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Beauty, Body, Hair, Nails

SOFTER, SMOOTHER SKIN WITH DOVE GO FRESH BODYWASH, BOURJOIS SHINE LIPSTICK AND THICKER HAIR FROM NIOXIN

Hello Lovelies

Back in Autumnal Nottingham this week so a bit of a change in the temperature and I totally haven’t seen the sunshine or any blue sky since we got back from our holidays. But, I love Autumn and the changing colours of the leaves, and the morning mists and the different light, and yes I have put the heating on occasionally (alright really occasionally then!).

DOVE GO FRESH POMEGRANATE AND LEMON VERBENA BODY WASH
One of the things when you have been to the gorgeous sunshine and also when you are going into the changing season is that my skin becomes drier, so it’s all about moisturising for me. This week I have been trying Dove’s Go Fresh Body Wash in Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena – the one that I purchased from Boots and put in my recent haul. Apart from my eyesight being so bad at times hehe that I had thought it was Berry in scent, as I just loved the scent, Pomegranate was an interesting bonus. Anyway, it smells lovely and fruity, but it doesn’t linger so long that after the shower you can’t put your perfume on. This Body Wash claims to give you softer smoother skin after just one shower and me being the cynic that I am thought that is just not going to happen …. but I was really pleased and amazed to find that it did. I felt that I didn’t need to add my usual moisturiser afterwards. If you have really dry skin then you would probably want to, but I felt this was enough.

DOVE BODY WASH

It’s a body wash that has mild cleansing agents which remove all the dirt, but still keep the skin’s natural moisture barrier. It’s a lovely pale pink in colour and lathers really well – you almost feel as though it is cuddling your body it is so soft. I even found that areas like my elbows, knees etc were softer too. One lovely subscriber said that she also uses it when she shaves her legs as it is so moisturising and I did think it would be lovely to do this with it as well. I have always loved Dove as a brand and this doesn’t disappoint – great quality and a great price. £2.59 from Boots but sometimes they do deals on it … so I will be waiting for that and stocking up!

BOURJOIS SHINE EDITION LIPSTICK
Now matte finish lipsticks on me can perhaps not be the most flattering and when I was passing the Bourjois counter recently their Shine Lipsticks called out to me! This one comes in lovely modern packaging of a silver glossy shiny top and then a transparent shade indicator at the bottom, which I love. What’s more annoying that having several lipsticks and not being able to tell the colours until you open then up, and of course, when you do, it’s not the right one is it? So this is a great design for me.

BOURJOIS SHINE

It’s a really nourishing (mango butter) sheer balm that has shine but the pigment is stronger than a balm and it’s buildable so with 3 swipes I had some good colour on with it too.

bourjois hand shot

The colour I chose was no. 24 which is Rose xoxo but there was one there which is probably more Autumnal and that is Mauve Tabloid so that might be a purchase in the future. It feels lovely and buttery and comfortable on the lips and this shade is very much an everyday shade for me. Perhaps if your lips are quite pigmented, it wouldn’t be enough colour so you might want to go for the darker one, but there are also some great reds in the range too. On my lips it lasted about 4 hours and then I re-applied, and because it’s been so windy since I got back this is such a great lippie/balm to put on my lips to keep them hydrated. £7.99 from Boots.

NIOXIN BODYFYING FOAM
Regular readers will know that I struggle with fine hair and am always trying products to help with volume. This lovely foam from Nioxin doesn’t contain any alcohol in the formulation and so is kind to the scalp, which I am totally in favour of.

NIOXIN FOAM

I applied this to wet hair, not the scalp and really liked the fact that when I had blow dried my hair it did help with the volume and texture but still felt weightless, which again gets a tick from me. It adds dimension from inside the cuticle and also helps strengthen the hair. I would say it is definitely one of the better products for adding volume to my hair. When I looked it was £13.50 from Look Fantastic and also on Amazon.

I was going to talk about the Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Polish which I purchased before I went away as it is just such a great Autumn and Winter colour and then someone mentioned that you needed to buy the Sunset Daylight Curing Top Coat for this to fully work … so that’s a purchase for tomorrow and will be in next week’s Blog!

sunset curing

I love the look of it … only painted one nail at the moment though haha. Full update on that next week! ……

Lots of love to you all and have a great week.

Gill xx

Beauty, Hair

EVE LOM’S AMAZING ICONIC CLEANSER AND SOME FOOT FITNESS TO HELP KEEP THOSE TOES STRAIGHT AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN IN YOUR GORGEOUS LABOUTINS!

Hello Lovelies

Another week and I have had the absolute pleasure of enjoying it in the Maldives and even though I am slightly mosquito bitten (my husband has no bites and I have quite a lot – must be down to my rare blood group! ) it has been an amazingly chilling time and all I can say is if you ever get the chance to go … it truly is a paradise of a place! I have loved it and for my husband and I it is a chance to enjoy some time together in the at times, crazy life, that we all lead, and for me (the girls always laugh at me) but I am someone that comes away from a holiday with something that i am going to change, or make better in my life.

I thought you would love this Maldivian sunset as it’s one of my favourite photos and i just find it so beautiful and calming to look at.

sunset

FOOT FITNESS BASTIEN GONZALEZ
Let’s get onto some beauty ladies …..I went for a pedicure at the spa here on this beautiful island and had a fabulous pedicure there in the studio of the famous podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez who counts Elle McPherson as one of his clients, and whilst I was there I showed the girl there my bunion on my right foot. This is probably from the days when I worked in London when stilettos were the order of the day, be it on the tube or just walking along the street and this was long before that sensible habit of wearing flat shoes to run for the tube and walk about the streets and then just whipping your stilettos out of your handbag for the meeting or the lunch, long before we ever succumbed to that or thought in our younger days that that was a good idea!! inevitably fuelling the foot surgeon’s bank balance in our later lives – lol … even Victoria Beckham has large bunions poor thing!.

foot fitness

Well Laboutins aren’t going away and neither are all the lovely shoes (although I can’t wear as high a heel now as I used to be able to). And I am sure I am not alone … all you lovely ladies out there who have worn stilettos and even flip flops can bring on bunions – your toes are trying to wrap round the little strap in-between the big toe and the next one – all putting pressure in the wrong places. Anyway, I digress, she showed me one of these Workouts for The Toes – a pair of soft blue gel toe dividers really is what it is and I just put some body oil on my feet to just help ease the gels onto it. The idea is that you do this for 30 mins a day and it helps all the muscles relax, circulation increases and it helps in trying to straighten them all out. (A great excuse too to sit down with that cup of tea or G & T and relax for 30 minutes!)

feet gels

I can already feel that it is stretching and helping to straighten my toes so that they feel a lot better. Hey I know it probably won’t permanently sort my bunion out (that would be a miracle), but I am hoping that it maybe might stave off a foot operation for a good while yet!! Although I got mine in the Maldives you can order them on Amazon. I have never seen them before so I am going to give them a go!!! They aren’t just for people like me – they are for everyone who spends their days on their feet, cramps them into stilettos etc.

CHARLES WORTHINGTON THICKER AND FULLER CONDITIONER
Holiday hair is always a concern and put in the mix with the fact that for me – the thicker the better and that I need all the help that I can get! So for this holiday I picked up from Boots the Charles Worthington Thicker and Fuller Conditioner. I know that there is a shampoo in the range also but I wanted to stick with my SP Colour Save Shampoo to try and keep the colour as much as possible too. This is a turbo charged conditioner containing keratin to help with hair strengthening and although some thickening shampoos can dry your hair out, I am pleased to say this one didn’t.

thicker and fuller

Smelling gorgeous, super light in texture (which I always like), yet really conditioning too I have used it all the time that i have been out here and am so pleased to say that my hair has been super silky and has had some volume, and in the humidity over here, that’s a tough thing for me to achieve and I have been abusing my hair in the salty sea snorkelling (oh how amazing that was!). At £6.99 , will I be re-purchasing? And the answer is yes.

EVE LOM CLEANSING BALM
Described by Vogue as the best cleanser in the world and created by the iconic British Facialist Eve Lom … how have I not tried this amazing balm before? I managed to get it in a lovely sample size where it comes with a good sized amount of the balm and the lovely cotton muslin cloth that comes with it. Using a pea sized amount and warming it first in my hands it literally melts away foundation and also the waterproof make up I was wearing and then I put the cloth in warm water and held it over my face to open up the pores and then gently wiped everything away and did this about three times.

eve lom cleanser

What a lush way to cleanse your face – it felt more like a treatment than a cleanse. I then just put the cloth in cold water and held that to my face after to close the pores. How did my skin feel? Amazingly smooth and soothed. The reason for this is that the cleanser balm contains aromatic plant oils which decongest the pores and it also very gently exfoliates the skin. Copied by loads but its the way it cleanses the skin and then balances it that makes the difference. This is going to be such a great cleanser for the winter months when my skin changes to being much drier. Definitely a gorgeous luxury cleanser that I am in love with .

That’s it for this week and I will be back in the cooler climate of Nottingham next week … putting my layers and probably the heating on!

Lots of Love as Always

Gill xx

Beauty, Make Up

TRILOGY’S AMAZING EVERYTHING BALM, CAUDALIE’S NIGHT INFUSION CREAM AND MAC’S VAMPLIFLY LIPGLOSS – WOW!

Hello Lovelies

This week sees me writing this from the sunbed in the Maldives and I am oh so happy (who wouldn’t be?) as I listen to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore and look up to the most amazing, relaxing scene on the horizon. But life isn’t totally perfect … if it makes you feel any better then I have just been bitten by a mosquito so I have had to get the spray out! (They seem to like my blood!) But that’s a small price to pay for being in one of the world’s most beautiful places. I am away here with my workaholic husband, as I have learnt it is one of the few places that helps him relax … even though we have wi fi here so he can still keep in touch via emails etc.

knees photo

This week I was lucky enough to attend a Charity Dinner in aid of such a good cause and I took the occasion to get suitably glammed up and used this as the subject for this week’s video on YouTube. I like to give and help local charities where I can.

gill charity dinner

Anyway let’s get onto some Beauty!

TRILOGY EVERYTHING BALM
If your skin type is dry, and even if it isn’t and you just have some dry patches in places, imagine a balm that can do so many things. Trilogy’s Everything Balm is a nourishing and protecting balm that I have tried using on my cuticles, my lips, my hands, my elbows, my feet and even underneath my eyes, in fact I have brought it away with me because it does so many things. If you had really dry skin you could also use it as a cleansing balm to remove make up etc, but my skin is combination and I have to be careful not to put something that is so moisturising on it.

trilogy

It comes in a pretty tin and is a very rich, oily solid balm with high quality natural ingredients that helps you feel good about what you are putting on your skin. After swirling your fingers around in it, it kinda melts into your skin to leave it feeling nourished with a lavender/herbally scent to it, which I don’t mind and because it doesn’t have coconut or shea butter in then it doesn’t tend to block your pores either. All in all a great product for dry, sensitive skin and one that I put in my bathroom bag to bring away but equally it could sit in my handbag when I am home for the colder winter weather that is a coming and I am also thinking of taking it skiing with me in the winter to deal with those chapped lips and help prevent windburn.. So many uses for this gorgeous little tin!!

CAUDALIE RESVERATROL LIFT NIGHT INFUSION CREAM
Night time is a gorgeous time for us to rest our bodies in anticipation of the next day, but it is also the most important time for skin repair, which is why I try most of the time (not always – depending on how exhausted I am!) to have a good night time skincare regime. Part of the ritual that I go through is putting lovely creams on for their texture and effect too. Enter Caudalie, one of my favourite French skincare brands, who have a lovely shop in Covent Garden, but is sold in Selfridges, Space NK and online of course.

caudalie night cream

Their magic ingredient Resveratrol, is allegedly one of the best things to come out of the anti-ageing market (or should I now say pro-ageing market?) in terms of fighting cell degeneration and helps to repair, re-build and hence re-sculpt our skin. I only had the sample size to try (I like to often just get samples to make up my mind if I am going to like it) and must say that I absolutely loved the creamy gorgeous texture and the way it instantly has the effect of firming and hydrating, particularly when used on my neck, jawline and cheeks and waking up to smooth soft skin in the morning, which is also helping to keep those nasty wrinkles at bay hehe…… Pretty pink packaging helps too of course! I think I have mentioned before that my aim next year is to go and stay at the Caudalie Spa near Bordeaux and enjoy some of their beautiful treatments in a beautiful place.

MAC VAMPLIFY LIPGLOSS
Get excited if you like intense lip gloss colour with shine ….. Wow!!!! To go to the Charity Dinner I wanted a strong red lip and do like shine so I went along to Mac and purchased their new Amplify Lip Gloss. I have never really got on that well with Mac Lipsticks and wondered what to expect with this lip gloss but I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Firstly the texture is creamy, quite moisturising but most of all really highly pigmented although there is a little bit of translucency so a bit of lip colour will be coming through too which is what I wanted.

vamplify

I went for the shade “Suggestive” which is an intense Blue-Red – Medium Dark Red with cool pinky undertones and loved the doe foot applicator which makes applying it in one swipe really easy and although I applied lip liner as well to help keep the shape, you could almost get away without it. I always apply lip primer too, particularly when wearing a darker colour and if you apply it slightly outside of your lipliner it helps to stop the darker colours bleeding. It certainly lasts for a few hours before I needed to re-apply, it has a slight vanilla scent (not really sure why it needs that, but it didn’t bother me) and all I can say is WOW!!!!! I think I am going to go back and purchase some in different colours as they have a large selection of colours and I hear that these are for a limited period only …(Why?) … so I want to make sure I have my stocks for the winter!!! I am definitely liking the strong lip.

Hope you like the photo of me at the Charity Dinner and if you haven’t watched the video to see how I achieved this look please have a watch on YouTube… Growing Old Disgracefully (of course!).

Lots of love and now off for a G & T (be rude not to !!!) xxx

Gill xxx

Beauty, Hair, Nails, Skincare

THE HERO PRODUCT THAT AUDREY HEPBURN REQUESTED AND LOVED – PHILIP KINGSLEY ELASTICISER, VOLUME FILLER FOR THOSE EYE WRINKLES AND MY FAV MOISTURISING BASE COAT FOR NAILS

Hello Lovelies

Well Autumn is well and truly here in the UK and I am loving the colours of nature reflected in the colours of make up and packaging and window dressing. Isn’t it wonderful how we have these seasons to keep us on our toes with food, fashion, make up and oh so many things? Makes life so interesting. As a child I loved Autumn and have such fond memories of just rolling in all the dry leaves and loving the crunching sound and feel against my coat as we rolled down hills. I have this wonderful creeper on my house which turns the most beautiful colour each Autumn/Fall and looks spectacular.

leaves

Let’s get onto some Beauty and see what I have been trying:-

PHILIIP KINGSLEY ELASTICISER
Who doesn’t love a Hollywood icon like Audrey Hepburn? Well darling Audrey had problem hair like I do in the sense that it was coloured, but unlike me she was having hers styled all the time for some epic movie or appearance. She approached Philip Kingsley in his trendy London salon and asked him to create a product to help improve the condition of her constantly stressed out hair! The result is the hero product of Philip Kingsley’s range – the Elasticiser.

elasticiser

It’s a pre-shampoo treatment and the way I used it was to dampen my hair but to let it dry off slightly and then apply the product and leave this on for about 40 minutes (it says 20 but I think my hair is really dry). Then I rinsed it off – this needs probably two rinses as the product is so thick and intense and it works by delivering a rush of moisture in the hair cuticle. This product can be used on all types of hair but mine is fairly straight and getting thinner by the year! Result was I can say beautiful body and shine to my hair….. so it can be done outside a treatment at the hairdressers. It’s a really beautiful treatment which I think is probably a weekly one, depending just on how dry your hair is. When your hair feels good, you feel good don’t you, so Audrey must have been one very happy lady.

EUCERIN VOLUME FILLER EYE CREAM
I am fast becoming a fan of the amazing Eucerin brand with a history of more than 100 years in the holistic dermo cosmetic approach to skincare. Perhaps its the fact that their products are free from perfume and alcohol (save that for drinking!) and non comedogenic (I had to look that up and it means it doesn’t block your pores …. I am sure you knew that anyway.) and that all means it suits my sensitive skin really well.

eucerin eye filler

This latest one I have tried targets that area which is one of the first to show signs of ageing – underneath the eyes. It helps tighten that area up by increasing the size of the volumising cells by peptides (those lovely things that we need) to help strengthen the collagen which in turn helps keep those little lines away. It has also got that lovely Hyaluronic Acid – the magic ingredient which works at surface level to increase water retention and the fantastic other thing it has is SPF 15 (why don’t more eye creams have that ?) I pop it on morning and night and although I have wrinkles, I am trying to stop them from becoming worse.

EVE SNOW BB BASE COAT
I only recently fell in love with this gorgeous London brand and loved the coral colour that I tried on my toes over Summer so I thought that I would try their BB Basecoat as my stocks of basecoat had run out and I always like to try something new. The difference with Eve Snow brands from many of the other cheaper ones is that it has benefits for your nails. Containing oils to keep more moisturised and B vitamins to help strengthen, then what I found is that my nails do really feel much less brittle than before, much healthier and their growth is helped by the B vitamins.

eve snow base coat

It’s lovely to apply, covers really well and leaves a glossy shine of goodness and also for me, helps fill in some of the ridges I have on my nails, making it easier and a much better result when I apply the top coats. Actually you could leave this on your nails if that is the kind of look you like as its a nice glossy finish and its doing your nails good too. That combined with the gorgeous bottle too – I love the fact it has a little indent in it half way down as it helps you to grip on the bottle. Many a bottle of nail varnish has ended up slipping out of my hands and smashing onto a hard tiled floor ….oops! Oh … did I mention that it was quick drying too? This has to be my most favourite base coat.

Hoping you have enjoyed the reviews this week and sending you my love.

Gill xxx

Beauty, Make Up, Nails

THE SILKIEST CONCEALER FROM DELILAH, SAYING GOODBYE TO DRY HAIR WITH BUMBLE AND BUMBLE MASQUE AND NAILS INC NAILKALE GLOUCESTER ROAD POLISH REVIEW

Well I am back from Rhodes last night to the UK. Don’t you just hate it when you get off that aeroplane and instead of that warm, humid breeze that we had in Greece, its the cold, northerly wind that we have in the UK? Still it is lovely to be back and glad that today is slightly sunny so that I am not missing that Mediterranean sunshine so much. I had such a lovely time with Becky and Holly as we had our annual catch up about life – work, men, just about everything …. I did think actually as we were round the pool that these lovely couples who were so quiet and reading books etc would have been laughing as they listened to our conversation about all sorts of things. I guess it’s a little bit different a mum and two daughters going away, isn’t it but we all love it and hang on to the special times that we have together. But now it’s back into the chaos of life….. Love it!!!!

DELILAH COSMETICS FAREWELL CREAM CONCEALER
I wouldn’t be writing this blog unless I loved all things make up and the girls always laugh so much at me because I have to just swatch everything … I just love it so much and also want to know how it feels … texture must be so important to me … they say that, don’t they that one of the most important of the senses is touch and how good that can make you feel … but I ramble, sorry. Anyway, fast forward to a company that I hadn’t heard of before, hence I love it already hehe …. but it’s called Delilah and is available through Space NK and Fortnum and Mason and in some lovely spas around the country and although it doesn’t have a great range of products what it does have is certainly in what I would call the luxe end. Lots of oooh and aaaahhhhing going on this end as I swatch stuff. If you are short of time (tick), often like a pretty natural make up look (tick) like something that’s nice and easy (tick), then their Delilah Cosmetics Farewell Cream Concealer could be something for your wishlist.

DELILAH CONCEALER

It comes in a gorgeous dark metallic pencil, Chubby Stick style design and you just twist the end to allow more of the pencil product to come out (so no sharpener required!) and looks really chic in your make up bag but it’s the formula that I am in love with as this is so silky smooth (not draggy at all like some formulas) and provides undetectable coverage which is what you want (provided you get the right colour). There are 6 shades in the range and the formula is dreamlike … disappearing into your skin and so easily applied to under eye, redness around the nose etc and even covers some dark spots that I have and thanks to some of that amazing hyaluronic acid it helps fill very fine lines and makes everything look smoother. Nothing is going to sort out deep chasms, but it does a great job on the finer variety! It also has got moisturisers and anti oxidants in there which leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated whereas some concealers can have a very drying effect. It’s £24.00, which isn’t cheap, but look at what you are getting for it. Lovely product to have and just touch up easily later on in the day if you need to…. easy peasy.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE QUENCHING MASQUE
Having just been on my holidays, I wanted to tell you about something which possibly saved my hair from being pretty dry when I got back. We all know how much the sun, wind, heat styling products dry hair out and I am always dealing with this problem with my hair. So I took this lovely masque by Bumble and Bumble which deals with really dry hair and applied it most days after we came in from round the pool.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE MASQUE

I would have my shower and then apply this and leave it in a shower cap for 15 minutes whilst I went and sat on my balcony and stared at the beautiful, calming view over the sea … how attractive I must have looked hehe …. a cup of tea in my hand … and I was in heaven. It’s got lovely clean and fresh packaging which reminds me of the beach and comes in a super squeeze tube so it’s really easy to apply. The masque is quite thick so it does take a bit of rinsing out but the results were worth it as my hair felt beautifully soft and shiny and was a great detangler, which takes some doing with coloured hair and I am finding that it works better over time too.

KIKO ULTRA TECH CURVE CURLING MASCARA
Regular viewers and readers will know how much I love Kiko products and we are lucky enough to have one in Nottingham and I know that they are opening them in many cities around the country so many of my UK readers will be able to give them a visit. When you go I am sure you will love it …. if you like make up!!! The latest product I tried from there is their Kiko Curling Mascara reduced from £7.20 to £3.10 which gives great volume and upward curl because of its flexible brush. It’s a beautiful mascara and has double length bristles with the shorter bristles on the top helping you to do the lower lashes.

KIKO CURLING MASCARA

NAILS INC NAILKALE
Love, love, love Nails Inc Nail Polish for their quality of polish, their bottles and their fabulous colours that they bring out to match catwalk and fashion trends. Autumn is kinda here …… kinda coming and I was really excited to find the colour in their newish range Nailkale called Gloucester Walk. This is what I call my Quality Street colour – you know the lovely purple chocolate with the nut in the toffee that people have been known to fight over at Christmas (or is that just me?!) so how excited was I to purchase this and have a go. The Nailkale formula is different in that it contains anti oxidants in its formula to help boost keratin and build stronger nails (something which I always need). Love, love, love too this gorgeous weighty bottle which looks and feels so expensive and the concave design and the modern chrome cap, and the fact that you can put your finger underneath the cleverly designed bottle to see what the nail polish would actually look like on your nail … genius.

NAILS INC NAILKALE

In my usual quick way I proceeded to paint my nails, not at first noticing that the brush is a new design too which is a wide flat paddle design, curved at the tip, and so I actually put too much on initially as it holds a lot of product. The brush is really dense though so it enables you to get really close to the cuticle to get a nice clean line. And what’s the polish like ? Well you won’t be disappointed because its super smooth and super pigmented so that Wow … two coats and it dries to an amazing looking high shine beautiful finish. I am so happy with my Quality Street … Gorgeous.

Let me know if you have tried any of these Nailkale formulas and what you think of them.

As always lots of love and have a great week

Gill xx

Beauty, Uncategorized

WANT HEALTHY, THICKENED HAIR WITH PHYTO (who?), SOME GORGEOUS CREAMY EYESHADOWS FROM MAYBELLINE AND PLUMPER, YOUNGER LIPS (WHO DOESN’T?) FROM VENEFFECT? ALL WRITTEN FROM THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF RHODES x

Hello Lovelies and welcome to this week’s blog which finds me away with my beautiful daughters having a Mum/Daughter annual chill out on the island of Rhodes, Greece. How I look forward to and love being with them both and even though each year it becomes more and more difficult to arrange, we are all determined to continue this for as long as we can …. talking though the good and the bad times of life…that’s the men of course haha … and chilling out in the warm temperatures of Greece, knowing that when we get back to the UK that north wind will be blowing! How wonderful is it to sit out for dinner in dresses or strappy tops and not to feel cold? Oh I want to hang on to this feeling so much …..and also … these times will go in the memory bank of life …..

So how amazing is it on your first morning in a new resort to pull back the curtains and see blue sky and sunshine and sea!!

rhodes

PHYTO PHYTOPOLLEINE
We all try and think about our skincare, don’t we …. and some more than others … but how many of us think about our scalp care?? Not me really until now. My hair is coloured, it’s exposed to all the elements and it gets all sorts of products thrown onto it (literally!) and it’s probably not until now as well that I have been conscious that my hair is thinning. Thinning hair can be down to all sorts of things, stress, the chemicals of products, hormones and getting older (only slightly of course!) and the elements, and I could probably put my hand up for all of those … so how pleased was I to discover that an amazing hair stylist, Patrick Ales, during the 50’s, believe it or not, noticed that chemical rich styling took its toll on hair and decided that he would do something about it. Enter the range from Phyto. Phyto Phytopolleine (mouthful!) is a pre-shampoo botanical treatment claiming to have the highest concentrate of pure plant extracts in a hair product and the idea is that you put this on for about 20 minutes before you shampoo. (Apologies that the photo shows the French side … so sorry but I speak French and did this in a bit of a hurry so it wasn’t until I got out to Greece and checked the photo that I realised it was French …!!) Anyway this is a Pre-Shampoo product.

phyto scalp

I actually put this on for an hour before and some people pop it on overnight and although the application is a little bit tricky at first because it is pointy and hard to know where it is going, I applied it and massaged it in (you look a bit weird for a while with greasy hair but it’s worth it!). Within seconds I felt my scalp calming down and feeling a bit more nourished and I was surprised that I noticed that effect so soon and then you just shampoo as normal. I have used this a few times now and my scalp definitely feels so much better and more balanced and I am aiming to build as strong and healthy hair as I can and I am also going to try one of the shampoos that Phyto do as well to see if I can help double up the hair thickening and healthy hair process. I met a young girl the other week who is a blogger who had lost a lot of her hair due to stress etc and she switched to this Photo Phytopolleine and then one of the shampoos as well and swears by it for the beautiful hair that she now has. How awful to have bald patches (I am certainly not at that point, just want to try and thicken mine up if I can.) It’s available at John Lewis and Feel Unique and aIthough its not cheap this is luxury hair care and amazing essential oils. So I also take vitamins as well and I will give you an update in a future blog to see how I get on and see if I have so much hair that I don’t know what to do with it haha…

VENEFFECT LIPS
We are staying with luxury beauty products with this little number and I am constantly intrigued as to what goes into the ever evolving world of beauty products. How much do you love your lips??? Enough to want them to look as kissable and luscious for as long as possible. As we age so the little lines dare to appear, particularly above the cupid’s bow and sometimes people struggle with trying to keep their lipstick from bleeding into these lines. Well, two sisters, one a gynaecologist and hormonal wellness expert and the other had been in the beauty business her whole life and they set about bringing out a range of skincare and in this case, lip care, to address hormonal issues and included 100 per cent natural plant based phytoestrogen in their lip product…. genius! Oestrogen starts to decline from your twenties onwards and so does the plumping collagen, so we need all the help that we can get.

You can use this Veneffect little beauty as a lip primer, spreading it wider than your lips so that it is absorbed into the surrounding areas around your lips, and I use it last thing at night, before I go to bed, it’s the one thing I will get out of bed to put on, if I have forgotten to do so (other things get the “Oh sod it …. that can wait until the morning” treatment!) It’s a lovely soft, light cream, working hard for its money to make my lips, softer and plumper and the area around them more plumped up too.

veneffect

I am never going to look like I have lips like Angelina Jolie, but if it helps, over time, to make my lips look 10 years younger, then I would be happy and I guess a lot of other women would be too. Although this is not cheap!!!! (it’s available from Space NK) but then personally, I would rather use this which again is natural oestrogen, than I would be having my lips filled with filler. Nothing against anyone that chooses to go down the filler route, it’s just not for me. (Too scared!)

MAYBELLINE TATTOO EYESHADOWS
If you saw my new Autumn make up video this week (YouTube – Growing Old Disgracefully) then you will have seen some eyeshadows that I have discovered that I absolutely love. Now for £4.99 from Boots and Superdrug these little beauties claim to stay on for 24 hours and are a creamy gel consistency (sadly I think I have passed the age when I kept make up on for 24 hours haha). I tried out the shades Creme de Nude which is a lovely creamy nude base which would be fine to wear if you like an almost no make up make up look, then Creamy Beige which would make a fantastic every day, easy look colour and then I used a plummy colour Metallic Pomegranite to add some Autumn colour on my eyelids.

maybelline tattoo

Probably best to apply these with your fingers as they are so easy to apply and blend beautifully, although you could use a brush but only pop a small amount on. The pigmentation is great and literally will last all day with no touching up at all required and still looking good later on in the day to take you through to the evening (my sort of eyeshadow). Great for oily lids, hooded lids and for holidays too but they also remove easily with your usual make up remover. What a great product and again shows you don’t have to spend a fortune on a good eyeshadow.

EUCERIN ANTI-REDNESS SOOTHING CARE

Nobody’s skin is perfect is it and mine certainly isn’t. We all have our problems and one of mine is my nose and cheeks which are hypersensitive and prone to redness. I search constantly to find the perfect product for my skin and end up treating area with different products depending on what that area needs and have only just found the range Eucerin. They have a huge range of products for hypersensitive skin and this particular cream is for reddened/hypersensitive and rosacea prone skin so if that’s you and you haven’t tried this, then you could find it is for you. I apply this twice a day over the reddened areas as even though you have such sensitive skin you still need to be applying a calming barrier to your skin.

Eucerin Anti Redness

When you apply this to your skin you do feel an instant calming/soothing feeling, certainly no irritation whatsoever like some products and the reason for this for me is that it has 0% pure formulation which means it only has a limited number of ingredients and no preservatives, parabens, paraffins, fragrances and alcohol. My redness is certainly calming down and reducing and it has helped me to get back into moisturising that particular area as I was almost at the point where I didn’t know what to put on it. Eucerin is a derma cosmetic company which has been going for about 100 years! I got this from Boots and I don’t know about you but when I was in there, there were literally so many products to choose from that I sometimes find it utterly confusing as to which one to use, so I hope that this helps somebody in some way…. When I come back in another life hehe …. I am coming back with skin like a rhino so that I can just put anything on it.

It’s a beautiful evening in Greece and the sun is setting and I am off to enjoy a little cocktail with my girlies and share some good times …. Have a great week xx

flowers

Lots of Love and as always I love to hear from you in the comments section….

Gill

xx

Beauty, Hair, Make Up, Nails

WANT MORE MOISTURISED NAILS USING NAIL POLISH? I PUT EVE SNOW’S POLISH TO THE TEST, A TOO FACED BLUSHER THATS JUST TOO CUTE AND THE SWOONWORTHY HOURGLASS LIGHTING PALETTE

Welcome back Lovelies

This Friday has found me back in the UK and positively shivering when I returned … what has happened to our temperatures? We have truly gone into Autumn and I need to be doing some serious thinking about planning an Autumn wardrobe as last year I didn’t buy very much and have very few sweaters to see me through. My problem is I am a “throw on a dress and some heels” kinda gal! Going to be shivering a lot then! Does everyone feel like that when they get back from somewhere fairly warm … put the heating on and how are we going to survive haha? I haven’t actually put the heating on yet, but I have an Aga in my kitchen which I have kept going on low all year round as I can’t bear to be cold. I had a great time in France at the World Rowing Champs where I am pleased to say GB came first in the medals section, so it was exciting times and great to catch up with so many people. Here’s a little shot of the beautiful Lake Aiguebelette on the day my nephew was rowing (for Australia actually).

lake rowing

EVE SNOW NAIL POLISH
Now onto some beauty and how would you feel about using a nail polish that is probably the most moisturising I have ever used and doesn’t leave yellow staining on your nail? As you readers will know, I love nail polish and use many brands but trying this latest one by Eve Snow has been different. Right from the glossy way that the polish looked and the richness of colour, I knew that this was different from a lot of brands and the reason for this is that it contains Vitamin E, Argan Oil and Ginkgo Biloba whose properties help to nourish the nail and it is also a brand with fewer toxins in too.

eve snow varnish

I tried this out on my nails a few days before a trip to France where I wanted a nice coral colour to show off my toes and the shade I have is Sunrise Glow. It goes on beautifully and you could almost get away with one coat, but because I was going away for a while I applied two. Ten days on, it still looks glossy and rich in colour, is only very slightly chipped and my nails look and feel so much healthier than a normal varnish would leave them. My toes love it and I am super impressed. Brought out by a 26 year old girl who could obviously see a gap in the market for a great product, which has won a few beauty awards and also give back a percentage of the profits to charity. They sell it in Boots and Marks and Spencers and there is a pretty good colour range too – something for everyone and for each season and it is £14. I am definitely going to be buying an Autumnal shade to try and this one will make it onto my fingernails too!

TOO FACED LOVE FLUSH
Now I can be glam, but I also like cute and my daughters knew that I would love this compact when they brought it me from the US. So many blushers come in clumpy boxy containers and this lovely new range from Too Faced comes in a gorgeous sweetheart packaging design which opens up to include a cute heart mirror and a sweet rabbit design within the blush which makes it a fun addition in my make up bag as it is perfect for travelling as well. Don’t you find, that along with the lipstick the blusher is not far behind to fade, and this new one from Too Faced lasts all day once you have applied it.

too faced love flush

The colour I have it in is called Baby Love and is a lovely natural looking blush with a hint (and only a hint) of a gold shimmer in it, making it a perfect blush for the Autumn/Winter and one which would suit all skin tones. It’s really pigmented, so don’t be heavy handed when applying this otherwise you will get a bit of a shock and the blush is super soft to the touch, so really luxurious too. It’s the kind of blush that you would wear every day and it would give you a lovely glow and one which makes me smile every time I take it out of my make up bag.

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE
How many times have I admired this little beauty as a gorgeous palette of finishing powders and finally I succumbed and purchased one a few weeks ago. Firstly, it still is the one of the loveliest beauty products that I own and every time I open it I can’t wait to use it. It’s expensive, yes, I know, but not only is the case beautiful and the product inside but I love the effect that it has on my complexion. Designed to give you that ‘glow from within’, that ‘basking in the glow of candlelight’ look and without any airbrushing, this palette contains 3 beautiful powders to try. A friend of mine mixes them all together and applies it all over her skin to give it that soft glow that we all love, but I play about with mine a little bit more, but it is entirely up to you as to what effect you like.

hourglass ambient

There are three powders within the palette – Dim, Incandescent and Radiant. Dim is a good match for my fair skin tone with just a hint of warmth, a soft beige which works on cool or warm tones and helps to blur any pores, Incandescent has a glow quality for areas that you want to highlight such as cheekbones, tops of eyebrows, bridge of nose etc, and Radiant is a golden beige that adds more warmth to a complexion and I either apply it with a flat foundation brush or a stippling highlighter brush. Finely milled and perfect for mature skin to give me that dewy glow of youth! I purchased mine from Space NK and have never looked back!

DOVE OXYGEN MOISTURE SOUFFLE TREATMENT
For someone that has pretty fine, limp hair – the struggle for volume and weightlessness within a product is quite hard to find so when I found Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Souffle Treatment for fine, flat hair, I thought this had my name on it so hey …. give it a go. Anything with the word ‘souffle’ in and I am hooked – a bit like I would choose a double cooked cheese souffle for a starter at meals. Yum. But hey, let’s get back to the hair… We all have so many issues with our hair that we are trying to deal with and what style we are trying to achieve and so it is usually for me a combination of products which are combined to help me to do this.

dove oygen moisture souffle

It comes in a shallow round tub and is indeed a light, mousse consistency and after shampooing I leave it for 5 minutes in my hair. (the smell is lovely). Although I am initially quite concerned that a product this light will have enough of a moisturising effect I am pleased to say that it does on me feel beautifully light and smooth and soft and with so much more volume than I would have using other shampoos and conditioners. I am thinking that this is a great summer treatment and probably one I will alternate with a richer one in the winter. There is a shampoo and conditioner within the range and I will certainly purchase those to try next time but in the meantime I definitely feel myself stroking my soft, fluffier hair more (that’s probably very annoying to lots of people!)

Hope you have enjoyed the products this week and lots of love.

Gill xx

Beauty, Skincare

HOW TO GET THE WHITEST TEETH WITH WHITE GLO AND THE SMOOTHEST SKIN PEEL WITH CAUDALIE AND THEY’RE REAL MASCARA AND EYELINER IN BROWN REVIEWS

Hello Lovelies

And welcome to this week’s blog and I am back in beautiful France for a few days and for a World Rowing Championships in Aigueballette down near Lyon. It always takes me a few days to unwind to the pace here, which I love, and of course I have to sample the lovely French food whilst I am here. Along with my fresh Almond Croissant in the morning (yum), another favourite of mine has to be the lovely Cafe Gourmand where after the main course you have an Espresso coffee and then several choices of little bite sized desserts which for me is perfect to sample the lovely choices and not have a huge dessert which I cannot eat. Needless to say, though, I have overeaten already, haha but I can get back to healthy eating next week when I return to the UK. Life is for living after all. My husband has just gone off to the beautiful Patisserie here to purchase one of their delectable Florentines for me (and for him of course!) – another of my favourites!(You can tell I have a bit of a sweet tooth, can’t you?) But … diet next week ….

cafe gourmand

As we walked through the streets of Annecy and the lovely villages around, you can’t help but notice how the French women so look after their appearance, both with their hair and make up, and with their chic way of fashion and in every town/large village there is always a hairdressers or two, a lingerie shop or two and a beautiful perfume and skincare shop. Not much home accessories going on here …. just the important things in life! Got to admire them. So let’s get onto this week’s beauty….

CAUDALIE GLYCOLIC PEEL
Taking the French theme to start off with and a brand that you know that I love – Caudalie – set up by a lovely couple using skincare products made with the products of the vine. They have a spa near Bordeaux and I am saving up to go with the girls and a friend next September, if we can, as I know that I would be truly in heaven, relaxing in a beautiful place with products that I totally love. I have really sensitive skin and the thought of what I call a proper Glycolic Peel which literally lifts your layer of skin off and leaves your skin red underneath fills me with fear … so reading about Caudalie’s version which contains glycolic acid, papaya and viniferine and promised to be gentler on the skin, I plucked up the courage to give it a go.

glycolic peel

The peel comes in a smart tube with a mock wood effect screw cap and the actual product goes on really easily and felt so gentle on my skin … I was waiting for the irritant to kick in, but it didn’t which I was so pleased about. I left it for about ten minutes and then removed it with a facecloth and have to say that this is one of those products that does actually give an immediate effect. My cheeks looked really brightened and my skin felt baby smooth. Using this regularly (they say twice a week) definitely helps keep skin that way and i noticed putting make up on as well, this felt so much smoother to apply. It is supposed to help with dark spots and some scarring, but that would be over a period of a long time and I need to give it more testing, which I will, to see how it performs in those areas. I really like this peel and it’s like with a lot of products, until you have used it, you don’t know how much better your skin or make up can look and for me I would far rather remove the dead skin cells on my face this way than with anything harsher. If you have skin like an old leather handbag … then you can use anything on it .. but … I don’t and its about finding what is right for your own skin. Caudalie have come up with a great peel.

WHITE GLO TOOTHPASTE
Now how about those pearly whites? Or perhaps not so pearly whites! Definitely having yellower coloured teeth can help you look older than you actually are, which most people if they thought about it, probably wouldn’t want. If you hate that fake Simon Cowell whiteness which a lot of companies offer and you just want to brighten your own up and give them that lovely feeling of when you go to the hygienist at the dentist and they clean your teeth for you, well you can feel a bit like that most days if you use a whitening toothpaste. White Glo is a top Australian brand of toothpaste originally developed for actresses and models and is available in the UK at Superdrug and Boots and I have been using it for about a month now.

white glow

Probably like most of you I do drink tea (gotta drink tea … I am English!), and I love coffee (can’t cope in the mornings without my morning caffeine) and I do like the occasional glass of red wine (supposed to be good for you), so staining does happen and by using this lovely toothpaste I have found that I have definitely whitened them and managed to keep them whiter. This one also has a mouthwash within the formula to get to all the places you can’t reach with your brush. Because I have slightly sensitive teeth as well, I tend to do one week with the White Glo and one week with a sensitive toothpaste. Whiter teeth definitely help with your confidence too. Happily I can continue with my Americano’s …… and still have whiter teeth haha..

THEY’RE REAL PUSH UP EYELINER IN BROWN
Now I am someone that likes an eyeliner – particularly on my top lid as I have found my eyes need definition the older I have become and a lot of eyeliners do tend to blend into the socket area and eventually wear off throughout the day. I have used the They’re Real in Black in the winter and was really happy to see that Benefit have brought this out in Brown now, which particularly in the summer for me suits me better. This has an angled applicator which helps to do the winged eyeliner look if thats what you are after (I must admit, that’s something I can’t do, and wouldn’t look good on me anyway) but allows you to do thin or think lines as well.

theyre real eyeliner

You need to pull the eyelid taut and hug the eyelashes really tightly with this applicator to make this product work and it might need a little bit of practise to get used to this and I also find that each time I go to it I need to remove the dried out bit on the end of the applicator before I twizzle (is that a word haha ) the product to obtain a fresh amount to apply. The result though is a beautiful line and one which is waterproof (again fab for the holidays) and lasts all day, no need to be reapplying at lunchtime … you will look amazing all day. If you have really oily skin then it might break down the product and you might have to reapply but with me it is fine. To remove it I use my Clarins Eye Make up Remover which dabbed onto a cotton wool pad and soaked for a few seconds removes it fine, as it is an oil based remover which I like.

THEY’RE REAL MASCARA BROWN
To go with the brown eyeliner I also have started using the They’re Real Mascara in Brown which Benefit brought out this summer too. Again, this is waterproof, like the eyeliner, so if you have any sad events lined up then this is a great mascara to wear to save it running down your face and it doesn’t flake and looks good for such a long time which some of the cheaper mascaras don’t. Two coats of this defines and lengthens my eyelashes and definitely gives them a Wow! factor and I like the fact that I can use the end of the brush to use on the corner lashes and the bottom ones.

theyre real mascara

ESSIE LOVEY DOVEY NAIL POLISH
I just can’t say goodbye to Summer yet. (A sadness will descend on me – are you the same?) I am away in France at the moment and hanging onto every bit of sunshine and that still means for me wearing bright colours and having bright nails. I just can’t help it … it cheers me up so much. Perhaps I have that SAD disease? Anyway, one of the things that really does cheer me is bright nails and I pulled out my bottle of Essie polish in Lovey Dovey to take away with me.

lovey dovie polish

Essie is a lovely brand of nail polish in what I would call that medium priced bracket and I haven’t yet found a drugstore brand with as nice a brush as this for applying this gorgeous polish with such a professional finish. A base coat and two coats of this beautiful Soft Pink – in fact it is so girlie it’s probably a Barbie pink … and I am loving it. Pop a top coat on every few days and it may last a week (if you don’t do too many household chores!) Happiness on my nails…. Gotta hang on to this Summer somehow.

So that’s it for the Beauty…. a pic of me going out for a casual barbecue lunch with friends wearing a maxi by Oasis and naughty little Penelope in the background taking advantage of jumping on the chair she is not allowed on! Love that puppy xxx

me in oasis dress

Lots of love and have a great week.

Gill

xx

Beauty, LIPSTICK, Make Up, Summer

HOW MUCH OF A SCRUBBER ARE YOU? AMAZING DOCTOR’S SCRUB, PLUMP SKIN WITH HYLAMIDE AND SUMMER CHEEKS WITH BOURJOIS AQUA BLUSH REVIEWS

Hello Lovelies

Well I guess a lot of you are on Summer holidays and I am hoping the weather is good for you as although it hasn’t been very hot in the UK (it’s more like Autumn!) I am still hanging on in there with summer colours and summer clothes, despite the lower temperatures! So this week, I was lucky enough to go to London and enjoy a fabulous Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel, and if you are looking for an Afternoon Tea experience with your friends or family, then this one is beautiful. It follows the Mad Hatter theme right through to the beautiful cakes (couldn’t eat them all so they gave us a take out box) and there is even a trolley full of lots of different jellies if you decide to take children along with you. The theme is amazing and the food is simply gorgeous.

mad hatter

So what have I been using in terms of Summer beauty:-

HYLAMIDE SUBQ ANTI-AGE ADVANCED SERUM
Well what would life be like without a serum? We all have different needs for our skin but mine is definitely plumping and here we are talking about a serious serum! It’s from the founder of Indeed Labs who came up with the amazing Hand Chemistry that I love so I hoped that it would be good. Well they have truly thrown everything in here – in fact 5 forms of hyaluronic acid and next generation peptides to target not only the surface hydration and elasticity but also below the surface skin too and to help boost that all important collagen and support any collagen that you have. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

hylamide

It’s a clear gel with no scent and your skin absorbs it in seconds and the idea is that you put it on morning and night after toning and before your moisturiser. The effect is immediate and lasts all day and this keeps on working. I am not so keen on the apothecary type bottle, which I presume is to indicate that it’s a serious product and if anything I would have a word with marketing to change the bottle, but it’s rare to find a product that promises results in 5-10 days and these guys have been able to put potent ingredients in and make it available to women in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and the best thing about it is that its way more affordable than some lesser potent brands costing £30.00 for 30ml. Great, great product and sometimes worth spending the extra to get the results and I certainly love it as I need all the help I can get! It’s available in Boots or direct from Deciem.

GOLDFADEN MD DOCTOR’S SCRUB
How much of a scrubber are you? Scrubbing is a part of my beauty routine for both my face and my body to polish away the dead skin cells and encourage new skin and help reduce fine lines, large pores etc. Well have I found the scrubber for you, if that’s what you are in to. This is probably the finest, grittiest scrub I have ever tried (and if you have super sensitive skin then this is definitely a No No for you!) but if you like to scrub then you are going to love this product made with ruby crystals no less!

goldfaden scrub

It’s effect is similar to a milder form of the treatment microdermabrasion and you only need the tiniest amount rubbed really gently, and I stress gently, over your face, neck and décolleté, in fact I even used it on the backs of my hands … and the effect is super smooth, glowing skin instantly. Wow!!! Because the crystals are perfectly spherical, they exfoliate without damaging your skin. I would avoid areas with little broken veins though, like on the side of your nose. They say you can use it daily, but for me, twice a week would be enough to change your dull skin into super glowing skin. This product is £65 for the pot but you are paying for the ultimate in skin polish here …. and one pot is probably the price of a facial to achieve the same result and this pot will probably last you at least 9 months depending on how much you use it. Truly an AMAZING scrub!!

BARE MINERALS BARESKIN PURE BRIGHTENING SERUM FOUNDATION
There’s been a lot of talk about this foundation and when I commented on a friend’s complexion and how lovely it was and she said this was what she was wearing then I knew I had to roadtest some! In Summer I like to wear a lighter foundation if I can and just a bit of concealer and this one comes in about 8 different shades, so I chose Bare Satin.

bareminerals bareskin

It’s ultra thin, which is a bit of shock if you are not used to foundations like that and I also bought the brush which they sell to apply it and you are literally supposed to apply one drop to the centre of the brush and then apply this all over your face and it feels and does look beautiful on your face, although I do need to add some concealer as well. It increases the hydration to your skin with lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C and gives colour and makes it look flawless and has the SPF of 20 in it too so it is helping to protect your skin from the rays. Probably not suitable for combination or oily skins either but if you have normal or drier skin and if you like a natural, light, glowing, flawless kind of look with coverage sheer to light then you won’t be disappointed with this gorgeous foundation.

BOURJOIS AQUA BLUSH
Summer blushes for me are all about creams and Bourjois (whom I love) have recently brought out 3 water resistant ones – so great for holidays. I purchased the 02 in Cocori Corail and although the colour is a bit scary when it comes out you just blend half a pump of the product with your fingers on the apple of your cheeks and blend upwards. Its super blendable and has an even colour pay off, so it’s really easy to apply.

bourjois aqua blush

The result is a gorgeous sheer, fresh colour and it doesn’t melt off in the heat either. They also do it in Pink Twice and Berry Nice and I like the fact that the packaging changes with the colour of the blush so that it is easy to select from a drawer full of products !!! A great little product that I am loving and will earn a place in my make up bag for summer. (I put it in one of my videos) and I found them for £9 on the Very site but they are also available at Boots.

KIKO 3D INSTANT VOLUME LIP GLOSS

You probably know by now how much I love this brand for both the quality and the price point and so I was keen to try one of their lip glosses. I love ones with a high shine and this one has that with fortunately, no glitter! haha Can’t deal with that look! When you put this gloss on it tingles slightly on application, not too much though and has like a menthol like feel to it which makes your lips feel quite fresh.

kiko 3d gloss

It volumises your lips, definitely,and the idea is that it keeps on volumising it over time, which it probably does a bit, but not to the point where you think “Whoa, she’s had her lips done!” It’s got hyaluronic acid in to hydrate your lips as some products can dry them out, can’t they and I love the fact that the colour is true to how it looks in the tube. So, a beautiful lip gloss that makes your lips look plump in a firm, kissable way! (always hoping!) It’s £6.90 and available in their stores or at www.kikocosmetics.co.uk.

That’s it for this week’s round up and I am wishing you a continued great summer in the UK anyway, and lots of love xxx

Gill

Beauty, Eye Make Up, Make Up

PUTTING EYE MAKE UP REMOVERS TO THE TEST AND REVIEWS ON BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR AND KIKO CONCEALER

Hi Lovelies and another week is here. Sorry about no blog last week and my computer is now all sorted – a trip to Apple made me a happy bunny! It’s been a busier week with a trip to London which is always exciting and also going on a Date Night with my husband. How important is it in a relationship to spend special time occasionally with the one you love when life all around you is in the fast lane. Just to take some time out and get back to who you are as a couple can sometimes work wonders in a relationship. Awww. I have attached a photo of the outfit I wore (I hope you like it).

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So let’s get onto some make up and the experiences I have had over the last couple of weeks. One of the things that I sometimes question is whether a product is worth the high price compared to a cheaper version of the product and so I thought I would try this out with eye make up remover.

SIMPLE KIND TO EYES MAKE UP REMOVER
Every night practically, I need to use eye make up remover as I do use gel eyeliners, and like to use mascara and sometimes use waterproof, and if I don’t use a good one then I don’t know about you, but I definitely wake up with those ‘Panda Eyes” which is not a good look in the morning if your husband brings you a cup of tea (only occasionally), and ask if you slept ok?? So I liked the idea of the Simple version on my eyes, containing no artificial colour or perfume and set to work with it, putting it to the test with some really difficult smokey eye make up that I had on. I managed to buy it for £1.49 at Superdrug, so the price is amazing but how would it perform in the test?

Simple

I put the clear liquid on a cotton wool pad and found that it did remove most of the eyeshadow and some of the eyeliner and mascara but found that I did need to put quite a lot of product on and had to have a go several times to really feel like I was removing it and did find that I struggled to remove the tough waterproof mascara. What it felt like was that I was tugging a bit at my eyes, which personally, having a few wrinkles (as I do!), didn’t feel as comfortable and easy as I would have liked it to. But hey, it’s £1.49!

CLARINS INSTANT EYE MAKE UP REMOVER
Onto now, the other end of the spectrum, with Clarins, and this one comes in at £19.00… bit of a difference, but would there be any difference in performance? Sorry about my photo but I have used quite a bit of this and the liquid is actually blue, but don’t let that scare you, your face doesn’t turn blue. So now I placed the blue liquid on cotton wool pads and popped these onto my eyes in the same way and left them for a moment to soak and then wiped away. Wow … what a difference, and in one sweep of a cotton wool pad it removed all the make up and there was no scrubbing away and no redness around my eyes at all. Probably because of the lash strengthening oils in this product as well, my eyelashes felt softer and more conditioned.

Clarins eye make up remover

No contest for me. I felt so much more comfortable easing the make up off this way and there would be no panda eyes to scare my husband in the morning!. There is, of course a price difference, and I know friends of mine can’t use a lot of products on their eyes because of their sensitivity but I was fine with the Clarins and as you can tell from the half empty bottle, I have been using this a lot. By the way, you just need to shake the bottle up before you use it to mix up the contents. I suppose I feel that there are products that you can buy cheaper and it is sometimes down to budget but because I wear make up probably most days, then this is a key item to me and Clarins definitely wins in this contest.

BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR
So you have a bit of a tan and you want to make it look even better, so we’re talking illuminators and glow to make you look amazing and one of my favourites is the gorgeous brand Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector and this one is in the shade Opal. OMG, if you haven’t tried it yet, you will just LOVE it!!! It’s a lovely pearlised metallic glow which reflects light back and gives the skin that gorgeous soft look. Every time I put this on, it’s just one of those products that I adore.

Becca shimmering skin perfector

 

It makes such a difference to your skin. In texture, it’s lovely and thin and doesn’t feel tacky like some of them can do, and spreads and blends beautifully. You can use it on bare skin over your tan on your cheekbones, and I sometimes use in on my décolleté too and I put 3 different little parts of it on my cheek with a stippling brush (although you could use your finger), and then I blend it in with my brush or again you could use your fingers very lightly. Tell me if you don’t think that it looks gorgeous on a tan, as you are sitting there sipping your cocktails ??

KIKO FULL COVER CONCEALER
So most of us need some sort of concealer particularly for under the eye and in my case, around the nose too, and maybe a little on the chin (in fact, why don’t I cover my whole face with concealer … no only joking .) This Kiko one claims to be full coverage and comes in a choice of 8 shades so you can be sure to find one for you – mine is 02 and I have fair skin. Everyone has different blemishes they want to cover and mine is a few age spots and slight darkness around the eyes and then redness around the nose so I am usually looking for a full coverage concealer.

kiko concealer

This Kiko one from the lovely Kiko Milano range is available online and there is a shop in London and we are lucky enough to have one in Nottingham so I am sure they will be opening up everywhere to rival Mac as their quality of product, particularly in the eyeshadows is amazing and they are so so much cheaper. The consistency is really lightweight and buildable which I personally like. My skin at the moment in summer has a slight oiliness to it and I always put moisturiser on before I apply my make up so the fact that it is slightly dry doesn’t bother me, but if you had really dry skin then maybe this isn’t for you. It has apparently got a sebum absorbing complex in it which would make it brilliant for very oily skins, but I find if fine as my t-zone does have a tendency towards oiliness anyway. I was really pleased with the way it covered up my age spots – sometimes I layered it over them a bit and it would probably cover rosacea as well, again depending how bad it is. Packaging wise it is lovely and compact, with a little mirror meaning that you can take it with you in your handbag and do touch ups later on in the day. The cost is £7.50 and it is so similar in product to the Bobbi Brown and the Mac which cost certainly over the £15 mark that for me, this is a product where I can buy a cheaper version but am super happy with the results.

BEAUTY BLENDER
I know I am a little late on the bandwagon with this one, but I finally thought to myself that I would purchase a Beauty Blender and see what all the hype was about, and in fact the one I purchased from Space NK had a little cleaning soap at the bottom too. Cute hey? Although any baby shampoo or soap would be fine to clean it with. The girls say I am a sucker for packaging!!! It got me too, because it is PINK in colour!!! Girlie!!!! The Beauty Blender was originally created by 2 Hollywood make up artists for a flawless airbrush finish. (That’s what we are all hoping for in our dreams!)

Beauty blender

So first of all you wet it, squeeze it out and then apply the foundation from your hand and dab away on your face. The elliptical shape of it means that it is brilliant for getting into the corners around the eyes and the nose. I really liked the actual process of dabbing away on my face and tried it with both tinted moisturisers and light foundations and was really pleased how it did achieve that flawless look as sometimes with lighter products you struggle to get an evenness. With a heavier foundation I probably didn’t find it as good although it’s all about putting it on in thin layers. So will I use it ?– yes I will. I will probably alternate it with my foundation brush depending on what sort of look and what sort of product I am using. Oh …. And it’s brilliant for using with creamy concealers under the eyes! So better late than never … and I am pleased I finally got around to the Beauty Blender.

I hope you enjoyed it for this week. Please let me know your thoughts on the Beauty Blender … oh and if you have been on a Date Night this week! I hope you have.
Love as Always

Gill xxx