You will have heard of the capsule wardrobe; a tightly edited collection of timeless items that fit you like a glove and can be worn across occasions.
This consists of a number of key everyday garments such a well cut blazer, white t-shirt, great-fitting pair of jeans and so on.
Accompanied of course by a few investment pieces that will upgrade a classic outfit, such as statement jewellery, a good-quality handbag… etcetera, etcetera.
Within your beauty wardrobe, this is also true. Especially now that the #nobuy movement is taking hold (code for: stop buying crap you don’t need). The mood now is to buy less, but buy better.
In other words, invest in a decent serum or high quality cleanser and your complexion will look a darn sight better than if you pile on 12 ineffective products.
Plus, when you fill your bathroom cabinet with a few standout beauty products that you’ve saved up for, you will start your day feeling like a rock star.
Chosen for not only their looks (come on, that’s important) but for their high quality ingredients, proven performance and luxurious textures, these are my top five skincare investments for autumn.
Packed with 99 per cent natural ingredients that have proven efficacy, the thick, luxurious nature of this cream means you will slow down and massage it in. Do it every morning and night for a month and your body – wobbly bits especially – will thank you.
2. One-step success
If you want to skip your serum and put faith in one super-cream, this is a good bet. With a potent mix of peptides (for firming) and vitamins (for brightening, protecting and hydrating), it absorbs quickly to deliver high-quality ‘actives’ deep into your skin cells.
3. Deep-sea treat
One for serum addicts… Beauty editors (me included) have been stockpiling this on trips to Japan for years. Finally available in the UK this month, it contains an algae complex designed to improve skin texture, making it look plump and youthful.
4. Dream clean
A cream/foam hybrid, this deeply cleans while leaving skin baby-soft. Apply one pump, massage into skin and emulsify with water to remove pollution, sebum, dirt and make-up without stripping skin.
Infused with super-hyaluronic acid (yes, super), this luxurious gel-cream targets six types of eye wrinkles, including crow’s feet, corner crinkling, under-eye wrinkles and stress lines between the brows.