Beauty

Two Sponges, That Changed My Life

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Ok so the title of this post is a little dramatic, but ask anyone and that’s me, dramatic. Anyway, I wanted to dedicate a post to these two sponges, both with different jobs in my life, but both equally as important.

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The first is this teardrop shaped sponge, that if you are a true beauty addict you will recognise right away. No its not the original Beauty Blender, but a $5 dupe, that I found whilst browsing the aisles of my local Kmart. I treated myself to the original BB about 4 years ago, when it was relatively new on the scene. In fact I made a whole youtube video dedicated to it. Somewhere along the way it got lost in this huge Bermuda Triangle; that I’m sure my bobby pins and hair ties end up in. Anyway, I digress, naturally over the years since I lost my BB I did contemplate purchasing another but the price tag always stopped me. But then on a sunny Saturday afternoon, this Beauty stepped into my life. If you’re unfamiliar with the BB, it’s a sponge that you pop under running water until it expands and doubles in size, you then wring it out, place your foundation or concealer on your face and then stipple (dab) the sponge over your face. You’re left with a beautiful, natural skin like finish. The other benefits of these sponges is that they use far less product, as the sponge is wet it doesn’t absorb the foundation like a brush or latex sponge would. This dupe is pretty amazing. It performs just like the original in my opinion. I’ve had it for over a month and its still holding up well. The only downside is that it’s a little harder to clean, than the original. I’ve been using a baby shampoo and it’s doing the job ok, but there’s still a little product left on the sponge after each wash. This though is something I’m willing to overlook as it’s an absolute steal at $5.

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The next sponge is on a whole different spectrum. I’m probably really late to the party with this one but its the Konjac sponge. It’s a Japanese face and body cleansing sponge that’s made from vegetable fibres of the Konjac. I believe it was originally used in Japan as a sponge for bathing babies, because if its soft texture. I, on the other hand have been incorporating this sponge into my daily skincare routine. Basically all you do is place the sponge under running water until it expands in size, add a tiny amount of your preferred cleanser and get to scrucbbing, once you’re satisfied with your scrub just hang it up by the white string and let it dry for the next use.  The sponge has an alkaline property so, it works really well at neutralising any problem areas, like enlarged pores, blackheads and acne. It’s also gentle exfoliator, and I’ve noticed the little white heads on my forehead are slowly disappearing. The other plus side to this is that I’ve been using far far less of my cleanser, which is perfect for me as I’m in love with a cleanser which like most things is really hard to get my hands on in NZ. As you can see I have the plain white original one, but there are loads of different sponges for different skin types, which is pretty cool. The only downside is that the sponge isn’t for life. As it is made from vegetable fibre it does come with an expiry, which I believe is about 3 months. However they are pretty cheap. I just googled Konjac Sponge and found a local seller, but I know they are widely available on Amazon or Ebay.

So there you have it, two editions to my beauty regime, that I am pretty darn chuffed with.

Thanks for reading

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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What’s That In My Bathroom Cabinet?

Ok, so I know it’s a little (well a lot) taboo, but I can’t lie, when I am in someone else’s bathroom this huge urge comes over me to take a sneaky peak in their bathroom cabinet. Now I was brought up better than that, so I usually refrain, but today I thought I would let you all see what’s in my bathroom cabinet, to satisfy any urges out there.

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L-R; Garnier Micellar Water, Ren Hot Cloth Cleanser, Nspa Hot cloth Cleanser, Nspa Deep Hydrating Facial Oil, Nspa 5 Minute Magic Mask, Nspa Repair Night Cream, Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask, Vaseline Spray Moisture Cocoa Butter, La Roche Posay Effaclar Foaming Face Wash, Bondi Sands Dark Tanning Lotion, Baby Shampoo, Sudocrem, Charles Worthington Intense Moisture Seal Balm, Boots Cotton Wool Rounds, Paracetamol, Strepsils, Nail Clippers

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Garnier Micellar Water

I’ve decided that I’m going to do a completely separate skincare routine post, so I won’t bore you with the details of each product until then. I’ll try and keep it short and sweet. Here we have step one in my make up removal process. Micellar water, what I did in the past without this stuff is beyond me. Put simply its pretty Awesome.

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Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

Then comes step two the Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is one of two I have on the go at the moment (oh my life is so exciting) I’ve spoken about this one in a previous post here. It’s by Ren and it’s fabulous. It feels so luxurious on the skin and really gets deep down into the nitty, gritty.

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NSPA Hot Cloth Polish

You’ll notice that this brand Nspa, features a lot in my skincare regime. That is because when I was over in the UK, I didn’t bring any skincare with me. I needed to find something cheap and convenient and lo and behold there it was sitting in the local supermarket. I picked up the Hot Cloth Cleanser, as I’d heard and read many great things and it is pretty good. Not quite as luxurious as the Ren but for the price it does a wonderful job.

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NSPA Deep Hydrating Facial Oil

See I told you there would be more from Nspa in here and just you wait there’s still two more products behind this one. This is my serum that I use nightly. As I’ve well and truly passed the 25 year milestone, I thought it was probably time I started using a serum. You’ll notice that I haven’t used too much of this product, that’ll be because I’m taking a little break, after stating all that. I notice that when I started using this product, I was began to break out pretty badly. I’m just doing a little test at the moment to see if this is the cause, so watch this space.
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NSPA 5 Minute Magic Mask

Nspa 5 minute mask. Can you tell there was a buy 2 for £8 deal going on here? this is a nice mask. Not the greatest but nice. I hate using the word nice to describe something but, that in this case is honestly the best word. It doesn’t rock my world but it’s enough that I notice a slight difference in my skin. Even if it is all in my head.

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NSPA Night Repair Cream

Now this I love. I’m so sad that its only available in the UK, but where theres a will there’s a way. I won’t delve into it too much but this stuff is incredible. It’s nourishing enough that my skin feels plump and hydrated but its not too hydrating that my skin feels greasy or oily. It sinks in super fast and smells like something they’d use in a facial in a posh spa.

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Michael Todd Pumpkin Face Mask

 This is definitely my go to face mask. This is the first Michael Todd product I’ve tried and I love it. Just a word to the wise, it looks a lot like poop when you put it on, so maybe do this one when you’ve got a night in on your own. Poop face aside, it has this amazing pumpkin pie scent going on and it leaves my skin feeling like its had a thorough deep clean.

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Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser; Cocoa Glow

 My moisturiser of choice when fake tanning. Purely because it takes limited effort to apply, sinks in super fast and has a yummy cocoa butter smell to it. What more can I say really?.

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La Roche Posey Effaclar Foaming Gel

 Like the Moisturiser I’m keeping this short too. I’ve already bleated on and on until the cows come home about how much I love this product. This is one of my back ups, just sitting the the cupboard patiently waiting to be loved, don’t worry La Roche I’ll be loving you soon!

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Bondi Sands Self Tanning Lotion DARK

 Again I harped on about how much I love this fake tan here, so I’ll let you read that in your own time. I keep this waiting for me in the cupboard as a reminder that my pasty white/yellow skin needs a top up.

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Baby Shampoo

The next two products are baby related and whilst there is no baby in this household, these products are a must have for me. I always have a bottle of baby shampoo hanging around, why? you might ask. It is by far the best thing ever to deep clean my make up brushes. Not only is it a wonderfully cheap option, it gets them super duper clean with minimal effort and leaves them smelling like, well a baby’s bottom. I’m going to do a post soon on how I deep clean my brushes.

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Sudocrem

The second of my baby related products is Sudocrem. This is something in my humble opinion that should be in everyones bathroom cabinet. Not only is it amazing for attacking pesky pimples, its also great to apply to any areas of unfortunate chaffing (yes, i did just admit to chaffing) or any other rashes that might appear on ones body. It’s so cheap and can be found in the baby aisle in most supermarkets.
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Charles Worthington Salon At Home Instense Rescue Melting Balm

My bathroom cabinet wouldn’t be complete without some form of hair item. This heavy weight hails all the way form Old Blighty unfortunately and sadly for me I’ve fallen head over heels in love. This hair mask starts off as a balm, but once you rub about a walnut size piece in your hand it melts into an oil (a little like coconut oil), which is super nourishing and hydrating, you’re hair will truly thank you. It also smells so luxurious. As I said sadly this is from my trip to the UK, and is a little hard to get your mitts on here, so I’m trying to go easy when using this.
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And finally the miscellaneous items, everyone has lurking in their cupboards. I’m not going to go into much detail, but here you’ll find cotton wool, nail clippers, paracetamol and strepsils.

Well that’s it! I hope this has cured some of the curiosity I know lies deep within you all and might just stop you from snooping in the next bathroom cabinet you happen to see before you.

As always thanks for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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A Sneaky Peak Of Whats In My Shower

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All my best thoughts happen in the shower. It is one of the only times I get a spare minute to myself just to think. When I was in there this morning thinking about what to do as my first ever post on this blog, I knew I wanted it to be something beauty related as I feel that’s where my roots lie; but I couldn’t quite decide what. Firstly I was going down the lines of a ‘Favourites’ post or a ‘Skincare’ post, but as I was lathering and thinking it came to me. I’m so nosey and I love seeing what people use in the shower and I thought why not start at the beginning with the first part of my beauty regime for the day and give you all an insight as to what’s in my shower.

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La Roche-Posay, Effaclar, Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Sensitive Skin, RRP $28.95 NZD

Lets start from the very beginning, a very nice place to start, or something along those lines. Anyway as soon as I hop and a skip into the shower the first thing I usually want to do is wash my face and get it all prepped for the day. This is the favourite part of my shower, apart from if I am washing my hair (I’m not sure if it’s sad to have a favourite part of a shower).

I first stumbled across this on a trip to Australia in Priceline (It so reminds me of Superdrug) after having forgotten my face wash and all in a panic because you can’t complete your favourite part of the shower routine without the main ingredient. I’ve always loved La Roche-Posay and every product I’ve ever tried I’ve fallen madly, deeply in love with and this was no exception. My skin’s a little weird and I’ve always been very VERY fickle when it comes to cleansers, however this is the third time I’ve purchased this product. It keeps me clear of any breakouts, doesn’t have a weird chemical smell, and lathers to a satisfying foam that gives you that squeaky clean fresh feeling. The only downside of this product is that it can be a little pricey and a little hard to get here in old NZ. I managed to get my paws on my next fix on a recent trip to the UK to see my Dad, who very kindly stocked me up on a couple to get me by. I have managed to track down a site in NZ that sells this baby, if you click here or you can also purchase it from Boots like I did and it retails for 11GBP here.

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St. Ives, Green Tea Scrub, Oil-Free RRP $9.89 NZD

If it’s that time of the week that I need to get my face scrub on then this is the scrub I turn to and have been turning to since I was 14. I started out many years ago with the original apricot scrub. I vividly remember reading in Heat magazine in the UK that this was the scrub of choice for Rachel Stevens from S Club 7, and well as the old saying goes – “if it’s good enough for Rach its good enough for little old me”. I’ve now upgraded to the tea tree version as I mostly wanted to try something new. I think the original will always be my favourite but this is pretty darn good. The tiny exfoliating beads really get deep down into my pores and I always feel like the dead skin that hangs out around my nose (especially in winter) goes ‘bye bye’ when I use this. I’ve tried a few higher end scrubs in my time and I find myself continuing to come back to this. I got mine here from Countdown which is a supermarket here in NZ but I know it can be found in most drugstores in both the UK and US.

 

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Soap & Glory Foam Call, RRP £6.50

Sadly again this is another one of those products that are in the hard to track down in NZ bucket. But if you’re lucky enough to live in a country that isn’t really small or far away and stocks Soap & Glory you are one very, very lucky person. Once again I have my Father to thank for this purchase and once I’m done with this I’m going to be one sad bunny. But enough of the sob story and onto the body wash. First I’d like to state how incredible this body wash smells, holy moly. I mean I knew it would have to smell good as all of my previous Soap & Glory shower purchases have always blown my mind and nose for that matter. Its got a mixture of sweet and sour going on with a real zing to it, which must be from the new Fruitigo™ Fragrance that is apparently within this bottle. Basically if you like a bit of citrus mixed with fig, then this will be right up your alley. It lathers great, so great that I don’t need to use anything but my bare hands to wash my body. I got mine from Boots, you can too by clicking here but I have managed to get a hold of it in NZ by using ebay, although watch the postage costs as it can really bump it up.

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OGX Coconut Water ‘Weightless Hydration’ Shampoo and Conditioner RRP $18.99 NZD

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This is both my favourite and least favourite part of the shower. It’s my Favourite because there is no better feeling than fresh clean hair. BUT I also hate that time of the week when dry shampoo just aint going to cut the mustard anymore. I managed to inherit thick, coarse, Polynesian hair from both of my parents, this makes the task of washing my hair a real chore, especially as I’ve been trying to grow it out. I had always gravitated towards shampoos and conditioners that were aimed at tackling frizz or smoothing out hair. However after many years of using these types of products, as a result of abusing my hair with various hot styling tools, I started to find that they were weighing down my hair and making it look lank and greasy. I was looking for something both hydrating but that didn’t leave my hair feeling like it was still covered in conditioner when it was dried and do you know what?  It was as if the hair Gods had heard my prayers when I found these two. I’ve had both of them for about a month now and I can very proudly say I am converted. This is defiantly one of those products that does exactly as it says on the tin. I actually look forward to using this. It also smells divine and a bonus that the smell lingers in your hair once dried. I purchased mine here  but after a little trusty google research they are stocked worldwide and I cant wait to try more products from this line.

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Bumble and bumble, Sunday Shampoo RRP $30.95 NZD

Keeping along the lines of Shampooing and Clarifying comes this little beauty from Bumble and bumble. Their ‘Sunday’ shampoo is quickly becoming one of my holy grail products. One that I will defiantly repurchase. In my day job I have to wear my hair up in a very neat bun, which means that a lot of product needs to be used to tame the mane, therefore causing that dreaded build up. I’ve tried many a clarifying shampoo in my time but they’ve either been way too clarifying, making my hair feel like I’ve stripped it within an inch of its life or they’ve left me feeling like I should’ve just stuck to my regular shampoo and greasy hair. This is my happy medium. It restores the life, bounce and volume to my hair whilst maintaing all the natural oils.  I first heard Viviannadoesmakeup talk about this on her youtube channel and had to give it a go. I got mine once again from the UK, however it is readily available in Mecca Cosmetica here or I found it a little cheaper on this website here for those of you in NZ.

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Herbal Essences, Honey I’m Strong Rinse Off Treatment, RRP $6.65 NZD

I love me a hair mask, especially one thats as cheap as chips and quick to use. I can’t really be bothered to hang out for 20 mins to an hr with a hair mask and cling film wrapped around my head and there’s certainly none of that waiting around with this product. I was however a little dubious when I read the instructions and they told me to spread the mask from root to tip. Now I’m old fashioned when it comes to hair masks and to me this is a big No No. But I bit the bullet and did what they said anyway and the results were Amazing with a capital A. This leaves your hair glossy, shiny and full of life just like the classic herbal essence advert. I just popped mine in the shopping trolley at my local supermarket here and I know Herbal Essence is readily available  in most supermarkets world wide, although I saw in the UK that this comes in a tub so keep an eye out for various packaging.

 

So that’s about it for the basics of what’s in my shower. I hope that it has cured that nosiness I know so many of you out there have. I’d love to hear any thoughts, suggestions or just what you’re loving to use in your shower at the moment.

Bailey xox

 

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My Little Helper

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