Beauty | Pink Grapefruit Hand Cleanse Gel and Hand Cream @ The Body Shop

I can’t be the only one who gets enticed by emails promising £10 off when you spend £20, am I? One shop that always manages to pull me in with such an offer is The Body Shop – I could honestly spend a small (or large) fortune in there! So, on my quest to get over the minimum spending amount for a discount, I came across matching hand cream and sanitizer that I thought would be quite nice to have.

I’ve always loved grapefruit – the smell, the taste, everything about it, really! So what better than my hands smelling like it? I decided to order both the hand cleanse gel (or sanitizer) and hand cream in this scent because I loved it so much and didn’t want to mix up my scents!

When they came, I was pleased to see that they both looked rather pretty and were good sized tubes. I obviously wanted to try it straight away and found out straight away that this wasn’t any ordinary hand cream or sanitizer with subtle hints of grapefruit – this was basically a full grapefruit in a tube!

The scent is really strong and so I might have made the wrong decision by ordering the hand cream and sanitizer in that scent, but I still love it anyway … and so does everyone within a 3 mile radius around me who can also smell it!

Stacey x

Beauty | Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish

With so many skincare products out there, it’s no wonder that many of us find ourselves blankly staring at millions of products on the shelves in Boots with not the faintest idea what product to buy for what problem. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times I’ve went to get a product to clear up my latest breakout and had thousands of brands staring back at me, all promising amazing results. Well, enough is enough.

When I finished my dissertation in March, I’ve never been more relieved to have finished anything in my life … ever! I dedicated a whole week to recovering before starting on the last of my university coursework – and then I looked in the mirror. I might have felt considerably less stressed, but my skin definitely didn’t look it. Spots were taking over my face like a mini army, my skin was dryer than the Sahara Desert and my complexion resembled that of a ghost. And I had no one to blame but myself – my dissertation had taken over my life meaning that stress and lack of sleep had replaced my skincare … and it was obvious.

After looking online, I spent a considerable amount in The Body Shop before heading over to QVC to invest in my favourite cleanser – Liz Earle. This is a product I’ve sworn by since I was a teenager – and looking back, I definitely took my fairly good skin for granted, especially when compared with some of my peers. So naturally, I bought three bottles.

When going to buy the Cleanse and Polish, there are many different packages; for instance, you can get two/three bottles of it, with or without a muslin cloth, in a pump or in a tube, with other Liz Earle products or without. Personally, I always opt for the product in a pump, purely because it’s more convenient and easier to use – and it looks prettier than the tube too. Although it’s not exactly the cheapest cleanser out there, it’s definitely worth the money and if you create an account on QVC, you can opt to pay the cost in a few monthly installments too!

The product itself is very creamy and just heavenly to put on your skin. The routine is very simple – just pop the product on your face, then take it off with warm water and a muslin cloth before finally splashing your face with some cold water at the end. And that’s it! I do this twice a day – morning and night – and I honestly find that if I skip either of these, I’m far more prone to breakouts.

In addition to keeping the breakouts at bay, the product also gives my skin a brilliant, healthy and natural looking glow – so much so that I don’t really mind not wearing makeup anymore. For when I do wear makeup though, it’s fab for taking it off at the end of the day.

It’s definitely a product to bear with though as because it gets rid of all the dirt and impurities in your skin, you may actually find you break out at first, but honestly don’t worry – a few more applications of the product and it will clear them up in no time and keep them away for good!

So there we have it – smoother and clearer skin in a bottle! And it only takes a few minutes each day. Lifesaver.

Stacey x