Thursday, 31 January 2008

Dermatology - Concentrated

Just opposite the calm of the Botanical Gardens in Sydney lies Macquarie Street Dermatology. It is here I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Dr Natasha Cook.

Dr Cook has developed a concise capsule collection of products that cleanse, clarify, moisturise, hydrate, protect & peel. It is a simple, yet surprisingly effective range that covers just about every skin need without going overboard.

I had always pictured a Dermatologist like you would see on TV – staring at your face and telling you how you *must* have Botox, slather 15 expensive creams on your face before bed and tell you that ‘with just a bit of filler you would look SO much better’. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded as Dr Cook was warm & inviting, without pressuring me or making me feel uncomfortable.

After the consultation, she sent me home with a vitamin A prescription for my pesky hormonal chin blackheads, a recommended skincare regime for my face (a grand total of 3 simple steps) & generous samples of her range.

My favourite from the range is the Clarifier (left). A tiny drop spread over my face in the mornings in replacement to harsh toners and scrubs is all that is required. After the first application, my skin was noticeably softer and a week later, my face is clearer & more even. I will definitely be repurchasing this product.

Just one word of caution – as with everything that has active ingredients, I strongly recommend you get advice from your skincare professional before use.


Dr Natasha Cook Dermatologist range available from

Macquarie Street Dermatology – Level 2, 139 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Ph: 02 9247 2887


Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Shu Uemura Dies

It was announced today that Shu Uemura passed away from pneumonia on December 29. He was 79.

Time has a great biography of this icon if you would like to read.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Keira Knightly Named Beauty Icon of the Year

Superdrug, the UK's second largest retailer after Boots, has come out with its Top 10 Beauty Icons for 2007.

An eclectic bunch, ranging from tv presenters & reality stars, to those who Im not actually sure what their job title is other than to get in the papers a lot.

  1. Keira Knightley
  2. Kelly Brook
  3. Kate Moss
  4. Victoria Beckham
  5. Fearne Cotton
  6. Holly Willoughby
  7. Gemma Atkinson
  8. Alesha Dixon
  9. Lily Allen
  10. Jordan

My top 5 goes something like:

  1. Cate Blanchett - Mum of 2 boys, soon to be artistic director of Sydney Theatre Company, actor, preggers and still manages to look flawless.
  2. Gwen Stefani - rocks to her own drum yet still looks fabulous.
  3. My grandma - she turns 80 this year and has the softest skin & less wrinkles than some 30 year olds (and washes her face with soap).
  4. Lily Cole - British model breaking down beauty sterotypes that beauty is 6ft, blonde, blue eyes.
  5. Heidi Klum - for no other reason other than she is gorgeous!

Who would make your list of beauty icons?

Read more over at showbizspy