BEAUTY: NOTE TO MY HAIRDRESSER DURING A PANDEMIC

person washing woman s hair

I have decided to break up from a 15 year relationship ……..with my hairdresser . Many service providers will be judged on how they treated us during this pandemic. It is evident that there are some Companies who are capitalising on the Covid experience but when it happens with those you have developed a close personal relationship with it is felt more deeply.

Talking to women everywhere the major anticipation of the big 6th July reopening of hair salons ending months of hair hell has resulted in varying experiences . So this is not directed at ALL hair salons but many of you have been victim to greedy hairdressers at this time.

Firstly let me set the scene this is someone who I have supported since she was a junior at a leading hair salon and when she set up her own salon 15 years ago persuaded me to leave with her and support her in the venture. A bi monthly visit for 15 years for highlights plus bringing many new clients with me constitutes major support.

Late 2019 my colourist moved up one level but the prices moved up several levels to almost double. But my loyalty continued. Early 2020 the salon decided they would no longer offer a “finished blowdry” unless you pay another £15. meaning the price rise in 5 months was now 150% . I decided to continue with the “rough dry” which meant i was leaving the salon looking worse than when I went in. Illogical , I know but…….my loyalty continued. All though on occasion I took my own tools in to blow dry my own hair if I had a meeting to attend immediately after. Why pay when I blow dry my own hair better than a junior.

Then the pandemic hit…………..

Many of us were thrown into mass panic not because there was a killer virus on the loose but who would tend to our tresses! Given strict instructions from our hairdressers not to colour our own hair under any circumstances. Of course knowing full well that we would all be clambouring for their services upon their return.

Sure enough 6th July was upon us the pandemonium was in full swing. Despite leaving several messages at the salon for appointments I eventually got an appointment 3 weeks later. It was at this point I realised customer care had gone out of the window and loyal long term customers were not to be rewarded and new customers scrambling around for salons anywhere to help were given priority. FIRST MISTAKE.

Contextually hair salons have had 80% of their wage bills paid , their rent deferred and no outlay on products during this period. On top of this a huge backlog of business building up which means they will be doing way over and above their normal numbers for this trading period. Unlike other businesses this is seen as a neccessity for most women and will not be as affected as other business and could potentially do very well and certainly bounce back in the first 6 months of reopening.

On the day obviously no tea and coffee served but no water either. Although I can go to any high street cafe and get one ? No water either ? Now i understand that coffee can be served in paper cups and bottle of of water could have been made available as in most repiutable salons who value their customers did. After all over 3 hours without refreshments IS a long time for any caffeine addict and of course no magazines to distract me either. SECOND MISTAKE.

But once the foils were in I ventured out to the high street scaring all the locals as if I was a space alien descended from another planet. After walking around for a good half an hour no available coffee anywhere and the local petrol station had decided to clean their machine at 3pm in the afternoon ! No decent glossy magazine shops either. So I settle for a bottle of water and a “Best” magazine.

I arrive back to the salon deeply humiliated and demonstrating caffeine withdrawal symptoms.. Then I am hit with the biggest BLOW of all, there will be no blow drying of hair due to “regulations” although everyone I spoke to during the writing of this article managed to get a blow dry ! Which of course meant I would have to leave with my hair dripping wet ! Please any hairdressers reading this HOW CAN YOU CHECK COLOUR WITHOUT DRYING IT ? My hair would be dry after my long drive home meaning I would have to wash it again in order to blow dry again. THIRD MISTAKE.

several scissors

Obviously I cannot do anything about the salon owners interpretation of the “rules” so they got her on the phone ( yes she was at home with her feet up relaxing while making all this money) but I addressed with her that it may be a little unreasonable to expect clients to pay full price for half the service and perhaps a little adjustment was neccessary it was then that she informed me that she had in fact ” had to put up her prices due to Covid” and “im a business woman here to make money where I can” FOURTH MISTAKE

So with hair dripping wet, colour unchecked, caffeine starved and handing over the worst £100 I have ever spent was then politely told by the receptionist “oh……sorry love but you have to pay £3 for PPE” “but I brought my own mask” I replied . “Don’t matter love, it applies to everyone” she quipped back. FIFTH MISTAKE Witholding my normal generous tip I walked out of the door vowing after 15 years never to return.

Note not just to my hair salon but to hair salons everywhere your clients are not the virus, they are also victims of the crisis just as you are with their own financial problems. Now is the time to build loyalty and compassion not crush. I will urge any customers not treated correctly during this fraught time by ANY business PLEASE walk with your feet straight to another business that cares I am sure during this time there are many that will welcome you in. The businesses that will survive now will be the ones that cosset their customers not squeeze them dry.

FINAL NOTE TO MY HAIRDRESSER……..YOU WILL COME A CROPPER (EXCUSE THE PUN) AND YOUR CUSTOMERS WILL WASH (OH NO ANOTHER ONE)THEIR HANDS OF YOU. BUT THIS COVID CONNING NEEDS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED (LAST ONE I PROMISE!)AS IT SEEMS TO BE HAPPENING TO A LOT OF YOU.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IT IS HARD TO BREAK UP A CLOSE DEPENDABLE RELATIONSHIP BUT IF YOU ARE BEING ABUSED WALK AWAY AND FIND SOMEONE WHO REALLY APPRECIATES YOUR WORTH.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

BEAUTY: PERFECT LIPS

woman with orange lipstick

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

BEAUTY: MY 10 HERO PRODUCTS

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.

Clarins.co.uk £21

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.

uk.loccitane.com £26

HERO CLEANSER

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

Antoniaburrell.com £46 (for 100ml)

HERO MOISTURISER

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.

dermacaredirect.co.uk £66

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.

Medik8.com from£29

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.

bleachlondon.co.uk £7.50

HERO MASCARA

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 !

esteelauder.co.uk £26

HERO PERFUME

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.

tomford.co.uk £126

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.

Boots £5.99
Boots.com £1.95

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 !!

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

BEAUTY: HOW TO HAVE A SPA DAY AT HOME

WITH THE LOCKDOWN STILL IN FULL SWING BUT WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF RETURNING TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS , WHAT BETTER TIME THAN TO TREAT YOURSELF TO AN AT HOME SPA DAY. THE BEAUTY OF BEING IN YOUR OWN HOME IN THE PEACE AND QUIET….AND NO ONE SEEING YOU WITHOUT YOUR MAKE UP ON. SO LETS TAKE YOU THROUGH YOUR SPA RITUAL FOR TODAY………

FIRST OF ALL GET ALL YOUR CHORES, EMAILS AND TELEPHONE CALLS OUT OF THE WAY. MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS TIDY AND LOOKING BEAUTIFUL. ENSURE ALL YOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS ARE DELIVERED. CREATE A BEAUTIFUL SPACE WITH CANDLES, ROBES LOTS OF GORGEOUS MAGAZINES. OKAY PREP DONE.

9.OO AM (A LIE IN ESSENTIAL FOR SPA DAY)

START THE DAY WITH A SMALL GLASS OF KEFIR. THEN MAKE YOURSELF A HOT GLASS OF WATER WITH LEMON SLICES.

BODY BRUSH YOUR ENTIRE BODY IN UPWARD STROKES TOWARDS THE HEART. GENTLY BRUSH YOUR FACE WITH A SMALL FACE BRUSH.

NOW MASSAGE IN ORGANIC SESAME OIL PAYING PARTICULAR CIRCULAR MOTIONS IN KNEE AND ELBOW JOINTS. USE HEAVY PETRISSAGE MOVEMENTS REALLY KNEAD AND WRING THE MUSCLES OUT. INCLUDE THE FACE AND SCALP. WRAP HAIR IN A HOT TOWEL OR TURBAN. OIL AND MASSAGE THE FEET TOO. PUT SOME SOCKS ON.

SHOP SPA BELOW

SHOP THE PRODUCT

10.00AM

STILL OILED. LAY ON A PRANA RELEXOLOGY MAT. OR JUST A YOGA MAT. LISTEN TO A MEDITATION DOWNLOAD WITH HEAD PHONES ON.

SHOP YOGA MATS BELOW

10.30AM

JUMP IN THE SHOWER. EXFOLIATE WITH SOME SUGAR COMBINED WITH A BIT MORE SESAME OIL. RINSE OFF THE OIL. WASH HAIR AND PUT ON A HAIR MASK . MY FAVOURITE IS BLEACH LONDON REINCARNATION MASK £7.50. CLIP UP HAIR AND PUT ON YOUR HOT TURBAN AGAIN.

SHOP SPA BELOW:

11.00 AM

GENTLE YOGA. DOWNLOAD DENISE AUSTEN 100S OF DIFFERENT YOGA WORKOUTS. CHOOSE A 20 MINUTE SESSION. THE LESS CLOTHES THE BETTER GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY AND HOW IT WORKS IN FRONT OF A MIRROR PREFERABLY.

REWARD YOURSELF WITH A CLEANSING GREEN JUICE. MAKE YOUR BASE DETOXIFYING WITH PARSLEY,CELERY AND CUCUMBER. ADD SOME ROOT GINGER, CHIA SEED, FLAX OIL AND SPIRULINA POWDER.

11.30AM

RINSE HAIR BLASTING FROM HOT TO COLD TO CLOSE THE CUTICLES.

BLOW DRY HAIR FOR A FEW MINUTES BUT NOT UNTIL FULLY DRY. POP IN SOME EXTRA LARGE VELCRO ROLLERS THE BEST WAY TO GIVE A SMOOTH FINISH. THE LESS HEAT ON THE HAIR THE BETTER.

SHOP SPA BELOW:

12.30PM

LUNCHTIME. AS WE HAVE FASTED ALL MORNING, YOU CAN HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL LUNCH OF RAW SALAD AND VEGETABLE SPRINKLED WITH SEEDS.

HERBAL TEA./WATER

1.30PM

FRESH AIR AFTER LUNCH WITH A GENTLE POWER WALK (GET DRESSED FOR THIS ONE) TRY TO GO MAKE UP FREE, OKAY YOU CAN WEAR MASCARA GIRLS. USE SPF 50 SUNSCREEN.

2.30PM

FACIAL. NOW YOUR SKIN IS NICELY PLUMPED FROM THE MASSAGE THIS MORNING AND THE OXYGEN BLITZ FROM THE FRESH AIR. LETS STEAM THE FACE . A HOT BOWL OF WATER AND A TOWEL WILL DO THE TRICK OR INVEST IN ONE OF THE MANY NEW FACIAL STEAMERS TO RECENTLY HIT THE MARKET. CARRY OUT ANY EXTRACTIONS AS REQUIRED USING A BLACKHEAD REMOVER TOOL. DO NOT SQUEEZE. APPLY A FACE MASK TO SUIT YOUR SKIN TYPE. POP AN EYE MASK OR SLICES OF CUCUMBER . RELAX WITH YOUR FEET ELEVATED.

RINSE OFF MASK. APPLY VITAMIN C SERUM. THEN MOISTERIZE.

SHOP SPA BELOW:

3.30PM

PEDICURE AND MANICURE.

YOUR FEET AND HANDS WERE ALREADY MASSAGED AND EXFOLIATED THIS MORNING. SO LETS DO CUTICLE WORK. FILE THE NAILS. IF YOU FEEL ARE ADEPT AT PAINTING YOUR OWN NAILS THEN GO AHEAD. I AM USELESS BUT SINCE LOCKDOWN I HAVE BOUGHT THIS AMAZING JAPANESE BUFFER THAT GIVES NAILS A FANTASTICALLY HEALTHY SHINE.

WE ARE ALL DESPERATE FOR NAIL BARS TO REOPEN BUT DONT NEGLECT YOUR HANDS AND FEET DURING THIS TIME.

SHOP SPA BELOW:

4.30PM

OKAY AS IT IS A SPA DAY WE HAVE BUILT IN SOME RELAXATION TIME. YOU MAY HAVE A MINI BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE (SAFER THAN OPENING A LARGE BOTTLE) FLICK THROUGH SOME MAGAZINES DISCOVER THE LATEST TRENDS. READ SOME CULTURAL ART AND WINE BOOKS. THINGS YOU DONT NORMALLY HAVE TIME FOR.

5.15PM

COOK A BEAUTIFUL DINNER BUT REALLY ENJOY DOING THIS. BE MINDFUL OF TEXTURES , THE BEAUTY OF THE FOOD AND ALL THE PROCESSES. SOMETHING THAT IS QUICK AND EASY TO PREPARE. EG PAN FRIED SALMON AND STEAMED VEGETABLES, CHICKEN STIR FRY A BEAUTIFUL SOUP. KEEP CARBS TO A MINIMUM. A BIG BOWL OF STRAWBERRIES FOR DESSERT.

6.30PM

DRAW A NICE BATH ADDING SOME MEDICINAL PROPERTIES DEPENDING ON WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS. THE BATH PROJECT BOOK BY DR BARBARA KUBICKA THE ART AND SCIENCE OF BATHING GIVES SOME GREAT IDEAS TO HEAL YOUR BODY AND MIND. ITS TIME TO TURN BATH TIME INTO A RITUAL. FOR ME TONIGHT IT WILL BE EPSOM SALTS FOR ACHY MUSCLES AND WATER RETENTION. BUT I ALWAYS ADD OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAMING BATH AS I CANNOT HAVE A BATH WITHOUT BUBBLES !!! SACRILEGE !! LIGHT SOME BEAUTIFUL CANDLES AND DIM THE LIGHTS. PLAY SOME GENTLE MUSIC. PIN UP YOUR HAIR OR PUT INTO YOUR TURBAN

PAT YOURSELF DRY AND WRAP YOURSELF IN A BIG FLUFFY TERRY ROBE. TURN DOWN THE BED JUST AS THEY DO IN HOTELS READY FOR BED TIME A BIT LATER.

SHOP SPA BELOW:

NOW YOU ARE FULLY DRY MASSAGE IN YOUR FAVOURITE BODY LOTION INCLUDING THE FEET.

7.30PM

SIT CROSSED LEGGED AND FIND A RELAXING WIND DOWN MEDITATION TO PREPARE YOU FOR SLEEP. GIVE THANKS FOR A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

8.00PM

GOLDEN MILK. IN AYURVEDIC MEDICINE THIS IS KNOWN AS THE “FEELGOOD” MILK. IT IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR YOU BUT HAS A VERY COMFORTING FEEL AND GENERATES A GREAT NIGHT SLEEP.

SIMMER ALMOND/COCONUT MILK ADD A TEASPOON OF TURMERIC ,CINNAMON AND 5 CARDAMOM PODS AND SOME BLACK PEPPER TO ENSURE THE TURMERIC IS ABSORBED BY THE BODY. AFTER 10 MINUTES POUR INTO A MUG REMOVING THE CARDAMOM PODS. SWEETEN WITH SOME PALM SUGAR AND SPRINKLE WITH NUTMEG.

TAKE TO BED.

8.30PM

TIME FOR AN EARLY NIGHT AND A MOVIE…….AND OKAY YOU HAVE BEEN SO GOOD AND A LITTLE BIT OF CHOCOLATE !

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR DAY AND ARE LOOKING EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL XX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: A SUCCESSFUL SPA DAY IS ALL ABOUT THE PREPARATION, INCLUDING NO INTERRUPTIONS. THIS IS YOU TIME. SO PLAN AHEAD.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

BEAUTY : ……..AND BREATHE

Breathwork is the new buzzword in the world of beauty. Deep breathing can result in mental, emotional and physical benefits. 80% of us are breathing incorrectly so a Breathwork class can train you to intentionally change your breathing pattern. Consciously breathing with intent. Many of you , I know perform Yoga on a regular basis and will be familiar with Prana breathing deep breathing through the nose.

After attending guided breathwork classes in LA I can honestly say I am much more focussed on my breathing in my everyday schedule and am reaping some noticeable benefits (see below) and i would recommend you to take at least a one:one class with a specialist. With a plethora of new breathwork classes/apps there is no shortage of choice and certainly no excuse for not giving it a go. This could change your life.

Breathwork classes either as a group or one to one have recently seen a surge of popularity and participants are reporting significant benefits. lets face it once we have had one class it is , at least something we can practise at home 24 hours a day.

The correct way of breathing is deep in the diaphragm and not in the chest so your chest and shoulders should be relaxed and not move at all. Engage the abdomen and extend as you INHALE. Using the abs to then decompress to expel the air. This is called BELLY BREATH. You actually have to engage the mind too as this does not come naturally at first.

We all breathed correctly when we entered the world if you watch a baby you will see they automatically breath deep into the abdomen as we get older and life takes over we start to take shallower breaths as stresses and strain of everyday living takes its toll.

BENEFITS OF BREATHING CORRECTLY

BODY……… Deep breathing can reverse the ‘flight or fight’ response that we are naturally conditioned to, where our breathing speeds up and releases a surge of stress hormones eg cortisol and adrenaline. By controlling this stress reaction blood pressure can be lowered, more oxygen is delivered into your body which in turn removes carbon. The immune system is boosted. Energy levels are raised and the mind is calmed.85% of our energy amazingly comes from the breath. Even pain can be relieved.

SKIN………Clearly oxygenating our cells is a key factor in beautiful skin. That is why we spend billions each year on creams, serums and facials. But the best way of oxygenating our cells 24/7 is ….yes you guessed it…….by breathing correctly. The lymphatic system is boosted leading to a disposal of toxins. This slows down the ageing of the skin and has skin healing benefits. There are also claims that it improves Eczema.

WEIGHT…… Correct breathing aids weight loss. Well these reports maybe slightly exaggerated. However if you have an overeating problem caused by stress or emotional trauma or past baggage and breathwork calms you down then I can see there maybe a correlation. Breathing correctly can balance things out.

INSOMNIA…I use my new developed breathing skills to aid my sleep at night. You will be astonished at how rhythmic deep breathing and consciously slowing the breathing right down can rapidly send you into a deep sleep with no other aids.

SPIRITUALITY..

The breath and more importantly the concentration of the breath is instrumental for the fusion of the mind and body. Your contact increases to the subconscious mind and allows the mind to find stillness and serenity. Concentrated breath of course is fundamental to meditation and cannot be achieved without mastering this at the outset. Harmony can be restored.

BREATHING SPACES

Breathpod – Group workshops or 90 min personal sessions. Shoreditch E2 breathpod.me

The Shala- a whole range of classes and workshops . West Norwoood South London theshalalondon.com

Thebreathingroom.co.uk offer on line courses as well as 121 sessions and workshops across London.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : TRY A CLASS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER FOR A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE AND EVEN A LONGER LIFE.

MWAH MWAH xxxxxxxx

JOJO

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

Here are some more that I love…….

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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

BEAUTY:HOW TO MULTITASK YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE

We are all short of time and as we get older there seems to soon much more maintenance required to looking good. So I am going to show you how to maximise your beauty routine to look and feel your very best in the minimum time. As like you , I am extremely busy I feel I have perfected multitasking in many areas of my life it may feel difficult to start with but it will soon become habit. Remember girls and boys it takes 21 days of repetition to form a habit.

First of all invest in a Prana/ bed of nails mat. These can be expensive up to £200 but Base Yoga are currently selling them for £21.99 on Amazon.co.uk.

Base Yoga Amazon £21.99

These mats are acupressure mats it really is like an acupuncture session it is fantastic for blood flow,cellulite and energy. I lie on mine EVERY morning for 20 minutes . In that 20 minutes I manage to do the following.

  • Hair Mask(weekly) my personal favourite is the Reincarnation Mask, Bleach London £7.50. This works I promise you. Every other day before I wash my hair I massage organic sesame oil into my hair at this time.
Bleach London £7.50
  • LED Facial Mask Dr Dennis Gross £430 Cult Beauty. I put this on daily to boost the collagen and give my skin a radiant glow. This has made a big difference to my skin. I know this is expensive but you can use this time to put a layer of Vitamin C on your skin and allow to sink in slowly.Super Facialist Vit C and glow serum £17 is fab ! Once a week replace this with a sheet mask . Whatever mask you use ensure it is a no rinse mask just massage the goodness into your skin. To save time.
Dr Dennis Gross Spectralite £430
  • I oil my body with organic sesame oil massaging into knees and elbows ,fingers and toes to help the joints and ageing of these areas. Prior to showering. Rinse off your skin will be smooth and silky.
  • Rub whitening toothpaste/coconut oil onto your teeth for extra whitening and sparkle.
  • Skin softener on the feet every day. Once a week foot peel socks or mask for beautiful feet. If you pay attention to your feet daily it saves so much time and is nigh on impossible to remove hard skin once its built up.
Superdrug £10
  • Finally meditate while your laying there all relaxed for 20 minutes.
  • Jump in the shower and rinse it all off.

Once this becomes habit you will get faster at your preparation stage.

All this while my new RoboVAC (who has become my pet ) cleans the house!

My New Baby ! The Robovac !

MORE QUICK HACKS

Instead of spending time drying (or overdrying) your hair and styling it. Quick rough dry pop in some big velcro rollers for smooth and bouncy hair. Do your make up, get dressed take the rollers out and voila ! Good to go.

On the assumption no one does their own manicures and pedicures anymore. Next time you are in your nail bar have them both done at the same time whilst getting your eyebrows threaded, whilst the massage chair gives you a thorough pummelling.

Getting It All Done in One Appointment

Fast beauty fixes I love it.

Now I do realise we all have different routines and you may want to relax more and do this in the evening or on a weekly basis rather than a daily basis. The key here is routine. Organise yours …..then create the habit.

JOJOS STYLIST TIP: TIME IS PRECIOUS ……BUT SO IS FEELING GOOD AND LOOKING GOOD. YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL WITH A LITTLE BIT OF PLANNING. WORK OUT WHAT FEELS GOOD FOR YOU !

HAVE A TRULY FABULOUS DAY

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXX

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIETS

Start Here….Today

The truth is diets DO NOT WORK. Of course we all know by now that it is all about what you put in minus what you expend so we can all do the arithmetic. But you will only lose weight if you adapt your lifestyle permanently. I am not a Doctor although I have studied nutrition extensively, but what I can tell you is that in my fifties I am two stone lighter than in my forties and I maintain a healthy size 8-10 clothing size. So I am proof of the method. The PC brigade will say that your size doesn’t matter and as long as you are happy and I do agree with this, if you are in your twenties. In your fifties and beyond it is important to be an appropriate weight for your build for health reasons and mobility reasons. Also we need less calories as our metabolism gets slower. So let me share with you some of my secrets that work for me that can be inserted very neatly into your everyday life painlessly and watch the pounds drop off !!

Not Bad For An Old Girl
  • BLACK COFFEE. Not only does this boost your metabolism it is also an amazing appetite surpressant. Obviously I don’t want your anxiety levels soaring so limit your intake. I only have decaffeinated after midday and when I feel hungry I just have a tiny espresso cup size. ZERO CALORIES. Ditch the milk (oh, and the caramel syrups )
Black Coffee
  • EATING WINDOW. I only eat between the hours of 12-5pm. This gives your internal organs a chance to rest and reduces any inflammation. Don’t break(the)fast until midday to give your body a chance to burn stored fat. The other end of the day don’t eat food just before sleep not only will it keep you awake as your body is still working hard but you won’t burn the calories. you pretty much can eat normally between these hours as the hours are limited you will eat FAR FEWER calories ! Common sense.
  • MORNING JUICE not before midday. I use my green juice to pack nutrients in. NOT fruit as too calorific. but you choose what works for you but TWO ingredients you must have for fat burning CHIA SEEDS and ASHWAGANDA POWDER. CHIA SEEDS are not only full of protein and Omegas for brain and bone health but they plump up in your body and make you feel full when taken in liquid. ASHWAGANDA ROOT is an ancient medicinal herb and brilliant if you are menopausal . It boosts physical and mental health boosts energy levels and reduces anxiety. It is proven to increase testosterone levels in men but women have testosterone too and can be the difference in weight loss in older women as our testosterone rapidly depletes with age. I personally believe that ASHWAGANDA has made a powerful difference to me.
Green Juice but leave the Apples Out
  • LOVE HUNGER. Learn to love being hungry . When I get that hunger feeling thats when I know the calorie reserve starts being burned. Allow yourself to feel hungry it is a natural state rather than feeling satiated all the time. I have learned to love being hungry.
  • EXCISE THE EXERCISE MYTH. Losing weight is about what you eat not about exercise. if you don’t alter your eating plan you WILL NOT lose weight . To burn off one Mars Bar an 11 stone women would have to walk on a treadmill for nearly two hours JUST DONT EAT THE MARS BAR !! Before you eat anything check out the calorie content then equate it to how much more exercise you have to do to burn it off. I swear the gym made me put on weight as every time I went I would reward myself. I don’t care how hard you work in the gym a cake and a latte afterwards will put you into surplus poundage. Of course I would advocate an active daily lifestyle, but certainly not the punish and reward system of the gym. You will find you bur more calories just adapting your lifestyle to make it active.
  • DRINK LOADS OF WATER. Okay this is old advice but it works. Often when you feel hungry it is pure thirst. drink a glass and see you won’t feel hungry or indeed will eat less. Secondly a hydrated body metabolises food far more effectively.
  • WEIGH YOURSELF EVERY DAY. Now this goes against the expert advice but I honestly would say if you do nothing else on the list do this one. THIS WORKS. It allows you to adjust your eating on a daily basis. If I have eaten out or over indulged and put on pounds it is far easier to adjust your eating plan the following day and lose a few pounds then to be faced with losing a stone or two if you don’t weigh yourself often. This method has genuinely keep my weight stable for 10 years !!!!!!! MONITOR and ACTION CONSISTENTLY KEEPS YOU IN CONTROL.
Step On ! Minimise The Shock
  • GO TO’ LOW CALORIE DISHES . When you need to balance out your week. Have a calorie light but filling day. Soups are a very good example. My fave but simple recipe is Broad Bean soup with shredded chicken. Frozen broad beans, onion, chicken/veg stock boiled and blended. A small packet of roast chicken shredded and stirred through. OMG the best and so satisfying. Or the ayurvedic dish Kitchari with yellow mung beans, brown basmati rice boiled with ground cumin,fennel seeds and coriander seeds. Add your favourite root vegetables parsnip, carrot,celeriac add fresh coriander and toasted whole seeds in ghee for serving. so filling one bowl will keep you full all day.
  • BULK OUT MEALS WITH VEG. Fill half your plate with veg. Occasionally to lose weight quickly I buy M&S Count on us BRAISED BEEF with Swede or any meal UNDER 250 calories but add so much Kale/chard/spinach to it thats all I have for the day !
When You Are Short of Time……it Works !!

Okay now for some surprising secrets………………..

  • DRINK TEQUILA! When I lived in LA Tequila is the drink of choice all the big Hollywood stars drink tequila. Not only is it considered a clean drink but it is known in LA as the metaboliser it burns more calories than the drink actually contains . Taken before a meal can make you feel fuller and thus eat less. High quality 100% agave tequila. But don’t overdo it ! I never knew this before I lived in LA but over there it is common knowledge.
  • USE GHEE TO COOK WITH. Research shows that ghee helps in mobilising fat cells to increase energy burning therefore reducing fat mass and increasing lean body mass. Ghee also contains essential amino acids that can shrink fat cells. This clarified fat tends to be overlooked in Western Culture but the Indian population use it on a daily basis. Tastes good too !!!
  • CBD OIL I know from talking to many of you that many are now taking CBD oil on a regular basis. Its good for many things such as inflammation in the joints, anxiety,insomnia. But many say it burns fat by turning it into brown fat which is easily burned and expelled by the body and reduces appetite. I do use this intermittently and it gives a great nights sleep which I personally think a lot of fat is burned in the sleep mores when we are in a deep sleep that CBD oil results in. But I would recommend this is used sparingly as CBD oil use is still in its early stages and I would advise not to solely depend on this for weight loss but in conjunction with other method outlined above.

I think you will agree none of these are hard to implement into your daily schedule it just is about incorporating modern methods and knowledge. These points are what personally works for me. See what works for you and you could be pounds lighter and looking good for Valentines day !!

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : LIKE EVERYONE I OVERINDULGED AT CHRISTMAS AND THESE GUIDELINES ABANDONED I GAINED 5IBS BUT BY RETURNING TO MY REGIME I HAVE ALREADY LOST THEM IN 3 DAYS !!

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

EYEBROW MASTERCLASS


EYEBROWS ARE HAVING A MOMENT IT IS ALL ABOUT THE BROW !AS A MAKE UP ARTIST MOST QUESTIONS I GET ASKED ARE BROW RELATED. AS YOU GET OLDER EYEBROWS START TO DISAPPEAR NOT JUST THE SHADE AS THE COLOUR FADES BUT ALSO THE SHAPE AND DEFINITION. PAST TRENDS HAVE CAUSED US TO OVER PLUCK AND HORMONES CAUSE BROWS TO FALL OUT AND NEVER GROW BACK. CERTAINLY MY OWN BROWS HAVE GOT SHORTER AND FINISH MIDWAY SO MY BROWS NEED ATTENTION AS PART OF MY DAILY ROUTINE.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BROWS CANNOT BE UNDERPLAYED THEY FRAME YOUR FACE MAKE YOUR EYES LOOK CLEARER AND THE LENGTHEN OF BROWS CAN MAKE YOUR EYES LOOK WIDER.

THE TREND RIGHT NOW IS FOR LOW ARCH , THICK CLEARLY DEFINED DARKER BROWS. SO TODAY WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS IN OUR MASTERCLASS.

TOOLS

Tools

FIRST LETS GATHER ALL OUR TOOLS

  • EYEBROW STENCILS (EYELURE £4.95)
  • TWEEZERS (I LOVE TWEEZERMAN FROM £19.95)
  • MAGNIFYING MIRROR
  • PENCIL SHARPENER
  • BROW BRUSH AND COMB
  • SMALL ANGLED WEDGED BRUSH
  • EYE PENCIL (I USE CHANEL LE CRAYON SOURCILS 40 £23)WHICH HAS A SPOOLIE ON THE END
  • POMADE (ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS £19)
  • GEL (LEGENDARY BROWS TILBURY £18.50)
  • HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL

COLOUR

IN THE PAST THE ADVICE WAS ALWAYS TO MATCH YOUR HAIR COLOUR BUT THE CURRENT TREND IS TO GO A SHADE DARKER . EXCEPTION IS IF YOU HAVE BLACK HAIR YOUR BROWS SHOULD BE A SHADE LIGHTER. BEWARE IF YOU HAVE BLONDE HAIR AS BROWN TEND TO LOOK REDDISH ON FAIR BROWS SO I WOULD TEND TO GO FOR A DARKER GREYISH TONE.

SHAPE

TAKE THE EYEBROW PENCIL AND HOLD IT PERPENDICULAR AT THE WIDEST PART OF YOUR NOSE THIS WILL INDICATE WHERE YOUR BROWS SHOULD START SO MARK A POINT WITH THE PENCIL. KEEPING THE BASE OF THE PENCIL WHERE IT IS SWING IT TO THE CENTRE OF YOUR IRIS THIS WILL INDICATE WHERE THE ARCH SHOULD BE. MARK WITH ANOTHER DOT. SWING THE PENCIL TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE EYE THIS IS WHERE THE BROW SHOULD END. MARK THIS POINT. TRICK: IF YOU EXTEND YOUR BROW A LIITLE LONGER PAST THIS POINT CAN REALLY WIDEN SMALL EYES.

NOW CHOOSE THE STENCIL SHAPE YOU PREFER . I CHOOSE SLIM ARCH AS IT IS CLOSEST TO MY OWN BROW. STARTING WITH THE FIRST DOT. HOLD TH STENCIL STILL AS YOU COLOUR IN THE BASE COLOUR WITH THE PENCIL. ENSURING YOUR PENCIL IS SHARPENED TO GIVE LIGHT FEATHERY STROKES. ADJUST OR EXTEND THE LENGTH TO THE FINAL DOT.

Stencilling

TIDY

US THE BROW BRUSH TO BLEND THEN BRUSH BROWS UPWARDS. FOR COMPLETELY DEFINED BROWS YOU MAY NEED TO TRIM ANY LOOSE HAIRS OUSIDE OF YOUR NEW SHAPE. TWEEZE BELOW THE BROW OUTSIDE OF THE SHAPE. IT IS OPTIONAL IF YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO PLUCK ABOVE THE SHAPE IF YOU HAVE HAD THEM THREADED PREVIOUSLY YOU WILL PROBABLY NEED TO DO THIS. IT DOES GIVE A CLEAN LINE. USE YOUR MAGNIFYING MIRROR TO ENSURE YOU HAVE ALL THE STRAY HAIRS.

FILL

NOW TAKE THE POMADE WHICH IS A WAXY COLOUR AND YOUR SMALL ANGLED BRUSH. USING SMALL UPWARD STROKES COLOUR IN OVER THE PENCIL TO GIVE A PRECISE LONGER LASTING FINISH. USE THE SPOOLIE IF YOU GO OUTSIDE OF THE LINE TO CORRECT MISTAKES.

FINISH

USE A SETTING GEL TO FINISH AND SET THE EYEBROWS OR EVEN A SMALL AMOUT OF HAIRSPRAY ON THE BROW COMB AND COMBED THROUGH. THIS WILL ENSURE BEAUTIFUL BROWS ALL DAY !!!

TRICK: I LIKE TO DRAW A SMALL HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL AROUND THE BROW TO GIVE THEM A NICE EDGE. IF ANY OF YOU INVESTED IN THE NYX WONDER PENCIL MENTIONED IN MY PREVIOUS BLOG THIS CLEAR LIP PENCIL IS PERFECT FOR THIS.

SPARSE BROWS

THERE ARE MANY PRODUCTS AVAILABLE TO FILL IN BROWS CONTAINING FIBRES TO BUILD ON THE HAIRS ALREADY THERE. WUNDERBROW FIBRE FILLER £19.95 IS VERY GOOD.

TATOO BROW BY MAYBELLINE £7.65 IS A PEEL OFF GEL TINT THAT LASTS FOR 3 DAYS AVAILABLE IN DARK BLONDE, MEDIUM BROWN AND DARK BROWN.

FOR A MORE PERMANENT FINISH MICROBLADING IS THE BEST OPTION IT LAST BETWEEN 1-3 YEARS. A TATOOING TECHNNIQUE WHERE SEMI PERMANENT COLOUR IS TATOOED USING HAIR LIKE .STROKES. FROM £200 UPWARDS.

SO GIRLS (AND BOYS!) NO EXCUSES FOR IMPERFECT BROWS ……GET PRACTISING.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: REMEMBER EYEBROWS ARE SISTERS NOT TWINS THEY ARE UNLIKELY TO BE IDENTICAL

JOJO XXXXXXXXX

HAND LUGGAGE TOILETRIES EDIT: A RETHINK


IF like me, you regularly travel with just hand luggage you will know how difficult it is to fit all of your toiletries and cosmetics into one 20 x 20 plastic bag. Today I am going to show you a foolproof way to take everything you need for a quick getaway with minimum of fuss and no confiscations at passport control. There are many new products on the market that do not need to go into the plastic bag ! The secret is to choose one of the new influx of solid and balm products that were once liquid or gel. Moisterizers are available in solid balms as are perfumes. Foundations can be compact formulas as can blushers and lipcolours. Then there are old favourites our sticks and pencils. This can be done girls, with forward thinking and planning there will be no need to skimp on beauty. Although I must point out that they have been tried and tested at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports only and smaller provincial airports could be inconsistent.

Firstly start with a soft vanity bag in a beautiful sunny colour. Mine is by Inthefrow.com (thanks Victoria ). I love this bag as it opens like a lid to reveal all my products at a glance perfect for on board touch ups. It does come filled with products for £67.

All My Travel Essentials

In this bag I pack

  • Small mirror
  • Eyemask
  • Hair toggles
  • Ear plugs
  • Toothbrush
  • Moisterizer as a balm . Mine is Lumene Nutri recharging balm £31.90
  • Razor
  • Stick deodrant. Only aerosols and roll ons need to go in the plastic bag.
  • Solid scent Jo Malone Lime Basil and mandarin £14

Cosmetics

  • Compact Foundation YSL All Hour/Estee Lauder Doublewear £36
  • Nars Multiple Stick £30 (cheeks lips,eyes)
  • Cheek Illuminator Stick Tanya Burr £4
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in rose for healthy glow dab on cheeks and lips as you land ! £22.50
  • Chanel eyebrow/liner pencil £21
  • Tom Ford Nude lip coulour shine (sultry)£40
  • Bobbi brown Lip balm (SPF 15) Clear £17.50 perfect for in flight and on the beach

All the above will fit very neatly into this small vanity bag with plenty of room to place your 20 x 20 clear plastic bag on top with the few essential liquid items (not exceeding 100ml remember!)

CLEAR PLASTIC BAG:

  • Mascara
  • Toothpaste
  • Anti bacterial gel ( a must )
  • Sachets of night serum
  • Barry M Mist and Fix in Dewy £5 (followers know I don’t leave home without it !)
  • Optional – an aromatherapy spray mist to relax or revitalise
20 x 20 Plastic bag with room to spare

Finally

Cleansing wipes do not have to go in the plastic bag my personal favourites are IN TRANSIT NO TRACES by THISWORKS £18 but if you are only travelling overnight smaller wi packs can be found. This can go directly into carry on bag.

Cleansing Pads
Samples

Your local Beauty Consultants will carry sample sizes in your favourite products these are freely available.

Every airport now has a Boots in the Departure lounge so you could always just buy small size toiletries once you are through and discard them on your return.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:IF YOU TRAVEL REGULARLY AS I DO. KEEP YOUR LITTLE YELLOW BAG READY STOCKED WITH YOUR FLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTS FOR STRESS FREE TRAVELLING.

JOJO xxxxxxxx