Alabaster skin? Check. Dark lipstick? Check. Contoured cheeks? Most definitely. Should we embrace this new gothic elegance? Yes indeed, if only to shift away from the perpetual tanning that defies the seasons in this country. Everything about the new look rests on the contouring of the eyes and cheeks. Flat, matte shades are used (no discernible colour should stand out) to create striking eyes and razorsharp cheekbones with the subtlest of buff shades. Dark red lips complete the look, set off by skin as pale as marble. Hopefully this signals a shift away from dark tans in winter, those inexplicable crowbar eyebrows and false lashes as heavy as fringes!
Yes, you read that right: hair perfume! Before you scoff, this product is much more than a simple spritz of fragrance. A few niche brands offer scents that enhance the lingering bouquet of their expensive shampoos and conditioners, but they do little else. Herra protects against colour fade, moisturises, and conditions the hair and scalp. The scent — with jasmine, bergamot, orchid and vanilla — is chic and feminine. While we wait for it to arrive in the Republic, buy it for €39.95 from Excellent Scissors, Belfast; tel: 048 90730650.
A GENE-IUS IDEA
In recent years, skin-analysis devices have given us the opportunity to see deep into the skin’s upper levels and measure different age markers on a face: sun damage, wrinkle depth and so on. What they can’t tell us is why some faces age more than others, although lifestyle choices are an obvious factor. But now a London store, The Organic Pharmacy, is offering a new technology to customers ahead of next year’s global launch. GeneOnyx is a saliva swab test that measures genetic variations of the individual with an eye to ageing. It’s reported that the testing can match the most effective ingredients in skin care with the exact needs of a person’s skin based on their unique DNA. Maybe we are one step closer to finding out if those nasty wrinkles really are in our genes! Masculine, sophisticated and virile — all words used to describe the various James Bonds of the last 50 years, and this scent evokes all of those attributes. Crisp apple, lavender, warm woods and musk elements make this a sexy and distinctly male scent. Bonus fact: Greg Williams, on-set photographer for the films, shot the gorgeous ad campaign.
She was Jinx Johnson to Pierce Brosnan’s Bond and gave us all bikini envy in the orange twopiece she wore in Die Another Day. Her new scent, Closer, is well worth checking out too. Working alongside perfumer Jacques Cavallier, Halle has created a traditionally masculine fougère scent that is loaded with feminine violets and mimosas. The result: a sexy scent women will love to wear, maybe even while dressed!
Eva Green smouldered as Vesper Lynd opposite Daniel Craig in 2006’s Casino Royale. A year later, she was named the face of this scent, the fifth in Dior’s Poison series. Again created by Jacques Cavallier, the fragrance is super sexy, with mandarin, bergamot, rose, patchouli and amber. Not even Bond could resist such a heady cocktail (although restraint is hardly Bond’s strong suit!).
007 FRAGRANCE €19.90-€38/35ml-75ml, available nationwide
HALLE BERRY CLOSER €24.95, available nationwide
DIOR MIDNIGHT POISON €79.50/50ml, available nationwide