The beauty game…

Email: Suggest new beauty tips, styles of make-up? (Jamaica)

Feel so wretched, just don’t know rules of beauty, no matter how hard I try! New concepts of beauty need specific skills for application with specialised types of brushes, expensive gadgets, sophisticated techniques. An ideal beauty game played by movie stars, advertising models, businesses who grab fortunes from it. Incredible.

Best Red Lipsticks 2020 – Vogue

Have seen it making women so self-dissatisfied. Starving selves, poisoning skin. Occasionally, I play the game as well, guilty. Buy eyeliners, mascaras, highlighters with hopes it’ll make a small difference?

Though, some of the most beautiful women I know have bald scalps, freckles, knuckles, spots, bulges! A child’s body is so natural, easy to live in. Why’s an adult one so hard? 

Okay, that’s enough. Time to consciously play a part in the beauty game. Favourite red lipstick – Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin. Perfume – Chanel Allure Sensuelle. A crazy effort to feel, look a little, kind of, sort of beautiful…?!

When in doubt, wear RED


Creative diary…

Email: Why do creative writers keep personal diaries, journals? (HK)

“You want to write? You need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you”, L’Engle counselled aspiring writers. Auden described his journal as a “discipline for laziness, lack of observation.” Brings forth passion, naturalness, playfulness, spontaneity, uniqueness! Helps disentangle, de-stress a cluttered mind.

A little daily journaling is great practice to quench curiosity, surrender to creative urges. Teaches how to be present with selves, capture living moments. Bear witness to genuine daily experiences. Inhabit, unleash inner stimuli, senses, imaginations, inspirations.

Always an irresistible fascination with reading diaries of artists, scientists for direct glimpses into their creative struggles. Journal is simply a real record of thought, emotion.