Chanel is one of the few top-end luxury brands that still values an in-store experience over the convenience of online shopping. This goes for beauty as well as fashion, so much so that is has invested in standalone beauty destinations – the Covent Garden store is beauty heaven and the Heathrow pop-up was a crowd puller.
Making its limited edition products in-store-only adds to the excitement and must-have buzz of the launch – clever thinking from Chanel. Plus, with the expensive items, maybe you do need to see them up close to be seduced into parting with cash. Example: the Dentelle Précieuse compact. An illuminating powder decorated with an intricate lace embossed pattern inspired by Chanel’s 2013-2014 Cruise show, it’s designed to sculpt the face with flattering beige, pink and bronze tones. It does look and sound impressive (I totally trust Chanel when it comes to illuminating products) but I wonder, do people buy these to keep or collect? I just could not see myself ever sweeping a brush over that surface!
Either way, if you’re interested, it arrives in the Covent Garden beauty boutique and selected UK stores (£46) on April 25th…
Kirsten Owen in no make-up make-up, smiling and having a cheeky fag on the cover of Vogue Italia. In a plain black jumper. No coverlines. Just fantastic, no? (from September 1997, by Steven Meisel…)
The arrival of a new Fornasetti Profumi product is always a big event in my book and the latest, Giardino Segreto is no exception. Unveiled in a ‘secret garden’ bursting with roses, hydrangeas and spring foliage, it evoked the mysterious, dreamlike world of the Fornasetti garden in Milan. Continue reading
Beauty bits: Marc Jacobs Beauty, Allure Youtube, Tom Ford, Lipstick.com, contour mania, the Taviettes, Diptyque, YSL
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY COMES TO LONDON
So Marc Jacobs Beauty arrived in London a couple of weeks ago and no one knew. Not even British Beauty Blogger! I stumbled upon the entire range of it in the Marc Jacobs Mount Street store (after a quick recce of Celine – retail heaven). It’s not cheap but the colours are stunning and the lipstick packaging is right up there with Chanel’s push-click cases. The staff are super helpful and encourage you to try the products, but I haven’t yet. I definitely will soon though… Continue reading
Chanel’s new Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quartets (£40) have to be the most user-friendly eye palettes ever. Not only are the shades adaptable and flattering but the talc-free formulations are excellent. Plus each palette comes with a how-to booklet showing how to get the best results. Continue reading
What a surprise to see a Nigel Shafran shoot in Vogue. And styled by Joe McKenna too. Shafran’s last Vogue shoot was 21 years ago and he has brought his quiet observational style to the the UK title with this ode to consumerism (beating Karl to the punch), shot in the temples of Vuitton, Chanel and Celine on Avenue Montaigne… Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a dinky, micro-sized Chanel perfume bottle? Newly available from the Les Exclusifs de Chanel range are 15ml perfume extracts in Beige (above), 1932 and Jersey. With these perfume extracts you have the highest concentration of perfume so just a couple of drops should last several hours. Continue reading
Beauty bits: Tom Ford’s first face palette, Sam McKnight hair accessories, positive beauty talk and Coca Cola nails
FIRST LOOK AT TOM FORD’S FACE PALETTE
Last week I met with the PR for Tom Ford Beauty, where she arranged all the latest spring lip and nail colours before me. Most exciting was a first look at the new (and first ever) Tom Ford face palette (above) due in April. Even the MD of the store we were in snuck over from his meeting at the next table to get a peek. In the pics below you can also just see the Lip and Cheek Shimmers (bottom right) which also land on counter in April. Continue reading