Beam me up: how to fake an autumn glow

1 illuminating beauty Decleor intense glow awakening cream By Terry Light Expert Click Brush Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand

Goodbye summer, hello autumn, with your not-very-appealing promise of cloud-heavy days and luminosity-free skin. I feel a bit cheated that August was such a damp squib; I’ve not felt nearly enough grass between my toes, or rays on my face. But the good news is that there are a number of new products on standby that can fake some semblance of a post-summer glow. Read on for the lowdown…

Decleor intense glow awakening cream
This year’s big skincare trend seems to be all about remedying tired-all-the-time skin; aka the biggest beauty concern that emerged in Decleor‘s survey of 19,000 women. Blame our 24/7 lifestyles – computer radicals, work stress and overall exhaustion caused by burning the candle at both ends included – for the the dip in skin hydration that apparently happens around lunchtime. Decleor’s excellent Intense Glow Awakening Cream (above) aims to combat those stresses with jasmine absolute, the most concentrated (ergo most expensive) form of jasmine which is known for its restorative, antioxidant properties. The essential oil component ‘drip feeds’ into the skin over the course of the day, meaning that skin should stay rested-looking and aglow right up until night-time. Another claim: it’s good for all skin types including sensitive, oily and rosacea sufferers, and all ages from 16-65. Impressive claims but does it work? I’ve been using it daily since early July (along with the Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum) and I love it. The texture of the cream is beautiful – non greasy, light and a little goes a long way. And yes, it does seem to keep the 4pm fatigue-face at bay. Buy it HERE.


Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand
Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand (above) is one of those nifty duo products that saves time and space and can’t help garnering descriptions like ‘hero product’. “The whole world is tired – even my baby son has baggy eyes!” wailed Tilbury at her press demo. The dual-purpose clicky brush ‘pen’ has an eye cream on one end and a tinted light reflector on the other. Containing super-hydrating hyaluronic acid, the cream is for lifting, plumping and de-puffing tired eyes, while the light reflector comes in four shades to illumnate and conceal. I haven’t tried this properly as I don’t have my shade, but I love the concept. Buy it HERE.

By Terry Light Expert Click Brush
Another feat of design wizardry, By Terry’s Light Expert Click Brush (above and below) works on so many levels. It’s the updated version of the famous Light-Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush, but so different is it, that we’re implored to see it as a whole new product. First, the brush is a round, short-bristled kabuki, not a flat brush as its predecessor. The reason for that is the second brilliant thing; you click the base once and out pumps four precise dots of foundation. Dot them on each cheek, nose, forehead and chin, then blend in circular movements with the brush. The result is perfect, natural coverage with an illuminating finish. Easy (if slightly bulky) to transport, you can also use this for post-work touch-ups; it goes on top of faded makeup without cakey buildup. There is one other terrific thing about this – it dismantles. So you can take it apart to clean the brush head and check how much product is left. Buy it HERE.
By Terry Light Expert Click Brush


How to fake an autumn glow using Chanel Poudre Universelle In Beige Lumiere
Arriving on September 18th is a new limited edition radiance-boosting shade of Chanel’s ultra-fine loose powder that evens complexion. I have been using this a lot, with a big fat Chanel brush. You only need a bit, and it’s a little messy but great for setting makeup without killing it dead.


WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Buy it now: Chanel autumn 2015 makeup

1 Chanel autumn 15 makeup collection

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!).

Chanel aw15 Eyeshadow palette Limited Edition Illusion Dambre in 116 Rouge-Gorge and Illusion Dambre Velvet in Fleur de Pierre

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…

Chanel long lasting eyeliner
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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.

Chanel aw15 makeup Les 4 Ombres 254 Tisse d'Automne

Chanel aw15 makeup Les 4 Ombres in 254 Tisse dAutomne and Joues Contraste in 260 Alezane

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.)

Chanel aw15 makeup Ecource Sanguine and Chataigne nail colour Aw15

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.


WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

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In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)


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