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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

Beauty, Skincare

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

Hello Lovelies

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

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

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

glycolic peel

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

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

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

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

theyre real eyeliner

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

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

theyre real mascara

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

lovey dovie polish

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

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

me in oasis dress

Lots of love and have a great week.

Gill

xx

Body

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

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

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

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

So on to the beauty ……!

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Beauty, LIPSTICK

ESTEE LAUDER LITTLE BLACK PRIMER AND COLOUR ENVY LIPSTICK, NEW CLINIQUE BEYOND PERFECTING FOUNDATION

Hello again Lovelies,

Welcome to this week’s blog in the life of me!! Thanks for all your lovely comments on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and the blog itself. It means the world to me all the feedback that I get and all the positive comments that I have received. Since starting this blog I have received some of the loveliest emails/comments, some from people that I haven’t even met from all over the world which is still to me, amazing to believe and to know that people are reading this so far afield is wonderful. An email was sent to me today, just before I had to go in for some treatment on my neck and back with needles which help to relax the muscles, something I never really look forward to, but if does help, and I read this email before I went into the practice. In the email this person was writing to say what a difference my blog and those of my daughter’s have made to her life and given her the confidence to use lovely skincare again and try different make ups – she is excited about her life again, having passed 40 a while ago and loves what we do. The email was quite lengthy and she went into a bit more detail about everything but as I read it I welled up with tears of happiness in the car for this lady who has had a bit of a tough time in the past and now is so excited and happy about the future and about herself. That’s my point …. we all want to feel good about ourselves and look as good as possible for as long as possible …. and she is well on the way to that now. I felt so happy inside…. x

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Hair, LIPSTICK, Skincare

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

Hello again lovelies,

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

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