I don’t know about you but when it comes to foundations I do my research, I circle certain foundations, watch youtube, read blogs, go through website reviews for months before finally going into to stores to swatch and then finally buy. High-end foundations are an investment and so important to get right, I can spend weeks researching going back and forth between different foundations, before finally taking the plunge and went for ” target=”_blank”>Armani Maestro Foundation.
The Armani Maestro is an oil based foundation that has pigments instead of powder to give a more natural finish. It feels like an extension of skincare, the oil doesn’t feel greasy or leave a film, it instead helps meld the pigment into the skin. It gets better as the day wears on, keeping the coverage intact and the skin looking healthy and hydrated. The oil base makes the foundation watery in texture, hence the pipette it comes with.
I ended up buying two colours, 5.5 which is me at my darkest, height of summer/fake tan. And then 3 which is probably a little warmer than my palest. I’ve been mixing the shades to create a perfect colour match, the pipettes make doing this so simple. The only problem I have with this foundation is its such a watery foundation I use up a lot of product at every use. The product can be spread out easily but for a fuller coverage it does need to be built up, I can use several drops, at the moment 4-5 drops of shade 3 and 1-2 drops of 5.5. It’s so easy to buff into the skin, I’ve been using a buffing brush to get it all over my face and then go over it all with a damp beauty blender to really work it into the skin, once there it feels non-existent. It feels so natural and light.
Although it is supposed to be a matte foundation, I don’t find this at all. It’s more of a hybrid, velvet texture that sits in between dewy and matte. Much like Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere Foundation. I’ve worn it with and without powder to set it down. It does tend to wear away around my t-zone after a few hours (a normal occurrence with most of my foundations) but it’s easy to powder over. Using a setting spray or powder does help it to last that little bit longer. I’d say its similar in many ways to the Chanel, except the heavy emphasis on the oil working to give skin a little more hydration that most foundations and a truly natural finish which is comfortable to wear all day. It’s a perfect day time foundation.
I used to hunt through vintage stores for velvet dresses, jackets, anything I could get my hands on but now there’s never been so much velvet out on the high street and I couldn’t be happier. My last post saw me wearing a velvet cami dress, which came from a lookbook video dedicated to the material du jour on my youtube channel. You can check the video out at the bottom of the post but I have three favourite pieces that I wanted to natter on about.
Alongside velvet, chokers have been making a serious comeback and it’s a great little trend to get in on because it really won’t break your bank account and there are chokers to suit so many styles. This velvet ring choker from Regal Rose, a brand I’ve never heard of before but if you go through all the items on ASOS, you find a jewellery brand that does some unique, bordering on gothic style pieces. I was sold immediately when I came across this choker, I love the interlocking rings and the heavy gunmetal chain give it a strong feel but its still thin enough to look elegant and not overwhelm the neck area. There was also the choker seen above in a burgundy velvet, but with a habit that is difficult to break I of course, went ahead and bought the black version.
One of the few items of colour I picked up, was the light grey velvet skirt from River Island which I adore at the moment. The colour is a true light grey, almost white in some lights, the grey colour works at breaking up all over black outfits that tend to happen with its soft buttery velvet material and sheen. An A-Line skirt, a style I always revert back to with two huge pockets at the front.
Lastly some heels that are a very subtle and fun way to work velvet into your wardrobe. Once again another River Island purchase, these tie up block heeled open toe sandals are what Christmas parties are made for. But that’s getting a little ahead of myself. For now I’m going to wear these in a much more casual way, with skirts and jumpers, boyfriend fit jeans and big, slouchy jumpers.
It’s October, so it’s about time I cracked out the velvet and threw out some 90s vibes along with it, no? Finding the perfect cami dress feels like an endless endeavour sometimes but when this black velvet cami dress arrived I knew I was onto a keeper. It’s fitted around the bust but it a loosely fitted from the waist down, giving it a more relaxed look. It also dips low round the back which is what sold me completely, the overall feel of the dress is versatility. It’s a gorgeous party dress to wear throughout the holiday season but equally is easy to layer over cropped T’s or polo necks later into the winter months. I’ve thrown on my trusty Prada Boots to finish off my outfit, these boots are so old (going on 10 years) but any kind of ankle boot works.
Its time to start pulling out all the black clothes from storage or you know buy a few more items to add to the ever growing collection. I have a strong love for the Dr Denim jeans that you can see above, high waisted and super thin. They have a jegging like quality to them but the stretchy material makes them insanely comfortable and the go with everything. I missed them this summer and needed a fresh pair for autumn. That was all I went onto ASOS for and then the rest kind of happened.
Along with all these basics, there was a bit of colour thrown in for good measure. I’m in look with the pyjama trend that is still making its rounds and so thought to try out the peach pyjama jumpsuit, which is below. It’s peach coloured jumpsuit with contrasting navy piping running throughout and navy buttons. Its a beautiful contrast, and the shape with culotte legs and slouchy slightly oversized top is beautiful.
I’m not sure I’m brave enough to wear this colour throughout the winter months though? Maybe I should search for a navy jumpsuit instead to get more wear out of it. I also picked up a few more pieces and you can check them out in the video below alongside me trying on all the items you can see here.
Let me know what you think about this jumpsuit? Do you like the colour? Do you like the pyjama trend?