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


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!

SOME FAVOURITES THAT I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF

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.

I’M ALL ABOUT THAT TRIPLE MASK LIFE

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):

AFFORDABLE, BUDGET-FRIENDLY MAKE UP THAT I SWEAR BY

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.