Oh how well I remember the teenage magazines of my youth.  Lots of gloriously coloured articles showing the latest trends in ‘beauty’ and how to make the most of our features.  Nothing saucy or racy involving boys, we were so innocent in those days and the magazines tended to hint at more exciting things to be had when we got a little older.  There was no shortage of offers to try this perfume or that eye shadow.  Lots of competitions were entered to try and get the Twiggy look – I used to have ver long hair, quite thick but very baby fine.  It was a nightmare to manage and when dear old Twig became hot property, I decided to have a similar hair cut, having been told how like her I was facially and bodily.  Of course, the local hairdresser could not emulate the right look and I ended up with a ghastly mess.  I cried rivers over that mistake.

I really love the idea of getting showered in the morning and taking my time to apply my body lotion and face creams;  it feels as though this is my special time to myself.  Some folk like to bath every evening and have the same hour or so to themselves.  I’ve always been a morning person and this is reflected in the order I prepare myself.  anti perspirant needs time to dry so that goes on first, followed by the first of my face creams, the anti wrinkle one.  then the body lotion to help care for very dry skin on arms and legs.  Once those are done, time to pop out to the bedroom and do my exercise routine for 15 minutes.  When the last arm swing has been completed, I leap back into the ensuite to put the face moisturiser on – and then some eye make up.  A bit of black and I’m your gal!

This is really the season to look back over the last 12 months and take stock.  Firstly of what has happened to us and the effects we may still be feeling – as we age, there are the illnesses that take a bit longer to shift.  I had the most awful chesty cough, followed by a cold, leading up to Christmas.  Despite much care with hygiene and wrapping myself up warmly when going out for my now more routine walks, I still succumbed.   My task now, having taken stock, is to see where I can safeguard or future proof myself for the coming months.

I have resolved to do my paid work, ie. articles and writing, in the morning only and to stop absolutely at noon.  Take a light lunch, clear up, and then march forth for a short, brisk walk.  This will really help my body, my mind, and my skin.  All very free to achieve!

Whenever anyone kindly asks me what I’d like for christmas, I so rarely remember to askfor the thing that really makes my day and allows me to look as fantastic as I do for someone of my very advanced years!  I do take great care of my skin and body.   I can’t really claim to be so saintly regarding my hair.  A series of unfortunate hair appointments has made me lose confidence in my abilit to communicate to these professionsals.   For some reason I can talk til the cows come home on almost any other subject, but when it comes to eplaining how I want my hair to look just before I leae te salon, I seem to talk a lot of gibberish.   If only I could illustrate my ideas more adequately rather than what I must do – suggest I want an unflattering pudding basin bob!

Well the weather is certainly beginning to show a sea change away from the balmy summer months (ho ho ho, when was this then we chortle . .  ) through autumn and into the dead of winter.  I personally love the autumn months – the leaves on the trees showing Mother Nature at her most brilliant with yellows, organges, firey red offerings.  Then the wonderful freshness in the air when nipping outside for an errand or to actually go for a walk.   I did in fact take extra walks last week when I was helping my daughter out – she has two pupsters that need high energy walkies every day.  Nothing is more likely to spur me into donning the walking boots than those lovable tikes!  These walks have really boosted my own energy and my whole body feel more alive and alert.   There is definitely something in the air when I take a long leisurely autumnal walk.

During the summer months, we often reduce down the amount of products we use during our day to day makeup looks – the warmth and the sun do not always go well with a full face of makeup!  When we start to move towards the winter months however, it is a good time to look at the sorts of products we use daily.  Here are some ideas of how to adapt your normal, go-to makeup for winter seasons.

Primer – this is a great product to use in the colder months, especially a hydrating or moisturising primer which locks in moisture to keep dry patches at bay.

Foundation – good for evening out the skin tone, a foundation can be slightly fuller coverage throughout the winter.

Concealer – disguise tired looking eyes with a brightening concealer

Highlight – Lift the darkness of winter with a subtle shimmer on the tops of cheekbones and down the nose.

We all know that using a good quality makeup brush can make a huge difference to the way your makeup applies, but how often should we be cleaning our brushes, and what is the best method for cleaning them?

Firstly, it is important to know that hygeine is SUPER important for facial makeup.  Think about how much bacteria transfers from your face to the makeup each time you use it!  Yuck… The best thing to do is wash your makeup brushes using either hand soap, or gentle shampoo at least weekly.

Makeup artists will advocate washing your brushes after each use, but for many people this is a little unsustainable and a bit too much of a hassle.  Weekly allows you to freshen up your brushes enough to prevent spreading bacteria over your face which can cause spots and breakouts.

The best method for washing your brushes is to wet them, then swirl in a little liquid soap or shampoo, gently massaging the bristles with your fingers to remove makeup and grime.  Rinse clean and allow to air dry.  You can take the worst of the water off with a towel.

A common theme in makeup trends is to make your features look enhanced.  Something many people want to achieve is larger, more doe like eyes.  There are techniques you can use with makeup which can make your eyes look a different shape, or enlarged compared to without makeup.  Here are some ideas to help you achieve those larger looking eyes.

Firstly, choose good eyeshadow shades.  You will need a light shade, a medium shade and a deep shade to carve out your contours.  Place the lightest shade all over the lid and up to the brow bone.  Blend out any harsh lines.  Next, take the medium shade and blend into the crease.  This can act as a transition shade and helps to create a sense of depth in the crease.  Take the darkest shade and focus this on the outer edge of your crease and the outer-V.  This helps to elongate the eye.

With eyelines, add a cat like flick.  This helps to make the eye look longer.  Ensure the flick is thicker at the outer edge and really thin on the inner corner.  A white or nude liner on the waterline makes your eye look huge.

Mascara makes a big difference to your eyes – use a lengthening mascara and be sure to curl your lashes!

In the spring, we like to look forward to the growth and renewal of plants and living things.  We can take inspiration from this into our wardrobes!  A classic spring time colour is green, offering a freshness and vibrancy to your wardrobe.  Greens look good on all skin types, but be sure to take into consideration whether you are cool toned or warm toned.  Cool toned skin looks better with more blue in the green, whereas warmer tones can carry off more yellow.

Along with green, choose floral shades of pinks, lilacs and yellows.  Add a touch of brightness with white and cream.  Again, look carefully at different shades to suit warm or cool tones!

For accessories, why not add a floral bag, some cute shoes or a lightweight scarf in a co-ordinating shade or pattern?  Be daring and mix different patterns to really catch people’s eyes.