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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.
I especially love the matte nail polishes in Jaune Expression and Rose Evocation (£16.50). I road-tested the unabashed bubblegum pink of Rose Evocation at the press launch just before Christmas. The matte finish brings down the wackiness a notch and the lasting power was pretty impressive (I think I counted five days without a top coat).
If you can’t decide between the two, then why not get both? Dior has decreed duo nails a thing (a different colour on each hand) and I’ve been doing this for a while myself – it turns out to be a most time efficient way to review nail colour samples!
Speaking of Dior, in other nail news, I saw on Instagram that Dior has released a special red-cased edition of its cult Crème Abricot nail creme. I’ve been meaning to buy this forever. I always thought it was a lip balm and I was mainly attracted to the cute pot with its bright orange shiny gloop. Turns out this is a great cuticle product and now there’s a new sexier version. It doesn’t seem to be available in the UK yet but I’m going to hunt around. More info here.
Dior is celebrating the launch of a new gloss, Dior Rouge Brillant, to discover in 13 shades. The press kit comes with Dior Rouge, Dior Vernis in the lucky 999 red color, as well as one of my all-time fave and iconic beauty products (one a girl must always have in her stash) the Crème Abricot for nails, in limited red edition #fortheloveofbeauty #beautystash #dior #diorportugal #cremeabricot #diorrougebrillant #presskit #natalieportman #cninow #beautyvoguept #vogueportugal #beautyairlines
The verdict on Dior AW15 is that these highly commercial RTW pieces wll fly off the rails. I’m quite taken with the accessories and beauty direction too. Here are my favourite styling elements…
These ankle gripping boots with Lucite heels were unmissable, giving the illusion of walking on air. Continue reading
Beauty bits: Diana Vreeland fragrance, The Beauty Plus, Michael Kors, professional selfies, Cire Trudon, Petra Collins, Louboutin nails, Astier de Villatte
COMING SOON: DIANA VREELAND FRAGRANCE
July is the month that the fashion and beauty brands unveil all their Christmas goodies. I try to avoid Christmas In July because I don’t work on a mag any more and frankly, it’s exhausting! But I do the odd department store press day as they usually have the best exclusives. Here’s my favourite from Selfridges: Diana Vreeland fragrance. I have more info coming but it’s the brainchild of one of Mrs Vreeland’s grandsons, it smells refined and luxe and goes on sale at Selfridges on August 21st. Continue reading
The much awaited Michael Kors Make-up has finally found its way over here. Building on his famous aesthetic, the make-up line follows three strict personality traits; sexy, sporty and glam. But really it’s all about the glam, judging by the statuesque gold packaging. Continue reading
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
Beauty snippets: Boys in blusher, Marc Cain X Uslu Airlines, the problem with product placement, summer scents, YSL Forever Light Creator
BOYS IN BLUSHER (AND EYELINER AND LIPPY)
The big beauty buzz for me during the last few weeks has been around men’s beauty and grooming. With the news of Tom Ford’s imminent grooming line (due this autumn) and Marc Jacobs Beauty’s unisex products (coming to a Sephora near you soon), it seems men’s luxury makeup is tipping into the mainstream. Pushing things further, Hedi Slimane’s models at Saint Laurent wore full-on eyeliner and lipstick for the SS14 shows in Paris. If anyone understands youth culture it’s Slimane so I’m keen to see if the cool young indie set take this aesthetic to its natural conclusion. Having grown up on Nick Rhodes, Adam Ant and David Sylvian, I hope they do. Continue reading
Summer just doesn’t seem to want to kick in in NW10. I’m still wearing my woolly scarves and HeatTech which doesn’t do much to put me in an upbeat mood. But this is where the power of make-up really comes in as a mood-booster. I’ve been testing out these Kure Bazaar nail polishes and the colour palette is pretty impressive. My current favourite is Fabulous, a uplifting pink with just a hint of milkiness (third from the left). Kelly is another hot, tropical pink, this time with a subtle shimmer. Both shades are super-flattering on short nails and the added bonus is that Kure Bazaar is one of the new generation of non-toxic nail polishes that are emerging. You can buy them at Selfridges and KureBazaar.com.
Another bit of nail news comes from Yves Saint Laurent. I love YSL polishes – the colours and consistency are second to none, and of course you know I adore the gold casing. The way these La Laque Couture Tie & Dye duos work is quite interesting. Apply the main dense colour as your base coat (choose from signature Yves Saint Laurent shades of blue, pink, purple and orange), wait five minutes, then shake the shimmery topcoat and apply as many layers as you like depending on how intensely you want your nails to dazzle. They cost £18 per duo and are a cute idea for statementy disco nails – and let’s face it, disco is definitely cool again…
Oh and while we’re on a nail tip (LOL), I’ve just discovered Deborah Lipmann’s ‘The Stripper To Go’ a lavender-infused nail lacquer remover finger mitt. You get one mitt in a sachet which easily cleans ten nails in about ten seconds. Converted! Six sachets cost £14 so they’re not cheap but an excellent option for travel.
If I had long, oval nails I would definitely get in on the nail wrap game. And my first choice would be these otherworldly ‘Stephanie’s Galaxy’ wraps from NCLA at Cult Beauty. Designed by Hollywood nail artist, Stephanie Stone, these limited edition wraps cost £12.50 per pack (with two full applications in each) and with the help of a coat of Seche Vite, apparently last for well over a week.
On the nail front, the general consensus is that nude nails are in, and that includes the so-out-it’s-now-in French mani. I haven’t had a French manicure for years but I did go through a phase of having an American (the more subtle version) at Topshop every week. For doing it yourself though, it’s all a bit of a faff. The lazy-girl option could be Dior’s new, one-step clear Nail Glow. According to Vogue, it enhances white tips with one sweep of the brush. Continue reading