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On my radar: Decleor aromatherapy face balms

Decleor Aromessence AROMA SUN AND AROMA NIGHT balm

I’m a recent convert to Decleor and its deliciously hydrating face balms.

These various oily balms are made from natural essential oils that target different needs and skin concerns. The Decleor Aromessence Neroli Night Balm (£32.50 HERE) is my current favourite, with neroli the hero ingredient designed to hydrate and revitalise tired-looking skin. You use the plastic applicator to take out a teeny less-than-pea-sized amount to warm between your palms and then press into cleansed skin before bed.

I’m a complete aromatherapy freak so this is great for me. Besides the benefits of neroli (for softening and hydrating), you also have basil (to purify and heal) and camomile (to prevent the appearance of dark spots). This isn’t meant as an everyday balm but more for when you feel your skin needs a pep-up. That said, I’ve been using it every day because I love it so much – oops.

There’s also the Decleor Aroma Sun Expert After-sun Balm (£31.50 HERE) for days when I’ve been frying myself in the sun. I know that’s a no-no, but it doesn’t happen often and I do use sun protection. This ‘high repair after sun balm’ contains geranium and frankincense essential oils and does the job of calming and repairing sun-exposed skin, while also claiming to maintain a long-lasting tan (sadly I haven’t got enough of a tan to tell if this bit it true). Because you use such a small amount, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or cloggy.

I’m new to Decleor but have always admired from afar. While these are beauty samples, I don’t think the prices are bad for the quality of this brand and there are deals to be had if you know where to look (psst, HERE!). I’ve also been trialling a Decleor face moisturiser that launches next month but I’ll save that for another post. Watch this space…

WORDS AND IMAGE: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: SAINT LAURENT, DKNY, MAC, KAREN MILLEN

Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. TEAM HEDI
hedi slimane

I’ve read two articles about Hedi Slimane this week. One is a very long interview by Dirk Standen on Yahoo Style, and the other is a critique by Alex Fury in The Independent. Both are very good but I had to disagree with Fury’s negative assessment of Slimane at Saint Laurent. (more…)

RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

AW15 trend report: Hermes accessories edit

Hermes aw15 accessories -A la Plume Giant Scarf 140 in silk twill by Florence Manlik

The Hermès Oran slide sandal made have been the hit of the summer, but there’s plenty more to love from the Hermès AW15 accessory collection. First, I have to flag up this A la Plume giant scarf by Florence Manlik. The abstract feather design has a bit of a pop art feel to it, and sorry, I know this is such a cliche but I would seriously love to have this framed and hung on my wall.

As I mentioned in The DRG Style Index a while ago, shoes are a major focus for Hermès, with boyish buckled boots and refined alligator heels getting equal attention…

Hermes AW15 alligator pump Emanuele Fontanesi
Hermes AW15 calfskin studded boots  Emanuele Fontanesi
Hermes AW15 alligator and mink loafers Emanuele Fontanesi

There’s also a new watch release. The first new Hermes watch collection since 1992, the Slim d’Hermès is designed to be an everyday watch. It’s extremely appealing, with an elegant round dial, ultra-thin automatic movement and numerals designed by graphic designer Philippe Apeloig. The Slim d’Hermès watch comes in a family of sizes and strap variations, with or without diamonds. This one’s my favourite in steel and black boxcalf…

Hermes AW15 Slim d'Hermes 32MM in Steel on Black Box Calf

As with other heritage luxury houses, Hermes has been ramping up its fine jewellery offer. There’s a growing trend for casual fine jewellery as exemplified by these wear-with-everything Filet d’or earrings. I also really love these calfskin and brass bangles and matching pendant with the white topstitch (I can’t help wondering if Hermes uses a custom Pantone colour to match this perfect shade of expensive tan)…

Hermes AW15 Filet Dor earrings
Hermes AW15 Loop pendant and bracelets in calfskin and gilded metal

Finally, on the bag front, I love the playfulness of this lipstick pink Maxibox Mini, a boxy calf leather bag on a long wrist strap. The strap can slip over the shoulder or it can be doubled round the wrist…
Hermes aw15 accessories Maxibox Mini

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Hermès