French Skincare

The French have amazing skin due to the hard working French brands they have access to. I have been researching a few brands for you to take note of.Some of these brands can be bought in the bigger pharmacies, some in department stores and online. It will vary from country to country what you can buy. That’s why I have included more well known brands such as Clarins and Vichy which will be easier to obtain worldwide.

Nuxe

Founded 1989. They have a iconic product called Huille Prodiguese Multi Usage Dry Oil £30. Jennifer Aniston is a fan of this range.

Bioderma

Founded in the 1970s, it is famous for its Micellar water,which was launched in the 90s.

La Roche Posay

Launched in the seventies specialist in gentle products used by Dermatologists,tested on sensitive skin.They are non- comedogenic which wont clog pores. I have the Anthelios sunscreen which is great in the summer and works well. And the spring water spray which cools me down in the hot weather. Like the affordability of this brand too.

Thermal Spring water £5

Caudalie

Founded in 1995 the inspiration comes from grapes that contain anti oxidants. There is a big fan base of Rosie Huntington -Whitely, Holly Willoughby and Victoria Beckham. I am considering of trying something in this brand in the future.

Beauty Elixer £12

Vichy

Founded 1931, by Prosper Haller from the Volcanic region of Auvergne,using mineral water from the springs. Dermatologists also work with Vichy to produce products for sensitive skin.

Mineral 89 Serum £19

Avene

Named after the region in France in which it was founded. It also uses Thermal Spring water in its ingredients. Founded 1990.

Embroyolisse

Founded in 1950 in the Parisian hospitals. They used the cream to hydrate and care for patients skin. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this brand.

SVR

Founded in 1962 by a French pharmacy for those with sensitive skin.

Finally my favourite a little more expensive, but not as expensive as other high end brands. I have been using this brand since 1990s whenever I can afford it and the results on my sensitive combination skin have been impressive and I have had compliments.

Clarins

Founded in 1954 by Jacques Courtins a medical student. Who based his body and face treatments on plants. I found the skincare range caters widely, its heritage is skincare. The make up is amazing and doesn’t get the publicity it deserves. Most make up brands brings me out in allergies and sensitivities. This brand as never failed me. And I stopped burning when abroad using there sunscreens. I have mentioned products in this brand in other blogs, so I will leave it there.

Also before I forget do look up Caroline Hirons she has a blog. A facialist I met last year at a Clarins launch. She knows everything all the best brands worldwide. Her blog is http://www.carolinehirons.com

I hope you enjoyed this blog.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I was not paid for this article. All my opinions on products are my own paid for by myself.

Skincare essentials

The last few months I have tried a number of products for hair, skin, body and hands.At the moment where all stuck indoors on lockdown and we still need to look after our skin.

Why well it’s our largest living organ and helps to defend infection getting into the body. That’s why it’s important to treat skin quickly with cuts tears etc to stop infection getting in.

Some of the products you can get online presently from good sources. Either the companies themselves, online suppliers or department stores online.My skin type combination/sensitive.

Cleansers

Clinique Foaming cleanser (gifted)Little goes a long way so very economical, feels clean without stripping and feeling dry. 30ml lasted me 3 months. To buy 150ml its £17.50

Clarins Foam Cleansers Tamarind for oily skin And Cotton seed for combination.Tamarind was a sample only found it too strong for my skin,better for really oily skin. Cottonseed suits me better little goes a long way like the Clinique one. Very economical. The Cottonseed I bought myself and lasted 6 months. 125ml costs £21.00

Clarins one step daily with exfoliate 30ml lasted me 4 months go gentle with this as it’s a cleanser and exfoliate in one. I received this as a bonus treat on counter it was a quarter size. Clarins do bonus treats regularly. Good way to try before you buy. I would use this again if I didnt have a exfoliater. 125ml costs £22.00

Liz Earle Cleanse and polish I didnt like the perfume of this or the cloth that came with it. Much prefer a flannel instead. Now it didnt do any harm to my skin it worked fine but the cost of the tube was £15 and it lasted me 2 months on a twice daily use. So I didn’t find it economical.

Moisturizing I received some samples to try from Clarins of their moisturizers. These weren’t all from the range. The cheapest I’ve listed first to the highest price. Look at the Clarins site for more details on prices and the different ranges they have. There are age range moisturisers and skin type moisturisers.

Hydra essential Gel

Love this range and been using the cream over the winter which is lush. The gel is a great summer alternative.

Extra firming day cream

Aimed at 40 plus. Lovely to apply nice on the skin.

Super Restorative

Aimed at 50 plus, very rich I loved it.

Hair

Maui

A new range which is silicone or sulfates and Vegan. Made in Hawaii with the different scents of Hawaii. I love the Hibiscus water shampoo and conditioner. It doesnt irritate my scalp and rinses out easily. I have found it in Boots UK and Superdrug. It retails at £8.99 but it goes on offer at £5.99 every few weeks.

Aussie

There shampoos and conditioners change from season to season. Not all of there range suits me I prefer the Macedemia nut oil ranges, the Pure range and the Eucalyptus oil range. Prices range between £3 to £5 depending on size.

Body

Maui

Have a body wash range to a big 400ml size that lasted me 6 months which I got on offer. It has the lovely Frangipani scent and I’m on my second bottle. Do check out the Maui website for more information. This range is new to the UK. Same price as the shampoo and conditioner but last ages.

The Body Shop Tahitian Tiare

This is more of oil based body wash product. This is another exotic scent this I bought from Body shop at Home which retailed at £5. Gorgeous I would repurchase this

Hands

Neil’s yard Wild Rose Cream

Gifted by a magazine. Very rich does the job well hands nice and soft slow to absorb.

Body shopMango hand cream

Given to me and absolutely beautiful smell absorbs quickly, works well and not too expensive.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I was not paid to advertise all my opinions are my own.

Coronavirus!!

Well I’m going a bit off my usual subjects due to the Coronavirus and I’m trying my best to self isolate.

I’m finding it hard to get food in because all the delivery services are booked out it’s hard to get a slot. Before it got bad I went to my local Food Warehouse just to do my usual top up and I thought I would just get a couple of extra things. I got there usually its quiet and sedate on a Monday morning and I’m a regular there the staff know me. It was full of people at 11am in the morning, shelves were decimated the tinned food, the toilet roll etc. The week before I went on a toilet roll hunt as I was down to my last one, it took 3 shops before I could buy any!! Food warehouse as only got there usual top up supply at present and advertising for extra staff. The following week I went in they have rationed certain items good for them.

The Coop have tried to keep on top of things to my local one is now shutting early to stock the shelves, good idea.

But the main supermarkets need to sort themselves out, priority delivery for the, elderly, vulnerable and pregnant women. And extra supplies in. As well as more staff to deliver and stock shelves.

I’m in a predicament I’m classed as vulnerable due to a health condition and I can’t get anything ordered yet. So I’m being sensible early morning shopping when I need food and my medication. Wrapping my scarf round my face to decrease infection.

As a former NHS worker washing your hands is the best form of infection control. Gel rub is good but dont overuse it as it contains Alcohol and can dry your hands and cause cracks in the skin, which infection can get into. Just use it when you cant use soap and water. And if your skin is sensitive use a gentle soap. Using hand cream a couple of times a day will help your hands if they start to dry and crack.

I’ve been doing a lot of disinfecting and cleaning important if your sharing a house with others. Areas I have concentrated on is bathroom, kitchen, door handles and light switches.

I have done the odd shift in the past with the Infectious disease unit at the local Hospital and my mate worked there. A great bunch of people who work hard. So at this time I think of them. They took in 2 patients from a cruise ship it was on the national news. And its the regional centre for infectious diseases, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. I worked on the unit when it was based at the Lodge Moor Hospital which was a Isolation hospital built in the 19th century. How times change, now its flattened and there is a new expensive housing estate built on the grounds.

Hope you find this article useful or interesting. Keep safe.

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Antique Sheffield

Hi there

Sheffield is an old industrial city in South Yorkshire previously a steel city, and still produces a small amount of steel.

There are 2 areas in Sheffield to visit apart from the museums. If either your into Antiques or into vintage living.

There is the Antique Quarter, that covers the areas of Abbeydale, London Road, Heeley Bottom, south of the city. Drew Pritchard , the antique dealer as frequented this area, to find objects to restore.

At Heeley Retail Park there is the Sheffield Auction Gallery. On Broadfied Road the Sheffield Antiques Centre and nearby the Sheffield Antiques Emporium, on Queens Road is the Heeley Bank Antiques Centre with it’s own tea room.

There are a scattering of smaller antique shops in the area of London Road and Abbeydale.

If you want something to eat and drink theres a cafe in the Hagglers corner,across from Heeley Bank Antiques Centre. Or if you like the 60s vibe there is the Okeh Cafe on Abbeydale Road. Further down Abbeydale Road there are 3 vintage tearooms for afternoon tea:- Jamiesons, Tea with Percie, and The Vintage Tearooms.

If you fancy a vintage hairstyle there Bombshell on Nether Edge Road. And in Hagglers Corner, Gypsy Rose salon.

Kelham Island area is just outside the city centre, towards the north of the city. It is a Industrial area. There is the Kelham Island Museum,which I have mentioned in another blog. There are a few places to visit in the area Kelham Island Brewary, a number of local pubs.

There are a number of retail units Kelham Flea antique store and also 2020 Kelham, which sells antique furniture.

Eating the are number of local cafes, Peddlers Market a monthly foodie event.

In Kelham Arcade, there is a bakery/eatery, Nether Edge Pizza company and Cheesemasters .

Also in the arcade is Purdys hairdressers, which specialise in vintage styles in a vintage style salon.

So there is plenty to do in Sheffield if Vintage is your vice.

Please Google the places I’ve mentioned and do visit if you live in the county or neighbouring counties.

Hope you find this information useful.

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Disclaimer I’ve not been paid any monies for this article

Events 2020

Hi I’m going to post a number of events in the Uk. It’s not all of them but some of the biggest events up and the country. I will also try and give you links for further information. I have already dedicated posts to some of these events in previous blogs for further information.

Festival of Vintage

festivalofvintage.co.uk

North event York racecourse 25th and 26th April

East event (new event) East of England Arena Peterborough 26th and 27th September

Chrich Tramway museum

tramway.co.uk

World war 2 Homefront April 12th and 13th

And August 8th and 9th

50s and 60s weekend 27th and 28th June

20s day 11th July

Vintage Carnival

http://www.thevintagecarnival.com

Newcastle Racecourse 23rd May (new event)

Nottingham Racecourse 31st August

Dawn’s Weekender

dawnsvintagedo.com

40s,50s and 60s weekend at Mill Rythe holiday park 2-5 October.

Twinwood

twinwoodevents.com

28th – 31st August Bedfordshire

The following vintage fairs go from city to city I will give you the links for you to check if there visiting near you.

Lou lous vintage fair thevintagefair.com

Judy’s affordable vintage fair http://www.judysvintagefair.co.uk

And the ultimate outdoor museum in the north exploring various decades is Beamish. Open from February visit the website for all the information http://www.beamish.org.uk

Nottingham Vintage Carnival

Any international readers feel free to message me about big events in your country and I will put a list up.

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Be my Valentine ❤

Thought I would do a quick post on some of the dresses available in the UK. Please do check the sites for international delivery to see if its available.

Lindy Bop has a USA site as well as the UK site. Which is great for the north American readers.

But some independent boutiques do stock the the 4 sites I will mention. I am just showing dresses but if you visits the sites direct there will be more options and styles.

Lindy Bop Uk

Christie Red Velvet Swing Dress £45.00

LADY V LONDON

Purple Rose Collage Dress £55.00

Collectif

Dolores Swetheart Picnic Doll Dress £55.00

Hell Bunny

Cannes 50’s Dress £50.99

Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day ❤❤.

And if your on your own buy your own flowers and chocolates, pamper yourself and buy a outfit. Think of others donate or buy at a Charity.Share the love❤

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for advertising. These companies I recommend because I have bought from them 😉

About the Thyroid

The Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland that controls many areas of your body.It sits in the base of the neck area . And carries hormone TSH3 and TSH4.

These hormones are necessary for all the cells in your body to work normally.

Thyroid disorders are very common and tend mainly to occur in women, although anybody – men, teenagers, children and babies, too – can be affected. About one in 20 people has some kind of thyroid disorder, which may be temporary or permanent.

The thyroid gland can become overactive (hyperthyrodism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). This may, rarely, occur from birth, or develop later on in life. Hypothyroidism is often accompanied by an enlargement of the thyroid gland known as a goiter.

Thyrotoxicosis is the term given when there is too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. It may be a result of overactivity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) as in Graves’ disease, inflamation of the thyroid or a benign thyroid tumour. Symptoms of thyrotoxicsosis include intolerance to heat, weight loss, increased appetite, increased bowel movements, irregular menstrual cycle, rapid and irregular heartbeat, palpitations, tiredness, irritability, tremor, hair loss and retraction of the eyelids resulting in a ‘staring’ appearance.

There are many different signs of Thyroid disease and I have left links to help you learn more.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/underactive-thyroid-hypothyroidism/causes/

https://www.healthline.com/health/common-thyroid-disorders

Hope anyone with a Thyroid problem will find this article useful. And if you know someone with a Thyroid problem you may understand it more. Thyroid is treatable but it’s a life long disease. I hope to write more on the subject in future.

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Happy New Year 2020

I hope for many people that this year will be better than the last

And it’s a new decade so let’s hope for the future. Yes 100 years since the 1920s and the Charleston era. People looking hopeful after World War 1. So after years of Austerity in the UK I hope it’s over soon.

I have took down the Christmas decorations but left up my LED Bonzai tree for now. I dont want to feel the holiday season is over yet. But if I dont do it now it wont get done.

I’m going to have a hunt through my boxes of objects relating to my life and see if anything can go to the charity shop too.

I hope everyone is not fed up with mince pies,chocolate and puddings yet. As the diet companies are starting to advertise already.

Oh well I’m off now to get ready for the new year i have made some resolutions in my head and hope i can stick with them.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Curvy Fashion

Hi there not all curvy ladies want to dress vintage style even though it’s often flattering.

Some ladies want to dress high street modern style. And there are brands now developing into plus size that are online, on the high street, not only sold in the UK but also sold globally.

So here’s a list of a few brands to google and look at there websites.

Evan’s

Yours

New Look

Gemma Collins

River Island

Very

boohoo.com

navibi

Missguided

These brands sell all the clothes you need for a full wardrobe for summer or winter. Prices vary from brand to brand. For example Yours is cheaper than Evan’s.

However I heard of an online company ASOS so I had a look at there website. There is a asos curve collection and some of the brands listed above are in there collections. I have been impressed with what clothes I have ordered so far the fit, quality and price of the clothes. Fast convenient delivery on purchases. So far I’ve bought t shirts,jumper and trousers.

If you live in the UK in November there to The Curve Fashion Festival in Liverpool. It looks good there are loads of brands to discover. There are plus size models there to meet. And there are lots of other activities. Check there website thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk

A Gemma Collins Dress sold on boohoo.com

Hope this is a useful guide for you all .

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for advertising any of these brands.

Merry Christmas 2019

Hi there folks wishing you a Merry Christmas. I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas will have a lovely time celebrating. Hope you dont have sore heads on Boxing Day. We have the Boxing day curry now a tradition and no it’s not Turkey!

But on a serious note look out for those who live on there own. Any food what’s left over, that’s unopened tins etc that doesn’t perish a shelter or food bank would be grateful . Also any Toiletries that you receive you know you cant use, would be a great donation too. And clothes you dont want that are in good condition could be donated to a charity shop or homeless shelter. There are many homeless people in the UK and other countries who count on us to help.

Happy Christmas and New Year. I will be posting again soon.

Bye for now 💋oxo