Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick
CR 330 Coral
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick - a range in 44 shades, tested in CR 330 Coral (pictured), quite an orange pink. This lipstick applies smoothly eliminating the need to apply too generously. I usually use a lipstick brush to extend lipstick stayability and the lip brush I recommend - any lipstick brush from Japonesque. Moisture and comfort are a feature of this Shu Uemura lipstick with the addition of a nourishing, moisture-locking cream. This lipstick is a breakthrough using hybrid pigment technology delivering a high flush of colour straight to the lips. In a clear plastic tube suggesting something advanced, like a space age technology, another complete product from Shu Uemura, a Japanese company. £19. Available from Shu Uemura Covent Garden London (tel 0207 2407635), Harvey Nichols, Liberty, Selfridges London or online at

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Richard Phillips - 'Peel' (1996)

Richard Phillips
'Peel' 1996
 Oil on linen
 198 x 218cm 

Richard Phillips, an American painter, born in Massachusetts in 1962, 
was commissioned by MAC cosmetics in 2009 to produce a version 
of one of his own hyperrealistic paintings using MAC's latest cosmetic 
colour pigments and products, including their In the Gallery eyeshadow. 
Employing the retouching technical expertise of Pascal Dangin, the 
renowned digital airbrushing artist, Richard Phillips produced 'Der 
Bodensee', a vivid, super hyperrealistic painting based on a 
photograph, executed to highly glossy, digital effect. Advancing the 
medium of painting in this way, Richard Phillips' work has always been 
influenced by photographs and adverts he finds of women in fashion or 
other magazines from the late Sixties and early Seventies in particular.
Although often provocative, you admire the skill of his paintings at 
first. 'Peel' (1996) is a painting of his I admire the most for it's 
beauty in detail, colour and close-up.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Dr Organic Pomengranate Advanced Recovery Eye Cream

Dr Organic Pomengranate Eye Cream 15ml

Although seemingly slow-acting at first, Dr Organic Pomengranate Advanced Recovery Eye Cream is by now my eye cream of choice, the one I use twice daily, morning and night to moisturize the delicate area around the eye - tap lightly around the eye area using your ring finger. Available exclusively from Holland & Barrett, along with the entire Dr Organic range (previously reviewed), at an inexpensive £9.29 for 15ml, it is a super-efficient, light cream formulated using the anti-aging super berry pomengranate, a fruit which is bursting with Vitamin C and B5. I found after three weeks, dark circles around the eye area were reduced and the skin around the eye was completely hydrated, smooth and fine line free. Preventing dryness by actually protecting the skin, this eye cream is formulated to boost collagen stability, return elasticity, reduce puffiness and promote cell regeneration, ambitious claims fulfilled by a highly successful product. Recommended for all skin types including more mature, aging skin. £9.29 for 15ml. Available exclusively from Holland & Barrett stores in the UK or buy online at