Sunday Tittle Tattle

Sunday Tittle Tattle (noun?): everything from the week that I have forgotten to post about, in easy brunch-sized chunks…

Ah. Sunday. This time last week I was doing this:

breakfast smoothie

(Drinking a tropical breakfast smoothie at Kitchen-24 in West Hollywood.)

Get me! This time this week I am eating Weetabix with a bent spoon and trying to stop the cat from licking the inside of the fridge door. I lead a double life, I tell you. A double life.

Some bits and pieces for you that been overlooked this week:

1) Balance Me (beautiful natural skincare products) have a brilliant offer on at Waitrose at the moment. Buy any two Balance Me products and you get the Radiance Mask for free! It’s worth £18, so if you’re looking to stock up then now is the time. I like the Stella face balm and the cleansing balm!

 2) Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturiser. Marvellous stuff! I bought some in the States for $9.99 but it’s hard to get hold of here. It gave me an almost instant tan – I’m sure it developed within hours rather than days! No streaks, no patches and no horrible scent! I have found it on Jergens Natural Glow Express Moisturizer 120 ml

3)  Rollers. As in, those sticky clothes rollers that you never knew you needed until you got a cat. And it started shedding. And every single surface of your house, including your bed and your face, got covered in a fine layer of hair. I just can’t keep up! I’m hoovering twice a day! The Trixie Lint Brush has become my new best friend! I went to Ikea and picked up a whole pile of Bastis rollers (89p each) and refills (£1.99? I think?) and I’ve already used up two! Sigh. If you want to follow the exploits of Mr Bear on Twitter, then he’s here: The little rapscallion.

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  1. Mel
    April 29, 2012 / 8:45 am

    I’ve used a couple Jergens body moisturisers, as their guinea pig last year, or the year before.. They are nice, but I did say to them why do you not do a gradual tan one? Because to me if I am going to put on a moisturiser, I’d like it to make my skin look glowy, rather than pale and pasty. How annoying that they do make one.. but you can’t just pop into Boots to get it. I never knew Balance me was in Waitrose!!! thanks Ruth so much useful info xx

    • Ruth
      April 29, 2012 / 11:06 am

      @Mel this express one is great. There were LOADS of gradual tanners at the drugstore in LA, so much choice, and all under ten dollars! x

      • April 30, 2012 / 12:27 am

        I may very well be losing my mind, but I could have sworn that my Jergen’s is gradual. In fact, I was sort of hoping for an “express.”

        I wanted to know, Ruth, the time table re expiration dates. How long are these gradual tanners good for (including Clarins), and well as, how long are sunscreens effective? It drives me nuts that “cosmetics” are still allowed codes and even those codes are not always available. (sigh!)

        • Ruth
          April 30, 2012 / 11:43 am

          @Upa I keep things for years and they don’t seem to go off! Don’t know re tanners though, I don’t use them very often at all! x

  2. Becky
    April 29, 2012 / 8:57 am

    Mr Bear sounds a lot like my cat! Loony creatures, cats. Licking the fridge door made me giggle :)

    Oh, and I love Balance Me! Rose otto, mmm! Now to see if I can persuade someone to drive me to Waitrose…

    • Ruth
      April 29, 2012 / 11:05 am

      @Becky Waitrose is getting more and more dangerous for me.. so many nice things there! x

  3. Olga
    April 29, 2012 / 9:29 am

    Bästis in Swedish means “best friend”. I guess it really is a suitable name for a roller in your case:)
    Well, in my case too actually. I wonder how my cat hasn’t become baldy yet after losing that much hair every day.

    • Ruth
      April 29, 2012 / 11:04 am

      @OLga I guess it is!! xx

  4. April 29, 2012 / 9:35 am

    I have been tuning into your blog for quite a while now; I am not a beauty blogger but you inspired me to have a go at a beauty tutorial – please take a look if you have time..

  5. Jools
    April 29, 2012 / 9:38 am

    Ha!! Warned you about the shedding, didn’t I? I have two black cats and one cream one so you can imagine how interesting my clothing is; not to mention the piles of fluff that build up regularly in corners of rooms and beneath skirting boards … the only solution I’ve found is to wear silk clothes all the time (the only fabric to which the hairs don’t seem to cling), and invest in a vacuum cleaner designed to deal with pet hair. Otherwise, just enjoy being a Yeti! xxxx

    • Ruth
      April 29, 2012 / 11:04 am

      @Jools good excuse for a wardrobe overhaul! xx

  6. Trupti
    April 29, 2012 / 9:58 am

    Oooo love your sunglasses! Which ones are they? Can you show us some more photos of your LA trip? :)

    • Ruth
      April 29, 2012 / 11:03 am

      @Trupti they are YSL! Yes, there will be more pics and videos xx

  7. Lou
    April 29, 2012 / 10:13 am

    Ruth, re the cat hair; I’m feelin ya! Try the ‘Furminator’.

    It’s a special comb thing that gets out shedding fur in clumps. My cats love it and I get handfuls out every day. Reduces hairballs and furry cat-hair face!

    It’s normally about £27 but I got one for £12.95 on Amazon.

    • Ruth
      April 29, 2012 / 11:03 am

      @Lou I have it! I have every brush and comb available! It is getting better, I think it was a phase…Fingers crossed! x

  8. poorani
    April 29, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    How I envy your lifestyle! You need some tiring times to relish the good ones.

  9. Joanna
    April 29, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Oh how I can relate re: shedding cats! I have five cats (yes, five!) and I can’t move for cat hair. Went out yesterday only to realise on the train that the back of my blazer was covered, cue me sitting on public transport frantically rubbing at it! Will have to get hold of the Balance Me mask, I’ve been meaning to try out the range for ages and this is the perfect excuse.

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 12:00 pm

      @Joanna oh no!!!! It’s so embarrassing isn’t it?! x

  10. MariaBent
    April 29, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    I’m also a big Bästis consumer and, as seen in Mr. Bear’s twitter, also had to cover my sofas (that were so carefully chosen) with some cloths. All that pattern hunting and pillow matching for nothing:(
    The good news is that they do go through phases, the bad news is that even when they’re not in an acute phase (normally twice a year), they’re always in some sort of a phase… Have courage, new cat owner!:)

  11. Love in a mist
    April 29, 2012 / 4:45 pm

    Lol! Yes cat hairs! you’re on a losing battle with that one I’m afraid, it’s vac,vac, and vac again, I’ve got the dyson animal, does a great job of dispensing with them quickly :-)
    I’d no idea waitrose sold ‘nice’ skincare, luckily there isn’t one near me otherwise it would be disastrous for my bank balance, it’s bad enough now!
    I did get a small sample of the balance me cleansing balm in the current jolie box, very nice, not as good as my AD synergy balm but i would like to try more of their products :-) xx

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:55 am

      @Love yes, starting to have quite a few nice ranges! And now my local one does John Lewis cookware stuff. Oh dear… x

  12. Marie
    April 29, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    Hi! Would the balance me cleansing balm be suitable for someone prone to break outs and has scarring? I’m looking to start using a balm cleanser instead of over drying products.

    Thanks :)x

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:58 am

      @Marie it would. Just make sure that you remove it properly and go gently with it as it has scrub particles. You don’t want to scrub at your spots and inflame them! xx

  13. Sheila
    April 29, 2012 / 6:57 pm

    lol, we have a drawer full of those sticky rollers thanks to my two black cats :-) invest in a little dustbuster – it really will stop you from tearing your own hair out!!

  14. MariaBent
    April 29, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    I forgot to congratulate you for Mr. Bear’s twitter (seen it today for the first time). His tweets are great! I like your sense of humor. x

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:44 am

      HIS sense of humour, Maria, HIS. ; )

  15. April 30, 2012 / 12:36 am

    They say cats shed most in summer, because they (the cats) don’t need all that hair but I always thought our cat shed most in spring, as if some primitive part of her brain kicked in in anticipation of the warm weather coming up…all this despite the fact that she was a house cat and lived her entire life at an even and comfy 70 degrees.

    So, hopefully, Mr Bear is over the worst of the shedding? Will follow up and ask my daughter how her “Figaro” (named after the cat in “Pinnochio – how cool is that?) is doing with his shedding! If I’m off, I’ll let you know.

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:40 am

      @Upa I’m brushing him twice a day and it seems to be getting less and less, so I think it was temporary. Hope so, otherwise he’ll be bald the rate his hair is coming out! LOL

  16. Ashley
    April 30, 2012 / 1:37 am

    Ruth, does that tanner rub off on your clothes at all? I have never found one that doesn’t, and would be absolutely thrilled if this one stays put!

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 11:39 am

      @Ashley it didn’t seem to! It’s more of a body lotion so once it’s dry… I’ll let you know if I discover any transferring! x

  17. Sophiabencks
    April 30, 2012 / 9:41 am

    I totally know where you are coming from with the cat hair thing! We even got a ‘dust buster’ which is like a mini hoover, for cleaning the sofa and the bed every day. And it’s like cat hair is so sticky, it doesn’t come off very easily!
    Defo going to check out the deal on Balance Me in Waitrose…

  18. Jasmin
    April 30, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    Amazing sunglasses!! Where are they from? xo

    • Ruth
      April 30, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      @Jasmin YSL! x

  19. Cat
    May 1, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    In my house we call those “sticky rollers” and they are everywhere. I buy huge ones at Sams…lost count on how many due to the clogging of fur we get with 9 kitties. They do shed more in spring because of longer cooler, nights in winter even if they are strictly indoors and don’t actually experience a drastic weather change. They still respond to seasons naturally.

    • Ruth
      May 1, 2012 / 9:39 pm

      @Cat NINE?!!!! Wow!! That sounds like fun! x

  20. julia
    May 3, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    Ruth, have you tried Chanel’s self tanner for the face? I just recently discovered it and it’s amazing! no orange/yellow at all, very natural and buildable. I have the one in bronze and it works well on my fair skin!

    • Ruth
      May 3, 2012 / 8:32 pm

      @Julia NO! But now I want to…. x

      • julia
        May 6, 2012 / 3:25 pm

        yes! do it! i think you’ll just love it! I never want a natural sun-tan again since buying the chanel one. it’s perfect. I heard that the “golden” color does lean a bit on the orange side, so I recommend the “bronze” one. not too dark for fair skin. x

        • Ruth
          May 6, 2012 / 9:25 pm

          @Julia ooooh, OK, thanks for the tip! x

  21. Catherine VO
    May 9, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Do you know how many times I have stared at your sunglasses and wished I had them?

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