I just had a big clear out of all my old cosmetics, so now, of course, I’m missing a few things. Who makes the best body and face powder sparkles these days?
Lost My Spark, Pok Fu Lam


The Dictator rules: Wait, don’t tell me. The last time you bought body glitter, you were a 90s club kid, right? Well, guess what? That’s exactly what you’ll look like if you overdo it now. If it’s theatrical you want, then visit the stage make-up Mecca, May’s (7/F, JD Mall, 233 Nathan Road, Jordan, tel: 2369 8789). The wide range includes Ben Nye Sparklers Glitters (HK$69 and up), Loose Body Glitter by Barry M (HK$92), and more in various colours. At Makeup Forever, the Glitters line is in limited supply but it does stock the silver at the moment (HK$130; World Trade Centre, Causeway Bay, tel: 3106 0439). For those who like the pre-glitterised powder puff style, Sasa sells the Jewelry Puff from Japan in vanilla-scented gold dust (HK$45; various locations, www.sasa.com.hk). If you want a little tan with your sparkle, you don’t have to wait for the usual limited-edition summer collections, as H+M has a giant Bronzing Powder compact in store right now (HK$59.90; 68 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2110 9546). If I were you, however, I’d go with the more subtle 24-Karat Gold Dust by natural make-up guru Jane Iredale (HK$168; Paul Gerrard, 35 Pottinger Street, Central, tel: 2869 4408). Just a little bit of shimmer actually looks fab and really does add a youthful glow.



Where can I get a pair of those all-over furry high heels. (Not the boots that have been around forever.) They look so cute and cartoony but also luxurious. Love them!
Are You Fur Heel? Tsim Sha Tsui


The Dictator: Who are you? Meret Oppenheim? Honestly, you’d look as nonsensical as a Dada work of art. Just less inspiring. We have to assume that Céline designer Phoebe Philo had her tongue in her cheek when she sent fur pumps down the runway with an otherwise razor-sharp, monochromatic spring-summer 2013 collection. After all, the Jim Henson-worthy heels are covered in red, citron yellow and light-blue fur, recalling all our favourite Sesame Street characters. Now, don’t get Oscar the Grouch grumpy when you learn that they’re technically part of the summer collection and won’t be released until around March. What’s more, the store assistants estimate each pair will cost in the region of HK$30,000. If you love the brand and simply cannot wait, I recommend the comparatively demure shoes in the spring line, including leopard-print calf-skin stilettos (HK$7,600; Céline, Harbour City, Gateway Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 5988). Alternatively, a touch of fur or feathers can look fabulous, especially on evening sandals by designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Gucci and Christian Louboutin. Speaking of which, I’m in love with a pair of burgundy ostrich feather T-straps I saw in the window at Roger Vivier (HK$11,500; Gateway Arcade, tel: 2175 0383).


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