Thursday, 20 August 2020

Stay-cation Essentials for Summer (Self) Loving ! (review)

Apart from our quick trip around Belgium at the very start of the holidays, we haven't done any travelling during the summer holidays this year. I have been busy giving the whole house a big overhaul, dejunking, recycling, redecorating and reorganising things to within an inch of their life, but I felt in need of some me-time too. With perfect timing, this selection of stay-cation essentials arrived, giving me a chance to pamper myself, alongside the house !

First up was this Glo32 Advanced Whitening System (RRP £10 at Boots), which provides an enamel-safe and peroxide-free way to whiten teeth, as well as apparently promoting healthier gums. Definitely a win-win product, by the sounds of it ! It contains coconut oil and promises effective stain removal in just 20 minutes. Inside the box, you get a Teeth Whitening Stilo and 28 Whitening Strips. The strips are very simple to use - you just press them onto your teeth for 20 minutes before brushing away the excess gel. The Whitening Stilo (surely that should be stylo ?!) can be used in between whitening sessions or as a quick on-the-go fix. Just brush it on your teeth avoiding the gums and leave for 10-20 minutes. Don't eat or drink and just give your mouth a quick rinse with water at the end. I have to say, I was impressed. My teeth did look visibly whiter to me, but I knew I'd been using the kit so I was presumably already convinced. The thing that really impressed me was when a close friend, who had no idea about the review, commented on my very bright and shiny teeth. It's a great product to try out - simple to use, not expensive and perfect for use during these times of pandemic when you might want to avoid non-essential trips to the dentist.

Jolen Creme Bleach (RRP £4.35 - currently on offer at £2.90 - at Boots) promises a fast, gentle and effective way of lightening dark hairs. Now, I will be honest - this is a type of product that I have never used before, so I had no idea what to expect. Inside the box, you get two products - a cream and a powder - which need to be mixed together before use, then smeared on to the treatment area with a little spatula. I decided to try out the dark hairs at the bottom of my legs, as they'd be easy to shave off if it didn't work and the whole area could be hidden with trousers in case it all went wrong ! Well, there were no big dramas. It was a bit tricky to mix together without knocking some on the floor (oops !) and it did tingle a bit on my skin after I applied it, but I had no negative reaction apart from this. Some of the cream flaked off during treatment - I put this down to bad mixing on my part, as I was a first-time user ! - but it did work and left the dark hairs looking blond and, to all intents and purposes, invisible. I wouldn't really use this on my legs, to be honest, as it's too much faffing about, but I could see it being useful for bleaching the annoying hairs above your top lip.

Kids Stuff Crazy Foaming Soap (RRP £1.99 at The Range) made me smile because it's a product that I frequently used to buy when the Madhouse kids were little. They used to love squirting it in their hands, moulding it into balls that they'd throw at each other, squishing it through their hair, using it to make mousse bikinis, ... ! Well, they told me that there was absolutely no way I was taking a photo of them with a bathtime mousse-hican ... but they still played with it in the paddling pool outside and I could hear their giggles and shrieks from all over the house ! It has a gentle, pH balanced, hypoallergenic formula that is kind to young skin. Awww I miss the kids' bathtimes - they were great fun !

Disclosure : I received the products in order to share my honest opinions.

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