“If At First You Don’t Succeed, Apply More Lipstick”
4 September 2017 | VA Notes Beauty

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

Apply more lipstick? Absolutely, Always and Forever.

Lipstick is the best feel-good there is. I am never entirely sure why a small tube filled with colour can delight in so many ways. It does.

Lipstick is one of the best aids I know for a broken heart, a bad mood or even sadness. Okay, even lipstick can’t cure a broken heart but it sure can make us feel better for a mini-moment.

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Bronze, Bronzed And Bronzer: The How To
11 August 2017 | VA Notes Beauty

Bronze, Bronzed And Bronzer: The How To

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. It’s a tough product to apply but when worn well, it is genius.


I don’t want the sun on my face, but I do if you see what I mean.

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Scents Of The Summer: Lemon And Orange Blossom
9 July 2017 | VA Notes Beauty

Scents Of The Summer: Lemon And Orange Blossom

 

What scent will You Wear this summer?

I am inspired by Italy, the citrus side of life is heavenly here and so spritzing with an orange blossom scent, or notes of wild mint and lemon seems about right.

 

Fragrance is something so unique and we each have our special loves. For me, it marks a special occasion, a season or a frame of mind.

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Ten Simple Beauty Tricks That Really Work
27 June 2017 | VA Notes Beauty

Ten Simple Beauty Tricks That Really Work

SOMETIMES BEAUTY IS ALL ABOUT THE SMALL AND NOT SO OBVIOUS.

There are many brilliant products and new treatments that are created to make us even more fabulous. Many of them work their miracles, but there are times when I revert to my old fashioned ways.


My mother gave me many tips and other little secrets I have learned along the way.


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Here are my ten best I never fail to fall back on.

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A Touch of Rosebud Blush: Skin Illuminator
8 June 2017 | VA Notes Beauty

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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The Whole Going Grey Thing
6 June 2017 | VA Notes Beauty

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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