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Lessons I’ve Learned in 2016

snoopyDo I start off with a reflective, thoughtfully written paragraph?

No, let’s dive straight in – so here are the 10 lessons I have learned over the last year:

10.  NEVER put a mixture of grapeseed and jojoba oil on your hair – it’s a b***er to get out.

Why did I do this crazy thing? Vanity, pure vanity. I have never been blessed with thick, voluminous, lustrous locks. My hair is baby fine and there has never been much of it. I have it trimmed regularly, but still, sometimes looks like 9 strands of hair…literally.

So I did what any other vain person would do and searched Doctor Google for some advice on how to naturally thicken one’s hair. And this seemed liked a reasonable suggestion. Just gently massage the mixture onto your scalp for 5 minutes and then wash off using a mild shampoo.

Well, the first bit worked, the massage was very therapeutic and mildly relaxing. But, did the darn oil wash off? No sir, it did not. I washed my hair twice and it still felt like an oil slick. Gross! Once it had dried, it did feel silky smooth, that did not last. By the end of the day it looked like I hadn’t washed my hair for a month. Solution, wash hair with baking soda and then wash hair with shampoo – that seemed to do the trick.

Lesson learned – don’t be so b***dy vain, and just use hairpieces like everyone else! (I’ve got a fab blonde long, curly wig I’m dying to try out. Will my IQ go down though once I put it on?)

9.  EGGS are great as a beauty treatment, just don’t eat them.

I’ve posted previously about the wonders of an egg-white face mask – and yes, I’m still slopping the egg-white on my face on a regular basis.

However, this was the year that eggs decided to give me up!

You know as you get older that your tastes change and things you used to like, no longer do it for you? Sometimes, as in my case, the food in question decided it did not like me any more. Without going into too much detail, I found that I now cannot eat eggs – or rather I can but then regret it!

Lesson learned – just stick to having egg on my face and don’t buy any chickens in the near future!


This year, I grabbed the bull by the horns and decided to strike out on my own. S*d the fact that I had no one to go with, I bravely bit the bullet and went to places I never thought I would ever go to. And yes, I went on my own – or rather I was accompanied by a good book – and had the most splendid of times.

I knocked 2 items off the bucket list – I had afternoon tea at The Ritz and lunch at The Ivy and went to numerous plays/musicals in the West End all by myself.

Yes, you get stared at – I just buried my head a little deeper into the book and ignored, and yes I was shoved away in a corner )Ritz) and not really afforded the same attention (Ivy) as someone who had companionship at the table – but I had the most wonderful time.

I met some lovely people at the theatre and saw some fabulous productions.

Next year a spa day beckons – need another crystal healing session – and I might check out a few art galleries.

Lesson learned – don’t be afraid of doing things on your own.

7.  TRAMPOLINING is fun and very good exercise.

There are trampoline parks springing up all over the place. Forget Zumba, Ballet Fitness or Yoga, it appears “bouncing to get fit” is the new exercise fad.

I took SC to one of these trampoline parks and it was super fun. After an hour you certainly feel the burn, even if you do nothing more than bounce. You also leave with a tremendous grin on your face.

It’s also extremely good for your pelvic floor muscles. After having SC, my pelvic floor is not what it used to be. Let’s just say, trampolining certainly gives them a good work-out!!!

Lesson learned – having fun keeps you young.

6. I CAN or I’ll give it a darned good try at the very least.

I have started a couple of projects this year, that I have been um-ing and ah-ing about for a good few years. Finally, I decided that I should just do it – to coin a phrase. After all, what’s the very worst that could happen? Yes, I know, I could fall flat on my face, but at least I would have the satisfaction of knowing that I tried.

The 1st project is going well and the 2nd project after a bit of a shaky start is beginning to gather momentum, so hopefully, cross fingers, it will be onwards and upwards for both of them.

Lesson learned – don’t dither, just do it!

5.  CARROT CAKE and catch-ups are the best thing ever.

My best friend moved back overseas in September, and the one thing I really miss is our regular carrot cake and catch-up sessions.

Lesson learned – don’t underestimate the power of carrot cake!


I worked out a long time ago that clearly, I am just not the right girl for anyone. And I’m happy with that. Me, myself and I (after a rough start) get on very well now and I don’t need anyone to make me feel happy or complete (if that makes sense?).

I’ve had my share of being treated badly, shall we say – an option, a replacement, a stand-by, a joke, etc.

I finally know my value. I may be quirky, weird, geeky, lanky, but I am deserving of something real, something true and something better.

I am strong enough now to realise that I am worth the effort of climbing to the top of the tree.

Lesson learned – I believe in actions not words.

3.  SMILE everyday.

No matter what, just smile. Like the song goes, “smile, though your heart is aching!”

Life is better when you smile.

Smiles, like laughter, are infectious, and your smile may make someone else’s day.

Lesson learned – smiling makes you feel better.

2.  GRAB OPPORTUNITIES by the proverbials.

Life sends us opportunities every day. We just need to open our eyes to find them.

When you are sent an opportunity, embrace it and make the most of it. It may lead to bigger and better things.

Lesson learned – be grateful for everything life throws your way.


Every day is a blessing, no matter what the day holds for you.

Don’t worry about what other people think, do what makes you happy. What is the point of doing stuff that makes you miserable?

Life may not always work out the way we want, it will always hold surprises – good, bad or otherwise – and those little blips will either lead us onto better things, teach us what we need to know or just be something to brush off.

There will always be some upset, but at the end of the day that’s life, it’s never going to be plain sailing.

We have 86,400 seconds every day to live life to the fullest, so don’t waste them.

Lesson learned – to wake up every morning and feel grateful and blessed for another chance.


What have you learned this year?

Happy New Year everyone

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Brush-on False Lashes…

…and create the ultimate in long eyelashes!

I was sold when I noticed this little packet hiding amongst the make-up in the shop.

After all, who wouldn’t want a simple solution to making your eyelashes fuller, thicker and longer that doesn’t involve fiddling about with a tiny applicator and an even smaller pot of glue, smearing the glue on a set of false eyelashes and then making a valiant attempt to  stick the eyelashes on, over your already carefully applied eye make-up, without them either not sticking at one end, or indeed sticking up at an angle so it starts in the corner of your eye, but ends somewhere near your eyebrow!!!

So I bought some.

The idea is that you apply mascara, as normal, then apply the ‘lashfibres’, then after 30 seconds apply a second coat of mascara.

Simple right?

Well, yes, except the ‘lashfibres’ are, well how can I put it?

Ummm, basically you are applying fluff.

Literally, just fluff.

I tried it yesterday and felt rather daft after dipping the brush into the tube and then applying said fluff to my eyes. I had a serious attack of vanity humiliation. Seriously, why would anyone apply fluff?

The result – it didn’t really give the impression of a false eyelash, though my eyelashes did, to be fair, look a bit fuller.

But my eyes itched uncontrollably all day.

Giving it the benefit of the doubt, and could well have been user error in applying said ‘lashfibres’ I thought I would give it another go today.

Sadly, my eyes were just as itchy today.

So, applying fluff is just not for me.

I shall stick to false eyelashes, fiddly applicators and all.

Thankfully a friend showed me how to apply them, so they are much easier now and it’s been a while since I stuck one to my eyebrow 😉

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Review – VEET EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit

Removing unwanted body hair is a nightmare! Over the years I have tried many hair removal techniques for various body areas:

Epilady– do you remember those? I tried this in my teenage years after I got a ribbing at school for not having shaved my legs. The contraption effectively pulled the hairs out as circular metal bits rotated around. It certainly lasted longer than shaving, but resulted in many in-grown hairs. Result? It got binned.

Shaving – quick and easy, until you use it one day and it gives your hair follicles a nasty infection. Result? Something worse than in-grown hairs – redness, scabs, a very unattractive look. To be avoided at all costs – it took over 2 years for the infection to finally heal. The other downside of shaving is the frequency. You, sometimes, end up having to shave pretty much every day (not that I ever had to, I hasten to add)

Hair Removal Cream – another Veet product I use, mainly for underarms and Bikini line. Very effective, bit of a faff waiting 10 minutes for the cream to do its job though. Standing there in the buff pretending to be a broad bean, so you don’t get cream anywhere else!

Waxing – at a salon. A very effective, long-lasting, clean method of hair removal. Trouble is that it is expensive. OK, so you don’t have to have your ‘bits’ waxed every week, but even so on a limited budget £50 a month can be a bit of a stretch (½ a leg, bikini and underarm)

There have been some very good home waxing solutions over the years. Aside from the hair removal cream, Veet wax strips, are also very good. I also tried various microwaveable systems, they were all pretty useless though.

So, to date, nothing has actually been as good as going to the local salon to be de-furred, so to speak…

Until now. When I saw this in Boots, I was intrigued. Could you really get salon wax results, doing it yourself from the comfort of your own living room?

So, dear reader, I bought one.

The initial pack comes with a wax holder suitable for legs. There is a smaller wax holder, purchased separately for bikini and underarm. You can also purchase extra removal strips.

The instructions say to insert the wax cartridge into the gadget, pop it in the holder and then plug it in to the electrics for 20 minutes. Then just roll on and away you go.

Simple as that.

Yes it really is that simple, except:

  1. It actually takes longer than 20 minutes for the thing to heat up. After 20 minutes, I shook the gadget and desperately tried to get wax out, it was still cold. I’d say give it at least 30 minutes and then shake the gadget.
  2. After using it a couple of times there actually seems to be a wrong side and a right side to the gadget. The wax seems easier to roll on facing one way as opposed to the other – now that could just be me.

I have attempted my normal salon experience using this system and the results:

½ Leg Wax – Pretty good. Having had my legs waxed ‘professionally’ for so many years I’ve watched the technique and would say it’s quite easy. This Veet system does actually give you pretty much a salon result … assuming you know what you are doing!

Bikini – being lazy I haven’t actually used the smaller attachment, but even with the larger attachment, the pant moustache can be removed fairly easily. Again, assuming you know what you need to do when it comes to stripping.

Underarm – nightmare, don’t bother. You need more than one pair of hands for this, as well as eyes in a completely different position to where they are actually situated. It really makes you go cross-eyed.

According to consumer trials 8 out 10 thought it was easy to apply and effective, with 9 out of 10 saying it was mess-free. To this I would agree.

I would say this system is OK. It is possibly the best home waxing system I have purchased in terms of ease of use, no mess, etc. BUT I do have some concerns:

  1. It is virtually impossible to do your own underarm waxing, in my opinion. Like I said you need 2 pairs of hands as you need to pull the skin in order to strip, but doing it on your own you can only use the hand of the arm you are trying to wax underneath. So, unless you are a contortionist, it’s not that easy. Also, you really cannot see clearly what you are doing, and even if you use a mirror you are having to do everything back to front!
  2. It’s not really designed to do anything more than a general tidy-up around the pant moustache area. If you are after something more substantial and tidying up the lady garden underneath, then I would use a professional. It does say it is not for use on the perineal/genital area, so it is pretty much just a tidy-up job.
  3. I would not be comfortable letting my 12-year-old daughter (if I had one) using one of these unsupervised. I would also say that unless you are used to waxing, then anything other than the legs would be a no-no for a novice. Yes, it’s easy to use, but there is a technique to minimise the pain. Did I forget to mention that waxing can be painful!!!

I would say for the system to be the best, just stick to legs. Cream (despite the method acting broad bean exercises) is much better and easier for other areas.

I will continue to use it for my legs until the wax runs out, but I don’t think I shall be replacing the cartridge. I shall stick to wax strips and cream, and when I can afford it treat myself to have someone professional do it.

My marks

Ease of use – 9 out of 10 for legs, 3 out of 10 for bikini and underarm purely because I don’t think it can be used effectively in these areas.

Effectiveness – 9 out of 10 for legs, 6 out of 10 for bikini line (loss of marks because you can’t tidy the lady garden), 2 out of 10 for underarm

Mess – 9 out of 10 – pretty mess free

NoteThis is my honest opinion of the product which I bought.

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