I try not to moan too much and like to keep my blog and social media platforms full of upbeat and motivational type content. But, you know, I’m real and sometimes the Pollyanna in me goes AWOL. It was the result of a ‘woe is me’ type tweet, where I mentioned how my skin was playing up due to the adverse effects of living in a building site, that got me a very kind invitation by highly regarded skin clinic Waterhouse Young to pop in for a facial. Don’t mind if I do!
That ‘just stepped out of a salon’ feeling is just the best isn’t it? I popped into my regular, fantastic little salon – The Chiswick Salon – the other day for a cut and highlights that were well overdue – as you can see in the first picture below. I went in feeling a bit under the weather as I’d not been sleeping too well – and came out feeling fresher and fabulous with a definite skip in my step.
Yesterday, fabulous over 40s fashion blogger, Catherine Summers, at Not Dressed As Lamb asked the question in a feature she wrote for Good Housekeeping online: Can You Wear Leather Trousers Over 40, 50, 60…? The resounding reply from her readers was YES, WE CAN! I got involved with the debate on Twitter and threw in my tuppence worth which is, I wouldn’t wear them because I never have, they don’t suit my shape (I think) but I believe my gorgeous mum, who is in her 70s, could still wear them and look amazing. And today in the Daily Mail, there was another myth exposed as writer, Virginia Ironside grew her usual short locks long and proved that, even in her 70s, long hair can look wonderful! I tell you what, let’s just rip up the beauty and style rule book for over 40s and rebel…we can do, wear and be what the hell we please…with cherries on top!
All of these celebrities above look gorgeous and I’m not saying we shouldn’t be careful of entering the mutton zone, just that we should be confident enough to wear whatever makes us happy and feel good, whatever our age. What do you think?
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I like to give a new skincare product a whirl for a few weeks to see whether it’s a keeper and one that would have me going back to buy it again when I run out. So, after a fortnight of testing, here is my latest beauty must have that will be missing the bin and going in my cosmetics dream team drawer…
I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to try some great treatments and products recently and, as it’s always been the aim of Glowology to bring you anything that I feel will make you look gorgeous and feel fantastic, then I’m delighted! So, grab a coffee – or, make it a glass of fizzy – it’s the right time somewhere in the world – and read about one of my best beauty treatment finds of the year…
To say that winning a place on the Cosmedic Coach’s The Build a Beauty Blog Workshop last Saturday morning was one of the the highlights of my year, is an understatement. I was thrilled to be invited along for free to the beautiful – very pink – Indigo room at the stylish Soho Hotel to meet other like minded beauty and cosmetic fanatics. Meeting Cosmedic Coach Antonia Mariconda, was a treat in itself (let me tell you, what she doesn’t know about cosmetic surgery, anti-ageing, beauty and marketing a successful beauty blog, isn’t worth knowing!) Her online presence on Twitter is astounding (she has over 40,000 followers) and to get a chance to talk to her and listen to her words of wisdom was exciting and inspiring. Lucky old me!
As well as the fascinating story of how Antonia got to where she is today – blooming hard work, tenacity and plenty of savvy – we got to hear from Mark Bugg – Web Marketing Consultant, or to me, Tech Wizard Extraordinaire who spoke about getting your blog noticed for the right reasons: choosing the right blogging platform (WordPress – yay!), hosting, why you should be Google Plusing and You Tubing (I will, I will, I promise…) and how to make sure it looks good, is easy to navigate as well as giving us plenty of tricks and tips to get readers looking at your blog and then staying to look around. What I loved about Mark was he didn’t use complicated jargon and he was the sort of guy you could ask a question (our audience asked lots) and he didn’t look at you as if you just asked him if 2 plus 2 equals 4 – other tech types take note – you can be condescending and down right intimidating! Antonia interjected every know and then to ask Mark her own questions – things that she thought we would want to know and so it made for a really informal, friendly session which helped us glean a lot of well worth knowing stuff.
When lovely PR, Jenny Pabila from Niche PR came up to talk to us about how we can build up relationships with PRs I had an inkling I knew her already, and when she mentioned her past career, I realised that our paths had crossed many times over the years. We’d both started out in the beauty industry (her PR and me, journalism) at around the same time – too many years ago to mention! Although I already have quite a good relationship with many PRs because of my writing for magazines/online, it was still interesting and useful to listen to Jenny giving us her invaluable advice – she reaffirmed my belief that it doesn’t matter who you are, or what stage of your career you’re at, friendliness and good old fashion manners will always be the number one way of getting yourself noticed and is the best way to move forward in any career and, I’d say, in life in general.
As well as the fabulous speakers and all of the brilliant advice and personal career stories that they had to share – there was more…much more! The goody bags we left with were amazing – filled to the brim with beauty and wellbeing goodies kindly donated by companies who were happy for us bloggers to try and hopefully review. What a great way of making new contacts! And what with me being the lucky winner of the workshop – I got an extra large beauty hamper! In fact, it was a good job that my daughter was passing by the area as it took the two of us to carry it all home 🙂 And yes, she had her hands in it picking out her favourites before I had time to leave the hotel!
I’ve been trying lots and lots of the products we were given that day and so will be reviewing them in posts to come – can’t wait to feed back the news to my lovely readers. And, if you’re interested in finding out more about Antonia and other workshops that she will be running, you should check out her blog here.
All that’s left for me to say is a massive big thank you to Antonia, Mark and Jenny for having inspired me more and given me more useful advice and things to think about in just a few hours than any other workshop/course I’ve attended that’s lasted days!
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…
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…
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!
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.
My lovely teenage girls
When I read about another young life in turmoil – or even tragically ended – because of low self-esteem or distorted body image, I want to weep. My heart breaks for the teenagers out there who sit alone in their room, scrolling through malicious and dangerous websites and online forums that spew forth destructive words and images which somehow seep into innocent minds, convincing our young that they are fat, ugly, disgusting, unpopular, useless…
Starting a blog in your forties can be pretty daunting. Especially when you look around the ‘blogsphere’ and see that it’s brimming with effervescent, bright-as-a-button 20 somethings who have their artfully manicured fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not. So, what’s a 46 year old mum with suspect taste in glittery/leopard print stuff and a love of feel-good things to do? Give up and say “oh well, it’s their time now, best I pack away my creaky old ideas and get back to the kitchen sink”? Hell, no (although it has crossed my mind a few times since starting Glowology). What is my blog about if it’s not about helping us ordinary, fabulous women in our 40’s and beyond feel vital and relevant in today’s ‘obsessed with youth’ society? And no matter how insecure or unsure us over 40’s might sometimes feel, this round up of my favourite, brilliant over 40 style bloggers, shows that we have something those whipper snapper, young ‘uns haven’t got (and it’s not just hot flushes) It’s life experience! And that alone makes us worth listening to…so read on!
I’ve been so overwhelmed with the array of fabulous beauty Christmas gift sets and must-haves I’ve seen this season that I’m choosing a few of my favourites to highlight on this post. If Santa is reading this, remember this is just the abridged version of my beauty wish list, there is another, much more comprehensive list lying casually on my dressing table…in case you were wondering 😉
It’s hard for me to believe that until recently, this product laid dormant in my makeup drawer. In fact, I didn’t even know that I’d bought it until it had been scanned at the till – Little Teen likes to sneakily pop things she likes into my shopping basket when I’m not looking! But this wasn’t one of her usual celebrity inspired teenage products, it was grown up: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment…hmmm, perhaps she was tactfully trying to tell me something? Whatever the reason, I am now thanking Little Teen for introducing me to one of my foolproof makeup must haves…
Being a self confessed beauty junkie, I usually know when there’s a buzz in the air – a new product or service which is causing a stir among the beauty bloggers and writers out there. So, when I’d come across more than a few rave reviews about natural beauty company St Grape, I knew I had to find out more. As luck would have it, ‘cosmetic Karma’ had already set to work and the lovely people at St Grape actually contacted me first! I was delighted when they asked if I would like to give 5 lucky readers the chance to win a pot of their best-selling, super-smelling Aqua Bliss Bath Scrub. Once I’d tried the product and understood what the fuss was about, I knew I couldn’t refuse such an offer…
Well, there are brows – your every day, neither here nor there, unremarkable strips of hair above your eyes kind of affairs – then there are BROWS – face framing, eye catching, make you look fabulous, ought to have their own Twitter account kind of brows. Unless you’re Cara Delevingne, Brooke Shields or from the ‘blessed of brow’ gang, your brows probably fall into the first category. Mine did too, until I came across my lovely little beauty must have…Benefit Brow Zings.
If you were on Family Fortunes and they asked you to name a popular hairstyle, I bet the answer Ponytail would get you the highest score. It’s a style that’s been around for years and when done properly, can make your 2 minutes of effort look amazing. But beware the versions that give ponytails a bad name such as the much giggled at Croydon Facelift, where it’s scraped up and back so tightly, your eyes and forehead wind up heading north giving you a ‘stuck in a wind tunnel or battered with Botox’ look, or the bland ‘I couldn’t be bothered, I’m off to Lidl’ look, which is a greasy, loosely tied at the nape of the neck with zilch effort affair. The perfect ponytail can pack a punch with just a few minutes of coiffing. Here’s how…
I came across this little complexion flatterer in my September Glossybox and will be forever grateful. You know that to get a place in my Friday’s Fabulous Beauty Flash post, a product has to be pretty darn special, so it goes without saying that my days aren’t the same if my Mememe Cherub’s Blush Cheek and Lip Tint goes
in one of my daughters’ makeup bags astray.
I was immediately drawn to the ethereal name and so was really pleased when the results lived up to it. The tint has a watery consistency which I thought would be a bit drying, but although it sinks in quickly, it isn’t drying at all. Using the slim brush, I sweep a couple of lines across the apple of my cheeks before blending up to my hair line and it leaves my complexion looking as if I’ve had a good, long walk in the fresh London air (cough cough). Being a balm and gloss junkie, I apply the tint to my lips after a clear balm, otherwise it looks quite matte – which is great for some, but as you know, I prefer a little sheen.
The colour looks quite dark and vampy in the bottle, more suitable to a dramatic evening look, but actually, the tint is more like the subtle pinky purple juice of a bitten blueberry – for want of a poetic description! And the price tag? A cheeky little £5.50.
Check out the Mememe Cosmetics website for some more fabulous beauty finds at a great price.