Recommended: Cheeky Wipes

One of the things I am focusing on for January Joy and 2018 is reducing our waste so today I thought I’d share one of my favourite changes we made last year – we switched to Cheeky Wipes. I’d heard of Cheeky Wipes when Bea was still in nappies but didn’t give them a lot of thought and as I became more interested she was nearing toilet training and it didn’t seem the right time to invest. We have never branched into reusable nappies, but although I was pretty economical with the wipes when changing a nappy, it horrified me to see Pete going through multiple wipes each time or the amount that got used cleaning up after a meal for example. So I decided to take the plunge once I was thinking of moving on from cottonwool and water for Cora’s bum.

I should add here that Cora suffered with quite a sore bum when she was little and we found the best way to manage it apart from making sure her nappy was changed promptly was using cotton wool and water to clean her as even water wipes did irritate her skin, which was another factor that attracted me to cheeky wipes. If you haven’t already heard of them, cheeky wipes are essentially reusable (i.e. you wash them,) wipes, not just for bums but you can use them for faces after meals too. The ‘wipes’ are little squares of cotton, bamboo or microfibre – like flannels and you can get them in kits which come with clean and mucky boxes. Essentially you soak them in water and a little essential oil, wring them out and leave in the ‘clean’ box to use as required. Then you have a ‘dirty box’ and a mesh bag hooked inside, pre-filled with water and some oil again for freshness, where you put the used wipes to soak. When you’re ready to wash them you simply lift the bag out and throw it into the machine. They wash as normal at 30 degrees with the rest of your washing and work their way out of the bag during the cycle, ready to be soaked and scented in the clean box again – no drying required.

So here’s the nitty gritty. Do they really work? The answer is yes and I absolutely love them. We bought natural bamboo velour which have a softer smoother side and a more textured flannel side but with the softness of bamboo. Because they are textured the grip for cleaning is fantastic and even sticky or thick poo’s (Sorry, TMI!) can be easily removed with just a couple of swipes. I rarely need more than one wipe to be honest and I feel like Cora almost gets a proper wash every time she has her nappy changed which is a real bonus as she doesn’t get bathed daily because of her dry skin. In terms of cost, a full kit (with the two boxes, 25 wipes, and the oils,) comes in at about £40 but they currently have £10 off the kits and you can save any time using this link: (which as a previous customer I got sent to share with friends) Get 15% off any order over £40. We weren’t particularly heavy wipe users but it still doesn’t take long to have a cost benefit over disposables and I feel good every time I use them that I’m not adding to landfill or putting damaging waste into the water system and ultimately our waterways and sea’s.

We also invested in the hands and faces kit as we were about to embark on weaning. I love having the rainbow microfibre cloths to hand (you keep them damp in a box in just the same way and instead of having a dirty box just throw them in the washing machine ready for the next wash) especially as we do baby led weaning which is more than a little messy! They are super soft and pick up all the bits of food in every little chubby finger crease, even weetabix which gets everywhere and dries like cement! They are even still in regular use at Bea’s age so I can see them being incredible value.

You might be wondering what happens when you go out. Of course you could still use disposable wipes for convenience but we decided that if we were making the change for environmental reasons we needed to commit to it. The kits come with 2 bags to take out and about with you. You simply pop a couple of damp wipes in the fresh bag and when they’re used put them in the dirty bag which is lined with a mesh bag like the dirty box, that zips out and throws in the machine too. So it’s really not difficult to eliminate disposable wipes completely. And if you want to extend your environmental efforts Cheeky wipes now also do Cloth Sanitary Pad kits, Reusable Make-up remover kits and even toilet paper alternatives.

I’d love to know if you use Cheeky Wipes or something similar, or if you feel inspired to make the switch! I’ll happily answer any questions you’ve got too!

Rebecca x

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Found: Your Super Model Smile

I don’t often write about make up because in all honesty, I don’t mess with mine much. I’m seriously loyal when I find something I like, and don’t get the time I would like to play with my look or get dressed up so much these days. Quelle Surprise.

However, what I do like, is beauty that works hard for me. I’m lazy and leave the same item in my bag for the school run, lunch with a friend and (once in a blue moon,) date night. And if it’s not too much to ask I want that product to function as a lip balm too, because despite owning about 500 Burts bees lip balms, I can’t ever quite manage to keep one to hand. So the good news is I have found a serious wonder product that I want to share with you all, because I think it suits EVERYONE.

It’s actually a product that came in the (2016) M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, the Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy. There are a few colours but the one to go for is Supermodel Smile. It’s an amazing glossy nude that looks incredibly natural. (I should add it’s nowhere near as pink as it looks here.) The colour seems to work just as well slicked on when I’m casting about in my bag for something to moisturise on a cold sprint to nursery first thing in the morning, as it does with a smokey eye for an evening out. It’s a gorgeous moisturising formula and a really soft smooth texture. Yet it doesn’t just slip off and disappear instantly.

It’s £12.50 and you need one in your life. You can thank me later. ;) And if you’d like to see more I’ll do a little video on stories of me applying and wearing it. Follow me on Instagram here!

Have a great weekend!
Rebecca

Beauty Box: Diorshow Mascara

For quite some time now I have been a devotee of Bobbi Browns Extreme Party mascara but I have been steadily getting more irritated that it really doesn’t last. The tubes always seem to run out (or dry out – I’m not sure which) in less than 6 months, and whilst I know it’s recommended to change your mascara regularly for hygiene reasons, well, I ahem, don’t.

I happened across a free sample of the Diorshow Mascara recently however and have become a convert. Perhaps I should say I resurrected my devotion to it as I’m sure I have in years past used this particular mascara, along with YSL. I am a bit fussy when it comes to mascara. I like a super fat brush and a formula that doesn’t put big blobs of mascara on the lashes, particularly at the corners. Strong fragrances also put me off (take note Lancome,) and I want it all when it comes to effect – lengthening AND volumising, plus a bit of curling please. I don’t want spidery lashes, but super fat lashes that look like they will cause a draft when you bat them. I don’t ask for much clearly but Diorshow has got it covered. If you fancy treating yourself I’d highly recommend it. Available in all good department stores and Boots, it’s about £25.

Happy Friday readers!

Love, Rebecca xo

Recommended: The Sanctuary Therapists Secret Facial Oil

Last week I was flicking through the online pages of Stylist.co.uk and read about a new facial cleansing oil by The Sanctuary, hotly tipped to be one of THE beauty products to watch for in 2012. The morning it was announced on Stylist, the Sanctuary had so many calls relating to its launch that the set up a waiting list and then proceeded to bring the launch forwards. I was intrigued and as I’m reaching the end of my favourite Eve Lom cleanser, in a fit of spontaneity I purchased the Nourishing Oil Duo to test for Florence Finds.

Now, it should be said that cleansing oils are not new to the market – most notably Shu Uemura’s cult facial cleansing oils. Several other companies have branched out into similar products as a result. I know there may be many of you out there thinking that they can’t imagine anything worse than using an oil to cleanse with, but I have been a convert ever since starting to use Eve Lom over 3 years ago. My skin tends towards breakouts but is really quite dry and it took me a long time to realise that by not feeding my skin properly, I was stressing it out more and making the breakouts worse. Don’t get me wrong here, acne needs to be correctly treated by your doctor as it is caused by bacteria and hormonal imbalances, but the correct skin care for your skin type can help contribute to happier skin all round. Eve Lom is also a blend of oils which melt into the skin and as a result, I wasn’t averse to trying this out as an alternative.

Now, I don’t need a moisturiser, but I thought I’d buy the combination as recently I’ve been feeling that my skin isn’t truly hydrated. Winter has taken its toll, plus the ravages of ski-ing and it’s just that time of year when I start to think about what I can do to perk things up a bit. As facial oils are often recommended, I thought I would give that a go too, why not?

First up, Sanctuary ultimate facial cleansing oil. The instructions suggest you use 2-3 pumps of oil (what looks like a small amount on your hand, but actually goes a long way once on your face,) and massage it in to the face thoroughly. You then add a few drops of water and repeat, emulsifying the oil and rinse off with warm water. Believe it or not, you are left with very soft clean skin and none of the taught feeling or dryness you may suffer from with most cleansing or foaming washes. You can also cleanse twice for an extra deep clean.

I have to say, I really missed the exfoliating action of the muslin cloth I normally use so added it in to help remove the oil. my only other complaint was that it didn’t remove my eye make up like Eve Lom does, BUT that’s because I’m lazy and don’t like using a separate remover. It does smell lovely though – quite herbal and relaxing.

Next, I tried the Therapists facial cleansing oil as a moisturiser afterwards. Again, 1-2 drops of oil are recommended to sweep across the skin after cleansing. I really liked it – there was no oily residue on the skin afterwards and my skin looked quite hydrated, smooth and fresh. I had a good close up look at any fine lines I’ve seen as a result of dryness and think they are better after using the oil. I also find that after using it at night, the next morning my skin is no more oily – adequately hydrating the skin seems to prevent it then overcompensating for dryness by producing extra oil and I don’t clease at all in the morning – a hang over from using Eve Lom but I didn’t feel any need to even freshen my skin with water the morning after.

The Florence Finds verdict? If you fancy trying a cleansing oil, the Sanctuary one is reasonably priced and does its job quite well, especially for drier skins or those needing a post-winter moisture boost. However, my find of the week definitely goes to the Therapists oil – a new favourite product of mine and one I’d definitely recommend for normal and dry skins, for soothing and softening moisture. I love it!

I’d love to hear if any of you have used a cleansing oil or facial oil or have tried or heard of this particular one – please share your comments in the box below!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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