3. UNIQLO X LEMAIRE
The full look book for UNIQLO X LEMAIRE is out and for me it’s all about the square cut knits and men’s coats. See the other looks here. (P.S is anyone else getting COS vibes from the micro site design?)
4. J.CREW BACK TO BASICS
Vogue reports that J. Crew is going back to basics (think ballet flats and cashmere) for AW15. I’ve seen this collection and it’s good. I definitely think championing the classics (in a contemporary way, of course) is the way to go… The Regent blazer with satin lapels gets my vote.
5. DESIGN YOUR OWN BURBERRY SCARF
Clever clever Burberry is soooo good at ‘affordable luxury’, with its monogrammed perfume bottles, brilliant makeup and now… design-your-own scarves. OK, they’re not that affordable but people will pay more for personalisation. The Burberry Scarf Bar launches on 2nd September online and in-store…
6. HOW L’OREAL IS INNOVATING DIGITALLY IN CHINA
Interesting insights into how L’Oreal’s digital initiatives (like the Makeup Genius app) are helping it clean up in China. Read here…
A pumpkin orange eye shadow is my highlight from the new Chanel make-up collection. Well that’s definitely a first for me. But I’ll come to that in a bit. Let’s begin with the Chanel autumn 2015 makeup showpiece, which is the limited edition Entrelacs eye shadow palette (below, £46 buy HERE). This is heaven for someone like me who loves no-brainer neutrals. I have an excellent Bobbi Brown eye palette that I’ve used to death, but this is an update with the safe but delicious smoky browns and creamy beiges I love in matte and satin textures.
As Chanel does so well, these are embossed with designs inspired by the stained glass windows of Coco Chanel’s childhood (which also inspired the double Cs, – pay attention at the back, please!).
Next there are the Long-Lasting Eyeliners (£19, below, buy HERE) in four new shades. This to me is a classic autumn collection, extremely wearable with rich, warm colours. The twist is the slight golden-bronze hues, which you can see in the campaign imagery. I have three of the four shades. The one that’s missing is Ardent – a limited edition gold – but my favourite is Feuilles which is a super-dark forest green.
Also – how cool is this – I just discovered that these pencils have their own teeny tiny pencil sharpener in the lid, which you would never guess was there. Please take a moment to appreciate…
There are two new Illusion D’Ombre (£25) shades for autumn. This spongy cream is a great eye shadow formula and I’ve amazing myself by loving the orange. It’s called Rouge-Gorge (which I think needs to be pronounced with a French accent, not a Kate Moss Croydon twang) and it’s a stunner (buy it HERE). I wear it on its own as a subtle peachy wash blended over the lid, but of course you can wear it with other shades or with deeper intensity. Fleure de Pierre is a matte velvet black, a bit aging for me but the PR suggested trying just a bit on the outer corners of the eye (buy it HERE).
I love the versatility of the Les 4 Ombres palettes and this one in Tisse D’Automne (£40, buy it HERE) is as flattering as expected, with a dark matte moss green, coppery brown, khaki green with golden undertones (yum) and a peachy-beige highlighter. This is amazing for a khaki-greeny smoky eye. Next to the eye palette below is a powder blush (£31) in Alezane, a brownish pink (buy it HERE). It’s OK but a bit muted for me.
For lips and nails, it’s all very deep and glam. There are three new high shine nail shades (£18, below), all equally vampy. I have two; Châtaigne, a bitter chocolate (buy it HERE), and Écorce Sanguine, a deep scarlet red that Chanel describes as brick (this is limited edition, buy it HERE). The third, Vert Obscur is my favourite. I don’t have a sample but it’s a green-black with a hint of blue, think magical and witchy! (Buy it HERE.)
For lips, the sample I have is Rouge Coco Shine in Temeraire (£25, pictured top, buy it HERE) a grown up 90s wine-brick that reminds me of the supermodels’ obsession with a MAC Spice pencil. Rouge Coco Shine is my favourite Chanel lipstick texture, slightly iridescent and hydrating on the lips (although I wish they were a tiny bit more moisturising). I rarely (OK, never) wear dark lip shades but I like this one a lot.
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WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
I’m a recent convert to Decleor and its deliciously hydrating face balms.
These various oily balms are made from natural essential oils that target different needs and skin concerns. The Decleor Aromessence Neroli Night Balm (£32.50 HERE) is my current favourite, with neroli the hero ingredient designed to hydrate and revitalise tired-looking skin. You use the plastic applicator to take out a teeny less-than-pea-sized amount to warm between your palms and then press into cleansed skin before bed.
I’m a complete aromatherapy freak so this is great for me. Besides the benefits of neroli (for softening and hydrating), you also have basil (to purify and heal) and camomile (to prevent the appearance of dark spots). This isn’t meant as an everyday balm but more for when you feel your skin needs a pep-up. That said, I’ve been using it every day because I love it so much – oops.
There’s also the Decleor Aroma Sun Expert After-sun Balm (£31.50 HERE) for days when I’ve been frying myself in the sun. I know that’s a no-no, but it doesn’t happen often and I do use sun protection. This ‘high repair after sun balm’ contains geranium and frankincense essential oils and does the job of calming and repairing sun-exposed skin, while also claiming to maintain a long-lasting tan (sadly I haven’t got enough of a tan to tell if this bit it true). Because you use such a small amount, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or cloggy.
I’m new to Decleor but have always admired from afar. While these are beauty samples, I don’t think the prices are bad for the quality of this brand and there are deals to be had if you know where to look (psst, HERE!). I’ve also been trialling a Decleor face moisturiser that launches next month but I’ll save that for another post. Watch this space…
WORDS AND IMAGE: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. TEAM HEDI
I’ve read two articles about Hedi Slimane this week. One is a very long interview by Dirk Standen on Yahoo Style, and the other is a critique by Alex Fury in The Independent. Both are very good but I had to disagree with Fury’s negative assessment of Slimane at Saint Laurent. (more…)