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Jo Malone Christmas collection – all you need to know

Jo Malone giant Cracker

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Christmas In July, it’s when all the brands showcase their gifting wares to the press in the lead up to working on their Christmas issues. Traditionally, magazines work on their December issue in August, so they need to start planning in July. Of course, bloggers don’t need to plan so far in advance but we like to see what’s coming up, so we get invited too. (It happens across the board, so food press get thoroughly spoilt at the M&S press day with all the suppliers in attendance to show off their satsumas, chocolate truffles and Christmas cakes.)

I tend to avoid Christmas in July though as it can get a bit relentless but there are certain exceptions. Jo Malone London is a big highlight. This year they have gone large on gifting – the super hero is this mega sized cracker (above and below) with an array of full sized products inside. For £205 you get a 100ml Pomegranate Noir cologne, a Pine & Eucalyptus home candle, a Lime Basil & Mandarin body crème, and the Mimosa & Cardamom body & hand wash – can you imagine finding that under your tree? (Or finding a tree big enough to put it under?) Don’t fret though, they are still doing the classic cracker (£32) and the beloved bauble (£24)…
Jo Malone giant Christmas Cracker contents

The advent calendar has become a beauty gifting staple. This year the Jo Malone London luxury advent calendar (£260, below) is going into all Jo Malone boutiques so should be easier to get hold of.
Jo Malone luxury advent calendar
Jo Malone luxury advent calendar.

They have also brought back the delicious Roasted Chestnut candle from 3 years ago in a deluxe size (£120, below), a good alternative if you have pine candle fatigue during the festive season.
Jo Malone London Christmas 2015 Roasted Chestnut Delux candle

Jo Malone bath salts (below) are new for this year. They’re quite spendy though, with three sachets of English Pear and Fresia for £30, but they make a cute stocking filler. And of course there are endless other sets of all the fragrances, this season packaged in a retro green stripe theme. Pomegranate Noir is also released in special limited edition green packaging exclusively at Selfridges, Brown Thomas, Selfridges.com and Jomalone.co.uk.
Jo Malone bath salts
Jo Malone Pomegrate Noir Christmas packaging
Jo Malone Christmas gifting
Jo Malone Christmas In July

This all lands in October, in time for other big Jo Malone news, their new global flagship arrives in Regent Street at the end of October. You have been warned…

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

YSL Beauté Couture Kajals

YSL Couture Kajals eye pencil

On my wish list from YSL Beauté autumn 2015 are these 12-hour wear YSL Couture Kajals (£25). They can be used as eyeliners, kohls or eye shadows. I love a multi-tasking product and I think the long pointy nib of these will serve well for eyeshadow application. I prefer cream shadows because I like the malleability of blending with a finger. And these classic, inky colours – I love the ‘Vert Anglais’ khaki – are gorgeous. (You can read more YSL beauty newness at British Beauty Blogger.)

YSL Couture Kajals officially arrive on 29th July, but you can buy them now at Harvey Nichols, Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue.

SHOP THE POST BELOW…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: YSL BEAUTE

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: ESTEE LAUDER, LOUIS VUITTON, MAISON KITSUNE, J.W. ANDERSON

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

1. ESTEE LAUDER’S NEXT-GEN SIGNING
Estee Lauder signs Irene Kim as global beauty contributor

Estee Lauder’s quest to engage the next-gen beauty consumer is going at a cracking pace. (more…)

Buy It now: Summer scents

Agent Provocatur

This is the first summer for yonks that I’ve felt properly summer-ready. For that I thank the early June spell of scorching sunny weather, oppressive at times but I can handle that – I need all the vitamin D I can get. To accompany, there has been a new scent to match every type of summer day. From light fruit-fests for picture-postcard weekends away, to green and serene scents for the cooler evenings, here are the summer scents that I have currently on rotation. (more…)