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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.

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.

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