Naked and nude makeup palettes have undoubtedly been a thing this year. You can get them at all price points (just search them on British Beauty Blog, there’s a new one along every week) but for me, you can’t beat Bobbi Brown. The formulations are beautiful, the shades are supremely wearable and they work hard for day and night so that even the expensive ones earn their keep. As with fashion, I think it’s easier to splash out on classics as there’s less danger that you’ll get bored of them. Plus, Bobbi’s packaging at the moment is extremely luxe.
Recent weeks have seen a bumper arrival of lavish palettes, from posh tortoiseshell-effect finishes, to Hollywood-worthy croc-print leather. From Bobbi’s Gift Giving Collection, I can pretty much recommend everything. For starters, if eyes are your thing then there’s the Cool Eye Palette and the Warm Eye Palette, each with a dual-ended brush (£37.50) in a tortoiseshell-like case. The eye shades feature a mix of matte and sparkly but with Bobbi you know the sparkles won’t be ridiculous.
If you want a nude eye and a natural lip, then the Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette (top) will be your constant companion and worth the RRP £59. There are eight nude eye colours and eight creamy lip shades, plus a brush for each. Again, they’re packaged with their own mirror in an extravagant golden-trimmed tortoiseshell-effect palette.
I can’t not mention the Mini Lip & Eye Palette (£26). This is so cute as a starter gift for a young make-up user. It has three essential neutral shadows, two classic lip colours and the sweetest mini-mini lip gloss.
For a really special gift and a little bit more glam than the usual Bobbi, I have to flag up the limited edition Warm Glow Eye Palette (£59) from the Scotch on the Rocks Collection. (Think Lauren Bacall as 1940s diva as that’s who it’s inspired by…) There’s a lot of shimmer in this neutral nine-shade selection, and while it’s missing its brush, it compensates with the fanciest croc-effect casing ever, complete with push-click clasp.
Just as an aside, one of my favourite make-up removers is the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil (£31, 200 ml). If you’re piling on the party face, it pays to get every scrap off. This goes on dry, massages in, then emulsifies with water and rinses away. Of all the cleansing oils I’ve used this has the best consistency, not too thick, or so runny it slips through your fingers.
Shop my Bobbi Brown nude edit below:
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Ready for some OTT indulgence? If not now, then when? Chanel just keeps delivering with the brand extension pampering products – latest is this cache of Chanel No 5 goodies for ‘the bath, the body and the senses’. That translates to a loose body powder (£50), a body cream (£60) and even a bath soap (a virtually a steal at £22).
Personally I’m most seduced by the soap – who even uses bar soap any more? To me, this is strictly for show. Get it out for display on special occasions, sniff it, admire it, Instagram it if you must, then pack it away. Far too good to use!
Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
So much hysteria over a lipstick! But you can kind of see why Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys collection of 50 minature lippies is causing a storm. Ford does make exceedingly good lipsticks and these tap into our desire for teeny trinkets while also being rather practical (yep, I totally fell for the marketing schpiel – whoops). Continue reading
Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, looking at the emergence of interactive digital stores coming from the premium beauty sector
It’s official; Covent Garden has become London’s Beauty Quarter when it comes to stores. Luxury brands Chanel, Dior and Burberry all opened mini beauty flagships here in the last couple of years while Marc Jacobs followed recently with its Tweet Shop pop-up. Now prestige beauty brands Clinique and Bobbi Brown (above) are experimenting with new, highly personal store concepts. Continue reading
Autumn skin is a bitch isn’t it?
The combo of weird weather, cranked-up central heating, comfort eating, over-drinking and under-exercising all add up to – in my case – bumpy, greige and generally knackered-looking skin. Continue reading
JO MALONE LONDON always crack out the best beauty gifts and novelties for Christmas. They revealed all to the press back in July, as most brands do with their ‘Christmas In July’ showcases. (These are a real treat – M&S pulled out the stops, wheeling in a host of food suppliers to ply us with chocolates, hams, every type of tangerine and satsuma, I won’t go on….) This year we got a mini ice rink and every permutation of Jo Malone London favourites you could hope for.
And now is the time to buy as it has all arrived on counter and some things are already selling out. Continue reading
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. MARC JACOBS’ INSTAGRAM SHOP
Oh the bane of not being able to shop from Instagram! Marc Jacobs Beauty couldn’t stand it any longer and has set up a tool just for Insta-shoppers. It’s a bit like LikeToKNOW.it, and thus, slightly clunky. Continue reading
Tom Ford nails it again. Who knew beard oil was a must-have? But clocking the trend for beards and their maintenance, he has just introduced a mini range of beard grooming products including Swiss-made beard combs (£28) and the soon-to-be-cult conditioning beard oil (£40). Continue reading