Thursday, 25 June 2015

REN Hot Cloth Cleanser

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser

REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser*

I had been seeing this product pop up everywhere on social media, so I was ecstatic when I received it to try out! The Rosa Centifolia range is aimed at daily cleansing for all skin types and comprises of gentle but effective products that contain a natural rose extract complex that tones, softens and soothes skin. According to the REN website, the Hot Cloth Cleanser is "A rich two-phase cleanser that purifies, decongests, gently exfoliates and removes all make-up. It leaves skin refreshed, radiant, smoothed and replenished without dryness or tightness."

The product itself is a rich white cream, and massaging it into your skin feels more like putting on a moisturiser than a cleanser! After rubbing it into my skin, I soak a face cloth in hot water, wring it out and then hold the hot cloth against my face for a few moments before gently removing the cleanser. To my pleasant surprise, my skin feels so beautifully clean after using this cleanser, with the bonus of no tightness or dry feeling. (And a hot cloth cleanse is always so nice on a cold winter's evening!) The cleanser does have a distinctive rose scent, and while I'm not the biggest fan of rose scents, I didn't mind this one. I did note that this cleanser did indeed remove all of my makeup (going over my skin with a cotton pad soaked in bioderma micellar water didn't pick up anything expect some leftover mascara, and that's just because I don't like rubbing at my eyes at all).

Overall, I'm really enjoying using this cleanser! REN's products are usually a winner in my book, and this offering is no exception! The ultimate decider: Would I repurchase this product? Yes - I definitely will!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Adventures in Crochet #2

For my very first project, I decided to go with a simple granny square blanket. I decided to do solid-colour blocks, rather than the more conventional multi-colour blocks, but chose a few coordinating shades. I bought all my cotton from Thimbles, Quilt and Knit in Durbanville - I can def recommend them if you live in the area, they have an amazing selection of yarns! The cotton yarn that I chose is Vinnis Colours Nikkim -  a 100% cotton, super-soft yarn that is hand-dyed in Cape Town. The colours I used for the squares were Slate 540, Khaki 571, Sand 578  and Dunes 545, and I'm using Natural 500 for the joining. The border is one round in Natural followed by one round in Slate. I used a 4 mm hook for this project. 

Now that I've finally finished, here are a few snaps of the completed project!