Konjac and Marshmallow


Products I Love

I have three TOTALLY brilliant products to rave about this week and honestly I am REALLY excited about them.

First off is one I’ve mentioned before – the La Roche-Posay Serozinc spray tonic is amazing and I use it every morning. It’s particularly good for blemish-prone skin and keeps everything under control without drying the skin out. I already have my back-up in place. It’s £8.50 at Boots but there’s a 3-for-2 specialist skin care offer on at the moment so my advice is to snap this up asap!

I picked up a taster bottle of TreacleMoon’s MarshMallow Hearts Bath and Shower Gel at my local Tesco  a while back and just started using it last week. I LOVE this so much – the smell is TOTALLY gorgeous – it’s like wrapping yourself up in all that was wonderful from your childhood and it’s not at all a childish scent either. It also lathers up very well and the  amazing scent lingers on the skin – bliss indeed! I’ve already rushed back and stocked up on a full-size bottle, which I can’t wait to use. It’s £3.00 for 500ml, but Tesco have a 2 for £4 offer on until the end of January so my advice is buy some soon! This is actually a little better than Imperial Leather’s marshmallow shower gel in my opinion though I do love both.

Finally in this section, I must give a HUGE SHOUT-OUT to Mrs Strawberry Blonde who suggested a week or so ago that I should really get myself some of these new Facial Konjac Sponges from Superdrug. Given that, to my knowledge, Mrs SB has never been wrong, I immediately went online and bought three – they’re £1.99 each, but I bought 3 of them with the current 3-for-2 offer. My dears, this product is absolutely MAGICAL for my spot-prone super-sensitive skin and really my face has never looked so good. No, I kid you not! I use mine in the morning and evening – I make the sponge damp and then very gently rub my whole face with it a couple of times with whatever product I’m using. There’s no tingle or irritation, and it thoroughly cleanses my skin without damaging it in any way so I’m a total convert now. The spots which were threatening me before I started using the sponge have gone away, my make-up goes on better and stays on better and my face looks SO CLEAR!! Honestly, I keep glancing in the mirror now to see if it’s still true, and it is. Gosh! Go get yours now! Just remember to rinse the sponge and give it a gentle squeeze to get rid of excess water and then hang it somewhere dry (not in the bathroom!) to dry out. This is definitely my favourite product of 2016 and so cheap too – result!

Products I Don’t Love


The Kiehl’s Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter came as a sample product recently, and I have to say I really loved it the first time I used it. Then when I used it again, it made me feel quite ill and I realised that it actually smelled like rancid milk. Yukk!! Thankfully, it wasn’t too large a sample so I’ve used it up when I definitely wasn’t going anywhere. It costs £30.27 for 226g at Amazon so I’ll be giving it a miss.

I bought the New Dawn Rose Geranium Face & Body Moisturiser a year or so ago when the menopause seriously kicked in and my skin went utterly TERRIBLE in every way. It started off being okay but my skin back then was so desperate that it would probably take anything and feel better, I think. Then I realised the product was just too rich for my face, so I put it away, but lately I’ve been using it up as a hand cream in the bathroom. It’s okay but the scent is a little too strong for me. I’m also not sure if the company make this one any more as – though it’s mentioned on site – I just can’t find it but the site does seem very confusing. Oh well!

The Guinot Hydra Sensitive Face Cream came as a sample and is okay, though Guinot’s not a range I would normally go for. Then again, at £40.75 for 50ml from Amazon, can you blame me!?! So there’s nothing wrong with it, and it doesn’t irritate my skin, but there are many other better products at more reasonable prices out there.

Anyway, I hope you all have a fabulous and beautiful Christmas!

Anne Brooke Books



6 thoughts on “Konjac and Marshmallow

  1. kathylcsw December 25, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I love Konjac sponges! I use Retin A and the spnges are great for getting off flakes in the morning.

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    • Mrs Strawberry Blonde December 25, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Hi Kathy, you were one of the two people who made me try konjac sponges. 🙂 And now I’m spreading the word! 🙂

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    • annebrooke December 26, 2016 / 7:55 am

      We should form a Konjac Group with Mrs SB, Kathy! Happy Boxing Day to you!! 🙂 🙂 xxx


  2. Mrs Strawberry Blonde December 25, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Anne, first of all, thanks for the HUGE SHOUT-OUT! I don’t think I’m never wrong (sooner or later I’ll recommend something that you hate, I’m sure), but I knew the sponge would work for you because it works for me. 🙂 And the konjac sponge is quite possibly my favourite product of the year too! 🙂

    Now i want to try the Marshmallow Hearts shower gel! I picked up 2 of the vanilla shower gels at my local Tesco the other day (they only had vanilla and a fruity pink shower gel – but I didn’t fancy that one). I hope they’ll restock the other products soon. Since I’ll buy a lot of stuff tomorrow, I might as well pick up even more toiletries!

    The serozinc spray sounds great too. Zinc does wonders for skin! I think I might pick it up together with the 2 Eucerin toners – I think they’re all included in the same offer!

    The Kiehl’s cream sounds… disgusting. I’m not a fan of this brand anyway. I think their shops look wonderful, but I’m not tempted by any of their products. I may have read too many bad reviews. 🙂 In addition, Boots’ and Superdrug’s own brand stuff cost a fraction – and the drugstore own brands really work!

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    • annebrooke December 26, 2016 / 7:57 am

      Happy Boxing Day, Mrs SB!!! Hope Christmas was grand 🙂 Would love to hear what you think about the marshmallow hearts – I think I’m becoming a bit of a Treaclemoon fan, LOL! Big hugs to you & Mr SB 🙂 🙂 xxx

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