I was excited to attend the Spring/Summer 2012 launch for Shu Uemura
last week and meet the amazingly talented creative designer Kakuyasu Uchiide
, who worked alongside the legendary Mr Uemura himself for more than 20 years.
It was really great to see him at work and understand the philosophy behind the brand and to see his unique approach to colour and application of his makeup on the face.
One product that really stood out and amazed me was the New Face mask which just felt incredible – it is unlike any other product out there.
There are 6 in a pack and they can be used like an intense facial before a night out or when the skin is feeling fatiqued and needs brightening and lifting.
They can be left on for as long as you like,but 20 mins minimum is ideal.
They don’t need to be washed off, you leave the product on so that it sinks in and just make sure to add a moisturiser on top to seal all the goodies in!
Just be careful not to open the door to anyone whilst wearing it 😉 !
Look out for June’s launch of Shu Uemera
Silky Quad eyeshadows. The pigments are incredible, which is synonomous with Shu Uemura .
‘What you see, is what you get’ in terms of pigment colours, when applied to the eyes. The exciting range of colours are endless and inspiring but these quads are beautiful as they are both sheer, strong hues and then an irridescent complementary 4th colour to layer over top or wear on their own. The purple palette is particularly beautiful.
Also to mention is the Semi Matt lip colours are equally exciting as they leave a semi matt finish but go on creamy and soft and with no dryness in sight- very wearable. Go and check them out…
YSL is always a favourite of mine to attend, to see new products. Everything they do is so beautifully packaged and feels luxe and decadent and you just want to put them straight into your makeup bag or clutch, and go out for the night !
The new product that is very exciting, is their range of all in one High Gloss Lipstains. They come in an amazing choice of 19 colours and so there is something for everyone, from fab reds, fushias like No1 which is a deep classic YSL purple fushia through to soft beiges and pinks. You apply them by building up the intensity and gloss you require by layering with the sponge applicator.
The staying power is incredible -you need to remove them with their Top Secret Eye Makeup remover as the stain does not budge for many hours.
The other products that are new this season are the Pure Chromatics Eyeshadow palettes [6 different colour sets] -beautiful deep tones with metallic shot through them -everything you would expect from YSL in terms of texture and jewel tones.
The colours are so rich and gorgeous that they are shouting out to be used on an editorial shoot straight away!….. 🙂
I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Giorgio Armani
Beauty Drinks Reception event last night and see their beautiful range.
Their spring/summer palettes were bang on trend with blues and greys and beautiful sheer lip colours.
There is a particularly lovely navy colour which is very wearable and is on the right side of the blue spectrum to look ‘new ‘ and not too retro as sometimes blue eyeshadow can be!
They make a great change from greys and blacks and look fresh, lighter and somehow ‘right ‘ for now.
These colours finished with a few coats of their best selling hero product, Eyes to Kill Mascara
is about all you need to complete a new spring/summer eye.
As seems to be the trademark of Armani
cosmetics, the beautiful textures of their Luminous Silk Foundations
seem to ‘glide’ on the skin and feel extremely soft and luxurious and so very wearable with one of the largest collections of bases in every conceivable skin match -there are 15 to choose from to get that accurate skin colour match for every season.
I really rate their Fluid Sheer highlighter
which is so fine and doesn’t leave any hint of ‘sparkle’ on the skin [as some brands can] -just a dewy glow which can be used alone or mixed with a base.
One other gorgeous product I need to mention is the little Blushing Fabric Tubes
in 3 colours that seem to seamlessly melt into the skin leaving a sheer blush and feel like velvet-again perfect for summer and is a firm makeup bag favourite with me now !
I was working down in Rye last week and luckily managed to find time to visit beauty editor, Karena Callen’s gorgeous new boutique Violetta.
It is definitely worth making a special visit to Rye to see her little haven of beautiful pefumes and carefully chosen skin products.
Karena has chosen products that she loves and believes works, and knows each one thoroughly and will happily speak about the virtues of any one of them.
I particularily love the Serge Luten‘s perfume range ( in particular the addictive spicy scent of Five o’clock au gingembre).
Karena has chosen Paul & Joe‘s gorgeous makeup range, which not only has totally wearable colours but also is packaged in extra cute retro styling.
I very luckily have been trying her exclusive Frankincense Night Serum, which not only smells wonderful, but my skin definitely feels softer and less dehydrated from the winter weather.
If you aren’t lucky enough to get down for a weekend – how about a day trip to the gorgeous town and book in for a facial through her shop, using chosen products specifically tailored to you.
Now thats a perfect Valentine present………