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Positive beauty: Forgo Essentials



Forgo hand wash

Bored of all the hand washing posts yet? Nah me neither. Aesop Reverence Aromatique* is my hand wash of choice, followed by Arket Geranium* and Bjork & Berries White Forest*. M&S Calm hand wash* also has vague Aesop-meets-Austin-Austin vibes, with its amber bottles and essential oils.

But Swedish brand Forgo has a much more modern idea. Its Kickstarter is launching a waterless concept that ships sachets of concentrated powder that you mix with water yourself. No plastic, no additives, and lovely minimalist branding for those who are (for better or worse) suckers for such things (more…)



A pop of optimism (and a timely red lip) at Hermes AW20



Hermes AW20

It feels like every show season I’ve covered for the last God knows how many years has referenced some sort of uncertain dystopian future. Economic, political, ecological and now major health pandemic. I’m bored of writing about protective armour-like layers and ominous colour palettes. Bring me the light! The joy! A glimmer of hope! Or maybe just these primary coloured pops of minimalism by Hermès.

For Hermès AW20, Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski took unexpected inspiration from her design hero, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. (more…)



Buy it now: Hint of a tint



Chanel Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops

Make-up sales have been on the downslide in lieu of skincare lately, as better informed consumers prefer to show off their natural glow than smother themselves in contour. For those who like a subtle enhancement, there are some lovely new minimal make-up-meets-skincare products around to give you just a hint of… something.

I tried a sample of Glossier Future Dew oil serum* (£23) a few of weeks ago when I went to the London pop-up and I’m ready to go back for more. It’s a very subtle shine-giver with a tint of peachy luminescence – most welcome for the post-winter palour. Slightly more visible is the just-launched Chanel Le Blanc Rosy Light Drops* (£38, above, sample), a gentle pink-hued highlighter fluid to mix into foundation or pat onto tops of cheekbones.

Foundation-wise, while Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint foundation* (sample) is still my favourite super-light un-foundation out there, I’m also liking the idea of Kosas Tinted Face Oil*  (£40) with its botanicals actives to plump and brighten. This has had mixed reviews – I think it’s more suited to oily than dry skin.

For eyes (although it’s not actually new), Make Beauty’s Dew Pot* (in Bronze 2) is my lazy-day eyelid-enhancer of choice, a barely-there lid balm-gloss in pale mocha that I wear with any old mascara. Or if you want something new new, Glossier’s Skywash eyeshadows* (£15, below) have just launched; a longwear liquid-to-powder formula ‘lid tint’, with a sheer, matte finish. ‘Echo‘* is my kinda nothingy neutral shade.

Glossier Skywash matte lid tint

For lips, we’re seeing a big return to super-shiny lip-coloured lips (who remembers Lancome Juicy Tubes? Time to bring them back…!).  Shiro Essence Lip Oil (£32, below) is currently on my want list – a beautiful-sounding balm-gloss hybrid, as is everything from this high end Japanese brand. The lip oil contains shea butter, jojoba and squalene – Jane from British Beauty Blogger has more info here.

Shiro Essence Lip Oil

Kosas Wet Lip oil gloss* (below) also sounds promising, with its hydrating hyaluronic acid and evening primrose oil formula in a wearable colour palette. It’s around the £20 mark though, so keep an eye on & Other Stories, Topshop and co for the accessible-priced dupe version.

Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

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Trend Report: What to wear for SS20



Arket pink trench

While many say that commercial ‘seasons’ are redundant, I still get new season vibes just before Fashion Week. I think it makes me focused on the newness out there, plus the days are getting longer and I just want to let the light in my life, dammit!

However, new season to me rarely means a total ‘in then out’ about turn from the previous season. That kind of thinking has become outmoded lately anyway, as desirability has become “decoupled from consumption and coupled with knowledge, a story, belonging, and transformative potential to make us better humans.” Instead, this new season edit is an excuse to fill any gaps with updates rather than total novelty. Here’s what’s on my radar for SS20…

1/ UNDONE TRENCH. Trench coats for spring? Clearly not ground-breaking, but I like the new relaxed, slouchy macs and trenches, designed less for harsh weather and more for wearing undone whilst sipping a matcha latte al fresco. (more…)