March 2nd, 2011
Plunge in for a fish ‘pedi’
One of the latest craziest beauty trends from Japan to hit the headlines recently is the ‘fish pedicure’. The basics are simple enough, plunge your feet into a tank full of hungry little fish and as they nibble and suck the dead skin cells off to leave your feet seriously soft. In the pursuit of beauty, I am willing to try most things but a fish pedicure, surely that is just an ideal opportunity for fishes to have revenge for me being a carnivore all my life.
Despite thoughts that I was about to embark and a ‘I’m in the jungle get me out of here’ bush tucker trial, bravely off I go to the Aqua Sheko, London’s well-heeled fish pedicure spa.
Apparently these little fishes known as Garra Rufa fish, are found naturally in hot springs in Turkey where they have been softening and cleansing the skin of bathers for centuries. For fish that thrive in hot water, where nothing of much nutritional value can survive, a pair of feet is an unexpected welcome feast. Their suction-cup mouths are perfectly shaped for gently lifting dry skin away, without damaging the healthy new cells underneath, revealing soft smooth skin.
So as I plunge my feet into the tank, there’s certainly no mistaking the enthusiasm with which the little black fishies are clustering around my toes. It’s like immersing your feet in a mass of wriggling seaweed with a bizarre ticklish, fizzing sensation, which I know are not simply bubbles. Both gratified and slightly horrified that my feet are supplying such a feast, I fear they won’t know when to stop. Ignoring this thought, I begin to relax (slightly) and wait for the fishes to finish.
There is no doubt that my feet are definitely softer and smoother afterwards and the whole experience is weirdly relaxing. However I might pass on a repeat visit.
February 3rd, 2011
Rabbit in the Moon
“Kung Hei Fat Choi” . So it’s officially the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit. Time for a New Year and a perfect excuse for treating oneself to new pair of heels or a bold hair cut to symbolise a fresh start.
Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West and every year the celebrations get more extravagant, attracting an ever-expanding crowd. In London, events took place in China Town and Trafalgar Square with both areas taken over by stalls, marquees, dragon and lion dances, traditional and contemporary music, with impromptu parties popping up.
‘Rabbit in the Moon’ might be a funny expression but its is linked to the tale of the jade rabbit or the moon rabbit who is the companion of the Moon Goddess and who never grows old and thus is a symbol of longevity.
The Legend recounts the tale when three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit. The fox and the monkey both gave food, but the rabbit, empty handed, offered himself instead, jumping into a blazing fire to roast himself. The sages were so touched by the rabbit’s sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the jade rabbit.
Famous fictional rabbits in our lives:
The White Rabbit - The timekeeper in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
Bugs Bunny – Cartoon’s cheekiest carrot eating rabbit.
Velveteen Rabbit – Inspiring story of a little stuffed rabbit with similarities to Toy Story.
Watership Down – Surivial story of Fiver and Co with the tear jerking sound track of Art Garfunkel’s ‘Bright Eyes’.
Duracell Rabbit – Marketing star of a battery company. I wished that I had its energy!
Miffy, as illustrated. A true bunny icon so simply drawn.
January 10th, 2011
Now that Christmas and the Snow storms are over . . . .
Whilst walking into work today, I began to lament over the pitiful state of my nails. No longer were they objects of manicured elegance coloured in vampish red, but boringly practical reduced to a barely there length.
The reason? After months of living in limbo land of ‘offer / exchange / completion’, I had finally moved into my bijou broom cupboard of a flat. Thus the weekend was spent in a constant state of lifting and shifting; packing and unpacking; followed by the ‘pottering’ i.e. moving things around in the flat. Then it was the list of things that needed to be fixed: the changing light bulbs, hanging up curtains, putting together furniture, you get the picture I was ‘Miss DIY’ but I was enfin chez moi.
Momentary joy soon vanished, when I realised my nails were battered and looking very much worse for wear. Damn how annoying it is that! The flat may be ready for Architectural Digest’s style section, but my nails definitely did not. Cue the emergency tool kit, no not the DIY nail and varnish I had been using but the manicure one.
- Step 1: Repair and restore with Talika’s Hand Ritual Repair Kit, intense moisturising regime. Somehow I could never persuaded myself to wear Talika’s weighty moisturising gloves overnight morphing my hands to resemble an alien’s.
- Step 2: Nailtiques Nail Protein Formula 1 and 2 formula, introduced years ago by my American friend Crystyl.
- Step 3: Add a bit of va-va-vroom with one of Essie’s fabulously named varnishes such as Sugar Daddy varnish or Fishnet Stockings varnish!
- Step 4: Time to whip off the gloves to razzle and dazzle them. It’s show time.
December 10th, 2010
‘The Boyfriend’ was dragged along to watch the latest RomCom with a twist The Tourist last night. The film ticked plenty of boxes. For me, there was cool funny Johnny Depp. For him, there was the super sexy Angelina Jolie with her bee-stung lips. The film simply oozed glamour out of every scene, as the characters dashed from Paris to Venice with jet set confidence. Though there were plenty of things to watch out for, the racing of speed boats down around the lagoon; dark dealings of the Mafioso and a couple of ballroom and bedroom scenes; it suddenly occurred to me that there was something missing… Miss Jolie’s tattoos! I dare you, to spot one, because I couldn’t , perhaps I was distracted by certain Mr Depp instead!
With a long standing love affair for tattoos which seem to last longer than her relationships, I have often wondered how Hollywood actresses such as Angelina Jolie are simply able to airbrush out their tattoos. Cue to use specialist corrective makeup such as Vichy’s Dermablend Corrective Foundation range and La Roche-Posay Toleriane Foundation range which can be used to cover up tattoos and birth marks alike.
So when you are about to meet the potential Mother in Law for tea (the anagram for ‘Hitler in Law’ to quote the witty David Tang), don’t wear a long sleeved top to cover those naughty tattoos, invest in some corrective makeup instead. Simple!
November 4th, 2010
Our first lessons in beauty often come from our mothers. For me, it was my mother’s devotion to Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream. This delicious gloopy golden fix all cream, has been used to as a lip gloss to fixing cuts. Unfortunately this product has become so expensive, I have to wait til I pass through duty free.
However there is an alternative. I first came across Boiron’s Homoeplasmine on the third shelf of a Parisian bathroom cupboard at a girlfriend’s flat. Apparently it is as common as Persil over there. Even the Wonderbra supermodel Eva Herizgova in a recent interview with Vogue recommended it.
It sinks beautifully onto the lips and gives them a lovely sheen, which is suitable for the casual day wear look, so you can forget about needing to top up surreptitiously with gloss or lippie. It prevents my lips from feeling dehydrated and doubles up as a heal all balm – great on bruises, cuts and stings. One small tube has lasted me for simply ages and at a fraction of the price of a tube of 8 Hour Cream, it is a definite yes.
September 9th, 2010
Following strong customer feedback and requests, we’ve made available for online sales. Revitalash, America’s best selling Eyelash conditioner.
It is hypo-allergenic and has been specifically designed with people with sensitive skin conditions and allergies in mind to
The Revitalash Story
Revitalash all began as a way of bringing back some confidence and happiness and lifting Gayle’s spirits — the founder, Dr. Brinkenhoff’s wife. Unfortunately Gayle was recovering from breast cancer and due to the intensive chemotherapy treatments her beautiful eyelashes had become sparse, frail and fragile. So after extensive research with a team of cosmetic chemists Dr. Brinkenhoff formulated an eyelash conditioner that after a few weeks gave a renewed look of vitality to Gayle’s eyelashes.
During her recovery this product went a long way in lifting Gayle’s spirits and helping in her fight against breast cancer.
Athena Cosmetics Inc., the company behind revitalash is an organisation devoted to philanthropically supporting the fight against breast cancer.
What Revitalash does
Revitalash claims to provide longer, fuller, and thicker lashes anywhere between 3 to 10 weeks, which is a long wait indeed. It is to be applied by a brush applicator only once a day at bedtime to the base of the lashes to boost the beauty of the natural lashes.
As an authorised UK Revitalash reseller you can buy with safety and comfort Revitalash from BlissLife.co.uk
August 12th, 2010
In Style Magazine (UK) – August 2010
International Fashion Designer Alberta Ferretti’s recommends:
Avene Thermal Water Spray
‘It’s great for refreshing, toning and moisturising’.
July 5th, 2010
Vitamain Retailer Magazine (US) – June 2010
The US Vitamin retailer magazine has awarded Oscillococcinum by Boiron two ‘Vity Awards’. These awards honour the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide (US) survey of health food stores. For Best Homoeopathic Remedy Supplement in the Speciality & Herbal Supplement Category as well as Best Cold/ Flu Remedy in the Natural Medicine Category.
June 15th, 2010
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May 24th, 2010
Muffins, believe it or not are the secret to eternal happiness and that perfect addition to a dinner party.