Over 40 Celebrity Beauty Spotlight: Jerry Hall

18 Sep

Jerry Hall lead photo

Can you believe Jerry Hall is 58? She looks incredible doesn’t she? I’m not sure if she’s one of those who say ‘oh, yes I’ve tried Botox once, but didn’t like it so haven’t done it since’. How many times have we heard that line in interviews with oddly Benjamin Button-esque, age reversing celebs? It’s as if celebrities of a certain age know that we know they’ve done something and so by letting us know they’ve done it ‘just the once’ then, despite their frozen in time shiny forehead, rabbit nose lines and the fact they’ve only aged a month in 10 years, we will put it down to their incredible fountain of youth genes. They’re all natural…only did Botox the once you see? Hmmm, of course they did. 

Anyway, Jerry looks fab. Whether she’s in the Botox brigade or not…she’s very natural looking. I kind of agree with her feature in the Daily Mail on Monday about not wearing beige if you want to look good in your 50s. Although I confess to loving a bit of beige – I think it suits me because of my fairly olive skin –Jez is right in that it can be an unforgiving shade and, as we age, our complexion needs something a little more vibrant to stop it looking like a bag o’ dough. The same goes for black which can also start to look unflattering and a little too harsh against certain skin tones. I think once we reach 45, it’s a good idea to take stock of the changes in our skin and hair and it’s probably the ideal time to invest in a colour analysis session which is something I’ve been thinking of doing with some friends. Once I get my act together and actually do this, i’ll let you know how I get on.

I also love the beauty tips Jerry’s mum passed down to her, such as slathering olive oil onto hair and body once a week to keep it supple. I have an arsenal of oils (see picture for proof) which I switch and use day or night, when I feel my skin needs extra hydration. I would like to think of adding Jerry’s full body oil treatment to my beauty routine but I can bet, just as I’ve basted myself, I’ll pick up my iphone to check texts and it’ll slip out of my oily hands and smash on the floor. Plus, my bonkers dog sheds black hairs all over the house and I can’t imagine it being pleasant having to pick them off oily limbs. It will need to be a bathroom only affair. But the new oil of de jour has to be coconut oil doesn’t it? Its beauty and wellbeing benefits are everywhere at the moment and one of my favourite bloggers, Vicki, over at Honestmum swears by it as her miracle go-to product for everything from healing scars to replenishing the hair and skin with goodness. And let me tell you, if it can help get me hair and skin like hers, then I’m all for it!

arson of oils

As for fashion, I think I’m into growing old semi-disgracefully. I don’t want to go the whole hog ‘look at me, my tits are at my knees and my gut is on my ankles and I’m still rocking a leopard print cropped top because I’M MEEEEE!’ No, I’m not that much of a nutjob, but I do still like to shake it up a little with my vintage snakeskin boots and a pleather trouser now and then. Regardless of what my kids think, I am 47 – not 107!

snakeskin boots

What’s your take on looking good as we age then? I’d love to know!

Back to Blonde

16 Sep


Amanda Julca via Pinterest

Amanda Julca via Pinterest

This summer, to complement the much loved Ibiza boho look, I’ve been favouring laissez faire hair – namely, sunkissed, beachy waves that look relaxed and glam and give the impression that you haven’t tried too try hard. Well, that’s what it might look like, but I can’t tell you how many follicles I have frazzled over the years in the pursuit of just the right shade of Bondi beige streaks! I must admit that although I’ve loved having darker hair for the last few months, I just feel like I’m meant to be a blonde – even if my roots don’t agree. This summer, I went lighter again but by adding scorching sunshine, sea and chlorine to the mix – my newly blonde locks began to look more straw than silk. Thankfully, I’d heard about a new super conditioning treatment that was better at smoothing hair than a Brazilian blow-dry, so I tucked my frizzy mess under my trilby and headed to Town.


Eleven Hair is a couple of minutes walk from Bond Street Station and is very much the typical Mayfair salon with stylish statement lighting, cool music and even cooler hairstylists dressed head to toe in black. I was impressed with the array of beverages on offer from various blends of tea and coffee to white wine, beer and gin and tonic and, seeing it was a Friday afternoon, was tempted to accept a nice cold glass of wine until I breathed out and realised how tight my jeans had become from over indulging on holiday, so I settled for a still water (honest). As I sat down I  noticed a slightly offensive odour underneath the tinge of hairspray that took me back to the days when my hairstyle de jour was Meg Ryan’s crispy permed bob in When Harry Met Sally. I looked around to spot the culprit with the bubble perm but there was nothing but sleek styles atop of this clientele.

Just as I was pondering on the pong, my chair span around and I was face to face with Gleb, a charming and professional young stylist who asked lots of questions about my hair’s past and excitedly told me how pleased he was that Eleven are the first salon to have the brand new Japanese Diamond System in the UK because the results on clients so far have been fantastic. As he tried (in vain) to run his fingers through my hair, it was obvious that I am the ideal candidate for this new treatment. My hair is coloured, over processed and, due to over styling and sun damage, not in its best condition.

After washing my hair with clarifying shampoo to remove any remnants of build up that might prevent the absorption of the Japanese Diamond products, it was rinsed and ready for some TLC. Gleb applied a selection of specially formulated deep conditioning products to my hair section by section. The thick goop that was stroked onto my hair smelt fresh and clean and while I relaxed, Gleb explained that the 8 products in the Japanese Diamond System include repairing and protecting ingredients such as Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rose Oil, Silk, Cranberry and Lavender.

For the next step, Gleb placed a pane of perspex underneath each section of hair and ran a hand held ultrasound device from root to tip. Apparently, the ultrasound technology works with the products’ naturally derived ingredients to rejuvenate and restructure the hair from the inside out and the pane of perspex works to reflect the ultrasound waves, locking the ingredients deep into the hair shaft. Finally, my hair was rinsed and quickly blow-dried. I was staggered at the shine on my hair – it was something I hadn’t seen for years!

Although it’s a bit pricey at £85 – you also get a blow-dry and the effects last up to 2 months. Even after washing my hair a couple of days later I only needed a flick of the hot brush and a touch of serum to keep it looking in fantastic condition. A couple of weeks on, I’m still getting compliments but it does need a little more help to look as good as it did when I left the salon but I will definitely have this treatment again.

PicMonkey Collage


Superdrug Skincare Surprise

6 Aug

B. set of products

As a teenager I was able to try anything on my skin without a problem – bargain basement suncream, cheap as chips foundation – no problem. Then, in my twenties and without warning, I tried a brand of face cream which I’d used a hundred times before but, instead of getting the glowy skin results I’d had with it previously, I looked like a puffer fish with very bad sunburn and a bad case of acne on the side. Nice. So, like an estimated 50% of the population I joined the sensitive skin sufferers. Since discovering Clarins moisturisers and also my favourite facial oils which mostly contain natural, organic ingredients, I’ve been able to prevent an outbreak of PFF (puffer fish face) but I’ve always been wary of buying anything other than what I knew my skin was okay with. So, this post is about my latest fabulous skincare find. I couldn’t wait to share it with you but I wanted to finish the whole jar without a hitch before reporting on its results and as I’m now happily on to the second jar, here it is: Continue reading

Summer Beauty Favourites|Part 2

1 Aug
Me and Stressed Husband chilling in Devon

Me and Stressed Husband chilling in Devon

I love August. Not just because it’s my birthday month but because it’s the time when we take full advantage of the warm weather and try to escape the stresses of a busy work and family life by having a couple of lovely long weekends away in Devon. But I even adore the weekends spent chilling at home where we are lucky to live just by the river – and we take full advantage of the quaint riverside pubs as our Facebook check-ins will testify! We’ve been so spoilt this year with the glorious weather and as a Leo sun lover, it has delighted me no end; you won’t catch me complaining that it’s too hot!  So to keep me looking and feeling as glorious and bright as the sunshine, I’ve got a few more fabulous summer beauty must-haves which I promised to bring you in my last post – you can read it by clicking here if you missed it… Continue reading

Summer Skin Favourites

29 Jul


I don’t know about you but I find that the tiniest peek of sun and my skin starts to look a hundred times better. I know I’m lucky to have skin which tans easily – even though I do make sure I slap on the sunscreen daily – but those bugbears like undereye shadows and blemishes in general, just seem to improve when your face has a sunkissed hue. I’m all for keeping it natural and going back to basics with a healthy looking complexion come the summer months – letting skin breathe with lighter coverage and just a few summer staples…

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CC Cream Crazy

9 Jun


CC cream

With the weather not being able to make up its mind at the moment, I’m finding it’s having an impact on the makeup that I’m wearing: Am I going for a hint of a tint to liven up my pasty, rainy day face? Or, ah! There’s a little glow on my cheeks from the sun we had yesterday, so I’ll just need something light with an SPF. Chopping and changing my base means I’ve been trying a few new products and have found some really great ones that I thought I’d share with you – just incase you’re looking for some fabalicious face treats! Continue reading

4 Fabulous Energy Boosters

4 Jun


It could be my age, it could be the weather, it could be mind over matter but lately, lack of energy has been a problem for me and I have been feeling a little below par. Talking to other busy friends, I realise I am definitely not alone and so I am setting out to find a way to help raise those energy levels. I want to get back that ‘let’s do it!’ feeling that seems to have been replaced by its lucklustre sidekick ‘let’s pull the duvet back over my head and sleep some more’ feeling. Starting with these little helpers…

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Jog On – From Couch to 5k

19 May

lisa jogging

I’m not a natural jogger by any stretch of the imagination, so when Best magazine asked if I’d like to write a regular blog about my experiences of training to get from couch to 5k, I had to think twice. What if I couldn’t do it? I’m okay at fooling myself – a little quicker than average walk to the end of the road then stopping for a coffee and croissant because I’d just ‘been good’, is about my norm. But if I agreed to Best mag’s challenge, I knew my Leo pride wouldn’t allow me to let real readers down – which meant I had to really try! So I took up the gauntlet and surprised myself…

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Let’s Join in the Makeup Revolution

7 Apr

main makeup revolution

Since I last posted, I’m delighted to have started receiving writing commissions again and it looks like Glowology has caught the eye of other bloggers and industry insiders because I’ve been lucky enough to start receiving exciting invitations to beauty and wellbeing launches. So, as well as my regular musings on ways to help feel and look your fabulous best, I now have the opportunity to review some great new products and treatments and report back to my lovely readers about what’s new out there that might help put a little glow into your life… Continue reading

The Balancing Act

26 Mar

When I was in my 20s and 30s and the kids were little, my life was a whirlwind of small child drop-offs to the childminder, commutes to central London for a long day’s work in a succession of glamorous, yet demanding, magazine jobs. Evenings were spent catching up with friends and Stressed Husband as well as fitting in bonding time with the children to see how their day had been without mummy. I was working full time – mostly from an office but after baby number two, as a freelancer from home. Yet I still made sure I was at every school event, the kids took part in lots of activity classes and I got involved and joined in regularly on the ‘mummy circuit’ in my local community. When I look back I remember being blissfully happy with my lot and I coped really well with such a busy life; working and having little kids was what I did and I just got on with it.

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