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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. Watch this space for updates. P.S, how beautiful are the bottles? Those tassels!
MEET BEAUTY PLUS
THE KORS EFFECT
Here’s a look at the new Michael Kors nail shades, just in at House of Fraser. My favourite is Femme Fatale, a deep, witchy navy that goes on really well with no streaks (it’s the bottom right one and is darker than the picture). It lasted extremely well too. There are nine shades in total at £15 each.
THE SELFIE ECONOMY
Have you booked your professional portrait session yet, for all those social media profile pics? Apparently empowerment photography is a thing. If you don’t believe me, read When Selfies Won’t Do in the New York Times…
ANYONE FOR A CIRE TRUDON LEATHER CANDLE HOLDER?
crazily unpractical fabulous is this Cire Trudon candle-carrier-slash-handbag? It’s a joint collab with La Contrie, a luxe leathergoods company from Paris, who I first discovered at London Fashion Week a year ago. Coming to le Bon Marché and Cire Trudon boutiques in September.
TOP SHELF WITH PETRA COLLINS
More on selfies, I love this Into The Gloss Top Shelf discussion on teen beauty, feminism and ‘mirror face’…
LOUBOUTIN NAILS ARE HERE
Give whoever came up with Rouge Louboutin a big, fat medal. My only question is, what took you so long? This epic red nail colour (they’re not calling it a polish) launched last week and even though it sells at £36, that’s not dampened demand. I got a Rouge Louboutin mani yesterday at the launch and I can confirm that it’s a deep, true red packed with pigment that went on like a dream. I asked for my nails to be clipped short and the result was sophisticated but casual. There’s more to the the Christian Louboutin Beaute line which I’ll hopefully blog about next week, but for now, enjoy the David Lynch video on the Christian Louboutin website.
WATCH THIS: ASTIER DE VILLATTE
If you’re a fan of Astier De Villatte, don’t miss this charming video championing the people behind the brand. I love their candles (all inspired by their favourite places) and their ceramics, which are hand made in that rough-luxe way that appreciates imperfections.
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
ESTEE LAUNDER PURE COLOUR BEYOND BLACK AND METAL MANIA
It’s official, the whole world has gone nail polish crazy. Estee Lauder has responded to the ‘nail polish index’ (didn’t Leonard Lauder coin the phrase ‘lipstick index’?) by really pushing its nail polish offer. Continue reading