Let me briefly introduce myself to you. My name is Claire, 'Hello' (**waves excitedly**). I run and own Vata Beauty, a treatment room in rural South West France, where I offer Spa and Beauty Treatments and Make-Up services. I L.O.V.E. my job, absolutely love it. Every day is a total pleasure and I find it hard to believe that what I do is actually classed as 'work'. Surely going to work shouldn't be such a pleasure?
I decided to blog as it occurred to me that as I am constantly recommending products and treatments to clients and friends that I could, in fact, share the info with as many others as wanted to hear about them. So, here I am, offering up my knowledge and sharing with you my beauty finds and loves. A word or warning, I have a tendancy to digress from time to time so do please bear with me!
It's wedding season, and the weather here has been stunning, the brides gorgeous and the venues amazing. Weddings here in South West France are becoming increasingly popular, with an ever growing number of British, American, Canadian and Australian brides choosing the Poitou Charentes and surrounding areas as their Wedding location. It's hardly surprising given the beautiful chateaux that are available here as wedding venues, breathtaking views and the almost continuous summer sunshine.
Marrying here however, means that brides and their attendants should be thinking hard about their wedding make up. An SPF is an absolute must under foundation when the sun is beating down but, argghhh, SPF can cause a white 'flash back' that is very apparent on the photos. In addition, with the intense heat, make up can 'melt' away and lose its lustre, double arghh! All brides want to look flawless throughout the entire day, and rightly so, bearing in mind that you can never be sure when the photographer will want to capture a moment or a guest will whip out their smart phone for a photo opportunity. There is, happily, a solution to both these problems. Foundation specifically designed to stay put for the entire day with a combined SPF (which does not cause the white shine under flash photography) is (yippee!) available in the form of Guerlain's Parure Extreme Fluide. A little goes an awful long way and can be layered for more coverage as required. I find that just a very light sweep of this wonder product gives ample coverage, perfecting and protecting and giving a fabulous finish. The perfect Kodak moment. With a price tag of around 45 euros, its worth hoofing over to a Guerlain Counter to get an exact match before digging into your purse and running off with your new purchase. A top tip for matching foundation to your skin tone is to check the colour against your neck and chest as facial skin tone can differ to the rest of your body and, lets face it, no-one wants to look like their head doesn't belong to their body. No matter how beautifully applied your make-up is, if it doesn't match the rest of you then the overall effect will be lost. Dust over your foundation with a loose translucent powder, I favour Chanel's Poudre Universelle Libre, to set the foundation and minimise shine. Blotting sheets are really handy too to keep in your handbag for a quick touch up throughout your 'Big Day'. With your base chosen and, before you apply, remember your primers for face and eyelids... but more on those next time!
That concludes my first blog. I have so much to share with you and I'm really looking forward to my next instalment. I hope that you have found this of interest and use and that you will join me on my blogging journey.