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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Vichy Purete Thermale: Cleanser and Waterproof eye makeup remover

A couple of weeks back I was sent the Purete Thermale Beautifying cleansing micellar oil and the Purete Thermale Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover for sensitive eyes by Vichy to test out. I’ve been intrigued by all the micellar oil hype recently and you all know I’m an oil based cleanser devotee (having previously used Eve Lom and currently, Lush Ultrabland,) so I was happy to give this a whirl. You can see from the picture that this wasn’t a one off test – I liked it enough to take on holiday with me for the week instead of my usual cleanser. :)

 
Let’s start with the basics – You can pick up the Purete Thermale range from Vichy at your local Boots store and it’s priced around the £10-12 mark, which seems like a reasonable price for a better range than your average high street brand. It certainly looks lovely on the bathroom shelf and the fragrance is light and refreshing, whilst feeling luxurious.

The micellar oil cleanser is ridiculously easy to use and swift, so I was a fan instantly, being a bit of a lazy skincare addict! You simply use it as a makeup remover too – applying a pump of the light oil to your fingers and massaging it into your skin at the end of the day, straight onto your makeup. Once the face is covered you simply wet your hands and massage again and the oil becomes milky, then splash it off. Done! My skin tends to feel tight after wash off cleansers which it didn’t after this one, and it was a nice deviation from my usual routine in the warmer weather – it always feels cleaner to wash with water doesn’t it?

I must confess, I don’t use waterproof mascara, but the waterproof eye makeup remover was very good too, making light work of a few coats of mascara after a night out. I have previously used Lancome’s Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, and compare all to this as it’s the best I’ve ever used, but the Vichy version is equally good – minimal greasy residue on your skin, absolutely no irritation or redness from rubbing and the mascara just slid off. It’s also meant to have lash strengthening properties.

If you are looking for something new for your cleansing routine or need a new eye makeup remover, I’d definitely recommend these two and I’d try the rest of the range if I was in the market for something – in fact I’ll probably buy the toner when mine runs out very soon. Thanks for the samples Vichy!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

#JanuaryJoy: Tidy Up

Todays post has a slightly ambiguous title, but isn’t as obvious as it sounds. Nope, I’m talking about a beauty tidy up here ;)


Image copyright David Burton Studio

I don’t know about everyone reading (although I will be seriously impressed if there are many of you who prioritise this kind of thing in the winter months,) but I haven’t looked properly at my own body for a long time. A combination of tiredness and a freezing house means that the clothes to pyjamas stage is fleeting in my house and I don’t hang around in the mirror in the bathroom either. As a result, some ahem, ‘essential’ maintenance has fallen by the wayside and I could do with some serious beauty attention. Around this time I always start to find that there are things that need doing from a beauty perspective. Christmas often means a hair cut, or toes to polish for parties and a pre-festive season haircut. Come the end of January it’s time to start thinking about peeling back the layers in a few weeks and generally making yourself (clearly, I’m projecting here,) feel better when you look in the mirror.

Right now although my hair is holding up well after a pre-New year hair cut, my toes are still glittery red from Christmas, and my body needs some serious attention. First on my list is to book a waxing appointment and start to feel attractive again.

On a slight tangent, on of the strengths of Florence Finds I always think has been the community sharing tips and recommendations and I thought maybe thats where we should take todays post. I think it’s the hardest thing to fid a great hairdresser, manicurist or waxer (and I’m sure we have all experienced a few horror stories in that department.) For me it was a revelation the first time I attended a salon where the therapist just got on with the job without appearing embarrassed to tell me where to put what. Sadly she moved on and I spent some time in the waxing wilderness (insert bad experiences here) and even did a bit of DIY, but for some time now I’ve been going to the Brazilian Waxing Company and highly recommend them. I always think beauty therapists are better when they just do one thing and although multi talented these ladies start off just learning how to wax and make a brilliant job of it too. (I also happen to like their ethos towards employing working mothers with flexible hours around childcare, but that’s another story…)

So ladies, today I’d like you to share your best contacts for a ‘tidy up’ of whatever nature, and where they are based – maybe we’ll all pick up a new beauty bff. ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Brazilian Waxing Company
Manchester Oxford Rd and City Centre

http://www.brazilianwaxingcompany.com

Booking online or 0208 1234332

Monday Must Have: Charles Worthington Strength and Repair

I’m currently at a bit of an inbetween phase with my hair. Grown out for being a bridesmaid last weekend, it’s now hitting my collar bone and I am enjoying the flexibility the extra length brings. Over the hot summer though I have barely paid it any attention at all and got to the point where I really needed to start making more effort. So I was pleased to try out the new Strength and Repair range from Charles Worthington.

I’m happy to report, I really liked the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo lathered really well on the first wash and the conditioner felt rich yet wasn’t a pain to rinse out. Both of them had a gorgeous perfume-like smell that felt pampering and lovely to use.

The star of the show however was the Split ends Binder. Worked through the lengths after towel drying, it gave me a lovely full blowdry, with soft shiny hair that wasn’t flat or limp. My hair felt protected and nourished, and then I passed it to my sister for further testing and she liked it too.

As I’m in the market for a new shampoo and on a budget for the next few months, I’d definitely choose these. As someone who doesn’t buy many hair styling products because I’m often disappointed by their claims compared to the actual results, I really recommend the split ends binder for everyday protection and great results.

Will you give it a go readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Disclaimer: Charles Worthington provided Takeaway size samples for review on Florence Finds, but if I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here.

Found: Birchbox

Have you heard of Birchbox?

A little while ago I was asked to review Birchbox – an online subscription service that for a monthly fee arranges a little box of beauty goodies to be sent to you. The box contains a selection of samples of new, cult and boutique beauty and lifestyle brands. Most are sample sizes and after you have tried them you can go onto Birchbox.co.uk and purchase the full size product whilst earning reward points to be used against future purchases.

I have to say, I was pretty excited to receive my box and see what was inside. Mine (the April box) contained:

Along with the products you also get a mini-magazine, with recommended products, more about the selection in your Birchbox, tutorials and tips, and other interesting snippets.

So what did I think? I really liked it – I’m a real creature of habit when it comes to beauty and make up and lack the motivation to splash out on premium products because I worry I might not like them and it would turn out to be a waste of money. As a result I just stick with my favourites. I felt like this was a low cost way of trying out new brands and sampling new products and it felt fun and like a little treat (in the same way that receiving an internet shopping order feels like a gift when in fact you have paid for it!)

I was also pleased with the variety that I received – there was a make up item, 2 skin care, 1 body/bath item and one hair which seemed a great spread, however the products you get are a selection of 4-5 items from a longer list of 8+ items and I think I would be frustrated if I missed out on items I would have liked to try. I guess that’s all part of the excitement though and the draw to go online and purchase the think you didn’t get.

So what do you think guys? Tempted? I certainly am. There are several signup options, but it’s basically £10/month plus P&P so a total of £12.95 and you can cancel at anytime if you choose the rolling subscription. I’d love to know what you think if you have tried it?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Nails Inc Bling it on…

Regular readers will know I love my nails and often share a new nail find. The last trend I showed the DIY for was a painterly autumnal ombre effect, but todays is a product, similar to the Ciate nails I tried a while back.

I first saw the new Nails Inc Bling it on glitter effect probably a couple of months ago. Passing through Selfridges I made a bit of a cack-handed effort at trying it on myself, ended up with a slap dash mess and wrote it off as an insubstantial gimmick. Fast forward to two weeks ago and I was getting my nails done pre-holiday and ended up with this…

The truth was, one of the manicurists was at a loose end and utilised her time by studiously applying the Bling it on glitter to her nails whilst I was having mine done close by. The glitter effect in her chosen black looked absolutely stunning against her black uniform and I was captivated. It was so dense and perfect that it was unlike anything else I had seen and I was inspired to try it out for my holidays.

There are several colours available but I chose a pinky shade (in the Hologram set) which worked over my pink polish. Each kit has 2 complimentary shades of ‘bling’, a mini polish for underneath and mini Kensington Caviar topcoat, with a brush and tray to apply the bling. You tip the glitter into the tray, apply a layer of polish, dip your finger in to the glitter nail down, whilst rolling to evenly coat the nail (the tricky bit.) If you need extra, you shake it over the nail held over the tray, then brush the excess off the nail and finger with the brush. Finally seal with a coat or three of topcoat.

I was really impressed. I was afraid it would feel rough or catch on clothes but actually it becomes textured yet smooth once sealed with topcoat. I worried it would chip straight off but after week one of my holiday (including sand, sea and pool water,) my nails needed re-doing and the glitter ring finger remained intact. I re-did the others and a full 14 days later, my fingers were only just starting to look worse for wear. Impressive.

Clearly it’s not an everyday look, but if I have any special occasions coming up this party season, I know what I’ll be doing with my nails ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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