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

STYLE : 5 KEY PIECES FOR YOUR WINTER WARDROBE

January is the time for a thorough closet cleanse, I have already done mine. But as we are now all about sustainability all you need is a few key pieces that can update your whole winter wardrobe and bring you right up to 2022 !

BOOTS

These fantastic Mulberry boots that are flattering and modern. Basic black great under trousers, with jeans or with black opaque tights. Can also work in the Summer with a flirty floral short dress.

COATS AND JACKETS

Military style coats are still on trend for 2022 shorter or longer your preference. But stick to a neutral colour black, grey or navy. Will go perfectly with the aforementioned boots ! Be quick this KAREN M gorrrrrgeoussss coat is in the sale right now !! January the perfect time to buy a winter coat huge discounts everywhere, so buy a classic like this one or something that suits YOU and you will always be in style.

The RALPH LAUREN blazer I chose a bright colour to give your skin a pop and brighten up those dull days. Great for pub lunches paired with some jeans and a polo neck or dress up in the evenings thrown over a black or navy pencil skirt. Stunning.

KNITS

You will get plenty of wear out of a new knit during the winter months. So instead of selecting just another sweater I found a “piece” for you , ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ensures this sweater needs NO introduction. A stand alone piece just pair with your favourite jeans and you have a statement. An investment piece but gentle washing only !

SLEEPWEAR

Cosy PJS for all those cosy winter nights. To slip straight into when you come home. Stay looking stylish. HANRO excellent selection of cosy, chic undies and sleepwear.

So there you have it 5 key pieces to update your winter wardrobe. You get the idea a couple of neutrals and a few statement investment pieces that go with most things in your wardrobe. This is the year you rethink your fashion waste. No more bulk buying, no more cheap fast turnover fashion, more planning less browsing. Cleansing the closet regularly to rediscover the clothes you already have.

MWAH MWAH. XX

JOJO. XX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP :FACT- WE WEAR 20%OF OUR CLOTHES 80% OF THE TIME. KEEP YOUR CLOSET LEAN SO YOU KNOW WHAT IS LURKING IN THERE. BOOK A ONE OFF VISIT WITH A STYLELIST AND DO A CLOSET/SHOPPING EXERCISE SO EVERYTHING IN YOUR CLOSET CO ORDINATES TOGETHER

BEAUTY: PRE PARTY PAMPER

COUNTDOWN ON THE NIGHT

ITS CHRISTMAAAAAAS ! Parties are 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.

ethnic smiling woman wiping face with cotton pad

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.

portrait photo of woman wearing black top

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 !

STYLE: GLAMOUR V COUNTRY STYLIST EDIT

TIS THE SEASON………

It is the most wonderful time of the year. the chance to (finally) bring the glamour on with endless rounds of social events. Even dinner a deux requires a little more effort at this time of the year. Then when you are not partying there are some serious country looks going on too. Great or the school run, long wintry walks in the Country or weekends away partaking in country pursuits.

Both looks are of course combined if you are lucky enough to be invited to a country house party at this time of the year.

GLAMOUR EDIT

So let us view my picks for an injection (yes another booster !!) of glamour whether you are on an endless social spree or just staying at home. Lets go glam !

From the little black dress to jewel colours. Tops such as sequinned bolero or a vava voom tee to jazz up an existing outfit. Beautiful earring as real glamour is about attention to every detail and if you are staying in it just HAS to be maribou/ feather trimmed pjs……….doesn’t it ? Surely ?

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COUNTRY CASUAL EDIT

Although there is nothing casual about this look. It is super stylish and thought through but not give the impression that you have tried tooo hard. The “no make up make up look” but in the world of fashion.

Country casuals have to be practical and comfortable. Muted colours keep it classy for the winter months. So we have some practical footwear and of course trousers must be warm and skinny to tuck into long boots. Nothing worse than damp trouser bottoms flapping around your ankles. Super stylish outerwear. Tartan and khaki great colours for the country scene. Coats and jackets are your investment pieces for this look and as the country look tends to not be fashion led these pieces will last a lifetime. Don’t forget the accessories , some brightly coloured scarves for your otherwise muted tones and Mulberry for handbags complete your country wardrobe.

Have fun with creating your two key looks for the season !

MWAH MWAH XX

JOJO x

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO KEY LOOKS THAT YOU WILL NEED TO GET YOU THROUGH THE SEASON. GLAMOUR AND COUNTRY. SO START EDITING YOUR OWN WARDROBE TO CONCENTRATE THESE TWO LOOKS AND ADD SOME UPDATES TO KEEP YOU ON TREND. REMEMBER ON STYLELIST50 WE ARE ALL ABOUT SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT PIECES NOT THROWAWAY FASHION. STYLE ……..NOT FASHION.

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: 3 HIGH TECH FACE MASKS-AN HONEST REVIEW

man wearing black and blue mask costume

High tech face masks are huge right now in the beauty business. Very expensive and they come with huge promises of younger more rejuvenated skin. Beauty tech is one of the fastest growing trends in beauty today. This may have been contributed to the fact that we have all been locked in our homes over the last two years, but this trend shows no sign of slowing down. The “at home” salon is an idea we are all examining more closely. But do they actually work and do you need one in your beauty tool kit ? Let me spend my money so you don’t have to !

I own all 3 of these masks so I am not sponsored by any of these Companies this is an honest review and all opinions are my own.

DR DENNIS GROSS SPECTRALITE LED MASK( £450 )

LED (light emitting diodes) masks have become very popular with infra red beauty treatments being offered by all major beauty salons. These LED masks promise a little bit of that in clinic treatment in the comfort of your own home. However these masks are not cheap and having experienced both infra red treatments both in a salon and with this mask they do not deliver the same salon strength treatment.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

Red light has been proven to improve skins elasticity and firmness by boosting collagen and stimulating new cell growth as the light waves penetrates the deeper layers of skin. While the blue light is good for acne by killing bacteria on the skin.

USE

Must be used consistently. I have used mine more or less every day unless away on vacation. The timer is 3 minutes only but I cheekily press it twice to get a double session in which I hope I will achieve double results ! Use on cleansed skin. Can be used with a vitamin c cream but that could clog pores.

VERDICT

I have used this mask regularly for over one year and I personally have not seen any noticeable results ! Although I have read some reviews it seems that some people claim they have seen a clear difference in their skin which has become ‘smoother’. I do believe in the benefits of LED but this mask does not deliver the same results as when I visit the LIGHT SALON< HARVEY NICHOLS £45 for 25 mins when I leave looking 20years younger. I even booked my Mother in for a treatment who was shocked at the immediate tightening and rejuvenating of her skin.

Maybe the at home mask can be used as a supplement to a salon treatment. But I am sorry this mask does not deliver the same results.Certainly not the same professional results it claims. It does not have the same salon strength. A monthly treatment at the light salon though I CAN recommend .

CHARLOTTE TILBURY CRYO FACE MASK( £49)

This mask uses the ice tech of cryotherapy. A silicon mask with pads of liquid beads and acupressure points across the brow area. Only launched at the end of August ! Promises firmer lifted skin in10 minutes. Combining ice cold cryotherapy to reduce puffiness and firm the skin and acupressure to decongest and relieve tension.

HOW IT WORKS

The concept is simple. Exposure to ice cold temperatures increases the blood flow to the skin reducing inflammation and increasing radiance. Forcing your skin to create more collagen.

USE

Just stick the mask in the freezer for 30 minutes before use. Then strap the mask to your face and under your chin and lie back and enjoy.

VERDICT

The coldness at first gives you brain freeze was quite painful but I have now got used to it. The results are excellent as a pre party pick you up. Or just to wake you up in the morning. As a fan of cryotherapy and its invigorating effects this does the same for your face. It certainly has toned my under chin up. The only thing is I think Charlotte has missed a trick here as the pads seem to be in the wrong place so my cheeks are nice and rosy and my forehead however I would like pads around my lip area for lip lines and also a blood rush to plump up my lips. Also the pads need to come up higher to cover my under eye area , an area that clearly can get results with coldness being applied, as any of you with a rose quartz roller will testify.

A few adjustments needed Charlotte or you can adjust the mask yourself maybe to sit higher on your face. But I would definitely recommend this mask which is of course reusable , so the price point is very good value with immediate results. I have only used this mask for one month consistently but the results are promising. Plump skin with a nice glow immediately post use but my jawline seems to be definitely more toned.

DR HARRIS ANTI WRINKLE SLEEP MASK (CURRENTBODY £89.99)

An anti ageing eye mask created by Dr Steve Harris Londons leading aesthetic Doctor. When I opened the box my first thoughts were this is a Joke as at first glance it looks just like an average silk eye mask…… for an astronomical cost . Clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and promote emotional relaxation..

HOW IT WORKS

Carefully placed silicone dots to stimulate mechanoreceptors, the tiny little nerve endings in your face. Once this starts your automatic nervous system becomes involved which helps to relax the body.

USE

Just pop it on press firmly on the central silicone dot for 5 seconds and relax for 15 minutes. Voila !

VERDICT

My initial scepticism was unfounded as I actually did feel my area was refreshed and less lined. I did feel deeply relaxed. I would definitely use this on a long haul flight, imagine I would wake up 21 again ! This does work Im not sure how, the only part I don’t like is the price it seems a bit steep for a very simple solution. Although out of all the masks I found the greatest improvement with this mask, so what price for beauty ???

Thank you for reading this today I really appreciate your time and comments.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: With any beauty treatments to see great results they must be carried out consistently and a holistic approach to skincare, nutrition and tech is the way forward.

LIFESTYLE: RADIATING HAPPINESS

Its one thing to have a feeling of happiness but to radiate happiness to people around us is something we need to practise. Happiness is one contagion we do understand, the more we radiate happiness the more people want to be with us and more opportunities flow towards us.

Now doesn’t that sound good ?

Yes when you devlop the light within you and radiate the energy outwards it becomes a ripple effect. The best of you brings out the best in others. Can you imagine if this thought process spread throughout the world . What an amazing place this would be !

True happiness comes from our true self not our physical self, of limiting body , thoughts,fear and emotions. The true self is limitless and lies in the silence wisdom and grace that can be found in meditation. It has no bounds and is infinite. So you can tap into as much happiness that you choose.

Tune into your own thoughts and recognise how you are really feeling. The n notch it up a few levels on your “mood-o-meter” when you surrender to the joy and focus on the good things in your life and recognise that the bad moments are just distractions treat them as positive life lessons. Even forcing a smile releases endorphins and changes your mood in an instant.

DEPRESSED PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PAST

ANXIOUS PEOPLE LIVE IN THE FUTURE

HAPPY PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PRESENT

Deepak Chopra expresses some Do’s and Dont’s in order to radiate happiness.

  • DO express appreciation in others.
  • DO be open to the other persons truth. Respect their point of view.
  • DO wear a smile
  • DO share your laughter
  • Do contribute to the joy of another
  • DO turn your inner happiness to an outer activity
  • DON’T make other people feel wrong. As your self judgement decreases so should judgement of others.
  • DON’T draw attention to how much you have changed and how happy you now are as it arouses distrust.
  • DON”T point out how unhappy someone else is. They are doing the best they can from their own level of awareness.

Psychologically studies show that positive behaviour spreads virally to others.

As more people see the change and the light in you those closest to you will see a new radiance , a new kind of lightness and vibrancy.

LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: THIS IS ONE INFECTION WE DON’T MIND CATCHING ! STAY HAPPY AND CARRY ON.

Mwah Mwah

JOJO XXXXXXXX

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: 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: COLLAGEN POWDER A MIRACLE CURE ?

woman s face

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!!!