All posts tagged: make up

Treat your little sister to some Chanel

Scream queens are the latest obsession for young girls this winter. I used to binge watch Gossip Girl back in my college days, but this year’s school talk is all about the “Chanels”. I admit, a combination of high fashion and serial killings is a stretch, but it seems to be working! Anyways, the entire reason I’m mentioning these TV series in the first place is because they’ve started a trend of Chanelification (is it a word?) of teens. Most of us will never own a  haute couture Chanel gown, but that’s where French luxury houses excel  – offering an alternative brand experience through affordable items like make up and skincare. Their make up collections are still more expensive than the high-street equivalents (so you still covet them), but not so pricey that you can’t imagine buying a lipstick or an eye shadow. Young girls typically survive on make up “dupes” from brands like Rimmel and Seventeen, which work a bit like Zara – successfully copying the most fashionable styles and colours at a fraction …

The “How to” guide to beauty gifts

Beauty gifting is a bit of a grey area. Despite being demystified successfully in a multitude of blogs (my personal favourite being Ruth Crilly and her AModelRecommends),  beauty is still very much a private affair  –  most of us are happy to share some beauty purchases on Instagram, but we all own items that we’d rather hide even from our closest friends. Which leads to a pretty discouraging conclusion – any attempt to give your female friends something beauty-related has to be very well thought through. Giving up on the idea all together would probably be the wisest choice, right? 🙂 Well…don’t give up just yet! My passion for gifting challenges has taken me to quite a few beauty counters in London and beyond in search for universal beauty heroes which would delight even the pickiest of girlfriends. Not surprisingly,  I’ve found that make up works better than skincare, as girls are generally more playful with their make up than, say, face cleansers. It’s also less likely to cause horrible skin reactions, which is a …