Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil Review

Monday, 24 July 2017

I’d be lying if I said the idea of using an oil to remove my makeup doesn’t make me recoil in horror. All I can think when it comes to oil is clogged pores, major spots and greasy looking skin. Even eating food that’s a little too oily immediately puts the idea of clogged pores into my mind so how could an oil based makeup remover and I ever get on?

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

The Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil ended up in my possession - despite the mental images of little monsters living on my skin - all because it was new and had £3 off its full price; yes people, I really am that easy. I usually like Simple products and have gone back to them again and again so I wasn’t as nervous about trying the Simple cleansing oil as I would have been if it was a different brand.

Simple promise their Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil will dissolve your makeup and leave your skin feeling and looking hydrated. The oil contains vitamins A and E as well as grapeseed oil which all help fight the ageing process. Grapeseed oil also doesn’t clog pores so there’s some reassurance for the worrier that I am. To use the cleansing oil, you just apply a few drops to clean, dry hands and then apply gently to your face before washing off with water. It’s an extremely quick and straightforward process.

My first use of the Simple cleansing oil didn’t leave me all that excited. It smeared my eye makeup all over my face but didn’t really dissolve it and my foundation was still visible. I immediately used a micellar water to get rid of the remaining makeup and vowed to try the cleansing oil again. My second use (and every use since) was a lot more successful.

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil

My impatience had gotten the better of me during the first time and, as a result, I hadn’t massaged the oil in properly. The first initial 30 seconds of the oil being on your skin smears your makeup worse than a drunken night out will but so long as you continue to gently rub your oily hands over your skin, your makeup will dissolve and your skin will be product free. Your skin will be extremely shiny and greasy looking afterwards but splashing a bit of warm water onto your unsuspecting face will quickly resolve that.

I can’t fault this cleansing oil when it comes to removing my makeup but I do find it doesn’t leave my skin feeling hydrated like Simple claim it will. I always use a moisturiser after washing the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil off as it tends to leave my skin feeling a little tight. I can live with Simple not quite delivering on one promise though since the product doesn’t seem to be clogging my pores nor is it making my skin any oilier than usual.

The Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil is on the pricier side when it comes to Simple products in general (£8 in Tesco but £6 in Superdrug) however, the bottle is 125ml and you only require 4-5 drops to remove your makeup so it should last for a long time. It’s very travel-friendly and eliminates the need for a bulky micellar water bottle and cotton pads. The only real downside to this product l is Simple is owned by Unilever who are a little shady when it comes to answering the “do you test on animals” question. If it wasn’t for the fact I’m now making the conscious effort to go cruelty-free, the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Cleansing Oil would immediately be added to my repeat purchase list.

The Ideal Beach Body

Friday, 14 July 2017

They say the best way to get a beach body is to take your body to the beach but what if you do have a beach body goal? Are you an asshole for thinking you need to look a certain way before stripping down to your swimsuit or is wanting to feel confident before showing some skin perfectly acceptable?

I’ve always had an image of the perfect beach body for myself. I want a toned stomach, toned legs and toned arms and I’ve worked on and off over the last year to achieve such a thing. The last time I was seen naked in public (woohoo for public changing rooms, not!) was November last year and I wasn’t overly happy with some of my limbs. The muscles in my legs had diminished due to not being able to run for 2 months and my stomach wasn’t the way I wanted it to be either. I didn’t feel bad about my body but I wasn’t 100% happy with the way it looked.

It’s taken me a long time to finally start accepting my body for what it is. I started puberty at the delightful age of 10 years old and, while I had the pleasure of growing body hair in places I rather it didn’t, my breasts forgot to make an appearance until my late teens. Sure they were there but I was all too aware of how small they were. Fortunately, I’ve always had, if I say so myself, a nice peachy bum and that always seemed to be the thing the guys I’ve been interested in have gone for. As much as I hate tying my own self-worth to men, it’s nice to know a part of your body you love is also admired by the males you’re dating.

I think it was really obvious that I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin as a teenager. While everyone else walked around in shorts and t-shirts during the Scottish summer, I sweated it out in skinny jeans and a hoody. It didn’t matter how hot I got, I would not show any more skin than needed. Even family holidays would have me covering up as much as possible. We rented villas with a private pool and I would always wear a top over my bikini under the false pretence that I was trying to avoid getting my shoulders sunburnt. I wouldn’t even sunbathe, I’d float around in the pool or I’d sit inside and read a book just to avoid being seen in a swimsuit.

Looking back, I really don’t know what I was bothered about. I never heard anything bad about my body (if anyone did say anything it definitely wasn’t to my face) and only ever received compliments from the guys who were allowed to see me without clothing. Thinking about all of those missed opportunities to wear shorts and all of the sweat I lost to skinny jeans in 23-degree heat makes me laugh. I can’t understand why I was so bothered by my body as a teenager but I understand why I have little niggles now; the self-conscious nature I had back then is still ever so slightly embedded in my brain.

I’m now fairly happy with my body but things could always be better. I don’t want to see the little jiggle my thighs do when I’m wearing shorts so I’m going to tone them up, I want my arms to have a bit of definition so I’m sorting that out, I want my stomach to remain flat at all times so I’m targeting that area. I’m not going to go full throttle, I don’t want to have a six pack or huge muscles but I just want to be able to walk around in a bikini and not feel like hiding in the water.

So yes people of the internet, I do have an ideal beach body and that is absolutely fine. You may be able to put your swimsuit on and prance around on the beach without a care in the world but I don’t have that luxury yet. I’ve got to work to get to that stage and I’m slowly but surely getting there.
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