Chapel Saint Leonards

About a month ago mum decided to make a put to book a Caravan again at Chapel st Leonards. With the lockdown we were going stir crazy and a caravan break was ideal and safe. My dad had been stuck indoors for 6 months only escaping to the garden. So mum booked the 6 birth disabled Gold standard Caravan. For those you outside the UK Chapel St Leonards, is a small seaside village north of Skegness, on the flat Lincolnshire coast, on the east side of the UK.

We went to Merryfield park across the road from the pub which we sat outside one night. The Caravan had 2 bedrooms and plenty of space in both of them. A bathroom designed as a wet room. A galley kitchen leading to a sitting dining area. A verandah outside with a ramp.

My nephew came with us to push his grandad around in the wheelchair. He slept on the sofa at night as he was too long for the beds!!!

The local shops were so organised and the restaurants too. Before you went in each shop or takeaway it was mask on and antibacterial gel supplied.

Restaurants and pubs you signed into and masks were on to you sat down along with sanitizer at the door.

We went to a local restaurant called JWs which was smashing we all ate different meals and everyone enjoyed theres. Also we went to the Lakeside cafe and had breakfast one time sat by the Lake. And we had takeaways from the local chinese and chip shops, which were beautiful with big portions.

The beach was lovely it looked like desert. And people were walking on the promenade. It was so peaceful and relaxing.

We fell lucky that week with the weather in the 20c all week it was like and indian summer so sunny and we got some colour.

My dads mood improved, he stayed awake all day as he didn’t want to miss anything.He exercised with his frame. He ate much better trying to eat all his meals .And we got him out in the fresh air seeing people. Popping a visor on him before we entered the shops. It gave him some normality.

Mum and I enjoyed a game of bingo we signed into the amusements. Each bingo station was sanitized down after each use. It was do well organized.

We didn’t want to come home and hopefully we can go back next year. Hopefully the Covid will be controlled by then

The beach
The Lakeside Cafe

I hope you enjoyed the read and it shows we can live in this new world. Hopefully everything will turn a corner eventually.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Surviving Lockdown and coming out of it

A couple of weeks ago I went to the city centre to the bank. I had not been for a least four months. Mask ready I jumped on the bus and gave him the correct cash. There were seat allocations on the bus seats so at least half the number of passengers are allowed on each deck. I had heard my bus stop had been diverted for the journey back. So I asked the bus driver who was very helpful where to get the bus back. The journey wasn’t long or congested due to the less traffic in town. I was surprised how many people were around .We queued orderly outside the bank and one of the workers was seeing what you need to go in for. This was to speed up the queue and save people waiting unnecessarily long. All this was civilised and brilliantly done it didn’t take long to get my things sorted. I needed some cash changed so I popped in the pound shop next door. In the UK our poundshops are popular all sorts of household items at low prices. I bought a pastry brush I needed and got my bank note changed for the bus. Because here in the UK you need the correct change or use contact less. I walked down for the bus taking in some air as the mask was getting on my nerves. So I had enough for one day and was surprised the bus was in and get straight home. I felt that everything in town was Alien to me how much we take for granted and what is the new normal!

I’ve started visiting the Costa when I can that’s local to me. I think it’s a good step to get back to normality. If there is a queue i patiently wait, I get my mask ready to slip on. I suffer with Asthma so i try to limit the use of my mask i much prefer the visor when i can. Only 2 customers at a time at the counter so to limit infection. There were queue pushers one time who ended up supervised by a floor worker!Theres a alcohol rub as you enter but I prefer to use my own. Service is quick as possible then find a seat where your allowed . As all tables are signed to which your allowed to sit in. This month to encourage us to eat out again everything is half price, a government initiative I believe. So my pot of tea and flap Jack only £1.55. So at the table you can slip of your mask eat and drink watch the world go by and answer your emails. Feel the normality for a while bliss.

I went to the hairdressers after 4 months with no cut. My fringe was down to my mouth nearly. I managed not to cut it myself as it’s a sweeping fringe. We waited outside until we were called in. Had temperature done and used alcohol rub before shown to the seat and I wore a mask. I had my own screened of area to sit in.My hairdresser had the full regalia on apron, gloves, mask, visor. It must be hard work and uncomfortable for them to work in. My hairdresser had to clean client area before and after used. So after washing my hair she cleaned the area after making me comfortable. Before she commenced cutting, drying and styling my hair. Which was an hour of bliss. It was all one to one in looking after me. My length needed a good 2 inch off and looked better after the cut and I could see where I was going instead of pinning back all my fringe. I found I could deal with situation well I got a taxi there and back too. I think because it was a familiar face in a familiar setting helped despite the methods we had to go to to get the job done. And my hair styled and cut while wearing a mask was just as good as if it wasn’t in a lockdown ease up. Looking forward to my next appointment.

So what’s the normal in your city, town or village these days? What makes you anxious while your out? I would love to here from you.

Bye for now 💋 oxo

Caroline Hirons Skincare Book

A couple of weeks ago I received Caroline’s Skincare Book. I had been excited about receiving this and I wasn’t disappointed. Its a no nonsense guide and written in the style Caroline talks.

Caroline is a lady who loves Camo,Duran Duran and Heavy Rock. She has 23 years experience in Skincare,consulting /advising for retailers and brands in the the Skincare Industry. She is a trained aesthetician and worked for top brands.

Born and raised in Liverpool and the U.S. Caroline has lived in London since the late 1980s with husband Jim and their 4 children.

The book is divided into several chapters.

The Introduction includes a explanation of how the skin works.

A Good Skin Routine chapter helps you plan the best routine for you and your lifestyle. It includes extra information on a summer and winter routine.

Skin Types and Conditions chapter helps you know the difference between skin types. And the condition of your skin resulting in lifestyle. It also shows different skin conditions such as Eczema and how to treat it.

When life Happens this chapter is all about dealing with the skin during ageing, puberty,menopause and illness.

Your Kit chapter helps you find the best products for your skin concerns and your age group. She also discusses the products she doesnt like and why.

Here’s the Thing chapter talks about myths of the industry. Caroline talks about what are the fear selling tactics of the brand.

There is also a Glossary of Terms and Brands section mentioned in the book.

I think this book is suitable for someone struggling with there skin, someone interested in Skincare and people working in the Industry. It has lots of photos in this book to show you information as you go along too. Even Dermotoligists have been impressed with this book.

At present it’s a No 1 bestseller. Its price is £20, but can be purchased cheaper in supermarkets Amazon and WHSmith in the UK.

On Caroline’s Blog it gives information on where you can buy it internationally. Caroline has a blog which started in 2010 with 120 million views.

Where to find Caroline online:-

carolinehirons.com

Facebook CarolineHironsOfficial

Twitter CarolineHirons

Instagram CarolineHirons

You Tube CarolineHirons

I hope you enjoy this article and look up Caroline .Shes hard hitting down to earth and funny.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for this article . The book has been bought with my own monies.

Update Vintage Events 2020 Uk

Due to Coronavirus and Government guidelines I have found out and completed a quick update for you.

Chrich Tramway Museum is reopening 11.7.20

Beamish Museum is re opening 23.7.20

The Festival of Vintage East is cancelled in September.

The Vintage Carnival have just announced on 30.7.20 there September Carnival is cancelled. Re scheduled for May 2021.

It’s a little disappointing for some who enjoy the carnivals. But next year we have something to look forward to as Festival of Vintage have rebooked the next year. And if this Coronavirus is controlled everyone can go to the events safely whilst enjoying all the facilities and fun there.

Better be safe than sorry. Stay safe everyone.

Bye for now 💋oxo

What I’m loving right now

Well I’ve purchased some new products from my ebay sales.

Firstly, I bought a new Elomi bra as my Panache ones were worn out. I can’t get to Bravissimo for a fitting due to Covid19.Plus my nearest Bravissimo shop is over 30 miles away in Leeds. But by the way ladies Bravissimo in the UK is the best place I’ve been for a fitting. As they took there time and the bras fit like a glove, I got the Panache Envy at my last fitting which is a great bra.

My Elomi Morgan bra still fitted me well so I went for the Lydia this time. I bought it direct from there website. Look at the outlet page to on there site bras there selling of cheaper. It came in 2 days and fits so well. There bras are very sturdy but pretty.

My favourite brands are Elomi, Freya and Fantasie, which are all from the Wacoal group. And Panache a Sheffield based company that also sells in the USA I believe.

I also bought a new dress for £20 from Ruby and Daisy. They are a small boutique north of Manchester that ship internationally. Now there dresses are one size and go from a UK 8 to upto a 24. So basically you can wear the same dress if your a size 10 and your mates a size 20. Yes incredible do look at there website. One of the co owners is Antonella Brollini, who in the UK is known as Aunty Nelly the uncensored reviewer, and been a guest on ITVs This Morning programme. She was on live on the Ruby and Daisy Facebook site last week and shes says shes going to get stock in soon up to a size 32. They have there own website, Facebook and Instagram.

I bought the Bayview dress which the material feels lovely and looks flattering. I bought it in the Navy and I’m going to wear it this week in the hot weather.

Nelly in a Bayview dress

Finally I bought the small Caudalie Grape Water for £6 75ml. It is a moisturising mist/toner spray and refreshing in this hot weather. It feels great on the skin and a good buy worth it. I got it from the Escentual site I’ve mentioned before took 2 days for delivery. And I got a Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in a mini size 10 ml and La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 mini size 3ml too for free.

I’ve used the oil on my face and hair as its multi functional and its brilliant. Not greasy on the skin it’s a dry oil. And smoothed my hair using it before washing my hair.

I’m looking forward to getting my Caroline Hirons Skincare book. I will let you know about that soon.

Links:-

Ruby and Daisy http://www.rubyanddaisy.co.uk/

Elomi http://www.elomilingerie.com/

Esentual http://www.essentual.com

Bravissimo http://www.bravissimo.com

I hope you enjoyed this article.

Bye for now💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid to promote or buy any products. Products have been paid out of my own money.

Vintage Update

Hi this is a quick post just too let you know what I’ve learned lately in the vintage world.

Sadly because of the Coronavirus some of the Festvals have been cancelled this year. The festivals are the ones I have mentioned in a earlier blog. These are Vintage Carnival, Dawn’s Vintage Do, Festival of Vintage and Twinwood

The Festival of Vintage York hosted a Virtual carnival online. They may do the same for September I’m still waiting to hear if the September carnival as been officially cancelled.

Lou Louis vintage fairs are going virtual I dont know yet if the Vintage Carnival, in September has been cancelled and going virtual yet. When these festivals are virtual it means the traders are selling online through the festival Facebook site etc.

Dawn’s Vintage Do has definitely been cancelled as the holiday village where it is as cancelled it.

Twinwood has been cancelled too.

The museums Chrich, Beamish and Kelham are still temporarily closed. But they are waiting for government guidance to reopen.

Although these events are shut it’s for our own safety so we can go again in the future.

Lindy Bop as gone into administration in April. Which I feel sad for as people are now out of work. I loved there clothes and it was there company I first tried for vintage repro.

People are selling there pieces secondhand on Facebook sites . And I recently sold a Lindy Bop top and skirt on ebay.

I hope the above information is useful and hopefully there is a light at the end of the tunnel eventually. Do ask me any questions if you need anymore information.

Keep going and carry on. Stay Calm and keep safe xx

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid to promote any company mentioned in the article.

Make up for Sensitive Skin

When I was a teenager and only had a small amount of money for college, I used a lot of Avon. But the oil free foundation I used when I socialised on a weekend evening brought me out in spots. My skin was oily and I removed it properly. And I’m not saying Avon is a bad Brand but there was something in the ingredients that flared my skin up.

I then heard about Various Hypoallergenic ranges for sensitive skin and the were also non comedgic. So they shouldn’t block your pores or flare up your skin. This I read in my teenage mag in the beauty column. One brand I had seen in Boots in the city centre. Boots is a major chemist in the Uk. This brand had it’s own counter in the store, it was an American brand Almay. I tried the foundation and low and behold no spots or flare ups. I gradually purchased more and more of the brand, eye make up for my new contact lenses I purchased etc.

After 3 or 4 years Almay stopped selling in the UK. And I bought Boots own sensique brand, the eye make up was brilliant. But sadly they stopped the line after a few years.And when I went for my Clarins facial the therapist gave me some of the make up to try in samples, as I was running out of foundation. The Clarins was fantastic and a little went a long way. So a bottle would last me a couple of years as I didn’t wear it every day. Like the Almay which was cheaper it didn’t irritate me plus it had skin benefit ingredients in it.

I understand that Almay can still be bought in the USA so all you American ladies out there try it.

Two other American brands I like are Laura Geller her eye make up is safe for my eyes. And I love her baked foundation and blusher.

Benefit blusher, concealer, bronzer and highlighter I like but I cant wear the eye make up. There is something in the eye make up that irritates the eyes. I find some brands are not labelled hypoallergenic but because they dont have certain ingredients in them a sensitive user can use them. And Benefit is one of these examples.

I think personally it’s a good idea to try before you buy. The Benefit counter does encourage make overs on counter, which is great. I was having a make over and I had my glasses instead of lenses. And it how I realised the eye make up didn’t suit, but I’m fine with the face makeup. But you can always try mini versions or samples of make up.

Look for paraben free,phlates free, hypoallergenic and non comedgic in the descriptions of make up if your not sure.

I will list below other brands that are best for sensitive skin.

Colorscience

Jane Iredale

Burts Bees

Physicians Formula

Georgio Armani Beauty

Neutrogena

Bare Minerals

Clinique

Glo skin beauty

Vmv Hypoalergenics

Tarte

Trish McAvoy

Links :-

http://www.almay.com

http://www.clarins.co.uk/

http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/

Almay

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Bye for now💋oxo

Disclaimer I was not paid to write this article it is written on my own own opinion experience and make up has been bought by my own monies

Coronavirus part 2

Since I last wrote a piece on the Coronavirus some developments have happened some good and a bad development.

Just before lockdown my uncle was in palliative care in a nursing home in the Manchester area. It appears he had a stroke then pneumonia. As we were allowed to visit. My mum was unable to see her brother due to looking after my father who has severe Parkinsons disease. So I was despatched in her place as I been over before to see him there. I met my aunt in Manchester Piccadilly station ,she had travelled in from Leeds ,where the rest of mums family live. We went together and got to see him as lockdown was a week later. 2 weeks after we saw him he passed away he was 76. He had lived in the nursing home for a number of years and the staff loved him. So because of lockdown none of the family could attend the funeral as we would have gone across county which wasn’t allowed. The funeral home helped mum organise the funeral. And lots of the care home staff attended the funeral and had a wake for him at the home. We were grateful as we couldn’t attend. We intend to see the care workers when restrictions are lifted. I will miss my uncle he was a character, he was ex army and used to box for the regiment he was in.

As for the shopping after speaking to the Gp in a phone call I was able to get online shopping from Iceland. And the pharmacy are delivering my prescription.

I bought myself a mask online and I look like Darth Vader or a bank robber, Ha ha .But if I go on public transport I will need a mask and the right amount of money.

Well as I live in a flat I have had walks around the local green areas. And talking to neighbours at a distance to keep my sanity.

How are you folks all doing?

Bye for now 💋oxo

Caudalie

After hearing Caroline Hirons liking Caudalie products I thought I would look into Caudalie

Caudalie products are cheaper the brand of skincare I normally use. So I thought I would browse a site Caroline reccomended too esentual.com

I found the products were priced between £6 and £46. And above this price the premier cru range.

I needed moisturizer as I was on my dregs of my moisturisers which were samples, having run out of my Clarins Hydra moisturizer. I chose the Vinosource range as it’s the moisturising range , and my skin as been dehydrated with been indoors most of the time.

But first I will let you know more about Caudalie. Its a green skincare range made from grape extract, veg oils waxes and butters, essential oils, floral and botanical butters,plants and fruit extracts.

Caudalie does not use parabens and phenoxyethanol, animal derived ingredients,mineral oils or sodium laureth sulfate.

Caudalie also gives 1% turnover for reforestation.

I saw the moisturiser in a collection it was a best seller the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet £23 for 40ml. With it was a Vinosource SOS Thirst quenching serum sample 10ml and Moisturising Mask sample 15ml.

The moisturizer ingredients includes Chamomile, Shea butter,grape water,polyphenols ( anti age and antioxidant)

The serum full size retails £29.00 for 30ml and ingredients are Hyaluronic acid, vinolevure,olive squalene,grape water and polyphenols.

The mask retails at £22 for 75ml and contains Hyaluronic acid, Vinolevure and green grape.

Photos below

The mask is lovely I have had it on twice now. For 15 minutes and overnight as you can use it both ways. It left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. It has a very earthy smell to it and a creamy thick texture.

Both the serum and moisturizer have fruity fragrance to them but a natural smell not synthetic. The serum absorbed into my skin and both products were soothing. The moisturizer was light and mousse like and the serum light and silky on my skin.My skin as felt soft and smooth since and its alleviated my dryness.

I did like the packaging it came in and they try and make it recyclable.

I feel as I may repurchase in the future. As I feel that they benefit my skin. And they are worth the price considering the ingredients.

Caudalie do a few collections and mini size products to try. Do look at the Caudalie site for further information as they can give you more information on there values and ingredients.

http://www.escentual.com

http://www.caudalie.com

I hope you have enjoyed the article.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I was not paid for advertising and my opinions are my own. I bought the products by my own monies they were not gifted.

Spring look

Hi thought I would do a spring look for the modern day rather than retro.Make up is more sheer and natural with soft colours.

Make up used

Face

Clarins SOS primer 00 Universal light

Benefit Stay don’t stay eye primer light/ medium

Benefit fake up concealer 02 Medium

Clarins Skin illusion Foundation 110

Becca skin perfect highlighter in Rose gold

Clarins bronzer from Colourful Horizons pallette to contour

Eyes

Clarins mono colours in 16 pink frost 23 silver green

Soap and glory crazy sexy kohl in black on top eyelid

Laura Geller Inkredible liner in Purple Rain underneath

Clinique superfine liner for brows in Brown

Clarins supra volume mascara in Intense Black.

Lips

Estee Lauder pure colour envy 420 in Reckless Bloom

Bye for now 💋Oxo

Disclaimer not been paid for this article products are my own.