I appear to have been a tad inconsistent with my blogging lately. #beenbusy
What with moving house towards the end of the summer and new product launches in my real life day job, I’ve had precious little time to share my monthly musings and as everyone in this business we call “blogging” knows, consistency and content are key. Is it little wonder then that the one woman and her dog who were regularly reading my blog, have currently gone walkies! #comeback
Undeterred I will continue to mutter away to myself like the batty old woman I’m rapidly turning into and attempt to woo you back with my witty repartee, large dash of self-deprecating humour and the occasional top up of useful tips.
So, September was all about skincare for me.
Transitioning from the Summer to the Autumn means upping the ante when it comes to hydration.
I have a wonderful BFF who I met on my first day at Uni in Newcastle some 27 years ago. She also has her finger firmly on the anti-aging pulse and as a global risk assessment jet setting business maven (I don’t really know what it is she does but I know she’s terribly important, high up in an International company and gets air dropped into trouble zones that need a Liverpudlian Financial Terrier to get their businesses back on track) she’s great at spotting innovative international brands.
Currently stationed in Canada, the home of The Ordinary, I’m now stocked up on a veritable apothecary style shelf of lotions and potions that all come with pipette applicators. There is something strangely satisfying administering skincare via a pipette! I feel like a mad scientist! My new bathroom is currently resembling a science lab and for most of September I have been loving experimenting layering together various ingredients to create my own magic beauty elixir.
If you haven’t tried this brand yet, then really you absolutely MUST. The prices are insanely affordable and the ingredients super powerful and hard working. You might need a chemistry degree to figure out what’s what but definitely worth the research and the experimentation. The beauty press are piling the accolades and awards on this innovative brand and it’s easy to understand why.
My skin is nothing short of glowing right now. Not a pimple in sight and clean, clear and supremely hydrated.
Here’s the cocktail that I am using for AM and PM. The whole lot cost well under £40 which is what you would expect to regularly pay for just one face cream containing any one of these hard working anti-aging actives.
PM: Granative Retinoid 2% Emulsion, 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGG
Weekly: AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
See for yourself – this is a totally no make-up, no filter selfie.
Not a bad result I hope you’ll agree? If you have the time, pop in to their Spitalfields store in London and let one of the incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and super pretty skincare advisers fix you up with your own prescription. I’m definitely going to be adding to my own regime in a bid to hold back the years.
It was also a month of family fun times
I love my family. We are small and close. Not “phone your mum and your sister every day close”. But proper, there when you need us, unconditionally and unreservedly close. We would all do anything for each other. Family is everything and I adore mine.
I don’t unfortunately get to see everyone as much as I’d like as we’re all dispersed across the country, so having my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary was a rare opportunity to get not just the close family together, but also our extended family and friends too, some of whom I’d not properly seen in about 25 years.
What a glorious celebration of genuine love it was.
My beloved Beryl and Brian (that’s my Mummy and Daddy Bear as I still like to call them) had the most wonderful evening surrounded by the people they love and who love them back in equal measure. Such a joy. Sadly (who am I kidding, I don’t actually care but that’s another story) I never got to experience the joys of marriage but theirs really is something to truly behold and celebrate.
An old fashioned love story. They still hold hands. #lovethem #cuttingthecake
It was also an opportunity for my little sister and I to put on our "glad rags" and to do my Mum proud. She loves us in a posh frock. We were both tomboys when we were younger and resembled little scamps running around in our flared jeans and cardi’s, often sporting little paige boy hair cuts which were of course terribly fashionable back in the 70's!
We had two evening occasions which meant lots of outfit options were packed! I opted for my ever so racy lacy red strappy Amy Childs number and a more demure but I think quite sexy Self Portrait (lace again) dress which is fast becoming my special occasion “go to” dress. It never fails to deliver the WOW factor and I feel like a million dollars wearing it! I’m always referencing this label – I literally LOVE all their range. Self Portrait, if you are reading, please feel free to send my ANYTHING and I will happily wear it in all my blog and insta posts!
Side note goes to my gorgeous sister
Through shear hard work, discipline, dedication and diet she has now lost over 3 stone in the last 6 months and has completely transformed the way she looks. I’m super proud of you Mummy Lou Lou.
With a full time job, two kids in school, a dog and a pair of tortoises to look after there have been no excuses. She’s committed and it shows. Love you Lou – you are looking the best you’ve ever looked. All that and she’s in her 40’s too ladies so never let it be said that you can’t having your best banging bod later in life.
Her secret? I could tell but maybe she has a flourishing blog of her own waiting to come to life! Seriously though, her exercise of choice is the spinning bike and yes, she counts her calories. It’s all about finding the balance and working out what works for you.
For me it’s Pilates and protein shakes for Lou its Cycling and Calorie Counting.
As I sit here now just finishing up this post it's October already. I can’t wait to see the back of this year in all honesty. I have one big personal hurdle still to overcome which is rapidly looming on the horizon. However, I’m just back from Las Vegas on business and there is nothing like being in a town where dozens of people have recently been gunned down to bring back some perspective and gratitude for what you do have.
It was a very sober and somber strip this year but I still found time to hang out in a giant shoe! Life, after all, is all about LIVING.
Promise I’ll be back with more regular updates throughout October, so please keep checking back in to say hello because you are all most welcome!