Oil and water After years of soaps, milks, creams, grains and gels, it might feel strange washing your face in oil, but Shu Uemura is championing its cause. To its three-strong range of cleansing oils comes Premium A/O ($250 for 150ml; $600 for 450ml, right), formulated with Japanese green tea which has high levels of catechin. This is the slightly bitter taste you get in tea, particularly if you overbrew it, but apparently it is an excellent antioxidant (or as Shu Uemura would have it, A/O). Although it should be applied directly from the bottle to your face, the oil - which contains natural chlorophyll giving the product its fresh green colour - turns milky when water is added and will wash away makeup, sebum, dust and sweat in one wash without drying out skin. Available from Shu Uemura counters. Flower power Shanghai Tang's home fragrances have long been a favourite scent in many a Hong Kong abode but it has taken until now for the brand to make the jump into personal perfumes. Ginger Lily ($280), which made its international debut last Saturday at the Pedder Street and Peninsula stores, combines jasmine, rose, cyclamen and ginger lily with the fresh smell of oranges and lemons. The rest of the world's Shanghai Tang stores will only get the fragrance next spring so wear it now while it's relatively exclusive. Looking back Age-specific beauty products are on the increase and Guerlain's issima Substantific range has already proved a hit with ladies d'un certain age, who have mature and menopausal skin. It contains all sorts of concentrates and extracts to help compensate the effects of hormonal changes on the skin such as brown 'age' spots, dryness and dullness. New to the range are the Skin Densifying Sculpting Neck & Decollete Creme ($645) and Defining Serum ($895, above), which boost this type of complexion, leaving it feeling plumper and rehydrated. In a self-evaluation performed by 70 women using the product twice daily for four weeks, 90 per cent said the products made their skin smoother and more even, and 84 per cent reported improved skin consistency. The serum should be applied under other Substantific products, which include a Densifying Day Cream, Lotion and Night Cream. Available from Guerlain counters in department stores. Word of mouth Glamorous red lips are the focal point for Max Factor's look for autumn/winter and as a result nine colours from pink to hot red have been added to the brand's moisture-rich, fragrance-free Aqua Silk lipstick line ($165 each). Five shades of Crystal Gloss ($120 each, right) give a slick of sexy shine. Eyes are given a more subtly sultry treatment with limited-edition Velvet Eye Colours ($85 each) in ivory, beige, blue/grey charcoal and mauve, and lengthening 4000-Calorie Mascara ($160). From Max Factor counters in chemists, supermarkets and department stores. Happy meal Pucker up for Neutrogena's latest offering to Hong Kong - Lip Nutrition. Developed in conjunction with a group of dermatologists, this new line of lip balms comes in four flavours, each with different benefits. Berry Smooth exfoliates flaky skin and is recommended for night use after makeup removal; Mango Moisture should be applied during the day to moisturise and protect; Soothing Mint contains mint and echinacea to cool lips in dry weather or after eating spicy food; Vanilla Replenish deep-conditions and heals so is perfect as an overnight treatment for chapped lips. The pastel balms look pretty, taste good enough to eat and at $49.90 each won't break the bank. Available from branches of Mannings, Watson's, Sasa, Bonjour and Angel.