Chanel

Are expensive beauty oils worth it? (Spoiler: It depends)



Are expensive beauty oils worth it? Costa Brazil Kaya Anti-Aging Face Oil

If there’s one thing this year has proved, it’s the importance of the human touch. Not being able to hug, enjoy a massage or simply shake hands has been, for many, beyond brutal. And for good reason. Skin-on-skin contact is scientifically proven to boost our emotions, releasing powerful feel-good hormones. According to Tiffany Field of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, so-called ‘skin hunger’ actually weakens our immune systems, effectively allowing the stress hormone cortisol to run riot.

The next best thing then, according to Field, might be self-administered touch. (more…)



Quote of the day: Virginie Viard



Chanel creative director Virginie Viard

“It’s as if my grandparents had given me their fabric house and I wanted it to be the best — I wanted them to be happy. I’m often asking myself, ‘Karl, what do you think? Is it okay?’”

A sweet quote from Chanel creative director Virginie Viard, from this great Vogue profile by Hamish Bowles. (P.S. Who knew she was a MargielaHelmutGalliano stan back in the day?) (more…)



What should I buy from Chanel Beauty?



Boy de Chanel beauty and make-up

A friend WhatsApped me to ask what beauty products she should get from Chanel.

This friend is well-versed in beauty so I was surprised she asked me, but actually I really do rate Chanel beauty. It manages to be of the moment, yet never bandwagon-y or too out there. Even when Lucia Pica debuted with her all-red collection, she executed it in an incredibly elegant way. And I’ve honestly never met a Chanel skincare product that didn’t agree with me. Here are the staples I recommended that I use all the time… (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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