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Business of beauty: Ami Colé for melanin-rich skinimalists



Ami Cole Skin-enhancing Tint

New on my radar: Ami Colé. This beauty brand caught my eye a few weeks ago on Violet Grey*, first for its clean branding and packaging, followed by the subtly enhancing products – tinted moisturisers*, barely-there highlighter* and non-ashy loose powders in a spectrum of inclusive shades.

Founded by New Yorker Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye, it’s a far cry from the matte full coverage and ‘baked’ concealer aesthetic of recent years and sits somewhere between Glossier’s barely-there look and the gentle 90s glamour of Naomi Campbell (or what TikTok calls ‘UK Black Girl Make-up‘. (more…)



Shop the post: Farfetch wants your beauty dollars



Farfetch Beauty

Big news this week as Farfetch* enters the online beauty arena.

With leadership from Violet Grey’s Cassandra Grey and expert input from beauty tastemakers including make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench, hair stylist Jawara and model Aweng Chuol, the site is looking for a slice of the global $69 billion beauty pie. (more…)



Hermès Hermesistible lip oil gloss



Hermes Beauty Hermesistible lip oil gloss

Sales at Hermès are up 27% this quarter and 95% of that is attributed to its £58 lipsticks.

I jest of course! And yet, quite when it became normal to sell lipstick and lip gloss for over £40 I’m not sure. I feel like it wasn’t that long ago that Tom Ford’s £36 lipsticks were a Big Deal. Maybe the lipstick index is real after all. John Lewis is selling the new Hermès Hermèsistible Infused Care lip oil* for £44 and I do agree it looks sublime, but still. (more…)



Shop the post: The Outnet menswear has arrived



Previous season menswear stock from Mr Porter is now available at The Outnet menswear

The Outnet* is such a great destination for discounted basics, especially from well-loved brands.

It has just launched The Outnet menswear*, so if you or any guys you know are into the Mr Porter classics from A.P.C*, N. Peal*, Acne Studios*, Maison Margiela* and the like, then this a good secret source of chinos, blazers, tees, eyewear etc. In particular, the N. Peal crew necks look great (in a good spectrum of colours) as well as the Theory work wear, Acne chinos and outerwear from Belstaff and A.P.C. Just crossing fingers for some Valextra leather goods… (more…)