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 Do I look 60?

A Saturday meander through Boots skincare department to look for a new face cream that would hopefully iron out some of those wrinkles …. And what an array to choose from. So when I was approached by an assistant with the offer of a sample and perhaps a test on the back of my hand I was drawn in … Like a moth to a flame (sucker!)   On closer inspection a new L’Oreal cream was being trialled with the divine and ever youthful  Helen Mirren as the figurehead. Proffering a wrinkly hand I was massaged first with a liquid serum (Glow Re-Activating Essence) followed by a calamine pink cream – L’Oreal Age Perfect Golden Age, Rose ReFortifying Day Cream. Who wouldn’t be drawn in with the promise of ‘re-cushions’ and ‘glow activating’ ? 

Ever the optimist I purchased in a frenzy,  hopeful that my next ‘new to market’ skin cream purchase would truly contain the elixir of youth. On returning home I headed straight to the L’Oreal website to check out the details … And there it was … Skincare for 60 year olds! How rude!

Anyway I have had it for a while now and have been using it diligently. The serum is cooling on the skin but does not feel particularly rich or nourishing, though it is flecked with tiny rose gold particles.  The cream is super thick and almost ‘stiff’ but moisturises well. The packaging and feel of the products are pure luxury but fortunately not the price… And like so many of these large companies nearly always on offer in some form or another at Boots. 

Results – no outbreak, moisturising and gorgeously glamorous packaging   Not sure I am a full convert and can probably be tempted by the next ‘big thing’ however having now finished the moisturising cream and being left with nearly half a bottle of the serum I will probably buy another of the moisturising day cream as I like my skincare to ‘match’ which is totally at odds with many beauty bloggers who have a plethora of products in their bathroom cabinets which they rotate throughout the week! Thinking what to wear takes long enough, introducing a choice of skincare to the fray would be a disaster!


Countdown to……FortyTen!


Those of you that know me well will know that my age is rather a fluid thing, mercurial in that few are ever able to really pin down my exact birthyear … I have been skirting the subject for at least the past decade however now that my gorgeous baby boys are hirsute young men my age manipulation makes their births a criminal offence so I must come clean ….. Yes, I am about to become FortyTen! There, I have said it (again), the first time was when I started this blog last Summer and ‘fessed up that perhaps my Facebook profile was not entirely truthful (and I have NO IDEA how to change it *she lied unashamedly). My (younger) brothers at last breathed a huge sigh of relief at no longer having to bear the burden of being the elder siblings and all the responsibilities that come with that!


But what does it mean? To most, my ‘coming of age’ will mean nothing but I must confess I am approaching the date (6/6 – I only just missed that Omen moniker!!) with a little hesitancy. For a year I have been slathering on serums with youth-giving properties beneath super rich moisturisers and of course have resisted losing too much (any) weight for fear of my face caving in on itself – nope my body is still very much Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) rather than Melissa Joan Hart (Serena Teenage Witch)!  A new beauty and health regimen has been adopted and paying closer attention to the many Ageless Beauty blogging gurus, has replaced my former monthly magazine addiction.  Tricks for concealing, contouring and correcting – these are my new “Three C’s” and can be attributed to not only anti-ageing skin unguents, my make up routine but also MY KNICKERS!

Mr H passed particular milestone birthday some considerable time ago and sadly there is not the distance between our dates of birth as I have purported in the past.  I did for some time flag him up as J Howard Marshall to my Anna Nicole Smith but alas the gap is closing and my audience less amenable to the idea that there is a huge chasm between our respective ages. To add further humiliation, he is faring so much better in the ageing stakes than me. But there were some inherent changes to him and his demeanour as he turned his half century, namely climbing up onto his own, personalized and super-sized soapbox to rage at the world …. About everything!   And what an assault on the senses that particular joy was as he dropped me to the station in the mornings, rahrahrah at 7.30am …..rahrahrah at 8pm collection time. This particular curmudgeonly affliction, according to many of my peers, seems to be  endemic amongst most male demi-centenarians. On the plus side, those sexy salt and pepper flecks at his temples became altogether more distinguished, his leather Loakes and pristinely pressed, only-ever-double-cuffed shirts looked all the more fitting for a gentleman of a certain age and there is something quite comforting going to bed with a man whose failing eyesight will mean that when he wakes in the morning he sees you in that flattering soft focus, blurred around the edges imagery normally afforded to the Hollywood starlets of a bygone era.

So what does it mean to me, this becoming 50? Will I be heading straight to a Cryogenic regeneration chamber? Taking up the 50-day burpee challenge? Rushing for Botox? Preparing a path to my door for a weekly Gin Tanker, with an artic’ full of Schweppes slimline tonic to follow behind? Donning comfy shoes and having my hair cut short as a ‘Hello Middle Age’ gesture!  No, not a chance! I have taken solace today in reading that 50 used to be thought of as the start to ‘old age’, fortunately not any more, that particular gem has been moved to 60-65 (phew!).  Besides I don’t feel middle-aged on the inside, I still want to read about the Kardashians (shallow, I know!), know the latest fashion and beauty trends, be blonde not grey, dance wildly, drink too much on occasion (though my recovery is closer to a fortnight these days), wear skirts above the knee and outrageously high heels – but not at the same time! Embrace Instagram, Twitter and the like.  And embrace totes amazeballs vocabulary too that will totally make your toes curl!  Grow old disgracefully in fact!

Come on FortyTen – bite me! (if you don’t know what that means check out your Urban dictionary chicas!)

Shellac Dark Dahlia



Order has been restored, following my little toe-op last week when I had to remove ALL nail polish (I know, shoot me now!) I have finally been able to hop over to have my hands and feet re-painted.  (*breathes HUGE sigh of relief)  As Autumn is well and truly here I have decided to move out of my comfort zone, I am usually quite catholic in my nail colour selection , French polish, Red and sometimes in the Summer fuschia pink, although I often regret the pink choice.  So this new (to me) CND Vinylux/Shellac colour was way off piste but I like it and even if I didn’t I am going to have to live with it for at least the next two weeks!  A deep, dark prune colour that suits all ages not just the young, works well on shorter manicured nails rather than talons (think Elvira!!) Dark Dahlia is a timeless colour to team with Autumn/Winter fashion and I am pleased to say that today, one day on … I still like it.  So many of these very dark colours, my favourite is Chanel’s iconic Rouge Noir, are for me too brown or too black, this is just DARK.  Of course my failing eyesight lead me to read Dark Delia which conjured up a post Apocalyptic Norwich FC Supporting Delia Smith …but it’s not, it’s definitely DARK DAHLIA and is available in both Shellac (for my hands) and Vinylux for my feet …. Roll on December and Holiday Red!

Sanctuary Spa Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Bodywash



This has the fragrance of a Luxury Spa but the price tag of a Groupon getaway special! I love the clean, citrus fragrance and that the  body wash is moisturising. So many of these body washes strip the skin of its natural oils and leave your skin tighter than the Bride of Wildensteins.

This is how it’s described on the Sanctuary Spa website

Enriched with moisture beads, this refreshing shower gel when blended with warm water  effortlessly wraps skin in zesty lather for an all over body awakening. Skin is left feeling freshly cleansed, soft & smooth.

True dat ….. I am not normally keen on those bursting bubbles as other products I have tried with similar ‘nano-technology’ leave you covered in little coloured beads that don’t burst and make you feel all warty and horrid – but these do burst as you rub the wash into your skin.  The body wash has a thick consistency which means you don’t tip half of it down the drain and quite often Sanctuary Spa products are available on 3 for 2 at Boots, so great value for money.  I like that the fragrance smells natural and not cloying or synthetically sweet, so even suitable for Mr H, perfect as an everyday shower gel or in the bath.  There is also a body lotion which I am yet to try but I really like to ‘layer’ fragranced products to get long-lasting scent so will definitely try both products together  … my only criticism is Why are the products made in Thailand?   There are plenty of personal care manufacturers in the UK and Europe, the carbon footprint for shipping product all the way from Thailand seems crazy!





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