Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: plus Review- Cien Skin Foodies Cleansing Face Scrub with Coconut

This week, quite by chance, I noticed that the Skin Foodies Face Scrub with Coconut was still sold at my local Lidl supermarket. This is a product I first bought last year and the first tube of which I am still using. I bought three tubes this time as I love it so much.

The scrub comes in a pink tube with coconuts all over it (I love the packaging!) and the name of the product is clearly labelled in black and white. There’s a description of the product and ingredients on the back of the tube. This is too small for me to read because of my visual impairments but the black and pink colour scheme continues there.

The product claims to contain a minimum of 95% ingredients of natural origin and I was intrigued by this. I don’t know if it does or not because of the difficulty reading the ingredients I mentioned before.

I bought it because it was a new product last year and also because I love coconut products. I have used many products claiming to really contain coconut and be natural and I was curious as to if this would really live up to those claims.

The first thing that surprised me was the appearance and texture of the scrub. Instead of being all granules, it’s a clear gel containing brown granules. I hoped this would mean the scrub was gentler than others because of the gel texture. I was right and it’s really a gel that foams quickly when you add water. It is described as a cleansing scrub. I hoped that meant that it would not irritate my skin like so many scrubs that claim to be gentle but are too abrasive for my skin. It contains coconut shell powders that remove excess oil and dead skin cells for youthful skin.

It didn’t irritate my skin at all or cause it to go red after the product was removed. My skin felt refreshed and clean but not uncomfortable as some harsher scrubs can make it feel. It is suitable for normal, combination and oily skin. It woks well on my combination skin.

If you are searching for a vegan friendly product, this, and the entire Skin Foodies collection, is vegan friendly.

The coconut scent is not overpowering and very pleasant, much like some coconut shower gels I have in the past as well as one I am using now.

You get 150ml of product and it’s gentle enough to be used every day although I tend to include a facial scrub in my skincare routine once a week. The scrub costs 2.99€ .

I’m glad to have found it again as I assumed the first time I bought it that it was a one-time offer and I had not found the product featured in offers so far this year.

I have enough tubes now to last me quite a while and a little goes a long way with this product because it creates a gentle yet effective foam.

I don’t use it exclusively as a cleanser, because I believe that although it is a “cleansing face scrub,” a scrub on its own will never clean as effectively as one used in conjunction with cleanser and toner. I like to know that I have a complete skincare routine and that a scrub is a complimentary product to that but it’s an important one as dead skin cells must be removed.

Always use your favourite moisturiser after using a scrub.

My final thoughts are if you love coconut and want a gentle yet effective scrub, choose this.

Verdict: 5 stars.

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Computer Accessories and Beauty Products

This week, I needed more face moisturiser and toner. I ordered my usual products online. These are:

Byphasse Rose Toner which cost 1.49€ instead of 1.99 which is it’s usual price.

Byphasse Day Cream (SPF8) and Night Cream, €3.94 each.

I love Garnier’s Oil-Infused Micellar Water. I bought another bottle of that. It’s the best product I’ve found so far that removes both regular and waterproof makeup the easiest, and it does not leave oily residue. That cost €3.99.

I needed a computer bag for my laptop. I found a zebra-print one with inner padding from AliExpress and I also bought a metallic pink iPad stand from there.

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Free Kindle Book Haul

When I checked my email, I was happy to find an email from Sylvia Price, an author whose class I loved on the recent summit by Emma Dhesi.

With it being Mother’s Day in the US and other countries, she’s offering her book The Crystal Scent Inn free on Amazon today. I immediately downloaded it.

Then, I searched for free books in the Kindle section of Amazon.

Here’s what I downloaded by category:

Self Help

Shyness: How to Overcome Shyness by Sofia Price . I was a shy child and now as a confident adult I am curious to find out what this is like so I can post it on my blog and help others.

Overthinking: How to Stop Worrying by Johnathan Lee Mindset Editions. I am a terrible over-thinker, so got this.

Women’s Fiction

Silent Cry by Jenny O’ Brien

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall

Sisters (Sun Valley Sisters book 1) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

The House on the Beach by Linda Barrett

Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl book 1 by Bernice Bloom

The Second Chance Inn by Susan Hatler

Wind Chime Café book 1 by Sophie Moss

What Happens in New York by Kristina Adams

A Single Step book 1 by Georgia Rose

The Redesigned Ranch by Liz Isaacson

Elly in Bloom: A Novel by Colleen Oakes

The Davenports by Kelly Moore

Father Found: The Daddy School by Judith Arnold

Her Best Match: A Sweet Billionaire Romance by Tammie Dearen

After having finished a paranormal romance for Camp NaNoWriMo, I downloaded some paranormal books

Paranormal/ Cozy Mystery

The Imperfect Psychic by Ashley King

Wysteria Witches: Witch Cozy Mystery book 1 by Angela Pepper

Bakeries and Bones by Nic Roberts

Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

Science Fiction:

Girl from the Stars by Cheree Alsop

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Revolution Beauty, I Heart Revolution Revolution Pro and Technic Haul.

It’s some time since my last make up haul, and this time I knew what I wanted so it was easy enough to find and I am glad that the products weren’t out of stock now that more people are buying online because of the pandemic.

MUA jasmine infused blotting paper. I love jasmine and needed some more blotting paper. This cost a euro.

Revolution Beauty shimmer brick pallete which I wanted for SO long but could not find as it was out of stock on the Revolution Beauty official site. I was really pleased to find it here, and it was 3 euros less than on the official site. 6.99.

I Heart Revolution surprise eggs in Dragon and Unicorn as an Easter-themed treat (again, I was procrastinating and wanting these for some time but the shades I wanted were out of stock). They were 3.25 euros instead of the usual 6.50 each which I thought was a good bargain.

Technic Magic Mist Illuminating Spray in Gold. Deciding between Rose Gold and Gold was hard but I bought one only as it is a product I have never tried. 2.99 for 80ml.

Revolution Pro Concealer Kit in Light-Medium. I have never bought a concealer kit by Revolution. I knew these were stocked back when Revolution Pro was called Freedom London and assumed they were not sold anymore so it was a nice surprise to find it. It cost 9.99.

Revolution Pro Regeneration Astrological eyeshadow palette. I was debating between this and the I Heart Revolution Chocolate Violet palette which is one of their top-rated ones, and one I still don’t have but would love (for my next shopping spree). I bought the Astrological palette because of the space theme and the colour scheme of browns, golds and earthy colours and baked shadows. This cost 8.99.

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Valentine’s Day 2021

I adore dupes of products and I also love perfumes. On this special day, I was given Essence by Aguamarina (a summer fragrance: I’m not sure what the dupe is yet but I wanted something fresh for summer) and Esplendor (a dupe for Dior’s J’dore). I am really looking forward to reviewing these. They are both by Allure by Suddenly from Lidl and cost 3.99€ each (down 2 euros). The brand Suddenly is one I know of but I have never had any of the Allure perfumes.

In keeping with our tradition from last year, we exchanged chocolate boxes and bought the same chocolates as last year: praline-filled hearts for me and chocolate cherries for Alfredo.

We ate tiramisu for desert.

I hope you have the best Valentine’s Day you can. Sending good wishes to everyone who follows my blog.

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Urban Decay, NYX and Barry M.

Yesterday. most of what I bought on Black Friday finally arrived. I love Urban Decay and have quite a few palettes by them. 

I ordered their Naked Honey palette which cost 29.45€ instead of 54€. 

NYX is a brand I heard of a few years ago and I really wanted their Soft Matte Lip Cream. I bought it in the shade Madrid,  and it cost 5,24€. 

Barry M is a brand I have used and loved since I was a teenager. I wasn’t sure which of their products to buy but knew I needed a lip scrub as I have dry lips in the winter. Their lip scrub was available in Apple. Peppermint and Mango and I bought the Apple one which cost 4.95€. 

I still don’t have everything as I also ordered Urban Decay’s Party Favor palette which I hope will be with me soon.

I bought all these from Lookfantastic. 

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult (signed by the author).

I am so excited about this post! I love Jodi Picoult’s books and own almost all of them. Although I use iPad VoiceOver to have books read out, I also love physical copies as keepsakes. Back in February, this was announced in her email newsletter and a Waterstones bookshop link was included. My parents pre-ordered the book for me and it arrived a few days ago. It is a signed first edition. Here’s a synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients. But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made. After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife. As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices…or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: MacBook Air 2020 (Gold)

It’s a long time since I did one of these posts because I haven’t been buying anything. 

On Thursday, we chose my MacBook Air. I did so much online research over the past month or more and decided the Macbook Air was the one for me. 

I was deciding between the 12.9″ iPad Pro and the MacBook Air. For a long time I was set on getting the  iPad Pro, but then I decided that, impressed as I was by the iPad Pro, the memory (128GB) wasn’t enough for me right now with everything I need to do since I work on novels and the models with more memory (256GB plus) were too expensive.  I have wanted to  experience the full  Mac OS rather than iPad apps for so long. 

The MacBook Air 2020  I chose from our local Apple Store has the i5 processor  512GB SSD memory, and 8GB of RAM. I can’t wait to use it! 

My iPad  2 will be 9 years old on my birthday (December 22)  this year which was when I was given it  in 2011 and it’s still good for internet searches and the Kindle app still works. And I can watch TV shows or a movie on it. 

I’m so glad I have my first Mac and can’t wait to review it. 

I’m looking forward to choosing a new iPad in the near future. 

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Cien Skin Foodies Collection

This week when Alfredo went to the supermarket I asked him to buy me some things from the new Skin Foodies collection. It’s a collection aimed at Vegans but although I am not vegan I do eat very healthily and also like to buy beauty products with natural ingredients .
 There are cleansing products (a face wash and moisturisers ) skin treatments (facemasks ) handcream and shower gel in this new range . All the products cost around a couple  of euros each.
I bought the coconut face scrub, and wanted the blossom flower micellar water (two for two euros on the micellar water) – but it was out of stock. Not at all surprising as micellar water is so popular nowadays. 

I also got the exfoliating face mask for dull skin . this is really two mask sachets in a pack  and these were two packs  for 1€. 
There are two choices of facemasks, and the other one is for skin with imperfections. 
I also bought some more Cien Professional Conditioner with macadamia nut oil because this product was on sale for €1.19 and it is a staple in my haircare regime. 

They also had a hairspray and the shampoo and conditioner from the Cien Professional Keratin range which I have never tried. I already have the Cien Professional Hair BB Cream so don’t need more of that yet . 

Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Much Needed Supplies Plus a Treat. 

It’s been such a long time since I did a Sunday with a Shopaholic post. In fact, I have barely bought anything over the past 3 months because of fear of being exposed to Covid-19. 
But needs must and my skin care routine is running out. I ordered my usual cleansing milk, toner day cream and night cream from Byphasse. 
I wanted to order some more Byphasse facial spray for fixing make-up in the hotter weather and a couple of weeks ago when checking the website I found a three product set with the spray, an antipollution serum and a make-up sponge. It’s only 2€ more than the spray itself but with more products. 
 And I finally ordered the W7 Socialite palette which has been on my wish list since it came out. 
I’ve been using my W7 On The Rocks palette a lot during lockdown and so now feel like I know what the brand is like. I wanted to treat myself to a new palette and have wanted this for so long. 

I’m excited to get my order!