26 February 2020


I cannot believe that it's already time for my February QPR post.

I have two products from the Italian skincare brand BioNike to tell you about, specifically for those mature skins experiencing hormonal changes.
Its also estimated that during the next decade 65% of cosmetic sales will
come from the more mature user.
 I have said on my blog many times that BioNike is a brand that you really
 cannot go wrong with when looking for effective, affordable and easily
accessible products for sensitive or allergy prone skins.

I also have a slightly disappointing product from my normally much loved
Dutch wellness brand


Brand : BioNike
Product : Defence My Age Renewing Night Cream
Price : R345
Size : 50mls

Launched last year the BioNike Defence My Age range comprises of 3 products
that are all beautifully packaged in midnight blue glass, which looks extremely Luxe
and I have been lucky enough to put 2 to the test.

Formulated to strengthen skins resilience and enhance your beauty after the age of 50
 by improving skin’s natural ability to cope with ageing and effects caused by those
inevitable hormonal changes.
Based on the Skin Resiliency Complex, it is enriched with Japanese cedar extract 
and every dry skins's best friend, Shea Butter and Hyaluronic Acid.
 Formulated for mature skin to counter skin dryness, dull skin tone 
and loss of skin compactness caused by a drop in hormone levels.
The rich, soft and fast-absorbing texture comes with a delicate floral-marine scent
and is a range to certainly consider if your skin is looking for hydration,
suppleness and radiance.

Verdict :  8/10



Brand : BioNike
Product : Defence My Age Intensive Renewing Serum
Price : R415
Size : 30mls
Available : Exclusively at Dischem

If you haven't yet introduced a face serum into your beauty regime and you are over 
the age of 50 then I highly recommend you look into this one.
Serums always contain the most concentrated of active ingredients.
As with the other 2 products in the My Age collection the serum is based on the
 Skin Resiliency Complex, it is enriched with Argan extract to enhance the 
effects of both the night and day treatments. 
The serum can be used daily under both.
 It has a silky, fluid texture and as with the day & night cream it has 
the same divine floral-marine scent
This trio of products work together to counteract skin dryness, 
loss of radiance, compactness and suppleness caused by a 
drop in hormone levels. 
The skin is left smoother, radiant and more supple.

Verdict :  8/10



Product : RITUAL of HOLI
Price : £6.90
Size : 100ml

I have over the last couple of years purchased several products from
The RITUALS of AYURVEDA range and have raved about them, however
part of my 2019 LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Advent Calendar contained
a 100ml size of The RITUAL of HOLI Body Cream, which sadly 
I'm not going to rave about.

Infused with the scent of Pink Grapefruit and Flamingo Flower I found the fragrance 
to be sweet, delicate and pleasant.
The formula of the body cream is where my disappointment lay and despite
the claim that it's a rich, nourishing cream I didn't find it to be so.
I  don't have particularly dry body skin and despite applying to slightly
damp skin as they recommend my skin just didn't feel well nourished.

Verdict :  4/10

23 February 2020


Before I get into my review I have a back story to tell you about this product,as
its been on my beauty radar and wish list for sometime and in 2019 I tried to buy 
the Vita Liberata Beauty Blur on numerous occasions during my travels overseas
and infuriatingly I kept hearing those beauty swear words
 "Out of Stock"

As my UK "Kiddiewink" was heading back to SA for Christmas I made numerous
UK online beauty orders to be sent to him, as I couldn't miss the opportunity for him
to be my "Cosmetic Mule".
My two favourite online stores are 
as I find they offer the biggest discounts and sometimes the best free gifts.

Due to my order spend, I was entitled to receive a surprise past
  LOOKFANTASTIC Subscription Box as a free gift and I wasn't going to complain as they generally have fairly decent beauty products in those boxes.

I couldn't believe it when I opened the box, as it contained the one product that
had been so elusive, there in all its glowing glory nestled
a boxed 10ml size tube of the Vita Liberate Beauty Blur in the shade Latte.
It was an ideal size for me to put to the test before jumping on the
Vita Liberata Beauty Blur bandwagon.

As always I like to give you some info about the brand when I review for
 the first time :

"The Vita Liberata team are passionate experts in skincare and tanning. From their Irish base they created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and our unique Odour Remove™ technology is now present in all of our at-home self and salon spray tans. In 2011, they became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand, developing a collection of tan solutions free from parabens, perfume, alcohol and all chemicals of concern. As the first tan brand in the world to do this, we became the self tanner of choice for the world’s top spas including George V Paris, St Regis, Viceroy, Ritz-Carlton and Burj Al Arab. Their multi-award winning collection is now sold in more than 26 countries worldwide. They are now recognised as the world’s leading non-toxic, organic tanning company. They also offer the widest range of at-home and professional tanning solutions to suit every skin type and tone, guaranteeing the ultimate tanning experience every time, that fades perfectly back to nothing, without you even noticing."

Prep and perfect your skin all at once with the
Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimizer 
this moisturizing formula works as a primer, self-tan and skin finish.

Enriched with certified organic and natural extracts for anti ageing, skin enhancement
 and a natural tanned look, it also has a Moisture Locking System to leave skin soft
 and conditioned.

The perfecting weightless formula glides on effortlessly, delivering a sheer tint that miraculously covers and corrects the appearance of imperfections to leave
 skin looking naturally radiant and I was blown away by how well it worked even 
on my mature skin and any product containing "Light Reflecting Particles" as this
does, is a good friend of mine and my skin...

Available in 3 shades:
Latte Light is specially formulated for those with fair to medium skin tones.
Latte for those with medium skin tones and was a 
great shade for my skin tone.
Latte Dark is formulated for those with medium to darker skin tones.


Use a pea size amount on the face or décolleté, and dot lightly onto cleansed skin after moisturiser. However it doesn't contain any SPF, so don't forget to apply one beforehand.
Blend outwards with fingers in circular movements or use a foundation brush.
I actually found that a little goes far and my best method of application 
was with my faithful old fingers...

This beauty blur is perfect for that flawless, natural, no make-up look and I'm 
simply obsessed. It provided a great canvas for the application
of bronzer, blusher etc. and it's simply a "do it all" skin optimiser and without doubt 
 worthy of a beauty splurge.

P.S.I'm also tempted to splurge on one of the Vita Liberata salon tans and as always
I'll give you the run down, before you spend your money.





Available in South Africa at selected Salons,
Tanning Salons, Spas, Wellness centres and 
more recently online at

21 February 2020


Finally I seem to be getting better at keeping my empty containers in order to 
write a "Recent Empties" post for you and over the past couple of months I've managed 
to save a grand total of 5, which must be an all time record for me.
As always I will include Pink Links to the original reviews.


Revitalising Shampoo

I've been so enjoying this Spanish brand of shampoo,as my hair
 just seems to be responding to its formula so nicely, that I've already been a bought
another one and I even included it in my 
"Top 6 Hair & Body Products of 2019"
To check out what other products made that list

Around R100 they're available exclusively from Dischem's countrywide
To read my mini review



Whilst I loved this latest concealer from benefit, in fact I love all of their
concealers and have said many times that their offering literally covers anything and everything,
yet I was disappointed by how quick this product finished.
I only bought it at the end of September 2019 and despite rotating with other 
concealing products, its already finished.
Another complaint is the amount of wastage there is on the sides of the see thru container 
that you can't seem to get out.
Considering these two "let downs" and the steep price, I sadly won't be buying 
this particular benefit concealer again.

To read my full review



If you have followed my blog or followed me on Facebook or Instagram
for sometime now you will know that I'm a huge fan of the 
French skincare brand CAUDALIE.
I don't think I've tried any products of theirs, and I must have reviewed 12 or more
 of their face and body products, that I haven't liked and even though I did like
 the Micellar Cleansing Water it didn't perform adequately enough on my 
first cleanse on those full make-up days and primarily that's when I use a 
micellar water, as a first cleanse.
 I have reviewed several others that perform this function way better.
If however you are looking for a Micellar Water to cleanse a light make-up
or just as a quick morning cleanse then this is perfect.
I did finish the product this way, but again sadly I won't be re-purchasing.

To read my full review



After being such a sceptic about this seemingly unnecessary, much hyped about
 pricey beauty product, I'm now a full on convert and living in a hot humid climate
I seriously can't live with out this product.
This product was deservingly included on my Top 10 Make-up Products 2019.
To find out what other Urban Decay products appeared on that list

I was surprised at how long the 118ml spray lasted me and I pretty much use it 
most days. I have since purchased another and despite the R495 layout, 
its a "Must Have" for me.

To read my full review



I have a couple more applications left in the jar of this Incredible Hydrating Cream
but the sad day is looming when my jar will be completely empty.
This cream made it onto my Top 10 Skincare Products of 2019
along with another MARY COHR product, so check out my absolute 
fave skincare products of 2019
My Top 10 Skincare Products 2019

It was an absolute pleasure using this product and again like the 
NATUR VITAL Shampoo above my skin just, like my hair, responded so well 
to the formula.

To read my full review