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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.

photo of me dinner party

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

Gill

Anti ageing, Eye Make Up, Make Up, Pro ageing

GORGEOUS GWEN STEFANI EYESHADOW PALETTE AND AN ANTI AGEING RETIN OIL

Hello Lovelies

I am fresh back from Florida – Orlando and Miami to be precise and the amazing temperatures of 28 degrees (bit of a shock coming back to the UK!) Oh how I loved it, both the places and the people and we hired a Mustang convertible to view the sights (must have visited most of the shopping malls in Orlando!) and then hired bikes in Miami to cycle along the boardwalks for miles to explore their beautiful city and beaches. Breakfast would be amazing at an organic restaurant and was usually eggs and bacon or avocado and fresh juice and of course, an amazing coffee. Each day I would pass cafes with people eating these amazing waffles with all sorts of incredible things on the top from strawberries to cream to ice cream and each morning I would think that I would have one of these, but sadly, I never quite got around to ordering one of these, afraid that I wouldn’t be able to finish it!!! Maybe next time if we go back. I cannot recommend Florida enough for a holiday for all ages … my husband and I are too old for Disney (you are never too old for Disney I hear you shout …. but until we have grandchildren, I am definitely not going), we went to fabulous restaurants, beaches, museums, and of course amazing shopping malls and if you are really lucky, or some might say unlucky, you will see an alligator!

miami

Let’s get onto some Beauty! …..

HAND CHEMISTRY RETIN OIL
You might or might not remember that I am a huge fan of Hylamide, well this is another product from the company Deciem, their sub brand, Hand Chemistry, containing a 1 per cent retinoid complex for scars, stretch marks, ageing and dehydrated skin. We are all beginning to realise that for anti ageing there definitely needs to be some retinol involved although some people have a tendency to be too sensitive to use this. However, Hand Chemistry uses vitamin technology to produce prescription strength Retin A results and my sensitive skin wasn’t red or irritated! Initially I was using this on my hands and have been using this for about a month and definitely noticed the pigmentation lightening and my hands much softer and hydrated, but this can be used all over your body on stretch marks or pigmentation and also on your face.

retin oil

Oh my goodness I got off the Florida flight yesterday and came home feeling really dehydrated. Yesterday evening I put the retin oil over my face and décolleté at night and I woke to the softest, loveliest skin this morning and I mean really soft and plumped up. I am making sure some goes on tonight! It has a dry oil texture so when you apply it, it really absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave that greasy feeling on your face, which I really don’t like and it has a citrusy sort of smell, which soon disappears, and I don’t mind at all. The combination of vitamins C and E and deep sea red algae also contribute to anti ageing. I am in love with it and will probably be purchasing another bottle to use on my ageing body too. It’s available from Boots for £19.99.

GWEN STEFANI EYE SHADOW PALLETTE
I recently treated myself to the most beautiful eye shadow palette as a treat for me and a treat for my eyes. Gwen Stefani helped select the most gorgeous shades of eyeshadow for this Urban Decay palette and I was so excited as I love Urban Decay for their velvety texture, rich colours, serious staying power and blendability.

gwen stefani

This palette is a fantastic array of nudes, golds, taupes in both mattes and shimmer, perfect for every day and then 2 more colourful options, the pink, which I am sure to love and the blue, well maybe as a liner or a touch of it to add depth for a really smokey eye.

urban decay

The packaging is gorgeous in black and white and gold and I use the mirror all the time to apply not only my eye make up, but everything and for travel its brilliant! It’s perfect for my every day and serious smokey, neutral eyes, paired with a red lip maybe? It would make a fabulous present for someone and although it is limited edition, it’s still available. Mine will be well used and will go with me everywhere. It is available in Debenhams for £40.00

NO 7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN EYE MAKE UP REMOVER
I have previously written about one of my favourite eye make up removers, Clarins, but the rate I go through it, made me look at a cheaper version and this one was from Boots. It comes in a see through bottle and is a mix between miscellar water and an oil cleanser but you do need to shake it to mix the contents together as otherwise it might not be as effective.

no 7

I try not to drag or pull my eyes too much when removing my make up and I shake the cleanser, put some onto a cottonwool pad and let this soak in and then place that over my eyes for a few seconds to allow the cleanser to work and then gently wipe it all off. I find it removes eyeliner, mascara and everything and it does claim to remove waterproof although I don’t tend to wear that very often. It’s less oily than the Clarins and some might prefer that. I suspect that the Clarins might clean it off slightly quicker, but the price difference is Clarins £15.20 and the No 7 is £8.50. My bank balance loves it too!

Have a lovely week. My love as always.

Gill
xx

Beauty, LIPSTICK

IS CHARLOTTE’S TILBURY’S MAGIC CREAM REALLY MAGIC? AND LIPSTICK QUEEN FOR LIPSTICK JUNKIES

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog and a quick update on my life and then some beauty. Last week I was asked to model on International Women’s Day for charity and I must admit that I was feeling slightly nervous as I have never modelled before. But it was for charity and such good causes that I couldn’t say no. So here’s a little pic of me strutting my stuff in amongst some amazing women who were so supportive and lovely that after only one gin and tonic I felt very at ease!

modelling

LIPSTICK QUEEN VELVET ROPE LIPSTICK

A lovely friend of mine recommended I try Lipstick Queen lipsticks and I must admit I never had. I had seen them everywhere and anyway the shade she wears is Star System in the Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope line of lipsticks, based on the glamour personalities of Hollywood that glide on the red carpet past the velvet rope. Let’s start with the out of this world packaging – raised velvet on the box gives it that luxury look (if you don’t like velvet like my daughter doesn’t then this would be a no no!) and that luxury feel and coupled with that beautiful midnight blue colour it looks like the content are going to be pretty special!

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The case for the lipstick is a gorgeous chunky, heavy, gold tube with a magnetic action that keeps the lid on it and feels deliciously weighty in your hands .. I love it. Let’s talk about the actual lipstick now and I have to say it is super pigmented and absolutely glides across your lips beautifully light probably because of the vitamin E and apricot oils in it so its nourishing your lips too and gives a matte finish.

lipstick queen swatch

The colour is a pinky/peachy beige on me and a pale woman can pull this off beautifully. If you have more warmth in your skin then this colour’s not for you but they do do a couple of other shades in this luxurious range. It’s pricey, at £38, but in terms of quality of product and the gorgeous packaging it’s probably worth the splurge if you are a lipstick junkie.

HOURGLASS EYEBROW PENCIL

It is the year of the Eyebrow which I am sure you must be very aware of! So let’s talk about something that I have been using that I am loving at the moment. I like something that’s pretty quick and easy when it comes to my eyebrows and this Hourglass Eyebrow pencil with its advanced formula of powder and wax in a pencil gives me great soft, natural looking and not too heavy eyebrows.

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It’s amazing because it has a slanted point which makes it so easy for me to use and then the actual packaging is heavy enough to help it glide across my eyebrows. The pointy end lets me do individual hairs and then the flatter edge lets me fill in the larger areas ( I have a couple of gaps in mine!)

hourglass spoolie

And there is a spoolie on one end which is brilliant for brushing the hairs up . The formula lasts all day, has no red tones to it and is probably the best brow pencil that I have ever used. It’s £26 and worth it!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY CREAM
Charlotte Tilbury is I think one of the most exciting brands to arrive in a long time. Her packaging is swoon worthy and a lot of the make up products are fantastic but how would her Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream fare with me,as like it or not it is £70. The history supposedly behind it is that Charlotte concocted this whilst working with models who were tired and stressed and needed something to plump up their skin and make it all dewy again.

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Firstly, as I said earlier, the packaging is a little piece of magic too with its pull away ends to reveal the most gorgeous clear jar with rose coloured twist off lid. Lovely to look at. The actual product is really creamy, fine for me as I do have quite normal to dry skin, but if you have oily skin or acne then this wouldn’t be right for you that’s for sure. It absorbs quickly into my skin and feels really soft and has a slightly pearlescent finish to it which for me is great, but again wouldn’t suit everyone. It keeps it comfy throughout the day and is great to put make up on and has the added bonus of having SPF 15 in it.

ct cream

The only downside for me at this price is that it makes great claims about its anti-ageing properties and looking at the ingredients list, the anti ageing peptides are way down the list so the amounts are likely to be quite small. It has a fragrance, which I don’t mind, but that might put some people off as well. For me … I probably wouldn’t purchase this again, as I personally think there are better, cheaper products out there to do the same job. But, if dryness is an issue for you and you have the money to splurge and want a gorgeous pot to look at and use … then it might be that it’s for you.

That’s it for this week and I am super excited to be going to Florida on Friday (I am writing this a day earlier) for ten days so I hope to have some lovely hot weather and will be blogging out there.

Lots of love as always xxx

Gill

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.

WILLOW TEA SHOP

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.

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.

THE BODY SHOP ALMOND NAIL AND CUTICLE OIL
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 ??

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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

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.

girls xmas and me

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.

girls skiing on lift

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!

seven seas cod liver oil

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

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.

Clarins Beauty bar

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?

LA PRAIRIE

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.

Boots No 7 protect

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.

dove pure care dry oil

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

 

xx

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

Beauty, Make Up

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

Hi Lovelies

Happy Friday! Another Friday here already and a mixed week for me. Last Friday night, I was in London when the awfulness happened in Paris and as I sat in my hotel room, you could feel the whole capital was just in sadness for the events that unfolded in Paris that night. I know it struck Becky and Holly, that my husband and I had gone off to London for a night at the theatre and how for all those families affected, they never knew what the outcome was going to be that night. Add to that, one hell of a cold (caught from my husband who only had a sniffle, but I end up with a really bad head cold) and it’s been a bit of a week. Anyone else on the cold and flu tablets?? So we need a bit of beauty to cheer us up!!!

LANCOME GRANDIOSE MASCARA
Let’s get started with a mascara that has been out for a while I know, but one which I have only really used lately. Lancome patented this mascara for its “swan neck” which I must admit I was a bit daunted by at first and almost scared to use? However, on using it you do find that it helps give great lift as you twirl away. I love the brush as sometimes I find them too long or the bristles way too thick for my lashes, but this elastomer one distributes the mascara evenly over the eyelashes and its great for my teeny weeny little lower lashes.

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The other nice thing is that is has a nourishing rose oil in it which also helps to smooth as you apply. You do actually get used to the swan neck and probably find you are not doing as many weird head movements to apply it. I have to say when I first used it I did love the lifting and lengthening aspect of it. It’s not for you if you want masses of volume, but I love it as a great mascara (easily removed at the end of the day) for the day. It’s not cheap though … £24.50 was the cheapest that I could find it online for.

L’OREAL AGE PERFECT EXTRAORDINARY OIL
Now I am someone that has only over the last year got into oils. I used to think that they would clog my pores and be greasy, which is a feeling I hate, but I am becoming a fan of them. L’Oreal’s version for the likes of me and my lovely friends of a certain age (whatever that might be) – I tend to say it’s more how your skin feels than the age that you are, is a gorgeous blend of 8 essential oils, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, geranium and rose being amongst them. So in there, ideal for me too with sensitive skin are some oils that help have antibacterial properties so help to calm redness and are good for sensitive skin. It does have a slight perfume, which I would say is on the light citrussy side but it doesn’t linger long.

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So about 3 drops of this at nighttime (you can use it in the morning as well), rubbed gently in my fingers and then massaged in circular motion on my face and neck and I do decollete as well really does help to leave my skin glow, be much smoother and more nourished. I prefer to do this oil treatment first and leave that for a few seconds and then add my night moisturiser separately but I know some people pop it into their moisturiser and do them both in one step. Having been someone who was really fearful of the whole oil thing, I have been converted to realising that it is just what my skin actually needs, particularly as we get a little bit (only a little bit hehe) older …. as it starts to thin and can look slightly dull too … this is the answer! I found it at all sorts of prices too from £6.90 up to £13.33 online , but either way, it’s a great price for a lovely oil, which using only a few drops a day is going to last you simply ages!! I am now an oil convert !!!!

CLINIQUE BLUSHING BLUSH POWDER PINK LOVE
Wanting a fresh, natural, long wearing, buildable blusher that looks great on fair skin? Then this one is it. This has become my Holy Grail blusher for the past month or so and I purchased it by chance really as I probably wouldn’t have done as it looked like it was going to be glittery/shimmer when in fact it isn’t. It’s a really flattering dusky pink with no fragrance, which is what I like, comes in a lovely silver container and has a mirror as well.

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I am not really a fan of the brush although on the move, without your normal blusher brush you could possibly get away with it, but you need to go lightly with the brush supplied as it does tend to make you look clownlike if you are a bit heavy handed with it, so as always go gently with blusher and build it up in layers if you need to. I think it’s good value compared to some higher end blushes, say like Nars, and this would last you ages and ages. Cheapest price I found it at was £19.60 but truly a lovely blush.

That’s it for this week’s blog… I am going to leave you with one of my favourite shoes …. so cute xx

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oh … they are from Next …

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

Gill

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GLOSSY GEL NAILS WITH BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING, LEIGHTON DENNY’S PRECISION CORRECTOR SET FOR PROFESSIONAL LOOKING NAILS AND TIGI BEDHEAD JOYRIDE!!

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 ……

BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING NAIL POLISH AND TOP COAT
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!

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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.

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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!

LEIGHTON DENNY PRECISION CORRECTOR SET
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).

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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.

TIGI BEDHEAD JOYRIDE
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!

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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