Beauty Notes: Laura Mercier

There is nothing to set me apart from any other 50 plus woman on the street but I do like good make-up and with each passing year I find it a greater challenge to find products to suit me. I call it midlife beauty in retreat. A few months ago I wrote about putting your best face forward, here. I mentioned my frustration over finding a make-up consultant that I could put my faith in. They were all too young, were to quick to give me 'the latest' and could not relate to my plight (midlife beauty).

I am happy to report that I persevered and met two women who have been more than helpful. I now  have two great consultants and a few 'reliables' in the Laura Mercier make up range that I can no longer do without.

I have Kamanza behind the Laura Mercier counter at Harvey Nichols in London to thank for giving me 'the talk' on foundation and lip colour. With a few tweaks here and there I finally found the right products for me, Hydrating Foundation Primer and Creme Smooth Foundation applied with a Sponge. Using all three gave the finish I was looking for. Sigh of relief.

Kamanza also took the time to help me find better shades of lip colour. We talked about clothes, fashion and bad hair days.  I left with a few shades of Lip Plumper and Creme Lip Colour to give me an extra lift. With my credit card in despair, I had to stop. As I left, she mentioned working on my eyebrows next. Of course, I have been able to think of nothing else since.

Yesterday, I had an hour to spare before the Chelsea Flower Show and thought I would test my luck once more.  I stopped in at the Laura Mercier counter in the  Peter Jones store on Sloane Square and met Jamie, another good listener.  I mentioned Kamanza's comment about my eyebrows and got the all knowing smile in return. When she said she could take 5 years off me, she had my full attention. She first sent me across the aisle to 'Blink' to have my eyebrows threaded. This was a totally new concept to me but I thought why not...5 years? I'll take it. I asked a million questions, laid back, and watched as the woman wielded her threads ( a spool of regular sewing thread) in whizz bang fashion. I sat up, looked in the mirror and was pleased and relieved. It was an improvement.

 Sartorial Male, review on Blink, here

I then headed back to Jamie at Laura Mercier. Jamie showed me the trick to touching up eyebrows with the Eye Brow Pencil .  Did you know there are three points on our eyebrow that we should look for when defining our brows?  Jamie added soft flicks of natural colour followed by a brush. I felt like a new woman.

How to, here

She had another suggestion and put me on to a great tip for those of us who with thinning eyelashes ( a phenomenon of midlife beauty).  Laura Mercier makes a great product, Tightline Cake Eye Liner which you apply with the Flat Eye Liner Brush. It can go under the lash line and just on top, depending on the look you want to create. I love this product because it eliminates the 'draw on' factor which can look a bit tragic if you can not draw with precision.

There you have it, a few Beauty Notes...hope there are one or two ideas in here for you too!

Jeanne xx

Laura Mercier products here

After Hours

Mary Jane Russell by John Rawlings,
Vogue, December 1953

Just loving this is rich in detail
and I so want to dress after hours in an outfit like that. :)
Mary Jane Russell was a fashion model in the 1940's and 50's.
She was often a subject of photographers, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Irving Penn.
More, here.

Just admiring....

the style of Coco Chanel.
via Adorn London

The bits and bobs on this charm bracelet.
via Liberty Post Gallery

Emerald green on Angelina Jolie.
via Style with Anna

Thinking that I could take to these
 like bees to honey...
via Deja Voodoo

and how nice it would be to slip this on,
via Moniques Vintage Jewelry

or maybe these instead.
via Liberty Post Gallery

Admiring most of all the understated elegance 
of Catherine Deneuve. 
Vogue, 1969 via We Heart Vintage
Just admiring :)

C.Z. Guest: Understated Elegance

I imagine their was a martini awaiting C.Z. Guest shortly after
this shot. I like to think so. It is a beautiful image with 
detail flowing thru every corner of the room including the touching
 moment with her dog. The lighting is magic along with the her beaded gown, 
the simple gathering of her hair into a chignon bun and of course...her pearls.
Understated elegance.

American socialite, C.Z. Guest in beaded evening dress.
Photographed by Lord Snowdon 
for Vogue, April 1959

Irving Penn's 1954
Vogue portrait of C.Z. Guest

More on C.Z. Guest, here.

What will you be wearing this summer?

January 1974
Photograph by Oliviero Toscani

I picked up this card in a shop the other day.
I liked the description on the back of the card.
It all seems so simple when you look at a wardrobe this way.

The Albini Bird
What you'll be wearing
if you're an Albini bird.
Shirts looser.
Sleeves shorter.
Hats all the time.
Sandals flat.
Skirts long.
Busy gloves and hats.
Small spots and narrow stripes 
through to checks and big squares.
A circle of black linen skirt, 
peep-toe sandals one-inch high,
black and white, straight from Milan.

My Own Bird
Shirts loose.
Sleeves rolled.
Jackets linen.
Cardigans cashmere.
Skirts long.
Scarves sheer.
Pants capri.
Jeans rolled.
Hat straw.
Sandals flat.
Jewelry simple.
Sunglasses tortoiseshell.

Tweet Tweet :)

What are you wearing this summer?

card via cardmix

Royal Wedding: Miriam Clegg

I have to say, of all the Royal Wedding hats, this turban was one of my favourites. 
Miriam Clegg (Miriam Gonzalez Durantez), lawyer and wife of Liberal Democrat 
party leader, Nick Clegg carried it off beautifully. 
There were many beautiful hats on display, plenty of structure,
but the fluidity and freshness of her turban was perfection to me.

Her dress was by Spanish designer Miguel Palacia,
turban hat by milliner Conchitta, shoes by Zara 
 and leather gloves by Aspinal of London.

What are your thoughts on Miriam's ensemble?

 Images; 1, 2, 3


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