I saw a photo shoot in a fashion magazine with the most amazing earrings with like an eye pattern on them. The problem’s that then when I read the credits, all they had down was, “model’s own”. I’m not talking about that cat-eye stuff or the cheap touristy evil eye souvenirs, but real jewellery. What do I do now?
Eye Want Them, Central


The Dictator rules: Not so smart. You just talked yourself out of a trip to exotic locales such as Turkey. Plus, just because you conjecture that the earrings you spotted on a magazine page were made with precious materials, it doesn’t mean they are or that they weren’t crafted to offer protection in the same way as the trinkets you dismissed may have been. And who knows when you might need such an amulet? (I’m giving you the evil eye right now, for example.) OK, let’s get shopping. Step one: release the earrings you saw from your mind’s eye. You probably won’t ever see them again. Step two: head to a multibrand online jewellery store Max & Chloe (www.maxandchloe.com). Our search uncovered, for example, the lovely Hari Jewels Evil Eye Hypnotic Drop Earrings in green onyx, brown diamonds and 14-carat gold (about HK$12,000). If you’ll consider other types of jewellery, Solange Azagury- Partridge’s Eye ring is a colourful mix of lapis, onyx, mother of pearl, turquoise, rubies, diamonds and black diamonds set in 18-carat yellow gold (HK$198,000; IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7099; www.solange.co.uk). Greek designer Ileana Makri’s pretty Evil Eye collection just might convert you (www.makri.gr). You’ll find a small selection of rings and bracelets in the fine jewellery area at Lane Crawford (HK$9,200 to HK$18,500; IFC Mall, tel: 2118 7777). Also, keep an, um, eye out for Lanvin’s Left Eye and/or Right Eye brooches in brass, glass and resin, which should be out soon (about HK$5,400; IFC Mall, tel: 2234 7323). 



I’m running out of my beloved Darphin products. Believe me – I’ve searched high and low on both sides of the harbour for one of its boutiques, but with no luck. I don’t trust buying beauty products online as they say they can be fakes. Help!

Chinese White Darphin, Sha Tin


The Dictator: No, I do believe you. It’s logical that a product you use regularly should run out eventually. Just kidding. I also believe that you haven’t seen a 
dedicated Darphin boutique in Hong Kong. Neither have I. So what? You should really start your search for any beauty brand in Hong Kong at the department 
stores. Founded in 1958 by Pierre Darphin, a French kinesio-therapist, the botanical skincare line is sold at Joyce Beauty stores in Tsim Sha Tsui (Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, tel: 2367 0860) and Kowloon Tong (Festival Walk, tel: 2265 7176), and at Lab Concept (Queensway Plaza, Admiralty, tel: 2118 2093). It’s 
not cheap, though. Expect to spend about HK$550 to HK$880 on most of its skincare products, and as much as HK$1,180 for special serums and solutions. Porcelain-skinned dedicated fans swear by Darphin’s anti-ageing products, including the Predermine line’s Wrinkle Corrective Serum and Densifying Anti-Wrinkle Cream, as well as the various aromatic oils for sensitive skin. We also recommend the Melaperfect series, which includes the Anti- Dark Spots Perfecting  Treatment, to diminish over-pigmentation in all the wrong places after a summer of zealous sun tanning.



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