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19 April 2015

Skincare Sunday | Organic Surge Ultra-Light Oil Control Lotion

Organic Surge Ultra-Light Oil Control Lotion
Organic Surge Ultra-Light Oil Control Lotion


The Organic Surge Extra Care line is such a lovely range and I'm a big fan of their Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser. Over the last few weeks I've been trialing their Ultra-Light Oil Control Lotion which is suitable for normal to dry or mature skin, and is designed to protect the skin from environmental influences, allowing it to develop and maintain a balanced level of naturally produced protective oils. The lightweight lotion is packed with skin loving nutrients to replenish and soothe the skin by infusing it with a superior blend of argan leaf, damask rose, geranium, safflower and sweet orange oils.  

Packaged within a clear, glass bottle with a pump dispenser. I really like the white and metallic red colour scheme as it looks really luxurious compared to their main line. The white lotion has a gel-like consistency, which absorbs into the skin almost instantly and it really is lightweight, without leaving any residue or stickiness on the surface of the skin. To begin with, I didn't know how best to introduce the lotion into my skincare regime but I've found that it's best to use it after my serum in the place of my moisturiser in the mornings as it's quite moisturising. 

My skin is very dry so I don't struggle with oily skin, but I imagine that this lotion would be really effective at combating shine as it has a mattifying effect on the skin which is ideal before applying foundation. Even though I don't have oily skin, I struggle with shiny skin as my moisturiser and serum are so intensive, so this helps to keep that shine at a minimum. I like that by adding this into my skincare regime, I'm protecting my skin and it also happens to smell very lovely too which makes application even more pleasurable.

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Benefit Hervana Blusher

Benefit Hervana Blusher
Benefit Hervana Blusher
Benefit Hervana Blusher
Benefit Hervana Blusher

Benefit Hervana £23.50* is a beautiful multicoloured powder blush which Benefit describe as being a good karma face powder that contains four complementary shades; lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose and berry delight which swirled together create an orchid blossom blush. Just like all of Benefit's Box O Powders, Hervana is packaged within a card compact, with a magnetised lid containing a mirror, and a brush nestled on top of the powder. I've read a lot of reviews where people slate the enclosed brush, but I happen to think it's quite effective due to its angled shape of the bristles, which fits nicely against the contours of the cheeks.

Hervana is such a pretty powder, with a kaleidoscope pattern of the four shades. To use the powder, Benefit recommend swirling all four shades together but you could technically use a small brush in one specific section, although I haven't found that to be very effective so I just use them all together. Hervana isn't super pigmented which might disappoint some but I actually love that Hervana is subtle as I can wear it that way, or choose to build it up to be slightly more intense. When blended together, Hervana is a pretty rosy plum shade which imparts a soft yet natural satin flush which is ever so flattering for my pale skin and it suits every lip and eye colour, making it one of my most worn blushes.

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18 April 2015

Stylfile Infuse Moisturising Nail File

Stylfile Infuse Moisturising Nail File Review
Stylfile Infuse Moisturising Nail File Review
Stylfile Infuse Moisturising Nail File Review


This year I'm making a very conscious effort to look after my hands and nails, and I've been trialing a fair few nail files in a bid to find the 'perfect' nail file. When it comes to nail files, I am a complete and utter weirdo as I cannot stand to touch or use glass or crystal nail files, even though I know they're said to be the best files for your nails.. they make me feel physically sick - I know, I'm weird. I have tried a few Stylfile nail files over the last couple of years, and I've always liked them so I was most intrigued by their newest launch; the Stylfile Infuse - the world's first nail file with cuticle oil. 

The Stylfile Infuse is really unique as it combines the trademark curved shape of the Stylfile with specially developed almond cuticle oil to hydrate and nourish cuticles and strengthen nails. The Stylfile Infuse was created as the dust from filing your nails dries your cuticles out and almond oil is known for its nourishing and strengthening properties making it an ideal combination with the Stylfile for looking after the nails. 

The box comes with two nail file attachments and a handle, which each of the files click into. Each of the two file attachments are said to last upto three months, so you have six months of nail filing covered with the Stylfile Infuse. To use the file, Stylfile recommend filing from the nail edge to the nail centre, using the tougher outer side of the file to shape the nails, and then use the softer, inner side to smooth them. Once you've filed your nails, it's time to apply the oil which you do by pressing the black button once on the base of the golden handle. The oil dispenses through the holes in the white cushioned pad, so you simply remove the clear lid and massage the pad around your cuticles in circular motions and then use your fingers to rub in any remaining oil. One click of the button is enough for each hand, and it only takes less than a minute per hand.

I am really impressed with how effective the Stylfile Infuse is.. it files and buffs my nails so quickly and smoothly without damaging my nails as it's very gentle, and it makes applying cuticle oil so much quicker and easier as it's an all in one. If I'm honest, I rarely apply cuticle oil as I find it to be a little bit of a faff, but to have the oil within the file without having to use a separate bottle is a lot more fuss-free and I never neglect to apply the oil after filing when using the Stylfile Infuse. I also really like how ergonomic the design is with the handle as it makes filing my nails incredibly quick and enjoyable and less of a chore.

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