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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jan 18, 11:51 AM
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    Frump to Fab 2018 - Fabulous Dahhhhlings
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    • 1st Jan 18, 11:51 AM
    Frump to Fab 2018 - Fabulous Dahhhhlings 1st Jan 18 at 11:51 AM
    Good Morning my Lovelies.

    And welcome to the new bright and shiny Frump to Fab Thread.

    First of all a very big hello and welcome to everyone, newbies, lurkers and returners....and those undecided.

    Second let me wish you all “Happy New Year”.

    Let’s rock this one!!!!

    Well now where do we start this year. We have quite a history here now don’t we. I was thinking this morning about how the thread has developed so for the newbies......a brief potted history.

    A few years ago my son took a photo of me. I was horrified. I burst into tears. I could hardly believe my eyes at the image before me. But.......as we know the camera doesn’t lie and I couldn’t argue with what That image revealed.

    I went upstairs and stood in front of a full mirror and allowed the awful truth to sink in........never mind frump, I looked like a bag lady.

    In my defence.......it was not down to laziness, far from it. I was caring for my semi Paralysed terminally ill husband. My days were full on with caring duties. I scarcely had a spare minute, it was all I could do to shower and brush my teeth sometimes.

    All very noble of course but I had completely neglected myself in the process. I had forgotten the simple golden rule........we cannot care for others if we don’t care for ourselves. We cannot give love, if we don’t treat ourselves with love.

    How many women forget this simple fact. In our busy lives as mothers, daughters, sisters how often to we put ourselves last on that never ending “to do list”.

    As I stood and looked in that mirror I realised the folly of my ways and I resolved to “do something”. I wasn’t sure what exactly but I knew I had to make a start somewhere.

    So I started the first Frump to Fab Thread and, as they say, the rest is history. What started as a simple diary to help me make the necessary changes to get me out of “Frumpdom” has become a wonderful friendship group of likeminded women.

    Yes some of us are of a certain age but not all. Frumpdom is not the preserve of the middle aged woman who has “let herself go”. Becoming a frump can happen to anyone, young women, even teenagers.

    But here’s the good news .......it’s never too late to reverse the process, never too late to ditch the frump, never too late for the caterpillar to turn into a beautiful butterfly or for the ugly duckling to turn into a graceful and elegant swan.

    There are no rules to this thread except one.

    Kindness please........we don’t judge anyone here, we don’t get into futile pointless arguments, we don’t make nasty comments, we don’t indulge in sarcasm, we don’t bully others, we don’t play mind games and we don’t try to score points by making others feel small.

    So all that being said .....if you are ready to change your stars and become that alluring goddess you always longed to be, if you want to reclaim the energy and vitality that was once yours but has somehow disappeared then this is place for you.

    Let’s all get fabulous.

    Lesson no 1.

    Wear perfume, every day. Don’t save it for best. Get out all those unused smellies lurking in the back of the bathroom cabinet or bedside drawer and start using them.

    Smell divine......and fabulousity will follow. That’s a promise.

    A women who smells gorgeous is gorgeous. It’s the first step on your journey.

    Right I’m off to bathe in a sea of perfumed bubbles but first ..........

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    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 5th Nov 18, 3:38 PM
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    LL 6 months is a bit young, I'm not sure about a 2 year old, bit worried they might use the figures as missiles! I won't be popular with DsIL is that happens. One thing about plastic is it won't do as much damage.


    I agree with you about being cautious, who knows what Brexit will bring and whatever it brings in the long term I think there will be some wobbles on the way. I worry about the availability of meds, I need a certain med daily, I'm not ill as such just deficient in something vital. One positive thing today was I found a strip of 14 tablets. I have about 3 weeks spare now, I am due a 2 month prescription at beginning of March so when we actually exit I will have 5 weeks of that left (I get it a week before my old one runs out) and now an extra 3 weeks worth. I've found odd tablets in various handbags, drawers and a suitcase as I will take a strip with me and if I have 2 or 3 tablets left I might just forget it till the next trip. Don't know why this strip of 14 is there, I suspect it must have dropped in my bag when I picked up a prescription. So I can go 8 weeks post brexit before I run out, hope things settle by them. I can also drop slightly, I am on the boundary of 1.5 or 2 tablets a day so I am thinking of doing a day or two each weeks on the lower dose. Don't think it will hurt as at my last review my doctor was thinking of reducing it. It will let me build up my stock. My main worry is my DD is on the same med, half my dose but she still needs it so I might need to share.


    Last resort I will be using my Irish passport and sorting it out there. I pity people with cancer needing treatment with radioisotopes as that is likely to be a problem.


    Not doing a good job of cheering myself up here so I'm going to go a make a cuppa.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 6th Nov 18, 12:42 AM
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    "Last resort I will be using my Irish passport and sorting it out there. "

    At least it is an option, a fair amount of medicines, devices and generic medicine made locally in Ireland so it will reduce the impact somewhat. Please don't worry there will be national back up plans. Ask your doctor for an additional prescription if they are amicable.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 6th Nov 18, 8:37 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies.

    Well I slept like a babe.....a good 8 hours again. And I feel great. It's amazing the difference a good nights sleep can make,

    I finally managed to get all the bulbs in the garden yesterday, hyacinths and tulips so hopefully it should look pretty in the spring. Give a bit of colour whilst the more permanent planting has chance to mature. I also found one of the hydrangeas I had in a pot which I thought was dead was sprouting new growth so that's gone in too. The shrubs and trees I planted look ok but I won't know for sure if they are going to thrive till the spring so I'll just have to be patient.

    I read somewhere a quote about love. It said that planting trees that perhaps you might not see reach maturity and that only future generations would see in all their glory was a definition of love, hope and optimism. It was a stake in the future.

    I think it probably referred to the great estates that were planted by the landed gentry - those great avenues of limes and oaks take decades to mature - but I think the same can be applied to we lesser mortals, we can still do our bit and plant for future generations to enjoy.

    Anyway I shall carry on planting trees...and hope for the best. . The U.K. is now one of the most least wooded countries in Europe. We actually need all the trees we can get. As well as being lovely to look at they increase oxygen in the atmosphere and improve air quality. Same with houseplants.

    Anyway it's part of my Ikigai.

    I also removed about 10 lots of cat poo. I don't have a cat.

    Well I'm off to acupuncture later and also getting my hair cut this afternoon.

    Did anyone watch that programme, can't remember what it was called but where they conducted a three month experiment where they introduced a scheme to socialise 4 year olds with the residents of a nursing home.

    They did it in a very scientific manner, measuring the health, mobility and cognitive skills of the elderly and the developmental and social skills of the children, both at the beginning and the end of the experiment.

    Quelle surprise (not) - there was a marked improvement in all areas at both ends of the age spectrum.

    The children grew in confidence and those who had speech, emotional and behavioural problems all showed marked improvements whilst the results with the elderly were nothing short of astonishing. They were fitter, stronger, more mobile, better balance, improved memories, less depression. The nursing home was in Nottingham.

    I do hope the powers that be take note of this. Apart from the better quality of life for the residents and the better educational chances for the children just think of the savings for the NHS. Fewer drugs, fewer falls and broken bones.

    Anyway enough of my prattle. Time to start the day.
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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 6th Nov 18, 12:18 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    Humpty stay strong. All bouts of depression eventually ease off and you will then start to feel like your more usual self. It is always best to stay as active as humanly possible as this really helps each individual not to focus only on how awful their depression is making them feel, but on their own everyday small achievements. Take each day as it comes and try to get through it as best as you are able.

    I am having a really rough time with my Arthritis at the moment. My legs are really painful and the extreme pain is preventing me from walking straight and upright and I am shuffling more than lifting each leg and taking a step as normal. It is so frustrating as I am forced to cancel any social plans until the pain goes away. I am taking painkillers all day and night, having long soaks in the bath with generous amounts of Epsom Salts and keeping my legs up on my sofa but I need to continue until the pain is bearable or has finally gone.

    So no Karaoke for me tonight and I have had to cancel my trip to the theatre tomorrow.
    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 6th Nov 18, 1:49 PM
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    "Last resort I will be using my Irish passport and sorting it out there. "

    At least it is an option, a fair amount of medicines, devices and generic medicine made locally in Ireland so it will reduce the impact somewhat. Please don't worry there will be national back up plans. Ask your doctor for an additional prescription if they are amicable.
    Originally posted by savingfortomorrow

    I have asked about an extra prescription. Apparently they aren't supposed to do it or being advised not to or something. Not sure if that is a local thing. I suppose it would put next years med on this year's budget?
    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 6th Nov 18, 1:51 PM
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    sugarbaby so sorry to hear you are having to cancel fun stuff. Hope you feel better soon.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 7th Nov 18, 9:18 AM
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    Good morning Lovely Ladies.

    SUgarbaby.......so,sorry to hear that you are struggling again. That's the nature of the beast that is arthritis....(and similar conditions). Some good days, some bad, flare ups can be a real problem. Hope you feel better soon, all you can really do is exactly what you are doing.

    Well it's raining here - cue knee and fibro pain. If I had a bath I would have a nice long soak this morning but I don't so I can't. Looking on the positive side the garden needs some rain. It has been very dry here so the new plants will benefit from a nice long drink.

    I am pleased with my new haircut. It's back to a Judy Dench style pixie cut. Well actually, not quite so short. More like Sharon Stones length. There's a woman who always dresses well.

    Nice easy day today, more bathroom showrooms and then lunch with my youngest son. He will be the chauffeur...... I can just sit back and enjoy. Luxury.
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    • maman
    • By maman 7th Nov 18, 12:24 PM
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    Hope you're feeling a bit more mobile today sugarbaby.


    Glad you're pleased with your hair LL. My fringe is just getting a bit long so I need to make an appointment. Enjoy your lunch.


    It's a typical autumn day here. The rain is coming and going interspersed with sunny periods. It's mild and just windy enough for the leaves to swirl around. Other years this would have depressed me but I think this year because we had a proper summer and a mild early autumn it feels justified.


    I went into the city centre briefly yesterday. I returned the silver sneakers to TKMaxx, decided they were too heavy. That's heavy and clumsy to look at rather than in weight. I did buy a cheap pair of Skecher type shoes from Shuropody (Scholl as was). They had various sale items so I bought some navy Mary Janes. If I get a fraction of the wear from the that I've had from my black ones I'll be delighted. They're very similar to these.
    https://www.shuropody.com/footwear/earth-spirit/new-mexico-pewter/


    It's a weird shop. I go there for my podiatrist appointments and they have been trying hard in recent years to cater for other than the elderly. So they have a few pairs of nice things and lots of hideous stuff.


    On a similar subject I notice that M&S sales are down again although ironically profits are up. Presumably that means fewer staff and higher prices! I heard an 'expert' on the radio offering an explanation that their older customers that they catered for were dying off and they'd failed to attract new ones except for minor purchases. I'd say that many of their 'old' customers (me included) are still alive and kicking but choosing to shop elsewhere because we don't want to dress like our grandparents! They just don't get it.


    I also got the grey jumper I wanted and a black lace body suit from New Look. I'll definitely keep the jumper even if it's to add to house clothes for colder weather. The body suit feels great but not sure how much I'd wear it.
    https://www.newlook.com/uk/womens/clothing/tops/black-sweetheart-neck-lace-bodysuit/p/576100301?tmcampid=81&tmad=c&extcam=UK_CSE_CSE_Sho pzilla&CAWELAID=120310300001363791
    I probably need a thermal one!


    Dancing again tonight. I wore a dress and tights last night for the first time. Thinking of a long skirt tonight.


    Have a good day everyone.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 8th Nov 18, 12:35 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    Thank you for your good wishes with regards to my health. I am still taking it easy.

    My right leg is now bearable, but my left leg is still giving me extreme pain.

    I am having my flu jab this afternoon as my bad cold symptoms have gone and I want to be protected from any more bad colds or a bout of flu. Today is the first day I am leaving my home since Saturday as I can now walk upright even though the pain in my left leg prevents me from walking in an elegant manner.
    • maman
    • By maman 8th Nov 18, 3:23 PM
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    Good idea to have the flu jab sugarbaby even if you have to limp to the surgery to get it. Poor you.


    Another lovely autumn day here. I went for my weekly walk with friends this morning (we do a brisk hour around local parkland) and then sat and had coffee in the sun. There won't be too many more opportunities so making the most.


    I dug another dress out last night to wear to dancing. That's 2 outfits I'd forgotten about until I reviewed my wardrobe. Rain is promised for this weekend so if I've got time indoors I'll go through drawers and see if there's anything there that needs dumping. I suspect very little other than perhaps some tops. If I didn't wear them this summer I probably never will!


    Strangely, although it's over two weeks since I had the shellac removed, my nails don't seem to have grown much. When they're painted, regrowth is obvious but there doesn't seem to be much.I suppose its because I've been filing them more often.


    I've got a meeting to attend later. I want to feel confident as it's a tricky situation so I will make an effort to look fab. I might wear one of my new found dresses again!
    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 8th Nov 18, 8:34 PM
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    My arm is better, I'm still feeling a bit rotten but keeping busy and GC have come to stay so that has brightened things up. We went out for lunch today, I was amazed how busy it was, we got the last table. This time of year is normally quiet but it seems as busy as the summer which seems odd. The sea was really rough at high tide and coming over the sea wall. I love sitting watching it when it is like that but I feel a bit guilty as if my gran was alive she would say, "Lord protect those at sea tonight." I do feel sorry for the sailors and fishermen but I can't help feeling it is an amazing spectacle to watch.


    I've gone back to normal eating, after over 2 weeks of stuffing myself to try and put some weight on I weighed myself today and I've gained nothing except for a disturbed digestive system. My doctor is just going to have to accept that I am this weight now.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Nov 18, 12:36 PM
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    Good morning lovely ladies.

    Looks like another gentle autumn day so I shall go for a walk later.

    I have given myself a facial this morning in readiness for a nice evening out at my favourite restaurant tonight. Will do my nails later.

    Yes still pleased with my hair, in fact I've already booked my pre Christmas cut for the week before Christmas at the same salon and with the same stylist.

    Well the good news is I have lost 1.1 lbs and the even better news is my blood sugars are starting to come down nicely. Still not normal but now safely within the pre-diabetes range, no longer hovering on the edge of full blown diabetes. I'm pleased but not complacent. I want them back down to normal ASAP. I want to completely reverse the process.

    I shall have to be very careful on the cruise not to regain too much weight but as it's only 14 days this time I should be ok. I am doing a version of 16:8 at the moment, fasting for 16 hours and eating within a 8 hour window. That should be doable on the days we are at sea. And of course I can make sensible food choices. It's the port days that can be tricky.

    I have been allocated a late sitting for dinner which I do prefer as it stops me getting an attack of the evening munchies. So skip breakfast, just lunch and then dinner, followed by a show then dancing to burn off a few calories. not quite within an 8 hour window so probably more like 14:10.

    The fasting is not to lose weight as such (that's a welcome by product) but it's the fasting which helps bring the blood sugar levels down.

    Then after Christmas I will up my game and combine 5:2 with 16:8 and see if I can not only continue to lose weight but completely reboot my system and actually reverse the diabetes.

    Apparently there is a fancy dress night on this cruise. The theme is Britain so I've ordered a 60s "Mod Outfit". Mini dress, with a Union Jack motif, matching Beatle cap, and white tights (remember those). Should be fun.

    Humpty I once went through a period when my weight dropped to 7stone 2lbs. I am 5ft 7. My doctor kept nagging me to put weight on. Like you I really tried but I just couldn't gain weight. I was eating like a horse and like you resorting to loads of chips and cream cakes (which I don't even like). In myself I felt fine. All that food made me gag so I simply stopped force feeding myself.

    In the end I figured well if this what I'm supposed to weigh then so be it. Even back then I knew about my family history of diabetes, it runs through the female line. My mum had already been diagnosed and I decided it was better to be a bit skinny than to risk triggering diabetes myself by overdosing on fried foods and sweet stuff.

    I did eventually regain weight, took about a year, and then I remained at 8st 7 for years but it wasn't by stuffing myself. Still a bit on the low side but my doctor was a bit happier. I think My body just found its own level by itself. You may find your weight will stabilise in due course.

    I would advise you to eat for nutrition rather than just weight gain. Make the calories count. No point stuffing yourself with empty calories and feeling uncomfortable.

    What's your muscle tone like. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. Could you be losing too much muscle. What about bone density. If you are losing too much bone density that will also show on the scales. We need body fat yes, but it's only part of the story. Resistance training will help you build up muscle and slow down loss of bone density.

    I can remember when I was skinny my doctor suggested a tonic. I think it was called "Minadex". Or something. It was supposed to contain essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals. I took it, I don't know if it made a difference because as I say I never felt ill to begin with. .

    A good multivitamin might not be a bad idea.
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    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 9th Nov 18, 3:32 PM
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    Hi people, sorry i have not posted for a while, been busy with a problem with my tenant (now ex-tenant).

    On the subject of fabbing, we decided our front room needed a 'feature wall' of wallpaper. We wanted something a bit 'old fashioned-y' for our 1930s bungalow. We chose something quite 'shabby chic' in taupe.

    I didn't know whether to be pleased or upset when I saw exactly the same wallpaper in a stately home in an episode of Poirot!
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    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 9th Nov 18, 4:43 PM
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    [QUOTE=seven-day-weekend;75027

    On the subject of fabbing, we decided our front room needed a 'feature wall' of wallpaper. We wanted something a bit 'old fashioned-y' for our 1930s bungalow. We chose something quite 'shabby chic' in taupe.

    I didn't know whether to be pleased or upset when I saw exactly the same wallpaper in a stately home in an episode of Poirot![/QUOTE]

    I think you've got it spot on SDW!!
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • maman
    • By maman 9th Nov 18, 5:02 PM
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    I didn't know whether to be pleased or upset when I saw exactly the same wallpaper in a stately home in an episode of Poirot!
    Originally posted by seven-day-weekend

    I agree. If the set designers doing the period features for Poirot chose it then you're in good company!


    I've only been on one cruise LL but I found it best to have a good breakfast and then when I was ashore I rarely needed to eat much perhaps just stop for a drink. Generally at breakfast (and the same applies to hotels here) it's easy to eat quite healthily. I generally have bacon, beans, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms and plenty of fruit to start. When you're in Lisbon I'd avoid those custard tarts!


    You're so wise to be tackling the blood sugars and avoiding diabetes. I know being overweight isn't the only cause but for many people Type 2 is avoidable. It's had wide press coverage today.


    I'm still suffering with sinus headaches. I haven't had a cold but I recognise the pain. It could be to do with air pressure or central heating. It's worse in the mornings but I'm coping by dosing myself up with painkillers and Sudafed but it makes me feel heavy eyed. Hope all the poorlies get to feel better soon.


    Not much fabbing today. All I've really done is my meal plan and shop. I went to Lidl as I had a voucher to use but I much prefer Aldi. Aside from the range of food, their checkouts are much more efficient. I suppose I'm lucky that I have a choice of supermarkets.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 9th Nov 18, 9:29 PM
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    It is a miserable damp cold and flu season with runny noses and stuffy heads. I have a lingering cold and feel blah also. Not much can be done but keep hydrated and motor on through it.
    When you feel blah it feels like fabbing is secondary to the getting up. I hate applying make up when full of colds and bugs as i feel the creams will be contaminated. I use up ransom testers and accept not ideal skincare to prevent my moisturizer becoming a petri dish.

    I popped in lidl this evening and was rather impressed with the wild rose range- great ingredients for a great price. I like the good selection of pantry basics. it reminds me of sometime it was remarked that i had no food but ingredients in the cupboard.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Nov 18, 9:57 PM
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    Maman. Your suggestion of a really good breakfast on shore days is great idea. Obviously I won't be able to stick to my fasting and my 8 hour window for eating but a few days shouldn't set me back too much on my quest to reduce my blood sugar levels.

    When I'm at home That is exactly what I eat for breakfast most days although as I'm fasting I make it brunch rather than an early breakfast.

    A traditional English breakfast, minus the toast, is perfect for me both as paleo and for reducing blood sugar levels. Lots of protein and carbs in the form of vegetables - mushrooms, tomatoes, sometimes spinach.

    I am not eating much fruit at the moment, just berries with natural yoghurt and the occasional couple of clementines. Again just trying to avoid additional sugars. Fruits such as grapes and bananas are just too high in sugar.

    Luckily I don't really have a sweet tooth as such, so I don't find it difficult to avoid cakes, pastries etc. I don't miss puddings so I can quite happily avoid the Lisbon tarts. even though they are delicious.

    My meal tonight was lovely. I had just one spoon of my sons sticky toffee pudding. I did indulge in a couple of glasses of Prosecco though.

    SFT. Speaking with my beauticians hat on here. By rights we should never just dip our fingers into our creams and potions, even when we are well, although of course we all do it when it's just for ourselves but you will notice that in a salon they always use a spatula to avoid contamination. You can buy packs of them off amazon, they don't cost much.

    In the meantime a small teaspoon or even a knife would be fine.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 9th Nov 18, 10:13 PM
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    Maman......re the sinus headaches.....horrible aren't they. Is the air too dry with the central heating....maybe a couple of little bowls of water dotted around might help.

    I always take a humidifer with me when I travel because air con gives me sinus headaches, nosebleeds and a nasty cough. A humidifier really stops all that.
    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 10th Nov 18, 8:55 AM
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    Morning, all. We're both full of colds, too. OH kept me awake with his snorting, now my sinuses feel like concrete.

    The only fabbing today will be in cosy socks and sweaters.

    I bought another three Boots serums thus week. I'm not sure they're worth the expense, though. Any recommendations for cheaper serums?
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    • humptydumptybits
    • By humptydumptybits 10th Nov 18, 10:11 AM
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    Pollypenny I ran out of the serum I use and my skin felt so dry I used flaxseed oil, I take it as doctor recommended it for my dry eyes. I won't be buying serum again, the flaxseed oil has been wonderful, I only use it at night and it soaks in really fast, I leave it for about half an hour before I put cream on. I don't think it is a very nice smell so I put a drop of lavender oil with it. I'm generally happy with my facial skin for my age but my decollete wasn't great (I guess I didn't protect it enough in the past) and it has really improved and "matches" my face much better now.
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