Quote of the day: Helen Mirren

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“I am not gorgeous, I never was, but I was always OK-looking and I’m keen to stay that way…I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks. We are all worth it!”
Helen Mirren quoted in The Guardian, in an excellent piece by Alyson Walsh (AKA That’s Not My Age) on older women in beauty advertising

Aerin Essentials and two new fragrances

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Aerin Lauder is really getting into her stride as a flag bearer of no-brainer beauty, a slightly girlier version of Bobbi Brown if you will.

Where Bobbi is all about the everyday make-up in graphic, black packaging, AERIN does the same job but with luxe golden compacts and pastel-pink or pastel-printed boxes. The prints are a really nice (and original) touch that have become a brand signature. If you know anything about Aerin Lauder (not that I’m obsessed or anything), you’ll know she’s all about the NY-Hamptons lifestyle, with plenty of outdoorsy inspiration driving the brand aesthetic.

Product-wise, I like how sensible and practical everything is. For autumn, AERIN has launched the Essentials collection which includes a Weekday palette and a Weekend palette (£48 each). Both are well thought out, featuring neutral powder blushers, eyeshadows and multi-tasking lip-cheek colours in a decent-sized gold palette with a big mirror and brush/sponge applicator included. To be honest they’re pretty interchangeable, but the weekday one in slightly more colourful. If you’re a beauty minimalist, these shades are spot on and will get plenty of wear. There’s also two new nude lip glosses, two eyeliners and a rose-tinted lip balm. (Actually I can’t detect much colour from the lip balm and though it feels lovely on, I’m not sure I’d fork out £25 for it.)
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The fragrances have been very well received and for good reason. The packaging is stunning (those pebble lids!), the size is just right and the scents are distinctive but not overpowering (I’m so over generic fragrances). New to the collection for autumn is Waterlily Sun (actually smells like summer to me) and Iris Meadow (clean and meadow-y with a hint of musk). Both come in the famous painterly boxes and cost £85 (for 50ml eau de parfum).
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The five original fragrances now also have accompanying body creams, all in lovely printed tubes designed by Lee Jofa. They’re quite spendy at £40 but then I’m a bit of a cheapskate where body creams are concerned they’re very pretty and super gifty.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WOOD WOOD X DISNEY, A.P.C, LIBERTY, SHANG XIA, NIKE

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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. WOOD WOOD WARPS DISNEY ICON

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Get ready for a very cool Disney collaboration with Danish brand Wood Wood coming to London. Wood Wood chose to stretch and distort classic 30s cartoons of Mickey Mouse, printing the designs on clothes and accessories for men and women. The prints are quite subversive so I’m surprised Disney gave it the go ahead – it’s known for being extremely protective of the brand’s imagery. The collection goes into Liberty, Good Hood and Mytheresa.com on 3rd November.


2. A.P.C LOVES L.A

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A.P.C’s Jean Touitou is banking big on Los Angeles with a new store on Melrose and two more to come by the end of the year. As always, he’s refreshingly frank with his views – I enjoyed this interview on Style.com in which he expounds on how New York and Paris have lost their creative lustre and what he’s doing to push the A.P.C minimalist aesthetic forward. (But first, please admire the lush shiny flooring – above – made from Spanish ceramic bricks that nods to the Hispanic heritage of the area.)


3. LIBERTY’S PERSONAL BEAUTY CALL

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Liberty has just launched a bespoke beauty personal shopping service that I think will do really well. You make an appointment and get a one-to-one with a specialist who gives you unrushed, unbiased advise on Liberty beauty products. The two hour service costs £80 redeemable against purchases. It definitely feels like Liberty has noticed how consumers want trusted, user-friendly advice rather than hard sell and I’d say a lot of that has to be down to blogger influence. It reminds me of the John Gustafson service that Fenwick introduced in the 90s (so successful that the waiting list stretches to years). Read more on Liberty’s bespoke beauty here.


4. SHANG XIA IN SHANGHAI

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“What is precious in life? Space is precious, time is precious, love is precious.” I love this quote from Shang Xia’s founder, CEO and artistic director Jiang Qiong’er. The Hermes-owned Chinese brand is in expansion mode, and following Paris and Beijing, this month opened its third store in Shanghai. Its main premise is to draw on Chinese craft and heritage to create a high quality brand for the modern Chinese luxury customer. The quote is from this article in Time Out Shanghai.


5. NIKE UPS THE FASHION ANTE WITH SUPERMODEL CAMPAIGN

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Clever Nike is embracing the fashion crowd as never before. Its forthcoming collaboration with Pedro Lourenço was launched with much fanfare last week, starring as it does Karlie Kloss in the campaign shots. As with everything, authenticity is at its core. The product is highly fashionable but function has to come first. But it clearly doesn’t hurt to have Karlie (and a chunk of her million+ Instagram following) endorsing the brand…

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Coming soon: Les Rouges Culte De Chanel

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Why on earth would anyone want to start their Christmas shopping now? Er, maybe because if you don’t, all the funnest goodies will be gone?

The limited edition novelty beauty gift has become quite the mini industry in recent years – the legendary Selfridges advent calendar (yep, sold out already), the This Works tree bauble, the Jo Malone cracker (arriving on counter November 1st) all spring to mind.

And then there’s the curve ball. That thing that pops up that isn’t strictly holiday-flavoured but just happens to perfectly suit the festive season. So here’s my prediction for the there-will-be-tears 2014 scrum – it’s from Chanel of course…

Say hello to Les Rouges Culte De Chanel, a trio of re-released 1980s nail polishes in festive red. Continue reading

Today I’m wearing: British Beauty Blogger for Marks & Spencer

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This week is all about sharing the love for my fellow bloggers. I mentioned a while ago that Jane Cunningham from British Beauty Blogger has teamed up with M&S to launch a make-up range. It finally landed on counter last week. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: HELMUT LANG PERFUME, LONGCHAMP THE BOOK, GALLIANO THE CONCEPTUALIST

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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. HELMUT LANG PERFUME RETURNS

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Woah, big story of the week for me is this one. Helmut Lang the original fragrance is back! And with the proto-minimalist packaging intact too. Not sure where we can buy it in the UK, but it’s being sold on the Helmut Lang US site right now. Continue reading

Buy it now: Estee Lauder Modern Muse solid perfume compact

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Quick heads-up to say, if you’re Stateside and an Estée Lauder fan, do hunt down this special hot pink solid perfume compact of Modern Muse. I love a solid fragrance and this one has been specially created for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with 100% of the retail price ($49.50) going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Continue reading

BEAUTY BITS: GLOSSIER, TOPSHOP, L’OREAL MAKEUP GENIUS, KOREA GROOMING, BELLA FREUD LION, YSL BLACK OPIUM, KEVYN AUCOIN

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INTO THE GLOSS GETS GLOSSIER

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Is Into The Gloss entering into the beauty product space? It sure looks like it. Everyone’s favourite beauty site is leaking sneak previews of ‘Glossier’ on Insta here and on first glance it’s looking extremely enticing… UPDATE! IT’S JUST LAUNCHED! It’s starting with skincare, is fairly affordable and all the deets are at Glossier.com. (No international shipping yet but they’re working on it…) Continue reading

Matte or glow? Two new foundation favourites

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This has been a big year for foundation launches but I still haven’t found a match for my holy grail Myface Mymix which is down to its final squirt.

Close though is Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid foundation (£35). Can I be honest? I wasn’t entirely convinced by Burberry’s beauty ambitions at first, so I tested this with lowish expectations. Readers – it’s a keeper. The texture is a moisturising satin fluid that comes out of a pump bottle (which is wayyy too big but I’ll let that pass). Continue reading

Beauty hero: Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss

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Only one more sleep until the launch of what could possibly be my favourite beauty product of the year. The new Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss is a hybrid of lip gloss and lipstick and it’s absolutely faultless. Continue reading

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