If life gives you melons then you’re probably dyslexic!

Firstly, (did I start my last blog post like this? – yes I think I did – oh well) before I get to the interesting stuff I wanted to say that I am no longer having my posts proofread for the many grammar and spelling mistakes that are sure to be obvious to the masses but often bypass my dyslexic self. I want to thank the lovely person who has been reading through my posts for me before I go live so I don’t embarrasses myself needlessly – but the big 40 is looming, it is about time I take the leap on my own.

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I love writing my blog. I love telling you all how wonderful it can be to use natural products and I hope that this will be enough to help you see through the mistakes. I hope I don’t lose any of you. Now onto the beauty part.

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My last post was inspired by my friend’s question about why her skin was so dry. Leading on from that post she asked me to suggest body moisturizers.

I will confess that I am not a great one for slathering on body lotion everyday – life seems too short to me to bother. I also find now I use olive oil soap I rarely need added moisture. But for the days when my skin is looking a little flaky or feeling a little tight – especially when I have shaved my legs – I do reach for something to help. There are two products I would recommend.

Acure Organics, Advanced Triple Moisture System Body Lotion, Mandarin Orange

The first is a wonderful body moisturizer I picked up from this great shop in Brunswick, Maine, Morning Glory Natural Food’s. I was reeled into trying the tester by the gorgeous packaging and equally gorgeous smell: Acure Organics, Advanced Triple Moisture System Body Lotion, Mandarin Orange (phew, that’s a mouthful). I would classify this as a body moisturizer over a lotion as it is quite thick, but it absorbs immediately and makes you smell amazing. My legs are instantly smooth and flake free. I wish I had bought loads as even though you can buy it in the UK it is much more expensive over here. I bought mine for $9.99 in Maine, but on Amazon.co.uk it goes for around £13. This brand does make other body moisturizers but I can’t comment on those as I have only tried this one – mainly because of the heavenly orange smell.

Weleda_Baby_CalendulaLotion

The second body lotion – and I would definitely call this a lotion as it is much thinner – is Weleda Baby Calendula Body Lotion. Weleda products are a firm favourite of mine. They are extremely easy to find online and Waitrose stocks the Calendula baby range in its – yes you guessed it – baby isle. I have been using this for about 3 years. It is very reasonably priced around £8 and is wonderful. Calendula has the added benefit of being a calming ingredient something always welcome in my book having extremely sensitive skin. Babies you had better watch out us mothers are going to steal your products for ourselves.

weleda calenula baby lotion

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A soupçon of advice on oils.

Firstly let me begin by saying I am sorry that I have been absent for so long. I have been very busy concentrating on one of my other passions – printing my own fabric.

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Back to beauty business for a moment as I feel I have been neglecting my readers. I wanted to do a short post to show you I am still here and thinking of you all.

Today, I was talking to  a friend at the school gates and she asked me a question about coconut oil. She wanted to know why, when she is using the oil on her body everyday, that her skin seemed to be getting drier.

dry skin from coconut oil

I remember having the same problem when I used olive oil on my face as a cleanser. The reason behind this weird phenomenon, apparently, is – drum roll please – your skin believes the oil that you are slathering on your skin is being produced by your body. In response it slows your body’s production of its own natural oil and therefore dries out the skin. Make sense? Okay, please promise not to ask why this does not happen when you use my beloved rosehip oil – honest answer? – I have no idea. Might be because it has something to do with the consistency of the oil or the molecule size – your guess is a good as mine.

In conclusion to this tale of oils – use the rosehip oil as often as you like. For me that is every night and loads of it. But when it comes to the heavier, thicker oils like coconut and olive oil be sparing – treat your body maybe once a week and no more.

Hope that helps my sweet peas. I promise to write a longer post soon – but my printing beckons and I love it so.

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Who knew a neon pink sponge could be so wonderful.

With the risk of sounding like a broken record – I love mineral powder foundation. I love the natural unclogged feel and look you can achieve from using this product. But (and there is always a but it seems) I do find with my super dry skin it can look a little flakey. I took myself off to YouTube to do some research. Just by mistake I came across a wonderful thing called a Beauty Blender. The context of my discovery had nothing to do with dry skin but instead the application of mainly liquid foundation. I was intrigued to see if this could really give you a flawless finish and wondered if it would work with mineral powder foundation. Could this lovely neon pink sponge, which was a whopping £10, change how I apply my foundation? Well “Mollie Tried and Tested” (let’s just call her MTT to make my life easier) reared her head and begged me to try it out. How could I resist something so girly – the answer was – I couldn’t. At first I didn’t want to spend £10 on a makeup sponge, so I found a cheaper rip off version on Amazon called the Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge.

cosmopolitan blend perfection sponge

This little sponge really was wonderful. You have to wet the sponge till it puffs up then squeeze all (and I mean all) the excess water out. Then squeeze it again in a towel so it is only very slightly damp. I tapped some of my Bella Pierre foundation onto a plastic plate and bumped the sponge onto it. You then bounce the sponge over your face. You use the small end to get into the curves of your face like your nose and eyes. I was totally sold. My makeup looked amazing and so natural. But – yes here comes another but – it did not last. After a week of washing it everyday (something you have to do) tears in the sponge started to appear. I now realised why sometimes more money can be better. Amazon kindly gave me a refund. I then bit the bullet and ordered the actual Beauty Blender. This time I bought it from Amazon in the States for only $20.25 for 2 sponges. I had my parents ship it back with them when they came to visit me. Two sponges arrived to their new home in England cased in a colourful but pointlessly big plastic container.

beauty blender in box

These sponges really are worth the money. They swell up like the Cosmo one but they stay swelled and are softer and bounce better on your skin.

beauty blender

The above photograph shows the two different sponges when dry – Beauty Blender on the left, Cosmo on the right.

saturated beauty blender

Above you can see the difference between the damp Blender on the left and the dry Blender on the right.

I used the Beauty Blender in the same way as the Cosmo before it. The results were very similar except I felt the Blender had a lighter touch and gave a slightly smoother finish. The Blender has also lasted well over a month so far – no tears and no degradation of the sponge material.

I would advice using the Oliva soap to clean the sponge. At first I used my lovely Neal’s Yard hand soap but as this is stuffed full of essential oils I don’t think my skin liked it too much and a few bumps came up on my face. I quickly switched to the Oliva and my skin was happy again. You can buy a cleaner especially for the Beauty Blender – but who wants to pay for some expensive chemical solution when Oliva does the job just as well.

I clean mine every time I go to use it as it needs to be damp anyway. And you must clean it every time – water and makeup creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and you don’t want that going on your face.

You will notice, when you wet the Blender and squeeze the water out, that the water can turn a little pink but that does not transfer onto your skin so do not fret.

The Beauty Blender gets a huge hug from me. It is worth the money and really produces a wonderful result. Because you are bouncing this damp sponge on your skin rather than buffing it in with a dry brush, it does not cause your skin to dry out or flake. This will be a definite friend for my other beauty accessories. Thank you MTT for insisting I try it.

Maybe MTT can finally come out of retirement!