Why I’m Using Haute Couture Skincare In 2017




Christian Louboutin shoes, Chanel handbags, ASOS Hauls; we spend so much on what we wear. Bond st. Selfridges and Harrods are all packed with people spending money on the latest "It" bag and must have accessories. But are we applying the same level of importance to our skin. Over the last few years, I have had more fun than ever experimenting with new products, establishing what works, and what doesnt work for my skin type, experiencing the full effects of what a good product can have on your skin, and in turn your confidence.

If you watched my Vlogmas series in December you would have seen in this video, I discovered the Extreme Comfort Cream from 30 year old luxury Parisian skin treatment brand Anne Semonin, who truly understand the essence of what Haute Couture skincare is all about with their "made-to-measure" Spa inspired collection which aims to visibly enhance skin radiance, and if you are new around here, you may not know that "radiance" is basically my middle name.

Following a bout of sensitive, temperamental skin, I almost bit the hand off when offered the opportunity to tailor make my skincare to achieve my very own Haute Couture routine which addresses my skin woes as and when they need it. And with Bespoke skincare being one of the key trends of 2017, I thought I would share my own current tips to achieving Haute Couture skin.



- Haute Water - 

The super hydrating  Tissue Serum is affectionately known as the "Little Bottle Of Water" due to it's ability to balance the hydration levels of the skin whilst being completely oil free, mattifying and being suitable for all skin types. Perfect for the Oil-phobes amongst us.

This is a wonder product for my thirsty skin which doesn't leave a layer of oil on the surface, instead this powerful product is said to be able to penetrate deep down into the middle layer of the skin, hydrating from the inside out. Although despite all that power, the Tissue Serum is gentle enough for even the most delicate of areas such as the eye area, lips and neck.

This is the product I reach for every morning, in the same way I reach for a glass of water.


 Concentrated Seawater - maintains hydration balance
Ginkgo Biloba- blood circulation and oxygenation
Rose water - soothing, hydrating.
Hydrolized Marine Collagen - tones the skin
Chlorella - anti-ageing, boosts the vitality and energy of the cells, smoothing and toning




- Bespoke -

Due to hormonal changes over the years, because let's face it, us girls don't half mess around with them, my skin has experienced its fair share of temperamental stages. From Adult acne through to severe dryness and irritation. Recently I've been battling with the latter, leading to bouts of extremely irritated skin mainly around the right hand side of my chin.

Using the Soothing Intensive Complex from Anne Semonin has been the only product to treat and achieve a noticeable reduction in the irritated and inflamed skin by blending a couple of drops of both the Soothing Trace Element and Soothing Essential Oil to achieve the best results for my skin complaint.

The Soothing Trace Element contains  the minerals required by the body in order to aid the growth and health of your skin.

Ingredients: Chromium, Cobalt, Iodine


Whilst the Soothing Essential Oils heal and soothe the skin's surface and reach deep within the layers.

Ingredients: Centella Asiatica, Lemon Peel, Majoram and Laurel

In order to preserve the potency of the product the components are sealed in individual bottles to enable the ability to tailor the treatment to your skin.

In the beginning when my skin was at its most inflamed and the bumps were most noticeable I increased the Soothing Essential Oil allowing the soothing properties to treat the irritated area whilst I am now currently introducing a high concentration of the Soothing Trace Element to nourish and improve the overall health of the healing skin.

To tailor your skincare further and introduce more of the Soothing Intensive Complex across your skincare you can also add the components to your Masks and Face Creams.

There are three Intensive Complexes to choose from; Firming, Balancing and Soothing.


- Develop your Haute Couture skincare routine -

1. Listen to your skin and how it reacts to certain properties, products and brands. As much as I wanted to be able to use Balm cleansers, my skin just does not like them so I have to respect that and tailor my skincare regime accordingly.

2.Tailor your diet to reflect in your skin. We have a saying in our house, if it runs, swims, flies or grows from the ground, eat it because it's good for you. I guess that might not be totally correct but we use it as a guide to ensure we are eating as best we can for our body and our skin and a tailor made healthy diet is an essential part of great skincare.

3. Bespoke, Made to measure skincare is an integral part of perfecting your skincare routine whilst also treating your skincare woes with the correct components in the correct quantities.

4.  Whether it's Haute Couture skincare or not, always, always ALWAYS remove your make up before bed. This is non negotiable, no matter how heavy the night or how tired you are. You have one face!

5. Hydrate from the outside in and the inside out. Drink lots of water and use products which penetrate deep into the layers of the skin.


This Post is in Sponsored Collaboration with Anne Semonin.

Photography - Reece Chapman.


  1. Gemma 9th January 2017 / 7:49 am

    Love the sound of the Tissue Serum! I definitely want to try more skincare brands in 2017, especially ones that ooze quality and are perhaps that little bit more luxurious!

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

  2. Dixi Wonderland 9th January 2017 / 8:41 am

    Love your blog posts. It´s like reading a really good fashion magazine 😀

  3. fannyanddailybeauty 9th January 2017 / 10:35 am

    Really love this post and photos, I also couldn’t agree more: I believe it’s Caroline Hirons who says that if we are ready to put a certain amount of money on a handbag or a pair of shoes, we should automatically be ready to invest the exact same amount of money in skincare!


  4. Adele 9th January 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I totally agree with you in that the biggest investment we can make is in ourselves as a person. I’ve never heard of this skincare brand, so will have to check it out. I’m a huge fan/user of La Mer skincare. My skin totally thanked me for switching to it!!!
    Beautfiul photos & staging Lydia.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  5. Amanda 9th January 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Lovely post. I discovered Caudalie in 2016 and love it. It is worth it to add a little extra money toward high quality products.

  6. Natasha Todd 9th January 2017 / 5:46 pm

    So many great tips and of course gorgeous photos as always. I have slowly become better with my skincare routine over the years so always look for great tips so I can keep on top of the game, thanks Lydia! X

    Tash | natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

  7. Julianna 9th January 2017 / 6:49 pm

    So great you promote skincare! Many girls nowadays do not pay enough attention to this side, as opposed to make-up, and even the luckiest of us will age unfortunately and our skin will show exactly how much love we gave it while young! I do natural skincare recipes testing now for my blog but will definitely try these 🙂

    Love xxx J http://www.juliejuliet.com

  8. Katie 10th January 2017 / 1:25 am

    What camera did you use to capture these images? Really beautiful!

  9. Céline Mademoiselle 10th January 2017 / 10:41 am

    Thank you Lydia for being YOU.
    You are a big inspiration. You blog makes me want to improve my blogging skills.
    Coming here is like reading a tasteful online magazine.

    Thank you for inspiring us and happy new year 2017.

    Much love from another fashion lover in Belgium.

    Céline Mademoiselle

  10. Immy May 10th January 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I absolutely believe that investing in good skincare is SO totally worth it. My mum has always reminded me to prioritise skincare over shoes / bags / clothes etc. Haute Couture looks BEAUT. I am taking the week off makeup and drinking all the water this week, hoping it will give me a refresh! Immy x


  11. Jane 10th January 2017 / 5:43 pm

    My daughter reads all your posts and watches your YouTube channel. I’ve now become a fan (!) and would just like to say that you’re a wonderful role model. You’re a beautiful lady both inside and out. Congratulations on your engagement, I hope he realises that he’s a very lucky man! Love and best wishes, Jane x

  12. Emma 10th January 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Great post Lydia! James also captures stunning photography for your posts! Where did you find him?

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model | http://www.emmanmh.com

  13. Primrose 10th January 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Stunning images as always girly! Looks like such a fab range, will definitely have to give it a try! So true, a lot of people don’t take enough notice of skin care! x


  14. Bojana 14th January 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Great post Lydia. I cannot agree more with you about haute couture skin care that us women should give ourselves. It’s the best piece you can invest in and spend a little more on.
    Love you and your blog posts, keep the good work, i enjoy reading you
    xo xo

  15. Terri 15th January 2017 / 2:02 pm

    LOVE this post, your photos are beautiful too! I think investing in a great skincare is essential as its truly about how you look and feel naturally.

    Much love,

  16. Katy Lynn 18th January 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I love investing in good quality skincare – it’s like taking a mini spa trip every day x

  17. Frankie 22nd January 2017 / 2:15 am

    This product looks amazing, have to put it on my wish list..! Frankie x


  18. Emmalisa Tilli 24th January 2017 / 4:45 am

    Absolutely love this – I have always been religious with a skincare routine, but not the past few weeks since moving!!!! Need to get back into all of it!!!!!!

  19. Isabella 24th January 2017 / 2:44 pm

    This post is so incredibly insightful and true – we invest so much in fast fashion, yet we should also invest in skin that we will have forever!


  20. Cashmere8 29th January 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I just adoree you Lydia. You are such an inspiration and you were the reason I started my own blog, It would mean the world to me if you checked it out:) http://bloomingrosee.blogspot.mk/

  21. Mati 4th February 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I totally agree with you. I think people should invest more into their skin products. You get what you pay for and those products last for so long so it is a double win. Love your blog as well as your youtube channel and I am so happy that I accidentally discovered you!

  22. Elise 15th February 2017 / 3:33 pm

    These sound absolutely amazing, I haven’t actually heard of this brand before but lately I am seriously trying to concentrate on my skin.
    Recently giving Dermalogica a try, so far it seems to be working.


  23. Sweety Onyx 18th February 2017 / 8:01 pm

    such a great post, I learned a lot thank you !
    What do you think about luxury / high end bio cosmetics ?
    keep on going you’re amazing ??

  24. Mishale 19th February 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I totally agree. I was originally searching for new skincare products to try but when I found this post I realized it’s really not about the amount of products we use but what we use. After meeting with an estethician last week I finally found my perfect skincare Routine. Spending money on facials, treatments and products really is important. You don’t need a pretty handbag when you have unhealthy skin! Thanks for keeping it real Lydia ! 🙂

  25. Annika Haglund 13th March 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Supernice products and I love the pictures. So clean and fresh.
    How did you gain followers on youtube and your blog? Any secrets to your success?

    Love from Sweden x

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