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What to buy from Chanel Spring 2016 beauty

Chanel Spring beauty 2016 Sunkiss Ribbon powder blush and lipstick in Mighty

If Chanel’s spring colour palette doesn’t put a cherry blossom carpeted spring in your step, well, I don’t know what will. The timing always coincides with that point in the season when you just can’t take much more darkness and gloom. As it happens, for spring 2016 the colour saturation seems to be dialled up just that extra little bit.

The collection is called L.A. Sunrise, so it’s young, fun and slightly kitsch. The main attractions for me are the Sunkiss Ribbon blusher (above and below) and the lip colours. The blusher is immediately collectable with its logoed ‘ribbons’ of colour in several shades of pink from bright coral-orange to muted rose. As is usual with this sort of multi-colored blush, you can get playful with it, using it all over for an illuminating peachy ‘glow’, just under the cheekbones, or as a wash to highlight certain areas, like temples or forehead. (Tip: the pigmentation is pretty good so go easy on that almost-neon fuchsia hidden in the corner.)

Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon blusher

Onto the Chanel Rouge Allure Coco Shine lipsticks. Instant love! This is my ultimate fast-beauty lipstick because the colours have enough pigment to stand out, along with iridescence for shine, plus they’re beautifully hydrating. All three shades are zingy mood-boosters – from Shipshape, a vibrant orange and Energy, a raspberry red, to Mighty, a candy pop pink. Mighty looks terrifying in the bullet but it’s quite sheer on the lips. It’s a cool blue-toned pink that looks amazing with the Sunkiss Ribbon blush or any warm-toned coral blusher. (If you prefer cream blush, try it with Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick).

For eyes, the emphasis is on swimming pool blues and greens, offset by purple. I’m a big fan of the Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadow pots and for Spring they come in Griffith Green (below, a sort of turquoise algae shade), Ocean Light (electric blue) and the warm, neutral Moonlight Pink (A pretty shell-pink). Here’s Griffith Green, with two longlasting waterproof eyeliners in Fervent Blue and Purple Choc.

For nails, I like the contrast of Sunrise Trip, the darkest, deepest indigo-violet blue with the sugary bright lip and cheek colours. It feels suitably David Lynch don’t you think?
Chanel Sunrise trip nail polish

Also pictured is the new Chanel Chance Eau Vive hair mist, because if anyone’s going to wear Chanel hair mist, it’s probably the kind of girl who wears bubblegum pink Chanel lippie and shops in the new ($152 million) Chanel store on Rodeo Drive, right…?
Chanel Hair Mist

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WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Perfect pairing: sweater + sunnies

Perfect pairing Cutler & Gross eyewear and Barrie knitwear

Is it sunglasses weather yet? Well kind of, I mean, hello, Fashion Week! Spring is really not that far off, so I’m going right ahead and busting out my sunnies anyway. Because they protect from wind and rain too, right?

Plus, we all know there’s no such thing as seasons any more, it’s basically summer and winter everywhere, all the time. So in the spirit of winter-to-spring dressing, I’m wearing my new Cutler & Gross 0734 sunnies (I’ve always wanted round sunglasses) with an ultra-cosy Barrie cashmere sweater, accompanied by the warming scent of Nasomatto’s Pardon (tonka bean meets sandalwood meets oud) and just the teeniest smudge of Bobbi Brown Liquid Face Highlighter. (more…)

Buy it now: the best beauty and fashion gifts for Chinese New Year

Beauty and Fashion gifts for Chinese New Year include Giorgio Armani's monkey-themed Illuminating Powder

When is it not gift seaason somewhere in the world? Between Christmas and Valentine’s comes the Lunar New Year, AKA, an opportunity for stores to promote some full price product in festive red and gold. Unsurprisingly, it’s the luxury stores who are pulling out the stops to present enticing, Chinese-friendly gifts, especially with monkey-themed motifs or in editions of lucky number eight.

In truth, I’m not seeing a huge amount of innovation. The beauty brands get my vote for gorgeous jewel-like compacts in lovely packaging – for example this Estee Lauder compact and the Giorgio Armani Illuminating Palette – but for leathergoods brands like Jimmy Choo and Mulberry it’s a case of merchandising all the reds and golds together for a simple (but probably quite effective) pick-n-mix offer.

In China, Burberry is doing what it does best, using social platform WeChat to let users digitally unwrap gifts and create personalised digital Lunar New Year envelopes to send to friends and family. But elsewhere, it’s about slapping a monkey on anything and everything and hoping for the best. Here’s my edit.

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla

New and improved: YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation

A new version of ysl Touche eclat Le Teint Foundation has just launched

This new iteration of YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation (£32.50, launching today), is so much better than the original. I remember getting very excited about it when it first launched four years ago, but the reality was that it was a little too shine-inducing.

Don’t confuse this with its predecessor, (more…)