Sunday, 29 May 2011

Well look at me

Yep got a email today from someone at work 'fancy seeing you in the Telegraph'...
Go click on the link and see if you can spot me Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine Page 35. Go the the Galleries section "How Old are these Women'

I look great... scratch that, I look bloody great for my age!!! See a lifetime of looking after my skin, no sunbathing, no smoking and spending the cash on the lotions and potions have paid off. Excuse the non-smiling me though, I think I did smile for a couple of shots but they decided to choose this one. I had to do my own hair and make up at the photo shoot and used the following products:

Bourjois Mineral Matte Mousse Foundation Shade 85
Laura Mercier Undercover - Secret Camouflage and secret concealer and loose setting powder
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose
Clinique Glosswear in Raspberry Jam (no longer available in store, just as well I stocked up on 5 of these)
Clinique Cream Shaper Eye Liner in Black Diamond
Dior Mascara Spectacular Volume Intense Black

White shirt from Benetton

With hindsight I wished I had worn more make-up as the strong natural daylight has left me looking more pale than I am.

I showed my seven year old nephew the article, he kept asking me why my photo was in the magazine. I told him I was famous...he looked at me and said 'No You're not, you're my aunt'. Ah bless him for putting me back into place. Now excuse me while I deflate my head.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Au Naturale

I just luuurve being based in W1 so convenient for little shopping jaunts; I needed to stock up on a few beauty essentials and in less than 25 minutes was able to snap up Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Skin Repair Light Moisturiser. The cleanser is a firm favorite of mine, I switch beauty brands all the time but this is one I turn to time and time again. It smells amazing and you can really see how much make-up/dirt comes off your face and onto the muslin cloths. The moisturiser is a lighter version of one I had previously used. With warmer weather ahead (I hope) its would help replenish my skin without feeling too weighty and help re-balance my complexion over-night rather than use a heavy night cream.

From Chanel's Summer 2011 collection, I bought Morning Rose 557 Nail varnish. Its a delightful warm rosy pink with gold glitter particles in it. Its perfect for Summer toes. A quick manicure at my desk of 2 coats had left an even coverage but you could get away with one coat for a more sheer finish

I did try the Mimosa (yellow) but frankly it aged my hands dramatically and was not for me! You would need to apply 3 coats to get an opaque colour and frankly who has time to do that?

As John Lewis was having a 10% off day I thought it would be prudent to re-stock on Rouge Coco Lipstick in Paris 22. £19.80 may sound a lot for a little tube of colour but it lasts for ages, gives my face the right pop of colour to make it look finished (as worn wonderfully by Sandra Bullock at the Oscars in 2010. Even with unwashed hair and being casually attired for Friday I had a done and polished looking face. No need for blush, just apply onto lips and you are ready to face the day.

PS a little note to say if you want to see 'me', I will be in the Sunday Telegraph Stella Magazine  in a Beauty Feature. Guess which one I am - yep Mrs Smug (Look how youthful I am - I don't sunbathe, drink or smoke but use a tonne of lotions and potions)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

More sample sales - too good to be true

Crazy weather today, I ruined 4 pairs of shoes today during the torrential down pours - yes I keep a lot of shoes at the office..... The pavements of W1 are seriously full of deep puddles...me not happy. Maybe I should have a pair of Hunter wellies on standby by my desk.

I could console myself by checking out the Browns Secret Pop Sale at their warehouse near Bond Street. I love the fact the word was spread by Twitter and I was able to get down there and have a good rummage.

Today and Friday is their shoe sale. Earlier on Tuesday I checked out the rails and got a lovely silk georgette dress with a splashy colourful eyelash print by their Browns Focus label. Its going to be perfect for summer (if that ever materialises).
Another sale on is the Orla Kiely Past Season Sale of Ready-To-Wear, Bags and Accessories. If you need more colour in your wardrobe I would highly recommend going to this sale.

The Old Truman Brewery
15 Hanbury Street
E1 6QR

Thursday 26th - Friday 27th May 11am to 8pm
Saturday 28th May 11am to 7pm
Sunday 29th May 11am to 6pm
£1 entrance fee with proceeds go to charity

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The First Lady, PM Wife, New Princess and Duchess

Cannot resist putting these up, its a big deal post Royal wedding to have the Obamas in London town.

Samantha Cameron wearing Peter Pilotto
Catherine Windsor or Princess William in Reiss - go high street, go! I can imagine the store cannot make enough of this dress to re-stock the rush for it. Reminder there is a sample sale on tomorrow (see my previous post).
and Camilla , more photos from here

Friday, 20 May 2011

In these cash constrained times, its nice to know you can pick up a bargain without having to splash too much dosh to get your hand on some new quality goodies. Here are a few Sample Sales happening in London town this month. I'll be heading to the Reiss one just cause I'm a glutton for punishment for long queues, over heated rooms, lack of privacy to try on clothes and oh yeah the general bun fight of it all. Bring it on, my guns are loaded! 

What: Les Néréides
Why: Up to 80 per cent off jewellery.
When: Today-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: 35 Long Acre, WC2E 9JT (            020 7379 9197      ). Map It
What: Mawi
Why: Discounted costume jewellery starting at £65.
When: Fri., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 2 Nimrod Passage, N1 4BU (            020 7923 1414      ). Map It
What: Tania
Why: Up to 70 per cent off cashmere sweaters, beachwear and summer dresses.
When: 23 & 24 May. Mon., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 61 Addison Rd., W14 8JJ (            020 7602 3168      ). Map It
What: Juliet Dunn
Why: Kaftans, beach dresses, tunics and accessories from £10.
When: 24 & 25 May. Tues., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: 93 Cornwall Gds., SW7 4AX (            020 7584 1059      ). Map It
What: Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Why: Up to 70 per cent off ready-to-wear for men and women.
When: 25 May. Wed., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Toll House, Delamere Terr., W2 6ND (            020 7432 8088      ). Map It
What: Jasper Conran
Why: Clothing for men and women, bridal and accessories starting at £1.
When: 25-27 May. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1-7 Rostrevor Mews, SW6 5AZ. Map It
What: Reiss
Why: Clothing and accessories for men and women from £10.
When: 25-28 May. Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Music Room, 26 S. Molton Ln., W1K 5AB. Map It