Getting Ready For Summer: Prtty Peaushun

posted on: April 17, 2014

Bill Brandt 1

It’s getting exciting, people. The time of picnics, strawberries and swimming is just around the corner. However, as we inch (or in Hong Kong, hurtle) towards summer, there is a very dark grey lining to this silver cloud. Bikinis. Bare, pasty, suet-like legs sticking out from sundresses. It’s an annual evil, and enough to make one run for a muu muu.

Bill Brandt 2

Body makeup always seems so unnecessary, doesn’t it? What is the point of putting something all over your body that you are just going to wash off later? To this I say: once you pop you can’t stop. The first time you expose your bare, pale steamed pudding legs after a brutal winter, a bit of body makeup on those pasty pins can go a long way. What with the new and improved formulas that are being trotted out these days, you don’t even need to worry about the colour rubbing off on your clothes.

The remaining problem with body makeup is the colour. I don’t particularly want to go from Pasty McPaste to a bodybuilder dark tan. The best option, which are super quick and foolproof, are aerosol body bronzers (such as from Lorac or Victoria’s Secret) but the cans usually only hold two or three whole-body applications, so must be saved for real occasions.

Prtty Peaushun (Peau? Geddit?) is absolutely the next best thing. It is a completely natural yet long-lasting tinted lotion for your whole body, which doesn’t “tan” you so much as give you one hell of a glow, a shimmering layer of health across your skin. It manages to disguise miniature fluctuations in skin tone and texture. It comes in a squeezy packet, it doesn’t rub off onto anything, there is enough of it to last all spring, and it makes you look like you spent all day boating on the Mediterranean, not stuck on the subway or behind a desk.

Prtty Peaushun

Images 1 & 2: Bill Brandt. 1 – Nudes, East Sussex Coast, July 1977, 2 – Nude, Baie des Anges, France, October 1959.

Prtty Peaushun can be purchased from all these stockists in the US, or from Cult Beauty in the UK or Bellabox in Australia.

The Difference Between Serums and Moisturisers

posted on: April 13, 2014

Black and White Bamboo

I’ve been asked rather a lot lately about the difference between serums and moisturisers, and why on earth we need to use both when they seem, for all intents and purposes, rather similar.

The best way to describe the difference is to say that you use serums to treat your skin condition, and moisturisers to treat your skin type.

Basically, serums are thinner formulas, with more penetration enhancing ingredients, to better treat the skin with anti-aging, brightening, cell renewing, or acne-fighting. They have a higher level of active ingredients than moisturisers, and thus usually have a shorter shelf life. They rarely properly hydrate the skin on their own, as they are usually more interested in the internal machinations of cells.

Moisturisers have a different proportional makeup. They include humectants (moisture magnets), occlusive agents (physical blocks to stop the moisture leaving), and emollients (lipids which soften the skin and replenish oils), in different proportions according to the formula. Very frequently, in fact almost always, they have a treatment aspect as well, but they are more interested in getting the skin hydrated, and the occlusive agents in them can even act as obstacles to getting active ingredients from the formula into the skin.

Which is why if you have a specific skin complaint, it’s best to use both a serum and a moisturiser. The serum to treat whatever it is, and the right moisturiser to keep the skin supple and healthy in the meantime.

That’s about it. Make sense?

This Week’s Panoply

posted on: April 13, 2014

Sunday morning ritual

Sunday morning ritual: Philip Kingsley’s Hair Elasticizer (which at the moment comes in an extra big size and with a very cunning turban because it is the 40th anniversary), Temple Spa The Power Breakfast face mask, in an Epsom Salt bath. Beautifying indeed.

Jade rings

Went a bit crazy at the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei.

Narsissist Palette

The Narsissist palette from Nars – never need to travel with anything else. I slightly wish the matte shades were a little softer in texture, but then I usually do with mattes.

Brown paper packages

Brown paper packages tied up with string.

Paolo Scheggi

Fascinated with Paolo Scheggi.

I love this article from the Man Repeller – “Why I Don’t Wear Makeup”.

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