Organic Surge Million Dollar Anywhere Balm

This little pot of loveliness has been my saviour in this cold weather. My knuckles seem to turn to sandpaper and lips to sand – so I’ve been keeping my Million Dollar Anywhere Balm at my desk to remind me to keep slathering it on… and it’s done the job of restoring me to former smoothness perfectly.

Regular readers of my blog may have realised I am a big fan of multi-functional moisturising and healing products – and this is no exception.

It comes from Organic Surges’ luxury collection and is 100% natural. For every product sold from the Million Dollar range, Organic Surge is donating $1 to Kenya Children’s Home Baby Care Unit and
Orphanage, with their aim being to raise a huge $1 million.

For starters, its very citrusey – which is a big plus for me – I love the clean fresh smell and if you happen to lick your lips while it’s on there, it doesn’t taste too bad! Secondly – it works. It is packed with Shea butter, cocoa butter, safflower oil and sweet almond essential oil which all have great moisturising properties.

You can literally use it anywhere that needs some moisture – favourites for me are knuckles, lips and cuticles although I find it better on my hands than lips. It’s balm-like in consistency, so for the lips all you need is a quick swoop round the glass pot and you’re off. For larger areas which are drier (a la my knuckles) I find I have to dig into the product a little to get a nice chunk out, then melt it into my problem area. I’ve used it over the past month a LOT (like I said, it sits at my desk… so do I)… and there is still over 3/4 of the pot left, so definitely getting your money’s worth.

Million Dollar Anywhere Balm is available at the Organic Surge website priced at £22.50 for 30ml

Organic Surge Blissful Daily Moisturiser

If you are a new reader of my blog, you will not have heard me bleeting on about my bad skin, and how strict I am with my face routine, particularly at the moment, as I am under the care of a dermatologist, and also undergoing Dermaroller treatment. The Dermaroller therapist gives me a tube of moisturiser to use at each appointment, which I have been using as per the instructions, however, it hasn’t ever lasted me until the following appointment.

I had Organic Surge’s Blissful Daily Moisturiser in my stash – I am cautious about what I put on my face as it breaks out extremely easily, is both oily and dehydrated – and some products don’t seem to help with that. The Blissful Daily Moisturiser was one I’d decided I’d like to try – it sounded ‘safe’ – it’s for normal skin, but also suitable for sensitive skin, it’s been clinically and dermalogically tested and made with natural and organic “skin loving ingredients” such as organic rosemary and lemon essential oils. It seemed as though it were gentle and moisturising – just what I needed.

It was put aside once I started my Dermaroller sessions, but was the first thing I thought of using when the moisturiser from them had run out (Chiroxy cream, for the record).

It is very soothing to the skin, has a delicate citrusey fragrance, and sinks nicely into the skin within a minute. It’s has a lightweight texture and not too rich for my face. I have had a bit of a flaky nose, and it hasn’t quite cured that, so I’d say if you have dry skin, try the Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser from the same range. It doesn’t leave the skin overly shiny which is a big bonus for me as an oily skinned person. It’s not greasy and make up goes on well over the top of it too. A little of it goes a long way. The photo below shows the amount of moisturiser that I would use on my entire face.

After a couple of months of using the Blissful Daily Moisturiser, I am still really pleased with it. My skin has reacted well, and I find it rehydrates, soothes and smoothes my skin.

What I seriously can’t believe it that 50ml of this is only £8.49 (although it’s currently £5.52 in the organic surge sale until 20th January). I would definitely expect to pay more for a product of this quality.

There are loads of great savings to be had on their site sale, but the biggie I think is fantastic value, is this Mega Bundle… it’s only £23.97 for all these products, including delivery!

Again, this is only available until 20th January, so stock up now!
This is the first product from Organic Surge I have tried, and I am thoroughly impressed. I look forward to trying more from their range, as the Blissful Daily Moisturiser is a great product and fab value.

Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Face Cream

I need to give a shout out to my new friend – Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream.

When I was first sent this I was a little worried about trying it out – I have sensitive, spot prone, combination skin – and assumed that this would make my oily bits even oilier, so I put it away for when I was feeling very dry, or if I found someone else to test it out on.

A couple of weeks ago, I tested it for myself. I was feeling very dry.

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen me say that I had suddenly developed really dry, itchy and flaky eyelids. As well as this – I had a huge spot near my lip, and because of all the spot treatments I’d put on it, the whole area of skin had dried out and was beginning to flake. This was not me at my best!

I first used it at night in case it turned me into a shine-ball, but I need not have worried. Although it’s incredibly rich and thick, it seems to moistuise my face in a ‘dry’ way if possible – not leaving any traces of dewiness.

It contains Manuka Honey, Evening Primrose and Coconut which all have great moisutrising and calming properties. Alongside the Lavender smell, it feels very soothing as it’s applied.

My skin drank the moisturiser up immediately and by the following morning there were definite improvements. After one more day my flaky lids and lips were restored to their former glory – hurrah!

I have been so impressed with this face cream that I have started using it during the day as well as at night time, as a part of my daily routine. Make up looks great over it – it had occurred to me that foundation may slip off as it’s so moisturising, but that’s not the case.

As I mentioned earlier, I have combination skin, and because I use Retin-A I do get dry patches. Since using this, all my dry patches have completely vanished. If you suffer from dry bits on your face please please please, try to get your hands on this – it really worked miracles on mine!

Murad – Celebrate You! ‘Embrace Balance’ Skincare

Last month Murad released their Christmas Kits – bargainous sets of skincare with big savings. I was sent the Embrace Balance box to try out.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am quite particular about what I try on my face as it’s very prone to spots, but after reading all the bumpf I was happy to give this a go. The back of the box filled me with hope with this statement ‘Clear pores and embrace beautiful, radiant skin. Three simple steps balance oily and dry zones while removing dull, dry cells for skin that is smooth and shine free.’ It sounded ideal for my skin – dry patches, oily patches and spotty patches (mmmmm).

The kit contains 50mls Pomegranate Cleanser, 60mls T Zone Pore Refining Gel (which is actually bigger than the full size 50mls worth £50!), 30mls Pomegranate Moisturiser SPF 15, and 2 Pomegranate Exfoliating Masks. I love the size of the bottles – they are perfect for putting in a wash-bag while traveling, or staying over at a friends house without having to scrimp on skincare during your stay. You’d think that they wouldn’t last very long being these sizes, but I have been using these products religiously for around 4 weeks and they are all still at least half full.

The cleanser comes in a pump-bottle which dispenses it as foam. One or two pumps is enough to cleanse your entire face. I have been applying it to my face using my Clarisonic Mia. It has a light fruity, refreshing fragrance. It feels very light, and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. At night I have been using a Simple facewipe to take off the bulk of my make up, then using the cleanser to remove all the rest of the grime and excess make up from my face. As I am using Retin-A I seem to need a bit of extra exfoliation for the dry patches, so I remove the cleanser using an Emma Hardie muslin and microfibre cloth.

The tip I have for the toner is not to use too much – a little goes a long way – half a pump is perfect for my face. It’s a thin, runny, liquid, and on contact with my face feels a bit tingly. Not in an uncomfortable way – but like it’s doing some work! It says that it ‘balances oily and dry zones while gently exfoliating to remove dull, dry skin cells’ which for me is key! The toner takes a few minutes to sink in as it’s quite wet. Once it’s dry I apply a thin layer of Retin-A to my face (obviously this is just an additional step as this is what my GP has prescribed to me!)

The moisturiser is gorrrrrgeous. It’s oil free yet very moisturising. It’s lightweight and is like an instant blanket of comfort over your face once you massage it in. It totally restores my face to a natural balance and doesn’t leave me looking shiny, or feeling greasy.

I wouldn’t say my skin is any better or worse since I have been using this range, but this in itself is a massive achievement. I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that my skin will never be perfect, so the fact that these products could maintain the condition of my skin is fabulous!

If you’re interested in this kit, it’s only £39.50 from www.murad.co.uk and is actually worth £78. If you’re looking to try a new regime, I would recommend Embrace Balance highly!

Holiday Beauty Hits

Seeing as I’ve just got back from ‘Beefa, I thought it was pretty fitting that I did a holiday hits post – my most favourite things to use while I was away. I could make a list as long as my arm, but I’ve tried my best to cap it at a top 10!

one – Urban Decay Naked Palette (£32 from Beauty Bay)
This was fabulous – every colour I could have needed for my holiday. Creep was used for the nights I wanted to go totally smoky, but mostly Half Baked was given a good run for it’s money. I tended to mix it with NARS Orgasm Illuminator to foil it and make it ultra metallic a la…

two Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion (£5.10 from Boots but currently on offer at £3.40)
After hearing the Dove skin expert at The Only Way is Blogging saying that any moisturiser is good for post-sunned-skin, I decided to use this rather than a general after sun. It has 24 hour moisturisation technology and really left my skin feeling soft and gorgeous, even if I do say so myself! (please note, this was a press sample)

three ES A155 Lashes (£8.25 for 10 pairs from KKcentreHk)
These were a Godsend – despite them being reusable, when we were getting in at ridiculous hours of the morning from a night out, more often than not I ripped the lashes off my face and left them in random places never to be found again, so having a big stash of inexpensive yet effective lashes on hand was ideal! Check out my review of these lashes here. (please note, this was a press sample)

four – EOS Summer Fruits Lip Balm (approx £5 from eBay or available widely in USA)
I loved the look of these ever since first seeing a picture – I just had to have one. I love the quirky shape of it and all my friends adored it too. Perfect for having on hand and giving a bit of moisture to your lips while sunbathing.

five – Sleek Paint Pot in Peach Perfection (£4.30 from Sleek)
This was perfect for adding a slight sheen of colour to your lips poolside – it just gave the impression you had gone to the effort of doing something, without doing anything too much! Check out my review of this here.

six – Compact Mirror (mine is Benefit, but not sure if they’re still in production)
I’d say this is an absolute essential – for checking if any mascara has run, bits in your teeth, all your lotion is rubbed in etc etc

seven – Dove Intensive Repair Regenerating Mask (£3.99 from Superdrug)
This is a hair mask which is designed to be left in for 3-5 minutes then washed out, however this was my rescue hair product in a different way! My hair is very thick, and I have lots of it – so trying to do anything with it after washing it was a complete nightmare. The only way I managed to regain any control was by slathering my hair in this, so I could actually tie it up (normally on the top of my head) and leaving it in until the next time I washed my hair. When I came back to England and gave it it’s first wash, it was in such good condition – something I certainly wasn’t expecting after it being in the sun for so long.

eight – Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 08 (£25 from Illamasqua)
I really don’t have good skin. Not the kind of skin I would want to go baring, with no make up on. I needed to find something that covered up the bad bits without me looking too cakey. I bought this, and Garnier’s BB cream hoping one of them would be the solution to my problem. Unfortunately the Garnier was just too sheer for me, but the Skin Base Foundation was perfect. My friend commented on my make up one day asking how it stayed looking so perfect (score!) however I know it wasn’t exactly perfect – it does get shiny after a while of wearing, particularly in the heat, and as expected, needs reapplying after getting wet. I am wearing it in all of the photos in this post and loving that because there’s no SPF in it I don’t look like a ghost in them! I think if I could find a way of making it last a little longer without getting shiny, it would definitely be my holy grail foundation.

nine – Exposed Skincare Acne Treatment Serum ($19.95 from Exposed Skincare)
I am currently following the Exposed Skincare plan – I have used it for over 30 days now, so expect a full review of that soon. Although I still got spots, the Acne Treatment Serum helped to dry them out a lot faster than usual, so they were there for a lot less time than they would normally be. The last thing anyone wants on holiday is for their skin to get worse, so this was handy when I had a breakout.

ten – L’Oreal Lash Architect Waterproof Mascara (£7.99 from Amazon or in store at Boots)
I’m not saying this is the best waterproof mascara I’ve ever used – but it did the job; the mascara stayed put all day without any smudges or panda eyes. It seperated my lashes nicely, made them look full but not too ott, and basically, just made it look like my eyelashes actually existed!

Although it’s not really a beauty item the Liz Earle Tote Bag was kindly sent to me just in time for my holiday and is the perfect size for a towel, book (I kidded myself every day that I would get more than 2 pages read!) sun tan lotion, water and make up essentials. It has a magnetic fastening, a gorgeous nautical style, and is very robust. If you take advantage of the Liz Earle Suncare Offer before 31st August, you too can have one of these bags in a slightly smaller size. The set includes Mineral Suncream  SPF20 to help reflect UVA and UVB rays, their Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel to cool and rehydrate and two shimmering treats – basically everything you need to keep your skin looking amazing while you’re away!

So, that’s my top 10 folks. What do you think of it? Would you add anything in?