Skincare is a very personal thing; what works well for some may only make others think ‘meh…it’s ok’ or they might not like it at all. And with so many skincare ranges available, knowing what to buy can be really confusing. So, I like to think that the products or treatments that I mention have something pretty special about them so that, even if they aren’t exactly the holy grail of beauty (because that hasn’t been invented yet and when it has, then believe me, I will be the first to tell you) I believe they will give most of us who are over 40, a happy little ‘ooh, yeah, that’s gooooood‘ kind of feeling.
You’ve probably read about facial massage being good for your skin, but if you’re anything like me, you probably feel a little bit confused and not sure where to start. So, good news! on my quest for finding out how to keep skin looking youthful and healthy without spending fortune and while also giving yourself a big wellbeing boost at the same time, I came across this wonderful video by fabulous, International makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who’s worked on the most famous faces in the world (oh, how I’d love to dive into her makeup cupboard…pure bliss!).
You know I can’t get enough of speedy beauty. Anything that makes me feel good and look good in super quick time is always going to be a winner; whether it’s a double duty product that makes skin feel fab while tackling wrinkles at the same time, a makeup item that gets me from blah to bodacious (or just decent enough) in five minutes flat or a fast workout (like this one I mentioned last week). Feeling good and looking good with minimum effort and as quickly as possible is always my aim and so that’s why I’m excited to introduce you to this wonderful little gem…The Light Salon.
There has been a lot of talk in the blogsphere about the lack of representation of the over 40s. Most recently, stellar beauty blogger, the lovely Hayley AKA London Beauty Queen was spot on with her Lancome #LoveYourAge post when she wrote: Beauty is relevant at every age – it’s not the monopoly of the young. If anything it becomes even more important as we get older, as we rely on products to keep us looking our best; it’s not even about keeping those signs of ageing at bay, but embracing a new life stage and understanding the needs of our bodies as a result. I honestly couldn’t have put it better. Thanks Hayley!
What was great about Hayley’s post was that it received a flurry of comments to let us know that there are already some wonderful post 40 beauty bloggers out there * but we feel there is still room for more! Because, with respect to the fresh, funky beauty bloggers in their teens and 20s – I don’t want to read how to have hair like a mermaid (beachy – yes, fishy – no!) And I’m sure they don’t want to read my posts – but you know what? I bet their mum or gran would find them interesting and I bet their mums are always looking for ways to stay looking and feeling great as they age.
I know that more 40 plus blogs are needed as my friends in their 40s, 50s and beyond, have started to put down magazines on the basis that they can’t relate to many of them. I actually love a glossy magazine – well, I would because I write for a few – and I still enjoy reading some. But not many anymore though, because I guess I feel like many of my friends, that the writers behind the beauty features aren’t really ‘known’ to them. They are, I suppose, faceless compared to bloggers who actually interact with their readers and mostly – well, the bloggers I admire – give their hand on heart opinion of a product whether it’s been sent to them from a PR or whether they’ve invested in it from Boots.
I’m happy that many of my readers tell me they enjoy reading my blog and often invest in the products and treatments I write about because they know that if it works for me and I recommend it, then it will probably be a good fit for them. Maybe. And if not, we can discuss it in the comments – or on my Twitter/Facebook and suggest other options and start talking beauty and wellbeing. That’s the beauty of blogging – getting a conversation going!
So, I’ve been thinking about how we love to get real, hand on heart opinions, ideas and feedback from real women – just like us. And it has encouraged me to develop a new series which I am going to call Feel Great Look Amazing: Tips from Women Like Us. For this, I will be speaking to women over 40 that I know, asking them what products they swear by, the best tips they’ve had that work for them and the wellbeing and fitness advice that makes their lives – and their looks – sparkle.
I’ll be kicking this off at the end of the week and I can’t wait to share the lives, makeup bags and cosmetic cabinets of these fabulous women with you!
* If you’re looking for more great beauty, wellbeing, fashion and lifestyle content for Over 40s you should check out my favourite bloggers: Iheartbeauty, britishbeautyblogger, fighting fifty, fortyfiedbeauty, Not Dressed as Lamb, Ginger Mum and Nikki Taylor to name just a very, very few.
UPDATED REVIEW: 20 December 2015
I wanted to write an update to let my readers know that I’ve recently been back for my second IPL treatment with the lovely and experienced, Josi at La Pelle Skin Clinic in Chiswick. This time, Josi turned up the level to treat the hyper-pigmentation on my chest area and although it was quite a lot more painful – think short, sharp flicks to the chest followed by what felt and looked like very bad sunburn – within 4-5 days it calmed down and a couple of weeks on, the area looks much better and more even toned. The brown patches on my neck are almost gone and they’ve dramatically improved on my chest. Josi says it will take another 2-3 treatments for ultimate results, so once I have had these, I will post the before and after results.
In the meantime, if you missed my original review on IPL and all that the skin rejuvenation treatment entails, it’s here below:
Many products that I kindly get sent for consideration to review on my blog or to possibly include in features I write for magazines, always get a thorough testing. As do the products I buy myself – and, as I’m an advertiser’s dream (aka sucker) there are many, I can tell you. Some work well and I like to let my readers know about them, others can be a bit disappointing, so I don’t mention them as I don’t like to write negative posts. Today’s post is all about a great little skin treat that has sent my brilliant beauty buy alert into overdrive…
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!