Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Clarins Sunkissed Collection Summer 2016

Without question every year I look forward to the launch of the Clarins Summer make-up collection and this year is no exception.

Summer 2016 - Sunkissed 

To get that summer Sunkissed look, Clarins have launched several new and Limited Edition products.
This summertime collection comprises of warm and natural shades, iridescent shimmer, subtle shine…creating make-up that’s resistant to the summer heat, a dip in the sea or pool and it sounds absolutely perfect for the heat and humidity of a South African summer.
So whether you are wanting just a golden complexion, iridescent eyes or ultra-shiny lips
Clarins has something for you!

These products have already caught my eye as potential Summer Staples:


Bronzing & Blush Compact


Summer would not be summer without a Bronzer and Clarins
have dual purpose product in the Bronzing & Blush Compact, which comprises two matte shades, coppery beige and terracotta beige, a gold shade that lights up the complexion and an apricot pearly blush to give any tan a radiant, fresh look.

Waterproof Eyeshadow Shimmering Cream Colour


The formula of these 4 pretty, creamy and velvety eyeshadows perfectly respects the fragile skin of the eyelid and is enriched with bitter orange tree wax which helps create a protective, filmogenic shield against water and humidity. Its new texture dries immediately, does not run and stays put all day long.
4 Shades Golden Peach/Golden Sand/Silver Taupe/Copper Brown

Golden Sand

Truly Waterproof Mascara


Without doubt the most popular summer make-up purchase has to be a waterproof mascara and this Black Truly Waterproof Mascara from Clarins will not only perfectly coat lashes, but guarantees to impeccable hold for 12 hours. Lashes are visibly thicker and longer, for that all important natural, summer make-up look.


Fix' Make-Up Spray

The next product could just be the answer to many of our summer make-up challenges,as this ultra-fine, non-sticky mist leaves an imperceptible fixing veil over the face to ensure long-lasting make-up hold.As if thats not enough the floral scented Fix' Make-up Spray is also a treatment product containing plant ingredients that both hydrate and soothe the skin making this a summer "must have".

Instant Light Lip comfort Oil


Fans of the Lip Comfort Oil can look forward to a new shade Red Berry 03 joining the existing shades of Honey 01 and Raspberry 02. This tinted, non-sticky lip care oil comforts, nourishes and bathes the lips with luminous colour.

If you would like to see more of the range then visit your nearest Clarins counter or online
Available on counter around the 10h of October at all Clarins stockists countrywide

Sunday, 25 September 2016


I recently received an e.mail inviting me to spend a morning at the Granny Mouse Spa to celebrate their 10th Birthday Anniversary and it was an e.mail that I quickly responded to with a definite YES...

Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands is where you will find Granny Mouse Country House & Spa and it's such a well known and much loved landmark on the Midlands Meander and one that I have visited several times over the years. 

Granny Mouses, as it's fondly known, has been around for over 30 years offering both elegant and luxury accommodation with award-winning dining.

The Spa was added 10 years ago and is
located in a separate thatched building surrounded by beautiful lush gardens and water features that immediately calm you before you even enter. 

This calming, relaxing vibe continues throughout the spa, with the usual piped music, candle lit treatments rooms, the aroma of massage oils and the presence of the proffessional staff who are there to make your spa experience a memorable one...

Welcome Foot Ritual

The treatments commence with a Welcome foot ritual, as you are seated in the comfy lounge area, 
which I have to say...was a lovely way to start my 90 minutes of pampering.

The Spa is managed by the Camelot Spa group and their products of choice for all of their body and facial treatments is either Thalgo - a well renowned French salon brand based on  marine extracts 
CSpa - a South African made range which is based on ancient aromatherapy philosophies. 
The high performance CSpa Aroma Wellness essential oil blends are free from parabens and mineral oils.

I got to experience one of their Signature Packages. 
The Pick n Mix menu (R760) which consists of three x 30 minute treatments which you create from a list of 7 specified treatments.
My package consisted of the following:

  • CSpa basic facial, which included the usual exfoliation, masking and massage and my skin was left feeling smooth, radiant and hydrated. 
  • Detoxifying Head & Scalp Massage including Neck & Shoulders (Indian Head Massage), which was so relaxing.
  • Hand and foot massage and my tired feet felt both revived and grateful.

Enjoying my Indian Head Massage

The Spa offers a very extensive range of unisex therapies for both face and body plus the usual hair removal and hand and foot therapies, so there really is something for everyone, even specific packages for expectant mums or brides to be.

Feeling totally relaxed and extremely sleepy after my morning, it would have been so nice to go off to one of the luxury rooms and continue the experience of Granny Mouse Country   
House & Spa, but alas 1.30 hour drive back to Umhlanga awaited me... 

However I can highly recommend a visit to Granny Mouse Spa to banish those everyday stresses, whether it be as a daily visitor or as part of stay package.
(I'm already scheming the latter)

To find out more contact via

TEL - +27 (0) 33 234 4071


+27 (0) 33 234 4071
Monday to Thursday - 08:00 to 18:00
Friday and Saturday - 09:00 to 21:00
Sunday - 09:00 to 18

+27 (0) 33 234 4071
Monday to -0 to 18:00
Friday and Saturday - 09:00 to 21:00
Sunday - 09:00 to 18

Monday, 19 September 2016


Recently I have been exploring products from brands that I have never tried and Eucerin is one such brand.

As always here's a brief overview of the brands philosophy :
"Eucerin is the dermatologist-recommended skin care brand based on honest skin science. It sustains and restores skin’s health and gives you the confidence of a healthy radiant skin.
Through working with dermatologists and using advanced technological expertise, Eucerin guarantees reliable and highly effective product innovations on highest dermatological standards"

Eucerin DermatoClean Eye Make-Up Remover

I have been posting reviews on my blog for the past year on Eye Make-Up Removers that fall into a budget price range, thus making them affordable to all.
(Pink Links to my reviews can be found at the end of this post)

The Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Eye Make-Up Remover 
has been under review this month and here is my review:

Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Eye Make-Up Remover 
is suitable for all skin types and is fragrance, alcohol, colourant and paraben free, ophthalmologically tested  and is suitable for contact lens wearers. It also claims to thoroughly remove waterproof mascara and eye make-up. 

I generally prefer a bi or dual phase non greasy formula, which this one is, so as always you must shake thoroughly before use to activate the 2 layers.
The upper blue layer tackles the gentle removal of water resistant make up, whilst the lower transparent layer removes water soluble make-up.
Eucerin has a combination of active ingredients that result in both the lashes and the skin around the eye left feeling both cleansed and moisturised. 
I found this remover only to be effective after a long initial soak of the cotton pad over my eye area and even then, it took many wipes over the lashes and around the eye to remove all traces of my eye make-up and mascara. 

I personally feel there are several other removers that I have reviewed that just work far quicker and easier than Eucerin.
Retailing at R115 for 125mls it's also at the top end of my budget price range.
However this product leaves no residue on the skin around the eye and has absolutely no fragrance and is one to seriously consider if you have sensitive and allergy prone eyes.

Eucerin is available from selected Clicks and Dischems countrywide and to find out more about this range visit 

Sunday, 18 September 2016


I've been using the dermalogica hydrablur primer during the past week and from the onset I must say, that a little goes a long way, as the 7ml sample gave me a chance to try and experience the product on several occasions in different ways..

dermalogica hydrablur Primer

This lightweight non-greasy primer is formulated to blur fine lines and wrinkles and appears as a white cream until blended on the skin. This primer literally glided onto my skin, whether I used it over my regular moisturiser or on its own. 
It noticeably gave my skin an instant feeling of smoothness, which I loved and it helped to create a perfect neutral canvas for the application of foundation and make up. 

On another positive note the hydrablur contains an H2ORelease™ Complex and Abyssinian Oil which helps provide intense, sustained-release moisturization that locks in optimum hydration levels and this is was very evident, as my skin felt particularly hydrated when I applied on its own.

  The strange sounding ingredient of Whu-Zhu-Yu Fruit Extract enhances skin radiance whilst Mushroom Extract (a natural astringent) claims to reduce pore size and mattify any oily shine.
Unfortunately I don't have large pores or suffer from oily shine, so I can't comment on how effective the mushroom extract is, but what I can say - the dermalogica hydrablur intensely hydrated and smoothed my skin, whilst giving my skin a silky luminous finish.

Hydrablur is formulated with no artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.

The only negative thing I have to say about the dermalogica hydrablur primer is the price, as it comes with a hefty price tag of R850 for a small 22ml tube, but as I said earlier a little goes a long way.I realise that the price of the product will be prohibitive for most budgets, but if you are seriously into premium skincare and are looking to blur some of those signs of ageing whilst creating a flawless looking skin, with or without make-up then this product is one to consider adding to your skincare collection.

To read previous reviews on dermalogica products click on the links below:

Dermalogica Precleanse Review
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask Review
Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution Review
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review
Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash Review

For more info on dermalogica authorised salons and to order on line visit