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LUXURY BRANDS TO ASK SANTA FOR …….CHANEL, BURBERRY AND CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Hello Lovelies

Well Christmas is nearly here and I guess most of you have bought all those presents and many of you wrapped them up … but I am not there yet! I love love love this time of year, but at the moment, probably a bit like you, I am running to keep up with work, Christmas parties and socialising. It’s such a lovely time of the year but every year it is festive mania as I call it. But I will absolutely love it as I celebrate with my lovely family and friends and catch up on all the news and just eat and drink far too much (it wouldn’t be Christmas if you didn’t!). Then Boxing Day I am going away to France for the rest of the break and New Year to the snow (hopefully), but at the moment the weather is so mild that I am beginning to think there won’t be much skiing going on! Anyway, this is going to be my last blog until January as I am taking a break and thinking you won’t have time to read blogs anyway …. you will be far too busy, so I am wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year and will see you in 2016 … but I will be on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook in the meantime….

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This week’s beauty is all about luxury products and products that I would definitely have liked in my stocking.

MY BURBERRY PERFUME

I am in love with Burberry at the moment, having visited their gorgeous Covent Garden shop a few weeks ago and with my purchases she gave me a beautiful sample of the lovely My Burberry Perfume. I only have it in the most tiniest of sizes but it is fast becoming my favourite perfume of the moment. It comes in a gorgeous gold lined box with gold embossed lettering on the outside. The whole concept is around the famous Burberry Trench coat and the smell is supposed to represent a London garden after the rain…. You are wearing your lovely trench coat in London and of course, because it’s the UK it will rain … and you will wander into an urban garden and this is the scent you will smell …. don’t you just love the idea behind it??

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I love the contemporary bottle and then the stopper is inspired by the button of the Burberry Trench, the colour of the perfume is honey beige(the colour of the trench), and the little ribbon around the neck of the bottle is made of the same fabric that the trenches are made in from a factory in Yorkshire. Awww … I love a good creative design bringing together tradition too.

So what is the scent? Well it’s sweet peas (no wonder I love it), citrusy notes of bergamot then geranium then rounded off with a base of patchouli (love) and a slight scent of rose. I am really loving it and am sure this little bottle will run out soon so this is on the Christmas list !!! It comes in various sizes but the 90ml, the cheapest I could find it for was £55.95 on allbeauty.com.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY SUPER MODEL BODY
It’s Party Time and you want to look as gorgeous as you can. The likes of Kim Kardashian swear by the lovely Charlotte Tilbury’s “slimmer shimmer” as she calls it and Kim uses it to enhance her curves! Well, I certainly haven’t got a body like Kim and I really don’t expect to look like her if I use this, but I do like the idea of when you are wearing a dress and exposing your arms, décolleté and possibly even legs? at Christmas, well it would be nice to make them as highlighted and sculpted as possible. (The gym certainly hasn’t been happening lately as I have been too busy), so let’s try and take a short cut and see if that helps. Within the formula are various highlighters and apparently caffeine which helps to reduce bloating and puffiness (well I can’t comment on that claim really) so I applied it to my arms and decollete.

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You twist the cap and roll the product up and down your arms and then blend it out with your fingers and I was really pleased with the way it can help slightly flabby arms look smoother and firmer and very slightly tanned, and of course some slight (not too much) Christmas sparkle. I let it dry first before putting my dress on and was pleased to say that it didn’t stain my dress (always a bonus).

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It’s quite expensive, £45.00 expensive and is a high price because of the Ferni Protect it contains which is a wild mushroom that helps to protect the collagen in your skin and keeps it firmer and supple and then menthol which helps circulation and blood flow. Great claims and I can’t really comment on the latter but it definitely looks lovely on your arms and sculpts them and helps you look gorgeously healthy and polished and party-like! If you have great legs I bet this would look amazing on them too. Welcome the body of an angel!!!! (I wish).

CHANEL GOLD SPARKLE NAIL COAT LIMITED EDITION
Christmas isn’t Christmas without sparkly nails and everyone wants a little bit of Chanel at Christmas (or is it just me?). A luxury brand and oh so glamorous and they have brought out a Limited edition multi effect top coat nail polish that’s a sparkle coat and a top coat too.

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This is a pinky red tinted clear base with layers of gold sparkle that looks so gorgeous over both their Rouge Noir colour and any dark colour. You need to shake the bottle quite vigorously to shake the contents up before applying but it dries very quickly (probably about 90 seconds) which is amazing … more time to get on and party …..and the reason why I love this so much is that the golden glitters are flat and so the top coat dries to a beautiful smooth surface. And there you have the most gorgeous Christmas nails …. Sooooooooooo pretty. Love you Chanel …. anyone would love you in their Christmas stocking.

Let me know what luxury gift you would like in your stocking and have the most wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.

See you in 2016!!!

Lots of Love

Gill xxxxx

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.

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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!

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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, Body, Skincare

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

Hello Lovelies

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

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

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

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

vit c instant glow enhancer

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

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

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

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

venus snap razor

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

SANCTUARY AIR WHIPPED SOUFFLE SCRUB

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

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

Lots of love as always

Gill xx

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

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

Hello My Lovelies

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

girls and i at henley

 

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Beauty, Body, Summer

SUMMER BEAUTY WITH MANUKA DOCTOR, BODY SHOP MOJITOS AND NYX ADORABLE PALETTE REVIEW

Hello Again Lovelies!

Why do the weeks fly by as we are in Spring/Summer? The weather improves (hopefully) and life seems to erupt into barbecues, parties, afternoon teas, charity lunches, charity balls … you name it, our social season has well and truly started and we like to enjoy these wonderful events with family and friends. We were born to socialise, weren’t we and I am at my happiest when I am and meeting all sorts of people from all sorts of life. This week saw me at a Beauty Con event in London with Becky and Holly and I might even have met a few of you there who read my blog and watch the vlog. Both Becky and Holly (and me too) were overwhelmed by how many people had travelled quite long distances to meet up with us and whilst I was there I picked up a couple of beauty products to put through the test and see how they performed.

I don’t know how many of you suffer from hay fever, which can be particularly bad at this time of the year, well I have only started to suffer over the last few years, but one thing that I have found helps slightly is that I take honey every morning with my breakfast . This seems to help with my throat enormously.

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Beauty, Body, Hair, Hands

ST TROPEZ INSTANT TAN, GORGEOUS GUERLAIN JOLI TEINT AND SMOOTH HANDS HAND CHEMISTRY REVIEW

Hello Lovelies and welcome to this week’s blog.

Well what a week this one turned out to be. They say that moving house is one of the most stressful things that you can do and that’s certainly what we had this week for Becky and Holly. All was sorted with Becky and Holly’s new house and then the vendor starting changing the moving date so things like removal men to come in on certain days had to be changed and tempers rose as we didn’t even know on the day of moving whether it would all go through ok. So they have been staying with me for a couple of days which I love (not loving all their stuff which has had to be stored at ours as well for a couple of days !) … but in the end all successful and prosecco drunk to celebrate ha ha and they will be so happy in their new home which gives them so much more space. Sad for them to leave their lovely cottage down the road ….. we joke that Momma Hen (as they call me) will have separation anxiety, but where they are moving to is not very far away either …. a few more fields !!!!

So onto some Beauty finds that I have been trying this week!

I am not off to a festival (not my kinda thing any more!) …. but it is the season and I know a lot of young girls try the dry shampoo for their hair so I thought I would try this Batiste one to see whether it has a place in my life!!!

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BODY SHOP GREEN TEA, l’OREAL PARIS HOT AND BIG AND SPRING PICKS

Hello Lovelies and another week passed ….This week saw us driving down to see an old friend who actually isn’t very well and so I am making the most of the chances to see him whilst he is still ok. Friends are so important in life aren’t they … so it was an opportunity to put on a nice dress and go out for some Saturday lunch at one of our cute English pubs.

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This week also saw me trying to do some physio exercises after 3 months of not exercising very much with my back. I went to see a great physio but I had to laugh as I literally couldn’t move the next day after doing the exercises she gave me …. my shoulders and neck were in agony and when she said do a press up …well that was hilarious …you know when you are really trying to do something … and nothing happens … well that was my press up! I seem to have lost a lot of strength in my arms and it certainly gives me a bit of a wake up call that as we age we probably need to exercise differently. So a friend of mine advised me to bathe in Epsom Salts to help with the muscle ache and I must admit, I really did feel much better after that, but the exercises are just something that I need to do bit by bit to build my fitness back up. I have an interesting one to do where I have to hold a broom handle with both hands behind my head!!!

The other bit of gossip is that I finally have made my first YouTube video and will be putting that up next Tuesday. I was really nervous and also a bit excited about doing it … and I know loads of you have asked me to do some …. so I really hope you will subscribe to it and watch my channel. It’s Growing Old Disgracefully on YouTube…. there’s a surprise!!!

So on to the beauty ……!

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Beauty, Body

GARNIER PURE ACTIVE, BIODERMA , CIATE and BOBBI BROWN ARTSTICKS REVIEW

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this Friday’s blog and a catch up on life and all things Beauty. In the UK Spring is well and truly here with the temperatures warming up and we have been lucky enough to have fantastically blue skies on many days lighting up our normally dull, grey skies. Easter was such a lovely weekend with people taking time off from work to spend with their families, and unlike the chaos that we usually have at Christmas time, Easter was a chilled affair, seeing a few friends and spending time with my all important family.

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Becky and Holly had arranged for us all to go on a Cake Pop making course at Strawberry Cupcakes in Nottingham – they knew that I would love it – although my attempts at cake making over the years are nothing to shout about!! As we arrived a little girl’s birthday party was ending there and I thought what a popular girl she would be to have such a cool party … making Cake Pops and then eating them … she would be favourite in the class.

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Beauty, Body, Nails, Skincare

VITAMINS, “BOUNCY” BODY SHOP SKINCARE AND GLAMUARY NAILS

It’s Friday again already and the end of another week! Last week my blog was about my back pain and I am afraid that I have spent another week not able to do much and I wanted to thank all the lovely people who have commented and sent their love and suggestions for me which has really helped me to stay positive too through it.

Anyway I finally went for an MRI scan today – my husband drove me as I still can’t drive with the pain. I have had an MRI scan in the past and had been very nervous about the whole procedure because I suffer from claustrophobia but this time I was a lot calmer with knowing what to expect and as I lay down on the section of the scanner that moves you into the MRI I tried to regulate my breathing and anyone that has had an MRI scan will know they give you a buzzer in your left hand to press if you feel uncomfortable at any time. Anyway, they put the buzzer in my hand, but me being the nervous person that I am with scans, I had to test the buzzer, didn’t I just to check that it worked (I am sure they are used to people like me!) The operator was really kind and did say that if ever I had to have any other part of me scanned I could always go to my doctor for some kind of relaxing tablet! The whole process would they say take about 12 mins but it felt way longer than that and when he said it was finished I was so tempted to shout “I am a celebrity GET ME OUT OF HERE!” Phew! I was out and could open my eyes. So the results will be in a few days and I can actually see what the problem is and hopefully it won’t be too serious.

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Beauty, Body, Positive Thinking

Staying Positive Through Pain and Some Well Deserved Pampering

Have you got that cuppa made or that glass of wine poured?

Well what a week it has been and I firstly wanted to just say to you all how overwhelmed I have been with all your support and comments as I have launched my blog….. so many messages wishing me well and saying how pleased they were that there was something more out there for slightly older females.  Thank you for all of that – it means so much when you start something new and encouragement and support go a huge way in helping.  THANK YOU !!!!!!!! I know too that a lot of you watched me on a vlog with Becky …. I was literally gritting my teeth through the nerve pain…. And thank you for all the lovely comments on that too.  Becky is such a natural and made me feel very relaxed on camera.

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