Beauty

Eye candy for your lips



Rodin X Vanessa Traina

Lipstick boxes daubed with painterly flowers are a thing. I’m loving the look of this Rodin X Vanessa Traina collab, although I’ve never tried Rodin’s lip products. Are they good? I like the idea of the lip and cheek oils (below), which I imagine give a barely-there stain, and they’re packed with safflower seed and sunflower seed oils so even though it says it’s a matte finish, they shouldn’t be drying. Buy them at Liberty and The Line.

Rodin X Vanessa Traina Lip Oil (more…)



Deep cuts



cuts book Steve Brooks Gimme 5

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month for CUTS, my hairdresser and London landmark of sorts. It’s a kind of ‘if you know, you know’ thing; it’s been around forever but was never treated as a ‘brand’, rather a word of mouth hangout that does very good hair. (Side note: they came out with the phrase ‘You Look Good’ long before anyone else.)

CUTS started in Kensington Market during the post-punk years, then progressed to Kensington Church Street (I would pass it on the way to school) and ended up in Soho where it’s been for a couple of decades. It’s where I went when I decided to go short in the early 90s. (more…)



Smells like… no-fragrance fragrance



Hermes Terre d'Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver

What do we think about no-fragrance fragrance? I’m really conscious when I wear full-bodied scents like Pomegranate Noir or Pardon that I don’t want to overpower people and at this time of year, I’m more drawn towards subtle woods and naturals. I think that might be where my musk obsession came from as well. I love smells that are like ‘skin’ scents, that you smell when you’re close to someone but it’s not trailing in their wake.

This sounds silly but I almost prefer the way my perfume smells at the end of the day, when it’s dried down to practically nothing. I think that’s where I’m coming from with the no-fragrance fragrance thing. (more…)



Lips like Giedre: La Bouche Rouge



La Bouche Rouge Paris Giedre Dukauskaite

No make-up make-up and a red lip. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone on about it enough but in essence, it’s the  look that Giedre Dukauskaite nails in the pic above. Good skin helps, but if that’s lacking, then a good foundation (applied sans trowel) is the next best thing. I’m currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear applied with the newly launched Artis Palm Brush Mini, the tiniest version of the cult brush that blends like a dream. Bypass eye makeup completely, bar perhaps a brow product of your choice, and then go as hard as you dare on the red lip.

Giedre is wearing her own shade, Neon Giedre by La Bouche Rouge, which is a very cool, very chic and – of course – very French brand. Its free-from lipsticks are also entirely plastic-free (more…)