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She lines and fills in her lips with MAC Redd lipliner, topped with Nars Bloodwork gloss. Can’t figure out her blush though!

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She lines and fills in her lips with MAC Redd lipliner, topped with Nars Bloodwork gloss. Can’t figure out her blush though!

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My hair is the bane of my existence. It obeys my hair dresser, but not me. He can use a $10 straightener and it will turn out silky smooth. I use a $200 tourmaline/ceramic straightener and it will turn out thick and coarse, and kinky later on in the day. But summer is not about straight styles, it’s about beachy supermodel waves – and now I know how to get it.

This curly style was definitely inspired by Tinsley Mortimer’s hair (see previous post) and with the HOLY GRAIL (only true beauty junkies will understand that one) of curling irons (and now I have to throw out my 3 sets of hot rollers, 2 sets of velcro rollers and 2 curling irons). This is the one and only Infiniti by Conair™ Instant Heat Ceramic.

This was recommended by the Tinsley article, as well as on one of my fave blogs. DO NOT GET THE INSTANT HEAT, and don’t get the MIST one. Get the INFINITI TOURMALINE/CERAMIC HEAT PROFESSIONAL ones. They do not sell these ones at Target (only the cheapie Instant Heat ones that damage your hair), and the cheapest ones I’ve found are at Walgreens. 1″ for $19.99 and 1.5″ for $24.99. Also at London Drugs, but more expensive as the 1″ goes for $32.99 or $34.99. I became so obsessed with this that I bought the 1″ for those “set” hair days aka Tinsley Curls, and the 1.5″ for large beachy waves. Heats up in an instant as it promises, temp control, and it has weight so when you place it on the edge of your bathroom counter it won’t be easily weighed down by the cord and swing around and burn you (from experience).My beach waves took 2 minutes or less, I grabbed random sections and held the curl for 5 seconds. Yes, I did get compliments on my hair!

Also, product was a part of the equation and I used a heat protectant curl spray: L’Oreal Studio Line Hot Curl. Cheap, and it works. No additional hold product was necessary!!!!!

Also useful is this video:

UPDATE: Slept and when I woke up the curls were still there! Not flat at all!

Ever since I could remember, whenever I got dark in the sun, I always turned greyish… like a dark ashy colour. Not a golden rich tan, but grey. Last year I spent time whole summer in a tanning booth, in a solar coffin twice a week paying $40/month. Plus the ultra expensive tanning lotions with technology blahblahblah that cost $50 each.

This year and armed with cheapy tanning lotion for less than $10 and not a shred of dignity, I went to Wreck Beach. And guess what? I TANNED!!! and spending the the better half of the day there ogling way too many peens got me a dark roasty tan pretty much for free!!!

Must have products:

  1. Banana Boat Dark Tanning Lotion Continuous Spray SPF – Just remember to press down hard and this will spray a light mist. If you don’t spread it or rub it in, the tan will be dark and rich, hence the difference between my back (dark!) and legs (white!). Cheap at $7.99. Smells fab. Better than those $50 cellulite busting technological lotions – I mean, you would have to use the lotion a lot to prevent cellulite. And always stick with the spray for those hard to reach places.
  2. Shoppers Drug Mart – Life Brand After Sun Spray. Cheap and it works.
  3. Roc Minesol Protect SPF 45 Multi-Position Atomizer – I think using this on my face is breaking me out, but I will use this for arms and neck. Aerosol spray for no mess. I also find that with creams, if you don’t exfoliate very well and apply, you will end up with balls of grey dead skin stuck on your back. Sprays are the way to go.
  4. Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 55 PA+++ – I think they only sell the spf 50 in Canada, but the higher the better, especially on your face, or else with sunglasses you’ll end up with reverse panda eyes. Lotion, not cream. This has never broken me out.
  5. Water atomizer – Evian, Uriage, Avene, Vichy – whatever suits your fancy.
  6. Bring: large sunglasses (to people watch), white towel (to cover face), cooler tote, beach umbrella (or rent), body towel to clean, beach towel (no plastic mats – they heat up), music, book, and cheapie bikinis from the Target clearance rack….

When you google Tinsley Mortimer, it’s all about hair. “The girl with the curls” is what they call her, and it sure looks good. Well… better on her with the blond hair, the highlights etc and blah on my black hair, but something soft for summer that’s “done”, but not “undone” like the messy beach hair reserved for weekends. Tried it this morning, and it was about 80% successful. I just have to remember to deep condition more often, apply a heat protectant and get a good ionic/ceramic 1″ curling iron.

Conair infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron
– Comes in 1″ and 1.5″. Cheapest found so far at Walgreens.

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I’ve never really blogged about what I use, though thanks for the lemmings enablers: Makeupalley, BlogdorfGoodman and Beauty Addict and many more, I have in the last year tripled my makeup and beauty arsenal to all the space under the sink, around the sink and countertops, around the tub, in 4 pro makeup cases and a chest of drawers. Also much thanks to Shoppers Drug Mart’s Beauty Boutique and 20x the points days.

Like I mentioned before, I’ve never blogged or spoke about beauty regimens. That’s because mine has been inconsistent for the last few years. For skincare, I was taught to follow a line religiously, as products in a program are designed to work together, and as for makeup to just experiment. I have strayed from the line and back, from high end to drugstore, and as I tend to get older, I’ve become more conscious of what I’m using and what’s good for me. The basic routine stays the same: makeoff, wash, tone, moisturize, eye, sunscreen and the occasional serum. I never leave the house without sunscreen these days, and if I do then I am paranoid about sun exposure the rest of the day. As I get older, it goes the same for eye creams. I’ve also started to use more plant based/ natural lines, but am sometimes conflicted as the older I get, the stronger the product and more drastic the measures should be?

Anyway, what inspired me to blog about skincare today was how I haven’t experienced any major breakouts in the last few months (knock on wood). Even when I spent time in hot, humid and very polluted Taipei did I break out even once!!!!! That deserves a blog and much more.

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puffy pony

OK this is a must buy!


Party Pony

Jessica Alba proves that our favorite fuss-free style can look perfectly polished and appropriate for a seasonal bash. “The contrast in textures is what makes this so pretty,” Garrison says. “The pony moves and swings in the back but the front is static.”

Get the Look

Using your fingers, pull the hair away from your face while blow-drying. Make a horizontal part across your head from ear to ear, creating a front and a back section. Pull the back section, including the sides, into a sleek, tight ponytail. Now tease the front section to lift it off the forehead, pull it back gently and wrap it around the elastic to conceal it. Work KMS Flat Out shine serum ($12; into the length of your ponytail for added luster.


Get the Look

After blow-drying the hair straight, apply Aveda Flax Seed Aloe spray gel ($13; to give your locks some hold before setting them in rollers (Garrison likes Caruso Molecular Ion hairsetter, $45; Then part the hair to the side and tease it slightly at the crown. Taking two equal sections—one at either side of the temple—twist or braid the sections, pull them back, and secure with bobby pins.

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The secret of natural beauty: Essential oils that will keep you looking younger for longer

The beauty industry appears to be at a crossroads.On one hand, we have never been able to harness the potential of so much technology in terms of ingredients and techniques available to us.

On the other, despite all the exciting possibilities offered by cosmeceuticals, non-invasive procedures and so forth, there’s a distinct concern that the long-term effects and unresearched side-effects could actually end up doing us more harm than good.

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natural beautyBy paying individual attention to each body part and using the right oils, Daniele Ryman believes natural beauty is achievable for everyone

As a result, increasing numbers of people are turning to natural, organic treatments that have been tried and tested for years.

At the forefront of this movement is Daniele Ryman.

Daniele has been practising aromatherapy for 40 years and is a firm believer in the power of essential oils, particularly when it comes to anti-ageing.

She studied under Marguerite Maury, widely regarded as the doyenne of aromatherapy, and recalls one of her early encounters with the power of oils.

“Marguerite gave me my first prescription when I complained of a little wrinkle appearing round my eye at the age of 22.

“She made me a special oil, for which I still have the recipe: geranium, neroli, eucalyptus, rose, mixed in a carrier oil of avocado, hazelnut and almond.

“It smelt beautiful and was so effective that from that moment I was hooked.”

In her latest book, Secrets Of Youth & Beauty: Aromatherapy For Natural Rejuvenation, Daniele reveals which combinations of oils can help keep you looking younger for longer.

Here, she presents ten recipes for natural top-to-toe youthful beauty:


Hair-loss of any type, whether caused by cancer treatment, stress or hormone imbalances, can be devastating.

Ylang-ylang has long been used in hair treatments (such as a 19th-century hair oil called Macassar).

Before applying, tip your head forwards and brush your hair until your scalp feels warm.

Ylang-ylang hair-loss remedy

6 drops essential oil of ylang-ylang

1 capsule borage oil

1 capsule evening primrose oil

50ml bottle

Mix the oils and shake well. Massage into your scalp one hour before shampooing. Use two to three times a month. You can also add a few drops to a mild shampoo. Shake the bottle and use in combination with the scalp oil.


Broken capillaries or spider veins are especially noticeable on the cheeks and decollete.

Avoid hot baths and showers, hot facials, the sun and alcohol as these cause capillaries to dilate.

Vitamin C in your diet is important, as is rutin (found in the pith of citrus fruits).

Both are extremely good for strengthening the walls of veins.

Parsley is a particularly effective essential oil to use as it slows down the spread of broken capillaries and reduces their appearance.

I have also found essential oils of chamomile, violet leaves and orange to be good.

Face oil for broken capillaries

30ml (2 tbspn) rose masqueta oil

10ml (1 dspn) argan oil

2 capsules borage oil

2 capsules wheatgerm oil

6 drops essential oil of parsley

2 drops essential oil of chamomile, violet leaves or orange

50ml bottle

Mix in the bottle and gently apply to the face after cleansing, preferably in the morning. After ten minutes, remove any surplus oil with a tissue. This oil will keep for two to three months.


Late nights, too much alcohol, cigarette smoke and allergies can all cause bags.

Heavy creams can also contribute and it is all too easy to think they are helping when really they are causing the problem.

Instead, try this light gel.

Eye oil

1/2 cucumber, liquidised

1 capsule wheatgerm oil

50ml herbal infusion – marigold, fennel, parsley or comfrey

Make up the infusion using a teaspoon of your chosen herb and 50ml boiled water. Let cool, strain, then stir into the cucumber with the wheatgerm capsule.

Apply a little of the gel to your fingertips and pat into the area around the eye. This will boost the circulation, and reduce puffiness, lines and wrinkles.

Keep in the fridge and use within three days.


We are constantly looking for new ways of enhancing our lips – from collagen injections to High-Street lip plumps.

I prefer to use a natural balm. Massage it into your lips twice a day and you will have a fuller pout in no time.

Natural lip plump

10ml (1 dspn) jojoba oil

5ml (1 tspn) castor oil

5ml (1 tspn) argan oil

2 capsules wheatgerm oil

50ml bottle

Mix the ingredients together in the bottle and apply to the lips, gently pressing in with the fingertips. Massage into the skin around the mouth in a clockwise direction, pulling out both upper and lower lips slightly and rubbing in.

Apply a little more oil to the lips and leave for a few minutes before removing the surplus with a tissue. Ideally use twice a day. Keeps for a month in the fridge.


The jawline and neck area is very delicate and is one of the first places to show your age.

But essential oils can work wonders, as can massage.

Use this oil to massage your neck and jawline.

Always use upwards movements and gently lift, pinch and hold the skin to help tone and lift it.

Sandalwood neck oil

10ml (1 dspn) jojoba oil

8ml (1 1/2 tspn) avocado oil

2 capsules borage oil

4 capsules wheatgerm oil

10 drops essential oil of sandalwood

5 drops essential oil of bois de rose

2 drops essential oil of either petit grain or orange

50ml bottle

Mix together in the bottle and shake well. To help penetration of the oil, place a hot flannel on your face for a few minutes.

Apply every night until used up – this recipe gives enough for two to three weeks’ supply. Keep in the fridge or a cool place. Do this two or three times a year.


This lotion is great for firming the connective tissue around the breasts.

It is easy to make – just add some fresh or dried herbs, such as mint, basil, lavender, rosemary and thyme, to a bottle of cider or white wine vinegar.

You can use essential oils if you prefer – bois de rose, rose, peppermint, ylang-ylang and lavender all work well.

Aromatic vinegar lotion

6-10 tbspn dried herbs or a handful of fresh herbs or 15 drops of one of the essential oils listed above

1/2 litre cider or white wine vinegar

3/4 litre boiled cold water 2-litre bottle

Add your chosen herb or essential oil to the vinegar in the 2-litre bottle. Keep in the dark for two weeks. Add the water.

Use cotton wool to apply the lotion in circular movements to each breast. Do this a few times. Let dry. Try using this preparation daily for two months.


Like everything else, the skin on the arms starts to sag as we get older.

Exercise such as walking, running and swimming, can help tone and firm, and gentle upward massage will help banish cellulite by encouraging lymphatic drainage.

Massage oil for the upper arms

45ml (3 tbspn) jojoba oil

10ml (1 dspn) rose masqueta oil

1 capsule wheatgerm oil

1 capsule evening primrose oil

3 drops essential oil of either rose or jasmine

5 drops essential oil of lavender

4 drops essential oil of either bois de rose or lemon

100ml bottle

Mix together in the bottle. After a bath or shower, use the oil to massage the triceps muscle from the elbow upwards. This oil will keep for up to two months.


Ageing spots can appear from exposure to too much sun.

Often called ‘liver spots’, they also appear with age. Try this massage oil.

Fading oil for age spots

15ml (1 tbspn) almond oil

15ml (1 tbspn) argan oil

1 capsule wheatgerm oil

2 capsules evening primrose oil

10 drops essential oil of lavender

2 drops essential oil of rose

50ml bottle

Mix together and shake well. Every evening, massage the oil into the hands until fully absorbed.

This will keep for up to two months.


As many as nine in ten women are affected by cellulite, which can be brought on by hormonal changes characterised by high levels of oestrogen.

This encourages the body to retain fluid, causing the fat cells to bunch up and protrude through the dermis, giving the orange-peel effect.

A combination of factors can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, including diet, exercise, body brushing and detox baths but this massage oil may also help.

It contains guarana, which acts as a lipolytic enhancer, meaning it activates the circulation and stimulates the blood flow.

The oil will need to stay on the surface of the skin for a few minutes before you massage it in.

Note: You will need to shake the oil well before every application, as the contents will separate.

Cellulite massage oil

10ml (1 dspn) aloe vera juice

20ml (2 dspn) almond oil

60ml grapeseed oil

10ml (1 dspn) guarana tea or 2-3 dissolved capsules guarana

2 capsules wheatgerm oil

1 capsule borage oil

5 drops essential oil of either thyme or fennel

6 drops essential oil of rose 10 drops essential oil of lemon, grapefruit or orange

10 drops essential oil of either cypress or violet leaves

100ml bottle

Pour ingredients into the bottle and shake well. Massage into affected areas daily. Will keep for 3-4 weeks in a cool, dark place.


Varicose veins are caused by interruptions of the blood flow.

People who stand a lot are more susceptible to the condition, as are those who don’t exercise or exercise too strenuously.

It is also a genetic condition.

The following oil is great for preventing varicose veins and will also help if you already have varicose veins or thread veins.

All the ingredients are rich in vitamin C and rutin, which will help to strengthen capillary walls.

Geranium will encourage good circulation and the citrus oils will have a slightly astringent effect upon the whole venous system.

The aroma is also very positive and uplifting.

You should also make sure that you eat a diet rich in fruit and avoid hot baths or carrying heavy loads.

Vitamin-rich massage oil

50ml soya oil

1 capsule wheatgerm oil

2 drops essential oil of geranium

2 drops essential oil of grapefruit

1 drop essential oil of lemon

1 drop essential oil of orange

50ml bottle

Mix ingredients together in the bottle and shake well. Stroke the oil very gently into the legs using upwards movements, from the feet to the thighs. Use daily. The oil should keep for 2-3 months.

NB: Always buy your oils from a reputable shop and if you can afford to buy organic oils, do.

Always do a patch test – dip a cotton bud in a tiny trace of the oil, dab it on the inside of your wrist, cover with a plaster and leave unwashed for 24 hours.

If there is any allergic reaction at all, do not use the oil.

EXTRACTED by Claire Coleman from DaniËle Ryman’s Secrets Of Youth And Beauty published by Rodale, priced £18.99, available now.