28 Jul 2014
The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #4

The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #4

One of the best kept beauty secrets is posture. Easier said than done… in my case any way. The mind is always willing but sometimes the body does let me down. Stance and posture do they reflect a positive state of mind? I think perhaps they do. Bad posture is body language that none of

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24 Jul 2014
How To Apply Individual Eyelashes

How To Apply Individual Eyelashes

cinemagraph via ann street studio I wanted to know how to apply individual eyelashes. For those special occasions when more is more. Truthfully, I’m frightened of the process…  too complicated… but I have seen that they make all the difference. Applying individual false lashes gives a more natural look than strip lashes. The individual lashes mean you

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22 Jul 2014
Olivia Palermo: Wedding Day Beauty

Olivia Palermo: Wedding Day Beauty

“I wanted the makeup to be light and fresh and more focused about the lashes while keeping the eyes clean. My hair was in an uncontrived pony tail, one of my favourite personal looks.” Olivia Palermo is someone who I have long admired for her fabulous style and fashion sense. She recently married her long time

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19 Jul 2014
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… Beauty Edit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… Beauty Edit

Are you in the mood for beauty? A delicious edition or a refill for your make-up bag…  aren’t we always in the mood for that. I have some suggestions to share. Nordstrom during their anniversary sale, is reducing so many of my favourite beauty items… those that I have already mentioned in The French Essence Beauty Edit. nude on nude

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15 Jul 2014
Sleek And Shiny Hair… Coiffirst in Paris

Sleek And Shiny Hair… Coiffirst in Paris

  When in Paris, I know that the majority of our thoughts are focused on architecture and history,  art and culture and of course where we eat and what we drink. I have one little extra thought when I travel… and perhaps it is not something that even remotely enters your radar. For me, my hair and the blow drying

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13 Jul 2014
When It Is “So Chaud”

When It Is “So Chaud”

Last weekend  one of my daughter’s had friends to stay… an all girl weekend. So often, the best fun of all.   With no time to spare to get ready for dinner one night, I quickly added a dash of “So Chaud” lipstick from Mac. Best thing I ever did… the compliments made my evening.  

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9 Jul 2014
Facial Oil… Linda Rodin

Facial Oil… Linda Rodin

  “What I longed for was something far simpler—products for the here-and-now, that caress the skin noticeably and without any delay.”   linda rodin from olio lusso   Something I have been wanting to try for ages… but not entirely sure about… is facial oil. The idea of oiling up my face didn’t resonate with me. Then

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6 Jul 2014
Sunscreen Secret

Sunscreen Secret

    I have a confession. I don’t much like sunscreen. I know I am not meant to say that. I don’t like the feel, the smell or the idea.   Whenever I can I seek out the shade, wear a hat or stay inside. After half a life lived in Australia, I understand the perils of those

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18 Jun 2014
The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #2

The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #2

  One of the best kept beauty secrets is romance. Living a romantic life is not only about partnership but also about how we see the world. A romantic spirit, a playful eye and an open heart are some of the easiest ways to look and feel beautiful. ~ ~ ~ Feeling loved and loving back makes

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14 Jun 2014
Summer Shades… Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Summer Shades… Sheen Supreme Lipstick

Wandering through the market this week, my eyes were filled with the delicious shades of summer… of peach, of cherry, of strawberry and of melon. Delicate hues, tone on tone… Glorious tints that lit up my day. Strange to be inspired by the fruit in the market place… but that’s what happens sometimes.   They left me thinking

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20 May 2014
The Chop

The Chop

 The chop… What I mean is the haircut. I had a biggish one recently… a chop, a cut… now I have a messy bob. Not long, not short… somewhere in the middle. One length but messy… not so strict around the edges… less formal. 

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7 May 2014
50 Shades Of Grey: Kevyn Aucoin

50 Shades Of Grey: Kevyn Aucoin

  NEW YORK had me thinking in shades of grey. It’s unavoidable in a city of soaring skyscrapers.   There must be more than fifty shades… there must be a million different tones. A city captured in grisaille.   Strange how my mind works. All that grey, rising above me and all around me… I started wanting

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