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Where to buy glam biker boots, peel-off lip tints in Hong Kong

I love a beauty gimmick, I’ll admit, and I’m dying to try that new lip tint that peels off. Where? How? What? I’ll try anything once!

Keepin’ It Peel, Wan Chai

The Dictator rules: You will? Well, it’s been nice knowing you. Honestly, you might want to exercise more caution when it comes to slapping any novelty potion onto your skin. Take peel-off lip products as an example. The skin on your lips is parti­cularly delicate and, if you’re as lip-balm obsessed as I
predict you are, you’ll know how chapped or cracked they can become in dry conditions even before you start tugging, pulling and tearing away products. OK, it’s not that extreme and others liken it to a lip exfoliation, but do be careful and read ingredients labels, would you? We’re talking about a product that goes on like a thick gloss, dries into a fruit roll-up or rubbery consistency, then peels off. The promise is that your lips will be tinted so well, the colour won’t rub off for eight to 12 hours, even after eating and drinking. The concept started with Korean brands, such as Berrisom, whose peel-off lip tint has spawned many a blog post and YouTube review. It’s available locally at shops such as ColourMix and Sasa, where a tube of Berrisom My Lip Tint Pack in Bubble Pink costs only HK$46 (originally HK$108). You might also want to pick up a tube of its Lip Tint Cleanser (HK$46). Cocoon Lip Stain, by Cailyn Cosmetics, has been attracting attention for its supposedly bolder lip stains delivered by the same method. Available in four shades (HK$171 each), it is said to give 10 hours of colour after just 10 minutes’ application.

Would you recommend those luxury, decorated biker boots? I’ve seen them on the trends lists for autumn, but I just don’t know.

Getting the Boot, Central

The Dictator: I give up. I try and try to help you people with precise definitions of items, and sometimes it seems as though the whole world is conspiring against me. Biker boots? Sure, let’s call anything remotely biker-like “biker boots”, even though none of them will provide the protection needed for riding motorcycles. Many of these current fashion favourites are closer to a combat or hiking boot. But who cares? René Caovilla, actually. His biker ankle boots mix the protective look of the real deal with luxuri­ous soft black leather and a suede buckle cuff embel­lished with crystals and faux pearls (HK$11,800; Lane Crawford). Giuseppe Zanotti plays with high and low elements on his black suede and leather boots featur­ing gold-tone rivets, buckles, and studs (HK$13,650). Isabel Marant uses metal eyelets galore on her suede and leather, pointy-toed boots (HK$8,390). Balenciaga takes them a step further with Ceinture, a sort of cut-out Derby boot with gold buckles and eyelets on its prominent buckle strap (HK$8,900; Lane Crawford). MM6 Maison Margiela has gone for disco glam with mirrored silver and black lug soles (HK$4,950). Although more trekking than biking, the lace-up ankle boots at Tod’s still exude a toughness that make them worth consider­ing in semi-glossy black, brown or tan leather with red or black laces and a leather tassel thrown in for good measure (HK$8,000). Last but not least, we just love Nicholas Kirkwood’s Casati Pearl biker boots in black leather with large faux pearls lining the heel (HK$6,300).