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Anti ageing, Beauty


Hi Lovelies

I don’t know about you, but as I age, the most important thing to me is the skin on my face … it’ s what everyone looks at and it’s not hidden away under clothes. As we age we all develop more fine lines and wrinkles and changes in texture of our skin and for me some age spots too and I also have larger pores now and a slight reddish complexion (the joys of ageing!). I am a huge fan of the beauty products that we can put on the outer layers or our skin to help hold back that ageing process, but I have also been to salons and had IPL treatment in the past to help with my fine red capillaries on my face. In fact, I had one awful experience where one salon I went to she actually burnt my face and it blistered up because she had the laser too high, even though I advised her I had sensitive skin.

So the thought of trying a laser that you can control yourself and use at home certainly seemed like a good idea to me. I have been using the Tria Age Defying Laser for 8 weeks, every evening and then the programme is to give your skin 4 weeks off.


It has 3 levels of laser and I started off on the lightest of them all for a week then working up to level 2 and eventually I made it to level 3. After cleansing you just smooth the laser over the 4 zones of your face (they give you a diagram to follow) and it all just takes a few minutes before bedtime. The only slight inconvenience that I had was a slight redness but that disappears overnight. I have been pretty disciplined about using this most nights (apart from the odd night when I have just been ill or so shattered that I just collapsed in bed!) The laser sends messages into the lower layers of your skin and gives the cells a good kick up the backside so to speak and encourages them to renew and create new cells and collagen which as we all know is what helps your skin to look younger and also more plumped up.


So how have I found it? Well certainly some of my very fine lines seem to have diminished and my pores do seem to be a bit smaller and most of all my complexion seems much more even which makes me so happy. I have to say the redness on my cheeks and chin seem to be all calming down as well. Overall I am really pleased with it and feel that I will probably be using this for the rest of my life lol!!!! although I think the battery lasts about 3 years. This product needs discipline! and needs good long term use to let it work at its best. It comes at a price (the cheapest I saw it for was £442), which I know seems like such a lot to shell out for a product, but this is a laser and it will last you for years and certainly has given me some amazing benefits, and compared to a salon is literally a lot lot cheaper. But most of all, some skincare products are so expensive and will never be able to achieve the same results as this laser .. and yet people spend a fortune on their skincare. I am certainly going to be a lifelong fan of this and probably even using it in the old folks home when I am 90!!! I will have the best skin of everyone lol!!!!

Click Tria Beauty for more information.


Oh my gosh …. the rain!!!!! The rain has been so awful in June here in the UK, hasn’t it and we are set to have the wettest June on record. So as I look down at my arms and body, it makes me a little bit happier, a little bit brighter if my body has some tan on it. Everything looks better with a slight tan, doesn’t it? One of the problems that I sometimes have with a body self tanner though is whether I can put my moisturiser on before it, or after it, and so products like the Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for my body are a game changer. It comes in a 30ml bottle which says it lasts for 3 months and the idea is that for a gradual tan ( someone who doesn’t use much tan) puts say 2 drops in with the moisturiser on their hand and rubs that into their body to add a bit of warmth and radiance to their body and then probably tops this up every 4 days.


If however, you are someone like me who likes self tan on in the summer then I applied it daily for a week in my moisturiser (I am currently using Garnier Oil infused Restoring Lotion) and then this combination gives me that “I am fresh back from a bit of a break in Ibiza” look …. and I top it up every 3 days.


Love that it is so easy and that there is no smell to it, which again is great for sensitive skin too and that there are no orangey tones or streaks meaning that you can customise your beautiful tan. Possibly the best thing of all though is that you can put this into whichever moisturiser you feel like using at the time, meaning no dry or dehydrated skin which can sometimes happen to me when I use other self tanners.

Plus I can easily take this on holiday too to start off with a bit of colour. The cheapest I found it was £20.80 online.

Thats it my lovelies. Please comment below if any of you have used the Tria Laser over a long period of time.

With love …… Gill xxxxx

Anti ageing, Beauty


Hello Lovelies

Welcome to this week’s blog and update on my life and beauty! This last week I had some lovely friends over for dinner on the Saturday night and enjoyed doing lots of cooking, which I often don’t have the time to do (as I am sure you find too) .. but it was fun to be able to plan a really lovely meal and make some gorgeous food for my friends. I always so appreciate anything anyone makes for me as I understand the time and effort that goes into creating food for friends. This is a little photo of one of the desserts that I made which was actually Mary Berry’s chocolate mousse and I served it in some Royal Albert china cups which I actually borrowed from Becky. I thought that it was a cute idea to serve them like this and the mousse tasted really amazing (I love chocolate), but wasn’t too much for a dessert.


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

Everyone knows the iconic YSL Touche Eclat and how that changed how we highlight today and YSL have now reformulated their foundation with a fantastic improvement I would say. I must confess that I really didn’t get on with the first foundation they brought out as I found it too dewy and oily for my more mature skin and so was slightly cautious about trying the new formulation, but I was able to obtain a tester from Debenhams when they first came out and got matched up for the Spring/Summer with BR40. They have a fantastic range of 22 shades and the B stands for Beige and the R for rose, being perfect for a slightly pinky toned skin like mine. In the winter I would probably drop back to a BR30. The promise is to give that fresh faced look of 8 hours sleep using catchlight technology, anti fatigue complex and lots of ingredients including vitamin E to help the skin be less tired. I really love a foundation that actually helps the skin too. As we age we need more and more help evening out the tone and brightening it so I was keen to try this.


This foundation is designed to give more intense coverage than the previous one, as well as looking and feeling light and natural which is certainly what I am looking for. The main problem area for me is covering redness and I found that it did this beautifully and that I barely needed much concealer – I did use an under eye concealer but even without it the YSL did a great job of brightening that area. So it evened out my redness (yaaay!) and I only added powder down my t-zone and slightly onto my cheeks where my pores are larger now. I love the slight glow that it gives you (it’s not too much) and with the increased coverage, and lasting longer than the previous one, it’s perfect when you want that flawless look. This is my latest go-to foundation and I am loving it. Ooh and I apply it with a brush. You could use a beauty blender but I sometimes find that uses more product and with this being quite an expensive foundation, then you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible! I got mine at Debenhams for £29.25

ysl top shot

What a gem of a find this is? How much do I love a product that does more than one thing? And one that is great to carry around in your handbag for touch ups at in that late afternoon time slot before you are going out after work for drinks with friends ???

EL perfectionist

This product claims to be “youth infusing” .. oh yes lets have some of that! with a corrector/concealer at one end and a brightening serum at the other. I swipe the creamy concealer end under my eyes and find it conceals any dark circles that I have and then gently blend that in with my warm fingers and love that it is really hydrating for that delicate under eye area and that the concealer is really long wearing too. It is a lovely really lightweight concealer too and comes in some great shades. I also use it on areas of redness or any odd spot that I might have.

ysl perfectionist1

Then I take the brightening serum end and apply this on my eye socket bone and take that out to the side of the eyes. The serum is lovely to apply and helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and it has colour correcting optics in it which again help to even out skintone and brighten any shadowy areas that I may have.

el perfectionist 2

Although called a highlighter, I would call it more of an illuminator as it hasn’t got as much shimmer as a liquid highlighter and it lifts the eye area and brightens the skin without being pearlescent, which in daytime might be too much.

I love it and literally carry it in my handbag all the time as I find it is an instant touch up/pick me up to the eye area and the face and love the fact that it is a two in one product.

That’s it for this week – a quick pic of me just before the guests arrived last week.

photo of me dinner party

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


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


Hello Lovelies

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


Let’s get onto some Beauty! …..

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

retin oil

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

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

gwen stefani

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

urban decay

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

I have previously written about one of my favourite eye make up removers, Clarins, but the rate I go through it, made me look at a cheaper version and this one was from Boots. It comes in a see through bottle and is a mix between miscellar water and an oil cleanser but you do need to shake it to mix the contents together as otherwise it might not be as effective.

no 7

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

Have a lovely week. My love as always.




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


Positive Thinking

My Top Tips for How I am Going to Stay Happy and Healthy in January and the rest of 2016!

Hello Lovelies

It’s been a while since I have blogged and I must confess I have actually enjoyed a lovely break at Christmas and New Year and spent time with family and friends and for me it is a time to reflect on the past year and also to re-evaluate what I am happy with in my life and what, if anything, I need to maybe change. (Sometimes, that isn’t always possible). All the people around me set New Year Resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but I tend to hold off a bit and see what I think is achievable and possible to do and so by a couple of weeks into January instead of feeling like I have set goals that I can’t achieve, and give up on them, I am hopefully easing myself into my new goals and feeling like I can stick to them and the reasons why.

Christmas was amazing and incredibly busy for us as a family, wanting to spend time with my own two daughters and then my husband’s 3 children as well as spending a lovely Christmas breakfast with special friends to start the day off just right. Then it was continual feasting and present opening until we were exhausted to the point of bursting at the end of the day. But oh how I love it and I know I have said in the past that the most important Christmas present that I can have is spending time with family.

girls xmas and me

We were then lucky enough to be able to go to the French Alps on Boxing Day and chill out after a chaotic build up to Christmas seeing everyone and present swapping. There hasn’t been that much snow in the French Alps and so the skiing was poor for the first few days that we were there, but that gave us all the more time to spend time together in the chalet, chatting, playing games and watching box sets of TV that we had taken out with us (this time it was the turn of the series Intelligence which I must say was brilliant!) I never normally have this sort of time to be able to do this, as I am sure if you are reading this, then you probably feel the same way, so it takes a slot in my magic memory banks and hopefully stays there forever.

girls skiing on lift

I am not a great skier, I am ok , probably intermediate standard but I just love being in the mountains and in the snow (when it eventually fell) but probably one of the greatest gifts that a holiday gives you is that time for reflection … so what are my hopes, thoughts for 2016?

1. HEALTH – perhaps the most important of them all. I have lost some special family members over the last few years and a special friend too and it really does keep on reminding you that we are only here temporarily and personally I want to be here as long as possible! January is a tough time for a lot of people to get through, after the expenses and excesses of Christmas everything seems to feel a bit dull and the weather is generally so much colder so that we stay indoors more and for some people it can be incredibly lonely. For me it is absolutely essential for my mental and physical wellbeing that I keep exercising – above anything else this makes me feel better and although I don’t do that much, probably about 40 mins 5 times a week of exercising and that is at about 75 per cent of my heart rate (I always use a heart rate monitor) so it’s not crazy stuff and I am lucky enough to have a tread mill at home which means I don’t have to go out anywhere running across fields in bad weather (certainly not my style anyway!!) It’s true that after exercise you get these amazing endorphins whizzing around your body and you can tackle anything life throws at you.

I also try and eat as healthily as I can and I am trying to cut down a little bit on alcohol in January (not that I drink a lot anyway), but found myself in the run up to Christmas just drinking most days purely because of the socialising. And I try and eat plenty of fresh protein, vegetables and fruit, but I do have chocolate, in fact I had quite a bit for Christmas that I am eating up, and find that actually some dark evenings, a bit of chocolate cheers me up!!!
2. VITAMINS – I do take vitamins, as I think particularly as you get older and are not burning off as many calories, it’s hard to take onboard the amounts of food of the correct variety to give you your daily nutrients. The right nutrients are so important to keep us healthy and I take various vitamins and particularly in the winter Vitamin C, which I take daily in the effervescent tablet form, to help with my immunity and fight off colds, I also take a spoonful of local honey every morning on my porridge. Perhaps the most important one for me, that I take, and have taken for years is Cod Liver Oil. My parents always used to take this and I was given this every day as a child!

seven seas cod liver oil

The one that I really like and use at the moment is the Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil in the Extra High Strength as I figure I need all the help I can get with the High Strength as I get older. It has been scientifically proven that Cod Liver Oil is such a rich source of the essential Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that we need to help with the normal heart, vision and brain functions, so I consider that pretty high up on my list! I take one of these in the morning ….

3. TRAVEL MORE! – Even if it’s just a weekend away every now and then we all need something to look forward to and in particular, January is a great time to plan one of these or an annual holiday. There is something so exciting about putting all the plans together and travel for me is one of the best things that I can do in life. I have been lucky enough to travel with my husband, but also love time away with my daughters and I am so looking forward to going to Ibiza this year (not the clubs I hasten to add!)


with a friend who lost her husband last year and so I suggested to her that we go there as I have never been there before and she and her husband used to go there every year, and she can show me around. She is so so excited about it … and it gives her something to look forward to as well. One of the things my Mum used to say to me was “You don’t remember how many times you dusted the skirting boards …. you remember the places you went and the people you went with” … and I am carrying on her zest for life.

4. SPRING CLEAN! (Where did that one come from!)
I am probably the only one that does this, but I like to plan at the beginning of the year what I hope to be able to change or do in the house …. does this bedroom need decorating this year etc and should I bother updating the dining room and turn it into an office ….. or should I just leave it another year as a room which is never used lol!!! Houses seem to need continual maintenance, don’t they? and it’s an area that I don’t think I am very good at and definitely need to work on some more inspiration for that …so January might be spent looking at Pinterest!

dining room

And if you are not familiar with the site you are missing out. Have a look at it … there are all sorts of sections of interest and once I found it I have become hooked .. it’s a way to plan and cheer yourself up through January. (Hasten to add the picture above is not my dining room – it’s from Pinterest, but dreaming … it’s probably the dining room I would have). Have a lot of fun dreaming and planning for 2016.

Lots of Love

Gill xxxx

Beauty, Body


Hello Lovelies

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

xmas tree

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


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


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

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

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

charlotte super model

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

tube of charlotte

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

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


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

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

See you in 2016!!!

Lots of Love

Gill xxxxx

Hair, Skincare


Hi Lovelies

Welcome back to this week’s blog and as everything hots up for Christmas Becky and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days in London mainly for meetings but we did get chance to window shop in Harrods and visit Oxford Street with the beautiful Christmas lights.  I know a lot of people have stayed away from London because of what happened in Paris, but I just feel like we have to carry on with our lives and so we carried on with our plans.  One of the treats that we had after feeling pretty tired from bag carrying and Christmas shopping was that we visited the amazing luxury BeautyBAR by Clarins which is in John Lewis on Oxford Street but just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the store and London, to the side of the Clarins counter.

Clarins Beauty bar

The fantastic idea behind this is that you can have 30 minute treatments to quickly help you resolve whatever your beauty skin issue.  I had the amazing Revital Eyes as my eyes were just feeling so tired from London and after 30 minutes I left feeling brightened and tightened and refreshed.  Your hands get a lovely treatment in this one and there’s also a mini massage too!  I loved it and it’s only£25.  The best bit for me is that they put some make up back onto you so you can go back into the store and carry on shopping … you don’t feel too barefaced … if you are not comfortable with that.   She used some amazing mascara on me too!!!  Becky and I decided that we would be going back for more treatments when we are down in London as it was such a pick me up!


Now onto a little experiment that I have been doing for the last few months between the high end brand of La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum and the high street/drugstore Boots No 7 brand of Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum.  On the left hand side of my face I have been using the La Prairie (priced at £129.60 in John Lewis /£144.00 in Harrods!) and on the right hand side of my face Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum priced at £23.95.  My aim – to find out if it worth spending all that money on a serum, does it make a difference? Is it worth the extra spend?


So La Prairie’s packaging is a luxury looking pale blue and beautiful silver container and would look lovely in any bathroom.  It’s hard to find exactly what the ingredients are in La Prairie but it claims to be loaded with antioxidants and cell communicating ingredients to reproduce the look of healthy skin and the actual serum did make my skin feel soft and silky when applied.  The bottle would probably last you nearly a year and it is scented, but I didn’t mind that and I had no sensitive reaction to the product.

Boots No 7 protect

Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum claims to target and tackle fine lines and that it contains peptides such as the powerful Matrixyl 3000 Plus which is the next generation peptide to help your skin look younger.  It stimulates collagen and elastic reproduction so the results keep getting better with the more you use it.  The packaging is basic, and a tube that would probably last you 6 months?

Now for the interesting bit …… what did I think?  Feeling both sides of my skin and closing my eyes to really understand the difference …. Does the side with La Prairie feel softer and smoother …Yes…. Does it feel more plumped ?  ……Yes.  But how much ????? Not a huge, huge deal.  I want to be able to say oh my goodness my skin looks and feels out of this world with La Prairie, but I can’t … all I can say is that it is better.  If money was not in the equation then it’s definitely La Prairie … but in most people’s worlds it is going to be Boots No7, isn’t it, and it’s  been proven to be doing a great job …. so better to be using this than nothing at all!!!  Hehe …. now to even my face out for the next 6 months by switching sides with the products…!!!!!


Let’s get onto hair now and how in the winter, and also with dry, coloured hair, my hair needs all the help it can get!  Now here’s a lovely smelling oil from a brand that I love that contains macadamia, coconut and sweet almond oil …. ohhh that smell is gorgeous.  This lovely nourishing treatment oil for your hair can be used as a pre-wash treatment or the way I have been using it is after I have styled my hair, I pop a few drops on the top half of my fingers, rub both hands together and then sort of scrunch if on the ends and any curls or style I might have to help soften it and make it more glossy.

dove pure care dry oil

You think when you put oil on your hair that it is going to make it greasy or heavy, but not at all, the trick is not to use very much and if you suffer from the frizzies, then it will help de-frizz!  What a gorgeous, great priced nourishing treatment for hair in a bottle that will last simply ages and ages and I found it at Boots for £9.99.  Just can’t stop stroking my hair now hehe …..

So that’s it for this week, as I now rush around like all women out there going into some chaotic pre-Christmas state as I still have presents to buy, still have wrapping to do … and personally don’t I just hate those lovely ladies who have them all wrapped up by now!! (secretly I probably wish that I was one of those .. but why is it that my girlies just won’t get their Christmas lists organised until the last moment ….Aaaaaagh!) Love them really.


Lots of love and happy Christmas Shopping xx





Beauty, Eye Make Up, Make Up


Hi Lovelies

Welcome to another week in the life of …. and this week has seen me struggling with that awful cold, like I am sure loads of you have been, such is the change in the weather. My appetite has waned (good for weight loss hehe!) and I have been drinking loads of tea and Vitamin C! But, I am coming out the other side and will be back on top to my normal enthusiastic self, whereas this week has been that awful,”I am too tired to do much”, which totally isn’t me. That crazy pre-Christmas season is nearly upon us and I need to be ready for it …. fully prepped and ready to go! I am off to London again tomorrow for meetings and of course, some shopping, and am hoping to go to the gorgeous Christmas Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London – possibly have a go ice skating on the rink there … although that could be disastrous particularly after a glass of mulled wine from the beautiful stalls there at the Christmas market. Fingers crossed!

Let’s get on to some beauty …. and help to say goodbye to that Winter Skin as one of my Holy Grail products Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream makes it to the front of the pack of products again. This cult moisturiser is what shot the Elemis brand to fame and onto everyone’s radar to help them become the huge brand that they are now. Formulated with marine extracts this cream claims to help reduce wrinkle depth and help improve your skin’s texture and tone.


I love Elemis and certainly the quality of ingredients is reflected in the price as this 30ml moisturises comes in at £50, which is quite a price tag to carry. However I often look at the deals that they have on QVC (you can go online if you don’t want to watch it) and you can pick up some amazing savings on Elemis. The cream is really lightweight but is incredibly hydrating and perfect I would say for anyone with dry/combination skin and my skin certainly improves in texture and tone when I continue using this. I always put it over a nourishing serum in the morning and then pop my make up over it. This product is slightly fragranced (it actually smells really nice) and so would be one to avoid if you don’t like that, but even me with my sensitive skin seem to have no problem in using it. It’s one of those products that you need to give time to really see results as well and it just keeps getting better and better. It’s an oldie …. but it’s a goodie.

Don’t we just love Bobbi Brown and everything that she stands for. An ongoing problem for a lot of people is dark circles under their eyes and Bobbi’s answer is to use a corrector first in either pinky bisque tones on purple or blueish circles or peach tones for brown or greenish circles. I obtained the corrector in light bisque.



Its lovely and hydrating and and really creamy so you don’t need much product for it to cover and correct and is probably best applied with a concealer brush and then patted gently with your finger. It certainly for me blocks out any circles coming through. The problem is though that you can’t use corrector alone and then need to apply a skin tone matching concealer which I obtained in Beige and then this has a pale yellow sheer powder with which to set it all, otherwise I think you might have problems with mascara transferring.


I found the important thing was to not apply too much product at a time and for me, because I do have lines under my eyes, I did find that I had to pat it in slightly later in the day as well. On younger skin with no lines or really fine lines, I think both products are amazing, but if you have a lot of lines underneath your eyes, this would definitely be settling in your wrinkles and actually probably almost looking worse. The cheapest price for the corrector was £17.10 and for the concealer was £19.00. Not cheap but they would last you ages and if your major problem is really dark circles, then perhaps you make the decision to show a few wrinkles but you under eye is brightened and you look less tired. Decisions…. decisions …



Lastly onto some pretties …. a gorgeous mini eye shadow palette from Autograph, Marks and Spencers.  Marks and Spencers constantly surprise me with the ranges that they keep bringing out and their Beauty Hall is amazing with the quality of different brands that they stock but this one is their own brand.  This little palette is going to be my party go to eye palette with its blend of lighter, mid and dark shades taking you from a fairly muted look right through to the smoky eye look with darker shades for under the eyes and using on the outer corners of the eye.


Most of the beautiful colours in the browns and copper ranges (but there is also a gorgeous dark green in there with a bit of sparkle), have shimmer in them, but its not over the top sparkle which would be too much, its nice party shimmer which will catch the light and attract attention to your gorgeous eyes.  I am loving this palette and am enjoying playing around with it to achieve some really Christmassy party looks.  What’s life without a bit of highlight/shimmer?  At any age. ….

That’s it for this week and I sending you all lots of love and huggles (is that cuddles and hugs?) in front of the toasty fire.


Gill xx

Beauty, Make Up


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




Hello Lovelies

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

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

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

sunset curing

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

Love as Always

Gill xx