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l’OREAL’S EXTRAORDINARY OIL FOR SMOOTH, NOURISHED SKIN and MY HOLY GRAIL BLUSHER

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!!!

LANCOME GRANDIOSE MASCARA
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.

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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.

L’OREAL AGE PERFECT EXTRAORDINARY OIL
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.

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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 !!!!

CLINIQUE BLUSHING BLUSH POWDER PINK LOVE
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.

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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

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oh … they are from Next …

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

Gill

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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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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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