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44 posts tagged "Shu Uemura"

Long Live The Lotus

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LOTUS (lo-tes) / n. / 1. An aquatic perennial from the Nelumbonaceae family that serves as the national flower of India and Vietnam; / 2. / This plant boasts the rare ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers, similar to mammals—a talent suspected by researchers of helping to attract insect pollinators. It can also survive for thousands of years, with a 1,300-year-old sacred seed being successfully germinated in the early nineties; / 3. / A seated posture in yoga, often used for meditation, in which the legs are crossed and the feet are placed on opposing thighs—also known as padmasana; / 4. / Used in Asian cuisine, the seeds, leaves, roots, and flowers can be pickled, dried, boiled, and even popped like popcorn; / 5. / A British manufacturer of sports cars, whose vehicles were driven by James Bond in Casino Royale, The Spy Who Loved Me, and For Your Eyes Only; / 6. / A symbol often found in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents fortune, purity, rebirth, enlightenment, and beauty, among other positive attributes; / 7. / Venerated in many cultures (including ancient Egypt) for flourishing in the most hostile environments, this flower boasts high concentrations of lipids that have been used for centuries to soften hair and skin; e.g., “Whether you drive off in one—or slather yourself in the ingredient—a lotus will always leave you looking smooth.”

Try it in Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment Duo Serum, $38; www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com

Photos: Courtesy of Shu Uemura; Getty Images

Himalayan Crystal Vision

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HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL / hymn-a-lay-in kris-tal/ n. / 1. Halite, commonly known as rock salt, which is mined in the Pakistani mountains; / n. / 2. A pinkish-white salt that has been maturing over the past 200 million years, under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities; / n. / 3. An increasingly popular condiment that contains the same eighty-four natural minerals and elements found in the human body and boasts a unique cellular structure that stores vibrational energy; / n. / 4. A tasty, healthy popcorn-topping alternative; / n. / 5. A potassium-, iron-, and magnesium-rich beauty aid that is known for fortifying the hair fiber, e.g., “Say no to butter flavoring and yes to stronger, healthier strands with Himalayan crystals.”

Try It: Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Treatment Masque for Fine Hair with Himalayan Crystals, $68, www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura Strikes Oil—Again!

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One of the pillars upon which world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Shu Uemura built his eponymous brand in 1967 was the idea that beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin. Thus was born his famous cleansing oil, a product that was based on the simple principle that oil attracts other oil and the impurities in a wide range of foundations, lipsticks, waterproof mascaras and the like would therefore adhere to the elixir, get emulsified with water, and then simply wash away. Fast-forward forty-six years and one bottle of its Unmask cleansing oil is sold every seven seconds. The original camellia-oil formula has been frequently improved upon over the years, too, resulting in a range of different oils for different concerns, and to celebrate this achievement, Shu Uemura has just released limited-edition packaging for five of its best-selling bottles, including the super luxurious Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil; the ginkgo-leaf-extract- and green-tea-infused anti-aging Cleansing Oil Premium A/O; the exfoliating and clarifying, fruit acid-fueled Whitefficient Clear Brightening Gentle Cleansing Oil; the ginger-root-oil-boosted, Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula; and the ultralight, cherry-blossom-petal-kissed Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. You’ll gravitate towards them for their fun, colorful illustrations; but it’s the visible results that will keep you coming back for more.

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

Meet Karl’s “Mon Shu Girl,” Plus Two Decades Of Lagerfeld’s Ladies

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Just two weeks after his Spring 2013 Chanel show, Karl Lagerfeld is at the helm of yet another debut: a makeup collaboration with legendary Japanese cosmetics company Shu Uemura. After it was revealed that Lagerfeld had been using the brand’s richly hued eye shadows, and them alone, to color his sketches, the two boldfaced names have linked up in the name of beauty. The resulting 17-piece line, which includes lip colors, false eyelashes (one of which is made from fabric), a slew of nail polishes sold with corresponding nail stickers, plus a new take on the classic Shu lash curler, is a fusion of Japanese playfulness and Parisian chic. At the center of it all is Mon Shu Girl, the manga-esque character Lagerfeld sweetly sketched to symbolize the line’s irreverent “Eastern, perfect, mysterious, modern” aesthetic. She graces all of the packaging and can be seen zipping about the globe on a tube of red lipstick in a promotional video (also created by Lagerfeld). Mon Shu is nothing short of an original, although she’s certainly not the first woman to inspire Lagerfeld. Here, we gathered a collection of style icons, actresses, models, and one very special feline, who, in their prime, have all played muse to the the man behind the makeup. Click for a slideshow.

The Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection will be available from October 22 at www.shuuemura-usa.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

Manga! Manga!

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Karl Lagerfeld has been a very busy man of late. In addition to designing six Chanel collections a year as well as his own ready-to-wear line, Herr Karl’s got beauty collaborations lined up out the wazoo. A year after its announcement, Paper Passion, his fragrance project with Wallpaper magazine that’s meant to smell like old books (and comes packaged in a hollowed-out tome for an extra dose of kitsch), has finally made its grand online debut; and now comes more news about his forthcoming cosmetics collection with Shu Uemura. After the Japanese makeup brand heard that the legendary designer only sketches with its eye and lip pencils—”other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” according to Lagerfeld—they put two and two together and enlisted the creative genius to come on board for a capsule collection that was announced in June. Said 17-piece line is reportedly inspired by Mon Shu Girl, an original Lagerfeld drawing that embodies his vision of a Japanese manga, “an Eastern, perfect, mysterious, modern beauty.” All of the packaging bears the same illustration and will include palettes, four lip colors, two pairs of false eyelashes—one of which is made from fabric—a slew of nail polishes sold with corresponding nail stickers, and—brace yourself—a new take on the classic Shu lash curler. For those of you who own one of the brand’s 24-karat gold tools and are wondering what looks best next to one limited-edition Shu curler, the answer is: another limited-edition Shu curler. A bit of retail wisdom for the American-based Shu fans out there looking to get in on this exciting fall launch: Even though the brand shut down its stateside retail stores two years ago, it’s still very much available online. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura