It seems Brits love a beauty box, but whether that’s for the handy miniatures or for the Christmassy sense of unpacking all the goodies I’m not quite sure. Anyhoo, here’s two you need to know about if you’re a beauty box fan.
First, Selfridges has launched its Christmas advent calendar (above), which is bigger and better than ever before. SPOILER ALERT: The contents are plentiful and include the following… Continue reading
Tom Ford is a funny brand. I can totally leave the RTW (and truthfully I didn’t much care for Tom Ford at Gucci) but the beauty is a whole different beast. Have you been to the store in Sloane Street yet? You must. It’s a properly luxurious experience where you’ll get fussed and fawned over even if you’re just spritzing a tester. And if you’re going to buy one of Ford’s not-cheap fragrances, then this is the place to go for the full, added-value experience. Continue reading
I’m far too much of a scaredy cat to cycle around London (and er, I can’t actually ride a bike), but if I was the cycling type, then Goodordering‘s boxy bike bags would be my accessory of choice. These unisex, retro-looking bags have been designed with function first and are especially aimed at people who need to cart portable offices around day to day. Thus they all have padded laptop compartments or pockets, are made of durable nylon, and are super-spacious and lightweight. The styles on offer include pannier bags, satchels, backpacks and shoppers and all are designed to clip on your bike. Continue reading
The Eudon Choi for River Island shop is open! And aren’t the look book pictures fab?
The capsule collection is part of River Island’s Design Forum which gives emerging designers a platform to reach more consumers at an affordable price. Choi based his inspiration around Vogue photographer Peter Lindbergh’s 1991 Wild At Heart shoot, which famously featured the likes of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Tatjana Patitz as bad-ass bikers girls.
Eudon Choi’s tomboy-luxe aesthetic is all about boxy, anti-bodycon shapes in rich fabrics. The silver leather jacket (£250) is likely to sell out first, swiftly followed by the biker boots (£110). But the biker-detailed utility jacket (£150) and leather-panelled coat (£200) are probably your best bet for cost-per-wear versatility.
STEFANO TONCHI ON INTO THE GLOSS
Oh my nosiness knows no bounds. I love Into The Gloss for its snoops into the bathroom cabinets of fashiony women and now it’s been sniffing around the men’s grooming shelves too. Here’s W magazine’s Stefano Tonchi’s thoughts on his grooming routine (Hmmm, Only 6 products but still)… Continue reading
Here are three killer red lipsticks I’ve been trialling that I can recommend if you love strong Hollywood reds in posh packaging…
First is Rouge Néon (shade 50) from Yves saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre line (below, £25). This is a lush vermillion red that has an extremely flattering finish thanks to the addition of yellow, white and pink gold pearls. It’s definitely not pearlised though; the effect is more a subtle ‘lit from within’ radiance that is YSL’s DNA. Obviously, the gold casing is as fabulous as the lipstick inside, I never get bored with it. Buy it here and here…
I’m always interested in single-product brands and how they progress. It seems to me the sensible way to start out. Ralph Lauren famously started with ties, Alexander Wang with his capsule line of cashmeres and Palmer Harding are doing well with their inventive shirt-based pieces. Continue reading
Burberry has followed in Chanel’s footsteps when it comes to off-the-catwalk beauty. In fact, it has gone even further, releasing it SS14 nail colours well ahead of the curve. If you’re quick, you can order a set of its six spring polishes (£90) to be delivered within three weeks. (Deadline for placing orders is 30th September.) Continue reading
Chanel’s moiré-effect nail colours are getting a lot of love and they’re not even out yet! Released this Friday, the Rose Moiré and Rouge Moiré lacquers (£18) are inspired by the texture more usually seen on wallpapers and textiles. The Rouge Moire is especially dramatic with its intense car paint sheen. Once on I guarantee you will not stop looking adoringly at your nails. Continue reading
Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (£20) has got to be one of the best chunky eye pencils around. The twist-up round-tipped crayon is the perfect thickness for rush hour application – just blend with a clean finger. I’ve been trialling Bittersweet, a limited edition everyday mocha from the new Rich Chocolate collection. It’s billed as a shadow or a smudgy liner but I think it’s a bit fiddly as a liner. As a long-lasting smoky shadow though, it’s foolproof.