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CREATING A CAPSULE JEWELLERY WARDROBE & MAKEUP KIT

In recent years, creating a ‘capsule wardrobe’ has become a popular dialogue in the blog/YouTube/digital sphere. Driven by the desire to avoid ‘fast fashion’ and de-clutter our lives, we are increasingly foregoing throwaway fashion and instead of developing capsule collections of quality (though still not bank-breaking) pieces.

This is about selectively building a collection which you can use day in day out, and which can be mix and matched according to the occasion.

A (BRIEF) INTRODUCTION TO CAPSULING

The idea of a capsule wardrobe—a small selection of quality items you can get a lot of wear out of—is taking the fashion world by storm. Whether applied to your wardrobe, jewellery box or your makeup bag/kit, capsules can help you hone your taste, simplify your morning routine, and avoid clutter. 

Check out these resources for some great inspiration on simplifying life:

  • Caroline Joy’s blog Un-Fancy
  • Marie Kondo’s “KonMari” system of simplifying and organizing your home.

DEVELOPING YOUR OWN CURATED JEWELLERY COLLECTION

Instead of buying en-masse once more, you can work on developing a capsule jewellery collection. We like to build a mix and match collection of items from heirlooms, vintage finds and new purchases. But there’s no right and wrong here; a capsule collection will be unique to us all as it is about investing in pieces you totally LOVE and enjoying them day in day out.

Choose Your Base Metal Colour

When creating your capsule jewellery collection, you will want to choose your base metal colour so you can develop a cohesive collection. This makes it easier for you to find pieces which will work well together and it makes it simpler for other people to choose pieces for you too. However, if you’re someone who likes to mix and match your metals – go for it! This is, after all, your collection to create.

Start With One Piece Per Category

When you’re building your capsule jewellery collection, we find it helpful to start with one piece per ‘category’: one bracelet, one pendant, one ring, one set of earrings. Once you have your ‘base set’ of pieces, you can then choose to add new items from there.

In terms of the ‘starter pieces’ for your collection, we recommend investing in classic items first:

Our Wide Hammered Bangle and Essential Stacking Bangle are beautiful bracelets to start with, they are both statement pieces alone, but compliment additional bracelets as you build your collection.

The Figaro Chain Necklace is the perfect necklace to act as your base; you can choose the length of your chain and it is perfect for layering with other pendants and necklaces as your collection grows.

When it comes to earrings, you can’t live without a simple pair of studs from our large collection for everyday wear – we recommend our minimalist Bar Studs as an everyday go-to.

A great pair of hoops will also take you everywhere, day or night. They bring with them a slightly louder vibe than the more conservative stud earring, but they are still equal parts classic and statement-making, depending on how large you go.

As for rings, you are spoilt for choice, but we suggest starting with a stacking ring. Our favourite is the Sparkle Stacking Ring – Silver.

CREATING A CAPSULE MAKEUP BAG/KIT

Decluttering our lives doesn’t have to end here. Taking inspiration from Marie Kondo, you can also apply the idea of capsuling to your makeup bag/kit. Let’s face it, we can’t be the only ones with 5 lipsticks, 3 eyeliners, 2 highlighters etc. in our makeup bag…right?!

So we asked Nat Dixon, a beauty journalist, to share her most essential makeup tools to complement her recent post, “The Minimalist Makeup Bag”…

Ok, let’s get real, there are so many gizmos and gadgets out there that are supposedly going to make our lives and makeup routine easier, but you only need a few essential tools that WILL make a huge difference and, believe it or not, they aren’t going to break the bank!

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Beauty Blender: If you’ve never used a Beauty Blender before then get ready as this is a game-changer for flawless skin. I have huge pores and I’ve found this is the only tool that will give me complete coverage of them. Dot your foundation (I’m loving Revolution – Fast base Stick Foundation) over your face and use a DAMP beauty blender to blend over your face and neck. I highlight the word “damp” as so many people don’t do this and it’s key for a beautifully blended foundation application. I personally also use this to blend concealer (Revolution – Conceal & Define Infinite) and then dip the same sponge (yep you heard that right same sponge) into your baking powder (Makeup Obsession – Pure Bake Baking Powder). Not only is this a time saver but it will help to minimise those pores.  

Tweezers: How many times have you glanced in the mirror and spotted a stray eyebrow hair, or even worse, a black hair sticking out of your chin (or is that just me)? A decent pair of tweezers like Tweezerman can be a godsend for attacking those super annoying little strays. For ultimate brow control, I use Benefit – Gimme More Brow.

Eyelash Curler: The most underrated makeup tool ever! I’m betting you have one even if it’s hiding at the bottom of your makeup box, but the Eyelash curler can make a huge difference. Apply a bit of pressure at the root of your lashes and hold for 10 secs then halfway up then on the ends. Slick on some Volumising Mascara (pro-tip: volumising mascara holds curl better than any other) Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara for instant lash lift!

Pencil Sharpener: If you love a bit of MAC Kohl eyeliner to give those eyes that smokey depth or love a NYX Slim Lip Pencil then you need a good Pencil Sharpener to keep those edges looking sharp and on point. Please don’t just use a standard pencil sharpener as it will limit the longevity of your pencils.

Brushes: How much time do you have? There is literally a brush for everything, but do you need every single one? NO! You only need these 5 brushes to give you perfect looking makeup every time:

  • Powder Brush: Large soft bristle brush you can squeeze it for contouring or blusher/highlighter.
  • Concealer Brush: Small flat rounded brush perfect for under eyes or blemishes.
  • Eyeshadow Brush: Smaller flat rounded brush for precise application.
  • Blending Brush: Fluffy brush to blend any harsh lines (pro-tip: hold towards the end for a softer blend).
  • Angled with Spoolie: Use this for perfect brows or gel eyeliner application.

 

Muslin Cloth: We have all the essentials to apply makeup so I couldn’t leave out the most eco-friendly and gentle on our skin to remove our makeup: the muslin cloth. Dampen your skin with warm water and apply a cleansing balm, massage gently in circular motions then use the muslin cloth to remove everything. Splash your face with your warm water and apply a cleansing balm (I’m using The Body Shop –  Camomile Cleansing Balm), massage gently in circular motions then use the muslin cloth to remove everything.

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Love, Nat Dixon xxx

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