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I’m feeling thoroughly spoilt on the colour-pop matte lipstick front. Bobbi Brown has expanded its new-ish Art Sticks line of fat lip pencils with three hi-vis shades; Hot Pink and Hot Orange (both shown above) and Hot Berry (not shown).
If you love a bright, matte mouth, these are great no-faff tools that deliver excellent coverage without feeling like they’re sucking the life out of your lips. They’re very matte, so they will feel a little dry, but the finish on the lips is beautiful and dramatic. Sold!
WORDS AND IMAGE: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
Tanya Ling is quite the lady of the moment. She has long been on my radar for her ravishing illustrations of Vuitton’s collections, she has an addictive Instagram feed and a giant assemblage of her line paintings is the sight that greets you on entering Alex Eagle’s inspiring new lifestyle store in South Kensington. Her mixed media work can also currently be seen in her exhibition Sculptures at Darbyshire Framemakers, 19-23 White Lion Street, N1.
And now the art is wearable too. Ling has joined forces with cashmere brand Queene & Belle to produce an offering of made to order knitwear pieces (from £868) featuring Ling’s signature wiggly lines all made in the Hawick factory using local yarns. I love how she couldn’t resist painting over the photo below to turn the press shot into a work of art as well….
The voluminous, boxy silhouette is hands down the defining shape for this decade. I love anything that’s oversized, masculine and luxurious but I can’t help wondering how much longer the Celine aesthetic can endure?
Whistles has managed to boil the essence down to a signature that works for its own customer; tailored trousers, walkable shoes, sleek bags and brilliant coats that are directional (but not overwhelmingly so) and practical. And warm! Here’s a taste of what we can look forward to next autumn. Yay to these mandarin ankle-swinger trousers!
And here’s my pick of the best that Whistles has to offer right now…
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
The new foundation formulas just keep on coming. I’ve had quite a lot of successes recently; I’m currently flipping between Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin foundation. But NARS has popped up with its new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32), promising a full coverage, oil-free formula with 16-hour wear all in one drop.
It’s an interesting foundation. I like a lighter coverage which due to the high pigment, this delivers in one drop (not one pump), meaning this not inexpensive product really goes far. You have to shake the bottle well, and it dries quickly so I find that quickly buffing it in with my fingers to blend it is the best way to apply. The result is a natural finish that manages to blur a few blemishes. That could be down to the new Even Tone Technology designed to neutralise redness, dullness and discoloration. Is it luminous? I wouldn’t say so. It feels slightly matte on (but light, not cakey or heavy), yet as the day progresses I do notice a bit of shine on my combination skin.
This foundation has had mixed reviews but I like it a lot. For winter I prefer my foundation a bit creamier and glowy but this will definitely be coming out for the summer, when my skin generally needs less coverage. And for now, I can wear it with a wee drop of oil added (thanks British Beauty Blogger for that tip), which helps it go even further.
Hey Topshop satin matte lipsticks, where have you been all my life? I’m late to this party but these affordable mattes are seriously superb. At £8 the formulations and shades feel and look beautiful and are streets ahead of most high street ranges. Continue reading
…fire up the Nespresso and devour the Toast early spring book. Ahhh, doesn’t that feel better? Here are a few things I’ve earmarked…
Sometimes I think if Chanel beauty was available on prescription, it could cure a lot of ills. How’s this line-up for a tonic for the February blahs? First, the hero product, the petal-embossed Blush Camélia Rosé (£36). This powder blush is a ‘complexion beautifier’ of contrasting pinks set in a raised camellia design to highlight the theme of the collection which is inspired by Parisian gardens. Continue reading
Valentine’s gift guide klaxon! Don’t worry it’s a twee-free zone. Here are a few buys that have caught my eye in the fashion and beauty sphere. Well, mainly beauty actually. You know I find smelly candles hard to resist, especially when the containers are as um, love-ly as the scents.
When I think of Kevyn Aucoin, I think mid-90s Bridget Hall, no make-up make-up and tawny, cream-blush cheeks. And – how timely – that’s exactly the beauty look that’s blowing up big for Spring. Continue reading
Gotta love Matchesfashion.com at this time of year. You get the big-ass Matches glossy magazine through the post, plus all the shiny new SS15 deliveries. Among them are a couple of noteworthy new womenswear lines.
I’m excited about Kolor womenswear (the designer of Kolor happens to be Mr Sacai) and Matchesfashion.com’s just-launched own label, RAEY. RAEY is right on target with the clean-lined, boyish silhouettes that have dominated the 2010s, livened up with pops of pink and primrose yellow.
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl