Topless driving! And brows…


After nearly 17 years of marriage it has happened… his head has been turned, and his beautiful blue eyes, the eyes that were only for me now sparkle at the mere mention of her… and I, the mother of his three children, his loyal and loving companion for the past 21 years have been overthrown in favour of the new girl in his life.


Introducing… Dan’s gorgeous little bit of “Fun in the Sun” as he has called her!!! Do you know what? I’m super happy for him and cannot wait for the sun to come out to play so we can start to enjoy “topless driving”. Oh now that sounds super wrong but you know what I mean!


When we first married, I drove a silver MG. Not a vintage 1975 MGBGT of course, what with the midnight launches at QVC and the long journeys home that would have been madness! No, mine was a much newer affair and I so loved the time I had as a convertible owner, short lived though it was. As I became pregnant with Tom soon after, so the sensibilities of babies and prams etc meant the inevitable trade in… I will never forget the moment that I gave my keys over and in return was handed the keys of… a Ford Focus. Yup a Ford Focus, it was a great car and served me well and kept us safe but I still think that it wasn’t a fair swap! So a return to the wind in my hair for the summer at least. Woohoo!

Half term is almost over and the stark realisation has hit that end of year exams are looming, so for Maddie and Joe it has meant a hasty attempt at revision, though interestingly Maddie has tips and techniques to help her revise but Joe is aimlessly attempting it, currently cutting up cards after his friend suggested he make some flash cards (that has lasted all of three minutes and he has now disappeared from view).

I assure you I have tried and had numerous conversations with Joe but right now he appears to be in the 13 heading to 14 teen stage of “in one ear and out of the other”… and the old adage “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink” keeps playing over and over in my head like a broken record… this parenting lark is a challenging one! I’m hopeful his brain is good enough for now and that as he matures he will understand that work is actually required in order to achieve… any ideas when that kicks in?!

Benefit items

I have arrived home today after a lovely QVC weekend where I had some fab shows, I hope you managed to catch some of them. It was a fest of Customer Favourites on Saturday and a very exciting Benefit launch on Sunday. Now I appreciate it’s rare to have a show dedicated in its entirety to brows but they are so talked about in all the beauty press with many column inches dedicated to whose brows are the most coveted and how and what we ought to be doing with what little or lot we have.

Benefit are the authority on brows, having waxed over 5 million last year alone. They have already wowed us, or BROWED us, with Gimme Brow: the solution to thin skimpy brows. It’s a fave of mine for sure, not that I have a skimpy brow but it just bouffs them up somewhat. BrowZings is already commandeering the brow market it appears, yet with the launch of BrowVo!, a conditioning primer, it appears sparse brows can be a thing of the past. Whilst you are awaiting the more
luscious brows you desire, try the pencil offerings of Goof Proof… (the name says it all!) a pencil to even up patchy brows super simply. Precisely My Brow Pencil will enable you to mimic the hairs you are lacking.

Who’d have thought a sweep of 3DBrow Tones would add that certain something and lift even the dullest and flattest of brows. A lengthy 12 hour wear it appears is the norm but for serious staying power the Ready Set Brow clear eyebrow gel will keep even the marathon runners amongst you brow-perfect for 24 hours. Jackie Kabler; top tip for your big adventure!

I wonder where we shall head next re shape and style. When you consider the fashions of brows through the decades… the very thin 1920s brow of Greta Garbo onto the exaggerarted curve of the 1930s. Marilyn, Joan Crawford and Audrey Hepburn all had distinctive brows, and then we moved onto the heavier brows favoured by Madonna, Brooke Shields and now Cara Delevingne.

Historically eyebrows have long been appreciated, in Ancient Egypt Women viewed their arches as a matter of life and death, shaving them off when their cat died .I do love my cat but seriously? Khol and mesdemet lead-derived substances were used to darken their arches, serving to both disinfect and keep insects away.

Elizabeth Taylor blackened hers in the 1963 film Cleopatra; a look copied by Kim Kardashian on the cover of Harpers Bazaar. Though it was in 1919 the first lash and brow product was created, inspired by a mix of Vaseline and coal. It later went onto to be the first product Maybelline launched to market, and was infinitely preferable to the lightening skin powder also containing lead which caused the Elizabethans to lose their eyebrows entirely, ooh dear…

It really is not a new thing to draw attention to the eyebrows. In Ancient Greece women attached a false brow made of goat hair (I wonder if anyone noticed)! I think our addiction to brow products is really rather tame in comparison.

I found the findings of a recent study fascinating, where a series of photographs of famous faces were shown to participants with both eyes and eyebrows, without eyes and then without eyebrows… Without eyes they were recognised 60% of the time yet when the celebrities lacked eyebrows the viewer recognised them only 46% of the time. So they are critical to facial recognition and indeed as a tool to communicate none verbal emotion. As Lisa Potter Dixon and I discussed the new products, and our models demonstrated each of the choices on Sunday, it certainly appeared that whatever your issue and brow dilemma the solution really seems to have been provided by Benefit… with the global launch still to come make sure you secure your stocks with us to ensure brow perfection as this brow buzz shows no sign of buzzing off!

eyebrow Collage

As I’ve written this Maddie has appeared throughout sporting a variety of brow looks, some more natural than others it has to be said! I would definitely suggest taking a leaf out of an 11, soon to be 12, year old’s book, and just have a play though…

I hope you get the brows of your dreams!


  1. Loraine Plumb June 7, 2016 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire hope you enjoy the car and what a pretty girl your daughter is she will be a stunner when she’s older then all the worry of boys attention will be coming your way but I always think you attract your own type don’t you we know been there done that gladly our daughter Clare has found a really good husband and now has a lovely baby too . Hope your enjoying the better weather albeit a bit unpredictable at times just wanted to ask you what mascara you use I have fine lashes have tried quite a few including mally which I find OK but open to suggestions thank you in advance take care Loraine xx

  2. Tom June 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    That was a very nice blog and enjoy your time with the family in your new topless car

  3. Patricia June 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    My brother and my dad both had an MG and I can remember the great fun I had when they let me drive,it really was amazing. So Claire I am very envious of you and Dan but I wish you great fun. As for the dreaded exams I know it’s hard but boys learn differently to girls and I’m afraid you just have to wait until he realises that he needs to revise.

  4. Christine June 8, 2016 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire Lovely car enjoy the hot sunny days we hope. Your daughter has got lovely long hair just like you.
    Take care x

  5. Claire Sutton June 9, 2016 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine, nice hearing from you this morning:-)
    Now mascara wise…Mally has always been a good performer for me , however I have used Benefits Roller Lash now for a good chunk of time as it’s not heavy and gives a lift to mine for sure ..I have friends who also think it fabulous so well worth a go ,
    About to walk Gus before leaving for QVC the sun is out- love Claire x

  6. Claire Sutton June 9, 2016 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Thanks Tom!! Claire x

  7. Sandra Jones June 12, 2016 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Clare, I watched with great interest the Benefit programme last week, I have lost my eyebrows along with most of my hair now. I have tried all sorts of concoctions to bring them back but told by my specialist that they won’t grow back, I was wondering would the Benefit work for me. Is there any way I could get in touch with the lady that was with you to ask her for help please.
    Thank you

  8. Claire sutton June 14, 2016 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Patricia, well he’s done little bits and come home happy from his end of year exams …let’s hope it’s a start as we know it just gets harder, so if only he can learn “how to revise” now think it will help! MG is at the garage today…I hope that will not be the pattern we experience…:-( have a lovely day xx

  9. Claire sutton June 14, 2016 at 7:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Christine, yes Maddies hair is super…tho when she asks for braids. 5 minutes before school ….I wish it weren’t as long !!! X

  10. Claire sutton June 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Oh Sandra of course I shall …I will have to get your details from my copywriter and then I shall put you and Lisa together , I hope she can give you some great help xx

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