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Perfect pairing: White denim and Chanel espadrilles

Chanel espadrilles nail polish colour

Summer’s been a bit unpredictable so far (no surprise there) but it’s OK, I have my Chanel espadrilles. No not those kind of espadrilles, it’s a Chanel nail polish colour, dummy. The sunniest, fizziest orange – and really, what could be more cheering than a Chanel nail colour called ‘Espadrilles’?

Summer in the city is a funny one because very often, it’s cloudy, and well, cold! So make-up is the way to fake a sunnier disposition, while you’re shivering in your cashmere. Needless to say, skirts and shorts are a rarity too for me, but I’ll break out the white 501s instead.

Chanel Espadrilles nail colour

Chanel’s summer beauty collection is a mix of khaki greens and golden neutrals (for eyes), plus juicy sunset shades in a new lip gloss formula. I’ve always got on well with Chanel lip glosses but the new formula is even more fluid and moisture-rich. ‘Sahara’ (610, a luminescent coral) is my go-to summer lip of choice, while ‘Dzhari’ (608) is a deeper, sultry garnet stain. Nail shades are a mix of colour-pop brights (‘Espadrilles’ and ‘Turban’ – a bold cerise pink that’s lovely for toes) and iridescent old gold, a burnished brown and ‘Emeraude’ – a hypnotic, gold-flecked green.

Chanel Exclusive Creation Empriente Du Desert eye quad 2016

Sometimes Chanel’s eye quads get a bit repetitive, but not this time. The limited edition Exclusive Creation Empriente Du Desert mimics the coppers and golden beiges of sundown, accompanied by a delicious khaki green. I think you can achieve lots of versatile looks with this quad, from a minimalist neutral to something more dramatic. I love how the surface texture has an undulating sand dunes effect. To match are two waterproof eye pencils and a copper-coloured mascara – very Arabian Nights.

Chanel UV Essentiel sun protection

Cloudy or not, sun protection is a must and Chanel has formulated a new product that claims to enhance the skin’s own sun-pro mechanism. Chanel UV Essentiel comes in a melt-into-the-skin lotion with SPF 30 or 50 (there are two varieties) that feels weightless and non-greasy. I’ve tried it and like the naturally matte finish for my tends-to-greasy skin. It’s a pretty small tube though (£42 for 30ml), so possibly only for the most cashed-up Chanel-phile.

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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Uniqlo, NARS, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Casely-Hayford

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

1. BURBERRY’S ILLUSTRATED CAMPAIGN
Burberry illustrated campaign
When the chips are down… hire an illustrator. Loving these paintings by Luke Edward Hall that add a personal touch of emotion to Burberry’s latest Mario Testino-shot campaign. (more…)

Coming soon: Christian Louboutin Loubilaque

Christian Louboutin loubilacque lip lacquer - launching in July

Incoming from Christian Louboutin is Loubilaque, an intensely pigmented high-shine lip lacquer to accompany the lipstick and nail polish. In eight shades, it’s set to arrive next month. (more…)

Buy it now: Linda Rodin beauty

Buy it now - Rodin beauty. including the new Rodin lipstick - coming soon

Dum, dum, dum… Still a-tapping my fingers waiting for the Linda Rodin lipstick rollout. Meanwhile, I thought I’d do a recap on some of her other cult products…

The face oils. The brand originated in 2007 with RODIN Olio Lusso face oil, her luxury elixir blend of essential oils with its distinctive jasmine and neroli scent. The latest addition is the just-launched, Lavender Absolute Face Oil (below) which sounds like utter heaven. Buy it at Olio Lusso.
Rodin lavender oil is the latest addition to Linda Rodin's face oil line

The body oils. These come in Jasmine Neroli and now the new Lavender Absolute variety, (more…)