Getting ready to Party

As a working mother, my nights out are rare and precious. I look forward to each and every one of them and have come up with a “night out ritual” to enhance the positive feelings they create for me. Here’s how I get prepped, feel sexy and energized in 30 minutes max.

As a working mother, my nights out are rare and precious. I look forward to each and every one of them and have come up with a “night out ritual” to enhance the positive feelings they create for me. Here’s how I get prepped, feel sexy and energized in 30 minutes max.

Rule number 1: I start fresh. Taking a shower after my work day is like turning a page and creating a new beginning.

Rule number 2: I create a mood. I choose my music as carefully as I do my clothes. They both influence and mirror my mood. Beyonce, Hôtel Costes compilations and Imagine Dragons are part of my current playlists.

Rule number 3: I never get dressed before I apply my makeup. I am way too clumsy to take that risk!

Rule number 4: I use the best products on my skin. Starting with Alchimie Forever products, I mix a little bit of Kantic Brightening moisture mask with my moisturizer to benefit from the glow . My favorite foundation is Ellis Faas, which I layer with Chado’s Poudre Essentielle HD and a blend of their two blushes.

When it comes to makeup, my priorities are both eyes and lips. Depending on my outfit, I typically wear smoky or green eyes to which I add a touch of Ellis Faas E301 light. Their lights are magical and miraculous, they give me that hot and sparkly look. Sometimes, I slightly color-in my eyebrows. This last step is one I only recently added to my makeup routine, as it is a tip which Forever Boutique’s makeup artist – Shannon – gave me. While during the day I usually go for natural lips (I adore Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Lip Neutral Rose), my evenings are all about sensuality. Ellis Faas creamy lips red L401 and Hot Lips pink L406 always give a beautiful highlight to lips.

My face done, I’m almost ready to go. I slip into my dress, slip on my heels, place my lipsticks (including my must-have Chado’s Gloss Excquis) in my clutch, and come out of the bathroom feeling like I own my night. My favorite moment? When my love looks at me in awe… now I know my ritual was successful and I am ready to take on the evning – either with him, or leaving him to spend the evening with my girlfriends, knowing he will think of me all night.

April Fool’s: Don’t believe these beauty myths

As the beauty consumer continues to become increasingly educated on skin care, ingredients, treatments, I continue to encounter a few deeply ingrained “beauty myths”… As April Fool’s Day was just a few days ago, the timing seemed perfect to debunk some of these.

As the beauty consumer continues to become increasingly educated on skin care, ingredients, treatments, I continue to encounter a few deeply ingrained “beauty myths”… As April Fool’s Day was just a few days ago, the timing seemed perfect to debunk some of these.

Myth: You only need to wear sunscreen when the sun is out.
Truth: UVs penetrate cloud cover, so you should wear an SPF every single day, January 1 to December 31.

Myth: SPF protection must be at least 50.
Truth: SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 keeps out 98 percent. An SPF is a must in anyone’s skin care routine, and anything above SPF 15 is usually enough for most people’s “normal lives”.

Myth: Silicone makes your skin look better.
Truth: Silicone and its derivatives are known to clog pores and contribute to blackheads. Usually an ingredient to avoid.

Myth: Topical collagen builds your own collagen.
Truth: Topical collagen will hydrate, and plump and smooth the skin, but it will not stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production.

On that note…
Myth: Drinking collagen drinks reduces wrinkles.
Truth: The experts are divided on this topic… The truth is still being evaluated.

Myth: You have to wash your face with water.
Truth: Water can be harsh on the skin, and waterless cleansers are a great option if you are particularly dry or sensitive. Waterless cleansing (think cream cleanser and cotton pads rather than wipes please) is a very old-school (aka road-tested) European cleansing ritual.

Myth: An anti-cellulite product will make you lose weight or inches.
Truth: I wish it were that easy! Any anti-cellulite topical product that is well formulated (think caffeine) will help with the skin’s texture, and with water retention. But it is not going to change your pant size… Sorry!

Make-up your mind – mon avis sur le maquillage

Mes sœurs et moi avons grandi dans un univers résolument féminin ; et pourtant le maquillage n’en faisait pas partie. Je n’ai jamais vu ma mère se maquiller – encore moins mes grand-mères. Ce n’est pas un geste de beauté qui m’a été transmis ou qui m’a fait rêver.

Mes sœurs et moi avons grandi dans un univers résolument féminin ; et pourtant le maquillage n’en faisait pas partie. Je n’ai jamais vu ma mère se maquiller – encore moins mes grand-mères. Ce n’est pas un geste de beauté qui m’a été transmis ou qui m’a fait rêver.

Depuis que nous avons ouvert Forever Boutique, je découvre cette touche artistique dans toute sa subtilité. A chaque fois que j’y passe une journée j’ai le privilège de me faire maquiller par l’une de nos talentueuses make-up artists. Je les fais rire avec mes grands principes « pas trop de fond de teint ! pas de fard à paupière ! pas de blush ! ». Elles font le minimum… et à chaque fois je trouve le résultat spectaculaire.

Alors est-ce que j’ai adopté la trousse de maquillage ? Non. Mais je peux maintenant parler de make-up en connaissance de cause. Et voici mon bilan :

  • Le fond de teint

En faisant régulièrement des séances de lampe flash (IPL), je parviens à garder un teint clair et unifié et une peau qui reflète bien la lumière. Donc je préfère m’abstenir. Reste tout de même la problématique des cernes que je n’ai pas encore résolue…. Affaire à suivre !

  • Le mascara

Sur moi ça finit toujours par couler. Mais je ne peux plus me passer de l’effet WOW qu’il a sur mon regard. Donc je me suis convertie aux extensions. Je recommande Marie au Beauty Square – les yeux fermés!

  • Le rouge à lèvres

Les rares fois où j’en porte, je n’utilise que des teintes nude ou simplement du gloss. Je vous avoue que l’effet repulpant et hydratant que me procure l’acide hyaluronique, c’est tout ce qu’il me faut. Mes baisers sont généreux et ne laissent pas de trace…

Professional photoshoot? No problem!

There are so many things I love about working with my sisters, the list is too long for a blog post. Very near the top of the list, however, is the fact that we do “sister photoshoots,” like the one we just did this week at the Lausanne Beau-Rivage Palace for OPEN Magazine. Over the years, we have gotten better at taking better pictures. It’s not always easy to get four girls to look good in one shot… Here are our tips.

There are so many things I love about working with my sisters, the list is too long for a blog post. Very near the top of the list, however, is the fact that we do “sister photoshoots,” like the one we just did this week at the Lausanne Beau-Rivage Palace for OPEN Magazine. Over the years, we have gotten better at taking better pictures. It’s not always easy to get four girls to look good in one shot… Here are our tips.

Roxane
– I sleep a lot – both before and after the photoshoot. Before, so that I look my best, rested, glowing. After, because photoshoots drain me – and I always feel exhausted afterwards. So I plan accordingly.

– I used to do my own hair, until once I didn’t – and noticed such a difference. I know this seems so obvious… it’s as true as it may seem obvious!

– I always ask the photographer to view the pictures as they are being taken. That way if I don’t like how I look, I tweak something (the decor, my position, the light, my hair…) as the shoot is happening.

Rachel

– Hire a professional makeup artist. Always. I have been working with the same makeup artist for a while, she understands my face, my features, my style. She enhances me but does not change me. I always want to recognize myself on photos. 


– Be patient and don’t overschedule yourself on the day of the photoshoot. It may take an hour, it may take three. Having an appointment a few minutes after the time the photographer told you he or she would be done is a bad idea.

– I always have a glass of champagne right before we start shooting! It loosens me up, but it’s not enough that I can’t focus and be professional.

Cyrille

– I pick outfits that I don’t usually wear, because the things that seem hard to wear for a “normal day” are easy to wear just in photos.  

– I put myself in a playful mood. It’s not always easy to smile on command, but I try to think about how lucky I am that someone is taking my photo.

– I love to document the “making of,” the behind the scenes part of the photoshoot. It’s great for social media, but it’s more than that. I look at those casual photos after the fact and figure out where there is room for improvement, so that I can be even better next time.

Ada  

– Chin up and out! It may not feel right, but it always looks better.  


– I try to put myself in the photographer’s shoes and try to make his or her job easy. I imagine how Cindy Crawford would behave and try to model (no pun intended!) that professional behavior. 


– I wear my every day clothes (sorry Cyrille!) to feel as much myself as possible. I am not playing dress up, I am playing me. 

Fashion, make-up and heels in a hospital

Five months ago, I started my medical career at the University Hospital of Vaud (CHUV). I love my new work place but definitively not for its charm, it drastically lacks any sense of beauty. To remedy this, every day I try to bring a little of my esthetics background to work.

Esthetics is a big word. Personally, I believe it starts with taking care of yourself and feeling pretty. For me every day begins with a carefully chosen outfit, makeup and heels.

I wake up at 5 am when my husband is still sleeping, so every night before going to bed, I pick out my outfit for the next day. This way, I never throw on the first piece of clothing I find, and always seem put together, even at the break of dawn.

I have a makeup routine that take 5 minutes but changes everything: brushing, filling in and shaping my eyebrows with Chanel’s Le Sourcil de Chanel, Stila’s Intense black waterproof liquid eyeliner, Chado’s Mascara Divin and lipstick (Chanel’s Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur n°5 or Elegant’s pink). If 5 minutes is already too long, I always carry a bright red or bright pink lipstick in my pocket and I apply it in the elevator (or in the car or on the bus) in 30 seconds.

I’m on my feet all day, sometimes I need to run, but not without my heels. I have a lot of comfortable three and four-inch heels that give me confidence without killing my feet. I especially love my Irregular Choice.

Even if I’m in the O.R. all day and change into scrubs as soon as I arrive at the hospital, it doesn’t matter, I start the day by looking good, which makes me feel good which make me do good.

All about lips

If you know me, you know I love a red lip. It makes me feel polished, powerful, put together. I have been loyal to the same brands for years.

If you know me, you know I love a red lip. It makes me feel polished, powerful, put together. I have been loyal to the same brands for years.

I have been loyal to NARS lip pencils for two decades. And I still love Dragon Girl and Sex Machine. In the last year or so, however, I have discovered some new brands, both reds and pinks…

Here are my current favorites lip products.

Guerlain Le Rouge Perfecto in 01. Super soft, sheer, pink that feels like a lip balm. The pink leather case is also a jewel in itself. (Did you know that Guerlain introduced the first commercial lipstick in 1828… it was a lip pomade).

Lucie Pompette lip pencils. These have pretty much replaced my NARS addiction. Rouge La La is my favorite bright red. Added benefit: it stays on all day, actually all night too (I have had many 6 am Soulcycle classes with this lipstick still on from the previous day, after face washing and tooth brushing, and does not dry out my lips.

I take care of my lips with Aveda’s Lip Saver. The best lip balm ever made if you ask me.

 And in the dead of winter, when my lips are chapped, nothing beats Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream. A cult favorite that is just that good.

 What are you currently using?

 

“B” pour Blog

Dans mon film favori de David Lynch – Sailor et Lula – Nicolas Cage parle de sa veste en peau de serpent comme du « symbole de son individualité et de sa liberté personnelle ». Pour moi, ce symbole, c’est l’écriture.

Dans mon film favori de David Lynch – Sailor et Lula – Nicolas Cage parle de sa veste en peau de serpent comme du « symbole de son individualité et de sa liberté personnelle ». Pour moi, ce symbole, c’est l’écriture.

En écrivant on se réinvente, on se multiplie. Le chat a beau se targuer d’avoir neuf vies, moi je crois que celui qui écrit peut en avoir bien plus encore ! On peut même créer de nouveaux espaces d’existence, ou échanger sa vie contre une rêverie. Libre et libéré.

L’écriture est ma passion. Elle me permet d’aller vers l’autre et de dialoguer, malgré ma réserve. J’aime aussi sa dimension sensuelle : une dentelle d’encre, une pudeur audacieuse… Et à chaque nouvelle page blanche, une respiration profonde suivie de battements accélérés. C’est palpitant.

Aujourd’hui, mes sœurs et moi nous nous retrouvons dans l’écriture ; l’une à côté de l’autre, chacune avec son style, son tempérament, sa plume. Pour un ensemble qui promet de fleurir par le partage. Ce blog, à peine lancé, nous réunit déjà davantage et rien ne pourrait me faire plus plaisir ! Je vous souhaite une heureuse lecture de cette partition à quatre mains.

 

J’ai testé… la PRP

La semaine dernière ma fille Sasha est partie en vacances de ski. Et que font les mamans lorsque les petits sont partis ? Et bien elles dansent, pardi ! Alors à la fin de la semaine, pour redonner de l’éclat à ma peau fatiguée… j’ai testé les injections de PRP.

La semaine dernière ma fille Sasha est partie en vacances de ski. Et que font les mamans lorsque les petits sont partis ? Et bien elles dansent, pardi ! Alors oui, je suis sortie. J’ai fait des folies. Un peu, beaucoup, passionnément… À la fin de la semaine, j’ai réalisé que je n’avais plus 20 ans et surtout que mes cernes trahissaient mes nuits trop courtes. Pas besoin de vous faire un dessin : traits tirés, ombres sous les yeux, l’air fatigué, quoi ! Et le maquillage n’y pouvait plus rien. Je n’ai donc pas hésiter à tester le fameux « Vampire Lift » à Forever Institut.

Le Plasma Riche en Plaquette (PRP) provient d’un échantillon de son propre sang qu’on centrifuge pour en récupérer le meilleur. Des petites molécules magiques qui sont censés régénérer nos cellules, stimuler la production de collagène et réparer les tissus. Je prends !

Premièrement, le plasma qu’on se fait réinjecter est jaune, pas rouge. Donc le terme « Vampire Lift » peut être trompeur. L’autre chose que j’ai découvert, c’est que le traitement est franchement douloureux – d’autant plus que je suis particulièrement douillette ! Donc, mon « j’ai testé le PRP » est vite revenu à tester, en parallèle, le fameux « gaz hilarant » (protoxyde d’azote). Pour ceux qui n’en ont jamais entendu parler, ce gaz monte vite à la tête et brouille les souvenirs ; je suis donc passée de « plus jamais je ne ferai ce traitement ! » à « finalement c’était très chouette, merci beaucoup, on refait quand ? ».

La douleur provient de l’acidité de l’anticoagulant et de la technique d’injection qui vise à former des papules sous la peau. Craignant une overdose d’hilarité, la Dr. Bani a rapidement décidé d’adapter la technique à mon seuil de tolérance à la douleur : elle a opté pour de la mésothérapie (micro-perforations superficielles à l’aiguille, en nappage), ce qui est nettement plus supportable ; même si c’est un peu moins efficace ! Le soin s’est terminé par un massage doux du visage, du cou et du décolleté avec le reste de plasma mélangé à ma crème préférée, Kantic by Alchimie Forever.

Alors, verdict ? Le lendemain déjà, ma peau est plus nette, plus lumineuse, plus douce ; j’ai même hésité à me maquiller, ce qui ne m’arrive jamais ! Les bienfaits devraient s’intensifier au cours des prochaines semaines. Alors oui, je ferai le protocole entier avec les 2 autres traitements préconisés ; mais je mettrai une crème anesthésiante avant !

Et je vais quand même voir si je ne peux pas tester un autre traitement moins douloureux mais tout aussi bien adapté aux besoins de ma peau et de me 35 ans…

 

Self love

Valentine’s Day is all about loving the other, if you have an other in your life. I must admit I have mixed feelings about this “holiday.” While my sisters and I agree to disagree on how wonderful “la St. Valentin” is, what we do agree on unanimously, is that self-love is essential to wellness and happiness. And that we all still need to be reminded to practice self-love, everyday. Here is how we do it.

Valentine’s Day is all about loving the other, if you have an other in your life. I must admit I have mixed feelings about this “holiday.” While my sisters and I agree to disagree on how wonderful “la St. Valentin” is, what we do agree on unanimously, is that self-love is essential to wellness and happiness. And that we all still need to be reminded to practice self-love, everyday. Here is how we do it.

Roxane:

After two years of dating, my now husband surprised me with a delicately wrapped gift. I removed the bow from the box to discover a black see-through bra with matching panties. The instant I tried them on, I fell in love with lingerie. Whether it’s a bra, panties, a corset or a nightgown, I love them all. There’s one for every occasion, every mood, every color. My two favorite brands are Chantal Thomas and Aubade, both French, one is saucy and glamorous, the other elegant and seductive. Yes, lingerie is definitely what I associate the most with self-love. Every morning, they make me feel delicate, audacious, and provocative all at the same time. Throughout the day, they remind me that looking good, means feeling good, means doing good. Just for myself (although sometimes for him too).

Rachel:

As long as I can remember, my mother always told me that taking care of myself, of my body, of my soul was absolutely essential. Not for someone else… but as a self-love ritual. So when I am feeling down and have only myself to take care of, I go for a manicure at the Nailbar or indulge in a foot massage. I then go home, pour myself a glass of champagne or good red wine, and get into a warm, bubbly bath. Candles, lounge music and an Alchimie Forever scrub are all I need for the moment to become perfect; every single time, this ritual makes me feel relaxed, beautiful, and soft-skinned, ready to take care of others again.     

Cyrille:

Taking care of my loved ones comes naturally to me. Period, no question-mark. On the other hand, I feel self-love as more of a quest. Is it spending more time with myself? Being in tune with my desires? Does it involve pampering? Does it require being a little selfish? I am still learning what self-love really means to me. Last Saturday I practiced yoga that made me connect with my breath, my body, even my blood. After the session, still in a blissful state of inner quiet, I walked to my favorite place in Geneva – Bains des Pâquis. On the menu: sauna overlooking the lake and a vegetable soup. Add the company of a beautiful and true friend, and I can say it’s the closest thing to self-love I’ve experienced so far in 2018.

Ada:

To me, self-love is solitude and silence, and lots of creams and lotions and potions. Being alone in silence is how I reflect, recharge, and selfishly spend time on myself, with myself, for myself. As long as I’m not working, it doesn’t matter if I am reading, watching a movie, daydreaming, or cleaning out my closets during that quiet alone time. My product rituals also help me find self-love (not the bath or shower part though). It’s like all day every day I take care of others (family, team members, customers, friends). But in my bathroom, applying layers of serums, creams, lotions, I connect with myself, with my face and body. What they say about the power of human touch is so true… even if it’s my own.

Dr Roxane : la deuxième génération des Dr Polla, la relève médicale.

Samedi dernier, je me retrouve sur les bancs de l’université. Sans mon cahier cette fois-ci. Mais avec mon cœur et ma fierté, en tant que médecin, pour recevoir mon diplôme.

Samedi dernier, je me retrouve sur les bancs de l’université. Sans mon cahier cette fois-ci. Mais avec mon cœur et ma fierté, en tant que médecin, pour recevoir mon diplôme.

 

Le point fort de cette cérémonie aura été le discours du parrain de notre volée, le Professeur Chappuis, chef de service de Médecine Tropicale et Humanitaire. Il nous rappelait que même si peu d’entre nous allaient rejoindre des organisations telles Médecins sans Frontières, nous aurons tous le devoir de mettre notre humanité au service de son prochain. On pense devoir parcourir des kilomètres pour aider les autres, alors qu’avec un peu d’attention, on se rend compte que la détresse est à notre porte.

 

« Notre voisine de 90 ans qui habite au 1er, a perdu son mari il y a quelques années. Elle vit seule maintenant et a perdu son chien la semaine passée. Elle a perdu du poids ces derniers temps, mais surtout elle a perdu goût à la vie.

Notre voisin de palier de 54 ans, mécanicien de précision, voit moins bien depuis quelques temps. Son médecin lui a parlé de dégénérescence maculaire mais il n’a pas vraiment compris de quoi il s’agissait. Il craint surtout de perdre son travail s’il en parle à son chef, à qui que ce soit d’ailleurs.

Notre voisin du 6ème, banquier, qui habite l’attique de 300m2 et roule en Porsche vient de raccrocher avec son médecin. Il doit faire des examens complémentaires parce qu’on aperçoit une tâche sur la radio de ses poumons. Il est terrifié. »

 

La médecine, qu’elle soit humanitaire ou esthétique, s’exerce avec le même altruisme et la même empathie. Chaque geste et chaque parole ont pour mission d’aider l’autre à retrouver son bien-être. Pour reprendre les mots d’une de ma (désormais) confrère, “nous pouvons être fiers de faire l’un des plus beaux métiers du monde”. Une chose est sûre, samedi, j’étais fière.

 

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