Let's talk about exfolation

Monday, 21 May 2018

The most vital skincare step, in my opinion. I've always felt this way, this is not a new discovery. I actually had a good laugh the other day reading blog posts I wrote when I was a beauty therapist and living in London (back in 2009). No one read this blog, but I wrote down all my tips here. Good Lord, some of it is cringe. Anyhoo, I digress, my point is that I felt this way about exfoliation from day one. Let me tell you why.

This is the one step that 1) most people ignore and 2) most people don't do properly. After the age of 23/25 our skin starts slowing down dramatically. This means that it battles to slough away those dead skin cells and needs all the help it can get from exfoliating. Without this step, those glowey, renewed cells are going to stay covered up and hidden, meaning a dull complexion, build-up and poor product penetration. What a waste!


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Oh, Gucci. You seriously know the way to any girls heart! Their latest fragrance launch follows the original Gucci Bloom (which you all know I adore, see post here), and is everything fresh, unique and uplifting you could want in a scent and more. Not to mention the packaging - Instagram DREAMS.


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

One thing I have realised of late is that writing blog posts is seriously time consuming, for not nearly as much reward as I get on my social channels. Part of me wants to only have my Instagram account as switching on a LIVE and speaking off the top of my head is just so darn easy. Typing takes up so much more of my time and is that much harder to get my knowledge and answers across to you guys but, alas, the two work hand in hand.  So, here it is, as promised – my notes on my LIVE.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

I absolutely love discovering skincare lines that are 1) affordable and 2) work wonders for the skin. That's probably the biggest perk of my job; I get to try so many products and sift through the good, the bad and the ugly and, subsequently, share them with you lovely ladies.

It's not really news to you that I love the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range. I have for quite some time. Neutrogena was actually the first skincare brand I used, back when I first started getting into a basic skincare routine in high-school. It's always been one that I trust.


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

I so often think that supporting a charity is something most people want to do (I hope) but 1) it can be intimidating with all the amazing charities out there and 2) we often wonder how we can be of any help (without having millions to donate).


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Would you be shocked if I told you that my bathroom counter is a CONSTANT cluttered mess? Organised mess, that is. But a mess none-the-less. It drives Marc mad, but any product junkie will relate (and I'm sure you are FAR from shocked).

The one issue I have with my new home (and not living alone anymore), is bathroom counter space. My Cape Town home had a bathroom of dreams and, because it was just me, this would basically look like a mini-Sephora store AKA my heaven. Anyway, my JHB home (combined with living with an incredibly OCD man) means I have to keep my select few faves on my counter. These products do shuffle every now and again, when I want to switch in some new products to try, but, for the most part, I have my staples that I love and trust. Let's have a squiz.


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Right, so this may be one of my most requested posts and it's taken me a long time to write as, well, my advised beauty prep for your big day would be quite lengthy, I would imagine. I'm not going to pretend otherwise. Feeling your best on your big day is so important and, with my view on skincare, this kind of prep takes time and doesn't happen overnight.


Thursday, 29 March 2018

When CHANEL launch a new fragrance I am ALL EARS. They don't do it all that often, as you know, which makes that much more anticipated. As you know, this brand is truly my ultimate and one that epitomises class and, well, just the ultimate indulgence really.

A day out in JHB: Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa with Matsimela

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

On Easter weekend, Marc and I visited the Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa for a pampering session and it was an absolute treat.


Monday, 19 March 2018

There's a new sunblock that's launched and I need to tell you guys about it because 1) I am a real fuss-pot when it comes to sun cream and 2) well, spoiler alert, I love it.

It's from Vichy and part of their new UV Protect range. The range comprises of 3 variants of spf 50 - so it's pretty much up to you which formula you feel would work best for your needs. I will be speaking to all three of the formula's which I've been lucky enough to try. Keep in mind with my review that this is related to my personal preference for my skin type and my needs. I think all three from the range are really great, but have a particularly soft spot for one of them. OK, let me just get into this now and stop blabbering on...


My Glossier Review

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

I did a few stories on Glossier over on Instagram and, as requested, here is a full review of my thoughts on the brand. Now I know that the brand isn't for everyone, but it really does speak to me; I adore the founder (my muse) Emily Weiss and am in awe of what she has done - the woman sure knows how to establish a beautiful brand!


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Moving cities has meant that there has been a lot of living pretty minimally whilst my belongings are all in boxes. This meant that I packed some absolute favourites that I knew would see me through these 2 months, whilst still keeping things minimal.  I have to say, I have pretty much not swayed from these over the past two months and have been totally happy with my selection. I guess the one thing it has made me realise is that I have WAY TOO MANY beauty products, but we all know this. Here's what I can't get enough of:

#SelfLove | Valentine's Day with Lush

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Lush are focusing on Self Love this Valentine's Day, and I just love that! It's also conveniently pretty well suited to my situation right now, as moving to Joburg hasn't been easy. Moving never really is, is it? But it's taken a lot of adjusting on all levels. It hasn't helped that my car and our furniture have all taken forever to get here but such is life.

I'll be back soon

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Hi guys

Happy new year! I am so sorry I have been so quiet and I know a lot of you know the reason for this, given I have been speaking about it when and where I can on my Instagram account, but I have been properly out of action on the blog, so wanted to fill you in here too :)

Vitamin C Explained: the benefits, how to use it & my picks

Thursday, 14 December 2017

I'm back from holidays and, before we all head on our Christmas breaks (YAY), I wanted to discuss an ingredient that is very relevant given we will all most probably be spending more time in the sunshine than usual. With this, will sadly come some unwanted pigmentation (unless we slather on the spf and stay under the umbrella like we should!). Cue Vitamin C: the ingredient that is your lifesaver when it comes to lightening and brightening our complexions and, ultimately, assisting with sun damage.

I know quite a few people are 1) unsure about what this ingredient does and 2) how to incorporate it into their routine. Let's get into it and hopefully simplify things a bit...

Like with all ingredients, it’s not as straight forward as using any old product on your skin that has a picture of an orange on the bottle and claims to have Vitamin C in it – there are all sorts of factors; from the percentage concentration to the way in which it is delivered into the skin. This post will hopefully breakdown the benefits for you as well as dissect a few products I have personally tried in this category.

GETTING BRONZED FOR SUMMER - Bronzers, Self-Tans & Body Scrubs

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I always love this time of year leading into high summer, as the beauty launches are so up my alley. I don’t think I could ever get sick of a bronzer the size of my hand or a juicey, nude lip balm. For me, summer make up is all about nude, glowey skin (although, who am I kidding, I do this make up all year round).
Side note: This eve I am heading off to London for a holiday. Mu Mum and I are doing a Mums and daughters trip to visit my sister and her babies. I will be spamming posting a lot on Instagram stories, so follow me there. I MIGHT also try my first Instagram-Live while I am there, depending on our plans. 
Below is a selection of make up and self tan items that I have been reaching for to disguise my ghost-like complexion. I won’t be doing a post on all the new collections I have received as 1) there enough of these lurking around the internet 2) I don’t LOVE every product I have been sent, so would rather tell you about the winners and 3) I am on a mission to create content that is really thought-out and actually interesting for you guys. This was a request from a reader around self tans, so hope the additions of bronzers will help too.


Monday, 27 November 2017

A face mask is definitely the skincare product I gravitate to the most. I own a drawer full of them and I use them avidly. I think the reason I love my face masks so much is that when my skin is looking like it needs some love, I look no further than this drawer and, more often than not, it’s a minimum of a double mask and often a triple mask. These products have a way of addressing my concerns and are that quick turn-around my skin needs to get back on track.

Life Update: The Big Move

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

I know a few of you have already asked me about this and I had a bunch of questions when I announced it on my Instagram the other eve, so thought I would do this post to fill you in (for those who happen to care :) )  - I've taken the plunge and handed my notice in at work (after 5 years and many tears) - and am making the big move to Joburg.

The truth about Eye Creams

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

You guys often ask me about eye-cream recommendations and, truth be told, I am often a bit stumped. Not because there aren’t great eye-creams out there (there are loads), but because I truly believe a lot of the issues we see around our eyes can be fixed without an eye-cream (or are simply a result of what's going on internally).
I use incredible eye-creams and am always testing products out, but the bottom line is, no matter what eye cream I am using at the time, if I am hungover/exhausted/stressed/eating badly etc etc, my eyes are the tell-tale sign. I never want to be that blogger that recommends products to you, promising that it will solve all your woes, and I feel eye-creams are the one product that you are all always disillusioned by. Unfortunately, the factors that effects the issues around the eye are far greater than just slapping an eye-cream on.

I don’t know if I’m making complete sense here, so let me break down the different concerns that I get asked about (or battle with myself) and the remedies I have used to help with this (some product related, but mostly lifestyle related):


Monday, 23 October 2017

I am a luxury make up junkie, we all know this. However, I am not one to shy away from a good dupe and I’ve found this to be one of the best parts about my years of blogging; I get to try a wide variety of more affordable make up that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise and, in doing so, have discovered some absolute gems. I strongly believe in investing more in your skincare, but when it comes to make up you most definitely can skimp if you want to and still find some really good stuff.

Amp up the moisture with Clinique

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

I chatted about the Clinique moisturiser options on my Instagram Stories a while back and asked for your guys feedback on which one was your favourite. The over-riding winner was the Moisture Surge! This was music to my ears as it was the one that jumped out at me with my normal-dehydrated skin and I've had my eye on this range for quite a while now. I promise the beautiful pale pink packaging has nothing to do with it :)

My favourite Light Base products to give you all the glow

Monday, 9 October 2017

I am a die-hard tinted moisturiser gal. Always have been, always will be. As you know, a huge amount of effort goes into my skincare routine, so this would be wasted if I was plastering on thick foundation to cover this all up. I also feel heavy, full-coverage foundation ages me. Don’t get me wrong, I own a HEAP of foundations and love them and definitely wear them if I need more coverage or have a wedding or big event but the options I go for are still super-light and dewy. I don’t opt for anything full coverage. Concealer is your BFF for that – my ethos is go light on the foundation and conceal where necessary, rather than hiding everything with a thick film.

Review | La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Today I am reviewing possibly the most luxurious product I have ever had the privilege of reviewing. It's the newest launch from La Prairie and it's pretty much, as the name suggests, like putting caviar on your skin. This stuff exudes luxury in every way possible; from the sleek packaging to the silk-like formula which makes you want to turn your nose up at any other moisturiser you may ever try after this. La Prairie, you have tainted me. Forever.


Monday, 2 October 2017

Sisley have four new launches that I have been testing out for the past month, so wanted to give you all an update. I must say, some of the launches are quite unexpected for me in a good way. Very on-trend products that are very much the buzz in the beauty industry. You all know how I feel about Sisley; it's 100% the brand I would want to be the ambassador for if I could choose :) but I do see them as quite a traditional, luxury brand, so I am loving all this newness.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

The latest collection from CHANEL is their AW17 launch called Travel Diary and it's up there with the most exciting media drops I've got in quite some time. Well, I guess anything CHANEL gives me heart-palpitations.

The inspiration for this collection comes from the Californian Golden coastline; so think glimmering city lights to long stretches of sandy beaches. This collection also comprises of some completely new product launches for CHANEL which created extra anticipation for me!
Let's hop straight into this one, as there are a few products to cover. Keep in mind this isn't the entire collection, but I am covering most of it here (there are just some shades that I am not reviewing as didn't try them).

Review | Gucci Bloom

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Since Alessandro Michele joined Gucci as their new Creative Director, Gucci has become one of my all-time favourite brands (and I'm sure a lot of yours too). I've found it quite fascinating to watch how a change in creative leadership can literally turn a brand around, it must be one of the most drastic turn-arounds I've seen in the fashion industry to-date. Read more on him here.

With Michele at the helm, fashion seems to have been his major focus, but he has recently turned his attention to fragrance which is where this story comes in; introducing Gucci Bloom, the first scent under Gucci's new leadership. 

Review: the new & improved Clarins Double Serum is here

Thursday, 21 September 2017

I have used the Clarins Double Serum on and off for a number of years. It’s an incredibly iconic serum that most of us will know very well. I know there are a bunch of you around here that have been very loyal to the serum for years, and for good reason. The product has loads of benefits and gets results. Clarins, however, have decided to take things up a notch and have launched the new and improved Double Serum and, believe me, this one is seriously improved. So much so that I would say it is one of the best skincare products I have used to date (big claim)! It's the same product we all know and love, but with advanced, seriously high-tech innovation to give your skin even more plus.... (drum roll)...NO MINERAL OIL!!!

Benefit - Boi-ing Concealer Collection Review

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

So, this was an exciting review to do for a number of reasons. 1) I get really excited by Benefit products (the products I have used are amazing) 2) their packaging just makes me happy, I know it’s not for everyone, but for me it’s girly and fun, like make-up should be! And 3) well, what’s not to love about a bunch of new, revamped concealers because lord knows I need all the help I can get to hide this nearly-the-end-of-a-long-year dark circles.

This is a combination of a new launch and some newly revamped concealers from Benefit; expanding on their well-known Boi-ing concealer that is super popular. They launched four variants all under the Boi-ing family, so there is pretty much a concealer for every need now.

My spotty skin routine for those hormonal days

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

I have had quite a few questions on what the best options are for those ‘bad skin days’ (when I posted about my spot treatment I use a few weeks back) so thought I would do a quick post on my steps I follow when I get a breakout.


Monday, 4 September 2017

I got wind of the fact that CHANEL were launching a new fragrance about 8 months ago. I didn’t know the name (it was all incredibly hush hush, as you can imagine)  but what I did know was that it was the first fragrance release from CHANEL in 15 years, and was assured it would become another iconic CHANEL scent for years to come…

Introducing GABRIELLE which launched countrywide on 1st September. As you will probably remember, the last launch from CHANEL in the fragrance category was CHANCE, which I most definitely was a fan of 15 years ago (and have since out-grown) and now it almost feels like CHANEL has grown up with me and delivered a scent that has honestly exceeded my expectations.