I really want one of those acrylic or see-through plastic clutches that are so in right now but I don’t want to look cheap. Any thoughts?
In the Clear, Mid-Levels

The Dictator rules: Yes: spend a lot of money. Duh! Just kidding. Sort of. We’ve seen lots of cheap women in expensive clothes over the years. But seriously, you might need to invest in a beautifully made clutch if you want to pull this off. Take, for example, Gucci’s Aristographic Plexiglass clutch (HK$10,690; Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2524 0412), which resembles cut crystal and comes tinted in pink, yellow or mint, or completely clear. We’re also coveting the square perspex gold Glitter Globe and the fuchsia Aqua Globe minaudieres by Kotur (HK$3,290 each; Harvey Nichols, The Landmark, Central, tel: 3695 3388), which have a silver satin interior so that the whole world can’t see what you’re carrying. Jimmy Choo’s Sweetie series is made from connected strips of glitter acrylic in gold, silver, pink, magenta, blue or green and comes with an optional gold chain (HK$5,290; Pacific Place, tel: 2918 0880). Other houses going transparent this season include Chanel, Charlotte Olympia and Stella McCartney. For something similar but different, see the quilted “jelly” plastic mini handbags by Herve Guyel Paris (HK$3,390; Harvey Nichols). Zara’s clear plastic box clutches cost only HK$299 and come in a variety of hues including pink and yellow (IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7305). And remember, you don’t need to wear matching see-through clothing to look de rigueur. In fact, play it safe with all black to give your new bag the attention it deserves.

I used to stock up on DuWop Lip Venom gloss at Harvey Nichols, but it seems they have (in their infinite wisdom) stopped stocking the stuff. It’s the only gloss that does not dry my lips. HELP ME!
Deflated in Pok Fu Lam

The Dictator: Sure. So, your DuWop Lip Venom obsession has nothing to do with its incredible pout-enhancing effect? That’s weird because we’ve heard women with sensitive skin complain that many spicy lip plumpers such as the one you mention make their lips scale and flake. Anyway, I can tell you where to buy your favourite gloss in Hong Kong. It’s sold at Sense of Touch locations in Central (HK$210; 2 Arbuthnot Road, tel: 2869 0939), Repulse Bay (The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, tel: 2592 9668) and Discovery Bay (Discovery Bay Plaza, tel: 2987 9198). But you do know there are alternatives, right? LipFusion’s Micro-Collagen Lip Plump Colour Shine promises to moisturise and puff up pouts with “micro-injected collagen plumping technology” and it comes in lots of pretty colours, too (HK$380 each; Joyce Beauty, 16 Queen’s Road Central, tel: 2869 5816). Given that DuWop lists cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger essential oils in its ingredients, you could experiment and mix up your own batch at home. Or try cayenne pepper, as recommended by many beauty blogs; but only if you dare!



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