Weekly Window Shop: Some Brilliant Best Buys

I did have a Sunday Tittle Tattle scheduled for tomorrow, but it was so ridiculously depressing to read that I had to postpone it. Especially when I realised that it was in fact Easter Sunday, which should be a day of joyfulness and celebration. Who was I to post something so bleak and dismal that people would be losing their appetite mid-way through their chocolate Lindt bunny; quietly spitting out the half-chewed contents of their mouth into a hanky and vowing never to open the pages of A Model Recommends again?

So here we are with some jolly good “best buys” – things from the past few weeks that have turned out to be exemplary. I’d buy them many, many times over. Usually, all of these sorts of things would be in my favourites video, but I was sort of distracted this month and ended up wittering on about daffodils for half of it. So. If you’re wondering where to spend your money, make this your starting point…

dior forever undercover full coverage foundation

Dior Undercover Full Coverage Foundation, £30.60 at Escentual here*

I’ve been drafting a review of this brilliant foundation for a couple of months – I have some stupendous before-and-after photos, a detailed run-down of every moisturiser and serum I’ve used beneath it and every highlighter and bronzer I’ve used over the top, but I’ve been hesitant to post it all up because I have a sneaking suspicion that the last foundation I raved about was also from Dior. I think it was the mousse one, which is like a pricey version of La Roche-Posay’s (excellent) BB Blur. Anyway, the Undercover is fabulous – really heavily pigmented, for an absolutely flawless finish, but so lightweight. (I wear shade 20, by the way, as with all Dior foundations.) After a month of relatively disappointing foundation testing, I’ve gone back to Dior’s Undercover (find it here*) as a kind of morale boost. It’s that good.

TRISH MCEVOY Correct and Even Full-Face Perfector

Also “that good” and a hell of a lot more is Trish McEvoy’s new Correct and Even Full-Face Perfector*, which is like a concealer that has had a NASA makeover. It’s so hard to describe just how this feels; it’s like a sort of elastic, fake-skin that hides absolutely everything beneath it yet blends in seamlessly. Blends is the wrong word; melds. It’s just stunning. The texture takes a bit of getting used to (it doesn’t ever really set, but also won’t ever budge) and the sponge-tip applicator is unexpected, but honestly? This changes the whole landscape of concealing. It’s £40 at Liberty here* or $45 at Nordstrom here*. There are four adaptable shades; I’m shade 2.

LK Bennett Fern Leather Court Shoes

On my feet, LK Bennett’s Fern Leather Court Shoes (find them here*). I talk about these sexy, high-enough-to-feel-like-a-Goddess-but-not-high-enough-to-kill-you-by-sending-you-hurtling-down-the-stairs shoes in my March Favourites video, but their sheer amazingness meant they required another mention. By jove, they’re a real find. The shape is timeless and expensive, the leather is soft and supple, the colour is chic and looks as good with denim as it does with a power suit. And LK Bennett also currently have 20% off everything with the code EASTER20*, which makes these £195 courts slightly easier on the old wallet.

LK Bennett*

simone perele Caresse 3D Underwired Breathable Plunge Bra

Baps. I’ve had Simone Perele’s Caresse 3D Underwired Breathable Plunge Bra* (catchy name) for a few months and have been meaning to write about it, but it’s hard to slip a bra review into the conversation isn’t it? Oh, by the way, THIS one holds them up quite nicely without making my ribs feel as though they’ve been crushed by an overly-amorous sumo wrestler.

Actually, that sarcastic little aside just about sums up what I’d have put in a review anyway, so that’s handy. To flesh things out with a little more detail, the bra features this very comfy sort of flexible framework (don’t know how else to describe it) that isn’t as rigid as a usual underwire. I couldn’t quite nap in this bra, but I don’t hurry to rip it off after a long day of wear like I do with some brands. It’s not as comfy as a crop top – nothing is – but it gives amazing shape (truly) and it sort of moulds to my body. It’s £60 from Figleaves here* – I bought it in nude and black, have hardly worn anything else since early January… Comes up true to size, I’d say – I’m a 30F.

OK, I’m off to give myself chocolate poisoning and possibly triple my girth in the space of twenty-four hours. I’ll be back once I’ve been through the juicing room, to be rolled and squeezed back to my normal size, a la Violet Beauregarde.

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16 Comments

  1. April 1, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Very interested in that Dior foundation. And I found the nude theme of this weekly window shop very pleasing indeed! Hope you find some joyfulness today Ruth, thinking of you. H x

  2. April 1, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Those heels are so beautiful and perfect for castings! Love these lists.

  3. Lynne
    April 1, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Enjoyed that! Very funny and informative read. Might try the concealer

  4. Zoë
    April 1, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    If you like Simone Perele Caresse, you should try their range called Amour!! Same stretchy 3d spacer cup but with lace at the side of each cup, a double strap and a plain stretch back band instead of the thick lace. Blush colourway is gorgeous and goes under white!!! Rigby and Peller sell them! :) a good bra is a life changer!!!

    Have you tried IT cc creme… Nadine B. and Jo mentioned it in recent video. They both love it and have quite different skin.

    Hope you’re grabbing life by the balls and moving in a forward motion ;)
    Fingers crossed you don’t get sick!

    Xxxx

  5. Paula
    April 1, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I love LKB heels but… I always avoid leather soles because in my mind they wouldn’t survive pavements, parkings etc. Do you wear shoes with leather soles as everyday/work shoes or special occasions only?

  6. April 1, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Now I keep wondering what the original topic would have been…

  7. April 1, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Hi Ruth, thanks for your gorgeous post! Happy Easter, and looking forward to the depressing post. I wouldn’t have chocked on my chocolate as I have none today. I got up too late to go to the supermarket. Just as well, ah ah!!! Those shoes look amazing!!!

  8. Anja
    April 1, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    Ooh I liked this! Off to do some shopping! And as always I love your sarcasm and humour!

  9. evie p
    April 2, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    I’m fascinated by that concealer – wonder if it would do my ageing undereyes any favours. Look forward to the review!

  10. Gail soear
    April 2, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Adore all your videos and posts brightens any day have tried everywhere to get Chanel little compact thing with red powder and balm but no one has one can u advise please

  11. Gail spear
    April 2, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Love all your videos and comments and reviews. Brightens any day

  12. SomeGirlMel
    April 4, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    Is the shop section of your site a new feature? I only just discovered it. I was looking at the top 10 fragrances, but 3 are missing and I’d love to know what they are!

  13. LISA ALLEN
    April 5, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Hello Ruth, thanks for another great post! Quickish question, do you think the concealer would cover pigmentation? Any thoughts greatly appreciated.

    • April 5, 2018 / 2:48 pm

      Yes, but I think it comes into its own in the undereye area. I found it a little less easy to use on small areas of blemish/blemish marks..

  14. Minty
    April 6, 2018 / 12:31 am

    I have the Dior foundation and I think it’s one of the best foundations I have ever used. It stays put, feels lovely on the skin and has a lovely finish.

  15. April 6, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    A concealer that hides everything – uh YES please! That just sounds such an incredible buy and I will definitely be adding it to my wishlist. Hope you enjoyed the chocolate!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

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