Wednesday, 22 June 2011

a summer read

I recently finished supermodel Janice Dickinson's memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty. Since I had only seen her name a couple of times in older magazines, I decided to look her up and see if I recognised her in any shoots. I came upon this stunning Elle France cover from July 1975. It struck me as a fantastic carefree summer scene, as if she had jumped off a boat and swam ashore emerging from the waves with a huge smile on her face. The further into the book I got, the more ironic this picture became; her life was anything but carefree. She chronicles her struggles with image, family, addictions and her endless search for validation.

Her story hits home on more than one note. It made me wonder how many of us, men and women alike, grapple with these issues on a daily basis and show up for life anyway with a big smile. Here's to rising above, seeing the sun, and appreciating just how sunny a June day can be.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Rubies and gloss

The red lip is not news. Ever since the revival of the Veronica Lake locks and the pinup esthetic, it has been considered a beauty neutral in the fashion crowd. And rightly so. The look is as classic and as necessary as a black stiletto. However, for those who wish to add another dimension to their glamour, red glass lip is a must-try.

A staple of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl, Rihanna's red beauty obsession, and now prominently featured on the cover of American Vogue this July, the crimson tide is not only coming on strong; it's going on glossy. At first glance Emma Watson's lips in Vogue seem replaced by some serious rubies. This concoction is the result of careful pigmenting and lacquer, not just a swipe of your go-to lipstick.

This makeup is nothing if not high maintenance. There are very few glosses on the market that can achieve this effect by themselves. The closest I have come is the Chanel ROUGE ALLURE LAQUE no. 75. This product should be treated as a paint, and your lips the picture. It must be layered on, and you need patience and an accurate hand. Touch ups are recommended, so if you are a makeup lover, its perfection. If you are looking for something more durable or want to brave the day with your perfect glassy red mouth, you need a stain and gloss. The best lasting and brightest is Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor no. 507. This product is incredible, waterproof, dayproof and vivid. You just have to reapply the moisture gloss every once in a while to keep up the shine.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


These entries are a commentary on esthetics from all walks of life. I love knowing what is going on in fashion, beauty, art, decor, culture and all affairs between them. Isolating one for me is like isolating a person; they interact and thrive in a global dialogue that is continually growing. Ideas of beauty are wonderful to explore; this blog is about taking pleasure in the visual. Enjoy!