The most fashionable new-season launches.
This being our fashion special, it seems appropriate this week to concentrate on some fashionable updates in the beauty realm.
First the collaborations. Byredo, one of the most modish of fragrance houses, has teamed up with trendy hair brand Ouai to produce a limited-edition version of Ouai’s already cult Super Dry Shampoo (£20, spacenk.com). It comes in Byredo’s Mojave Ghost aroma – a mix of ambrette (a sweet musk), violet and sandalwood – and is a great style elevation of a haircare basic.
Balmain, an ever-cool fashion label, has teamed up with Cire Trudon candles to produce another limited creation (£120, harrods.com). The packaging has been given a black and gold makeover and the wax is infused with black rose, leather and bergamot notes. It can’t be an eternal flame but you’ll love it while it lasts.
Model and body positivity campaigner Charli Howard has just launched her vegan Squish Smoosh Moisturizer (£40, libertylondon.com). This makes no big anti-ageing promises but it’s wonderfully rich and non-greasy with a good helping of flaxseed oil for a great dose of hydration. It works well as a primer, too. I’m currently lavishing it on my face.
I don’t think that I write about Givenchy make-up nearly enough, which I should remedy because it’s always impressive and great quality. I’m currently enjoying Teint Couture Healthy Glow Powder (code for bronzer), which is available in three shades. In truth, this is a recent but not autumn/winter specific launch. It’s a very fine powder, so gives a subtle finish and has the faintest of shimmers, an element I would normally avoid since I prefer matt, but this just adds a slight lift to the face which feels especially welcome as the light changes during this time of year. (£40.95, boots.com).
Gucci has a new version of its popular Bloom fragrance: Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau De Parfum (£54, boots.com). It’s very similar to its precursor, though I prefer this one. The tuberose and jasmine have been ramped up so it smells creamier, and more enveloping and intense in a mood-boosting way. Great for an autumnal pick-me-up.
Lastly, trends may tell you to go creative on the eye make-up front but, frankly, it’s hard to beat a great nude. Maybelline New York Nudes of New York Palette (£9.99, amazon.co.uk) is brilliant: 16 flattering creamy shades in a mix of matt and shimmer finishes that are suitable for all skin tones.
Beauty assistant: Alice Robertson