Sunday, 13 April 2014

Organic Surge Pure & Clean Face Wash......

Organic Surge is a brand I had never heard of or used until I received this face wash in a Betrousse box many many months a go. As a beauty blogger it takes time to get round to using things and giving them a fair trial and review.

Organic Surge's logo

"Organic Surge channels the vibrancy and goodness of nature into our everyday lives. With products as individual as we are, natural formulas and charitable links, Organic Surge is dedicated to making life better wherever we can, starting with you."

Organic Surge Pure & Clean Face Wash 200ml RRP £5.99.

The packaging I have (from as far as I can tell) is the older style packaging, they have recently updated it to a sleek looking tube. This face wash claims to balance and stimulate skin, removes makeup and impurities without drying the skin. Organic Surge's products contain 96% natural products, all of their packaging is recyclable and they are against animal testing, hurrah!

I LOVE this face wash for ALL of the above reasons. I really like how it comes in a pump style bottle, dispensing one use per pump, I also love the scent (rosemary and lemon essential oils are packing in to here), I love that it lathers up really well and there is another big reason I love it, it really helps my oily skin, I have noticed a big improvement in my 'oiliness' after using this for a while, it also lasts for so long!!!

Organic Surge have their own website, they are also stocked in larger Boots stores and even John Lewis!

I will be extremely interested in trying out more from the range as if this product is anything to go by they will be fabulous!

Have you used or heard of Organic Surge?


Day Dress Wish List From New Look.....

The sun has started shining here in the North West of England and I have started to plan my summer wardrobe, each year I get out all of my summer clothes, try them on, and see what I still squeeze in to still fits nicely. 

I have been browsing on line for affordable, pretty day dresses that can be dressed up or down for day to evening looks and I have found some bargain dresses on *New Look's website......

1. Black V Neck Bluebell Print Tea Dress RRP £19.99 SALE £9.00!!!!!

2. Pink Sleeveless Scoop Back Skater Dress RRP£9.99 -  This also comes in Mint Green, Blue and Pale Blue.

3. Peach Contrast Rounded Collar Swing Dress RRP £15.00 SALE £7.00!!!!!

4. Blue Cap Sleeve Scoop Back Skater Dress - RRP £12.99 SALE £5.00!!!!! This is also comes in Jade and Red.

I own quite a few skater dresses already, they are so versatile and they go with almost anything!  If these dresses are still in stock on pay day and I will definitely be picking these up.

*New Look have a really fantastic sale on at the moment on Spring/Summer dresses at the moment so if you want to grab a few bargains get in there quick!

Are you ready for Spring/Summer '14?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Prairie Charms: Hair Accessories.....

A while a go I bought a mystery bag from Prairie Charms this was exclusively for bloggers to try out some of the range, now if you haven't heard of Prairie Charms before they are an independent accessory company who are currently working on some new lines, they have some really cute and well made statement pieces!

I received 2 Rania Wraps which retails for approx £10.00 for 3, you would receive the 2 pictures above and a gorgeous blue one too and I also received a Dahlia Bow £8.00.

At first I wasn't sure if I would use these as I haven't really experimented with hair accessories, but I have to say I adore them, especially the Rania Wraps, they are so versatile, these wraps are a small version of the brands head bands which come in a variety of different patterns.

They are really easy to use, they have a soft wire inside meaning you can mould around any hairstyle!

I use mine when I have a messy bun in as they jazz up my hair and hides the ugly bobble!

Prairie Charms don't just do hair accessories, they also make jewellery and the company is always expanding in to new ventures, they are currently getting in new fabrics which will be perfect for Spring/Summer!

Do you use hair accessories? Have you heard of Prairie Charms before?

Monday, 7 April 2014

Steam Cream Multi-Purpose Moisturiser....

Most of you will have heard of Steam Cream and many of you will have tried it, I remember many moons a go one of the beauty boxes had Steam Cream inside and everyone gushed over the many many different variations of pretty tins they came in, me however, have never tried it until now.

The lovely people at Baobella asked if I would like to review Steam Cream so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a cute tin of moisturiser.

*I was sent 2x 75g tins with a rose theme.

You can buy Steam Cream from several places online for around £12.00, they have tons of different designs on Feel Unique. 

For £12.00 you get a hefty amount of product making it great value for money.

"STEAMCREAM have pioneered the use of a steam technique to create this unique, gentle and loosely-bound emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient – including a moisturising and soothing oatmeal infusion, orange flower water and healing lavender oil – to breakdown and penetrate areas of the skin that other creams find hard to reach."

Now the first thing I will say about this product is I am not a huge fan of the scent, this is down to personal choice as it contains lavender and I really don't like lavender, saying that it isn't overpowering so I tested it out for a few weeks anyway.

The cream inside is nice consistency and as Steam Cream say, this is a multi-purpose cream for your face, hands and body.

I used it on my face at first and my skin didn't really like it, I felt like it 'sat' on my skin instead of soaking in and left a film on my skin, this may be down to me having oily skin, but when using it on my hands it seemed to soak in a lot better and left my hands silky smooth. 

I have also been using it on my legs as I can often get dry skin on my legs and the skin on my legs loved it, this says to me that if you have dry skin anywhere this product would be perfect for you.

I really like that this product is in eco-friendly tins and is also suitable for vegans so full of lots of natural ingredients, it's a great size and really handy for travelling as with it being 75g you can pop it in your hand luggage.

Overall I really like this product, not for my face, but for the rest of my body/dry skin it's fantastic!

Have you tried Steam Cream before? What are your thoughts?


Super Gorgeous April: Photo A Day Challenge.....

Those who follow me on Instagram, @emsmixedbag, will have noticed I have been joining in with #SuperGorgeousApril which has been thought up by Alice who writes Super Gorgeous.

I am really enjoying sharing original pictures with you, and I love looking through other peoples, Alice has picked the topics for each day in April, which you can see on the picture below, and if you want to join in and be nosey like me you can find all of the details HERE.

I thought I would show you what my first 7 days pictures were for those of you haven't heard or seen #SuperGorgeousApril.

Day 1: What I used - I haven't been feeling too well recently and on day 1 I was having a makeup free day so slathered on my fave moisturiser!

Day 2: Arm Candy - I'm updating all of my jewellery at the moment but I adore these watches, they are from Ebay and cost less than £3.00 delivered!

Day 3: Brushes - Some of my collection in my charity shop tea cup!

Day 4: Vamp - I wanted to do a vamp makeup look for this day but again I wasn't feeling too great, this is a gorgeous Collection lipstick!

Day 5: Inspired by a celebrity - I am a huge Beyonce fan and her music makes me feel I can achieve anything, who doesn't love this woman?!

Day 6: Skincare Routine - All of my favourites!

Day 7: Metalic - This is Sleek's Original palette and is one of my fave brands for eye shadows and they do the most gorgeous metallic shades!

Why not pop over to Instagram, you can find me HERE. Join in or just have a browse through all of the great pictures!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream.....

As most of you may know, I am a huge BB cream fan. I dislike wearing foundation everyday for work, as my skin just dislikes it, I have tried many many BB creams to try and find the perfect one for my oily skin, I did find it in Estée Lauder's BB Creme but it costs a whopping £29.00 for 30ml, now the product is fantastic and worth every penny but I am on a budget at the moment so thought I would test out a high street alternative.

 I have tried many different BB creams from MUA, Sleek, Rimmel to own brands including Osiris, but they all made my skin feel quite greasy so this time I opted for.....

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream in shade 001 Light RRP £9.99.

This claims:

"A lightweight, multi-benefit Beauty Balm that combines skincare, makeup, and sunscreen in one step.
• HYDRATES like moisturiser - Yes.
• SMOOTHES like primer - Yes.
• COVERS like foundation - Yes.
• BLURS FLAWS like concealer - Yes.
• PROTECTS with SPF 30 like sunscreenTranslucent photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light so skin looks radiant and perfected in any light."

I have used this product everyday for about a month now (apart from when I'm not at work and I use my foundation, I'm currently testing out another product from Revlon, Colourstay 24hr foundation, a full review of this will be up shortly), at first I liked this BB cream, the coverage of the BB cream is really good......

It gives you a nice semi matte medium coverage, no strong scent and applies quite nicely, and it does everything it claims to, however, after a few hours wear (2/3) I found my skin was becoming extremely oily and this was affecting the coverage and by the end of the day I looked like I wasn't wearing anything. 

Before I use the product I give the tube a good shake but every time I squeezed some out, this happened.....

As you can see the product keeps separating even after a good shake, now this may be great for the drier of skins, giving a nice glow but for a self confessed 'oily skinned lady' this is no good at all.

I gave the product a fair trial but I'm really disappointed with it, no where on the packaging does it say for dry skin so you would presume its for all skin types.

Sorry Revlon this product gets a big thumbs down from me however I love using their foundation at the moment and I will write a post about my thoughts in this very soon.

Have you tried this product? What BB cream do you use if any?


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Do You Want Some Freebies.....?

I haven't done a freebie post in a while and yesterday I posted about how you can get your hands on a FREE Manuka Doctor sample kit which you can read HERE.

I thought I would share some other great freebies I have found recently!

FREE InStyle magazine RRP £3.80.

Just fill in your details HERE and you will get a quick phone call to confirm your address and your FREE copy will be in the post!


Now I am not usually one to like the 'celebrity' fragrance trends but I have to say I adore Britney Spears Fantasy fragrance and you can get your free sample HERE by liking their facebook page and filling in your details, they have 20,000 samples to give away so get in there quick!


Origins have an ongoing offer where if you bring your old skin care packaging (from any brand) to your local Origins counter they will give you little samples from their range! My local Origins counter is in Debenhams and I will be popping in this weekend so I will keep you updates about what I receive.


Origins also are giving away FREE facials at participating stores/counters, you can see if there is one close by to you HERE. 


Fancy your chance at getting your hands on a FREE FULL SIZED Benefit They're Real mascara? Simple place your vote in The Sunday Times Style Awards 2014 HERE and the first 3,000 people to do so will receive this freebie courtesy of, I am unsure how many people have entered so far but it's worth a go right? Benefit They're Real is one of my fave mascaras and retails for £18.50, so fingers crossed everyone!

The Sunday Times Style 2014 Beauty Awards in Association with

I will keep you all posted should I find any more fab freebies! 



Monday, 24 March 2014

Manuka Doctor Freebie.....

So this morning my lovely postman dropped a little freebie through my letter box and you can still get your mitts on it! It's a sample pack from Manuka Doctor worth £12.99!

Manuka Doctor is a new brand to myself, my friend Julie (*waves at Julie*) told me about this freebie and it arrived within 2 weeks which isn't too bad for a freebie! This was floating around on the 'bloggersphere' but you DID have to pay postage, now you don't!


"Manuka Doctor strives to provide the appropriate balance of essential ingredients formulated to offer functional natural solutions. By adhering to the highest standards in ingredient selection & manufacturing processes we can assure our customers the best quality, natural formulations that have the technical backing of expertise research & independent laboratory testing. Environmental elements aren't always kind to skin. Manuka Doctor skincare range is designed to be kind - synergistic formulations that are naturally good for you."

In this little box you receive 3 decent sized sachets.....


Rejuvenating Face Mask 7ml.


Targeted Wrinkle Filler 3ml.


Skin Treatment Serum 5ml.

Manuka Doctor also have lots of special offers on on their website including a code for more FREE  samples FM003.

Grab this freebie HERE while stocks last.

I will review all of these products once I have tested them out.

Have you tried any products from Manuka Doctor before?