie, for a start I was a very flat-chested-kind-of-kid, and I never considered that I too could achieve a thigh-gap like hers, I knew that she was made of plastic and sadly my legs can’t be moulded as easily. My love and acceptance of my body came from my Mum and the people in my life, my upbringing was that I was beautiful no matter what, there was no such thing as skinny or fat shaming and the word diet was never mentioned. I love that Barbie is fueling a movement that promotes body acceptance, but I also think that people need to accept that such body issues start at home and in school and they need to be addressed as much as rebranding a doll. I don’t think Barbie is the only unrealistic doll, have you seen some of those Frozen dolls, her head is so big she topples over, how is that realistic? 

With these new dolls does come another issue, if you gift a Curvy Barbie doll will a sensitive child think that they are fat? Or will giving a Tall one give a girl a complex about her height? I only say that as I was one lanky child, and will Petite give children fuel to call their friend short? I think the addition of these body shapes are great, and I can’t wait to add Curvy Barbie to my collection as she really is beautiful, but I do think the issue can’t be solved with a doll alone, but, at least, they have us all talking about the issue. I still can’t believe that in July 2015, research found that children in the UK as young as eight were reporting body dissatisfaction and that almost 40% of 14-year-old girls were admitting to regular dieting. How crazy is that?!?

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I find that Barbie is much more than just her figure, she is a doll that really ignites children’s imagination, and I remember how her career dolls always made me think I could do that, granted my favourite was an astronaut, but I always loved that Barbie could do anything she wanted, and now she can be curvy, tall or petite if she wants to be. 

For now, these dolls will only be on sale on Shop.Mattel.com, which does ship to the UK. Apparently toy retailers are coming in the Spring worldwide, but I can imagine that shelf space will come down to which, and how many of the new Barbie Fashionistas are picked up as they are over 30 different dolls.

I would love to know your thoughts on the new Barbie body shapes, her fashion choices, as well as your thoughts on Curvy Barbie vs the Original Barbie’s body proportions – leave me a comment below. Curvy Barbie,Barbie body shapes,petite barbie,tall barbie, barbie, original barbie, barbie doll, doll, body shapes, body proportions, body image, fashion, toy, barbie fashionistasCurvy Barbie,Barbie body shapes,petite barbie,tall barbie, barbie, original barbie, barbie doll, doll, body shapes, body proportions, body image, fashion, toy, barbie fashionistasCurvy Barbie,Barbie body shapes,petite barbie,tall barbie, barbie, original barbie, barbie doll, doll, body shapes, body proportions, body image, fashion, toy, barbie fashionistas

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