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Where can I find wide fitting false nails – Cant find wide enough nails! These are statements we hear quite often from clients who visit our Dressing Service. After all a mans hand and hence their fingers are generally larger, sometimes considerably larger than that of a woman’s. After a little bit of research (love the internet) we stumbled on a possible solution where “standard false nails” would simply not do.  The end result after many months of trials and tribulations is that we now have an extensive range of pre-polished wide fitting nails available to both our Dressing Service clients and through our web store. It is funny because we never appreciated the array of thicknesses of acrylic nails there are on the market prior to undertaking this task. Some were so thin that they bent and were not well “manly enough” for the challenge. In addition, it did not matter how many coats of nail polish you applied they still looked naff! (slang for absolute rubbish!). After quite a few extensive field trials we settled on one brand and found that with two coats of nail varnish and a clear top coat applied they looked sooooo good rather DIvaish if I’m honest, plus every set has a little bit of love from Krista built into them. The widest nail in the set is 18mm which we have found covers almost everyone and you get 18 nails in each set so plenty of choice.

We have road tested them with some of our clients and it turns out that there is a fairly even split between those that prefer using glue to hold them in place to those that liked to use adhesive tabs. I must admit I prefer the glue option just because I like to know they will stay no matter what! So the search for wide fitting false nails is truly over. We are now on the lookout for different styles to increase the range. Currently, these are my favourite shades:

Colour: Metallic Violet

Colour: Metallic Red

If you would like to view all the available shades for these nails simply follow THIS LINK

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Kryolan Eyeshadow
I do have to say that I have a slight passion for Kroylan eyeshadow and cosmetics, in general, they always seem to hit the spot for me. In saying that I hope you will find this an honest and useful review. I have tried to be as informative and objective as possible, so without further ado, lets get the show on the road as they say.
Packaging – What! I know in general its the stuff that ends up in the bin, however, I think it is worth pointing out a couple of things so please bear with me….. The palette comes in the classic blue Kryolan sleeve/cover which is standard and does a good job of protecting it in transit. The palette is a sleek, silver one that shuts tightly and fits easily on your desk/table or in my case the make-up cupboard almost forgot its handbag size also. It has a large full-sized mirror and a synthetic applicator brush, not a bad size brush I add. So that’s the boring bit out the way lets break into this beauty and see what she has to offer!

The palette has eighteen shades evenly spaced out they can be loosely categorised as twelve matte and six shimmery eyeshadows. The pigments are super-fine and have a creamy smoothness about them. There is no chalkiness even in the shimmery shades which are always a sign of a quality product, cheap eyeshadows just fall apart. In addition, they have a creamy-powder kind of feel. When applied they are not dry and chalky/cakey on the eyes. When you select a colour with your brush, you may see a little kick up, but that is not unusual or unexpected. The colours are quite intense and appear on your eyes very much as you see them in the pan. The pigmentation is intense and I just love that. They blend effortlessly with a few strokes without losing the colour intensity. The shadows blend into each other seamlessly without looking muddy and do not leave harsh lines which is a blessing for those of us with ageing skin. The product is definitely user-friendly and great for beginners or those like me whose eyesight is not as good as it used to be. However, it must be said that the lighter shades do appear a little sheer at times, this can be remedied by applying a second layer. The shimmery shades are super pigmented too and they are also blended easily which helps to do the eye makeup neatly.

Looking at the individual shades the shimmery shades are perfect to add some glam and interest to your everyday neutral look. There is a variety of brown, pink, cream and nudes that work well on a wide range of skin tones. I can’t fault the combination of available shades. The various shades are best described in order of their rows as:


Top Row:
1. A pale milky white shade that you can use to highlight the brow bone.
2. Pale golden shimmer.
3. Deeper golden shimmer.
4. A very pale pinkish champagne colour.
5. A pale rosy-gold colour.
6. A deeper pink with a hint of gold.

Middle Row:
1. Pale milky pink colour.
2. Little deeper neutral pink.
3. The muted coral shade can be used on the crease.
4. Muted reddish brown.
5. A pale yellowish brown.
6. Neutral deep brown.

Bottom Row:
1. Purplish pink shade.
2. Reddish purple.
3. Deeper purple (Shade 1,2,3 can be used to create a muted purplish eye look).
4. Dusty violet.
5. Greyish black.
6. Deep black.

To summarise I think the range, quality and depth of colours plus the staying power of the Kryolan eyeshadow make these shades a good investment especially if you think that you are getting a good quality eyeshadow for a little over £3 a shade. One of the main reasons for using this particular pallet is that I love the dark intense eye you can create using the purple/violet combinations. For more information on all five of the pallets available in this range follow THIS LINK

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How to select silicone breast forms, now there’s an interesting question! There are some obvious things to take into consideration the main one if we are truly honest is “how much are they!”. If we put aside the commercial aspects at this stage and consider the relevant pros and cons first then we believe the financial aspects have a habit of looking after themselves. The key aspects we would recommend considering are:

  1. What size would I like to be i.e cup size?
  2. What shape is best for my frame/appearance?
  3. What gives me the best value for money?

How to select silicone breast forms – WHAT SIZE WOULD I LIKE TO BE?
Whilst we may dream of being very buxom and curvacious there are implications, notably, dresses are generally designed/styled with a maximum C cup in mind. Therefore if you wish to have a larger than ‘C” cup you are likely to have to go up an entire dress size just to fit your newly acquired bustline. However, this is not such an issue if you wear separates i.e blouse and skirt/trousers but still worth considering. When it comes to selecting the size of forms the majority of manufacturers provide a “size chart”. The critical dimension is your own “flat” chest size. You can obtain this measurement by placing a soft tape measure around your normal male flat chest across the nipples and noting the measurement. Once you have the chest measurement you can look up where your chest measurement intersects the desired cup size. Where the two intersect you will find the correct breast form size. Using the chart to the left you can see that for a 40″ chest and “C” cup you would require size 7 breast forms. Whilst the majority of silicone breast form manufacturers provide a size chart the actual sizes may vary with the style of the form so be sure to check that the size chart you use is relevant to the forms you wish to purchase.

How to select silicone breast forms – What Shape is best for my Frame/Appearance?

This is often the most tricky aspect as there are numerous shapes and style available for you to select from and each manufacturer has there various merits. To make this slightly simpler we will concentrate on the basic shapes primarily and expand on the various benefits as they apply:

Oval Silicone Breast Forms – Sometimes referred to as teardrop

Oval Breast Forms

These are generally a universal breast form and can be worn literally as you please either vertically or horizontally. Whilst we recommend wearing them in a pocket Bra (mastectomy bra) it is not a requirement to do so, it just ensures they stay in place better. As stated they can be worn horizontally with the “tail” under the armpit area. Wareing them this way produces the more natural blended look especially when viewed side on. This is one of the most popular shapes as it does provide a realistic appearance even under a tight-fitting top. Prices can vary due to several factors:

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  • The quality and viscosity of the silicone gel used in production.
  • The size of the form – larger they are the more expensive they become.
  • The quality/material used for the outer membrane i.e a shiny or matt finish.
  • The detail and quality of the nipple

Note: These forms can be worn braless/attached. The adhesion system used would generally be double-sided tape for the smaller sizes and a form of medical adhesive for sizes 5 and above.

Triangular Silicone Breast Forms

Triangle breast forms.

The second “standard” shape of Breast Forms are the Triangular shape. In general, these have quite a concave back and sit better over any actual chest/pectoral development you may have. Often referred to as the “supermodel” style as they have quite a bit of forward projection and are quite full on the frame. These are often more appropriate for someone with a fuller frame or protruding waistline as they help to balance the profile out better. Several manufacturers produce a self-adhesive version of this design. The adhesion system can be either a wipe clean and renew compound or removable and replacement sticky pads. If you are looking for a well-defined bustline then this style is worth considering. One modal, in particular, is worth pointing out as it is fundamentally different than all the other in this category and that is the Aphrodite Range. The method of production for the Aphrodite is completely different it is a more mailable matt finished form and is self-adhesive these are the Rolls Royce of silicone breast forms and once worn you will find it difficult to return to the other models.

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Aysemtrial Silicon Breast Forms – Sometimes referred to as Classics

Asymmetrical Breast Forms

Both the oval and triangular forms have their unique benefits so it would make complete sense to produce a shape that combines the two forms into one. Hence the Asymmetrical form was born. These are the only breast form that is left and right-handed. The theory being that the tail end of the forms fits under the armpit (like the oval). This style has the volume of the triangular form and the blending capability of the oval forms. This combined feature makes the asymmetrical breast forms one of the most popular options. As with the triangular version of forms, there is a self-adhesive version of this form available.

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Semi-round Silicon Breast Forms

semi-round breast forms

This is rather a unique shape/approach. This shape is in reality exactly the shape you would expect if you were to undergo a breast plant operation. Therefore you could argue that this is the most realistic shape. They are full and even in appearance and do the job very well.

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Not surprisingly I get asked about how to select silicone breast forms quite regularly and I always offer the same guidance or pieces of advice which can be summed up as:

Look and Feel – is it the look that is important sounds odd but you can achieve a good and convincing look by using foam inserts or foam breast forms and they are much cheaper. If it is the feel and by that I mean weight and bounce then you should consider a silicone breast form. If you would like to really feel at one with your new best friends then consider a self-adhesive pair. On the subject of self-adhesive if you are considering using a medical adhesive spray or glue I would recommend purchasing the economy range of breast forms as the glue over a period of time will build up on the back of the forms. This is my experience, to be honest, I always use the Aphrodite forms as they are my favourites I never have to worry about them moving and they look and feel great.

Keep your budget in mind – Breast forms are an investment so take your time over selecting the right pair for you. I have heard many a horror story of clients purchasing cheaper forms online only to find out the just don’t look or feel anything like they should do. My general recommendation is to go for the economy oval forms as your first pair. If you take care of your forms they will last for several years. If you require any further information or assistance please feel free to email me on sophie@translife.co.uk

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Looking For Wigs

Without question selecting the correct wig or hair replacement system can be critical. Not only for your visual appearance but also for your confidence. If you are suffering from natural hair loss or simply wish to experience a new look we hope this article will be of interest to you.

There are so many wigs available on the internet that selecting one can be almost impossible. To make matters even more challenging there are less and less actual “Bricks and mortar” shops around for you to visit and try them on. However, it is not all dome and glum, there are a couple of simple guidelines that can make the exercise a little simpler:

1. Select a well trusted and established brand
2. Know your face shape
3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your supplier.

2 and 3 above are reasonably self-explanatory. However, who are well and trusted brands when it comes to wigs? For the purpose of this article we are going to concentrate on two USA based manufacturers Henry Margu Wigs and Jon Renau Wigs and express why we consider them to be of note:

Henry Margu Wigs
Henry Margu Wigs is a family owned business and is the oldest, most experienced wig manufacturer in the US with a long history of providing exceptional service and quality. They are one of our preferred brands as their wigs are easy to care for and are resistant to various environmental conditions like heat, humidity and more, which causes the cheaper brand wigs to go frizzy and the fibres become tangled. So if you want to maintain a signature style, the soft silky hair pieces are great since they bounce back to their original style if cared for properly. These are not just great looking hair pieces, the modern synthetics also deliver on the areas of manageability as well as realism with superior colour as well as curl maintenance. The technique which gives the synthetic hair such natural softness and bounce was exclusively developed by Henry Margu himself. Some examples and types of wigs available from this extensive range are:

Felicia

Felicia Henry Margu wig

Felicia Henry Margu Wig. This softly curled look boasts a side-swept fringe that frames the face to enhance your natural beauty and provided a softer profile. Felicia by Henry Margu wigs is flirtatious, fabulous and a modern twist on a classic style. The 100% capless design will keep you cool and comfortable all day/night long. This particular wig is made from synthetic materials and is best suited for those wearers with an average head size.
Bethany

bethany henry margu wig

Bethany Henry Margu Wig. Bethany by Henry Margu is a beautiful, long (18 inches overall) style that falls over the shoulders with numerous layers, built-in volume and face-framing fringe. Henry Margu Bethany wigs with their cap-less construction offers plenty of styling options and all day wearing comfort. The Bethany style has Henry Margu’s exclusive highlighted colourations that add a touch of realism by using a darker base colour with lighter highlights.
Visage

Visage Henry Margu Wig

Visage Henry Margu Wig. Visage by Henry Margu is a gorgeous wig! this stunning style has soft spiral curls in cascading layers. Visage has a double monofilament top and Swiss stretch lace for a very comfortable fit. It also features polyurethane on the ear tabs for a snug and secure fit and a natural, under knotted lace front hairline for the most realistic of looks. Pair those features with Henry Margu’s exclusive highlighting making this one of the most beautiful, comfortable, and realistic wigs available on the market today.
Isabelle

Isabelle Henry Margu Wig

Isabelle Henry Margu Wig.Isabelle is a chic medium length style with barely there layers for a soft and elegant look. You could wear this with the layers flipped out or under depending on your preference. The Lace-front also allows the most natural looking hairline giving an illusion of natural hair growth to conceal any unnatural appearance of a wig.
Dynamic styling, natural colorations, and incomparable quality create the ultimate in hair fashions. Henry Margu…The difference is beautiful!™
Kendall

Henry Margu Kendall

Henry Margu Kendall is a beautiful below the shoulders slight wavy style that catches the eye. Featuring a Full Lace Front and a Monofilament Top, which offers greater comfort, styling versatility and a more natural appearance. A mono-top feels smoother against the scalp than a traditional or open cap and more comfortable as a result. The Lace Front gives a more natural looking hairline even under close inspection.

Jon Renau Wigs
Jon Renau Wigs are quality crafted styles with high impact and a focus on value for money. Always developing and innovating we are constantly surprised by the regular new shades and styles added to their range. The innovative smartlace designs and heat defiant fibres mean that you can get a truly versatile wig at such a competitive price. The human hair range is of extreme quality. Once you wear a Jon Renau Wig you will find it very difficult to switch allegiance to another brand that’s for sure. Not everyone is looking for a full wig, this is where Jon Renau Wigs come into their own with a great range of toppers. You can add volume exactly where you require it and no one will be any the wiser.

Alessandra

Shade Shown:14/26S10

Alessandra Jon Renau wig. This style is a long, layered, and extremely natural looking synthetic wig with choppy layers. The sheer lace front which is almost invisible to the eye allows you to change your look and style your hair away from the face. The monofilament top is hand-tied and creates multi-directional parting while still providing the appearance of natural hair growth. The graduated layers add movement and frame your face shape for an extremely flattering and female look.
Angelique

Shade: Caramel Syrup – FS26/31

Angelique Jon Renau wig is a long length, layered timeless hairstyle with a tempting textured fringe. The Angelique by Jon Renau is perfect for a modern up to the minute free flowing and sassy look. Part of Jon Renau’s exclusive o’solite collection Angelique features an open cap-less construction and signature lightweight synthetic fiber construction. The closed crown on the cap ensures added fullness and volume, the sweeping layers at the back blend in beautifully.
Drew

Drew Medium length wig by Jon Renau complete with smartlace front

Classic beauty and versatility make the Drew Jon Renau wig an instant hit with the majority of our clients. The temple to temple smart-lace front is sheer, realistic and will blend in with any skin tone even up close which is why this wig looks so real. The Drew Jon Renau wig also features a hand-knotted monofilament cap construction which means you unlimited options on where to part your hair and it looks so realistic even under the closest of inspections.
Ignite

Shade Shown: 12FS8

Ignite by Jon Renau wigs is one of the latest additions to the Heat Defiant range of wigs. The Heat defiant range combines the easy wearability of a traditional synthetic wig with the flexibility of styling associated with a human hair wig. In addition to this breakthrough technology, the ignite by Jon Renau is also constructed using its smartlace front and open cap approach. This ensures an almost invisible front hairline.
Julia

Julia long length synthetic wig with a Smartlace front and mono-filament wig cap construction by Jon Renau Wigs

Julia Jon Renau wig is a sassy fashion forward style that adds face framing layers and provides a stunning silhouette. This is one of the latest styles from one of the industries top wig manufacturers. The flattering and versatile style is ideal for most face shapes.

If You are still looking for wigs or have any wig related questions please feel free to email me on sophie@translife.co.uk and I will do my very best to assist you.

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Crossdressing Shops
Don’t you just love the internet? Type any phrase into “google” and you can find reams of information on it, some informative, some rather bizarre! On the subject of bizarre, we have to say, we did consider the title a little odd. After all, what do you mean by “Crossdressing Shops – Heres what you should look for in them” if we use the way Wikipedia describes crossdressing:

“Cross-dressing is the act of wearing items of clothing and other accoutrements commonly associated with the opposite sex within a particular society”

It also states that:

“Cross-dressing has been used for purposes of disguise, comfort, and self-discovery in modern times and throughout history”

We can basically establish what cross-dressing is but how exactly does that apply to a shop! Let alone on online business? It is a little bit of a stretch but the inference is that the company/organisation you are dealing with at least knows their products, has an interest in them and understands the subject matter. In a nutshell, they not there to take advantage of you and provide inferior products or service at inflated prices. If the entity does not have several key products within their range then you have to consider their value to you the purchaser for example:

Shapewear and Padding – Unless you are very lucky you are likely to require or consider a form of shapewear to provide a more feminine shape. After all, we are not born with super curvy hips and bottom (normally that is). This may be in the form of corsets, padded garments, silicone hip pads, waist clinchers or just firm shapewear. The point is there should be a wide and varied selection as no one garment/solution works for everyone. Is there a wide selection of colours and more importantly is it easy to select your size? Can I get information on size if I need to?

Breast Forms – This can be a minefield a quick search on Amazon or eBay will give you a heart attack which one should I select? Why the big price difference? Whats the best shape for me? And the questions go on and on….. In brief, along with your wig, this is potentially the biggest investment you will make. Be sure you have all the details to hand, is there a decent size chart available. Can I tell which is the best size or shape for me, if not is there someone to call? If I want to stick them on how can I do it, or what is the best options for my budget?

Heels for Men – Large size ladies shoes are a nightmare to find even on the internet. So you need to be confident the supplier knows there stuff. Are the shoes quoted in male sizes, what width are they. Again is there someone around who you can communicate with. The most important thing of all is, is there a returns policy just in case I get the size wrong.

Makeup – Sounds simple but cover girl does not cover boy. For example, do they supply a comprehensive range of full coverage foundation such as the famous Kryolan TV Paint Stick. How about those must have false eyelashes, do they have a makeup artist around who can respond to your email questions? Most importantly is the makeup genuine, not cheap copies from you know where!

jewellery – Basically will it fit! If they have rings do they expand. Are the chokers and necklaces long enough? All this information should be available.

Clothing – Is it wearable or just fantasy wear and more importantly does it go up to your size. Are there reviews by people that have purchased the garments?

Wigs – Without question this is an area where guidance is required. Quite often people will buy several wigs before they finally settle on one that suits their profile and the shade is correct. Wigs are like cars they all basically do the same thing but the price range is vast. Ask yourself if the information on the styles clear and meaningful, can you clearly see the shades and again what is the returns policy if any. One of the most important issues is to ensure that someone is around to ask those all important questions to. If you see styles that look great and appear too good to be true quite often they are! Look for established brands from your supplier such as Jon Renau, Henry Margu, Noriko, Amore to name but four.

Others area such as lingerie should be catered for as it is an important issue is it not.

If you can pick up the phone if you are not sure of the supplier and see what response you get, after all the cost of a phone call is nothing compared with the disappointment of receiving a poor quality product or something that looks nothing like you expected.

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Large Size Ladies Shoes

They say if you truly want to know a person then “walk a mile in their shoes” sound advice unless you have an ill-fitting, incorrectly sized pair of shoes that is.

All is well if you have size nine (UK size that is) feet or less. After all, you can pop along to your high street and have a huge selection at your disposal, so no problem. However, what happens if your feet are larger than a UK nine or wider than an “average” width? Let’s face it if you’re looking for large size ladies shoes your options suddenly become increasingly restricted. In the past, you may have had to do with a pair of incorrectly fitting shoes that were literally hell to walk in, or even had to pay a small fortune to get a decent shoe that actually fitted and looked half decent.

We are very familiar with these challenges and many more at Translife as we supply lots of high heels for men, drag queens and none binary folk. A lot of our clients seek advice on what are the correct sizes to purchase and of course how comfortable and easy are they to walk in.
We have experienced a significant increase in enquiries from women who simply can not find large size ladies shoes that are fashionable and not ridiculously expensive. Many women call us asking if we supply shoes to “women” and the answer is ALWAYS Hell yes! We are here to help Everyone. In fact, all the footwear in our store are sized men/women natural so if you are a size UK 10 either lady or gentleman it is a size 10 you require it is a simple as that with us.

One of the interesting concepts is “High Heels” – Whilst our brains may think a six-inch stiletto heel looks super sexy and they do, by the way, walking in them can be, well tricky. That is why we have a comprehensive range of styles based on heel height and heel design. From virtually flat to styles with seven-inch heels and beyond for the more adventurous. Listed below are some of the popular styles that are available up to a UK12 (USA 15) as standard:

Amuse 25 in Black Patent by Pleaser USA

Amuse 25 a classic ladies style available up to a UK size 13.

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Classique 20 – Stunning style available in Twenty Four colours up to a UK size 13.

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Delight 609 in Rose Gold available up to UK 11 in a wide range of colours

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Dream 431 available in a patent finish up to a UK 13.

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Divine 420 shown in Nude Patent Finish.

Fab 420 wide fitting low heel shoe in black faux leather by Pleaser USA

Fab 420 wide fitting low heel shoe in black faux leather or patent finish up to a UK 13.

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Divine 418 in patent finish. This style is available up to a UK 13.

Domina 212 peep toe classic court six inch stiletto heel shoe by Pleaser USA

Domina 212 peep toe classic court six inch stiletto heel shoe. Available up to a UK 12.

The above are just a small (and we mean small) sample of the shoes we have on offer. We believe everyone should have access to shoes and boots that not only look fabulous but also fit. If you would like to experience our full range of footwear then follow one of the links below:

Flat Heel Shoes 2″-3″ Heel Shoes3″-5″ Heels  5″-6″ Heels Above 6″ Heels

We are always delighted to hear from you so please if you have any questions relating to information contained in this article or anything else on our website please feel free to email me at sophie@translife.co.uk

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Jon Renau Summer Shades

Always innovative, fashionable and on point. Inspired by the California influence these stunning shades reflect the warmth and vibrancy you would associate with such iconic surroundings. Four NEW blonde shades have been introduced into many of the popular styles and will be available from the 2nd of July 2018. Each of the shades is rich in colour, depth and personality and we are super confident that you will be as enthusiastic about them as we are. If you wish to be a touch different and feel inspired to examine the various styles available in these great shades then select the tab below for the full details on the style:

Drew

Drew The Heat resitant smartlace design – Available in the NEW Malibue Blonde shade 12FS12

Classic beauty and versatility make the Drew Jon Renau wig an instant hit with the majority of our clients. The temple to temple smart-lace front is sheer, realistic and will blend in with any skin tone even up close which is why this wig looks so real. The Drew Jon Renau wig also features a hand-knotted monofilament cap construction which means you unlimited options on where to part your hair and it looks so realistic even under the closest of inspections.
The longer pieces in the front of the Drew wig measure ten and a half inches, you can leave it as is (the straight out of the box look) or you can ask your stylist to cut a side fringe or full fringe to suit your preference. The heat Defiant fibres means you can add waves or curls to this style the options are yours. The Drew by Jon Renau is a classic length with a believable cap construction and great smart-lace technology all combined to make a sure-fire winner.

SPECIFICATIONS
Length Fringe 10.5″ Crown 11″ Sides 8″ Nape 9.25″
SKU 5960
Collection HD Collection.
Color Shown 14/26.
Cap Construction Lace Front / Monofilament.
Cap Size Average.
Hair Type Heat Defiant Synthetic.
Weight 4.3 oz.

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Zara

Zara – Available in ALL Four of the NEW California Blonde Shades.

Zara Jon Renau wig is a chic, stylish long layered wig that allows endless styling options to reflect the occasion. The Zara by Jon Renau combines the light comfort and natural looking growth of our mono-filament cap construction along with our Jon Renaus exclusive SmartLace technology. The smartlace technology offers the most natural hairline available. No tape or glue required when you wear this wig. The combined smart lace and mono-filament cap ensures this style looks and feels ultra-realistic even under the closest of inspections. This style is also available in the large-cap option.

SPECIFICATIONS
Length B 11.5″ C 17″ S 16.5″ N 15.5″.
SKU 5133.
Collection SmartLace.
Color Shown FS26/31.
Cap Construction Lace Front / Mono-filament.
Cap Size Average.
Hair Type Synthetic.
Weight 4.9 oz.

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Julianne - Smartlace Synthetic Wig

Julianne is available in ALL Four of the NEW California Blonde shades.

Julianne Jon Renau wig – by Jon Renau welcomes the sunshine with the effortless beach waves of this asymmetrical style that reflects the latest trends in wig styling. This 100% hand-tied wig features a SmartLace front and monofilament cap construction for ultra-natural multidirectional styling. The beauty of a 100& hand-tied monofilament cap is that you can literally style the wig into any shape you require giving ultimate flexibility and natural appearance. The light and airy construction of this style ensures great movement.
JULIANNE JON RENAU WIG – HIGHLIGHTS
Fringe: 10.5″
Crown: 12.25″
Sides: 9.5″
Nape: 5.75″
Cap Size: Average
Cap Construction: 100% Hand-Tied, Smartlace, Monofilament.

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Ignite - Heat Resistant Synthetic Wig

Ignite is available in ALL FOUR of the NEW California Blonde Shades.

Ignite by Jon Renau wigs is one of the latest additions to the Heat Defiant range of wigs. The Heat defiant range combines the easy wearability of a traditional synthetic wig with the flexibility of styling associated with a human hair wig. In addition to this breakthrough technology, the ignite by Jon Renau is also constructed using its smartlace front and open cap approach. This ensures an almost invisible front hairline.
The angled layers incorporated into the style of the Ignite by Jon Renau means that it can be flipped out with a flat iron for that chic look or even blow-dried over a round brush for a super sleek bob. All of the Heat Defiant wigs are designed to give you the power to reinvent your look day after day. flat iron, blow dry crimp and curl our Heat Defiant wigs just like natural human hair. The synthetic hair can be styled with heat up to 350 degrees. Perfect for high energy days or haute couture nights, Heat Defiant wigs can be restyled daily to suit your mood, or worn straight out of the box for stunning, all-day beauty.
IGNITE JON RENAU WIG – SPECIFICATION
Collection: HD Collection
Color Shown:12FS8, Toffee Truffle
Cap Design: Lace Front / Open Cap
Cap Size: Average
Hair Type: High Heat Synthetic Fiber.
Fringe: 8″
Crown: 5.75″
Nape: 1.5″
Side: 5.25″
Weight: 2.7 oz

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Victoria - Smartlace Synthetic Wig

Victoria is available in ALL FOUR of the NEW California Blonde Shades.

Victoria Jon Renau wig. This style is a sleek modern bob that creates a flattering angled silhouette. The hand-tied mono-filament top and smartlace hairline allow each strand to swivel freely, just like natural hair. Even under the closets of inspections, the hairline looks so natural. Made using high quality, fine synthetic fibre, the Victoria wig is easy to care for and style using just your fingers, and always looks great!
VICTORIA JON RENAU – SPECIFICATION
Length: Fringe 6″ Crown 8.75″ Sides 6.5″ Nape 2.25″
Collection: SmartLace.
Cap Construction: Lace Front / Mono-filament / Hand tied.
Cap Size: Average.
Hair Type: Synthetic.
Weight: 2.6 oz.

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January - Smartlace Synthetic Wig

January – This style is available in ALL the New California Blonde Shades.

January Jon Renau wig, this is one of the very latest additions to the Smartlace collection by Jon Renau. The style is best described as a shortcut bob with face-framing loose waves. As soon as you open the box you can see the quality of this wig. The crown / top section of this wig has been fully hand-tied so that the appearance is as natural as possible. In addition, it is a sheer mono-filament piece, which means that wherever you part the wig, it will give the impression that the hair is coming from your own scalp. There is an additional feature of a smartlace / full lace front.
The fringe measures 8.5″ and is full of loose curls that are naturally swept to the side. The fringe blends into the side layers which have tumbled waves throughout. The crown layers have just enough length to be feminine, but not too long to be overpowering. This bob shaped style has nearly the same length of layers all the way around. As with all true great styles, it is the simplicity that makes it so wonderful.
JANUARY JON RENAU WIG – HIGHLIGHTS
Cap Design: Lace Front / Single Mono-filament
Cap Size: Average
Hair Type: Synthetic
Fringe 8.5″
Crown 10″
Nape 4.25″
Side 6.25″
Weight 2.9 oz

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Miranda - Smartlace Synthetic Wig

Miranda is available in ALL the NEW California Blonde Shades.

Miranda Jon Renau – Sophisticated long layers make a powerful statement and a great impression. Styled to catch the eye this stunning new style from Jon Renau looks so natural you are the only one who will know it is a wig. The SmartLace front looks like a natural hairline and the monofilament part allows multi-directional parting. Combine these two features with a great range of shades and you have the ultimate hairstyle for a youthful look. The model is shown wearing shade 12FS8 which is this season’s most popular shade due to it’s warm and flattering undertones.
MIRANDA JON RENAU – HIGHLIGHTS
Collection: SmartLace.
Color Shown: 12FS8, 1BRH30.
Cap Design: Lace Front / Mono Part.
Cap Size: Average.
Hair Type: Synthetic.
Fringe: 10.25″.
Crown: 12.5″.
Nape: 12″.
Side: 11″.
Weight: 5 oz.

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Alessandra - Lace Front Synthetic Wig

Alessandra – This style is available in ALL the New California Blonde Shades.

Alessandra Jon Renau wig. This style is a long, layered, and extremely natural looking synthetic wig with choppy layers. The sheer lace front which is almost invisible to the eye allows you to change your look and style your hair away from the face. The monofilament top is hand-tied and creates multi-directional parting while still providing the appearance of natural hair growth. The graduated layers add movement and frame your face shape for an extremely flattering and female look.

The SmartLace Front mimics a natural hairline and each hair is hand tied one by one to ensure the most versatile style possible. The top is also hand-tied and made of a sheer material to create a scalped look, so even under the closest of inspection the hair looks like is coming out of your own scalp. The cap has open wefting on the sides and back to allow air to come through which keeps you cool and comfortable all day. The synthetic hair is pre-styled with long, choppy layers and is ready-to-wear out of the box, all you have to do is give it a little shake and your set.
ALESSANDRA JON RENAU WIG – HIGHLIGHTS
• SmartLace Front
• Monofilament Top
• Velvet Ear Tabs
• Adjustable Tabs
Fringe: 8.5″
Crown: 13.75″
Nape” 13.75″
Sides: 10.5″

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Cameron - Lacefront Synthetic Wig

This style is available in ALL the New California Blonde shades.

Cameron Jon Renau wig. Based on the traditional elongated bob style this new addition to the Jon Renau collection has layered ends that create shape and movement. The sheer lace front allows you to change your look and style your hair away from the face and has all the versatility of a monofilament hand-tied cap construction which creates a multi-directional parting while providing the appearance of natural growth from the scalp at the same time. This long bob is flattering for all ages and all face shapes.
The SmartLace Front mimics a natural hairline and each hair is hand tied one by one which is what gives this style such versatility. The top is made with a sheer material to create a scalp look and create natural volume. The entire cap has is hand-tied for comfort, natural movement, and styling versatility. The synthetic hair is pre-styled with soft rounded layers and is ready-to-wear out of the box or for a more personal look why not take it to your stylist and get it cut and shaped exactly the way you want it. Further details on the cap construction can be found below by pressing the “Cap Construction” Tab.
CAMERON JON RENAU WIG – SPECIFICATION
Item Number 5980
Collection SmartLace
Colour Shown 4/33, 12FS8
Cap Design Lace Front / Monofilament / Hand-tied
Cap Size Average
Hair Type Synthetic
Fringe 10″
Crown 12″
Nape 4.5″
Side 7.75″
Weight 3.3 oz

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DRAG QUEENS FOREVER

Drag Queens Forever – It’s not just a statement it should be a way of life. Even from an early age, I was amazed and astounded by how stunning, talented and creative many of the Queens were/are. I would consider myself as a frustrated DIVA, whilst I have done my fair share of entertaining MC and door whoring I could never climb the dizzy heights to stardom that many a queen enjoys today.  So I spend my “retired” years in helping/working in our Dressing Service as the make-up artist and love every second of it. Living in Brighton we are surrounded by many of the established hard working Queens who relentlessly raise huge amounts of cash for local and national charities. This is a side few of the punters recognise or acknowledge and goes to show that it not always about lip sink and huge hair it’s often the huge hearts that win the day.

So what is this is section all about?  Quite simply this is a little part of our site / the “net” wherein some small way I/we would like to pay homage and respect to old, not so old and up and coming Queens for reasons best known to us. Hopefully, you may wish to comment or even support our views or not as the case may be. Some of the Queens featured are of course VERY well known, others may not be or are just personal favourites of mine. No matter what the reason I strongly believe that every Queen that adorns a frock should be loved and supported for their vision, courage and dam right sass, God love um ALL!

Dave Lynn - Brighton ENGLAND

Dave Lynn Brighton Drag Queen

Dave Lynn

Dave is one of the hardest working Queens in Brighton and has been around well let’s say a few years. I have had the pleasure of watching her perform on many an occasion in loads of venues in and around Brighton. Talented beyond question she sings and has the gift of timing when it comes to delivering the one-liners. Always has time for her audience and will stay and chat as if you were old friends. I first heard of Dave when she appeared on a television show called “Faking it” mind you looking back at the way the Guardian described the episode at the time neither Dave nor I would be happy about the way they described him as a “veteran Transvestite” but that was how things were back then! You will find loads of information on this truly wonderful individual on the internet, I have listed a couple of examples below:

Follow Dave on Twitter HERE
Follow Dave on facebook HERE

So much energy and as I said in the introduction one of the tireless contributors to local charity events. Never a dull moment when she is on stage!

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My job can be a heap of fun, in fact, I often feel a bit of a fraud when I say it’s my job. After all how many people are lucky enough to make their living out of their passion? Not that many I would imagine. I thought I would take a few minutes out of my schedule to say how much I loved working with two very young clients at our Dressing Service recently. The basic brief was to help develop a more dramatic look yet at the same time not go to over the top. As an experiment, we carried out the traditional eye-brow blocking technique on one eye and a face-tape lift on the other just to show/is the difference. For those interested that comprised of:

Face-Tape lifting
I used one set of the Art Harding lifts applying them to just above the natural eyebrow and along the opposite jaw-line. I strongly favour this technique mainly because it’s quick and if carried out correctly really opens the eyes up and makes a major difference. We do have a video on this technique if you require some in-depth/visual explanation on how to carry it out.
Eye-Brow Blocking
Whilst this is a widely practised technique I really don’t like it – The main reason is no matter how good you are at it the finish always cracks and you end up apply quite a bit of glitter to mask this effect. However, if you take your time you can get an acceptable finish. Over the years I have tried almost all the possible combinations of products. The best by far is using cine-wax to hold the hairs down followed by sealing with HD Pro Gum

I have always found that to establish a more dramatic look one needs to apply pigmented or iridescent eyeshadow shades as they truly pop. A little word of caution they can be a little random when applying them and make sure you have used an eyeshadow primer beforehand to ensure they stick well. I was asked if I had to select a single eye product what would it be? That’s simple it is Glamour Sparks, Noble I just LOVE IT! It is a VERY fine glitter that goes on perfectly every time and has got me out of trouble so often. There were a couple of other techniques we worked on notably:

Eyelash Stacking
So many Drag Queens have fantastic, detailed and sassy eyes. One of the things to try and do is to stack the eyelashes so effectively you are wearing two sets one on top of the other. You have to take your time I always do it in position. Firstly I apply the lower/long set as close to the inside of the eye as possible. The second set is set on top of the first but as far to the outside of the eye as possible. I always select a more sweeping set for the outer part of the eye if possible. Once in position apply as many coats of mascara as possible to blend everything together. I prefer to use Amazing Shine numbers 38 and 47 to get the right look.

As you can see from the two photographs we have here both the girls look striking without being too over the top. I was a great afternoon of swooping tips and tricks. We have such a great mixture of clients at our Dressing Service literally from 18 to 88 (the oldest to date), everyone one has individual qualities and as the saying goes you are never too old to realise your dreams. A Dressing Service is a good place to visit for many reasons. It should be a place that you can discover which styles of wigs are best suited to your face shape and the look you are trying to achieve, Working with the make-up artist you should be able to arrive at a look that you will be comfortable with and often amazed by. Our one piece of advice is ALWAYS to ask around and see if you can get advise/comments from people who have visited the service to get their honest opinions after all it is your day and you want it to be as special as possible.

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Robyns Journey

Hi Everyone:

My name is Robyn and I am writing this in the hopes that it will inspire all of you to be totally true to yourselves and to live the lives you were meant to live. Sometimes to be truly happy we have to come to some earthshattering realizations of who we are and who we aspire to be. This was certainly the situation I had to face.

I will begin by saying that I am not a youngster ( boo-hoo ) anymore. When I developed my feminine persona, it was prudent to keep it well hidden from those around me. Transgender was not a word that was understood or even used back when I knew I was different. Society, as many of you might recall, was very biased towards the LBGT+ community, especially the “T” word which wasn’t even included in the LGB vernacular. People labelled us “Transvestites, He-She, along with other equally vulgar adjectives. It just wasn’t “normal” for a man to dress like a woman. Even a man with long hair was frowned upon. Queers, faggots, sissies, girly boys were terms I vividly remember. And so it was. I knew who I was and what made me happy but couldn’t act out for fear of the normal reactions from family, friends, and co-workers. I didn’t want to be judged or lose everyone around me. I felt totally isolated on the inside but played the role of the alpha males on the outside so I could fit in. I truly felt that if I was found out, everyone who made up my life would be totally mortified and shun me. This was at a time when there was no Internet, support groups, or even psychologists who specialized in gender-related matters. I had no support and no one to turn to.

As the years went by, I tried to ignore my feelings, thinking there was surely something wrong with me. After all, I was born a man. I was supposed to graduate school, get married, do “guy” things, have kids and on and on. And I did all of those things. I tried to be the man I was raised to be. BUT! And all of you who might be reading this knows what the word “BUT’ means. I was totally playing the role so I could fit in, be accepted and admired. That was the outside me, not the inside me. The inside me found beauty and peace in all things feminine. I never went into a department store without first going to the women’s department so I could look at all the beautiful garments, dresses, skirts, shoes, underclothes, etc. The men’s area was bland and boring, offering the usual suits, shirts, ties, and shoes that I knew I had to wear, but hated!

Then as more time went by, I just had to know what it felt like to have a totally smooth body and put on something feminine. Bought lots of things after that because the feelings I experience when “en femme” brought me so much pleasure and just reinforced the idea that I was someone else on the inside. But, as I’m sure most of you know, it was an isolated experience. A lonely experience because you just didn’t reveal that side of you to anyone. Then my real issues began to set in. I was conflicted and in pain knowing that I couldn’t be who I was meant to be.
I purged and bought and purged and bought and on and on until I knew I needed help. More time went by until the Internet came along and stories of others like myself appeared. Magazines come out and movies and novels featuring so many others who had feelings similar to my own. I discovered venues where members of the LGB community went. Then it was LGBT! YAY! And there were events that got worldwide recognition to celebrate alternative lifestyles. It was a new time, even though so much of the old hatred still lingered. At least I knew I was not alone.

Then came the reckoning! I could no longer find happiness in my current state of mind. My male v. my female. One had to go. I, unlike so many others in our community, could not continue to live dual lives. For me it had to be one or the other. That’s just my reality.

And so I am facing this head-on, taking the bull by the horns, so to speak. I have sought out counselling to address this conflict of souls and have decided in favour of the feminine. I, along with my therapist, have decided that given my history and my issues, it would be better for me going forward to become the woman I truly am. My transition officially begins on Monday, June 27th.

I feel lighter than air! Just to have made this decision has put a smile on my face and a skip in my step. I know the path forward will be fraught with many obstacles, but none could be worse than living the lie that I lived for so long. I am at peace now. I have come out to so many and the reactions have all been so positive and supportive. It just makes me want to cry tears of joy!
I don’t know what impact this narrative may have on anyone else, but I guess I’m hoping that it will give all of you who may be experiencing what I did some hope that you really CAN be the person you were meant to be and live the life you were meant to live. We only have one life to live. I know so many trans individuals who spend so much time wondering why they are the way they are instead of becoming the person they were meant to be. We are the way we are because that’s just who we are. Why spend so much time trying to figure it out. Just live it and be happy!

BE HAPPY AND BE YOURSELF. DON’T LET OTHERS LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU!!!!!

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