Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 27, 2011

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”.

MeMeMe Cosmetics Sunbeam Illuminator – La Chutzpah has been looking for AGES for a replacement for her sadly discontinued multi purpose Lancome Maquisuperbe highlighter and *this* is a good one. While it may not be as light and feather like as the Lancome version, MeMeMe’s Sunbeam (there’s also a pink tinged Moonbeam version)  is easy to apply to cheeks or brows for added light reflection and lift, with it’s little brush applicator.  Or, mix with foundation for all over shimmer. A bargain at £5.25 from branches of Superdrug or online.

Super-Stella! – The buzz may be all about who’s going to switch on the Christmas lights at the Bruton Street Stella McCartney store (Clue; SWEETIE! DARLING!) but 2012 looks set to be her biggest year yet. Not content with overseeing the Team GB Olympics uniforms, a new flagship store in South Kensington showcasing the Stella Kids children’s range, and a ‘World of Stella’ pop-up in Selfridges in January, the designer will also stage her first presentation at London Fashion Week in 16 years. Phew!

Cover FX Natural Water Based Foundation (in Porcelain – E0)
With over 24 shades to choose from, this water based liquid foundation with SPF 15 provides hydrating sheer to medium coverage that’s great for daywear. Non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, and oil-free. Find your perfect shade by choosing from one of the 4 colour series that best matches your skin’s undertones: B Series: Golden brown to ebony undertones – E Series: Pink & yellow undertones – M Series: Yellow & olive undertones. Available at House of Fraser priced at £37. Set it with the Cover FX perfect translucent loose mineral powder at £29.

“Hear-muffs” – Earmuffs with built-in headphones. Such a simple and brilliant idea, you have to wonder why it’s taken this long for someone to think of it?

Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Decoratifs – An exhaustive exhibition devoted to the luxury luggage house’s founder and its current Artistic Director runs from March 6th to September 16th 2012. Oh we do love Paris in the springtime!

Isabel Marant for Gap – We’re crazy about Marant’s paint-splattered T-shirt for high street chain Gap in support of their Project (RED) project to mark World Aids Day 2011. High fashion at a bargain price for charity? It’s a no-brainer.

Decker v Barlow spat on Twitter – During Saturday night’s show, T’Pau’s Carol Decker gave a series of storming replies to Gary Barlow’s comment re how ‘China in your Hands’ is usually sang off-key. And speaking of singing off-key…

Hip-hop karaoke – Karaoke has long been the preserve of naff hen nights and ‘X Factor’ wannabes but now prospective MC’s can get their crunk on every Thursday night at London bar The Social.
‘The Killing 2′ (BBC4) – And if you’re more the stay-at-home type we presume you’re already hooked by the second season of the acclaimed Danish crime thriller series. If not, WHY NOT? 
The Paul & Joe Beaute 10th anniversary ‘Meow’ collection – Strictly for girly-girls, Paul & Joe release these pretty colours in covetable, vintage-style packaging in January 2012.
The John Galliano Company – The former head of Dior’s signature atelier ends a rocky year by winning an honorary Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) award thanks to their use of traditional couture techniques. With profits at Dior unaffected by the scandal, does this signal a way back for the controversial British designer?
Phillips de Pury & Company at Claridges – Now we all know pop-up shops are a savvy way for brands to take advantage of low rent properties for short term gain but international auction house, Philips de Pury takes it to a whole new level by opening up a pop-up store in one of the capital’s most luxurious hotels, showcasing limited edition works and prints from a range of artists and designers. Recession? What recession?
Chat magazine – The hard copy version of Jeremy Kyle, the latest edition is packed with festive cheer, such as a woman stabbed with a crucifix on Christmas Day. Grotesque and more than a little tawdry.
Kasabian – The favourite band of nobody you know have yet another ’70s rock god-aping album out. Interesting fact; the guitarist who dresses like Jim Morrison’s auntie once turned down Ms Kate Moss.
Gaga’s headless costume (on X Factor) – Loving her British fans so much that she tricks and treats them to her Halloween leftovers.
End-of-year lists – When achingly-cool journalists with sideways haircuts tell us about obscure records or novels which we’ve never heard of, yet fill their top 5 with advertising spend-friendly fodder like Adele. We’re only accepting personal recommendations from friends this year.
Online platitudes – We’re campaigning for Internet privileges to be removed from patronising Facebook “friends” and tweeters of re-heated self-help clichés. (We could name names if you crossed our palms with silver). You deserve it babes xxx
More Versace for H&M – The first time was a bona fide moment but now, frankly, they’re over milking it. We’re sensing cash-cow and we’re bored now. Next please!
The Advertising Standards Authority – Must be full of buttoned-up fifty year-old men in scratchy pullies judging by the beef they have with the fashion industry.
The Official Cheryl Cole 2012 calendar – Looking more ’90s Playboy bunny than chart-conquering pop goddess, we can’t work out why La Cole seems unable to keep her legs together in the pictures?
Snakeskin print – Yes, we realise we bigged this up a couple of months back but did EVERYBODY have to jump on the bandwagon?
Who wins ‘X Factor’ (ITV) – That’s about it really….
The new ‘Charlie’s Angels’ series –As if the pointless Hollywood reboot courtesy of Drew Barrymore wasn’t bad enough.
Celebrity clothing lines – At the top we have Rihanna following up the lukewarm critical reception for her latest album with a rather pointless capsule range with Armani, and way at the bottom there’s poor old Shane Lynch (the one no one remembers from Boyzone) as face of menswear brand 1952. Robbie Williams has even gone as far as hiring ex-Burberry talent to pep up his mediocre Farrell vanity label. Didn’t they learn anything from the Kanye West tragedy?

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks.
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