Monday, 18 December 2017

Desert Island Beauty 🌴

castaway beauty must haves

Desert Island Discs, in case you don't already know is a BBC Radio 4 programme where each guest, called a 'castaway' is asked to choose eight recordings that they would like to take with them to their desert island.

Music aside I started to think, if I too were castaway to a far flung island, what would I have to take with me from my rather extensive beauty collection?

Not an easy decision but read below for my essential eight Desert Island Beauty must haves:

SPF Sun Protection

I am assuming it is going to be a sunny island, but even it it wasn't this would be on my list.

A couple of recent finds and favourites are AH Skincare which do an SPF specifically for the delicate eye area, and Tropic Skincare tinted Skin Shade for the face.

Face Oil

You can use a face oil whatever the weather, it is great to seal in moisture on the skin.

I find it particularly comforting to use on my dry skin.  I love this one from Luna Kloris as not only is it packed with wonderful ingredients but it smells d-i-v-i-n-e.

Leave in hair treatment

Could not go a hair wash day without using Wella Elements leave in conditioning spray, just wish it had an SPF added but a hat is always an good option.

Lip balm

If you are going to apply one make sure it has a built in SPF to keep lips soft and protected.  I have only just started using one of these this year, don't know why it took me so long!

I am currently using a colourless one by Ultrasun (SPF 30).

Korres make a lovely tinted lip balm, my favourite shade is pink (can be used as a blusher too).

Water bottle

It's important to keep hydrated and water is such a simple way to get the best skin possible.

No drinking out of a coconut for me though!  I would have to keep my H2O in a BKR water bottle - stylish, portable and not plastic.


Hawaiian Tropic body spritz as they aren't too heavy and I need to keep the tropical theme going!


I would want to take my whole make up case of course, however if I could only take one item it would be mascara, as without it my eyes disappear.

I have tried soooo many but have finally found 'the one' EstΓ©e Launder Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara (the one with the gold top) in black, unbeatable in my book, even in the heat - it's a keeper.

Sun glasses

They cover up the fine lines, eye bags and can also double up as a hair band (instant face lift anyone?)

Invest in a good pair and they should last you years.
I purchased a Prada pair for £80 15 years ago  (a hefty amount then) which are still going strong.


So they you have it my 8 Desert Island Beauty must haves.
If you were castaway what would you take???

πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„This will be my last Post of 2017, due to the Holidays my next post will be published on Monday 8th Jan 2018.

I hope you all have a wonderful time - loves ...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

The importance of making time for yourself

Me time

Me time, often talked about, good to have etc, but what does it actually mean to you?  I don't think I can sum it up as doing any one particular activity.
Clarions Body Fit, Clarins Body Scrub, Parlux Hair Dryer, Olaplaex Number 3, Pamers Cocoa Butter, Wella Elements Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Lotion, 200ml Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Palmer's Coca Butter Wella Professionals Elements Leave-In Conditioner Spray (150ml) Parlux Powerlight 385 - Pink Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub, 200ml
It's not just about having some time out to read a book or have a long soak in some bubbles, well that isn't what it means for me anyway, what it does mean I think is having t-i-m-e.

Like you I am pretty busy and on the go most of the time.  I don't have children to run around after (or run me around!) but I do work full time, have loved ones that depend on me and have a generally busy life.

However, I didn't think I was the type of person you could possible say they didn't get any 'Me Time', until I recently found myself having some!

Let me explain...

A rare day off

It has all been work, work work, and various domestic, health and family issues to deal with recently.

When I do have anytime off I always have a list of things to do and usually too much planned.

I was owed some time off work so recently booked a Friday off as a day to catch up with house work, paper work, blog posts etc and have a lie in.  I also had a checkup at my orthodontist.

The luxury of being able to take your time

Monday to Friday I am up and out of the house in less than 30 mins.  After 30 plus years of full time work my morning routine is just that routine, mostly the same and always quick.

In preparation for my Friday off I managed to get my house work done on the Thursday night as Mr Beautyboo had wandered into a local pub pub and wouldn't be back till later.... 🍺   Which meant come Friday my chores were all done and off my to do list πŸ€—

My lie in (when you regularly get up at 7am) was only till 8am, so once dog walking and breakfast was done it was only 9.30am.  Which meant I could start getting ready to go out at mid day.

I had two and a half hours (!) to get ready and oh the bliss, to be able to take my time.  It transpires that this is my definition of Me Time.

The process of Getting back to me

A long hot shower

To help with the morning routine I usually shower in the evening, but on this day I was able to shower before I went out.

It might not sound like a big deal but it is to me.  Having the time in the shower to do the works -wash, buff, exfoliate, deep condition etc all at my leisure, no one else in the house apart from a sleepy dog.

I was so indulging myself I actually took two showers.  During the first one I just basically got my hair wet as I then applied a hair treatment, Olaplaex Number 3, which is applied to towel dry hair before shampoo and conditioner.

Number 3 is the at home product of the Olaplaex range and you need to leave it on for at least 10 mins, and today I had the time to do a whole 30 minutes.

Whilst in shower number 2, I gave my body a really good buff with some Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub which is quite a grainy scrub, too harsh for the face (which it isn't designed for) but great on knees, elbows and thicker skin.

After this I washed it away as usual with Elancyl Shower Gel and then a massage with my Elancyl Massage Glove and Activ' Slimming Massage gel.

Post shower I had them time to properly and methodically apply my body moisturiser and treatments.

For my cellulite prone areas - arms, thighs, bottom and tummy I applied a good dollop of Clarins Body Fit which is an anti cellulite lotion.

I really like it, but don't always seem to have the time to apply it.  I have previously written a review about it which you can read HERE.
Clarins Body Fit

After followed Palmers Cocoa Butter SPF15 - this is a super thick lotion, smells of coconut and has an SPF15.

It take a while to absorb into the skin (hence I don't apply it as often as I should) on this day I put on a thick towelling dressing gown to allow myself absorbing time!!

We have hair and make up

I have a pretty good skincare routine and I always do a double cleanse and apply a day or night cream, eye cream, SPF and face oil.  But today I took time using and appreciating every item.  I gave myself a mini facial massage which included my neck and dΓ©colletage.

Make up done it was time to give myself a proper blow dry rather than a quick blast from my gorgeous Parlux Hair Dryer.  I am never going to make as good a job as my hairdresser but it came close.

A recent find and a can't live without product is a leave in conditioning spray from the Wella Elements range.  I always apply this to my hair pre every blow dry.
Wella Elements Leave in conditioner

Having the time though on this particular day I sectioned my hair, and made sure it was well and truly dry.  I even did the cold shot technique to help set it.

What to wear, matching things ups

I had the time to actually look through my wardrobe and knicker drawer.  On this day, Ta-Dah! matching underwear!!  (As opposed to the normal routine of blindly pulling out pants from the drawer and wearing what ever bra I had on the day before).

It also felt great putting on fresh clean (non work) clothes post shower.

It's Me

Granted after my mega two hour plus getting ready I really didn't look any different from normal! But, I felt sooooo much better.

Together, polished, my mind felt clam again  - I felt more like err, Me!


I am definitely going to make an effort to pencil in some more 'Me Time', it needs to be a New Years Resolution I think.

For me, Me Time is nothing fancy - just some time to slowly get ready, unfazed and happy.

Do you know what yours is?  What do you wish for? I would love to know..

Em πŸ’‹

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Monday, 4 December 2017

The Sunshine supplement

Vitamin D3

Your body produces Vitamin D naturally by the action of sunlight on the skin.  However, if you are serious about skincare you are more than likely applying a daily sunscreen and I personally use a hefty SPF50 all year round (on my face).

Add to this I am in my 40's (but only for a few more months) plus I am currently wearing braces (Invisalign), so my teeth are moving which means the bones are changing shape.

Excluding sunshine, good natural sources of Vitamin D are:
  • oily fish
  • red meat
  • liver
  • fortified foods
or you can take a supplement.

I am not quite a vegetarian I eat chicken about once a week but nothing with four legs πŸ– or anything that swims 🐟!

I began to wonder, Could I be at risk of not getting enough Vitamin D?

After some research I decided I should take Vitamin D and went for D3 in liquid form as it seemed like an easier option than a pill.

Nature's Garden Vitamin D3

I purchased this liquid form of Vitamin D3 from Holland & Barrett, however I am sure you can get it elsewhere i.e. Amazon.

It is an orange flavoured liquid, the ingredients are quite simple and no added sugar.

Directions state you can take it neat or dilute it.

The flavour is of orange but it is very very subtle, I was expecting an orange coloured liquid but it is actually clear, so no added colouring πŸ‘

I took it first off in water and could not taste anything.  Advice is to take four drops, so I now take it neat, can barely taste the orange, plus 4 drops is a really tiny amount so it is no trouble at all.

How much and how often?

The instructions state take four drops daily.  I have read some reports that say it is possible to over do the Vitamin D so I take this Monday-Friday only (weekends off).

Your body (clever thing that it is) doesn't make too much Vitamin D from sun exposure which is good to know, so you still need to wear a good sun screen.

As I said earlier I always use a SPF50 on my face and  most of my neck (when I remember) but don't tend to use any sun protection anywhere else during the summer in the UK.

I don't tan but neither do I have a lot of flesh exposed in the summer (some people have a summer and winter wardrobe, I just have a wardrobe and its mainly black!)

I think with being out and about in the summer coupled with the fact you only need a tiny amount  of sun exposure (about 20mins) to get your daily natural sun produced Vitamin D, would mean taking this supplement in the summer would be un-necessary.

Therefore, this supplemented routine is just going to be during the winter when the sun hasn't got his hat on.

If you, like me, wear a daily sunscreen it might be worth you too checking out the advice on Vitamin D?

NHS England


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