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Beauty bits: Marc Jacobs Beauty, Allure Youtube, Tom Ford, Lipstick.com, contour mania, the Taviettes, Diptyque, YSL
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY COMES TO LONDON
So Marc Jacobs Beauty arrived in London a couple of weeks ago and no one knew. Not even British Beauty Blogger! I stumbled upon the entire range of it in the Marc Jacobs Mount Street store (after a quick recce of Celine – retail heaven). It’s not cheap but the colours are stunning and the lipstick packaging is right up there with Chanel’s push-click cases. The staff are super helpful and encourage you to try the products, but I haven’t yet. I definitely will soon though…
ALLURE’S (ALMOST) SHOPPABLE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Allure has just launched its own Youtube channel with ‘shoppable video to come’, according to Womens Wear Daily. Ashley Javier’s Hair Tyrant mini-series is quite the hoot while Editor Linda Wells hopes this channel will be an authoritative couterpoint to the sea of vlogs out there. “People like to relate to the girl in her bedroom, but we can say we’re Allure, we have a more definitive look and a lot of access,” she told WWD.
TOM FORD’S LIMITED EDITION EYE AND CHEEK COMPACT
Tom Ford’s first ever eye and cheek compact got a lot of love when I first showed it on Instagram in February. It’s finally on counter (£68) and features three eye shades – in matt taupe, a shimmery oyster and a rich cobalt blue. The cheek colours are a very pretty coral and a bronzy tan and I’d call this the ultimate holiday palette (lucky you if you’re jetting off anywhere soon). It’s limited edition so unlikely to hang around for long. Buy it at Selfridges and House of Fraser.
GLAMOUR US LAUNCHES LIPSTICK.COM
Conde Nast is certainly ramping up its online beauty offer. Glamour US just launched Lipstick.com, a standalone beauty spin-off, featuring contributors including Coco Rocha and Chanel Iman. Apparently, Conde Nast bought the domain name Lipstick.com in 1999 and has been sitting on it ever since.
NARS EMBRACES CONTOUR MANIA
As part of the no-make-up-make-up generation (think Juergen Teller-esque grunge beauty and Helmut Lang minimalism), contouring has never been part of my regime. But blimey, is there a contouring explosion happening right now. I blame Kim Kardashian and the vlogging phenomenon, it’s certainly not come from the catwalk. I’m sure the beauty brands are rubbing their hands with glee though, a whole new category to exploit! Talking of which, NARS has just released three powder blush contouring duos (£30), exclusively at Selfridges. Each duo has a dark shade for defining and a lighter shade for illuminating. Choose from Paloma, Olympia (above) and Gienah.
MEET THE TAVIETTES
Loved this piece in the New York Times on Tavi’s fashion feminist crew. Especially interesting was Arabelle Sicardi‘s (above) quote on wearing makeup as protection. “All my work operates around feminism, queer theory and makeup — that’s everything I live for,” she said. “To treat makeup as a way to look better for other people is damaging. But I approach it as a way of resistance. I hate getting catcalled, and I used to get catcalled all the time by twerps [‘twerps’!]. But then I started approaching makeup as a weapon, and I would wear it in a way that would freak them out. Then I felt safer in my body.”
DIPTYQUE’S SKINCARE LAUNCHES
So there’s more to Diptyque than natural plant-based fragrances and chic candles. Newly launched is L’Art Du Soin, its equally beautiful skincare line based around ancient rituals and beautiful textures. There’s the rose-scented Infused Facial Water, the Nourishing Cleansing Balm (which doubles as a mask), a Japanese-inspired Radiance Boosting Powder, an Exfoliating Clay and a vitamin-packed Protective Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 (samples shown above). Prices from £35, available from Liberty and the usual Diptyque outlets.
YSL BABY DOLL KISS & BLUSH
Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (£27) is a clever new dual purpose product from YSL Beauty. It’s a foam tipped ‘hidden bead’ applicator that delivers a soft, air-whipped mousse to lips and cheeks. The best bit is the colour palette, an array of highly flattering shades in the pinky-red spectrum. As a fan of cream blushes I love it for the cheeks, especially the deeper Rouge Effrontee shade (below) that can be intense on the lips, but delicate on the cheeks (blend with a feather-light touch)…
[Taviettes image by Danny Ghitis for the New York Times]
Chanel’s new Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow quartets (£40) have to be the most user-friendly eye palettes ever. Not only are the shades adaptable and flattering but the talc-free formulations are excellent. Plus each palette comes with a how-to booklet showing how to get the best results. Continue reading
Beauty bits: Tom Ford’s first face palette, Sam McKnight hair accessories, positive beauty talk and Coca Cola nails
FIRST LOOK AT TOM FORD’S FACE PALETTE
Last week I met with the PR for Tom Ford Beauty, where she arranged all the latest spring lip and nail colours before me. Most exciting was a first look at the new (and first ever) Tom Ford face palette (above) due in April. Even the MD of the store we were in snuck over from his meeting at the next table to get a peek. In the pics below you can also just see the Lip and Cheek Shimmers (bottom right) which also land on counter in April. Continue reading
Today’s the day! BeautyMART’s one-day mega sale has started and there’s 50% off across the entire site.
The editorialised beauty site, headed up by Millie Kendal and Anna-Marie Solowij is an insiders’ go-to for such pharmacie gems as Homeoplasmine (homeopathic skinsoother favoured by backstage makeup crews), Balmain hair products and the cult Japanese mascara, Fairydrops (a BeautyMART exclusive). And that’s not even including all the tried and trusted make-up brands, handpicked for their superstar status.
The main thing you need to know is that the sale is a 24-hour spectacular and started at midnight. So if you want to take full advantage, head to BeautyMART, fill your basket, then enter FLASH50 at the checkout. Go now!
If you’re a Tory Burch fan, you’ll want to mark January 20th on your iCal. Joining Aerin and Michael Kors, it’s the latest cosmetics (and fragrance line) to arrive in the UK from the Estee Lauder beauty stable.
As with Aerin, Kors and even Tom Ford, it’s all about the angular packaging with golden accents. (Does Estee Lauder only have one lipstick mould?) But if you’re a Burch fan then I think you’ll love the distinctive orange and gold casing complete with double T insignia. British Beauty Blogger has the story here…
While some beauty bloggers might be underwhelmed by Chanel’s Christmas make-up offer, I’m the opposite. I’m all about the classics so all these goodies are useful as well as beautiful.
Nail polish-wise, the standout is Rouge Rubis (£18) a cheery Coca-Cola red with a hint of pink. Continue reading
This could well be the cutest beauty packaging of the year. Anna Sui’s Minnie Mouse nail polish bottle, bow palette and lipstick are quite gobsmacking. And in the case of the lipstick, almost ununsable. I mean, smoosh that bullet into your lips? Way to ruin the effect! Continue reading
Here are three killer red lipsticks I’ve been trialling that I can recommend if you love strong Hollywood reds in posh packaging…
First is Rouge Néon (shade 50) from Yves saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre line (below, £25). This is a lush vermillion red that has an extremely flattering finish thanks to the addition of yellow, white and pink gold pearls. It’s definitely not pearlised though; the effect is more a subtle ‘lit from within’ radiance that is YSL’s DNA. Obviously, the gold casing is as fabulous as the lipstick inside, I never get bored with it. Buy it here and here…
Burberry has followed in Chanel’s footsteps when it comes to off-the-catwalk beauty. In fact, it has gone even further, releasing it SS14 nail colours well ahead of the curve. If you’re quick, you can order a set of its six spring polishes (£90) to be delivered within three weeks. (Deadline for placing orders is 30th September.) Continue reading
Chanel’s moiré-effect nail colours are getting a lot of love and they’re not even out yet! Released this Friday, the Rose Moiré and Rouge Moiré lacquers (£18) are inspired by the texture more usually seen on wallpapers and textiles. The Rouge Moire is especially dramatic with its intense car paint sheen. Once on I guarantee you will not stop looking adoringly at your nails. Continue reading