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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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.

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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

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

Beauty, Body, Skincare

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON GETAWAY, THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN C CREAM FOR GLOWING SKIN, FABULOUS RADIAL SUNSCREEN AND JUST HAD TO TRY THAT VENUS SNAP RAZOR!

Hello Lovelies

Well welcome back to another week in the life of and this week saw me going back to Stratford-upon-Avon where I was born and catching up with family and lovely friends who I don’t get chance to catch up with. I loved my few days there and feel like I have ‘connected’ back again. Phone calls and emails are ok aren’t they, but they are not like the real thing, chatting over a cup of tea, or glass of wine. Somehow it makes me feel more complete … just shows what that area must mean to me and the people! I met up with a lovely school friend and we had such a good time chatting about our hilarious days back at our all girls school and what we had got up to … fond memories. But in with the good comes some sad as well, doesn’t it and today I attended the funeral of a dear friend of mine who lost his battle to cancer. Every time you go through these sad times it makes me determined to live my life to the full for as long as I can and to keep on growing old disgracefully! (A little photo I took of Shakespeare’s Birthplace – usually the frontage is full of tourists.)

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THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN C CREAM
So.. catch up done … let’s get on to some beauty and see what I have been trying this week. Let’s get onto some skincare for the summer and let’s specifically focus in on Vitamin C. You may or may not know that Vitamin C helps stop those nasty things that cause premature ageing – pollution and oxygen amongst others. Used regularly in a skincare routine it can help to reduce brown spots, boost collagen production and reduce inflammation, which causes damage. So onto a product which The Body Shop produce ‘Vitamin C Cream’ which is a lovely light cream that smells amazing.

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This cream has the consistency of a gel and although when I put it on it felt a bit ‘tacky’ at first, it soon sank into my skin. This cream is probably aimed at normal to slightly dry skin so if you do have skin on the drier side, then it probably wouldn’t be enough. However, it’s got that lovely energising citrus scent and in the warmer weather is a gorgeous addition to your skincare. The only thing is there is no SPF in this so you would need to put that on your skin as well.

THE BODY SHOP NEW VITAMIN C GLOW BOOSTING SKINCARE
Keeping with the Vitamin C theme – and perfect for the day time…. if you are lacking sleep (always!) and you want your skin to feel fresher and look plumper then the other Vitamin C product from ‘The Body Shop – Vitamin C Glow Boosting Skincare’ might just be worth trying. With the benefits of the Vitamin C, and in a tube, this peach sort of BB/CC cream corrects dullness and also helps get rid of dark circles under eyes.

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On really fair skin, this would probably make your skin a bit darker, but on mine it definitely brightens and helps colour correct to a soft matte finish. You can either wear this under make up or stand alone.

RADICAL SKINCARE SPF30
Now I know where some of my readers live you probably wear sunscreen a lot of the time, but in the UK, we are not very good at wearing it due to what we see as the apparent grey cloud cover we have so many days! We should, however, be looking at wearing sunscreen on a regular basis as the sun is the worst anti-ageing product of all! My skin is very sensitive and likely to break out if I use the wrong sunscreens on it hence I do spend money on a good one and the one that I am loving at the moment is ‘Radical Skin Perfecting Screen’ which has a SPF of 30. What I love about this product is not just that it has protection against the UVA and UVB rays (really important), it’s the fact that it is a 3 in 1 really, – protecting, perfecting your skin and priming.

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Now I always love a product that does more than one task at a time (must be the multi-tasking woman in me) and this one has beautiful light deflecting properties, helping to blur small wrinkles (nothing will sort the big wrinkles out!) and some primer elements which means that it helps to provide a make up base that will last all day long which is what I want. Perhaps again one of the most important things for my skin is that it is non chemical. This cream is super light and goes on my skin beautifully, feels gorgeous that I don’t know I have it on, and best of all doesn’t clog my pores like a lot of sunscreens do. For me as well, I like the fact that it gives you a matt finish. The other nice thing is it’s a cute size that will fit in your handbag. Bonus. Again though, it is pretty expensive, but down to the potent anti-oxidants it contains.

VENUS SNAP RAZOR
Now let’s move onto a very important task that a lot of us get up to on our legs – shaving! One of my friends, convinced me a while ago to use a man’s razor as it would be stronger, better and last longer and that is kind of what I had got used to, but the down side to all of this was coming out of the shower and sometimes having that little cut around the ankles (oh how sore!). Bring on a few days away and I purchase the Venus Snap Razor and give that a try in the shower and OMG what a difference from the previous men’s one.

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This cute little travel razor comes in its own case which keeps it tucked away meaning I don’t cut my finger every time I delve in my bathroom bag for creams and it also has a vent in it meaning it dries out and you are not left with that sticky residue like on a lot of razors. It’s got a small mini handle which you can hold comfortably and has a cartridge with 5 blades which give the most beautiful close shave … and best of all … no nicks. This one has a lovely moisturising feel after the shave but you can get ones which exfoliate as well, which would be a really good one to try occasionally and you can interchange the blades. There is no need for any shaving gel and your legs feel super moisturised and soft without even putting moisturiser on them. This one’s a winner for me and I definitely won’t be going back to the men’s one haha.

SANCTUARY AIR WHIPPED SOUFFLE SCRUB

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Lastly, to add to that super smooth feel which we are all looking for and to help with all kinds of circulation, it’s a well known fact that we need to exfoliate regularly. Just give it a go and see the difference on those annoying little bobbly bits on your arms!! Sanctuary’s Air Whipped Souffle Scrub is the one that I have tried this week and imagine Heaven in a Tub! That’s close to what it is as you treat your body to a decadent dessert! The fluffy souffle texture is inspired by cup cake icing and you apply this to wet skin in the shower and it really gives you a lovely smooth, soft and polished scrub. It’s full of shea butter, almond oil, mango and little jojoba beads which means it doesn’t just exfoliate but it also massively moisturises you as well. At £8 for the tub it won’t cost you the earth.

So that’s it for this week’s finds. Have you tried the new Venus Snap Razor yet? Let me know what you thought?

Lots of love as always

Gill xx

Hair, LIPSTICK, Skincare

SPRING MAKE UP MASCARA AND LIPSTICKS, SKINCARE AND BEAUTY WORKS HAIR

Hello again lovelies,

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Welcome to this week’s blog and another week in the life of ……. So to start of course, we had the lovely Mother’s Day, which I absolutely adore and I hope all you Mums out there were massively spoilt too on our special day. My girls arrived to cook my husband and I brunch which we thought was fantastic … so salmon and scrambled eggs and wonderful bacon etc were produced and devoured around our kitchen table. They arrived with a very large parcel (and the puppies of course to wish me Happy Mother’s Day) and my first thoughts were that it was an enormous picture – say a huge family photo of us all and I was beginning to wonder where I was going to put this enormous photo …. but when I opened the box, ha ha ….. it turned out to be a Queen of Mums Throne, which I needed to construct (supplied by the Body Shop to various Mums ) and then sit on and be treated like a Queen all day …. well, it did say constructed in 20 minutes, but if you have ever had the pleasure of building flat pack you will be well aware that it takes at least double that time, which indeed this did and it took 3 of us to work out how to assemble it. Anyway, it was a bit of fun, amongst the disagreement of which pieces went where and you can see the photo below … Needless to say I was treated like a Queen all day long.

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Beauty, Body, Nails, Skincare

VITAMINS, “BOUNCY” BODY SHOP SKINCARE AND GLAMUARY NAILS

It’s Friday again already and the end of another week! Last week my blog was about my back pain and I am afraid that I have spent another week not able to do much and I wanted to thank all the lovely people who have commented and sent their love and suggestions for me which has really helped me to stay positive too through it.

Anyway I finally went for an MRI scan today – my husband drove me as I still can’t drive with the pain. I have had an MRI scan in the past and had been very nervous about the whole procedure because I suffer from claustrophobia but this time I was a lot calmer with knowing what to expect and as I lay down on the section of the scanner that moves you into the MRI I tried to regulate my breathing and anyone that has had an MRI scan will know they give you a buzzer in your left hand to press if you feel uncomfortable at any time. Anyway, they put the buzzer in my hand, but me being the nervous person that I am with scans, I had to test the buzzer, didn’t I just to check that it worked (I am sure they are used to people like me!) The operator was really kind and did say that if ever I had to have any other part of me scanned I could always go to my doctor for some kind of relaxing tablet! The whole process would they say take about 12 mins but it felt way longer than that and when he said it was finished I was so tempted to shout “I am a celebrity GET ME OUT OF HERE!” Phew! I was out and could open my eyes. So the results will be in a few days and I can actually see what the problem is and hopefully it won’t be too serious.

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