Hello Petal: A Fresh New Take on Florals
This photograph from the Marchesa SS2015 show comes courtesy of the Toni & Guy team, the catwalk hair supremos behind the Spring/Summer look for Marchesa. This is a designer I’m having a minor obsession with right now. The AW15 show on Wednesday was a Gatsby-esque dream (the lipstick on the models FYI was Revlon’s Black Cherry Super Lustrous Lipstick). It describes my theme: spring blossom.
This is the story behind a new collection of scents by Jo Malone that reaches the shops in March. Entitled Blue Skies & Blossoms, it comprises three inspired by spring blossoms. The idea was to create a fresher, simpler more contemporary set of floral scents. I have tried Plum Blossom and rather like it. It has a juicy, fruity, sherbet like quality that dries down to a soft, musky floral scent. Then there is Sakura Cherry Blossom, ripe for this year’s crop which arrives in Japan from the end of March. It is a rose and bergamot blend and is described as delicate and sparkling by its makers. Then there is Osmanthus Blossom with a peach note and petitgrain. This is a citrus extract which is obtained from the leaves, twigs and buds of the bitter orange tree. It gives a floral-citrus accent. These are uncomplicated and delightful with their coloured metallic lids and raspberry pink, green and purple bows.
Speaking of spring blooms, let’s talk blusher. As I’m sure you know, one of the most flattering ways to lift your complexion is with a pinkish colour – particularly useful in the depths of February. A small amount blended from just after the centre of your cheek outwards with a finger gives your face a lift. I’m using Clinique’s Chubby Stick blusher in Robust Rhubarb and highly recommend it. The smallest dab over eyelids and brows after you’ve done the rest of your make-up kind of ties the whole thing together too. Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick in Moonbeach will give you a similar but warmer more glamorous effect with its golden shimmer finish.
Blossom and lips? Well, yes. It’s the look in this photo. Think tinted lip balm with a bit of gloss and a bit of er, blossom pink. Gives your lips that rosy-glow of youth with bells (or should I say gloss) on. You can rustle up the look easily with what you’ve already got – a tiny dab of red or raspberry lipstick blended onto your lips with a finger and a dab of Vaseline, or clear lip gloss, or my favourite lip balm for winter, Lanolips Golden Ointment. To get the look in one go try L’Occitane‘s new Pivoine Tinted Lip Balm in Rose Nude, it’s out this coming April.