Sanctuary Spa – Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser

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This is the second in my three-part high-street cleanser review – see my review of the Superfaciliast by Una Brennan  Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil here – this one is focusing on the Sanctuary Spa Polishing Hot Cloth Cleanser (£10.50).

I have used a few Sanctuary Spa products before (see here and here) and really liked them so was interested to give this cleanser a try.

This is a rich cream cleanser (see picture below)  with beeswax, chamomile and gold of pleasure oil (?!). Well gold of pleasure oil if you didn’t know (I certainly didn’t) is from the Camelina or false flax plant and is nature’s richest source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils – there you go! This cleanser smells like something out of a proper facial spa. Its quite strong mainly due to the chamomile which I really like (others may not). It really reminds me of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (see here) – which is a good thing.

The instructions for how to use this are to start by “opening your pores” by using a hot flannel laid over your face, then massage the cleanser into your face and neck, then wipe off the cleanser using the hot flannel again, finally use a cold flannel to close pores. I do use this method (not the cold flannel bit though!) and it works a treat. My makeup comes off very easily including stubborn mascara and my face feels clean but not tight or stripped.

Although I do like this cleanser a lot I would probably choose the Liz Earle version over this one given how similar they smell and feel to me. The prices are pretty similar too. I guess Liz Earle may not be that easy to get hold of so this would be a great alternative. Either way it is a very good cleanser and I have really liked using it.

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Primark – Winter Essentials

I couldn’t help it, I needed to get into Primark and get some winter essentials and I was not disappointed!

First are three really soft and lovely draping tops in grey, blue and black – such a simple staple and so easy to wear (£5 each).

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Next are two knitted dresses in pink and grey (£10 each).

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Finally three cardigans in dark grey, pink and black (£10 each) which again are so versatile and great to layer over the knitted dresses.

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So I would say a very successful essential winter shop in Primark.

L’Occitane Lavander Foaming Bath

My lovely friend gave me this and after one bath I was hooked! This is the Lavender Foaming Bath by L’Occitane (£20). For me winter is all about the long baths with lovely smelling products in my bath that relax me and get me ready for a good nights sleep.

To begin with the lavender smell is amazing due to the Lavender essential oils. This has definitely helped me drift off to sleep more easily.  I also really like that this doesn’t foam too much and therefore doesn’t dry your skin out. It is lovely and moisturising and generally a bathing pleasure!

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I also really like that I can get the 500ml refill for only £13.50. I will most definitely be doing that!

 

Superfacialist by Una Brennan – Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

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A few weeks ago I went into Boots with the aim of testing out a few high-street cleansers that would get me through the winter months. Over the next few weeks I will be reviewing the three cleansers that I decided to test out. This post is about the first of those – the Superfacialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (£10.99).

First off I really love how this product looks, it has an expensive feel to it which I think makes a difference to your bathroom aesthetic! Anyway moving on to the product itself. This cleansing oil is a mix of Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip infused with Vitamin C, Rosemary oil, Cucumber oil and Vitamin E. Quite a mix of lovely ingredients!

The oil is light and smells very citrusy and basically dissolves all makeup and grime from your face. It is worth noting that I find the smell of this is very very refreshing and zingy so it isn’t something I enjoy using at night. I have been using it almost every morning (after working out) and some evenings when I need to take my makeup off long before bedtime. I find this incredibly softening and definitely very good at cleansing my skin without stripping or drying. I use it by applying it to my dry face and really massaging it in. I then use a hot flannel to remove the oil. You can just add water as the oil is soluble and turns milky when you do this. I prefer the ritual of a hot cloth cleanse!

I have really enjoyed using this as my morning cleanser even though that isn’t what I intended to use it for. I find it refreshing yet moisturising during the winter months when my skin is drier and needs more care. It is definitely one that I would repurchase and recommend.

 

Magazine Inspiration Board – November

Of course this month is all about dressing for the festive season for all those Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties. So with that in mind here are my pick of dresses first.

Who doesn’t love a lot of sequins!

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This dress is the perfect Christmas shade and a very flattering cut.

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I absolutely adore the idea of long skirts with a simple top – if I could pull it off this would be my signature look!

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I had to throw in these absolutely fabulous trousers – if I could afford them they would pair perfectly with a simple black tee for the coolest outfit!

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Next we have shoes – first of all I LOVE stars so these starry heels had to feature!

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But I love this retro vibe even more Sophia Webster (£395!)!

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Finally some sensible flats?

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Accessories are a must and this Miss Kurt Geiger (£45) clutch is so pretty.

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A little bee encrusted collar to liven up simple LBD by Marc Cain (£39)?

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And of course more stars..these are so cute and at that price I will be getting a few and layering them together!

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One statement earring is a great idea – of course the safety pin is my favourite but you can’t beat Claire’s Accessories for price!!

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Then a bit of festive makeup starting with Chanel’s Camelia Des Plumes Highlighting Powder (£47) and followed by a beautiful Givenchy Palette.

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And finally the perfect post-festive hangover cure

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A little bit more COS

A while ago I did  a COS wish list (see here). Well after that I proceeded to get a couple of things from that list!

First is this beautiful dusty rose knit top (£45). I love this top, its so easy to wear and very flattering.

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And with the top I am wearing my other purchase – this amazing fabric bead necklace (£25). Its such a statement piece but so versatile and chic!

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I do love a bit of COS…!

Radox – For a Perfect Winter Bath

I have developed a slight obsession for Radox bath soaks and salts, especially in the winter. I love these three bath soaks in particular – the Muscle Therapy, Muscle Soak and Sleep Easy. I also really like the Vapour Therapy bath salts. These products are super cheap (between £1-3) and can be easily found in Boots, Superdrug and most supermarkets.

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I don’t really like bubble baths so the way I use the bath soaks is to add them almost at the end of running my bath, that way I get a few bubble but mostly I get a lovely fragrant bath. The smell of the bath soaks are really strong and are great to relax and put you to sleep. The bath salts are also really good and I find that these are especially great when I have a cold.

So for a budget alternative I definitely recommend Radox!