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
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 feeling that seems to have been replaced by its lucklustre sidekick ‘let’s pull the duvet back over my head and sleep some more’ feeling.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…
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…
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
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.
Sometimes, life can feel as if you’re banging your head against a brick wall, wading through treacle or taking 2 steps forward 1 step back…And if it’s really bad, you can multiply those idioms by 10.
Sometimes, people say and do the most awful, unthinkable things to each other.
Sometimes, your soul withers a tiny bit when you realise just how much hate, anger, jealousy and despair there is in the world.
Sometimes, strangers surprise you with a smile and a kind gesture.
Sometimes, human kindness shows itself as a remarkable force and evil can’t put up a fight against that power.
Sometimes, you take a deep breath in and breathe out the love that surrounds you and you smile as all the negativity gets washed away. Continue reading
Now that my winter sniffles have finally left, my nostrils are clear and free to twitch at the first scent of spring. Ahhh. And as the spring/summer 2014 Mango look book landed on my desk today, it wasn’t just my nostrils that went into overdrive – my mind was whirring with ‘I have to have that!’ and ‘My wardrobe needs that too!’ Now, I love fashion, always have, always will, but I’m not particularly stylish because I’m too
lazy busy to get my act together most of the time – I’m all comfy, doggy walking boots and lipgloss – but when I scrub up, I do so quite well…even if I do say so myself. Of course, my idol, Joan Collins wouldn’t hear of such an excuse – you’re never too busy to be full out glam as far as she’s concerned and she’s right, of course. But because I don’t often try as hard as I should, I need clothes that make me look like I have and that’s where Mango come in – they’ve pulled off ‘effortless chic’ perfectly… Continue reading
It was only a matter of time before Queen of the Divas, our Joan, launched a range of cosmetics comprising makeup, skincare and fragrance. Globally recognised for her 24/7 perfect maquillage, I can’t believe it’s been this long in the making. But it is worth the wait. It is named, like the lady herself, Joan Collins Timeless Beauty. Continue reading
It dawned on me today as I dipped my finger in a little pot of cream blush that, more and more, it is the beauty product that I can’t do without. Apart from the welcome addition of colour it gives to a wintery pale complexion, us over 40s showing a little less flush of youth than we’d like, should never be without it Continue reading