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Facial oils for day and night



facial oils for day and night

Is it just me or do other people ‘cluster’ certain types of beauty products? My weakness is cleansing balms, facial oils and hand creams. The facial oils in particular are hard to resist. It’s all about the aromatherapy for me, as facials oils are mostly an end of day pampering ritual and the scent adds to the winding down experience.

I was late to the facial oils party but got seduced a few years ago with The Sanctuary Spa Therapist Secret Facial Oil. A skin-balancing blend of rosehip, sunflower, jojoba, wheatgerm, frankincense and rose oils, it’s still one of the best (and most affordable at £17.50) oils out there. I’ve tried a few oils that are just too heavy, greasy or sickly-scented, but these are the ones currently getting the most regular use and they’re particularly welcome now that we’re going from balmy autumn to full-on central heating season…

LA MER THE RENEWAL OIL Very expensive at £170 but oh, what a treat. This nectar-like dual-phase oil (containing La Mer’s signature ‘miracle broth’) is one of the lightest and softest oils I’ve tried, with a delicious uplifting cologne-y scent that makes it perfect for daytime. I can imagine this would be a great option for guys too. I wear mine over serum, and moisturiser and wait a few minutes before my makeup goes on. I can’t vouch for its wrinkle-smoothing claims but my skin definitely loves this stuff. Buy it here.
La Mer The Renewal Oil


DR. HAUSCHKA CLARIFYING DAY OIL
I use this on top of the Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner – it’s an excellent combo. Formulated with carrot, almond oil, calendula and neem to balance oil production in the skin, it smells slightly medicinal but not unpleasantly so. It doesn’t have a dropper so you just tap a few drops into the palm of your hand and press into the skin. Interestingly, Dr. Hauschka doesn’t believe in oils for night. According to Annette Greco, its head of galenic development, your facial skin is regenerating at night, so shouldn’t be loaded with product, even if it’s organic! Buy it here (£25.50).

CHANEL JASMINE FACIAL OIL This elegant, minimalist jasmine oil is just the chicest facial oil ever! A blend of naturally derived ingredients, including jasmine extract from Grasse, it’s on the light end of the spectrum, and even though it’s jasmine-scented, it’s very subtle. I use it for both day and night. In the daytime, I use just a few drops, avoiding my T-zone (I find this light oil is best for oily and combination skins) and in the night, I use a few more drops. It sinks in quickly, leaving non-greasy but glowy skin that’s a nice, smooth base for make-up. Buy it here (£97).
Chanel Jasmine Facial oil


WILLOWBERRY NUTRIENT BOOST TREATMENT OIL
This vitamin-packed facial oil is from a new line of small-batch naturally-derived skincare products, all made in the UK. This is also super-light so it’s suitable for day or night but I prefer it at night as the heavenly rosewood and geranium scent is so relaxing and the consistency has the perfect ‘slip’ for massaging in for a few minutes. As a brand, Willowberry is passionate about transparency and respectful of today’s self-informed beauty consumer, so lists all ingredients on its website. For a small-batch, cold-pressed oil, I think the £22.50 price tag is very reasonable. Buy it here.
Willowberry facial oil

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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Emma Miranda Moore
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Petit Déjeuner X Dior: Way to Blue



The latest in the DRG Petit Déjeuner film series, is a celebration of friendship and creativity.

As soon as I saw the Dior AW17 collection, I knew I wanted to shoot it. The regiment of girls all in blue, from work wear to embroidered taffeta, to a shimmering dégradé sequin gown, all topped with leather berets, was just too wonderful a vision to ignore.

While dove grey is the colour usually associated with Dior, navy blue was a lesser-known favourite of Monsieur Dior. Womenswear artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted to express its many associations, so there are nods to work wear (hence the indigo carpenter jeans – complete with logo-taped selvedge), spirituality (a monastic hood attached to a cashmere outerwear version of Dior’s bar jacket) and the dreamlike art of Chagalle, Picasso and Miro.

Our Petit Déjeuner films are based around mornings, beginnings and reinventions. For our latest film (supported by Dior), celebrating 70 years since Christian Dior launched his house, Emma Miranda Moore and I wanted to tell a story about friendship and creativity. Armed with the Dior collection, our cast, team and a mini bus full of props, we headed off early to the windswept Whitstable coast. As Storm Ophelia cast its surreal glow across the country, our heroines Eris and Georgia basked in its peachy haze…

Way to Blue Dior Emma Miranda Moore Disneyrollergirl
Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl

The clothes were, of course, sublime. While the flou of Dior is known for its delicacy, I love how this collection mixes romantic tulle with rugged boots, utilitarian denim and garconne shirting in inky blue taffeta.

The anti-preciousness extends to adaptable bags, with even the poshest top-handle Lady Dior casualised with the aid of a cross-body strap. (The exception: the magnificent but diminutive embroidered minaudiere below.) I have a thing for military regalia, and the decorative straps teamed with leather berets give Dior a very modern contrast of regality meets reality.

The funnest part of the shoot came right at the end. I won’t spoil it (watch the film!) but let’s just say it was very very windy and we had to do a few takes. The clothes were happily up to the job. These are clothes to walk, work, dance and run around in. And if you really want to, you can even do handstands in Dior…!

Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl
Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl
Way to Blue. A film with Dior by Emma Miranda Moore and Navaz Batliwalla for Disneyrollergirl

You can shop the AW17 womenswear collection at House of Dior, 160 New Bond Street, W1S 2UE

CREDITS
Concept: Navaz Batliwalla and Emma Miranda Moore
Director: Emma Miranda Moore
Styling and creative direction: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl.net
Cinematographer: Charles Mori
Models: Georgia at Linden Staub; Eris at Next
Hair: Paul Donovan at CLM
Make-up: Shinobu at CLM
Music: I’ve Waited So Long by Millie Hanlon Cole
Editor: Roberta Bononi
Grading: Malcolm Ellison Igloo Post
Camera assistant: Daniel Read
Production: There You Are

All clothes, accessories and jewellery by Christian Dior. Georgia’s shoes, model’s own.

This is a creative collaboration with Dior. Petit Déjeuner is a collaboration between Disneyrollergirl and Emma Miranda Moore. We create films and editorial shoots based around mornings, beginnings and reinventions. See all our Petit Dejeuner stories here.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Emma Miranda Moore
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What’s the secret sauce to the Liberty stationery buy?



1 Liberty stationery Esmie photo album

At Liberty, a card is not just a card. A pen is not a writing instrument. No, it’s a lifestyle statement, a purchase to beautify your space and enrich your life. And I’m totally on board with that. I love stationery and the Liberty stationery department is always my first stop (more…)



On my radar: Leïla Menchari and Karel Martens



A portrait of Leila Menchari in 1985- Photo by Edouard Boubat

Two stories caught my attention in the new Hermès magazine, Le Monde d’Hermes. The first is an amazing sounding exhibition celebrating Leïla Menchari, Hermès‘ extraordinary secret weapon, whose legendary window displays brought a playful spirit to the brand for 35 years. The exhibition, ‘Hermès à tire-d’aile — Les mondes de Leïla Menchari‘ will run from 9th Nov to 3rd Dec 2017 at the Grand Palais, Paris. (more…)