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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!



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!


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.


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.


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 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.


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


Beauty, Make Up


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!!!

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.


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.

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.


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 !!!!

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.


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


oh … they are from Next …

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


Beauty, Uncategorized


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

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


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

phyto scalp

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

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

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


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

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

maybelline tattoo

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


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

Eucerin Anti Redness

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

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


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



Nails, Skincare, Uncategorized


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!


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.

oils of life bottle

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.

oils of life dropper

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.

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 …


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

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!)

marc jacobs

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!!

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.


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 !!


Have a lovely week.

Love Gill xx

Beauty, Skincare


Hello Lovelies

And welcome to this week’s blog and I am back in beautiful France for a few days and for a World Rowing Championships in Aigueballette down near Lyon. It always takes me a few days to unwind to the pace here, which I love, and of course I have to sample the lovely French food whilst I am here. Along with my fresh Almond Croissant in the morning (yum), another favourite of mine has to be the lovely Cafe Gourmand where after the main course you have an Espresso coffee and then several choices of little bite sized desserts which for me is perfect to sample the lovely choices and not have a huge dessert which I cannot eat. Needless to say, though, I have overeaten already, haha but I can get back to healthy eating next week when I return to the UK. Life is for living after all. My husband has just gone off to the beautiful Patisserie here to purchase one of their delectable Florentines for me (and for him of course!) – another of my favourites!(You can tell I have a bit of a sweet tooth, can’t you?) But … diet next week ….

cafe gourmand

As we walked through the streets of Annecy and the lovely villages around, you can’t help but notice how the French women so look after their appearance, both with their hair and make up, and with their chic way of fashion and in every town/large village there is always a hairdressers or two, a lingerie shop or two and a beautiful perfume and skincare shop. Not much home accessories going on here …. just the important things in life! Got to admire them. So let’s get onto this week’s beauty….

Taking the French theme to start off with and a brand that you know that I love – Caudalie – set up by a lovely couple using skincare products made with the products of the vine. They have a spa near Bordeaux and I am saving up to go with the girls and a friend next September, if we can, as I know that I would be truly in heaven, relaxing in a beautiful place with products that I totally love. I have really sensitive skin and the thought of what I call a proper Glycolic Peel which literally lifts your layer of skin off and leaves your skin red underneath fills me with fear … so reading about Caudalie’s version which contains glycolic acid, papaya and viniferine and promised to be gentler on the skin, I plucked up the courage to give it a go.

glycolic peel

The peel comes in a smart tube with a mock wood effect screw cap and the actual product goes on really easily and felt so gentle on my skin … I was waiting for the irritant to kick in, but it didn’t which I was so pleased about. I left it for about ten minutes and then removed it with a facecloth and have to say that this is one of those products that does actually give an immediate effect. My cheeks looked really brightened and my skin felt baby smooth. Using this regularly (they say twice a week) definitely helps keep skin that way and i noticed putting make up on as well, this felt so much smoother to apply. It is supposed to help with dark spots and some scarring, but that would be over a period of a long time and I need to give it more testing, which I will, to see how it performs in those areas. I really like this peel and it’s like with a lot of products, until you have used it, you don’t know how much better your skin or make up can look and for me I would far rather remove the dead skin cells on my face this way than with anything harsher. If you have skin like an old leather handbag … then you can use anything on it .. but … I don’t and its about finding what is right for your own skin. Caudalie have come up with a great peel.

Now how about those pearly whites? Or perhaps not so pearly whites! Definitely having yellower coloured teeth can help you look older than you actually are, which most people if they thought about it, probably wouldn’t want. If you hate that fake Simon Cowell whiteness which a lot of companies offer and you just want to brighten your own up and give them that lovely feeling of when you go to the hygienist at the dentist and they clean your teeth for you, well you can feel a bit like that most days if you use a whitening toothpaste. White Glo is a top Australian brand of toothpaste originally developed for actresses and models and is available in the UK at Superdrug and Boots and I have been using it for about a month now.

white glow

Probably like most of you I do drink tea (gotta drink tea … I am English!), and I love coffee (can’t cope in the mornings without my morning caffeine) and I do like the occasional glass of red wine (supposed to be good for you), so staining does happen and by using this lovely toothpaste I have found that I have definitely whitened them and managed to keep them whiter. This one also has a mouthwash within the formula to get to all the places you can’t reach with your brush. Because I have slightly sensitive teeth as well, I tend to do one week with the White Glo and one week with a sensitive toothpaste. Whiter teeth definitely help with your confidence too. Happily I can continue with my Americano’s …… and still have whiter teeth haha..

Now I am someone that likes an eyeliner – particularly on my top lid as I have found my eyes need definition the older I have become and a lot of eyeliners do tend to blend into the socket area and eventually wear off throughout the day. I have used the They’re Real in Black in the winter and was really happy to see that Benefit have brought this out in Brown now, which particularly in the summer for me suits me better. This has an angled applicator which helps to do the winged eyeliner look if thats what you are after (I must admit, that’s something I can’t do, and wouldn’t look good on me anyway) but allows you to do thin or think lines as well.

theyre real eyeliner

You need to pull the eyelid taut and hug the eyelashes really tightly with this applicator to make this product work and it might need a little bit of practise to get used to this and I also find that each time I go to it I need to remove the dried out bit on the end of the applicator before I twizzle (is that a word haha ) the product to obtain a fresh amount to apply. The result though is a beautiful line and one which is waterproof (again fab for the holidays) and lasts all day, no need to be reapplying at lunchtime … you will look amazing all day. If you have really oily skin then it might break down the product and you might have to reapply but with me it is fine. To remove it I use my Clarins Eye Make up Remover which dabbed onto a cotton wool pad and soaked for a few seconds removes it fine, as it is an oil based remover which I like.

To go with the brown eyeliner I also have started using the They’re Real Mascara in Brown which Benefit brought out this summer too. Again, this is waterproof, like the eyeliner, so if you have any sad events lined up then this is a great mascara to wear to save it running down your face and it doesn’t flake and looks good for such a long time which some of the cheaper mascaras don’t. Two coats of this defines and lengthens my eyelashes and definitely gives them a Wow! factor and I like the fact that I can use the end of the brush to use on the corner lashes and the bottom ones.

theyre real mascara

I just can’t say goodbye to Summer yet. (A sadness will descend on me – are you the same?) I am away in France at the moment and hanging onto every bit of sunshine and that still means for me wearing bright colours and having bright nails. I just can’t help it … it cheers me up so much. Perhaps I have that SAD disease? Anyway, one of the things that really does cheer me is bright nails and I pulled out my bottle of Essie polish in Lovey Dovey to take away with me.

lovey dovie polish

Essie is a lovely brand of nail polish in what I would call that medium priced bracket and I haven’t yet found a drugstore brand with as nice a brush as this for applying this gorgeous polish with such a professional finish. A base coat and two coats of this beautiful Soft Pink – in fact it is so girlie it’s probably a Barbie pink … and I am loving it. Pop a top coat on every few days and it may last a week (if you don’t do too many household chores!) Happiness on my nails…. Gotta hang on to this Summer somehow.

So that’s it for the Beauty…. a pic of me going out for a casual barbecue lunch with friends wearing a maxi by Oasis and naughty little Penelope in the background taking advantage of jumping on the chair she is not allowed on! Love that puppy xxx

me in oasis dress

Lots of love and have a great week.



Beauty, LIPSTICK, Make Up, Summer


Hello Lovelies

Well I guess a lot of you are on Summer holidays and I am hoping the weather is good for you as although it hasn’t been very hot in the UK (it’s more like Autumn!) I am still hanging on in there with summer colours and summer clothes, despite the lower temperatures! So this week, I was lucky enough to go to London and enjoy a fabulous Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel, and if you are looking for an Afternoon Tea experience with your friends or family, then this one is beautiful. It follows the Mad Hatter theme right through to the beautiful cakes (couldn’t eat them all so they gave us a take out box) and there is even a trolley full of lots of different jellies if you decide to take children along with you. The theme is amazing and the food is simply gorgeous.

mad hatter

So what have I been using in terms of Summer beauty:-

Well what would life be like without a serum? We all have different needs for our skin but mine is definitely plumping and here we are talking about a serious serum! It’s from the founder of Indeed Labs who came up with the amazing Hand Chemistry that I love so I hoped that it would be good. Well they have truly thrown everything in here – in fact 5 forms of hyaluronic acid and next generation peptides to target not only the surface hydration and elasticity but also below the surface skin too and to help boost that all important collagen and support any collagen that you have. Sounds good, doesn’t it?


It’s a clear gel with no scent and your skin absorbs it in seconds and the idea is that you put it on morning and night after toning and before your moisturiser. The effect is immediate and lasts all day and this keeps on working. I am not so keen on the apothecary type bottle, which I presume is to indicate that it’s a serious product and if anything I would have a word with marketing to change the bottle, but it’s rare to find a product that promises results in 5-10 days and these guys have been able to put potent ingredients in and make it available to women in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and the best thing about it is that its way more affordable than some lesser potent brands costing £30.00 for 30ml. Great, great product and sometimes worth spending the extra to get the results and I certainly love it as I need all the help I can get! It’s available in Boots or direct from Deciem.

How much of a scrubber are you? Scrubbing is a part of my beauty routine for both my face and my body to polish away the dead skin cells and encourage new skin and help reduce fine lines, large pores etc. Well have I found the scrubber for you, if that’s what you are in to. This is probably the finest, grittiest scrub I have ever tried (and if you have super sensitive skin then this is definitely a No No for you!) but if you like to scrub then you are going to love this product made with ruby crystals no less!

goldfaden scrub

It’s effect is similar to a milder form of the treatment microdermabrasion and you only need the tiniest amount rubbed really gently, and I stress gently, over your face, neck and décolleté, in fact I even used it on the backs of my hands … and the effect is super smooth, glowing skin instantly. Wow!!! Because the crystals are perfectly spherical, they exfoliate without damaging your skin. I would avoid areas with little broken veins though, like on the side of your nose. They say you can use it daily, but for me, twice a week would be enough to change your dull skin into super glowing skin. This product is £65 for the pot but you are paying for the ultimate in skin polish here …. and one pot is probably the price of a facial to achieve the same result and this pot will probably last you at least 9 months depending on how much you use it. Truly an AMAZING scrub!!

There’s been a lot of talk about this foundation and when I commented on a friend’s complexion and how lovely it was and she said this was what she was wearing then I knew I had to roadtest some! In Summer I like to wear a lighter foundation if I can and just a bit of concealer and this one comes in about 8 different shades, so I chose Bare Satin.

bareminerals bareskin

It’s ultra thin, which is a bit of shock if you are not used to foundations like that and I also bought the brush which they sell to apply it and you are literally supposed to apply one drop to the centre of the brush and then apply this all over your face and it feels and does look beautiful on your face, although I do need to add some concealer as well. It increases the hydration to your skin with lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C and gives colour and makes it look flawless and has the SPF of 20 in it too so it is helping to protect your skin from the rays. Probably not suitable for combination or oily skins either but if you have normal or drier skin and if you like a natural, light, glowing, flawless kind of look with coverage sheer to light then you won’t be disappointed with this gorgeous foundation.

Summer blushes for me are all about creams and Bourjois (whom I love) have recently brought out 3 water resistant ones – so great for holidays. I purchased the 02 in Cocori Corail and although the colour is a bit scary when it comes out you just blend half a pump of the product with your fingers on the apple of your cheeks and blend upwards. Its super blendable and has an even colour pay off, so it’s really easy to apply.

bourjois aqua blush

The result is a gorgeous sheer, fresh colour and it doesn’t melt off in the heat either. They also do it in Pink Twice and Berry Nice and I like the fact that the packaging changes with the colour of the blush so that it is easy to select from a drawer full of products !!! A great little product that I am loving and will earn a place in my make up bag for summer. (I put it in one of my videos) and I found them for £9 on the Very site but they are also available at Boots.


You probably know by now how much I love this brand for both the quality and the price point and so I was keen to try one of their lip glosses. I love ones with a high shine and this one has that with fortunately, no glitter! haha Can’t deal with that look! When you put this gloss on it tingles slightly on application, not too much though and has like a menthol like feel to it which makes your lips feel quite fresh.

kiko 3d gloss

It volumises your lips, definitely,and the idea is that it keeps on volumising it over time, which it probably does a bit, but not to the point where you think “Whoa, she’s had her lips done!” It’s got hyaluronic acid in to hydrate your lips as some products can dry them out, can’t they and I love the fact that the colour is true to how it looks in the tube. So, a beautiful lip gloss that makes your lips look plump in a firm, kissable way! (always hoping!) It’s £6.90 and available in their stores or at

That’s it for this week’s round up and I am wishing you a continued great summer in the UK anyway, and lots of love xxx


Beauty, LIPSTICK, Skincare, Summer


Hello Again Lovelies

How quickly did that week go? I measure my life by Fridays and when I write this blog. This week has probably been one of the quietest ones that I have had for a while, but refreshingly so, as I have had chance to actually think for a few minutes whilst walking the puppies which is so important for us all, as I think about my blog, vlog, life, goals for the future, and just being happy in my skin. I did read an article today about Helen Mirren who on reaching 70 not only said that it was “f’ing awesome” (didn’t think she quite needed to word it like that ha ha), but that the great thing about getting older was that you basically didn’t care what others thought of you. In a way I suppose I agree, in the sense that you lose a lot of the insecurities that can be so much a part of your life in your 20’s and early 30’s and you accept who you are and become so much happier with that. Smiling as I write this …..

So what have I been trying and using this week?

My skin as it has aged has become more combination with an oil T-zone which sometimes I struggle to keep blemish free. You think as you get older that these hormonal problems are over but in fact your hormones are changing so much that it can be almost like going back to being a teenager! As part of a drugstore skincare routine I have been using for the past few weeks I have been trying the Garnier Pure Active Miscellar Water which is for combination to oily skin and sensitive skin so mine fits into this. The other part of my face is slightly towards the drier spectrum and so sometimes I use a cleanser specifically for this but sometimes I am just using this Garnier all over if I can’t be bothered to use 2 cleansers!
Garnier pure active

It’s £3.33 for 400ml which gives you 200 uses, so how economic is that? I just put it on cotton wool pads and find that it is great at removing a full face of make up and for removing mascara such as Maybelline Lash Sensational or suchlike as I just soak the Garnier into the cotton wool pad and then leave it on my eyes for a few seconds. In the morning the Garnier is perfect for mattifying my skin in order to be able to help my foundation stay perfect for as long as possible. So although you think this product is aimed at teenagers, it’s amazing how it all comes back to you. I use this product for a while, get my blemishes under control and then move back to a product that deals with more normal to dry skin, but in the summer I do suffer more from the oiliness.

Firstly think Kate Moss and you think about that “I don’t want to look like I am trying look” and then think Nudes, well they go with everything and a nude nail polish will certainly go with any outfit and see why the collaboration between Rimmel Nudes and Kate Moss is so successful. When I tried to buy some of the collection to do a video I was struggling to obtain the shades in both nail polishes and lipsticks … so it’s obviously a winner. She has brought out five lipsticks and some nail polishes which I shall review in next week’s blog, but I have done a video this week on a Nude look for me using these products so go have a look if you are interested. I managed to purchase 3 shades of lipstick all of which were very creamy and beautiful to apply.

rimmel nude lipsticks

Starting with no42 – the lightest of all, this shade is just lighter than my lips and would suit the classic English Rose complexion, then no 43 the next shade which is absolutely my favourite which has a slightly more blue tone and I think looked the best on me and then 48 which is a rich chocolatey, berry sort of colour which looked quite scary at first but on me looked fine on me and I actually liked for an evening colour. Not naturally being a nudes kinda gal … this helped change my opinion to realise that I might be able to wear them after all! They are £5.49 and in Boots and Superdrug.

Famous more for its hair products than its Body Wash, most people will know the great conditioner that they do, but seeing an advert on the TV, I decided I would try this out and also leave it in the shower for my husband and stepsons to use .. in fact whoever used the shower that week! (could have been anyone!)


With most of the contents used and asking them their thoughts too the general consensus seemed to be that it is really pleasant to use, slightly fruity, it lathers up really well in the shower and leaves your skin feeling really clean (I know that’s an odd thing to say but some products don’t leave your feeling like that do they?). It contains Eucalyptus extract which helps to condition your skin, without the product costing the earth as some body washes are cheaper, aren’t they, but they certainly aren’t conditioning your skin too. I found it in Superdrug for £2.99.

So now let’s move onto Hair, and I am continually fighting a battle with keeping my hair moisturised, as I colour it, and then add to that sunshine (some of you will have had more than others as we haven’t seen that much of it in the UK lately), wind, swimming in a swimming pool on your hols, and your hair can be left a bit dull and dry. So when they were giving away samples of Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo (hence the smaller size in the photo) – I thought I would give this a try.


Within a single shampooing I noticed a difference in my hair – which was certainly softer, smoother and silkier haha .. I felt like I was in some TV ad, swooshing my hair all around …I am always worried that putting oil into a shampoo can make it greasy but this didn’t at all, just making it silky and this is down to the African Macadamia Oil in it. Now I personally wouldn’t be using this all the time as it almost makes mine too silky and therefore flat, but if you have lovely curls or if you like your hair straight then this would be a perfect product for you. For me it’s a little pick me up occasionally in between my other shampoos. Lovely product though. LOVE This.

Moving on from the Dove shampoo, you will know that I suffer with flat hair that lacks that oomph factor, and I know I am not alone in that. Sometimes volume gives me a miss as I have fine hair and lots of it and because I am looking to sometimes glam it up, I am always looking for products that will volumise my hair. So….. enter gorgeous pink can from VO5 with a spray in it that you spray into dry hair, including the roots, then you give it some jujjjjjjj ? with your fingers (that indescribable scrunchy motion that you make with your fingers to give some volume) or you can use a back-combing comb with it to achieve ultimate glamour and volume.


It’s a great product and I am amazed at how simple it is to change your hair and doesn’t leave any nasty residue behind either . For a more casual look I have actually used this on towel dried hair – sprayed it into the roots etc and then dried my hair with my head upside down (this is a great way to get volume into your roots). What a gem of a find this one is.

Now let’s do some loveliness and let me just go all gooey and swoon over my latest Summer Perfume. I was feeling like spoiling myself and have never purchased any Prada perfumes before and I spied 3 of them in the Prada Candy range. Looking beautiful, the 3 of them on a gorgeous perfume podium, I had to smell all 3 of them of course. My favourite of them all turned out to be the Prada Candy “Kiss” Florale. Firstly let’s talk about the scent. I don’t like anything too floral and this one certainly isn’t. Think Peony (OMG my favourite flower) with a touch of sweetness (not too much) and then it’s got top notes of Limoncello (haha got to be good, hasn’t it ?) which makes it a little bit fresh too which is what I like. Apparently it’s inspired, as only the Italians could, by a bouquet of flowers standing on an ice cream counter. You got me here …. Italian ice cream … to die for of course … and the gorgeous scent of peonies. I am there and want to live there … in fact I want to visit that Italian ice cream shop now! You will get by now how I am totally into the imagery and as I spritz it onto my neck, wrist and clothing and one for good luck (you never know who might be hugging you and they will love this!) I am totally transported to that beautiful Italian life … haha I can’t even speak a word of Italian. But I love Italians.

prada candy florale

Anyone can wear this perfume and enjoy its gorgeousness – it will truly lift your spirits on a rainy summer’s day and it’s not an age thing, both younger and not so young will love this. So, ok, scent done, let’s just take a moment to talk about the swoon worthy ? (not sure if that is a word) packaging on this little beauty. From the gorgeous box with the lovely pink lips all over it to the lovely luxurious gold Prada wording to when you lift out this BEAUT-IFUL bottle. I love the gorgeous round shape of it – it feels wonderful to hold, the pink toned glass making it feel nice and weighty too and the lovely gold PRADA lettering standing proud of the bottle. It does look a little bottle of luxury. They certainly know how do design, don’t they? It looks so pretty on my bathroom on my shelf and I am so loving using it and wearing it. Yes, this is Summer – my favourite time of the year.

So that’s it for this week’s round up of Beauty Items and I hope you have enjoyed it. Does anyone else like this Prada perfume as much as me ?

Couldn’t resist this cute photo of the puppies asleep side by side ….Awwww xx

puppies asleep

Lots of Love as Always



Beauty, Body, Skincare


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.)


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.

vit c moisturiser

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.

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.

vit c instant glow enhancer

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.

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.

radical skincare

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.

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.

venus snap razor

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

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

Beauty, Hair, Skincare, Summer


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.

cotswold wedding

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Beauty, Body


Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this Friday’s blog and a catch up on life and all things Beauty. In the UK Spring is well and truly here with the temperatures warming up and we have been lucky enough to have fantastically blue skies on many days lighting up our normally dull, grey skies. Easter was such a lovely weekend with people taking time off from work to spend with their families, and unlike the chaos that we usually have at Christmas time, Easter was a chilled affair, seeing a few friends and spending time with my all important family.

B and H

Becky and Holly had arranged for us all to go on a Cake Pop making course at Strawberry Cupcakes in Nottingham – they knew that I would love it – although my attempts at cake making over the years are nothing to shout about!! As we arrived a little girl’s birthday party was ending there and I thought what a popular girl she would be to have such a cool party … making Cake Pops and then eating them … she would be favourite in the class.

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