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BENEFIT’S NEW HOOLA ZERO TANLINES AND LANCOME’S JUICY SHAKER

Hello Lovelies

The weeks fly past don’t they and this last week I went for a few days to grab the final few days of the snow, skiing in France, and was lucky enough to have a couple of nice days weatherwise in the Alps with some gorgeous blue sky and lovely temperatures. It’s back to the UK now, but even here the weather has been quite sunny and thoughts with me are definitely towards having a little bit of colour on my winter skin, I don’t know about you, but I hate looking all pale and pasty!

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So onto some beauty ….

HOOLA ZERO TANLINES
From the amazing Benefit, makers of the best selling bronzer “Hoola”, comes an instant bronzer, but instead of for the face, this is for the body. Now I am looking for something quick, that I can put on last minute if I think I am going our for lunch/dinner and feel like I need some colour. Take a moment to just sit back and admire the most gorgeous packaging which Benefit do amazingly well and what I love about this little gem is that you can take the top apart and it reveals a great hands free applicator which you just squeeze the gel onto and then apply it to your arms and legs in circular motions, so you don’t get your hands all dirty!! Result!! It’s a gorgeous smooth, non-sticky (which is amazing) formula that gives your body a lovely matte bronze which looks natural and doesn’t have any shimmer, because let’s face it you don’t want shimmer everywhere.

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It’s a 12 hour tan that is transfer resistant , which is another bonus, and as I apply it it really does have a lovely colour and definitely you don’t have any streaks, so again it looks much more natural. If you want a slightly deeper colour then you just let it dry and apply a second coat, and one of my favourite things is that it leaves your skin feeling really soft and hydrated whereas a lot of these instant tans can be quite drying. Love, love, love this and will be using this a lot certainly on these Spring days when the sun decides to come out, or not! It’s £19.50 and available from Debenhams, House of Fraser etc.

LANCOME ‘JUICY SHAKER’
I have a crazy friend who whenever he used to photograph all the ladies used to say “Lick your Lips!” which used to have us howling with laughter (which he loved of course!), but the purpose was to make sure that your lips were glistening for the camera. No need to “lick my lips” now, because lovely Lancome have brought playful fun back into applying lip colour with their new Lancome Juicy Shakers.

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The Shaker design comes from an original idea from Lancome in 1946 when it was a lipstick that featured a martini shaped silhouette, when cocktails were very in vogue. It’s that same shape that you see when you open up your package and you find that the colour has gone to the bottom and the nourishing blend of apricot, cranberry, almond and peach oils has risen to the top so that it needs a good old cocktail shake! Once you have quickly shaken your cocktail/lip colour then it’s time to take the lid off to reveal the gorgeous shaped cushion applicator which is lovely to apply the wash of colour. Very chic.

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The shade I have is Meli Melon which does indeed have a smell of melon as all of the 20 different tints have different smells and another favourite of mine is Piece of Cake which is a lovely peachy colour. The lip colour gives a lovely natural pretty flush which I think is great for Spring/Summer but if you are looking for more colour pay off then this isn’t for you.

I love the fact though that Lancome have brought a fun change into the beauty regime. Enjoy your cocktail! Available from all the main beauty stores like Debenhams and Boots for £18.

Have a great week. Love as always.

Gill xxxx

Anti ageing, Beauty, Uncategorized

MAX FACTOR’S NEW(AND FOR ME THE BEST) MASCARA, l’OREAL NAIL POLISHES WITH OIL AND COCO VITA

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog. Sorry there wasn’t one last week .. some weeks are just chaotic with everything else and I just don’t get the time! (Awful I know ). This week it’s my birthday …. Yay!!! and so I am writing this when I can to fit around my birthday celebrations. Aren’t Birthdays wonderful and at this time of the year I have Holly’s then Becky’s and then mine all in the course of 2 weeks so it’s a bit like Christmas!! But I love it and am off to London for a couple of days with my husband, maybe take in a show. I love London… so busy and exciting but then I am glad to return to my quiet retreat in Nottingham!

So let’s get onto some beauty ..

MAX FACTOR NEW VOLUPTUOUS LASH EFFECT MASCARA
Wow!!! I try so so many mascaras and am often left wanting more out of a mascara … I don’t know whether you feel the same. My eyes are quite sensitive and I find it difficult to wear false lashes, but sometimes I just want more volume and length … doesn’t every woman? However, this week I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of new mascara by Max Factor which promises what we all want more lift and volume.

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One of the best things about going to a launch is chatting to all the experts which I love and talking to the people who came up with the idea and the science behind it and also having a top make up artist apply it to you in the right way. Wow!! what a difference. Quite the likes of the amazing brush you will never have seen before and the only way to describe it is wide fins on the brush which grip and lift the lash and load more product onto it because of it. The bristles are long and these twist around the brush to remove excess formula and help to separate my lashes more.

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Perhaps one of the best features as well is the shape at the end of the brush (my camera doesn’t really pick this up that well) but I found this helped me coat my bottom lashes so much easier than a brush and they looked the fullest they have ever looked and I also used it on my top lashes to help fan out my lashes at both ends. So two coats of this and spending more time on the roots to coat the lashes (and really getting in there!) were my learnings from the evening. I absolutely love the results and a few more seconds work with a wonderful product makes my eyelashes look incredible and long lasting. It’s now my go to mascara for fab lashes. The RRP is £11.99 but Boots have it on sale for £9.99.

VITA COCA COCONUT OIL
We all know how good coconut oil is supposed to be when using it for cooking and I for one am a big fan of it …but who would have thought that you could get so many uses out of this lovely coconut oil, besides cooking? I have a tub of this gorgeous product, which is extra virgin 100 per cent raw, cold pressed coconut oil and have been using it for more than just cooking.

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I keep my tub in my bathroom which has underfloor heating and so is quite lovely and warm and have been smothering myself in it pre-shower, including armpits and between my toes and the lovely deodorising and bacterial qualities of it means I do not need a body wash so I come out of the shower smelling lovely and with amazingly soft skin. I love the smell of coconut.

It needs to be warmed and liquid to do a lot of these things and one of the other uses I have found for it is smothering it in my hair as a hair mask and then popping a shower cap on and leaving this on my hair for about an hour, as a real treat, then shampooing and conditioning as normal and my hair feeling incredibly super soft after this luxury treatment.

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I am loving the fact that there are so many uses for this lovely coconut oil and the fact that it is extra virgin 100 per cent. Then, if there is any left over (and I am doubting there will be now …) I can always pop a little into my cooking!(only joking .. not sure that would be that hygienic … but I have a jar next to my cooker). Amazing multi tasking product..It’s available in Boots, Urban Outfitters, Amazon and starts at £5.99.

L’OREAL PARIS COLOR RICHE VERNIS A L’HUILE NAIL POLISH
I have been talking a lot about oil this week, and oil does seem to be everywhere in beauty doesn’t it and now it has come over to the nail department. I have been sampling some of l’Oreal’s new varnishes which are infused with oils (nice) .. which I had a feeling I would love because I am all about trying to nourish my dry nails as much as possible and here it is in a nail polish. Firstly, those bottles, how beautiful are they and how beautiful they would look on a dressing table or in your bathroom with their crystal glass effect – very vintage.

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And the colours … I tried the 3 above – 222 Jardin des Roses, 116 Cafe de Nuit,and 224 Rose Ballet – all such pretty dainty colours which are so easy to apply because the brush is quite thick but covers the nail really easily and applies an ideal amount to give me a fast, flawless finish. I found I needed two coats – perhaps in the darker colours available (as it comes in 22 shades) you would only need one. The colours are lovely and it gives a pretty gloss effect when applied due to the oils in it. Also it has a very slight smell of rose when it dries which is different from a lot of other nail polishes. I am in love with nudey/pale polishes at the moment and I am in love with these pretty bottles. £4.99 from Boots.

Have any of you tried the new mascara yet from Max Factor as I would love to hear what you think?

Lots of love as always

Gill xx

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

Hello Lovelies

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

So let’s get onto some beauty ..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lots of love lovelies !!

Gill xx

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

Hello Lovelies

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

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

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

sunset curing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love as Always

Gill xx

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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Gill

xx

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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!)

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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.

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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

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HOW DO WE DEAL WITH HATERS – WE THROW MORE LIPSTICK AT THEM (NOT LITERALLY) – CLINIQUES POP LIP COLOUR AND PRIMER, LONGER NAILS WITH CIATE STATUS GROW AND SOME LOVELY SMELLING HANDS

Hello Lovelies

Hi to this week’s blog and the first part of my blog if you are a regular reader is usually a bit of a catch up on my week/life and this week has been a bit of a challenge in parts. Normally I don’t rant, and I will try not to here, but my daughter, Becky, got quite a lot of hate comments on her last video, mainly because of the lighting in the video and because she has a bit of a tan, but basically the worst offence in the world was that she hadn’t blended her foundation in sufficiently. Quite a few faceless haters came online to “Troll” her and several people that also follow and watch me, did come to her defence, but the effect of this on her was so sad to see, particularly as a Mum. I felt a bit helpless really and wasn’t sure whether to join in on the debate or just to keep out and leave it to others and try and comfort her privately. I don’t know whether they think that people like my daughter have particularly thick skins, which she certainly doesn’t have, or why they feel they have to facelessly say these awful things? There was a part of me that wanted to shout out at them, as all they are in bullies in a different form, and there was a part of me that wanted to give them a hug and show them some love as they clearly just feel such anger towards people like Becky.

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The whole reason why Becky started and certainly why I do it is that none of us is perfect and few of us will ever be and everyone’s idea of beauty is slightly different but the whole point of blogging and YouTubing, surely is to come together as females and males of all ages and share ideas, support each other, help each other and show how if say you have a scar that you want to cover up then this cream might help or if your eyebrows aren’t great then maybe this crayon might help. You can put as much make up on the outside as you like but it isn’t necessarily going to sort out the inside. Beauty to me is a combination of both and beauty comes in so many different forms. It might be that someone makes you happy, or makes you laugh, or helps you relax from a stressful job, or shares a bad experience that they have been through and you feel like you are not alone in experiencing what you do. The time and thought that goes into content for which they are not paid in most instances is because they all have a passion for what they do and it should not be that these haters just go online and say awful things to people. That’s my little rant over…. but I have just had a bit of a tough time this week questioning everything and helping my daughter believe back in herself to carry on the most amazing job that she does of which I am so proud. How would you deal with these haters that come online …. at the moment I haven’t had one but I am sure that I will … what would your reaction be?? I would love to hear from you.

So anyway, now onto nice things …. which I certainly need after my week.

MOLTON BROWN RHUBARB AND ROSE HANDWASH
When my stepson is back from University, and spending more time with us, there is one thing that I have to remember to do…… swop the lovely Molton Brown handwash soap for some cheaper version! Several pumps of it several times a day and before I know it, my favourite hand wash has disappeared and I am left with the cheaper variety! He said to me that the Molton Brown one was the best hand wash ever! (Never underestimate a 21 year old male’s appreciation of hand wash.) I remember when Molton Brown first brought this beautiful fragrance out and I remember going back to my childhood when we used to grow rhubarb and thinking… they are never going to replicate that smell of fresh rhubarb …

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imagine my joy when I smelt it and realised they had! This combination of sweet with the fresh is just a joy as you smell it on your hands afterwards and also in the air, making it such a favourite of mine particularly for the summer. I love going into the Molton Brown shops for their practical yet beautiful layout with the little sinks in store so that you can try all the hand washes, to the gorgeous rows of brightly coloured products stacked up on the displays and always find it a very welcoming store with friendly staff. This luxurious soap with its cute little black bow on it brightens my room with its gorgeous pink colour and makes the boring job of washing your hands, just that little bit more exiting…. what would life be like without our amazing senses!

CLINIQUE POP LIP COLOUR AND PRIMER
Do you suffer from drier lips but still like a lipstick powered with colour?? I wasn’t sure what to expect with a lipstick that included a primer, as I will be honest I had never tried a lip primer before. There are plenty of colours to choose from (loads of pinks, purples and nudes) and I ended up taking away Sweet Pop to try. Firstly the packaging which I love for its cuteness – square, and kinda chunky and contemporary and love the fact that the shade is true to the outside container which makes selecting your lipstick from a make up bag so much easier.

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The actual formula is lovely and smooth – it almost goes on like butter! and it gives a semi matte finish and kept my lips moisturised for most of the day. These come in at £16.00 each and I know they are more expensive than some of the cheaper buttery lipsticks as I call them, but there is something gorgeous about the container that I love and the product inside feels luxurious and is more long lasting than many other cheaper brands. Depends what your budget is.

CIATE STATUS GROW
We are not measuring the height of my sunflowers here …. we are measuring how much my short nails are growing. I have made a determined effort with my nails to strengthen them up these last few months and have suffered from many breaking due to my having gel nails for so many years. Enter one of the latest products from that cute brand Ciate which contains not just marula oil, but vitamins, aloe vera, ginseng and keratin nail treatment to actually boost the growth of your nails and make them stronger, which is definitely what I need. I laughed when I opened the box and saw this cute little measuring device on the side to measure the growth of your nails and thought I would never use that!!

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Guess who is now proudly measuring the growth particularly of my little nail which snapped off, against this cute measuring device on the bottle?? Yes Moi!! I apply it twice a week, good as gold, giving it two coats and have been using it for about 3 weeks now and have seen great improvement in both the strength and also the length of my nails. They will never be long talons (I live far too chaotic a life to have nails like that even though I love them on others!) but I want them to be a good length and strong so that they aren’t breaking every time I delve into my handbag to get my car keys out and I am making fantastic progress with the contents of this little bottle. My husband may be measuring how tall his tomatoes are getting … but for me … it’s all about my nails. Definitely works.

CLINIQUE ANTI BLEMISH SOLUTIONS CLINICAL CLEARING GEL
Whatever your age, spots, blemishes, call them what you like, we can suffer from them and I tend to due to fluctuating hormone levels. You think as you age that you will eventually have this amazing skin, and some of us are lucky to have that, but I have actually found mine to get slightly worse which is so annoying. Clinique’s Clearing Gel has something of a reputation on most Beauty Counters as being amazing at clearing blemishes and I have used it over the past years and tend to agree with the positive feedback from so many people. I tend to put it on at night mostly so that it can work its magic whilst I sleep and I find that any smaller blemishes have almost dried out by morning and certainly really reduced by the next day.

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I have pretty sensitive skin and it tingles slightly when I put the clear gel on and then I feel a slight tightening of the skin, so I feel like its doing something, and it tends to dry them out quickly and then they literally just drop off haha … mine aren’t that big so no craters left behind. When you have a blemish you just want it gone asap don’t you, and so yes this might be slightly more expensive than some products but it really reduces the swelling, calms redness way better and quicker than a lot of other products and the bottle will probably last me about 6 months as you only need a little on the blemishes. So this little bottle comes everywhere with me when I travel too … one of my face’s essentials!!

Sorry about the rant earlier … but I love to hear your thoughts on it … so that I am ready haha when I get my first hater on YouTube or Twitter or wherever. I remember when I first started this and my girls said to me “Mum what will you do when you get your first hater?” I remember replying “I will just have a Gin and Tonic, lime and lots of ice ….. Sorted!”

Lots of Love
Gill

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