Scrub Love Body Scrubs Review

Scrub Love exploded onto the market recently and their cute packaging, 100% natural formulas and super interesting range caught my eye immediately. I’ve tried three ‘flavours’ so far, and am absolutely obsessed, so here are my thoughts!

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(Coconut Mango is the brown one on top, Original Coffee is at the bottom right and Avocado and Aloe is bottom left)

Avocado & Aloe Vera with Activated Charcoal Body Scrub – £13.95

This scrub was the first one I tried, and it was unlike anything I’d used before. It’s a completely dry powder, and when you apply it to wet skin, the charcoal powder and aloe vera juice turn into a grey paste while the coconut shell fragments deeply exfoliate the skin. I think this has got to be the most effective scrub I’ve ever used, it leaves my skin absolutely, perfectly soft and when I follow it up with a luxurious body oil…I’ve never felt anything as smooth in my life! You need to use a shower gel to get rid of the charcoal, and it doesn’t smell good in the packet, but I’m not remotely put off by either of those things because it’s SO effective. I have read some reviews of this product where people are absolutely horrified by the fact that it leaves charcoal residue on the skin, but it comes of so easily with shower gel, it’s really not an issue. I would say you don’t need to use it more once every couple of weeks because it works so well, so it’s also amazing value for money!

Original Coffee Body Scrub – £11.95

This one is totally different to the charcoal one, and uses coffee grounds and rock salt to exfoliate the skin. It is much wetter, and contains almond and orange oils to make it much more nourishing than the charcoal one – I would recommend this one for people who’s skin can get a little dry or delicate, anyone under 18 or people with sensitive skin. The smell is so strange – a combination of weak coffee and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, which isn’t unpleasant, but it definitely a bit weird. I really enjoy using this, but I love a deep, deep scrub so if I had to pick I would go for the charcoal one.

Coconut Mango Body Scrub – £12.95

Again, this one is completely different to the others. Formulated for drier skin, it’s super nourishing and rich in coconut and macadamia oils. There’s also mango fruit powder which gives it the most glorious scent EVER, and to exfoliate there’s a bit of coconut shell, coconut flour and coconut sugar. This is a really gentle, gorgeous product and I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone, but especially to people with dry or sensitive skin types.

I adore all three of these scrubs but for different reasons, and also for different uses; I’ve actually started to use the Charcoal one for my legs, feet and arms, the Coconut Mango for the softer skin of my torso, and the Coffee as an all rounder to travel with. I would recommend them all, and can’t wait to try more from this gorgeous range! You can see the full range on their website, here.

 

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Sonic Chic Electric Travel Toothbrush Review

I’ve been an electric toothbrush user for ever. I’ve had periods of time where I’ve used normal toothbrushes, but nothing has ever made my teeth feel clean like an electric. However, I really struggle to cart my enormous everyday one around when I travel, and it’s SO annoying to find somewhere to put the heads. I always end up putting them in a plastic sandwich bag that is disgusting by the end of my trip (I’m super obsessive about germs so I can’t just put it in my washbag!) – this means that if I’m going somewhere for a long time, I bring a normal toothbrush and HELLO FURRY TEETH. Urgh. So when I had the chance to try an electric TRAVEL toothbrush, I jumped at the chance. Say hello to Sonic Chic!

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Sonic Chic’s Electric Toothbrushes are SO pretty, and I love the gold colour of the Deluxe model. It has everything going for it – USB charging, a hygienic ventilated lid, slim lightweight design and serious cleaning  power with up to 32k strokes per minute.

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I usually use a very heavy duty electric toothbrush which kind of feels like the dirt is being mechanically drilled off my teeth – not the most gentle sensation, so I was surprised by how little this seemed to be vibrating when I first used it. But that’s the beauty of sonic toothbrushes – they leave your teeth perfectly clean without shaking the hell out of your mouth. The Sonic Chic Toothbrush is also much quieter than a normal electric, another thing that makes it perfect for travelling! It has this really cool feature to help you get the most efficient clean as well – the toothbrush automatically turns off after two minutes, but it vibrates at thirty seconds, one minute and one minute thirty to tell you to move onto another quadrant of your mouth, making sure you don’t get distracted and spend five minutes scrubbing your left molars.

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The Sonic Chic Deluxe Travel Toothbrush is small enough to fit into even my most compact wash bag, and everything about it is innovative, well designed and incredibly effective at what it does! I am SO happy to have one, and a few stints in hotel rooms recently, I have found it to be absolutely perfect for the job. Get it from Look Fantastic for £29.99

 

Would I buy this if I hadn’t been gifted it? Oh my god, yes! If I had known toothbrushes like this existed, I would have been first in line to get one, it is amazing. 

Korean Skincare Review: It’s Skin Self Care Foot Peeling

Recently I indulged my curiosity and paid (literally, haha) a visit to YesStyle.co.uk, a wonderful website where you can buy all kinds of beauty products. They’re mainly Asian ones from Korea and Japan, but I think the focus is just generally brands that are popular in these places, as brands like Clarins and Olay are on there too. Well, whatever their raison d’être, they’re amazing, and you get free shipping to the UK when you spend over £20. I would have been harder pressed to spend under £20!

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Here are my purchases – I cannot wait to tell you about the other two. But first, the foot peel. This thing. I mean, whatever crazy magic is in that box I don’t know, I really have no idea what it’s made out of that gives it the ability to do what it does. All I can say it that it is INCREDIBLE. Get yourself over to YesStyle.co.uk immediately and buy one. I can barely even think straight I’m so impressed.

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It’s unlike any other product I’ve ever used, because for the first few days (for me it was a week) NOTHING HAPPENS. Your feet look exactly the same. Then, all of a sudden, you’re shedding skin like a snake. I’ve seen photos of some people literally loose the dead skin in one go when using this. For me it flaked off instead, but still its incredible how much softer and smoother my feet are. They’re still flaking, but I couldn’t wait any longer to talk about it! It’s so weird, fun, disgusting and fascinating.

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The first thing you notice is how ludicrously adorable this is. I’m not sure how they got that baby to do that with its feet, but whatever. South Korea really knows what its doing, with its skincare and packaging, I’m telling you. They also really like to have special lightweight travel strollers for their babies, they often customize them themselves with art made at home.

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The only other thing in the box are these booties. I mean, its ridiculous, this whole process was a delight from start to finish. I get to wear BOOTIES for an hour and a half?! It’s Skin, I love you.

So, you put a bootie on…

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They have an absorbent paper lining which helps to hold the liquid onto your feet, and to stop it sloshing out. They also have ties which you do up after pouring the liquid in, so they don’t fall off if you have to walk about.

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I offer no apology for the sorry state of my leg/foot in this photo. Frankly, I’m about to link you to a picture of my peeling sole, so consider this your preparation. Anyway…you pour the liquid in, using one foot shaped sachet for each foot (funnily enough). I didn’t open them very well so the liquid spurted out a bit, but because I wasn’t 100% sure what it was made out of I didn’t want to use my scissors! That was probably silly, as I think its mainly fruit acids…so use scissors if you want.

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So there you are! That’s it for the next hour and a half. I settled in for three quarters of Pacific Rim, some Rosehip Tea and a bit of chocolate. If you’re super organised you could even do a face mask. I was wary of walking around in the booties, but actually if you tread carefully they’re surprisingly resilient – no leaks at all. When the hour and a half is up, you rinse your feet in warm water, pat dry, and leave them alone.

You can expect the peeling to happen anywhere between four days and two weeks, and when it starts just be aware that you either have to have understanding housemates or wear socks ALL the time. It’d be like a gross version of Hansel and Gretal otherwise. One other tip I’ll  give you DO NOT pull at any of your peeling skin. If you see something you think is a half-flake, and pull it, you’ll find that the bit that’s still attached is literally still part of your skin. Ouch.

Want to see my feet two weeks after I used it? HERE YOU GO! That was about halfway through the peeling – they’re very soft now although lots of bits are still coming off and some more bits are just starting as well.

I am besotted with this product, and its only £8.90 from YesStyle.co.uk! Give it a try, I’d love to know if you enjoy your gross foot peeling as much as I did.