Having a “Bah! Humbug!” Monday morning? Banish the blues with a round-up of the most dazzling offerings floating around the beauty aisles – served up in in easy 30-second chunks to flip through when your bosses (or juniors – sometimes they can be just as annoying!) are not looking! What are you putting your money on?
1. Dolce & Gabbana Monica Lipsticks
Bold, dramatic, ultra-glam and with superb staying power (a friend who tested them out said they lasted her through an entire dinner, four flutes of Champagne, digestifs and coffee) Dolce & Gabbana’s new super-pigmented lipsticks are the perfect ode to their namesake muse – Monica Bellucci. Definitely not for those who want to blend into the background!
2. Ladurée’s Diamond Jubilee Macaroons
Yes, yes! I know this is not exactly “beauty” related but it’s Ladurée and French and British and the queen all rolled into one, so how could one resist? The Diamond Jubilee selection of macaroons come in a Union Jack box decorated with the crown and the Jubilee emblem. It will be available in Ladurée shops across London, Paris and New York from June 1, for €15.50.
3. Annick Goutal Nuit Étoilée
Described as “Narnia in a bottle” (and what a gorgeous bottle!), Nuit Étoilée has been inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night and is woven with Siberian pine, sweet orange, balsam fir, tonka bean, citron, angelica, everlasting flowers and peppermint (which brings a unique hint of chill to the fragrance). For once, a perfume evokes what the press release promises:
“Imagine, perhaps, a majestic forest where waterfalls flow between the trees, where aromatic fragrances scent the skin, and where delicate leaves form soft and inviting beds. Here, the sheer immensity of the moonlit countryside consorts with absolute serenity beneath a veil of shimmering stars.”
4. Givenchy Éte á Fleur de Peau Eye Liner
A nude eye liner? This is something totally new for me and I am waiting to see how it works. Apparently this star product from Givenchy’s new Éte á Fleur de Peau summer collection is quite a multi-tasker – you can also use it as an eye primer or lip liner. At £15 that’s quite a steal, even if it doesn’t really make much of an impact on the eye liner front (*sceptical*).
5. Swarovski Crystal Gloss Jewels
Sometimes beauty and jewellery come together in a totally irresistible combination – like these gorgeous, GORGEOUS Swarovski glosses (can be used on eyes and lips) that you can wear around your neck as a statement piece. They have a lovely shine, thanks to the powdered, micronized Swarovski crystal iridescent pearls in the formula and come in three variations – Transparent Shimmer (£48), Glistening Pink (£48) and Silver Shimmer (£55).