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<p><u><strong>We can't wait for… All eyes on Alber</strong></u></p>
<p>French beauty giant Lancôme has recruited Alber Elbaz for its new collection. The eyes have it in this instance – the collection focuses on mascaras, eyeshadows and false lashes, while Elbaz's trademark quirky aesthetic is plainly evident in the range, which is adorned with stars, hearts and polka dots. Mascara £23, from 1 July, lancome.co.uk</p>

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Burberry reports sales boost thanks to Chinese shoppers

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