Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on September 4, 2013

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



Charlotte Tilbury’s Make-Up Line – If you want to know about make-up, talk to a make-up artist. Or better still, get tips from one of the hottest names in the business. Session make-up artist to fashion & film’s most famous names, Charlotte Tilbury, has just launched her own line of make-up at Selfridges. The collection is cleverly built around products that Charlotte uses to define eyes, cheeks and lips to create different looks from Rock Chick, Uptown Girl, Golden Goddess, The Sophisticate and The Bombshell proving that great technique and good, depth-of-colour, blendable products go together like a dream. Shown here is Charlotte Tilbury’s eye-shadow palette in ‘desk to disco’ Rock Chick greys (£38)

BFC’s Blogger Panel – Hurrah! The BFC get right behind digital media and show the other fashion capitals that blogger support is a serious marketing move. A team of committed bloggers on a panel to help support the BFC team, coach on social media and to promote British fashion on a global level. Watch this space. And talking of the BFC…

LFW Countdown – The tent’s being built in Somerset House’s grounds, designers’ PR in-boxes are crammed with request and there’s the beginnings of pre LFW buzz. And then Natalie Massenet raises the bar further with her ‘Letter To London’ in the Evening Standard urging all to get involved. Who’s excited now?


M&S’s Beauty Gifts with Purchase (29th Aug-11th Sept) – Call me cynical but many gifts with purchase are an add on of trial sizes mostly of things you neither want nor need. So, it’s great to see m&S giving real value with some great gifts on brilliant niche products in their beauty area. To celebrate the continued success and nationwide rollout of M&S Beauty, there’s a fortnight of exclusive offers in store and online. Beauty junkies visiting the Beauty Halls and M&S website between 29th August and 11th September 2013 will be able to enjoy exclusive gifts with purchase such as a free REN Travel Kit when you buy any 2 Ren products* (*excluding Body Washes and Mini Gifts), A free *Bliss Sinkside Six Pack when you buy any 2 Bliss products , free Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion when you buy any 2 Nuxe products or free Lola Kabuki Brush when you buy any 2 Lola products. There’s a host of others too. You just may be converted to some spiffing new niche products.


Maarten Van Der Horst’s 2nd Collection for Topshop –  Van der Horst goes radical from his first floral collection and chooses a darker 80’s New Wave meets New Metallica vibe of hard graphic, black and white pieces for us to get down and Nu-Punk’y. The capsule collection  starts at £40 and goes up to £220 for the  fab leather biker shown.


Hayley Being Killed Off in Corrie! – NO! How can you do this to us? One of TV’s best loved characters, too. Prepare for blubbing.

Microsoft/Nokia – Buying the £4.6 billion of Nokia’s phone business (could be good) but dropping the well-known brand name that constantly ranks higher in customer polls than Microsoft’s Windows phone. Are you INSANE? A tad like buying over Coca Cola then dropping the brand name and it’s association to sugary drinks.

Launch parties that start at 10.30pm, midweek – Again, are you crazy? Journos and others work. And yet, by midnight, you’ll wonder why it’s chock full of hangers-on.

September Hayfever – Runny eyes and sneezing fits continue. Deep joy.



Erin O’Connor as new face of Radley – Hmm. More impressed if they’d have gone the current big model route. I dunno. Just looks dated.

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