UPDATED 13th April 2020

These are strange and worrying times.

An ‘anti-ageing’ beauty blog suddenly seems frivolous, but we have to believe that better days are ahead.

I will continue to post reviews in the hope you will find them useful when life returns to a ‘new’ normal because it will.

My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone to the virus.

Stay safe, be kind, be strong.

The name of this blog was inspired by a poem written by Thomas Carew.


He that loves a rosy cheek,
Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek
Fuel to maintain his fires:
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.

But a smooth and steadfast mind,
Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
Hearts with equal love combined,
Kindle never-dying fires.
Where these are not, I despise
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.

The obvious message is outer beauty eventually fades, inner beauty that lasts forever.

At our age, I think we’ve all finally figured this out, but there’s no harm trying to match to the outside to the inside!


Poets of this era often chose the name ‘Celia’ to portray their paramours, instead of naming them outright.

Thomas realises that his Celia’s inner beauty isn’t quite as lovely as he first thought, so he tacked on another stanza to this lovely poem and cast her aside.


No tears, Celia, now shall win
My resolv’d heart to return;
I have search’d thy soul within,
And find nought, but pride, and scorn;
I have learn’d thy arts, and now
Can disdain as much as thou.
Some power, in my revenge, convey
That love to her I cast away.


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