Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Celebration of life

mum on holiday in Blackpool
I wanted to use this post as a celebration of my mum's life. My mum sadly past away on the 24th November 2012 and was 67.
mum and Bethany her granddaughter
Before she passed away my mum wished to be cremated and for her ashes to be scattered in New Brighton as it was one of her favourite places, one she remembered from childhood and where she brought us as children. I bring my daughter here as often as I can and it is a wonderful place for creating happy memories.

When we found out that she had passed and and were sorting out arrangements for her funeral, as a family we decided that it would be apt for her ashes to be scattered on her birthday 5th January when she would have been 68.

Mum would take us camping to Towyn in North Wales every year when we were children. We still go camping as adults all thanks to mum's love of the outdoors. A memory I hold dear is when my younger brother Geoff went missing and we were all looking for him for a good few hours. The daft begger was in the caravan next door having a full English hehehe. (Maybe not as daft as he sounds). My mum also took us Morris dancing and because of this we got to travel all over the country and meet a wide variety of people, sane, insane and just plain loopy and yes one of them was my mum, she was very, very quirky.
me and mum in Blackpool 2011

Mums dog Charlie who has lived with me for nearly 5 years from the last time she had a stroke
I did have a love hate relationship with my mum and we fell out constantly but we always knew that if we needed each other we would be there for one another.

New Brighton beach
It has been raining all week heavily and today 5th January 2013, the sun was out and cracking the flags. How very apt; and my mum would have been made up. It went well and mum got her wish to be in New Brighton but please tread carefully on the beach and the surrounding areas because you could be taking a little piece of my mum with you where ever you go.
The lighthouse on the beach
As expected, the day was very emotional but my mum got to see all of her children together for the first time in over 10 years (even if she was just there in spirit).
Also there were three of her grand children and her sister who is amazing herself :)

Where we scattered mums ashes in the sea.
It was a personal day but I wanted to show that each of the ladies on our blog are completely different and yet we have found each other through the love of all things beauty and bargainous. I hope that you are all as lucky as myself to call these ladies friends.  Until the next time, be safe and have fun.
Wendy xxx

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review of Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

I have very awkward skin that is dry and sensitive and I struggle to find the right balance of skincare and foundation. However, I have been trying out the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation.
I managed to acquire a sample from the Elle magazine subscription that I recently signed up to. The sample lasted me for two days and the first time I put it on I was completely amazed at how different I looked. I looked flawless and glowing. It is expensive at £36 which is completely out of my foundation budget, but I loved it so much that I am thinking I might save up a couple of pounds each and every month for a while.

The foundation application is so smooth and blends so easily it is literally almost dreamlike, covering as lightly or as heavily as you need it. I put it on lightly and dabbed a little extra on a couple of spots which meant I literally had no need for concealer. As a busy mum I really appreciate the fact that this gives me a lot less hassle. I had shade 30 beige and it was the perfect match for my skin tone as I have a yellow under tone to my skin. It didn't dry out or clog my pores and it moisturised my skin as well. I put on the foundation at 7am and I still have it on as I am writing at 7 43pm, and not only that, it is still flawless. Be safe and have fun ladies.
 Wendy xxx

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Welcome! x

 Good evening everyone :)

Welcome to the new blog for the Secret Beauty Junkies group on Facebook. 

We are a crazy, but lovely bunch, who love nothing more than to have a (sometimes drunken) banter about make up, skincare, nail polish, kids (not my area as i don't have any haha), recipe tips and life in general. 

This blog will be a mish mash of all the above and will feature contributions from myself and many other beautiful ladies. 

We hope you will find it a warm and welcoming community to be a part of and we welcome any comments  (please keep them nice) or suggestions for future posts. Blogging is nothing without hints and tips from fellow junkies :)


Catriona xxx