Anti ageing, Beauty

HOLDING BACK THE YEARS WITH AN ANTI AGEING LASER YOU CAN USE AT HOME AND KEEP THAT GLOW GOING WITH CLARINS RADIANCE PLUS FOR YOUR BODY

Hi Lovelies

I don’t know about you, but as I age, the most important thing to me is the skin on my face … it’ s what everyone looks at and it’s not hidden away under clothes. As we age we all develop more fine lines and wrinkles and changes in texture of our skin and for me some age spots too and I also have larger pores now and a slight reddish complexion (the joys of ageing!). I am a huge fan of the beauty products that we can put on the outer layers or our skin to help hold back that ageing process, but I have also been to salons and had IPL treatment in the past to help with my fine red capillaries on my face. In fact, I had one awful experience where one salon I went to she actually burnt my face and it blistered up because she had the laser too high, even though I advised her I had sensitive skin.

So the thought of trying a laser that you can control yourself and use at home certainly seemed like a good idea to me. I have been using the Tria Age Defying Laser for 8 weeks, every evening and then the programme is to give your skin 4 weeks off.

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It has 3 levels of laser and I started off on the lightest of them all for a week then working up to level 2 and eventually I made it to level 3. After cleansing you just smooth the laser over the 4 zones of your face (they give you a diagram to follow) and it all just takes a few minutes before bedtime. The only slight inconvenience that I had was a slight redness but that disappears overnight. I have been pretty disciplined about using this most nights (apart from the odd night when I have just been ill or so shattered that I just collapsed in bed!) The laser sends messages into the lower layers of your skin and gives the cells a good kick up the backside so to speak and encourages them to renew and create new cells and collagen which as we all know is what helps your skin to look younger and also more plumped up.

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So how have I found it? Well certainly some of my very fine lines seem to have diminished and my pores do seem to be a bit smaller and most of all my complexion seems much more even which makes me so happy. I have to say the redness on my cheeks and chin seem to be all calming down as well. Overall I am really pleased with it and feel that I will probably be using this for the rest of my life lol!!!! although I think the battery lasts about 3 years. This product needs discipline! and needs good long term use to let it work at its best. It comes at a price (the cheapest I saw it for was £442), which I know seems like such a lot to shell out for a product, but this is a laser and it will last you for years and certainly has given me some amazing benefits, and compared to a salon is literally a lot lot cheaper. But most of all, some skincare products are so expensive and will never be able to achieve the same results as this laser .. and yet people spend a fortune on their skincare. I am certainly going to be a lifelong fan of this and probably even using it in the old folks home when I am 90!!! I will have the best skin of everyone lol!!!!

Click Tria Beauty for more information.

CLARINS RADIANCE PLUS GOLDEN GLOW BOOSTER BODY

Oh my gosh …. the rain!!!!! The rain has been so awful in June here in the UK, hasn’t it and we are set to have the wettest June on record. So as I look down at my arms and body, it makes me a little bit happier, a little bit brighter if my body has some tan on it. Everything looks better with a slight tan, doesn’t it? One of the problems that I sometimes have with a body self tanner though is whether I can put my moisturiser on before it, or after it, and so products like the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for my body are a game changer. It comes in a 30ml bottle which says it lasts for 3 months and the idea is that for a gradual tan ( someone who doesn’t use much tan) puts say 2 drops in with the moisturiser on their hand and rubs that into their body to add a bit of warmth and radiance to their body and then probably tops this up every 4 days.

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If however, you are someone like me who likes self tan on in the summer then I applied it daily for a week in my moisturiser (I am currently using Garnier Oil infused Restoring Lotion) and then this combination gives me that “I am fresh back from a bit of a break in Ibiza” look …. and I top it up every 3 days.

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Love that it is so easy and that there is no smell to it, which again is great for sensitive skin too and that there are no orangey tones or streaks meaning that you can customise your beautiful tan. Possibly the best thing of all though is that you can put this into whichever moisturiser you feel like using at the time, meaning no dry or dehydrated skin which can sometimes happen to me when I use other self tanners.

Plus I can easily take this on holiday too to start off with a bit of colour. The cheapest I found it was £20.80 online.

Thats it my lovelies. Please comment below if any of you have used the Tria Laser over a long period of time.

With love …… Gill xxxxx

Anti ageing, Beauty

FLAWLESS COVERAGE FROM YSL’S LE TEINT FOUNDATION AND YOUTH INFUSING EYES FROM ESTEE LAUDER

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog and update on my life and beauty! This last week I had some lovely friends over for dinner on the Saturday night and enjoyed doing lots of cooking, which I often don’t have the time to do (as I am sure you find too) .. but it was fun to be able to plan a really lovely meal and make some gorgeous food for my friends. I always so appreciate anything anyone makes for me as I understand the time and effort that goes into creating food for friends. This is a little photo of one of the desserts that I made which was actually Mary Berry’s chocolate mousse and I served it in some Royal Albert china cups which I actually borrowed from Becky. I thought that it was a cute idea to serve them like this and the mousse tasted really amazing (I love chocolate), but wasn’t too much for a dessert.

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Let’s get onto some beauty products that I have been trying this last week…

YSL TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT FOUNDATION
Everyone knows the iconic YSL Touche Eclat and how that changed how we highlight today and YSL have now reformulated their foundation with a fantastic improvement I would say. I must confess that I really didn’t get on with the first foundation they brought out as I found it too dewy and oily for my more mature skin and so was slightly cautious about trying the new formulation, but I was able to obtain a tester from Debenhams when they first came out and got matched up for the Spring/Summer with BR40. They have a fantastic range of 22 shades and the B stands for Beige and the R for rose, being perfect for a slightly pinky toned skin like mine. In the winter I would probably drop back to a BR30. The promise is to give that fresh faced look of 8 hours sleep using catchlight technology, anti fatigue complex and lots of ingredients including vitamin E to help the skin be less tired. I really love a foundation that actually helps the skin too. As we age we need more and more help evening out the tone and brightening it so I was keen to try this.

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This foundation is designed to give more intense coverage than the previous one, as well as looking and feeling light and natural which is certainly what I am looking for. The main problem area for me is covering redness and I found that it did this beautifully and that I barely needed much concealer – I did use an under eye concealer but even without it the YSL did a great job of brightening that area. So it evened out my redness (yaaay!) and I only added powder down my t-zone and slightly onto my cheeks where my pores are larger now. I love the slight glow that it gives you (it’s not too much) and with the increased coverage, and lasting longer than the previous one, it’s perfect when you want that flawless look. This is my latest go-to foundation and I am loving it. Ooh and I apply it with a brush. You could use a beauty blender but I sometimes find that uses more product and with this being quite an expensive foundation, then you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible! I got mine at Debenhams for £29.25

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ESTEE LAUDER PERFECTIONIST CONCEALER HIGHLIGHTER
What a gem of a find this is? How much do I love a product that does more than one thing? And one that is great to carry around in your handbag for touch ups at in that late afternoon time slot before you are going out after work for drinks with friends ???

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This product claims to be “youth infusing” .. oh yes lets have some of that! with a corrector/concealer at one end and a brightening serum at the other. I swipe the creamy concealer end under my eyes and find it conceals any dark circles that I have and then gently blend that in with my warm fingers and love that it is really hydrating for that delicate under eye area and that the concealer is really long wearing too. It is a lovely really lightweight concealer too and comes in some great shades. I also use it on areas of redness or any odd spot that I might have.

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Then I take the brightening serum end and apply this on my eye socket bone and take that out to the side of the eyes. The serum is lovely to apply and helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and it has colour correcting optics in it which again help to even out skintone and brighten any shadowy areas that I may have.

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Although called a highlighter, I would call it more of an illuminator as it hasn’t got as much shimmer as a liquid highlighter and it lifts the eye area and brightens the skin without being pearlescent, which in daytime might be too much.

I love it and literally carry it in my handbag all the time as I find it is an instant touch up/pick me up to the eye area and the face and love the fact that it is a two in one product.

That’s it for this week – a quick pic of me just before the guests arrived last week.

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Love to you all as always and thanks so much for reading xx

Gill

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BENEFIT’S NEW HOOLA ZERO TANLINES AND LANCOME’S JUICY SHAKER

Hello Lovelies

The weeks fly past don’t they and this last week I went for a few days to grab the final few days of the snow, skiing in France, and was lucky enough to have a couple of nice days weatherwise in the Alps with some gorgeous blue sky and lovely temperatures. It’s back to the UK now, but even here the weather has been quite sunny and thoughts with me are definitely towards having a little bit of colour on my winter skin, I don’t know about you, but I hate looking all pale and pasty!

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So onto some beauty ….

HOOLA ZERO TANLINES
From the amazing Benefit, makers of the best selling bronzer “Hoola”, comes an instant bronzer, but instead of for the face, this is for the body. Now I am looking for something quick, that I can put on last minute if I think I am going our for lunch/dinner and feel like I need some colour. Take a moment to just sit back and admire the most gorgeous packaging which Benefit do amazingly well and what I love about this little gem is that you can take the top apart and it reveals a great hands free applicator which you just squeeze the gel onto and then apply it to your arms and legs in circular motions, so you don’t get your hands all dirty!! Result!! It’s a gorgeous smooth, non-sticky (which is amazing) formula that gives your body a lovely matte bronze which looks natural and doesn’t have any shimmer, because let’s face it you don’t want shimmer everywhere.

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It’s a 12 hour tan that is transfer resistant , which is another bonus, and as I apply it it really does have a lovely colour and definitely you don’t have any streaks, so again it looks much more natural. If you want a slightly deeper colour then you just let it dry and apply a second coat, and one of my favourite things is that it leaves your skin feeling really soft and hydrated whereas a lot of these instant tans can be quite drying. Love, love, love this and will be using this a lot certainly on these Spring days when the sun decides to come out, or not! It’s £19.50 and available from Debenhams, House of Fraser etc.

LANCOME ‘JUICY SHAKER’
I have a crazy friend who whenever he used to photograph all the ladies used to say “Lick your Lips!” which used to have us howling with laughter (which he loved of course!), but the purpose was to make sure that your lips were glistening for the camera. No need to “lick my lips” now, because lovely Lancome have brought playful fun back into applying lip colour with their new Lancome Juicy Shakers.

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The Shaker design comes from an original idea from Lancome in 1946 when it was a lipstick that featured a martini shaped silhouette, when cocktails were very in vogue. It’s that same shape that you see when you open up your package and you find that the colour has gone to the bottom and the nourishing blend of apricot, cranberry, almond and peach oils has risen to the top so that it needs a good old cocktail shake! Once you have quickly shaken your cocktail/lip colour then it’s time to take the lid off to reveal the gorgeous shaped cushion applicator which is lovely to apply the wash of colour. Very chic.

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The shade I have is Meli Melon which does indeed have a smell of melon as all of the 20 different tints have different smells and another favourite of mine is Piece of Cake which is a lovely peachy colour. The lip colour gives a lovely natural pretty flush which I think is great for Spring/Summer but if you are looking for more colour pay off then this isn’t for you.

I love the fact though that Lancome have brought a fun change into the beauty regime. Enjoy your cocktail! Available from all the main beauty stores like Debenhams and Boots for £18.

Have a great week. Love as always.

Gill xxxx

Anti ageing, Eye Make Up, Make Up, Pro ageing

GORGEOUS GWEN STEFANI EYESHADOW PALETTE AND AN ANTI AGEING RETIN OIL

Hello Lovelies

I am fresh back from Florida – Orlando and Miami to be precise and the amazing temperatures of 28 degrees (bit of a shock coming back to the UK!) Oh how I loved it, both the places and the people and we hired a Mustang convertible to view the sights (must have visited most of the shopping malls in Orlando!) and then hired bikes in Miami to cycle along the boardwalks for miles to explore their beautiful city and beaches. Breakfast would be amazing at an organic restaurant and was usually eggs and bacon or avocado and fresh juice and of course, an amazing coffee. Each day I would pass cafes with people eating these amazing waffles with all sorts of incredible things on the top from strawberries to cream to ice cream and each morning I would think that I would have one of these, but sadly, I never quite got around to ordering one of these, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish it!!! Maybe next time if we go back. I cannot recommend Florida enough for a holiday for all ages … my husband and I are too old for Disney (you are never too old for Disney I hear you shout …. but until we have grandchildren, I am definitely not going), we went to fabulous restaurants, beaches, museums, and of course amazing shopping malls and if you are really lucky, or some might say unlucky, you will see an alligator!

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Let’s get onto some Beauty! …..

HAND CHEMISTRY RETIN OIL
You might or might not remember that I am a huge fan of Hylamide, well this is another product from the company Deciem, their sub brand, Hand Chemistry, containing a 1 per cent retinoid complex for scars, stretch marks, ageing and dehydrated skin. We are all beginning to realise that for anti ageing there definitely needs to be some retinol involved although some people have a tendency to be too sensitive to use this. However, Hand Chemistry uses vitamin technology to produce prescription strength Retin A results and my sensitive skin wasn’t red or irritated! Initially I was using this on my hands and have been using this for about a month and definitely noticed the pigmentation lightening and my hands much softer and hydrated, but this can be used all over your body on stretch marks or pigmentation and also on your face.

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Oh my goodness I got off the Florida flight yesterday and came home feeling really dehydrated. Yesterday evening I put the retin oil over my face and décolleté at night and I woke to the softest, loveliest skin this morning and I mean really soft and plumped up. I am making sure some goes on tonight! It has a dry oil texture so when you apply it, it really absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling on your face, which I really don’t like and it has a citrusy sort of smell, which soon disappears, and I don’t mind at all. The combination of vitamins C and E and deep sea red algae also contribute to anti ageing. I am in love with it and will probably be purchasing another bottle to use on my ageing body too. It’s available from Boots for £19.99.

GWEN STEFANI EYE SHADOW PALLETTE
I recently treated myself to the most beautiful eye shadow palette as a treat for me and a treat for my eyes. Gwen Stefani helped select the most gorgeous shades of eyeshadow for this Urban Decay palette and I was so excited as I love Urban Decay for their velvety texture, rich colours, serious staying power and blendability.

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This palette is a fantastic array of nudes, golds, taupes in both mattes and shimmer, perfect for every day and then 2 more colourful options, the pink, which I am sure to love and the blue, well maybe as a liner or a touch of it to add depth for a really smokey eye.

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The packaging is gorgeous in black and white and gold and I use the mirror all the time to apply not only my eye make up, but everything and for travel its brilliant! It’s perfect for my every day and serious smokey, neutral eyes, paired with a red lip maybe? It would make a fabulous present for someone and although it is limited edition, it’s still available. Mine will be well used and will go with me everywhere. It is available in Debenhams for £40.00

NO 7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN EYE MAKE UP REMOVER
I have previously written about one of my favourite eye make up removers, Clarins, but the rate I go through it, made me look at a cheaper version and this one was from Boots. It comes in a see through bottle and is a mix between miscellar water and an oil cleanser but you do need to shake it to mix the contents together as otherwise it might not be as effective.

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I try not to drag or pull my eyes too much when removing my make up and I shake the cleanser, put some onto a cottonwool pad and let this soak in and then place that over my eyes for a few seconds to allow the cleanser to work and then gently wipe it all off. I find it removes eyeliner, mascara and everything and it does claim to remove waterproof although I don’t tend to wear that very often. It’s less oily than the Clarins and some might prefer that. I suspect that the Clarins might clean it off slightly quicker, but the price difference is Clarins £15.20 and the No 7 is £8.50. My bank balance loves it too!

Have a lovely week. My love as always.

Gill
xx

Beauty, LIPSTICK

IS CHARLOTTE’S TILBURY’S MAGIC CREAM REALLY MAGIC? AND LIPSTICK QUEEN FOR LIPSTICK JUNKIES

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog and a quick update on my life and then some beauty. Last week I was asked to model on International Women’s Day for charity and I must admit that I was feeling slightly nervous as I have never modelled before. But it was for charity and such good causes that I couldn’t say no. So here’s a little pic of me strutting my stuff in amongst some amazing women who were so supportive and lovely that after only one gin and tonic I felt very at ease!

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LIPSTICK QUEEN VELVET ROPE LIPSTICK

A lovely friend of mine recommended I try Lipstick Queen lipsticks and I must admit I never had. I had seen them everywhere and anyway the shade she wears is Star System in the Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope line of lipsticks, based on the glamour personalities of Hollywood that glide on the red carpet past the velvet rope. Let’s start with the out of this world packaging – raised velvet on the box gives it that luxury look (if you don’t like velvet like my daughter doesn’t then this would be a no no!) and that luxury feel and coupled with that beautiful midnight blue colour it looks like the content are going to be pretty special!

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The case for the lipstick is a gorgeous chunky, heavy, gold tube with a magnetic action that keeps the lid on it and feels deliciously weighty in your hands .. I love it. Let’s talk about the actual lipstick now and I have to say it is super pigmented and absolutely glides across your lips beautifully light probably because of the vitamin E and apricot oils in it so its nourishing your lips too and gives a matte finish.

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The colour is a pinky/peachy beige on me and a pale woman can pull this off beautifully. If you have more warmth in your skin then this colour’s not for you but they do do a couple of other shades in this luxurious range. It’s pricey, at £38, but in terms of quality of product and the gorgeous packaging it’s probably worth the splurge if you are a lipstick junkie.

HOURGLASS EYEBROW PENCIL

It is the year of the Eyebrow which I am sure you must be very aware of! So let’s talk about something that I have been using that I am loving at the moment. I like something that’s pretty quick and easy when it comes to my eyebrows and this Hourglass Eyebrow pencil with its advanced formula of powder and wax in a pencil gives me great soft, natural looking and not too heavy eyebrows.

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It’s amazing because it has a slanted point which makes it so easy for me to use and then the actual packaging is heavy enough to help it glide across my eyebrows. The pointy end lets me do individual hairs and then the flatter edge lets me fill in the larger areas ( I have a couple of gaps in mine!)

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And there is a spoolie on one end which is brilliant for brushing the hairs up . The formula lasts all day, has no red tones to it and is probably the best brow pencil that I have ever used. It’s £26 and worth it!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY CREAM
Charlotte Tilbury is I think one of the most exciting brands to arrive in a long time. Her packaging is swoon worthy and a lot of the make up products are fantastic but how would her Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream fare with me,as like it or not it is £70. The history supposedly behind it is that Charlotte concocted this whilst working with models who were tired and stressed and needed something to plump up their skin and make it all dewy again.

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Firstly, as I said earlier, the packaging is a little piece of magic too with its pull away ends to reveal the most gorgeous clear jar with rose coloured twist off lid. Lovely to look at. The actual product is really creamy, fine for me as I do have quite normal to dry skin, but if you have oily skin or acne then this wouldn’t be right for you that’s for sure. It absorbs quickly into my skin and feels really soft and has a slightly pearlescent finish to it which for me is great, but again wouldn’t suit everyone. It keeps it comfy throughout the day and is great to put make up on and has the added bonus of having SPF 15 in it.

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The only downside for me at this price is that it makes great claims about its anti-ageing properties and looking at the ingredients list, the anti ageing peptides are way down the list so the amounts are likely to be quite small. It has a fragrance, which I don’t mind, but that might put some people off as well. For me … I probably wouldn’t purchase this again, as I personally think there are better, cheaper products out there to do the same job. But, if dryness is an issue for you and you have the money to splurge and want a gorgeous pot to look at and use … then it might be that it’s for you.

That’s it for this week and I am super excited to be going to Florida on Friday (I am writing this a day earlier) for ten days so I hope to have some lovely hot weather and will be blogging out there.

Lots of love as always xxx

Gill

Anti ageing, Beauty, Uncategorized

MAX FACTOR’S NEW(AND FOR ME THE BEST) MASCARA, l’OREAL NAIL POLISHES WITH OIL AND COCO VITA

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog. Sorry there wasn’t one last week .. some weeks are just chaotic with everything else and I just don’t get the time! (Awful I know ). This week it’s my birthday …. Yay!!! and so I am writing this when I can to fit around my birthday celebrations. Aren’t Birthdays wonderful and at this time of the year I have Holly’s then Becky’s and then mine all in the course of 2 weeks so it’s a bit like Christmas!! But I love it and am off to London for a couple of days with my husband, maybe take in a show. I love London… so busy and exciting but then I am glad to return to my quiet retreat in Nottingham!

So let’s get onto some beauty ..

MAX FACTOR NEW VOLUPTUOUS LASH EFFECT MASCARA
Wow!!! I try so so many mascaras and am often left wanting more out of a mascara … I don’t know whether you feel the same. My eyes are quite sensitive and I find it difficult to wear false lashes, but sometimes I just want more volume and length … doesn’t every woman? However, this week I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of new mascara by Max Factor which promises what we all want more lift and volume.

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One of the best things about going to a launch is chatting to all the experts which I love and talking to the people who came up with the idea and the science behind it and also having a top make up artist apply it to you in the right way. Wow!! what a difference. Quite the likes of the amazing brush you will never have seen before and the only way to describe it is wide fins on the brush which grip and lift the lash and load more product onto it because of it. The bristles are long and these twist around the brush to remove excess formula and help to separate my lashes more.

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Perhaps one of the best features as well is the shape at the end of the brush (my camera doesn’t really pick this up that well) but I found this helped me coat my bottom lashes so much easier than a brush and they looked the fullest they have ever looked and I also used it on my top lashes to help fan out my lashes at both ends. So two coats of this and spending more time on the roots to coat the lashes (and really getting in there!) were my learnings from the evening. I absolutely love the results and a few more seconds work with a wonderful product makes my eyelashes look incredible and long lasting. It’s now my go to mascara for fab lashes. The RRP is £11.99 but Boots have it on sale for £9.99.

VITA COCA COCONUT OIL
We all know how good coconut oil is supposed to be when using it for cooking and I for one am a big fan of it …but who would have thought that you could get so many uses out of this lovely coconut oil, besides cooking? I have a tub of this gorgeous product, which is extra virgin 100 per cent raw, cold pressed coconut oil and have been using it for more than just cooking.

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I keep my tub in my bathroom which has underfloor heating and so is quite lovely and warm and have been smothering myself in it pre-shower, including armpits and between my toes and the lovely deodorising and bacterial qualities of it means I do not need a body wash so I come out of the shower smelling lovely and with amazingly soft skin. I love the smell of coconut.

It needs to be warmed and liquid to do a lot of these things and one of the other uses I have found for it is smothering it in my hair as a hair mask and then popping a shower cap on and leaving this on my hair for about an hour, as a real treat, then shampooing and conditioning as normal and my hair feeling incredibly super soft after this luxury treatment.

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I am loving the fact that there are so many uses for this lovely coconut oil and the fact that it is extra virgin 100 per cent. Then, if there is any left over (and I am doubting there will be now …) I can always pop a little into my cooking!(only joking .. not sure that would be that hygienic … but I have a jar next to my cooker). Amazing multi tasking product..It’s available in Boots, Urban Outfitters, Amazon and starts at £5.99.

L’OREAL PARIS COLOR RICHE VERNIS A L’HUILE NAIL POLISH
I have been talking a lot about oil this week, and oil does seem to be everywhere in beauty doesn’t it and now it has come over to the nail department. I have been sampling some of l’Oreal’s new varnishes which are infused with oils (nice) .. which I had a feeling I would love because I am all about trying to nourish my dry nails as much as possible and here it is in a nail polish. Firstly, those bottles, how beautiful are they and how beautiful they would look on a dressing table or in your bathroom with their crystal glass effect – very vintage.

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And the colours … I tried the 3 above – 222 Jardin des Roses, 116 Cafe de Nuit,and 224 Rose Ballet – all such pretty dainty colours which are so easy to apply because the brush is quite thick but covers the nail really easily and applies an ideal amount to give me a fast, flawless finish. I found I needed two coats – perhaps in the darker colours available (as it comes in 22 shades) you would only need one. The colours are lovely and it gives a pretty gloss effect when applied due to the oils in it. Also it has a very slight smell of rose when it dries which is different from a lot of other nail polishes. I am in love with nudey/pale polishes at the moment and I am in love with these pretty bottles. £4.99 from Boots.

Have any of you tried the new mascara yet from Max Factor as I would love to hear what you think?

Lots of love as always

Gill xx

Anti ageing

TESTING CHANEL’S PERFECTION LUMIERE VELVET FOUNDATION AND BODY SHOP’S CUTICLE OIL

Hi Lovelies

Welcome to another blog and what have I been up to? Well I had a wonderful weekend in the beautiful city of Glasgow for my Valentines weekend. A quick flight from Birmingham and we were there and met by the sunny natured Scots whose friendliness and welcoming was apparent from the start. How lovely are they. The city itself has fantastic architecture, lovely old streets and buildings , fantastic museums (which are all free) and amazing shopping. It boasts being the best retail city outside of London. We stayed at the lovely Grand Central Hotel literally attached to the beautifully refurbished railway station there which had such an amazing central location so you could walk most places.

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The other fantastic thing to do as well was to do the city bus tour and stop off around Glasgow at the many places there are to see and we stopped off at the Riverside Museum which houses all kinds of old cars, methods of transport and street museum from days gone by. Although it was pretty cold up there (with snow on the peaks of the hills as we landed), it is an amazing city … one of the highlights as well for me was going to the Willow Tea Rooms, which was designed by the famous architect Rennie Macintosh. We absolutely loved it and will definitively go back and there is such a lot to see.

Here’s a quick pic of me on Valentines Day -sorry the light wasn’t great in the hotel room.

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Let’s talk Beauty now ….

CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIERE VELVET FOUNDATION
And this week I was super interested to try the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation – one of the new velvet generation foundations to be so on trend now. I have watched and heard quite a bit about the foundation and was keen to try it on my more mature skin and see how it performed. The first thing you notice is just how liquid this foundation is and you have to be careful, and ready when you squeeze some out that it doesn’t run off your hand … so be ready! Like most Chanel foundations it has quite a fragrance to it, but thankfully that didn’t seem to bother me, as I have quite sensitive skin and sometimes it can be things like the fragrancing that cause me to break out. It also does have alcohol quite high up on the ingredients list so if you have a problem with that then it’s not for you.

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But it is that gorgeous texture, as light as a feather, that literally feels like velvet on your fingertips (as I apply it with my fingertips as I don’t want to waste any, because this piece of gorgeousness was £33.00 from Selfridges and I literally don’t want to waste any!) It’s a light to medium coverage that evens out the skin and gives you pretty much perfected skin, if you haven’t got any marks that you want to hide, for most of the day and lasts that matte finish for certainly a good few hours without even powdering. It’s so light, it literally feels like you have nothing on your skin.

My skin is normal-dry and for me the most essential part of this application is applying this on really hydrated skin and definitely using a very good primer, or sunscreen before applying the foundation. If you have slightly drier areas then this is going to cling to it.

Other plusses are that it has an SPF of 15 and the bottle is so chic, and light for travel, which for me is fantastic, easy for storage too. If you love the new velvet matte kinda finishes and you have well maintained skin, then you will love the lightness, texture and finish of this baby … for me sometimes I like a little bit more glowiness in my foundation so might well be mixing something in with this for my HG.

THE BODY SHOP ALMOND NAIL AND CUTICLE OIL
almond cuticle

I am on the plane writing this week’s blog with my beauty travel essentials firmly in my little plastic bag… and as I feel my hands drying in the plane’s air con, I am reaching for my little trusty Body Shop Nail and Cuticle Oil (Almond). In the middle of winter here and being ravaged all the time by elements, air con! and heating I pop this little gem in my handbag and apply it several times a day to save my cuticles and nails becoming even more drier than they already are. Hands definitely show the signs of ageing, don’t they ??

almond cuticle 2

When I first purchased this from the Body Shop, hehe, it took me ages to work out how to get the product out as it’s a slim pen when you pull the cap off with a brush at the end and you twist the bottom of the pen to click the product into the brush … but I was obviously having a blonde moment for a while as it took ages to work all this out!!! Anyway once it was fully functioning I loved it .. and its so easy to quickly brush the oil round my cuticles and let it soak in. My cuticles certainly love it and when they have softened up, there is a rubber cuticle thingy? shaped like a hoof -perfectly shaped for your nail – less harsh than a metal one – that you use to push the cuticle back carefully with. For drier skin types like moi, this little pen is perfect and a favourite in my travel bag and to use at the office, of wherever I am. It’s not the cheapest, but its handy and effective and smells nice too!!

That’s it from me this week ….off to see if there is any snow … thankfully I think there is loads and have a lovely week whatever you are doing.

What are your thoughts on the Chanel foundation if you have tried it? Love to hear from you as always.

Lots of Love

Gill xxx

Hair, LIPSTICK

MY NEW HAIR!! AND KISSABLE LIPS FOR VALENTINES FROM GUERLAIN

Hi Lovelies

OMG!!! Time is really flying now and it’s nearly Valentine’s Day ……… Whether you have a partner, boyfriend, or husband it’s about spending time with someone that is special to you. This weekend my husband and I are lucky enough to be going away to the city of Glasgow, staying in the lovely Grand Central Hotel there and going to the restaurants and sights of this city. My husband’s family is originally from there so it will be particularly special for him too … so yes ….. I’m excited!!

Anyway, New Year, … changes, and most of you know from reading my blog that I have quite fine hair and am always trying to get more volume into my hair. I am sure a lot of you reading this have fine hair and whether you have always had fine hair or whether it is due to that lovely ageing process which can thin the hair, well I decided that I would have extensions or enhancements as I prefer to call them, to thicken my hair. The majority of enhancements that the salon fits are for women 40 plus upwards to 75 years! Why not!!!

Lots of people think that having extensions is to give them length, which of course they can do, but it is also for thickness. I went along to a salon in Nottingham called M Hair, who specialise in hair extensions from Great Lengths and had a consultation with the lovely James who advised me on colour and length and then shortly afterwards I had the enhancements fitted.

great lengths

Now although I do have longer hair, I would be equally happy to have enhancements in shorter hair too, a bob for example, just to give me a bit of volume. My only concern was whether I would feel the enhancements in my hair, and actually if I would be able to sleep with them in, but amazingly, the system that they use with Great Lengths enhancements has unique bonds which are kind to the scalp and lay flat, as opposed to some that I have seen in other salons where it is a circular bond, so after having these fitted and as I cautiously put my head on the pillow that night, I was so pleased that I didn’t really feel them at all and had a great night’s sleep! (Sleep is so important!). What do they feel like? To be honest the quality is amazing, probably the best there is and I can’t tell the difference between my own hair and the enhancements.

hair extensions

What’s it like to wash it? Well you have to use shampoos which are kind to the bonds, but I use a good shampoo and conditioner anyway, and to dry it …. well I blot the hair with a towel and wrap it up in a towel to remove the excess moisture and then blow dry my hair as normal, using a special paddle brush. How pleased am I with the result? I absolutely LOVE it for the extra volume that they give me and also love the whole quality behind the brand with not only it’s ethical sourcing, but at whatever point I have these enhancements removed then M Hair came up with the idea of donating them to be made into wigs for children who are suffering from alopecia and cancer … what an amazing idea. So I am super happy with my new look.

GUERLAIN LA PETITE ROBE NOIR LIP COLOUR
I can’t do a Valentine’s Blog and not have a to die for red lipstick in there to create those kissable lips. This year my lips will be adorned with the utterly lovely new lipstick from Guerlain that I picked up in London this week at the House of Fraser. They have dedicated an entire make up collection to its La Petite Robe Noir fragrance and the shop was full of huge displays advertising it for Valentines.

guerlain la petite robe

There are 20 lipsticks, so one for everyone and 8 nail polishes. The packaging is adorable and beautifully creative with a lovely upside down heart on the top which you twist to propel the bullet. I also love the fact that it is see through so that you can see the colour – it makes it so much easier to select your lippie for the night.

guerlain close up

I love a shiny lipstick and this one doesn’t disappoint with its lovely balmy and moisturising texture and can either be worn sheer or layered up for intensity, which is the way I wear it. Berry Beret is my colour of choice and it’s a gorgeous red with pink undertones and also a slightly fruity fragrance. A gorgeous choice for the lips and also for the make up bag, as it’s a joy to use. Love it!!! It’s £21.50 from House of Fraser.

Have an amazing Valentines Day if you are out on a date night …. and even if you aren’t then make sure you do something nice ….xx

Lots of Love and let me know in the comments what you are doing on Valentines Night.

Gill xx

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ARDELL’S NEW PRESS ON FALSE LASHES – THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS! AND MY NEW GLASSES !!!!

Hey Lovelies

It feels like a while since I sat down to Blog and that’s mainly because I find January such a hard month to get excited about. I employ all my survival tactics to get me through … but even then it seems just like such a long, hard month, doesn’t it and to add to that, this last week the girl’s grandma was ill for a few days in hospital and then passed away, which has been such a sad thing for them to bear and has meant long hours in hospitals and waves of sadness at the passing of such a feisty lady who we thought would live forever! So I have been doing my Momma thing and trying to support them in whatever way I can.

So I am beginning to pull out of this … and wanted to tell you about what I have been trying this week. I have never really worn glasses, not until a few years ago when I just thought my eyes were tired and it turned out they were permanently tired and I needed reading glasses and a bit of distance! Anyway, this week, saw me excitedly picking up my new glasses from Specsavers which is where I always go, and this time I went for designer glasses that Twiggy has launched for Aurora.

gill glasses

There are several within the range, but I went for a lovely pair of deep fuchsia pink glasses that are slightly cat eye in shape (which I think is very flattering), and then to glam them up a bit more, as sometimes, glasses can be a bit plain, can’t they, well these have got beautiful crystals down the sides of them ….. so pretty. Even the Aurora case for them has got a pretty diamante in it. I hope you can see the detail in the photo I took.

close up glasses

Twiggy is such an icon, isn’t she, and I think it’s fabulous that she has helped design her own range of glasses. They are really comfortable and light to wear so I don’t really feel like I am wearing glasses, because I do have a bit of a hate feeling around glasses! I am super happy with them and have them on at this very moment, whilst typing this! They will certainly be worn a lot!! I hope you like them on me too and mine were £125 from Specsavers.

THALGO HYALURONIC EYE PATCH MASKS
To help cope with the lack of sleep in the past week, and basically anytime that the area under your eyes needs a good sorting out ….. I reach for these amazing little babies. Oh my goodness … each sachet contains two crescent shaped eye patches that you literally just stick under your eyes. All the celebs wear them before an event and certainly if you were up early in the morning – that early morning flight you have to catch or that early morning presentation you have to do and you want to look your best then you would pop these on for 10 minutes.

thalgo

(Grab a cuppa whilst they are performing their amazingness! ) They are full of gorgeous marine hyaluronic acids and amazing for plumping up those little wrinkles and smoothing out that under eye area. They work even better if they are kept in the fridge too! Your eyes feel incredibly rested afterwards as well. The best place I find them is Feel Unique, £28 for a box of 8 pairs. I think I could be addicted to these …. as I am definitely not a morning person hehe ….

LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER RADIANCE
Now here’s a different little primer that I have been loving….. a lovely creamy, liquid primer that has a pearlescent finish to it and added colour to bring a lovely healthy glow to skin tones. It feels really silky smooth to apply and definitely helps even out my skin tone and help the foundation that I put on the top stay locked on!

laura mercier primer

If you had amazing skin then you would even love to wear this on its own to give your skin a subtle glow but I use it as a great base for my foundation and this little primer also has a few anti-oxidants in it, which most of them don’t. Not enough to get over excited about but at least it is helping and it also has oils to nourish the skin. A multi-tasking primer! Like it!

ARDELL PRESS ON LASHES!
Now … when I saw these … I immediately knew that I was going to love them. As someone who has tried false lashes and just can’t get on with them, finds them uncomfortable and just hasn’t the time to mess around with all that glue … someone must have been watching me .. because that is why Ardell have brought out such an amazing product. Press on Lashes! Apparently the main blockages to women wearing false lashes is Time, and Difficulty of Application. That’s Me!!!!!

Hollywood Movie Magic launched the false eyelash trend in 1916 and women wanted to look the same as their screen idols but Ardell didn’t get going until 1971. My daughter Holly loves Ardell – their Wispies, and I frequently put them in her Xmas stocking or give her them along with her birthday present as I know she loves them and will use them. Her eyes look amazing with them, but I just couldn’t get on with the ones that she uses, so you can understand my excitement that actually now I might be able to sometimes. These press ons are exactly for people like me who don’t wear them every day – I might wear them to a special event or birthday party and the problem with that is that I never practise with the glue and don’t have the technical skills to apply. No problem with these – you just peel them out of the box with your tweezers, making sure they are about the right length for your eyes and if not trim a little bit off the length. Then position them on the lash line and give the eyelashes a squeeze all the way along to make sure they have stuck.

ardell

I can’t tell you how easy these are to apply – no fumbling around with the glue and struggling because of my not so good eyesight! These strips are far more comfortable and cushioning than the normal ones too and so for sensitive eyes like mine they are amazing. To remove them, you just peel them off – no pain! Apparently you can buy glue strips from somewhere to re-apply to be able to use these again but at the moment I haven’t found any so please let me know if you know of where I can purchase some.

There is no doubt that these Ardell lashes, in fact most false lashes in general, do make your eyes look fabulous … and that’s how we want to look, isn’t it girlies?? I got mine from Superdrug £8.45. Not cheap, I know, but if it’s a special occasion and you haven’t worn them before then you want to be trying these lovely comfy ones instead of some of the others, and if I can find the glue strips then you could probably use these for about 10 occasions so that’s not too bad.

Lots of Love to you All and thanks for following me :)

Gill xxxxx

Positive Thinking

My Top Tips for How I am Going to Stay Happy and Healthy in January and the rest of 2016!

Hello Lovelies

It’s been a while since I have blogged and I must confess I have actually enjoyed a lovely break at Christmas and New Year and spent time with family and friends and for me it is a time to reflect on the past year and also to re-evaluate what I am happy with in my life and what, if anything, I need to maybe change. (Sometimes, that isn’t always possible). All the people around me set New Year Resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but I tend to hold off a bit and see what I think is achievable and possible to do and so by a couple of weeks into January instead of feeling like I have set goals that I can’t achieve, and give up on them, I am hopefully easing myself into my new goals and feeling like I can stick to them and the reasons why.

Christmas was amazing and incredibly busy for us as a family, wanting to spend time with my own two daughters and then my husband’s 3 children as well as spending a lovely Christmas breakfast with special friends to start the day off just right. Then it was continual feasting and present opening until we were exhausted to the point of bursting at the end of the day. But oh how I love it and I know I have said in the past that the most important Christmas present that I can have is spending time with family.

girls xmas and me

We were then lucky enough to be able to go to the French Alps on Boxing Day and chill out after a chaotic build up to Christmas seeing everyone and present swapping. There hasn’t been that much snow in the French Alps and so the skiing was poor for the first few days that we were there, but that gave us all the more time to spend time together in the chalet, chatting, playing games and watching box sets of TV that we had taken out with us (this time it was the turn of the series Intelligence which I must say was brilliant!) I never normally have this sort of time to be able to do this, as I am sure if you are reading this, then you probably feel the same way, so it takes a slot in my magic memory banks and hopefully stays there forever.

girls skiing on lift

I am not a great skier, I am ok , probably intermediate standard but I just love being in the mountains and in the snow (when it eventually fell) but probably one of the greatest gifts that a holiday gives you is that time for reflection … so what are my hopes, thoughts for 2016?

1. HEALTH – perhaps the most important of them all. I have lost some special family members over the last few years and a special friend too and it really does keep on reminding you that we are only here temporarily and personally I want to be here as long as possible! January is a tough time for a lot of people to get through, after the expenses and excesses of Christmas everything seems to feel a bit dull and the weather is generally so much colder so that we stay indoors more and for some people it can be incredibly lonely. For me it is absolutely essential for my mental and physical wellbeing that I keep exercising – above anything else this makes me feel better and although I don’t do that much, probably about 40 mins 5 times a week of exercising and that is at about 75 per cent of my heart rate (I always use a heart rate monitor) so it’s not crazy stuff and I am lucky enough to have a tread mill at home which means I don’t have to go out anywhere running across fields in bad weather (certainly not my style anyway!!) It’s true that after exercise you get these amazing endorphins whizzing around your body and you can tackle anything life throws at you.

I also try and eat as healthily as I can and I am trying to cut down a little bit on alcohol in January (not that I drink a lot anyway), but found myself in the run up to Christmas just drinking most days purely because of the socialising. And I try and eat plenty of fresh protein, vegetables and fruit, but I do have chocolate, in fact I had quite a bit for Christmas that I am eating up, and find that actually some dark evenings, a bit of chocolate cheers me up!!!
2. VITAMINS – I do take vitamins, as I think particularly as you get older and are not burning off as many calories, it’s hard to take onboard the amounts of food of the correct variety to give you your daily nutrients. The right nutrients are so important to keep us healthy and I take various vitamins and particularly in the winter Vitamin C, which I take daily in the effervescent tablet form, to help with my immunity and fight off colds, I also take a spoonful of local honey every morning on my porridge. Perhaps the most important one for me, that I take, and have taken for years is Cod Liver Oil. My parents always used to take this and I was given this every day as a child!

seven seas cod liver oil

The one that I really like and use at the moment is the Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil in the Extra High Strength as I figure I need all the help I can get with the High Strength as I get older. It has been scientifically proven that Cod Liver Oil is such a rich source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that we need to help with the normal heart, vision and brain functions, so I consider that pretty high up on my list! I take one of these in the morning ….

3. TRAVEL MORE! – Even if it’s just a weekend away every now and then we all need something to look forward to and in particular, January is a great time to plan one of these or an annual holiday. There is something so exciting about putting all the plans together and travel for me is one of the best things that I can do in life. I have been lucky enough to travel with my husband, but also love time away with my daughters and I am so looking forward to going to Ibiza this year (not the clubs I hasten to add!)

ibiza

with a friend who lost her husband last year and so I suggested to her that we go there as I have never been there before and she and her husband used to go there every year, and she can show me around. She is so so excited about it … and it gives her something to look forward to as well. One of the things my Mum used to say to me was “You don’t remember how many times you dusted the skirting boards …. you remember the places you went and the people you went with” … and I am carrying on her zest for life.

4. SPRING CLEAN! (Where did that one come from!)
I am probably the only one that does this, but I like to plan at the beginning of the year what I hope to be able to change or do in the house …. does this bedroom need decorating this year etc and should I bother updating the dining room and turn it into an office ….. or should I just leave it another year as a room which is never used lol!!! Houses seem to need continual maintenance, don’t they? and it’s an area that I don’t think I am very good at and definitely need to work on some more inspiration for that …so January might be spent looking at Pinterest!

dining room

And if you are not familiar with the site you are missing out. Have a look at it … there are all sorts of sections of interest and once I found it I have become hooked .. it’s a way to plan and cheer yourself up through January. (Hasten to add the picture above is not my dining room – it’s from Pinterest, but dreaming … it’s probably the dining room I would have). Have a lot of fun dreaming and planning for 2016.

Lots of Love

Gill xxxx