All posts tagged: beauty

Must-have beauty products for your make-up bag

Written by Andrea Thorne As you’ll soon find out that I love trying out new products so here are seven of my latest favourites that I’ve tried and tested and are inside my back-to-work-after-the-summer make-up bag (it’s a thing!) #backtoworkaftersummermakeupbag Read on … Let’s start with Foundation, and usually this comes with commitment. It means surety on colour, texture, application, season, finish and never mind the whole ‘do I apply with a brush, sponge or finger tips’ debate’. All of these decisions can leave some of us feeling a little apprehensive to try out a new one each season. I, on the other hand, have been a foundation slut for the better part of 15 years, and like a lot of woman, I’m still out to find the holy grail. (But I’ll leave that to an entirely dedicated post!) For now, I can safely say my all-season but specifically for summer favourite has to be … Drum roll … Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturiser, oil free with SPF 20. It has an silky texture and is super …

Beauty Tips : Summer tanning sorted

Hey La Belles,  This post was written by my oldest and proudly beauty-obsessed friend, Andrea Thorn. Ms Thorne was wearing lipstick before I even knew what lip balm was and she has her well-manicured figure tips on all the cutting edge products and how-to’s in the beauty industy (in fact, by day she even works in the beauty world, SO glam!) Lucky for us – she’ll be a regular on La Belle Crush, so look out for her posts!) Mid-summer is here! It’s the season we’ve all been counting down to, summer sun, longer evenings, rose wine and of course stripping off the layers that winter demands for shorter hemlines and some bikini time! But if you’re anything like me, the lily whites are seriously unsightly and the unexposed flesh really requires some hard-core prepping. And when you go from 12 degrees one day to 24 the next, you need quick solutions. Nothing too demanding or too time consuming and has instant results – a good exfoliator and some self bronzing and you’ll be ready to show …

Springing into beauty action

It’s no shock that I’m obsessed with Spring – i mean after months of the cold who isn’t right? I’m definately done with Winter and every now and then Paris teases us with a warm day reminding me what to look forward to! We may still be a few weeks away but I’m already in the Spring mood, and a very red one at that. These are the beauty products helping my frame of mind along… OPI nail lacquer in Red my Fortune Cookie: There are nothing like short red nails to enliven an outfit, not that I reserve this colour only for the hotter months, in fact, I’ll choose this colour any time of year. It just feels more fitting when I can match it to my wardrobe. Clarins Eau des Jardins: The perfect scent for hot weather, and as the name implies, the fragrance reminds me of a spring garden.  Created with essential oils and dry oils – although the fragrance is not at all oily – it leaves the skin feeling more moisturised which adds extra skin care benefits. A real mix …

Brighten your day

In the middle of a very busy Paris Fashion Week I managed a calm morning at one of my favourite places in Paris, Piscine Molitor where any time spent here is sure to brighten your day. Clarins Beauty House invited myself and a bunch of other fabulous bloggers to test out their new Aquatic Treasures Summer 2015 Make-up Collection – sublime location right?   The new collection comprises a handful of colour lip balms that are light, sheer and moisturising which makes them ideal for summer, just adding a soupçon of colour. A bronzing compact which is right up my alley – I’m never one to say no to a little self-bronzing and this compact has a variety of shades in one, so you can tailor your sun-kissed shade. And for the eyes, three little pots of Ombre Iridescent (cream-to-powder eyeshadows), will finish off your aquatic nymph look! One of the Iridescent colours is a bright turquoise blue and while sparkly blue eyes can be a little intimidating, international Artistic Make-up Director, Eric Antoniotti, shared a few tips on how to get …

Nod to the bob

If the Oscar red carpet is anything to go by, then we should all be rushing out and getting our hair cropped into an awesome long-bob right this minute! Forget about Scarlett’s short back and sides, I mean how many of us can really pull that off anyway, the haircut of the moment is chic, sophisticated and hot – and while you’re at it, make sure you’re styling it to the side! Check.it.out.

My ABC’s of NYFW

A/W 2015 #NewYorkfashionweek at a glance It’s awesome that it’s still winter right?* I mean in the kind of way that as the new collections for the neeeeeeext cold season are steaming up the catwalks we can already calculate what we’re adding to our wardrobes now, or what hair, shoe and bag trends we’ll be keeping and which ones we’ll be ditching . As I try (mediocrely) hard to start a capsule wardrobe for myself – um, let’s call this a “work in process” – I’m doing a mini shop in my mind for which items I’ll be buying to add to this slow-in-the-progess capsule wardrobe. A/W 2015 fashion weeks are far from over (roll on the rest of London, on to Milan and finally my home city Paris) to finalise this mini-shop, but for now, here are a few things I’ve noticed from the New York catwalks to wet the wardrobe appetite, and a few street style favourites to give you inspiration right now… * I talk about winter, even though as I write this I’m …

Dear Doc, do I have to suck in my stomach in all day to have a flat tummy?

Every Monday morning I promise myself to lay off the baguette, drink more water, eat more raw veggies, use a cellulite cream religiously every day, oh and get to sleep earlier to help my ever darkening black eye bags. By Wednesday the boulangeries (every 20 meters or so) have cruelly lured me in, the cold weather has hampered my l’eau intake, the school run has messed with my cellulite cream and Mr Sandman keeps missing my apartment on early his rounds! However, this doesn’t stop me from enthusiatically starting each Monday with a “this week will be different” mantra. Lucky for me, this week I have a little extra help as I’ve been paging through the funny and useful “Doctor, I want to be the fairest of them all” written by Olivier Courtin-Clarins. The book is super cute – I especially love the illustrations, by Soledad Bravi – has loads of useful tips that cover the whole body. Dull skin? Tight skin? Red skin? Monsieur Courtin-Clarins has a solution to try for all of it. Which foods will help from …

Kendall Jenner’s sexy campaign for Estee Lauder

She’s 19-years-old, has 18.1 million followers on Instagram, is the famous little sister of Kim Kardashian and has recently been made the face of Estee Lauder. Kendall Jenner is not only unstoppable but she’s sexy and sultry in the debut campaign video for Estee Lauder showing off the cosmetic house’s latest product, Little Black Primer – LBP, get it? The product is an eyelash primer that amplifies volume and length and judging by the close-ups of Kendall’s lashes, it works! The reality star turned fashion icon uploaded the video on her Instagram account and so far it has received 334 568 likes, so here it is … What do you think? Leave a comment I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you liked the post, please share with your fashionista friends and follow me on Instagram and Facebook. XO

Kate Moss sans make-up for Vogue Italy

As the weekend approaches and we’re hitting some “off-duty” time, I thought I’d share Kate Moss without make-up shot by Peter Lindberg for Vogue Italia‘s January 2015 edition. I found the images refreshing after all the high-gloss, flawless, perfectly shot and retouched campaign images that we always see her in. It’s lovely to see the the real 40-year-old mom with a few freckles and sun spots, a wrinkle here and there and not-so-perky perfect boobs – she does look a little depressed about it though! (giggle) Have a happy make-up free weekend!