Let’s meet the fabulously fun Laura Wheat, the brains behind SO FAR, SO CHIC which is a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blog dedicated to all things, well, chic!
1. What is the first beauty-related memory that you have? What drew you to
peel-off nail varnish, powder puffs and perfume. I also loved the sets of plastic
lipsticks you could get back in the day. The picture shows me, mum’s mascara
in-hand, having dragged a chair up to her chest of drawers in order to get my
paws on her makeup!
I always loved pretty ladies in frilly dresses and anything girlie. After seeing
flamenco dancers on holiday I asked my nan to make me a material flower to
wear in my hair. At Busch Gardens in Florida I wanted my picture taken with the
women wearing old-fashioned dresses as their costumes.
2. Name the celeb (dead or alive) that you would trade looks with and why.
There are loads of beautiful women who I admire. I love Joanna Lumley. Goldie
Hawn was absolutely gorgeous when she was young. I think Jessica Biel is
striking. Eva Mendes always looks amazing… But I wouldn’t want to trade looks
with anyone I don’t think – the thought scares me. Like plastic surgery that
makes you look like someone else! I’d rather just be me. I wouldn’t mind Jennifer
Aniston’s hot body though!
3. What’s your favorite makeup trend? Fashion trend?
I love black liquid liner flicked out in a chic cat’s eye. Sixties-inspired looks always
appeal to me, although pale lips rarely work in real life.
My favourite look to wear is a waisted dress with a skinny belt and heels. I’m
noticing a trend for retro-style sundresses at the moment, which is cool as I’ve
always loved that look. Eva Mendes always rocks a great retro frock! I
have a thing for narrow cropped-leg trousers and jeans. Very Audrey Hepburn.
4. What’s your least favorite makeup trend of all time? Least favorite fashion
I cannot understand why anyone would want a weirdly fake-tanned face. I just
don’t get it! I’ve no problem with fake tan but it needs to be subtle and enhancing,
not orange and ten shades darker than your normal skin colour! Orange faces
also seem to get paired with pale lips and frosted eyeshadows… Did I mention I
hate shimmery eyeshadow on the brow bone? Stop at the crease! Please stop at
Fashion-wise, I can’t bear the recent batch of 80’s-inspired florals. I like proper
80’s prints on cotton dresses, but not these grim dusky pink patterns on
disgusting stretchy dresses and tops. They suit no-one! So unflattering.
5. Quick, stuck with only one beauty item for the rest of your life, what would it
be? A specific lipstick, eyeshadow, liner, mascara, etc.
It would have to be mascara, because my lashes are so pale. I liked Clarins
Wonder Perfect Mascara until the tube went all clumpy on the outside. Clinique
mascaras are always good in my experience, also Dior Show, although it’s damn
expensive. I’ve never found a budget option that I’m happy with for thickening my
lashes. Answers on a postcard please…
7. What makeup brand is your favorite? What fashion brand is your favorite?
I like Laura Mercier for quality products and flattering colours. I use so many
other brands though, it’s difficult to just pick one.
The clothes I’d like to own aren’t really within my price range! Reiss always
has lovely pieces but it’s expensive. I like H&M for the surprise gems that
occasionally spring up in their shops.
8. Are you more a handbag girl? makeup girl? clothing?
All of the above! My absolute weakness has to be shoes though. I have so many
pairs and I cannot stop myself from buying more. There are always other pairs I
need for a particular look I’m envisaging! I used to ask mum if I could sleep with
new shoes next to my pillow and I still feel that kind of excitement when I get a
particularly fabulous pair.
9. What 3 words best describe your style?
Different every day.