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Anti ageing, Beauty

HOLDING BACK THE YEARS WITH AN ANTI AGEING LASER YOU CAN USE AT HOME AND KEEP THAT GLOW GOING WITH CLARINS RADIANCE PLUS FOR YOUR BODY

Hi Lovelies

I don’t know about you, but as I age, the most important thing to me is the skin on my face … it’ s what everyone looks at and it’s not hidden away under clothes. As we age we all develop more fine lines and wrinkles and changes in texture of our skin and for me some age spots too and I also have larger pores now and a slight reddish complexion (the joys of ageing!). I am a huge fan of the beauty products that we can put on the outer layers or our skin to help hold back that ageing process, but I have also been to salons and had IPL treatment in the past to help with my fine red capillaries on my face. In fact, I had one awful experience where one salon I went to she actually burnt my face and it blistered up because she had the laser too high, even though I advised her I had sensitive skin.

So the thought of trying a laser that you can control yourself and use at home certainly seemed like a good idea to me. I have been using the Tria Age Defying Laser for 8 weeks, every evening and then the programme is to give your skin 4 weeks off.

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It has 3 levels of laser and I started off on the lightest of them all for a week then working up to level 2 and eventually I made it to level 3. After cleansing you just smooth the laser over the 4 zones of your face (they give you a diagram to follow) and it all just takes a few minutes before bedtime. The only slight inconvenience that I had was a slight redness but that disappears overnight. I have been pretty disciplined about using this most nights (apart from the odd night when I have just been ill or so shattered that I just collapsed in bed!) The laser sends messages into the lower layers of your skin and gives the cells a good kick up the backside so to speak and encourages them to renew and create new cells and collagen which as we all know is what helps your skin to look younger and also more plumped up.

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So how have I found it? Well certainly some of my very fine lines seem to have diminished and my pores do seem to be a bit smaller and most of all my complexion seems much more even which makes me so happy. I have to say the redness on my cheeks and chin seem to be all calming down as well. Overall I am really pleased with it and feel that I will probably be using this for the rest of my life lol!!!! although I think the battery lasts about 3 years. This product needs discipline! and needs good long term use to let it work at its best. It comes at a price (the cheapest I saw it for was £442), which I know seems like such a lot to shell out for a product, but this is a laser and it will last you for years and certainly has given me some amazing benefits, and compared to a salon is literally a lot lot cheaper. But most of all, some skincare products are so expensive and will never be able to achieve the same results as this laser .. and yet people spend a fortune on their skincare. I am certainly going to be a lifelong fan of this and probably even using it in the old folks home when I am 90!!! I will have the best skin of everyone lol!!!!

Click Tria Beauty for more information.

CLARINS RADIANCE PLUS GOLDEN GLOW BOOSTER BODY

Oh my gosh …. the rain!!!!! The rain has been so awful in June here in the UK, hasn’t it and we are set to have the wettest June on record. So as I look down at my arms and body, it makes me a little bit happier, a little bit brighter if my body has some tan on it. Everything looks better with a slight tan, doesn’t it? One of the problems that I sometimes have with a body self tanner though is whether I can put my moisturiser on before it, or after it, and so products like the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for my body are a game changer. It comes in a 30ml bottle which says it lasts for 3 months and the idea is that for a gradual tan ( someone who doesn’t use much tan) puts say 2 drops in with the moisturiser on their hand and rubs that into their body to add a bit of warmth and radiance to their body and then probably tops this up every 4 days.

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If however, you are someone like me who likes self tan on in the summer then I applied it daily for a week in my moisturiser (I am currently using Garnier Oil infused Restoring Lotion) and then this combination gives me that “I am fresh back from a bit of a break in Ibiza” look …. and I top it up every 3 days.

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Love that it is so easy and that there is no smell to it, which again is great for sensitive skin too and that there are no orangey tones or streaks meaning that you can customise your beautiful tan. Possibly the best thing of all though is that you can put this into whichever moisturiser you feel like using at the time, meaning no dry or dehydrated skin which can sometimes happen to me when I use other self tanners.

Plus I can easily take this on holiday too to start off with a bit of colour. The cheapest I found it was £20.80 online.

Thats it my lovelies. Please comment below if any of you have used the Tria Laser over a long period of time.

With love …… Gill xxxxx

Anti ageing, Beauty

FLAWLESS COVERAGE FROM YSL’S LE TEINT FOUNDATION AND YOUTH INFUSING EYES FROM ESTEE LAUDER

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog and update on my life and beauty! This last week I had some lovely friends over for dinner on the Saturday night and enjoyed doing lots of cooking, which I often don’t have the time to do (as I am sure you find too) .. but it was fun to be able to plan a really lovely meal and make some gorgeous food for my friends. I always so appreciate anything anyone makes for me as I understand the time and effort that goes into creating food for friends. This is a little photo of one of the desserts that I made which was actually Mary Berry’s chocolate mousse and I served it in some Royal Albert china cups which I actually borrowed from Becky. I thought that it was a cute idea to serve them like this and the mousse tasted really amazing (I love chocolate), but wasn’t too much for a dessert.

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Let’s get onto some beauty products that I have been trying this last week…

YSL TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT FOUNDATION
Everyone knows the iconic YSL Touche Eclat and how that changed how we highlight today and YSL have now reformulated their foundation with a fantastic improvement I would say. I must confess that I really didn’t get on with the first foundation they brought out as I found it too dewy and oily for my more mature skin and so was slightly cautious about trying the new formulation, but I was able to obtain a tester from Debenhams when they first came out and got matched up for the Spring/Summer with BR40. They have a fantastic range of 22 shades and the B stands for Beige and the R for rose, being perfect for a slightly pinky toned skin like mine. In the winter I would probably drop back to a BR30. The promise is to give that fresh faced look of 8 hours sleep using catchlight technology, anti fatigue complex and lots of ingredients including vitamin E to help the skin be less tired. I really love a foundation that actually helps the skin too. As we age we need more and more help evening out the tone and brightening it so I was keen to try this.

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This foundation is designed to give more intense coverage than the previous one, as well as looking and feeling light and natural which is certainly what I am looking for. The main problem area for me is covering redness and I found that it did this beautifully and that I barely needed much concealer – I did use an under eye concealer but even without it the YSL did a great job of brightening that area. So it evened out my redness (yaaay!) and I only added powder down my t-zone and slightly onto my cheeks where my pores are larger now. I love the slight glow that it gives you (it’s not too much) and with the increased coverage, and lasting longer than the previous one, it’s perfect when you want that flawless look. This is my latest go-to foundation and I am loving it. Ooh and I apply it with a brush. You could use a beauty blender but I sometimes find that uses more product and with this being quite an expensive foundation, then you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible! I got mine at Debenhams for £29.25

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ESTEE LAUDER PERFECTIONIST CONCEALER HIGHLIGHTER
What a gem of a find this is? How much do I love a product that does more than one thing? And one that is great to carry around in your handbag for touch ups at in that late afternoon time slot before you are going out after work for drinks with friends ???

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This product claims to be “youth infusing” .. oh yes lets have some of that! with a corrector/concealer at one end and a brightening serum at the other. I swipe the creamy concealer end under my eyes and find it conceals any dark circles that I have and then gently blend that in with my warm fingers and love that it is really hydrating for that delicate under eye area and that the concealer is really long wearing too. It is a lovely really lightweight concealer too and comes in some great shades. I also use it on areas of redness or any odd spot that I might have.

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Then I take the brightening serum end and apply this on my eye socket bone and take that out to the side of the eyes. The serum is lovely to apply and helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and it has colour correcting optics in it which again help to even out skintone and brighten any shadowy areas that I may have.

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Although called a highlighter, I would call it more of an illuminator as it hasn’t got as much shimmer as a liquid highlighter and it lifts the eye area and brightens the skin without being pearlescent, which in daytime might be too much.

I love it and literally carry it in my handbag all the time as I find it is an instant touch up/pick me up to the eye area and the face and love the fact that it is a two in one product.

That’s it for this week – a quick pic of me just before the guests arrived last week.

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Love to you all as always and thanks so much for reading xx

Gill

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

Hello Lovelies

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

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So onto some beauty ….

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week. Love as always.

Gill xxxx

Anti ageing

TESTING CHANEL’S PERFECTION LUMIERE VELVET FOUNDATION AND BODY SHOP’S CUTICLE OIL

Hi Lovelies

Welcome to another blog and what have I been up to? Well I had a wonderful weekend in the beautiful city of Glasgow for my Valentines weekend. A quick flight from Birmingham and we were there and met by the sunny natured Scots whose friendliness and welcoming was apparent from the start. How lovely are they. The city itself has fantastic architecture, lovely old streets and buildings , fantastic museums (which are all free) and amazing shopping. It boasts being the best retail city outside of London. We stayed at the lovely Grand Central Hotel literally attached to the beautifully refurbished railway station there which had such an amazing central location so you could walk most places.

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The other fantastic thing to do as well was to do the city bus tour and stop off around Glasgow at the many places there are to see and we stopped off at the Riverside Museum which houses all kinds of old cars, methods of transport and street museum from days gone by. Although it was pretty cold up there (with snow on the peaks of the hills as we landed), it is an amazing city … one of the highlights as well for me was going to the Willow Tea Rooms, which was designed by the famous architect Rennie Macintosh. We absolutely loved it and will definitively go back and there is such a lot to see.

Here’s a quick pic of me on Valentines Day -sorry the light wasn’t great in the hotel room.

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Let’s talk Beauty now ….

CHANEL PERFECTION LUMIERE VELVET FOUNDATION
And this week I was super interested to try the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation – one of the new velvet generation foundations to be so on trend now. I have watched and heard quite a bit about the foundation and was keen to try it on my more mature skin and see how it performed. The first thing you notice is just how liquid this foundation is and you have to be careful, and ready when you squeeze some out that it doesn’t run off your hand … so be ready! Like most Chanel foundations it has quite a fragrance to it, but thankfully that didn’t seem to bother me, as I have quite sensitive skin and sometimes it can be things like the fragrancing that cause me to break out. It also does have alcohol quite high up on the ingredients list so if you have a problem with that then it’s not for you.

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But it is that gorgeous texture, as light as a feather, that literally feels like velvet on your fingertips (as I apply it with my fingertips as I don’t want to waste any, because this piece of gorgeousness was £33.00 from Selfridges and I literally don’t want to waste any!) It’s a light to medium coverage that evens out the skin and gives you pretty much perfected skin, if you haven’t got any marks that you want to hide, for most of the day and lasts that matte finish for certainly a good few hours without even powdering. It’s so light, it literally feels like you have nothing on your skin.

My skin is normal-dry and for me the most essential part of this application is applying this on really hydrated skin and definitely using a very good primer, or sunscreen before applying the foundation. If you have slightly drier areas then this is going to cling to it.

Other plusses are that it has an SPF of 15 and the bottle is so chic, and light for travel, which for me is fantastic, easy for storage too. If you love the new velvet matte kinda finishes and you have well maintained skin, then you will love the lightness, texture and finish of this baby … for me sometimes I like a little bit more glowiness in my foundation so might well be mixing something in with this for my HG.

THE BODY SHOP ALMOND NAIL AND CUTICLE OIL
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I am on the plane writing this week’s blog with my beauty travel essentials firmly in my little plastic bag… and as I feel my hands drying in the plane’s air con, I am reaching for my little trusty Body Shop Nail and Cuticle Oil (Almond). In the middle of winter here and being ravaged all the time by elements, air con! and heating I pop this little gem in my handbag and apply it several times a day to save my cuticles and nails becoming even more drier than they already are. Hands definitely show the signs of ageing, don’t they ??

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When I first purchased this from the Body Shop, hehe, it took me ages to work out how to get the product out as it’s a slim pen when you pull the cap off with a brush at the end and you twist the bottom of the pen to click the product into the brush … but I was obviously having a blonde moment for a while as it took ages to work all this out!!! Anyway once it was fully functioning I loved it .. and its so easy to quickly brush the oil round my cuticles and let it soak in. My cuticles certainly love it and when they have softened up, there is a rubber cuticle thingy? shaped like a hoof -perfectly shaped for your nail – less harsh than a metal one – that you use to push the cuticle back carefully with. For drier skin types like moi, this little pen is perfect and a favourite in my travel bag and to use at the office, of wherever I am. It’s not the cheapest, but its handy and effective and smells nice too!!

That’s it from me this week ….off to see if there is any snow … thankfully I think there is loads and have a lovely week whatever you are doing.

What are your thoughts on the Chanel foundation if you have tried it? Love to hear from you as always.

Lots of Love

Gill xxx

Hair, LIPSTICK

MY NEW HAIR!! AND KISSABLE LIPS FOR VALENTINES FROM GUERLAIN

Hi Lovelies

OMG!!! Time is really flying now and it’s nearly Valentine’s Day ……… Whether you have a partner, boyfriend, or husband it’s about spending time with someone that is special to you. This weekend my husband and I are lucky enough to be going away to the city of Glasgow, staying in the lovely Grand Central Hotel there and going to the restaurants and sights of this city. My husband’s family is originally from there so it will be particularly special for him too … so yes ….. I’m excited!!

Anyway, New Year, … changes, and most of you know from reading my blog that I have quite fine hair and am always trying to get more volume into my hair. I am sure a lot of you reading this have fine hair and whether you have always had fine hair or whether it is due to that lovely ageing process which can thin the hair, well I decided that I would have extensions or enhancements as I prefer to call them, to thicken my hair. The majority of enhancements that the salon fits are for women 40 plus upwards to 75 years! Why not!!!

Lots of people think that having extensions is to give them length, which of course they can do, but it is also for thickness. I went along to a salon in Nottingham called M Hair, who specialise in hair extensions from Great Lengths and had a consultation with the lovely James who advised me on colour and length and then shortly afterwards I had the enhancements fitted.

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Now although I do have longer hair, I would be equally happy to have enhancements in shorter hair too, a bob for example, just to give me a bit of volume. My only concern was whether I would feel the enhancements in my hair, and actually if I would be able to sleep with them in, but amazingly, the system that they use with Great Lengths enhancements has unique bonds which are kind to the scalp and lay flat, as opposed to some that I have seen in other salons where it is a circular bond, so after having these fitted and as I cautiously put my head on the pillow that night, I was so pleased that I didn’t really feel them at all and had a great night’s sleep! (Sleep is so important!). What do they feel like? To be honest the quality is amazing, probably the best there is and I can’t tell the difference between my own hair and the enhancements.

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What’s it like to wash it? Well you have to use shampoos which are kind to the bonds, but I use a good shampoo and conditioner anyway, and to dry it …. well I blot the hair with a towel and wrap it up in a towel to remove the excess moisture and then blow dry my hair as normal, using a special paddle brush. How pleased am I with the result? I absolutely LOVE it for the extra volume that they give me and also love the whole quality behind the brand with not only it’s ethical sourcing, but at whatever point I have these enhancements removed then M Hair came up with the idea of donating them to be made into wigs for children who are suffering from alopecia and cancer … what an amazing idea. So I am super happy with my new look.

GUERLAIN LA PETITE ROBE NOIR LIP COLOUR
I can’t do a Valentine’s Blog and not have a to die for red lipstick in there to create those kissable lips. This year my lips will be adorned with the utterly lovely new lipstick from Guerlain that I picked up in London this week at the House of Fraser. They have dedicated an entire make up collection to its La Petite Robe Noir fragrance and the shop was full of huge displays advertising it for Valentines.

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There are 20 lipsticks, so one for everyone and 8 nail polishes. The packaging is adorable and beautifully creative with a lovely upside down heart on the top which you twist to propel the bullet. I also love the fact that it is see through so that you can see the colour – it makes it so much easier to select your lippie for the night.

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I love a shiny lipstick and this one doesn’t disappoint with its lovely balmy and moisturising texture and can either be worn sheer or layered up for intensity, which is the way I wear it. Berry Beret is my colour of choice and it’s a gorgeous red with pink undertones and also a slightly fruity fragrance. A gorgeous choice for the lips and also for the make up bag, as it’s a joy to use. Love it!!! It’s £21.50 from House of Fraser.

Have an amazing Valentines Day if you are out on a date night …. and even if you aren’t then make sure you do something nice ….xx

Lots of Love and let me know in the comments what you are doing on Valentines Night.

Gill xx

Positive Thinking

My Top Tips for How I am Going to Stay Happy and Healthy in January and the rest of 2016!

Hello Lovelies

It’s been a while since I have blogged and I must confess I have actually enjoyed a lovely break at Christmas and New Year and spent time with family and friends and for me it is a time to reflect on the past year and also to re-evaluate what I am happy with in my life and what, if anything, I need to maybe change. (Sometimes, that isn’t always possible). All the people around me set New Year Resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but I tend to hold off a bit and see what I think is achievable and possible to do and so by a couple of weeks into January instead of feeling like I have set goals that I can’t achieve, and give up on them, I am hopefully easing myself into my new goals and feeling like I can stick to them and the reasons why.

Christmas was amazing and incredibly busy for us as a family, wanting to spend time with my own two daughters and then my husband’s 3 children as well as spending a lovely Christmas breakfast with special friends to start the day off just right. Then it was continual feasting and present opening until we were exhausted to the point of bursting at the end of the day. But oh how I love it and I know I have said in the past that the most important Christmas present that I can have is spending time with family.

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We were then lucky enough to be able to go to the French Alps on Boxing Day and chill out after a chaotic build up to Christmas seeing everyone and present swapping. There hasn’t been that much snow in the French Alps and so the skiing was poor for the first few days that we were there, but that gave us all the more time to spend time together in the chalet, chatting, playing games and watching box sets of TV that we had taken out with us (this time it was the turn of the series Intelligence which I must say was brilliant!) I never normally have this sort of time to be able to do this, as I am sure if you are reading this, then you probably feel the same way, so it takes a slot in my magic memory banks and hopefully stays there forever.

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I am not a great skier, I am ok , probably intermediate standard but I just love being in the mountains and in the snow (when it eventually fell) but probably one of the greatest gifts that a holiday gives you is that time for reflection … so what are my hopes, thoughts for 2016?

1. HEALTH – perhaps the most important of them all. I have lost some special family members over the last few years and a special friend too and it really does keep on reminding you that we are only here temporarily and personally I want to be here as long as possible! January is a tough time for a lot of people to get through, after the expenses and excesses of Christmas everything seems to feel a bit dull and the weather is generally so much colder so that we stay indoors more and for some people it can be incredibly lonely. For me it is absolutely essential for my mental and physical wellbeing that I keep exercising – above anything else this makes me feel better and although I don’t do that much, probably about 40 mins 5 times a week of exercising and that is at about 75 per cent of my heart rate (I always use a heart rate monitor) so it’s not crazy stuff and I am lucky enough to have a tread mill at home which means I don’t have to go out anywhere running across fields in bad weather (certainly not my style anyway!!) It’s true that after exercise you get these amazing endorphins whizzing around your body and you can tackle anything life throws at you.

I also try and eat as healthily as I can and I am trying to cut down a little bit on alcohol in January (not that I drink a lot anyway), but found myself in the run up to Christmas just drinking most days purely because of the socialising. And I try and eat plenty of fresh protein, vegetables and fruit, but I do have chocolate, in fact I had quite a bit for Christmas that I am eating up, and find that actually some dark evenings, a bit of chocolate cheers me up!!!
2. VITAMINS – I do take vitamins, as I think particularly as you get older and are not burning off as many calories, it’s hard to take onboard the amounts of food of the correct variety to give you your daily nutrients. The right nutrients are so important to keep us healthy and I take various vitamins and particularly in the winter Vitamin C, which I take daily in the effervescent tablet form, to help with my immunity and fight off colds, I also take a spoonful of local honey every morning on my porridge. Perhaps the most important one for me, that I take, and have taken for years is Cod Liver Oil. My parents always used to take this and I was given this every day as a child!

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The one that I really like and use at the moment is the Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil in the Extra High Strength as I figure I need all the help I can get with the High Strength as I get older. It has been scientifically proven that Cod Liver Oil is such a rich source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that we need to help with the normal heart, vision and brain functions, so I consider that pretty high up on my list! I take one of these in the morning ….

3. TRAVEL MORE! – Even if it’s just a weekend away every now and then we all need something to look forward to and in particular, January is a great time to plan one of these or an annual holiday. There is something so exciting about putting all the plans together and travel for me is one of the best things that I can do in life. I have been lucky enough to travel with my husband, but also love time away with my daughters and I am so looking forward to going to Ibiza this year (not the clubs I hasten to add!)

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with a friend who lost her husband last year and so I suggested to her that we go there as I have never been there before and she and her husband used to go there every year, and she can show me around. She is so so excited about it … and it gives her something to look forward to as well. One of the things my Mum used to say to me was “You don’t remember how many times you dusted the skirting boards …. you remember the places you went and the people you went with” … and I am carrying on her zest for life.

4. SPRING CLEAN! (Where did that one come from!)
I am probably the only one that does this, but I like to plan at the beginning of the year what I hope to be able to change or do in the house …. does this bedroom need decorating this year etc and should I bother updating the dining room and turn it into an office ….. or should I just leave it another year as a room which is never used lol!!! Houses seem to need continual maintenance, don’t they? and it’s an area that I don’t think I am very good at and definitely need to work on some more inspiration for that …so January might be spent looking at Pinterest!

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And if you are not familiar with the site you are missing out. Have a look at it … there are all sorts of sections of interest and once I found it I have become hooked .. it’s a way to plan and cheer yourself up through January. (Hasten to add the picture above is not my dining room – it’s from Pinterest, but dreaming … it’s probably the dining room I would have). Have a lot of fun dreaming and planning for 2016.

Lots of Love

Gill xxxx

Beauty, Body

LUXURY BRANDS TO ASK SANTA FOR …….CHANEL, BURBERRY AND CHARLOTTE TILBURY

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….

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

MY BURBERRY PERFUME

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??

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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 allbeauty.com.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY SUPER MODEL BODY
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.

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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).

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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).

CHANEL GOLD SPARKLE NAIL COAT LIMITED EDITION
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.

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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

HIGH END LA PRAIRIE OR HIGH STREET BOOTS NO7 PROTECT & PERFECT …. WHICH GIVES ME THE SMOOTHEST, PLUMPEST SKIN?

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.

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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!

HIGH END OR HIGH STREET?

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?

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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.

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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…..lol!!!!!

DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL

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.

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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

 

Gill

 

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Beauty, Hands, Make Up, Nails, Winter

GET THOSE CHRISTMAS RED NAILS WITH BURBERRY, NEW VELVETY SOFT LASHES FROM MAX FACTOR AND ANTI AGEING TREATMENT FOR WINTER HANDS WITH HAND CHEMISTRY

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 ….

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BURBERRY NAIL POLISH – MILITARY RED

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.

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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.

 

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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!!)

 

MAX FACTOR VELVET VOLUME FALSE LASH EFFECT MASCARA

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?

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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.

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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.

HAND CHEMISTRY EXTREME HYDRATION CONCENTRATE

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.

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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

SAY GOODBYE TO WINTER SKIN WITH ELEMIS PRO COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM AND BOBBI BROWN’S ANSWER TO DARK CIRCLES

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!

ELEMIS PRO COLLAGEN MARINE CREAM
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.

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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.

BOBBI BROWN CORRECTOR AND CREAMY CONCEALER KIT
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.

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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.

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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 …

 

AUTOGRAPH MINI PALETTE

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.

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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