THOUGHTS,TASKS AND INSPIRATION TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS TO GET YOU THROUGH TO THE END OF THE WEEK. OUR MIDWEEK MANTRAS HAVE BEEN GOING FOR SOME TIME NOW BUT DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS HOPEFULLY THEY CAN GIVE YOU SOME REASSURANCE AND AN INJECTION OF STRENGTH.
SMILE BEHIND THE MASK
OUR SPIRITS CAN BE SIMPLY LIFTED AND WE CAN GAI MUCH REASSURANCE FROM A LOVELY SMILE FROM A FRIEND OR SOMETIMES MORE POIGNANTLY FROM A STRANGER WHO WE ARE SIMPLY PASSING IN THE STREET. BUT TODAY WE ARE BEING SUPER SAFE AND WEARING OUR MASKS WHEN WE ARE OUT AND ABOUT. THIS IMMEDIATELY REMOVES A LARGE PART OF OUR NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION AS WE PASS ONE ANOTHER IN THE STREET. YOU CAN STILL. OF COURSE SMILE WITH YOUR EYES !
MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH MAJOR CRISIS AS A RESULT OF THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE INCREASING. SO PLEASE BE KIND WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT , AND WHERE YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS IN EATERIES AND THE STREETS BE SURE TO FLASH A SMILE AT PEOPLE THIS IS SUCH A POWERFUL YET SIMPLE ACTION THAT CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO SOMEONES DAY. IT PROBABLY HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONNECT NON VERBALLY AT THE MOMENT AS WE BATTLE THIS CRISIS TOGETHER.
SO TODAY MAKE SOMEONE FEEL WARM INSIDE AND GIVE THEM YOUR BEST SMILE THIS CAN BE DONE FROM A SAFE DISTANCE. I BET YOU GET ONE BACK !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: SOMETHING YOU CAN SPREAD WHICH IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS……………..YOUR SMILE !
Firstly it was all about the brows now it is all about the lips ! So check out this guide for the perfect lips to insert into your regular beauty routine
Yes your lips need exfoliating as well as your skin. Lips can become dry with dead skin. Exfoliating can also make lips plumper. Dont forget your lip lines too. Use a toothbrush , even brush your lips when you brush your teeth ! You can make your own exfoliator by combining some sugar and coconut oil. Remember treat your lips gently don’t overdo it. Weekly is fine.
Moisterise for lovely soft lips. No need to buy expensive lip creams which seem to have flooded the market recently. Nothing beats vaseline especially the ‘rosy lips” small hanbag tins or even a slick of coconut oil. But for ease of application an inexpensive lip balm stick will suffice. Apply regularly throughout the day.
Important to apply sunscreen to lips when in the sunshine. I know this to my detriment as I now possess a lovely dark age spot on my lower lip. Most brans of reputable sunscreens now contain a lipscreen too. Additionally many lip balms include an SPF make sure yours does.
The current trend is for plump Kardashian like lips. There are some tricks to making lips plumper. Many products on the market now are geared to giving the illusion of plumper lips they work on stimulating the blood vessels enabling a rush of blood to the lips leaving your lips tingly. Try using some at home remedies combining peppermint oil or cayenne pepper with coconut oil and rubbing onto the lips. I have also used a slice of fresh ginger rubbed over the lips it seems to wok quite nicely but all these are temporary solutions.
Make up tricks to try is a sparkly lip gloss or shadow in your central bottom lip and a white pencil highlighter in the cupids bow area. But generally glossy lips tend to look plumper than matte lips . If you cannot find the perfect colour in a lip gloss start with a clear one over your favourite lipstick.
As a last resort lips can be plumped with hyaluronic acid like Juvederm. But do your homework and work on friends recommendations only. Start with 0.5ml until you get your desired look. For lip lines this is the most effective treatment . I have tried everything for those of you who are regular followers of my blog you will know my pet hate are my lip lines !!! I am now very tempted to try the juvederm filler in them. I have tried every solution on the beauty shelves for lip lines …. nothing works. Would love to hear from any of you that have any other solution for lip lines.
Always start with a lip liner the same colour as your lips or a neutral shade but feather it in toward your lips. No harsh lines. By feathering inwards it stops the lipstick bleeding. Glosses tend to work better on this front too as they have less propensity to bleed.
Remember to choose your colour to suit your own colouring. Refer back to previous blogs on discovering your colour to establish yours. If you have warm, golden tones you will tend to suit more coral and scarlett shades. Cooler colouring and pale skin will suit crimsons and pinky hues. Spend a day lipstick shopping as your true colour can really take years off your look. Even though matte lipsticks tend to be longer lasting they also can be very drying on a more mature lip so choose a moisterising glossy lipstick but just keep applying.
So there you have it your guide to beautiful lips, so get cracking to prevent cracking !
SHOP THE BEST OF THE LIPSMACKINGTHIRSTQUENCHING PRODUCTS BELOW. Just click on the product to purchase ! if you have received this by email just click on the URL at the base of the email to view the images.
JOJOS STYLIST TIP: VERY IMPORTANT STYLISTAS, TO ALSO EXERCISE YOUR LIPS……..WITH PLENTY OF KISSING. NOW WHO IS NOT GOING TO WANT TO KISS THOSE LIPS WITH ALL THE LOVEAND CARE YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM !!!
THOUGHTS, INSPIRATION OR TASKS TO REJUVENATE AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.
WALLOW IN SORROW
WELL IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT YOU HEAR THIS FROM ME, OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. OUR MIDWEEK MANTRA IS FOCUSSED ON STAYING POSITIVE AND FIGHTING ANY NEGATIVE NOTIONS IN YOUR MIND. BUT I FEEL THAT INCREASINGLY WE ARE SURROUNDED BY MEDIA AND “EXPERTS” THAT ARE CONTINUALLY TELLING US ITS BAD TO FEEL DOWN AND WE ARE BEING FED AN IDEALISED WORLD WHERE WE ARE ONLY WORTHY IF WE ARE SMILEY AND POSITIVE.
BUT LIFE IS A ROLLERCOASTER (THANKS RONAN FOR THAT ONE !!) A SERIES OF UPS AND YES DOWNS AND WE CAN ONLY RECOGNISE THE UPS BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE DOWNS TOO.
SO THIS WEEK I WANT YOU TO EMBRACE THE IDEA THAT FEELING LOW OR SAD ON ANY GIVEN DAY IS OKAY AND IS IN FACT TOTALLY NORMAL. IT WOULD BE ABNORMAL TO NEVER FEEL DOWN.
THE NEXT DAY YOU FEEL LOW TOTALLY EMBRACE IT . ACKNOWLEDGE HOW YOU FEEL . DO NOTHING BUT …..WALLOW. DONT FIGHT IT , FEEL IT !
JOJO STYLELIST TIP: SADNESS IS NORMAL BUT IF YOU ARE FEELING SAD FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD AND FOR NO IDENTIFIABLE REASON. THEN SEEK HELP AND TALK TO SOMEONE.
“INSPIRATION , THOUGHTS AND TASKS TO ELEVATE YOUR MOOD AND RESTORE MENTAL CLARITY AND GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEK.
LOCKDOWN LIFT UP
TODAY I JUST WANT TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A SINGLE INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT TO FOCUS ON. IT CONTINUES TO BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR MANY OF US AS WE START TO RE ESTABLISH AND RE BUILD OUR LIVES AS THEY RETURN TO NORMAL. SOME OF US WILL HAVE A NEW NORMAL THAT WE WILL HAVE TO ADJUST TO YET SOME MAYBE EMBRACING THEIR NEW NORMAL.
I SINCERELY HOPE THAT MANY OF MY FOLLOWERS USED THE LOCKDOWN TIME WISELY WITH A PERIOD OF SELF REFLECTION AND MANAGED TO PAUSE AND PRESS A RESET BUTTON TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND RE ESTABLISH PRIORITIES. AS THE VALUABLE TIME WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH WHEN THE WORLD STOOD STILL MAY NEVER COME AGAIN.
OF COURSE SOME OF YOU HAVE LOST LOVED ONES DURING THIS TIME AND I HOPE WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A SOURCE OF STRENGTH AND SUPPORT AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER ………………….”
SO HERE IS YOUR MANTRA TO FOCUS ON EVERY MORNING FOR THE NEXT WEEK , OR WHENEVER YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO.
DIFFICULT ROADS LEAD TO BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS………
JOJOSTYLELIST TIP: THE ROAD CONTINUES TO LOOK BRIGHTER AS WE CONTINUE TO TRAVEL DOWN IT (EXCEPT IF YOU ARE ON THE M4 !!)
In my advancing years I have used and experimented with many products, have been lucky to work in the beauty business and offered many to try.
Do not always believe what you read in magazines as many beauty editors are forced to gush over beauty products in return for paid advertising space in the magazine. So I am going to espouse my favourite beauty products that I would like to share with you so you don’t have to waste tons of money (which we ALL do) every year on products that just do not work. These products have stood the test of time and in my mind are the best of the best. Try for yourself.
HERO SELF TAN PRODUCT
Nothing beats CLARINS SELF TANNING MILK . Always gives great coverage with no streaking or patches. which is down to the creamy moisturising formula. Beautiful colour unlike many of these modern ‘muddy’ tanning products. A beautiful natural golden glow. Equally good on the face too. No bad give away odour. I have tried many self tan products around the globe but nothing comes close.
HERO FOAM BATH
L’OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAMING BATH. The suds last forever and are super moisterising. The scent stay throughout the bath time, and I spend a LONG time in the tub, beautiful grassy, citrus scents of lemon trees in Provence. I decant this into smaller bottles for when i am travelling and use it in the shower aswell as the bath.
I am a massive fan of ANTONIA BURRELL products . All completely plant based and paraben and preservative free , hence all packaged in black opaque bottles to keep the light out. The NATURAL GLOW CLEANSING OIL is the worlds first 100% pure plant 100% natural water soluble cleansing oil. The botanical oils makes it a truly holistic experience as you massage it into your face and rinse off with water. leaving you feeling radiant on the outside and radiant within. I must confess I sometimes just massage the oil in at night and leave it on for an overnight treatment. A little secret…..massage into the lashes it makes them grow more than any lash grow product i have ever used. Antoniaburrell.com
I discovered TEOXANE after receiving some products in a goodie bag 2 years ago . A swiss pharmaceutical brand that was developed in 2003 but not widely known as yet in the UK. Don’t miss out ladies of a certain age ADVANCED FILLER Moisturizer makes a real difference to your skin in an amazingly short time.
HERO SKIN TREATMENT
MEDIK 8 RETINOL 6TR INTENSE use this before bed 3 or 4 times a week to win the battle over fine lines. I personally love this Company. they have a full list of different strengths so if you have not used retinol before start with a lower strength and slowly work up to a stronger solution to suit your skin. If you are reading this I assume you are one of my over fifties followers so you should all be using a retinol !!! Except of course if you are exposing yourself to a lot of sunshine – so not on holiday.
HERO HAIR PRODUCT
BLEACH LONDON RESTORATION MASK has had many mentions on this blog. It is by far and the best hair product that genuinely does what it says on the box. My hair looks like it has been freshly coloured whenever I use it. So has been a Godsend in lockdown. Truly a miracle product. Usually it is hair products that I am most disappointed in for failing to live up to the hype but this one delivers every time.
In my lifetime I have tried literally 100s of mascaras but I defy anyone to find a better mascara than ESTEE LAUDERS SUMPTUOUS EXTREME MASCARA it is both volumising and lengthening and judging by girlfriends asking if I have false eyelashes on, this works !
For me personally TOM FORD WHITE SUEDE suits my body chemistry perfectly. But what I love about this perfume is how long it lasts and in such a subtle way. People actually stop me in the streets to enquire what I am wearing and writing it down……so it MUST be good. Also I love the minimalist classic packaging looks great in the bathroom.
HERO BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Well these two are definitely my heros they really work and are each under £5 !!!!!!!! But no beauty editor will tell you about these and EVERY girl needs them both in her make up bag and hey get a couple and keep them in your car and handbag too !!! Are you ready ??? Big build up>>>>> BARRY M DEWY SETTING SPRAY £4.99 spray over make up to set and to add a beautiful dewy healthy sheen to skin. There are more expensive pretenders to the throne as the dewy look is big business but dont go there this is the cheapest AND the best. Makes perfect sense ladies. My second hero beauty product is VASELINE ROSY LIPS and perfect for cheek gleam too. Pop in your pocket to moisterize and glamourise lips and cheeks with just a dab of the finger. Your look is instantly refreshed and can take 10 years off your age.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THE PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ALL TRIED AND TESTED AND MY OWN PERSONAL OPINION AND NOT SPONSORED OR INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY. SO TRY THEM WITH CONFIDENCE ….THEY WORK !!
Now lockdown is finally easing we can start to make the most of what is left of Summer. Sitting outside at pubs, garden barbecues and walks in the park all demand a beautifully simple Summer dress. One item clothing makes it easier to get right. No matching seperates and choosing colours compatible with each other. Easy to roll up and travel with. the only thing you need to complete your look are the right accessories. Ensure you choose the right jewellery, handbags and shoes to complement your outfit according to your correct colour and clothing personality (see previous articles). Many of my favourite dresses of the season featured are now in the sales so be quick to snap up a bargain, we still have all the Autumn. balmy days and evenings so maximum price per wear guarenteed.
Let us have a look at seven of my favourite day dresses out there right now. You can buy them today right here by clicking on the images its very simple to buy simplicity. If you cannot see the images because you received this by e mail click on the URL link at the base of the page.
SHOP THE LOOK
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:Remember to follow my style guidelines in choosing the right dress for your shape, colouring and personality for maximum style impact.
YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION, TASKS AND WORDS TO UPLIFT YOU AND BUILD MENTAL STRENGTH AND CLARITY FOR THE WEEK AHEAD.
MENTAL HEALTH: START TALKING
NEXT TIME YOU ASK SOMEONE HOW THEY ARE DOING SHOW A REAL INTEREST IN THE ANSWER, DONT JUST ACCEPT “FINE”.
THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION BELIEVE THAT HALF OF ALL ADULTS IN UK BELIEVE THEY HAVE A DIAGNOSABLE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM. EVERY WEEK 1 IN 6 OF US EXPERIENCE FEELINGS OF ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION. SO THE CHANCES THAT SOMEONE YOU ASK “HOW ARE YOU REALLY DOING?” THEY THEN WON’T BE ABLE TO RESPOND IN A ONE WORD ANSWER. IF YOU ARE WORRIED TRY TO GET SOMEONE TO OPEN UP TO YOU.
“CAN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ?”
“WHO WOULD YOU BE COMFORTABLE TALKING TO, IF NOT ME?’
“IT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME. HOW CAN I HELP YOU FIND THE HELP YOU NEED?”
“I AM SOMEONE WHO CARES AND WANTS TO LISTEN. WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO KNOW ABOUT HOW YOU ARE FEELING?”
TODAY TRY ONE OF THESE QUESTIONS IN RESPONSE TO SOMEONE WHO YOU MAY FEAR IS NOT JUST “FINE”.
REACH OUT TODAY.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND ARE SUFFERING PLEASE TALK TO SOMEONE TODAY. IF NOT A FRIEND OR RELATIVE THEN CALL MIND 0300 123 3393.