As I get older I am getting completely obsessed with finding women who have let their hair go grey and wear it well. It seems to be something that we are all avoiding as it puts us in a different category the minute we leave our hair to go silver. I think for alot of us women we think it will make us look old. More and more I am growing tired of constantly coloring my hair and having the regrowth come back every two weeks. I want to have the courage to grow it out and see the beautiful color it probably is. I have found 4 women who all let their grey come through earlier on in life and not only do they wear it well but I think it enhances their beauty. The pic below is of Pia Gronning, a danish model who at 62 still looks beautiful. The next one is Cindy Joseph who got talent spotted ,after she had turned grey, at 48 to model - her first job being shows for Dolce and Gabbana . Then there is Carmen Dell'Orefice (my favourite) who at 80, is stunning, and still working as a model. And the last pic is British Vogue's Sarah Harris who has gone grey young and looks AMAZING!
It is time we learnt to embrace these changes and wear them with style and pride. After all it happens to us all...... it's all in the way you own it and wear it.
Happy new year....
I love a tan, I always feel like I look better. And I particularly like the color of a real tan , since tandoori is best left for chicken. But unfortunately lying out in the sun smothered in coconut oil for hours on end is not the way to go we have discovered, so my only safe option left lies in a bottle, or a tube. I sometimes feel that the chemicals that are in fake tan are probably just as harmful in different ways as the sun... the smell alone sets me on that path of thinking. But I saw a friend of mine the other day and she looked like she had been on holiday as she was this great colour and when I mentioned it she told me it was fake. It was a product called Eco Tan and it's organic... no artificial, synthetic or harmful ingredients , and best of all, no bad toxic smell.
I immediately went online and brought some. I applied it before bed, as they said, and as far as I can see , they are right.... it hasn't stained my sheets. I woke up with a tan that looks quite natural and best of all I got it even...except for one tiny patch on my ankle which came off with some firm scrubbing with a loofah and evened out.
My trick to getting it even is to loofah the body thoroughly first in the shower, then moisturise. Then I take some cream the size of a 20cent coin and place it in the middle of the area I want to tan ie. the top of the thigh... and then spread it evenly up and down and sideways. Repeat this on the lower half of the leg, then do the same on the backs. Place a dab in the middle of the stomach and spread outwards, then the chest and lower arms, upper arms etc. I avoid the knees , elbows and the ankles as product tends to get stuck in these areas and streak . I also just brush it lightly over the foot and blend it down to the toes so it looks natural. If it does go a little streaky there just loofah quite firmly and it will come off and blend in as I said. I think applying one application is probably best as I can see that adding another might tip it into the realm of unnaturalness, depending on your own skin colour. ( I have reasonably fair skin to begin with) .
I'm really excited to have found this. I don't feel quite so guilty about applying this product to my skin as i know there is nothing harmful in it... and the product is Australian made.
Their website is www.ecotan.com.au .
At this stage it looks like you can only purchase online within Australia. However, they do have stockists in NZ and Hong Kong , and there is an email address that you can contact them on to see if they would ship overseas. I have done this before with smaller companies and they have always been obliging.
This is my inspiration pic for the week.....love the beautiful big soft curls with the baby blue bow and soft brownish tones of the makeup .
pic : courtesy of http://theglitterguide.tumblr.com
I was visting my skin doctor last week and the receptionist, Jill , handed me a sample as I left. (She generously does this a lot). I threw it into the abyss of my handbag and as I was rummaging around looking for something the other day I came across it and decided to try it out. I have never heard of this product before and wasn't sure as I opened it what it was... a moisturiser or a serum?? It turns out it was a mask and the instructions read to leave it on for 15 mins. Whilst I was waiting I decided to google the product and it seems that silica is the new ingredient that is in anti-aging brands at the moment, and this product is one that contains it. As I already put silica on my face in the form of the Silicea (see older post) I know that it gives the skin a really smooth look and feel. This mask did exactly that and it is the perfect product to apply if you were going out and wanted your skin to look great straight away... especially now with xmas parties in full swing. There was a noticeable difference in the look and the feel. I came across this review..... "Leorex Cosmetics is a derma-cosmetic company headquartered in Israel. Leorex Cosmetics manufactures two main skin care lines: an anti-wrinkle line and an acne line. Leorex Cosmetics offers four products in the anti-wrinkle line: Booster HWNB, Booster Plus, Neck & Decollete, and Night Care. The Leorex system works differently than most skin care formulations. The products are silica-based and come in single-application sachets. The user has to activate the product by massaging the sachet until the ingredients have completed the reaction. The Booster HWNB is to be used daily for 30 days and then a few times per week after that. Those with thin or delicate skin are to use the Booster Plus. The Neck & Decollete appears to be the same basic ingredients simply formulated for the neck area. Night Care is to be used nightly when the body’s metabolism is slower." This type of nano technology sounds interesting and personally , definitely worth giving a try.
I have asked Jill if they are going to stock it and she said they are going to order it before xmas so it will be available @ Laserase in Sydney Tel: 93695369 . The website I found information on the products was http://www.leorex-cosmetics.com
And I found this website that would ship worldwide if you live overseas. http://www.ania4u.com/products/leorexbooster10.html
..... bye til next week.
pic courtesy of killercoloursinspiration.tumblr.com
My favourite lip color at the moment is burgundy. I love the simplicity of just having the dark lips and a very natural eye. I know it's not really a colour that's considered a summer colour but I have never been one for conformity , and worn the right way you can wear it any time..... sometimes there are no rules. I did the look on Eili below using just 5 products on her face... a foundation (sparingly as always), Nars cream eyeshadow in " Corfu" just on the lid and under the eye, mascara, eyebrow pencil, and Nars " Amsterdam" matt lipstick on lips AND cheeks ...and that was it. This color whilst in the burgundy range has a touch of red which gives it a less heavy feel, but if you did want to give the Amsterdam some depth Nars has done a great burgundy gloss called Rouge Tribal lip gloss that works perfectly over the top to intensify the colour and make it as deep as the colour in the pic above. This makes it a great look for evening...and extremely beautiful on darker complexions. I think this look is perfect for time poor women who need to look groomed but can't spend all morning in front of the mirror before racing out the door to get to work. By teaming it with a cream eyeshadow it gives the eyes a beautiful sheen which is perfect for summer. I like to use cream eyeshadows sometimes , it's quite a different look to powder - it can really bring the eyes alive, especially the lighter colours. A lot of brands tend to end up in the creases and move alot on the eyes but I find Nars consistency is a little heavier , it doesn't move quite as easily and if you run your finger over it lightly, it blends back again. You can also put a cream shadow over a powder one to intensify the look and it moves less. When using creams, be it foundations, eyeshadows or blush, it's always best to use a synthetic makeup brush as the product is harder to remove from natural hair brushes and can damage them.
See you next week....
Nars " Amsterdam" matt lip color
Nars " Corfu " cream eyeshadow
My five products...
Nars " Rouge Tribal " lip gloss
I have been a makeup artist for over 20 yrs and am passionate about beauty and helping women to look the best they possibly can. I believe that women are beautiful at any age , and being older myself, am constantly on the look out for products that will help the skin retain its glow and beauty. From a very young age I have paid attention to my skin and have always gone looking for new, innovative - or even tried and true products that make a difference. I take inspiration from my friends and women I meet in my work. These women are the reason I started this blog , so that I can pass on my knowledge and help women to keep looking, and feeling amazing . I love finding new looks that inspire and you can adapt to your own style . I am also a mum with 3 boys which keeps my life very busy ... and never dull as anyone who knows me will attest to! All items posted on this blog are chosen because I have personally tried them and like them. I hope you find something here that you will love and will work for you.