BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Monday, 19 November 2018

Right, my Gift Guides are back and came much-requested by you guys. We are starting pretty early this year, but I'm giving you time to get on top of that Christmas shopping (and wishlist-making for yourself!). This is Beauty only gifts, we will get onto a non-Beauty gift guide next.

One thing I do know for sure, is that pretty much everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment, so I have tried to make this guide one that offers both high-end (obviously) and affordable gifts. Something for everyone, I hope.

These ideas are all gifts I would love to receive and they tick the box of being both thoughtful, unique and useful (not those second-hand bath salts from your Aunt that will sit in the gift cupboard to recycle).

Prices and details are all below.


Let's Talk About What Order To Apply Your Products In (AM & PM)

Monday, 12 November 2018

This must be one of the most frequently asked questions, "but when do I apply my sun cream", "Does my Eye Cream go on before my serum, or afterwards", "how often should I exfoliate" etc. I get it. It's pretty confusing and, more than anything, there are a ton of opinions here. Although that goes for everything when it comes to the beauty industry - I might say one thing, but your Beautician (who stocks one range and earns commission *cough cough*) might disagree completely. These are my thoughts and what I can very-unbiasedly recommend.

MY BEAUTY SHOPPING GUIDE: NEW YORK, SYDNEY.MELBOURNE & LONDON

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Easily one of my most asked questions on Kiss, Blush & Tell is around where and what to shop beauty-wise when on holiday. We all know that us South Africans are a tad deprived when it comes to amazing international beauty brands. Having said this, it has got a LOT better in the past few years, but there are still some of my absolute favourite brands that aren't available here.

When it comes to actual products I would recommend buying, the list is simply too long. This is why I have my Instagram and blog, so you can constantly hear me speaking to products I rave about. My best advice is to trawl my Instagram posts and story highlights and see if there is something that appeals to you. Or make notes during a live, I speak to products all day long :) I have, however,  mentioned what to look out for, but my list is way too long.

Lastly, all these countries also have fab stand-alone stores (NARS in Covent Garden and on Bleeker St), Hourglass in Crosby St, NY, FRESH Beauty in Covent Garden and at the Flatiron etc). I haven't gone into each standalone, but rather bigger beauty stores. Else we may be here forever :)

I used to live in London and started my beauty career working at one of my all-time favourite beauty retailers; SPACE NK. I visit London fairly often, thanks to my sister living in the UK, so know what I am looking for and where to shop pretty well.

SPACE NK

Let's start with my best and a place that is very close to my heart. SPACE NK is a luxury beauty retailer and they have a number of stores throughout the UK, so you won't be too hard-pressed finding one. They stock a variety of brands that can sometimes be quite hard to come-by; from Drunk Elephant and Hourglass to Lipstick Queen and Chantecaille. They also then have your standard luxury beauty brands like NARS, Diptyque, By Terry, Kiehl's, REN, Eve Lom etc.
Be warned, this ain't your bargain beauty store, so nothing here comes cheap but it's always a real spoil and the girls who work here are fab (says she, the ex employee). They are great with recommendations across brands, so I often end up going here with one product in mind and leave with 6. Hold onto your purse for dear life!
What to look out for:
Diptyque (I always stock up on my candles and room sprays here. I love Bais, Mimosa and Figuier)
By Terry (their baume de Rose lip balm and CC serum are heavenly)
Malin & Goetz (their Eucalyptus deo is natural and fab)
Eve Lom (their cleansing balm is still one of my faves)
Emma Hardie (another fab cleansing balm)
Sarah Chapman (Overnight Facial is great)
Drunk Elephant (TLC Baby Facial and their Vitamin C - only tried the TLC facial myself)
Hourglass (their Ambient Lighting powders, bronzer and blushers)
Sunday Riley (Luna Oil, Juno Oil and Good Genes)
Laura Mercier (fab tinted moisturiser, one of my best)
NARS (great matte lip pencils, great tinted moisturiser and lovely blushers)
Oribe (texturizing spray for their hair that trump all others)
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CLARINS SUMMER COLLECTION IS HERE

Monday, 29 October 2018

You know it's properly summer time when the big limited edition Clarins bronzer lands on your desk!!! Year after year this bronzer just brings me immense amounts of joy, and this year is no different. In fact, it probably is slightly different as they've amped up the summer feeling with a tortoise shell and pink flamingo & palm tree case. I MEAN...

The Summer Collection (in stores now) is made up of a few items, but I thought I would share with you what I have been using non-stop lately. Giving me all the summery help this pasty skin needs!

BRONZING COMPACT - R560

Let's start with my very best, which I've pretty much already introduced. This years limited edition bronzing compact is made up of 3 matte shades that I feel would work for SO many skin types. I adore how big these pans are, making it easy for swirling a large fluffy brush through, and giving the skin the perfect sun-kissed look. I also have to say that I feel this is very well priced. These compacts last AGES and are R560. I feel like it would take me well over a year to plough through one of these (and mine get a lot of love). 

FOREO LUNA 2: MY REVIEW

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Here it is; my long-awaited Foreo Luna 2 review which I did speak to in stories but wanted to do a full post that you guys can refer to for further detail.

6 FOUNDATIONS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Finding the perfect foundation is almost as tough as finding the perfect pair of jeans. There are so many different boxes that need to be ticked; from the texture and finish to the coverage and shade match. Shade match probably being the most under-rated one!

REVIEW: NEUTROGENA CITY SHIELD LOTION SPF 25

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

This product deserves a lot of love, and that's what I'm here to do. Again. I know a few of you have already bought this and every single one of you have adored it. I had one of you who it stung a bit, however, this was due to her skin barrier being compromised, so once we sorted that out, she got back onto this and loves it. Yay!

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR SKIN BARRIER

Monday, 10 September 2018

You will have heard me harp on about my skin barrier A LOT. It's something that is not spoken about enough when it comes to caring for our skins, yet is super important. As I did with my Pigmentation post and my Retinol post, this is a summary of what the skin barrier is and how you can protect it. The topic is a lengthy one, so I have done my best to keep this high level. As always, shout if you have questions.

REVIEW: LES EAUX DE CHANEL

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

CHANEL have a new collection of fragrances and, as you know, there is little that excites me more than a CHANEL drop arriving on my desk. This latest collection is something different, named Les Eaux De CHANEL - inspired by three of Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite places: Paris-Deauville, Paris-Biarritz and Paris-Venise.

REVIEW: SISLEY ALL DAY ALL YEAR & SISLEY HYDRA-GLOBAL SERUM

Monday, 3 September 2018

I wanted to actually just do a review on the latest launch from Sisley, their Hydra-Global Serum, but then felt mean excluding my beloved moisturiser from them, All Day All Year, as it's really this combo that has been making me and my skin pretty darn happy of late.

NEOSTRATA REVIEW: Triple Firming Neck Cream & Dermal Replenishment

Monday, 20 August 2018

Neostrata is a range I recommend, a lot. You all know how I feel about medical-grade products and Neostrata is one of the leaders in this space. They are renowned for being incredibly results focused and pretty much have a product for every concern you can think of. Their sister company, Exuviance, is very familiar around here too. I would say Neostrata is the brand one would move onto for next-level results.

LET'S TALK ABOUT RETINOL

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Whew, I've been meaning to get to this post for a while as Retinol is an ingredient I harp on about a lot and, naturally, get a load of questions about it. I always try and base these informative posts on the questions that come up the most as, whew, replying to DM's is a job in itself, and directing people to a link would make my life a lot easier.

Laser Hair Removal: Q&A

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


As a lot of you would have seen, I have recently started my future-hair-free-self journey with Laser Beautique. I have stopped and started laser before, when I was living in Cape Town, but never really committed to it properly, however, it has been something I have been looking into for a good while; trying to understand the different options out there and decide what would be best suited to me.

As you may well know, I hate shaving. I’m not particularly hairy, but I have found myself shaving more frequently in the last few years. Hormones, is that you?! That being said, I have never been one of those religious shavers so more often than not my legs feel spikey and make wearing jeans very uncomfortable. I may also have been known to shave my ankles only when my cropped jeans make it a necessity. See what I mean? Laser is very much needed in my life.

PIGMENTATION: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

I have stopped and re-started writing this post so many times as pigmentation is SUCH a tricky one, but I wanted to do it as I know so many of you guys battle with pigmentation, as do I. In fact, I'm not sure there are many South Africans who don't, it's pretty impossible for us ladies, with this harsh SA sun and our hormones, to avoid it.

MY SISLEY MASK STASH

Monday, 16 July 2018

You all know I have an unhealthy obsession with masking and you, too, know how I feel about Sisley (who, in my opinion, do some of the BEST masks on the market) - so I thought it would nice for me to speak to the masks that I constantly chat about on my Instagram and that a lot of you have since started using and enjoying.

Coping with winter skin: Epi-max Review

Thursday, 12 July 2018

People warn you about the Joburg winters but, let me tell you this, no amount of warning can prepare you for the change and harshness your skin will ensure during the months in your first Highveld winter. It’s brutal, to say the least. As you know, I’m not the best when it comes to applying body cream; I find it a bit of an effort and after a warm bath, I just want to get straight into my PJ’s (rather than smear cold body cream all over my body). This, however, changed very quickly as one worse than applying body cream, is the dry, tight, flakey skin that will follow if you aren’t absolutely fastidious about this. Nothing beats this discomfort and I will make any bit of effort to avoid it.

Some new luxury favourites

Friday, 29 June 2018

This will be a quick one, but I wanted to speak to these three products as I've really been loving them. A lot.

They are all new to my routine; one fragrance, one make up and one skincare. Perfect balance hey!

REVIEW: SKINCEUTICALS GLYCOLIC 10 RENEW OVERNIGHT

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

This is a new launch from Skinceuticals, and one that I had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of in SA. In fact, so much so, I jumped the gun and emailed the team asking where it was a month or two before it was due to arrive! Reason being that this is a pretty innovative idea; I've never come across a product quite like this and knew it was the kind of product that would find a good spot in my routine. Quick and easy to use, yet maximum results. Oh, and you all know how I feel about exfoliating - the single most important step in any skincare routine.

Mini City Guide: Johannesburg with Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Saturday, 2 June 2018

As you know, I am a huge fan of Neutrogena Hydro Boost (see this post to better understand the range) so I am very excited about the idea I have come up with of doing a mini city guide. I'm sure you are thinking, but how does that relate!? The reason being that Hydro Boost, as a range, is aimed at fitting into a busy, on-the-go, city-living lifestyle. This, combined with the fact that I get lots of questions around my fave spots in Jozi, sounded like a fun piece to do! So let's get into it :)

LET'S TALK ABOUT EXFOLIATION

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!

CURRENTLY ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER feat. Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

My bathroom counter is ever-changing, as you can imagine! I am always switching things out, getting rid of products I just don't feel are working for me, and adding in new one's that I feel my skin could benefit from at that time. This lot below have been pretty steady in this space, however, and I feel they deserve a mention.


Introducing GUCCI BLOOM ACQUA DI FIORI

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.

NOTES: INSTAGRAM LIVE: TALKING ABOUT SKINCARE BASICS

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.

THE LOW DOWN: NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST RANGE

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.

VINTAGE WITH LOVE: A CHARITY WORTH SUPPORTING

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).

CURRENTLY ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER

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.

BRIDAL GUIDE: THE BEAUTY PREP FOR YOUR BIG DAY

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.

NEW: COCO MADEMOISELLE EAU DE PARFUM INTENSE

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.

NEW ON THE BLOCK: VICHY UV PROTECT

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...

ANTI-SHINE CREAM SPF 50 - R230