Foamy Banana Sweet Treats Bath Cream by Imperial Leather

Hey girls,

Long time no see hey, well… today I have a short and sweet little review for you all. I have been using one of Imperial Leather’s Sweet Treats Bath Cream in Foamy Banana and I’m loving the idea of there sweet Treats Bath Creams which are named after and smell like real sweets.

The Foamy Banana Bath Cream is just a dream. It is a thick pale yellow gel like cream that lathers really well and feels fabulous on the skin leaving it feeling cleansed, soft and scented. It even produces a good amount of bubbles when used as a bubble bath. It smells AMAZING! Exactly like the foam banana sweets, such a sweet, fabulous scent. I use mine as a bubble bath, a shower gel and a body wash and it really is a lush treat for your skin. Not only does it smell good but it leaves skin feeling soft and smooth too.

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I can’t wait to try the other ‘flavours’ out, the Sherbert Lemon and Marshmellow bath cream are already on my shopping list. The bath creams retail at around £1 and a big 500ml bottle will last a while so they are definately bargains. I picked mine up in Boots but they are available in Asda, Home Bargains and Superdrug too.

Love

Katie x

Strawberry, Rose, Mango & Lavender Fizzing Bath Bombs from Home Bargains

Hey ladies,

I love nothing more than soaking in a gorgeous fizzing bath – I love myself a good bath bomb so I was excited to try these little bargain bath bombs after spotting them at the back of the shelf in saver store, Home Bargains. They were about 79p each and there are four different scents available, they are: Rose, Strawberry, Mango and Lavender. I have bought them in the past so these were a second time buy for me so I thought I’d fill you lot in on them.

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I really love the packaging of the bath bombs, they look much more expensive than what they are and I think they look very pretty, pretty enough to be put into a little box and given as a gift to someone maybe.

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The ingredients list is printed on the packaging and the bath bombs each have their own mild yet fabulous scent and they smell lovely when they’re fizzing away under the warm running water, I love watching them fizz! The only negative thing I have to say about the bombs is the fact I did find the fragrance soon disappeared once it had stopped fizzing in the water and the scent of them never lingered as long as I hoped it would although my skin was left silky soft afterwards and my sensitive skin did not feel irritated.

My two favourites were the Strawberry bath bomb and the Mango bath bomb. Overall, I liked them. They are great little bargain and at 79p each you can’t complain, hey.

Much Love,

Kate xo

Review: Sanex Dermo Sensitive Roll On Deodorant

Hey Chicks.

Another deodorant review for you all, if you have read my other posts you will know that I am a roll-on deodorant kinda girl. Aerosols always give me a banging headache and are not as gentle on my sensitive skin and deodorant sticks often leave me with sticky pits so I always opt for roll-ons instead.

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The roll-on I’ve been using for the past month is by Sanex and it is their ‘Dermo Sensitive‘ roll-on. The packaging is uniquely different to others out there. The roll on is at the bottom instead of the top so no need to stand it upside down when the bottle is nearing empty as its already upside down. The label is simple and the packaging can be recycled although there is no cruelty free bunny on the label.

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It has a lovely mild scent, quite floral and subtle and I really like how it smells, it doesn’t smell artificial at all and it doesn’t give me a migraine after using it. It absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves my delicate skin feeling soft and moisturised. It contains zero alcohol so it doesn’t irritate or dry out the skin.  I don’t think it gives 24-hr protection as it says on the bottle and I don’t think it would keep odour or sweat at bay when exercising but it did keep me dry and stink free for a few hours although I do need to reapply it regularly throughout the day.

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I would use it again, I just wish it gave me longer protection from sweat patches and odour without the need to reapply it. It is a cheap deodorant, small enough to pop into your handbag and it is gentle enough for sensitive skin but if you are a major sweater – I’d look for a deodorant that offers more protection.

So, the hunt for the perfect deodorant continues…

Love

Kate xo

Crabtree & Evelyn – Somerset Meadow Ultra Nourishing Hand Therapy

Hey girls,

Today I’ll be reviewing a luxurious hand cream ‘Somerset Meadow’ from Crabtree & Evelyn’s ultra nourishing hand therapy collection. I have the 25g tube which costs around £6. There are 50g and 100g tubes available too.

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The cream comes in a squeeze tube and the colour of it is lovely; it is a gorgeous shade of vibrant green which is very pretty and eye-catching. On the back of the tube is the ingredients list which goes on forever.

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The scent of the cream is sweet smelling, ‘perfumey’ and floral and I actually love how it smells. It is quite a strong smelling cream although I don’t think it is an overpowering scent even though it does contain artificial parfum, which is an ingredient I usually try to avoid due to fragrance sensitivities and skin irritation.

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The cream has a thick, non-drip consistency and it spreads easily and richly over the hands but one thing I didn’t rate was how long it took to dry. It was around 15-20 minutes before the cream began absorbing into my skin and there was a slight greasy feeling for a short while afterwards although once thoroughly absorbed my hands did feel soft, smooth and very nourished and my nails looked shiny and felt much stronger, not to mention my hands smelling absolutely amazing.

Would I buy again?

Yes possibly. Although next time I buy one of the hand creams from Crabtree & Evelyn I think I’d like to try another ‘scent’ from the collection instead. Pink Magnolia sounds amazing as does Caribbean Island.

Take a look at the other scents here.

Love

Kate xo

Review: Peach Melba ‘Just Peachy’ Shower Gel | Dolly’s Mixtures

Hey you little beauties,

I was out and about yesterday doing my weekly food shop and whilst I was on my way home I decided to pop into Home Bargains to get some toiletries as they are much cheaper than everywhere else and every penny counts with me, ha. As I walked down the beauty isle I noticed this bottle of Peach Melba ‘Just Peachy’shower gel by Dolly’s Mixtures sitting on the shelf and I initially thought it was some kind of peachy drink at first. It was a good job that I had my specs on because I could have ended up burping bubbles all-night in A&E otherwise. Ha! Never had I heard of ‘Dolly’s Mixtures’ before so like I do with every beauty product I purchase, I did a little research on the brand when I got home and found out Dolly’s Mixtures shower gels are actually quite popular. Erm… where have I been?

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First impressions were good, the packaging looks kind of vintagey and pretty, featuring a 1950’s pin-up like lady on the packaging, making me hooked straight away but after flipping up the lid and taking a little whiff, I just had to get my self one. It has a gorgeous, sweet, adorable scent and smells quite strongly of peaches – although it is not an overpowering scent. I have used this as a bubble bath as well as a shower gel and I had a heavenly little bath last night with some tea-lights lit. My bathroom smelled so good! I only needed to add a small amount to the running water to produce a good amount of bubbles. I did think the peachy smell would disappear as soon as it hit the water but it still smelled peachy strong and when applied to my skin with a sponge, it lathered well and even left a peachy smell lingering on my skin for a short while afterwards. I love how inexpensive these shower gels are too and there is quite a bit of gel in the bottle too.

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Apparently Dolly’s Mixtures products themselves are not tested on animals so that’s always great to hear but the one thing I disliked about the shower gel was that it had a chemical: ‘Sodium Laureth Sulfate’ listed in the ingredients (click here for more info) and you may know some studies have shown it can be toxic and a skin irritant so I would love these shower gels a whole lot more if they didn’t contain any nasty SLS ingredients. I have very sensitive skin and psoriasis so sometimes my skin reacts to certain chemicals in beauty products but I haven’t noticed any irritation to my skin since I have used this, so all good baby.

Where to buy?

Mine was 79p from Home Bargains but I believe ASDA are the main stockists. I so can’t wait for my next ASDA trip to check out the other ‘flavours’ as Home Bargains only had ‘Peach Melba’ in stock. ‘Bubble-gum’ and ‘Pina Colada’ are next on my wish list!

Have any of you used Dolly’s Mixtures shower gels? What is your favourite one?

Love

Katie x

p.s: I think these would also make great little cheap gifts. I will defo be getting a few of these and adding some pretty little sponges and tea-lights wrapped in some cellophane and a pretty bow to give as gifts this Christmas.

Disclosure: I bought this.

How To Detox Your Mind, Body & Soul With A Bentonite Clay Bath – Works Wonders For Psoriasis, Eczema & Acne

 

Hey girls, boys…

I’m going to show you all how you can detox your mind, body and soul by taking a bentonite clay bath which will eliminate all toxins and impurities from your skin making you a healthier, happier person with cleansed beautiful skin.

The internet is an amazing place for knowledge isn’t it. I have learned so much more from the internet than I ever did at school and thanks to google I have taught myself all about the amazing health benefits bentonite clay has. After learning how it can help not only the skin but mind, body and soul – I knew I had to use it more often, not just as a face mask.

I came across a post online about the benefits of taking regular clay baths and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I’ve never had a clay bath before, I have never had a detox of any kind before but I have lost count of how many clay face masks I’ve had in the past so this was something completely new to me. After taking just a couple of clay baths, I can already see and feel the benefits of it and it is something I will be doing a lot of from now on. Maybe twice, three times weekly.

What is bentonine clay?

“Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining. Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.” – Mountain Rose Herbs

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What Is a clay bath?

A clay bath is a bath with clay mixed in. It helps to eliminate toxins from the skin and body absorbing them into the water. When the clay is mixed with the water it will look dirty and similar to a muddy puddle but I can assure you it’s clean as can be. The very first time I used bentonite clay in my bath, I thought I would feel dirty and minging afterwards because of the colour of the water but I have never, ever, ever felt so clean and pristine after taking a bath in my whole life. It beats a normal bath any-day!

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What can a bentonite clay bath do?

  • Eliminate toxins and heavy metals in the body
  • Removes impurities from the skin
  • Boosts immune system
  • Deep cleanses the skin
  • Calms and reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders
  • Helps clear acne and pimples
  • Speeds healing of cuts, wounds etc…
  • Helps to cool and soothe insect bites
  • Prevents & removes blackheads, whiteheads etc…
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Calms skin allergies
  • Stimulates the lymph system
  • Soothes sunburn and sun rash
  • Gentle detoxification with no side effects
  • Relieves headaches
  • Relieves body aches
  • Great for fatigue

I could go on all day… I’m sure you get the drift!

How to make a clay bath?

I ran a hot bath and sprinkled 1 cup of bentonite clay into the water, stirring well and making sure to squish any clumps of clay sat at the bottom of the bath, allowing it to melt into the water.

For first timers I would advise adding one cup of powder to your bath and for an intense detox add 2 or maybe 3 cups of clay. I wouldn’t add any more than 3 though as you may suffer from stressful detox symptoms.

Fill the bath up just enough to cover your whole body, the hotter the water the better as this will open your pores thus making it quicker and easier for toxins and impurities to be eliminated and absorbed into the water.

Bathe for no more than 30 minutes. As all the toxins are pulled from your body and absorbed into the water, I wouldn’t advise soaking for longer than this. I have heard people take intense hour-long clay baths but this is not something I have tried, YET.

All you gotta do is lie down in the bath, soak, close your eyes, put some relaxing music on, chill out and get detoxing!

Do’s & Don’ts:

Don’t soak in the clay bath for longer than 30 minutes. Lying in a detox bath for half an hour or more can cause over-detox symptoms such as feeling light-headed dehydrated, nauseous and weak. Same goes for the amount of clay you use in your bath too. I’d say anything from 1-3 cups of clay is ideal and won’t cause your body any stress.

Be careful not to slip in the bath tub. Clay, when mixed with water becomes very, very slippy so take care.

Drink a glass of water before and after your bath as this will keep you hydrated.

Tie your hair up in a bun or pony-tail or wear a shower cap when bathing. The clay can make your hair feel crap for days afterwards and dry it out. If clay does come in contact with your hair just wash it with a clarifying shampoo and condition it afterwards. The clay won’t harms your hair in any way but it will make it feel rough!

Don’t drink the clay water. I know you guys aren’t stupid and you obviously won’t drink the clay water but try to keep your hands away from your mouth when bathing. After sitting in the water for 30 minutes or more it becomes saturated with the toxins from your body so the water is toxic, so you really don’t want to swallow any of it.

Where to buy bentonite clay?

The clay I have been using for my clay baths is the Deep Pore Exfoliator 100% Bentonite Clay and I order it here from Natural Supplies for £12.99.

It is a huge 1kg tub and contains nothing but 100% pure bentonite clay. It can be used for face masks, clay baths, body wraps and foot masks. It has been sun-dried, is also cruelty-free and contains no fragrance, chemicals or additives.

I have some bentonite clay from Majestic Pure, but as it is a much smaller tub than the clay from Natural Supplies, so I prefer to use it just for my face masks.

So who else loves to detox their body with a clay bath? Has anyone with psoriasis tried one? It seems to be helping my skin!

Love

Katie x

How FLORA’s Sunflower Oil With Vitamin E (Cooking Oil) Has Helped My Psoriasis Clear Up ❤

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You’re probably thinking to yourself “she’s absolutely mental, using cooking oil on her skin”

…and yes, you are 100% correct, ha ha. I have tried everything under the sun to help control my skin disorder. I’ve had some crazy idea’s too. One time I collected all my used Tetley teabags and dunked them into the bath. I had around 50 recycled teabags floating around on the water surface, ha ha. Crazy bitch! My teabag bath never made a difference in the slightest and made me feel minging but hey, desperate measures and all, it was worth a try! God loves a trier, right? 😊

What I have discovered in the 23 years of being a psoriasis beauty, is that natural products work so much better at healing my psoriasis than chemical ointments’, lotions and creams which doctors and dermatologists’ have prescribed for me in the past. The last time I used any prescribed medication and lotions to treat my psoriasis was in 2008; 7 long years ago. My GP gave me Dovenex and Oilatum bath emollient. My skin cleared up as always and after I stopped using… BOOM, came back with a vengeance. Since then I decided not to use any chemicals on my skin and instead, opt for the natural route.

One glorious day, I was out food shopping and cooking oil was on my shopping list. Browsing through the billion, zillion types of different oils I came across Flora’s 100% Sunflower Oil. I had a flashback to some ignored advice I received from a work friend. My fellow barmaid, Christine had psoriasis too and advised me to use vegetable cooking oil or sunflower cooking oil for a two-week experiment and she guaranteed I would be happier with my skin at the end. Why I never took her advice back then I don’t know. So thank you for the advice Christine ha ha. Eight years later. 😊

That evening, I had a lovely Sunflower Oil bath and after soaking for 5 minutes I knew the oil was working brilliantly. My skin felt like silk so I bathed for an extra 25 minutes to let the oil do its magic. I added a sprinkle of table salt into the warm water and made sure my hair was tied up. (although oil is good for the hair too, bathing in any type of oil will make your hair very greasy and will need to be washed multiple times) It’s a bloody nightmare to wash out.

After my first sunflower oil bath my silver scales became see-through and my red patches where calmer and paler in appearance, making them less noticeable. After continuous daily use my psoriasis is almost non-existent. I have lots of psoriasis products I need to review and my boyfriend has been calling me a fraud for blogging about psoriasis when my skin is clearing up. Ha ha. I use the oil every day now in my bath and really wish I had taken before and after pictures for you to see. On day one of using the oil, before I bathed in it. I was covered in hundreds of small, itchy red guttate patches. Especially on my abdomen and feet. Today, although I still have a few small spots here and there, my skin looks calmer, less noticeable and feels silky soft plus 80% of my psoriasis has definitely cleared up over the last few weeks. I’m so, so happy to find something that works. Woohoooooo!!! 😂

I 1000000000000% recommended you all try Flora’s Sunflower Oil or any brand of sunflower oil for that matter. It really has done amazing things for my poor skin. I’ve been so excited writing this post as I wanted to share my wonderful words about sunflower oil and hopefully help others.

Please, please, please give it a try. Trust me. For around £1 (bought from Home Bargains) this oil is definitely my best skin care buy EVER and I can’t remember the last time my skin looked and felt so amazing. ❤

Please note that sunflower oil will NOT cure your psoriasis but will help control it. Keep in mind that this is my personal review and my thoughts on sunflower oil. What works for me may not work for you. Everybody’s skin behaves differently to various skin care products. 😊

Love,

Katie Rose