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Shu Uemura Art Of Hair: SHUSU SLEEK

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And art it is. From the packaging (sleek dark auburn bottles), to the formula (black cumin oil sans paraben and silicones), Shu Uemura’s newest collection, SHUSU SLEEK is just plain fabulous.

 The scent is slightly masculine with a fresh twist (they call it floral oriental), so your man will love it too. With Black Cumin Oil, your hair will be nourished and your cuticle smooth, taming the hair fibers and calming volume giving you a sleek finish.  This is GREAT for someone with uncontrollable frizzies or volume that is not defined.   

The collection contains 3 products: Smoothing shampoo, smoothing conditioner and smoothing treatment. All 3 are paraben-free and meant to smooth the hair fiber giving rebellious manes a healthy, vibrant and sleek strand.

A word (or several…) from the company:
“A smoothing hair care range, without parabens, that disciplines and nurtures coarse, unruly hair. Recreates for the first time a result as soft, radiant and fluid to the touch as the luxurious Japanese satin – Shusu.”

And soft it is. I have wavy hair and this did a pretty good job of straightening the hair shaft. I air-dried my hair and bye-bye frizzies and flyaways. My hair was completely manageable and smooth.

I’m betting on these babies becoming cult status, joining the ranks of Shu’s eyelash curler.

PRICE TAG: Shampoo $45.00 / Conditioner $55.00 / Treatment $65.00

TURN OFF THE TAP: Waterless Facial Cleansers

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Cold is a relative term. Here in Los Angeles what we consider winter weather would make my friends in Aspen laugh. Yet no matter where you live, when the weather changes so does your skin. And while we change the way we dress throughout the year, sometimes we forget that our skin might need a wardrobe change, too. In the new issue of Allure I read that in winter “skin loses about 25% of its ability to hold moisture.” So when it comes to cleansing, the less you strip your skin, the better. Ideally that means cleansers that require little to no water. It may sound crazy but it works. I love Care by Stella McCartney Gentle Cleansing Milk (which is no longer easy to find). You apply it like a face wash and simply remove with a cotton ball.

As the temps drop, put away anything that foams (foam=dry, dry, dry) and turn to cream and oil-based options. For every skin type there is something that works (trust me, oil and oily/combo/sensitive skin make very good friends) and here are some great choices at every price.


Baby Face Cleanser by LUSH ($9.35) looks like a bar of soap carved to resemble the man in the moon. But the solid bar is actually made with shea, cocoa and avocado butters. It removes makeup, cleanses and softens skin and can be removed with a toner on a cotton pad or damp washcloth. Also great for dry skin, too.

La Roche Posay has created a line specifically for very sensitive skin, including those with eczema and rosacea as part of their skincare collection. Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser Gentle Wipe-Off Formula ($19.95) is designed to cleanse the most allergy-prone skin types gently and safely. The lotion is non-comedogenic, fragrance and preservative free.

L’Occitane’s Shea and Organic Cotton line is formulated for sensitive skin, using minimal ingredients and zero fragrance, dyes, preservatives or alcohol. The Ultra Comfort Cleansing Milk ($22) cleanses and tones without parabens, synthetics or water. Made with cotton, rosemary and shea butter simply massage into skin and wipe away dirt and makeup.


Naked Bee Tissue-Off Facial Cleanser ($8.95) does exactly what the name says. This paraben and sulfate-free cleanser is 70% organic and includes SPF. Infused with antioxidant Vitamin C because it helps build skin elasticity. Perfect for daily use on all skin types.

sukiface® created their moisture-rich cleansing lotion ($26.95) with organic lemon, sage and lavender to cleanse and hydrate while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. Great for normal, combination, dry and mature skin, apply and massage into skin and gently remove using toner soaked cotton pads. Also available at Whole Foods.

Laura Mercier Purifying Oil ($40) comes in two formulas, Light for normal to oily skin and Rich for dry and dehydrated skin. The cleanser and makeup removers are formulated with deep sea water and a formula that “gently removes impurities and provide a truly deep clean without stripping the skin.” Non-comedogenic, you massage the oil into skin and remove with a warm washcloth.

The shu uemera cleansing oils are truly iconic. Using botanical oils to gently cleanse, shu umera offers six formulas to fit every skin type (and season). Using avocado and jojoba oil the cleansing oils are beloved by makeup artists as much as consumers. The High Performance Balanced Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula is the most popular for all skin types but there are formulas for combo/oily, dry, dull/uneven, mature and sensitive skins. Ranging from $32-$72, check out the combo kit for $35 at Barneys.


Since 1963, the British brand Beauty Without Cruelty has been making skincare products with eco-consciousness. The ($11) is a cleanser and makeup remover, made with organic, aroma-therapeutic oils and herbal extracts including lavender, chamomile, calendula and Vitamin E. Can be rinsed off or removed with a cotton pad.

What’s your secret for battling winter dry skin? Feel free to share in comments. A little beauty banter can teach us all a thing or two. xo alex.

Shu Uemura Pink Collection

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You know it’s Spring when pink becomes a focal color for the face…

This month, Shu Uemura launches their Rouge Unlimited Pink Collection, a series of 9 lipsticks and 5 glosses made with a Pink Hybrid Pigment, one of the purest pink pigments ever discovered and and patented by the cult Japanese beauty company.

A word (or several…) from the company:

“The Pink Hybrid Pigment, which was discovered by Shu Uemura laboratories, is made up of a fusion between a mineral core and an organic shell, which produces particles that are perfectly round and regular in shape. This consistency is what makes the hues of the lipstick so bright and pure. This is what creates the new and unique hues of pink seen in the collection with shades that range from never before seen light, yellowish, dark and bluish pinks.”

Here are the colors in the different spectrums (click image to enlarge):

PRICE TAG: Lipstick – $23.00 / Gloss – $22.00

Do you have a Shu pink you’re dying to try?

British Vogue Reviewed

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Fellow beauty whore, Alexandra, has once again offered her keen beauty insight to review January’s British Vogue’s spring/ summer make-up must-haves from the mouths of the beauty trend-setters themselves!!!

Alex and her Vogue

“I am without shame something of a magazine whore subscribing to almost two dozen publications. As a writer I explain this away as “research” but only a small portion are literary or political. Sadly they don’t smell good and rarely look pretty. Hence the pile of fashion and style tomes spilling across my floor. The grande dame is British Vogue which arrives each month wrapped in black wrap like some secret dossier. The layouts are fantastic, the writing the best I have come across and the beauty always less unexpected than what you find in US mags. The January issue includes top makeup artists sharing products needed to create the spring/summer catwalk looks which were all about a nude face, which as anyone knows is always a tricky one to pull off. Take note….

GUCCI WESTMAN, Creative Director for Lancome (Catwalk shows: Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schouler, Peter Som, Rag & Bone)
BareMinerals SPF15 Foundation (left). “My Must have. I use it as a base and apply foundation on top.”
Clinique Pore Minimizer “Kate Winslet got me hooked…put a bit on under make-up for a noticeably smoother surface. After foundation, skin really glows.”

VAL GARLAND (Catwalk shows: Giorgio Armani, Nicole Farhi)
Shu Umera Flare Eyelashes “The eyelashes of the moment…add fierceness to the season’s natural look.”
MAC Fan Brush in 184 (right) “It’s for applying powder but I use it for cream or powder blush — this season a pale or barely-there nude is essential.”

CHARLOTTE TILBURY, Creative Director Helena Rubenstein (Catwalk shows: DKNY, Zac Posen, Bottega Veneta, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Biba)
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (left). “Can’t live with it – it brightens under eye bags and wakes up dull skin.”
MAC Paint in Architecture “This dries matte, giving a lovely fresh contour to the eyes without looking obvious.”

Let us know if you agree or disagree with these celebrity make-up artists!!!

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