Naked and nude makeup palettes have undoubtedly been a thing this year. You can get them at all price points (just search them on British Beauty Blog, there’s a new one along every week) but for me, you can’t beat Bobbi Brown. The formulations are beautiful, the shades are supremely wearable and they work hard for day and night so that even the expensive ones earn their keep. As with fashion, I think it’s easier to splash out on classics as there’s less danger that you’ll get bored of them. Plus, Bobbi’s packaging at the moment is extremely luxe.
Recent weeks have seen a bumper arrival of lavish palettes, from posh tortoiseshell-effect finishes, to Hollywood-worthy croc-print leather. From Bobbi’s Gift Giving Collection, I can pretty much recommend everything. For starters, if eyes are your thing then there’s the Cool Eye Palette and the Warm Eye Palette, each with a dual-ended brush (£37.50) in a tortoiseshell-like case. The eye shades feature a mix of matte and sparkly but with Bobbi you know the sparkles won’t be ridiculous.
If you want a nude eye and a natural lip, then the Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette (top) will be your constant companion and worth the RRP £59. There are eight nude eye colours and eight creamy lip shades, plus a brush for each. Again, they’re packaged with their own mirror in an extravagant golden-trimmed tortoiseshell-effect palette.
I can’t not mention the Mini Lip & Eye Palette (£26). This is so cute as a starter gift for a young make-up user. It has three essential neutral shadows, two classic lip colours and the sweetest mini-mini lip gloss.
For a really special gift and a little bit more glam than the usual Bobbi, I have to flag up the limited edition Warm Glow Eye Palette (£59) from the Scotch on the Rocks Collection. (Think Lauren Bacall as 1940s diva as that’s who it’s inspired by…) There’s a lot of shimmer in this neutral nine-shade selection, and while it’s missing its brush, it compensates with the fanciest croc-effect casing ever, complete with push-click clasp.
Just as an aside, one of my favourite make-up removers is the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil (£31, 200 ml). If you’re piling on the party face, it pays to get every scrap off. This goes on dry, massages in, then emulsifies with water and rinses away. Of all the cleansing oils I’ve used this has the best consistency, not too thick, or so runny it slips through your fingers.
Shop my Bobbi Brown nude edit below:
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
It’s all about designer denim collaborations at the moment. Hot on the heels of J Brand X Simone Rocha comes this collection from OTHER X Lee. To celebrate 125 years of Lee Jeans, the brains behind OTHER Shop have created a ten-piece collection of dip-dyed, fray-edged, embroidered and scribble-printed denim and jersey-wear, affordably priced from £45 to £125.
And to push things further, they’ve erected an entire shop to go with it. Head to 35 Neal Street, WC2 to experience the 1.25 pop-up shop until 4th January 2015.
Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
Images: OTHER X Lee
Burberry is still all about outerwear for me. The Burberry Prorsum pre-fall 2015 collection is heavy on voluminous, textured coats and slim bottoms and I’m noticing a big focus on furry-looking shearlings that are casual, cosy and effortless-looking. I’m also a sucker for a too-short sleeve. Yes please.
So much hysteria over a lipstick! But you can kind of see why Tom Ford’s Lips And Boys collection of 50 minature lippies is causing a storm. Ford does make exceedingly good lipsticks and these tap into our desire for teeny trinkets while also being rather practical (yep, I totally fell for the marketing schpiel – whoops). Continue reading
In terms of sheer lust, Joseph is one of the shows I most look forward to at London Fashion Week. It’s the combination of easy, wearable silhouettes, plus inventive styling and perfect casting that results in a memorable show where you genuinely want to buy everything, not just admire from afar.
Joseph’s heritage lies in generously proportioned knitwear and 80s-90s layers, but modern Joseph is much more of a 90s-00s minimalist-masculine mash-up. Continue reading
Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, looking at the emergence of interactive digital stores coming from the premium beauty sector
It’s official; Covent Garden has become London’s Beauty Quarter when it comes to stores. Luxury brands Chanel, Dior and Burberry all opened mini beauty flagships here in the last couple of years while Marc Jacobs followed recently with its Tweet Shop pop-up. Now prestige beauty brands Clinique and Bobbi Brown (above) are experimenting with new, highly personal store concepts. Continue reading
Oooh here’s a clever move from Farfetch. It’s just rolled out a new Click & Collect service, whereby you can order from one of its international indie retailers but instead of having your order sent to your home or office, you can pick up from another of its retailers located more conveniently to you. With over 100 boutiques currently taking part globally, this could potentially be a real game changer. Continue reading