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HIGH END LA PRAIRIE OR HIGH STREET BOOTS NO7 PROTECT & PERFECT …. WHICH GIVES ME THE SMOOTHEST, PLUMPEST SKIN?

Hi Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s blog and as everything hots up for Christmas Becky and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days in London mainly for meetings but we did get chance to window shop in Harrods and visit Oxford Street with the beautiful Christmas lights.  I know a lot of people have stayed away from London because of what happened in Paris, but I just feel like we have to carry on with our lives and so we carried on with our plans.  One of the treats that we had after feeling pretty tired from bag carrying and Christmas shopping was that we visited the amazing luxury BeautyBAR by Clarins which is in John Lewis on Oxford Street but just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the store and London, to the side of the Clarins counter.

Clarins Beauty bar

The fantastic idea behind this is that you can have 30 minute treatments to quickly help you resolve whatever your beauty skin issue.  I had the amazing Revital Eyes as my eyes were just feeling so tired from London and after 30 minutes I left feeling brightened and tightened and refreshed.  Your hands get a lovely treatment in this one and there’s also a mini massage too!  I loved it and it’s only£25.  The best bit for me is that they put some make up back onto you so you can go back into the store and carry on shopping … you don’t feel too barefaced … if you are not comfortable with that.   She used some amazing mascara on me too!!!  Becky and I decided that we would be going back for more treatments when we are down in London as it was such a pick me up!

HIGH END OR HIGH STREET?

Now onto a little experiment that I have been doing for the last few months between the high end brand of La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum and the high street/drugstore Boots No 7 brand of Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum.  On the left hand side of my face I have been using the La Prairie (priced at £129.60 in John Lewis /£144.00 in Harrods!) and on the right hand side of my face Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum priced at £23.95.  My aim – to find out if it worth spending all that money on a serum, does it make a difference? Is it worth the extra spend?

LA PRAIRIE

So La Prairie’s packaging is a luxury looking pale blue and beautiful silver container and would look lovely in any bathroom.  It’s hard to find exactly what the ingredients are in La Prairie but it claims to be loaded with antioxidants and cell communicating ingredients to reproduce the look of healthy skin and the actual serum did make my skin feel soft and silky when applied.  The bottle would probably last you nearly a year and it is scented, but I didn’t mind that and I had no sensitive reaction to the product.

Boots No 7 protect

Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum claims to target and tackle fine lines and that it contains peptides such as the powerful Matrixyl 3000 Plus which is the next generation peptide to help your skin look younger.  It stimulates collagen and elastic reproduction so the results keep getting better with the more you use it.  The packaging is basic, and a tube that would probably last you 6 months?

Now for the interesting bit …… what did I think?  Feeling both sides of my skin and closing my eyes to really understand the difference …. Does the side with La Prairie feel softer and smoother …Yes…. Does it feel more plumped ?  ……Yes.  But how much ????? Not a huge, huge deal.  I want to be able to say oh my goodness my skin looks and feels out of this world with La Prairie, but I can’t … all I can say is that it is better.  If money was not in the equation then it’s definitely La Prairie … but in most people’s worlds it is going to be Boots No7, isn’t it, and it’s  been proven to be doing a great job …. so better to be using this than nothing at all!!!  Hehe …. now to even my face out for the next 6 months by switching sides with the products…..lol!!!!!

DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL

Let’s get onto hair now and how in the winter, and also with dry, coloured hair, my hair needs all the help it can get!  Now here’s a lovely smelling oil from a brand that I love that contains macadamia, coconut and sweet almond oil …. ohhh that smell is gorgeous.  This lovely nourishing treatment oil for your hair can be used as a pre-wash treatment or the way I have been using it is after I have styled my hair, I pop a few drops on the top half of my fingers, rub both hands together and then sort of scrunch if on the ends and any curls or style I might have to help soften it and make it more glossy.

dove pure care dry oil

You think when you put oil on your hair that it is going to make it greasy or heavy, but not at all, the trick is not to use very much and if you suffer from the frizzies, then it will help de-frizz!  What a gorgeous, great priced nourishing treatment for hair in a bottle that will last simply ages and ages and I found it at Boots for £9.99.  Just can’t stop stroking my hair now hehe …..

So that’s it for this week, as I now rush around like all women out there going into some chaotic pre-Christmas state as I still have presents to buy, still have wrapping to do … and personally don’t I just hate those lovely ladies who have them all wrapped up by now!! (secretly I probably wish that I was one of those .. but why is it that my girlies just won’t get their Christmas lists organised until the last moment ….Aaaaaagh!) Love them really.

 

Lots of love and happy Christmas Shopping xx

 

Gill

 

xx

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

Nails, Skincare, Uncategorized

SUPER SMOOTH SKIN FROM OILS OF LIFE, THE SHINIEST NAIL POLISH YOU’LL EVER TRY AND PLUMPED UP SKIN WITH SEQUADERM

Hi Lovelies

Welcome to another week in the life of ….. This week I put up a video which was different from the norm and was one that people had asked me to do about how I stay Healthy and Happy so it was more of a chatty one and was really well received by so many people who asked me to do some others at some point as well on a variety of different subjects. I love doing the chatty ones and sharing the experiences and life learnings that I have and hope that it helps some people in some way. This week’s been a bit more of a chilling week as I am going away with Becky and Holly next week so prepping for that in many ways with all the sorting there is to do before you go away. I don’t really feel as though we have had much of a summer here and am looking forward to some chill out with my gorgeous daughters. It’s the time when we chat about all sorts of things and do the little things in life that I enjoy so much like all having breakfast together… Love it and each year it becomes harder and harder to find a date that suits everyone. I did get to look after the puppies though whilst the girls were in Paris, which I loved and to say Thank You the girls gave me a gorgeous box of Parisian Macarons as they are called. OMG – these are probably the softest, chewiest, most delectable macarons I have ever tried. They are keeping their Momma sweet!

macarons

OILS OF LIFE RANGE BY THE BODY SHOP
So now for some beauty and first slot has to go to The Amazing Body Shop who really are flying this year with bringing out such fabulous new products and getting themselves back in the game in so many different areas. Followers know that I love The Body Shop but it’s been a while since they changed packaging and took themselves up to another level to rival other brands that are creeping in. I love them for the fact though that they don’t test on animals too. So the fabulous range that they have just brought out is called Oils of Life.

oils of life bottle

Go run to the nearest Body Shop to have a look because you will find that they are truly changing to supplying dark glass bottles with lovely black tops which come in neat white boxes with gold embossing on and you will hardly recognise this now luxurious brand. All centred around adding a glow and revitalising your skin they have used cold pressed seed oils (to give the best quality) consisting of Black Cumin, Camelia and Rosehip, selected for their anti-oxidant, nutrient and fatty acid qualities.

Now I am someone that certainly felt like they had a problem putting oils on my face as my oily T-zone seems to react badly, but I learnt to just apply a couple of drops into my hands (just inhale that gorgeous smell before you apply it to your face …. it’s wonderful) and then to smooth this over my face and then apply one of the two moisturisers on top. The oil is the most perfect texture to be absorbed into your skin so you don’t end up feeling like you are a grease ball! So first of all it’s the beautifully packaged Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil – a couple of drops of that at night and then followed by the choice of two moisturisers.

oils of life dropper

Again, because I sometimes do suffer with an oiliness I opted for the Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream, which is a beautiful gel blend of facial oils which manages to hydrate my skin but not leave it sticky. This is perfect for me. However, if you wanted more of a cream (and perhaps I will as I get into Winter) then try the Intensely Revitalising Cream which is lovely and soft, light and silky but feels so good on the skin and again, not greasy so that you wake up with definitely smoother, softer skin. I alternate this with a nightly regime where I add a hyaluronic serum on the other night. Getting the best of both worlds. Well done The Body Shop for bringing out a brilliant, luxurious Oils of Life range.

SEQuaderma
All this talk about lovely oils on the skin and the love and care that we do give our skin. One of the lovely things about writing this blog is that I get to find out about all sorts of new products coming out and one that I am particularly interested at the moment is SEQuaderma. I like to try products for nearly two months to understand if it is going to make a difference and I have been trying the one for Ageing and Thinning Skin. We all know that problems and differences in our skin can have massive effects on people’s confidence and they also do other gels for other skin conditions. Sequa derma is more a scientific brand and their secret seems to be the tiny nanosperes which squeeze through our skin to deliver key ingredients to the right places. It’s a gel that I applied morning and night and instead of trying it on my face I decided to try it on my right hand (strange I know) but the reason for doing this was that I did notice that my right hand looks more aged than my left, and my reasoning was that if it could work on my hand, then it could certainly work on my face …

sequaderma

You leave it to work for 10 minutes – go downstairs, make a cup of tea etc and then if you like wipe it off although mine was always absorbed and then apply your toner and moisturiser as you would. I have to say that this little potion packed with Vitamin C/E and phospholipids (all great for skincare) got to work fairly quickly, within a week or so I would say and my hand had definitely plumped up, looks better texture and is smoother and this product slowly chips away at the hyper-pigmentation that I have which we all get to some degree as we age. At the moment it is £19.99 and is sold at Lloyds Pharmacy and online there and within 6 weeks I am only half way down the bottle so it’s really good value for money compared to some products out there. I am going to continue with it and probably re-purchase which is always a good sign and I am also going to try some of their Anti Redness one as well and will let you know how I get on with that one.Lloyds Pharmacy

MARC JACOBS ENAMOURED NAIL ENAMEL
I can’t possibly write a blog, if you know me well enough, without having some touch of gorgeousness in there and this week it is the turn of Marc Jacobs Enamoured Nail Enamel, which was a present that Becky and Holly bought me back from the US and in the shade Shocking because they know how I like my hot pink. This nail enamel comes in nearly 40 shades when I looked online and I know that mine was from that amazing store Sephora (omg what a store – it’s like a sweetie shop but full of make up!)

marc jacobs

The actual polish was apparently inspired by Marc Jacobs’ glossy coffee table and has an amazing level of shine to it even without a topcoat. The bottle is just something that when I saw it, I just knew I had to hold it … with its black glossy top which you pull off (it took me a while to work that out!) it’s a touch of luxury and the polish comes out as such a superior nail polish with its vivid colour and I found that one coat could almost be enough – that tells you how opaque it is. (I did apply two coats though to get the best effect). I even loved the brush that comes with it and found it super easy to apply an even coat. I know this is such a classic colour, but there is a huge range of lovely colours for you to choose from. At the moment it’s in my bathroom to “Oooh, Ahhh” at every day!!

KNEIPP SPARKLING BATH TABLETS
I can’t go without just telling you about something new that I tried this week. Indulging in a bath is one of life’s pleasures and although showers are great I don’t really find them that relaxing so when I was sent a couple of Kneipp Sparkling Bath Tablets I thought I would give the Arnica one a go before I went to bed one night. I had done a bit of exercise that day, but didn’t fully realise how much my muscles would relax until I sank down into a bath with it dissolved in and gave my body an aromatherapeutic treat and what a lovely treat it was.

kneipp

Get past the bright yellow/orange colour, which threw me a bit, but I closed my eyes and it didn’t matter and I felt all those little tiny muscles individually relaxing as I laid there and almost fell asleep…. in fact I had to drag myself out of the bath and get myself into bed quick because I was SO relaxed! These are natural and the arnica one has anti inflammatory properties and also is very effective on bruises and when I came out of the bath I found my skin nicely hydrated and super smooth. They also do one in Eucalyptus which I think would be amazing to lie in when you had a head cold .. that colder weather is not far away and I am sure I will be using it soon. They are £1.95 each and can be purchased off Amazon and Feel Unique sites so they are definitely something to spoil your body with naturally of course!

Just look at these cute puppies …. I think I wore them out !!

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Have a lovely week.

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, Skincare, Summer

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

Hello Again Lovelies

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

So what have I been trying and using this week?

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

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

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

rimmel nude lipsticks

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

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

AUSSIE BODY WASH

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

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

DOVE DRY OIL

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

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

VO5 PLUMP IT UP

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

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

prada candy florale

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

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

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

puppies asleep

Lots of Love as Always

Gill

xx

Beauty, Body, Skincare

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

Hello Lovelies

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

shakespeare

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

vit c moisturiser

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

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

vit c instant glow enhancer

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

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

radical skincare

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

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

venus snap razor

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

SANCTUARY AIR WHIPPED SOUFFLE SCRUB

sanctuary air whipped

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

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

Lots of love as always

Gill xx

Beauty, Hair, Skincare, Summer

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

Hello Lovelies

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

cotswold wedding

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ASCOT LADIES, Hair, Skincare, Summer, Tanning

ASCOT LADIES DAY, ST TROPEZ’s NEW IN SHOWER GRADUAL TAN REVIEW AND SOME SUMMER RADIANCE FOR CHEEKS AND HAIR

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog … written in the passenger seat of the car hehe in a super busy week. My mini crisis this week was forgetting my phone when the girls and I went to London on business . Life has become so dependent around smart phones hasn’t it and I was smiling to myself about my anxiety about not having my phone.. not being able to contact anyone .. ridiculous really, but it’s where I am at! Apologies for the blog being slightly later up in the day but I have just got back from Ladies Day at Ascot – how I love people watching at this glamorous event. We so love our hats at Ascot and I went along with the trend of hats on Ladies Day! It is such a great event and if you can ever go to it I would really recommend it. I also managed to do a bit of celeb spotting!! (Always exciting!)

carole and me

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Beauty, Skincare, YouTube

MINI FRENCH GETAWAY BEAUTY with BOURJOIS 123 CC CREME, MAX FACTOR MIRACLE BLUSH

Happy Friday my Lovelies,

This week saw me nervously, but excitedly, put up my first video on YouTube – when you press that button PUBLISH and you know that it is then out there …. online ….. it is quite a scary feeling …. but amazingly it seems to have been really well received and like my blog I have had the most amazing support and encouragement from the online world …. and from Becky and Holly of course. I am sure some of you will have had a look but if you haven’t seen it then just go on to YouTube and type in Growing Old Disgracefully and up it comes. If you want to see some more then you just subscribe to it. That would be amazing. My life online is just evolving all the time … it’s an amazing journey …. that’s not just to LONDON….hehe….. and I am loving it.

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Hair, LIPSTICK, Skincare

SPRING MAKE UP MASCARA AND LIPSTICKS, SKINCARE AND BEAUTY WORKS HAIR

Hello again lovelies,

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Welcome to this week’s blog and another week in the life of ……. So to start of course, we had the lovely Mother’s Day, which I absolutely adore and I hope all you Mums out there were massively spoilt too on our special day. My girls arrived to cook my husband and I brunch which we thought was fantastic … so salmon and scrambled eggs and wonderful bacon etc were produced and devoured around our kitchen table. They arrived with a very large parcel (and the puppies of course to wish me Happy Mother’s Day) and my first thoughts were that it was an enormous picture – say a huge family photo of us all and I was beginning to wonder where I was going to put this enormous photo …. but when I opened the box, ha ha ….. it turned out to be a Queen of Mums Throne, which I needed to construct (supplied by the Body Shop to various Mums ) and then sit on and be treated like a Queen all day …. well, it did say constructed in 20 minutes, but if you have ever had the pleasure of building flat pack you will be well aware that it takes at least double that time, which indeed this did and it took 3 of us to work out how to assemble it. Anyway, it was a bit of fun, amongst the disagreement of which pieces went where and you can see the photo below … Needless to say I was treated like a Queen all day long.

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