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Review: Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm

7 March 2014

champneys spa skin super rich cleansing balm.jpgHaving mentioned the Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm in my February favourites, I thought I’d make myself useful and write up a full review. Before buying this wondrous pot of joy, I was a cleansing balm virgin, and after being subjected to constant hype for Emma Hardie and Eve Lom, I began to feel like a lesser human being for not owning a cleansing balm. Although I’m usually a massive money-waster, I didn’t particularly want to spend £40+ on something as useful as a cleanser. After some basic Googling of things like ‘budget cleansing balm’, ‘eve lom dupe’ and ‘I really want a cleansing balm but I’ve spent the dregs of my wages on air-dried beef’, I came across Caroline Hirons’ review of the Champneys version and stormed to Boots to get my filthy mitts on it.champneys spa skin super rich cleansing balm.It comes in a generously large 100ml pot, which for £13 is unheard of in this day in age. It also comes with a muslin cloth, which I haven’t used. In fact, I have never used a muslin cloth which I know makes me dead to some people. Upon opening the pot of cleansing goodness, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was greeted with a delightful yellow solid balm with a slightly grainy texture. Looking at it, it reminded me of Philosophy Microdelivery Peel which I ADORE, but maybe a little less grainy. As for the scent, if you’re into heavy florals, you’ll be all over this like a rat. It’s not over-powering as such, but it’s definitely one for aromatherapy fans and much more of a relaxing evening scent than an invigorating morning one.champneys spa skin super rich cleansing balm
The balm almost immediately starts to melt into a very luxurious oil upon contact with warm flesh. But before you get too excited, I’d highly recommend taking off eye makeup first because those little grains cannot be good for your poor eyeballs. Once that’s done, I like to use my fingers to ‘swirl and scoop’ a bit out (not sure if that’s the official term) onto my dry face and use circular movements to gently exfoliate and cleanse. After a minute or two, I take a hot, damp flannel and hold it against my face for 30 seconds. I go pretty hot with this as I like to feel the full force of the heat – my skin is as resilient as a rhino’s bum so until something catastrophic happens I’ll probably continue with my brazen heat-loving ways. When I’m done, I rinse the flannel with warm water and carefully wipe off the cleanser which reveals perfectly clean and moisturised skin. I finish with a quick splash of warm water as sometimes I find the finish a bit too.moisturising

I’m truly sorry I don’t have any other cleansing balms to compare this to but I did read somewhere that this Champneys cleansing balm is a dupe for the Eve Lom one. I have no idea whether this is true or if it’s mindless slander but what I can say is this is stuff is fabulous, especially if you have dry skin (it could potentially be too rich and dreamy for oily skin). I don’t usually feel the need to moisturise after which is amazing – it really does leave my skin moist, bright and nourished. The only thing I’m not a fan of is the scent but it’s my no means unpleasant – I’m just not big on florals. Definitely a repurchase!

Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm is available from Boots for £13.

February 2014 Favourites

4 March 2014

Happy March pals, we’re on the home straight to summer! It’s been relentlessly wet, cold and windy in the UK for what seems like a decade, meaning I have been forced to hibernate under the duvet for the majority of 2014. Sadly, I just haven’t been bothered with wearing that much makeup. However, my lazy attitude has paved the way for skincare, meaning my skin has been looking fabulous, if I do say so myself. So, on with the February favourites.february beauty favourites

Una Brennan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturiser (£16.99, Boots)

This has been pretty much the only day cream I’ve used since I bought it a couple of months ago. Just like the rest of the Una Brennan Vitamin C+ range, the best thing about it is the divine smell. If you’re a fan of the Origins GinZing moisturiser, or indeed, the Body Shop Satsuma range, you will love this. It’s so refreshing, it quickly absorbs and brightens my complexion – perfect for the morning.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Barcelona (£31, Space.NK)

I bought this last summer, used it a couple of times, realised I was colour-matched incorrectly and relegated it to the drawer of stuff I don’t use. I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be Syracuse but over winter I felt sufficiently pale enough to give Barcelona a second chance. Still not exactly right but I’ve fallen in love with it. On the days when I have bothered with foundation this month, this has been the one I’ve slapped on. I’m wearing it in this FOTD – need I say more?

Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser (£14.99, Boots)

I love the juicy, plumpy feeling this gives. Has that retro scent from days of yonder which reminds me of mums. Great pump, easy absorption and all round do-gooder. It glides on beautifully and my mug is still satisfyingly moist in the morning.

Champneys Spa Skin Super Rich Cleansing Balm (£13, Boots)

I know this might make me look like a scumbag in the eyes of other beauty bloggers but this is the first cleansing balm I’ve ever used. I read Caroline Hirons’ review on this and I was sold. It melts into a glorious oil upon contact with the face and gets rid of all traces of makeup. It is slightly exfoliating so I’d avoid scrubbing this into the eyes – unless you have masochistic tendencies, then be my guest. Read my full review here.

MUA Intense Glitter Eyeliner, Malt Chocolate (£1, Superdrug)

I’m usually a bit sceptical of budget eyeliners as they tend to leave agonising shards of debris in my eye. Now, the MUA eyeliners are not exactly creamy but they’re certainly not the worst I’ve tried. This stayed put all day and can be blended slightly. And at oneEnglish pound you’d be mad to overlook these. I’ve been weaning myself off heavy black kohl and have been using this delightful slightly metallic brown during the day instead. The little glitter bits aren’t too over the top, making this acceptable for the office.

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