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Jo Malone London Blooms: Iris & Lady Moore




I’m noticing my choice of fragrance changing as I get older; it’s really weird. I never used to like powdery or rose-scented fragrances and now I’m all over them. My default Spring scents are Maison Martin Margiela Untitled and Chanel Jersey, but I’ve added Jo Malone’s new limited edited cologne to that. From the London Blooms trio, Iris & Lady Moore is a powdery fragrance that’s so clean and subtle, it’s nice to put on in the morning and just catch a gentle whiff off during the day. The bottles have been decorated with botanical drawings, a first for Jo Malone whose packaging is usually so minimalist. Talking of which, this month Jo Malone is switching up its home packaging, reversing it to a more unisex black background. A clever ploy that suggests they might be trying to capture more of the male market?



Best beauty buys: A round-up of beauty products I’ve been trying out lately…



LANCOME HYPNOSE DRAMA MASCARA AND BI-FACIL EYE MAKE-UP REMOVER

I have to say, Glossybox is coming up with the goods month after month. As I wrote in a post for Glamour a while ago, the main pull for me is the practicality of all these miniature products. My March Glossybox was a Harrods special containing goodies from Shu Uemura, SKII, Molton Brown, Clarins, a Valentino fragrance sample and a miniature Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara. I admit I’m not fussy about mascaras but I do love this mini Lancome one with its wavy brush. On a separate note, I’ve also just started using Lancome Bi-facil eye makeup remover. (more…)



Beauty Buy: Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge now comes in a mirrored compact



Just in time for the first day of spring, a new launch from Bobbi Brown arrived in the weekend post. Personally packaged adorned with my own bunting (you know I’m a sucker for personalisation), the cult Pot Rouge has been reimagined in a small compact, complete with mirror. What a great example of a seemingly simple tweak making a huge difference. I’m a big fan of Pot Rouge in Calypso Coral; I use it every day, blending it on my cheeks with my fingers and dabbing whatever’s left onto the bridge of my nose. (You can use it on lips as well but I find it a bit too matte for that.)

As well as the existing six shades, four new ones have been added. I tried Rose which is more muted than Calypso Coral but still completely wearable, as is everything Bobbi Brown does. The press release touts the compact for ‘the festival season’ but really it’s just a brilliant, hard working product for wherever and whenever. Buy it now from Selfridges, £18.