Fragrance File: Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle

Earlier this week I shared with you the beautiful new short film from Lancôme starring Julia Roberts called Happiness by James Gray as well as an EXCLUSIVE interview with Julia Roberts

To celebrate this beautiful campaign one more time, today I’m sharing a bit more about what took place behind-the-scenes…

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Julia is a girl next door and glamorous fantasy rolled into one. Who better to make us believe that happiness is so accessible?

The director chose to shoot the film in The Lot, one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios that has witnessed the birth of many a cinematic masterpiece, including Guys and Dolls starring Marlon Brando, Some Like it Hot starring Marilyn Monroe and The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen. There, he gathered 100 technicians and 175 extras against a majestic backdrop that took more than 15 days to build and install. Though the backdrop was in fact three backdrops as Gray’s vision for the new opus of La vie est belle comprises a liberation in three steps.

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In the short film you may have noticed that the French capital is shown by Gray from a bright new perspective.

“It was a huge challenge, as you can imagine, with Paris so often celebrated in cinema. To showcase the city, I wanted to display an immediately recognisable part – the Eiffel Tower – but in a mostly unfamiliar setting. So we opted for an unusual play on light with a pink-stained sky,” explains Gray.


But now to really go behind-the-scenes I suggest you wear the gorgeous scent that propels Julia to a new dimension of happiness… maybe it will inspire you to do the same?

The good news is that I’m giving on lucky Becoming you reader the chance to WIN a 1 x 50ml La vie est belle Eau De Parfum from Lancôme worth R 1 280.00          

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This Eau de Parfum contains the noblest ingredients (Concrete of Iris Pallida, Jasmin Sambac Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Patchouli Essence) lain on a bed of fine delicacies. A unique olfactory signature exclusively created for Lancôme by three of France’s leading perfumers. La vie est belle or Life is beautiful is a philosophy of life and happiness. A universal declaration to the beauty of life. 


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

    1. Everyday I wake up I say Thank You ~ choose to be Happy. For All my Blessings ~ never concentrate on what I don’t have but am Grateful for what I do have ~ This Moment is All we have ~ Love the People who You are Blessed to share this journey called Life ~ Smile at the Little Things ~ and Most Importantly PRAY about Everything ~ Life will Always throw us a curve ball ~ But You choose how you are going to bat it ~ Choose Well <3

  1. I live life beautifully by smiling when others are smiling, and celebrating the successes of others, with them, creating more and more laughs and smiles. Because what is a beautiful life without a smile?

  2. to be happy you have to always look at the good in everything, never expect anything in return and you will never be disappointed..

  3. I live life beautifully by always wearing a smile and helping and motivating other wherever I can. Life is beautiful as long as you look on the bright side of it.

  4. Wow, I would so love to win this fragrance and carry with me a new, fresh, soft delicate scent this year and make this my signature scent <3

  5. I live La vie 😉 by loving every minute of life! The occassional dance in the rain or blowing bubbles with my son… Not caring weather the neighbours think iam a little craze…lifes too short for regrets!

  6. I live life La vie est belle by being true to myself. By always showing empathy towards others. By not focusing on the petty things in life (Don’t sweat the small stuff). Stop living vicariously through others. Give away love to feel more of it. Practice forgiveness. Look at things from a new perspective. Life is beautiful, something as small as a smile can change a person’s whole day. – Would love to win this GORGEOUS fragrance!

  7. I am living my life beautifully by simply following my dreams of being a healer. After all the pain in my life, I quit my dead end corporate job to pursue a career in Educational Psychology. I want to make a mark in this lifetime so that my t-shirt will say that “I have lived”. So when you see a happy go lucky 30 something lass with a gorgeous smile, just know that she is living a beautiful life filled with purpose. Who cares if there were moments filled with struggle and frown lines. I am living my best life now and that’s all that matters!

  8. Life is beautiful when there is love in it. If you want to have a beautiful life, you need to have someone to love. I have many people I love and care for. Love consciously. Treat it as your duty to love all. Look out for them in the world, take care of them, be a supporter of their life. Discover what love means to you and how you express love. The by-product of this kind, can only be beauty. I have also shared this giveaway on Twitter (@flutterbymegs). fingers crossed.

  9. To live a beautiful life you have to live your own life, love everyday and laugh everyday and try to a better person that you were yesterday

  10. I live life beautifully by always wearing a smile and helping and motivating other wherever I can.

  11. This would be PERFECT for me… Just before my 40th birthday, I had a slight midlife crisis 😉 and got a new tattoo on my forearm which reads “life is beautiful”! And it is… I have a beautiful & caring daughter, a gorgeous loving husband, a great business and it can only get better! <3

  12. I am living my life beautifully by simply following my dreams of being a a true person. I take care of myself and the people around me – love to win this awesome prize for my wife – liked and shared on facebook also followed you on twitter and reweeted

  13. By taking pleasure in the small things in life and seeing the beauty even in the simple things, and always being present in the moment.

  14. There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
    ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

    La vie est belle …Life is beautiful….Because I am comfortable (finally!) with my perfect imperfection.

  15. I live life beautifully by following my dreams and being true to myself. Also by being the best I can possibly be and never giving up hope no matter what.

  16. I believe the most important factor towards a beautiful life is LOVE♥♥♥ Spread love and happiness wherever you go, smile at strangers, pay a compliment to someone even if you don’t know them, help the unfortunate and donate old clothing and food. All of these acts fill my heart with so much love and I find it so rewarding. And lastly, make peace with yourself, we are our own worst enemies! Be grateful with what you have, know that imperfection is perfection and what makes us unique. Live everyday to its fullest because you only get one shot at life, make it count!♡

  17. I live life beautiful by making sure that I do something that is exclusively for me that makes me happy.

  18. I live life beautiful by making sure that I do something that is exclusively for me that makes me happy.

  19. Life is beautiful to me because I have lived and been living a life of true abundance. At 17 I met the love of my life and this year we have been together and married for 6 years. We have had the incredible privilege to live between the U.K. And South Africa. We have so much to be grateful for. The life that we have been given, the love we share, the family we adore, the two beautiful countries we can call home. It’s in everything we do and have that makes us truly have a beautiful life.

    La vie est belle

  20. I love being with my husband and sons and their girlfriends, love seeing my girlfriends now and then, love keeping healthy by swimming and walking, love animals around me, I love the simple things in life – it doesn’t take much to make me happy ?

  21. Life is beautiful because it only comes once, you only have one chance to live it so why not wake up as a blank canvas everyday and and paint yourself beautiful everyday (my philosophy), I live my life beautifully by keeping it happy and simplistic no matter what it throws at me and with the bad things just remember that life is a beautiful struggle (la vie est une belle lutte) another philosophy I live by, because we learn and we become wiser and we become better people from our trials and flourish.

    *Crossing my fingers for this one it would be an awesome birthday present for my birthday on 25 Feb 2016*

  22. Life is beautiful its only when you appreciate the small things in life we realise why its so beautiful as my grandmother always said a smile can brighten anyones day even if you dont know it so smile an show how beautiful life is

  23. Life is beautiful because you never know what is happening next. Live life and be kind to others around you, you never know what it is to stand in another person shoes on that day. Be kind to people, it doesnt take much.

  24. I live life by endeavouring to follow the golden rule at all time! Being available and ignoring negativity and dissension! Keeping a gratitude journal changes one!

  25. A beautiful life is one that makes you feel fully alive which can be achieved by what u choose to focus on , the mind is a powerful tool

  26. Life is beautiful when you let light shine through you and rise above all negative circumstances that you face.

  27. Life is beautiful when you realise that it’s the only one you have and every day is a blessing with a chance for you to shower others with love and beauty – even if it’s just a friendly smile, or a helping hand. You can give so much of yourself by doing the “simple things” in life and warming the hearts of others.

  28. Life is beautiful when you realise that it’s the only one you have and every day is a blessing with a chance for you to shower others with love and beauty – even if it’s just a friendly smile, or a helping hand. You can give so much of yourself by doing the “simple things” in life and warming the hearts of others.

  29. Life is beautiful, I wake up every morning and look into my childrens smiling faces and see all the evidence I need to actually see how beautiful life really is!!

  30. How I La vie est belle, My name inspires me, Nompilo means mother of life. Life is meant to be beautiful and celebrated. I am a woman and I am strong naturally. I am a girly girl, love make up, doing my hair, nails, and absolutely love smelling good. When you look good, you feel good. I live a beautiful life.

  31. Living life beautifully for me is been positive and enjoying each moment no matter how good or bad

  32. La Vie Est Belle to me is a symbol of Overflowing Love. Loving myself everyday in the best way I can. Empowering other women with sentiments of passion & inspiration. Highlighting the value of fragrance therapy , touch therapy … Secrets of cosmetic science through makeup artistry. My freelance talent Farishta Faces. Exclusive Make Up Design & Much More. Sharing the secrets of magnetic beauty & uplifting the emotional well being of women that have been through traumatic lifestyles & have neglected their inner beauty… Igniting their confidence levels with passion & poise.

  33. Life is beautiful because I choose for it to be beautiful with a positive mindset and always having a smile on my face. And life it’s extremely beautiful when u have someone to share it with and I’m lucky to have someone:) shared on twitter my twitter handle is @b_balutto
    I loooovvve the smell of this perfume and would love to own it:)

  34. I live life beautifully by taking one day at a time and being grateful for blessings big and small ♡

  35. I live life to the fullest by buying things I like..having my hair done..having plenty of me moments..spending time with people I love and enjoying life’s daily pleasures

  36. Live life beautifully by living life simply and honestly.. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but a scent can be smelt by all and compliment inner beauty☺

  37. Life is beautiful when you appreciate the small things in life and when you have your family around you

  38. They say laughter is the best medicine. So I am living my life by being happy and cheerful and making the people around to do the same.

  39. They say laughter is the best medicine. So I am living my life by being happy and cheerful and making the people around to do the same.

  40. By making the most of everyday…. After I lost my dad, I realised the true meaning of ‘tomorrow is promised to nobody’, so I always make sure that the ones I love, know it and I try to never go to bed angry with anybody I care about 🙂

    Stunning giveaway and this campaign is really so polished and sophisticated! I have to go try this perfume if I don’t win it 🙂 Have shared on Twitter (@GA_Simone)

  41. I live “La Vie Est Belle” by starting my day out with giving thanks for everything….. from sunshine to the people I love, to my wonderful country and incredible children, to the food in my fridge, the roof over my head and the health in my body. By allowing an attitude of gratitude to permeate and flow in my life, I truly am blessed to say La Vie Est Belle!! 🙂

  42. La Vie Est Belle – a beautiful phrase, a beautiful life! Life is very often hard, challenging, tiring and stressful, but through all of that, it’s so important to look through at the diamonds that shine, the moments that take your breathe away, the stories that make memories! I try live a life that is shining to others, that’s full of God’s glory, that gives and loves and hopes 🙂 xxx La Vie Est Belle!

  43. Life is beautiful when you find inner peace and happiness and realize that its up to you to create your own beautiful, special life – to rise above all the negativity that is out there, to reflect and meditate on all the positive things and find your own strength.
    La Vie Est Belle sounds like the signature fragrance for women who have managed to do this, who are beautiful and serene and fulfilled in the path they walk.

  44. I live life La Vie Est Belle by believing that LOVE starts from within…it’s really true. You need to make peace with who we are before you can even allow someone else to love you…Love yourself deeply and connect with your Creator…

    There’s nothing as refreshing as that statement.

  45. Lancome have produced one of the most soecial fragrances ever! Been lucky enough to smell it! It would be my most prised fragrance should i be lucky enough to win!

  46. Life is Beautiful, such a true fact being able to wear such an amazing fragrance would make any woman feel beautiful – There is more to life though beauty is in the way you life life daily, being kind to the elderly, allowing them go step in front of you at a store check out point; smiljng at the cashiers – you would be amazed how their attitude hanges towards you; purchasing a pie and cold drink for your car guard who earn a living doing so by earning money to feed their families not only just handing over cash as they stand out in the heat, cold and rain. They too need to eat. Life is no dress rehearsal – we have but one chance at it, not always so easy as some of us are going through trying times ourselmves! However make the most of your own particular trials and tribulations, always reme ber to be kind as it cost you nothing to smile and say good morning.

  47. One doesnt need to be beautiful on the outside, but if your heart is in the right place and show you show respect to the elderly, disabled and everyone you meet it will make that inner beauty shine out for everyone to see – its so rewarding – give it a go….. you have nothing to lose out on.

  48. I live my life beautifully by living each day to the fullest, appreciating every moment along the way.

  49. My life is beautiful – I have a mum 80 I have 2 grandsons – I have 2 daughters – I have a job – I have food – I have a home


  50. My life is beautiful by bringing sunshine into the lives of others – love Julia Roberts and would love the perfume!

  51. My life is beautiful because every morning I catch a glimpse of my beautiful family lying in the bed next to me. My Husband, my two year old son, and my unborn baby girl moving around in my belly make my life a beautiful one and I am truly blessed.

  52. Life is beautiful, cause when we wake up we can breathe and choose to be happy no matter what, it looks like a stunning perfume and I would love to try it!

  53. Life is beautiful. This year, I have set my sights on marvelous adventures and hope to achieve great goals. Not having enough time to pamper myself any longer, this fragrance will give me the strength and confidence I need to get through the day. What a beautiful thing it is, to have such worth.

  54. I live La vie est belle (Life is beautiful) by waking up everyday and saying: Thank you Lord for blessing me with another day, another chance to see my loved ones, another opportunity to see all the miracles that surround me, another day to live life to the fullest with love, gratitude and faith

    1. Life is Beautiful all too often we take it for granted! La Vie Est Belle is my soul – do good not only to our fellow human beings take care to keep your fur-babes dogs, cats, any two or four legged animals without lovjng and being an animal lover, one has no idea of what unconditional love is – I have just kissed and given my rescue Basset Mommy ❤ and wished her a good nites rest, that to me is just another small example of being beautiful and taking care of those who cannot fend for themselves.

  55. Life is beautiful and I live the beautiful life by living healthy, well and strong and keeping close to friends and family.

  56. My biggest dream is to win a gorgeous fragrance for myself…. I would love to be the proud of this fabulous fragrance… Xxx

  57. I live La vie est belle by keeping a positive attitude no matter what life may throw at me, spending quality time with those that bring value, meaning and a positive energy into my life, not sweating the small stuff as life is way to short to waste time and energy on things you cannot change, being grateful for all that life has to offer me.

  58. I live La vie est belle by being a strong independent woman that follows her dreams, treating my body with respect by staying healthy and fit, enjoying life to fullest.

  59. I live beautifully by always trying to be kind to people, giving when people are in need, or simply listening to their stories / problems. Always smile at people even when you don’t want to. I know I am blessed with what I have, which is so much more than most.

    1. Sounds as though there are a few of us who believe in putting others needs; no matter how small ahead of our own. Without giving it a second thought! ❤ that, quite honestly always know that far too many people go to bed with empty bellies and always be charitable, weather with your time or by doing a good turn for someone you can see is in need?! Appreciate whats important and beautiful to you as an individual.

  60. Every woman is unique in her own gorgeous way! To live beautifully is to accept who you are, not just in a physical sense but the spiritual and the mental way. There is no other woman on this earth but the one reading this post. Embrace your inner beauty, as much as you would your outer beauty.
    Smile, because you never know who would fall in love with your smile

  61. I admit, I have a beautiful life. I don’t mean to brag, but I love the life I have and there is no other life I’d rather live. This wasn’t always my truth.

    Many years ago, I didn’t think I would one day have a beautiful life. I had a terrible attitude, a soul-sucking job that I occasionally enjoyed, superficially at best, and I pursued things that would always leave me feeling empty. It took me a long time and a lot of work to get to where I am.

    Today, like everyone, I have my own struggles.

    I have personal deficits that I’m aware need fine-tuning (or major overhaul). I’m susceptible to sadness, negative energy from others, and occasional feelings of helplessness about the troubles of the world. But I focus more on laughter, celebration, and the depths of life. Overall, life is beautiful.

  62. I live the ‘Life is beautiful’ philosophy by seeing the good in every day, and embracing all opportunities that come my way!

  63. By being the epitome of love! The law of love and the law of attraction is what makes this life beautiful! How bland life would be without love, without emotion, and without deeply connecting with others.

  64. Gawsh there are so many of us who would ❤ to win this delicious fragrance. Kathryn I actually saw the advertisement on telly last night for the first time- no surprize given Julia Roberts movie magic moments assuming we all know exactly which movies she has starred in besides just the romantic comedies – this woman really is the epitome of La Vie ‘e” Belle as pronounced! Have enjoyed every movie shehas ever starrd in, she is kinda like you’d NEVER be dissappointed if you watched one of her movies.

  65. For me “life is beautiful ” is not just about the beautiful physical things we see around us every day , but the beautiful things people do for one another, when they take care of an older person or a sick person, when they help a baby bird that fell out of a tree, when they give some one a compliment just to see them smile, that is beautiful! and seeing that makes my life feel beautiful! I try every day to do something beautiful for someone else , it makes the world a better place 🙂

  66. I live the La Vie Est Belle philosophy by being the best person I can be every day. When I get up in the morning, I put on a smile even though I don’t always know how I’ll make it through the day. I am entering the working world soon as an educated, soon-to-be-professional lady and will make my signature scent known to reflect the person I am becoming.
    I love and am lucky enough to be loved, and that is what makes life beautiful. I am inspired and seek to inspire. I work to make myself better every day, a better thinker, a better friend, a better woman. Beauty is change, beauty is transformation. I have been forced to change and transform — living away from my family, my friends, I have become a strong, independent thinker. I have seen the beauty in other people’s lives, people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. People who smile and get up in the morning, just like me, only they may not be getting up from a warm bed at all, maybe just a spot in the street and yet they seek to inspire with their smiles and positivity. They inspire me with their drive to work hard, and they are truly the ones who deserve this beautiful perfume to make their life more beautiful.
    My next adventure is to move back abroad to become a teacher in order to inspire those who have had such an impact on my own life. Lancome had an impact on my life, for a brief, fleeting moment when I was offered the chance to smell the wonderful scent at the perfume counter of a department store. It transported me back abroad, back to the months in which I finally gained my confidence. I knew then that this scent will be with me when I enter the working world, and although I cannot afford it I know it represents me.
    Thank you, beautiful souls, for taking the time to read my story and thoughts of the day. I’m sure many of you, like me, are students soon to be in the working world who are making their way. I wish every one of you luck and happiness, and I would like to thank Kathryn for the care you put into your craft and for giving us this amazing and beautiful opportunity.
    Life is very beautiful, and this stands as a testament to that. Have a splendid day…

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