Saturday, May 26, 2018


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Harry Says: What we can learn from Timeless Joan Collins!

Joan Collins uses less products than you would think.
Joan Collins uses less products than you would think.
Right now, there are more makeup videos on Youtube than one person could watch in a lifetime, but I think one of the all-time greats was recorded in 1980.
It's of Joan Collins being interviewed by Michael Parkinson while she puts on her makeup for the day, and much like the tutorials you see these days, she explains what's she using, how she's applying it, and includes a few tricks for young players.
She's clearly great at it - I've read elsewhere that right from the beginning of her film career, Collins insisted on doing her own face - but what stands out to me is that she uses so few products.
After foundation, under-eye concealer, cream blush and powder, Collins uses a couple of brown pencils all over her eyes and brows. She even uses the same one on her lips, which seems insane, but she ends up looking great.
Collins was probably just being pragmatic. Makeup has improved dramatically in the last 40 years and if she was making the same video now, she wouldn't need to use lash mascara in her brows. But her multi-tasking does make the point that when it comes down to it, makeup is just colour and texture. Liquids spread, creams melt, powders stay put, pencils are precise. Within that (and while noting that some products aren't eye-safe) you can kind of do what you want.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Ginger ($55); NARS Liquid Blush ($47); MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global ...
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Ginger ($55); NARS Liquid Blush ($47); MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow ($64), and Estee Lauder Brow Defining Pencil ($56).
There's nothing to stop you dabbing NARS Liquid Blush ($47) onto your lips, or using MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow ($64) as eyeshadow. For one thing, using one shade on two parts of your face will draw your look together, and for another, there's the convenience factor. The less time spent rattling around in your makeup bag the better.
Another Collins signature move? She blends almost everything with her fingertips. So long as your hands are clean, I don't see a problem with this. I'd recommend it, in fact, when using lipstick as blush. Try Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Ginger ($55). It's more moisturising than most.
Just the thing… While I'm not going to tell you to use it on your lips (times have changed), Estee Lauder Brow Defining Pencil ($56) is a worthy purchase. Pencils that need sharpening always seem to last longer than twist-up ones, and this one wears well, too. Nice texture, and we always appreciate a built-in spoolie.
 - Sunday Magazine

Friday, May 11, 2018


Joan with Frances Segelman

Joan was guest of honour at a special event at The London Film Museum earlier to raise funds for Penny Brohn UK.. The event featured a live sculpting session by Royal Sculptor Frances Segelman / Lady Petchey.
Dame Joan Collins will be sculpted live by royal sculptor Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) at the London Film Museum, in support of Penny Brohn UK.
Dame Joan Collins’ sister, best-selling author Jackie Collins OBE, died of breast cancer in 2015 following diagnosis in 2009. Ms Collins, who was adored by family, friends and legions of fans for over four decades, chose Penny Brohn UK to benefit from gifts in her memory. Despite living in the US, Jackie heard how Penny Brohn UK helps people with cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible.
Frances Segelman, whose sculpture commissions include HM The Queen said, “Dame Joan is a true star, and it has been a life-long ambition of mine to sculpt her. I am so pleased to support Penny Brohn UK, and the incredible work it does to help those affected by cancer live healthier and longer lives.”

This fundraising evening will see celebrities, family and friends of Dame Joan, Sir Jack and Lady Petchey, and supporters of Penny Brohn UK in attendance.
Penny Brohn’s daughter Jess said, “I am absolutely delighted that Dame Joan and Frances Segelman are helping Penny Brohn UK through this truly unique event. The charity, named in honour of my mum, recognises that those living with cancer need more than medicine – something she instinctively knew when diagnosed with breast cancer in the late seventies. Through a whole person philosophy, my mum lived with joy and purpose for another 20 years, well beyond her prognosis. And now, her legacy lives on in their Bristol Whole Life Approach.”
Self-taught Frances Segelman has risen to the top of her profession having sculpted a wide variety of public figures including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.
An established sculptor of personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport Frances Segelman’s recent commissions include HRH The Duke of Kent, Boris Johnson, Joanna Lumley, Lord Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Steven Redgrave and Sergei Polunin.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Joan attended the 30th Anniversary Party for Hello! Magazine held at Dover Street Market on Wednesday evening.. Also attending were Eamon Holmes & Ruth Langford & Rod Stewart & Penny Lancaster..

Joan with Hello! 's Rosie Nixon

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Check out the latest issue of 'Mayfair Times', which features this interview with Joan, available now...

Monday, May 7, 2018


Check out the latest issue of 'Hello' magazine which features a fabulous photo spread shot at Joan's sensational new LA apartment, which I was lucky to visit last week.. Also inside is an exclusive interview .. Tips for a lasting marriage --
"'You won't always agree about everything, but you need to enjoy each other's company. Percy is such an amazing man, he is so kind and so caring.
'People get married on the crest of lust. Once that's gone, they look and think: 'What the hell? Who is this person? There has to be something else to fall back on. If there isn't, they start looking."

Dame Joan Collins has posed for an exclusive interview and photoshoot inside her new luxury Los Angeles apartment. The actress and author recently moved into the 3,000 square foot space with her husband of 16 years, Percy Gibson. "I love all this space!" Dame Joan told HELLO! as she posed underneath a portrait of herself painted by her son Alexander Newley. "Nobody throws cocktail parties very often in this town, but we do, because this is the perfect space to entertain in."  Percy adds: "We both loved this apartment when we saw it, but I think it was the number of closets that sold it to Joan." Touchingly, the former Dynasty star has given pride of place to several pieces left to her by her late sister, author Jackie Collins, who passed away in 2015. "I have a lot of her things surrounding me. She moved to LA in 1968 and we made so many memories here… I miss her every day.
 In the interview, Dame Joan also reveals the secret behind her long marriage. "I think the secret to a happy marriage is to really support each other. Understand that there will be highs and lows. You won’t always agree about everything, but you need to enjoy each other’s company. Percy is such an amazing man, he is so kind and so caring." "People get married on the crest of lust. Once that’s gone, they look and think: ‘What the hell? Who is this person?’ There has to be something else to fall back on. If there isn’t, they start looking."
And she also explains the secret behind her famously ageless looks. "I was born with the happy gene and the energy gene. What makes me happiest is seeing my children happy. Honestly, life makes me happy and I’m very aware of how lucky I am. I’ve worked hard all my life, nobody has given me anything on a plate, but I wake up each morning thinking how fortunate I am. I’m very fit and healthy now – knock on wood – and I try to look after myself."