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Buy it now: Chanel Collection Mediterranee make-up

Chanel Collection Mediterranee

Here’s a brief respite from no make-up make-up. Chanel launched its Collection Méditerranée about ten days ago, a celebration of the Riviera inspired by Coco Chanel’s casual summers of the 1920s. Of course, Chanel invented tanning as a luxury pastime, so the hero item is the limited edition Creation Exclusive Lumière d’été, a camellia-embossed talc-free illuminating powder to gently add a golden highlight to cheekbones and decollete (below).

As with Les Beiges (of which more news coming soon), this has miniscule golden flecks to add warmth but it’s really all about the fabulosity of the packaging. The mirrored compact comes in its own velvet pouch, accompanied with this mini brush for using on the go. (I would definitely recommend the Chanel retractable kabuki brush too.) This is £40.50 but for something this pretty that you’ll use all summer, it’s a good buy.
CHANEL LUMIÈRE D'ÉTÉ Illuminating Powder

I love Chanel’s Fresh Effect Eyeshadows (£23) in these creamy, twist-up pencils. They’re super-blendable and both shades I have are wearable statement makers. Caroube is the kind of minky, bronzy shade that I like as an evening neutral, while I would wear Campanule (a bluey-violet) sheered right down, although I imagine it would look lovely amped up with a tan if you’re in holiday mode.

Chanel Collection Mediterranee stylo eyeshadow in Campanule and Caroube

For nails, it’s all about colour-pop shades of turquoise, violet and red. I know Chanel is famed for its weird colours, but I always revert to its reds and ballet-slipper pinks and beiges. There are some gorgeous beiges coming soon, but for now my favourite is Coquelicot – a pitch perfect summer red. (The other shades are Lavanda – deepest lavender, and Méditerranée, a sharp turquoise.)

For lips, there are five Rouge Coco Shines (£25) and two lip glosses (£22). I have Rouge Coco Shine in Insoumise, a juicy coral, and the lipgloss is Rose Paradis, a scorching pinky-red.

Chanel Collection Mediterranee nail colours in Lavanda, Coquelicot and Meiterranee
5 Chanel Collection Mediterranee

In other Chanel news, this limited edition Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere packaging came out not long ago and is still available (there are ten variations). If you follow me on Periscope you will have seen me wrestling one-handed with all the Russian doll style boxes within boxes! This costs £96 for 100ml and is available on Chanel counters…

Inside this silver sleeve is the elegant white box…
Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

Slide apart the white box and there is a smaller silver sleeve within, with a box of perfume inside – the lipstick is there for scale
Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

Here’s the bigger white box next to the smaller interior package
Chanel no 5 Eau Premiere in limited edition silver packaging

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

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On Trial: Creme De La Mer Reparative SkinTint

Creme De La Mer Reparative Skintint

I’m apologising in advance for the deluge of bronzers and tinted moisturisers you’re about to be hit with. Starting with Crème de la Mer’s Reparative SkinTint with SFF 30. First the bad news: it’s £65 for 40ml. But the good news is it has a tiny nozzle that squirts out the product in miniscule amounts, so there’s zero wastage. And the finish is beautifully glowy and natural-looking. It comes in five skin tones from Very Fair to Tan. (more…)

Buy it now: British Beauty Blogger X Clinique for Latest In Beauty*

British Beauty Blogger Clinique beauty box for Latest In Beauty

Jane Cunningham at BritishBeautyBlogger is on fire at the moment! Every beauty box project she does seems to turn to gold and today sees the latest – a special collaboration with Clinique for Latest In Beauty. (more…)

Rouge Dior Brillant: Goodbye lip gloss, hello pigmented lip oil

Rouge Dior Brillant lip gloss

If this is the future of lip gloss then please count me in. The new generation of hybrid balm-gloss-lipstick is a brilliant innovation and from those I’ve tried, I can’t see any downside.

I’ve talk about YSL’s Volupte Tint-In-Oil before; now here’s the Dior version, a new, improved take on its Rouge Dior Brillant lipgloss (£26.50). (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHANEL’S COCO CRUSH, BYREDO, REVLON, ESTEE LAUDER, AGNES B

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

1) COULD CHANEL’S COCO CRUSH E-COMMERCE LAUNCH BE A GAME CHANGER FOR FINE JEWELLERY?

Chanel Coco Crush Netaporter fine jewellery

There’s more to last week’s news on Chanel planning to launch e-commerce. The big story this week is of a Net-a-Porter X Chanel digital pop-up that opens on Wednesday selling the new capsule fine jewellery line, Coco Crush. The simple shapes featuring Chanel’s signature quilting pattern in 18 carat gold will start at €1,970 for rings, going up to €19,000 for a cuff. What’s interesting (and clever) is that this lets Chanel dip a toe in the e-commerce waters with the help of the very best in the biz. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: CHRISTOPHER KANE X NARS, CHANEL E-COMMERCE, MONTBLANC, HILLIER BARTLEY

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

1. GET READY FOR CHRISTOPHER KANE BEAUTY

Christopher Kane X NARS NEONEUTRAL

First look at Christopher Kane for NARS and it’s suitably punchy. Big on neon-y pinks, the ten-piece ‘NEONEUTRAL’ collection is aimed at the fearless fashion-forward girl although there are some wearable nudes and corals in the mix. It lands on counter 15th April. (more…)

Lip balm: matte or gloss?

Lip balm review - Clarins Extra Firming Lip and contour balm

I’ve become quite the lip balm connoisseur in the last year, progressing from Burt’s Bees and Blistex (effective and affordable) to the upper echelons of lip moisturisation, courtesy of Chanel Hydra Beauty Nutrition and Creme De La Mer The Lip Balm. In all honesty, the cheap stuff is great and definitely does the job. But I can’t resist the lure of something as utilitarian as lip balm taken to the heights of poshness. (more…)

Nail news: Givenchy’s matte nails and Dior’s cult nail creme

Givenchy matte nails in Rose Evocation and Jaune Expression
I can’t pretend I’m not thrilled that beauty is going through a natural phase for Spring. I much prefer peachy cheeks and a balmy lip to labour-intensive make-up theatrics. That said, it’s not all nude lips and smoky eyes, Givenchy’s spring palette is unapologetically candy-coloured with some fun tricks up its sleeves. (more…)