Fashion-wise, January has been a month of Couture ogling and last-minute sale shopping. The SS15 Couture shows arrived and beatified my Instagram feed for a few days. Although the shows don’t inspire me as much as Ready-to-wear, I can’t help but admire the craftsmanship that goes into them. Dior is usually always my favourite and this season was no exception! I really like how Raf Simons ensures that the Couture collection isn’t too far away from RTW in terms of the approach and inspiration. Even though he uses historical influences, his Couture shows still feel modernistic and unlike a collection of replicas.
Ultimately, it is the design teams that must be congratulated for these shows as the fine detail that goes into Haute Couture is impeccable and beyond fashion’s expectations. This video tells the story of how Dior Couture SS15 was created from the design rooms to the catwalk. The pure effort that goes into these shows is phenomenal! I loved the cleanliness of the stripes on the pleated skirts in this collection – although they were feminine, they were slightly less obvious for Dior.
I also did a spot of last minute sale shopping as it’s nearing the end of sale season once again – a time that is always bitter sweet. At least we have new, squeaky clean collections to look forward to. I bought a few pieces from Gap, a shop I rarely go into but should visit more as I am a minimal basics lover! Most of the pieces are slightly too conservative for my liking but there are a few hidden gems to be found. I bought a tan, cropped jacket and a grey quilted sweater for £20 in the sale – they had a 40% off offer on the sale items so an absolute bargain. If you love wearing basics in neutral palettes then don’t miss out Gap, especially in Sale season.
I’ve had to buy a few bits of staple make-up this month because as everyone knows, once you run out of one thing you end up running out of five things! I have been slightly up and down with bronzers recently – I went from Nars Laguna to a cheap Collection one which disappointed me by breaking into tiny pieces. This month I settled in the middle and opted for Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder. A favourite for most beauty bloggers, I used this in summer last year and I forgot how natural yet effective it is. I think the blend of a tan and highlighter shade makes the finish more subtle than other bronzers. It’s great at warming up your skin tone subtly in Winter and highlighting your tanned skin in Summer. The mirror is a bonus, especially as it’s only £11, I just wish the packaging was a little sturdier as the cardboard collapsed on me last time!
I ventured towards the Benefit counter to buy a friend a present the other day and ended up purchasing their Dandelion blusher. I have used the same Bourgeois blusher for the past few years now (seriously, it never dies) and I was eager to try something new. Dandelion is a cute and fresh pale pink shade and I love how it only has a hint of shimmer in it, making it perfect for everyday wear. It also smells amazing so I always apply it last to enjoy the scent!
I re-purchased Revlon’s PhotoReady Airbrush Effect foundation in Natural Beige. This is definitely my favourite foundation at the moment. The consistency is light however it gives amazing coverage and a really flawless finish. Most importantly for me, it is fragrance and oil free meaning my sensitive skin isn’t irritated and it contains SPF 20 so I’m also looking after my skin. It definitely brightens my skin and even though it is slightly dewy, I only have to touch up my face once during the day to avoid shiny patches. The best thing about this product has to be the coverage though – it genuinely does such a good job at hiding scarring without feeling heavy on the skin. You can currently get it on offer at Boots.
I got the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye cream for Christmas after testing it out previously. It contains Evening Primrose and lavender so the scent is really pleasant to apply before bed. In the morning, my under-eyes are definitely less puffy and it helps keep dark circles at bay. Again, this product is oil-free and fragrance-free, something that is so, so important if you have sensitive skin. I much prefer being able to squeeze the cream onto my finger with this tube rather than a pot – it is definitely more effective when applying.