Sunday, 28 December 2014

7 Beauty Tips for being Fabulous over 40

Hi Lovely Lassies

It's not easy choosing beauty products for us ladies over 40.  I know I have to be careful what to use on my skin.  

Did you know, that women get psychic as they age, You never have to confess your sins to a woman over forty.  They ALWAYS know.

Tip #1


Always use a good quality moisturizer as mature skin becomes dry because our oil-producing glands become less active and our skin becomes drier.  Use a product that will keep you skin supple and soft.

Tip #2

Keep Hydrated

Drink at least six to eight glasses of water in a day to flush out your toxins from your body.  Not only does it leave your skin looking and feeling brilliant, its great for your digestive system too.

Tip #3


Remember to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week.  If you have a dry skin use a cream-based scrub that will moisturize and clean your skin.  If you have an oily skin, use a gel-based scrub that will help control the oil secretions but still leave your skin feeling clean.

Tip #4

Eye Cream

Invest in a good quality eye cream for those tell-tale fine lines adn wrinkles around the eyes.  Choose a night cream that will nourish your eyes and treat your fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep

Tip #5

Eat Well

Eat a balanced diet.  The rule is - Everything in moderation. Include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.  Less processed and refined foods.  Respect your body - you only have one.

Tip #6

Make Up

Use the right type of make up.  Keep your make up subtle and not loud.  Use a good quality primer for your skin type. Avoid too much glitter and shimmery shades and opt for matte shades instead that will compliment your eyes and not get stuck in those fine lines and accentuate them.  Go for lighter lip shades and minimum blush.

Tip #7

Stay Fit

Exercise regularly, go for walks or a run.  If you haven't exercised before, take it slow at first and build your strength.  Don't just jump into it.  You will get injured!  If you can afford it, get yourself a personal trainer who can recommend the best exercises for the best results.

Always remain positive and happy.  You're not fully dressed until you're wearing your magnificent smile.

To me, exercise is the key for fighting the middle-aged spread and remaining 40 plus and fabulous.  Those brilliant endorphins keep you positive and motivate you to keep on track, understand and appreciate your body's changes after 40.  

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Olay Regenerist Giveaway

Hi Lovely Lassies

Welcome to my very first Ginger McLashes Giveaway.  Exciting isn't it?!

All you have to do is watch my 007 James Bond video complete with being attacked by three doggies....and I survived!

Click on the link over at Beauty Bulletin, submit your video response to my video, and you could be the happy owner of The Olay Regenrist Anti-Ageing Advanced Cleansing System.

Simple as that!



Friday, 28 November 2014

10 Beauty Tips for Over 40s

1. Embrace the changes in your skin.
Consider whether you need more hydration in your skin, or a less powdered finish, for example. DON’T Keep wearing the make-up looks you did two decades ago. Embrace a more sophisticated style that complements your skin and suits the woman you are now. 

2. Contour
This quick contouring tip will take years off your appearance. Using a powder that is two to three shades darker than your skin tone, lightly dust on along the jawline, hairline and temples. This creates false depth to the face, which in turn emphasizes the lighter areas and creates a youthful look (read: higher cheekbones). DON’T Think you need surgery to restore a more youthful look. 

3. Increase consumption of maca root powder
This will help ease the symptoms of all stages of menopause by balancing hormonal fluctuations. Maca is renowned for helping to support hormone balance, as well as increasing libido and energy levels. DON’T Consume foods high in sugar. Refined sugar leaches precious minerals from the body and deteriorates skin health due to its collagen-damaging effect. 

4. Drink red wine
It contains a powerful heart-healthy, anti-cancer, anti-aging antioxidant called resveratrol. It also appears that resveratrol helps protect the skin against the sun’s UV radiation. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have the highest concentration of antioxidants – just be sure to keep it to one glass, and have your wine with a meal to mitigate the inflammatory effects of alcohol. DON’T Eat saturated fats or trans fats. When you eat a healthy diet, your skin is more likely to glow and you may even appear more youthful. As well as leading to health problems, trans fats can cause problems with your skin – avoid these and add healthy fats, and you will likely begin seeing noticeable changes in how your skin looks and feels. 

5. Use an anti-ageing cleanser
Use one that is full of nutrients, because your anti-ageing regime begins with a cleanser that gives to your skin rather than depleting it and then trying to give back what it has stripped away. Your skin should feel nourished right from your cleanser, all the way through your skincare regime. DON’T Use skincare that contains mineral oil/petrolatum ingredients as they act like a plastic wrapper on the skin and DON’T allow the skin to expel toxins or absorb nutrients. Literally, they suffocate the skin. 

6. Colour your hair
Minimise that white tram track down your parting if you’re a brunette with the first of that ‘white hair’. I suggest applying soft, natural and lighter colour parts through your hair, to reduce the harshness on the parting and avoid those two-week touch-ups at the salon. DON’T Hang on to length. You may begin to find your hair stops growing at a certain length, as the growth stage has slowed and each follicle may only grow for a two to three year period. Embrace the shorter look – a good hairdresser will personalise it to make it look great on you. 

7. Keep the thickness and lushness of the brow
Colour them slightly to cover any grey hair. Never over-pluck them – ever. DON’T Pluck the grey hairs (although it is very tempting), as you are only going to destroy the follicle, which in turn creates a gap where hair will no longer grow. 

8. Use a rich, nourishing night cream
In your 40s, collagen fibres stiffen and break apart, resulting in skin crevices and furrows known more kindly as lines and wrinkles. Key ingredients now include rose oil, jojoba oil and and natural AHAs to remove the build up of dead skin cells, which can also create a dull and greying appearance to skin. DON’T Neglect the advice out there! A lot of women feel pressure in their 40s to commence cosmetic surgery enhancements such as muscle relaxants and filler to delay and soften the ageing process. Cosmetic clinics and dermatologists have made massive leaps in the last 10 years and there are a plethora of non invasive treatments available such as laser and rejuvenation that. DON’T involve needles. 

9. Drink lots of water and green tea
This promotes circulation as well as supple skin. Also incorporate microdensitometer facials into your regime, to help prevent wrinkles. DON’T Think plastic surgery is the cure for everything age-related. 

10. Clean your liver occasionally
This will make the whites of your eyes clearer and increase your metabolism. DON’T Eat dairy, wheat or sugar for five days, while going hard on the green veggies. It’s the easiest way to do a little liver cleanse.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Age Before Beauty

Hello Lovely Lassies,

I've been contemplating starting this Beauty Blog for a while now and I think I'm about ready to give it a whirl.  I'm certainly no oil painting, and don't claim to know too much about the beauty and makeup industry, but I figure I will learn as I got along.

Let me introduce myself.  I'm a natural ginger originally from Scotland, now living in South Africa.  I am married and have two wee lassies who make me smile and drive me crazy everyday.  I am over forty and love to stumble upon ways to create the illusion that I'm not on THAT side of the 4-0.

We can share ideas, information, reviews and bumble around here together.

So, lets get to it then... first video review will be up in a few days and its gonna be a goody, perhaps even something for you Lassies to win.

Stay tuned.