Beauty trial: Crème de la Mer discovery collection

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Creme De La Mer Discovery Collection

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, the holy grail of skincare – a load of snake oil or worth the hype? Because there is a lot of hype around this brand. I’ve tried (and been converted to) The Lip Balm (£42) and The Intensive Revitalizing Mask (£105), both of which deliver excellent results. But the legendary crème had until recently evaded me… well, hello, it’s £105 for the smallest pot!

Admittedly I’ve never needed serious skincare. I’m lucky to have young-looking skin, few lines and managed to get by on the stuff in a big blue pot that my mum used. But as I’ve got older, I’ve noticed uneven skintone, a few stubborn spots and just general not-looking-its-best skin.

Enter the Crème De La Mer Discovery Collection, a trial set that’s pretty comprehensive and gives you a taster of the Crème De La Mer magic ingredient, a.k.a the Miracle Broth. (Back story: the Miracle Broth is the ferment that founder Max Huber created that blends sea kelp with a cocktail of vitamins and other nutrients. Legend is that 60 years ago, aerospace physicist Dr Huber created the concoction in a quest to prettify his own burn scars. His unique biofermentation process uses light and sound to give the ingredients their magical properties.)

In the set you get a trial-sized 1ooml foaming cleansing gel and 15ml Regenerating Serum as shown in the main picture above. You also get a 30ml pot of Moisturising Cream. (You actually get to choose which version, of which more later.) (Note: the Moisturising Cream in the pictures is a lot smaller, a 7ml sample size.) Plus you also get The Tonic (100ml) and The Eye Concentrate eye cream (5ml).

The idea is you get to try the whole regime for £230. My pics went a bit wrong but below you can see The Tonic, and the eye cream plus three mini samples of moisturiser. While there are three versions of moisturising cream available; the classic cream, a lighter ‘soft’ cream and a moisturising cream gel, you only get one in your set depending on your preference. IMPORTANT NOTE: The one you get is bigger than this –  a 30ml pot, not these 7ml samples.

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I went with the Moisturizing Cream as I like my creams quite rich. You use the cleansing gel on damp skin, rinse with tepid water, pat dry, then follow by the tonic and a pump of serum. Then the moisturiser goes on. With the Cream there’s a technique – you have to warm it between your fingers until it’s translucent then press (not rub) it into your skin. You do this ritual twice a day. I guess it’s a bit like the Clinique 3-step system but with a serum as well. The idea of a ritual does compel you to stick to a routine, I stuck to mine for three weeks until my mini press sample pot of Cream ran out.

The verdict? The spots on my jawline and hairline that have plagued me for months have cleared a lot and I also feel like my skin looks clearer and more even-toned overall. Is that because of these products in particular, or from just having a regular routine? Hard to say. I will say that I liked the serum and moisturiser more than the face wash and tonic. I think I just prefer more creamy or oily cleansers and I’ve never really used toner before. However, I loved the eye cream, like using sliced cucumber (with a yummy smell to match) – great for tired blogger bedtime eyes.

If I was going to spend on full size anything it would be the eye cream and the serum. Both feel luxurious to use and seemed to make a difference and with the eye cream especially, a little goes a long way. In all, a starter set like this is a good way to give a regime or brand a go and if you decide you don’t like the whole lot, you can cherry pick the elements you do like without a major wasteful spend. The discovery set came out just before Christmas (mine was a press sample) so seems to be sold out online but I’m assured it’s still available on counter at Harrods. Which for a luxury brand like Crème de la Mer is probably a good thing as you can then benefit from the knowledge and advice from the counter staff before splashing out.

CORRECTION: This post has been updated with amended size information

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ALL SAINTS, LOUIS VUITTON, GUCCI

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1.ALL SAINTS IS ALL GROWN UP

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I’ve been tracking All Saints’ gradual transformation for a while now and wow, the metamorphosis is complete! Its latest Instagram campaign, #HappyMondays is really very cool, a celebration of its ‘Iconic’ leather jacket worn by up and coming models and tastemakers who lend their own personality and style cred to the pictures. Obviously it’s not the first time we’re seeing this sort of campaign, but I dunno, somehow this feels authentic and unique to All Saints. Its hipster-lite kid is growing up and branching into Acne/Rick Owens territory and the off-duty model casting and styling (plus photography by Matteo Montanari) echo that.

2. LOUIS VUITTON’S L.A ART HAPPENING

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Oh, what would most brands do to have the budget of a Vuitton or a Chanel! In its latest conscious coupling of art and fashion, Louis Vuitton is staging an exhibition in L.A’s art district, bringing the SS15 collection and show to the public in multi-media installation form. ‘Louis Vuitton Series 2 — Past, Present and Future’ is an ambitious multi-room affair merging a 360-degree slide show, 3d-printed figurines, product displays (obvs) and ‘immersive’ (fancy new word for 2015!) hologram projections, all designed to bring Nicolas Ghesquiere’s Vuitton show experience, influences and inspirations to life in a non-conventional way. The exhibition runs from February 6th-22nd at 1135 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.


3. GUCCI REINVENTED

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So we finally got confirmation. Alessandro Michele is Gucci’s new creative director, as of Wednesday’s announcement. Michele is tasked with increasing Gucci’s fortunes, no mean feat as Gucci apparently accounts for about half of Kering’s total luxury business. Key to the appointment it seems, is Michele’s cool, youthful aesthetic. (Some might say a little Hedi-esque but what’s wrong with that?) It’s a move away from the traditional, logo-fied Gucci and that’s important for Kering’s international expansion as the Asian luxury customer’s tastes become more mature, diverse and adventurous. Let’s see what Michele delivers for womenswear in a few weeks (meanwhile, I’ll leave you with Katie Grand in this ‘menswear’ look from her Instagram…).

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: All Saints; Lea Colombo/Dazed; Getty; Instagram

What to steal from the menswear shows: Margaret Howell AW15

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What to steal from the Margaret Howell menswear 2015 show? Mainly the coats – dun-coloured peacoats, a structured trench, and the single breasted mac I’ve been looking for for yonks. As always, I look for details. Such as the length of the trousers – a bit too short to show off contrast-coloured socks; the tucked in jumpers, and the fine-knit poloneck worn under a suit jacket. All elements to adopt right now…

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In other news, Margaret Howell has just opened a store in Florence, and very nice it looks too. A little taste of post-modern British styling in sunny Tuscany – why ever not?

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Style.com

McQ AW15 menswear

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Love the proportions of these McQ AW15 menswear pieces and the styling which to me nods to 1980s clubbers and subcultures. The MA1 and denim jacket hark back to the kids at the legendary Wag Club, while the supersized culottes layered over trousers remind me of the new romantic days of Billy’s and Taboo (“Would you let yourself in?”). Break down the styling though and you have a completely wearable, commercial collection…

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Words: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Images: WWD

Raf Simons SS15 campaign

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You know Spring is in sight when the Raf Simons SS15 campaign drops. As usual, shot by the dream team of photographer Willy Vanderperre and stylist Olivier Rizzo, the simple compositions allow the graphic collaged elements to jump off the page…

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The DRG Antwerp shopping guide

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I had a very naughty start to the year, choosing to bunk off LCM and go on holiday instead. Tsk indeed! I definitely recommend it though. We picked Antwerp for our city break, our flight was half empty and the three days dawdled by at a pleasantly snail-like pace. We went with no great plans other than to mooch around flea markets, eat moules and just enjoy some we-time. OK, we didn’t have much luck on the flea market front but I did discover a wealth of brocante vendors, vintage boutiques and fancy goods emporia to satisfy my shopaholic tendencies. Here then, is my DRG shopping guide to Antwerp…

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I advise catching the early Friday flight from City airport so you arrive with a whole day stretched out ahead. Taxis are a bit of a faff in Antwerp so we decided to do everything on foot, taking the scenic route from our posh B&B (the beautiful BOULEVARD LEOPOLD, separate post coming soon) in the Jewish quarter. Continue reading

What to steal from the menswear shows: Gucci AW15

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Big boys blouses, double breasted coats, swishy scarves and fur-lined slippers. Yes please to all of the above and well done Alessandro Michele for giving Gucci a cooler (if slightly Saint Laurent-ified) feel. Apparently he and his team worked around the clock to completely redesign the SS15 collection, after Frida Giannini’s swifter-than-expected exit from Gucci… Continue reading

Buy it now: The Net-a-Porter clearance sale

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Er hello, how good is the Net-a-Porter clearance sale? Moschino phone cases and accessories are going for a song – tell your teens! Ditto the J Crew jewellery – now’s the time to buy your statement necklaces (fifty bucks a piece – oh my!). Personally I’m all about these Givenchy earrings and Saint Laurent rings. Don’t dither…

What to steal from the menswear shows: Prada AW15

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As with last season, Mrs Prada ponders the relationship between men and women, showing both menswear and womenswear on the same stage for Prada AW15. “What are the unexpected possibilities, the various relationships that may occur between the way men and women can or would dress? The way they represent themselves? This is a subject always under investigation.”

My main takeaways from the Prada menswear AW15 show are bare legs and bovver boots (for girls) and Paul Weller hair (for boys). Plus, who’s going to be first to wear their sleeves turned up just so…? Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AG JEANS, DIOR, LANVIN

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. ALEXA CHUNG FOR AG JEANS

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As a certified celebrity-avoider, I rarely pay attention to celeb collaborations. The Alexa Chung for AG Jeans collection is the exception. There’s a lot to like in these simple denim pieces and you can actually believe that Alexa had something to do with them (although I wish she’d gone easy on the faux faded bits). Continue reading

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