Beauty

Shop Your Stash – Boots Botanics Facial Loofahs

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Shop Your stash

So this is post number 2 for Shop Your Stash, as started by the lovely Hollie over at Pretty Big Butterflies. You can find my first SYS post here.

I would thought I would take this as another opportunity to review a beauty product, again it’s a little bit more on the unusual side. Well I think so, as when I personally think of beauty blogs it’s all make up, make up, make up (and a bit of hair styling thrown in for good measure).

I first found this product in Boots when I was aimlessly wandering around one of their stores (and filling up my basket with things I “need”) and wondered what on earth they were! Facial and Loofah are not 2 words I would ever think would come together on a product, let alone see it in actual circulation. I had a quick look at the packet and dismissed it as a silly product that was a waste of money and swiftly moved on to the nail polishes.

Then my regular Boots Advantage Card vouchers came through, which had a point builder voucher for the Botanics range. So idle curiosity got the better of me and I bought a packet, and my word am I glad I did!

The loofahs themselves are about the size of the average round cotton pad and you get 4 compressed loofahs in a packet. Once dampened with water it pops right up into a soft yet firm pad. These are perfect for giving your face a scrub if you have dry skin problem (like me) and you find exfoliating  washes a little harsh, which some of them can be!

I was pleasantly surprised at how good these are, they are firm enough that you feel as though it’s doing good to your face, but supple enough to get around the more tricky parts of your face.

And after I read an article on the BBC website about Microbeads entering water supplies as they are too small to be filtered out. (

Who, What, Why: Why do people want to ban ‘microbeads’?) Then these are definitely a good buy! As you can use any normal face wash with the loofah and still get the exfoliation.

So in summary, I strongly suggest ditching the “microbead” face washes and going for these instead! They are £2.75 for a packet of 4, available in Boots stores. (couldn’t find them on the online store)

 

Here’s a list of all the other lovely people taking part in the Shop Your Stash blogging.

 

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Shop Your Stash – Batiste Smoothing Conditioning Mist

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After a bit of reading some other blogs on ye olde internets and came across the lovely Hollie’s blog over at Pretty Big Butterflies and she’s come up with this brilliant idea of having a rummage through stuff at home to make a review or blog post about. You can find her original post about it here.

This is my first post, and I have actually struggled a little to try and figure out what I want to blog first for this! But I have decided to take this opportunity to review my first beauty product.

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I bought Batiste Smoothing Conditioning Mist just as a random buy, as there was a 3 for 2 offer on, I thought I’d give it a try. I have really thick hair which is also wavy, which can be an awful combination at times. I’m always on the look out for things to try and tame the tresses with out having to break out the hair straighteners as it can take me 45 minutes to an hour to straighten it all over, and who has time for that kind of thing?! Plus, I actually like my hair being wavy sometimes, so straightening takes that away.

This Conditioning Mist, in a basic sense, works in a very similar way to the dry shampoo. Except, instead of putting it on the roots, you aim it mid length to the ends. The mist is very fine and doesn’t leave a white residue like the shampoo does, so it can be a bit hard to see if you’ve got everywhere. I tend to just go for the spray and hope approach, which seems to be working for me so far.

I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised on how well this works. It calms down the volume of my hair without compromising my waves and it a lot light than leave in conditioners, which I have used in the past to try and get a similar effect. As it’s dry, it’s great for last minute hair styling if you are running late for meeting friends etc.

I will definitely be stocking up on this next time it’s on offer, which I hope is soon as my can is starting to get low!

 

Here’s a list of all the other lovely people taking part in the Shop Your Stash blogging.

 

Nails!

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But I think as I’m still recovering from being ill, they are growing back a lot more slowly than they usually do. This is irking me no end! I need them to grow back so I can indulge in one of my other obsessions, painting my nails. At last count, I had over 40 different nail polish colours. People keep telling me that I have enough now, I don’t know what they are on about. Last month alone, I bought 3 more!

One day I’d like to take a nail course and share my nail colours with others, give manicures, do nail art and hand massages. One day maybe, until then I’ll have to paint my own.

Some examples of what I have done. I just need to get better at making it neat and tidy!