Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Easy and Quick Body Moisturiser - Vaseline Spray & Go

*This post was originally published on 18 February 2014 and updated on 18 June 2019

I LOVE this moisturiser.  There, I've said it.  I confess that I am really lax with body moisturiser, to be honest I usually only bother in the summer when there's bits of me on show (lazy, lazy, lazy)!   I've been using this one for a while now and I'm SO impressed with it that I thought I'd share this short review with you.

Firstly, there is no lid as such, to open and close the bottle there is a click left to right mechanism, this is great for me as I am bad with lids, I never replace them and things always dry up.  Also, if you're carrying it in your gym bag or whatever there's no danger that it's going to pop open and expensively moisturise the inside of your bag and all your clothes ...

Secondly, the spray itself is very good.  It doesn't squirt too much or too little but just enough so that you can do a couple more sprays if you need it.  The smell is also lovely, the one in the picture is "Pure Oat Extract & Stratys" (what's a straty?) but I am also using the Cocoa Butter one (brown bottle) and that smells heavenly too.

The moisturiser itself sinks in straight away, it takes literally seconds so you can actually put your clothes on straight after, plus it doesn't make your hands sticky either.  I really wish Vaseline would do a gradual tanner in a spray like this, I'd definitely use it.

Vaseline Spray and Go Body Moisturiser


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Winter skin sucks.  Well, mine does.  It's dry, patchy, tired, pale, dehydrated, I could go on ... but I won't.  Thing is, that I think most people struggle with their skin in the Winter so it's not like I'm alone in this but I just find it a bit depressing at an already quite depressing time of the year.  You know, getting up in the dark and then putting make up on but looking in the mirror first thinking 'blimey this needs a lot of work this morning'.  Still, I like a challenge!

Anyway, I'm working my way through some skincare saviours that I've been using for a while.  They aren't completely getting rid of the dry skin problem but they are alleviating it a bit.  One of these products is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Take your make up off!

I love taking my make up off at the end of the day.  I would never go to bed with make up on no matter how tired I am, I can't sleep if I don't feel like my skin can breathe.  While I'm usually a face wash kind of girl (with a swipe of micellar water to get the last little bits of make up off) I do use a balm a couple of times a week because I find that it really softens the skin and gets rid of the all the grime.

Moringa Cleansing Balm - what to do

I've no idea why it's called this but it smells really nice.  You don't need much, there should be a little spatula thingy in the box.  So, this is what you do.

Rub the balm into your face (massage it rather than scrub!). It should dissolve the make up, I also use it round the eye area, I'm not sure if I should but it's great for getting mascara off and I haven't had any ill effects (though best not do this if you've got sensitive eyes or whatever, obviously).

Then, leave it a couple of minutes to sink in.  It'll feel a bit greasy but that's when it does its best work!  While it's sinking in get a face cloth and dampen it in warm water.  Then place the cloth on your face and gently wipe the balm off, the make up should come with it.  I have to rinse the cloth, squeeze it out and repeat a couple of times before its completely clean and then I take a separate cloth and wipe my eyes.

Take another face cloth and dab the face dry.  No rubbing as it drags the skin.

Ta-da.  Skin is left feeling clean and soft.  Here's a YouTube video from Emma Hardie so you can see what she does.  Click here!

Price and where to buy

Now, there's no doubt that this is a glorious product, high end and very useable, does what it says on the tin etc.  However, the price is high, I would say really, for most people because it's £47.00 for 100ml which is quite a small pot and about £67.00 for 200ml.  So it's not something you can bung in your basket without a thought, you know?  But then, I think there are these really nice treat products that you can save up for, or request for birthday presents or ask for a gift voucher so you can put it towards it.  So I think overall, whilst pricey I do think its worth it but it's on the list of things I ask for and save for rather than an everyday staple.

You can get it online but also in Marks and Spencer beauty department.

I'd love to know if anyone else has tried this and what they thought.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

Let's review ... January

Bye January, see ya!

God, I hate January.  I'm sorry but I do.  It's dark and cold and feels literally endless.  There's even the cheek that there's 31 days in it not 30 and we all know that makes ALL the difference, right? (Perhaps that's just me???).  Also, the snow.  I don't like snow.  Pretty but treacherous, that's how I feel about snow.

Anyway, I for one am glad that tomorrow is February but I thought I'd just do a little review of what's been going on in January, in a few bullet points just to pull it all together and make it feel like it wasn't just one long round of getting up in the cold and dark.

Things I've enjoyed ...

  • The taste of Chunky Chocolate Slim Fast shake with extra protein.
  • All the family birthdays we've had (3) in January.
  • Going on two dates with my husband and having an actual conversation and one of them did not involve the kids!
  • Getting back into exercise, walking more and keeping an eye on my fit bit.
  • Using my slow cooker.   I've had it ages and only just started to use it.  Wish I'd done it before - so easy and the kids love it!

Things I haven't enjoyed ...

  • The snow/rain/wind
  • Getting up in the dark
  • Saying "blow your nose" and "use a tissue" and "wash your hands I don't want your germs" to my kids for the entire month.  There has not been a single day where we have all been fully well.
  • Mopping the kitchen floor every five minutes because the dog is always out barking at rabbits and then comes back in and makes a lovely little paw print trail on my kitchen tiles!

Things I'm proud of ...

  • Writing my essay on child attachment for my OU course and submitting it before the deadline.
  • Ignoring the cupboard full of Christmas chocolate.
  • Seeing a really nice pair of sandals in Marks & Spencer and not buying them because I DON'T NEED THEM IN JANUARY!!!
  • My eldest son's first podcast.
  • Writing more than four blog posts in 31 days.  Given that I only wrote four in 365 days last year ... oops.

Things I bought ...

  • Several lip balms (including Nivea, Carmex and Burt's Bees - reviews to follow).
  • A nice green jumper from Long Tall Sally.
  • A pair of brown boots exactly the same as my black ones (to ring the changes a bit!)
  • Tax for the car.
  • Insurance for the car.
  • A replacement dishwasher for the one that went kaput before Christmas.

As I type, the temperature has dropped to minus 1, hopefully by the February review it will at least be attempting to warm up a bit!


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Burt's Bees Lip Shine - Fig

I can take or leave traditional lip balms usually.  You know those ones that are like a chapstick?  Regardless of brand I tend to find them sticky and heavy and I rarely ever finish them.  I think maybe the only ones recently that I've liked a lot are the Maybelline Baby Lips ones from a couple of years ago.

I have to say I've had something of a spree on lip balms recently having invested in one from Nivea and a Carmex tinted one so no doubt these will be popping up on the blog some time soon.  You can never have too many lip balms in my opinion, considering how easy they are to get lost - coat pockets, bottom of handbags, little change tray in the car ... you know what I mean.  That's why more than one on the go at any time is essential for me!

But ...

... this is a review on Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Shine.  I have to admit that I do like this one a lot.  The colour is 'Pomegranate' which is a reddish colour.  It sort of tints the lips and gives a shine but also seems to give quite a lot of colour at the same time which I found impressive and a good choice if you want a balm that makes it look like you're wearing a lipstick.

I've been testing it for a few days because you can never really tell first off if it's going to be good not.  It does last quite a long time but obviously as it's a lip balm it's easy to reapply without a mirror on the go so it wouldn't matter if it didn't have staying power really.  It didn't seem to smudge all over cups etc, like usual lipsticks do and it also didn't bleed into the little lines round my mouth (result!).  It also leaves my lips super soft which is really essential this week with the weather suddenly getting very cold, the extremes of temperature between outdoors and indoors is huge and that's when my skin starts to have a crisis and dry out.

I've also got Burt's Bees 'Red Dahlia' tinted lip balm which I'll photograph and do a quick separate post on, it's more of a pale red rather than brown/red like this one.  I've just checked, they don't seem to have an SPF in them but these would look great in the summer too I think, with a few freckles/tan and a bit of bronzer, definitely a product that can be used all year round.


Monday, 21 January 2019

Blue Monday, Yellow Daffodils ...

So today is Blue Monday, that is, the day in the month where we are all feeling yuck and poor, we want to ditch all our New Years resolutions and eat, drink, smoke and wave bye-bye to our new gym subscriptions because it's all Just Too Hard in January!  Hats off to anyone doing Dry January, keep going only 10 more days!

Sound familiar?

Anyway I quite often feel like this I don't need a specific day in the month to feel blue.  And it's not necessarily hormonal either, some days are just really hard and I feel bleurrgh.  I actually feel ok today, I mean it's Monday, it's cold and it's dark but that's just January isn't it?  I've been thinking all day of things that I've got to look forward to and I thought I'd share them incase they inspire you too.

1.  Daffodils

Here is a picture of my daffodils, I bought them in M&S last week and they only took a day to come out, such is the power of my central heating.  I love yellow and I love flowers and they make me feel happy so I've spent all week looking at them and thinking how lovely it will be when the flowers come out.  That does sound a bit soft but when you're down these little things make all the difference don't they?

2.  Buddy

My beautiful dog.  He's always good for a cuddle even though he drives me crazy with his mucky paws and whinging to go out all the time to bark at the pigeons/rabbits in the garden.  If you've got a pet, give them a hug or a stroke, it works wonders for the blues and I love mine to bits.


3.  British Summer Time

British Summer Time is basically noted in my diary as "Clocks" meaning the clocks go whichever way they need to move in order to give me an extra hour and enable me to get up in the morning in the light and make my evenings lighter and therefore my mood will also be lighter as will the bathroom scales as I am always heavier in Winter.  I love the "Clocks", thank you very much.  Only 68 days to go.

4.  Sales

By sales I mean the sales are over (or almost) which means that very soon the shops will be full of sandals and summer wear.  Obviously it will be completely useless to us because we're still going to be freezing our butts off for another couple of months (ha, we WISH it was only a couple  ☁ ☂) but even so, it makes us think of summer and holidays and sun cream and that's a really nice happy thought. So, yay to the strappy dresses and flip flops even if we can't wear them yet.  Obviously if you get hay fever for months as half my family do the Spring and Summer are a double edged sword but at least it's not dark!

5.  My OU Course

I'm currently on my first module of an Open University degree.  I started in October for two reasons, firstly to challenge myself as it's been a long time since I studied at that level and I wasn't sure I could do it, and secondly to learn something completely different.  So I'm doing Psychology.  It's really interesting but it's not easy as you'd expect.  So while I do wake up at 3am sweating slightly at the thought of juggling my academic reading and essays with the kids and everything else I'm still pleased that I'm doing it and looking forward to achieving something.   Also it's part-time so I will be finished in May, the next module starts in October.

Finally ...

6.  The Spice Girls

Yes, as you know they are reuniting, almost - Posh Beckham has decided to stick to her new clothes designer career which is fine.  But I'm super excited because my sister and I are going to see them in Manchester doing their first gig for a long time.  I can't wait!  Zig a Zig ah!  I'm so interested to see how they've changed.  I'm literally the same age as them so I can't help wondering what they will look like and how they'll sound.

That's it for Blue Monday, don't worry it's Tuesday tomorrow!
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