skincare

Positive beauty: Oquist waterless skincare



Oquist skincare

Here’s another recent beauty discovery that speaks to our desire for visual and tactile sensory stimulation. Oquist is a fascinating Swedish skincare brand whose USP is its packaging. Plastic or glass bottles are rejected in favour of terracotta ‘sculptures’.

Why? Because the raw material comes from the earth, so in theory, when you’re done with them, you can simply return them back to the soil. Although the founders have a better idea – to repurpose them as household objects. Namely vases, tea bowls and beautiful lidded vessels. (more…)



YSL Nu is the latest in the line of anti-flawless make-up ranges for Gen Z (but Gen X might enjoy it too)



YSL Nu make-up line for Gen Z

YSL Nu*, the new make-up-meets-skincare hybrid from YSL Beauty is one of the best (dare I say ‘authentic’) iterations of the current ‘real skin’ beauty ranges I’ve seen yet. While the photography adheres to the ‘Glossier’ playbook (think extreme close-ups, racially diverse casting, un-perfect skin) it’s also clearly unretouched and the lighting is fairly unforgiving. Yet the images are striking and the cast cool enough to make this a compelling sell.

According to Hypebae, these five items were created with Gen Z for Gen Z. (more…)



Pre-order my new book: Face Values



DROP EVERYTHING, it’s a major news day today!

I’m finally able to talk about my second book, Face Values: The New Beauty Rituals and Skincare Secrets, which will be appearing in warehouses any day now and in shops on September 16th.

Face Values: The New Beauty Rituals and Skincare Secrets is not your average beauty how-to book. It’s beauty through a lifestyle lens, a show-and-tell of identity stories, beauty philosophies, wellbeing rituals and relatable skincare revelations from a truly wonderful global line-up of contributors. (more…)



Confirmed: The Glossier London store IS returning to Covent Garden – permanently



…But not in the same place.

News just in! The Glossier London store is returning to Covent Garden. The most successful of the global Glossier pop-ups, the permanent London store will be opening in a new spot – just a few yards from its previous location in Floral Street.

Scheduled for a December opening, the new Glossier Covent Garden store will be located at the much-more-visible 43 King Street – aka the oldest building in Covent Garden (below). It’s right next door to the Apple store and alongside the Covent Garden piazza, thus much better for footfall.
Glossier London store at 43 King Street Covent Garden

Covent Garden has long been considered London’s ‘beauty quarter’, with Chanel, Dior and Charlotte Tilbury boutiques all contributing to the buzz of this retail destination. As I mentioned last week, the big tourist cities are slowly opening up post-Covid, so we should expect to see plenty more exciting retail activity in the world’s city centres.

(This post has been updated.)

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Glossier; exterior of 43 King Street
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