BEAUTY: COLLAGEN POWDER A MIRACLE CURE ?

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Collagen powders are the latest beauty “fad” that all the celebrities are taking and it is now a multi billion pound industry. Well on this one I am ahead of the celebritiies I have been taken collagen powder for over two years and prior to that was consuming Skinade daily for about 5 years.

From your mid twenties collagen declines at about 1 % every day rising to a steep drop in your menopause of about 30% of total collagen.

So does our collagen need large replacement doses as we commence our menopause ?

WHAT IS COLLAGEN ?

The largest protein found in your body. Found in bones, muscles, tendons and skin. Think of it as a scaffold holding up the skin. As this diminishes so does the structure of our skin particularly evident on our faces as the connective tissue start to weaken and sagging and wrinkles appear. It is the glue that holds everything together and is found in teeth, nails, hair even corneas as well as the skin. So a super boost of collagen surely must hold many benefits.

DOES IT WORK ?

Well it certainly has eased my arthiritic joints and my hair is super glossy and my skin is glowing although I am not wrinkle free…..yet. I only embarked on the collagen journey having met up with an old friend whose skin had improved dramatically and she seemed to have a glow about her to which she attributed to Collagen powder.

You have to commit to taking it EVERY day in a hot or cold drink. Although purists say it has to be cold as heat breaks the collagen down. So pop it in your morning smoothie. I have a bovine collagen drink though so I make it into a hot drink rather like a cup of soup. I t can also aid weight loss as it makes you feel quite full.

With these new wonder foods I honestly think the only way to see if they work is try it every day for at least a month and see if you notice an improvement.

MARINE V BOVINE

Collagen powder is either fish or animal derived. There are some vegan options but these seem to be largely vitamin c based. Although I personally have taken bovine collagen there are now some question marks over the sources. In some products large amount of metals and cadmium(also in spinach !!) have been found. Also when you think these powders are largely ground up bones , connective tissue and by products of cows I wonder how regulated these products are especially considering the BSE outbreak a number of years back ! I have now embarked on the marine collagen by Vital Proteins to see if it is just as effective as the bovine appeared to be.

But if taking supplements is not for you then there are foods that are natural sources of collagen.

FOOD SOURCES OF COLLAGEN

  • Egg whites
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Berries
  • Garlic
  • Citrus fruit
  • Kale

Or, you could try making your own bone broth with good quality bones sourced from a reputable butcher.

Remember diet is always first and foremost when it comes to good quality skin. All the above foods I include in my diet on a regular basis then the question would be whether I really need to be taking extra supplement when I cannot be sure on the source of the powder.

MMmmmm that is the big question and definitely ‘food’ for thought.

Mwah mwah. xxxxxx

JOJO x

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: REMEMBER PREVENTION IS ALWAYS THE BEST OPTION. THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF LOSS OF COLLAGEN IS UV RAYS SO SPF 50 SUNBLOCK IS A MUST ALL YEAR ROUND. OH AND NO SMOKING!!!

MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION ,THOUGHT AND MENTAL EXERCISES TO ENSURE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY MIND.

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BALANCE IS EVERYTHING!

BALANCING YOUR FEMALE AND MALE ENERGIES

WE ARE ALL MADE UP OF FEMALE AND MALE PERSONALITY TRAITS. FEMALE ENERGY IS OFTEN SEEN AS COMPASSION, NURTURING AND SENSUAL. WHILE MALE ENERGY IS PREDOMINANTLY POWERFUL, DRIVEN AND ASSERTIVE. BUT IN FACT WE ARE A MIX OF BOTH ENERGIES ALTHOUGH SOME MAYBE MORE DOMINANT IN YOU THAN OTHERS. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE IS A HARMONIOUS BALANCE OF BOTH.

SO TODAY MAKE A LIST OF QUALITIES THAT ARE GENERALLY SEEN AS FEMALE/MALE :

FEMALE

NURTURING

COMFORTING

LOVING

CARING

BEAUTIFUL

MALE

POWERFUL

CONFIDENT

COMPETITIVE

PROVIDER

CAREFREE

ASSERTIVE

TICK THE ONES THAT ARE STRONGER WITHIN AND THEN LOOK AT WAYS YOU CAN BALANCE THE OTHERS. SOME MEN MAY FIND THEY POSSESS MORE FEMININE ENERGY AND SOME WOMEN MAY POSSESS MORE MASCULINE ENERGY. TRUE HAPPINESS LIES IN BALANCING BOTH ENERGIES WITHIN ONE PERSON.

WHAT ARE YOU REQUIRING MORE OF IN YOUR LIFE ? CAN INCREASING EVEN ONE OF THESE ENERGIES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ACHIEVING THIS. EVEN IN RELATIONSHIPS BY BALANCING THESE ENERGIES CAN MAKE FOR BETTER SYNERGY IN THOSE RELATIONSHIPS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO. XXXXX

JOJO STYLELIST TIP: MALE AND FEMALE ELEMENTS COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER PERFECTLY . SO IMAGINE THOSE QUALITIES IN ONE MIND. ENJOY WORKING ON BOTH SIDES OF THAT MIND TODAY

STYLE: 5 FABULOUS SUMMER DRESSES

We have finally been unleashed. A Summer outside with restaurants opening, the “Season” is back on with races at Ascot, Boodles, Wimbledon, Henley and garden parties with friends. (Well at the time of writing !!). So now is the perfect time to in vest in some flirty Summer dresses. So easy to wear , no need to co-ordinate or overthink. Just one item of clothing and some simple accessories. Simple summer dresses !

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A DAY AT THE RACES

This dress would be perfect for Ascot or even for one of the dressier polo events from one of my favourite designers at the moment Johanna Ortiz. Check out the rest of her collection one of the best this season.

GAME ,SET AND MATCH !

Fresh and crisp and currently on sale. So snap this one up for The Boodles or Wimbledon. Perfect for a corporate tennis event. Pair with some sensible wedges .

A SUMMER WEDDING

Thinking of a small intimate wedding on a beach or in the gardens of a country house ? I LOVE the simplicity and elegance of this Jacquemas dress from NET A PORTER. Accessorize with a simple bouquet of white and green Lily of the Valley.

DINNER WITH FRIENDS

Dinner with friends. This wrap around dress will flatter most body shapes. Simple to throw on just accessorise with some gold hoop earrings and a simple clutch and some neutral heels and your good to go !

A GARDEN BARBECUE

Floral, cotton and cool whats not to like ? Perfect for a garden barbecue or heading to the beach. Pop over a bikini with some gold flat mules and an eye catching gold tote bag.

MWAH MWAH. XXXXX

JOJO

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: FIVE NEW DRESSES MAKES SUMMER DRESSING SO EASY. HELPS TO PLAN A HOLIDAY WARDROBE TOO. CUTS OUT THE HASSLE OF DECIDING WHAT GOES WITH WHAT. DONT FORGET TO CONSIDER YOUR COLOURING, BODY SHAPE AND CLOTHING PERSONALITY AS DISCUSSED IN PREVIOUS ARTICLES…….STYLISTAS !

MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION , TIPS AND TASKS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND MAKE YOUR WORLD A BRIGHTER PLACE !

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RECONNECT………

YES! STYLELIST 50 FOLLOWERS WE MADE IT THERE TOGETHER

FINALLY THIS WEEK RESTAURANTS RE OPEN THEIR DOORS. YES YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO BRAVE THE FREEZING COLD, WIND AND RAIN TO SEE LOVED ONES AND FRIENDS DURING OUR GREAT BRITISH SUMMER. FIRM PLANS CAN BE MADE.

SO, TODAY MAKE A LIST OF YOUR FAVOURITE PEOPLE, BUT ALSO PRIORITISE THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN ALONE THROUGH LOCKDOWN AND THOSE THAT ARE FEELING LOW OR HAVE HAD A DIFFICULT PERIOD OVER THE LAST YEAR. REMEMBER YOU CAN HAVE UP TO 6 PEOPLE OR TWO HOUSEHOLDS (NO LIMIT ON NUMBERS) . BUT IF THE WEATHER IMPROVES YOU CAN MEET OUTSIDE WITH 30 OTHER PEOPLE !!! SO PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND ITS YOU THAT HAS BEEN FEELING LONELY OR DEPRESSED THEN MAKE SOME CALLS, REACH OUT AND BOOK A TABLE AT ONE OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES. IF YOU ARE THE ONE DOING THE INVITING YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE VENUE !

IT REALLY IS ONE OF MY UPLIFTING EXPERIENCES SHARING FOOD AND GREAT WINE (EVEN NOT SO GREAT WINE !) WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. GREAT CONVERSATION, LAUGHTER AND MEMORIES .

DO IT TODAY AT A VENUE TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET.

MWAH MWAH XXXX

JOJO

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I FOLLOWED MY OWN ADVICE THIS WEEK. BUT THERE WERE SO MANY GROUPS I WANTED TO SEE I BUILT IN 5 LUNCHES TO RECONNECT AND AS YOU READ THIS I WILL BE HEADING TO MY THIRD ONE OF THE WEEK WITH SOME VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE !

BEAUTY: HOW TO SELF TAN

…….WITH STYLE.

Yes girls and boys the warmer weather is here and Summer is on its way so lets get self tanning !

If you are still getting this wrong I think you are probably using the wrong product. There are soo many bad tanning products on the market even in this advanced area of the beauty market. I have tried practically EVERY tanning product on the market, all the ones recommended by magazine beauty editors ( who are usually on advertising endorsements). So listen up ladies (and gentlemen) I am going to let you into an insider secret (unsponsored !!) CLARINS SELF TANNING MILKY LOTION wins by a country mile. So the first thing to do is arm yourself with the right product and a good body brush!

The King of All Self Tan Products

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SELF TAN SHOP

PREP, PREP, PREP

  • Shower
  • Shave Legs and bikini line. Self tanning after waxing can lead to little bumps and rashes.
  • Exfoliate . No need to splash out on expensive exfoliators. Use sugar and olive oil combined. Pay particular attention to elbows and knees.
  • Body brush in long upward strokes to polish the surface of the skin.
  • Dry yourself thoroughly.
IN THE BATHROOM

APPLICATION

  • There is no real need to use gloves for Clarins Self Tanning Milk it is not messy. But wash your hands in between the application especially if you have fake nails as they do get stained within minutes with any self tan product.
  • Use long sweeping motions. I personally think you get a more even coverage than circular motions as we are often advised.
  • Pay particular attention to feet and hands.
  • Use less product on knees and elbows.
  • If you have a partner get them to do your back. I never do my back as this product leaves a beautiful golden glow rather than a muddy dark tan, so it blends seamlessly. Anyway whoever sees your back AND your front at the same time ???
  • I also us t the Clarins Self tan on my face but use sparingly all you want is a light golden healthy glow.
  • DO NOT GET DRESSED IMMEDIATELY. With any self tan product you want it to set evenly. The last thing a girl needs is self tan on her clothes. Wait an hour. Do the vacuuming naked. Whatever. Patience girls !

Now you are ready to face the world with a beautiful healthy glow. Who needs to bake for hours in the sunshine. Although it is important to get a healthy dose of Vitamin D from the sunlight EVERY day. Good for bones and great for seratonin to lift your spirit. Everyone is happy when the sun is shining !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: Self tan is available in many guises. Towelettes, mist, gel, cream, spray, mousse, drops .or oil never has there been so much choice . Although there are still bad self tan formulas on the market so it is all about buy and try to find the perfect one for you.

Mwah Mwah

JOJO XXXXX

MIDWEEK MANTRA

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF INSPIRATION,POSITIVITY AND IDEAS TO LIFT YOUR MOOD AND TAKE YOU TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE.

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LAUGH OUT LOUD

Now a new era is dawning it is time to start laughing again.

So today your task is to make a list of the things, places and people that make you laugh then choose at least one to arrange a date with. I promise you even the act of making the list you will have a smile in your face.

When was the last time you really had a good belly laugh. When we are children we do this several times a day but we forget how to do it as we get older and responsibilities take over.

As I have designated this National Laughter Day, even if you don’t feel like laughing try faking it until you make it ! Sound HA HA HA HEE HEE HEE HO HO HO until you break into spontaneous laughter and releases endorphins into your brain and body. Your day will fill lighter. I challenge you to turn around any errors that occur today and see the funny side.

Keep on giggling !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: Next time you are in a restaurant have a look around you to see how much laughter is taking place. Practically zero ! So let us start a new trend LAUGH OUT LOUD !

BEAUTY:THE TRUTH ABOUT MORPHEUS 8

SPENDING MY MONEY…….SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

Morpheus 8

After being bombarded with pictures of Judy Murrays “remarkable transformation” to her skin on various media platforms I started to think , like many other women maybe I should give it a go. Especially to target my lip lines as , regular readers will know is my nemesis….nothing works (and a non smoker !!!). Even though I could see her make up and lighting in the latter pictures were completely different. Apparently Amanda Holden and Kim Kardashian are advocates. But be aware some celebrities are paid to endorse without even having the treatment !

However if you google this treatment there are scores of positive promotion on line, but look closely these are nearly all clinics who offer the treatment or seem lie genuine clients but their sites are linked to the clinics ! Even magazines seem to have avoided the Morpheus 8 debate. So i thought i would do an honest appraisal of my own experience and a few friends that genuinely also had the treatment with mixed results.

This treatment does not come cheap £500 per session, although I am aware of many clinics charging up to £1500 per session. A minimum of 3 sessions is, of course recommended. So I booked my first session in a reputable clinic in Knightsbridge.

WHAT IS MORPHEUS 8 ?

This treatment combines micro needling and infra red. The needles are 7mm long to penetrate extra deep. It targets the dermis and sub dermis to remodel collagen by localised heating.

Ensure you have not used any retinol or peels on your skin two weeks before and also no fillers or botox during this period. Anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin for 40 minutes prior to the treatment, so take a magazine with you as salons no longer supply them during this time. Apprehensive with the amount of anaesthetic cream required, but the treatment was bearable just a little uncomfortable. Although the neck was slightly more painful . Like hundreds of electric shocks with a soldering iron. All over in 20 minutes.

There is an alarming smell of burning flesh and when I look in the mirror afterwards I understand why . A rather sunburned face is staring back at me . Back to the 1970s after a week in Ibiza with just a slather of olive oil on my face. My face literally feels fried and I even have the small oblongs on my skin of the deep fat fryer !

I can’t possibly get on the tube like this. So I called “the bodyguard” to pick me up outside the salon. Directly outside. Well never have I been so pleased to be wearing a mask but even as I ran to the Range Rover I managed to scare the life out of all the people sitting in the coffee shop next door. or perhaps they thought I was a celeb in my mask, dark glasses and baseball cap !

AFTER THE TREATMENT

I was assured by my therapist (the one that did my treatment not the one I have had to have counselling with following the treatment) that the redness would disappear within 24 hours and certainly on line it does state minimal downtime. THIS IS NOT TRUE. It has taken at least two weeks for the burns and welts to disappear and even a month on even though there are no visible signs my skin still feels scalded.

I did actually feel like a burns victim it was hard to sleep, my skin was sore and tight, was this the tightness benefit they meant ? What do we do to ourselves as women in the name of beauty. If it was not in the name of beauty we would have GoFundME pages set up for injuries like this?

Neck After One week Post Treatment

Surely sunburn is based on the same principles UVC damages the upper layer, UVB penetrates the epidermal layer and UVA rays damage the cells even deeper causing the cells to fight back and are stimulated to heal through collagen being stimulated. How do we know until many years later the real damage these machines are doing to our deeper layers until it is too late ? Do you remember the Isolagen scandal about 10 years ago with the promise of youth taking skin cells from your face and centrifuging them before injecting the cells back in a month later, at £5000 a pop. Found to be totally untrue and a court case ensued with many women claiming damages.

In the interest of fairness I have had three other friends try the treatment two are of the exact same opinion as myself but I must say that one of my friends is delighted with the treatment, she is not sure if she has seen a difference to her skin but her therapist did show her a 3D image of the improvement in her subcutaneous layer………

I am not convinced until I see a difference in the mirror and results on the promises I was sold. Even though I have only had one treatment apparently I should still see SOME results although It was made clear that your results are clearer after three. One month on I have seen NO differences and I did take my own photographs as clinics know the art of photograph before and after treatments. NO difference. Even worse I can’t help thinking I have actually damaged my skin.Will I book my next session…….NO…….maybe another week in Ibiza……..minus my usual 50+ sunblock !!

NOTE: This article is my own personal view and is clearly unsponsored. However like many beauty treatments/products this may work for you but it did not work for me. But I hope it at least gives you pause for thought.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO. XXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I REALLY DISLIKE THE WAY AS WOMEN WE ARE PREYED ON BY THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY WITH PROMISES OF MIRACLES. BUT SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW IF IT IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU IS TO TRY IT. I HOPE MY HONEST APPRAISAL OF MORPHEUS 8 JUST ARMS YOU WITH A BIT MORE INFO ….THE BITS THEY DON’T TELL YOU.

MIDWEEK MANTRA

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

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OUR SPIRITS CAN BE SIMPLY LIFTED AND WE CAN GAIN 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 !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

BEAUTY: PERFECT LIPS

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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

EXFOLIATION

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

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.

SUNSCREEN

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.

PLUMPING

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.

COLOUR

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 !

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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 !!!

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXXX