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July 2015

Beauty, LIPSTICK, Skincare, Summer

SUMMER PERFUME – PRADA CANDY KISS FLORALE, KATE MOSS RIMMEL NUDES, AND GARNIER PURE ACTIVE MISCELLAR WATER SKINCARE REVIEWS

Hello Again Lovelies

How quickly did that week go? I measure my life by Fridays and when I write this blog. This week has probably been one of the quietest ones that I have had for a while, but refreshingly so, as I have had chance to actually think for a few minutes whilst walking the puppies which is so important for us all, as I think about my blog, vlog, life, goals for the future, and just being happy in my skin. I did read an article today about Helen Mirren who on reaching 70 not only said that it was “f’ing awesome” (didn’t think she quite needed to word it like that ha ha), but that the great thing about getting older was that you basically didn’t care what others thought of you. In a way I suppose I agree, in the sense that you lose a lot of the insecurities that can be so much a part of your life in your 20’s and early 30’s and you accept who you are and become so much happier with that. Smiling as I write this …..

So what have I been trying and using this week?

GARNIER PURE ACTIVE MISCELLAR WATER
My skin as it has aged has become more combination with an oil T-zone which sometimes I struggle to keep blemish free. You think as you get older that these hormonal problems are over but in fact your hormones are changing so much that it can be almost like going back to being a teenager! As part of a drugstore skincare routine I have been using for the past few weeks I have been trying the Garnier Pure Active Miscellar Water which is for combination to oily skin and sensitive skin so mine fits into this. The other part of my face is slightly towards the drier spectrum and so sometimes I use a cleanser specifically for this but sometimes I am just using this Garnier all over if I can’t be bothered to use 2 cleansers!
Garnier pure active

It’s £3.33 for 400ml which gives you 200 uses, so how economic is that? I just put it on cotton wool pads and find that it is great at removing a full face of make up and for removing mascara such as Maybelline Lash Sensational or suchlike as I just soak the Garnier into the cotton wool pad and then leave it on my eyes for a few seconds. In the morning the Garnier is perfect for mattifying my skin in order to be able to help my foundation stay perfect for as long as possible. So although you think this product is aimed at teenagers, it’s amazing how it all comes back to you. I use this product for a while, get my blemishes under control and then move back to a product that deals with more normal to dry skin, but in the summer I do suffer more from the oiliness.

KATE MOSS RIMMEL NUDES
Firstly think Kate Moss and you think about that “I don’t want to look like I am trying look” and then think Nudes, well they go with everything and a nude nail polish will certainly go with any outfit and see why the collaboration between Rimmel Nudes and Kate Moss is so successful. When I tried to buy some of the collection to do a video I was struggling to obtain the shades in both nail polishes and lipsticks … so it’s obviously a winner. She has brought out five lipsticks and some nail polishes which I shall review in next week’s blog, but I have done a video this week on a Nude look for me using these products so go have a look if you are interested. I managed to purchase 3 shades of lipstick all of which were very creamy and beautiful to apply.

rimmel nude lipsticks

Starting with no42 – the lightest of all, this shade is just lighter than my lips and would suit the classic English Rose complexion, then no 43 the next shade which is absolutely my favourite which has a slightly more blue tone and I think looked the best on me and then 48 which is a rich chocolatey, berry sort of colour which looked quite scary at first but on me looked fine on me and I actually liked for an evening colour. Not naturally being a nudes kinda gal … this helped change my opinion to realise that I might be able to wear them after all! They are £5.49 and in Boots and Superdrug.

AUSSIE FRESH MATE BODY WASH
Famous more for its hair products than its Body Wash, most people will know the great conditioner that they do, but seeing an advert on the TV, I decided I would try this out and also leave it in the shower for my husband and stepsons to use .. in fact whoever used the shower that week! (could have been anyone!)

AUSSIE BODY WASH

With most of the contents used and asking them their thoughts too the general consensus seemed to be that it is really pleasant to use, slightly fruity, it lathers up really well in the shower and leaves your skin feeling really clean (I know that’s an odd thing to say but some products don’t leave your feeling like that do they?). It contains Eucalyptus extract which helps to condition your skin, without the product costing the earth as some body washes are cheaper, aren’t they, but they certainly aren’t conditioning your skin too. I found it in Superdrug for £2.99.

DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL SHAMPOO
So now let’s move onto Hair, and I am continually fighting a battle with keeping my hair moisturised, as I colour it, and then add to that sunshine (some of you will have had more than others as we haven’t seen that much of it in the UK lately), wind, swimming in a swimming pool on your hols, and your hair can be left a bit dull and dry. So when they were giving away samples of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo (hence the smaller size in the photo) – I thought I would give this a try.

DOVE DRY OIL

Within a single shampooing I noticed a difference in my hair – which was certainly softer, smoother and silkier haha .. I felt like I was in some TV ad, swooshing my hair all around …I am always worried that putting oil into a shampoo can make it greasy but this didn’t at all, just making it silky and this is down to the African Macadamia Oil in it. Now I personally wouldn’t be using this all the time as it almost makes mine too silky and therefore flat, but if you have lovely curls or if you like your hair straight then this would be a perfect product for you. For me it’s a little pick me up occasionally in between my other shampoos. Lovely product though. LOVE This.

VO5 PLUMP IT UP DRY BACKCOMBING SPRAY
Moving on from the Dove shampoo, you will know that I suffer with flat hair that lacks that oomph factor, and I know I am not alone in that. Sometimes volume gives me a miss as I have fine hair and lots of it and because I am looking to sometimes glam it up, I am always looking for products that will volumise my hair. So….. enter gorgeous pink can from VO5 with a spray in it that you spray into dry hair, including the roots, then you give it some jujjjjjjj ? with your fingers (that indescribable scrunchy motion that you make with your fingers to give some volume) or you can use a back-combing comb with it to achieve ultimate glamour and volume.

VO5 PLUMP IT UP

It’s a great product and I am amazed at how simple it is to change your hair and doesn’t leave any nasty residue behind either . For a more casual look I have actually used this on towel dried hair – sprayed it into the roots etc and then dried my hair with my head upside down (this is a great way to get volume into your roots). What a gem of a find this one is.

PRADA CANDY FLORALE
Now let’s do some loveliness and let me just go all gooey and swoon over my latest Summer Perfume. I was feeling like spoiling myself and have never purchased any Prada perfumes before and I spied 3 of them in the Prada Candy range. Looking beautiful, the 3 of them on a gorgeous perfume podium, I had to smell all 3 of them of course. My favourite of them all turned out to be the Prada Candy “Kiss” Florale. Firstly let’s talk about the scent. I don’t like anything too floral and this one certainly isn’t. Think Peony (OMG my favourite flower) with a touch of sweetness (not too much) and then it’s got top notes of Limoncello (haha got to be good, hasn’t it ?) which makes it a little bit fresh too which is what I like. Apparently it’s inspired, as only the Italians could, by a bouquet of flowers standing on an ice cream counter. You got me here …. Italian ice cream … to die for of course … and the gorgeous scent of peonies. I am there and want to live there … in fact I want to visit that Italian ice cream shop now! You will get by now how I am totally into the imagery and as I spritz it onto my neck, wrist and clothing and one for good luck (you never know who might be hugging you and they will love this!) I am totally transported to that beautiful Italian life … haha I can’t even speak a word of Italian. But I love Italians.

prada candy florale

Anyone can wear this perfume and enjoy its gorgeousness – it will truly lift your spirits on a rainy summer’s day and it’s not an age thing, both younger and not so young will love this. So, ok, scent done, let’s just take a moment to talk about the swoon worthy ? (not sure if that is a word) packaging on this little beauty. From the gorgeous box with the lovely pink lips all over it to the lovely luxurious gold Prada wording to when you lift out this BEAUT-IFUL bottle. I love the gorgeous round shape of it – it feels wonderful to hold, the pink toned glass making it feel nice and weighty too and the lovely gold PRADA lettering standing proud of the bottle. It does look a little bottle of luxury. They certainly know how do design, don’t they? It looks so pretty on my bathroom on my shelf and I am so loving using it and wearing it. Yes, this is Summer – my favourite time of the year.

So that’s it for this week’s round up of Beauty Items and I hope you have enjoyed it. Does anyone else like this Prada perfume as much as me ?

Couldn’t resist this cute photo of the puppies asleep side by side ….Awwww xx

puppies asleep

Lots of Love as Always

Gill

xx

Beauty, Body, Skincare

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON GETAWAY, THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN C CREAM FOR GLOWING SKIN, FABULOUS RADIAL SUNSCREEN AND JUST HAD TO TRY THAT VENUS SNAP RAZOR!

Hello Lovelies

Well welcome back to another week in the life of and this week saw me going back to Stratford-upon-Avon where I was born and catching up with family and lovely friends who I don’t get chance to catch up with. I loved my few days there and feel like I have ‘connected’ back again. Phone calls and emails are ok aren’t they, but they are not like the real thing, chatting over a cup of tea, or glass of wine. Somehow it makes me feel more complete … just shows what that area must mean to me and the people! I met up with a lovely school friend and we had such a good time chatting about our hilarious days back at our all girls school and what we had got up to … fond memories. But in with the good comes some sad as well, doesn’t it and today I attended the funeral of a dear friend of mine who lost his battle to cancer. Every time you go through these sad times it makes me determined to live my life to the full for as long as I can and to keep on growing old disgracefully! (A little photo I took of Shakespeare’s Birthplace – usually the frontage is full of tourists.)

shakespeare

THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN C CREAM
So.. catch up done … let’s get on to some beauty and see what I have been trying this week. Let’s get onto some skincare for the summer and let’s specifically focus in on Vitamin C. You may or may not know that Vitamin C helps stop those nasty things that cause premature ageing – pollution and oxygen amongst others. Used regularly in a skincare routine it can help to reduce brown spots, boost collagen production and reduce inflammation, which causes damage. So onto a product which The Body Shop produce ‘Vitamin C Cream’ which is a lovely light cream that smells amazing.

vit c moisturiser

This cream has the consistency of a gel and although when I put it on it felt a bit ‘tacky’ at first, it soon sank into my skin. This cream is probably aimed at normal to slightly dry skin so if you do have skin on the drier side, then it probably wouldn’t be enough. However, it’s got that lovely energising citrus scent and in the warmer weather is a gorgeous addition to your skincare. The only thing is there is no SPF in this so you would need to put that on your skin as well.

THE BODY SHOP NEW VITAMIN C GLOW BOOSTING SKINCARE
Keeping with the Vitamin C theme – and perfect for the day time…. if you are lacking sleep (always!) and you want your skin to feel fresher and look plumper then the other Vitamin C product from ‘The Body Shop – Vitamin C Glow Boosting Skincare’ might just be worth trying. With the benefits of the Vitamin C, and in a tube, this peach sort of BB/CC cream corrects dullness and also helps get rid of dark circles under eyes.

vit c instant glow enhancer

On really fair skin, this would probably make your skin a bit darker, but on mine it definitely brightens and helps colour correct to a soft matte finish. You can either wear this under make up or stand alone.

RADICAL SKINCARE SPF30
Now I know where some of my readers live you probably wear sunscreen a lot of the time, but in the UK, we are not very good at wearing it due to what we see as the apparent grey cloud cover we have so many days! We should, however, be looking at wearing sunscreen on a regular basis as the sun is the worst anti-ageing product of all! My skin is very sensitive and likely to break out if I use the wrong sunscreens on it hence I do spend money on a good one and the one that I am loving at the moment is ‘Radical Skin Perfecting Screen’ which has a SPF of 30. What I love about this product is not just that it has protection against the UVA and UVB rays (really important), it’s the fact that it is a 3 in 1 really, – protecting, perfecting your skin and priming.

radical skincare

Now I always love a product that does more than one task at a time (must be the multi-tasking woman in me) and this one has beautiful light deflecting properties, helping to blur small wrinkles (nothing will sort the big wrinkles out!) and some primer elements which means that it helps to provide a make up base that will last all day long which is what I want. Perhaps again one of the most important things for my skin is that it is non chemical. This cream is super light and goes on my skin beautifully, feels gorgeous that I don’t know I have it on, and best of all doesn’t clog my pores like a lot of sunscreens do. For me as well, I like the fact that it gives you a matt finish. The other nice thing is it’s a cute size that will fit in your handbag. Bonus. Again though, it is pretty expensive, but down to the potent anti-oxidants it contains.

VENUS SNAP RAZOR
Now let’s move onto a very important task that a lot of us get up to on our legs – shaving! One of my friends, convinced me a while ago to use a man’s razor as it would be stronger, better and last longer and that is kind of what I had got used to, but the down side to all of this was coming out of the shower and sometimes having that little cut around the ankles (oh how sore!). Bring on a few days away and I purchase the Venus Snap Razor and give that a try in the shower and OMG what a difference from the previous men’s one.

venus snap razor

This cute little travel razor comes in its own case which keeps it tucked away meaning I don’t cut my finger every time I delve in my bathroom bag for creams and it also has a vent in it meaning it dries out and you are not left with that sticky residue like on a lot of razors. It’s got a small mini handle which you can hold comfortably and has a cartridge with 5 blades which give the most beautiful close shave … and best of all … no nicks. This one has a lovely moisturising feel after the shave but you can get ones which exfoliate as well, which would be a really good one to try occasionally and you can interchange the blades. There is no need for any shaving gel and your legs feel super moisturised and soft without even putting moisturiser on them. This one’s a winner for me and I definitely won’t be going back to the men’s one haha.

SANCTUARY AIR WHIPPED SOUFFLE SCRUB

sanctuary air whipped

Lastly, to add to that super smooth feel which we are all looking for and to help with all kinds of circulation, it’s a well known fact that we need to exfoliate regularly. Just give it a go and see the difference on those annoying little bobbly bits on your arms!! Sanctuary’s Air Whipped Souffle Scrub is the one that I have tried this week and imagine Heaven in a Tub! That’s close to what it is as you treat your body to a decadent dessert! The fluffy souffle texture is inspired by cup cake icing and you apply this to wet skin in the shower and it really gives you a lovely smooth, soft and polished scrub. It’s full of shea butter, almond oil, mango and little jojoba beads which means it doesn’t just exfoliate but it also massively moisturises you as well. At £8 for the tub it won’t cost you the earth.

So that’s it for this week’s finds. Have you tried the new Venus Snap Razor yet? Let me know what you thought?

Lots of love as always

Gill xx

Beauty, Hair, Skincare, Summer

COTSWOLD WEDDING AND THE BODY SHOP PERFUME, COLLECTION CONCEALER, DOVE BB CREAM FOR HAIR AND SOIN MILLENAIRE SKINCARE REVIEWS

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog, sorry it’s a bit late up today, but it has been a bit of a crazy week in lots of ways. This week finds us enjoying some gorgeous Summer weather in between the rain showers (oh well helps the garden grow!) Becky, Holly and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a wedding in the Cotswolds for one of their dear friends from growing up who we have known since he was about 4 so it was such a fun day and a chance to get glammed up and get emotional (got the waterproof mascara on!) as they walked down the aisle. I just love Weddings with family and friends together to celebrate such a happy event. Little photo from it to show you what we all wore – Becky was one of the bridesmaids too. We had an amazing time and danced the night away. Not too sore a head in the morning!… Click below to continue reading.

cotswold wedding

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Beauty, Body, Make Up, Nails, Tanning, YouTube

SIZZLIN’ SUMMER BEAUTY AT HENLEY REGATTA with KIKO, DECLEOR AND SALLY HANSEN LEGS REVIEWS

Hello My Lovelies

And welcome to another sunny week in the UK. So much seems to happen in these summer months here – it is all packed in! News from me – last week I was at the Henley Royal Regatta for a few days and how I love that event . It’s a very special one for me as my husband is an ex world champion rower and his life has been spent in rowing and this year his crew were able to do a Rowpast in front of the stands to celebrate 40 years of him winning a very special event there. The girls and I and friends managed to find a slot on a crowded bank to cheer them on with tears in our eyes as it really was such an emotional moment.

girls and i at henley

 

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Beauty, Summer

MAGIC MIKE XXL PREMIERE AND KEEPING COOL AND SEXY IN THE SUMMER HEAT

Welcome to another week’s Blog and what I have been up to this week and then all things Beauty. So last night was super exciting for Becky, Holly and I as we were invited to attend the Premiere of Magic Mike XXL, walk down the carpet and face all those cameras and then watch the film. It’s a crazy kinda film with half clad men with amazing bodies.

MAGIC MIKE

Suffice it to say that girls were screaming at Channing Tatum and his cast. It was a fantastic experience for us all though and the cast came round all the cinema to speak to everyone about the film, so there was a bit of celeb spotting too. We loved it and it was the chance to put on a nice dress and meet loads of people. Good times.

Now onto Beauty …

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