Beauty, Body


Hello Lovelies

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

xmas tree

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


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


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

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

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

charlotte super model

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

tube of charlotte

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

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


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

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

See you in 2016!!!

Lots of Love

Gill xxxxx

Hair, Skincare


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!


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?


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…!!!!!


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





Beauty, Hands, Make Up, Nails, Winter


Hi Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s Blog and yes I did get to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and spent a lovely few hours there having fun.  London was amazing with all its Christmas decorations and loveliness and I am well and truly feeling festive now.  I am one of these people that always has to have a chocolate advent calendar (even though I would love the beauty ones … just cannot splurge that much on an advent calendar) … so it’s a coin that is tossed between my husband and I as to who opens the first one of the calendar … I think the object is to make sure that you have no 24, which is usually the biggest chocolate! At the moment my husband is on target to to get the 24th!!  We are not competitive at all haha…. why don’t we just buy two advent calendars you might ask?  Probably because it is more fun squabbling over one I guess!  Lovely pic of Winter Wonderland for you ….



Now onto the Beauty and this is that luxury brand that decided to come off the runway and into make up …. Burberry!!! Oh my goodness I went into their Covent Garden beautiful store and it can only be described as utter loveliness upstairs where all the cosmetics are as well, in the most beautifully designed space I think I have even seen, with luxury pull out drawers to view the collections (there are also to die for scarves up there).  Splurge worthy?  At Christmas … yes … definitely.


For me it was the Burberry Nail Polish in Military Red which was a must have for me for the festive season.  Not only did they put it in just the cutest, loveliest little Burberry Bag, but the packaging on this has the gorgeous gold chunky contemporary top with the iconic Burberry checked print embossed on the gold.  Swoon! The actual formulation of the polish is patent pending with its quick drying formula which also contains pro Vitamin B to help strengthen and moisturise your nails.  One thing I do suffer from is dry nails and so a brand that helps by putting the moisture in there is going to be a favourite of mine.



The brush is lovely to apply the polish and has a nicely rounded end which helps to make the application more precise (less of the spillage onto the fingers which I seem to be so good at!!) I use my Leighton Denny Precision Corrector to correct any little mistakes.  It covers well in two coats and then with a top coat on top looks very sexy and just right for Autumn/Winter.  This beautiful red which just has to be worn on evenings out and certainly Christmas parties is the red that is in their signature Burberry check.  Would I have liked one of these in my Xmas stocking?  You bet … £15.00 from Burberry. (Christmas lavishness!!)



Mr Max Factor invented the first mascara wand in 1958!  Since then, there have been many and he has added another one to the collection .  Velvet Volume Lash Effect Mascara Max Factor and what is the difference about this one?


This formulation claims to be more lightweight than most others, but when I tested it, the biggest thing for me is that whereas most mascaras can feel brittle and stiff, this one leaves your lashes feeling lovely velvety soft probably because of the beeswax in it, which for me is so nice.  So the idea is because of its lightweight soft formula it doesn’t weigh your lashes down.


I found it really defined my lashes and coated product nicely on every lash and for me it was perfect as an everyday mascara but if you were looking for glam, huge voluminous lashes then this probably isn’t the perfect mascara for you.  It lasted all day and I really love it.  The best price I found it for was £9.99 at Boots.


I truly think that our lovely hands need as much love as our faces (they don’t get it though, do they?) and then one day you look down at your hands and realise that they need some help!! Hand creams are amazing for adding moisture and have the most amazing scents but this latest winter skin busting hand treatment from Hand Chemistry contains 24 per cent of active ingredients from marine and plant sources which penetrate deep below the surface too.  It’s kind of balm like in texture and not at all sticky so it doesn’t seem like a traditional hand cream in that sense and it leaves an invisible layer on top of your hands which locks moisture in too.


This product is all about anti-ageing in the hands and that’s probably why I love it, because it says you get some results in 24 hrs and then others within 10 days … it just keeps on working if you apply it morning and night.  Certainly I noticed more plumpness, and a beautiful smoother, better texture which definitely makes the hands look younger.   The money in this company has gone into costly ingredients and research rather than fancy packaging, however, although I love it as a treatment hand cream, I will still be adding my traditional hand cream on top = Best of Both Worlds.  This was £18.99 online and £19.99 at Boots.

That’s it for this week of Beauty Goodies and it’s now time to go and get that Christmas Tree organised.   I so love Christmas.

Lots of love to you all.


Gill xx


Beauty, Eye Make Up, Make Up


Hi Lovelies

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

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


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

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



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


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



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


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

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


Gill xx

Beauty, Make Up


Hi Lovelies

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


oh … they are from Next …

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


Beauty, Hair, Uncategorized


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 ..

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.


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!)

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.



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.

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.



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.


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 ?



Lots of love lovelies !!

Gill xx



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 ……

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.


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!

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).



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.

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!


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, Body, Hair, Nails


Hello Lovelies

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

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


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

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


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

bourjois hand shot

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

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


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

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

sunset curing

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

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

Gill xx

Beauty, Hair


Hello Lovelies

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

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


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

foot fitness

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

feet gels

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

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

thicker and fuller

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

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

eve lom cleanser

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

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

Lots of Love as Always

Gill xx

Beauty, Make Up


Hello Lovelies

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

knees photo

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

gill charity dinner

Anyway let’s get onto some Beauty!

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


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

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

caudalie night cream

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

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


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

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

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

Gill xxx