No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser – A Liz Earle Dupe?

No.7 Hot Cloth Cleanser


As my favourite Liz Earle Cleanser ran out, I was ready to hotfoot it to Boots and repurchase this creamy, dreamy face fixer. Then I walked in to three brown envelopes asking me for various amounts of money for non-essential things like ‘water’ and ‘electricity’. I had a rethink and scoured some of my favourite blogs for an alternative.



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Spring? In Scotland? Surely not.

Fine. I’ll come. But I’m bringing a coat.


Spring in Scotland is one of those things that people mention as if it is some ancient folklore. It happened once, but you missed it. Those were the days.

As the rest of the country (London) gets their shins out at the first sightings of sunshine this year and necking limited edition summer blend cider, North of the border we’re still buttoning up our long suffering winter coats and wearing two pairs of socks. On the plus side, we’re burning more calories trying not to get hypothermia. So stick that in your Bulmers.

When Spring does eventually drag itself northwards, like a sullen teenager to school,don’t be caught out by the ‘It’s really warm when the suns out’ mentality. They’re lying to you.


I’m determined to get in to some boyfriend jeans this year, even with my ‘anti fashion’ body which is more cuddly than catwalk. First on my hit list to try on, have a hissy fit and cry over are Rag and Bone The Dre Boyfriend fit jeans at Revolve £120. Balancing out a more rotund posterior couldn’t be easier by balancing a baggy jean with some strappies from River Island £45. They will give the illusion of delicate breakable ankles, leading in to lithe, lean legs underneath all that denim. No one need ever know I could probably start for the England in the Rugby with my thunderous thighs.

You can’t go wrong with a good grey jersey and this Mango number is a steal at £17.99.  A good bracelet watch with a summery update from everyone’s favourite; Michael Kors at Watch Shop £173. The peach face goes beautifully with the Bobbi Brown limited edition Bare Peach High Shine Lipgloss from the Peach Nudes summer collection, John Lewis £18.  Add an impractical clutch from Zara with beautiful bead work. Which looks ludicrously more expensive than the £39.99 price tag. Get a friend/relative/boyfriend or hire someone to carry the rest of your stuff and travel light.


Top it all off with a loose but practical coat. Let’s be realistic here. This throw on notch neck number from Topshop, £75, is light enough not to make you look like a miserable sun dodger, but will keep you toasty when the dreaded shade rolls and you freeze your tatas off.

French women don’t get norovirus…


The Bible

Notes from quarantine.


Super ill so I thought I would crack out some of my favourite products which hail all the way from France, minus Champagne. When it comes to skin care, the French really have it down. Owing to the typically effortless French style and barely there make-up, this begins with perfect, glowing skin. My pale, sometimes spotty, sometimes dry Geordie pallor just won’t do. French brands are also often catered for sensitive skin, so they really get the job done without taking half your face off. Here are some products I have picked up along the way.

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Today in my Blend Active

Blend Active

I thought I would make this a week long segment, given that I love this product so much. See the original review here.

I have also decided to try out Aloe Vera Juice from Holland and Barrett  after learning of its digestive properties. Amongst other benefits, such as detox, boosting your immune system, anti-inflammation, healthy skin, weight loss etc, Aloe Vera juice claims to ‘increase protein absorption and improve bowel regularity. It can also reduce the quantity of unfriendly yeast and bacteria found in our gut. It can also soothe and reduce digestive problems such as heartburnNew Health Guide. Now I LOVE a digestive problem, so as soon as there is a new dietary supplement which promises to relieve this situation, I am all over it. Note: Coconut oil also makes similar assertions about its own digestive properties. In for a penny, in for a pound, I threw them both in a prayed to the bloating gods for a good day.
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Today in my Blend Active…

Gym and Juice

I have lost lot of things in the last few weeks, some replaceable, some not. Thankfully, the loss of a blender has resulted in possibly the most fulfilling relationship I have had with an electrical appliance to date. However, due my recent plunge into singledom, we will see how long this electric good stays at the top of my list, but, right now, I am loving my Breville Blend Active.

blend active

I am a diet and exercise obsessed freak. If I hear or read about a new superfood, I guarantee I am next in line to snap it up. Wheatgrass? Yes. Baobab  Certainly. Powdered ankle bone of a Zimbabwean witch doctor? Shut up and take my money!  If there are food stuffs to be blended to a pulp,  which promise health, vitality and ultimately a skinnier me,  I am ready to try it. Especially given that some of my more eccentric diet habits are on the unpalatable side. Have you ever tried to shot an egg white?

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Sale Picks

Sale dos and don’ts

January Sales can be a beacon of hope in an otherwise bleak month of bills, blues and bloat. You’re fat and sad after Christmas and you want a pick me up, I get it. However, the post mince pie depression can see some sale shoppers careering in to a bad decision akin to break-up backlash. What could be a handy, purse friendly, wardrobe revival, suddenly turns in to an Ebay sale waiting to happen. Stop. Put down the stone wash denim jacket and leave the 90’s where they belong. In 2013 and all over Miley Cyrus. Follow these do’s and don’ts and you’ll breeze through the January Sales without injury. Except from bargain hunter elbows, broke b*tches be vicious.

My Sale Favourites

My Sale Favourites

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New Years Eve

New Years Eve

There is something quite special about this night. Christmas has passed in a haze of joviality, disagreements and Advocaat. NYE is the beacon on the horizon during the ‘WHAT DAY?’ moments after Boxing Day. It is time to squeeze in to another outfit, look hopefully in to the New Year and make promises to yourself that you won’t keep. A good New Year look is essential. It has to say ‘this year I was hot, but get out of my well-heeled way for what is to come’.

I shall be mourning 2013 as one of those years that was both immensely difficult, (Linguistics postgrad) and elevating (The birth of my first child, the Cat). I am ludicrously excited for, and terrified of 2014. I have a great many resolutions (avoid bread, be nicer, read more, take pictures) mostly I would like to be happy, and do it all in a killer pair of heels.



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