Fenwick beauty favourites

Fenwick beauty hall favourites

As we descend into the Christmas shopping season, the department stores are going full guns ablaze for your beauty dollars. If you want to bypass the chaos of tourists and overzealous scent-spritzers but want to shop in London, Fenwick is a pretty good place to start.

This year, Fenwick has overhauled its ground floor, giving the full entrance space over to its beauty offer. I went to a press event there last month designed to flag up its credentials as a place where you can buy all your makeup, skincare and fragrance favourites. (And discover some new ones too – there’s a focus on niche brands including Artis brushes and tea-centric Bohdidharma fragrances from Michael Boadi of Illuminum fame).

What they did for press was really cool. We were given an empty bag and let loose on a ‘trolley dash’ to pick our eight favourite products including a skincare and fragrance product. Easy, right? You’d think! But being faced with a whole beauty hall incited a severe case of ‘this or that?’ indecision.

Fenwick beauty hall Bond street

Finally, after about fifteen circuits I went for the following:

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum
I first tried this in the summer. It has my perfect serum texture for morning moisturising – gel-like but not too ‘wet’ or sticky. And the pump pushes out exactly enough for one application.

By Terry Serum Terrybly Sunbooster
Another moisturising gel, this is really a summer product but I love it because a) it smells beachy and b) it adds a tiny bit of revitalising colour and has the minutest bit of shimmer to give you a bit of a glow.

Hermes Eau D’Orange Vert eau de cologne
This elegant citrus scent is so deliciously fresh and uplifting. I wear it if I need to focus on something because it seems to sharpen the senses.

MAC Brow Set gel
I have ridiculously badly behaved brows so this is what I use to glue them in place. It doesn’t flake or go hard but valiantly keeps them in place all day.

YSL Touche Eclat
I had the loveliest chat with the YSL on-counter fellow. He wanted me to try all sorts of other products and was telling me about his Youtube channel but alas, I only had time for my YSL Touche Eclat. Although I also love the Estee Lauder and Charlotte Tilbury equivalents, the YSL is slimmer for carrying in my bag.

Clinique Lid Smoothie
This is hands down one of the easiest eyeshadows to wear. It’s a cream eyeshadow that blends in smoothly with a clean finger and Currant Affair is a subtle shade for everyday if I just want to look a bit groomed.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick
These lipsticks are amazing if you like sheer pinky-corals (I wear Insoumise) or 60s pale, kittenish pinks (try Flirt). They have a little bit of irridesence that allows the colour to stain your lips without them feeling completely dried out.

By Terry Baume de Rose
I’ve been meaning to try this for yonks. I love the little frosted glass pot and the tinted pink balm (in ‘Rosy Babe’) as well as its distinctive rose scent – a new favourite for me.

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl


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Tiffany X Dover Street Market
Who knew that Rei Kawakubo was such a big Tiffany fan? According to her husband (and Comme des Garcons CEO) Adrian Joffe, she always drags him into a Tiffany store if they’re passing by, hence the latest – albeit unlikely – Dover Street Market collab. Just launched in London (and Tokyo and New York), the Dover Street Market X Tiffany collaboration features products from the Tiffany archive updated with a 2015 tweak. Think 70s cufflinks converted into earrings, a sterling silver party hat, or an agate and gold bracelet from 1975 reimagined in gold and rosewood. The visual merchandising is lovely, nodding to the vignettes created by VM whizz Gene Moore for Tiffany’s famous windows back in the day.


sephora launches Teach, Inspire, Play conceptb tore stations to San Francisco store
Loving the sound of Sephora’s TIP workshops. ‘Teach, Inspire, Play’ is the mantra that Sephora is aiming to roll out in its stores, with group workshops that let customers try out makeup looks in a central workstation, aided by iPad, USB ports, and WiFi. It’s all part of the experiential bricks and mortar story that’s playing out in retail right now. As Calvin McDonald, CEO of Sephora Americas, told WWD; “When a client comes in and experiences Teach, Inspire, Play, she’s going to experience it on her own, she’s going to experience it through cast members, and she’s going to experience it through technology, and that’s where we really see our differentiator being and how we’re going to continue to innovate.” Bustle has the story here


Agi and sam X Jaeger knitwear collaboration

When Agi & Sam’s PR sent me over the pics of the Agi & Sam X Jaeger knitwear collab I had to double check that they were the right ones. The collaboration is a capsule knitwear line spun from Gostwyck yarn (I Googled it, it’s a luxurious, sustainable wool). I love the simple colour blocking ad graphic colour palette – definitely one for women to steal too. And the price point is not bad at £225. Buy it HERE and in Jaeger stores…


Is anyone else getting fabulous Isabella Blow vibes from Smythson’s eccentric new Quentin Jones Christmas film? ‘Wonderland’ is a celebration of the childlike novelty of Christmas, and Jones is the perfect person to conjure up its playful spirit with her stop-motion collage filmwork. Check it out above and HERE. (P.S: In other news, you can also buy Quentin Jones X Smythson Christmas cards HERE.)


File under accessories for your accessories. Fendi is getting rather good at creating cute little doodads to accompany your handbag. To one-up the furry Fendi bag bugs it has just launched its ‘Strap You‘ accessory, which is essentially, a bag strap. But a reversible one, that gives you different colours/skins on each side, ‘and it can also be monogrammed’, so I’m informed. Not really an essential, but it’s quite a fun concept, no? (And I do really want a python one…)

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Buy it now: Rodin cleansing powder

Linda Rodin Cleansing Powder

Linda Rodin’s new Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder takes me right back to The Body Shop’s Japanese Washing Grains and Viennese Chalk Grains. Both those products were 80s cult classics that you’d mix with water to cleanse and soften the face. It all felt faintly exotic to a London teen used to using synthetic cleansing milk on a cotton wool ball. Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is similarly nostalgia-inducing. It’s an extremely fine rice-based enzyme powder that turns into a creamy paste when you add water. It’s mild enough to use every day, is scent-free and leaves your skin feeling marble-smooth. (Buy it HERE.)

The Rodin powder is the more glamorous version. It won’t remove make-up, but it cleanses and exfoliates with a a blend of rice bran and sea algae, fragranced with the signature Olio Lusso jasmine and neroli scent. You can control the exfoliation by varying how much water you use. Buy it HERE (UK) and HERE (US).


WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Vestiaire Collective – the one that got away*

Rei Kawakubo for Louis Vuitton

Given the chance to get your hands on a ‘must have’ piece you missed the first time around is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, how thrilling! On the other, decision paralysis takes hold – how the heck do you choose between the Rei Kawakubo for Louis Vuitton bag or the Margiela L’Incognito visor shades that got away?

As it happens, ‘the one that got away’ is the name of Vestiaire Collective’s latest campaign and it promises to help you track down that elusive piece that indeed did get away, which you have regretted ever since.

Vestiaire Collective is, of course, the site that lets you buy (and sell) pre-loved pieces that are hand picked (and verified) by their buyers, as only the best pieces pass muster. I love it for all the French luxury fancies it has – from Isabel Marant elevated basics to Cartier jewels, Hermes leathers and vintage Vuitton. There’s s community aspect too, which is key. Create a profile and you can stalk follow those with similar taste to you.

Until the end of the month, Vestiaire Collective’s ‘The One That Got Away’ campaign gives you the chance to find that piece you’re pining for. By submitting your ‘wish list’ to the campaign page, the Vestiaire Collective international community can help you hunt down your piece and – hopefully – unite you with it.

And equally, should you have a ‘one that got away’ to sell, then now’s the time to do it. It can be instantly matched up with its potential buyer, making two people very happy (and you a little bit richer). Need more incentive? I’ve got a free delivery code for anyone using Vestiaire Collective – just type TOTGASHIP when prompted at checkout…


WORDS: Navaz batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl