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Try this at home


I cannot recommend this face mask highly enough. Mine was a gift from Gina WornOut and I have been saving it for special occasions. I used it for the third time this morning and when I washed it off, my bare skin looked like I had already applied a primer and foundation!

Let us know if you try it and what you think.

Perfect 10

There hasn’t been much relaxing in my life recently. I have also let a lot of my usual beauty regime go – in the main because I’ve been so pushed for time and having threading done in East London, nails in South London and waxing somewhere else again has been too much of a logistical challenge to conquer. (I would like to make a joke about baby North West here but my tired mind isn’t up to it)

I had started to feel very blergh. The awful state of my hands (improving well with frequent applications of Sally Hansen Vitamin E nail oil), Frida Kahlo-esque eyebrows and currently dodgy hair (I’m growing out my fringe) made me irritable every time I looked in the mirror.

I did some googling yet again for a mobile beautician who would come to me and do all the treatments in one go (apart from a haircut – only Charmaine touches my hair) and found very little. Then I remembered some very lovely family had treated me to a home facial. I found the gift voucher and was delighted to see they do all the regular things I wanted too.

Perfect 10 are mobile beauticians working all over London. Lauren arrived with extra time to set up and I was impressed with how calmly professional she was. She brought all her own equipment including treatment table, music and some rather brilliant unusual tweezers. I had all the treatments in my room while La Bambina napped.

The facial I had was lovely – it included a sublime and much needed shoulder massage and didn’t include much in the way of heavy face masks which I loathe. Afterwards I felt glowing, calm, more balanced. My skin definitely looks better and most importantly I feel better.

They also do all kinds of waxing (their hot waxing is about as pain free as it gets), spray tanning, pedicures and manis. You can buy gift vouchers. Or you could treat yourself.

(As you know, none of our posts are sponsored)

Neon Nails

Or sunny smalto as my big girl calls it.

For years the first hint of sun has seen me swap from my trusty winter grey or French nail polish to bright orange which I wear more or less all summer (with the occasional dark taupe when I am super tanned)  This year though I am moving on to neon.

I had my toes painted in this neon yellow by Essie before I went away.  I liked the colour, though on tanned feet not the pasty tootsies I had pre sunshine, but it took 4 coats to get decent coverage and scratched easily.


Essie Funky Lime

Essie Funky Limelight

This Outrageous Neons range from OPI last year looks interesting too.

OPI Outrageous Neon collection

OPI Outrageous Neons collection

I think I have found the perfect neon though.  I was searching on Amazon for kid’s flip flops and up popped China Glaze Flip Flop.  I love nail polish so had to have a look and wow!  It is a hard colour to get a true photo of. It is a neon orangey-pink (I have seen it described as bright peach too)  It is really creamy unlike the Essie and two coats gave a full cover which has lasted 3 days with no chips.  I am very impressed.

China Glaze Flip Flop

I love Jessica nail polishes and replaced near all my varnishes with them when I discovered the brand a few years ago.  I am quite keen to try their Yellow Flame but for now I am sticking to Flip Flop.

Jessica Yellow Flame

Jessica Yellow Flame

(If these are a bit bright but you fancy something zingy and summery I highly recommend Jessica’s Confident Coral or Mardi Gras)


Hot Mama

Oh yes I’m really moving on from my Granny Chic look now.  Well not really but I have a guilty viewing pleasure.  Actually I have a few but my favourite one is ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’  honestly its brilliant in an incredibly low brow way.   And the women in it generally look pretty good especially Kyle Richards.    So a little idle googling led me to discover some of her favourite beauty products.  And one she recommended was  this  blusher









Its very similar to Nars Orgasm which I used to wear a lot but about half the price and also it has real staying power.

So when thinking of Hot Mamas of course your thoughts turn to Boden.  Well perhaps not but I was ordering some stuff for the children and my niece so threw a few bits in for myself – just to try you know.

So for my niece I ordered this very pretty top







Now I ordered the age 10-11 as that’s her age but when I took it out of the packaging I thought hmmm I reckon that would fit me and it did.









So now I am going to order he the next size down and just make sure I never wear it when she does.  Am wearing it here with the Stella & Dot necklace and that Zara jacket I mentioned before.

But as its still absolutely freezing I had also ordered a jumper and I really like it.  Its very warm and cosy and as its cotton not at all itchy and a lot less high maintenance than cashmere.









I tend to think that jumpers add bulk but to be honest I am just so cold that I don’t care so much any more.  Well I do but am hoping that by doing the 5:2 diet I will soon have lost my winter chub.

And due to my recent success with Boden am now contemplating the white skinny jeans that Kat recommended on Doesmybumlook40.  Because after all – I can never have too many pairs of white skinnies.










Belinda’s Budget Beauty Buys Pt1

A bit of alliteration for your Sunday afternoon….  I use a lot of stuff, so this post is limited to what I use on my face.  I will do later posts on haircare, nail products etc.

Now, I appreciate its a bit odd reading about beauty recommendations from someone whose face you never see, but, to quote the fabulous Annie Lennox “would I lie to you, honey?  Now, would I say something that wasn’t true?”…

Overall, I am lazy and don’t want to spend more than I need to.  On some things, I think you need to spend whatever it takes, so, I go to a good hairdresser for my cut and colour.  But, on other things, like make up, cheap can be just as good as exxy.  So, here is what I actually use:


My skin is sensitive and dry.

Moisturiser: I used to use Clinique, but now prefer Marks & Spencer Formula Skin Care Age Repair Day Cream w SPF 15 (£9.50).  It smells nice and is quite soothing for my skin.

M Formula Skin Care Age Repair Day Cream SPF15 50ml

Exfoliator: I love the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£15.50), which I use in the shower and then just wash off.  It just makes my skin look fresher and feel softer.

Skin oil: Every now and then (not as often as I should as it makes my hair greasy), I wipe my face with Rose Hip oil (approx £14. I wasn’t brand specific, but I do hear good things about Trilogy) on a cotton pad before I go to bed.   It makes my skin so dewy the next day.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - 20 ml: Beauty

Make up

I wear a fair bit of eye make-up and some lipstick, in the aim to look awake and naturally pretty.  This takes a bit of work.

Foundation: I don’t use it at the moment, except when going out at night sometimes.  I have the Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation in Vanilla (£11), which I am happy with, but a make up artist recommended Chanel Vitalumiere for my skin.  When I go back to work, then I will spend some time (and money) on making sure my foundation is perfect – flouro office lighting forgives nothing.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation Vanilla



Maybe later

Eyeshadow: I wear a nude eyeshadow, with my favourites being the nude shade in the Revlon “Naturally Glamorous” (ah, I love a little oxymoron!) palette (£8), and also the Boots 17 solo eye shadow in Ivory Coast (£3.90, although it seems to be discontinued [sigh], so you can get it for £2 here)

Revlon Naturally Glamourous.  Nothing natural about it!

Ivory Coast

Eyeliner: I run an eyeliner along the inside of my top eyelid (underneath the eyelashes).  Quick and effective and you don’t have to apply it perfectly.  But it means I need a soft eyeliner with lots of pigment, so I use the M&S Autograph Soft Kohl Eyeliner (£6).  I have it in the charcoal, dark brown and also dark blue.  And I have also just discovered the MUA eyeliner in Forest Green (£1).

M Autograph Soft Kohl Eyeliner

M&S Eyeliner.

MUA Eye Liner Intense Colour Forest Green

MUA Forest Green eyeliner.  I like to wear it with my Massimo Dutti green edged scarf.  I commit constant matchy matchy sins.

Mascara: Now, mascara I know!  I am a natural wash out (pale), so need a very dark brown (black is too harsh) and like waterproof, which I can’t find here in the UK.  So, I use eBay to source Maybelline, and my current favourite is the Lash Stiletto Waterproof mascara in brownish black (£3.50).  No flaking, no smudging, no coming off during the day, its a wonder product.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara - Brownish Black

Concealer: One of my harder working products, to hide black circles.  I am really happy with the Loreal True Match Touche Magique concealer in Ivory Beige (£8.20).  It really hides my fatigue, and  the colour is better for me than the YSL Touche Eclat.

L'Oreal Paris True Match Tou Magi Conceal I/Bei W1.2

Lipstick: I am a cool blonde.  I am not calm, or funky, but look better in “cool” shades (eg a blue based pink, not a yellow based one).  I like the Loreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in 302 (subtle) (£8.20) and also Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in 128 Starry Eyed (more striking) (£5), each of which performs well, as well as being flattering colours for me.

L'Oreal Paris Lip Stick No.302 Bois De Rose

Loreal Bois de Rose – Subtle

Rimmel Starry Eyed – striking

Eyebrows: I dye mine a shade or two darker, using dark brown eyelash dye, to add some definition to my pale brows.  Leave the dye on for as long or as little as you like.  But, I think that if you go too many shades away from your hair colour, it can look a bit harsh a la Nicole Kidman and the Scouse Brow gang.  Once darkened, I then either pluck them or have them threaded.

TOP TIP: put your make up on, and then have your shower – the steam makes it set and blend in nicely.  I read Laura Bailey does this, and then I tried it and it works.

Hope these recommendations help someone choose or try something that they will enjoy and be happy with!