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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.


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

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.


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

ysl top shot

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 ???

EL perfectionist

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.

ysl perfectionist1

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.

el perfectionist 2

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.

photo of me dinner party

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


Anti ageing


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.


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.


Let’s talk Beauty now ….

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.

chanel velvet

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.

almond cuticle

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 ??

almond cuticle 2

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



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.

great lengths

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.

hair extensions

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.

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.

guerlain la petite robe

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.

guerlain close up

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

Anti ageing, Ardell, Beauty, eye mask, false lashes, hyaluronic acid, laura mercier, Make Up, press on lashes, primer, Pro ageing, radiance, radiane, Thalgo


Hey Lovelies

It feels like a while since I sat down to Blog and that’s mainly because I find January such a hard month to get excited about. I employ all my survival tactics to get me through … but even then it seems just like such a long, hard month, doesn’t it and to add to that, this last week the girl’s grandma was ill for a few days in hospital and then passed away, which has been such a sad thing for them to bear and has meant long hours in hospitals and waves of sadness at the passing of such a feisty lady who we thought would live forever! So I have been doing my Momma thing and trying to support them in whatever way I can.

So I am beginning to pull out of this … and wanted to tell you about what I have been trying this week. I have never really worn glasses, not until a few years ago when I just thought my eyes were tired and it turned out they were permanently tired and I needed reading glasses and a bit of distance! Anyway, this week, saw me excitedly picking up my new glasses from Specsavers which is where I always go, and this time I went for designer glasses that Twiggy has launched for Aurora.

gill glasses

There are several within the range, but I went for a lovely pair of deep fuchsia pink glasses that are slightly cat eye in shape (which I think is very flattering), and then to glam them up a bit more, as sometimes, glasses can be a bit plain, can’t they, well these have got beautiful crystals down the sides of them ….. so pretty. Even the Aurora case for them has got a pretty diamante in it. I hope you can see the detail in the photo I took.

close up glasses

Twiggy is such an icon, isn’t she, and I think it’s fabulous that she has helped design her own range of glasses. They are really comfortable and light to wear so I don’t really feel like I am wearing glasses, because I do have a bit of a hate feeling around glasses! I am super happy with them and have them on at this very moment, whilst typing this! They will certainly be worn a lot!! I hope you like them on me too and mine were £125 from Specsavers.

To help cope with the lack of sleep in the past week, and basically anytime that the area under your eyes needs a good sorting out ….. I reach for these amazing little babies. Oh my goodness … each sachet contains two crescent shaped eye patches that you literally just stick under your eyes. All the celebs wear them before an event and certainly if you were up early in the morning – that early morning flight you have to catch or that early morning presentation you have to do and you want to look your best then you would pop these on for 10 minutes.


(Grab a cuppa whilst they are performing their amazingness! ) They are full of gorgeous marine hyaluronic acids and amazing for plumping up those little wrinkles and smoothing out that under eye area. They work even better if they are kept in the fridge too! Your eyes feel incredibly rested afterwards as well. The best place I find them is Feel Unique, £28 for a box of 8 pairs. I think I could be addicted to these …. as I am definitely not a morning person hehe ….

Now here’s a different little primer that I have been loving….. a lovely creamy, liquid primer that has a pearlescent finish to it and added colour to bring a lovely healthy glow to skin tones. It feels really silky smooth to apply and definitely helps even out my skin tone and help the foundation that I put on the top stay locked on!

laura mercier primer

If you had amazing skin then you would even love to wear this on its own to give your skin a subtle glow but I use it as a great base for my foundation and this little primer also has a few anti-oxidants in it, which most of them don’t. Not enough to get over excited about but at least it is helping and it also has oils to nourish the skin. A multi-tasking primer! Like it!

Now … when I saw these … I immediately knew that I was going to love them. As someone who has tried false lashes and just can’t get on with them, finds them uncomfortable and just hasn’t the time to mess around with all that glue … someone must have been watching me .. because that is why Ardell have brought out such an amazing product. Press on Lashes! Apparently the main blockages to women wearing false lashes is Time, and Difficulty of Application. That’s Me!!!!!

Hollywood Movie Magic launched the false eyelash trend in 1916 and women wanted to look the same as their screen idols but Ardell didn’t get going until 1971. My daughter Holly loves Ardell – their Wispies, and I frequently put them in her Xmas stocking or give her them along with her birthday present as I know she loves them and will use them. Her eyes look amazing with them, but I just couldn’t get on with the ones that she uses, so you can understand my excitement that actually now I might be able to sometimes. These press ons are exactly for people like me who don’t wear them every day – I might wear them to a special event or birthday party and the problem with that is that I never practise with the glue and don’t have the technical skills to apply. No problem with these – you just peel them out of the box with your tweezers, making sure they are about the right length for your eyes and if not trim a little bit off the length. Then position them on the lash line and give the eyelashes a squeeze all the way along to make sure they have stuck.


I can’t tell you how easy these are to apply – no fumbling around with the glue and struggling because of my not so good eyesight! These strips are far more comfortable and cushioning than the normal ones too and so for sensitive eyes like mine they are amazing. To remove them, you just peel them off – no pain! Apparently you can buy glue strips from somewhere to re-apply to be able to use these again but at the moment I haven’t found any so please let me know if you know of where I can purchase some.

There is no doubt that these Ardell lashes, in fact most false lashes in general, do make your eyes look fabulous … and that’s how we want to look, isn’t it girlies?? I got mine from Superdrug £8.45. Not cheap, I know, but if it’s a special occasion and you haven’t worn them before then you want to be trying these lovely comfy ones instead of some of the others, and if I can find the glue strips then you could probably use these for about 10 occasions so that’s not too bad.

Lots of Love to you All and thanks for following me :)

Gill xxxxx

Beauty, Body


Hello Lovelies

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

xmas tree

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


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


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

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

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

charlotte super model

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

tube of charlotte

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

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


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

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

See you in 2016!!!

Lots of Love

Gill xxxxx



Hello Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s blog and a week when I now feel truly Autumnal and most of the leaves have fallen off our trees and the light here is just so grey!! Eeeew ….. It’s a good job I love the change in the seasons and love the winter too for it’s cosiness and log fires and everything warming! It’s a tradition here in the UK this weekend called Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night, when we go to huge bonfires and watch a beautiful display of fireworks (hopefully) and maybe wave an odd sparkler, which takes me back to childhood. It wouldn’t be Fireworks night if it wasn’t raining, or foggy or damp hehe …. we British … what an odd lot we are !!! Love it. xx

So … onto some beauty that I have been loving this week ……

i used to go to a salon every few weeks and have gel nails painted on or infills and loved the gloss finish of them and the durability (hey I am a girl that literally expects a lot from her nails … clipping on nasty ski boot locks, putting my hand in handbag and scratching them constantly with keys … etc etc ) and I loved them, but the terribly weakening effect that they had on my nails and the upkeep of going to the salon all the time meant that there came a time when I finally had to say no more! But I miss them!

sunset curing

So I was really keen to try out Barry M’s – the queen of colour ranges in nail polishes, new Daylight Curing range which gives a gel effect nail polish without having to use UV lights etc. They haven’t got a great range of colours in this but I found the perfect colour for the Autumn/Winter that I wanted in Plum on Baby and duly coated my nails with two thin coats, remembering to go around the ends of the nails gently too to add extra wear there, and waited in between for these to dry… it was only a couple of minutes for each coat and then to use the lovely Topcoat in the bronzey coloured bottle which can only be used with the Sunset Nail Polishes apparently.


The brush in the nail polish and top coat is absolutely lovely and quite wide so it fills the nail perfectly. Applying the top coat gives them that really glossy gel shine. So how are they wearing up ??? Well … they say you should get up to 10 days wear from this, but I truly don’t think that will happen with me … however …. 4 days in and they are still looking pretty good … which is amazing for me. I think I will add another coat of top coat to just help extend the life and that might take me to a week which would be incredible! It’s £4.99 a bottle and even better when there are 2 for 1 at Boots.

Another bonus …. this Daylight Curing Polish removes with normal nail polish remover … and no soaking for 45mins in remover as with my previous gels. This has to be the way forward!

Sticking with nails, now whilst applying my lovely dark Autumnal nails, in fact any colour, who hasn’t slipped or say whilst applying the right hand with the left, hasn’t messed up one or two of the edges?? I know I have. Call me clumsy, but I have a need for something lovely to help me with my masterplan for gorgeous dark gel looking nails . Enter the lovely Leighton Denny Precision Corrector Set (he has thought of everything).



Leighton Denny received an MBE from the Queen for his services to the nail and tanning industry! Not bad for a guy that started off as a forklift truck driver in Bradford and now has over 1000 salons worldwide.

This bottle of Corrector comes with a mini little brush which you dip in the fluid then apply to newly varnished nails and it removes the mistakes. A little tip is to have some kitchen roll at hand and just dab the brush on there before putting it back into the clear fluid again. With this you are able to neaten up all your mistakes (if you are like me), create that perfect moon shaped line at the cuticle, and make every manicure and pedicure look like it has been done by a professional, What a brilliant idea and I now use this whenever I paint my fingernails or toenails. Brilliant!!! I got mine from Marks and Spencer where it was reduced from £11.00 to £8.80.

Get past the fact that this product looks like a fun filled sex product with its bright colours and shape, lift the top off and immediately you get the smell of what seems almost like jelly babies ….(don’t worry this disappears quite quickly) and think about the fact that it has taken 3 years to make this what I would call first off of a gel to powder primer for your hair!


I am always looking for that perfect styling product of weightless formulation and texture that helps to add volume to my hair. This clear gel that goes to a powder product can be used on wet or dry hair has a matt finish and for me I use it on dry hair and it helps to create a tousled, lived in volume texture for me and I think if it was used on wet hair it would probably enhance your curls more and add definition. It doesn’t make your hair knotty or greasy, just “gritty” to aid better styling. It’s also perfect for smoothing out any frizzes you might get. I got mine from Feel Unique at the best price of £14.95.

Hope you like my selection of Beauty this week and please let me know if any of you have tried the Sunset Daylight Curing Polishes and your thoughts on them.

Love as Always

Gill xx

Beauty, 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, Hair, Nails, Skincare


Hello Lovelies

Well Autumn is well and truly here in the UK and I am loving the colours of nature reflected in the colours of make up and packaging and window dressing. Isn’t it wonderful how we have these seasons to keep us on our toes with food, fashion, make up and oh so many things? Makes life so interesting. As a child I loved Autumn and have such fond memories of just rolling in all the dry leaves and loving the crunching sound and feel against my coat as we rolled down hills. I have this wonderful creeper on my house which turns the most beautiful colour each Autumn/Fall and looks spectacular.


Let’s get onto some Beauty and see what I have been trying:-

Who doesn’t love a Hollywood icon like Audrey Hepburn? Well darling Audrey had problem hair like I do in the sense that it was coloured, but unlike me she was having hers styled all the time for some epic movie or appearance. She approached Philip Kingsley in his trendy London salon and asked him to create a product to help improve the condition of her constantly stressed out hair! The result is the hero product of Philip Kingsley’s range – the Elasticiser.


It’s a pre-shampoo treatment and the way I used it was to dampen my hair but to let it dry off slightly and then apply the product and leave this on for about 40 minutes (it says 20 but I think my hair is really dry). Then I rinsed it off – this needs probably two rinses as the product is so thick and intense and it works by delivering a rush of moisture in the hair cuticle. This product can be used on all types of hair but mine is fairly straight and getting thinner by the year! Result was I can say beautiful body and shine to my hair….. so it can be done outside a treatment at the hairdressers. It’s a really beautiful treatment which I think is probably a weekly one, depending just on how dry your hair is. When your hair feels good, you feel good don’t you, so Audrey must have been one very happy lady.

I am fast becoming a fan of the amazing Eucerin brand with a history of more than 100 years in the holistic dermo cosmetic approach to skincare. Perhaps its the fact that their products are free from perfume and alcohol (save that for drinking!) and non comedogenic (I had to look that up and it means it doesn’t block your pores …. I am sure you knew that anyway.) and that all means it suits my sensitive skin really well.

eucerin eye filler

This latest one I have tried targets that area which is one of the first to show signs of ageing – underneath the eyes. It helps tighten that area up by increasing the size of the volumising cells by peptides (those lovely things that we need) to help strengthen the collagen which in turn helps keep those little lines away. It has also got that lovely Hyaluronic Acid – the magic ingredient which works at surface level to increase water retention and the fantastic other thing it has is SPF 15 (why don’t more eye creams have that ?) I pop it on morning and night and although I have wrinkles, I am trying to stop them from becoming worse.

I only recently fell in love with this gorgeous London brand and loved the coral colour that I tried on my toes over Summer so I thought that I would try their BB Basecoat as my stocks of basecoat had run out and I always like to try something new. The difference with Eve Snow brands from many of the other cheaper ones is that it has benefits for your nails. Containing oils to keep more moisturised and B vitamins to help strengthen, then what I found is that my nails do really feel much less brittle than before, much healthier and their growth is helped by the B vitamins.

eve snow base coat

It’s lovely to apply, covers really well and leaves a glossy shine of goodness and also for me, helps fill in some of the ridges I have on my nails, making it easier and a much better result when I apply the top coats. Actually you could leave this on your nails if that is the kind of look you like as its a nice glossy finish and its doing your nails good too. That combined with the gorgeous bottle too – I love the fact it has a little indent in it half way down as it helps you to grip on the bottle. Many a bottle of nail varnish has ended up slipping out of my hands and smashing onto a hard tiled floor ….oops! Oh … did I mention that it was quick drying too? This has to be my most favourite base coat.

Hoping you have enjoyed the reviews this week and sending you my love.

Gill xxx

Beauty, Make Up, Nails


Well I am back from Rhodes last night to the UK. Don’t you just hate it when you get off that aeroplane and instead of that warm, humid breeze that we had in Greece, its the cold, northerly wind that we have in the UK? Still it is lovely to be back and glad that today is slightly sunny so that I am not missing that Mediterranean sunshine so much. I had such a lovely time with Becky and Holly as we had our annual catch up about life – work, men, just about everything …. I did think actually as we were round the pool that these lovely couples who were so quiet and reading books etc would have been laughing as they listened to our conversation about all sorts of things. I guess it’s a little bit different a mum and two daughters going away, isn’t it but we all love it and hang on to the special times that we have together. But now it’s back into the chaos of life….. Love it!!!!

I wouldn’t be writing this blog unless I loved all things make up and the girls always laugh so much at me because I have to just swatch everything … I just love it so much and also want to know how it feels … texture must be so important to me … they say that, don’t they that one of the most important of the senses is touch and how good that can make you feel … but I ramble, sorry. Anyway, fast forward to a company that I hadn’t heard of before, hence I love it already hehe …. but it’s called Delilah and is available through Space NK and Fortnum and Mason and in some lovely spas around the country and although it doesn’t have a great range of products what it does have is certainly in what I would call the luxe end. Lots of oooh and aaaahhhhing going on this end as I swatch stuff. If you are short of time (tick), often like a pretty natural make up look (tick) like something that’s nice and easy (tick), then their Delilah Cosmetics Farewell Cream Concealer could be something for your wishlist.


It comes in a gorgeous dark metallic pencil, Chubby Stick style design and you just twist the end to allow more of the pencil product to come out (so no sharpener required!) and looks really chic in your make up bag but it’s the formula that I am in love with as this is so silky smooth (not draggy at all like some formulas) and provides undetectable coverage which is what you want (provided you get the right colour). There are 6 shades in the range and the formula is dreamlike … disappearing into your skin and so easily applied to under eye, redness around the nose etc and even covers some dark spots that I have and thanks to some of that amazing hyaluronic acid it helps fill very fine lines and makes everything look smoother. Nothing is going to sort out deep chasms, but it does a great job on the finer variety! It also has got moisturisers and anti oxidants in there which leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated whereas some concealers can have a very drying effect. It’s £24.00, which isn’t cheap, but look at what you are getting for it. Lovely product to have and just touch up easily later on in the day if you need to…. easy peasy.

Having just been on my holidays, I wanted to tell you about something which possibly saved my hair from being pretty dry when I got back. We all know how much the sun, wind, heat styling products dry hair out and I am always dealing with this problem with my hair. So I took this lovely masque by Bumble and Bumble which deals with really dry hair and applied it most days after we came in from round the pool.


I would have my shower and then apply this and leave it in a shower cap for 15 minutes whilst I went and sat on my balcony and stared at the beautiful, calming view over the sea … how attractive I must have looked hehe …. a cup of tea in my hand … and I was in heaven. It’s got lovely clean and fresh packaging which reminds me of the beach and comes in a super squeeze tube so it’s really easy to apply. The masque is quite thick so it does take a bit of rinsing out but the results were worth it as my hair felt beautifully soft and shiny and was a great detangler, which takes some doing with coloured hair and I am finding that it works better over time too.

Regular viewers and readers will know how much I love Kiko products and we are lucky enough to have one in Nottingham and I know that they are opening them in many cities around the country so many of my UK readers will be able to give them a visit. When you go I am sure you will love it …. if you like make up!!! The latest product I tried from there is their Kiko Curling Mascara reduced from £7.20 to £3.10 which gives great volume and upward curl because of its flexible brush. It’s a beautiful mascara and has double length bristles with the shorter bristles on the top helping you to do the lower lashes.


Love, love, love Nails Inc Nail Polish for their quality of polish, their bottles and their fabulous colours that they bring out to match catwalk and fashion trends. Autumn is kinda here …… kinda coming and I was really excited to find the colour in their newish range Nailkale called Gloucester Walk. This is what I call my Quality Street colour – you know the lovely purple chocolate with the nut in the toffee that people have been known to fight over at Christmas (or is that just me?!) so how excited was I to purchase this and have a go. The Nailkale formula is different in that it contains anti oxidants in its formula to help boost keratin and build stronger nails (something which I always need). Love, love, love too this gorgeous weighty bottle which looks and feels so expensive and the concave design and the modern chrome cap, and the fact that you can put your finger underneath the cleverly designed bottle to see what the nail polish would actually look like on your nail … genius.


In my usual quick way I proceeded to paint my nails, not at first noticing that the brush is a new design too which is a wide flat paddle design, curved at the tip, and so I actually put too much on initially as it holds a lot of product. The brush is really dense though so it enables you to get really close to the cuticle to get a nice clean line. And what’s the polish like ? Well you won’t be disappointed because its super smooth and super pigmented so that Wow … two coats and it dries to an amazing looking high shine beautiful finish. I am so happy with my Quality Street … Gorgeous.

Let me know if you have tried any of these Nailkale formulas and what you think of them.

As always lots of love and have a great week

Gill xx

Beauty, Uncategorized


Hello Lovelies and welcome to this week’s blog which finds me away with my beautiful daughters having a Mum/Daughter annual chill out on the island of Rhodes, Greece. How I look forward to and love being with them both and even though each year it becomes more and more difficult to arrange, we are all determined to continue this for as long as we can …. talking though the good and the bad times of life…that’s the men of course haha … and chilling out in the warm temperatures of Greece, knowing that when we get back to the UK that north wind will be blowing! How wonderful is it to sit out for dinner in dresses or strappy tops and not to feel cold? Oh I want to hang on to this feeling so much …..and also … these times will go in the memory bank of life …..

So how amazing is it on your first morning in a new resort to pull back the curtains and see blue sky and sunshine and sea!!


We all try and think about our skincare, don’t we …. and some more than others … but how many of us think about our scalp care?? Not me really until now. My hair is coloured, it’s exposed to all the elements and it gets all sorts of products thrown onto it (literally!) and it’s probably not until now as well that I have been conscious that my hair is thinning. Thinning hair can be down to all sorts of things, stress, the chemicals of products, hormones and getting older (only slightly of course!) and the elements, and I could probably put my hand up for all of those … so how pleased was I to discover that an amazing hair stylist, Patrick Ales, during the 50’s, believe it or not, noticed that chemical rich styling took its toll on hair and decided that he would do something about it. Enter the range from Phyto. Phyto Phytopolleine (mouthful!) is a pre-shampoo botanical treatment claiming to have the highest concentrate of pure plant extracts in a hair product and the idea is that you put this on for about 20 minutes before you shampoo. (Apologies that the photo shows the French side … so sorry but I speak French and did this in a bit of a hurry so it wasn’t until I got out to Greece and checked the photo that I realised it was French …!!) Anyway this is a Pre-Shampoo product.

phyto scalp

I actually put this on for an hour before and some people pop it on overnight and although the application is a little bit tricky at first because it is pointy and hard to know where it is going, I applied it and massaged it in (you look a bit weird for a while with greasy hair but it’s worth it!). Within seconds I felt my scalp calming down and feeling a bit more nourished and I was surprised that I noticed that effect so soon and then you just shampoo as normal. I have used this a few times now and my scalp definitely feels so much better and more balanced and I am aiming to build as strong and healthy hair as I can and I am also going to try one of the shampoos that Phyto do as well to see if I can help double up the hair thickening and healthy hair process. I met a young girl the other week who is a blogger who had lost a lot of her hair due to stress etc and she switched to this Photo Phytopolleine and then one of the shampoos as well and swears by it for the beautiful hair that she now has. How awful to have bald patches (I am certainly not at that point, just want to try and thicken mine up if I can.) It’s available at John Lewis and Feel Unique and aIthough its not cheap this is luxury hair care and amazing essential oils. So I also take vitamins as well and I will give you an update in a future blog to see how I get on and see if I have so much hair that I don’t know what to do with it haha…

We are staying with luxury beauty products with this little number and I am constantly intrigued as to what goes into the ever evolving world of beauty products. How much do you love your lips??? Enough to want them to look as kissable and luscious for as long as possible. As we age so the little lines dare to appear, particularly above the cupid’s bow and sometimes people struggle with trying to keep their lipstick from bleeding into these lines. Well, two sisters, one a gynaecologist and hormonal wellness expert and the other had been in the beauty business her whole life and they set about bringing out a range of skincare and in this case, lip care, to address hormonal issues and included 100 per cent natural plant based phytoestrogen in their lip product…. genius! Oestrogen starts to decline from your twenties onwards and so does the plumping collagen, so we need all the help that we can get.

You can use this Veneffect little beauty as a lip primer, spreading it wider than your lips so that it is absorbed into the surrounding areas around your lips, and I use it last thing at night, before I go to bed, it’s the one thing I will get out of bed to put on, if I have forgotten to do so (other things get the “Oh sod it …. that can wait until the morning” treatment!) It’s a lovely soft, light cream, working hard for its money to make my lips, softer and plumper and the area around them more plumped up too.


I am never going to look like I have lips like Angelina Jolie, but if it helps, over time, to make my lips look 10 years younger, then I would be happy and I guess a lot of other women would be too. Although this is not cheap!!!! (it’s available from Space NK) but then personally, I would rather use this which again is natural oestrogen, than I would be having my lips filled with filler. Nothing against anyone that chooses to go down the filler route, it’s just not for me. (Too scared!)

If you saw my new Autumn make up video this week (YouTube – Growing Old Disgracefully) then you will have seen some eyeshadows that I have discovered that I absolutely love. Now for £4.99 from Boots and Superdrug these little beauties claim to stay on for 24 hours and are a creamy gel consistency (sadly I think I have passed the age when I kept make up on for 24 hours haha). I tried out the shades Creme de Nude which is a lovely creamy nude base which would be fine to wear if you like an almost no make up make up look, then Creamy Beige which would make a fantastic every day, easy look colour and then I used a plummy colour Metallic Pomegranite to add some Autumn colour on my eyelids.

maybelline tattoo

Probably best to apply these with your fingers as they are so easy to apply and blend beautifully, although you could use a brush but only pop a small amount on. The pigmentation is great and literally will last all day with no touching up at all required and still looking good later on in the day to take you through to the evening (my sort of eyeshadow). Great for oily lids, hooded lids and for holidays too but they also remove easily with your usual make up remover. What a great product and again shows you don’t have to spend a fortune on a good eyeshadow.


Nobody’s skin is perfect is it and mine certainly isn’t. We all have our problems and one of mine is my nose and cheeks which are hypersensitive and prone to redness. I search constantly to find the perfect product for my skin and end up treating area with different products depending on what that area needs and have only just found the range Eucerin. They have a huge range of products for hypersensitive skin and this particular cream is for reddened/hypersensitive and rosacea prone skin so if that’s you and you haven’t tried this, then you could find it is for you. I apply this twice a day over the reddened areas as even though you have such sensitive skin you still need to be applying a calming barrier to your skin.

Eucerin Anti Redness

When you apply this to your skin you do feel an instant calming/soothing feeling, certainly no irritation whatsoever like some products and the reason for this for me is that it has 0% pure formulation which means it only has a limited number of ingredients and no preservatives, parabens, paraffins, fragrances and alcohol. My redness is certainly calming down and reducing and it has helped me to get back into moisturising that particular area as I was almost at the point where I didn’t know what to put on it. Eucerin is a derma cosmetic company which has been going for about 100 years! I got this from Boots and I don’t know about you but when I was in there, there were literally so many products to choose from that I sometimes find it utterly confusing as to which one to use, so I hope that this helps somebody in some way…. When I come back in another life hehe …. I am coming back with skin like a rhino so that I can just put anything on it.

It’s a beautiful evening in Greece and the sun is setting and I am off to enjoy a little cocktail with my girlies and share some good times …. Have a great week xx


Lots of Love and as always I love to hear from you in the comments section….