OOTD | The Checked Cape

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Oh look, here I am doing an outfit post, for the first time in MONTHS! Back when I first started writing Couture Girl, photography wasn't really high on my priorities and I'd often take shoddy looking outfit snaps on my phone and upload them to my blog. However, times have changed and things have moved on since then so taking photos for an outfit post now requires a lot of effort. It means finding a good outdoor space to take the photos because my messy bedroom just doesn't cut it, finding some free time when I'm not at work, have time to make myself look presentable and its actually daylight outside. I'm also super picky with photos of myself and there isn't often many I'm happy with. I don't know about you but I over-analyse every single photo of myself, usually end up hating them, feel self concious and don't bother to upload them. I'm such a worry wart, let me tell you. 

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A/W Cape Trend, Blue Vanilla, OOTD, Outfit Post, The Checked Cape,

Anyway, rant aside, today I'd like to showcase my beautiful new cape from Blue Vanilla, a new fashion website that I urge you all to to check out. Their site doesn't officially launch until next month but when it does, you can get your hands on beautiful items like this one for very affordable prices so its well worth checking out. For now, you can follow them on FacebookTwitter and InstagramCapes are the big trend of the moment since Burberry had the likes of Cara Deleveigne, Suki Waterhouse and Olivia Palermo rocking their checked cape from their new A/W range at London fashion week and as we can't all afford Burberry, this one is a great alternative. 

I love the monochrome colours, the way it hangs and how it instantly makes a very simple outfit 10 times more chic. As you can see in the photos, paired with a plain black cami, my trusty Topshop Leigh jeans and a pair of ankle boots, it instantly spruces up the outfit and makes it look more stylish. I know I'll be getting a lot of wear out of it throughout the colder months. It can even double up as a blanket - always a bonus!

Anyway, that's all from me - I feel a bit apprehensive about posting this after not doing a fashion post for such a long time so please do be kind and if you'd like to see more, do let me know! I may have to pester my boyfriend to be my photographer and get a few outfits posts taken every weekend! Let me know what you guys think!

Are you a fan of the cape trend? 

Lots of love,

NEW: Benefit Majorette

Monday, 20 October 2014

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Benefit's latest release comes in the form of 'Majorette', a cream to powder 'booster' blush. Now I have to be honest, when I received this in the post, I was a little confused. I mean I'm not a huge blush wearer at the best of times so the idea that this product is used to boost blush wasn't particuarly appealing to me. I also wasn't sure why you'd want to boost your blusher - wouldn't it make me look like a clown wearing this and another blusher on top?

Anyway, hesitations aside, I gave this product a go and was impressed with the results. A gorgeous peachy pink shade that would suit any skin tone, an easy to blend creamy formula and decent staying power - it ticks all my boxes. However, I still can't get passed the marketing of this product. In my opinion, its a cream blush, nothing more and nothing less. The whole blush booster concept is still a bit baffling to me and although I did try to pair this with one of the Benefit box blushers, I still didn't get it. As this product is fairly pigmented, it works perfectly well on its own and I think pairing it with something else, other than a nice highlight, make it a bit pointless. There's certainly no denying that wearing powder over cream will make blush last longer but unless I had a powder blush in the exact same shade, I wouldn't want to mix colours and go overboard. That's just my opinion though - maybe you get it better than I do? 

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One thing I will say is that in terms of cream blushes I've tried, this is one of the best. As I mentioned, its pigmented, creamy and lasts well on my skin. I find the colour very flattering too although I am confused as to why Benefit would release a S/S shade just in time for A/W? Again, maybe I'm being fussy but I feel this product would have been better placed in the Summer months when cream blushes are a more popular choice and peach shades are the go-to. 

I also have to mention the packaging which is just beautiful. Benefit never go too far wrong with packaging but this is definitely one of my favourite designs to date. Yes its a bit bulky and a pain to store (although it does just squeeze in my muji drawers) but I'm in love with the quirky tamborine inspired casing, the beautiful design on the blush itself and the large mirror. Its very sturdy too and made of plastic unlike Benefit's box powders which are cardboard. Its definitely a good choice for popping in my handbag for on the go touch ups as the cream formula is easy enough to dab on my cheeks and blend in with my fingers. 


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Overall, I'd say I'm a fan of this product. I'm not a fan of the way its been marketed as I wouldn't use it in the way its intended but as a cream blush, its lovely. I hope Benefit release more blushes with this formula! You can buy Majorette from Feel Unique, John Lewis, Look Fantastic, ASOS and House of Frazer for £23.50.

Will you be giving Majorette a try? 

Lots of love,

Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set

Saturday, 18 October 2014

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Today I'd like to talk to you about the prettiest makeup brushes I've ever seen. Yep, its the well loved Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury brush set*. This set of stunning rose gold brushes has been massively hyped by bloggers and beauty lovers around the world and its for good reason, let me tell you! Other than the beautiful black and rose gold design, the brushes themselves are up there with the best I've ever used.

The Rose Golden Luxury set comes cased in a high quality brown leather clutch bag with rose gold hardware. I love that this is included as its the perfect case to keep the brushes in when travelling and its so pretty too - I really am a sucker for anything rose gold! The brushes themselves arrived nicely wrapped inside the bag and there's eight in total, a mixture of both face and eye brushes.  

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I've popped the names of the eight brushes included in the set below:

Face: 106 Powder, 102 Silk Finish, 110 Face Shape, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek, 142 Concealer Buffer 
Eyes: 227 Soft Definer, 231 Petit Crease, 317 Wing Liner


There isn't one brush from the eight that I don't like or wouldn't use, they're all amazing. However, if I had to pick my favourites, I've been absolutely loving the '102 Silk Finish' for applying my liquid foundation and the '142 Concealer Buffer' for blending concealer under my eyes. I find they pick up the colour well and allow me to buff the product into my skin easily and create a flawless finish. I'm not going to go through all of the others individually as I think its pretty obvious from the names or images what they're supposed to be used for! They're made from synthetic taklon bristles which feel like silk on the skin and I really like that they dry really quickly after washing.

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Overall, I'm in love with this brush set. Everything from the way it looks to the effect the brushes help me create is excellent. I didn't think any brushes would ever compare with my Real Techniques but these Zoeva brushes have equally become a joint favourite! If you're going to add anything to your Christmas list this year, make it the Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury Brush Set. The set costs 65 euros on the Zoeva site which converts to £51.77. That's around £6.50 per brush. For eight high quality brushes and a case, I think this price is exceptional and completely worth paying. If this set in particular isn't for you, they also have lots of other sets available which you can find here. 

Shipping from the Zoeva site costs £7.50 so if you aren't willing to pay that, you can find the set on UK site Love Makeup, a site I've personally used before and find reliable. The set is slightly pricier at at £56.95 but they offer free delivery over £50.00 so it still works out cheaper than ordering direct from Zoeva. 

Do you like the look of this brush set?

Lots of love,