Tuesday, 17 April 2018


Last week on my quick trip to Johannesburg I purchased some beauty products
 from the recently opened
in Sandton shopping centre
 and into my packet they popped in some extra samples. 
Now, we all like free samples, but I have to say I did get rather excited about these freebies, 
as a couple were from the niche French fragrance house

is a Paris-based luxury goods company that produces a high-end line 
of scented candlesperfumes, face and body care and if you were wondering 
what the name actually means 
Diptyque is from Ancient Greek δίπτυχος (díptykhos) and refers 
to a painting or sculpture composed of two panels.

Their beautiful fragrant collections have been around since 1961 and their
 first fragrance since 1963, so Diptyque know a thing or two about
fragrance and especially candles.

I will be using these cute 2ml Eau de Toilette sprays of 

 Eau Des Sens 

and letting you know my thoughts on Sunday...

Sunday, 15 April 2018


If you love French skincare and have a sensitive skin, then
 may already be familiar to you. 
If not here's the low down...

Recommended by more than 25,000 dermatologists and in over 50 countries worldwide, 
La Roche-Posay offers a unique range of daily skincare developed with dermatologists 
to meet their standards in efficacy and tolerance with elegant textures that 
are pleasant to use.

Their skin care products are developed following their own strict formulation charter,
combining their unique antioxidant and soothing Thermal Water with ingredients 
proven effective and gentle on skin. 

I've been aware of the brand for sometime as it occupies space in many French pharmacies 
alongside other well known pharmacy brands like:

to name just a few.

Having recently launched in South Africa I popped along to Dischem to
 buy just one product, their Eye Make-Up Remover for sensitive eyes, 
but as often happens I walked out with more than one, in fact it was three. 
The reviews on those products will be coming over the next few weeks 
only once I've tried and tested them fully for you...

Where possible I opt for specialised eye make-up removers,
preferably for sensitive eyes, as it does tend to be the one area that 
flares up and having recently used an eye product that didn't agree with me,
 I was hopeful that this product would be soothing and gentle on the irritated 
and sensitised skin around my eyes.

Formulated to gently and effectively remove eye make-up, whilst also 
respecting the skins pH.It contains non of the usual irritants like alcohol, 
soaps, colourants and parabans.

I like the simplicity and the easy to use flip lid plastic bottle.
(my pet peeve,the size of the hole is small and doesn't let the contents gush
 out like so many liquid nozzles do).

I personally found this non fragranced product to be both soothing and comforting,
 especially as my skin was still feeling slightly irritated. 
Having continued to use the product post reaction I found it removed my 
eye make-up gently, but I'm not sure how it would fare with heavy eye make-up,
 but true sensitive skins generally tend to avoid heavy eye make-up anyway.

I can happily say that this product has now found a permanent place in
 my beauty regime and I'm happy it has a deserving place...

La Roche-Posay Eye Make-Up Remover
 Sensitive Eyes

Available at selected Dischems countrywide



P.s. I find the pricing here in South Africa to be very good in 
relation to other imported brands.

To see all my previous eye make-up remover reviews

Monday, 9 April 2018


Welcome back to my Part 2 of my recent UK Beauty Haul.
If you didn't read Part 1 check it out here

NIP+FAB is another brand that "was" and "is no more" in SA and I ordered
these Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads on the rebound...
I actually wanted to try the PIXI Glow Tonic Pads, but the 'kiddiewink"
just didn't have time to buy.
I have used the PIXI Glow Tonic for over a year now and I love it, but
thought it maybe nice to try their Glow Tonic in a pad form, but
its not to be, so this product will have to stay on my shopping list.

Having heard good things about Nip+Fab products I thought that these would
be a good second choice.


L'Oréal Paris Just recently launched this product in the UK & I had to add it
to my shopping list 
Smooth Sugar Glow Grapeseed Face & Lip Scrub.
It's a new collection of 3  scrubs,which also includes a Clear and a Nourish
My absolute favourite Drugstore mask is the L'Oréal Paris Pure Clay
Glow Mask, so I'm keen to try this exfoliator a whirl.

Considering the time constraints I think I have a pretty good selection
of beauty products in my UK Haul.
(I won't mention the huge stash of UK chocolate and Easter Eggs that 
he also brought over)

Let me know if you have given any of the above a try and as always check 
back to read my reviews....

Sunday, 8 April 2018


My London "Kiddiewink" announced a surprise visit home to South Africa literally
3 days before his arrival and whilst I was super excited at the thought of
seeing him, my mind immediately went into beauty "Haul" mode.

Not having too much time to shop he managed to get me a few of my
beauty goodies on the list.

As always I will be reviewing all of these products here on my blog
over the coming months. All of the below are not yet available in South Africa,
some I'm sure will never come, but hopefully a couple 
will be launched soon. 

L'Oreal is the world's largest cosmetics company and unfortunately its not a "given" 
that all ranges and products that are launched into the rest of their world markets
 are launched here in South Africa.
spotted these on the Superdrug website and obviously I must have been
feeling in a "glowy" mood, as these three items went onto my list.
I did order a third L'Oreal make-up product (Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops)
 which was sadly out of stock due to it
 being a recent launch, but I did  manage to get my hands on the 
following these 2 items.

The Bonjour Nudista Skin Tint
I have been looking for a glowy no make-up skin tint type product for a while now, so I'm hopeful for this one.
To read my recent failure with The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream

The True Match Highlight
is a major highlighting product, but its appeal was that you can mix 
a small amount of product into your regular foundation, 
so let's give this a try and seeif it's suitable for my mature skin.
I did say that this haul had a glow theme to it...


Rodial is a brand that isn't available in South Africa, but one that I've been
keeping an eye on overseas and they some really interesting skincare products
albeit pricey.
I have been wanting to try these two masks for sometime now and regret not
 buying them on my last trip to the UK.

I love a good hydrating Eye Mask and I'm really
keen to compare this Dragon's Blood Eye Mask to my all time fave
The Advanced Night Repair Eye mask from Estée Lauder

Lip Masks are now a thing and never having tried one before I thought I would 
give Rodial Dragon's Blood one a try.


The Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Hydrating Mist 
was another product that I've kept looking at whilst on my trips and yet not buying.
It's not a new product in the UK, but it does appeal to me, as it seems 
to offer plenty of benefits for the skin with just one spritz.
Hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

Simple skincare range used to be available in South Africa, but sadly no more,
which is a pity as its a pretty good and very affordable skincare brand.
I have reviewed one of their products in the past Click here to read

I liked the look of their Korean Hydrating Sheet Mask and despite having
around 6 sheet masks that I still haven't yet used from various brands, 
it can be added to the stash to try and review.

Pop back tomorrow for Part 2 of my UK Haul

Do let me know if you have given any of the above a try and what
your thoughts were...

Thursday, 5 April 2018


The selection of products "Under Review" this month are very much
 skincare focused and 3 are from the same brand.

launched in South Africa last year and if you are into your skincare
then you will no doubt have heard of this French Dermatological brand,
but in case you haven't here's a quick run down.

Recommended by more than 25,000 dermatologists and in over 50 countries worldwide, 
La Roche-Posay offers a unique range of daily skincare developed with dermatologists 
to meet their standards in efficacy and tolerance with elegant textures that 
are pleasant to use.
Their skin care products are developed following their own strict formulation charter, 
combining their unique antioxidant and soothing Thermal Water with ingredients 
proven effective and gentle on skin. 

I will be putting to the test the following 3 products:

Eye Make-up Remover - Sensitive Eyes
I recently tried an eye product that didn't agree with me, so I have been
 playing it very safe over the past few weeks with what I apply around my eye area 
and thought this would be an ideal time to put this product to the test.


Cicaplast - Barrier Repairing Lip Baume
This is perhaps one of LA ROCHE-POSEY most popular and best known products
 and I love a good Lip Baume, so this really had to be amongst my
ones to try. 

Toleriane - Ultra Intense Soothing Cream
I have never classed my skin as sensitive, but that doesn't mean that I can't 
use products especially formulated for sensitive,fragile or intolerant skins. 
There are phases when my skin enjoys a few days or nights of a more simple,
stripped back,no frills, calming, non active skincare regime and I thought 
this Ultra Intense Soothing Cream would be perfect for those times.
P.S. Since writing this post MY skin, that never reacts to anything
 has had a reaction to a Skin Tint product
that was part of my UK haul (The UK haul post will be up on Sunday)
So I have high hopes that this soothing cream will settle and calm 
my skin.

One of my favourite tinted sun products in the past, has been the
PhotodermMAX 50+ Tinted Ultra Fluid from Bioderma,which they
have since  discontinued and their PR kindly sent me its replacement to try,
 so I will no doubt end up comparing the two.

As always I will be reporting back to you ,as to whether any of the above
are worth buying.
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products 
and what you think...

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018


On a recent trip (July 2017) to the UK I was looking to do a 4 day European getaway 
and I decided on Bruges in Belgium 
and my main reason for opting for Bruges was simple 
The Eurostar.

We were using Central London as our base and considering the long haul flight from South Africa, 
we really didn't want to look at flying anywhere and train travel suited us perfectly.
I have been on the Eurostar before from St Pancras to Gare de Nord in Paris 
and it's just as easy to travel to Brussels and then change trains 
for the short hop to Bruges.
Brussels station, even though large, was easy to navigate and station
staff were always on hand to help and spoke good English.
N.B. when booking your Eurostar ticket click on Destination Brussels and then click
 on the drop down box for "Any Belgian Station via Brussels", which then 
allows you to book any onward journey within Belgium.

I last visited Bruges when I was around 12 or 13 years old and to be honest little 
has changed and 
that's what I like about old Europe,many of the old towns 
have remained pretty much the same, 
with the exception of the appearance of fast food chains.

Bruges (once best know for its lace) is fairly easy to navigate around 
and lends itself to being on foot with the exception
of the cobbles that is...
I know they look pretty, but they do wreak havoc on your feet, so wear very 
comfy flats.
(They also make hard work of wheeling your suitcases and has led to literally
many "wheels coming off")

We all absolutely loved our stay in Bruges, as there is plenty to see and do.
It's an overload of pretty and quaint and four days is a perfect stay time.
The architecture, the friendly people, the food and of course the Belgian Beer
and we even the weather came to the party and it 
made for a great trip enjoyed by all.

I do recommend that you take a canal boat trip (approx 8 euros) and as always 
you must try the food of the region, which in this case just happens to be 

Belgian Frites, 
Belgian Chocolate
Belgian Waffles
and the infamous 
Belgian Beer.

We also took a short train trip to Oostende on the Belgian coast, but maybe
I'll keep that for another blogpost.
Let me know in the comments below if you have been to Bruges.

Enjoy my quick pic tour of this beautiful
 short break destination...