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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2017



Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess eau de parfum 2017

The arrival of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection is like a ‘summer’s coming!’ klaxon. It’s a combo of fragrance, shimmering skin oils, bronzing powders, make-up and body moisturisers that are delivered in hyper-glam packaging. And the cherry in the cocktail is a very distinctive tropical-floral fragrance that’s an instant mood-transporter to exotic climes.

This summer’s collection arrived a couple of weeks ago and I can tell you without exaggeration that the new Bronze Goddess eau de parfum (above centre) will not stick around. Firstly because it’s a beautiful sensuous tropical-floral and secondly because people are crazy for this range and buy it in bulk.

The Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil and Body Spray (above right) is equally intoxicating. I spray this on as soon as we get our first mini heat wave of the year (which happened to be this week) to give my arms a beachy shimmer and just to revel in the scent. It’s become a cult classic – floral, fruity and laced with a little vanilla and coconut. What a shame you can’t drink it. It’s also great layered over the Whipped Body Cream, a beautifully rich cream that comes in an equally luxe tub.

The smellies are the things that get me excited, but also part of the collection are the Summer Look Palette (a bronzing multi-palette, bottom) and Illuminating Powder Gelee (very glow-y, below). The lipstick is the Summer Lip Glow in SunBlush – a hydrating, vitamin-enriched formula that’s a bit too gold-toned for my colouring but no doubt great for balmy holiday evenings.

BELOW: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee and Bronze Goddess eau de parfum
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess eau de parfum and Illuminating Powder Gelee 2017

BELOW: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Look Palette and Lip Glow lipstick in SunBlush
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Look Palette and Lip Glow lipstick SunBlush 2017

Officially, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection is available exclusively from House of Fraser this month, with a national launch for all Estée Lauder counters and Esteelauder.co.uk from June 2017. However, it looks like it’s already available on a few websites and I can see it on Estee Lauder UK here so I’d advise you not to hang around…

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Quote of the day: Peter Florence



Oberto Gilli bookshelves

“The communal commitment to publishing a book is huge. It’s not an instantaneous 140-character ejaculation of responsive knee-jerk stuff. It’s carefully considered. And many people have contributed to determining the decency, the accuracy and the truth of what it is. To me, publishing as an enterprise is heroic and important. In a time of disputed, faked and contested fact, there is something about hardback books that remains incredibly alluring.”
Peter Florence, Hay Festival founder, Monocle

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IMAGE: Oberto Gilli
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High street beauty: Urban Outfitters Gourmand



Urban Outfitters Macaron Rose perfume
I can’t say I’ve looked into Urban Outfitters own brand beauty but I’m pleasantly surprised by its fragrance offer. The Gourmand line is just perfect. The scents are lovely – girlish and gourmand but not overly sweet and with no synthetic dry down. I have three, of which Macaron Rosé is my most worn, followed by Pistachio Brulée and Citron Glacé. They’re great everyday fragrances that you can wear with anything and they also work for evening.

The Urban Outfitters Gourmand branding is very clever, tapping into the current vogue for clean elegance with angular bottles and minimalist typography. They’re very Instagrammable and not surprisingly, they’re proving popular with younger customers who admit to buying them based on aesthetics (hey, we’ve all done it). They’re also super-affordable at £15 for eau de parfum.

The ancillary products are equally appealing although I can’t seem to see them on the UK site. I’ve clicked around the U.S site and love the look of the lip balm and hand cream. As with & Other Stories, the high street brands have become extremely adept at emulating the look and feel of high-end beauty products. I’m thinking… Zara next?

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IMAGE: Urban Outfitters
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Isabelle Huppert – yes she Cannes



Isabelle Huppert wearing Saint Laurent by Anthony Vacarello at the Kering dinner, Cannes 2017

I never look at red carpet dressing, but I’ve just had my inbox flooded with pictures from the Cannes party circuit. What was Kristen Stewart’s stylist thinking with that bizarre Chanel contraption? And Rihanna’s with this Adam Selman upholstery?

While it was sad to see some of my favourite French actresses looking trashy af in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vacarello at the Kering dinner, the situation redeemed itself thanks to Isabelle Huppert.

Here she is looking spectacular but not try-hard in a floor length Saint Laurent ivory crepe gown with draped and pleated waist detail and a black leather belt.

The black mani and immaculate red lip are equally sublime.

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Saint Laurent/Kering
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