Beauty

Shiseido X Roxy suncare sets



Shiseido x Roxy Suncare Stick Bodycare Gift Set

Here’s a quick suncare heads-up. This Shiseido X Roxy SPF set* (above) has arrived at John Lewis and it’s a very good buy for topping up your SPF if you’re out and about.

The mini size (20ml) Clear Suncare Stick SPF50+ Very High Protection works under and over make-up and its clear formulation obviously means there’s no issue with blending it in. As well as protecting against UVA and UVB rays, it offers skin moisturising properties and is suitable for combination, dry, normal, oily and sensitive skins. Also included in the Roxy printed cotton pouch is a 30ml Shiseido After-sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion. This calms sun-exposed skin and adds a dewy après-sun finish. The set is £32 – buy it here*.

For the beach-bound, there’s another Shiseido X Roxy set. This one is a bodycare duo (below), containing Shiseido Expert Sun Protector Face & Body Lotion SPF50+ (50ml), a fluid formula that’s effective against heat, sweat or water. It’s coupled again with the 30ml After-sun Intensive Recovery Emulsion and is available here* for £22.
Shiseido x Roxy Suncare Protection Bodycare Gift Set

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Business of beauty: who will be the next make-up mogul?



Violette beauty line

With a couple of recent beauty brand launches, it’s interesting to speculate who will be the next make-up-artist-turned-make-up-mogul after Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury. I’m currently enjoying watching the rise of Gucci Westman and Westman Atelier, but next in the running we have Violette Serrat and Lisa Eldridge.

Violette rose quickly from freelance MUA to Estee Lauder Global Beauty Director after growing a dedicated following of her beautifully shot (and very ‘French girl style’) YouTube videos. Her aspirational but relatable style now translates to Violette_FR, a capsule beauty line that includes Boum Boum Milk spray serum, liquid eye shadows and – already! – a unisex musk oil perfume (above).

Building a loyal social media following is clearly the modus operandi du jour for future make-up moguls. Lisa Eldridge is another freelance MUA (make-up artist) who scaled her reach via YouTube. But whereas Violette’s are five-minute lifestyle vignettes, often filmed in chic Parisian brasseries or hotel rooms, Lisa’s videos are step-by-step studio beautorials demonstrated on a model (or occasional celeb). Lisa is a well known collector and history nerd ( remember the Audrey Hepburn lipstick auction story?), with an eye for accessory design and a make-up history book under her belt. Her line (below) launched first with a trio of incredible sell-out lipsticks, evolving recently into lip glosses, blushers and highlighter.

Lisa Eldridge make-up

Both Violette and Lisa have great personal style that adds to their appeal. No surprise then to see them segue from the make-up playbook into other areas such as fashion and lifestyle – Lisa with jewellery and Violette with, well, who can say? “I want to reposition beauty as a lifestyle, not just about the face. We’re celebrating who you are and not trying to change your features or even enhance them — it’s more to help you feel great and fall in love with yourself and give you confidence,” she told WWD.

To illustrate the point, she has just opened a Violette_FR New York pop-up shop (until June 21), complete with a merch collab with French brand Bisous Skateboards. Why not pick up a Violette hoodie (below), tee or skateboard along with your matte red lipstick?

This evolution of not-just-make-up mogul seems logical in many ways when we look to the example of Gen Y competitors like Glossier and Kylie Cosmetics. If you have a highly engaged fan base, they will likely buy into anything you offer. But to succeed long term, or with a customer that skews slightly older, it must make sense, not just in terms of product type, but product quality and messaging too.

Violette X Bisous Skateboards

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IMAGES: Violette_FR Lisa Eldridge; Violette_FR
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Gentlewoman style: the Net-a-Porter sale



Net-a-Porter sale

A quick heads-up to let you know that the Net-a-Porter sale* has kicked in. I’m the world’s most sensible sale shopper because I instinctively head for the classics and leave behind all the ‘it’ colours and hype stuff. That said, I won’t be buying any of the acres of sweats that are in the sale. That’s one lock-down trend I managed to swerve!

I can tell you that if you’re after Zoom-friendly but timeless neck wear*, structured ballet flats* or classic Joseph knits*, then you’re in the right place. Beauty-wise there are a few good deals, especially if you like Byredo*, Tom Ford*, Le Labo* and Chantecaille*.

Chantecaille make-up is crazy expensive but absolutely worth it if you can get a few pounds shaved off. There’s also a Rodin essentials kit* (the brand is sadly being discontinued). Feel free to browse my edit, but remember you don’t have to buy something just because it’s on sale…

[UPDATED: A few things have sold out or had their discounts removed so I’ve updated the edit. There’s a ton of Dries in the sale btw, including these fab boots*.]

NOW CLICK BELOW TO SHOP THE POST (I MAY EARN A COMMISSION ON THE BASKET VALUE OF ITEMS BOUGHT*)…

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Old and new spring beauty



Olverum Pure Radiance Facial Oil

After the longest winter ever, we’re finally seeing glimmers of brighter days ahead. The one thing that’s kept me going beauty-wise has been products that engage the senses. Much as I appreciate purely functional products, I’m far more likely to use things if they look, smell and feel nice.


SKINCARE.
Apart from the odd central heating-induced breakout, my skin’s been surprisingly well behaved this year. My morning routine is fairly simple – oil or balm cleanser, followed by hydrating serum, moisturiser and facial oil. Shiseido’s Vital Protection Radiance Serum* (£106 below) has been a joy to use. Even though it’s a creamy texture, it’s quite ‘wet’, so it gives a good amount of slip for morning facial massage (I use my knuckles but you can also use a gua sha stone). While it’s pitched as anti-ageing (for fading dark spots and firming the jawline), I just use it as an extra boost of hydration. (more…)