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Posted on December 20, 2012

Jessica Pare’s ’60s Hair and Makeup Seductress


One of the fashion, makeup highlights of 2012 came from Jessica Pare, who kicked off season five of AMC’s Mad Men with a sultry rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou.” “It takes me anywhere from 10 minutes to five hours to get into Megan Draper hair and makeup,” says Jessica Pare. Her scene-stealing moment, which included cat-eye makeup and a 1960s bouffant, sealed her character’s transformation from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s pretty secretary behind the desk to Don Draper’s fearless, sexy young wife.

For the look, makeup department head Lana Horochowski says she drew inspiration from a young Sophia Loren, Twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra. She used M.A.C cream liner in “Pure White” all over Pare’s eyelids and added a touch of color with Nars frosted blue “Heart of Glass” eye shadow.

And what about Megan’s hair? “There was a whole lot of hairspray used in the ’60s, and it would have been easy to plaster Jessica’s hair in place for a 14-hour day of shooting, but I wanted it to look hot and sexy and still move really well,” says David Danon, haistylist of Mad Men.

If I see the hair of Megan, I have to think of the iconic hair style of Jackie Kennedy. Megan’s hair is the granddaughter of Jackie – a dark brown bob is forever fashionable.

My signature hair style, a bob sometimes longer or shorter but less hairspray and cement look as in Jackie times.



Posted on November 23, 2012

Long-haul flight survival kit

Beauty/ Romantique/ Travel
Tonight we will leave for the summer in Sydney, Australia.  While I’m more than excited to leave dreary winter Europe behind me, I’m terrified of the 24 hour flight!
This is a long time and a huge strain on the body (especially in Economy Class!) Having been through this flight 3 times already, I have developed a survival kit which will lessen the effects of the long distance flight:
1. Water / hot warm tea:
Drinking as much liquids as you can (no alcohol obviously!) really makes a difference to how you feel on arrival. Yes you will have to go to the loo more often, but getting sleep on this long flight in Economy is quite difficult anyway so you might as well walk around (and prevent thrombosis at the same time) to visit the ladies.
Warm liquids like herbal tea will help to moisten your nose which tends to dry out,  suffering from the thin cabin air.
2. Fresh fruit:
Airplane food is not the most nutritious (to put it mildly)  so take fresh food on board to help boost your body’s immune system. 

3. Eye drops without preservatives:
Pressurized cabin air is the culprit of dry eyes: Single use eye drops with no preservatives will be a relief for eyes tortured by cabin air. Stay clear of common eye drops in bottles: they contain preservatives which can further upset your sensitised eyes. 
4. Moisturiser / serum / gels
Pamper your dry skin with lots of topical nutrition: I love Sisley’s Express Flower Gel – it is a mask which will instantly boost hydration and eliminate signs of fatigue. It is so sensitive, it can be used on the eye area too and saves space in your travel bag. 
5. Lip balm: 
The l’occitane Shea butter  lip balm doubles up as a cuticle cream if applied on your cuticles. 
6. Face wipes:
Freshen up with face wipes before you lather on creams.
7. Sea salt nasal spray: Keep your nose  moist with sea salt nasal spray to relieve dryness.
8. Entertainment:
Books, iPad Mini, Kindle: I make sure ill never run out options to occupy myself : 24 hours is a loooong time! 
Posted on October 27, 2012

Dolce & Gabbana’s new face Laetitia Casta on her beauty secrets

Beauty/ Romantique

French Beauty Laetitia Casta is the face of Dolce and Gabbana’s perfume Pour Femme & Pour Homme. The beautiful commercial for the perfume, filmed in the village of Erice in Sicily, Italy, is focused on Italian heritage. The black and white video filmed by Mario Testino depicts beauty and elegance and includes the quintessential Italian ingredients: La familia, a wedding, food and achingly beautiful landscapes shots.

Laetitia Casta, born in the Mediterranean island of Corsica just off the Italian coasts, talks about her Mediterranean roots, the french touch and her beauty secrets (extract from the current French Glamour):

Laetitia Casta on…

being a a real epicurean.

LC: I eat everything. I’m wary of regimes and routines. On some days, I might smoke a cigarette or have a glass of wine from time to time.

being  lucky to have received the beauty by heritage.

LC: My mum taught me to take care of myself. In my family, everyone is impeccably groomed, for example they take care to have beautiful hair. My mum uses vinegar to make her hair shine and she taught me to do the same. Now it’s my turn and I’m showing my oldest daughter how to take care of herself.

loving sexy perfumes…

LC: I change my perfume every day. The sensual Dolce and Gabbana is not very heady, it has all the components I love in a perfume, it smells just like Sicily. I also love the creators Domenico and Stefano, they make me feel confident and are always a source of good advice.


LC: I use pharmacy products to cleanse my skin and I hydrate the skin with fig oil. Like all people of the South, I know the dangers of the sun. To protect myself, I’m doing a siesta in the middle of the day and won’t go to the beach before 6pm.

keeping in shape.

LC: I don’t do sport, I have three children! To maintain my figure, I eat healthily and move around a lot.

playing with paradox..

Usually I use only little makeup. At the moment I like a more rocky, edgy  look with strong eye makeup and “Blue denim” nail varnish.

The “Figui+” skincare series from Oriental Lab contains fig oil. L’oreal blue nail varnish in “Blue Fashionista”

Mario Testino’s stunning video for Dolce and Gabbana “Pour Femme” and “Pour Homme”

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The amazing song in the video is called “Citta Vuota”  by Mina.

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This is the behind the scenes video for the commercial – I know where next year’s holiday destination  is going to be!


Posted on September 26, 2012

Perfume Guide Woman


For several years, I’ve used  4 to 5 perfumes between summer and winter and depending on my mood and condition. My regular fragrances are: Coco by Chanel, Jil Sander No 3, Paloma Picasso, Y by Yves Saint Laurent and Eau de Merveilles by Hérmes.

Sometimes I feel like trying a new scent. Then I go to the perfumery and  the same thing will  happening again:

The sales assistant will ask: Which scent do you usually use (don’t forget my list above), so I can suggest you something in the same direction. Great, I think – she obviously knows her stuff on fragrances! From all the proposals (Chanel Allure, Alien by Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique) of the sales lady, no perfume hits my taste and doesn’t work out well with my skin. So what I would suggest: If you use one of the perfumes that I use, then you may  like the other fragrances as well. I can  give a little help with this woman perfume guide.

An exotic and resonant scent for women that radiates casual sophistication for any time of the day, Eau Des Merveilles perfume by Hermes is an evocative and spicy choice that will turn heads wherever you go. Introduced by Hermes in 2004, Eau Des Merveilles brings together a rich and thoughtful balance of vetiver, pepper, fragrant woods and citrus for an appealing construction.


Coco by Chanel is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women. Coco was launched in 1984. The nose behind this fragrance is Jacques Polge. Top notes are coriander, pomegranate blossom, mandarin orange, peach, jasmine and bulgarian rose; middle notes are mimose, cloves, orange blossom, clover and rose; base notes are labdanum, amber, sandalwood, tonka bean, opoponax, civet and vanilla.

Jil Sander Woman III by Jil Sander is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women. Jil Sander Woman III was launched in 1985. Top notes are aldehydes, nutmeg, coriander, orange blossom, bay leaf, pepper, hiacynth, bergamot and brazilian rosewood; middle notes are honey, carnation, tuberose, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose and geranium; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, benzoin, coconut, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and cedar.

Paloma Picasso Perfume created by the design house of paloma picasso in 1984. Green, floral, woody, spicy, mossy and animalic, Paloma PIcasso is feminine in a deep-throated, non-pink wearing, tough lady way. I would argue it’s one of the best chypres ever composed — it’s that complex and beautiful. Top notes: Coriander, rosewood, bergamot, green note, aldehyde Heart notes: Rose, geranium, tuberose, jasmin, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang Base notes: Patchouli, vetiver, amber, musk, civet, benzoin, oakmoss.


Y by Yves Saint Laurent is a Chypre Fruity fragrance for women. Y was launched in 1964. The nose behind this fragrance isJean Amic. Top notes are aldehydes, honeysuckle, gardenia, green notes, peach and mirable plum; middle notes are tuberose, orris root, jasmine, hiacynth, ylang-ylang and bulgarian rose; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, benzoin, civet, oakmoss, vetiver and styrax.

Posted on July 22, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Beauty Secrets


Although she turns 40 this year, Gwyneth Paltrow could pass for a woman in her twenties. The American actress has now disclosed the secret of her youthful appearance: she loves some products from French pharmacies. For French women, chemists aren’t just for filling prescriptions. They contain a cornucopia of cosmetic preparations and boutique beauty brands, many of them cashing in well under 20 euros. And they’re dead easy to find: in Paris there’s a chemist on almost every street corner. If their flashing green neon crosses don’t get your attention, the promise of a well-priced beauty miracle will.

Let’s go through her cosmetics cabinet:

Boiron Homéoplasmine

No French make-up artist’s kit is complete without this ubiquitous pink tube, and models like Jessica Stam stock up on it whenever they visit the city of lights. The non-greasy salve is perfect for prepping the lips for lipstick and heals chapped skin in record time.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre

This cult cream is a true all-rounder. Slather it on thick for an intensive moisture mask, wipe it over make-up as a cold-cream cleanser or pile it on dry skin and let the soothing blend of shea butter, beeswax and aloe vera hydrate skin back to health.

Avène Eau Thermale Water Spray

A super soothing spray, perfect for cooling and refreshing when your skin is having a hissy fit. The whole range is designed for sensitive skin so doesn’t contain any nasties, and is pumped with über-hydrating thermal water.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s shock confession: “The best thing about living in England is discovering Boots!” She likes to use the Boots No. 7 r ange of make-up’s.

Her make-up artist has their recommend to use the Clarisonic electrical cleansing brush to refine the complexion.


Posted on July 20, 2012

Best of Drugstore: white teeth & orange lips


Every woman has something special about her. One has long legs, beautiful thick hair, great lips or clear skin. My assets are my teeth. I would even say I’m OCD about looking after my teeth. For me it’s about maintaining good material and make my teeth last as long as possible. Even more so because my teeth are a dominant and striking characteristic of my face, so I want them to look tip top. To do this, I visit the hygienist three times a week. I brush my teeth 3 times a day with 3 different tooth pastes. The most important toothpaste for white teeth is ELMEX intensive. It prevents dark staining and prolongs the effects of the polishing from the hygienist.


The Colour Riche lipsticks from L’Oreal have a solid formulation: good coverage, good pigmentation and long lasting colour. Now to the colour choice: Orange is not really my colour, but the Colour Riche 115 Rouge Coral is ideal in summer when my skin is lightly tanned. In Winter with pale skin this colour does not work for me anymore and I have to use darker tones. What I like most aobut the Colour Riche 115 is that it won’t make the teeth appear yellow because it was smartly mixed with blue.

Beauty Comparison Germany – France:

French women are known as vain, glamourous and sexy, they use scarlet red lipstick during the day and prefer heavy perfumes. German women are more about health and wellness, she like lipsticks in nude and rosewood tones and prefer light and tangy perfumes. (Source: Ipsos Study from Nivea).

Posted on July 14, 2012

Inside Romantique’s cosmetic bag

Beauty/ Romantique

I love trying out new products from the thousands of choices the beauty industry lures us with every day. Still,  I  find myself reaching for the same products that I’ve been using for years because they just work . A few of them I’d like to introduce you today:

From left to right:

1. Bourjois Bronzing powder Delice de Soleil:

I like matte, non-oraney natural bronzers and Bourjois’ Delice de Soleil delivers just that. Plus it has a delicious chocolate orange smell. What’s not to love? I think this one is just as good as Guerlain Bronzing powders, just without the prize tag. The colour is perfect if you already have a slight tan.

2. L’occitane ultra Rich Lip Balm

My lips are quite sensitive and are often dry. This balm from L’occitane makes them super smooth again. It contains 10% Shea Butter and is a great base for lipstick and lipgloss. Eva Mendes is a fan too!

3. Physicians Formula Plump Potion in colour “Rose Potion”

This is a great lip plumper, it’s very hydrating on the lips, only a little bit tingly. Of course it doesn’t transform my lips into Angelina’s, but it gives a great shine. The only negative is that my hair tends to stick onto it, but the positives outweigh this one niggle.

4. Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Turquoise from Lancome

This vibrant turquoise colour is not available anymore but you can get similar ones from Estee Lauder and Dior. I often wear turquoise kajal in the waterline of my eyes, paired with brown-bronzey  eyeshadow in summer.

5. Bourjois Liquid Eyeliner Liner Pinceau  in brown

I like the preciseness of liquid eyeliners. Brown is not as harsh as black and really matches the eyeshadow colours I often use (grey, brown, taupe)

6.  Lash Queen Mascara by Helena Rubinstein

THE best mascara ever. Makes lashes long and thick, no clumping, no crumbling. I’ve used this for years and have always searched for a substitute but no mascara comes even near! Discontinued in the UK, you can order this online.

7. Brow setting gel Estee Lauder

I simply brush over my brows in the morning with this clear gel. No more unruly brows!

8. Eucerin Dermo Cover Stick

Eucerin is a great German dermatological brand (belongs to the Nivea Beiersdorf Company). This cover stick calms irritation and covers up at the same time.

9. La Roche-Posay Unifiance Matt fluid foundation

I suffer from hyper pigmentation caused by the hormones of the pill and this non -shiny  foundation is perfect to balance skin tone on my forehead. It also provides sun protection.

10. Sisley Eyes hadow in “Toffee”

In my opinion, Sisley has the best texture of eye shadows. Buttery soft and brilliant colours with pearl sheen (not nasty glitter!). Read my post on these eye shadows here.

11. Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm

Lip and cheek balm that gives a customized, instant flush of colour. It contains pigments that react with the skin’s humidity to create a personalized hint of color to the lips and a delicate glow to the cheeks

12. Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner

I’m sure you know Bobbi Brown’s Gel eyeliner. It comes in hundreds of colours, my favourite colour is chocolate shimmer – a black brown with red bronzey shimmer. The little pots last forever and the liner holds all day!

Posted on July 12, 2012

French Belle Marion Cotilard’s Style & Beauty

Beauty/ Romantique

Fresh faced, natural make-up, scarlett red lips, a lose chignon, Repetto ballet pumps and a Maje cashmere jumper. That’s what springs to mind when you think of Parisian style. No one embodies this style as much as Parisian Beauty, actress Marion Cotillard (35).  She shot to international fame when she won an Oscar in 2007 for  her portrayal of  Edith Piaf in La vie en rose.

Her classic style is all French: At almost every red carpet event Marion stuns in gowns by French designers from Dior, Chanel and Jean Paul Gautier.

Above: Marion revels in the romantic mood in a winter floral dress and wedges by Dior, seen at Dior Couture Fall 2012 show.

Marion wearing a Breton shirt by French (of course!) fashion designer Sonia Rykiel.

Marion graces the cover of the UK August 2012 edition of Marie Claire. Her make-up: Nail Varnish “Ballerina” by Chanel. Skin forever flawless perfection in “Linen”, Blush in “Pink in Love”, Powder eyebrow pencil in “Sand”, 5 colours iridescent eyeshadow in “Earth reflection”, Blackout Mascara in “Khol black” and Rouge lipstick in “Andalouse”. All by Dior.

Marion is a fan of natural, paraben free cosmetics. Melvita’s dry hair and body oil leaves a sexy sheen on the skin.

Casual chic: Marion wearing flat espadrilles, capri Jeans, yellow top and red Dior handbag

Get her look: Stripey top by Sonia Rykiel and floral print dress by Valentino Red, SS 2012

Posted on June 12, 2012

Best of Chanel Toe Nail Varnish!

Beauty/ Romantique

For my nails, I prefer nude or pink, unobtrusive nail polish. But when it comes to my feet, this is where I’d  like to have fun!

Especially in summer, when our feet are tanned, any colour suits. My favourite nail varnish are the Chanel ones as the quality is great and Peter Philips, creative director of Chanel’s nail varnish, manages to nail new trend colours each and year.

Above: My tried and tested, favourite colours from the last few years are (from left to right):

  • Chanel 483 Vendetta: A very dark purple, almost black shade. Elegant, sophisticated, cool.
  • Chanel 509 Paradoxal: I love this purple colour with grey and shimmery blue undertones.
  • Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague: A bright turquoise colour. Match with espadrilles wedges on a St Tropez beach and you’re good to go!
  • Chanel 461 Blue Satin: Rebel’s favourite. A very dark, navy blue that shimmers in the sun. Classy and edgy at the same time.
  • Chanel 513 Black Pearl: Great dark, summery shade. A black metallic base with green and silver shades running through.
  • Chanel 555 Blue Boy: From the “Jeans de Chanel” collection, this is a cool “air force” blue. Very pretty for hands too as it’s not too dark.
  • Chanel 525 Quartz: A bronzey metallic shade which changes colour depending on the light. Reflects light beautifully in the sun and goes darker in the shade.

Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague and Chanel 509 Paradoxal in the sun

Rebel wearing Chanel Blue Satin. Sandals from BCBG

Posted on May 24, 2012

Halle Berry’s Beauty Secret

Beauty/ Rebel Alexa

Halle Berry is known for her beauty, her good genes but what’s her secret to glowing skin?

“I swear by this woman named Olga Northrup at the Kinara Spa in Los Angeles. I use her whole line of products, from cleanser and moisturizer to eye cream. She’s also got this Red Carpet Facial Kit which gives your skin a boost before going out to an event or having a special evening. It’s a light peel so you can just do it at home. Besides facials and a good skin care routine, I just try to take care of myself, eat well, and exercise. I really do believe that how you live shows up on your face.”

Kinara Red Carpet Facial Kit

For All Skin Types

The exclusive Red Carpet Facial gained fame at Kinara Skin Care Clinic as the secret weapon of stars requiring immediate, highly-visible results for their highest-visibility events. The Red Carpet Facial Kit was designed to create the same results-driven facial treatment at home and on-demand. The only side effect is loving how you look!

Close-up ready skin in 3 simple steps:

  1. Peel: Turn over skin cells to reveal refined, brighter and hydrated skin with Lactic and Malic Acids.
  2. Neutralize: Revitalize dull, tired skin with a deep cleansing effervescent sensation via Argeninge and Sodium Bicarbonate.
  3. Mask: Hydrate, soote, plump and oxygenate with Lysate extract, Pikea Robusta and Mineral Complex.

All easily applied with a treatment bowl and brush (included).


Exfoliates, hydrates, diminishes appearance of lines and large pores.

Long-Term Benefits:

Improves skin elasticity and firmness. Ensures radiant and clear skin while improving texture and pore size. Controls breakouts and acne.

Warning: Results can be addictive.

Red Carpet Facial Peel Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Malic Acid, Arginine, Allantoin, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate.

Red Carpet Neutralizer Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Red Carpet Mask Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Squalane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyacrylate 13, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Pikea Robusta Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Aspartate, Copper Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl, Glucoside, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Ceteareth-20, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Blue 1

Red Carpet Facial SPA Treatment

Fifty Minutes

$ 160

Originally designed for those who need a glowing complexion on demand, Kinara’s famous signature Red Carpet Facial is perfect for special occasions, or monthly maintenance. The secret is in the proprietary formula, which combines lactic and amino acids, creating a uniquely intelligent exfoliation system that literally steam cleans the pores, dissolves impurities, and evens skin tone. Regular treatments help to prevent breakouts, refine wrinkles, and increase firmness and elasticity. The finishing touch is a warmed application of Kinara’s regenerating Red Carpet Professional Mask, which injects a healthy dose of minerals, lysate, squalene, and sodium hyluronate in a chrono energetic action that increases cell renewal.

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