Monthly Archives: September 2014

Review: Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser

25 September 2014

beauty blender solid cleanser reviewI was milling around Oxford Street a couple of days ago, killing time before an appointment and got dangerously close to Selfridges. So, being aware of the potential detrimental effects on my honeymoon savings account, I turned on my heel and scuttled in the opposite direction, saving myself vital pounds. DID I HECK. I hurled myself into the revolving doors and spent some dolla.

I’d recently discovered that Selfridges stocks the Beauty Blender so I went in ‘just for a look’, knowing full well I was not leaving empty handed. Five minutes later, I was handing over my debit card in exchange for the famous pink sponge and its solid cleanser counterpart.

On first impressions, I’m loving both items but the solid cleanser has blown me away and I felt an urgent need to write this review. At the risk of sounding like – quite frankly – a total skank, I can go weeks upon weeks without washing my makeup brushes. Call me what you will but I find the whole process soul destroying and futile – my brushes are never completely clean and my skin never really suffers. Famous last words. HOWEVER the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser has revolutionised my life. In the past two days, I’ve cleaned my most used makeup brushes twice, as well as the Beauty Blender. “What makes this cleanser so full of wonder and joy?” I hear you ask. Chill Bill, I’ll tell you.

After wetting my makeup brush under the tap, I swirled it into the solid cleanser, building up a luxurious and fabulous lather. I did this for 10-15 seconds and rinsed under the tap. And by Jove, the brush looked good as new. After drying, the brush felt soft and free of residue, which is a problem I always have when using more laborious cleaning processes. The cleanser contains glycerine and aloe which I’m guessing lend to the conditioning effects, and it’s lavender scented, making the cleansing process all the more…sensual.

The original Beauty Blender cleanser is a liquid which I haven’t tried and doubt I will. The whole point of the travel-friendly solid is its criminally easy use which actually makes brush cleaning fun. I managed to get through cleaning about 20 makeup brushes in less than five minutes. Huzzah!

(I’ve literally just found out there’s a little drying rack inside the pot to set the Beauty Blender on as it dries – double huzzah!)

Some might say it’s a bit pricey for what is essentially a bar of soap but I’d happily pay £20 for it. You may think it’s just a gimmick but I promise you, this stuff is quite possibly a thing of sorcery.

Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser is available at Selfridges for £13.

Motivational Monday #4

22 September 2014

PicMonkey CollageThe more beady-eyed of you might have noticed my absence of late but I promise you there is a legitimate excuse! I have finally, after 10 months of burying my head in the sand, have SET MY WEDDING DATE. I’ll be getting married in late February which means I have only 5 months to get this show on the road. Frantic venue-viewing, registrar-booking, wedding-dress buying and craft-making have literally left me with no time for anything. But, with the bulk of the organising now completed, The Beauty Locker is back. With a vengeance.

I must admit that anything remotely healthy has gone out the window but with the panic mostly over, it’s time to get back on the horse and ride that beast. I always need an incentive to exercise and this is the perfect one. I don’t fancy being a rotund bride and certainly don’t want to look back at photos of said rotundness. And then there’s the honeymoon…no one wants to be mistaken for a beached whale while on supposedly the most romantic holiday of their life.

Saying that, I did go to a Bums, Tums & Thighs class a week ago and I still wake up in the morning feeling like I’ve been run over by a bus – must have been some workout! Definitely not just for mums as first assumed.

I’m too scared to weigh myself at the moment (sound familiar?) but this week should be a very active week. And with the weather cooling slightly, I’m excited to get running again. I’ve also been discovering that the lack of groceries in the fridge is wreaking havoc with my eating habits. When all there is in the fridge is chicken past its use-by date and a sorry looking onion, it’s been all too easy to surrender to half a loaf of tiger bread.

Even by writing this post and looking at pictures of sexy ladies, I already feel motivated. Let’s see how this week pans out, hey?

 

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