Joan Collins Timeless Beauty

I still remember receiving my very first make up palates from my Aunty Chris. I think I was 14 and I got three perfectly beautiful pallets from Marks & Spencer. They were mine all mine and I coveted them as though they were the crown jewels. If I look hard enough in my old bedroom which is back to being the storage room I’m sure I would find these empty golden gifts.

Receiving that makeup made me feel so grown up, no more stealing mams (that didn’t last long of course). Fast forward almost three decades and I still feel special when I get new makeup. So whilst mooching around in Marks & Spencer’s beauty hall, which is an absolute must I must say as there are so many testers but there aren’t any of those assistants to turn your huge effort that you went to this morning seemingly pale to insignificance with their perfectly applied makeup.

There are 36 brands in place at M&S and I selected one of them to try; Joan Collins an icon if ever there was one. Strangely the year I got my first makeup was the last year Dynasty was produced but Joan seems not to have aged and Alexis Colby, will forever be etched in my memory.

The range by Dame Joan Collins who is 83 is named Joan Collins Timeless Beauty. Oh lordy if I look like her at 63 I’d be very happy. I tried out the foundation, concealer and a lip and powder compact. The packaging screams Hollywood glamour but will the contents live up to the look?

Fade to perfect concealer; Currently I suffer from puffy dark eyes so it was good to read that this concealer is to aid the reduction of dark circles, soothe irritation and calm puffiness around the eyes. This indeed worked to a point but I by no means expect miracles. This concealer comes in three shades; fair, medium and dark and I tried out fair which worked for me. I use concealer before and after foundation so I do go through quite a lot so will need to consider a repeat purchase as it is £18.

First base foundation; I go between powder and cream foundation for day and night. Cream is most definitely my go to evening foundation. First Base is said to be youth promoting skincare and a foundation in one. The finish is lovely, quite natural and breathable but the tingle I get from what I presume is the hyaluronic acid is a little disconcerting. Despite the tingle first base has never left my skin reddened and the tingles do die down. This comes in eight shades and is £25 it would be difficult to choose between this and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation.

I liked the coverage and the dewiness on my skin on my dry skin days though it did stick to the pores so more exfoliation needed for me.

Lipstick and powder compact duo; This is one of those products I like to flash as it looks so good. The opulent packaging is distinctive. Top tip: project it in your makeup bag as it does scratch easily.

I chose Katrina which is quite a deep brown shade. The lippy glides onto the lips and leave them instantly moisturised. I do wish I’d picked a lighter shade as this is one for an evening but the formula is so lovely I want to use it all of the time.

Katrina is combined with pressed powder and a mirror both of which have become a god send as recently the tip of my nose seems always to be red and the powder helps to combat it. I love the fact that you can marry any of the 16 shades of lipsticks with the compact. I think Marilyn will be my next choice and the lip stick retails at £18.

I’ve already chosen to try out Rosie for Autograph on my next Marks & Spencer visit. .




Joan Collins Timeless Beauty items were gifted for review purposes but all opinions are our own.


The month of May sees the start of National Walking month and this year Nicola and I are going to try and walk  as an absolute minimum 20 minutes every single day. Of course there is a hashtag for this (#try20) but it’s not one we have created.

Living Streets is the UK charity that champions everyday walking. Their aim is to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness and social isolation and making walking the natural choice.

For over 85 years Living Streets has been a beacon for walking. In the early days their campaigning led to the UK’s first zebra crossing and the introduction of speed limits.

Their ambition is to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings. Progress starts here: one street, one school, one step at a time.

Twenty minutes is doable and I’m aiming on getting a minimum of a fifth of the recommended daily steps (10,000) fitted into this time.

Day 1: May 1 – Metro Centre Visit

Yes whilst Nicola was down in London celebrating her nephew’s naming day and lots of bloggers were in Manchester for Blog On I was subjected to the Metro Centre.

I didn’t count the time or the steps as I stupidly left my tracker at home (which is currently my mobile) but if I walked past each shop front, I would have walked 3.5 miles and believe me it certainly felt like that especially with a reluctant six year old and pushing a nine month old in his pram.

Purchased: 1 x man’s suit from M&S, baseball boots from Clark Shoes, Scalp products by Aveda at House of Fraser and concealer by collection 2000.

Day 2: May 2 – Trip to Wynyard hall then on to Seaham 

Bank holiday Monday and we headed to Wynyard Hall to see, ‘The Very Best of British’ Spring Fair. Not much walking got done as I bumped into Judith and Nicky of Pure Candles who I haven’t seen in years. After a rather uneventful event (another story) we decided to head to the beach. The rain clouds were in the sky and there was a nip in the air but I was driving so I was in charge so off to the coast we go.

We parked up and I donned our Baby Bjorn One carrier and it was off for a walk with 17lb (7.7kg) strapped to my front. It’s a short walk along the high street past Tommy and then done some steps then a ramp and then some more steps. I needed help going down as I couldn’t see past Luke to see the drop of the steps.

Then we were onto the beach. This is not a sandy beach but one with pebbles and sea glass. We spent time forging for lovely glass and then Emily and H2B headed out to look at the rock pools. We walked to the edge of the beach and then the sky went dark so it was about turn and a quick march. This took us about ten minutes from the edge of the beach to the top of the steps as it was almost two steps forward two steps back on the shingle.

The time spent walking was part of our day and didn’t feel like exercise at all. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and this #try20 is so manageable.

I did both of these walks in a pair of heeled boots, not the type of footwear necessarily associated with walking but nether the less a walk is a walk no matter what’s on our feet from bare toes to stilettos. Get walking and #try20 !

We’ll keep you updated with how we are going.

Love Suz x