September 2006

Turning Japanese

Being currently obsessed with all things Japanese since my return from Tokyo, I couldn’t wait to go to Shu Uemura’s charity party in aid of Look Good Feel Better, the beauty charity that raises funds for women with cancer.

Tokyo Bound

I have just spent ten days in Tokyo – and all I can say is WOW what an amazing city. I learnt all about the art of Japanese facial massage from Suqqu – a new range of super luxe skin care products that will be available in Selfridges in October, ate some very suspicious looking raw foods, went on the bullet train to Kyoto, and learnt to love pale skin and sleek black hair.

The Ultimate Make-Up Lesson

Make-up guru Mary Greenwell has more Vogue covers to her credit than anyone else, so when she started to give make-up lessons I was first in line. Mary has spent years creating model girls looks and red carpet paparazzi ready faces for the likes of Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Kylie Minogue, Elizabeth Hurley, Cate Blanchet, Kate Beckinsale, Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, but her true passion is real women like you and me. ‘Where’s the challenge in making a sixteen year old model look beautiful?’ she told me smiling.

You Have Read The Book, Now See The Film And Smell The Scents

Any beauty addict will have read and even re-read Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume, about the scent obsessed murderer Jean Baptiste Grenouille, born with no smell whose aim it is to create the perfect perfume; one that smells of pure unadulterated female flesh. Well now it’s a film starring Dustin Hoffman and Alan Rickman, and to celebrate the creative bods at Thierry Mugler have re-captured some of the scents from the book.

How Old Do You Look?

I ask this question because anyone over 30 might answer, ‘Well it depends how many wrinkles I’ve got?’ But you would be wrong because some fascinating new research has been carried out by two doctors at The University of Vienna with the help of beauty giant Proctor and Gamble, due to be published by The Royal Society Of Medicine this month, that shows that the blemishes in your skin can age you just as much, if not more.

Happy Birthday OPI

This month marks the 25th birthday of iconic nail care company OPI; home of not only some of the best, longest lasting and most fashion forward nail lacquers, but also great mani pedi gadgets and lotions. I couldn’t resist showing you one of their stylish ads to mark the occasion. And to let you know that Jessica Simpson is wearing OPI O’Hare Nails Look Great! a classic pillar box red in her video set at the roller disco for her new single A Public Affair, which also stars Eva Longoria and Christina Applegate.