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November 2015

Beauty, Eye Make Up, Make Up

SAY GOODBYE TO WINTER SKIN WITH ELEMIS PRO COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM AND BOBBI BROWN’S ANSWER TO DARK CIRCLES

Hi Lovelies

Welcome to another week in the life of …. and this week has seen me struggling with that awful cold, like I am sure loads of you have been, such is the change in the weather. My appetite has waned (good for weight loss hehe!) and I have been drinking loads of tea and Vitamin C! But, I am coming out the other side and will be back on top to my normal enthusiastic self, whereas this week has been that awful,”I am too tired to do much”, which totally isn’t me. That crazy pre-Christmas season is nearly upon us and I need to be ready for it …. fully prepped and ready to go! I am off to London again tomorrow for meetings and of course, some shopping, and am hoping to go to the gorgeous Christmas Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London – possibly have a go ice skating on the rink there … although that could be disastrous particularly after a glass of mulled wine from the beautiful stalls there at the Christmas market. Fingers crossed!

ELEMIS PRO COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM
Let’s get on to some beauty …. and help to say goodbye to that Winter Skin as one of my Holy Grail products Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream makes it to the front of the pack of products again. This cult moisturiser is what shot the Elemis brand to fame and onto everyone’s radar to help them become the huge brand that they are now. Formulated with marine extracts this cream claims to help reduce wrinkle depth and help improve your skin’s texture and tone.

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I love Elemis and certainly the quality of ingredients is reflected in the price as this 30ml moisturises comes in at £50, which is quite a price tag to carry. However I often look at the deals that they have on QVC (you can go online if you don’t want to watch it) and you can pick up some amazing savings on Elemis. The cream is really lightweight but is incredibly hydrating and perfect I would say for anyone with dry/combination skin and my skin certainly improves in texture and tone when I continue using this. I always put it over a nourishing serum in the morning and then pop my make up over it. This product is slightly fragranced (it actually smells really nice) and so would be one to avoid if you don’t like that, but even me with my sensitive skin seem to have no problem in using it. It’s one of those products that you need to give time to really see results as well and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s an oldie …. but it’s a goodie.

BOBBI BROWN CORRECTOR AND CREAMY CONCEALER KIT
Don’t we just love Bobbi Brown and everything that she stands for. An ongoing problem for a lot of people is dark circles under their eyes and Bobbi’s answer is to use a corrector first in either pinky bisque tones on purple or blueish circles or peach tones for brown or greenish circles. I obtained the corrector in light bisque.

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Its lovely and hydrating and and really creamy so you don’t need much product for it to cover and correct and is probably best applied with a concealer brush and then patted gently with your finger. It certainly for me blocks out any circles coming through. The problem is though that you can’t use corrector alone and then need to apply a skin tone matching concealer which I obtained in Beige and then this has a pale yellow sheer powder with which to set it all, otherwise I think you might have problems with mascara transferring.

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I found the important thing was to not apply too much product at a time and for me, because I do have lines under my eyes, I did find that I had to pat it in slightly later in the day as well. On younger skin with no lines or really fine lines, I think both products are amazing, but if you have a lot of lines underneath your eyes, this would definitely be settling in your wrinkles and actually probably almost looking worse. The cheapest price for the corrector was £17.10 and for the concealer was £19.00. Not cheap but they would last you ages and if your major problem is really dark circles, then perhaps you make the decision to show a few wrinkles but you under eye is brightened and you look less tired. Decisions…. decisions …

 

AUTOGRAPH MINI PALETTE

Lastly onto some pretties …. a gorgeous mini eye shadow palette from Autograph, Marks and Spencers.  Marks and Spencers constantly surprise me with the ranges that they keep bringing out and their Beauty Hall is amazing with the quality of different brands that they stock but this one is their own brand.  This little palette is going to be my party go to eye palette with its blend of lighter, mid and dark shades taking you from a fairly muted look right through to the smoky eye look with darker shades for under the eyes and using on the outer corners of the eye.

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Most of the beautiful colours in the browns and copper ranges (but there is also a gorgeous dark green in there with a bit of sparkle), have shimmer in them, but its not over the top sparkle which would be too much, its nice party shimmer which will catch the light and attract attention to your gorgeous eyes.  I am loving this palette and am enjoying playing around with it to achieve some really Christmassy party looks.  What’s life without a bit of highlight/shimmer?  At any age. ….

That’s it for this week and I sending you all lots of love and huggles (is that cuddles and hugs?) in front of the toasty fire.

 

Gill xx

Beauty, Make Up

l’OREAL’S EXTRAORDINARY OIL FOR SMOOTH, NOURISHED SKIN and MY HOLY GRAIL BLUSHER

Hi Lovelies

Happy Friday! Another Friday here already and a mixed week for me. Last Friday night, I was in London when the awfulness happened in Paris and as I sat in my hotel room, you could feel the whole capital was just in sadness for the events that unfolded in Paris that night. I know it struck Becky and Holly, that my husband and I had gone off to London for a night at the theatre and how for all those families affected, they never knew what the outcome was going to be that night. Add to that, one hell of a cold (caught from my husband who only had a sniffle, but I end up with a really bad head cold) and it’s been a bit of a week. Anyone else on the cold and flu tablets?? So we need a bit of beauty to cheer us up!!!

LANCOME GRANDIOSE MASCARA
Let’s get started with a mascara that has been out for a while I know, but one which I have only really used lately. Lancome patented this mascara for its “swan neck” which I must admit I was a bit daunted by at first and almost scared to use? However, on using it you do find that it helps give great lift as you twirl away. I love the brush as sometimes I find them too long or the bristles way too thick for my lashes, but this elastomer one distributes the mascara evenly over the eyelashes and its great for my teeny weeny little lower lashes.

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The other nice thing is that is has a nourishing rose oil in it which also helps to smooth as you apply. You do actually get used to the swan neck and probably find you are not doing as many weird head movements to apply it. I have to say when I first used it I did love the lifting and lengthening aspect of it. It’s not for you if you want masses of volume, but I love it as a great mascara (easily removed at the end of the day) for the day. It’s not cheap though … £24.50 was the cheapest that I could find it online for.

L’OREAL AGE PERFECT EXTRAORDINARY OIL
Now I am someone that has only over the last year got into oils. I used to think that they would clog my pores and be greasy, which is a feeling I hate, but I am becoming a fan of them. L’Oreal’s version for the likes of me and my lovely friends of a certain age (whatever that might be) – I tend to say it’s more how your skin feels than the age that you are, is a gorgeous blend of 8 essential oils, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, geranium and rose being amongst them. So in there, ideal for me too with sensitive skin are some oils that help have antibacterial properties so help to calm redness and are good for sensitive skin. It does have a slight perfume, which I would say is on the light citrussy side but it doesn’t linger long.

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So about 3 drops of this at nighttime (you can use it in the morning as well), rubbed gently in my fingers and then massaged in circular motion on my face and neck and I do decollete as well really does help to leave my skin glow, be much smoother and more nourished. I prefer to do this oil treatment first and leave that for a few seconds and then add my night moisturiser separately but I know some people pop it into their moisturiser and do them both in one step. Having been someone who was really fearful of the whole oil thing, I have been converted to realising that it is just what my skin actually needs, particularly as we get a little bit (only a little bit hehe) older …. as it starts to thin and can look slightly dull too … this is the answer! I found it at all sorts of prices too from £6.90 up to £13.33 online , but either way, it’s a great price for a lovely oil, which using only a few drops a day is going to last you simply ages!! I am now an oil convert !!!!

CLINIQUE BLUSHING BLUSH POWDER PINK LOVE
Wanting a fresh, natural, long wearing, buildable blusher that looks great on fair skin? Then this one is it. This has become my Holy Grail blusher for the past month or so and I purchased it by chance really as I probably wouldn’t have done as it looked like it was going to be glittery/shimmer when in fact it isn’t. It’s a really flattering dusky pink with no fragrance, which is what I like, comes in a lovely silver container and has a mirror as well.

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I am not really a fan of the brush although on the move, without your normal blusher brush you could possibly get away with it, but you need to go lightly with the brush supplied as it does tend to make you look clownlike if you are a bit heavy handed with it, so as always go gently with blusher and build it up in layers if you need to. I think it’s good value compared to some higher end blushes, say like Nars, and this would last you ages and ages. Cheapest price I found it at was £19.60 but truly a lovely blush.

That’s it for this week’s blog… I am going to leave you with one of my favourite shoes …. so cute xx

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oh … they are from Next …

Lots of love and have a great week and hope you don’t get a cold like me xx

Gill

Beauty, Hair, Uncategorized

SMOOTHEST SKIN KOREAN STYLE, A LIP GLAZE TO SHIMMER YOU INTO WINTER AND STOP THAT THINNING HAIR WITH AVEDA INVATI

Hello Lovelies

Well we are nicely into November now and I am actually turning my thoughts towards Christmas now … I keep being reminded that it’s only about 6 weeks and I am one of these people that keep on thinking it is a long time away. Friends have already purchased most of their presents, but I haven’t even started yet … so the next few weeks are going to be full of present buying and card writing. I am so excited as I am off to London tomorrow (friday) and will be seeing the gorgeous Christmas lights and beautiful decorations of the capital …. I absolutely love it and am in heaven with all the gorgeous window displays in the likes of the lovely Harrods, Selfridges, Libertys etc. I will no doubt be purchasing some beauty goodies ….. Many apologies to you all as I have had some technical difficulties with my computer in sizing the photos .. so please forgive me this week.

So let’s get onto some beauty ..

DIAMOND FACIAL ESSENCE MASK
Am I the last person on this planet to try one of these sheet masks, Korean skincare style? Maybe not. But we all know that Asians have the most amazing skincare and I have heard and seen so many of these masks appearing in lots of beauty places now so thought that I would give one a go. My usual face mask is out of a tube – usually an odd colour… packed on my face until it dries and cracks and I look like something out of a horror movie .. and my husband or the postman is not quite sure what to make of me (oh that weird lady that is always trying out different beauty products!). The one I tried is for vibrancy and is £2.49 for the one sachet of mask. It contains diamond powder? which works on clarity, and smooths and nourishes the skin and great for me, contains no parabens.

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The mask is made out of lovely lightweight cotton and soaked with the gorgeous product and then the task is to unfold it and work out which holes go over the eyes and which over the mouth (I know if’s a bit strange), but once I had taken the plunge and placed it on my face and moved it into the right position so that I could see, and breathe … hehe ….. I found it lovely and cooling and soothing. Ideally maybe you should lie down for about 30 minutes to enjoy the whole relaxation thing as well, but life isn’t like that for me hehe and I just carried on with my daily tasks, but found that it didn’t move at all and I just prayed the parcel man wouldn’t ring the bell and want me to sign for anything.

So now for the reveal and I don’t know what to expect, but OMG, probably the smoothest, plumpest my skin has ever felt, maybe down to amongst other things the aloe in it too and although I had slight redness on my cheeks which is my most sensitive area, it soon faded. There is a little bit of product left over in the pouch as well and you can either use that on your face say the next day, if you keep it in the fridge, or else pop it on your body … no wastage here. So my results are telling me that I am definitely going to be using these masks …they would be great before an event when you want you skin to appear plumped and smooth. There are other masks for different effects but I certainly loved this one. What a little gem I found!!! (Diamond…. clearly!)

STILA LIP GLAZE
Now onto a US brand that I don’t really know much about, but have seen them around and thought I would give them a try. I thought I would try one of their Lip Glazes, Banana Berry to be precise … not sure if it smells like that but it certainly smells a little bit fruity. This beautiful colour would be great for all of you who like the nude look and when I saw it in the dispenser I thought it was going to be stronger than it is, but it comes up a nudey, sheer, slightly shimmery, mauve colour with absolutely amazing staying power for a gloss. Some people might not like the packaging and how you twist it several clicks to get the product onto the brush, but I like the fact that it has a brush applicator as I found it much more accurate to apply onto the lips.

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So it’s for all you nudies out there who love that look, but for me, one of the other ways to use it is over the top of say a mauve lipliner all over your lips giving you lovely glossy mauve lips which lasts fantastically for a gloss. A great look for Autumn. I purchased the Stila Lip Gloss from Marks and Spencer for £12, but I know they sell it in Boots too.

AVEDA INVATI EXFOLIATING SHAMPOO AND THICKENING CONDITIONER
Always in search of the Holy Grail in beauty products for thickening and sorting out my fine hair I have over the last couple of weeks been trying the Aveda Invati range which has had a lot of advertising behind it – when you walk past their salons it is on posters in the window and I thought I would give it a go. I haven’t used many Aveda products but I do like the idea of the organic formula and was keen to see if my hair would benefit from using it. The shampoo is clarifying and removes the build up from all the styling products that I might use and although a kind of strange dark mustard yellow colour that doesn’t smell fantastic (all the amazing things in it), I can work past that if it does amazing things to my hair. It’s a herbal kind of smell, which some might like, but others might not, but I can definitely deal with it.

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It lathers well and definitely makes my scalp feel super clean and the thickening effect conditioner seems to work immediately although I did add some of my Luxe Oil to the conditioner because my hair is coloured and because the shampoo strips away a lot of the “rubbish” as I call it from my hair, if I didn’t put the luxe oil in then my hair would feel quite dry afterwards.

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Probably if you weren’t colouring your hair the conditioner would be fine. The range helps to restore the strength in your hair and elasticity, so helps keep the hair that you have and stop it from thinning and also encourages new growth too, this is through the use of amongst other ingredients, Turmeric, which is famous for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and also ginseng.

Did it thicken my hair? Yes it did and my hair did feel incredibly clean too and I am going to continue using this for the next few weeks to see how my hair fares. At salon sort of prices – its not cheap, but again it’s the ingredients in it that you are paying for. The shampoo I got for £18.70 and the conditioner is £24.50. They can be bought online from Aveda if you don’t have a salon near you.

Ooh …. and just getting a little bit excited … how beautiful is this building ?

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Lots of love lovelies !!

Gill xx

Uncategorized

GLOSSY GEL NAILS WITH BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING, LEIGHTON DENNY’S PRECISION CORRECTOR SET FOR PROFESSIONAL LOOKING NAILS AND TIGI BEDHEAD JOYRIDE!!

Hello Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s blog and a week when I now feel truly Autumnal and most of the leaves have fallen off our trees and the light here is just so grey!! Eeeew ….. It’s a good job I love the change in the seasons and love the winter too for it’s cosiness and log fires and everything warming! It’s a tradition here in the UK this weekend called Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night, when we go to huge bonfires and watch a beautiful display of fireworks (hopefully) and maybe wave an odd sparkler, which takes me back to childhood. It wouldn’t be Fireworks night if it wasn’t raining, or foggy or damp hehe …. we British … what an odd lot we are !!! Love it. xx

So … onto some beauty that I have been loving this week ……

BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING NAIL POLISH AND TOP COAT
i used to go to a salon every few weeks and have gel nails painted on or infills and loved the gloss finish of them and the durability (hey I am a girl that literally expects a lot from her nails … clipping on nasty ski boot locks, putting my hand in handbag and scratching them constantly with keys … etc etc ) and I loved them, but the terribly weakening effect that they had on my nails and the upkeep of going to the salon all the time meant that there came a time when I finally had to say no more! But I miss them!

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So I was really keen to try out Barry M’s – the queen of colour ranges in nail polishes, new Daylight Curing range which gives a gel effect nail polish without having to use UV lights etc. They haven’t got a great range of colours in this but I found the perfect colour for the Autumn/Winter that I wanted in Plum on Baby and duly coated my nails with two thin coats, remembering to go around the ends of the nails gently too to add extra wear there, and waited in between for these to dry… it was only a couple of minutes for each coat and then to use the lovely Topcoat in the bronzey coloured bottle which can only be used with the Sunset Nail Polishes apparently.

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The brush in the nail polish and top coat is absolutely lovely and quite wide so it fills the nail perfectly. Applying the top coat gives them that really glossy gel shine. So how are they wearing up ??? Well … they say you should get up to 10 days wear from this, but I truly don’t think that will happen with me … however …. 4 days in and they are still looking pretty good … which is amazing for me. I think I will add another coat of top coat to just help extend the life and that might take me to a week which would be incredible! It’s £4.99 a bottle and even better when there are 2 for 1 at Boots.

Another bonus …. this Daylight Curing Polish removes with normal nail polish remover … and no soaking for 45mins in remover as with my previous gels. This has to be the way forward!

LEIGHTON DENNY PRECISION CORRECTOR SET
Sticking with nails, now whilst applying my lovely dark Autumnal nails, in fact any colour, who hasn’t slipped or say whilst applying the right hand with the left, hasn’t messed up one or two of the edges?? I know I have. Call me clumsy, but I have a need for something lovely to help me with my masterplan for gorgeous dark gel looking nails . Enter the lovely Leighton Denny Precision Corrector Set (he has thought of everything).

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Leighton Denny received an MBE from the Queen for his services to the nail and tanning industry! Not bad for a guy that started off as a forklift truck driver in Bradford and now has over 1000 salons worldwide.

This bottle of Corrector comes with a mini little brush which you dip in the fluid then apply to newly varnished nails and it removes the mistakes. A little tip is to have some kitchen roll at hand and just dab the brush on there before putting it back into the clear fluid again. With this you are able to neaten up all your mistakes (if you are like me), create that perfect moon shaped line at the cuticle, and make every manicure and pedicure look like it has been done by a professional, What a brilliant idea and I now use this whenever I paint my fingernails or toenails. Brilliant!!! I got mine from Marks and Spencer where it was reduced from £11.00 to £8.80.

TIGI BEDHEAD JOYRIDE
Get past the fact that this product looks like a fun filled sex product with its bright colours and shape, lift the top off and immediately you get the smell of what seems almost like jelly babies ….(don’t worry this disappears quite quickly) and think about the fact that it has taken 3 years to make this what I would call first off of a gel to powder primer for your hair!

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I am always looking for that perfect styling product of weightless formulation and texture that helps to add volume to my hair. This clear gel that goes to a powder product can be used on wet or dry hair has a matt finish and for me I use it on dry hair and it helps to create a tousled, lived in volume texture for me and I think if it was used on wet hair it would probably enhance your curls more and add definition. It doesn’t make your hair knotty or greasy, just “gritty” to aid better styling. It’s also perfect for smoothing out any frizzes you might get. I got mine from Feel Unique at the best price of £14.95.

Hope you like my selection of Beauty this week and please let me know if any of you have tried the Sunset Daylight Curing Polishes and your thoughts on them.

Love as Always

Gill xx