FEBRUARY EMPTIES….Bloguary Day 27….

Hello again lovely people. Well this is my penultimate post for Bloguary, I have been putting up a post now for 27 days straight, I’ve done a couple a day some weeks too. I really have enjoyed it, it’s kept my old brain active.

Today I bring you just a few empties, there have been a few more than this but they went in the recycling and the bin men already came before I remembered that I was going to an empties blog post.


My first empty product is a bath product, in fact it’s mostly bath products I’ve used up over the last couple of months. These products aren’t in any particular order of usage, this is purely at random. Sainsbury’s Skin Nourish bath cream with shea butter and jojoba. It smelt rather nice and there were quite a few bubbles from this cream coloured creamy bath soak. It did make my skin a bit dry though but was okay after using a body lotion.

Nivea Cream soft shower cream with almond oil. I used this as a body wash in the bath rather than in the shower and this is one of my favourite washes. I should have included it in my February favourites yesterday but it slipped my mind because it was in my empties bin. I got this in a gift set at Christmas. Oh it’s rather nice to shave with too, I just made a nice lather on my bath scrunchie and slathered it on my legs to shave, lovely smooth legs! Click HERE for my review.

I liked the fragrance of my Grace Cole shower gel, strawberry and kiwi it smelled delicious, but it was quite “watery” and I had to use quite a bit of it in my bath. It did make my skin a bit dry but I used the matching body lotion and it was fine. The fragrance lasted a while too. Click HERE for review.

Avon Anew Ultimate 7S Day Cream, this has been by far my favourite moisturiser in a long time I didn’t include this in my favourites yesterday either because I don’t know if I will be repurchasing  it at the moment. You can see my review of this day cream if you click HERE

MUA Make up Academy Kiss Proof Lipstain, I have two here in shades Fabalicious and Fruitilicious. They are only included in my empties because they have actually dried out I haven’t used them up at all. I think all “felt pen” type products should be stored on end so that the product inside is always in the nib, so it’s my own fault that they are dried up I just kept them in my vanity case. Hey ho. Click HERE to see my review.

Alberto Balsam herbal shampoo in sun-kissed Raspberry, with juniper and chamomile extracts. I love this shampoo not only does it smell gorgeous it makes my hair feel so incredibly clean, squeaky clean in fact. I have dry hair which I have coloured regularly but this shampoo just leaves it feeling soft smooth and shiny. I have the conditioner to match but it’s not quite empty yet, so maybe next time it will feature in my empties post.

So lovely people, I shall be back tomorrow for the very last day of Bloguary.




Hello again lovely people

I thought I would do another blog post today and bring to you my February favourites, just a few things I have been loving this month.


Champneys Skin Comforting Bathing Milk, this has been absolutely gorgeous in my bath every day. It’s nearly all gone though so it will be going into my empties bin very soon. It doesn’t make bubbles, it is what it says a milk and makes a beautifully fragranced milky bath. When I run the water and pour in the bathing milk it fills my bathroom with a glorious fragrance. Luxury.


I think I have finally found my perfect cleanser in this fab Loreal Age Perfect Cleansing Milk. I use as you would a cleansing balm, by massaging it into my skin and wipe it away with a wet face cloth. It just makes my skin feel really clean and fresh looking. Love it and I think this will most probably feature in most monthly favourites posts.


Obviously I have to include the fab toner too! I wasn’t really into toners as part of my skin care routine, but since using this I am converted. I really need to try the day and night creams that go along side these Loreal beauties, but I need to use up other creams first.


My MUA Make up Academy Cover and Conceal is another product that I shall always have in my monthly favourites too. It covers everything I need to cover, I can use it under my 50 plus year old eyes without it falling into fine lines or going cakey.


This a very new perfume I have only had it for about a week, It’s a prize I won via twitter from @davelackie I am in love with this perfume! I shall be doing a proper review soon.


My last favourite from this month is the eye cream I was trialling for Avon. This will need replacing soon, it’s nearly all used up. It has a rich cream in the main part of packaging that I use day and night, and in the top is a solid serum/balm that I use at night. It has made a difference to the way my eyes look, and keeps the under eye area hydrated.

Well that has been my February favourites, what have you loved this month?


THE 5 SENSES TAG…….Bloguary Day 26.

Welcome to Bloguary day 26 lovely people.

I was just reading one of my beauty books, I got to the chapter all about our senses and I thought “cor blimey that would make for a good blog tag” so here it is The 5 Senses Tag. I hope you enjoy reading.




I love the taste of: Vanilla ice cream. I love all ice cream but vanilla is definitely my favourite, boring to some maybe but that’s how I roll.

I love the smell of: Coffee, when you first open that new packet of ground coffee it just makes me go “ahhh” and I also love the smell of fresh lavender flowers.

I love the sight of: My 3 Grandchildren when they come running out to the car when we arrive at their house, and I’ve got cake for them. There will be 4 Grandchildren to bake cake for in May, so excited! But the new baby won’t be eating cake for a while, don’t panic! lol

I love the sound of: The dawn chorus. In the Summer and dawn is breaking I love laying in bed with the window open and I can hear the Blackbirds singing. (Blackbirds are always up first) such a beautiful sound.

I love the touch of: My grandchildren’s kisses.

I hope that was okay? It was a bit random I know. So I now tag anyone who is reading this to do the 5 senses tag too.

Bye for now lovely people.




Well hello lovely people, I hope you are all well. Today I am bringing you my top 5 make up products, with just a little bit of a review of each. I hope you enjoy reading.



I had never been completely satisfied with any of the foundations I was using, that was until I discovered MUA Make up Academy, and they brought out their Undress Your Skin range. I decided to try the lovely  Undress Your Skin Illuminating Foundation. You see, as I have got older my skin isn’t as perfect and glowy anymore and I need something to give me that glow back. As much as I would love to have Chanel Vitalumiere on my dressing table I can’t, we have a budget. So this is my foundation of choice. It covers all my imperfections, including the few tiny broken thread veins on my cheek and the slight redness on my chin. It has light diffusing particles which gives my skin the healthy glow back. It applies very nicely either with a brush or fingers and it blends perfectly too. It comes in 3 shades and I use shade Beige. It’s a super foundation for only £3.00.



 I’ve got a few of these as well and my favourite by far is Fashion Secret Vanishing Cream by Fashionista. It makes my skin look so much more smooth, lines are less noticable and so are my pores too. It also smells very nice too, a bit like almonds. It’s a cute little 6g pot for only £3.00



 Another Fashionista product that is so lovely and should cost more money than it does, is the loose powder which they call Shine Stopper. It is very light and soft and very finely milled by the looks of it. It doesn’t settle into the lines around my eyes and doesn’t go cakey at all. I use this to finish off my make up and if I’m going out I take the compact version with me. I wish that they did this in a bigger size than the 6g it’s such a lovely face powder, but it is only £2.00.



 I only got this eye liner at Christmas and I love it! It’s soft and creamy it glides on so easily and it doesn’t drag the skin of my eyelid. I am quite useless with liquid liner but I am very happy with this fab pencil. It is soft enough to use on the tight line without making my eyes sting which is something I like to do to make my lashes look longer. It also has a sharpener within the lid of the pencil, brilliant! The MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil is only £1.00 for goodness sake. I got mine in black.

Foundation Brush


 Yes my last favourite make up product is an application brush. I have always used the flat type of foundation brushes but when I got this MUA Stippling Brush it made my foundation look even better. It doesn’t leave brush strokes on the skin, my foundation blends in to perfection with this brush which is duo fibre. To stipple your foundation on you just tap your skin with the brush using the very tips of the white bristles. Using this method you will get flawless looking skin without any streaks. To top it off the bristles are synthetic, making it cruelty free. Magic! This super brush is a bargain at only £3.00.

Back tomorrow for Bloguary day 26, only 2 days left!



Hello lovely people!

Since I started blogging just over a year ago, I have been using my computer an awful lot more than I used too, I’ve used it even more since my daily posting with “Bloguary” and because of this my eyes have become a wee bit sore and itchy, and my eyelids actually feel like they are sweating if there is such a thing!



I’ve found a few things I can use to soothe them in my food cupboard and fridge that will save a few pennies too. For  start anything cool will soothe irritation and shrink eye bags so try putting cold teaspoons over your eyes for a few moments. I put my teaspoons in the fridge first. Slices of potato or cucumber are old remedies too. Try wrapping an ice-cube in cling wrap and stroking over the eye area.

There are a couple of remedies using Chamomile tea bags you can try too. Steep 2 Chamomile tea bags in boiling water for 5 minutes, then leave them to cool right down before placing over each eye. Relax for 10/15 minutes. OR use the tea that is left behind from steeping the tea bags, just add half a cup of rose-water (this will to tone and tighten the skin) take two cotton wool pads and soak in the mixture, place over the eyes and relax for 15 minutes. Chamomile is particularly good for the eyes as it’s soothing and reduces inflammation.

Green tea bags are also excellent for reducing puffiness around the eyes too as it contains anti-inflammatory properties. After you have made your green tea, take the cold tea bags and place over the eyes. Green tea is also a fab wrinkle fighting anti-oxidant too!

There is a fresh and fruity remedy in your fridge to help soothe tired eyes. Take slices of strawberry and place under the eyes lay back and relax for a few minutes, 15 minutes is always good! Then just cleanse and moisturise your face as normal. Strawberries do a fantastic job at reducing swelling and they contain Alpha-Hydroxy which can be found in all your expensive facial creams. I haven’t tried the strawberries under my eyes yet, but next time we buy some I am sure going to pinch a couple to try out. Roll on Summer for delicious English strawberries!

Gosh, that’s day 24 of Bloguary only another 4 days left for goodness sake. It’s gone so fast too. I am a bit late putting today’s post up though so apologies for that. It’s been my other half’s birthday weekend so I didn’t get this post ready in time to post at midnight GMT.

Anyway, I hope you have a good week lovely people.



STEAM FACIAL……Bloguary Day 23….

Hello lovely people. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

If you are at a loose end today maybe just relaxing before going back to work,  how about treating yourself to a relaxing steam facial. A steam facial will not only open up your pores to help rid them of any yucky impurities you miss during cleansing, it also plumps up the skin to soften any fine lines too and it helps with under-eye puffiness also.

First boil the kettle and pour the water into a large bowl. You can if you wish sprinkle a handful of dried herbs into the hot water, Camomile for instance will soothe the skin and the mind. Let the water cool a little, you want it to be hot, not scalding. Now drape a large towel over your head so that it will trap the steam as you lean your face over the bowl you will need to be at least 8 inches (20 cm) away. I usually put a thin layer of my eye cream around my eyes to protect the delicate skin around the area. Stay steaming for no longer than 10 minutes and take deep breaths through your nose. After the 10 minutes, press a flannel onto your skin or wipe over with a light toner. Apply moisturiser and relax.


If you have more time after steaming your face and before you use moisturiser, apply a clay mask to draw out any last yucky impurities from the opened pores, rinse  off with warm water then apply your moisturiser. Another tip is to pluck your eyebrows after a steam facial while the pores are open and warm.

Next time I have a steam facial I think I will apply a hair mask, as the steam will help the mask to penetrate more. Just a little warning, if you have problems with red veins, steaming can make them worse so make sure your water is warm rather than hot and don’t steam for any longer than 5 minutes.

I hope you will be nice and relaxed and ready to face the dreaded Monday morning.


BEAUTY BLOGGER TAG…..Bloguary Day 22

Hello lovely people. I have seen this “tag” round and about so I thought I would give it a go. I’d go grab a cuppa if I were you there’s quite a few questions to this one!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?

My hair can be a real pain, one day it’s poker straight the next it’s got a “kink” in it.

2. What is your natural hair colour?

I was very blonde when I was little but as I grew up it turned a boring mousey brown.

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?

My other half dyes mine at home for me, and he does a better job than I could do.

4. How often do you wash your hair?

I wash my hair twice a week, if I was to wash it more it would be too dry.

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?

I have the same style every day, although I am thinking of growing it out and changing my style.

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?

I always do my own nails, mani and pedi. I would love to have a professional manicure some time.

7. How often to you change your nail polish?

I change colour every week, when I usually treat them at the same time.

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter too, or just in the summer?

I sometimes polish my toenails in Winter, but I definitely paint them in the Spring and Summer.

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?

It usually takes me about 20 minutes, sometimes longer if I’m going somewhere special.

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?

Always my face.

11. Do you “collect” makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?

Yes I collect make up because I need it!!

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?

Never! I would love to wear them but I am so rubbish at applying them because my hand shakes so much.

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?

No not every day.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone?

Not all the time, if I do it’s only BB cream and mascara.

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?

No, not completely bare-faced.

16. How many high-end products do you have?


17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?

Usually once a week.

18. Do you plan your outfit for next day, at night or when you are getting dressed?

When I am getting dressed.

19. How often do you change your handbag?

I don’t have many handbags, so only every couple of months.

20. What time do you get up, & go to sleep?

I usually go to bed around 11pm, it takes me ages to feel sleepy though so we have the TV on. I usually get up about 6am.

21. How often & when do you workout?

I don’t work out I’m afraid, I suffer with bad knees (old age creeping on!)

22. Left-handed or Right-handed?

I’m right-handed.

23. How tall are you?

I thought I was about 5ft 7in but my fiance reckons I’m shorter than that.

24. Do you speak a foreign language?

No I don’t.

25. How many pets do you have?

We had a beautiful cat called Pumpkin, but one morning I let him out and he never came home again. 😦

26. How often are you on WordPress?

I go on every day to read other blogs.

27. Do you read the comments posted on blogs?

Yes I do, all the time.

28. Do you keep a list of products to try, that  you see in other posts?

I don’t write a physical list but I keep the list of products I’ve seen in my head.

29. How did you come up with your blog name?

I just thought Elegant Ageless Beauty was apt for a beauty blog aimed at mature beauty minded ladies.

30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?

My fiance does my photography for me, he uses a Canon EOS 1000D.

31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)

Daily if it needs it, there is only the two us so our flat doesn’t get untidy.

32. What is your favorite colour?

My favourite colour is pink, but I am edging my way towards mint green and turquoise as well.

33. What is your favourite beauty/fashion magazine?

Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, In Style

34. Do you swear?

Yes I “Bleep bleep” do sometimes.

35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?

Well I am writing this at 10pm so I should think I will be going to bed.

Well that was rather fun, and I would like to “tag” YOU  to do this next. Have a great weekend lovely people!

A WEEK IN NAIL POLISH…..Bloguary Day 19!

Hello lovely people, its bloguary day 19 already, and I bring you another pretty Springtime nail polish.



This one is a gorgeous turquoise blue from MUA called BOLD BLUE. It really is a very bright up-lifting shade of blue, and another one that is quite anti-ageing on my hands. I did have trouble with the application of this one, I needed at least four coats to get the coverage I wanted. Each coat seemed to leave brush strokes, but when I did get the coverage I wanted it’s very pretty and smooth. I must say even though I had to put on the four coats it does dry quite quickly, and it has a really nice sheen to it. I would love these nail polishes even more if MUA made the brush fatter, I don’t think I would have brush stroke issues then.

I really can’t grumble about these cute MUA nail polishes though, they are only £1.00 after all. You can get this bright and cheerful nail polish from HERE.

Back tomorrow with another pretty nail polish.


A WEEK IN NAIL POLISH!….Bloguary day 17!

Hello again lovely people!



Welcome to “A week in Nail Polish” where I will be sharing with you a different colour/shade of nail polish each day. I thought I would put away the dark wintry colours and get out my more bright springtime colours instead. My first choice is a gorgeous pinky red shade from MUA Make up Academy called “BRIGHT CORAL”. This polish applies very nicely and is opaque in two coats, and  dry in about 5 minutes,  it usually lasts me about 3 days before I have to change my polish. It doesn’t chip, it usually wears away from the nail edges first. It does have a very nice sheen to it, but if it does go a bit dull just wash and dry your hands, and it will bring the sheen back. This colour will look amazing on toes in the Summer! At present MUA seem to be out of stock of this particular colour nail polish, but you can check it out at Superdrug HERE  and it’s still only £1.00. Such an incredible bargain for a super nail polish.


Gosh, after putting this picture up I noticed that I have done a really awful paint job, so sorry about that lovely people. I do sometimes get such shaky hands! It’s still a very beautiful nail polish though I hope you will agree.

Wishing you all a great week.


MATURE MAKE UP part 3- Lips… Bloguary Day 13!

Hello again fellow beauty lovers! Welcome to Bloguary day 13, I hope this isn’t unlucky for me! Today it’s lips with just a few tips for older beauties out there.

Younger persons lips tend to be plump, pink and rosy, but as we age our lips lose volume, colour and also the fulness around the outline and because of this can cause our lipstick to “bleed” into any fine lines around the mouth. I must admit I am lucky enough to not have suffered from this, YET! So what can we do to get our lips more luscious looking, apart from cosmetic fillers?

Lip-plumping products can help and they work in a couple of ways. All of them are very moisturising, and at the same time give a very flattering glossy look to the lip. Some may contain light reflective pigments which will create the look of plumper lips. There are some that contain ingredients like cinnamon extract, clove oil or even chilli. These cause a mildly irritating reaction which make the tissue of the lips tingle and swell, hence you will get the look of plumper lips. It’s a sensation that one would have to get used too methinks. I have never used a lip plumping product, but I do plan to buy one to see if it really does work, so I shall get back to you on that one.


Of course MUA Make up Academy do a lip plumping product in lots of gorgeous shades, called Out There Plumping Lip gloss and this will be the one I shall “plump” for. (ha ha ha) check it out HERE.

Another way towards luscious lips is to just use the right lipstick. Dark lipstick will make our thinning lips recede, while a light to medium shade will make them stand out, avoid dark matte and frosted shades too and always choose a lipstick that’s moisturising. To stop the dreaded “bleeding” of our lipstick into fine lines, is to line the lips. One way is to use a very fine brush and a concealer. Line your lips and make sure the line meets in the corners of the mouth, and blend well. The other way is to take a neutral lip pencil and line the lips, again making sure it meets in the corners of the mouth. So what about lip gloss? Oh yes use it! But don’t slather it on thickly, just apply your usual lipstick then  add the gloss to the centre of the lips. Another great tip is to dab a tiny bit of highlighter above the cupid’s bow this is certain to make your lips more “pouty! One tip I saw on amazing make up artist Wayne Goss’s You Tube channel was to take your lip liner straight across your cupid’s bow then apply your lipstick, basically you fill in your cupid’s bow. I have tried this and yes it works, it made my lips look fuller. I guess it depends on how you feel about not having your cupid’s bow!

Here are just a couple of my favourite lipsticks.





Oh yes I know I said stay away from matte lipsticks, but these from MUA are really moisturising, and I always add a touch of lip balm on top to add a touch of sheen. Click HERE to go to MUA Make up Academy. You can take a look at the yummy lip balm too!



How do you exfoliate your lips? I never use a lip scrub, I always exfoliate my lips as part of my skin care routine now. I apply my Nivea Essential Care lip balm then take a cotton bud and roll it over my lips and to the outline. I wipe it away with a cotton pad then hey presto! lovely soft moisturised lips.



I think I shall get cheeky tomorrow peeps. 🙂 Bye for now!


MATURE MAKE UP pt2….Featuring MUA Make up Academy and Fashionista…Bloguary Day12!

Welcome to Bloguary day 12! I can’t believe I have made it this far, I have really been exercising my brain for the last 2 weeks but I have loved every minute of it! I hope you have too, and today I thought I would continue with the second part of my Mature Make up series, I have covered skin and eyebrows so today I shall be sorting out the eyes,  Here goes!

Lets start with eye make up! Really strong colours can look harsh on older skin and may highlight areas you don’t want to draw attention too! So change to softer versions of colours you used to wear, or go for neutral shades like Taupe, Peach, Rose (not pink) and Brown. I have some gorgeous palettes that I personally think are ideal for a mature lady. Some of which are pictured below and they are all from MUA Make up Academy

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200


This palette is lovely, and all the shades are slightly shimmery, NOT glittery and can be blended lightly for a soft finish. Slightly shimmery eyeshadow on the eyelid only will help to lighten up the area and make the eye look more open and awake. Take a look HERE it’s at the super price of £3.00.

VLUU L200  / Samsung L200


Another palette that I am very fond of holds  more neutral shades and it also varies well for softer looks, a more natural eye look. Great for everyday, work make up. It’s HERE  and only £4.00.



But my go to palette for every day which holds all matte shades is one of MUA’s newest additions to their range. It’s the ideal for any mature lady who loves eye make up, absolutely no shimmer or glitter at all, very anti ageing. Get it from HERE and it’s only £4.00.

When I do my own make up, I try to make my eyes look more “uplifted” I always prime first and make the eyelid as nude as possible and all one colour. I then apply a base colour to the lid, a light shade to make the eyes “pop” Sometimes it might be a slightly shimmery texture. Next I would apply slightly darker shade to the outer corner of my eye, and blend blend blend. Blending is the key to a great look! I have, with the aging process taken on a “hooded” eye so I don’t have a proper crease anymore. So now I have to give myself a crease instead. I take a darker neutral shade and where my crease used to be I apply the eyeshadow, but I go further up towards my brow to give the illusion that I now have a crease. (Maybe one day I will have the courage to actually stick my face on my blog!) I then take a light neutral shade and blend out the crease colour so there are no harsh lines. Lastly I would add a highlight shade to just under the brow.

I had long eyelashes once upon a time. Now like everything else I have to help them to look good. I always have to curl them. I apply one coat of mascara then apply my eyelash curlers for about 10 seconds, then add another coat of mascara. wriggling the brush from side to side to help lashes to separate. I then go onto my blusher while the mascara dries, and then apply a last coat of mascara. We are told to give up black mascara as we age, but sorry make up police I can’t!



One of my favourite mascara’s at the moment is another Fashionista product. This gives super lashes for me, especially when used with my eyelash curlers. As this is a two-step mascara I can use the white primer first, then use my eyelash curlers then a couple of coats of mascara, fab! You can buy this mascara at the moment from Superdrug  right HERE and it’s £8.00.

For eyeliner I do have a bit of trouble. I can’t do a liquid liner, I’m rubbish. But I do try to apply either a pencil liner or contrast eyeshadow on a slanted brush and apply to my top lash line. One effect I am particularly trying to get used too, is the applying of a black pencil to the tightline. (Inside top waterline) it really does make your eyelashes look longer. I never line the inside of my bottom lashes anymore, I used to wear the look all the time when I was younger but now as I have got older it just makes my eyes look smaller.



My MUA eyeliner pencil that I got for Christmas is just fab. It is so soft and creamy, and when I try to apply it to my top lash line it doesn’t drag the skin. It’s brilliant for tightlining too. I do need to get myself a brown and a green methinks, after all they are only £1.00 from HERE

Okay, I have covered the eyes now! (Oh dear can these puns get any worse?) Next in the series of Mature Make up Tips I shall be talking lips and cheeks. I bet you can’t wait! ha ha ha.

Thank you for reading.