Traditional Woes

Classic dilemma: How to pull off traditional clothes without looking like you have just stepped off the boat from a far-off village? Yesterday, the answer was found on my dressing table, in the form of nude makeup colours that toned down the ensemble perfectly. Salvation came in the form of MAC’s Spice lip pencil, used for filling in the entire lip, followed by their Viva Glam V lipstick and lip gloss, bare eyes, with just a flick of bronze eye pencil from Lancome (Crayon Khol in Bronze). Don’t want to go the whole hog – pencil, lipstick, contour – way? I have found Guerlain’s new Rouge G lipstick in Rosy Brown works as the perfect one-stop solution, with saturated colour and gloss in one, fabulously mirrored compact carry-case that’s also perfect for touchups. This plus a little caramel-hued blush and mattified skin will make even the most fabulously over-the-top ethnic garments seem stylish – a lucky save!!

PS: Did you know that one MAC Spice lip pencil is sold every six seconds somewhere in the world??

Coveting Chanel

The new year brings with it Chanel’s latest collection, which celebrates the colour beige in all its various guises. It’s most exclusive incarnation is the Empreinte de Chanel palette – a luxurious silky and slightly pearly powder adapted to all skin tones. A harmony of rosewood, beige and brown tones to warm up the complexion and leave it incredibly luminous. At the center, the sparkling pearly gold double C stands out against a multitude of small colourful dots, a clever monochrome of warm shades. Applied preferably with a large brush, it can be worked in here and there to enhance certain parts of the face, such as the cheekbones and eyelids of the entire face for radiant complexion. I want!

Le Parfum No. 1 by John Galliano

Only John Galliano could have thought of distilling the favourite aroma of couturiers and fashionistas into a fragrance: The smell of a steaming hot iron pressing into the finest fabrics at a designer’s studio. Simply entitled Le Parfum No. 1 by John Galliano, the stunning bottle holds a theatrical, violety bouquet that holds amber in patchouli in the base notes. The perfume is crafted like one of Galliano’s dresses – in several layers. Some are see-through, lacey and fragile, others dark and heavy. In the end they combine to create an elixir that’s perfect for women who rebel by playing with several styles, creating their own signature by combining classic chic with fashion rebellion.

Audrey Hepburn’s beauty tips

Audrey Hepburn’s favorite beauty tips that she often quoted in public were actually written by the humorist Sam Levenson.  And contrary to popular belief, they were not read at her funeral – she lived them in her life.

AUDREY_HEPBURN23For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives and the passion that she shows.

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.