Tuesday, 20 February 2018


This is another of my M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2017 goodies and
a brand that is exclusive to Marks & Spencers.
Rosie for Autograph range will be well known to those living in the UK, 
but to those that don't, 
the Rosie collection of make-up, skincare and Body & Bath products
 is a hugely popular and successful collaboration with supermodel and actress
 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

I was excited to find the 
Rosie for AutographAmazing Radiance Body Glow 
behind one of the Advent Windows and it was a generous
50ml size.
It's a lightly tinted, fragranced body lotion that's formulated to 
enhance your natural glow and I'm a sucker for any products 
that impart a glow to the skin whether it be face or body.

Check back this coming Sunday to find out if this
Amazing Radiance Body Glow is amazing and will it be added to my
next UK visit shopping list.

Sunday, 18 February 2018


I always,only, post a review once I've finished a product, 
but I'm breaking my own rule on this one and posting 
this review after four and half months of twice daily use.

I seem to have been using the 
Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
 for what seems like an eternity and it's still going strong.

Having recommended previously that you buy skincare according to your budget,
there is one product that I advise stretching the budget for
and that's an anti-ageing eye treatment.
I personally have always focused on the maintenance of my eye area, 
as it really does give away your age and I just want to keep those 
signs of ageing at bay or minimised for as long as possible.

It's a "maze" out there, when it comes to Anti-Ageing
eye products, as we are spoilt for choice.
 For as long as I can remember though I've always used products for 
my eye area twice a day 
  and that's pretty much how I have been able to keep any deep lines
and wrinkles to a minimum and these are not to be confused with your 
natural expression lines around the hard working eye area.

The use of eye creams are on going, so get rid of the notion that a product
will "fix it all" in one jar, as that just doesn't happen. 
The sooner you start to incorporate an eye treatment into your daily regime
the better, but if you fall into that category of not having used, 
then don't despair.

If you're a mature woman or man (yes, men need to use eye products also 
and they don't have to be male specific)
it's not too late, however understand that damage has been done,
but in order to slow down the further appearance and soften those
existing lines and wrinkles I recommend that you initially splurge and bring 
in the "Big Guns" of the eye treatment world.

The hugely popular and iconic
 Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Collection 
of products target and reduce the look of all the signs of ageing
for the face and eyes.
They have several targeted eye products in their
arsenal and their Eye Concentrate Matrix is one that I can highly 
recommend if you are wanting to seriously inject some "oomph"
into your eye care routine.

The Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix
is one of those "Big Guns" to be used both night and day.
This serum will repair, fortify and hydrate the skin around the
delicate eye area, so it pretty much deals with the main areas
of concern for most of us.

Their ultra-nourishing, skin strengthening formula has an innovative 360° 
Matrix Technology that provides a cushion of plumping support 
to give eyes a fresh, “wide-open” look and I won't object to
that, as with age sadly our eye area, especially the eyelids become
 more droopy and gives the eye a more closed, tired appearance.
The addition of every skins friend - Hyaluronic Acid 2x Concentrated 
Infusion ensures that the skin remains hydrated for a full 24 hrs.

From the picture above you will see that this product comes with a
massaging applicator, but do yourself a favour and forget even trying to
attempt to massage the skin as EL suggest and just go straight to the
patting with the ring finger...

Using the massaging applicator, gently roll under each eye three times. 
Then massage in a 360° circle under the eye area and above the lid. 
Finish by patting with ring finger until absorbed.

The slightly opaque, cooling gel is easy to blend around the eye around and
feels comfortable and moisturising on the skin, without feeling heavy or
creating any puffiness, which some eye products can do.
It was a pleasure to use and offered a plumpness to the skin,
which in turn softens those lines, especially the deeper ones and gave
a more rested eye area.

Fragrance Free
Opthalmologically Tested
Dermatologist Tested

Estēe Lauder is available in SA from selected
 Edgars, Red Squares, Woolworths online
Foschini and Truworths.

I highly advise that you read my other reviews on
 Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Products.

Estee Lauder Avanced Night Repair Concentrated Eye Mask Review

Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronised Recovery Complex 11 Review

Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix




Wednesday, 14 February 2018


As it's Valentines Day today here are 10 interesting facts about that
 all important kiss

An act of kissing puts 29 facial muscles in motion. In other words, kissing can be used as an effective exercise to prevent the development of wrinkles.
 Lovers swap saliva containing various substances e.g. fats, mineral salts, proteins while kissing. According to latest studies, the exchange of the above substances can give a boost to the production of antibodies, which are made specifically to deal with the antigens associated with different diseases as they are encountered.
As a rule, 66 percent of people keep their eyes closed while kissing. The rest take pleasure in watching the emotions on the faces of their partners.
According to U.S. statistics, an American woman would kiss an average of 80 men before she gets married.
A quick romantic kiss will burn about 2-3 calories, whereas a French Kiss (an open mouthed kiss with tongue contact) will burn more than 5 calories.
Sensitivity of the lips is 200 times higher than that of the fingers.
The bodies of those engaged in kissing produce a substance that is 200 times more powerful than morphine in terms of narcotic effect. That is why the kissing partners can experience feelings of euphoria and bliss in the process.
Kissing can help women relax and ease the effects of stress.
On the average, a person spends 20,160 minutes (two weeks) of his life on kissing.
Every other person on the planet has his first amorous kiss before reaching the age of 14.


Tuesday, 13 February 2018


This is the 3rd review of the four serums that I bought from the
much hyped, simple, no frills skincare brand
The Ordinary, 
which falls under the Deciem umbrella.

The Ordinary 
 "Clinical formulations with integrity". 

To read more about the brand and the serums that I purchased 

and to read my reviews 

Matrixyl 10% + HA is perhaps the product that is the most difficult to give
you feedback on, as it's a Peptide serum with Hyaluronic Acid, that silently
 works away and doesn't give you
any obvious quick results, it's a long term ongoing treatment.
I had this product on my shopping list, as I currently do not have any Peptide
serums in my current beauty regime.

(I must explain that Matrixyl is a trademarked peptide composition 
developed by Sederma in France.
 Neither DECIEM nor The Ordinary is affiliated with Sederma)

This highly-effective Matrixyl composition is combined with a specialized 
Hyaluronic Acid delivery system, which has been shown to reduce the look of 
static and dynamic wrinkles...
Exactly what I and many other women in their 50's are looking for.

What are Peptides and why are they important ?
Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of 
proteins in the skin.
When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. 
When they are in a short chain of amino acids, luckily for us,
 they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and send signals
 to our cells to let them know how to function.

Collagen is one such important protein and Collagen gives our skin 
its thickness and suppleness. When collagen breaks down in the skin 
(from age and environmental factors like the sun and stress), 
wrinkles form. 
Peptides applied topically to the skin can send messages to collagen to 
prompt the formation of new collagen, which leads to the appearance
 of a more supple and youthful skin.

I've been using several drops of the High Strength Peptide Formulation

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10%+HA 

for the past 4-5 months. I used in the evening and it integrated well with all 
of my nightly products and I'm sure this would
be an ideal anti-ageing serum for a sensitive skin, that finds Retinol
or Vitamin C serums too stimulating or active.
The inclusion of Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in skin, 
 has the magical capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of 
moisture and is loved by all skin types and 
was very appealing to me.

Best applied on a clean dry skin prior to any other products,
 it can used both am and pm, but to be honest I didn't enjoy the texture of
this thick,viscous,clear jelly like serum for morning application.
I found that use in the evening was preferable, but just a 'heads up" 
this serum doesn't spread easily, as it's Silicone free and drys fairly 
quickly leaving a slight tacky, sticky film on the surface of my skin.

I tried adjusting the amount that I used, but that feeling was still evident
 on my face and it just didn't do it for me.
I don't feel that I can fully or fairly review this serum, as I was only using
it once a day, but considering the length of time I have been using
I can't say I've noticed any diminishing of my lines and wrinkles, but
as I said earlier, it's a silent worker.
I have said this before in previous posts, if you skin is neglected
and ageing rapidly, then you will no doubt see more visible results, 
but remember that my skin has been well looked after for 
40 years or more.

However in comparison to previous serums that I've used over the years ,
 I found this one to be somewhat crude and basic and YES I know
it's selling for a fraction of other serum prices and based on 
its texture alone I won't be repurchasing.

I'll finish the product until the end, but
I will be on the lookout for another Peptide treatment
 to include into my daily skincare
regime, so if you have any that you can recommend please
drop me a note in the comments section below.

After saying all of the above I maybe eating my words, as it could just 
be one of those treatments where you only notice the difference once 
you stop using, but I will be sure to let you know if that happens...

This product is :

Silicone Free
Alcohol Free
& has a 
pH of 5.00-6.00

The Ordinary products, are also free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, 
coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone.

DECIEM does not test on animals and does not pay others to do so. 
For this reason, none of their brands are sold in mainland China since such sales 
require animal testing for registration purposes.

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10%+HA

Available on certain websites in SA 



Sunday, 11 February 2018


I should perhaps start off with the bad news, yes lets get this
 out of the way, I contacted NUXE South Africa 
and this particular product is not available in SA, which is a pity, however
it is occasionally included as part of a gift set.

I'm a huge fan of their iconic NUXE Prodigieux Oil and if you haven't heard
about it or tried it then I suggest you read my review see the Pink Link
at the foot of this post. You can also
check it out at a NUXE counters in selected Woolworths or Truworths countrywide.

This NUXE Precious Scented Shower Oil with Golden Shimmer is not
a "must have" item, but I must say after using it several times this past week
it's  for sure a "lust have" beauty product and if you are a devotee of the Oil, 
then you will love this Shower Oil.

NUXE Prodigieux Shower Oil is an amber coloured gel-oil that's derived 
from the iconic Nuxe Prodigieuse Oil and maintains the same fragrance. 
With tiny golden particles, it gives a radiant shine to the skin without being
too noticeable that the particles are there and has 
a dense and luxurious texture that makes the shower routine a delight.
 It produces a fragrant lather that gently cleanses the skin and can be
 used on all skin types.

Once applied to a wet skin the gel transforms into a white
cleansing lather which performs a great job 
and your skin is left feeling comfortable,radient and soft.

If you layer both the gel followed by the oil I can assure you,
you will be in NUXE Prodigieux heaven.

NUXE Prodigieux Shower Oil

Not available in SA



Thursday, 8 February 2018


I'm not generally one to opt for a "lazy beach" holiday I'm more
of a "cram it all in" type of vacationer, but sometimes I find it heavenly 
to just "park off" and do very little except laze around on a beach.

Recently these 5 Sun Products were carefully chosen to come away 
with me and spend 10 days in Mauritius and each one would perform a specific function.
Overall their job would be to protect our skin from sunburn, whilst
at the same time hopefully minimise the damage from the 
suns rays as much as possible.

Now the above may seem slightly excessive, but I was having to take into 
consideration that I was holidaying with two males who are highly opposed 
to applying any sun protection at all.

I'm sure we are all aware of the dangers of the sun
over exposure can be. Sunburn is not only extremely damaging to the skin 
but it can be an extremely painful and uncomfortable.
Here is a reminder of some guidelines to follow.

Apply the sunscreen product just before exposure.
Avoid exposure between 10am-2pm whenever possible
 Re-apply sun protection frequently and generously to maintain protection, 
especially after swimming, perspiring or towelling.
Do not stay in the sun too long, even while using a sunscreen product, 
because it does not provide you with a 100% protection. 
Avoid the eye area with sun products and wear sunglasses.
Always wear a hat to protect the hair and scalp

Having used only one of the above products previously I was looking forward to 
putting the others to the test.
With the exception of the lamelle, which is
Available at accredited Lamelle skin care suppliers and aesthetic doctors
countrywide the others are all available from either Clicks or Dischem.

Left - Right

Idealia Soleil SPF30 Anti Imperfection

(R285 50ml)

I included this product for my teenage "kiddiewink", as he
 has been prone to the usual teenage acne
issues, which thankfully have normalised over the past year. 
I knew that he would not use any sun protection that was too heavy
or would leave his skin feeling greasy or sticky.(his words)

This product is formulated to reduce the appearance of blemishes, 
pores and shine, whilst providing a High Protection of an
More importantly this product offers a non greasy texture and is
designed for daily use.
It's been tested on Acne prone skins,can be used on sensitive skins
and is paraben free.

My "kiddie wink" wasn't interested in the benefits of this sun product
he just wanted a product that he couldn't feel on his skin,stopped him
from burning and it mustn't "stink" (again his words)

Even though the cream initially felt rich it quickly absorbed and left
a matte non greasy feeling to the skin and it had a slight yet pleasant
On a side note my husband also decided to use this SPF on his face
for all the same reasons.
So if this sounds familiar with the males in your house then I can highly
 recommend this product, as it ticked all of theirs and my' boxes.


SPF50+ Suncreen Spray 200ml

(R299.95 200ml)

I included this Very High Protection SPF 50+ a very broad UVA & UVB protection
to apply on our bodies, especially important for those parts that don't
normally catch sight of the sun.
I find a spray so easy and convenient to use and this product leaves no
 white streaks.

Avène is formulated for sensitive skins, its hypoallergenic, non comodegenic 
and it protected us all well, especially in those early days at the beach.
Another hit with all the family.


(R237 40ml)

I decided to take along this tinted SPF 50 for my face to apply when I was
going out n about instead of wearing a foundation and not necessarily to 
wear at the beach.
My product was nearly finished and I have since discovered that this
product has been discontinued here in SA.
This product has since been replaced by the Photoderm MAX Aquafluid SPF 50+. 
Bioderma say that it has excellent sun protection technology and 
its new, even better texture leaves a velvety feel on the skin. 
It comes in 3 shades: Clear, fair and golden.
I did review the previous product some time ago and you can read my full review.
I'm hoping to review its replacement in the near future.



(R475 70ml)

For my face I opted for a more specialised sun product.
This South African home grown skin care brand lamelle have a range
Dermaheal that focuses  on the prevention and management
of the chronic processes of ageing, especially ageing that is
aggravated by sun exposure (photo-ageing).
Lamelle Dermaheal Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30 offers 
a broad-spectrum 
sunscreen,whilst fighting free radicals with powerful antioxidants and its
suitable for all skin types. 
 It offers sufficient hydration without shine, gloss or stickiness.
I have been using this hydrating sunscreen everyday throughout summer
 and it works nicely under my foundation.



(R249.95 125ml)

I took this as a back up option for the "Kiddiewink" and the hubby
just in case I had an issue with the texture of the Avène body SPF.
Unfortunately I never got to use, but this Very High Protection
product has been formulated
especially for the delicate skin of babies and kids.

Whilst all of the above SPF'S are giving
 High Protection to Very High Protection from the sun
  I was more concerned about zero
burn and acheiving a healthy sun kissed colour and that's exactly 
what we all got.

Happy Holidays