My family have endured the double edged joy of our mother having reached the grand age of 90. So what you’re thinking, millions have reached 100. In our case it’s remarkable though because mum was deemed to be in need of ‘end of life care’ some 7 years ago. The fact she is still breathing, in absolute luxury in a care home is down the absolutely remarkable but terrifyingly expensive care she gets. All her life mum has been fiercely proud of her red hair – vibrant, strong and wavy. We are a long line of redheads. Strength and attitude aplenty! Although mum’s skin is still fabulous and unwrinkled, due to unwavering application of moisterisers, her hair has now sucumbed to age and she often squeals at the sight in a mirror – ‘oh I look like the wild woman of Borneo’ . This phrase has been with us all our lives – we have yet to find out who the woman was!
On of the ways to slow down and bring some calmness to an otherwise exhausting home/work/commute routine is being able to get out occassionally and meet up with old pals. The problem is actually finding the time for this to actually happen. A text would circulate bemoaning it’s so many weeks since we last met up, we would try to fix dates taking another 3 weeks of sorting. The relaxation part of the equation seems to get completely lost. I have now taken ownership of the exercise by texting first, with dates I’m definitely available and asking who’s up for joining me, and suggesting somewhere to meet, with a time. Yep, it may sound organised, but in fact this is what the busier of my pals actually like. Someone else to be their social secretary. It has breathed new calmness into an otherwise fraught exercise and we all appreciate that precious couple of hours to ourselves. Win win!
Oh the benefits of getting up early, having a brisk shower and then a short burst of exercise. Hmmm I hear you say. Well after years of steadfast resistance to this throughout my formative years, I now realise what I missed. When I feel sluggish, maybe more tired, less alert, aching when I slouch on the sofa, I step up my activity level and wow, it makes so much difference.
I have at last accepted that sitting down for a quick lunch, whilst watching something on daytime tv catch up, is a disaster for me. I get through the salad, or boiled eggs, but then always nod off in situ. I awake an hour or so later, much scrunched up! So out went lunvhtime viewing, in came brisk walks after breakfast and lunch. These actions have improved my weight, but more importantly, I look and feel much more alive and nowhere near my true age. Hurrah!
Although Christmas time is generally the normal time for selection of perfumes and scent based beauty products, folk do have birhdays throughout the year and deserve to be bought the very best present whatever. Knowing what kind of scent anyone likes is difficult to guess or judge. The only way is to be near someone when they’re wearing something delectable and to ask in a general way whether that is there normal scent or do they try something different all the time. You can always tell from the reply whether they are a ‘one scent only’ person. Once you have he name of the scent, it is possible to visit online sites and ask them to give you ideas for a scent very much along the lines of . . . naming the one you know of.
There are too some really beautifuly body treatment sets offering body washes and shower gel, bath lotion and body lotions and milk.
Keeping winter blues out of our daily beauty routine is a very good idea now that spring has finally decided to make an appearance. Those winter days, when it is very cold, very wet, and usually, very blowy also, mean that we must take extra precautions with our make up and hair. The weather does tremendous damage and not using enough, or any, moisturiser can spell real problems for the skin. I like to use a slightly lighter product from spring onwards.
I personally like to use an anti wrinkle cream on my chin, neck and upper chest area, and a light specifically developed cream for around my eyes. After then applying my body lotion from ankles up and over my arms, my face is then ready for the moisturising cream. Then for a quick touch of eye make up, a spray of fragrance and I’m ready to face the day.
In the spring, we look for inspiration in the great outdoors, with nature taking centre stage in our looks! We love experimenting with more colour at this time of year, especially greens and yellows which we might not look at during the colder months.
As the weather begins to lighten up and be sunnier, we should think about reducing the weight of our foundation, concealer and blush, as these can all show up heavily in the sun. Although suitable for winter, when it is often darker and less natural light, heavy liquid foundations are often too much for spring/summer, looking a little mask like. Instead, why not try a serum foundation or tinted moisturiser to even out the skin tone.
Eyeshadow can come into its own during the spring, with light washes of colour over the whole lid looking particularly nice. Pinks, purples and blues can all add a subtle glow to the eyelid, especially when combined with a little shimmer or pearlescent effect.
Mascara is a beautiful tool for making your eyes look larger, more flirty and beautiful. There are lots of things we can do to make our mascara apply better and look even greater throughout the day. Here are some top tips for getting your mascara right every time.
- Warm up your mascara before using it. You can do this in two ways – either pop it in a cup of warm water while you finish the rest of your eyemakeup, or simply pop it inside your bra! The warmth from your body (or the hot water) will loosen the formula and make it apply more smoothly.
- Check sell by dates. Mascara should generally be changed every 3-6 months, as any longer than this can allow bacteria to grow which can cause nasty eye infections.
- Method. Wiggle the mascara from side to side as well as down the length of your lashes for separated and defined lashes.
- Order. Apply to your bottom lashes before your top lashes to avoid smudging makeup on your skin around your eyes!
- Do not pump! Do not pump the wand in and out of the mascara tube – this introduced air and bacteria into the tube which can make your mascara dry up quicker.
Since 1945, because of excellent improvements within the engineering of fragrance development (i.e., substance style and activity) in addition to the organic improvement of designs and preferences, fresh groups have appeared to explain contemporary smells:
Bright Floral: mixing flower groups & the standard floral. An example could be the Stunning of Estée Lauder.
Natural: a much more and light contemporary meaning of the Chypre kind (sounds like “sheepra”), with crushed leaf obvious cut lawn and cucumber-like smells. These include Estée Lauderis Aliage, Calvin Kleinis Anniversary, and Sisleyis Eau de Campagne.
Marine, Oceanic, or Ozonic: the most recent class in fragrance background, first showing in 1988 Davidoff Cool Water (1988), Christian Dioris Dune (1991), and many more. A clear odor similar to the sea, resulting in most of the androgynous fragrances that are contemporary. Usually includes a fragrance found in 1966, calone, or newer synthetics. Additionally used-to highlight floral, fragrances, and asian.
Getting the essential skincare routine established early on in life is important, as it sets you up for great skin for life! Here’s my top tips for getting your skincare routine right for all ages.
Step 1: cleansing: it is important that you remove all makeup and any impurities in the skin before you go to bed at night. This prevent you from developing spots and pimples which can be caused by clogged pores. If you have dry skin, choose a creamy or oil based cleanser. If you have oilier skin, you can choose foaming face wash or oil cleanser which will not strip too much oil out.
Step 2: tone: this step helps to remove any last traces of makeup or cleanser and prepares your skin for moisturising and further treatment. Grat for oily skin to help reduce oiliness and potential shine.
Step 3: serum or treatment: now is the time to add a skin treatment like a deeply moisturising serum or treatment like a spot treatment, or radiance cream.
Step 4: moisturise: this is an essential step for all skin types, not just dry skin! Even oily skin needs moisture. A good moisturiser will protect against the signs of aging as well as environmental damage from the sun and pollutants.
Contouring and strobing are probably phrases you have heard in the beauty world for a while now, but what are they and how can they be used in our makeup application?
Contouring is the process of using light and shade to shape the face. By using a shade colour which is slightly darker than your skin tone, you can slightly hollow out areas such as the cheek bone, slim the nose and jawline. Contour can be used to make the forehead appear smaller or narrower. It is all to do with dark shades falling back and light shades coming forward. The next step is highlighting, which is applying a shimmer light shade onto the high points of the face, such as the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and onthe brow bone. These give the illusion of younger and dewy skin.
Strobing is a similar idea to contouring, but without the dark shade. Through using only highligher, the makeup artist can make the face appear slimmer, younger and more angular. Ideal areas for strobing are the cheekbones, the nose and forehead as well as a touch on top of the cupids bow. These techniques will add dimension to the face and help to achieve a different shape.