I’ve been a dedicated user of neutrogena for several years now (nothing on this earth feels as refreshing when you have a hangover than their facial scrubs.. so minty!), but a few weeks ago there was a special anniversary offer on the Liz Earle cleanse & polish ‘kit’ on their website. I’ve seen the product featured in a tonne of magazines before now but never really thought to go and get some. So when I saw it at the special price of just £9.50 I figured it was time to give it a go!
So the cleanse & polish is a two step process. The cleanser comes supplied with a couple of muslin cloths, so whilst the cleanser itself is nice and creamy with no exfoliatiants, the muslin cloth does the job of gently removing dead skin (niiiice). The first step simply involves massaging some of the cleanser onto your dry skin, you can even use this on your eyes (great for mascara!). Then, with the muslin cloth you wipe it all away. Because the cloths are white you can really see the grime it removes, too! Kinda gross, but really satisfying.
This is gentle enough to use twice daily, every day, and so far I’ve been really (REALLY!) impressed with the results. I seem to have a much more even skin tone, and even in this horribly muggy weather my pores are better than usual. Neato!
I was also super impressed with the service from the website, not only did the parcel arrive pretty much the next day, but it also came with a free 30ml tube of the cleanser and an extra set of muslin cloths. The regular price of the 100ml pump tube is £13.50, so not exactly breaking the bank, and I think that it’ll last a good couple of months. You can get it in a variety of sizes, from the small 30ml to a even large 200ml pump.
Now I’m just trying to figure out which Liz Earle product I should buy next!
Our long hair kitty, Pumpkin, suffers from super gross hair-balls. We’re pretty regularly greeted with a giant hair vomit on the kitchen floor. Nice. We’ve been trying all we can lately to control these hair-balls, from daily brushing to anti-hair-ball paste and defurrrum treats.
Nothing seems able to control the onslaught of excess hair that ends up being deposited in the most lovely way. We’ve also had a problem with all the excess hair that doesn’t get ingested simply collecting around our house, huge hair creatures seem to be lurking under our sofa.
I kinda got to the end of my tether the other lunch time when I found a cat hair in my lunch. I wasn’t even at home. After facebooking about this disgusting discovery I was pointed in the way of the Furminator.
At £20 for the cat version it seems a pretty pricey investment, but I managed to find one a little cheaper on the amazon marketplace and snapped it up instantly. I’d already checked out the website and seen some of the videos that show the excessive amount of excess fur this amazing brush seems to remove, but I really thought that was just camera trickery!
When it arrived me and Adam locked ourselves in the kitchen with the two kitties and went to town. I swear to god we could have come out with a third cat, that much hair came off! The furminator targets the loose hair in the undercoat, which most brushes don’t tackle very well. With both our cats having relatively thick hair and undercoats, the amount removed was astounding. Really glad we did it in the kitchen where we could vac it off the floor easier, you kinda get a hair flurry with each stroke.
The brush itself is quite sharp and heavy, and to begin with I think they didn’t really enjoy it very much, but since we’ve used it a few times on them they’re really loving it. The first time we brushed Pumpkin with it, I think we removed the equivalent of 4 hair-balls…. We’re also finding that when we stroke them now much less hair comes off in your hands, great improvement!
I should have taken photos just to show how much hair came off, I even took the furminator to my parents house the next day to use on their cat who also has a thick undercoat and shedding problem… worked wonders, my mum told me to get her one. The photos and videos on the furminator site really aren’t an exaggeration.
You can get one here (check the market place!)
This weekend we made Whoopie Pies from a recipe in last month’s Sainsburys Magazine. Traditionally they’re made from chocolate sponge and aren’t decorated with anything, but the sainsburys recipe suggested icing and sugar balls, so we went with it.
I used a confectioners pipe to make the sponge biscuits more even, but even then it didn’t work out amazingly well when my nozzle fell off. They kinda space out when they start to cook anyway.
The interesting thing about the whoopie pie is the filling, it’s actually a marshmallow cream. I don’t kow if you’ve ever had that stuff called Marshmallow fluff before, in the jar, but it’s kinda like that… mixed with butter. I think next time I might not even include the butter, made it a bit sickly.
The sponge bits taste like the sponge fingers that you put in the bottom of a trifle, really nice and light.
So I haven’t included the recipe because you can just google for a good one, it might even be on the sainsburys website? They were fun to make, though, and I’ll probably have another go with a chocolate version.
ETA: the Sainsburys recipe told me that these only last 6hrs after they’ve been filled and iced?! What the hell?! we had them the next day and didn’t die, so it must be to do with the quality of them degrading (ie they might go soggy).
Here, have some cat photos this Sunday evening…