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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

Beauty, Skincare


Hello Lovelies

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

cafe gourmand

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

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.

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

white glow

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

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.

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

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.



Hair, LIPSTICK, Skincare


Hello again lovelies,


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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