This year, like many, I like the idea of being my own Valentine.
Funny? Well, the reason being, there is never enough time to spoil and take care of us – so why not on Valentine’s Day. Some celebrate and some don’t and some feel it is a meaningless and commercial holiday; others put much store on this day.
Either way, I am suggesting we have a treat day for us and let the rest take care of itself.
What do you think?
When I saw the interpretation of Valentine’s Day from Grandiflora – the multitude of roses in shades of pink and red – I did feel that girly romantic twinge. There is nothing like an excessive bunch of flowers to stir the heartstrings. It only reinforced my thoughts and spoiling myself is high on the agenda. Not only will I be pampered but I’m going to have it in a rainbow of reds and pinks.
This Valentine’s Day, Be Mine
I’m going to experiment with my makeup and add some new lip shades to my collection. This is long overdue.
Really, some new silk PJ’s and a pair of cosy run around slippers would be a great idea. There is nothing more luxurious feeling than new lingerie and fragrance. I found this fabulous kimono jacket which I would love to through over. Well, over anything really.
Ever since we took over La Maison du Village (there is a Diptyque shop in the hotel), I have been ready to burn their Rosa Valentina.
At the same time, I will be spraying Rose 31 from Le Labo. This is the most sublime fragrance and perfect for right about now.
Do I need an excuse for a new handbag? Never.
Look for creative inspiration from one of my favourite photographers? Yes, most certainly.
And a long, long soak in the tub with face mask and as many bubbles as it (and I) can take.
If only every day were Valentine’s Day. I am ready, set and racing towards the 14th. xv
Face Masks are the Sunday and midweek ritual for me. They are the standout product in my skincare regime and anything that can achieve instant results holds the title. Most skincare products work best when used daily but depending on your skin care concerns a mask is best applied once to twice a week. It’s the perfect excuse for a pampering.
Do you ever wonder why there is so much fuss about masks? Other than the delicious fragrance and luxurious textures, why are they so beneficial?
* Improves the hydration and as a result plumps the skin. The moisture penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to soften and enhance elasticity.
*Reduces the appearance of pores by deep cleansing and clearing dead skin cells that tend to clog your skin’s barrier.
*Encourages time-out and has a significant impact on mental well-being. ‘Me’ time with a facemask, bubble bath and the can’t-put-down book is one of the best therapies around.
Face Masks: The How-To
1. Start With A Blank Canvas
Begin with fresh, clean skin. Make sure all makeup that has accumulated throughout the day has been removed.
2. Multi-Mask It
Why stop at one? We sometimes wind-down with a cocktail; our skin can benefit from one too. A combination of face masks can really target specific problem areas. An oily t-zone can benefit from a clay mask, to extract the unwanted oils, a moisture mask applied to dehydrated areas, such as the cheeks and under eye area, can rehydrate at the same time.
3. Don’t Over Do It
Facial masks can produce miraculous results so the temptation is there to overuse them. Overloading the skin can backfire, causing clogged pores and irritation.
*suzanne kaufmann lifting mask line a – one i have tried recently – heavenly and feels fabulous
“From Susanne Kaufmann’s lauded anti-ageing ‘Line A’ range, this intensely moisturizing ‘Lifting Mask’ is packed with naturally sourced White Lupin Blossoms, Argan and Broccoli Seed Oil that have instant rejuvenating effects. The velvety smooth formula quickly absorbs into skin, working to tighten and hydrate from beneath the surface. With continued use, your face, neck and décolletage will feel noticeably firmer and look more radiant. Suitable for all skin types – Contains plant bioflavonoids that act as antioxidants to protect and replenish cell turnover – Boasts collagen production – Ingredients cultivated organically from the wild.”
*aesops parsley seed cleansing mask – friends rave, it’s time to try.
“ A clay-based masque that deeply cleanses and refreshes skin and suitable for most skin types. This gentle yet thorough deep-cleansing treatment extracts impurities clogging the pores, smoothing and refreshing skin. Use twice weekly, apply a thin layer to your face after cleansing. Leave on for up to 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. ”
*glam glow thirstymud hydrating treatment – a great night time set and forget saviour
“A face mask that delivers instant, extreme moisture, for most skin types. Thirstymud moisturizes, restores, replenishes and calms the skin while hyaluronic acid helps deeply hydrate for a dewy, glowing complexion to leave skin with an instant silky, soft and supple feel. Apply an even layer to clean, dry skin. It can be used on your face, neck and chest. For daytime use, leave on for 10–20 minutes, allowing the product to absorb into the skin. Wipe off with tissue and massage remaining product into the skin or rinse with water. For nighttime use, leave on to infuse the skin with moisture and wake up with extremely hydrated skin. For in-flight use, apply at beginning of the flight and leave on for flight duration.”
*peter thomas roth bio stem rose repair – the darling of the beauty editors
“Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask is a cooling, soothing treatment. It utilizes state-of-the-art breakthrough stem cell technology, blending rose stem cells with rose extracts to noticeably reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dullness while combating dehydration for a silky-soft, radiant complexion. Apply a generous coat on clean skin. Allow the mask to remain on for ten minutes. Rinse with cool water. For an intensive treatment, refrigerate and apply as a mask or apply as a thin layer as the last layer of your skincare regimen and leave on overnight. Use two to three times a week or daily for intensive repair.”
“The mask adheres to the shape of your face, infusing your skin with a powerful blend of 18 age-fighting neuropeptides and peptides, pure 24k-gold and hyaluronic acid. It increases hydration levels in your skin by drawing and retaining water from moisture in the air. Your skin is instantly energized and illuminated and dull, dry skin is replenished. Expand the facial sheet mask and place it over your face until every region is covered. Leave on for 15 minutes. Remove the mask and pat the face gently until skin completely absorbs the product. Do not rinse off. Allow to dry.
I am feeling more as the gloomy winter months roll in that I need a slight shake-up, a refresh to see me through until spring fever puts a spring in my step.
I’m stuck in sweaters and pants most days with the hair strung up if it hasn’t had a decent do and I’m running back and forth to our building projects, so sneakers are the go. A lift is in order and lipstick is my solution. A deep dark burgundy that warms, not chills but one that is less bright than our classic vermillion red is the go-to.
This colour works a treat and for whatever reason it simply makes me feel better groomed.
Small treats /big results – I’m all for that.
Which burgundy is the question?
Like all reds, there are shades and shades.
I like a dark burgundy, a browner rather than blue tone and the braver I feel, the darker I go.
Like my red- reds, I have a rainbow of burgundy shades to work with.
I know, who needs a handful of burgundy lipsticks – I’m not justifying – I know you understand.
The trick is to wear a burgundy not only with confidence but also one with a little life. Right now “Deep Brown Berry” from the Bobbi Brown range is my bestie. It’s dark and deliciously creamy.
Late January, if your world is in the northern hemisphere, deserves a little brightening. Try burgundy it works for me. xv
Are there five easy tricks to looking five years younger?
I am not sure if these ideas really make me look any younger but they sure do make me feel a lot better. There are certain “grooming” (for want of better word) jobs I need to have done regularly otherwise I don’t feel well with the world. Simple beauty, hair and make-up rituals that make all the difference to how I look and present myself. They are not complicated or revolutionary but they inspire confidence. When I am behind on these, I am well and truly behind.
A good cut and blow dry on a regular basis is one of those can’t-live-without treatments. Recently, I have avoided a haircut for no other reason than time and schedule. I feel, not to mention how I look, terrible. Most likely it is 99% in my mind, but that is where it counts. A good haircut not only boosts the confidence barometer sky high but also does take years off. The blow dry is my weekly ritual and a professional job really makes the difference. If you are lucky enough to manage your own hair then I am jealous. Mine is difficult and is much friendlier, we get on so much better, when blow-dried professionally. If my hair is good, I am well with the world. Silly, I do get that, but we have to do what we have to do.
A manicure and pedicure are absolute musts to feel well put together. The latest colour on the fingers and toes is an easy, non-confrontational way to stay up to date. Don’t forget to wipe the nail with remover before the base coat; the manicure lasts so much longer. I don’t do gels as my nails are not strong enough but this move means my manicure will see me right through the week. A new shade, a simple pleasure but it brings all smiles.
Smiling takes years off the face, especially in photographs and besides who doesn’t want to be the recipient of a beautiful smile. Invest in teeth; they deserve it. They are hard working, long lasting and define one of our most important features, our mouths. A million red lipsticks won’t hide unhappy teeth.
Brows are one of those features that I really care about. I have mentioned before that I am cool with the grey hair but not the grey brows. Brows define the face and a darker brow can lift the eyes and subsequently rejuvenate the face. Well-defined and not pencil thin brows mean less eye-make-up is needed. In between tints, I shade the eyebrows myself. Finding the happy medium between Twiggy and Groucho takes years off.
Hydrate constantly and sleep well as no one product can duplicate the wonderful benefits of water and rest. Invest time and energy in skincare. Know your products and use them. I am often guilty of skipping my routine when I am tired or rushed. There are no valid excuses; I know my serums and moisturisers help give me the glow I am looking for. Wrinkles are not the ageing baddie we are lead to believe; a lifeless and dry complexion is the guilty party.
Apparently “the jade” is the most popular treatment for the face right now.
Facial massage has always been a great idea and touted as the way to guard the tautness and vitality of the skin. The idea of rolling the skin has long been a treatment of choice in China since centuries past. The Jade Roller apparently is very easy to use, wherever and whenever and regular rolling guarantees excellent results.
You won’t find any argument from me if Jade is as good as they say.
The only downside will be finding the time to add to the day’s skincare routines but it will be well worthwhile to include a few minutes of facial relaxation and rejuvenation.
So let’s say farewell to the early morning puffiness.
The Jade Roller, a handheld massaging tool, can boost circulation, reduce puffiness and encourage the absorption of our skincare products. The jade roller works to remove excess eye fluid while the stone constricts the blood to minimize further puffiness. Win/Win.
The idea is to use the Jade Roller regularly and for about 5 minutes at a time. The smaller stone works well around the eye area and the larger can be used on the forehead, neck and cheek areas. The gentle massaging motion can stimulate the lymphatic system and provide lymphatic drainage throughout the face.
Tips and Tricks
*Keep one in the fridge/freezer for a few minutes before rolling for an extra cooling effect.
*Massage gently over your favourite serum or facial oil.
*Work it over a facemask when extra tired or jetlagged, from the under eye area and outwards.
*Work downwards on the neck.
Like most beauty treatments it is unlikely we can expect miracles but it sounds as if the Jade Roller is a very relaxing treatment in itself. I like the idea of continuous cold pressure under my eyes – as I am prone to puffy-eyed mornings. If nothing else spending five minutes each day relaxing with a facial massage can only benefit our better not younger philosophy. There is something to be said for a treatment that promotes and maintains calm.
You may be reading this thinking you couldn’t think of anything worse.
Oil clogs the skin and is the cause of ghastly breakouts. The sheer thought of adding an oily product to your face, it’s not for you. Despite what you may believe, adding a good facial oil to your skin care routine and using it in the correct way can instead lead you on your way to achieving the radiant, healthy glow that we women desire?
Facial Oils are packed full of nutrient ingredients that help improve the condition of our skin and these include:
*Fatty Acids – great for helping to improve the moisture levels in dehydrated skin
*Minerals – used to replenish, heal and repair problematic skin
*Vitamins – aiding to keep skin retain youthful and bright
A little goes a long way. As facial oils contain such a large amount of concentrated nutrients, I find that just 2-3 drops in the palm of my hand are enough to cover the whole face.
2. Pat and Absorb.
Give yourself a mini two-minute facial and simply pat the oil into your skin – facial oil will do wonders compared to rubbing or blending a moisturiser. This ensures the oil will penetrate further into the skin and fully work its magic.
3. To Combine is Fine.
You can amplify the effects of facial oils by combining them with other skincare products. Don’t be afraid to use an oil as well as continuing to lock in hydration with moisturisers and targeted serums.
4. Listen to Your Skin.
When thinking about using facial oils, base your application on what you think your skin is needing at the time. For example, you may find that with delicate skin, facial oil flares up sensitivity so maybe consider applying the oil before bed, giving the product a chance to soak up overnight.
Is there anything better than waking up to plump, radiant skin?
Whether you’re a Facial Oil newbie, slowly breaking down your ‘I’m not sure about oil on my face’ barrier or a pro-hydrater with fountains of knowledge let’s get ready, steady and glow.
*sunday riley is a new one for me – highlyrecommended and favoured by many in the know
‘Blended with 1.5 percent Salicylic Acid, Sunday Riley’s quick-absorbing ‘U.F.O.’ face oil is the key to clear, blemish-free skin. Formulated with purifying Black Cumin Seed Oil, it has a potent blend of Hexylresorcinol and Licorice Root to naturally brighten hyper-pigmentation. Milk Thistle and Cucumber Seed Oil smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Chamomile and Neroli soothe stressed skin.’
*darphin 8 flower nectar is one i will forever come back to, for the fragrance alone
‘Rejuvenating elixir, in the pure tradition of aromatherapy, blends rare and radiance boosting aromatic essences from 8 precious flowers. With an exquisitely feminine, sensual fragrance that could double as a perfume, it is the quintessential holistic beauty care that creates a feeling of overall beauty and well-being while rejuvenating skin’s appearance.’
*kiehl’s does make a difference overnight
‘Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a rich and luxurious facial oil designed to be worn at night. Its goals are to enhance your skin’s natural nightly recovery process, restoring tone and radiance by morning thanks to a blend of essential oils and botanicals including lavender oil, evening primrose oil and olive-derived squalane.’
*the ordinary rosehip seed is one I’m definitely trying and the one most talked about right now – as much for its efficacity as the friendly price.
‘100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is a lightweight, non-greasy facial oil to moisturize and fade signs of sun damage. This oil absorbs quickly into the skin to moisturize without a greasy feel. It also reduces the signs of sun damage to restore an even, radiant tone with regular use.’
I am seeing pink everywhere and I feel the need for pink, everywhere.
Interiors, wardrobe and accessories are calling to me in all shades of rose – especially the soft ballerina tones. We will be renovating soon and this shade is going to play centre stage; I am not sure exactly where but I feel compelled.
I can’t help it; I’m smitten.
When I thought about Christmas gift guides this year my first reaction was, “rose”. I would like everything rosy, so if you (my darlings) are reading – take note. Why not colour code and have a colour crush? There are worse obsessions.
Call me girly, but I don’t know many women who don’t flirt a little with all shades pink. It might not be a full-blown affair but a mere temptation. If nothing else we can all wear a nude lipstick or a blush lip balm; every handbag should have one.
The thought of gift giving and the what-to-give can be excruciatingly long-winded or remarkably easy.
I give with two thoughts in mind- what I would love to receive and what I know would be appreciated. If it’s “what I want” then hopefully it’s “what she wants”. Present ideas for girls are far easier than for the boys. Can I say that? Yes. I find it so much easier to shop for my girls than for my boys – I try hard to be original but the boys seem to know what they like much more than me.
When it comes down to it there is nothing wrong with practical gifts. Sensible combined with a little whimsy makes for many winners. And besides, when do we ever buy for ourselves what we need? (These definitely count as practical with a side of frivolous.)
The art of giving is a shared pleasure – one for me and one for you.
Thinking gifts and giving does put me in the holiday spirit.
I found these other fab lists to be extra inspirational, especially the “Millennial Pinks” and this one. I’ve made my Christmas lists and started ticking off already, thanks to some of these cute ideas.
Next week I might try and come up with something for the boys. Not promising though ;) xv
Thank you shopstyle for sponsoring “What She Wants: A Rosy Glow”
I usually reserve the Monday sales for a beauty browse and this year is no different.
Sales make me slightly nervous – not meaning I don’t like a saving – because it is so easy to load up on what we don’t really need or want. That’s not what I call a discount but a disaster. I think I have more discipline in sales time that I do with full priced merchandise. Learning the hard way can do that for you.
Today I have been perusing the beauty savings – there aren’t many of note, but a few are click-worthy. Unless “special editions” are products I know, use and love they prove to be poor buys.
These quick clicks are all bits and pieces we have chatted about before and today is an opportunity to try or stock up on them.
If you are looking for a new fragrance, this one is a serious love of mine. xv
The older I get, the harder it is to make my eyes up.
Do you have that problem?
It is a combination of elements really. Obviously, the eyelids are not as supple as they once were and nor is my eyesight which makes the application of eyeshadow, liner and the rest somewhat tricky. Thank goodness mascara doesn’t require too much management. I do like eyeliner and when applied correctly it does make a great deal of difference. Whether you like it subtle or in a full-on cat’s eye, the more artful the job, the better we look.
Recently I was recommended an all in one pencil – eyeshadow, eyeliner and pencil together. I picked the khaki and steel shades up and yes, they are really good.
It was super easy to apply and looked good – plus the colours are the ones I like and that work with a mature skin. The brighter ones would be gorgeous for my girls but for now, I will stay with the more classic shades. The khaki, if you haven’t tried, is really a fabulous shade and most flattering.
Although it never hurts; the keep-it-simple-stupid kind of morning beauty routine is the one I’m talking about.
Wherever I am, whatever the day I practise the same morning routine and it is a simple one and like cleaning the teeth, I can’t get going without these well-established rituals. I might beauty-up at a different time of the morning but certain routines and products are non-negotiable.
Habit? Yes, definitely. There is not only a degree of comfort in practising routine but also the obvious benefits reaped from regular skincare.
Necessity? Yes, absolutely, I think so.
With an almost religious fervour I cleanse, tone, apply serum and moisturise with cream and a couple of drops of facial oil mixed in.
I have tried to care for my skin ever since I can remember. Life in Australia for fair skin is not friendly and sadly, not all women are blessed like Cate Blanchett. The sun is a double-edged sword for Aussie women.
I change my skincare products regularly, not necessarily the brand but the ranges within. Skin like everything becomes accustomed to the same products and will naturally be less effective over time. I want my skincare routine to be effortless, for the methods to be easy and practical to follow. Right now I am totally in love with the products from Darphin. I not only see the difference but I feel it too.
Once it gets complicated, I am lost and disinterested.
If I could only have one beauty product, I would choose this cleanser. If I could have two, the second would be my latest serum. The older I get, the more I feel these products are essential to my skin’s well being. I don’t believe in miracles and no product can return us to our former glory.
But that’s ok. I don’t need that. What I do want is for my skin to feel smooth, nourished and have the occasional glow.
I am not greedy, the wrinkles can remain as long as they are accompanied with a smile. xv