Beauty bits and pieces: Skin Creamery facial hydrating oil, Filorga Hand Absolute, Morgan Taylor Accelerate Quick Dry nail drops and Garnier Ultimate Blends balm

I know you guys enjoy these beauty bits and pieces posts so let’s get stuck in shall we?

First up, I was given a box of goodies from Faithful to Nature the other day and the stand out product I’m enjoying is Skin Creamery’s facial hydrating oil (R285).

That Soil
FYI, that Soil Kenyan Shea butter’s fabulous too if you’ve got seriously dry skin. It’s like solidified honey in the tub but turns into an oily balm the moment you heat it up between your palms. 

It’s made using a blend of certified organic mega-moisturising oils including baobab, jojoba and Kalahari melon seed. You’re to apply it to your face when your skin’s a bit wet (I give mine a quick misting with Balm Balm’s rose floral water hydrosol – it smells like strawberry jam!) and then hit up the oil and it just melts into your skin. Sure, you can also slap on the oil sommer so, but when you mix it with water the oil molecules break down so they better penetrate your skin.

Skin Creamery’s oil isn’t going to turn back the hands of time but when I want a pampering dose of hydration it’s a great choice as the oils are full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and jojoba in particular has an anti-inflammatory benefit. The main reason I enjoy using it, however, is incredibly superficial – to me, it smells just like Iced Zoo Biscuits! Seriously!

Moving on, let’s chat about Filorga’s new hand cream.

Filorga Hand Absolute
Filorga Hand Absolute Ultimate Rejuvenating hand and nail cream, R400, Edgars and Red Square.

At R400 it definitely sits on the expensive side of things but it’s not living in crazy town if you consider the fact that Clarins’ hand cream is R310 and manages to be a bestseller. I like that Filorga’s option feels fabulously rich thanks to a mix of natural butters, skin plumping hyaluronic acid and collagen but absorbs in a flash. It also contains peptides to help look after your skin’s own collagen and contains a sea lily extract that’s supposed to help inhibit the formation of dark spots. (I have no clue if this is in a concentration that’ll be effective. If spots are a real concern for you then please be sure to team any hand cream you use with sunscreen.) Lastly, it also contains a keratin booster that, Filorga say, is good for the health of your nails.

Something else I’m loving? Morgan Taylor Accelerate Quick Dry nail drops. I don’t know the price just yet, but when I do I’ll be sure to update.

This is the little bottle. You can buy a big one too.
This is the little 9ml bottle. You can buy a 30ml size too.

This guy works like a bomb! Once you’ve finished painting, dribble a drop or two on each nail and BOOM it’s dry to the touch within 60 seconds. For a busy girl on the go, it’s a total life saver and does exactly what it says on the tin. I used to use Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dry top coat as that works fast too, but it creates a bit of a film on your nails so if you touch it, the top coat kind of ‘moves’ and squishes up a bit. With the drying drops, your nails are simply dry.

Last, but not least, you should know Garnier Ultimate Blends has extended its line to include four hair masks they refer to as balms.

Guess who's never buying shampoo again?
Guess who’s never buying conditioner again?

I’m a huge fan of their Colour Illuminator line – it cleanses and conditions without adding any weight but your hair’s still easy to brush while wet – so I tried the Colour Illuminator balm and it’s great. A lovely light weight conditioner for when you want to give your hair a little more hydration but don’t want any heaviness. Also, the price point – R69,95 – is just fabulous! If you’re keen to give Ultimate Blends a bash, now is a good time to snap it up as Clicks is currently running a special where, if you buy any 3 products, one of them is free.

See anything you’d like to try yourself?

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