Tuesday 30 September 2014


Gerascophobia is a persistent fear of growing old. The fear of aging seems to exist in all of us to some degree. People facing the time’s travails on their face often complain about their sagging jowls, scarce eyelashes, fine lines and wrinkles, and hairfall. Here’s a look at some useful tips to help fight ageing.

Before You Go For a “Facelift”

Going under the knife for facelifts or botox treatments might give you immediate results. But do they look and feel natural and are they free of harmful side effects? Natural beauty might take longer to show results but they are definitely more sustainable and come without any adverse effects. One way to immediately enhance the appeal of your face is to use eyelash enhancers. You can get loads of product information and unbiased reviews on eyelash enhancer on reliable sites like EyelashSerumReview.com. Here’s a look at some beauty tips that can help you keep the signs of ageing at bay:
  • Keep your skin hydrated. Dry skin leads to early wrinkles.
  • Using natural scrubs and lotions helps maintain an even skin tone. This makes your face more attractive and keeps away signs of aging.
  • Drink plenty of water and ensure a balanced diet.
  • It is believed that 95% of wrinkles occur due to sun exposure. Use appropriate protection when you step out into the sun.
  • Keep you brow line clean. This can dramatically change your appearance.
  • Replenish your lost eyelashes with the best eyelash growth enhancers, serums and conditioners.

Some of the Best Eyelash Growth Enhancers

Here’s a look at the best eyelash enhancers available in the market today:
  • Dermalash
Designed as therapy for troubled lashes, this product is made up of water, an Eye Lash Growth Promoter Complex, Polybutene, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Oletin Sulfonate, SD Alcohol 40-B, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Panthenol, Imperate Cylindrica (Root) Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Maltodextrin, Green Tea Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Iron Oxides and more. You can order this product from here:- http://www.eyelashserumreview.com/product-reviews/dermalash/
It offers several benefits such as:
  1. Positively affecting both the eyebrows and eyelashes
  2. It has received good customer reviews that vouch for its quality.

  • Grandlash MD
Made from ingredients rich in peptides, a variety of natural extracts, amino acids and vitamins, this product can make your eyelashes and eyebrows the most captivating feature of your face. With visible results in just 4 to 6 weeks, you can order this product from here:- http://www.eyelashserumreview.com/product-reviews/grandelash-md/
Grandlash MD is also beneficial because:
  1. It has been formulated with purely natural ingredients.
  2. It is clinically approved.
  3. Is has easy online availability.

  • Idol Lash Enhancer
Made entirely of natural ingredients, this product does not irritate the eyes. Made of potent polypeptides, essential vitamins and minerals, and moisturizing agents, Idol Lash Enhancer is a great solution for luscious and full eyelashes.
Its other benefits include:
  1. No harsh ingredients
  2. Works fast
  3. Paraben and fragrance free

It is time to choose the best eyelash growth enhancer for yourself and take years off your face. Make sure you read more about the products on EyelashSerumReviews.com before making a buying decision.


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Hi lovelies! As I'm sure you've all noticed, here in the UK the weather has been changing rapidly and it suddenly seems to have gone really cold out! So, rather than getting grumpy about the cooler weather, I decided it was time to get excited, because a change in season means only one thing - shopping! As Autumn and Winter clothes can tend to be a little bit plain and simple, I love to lookout for online shops that stock clothes that are a little bit different, so my winter wardrobe can be more fab than drab! One site that was bought to my attention lately was Rosegal, an online store with a twist. Not only do they have loads of gorgeous every day clothes, but lots of vintage pieces too!

I've put together a little wishlist of some pieces I'm loving from the site to give you an idea of what they do. This cute little dress isn't my usual style, but there's something about the navy blue with the cute floral print that I absolutely fell in love with! With floral on my mind (who says they're just for summer?!) I also adore this floral jumper and denim jacket, as I feel the cute floral prints and pastel colours bring a touch of spring to the winter time! I feel like a lot of people shy away from pastels in the winter, but they seem to be really in this year (baby pink and mint green coats anyone?).

The cat print jumper was honestly love at first sight for me, it's just the right amount of strange and stylish all in one super adorable jumper! On the animal theme, how cute is this puppy bag? It'd be great if you just needed to pop out somewhere and didn't have to take much with you and of course if you want to embrace your inner 5 year old for a day. Finally, something I actually don't own, is a black coat, even though I feel like it should be a staple in every winter wardrobe! I absolutely love this one, the silver zips and beautiful fur collar just make it a little more special than a regular, plain black winter coat - this is probably my favourite thing on the list!

You can check out the Rosegal website here, they ship worldwide and have tons of fab, pieces, all quite different from what you'd find in high street shops. Rosegal have provided me with a discount code for you all 'joeyCgil' for 8% off anything on the site. Happy shopping!

What are you loving for A/W this year?


Sunday 28 September 2014


Hi lovelies! You'll probably have seen in my latest haul, that I've gone a bit eyeshadow mad at the moment and instead of going crazy and spending tons of money on the likes of MAC, Urban Decay and other such favourites, I decided to go for something a bit more purse friendly and give the good old high street a chance for a change.

Something that caught my eye while browsing the 'Essence' stand in Wilkos, was the 'All About' range, a selection of 5 different palettes ranging from neutrals, to brights, to pastels, as much as the more colourful options did look very pretty, I am not one to put the likes of royal blue or canary yellow anywhere near my eyes, so 'All About Nude' was the palette that I decided would come home with me. 6 gorgeous neutral shades all in one handy little palette, for just £3.50? How could I possibly resist?

I'd heard a few things about Essence as a brand, but hadn't really tried much from them at all, so as much as I did have high hopes, I wasn't really too sure what to expect. When someone says they bought an eyeshadow palette for £3.50, to be honest, I'm very quick to think, oh, that'll be rubbish then! Well, I have been proven massively wrong with this little bargain beauty! All six cool toned neutral shades are soft in texture and incredibly well pigmented. The palette comes with all the shades you'd need to create a pretty, light daytime look or a bolder, darker look for evening. It contains a light, shimmery champagne colour, perfect for an inner corner highlight, or to sweep all over the lid for a light, bright look, a satin finish shell pink, gorgeous worn alone or with a darker colour in the outer corner, a shimmer finish taupe, fab as an outer corner colour for day or all over the lid for night, a shimmer finish cool pink, a dark, cool, brown, great for a brown smokey eye and a deep, satin finish plum colour, which adds a hint of colour to a smokey eye without being too dark.

Each and every shade goes on beautifully and none require several layers to build up the colour, as you often find with cheaper shadows. In fact, you need quite a light hand with the darker shades as they're so pigmented! They go on very evenly and aren't chalky or too powdery at all. I would say you could probably wear these alone, but with a primer or cream shadow (I use MAC 'Painterly' paint pot), these will seriously stay put all day long!

What do you think? Have you tried any Essence products?


Thursday 25 September 2014


Hi lovelies! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll be aware that as well as fashion and beauty, another thing I am passionate about is fitness and as I haven't done a fitness post in quite a while, I thought I'd do a little update of my fitness routine and a few tips for keeping fit and staying motivated, as my fitness routine has changed a fair bit recently! Get comfy guys, it's gonna be a long one!

Before we get into it, I'd like to say that I am by no means an expert and for further advice and tips on what may work for you, I'd thouroughly recommend checking out sites like nutrition inspector - which is a very helpful health and fitness resource! 

So, first of all, I'll give you all a bit of background. I used to be signed up to a gym close to where I live, which I did love and initially, I actually found I was more motivated to go out and go to the gym, rather than working out at home, but more recently I've worked at setting up a home gym and have found that much better than being signed up. At home, we have a treadmill, stationary bike, weights, vibration plate (still not entirely sure what this is for) and a leg master machine. I'd like to get more equipment but what I have now is definitely working for me. 

As for my actual routine, I don't tend to stick to anything too structured or regimented, as I find trying too hard to stick to a strict routine is what throws me off course. My working hours at the salon vary week to week so while I do try to work out at least 5 days a week, it won't always be at the same time. For example, if I'm in work until 5pm from early in the morning, I'll do an evening workout when I have plenty of time, whereas if I start later (this can be anywhere between 12 noon and 5pm), I'll workout in the morning so I can then shower and get ready for work afterwards. This way, it fits in with my day and doesn't feel like an inconvenience.

So, we've explained where I workout and when I workout, now all that's left is to explain how I workout. As I said previously, I don't stick to anything too structured, I do what I feel my body needs, and switch it up whenever I feel like it. However, I do think some structure is good and in a week, I tend to do 3 days of intense cardio and 2 days of lighter cardio and strength training. Like I always say in these posts, this is what works for me personally and I am in no way a professional. 

So, to elaborate, on the days where I feel like I can push myself, I train. These are my three days of intense cardio. On these days, I'll warm up by fast walking, then jogging for around 10 minutes, then push myself as hard as I can on the treadmill and stationary bike for around an hour, then cool down again by jogging. Generally, on these days, this is all I'd do as it's quite intense and I try to up the pace every couple of weeks or so, this way I make progress rather than just sticking to the same routine, which can get boring. On the other two days or three days in the week, I'll do light cardio, so fast walking or jogging on a slightly higher incline on the treadmill, or on a low resistance setting on the bike. I'll then follow this up with weight training, sometimes squats with weights, lunges etc. I'm not personally into heavy weight training, so light/ medium weights along with aerobic exercise for half an hour is plenty for me on these days. I'll then take a day or two as rest days, which I'll talk more about when I get into the actual tips.

As I say, this is my personal routine that works for me, it may work for some of you, it may not, it's just something I've been asked about before and thought I'd share! To sum up, that's 3 days of intense cardio and 2 or 3 days of light cardio and strength training. Now I'm going to share a few of my personal fitness tips with you guys. These are a just a few things I've learnt along the way and things that I think some of you may find helpful.

Workout somewhere comfortable and convinient.
For me. I'm lucky to have created my little home gym, which works well for me as I can go whenever I want and don't have to worry at all about who's around! If you prefer going to a gym, then it's a good idea to choose one that's easy to get to and a good environment, this way it's much harder to make excuses! 

Don't pressure yourself.
By this, I definitely do not mean only workout when you feel like it, because if you only fancy getting up and excerpting once in a blue moon, your results ┼Áill be very slow! What I mean by this, is don't pressure yourself to stick to an unrealistic routine. If you're still in school and vow to wake up at 5am to run every morning, you'll more than likely start getting bored and very, very tired! However, if you find a time that works for you, even if it's just weekends or days off to begin with, you're much more likely to stick to it, as you're doing it at a convinient time and not forcing it into your daily routine.

You do have time.
That said, as much as you shouldn't have to deprive yourself of sleep to exercise, too often do people say they just don't have time to workout. However, these same people very often find the time to watch an hour or two of tv every night after work. Finding times throughout the week that suit you is essential, make the most of your time throughout the day, sitting and watching tv in the evening may be something you love to do, but why not do some squats, jumping jacks, leg lifts and crunches while you watch? Or perhaps invest in a stationary bike or cross trainer (some of these fold away and can be bought really cheap!) and drag it into your living room while you settle down to watch GBBO (okay, maybe a show about cakes and pastries isn't the most motivational thing in the world), this way, you'll get in a good hour of exercise and you're not depriving yourself of anything. Remember, an hour of exercise is about 4% of your day, now tell me you don't have time!

Find a routine that you enjoy.
For me, I love running. However, I do not love going outside in front of living, breathing people and running on slippery pavements and in raining English weather. Therefore the treadmill is my solution, I enjoy it and it's in the comfort of my own home - no judgey strangers in sight. I also really enjoy the station bike, I love doing squats, lunges, crunches and other aerobic exercise. I actually enjoy my routine, which is why I stick to it and do it regularly. Perhaps if running and cycling isn't your thing, maybe swimming is, or dance or perhaps some sort of team sport. Whatever your thing is, find it and do it. If you actually enjoy your workouts, you'll push yourself a lot harder and get a lot more from them.

Don't rely on others.
This one may sound a bit odd, but in a lot of fitness posts I've seen, people say that they find it helps to work out with a friend. While I agree that a workout buddy can be fab (infact, I think I evenmmentioned it in one of my previous posts!), as they can help to motivate you, I think it's important notto rely entirely on your workout buddy for that motivation. For me, I always used to work out with my Mum, but now, our working hours are very different and while we do still get to work out together sometimes, other times it just doesn't work. Sometimes, your friend may have to cancel your run, or trip to the gym last minute, but this doesn't mean you shouldn't go! Having a workout buddy is fun and definitely does help to motivate you, but if you only workout when your friend is available, then you may find you aren't as consistent as you'd like to be. Which brings me to my next point...

Be consistent!
I've said again and again in this post that I don't believe in sticking to strict routines, however I do believe in consistency. To be honest, I think the key to a good fitness regime and healthy lifestyle is consistency. Yes, there will be days when you're busy from 7am to 11pm, or you may be sick, or perhaps you're just not feeling it and that's absolutely fine and normal, however, always pick yourself back up the next day, or week and get yourself back on track ASAP. The longer you go without a workout, the harder it is to get back into your routine afterwards. 

Have active rest days.
It's important to have rest days, particularly when you're just starting out with fitness, to avoid burning yourself out. However, I personally believe you should be active as often as possible. Perhaps just getting out for a walk on a rest day, or even dance around your bedroom for a bit! We all enjoy a duvet day now and then, but being entirely inactive and not getting up and moving at all on every single rest day may make it harder for you to get back into routine again. Personally, I generally plan my 'rest day' on a day when I have got work, as opposed to a Sunday or another day off, because even though I won't be hitting the treadmill or weights on that day. I know I will still be somewhat active at work. The I can just look forward to a chilled evening in front of the tv when I get home!

Phew! I think I'll leave this post at that for now, as I have lots more tips, but this is getting mighty long already!

Let me know your thoughts on this and if there's anything else you'd like to know, or perhaps if you'd like me to do posts like this a little more regularly. Leave a comment letting me know!