This week the host of Fashion Flash is Deja Pseu from Une Femme D’un Certain Age who is just back from an incredible trip to Paris and Provence. From her before- trip blogs about choosing the right travel clothes to photos out of her hotel window in Paris , I felt that I was actually along for the journey. Checking out her street shots of fashionable Parisian women of a certain age, its clear that black still reigns as the go-to color for chic French women.
I guess I’ve got a bad case of travel fever since my book of the week turns out to be Passport to Beauty by Shalini Vadhera. Its a collection of beauty tips and secrets from around the world, most of which are made from local ingredients. I loved trying a mix of olive oil and salt for winter-dry feet and was intrigued by a yogurt and tumeric paste to reduce cellulite on stomach and waist. Brazil, which has made its beauty rep with hair straightening and body waxing techniques provided a more natural sugar and lemon scrub to soften winter-dry hands.
My favorite parts of Passport to Beauty focused on natural ways to treat dark spots and patches. A common problem in Sosuth America, India and Asia, the book offers a wide selection of homemade recipes to deal with hyperpigmentation. For example a forumla from Japan adds a few drops of camilla oil to a tablespoon of sake to rub on the skin at night. From Indonesia comes a recipes of a lightening scrub based on coffee grounds. But to prevent unwanted pigmentation, author Shalini frequently reminds the reader to use at least a 30SPF sunscreen every day.
Shalini Vadhera is a celebrity make -up artist and has her own line of products called Global Goddess. I was very impressed that, unlike some doctors, she did not use her book as a shameless self promotion for her products. She mentioned her products a few times and just where it was appropriate. Nice.