Bath/Shower

#heatwaveUK

We are in the middle of a glorious heatwave! If you know Wiley, you’d also know that he’d be very impressed… However, I wish I could say the same for some of you (who aren’t). Having said that, I can see why, because England doesn’t get much (if any) sunshine. Also, it doesn’t help that the heat we’re accustomed to is sticky, humid and muggy.

So, this post is targeted at those of you who are not fans of this weather and are looking for ways to keep cool. Below, you will find lists of things to do, wear and eat which’ll help to some extent.

Disclaimer: I cannot say that the majority of these tips aren’t common-sense related. Then again, at least I have some…

  1. Invest in a fan or air conditioner and switch it on (that’d be a start, wouldn’t it?)…
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking water or plenty of cold beverages.
  3. Purchase some cooling spray and apply it whenever or wherever you are, I choose MagiCool. Alternatively, a spray toner from LUSH works just as well.
  4. Stay in shady areas when in parks (under the tree is best).
  5. Spend your entire Summer in Waitrose or Iceland as the big branches have AirCon inside. 😉 If that’s not your thing, stick to hanging out inside the freezers of the frozen food aisles… 😆
  6. Go on holiday to the North Pole. (Bit farfetched but then again, YOLO!)
  7. Close your blinds/curtains to avoid the heat of the sun from warming up your room.
  8. Open a window or a door… LOL, top tip, that!
  9. Make Jell-O and freeze them, followed by an ‘eat them’ session.
  10. Consume plenty of ice cream/ice lollies.
  11. Refrigerate everything – your veg, your chocolates, your fruits.
  12. Eat salads, sandwiches or sushi and avoid hot food. You could even try Gazpacho for starters and yogurts and trifles for dessert.

Things to wear in Summer:

  1. Tops and shorts (obvs) or soft cotton tops etc. Wearing loose fitted clothes stops them from sticking to your body when you’re out & about.
  2. Avoid wearing black (even though it is the best colour of clothing) because it attracts the sun.
  3. Sunscreen. Vital. Don’t leave your abode without it… Apply, apply, apply – keeping applying and reapplying.
  4. Sunglasses to protect your eye sockets and balls (slightly graphic and anatomical with my choice of terminology but there you go).
  5. Umbrellas. Believe it or not, umbrellas were used to shelter people from the sun before they were used to shield us from the rain…
  6. BB creams and soft moisturises instead of thick ones and full makeup. It’s inevitable that we will sweat – so nobody wants blocked pores and melting makeup. Stay moisturised or risk skin chapping/chafing and whatnot…

Miscellaneous things:

  1. Shower. I mean, it doesn’t take much does it? Water + your body + some shower gel = hygiene and keeping the people around you happy (and their nasal passages & sense of smell in tact). Lovely.
  2. Don’t complain. I don’t know if you know this but we do not have the luxury of round the clock and all year round sunshine.,, Yes, it’s hot but it won’t last so – don’t complain. Relish in it and embrace it!
  3. Go out to outdoor pools, the beach, BBQs… Honestly, life is too short. Do fun stuff, go out to funfairs, theme parks, town shows, festivals etc.
  4. Take regular breaks at work (when possible) to enjoy the sunshine.
  5. It doesn’t matter how, but just – get some of that Vitamin D. The right amount of it and when done safely (using sun protection), it can prove very beneficial for your mood, your skin, your hair and overall health and wellbeing.

Have I missed anything? I’m sure I have, so get in touch via the solar panelled comments section on my page and we’ll make some photosynthesis worthy communication.

femfresh

Ladies, I want to discuss something with you that might cringe you the heck out. However, it’s something that needs to be discussed: feminine hygiene.

I have been using femfresh for so long and I can honestly say it’s the best female cleansing product on the market. I’ve got everything – the wipes, spray and wash/cleanser.

We know that most girls have hundreds of lotions and potions to care for the different areas of their bodies, but what about their intimate skin?

Often this very special skin gets overlooked, using either an everyday body wash, which can in fact strip the very sensitive skin of it’s natural defences, or water which is great, but some of us girls prefer to feel a little extra love when it comes to the most intimate skin.

femfresh has been specially designed to care for the unique pH of your intimate skin, because it’s different to the rest of your body. All of our products are also gynaecologically and dermatologically tested so they’re safe and gentle on this sensitive skin.

If you’d like to join the millions of women who care for down there, look no further.

Do you know how important it is to stay sanitary and hygienic – especially “down there”? The lack of hygiene/sanitariness will without a doubt lead to infection (if not careful). So, one piece of advice: ‘keep clean and look after your nethers’.

Also, don’t be one of those who only does it because they have a boyfriend/partner/husband; do it for yourself! 

Honestly, you’d be surprised the amount of times I’ve heard people say they go that extra mile in cleanliness and hygiene just ’cause they’ve got someone. What? Stay clean – whether you’re single or not – focusing mostly on the areas that matter most.

If you’ve visited femfresh’s website or looked them up,  you’d know that femfresh’s products are “specially formulated to care for intimate skin”. Their products are specifically designed to give it that extra clean and/or “pampering” feeling.

Look, I’m going to be honest, unlike the lady in the video,  I don’t see Femfresh as being a pampering product – it’s just something that I clean with. I’m not crazy enough to treat it to masks. As far as I’m concerned, just stay hygienic. Don’t start buying masks, moisturisers/toners etc. That’s just weird!

Look, cleaning with water is fine, but does it get rid of the bacteria? No. Yes, there are shower gels and stuff but they’re too harsh on sensitive/intimate areas. Also, if you read up on it, you’ll notice that shower gels/washes (that are not formulated for those areas) have been proven to be too strong – with some even leaving a burning sensation… Femfresh isn’t like that, it’s cooling and cleanses really well. The scent isn’t anything spectacular, it just smells fresh and/or clean, like it should.

DrSalts+

Have you ever felt like flying to Nepal to climb and/or swim in the Himalayas but then thought: ‘you know what, I could just run to Superdrug to pick up some Himalayan Bath Salts…’? Yes, so have I.

I’ve got a friend in Nepal so I’d love to go, but when money is an object and my job is the object of my affection, it’s a no can do situation.

In other news, remember ‘Salt Bae‘? Well, he’s only gone and went to Uni and got a degree and is now DrSalts+ Bae…*

*debatable

Before I get further into this review, here are some facts about Himalayan salts (bath ones in particular) and why you need them in your rooms of the bathing variety….

Himalayan salts are found deep within the rivers and valleys of the Himalayan Mountains. They were formed 250 million years ago from ancient unpolluted seas and are considered to be some of the most pure salts in the world.

Himalayan salts contain upwards of 84 minerals and trace elements, almost identical to those in our body – it is easy to see why bathing in high quality Himalayan salts could replenish the minerals which are critical to maintaining a healthy body, especially the skin and muscles.

I can reveal that I’m thoroughly impressed with these, I use them and have noticed a difference. They’re very helpful after a workout

They help to relax my muscles, and this blog is my oyster. When you get it, you’ll get it… When you won’t, you’ll never get it.

The colour of these salts are beautiful pink/coral. Wow. The affordability of these salts are also wow. The packaging gets another wow.

I love DrSalts+ Himalayan because it’s full of minerals including sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. These salts are made for your next bath, especially because of their list of benefits:

  • Stimulate circulation
  •  Detoxify and hydrate the skin
  • Increase moisture retention
  • Help to promote cellular regeneration and can help to heal dry, irritated skin
  • Help reduce inflammation of the muscles and joints, relax muscles and can
  • therefore help to relieve pain and soreness
  • Reduce stress and promote a better night’s sleep

Here is one thing I find extremely strange: salt when consumed by my person makes me inflate but when washed in by my person it’s somewhat detoxifying. Hmm…

To conclude, I want to liken them to FROSTIES ’cause they’re “GREAAAAT!”

Glossybox

I wasn’t going to blog about GLOSSYBOX because I wasn’t a fan of much… However, I’ve since changed my mind because some of them actually that bad. They might be useless for me, but they might be useful for you.

Merci Handy

Let’s start with the hand sanitiser. I need this when travelling on TfL. Trust me, I catch germs like Ash does Pokémon. So, it’s got to stop!

Merci Handy helps to a degree… It’s French, is rose gold in colour and seems pretty good? I’m not a hand gel connoisseur, I haven’t got any idea about how good it actually is…

As far as I know, it has one job, to kill the bacteria but keep it on our hands – until we can get to sink. That’s it. Oh, and it smells like perfumed alcohol.

Merci for reading.

Rodial Glamolash XXL

Yeah, okay, I’m going to say it – I wasn’t expecting much from this mascara…

Aside from the fact I’m very picky when it comes to mascaras, I have worn Rodial before, in the form of a foundation, and it didn’t agree with me.

I’ve got to say that I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this… I was even reluctant to try it. Boy was I wrong. It’s lovely. Again, I’m not saying it’s the best I’ve ever used, I’m just saying it’s good.

It contains beeswax which helps with the conditioning of our lashes, carnauba wax which evens and fans them out and soluable collagen which works to provide full volume and body to them.

It’s a nice little sample, but I doubt I’ll be buying again…

The wand is nice and thin, just how I like it. I’d say it’s good for long lashed girls like myself, and even better for those with shorter lashes I’d suspect.

The most important thing about mascaras (for me) has to be the deep, dark colour. Rodial’s Glamolash XXL provides just that.

Models Co. Contour Stick

This one felt like I was applying Crayola on my cheekbones. Nah, it isn’t for me… I don’t do drawing on cheekbones, never have and won’t be starting anytime soon.

I’m sure it’s a great little tool for artists (of the makeup variety), but I can’t even draw a wing of eyeliner. I have no hope trying to draw contour.

Sorry, if we were on Family Fortunes you’d be hearing the BUZZER.

Also, while I’m here – GLOSSYBOX, the colour you gave me was horrendous… It was brown, sparkly, and I looked like I’d smeared glittery shit on my face. Nah, soz. I ain’t ’bout that life.

Elgon Deliwash Haircare Cleansing Conditioner Co-Wash

Oh! This one has to be my favourite of all of the Glossybox samples I received! Let’s face it, two out of four were abysmal, and another was a hand sanitiser, so… I mean, come on!

This smells lush, makes my hair feel soft and look shinier.

Mind you, I’ve just dyed my hair with L’Oréal’s Casting Creme Gloss (with Royal Jelly), if my hair gets any shinier, people’ll think it’s Rudolph’s nose a few months late (or early).

Yeah, I’d probably invest in this. It’s a definite maybe.

Again, like everything else in this month’s box, I wasn’t expecting much from this… However, it pleasantly surprised me. Well done, GLOSSYBOX.

SportFX Brow Pencil

I gave this one to my mum. I do not need it, one bit… My eyebrows are thick and black as it is… If I was to use this on top of them, I’d look like the night sky.

Another thing, I have experience of drawing my eyebrows (and lips) in with a pencil, the end result wasn’t pretty…. I looked like what would happen if Ru Paul’s Drag Race and a clown procreated.

My mum might be pleased with it though because her eyebrows aren’t as dark as mine, and she might actually know how to use it professionally. I’ll ask her and get back to you.

Final note: if it’s got Sport in the title, give it to the likes of Usain Bolt or Mo Farah, they’ll put it to good use.

To conclude, the best things about this box was the mascara and the conditioner. The hand sanitiser? Are you serious? You want me to get excited over that? It’s good but come on… Don’t even get me started on that Crayola Glitter shit thing! The brow pencil I’m indifferent on ’cause I never used it (and won’t).

This is chock-a-block with delicious butters and oils to leave your skin looking plumped up, gorgeous, and smelling of roses. Take this into the shower or bath, massage over wet skin and rinse off just as you would a hair conditioner. We’ve used deeply nourishing argan oil, which is thought to have anti-ageing properties as it’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and added brazil nut and almond oils as well as cocoa, shea and cupuaçu butters to leave your skin supple and radiant.

Ro's Argan

Ro, ro, ro your boat gently down to LUSH… Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily buy absolutely every batch of this!

Do you wake up in the morning wanting to feel like how P Diddy would feel if he was a member of the finest species of the aquatics? Word on the street is that you do… That’s why you need to get your mind, body and soul some of this.

Ro’s Argan body conditioner – or as my brother might call it “Ro’s Orang-utan body conditioner”… Don’t ask. Seriously, I tried asking a while back and it didn’t go down too well, nor get answered.

To me, it smells like cinnamon. If you smell it and can’t sense the hint, I’ve obviously been sticking my nose in the wrong place.

I bathe in Ro’s Argan as you would shower gel.

It’s basically conditioner – but for the body… I know what you’re thinking, “NO SH*T THREE AND A HALF SHERLOCKS!”

But, seriously, it’s great if you use this in shower while shaving because I assume they hairs’ll grow back finer. I wax mine, so I can’t comment. However, I’ve heard shaving with hair conditioner softens the growth, so I’m guessing it’s the same with this.

I don’t have anything to say other than dolphins are the be all and end all of the aquatics. If you can find me someone who doesn’t like dolphins, I’ll show you someone who shouldn’t exist in society. Harsh, but fair.