The skincare routine that changed my skin: OBAGI REVIEW

Friday, 25 November 2016

I have tried many, many skincare routines in my life time (as I’m sure you can imagine). I love testing skincare products and finding solutions that not only help my skin look and feel better, but in-turn help my readers and friends. Until about a year ago I had been really lucky with my skin. Well, I say lucky, but I put a shed-load of time and TLC into it, so I guess it’s not all luck. But, in the past year, I have, for the first time ever, seen the first signs of ageing. Every bit of sun damage I may have incurred or those many-a-late-nights all show that much more and are that much harder to combat.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a change that only I would notice, I guess, but a change none-the-less. In talking to all my closest friends, we were pretty much all feeling the same way. I guess that is what happens when your 30’s are around the corner. Before I get reprimanded, as I’ve said many times before on this blog of mine, ageing is not something I am terrified of or something that I think is unattractive but there are ways to age gracefully and that’s what I am here to talk about. You can’t pretend to me that your crêpey bags under your eyes are a look you are keen on embracing. I certainly am not.

Anyway, back on track: My skincare routine has always been good but I jumped all over the show and didn’t really include anything that was THAT active. By that I mean no game-changing, super active products. That was until I was introduced to the Obagi range – an American skincare line I had never really heard of before, to be honest. It’s a medical skincare range so only stocked in places where a doctor is present. The range has a bunch of lines for different concerns. The one I am going to tell you about is the pigmentation range, Nu-Derm.

First things first, this range is not messing around. These are pure actives that you can introduce into your routine. They didn’t try sell me the entire range (which SO many brands do) but rather told me I could stick to my cleanser/toner of choice, as well as my moisturiser (as I use a good one), and sent me home with three bottles:

Obagi Nu-Derm Exforderm is a gentle lightweight exfoliating lotion that helps to remove dull, dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. It promotes new skin cells for a brighter complexion and helps to reduce brown marks. This lotion is formulated for dry to sensitive skins with brown marks and sun damage. I use this at night and mix it with the below Obagi Nu-Derm Blend Fx. It does cause slight flakiness initially but makes skin texture dreamy!

Obagi Nu-Derm Blend Fx is a skin brightening cream formulated for us at night to clarify and brighten the skin and to prevent future pigmentation from developing on the skin. For all non-sensitive skin types with pigmentation due to superficial and deeper types of hormonal melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This product should be used with extreme caution. As mentioned, I use this every night – I initially started using it only 2/3 per week as it is super active, but my skin is used to it now and can handle the actives.

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx is a lightweight, hydroquinone-free treatment that treats superficial epidermal hyperpigmentation helping to fade brown marks and create a more even skin tone. This serum can be used on darker skins types but it should be used with caution. It also helps post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation left behind after a blemish. Suitable for all non-sensitive skin types with pigmentation. I use this in the morning underneath my spf. You can also mix this with the exfoliating serum but I prefer using that at night.
These are actives that you put on your skin before anything else, as you would a serum. You then continue your routine as normal. I also use the Heliocare suncare for the face – R369 (gel formula – HIGHLY recommended) which they were happy with me to continue with, spf is obviously of the utmost importance in this treatment routine.

The actual products are by no means ‘luxurious’ to use like other skincare ranges out there; no nice smells or pretty packaging but, my word, they work wonders and you truly do see results! I know so many of you email me with your skin concerns and pigmentation is a very real one for so many of us because of the sun we are exposed to in SA. I can honestly say this is by far the most results-driven range I have tried, you will not be disappointed. This is the REAL deal! See below case study as an example:
I do know the prices are steep, not quite sure how I am going to maintain this routine I've fallen in love with but I will reassess when I am finished this lot of products and make a call.

I got my Obagi products at Skin & Body Renewal at Cape Quarter. You can see a list of their spa’s here (see branches) or purchase online with them or Dermastore

Giveaway: Babor's Beauty Advent Calendar

Monday, 21 November 2016

Now THIS is my type of advent calendar!!! I know many of you lust after these beauty advent calendars and, in my opinion, Babor do one of the very best one's. What more could you want than a calendar filled with 24 ampoule concentrates all aimed at making your skin look INSANE  come party season?!?


Each little door contains a skin ampoule that is done in a specific order leading up to Christmas day so you basically have 24 days of skin treatments from heaven. Babor is a brand I really trust and have never used a product from them that I don't love! They are pricey, yes, so this calendar is a great way to try out loads of different products from them and get a good idea for the results you would get.

The calendar is limited edition and also has limited stock. You can pick yours up online for R1480 or you could WIN one though Kiss, Blush and Tell. Head over to my Instagram account for more details or click on the above image.

Review: Life Day Spa V&A Waterfront

Monday, 14 November 2016

A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of the Life Day Spa at the Waterfront. I have been really excited about this launch as I am so often asked for spa recommendations, and there aren't that many that I wholeheartedly can rave about. Life Day Spa is a spa chain and this is their 7th or 8th spa - these guys know how to play the spa-game and don't cut any corners when doing so.


I was also very interested as my therapist who I have been going to ever since moving to Cape Town (8 years ago) has moved there too, so knew I would be visiting them frequently. The spa honestly blew me away, I was expecting a beautiful salon/spa type place but this really is the real deal and one that I have already been recommending to countless readers, friends and Airbnb guests.

The decor and facilities in this spa really are world class. The look is very high-end with loads of marble counters, velvet teal sofa's, incredible lighting effects and beautiful water facilities. One of the things I was most excited about was the floatation pool which is a pool that you use for 30 minutes and this equates to around 4 hours sleep (BLISS) - I want to try do a full review on this soon as I've never tried it. Will keep you posted. There is also an indoor rim-flow pool that is beautiful and has loungers where you can rest quietly before or after your treatment.

Another huge perk of the spa is that it is perfect for pre-wedding/hen's do-type events as they have loads of mani and pedi stations so everyone can get their treatments done at the same time. They also have an eating area where you can pre-order anything off the Tasha's V&A menu and enjoy after your treatment - I love this idea! Imagine, a massage followed by a Tasha's Butternut salad. Heaven.
I enjoyed a Back & Neck Massage, a mini facial and a manicure. The rooms are all beautiful with no expenses spared - they also make use of light therapy, so your therapist changes the lighting in the room depending on your energy.
I also have to say that their choice in product lines that they carry is top-notch; think Babor, Elemis, La Prairie, Nimue and Optiphi. You can also buy the products online through their website if you are a customer.
Have a look at their opening packages – there are some great deals and they are running longer that stated on their site, so give them a call! The Life Day Spa is located on the ground floor of the old BMW Pavilion. Best place to park is in the Breakwater parking area. They are next to the colourful steps leading up to Somerset Hospital at the Waterfront. Cube Workspace, WSP and Zenprop are in the same building.

Life Day Spa Waterfront: 021 180 4772

My Skin Journey with Skin Renewal: Understanding facial peels

Thursday, 10 November 2016

As many of you may have seen on my Instagram, Instagram Stories and Snapchat; I have started a few treatments at Skin Renewal (I go to Nicky at Cape Quarter, who is fab). I am so super excited to share my journey with you guys as I think so many of us aren’t clued up enough about the reams and reams of non-invasive treatments that are available to us to help with the many skin concerns we all face as we age.
Don't get me wrong, ageing is not something I am scared of and I think ageing gracefully is something beautiful, but emphasis on the gracefully part. A great skincare routine and proper home care can help you along in this process, and why not get the help if it’s available to us?!

Some new favourites - mini reviews (Part 2)

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

If you missed 'Part 1' of my mini reviews post, head over here to start from the begining (there were too many good products for one post). This is the second part, let's get into it...

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette - R850

Of course this is on my list. I only received this last week (as it has just arrived in SA) and I had high hopes. The palette has 12 matte shades that live up to the usual quality we all know and love from Urban Decay - buttery, blendable and pigmented. I have found that some of the shades do have less pigment than others, but on the whole this palette is SO wearable and one of those that becomes pretty much all you need in your make up bag - the shade variety allows for pretty much any day look and can easily be transformed into a more dramatic night look.
You may be wondering if you need this palette if you already own a Naked 1, 2 or 3 and that simply depends on how much of a make up fundi you are. I am pretty un-explorative when it comes to eye make up looks so this palette has to trump the other three, in my mind and it is ultimately all the 'basics' you need. Having said that, I don't own Naked 2 and need to change that soon! The Naked Ultimate Basics Palette is available for a limited period online here.



CHANEL JOUES CONTRASTE BLUSH – R720 (shade: ROUGE PROFOND)

This blush is beautiful – it’s packed with pigment and delivers such a pretty sheen to the cheeks. The powder is super finely milled so a little goes a long way and leaves the skin looking perfectly flushed with the most subtle highlight/sheen to it. I love absolutely everything about this and foresee a growing love affair developing (as this is the first CHANEL blush I have tried). I get that the price is super steep but a blush lasts forever so if you do find a shade that works wonders, then you can be guaranteed that it will be in your collection for years to come. Only downside in my mind is the fact that the blush is in a small little pan so it's pretty hard to get product all over a blusher brush. I prefer a wider pan that allows for even distribution on my brush.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator - R650

I love this cleanser and have been using it non-stop. You need the teensiest amount and the result is an amazing foam that gently exfoliates the skin and removes every ounce of dirt. It's great for days when you really just feel like your skin needs a good, deep clean! The product has White Birch Extract which is a sugar derived ingredient known to restore hydration and nutrients to the dermis and epidermis layers of skin . It increases skin elasticity levels and collagen production resulting in restored skin density, volume and thickness. Peony Extract helps to brighten the skin and Glycerin helps restore moisture levels.
There is something about the cleansing and exfoliating properies of this that make it a firm favourite and I know it will be used to the very last drop (and replaced!). This new collection is also made up of the following two products, this exfoliator obviously being 'step 1' in the routine:

Step 2: Clarity-Activating Toner (with Activated C, White Birch & Peony Extract) which gently retexturizes as it infuses skin with hydrating actives for noticeably cleaner and softer skin and an overall luminous, clarified complexion. R550.00
Step 3: Dark Spot Solution (with Activated C, White Birch & Peony Extract) to visibly diminish the number and intensity of dark spots and discolorations while deterring the formation of spots on the skin’s surface and unifying skin tone. R750.00
It launched in stores last month.

YSL Melting Balm Make Up Remover

This is a new launch from YSL and the first of its kind that I've tried. The balm is quite an oily texture and you really don't need much. I have been using this after a long day when  I have a full face of make up to remove. I use it on dry skin, warm it up in my palms and massage it all over the skin. The product is scented, which I love, but may be a red flag for those of you with sensitive skins. It also hasn't caused any irritation on my eye area, which these products sometimes do. I love how luxurious the product is. I would say that it's definitely not a treatment type cleanser like Eve Lom, for example, but it's a make up remover and does as it says!

Redken High Rise Volume Shampoo & Conditioner

This product works magic and I love it. The shampoo leaves the hair feeling super clean but also with a touch of 'grit' to it which is the part that does wonders for your volume. It's definitely the first volumising shampoo where I have actually seen visible results. The conditioner smoothes everything out and makes my ends feel conditioned and soft. Oh, and the scent is hair-salon-hair in a bottle! So beautiful. It's a thumbs up all round from me!


That's a run-down of some faves for now. Hope you all have a lovely day xxx

Some new favourites - mini reviews (Part 1)

Monday, 31 October 2016

As I mentioned in my previous post, life is throwing all sorts of curve balls at me at the moment. They are all positive one's I guess, but change does up-route me. I like my routine, and life has been everything but routine at the moment. This means testing of beauty products is kind of put on the back-burner. I have only really been testing products that I need and have had zero tolerance for products that don't blow me away on day 1. No time. So the following have been making me really happy - they do as they say they will and have served their purpose of fitting into my beauty routine.

Vita Liberata Body Blur - R1030

I have been counting down the days to this launch. I love Vita Liberata self tanning products and I love a good instant tanner so, with this combo in mind, my expectations were high. Fast-forward to having reached for this every time I have had to bare any skin (on these unexpected summery days) and I am not disappointed. The formula is easy to apply, dries down perfectly on the skin and, as it says, blurs out any skin imperfections whilst adding the perfect non-orange faux glow. I adore products like this as they can be applied in an instant and washed off that evening in the shower, it solves all of your self-tan-pains! I have to say that the price is super steep for a product like this as there are so many on the market for a fraction of the price. Yes, the  cheaper versions don't give nearly as good-of-a-tan and they aren't as pleasant to use but, given the fact that the tan washes away as soon as you shower, I would be a little hesitant to shell out for this again. Having said that, I will be using this very sparingly as it is beautiful and such a treat to use.

CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink - R610

You guys, why do I always fall in love with THE most luxury of luxury beauty products?! You all know how much I love the Stila matte liquid lipsticks (and I still do) but that love was recently trumped when I tried the newly launched CHANEL liquid lipsticks. The pigment, the comfortable-factor, the longevity, the fact that they really aren't too drying all makes these my official number one liquid lipstick. Of course, costing R610 means these aren't in everyone's price range but if you do want to treat yourself, give these a try. You will not be disappointed. They launched last week in stores.
Right -  shade 146 - SÉDUISANT and Left -  shade 148 - LIBÉRÉ (my best!)

CHANEL Le Vernis Longue Tenue - R450 (shade: Rouge Puissant)

I also wanted to include the new formulation of the CHANEL nail polishes. They are a luxury treat and cost a lot more than your average nail varnish, making them the perfect gift or spoil for yourself. I can honestly say they are quality like no other. I have been giving myself a break from Shellac for a while and this has been my go-to shade - it's called Rouge Puissant and is your perfect red. These retail at R450, apply like a dream and you are almost guaranteed no chips for a good 5 days!

Vaseline Spray Moisturisers - R89.99

These aren't a new favourite, as such, but they have just launched in South Africa so I thought I should give them a mention. I have used the Vaseline Spray Moisturisers for a while now and love them for how convenient they are. I was always confused as to why the brand didn't launch them here  when they launched overseas as they make so much sense for a climate like ours. Anyway, they are  finally here and I have no doubt they will do well.

They are the usual Vaseline moisturisers but in an aerosol can applicator which disperses a fine mist of hydration - perfect for an application that dries down super quickly and is very light. These may leave you feeling a bit chilly in winter, but come summer you will not be able to get enough of these. They are in store now and retail at R89.99.
Tip: I put mine in the fridge for a bit nefore applying on hot summer days, feels amazing!

Filorga Time Zero Multi-Correction Wrinkles Serum - R1090

With all the added stress I have been experiencing my skin has really not been at it's best and had quite a few break-outs on top of a lot of dehydration. I received this serum two weeks ago and so far it has been helping my skin so much!

The whole point of the serum is that is targets different types of wrinkles in one go and makes use of four popular treatments and technologies used to combat ageing namely fillers, mesotherapy, botox and peels. I have loved the texture of the serum and, even though I haven’t used it for long enough, I have seen that my skin appears a lot plumper on application.
I will report back on how this goes longer term. There is a lot of technical info around ingredients here but my feedback from you guys is that ingredient info doesn’t mean as much to you as simple ‘does it work’ feedback. This will be my replacement after having finished my beloved Gatineau Melatogenine Force Collagene Serum which I really loved.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick - R295

It was love at first try when I tested out the new liquid lipsticks from Arden. The shade 'Daring Beige' was right up my alley and as I applied it I knew it was going to be a firm favourite. What I love most about this is the applicator tip and how easy it makes application as well as the actual formula which is rich, full of pigment and so balmy - it feels so nourishing and stays put once it sets in place. In my mind the finish was a lot more matte than gloss, but I prefer that effect. The only thing I can't rave about is the actual push up clicker on the pen - I think this was down to this specific pen though, as my other shade clicked up easily. The end results makes up for this though.

L'Oreal Megavolume Miss Hippy - R149.95

I received this mascara with another launch from L'Oreal, Feline Volume Millions. I do get very excited about L'Oreal make up in general as they do some of my best high-street products. The Feline Volume Millions mascara was very average and did very little for my lashes so I passed on that after a few chances. the Miss Hippy Mascara, however, has not left my make up bag - I have been loving it and used it every single day for a good month now. It adds tons of volume and gives lashes that slightly clumpy (in a good way), full effect. The wand packs the product on and doesn't stray off the lashes - it lasts really well. Pictured above.

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation - R195.95

I got this foundation over a month ago and I have whizzed through it - I love the finish and think it is such fab value for money. Only issue is the fact that it claims to be a matte foundation. If that were the case I would hate it (I steer clear of matte foundations with my drier skin). Anyway, I am pleased to report that the finish is very 'normal' and even leans more to the glowey/radiant side of things. It's lovely. The tube is also super travel friendly and light. The shade range is shoddy with only four shades - I have been using Honey Beige which is the perfect shade match. Please bring more shades out, Max Factor, this is a goodie!

The Body Shop Piñita Colada Range - R99 - R170

Ah, this range has been my go to for a pick-me-up summer feel in my shower. I love this scent so much!!! I had heard all the buzz about how great the scent of this range was, so was dying to try it. I usually actually wouldn't go for a Pina Colada type scent, it sounds too coconutty and sickly sweet for me, but this is fresh, zesty with a creaminess to it that I love. The body wash (R99) and body cream (R170) are gorgeous and I have been powering my way through it. I have already actually bought a back up - that's how much I love it. It is the kind of scent I want to take on my next summer holiday as it bring back all the summer holiday feels!!!

This post is to be continued with part two...

Celebrating Christmas with Lush

Monday, 24 October 2016

Lush is truly one of my absolute favourite brands (and one of those that I would choose to work for in a heartbeat). I love their whole brand ethos and, obviously, their products. The products work magic and, most importantly, just make me so happy when I use them! Isn’t that what beauty products are all about!?

I was really honoured to have been invited to a breakfast with the Lush co-founder, Rowena Bird, last Friday. The breakfast was at The Mount Nelson (possibly my favourite place, ever) where we got to indulge in vegetarian breakfast treats and chat all things Lush. Heaven!

Rowena chatted us through the whole Lush story, her favourite Lush picks, the products she came up with and, of course, a sneak peek at their Christmas collection that will be hitting stores soon. The best news is that Rose Jam is back (in 1 Litre and all!!!) – this is hands-down my fave body wash and I always stock up on a large one which lasts me the year (yes I also use other body washes in between, don’t worry). Alongside this launch are a bunch of other really Christmassy bath bombs, a Christmas cleanser called Bûche de Noël  (!!!) and loads of other festive goodies. It’s no secret that I basically become Father Christmas around this time of year, I love every single bit of the lead up (and so do Lush). These are the products I am most excited to get my hands on:

1) Lush Bûche de Noël Cleanser - R95 (NEW)
Bring radiance back to wintry skin by using this blend of
softening almonds, cleansing kaolin, nourishing festive fruit
as well as a dash of brandy. The boozy blend will gently buff
and brighten. A little Fair Trade cocoa butter ensures your skin
stays soft. Vegan 
2) Santasaurus Re-usable Bubble Bar - R95  (NEW)
Inspired by a nativity gone wrong, this dinosaur is just roaring
to get in the bath. Crumble or hold under a running tap to
create an ivy green colour in the water and produce a scent of
comforting honey, refreshing orange and fruity
bergamot. Vegan. 
3) Snow Fairy Body Conditioner - R175 - R325 (NEW)
With peppermint and crystals to awaken and stimulate your
body, this is the number one to return to over the festive season.
Spearmint and grapefruit oils are also added for a minty
citrus kick. Cover wet skin with a generous amount then rinse
off for a clearer mind and body. Vegan. 
4) Rose Jam Shower Gel - R95 - R275
A shower gel made with organic Turkish rose blends with
sweet Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion from Western Uganda to
lather skin in a decadent, lingering scent. Nourishing argan oil
treats the body to some well deserved conditioning while Sicilian
lemon and goji berry juice cleanses and brightens. Vegan. 
5) Snow Fairy FUN - R115 (NEW)
Now you can make your own legendary Snow Fairy complete
with a magic wand and wings. Mould the shimmering gold
together with the perfect pink and snow white to create your
fairy, she can also be crumbled under the tap for a bubbly
soak or used to wash your hair and body, just like magic!
Vegan. 
6) Golden Wonder Bath Bomb - R69.50
Bathe in liquid gold with this uplifting, sweet, citrus bomb. Drop
it in the bath and watch in wonder as it unwraps itself to reveal
its glittery contents in a sparkling turquoise explosion and
citrus blend of uplifting sweet orange and refreshing lime and
cognac oils. Vegan.
7) Mistletoe Bath Bomb - R69.50 (NEW)
Say it with love this festive season and give the gift of kisses.
Watch as it fizzes away pink and green that mix to create
a sensual deep purple. This bath bomb is romantically fragranced
with floral jasmine absolute, exotic ylang ylang and
earthy vertivert. Vegan.
8) Jester re-usable Re-usable Bubble Bar - R115 (NEW)
Put a smile on your face with the re-usable Jester! Complete
with a little bell, this bubble bar is sure to boost your mood
right up as well as revitalising your skin with a super citrus
blend of tangerine, Sicilian mandarin and bergamot oils.
Gardenia extract is also added for a floral flash. Vegan.
9) Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb - R62.50 (NEW)
Create a sunset in your bath tub! Fragranced with sweet
orange and lime oils, watch as the yellow and red layers intertwine
to create a dusky orange colour. The red side of colour
is coated in a layer of Fair Trade cocoa butter to give your skin
an extra treat. Vegan.

Lastly, another new up-coming launch (which isn't Christmas related) is these mouthwash tabs. I got the spearmint flavour and it honestly is so handy to keep in your handbag for travel etc. Remember you can shop Lush online, and for those Pretoria girls - you are next in-line for the soon-to-open Lush store in Menlyn Park.

Grazia: Kiss, Blush & Tell feature

Monday, 17 October 2016

Such a big thank you to Grazia who featured Kiss, Blush & Tell in this weeks edition. Really happy with how the feature came out. Pick up your own copy in stores this week to read the full interview where I chat about my signature scents, anti-ageing secrets and much more!


Michael Kors Signature Eau de Parfum & Wonderlust Eau de Parfum Review

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Today's review is on two scents from Michael Kors that I hadn't tried before; Signature which is their cult classic and one that I was SUPER excited about and Wonderlust which is their latest launch and has just hit shelves. I have tried a bunch of scents from the brand before this and, have to say, I really have never been disappointed. I am not sure how many of you think of Michael Kots fragrances when on the hunt for a gift or a new scent for yourself, but I really can recommend them. Below are my thoughts:

Michael Kors Signature Eau de Parfum



I have been DYING to try this out for a good year or so. I know a bunch of readers have also been asking questions around which MK fragrance is my best and, having only tried their newer perfumes, I wasn't able to give my thoughts on Signature which is their oldest and most classic, in my mind.

My first encounter with this scent was that my old boss used to wear it all the time and I always used to ask her what it was. It's the type of scent that would become anyone's go-to scent on a daily basis as it really is classic, feminine and soft - nothing you would get too bored of. The notes include: Dewy Freesia, Tamarind, Chinese Osmanthus, Incense, Fresh Tuberose, White Wings Peony, Blue Orris, Arum Lilies, Cashmere Woods, Musk and Vetiver Haiti which means it is floral, sophisticated, sensual and warm.

What I love most about this scent is how well it lasts (literally ALL day), however, is never too over-powering. A few spritz's is all you need. The actual juice really is that 'rich lady' scent - classy and elegant! The Tuberose is the note that stands out the most and it is strong, so you need to be a fan of that scent (which is not hard to love).

Having used this scent for a few weeks I can totally understand the cult following that this has gained and when I am asked for a fragrance recommendation (which is a question I always seem to get) this will be a top-runner on that list, hands-down. It's that type of scent that you could buy for just about anyone and most ages (no one too young though - think 20 years and up). Someone has complimented me just about every day that I have worn this scent, just like I used to do with my boss.

This is a goodie and a scent that is not raved about and spoken about enough. Do yourself a favour and give it a sniff next time you are in store!
30ml - R1035
50ml - R1225
100ml - R1495

Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau de Parfum


As I mentioned, this scent has just hit the shelves and launched with the most beautiful advertising campaign. Lily Aldridge is the face of the scent and had been doing a few sneak peeks on her Instagram. The notes are as follows: top notes of almond milk, bergamot and pink pepper, middle notes of dianthus and heliotrope - these floral notes combined with the almond milk make for a floral, creamy scent with a touch of spice. The fragrance is finsihed off with bases notes of benzoin (a natural resin from Thailand which gives the fragrance warmth, and the spicy sweetness of cinnamon) and sandalwood.

In my mind, this is definitely a summery scent. It's unbelievably long-lasting and powerful so a little goes a long way. It could be a little on the sweet side for my preference, but I know lots of you like scents on that side so this may be better for you than the aforementioned Signature. I am more of a Signature girl, though. What I have to say is that you need to let this perfume dry down on the skin, after the first spritz it can be quite strong but as the day goes on you will fall more and more in love with this.

The bottle is gorgeous with a pinky/coral ombre bottle in a classic shape and a solid gold cap - something we would all like on our bathroom counter top!
30ml - R910
50ml - R1225
100ml - R1495

You can buy both scents online with Woolies at the moment at up to 15% off (not on promotion in store).

Is it worth the splurge? featuring Aēsep, IT Cosmetics, Charlotte Tilbury, Dior & Urban Decay

Friday, 7 October 2016

Firstly, sorry for being so quiet here. I have had a lot going on work-wise as well as with my boyfriend relocating to Joburg, so my plate has been full and, unfortunately, the blog has to give when that happens. But, the good news is that stress = shopping for me, so thought I would share a few of the beauty items I have bought of late, my thoughts on them and whether they are worth the splurge.
I often get mails from readers asking what one item they should ask their husband/friend/family member to pick up for them while abroad. I know most of these aren't available here, but for those of you who do shop internationally (or find willing mules) then I hope this helps you in your decision making! Oh, and obviously I forgot to include all products in the below image, so a few more are included below.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Spf 50

I have wanted this forever. I actually tried it on in Sephora Australia, left in a flurry and then could not stop admiring my glow (and regretting not purchasing it) for the rest of the eve. My sister was recently in Australia so picked this up for me. I got shade medium.

Price:
$58 (around R750). Pricey considering the tube is only 30ml!
Pro’s:
This product is a best seller for good reason – it makes the skin glow like no other, gives great coverage whilst still looking super natural and has great sun protection at spf 50! What’s not to love?! I knew I would love this and am using it so sparingly as it is a splurge for a CC cream. My sister also picked one up for herself on my rave reviews and she can’t get enough of it. If I could use only one foundation product for the rest of time, this would probably be it as it really does tick all the boxes I look for it terms of coverage and finish. What a bonus that I also know my skin is being hydrated and protected at the same time. The packaging is also super hygienic being in a pump tube – it’s light-weight and perfect for travel. No glass bottles or chance of leaking here.
Cons:
No cons here, honestly, other than the steep price for 30ml. As a comparison, my other firm favourite is the NARS Tinted Moisturiser which is $44 and 50ml – nearly double the size.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer

My sister also bought one of these back for me as you can’t get it in South Africa (ridiculous).

Price: 
8 Pounds (around R90) – cheap as chips and, if it were easily accessible, I would say every single one of you should never be without this product.
Pro’s:
Again, so many pro’s – the actual formula gives a medium coverage to the eyes area which doesn’t crease at all on my skin. As you know, I am a die-hard Urban Decay Naked Concealer fan (R400) and I have to say, this stuff is definitely as good for a fraction of the price. I will still continue buying and using my UD concealer as their shade range is so great, but this one is perfect for day-to-day concealing. I also love the applicator which is a wind up tube with a fat sponge tip. It’s seriously addictive to apply, I love the feeling!
Cons:
I guess the hygiene of the sponge applicator isn’t ideal but it’s only me using this product and I’m not a hygiene- phobe with this kind of stuff.

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder

Firstly, I have never ever been a powder kind of girl until I got into the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders which continue to hold a very special place in my heart. I wanted to try this out as it was said to have a similar effect – a powder that keeps everything in place without making skin look anything but radiant and flawless – ummmm YES!
Price: 
38 Pounds (R670)
Pro’s:
I got shade medium and I am so chuffed with it. You most definitely don’t need Hourglass AND this as they are similar. This one isn’t as glow-enhancing as the Hourglass powders, but it is even more finely milled so the end result is flawless skin like no other product has ever helped me achieve. It's beautiful!!! Oh, and can we take a moment for the packaging?.
Cons:
Price, but justifiable as a powder lasts really well.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick – Kim KW Shade (Nude)

Obviously I needed this lipstick. Kim K fan or not, that girl knows exactly what the perfect nude lip shade is all about. This was a collaboration between Kim and Charlotte as part of the Hot Lips collection where the make up artist collaborated with a bunch of celebrities to create their perfect shade. The ‘Kim K-W’ shade was the one that everyone was raving about, naturally!
Price: 
26 Pounds (R480)
Pro’s:
Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks are perfection (as is her entire range); from the luxe packaging to the insane formula. You can expect a balmy/matte hybrid. Shade wise this is as you would expect; the perfect Kim K nude and I am not shy about the fact that my lipstick collection has about 200 shades similar to this one. Still, this one is special and I would buy it over and over again. A treat product and definitely not a necessity (depending on your junkie status). The shade is pinker than I expected, so more of a dusty pink nude but I love it and think it would be very flattering on most skin-tones.
Cons:
Well, it’s a lipstick and it’s nearly R500 so is pricey.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Pencil in Pillow Talk

I have lusted after this product forever so was so chuffed when I finally got my hands on it. I bought myself a load of the MAC lip liners a while back and really am not a fan. The actual pencil is so hard and takes quite a bit to actually get any colour pay-off. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong here but I don’t like such a hard nib. This, on the other hand, is perfectly buttery and soft, yet still firm enough to not smudge and melt away. This shade is one of the best sellers from Charlotte Tilbury as it is the perfect ‘lip cheat’ shade, as the name alludes to. It is perfect for slightly overdrawing the lips and has great staying power. I honestly don’t think you will ever need another lip liner once you own this (unless, obviously you are going for a bold lip shade).
Price: 
16 Pounds (R280)
Pro’s:
Everything. The formula and the shade are so on point.
Cons:
None, and I think the price is reasonable for the product. I just need a back up already as know this will be a firm favourite for me.

Byredo – Mojave Ghost

I got this from Marc as a gift and have been DYING to own it for ages. The Byredo scents are my ultimate, honestly. They really do nail it. I initially fell in love with this one, Bal D’Afrique and Gypsy Water so plan on expanding my collection but Mojave Ghost was the perfect start. It’s quite masculine which I love. The notes are ambrette, mamey sapote, violet, magnolia, sandalwood, chantilly musk, 'crisp' amber and cedarwood.

Price: 
250 Euro’s (R3900)
Pro’s:
The actual scent, the packaging, the longevity and how unique the scent is. EVERYTHING!
Cons:
I guess, again, the price. But it’s a luxury product and the whole purchasing experience and the scent makes it all worth it. I feel spoilt every time I use this fragrance, and that's what it's all about, right?

Urban Decay Chill Make Up Setting Mist

You all know what a facial mist fan I am. It is one of my best make up items to own but can often be quite ineffective - very much a product that feels great to use but can sometimes not do that much. I have owned a few bottles of the All-Nighter setting spray from UD, so was keen to try this one as I do have dry skin. Urban Decay have 3 setting sprays:
All-Nighter: Set everything in place and helps with longevity
Chill: Hydration
De-Slick Oil Control: Mattifying and keeps oil at bay
Price: 
R450
Pro's:
Refreshing and a good mist.
Cons:
It feels lovely on the skin but I don't feel like it does all that much. I have other hydrating sprays that leave me looking so dewy and radiant so didn't see much of a glow or feel that much more hydrated when using this. The All-Nighter definitely does as it says, so going forward I will stick to that one.

Aēsep Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm

I got a sample of this on my last Aēsep  purchase and could not get enough of the scent, I knew I had to own the full size. This body cream has Vanille and Sandalwood which is the perfectly femimine yet masculine combo - nothing too sickly sweet but rather mature and sophisticated. I got the 120ml tube but it's also available in a 500ml pump bottle.
Price: 
R450
Pro's:
The scent! It's gorgeous, like with all Aēsep products. I also like how light the formula is, not thick at all so sinks into the skin quickly. I hate the feeling of a greasy, thick balm so this works perfectly for me and can get dressed straight after applying this without feeling tacky.
Cons:
The packaging is obviously beautiful but the aluminium tube isn't the most practical and neither is the little lid that closes it. It gets battered up quite easily when in your toiletry bag, however, it does look so beautiful so is forgiven in my mind. I also wouldn't put this down as an 'intensive body balm' - it's super light-weight and most definitely wouldn't be the fix for super dehydrated skin.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade

I got given this as a gift from a work collegue as she knows what a fan I am of the Lip Glow Balm which I have used and loved for years. This lip formula is plumping and is a colour reviver. It comes in a tube that allows for easy application. They call the formula an 'oil-gel' which is quite different to the thicker balm I have originally used.
Price: 
R500
Pro's:
I do love a good lip oil and this leaves the lips looking glossy with a subtle touch of pink, so pretty! The touch of pink is more subtle with this version than with the balm, which I like.
Cons:
I prefer the balm, that's for sure. The balm feels a lot more hydrating than this and the oil texture does feel quite 'thin' in this case. I prefer the Clarins Lip Oils which have a thicker formula. It's also super pricey for a lip product. Going forward I will buy the balm instead (pictured below).
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Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening: Review (JJ Serfontein Practice)

Monday, 19 September 2016

Even though I've been living in Cape Town for nearly 8 years, I didn't have a dentist here. It was the one thing that I actually missioned back to Natal for. Every time I was home I was doing my usual hygienist appointment or check up. What a pain! Anyway, I made a mission to find someone local and got countless recommendation to go to JJ Serfontein's practise which actually just happened to be on my doorstep (Kloof St) so off I went and, even though I have only been twice so far, I have been really happy.
Yes, I know this filter gives you even whiter teeth so see below for proper results.

JJ recently mailed me asking me if I would be interested in trying out teeth whitening. I wasn't sure as I already have pretty white teeth - my Mum has pearly whites that are like nothing I have ever seen. Seriously! Mine aren't nearly as great as hers, but I have her to thank for them being even half as white as hers. Anyway, the reason I wasn't sure is that I had tried this before for a blog review and proceeded to not ever write about them as would never want to recommend something to you that didn't work. I literally saw ZERO shade change and the before and afters proved that. They put it down to the fact that my teeth were 'already white'. Ok then. So no shade change and teeth that were SO sensitive (and this has never really improved). Side note: my teeth were never sensitive in the slightest before this treatment.

Anyway, fast forward a few days and I decided to give it a shot. The treatment is called Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening and below are my thoughts and the detail.

What the treatment involved

The treatment took about 2 hours in total. I arrived at the practice and my teeth were prepped - cleaned lightly and then my gums protected and my mouth opened up. There was so much care put into this by Abi, who did my whitening. So much so that she even put Vitamin E oil on my lips to ensure they didn't get stretched and sore. She then spoke me through every bit of detail which involved a light over my mouth area for three 15 minutes intervals. She warned me that I may get slight sensitivity and then also put a movie on the big screen for me to help pass time - WIN!

Abi then applied a gel like formula to my teeth before each 15 min session, and removed it in-between, followed with a fresh application. 

How it felt

I'm going to be dead honest with you all, as I always am; having my mouth stretched open for 2 hours wasn't exactly blissful but really was fine. I usually get fidgety and claustrophobic in these sorts of treatments and I even surprised myself - it was totally fine. The main thing I was nervous about was sensitivity because of my previous experience (which was a different type of whitening treatment), also there is no worse pain that tooth sensitivity. I, however, didn't feel a thing. Abi asked me in-between each session and throughout the treatment but the Zoom Teeth Whitening does cater to sensitive customers and this obviously really worked for me. They also advised taking two painkillers prior to treatment which I did do and would recommend.

The Post-Treatment Results

My results were visible straight after the treatment. I was so chuffed - nothing totally noticeable to anyone else, but definitely noticeable to me. Yes, the treatment is pricey (R4500) but it is one that I decided I would continue with straight away. Healthy white teeth make all the difference to someone appearance and I think way too many people put too little focus on this. Think how often you admire someone's beautiful teeth!

I must mention that for the first 2-3 hours after the treatment I experienced sensitivity pangs (they have a word for it, but it escapes me). These pangs were quite something but I got onto the painkillers which were very much a necessity. Once these subsided, though, I was totally fine.
The second BIGGEST pro from this whole treatment for me, aside from the obvious whiter teeth, has been that my sensitivity has improved from this treatment. Yes, improved. It hadn't gone all-together but I am honestly less sensitive that I was before and it can only be down to this treatment. 

How my whiter teeth have made me feel...

For more detail on the treatment see JJ Serfontein's website
Phone +27 21 424 5172

YSL New Launches

Friday, 16 September 2016

YSL has recently opened their stand-alone Beauté Boutique store in Sandton and it’s at the top of my list to visit when I go to Joburg this wkd! Below are two new launches from the brand; one a totally new product and the other a limited edition version of their iconic best-seller. Let’s get into it:

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain - R520

You may all remember the buzz around the Vernis a Levres’ that YSL launched about 2 years ago. They are also probably one of the most Instagrammed beauty products out there :) They were a sheer gloss that left a pop of colour and gained popularity amongst many-a-beauty-lover. I have a few friends who swear by these lip glosses.
Fast-track to know, and YSL have just launched their Vinyl Cream Lip Stains. This is a hybrid between a gloss, lipstick and a lip stain (and these really do leave quite a stain!). I absolutely love the sleek black packaging and the applicator of these products. They do just as they say – with a balmy formula that feels thick enough to be a lipstick, yet has enough of a shine to be a gloss (although nothing too shiny!). I originally tried these on my hand to swatch the colours and could not believe the stain that was left behind. The pro is that this stain doesn’t leave your lips feeling tight or parched – it’s simply a colour stain which is a nice addition as long as you have the product close by for top ups. The range comes in 12 shades, see below shade options.

YSL Touche Eclat Slogan Edition - R600

We all know and love Touche Eclat - it's probably one of the most iconic beauty products out there that you've either all owned before, or at least lusted after. This is the same products we all know and love, but in limited edition packaging that I adore. There are three different slogan options: “NO NEED TO SLEEP”, “I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON”, “ALL LIGHTS ON ME”. I got the 'I am not a morning person' one - no slogan could have been more apt! I have included these three tips below on how best to use Touche Eclat as I so enjoyed reading them - I think so many people confuse Touche Eclat for concealer rather than a highlighting and brightening product, so see below to best explain it by the expert himself, Creative Director of Make Up YSL Beauté, Lloyd Simmonds.
TIP #1: “A strong lip colour needs a precise edge. Drawing around the edge of the mouth with
TOUCHE ÉCLAT will bring light to the lip-line, creating the illusion of volume. Apply it on the cupids’
bow and on the smile lines, as well as around the edge of the mouth, then blend. Wait for it to dry
before applying your lip colour, or use a pencil and cover the entire lip with pencil first and then add
your lipstick on top.”

TIP #2: “The best way to highlight is to apply TOUCHE ÉCLAT over foundation using the pen itself.
Tap and blend with the tip of your little finger, so that you get the lightest blending possible. Apply it
along the cheek and brow bones and down the arch of the nose. Blend until there are no hard edges
and set with minimal amounts of powder if you need to.”

TIP #3: “You can carry one in your purse at all times – it’s why TOUCHE ÉCLAT became iconic. Like
a magic wand, if you want to be out all night and erase shadows, you can add a touch to your
complexion. Use it under the eye area, in the outer corner of the eyes and along the smile lines to
conceal any signs of fatigue. Tap it in with your little finger. Don’t rub it in because you’ll end up
removing more product than you apply. Blend, and go!”

These products are both exclusive to the Sandton YSL Beauté Boutique. If you are after the slogan Touche Eclat then hurry along as it is super limited!

My Allure Best of Beauty Wishlist

Thursday, 15 September 2016

I love following the Allure Beauty Awards. Yes, there are loads of these types of awards out there and I choose to pay little attention to them. I have been on judging panels before – trust me, half the time the panellist hasn’t even tried the product before – it’s shocking. Anyway, this is not the case with the Allure Best of Beauty and, I must say, when I see that little red sticker on a product I am persuaded even further to haul out my wallet (as if I needed more incentive!).

Their 2016 awards have just taken place so below are my picks of products that have made it onto my wishlist. This is a small selection out of the 276 products that were on the list. You can see the full list on their site. It was very hard to narrow down my wishlist as there are some incredible products on there, but here it goes. Sadly, as usual, 90% of these products are not available in South Africa so this is more just a dreamy list… If only we had Sephora and Ulta here!
1. St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face (link)
2. Tata Harper Purifying Mask (link)
3. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator (link)
4. Cult & Beauty Nail Polish in shade Ghost (link)
5. Diptyque Precious Oils for Body and Bath (link)
6. Annick Goutal - L‘Ile au Thé - Scented Candle (link)
7. Becca Back Light Priming Filter (link)
8. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer (link)
9. Origins Warm Down Warming Lava Body Scrub (link)
10. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer (link)
11. OUAI Smooth Conditioner (link)
12. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in Boho Nude (link)
13. FRESH Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask (link)

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My Face Mask 101 - some new additions to my collection

Monday, 12 September 2016

I am mask obsessed, and have been for years. It’s probably the skincare product that excites me the most and the one I buy most frequently (and spend all my money on!). I guess that's because you can never have too many masks - plus there is no single mask that is suited to your skin - depending on the state of your skin, time of the year, time of the month, hormones, stress etc. etc. your skin will need a different mask to suit your needs.
I also know many skincare therapists or skincare companies recommend masking twice a week. Well, I pretty much do a mask every day - some days I do more than one and I really do see the results when I am fastidious about my routine. I once read that Lisa Eldridge does this too, so I’m going to follow suit (and hope my skin looks like hers one day). Obviously I miss a day here and there but in my usual good routine, it's a mask daily.

Below are a few new additions and have fast-become some firm favourites. I have quite a few masks, as I’ve mentioned, and love adding to my collection. I really do encourage you to look at your skin and see what it needs. Below I’ve outlined the ‘state of your skin’ with each mask – for example if your skin is congested and dull then using that mask will help your case. Also remember you can ‘double or triple mask’ – using one mask after the next. You can also use more than one mask at the same time focusing on different areas that need different things – so perhaps a decongesting clay mask on your nose to clear up blackheads and a hydrating cream mask on your cheeks to soothe dehydrated skin - I love experimenting and encourage you to do the same.

Right, let’s get into this:

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask – R705

State of your skin: Dehydrated, dry and looking aged.

I have been so excited about this launch from Clarins. This beautiful lilac jar is filled with a super-creamy mask packed with hydrating, firming and anti-aging active ingredients. The mask contains a bunch of amino and fatty acids to combat the harmful effect of cells stretching due to the way our facial muscled naturally stretch from repeated movement. This gives the effect of smoother, more firm skin tone. The mask also contains extracts of organic green banana and lemon thyme to help reinforce collagen fibres – again, helping with the loss of firmness. This naturally helps fight off deep wrinkles and fine lines.
This mask is quite pricey but a little goes a long way and I have been enjoying leaving it on for hours – don’t stick to the usual 10 min as a rule, even though this would still work wonders. Hydrating masks are great to sleep in twice a week too. I have also been enjoying using a thicker layer of this below my eye area, or using this all over the face after an exfoliating treatment. It’s cooling and soothing as well as resulting in very plump, healthy looking skin. Really beautiful product!

Filorga Scrub & Mask – R770

State of your skin: Dull, sallow with dry patches of skin that needs a good, deep clean. Anti-aging.

If you are looking for THE most satisfying beauty product yet, look no further! Scrub & Mask is both a mechanical and enzymatic scrub, if you are unsure what that means, then have a look at my Get Polished blog post. This mask really is about deep cleansing the skin, removing dead skin cells and reoxygenating the skin which helps with dullness and enhances radiance.
The mask contains perlite microspheres which provide the mechanical exfoliating action, helping to remove dead skin cells, however, if you are sensitive you don’t have to make use of this and can just rely on the protease which provides an enzymatic action that stimulates the natural skin shedding process. The best part of this mask is that on application it almost foams up and ‘sizzles’ on the skin – the best feeling ever. This is the reoxygenating taking place and it is oh-so-satisfying. This is oxygen being transported directly to the cells helping with dull cells that need a kick-start. Lastly, the mask also contains Filorga’s patented NCTF + HA chronospheres – this contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids along with hyaluronic acid and is responsible for  stimulating cellular regeneration.
I have found my skin looks super polished after using this and really even and clear. It’s not over-stimulating at all, yet gets to work and leaves your skin perfectly smooth and calm. I guess some of you may find the foaming and tingling action of the mask weird, but I love it and find it very satisfying that I can feel the product getting to work.

Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial Masque – R855

State of the skin: Dull, sallow and lacking in vibrancy.

Exuviance are fast becoming one of my favourite skincare brands for real results. This product is no different. It’s similar in action to the aforementioned Filorga mask in the sense that it has the bubbling/oxygenating action on the skin. This sensation is so weird and can take getting used to but I love feeling something getting to work on my skin. This mask is packed with hydrating ingredients and is your ultimate pick-me-up treatment in the sense that it energises the skin and is super invigorating resulting in really radiant, brightening results. It's also said to be a great mask to use post laser or peels as not stripping.
I have been using this mask quite a bit now as the results are really notable! One of the major results I have also seen is that not only is my skin brighter, rejuvenated and more glowey, but it’s also more even in skin tone. Often my skin is quite stimulated after a mask, whereas this product really assists in calming and soothing my skin while packing in the moisture.

I also love the packaging which comes in a tall bottle with a narrow pump meaning no product is wasted and it’s super hygienic. On application the mask will form a foam-like layer on the skin, bubble for about 5 minutes and then you are left with an inviable layer of goodness on the skin which I have been leaving on for a good half hour. I actually slept with this on the other night and my skin loved it. Thumbs up to this product, I definitely see myself repurchasing this going forward. You can pick it up at Dermastore (an online skincare store that you should ALL be shopping at – impeccable service and fab skincare advice!)

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – R1250

State of the skin: congested, hormonal with the odd break out needed a good deep cleanse

I first heard about this mask when the beauty-guru, Lisa Eldrige, mentioned it in her Mask Philosophy video. I obviously had to have it! Again, Dermastore stock this product and when mine arrived (beautifully packaged) they included details on the product as well as advice on how to use it from their in-house dermatologist, Ian Webster. I love this added touch! (I know a few of you are already die-hard Dermastore fans after one purchase!)
Now, I don’t often get break outs but, depending on the time of the month, my skin can look a tad congested on the jaw area and nose. This mask really appealed to me as it is a non-drying clay mask, meaning it won’t dry down to that tight, stiff clay that lots of kaolin-based masks do. This stuff is packed with a blend of hydroxyl acids, malic acids, lactic, tartaric, ctric and glycolic that work to gently exfoliate the skin as well as the kaolin and bentonite clays which absorb excess oil and deeply purify the skin. It also contains soothing ingredients like aloe and chamomile so helps calm any inflammation or redness.

I used this whilst my skin was super-hormonal and it literally stopped my blind pimples in their foot-steps. I haven’t ever really had a product dry out and zap pimples as fast as this mask did. Ah, I love it when a product shows such remarkable and visible results. I have been following this mask with my Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator (read full review here) and my skin is SO happy! Buy online here.

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask – R790

State of the skin: congested, hormonal with the odd break out.

This isn’t that new, but is the newest launch from Dermalogica mask-wise – it launched earlier this year. I have shared updates on my Snapchat (toritatham) and Instagram on this product so wanted to give you the proper review on this mask as I know so many of my readers are die-hard Dermalogica users and, I have to say, I really am one too. There is something about how clean these products make me feel that will never get old for me.
Some of my favourites products from the brand include their Multivitamin Power Mask so I was pretty excited by the idea of a Charcoal Mask. I had high expectation though, as one of my favourite Charcoal masks is the Origins one as well as the Chantecaille Detox mask (which nothing will ever beat, but it costs R2k so we will just leave that there).
This Charcoal mask is your go-to mask when your skin just needs that extra deep cleanse. It dries down to a tight layer on the skin which I tend to leave on for a good 30 minutes (while I relax after my bath/shower when pores are open). On removal your skin really does look extremely well cleansed – pores look tighter on the nose area and if you do happen to have had a break out (like I had on the few occasions I’ve tested this) then you will be happy to know that the recovery time is definitely improved with this mask – it dries them out and brings anything to the surface that may be simmering. I must point out that this needs to be removed gently with warm water as even my super-non-sensitive skin was quite red after using this – nothing bad but just be gentle on removal.

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