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MAX FACTOR’S NEW(AND FOR ME THE BEST) MASCARA, l’OREAL NAIL POLISHES WITH OIL AND COCO VITA

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog. Sorry there wasn’t one last week .. some weeks are just chaotic with everything else and I just don’t get the time! (Awful I know ). This week it’s my birthday …. Yay!!! and so I am writing this when I can to fit around my birthday celebrations. Aren’t Birthdays wonderful and at this time of the year I have Holly’s then Becky’s and then mine all in the course of 2 weeks so it’s a bit like Christmas!! But I love it and am off to London for a couple of days with my husband, maybe take in a show. I love London… so busy and exciting but then I am glad to return to my quiet retreat in Nottingham!

So let’s get onto some beauty ..

MAX FACTOR NEW VOLUPTUOUS LASH EFFECT MASCARA
Wow!!! I try so so many mascaras and am often left wanting more out of a mascara … I don’t know whether you feel the same. My eyes are quite sensitive and I find it difficult to wear false lashes, but sometimes I just want more volume and length … doesn’t every woman? However, this week I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of new mascara by Max Factor which promises what we all want more lift and volume.

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One of the best things about going to a launch is chatting to all the experts which I love and talking to the people who came up with the idea and the science behind it and also having a top make up artist apply it to you in the right way. Wow!! what a difference. Quite the likes of the amazing brush you will never have seen before and the only way to describe it is wide fins on the brush which grip and lift the lash and load more product onto it because of it. The bristles are long and these twist around the brush to remove excess formula and help to separate my lashes more.

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Perhaps one of the best features as well is the shape at the end of the brush (my camera doesn’t really pick this up that well) but I found this helped me coat my bottom lashes so much easier than a brush and they looked the fullest they have ever looked and I also used it on my top lashes to help fan out my lashes at both ends. So two coats of this and spending more time on the roots to coat the lashes (and really getting in there!) were my learnings from the evening. I absolutely love the results and a few more seconds work with a wonderful product makes my eyelashes look incredible and long lasting. It’s now my go to mascara for fab lashes. The RRP is £11.99 but Boots have it on sale for £9.99.

VITA COCA COCONUT OIL
We all know how good coconut oil is supposed to be when using it for cooking and I for one am a big fan of it …but who would have thought that you could get so many uses out of this lovely coconut oil, besides cooking? I have a tub of this gorgeous product, which is extra virgin 100 per cent raw, cold pressed coconut oil and have been using it for more than just cooking.

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I keep my tub in my bathroom which has underfloor heating and so is quite lovely and warm and have been smothering myself in it pre-shower, including armpits and between my toes and the lovely deodorising and bacterial qualities of it means I do not need a body wash so I come out of the shower smelling lovely and with amazingly soft skin. I love the smell of coconut.

It needs to be warmed and liquid to do a lot of these things and one of the other uses I have found for it is smothering it in my hair as a hair mask and then popping a shower cap on and leaving this on my hair for about an hour, as a real treat, then shampooing and conditioning as normal and my hair feeling incredibly super soft after this luxury treatment.

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I am loving the fact that there are so many uses for this lovely coconut oil and the fact that it is extra virgin 100 per cent. Then, if there is any left over (and I am doubting there will be now …) I can always pop a little into my cooking!(only joking .. not sure that would be that hygienic … but I have a jar next to my cooker). Amazing multi tasking product..It’s available in Boots, Urban Outfitters, Amazon and starts at £5.99.

L’OREAL PARIS COLOR RICHE VERNIS A L’HUILE NAIL POLISH
I have been talking a lot about oil this week, and oil does seem to be everywhere in beauty doesn’t it and now it has come over to the nail department. I have been sampling some of l’Oreal’s new varnishes which are infused with oils (nice) .. which I had a feeling I would love because I am all about trying to nourish my dry nails as much as possible and here it is in a nail polish. Firstly, those bottles, how beautiful are they and how beautiful they would look on a dressing table or in your bathroom with their crystal glass effect – very vintage.

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And the colours … I tried the 3 above – 222 Jardin des Roses, 116 Cafe de Nuit,and 224 Rose Ballet – all such pretty dainty colours which are so easy to apply because the brush is quite thick but covers the nail really easily and applies an ideal amount to give me a fast, flawless finish. I found I needed two coats – perhaps in the darker colours available (as it comes in 22 shades) you would only need one. The colours are lovely and it gives a pretty gloss effect when applied due to the oils in it. Also it has a very slight smell of rose when it dries which is different from a lot of other nail polishes. I am in love with nudey/pale polishes at the moment and I am in love with these pretty bottles. £4.99 from Boots.

Have any of you tried the new mascara yet from Max Factor as I would love to hear what you think?

Lots of love as always

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

 

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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

Beauty, Hair, Nails, Skincare

THE HERO PRODUCT THAT AUDREY HEPBURN REQUESTED AND LOVED – PHILIP KINGSLEY ELASTICISER, VOLUME FILLER FOR THOSE EYE WRINKLES AND MY FAV MOISTURISING BASE COAT FOR NAILS

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.

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

PHILIIP KINGSLEY ELASTICISER
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.

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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.

EUCERIN VOLUME FILLER EYE CREAM
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.

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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.

EVE SNOW BB BASE COAT
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.

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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

THE SILKIEST CONCEALER FROM DELILAH, SAYING GOODBYE TO DRY HAIR WITH BUMBLE AND BUMBLE MASQUE AND NAILS INC NAILKALE GLOUCESTER ROAD POLISH REVIEW

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!!!!

DELILAH COSMETICS FAREWELL CREAM CONCEALER
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.

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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.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE QUENCHING MASQUE
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.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE MASQUE

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.

KIKO ULTRA TECH CURVE CURLING MASCARA
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.

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NAILS INC NAILKALE
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.

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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

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SUPER SMOOTH SKIN FROM OILS OF LIFE, THE SHINIEST NAIL POLISH YOU’LL EVER TRY AND PLUMPED UP SKIN WITH SEQUADERM

Hi Lovelies

Welcome to another week in the life of ….. This week I put up a video which was different from the norm and was one that people had asked me to do about how I stay Healthy and Happy so it was more of a chatty one and was really well received by so many people who asked me to do some others at some point as well on a variety of different subjects. I love doing the chatty ones and sharing the experiences and life learnings that I have and hope that it helps some people in some way. This week’s been a bit more of a chilling week as I am going away with Becky and Holly next week so prepping for that in many ways with all the sorting there is to do before you go away. I don’t really feel as though we have had much of a summer here and am looking forward to some chill out with my gorgeous daughters. It’s the time when we chat about all sorts of things and do the little things in life that I enjoy so much like all having breakfast together… Love it and each year it becomes harder and harder to find a date that suits everyone. I did get to look after the puppies though whilst the girls were in Paris, which I loved and to say Thank You the girls gave me a gorgeous box of Parisian Macarons as they are called. OMG – these are probably the softest, chewiest, most delectable macarons I have ever tried. They are keeping their Momma sweet!

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OILS OF LIFE RANGE BY THE BODY SHOP
So now for some beauty and first slot has to go to The Amazing Body Shop who really are flying this year with bringing out such fabulous new products and getting themselves back in the game in so many different areas. Followers know that I love The Body Shop but it’s been a while since they changed packaging and took themselves up to another level to rival other brands that are creeping in. I love them for the fact though that they don’t test on animals too. So the fabulous range that they have just brought out is called Oils of Life.

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Go run to the nearest Body Shop to have a look because you will find that they are truly changing to supplying dark glass bottles with lovely black tops which come in neat white boxes with gold embossing on and you will hardly recognise this now luxurious brand. All centred around adding a glow and revitalising your skin they have used cold pressed seed oils (to give the best quality) consisting of Black Cumin, Camelia and Rosehip, selected for their anti-oxidant, nutrient and fatty acid qualities.

Now I am someone that certainly felt like they had a problem putting oils on my face as my oily T-zone seems to react badly, but I learnt to just apply a couple of drops into my hands (just inhale that gorgeous smell before you apply it to your face …. it’s wonderful) and then to smooth this over my face and then apply one of the two moisturisers on top. The oil is the most perfect texture to be absorbed into your skin so you don’t end up feeling like you are a grease ball! So first of all it’s the beautifully packaged Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil – a couple of drops of that at night and then followed by the choice of two moisturisers.

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Again, because I sometimes do suffer with an oiliness I opted for the Intensely Revitalising Gel Cream, which is a beautiful gel blend of facial oils which manages to hydrate my skin but not leave it sticky. This is perfect for me. However, if you wanted more of a cream (and perhaps I will as I get into Winter) then try the Intensely Revitalising Cream which is lovely and soft, light and silky but feels so good on the skin and again, not greasy so that you wake up with definitely smoother, softer skin. I alternate this with a nightly regime where I add a hyaluronic serum on the other night. Getting the best of both worlds. Well done The Body Shop for bringing out a brilliant, luxurious Oils of Life range.

SEQuaderma
All this talk about lovely oils on the skin and the love and care that we do give our skin. One of the lovely things about writing this blog is that I get to find out about all sorts of new products coming out and one that I am particularly interested at the moment is SEQuaderma. I like to try products for nearly two months to understand if it is going to make a difference and I have been trying the one for Ageing and Thinning Skin. We all know that problems and differences in our skin can have massive effects on people’s confidence and they also do other gels for other skin conditions. Sequa derma is more a scientific brand and their secret seems to be the tiny nanosperes which squeeze through our skin to deliver key ingredients to the right places. It’s a gel that I applied morning and night and instead of trying it on my face I decided to try it on my right hand (strange I know) but the reason for doing this was that I did notice that my right hand looks more aged than my left, and my reasoning was that if it could work on my hand, then it could certainly work on my face …

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You leave it to work for 10 minutes – go downstairs, make a cup of tea etc and then if you like wipe it off although mine was always absorbed and then apply your toner and moisturiser as you would. I have to say that this little potion packed with Vitamin C/E and phospholipids (all great for skincare) got to work fairly quickly, within a week or so I would say and my hand had definitely plumped up, looks better texture and is smoother and this product slowly chips away at the hyper-pigmentation that I have which we all get to some degree as we age. At the moment it is £19.99 and is sold at Lloyds Pharmacy and online there and within 6 weeks I am only half way down the bottle so it’s really good value for money compared to some products out there. I am going to continue with it and probably re-purchase which is always a good sign and I am also going to try some of their Anti Redness one as well and will let you know how I get on with that one.Lloyds Pharmacy

MARC JACOBS ENAMOURED NAIL ENAMEL
I can’t possibly write a blog, if you know me well enough, without having some touch of gorgeousness in there and this week it is the turn of Marc Jacobs Enamoured Nail Enamel, which was a present that Becky and Holly bought me back from the US and in the shade Shocking because they know how I like my hot pink. This nail enamel comes in nearly 40 shades when I looked online and I know that mine was from that amazing store Sephora (omg what a store – it’s like a sweetie shop but full of make up!)

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The actual polish was apparently inspired by Marc Jacobs’ glossy coffee table and has an amazing level of shine to it even without a topcoat. The bottle is just something that when I saw it, I just knew I had to hold it … with its black glossy top which you pull off (it took me a while to work that out!) it’s a touch of luxury and the polish comes out as such a superior nail polish with its vivid colour and I found that one coat could almost be enough – that tells you how opaque it is. (I did apply two coats though to get the best effect). I even loved the brush that comes with it and found it super easy to apply an even coat. I know this is such a classic colour, but there is a huge range of lovely colours for you to choose from. At the moment it’s in my bathroom to “Oooh, Ahhh” at every day!!

KNEIPP SPARKLING BATH TABLETS
I can’t go without just telling you about something new that I tried this week. Indulging in a bath is one of life’s pleasures and although showers are great I don’t really find them that relaxing so when I was sent a couple of Kneipp Sparkling Bath Tablets I thought I would give the Arnica one a go before I went to bed one night. I had done a bit of exercise that day, but didn’t fully realise how much my muscles would relax until I sank down into a bath with it dissolved in and gave my body an aromatherapeutic treat and what a lovely treat it was.

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Get past the bright yellow/orange colour, which threw me a bit, but I closed my eyes and it didn’t matter and I felt all those little tiny muscles individually relaxing as I laid there and almost fell asleep…. in fact I had to drag myself out of the bath and get myself into bed quick because I was SO relaxed! These are natural and the arnica one has anti inflammatory properties and also is very effective on bruises and when I came out of the bath I found my skin nicely hydrated and super smooth. They also do one in Eucalyptus which I think would be amazing to lie in when you had a head cold .. that colder weather is not far away and I am sure I will be using it soon. They are £1.95 each and can be purchased off Amazon and Feel Unique sites so they are definitely something to spoil your body with naturally of course!

Just look at these cute puppies …. I think I wore them out !!

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Have a lovely week.

Love Gill xx

Beauty, Hair, Make Up, Nails

WANT MORE MOISTURISED NAILS USING NAIL POLISH? I PUT EVE SNOW’S POLISH TO THE TEST, A TOO FACED BLUSHER THATS JUST TOO CUTE AND THE SWOONWORTHY HOURGLASS LIGHTING PALETTE

Welcome back Lovelies

This Friday has found me back in the UK and positively shivering when I returned … what has happened to our temperatures? We have truly gone into Autumn and I need to be doing some serious thinking about planning an Autumn wardrobe as last year I didn’t buy very much and have very few sweaters to see me through. My problem is I am a “throw on a dress and some heels” kinda gal! Going to be shivering a lot then! Does everyone feel like that when they get back from somewhere fairly warm … put the heating on and how are we going to survive haha? I haven’t actually put the heating on yet, but I have an Aga in my kitchen which I have kept going on low all year round as I can’t bear to be cold. I had a great time in France at the World Rowing Champs where I am pleased to say GB came first in the medals section, so it was exciting times and great to catch up with so many people. Here’s a little shot of the beautiful Lake Aiguebelette on the day my nephew was rowing (for Australia actually).

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EVE SNOW NAIL POLISH
Now onto some beauty and how would you feel about using a nail polish that is probably the most moisturising I have ever used and doesn’t leave yellow staining on your nail? As you readers will know, I love nail polish and use many brands but trying this latest one by Eve Snow has been different. Right from the glossy way that the polish looked and the richness of colour, I knew that this was different from a lot of brands and the reason for this is that it contains Vitamin E, Argan Oil and Ginkgo Biloba whose properties help to nourish the nail and it is also a brand with fewer toxins in too.

eve snow varnish

I tried this out on my nails a few days before a trip to France where I wanted a nice coral colour to show off my toes and the shade I have is Sunrise Glow. It goes on beautifully and you could almost get away with one coat, but because I was going away for a while I applied two. Ten days on, it still looks glossy and rich in colour, is only very slightly chipped and my nails look and feel so much healthier than a normal varnish would leave them. My toes love it and I am super impressed. Brought out by a 26 year old girl who could obviously see a gap in the market for a great product, which has won a few beauty awards and also give back a percentage of the profits to charity. They sell it in Boots and Marks and Spencers and there is a pretty good colour range too – something for everyone and for each season and it is £14. I am definitely going to be buying an Autumnal shade to try and this one will make it onto my fingernails too!

TOO FACED LOVE FLUSH
Now I can be glam, but I also like cute and my daughters knew that I would love this compact when they brought it me from the US. So many blushers come in clumpy boxy containers and this lovely new range from Too Faced comes in a gorgeous sweetheart packaging design which opens up to include a cute heart mirror and a sweet rabbit design within the blush which makes it a fun addition in my make up bag as it is perfect for travelling as well. Don’t you find, that along with the lipstick the blusher is not far behind to fade, and this new one from Too Faced lasts all day once you have applied it.

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The colour I have it in is called Baby Love and is a lovely natural looking blush with a hint (and only a hint) of a gold shimmer in it, making it a perfect blush for the Autumn/Winter and one which would suit all skin tones. It’s really pigmented, so don’t be heavy handed when applying this otherwise you will get a bit of a shock and the blush is super soft to the touch, so really luxurious too. It’s the kind of blush that you would wear every day and it would give you a lovely glow and one which makes me smile every time I take it out of my make up bag.

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING PALETTE
How many times have I admired this little beauty as a gorgeous palette of finishing powders and finally I succumbed and purchased one a few weeks ago. Firstly, it still is the one of the loveliest beauty products that I own and every time I open it I can’t wait to use it. It’s expensive, yes, I know, but not only is the case beautiful and the product inside but I love the effect that it has on my complexion. Designed to give you that ‘glow from within’, that ‘basking in the glow of candlelight’ look and without any airbrushing, this palette contains 3 beautiful powders to try. A friend of mine mixes them all together and applies it all over her skin to give it that soft glow that we all love, but I play about with mine a little bit more, but it is entirely up to you as to what effect you like.

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There are three powders within the palette – Dim, Incandescent and Radiant. Dim is a good match for my fair skin tone with just a hint of warmth, a soft beige which works on cool or warm tones and helps to blur any pores, Incandescent has a glow quality for areas that you want to highlight such as cheekbones, tops of eyebrows, bridge of nose etc, and Radiant is a golden beige that adds more warmth to a complexion and I either apply it with a flat foundation brush or a stippling highlighter brush. Finely milled and perfect for mature skin to give me that dewy glow of youth! I purchased mine from Space NK and have never looked back!

DOVE OXYGEN MOISTURE SOUFFLE TREATMENT
For someone that has pretty fine, limp hair – the struggle for volume and weightlessness within a product is quite hard to find so when I found Dove’s Oxygen Moisture Souffle Treatment for fine, flat hair, I thought this had my name on it so hey …. give it a go. Anything with the word ‘souffle’ in and I am hooked – a bit like I would choose a double cooked cheese souffle for a starter at meals. Yum. But hey, let’s get back to the hair… We all have so many issues with our hair that we are trying to deal with and what style we are trying to achieve and so it is usually for me a combination of products which are combined to help me to do this.

dove oygen moisture souffle

It comes in a shallow round tub and is indeed a light, mousse consistency and after shampooing I leave it for 5 minutes in my hair. (the smell is lovely). Although I am initially quite concerned that a product this light will have enough of a moisturising effect I am pleased to say that it does on me feel beautifully light and smooth and soft and with so much more volume than I would have using other shampoos and conditioners. I am thinking that this is a great summer treatment and probably one I will alternate with a richer one in the winter. There is a shampoo and conditioner within the range and I will certainly purchase those to try next time but in the meantime I definitely feel myself stroking my soft, fluffier hair more (that’s probably very annoying to lots of people!)

Hope you have enjoyed the products this week and lots of love.

Gill xx

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HOW DO WE DEAL WITH HATERS – WE THROW MORE LIPSTICK AT THEM (NOT LITERALLY) – CLINIQUES POP LIP COLOUR AND PRIMER, LONGER NAILS WITH CIATE STATUS GROW AND SOME LOVELY SMELLING HANDS

Hello Lovelies

Hi to this week’s blog and the first part of my blog if you are a regular reader is usually a bit of a catch up on my week/life and this week has been a bit of a challenge in parts. Normally I don’t rant, and I will try not to here, but my daughter, Becky, got quite a lot of hate comments on her last video, mainly because of the lighting in the video and because she has a bit of a tan, but basically the worst offence in the world was that she hadn’t blended her foundation in sufficiently. Quite a few faceless haters came online to “Troll” her and several people that also follow and watch me, did come to her defence, but the effect of this on her was so sad to see, particularly as a Mum. I felt a bit helpless really and wasn’t sure whether to join in on the debate or just to keep out and leave it to others and try and comfort her privately. I don’t know whether they think that people like my daughter have particularly thick skins, which she certainly doesn’t have, or why they feel they have to facelessly say these awful things? There was a part of me that wanted to shout out at them, as all they are in bullies in a different form, and there was a part of me that wanted to give them a hug and show them some love as they clearly just feel such anger towards people like Becky.

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The whole reason why Becky started and certainly why I do it is that none of us is perfect and few of us will ever be and everyone’s idea of beauty is slightly different but the whole point of blogging and YouTubing, surely is to come together as females and males of all ages and share ideas, support each other, help each other and show how if say you have a scar that you want to cover up then this cream might help or if your eyebrows aren’t great then maybe this crayon might help. You can put as much make up on the outside as you like but it isn’t necessarily going to sort out the inside. Beauty to me is a combination of both and beauty comes in so many different forms. It might be that someone makes you happy, or makes you laugh, or helps you relax from a stressful job, or shares a bad experience that they have been through and you feel like you are not alone in experiencing what you do. The time and thought that goes into content for which they are not paid in most instances is because they all have a passion for what they do and it should not be that these haters just go online and say awful things to people. That’s my little rant over…. but I have just had a bit of a tough time this week questioning everything and helping my daughter believe back in herself to carry on the most amazing job that she does of which I am so proud. How would you deal with these haters that come online …. at the moment I haven’t had one but I am sure that I will … what would your reaction be?? I would love to hear from you.

So anyway, now onto nice things …. which I certainly need after my week.

MOLTON BROWN RHUBARB AND ROSE HANDWASH
When my stepson is back from University, and spending more time with us, there is one thing that I have to remember to do…… swop the lovely Molton Brown handwash soap for some cheaper version! Several pumps of it several times a day and before I know it, my favourite hand wash has disappeared and I am left with the cheaper variety! He said to me that the Molton Brown one was the best hand wash ever! (Never underestimate a 21 year old male’s appreciation of hand wash.) I remember when Molton Brown first brought this beautiful fragrance out and I remember going back to my childhood when we used to grow rhubarb and thinking… they are never going to replicate that smell of fresh rhubarb …

molton brown soap

imagine my joy when I smelt it and realised they had! This combination of sweet with the fresh is just a joy as you smell it on your hands afterwards and also in the air, making it such a favourite of mine particularly for the summer. I love going into the Molton Brown shops for their practical yet beautiful layout with the little sinks in store so that you can try all the hand washes, to the gorgeous rows of brightly coloured products stacked up on the displays and always find it a very welcoming store with friendly staff. This luxurious soap with its cute little black bow on it brightens my room with its gorgeous pink colour and makes the boring job of washing your hands, just that little bit more exiting…. what would life be like without our amazing senses!

CLINIQUE POP LIP COLOUR AND PRIMER
Do you suffer from drier lips but still like a lipstick powered with colour?? I wasn’t sure what to expect with a lipstick that included a primer, as I will be honest I had never tried a lip primer before. There are plenty of colours to choose from (loads of pinks, purples and nudes) and I ended up taking away Sweet Pop to try. Firstly the packaging which I love for its cuteness – square, and kinda chunky and contemporary and love the fact that the shade is true to the outside container which makes selecting your lipstick from a make up bag so much easier.

clinique pop and colour

The actual formula is lovely and smooth – it almost goes on like butter! and it gives a semi matte finish and kept my lips moisturised for most of the day. These come in at £16.00 each and I know they are more expensive than some of the cheaper buttery lipsticks as I call them, but there is something gorgeous about the container that I love and the product inside feels luxurious and is more long lasting than many other cheaper brands. Depends what your budget is.

CIATE STATUS GROW
We are not measuring the height of my sunflowers here …. we are measuring how much my short nails are growing. I have made a determined effort with my nails to strengthen them up these last few months and have suffered from many breaking due to my having gel nails for so many years. Enter one of the latest products from that cute brand Ciate which contains not just marula oil, but vitamins, aloe vera, ginseng and keratin nail treatment to actually boost the growth of your nails and make them stronger, which is definitely what I need. I laughed when I opened the box and saw this cute little measuring device on the side to measure the growth of your nails and thought I would never use that!!

ciate status grow

Guess who is now proudly measuring the growth particularly of my little nail which snapped off, against this cute measuring device on the bottle?? Yes Moi!! I apply it twice a week, good as gold, giving it two coats and have been using it for about 3 weeks now and have seen great improvement in both the strength and also the length of my nails. They will never be long talons (I live far too chaotic a life to have nails like that even though I love them on others!) but I want them to be a good length and strong so that they aren’t breaking every time I delve into my handbag to get my car keys out and I am making fantastic progress with the contents of this little bottle. My husband may be measuring how tall his tomatoes are getting … but for me … it’s all about my nails. Definitely works.

CLINIQUE ANTI BLEMISH SOLUTIONS CLINICAL CLEARING GEL
Whatever your age, spots, blemishes, call them what you like, we can suffer from them and I tend to due to fluctuating hormone levels. You think as you age that you will eventually have this amazing skin, and some of us are lucky to have that, but I have actually found mine to get slightly worse which is so annoying. Clinique’s Clearing Gel has something of a reputation on most Beauty Counters as being amazing at clearing blemishes and I have used it over the past years and tend to agree with the positive feedback from so many people. I tend to put it on at night mostly so that it can work its magic whilst I sleep and I find that any smaller blemishes have almost dried out by morning and certainly really reduced by the next day.

clinique anti blemish solutions

I have pretty sensitive skin and it tingles slightly when I put the clear gel on and then I feel a slight tightening of the skin, so I feel like its doing something, and it tends to dry them out quickly and then they literally just drop off haha … mine aren’t that big so no craters left behind. When you have a blemish you just want it gone asap don’t you, and so yes this might be slightly more expensive than some products but it really reduces the swelling, calms redness way better and quicker than a lot of other products and the bottle will probably last me about 6 months as you only need a little on the blemishes. So this little bottle comes everywhere with me when I travel too … one of my face’s essentials!!

Sorry about the rant earlier … but I love to hear your thoughts on it … so that I am ready haha when I get my first hater on YouTube or Twitter or wherever. I remember when I first started this and my girls said to me “Mum what will you do when you get your first hater?” I remember replying “I will just have a Gin and Tonic, lime and lots of ice ….. Sorted!”

Lots of Love
Gill

xx

Beauty, Hair, Skincare, Summer

COTSWOLD WEDDING AND THE BODY SHOP PERFUME, COLLECTION CONCEALER, DOVE BB CREAM FOR HAIR AND SOIN MILLENAIRE SKINCARE REVIEWS

Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog, sorry it’s a bit late up today, but it has been a bit of a crazy week in lots of ways. This week finds us enjoying some gorgeous Summer weather in between the rain showers (oh well helps the garden grow!) Becky, Holly and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a wedding in the Cotswolds for one of their dear friends from growing up who we have known since he was about 4 so it was such a fun day and a chance to get glammed up and get emotional (got the waterproof mascara on!) as they walked down the aisle. I just love Weddings with family and friends together to celebrate such a happy event. Little photo from it to show you what we all wore – Becky was one of the bridesmaids too. We had an amazing time and danced the night away. Not too sore a head in the morning!… Click below to continue reading.

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Beauty, Body, Make Up, Nails, Tanning, YouTube

SIZZLIN’ SUMMER BEAUTY AT HENLEY REGATTA with KIKO, DECLEOR AND SALLY HANSEN LEGS REVIEWS

Hello My Lovelies

And welcome to another sunny week in the UK. So much seems to happen in these summer months here – it is all packed in! News from me – last week I was at the Henley Royal Regatta for a few days and how I love that event . It’s a very special one for me as my husband is an ex world champion rower and his life has been spent in rowing and this year his crew were able to do a Rowpast in front of the stands to celebrate 40 years of him winning a very special event there. The girls and I and friends managed to find a slot on a crowded bank to cheer them on with tears in our eyes as it really was such an emotional moment.

girls and i at henley

 

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