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How To: Look Like a Celebrity…


… without any cost, pain or lasting side-effects.

Meet my new obsession: InStyle’s ‘Hollywood Makeover’.

I can’t tell you how many hours of my life I have completely lost in my infatuation with this program. I have tried on every celebrity hairstyle, copied their makeup, lipstick, eyeshadows, changed the colour of my eyes! And then I did it all again for my friends. And my family. And family friends. I haven’t stooped to making over animals but don’t think it hasn’t crossed my mind. So… to somewhat justify it – and maybe offer up a little self-examination that may lessen my condition – I want to share some of the results with you.

This was the original picture…

Me - au natural

Now check out my miraculous celebrity makeovers…

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World’s Most Extravagant Beauty Treatments


Gold… Diamonds… Rubies… Caviar and Truffles… Washed down the drain??

This is exactly what happens during some of the world’s most luxurious – and expensive – beauty treatments. It’s hard to imagine but precious gems and exotic delicacies – prized for centuries for their rare beauty – are being ground up in an attempt to recreate some of that beauty for ourselves.

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The Lipstick That Suits EVERYONE??? *New Pictures Added*


GLAMOUR (South Africa) recently offered a FREE lipstick with their magazine – a natural berry hue that sits midway between pink and red – with the promise that it was “the shade to suit everyone”.

Big claim.

My aim?

To find out if this was true. I took four very different skin tones and hair colours and tried it on all of them.

The results?

Judge for yourself…

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Bad Hair Day? It was Blown away…


It was one of those spur of the moment things… a much needed pick-me-up after a tough week. And after one of those weeks you sometimes just need your friends around you. And if you and that friend can fit in a little pampering session then all the better!

To cheer ourselves up some women indulge in shopping sprees, or gorge on comfort food, some throw back a drink or two – whether that’s glasses or bottles is really beside the point…

Of course we did all those things but the first order of business – and a key component of the look good to feel good philosophy – was get out hair done.

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

– Chinese Proverb

Cue a visit to Hersheson’s Blow Dry Bar

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How To…Get Rachel McAdams Cannes Look


With wedding makeup on the brain I was inspired by Rachel McAdams soft and romantic look for her ‘Midnight in Paris’ photocall.

The combination of neutral tones with a pop of pink was both demure and playful. Appropriately for me, Rachel’s makeup artist was also her sister, Kayleen McAdams. She explains her inspiration…

For the Midnight in Paris photo call, the dress was very youthful and fun. We knew we were focusing on the eyes and skin for the premiere [later that day], so we chose to do a bright fun lip.

Find out how to get the look here…

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When (Royal) Life imitates Art?



Two beautiful brunettes. Two society darlings. Two trend-setting fashionistas. Both marrying a prince.

One may be a real life fairytale princess and one a small screen anti-heroine with Grace Kelly aspirations but it seems that Catherine of Wales and Blair Waldorf of the  Upper East Side share one more thing in common.

This Jenny Packham blush organza gown.

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Part 3 of… How to Throw a Fabulously Retro Lingerie Party! (FOOD and DRINK)


Next installment in the series, following on from HOW TO THROW A FABULOUSLY RETRO LINGERIE PARTY (DECOR)

Let’s be honest… Food and Drink… really my favourite part of any party. Who’s with me??

I thought so…

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