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

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIETS

Are you off on holiday this August ? ready to shed those lockdown track bottoms (that you never worked out in !), more importantly ready to shed those pounds of lockdown lard……..read on………

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

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 AGE SLOWLY

woman in black tank top and blue denim jeans sitting on brown sand

In your fifties your body starts to deteriorate more rapidly. We all know what we are supposed to be doing to stay healthy and there are anti ageing articles and products all around us. Regular readers of this blog will be armed with many facts on how to slow the process down. But let me make it clear you cannot anti age and you cannot reverse the process. Those that try hard to look younger end up looking older. HOWEVER you CAN slow the process. I know you are intelligent lot and these days women are armed with great knowledge but are you actually putting that knowledge into practise ?? So let me put it into one age defying capsule for you today and look at the three areas where you can make changes TODAY. Food , exercise and mental activity………..

FOOD

Eat well but limit the portion size. Portion sizes have increased over the years eat on smaller plates at home or share a main if eating out with friends or even order a starter portion. As you get older you need less food and your metabolism slows down. I personally eat one meal a day between 2-4 pm and at 56 i am still a healthy size 10. I have a green smoothie at midday loaded with goodness (find the recipe under the ‘Food’ section.

Green Juice Recipe Find It On This Site Under ‘Food”

There is a growing consensus now that breakfast is a meal to be skipped to enable you to consume less calories, But also the longer you can wait to break your fast from the day before the better it is for your body and your joints to rest and rejuvenate them. Time restricted eating is the best thing you can do for your body as you get older even if you follow this pattern Monday to Friday then let loose on the weekends. Try to give your bodys’ digestive system a complete break when you can from 6PM to maybe midday the following day. This has been shown to bring inflammation down within the internal organs and the joints. Eating often throughout the day to stoke the metabolism has now been disproven as a method to lose weight and the must eat a big breakfast mantra began in the 1920s by breakfast food manufacturers.

Do not deny yourself foods that you love but in moderation. In your fifties healthy eating must become a way of life give up on the ‘diets’ and learn to make great meals containing fresh unprocessed ingredients. Simple uncomplicated meals can bring great pleasure to the senses. I particularly love the Hemsley sisters recipes. ITS ALL EASY by Gwyneth Paltrow and EAT, NOURISH,GLOW by Amelia Freer. Most of these meals can be put together in the time it takes to have a takeaway delivered. Once you start to eat clean you wont want to pollute your body with dirty food again. Excess SUGAR in your diet is one of the fastest ways to age your skin and your body try to avoid it where possible. But of course allow yourself a red wine or even a clean spirit like agave tequila !!! Drink more water as you get older your body needs to be constantly hydrated to work correctly and also skin looks more plumped at least 2 litres a day.

Have fun discovering wonderful food and clean up your diet in small steps to give your skin a healthy glow and fill your body with energy and reducing inflammation start today to slow the ageing process and prevent you from dealing with early on set illnesses due to proper nutrition.

Look out for more clean eating recipes on this site as it has been my obsession for many years. I hope it becomes yours.

EXERCISE

I am a big fan of Yoga and pilates more gentle yet strengthening exercise regime that also provides mental clarity and anti stress benefits. While weight control is 80% of what we eat and less about exercise, but exercise certainly slows the ageing process down. I personally am not a fan of high octane exercise like running and aerobics as they can be impactive on older joints and the Japanese believe that you only have so many breaths in your body so to continually be overworking the heart cause a shorter life. But I AM an advocate of you doing what YOU love as long as you are moving. A beautiful walk every day can be wonderful for destressing , getting fit and slowing the ageing process. Or a competitive sport such as tennis, badminton, volleyball etc where you have to keep score and form strategy can be great for mental health as well as not feeling like exercise if you are enjoying the activity and the company.

A quick word about weight training . Buy yourself some hand weights and use them a few times a day, whilst your waiting for the kettle to boil it is important to strengthen your bones and muscles with weight bearing exercises to prevent /delay oesteoporosis .

The message here is just keep moving , every day to delay ageing but enjoy whatever it is you are doing. Lets keep that body oiled rather than rusty.

Remember…….Have Fun !

MENTALITY

Also important to keep the mind oiled too. Regular followers can follow the Midweek Mantras on this site posted every Wednesday for tasks and inspirations to restore mental wellbeing or binge the blog history if in need of lots of Mentaal inspiration to kick start you out of a rut. Keep a Gratitude Journal to keep you positive. Three things every morning that you are grateful for , it is a way of training the neuron pathways in your brain. Buy a lovely notebook and a pen in a beautiful coloured ink. This works try it. Also it is important as we get older to continue learning, no guys this does not have to be a major programme you are undertaking like a Masters degree or a new language. How about Renaissance Art or French Wines ? Combine books with heading to Art Galleries or Wine Tastings. Make new friends with these common interests providing stimulating conversations. Sudoku, crosswords to exercise the mental agility side of your mind as well as the creative. Learning a musical instrument via the many apps available has been proven to keep a mind young , you are never to old to start learning.

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Expand Your Knowledge Not Your Waistline

Stress is the biggest ager both on the outside and the inside. So try to combat stress wherever necessary. But this is one thing that DOES improve with age the ability to cope with stress and view life differently , in a more relaxed manner. Yoga and Pilates as mentioned before really does help with this it is a workout for the mind as well as the body and also regulates deep breathing. Combatting stress is a lengthy subject and deserves an article all on its own and I am sure that by now you have this covered.

SO LET IT GO !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: TO ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE….PUT LIFE IN YOUR YEARS !!!

Don’t Forget To Enjoy Life.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

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!!!

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

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.

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: PRE PARTY PAMPER

COUNTDOWN ON THE NIGHT

MONDAY 12TH APRIL is nearly upon us ! Socialising is back on the menu. I am sure all my readers have a big night out planned so its time to shake your beauty routine up and indulge with a celebratory pamper evening. Yes girls and boys its all about you and shaking off the lockdown look.

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THE COUNTDOWN STARTS HERE ……….

So let us assume that you managed to get your nail bar appointments ( hey girlfriend where were you ?) at least Monday or Tuesday ! No one does their own nails anymore do they ?? Otherwise allow an extra hour. Also pre select your outfit and accessories and lay them all out on the bed beforehand. No last minute rummaging or repairs to stress you out.

5.00PM

Pour a glass of bubbles and get some party music on. Put on a fluffy terry robe. Pull hair back. Cleanse face, with a firm facial massage to get the blood pumping and bring a glow to your skin. Now is not the time for micro needling or glyco peeling or using new products.

Scrutinize the eyebrows plucking any stray hairs and tidy them up.

5.30PM

Now time to depilate any excess hair. I suggest a gentle method for your pre party pamper. Apply some cream such as Immac or Veet and while that is working for 10 minutes use that time to body brush the rest of your body .

5.45PM

Jump in the shower to rinse the cream. Gently exfoliate with a handful of sugar and olive oil especially on your depilated areas to avoid ingrown hairs. Wash hair. Finish with a freezing cold burst of water on hair to flatten the cuticles and all over your body to energise you.

6.15PM

Now you are all clean. Draw a warm luxurious bubble bath. HIGHLY RECOMMEND L’OCCITANE LEMON VERBENA FOAM BATH £22. Remember this is about a celebratory pamper not wallowing in your own filth (and depilitary cream!). So to your damp hair apply a rehydrating super glossy hair mask and wrap in a hot towel or turban. My fave is BLEACH LONDON REINCARNATION MASK £7.50.

Apply a no nonsense hydrating sheet mask. An inexpensive but highly effective one I have recently tried is GARNIER MOISTURE BOMB £2.99.

Wallow for a good 15 minutes. Rinse hair mask.

cold people woman relaxation

6.45PM

Wrap yourself in a huge warm terry towel. Pat yourself dry. Rub in residue of face mask into skin.

Spritz yourself in a dry body oil to lock in the moisture and make your skin look glistening and healthy. Two fabulous ones are BOOTS NO7 BEAUTIFUL SKIN PAMPERING DRY BODY OIL £12 AND A FIRM FAVOURITE, HUILE PRODIGIEUSE DRY OIL choose the one with the gold sparkle in it. A good tip here run some through dry hair for glistening shine.

Rough dry hair. Put in large velcro rollers for smooth hair if required. Just don’t apply too much heat to hair by overdrawing and over processing. Remember we are going for a glossy just got out of lockdown look !!

7.15PM

Giant rollers in. Time to do your make up. Skin should be looking plumped and glowing. Apply a moisturiser and a base such as MAC STROBE CREAM £25 that now comes in 4 shades. This can make any skin look dewy. Apply your foundation/bb cream over the top. Some over tips for a glossy look use cream products where possible. NARS ILLUMINATOR in COPACABANA dabbed onto your cheekbones. LAURA MERCIER SECRET UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING POWDER £22.50 to light up under eyes. As you get older the less eye make up the better it looks more youthful. KEVIN AUCOIN DIAMOND EYE GLOSS a beautiful transparent eye close that glistens. I discovered a fabulous new mascara in lockdown for long glossy smudge proof lashes MARC JACOBS AT LASH’D MASCARA £25. Finish with an extra glossy nude/beige lip gloss , much more flattering on older lips than bright colours.

Set your make up with my perennial favourite BARRY M DEWY FIXING SPRAY £4.99 I NEVER leave the house without a spritz of this on my face for an all day fresh dewy look.

woman applying mascara

7.45PM

Rollers out. Run fingers through hair with some iconic KERASTASE HAIR ELIXIR £39 for radiant hair and an extra spritz of shine mist. The best I have tried is BRITISH HAIR PERFECTLY BRILLIANT SHINE SPRAY £9.95 it smells good too.

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800PM

Heading for the finish line. Just before getting dressed give your body a good shake. Each leg, each arm , your head and shoulders , hands, feet . You will be surprised at this instant energiser. Slip into your clothes. A quick spritz of your favourite perfume. One last look in the mirror to check yourself out . Blow yourself a kiss, tell yourself “I love you” and head out of that door to re establish your social life. HELLO WORLD !

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : SELF LOVE AND NURTURE IS SO IMPORTANT . MAKE PAMPER NIGHTS PART OF YOUR WEEKLY ROUTINE. ADD MORE OR STREAMLINE ACCORDING TO YOUR TIME CONSTRAINTS BUT MAKE IT REGULAR XX

woman in white shirt holding bottle pouring on glass cup
ENJOY YOUR RESOCIALISATION !

EYEBROW MASTERCLASS

Ok boys and girls its nearly time to venture out into the big bad world of division, hysteria and aggression so today let me take you away from all this and talk……………….eyebrows. Spend a quiet evening with just you and your eyebrows while you still have the time………


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