Bloggers #Christmasbeautybrawl16 Day 5

I hope you are enjoying this beauty collaboration led by Beth of La Blog Beaute  If you wish to know more about it please read my introduction for full details of what it is and who’s involved.
Half way today and the product for review is blusher.

I have been using a Bobbi Brown cream blush for ever and love it so trying an alternative product was definitely a challenge. I decided to retry the product I used before Bobbi Brown – this being Bourjois Blush 34 Rose D’or.

As its been so long since I used this I cannot remember if its the same shade as before but if not its similar.
It was as nice a product as I remembered,applies well, looks good and has a pleasant fragrance. My scores are:

Packaging: 75/100 It comes in a cute round pink plastic compact that is quite sturdy. There is a mirror and a small brush included. It has a gold closure stud and gold writing. Not the classiest but not the worst. I didn’t use the brush included I used a bigger, softer brush.

Price: 75/100 At around £6.99 certainly not the cheapest.
Product: 85/100 I like this product. Applies well. Looks good with a soft sheen. Lasts too. There’s something about this product that I like and would be happy to continue using.

Thanks again for reading and hope you’re enjoying this as much as I am. Come back again tomorrow for Day 6, but before you go for today why not pop over the Victorias blog to see what she has to say about her product.



Blue Moo’s Musings – A female fans view of Manchester City FC

Well what can I say! If you’re going to read on I will quote the late great Bette Davis in All About Eve – ‘hang on to your hats it’s going to be a bumpy ride’
Like many other blues this morning I am not a happy bunny. However my anger may be for different reasons than others.

  1. Yes the referee Anthony Taylor was pants and the two red cards at the end were disappointing but my main anger is because we seem to be going backwards under Pep! Football’s a simple game – you put the ball in the net at one end and stop it going in at the other! We seem to be able to do neither this season. What is going on! Pep came with the reputation of being a tactical genius but in my opinion you can experiment with all the formations you like and try and out fox your oppositions but of you cannot score or keep a clean sheet the rest is a waste of time!
  2. Some of our individual players are lacking in ability and skill but I thought Pep had the ability to make the team greater than the sum of its parts. This is not the case and some of our best players seem to be suffering badly. Sergio is the best example. I know I’ve talked about him before in an earlier post. But I’m going to talk about him again. He is not a happy boy at the moment – I still feel something has unsettled him which is affecting his form. I am not angry with him for his tackle – I think it shows passion. If the team lost and the players just slunk off the pitch without showing any emotions we’d say they didn’t care. I am however sad that he will miss games and be punished heavily, which will not help his current situation nor do anything to improve his happiness. There are some man management issues at the club in my humble opinion. I may not be a football manager but I’ve seen enough poor management over my care in the NHS to spot the signs. I hope something seriously changes to improve this worrying situation.
  3.  I hate to criticise an individual player in any depth but unfortunately I fell the acquisition of Claudio Bravo has been an absolute disaster. I cannot see any positives in his play and I feel overall that the way Joe Hart was discarded and pushed aside has brought bad Karma to the club. I fail to see why he has been preferred to Joe, unless as I say there are other issues at play in the background e.g. discrediting big players by the manager. When an opposing player runs at Claudio for a one on one, you know there’s only going to be one outcome – Yes! a goal for the opposing team. Joe Hart would have stopped at least one of the goals yesterday. He wasn’t Golden Glove for winning a raffle prize. he was awarded the accolade for stopping goals going in! In criticising Claudio Bravo I also have to say I actually feel sorry for him as well. It must be soul destroying to be criticised every game. He’s almost been hung out to dry.
  4. I’ve been following City since 1976 and seen some low points in the clubs history but I’ve always enjoyed going to games, at the moment though I’m not enjoying this season at all – maybe its because expectations from the media and others were so high at the beginning. If I hadn’t paid to watch the Celtic game on Tuesday I’m ashamed to say that I wouldn’t go and I say that with a heavy heart. But I will bounce back and be enthusiastic again next week! Oh and I will be there on Tuesday barring extremes in weather conditions. What makes me feel even more sad is that I’m not alone. Walking back to the car on Saturday listening to fellow blues it’s clear the majority are unhappy and disillusioned with Pep too. Blues of all ages too -those of us who are more mature are prepared for disappointment and are prepared to give things time to work, but there’s a new younger breed of blue out there who are not of the same mindset. having said that it was all ages who were complaining on my long 1.5 mile walk back to the car. I hope things improve soon.
  5. On a positive side after looking out of the game initially there were signs of what Leroy Sane can do to defences. A couple of really good runs, just a shame that just as he was getting started he was bizarrely substituted for Gail Clichy.

Anyway I think I’ve ranted written enough. I’m not yet ready to iron my creased Bring back Mancini banner! Please feel free to comment – even if you think I’m a crazy old bag!

See you next week


Keeping the Faith since 1976

Bloggers #ChristmasBeautybrawl day 4

I hope you are enjoying this beauty collaboration led by Beth of La Blog Beaute  If you wish to know more about it please read my introduction for full details of what it is and who’s involved.
So here we are at day 4 already. Today we are reviewing mascara. I love mascara. When I was younger people always commented on my long lashes. However, like most things in my middle age – ‘ things ain’t what they were!’ As well as my hair becoming thinner so have my eyelashes. I have had lash extensions applied for holidays etc however they are never a success – they drop off quickly. In fact on one holiday I came back looking like Malcom McDowell in a Clockwork Orange. (If you dont know who that is then click here ) If I apply false lashes I can look like a pantomime dame.Therefore I like to find a mascara that can enhance what I have.

I am reviewing a high end mascara Diorshow mascara by Christian Dior. I got this on offer when I was purchasing other products from Dior and I’m a sucker for an offer!

I always used to be an advocate for Lancome Defencils but in recent years I’ve found drugstore mascara’s from Maybelline and L’Oreal to be the best so I was happy to try another high end product.
It claims to be a Buildable professional volume mascara, lash extension effect.

After trying it I don’t think I’ll buy it again. It didn’t look better than the drug store ones I’ve been using. In fact my current mascara Rimmel Miss Hippy or L’Oreal Superstar are far better. My scores theefore are:

Packaging: 70/100 Nothing special – plain black with some silver embellishment. The best bit is the Dior logo.

Product: 80/100 – Good coverage, doesnt clump with a nice brush but nothing spectacular. I didn’t feel it delivered what it claimed.
Price: 60/100  – at £25 in my opinion it’s not worth that money.

So thats my review for today. Short and sweet! Thanks for reading, before you go why not look at Victoria’s blog Victorialifeoncamera to see what mascara she’s reviewed today. Also don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Day 5 when we’re reviewing a blusher.

I’d love to receive any comments here or by email











Bloggers #Christmasbeautybrawl16 Day 3

I hope you are enjoying this beauty collaboration led by Beth of La Blog Beaute  If you wish to know more about it please read my introduction for full details of what it is and who’s involved.
Day 3 and our remit for today is to review a highlighter. This was the most tricky for me as I initially thought it was a sculpting product and I have very strong views about sculpting for the mature woman. I have said before it’s not a good look you only have to look at Liz McDonald in Coronation Street to see that!

But then I thought again and decided that what I use as a highlighter is a shimmer brick. The first one I used in this category was Bobbi Browns but at £33 it is a luxury. Now I’m retired I like to look for cheaper alternatives. To this end I am reviewing Boots Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in pink bronze.

I apply this to my cheekbones, nose, brow and chin just to give a soft glow. I liked this product and the colours suited my pale colouring. I found it comparable to other high end products including the one by Bobbi Brown.
My scores are:

Packaging: 90/100 Nice compact – sturdy and simple.

Price: 100/100 at around £3.99 it’s fabulous value and I will continue to use this. A new favourite.
Product: 95/100 Lovely block of 4 shades of pink. Lovely subtle sheen, applies well and lasts. Gives a natural healthy glow.

Thank you for reading today’s review – I hope you come back tomorrow. In the meantime pop over to Victoria’s blog to see her choice of highlighter to review.

I welcome your comments or feel free to email me




Bloggers #ChristmasBeautybrawl16 Day 2

I hope you are enjoying this beauty collaboration led by Beth of La Blog Beaute  If you wish to know more about it please read my introduction for full details of what it is and who’s involved.

Day 2 and the review for today is an eye shadow palette. In the collaboration we all have the same type of product to review each day but we choose exactly which one to review and none of us are aware of the products that are chosen by each other. This all makes it fun and I was so interested to read the reviews from yesterday. Such a diverse collection of products – I picked up a few recommendations for myself.

The eye shadow I’m choosing to review is Maybelline’s The Blushed Nudes eye palette

After taking early retirement last year and had so much fabulous free time on my hands I had a mad spending spree and treated myself to some fabulous beauty products, some I’m ashamed to say I’ve not even used. I bought quite a few varied palettes and this is one that remained unopened. This collaboration was a good reason to try it now.
The Blushed Nudes® Eye Shadow Palette features 12 expertly curated shades for custom eye makeup looks. I took a peak at the online information about the product and noted that it had tips on how to use and apply it.

I rarely leave the house without make up, unless I’m just popping to the shop quickly. I therefore have a well established routine for using and applying and followed the same steps with this product as I do with all others.

I used 2 of the shade on my eyes for a week. Initially I thought they may be too bright and sparkly for daytime wear, but found them the complete opposite. I thought they looked dull and uninspiring. I use another Maybelline product at the moment, the 24 hour Tattoo cream gel pots and I much prefer those to this palette.

Here is my complete review and scoring:

Packaging: 90/100 Nice size – some palettes are long and slim and difficult to pack in make up bags. This one is compact and a nice shade of nude pink with a soft metallic sheen. I think it was the look of the packaging that encouraged me to buy it.

Price: 75/100 – At around £9.99 I think it’s a little expensive for a product I wasn’t too keen on. I have used other cheaper ones from high street stores such as Next and Primark which I prefer.
Product: 75/100 – It looks lovely – with shimmery powders but I find they didn’t look the same once applied. The shadows are very close to each other with little dividing them and I found that some of the powders run into the ones next to them. I really wanted to like this more.

Thanks for popping in and reading my review today – whilst your here why not pop over to Victoria’s page to see her eye shadow palette review.
See you tomorrow and please feel free to comment or email me





Bloggers #ChristmasBeautybrawl16- Day 1

So yesterday I introduced this to you  – what it is all about and who is involved.
Today then is Day 1 and I am reviewing a moisturiser.

I have chosen a budget product for this – Lacura Caviar Illumination Day Cream SPF15 from Aldi. Yes I can hear the laughter and the exclamations of Aldi!!!!

I have used their Lacura Q10 Restorative moisturisers for  mature skins a few years now. They are fabulous products for the price and at my age I’ve tried them all – expensive creams and old low budget favourites like Nivea , but these are definitely my favourites. good products.They have also received beauty industry awards.

Therefore as they have now introduced a new ‘higher end’ product – The Caviar Illumination Day Cream – It claims to have revolutionary ingredients

Revolutionary Ingredients

Snow Algae

All of Aldi’s Lacura® Caviar Illumination creams contain the revolutionary ingredient snow algae, which promotes collagen production in the skin. By using these products daily your skin will become more supple and smooth, creating a perfect base for any foundation or tinted moisturiser. Your make-up will sit flawlessly on top of a silky smooth base with the Caviar Illumination creams.


The Caviar Illumination collection contains 1 very special active ingredient, caviar. The benefits are countless. Its powerful anti-ageing ingredient helps moisturise your skin throughout the day, long after you have applied it in the morning. The Caviar Illumination Night Cream helps to promote skin restructuring, filling out and plumping any fine lines and leaving you with a youthful and radiant appearance by morning.


My normal Lacura Moisturiser is priced at £1.69 – this is a hefty £6.99! Although it was on offer for £4.99 when I purchased it. Still cheap for the claims it makes. I have been very disappointed in high end products in the past. This though is as fabulous as the rest of their products.

When applied it glides on like silk and has a delicate, pleasant fragrance. At first it felt greasy and I wasn’t sure it was for me. However, it was soon absorbed and my skin felt lovely and hydrated all day. It is perfect on its own for those no make up days and under make up.

My scores for this are:

Packaging: 100/100 – it comes boxed – a lovely silver box with purple lettering and the jar itself is the same. Looks very sleek and classy.

Price: 100/100 – obviously I’d love it at £1.69 but I still think it’s a wonderful cream for its price.

Product: 100/100 – I think you’ve got the message that I love this product! I think it delivers what it promises. It will be my go to moisturiser for the forseeable future. Well done Aldi

If you’re younger than me and not yet ready for this I suggest you treat your Mother’s or Aunties for Christmas – go on they deserve it!

Anyway thanks for reading and I’ll be back with another review tomorrow. For another review of another moisturiser please checkout what Victoria from Victorialifeoncamera has got to say today




Bloggers Beauty Brawl 2016 #beautybrawl16 – An introduction

I was kindly invited by Beth Mahoney of La Blog Beaute fame @bethmahoney92 to take part in this Beauty Blog collaboration.

What is the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl 16:

Basically, it’s a review series where a group of UK beauty bloggers will be collaborating. Over the next 10 days, we will be reviewing one product a day. Each day it will be a different type of product, such as a mascara. There may be some overlaps with products from popular brands as we won’t know what the other bloggers are reviewing until their posts go live. We will score for Packaging, Price and Product.

Who else will be joining in?

There is a mix of experienced and novice bloggers. I’ve popped a list of the participants and their blogs including, myself and Beth, below so that you can have a little peak at what we do.

Beth – La Blog Beauté 

Victoria – Victoria Life On Camera

Elaine – Early Retirement Rocks

Kimberley Jessica – Kimberley Jessica

Tori – Powdered and Polished

Laura Faye – Forever Faye

Karen – The Mad House of Cats and Babies

Gemma – An Ocean Glimmer

Ellysia – Miss Dainty K

Andreia – Andreia Prieto x

Natalie –  Beauty Box Obsessed

Rabia –  Rabia Qureshi

Bethany – The Beth Blog

Becky – Hideaway Blogging

Lynn – Lemons Cake

Sarah – The Passion Ease Queen.

Taylor – Reese’s Hardwear

Cheryl – Cheryl Gemma

Daisy – Daisy Says

Phillippa – Phillippa Beauty

Kimberley – Happiness Is Madness

Charli – High Street Beauty Junkie

Natasha – Beauty By Natasha 16

Emma – Running In Couture 

What will we be reviewing?


We’re reviewing some great products; that include makeup and skincare products,  there is a list of products per day to review but each participant can choose thir own product from each category to review

Day one: A moisturiser

Day two: An eyeshadow palette

Day three: A highlighter

Day four: A mascara

Day five: A blush

Day six: A brow product

Day seven: A lipstick

Day eight: A foundation

Day nine: A hand cream

Day ten: A concealer

Are the products high-end or drugstore?

They can be either high-end or drugstore, it doesn’t matter. This doesn’t affect the fairness of the collaboration, as while some drugstore products are of a lower quality than high-end ones, so would be marked lower under ‘the product itself’, they’d get a higher mark for ‘price’ as they are much more budget-friendly. Whereas high-end products might get a high score for quality but a low one for price. I hope that makes sense.The products I’m using are a combination of drugstore and high-end items, and I would imagine it would be the same for the other bloggers too. The idea is that the items we’re using are all products that we haven’t used before, to make it more fair.

I’m pleased with most of my products. They may not make it into my everyday collection but some of them will do. This is what I love about the Blogger’s Beauty Brawl collaborations, they give me a chance to try out products that otherwise I would never buy. I have always been slightly addicted to cosmetics as my mother was. She was from an time where the Max Factor panstick and full coverage make-up from a golden Hollywood Era was the ultimate in glamour.

Where can I keep up with all the posts from the Beauty Brawl?
This time around our Twitter and Instagram hashtag is #beautybrawl16. So if you want to keep up to date with all the posts and photos on social media, you’ll be able to find them under the hashtag.

I hope you enjoy reading the reviews and benefit from our comments.

Please feel free to comment below or contact me be email – I love to know you’re out there.




Blogger Q&A Tag

I’ve been very kindly included in a Blogger Q&A Tag by Susie Hawes of This Is Me Now  fame @susie_hawes

This is my first Blogger Q&A thank you Susie. I love reading about other bloggers and how they came to be, what they are like, what drives them on. To be included and and able to contribute to that body of information about myself is fabulous. Just hope I can be as interesting as others before me!

Susie has given me a list of questions to answer – So here goes!

My blogger questions:
1. Why did you become a blogger?

As my blog name suggests I took early retirement from the NHS last year. With a lot more free time on my hands and my love for Social media I began browsing and reading Blogs and watching Vlogs on Youtube. I thought this was a great forum – better than most magazines. Because I’m a dabbler and love trying new things plus I’ve been told I can talk a glass eye to sleep it seemed something I would enjoy doing. I love chatting about lots of various things – but nothing too serious though. If I’m honest I spend more time reading other bloggers great work than writing my own.
2. What’s your favourite thing to write about?

Ooh! Difficult question because I’m quite new and haven’t made as many posts as I’d like. However I seem to be favouring my football team Manchester City,  and places to visit in Manchester and food. I need to do more beauty and fashion for over 50’s

3. What do you find the hardest thing about blogging?

Easy question this – finding time amongst the hundreds of other things I dabble in! I probably come up with ideas for posts several times a day but then I seem to be slow to type them up! I do juggle this with my passion for comping, football, meeting friends and my new found love for housework.

4. Do you have a special Christmas dish that you make every year?

I’d like to answer this with a sophisticated, elaborate dish that would impress but I’m going to say I have 2 dishes both served on Boxing day- For breakfast I make bubble and squeak with the leftover veg from Christmas Lunch, I serve it with bacon or small sausages, also leftovers! I know I can make this throughout the year after a roast dinner but for some reason I don’t, I save it solely for Christmas.

I also curry the remains of our Turkey crown for boxing day dinner – everyone jokes about turkey curry but actually it makes the most beautiful one, the meat absorbs the flavours beautifully. There’s nothing better than eating this after coming home from watching a football game.
5. Are you a coffee or tea kind of person?

Tea, tea and more tea! I love good old English breakfast tea – 3 cups in a morning to make me human. I then drink copious amounts throughout the day with no sugar and skimmed milk.

6. What is your favourite food?

Another difficult question! I love all food but since I’ve been in my menopausal years I have to watch what I eat as I am now overweight and despite trying everything I cannot shift any of the extra pounds. I love the humble chipped potato -could eat them at every meal, but don’t. My other favourite is a well done steak topped with blue cheese – heaven.

7. Where is the best place you’ve ever travelled to?
Why are all these questions so tough????? You’ll begin to see that I can never give one definitive answer! Everywhere I’ve been lucky enough to visit in the USA, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Southern California, Palm Springs, The Grand Canyon and New York.

8. What are your plans for your blog next year?

Simply to still be around and increasing my exposure and traffic. Plus more posts related to beauty, fashion and lifestyle for the over 50’s.
9. What is your favourite blogger app?

Not sure I know of many probably my WordPress app that enables me to edit and add photo’s on the go!
10. What’s your favourite tipple?!

Good old Gin and Tonic – Bombay Sapphire with Fever Tree tonic and a thick wedge of lime.

Thank you Susie for these great questions and Cheers!


Blue Moo’s Musings – a female fans view of Manchester City FC

Short and sweet this week.

  • Well onwards and upwards in the Champions League with a game to spare – my OH’s prediction that we would leave it to the Celtic game to qualify was thankfully incorrect! My highlight of the night was seeing the Players emerge from the tunnel and immediately look for our travelling fans. Also do I detect a hint of a smile from a couple of our lads when the fans react to the Champions League anthem. I know Pep says we should stop any booing but City fans are loyal and true to themselves and can’t be hypocrites. The farcical Fernandinho sending off just adds more UEFA hurt once again!
  • Talking of the Champions League up to this season I have always done the same thing – booked a hotel room for me and OH in the City hosting the final for the night of and night before the final. I like to think I’m a good girl guide and plan ahead! So this year my plan seems to have gone completely wrong – because the final is in Cardiff I took my eye off the ball and didn’t book a hotel room – got too complacent because it’s in the UK! Big Mistake! Because of that I hadn’t really registered the date of the final and have gone and booked our summer holiday for next year for the same date June 3rd!!!!! For heaven’s sake – have you ever heard of the Champions league Final being any other time than the last weekend in May!!!!!! I suggested moving our holiday forward 1 week but that was met with a resounding NO! from OH. The glimmer of hope is that instead of our usual trip to Croatia we are planning to stay in the UK. So OH is going to travel to our destination in Northumberland regardless and I have worked out Plan B of how to travel by 3 trains, taking 5 1/2 hours, to join him on the day after the final with a hangover!
  • Another Premier League win under our belt – away on a cold, sunny Saturday in Burnley. Yes he rested key players and last year under MP that may well have spelled a disaster. Crowd were in good voice. But got to say being honest that we’re still a little dull to watch – when are the performances from the start of the season going to re-emerge?

Anyway thanks for reading. If you wish to leave a comment I’d love to hear from you or contact me by email


Keeping The Faith since 1976


Blue Moo’s Musings – a female fans view

Well I say it every time, but like many others I am so relieved to see the return of the Premiership – I know I’m like a broken record.

  • Nice to see us get an away win and the return of Yaya. I truly thought his time at City was over. His first goal was a typical Yaya goal = a volley from the edge of the box, even if it did get a deflection. He actually didn’t look bad – fitness wise.
  • So back to the Champions League tonight – can’t ever get over confident these days – I’m still waiting for Pep’s magic to work! Also my husband, who claims to be a neutral but I’ve nearly got him as a full blown blue! said the words of doom this morning. ” The way City are going about things they’ll end up so that the home game against Celtic will end up as a must win!”  Err thanks for that – but privately he’s probably right!
  • I’ll end with a bit of trivia. I loved the John Stones spoof on Soccer am about the kagoul. Click to watch.  I’ve seen him interviewed again recently by Tubes – wearing the said item. He was challenged to re-enact it with some of his mates, who I assume to be teammates for the Soccer AM Christmas special. This is something I can’t wait to see. Click to watch. My husband thinks Aguero will join in – I’m not sure about that but my money would be on Aleks Kolarov! Who would yours be on?

Comment below or via twitter @ellieblue1223

Anyway thanks for reading and enjoy the games before my next post.

Elaine – Keeping the faith since 1976