After the longest winter ever, we’re finally seeing glimmers of brighter days ahead. The one thing that’s kept me going beauty-wise has been products that engage the senses. Much as I appreciate purely functional products, I’m far more likely to use things if they look, smell and feel nice.
SKINCARE.Apart from the odd central heating-induced breakout, my skin’s been surprisingly well behaved this year. My morning routine is fairly simple – oil or balm cleanser, followed by hydrating serum, moisturiser and facial oil. Shiseido’s Vital Protection Radiance Serum* (£106 below) has been a joy to use. Even though it’s a creamy texture, it’s quite ‘wet’, so it gives a good amount of slip for morning facial massage (I use my knuckles but you can also use a gua sha stone). While it’s pitched as anti-ageing (for fading dark spots and firming the jawline), I just use it as an extra boost of hydration. (more…)
Sad, but not unexpected times for Glossier. British Beauty Blogger reports it has decided to cut all its store retail jobs and will close its three stores until at least next year. London’s Covent Garden store was originally planned as a pop-up, but was then extended until the end of the year due to unexpected demand. (more…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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…)