Okay, so blue eye shadow isn’t ‘in’… but it WILL be, I promise you!

I am a product of the 1970’s and 80’s… and I can’t shake off the love of blue eye shadow. The only problem is, it doesn’t seem to be ‘in’ at the moment. Admittedly, I haven’t spent hours trawling the internet, in search of a suitably azure palette, and my quest has been limited to actual shops – but time after time, I’ve returned home, disappointed. Until recently, that is!

Having spent what felt like a lifetime at Specsavers, being harassed to within an inch of my life by a nice but pushy lady, who was attempting to upsell me to more expensive frames (which came with a ‘special offer’), I finally managed to escape the store, almost surprised to find that there was still day light to be enjoyed. My partner and I decided to go for a little wander, and to cut a long story short, I came across a branch of Superdrug, remembering that: I want blue eye shadow! Not brown, dark grey, gold or beige… blue. I just have to be in luck here, I thought, as I realised that one entire wall, from front to back, was lined with make up stands, including a couple of familiar names, and many I didn’t even know existed. I started off with great optimism, but by the fifth or sixth stand, it began to click with me… the reason they aren’t selling it is because no-one wants it (apart from you) – you are going to have to get with the times, lady! I ran the gamut of every make up product you could possibly wish for, and back again, overwhelmed and befuddled… and then I spotted it! An £8 box of magic colours, that transported me back to a time when I would hang my head upside down, furiously backcomb my hair, and glue it in place with half a can of hair spray (I once couldn’t sit up straight in a sports car, on a blind date, because my hair was too big… which is more than can be said for the date. He appeared to be of normal height, whilst behind the steering wheel, but that was only from the waist up. Unfortunately, his legs had decided not to keep up with the rest of his body, growth wise. And before anyone rushes to lynch me, he wasn’t disabled, he was just very short in the leg department. And that wouldn’t have been a problem, at all, had he not been a first class, arrogant prick! However, on the plus side, I did get to have a little drive of a Pontiac Trans Am that night, but that’s another story altogether).

Anyway, I now have several shades of blue to choose from, though I suspect that it is obvious that I am a product of some other place and time… a lost soul caught in a time warp (“… it’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right…”). But it will be back, I promise you – and then I will be smack bang up to date again!





Addicted to Opium… and the importance of having a signature scent!

Over the years, I have tested a whole number of perfumes… but none have ever come close to my beloved Opium! I once read a newspaper article about perfume (written by a young man, admittedly), in which Opium was declared to be an ‘old lady’s scent’. I was slightly, and temporarily, offended. But, as a ‘mature’ woman who isn’t repelled by grey beards and moobs, and who doesn’t crave the attention of males the same age as my son, it was easy to shrug off.

My daughters have both told me that they associate the scent of Opium with me, in a comforting and reassuring way. My eldest daughter once even revealed that she sometimes used to sneak into my bedroom, open the wardrobe doors, and breathe in the familiar aroma. I found that to be incredibly heartwarming, and it made me love Opium even more!

Problems have occasionally arisen when, preparing for a trip out or an evening event, I have been asked “ooh, can I pinch some of your perfume?”. I consider myself to be a fairly generous person, but under these circumstances, I have to fall back on a quote from Joey, from the television series Friends: “Joey doesn’t SHARE!”. In his case, it was food; in my case, it is perfume. I don’t want to smell exactly the same as the person sitting next to me! Okay, I know that they say that a perfume can change its scent, from one person to another – but what if it smells better on them, than it does on me? Petty and ungracious, I admit, but hey, let them find their own signature perfume! It doesn’t just happen overnight, you know.

I once managed to make one 30 ml bottle of Opium last for a whole year, between birthdays. I was struggling to make ends meet, and so spending money on perfume was an absolute no-no (in my mind, at least), but I could ask for it as a birthday or Christmas present. I would apply a couple of tiny little sprays each day, and even if no-one else was aware, as I wafted by, I would catch warm little waves of the glorious odour, leaving me feeling just a tad glamorous. And it would last for most of the day, too – that’s quality for you!

I am not judging people here (well, maybe I am, just a little), but I am baffled by those who wear whatever happens to be currently popular, or whatever they pick up from the duty free shop. Maybe they don’t need a signature scent, because they have have no desire to make any kind of statement to the world, about the ‘kind of woman I am’. Maybe they don’t care; as long as they smell nice enough, that’s good enough for them. Maybe they like variety. Maybe it all says a whole lot more about me, than it does about them…

Anyway, I finally found myself in the position of having one bottle of Opium not quite finished, and another bottle not yet opened… luxurious bliss! I could now spray away with glorious abandon, and have people ask me: “Are you wearing Opium? It smells really nice!”. It has to be said, they also sometimes say: “Are you wearing Opium? My Gran loves that”…  and all I can say is, well, the woman obviously has impeccable taste!


My go-to mascara – water, smudge and flake proof… even after kick boxing!

I never, ever thought I’d be writing about mascara, but hey, here I am… because I finally found one that completely suits my lifestyle!

Up until six months ago, I had almost given up on the idea of wearing eye make up, unless there was a special occasion to attend. As an intuitive consultant, I tend to work with my eyes closed, focusing my attention upon the ‘screen’ of my mind, more often than not leaving me with blurry panda eyes. I tried other water, smudge and flake proof mascaras, only to be disappointed again and again; if it didn’t end up smeared below my lower lids, then irritating little flakes would find their way into my eyes… arghhh!

And at the start of summer, I took up kickboxing… quickly discovering that (bad) mascara loves to join forces with sweat… and then melt.

I considered having my eyelashes tinted, and using clear mascara, but the reviews weren’t fantastic, so I decided against it. But then, whilst Christmas shopping on Amazon one evening, I came across my Holy Grail of mascaras – and I paid almost £15 for it, something I had never done before (I considered £7.99 to be an extravagant amount to spend on make up!)! The reviews were largely complimentary and enthusiastic, and I was genuinely surprised to discover how many other women had been experiencing the same mascara related dramas… I was not alone, I was part of a huge, panda-eyed sisterhood!

Anyway, suffice to say, I now wear eye make up most days, and even though it may seem to be an incredibly first world problem (which it is), it has really given me a boost, creating a ripple effect through other areas of my life. I had my hair done, and despite the fact that I haven’t yet lost all of the weight I put on over the last 2 years, I bought a few new clothes (I would never buy clothes in the past, if I had weight to lose). It is amazing how one small, seemingly insignificant change can have such a positive impact, but it isn’t the first time that this has happened in my life… which is another story, for another day!

Anyway, here it is, the link to my little black, magic wand! At the time of writing this review, it has 94 customer reviews, with a 4 star rating. A small number of reviewers said they found it hard to apply or remove, but I definitely haven’t had those issues, so I can only speak for myself. I don’t have long eyelashes, unlike my youngest daughter, who often looks as if she is wearing fakes, and I can’t say that it really adds major length… BUT I have definitely found it to be easy to apply and remove, it looks good, and more importantly, it stays put… all day! If you purchase from the link below, I will receive a small payment from Amazon, but I am recommending this product because I seriously like it!


  • No more panda eyes, this mascara will NOT run, smudge, flake, clump, melt or drip. The lashes are coated and tiny tubes form around each lash.
  • Easily & quickly removed just with water and slight pressure from your fingertips, a washcloth, or the shower. Mascara “tubes” disintegrate or slide off lashes once the bond has been broken; no need for makeup remover or rubbing under-eye area to remove mascara residue, because there won’t be any!
  • Want to open up your eyes? Tres Chic provides a natural look with a great curling and lifting effect. For added length and volume apply more layers – one eye and then the other and repeat to give the desired look.
  • Made in the UK. Not tested on animals. Vegan friendly, but does currently contain a small amount of beeswax. Water resistant formula repels water, sweat and tears.
  • Sensitive eyes? Great – as this does not flake, smudge or smear and and is quickly and easily removed with water, there is nothing to irritate!

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£14.25 plus postage