Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Organic Surge Extra Care Skincare

I have heard of Organic Surge before, I just have never gotten round to trying anything by them. I was asked if I would like to try the new Extra Care line and couldn't say no, the products sounded so lovely and I couldn't wait to try. Skincare is very personal as everyone has a different skin type and what works for me may not work for you, however I have dry dehydrated skin and hope that if you have the same, these products could help you too.

Ultra-Light Oil Control Lotion* - I know what you're thinking, someone with dry skin doesn't need a product that offers oil-control but this also offers a healthy radiance to the skin whilst controlling your natural oils. With ingredients such as argan leaf, damask rose and sweet orange oils, it smells amazing and really does leave my skin looking radiant. Moisturiser wise, I don't feel it's really heavy duty enough to help my dry skin but if I mix it in with a foundation, it lasts really well on the skin and looks gorgeous. It adds a dewiness to the skin without looking shiny and once mixed with a hydrating foundation, it doesn't feel anywhere near as dry as it did previously. 

Replenishing Facial Oil* - This little bottle of goodness has taken over my Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil. Enriched with argan oil, it's super nourishing and leaves the skin really hydrated and soft. I like to apply a couple of drops at night and then apply a moisturiser over the top and come morning my skin is plump, radiant and not a dry patch in sight. 

Nourishing Rose Day Cream* - Currently my go-to moisturiser, I've already used half the bottle. I've previously mentioned this moisturiser in my Products Worth Mentioning #3 post and have since started using it with the above oil instead. When I use them both together at night, my skin is amazing in the morning. I use it again in the morning before applying my make-up and find that any make-up sits really well on top. It provides just enough hydration on it's own for me, however if you have very dry skin, it may not be heavy duty enough for you.

All the products smell incredible and I'm very impressed with the Organic Surge Extra Care range. I also love how they don't test on animals and their products contain no harsh chemicals or parabens. Now I'm getting older, I need products such as these to really look after my skin. 

Have you tried any Organic Surge products? What are your thoughts on them?
*PR sample

Monday, 23 March 2015

Lush | Twilight

Twilight bath bomb - £3.35 | link 

Being a huge lover of most Lush products there really isn't much that I haven't tried now. One product that did seem to silently slip pass me is their Twilight bath bomb. A pretty pink ball, dotted with blue here and there and stars and moon shapes, it's very pleasing to look at. Scent wise it's the same blend as their - and also my favourite product by them - Luxury Lush Pud.

Once popped in the bath, pink and blue fizzed out and teeny tiny glitter particles came with it. Very very subtle but still pretty nonetheless. Although the scent is lavender, it really wasn't that strong at all. My nose gets seriously twitchy with too much lavender and I get a headache but that was not the case here.

A very pretty bath that smelt delightful, however I must say I definitely prefer Luxury Lush Pud to this, it's just a lot more pleasing to the eyeballs.

What's your favourite LUSH product?

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Everyday Base

Recently I have found myself to be reaching for the same products every single day. I've always had trouble finding the perfect foundation for my dry pale skin but this routine seems to be "The one." What better way than to share my fabulous finds than with like-minded beauty obsessed people?

I've used the Clinique Redness Solutions Primer for about a year now and it's still the same tube. A pea sized amount is all I need to apply to my cheeks, chin and sides of my nose. It instantly evens my skin tone from horrible red blotches to a more even look without leaving a green tinge. It's also a great base for my makeup, I never have an issue with my foundation when this is on.

Foundation wise, the best one I have found for my dry skin is the Rimmel Match Perfection. It provides great coverage and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. It doesn't sit in my dry areas at all and leaves my skin with a healthy dewy glow, nothing too shiny. This is my second bottle and I honestly can't live without it now. Buffed into my skin with the Zoeva Silk Finish brush, it really leaves a flawless even complexion.  

For concealers I use two most days but three when I'm feeling fancy. Where I usually suffer from redness, I always apply a concealer just to make sure, it also highlights my face nicely whilst providing a nice coverage. The concealer in question is the Revlon Colourstay, blemishes and redness are truly hidden with this product, it's brilliant. For highlighting my under eyes, I'm all about the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer which is a ridiculously long name but it covers my under eye circles perfectly and doesn't crease of appear caky. And for the days when I'm feeling fancy and want some extra highlighting, I use the YSL Touche Eclat. At first I wasn't sure about this product at all, in fact I hated it but now I love it. The pink undertone really reflects beautifully in the light and suits my skin tone quite well. The highlighter is noticeable but subtle and doesn't look greasy or shiny. 

I finish my base with a light dusting of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I use the transparent shade so my foundation is set but no extra colour or coverage is added. It doesn't dry my skin out or appear caky. If like me you suffer from dry skin, don't be put off by the word matte, sometimes the products are brilliant, like this one. 

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them?

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Avéne Skincare

I have been using Avéne skincare for a while now and have actually used most of the above products up so I though it was about time I shared my thoughts on them. Avéne is a French brand and is great for dry sensitive skin but they do offer product for oily skin too. They are readily available from Boots and Escentual which is fab and the prices vary but I think for what you get, they are pretty reasonable and Boots always have deals as well.

Avéne Cleanance Cleansing Water - Now called Cleanance Micellar Water, this product is actually aimed at blemish-prone skin. It works the same as every other micellar water, removes makeup brilliantly and leaves the face feeling fresh and clean. When I stopped using this on a daily basis I started to notice my skin wasn't as blemish free as it used to be and when I started back up with it, my breakouts went back to being minimal again. This product is brilliant and although I have dry skin, it didn't leave it feeling dry or irritated at all. 

Avéne Aau Thermal Spring Water - Probably one of their most popular and well known products, this is perfect for people who suffer from dry skin and need to get a quick moisture kick. Brent and I used this religiously on holiday when we got a little hot as it cooled us down but didn't dry our skin out. It can be used to cool down sunburnt skin which is always handy as there's nothing worse than burnt skin. It's also great if your makeup is feeling a little cakey and dry half way through the day, a spritz of this leaves you with refreshed makeup and looking slightly dewy and not cakey.

Avéne Extremely Gentle Cleanser - The only product that hasn't really made me notice a difference in my skin, it's great at removing the last bits of makeup and does leave the skin feeling smooth and fresh. It's aimed at very sensitive skin and like the water spray, can be used on sunburnt skin too. I like how you don't have to wash your face after using this, it makes the makeup routine a little quicker.

Avéne Gentle Purifying Scrub - Not the best scrub I've ever used, this one isn't as abrasive as I like as the beads are so tiny and few and far between, it just doesn't seem to scrub my face at all. Being a mild-gel like texture, normally I wouldn't use them as they tend to dry my skin out more, however this doesn't do that but it also doesn't exfoliate my face as much as I like.  

Avéne Soothing Eye Contour Cream - I've been using this nearly every morning and night and it just doesn't seem to be going down, it's a never ending product. One of the ingredients is the Thermal Spring Water and therefore doesn't dry the under-eye area out, it soothes and refreshes it and tones down any redness. When I apply it in the morning, it sits really well underneath makeup and provides a great hydrating base for my concealer. 

Overall, as a brand I really love Avéne, they have such a wide variety of products that suit my skin. They aren't too pricey and I know I can always restock when I want. If you're looking into purchasing some bits to try, I would definitely recommend the Avéne Cleanance Cleansing Water for blemish-prone skin and the Avéne Aau Thermal Spring Water would be a definite purchase, even if you're only using it on holiday, it's a must.

Have you tried any Avéne skincare? What are your thoughts on it?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Fiorelli Costume - Bow Neckalce

When it comes to jewellery I am very very fussy. I love dainty, small simple pieces and wear the same bits all the time. I have a ring I've worn since my 18th birthday from my mum, an infinity bracelet from Brent and my Thomas Sabo charm bracelet from my best friend. I have the odd necklace from Forever21 here and there but that's about it now, I don't seem to wear anything else now.
When asked if I would like to try a piece from JewelStreet I was very curious and spent ages flicking through their site. With a huge range of designers all varying in price, there's so much variety and you're bound to find something you like. They have some stunning rose gold pieces, so many pretty things! 

I was asked if I would like to find a piece from the Fiorelli Costume section and I just had to say yes. We all know how I feel about Fiorelli, I adore their bags! I chose this beautiful simple bow necklace, anything with bows, infinity or simple bar necklaces I'm there!

Fiorelli Costume - Dainty Bow Necklace* | £18.00 - link

It came inside the cute little pouch which is always a winner, who doesn't love little pouches? It looks like a black silver metal which isn't something I usually see but it's really pretty. The bow itself is like a rope bow effect and it's just so dainty and simple, just the way I like. It has a normal clasp which is easy to use, such a bonus for me. It was only recently that I broke a nail trying to undo my mum's necklace clasp for her because it was so stiff. My favourite detail is the little Fiorelli tag on the end of the chain. It's not going to get seen when you're wearing it but it's such a nice touch, I love it. 

I am so thrilled with this piece, it's right up my street...JewelStreet....get it? Me and my puns! I love it, it's super stylish and chic and such a bargain for £18.00. There's two different Fiorelli brands as well, Fiorelli Costume and Fiorelli Silver and there's some super cute bits in both collections. 

If you are looking for affordable jewellery for a present or for yourself as a little treat, JewelStreet is definitely the place to look! 

What's your favourite jewellery brand?
*PR sample


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