Beauty

Buy it now: Chanel Collection Mediterranee make-up

Chanel Collection Mediterranee

Here’s a brief respite from no make-up make-up. Chanel launched its Collection Méditerranée about ten days ago, a celebration of the Riviera inspired by Coco Chanel’s casual summers of the 1920s. Of course, Chanel invented tanning as a luxury pastime, so the hero item is the limited edition Creation Exclusive Lumière d’été, a camellia-embossed talc-free illuminating powder to gently add a golden highlight to cheekbones and decollete (below).

As with Les Beiges (of which more news coming soon), this has miniscule golden flecks to add warmth but it’s really all about the fabulosity of the packaging. The mirrored compact comes in its own velvet pouch, accompanied with this mini brush for using on the go. (I would definitely recommend the Chanel retractable kabuki brush too.) This is £40.50 but for something this pretty that you’ll use all summer, it’s a good buy.
CHANEL LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ Illuminating Powder

I love Chanel’s Fresh Effect Eyeshadows (£23) in these creamy, twist-up pencils. They’re super-blendable and both shades I have are wearable statement makers. Caroube is the kind of minky, bronzy shade that I like as an evening neutral, while I would wear Campanule (a bluey-violet) sheered right down, although I imagine it would look lovely amped up with a tan if you’re in holiday mode.

Chanel Collection Mediterranee stylo eyeshadow in Campanule and Caroube

For nails, it’s all about colour-pop shades of turquoise, violet and red. I know Chanel is famed for its weird colours, but I always revert to its reds and ballet-slipper pinks and beiges. There are some gorgeous beiges coming soon, but for now my favourite is Coquelicot – a pitch perfect summer red. (The other shades are Lavanda – deepest lavender, and Méditerranée, a sharp turquoise.)

For lips, there are five Rouge Coco Shines (£25) and two lip glosses (£22). I have Rouge Coco Shine in Insoumise, a juicy coral, and the lipgloss is Rose Paradis, a scorching pinky-red.

Chanel Collection Mediterranee nail colours in Lavanda, Coquelicot and Meiterranee
5 Chanel Collection Mediterranee

In other Chanel news, this limited edition Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere packaging came out not long ago and is still available (there are ten variations). If you follow me on Periscope you will have seen me wrestling one-handed with all the Russian doll style boxes within boxes! This costs £96 for 100ml and is available on Chanel counters…

Inside this silver sleeve is the elegant white box…
Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

Slide apart the white box and there is a smaller silver sleeve within, with a box of perfume inside – the lipstick is there for scale
Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

Here’s the bigger white box next to the smaller interior package
Chanel no 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: H&M BEAUTY, SUPERGA, BROWNS, DIOR, RAF SIMONS

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

1. H&M’S BIG BEAUTY PUSH

H&M beauty launch via The DRG Style Index

There’s something interesting kicking off in the high street beauty space. I think it’s similar to what happened with jeans and shoes a while ago, when the UK chain stores invested heavily in fashion-forward designs, outdoing the specialists at their own game. Topshop’s make-up is five years old this month and the product quality, design and branding are as good as many of the more premium brands. & Other Stories shook things up with its experiential retail approach, while Urban Outfitters is also jumping into the beauty space in a bigger way, stocking Tonymoly from Korea among others. Next: H&M is launching a 700 piece beauty line in September. Yes, H&M has dabbled in beauty before but not in any serious way. And in keeping with its new eco-conscious focus, this new endeavour will include products that are organic, Ecocert-certified, and sustainable. That’s not all. A higher-end premium beauty line is also pencilled for release, so keep your eyes peeled.


2. SUPERGA X LIBERTY ART FABRICS COLLECTION

Superga X Liberty Art Fabrics

I’m kind of over all the Liberty X Nike collabs. They were novel for a while but they don’t excite me much any more. Instead I prefer these, a new collab between Superga and Liberty Art Fabrics. There’s something a little bit 80s Euro exchange student about this collection – I’m thinking Best Company ice cream coloured ankle-crop cords, Invincta rucksack, Agnes B tee and Ray-Ban aviators. Ahhh innocent days…


3. BROWNS GOES OMNI-CHANNEL

Browns is acquired by Farfetch in a push for Omni-channel retail
It’s all change this week for Browns. One of the first multi-brand luxury boutiques in the UK, the 45-year-old business has been superseded in recent years by younger upstarts, including MatchesFashion and MyTheresa. And Farfetch of course, who made shopping from indie stores a global possibility. Farfetch has now acquired Browns, hoping to reinvent it for the millennial generation of luxury consumers. Owner Jose Neves will run Browns as a separate entity (Net-a-Porter’s Holli Rogers will be its CEO), using it as a testing hub for Farfetch’s ambitious omni-channel retail strategies.


4. FLIP FLOPS FOR DIOR

Flip flops on the Dior runway for Cruise 2016

Can Dior do for the humble flip flop what Isabel Marant did for the slide and Celine did for the Birkenstock? I loathe flip flops, but am oddly drawn to the flip-flop-and-boy-trouser combo seen on the Dior Cruise 2016 runway…


5. RAF IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Raf Simons dancing at the Dior Cruise 2016 party

Is Raf Simons angling to be the new Olivier Rousteing? The ‘camera-shy one’ of fashion was papped dancing at the Dior Cruise party last week and has been giving heaps of interviews to promote the Cruise show in Cannes. An eagle-eyed Youtuber also spotted the Apple Watch adorning his wrist during this Business of Fashion interview. Whatever next – Raf selfies on Snapchat Periscope…?

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
DIOR IMAGE by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage

On Trial: Creme De La Mer Reparative SkinTint

Creme De La Mer Reparative Skintint

I’m apologising in advance for the deluge of bronzers and tinted moisturisers you’re about to be hit with. Starting with Crème de la Mer’s Reparative SkinTint with SFF 30. First the bad news: it’s £65 for 40ml. But the good news is it has a tiny nozzle that squirts out the product in miniscule amounts, so there’s zero wastage. And the finish is beautifully glowy and natural-looking. It comes in five skin tones from Very Fair to Tan. (more…)

Vogue Festival 2015 – the highlights

Vogue Festival 2015

Four years in, the Vogue Festival is firmly established, mixing A-list talks with smaller panel discussions, styling workshops, the obligatory makeover stations and opportunities for one-on-one careers advice with Vogue staffers. It’s a pretty good example of a brand extending its reach well beyond the printed (or digital) page, to touch the lives of its next generation reader. (more…)

Buy it now: British Beauty Blogger X Clinique for Latest In Beauty*

British Beauty Blogger Clinique beauty box for Latest In Beauty

Jane Cunningham at BritishBeautyBlogger is on fire at the moment! Every beauty box project she does seems to turn to gold and today sees the latest – a special collaboration with Clinique for Latest In Beauty. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SHINOLA, L’OREAL, TIFFANY, LANCOME, UNITED NUDE

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

1. SHINOLA BAGS GET A BIGGER FOCUS

Shinola co-design directors Richard Lambertson and John Truex

Somehow I missed the memo that Richard Lambertson and John Truex had parted ways with Tiffany. (more…)

Rouge Dior Brillant: Goodbye lip gloss, hello pigmented lip oil

Rouge Dior Brillant lip gloss

If this is the future of lip gloss then please count me in. The new generation of hybrid balm-gloss-lipstick is a brilliant innovation and from those I’ve tried, I can’t see any downside.

I’ve talk about YSL’s Volupte Tint-In-Oil before; now here’s the Dior version, a new, improved take on its Rouge Dior Brillant lipgloss (£26.50). (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHANEL’S COCO CRUSH, BYREDO, REVLON, ESTEE LAUDER, AGNES B

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

1) COULD CHANEL’S COCO CRUSH E-COMMERCE LAUNCH BE A GAME CHANGER FOR FINE JEWELLERY?

Chanel Coco Crush Netaporter fine jewellery

There’s more to last week’s news on Chanel planning to launch e-commerce. The big story this week is of a Net-a-Porter X Chanel digital pop-up that opens on Wednesday selling the new capsule fine jewellery line, Coco Crush. The simple shapes featuring Chanel’s signature quilting pattern in 18 carat gold will start at €1,970 for rings, going up to €19,000 for a cuff. What’s interesting (and clever) is that this lets Chanel dip a toe in the e-commerce waters with the help of the very best in the biz. (more…)