Friday, 30 November 2012

Elemis Evening Blooms Dry Body Oil

This is new from Elemis, a brand known for its high end spa treatments and skincare, and I think fans are going to love it.

Containing ylang ylang, osmanthus, jasmine and vanilla (though not too much thanks goodness as I find too much vanilla cloying),the fragrance of Evening Blooms is subtle, without getting lost; it lingers as a background scent and could easily be layered with other perfumes without clashing or jarring. The base is a blend of nourishing kukui and macadamia oils, but the resultant product isn't greasy, rather it leaves your skin feeling silky and smooth once it has sunk in, so it's a beauty treat you can indulge in for daytime, rather than saving it as an overnight treatment.

Don't overdo it when applying - you just need a little of the oil, warmed in your palms before massaging into your skin.

Evening Blooms Dry Body Oil launches on QVC tomorrow with a great opening offer - for more information on that visit our Facebook page.

Giveaway - Queen Cosmetics skincare

I have got an absolutely cracking giveaway for you this week, just in time for Christmas. The lovely people at Queen Cosmetics are offereing one lucky reader a festive gift set of some of their bestselling skincare products - Sensiderma Moisture Soothe, Sensiderma Rich Hand Cream, Eye Make-up Remover and Glycerine Soap, worth £45!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Autumn in Essex

Out walking the dog I stopped and breathed in the crisp air, and thought, I am glad I live here. There is nothing like the countryside in autumn.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Follow this blog (quick, before it gets away!)

Forgive me if this post comes across as a little self-indulgent, but I've decided to add a 'follow this blog' button to 40s Chic.

It's something I've noticed other blogs and websites are doing more and more, and it seems sensible to have something like this (unless of course it turns out I attract no followers and am Billy No Mates, in which case it will just be embarrassing.)

There's a practical reason for doing it as well. Now I've started running giveaways, companies and PRs keep asking me how many followers I have, how many page views and other how many questions that I don't know the answer to.

True, the back office bit of my blog gives an indication of page views, but it doesn't give me followers; I installed Feedburner to find out about followers but that seems to only include some, I think the people who subscribe by email (though I could be wrong). So then I signed up for Google Analytics - aargh, it's a nightmare to understand; it does show followers but the number varies according to what day it is. *Sigh*

So finally I'm going to go with Google Friend Connect and just cross my fingers that I don't turn out to be Billy No Mates.

Help me avoid that hell by signing up to follow 40s Chic through the new button in the side bar. And leaving a comment below to tell me what you think. :o)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Giveaway - Logo What Am I?

Hands up who loves board games?

I've always been particularly partial to them - I remember sitting round the table playing Monopoly with my dad and sister and brothers when I was little, and enjoying great games of Cluedo with my best friend at her house.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Beauty - bring a little summer back

If the winter weather is getting you down and you can't wait for warm sunny days (rather than cold sunny days), then this could be just the ticket to get you smiling again.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Winter ambiance - fragranced candles

It's soooo cold outside and I do not want to leave the house again today. (I have to though, I have to go buy food for the rabbit otherwise she will leave home). I spent a couple of hours walking the dog this morning, which lifted my mood and, looking around at the autumn countryside, I totally appreciated living in a village. I love it here - the trees, hedges and even the ploughed fields are alive with colours that paint a beautiful picture.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Beauty - Hammam in Marrakech

While I was in Marrakech I took up the offer of a Hammam at the spa attached to the hotel. Now I had heard about this bathing ritual before, but to be honest, I wasn't sure what it involved. Ladies, if you're at all shy or prudish about nakedness it might be best to stop reading now. As I soon found out, there's no point in being shy if you're going to experience a hammam.

Weight loss going in the right direction!

I am amazed, but after five days in Morocco I still managed to lost two pounds! I weighed myself when I got back home on Wednesday, in time for my Jenny Craig weigh-in, and yes, I'd lost two pounds.

Beauty - Korres giveaway results

The winner of our superb Korres giveaway is... The Mini Mes and Me! Congratulations and please tweet me so I can contact you!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Beauty - Lush giveaway results

Ta, da, daaaaa. Trumpet call please. I am really happy to announce the winners of the first ever 40s Chic giveaway - Lush Fun and the Lush Rosie gift set. I have three prizes to give away and they are going to:

Make Do Mum

Please let me have your contact details so I can forward them to the PR and she will send out your goodies direct. 

Food - Dotty's baking day

Today will go down in our family history as the day Dot baked her first muffins and biscuits almost entirely on her own (though she did leave the washing up to me).

I remember learning to bake with my mam and I'm glad that Dot is showing the same enthusiasm for cake making as I did... and just as much enthusiasm for eating the results.

It is now getting on for 8pm and she has had so much sugar today I won't be surprised at all if she doesn't sleep.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Travel - Hotel Tigmi, Marrakech

Just a quickie tonight. I have so much to write about my few days at Tigmi and the yoga retreat, but that's for Thursday. I have a long day of travelling back to Blighty ahead of me tomorrow and I'm flagging after so much yoga - I have done more exercise in the last few days than I've done in months, and I'm feeling it in my hips, my legs, my knees and my bum - but I'm feeling oh so smug at the same time!

I'm writing this in my suite, with a wood fire glowing away in the corner. The nights in Morocco at this time of year are cold and so it's wonderful to have the warmth of the fire. It's hard to believe that just a few hours ago I was sitting by the pool, basking in the hot sunshine, while from the back of the hotel lie the magnificent Atlas Mountains, covered in snow. Back to reality tomorrow.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Travel - first day in Marrakech

I arrived yesterday, late afternoon, but today was my first full day. I managed yesterday evening's yoga class even though I didn't think I would after travelling all day, but then I missed this morning's class due to turning off the alarm and rolling over back to sleep.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Travel - Hilton Hotel, Heathrow Terminal 5

From the moment I stepped into the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 I could not have been better looked after by the staff. This was my little stopover the night before my flight to Marrakech, which was leaving at 7.30am, meaning I had to be at the airport at 5.30am! Dreadful timing on my part.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Beauty - How to create a smoky eye

This past week has been a bit hectic, what with subbing shifts in London, a cold that's been threatening to overcome me and now a sick child - the usual lurgy kids pick up at school I think, but she feels pretty rotten poor thing. 

So this is going to be a quickie. It's a make up application video from The Body Shop and features their gorgeous Moonstone Smoky Eye Palette. I love the fact there are instructions on the back of the product, but this gives you a brief overview of how to create the look in the flesh, so to speak. Enjoy.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Beauty - BodyShop sneak preview

Today I was in London, enjoying a blogger event hosted by The Body Shop, during which I was able to lust after their latest Christmas gift sets and chat with international make-up artist and Body Shop ambassador Chase Aston. 

I have a few great make-up tips to share with you courtesy of Chase (who by the way is a lovely person to talk to as well as a mine of make-up information), and I'll post those tomorrow. For tonight though, just to whet your appetite, here's a few photos I took at the event...