30 Mar 2014
Going Nude

Going Nude

Going nude?? Not these days… except in my make up… :) The season trend for fresh faced beauty and neutral shades is one that I am ready to follow. Cate Blanchett wore it beautifully at this year’s Oscars… not to mention her gown and those super fabulous earrings. A couple of small additions to the

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26 Mar 2014
The ‘Have To Have’ Tom Ford Illuminating Primer

The ‘Have To Have’ Tom Ford Illuminating Primer

    This week French Essence is thinking beauty… The ‘have to have’ Tom Ford Illuminating Primer. It’s springtime and after the long winter months… our focus is on renewal and freshness. How we apply our make-up… and what make-up we apply… can make all the difference to the appearance of our skin. It’s not

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25 Mar 2014
Cosmetic Surgery… Madonna… And More

Cosmetic Surgery… Madonna… And More

elizabeth taylor from the film, ash wednesday    This is how my thought process went… and sorry if it’s all too much for a Monday… but you know how it is… when the idea is there… I like to talk. I watched a video that Madonna made to launch her new skin care line MDNA.

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6 Mar 2014
Morning Beauty

Morning Beauty

How I have missed the rhythm of life, our farm and everything that spending time in Provence means to me… but life changes and when I am in London I revel in the vibrancy… the contrasts between big city beauty and urban gritty… Truth be told I adore both places… and remind myself on a

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17 Feb 2014
Do You Have This In Pink?

Do You Have This In Pink?

Who doesn’t love pink? I have always been a fan… of all shades from the nudes and the sugar sweets through to the Schiaparellis. Pink is a flatterer… it’s gentle on the complexion and works perfectly with black… What’s not to love? The colour pink has made a splash on the runway recently… new season’s fashion

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22 Jan 2014
Changing Colours

Changing Colours

cinemagraph – jamie beck /kevin burg   It’s right about now that I start to get tired of my make-up look. It’s time for changing colours. The season has kicked right in… the festivities are over… and spring seems a million miles away. Even though I am sweltering in this Australian heat my head is

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27 Nov 2013
Three “Can’t Live Without Skin” Essentials

Three “Can’t Live Without Skin” Essentials

  I’ve never been much minded about wrinkles… smile or squint lines… but I do care about skin texture and hydration… I neglect my skin from time to time… and I suspect many of us are guilty of that… I wish I had more time for treatments… I dream of more sleep and I know

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21 Nov 2013
Let It Glow… Let It Glow… Highlighter

Let It Glow… Let It Glow… Highlighter

I have never really understood highlighter… One more product to apply… the chance of looking ‘stripy’ or worse still, ghost-like….. and besides, yet another something to carry in the bag… Until… my make-up pal in London convinced me otherwise… She only had to mention the words, ‘glowing skin’ and I was prepared to try her

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19 Nov 2013
Going… Going… Gone… Grey

Going… Going… Gone… Grey

She caught my attention.   I watched her walking around the Place des Vosges in Paris, with her son. I couldn’t help but notice her… to me, she was striking… It was her hair. On first glance, I thought she was making a statement… dipping the ends to highlight the grey… a clever way to

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19 Sep 2013
“If At First You Don’t Succeed… Apply More Lipstick”

“If At First You Don’t Succeed… Apply More Lipstick”

Seasons are changing and it’s time to consider some autumn lip shades.   Many of you have mentioned to me that Nars is your lipstick of choice… I’ve been doing a little reconnaissance and as much as I love my Mac summer colours… Nars has it all together for the cooler months. Wearing a lipstick

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22 Aug 2013
Press Don’t Brush… Eyeshadow

Press Don’t Brush… Eyeshadow

  Press don’t brush. I have always had an irrational fear with eyeshadow. It might hark back to my younger days when I took a temporary position to work as a make up consultant for a large company… it was one of those jobs that I wasn’t very good at it… The chatting and the recommending

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28 Jul 2013
Do You Paddle?

Do You Paddle?

I have a bit of a thing about long hair… And that is all well and good… Except that it takes some looking after… In particular, blow drying…   I am of the thought that long hair is for any age… providing it suits… We can discuss the long v’s short another day… Either way,

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12 Jul 2013
Bronze, Bronzed… Bronzer

Bronze, Bronzed… Bronzer

Bronzer and I have a love/hate relationship… it’s 50/50 whether we can make it out together. Sometimes a dab or two of  ‘sun kissed magic’ can do wonders… and at other times… I can look as if I have had a mud bath… I don’t want the sun on my face, but I do if

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