Blazing Lily, Luminous Orchid and Dark Papyrus… just three of the scents in the new Alexander McQueen fragrance collection. Created using highly sought-after ingredients, eight in all have been introduced. Vetiver Moss captures nature, but not as you might expect for a summer scent. Vetiver, a tropical grass native to India, is often used in masculine fragrances – its smell likened to cigars and incense – however, combined with light, powdery orris root and vibrant greenery, the chypre scent is a divine unisex choice.
Available exclusively at Harrods throughout August.
Top Picks: Cushion Tech
The K-Beauty (or Korean beauty) trend put cushion foundations – lightweight formulas suspended in sponge – in the spotlight and now the industry’s biggest names are putting their own stamp on them. While Giorgio Armani’s Tone-Up Cushion Foundation uses technology to help brighten the complexion, the Dior Prestige Cushion is infused with rose pigments. And La Prairie’s iconic Skin Caviar foundation has been given a light touch for a buildable skincare/make-up hybrid.
In The Spotlight… Rodial Vit C
Centred around the wonder ingredient vitamin C, Rodial’s Vit C range has fast become a favourite of beauty editors the world over. Founder of the brand, Maria Hatzistefanis, shares her insights on why it scored a sell-out hat trick…
On the power of vitamin C… "Vitamin C is the latest in skincare technology, it brightens, smooths and protects the skin while slowing down the process of ageing. Its antioxidant properties help to protect it from free radicals (unstable electrons that seek a healthy cell to latch on to, which in turn damages skin tissue). It’s also known to boost collagen production and can even skin tone by breaking down hyperpigmentation. A true multitasker."
On the formulas… "The Vit C range doesn’t just contain vitamin C. The cleanser, cleansing pads, brightening mask and sheet mask are all infused with glycolic and lactic acids (AHAs) to encourage exfoliation. This helps to intensify the brightening qualities of the vitamin C, and removes any dead skin cells for the ultimate glow from within."
On her hero product… "The Vit C Brightening Mask leaves my skin glowing. I only leave it on for about 10 minutes and the results are instant. It also works to break down any hyperpigmentation for an even skin tone. In fact, I’ve had laser treatments in the past and I find this mask more effective for pigmentation, and less harsh on the skin."