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Jane at The Beauty Plus (new blog! Do visit!) recently raved about the merits of a boxy tee. I wholeheartedly concur. My boxy tee of choice is from Agnes B, I have been buying these for a least 15 years and as far as I know, the design hasn’t changed. The merits are thus: they’re loose enough to circulate the air in a heatwave, yet they’re not so oversized as to look sloppy. And I can easily wear one under a blazer and feel a bit dressy (that’s about as dressy as I get I’m afraid). I size up as they do shrink slightly and I alternate between the black and white versions. These also last really well, a good investment at £35.
My Agnes B tees are nicely accessorised with NUXE Huile Prodigieuse dry oil. (Please don’t ask me to pronounce it.) This is one of the original dry oils. It’s made of natural plant oils and vitamin E and has the most amazing, very sophisticated beachy smell. I use it as a body moisturiser but you can use it on hair and face too. The square glass bottle looks extremely chic on the dressing table. IMPORTANT: The small bottle doesn’t have a spray nozzle which I think is nuts – it’s too easy to pour out too much or just knock over. Far better to go for the bigger, 100ml one with the spray. If you want a bit of iridescence, there’s also a golden shimmer version available and if you buy from the NUXE site, there’s currently 20% off.
Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…
1. HERMES LAUNCHES LE BAIN
So here you have the ultimate bathtime experience. Can you think of anything posher than Hermes hand wash or shampoo? Continue reading
The Chanel and Dior AW14 couture collections were so different from each other although they both referenced the past to inform the future. The other thing they had in common was youthful hair and makeup. Chanel’s wayward ‘eighties boy band’ hairpieces (above and below) stole my attention from the clothes, giving the outfits an energetic attitude alongside equally youth-centric Sharpie-pen eyeliner flicks. (Full disclosure: I had a major backcombing habit in my teens.) Continue reading
Chanel is sooo good at dreaming up seductive little beauty treats to reel you in. Example: its recent release of limited edition formats and products for its youthful fragrance, Chance. First there’s a Shimmering Body Cream in Chance (£57 for 200g) that moisturises the skin leaving a veil of iridescent shimmer scented with signature jasmine, patchouli and pink pepper. Then there’s Chance Eau Fraiche Shimmering Touch (£42 for 25g), a fragranced highlighter gel that you dab wherever you want it. Again, it has a bit of shimmer so it’s designed to be applied on shoulders or décolleté or anywhere else you expect to be
sniffed kissed or caressed. (FYI, Chance Eau Fraiche is Chance updated with a citron and woody twist.)
And then there’s Chance Eau Tendre Shimmering Powdered Perfume (£48 for 25g), a fabulous product if you love girly rituals. It’s a pearlescent fragranced powder applied with a big powder puff, depositing a grapefruit-infused fruity-floral mist on the skin. At £48, it’s pretty extravagant for a fun product, so probably best for the die hard fans, but there’s no denying it elevates the Chanel pampering experience.
Last month saw the 33rd year of the Afro Hair and Beauty Live show at Islington’s Business Design Centre, the biggest show of its kind in Europe. Knowing how big the UK black beauty market is (black women are said to spend six times more on hair and beauty), I intended to go to this but in the end had conflicting commitments. Instead, TOLU OGUNSOLA attended on my behalf and here she reports on her top three finds…
Just as I expected, I was greeted with a great buzzing atmosphere as I entered Afro Hair And Beauty Live. People were talking excitedly here, there and everywhere about what products they wanted to buy and blaring music further amped up the excitement for all involved. Natural hair has definitely taken off in the past year or so, with women of colour taking a vested interest in returning back to their roots as it were. Continue reading
Chanel always manages to nail the summer make-up palette. Take a look at this collection (on counter today), which screams spectacular sunsets, fruit popsicles, beachy frolics
and unsuitable holiday romances. Continue reading
Summer is when I get (a little bit) more adventurous with colour so I’m well into all the primary brights we’re seeing popping up everywhere. Rich royal blue is an easy choice for the colour-shy as it’s almost a neutral so I’d wear that in a bomber jacket or rain mac (I’m currently looking for the perfect single-breasted mac). My manicure of the moment is Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour in Impassioned, a candy apple red that can skew either formal or casual. I also can’t get enough of Kelly green, especially in a fun print (hello Mother Of Pearl shorts), while a sunny shade of yellow lends itself beautifully to accents – this jolly Fendi key fob for example. Finally, thank you Keep It Chic for alerting me to Thomas Maier’s Cruise 15 collection. You can’t buy it now but as inspiration for a relaxed red suit, it serves very nicely…
We’re all familiar with the iconic brand ‘codes’ of Chanel; the double Cs, the pearls, the tweed, the number 5. But here’s a lesser known one: the suntan. Mademoiselle Chanel arguably made the suntan fashionable – until the 1920s, a tan was associated with peasants and farmers, not refined sophisticates. Now of course, every beauty brand under the, um, sun has its suncare line but if you don’t want to fry, or deal with the mess and fuss of fake tan, Chanel would like you to consider its Healthy Glow Manifesto.
Admittedly a fluffy marketing campaign, it’s a seductive one that offers an all-season approach to looking glowy, healthy and outdoorsy (in the chicest way possible of course). Continue reading
DRG contributor ALISON BISHOP reports on FRAGRANCE LAB: a searching personality profiling experience that distills your creative preferences into a scent
Someone said to me recently this is the decade of personalization, and that’s so true, especially when it comes to retail. Brands are looking to create ever more personalised experiences in stores to counteract the lure of convenience from online shopping. The appeal of a shopping experience that is not only personalized to you, but one that is tactile and sensory wins in my book hands down. Continue reading