Wednesday, 23 May 2018


is most probably a range of skin and body care products
that you haven't even noticed on the general shelves in Dischem, that was until
the collection  was re-formulated and re-packaged earlier this year. 
Now located in a dedicated bay amongst the more well known skincare brands,
I'm sure things are about to change for these affordable products
enriched with Dead Sea Salts and Minerals.

Since ancient times, the Dead Sea (which is actually a lake) has been renowned
for its therapeutic properties, as its unique due to it high concentrations of
salts and 21 minerals.The beneficial salts and muds from the Dead Sea 
are known to wonderfully detox, purify, exfoliate,calm,hydrate and cleanse our bodies.
In fact the list of benefits is too long to mention in this blog.
Having never tried any products that contain Dead Sea Minerals I was curious.

Mineraline TIME IT! Anti-Ageing Serum bottle and box

I was sent several products to try and review and amongst them was
an interesting Anti-Ageing Serum TIME IT!
This nightly serum has been formulated to significantly reduce wrinkle depth,
while firming, toning and hydrating the skin.
Serums generally contain a higher concentration of active ingredients and the
TIME IT! Serum is no exception as it contains an exclusive combo
of the most powerful minerals taken from the depths of the Dead Sea.

Mineraline TIME IT! Anti-Ageing Serum bottle

Mineraline TIME IT! Anti-Ageing Serum bottle, box in rose gold make-up bag with a rose gold pen

The TIME IT! Serum pump bottle has an upmarket and qualitative feel 
to it and the bottle was surprisingly heavy and solid.
The product has a pleasant fragrance and is an oil rather than a 
gel/cream type serum.

Oil serums/treatments can vary tremendously, often they can have an 
unrefined feel to them, especially the cheaper offerings, but thankfully this 
serum had a fine refined texture to it
and although felt oily upon application it was soon absorbed and felt
comfortable with no oily residue what so ever.
I found that literally one pump of the serum was plenty to cover my face,neck
and décolletage. I have been applying daily and it can be used under a day or
 night cream,personally I preferred to apply in the evening.

It's recommended for all skin types that are concerned with the signs of ageing, 
however I personally have my doubts as to whether the texture would sit well
initially on a combination/oily skin and this is where a "less is more"
attitude should be adopted with the quantity applied.

Having used many serums in my TIME I found this one to offer
an extremely effective anti-ageing serum, at an extremely affordable price.

So next time you find yourself in the beauty section of Dischem just
glance your eyes over to the Mineraline wall bay and check out there
different ranges and products that have on offer, you may be pleasantly surprised
like "Moi"...

Mineraline products are not tested on animals, Paraben and Mineral free.

The TIME IT! range is completed with 3 other products:

Day Cream R245
Night Cream R245
Eye Gel R215

Mineraline TIME IT!
Anti-Ageing Serum



The complete range of 4 core anti-ageing products 
will cost you under R1000 and that's pretty good, considering many serums
on the market are way over R1000 alone.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried anything from the
Mineraline Range...

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Sunday, 20 May 2018


Having never heard of this relatively new brand I had to do my research,
so before I get into the product review, here's some background to the 
Organic niche skin and body care line 
Susanne Kaufmann

Susanne Kaufmann 
was born and raised in the Bregenzer Forest Austria – 
a unique valley in the Alps, where the community shares a unique appreciation 
and understanding of the healing properties of nature – has harnessed this centuries-old wisdom, 
passed down from generation to generation, to create an exceptional, 
results-orientated and scientifically-proven range of 
natural skin and body care that promotes a powerful sense of wellbeing. 
Developed in collaboration with a team of pharmacists and dermatologists, 
Susanne’s vision has grown into an extensive collection of skin-specific formulas –
targeted treatments designed to address the full spectrum of common 
skin concerns and in turn,
 help to re-establish equilibrium.

This range of products are filled, sealed and packed by hand into very plain glass jars with no fancy frills,
 in fact I would most probably
have not given this, somewhat boring looking, range a second glance if 
I saw it merchandised on the shelf.
However this is a real case of "don't judge a book (product) by its cover"
for what lies beneath the lid is far from plain and boring.

There is something I find so satisfying about using a Luxury face mask,
for me it's a product where you can truly feel the quality of the ingredients on
application and The Susanne Kaufmann Moisturizing Mask 
is a real pamper for the skin.
It's without doubt a deeply replenishing and intensely moisturising mask.
It's a must-have for all those whose skin is particularly parched, 
stressed or lacklustre. 

Initially you notice the gentle yet wonderful aroma of the mask, as it certainly 
has an Alpine fresh fragrance,which reminded me 
very much of the original Clarins Cleanser Milk with Alpine Herbs.

This rich velvety mask is also packed with wonderful ingredients that 
quite literally make me happy:

Bee's Wax and Hazel Nut Oil 
richly nourishes the skin 

 Wheat Germ Oil
 stimulates the metabolism and has tissue-strengthening properties

Pansy Extract
 has a calming effect that relieves irritation providing immediate relief 
from tightness and discomfort

Sodium Hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) 
attracts and retains up to 1000 times its molecular weight in water, 
to leave skin perfectly firm, fresh and luminous.

Suitable for all types of skin.
Generously apply to the face, neck and décolletage after cleansing,
 allow to work for at least ten minutes,
 then remove gently with lukewarm water. 
It can be used one to two times per week, but I squeezed in a third 

After using the mask my skin not only felt nourished,comforted,plumped
but I immediately noticed that my face had an 
almost relaxed and rested look about it,
which to be honest I don't think I have ever noticed before after using a face mask.

When reading back over the benefits of this mask on the Susanne Kaufmann
website this sentence stood out
"The moisturising mask hydrates the skin and removes feelings of tension".
Confirmation that this mask is different to other prestige moisturising masks
that I've tried and has piqued my interest to learn and try more from this brand.
If you are looking to change from high end skincare to effective Organic
high end skincare then Susanne Kaufmann
may be well worth some more investigation.

The 15ml sample jar that I got in the SkinsCosmetics Beauty Box some
weeks back
will happily provide me with several future generous applications.

In South Africa Susanne Kaufmann is relatively unknown premium niche brand,
 but is available from
Skins Cosmetics 
in Sandton Shopping Centre, Johannesburg,
South Africa

Please let me know, in the comments below, if you have heard of this
brand or have any great recommendations within their range...

Susanne Kuafmann
Moisturising Mask


Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Having never written this type of post previously and with Winter on its way,
 I thought I would let you know 
about three lip products that I'm currently loving and are working for me.
Considering that the condition of my lips has never been better,  
I thought I would share with you the combo of products that have helped them 
to reach this often illusive comfortable smooth state. 

Like most people I find myself experiencing phases where my lips are extremely dry 
and uncomfortable and then there are other times where I have no issues whatsoever. 
Weather conditions, bouts of flu and flying are all triggers for my lips to go into
"Dry Down" mode.

L'Oreal Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub packaging

Exfoliation is vital to achieve smooth lips and there are a couple of specific 
lip exfoliators around and my previous go to lip scrub was always the 
 but I'm afraid it's been made somewhat redundant now due to the appearance of the  
L'Oreal Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub for face and lips. 
This multi-tasking product does a great job in a gentle and effective way.

To read my full review


La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Repairing Lip Balm product out of box

Another recent purchase has been the
 LA ROCHE-POSAY Cicaplast Repairing Lip Barrier Balm.
 I apply this fragrance free product every night and it seems to not only sort out 
the driest of lips, but also keeps them in a good condition.

To read my full review

LOV Cosmetics open lipstick lid off

Certain types of lipsticks, especially the popular matte formula's, 
can often aggravate dry, chapped lips, as I've discovered on several occasions. 
I am loving the formula and finish of the 
L.O.V cosmetics LipAffair Colour & Care Lipstick
It offers me a perfect mix of moisturising comfort and pigment longevity.

To read my mini review


All in All, 
this product combination is working for "moi" and long may the benefits to my lips 

Monday, 14 May 2018


I'm excited to give this Moisturising Mask sample
a try this week from a brand that I've never heard of 

The product was an inclusion in a Beauty Box that I recently purchased for R495
 from Skins Cosmetics in Sandton Shopping Centre.

 I have to say - this little box has given me the opportunity to try out
several deluxe samples from some imported niche brands 
and I've already unearthed a new fave. 

After a Google search I discovered that SUSANNE KAUFMANN is an 
internationally renowned holistic skin care line comprising of 
60 organic functional products. 

This generous 15ml pot of mask will give me several uses and I'll report back 
to you with my thoughts and opinions on Sunday...

Sunday, 13 May 2018


I've recently tried several skincare products from L'Oréal Paris and I've not been
 overly impressed, but I cannot fault them when it comes to masking.
In my opinion they really do give the higher end face masks and exfoliators 
a good run for their money.
My "go to" mask is their Pure Clay Glow Mask,which I really enjoy.
and I also rate it as a good dupe for the, triple the price,
 Kiehls Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Mask. 

I've always been a huge fan of weekly exfoliation from 
being in my early 20's
and in my opinion its one of the most important steps in your skincare regime.
An exfoliating product offers immediate, visible results, so I was excited to see
that L'Oréal have created 3 Smooth Sugar Scrub variants:

(Polishes,boosts radiance and luminosity)

(Softens and soothes dryness)

(Purifies,unclogs pores and reduces blackheads)

At my age, I'm a little bit like a magpie, as I'm drawn to any products 
that contain the words Glow, Radiance and Smooth , so I opted
for the 
Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub

This 100% naturally-derived exfoliant is rich in essential nutrients and contains
 fine crystals of 3 sugars (brown, blond, white)that are suspended in 
Vitamin E rich Grape seed Oil,
which allows for deep yet gentle exfoliation and cleansing.

Resembling a jar of brown sugar this product can be used both on the face and lips,
which is another reason why I love this product so much.
It leaves your lips beautifully soft and more importantly smooth.
(smooth lips make such a difference to the application and stay ability
of any lipstick)

With dry fingers apply a small amount onto dry skin and then add warm water and
massage gently until the sugars have melted, then rinse with warm water.
(the degree of exfoliation depends on the amount of water added
 i.e.more water = a more gentle exfoliation)

This scrub can be used on all skin types, avoid the eye area  and I have been
using once a week, which has always been my "rule of thumb" with exfoliating, 
regardless of skin type.
 ( always follow the application of any exfoliating
product with a moisturising product, whether that be a mask, day or night cream)

Without a doubt this slightly citrus fragranced scrub instantly smooths, 
brightens and softens the face and lips
 and is an absolute pleasure to use, and even though it's
not yet launched here in South Africa 
(fingers crossed they will soon),
I highly recommend that you "phone a friend" that's travelling overseas
 to bring you one back or any other means of getting your hands on one...

In my opinion it's a great product and coming from moi that's 
used a multitude of different types of exfoliators, peels and scrubs over
 the past 35 years, that's quite
a recommendation 
and I can see this product appearing on my Top 5 Skincare Product list of 2018.

L'Oréal seem to have done it again and they really have become the
"Masking Experts" 
and all at an affordable price.

L'Oréal Paris
Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub


Not Available


(Often on promotion)

Thursday, 10 May 2018


I thought I would give you some feedback on another product that
was part of the Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar 2017.

Other than seeing this range in M&S I know virtually nothing about this brand,
but I'm surprisingly impressed with this mascara.

Here's an overview of this Italian brand

diego dalla palma was founded in  Milan in 1970 by one of the most 
recognised Italian make up artists to the stars. 
Overcoming the limits of colour, launching new trends and experimenting 
with innovative formula's- new-generation textures, staying power and comfort, 
enriched with active ingredients. 
All diego dalla palma products are designed to combine quality and well-being, 
because good make-up starts from good skin.

I decided to try the CIGLIONE Lash Booster Mascara before doing any research and 
these were my scribbled first impression notes on this mascara:

Great easy to handle wand that felt comfortable in my hand
Loved the brush, different 
Super impressed with the amount of lift and curl
Gave volume to my lashes
Black glossy stayed on well, not clumpy

I then decided to read up on both the brand and this product only to find
that this mascara is a 
5 in 1 mascara, that's formulated to be a
 lash booster and give lengthening, extra volume, intense curls and high definition
and I can certainly vouch that this mascara performed all the above and well...

The formula also is enriched with 3 active ingredients that protect, strengthen and
promote follicle growth.
Its available in Black and Brown and is Paraben free and suitable for
 Vegans and Vegetarians.

When I'm next in the UK I'm going to look a little further into this brand,
but in the meantime I think this mascara can be added to my shopping list.


Not Available in South Africa