Staying fabulous at 50+


I thought I would celebrate having 250 followers by having a little giveaway to show my appreciation to you all.

I decided to do a little mixture of items for this giveaway, a sort of head to toe treat.

The prize is the new John Frieda 3-day straight hair treatment.  The powder brush from E.L.F Studio, which also makes a fantastic foundation brush.  A bath bomb from Lush.  Leighton Denny Three Times a lady polish and a Leighton Denny Diamond V.I.P trio 3 in 1 nail buffer.

All you need to do to enter this giveaway is:-

Follow my blog with Google Friend Connect.

Leave me a little comment.  Please leave either you twitter name or email so I can contact you if you win.

For extra entries you can:-

Tweet ' I just entered to win beauty gifts at @jadlgw blog '

Like my Facebook Page

Post a link for this giveaway on your blog.

Just let me know in the comments which of the above you have done.

The giveaway is open to UK only and will end at midnight on Monday 28th February 2011.

The winner will be chosen using Random Org.

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Men are so damn difficult to buy for!!

I have quite a few men in my life, there's my husband, 2 grown up sons, 1 brother, 2 brother-in-laws, 4 nephews and my daughter's boyfriend to name but a few.  So what do you buy for the men in your life?  Are you like me and usually get gift vouchers because they are a safe bet?

Well this Valentine's Day why not treat the man or men in your life to something from The Gentry Grooming Co.  These products are used by many male celebrities, so your man will be in good company.

GENTRIFICATION NIGHT FRAGRANCE £34.95. This ultra masculine night fragrance has a real sense of passion, opening with Lavender, Geranium, Vetivert and Intense Amber twisted by hints of warm spice, leading to a clean heart of Patchouli, Cool Marine notes and Leather. He will smell divine!

the gentrification night fragrance

THE SKIN ESSENTIALS SET, £38.85. This premium skincare set contains The Face Scrub (100ml), The Face Wash (100ml) and The Face Balm (100ml) infused with Black Pepper & Mint, complete with a sleek wash bag for grooming on the go!

the gentry grooming co skin essentials kit

EBONY 3 PIECE SET SHAVING SET, £69.95. This luxurious 3 piece shaving set includes a shaving brush made of pure badger hair with a stand and a medium weight razor. A ‘must have’ for smooth operators!

the gentry grooming co 3 piece shaving set

So go on ladies, treat your man to something special this Valentine's Day.

Stockists: / / / / House of Fraser Manchester & Glasgow

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I have read lots of articles regarding the amazing benefits of Rosehip Oil on the skin, so I was delighted when I won a box of goodies from @beautybooth and included was the Trilogy Rosehip Oil.

It is clinically tested and found to help minimise the appearance of wrinkles, smooth the skin and  improve skin moisture levels.  It also claims to help in the appearance of stretch marks and scars.

I started using this about 3 weeks ago, I put 2 or 3 drops from the dropper into my hands and then spread the oil over my face and neck before going to bed.  The oil has a very faint smell, which isn't unpleasant.  Once absorbed into the skin it doesn't feel or look too oily, but I would avoid using this during the day as foundation tends to 'slip' if applied on top.

So after 3 weeks of nightly use I have to say I have found no difference in the appearance of my wrinkles.  My skin does feel hydrated and looks fresher in the morning.  The biggest difference I have noticed to my skin is that I am quite red either side of my nose and on my chin,  this has diminished considerably since using this oil to the point where I no longer use concealer in those areas as the coverage from my foundation is enough.

I will continue using this oil and give an update to this review in the next couple of months, as I get the feeling that the longer I use it for the better the results will be.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil is available in most pharmacies and health stores.  It is currently £16.34 in Boots for 20ml.

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I can't tell you how excited I am to be doing a review about Fascinators.

I have always been a lover of head wear, there is just something about hats and Fascinators that conjure up an image of the most stylish women in the world.  I remember the first time I saw a Fascinator was when Victoria Beckham wore one on a visit to Buckingham Palace, now whatever your personal feelings of Mrs Beckham are you have to admit that that she is a modern day style icon.

Suzanne Marie Edgar is the woman behind Esemee Fascinators, she is based in Blackpool UK and she has been gracing the fashion industry for a year.  Her designs have been featured in Vogue, Asian Bride and Chaos New York to name but a few, her designs have also caught the eye of photographers at Ascot and Dubai Races.  Each piece is a fusion of vintage and modern style and is individually handcrafted.  Suzanne also makes lovely eye catching bags and Venetian eye masks.  All items are made to your individual requirements and items can be shipped worldwide.

Just take a look at the photographs below at some of the stunning creations by Suzanne.

Photos courtesy of SV Photo 2011

So if you are planning to go to a wedding, a christening, a graduation day, the races, a masquerade ball, a party or any other special event then Suzanne is the woman you need to be speaking to about making you stand out from the crowd in a one off design made especially for you.

Please pop over to the website at to have a look at more wonderful designs.  You can also contact Suzanne on Twitter at @EsemeeDesigns 

FYI This is not a sponsered post.

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I hate powder, I can't stand the chalky, ashy, caked on look, I loathe the way it sits in fine lines and wrinkles, I can't bear the way it makes my complexion look dull and flat.  So why am I blogging about a powder?  Well, I was browsing the Chanel counter, not looking for anything in particular, just browsing.  After a few moments a vision of loveliness wafted in my direction, she was about the same age as me, she looked immaculate and groomed to within an inch of her life, with an ethereal glow to her skin.  we were chatting away about lipsticks and lip liners but I could not take my eye off her skin.  In the end I was compelled to ask her what it was that was making her skin look so heavenly.  She talked me through her primer, her foundation, her blusher and then said that she had finished the look with Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder (Poudre universelle Libre).

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

She offered to apply the powder for me so that I could see the effect on my own skin, well I didn't have to be asked twice and I was in the sleek black make-up chair like a shot.  She used shade 30 on me, which is Naturel, the powder was just swept over my face with a large brush.  The effect was amazing, I could not believe how finished my make-up looked, but the thing that amazed me the most was how it didn't look chalky, caked or ashy, it didn't settle in my fine lines and wrinkles and it didn't make make complexion look dull or flat.  My skin looked polished, fresh and dewy with a lovely subtle glow.  I love this powder and I would recommend it to any powder-phobes like myself.  The powder retails at £30.64 for 30g which I know sounds expensive, but take into account the size of the pot and the quality,  it is money well spent.

The powder is available in 3 shades 20 Clair     30 Naturel    40 DorĂ©  

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