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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and a relaxing looooooooong weekend! I know I did. So busy drinking cocktails relaxing was I that I barely bothered to check my Twitter and Instagram accounts and even Facebook only got a cursory daily scroll through. Putting FOMO (that’s Fear Of Missing Out, mother) aside, I found that I really liked my mini digital detox and have vowed to do it more often.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I am a little bit easy-breezy in my attitude to looking and feeling fab as I age. Yes, I like to try to look and feel my best (as much as life getting in the way allows) but I like it to be e-a-s-y. It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s more that I  like things to be achievable and sustainable – not too much faff, you know?

At the beginning of February I was invited in to see the lovely team at Bodyvie Medi-clinic in Richmond to talk about their latest treatment – the Bios Square Epil Laser which, I’m told, is the fastest permanent hair removal laser in the world and up to 3 times faster than standard hair removal lasers.  I’d been in a slight panic about my woolly mammoth legs for some time – but seeing as the weather hasn’t exactly been leg-baring, I’d felt safe enough. However, the odd flash of furry ankles during fitness classes recently had me deciding I can’t hold off anymore – so, I began to think, ‘why not be fuzz-free forever?’

As a child, I used to look up to my mum as if she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen – I still do! The waft of her Rive Gauche fragrance as she glammed up at her dressing table, ready to go out on the town with dad, the perfect roast dinners she made on a Sunday and her health and beauty rituals such as massaging in a face-full of cold cream before sleeping and the sharing out of spoonfuls of Cod Liver Oil with the family.

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Are you sitting comfortably? I’m about to have a rant!

WARNING: RANT AHEAD…

I don’t know about you, but I seem to be having an attack of the ‘I can’t deals’. I’m just so done with the ridiculous onslaught of health and beauty ‘rules’ that clog up my social media newsfeed everyday.  Yes, I am all for healthy living and trying to be the best you, but 100 Instagram posts an hour stating: ‘mmmm smashed avocado!’ *thumbs up emoji*  or a ‘ Just can’t live without this ‘delicious’ and healthy kale and seaweed smoothie’ *strong arm emoji* are just too much. Purleaaaase *eye roll emoji*.

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Ok, I’ve nearly eaten all of the Christmas leftovers and I’ve packed away the baubles and tinsel, so I guess it’s time to start looking at the New Year with a Feel Fantastic rather than Feel Flabtastic attitude. Having learnt from experience, I’m not one to go hell for leather with the resolutions as I think going extreme just sets you up to fail. And we’ve all written that list, haven’t we? You know the one…

  • Lose 2 stone
  • Change out of dog walking clothes into stylish clothes every day (and by smart I don’t mean ironed pyjamas)
  • Run 10 miles 3 times a week
  • Eat kale not cake
  • Brush hair every day
  • Only drink wine at weekends

I mean, how on earth is any of that ever realistically going to happen in my life? Instead, I am going to focus on attainable goals in 2017 that may not give me that Instagram worthy body I will always secretly covet, but it will give me a healthier, happier outlook on life and that’s what’s important.

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Having a quick scroll through Twitter I realise I’m not on my own when it comes to feeling a bit in limbo between Christmas and New Year. It’s a strange few days isn’t it? I feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland in a weird parallel universe…it’s my life but not my life. Things look normal outside but they’re somehow off-kilter. Even the weather is an odd mixture – bright sunshine, frost, cold winds and then warm patches (but that last bit may be a hot flush.) Anyway, it’s strange and I feel strange…

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Dear 2016,

You’re starting to look a little festive and sparkly – I guess you’re ready to make your fond farewell. So now is the perfect time to have a little chat about how you got on. Thank you for having me around for the last 12 months, it’s been great knowing you, but before you go, there are few things I’d like to discuss in order to ensure that 2017 is even more fabulous than you…

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As I gazed in awe at a photo of Yasmin Le Bon in a recent newspaper article, two questions went through my head: 1. What must it feel like to be able to walk down the street and have people swoon at your supermodel beauty – when you’re over 50?! and 2. Where can I get my hands on those Lumity Life supplements she’s harking on about for giving her back her vitality and bloom since hitting the menopause? Unfortunately, I will never know the answer to question number 1. But – hoorah! – question number 2 was sorted…I found out where to get that Lumity Life stuff!

And?

Pull up a chair…I’ve got exciting findings to divulge ☺

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I’m normally pretty rubbish at remembering to take any supplements but these little capsules came in such pretty packing (oh, I know! I’m such a soft touch) that I was quite happy to leave them out by the kitchen sink so that I remember to take them…well, I’m forever filling up the kettle for my copious amount of coffee green tea. But who needs green tea when you have antioxidant boosting ingredients like this?..

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Lumity creator, research scientist and Cambridge University graduate, Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD, is the woman behind these little capsules of hope. She says:

“My aim was to create a product that offers real, tangible benefits. I thought if we could offer women something that noticeably improves the way they feel on a daily basis and gives them an effortlessly healthy, glowing appearance, they would have the energy and freedom to focus more on the things they love.”

And how was I feeling? Well, I’ve known for some time that my dizzy spells, raging PMT, forgetfulness, middle-age spread, lethargy (I could go on and on) must have something to do with my age. I’ve felt that my hormones have been wreaking havoc and making physical and emotional changes that I don’t like very much, so I was definitely more than ready to give these a go.

Obviously, Lumity is not designed specifically for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms, they’re ideal for all of us busy women, but the specially blended cocktail of nature’s goodies, are certainly designed to address them.

I took the capsules religiously every day, twice a day for a month before I started feeling that something was happening. The first thing I noticed was lack of crabiness around my period! The time of the month came and went with hardly a flicker of the highly charged emotions I’d began to experience over the last year or so. I was impressed and put it down to ‘beginners luck’ but again, the second month and the third and onto my fourth – a much calmer, more balanced and even tempered me has re-emerged. And I like it. And my poor suffering family LOVE it! 😉

My sleep has improved, in that I fall asleep quicker and if I wake up in the early hours, I can thankfully go straight back to a deep slumber without annoying Stressed Husband by huffing and puffing until the alarm goes off! But although I’m sleeping better, I am sadly no more inclined to jump out of bed with renewed energy – the snooze button is still getting more action than it should do. Well, Lumity gets some great feedback but it has never claimed to dish out miracles!

The biggest change in my appearance is my hair. In fact, on my the last visit to the salon, my hairdresser asked me what I had been doing to it as it had got so much thicker! I’d thought so myself but when she mentioned it without me even telling her that I’d been taking Lumity, I knew it wasn’t just a figment of my imagination. Before taking Lumity, I had been a bit downhearted about my hair getting thinner and had put it down to ageing and a fact of life, but it has really improved and so I’m delighted.

Overall, I am impressed. There’s no doubt I’ve seen and felt some positive changes that can’t possibly be just a placebo effect and I’m quite happy to fork out for a monthly supply of these as, when you think about it, at £79 a month (which is the automatically replenish price) it’s not much more than I spend on buying a large coffee each day. And it’s a small price to pay for getting rid of that monthly monster that had tendencies to terrorise the family!

Apart from loving the supplement, I’m regularly checking out Lumity’s website – it’s full of interesting features and science backed ways to make you look and feel fantastic. You can find out more about Lumity here.

 

I’ve got a couple of friends who are excitedly on their first month of taking Lumity, I hope it works as well for them. Let me know if you decided to try it and how you get on.

 

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One of the most exciting – and intriguing – aspects to my week, last week, was my first session of SculpSure – the latest treatment in non-invasive body contouring to hit the UK straight from its hugely successful launch in America. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have already seen me hooked up to the space age looking equipment (and if you’re not following @ukglowology on Facebook – click here and get over there now!). Here’s how I got on…

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I’ve been invited to quite a few 50th birthday parties this year and am thinking about what to do next year when I reach that milestone too. It’s got me thinking…when you were a kid, what did someone of 50 look like to you? To me, someone of 50 years old was ‘almost old’; they weren’t quite my nan – white/grey bubble perm, beige slacks and a dab of Parma Violet Eau de Cologne behind the ears (even though, like most of our nans, mine seemed to look like that from 35 onwards). But 50 definitely wasn’t skinny jeans, converse, leopard print coats, flowing locks, a sprinkling of glitter and a red lip either. Fifty was the lull before the bed-bath. And now?

 

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It’s Friday (YAY!) and I’m bringing you my latest beauty favourite. I’ve actually been using these particularly products since around July but wanted to wait until I’d finished them to give a true account of how I got on with them. I’m now desperately scraping out the final remnants, wishing they would go on and on, so I guess you can tell by that they’ve been great!

 

 

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I’ve always been a fan of CACI treatments and remember that when they first came out – many years ago – they were heralded as the non-surgical ‘facelift’ responsible for the ever-youthful complexions of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston and Sadie Frost. Before long, many well preserved celebrities admitted to regular CACI micro-current facials to keep the dreaded saggy, hang-dog jowls at bay. I recently wrote about how much Anthea Turner loves them for their firming benefits too and you can read that post here.

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I love using my blog to showcase the latest and greatest treatments that can help us look good, the hard-working and effective makeup and skincare, the exciting beauty finds that might not cost the earth (or might!) yet are so worth buying because they’re fab. But even more than the exterior beauty, I like to discuss the inner beauty and what makes me feel great. Because it’s not just about me – it’s about you. I write my blog because I want you to feel great too. I know we are quite similar – that is, we are if you’re a 40 plus woman who spends a lot of time wondering if, as you age, you’re still relevant; wondering if you’re making the most out of life and whether you’re doing all that you can to help yourself feel great and live your best life.

Long_weekend

It’s been a week of ups and downs for me and my family: Job wins, call backs for auditions, birthdays and iffy GCSE results. Add to the physical and emotional rollercoaster that is daily family life, a busier than normal time at work, it’s meant I’ve not been able to spend us much time doing the things I love – like keeping my blog up to date with new posts and getting to the gym. So, this long weekend has come at just the right time for frazzled old me!

I’ve got to a point where I’ve got a lot to think about as times are changing in Glowology World, both with work and within the family and there are some really important decisions to be made that need more focus than my usual way of dealing with things: popping to the local with Stressed Husband and hashing through a few ideas over a glass of wine or two!

So, I’m enforcing a semi-digital detox! I’ll be off the radar for a couple of days but still at the end of my phone for texting (The Teen is at Reading Festival – she needs checking up on!) and I’ll need a bit of Google to help with those decisions 🙂 Even though I work in the industry, sometimes the noise of social media can get a little deafening and you just need to switch off and get IRL (that’s In Real Life). And that’s what I’m going to do this weekend.

With the new school year looming and summer holiday’s almost over (I’ve got a late one coming up though because I’m clinging on to it with all my might!) now is the perfect time to chill, think and plan for the months ahead.

Here’s hoping you have a lovely, restful last Bank Holiday of the year!