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Paloma Faith for Shu Uemura


Japanese Beuaty Brand Shu Uemera has teamed up with quirky Brit songstress Paloma Faith to create an exclusive cosmetics collection.

Paloma not only has a has a unique voice but a very individual look which she accentuates with her signature make-up which pays homage to the glamorous style of the forties.

The range includes those stalwarts of the retro look, a red high pigment lipstick (£19.50) and a black gel eyeliner (£19.50). There are also two limited edition items; a make-up palette compact with cute deco detailing (£57) and a stunning set of false eyelashes (£55) embellished with real Swarovski crystals.

You can buy the collection exclusively from Selfridges

Categories / Cosmetics, Homeware

Apothecary shower curtain by Izola Shower

Shower curtain

Even if you don't know the name, you're bound to have seen some the distinctive designs of Izola Shower before – think of this Studio 54 curtain for example. Their new range, which includes this Apothecary shower curtain, takes its inspiration from vintage wares. 

The curtain features charming illustrations of old-fashioned toiletries which hark back to a simpler age of grooming and which are printed onto a poly/cotton canvas. If you like the style of this, take a look at their other new designs which are based around a powder room, sporting implements and even scout badges. 

The shower curtain costs $55. 

Buy it online

Categories / Cosmetics

Andrea Garland cosmetics

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Those who appreciate a spot of vintage glamour (and who doesn't?) should check out the range of cosmetics and beauty products produced by Andrea Garland.

It's a hand-made range inspired by the double whammy of all things natural and all things vintage. She produces a range of face and body balms and sells them in antique tins, pill boxes, compacts and other original bits of packing. There's a fascinating range available, such as the 1930s compact pictured with is filled with the rosy balm for use on the face. Even better, Andrea offers the service of re-filling the original container for a fraction of whatever you paid the first time round. 

Prices vary depending on products and packaging but, to give you an idea, the compact pictured costs £32. 

See them online

Categories / Cosmetics, Women's Fashion

Dior Gruau Tailleur Bar palette

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If the Dior Illustrated exhibition at Somerset House has wetted your appetite for the work of Rene Gruau, you may want to invest in the Dior limited edited Gruau Tailleur Bar palette

This beautiful eyeshadow is based around one of Gruau original illustration and shows 'Bar', one of Dior's most famous designs which is held to be the iconic example of his 'New Look'. The palette uses classic Dior colours, with the grey, black and purple shades reflecting the period in which it was designed. The eyeshadow is also imprinted with a copy of both Gruau's and Dior's signatures alongside 'London' and the date, making the palette a future collector's classic.

The palette costs £60 and is available exclusively from Selfridges

Categories / Cosmetics

The Perfume Diaries exhibition at Harrods


Perfume enthusiasts should schedule in a visit to Harrods before 2 October as the world famous department store is exploring the heritage and history of some of the most iconic fragrance brands at The Perfume Diaries exhibition

Curated by fragrance expert Roja Dove, the exhibition examines scents from 1800s onwards. Original sketches and artwork are displayed alongside vintage packaging. The changing trends in fragrance throughout the twentieth century are explored, as well as the inspiration behind some of the most famous perfumes – including the Dior New Look dress that inspired the creation of Miss Dior in 1947. 

There are also some talks scheduled to accompany the exhibition, including one featuring Jean-Paul Guerlain and Terry Wasser of Guerlain.  

Find out more from the Harrods website

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Orla Kiely Perfume


You’ve bought the cushions, the bags, the bedspreads, the mugs, the furniture and everything else from the ever-expanding range, so why not buy the Orla Kiely Perfume too?

Such are the limitations of the web that I haven’t been able to smell it yet, but it is described as “a charming fragrance of light floral notes” – probably just what you would expect Orla Kiely’s fragrance to be. More specifically it contains extracts of rose, geranium and bergamot, with subtle hints fresh fig and chocolate. The bottle is embossed with Orla Kiely’s signature stem design. The Eau de Perfum is available in three sizes, 100ml (£55), 60ml (£42) and a 25ml purse spray (£32).

It is available to buy from the Orla Kiely website (although you may prefer to find it in a shop so you can actually smell it first) and is currently only available to UK customers.