It’s Review Time

15. October 2014

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It’s Review Time

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And talking of cleaning and polishing …. another in my Beauty Bits series, this time on good ways to start the day. As October darkens and November prepares to drizzle in, I definitely need something with a bit of oomph to wake me up in the morning as I stare at the mirror in increasing shock. All these cleansers will do the job; and a couple are just bliss.

I’ve decided to add details on price in my beauty reviews. It’s the kind of information I definitely look at when I’m buying something new. All the products are available online and most are in the High Street too. Best of all, I think they’re all British (well, Body Shop used to be, though I’m not sure who owns it now the great Anita Roddick is no longer with us). Enjoy!

Body Shop Sumptuous Camomile Cleansing Butter, £12

I suppose I sort of felt I’d grown out of the Body Shop, partly because it’s such a must-have among my girls’ teenage friends. But when Child 2 invested £12 in this Camomile cleanser, and then rapidly decided it was a bit heavy for her skin, I couldn’t bear to see it chucked out and gave it a go. What a revelation. It’s an absolutely lovely, silky cleanser, which starts off in solid form in its tin, looking a little like shoe polish (though the colour of Vaseline). On the skin it melts in beautifully and is easily rinsed off taking your slap with it. Child Two said it made her eyes go blurry but I haven’t had that experience myself. Possibly because I keep my eyes shut when using it! Great stuff.

Buttery bliss

Buttery bliss

Temple Spa In the Beginning, £21.50

A pricey cleanser from a swish, spa-oriented make. Everything about it is expensive, from its packaging to the pleasantly solid glass jar with its dinky spatula, meaning you can keep your mitts out of the mix. This creams on quite slowly and has a pungent, though not unpleasant, ‘aromotherapeutic’ smell (think eucalyptus, rosemary, slightly medicinal stuff like that). The results are good, though you’ll need a muslin cloth to get it all off.

Aromatherapeutic

Aromatherapeutic

Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel, £22

This has a rather gorgeous melty texture and smells heavenly – mangoish, exotic-fruity, and it’s a pale orange in colour too. The gel cleverly changes into a foam when you add water. Swirl it over your face and splash off with water to feel renewed. Note of caution: it won’t get your eye make-up off.

Elemis, my dear Watson!

Elemis, my dear Watson!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, 100ml £14.50

This isn’t the very first of the cleanse-and-cloth-off brigade – I think that honour goes to Eve Lom – but it’s certainly among the most popular. It comes with its own muslin square so you can remove it with water, and it smells lovely. Quite a faff, though, if you actually follow Liz Earle’s removal instructions to the letter. I wouldn’t bother if you have a job you have to get to, or small children hanging off your leg. A quick once-over with the muslin does the job without all the recommended folding etc. This is said to remove eye make-up but my muslins are inkily scarred by losing battles with waterproof mascara.

Polished performance

Polished performance

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13. October 2014

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Chore Wars

Chore Wars

All last week, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour had a running (sore) topic on Chore Wars – who does what and why. I felt tempted to write about it then, but it’s taken me until now to sort out what I feel about it. Here at Remarried Towers we have a curiously 1950s arrangement. TL brings […]

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8. October 2014

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We have lift off!

We have lift off!

Ok, you know me, I really really don’t want to be a helicopter parent. I’m happy for my children to go off and do their own thing, as long as I know exactly what that is they’re safe and happy. But against my will, this morning I felt the rush of rotor blades and, before I […]

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6. October 2014

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Monday!

Monday!

So far today (and it’s not even lunchtime yet) Child Two has missed the school bus and needed driving across town; TL lost his wallet and needed picking up from the station, bringing back home, help finding his wallet and then another lift back to the station, and the water filter man, after saying he’d […]

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3. October 2014

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Small world

Small world

Slightly more than a week ago I had a minor operation to remove a mole which had gone a bit odd. Well, it had been odd for a while, and then it seemed odder still, and I’d shown it to my GP in Dulwich, a nice, no-nonsense woman whom I liked and trusted. ‘The good […]

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2. October 2014

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GOSH Bake it Better

GOSH Bake it Better

I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of cake. Now I’m glad to see that Great Ormond Street hospital, too, has put its faith in cake’s miraculous ability not just to raise the spirits, but money too. £125,000, to be precise, for a new clinical building. Bake it Better week is taking place […]

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1. October 2014

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Review time

Review time

Sponsored post  Ok, I admit it, I am consciously Keeping Busy in order to get over the strangeness of a house without Child One needing conversation and an endless supply of bananas. TL did say in the run-up to uni that we should let all the supermarkets near us know that Child One was leaving […]

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30. September 2014

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Up North

Up North

I’m so proud of my lovely Child One. She worked so hard and got brilliant A levels, and now she’s off to a fantastic university. How did the tiny girl who had such trouble reading ‘allosaurus’ in those Oxford Reading Tree Biff and Kipper books get so far? I sat pondering this miracle at the […]

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30. September 2014

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The Misanthrope

The Misanthrope

If you were planning a great night out at the theatre today, you might well hesitate before choosing a French play that had its premier several centuries ago. After all, the Misanthrope by Moliere was first performed in 1666 – the year of the Great Fire of London. But a new English version, showcased at […]

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24. September 2014

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Knowing me, knowing you

Knowing me, knowing you

‘It’s the start,’ said my lovely friend B. ‘It’s the start of Not Knowing.’ It was after the Book Club had met at my house, and B was trying to return a coat she said Child One had left at her place after visiting her daughter last week. But I took one look at the […]

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