Sorry all for the lack of posts the last week or so -I’ve been moving house. And not just moving house – but MOVING HOUSE. As in, clearing a garage full of stuff from three international moves, (Sydney to the US, the US to London, London to Sydney), moving box after box of makeup and fashion magazines (occupational hazard, obvs), plus the usual fun stuff of organising new furniture etc. Not to mention leaking showers, ripped up carpet, a very unhappy cat and no Internet. It’s been a little difficult to blog. Having said that, my new flat is gorgeous and I have loads of delicious new goodies to tell you about. Bear with me, and normal service will resume shortly.
Love this gorgeous makeup by Diane Kendal for the NARS Summer 2012 campaign. It doesn’t hurt that the model is beautiful Ginta Lapina, and the new NARS collection? Well, as always it’s high on my wish list. The Marie-Galante eyeshadow trio, Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil and Vendanges lipstick might just be heading to my makeup bag soon.
NARS is available in Australia at Mecca Cosmetica
This is the most exciting (and unusual) beauty collaboration I have heard about for ages – Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura, out Christmas 2012.
Apparently Karl Lagerfeld has long been a fan of Mr Uemura’s, and the collaboration follows a friendship and relationship of mutual admiration spanning twenty years.
Karl has used shu uemura pressed eye shadows to sketch with for many years. He said: “I love sketching in the morning. When I go to sleep, I always put my pens and papers next to my bed. I use shu uemura eye shadow [to] sketch, since shu uemura has fantastic colors. I design with shu uemura make-up because other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors.”
I have had the good fortune to meet and work with Karl Lagerfeld in his extraordinary atelier in Paris, and he is not only a wonderful designer but an impeccably mannered man with an unfailing understanding of the zeitgeist. I’m sure the shu uemura /Karl Lagerfeld collaboration will be well worth waiting for – with shu’s luxurious cosmetics knowledge and Karl’s amazing design talents, it will definitely be one for the Christmas stocking.
Unspeakably excited about this upcoming documentary, About Face, about the careers of the Supermodels (the REAL ones – Isabella Rossellini, Paulina Porizkova, Marisa Berenson, Jerry Hall – the list goes on). Made by renowned photographer and film maker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders the film deals with beauty, aging and the inevitable plastic surgery questions as it looks at growing older in an industry where women are expected to remain forever young.
As yet I don’t have a release date on it, but I can’t wait to see it! If anyone does know when it will be released, please let me know in the comments.
Here’s the trailer for a little Supermodel action on your Thursday – these ladies NEVER get old:
Oooh Tom Ford – I have yet to meet a piece of his eponymous makeup range that I don’t like. This blusher in Savage is an interesting one – at first I thought it would be perfect to keep on hand for doing darker skin tones (which don’t get me wrong, it still is), but when I was on a beauty shoot this week I was doing a caramel-y, warm, slightly late 70’s/early 80’s makeup look, and it was perfect.
It’s a spicy cinnamon coloured blush that is VERY pigmented, (so you need to go easy on the application), but it’s given me back a love of blush. I’ve been a bit off blush for a few seasons now, generally sticking to contours and bronzers and the nude sort of tones that are really more ‘Why Bother?’ than blush. But this sweet little Tom Ford goody has brought back how much I do love a good blush – placed just so on the apple of the cheeks it can make you look more than healthy, it can make you look glamorous, vital, alive. And when done JUST RIGHT (Tom Ford’s Savage, I am talking to YOU) it can make you look like a young Brooke Shields in her original Calvin Klein commercials. In another word – hot like 1981.
Tom Ford Beauty is available at selected David Jones’ stores in Australia, Harrods in London and Neiman Marcus in the US.
It’s very rare for me to get excited about skincare – a lot of it I think is really just Hope in a Jar, and various things give me skin reactions, so I tend to stick with my old faithfuls (Liz Earle, Aesop, Lancôme) and approach the new with just plain skepticism.
But this stuff? It’s extraordinary. Consider me officially obsessed. It’s actually changed the texture of my skin so it felt smoother AS I was applying it. Not after – whilst it was going on! And get this – IT STAYED THAT WAY. Even a few days after I’ve stopped using it, my skin felt firmer and smoother. I don’t need to exfoliate as often, and let me tell you my skin is nothing to write home about generally, so Astalift had some work to do.
The improvement in texture has been just the tip of the iceberg! My skin does look younger, or so I’m told (makes preening gesture that makes you want to punch me), and I love the Astalift Day Cream as a base for makeup. Although you know what? I haven’t been able to bring myself to drag it out of my personal stash to put in my kit yet, although I will. Makeup artists Florrie White, Hannah Murray and Kay Montano are already going through this delicious new range at the rate of knots, so I’m guessing I will love it for work. It’s just so good I can’t bear to pull it out of my personal stash just yet!
All of this amazingness is even before you get into the Jelly Aquarysta Concentrate which is like something from the Matrix, an incredible jelly-like substance that gives the skin this amazing bouncy texture. You really have to see this substance to believe it.
Astalift utilises Aquarysta, which is a transparent, naturally red jelly which harnesses the power of Astaxanthin. This is the most powerful natural antioxidant known, 1000 times more powerful than CO Q10. It’s then combined with cellulose and ceramide in a jelly formulation. It utilizes the smallest of micro-particles to deliver the ingredients into the skin.
And do you know why I trust this stuff? A) because I’ve tried it and it works, and B) because do you know who created it? Fujifilm. Yes, the photography company. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried, but if you think about it, it makes total sense – who knows more about the effects of light and photo aging than a photography company? They’ve been around since 1934, and without getting too nerdy about it (I’ve been getting my Wikipedia on), they started as the first producer of Japanese films, moved on to optical glasses and lenses, then onto medical diagnostics (X-rays etc), created the Xerox photocopier and more recently continued to diversify into cameras, lenses, film stock and digital photographic technologies. Do you think they know a thing or two about how light affects cells?
Of course as it’s so fabulous I was thinking it would be prohibitively expensive, but when I found out the prices I was really shocked by how affordable Astalift is. Regular MM readers will know that money is no object in my world when it comes to great skincare and cosmetics – not because I’m loaded but because fabulous has no price tag! (Until the credit card bills come in, then there is definitely a price tag. But at least I know I’ll be heading to debtors prison looking, literally, like a million bucks). But if I don’t have to remortgage my home to pay for my favourite skincare, so much the better.
I digress. Check out these prices for the best skincare I have ever used:
Jelly Aquarysta: £69
Day Cream: £44
Night Cream: £48
So I will definitely be re-stocking when I finish these, which is a very rare occurrence at MM HQ.
And I definitely otice the differenece if I stop using it for a few days (which happened when I was testing something else.)
Burberry have just announced their new line up of English roses for their latest Burberry Beauty campaign – Jourdan Dunn, Cara Delevigne and Edie Campbell.
Having worked with Burberry on and off throughout the years, this is a brand close to my heart. I love their clothes, their ethos of luxe, wearable everyday beauty and the high-end formulations of the products themselves.
Jourdan and Cara are both Burberry regulars, but new to this year’s Burberry Beauty line up is the gorgeous Edie Campbell, who I actually met on her first ever shoot (with Bruce Weber, at the Dorchester, for British Vogue no less. What an impeccable start to a modeling career.) She is just as beautiful in real life as she is in these videos – and her skin! English Rose indeed.