Beauty News

Find a new fragrance for February

We’re studiously avoiding the inevitable influx of sugary pink perfume bottles this month, and saving instead for the latest Jo Malone London limited edition collection, Rock the Ages. It’s a dynamic line-up of four new colognes, which are as quirky and memorable as ever, plus existing bestseller Pomegranate Noir. Both guys and girls will be drawn to Geranium & Verbena, which is upliftingly clean and unflowery, while Birch & Black Pepper is richer and spicier, with a touch of rebellion. “In Birch & Black Pepper we used an ink accord, inspired by the ink of a tattoo,” explains Master Perfumer Christine Nagel. “Ink is quite a complex note ... It is clean and distinct with an accent of amber, giving the fragrance a magnetic presence.” There’s also a new twist on that eternally trad flower, lily of the valley: it’s entwined with mysterious green ivy which lends it a new depth, while supremely theatrical Tudor Rose & Amber is a dead cert for any Pomegranate Noir lovers – layer the two for a seriously dramatic effect. It depends if you can be distracted from your usual JML favourite: we hear that Wood Sage & Sea Salt has flown out of stores – that hint of coastal air is exhilarating on both sexes – while Pomegranate Noir remains the bestseller worldwide. Jo Malone London Rock the Ages Collection, limited edition, from March, €52 each.

This story appears in the February issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday March 7

Buffet Trend

The nail colour

Blues and aqua shades dominate for spring, what with fashion’s latest love-in with denim. Light-catching textures are key too, so this Chanel Paradiso (limited edition) gives a cool modern twist on both. €23.

This story appears in the February issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday March 7

Beauty Buffet

The Spring Essential

Skin is natural and super-enhanced this season rather than ‘raw’,” declares MAC’s Terry Barber. “The glow is back.” The aim is bright, healthy-looking skin, giving the impression you’ve existed solely on green juice and bootcamps since New Year. Remember when Clarins Flash Balm was the one thing guaranteed to make your skin look fresher, instantly? There are so many more tools at your disposal now: illuminating is the key word, and primers that blur and brighten are taking centre stage this year. Having tried a truckload of them, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance has elbowed every other foundation off my shelf: I love the way you don’t need to wear anything else beyond a bit of concealer. Mercier has long been the go-to for natural-looking skin at every age, and this primer is one of those tubes of brilliance that just makes your skin look better, invisibly. Super-enhancement, the subtle way. €41.

This story appears in the February issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday March 7