18/01/2017

Winter skin saviours for 30 plussers & beyond || Daytime routine

Winter skin saviours beauty ZO Skin health Jan Marini Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Over the last 12-18 months I've switched my skincare around quite a bit. Being in my 40's I really need to be using products that work and produce results, not just surface results but deep down in the skin kinda results! Everything I buy seems to have the words 'anti-aging' slapped all over them these days *sigh* but there's no getting away from it, I'm getting old!

The brand I'm using most at the moment is ZO skin health, created by Dr Zein Obagi. This range can be tailored to meet your own specific needs and delivers clinically proven results. I'm mixing it with other brands that I am currently using up at the minute and it all works well together. A lot of products on the market, and from well known brands will help the skin to look good BUT only on the surface, they're not getting down into the deeper layers of the skin where it's really needed and where it will help make a difference. That's why I switched to cosmeceuticals, my skin needs ALL the help!

I start my morning routine with a gentle cleanse using the ZO Offects exfoliating cleanser. An exfoliating cleanser is great during the winter months to give extra help with budging that pesky dead skin that sits on the surface. I also add in my twice weekly regular exfoliation with the ZO Offects polish. This cleanser is a wash off one and I'm not too keen on those if I'm being honest, they're too messy for my liking, but it came in my starter kit so I'm going to finish it and then I'll find something else for my morning cleanse.

If you like a wash off cleanser this may be a good one for you if you tend to have more oily skin as it exfoliates and targets excess oil, it also contains encapsulated vitamin E which is a great antioxidant. If you lean towards more of a dry skin, which a lot of us do as we age they have a hydrating wash off cleanser too.

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Step 2 in my morning routine is my eye product and I'm currently using the Caviar eye serum from SkinChemists (review here). My eye area is my most problematic and I hate the wrinkles I have with a passion!!! This helps a lot with moisture and that's what you need for the oh so delicate dryer skin around the eyes. It's also cooling and absorbs really well leaving no tackiness so I find there's no problem applying any eye make up afterwards.  

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I'll then apply my daytime serum which is currently the NIOD multi-molecular hyaluronic complex. I got this one in a beauty box and I have to say I'm not overly thrilled with it. Application is quite messy as it's very thin and uses a pipette to dispense. You can't put the drops onto your fingertips as it's so thin it just runs off and you loose it all so I put it in the palm of my hand and then apply. Too much of a faff for me sadly, I like simple things, and in all honestly I can't say that it's doing much for my skin and I'm more or less at the end of the bottle. Definitely not a repurchase. 

Winter skin saviours beauty ZO Skin health Jan Marini Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Moving on to moisturiser with the ZO skin health Ossential daily power defense. My rapidly ageing skin loves this and I can't see me stopping using it any time soon. It's not heavy in any way but gives my skin the nourishment it needs whilst working hard throughout the day too with time-release retinol and antioxidants to repair and protect. My makeup sits on top of this beautifully. 

Winter skin saviours beauty ZO Skin health Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Last but not least for my skin is my sun protection. I'll hold my hands up and say this was never included in my daily routine up until recently. Back in the day the only time I slapped suncream on my face was when I went abroad for my annual hols as it just wasn't talked about quite so much then. These days we all know the importance of protection with a lot of make up now including SPF and it now forms part of my daily routine, it can't get rid of the lines and wrinkles I've already got but it'll help slow down any others, so listen up youngsters slap on that sun protection even during winter!!

In the winter months I'll use a SPF30 and in the summer months ramp it up to a factor 50. This Jan Marini one is okay but for some reason I'm getting a bit of roll-off with it. I'm on the hunt for a new factor 50 for the summer so any suggestions be a good'un and let me know. 

Winter skin saviours beauty ZO Skin health Jan Marini Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Finally, after all that I'll finish off my morning routine with some balm for my lips. As you may know I suffer with really dry, flaky lips and have tried so many on the market with not much success. Until now. Someone I know through blogging and subsequent FB chats sent me one of the Forever Aloe lip balms to try. I've never looked back and I cannot be without one by my side. This little stick hydrates my lips like no other, it's a clear balm but gives a nice subtle clear gloss finish which is an added bonus. The problem is I get through them so quick, I'm on my third order already! I genuinely hope they NEVER stop making these.  

Winter skin saviours beauty ZO Skin health Jan Marini Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog


So, there you have it, my winter skin saviours for daytime. Whist I know some of these products aren't the cheapest I personally feel it's worth investing that bit more to get the best results for your skin and as we get older we need skincare that works really hard for us. Don't skimp, go for the best you can afford. Now, all that's left to do is find another hour to put on my make-up! 


What products are your winter skin saviours? Any top tips? 













08/01/2017

Silidyn review || A silicon supplement for strong bones & nails, better skin & healthier hair

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Many of you will know I suffer with rheumatoid arthritis and I was intrigued when a recent opportunity came my way.  I was offered the chance to take part in a blogger trial through the Thirty Plus blogger group which involves taking a liquid silicon supplement over an 8 week period aimed at providing benefits to the hair, skin, nails and the bit that got me, connective tissues and bones. I read up on the product, put my name forward and received my bottle of Silidyn*, the UK's most advanced silicon supplement. 


So what is silicon? 


Silicon is an essential nutrient for optimum bone and connective tissue health, strong nails and healthy skin. Low silicon levels have been found to be a factor in many bone conditions including osteoporosis and as with everything, as we age these levels deplete and fall naturally meaning our skin and hair loose elasticity and our nails become brittle and fragile and this is where the first signs of deficiency are noticed. 

Lots of research has been done and it shows that adding a silicon supplement to our diet can help aid the growth of new bone cells, help restore skin and nails and improve hair growth and strength. This is where Silidyn comes in. 

It's a liquid formula with a highly bio-available form of Ortho Silicic Acid that also includes other minerals essential for the body, zinc, manganese, and selenium. Although I have all the leaflets (and have read them) it's pointless me trying to tell you about the scientific side, you really should read it for yourself. 

Silidyn is so easy to take, no pills to swallow, you just add 8-10 drops to water, juice or even your tea/coffee if you like and drink. It's virtually tasteless so doesn't alter the taste of your chosen drink in any way.  I'm usually no good at taking stuff like vitamins, I'll get off to a good start and loose interest but I'm around 4, yes 4 weeks in with this and it's going well. I leave it on my kitchen side, near the kettle and then I remember to take it everyday. One bottle provides a 8-10 week supply and you should take it all to see the full benefits although some may see benefits sooner. To be honest I think I can already at just half way through but I plan to do a full review once I have completed the 8-10 week programme. I am really hoping I see some improvement in my joint pain. 


Silidyn review Rio Health Silicon Health supplement strong bones Priceless Life of Mine Over 40 lifestyle blog

Do you want to try Silidyn for yourself? 

The team are offering to give up to 5 bottles to my lovely readers (sorry UK only this time) so the first 5 people to comment on this post, AND follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram will get one AND I will check that you have followed the rules!!!! (links provided)

Leave your Twitter details in the comments too I will follow back the first five on Twitter and then DM for your email address to pass on. The Silidyn team will take it from there and send you the bottle with all the info you need, and leaflets on the science-y stuff!!! It's also worth checking out their Facebook page here.

***Thankyou - the first 5 have now been contacted***


The important bit - as with anything it's vital that you do your own research and reading up before taking any type of supplement and especially if you're taking any kind of medication run it by your doctor first! 


I'll be doing an updated post with my results as soon as I've completed the programme so stay tuned folks. 





*product sent to me for review but all views and opinions 100% my own.









04/01/2017

Christmas & New Year all wrapped up for you

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This isn't one of those posts all about what I got for Christmas. It's just a quick look at our celebrations for Christmas and New Year, what we got up to with pics from snapchat (stephaniec41), Insta and my camera, and all I can say is that it involved waaayyy too much food and drink. Mainly drink!  

The opening picture is one that was taken when we went on our annual pre Christmas lunch out with our best friends Sarah and John. Mr C snapped this and I really like it. Just me being all chilled. 

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The elegant, classy stag is new to my big lounge tree this year, in fact if you follow me on Snapchat, you'll know I changed the colour scheme this year opting for copper, gold, and chocolate with a touch of white and it looked stunning if I do say so myself. I'm sad it all had to be packed away :(

My smaller tree in the kitchen/dining room is black with crystal, glass and silver decorations.

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

As soon as the trees were up, the Christmas candles came out!

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

A snap from our annual lunch with Sarah and John. It's such a lovely afternoon, we go to a local pub, it was the Bluebell Inn this time, and it's so festive, we catch up, swop pressies, drink plenty, act silly (we're all as bad as each other on the silliness front & it usually get worse after said drinking!) and generally get excited about all things Christmas. 

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We made and drank eggnog for the first time, although not just any old eggnog, Baileys Eggnog. And loved it. 

Christmas 2016 New Year Baileys Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

I had another night out on the town partying with friends whilst Mr C was our taxi. Bless him

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

In the run up to the big day we put away copious amounts of prosecco. What? Festive season and all that jazz! Do you love my copper dipped flutes? If you follow me on Insta or snapchat (stephaniec41), you'll know the story behind them and they are just beautiful and from Asda of all places. I know! BTW - if you don't follow me on Insta or snapchat, you know you should

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Christmas Eve we strolled to the local pub as we always do and met up with our other best friends, Sarah and Mike to get all silly and excited again, many 10 second vids appeared on snapchat that night.

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Christmas morning we opened our gifts whilst face timing Emily in France. We missed her terribly and are still missing her like mad as she's away till the end of April. 

These are my favourite gifts from Mr C and the kids. Aren't they the best?! Mr C and the kids that is. 

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THE day was spent at my parents with Mr C playing the cocktail master. We drank lots of Baileys martinis and then on to white Russians. Hic. With lots of prosecco in between. Hic. 

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Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

We played that damn frustrating game of 'Who am I?' and yes I got there in the end. My 11 year old nephew stuck the post-its on our heads and came up with the people and he gave us some real corkers too, Adolf Hitler, Vincent Van Gogh and Donald Trump, well done Adam! 

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Boxing day saw our son Tom disappear off with his girlfriends family to Suffolk for a few days so Mr C and I went out for lunch, yes we can ALWAYS manage another turkey dinner on Boxing day. Can't you?

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And by tea time we were ready for cheese and biscuits. Don't judge. 

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

Now after Boxing day I don't have much to report as we were both struck down with a cold (thanks Tom) and spent most of our time comatose on the sofa. It didn't affect our appetite and we happily carried on eating our own body weight in cheese and any chocolates or snacks we could find, going on the theory that you have to feed a cold. We were most unhappy as we had planned all sorts, meeting my aunty and cousins, and talking lots of walks, but we just didn't have the energy. 

So we'll jump straight to New Years Eve. We had planned our usual NYE fancy dress party although arranged at extremely short notice and the theme was Through the Decades, which we felt would be the easiest to do given the lack of time. Normally we have more time to plan and put more thought in but everyone made a great effort. 

I think Mr C suits a red lip. I was an 80's chic. Sadly no decent pic of me :( 
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My gorgeous cousin and her husband Gary, land girl and her little refugee.

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

The party was a great success and another load of memories banked.

Christmas 2016 New Year Priceless Life of Mine over 40 lifestyle blog

Cleaning up took Mr C and I until early afternoon and then we flaked on the sofa until it was time for our New Years Day tradition. We always crack open our favourite champagne to celebrate the start of a new year and the adventures, love and laughter that lay ahead.

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We had a blast and I hope you all had a truly magical Christmas and New year.