Entries in british beauty (4)
I'VE HAD a bottle of this stuff on my bathroom shelf for quite a while, and I've been using it regularly. The texture is slightly watery. The color is opaque white. It has a slight fragrance, almost like powdery clean laundry. It's a bit slippy and feels nice going on although I needed a bit extra. It sinks it pretty rapidly and, unlike some other serums, doesn't leave a sticky film.
"With the highest concentration of Probiotic Technology in the NUDE range, this breakthrough serum uses three bio-available technologies proven to help the skin repair itself.
ADVANCED PROBIOTC TECHNOLOGY
NUDE’s Advanced Probiotic Technology repairs cellular damage and corrects ageing.
Clinically proven to:
• 70% increase in cellular renewal
• 50% reduction in cellular damage
• 35% decrease in irritation
Powerful Bioactive Peptides help stimulate Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Fibronectin production, restructuring the cellular matrix to firm the skin and reduce the depth of wrinkles.
COMPLETE HYALURONIC ACID SYSTEM
NUDE has created a unique three way system to optimise Hyaluronic Acid within the skin
• A concentrated dose of Hyaluronic Acid instantly plumps and smoothes
• Bioactive Peptides boost natural synthesis of Hyaluronic Acid"
For someone with perennially dehydrated skin the recommended dosage of 3 to 4 drops wasn't enough. I needed about double that to cover my face, neck and decolletage.
Well, I think I started using it at the wrong time. My skin is schizophrenic during the winter. It flakes off. It peels. It turns red. It gets inflamed.
If I didn't know this post was about the state of my complexion, I'd think someone was describing the symptoms of an uncomfortable STD.
It's what winter does to MY FACE.
So I'm sad to say I didn't see much of a difference in my skin. If anything, I seemed to have slightly heightened irritation in the places that my skin flares up during the winter (forehead, around the temples and cheekbones in a C-shape around my eye). But, then again, only very few things do work on my skin during the winter. Very. Few. And one of them is a triple-antibiotic cream.
From the sound of the other reviews, if you don't have problem skin like mine, it's a pretty brilliant product. My skin is fickle.
I'm going to save the second half of the bottle and give it a go when the temperature rises above 45 and the air's not bone dry.
Erm, I'm not comfortable saying... okay, okay. For me, right now, it's not a must-have. But I really really want it to be someday. Just not today.
Other reviews on Nude Skincare Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum
THE CLASS that most enthralled me at university was one with this exact same title (minus the 'auction at Sotheby's' part, which, by the way, happened mid-December, when I started writing this post!), taught by brilliant professor Timothy Barringer.
It's no secret (at least not in the art world) that Yale has the biggest British art collection outside of Britain thanks to one seriously generous man named Paul Mellon, and we students were granted access to works of art by Turner, Whiteread, Rego and more because of Mellon's beneficence. [Check out the Yale Center for British Art for more info.]
I sort of thought I would grow up, professionally speaking, in the art world, working at an auction house or the like.
Apparently not the case.
But I can share with you lot a few arty nuggets time and again, particularly on subjects I know about.
This -- 20th century British art -- being one of them.
Even if you haven't the slightest inclination towards the arts, this group of Brit artists has been hugely influential in the world, whether it be through social commentary, breaking ground with new mediums or techniques or simply paving the way for future artists inspired by them.
From Vorticists (there's a great Vorticism exhibition on at Duke University at the moment if you find yourself in Raleigh-Durham, North Caronlina and the Cornell University Art Gallery had a great Bloomsbury Group exhibition recently too) to the natural leanings of the St. Ives group or the YBAs, you've been touched by the works of 20th century British artists (and get your mind out of the gutter right now... not in a naughty way).
Here's a list of my favourite artists from the collection on auction and resources to help you learn more about 20th century British art (early 20th century) if you fancy it. That said, I can't be arsed to add links so Google them!
Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer, David Boomberg, Henry Moore, Walter Sickert, Barbara Hepworth, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, Gwen and Augustus John, Paula Rego, Christopher Nevinson...
A few fun facts for you:
If you ever go rambling and start in Cookham, you'll come across Spencer's home. It's just by the station.
Paul Nash's name graces one of those blue plaques one street south of Euston Road (katty corner to the back of the Camden library branch right there).
Henry Moore's giant sculptures litter the lawn by Kenwood House in the upper bit of Hampstead Heath. They're marvellous when the Rhododendrons are in bloom.
- Check out the video on the auction items (now long since passed) HERE and for a speedy lecture on a few amazing piece.
- Here's a Wiki-view to the world of British art.
- Check out the various Tate locations for a wealth of information on British and other artists.
- The Imperial War Museum has quite a few pieces from this early 20th-century era in British art too.