Fashion,beauty and jewellery for the non-invisible woman over 45

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Josh Wood Hair reviewed

Celebrity hair stylist Josh Wood plans to overhaul the "aisle of death" - which is how professional  hairdressers refer to the hair colour aisle in supermarkets.

He has spent two years creating a range of products to reinvent do-it-yourself hair colour. There are hair colourants (ammonia and PPD free), special conditioning treatments, shampoos and conditioners, "Shade Shots," a colour touch-up tool and a tinted dry shampoo.

Josh became a Redken Global Colour Creative Director in 2017 and has a (very expensive!) hair "atelier" in London where he looks after the hair of Elle McPherson amongst others.

I am not the best blogger to try hair products, it must be said. I am too impatient to use products which take time. I dislike dry shampoos. I seldom use hair masks or conditioners.

I have my hair coloured in a salon, and it's in fairly good condition. I find, like a lot of you I expect, that most conditioning and styling products are too heavy for my fine hair.

Colour Shot

The first step to using the Josh Wood system is the online consultation which creates your "prescription."  My hair is predominantly blonde  (thanks to the bottle) and occasionally needs a violet reviver if I swim in chlorinated pools or spend too much time in the sun. Josh Wood Colour Shots come in four variants, two for brunettes and two for blonde hair.You mix the colour shot with the Everything Mask, which as its name suggests, is a conditioning treatment. I chose the "Cool me Down" colour shot.

I was expecting the Colour Shot to be one treatment - one shot - but it comes in a tube and there's no guidance on how much to use, except to mix it in equal quantities with the Everything Mask. I would prefer the instructions to indicate how many treatments you're supposed to get from the tube, because you don't know if you've used too much or too little.

You have to leave it on for a while, and it's a semi permanent gloss that in the case of Cool me Down, counteracts unwanted brassiness.

It worked perfectly well, leaving my hair colour a cleaner blonde, and shiny, and it lasted for several shampoos. I was too impatient to wait more than five minutes, but I seemed to get a good result at five so no need to wait for 10.

Everything Mask

I coloured my hair at home for many years when it was dark  (I mostly used reddish brown colourants) and I remember how "crispy" the hair became and how flat and monotone the colour would look. This was one of the reasons I chose to go lighter, because there's nothing worse than the unconvincing helmet of too-dark hair. As we get older our colouring changes: not just our hair but our skin and eyebrows as well, and dark hair is often unflattering.

I reckon the Everything Mask would be great for home coloured hair, anyone who's had too many highlights or bleaching, and those with thick, long hair.  I don't use a conditioner every time I wash my hair - it becomes too soft and floppy - and it was thus with the Everything Mask. Sorry Josh!

The packaging of the range is excellent, as is the quality of the products, and it's good to see a top colourist creating a range that addresses the needs of the millions of people who colour their hair at home and deserve brilliant results.

Find the range online at Josh Wood Colour  or at Boots.

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I was gifted with two products from the Josh Wood Colour range. 


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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The most amazing beauty find for under five pounds

Forget pricey body lotions. Is This Mutton? has found a product produced in England's Lake District which uses wool fat to produce an exceptionally moisturising product at very low cost.
I'm so excited to share with you a beauty find that's a real gem! When I was in the Lake District recently, I forgot to take a body lotion and my skin was becoming very dry. A general store in the tiny village of Patterdale had a bottle of the somewhat unprepossessingly named "Mitchell's Wool Fat Original Hand and Body Lotion."  I'd never heard of this brand but needs must, and it was as cheap as chips, so I bought it.

I've been staggered by how effective this product is! Forget all the expensive scented body creams and lotions - this one really does make your arms and legs feel smoother and more moisturised over time! You can buy it here. 240ml is only £5! My bottle - which you can see is well used and a bit battered - is a smaller size and cost even less.

Other products are available, including wool fat soap and shampoo.

The story is that Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap was first produced in the early 1930’s by Bradford chemist Fred Mitchell. He realised that the natural lanolin content of wool fat, which kept the hands of local sheep shearers and wool sorters so exceptionally soft, could also be beneficial to delicate complexions and sensitive skins. A simple and natural product, this soap is still made to Mr Mitchell’s original formula, based on a recipe from the turn of the century and incorporating lanolin from the wool fat as the key ingredient.

I love anything to do with sheep as you might guess from the blog title. Feta cheese, woolly jumpers, wool mattresses (I have a Herdy mattress)and now wool fat soap, so I'm a convert. And for this price, you'd be mad not to.

No products were gifted for this review

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara

The packaging of Fairydrops Scandal Queen waterproof mascara makes it look like it's aimed at adolescent girls but the rose gold casing is quite sophisticated and the mascara performs very well on nearly every vector
I used to be continually searching for the perfect nude lipstick, but having discovered that bright colours are so much more flattering on me, I've abandoned that and replaced it with the hunt for a perfect mascara.

Oh mascara! How problematic this simple product becomes. As a contact lens wearer, my eyes are sometimes moist, and that, compounded by the eye creams I use, makes it challenging for many mascaras to stay put. Panda eyes is a constant bugbear of mine.

A few months ago my lashes became very LONG thanks to daily application of RapidLash, but it doesn't make them any thicker so while it was fun having longer lashes, they still looked a bit spread out (gappy) and I wanted a mascara to create volume.  I find that using an eyeliner pencil and pushing it into the gaps between the lashes really helps, although yet again it's tough finding one that doesn't smudge or creep.

Having heard great things about the Japanese mascara Fairydrops Scandal Eyes, I ordered the waterproof variant (£18.50).  It was devised by a well-known TV celebrity in Japan.

Elegant case

Ignore the somewhat adolescent packaging - this mascara looks quite classy in its rose gold casing.
Close up of the rose gold casing of Fairydrops Scandal Eyes waterproof mascara: copyright Is This Mutton? dot com

It has what I would describe scientifically as a "wibbly wobbly" brush. The brush has three little cloud-like spirals. These help to give a curling effect. Some bloggers have said you don't need to use an eyelash curler beforehand.

The mascara delivers on four big asks:

  • It doesn't smudge.  Nope, I wear it all day, and the only panda in the UK is at Edinburgh Zoo;
  • It feels good on your lashes and doesn't make them feel solid or brittle;
  • It comes out of the tube very well: not too runny and not too thick or gloopy. Just right in fact;
  • It comes off easily with an oil based remover. 
But it doesn't deliver so well on volume. It separates nicely  (probably too well for someone with lashes which are already well separated!) and creates a little length, but it doesn't make the lashes any fuller. It's hard to show this, but the close-up below shows how the mascara looks when I have applied two coats.
Over 45s blogger Gail Hanlon in a close-up to show her lashes after application of Fairydrops Scandal Queen waterproof mascara

So would I buy it again?  Well, I will certainly use it - which is progress, seeing as the last few mascaras I tried, from Pur, Stila and Lancome, ended up in the bin because they smudged under my eyes. It gives a classy result and it's a relief to find a product that gives an elegant look rather than the clumpy spider effect. But I still believe a more volumising mascara must be out there waiting for me, with the same positive attributes. Which one(s) have you found brilliant?  Please put me out of my misery.

You can buy this mascara from Feel Unique, Amazon , Beauty Bay and QVC, I bought it myself, it was not gifted.

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Beauty hits and misses

Over 40s blog Is This Mutton? gives a latest list of beauty hits and misses, with several products from the Cult Beauty 10th birthday free gift and the Marks and Spencer Summer beauty box.

Beauty boxes are a great way to try new products, and I've been delving into the Cult Beauty 10th birthday gift box and and the Marks and Spencer summer beauty box. I'm also still wading through the many beauty products I had for Christmas. So here are my latest hits and misses.

Friday, 15 June 2018

New from StriVectin: wrinkle blurring primer and multi action eye cream

Clinical beauty brand Strivectin's new R&R eye cream photographed by Is This
I've been trying two new products from Strivectin, an interesting brand which provides clinical anti-aging skin care solutions. They have developed a patented technology, NIA-114, which is a form of niacin/vitamin B3 said to strengthen the skin's barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients.

First up: Strivectin's new Multi-Action R&R eye cream. Most eye creams claim to try to improve either dark circles or puffiness, but this cream says it targets both, plus it helps reduce sagging, dehydration and lines and wrinkles.

I always test eye creams by using the product on one eye and my usual product on the other. I've been doing this for about three weeks.

I like an eye cream to have good "slip" so that it glides on easily without pulling the skin or needing to be rubbed in. It needs to provide a non-greasy, smooth base for eye make-up underneath an eye primer. The Strivectin product did this as well as my usual product. 

I didn't notice any difference between the two, either in immediate appearance of the eye area and how it looked several hours later.

The key difference however is the price: my normal eye cream by Clinique is £27.50 for 15ml. The Strivectin product is £45 at Amazon UK ($65 from their official US website). So I would stick to my usual product unless the price comes down once it's more readily available. It wasn't listed yet at Look Fantastic which sells Strivectin products.

Strivectin R&R eye cream ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Myristyl Nicotinate, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Glycol Distearate, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Allantoin, Alginic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-150 Stearate, Maris Aqua (Sea Water, Eau de mer), Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Sucrose, Tocopherol Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Mica, Pantolactone, Darutoside, Chrysin, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides)

Strivection LineBlurfector Instant Wrinkle Blurring Primer
The pink and white 30ml tube of Strivectin's new Line BlurFector instant wrinkle blurring primer

The new primer boasts a very long name and also features Strivectin's NIA-114.  a form of niacin/vitamin B3 which is said to strengthen the skin's barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients.

I always use a primer before make-up so I was keen to try it.

This is me with the Strivectin primer applied over my usual serum and moisturizer, with my normal foundation on top.
The finished effect:  what Strivectin's LineBlurFector primer looks like on an over-50s woman, under make-up
I found that the primer did a good job of blurring the imperfections and wrinkles to some extent, but gave a flat, matte appearance which is not very flattering.  I like a primer to give a smooth, light canvas for makeup and to contribute a certain dewy glow.  My current primer de jour, Becca Priming Filter, does do this:
An over 50s woman using Becca Backlight Priming Filter under makeup for a glowy, luminescent appearance.
But to be fair it's not really comparing apples to apples because the Becca product makes no claims about blurring out imperfections: it's intended to create a luminescent glow. So it's a matter of personal preference. I would expect the Strivectin product to perform well in selfies on Instagram!

The Strivectin primer costs $39 at their US website or £29.50 at Amazon UK. The Becca Backlight Priming Filter is £32 at Cult Beauty

Primer ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Myristyl Nicotinate, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Verbascum Thapsus Flower, Dimethiconol, Propanediol, Tocopherol, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), BHT, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides)

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Disclosure:  I was gifted the Strivectin eye cream and primer and as always provided an objective editorial review based on my personal experience. 


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The no-smell gradual tan wonder from Dove

Dove Visible Glow and Summer Revived gradual tan products in a summer background  from Is This Mutton dot com
It's summer, girls, and time to get our legs out. Fortunately the world of faux tan has moved on a bit since my first encounter in the 1970s, when a friend of mine showed me her fake tan. Reader, she was as orange as an Oompa Loompa.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Banish stress with Darphin Relax and Glow Set

Image showing Darphin's Relax and Glow set: a vetiver facial mask, candle and oil to help reduce toxins and relieve stress.
I love French brand Darphin. For me they are the epitome of luxury and self indulgence. If I ever want to cheer myself up, I visit their website and find a couple of things leaping into the basket, usually because they have such tempting offers.

Today I'm banishing stress and improving the health of my skin with the Darphin Relax and Glow Set.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Five ways not to be invisible as an older woman

Image showing four famous women over the age of 50: Robin Wright, Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna and Elle McPherson
Four ladies over the age of 50 who I greatly admire - not just for their talent and intelligence, but their determination to look wonderful for their age.

Yet even the likes of Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker have had "off" moments when they've been pictured them on their way to the gym or shops without any make-up on and, shock horror, looking their age.

Unfortunately once we're over 50, it takes a lot of effort to look good. Unless your face or body provides your living, few of us have enough time and money to look fantastic all the time.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

What's in my make-up bag?

Image showing a woman's make-up brushes
I don't know about you but I've always loved looking in other women's make-up bags. I remember rummaging through my Gran's many years ago (Yardley lipstick which she also used as "rouge" and Max Factor Creme Puff powder). So I'm going to give you a peak into mine.

Friday, 12 January 2018

It's pricey - but this serum really works

Image showing a close up of Lancer Skincare products Pure Youth Serum and The Method: Nourish. Copyright Is This Mutton?
TV and radio presenter Mariella Frostrup (age 55) was recently quoted saying that people had asked asking if she had "some work done" because her skin was looking so good. She said no, it was all down to a wonder serum.

She didn't say what the serum was but it may well have been Lancer Skincare Pure Youth Serum. Normally I would never spend £230 on a serum: I have tried many different serums and never been very impressed with any of them. But sneaky Feel Unique put a sample tube of Pure Youth Serum into one of my gift bags recently, and I started using it without looking it up.

The next day I was pleasantly surprised to see my skin really did look smoother and more plumped up. Usually in the morning I have eye bags, a bleary, sallow look and all manner of age related woes.

I used the tube until it ran out and I was so thrilled by the results, reader, I splashed out on the full size  (30ml) version.

I use the serum every other night.  It has dramatically improved the appearance of my pigmentation marks, and reduces redness around the nose. The surface wrinkles are also reduced. Even better, it doesn't cause dryness or irritation in the way that many serums enhanced with retinol or AHAs often do.

I'm so impressed that I've just started using Lancer Skincare's The Method: Nourish  (less spendy at £105). It's too soon to give a verdict.

So what's the skinny on Dr Lancer and his miraculous products?

Who's Dr Lancer?

Harold Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist, the son of Austrian immigrants who grew up in a farmhouse located in a rural town in Connecticut. At the age of seven, he suffered severe burns over 10% of his body after falling into a vat of near boiling water. While the recovery process was painful and tedious, this experience greatly influenced his clear belief in restoration instead of alteration as the most effective way to obtain beautiful skin.

His "Method" is renowned for giving what's described as "the Lancer Glow."

The Pure Youth Serum uses retinol-like compounds - a proprietary mix called Mimixyl™- to signal the skin to produce new skin cells and collagen. Most dermatologists recommend the use of a retinol based product to help diminish the signs of ageing. By apparently harnessing the skin's own ability to create new, younger looking skin, the serum can dramatically reduce the appearance of sun damage, and lessen fine lines and other age signs.

And it really does.

If you're tempted, Lancer Skincare products are currently reduced in price at several outlets including Feel Unique and  It's currently £117 at Look Fantastic and £138 at Feel Unique.  Click here for ingredients.

Next week (Thursday) I'll be giving you a root round in my make-up bag. This is something I loved doing as a child.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Beauty Haul

For my birthday recently I was very lucky to get several new beauty products, as well as reacquainting myself with some old favourites.

Liquid Eye shadows from Stila and Urban Decay

The usual advice to older ladies is not to use sparkly eye shadows in any shape or form, but I think that's rubbish. Flat, matte eye shadows can actually make our eyes look older. The trick is to keep the glitter and glimmer on the lids, close to the lashes, and not to use over the crow's feet unless you're keen to highlight them (!).

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow in Gold is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S. It's a mixture of pearl and glitter and  has a high percentage of gold in a fluid base. I applied a pale green eye shadow on my lids first (over primer) and then applied the Stila glitter product along the upper lash line. The glitter particles capture the light very well and it creates a more youthful eye.

Urban Decay's Liquid Moondust eye shadow in Magnetic is a cream that goes on like a powder, creating a dense, high-sheen effect with tiny particles of glitter. It gives a lovely iridescence to the eye lids. With hindsight this is not the best shade for my lids - I tend to use this dark aubergine / purple colour to highlight the socket line. But they have 23 fabulous shades so really we are spoilt for choice.

Aveda Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair 

I  was interested to try a different brand for my colour treated hair. For some reason the Pureology products which I have used for the last two years had started making my scalp itch. I don't have blonde highlights at present and the organic Davines colours which were used instead have left my hair in better condition, albeit a little harder to handle now  (it's finer in texture without the bleach!). The Aveda products have a distinctive smell unlike any others - a pleasant, clean smell - and leave my hair shiny.

Product Renewals

In addition to the new products above, I also had some old favourites including Apothaka's lovely Rejuvenating Face Oil for normal-dry skin and their remarkable SOS Nail Recovery Oil. Read my review of the face and nail oils here. I was also given Apothaka's Rebalancing Cleansing Oil, which is new, but I've been determined to use up my existing cleansing balm before I try it - so stay tooned for the review later.

Finally, I last bought Nars' The Multiple about 10 years ago. It lasts a long time. So I treated myself to a new one in the usual shade Portofino. Cream blushers are far more flattering to the older complexion and this one has high colour density and lasts all day. Its creamy formula and sheer colour blends effortlessly to create shimmering accents; contours or dynamic highlights on all skin tones. I only use it as a blusher, although its name confirms that it's supposed to have other uses.

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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Beauty Advent calendars

Image showing the John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 as featured by Is This Mutton blog for the over 40s

I love to have a beauty Advent Calendar. Such fun to open a window every day and find a little treat to enjoy, even if there is no picture of Ruud Gullitt on a chimney pot  (A Father Ted joke for those in the know). Beauty Advent calendars are big business. Most brands are in on the act. So which one to choose?

Thursday, 19 October 2017

MAC Pastel Times Nine eyeshadow palette

Image showing the MAC Pastel Times Nine eye shadow palette, copyright Is-This-Mutton blog for the over-40s
As we get older, avenues of pleasure gradually become closed to us. For me, the avenues include: oysters, following an incident in a local restaurant that meant I was unable to go to the Chelsea Flower Show, and high heels. For my mother, the list irrationally includes cucumbers.

For me it also includes eye shadow palettes.

I drool over beautiful eye shadow palettes and used to collect them, even if I knew I'd only wear one colour. Such things of beauty!

But over time, I became disillusioned because nearly all the palettes on the market are aimed squarely at the young audience and aren't suited for the crepey, hooded or deep set eyes of the older fashionista.

Some of the eye shadows which are aimed at us are just so matte and boring, I don't want to give them house room.

A lot of cosmetic houses make the mistake of thinking that older women can wear browns and purples and, er reds, the same as everyone else. For me, with deep seat eyes and dark circles, those colours make me look like Frankinstein.  Light pastels work best to bring my eyes forward, and I like to use a little judicious frosting or shimmer, even though it's supposed to be against the rules.

Trying the MAC Pastel Times Nine Palette

I was thrilled to see a palette, which, although it isn't jaw droppingly gorgeous like the Huda or Naked palettes, does have nine colours that mostly all work for me.

The MAC Pastel Times Nine palette, £25, has a combination of satin and frosted shadows in light pastels, as the name would suggest - although there are some darker colours on the right hand side which are perfect for contouring the eye socket  (check out my tips on eyeshadow for deep set eyes).

The shades are:
New Nude: Whitish pink highlighter (Satin)
Fresh Innoncence: Ivory frosty warm white (Frost)
Spice Bar: Grayish taupe (Satin)
Flounce: Pale pastel pink (Matte)
Restless Rose: Pinkish Mauve (Satin)
Free Roaming: Dirty lavender (VXP)
Spring Moon: Baby blue (Frost)
Greystroke: Pale greenish silver (Satin)
Sweet Green: Soft muted green (Satin)

The shades can be used wet or dry. I used the two green shades on my lids and socket, extending upwards at the outer corners, and highlighted the brow area with the ivory frosty warm white. I would like to say my skin really does look this good, but Samsung phone cameras detect a "selfie" being taken and all sorts of filters get applied without one's knowledge!
Image shwing a woman over 40 with a full face of makeup including pink lipstick and light green eyshadow
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A miraculous nail and cuticle oil

These products are hand made by Apothaka founder Natasha Dauncey and 100 per cent natural but highly effective
I am quite a cynical buyer of beauty products in that I often buy them but don't expect miracles. I take most of the claims made for products with a pinch of salt. So it's not often that I use the "M" - or Miracle - word for anything. But, dear reader, I'm using it for Apothaka's SOS Recovery Nail and Cuticle Oil.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush

A beautiful blusher which gives a reflective light effect to make it look as if your skin is lit up.
I've just bought my second Ambient Lighting blusher from Hourglass and as it's such a wonderful product, I thought I would tell you about it.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Lipstick Trends and Tips

Ombre, marbling, layering: what are the lipstick trends for Autumn 2017 that you will be adopting?
The easiest way I've found to avoid the curse of middle age invisibility is to wear bright red or pink lipstick.

I've only recently started wearing lipstick in standout colours. For the last few years I stuck to nude shades with pink gloss, thinking it looked like Nigella. Also, my husband isn't keen on the lipstick look. But I look washed out in my fashion "shoots" if I don't wear it. What are the latest formulations and trends? Read on.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Skincare Magic from Charlotte Tilbury

Helen Mirren memorably said recently that using moisturiser "probably does f--- all”, something I've always suspected myself, in terms of whether or not moisturisers can improve your skin long-term.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Products that top beauty bloggers can't live without

Beauty bloggers get sent a lot of new products to try, but which ones are their "keepers," the products they buy repeatedly? I asked some of my favourite ladies for their top five. Only one product appeared twice - can you spot which one?
Gail Henderson, UK beauty blogger, tells Is This Mutton? her five top products

UK over-40s blogger Gail Henderson 

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
I totally love this cleanser.  It removes all makeup, including stubborn waterproof mascara.  I use it every day, with the exception of when I am trialing another product. I haven’t found any other cleanser to beat EH.

Simple Dual Effect Eye Make-up Remover 
The Emma Hardie does take of all make up, but to save my facecloths becoming too discoloured, I like to use this Simple eye make-up remover first.  I have re-purchased this over and over again.  A great, affordable product.

Dior Addict Lipstick in "Bright" 
I absolutely love Dior lipsticks, and this shade is my favourite.  I always carry it in my handbag because it goes with everything, is super luxurious on the lips and if I had to have just one lipstick, then this would be it.
Blogger Gail Henderson's favourite lipstick, Dior Addict in Bright. Image: Dior
Gail Henderson's favourite lipstick, Dior Addict in Bright

Clarins hand and nail treatment cream 
I have used this Clarins hand cream for years.  It is the best one I have found.  I love how it really makes a difference to my skin, and the smell is divine.

Rapid Lash 
This is quite a new product to me, and it will definitely have a permanent place in my list of products. This has made such a huge difference to my lashes, which are now super long and healthy.  I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking of having eyelash extensions - it's cheaper, looks better and saves time.

Find Gail here: blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Rougepout spills the beans on her top 5 beauty products to Is This Mutton?

Rebecca Lodge, UK vlogger behind Rougepout

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
This has been my staple cleanser for years, even though I try new ones as they launch and rotate my products to include other brands. It hydrates, removes all eye makeup and keeps my skin super clean.
Seche Vite, Fast Drying Top Coat
The only top coat I use, it dries super fast and seals the nail colour giving longevity and colour protection.
Aussie Haircare, Colour Mate Shampoo
This keeps my locks glossy and my scalp cleansed. Again, I may buy and try other products but I always have a bottle of this in my cupboard and return to it.
Clarins Facial Oils, Lotus and Blue Orchid
The first facial oils I ever used in my late teens and I still buy them. Lotus really keeps my Combination/Oily skin in beautiful condition. The Blue Orchid is perfect for dehydrated skin and improves my skin textur. Both are wonderful to relax and do a home facial with, the scent alone totally relaxes me.
Mac Ruby Woo lipstick
THE red lipstick, a blue red and the one that I always have in my makeup collection, it suits my skin tone, has impact and if you’re going to wear red, well, there isn’t any better than Ruby Woo.
Rougepouts Rebecca Lodge has a trademark red lipstick: Ruby Woo by MAC
Rebecca's signature red pout

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AntiAgingAmber reveals her top 5 beauty products to IsThisMutton?

US based AntiAging Amber

 Amber shares her over-35 beauty tips and discoveries on Instagram. Her top 5:

I have bought this time and time again. This is a beautiful, natural cleanser. It’s very gentle, and thoroughly cleanses my skin without stripping it. I used this exclusively when I was receiving IPL treatments earlier in the year for hyper pigmentation and broken capillaries. This is such a simple cleanser, with only six ingredients, and provides a nice foam, from sodium olivate. I look forward to the natural, fresh rose scent as well.
Buy in the UK at
The favourite cleanser of US beauty blogger AntiAgingAmber, Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser
Amber's favourite cleanser 

I am a huge fan of Living Proof, especially their styling products. I find that their products help me achieve the styles I’m looking for and provide the longevity. I’m a critical care nurse who works a grueling schedule. For the health of my hair and because of my schedule, I try to wash and style my hair twice a week. Of all the products I use from this brand, I find that this styling cream helps me to protect my hair and prolong my style and keep it looking cleaner longer. I shamefully admit that I currently have three back-ups of this product.
Buy in the UK from,

Laura Geller Fortifying Lashes Eyelash Primer
I’m always trying new mascaras to give me both length and volume. I’ve found that one particular primer allows me to have both and layers well with just about any mascara I’ve paired it with. That product is the Laura Geller Fortifying Lashes Eyelash Primer. I think I’m on my 3rd tube of this and I’m obsessed. After curling my lashes, I apply this from root to tip. I find it conditions and separates my lashes, and makes it much easier to apply mascara. At times I’ve even skipped mascara and only used this as the formula is black, not white, like many other eyelash primers. I also have hooded eyes which can be a challenge with wearing mascara. I have found that by using this primer, it helps the mascara to adhere better to my lashes and I don’t have smudging throughout the day. I also can’t help but feel that they appear longer since I started using this product.
Buy in the UK from,

This is my holy grail SPF! I think I’m on my fifth or sixth tube of this and will never be without. I have sensitive prone skin, so I prefer mineral-based SPF’s with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. The challenge with those is that they tend to leave a white cast on the skin. The Paula’s Choice is tinted, which counteracts any cast. It’s super blendable and layers beautifully under makeup. While the product packaging states it’s formulated for normal-oily, combo skin, this is also fantastic on dry skin too! It leaves a satin finish that many say can also double as a makeup primer. Some of the best advice I’ve heard regarding SPF is from Caroline Hirons. She said to find an SPF that you love, because it’s the one you’ll use. This is the one I will continue to use over and over!
Buy in the UK from and

I love these super affordable glosses! If you didn’t know any different, you would think these were a higher end gloss. They’re super moisturizing and there’s a wide range of flattering shades. I keep these in my purse and in my scrub top. My favorite shade is a light blue-toned pink, Éclair. I find it gives the appearance of whiter teeth. These layer beautifully over lipsticks and stains as well.
Buy in the UK from Boots.

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Beauty blogger Lucy Dorling tries a lot of products but which 5 are her all-time faves?

Over 30s UK beauty blogger Lucy Dorling

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
There is no makeup too stubborn to be removed, Cleanse and Polish is so gentle (you can even use it on children's face paints) and makes my skin feel so soft and clean afterwards.
Decleor Aromessence Neroli 
One of my favourite facial oils. It's wonderfully hydrating and helps balance my skin. The smell is heavenly too.
Kind Natured Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
Sulphate free Shampoo and Conditioner I repeatedly buy again and again. Makes my coarse wavy hair feel soft and manageable and doesn't strip my sensitive scalp.
Apothaka Skincare SOS Recovery Nail and Cuticle Oil
Simply the best I have ever tried (the facial oil from this range is also divine!). An independent home made range I love to support.
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30
The best wrinkle reducing moisturiser I've tried. I love it's light texture and beautiful scent that makes it a joy to use. And it works!
Blogger Lucy Dorling's favourite moisturiser, Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Image: courtesy Elemis
Lucy's favourite moisturiser 

Find Lucy here: blog, Insta, Twitter  
Which 5 products does The Lavender Barn blogger Lynda buy repeatedly?

Over 50s beauty/lifestyle blogger Lynda from The Lavender Barn 

Nivea Daily Essentials double effect eye make-up remover
It's as good as Lancôme for a fraction of the price.
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
I have not found anything better for a first cleanse to remove make up.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
I couldn't possibly live without it!
Laura Mercier body creme
Can't beat the texture and fragrances.
Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub
Best exfoliator on the planet.
The Lavender Barn's best exfoliator 

Find Lynda here: blog, Insta, Twitter, Facebook

Is This Mutton's Top 5 Beauty Products

This is the bomb - as loved by Kate Moss and many others. The rich blend includes hyaluronic acid and it revives the skin and provides a perfect canvas for makeup.
Charlotte's Magic Cream from Charlotte Tilbury lives up to its name. Image: Is This Mutton?
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream

L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil
I love all the products in the Amande (almond) range and particularly the shower oil, which has a fresh delicate smell and leaves the skin supple and nourished.
Guerlain KissKiss Liplift
My mother and I have been using this for ever. It's a primer for lipstick, and helps stop lipstick "bleeding" over the edges of your lips. It makes your lipstick last longer. It comes in a beautiful case too, all part of the lipstick ritual for me.
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Creamy Shaping Lip Colour in Rose Indien 
This bright fuchsia pink lipstick is one of my favourites and people often ask what the colour is when I'm wearing it.
The favourite lipstick of Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon, Rose Indien by Guerlain
Mutton's choice of lipstick

Jouer Lip Enhancer
I can't get enough of this lip enhancer from French company Jouer. It's described as an intensive night treatment, but the effect it gives, of plumped, smooth glossy lips, is too good to waste, so I wear it during the day. Buy from Cult Beauty.


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Beauty: exploring HA masks and rose and violet delights

We need more rose! Is This Mutton? reviews Argan Moroccan Rose day cream
This month I've been trying another hyaluronic acid face mask, a rose scented day cream from the supermarket, the Marks and Spencer Summer Box and two products I'd never thought of trying - mainly because I perceive them as "too cheap"!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Look younger with better posture

Age is no barrier to having great posture. Just look at actresses Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley and Cherie Lunghi
What do these fantastic ladies - actresses Felicity Kendal, (left) Joanna Lumley and Cherie Lunghi (right) have in common?

Excellent posture.

I think all three ladies have either danced or practiced Pilates most of their lives, and it shows.
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