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Alternative style and beauty thread. For lovers of quirky stuff.

(53 Posts)
Flangeofmingetown Fri 31-Jan-14 16:32:58

I thought I would start a thread for those here who have a more artsy approach to S+B rather than those who want to emulate the French/Italian look.

Come hither all fellow quirksters and share your wares and hair/beauty finds.

Some of my favourite things are Conker shoes, Fairystep bags, Gringo shrugs and cropped jumpers legacy of 1990's alert I will venture out in Crocs and Birkenstocks with no shame grin

I love Beauty without Cruelty lipsticks and massive rings. I love to see unusual stuff put together and layered up Lagenlook style. One day I will own some Trippen shoes.

So what's your best buy of late and what are you hankering after?

OneLittleLady Fri 31-Jan-14 16:40:45

Best two buys recently are a rose gold ish sequin midi skirt from primark which I will wear with a mens oversize black wool jumper and black velvet Dr Martens and a black and green tartan blazer, also from primark which I will wear with a denim mini skirt, green opaque tights and the velvet Dr Martens again grin perhaps a nice slick of red lipstick with black gloss over the top too grin

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 31-Jan-14 18:12:59

<arrives for duty> grin

One I found Rimmel black lipgloss in a pound shop! Amazing. I love it over red lipstick.

OneLittleLady Fri 31-Jan-14 18:14:46

There's where I found mine too little !! Poundshop is a treasure trove if you make the effort to look properly! grin I also found a really nice red gloss in there the other day as well as a nice little rimmel eyeshadow quad in purples and deep greens which bring out the green in my eyes a treat

Bigbrassband Fri 31-Jan-14 18:21:37

If you like greens and purple eye makeup, MAC do fantastic glittery eyeliners - pearlglide. They have incredible staying power too!

Flangeofmingetown Fri 31-Jan-14 18:24:40

I love a dark lipstick too. Off to rummage in a Poundland soon. I favour a matte black cherry on occasion hardcore grin

I am currently obsessed with a huge rubber necklace /pendant with a metal artsy thing on the end of it by Transparente. It would go with so much....

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 31-Jan-14 18:54:11

Collection 2000 eyeliners are great - there's a lovely vivid teal in the felt tip ones. The glitter liquid liners (these) are great too and easy to apply.

Also, I know I bang on about Korean cosmetics all the time but they really are fab for more interesting colours/products. These eyeliners are wonderful as are these eyeshadow palettes. Musings of a Muse has loads of reviews of Korean brands and is one of my favourite beauty bloggers.

Sleek and NYX also do great bright colours.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 31-Jan-14 18:55:25

Flange I heartily recommend Topshop for dark lipsticks. The quality is amazing (and the packaging is metal not plastic so feels very expensive) and do such lovely vivid 'fashion' colours, like comparable-to-MAC colours without the drying texture.

TheBuskersDog Fri 31-Jan-14 19:02:08

I'm sorry each to their own and all that but there is no way on earth these belong in Style and Beauty.

TheBuskersDog Fri 31-Jan-14 19:04:36

try again

MrsPMT Fri 31-Jan-14 19:12:17

I love Tatty Devine jewellery for something a bit different.

I quite like New Look, if you are picky in there, for slightly 'goth' inspired clothes, got a lace/crochet style black top in the sale after xmas, plus some faded black high rise skinnies for about £10 each grin

MrsPMT Fri 31-Jan-14 19:13:53

Must check poundland, not something I'd thought of before wink, need some black nail polish & eyeliner.

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 31-Jan-14 19:18:53

I tend to be gothy/indie rather than artsy but I've seen worse!

Flange do you like Gudrun Sjoden? Seems like your thing grin

I do like their collection themes, and actually am quite tempted by the Tove dress....

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 31-Jan-14 19:21:37

Can't find the black lipstick but this is the lipgloss.

Bear in mind that ranges in pound shops come and go and can be really variable - well worth a rummage but grab stuff if you like it because it probably won't reappear. So don't be disappointed if you don't find what you're looking for!

I find pound shops good for Wet n Wild which is a fab cheap range in the US, it hasn't been sold here in ages.

lucyintheskywithdinos Fri 31-Jan-14 19:42:43


My best buy recently is my enormous vintage jumper. It was £10 and is huge, warm and I have had so many people comment on how good it looks. I wear it with very skinny jeans and purple veggie DMs. I'm really lucky to have lots of local vintage shops.

Which high street/online shops do people like? I have good luck with Asos and adore Beyond Retro, love Gap skinny jeans too.

Flangeofmingetown Fri 31-Jan-14 19:52:24

I like Gudrun stuff little but not on me. I tend to be more indie/gothy with an artsy twist depending on my mood.

Flangeofmingetown Fri 31-Jan-14 20:06:26

I love those Trippen happy faith boots thanking you busker !

I really like loads of the hairstyles on wiphairport. They do amazing pixie cuts which is my style of choice.

I found my jewellery heaven - The jewellery Stop.

Gringo sometimes has great stuff. Not keen on the bright patchwork or pixie hoods stuff but bought a great owl top recently in black.

I really want some Fly London mes in patent red. I'm fighting it.--sturdy of calf--

OneLittleLady Fri 31-Jan-14 20:08:34

Another one here who is more goth/indie than truly artsy. I don't let it hold me back though, alternative is alternative, it's all just sub genres beyond that wink

Flangeofmingetown Fri 31-Jan-14 20:17:40

<considers velvet Dr Martens>

There was a company that made my idea of the most perfect boots - Red by Wolves- but it seems to have closed down. They were a perfection of numerous buckles but pointy and flat. <huff>

OneLittleLady Fri 31-Jan-14 20:22:03

oooh, you should absolutely get velvet Dr Martens, they are so comfy, sturdy and go with most things! I have them in black and am desperate to get my mitts on the purple ones

PodPudding Fri 31-Jan-14 20:24:13

Flange look at Fly London 'Ska' boots (mine are distressed white) they are so.... Fit?! I truly loveth those boots

BaltiPie Fri 31-Jan-14 20:30:29

I really really love shiny sparkly wristwarmers, trousers and tops on and the amazing leggings from

I just wish I could afford them!

LittleBabyPigsus Fri 31-Jan-14 20:31:25

lucy ASOS is great, although it's ASOS Curve for me.

JollyGolightly Fri 31-Jan-14 20:58:12

I like the idea of this thread, beauty and style being subjective ideas and not a set of rules.

I prefer to wear vintage dresses with biker boots. I've been doing this for a long time but it still works for me. Iused to wear trainers with party dresses but then Lily Allen copied. This probably dates me a bit.

CraftyBuddhist Fri 31-Jan-14 21:08:16

Thankyou op for this thread!

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