Showing posts with label shu uemura. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shu uemura. Show all posts

Friday, 4 October 2013

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Visionary Beauty's top picks for frizzy hair

Whether its with the rainy session or humid summer months, hair that is prone to being frizzy can be a real pain to manage. I've bought countless products to try and combat frizz and whilst its still not perfect these are the products that have made the most difference.

I was always buying shampoos and conditioners designed for dry hair than needed intense smoothing and it was only by chance a hairdresser mentioned to me that these products are actually not the best for the intended purpose as they can cause static and friction and instead I should opt for a lightweight formula.

I was recommended the Kerastase Cristalliste range and its became a real staple. They provide enough moisture for my dry hair without weighing it down and have made a big difference in terms of static and they leave a shiny finish without making my hair look lank.

I've been a fan of the Shu Uemura hair range for a while, the Art Of Hair Essence Absolue Cream Camellia is a great leave in product. I use it on towel dried hair and find it really helps retain hair's moisture and makes the hair feel soft and gives a smooth finish and glossy shine. The Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Kengo Feather, is another product that is always a re-buy for me, I use it once my hair is dry and just a small amount gives a lightweight hold and further adds softness and shine.

Finally I use a touch of the Kérastase Styling Laque Couture to really lock everything down. Its a great finishing touch as it provides a flexible hold that never looks crispy, its lightweight and helps with frizz and flyaway control.

Though it does sound a lot of products the combination does not make my hair look lank or greasy, all products applied shown below,

Its still not 100% foolproof and I can't hide my hair breakages (as you can see if my photo) so if you have any recommendation for broken hair I'd love to know.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura rouge unlimited lipsticks

Shu Uemura is known for doing artist collaborations and the 2012 holiday collection collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld caused much anticipation. I always find that Shu brings out interesting collections with colours I would not normally wear together and packaging that looks artistic and contemporary.

The collection is centred around the "Mon Shu Girl" image drawn by Karl Lagerfeld.There are four Rouge Unlimited lipsticks in the collection (they are priced as £19 each but I bought these on sale for £9.50 each, hence why I had to get them all).
Mon Shu Red-bright warm red
Parisienne Pink-sheer slightly milky pink 
Celebrity Beige-sheer peach
Luxe Burgundy-berry plum

The formula feels light weight and has quite a slick feel. I was expecting these to be quite sheer but they actually give good coverage.Though they feel hydrating I do find these can highlight dry patches so lips need to be smooth before application.Wear time is a few hours at best for the lighter two shades but I find the darker two leave a bit of stain so last longer.
Swatches L-R: Luxe Burgundy, Parisienne Pink, Mon Shu Red, Celebrity Beige
They have a glossy finish and very subtle shimmer making the lips look plumper.

They are a fun addition to my collection though I would not say the colours are unique and of the four, I think Luxe Burgundy is the most wearable.
I bought these from

Friday, 4 March 2011

Shu Uemura Nobara cream cover stick foundation

During my fun filled days of severe acne I used the Nobara foundation in the old style plastic case as it was very thick and gave high coverage, not the nicest finish but when you skin is really bad you just want to to try and blot it out rather than worrying if it looks natural or not.
I often get breakouts when I try new skincare ranges, foundations and concealers so thought it would be handy to have something that was high coverage. Nobara is now updated and comes in a stick foundation.
This has a medium consistency with a creamy texture and gives high coverage.
I find it not that easy to blend (like the old version) and the formula sinks into pores and highlights dry areas, so I need to have my skin prepped well with moisturiser and a primer is a must to give me a smooth surface.
I find application with a MAC224 works the best. I would say its less greasy than the older version and is longer lasting.
I bought shade 584 (£31) which is a really good match, its quite pigmented so you only need a little bit.
Here it is compared to my MAC NC 15 in Pro long wear
Here is it swiped then blended on the right
Ultimately I don’t think this works for my dry skin but the coverage,wear and colour range is very good and it has surprisingly never given me additional spots.

I bought this from Beauty Expert.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

SHU UEMURA Abracadabra Fantasy Holiday collection: Reindeer Kiss Palette

I am bemused with the price change which seems to have occurred with the Holiday Shu palettes so I'll get that out of the way first. When I bought it from the Shu UK website it was priced at £49, luckily there was a promo on so I got it for £36.75, however after I placed my order I noticed that all three online UK sites that stocked these had them changed to £39, I think its ridiculous that had you been one of the people who bought this palette early you would be hit with this £10 variant.
An impulse late night online purchase, when I opened up this palette I had doubts as I thought it would apply bright and chalky, however on application this was not the case.
It contains three eyeshadows: aqua blue, shimmery/metallic silver, sheer mint with a tiny bit of sparkle. One blush: cool toned baby pink in colour, it does not applied as bright in the pan. An extremely sheer shimmery buttercup cream highlighter and medium brown cream eye shadow/liner.
With its pastel hues the colour combination is more an associated spring look. Its a very fresh, youthful array of shades.
Performance wise I have to wear a base to get these to last and the highlighter is so sheer on me its almost redundant.

I wouldn't necessarily wear the colours combined as below but I wanted to show you what all the eye colours and highlighter looked like together, you'll notice that the cream shadow transferred a bit onto the upper lid.
The look is the mint on the inner lid, silver in middle,brown cream shadow on outer lid and to line, blue in crease and highlighter used under the brow bone.
Here are the ingredients:
Overall I am quite happy with this palette, the colours make a change from my usual and a shade or two combined with my normal colours will add a bit of brightness, its only the highlighter which was disappointing.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited lipsticks and first thoughts on their UK website

As I like the majority of items I have from Shu I was pleased when they recently opened their online UK site, Two great things about the website is that it actually lists the ingredients of all the products and offers free delivery if you spend over £30.
My only slight negative is that a few days after I placed my order I got a email saying that one of the lipsticks was out of stock and an email would be sent to inform me when I could reorder the item. Having had no further emails I was then surprised to, after receiving my initial order, have another one show up with the remaining lipstick. I didn't think I was getting it and didn't receive an email that I would be so its a good thing I didn't spend the money on something else.
The Rouge Unlimited lipsticks cost £19.50 each. When you can't find swatches/reviews of a cosmetics product I always find lipsticks can be the ones where you end up with a colour you least expect. Luckily I really like these shades, but I am hoping to come across a site that has some swatches or reviews of these to enable me to choose more in the future.
#945 is a mix of rose,pink and plum and is neural to cool toned
#958 is a delicate beige with pink and peach tones.
#322 (shown below) is a very icy sheer pink with a hint of peach (not a colour I would normally buy but I thought it would pair well with a silver/blue smokey eye)
Swatches L-R: #958, #945, #322
The lipsticks feel very comfortable, lightweight and incredible smooth, the colours have a moist/dewy finish to them, I will definitely be getting some more of these.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Shu Uemura Egerie Eye Shimmer Duo

I’m a bit late to the game here as this is part of the spring 2010 collection.
I bought the duo in Glint Blue (£29), which consists of a sparkling metallic brown/taupe liquid shadow, and a sparkling pastel blue loose powder.
The liquid shadow comes packaged in a squeezable tube; you get a lot of product here especially considering you only need a tiny amount each time. The powder shadows is packaged in a tube with a sponge applicator .
Swatch L-R:Liquid,powder and liquid with powder on top.
The liquid shadow dries amazingly fast and goes on smooth, the colour applies very even. I got no creasing and it didn’t budge or fade all day. I do however find it feels a bit drying, not so much to be uncomfortable but you can feel its there if you get what I mean.
In terms of the powder, I didn’t get fall out during the day but the colour is quite sheer so I feel it’s better used on top of the liquid rather than alone.
Picture below of liquid Shadow and a touch of powder dusted on top
I really like the colours and, slight dryness aside, I am really impressed by the texture and wear of the liquid shadow, however I do feel that the finish is just too shiny/metallic for me. Perhaps its because I’m the wrong side of 30 but I am finding that more shimmery/frosty, metallic shades don’t quite look right on me anymore, somewhat out of place and a bit harsh, shame really as I really like this, just not on me!

I bought this from

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Shu Uemura revisited

I'd barely touched on the Shu Uemura makeup range, quite a few years back I had a foundation, concealer and two eye shadows but as it was a difficult brand for me to get hold of I moved on. My recent successes with the Shu Uemura Art of hair range pique my interest in the makeup again.
I bought shadows (£14.50 each) in Iridescent Beige 800 and Metallic Green 450. They are not the normal colours I would choose but I thought they would pair nicely together and it was an attempt to veer away from my normal variants of taupe.

IR Beige 800 is a golden iridescent shimmer on me rather than beige. ME Green 450 is a vibrant olive green with golden shimmer. The shadows are as soft as I remember them and apply and blend well, I would say that a bit of the colours vibrancy is lost at the end of the day.I also bought a cream shadow (£18) in the shade P-Brown. This is slightly shimmered beige brown with a touch of warmth. The consistency is quite lightweight compared to other brands, I don’t get any creasing when used over a primer and powder shadow applies with ease over it (I find with a lot of other brands cream shadows if I go to apply a powder it just won’t blend in).

I bought these items from Beauty Expert.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Shampoo

I was pleased with the other products I had bought from the Shu Art of Hair range but found the Silk Bloom shampoo a bit heavy to use every day. This time I bought the Moisture Velvet shampoo (£22.50), which is enriched with Camelia oil. It’s wonderfully moisturising, leaving my hair really soft and not as heavy as the Silk Bloom.
I do feel that my hair in stronger and I have less breakage since using the Shu range, when I went back to the hairdressers I had two of the hairdressers and the girl washing my hair make comments on the strength of my hair, but not sure if that was genuine or that they were hoping I would buy more stuff, hard to tell sometimes!
Here are the ingredients
I bought this from a Sean Hanna salon but notice that Look fantastic have started selling the range. I'm very tempted by the Paddle brush but they had run out in the Salon, although £39 is probably a bit much to pay for a hair brush......maybe.....

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Shu Uemura Art of Hair

Whilst going to a new hairdressers I noticed that they stocked the Shu Uemura haircare range, I asked them if they could use some of the products on me, impressed with the results I bought three items from the range.
From the Silk Bloom range (for damaged hair) I bought the shampoo (£22.50 for 300ml) and conditioner (£29.50 for 250ml). This range is enriched with Argan oil and is meant to restore and repair the structure of the hair. I’ve used these for a few weeks now and I find the shampoo non irritating, cleanses without any build up and smoothes my hair down, I will say that I find this is quite heavy and I think unless you have thick hair this is likely to weigh your hair down. The conditioner is quite light, you only need a little bit but it detangles well and makes the hair feel soft.
Shampoo ingredients:
Conditioner ingredients:
The other product I bought was the treatment mask from the moisture velvet range (for dry hair) £37.50 for 200ml. This range is enriched with Camelia oil and is meant to soften and rebalance moistures in dry hair. I only need to use a little bit and its gives great softness and bounce to the hair, yet does not weight the hair down.
Treatment ingredients:
Overall I am very pleased I tried Shu haircare, my hair definitely feels stronger than it did before (was very prone to breakage previously) and looks healthier and less dull, I think I’ll try the moisture shampoo next time though.
I bought these from a Sean Hanna salon but you can buy the range from online stores (for example It is a rather pricey range but if your salon stocks it I'd definitely ask them to try it on you.
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