Things in my Bathroom

My bathroom is very much a zesty and moisturising place at the moment. Five things on the bathroom rota at the moment that I’m loving are these….

Origins Drink Up Mask

Now I am on Roaccutane, my skin is even more dehydrated than ever – Origins Drink Up Mask is the perfect remedy. It’s designed to be worn for 10 minutes then tissued off, but I have been wearing it as an overnight mask a couple of times a week. It feels instantly soothing to apply and the skin on my face is soft, plump and moisturised in the morning. It’s perfect for skin that needs a moisture boost – whether that be as a mask 10 minutes before you apply your make up for an evening out, or overnight. There is another, richer version of this, but because of my strange skin I thought this would be the safest option – and luckily it hasn’t caused me any breakouts. I’m so pleased that I will continue to use this product for ever. Amazing.

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls – Shampoo & Conditioner

My hair is naturally wavy yet I’m for ever buying products to help to straighten it. I thought it was about time I embraced the movement – if I leave my hair to dry naturally, it does wave – but with a frizz – not wearable by any means. These products have definitely helped to tame the frizz and give me more of a defined curl. They have a fresh, clean, floral smell to them and lather up just the right amount. Since I started using Beautiful Curls my hair seems to hold a style more too – whether that is straight or tonged.

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Light Body Lotion

This kind of weather means bare limbs may be on the cards soon – so preparation is key! No one wants to see crusty knees or elbows – and my Roaccutaney skin means body lotion is a must. This light body lotion is exactly that – it’s really lightweight yet moisturising and sinks into the skin straight away. It’s ideal for after a morning shower as by the time I’ve got to my clothes, it’s absorbed. My skin isn’t left feeling sticky or clammy so I know I’m not going to get London Grime stuck to me. Rich, heavy body creams definitely have a place in my routine, but they’re best left for bed time. The Fresh Ocean smell is very citrusey, with a hint of peppermint – every little helps in giving me my morning wake up.

ESPA Zesty Lemon, Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans Hand Wash & Hand Lotion

Earlier this year, spa brand ESPA expanded their range to include some more every-day, affordable yet luxurious products, including hand wash and lotion. Again, my Roaccutaney skin means hand lotion after washing is preferable – and I feel oh so swish having both at my sink, especially when it looks and feels as luxurious as this. They are fragranced with 100% natural fragrance made from pure essential oils – the smell is delicious and is loved by me, the kids and even my boyfriend – we can be a pretty hard bunch to please as a foursome but these hit the spot.

Apivita Lip Care with Chamomile, Organic Beeswax & Olive Oil

I’m sure you’re sick of me telling you… but I’m on Roaccutane now! Lip balm is now my best friend – having one at arms reach at all times. The lip balms from Apivita are paraben free, mineral oil free, and silicone free and contain lots of lovely lip-loving ingredients. As a predominantly beeswax based balm, it isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave the lips glossy. I’ve found it’s slotted nicely into my morning routine before make up – lipstick goes over the top with ease, and doesn’t bleed which can be the case with other, more liquidy balms.

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.