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Help for dd2 please

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RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 19:23:15

DD2 is 15 and a complete and utter tomboy. She needs 3 things and I need your help please to find them!

1) a facewash for spotty teenage skin that won't tear her face to pieces
2) a tinted moisturiser or foundation which won't turn her orange
3 - and this is the biggest and most terrifying one) a prom dress!

Help please. This is the girl who lives in too big jeans, men's t-shirts and hoodies and refuses to go clothes shopping, ever. Agh!

QueenCadbury Fri 05-Apr-13 19:38:35

If she's got blackheads i'd recommend this range neutrogena. It's definitely helped my hormonal skin and hasn't dried it out.

The only tinted moisturiser I own is the one I bought for my wedding. Nearly 9 years ago!

Prom dress? Hmm, off the top of my head coast or monsoon?

QueenCadbury Fri 05-Apr-13 19:39:32

Oops, forgot to say that my tinted moisturiser is bobbi brown. And definitely doesn't turn me orange!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 19:40:47

Thank you - no blackheads, just spots on her chin and forehead.

She claims to hate everything in Coast and Monsoon and to be fair, most of them would be too long for her in both shops. She's about 5'3 and quite slim at a size 8-10 but quite norky (unfortunately takes after me!).

PebblePots Fri 05-Apr-13 19:43:15

Elemis do a range for teenage skin. I am in my 30's and have always struggled with spots since teenage years with no success using high street products. Recently discovered Elemis & its great, if pricey!

Can get it cheaper on amazon/ebay once you choose what you want from the Elemis web site.

AuntieBrenda Fri 05-Apr-13 19:43:47

Neutrogena pink grapefruit stuff. Not that £££ either.
Olay do a nice tinted moisturiser. eBay is your friend - try searching rockabilly style dresses. There's a company called eucalyptus that do quite quirky dresses too. Try irregular choice for shoes. Avoid brands like lipsy, forever unique- I think they'd be too fussy for your dd

QueenCadbury Fri 05-Apr-13 19:45:24

I guess she could try one of the other ranges here. I believe that spots on chin are hormonal (it's certainly where all mine are now and when I was a teen).

She's probably going to hate all prom dresses isn't she? Good luck grin

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 19:47:07

Thanks both.

She doesn't like Rockabilly style either and deffo wouldn't like IC shoes. She likes things very plain generally, or muted.

The last dress she reluctantly agreed to (for a wedding) was this one.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 19:48:12

Will look out for the Olay tinted stuff btw - Elemis sounds lovely but my bank balance won't like it much!

lovesmileandlaugh Fri 05-Apr-13 19:52:57

I spent a fortune trying to find a good skin wash to help my spotty face, but actually a course of antibiotic stuff made a massive difference!
No idea on prom dress, I wore a short jersey dress with opaque tights and doc martens for mine. Fancy frilly stuff was just so uncool! But it was a long time ago!

KateShmate Fri 05-Apr-13 19:53:27

What colour dress does she want? Is there a particular style she wants (long, short, huge wedding prom dress, maxi?) or is that the problem?
I love looking for dresses smile

rootypig Fri 05-Apr-13 19:56:27

H&M have some great dresses in their conscious collection / in general. Also Topshop.

I am a massive fan of the formal jumpsuit actually, great pair of heels and she would look killer grin

rootypig Fri 05-Apr-13 19:57:20

Ps I would recommend Liz Earle cleanse and polish for her skincare

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 19:58:28

I suggested a tux and Converse and she said I was trying to get her bullied!

She says she wants normal 'prom style' which I think means a 50s-ish shape but not retro-ish, and she says she wants thick straps not sleeves. She'd like it to be just above the knee. No preference on colours but she looks nice in blues and reds. I wondered if something like this might be plain enough but she didn't like it.

LovelyWeatherForDucks Fri 05-Apr-13 20:01:50

For foundation / tinted moisturised maybe try the Boots colour match thing? They 'scan' your face with a little tool which recommends a shade - they do lighter and heavier versions of their foundation too (one i think is a tinted moisturiser). Not too expensive either. And quick to do, if she is self conscious about these kinds of things (like me!).

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:03:27

That's a good idea, Ducks. Thank you.

rootypig Fri 05-Apr-13 20:06:15

what's her body type? can you sit and browse ASOS together? they have EVERY dress!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:07:30

Body type = hourglass, I'd say. Need to be able to buy in a real shop not online, as (again like me) she can vary so much in sizes. I bought two new tops last week - one was an 8 and the other a 16!!!

rootypig Fri 05-Apr-13 20:08:17

I think this is rather fab for a young gal

rootypig Fri 05-Apr-13 20:11:12

ASOS are brilliant for returns - free, no questions asked, I generally order multiple sizes in several things, try on, and bung back what I don't like - I wouldn't let that rule it out. can also be a rather less stressful way to try on....

KateShmate Fri 05-Apr-13 20:13:24

black H&M

too casual?


similar but in red


could be pretty?

Let us know what she thinks of those OP smile

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:13:38

I think the shape of that is on the right track but she'd say it was too shiny/blingy. Also, the prom will be in summer and that looks quite wintery. Haven't looked at Topshop though, so thank you for reminding me!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:15:35

Thanks Kate. Hadn't thought of Next either. The H&M ones are too informal. The M&S ones would be too long, although the shape of the 2nd one is v good according to what she's said so far.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:18:33

Tempted by this one for me!

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