konjac sponge

I’d seen konjac facial sponges on the market and was excited to try one, especially the ones from The Konjac Sponge Company. They have a range of different ones for different skin types and have released their Mythical Creatures Collection. They are quite clever little cleansing sponges as you don’t need any other product, the sponge does all the work.

I have to admit, I’ve tried a cleansing sponge from a beauty subscription box a while a ago and wasn’t that impressed with it.  But the one I received from The Konjac Sponge Company was a totally different story.

konjac sponge

These sponges are made from 100% vegetable fibre and not only kind to your skin but also completely biodegradable so they’re kind to the environment too. Each box is fully recyclable and comes with a cute little hook to make it easy to hang up while your sponge is not in use. This is such a brilliant idea as it means your sponge can dry out completely before you next want to cleanse your face. I think the Mythical Unicorn looks adorable hanging in my bathroom, the collection also includes a dragon and a mermaid which are designed for specific skin types. How fab is that?

The sponge is made from the konjac plant root which is packed with loads of benefits to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best. It gives your skin a deep cleanse, removing any dirt and grime, gently exfoliating to give your complexion a wonderful healthy glow. The sponge is even soft enough to use around the delicate eye area yet still be effective and also helps to reduce any puffiness. This konjac sponge is my skins new best friend and I’ve been using it as part of my daily cleansing routine for a few weeks now. I have extremely sensitive skin, so you imagine how pleased I was that the sponge didn’t cause any reaction at all, my skin feels so soft and smooth. A couple of people even commented on how glowing my skin looked and that was after I had started using the konjac sponge!

konjac sponge

It’s such a simple tool to use as it works so well, cleansing and exfoliating all in one, without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight.

How To Use

  • Rinse well before use and make sure the sponge is completely wet.
  • Massage in circular movements across your skin, especially on any problem areas. Although you don’t have to use any extra products I preferred using mine with a small amount of my normal cleanser.
  • Rinse the sponge thoroughly after use and gently squeeze out any excess water.
  • Hang it on the hook to dry out completely and it’s ready for the next time you want to use it.
  • Vegan and Cruelty Free registered

It really is as easy as that and I would definitely recommend these sponges to anyone who doesn’t want to spend too long on their beauty routine. It feels a bit strange at first, almost like you’re holding a blob of jelly in your hand but believe me it works!

These sponges are meant to last up to 3 months but should probably replace it if you notice yours starting to break down before then.

konjac sponge

Why you’ll love these konjac sponges:

  • Super easy to use
  • Affordable at only £10.99
  • 100% konjac and free of any dyes or additives
  • 100% biodegradable and Eco friendly
  • Suitable for everyone, even those with extremely sensitive skin
  • They also have ones available for use on your body

Honestly, what more could you want from a cleansing sponge? If you would like to have a look at the rest of the range from The Konjac Sponge Company, head over to their WebsiteTwitter or Instagram pages.

Have you tried a cleansing sponge? How did you get on using them?

*This product was sent to me in return for a review, but photos and opinions are my own
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Skincare products I can't live without

My obsession with skincare started when I was in my teens and I began by trying my Grandmothers various lotions or creams as she always had beautiful clear skin. Later I began experimenting for myself to see what skincare suited me best. Like many  young women I read magazines or blogs to see what new wonder product was on the market and felt I had to buy every single item that promised amazing results. At one point I had three different night creams, four different cleansers and a number of other serums, tonics, toners and buffers, all on the go at once and this probably wasn’t doing my skin any good what so ever.

Luckily I’ve never suffered with any major problems, I have dry, sensitive skin with the odd breakout and a few areas of eczema on my body which usually flares up if I’m stressing about something. I also don’t want to pay over the top prices for my skincare products when I know there are some amazing brands out there that do the job just as well.

These are the skincare products that I’ve been using over the past couple of months.

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser and No7 Gentle Toner

I first fell in love with Liz Earle Cleanse And Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser after buying a mini sample size and I’ve been using it to cleanse my face ever since. It’s a gorgeous rich, creamy consistency, full of natural ingredients and it’s super gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling so soft, yet still very effective at removing all of my make up. It gently exfoliates your skin too, without being too harsh and stripping all the natural oils from your skin.

If I’m wearing heavier makeup then I’ll occasionally use Boots No7 Micellar Water first, just to remove the top layer of dirt and grime. It’s also been a brilliant cleanser to take on holiday with me, it’s quick and easy to use plus I usually only wear tinted moisturiser, mascara and bronzer when I’m away.

I use No7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Toner after I’ve cleansed or used a face mask to make sure that every scrap of product or makeup has been removed. It’s super gentle and doesn’t sting my skin.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum and Moisturiser

The Body Shop Vitamin E range has been around for a number of years and one I keep going back to. After I have cleansed or used a face mask I’ll apply the Moisture Serum, followed by the Moisture Day Cream, both are light enough to wear under makeup, leaving my skin feel so soft without being sticky. In the evening I’ll switch to using the  Vitamin E Over Night Serum In Oil, this has the benefits of a serum and oil all in one, it’s lightweight and non greasy. To finish off I’ll use the Moisture Night Cream it’s super rich but absorbs into my skin beautifully. I absolutely love the Vitamin E range, it’s fantastic, it almost feels as though I’m having a mini pamper session every time I complete my skincare routine. My skin feels hydrated and nourished, it looks radiant and healthy, what more could a girl ask for?

It’s important to me to look after the delicate skin around my eyes as I get older. I’ve been using Superdrug B Nourished Eye Cream, it feels incredibly soothing and helps reduce any puffiness and dark circles. It’s a delicate, lightweight cream and makes my eye area feel so soft after gently dabbing on a few drops.

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Once a week I love to apply a face mask for a real deep clean and right now I’m using  Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask. It’s been quite hard to find a face mask that’s gentle on my sensitive skin and doesn’t cause any irritation, but this one is absolutely amazing. My skin feels extremely soft and looks positively glowing after I use it. It’s incredibly relaxing to pop on a face mask while soaking in the bath, listening to music and I have to say this one also smells absolutely delicious!

Lush Lip Scrub and The Body Shop Rose Hand Cream

There are a couple of extras I use as part of my skincare routine including Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub as it helps to remove any dry, flaky skin. I mainly use this if I’m wearing a lot of matte liquid lipsticks, as they can be quite drying. I gently apply the scrub using my finger tip and it leaves my lips feeling super soft. It smells incredible and leaves your lips with a gorgeous sweet taste afterwards. Then I apply my favourite lip balm before applying whatever lip colour I’ve chosen that day.

I have to say The Body Shop British Rose Soft Petal Hand Cream  smells divine, before I even mention how wonderful it is! It’s a thick, creamy constancy and it melts into into my skin really quickly. I like to look after my hands just as much as I do my face, this hand cream is super nourishing and leaves my hands feeling so soft. I use it after I’ve washed my hands or whenever they feel a bit dry, I’ve even chucked a tube of it in my handbag so I can apply some when I’m out!

The Body Shop Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream and The Body Shop Skin Defence Essence

I’ve been using The Body Shop’s Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence on my skin before I go out in the sun. It’s a lightweight milk that makes my skin feel so soft, it contains SPF 50 so it will protect my skin against sun damage. It’s seen a lot of use recently and came with me on a few trips away.

I apply The Body Shop’s Atlas Mountain Rose Body Cream after my morning shower, it’s super creamy and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. It has a slightly different fragrance compared to the plain rose one, this body cream has less of a sweet smell due to rose mixed with warm spices and amber, so it’s a really comforting fragrance. It’s helped sort out any dry areas, especially my elbows, knees and ankles. Plus it’s a wonderful body cream to apply after having a relaxing bath!

Do you have a regular skincare routine? What products are you really enjoying at the moment?

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As much as I love wearing my favourite Kat Von D or NYX foundations for a fuller coverage, their are some days when I just want a light makeup look, especially through the summer when even the most long lasting foundation can just slip away by the time I get home. I never wear a full face of makeup when I’m at home or away on holiday, so that’s where I find a tinted moisturiser can be just the thing I need.

I have tried quite a few tinted moisturisers from different brands over the years, they’ve either been completely the wrong shade or way too heavy I may as well have stuck with my normal foundation. I have a few days away by the sea coming up, so I’ve been testing out the Boots No7 Tinted Moisturiser and I must say I was pretty impressed!

First of all the price, it cost £13 for 50ml so it’s not on the cheaper end of the market but it not super expensive either.

When I first tested the tinted moisturiser in store the shade medium looked way too dark, I’m usually a warm ivory in my foundation, but the assistant tried some on my face and it was the perfect colour for my skin tone. There are only three shades to choose from, light, medium and medium/dark, so not a great selection and not really any good if you have darker skin.

It has SPF 15 which is great, I always use a daily moisturiser with an SPF as part of my daily skincare routine anyway, even so it’s still good to have a little extra protection in a tinted moisturiser. The UVA also helps protect the skin against ageing from the sun, yay I like this stuff already!

It aims to “Achieve sheer skin protecting colour with this tinted moisturiser, which diffuses light for enhanced radiance and a naturally flawless complection.”

The No7 City Lights Tinted Moisturiser has quite a thick consistency, I just applied a small amount using my finger tips and it smoothed over the whole of my face really well, especially over any drier patches. I definitely didn’t need to use a sponge or a brush as it blended in really well using my fingers. I wouldn’t say it gives a flawless finish, however it did even out my skin tone, giving a light coverage and generally making me look a bit more healthy.

I still had to use a concealer under my eyes and on any blemishes, which is ok if you have pretty good skin or want something with a lighter coverage, but if you’re prone to spots or have lots of blemishes then this probably isn’t the best product for you. Apart from a small amount of concealer and sweeping some bronzer across my cheeks, I didn’t use any other face products. It lasted ok and I’m sure if I had set it with a little powder then it would last a bit longer.

It’s suitable for sensitive skin, it hasn’t irritated my skin, I have tried so many products which have caused a bad reaction and luckily this one didn’t give me any problems at all.

Overall, I am so happy that I’ve found a lightweight tinted moisturiser that will even out my skin tone and make me look healthier than I do without any makeup at all. Perfect for a day at the beach!

What’s your must have makeup product for the summer months?

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We’re round to another monthly favourites post again and this month I have been trying a number of new products, luckily most of them I’ve really loved using. May was also a great month for me as I had my cousin come to stay for a long weekend, we had a fantastic time and generally enjoyed each other’s company. As much as I love her I almost feel the need to put my makeup and wardrobe under lock and key so she doesn’t help herself to my stuff without asking!

As we suddenly had a mini heatwave in the UK I wanted a body spray that would freshen me up during the day and still smell divine, not a heavy perfume. Superdrug have introduced their Layering Lab range with 6 options to choose from. You can spray two of the scents at once to create your own unique smell or just wear one on it’s own. After smelling all of them I decided to opt for Fresh which has a delicious fruity, citrus smell and it’s such a bargain at only £2.99 that I will probably purchase one of the other scents too. I’ve been wearing it almost every day and carrying in my bag for when I need to freshen up.

After being wrapped up in thick woollies for so many months, I wanted to give my body some pampering. I always suffer from dry skin on my elbows, knees and ankles but this Scrub Love Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub from scrublove.com has really help sort those areas out.  It smells so different to what I’m used to with body scrubs, but it made my skin feel so soft and hydrated. I love that it’s 100% natural ingredients, this one contains Avocado and Aloe Vera, which are both great for dry, sensitive skin.

Who doesn’t love a good face mask as part of there weekly skincare routine. I’ve had a few break outs around my nose, chin and across my forehead, I put it down to getting hot and sweaty during the warmer weather. While I was on the Lush store stocking up on bath bombs I came across this Cupcake Mask, I think it was the name that caught my eye rather than the actual product at first because it’s actually meant for oily skin. However after trying it for a few times, I couldn’t help fall in love with it. I’ve only been applying it to areas on my skin that have had problems and it’s pretty much sorted them out. Plus it smells amazing, I had to try not to eat it!

If you’re like me and suffer from dry flaky lips occasionaly then you need to try Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. You simply apply with your finger and gently rub it in and it leaves your lips feeling wonderfully soft and it’s completely removed any dead skin, I then just apply my favourite lip balm. It smells incredible and leaves your lips with a gorgeous sweet taste afterwards. I’ve been wearing a lot of liquid lipsticks lately and some of them can really dry out my lips, but this gorgeous scrub has made my lips feel so smooth and ready to apply whatever lip colour I’ve chosen that day.

There were some days I’ve not wanted to wear much makeup but still wanted to have a natural, summer glow. I’ve loved using these No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls to give my face a nice healthy, holiday look. I use a medium sized makeup brush, swirl it over the pearls and apply to areas of my face where I want it to look as though I’ve been out in the sun. It is highly pigmented so you only need to apply a small amount if you’re pale like me. I can see I’ll be using these a lot over the coming months.

There had to be a liquid lipstick in here somewhere, didn’t there? I’ve not used many GOSH products before but after discovering I had some points on my Superdrug card I thought I’d treat myself to these gorgeous items. The Liquid Matte Me Lips is a stunning pink in shade Berry Me (no 006) and feels so lovely to wear, it’s not drying and stays on pretty much all day, The eyeshadow  is beautiful, this one is in Back To Nature (001) which has four gorgeous earthy toned shadows and is perfect for an every day look, I absolutely loved wearing all four shades.

Honestly, I cannot resist Jemma’s shop on Etsy that I have so many of her prints all over my office wall. These two stunning  copper quotes help keep me motivated every time I’ve a day when I feel I can’t achieve what I’ve set out to do, I’ve had a lot of moments like that this past month, maybe it’s the change in the weather! Anyway, I would loved to have featured all of the things I’ve had from Jemma in this month’s favourite but we’d be here all day. I can’t recommend her enough for prints, notebooks, cute trinkets and stationery. You really should have a look for yourself.

Last, but not least, this has been my favourite outfit during May. This short sleeved, knee length floral dress from Dorothy Perkins has been perfect for the gorgeous weather. It’s fitted around the top half and flares out at the waist and made of soft jersey material. I’ve worn the dress with a pair of sandals and this wonderful pinky, nude and black tote bag I got on a recent trip to Primark. The bag has two grab handles with a longer strap and inside there is one larger compartment with two zipped sections. This bag goes with so many other outfits too. On chillier days I’ve loved wearing my faithful denim jacket from GAP. It’s last years but I still get a lot of wear out of it and it just looked lovely with this dress as well as so many other items in my wardrobe this season.

What things have you been loving this month?

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I have a nice selection for you in this month’s favourites, instead of the usual beauty products that I’ve loved during March I’ve also added in a couple of fashion and lifestyle things as well.

As there’s a lot to get through I’ll get straight on with it and give you the rundown of everything I’ve recently loved this month.

W7 Colour Me Nude Eye Colour Palette

It made my day when I found a good replacement for my beloved Urban Decay palette, but for a fraction of the price. I absolutely love this Colour Me Nude eyeshadow palette from W7, it comes with 12 rosey toned shades, including matte and shimmer and is perfect for both day and night. I found the eyeshadows to be highly pigmented and were easy to blend, I’m also pretty impressed at how long they last, as with some budget eyeshadows the colour fades after a few hours. The packaging is a good quality tin and looks more expensive than it is, a great bargain at only £5.99!

Milani Powder Blush in shade Blossomtime Rose

This Milani powder blush is a wonderful new addition to my makeup collection and all I can say is it’s gorgeous! The rose design and the beautiful rose gold packaging make it look so expensive. Blossomtime Rose is a peachy pink shade with a slightly golden highlighter to it. The powder is so soft and applies beautifully on my skin, either a lighter touch for a day time glow or something a bit bolder for an evening out. This beats any other blusher I have ever owned!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk

A little bit of luxury and a special treat was needed for a night out with my friends, so I invested in a Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick. I chose the shade Pillow Talk so it would look just right with the darker eye look I’d gone for and I could also wear it anytime during the day. Yes, ok so it’s another nude and I probably own enough of those to get me through a world lipstick shortage, Pillow Talk is a rosey pinky brown shade which suits my skin and hair tone. It applies beautifully with a square shaped tip so it glides perfectly around the shape of your lips. The matte formula doesn’t make my lips feel dry, it’s also incredibly long lasting but to be honest I really wouldn’t mind having to touch this lipstick up in public with it’s gorgeous rose gold packaging.

Rose Gold Bangle

I hardly ever wear bracelets but saw this gorgeous rose gold one while I was browsing through lyliarose.com as they had a sale on at the time. I couldn’t resist using it to go with some of my spring outfits, it’s so pretty it would also look fabulous worn out in the evening without looking over the top. I love the small white diamante clasp, which adds some extra detail. The bangle feels sturdy but also looks dainty and feminine, I’ve just loved wearing it. I was amazed at the speed of the delivery, it arrived the day after I ordered it!

Boohoo Unicorn Pyjamas

In case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with unicorns and I finally own a pair of pyjamas with them all over! These are flippin amazing, they are made of silky satin material and just so comfortable to wear. I love them so much I almost want to stick on a pair of heels, pop on a blazer, grab a bag and wear them out, I’m sure I’d get some strange looks if I did! They feel so luxurious, especially slipping them on after a warm bath, I’ve not wanted to take them off, but obviously I had to so they could go in the wash.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This has to be my number one skincare favourite, of all time! The Pixi Glow Tonic is super gentle on my sensitive skin and I’ve been using this every evening after cleansing to remove any last traces of dirt and make up before using a serum. It’s definitely worth every penny, if you would like to read my full review you’ll find that here.

Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit

I was so excited to get hold of a Barry M Lip Kit, mine’s in the shade Runway, a gorgeous pinky red, it also comes in 2 other shades Go To Nude and Pose. I love everything about it, the shade, the texture and the price, £6.99 for a lip paint and lip liner, bargain! The lip paint applies well, stays on for ages and feels so lovely to wear, the lip liner is soft enough to out line your lips with colour but not to hard that you have too push down much that you almost stab your lips.

Beauty and The Beast

I couldn’t end my favourites post without mention my trip to the cinema to see Beauty and The Beast. This is one of my all time favourite animated Disney Films, so I was excited to see this version. To say I absolutely loved it is a slight understatement, I think I fell in love with all the characters even more, even Beast before he became the Beast (without giving any spoilers away!). I think the cast were fantastic, I love Emma Watson anyway but I think she does an amazing portrayal of Belle. The director and production team have done a fantastic job of bringing this much loved film to life once again. I could quite happily watch it all over again!

What have you been loving this month? Are you excited about Spring and Easter? Let me know in the comments below.

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