Sunday, 20 August 2017


At the beginning of the year I decided that in 2017 I would focus on finding and testing out a variety of face masks that would be appropriate for my mature skin needs. Any mask that mentions, exfoliating, radiance, glowing, moisturising, hydrating, firming, lifting or Anti-Ageing and it immediately has my attention.

So far I have written many reviews and one of my favourite finds has been the Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Mask which has a price tag of R485, but I may have found a perfect cheaper option in the L'Oreal Pure Glow Clay Mask.

Kiehls Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Mask Review

L'Oreal launched a range of 3 Clay masks last year that can be used together, in one masking session, to target and remedy different skin issues.
 They were heavily advertised and written about at the time and to be honest they didn't really appeal to me until recently, when Dischem had a 3 for 2 promotion on L'Oreal skincare. Knowing the two products that I wanted to buy, I opted to give the Pure Glow Clay mask a try as my third.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask

This super-charged pure clay mask enhanced with Red Algae Extract has been formulated to exfoliate and refine your skin in just 10 minutes.
The beaded, creamy textured terracotta coloured mask contains potent pure clays and volcanic rock exfoliate dead skin cells and smooth surface imperfections to reveal a polished, pore-minimized, smooth, glowing, soft and radiant complexion all without drying out the skin.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask

A powerful blend of 3 pure clays:

A highly effective natural clay, known to absorb impurities and excess sebum.

Rich in minerals, a clay recognised for helping to eliminate imperfections.

A pure clay highly concentrated in minerals renowned to help clarify complexion.

    This mask is used in the normal way on clean skin, apply a thin layer all over the face, 2-3 times a week. Avoid the eyes and lips. Leave to dry for 5-10 minutes, then remove with a wet towel or warm water. Follow with your regular day or night cream.

The exfoliation aspect of this mask leans more towards a gentle exfoliation rather than mid to harsh, but the radiance and brightening effect post use, is what I am excited about. My skin felt smooth, radiant and soft and I think this is a great cheaper option to the Kiehl's mask if you're on a tight budget.

Available at L'Oreal stockists worldwide 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask




Wednesday, 16 August 2017


Garnier have recently added a new range to their product offering in the form of the

Skin Active Soothing Botanicals with Rose Water.

This new natural origin range of cleansers and moisturisers are made from 96% ingredients of natural origin and free from parabens, silicone or synthetic colourants. The remaining 4% of ingredients ensure quality, enjoyment and preservation of their formulas

Rose water is a key ingredient that works in harmony in these formulas that deliver powerful yet soothing hydration. The range soothes and hydrates the most sensitive skin types.

I have been using the Soothing Cleansing Milk and Soothing Toner for a couple of weeks now and I'm enjoying both of these products. I always double cleanse my skin regardless of whether I have worn make-up that day or not and this cleanser easily removed my make-up. My skin felt comforted,soothed and hydrated, without leaving any oily residue on my skin.

The toning lotion, like the cleanser, has a pleasing, soft delicate Rose Water fragrance. 
Definitely a duo to consider if you're on tight budget or if you are looking to make some savings in order to invest more into the treatment items e.g.serums, moisturisers etc.

I'm a huge fan of several Garnier cleansing products and in my opinion they have some of the best affordable Micellar Waters on the beauty isles.

To read my previous 

Garnier Reviews

Skin Active Soothing Botanicals with Rose Water.

Soothing Botanicals Cleansing Milk

To be launched in South Africa soon


Soothing Botanicals Toner

To be launched in South Africa soon


Sunday, 13 August 2017


My Sunday Sample this past week was a pre-shampoo exfoliating treatment from Elvive Pytoclear range and it was a free sample in an UK magazine.
I was intrigued as I'm a huge fan of exfoliation whether it be your face, body, lips, hands or feet I exfoliate everywhere on a weekly basis.This type of hair product was new to me and it now means that you can literally exfoliate from head to toe.

The NEW Elvive Phytoclear is an anti-dandruff ritual with 3 Pure Essential Oils and Octolamine claiming to leave your hair feeling beautifully soft, shiny and flake free.
I have never personally suffered from dandruff, but I have gone through phases where my scalp has been tight and irritated for whatever reason.
Hair prone to dandruff needs purifying care to not only target visible flakes but to provide comfort to the scalp. However, this can often compromise having beautiful manageable hair. 
Phytoclear also claim to leave hair feeling nourished and looking full of vitality. 
Each of the formulas are enriched with three of these essential oils: 
Lemon Grass
Tea Tree 
Geranium with Octolamine.

For the best results it's recommended that you follow the 3 step anti-dandruff ritual.
Step 1 – PREP
A pre-shampoo exfoliating treatment for a purifying action.

Step 2 – SHAMPOO 4 
indulgent formulas which leave your hair looking free of visible flakes*. Silicone-free. 

Step 3 – LEAVE IN
 Scalp lotion to help reduce the appearance of visible flakes. Use twice in a 7 day period.

Obviously I have only tried a sample of the prep treatment, the exfoliating scalp scrub, which is applied on wet hair, before shampooing, apply the purifying scrub onto the scalp, section by section, until entirely covered. 
Gently massage the scalp for 1 minute before rinsing thoroughly. 
Follow with a Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff shampoo. 

The sample seemed a really generous size and the pleasant menthol gel/cream product contains visible Argania Spinosa Shell Powder which is responsible for the  gentle exfoliating action on the scalp.

Unfortunately the sample quantity, just wasn't enough to use over my whole scalp and I found it quite difficult and time consuming to actually wade through my long hair and apply to my scalp and then massage for a minute.
 I did manage to apply and exfoliate only certain parts of my scalp. (I'm sure it would be much easier if you had shorter hair) and those certain sections of my scalp did feel good after use.
 I understand that this isn't really going to be very helpful to anyone that is thinking of buying the product.

However after this rather unsuccessful mini review I will still try to get this product sent over with my London 'kiddie wink", as with a little more product and allowing more time for the application, I'm sure that this would be a good inclusion in my hair regime, as I feel my scalp would really benefit from a good exfoliation to remove any dryness or build up of hair products and it's definitely one to consider if you do suffer from dandruff.

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Phytoclear Anti-Dandruff 1 Minute Exfoliating Scrub 150ml

Not available in South Africa


Thursday, 10 August 2017


If I mention the names The Abnormal Beauty Company, DECIEM, The Ordinary, NIOD or Hylamide you will either not have a clue what I'm talking about or your interest will be piqued instantly and I hope it's the latter, as the chances are you're a skincare lover like moi...

On the very top of my UK shopping list for my recent visit was The Ordinary, yes it was right at the top and its only store in the UK was to be found at Spitalfields Market in London, which only opened in March this year, but their second store has just opened in Covent Garden. Unfortunately I missed their opening by a couple of weeks.

Here is a very brief overview of what the DECIEM |The Abnormal Beauty Company 
is all about(I will give more info about their brand "The Ordinary" once I have used my products and written the reviews)

DECIEM | The Abnormal Beauty Company, even though it's a strange name is surprisingly a very apt name, as they create, manufacture and retail their own somewhat obscure, yet serious and highly effective, no frills, skin care ranges all at stripped down prices.

Started in 2013 the Canadian company DECIEM is the name of the beauty umbrella and their teams of scientists have created several brands under this umbrella including NIOD, The Ordinary, Hylamide and The Chemistry Brand to name but a few that you may have heard of or maybe not and many more brands are coming soon. 

This unconventional approach to beauty is not the industry norm and DECIEM have taken those stereotypical norms and literally tipped them on their heads and by all accounts very successfully. 
Available in many countries around the world, their own shops are small and basic, but functional in their shop fitting, so don't expect any fancy shop and manoeuvring space is tight, as I found out on a busy Saturday morning.

Interestingly the Estée Lauder Companies Inc have bought a share in DECIEM just as recently as June this year, so I think this move by ELC speaks volumes about this company, the team of scientists and the products they have formulated and taken to market, all very successfully.

I must admit the product offerings from these ranges seem a little daunting and somewhat confusing, as all of the packaging is very basic, somewhat similar and not overly informative, so my advice is to do some research before a visit and do ask a consultant for  information and advice on both the brands and products they have to offer.

The Ordinary

I came away with 4 skincare products from The Ordinary as this brand has had the most positive media coverage and it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for. 
It would have been 5 products, but after spending quite some time choosing the correct foundations shade, it transpired that I was wasting my time, as it was out of stock at the time, as were many of them.
I did have to stop myself though from buying some hair care items from the Stemm brand, but luggage space and weight just didn't allow.

So what did I actually come away with...

The Ordinary


The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
 hydration support formula with ultra-pure, vegan hyaluronic acid


The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
A high-strength peptide formulation


The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG
reduces appearance of eye contour pigmentation and of puffiness


The Ordinary AHA 30% Peeling Solution
with 30% alpha hydroxyl acids (glycolic/lactic/tartaric/citric), 2% beta hydroxyl acid (salicylic acid), hyaluronic acid crosspolymer, vitamin b5, black carrot and tasmanian pepperberry.

I will go more "in depth" with the products the formulations,features and their benefits in my individual product reviews, that will follow over the next few weeks and months.

The total price of the products above came to just over £27 which equates to approx R475, which even for us pound poor South Africans is positively cheap!
I can't wait to slowly introduce these serums into my skincare regime and report back to you.

Monday, 7 August 2017


I found this weeks Sunday Sample in one of the U.K. Magazines that I brought back from my recent trip. The Elvive Phytoclear range of hair care products have been specifically formulated with pure essential oils to target dandruff, irritated scalp & impurities.
As far as I'm aware we don't have this product range available yet in South Africa. 

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Phytoclear Intense Anti Dandruff 1 minute Exfoliating Scrub is a scalp exfoliator, something which I have never used before and I love a good exfoliation, so check bacK on Sunday to get my thoughts and opinions on this product.

Sunday, 6 August 2017


This is only my 2nd post that I have written titled 
"3 Products I Didn't Finish & Why"
and all 3 of these products have only been purchased this year, but I have already put 2 of them to one side ready to give away and the other one has been disposed of.

It's not very often that I don't finish a product, even the ones that aren't that great, as I normally find some positives and benefits to make it worthwhile finishing and to be honest I hate wasting my money.

I have included the Pink Links below so you can catch up with my original review and find out in more detail what I personally didn't like about these items and the link to my first blog post about previous 

3 Products I didn't Finish and Why {1}


The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow-Revealing Liquid Peel was rather disappointing and to be honest it's messy to use and I didn't see any results, so therefore I really didn't see any point in carrying on using it, when I have other great exfoliating and brightening products to use.

To read my original review 


The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish was another huge disappointment as I loved the colour, but it was just not viable, time wise, to be re painting my nails every 2-3 days due to the mad "crazing" that appears on the polish after a couple of days and just looks awful meaning that the polish has to be removed. Not great considering that Sally Hansen claim it lasts for  up to 14 days.I did persevere for some time before finally tossing this duo into the bin.


Another product I wasted my money on was this L'Oreal AGE PERFECT Cleanser that I very recently tried and have already put it to one side.
As a cleanser it performed poorly and felt very greasy on the skin and just didn't dissolve or remove my make-up very efficiently at all.

Please let me know if you have enjoyed any of the above products, as after all it's a matter of personal preference ...

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


July came and went so quickly, mainly due to my wonderful 2 week holiday in the UK & Belgium, that I find it hard to believe that we are already in the first week of August and it's time for me to let you know what products will be under review this month
As you can imagine I couldn't resist picking up a selection of beauty products on my trip, especially those that aren't available in South Africa and I have included three of these below.

it Cosmetics CC Cream was on the top of my UK shopping list, as I have read so many glowing reviews and by all reports it's apparently like no other CC Cream on the market and after reading the packaging its ticking all my skincare boxes.
It did come with a price tag of £30 and was the most expensive of my UK haul.

Garnier Skin Active Soothing Botanicals Cleansing Milk and Toner are not available yet in South Africa and as I'm always on the look out for good budget cleansing products I thought I would give this pretty pink duo a try.


Read Review

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask forms part of a range of masks that L'Oreal launched in SA last year and I thought it was time to put this one to the test.  


Read Review

L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water will be under review this month, as I often include a Micellar Water in my daily skincare regime and I must say I'm slightly drawn to them and this one has been on my radar for some time now.

Hopefully I will post my honest reviews on all of these products during the course of August, so check back to find out what I personally think...

Monday, 31 July 2017


Garnier is a very affordable drugstore skin care brand regardless of which country you buy it in and on my recent trip to the UK I bought 3 items that I don't think are available yet in South Africa.
I've written several posts on Garnier products, so if you would like to catch up then click on the pink link below

To read my previous reviews

Always on the hunt for effective drugstore cleansers and toners I picked up their pretty pink duo from Boots - Skin Active Soothing Botanicals Cleansing Milk with Rose Water and the Skin Active Soothing Botanicals Toner with Rose Water for Dry and Sensitive Skins and for the first time Garnier have included 96% Natural Origin Ingredients.

I would be lying if I said that I wasn't drawn to these products because of their pretty packaging and obviously the pink just shouted out soothing, calming and nourishing and I'm really looking forward to giving these a try.

This Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask is relatively new in the UK and again I think that this Super-Hydrating Soothing Sheet Mask is only being launched later in the year here in SA.
Seeing that in 2017 I'm focusing on reviewing face masks I did buy the Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (blue packaging) on my last trip in November, but I still haven't used it, so I need to use that perhaps, before I try this one. 

As usual you can always be assured that I will post full reviews on my blog to help you decide whether these products are worth a purchase or not...

Sunday, 30 July 2017


The "Tell It All" name of this latest face mask offering from Kiehl's, sounded wonderful and I sensed I would like this mask before I even I tried the product.

2017 is my year for masking and so far I've successfully changed from a once a month mask person to a weekly multi masking addict...

I've already discovered and included a Kiehl's mask into my beauty regime and you can read my rave review on the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Masque

Kiehl's Calendula & Aloe Soothing and Hydration Masque

This Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque helps to soothe, hydrate, and reduce signs of skin distress. This masque is incredibly lightweight, refreshing and the cooling gel  soothes immediately upon application.

With continued use of Kiehl’s calendula & aloe vera face masque, skin is revitalised for a healthy-looking complexion, however after only one application I can't vouch for this, but I have no doubts that it will, as it's formulated with hand-picked Calendula flower petals, which are packed with soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and
Aloe Vera is well known for nourishing and hydrating the skin by increasing the water content of the cells.

This masque can be used on all skin types and is gentle enough to use up to 3 x a week and should be applied as a visible layer and left for 5 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque

Unfortunately this soothing gem isn't available yet in South Africa and I received this sample from a London Kiehl's store on my recent trip.



Thursday, 27 July 2017


As always my list of products that I wanted to buy, during my recent holiday to the UK, was prepared well in advance and for this visit I created two haul lists, one for re-purchases and one for newly launched beauty goodies.

When I travel overseas I don't generally worry about buying items that I can get back in South Africa, but I do focus on the ones that I can't. 
I have decided to write a couple of blog posts showing what was on those lists and what I actually came back with.
First off, is my list of re-purchases, products that I've tried and want to replenish, but are still not available in SA. 

I have written reviews about most of these products and I will include the usual Pink Links  to those reviews.


This product was first bought last November and its made it onto my re-purchase list, the Simple Kind To Eyes Make-Up Removing Pads just make removing eye make-up on the go such a pleasure.


This next product is one that I continually buy when I'm overseas, as in my opinion its the best dry shampoo.
The Klorane dry shampoo has been around for several years, but again isn't available in SA.
(I have just discovered that I have never written a review on this product, so expect one in the near future)


Back in November 2016 on my last UK trip I bought the PIXI Glow Tonic after reading and hearing so many good reviews and regrettable I only bought the 100ml size, but on my list this time was the 250ml, as I really enjoy this glycolic exfoliating toner.


This next product wasn't on my shopping list as Yves Rocher isn't easily obtainable in the UK, but we took a 3 day trip to Belgium and walking down the small cobbled street in Brugge I came across an Yves Rocher boutique and as it made me so happy, as my favourite affordable eye make-up remover of all time is from YR as we no longer have the brand in South Africa.
It has gone under a re package, but the product remains the same.


My favourite eye masks from Estée Lauder was a "must include" on my re-purchase list.
This is now my third box  of the Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye masks and even though they are pricey,they are so worth it and this product for sure will be on my fave skincare products list for 2017, that I compile at the end of every year.

Monday, 24 July 2017


This weeks Sunday Sample hasn't actually made it into my sample jar, as it was only given to me last week whilst I was looking around the Kiehls shop in Spitalfields London.
I'm really excited to try, as on my masking journey in 2017 I've already discovered a great Kiehl's mask in the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energising Radiance Masque, so I'm expecting great things from this newly launched and wonderfully named Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque formulated to refresh, revitalise and soothe all skin types.
 As always check back to read my blog post on my findings this coming Sunday.

Sunday, 23 July 2017


I do love a good facial water spray and whilst it's seen by many to be "a nice to have" kind of product it has become for moi a "must have" beauty item.
I used the Evian spray many years ago when it was available in SA, but then I slipped out of the spritzing ritual once it became unavailable.
In recent years several similar products have been launched and for the past couple of years I have been enjoying the Eau Thermale Mineral Water Spray from Avène and I spray daily after my make-up application and often during the day to rehydrate or cool my skin on those hot Durban days.


Prior to my recent trip overseas I was looking for a smaller 50ml size spray for travelling,which Avène do make, but I thought I would give the Vichy Eau Thermale a try.

All of these French mineral water type sprays are suitable for sensitive skins, but not exclusively, so don't be put off buying if you haven't got a fragile or sensitive skin. 
This spa water spray is rich in rare minerals that soothe and refresh irritated and dry skin. It's hypoallergenic,dermatologically tested, alcohol free and free from Parabens.

I was quite unprepared for how many times I would be spritzing my skin during my two week trip and on several occasions it came to mine and my "hubby's" rescue just at the right time.

It's a great size to carry around in your bag and I found I was whipping it out to refresh and cool our skin often, whether it was on the stuffy hot London tubes, on trains, sitting on the stands watching my son pass out or driving in the car from the South of England to the North, it was a skin life saver...

Often the refreshing, soothing, spritzing sessions weren't confined to my hubby and I, but to the in-laws and friends, who seemed to automatically close their eyes and put their faces forward every time I pulled this little blue and white can out of my bag.

It was a pleasure to use and easy to control the spray nozzle (which some aren't). The fine spray was perfect and it didn't squirt out blobs of water out onto the skin.

I highly recommend that you include this multi tasking product into your daily skin care routine, as it can literally be enjoyed by all skin types, male or female and even the "kiddiewinks" enjoyed the soothing, cooling mist and best of all the can lasts for a really long time, making it easier to move it from the "nice to have" list onto the "must have" beauty product list...

Available from selected Clicks and Dischem countrywide