The perfect chance to showcase the sheer brilliance, choice and offers we have for you on a daily, nay, hourly basis and to have the opportunity to indulge and discuss all things beauty – what it means to us, how we feel and what we love – this is "us" of course (I'm talking to the ladies here) though totally eye-opening /jaw-dropping to find out what men think about it all!
Amazingly, this conversation happened at home the other week.
It was my lovely husband's birthday (he ACTUALLY took the day off work) as I said "I'm just off to get ready", he replied with, "don't darling, you look great as you are".
Ok so here's the dilemma: the fresh-faced no-make-up look, cleansed dewy skin, all good for the school run but now ready to add to…he professes to love (actually he always has been a wonderful complimentary husband, I'm lucky)!
But, to go out with him for lunch for his birthday surely was deserving of more…effort ?
Seemingly not. As we opened up the discussion in the car, it transpired that he has a preference for the natural look and is certainly not a fan of the bright lip look I have been playing with, he tells me!
He's always been an eye appreciator so is happy to have the sexy, smokey dark-eyed look, but (his words), "rather liked how I had done it last Sunday for QVC " Who would have thought he had noticed the difference (it was a nude eye from bareMinerals and a clean slick of Alexa Chung liner from Eyeko, just in case you're wondering, so less eye shadow, but it was teamed with a brighter lip that had obviously worn off by the time I was home)?
Interesting, isn't it? I think it boils down to us girls, maybe our confidence levels and, dare I say it, the feeling of comparing. I know on the times I have packed less on holidays, I have regretted it and do end up comparing myself unfavourably , perhaps worrying Dan may look at others and prefer what he sees…..gosh, that's an admittance, isn't it!
Perhaps it's because I was always brought up to make an effort, to be the best version of myself I can be. Even at college, Betty Laine, our Principal at Laine Theatre Arts said we should always look ready and fully done, with hair and make up done perfectly as someone could turn up to audition us at any moment. How that translates to my everyday life now, I do not know!
So, back to the lunch date. I stayed natural, a single mascara coat and a slick of nudey lips, new sunglasses and a casual hairdo (according to recent findings QVC carried out, half of us, 43%, rarely leave the house without such additions – the mascara and lippy ones that is!).
But later on, when we went out for tea with the children, I had to add to that it felt ok in the day to be more natural (49% of us feel more confident when the sun shines) but I needed to feel right in the evening (kept it soft though, it was his birthday after all!).
I wonder therefore if it's our "armour", so to speak, and do we really base what we do around the men's thoughts or our own? I know many of us it seems, do desire the more natural look, but it seems to vary dependant on where we live, weirdly.
All the presenters have had a wonderful time road testing new brands, favourite beauty products, launch products this month, even more than usual…it really is an amazing job we have, isn't it?
I was asked to take look at using the Babyliss Secret Curl. I did smile, as when we featured it as a TSV some time ago, I purposely used it just to check it was easy and worked. It did, I bought it!
So I happily have played and taken some pics along the way to share with you all.
I absolutely love the type of curl I get with it, it's an ingenious barrel which takes in the section of hair into the barrel effectively almost magically!
Resulting in beautiful curls akin to numerous pincurls being doing all over my head, which, believe me takes some skill…and time!
Top tip: small sections! The Secret Curl doesn't love it if you overload it, so patience please! Yes, it took me some time to do all my mane – 45 mins for the full head – however, three days later I still had the soft curls as I pinned it up and did the casual updo look!
Top tip: brush the section through make sure it is flat. If you don't do this, you run the risk of it snarling. A quick remove, brush it through and go again…it happens maybe once each time I do my whole head.
Top tip: leave the curl to cool entirely before doing anything with it, it holds for longer! My hair has a strong, corrugated metal style wriggle! So I find it keeps the curl super well.The adjustability on the temperature and time is great to see as we all have different types of hair.
Top tip: replenish. I love using Wen hair care, but always treat my hair with Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer after I've used the Secret Curl or had an intense time of styling. It feels like I'm restoring the goodness as obviously intense heat can dry and damage my hair. I love to curl, so Elasticizer plays its brilliant and vital role for the health of my hair.
I prefer not to use any styling products, the only thing would be a heat protect spray, or Liz Earle's Hair Oil, and afterwards I love just a smidge of the hair oil through it to separate and smooth any buzzy fuzzy bits, or Color Wow's new Pop & Lock also deposited shine and nourishment beautifully.
Mermaid hair I call it, more casual, boho and well trendier than my usual rollers look!
It's Maddie's 10th birthday this coming week and I've promised I will do her hair with it – though quite when is the question, as she has a swimming party followed by a camp in the garden with six girlies…hmmmmm the hair dryers will be on full speed! Wet hair and camping, a big huge no-no…I feel a late night coming on!
Really loving our lovely June…she is performing!
Lots and lots of love to you all and speak soon,