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Thankyou Clarins and Ffion

11 Apr

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I think the last time I wore foundation make up was when I was a teenager and Max Factor brought out block foundation called ‘panstick’. It came in three different shades and we put it over our lips as well and no lipstick!

Actually I have tried others as I began to notice at work that women of my age always wore it. I tried several brands and shades, but some made me itch, and some were too oily and got into my contact lenses, and generally the whole experience was a waste of money, although I gave it all away, so friends had the benefit.

I had a go at the old powder puff job over my nose to stop the shine, just like my Mum did, and my eldest sister STILL does. My Nana had compact cases with loose powder in and somewhere in the memory vault, I can see a Max Factor compact with solid powder and a BEE on the top. It was pink plastic? This is at least FIFTY years ago!

Okay , I have tried, and still have the brush and box, of Number Seven little tiny balls of different shades of powder, including pink to give a blushed, sun-tanned look. I gave up on the ‘blusher-balls’ as it made people, like me, who didn’t know how to apply it, look like clowns, or worse still, like ‘lively-ladies’ making a few bob!

Anyway, happened to be in Boots in Touchwood, Solihull, and as my friend was engrossed in another counter, I found the Clarins girl and asked her what shade of their new Everlasting foundation she could recommend, as I have a wedding to attend in November! Wahay! And my future daughter-in-law is doing a course in Birmingham, to learn how to be a make-up artist.

Best thing I ever did, as she tried two different shades on each side of my face, and then I had to go have a look in the daylight, and my friend helped me choose. Then she applied the chosen one with a BRUSH, it was shaped like a tulip leaf. I can now see what all those brushes Ruth has drying on her bathroom window sills, are all about now, and, that was where I have been going wrong, all over my fingers and hands, and all a streaky mess.

Then she applied Instant Light Brush-on Perfector around the tops of my cheekbone and then Blush Prodige, illuminating cheek colour under the cheek bone. It looked really good and it lasted all day and all evening. She gave me samples and also recommended that I use the double serum and the Extra-firming Day cream and the extra-firming neck cream, all of which I have been using, thankyou, Clarins, they are so brilliant.

I always bought Estee Lauder Advanced night repair serum and just used it through the day as well and I have tried the face-oils, but, I find the Clarins Double-Serum, is almost like a combination of both an oil and a serum. I really find, as I am economical, that I use either that, or the day cream, but I always use the neck cream, I even re-apply the neck cream through the day, it does work. My future daughter-in-law, Ffion, said “you don’t have any wrinkles at all on your fore-head” but didn’t mention my neck, so maybe I need to re-apply it more often?

As you will see from the photographs, Ffion has been giving me a ‘make-over’ She was brilliant and had brought with her a vast range of eyeshadows and eyebrow ‘stuff’ and lip-shades, and so many brushes and powders and palettes, it was like my son’s studio. She actually put the foundation on her hand and said ‘less is more’ and had the ‘tulip-leaf brush’ to apply it. She did say she had bought, or been given, that brush from her course.

I really loved the look Ffion gave my eyes and my eyebrows; I didn’t know you had different shades of eyeshadows, and even eye shadows for the eyebrows, and a gel to keep it all in place. Lipstick was applied with a brush. I was telling Ffion, that we used to put a darker shade in the centre of our lips, and lighter on the full lips to create a plumper, look and we outlined with lip-pencil, which I still do. I think I much preferred my Ffion ‘lip-look’. It was agreed that we both didn’t like the glossy, glittery lips and eye shadows for my age, which made me feel better about all the lip-glosses I had bought over the years and had just thrown in the bin.

Going out to dinner tonight, so I am having another make-over and off to buy a Clinique mascara which I loved, it is a curved wand, with no brushes and there is a tiny brush for the underneath eyelashes, although Ffion did say she didn’t want me to get that ‘spider-look’ I always have a problem with mascaras and contact lenses. Must dash, toodlepip.

Oh dear, I need a hair-cut looking at these photos; I keep it longish, as I hate going to the hair-dressers, I have enough of my own concerns without listening to the hair-dressers’ problems. So, I have solved it. I don’t colour my hair, just wait for age and the sun, and I just divide my hair down the back, and cut each side, then my lovely hubby evens it all up, and voila’ done and dusted, and much cheaper than all those highlights cost, and the chemicals burning into your scalp when you have to have roots done, and the AMOUNT OF TIME you have to spend in there! I have been to the hairdressers about five times in my adult life. I can’t remember when I was little; when I look at the photos from the past now, I don’t remember who I was. In fact I spoke to one of my sisters last week, and she had to send me photos of when we both did judo, we were in a competition, as I couldn’t remember. I told her, I would keep ringing her, so she could fill me in, on who I once was! I am the sort of person who doesn’t linger too much in the past. Sometimes you have to go backwards in order to move forwards but I like to ‘feel the present’ and enjoy the moment, a glimmer of sunshine through the window, gotta go and feel the sun! Toodlepip! Onwards and forwards!




Chemicals we slap on our skin !

16 Aug

I have spent HOURS trying to get a PDF copy of a newspaper cutting which I scanned in to let you read BUT to no avail; I shall just have to write it out for you. One more try will copy to Word Document! Trouble is I have had years of using Microsoft Word and bought it for my Mac and it struggles to match up if that makes sense? Okay tried PDF and JPeg gonna write out the important bits!

From the daily 20p I(Independent)paper last monthish and cut it out for you. There was a previous SCARE reported, and commented on, actually by the RCOG, in the same paper, about the use of some chemicals in face creams, which they thought may have adverse effects on ladies’ hormones, leading to infertility OR miscarriages and I so wish I had kept that cutting too.

Allergy ‘epidemic’ from chemical in cosmetics

by Oscar Quinn

A chemical found in cosmetic and household cleaning products may be causing an epidemic of skin allergies, dermatologists have warned.

A special meeting is to be held at the British Association of Dermatologists’ annual conference in Liverpool this week to address the findings, which claim that shower gels, washing-up liquids and wet wipes could be resonsible for eczema and contact allergies.

The ingredient in question, Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is to blame for an increasing number of allergic reactions, accoprding to researchers at the Leeds Centre for Dermatology and the St John’s Institute of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Anyway, to cut it short because I only do two finger typing, MI is a preservative and had previously been used in a compound with an ingredient called Methylchloroisothiazolineon (MCI) but concerns that MCI was causing allergies led to manufacturers to stop combining the two! MANY industrial and household products, including cosmetics, contain both MI and MCI. I am really careful now, since my episode with the first anti-ageing cream I ever used, where I was going to return it, because it made me turn bright red and get HOT (I was 53 and hadn’t realised that was what menopausal ‘power-surges’ were like! thank goodness the girl on the Lancome counter was out at lunch!)

I really have always felt that we are exposed to too many chemicals and have always used my lovely slippery combination of almond oil (over- the- counter- in- a- brown bottle at Tesco pharmacy for three pounds ish) with five drops of lavender oil, I am sure I wrote a blog about it?

I have never bought those air fresheners that plug in, I spray the shower and run out, or wear a mask so that I don’t breathe it in, as we are breathing in chemicals very quickly into our systems!

Anyway beware and always read the ingredients, even though it takes HOURS. There is a really good website where you can look them all up, but I have my doubts, who’s paying ’em? I used to have a little saying “Love your enemies, trust but few, and always paddle your own canoe” I am still saying to my children to ‘Keep your own counsel and don’t just go with the flow, always question and find the answers before you plunge and never ever trust the media’

I could be a paranoid, suspicious person, perhaps, but I always feel we have to be in control of our thinking and never run along on those emotions of fear, vulnerability, vanity and sheer hysteria that can creep in when we aren’t looking.

I do really worry about you all out there as you are faced by an overload of information and so many choices and you are so very vulnerable. Take care xx