Buy it now: Chanel autumn 2015 makeup

1 Chanel autumn 15 makeup collection

A pumpkin orange eye shadow is my highlight from the new Chanel make-up collection. Well that’s definitely a first for me. But I’ll come to that in a bit. Let’s begin with the Chanel autumn 2015 makeup showpiece, which is the limited edition Entrelacs eye shadow palette (below, £46 buy HERE). This is heaven for someone like me who loves no-brainer neutrals. I have an excellent Bobbi Brown eye palette that I’ve used to death, but this is an update with the safe but delicious smoky browns and creamy beiges I love in matte and satin textures.

As Chanel does so well, these are embossed with designs inspired by the stained glass windows of Coco Chanel’s childhood (which also inspired the double Cs, – pay attention at the back, please!).

Chanel aw15 Eyeshadow palette Limited Edition Illusion Dambre in 116 Rouge-Gorge and Illusion Dambre Velvet in Fleur de Pierre

Next there are the Long-Lasting Eyeliners (£19, below, buy HERE) in four new shades. This to me is a classic autumn collection, extremely wearable with rich, warm colours. The twist is the slight golden-bronze hues, which you can see in the campaign imagery. I have three of the four shades. The one that’s missing is Ardent – a limited edition gold – but my favourite is Feuilles which is a super-dark forest green.

Also – how cool is this – I just discovered that these pencils have their own teeny tiny pencil sharpener in the lid, which you would never guess was there. Please take a moment to appreciate…

Chanel long lasting eyeliner
4 Chanel aw15 makeup long lasting eyeliner with in built sharpener.jpg

There are two new Illusion D’Ombre (£25) shades for autumn. This spongy cream is a great eye shadow formula and I’ve amazing myself by loving the orange. It’s called Rouge-Gorge (which I think needs to be pronounced with a French accent, not a Kate Moss Croydon twang) and it’s a stunner (buy it HERE). I wear it on its own as a subtle peachy wash blended over the lid, but of course you can wear it with other shades or with deeper intensity. Fleure de Pierre is a matte velvet black, a bit aging for me but the PR suggested trying just a bit on the outer corners of the eye (buy it HERE).

I love the versatility of the Les 4 Ombres palettes and this one in Tisse D’Automne (£40, buy it HERE) is as flattering as expected, with a dark matte moss green, coppery brown, khaki green with golden undertones (yum) and a peachy-beige highlighter. This is amazing for a khaki-greeny smoky eye. Next to the eye palette below is a powder blush (£31) in Alezane, a brownish pink (buy it HERE). It’s OK but a bit muted for me.

Chanel aw15 makeup Les 4 Ombres 254 Tisse d'Automne

Chanel aw15 makeup Les 4 Ombres in 254 Tisse dAutomne and Joues Contraste in 260 Alezane

For lips and nails, it’s all very deep and glam. There are three new high shine nail shades (£18, below), all equally vampy. I have two; Châtaigne, a bitter chocolate (buy it HERE), and Écorce Sanguine, a deep scarlet red that Chanel describes as brick (this is limited edition, buy it HERE). The third, Vert Obscur is my favourite. I don’t have a sample but it’s a green-black with a hint of blue, think magical and witchy! (Buy it HERE.)

Chanel aw15 makeup Ecource Sanguine and Chataigne nail colour Aw15

For lips, the sample I have is Rouge Coco Shine in Temeraire (£25, pictured top, buy it HERE) a grown up 90s wine-brick that reminds me of the supermodels’ obsession with a MAC Spice pencil. Rouge Coco Shine is my favourite Chanel lipstick texture, slightly iridescent and hydrating on the lips (although I wish they were a tiny bit more moisturising). I rarely (OK, never) wear dark lip shades but I like this one a lot.


WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

On my radar: Decleor aromatherapy face balms

Decleor Aromessence AROMA SUN AND AROMA NIGHT balm

I’m a recent convert to Decleor and its deliciously hydrating face balms.

These various oily balms are made from natural essential oils that target different needs and skin concerns. The Decleor Aromessence Neroli Night Balm (£32.50 HERE) is my current favourite, with neroli the hero ingredient designed to hydrate and revitalise tired-looking skin. You use the plastic applicator to take out a teeny less-than-pea-sized amount to warm between your palms and then press into cleansed skin before bed.

I’m a complete aromatherapy freak so this is great for me. Besides the benefits of neroli (for softening and hydrating), you also have basil (to purify and heal) and camomile (to prevent the appearance of dark spots). This isn’t meant as an everyday balm but more for when you feel your skin needs a pep-up. That said, I’ve been using it every day because I love it so much – oops.

There’s also the Decleor Aroma Sun Expert After-sun Balm (£31.50 HERE) for days when I’ve been frying myself in the sun. I know that’s a no-no, but it doesn’t happen often and I do use sun protection. This ‘high repair after sun balm’ contains geranium and frankincense essential oils and does the job of calming and repairing sun-exposed skin, while also claiming to maintain a long-lasting tan (sadly I haven’t got enough of a tan to tell if this bit it true). Because you use such a small amount, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy or cloggy.

I’m new to Decleor but have always admired from afar. While these are beauty samples, I don’t think the prices are bad for the quality of this brand and there are deals to be had if you know where to look (psst, HERE!). I’ve also been trialling a Decleor face moisturiser that launches next month but I’ll save that for another post. Watch this space…

WORDS AND IMAGE: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla

RETAIL REPORT: Covent Garden – should a high street be more like a department store?

Oliver Sweeney Henrietta Street Covent Garden menswear destination

In the battle between bricks and clicks, the high street has suffered, but department stores have done well to up their game. They have become nimble at keeping pace with fashion, worked harder to collaborate with brands on pop-ups and events, and just seem more dynamic places to be. It’s something the rest of the high street can learn lessons from and I’m already seeing its influence.

Covent Garden got the memo some time ago. OK, it’s not quite a high street but it’s a shopping district that misplaced its mojo for a while and has since redeemed itself. In the 80s it was incredibly stylish and vibrant. At its peak, London’s cool set gravitated towards the Meccas of Paul Smith, Jones and thrift emporium Flip. (more…)

Buy it now: Charlotte Olympia’s pre-fall 2015 artist tribute

Charlotte Olympia Untitled pre fall 2015

When Charlotte Olympia’s Charlotte Dellal picks a theme, she really loves to roll with it. And so for her pre-fall ‘Untitled’ collection, she’s gone all out for art references. Taking inspiration from the mid-20th-century greats, Dali, Cocteau and Kandinsky, her signature clutches turn into conversation pieces with their Dali lips and Kandinsky-esque abstract patterns. And of course, the famous Kitty flats are all present and correct with their own sprinkling of colourful Kandinsky magic. For me though, it’s all about the Jean Cocteau-inspired silhouette clutches, which look like something he himself might have created…


Words: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl