Considering the fact that I’ve been so busy lately, which is the reason I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to beauty reviews (I promise I’ll be reviewing some great goodies just before the end of May!), I thought it will be a great idea to compile a post on my handbag must-haves!
We all have those lazy days, you know those days where you don’t want to get out of the house but you absolutely have to? Yeah, so this is basically my lazy day outfit.
Essence is one of those brands that offer quality products at an affordable price. Whilst I do prefer purchasing the bulk of my products from higher-end brands, I always look to Essence when I’m in need of a specific eyeshadow or lip pencil to create a look for a special event – because I most likely wouldn’t use these products on a daily basis and I don’t need to feel bad because it was cheap anyway!
If there’s one thing I can’t leave home without, it’s eyeliner. And recently, I’ve convinced myself to be a tad more adventurous and trusting of brands so I decided to try out two new eyeliners from brands other than Smashbox and Stila.
I have never pegged myself as a lipstick kinda girl as I’ve only ever worn balms or lip chubbies – and also never owned a tube of lippie until recently.
A few weeks ago, I found myself browsing through Kalahari’s website and somehow convinced myself to purchase not one, but two lipsticks. The first being Catrice’s Ultimate Lip Colour in Matte About Pink (250) and the other Catrice’s Ultimate Lip Glow.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In January, Rubybox had an awesome sale on a ton of their beauty goodies – most items were fairly marked down whilst others were as cheap as chips. I knew what I needed/wanted, so I gathered my must-haves into my basket and checked out. I picked up 3 gel eyeliners, an eyelash curler and a makeup brush cleanser. And here’s what I thought of all the items I purchased.
The Gel Eyeliners
Yardley’s Expert Eyes Gel Eyeliner in Copper Gleam and Forest Fantasy and Smashbox’s Jet Set Eyeliner in Dark Brown ( I really wanted the black, but it wasn’t available!), all made their way into my virtual basket.
Even though I’m a huge Smashbox fan, I’d have to say that the Yardley gel eyeliners are just as good as the Smashbox one. Besides being packaged the same way and both being accompanied by a nifty brush that makes application easy, the gel eyeliners from both brands have an insane staying power, are highly pigmented and dries on the lids in less than a minute.
This was my very first time purchasing/using a gel eyeliner – I’m more of an eye pencil and liquid liner girl – but I enjoyed using them and will definitely be purchasing more. The Copper gel eyeliner from Yardley is still on sale on Rubybox for just R29,95 each, find it here. And if you’re wondering, I paid just R89.95 for the Smashbox one, which usually retails for R239.95 😌
To be honest, I think that an eyelash curler is one of the most important beauty tools – every girl needs to own one. This particular one from Rubybox checks all the boxes for me – curls my lashes without a fuss, is painless and doesn’t tug on my lashes and has two replacement rubber parts!
It will most likely last you for about 3 years, if not longer, so paying R79,95 should be a breeze – it’s an investment in your lashes, after all! You can find the curler here!
The Makeup Brush Cleanser
It can be a fuss to clean/wash your brushes everyday especially if you may need to use the same brush over 3 or 4 consecutive days and you don’t have a spare – so this is where the Fresh in a Flash Brush Cleanser from Rubybox beauty fits in.
All you’ve got to do is spray some of this magic cleansing liquid onto your brush, wait 5 seconds and then wipe your brush back and forth on to a paper towel to get rid of makeup and the liquid and voila! your brushes are clean! For those of you who use your angled liner brush to apply liquid liner will appreciate this as you know your brush gets hard and stiff once the product has dried on it – but in about 30 seconds after applying the FIAF Brush Cleanser your brush will be as good as new!
This brush cleanser is more of a temporary quick fix, so your brushes still need to be properly washed regularly to keep them clean, fresh and as good as new. It’s basically the dry shampoo for your brushes! I’ll be sharing my makeup brush cleansing method with you guys soon, so look out for that.
This brush cleanser is definitely my favorite from all the items purchased, so if you’re interested in buying some of this magic potion for your brushes, you can find it here for just R69,95
Clear, fresh and radiant – 3 words that accurately describe the skin goals of most probably, every woman out there. And the great news is, that POND’S has formulated a product to help you achieve just that!
The new POND’S complete solution spot clear even tone facial foam has been specifically developed for teens with acne/spot-prone skin. As cleansers play a vital role in keeping your skin fresh and renewed, POND’S thought it’d be a great idea to formulate a cleanser that aids in keeping skin healthy and clear by washing away dirt, oil and spot causing bacteria. And they sent me a few tubes to try out for myself!
This multi-action facial foam and scrub is aimed at fighting 10 oil and spot related problems from deep within the epidermal layer. It was designed to help control oil, clear pimples, reduce blemishes and redness, calm the skin, remove blackheads and whiteheads, tighten pores and smooth and brighten skin.
It contains 4 powerful ingredients – salicylic acid, herbal clay, scrub beads and brightening essence – which will encourage skin to be at it’s freshest and clearest at all times.
I’ve only started using the POND’S complete solution spot clear even tone facial foam on my nose to remove blackheads and my skin has taken well to it. My skin is quite sensitive therefore I usually breakout if a product doesn’t agree with my skin. However, since I’ve been using this product, which has only been a for few days, I haven’t had a negative reaction. In terms of getting rid of the blackheads, I’m closely monitoring any new appearance or removals of blackheads and will be sure to update you as soon as I have something to report on.
I’ve also distributed a few of these to teens that are suffering with spots and dull skin – and will defo compile another post documenting their results and thoughts on this product.
In the mean time, if you’re eager to try out this product, I highly recommend you do. Firstly, because I’ve used it and didn’t breakout so it’s safe to use. Secondly, you can get a 15ml tube for just R6.99 – yeah guys, just R6.99 so it ain’t going to break the bank. And if you’re totally convinced and slightly obsessed with this product after reading this, you can get the 50ml which retails for R32.99 or get the 100ml for just R49.99.
If you decide that you’d rather spend your R6.99 on this product than on a chocolate flavored Super M – then I’ve got even better news for you! POND’S is currently running a comp where you stand a chance of seeing your selfie on a billboard. All you’ve got to do is:
Use POND’S complete solution spot clear even tone facial foam.
Take a selfie.
Share your picture on Twitter/IG/POND’S Facebook Page with #PONDSNOFILTER OR
Upload it to http://www.PONDSselfie.co.za
And it’s as simple as that!
All the best with your skin and the competition! Here’s to being more selfie confident 💁
It wasn’t too long ago when the Strawberry scented Labello was the only lip product I owned. But recently, I’ve been more and more obsessed with lip products, so I thought I’d share 3 of my favorites with you.
Blistex Simple and Sensitive Lip Balm
I recently had somewhat of an allergic reaction to the ingredients in both the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss and one of the Smashbox lip glosses – in general, my lips don’t play well with glosses. Anyway, I tried everything from Maybelline’s BabyLips to Vaseline even Zambuk and plain ol’ olive oil to try and get my lips back to normal but nothing worked. My lips were extremely dry and itchy and the upper one had turned a dark brown -which I’m assuming is an indication that the gloss burnt my lips – and was just horrible and annoying to look at.
Finally, I came across this beauty from Blistex and I kid you not, the next morning my lips were back to their usual self – plumpy and hydrated and no longer brown!
Initially, I was a bit hesitant to pay 40bucks for a balm that looked like it travelled all the way from the 90’s due to it’s rather crappy and lame packaging, however I’m glad that I did purchase it!
Apart from it’s aforementioned lack in visual appeal, it works superbly and always, ALWAYS, makes my lips feel great! I use it every night before bed and throughout the day. I also use it as a lip base for every lip product that I use. I find that since the Blistex balm is quite moisturizing, when used with another lip product, it gives my lips a very hydrated and healthy look and stops coloured lip products from drying out my lips and settling within my lip lines.
This is one product that I don’t think I can live without. And yeah, I’m even willing to pay another 40bucks for it if it means that my lips won’t have another incident!
Revlon’s ColourBurst Matte Balm in Unapologetic
I love chubby crayon-like lip products. I find it much easier to slick on than a lipstick and I find that they are quite pigmented too.
This particular one, is very hydrating, brightly coloured, smells minty and long-lasting too.
I wouldn’t willingly purchase such a bright colour, however I received this at one of the Cosmo 2014 events and have loved it ever since. This is my go-to lip colour if I’m planning to have some fun in the sun or a quick trip to the local mall. I usually apply my Blistex Simple and Sensitive Balm as a lip base and then follow up with this chubby and blend into my lips. This particular shade will work well on fair, medium, olive and darker skin tones, so it’s a definite must-have.
Catrice’s Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Red Lip District 050
So, this is the first lip pencil that I’ve ever purchased/used. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been interested in lip pencils. Perhaps, I thought that it was only for lining lips and wasn’t willing to invest that much of time in my lips where I’d have to line them and fill them in too.
Anyway, this one was quite an impulse buy. I think I paid about R13 for this one during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales on Kalahari (you can find the lip liner here and even get it for free with the current promotion on Kalahari) and was excited to see what it was like. I wasn’t expecting much and thought it’d be average but it actually surprised me. It is quite bright and red and much, much more moisturizing than I thought a lip liner would be ( I compared this to an Essence one that I bought at the same time, and the Essence one really dried out my lips).
I’m not a fan of red lips, so I blended this one into my Blistex coated lips and created a subtle watermelon-red shade which I love. I usually wear the lip liner + Blistex duo when shopping or on a night out in which I amp up the pigment from watermelon red to water ice-cream red. The normal selling price is about R30 and is such a steal! I’m sure it isn’t as wonderful as a MAC or a Bobbi Brown liner but really does produce amazing results at a fraction of the cost and is perfect for those beauties on a budget!
Let’s hope that this year, my love for and collection of lip products grows extensively!
A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Healthway which is a phenomenal brand that specializes in 100% natural products that aim to get rid of skin & health problems. Their products range from personal skin care products to detox products and slimming products and even supplements. I’m pretty sure that they have a solution for every skin issue out there.
The amazing peeps over at Healthway sent me two of their wonderful products, that I will be reviewing today!
I received the No.1 Living Clay Cream and the No.1 Recovery Living Clay and considering that I have been using these products for the last few weeks, I think it’s time I share my thoughts on these products with you guys.
No.1 Living Clay Cream
As this cream is formulated for those with combination-normal skin and benefits those suffering from eczema, itchy skin, dry & sensitive skin, sunburn and sun allergies, I opted to use it on my body and not on my face as I don’t think it’s suitable for acne-prone skin (or it would have stated that on the bottle).
I basically use it as a body lotion and I’m quite happy with the results. I don’t really suffer from the skin conditions that were listed on the bottle, however my knees and elbows do tend to get a little dry from time to time and I’ve noticed that this product stops this from happening.
In general, my body feels quite smooth and nourished when I apply the Living Clay Cream on to it and it also easily absorbs into the skin which is always appreciated. The cream isn’t artificially fragranced which means that it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin too.
The Living Clay Cream is also wonderful for soothing burns and sores. I say that because a few days after I received the product, I accidentally burnt myself around my stomach area. And normally, a burn would cause my skin to bubble or scar, but the morning after I burnt myself I applied a layer of the Living Clay Cream and it immediately soothed it and stopped that eerie, burning sensation.
I’d definitely purchase this product again and at just R90 for a 150ml tub it’s definitely worth it.
No.1 Recovery Living Clay
“Living Clay” is one of natures most effective and tested 100% Natural Healing Materials. Montmorillonite, which is the sole ingredient of Living Clay, is legendary and universally renowned for its therapeutic qualities. It is known for it’s ability to absorb positively charged ions in the body. When wet the Clay develops a strong negative charge. whilst toxins, heavy metals, bacteria and most viruses are positively charged, the Clay therefore draws the impurities out like a magnet.
The Living Clay was really simple to use, all that’s needed is to make a little paste using the clay and water, and then apply either to your entire face or the affected areas. I chose to to just spot treat the areas that had active pimples, I left the clay on for about 25min whilst keeping it damp throughout it’s time on my skin and then washed it off.
I noticed a huge difference when whiteheads were concerned, after washing off the clay the whiteheads would literally be gone, leaving behind just a little red mark that will vanish in about 3 days.
The Living Clay also stimulates circulation, is anti-bacterial and can be used on open wounds therefore it is suitable for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis, rashes, sun burn and even sun damaged skin. The clay also doubles as a mild exfoliator, so when washing off, just rub in a circular motion to begin exfoliating. I’m convinced that the clay will also aid in reducing your pore size and blackheads as it does draw out impurities and bacteria which are the main causes for these skin issues.
I will definitely start using the Living Clay as a face mask soon, but for now I’m really pleased with the results I’m achieving with spot treating. And you can be sure that once this product is finished I’ll definitely be purchasing it again. The 250 ml tub which retails for R210 is equivalent to 25 full face masks which is approximately over 300 spot treats – definitely worth purchasing if you suffer from a ton of whiteheads and pimples.
If you’re interested in learning more about Healthway products or if you would like to purchase some, head on over to their website here. They also have some cool promotions that are currently running on their products and are offering free delivery for purchases over R450. You can also contact your nearest Healthway consultant, if you have any other questions – find your nearest consultant here!
On a side note, I hope you guys are having a wonderful 2015 and I look forward to another amazing blogging year with you guys!