BEAUTY | the bumper edition

If you know me you’ll know the things that get me excited around the collar … chunky bars of milky chocolate, large cups of frothy coffee and good conversation. Nights out dancing. Bradley Cooper, Martin Kemp , DiNuzzo from NCIS … [ I know so many men]

and good skin care

I guess you can chop and change your wardrobe, replace old pieces with new , upgrade , but unless you go under the knife you can’t chop, change or upgrade your skin. You CAN however use products to improve the overall look and feel of the skin; keep the wrinkles at bay or soften any you may have. Saying that some wrinkles are a sign of a life well lived…I fully embrace my laughter lines.

I love a good pamper and I’m all over experiencing new procedures / self-love . I guess I just want to look the best version of myself .

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5 Life Lessons I would pass onto my younger self …

Hindsight is a great thing … unfortunately hindsight is just that …

hindsight

ˈhʌɪn(d)sʌɪt/

1. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.

At the ripe old age of 47 I’ve lived a very full and eventful life . There have been amazing highs and devastating lows. I fell in love far too easily and in the process I kissed a lot of frogs ; turns out they don’t all turn into Princes.

While I’ve had a blast I’ve also made ALOT of mistakes and although I don’t think you should ever have regrets I do have a couple. Not taking the opportunity to audition for the weather girl position at my local TV station being one of them.

Which led me to reminisce ; muse about life [as you do] I have no complaints but if I had done things differently where would life have taken me? If I had the chance to talk to my younger self what 5 life lessons would I pass on .

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BEAUTY | Getting my Glow On …

I firmly believe your skin is a great indicator of your current health and general well-being . I’ve made no secret of the fact I was feeling down as the first years anniversary of my mums death drew closer.

Which took me back to last year. About a month after we lost mum I had a horrendous breakout. Lots of lumpy, tender skin on my jawline accompanied by thousands of white heads. … and I mean thousands. I would get rid of them but they kept reappearing. The little blighters!

I’m not sure if it was coincidence but just like back then I broke out again. My mood and my skin felt sad. It was lack lustre, bumpy with angry spots brewing under its surface; you know I’ve looked better and at my age I was feeling very much “why me? I’m 47 and suffered all my life. Go bloody away” I came to the conclusion that my skin had gone into mourning and it needed some TLC …

As I often review Beauty products it’s not unusual for me to chop and swap my products around. I had not changed anything drastically so couldn’t even blame that

I decided the best thing to do was to pair my routine right back, look into supplements and go back to basics – drinking lots of water, good nights sleep etc.

My skin didn’t clear up over night. I had a few weeks of frustration as my skin seemingly got ALOT worse before it got better BUT I am happy to report that I am currently spot free. My skins looking ‘nice’ and while I’ll never be 100% happy I am pleased with my current routine.

I’ve decided to share the products I’ve been using starting with cleansers:

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BEAUTY | BeGlow TIA

I am by my own admission a self-confessed beauty junkie. I WANT a piece of all the latest action … be that in the form of a product , supplement or a gadget ! Therefore can you imagine my delight when the guys at BeGlow got in touch to see whether I would like to review their BeGlow TIA

Yesssssss please !

SO WHAT IS IT ?

The BeGlow TIA is an innovative device that delivers 3-in-1 benefits: Cleansing, Anti-Ageing and DualPulse Contouring.

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BEAUTY | Eye of the Day – an introduction

“Makeup is about balance. When the eye makes a statement, the lips should be quiet” – Francois Nars

I started ‘Eye of the Day ‘ as a bit of fun over on Instagram stories – I guess I was taking the mickey out of myself. Something I’m pretty good at – I am no slick You Tube presenter! I get questioned about my eye makeup more than anything else ; I’m often asked if I’ll do a You Tube video showing how I do certain looks?! Could you imagine – car crash bloody TV. Insta-stories is quick … and fairly easy. The best thing is it only lasts 24 hours too [ unless you highlight it, that is ]

I start by cheerily singing …’Tracey’s eye of the dayyyy!’ then proceed to chat about the days eye makeup in 15 second segments which is short enough for me to not get tongue-tied!

Oh and despite it being Tracey’s eye of the day, it doesn’t actually happen every day. You know sometimes real life gets in the way , or I don’t particularly like what I’ve done with my eyes that day… I’m running late, or I simply can’t be arsed . It’s very much up in the air – a work in progress

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Beauty | Dermabiome by Marie Reynolds London

I’m laid horizontal in the garden , factor 50’d to the hilt, glowing in the aftermath of an England win over in Russia at the World Cup … and copious amounts of beer. What a score eh ? Even the commentators looked abit dum-founded at full time.

Anyways I’m not here to give you a match low-down and analysis , but I will quickly mention that I do think Harry Kane looks like a rough version of Ryan Gosling . After every penalty I was willing him to start doing a little dance, while singing ‘City of Dreams’ … Harry if your reading [ I can dream right? ] please make it so next game.

I’m digressing aren’t I ? If you read my blog regularly you’ll know there’s nothing new there.

My skin! Let’s discuss…

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Beauty | Holiday Routine

After posting some photos over on my stories while in Malaga last week, I had a few ladies ask me about my holiday makeup and beauty routine.

By a few make that 4 … [oh to be popular] but I thought it might make for some interesting reading and went with it anyway.

First off we only had a 10kg hand luggage allowance each which meant we were restricted on what we could take with us. Nothing bigger than a 100ml bottle and any liquids had to all fit in just one of those airport approved plastic bags.

I suppose we could have waited and transferred all our liquids across into a free bag at the airport. However to save messing around we [ rather Karen ] ordered some gear from Amazon, 2 plastic bags and 5 plastic bottles [ great to decanter shampoos, suncream etc. into ] for £6.00. I think Primark do something similar.

When I go away with the girls, I also know they’ll not be much time to ‘phaff’ or that I’ll get much sleep , so I pair it all down. Simple is best.

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Beauty | ANEW Ultimate Infinite Effects Night Treatment Cream

It was like a sign … a sign that my mum was watching over me. Having been an Avon lady for most of my childhood I swear she sent this opportunity my way. I know I sound like a fruit-bat but I got a little teary.

I was so thrilled to have even been considered. Avon is one of those companies that’s always been around and you trust them. My Gran used it , my Mum swore by it and I dabble every now and again. So when Avon approached me to try out the new night cream how could I say no?

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