Beauty Tips From Mom

As we approach Mother’s Day, it seemed timely to share some of Mom’s wisdom. Not general wisdom (which you can read about here), but her beauty wisdom. Most mornings, as I slather cream on every inch of my face and body, I think of her and of her beauty tips… Here are my favorite ones.

As we approach Mother’s Day, it seemed timely to share some of Mom’s wisdom. Not general wisdom (which you can read about here), but her beauty wisdom. Most mornings, as I slather cream on every inch of my face and body, I think of her and of her beauty tips… Here are my favorite ones.

  1. A hat and long sleeves at the beach always. My Mom learned from her Mom that porcelain skin is a sign of sophistication. No tan for her, ever… And sunscreen even in the shade.
  2. Applying creams, lotions, oils, balms to your face and body is an essential act of self care. Mom sees her time in the bathroom as her time of rituals, and the layers of creams as layers of chain mail – her armor to face the day, face the world.
  3. Every year you age, you need to spend one more minute in the bathroom every morning and evening, taking care of yourself. While you can jump out of bed, brush your teeth and put your hair in a pony tail and look perfect when you are 20, that rapid of a routine does not work in your 40s.
  4. There are few things a bath can’t fix. Physical pain, heart pain, head pain. Add some fragrant oils or Epsom salts for extra soothing benefits.
  5. Never forget your neck, décolleté, arms and hands – they will give your age away before your face will.
  6. Cute feet are an essential accessory. Take care of them. She applies Alchimie Forever’s Dry skin balm twice daily to feet and ankles.
  7. She never leaves the house without mascara or lipstick on – but doesn’t use any other makeup products.
  8. She believes, as Marilyn Monroe did, that “a smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.”
  9. Look at yourself in the mirror every day. Ideally naked, full length mirror. Pay attention to the changes in your body, your skin, appreciate them. If you do this, not only will signs of age not surprise you, but you will learn to love these changes in your face and body.
  10. Confidence is beautiful.

Pleine Lune

Elles nous suivent partout et pourtant impossible de les regarder en face ; elles prennent de la place, grandissent parfois sans prévenir et nous embarrassent lorsqu’elles manquent de tenue. Mais malgré tout ce qu’on leur reproche, elles sont douées pour attirer les regards et attiser le désir. Les fesses d’une femme, c’est tout un poème… Il n’y a pas si longtemps d’ailleurs j’en ai fait le refrain d’une chanson :

Blonde ou brune

par mes fesses de lune

je t’allume.

Je trouve que le derrière mérite qu’on lui accorde notre attention. Pour lui rendre hommage, voici quelques pensées et conseils à partager.

Chez les Polla, on a les fesses bien rondes ; avec le nez en trompette, ce sont nos deux « marques de fabrique ». Étant la moins sportive des 4 sœurs, j’ai souvent trouvé que mon fessier manquait de tonicité. Alors depuis l’âge de 16 ans je me tartine de crèmes raffermissantes. À l’époque c’était Vichy, aujourd’hui c’est Alchimie Gel minceur tonifiant. Depuis mes 30 ans, je suis passée à la vitesse supérieure et je fais une cure de CelluM6 et/ou de Exilis une fois par an.

Puis, avec la maturité vient la sagesse 😉 … J’ai découvert quelques astuces pour mettre mes attributs en valeur, comme bien choisir mes habits et soigner ma posture. J’ai compris aussi que le lâché prise est une vertu puissante, et que le fait de célébrer mon corps – même les jours où il ne me le rend pas – m’élève au-dessus de tout complexe. Et finalement, mon secret, c’est l’amour. Oui, les caresses embellissent notre corps, je vous le jure !

 

Une semaine dans la peau de Dr Roxane Polla

Tous les matins je me lève à 5h pour être à l’hôpital à 6h, bien que mon horaire officiel ne commence qu’à partir de 7h. D’abord je me suis dit que de me lever une heure plus tôt me permettrais de faire du sport, mais en fait, je trouve toujours du travail à faire : étudier les dossiers de mes patients, les apprendre par cœur pour la grande visite qui a lieu le mardi matin en présence de tous les chefs, faire ma paperasse, étudier les opérations auxquelles je vais assister…

 

Les jours où je suis au bloc opératoire, je ne mange pas et je ne vais pas aux toilettes, comme si mon corps comprenait qu’il n’avait pas d’autre choix que de mettre ses besoins au second plan. Ce serait utile de réussir à faire la même chose lors des longs trajets en voiture.

 

Les jeudis sont des journées de formation. Présentations d’articles, cours théoriques, conférences… La semaine dernière, tous les internes de suisse romande voulant faire de la chirurgie vasculaire étaient réunis pour une journée d’évaluation par les chefs de tous les différents hôpitaux. Le plus exaltant c’était les stations pratiques. J’ai pu m’entraîner à suturer des aortes, des carotides et des artères fémorales sur des mannequins.

 

Le soir en rentrant, je cours dans les bras de mon mari et je me rappelle combien j’ai de la chance. Petit diner en amoureux et vite au lit, parce que ce n’est pas tout ça, mais après m’être réveillée à 5h, je suis vite fatiguée le soir.

 

Le rendez-vous le plus important de la semaine c’est l’apéro offert par le service tous les vendredis à 17h. Toute l’équipe est présente et cela permet de créer des liens et de diminuer les tensions accumulées sur la semaine.

 

Le weekend, parfois je me lève à 5h le samedi pour finir ma paperasse que je n’ai pas eu le courage de faire vendredi soir. Comme ça, je suis sûre de ne pas laisser du travail à mon collègue du weekend. Et après direction Challon-sur-Saône avec ma mère et mon mari pour visiter le musée de la photographie. Ou alors, barbecue avec des amis. Mais très souvent, en fait, c’est dodo pendant 48h d’affilée pour récupérer de ma semaine.

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.