Selfridges Beauty round up

 Selfridges have some fantastic new beauty buys that your make-up bag is just crying out for. New drops from Chanel, exclusive treats from Ciate, and classic lines from Guerlain are all now online and in store and make the perfect weekend treats, especially if you are waiting for pay day and want to buy something for yourself that is a touch of luxury, but still affordable.

Ciate Treats

Everyone seems to love Ciate, the product that literally transforms nails into works of art. Selfridges currently have this fabulous product – a pretty touch of Spring fever for the nails, and it is a store exclusive. Utterly gorgeous!

CIATE: BADA BLOOM FLOWER MANICURE - £18 click to visit Selfridges

CIATE: BADA BLOOM FLOWER MANICURE – £18 click to visit Selfridges

The dolls house collection is just as sweet and pretty as you would expect it to be. The packaging is gloriously retro, and those pastel colours echo the key trends for the coming season – you can get in on the act a little early with this perfect treat!

CIATE: DOLLS HOUSE NAIL POILISH SET - £18 click to visit Selfridges

CIATE: DOLLS HOUSE NAIL POILISH SET – £18 click to visit Selfridges

Guerlain Spring look

In the week that Mr Selfridge came back to our screens, it is good to see one of the original beauty giants introducing a gleaming, ultra modern collection. Guerlain may have been tempting the ladies of 1914 with perfume (L’heure Bleue in case you’re wondering), but the new collection is a make-up collection of gorgeous packaging and fabulous colours.

Météorites Pearls Powder £37.50 click to visit Selfridges

Météorites Pearls Powder £37.50 click to visit Selfridges

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Cils D’Enfer Maxi Lash Mascara £22 click to visit Selfridges

Rouge Automatique Lipstick £25 click to visit Selfridges

Rouge Automatique Lipstick £25 click to visit Selfridges

Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette £38 click to visit Selfridges

Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette £38 click to visit Selfridges

New Chanel Spring range – launched today

Chanel are really trying to prove that Spring is just around the corner with the gorgeous colours in the ‘Notes De Printemps’ collection. The pink shades are definitely my favourites, very Barbie girl pretty and eye catching too.

Click to view complete range

Click to view complete range

 

 

 

 

Victorian Shopping style – The Paradise

I was glued to the TV last night as a new costume drama started on the BBC. ‘The Paradise’ is set in a very early version of a department store during the Victorian era. (I’m thinking of a cross between an early Whiteleys and Selfridges, although both came a little later than the period this is set in.) As you can imagine, the series looks beautiful, with a gorgeous leading lady, Denise, played by Joanne Vanderham, and handsome leading man. But what really catches the eye is the totally exquisite Paradise itself.

I can’t imagine any woman who wouldn’t want to shop at The Paradise. Brocade covered, pastel coloured walls, beautiful white, wood carved shelves, swags and tails and drapery all give the imaginary store a kind of boudoir feel, a paradise created with ladies in mind. There are ribbons and silks, kid gloves and handkerchiefs, and all those lovely perfumes in those vintage style crystal and glass bottles that are still such a fabulous adornment to any dressing table.

So many of the beautiful things on sale in The Paradise wouldn’t look out of place in our ultra-modern department stores. Laura Ashley has glass jewel and trinket boxes, silver picture frames and scented silk roses, whilst BHS has a fabulous collection of vintage style glass bottles. And if you want a real touch of vintage luxury, Dipytique do the most amazing range of soaps that use vintage recipes, these are available from Selfridges and would make a fabulous gift for a loved one.

I can say I’m already hooked on ‘The Paradise’ and that exquisite store, and can’t wait to have a closer look at the departments in further weeks.

Vintage inspired pieces you might’ve found in The Paradise

Small Glass Storage Jar 

Large Diamante Perfume Bottle 

Ribbed Bottle Price

Sycamore Flocked Duck Egg Set Of 2 Boxes

Large Round Mirrored Jewellery Box 

Scented Vintage Roses £9.60 

 

Victorian Cream Embroidered Dressing Gown 

Victorian Rose Fob Watch 

Sterling Silver & Crystal Raindrop Pendant 

diptyque l’eau set of three soaps

 

GUERLAIN Apres L’ondee eau de toilette white bee bottle 100ml

PENHALIGON’S Anthology Fragrance Collection 

 

Guerlain launch La Petite Robe Noire exclusively in Selfridges

Is there any item of clothing more iconic than the little black dress? From Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy eating her breakfast outside Tiffany’s, to an off-duty Marilyn Monroe in Norman Norell, or Princess Diana taking revenge in a whisp of black chiffon, the black dress is able to flatter the wearer whilst seducing everyone else with its allure.

So it is a wonder that it has taken so long to create the essence of the little black dress in a fragrance. But now step forward Guerlain.The legendary perfumer’s created the perfect fragrance called ‘The Little black dress’ as an exclusive fragrance back in 2009 . ‘La Petite Robe Noire’, to give its French name, was originally available only to Guerlain’s most loyal clientele. ‘ . But now, in 2012,  we can all find out exactly what the fuss is about as the seductive new version has hit Selfridges exclusively.  And I have to say ‘The Little black dress’ is both gorgeously fragranced and gloriously bottled.

For me, the overwhelming scent was the rather exotic black cherry. This gives the perfume an intoxicating aura that means this is something you would wear for an evening, or special occasion – this is not a scent for everyday. There is also an undertone of rose, but this is not cloying, sickly or old ladyish as rosey smells can be – instead it is more like a subtle essence that adds to the warmth of the fragrance. Other key notes include tonka beans, Iris, vanilla and patchouli, blended to create a glamorous, grown up fragrance that lingers in the memory.

GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire eau de parfum from £42.00 click to visit Selfridges

The bottle is adorable,a perfect addition to any boudoir, with the prettiest black dress to illustrate this wonderful fragrance. This is any girls dream present, certainly the way to this woman’s heart.

La Petite Robe Noire launched exclusively at Selfridges on 1st June 2012. Click here to view the range.