BEAUTY | what’s caught my eye this month

By my own admission I’m somewhat of a beauty and make-up junkie…

I thought it would be grand if today I compiled a list of my current favourite ‘bits and bobs’ This could then double up as a Gift Guide ‘of sorts’. I don’t really do Gift Guides because everybody else does them … and as you know I hate doing what everybody else does.

I believe the best gift you can give someone is your time and your love . That the best things in life are free … I’ll not start harping on about sunsets again. But hey with Christmas just around the corner … it’s the ideal time and these could all be classed as essentials or maintenance products!

So here goes , for transparency purposes some of these were gifted, which I have marked with a *

REN Sirtuin Phytohormone Replenishing Cream – 50ml £46.00 *

An anti-ageing moisturiser for pre- or post-menopausal skin, designed to recharge and replenish.

Sirtuin is designed to repair damage as well as strengthen the skins natural barriers so it could potentially be great for my combination skin.

Contains Natural Bio-Actives :Rice Protein Extract Helps boost energy release for a stronger skin.

Wild West African Yam Replenishes skins lipids to improve moisture and suppleness to reduce fine line and wrinkles visibility

Bio Calcium – Helps to improve lipid barrier function for fuller and plump 

I was sent this moisturiser a couple of months ago and my intentions were to post about it a lot sooner… however around the same time and following a professional facial I had a major, major breakout.

As I’ve documented all over my social media channels it left me with the skin of a pre-menstrual 16-year-old and zapped all my confidence. The spots just kept coming … You’d think at 47 I’d be over this spot malarkey. Appears not.

Thankfully after several weeks of feeling awful my skin is back to its former glory so I have started incorporating Sirtuin Phytohormone back into my skincare routine. I am advised by my Doctor that I am currently going through the peri-menopause so this cream sounds ideal for me. The peri-menopause can last years before the actual daddy itself – the menopause – kicks in!

Good grief …

I’m re-introducing it slowly; following my breakout my skin has become overly sensitive. REN advise you should use it morning and evening on clean skin , but for the past week I have only been using it every other night. I’ve not experienced any problems, or any further breakouts yet [ touch wood ]

It has a beautiful, light texture which is quite rich but that doesn’t leave a film or any greasiness on the skin. My skin feels plumped, hydrated and there’s no tightness.

REN are cruelty free and vegan , they are working towards being 100% recyclable which during the current climate is extremely important to me.

We are off to a good start !

I will keep you posted how I get on over the next few weeks but I wanted to share with you as it would make a lovely gift.

Ideal for :

Your best friend who needs a lift and is also going through the menopause

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara – Full Size £23.00 [ sample size pictured ]

I recently attended a Blogger Event / Master Class at Bobbi Brown in John Lewis , Sheffield where we came away with a sample of the Smokey Eye Mascara each in our goodie bag.

It’s a clump free formula which gives me seriously lush lashes in just one coat. I however apply two because I like to go big … or go home!

It maybe my new favourite! Dare I say I prefer it over Max Factor False Effect Lashes. I’m just hoping that the brush on the full size is the same as on the sample size.

Ideal for :

Your flirty friend … these lashes need to flirt !

CLARINS Joli Rouge Gradation ‘801 Coral Gradation‘ Limited addition lipstick £22.00

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When Sue suggested I try this lipstick I was abit like “ohhh ok … but they’ll see me from Mars! ” It’s not a colour I would normally wear but one my Mum would have desperately tried to get me to wear / buy. She often used to tell me the lipsticks I wore made me look like I’d just been dug up! Funny how the only person who can tell you stuff like that and you do not take offence … is your mum 💗

What can I say I bloody love it. It brightens my face, applies beautifully and the colour lasts.

It features two colours in the one stick and is very moisturising.

It would make an ideal stocking filler … I mean who doesn’t love a new lippy

Ideal for :

Your Pale Friend who needs some colour in their life!

SCOUTING FOR PEARLS – Ruby Leo Drop Earrings £34.00 *

Ok not necessarily beauty related BUT I love these earrings. I was sent them earlier this year and they are amongst the earrings I wear the most. Little fierce leopard heads in your ears … what’s not to love? I’m like my late Grandma Betty when it comes to jewellery – a bit of a magpie.

Scouting For Pearls have some amazing pieces of jewellery and I am reliably informed there are a few pairs of these still available on the website. Quick …Go adopt a leopard.

Ideal for:

The Magpie in your life

ENGLISH MINERAL MAKE UP – Fairy Godmother £55.00 *

This is another product I was sent to try several months ago. It impressed me so much on its first application that I raved about it … and I’m still raving about.

It’s bloody fabulous.

A swipe of this across your face makes your skin look amazing . It’s as though somebody has air brushed you, and it’s not cakey . It’s the perfect highlighter and you can also wear it overnight as a treatment.

Fairy Godmother is not fairy dust [ awww I love the sound of fairy dust ] It contains millions of microscopic prisms which reflect light. This gives the appearance of fewer wrinkles and fine lines. Jobs a good un.

Ideal for :

Everyone … and those who lack glow

MAKEUP REVOLUTION – Glitter Palette – I couldn’t find this exact palette but this is similar – £10 .00

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a little bit of glitter would it? I recently won this palette via a competition run by @devotedtopink over on instagram. I love it.

I’ve been having such fun experimenting with looks. Who says you can’t have fun with makeup at any age? Apparently glitter sits in wrinkles and ages us.

I guess it’ll sit in my wrinkles and age me then . What do you think?

It’s worth noting Primark did a fantastic glitter palette last year for a mere £4.00 . It might be worth checking out your local store over the next few weeks.

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Ideal for:

The lady in your life that still believes in Unicorns. The sparklier the better

001 SKINCARE LONDON – CRYOpress and Alpha Glow Flash Facial 50ml *

CRYOpress – £75.00

Alpha Glow Flash Facial – £85.00

This was another set of products I was sent to try a couple of weeks ago and all I can say is I love it. The feeling of the ice cold roller against your skin is one I will never tire off. It’s so envigorating [ especially with a hangover]

I have had a couple of professional cryo treatments in the past and the results where fabulous … so when 001 Skincare approached me to see whether I’d like to review CRYOpress I snapped their hands off.

The official line goes like this

Thanks to its sustained cold temperature at -8 to 2.5°C, CRYOpress biologically triggers the skin for an  intense facial workout, increasing blood circulation and continuously pumping oxygen and nutrients to the skin encouraging lymphatic drainage. CRYOpress ice therapy improves skin’s overall condition at its core and helps skin stay healthy and fresh

It’s so very easy to use too.

You are advised to keep the CRYOpress in the freezer at all times, and to freeze it for atleast 30 minutes before first use.

Apply a generous amount of the Alpha Glow to your face [ it makes the roller glide easier ] and then start rolling with the CRYOpress up and down , side to side, zig zagging around the face and neck area for between 5 and 15 minutes.

It feels wonderful. After continued use pores become more refined, it aids scar recovery and soothes inflammation. Skin is tightened and lifted.

This is another product I will report back on in a few weeks but I wanted to mention as it would make a fabulous gift. If I had to summarise – I’d say I’m a little obsessed.

Ideal for:

Your friend that loves a new gadget and good skin care

So there you have it … did anything catch you eye, or do you currently use any of these? Id love to know your thoughts.

I could have gone on but I think I might do a part 2 next week!

Until next time ,

Tracey x

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 | 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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Beauty | Trufflelixir – Reveal your best skin …

I’m excited to share with you a skin-care product I’ve been using for the past month. It only launched today and I’ve been keeping ‘her’ identity firmly under wraps!

I feel so privileged to have been given this opportunity… anybody who knows me knows I’m skincare obsessed and just LOVE trying something new. [They also know I can’t hold my own water so keeping this under wraps has been a little victory to me! ]

It maybe my history of living with bad skin in the past that led me down this path. The constant search for products and treatments that deliver better skin … who knows ? but it’s one I enjoy pursuing.

So without further ado let me introduce you to … [drum roll ]

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Beauty | What’s in your makeup bag?

When Joanne from Opposable Thumbs recently did a blog post on what’s in her makeup bag she tagged a few of her fellow bloggers to join in. Of course I jumped at the the chance; nosy by name, nosy by nature. It’s something that fascinates me. What do ‘real’ people actually put on their faces?

How about you?

Do you want to see what’s in my makeup bag ?

Yes … great stuff please walk this way.

No … you have my permission to leave now

First up I just need to clarify I have loads of makeup in boxes scattered all around the bedroom. Tonnes of the bloody stuff. Drives the BF crazy.

I’ve not featured any eyeshadow palettes ; I apply eye shadow in the morning and leave the sets behind on my dressing room table. You can read all about my eye-makeup routine // HERE

I don’t wear foundation so there’s non of that featured either.

This is the [rather mucky …in need of a wash ] makeup bag I won. Yay go me. This is the one I carry around with me on a daily basis. This is the makeup I tend to wear most days; I use for touch ups when I’m out etc.

All these products have been bought by myself.

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Spring is in the air … oh I could crush a grape!

I was born in December.

December 1970.

It was a good year or that’s what I tell anybody that will listen. I’m most definitely an “ice, ice baby” . I love the cosy winter months, snuggled up close to the fire.

December born and bred.

However while I adore donning big chunky – lived in jumpers 24/7 , sipping hot chocolate on repeat and ‘doing’ everything by candlelight… by the end of January I am seriously hankering after a little sunshine on my [ SPF’d 50] face, to feel the sand between my toes.

To get outside.

Breathe the warm air.

Walk up a mountain.

Explore.

Eat fish & chips out of newspaper…

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Beauty | My favourite make up discovery of 2017 is . . .

I’d like to think that amongst all the products I tested last year there were a few stand out favourites. Products I would repurchase again and again.

I am lucky that as a fairly established blogger I get sent a lot of ‘goodies’ from brands / PR companies keen for me to review their goods. However being the skincare / make-up junkie I am I also tend to purchase A LOT myself .

I like to mess what can I say? Nothing excites me more than getting my mitts on a  product by a brand I’ve not encountered before.

My favourite discovery of 2017 is one I bought myself and only chanced upon at the beginning of December. It was a recommendation by the skin care guru Nadine Baggot . Not personally of course, on one of her You Tube videos.

Stretch Concealer by Glossier- £15.00 plus postage

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Beauty | My visit to Yuva Medispa – Alderley Edge

Sometimes you visit a place and the minute you step foot through the front door you just know it’s going to be a good experience.

This was the case last week when we [ Sue, Julie & I ] made our way across the Pennines for my date at a Yuva Medispa, Alderley Edge.

First impressions definitely do count ; the warm welcome we received from Lorna the Clinic Manager, and the beautiful, stylish reception that greeted us were second to non.

I mean just look at it… beautiful hues of cream and gold with accents of pink and green courtesy of the numerous plants and succulents.

It also smells delicious thanks to the various diffusers scattered around the premises.

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