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Buy it now: Hermes Le Bain bath and body line

Hermes Le Bain shower gel and moisturising balm

If you’re going to spend £28 on a shower gel, you may as well make it an Hermes one. Hermes has had its bath products for a while now, but is only recently starting to actively market them. I noticed this instantly when I first visited the revamped New Bond Street store; the bright and inviting products were prominently displayed, beckoning all who passed to come and explore.

At the recent Hermes AW15 press day, we were pampered with hand washes and massages, an effective sort of brainwashing by the gentle persuasion of touch and smell. The products are lovely of course. The Le Bain bath products are scented with the fragrance from Hermes’ garden perfumes and colognes, with which I’m more than familiar. I’ve not met one cologne I didn’t like, but curently, Eau D’Orange Verte hair and body shower gel is what’s getting me up in the morning, followed by the creamy Eau de Narcisse Bleu moisturizing face and body balm (£42).

I need something zingy to get me energised first thing and that’s what Eau D’Orange Verte hair and body shower gel delivers with its invigorating orange, mandarin and mint notes. As a shower gel, it’s great but I can’t say I tried it on my hair (I’m strictly a Kerastase girl for that). Likewise, the face and body balm is perfect as a body moisturiser – rich, non-greasy and instantly absorbed. But I’m not ready to put it on my face.

A quick word about the packaging, which let’s be honest is a big part of the appeal. It doesn’t disappoint at all, being packed in the signature orange boxes and then lightweight plastic bottles. Although the hero has to be the chunky aluminium tub for the body balm, which is totally being reused afterwards to store my cotton wool pads. Wait, does Hermes make cotton wool pads? It really should…

Buy Hermes Le Bain at Hermes.co.uk and Saksfifthavenue.com.

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Buy it now: All the deets on the latest Chanel Les Beiges additions

Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection

Embarrassing admission: I never really got bronzer until I tried Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow a couple of years ago. It’s a good starter bronzer – so finely milled that you really get just the subtlest hint of warmth, but enough to make you look ten times better.

This year, Les Beiges has expanded with more gems to impart a similar tango-free outdoorsy glow. The hero is still the Les Beiges Healthy Glow compact which now comes in two new varieties, both striped to mimic the famous Chanel nautical mariniere top. Chanel Healthy Glow Multi-Colour Mariniere SPF15 is a limited edition compact (£44). Use the lighter shade to enhance radiance (for tops of cheekbones, or above the cupid’s bow), or swirl to blend both the shades together. The pinky shade (no 01) is more of a highlighter, so best for those who aren’t so fussed about looking bronzed, while 02 is your classic tan option. Oh, there’s also a new shade added to the main Les Beiges line – 25 is a little bit pinker and warmer.

Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection Mariniere striped compact n
2 Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection Mariniere striped compacts

There are also three new stick blushers. Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (£32) does what it says on the, er, stick; it’s a creamy blush stick containing coconut oil and beeswax and has a matte finish. You apply it straight to the cheek from the bullet and blend with fingers for a sheer, non streaky radiant effect. Having tried this I would just say make sure your cheeks are well moisturised before applying. Shade-wise it comes in three wearable shades. No 20 is the darkest of the three, a deep tan-bronze so perhaps best for contouring. No 21 is a perfect deep coral, my default blusher shade, which I’ve been wearing apply sparingly and blend on cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. No 22 is an orangy-peach that would be a great match for paler skintones.

The Les Beiges Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm (£25) is another new product which I love in theory but not so much in practice. It’s an elegant black-cased balm stick, with a lovely sheen and the sheerest hint of pink shade. It feels great on but disappointingly, doesn’t show up enough on me. I’m sure there are better ones out there.

The Les Beiges line pre-empted the whole no make-up make-up look that’s obviously all the rage right now. On that tip, there are two new lip glosses (£22) – a pale pink Rose Tendre and the buff-hued Beige Star – plus four beige nail colours. I have Precious Beige and Beige Pur (£18), both of which are sheer, everyday beiges although Precious Beige has a tiny amount of shimmer. The other two are Lovely Beige and Beige Rose. No, they’re not the most exciting shades ever but they’re the ones I always fall back on so they get two big lacquered thumbs up from me. You can do one coat for a natural, groomed finish or two for a mannequin nails effect (is that still a thing?).

4 Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection nails and lip gloss
5 Chanel Les Beiges 2015 collection nail colours in Beige Pur and Precious Beige

You can buy everything I’ve mentioned by clicking on the products below…

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARGARET HOWELL, JOHN SMEDLEY, HILL& FRIENDS, DIOR

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

1. MARGARET HOWELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO BARBARA HEPWORTH
Margaret Howell for Tate by John Hooper

Every year Mr DRG and I talk about going to St Ives and I’ve still never been. Oh well, this summer St Ives (kind of) comes to us with Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World. To accompany it, there’s a lovely Hepworth-inspired capsule collection from Margaret Howell, including a smock, work shirt, dungarees and silk scarves. Buy them here.


2. JOHN SMEDLEY’S UNISEX KNITS

John Smedley unisex knitwear

John Smedley is one of my go-tos for all-season knitwear. Just landed is Singular, a unisex offering of waffle textured extra-fine merino wool jumpers. The utilitarian styling and neutral colourways remind me of school uniforms and 1950s gym kit – in a good way obvs. The sweater is £145 and the T-shirt is £115. Buy them here.


3. THE RETURN OF EMMA HILL

Emma Hill launches Hill And Friends

While we wait to see what Hillier Bartley (from Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley) brings this autumn; the news arrived this week of an accessories brand from Emma Hill. Do we need another accessories brand? Well, as Hill was the brains behind the Mulberry revamp and Gap’s early noughties successes it would be prudent to pay attention to what Hill & Friends delivers when it launches in September. A collaboration with former Mulberry brand director, Giorgia Fendley, the SS16 collection will be sold at Net-a-Porter.com and Hillandfriends.com the day after the LFW presentation. Join here for updates.

4. DIOR’S VIRTUAL REALITY BACKSTAGE BEAUTY
Dior uses 3-D virtual reality to let customers virtually go backstage at its fashion show

This is a clever and unexpected concept from Dior. Clearly, live streaming and Instagramming the show is just not enough; these days punters want to feel even more immersed in the backstage experience. Well that seems to be the view from Dior, who is promoting its Dior Show beauty line (which I love) with some rather fancy virtual reality action in selected stores. Fash & Mash has the story.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

Buy it now: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes

Estee Lauder bronze goddess

How to look like you’ve just come back from a week in the Balaerics in under ten seconds. Open Estee Lauder Limited-Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Allover Illuminator (£33). Twist up stick. Stroke on tops of cheekbones and bridge of nose. blend with a finger. Voila!

This stick comes in one deep peachy-pink shade with just the right amount of golden highlights. It’s less pink than my holy grail Tory Burch Lip & Cheek Tint, and less matte than Chanel’s new Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick (blog post coming soon). I guess it’s the Estee Lauder version of a Nars The Multiple stick, but with more of a sun-blushed finish. You can also use it on decollete and shoulders (do people do this?). It really does remind me of that moment when you come back from the beach, all sleepy but nicely sun-kissed.

Also in this Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection, is the Limited-Edition Bronze Goddess lluminating Powder Gelée (£32) – a non-powdery powder that gives a lovely ‘uplighting’ effect. It’s designed to be used as a highlighter but I like it as a light, all-over illuminating veil. Either way, it’s very subtle and easy to use. I do find the packaging terribly 70s though…

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess illuminating Powder Gelee and Bronze Goddess Allover Illuminator stick

Then, there’s the Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil Spray (£29). This is scented with Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent; it’s clean, floral and suitably summery with the perfect ratio of floral and fruity notes with a hint of vanilla and coconut.

I adore this; it’s just the kind of happy but sophisticated scent you’d expect from Estee Lauder, with added skin-conditioning properties. Scent aside, this is a very similar product to the Tom Ford Shimmering Body Oil, right down to the identical shaped bottle and placing of the type on the bottle. Who am I to say if it’s exactly the same formula inside? Tom Ford Beauty is produced by Estee Lauder though so it wouldn’t be surprising. This is a smaller and thus less expensive bottle and the fragrance is just as good as Tom’s so it’s a great pre-holiday buy. (That’s if you can track it down – I’ve had to link to the U.S Estee Lauder site because it seems to be sold out in the UK.)

Estee Lauder Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Collection

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