One on my favourite beaches – La Plage de la Mala

With a handful of beaches to choose from in Monaco, La Plage de Mala, is the crème de la crème of Riviera beach chic. Nestled in a cove and hidden by trees, its a short stroll down the cliff’s stone steps. All the way down your eyes feast upon the beautiful view, sandy shores and turquoise marine. Yachts drift in the distance, there are no more sounds of bustling cars; just pure oceanic paradise.

You can either pick your own spot on the beach or rent a chair or two at one of plage de la malas beach clubs (pretty sure there’s only 2or 3)
This has to be one of my favorite places on the planet. Complete tranquility. Top it all off with a little sunscreen and a bottle of rosé and you’re a true Parisian.

 

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CC Creams… the updated BB

CC creams are pretty much the younger sister to the BB cream. Only blessed with longer legs and prettier features so to speak. CC cream are said to include a higher SPF rating to ensure protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. It also treats and covers uneven skin tones more effectively and blends with skin tone better than BB creams that sometimes appear too light on certain skin tones. A lighter texture than that of BB cream also allows for smoother application with a less oily finish, while remaining extremely nourishing to the skin.

Slowly but surely you’ll see these creams hitting store shelves. Be sure to do your research before hand as to the results your after. If not you’ll be spoiled for choice and be overwhelmed.

Here are a few of my pics..

Clinique Moisture surge
Channel Correction Compléte
Smashbox camera ready CC

What are some of yours?

The BB Cream explained

In theory it’s an all-in-one cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. It was developed by a German dermatologist, in the 1960s and then developed further in the 1980s by Korean cosmetics companies. It only began showing up in the western side of the world until 2012. BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beauty balm or beblesh balm. BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation,banx sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage. Korean women mostly use it as an alternative to foundation, and the Korean formulations often contain a whitening ingredient. Western markets opt out of the bleaching craze as this demographic favors the beach glow. The coverage is often mineral-based, and is intended to both cover and treat blemishes such as acne, sun spots and age spots. It also has anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. Several contain hyaluronic acid for plumping skin and Vitamin C to treat it. All in all it’s a great way to de-clutter you makeup cupboard and save yourself a few steps in the process. My favorite BB creams thus far are: Shu Uemura Bobby Brown Smash box camera ready BB Estée Lauder Daily wear What are some of yours?

Latest Collection from M.A.C Cosmetics

Baking Beauties Collection for summer 2013 by M.A.C features two stunning Pearlmatte Face Powders, five shades of the new Pro Longwear Paint Pots, two Glitters, four Lipsticks, four Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms, three Nail lacquers, one Lustre Drops, one Mascara and two Brushes. Just looking at these sweet pastel colours makes you want to apply the gloss and mow down on french macaroon to match. 

The collection is available online and in stores, let me know what you think of the new collection ;)

 

 

Good bye Mascara Wand??

Seen as how this season is all about minimalism, it’s only the natural that the beauty world should try and match the trend. Call it the new mascara minimalism: The pros these days are using a tiny feather duster dipped in black pigment and painting it over the lashes with careful diligent strokes.

Enter The Mascara Fan Brush, as the stealth tool is officially known. It’s flat shape and synthetic bristles deposit a superfine dose of color onto each little hair for a smooth, fluttery effect.

Fortunately, getting your hands on one has never been easier, with beauty companies like M.A.C., Claudio Riaz, Paula Dorf, and Sephora offering up sleek variations this spring. If you wish to give this a go, here are some tips on making this work.

•  Start by sweeping the brush over a blacker-than-black mascara, like Dior’s Blackout or Lancome’s Hypnose Star against the tip of your fan brush until it picks up the right amount of product.

•  Place the edge of the fan brush at the base of your upper lashes, and begin gently sweeping it from root to tip.

•  Work in small strokes, applying less pressure as you move the brush toward the tips of your lashes. This will create a soft tapered appearance at the tips.

•  Repeat this technique along the lower lashes—only this time “try a brown mascara” instead for the most discreet finish.

And if you’re really after a dramatic effect, dip your fan brush into a liquid eyeliner…

Check out M.A.C’s Mascara fan brush

 

Look your best Online

Having a long distance relationship? An important business meeting via skype? or keeping up with your friends via facetime?

These applications offer an instant way to connect, but the screen itself  can alter your beautiful face. The screen casts a green tone over you and washes out your colour, The result is that it makes you look flat and your hair gets a weird and messy silhouette.

Fortunately, there are few specific light and angle fixes that can make a world of a difference—along with a bit of hair and makeup strategy—that can make anyone appear more than perfect. Here, is my guide to a better FaceTime or Skype session:

(1) Position yourself so that you are facing a bright sunny window for the duration of your session. Warm lighting is always more flattering than cool lighting. If there isn’t a window nearby, or if it’s dark outside, choose a well-lit spot like the kitchen and make sure the main source of light is coming toward you at face level—not from above or below (hello blairewitch!). Those little white christmas lights work wonders for this! ;)

(2) Make sure the camera on your computer is at eye level. One of the main reasons people look bad on-screen is that the computer is placed low on a desk or lap, so your head is tilted downward. Being shot from the chin upward is only going to give you a gruesome double chin. To Avoid this, take a stack of books and prop up your computer or iPad. My secret; crop your head right to the top of the screen.

(3) Look straight into the camera, (I know it’s hard not to check yourself out) This is particular important if you’re having a business meeting, interview or online audition.

(4) Leave hair loose around the face, it tends to be softer and more forgiving than going the ponytail route. Run a brush through your hair to ensure a smooth silhouette and use hair spray or serum to secure flyaways.

(5) Apply a little bit more makeup than usual, but don’t overdo it. You can always use your “online camera” as a mirror to apply it. This way you’ll be able to see exactly what it’s going to look like. If you tend to be shiny, you can dust a finely milled powder over the T-zone for good measure. And if possible, avoid wearing glasses.

 

Now you’re ready to put your best “online” face out there!