Feet, Teeth and Sponges


I’m a huge fan of the La Roche-Posay Serozinc toner. This product is specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. The skin looks and feels less shiny and greasy, and also looks mattified. I use this every morning and it’s just bliss spraying it on my face after my shower, particularly as I don’t even have to wipe it around so it saves me that essential microsecond of time, hurrah! It’s also brilliant for my sensitive spot-prone skin. I already have a back-up in place, plus the new one I’m using now. It costs £8.50 for 150ml at Boots but they’re doing a 3-for-2 on selected skincare & No 7 products so a real bargain right now.

My Oral B 35 Medium toothbrush is an absolute necessity for me – the head is quite small so it’s easy to use. Product details: Blue Indicator bristles fade when brush needs to be replaced; ergonomically designed handle for comfort and control; polished end-rounded bristles are gentle on teeth and gums. I change my toothbrush every 3 months and can recommend that everyone does this as after 3 months they don’t work as well. This brush is gentle on my gums but small enough to get into awkward areas around my teeth too. I buy the 2-pack option at Amazon which costs £3.90.

Keeping in the dental area I’ve been using Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief toothpaste as one of my regular teeth products and it’s totally brilliant! Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ is clinically proven to provide instant* relief and lasting protection from tooth sensitivity – there is no other product which is more effective. The toothpaste contains arginine, a naturally-occurring amino acid, which, when combined with Calcium Carbonate, blocks and seals the microscopic channels that lead to your tooth nerve centre. I use this each night and it’s wonderful for my sensitive teeth, reducing my pain levels to almost nothing. What’s not to like? The minty taste is great too. It costs £4 for 75ml, but Boots are doing a 2 for £5 offer on this product in all the flavours at the moment, so it’s a great chance to stock up.

I was incredibly hopeful about the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. A best-selling, natural sleep aid that will fragrance your bed and calm the nerves. The miracle solution to a good night’s sleep. With this works signature relaxing fragrance, this pillow spray will become your must-have sleep solution. Infused with essential oils of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile to soothe the body and mind. Sadly, this one doesn’t … um … work. The smell is very pleasant but it doesn’t have the power to send me off to sleep, I’m afraid, and I therefore found it totally ineffective in every way. Which is a shame as it cost me £16(!!!) for 75ml at Boots. What a rip-off! I’d steer well clear of this if I were you.

However, I’m happy to say that the Skin Owl Lavender Beauty Drops are very effective indeed. Having struggled to find a cure for her own cystic acne, SkinOwl founder Annie Tevelin turned to lavender – entrusting her complexion to its powerful calming and anti-inflammatory properties. A blend of only the finest organic lavender and unrefined argan oils, Beauty Drops Lavender are ideal for anyone whose skin is oily/combination, congested or susceptible to redness – absorbing excess sebum and battling blemish-causing bacteria, to quickly restore skin’s clarity and equilibrium. This is the oil that transformed Annie’s skin within just 42 days – her spots disappeared and the redness was all but eliminated after just over two months of applying this oil every morning and evening. This product is just wonderful – I use it most mornings and it totally improves my skin and makes it feel fantastic. It really heals up my spots super-fast and keep them and the redness at bay. It is now a staple in my beauty routine. Okay, it costs £38 for a 2oz bottle at Cult Beauty, but it’s worth its weight in gold!


I’m sure I’ve sung the praises of Femarelle tablets for menopausal and post-menopausal women before and for good reason. Product details: provides fast relief to menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, headaches and sleep disturbances; increases bone mineral density and leads to new bone formation; relieves vaginal dryness (atrophy); does not affect the breast and uterus, and does not affect clotting. I take one tablet each day and it definitely keeps those hot flushes at bay and makes me feel a whole lot better! They cost £35 for 56 tablets from Amazon and I’ve already restocked. These are vital if you’re a woman of a certain age …

The Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Balancing Body Wash was part of a set I received for Christmas and I’ve just finished it. I’m sorry to say that I really hated it. The scent is neither mandarin nor grapefruit as far as I could tell, and just ends up as a sweet-smelling cheap-feeling gel. In fact the gel is quite slimy and I hated the way it came out of the bottle in a glutinous lump which I had to spread over my flannel before washing as otherwise it just fell off in the shower or bath. So annoying! I’m so relieved I’ve finished it. There’s a body lotion that’s come with it too (sigh) which also just smells sweet and cheap, so I’m going to use it as foot lotion to get rid of it … No idea what it cost as I don’t think they’re selling it any more (thank goodness) but I’d give it a miss for sure.

I do love my Simple Gentle Care Shampoo though. Simple Gentle Care Shampoo is a trouble-free solution to get great looking hair whilst protecting your scalp. The active benefits in Simple Gentle Care Shampoo include Pro-Vitamin B5 to enhance sheen, Chamomile Oil to gently soften and soothe, and it is pH balanced so works in harmony with your scalp. The shampoo contains no perfume or colour and is dermatologically tested and approved. I always stock this one, and use it between anti-dandruff shampoos to give my hair a break. I wash my hair every day so it’s especially important to treat it gently! It’s £2.99 for 200 ml at Boots and I recommend this one.

I’m a total convert to the Facial Konjac Sponge that I picked up at Superdrug a while back. Sadly, Superdrug don’t seem to stock them any more (sob!) but they’re amazing so I hope they bring them back. I’ve given you a link to the Konjac Sponge Company instead where I intend to buy a replacement when my Superdrug set wear out. The prices are fairly reasonable (not as reasonable as where I bought them though!). I use this every night with my facial cleanser as a kind of facial massage on the skin, and it really cleans in a very deep way without irritation. Perfect! I rinse the sponge afterwards and then hang it on the door handle by its string to dry it out. Once a week, I give it a wash with my brushes and it lasts about a couple of months. Bliss indeed and it makes my skin a lot clearer and softer. I’d rush and get one of these if you haven’t already!

Last but by no means least, I’ve enjoyed using the Boots Deep Moisturising Foot Cream. Product details: a soothing, medicated and antiseptic foot cream to nourish and soften hard dry skin. Contains natural herbal extracts (mint, lavender & marshmallow). Dermatologically tested. Suitable for all skin types. Lanolin free. This is a nice soothing cream for my feet and I’ve been using it in the morning. I could have done with a much punchier mint and/or lavender scent but for the price I’m not complaining. It’s £3.99 for 100ml at Boots, but they have a Buy-One-Get-Second-Half-Price offer for their foot products now so a real bargain.

Have a beauty-filled weekend!

Anne Brooke Books



4 thoughts on “Feet, Teeth and Sponges

  1. Mrs Strawberry Blonde March 5, 2017 / 3:19 am

    Good to hear you’re still loving the konjac sponge. 🙂 Yes, they seem to be out of stock online atm. I need to swing by my local store to see if they have any konjac sponges left. I’ve also noticed that lots of face masks aren’t available online – I already noticed this a few weeks ago. However, my local store still sells these masks, and they’re also restocking. So I hope the konjac sponges haven’t been ditched by SD. I think I’ll pester them on social media, to point out they were £1.99 and usually on a 3 for 2 offer. And if SD relaunches konjac sponges for twice the price, I’ll be happy to shame them! Oh, and I need to get in touch with Home Bargains. If there’s a company that can give us high-quality konjac sponges for £1, it’s Home Bargains!

    And I love to hear that you’re a fellow daily hair-washer! There are too few of us!

    Please be careful with pillow sprays and the likes. I love fragranced products that much that I even avoid fragrance-free stuff. However, not all fragrances are equal and, and many of them aren’t great for the face. By the way, have you tried to return that useless spray to Boots? Or contact Boots or the manufacturer via twitter – that should do the trick!

    Oh, and I also hate the Baylis + Harding mandarin + grapefruit products. One of my previous employers only had Baylis + Hadings’s mandarin + grapefruit hand wash and hand lotion in all the bathrooms in the building. I have no idea how I managed to work at that place for two years… But yes, I really hated the hand wash from day 1 (the fragrance is insanely unpleasant, it’s borderline offensive) and I never touched the hand lotion. Using the body lotion as a foot lotion is a good idea!

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    • annebrooke March 5, 2017 / 7:59 am

      The Konjac sponge is fabulous, you’re so right! Yes, I think I’m going to ask Superdrug about it on Twitter as it’s a brilliant product so why ditch it? Am majorly impressed that you stayed in a Handwash Hell for 2 years!!! That’s real courage! At one of my previous jobs, they switched all the hand washes in the loos for Radox ones (which of course bring me out in a rash) and I actually brought in my own (Carex) which I used instead. Very sweetly, the Buildings Manager asked me what it was doing in the ladies’ loos and when I told him, he stopped using the Radox in the loo on my floor and put a Carex one in instead – but only in that loo! What a lovely man he was!!

      I will be careful about the pillow sprays, thank you for the tip. With the one I’m using now (a different product) I spray it in the room rather than on the pillow and I think it’s much better. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Daren’t take the This Works one back to Boots though as I finished it as I hate waste, LOL! I am my own worst enemy! 🙂 🙂

      We daily hair washers need to form a group!


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  2. kathylcsw March 5, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    You can order a 3 pack of konjac sponges on Amazon for under $10 USD. I’m not sure what that translates to in pounds but it is a good deal for me.

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    • annebrooke March 5, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Thank you, Kathy! I shall go explore 🙂 🙂


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