8 Jun 2017
A Touch of Rosebud Blush: Skin Illuminator

A Touch of Rosebud Blush: Skin Illuminator

A young Brigitte Bardot was the very definition of sun kissed.

The smile, the rosebud cheeks, the freckles and the luscious long blonde locks only added to her allure not to mention her killer figure.

She was the poster girl for summer and all the natural beauty it entails.

The most important beauty secrets are simple. A smile backed up with large doses of confidence and a big portion of happy are truly the start and finish to feeling beautiful.

For without the self-confidence, the laughter and a joyous nature, all the tricks of the beauty trade won’t help us one little bit.

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6 Jun 2017
The Whole Going Grey Thing

The Whole Going Grey Thing


Lately the whole going grey/being grey conundrum has been on my mind.

As most of you know I have been taking the leave-my-hair-alone approach for a couple of years now.

Let me start our discussion by saying grey hair is not for everyone and I respect that opinion.

Friends either love or hate my grey hair; on the whole most days it would seem I am winning. Yes, maybe it is ageing or should I be more specific and say it doesn’t let me fool anyone. Grey hair generally means we have been around the block a few times and seen our share. Most days I am absolutely 100 % with that but there are days I find it confronting.

I don’t wish to fool anyone else but every now and then I would happily indulge in a little self-denial.


Going grey requires large doses of patience, a fair amount of self-confidence and a not-giving-in kind of approach.

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18 May 2017
Going Nude

Going Nude

Going nude??

5 ways and counting.

Ha, ha don’t panic


I am covering up more and more these days, except in my make up.


As the temperatures mount, the season trend for fresh faced beauty and neutral shades is one that I am ready to follow.

Whenever is “nearly nude” not a trend?

This natural look in make-up is one I have always loved and it is one I find even more of a winner now.

If I make up too much on my face not only do I feel silly but also uncomfortable.

Too much generally means a re-start.

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7 May 2017
The Pick Of The Eye Pencils

The Pick Of The Eye Pencils


IT’S HARD TO KNOW THE PICK OF THE EYE PENCILS.

Eye liner is a love/hate thing with me.


I like the dark upswept or heavily outlined look on others. I struggle to get it quite right on myself.


The ageing process, as much as I like it intellectually, does have some downsides.

I could blame age and a tendency for the eyes to be less wide open than they once were but in truth I was never much good at the application of eye liner.

It is a twofold dilemma.

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27 Apr 2017
The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #16

The Best Kept Beauty Secrets #16

Beauty comes in many different packages.

Being beautiful is a life long work and of course I am not meaning the physical attributes here.

Yes, most of us want to be more beautiful in whatever way is acceptable and desirous to us but deep down we know it is a lot more complicated than diet, exercise, needles, scalpels and potions.


Internal beauty requires dedication.

The kind of beauty that makes us wake up each day and feel well within, beauty that makes us engage positively with others, be generous and for the most part enrich the lives of those we love and those around us.


This is not a one, two three easy beauty secret to share; we can’t take it or buy it.

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18 Mar 2017
Revisiting French Rules: Lips And Eyes

Revisiting French Rules: Lips And Eyes

 
 

French women might not regard these winning combinations as rules.

When it comes to how many French women wear their make-up, they do follow a couple of particular patterns, in my observation at least. 

And from where I sit with make-up, I believe it is a winning formula.



Lips and eyes, with a French take, works like this.

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14 Mar 2017
Made Up, Out The Door And Ready To Go In 5

Made Up, Out The Door And Ready To Go In 5

We would all like to be made up and ready to go in 5.

As much as we talk about spending time and taking time when it comes to the practicalities of day to day it is useful to whizz through them at the speed of light.

I don’t for a moment think it took fashion photographer, Tim Walker and his team minutes to make up and stage the fabulous Helena Bonham Carter ;)



Feeling fabulous and understanding our personal style does take investment on many levels but looking, ready-to-go can be something we learn to master very quickly.


I need a certain level of “maintenance” to make this happen.

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2 Mar 2017
Concealer: How To Wear It 3 Ways

Concealer: How To Wear It 3 Ways

There is a trick with concealer and I have figured it out.

It can be used 3 ways and can make quite the difference.


I forgot my favourite bb cream and foundation on a trip recently and didn’t have time or the inclination to re-buy my favourites.

Somewhere in my distant memory a vague spark flickered and I remembered, if used properly, a good concealer can double or triple not only as a great cover up but also for a base and contouring.


Concealer is one of those products I use mostly under tired eyes and not for much else.

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20 Feb 2017
3 Things We Need To Know

3 Things We Need To Know

There are far more than 3 things we need to know.

I had the idea to start a conversation about those fashion and beauty ideas we not only want to learn more about but also those we want to share.

There is so much information to decipher and so many new discoveries to be made and none of us want to be left behind.

I believe together we are a force to be reckoned with and if the answer isn’t forthcoming one of us will surely figure it out.

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