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Dior. Make Up Details from the Cruise Fashion Show.

Beautiful classic make up as presented by Dior at the Cruise fashion show.

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(Photos: http://www.dior.com)

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The Mistique of Shalimar by Guerlain. Images.

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(Photos: http://www.hprints.com)

The Mistique of Shalimar by Guerlain. Images.

Shalimar by Guerlain is one of the most bespoke and best selling perfumes ever, holding a spot on the list of world bestsellers. For decades advertising supported sales, promoting the scent in an elegant and minimalistic way, focusing on the image of Shalimar’s bottle.

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(Photos: http://www.hprints.com)

The Mystique of Shalimar by Guerlain. The History of Creation.

Shalimar by Guerlain will forever be known as the first oriental fragrance created in the history of perfumery. It was introduced in 1925 by Jaques Guerlain, who created the scent inspired by the romantic story of Emperor Shah Jahan, who fell hopelessly in love with Princess Mumtaz Mahal for whom he built the Taj Mahal and dedicated splendid Gardens of Shalimar.

Shalimar is a scent of love and passion. According to the creator, “wearing Shalimar means letting your senses take over”. This highly sensual composition with iris, jasmine and rose as heart cords is complimented by vanilla, tonka beans and bergamot flowers.

The fragrance is closed in an artistic bottle that in 1925 won the first prize at the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition, being designed by Raymond Guerlain.

La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain.

How To…? Chic Cat Eye by Lancôme.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall… Healthy Appetite.

To eat or not to eat, that’s the question… Just hold on! Is that really a question? I do hope not, as being thin to the limits of exhaustion is no more (and was it ever really…?) in fashion. The real question is what to eat to keep a healthy appetite and nourish your beauty “from the inside”.

Here a selection of some easily accessible grocery goods that are also rather affordable. It is by no means a complete list, as there are many more products that deserve place in your daily menu. It is just a beginning that one can extend according to preferences, tastes and individual needs.

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Pumpkin Seeds – a remedy for those who are struggling with skin imperfections; they contain a lot of zinc that helps to prevent acne.

Walnuts – a universal beauty remedy, serves well for shiny hair, spotless complexion and strong nails.

Grapefruit – its beautifying powers work wonders for skin troubled with imperfections as well as can strengthen blood vessels, preventing from varicose veins. If grapefruit is not a favorite fruit of yours, freshly pressed juice can be a good alternative.

Mango – works wonders for straightening the nervous system and encourages natural detox processes, reach in A, C and D vitamins as well as beta-carotene.

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Strawberries – help to conquer discoloration on complexion, great source of C vitamin as well as potassium, folic acid and fiber.

Honey – leaves skin more radiant and supports healing processes; it is a great substitute for sugar for those who need some sweetness in coffee or tea.

Sweet Potatoes – generous source of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and calcium as well as vitamin A and C.

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Tomatoes – rich in C vitamin that improves skin oxygenation and in E vitamin, that prevents skin from early aging. Dark

Dark Chocolate with min. 70% Cocoa – a great snack if eaten with moderation, rich source of potassium and magnesium nourishing the nervous system.

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Salmon – rich in Omega 3 fatty acids as well as B vitamin, helps to improve the skin condition, cure skin imperfection caused by acne, prevent wrinkles as well as helps to control hair loss; in case fresh or smoked salmon is not easy to find, Omega 3 capsules can serve as a substitute.

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Olive Oil – rich in E vitamin, makes skin look younger and more radiant.

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Water – at least 2 liters per day help to maintain the right hydration level, so do not forget to drink in addition to using hydrating beauty products, recent advice is to drink a full glass of water every 40 minutes. If working in the air-conditioned office, a generous bottle of water on your desk should be your daily companion.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall… Beauty Rituals.

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Face care is not a subject that should be taken lightly, although there is no fix recipe – it is very individual, depending on age, preferences, life style, individual skin condition as well as on a budget. There are few simple rules though and if you decide to live by them, it may happen that your skin will look younger and more glowing. It is a process and a long term one, there are no ‘one day cures’, magical elixirs or simple solutions, but for those who are systematic and persistent, results are worth it, so why not give it a try?

To begin with, let’s take a closer look at beauty products. I usually am very careful when selecting skin care products and generally prefer pharmaceutical brands, as I trust them more. Also, if possible, I like to stick to one brand, as quite often products are complimentary and work better together. I am no snob when it comes to boxes and labels, so I do not have to have best of the best, although often am willing to pay more for quality and if I am convinced that the product is really good for me. As my wise Grandmother told me once, “you can always buy another dress, but no riches in the world can buy you a new skin, so spare no expense on face care and select best affordable products”. I think this makes a valid point. However, if you are about to pay a lot for new beauty line you intend to use from now on, do not make a decision based on what you have read or heard – ask for free samples and test it. The sensation when trying a product is quite different if you apply it on the palm of your hand in a shop rather than if you used it in the area that it is meant to be used, the way you are going to use it at home. It may happen that the product that makes your best fried blissfully happy will not work similar magic for you. Why take the risk, better safe than sorry – worse case you end up with beauty products that are not good for you and that might have impose a significant cost to your personal budget.

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When to start anti – age care is another individual choice. I am not there yet, though on purpose. Having a complexion troubled from an early age and being under constant care of my dermatologist, I regularly use prescribed potions that as a side effect already offer me an anti wrinkle protection. However, if past 30, it may be a good choice to look into ant aging care and see what’s in it for you. Remember that anti aging care is not face only, do not forget your neck, décolletage and your hands, as they are exposed too all kinds of agents that can damage the skin and make your hands look older than your metrics could suggest. Regular application of rich hand creams as well as developing a habit of wearing protective gloves when doing house chores can work wonders.

There is a subject that is as applicable for the age of 15 as it is at 55. Sun protection. I am quite radical when it comes to sun and I do not sun tan. Under no circumstances. Never. My complexion is quite pale and to expose it to UV would be reckless. I gave it a try in my teenage years, growing up at the seaside resort with lovely beaches it seemed quite natural, but after some less than glamorous experiences, I gave up once and for all. For me it is not worth it, but I do understand all who love to sun tan and who would gladly live on a beach in the summer months. The remedy is simple – sun protectors with gradually reducing factors as your skin accommodates, shade in the time of highest UV radiation, big straw hat and good deal of moderation plus soothing after sun care. Having been in hot climates of Asia or Arab Emirates I can state that it works well.

In terms of smoking, it is always better not to smoke than to smoke. No extra comments needed. It is an individual choice, but if you chose not to or decide to quit, you will certainly make your skin happier.

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Last, but not least, proper cleansing when retiring for the night. Never, ever, under no circumstances should one go to sleep with a make up on and skin not prepared for the night regeneration. This is the lesson taught by my Mother, who always preached the importance of the evening cleansing ritual. It stayed with me up till now, since I never go to sleep with my make up on (well, I tried once, but I was so distressed by the misdemeanor that I couldn’t sleep and there was no other way – I got up and removed my make up). Forget all Hollywood stars raising early in the morning in a perfectly made up – it doesn’t happen in the real life.

So, to summarize – find beauty products that you feel happy with and that are well suited for your complexion, consider anti aging care if you feel it is needed in the point of life you are at, be careful with sun and never forget to remove the make up, prepping your skin for the night regeneration. Not so complicated, right?

(Photos: http://www.pinterest.com)

Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

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Moving from second to third decade of my life I started to be more conscious of some changes visible in the mirror as well as those related to my very own sense of wellbeing. I definitely need more sleep, can’t go through the day without at least one coffee, need longer than before to get through simple cold and for a very long time haven’t found a lip balm that would make my lips feel well taken care off… I get it, really – long gone are the days when I could live on muffins, pancakes and scones without gaining a kilo, sleep 5 hours and show no visible signs of fatigue. No more! I certainly do not feel old, but I definitely feel different and there is no point in denying – thirty is not twenty.

The real question is how to adjust to those changes and do best in keeping what one has and preserving it for the coming decades. I asked myself this very question and came to some conclusions that I would like to share with you over the weekend. One can’t turn back the time, but can make it pass in a more favorable way.

(Photo: http://www.pinterest.com)

Bellissima. The Look by Dolce & Gabbana.

Recently there has been a lot about Dolce & Gabbana and the only thing I can promise is that… there is more to come! Now a short summary of the recent catwalk look. I am all for make up that makes women look naturally beautiful and an inspiration with 1950ties glamour is definitely my thing.

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(Photos: www.vogue.ru)