Avène Skincare Haul + Review

Ever since I received a little press drop from Avène Skincare a few months ago, I have been obsessed with their products. Their facial spray has eliminated all dryness, itchiness and sensitivity from my skin and the Tolerance Extreme Cream has played a huge part in improving the overall texture of my skin.
Due to the success of the above products, I decided to broaden my Avène horizon and try out more of their goodies.

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Clicks has finally got the solution for acne-prone, sensitive and allergic skin

If you’re one of those that suffer from hypersensitive , acne-prone or generally weird-and-hard-to-please skin, then perhaps Avène products are the solution to your problem.

I received a sweet little surprise press drop from the SA company behind Avène a few weeks ago and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure who Avène was or what they offer in terms of their product range.
After googling Avène, I learnt that they’re a French brand that caters for those with sensitive, hyper-sensitive, intolerant and allergic skin which is quite perfect for the SA market as there are very few brands that share Avène’s target market. After much deliberation, I decided that I will risk it all and give both their Thermal Water Spray and Tolerance Extreme Cream a go!


The Thermal Water Spray
I’ve always loved the idea of a facial and body mist but never found one that suited my skin. A while ago, I used to use a Pure Rose Water mist but after a few weeks it really started to irritate my skin so I forced myself to stay far, far away from face/body mists.
Anyway, I was rather skeptical when I was about to try out this water spray from Avène, I was a tad worried that I’d have a reaction to it and also very much concerned that it’s just water packaged in a spray bottle because of obvious reasons, haha! But the results had me gobsmacked! IMG_4285
I’ve always had a MAJOR issue with heat pimples on my body – you know those breakouts of fine pimples you get when your body overheats – and surprisingly enough The Thermal Water Spray has counteracted all negative reactions my body experiences from the heat.
My arms, neck and chest area and back are no longer red and itchy and look so much more healthier and glowy like (and I’ve only been using the spray twice a day for like 2 weeks).
For the past few years, I’ve been trying anything and everything (including body scrubs, lotion, body oil and various treatments) to rid myself of this issue and nothing has worked as well as this spray. It is honestly a wonder product – I think I love it as much as I love my ever-faithful Lavender & Myrrh Facial Oil because that’s how effective it is. IMG_4286

I even use it as a toner for my skin after cleansing and as a setting spray for makeup too – it helps a ton in achieving that dewy finish. When I use it as a toner, I simply spray this very fine mist on to my skin, wait for about 2 minutes and apply my acne treatment serum (day) or facial oil (night) whilst the spray is still wet – I feel it enhances the effect of the spray, the serum and oil. IMG_4292

The Thermal Water Spray has also halted the very frequent breakouts that I used to endure on my jawline and around my forehead (which I assume were environmental/bacterial breakouts from pillowcases, burkas and scarves) and even helps with hydration in between Salaahs (prayers). It even reduces the itchy feeling from mosquito bites which I find so unbelievable – it literally takes just one spray and the itch is gone (you probably don’t believe me, but when you try it out for yourself then you shall know!)
Overall, it’s a great product that has so many uses – I will definitely be stocking up on these and I’m hoping that the travel sized versions are available too as I would love to have a handy handbag-sized one too. If you’re always breaking out, have generally itchy and sensitive skin or even allergic skin, I suggest giving this product a try, I know that you will be pleasantly surprised. It retails for R150 (150ml) and is exclusively available at Clicks from today!


The Tolerance Extreme Cream
Those of you who know me personally or who have emailed me regarding my skin care routine, you will know that I don’t believe in moisturizers – hence why I never, ever post on them. My trusty Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Block is all that I’ve ever needed to moisturize my skin whilst protecting it from the sun and I would never have voluntarily purchased a moisturizer to use. However, with that said, I’m really taken aback with the effectiveness of this moisturizer.IMG_4289

I’ve been using the moisturizer for about a week and half and apply it on top of my serum (day) and on top my facial oil (night) and I’ve already seen a huge improvement in the texture of my skin and it has even slightly reduced my pore size. The moisturizer does feel slightly oily at first but once it absorbs into your skin, it’s nothing but moisture and hydration.

Another aspect of this moisturizer that I love, is that it has an automatic stopper around the opening which prevents air and dust from entering the tube and contaminating the cream. So as you squirt out the product, the little stopper pops outs releasing the product and then pops back in once you let go – something which all brands of facial products should think about investing in.IMG_4291

The moisturizer also works wonderfully when under a BB cream as it acts as a barrier between the BB cream and your face and therefore prevents any breakouts/reaction from occurring from the use of the BB cream – those of you with sensitive skin will really appreciate that.

Once again, another extraordinary product from Avène and one that I will definitely be purchasing once my tube is finished (which might be quite soon, considering how obsessed I am with it). For R299 (50ml) a pop, it is quite pricey but definitely worth the buy especially if you’re into using more expensive brands like Dermalogica and the likes as this one will definitely produce the results that you’re looking for. Just in case you missed it above, Avène is exclusive to Clicks and can be found in stores now – if you’ve tried out their products, pop me a mail or comment below and let me know what you think of their products 🙂


There are a few other products from the Avène product range that I’m really dying to try out – the Cleanance Matte, Expert, Hydra and Suncare; Triacneal and the D-pigment Light dark spot lightening. I think these might be hiding some magic just like the Thermal Water Spray and the Tolerance Extreme Cream!


Apart from producing some fab products, Avène also takes their corporate social responsibility seriously and has sent 3 South African children with severe Eczema for treatment at the Avène Dermatological Hydrotherapy Center in the South of France in August 2014 and 2 of the children, Nirvana and Alisha come from Durban (yay, Durban)! You probably don’t really care about that, but I do and I think that it says a lot about Avène as a brand and makes me more inclined to support them in regard to buying products and featuring them on my blog. If you’re interested in how the Eczema treatments turned out, you can visit the blog that was started by one of the kids’ mother here.


DIY: Make your own super, sparkly glitter eyeliner with Essence cosmetics

I absolutely adore glitter eyeliners, but the brands that make them are a bit too pricey for my budget.

One of the most affordable glitter eyeliners is Essence’s Crystal Eyeliner but the glitter in those liners are tiny and are more suitable to be worn in the day rather than at night. I wanted a liner that is super cute, not overdone but that still makes a statement, so I decided to create my own. And here’s how:

All you need is:
A tube of transparent, gel mascara
A glitter pot in any colour
A skinny, eyeliner brush

I use Essence’s Lash & Brow gel mascara (R29.95), Essence’s nail effect glitter (R29.95) and an eyeliner brush from on old eyeliner.

Before you begin, ensure that the eyeliner brush is clean and dry. Wash away any leftover product with some baby shampoo or makeup remover and then dry it off with a paper towel.

Dip the brush into the tube of mascara, ensuring that the bristles are thoroughly coated with the gel.


Now dip the brush into the pot of glitter. Go for a little bit of glitter at a time, if you overload the glitter it will make the task of applying it as eyeliner much more difficult. Just tap off any excess glitter into the pot or cap.



Apply to eyes (or hand in my case :P)


Please note that I have used glitter that consists of larger flakes due to the fact that if it gets into the eyes, it will be easier to remove than the mini flakes. Also note that no glitter is 100% safe to use on your eyes, so please be super, duper careful when applying – we wouldn’t want any trips to the ER now would we?