Here are a few of my favourite feminist things. They all make me feel fabulous and I wanted to share!
I am on a roll with finishing products, and have just about got to the end of my Super Greens facial scrub. I have been using this for about 9 months and have enjoyed every last scrap of it.
I use this to break up my skincare routine, as I usually use Lush Angels on Bare Skin. This is a more abrasive scrub and I prefer it after exercise or if I had makeup on that day as I feel it is more efficient at cleaning my skin. It does leave my skin a little dry, but this is manageable and I moisturise anyway. I will take the slight dryness for how well it cleans my skin, and I don’t use it everyday anyway.
This smells herbal and rich. The scrub bits are made up from bamboo and jojoba beads so is free of plastic microbeads. It is also a cruelty free product.
I think I am going to try another product before I return to this one. I will keep you updated on whatever I try, but I am open for recommendations.
Are there any cruelty free facial scrubs that you recommend?
This morning I finally finished my Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub from Soap and Glory. It has taken me about a year to get throught the whole tub, but I was only using it occasionally until about 2 weeks ago. The difference in the softness of my skin since I have been using it more regularly is noticeable, and I will continue to use scrubs more frequently.
The scent is lovely and sweet, while not overpowering. I think that it complements all of my other toiletries beautifully.
The scrub itself is quite coarse, with large particles of sea salt especially. It really gets the job done, without being too harsh. I have checked, and Soap and Glory do not use plastic microbeads, this as well as the products being cruelty free makes me really happy to use the scrub.
If I wasn’t trying to use up my backlog of toiletries then I would definitely repurchase this product.
Available from Boots for £8.
So, I am back to this blog after a year away.
The subjects that I write about might change a bit, as I am now preparing to leave university and start work. Looking forward to having you along for the journey.
As part of my March no buy month I have been trying to use some products that I haven’t been using regularly, but still have clogging up my bathroom cupboards.
So, I decided to really treat my hair. I gave my Jasmine and Henna Fluff Ease a go. I only put this on the bottom 3 inches of my hair and tied it up into plaits to sleep overnight with it in. The smell is lovely, you can really smell the jasmine, but it isn’t overpowering.
In the morning I cleaned my roots using Trichomania which has a light coconut fragrance. I like Trichomania because it makes my hair feel really clean without getting dry and making my scalp uncomfortable.
After the top of my hair was clean I rinsed out the ends. To up the luxury of this hair treatment I put a small amount of American Cream through the middle of my hair. This helped to give the middle a bit more attention, but honestly was more to add that strawberry and cream smell into the mix.
My hair smells beautiful, the scents really worked well together. But also it is beautifully shiny and healthy looking. I will definitely try this again.
Last week I spoke about reusable makeup remover pads, and this week I thought I would continue along the same lines and discuss other items that I have invested in and that have saved me money in the long term.
The idea here is quite simple. If you are investing in something that will replace a disposable item, then that overtime will save you money. Also, if that item will allow you to live more frugally, then chances are that will save you some cash in the long run too. I have split this down into some broad categories. Let’s take a look.
I like to buy high quality, sometimes branded clothes whenever I can. I try to pick up my clothes during sales, or online to get the best deals. Better quality clothes will stand up to washing and if you decide you no longer want them they will hold a lot of their value for resale. This gives me the freedom to change my wardrobe at minimal cost, for just a little bit of effort.
When buying clothes I always try them on, and when buying online I check the returns policy. There is no point in having ill fitting clothes that you won’t enjoy wearing and that will end up just filling your wardrobe.
If you are a student, like me, then a lot of clothing shops do student discount, always ask if they will apply student discount on top of sale prices. Some shops, like Jack Wills, for example won’t give you student discount on top of sale prices normally. But their online shop will. You can try an item on in store and then buy it online to get the discount, but be aware of postage costs.
Overall I try to buy clothes that will all work together, as a not so small capsule wardrobe. Honestly, I don’t go clothes shopping all that often. I make the best of what I have and really consider a purchase if I need it.
A lot of what I have just said regarding clothes also applies to shoes. Good shoes can be resoled many times, a simple shoe care kit of some brushes and polish will keep shoes clean and help them to last you for years.
If you are a student and living in Halls, like I was last year, then you are probably going to have to use a laundry to wash your clothes. You can save on the cost of drying them by investing in an airer.
NB: A lot of Halls will say that you aren’t allowed one, but they don’t exactly come around and check. I’d judge it off what everyone else is doing, it’s your decision.
Now I live in a student house and we don’t have a dryer, there is no way that I am trekking down to the laundrette to use one. So I will use my drying rack inside the house during the winter, this is a lot more efficient than putting your clothes directly onto the radiator. Luckily I have a washing line outside, so I will use this during the summer months, and on days when the weather is changeable I will take my dryer in and out with the clothes on it to maximise drying time. There is also something lovely about having fresh dried clothes from outside.
Air drying your clothes is also much better for them in the long run as opposed to tumble drying them, the heat can really damage your clothes. Also this is better for the environment. So a win win.
Airtight containers are a must if you want to pinch the pennies in the kitchen. You can use them to store and freeze any bulk meals you make, help keep foods fresh and are good lunchboxes.
While the takeaway boxes will make do for a short while, if you want a better and more permanent solution, that you aren’t afraid of leaking your lunch over the inside of you bag, then some properly airtight containers are the way to go.
Personally, I like the clip lock style of container. Especially for lunches. I think that these stand the best chance of staying shut when thrown into my bag. In my house we also have a whole load of different size containers that we got from Ikea for £4 for the set. The smaller sizes are good for keeping halves of vegetables fresh, or for taking snacks into uni. The bigger sizes are great for freezing too.
As mentioned in my How I save money as a student post I also have a flask for hot drinks and a water bottle. I won’t go into anymore detail here, but go have a look at the original post.
Flannels and Pads
You guys are all well aware of how much I love my reusable make up remover pads. But I also love having flannels to wash my face with. Simple, but effective. Flannels replace any need I have for face wipes and I can change the soaps or cleansers I use depending on how my skin is. A flexibility that wipes just can’t offer.
Bag for Life
In my bag I always have a bag for life folded up and tucked somewhere out of the way. This is especially money saving now that there is a 5p bag charge in England. This is good for the environment and it makes walking back with heavy items, like milk or fruit a lot more enjoyable. No plasticy straps digging into my hands!
This is hardly an exhaustive list, and I’d like to know what investment items do you swear buy? Let me know in the comments.
One thing that frustrates me is when I use disposable items where a more permanent item would do the same job. I think that the decision to invest in a permanent solution is more environmentally conscious, and will save you money in the long term. This also means that you only have a small amount of reuseable things, rather than many more disposable things, because you aren’t throwing them away after every use.
I use cotton fabric makeup remover pads. I have a mix of soft pads and some slightly rougher ones. These are great to use with makeup remover or micellar water in exactly the same way you would use conventional cotton pads, the only difference being that when you have taken all of your makeup you put these in the laundry rather than the bin.
The rougher pads especially are great for cleaning my face. They work well with my Angels on bare skin cleanser from lush as the rough texture of the fabric works with the exfoliating almond bits in the wash to give my face a really good, but still gentle clean.
I have 9 pads, which works fine for me, even if sometimes I need two to take off particularly heavy makeup. Although I use fewer of these than I would usual make up pads because they hold up better and won’t fall apart when I am using them. If I wore makeup everyday I would invest in more. These get washed at least once a week on a hot wash with my bedding, and if anyone else in the house is doing a white wash then I will sneak a few in then too.
I got mine here. Of course you could make your own.