Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | secondblonde

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This award-winning cleansing balm is a firm favourite of mine and it’s worth all the hype! If you haven’t indulged in it yet I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Emma Hardie is a leading UK therapist (Emma used to attend to client’s based in MichaelJohn salon Mayfair, my husband used to work there) Her products are all made in England and she is a pioneer in natural healing and skin rejuvenation.

I use this cleansing balm for both morning and night. As you massage in the balm melts turning into a lovely oil that feels amazing on your skin, you only need a pea size as a little goes a long way. It breaks down all makeup including mascara and the smell (you know how much I like smells) well let’s just say it’s amazing! The Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin are so beautiful and calming.

To remove I always use a clean warm damp flannel. The balm comes with a cleansing cloth which is like a microfibre texture and helps remove dirt from pores. My skin is always very clean and hydrated and very soft after using it.

  • Moringa Cleansing Balm is a balanced daily cleanser that thoroughly cleanse deep in the pores, moisturises and calms all skin types
  • Grape Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil rich in essential fatty acids help to plump and soften
  • Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores
  • Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin rejuvenate and revitalise the skin whilst calming the senses
  • Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins
  • Removes all traces of face and eye make-up 

This cleansing balm delivers on every promise, my skin is always nourished, plump and the appearance of my pores have improved and my skin is much calmer.

What I also really like about this product is that it is muli-use it is so pure it doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask if left on the skin for ten minutes, or you can apply a thin layer to clean skin before bed as an overnight treatment. It also works as a spot treatment as the moringa is a natural antibacterial.

I’m looking forward to using the Brilliance Face Oil sample and the other samples I have to try out. I’ve just discovered that she does a candle too if it’a the same signature smell then I want one!

The Konjac Sponge Co-100% Vegetable Fibre Face Sponge | secondblonde

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The Konjac Sponge Co produce 100% biodegradable vegetable fibre sponge’s with a unique net-like structure. This gently massages the skin to stimulate blood flow and cell turnover and removes all traces of dirt and make-up with or without any cleanser. There are different options available depending on your skin type/needs. I’m trying out the Pink Clay enriched one which is best for dry and mature skin.

What is Konjac? Made from Konjac Potato or Konnyaku, first discovered in the Indochinese region that has been used for 1,500 years as a medicinal, food, dieting and beauty product. Naturally alkaline and pH neutral it leaves skin perfectly balanced for radiant skin. Gentle enough for sensitive skins and babies, the pure Konjac Sponges are the ultimate in natural, effective skin care. 

How To Use It Rinse your Konjac Sponge in warm water, squeeze it out and gently cleanse your skin. (when it’s dry it shrinks and feels hard with an uneven surface, when hydrated it expands to a smooth round dome shape that feels soft on your skin) I like using circular movements, the sponge fits nicely into the palm of your hand. You don’t need to use a cleanser but can add a small amount if desired.

After use rinse your sponge well, and allow to dry in an airy place between uses. It has a handy little string loop to hang it up, I hang mine in my shower. It will last for about 3 months and then you need to replace it. You can add it to your garden compost after use.

Summary I really love using this natural sponge, I tend to use it in the mornings when I don’t have any make-up to remove. I use it without cleanser to give my face a nice gentle exfoliation and massage – feels so good. Then I use a cleanser which I remove in my usual way with a warm face flannel. I’m quite sure my skin is looking brighter since using it.

I will definitely re-purchase this sponge and try out some of the other types, in fact my husband tried it and loved it so I’ve got one for him too! Check them out here

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Best Budget Cleanser – L’ORÉAL PARiS AGE PERFECT Cleansing Milk 200ml

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2015/03/img_8708.jpgAge Perfect is designed for mature skin, but don’t let that put you off as it can be used on anyone!

The Promise:
Skin is perfectly cleansed, looks clearer and feels smoother. The milk leaves your skin soft and comfortable and skin looks fresh and revitalised. Helps reduce signs of fatigue and smooths mature skin and hydrates with moisture.

The Science Bit:
Enriched with Vitamin C and Magnesium Age Perfect Cleansing Milk exfoliates, smooths and re-invigorates the skin. Deeply cleanses gently removing impurities such as pollution and makeup without drying the skin. Also contains Shea Butter.

My Verdict:
I’m not a huge fan of “milk” cleansers they remind me of products my mum would use when I was a kid like ponds cold cream (they were all the rage back then) I’ve surprised myself that I quite liked this cleanser. It smells fresh and slightly florally it glides on in one swoosh on a cotton ball and that’s it! No need to rinse off.

It does the job well removing all the impurities, I use a separate eye makeup remover for stubborn mascara or eye liner.

It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh with absolutely no residue or oiliness, my skin feels so comfortable I could apply my moisturiser straight after. I prefer to use a toner as I like the coolness that seems to wake my skin up in the morning! (Even though I now know from Sali Hughes book Pretty Honest that toners aren’t actually doing anything to the skin, they’re just a personal choice and no more than pretty smelling water)

My skin has been quite clear while using this, it definitely feels comfortable and smooth. Does it reduce signs of fatigue? That I’m not sold on however I do overall like this cleanser and the results of it’s performance have matched up to its promise!

Summary:
I’ve really enjoyed using this product and find it to be brilliant considering it’s budget price tag! It’s always on offer too at various drugstores or supermarkets. Currently on offer for a mere £2.99 instead of £4.99 here