Monday, May 24, 2010

in pursit of beauty

After being given some vouchers (thanks boss) for the enodta day spa's in melbourne it got me thinking about the pursuit of beauty. Now I'm addicted to facials, manicures, pedicures and all round indulgence, but I've not been down the road of cosmetic surgery.

And after watching a doco on ABC called 'The ugly truth about beauty" it go me thinking. If you haven't seen it jump on ABC IView and have a look.

Lifestyle journalist Kate Spicer is 39, single and - like many women - not 100% happy with her appearance. She's always been sceptical about the beauty industry but now, as she approaches her forties, she's contemplating action. This film follows Kate as she immerses herself in the wide range of bizarre, radical and invasive procedures now on offer to normal women willing to undergo a gruelling quest for exquisite, youthful looks. Just how far is Kate willing to go? And will it be worth it?

With a personal interest in improving her looks and a beauty industry cynic's interest in exploring just how easy it is to be sucked into the world of cosmetic improvement, Kate wants to find out what's really involved in our quest to look beautiful. "I've got two motivations here," says Kate. "One is can I get to look better? Can I get to look hotter? But there is a more earnest desire - to try to be the guinea pig that illustrates just how ridiculously seductive that world is".

Researching the very latest procedures now available to all, Kate's journey takes her from wallet-busting nightingale-poo face masks and bull semen hair serum to the latest Fraxel laser technology and stem cell fat transfer procedure. Kate has always said she would like to grow old gracefully but as she starts road-testing the treatments on offer here and in the States, the former cynic appears seduced by the results they claim can be achieved and the instant effect the treatments are having on her looks and her confidence. But once seduced, will she know where to stop?


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