Review: Soap & Glory’s “The Ultimelt” Hot Cloth Cleanser.

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I’ve seriously been slacking with blogging lately, life’s kinda got in the way and there’s truly just not enough hours in the day sometimes.

I’m a sucker for a hot cloth cleanser, so I decided to review The Ultimelt by Soap & Glory. My sister has sworn by this cleanser for years now and it’s definitely her favourite, so I was really excited to give it a go myself.

Available from Boots, this cleanser usually retails for £10, however at the moment is half price at just £5 which is an absolute bargain! Packaging wise, I personally love. All the soap and glory products generally come in really nice packaging so this hot cloth cleanser is no exception and definitely caught my eye on the shelf.

Inside the box, you get the white tube of cleanser, along with a muslin type face cloth, which is a really good quality cloth as well.

The Ultimelt cleanser, is suitable for all skin types and claims to act as a deep purifying hot cloth cleanser with provitamin B5, sweet almond, orange & lavender oils.

My review:

So I’m generally a fan of the Soap & Glory range anyway, so I was really excited to try this hot cloth cleanser. I like hot cloth cleansers because the cream based cleanser really leaves my skin feeling super squeaky clean and refreshed opposed to micellar waters or the dreaded face wipes. We’re all guilty of using both aren’t we?

I absolutely loved the scent from this Ultimelt cleanser, it was strong and resembled something you’d find in a high end beauty salon.

I massaged the cream based cleanser into my face and neck and it felt light weight and non oily which is a huge bonus, as so many of these cream type cleansers can be so incredibly greasy in texture, and if you happen to have an oily skin type, you’ll want to avoid this where you can. I left the cleaner on my face to really absorb for a couple of minutes, before washing it off with the muslin cloth and warm water.

I really loved the feeling of my skin once I had washed this off, it felt clean, soft and super hydrated! I’ll definitely be re-purchasing this again I think and would highly recommend.

Out of 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I hope you enjoyed this review type post. I believe in maintaining a really good skincare routine and I absolutely love trying new things out. My skin is super sensitive so a lot of the time it’s very much a case of trial and error with what will work for my skin type.

Have you tried this cleanser? Are you a Soap & Glory fan too?

Sending love,

Sinéad x

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The skincare game changer

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For the past 5/6 months I’ve suffered really bad with my skin, like never before. I’m almost 29 years of age, so I kinda thought I was past the breakout stage and heading towards clearer skin, but no, that just wasn’t in the plan for me. It got to the point where I had to go to the doctors and got prescribed multiple different things to try. None of which really made much difference (I may do a separate post on that!) – I’m actually in the process of being referred to a dermatologist to get prescribed something a little stronger to really tackle the underlying issues with my skin, so I’m looking forward to that & might document that here, we’ll see.

In the mean time though, I’ve been using various things on my face. It’s been a bit trial and error, my skin type is super sensitive but also quite dry! I tend to react really badly to a lot of cheap products as well so it’s cost me a small fortune in different moisturisers and masks etc!

I’m quite a fan of the body shop, as I’ve spoke about a few times here on the blog. I love the tea tree 3 in 1 facial scrub. Although tea tree can be quite strong, my skin reacts quite well to it and it leaves my face feeling really refreshed and clean.. so I make sure I always have one of those handy for when I want to do a scrub type mask.

Superdrug are pretty good, I’m loving their vitamin e range! Really affordable and perfect for every day use. Vitamin e is again something that is quite gentle on my skin type and works well for me. Every brand has a vitamin e range pretty much, but I’ve found that Superdrug is so cheap and affordable, it does the job, so I haven’t needed to purchase anything in a higher end range. My favourite product from the Superdrug range though, is this leave on moisture mask! It’s my absolute favourite go to. I have one beside my bed and one in my make up bag. I use it as a leave on moisturiser throughout the night and it really hydrates my face and just feels amazing when applied. If you have dry skin like me, this is an instant rescue and a real treat for the skin! It’s only £2.99 and my must have!

Most recently though, for the past 3 days I have been using the Eve Lom cleanser after it was gifted to me at Christmas. It’s super pricy at £55 per 100ml so quite high end in terms of affordability, however, it’s dreamy. I’ve been using it twice a day. Morning and night. I use it as part of a hot cloth cleanse and it honestly leaves my skin feeling super soft, super clean, and just really really nourished as well.

I would absolutely recommend this if you feel like treating yourself. It’s amazing and truly is the game changer. I’ve used lots of other cream based cleansers and nothing really comes close.

As well as cleansing my face twice daily, I’ve cut out fizzy drink (there of course is always the odd exception!) I have gone sugar free as much as I can & I aim to drink around 2 litres of water daily too. I feel like this massively helps in trying to keep your skin healthy. Of course my skin is nowhere near close to how I want it to be, but I feel like I’m taking the right steps to ensure I’m doing all I can do until I meet with a dermatologist! I hear dairy plays a huge part in skin breakouts too, so I’m curious to know whether this has been the case for any of my readers. Have you eliminated dairy and noticed any differences? Let me know.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What skincare products do you swear by? 💗

As always, love

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Lidl Vs Aussie

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We have all heard about the miracle that is AUSSIE haircare products, the sweet almost bubblegum smelling shampoo and conditioner that never fails to leave your hair smooth, silky and smelling gorgeous, but retailing at up to £6 a bottle depending on where you go, wouldn’t it be great to find something almost the same but just cheaper?

Say hello to Cien’s Mega Moisture range exclusive to Lidl. With its packaging almost exactly the same as Aussie – can this 99p a bottle dupe live up to everything that the Australian haircare brand promises if not more? I decided to test them out and share my review with you all here on my blog.

The Shampoo

Okay so texture wise, it’s slightly thinner than Aussie, scent – exactly the same as Aussie, possibly even more bubblegum scented, I couldn’t tell any differences at all regarding the actual shampooing of my hair, it lathered just the same as the Aussie one, and left my hair feeling silky smooth and not heavy or weighed down which I hate.

Overall rating out of 5: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Conditioner

Major disappointment with the conditioner unfortunately, firstly with the scent.. not sure quite what the smell was but it wasn’t sweet and it wasn’t at all resembling Aussie, it actually was a really unpleasant smell and not something I’d want to use on my hair. Texture wise, extremely runny in consistency, where as I always tend to go for a thicker based conditioner that really moisturises my hair, maybe more so like a mask.. this particular conditioner was so thin and watery that I needed to use loads of it to even be able to get a brush to go through it.

Overall rating out of 5: ⭐️ (sorry!) 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life.

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So just browsing through Netflix like I do from time to time.. and CHRIS BROWN comes up! Like what the hell? When? How did I not know about this? A full on documentary, about his life. I didn’t need to give it a second thought, it was getting watched right that second.

Chris Brown is and always has been my favourite male artist, I don’t think there’s any songs of his I don’t like, but I do have my favourites. I remember his early stuff when I was 15/16 years old, and it literally has just got progressively better over time. Over the years I have mentioned his music on twitter and I’d get the odd reply here and there from haters, saying he can’t possibly produce any good music after the whole Rihanna allegations 🙄 but I’ll go into that later..

Obviously I didn’t know anything about this documentary before watching it, I didn’t even know there was a documentary so I had no idea what to expect. It starts with interviews from Chris Browns mother Joyce talking about how Chris was first discovered, which was interesting to me because it’s something I didn’t know. He was 13 years old, and a record label guy came into the gas station his dad was working at, and said he was looking to sign up a new artist. The rest followed. His mum explained how the fame happened quite literally overnight, how she raised Chris as a single mom for many years, how she tried to keep him grounded in the early days when it all took off and how proud she was of him. The documentary shows lots of never seen before footage of Chris as a teenager and when he first got signed. Interviews with him then, and now. Usher was interviewed as well as various other artists including Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, music producers, Tyga and even JLO. It states in the documentary quite early on, that Michael Jackson was thought to be the one who introduced Usher into the music business and Usher then went on to do the same for Chris Brown. Lots of his music was played throughout the documentary too which I loved, some I had forgot about which obviously were added straight back on to my Spotify!

Chris Brown speaks openly about being at the top of his career at such a young age, being 16/17 years old and performing at the VMA’s, the fact he could get whatever he wanted, and how blessed he was to have had the fame and the fortune that came so quickly to him. He also went into detail how that all came crashing down when he was arrested for domestic violence against Rihanna. I was shocked hearing him reveal information that I hadn’t read online or in the media before, it was quite refreshing to hear him explain it in his own words, as in the media, I think we have only really ever heard Rihanna’s side of things, I remember when she did that huge Oprah special and spoke all about what she went through with Chris Brown, so yeah it was nice to hear his version of events. He said how he was 15 when he first met Rihanna, how they were friends for years but always had a “thing” between them, but never made it official until moments before the pair went on stage together for their VMA performance, they were backstage and Chris told Rihanna he wanted to be official and be with her properly. Weeks later they were in a car driving somewhere and Rihanna went through Chris’s messages on his phone and found one that said some girl wanted to meet him at an after party, and she flipped. Chris tried to reassure her it was nothing but Rihanna wasn’t having any of it, and that’s where the two of them got into a physical fight. Chris talks openly and honestly about this, I quite liked the fact he left all the bullshit at the door and held his hands up and admitted what he’d done. It was extremely emotional when you hear him say, in that moment when he punched Rihanna, gave her a split lip and then started biting her, he viewed himself as a monster and all he could see was his step dad, who he had grown up witnessing beat his mother. In his own words, he said this was the one thing he had spent his adult life running from, but later realised he became. During this part of the documentary you hear interviews from family members, Chris Browns lawyer, other musicians and celebrities, and get their perspective on what they thought about the whole Rihanna relationship and domestic violence charges. After this all happened, Chris explains how his life quite literally spiralled out of control, he felt suicidal, worthless and that he was becoming somebody he wasn’t. He talks about his album F.A.M.E that came out not long after his split from Rihanna, and that it stood for “forgiving all my enemies” – again, something I didn’t know until watching the Netflix documentary.

I also got really emotional during the part where he performed a tribute to Michael Jackson 1 year after his death, you see Chris Brown break down on stage and you can see his pain, and that was moving to watch. He talks about checking in to rehab following his charges, but how he was soon asked to leave rehab following false allegations that he began a sexual relationship with a member of staff from the rehab facility, his community service and finally his 3 month prison sentence and how during his time in solidarity confinement he would draw on the walls and read the bible. All of which was facinating to me as I felt like I was getting to know a part of him that I did not know, as a fan of his music for so many years.

After prison, Chris Brown decided to turn his life around and focus on his music, he began a new relationship with Karrueche, but admitted he was still in love with Rihanna and battled between loving two people at the same time. It was around this time, he found out he was a father to a daughter he didn’t know anything about. He explains in the documentary about the first time he met his 9 month old daughter Royalty, and how he knew instantly that she was his, and god had created her for him. It’s very clear to see in the documentary his love for his daughter and that now everything he does is for her. Karrueche left him when she found out that Chris had a child she knew nothing about, and Chris talks about his too.

All I know was that I was utterly gripped throughout watching this on Netflix, and when I’m gripped on something without even checking my phone, that’s when you know its really really good. I had a couple of people tell me not long after I’d watched the documentary that they always saw Chris Brown as a twat after what they heard happened with Rihanna, but do you know what? In my personal opinion, whatever crimes he commits in his personal life, does not define him as a person. To say you don’t like or don’t listen to someone’s music just because they punched someone in their teenage years, however wrong it was, is beyond pathetic I’m afraid. His music, his song writing and his presence when on stage is beyond talented. Chris Brown is the Michael Jackson of our generation, and there quite literally is nobody like him.

If you like his music, you will absolutely love the documentary, and if you don’t really know if you like him or his music, still give it a watch because I think you’ll be extremely surprised, and come away from this Netflix documentary feeling like you now know a little bit about Chris Brown, his life and his career.

I absolutely LOVED it. Now I’m just waiting for him to tour the U.K., because Tazmyn and I will be first in line to get tickets!

12 foods I hate

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Another blog post bought to you by the brains of my wonderful wife.

I love food, I’m an absolute foodie, but I’m fussy too and there’s things I hate.

Tomatoes – not like ketchup or pasta sauce or pizza sauce but like actual whole tomatoes. And I call myself Italian? 🤦🏻‍♀️😳

Mayo

Roast Pork And Roast Lamb

• Tuna – when people go into subway and ask for a 6 inch tuna cheese and toasted, are you feeling okay hun?

Beetroot

Cheese and onion crisps – the smell 😷🤮

Raisins

Bananas

Liquorice

• Duck

• Gherkins

There’s probably like 300 other things I hate as well but these are the mains, so if you ever invite us for dinner, be sure to check here first for cross reference and to avoid awkward “I’m just so full, I had a really big lunch” conversations.

What foods do you hate? I’d love to know 🧡

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My cleaning must haves

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So I’ve done a few posts like this in the past, but never a full list of my cleaning go to’s and must haves. Tazmyn told me to do this post, because my cupboard is literally brimming of products I use on a daily basis so I thought I’d share them with you, for all you clean freaks out there like me! 😇🌿💓

These are my most favourite cleaning items! I’m going to break it down and talk about each item here, including the price and where you can find them too. I’m going to start by saying my favourite shop for cleaning products is without a doubt Wilkos. I genuinely just love Wilkos, I love that they have their own brand of things and everything’s so cheap as well! You can find pretty much everything in there too and it’s just great! Majority of the items in the photo above can be found in Wilkos as well as other stores too!

Okay, so how cute are these baskets? £1 each from Poundland, super cute for every day use, either for cleaning products or whatever you want to put in them! I’ve used the purple basket for cleaning products for upstairs, and the pink one for my anti bac wipes downstairs! I’m sure I’ll find other uses for them too.

My favourite washing up liquid! 60p from Sainsbury’s, this is actually a limited edition one but they’ve stocked it for a while now so maybe it’ll be here for good! I love the smell!

Tumble dryer sheets! Oh my god, these are just the best things ever. I actually used the Lenor summer breeze version of these before but didn’t like the scent very much, but these Wilkos Vanilla & Lavender ones smell amazing and have so many uses. Obviously you can use them in the tumble dryer with your clothes, but I also like to stick a sheet in each cushion cover on my sofa, as well as down the back of the sofa too. We also have a few in between clothes in our chest of drawers and I put some in the book shelf in my lounge too, just for added freshness everywhere! These are priced at £1 so absolute bargain! Love them, and I always have them in the house.

Dishmatic! Don’t we all have one of these in our kitchens? I just purchased my pink one, but I love these, and they’re so handy to have! £1 from Wilkos, but they sell these pretty much everywhere, although I don’t think everywhere does the limited edition pink though!

Duck! Okay, so I’ve tried every single scent in the duck toilet cleaner, and the Mint is definitely my favourite! I am a little obsessed with cleaning my toilets, and do them every single night! There’s nothing nicer then the smell of mint coming from your toilets, god I sound so old! 🤦🏻‍♀️ From Wilkos and Poundstretcher this is £1, some supermarkets vary in price so always get the best bargain where you can!

Bloo foam aroma – I discovered this maybe 3-4 months ago now, and I am obsessed! I’ve tried the citrus fresh version and the ocean scented one too, but this is my fave, Rose & Apple blossom! Again, I use this every single night in my toilets, once I’ve scrubbed them clean, and put my mint Duck toilet cleaner all around the rim of the inside of my toilet, I go ahead and sprinkle a capful of this powder/crystals into the base of my toilet, watching it foam and fizz away is so satisfying! I leave the lid of the toilet open, and honestly the smell just radiates around the house. Who knew a clean smelling toilet could be so great?

The pink stuff! If you’re a cleaning obsessive like me and you’re into your social media, you’ll have seen this stuff raved about everywhere! It really does do what it says on the pot, it is the miracle cleaning paste! It kind of smells like sherbet, and is light pink in texture. You only need a tiny bit of it at a time, and you can literally use it on anything! I use it on my hob, all around my sink, taps and draining board! You don’t need to use it every day but I use it a couple of times a week when you really want to do a deep clean! It’s just amazing, and a tub this size lasts aaaages! This costs 99p and available from Savers.

Ironing water and Fabric Freshener! Absolute must haves. Both from Wilkos, the ironing water is 75p and the fabric freshener £1! Both smell insane, and pretty self explanatory really, can’t ever not have either of these in my house!

1001 spray! My favourite item out of all of my must haves. I get through a bottle every two days, seriously. Hooked on the stuff. So basically this is a spray you can spray all over your carpets, curtains, rugs, sofas, blankets, beds, whatever really! It comes out like snow, and it smells insane. This is my favourite scent and it’s the only one I believe in the range that is pet friendly which is a bonus for me! I use this every single day after I hoover, and it just makes everything smell and feel super fresh. It can be pricy though, I’ve shopped around and the cheapest place I can find this so far is poundstretcher that sells it for £1.50, some supermarkets retail it for up to £3.50! So definitely try to get a bargain where you can on this, especially if you end up using it as much as I do!

Anti bac sprays! So, Method is without a doubt my favourite cleaning brand. I just love it, but it’s pricy. The French lavender scent is my favourite, and sometimes you can find a good deal on it for about £2 in supermarkets, otherwise it tends to be a bit more. I’ve also shown you the Wilkos own brand in the Apple and apricot scent, which is a foam texture and I also really love, this is priced at £1 so much more reasonable. I have so many bottles of anti bac spray in my house, it’s so handy, I must wipe down my kitchen sides at least 100 times a day with this stuff, coffee tables, dining room tables, you name it!

My two absolute favourite washing softeners! The Love for Lace by Oasis, exclusive to Sainsbury’s is just unreal. It smells like perfume and I can’t get enough of the stuff. It’s priced at £2 so really really reasonable. And the new limited edition frosted pine and apple comfort, again smells insane for this time of year too! I picked up mine for £2 in Poundland but I believe poundstretcher have it too for slightly cheaper so stock up as I imagine it will sell out fast! Everyone is loving all things pine at the moment aren’t they?

My MINKY!! 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️😇 if you follow Mrs Hinch on instagram aka the cleaning guru, you will know all too well exactly what this is! The holy grail of the cleaning products. People are literally forming Facebook groups complaining that they can’t get hold of one of these as everywhere has sold out! I got mine a few weeks ago on amazon, it was £2.99 and I’ve not needed to purchase another one since. I use this with the pink stuff to rub the paste into whatever it is I’m giving a good clean, and yeah it’s great! I’ll be honest, I don’t really know why people are crying their selves to sleep at night because they can’t get hold of one though, it’s just a sponge pad in all honesty, and there’s cheaper alternatives out there, they all do the same thing! 💛

This Glade, magical forest limited edition air freshener spray at £1 from Wilkos is my favourite spray at the moment! It smells like Christmas trees, it’s so fresh and I’ve stocked up, I’ve got 5 bottles of the stuff because I’m just a crazy cleaning obsessed woman who goes through these like you wouldn’t believe!

Zoflora! Of course. I’m not going to talk too much about Zoflora because I did do a entire blog post on it and all it’s uses which you can find here – my cupboard is quite literally full of different zofloras but these are two of my faves. And I use them every single day without fail. £1 from any Poundland, supermarket, Wilkos, poundstretcher etc..

Plug ins! We have plug ins at all times in our house, usually lavender or linen fresh, but keeping with the pine theme and as a lover of all these autumnal and Christmassy, this is our new one, it smells like Christmas trees! This was £2 from Wilkos, but be careful as Sainsbury’s are selling the exact same one for £4!

Wax melts! I absolutely love wax melts, and once the house is hoovered and all clean, you want a nice candle or wax melt burning to radiate even more of a lovely smell around the room, so this Vanilla and Tonka Bean wax melt is from Sainsbury’s and was reduced to £1.25 so it would have been rude not to buy it! I usually buy all my wax melts from Instagram independent stores so I’ll keep that for another blog post maybe, but for this price you can’t complain, and it smells lush!

Anti bac wipes! I literally don’t understand why people buy branded names of these that are stupid prices, they all do the same thing at the end of the day in my opinion! These Apple and apricot ones, smell lovely and are priced at 50p per pack at Wilkos. Dirt cheap and so great to have in the house for whenever you need them. I have a pack of these in the upstairs bathroom at all times, a pack in the downstairs toilet at all times, and a few packs in different scents under the kitchen sink too! They do the exact same ones in lemon at Wilkos too for 50p!

Lastly on my cleaning product must haves, is my homemade febreeze spritz! Right so for this, you need a spritz bottle – £1 from Wilkos, your favourite fabric softener and your favourite Zoflora. I’ve used linen fresh recently because combined with this softener it smells insane. So 2 capfuls of softener, 1 capful of Zoflora and the rest of the bottle water. I spritz this absolutely everywhere, sofas, curtains, carpets, bed, towels, etc! Every night before bed I spritz the shit out of everything with this, it’s just so satisfying knowing you’ll wake up to nice, fresh smelling furniture haha 🤣💓 you know you’re gonna go and make one yourself now don’t you? Do it!

So that’s it guys, that’s my cleaning must haves! I hope you enjoyed this post 😘

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Meal Plan For The Week

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Not seen many, if any at all of these type of posts and I know I absolutely love to know what people have for their dinner every night, so I thought I’d share with you our meal plan for the next week 🧡

As I’m writing this post out, it’s late Monday afternoon, we got back from our amazing hotel stay at around lunchtime, shoved a load of washing in the machine, fussed over Gracie for a good half an hour, had some lunch, hoovered the house, unpacked all of our overnight bits, and placed an online shopping order so we can be a bit organised for the week as far as meals are concerned. I personally don’t really like doing online food shops, simply because I’d much rather push a trolley and walk around a supermarket at my own leisure, and doing online orders nearly always comes with some sort of problem, they’ll either be out of stock of something you want and give you a crappy replacement item or something else will be close to its sell by date! Tazmyn though, the super organised of the two of us, thinks of the practicalities of online shopping, and the fact it saves us a lot of money, which is true! So we compromise and do a bit of both. We certainly don’t always meal plan, and we don’t always online shop religiously either. We’re planners but at the same time love popping into M&S spontaneously and picking something out that we fancy, so there no real structured routine for us anyway.

Anyway, this week we have got:

Monday – pasta bake and salad

Tuesday – sausage casserole and crusty bread

Wednesday – Loaded baked potatoes & salad

Thursday – (cooking dinner for mum!) Chilli con carne, rice & tortilla chips

Friday – Chicken Enchiladas

Saturday – Take away

Sunday – off to Bournemouth!

So that’s our meal plan for the next week, ish!

Earlier on today I actually received an email from a restaurant called Wildwood in Bournemouth who after checking my blog out and hearing about our up coming visit to Bournemouth, have invited us for a complementary meal with them, so we’re super excited to try out their yummy food and review them for you all on my blog as well! That’ll be coming early next week 💓 Another incredible opportunity that has come my way, and I am forever thankful!

I hope you guys liked this post, I’d love to know what sort of meals you will be having this week? Do you regularly meal plan? What are your thoughts on online shopping opposed to actual in store, trolley shopping? Let me know your thoughts below! ☺️

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