beauty

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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Everything Japan: J-Wellness, Terahaku, Yasuko Takahashi and more



David Bowie and stylist Yasuko Takahashi

With the Tokyo Olympics happening this summer, the spotlight is firmly on Japan.

For starters, I’m looking forward to the V&A’s Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition, which opens on 29th February. With its vast archives, this is the kind of exhibition the V&A does really well, time travelling from rare 17th and 18th century kimono to contemporary streetwear via Kawakubo and Galliano – that’s got be good!

Meanwhile, Sunspel is also feeling the Japan love this spring, collaborating with three contemporary Japanese brands – 45R, N.Hoolywood and Beams – on a capsule collection of men’s and womenswear. I like this 45R interpretation of the Sunspel Sun and Cloud logo, using an indigo dye cloud placement on a white cotton tee (below). All products will be available in Sunspel* shops and online from 7th March. (more…)



Elevated oral care: the Quip overnight toothbrush



Annemarieke van Drimmelen

Jonathan Margolis at How To Spend It is my tech critic of choice, and it turns out he’s also become its unofficial toothbrush critic. If he says this Quip toothbrush is good, then it must be. I usually use an Oral-B or ION-Sei electric toothbrush but don’t want to carry all that bulk if I’m travelling or doing an overnight stay. So then I usually take a bog standard toothbrush but feel it’s doing a substandard job. Quip solves this problem. It’s slender and fuss-free and works with a simple AAA battery to get the required power-brushing I like, without the chargers and plugs. Buy it here*. (more…)