20 March 2019

CAUDALIE VINOSOURCE INTENSE MOISTURE RESCUE CREAM {REVIEW}


I declared that March would be Caudalie Month here on Beauty Shout box,
so here is another review...
The Intensive Moisture Rescue Cream 
was not on my "wish list" from Caudalie and its purchase came about by necessity, let's say.
After 2 weeks of my skin being exposed to the cold elements of the Northern Hemisphere's
winter, back in December, my skin was quite literally needing some rescuing.
After carefully considering my choice of products to take away with me, my day cream
choice was perhaps not ideal, hence the need for a richer more protective cream.
Towards the end of my trip the consultant in the Caudalie Boutique in Brugge Belgium very kindly gave me three generous sample sachets to try and try I did.
The key to the products function, is in its name, as the cream is intense and rich. 
It's formulated to nourish and rescue very dry skin, replenishing hydration levels and restoring comfort and using the contents of those samples night and day, did just that.


Now let's fast forward to a couple of weeks after my return from Europe and an unexpected trip was then planned for three weeks to the cold, wintry UK in January and I knew that I had to get my hands on the full size of this Caudalie Skin Saver.
The only stockist in South Africa is Skins Cosmetics in Sandton, Johannesburg and luckily my youngest "Kiddiewink" was nearby and managed to get hold of one for me. Armed with this "Skin Saving" cream my skin behaved beautifully, that's due to this product being packed full of super active natural ingredients:
 Grape Seed Oil (anti-oxidant and nourishing)
Olive Squalane (moisturising but non oily)
Shea Butter (super moisturising and softening)
Vinolevure (moisturising and deeply strengthening)
Polyphenols (anti-oxidant and anti-wrinkle)
The fast-absorbing buttery, yet lightweight texture restores and comforts the skin quickly without leaving a greasy finish.
Can be used over any serums and can be applied morning and evening.
Unfortunately this isn't a cream that I envisage my skin would need too often here in SA,as it is a rich and nourishing cream that soothes, repairs and protects very dry and dehydrated skin, but I'm sure it will be brought out in times of need.
And as with all Caudalie products, no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or animal-derived ingredients are used. Dermatologically tested. 
What makes this product an ideal travel companion in colder climes is the fact that it helps to restore that all important hydrolipidic layer and strengthen the skin's barrier function to lock in moisture and restore long-lasting hydration and I cannot recommend this product highly enough...


Caudalie
Vinosource
Intense Moisture Rescue Cream
40ml


R
Approx R585
Yet again Skins Cosmetics website is down and I can't give you an accurate
price


£
23


26


$
39







17 March 2019

LIVING PROOF RESTORE MASK TREATMENT {REVIEW}


Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment
has been under review now for the past 3 weeks, thanks to the generous 28ml size
that was included in the 2018 Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar. 
Living Proof is a USA Haircare brand that falls under the UNILEVER Prestige Division and one that we don't have in South Africa, 
but it's widely available through various retailers worldwide, including Sephora.
 
So who are Living Proof ?

"We solve the toughest beauty challenges with science and patented technology originating from MIT. Our founders are hair stylists who were fed up with the limitations of conventional products and biotech scientists who didn't have any preconceived notions of what could or couldn't be done in beauty. And together, they set out to create results you can see from across the room. Twenty patents, over 50 products and more than 150 awards later, we have countless love letters thanking us for changing lives in both big ways and small. We are the science. You are the Living Proof®."

Having always been one to invest in good hair care products,I also enjoy 
finding and trying new ones, especially hair masks, so even though I hadn't 
experienced anything from Living Proof previously I was aware of the brand.
On further investigation this hair care brand has an extensive product range
and I discovered some interesting ones, so if you're into "hair" then I highly
recommend that you check their website out.

Living Proof



Here is the overview of what Living Proof say about their 
Restore Mask Treatment.

"A deep conditioning mask treatment that repairs dry, damaged hair by nourishing strands, leaving hair visibly healthier, 20 times stronger, and shinier."
Tacuma Butter delivers long-term conditioning, Glycolic Acid smooths and softens hair, and Living Proof’s patented healthy hair molecule (OFPMA) restores damaged cuticles and moisture levels, strengthens hair, and protects from future damage". 
The result: hair looks and feels visibly healthier and 20 times stronger.

I'm being a sceptic here, but I'm always a little wary of hair products that claim to make the hair stronger and in the case of this mask, it claims to make it 20 times stronger.
I feel that these claims are often banded around by haircare companies, yet how would we honestly know if it makes our hair stronger.
Over the years of using several hair products that claim the same, I personally cannot
tell if they make my hair  any stronger or not, especially when my hair is highlighted regularly.

  

The Restore Mask forms part of a larger Restore Range of products
 and they can be used by dry damaged hair whether it be straight, wavy or curly
and on all hair textures thick, medium or fine.

First impressions were good as you are met with a divine light citrusy fragrance 
which apparently runs throughout all Living Proof products.
The packaging is simple yet appealing.
The texture was surprisingly lightweight for a deep treating hair mask and
 between your fingers it had a buttery silky texture.
The mask was easy to rinse out and left no oily residue on the hair.
Initially, post drying and styling, my hair felt as it normally would and to be honest I felt a little disappointed, but with 4 uses this mask is starting to come into its own
and I'm enjoying the way it makes my hair feel.
It doesn't feel overloaded with product and my hair does feels soft and smooth
but I can't say it looks noticeably shinier, maybe that will come with time.

The BSB jury is still "Out" when it comes to the hair strengthening claim, but when used
in conjunction with the other Restore products who knows!
This mask has definitely piqued my interest in the brand and I'm planning on 
checking it out some some.
I still have several more applications in my pot, so watch out for feedback
on this mask in a future "Friday Feedback" post.


Usage:
Can be used 1-2 week after shampooing, apply generously roots to ends. 
Leave on for five minutes.
Rinse.


Colour safe and safe for chemically treated hair.

Paraben,Phthalate,Silicone,Oil and Cruelty Free



Living Proof
Restore
Hair Mask
227g


R
Not Available in SA


£
37


$
43



14 March 2019

MAYBELLINE INSTANT ANTI AGE ERASER {REVIEW}

Every now and then I find myself being drawn to a beauty product that I wouldn't 
normally look at and its generally due to other bloggers/influencers raving about it. 

Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Eraser Concealer 
was one such product where the hype proceeded its appearance here in South Africa.
I've been hearing about this product for what seems like an age, so
I recently buckled under social media pressure and purchased one.
I feel duty bound here to inform you that all previous "pressure" purchases have 
not ended well and I hope this doesn't end up being featured in any upcoming
blogpost...
"Products I Regret Purchasing"  
or 
"Products I Didn't Finish and Why".

Concealing products are a little like mascaras, as they're both "huge" business
for the cosmetic companies.
We as consumers are constantly replacing these two items, hence we're always being 
drawn in by the claims that X,Y,Z performs better than the one before etc. etc.

As you can imagine over a life long career in cosmetics and beauty I have
tried so many concealers and having gone through the cover spots and blemishes
phase, to pigmentation during pregnancy phase I'm now at a new cover and conceal phase.
I'm now looking for a product that will cover and conceal dark circles
 and shadows under my eyes and I have to say that
my favourite brand when it comes to concealing is
benefit as they have all of my concerns literally covered.

Lets see what the Maybelline Instant Anti Ageing Eraser has to offer.
Immediately I'm excited by the name choice, as who doesn't want to 
Instantly Erase signs of Ageing?
I know I do and this concealer is specifically for concealing dark circles and giving 
much needed radiance to the under eye area.


Let me first deal with the packaging, which I personally found highly irritating 
from the onset, as you have to keep clicking round the top plastic section in order 
to dispense the actual product onto the sponge applicator.
After saying that, the sponge applicator glides effortlessly over the skin and the
 product is easy to blend.
However with use the sponge applicator becomes, for the want of a better word,
 "Gross".
*Maybelline do say that The Eraser Eye is protected with an anti-microbial system. 
Do not wet applicator. Wipe off excess eye concealer with dry tissue only.*
Seriously! what a "faff"

(I'll refrain from showing you pics of the sponge applicator after several weeks use)


What Maybelline have to say:

Instant Age Rewind® Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. 
"This concealer for dark circles and fine lines instantly creates a radiant,
refreshed looking eye area. Infused with goji berry and Haloxyl™.


I enjoyed the ease of using this product and the shade match (Fair) was good 
for my skin tone.
On the concealing front I thought it performed reasonably well and it did 
brighten the under eye area thanks to the perfecting coloured pigments,
but on me, I found that the concealer, with wear, settled into the
 fine lines under my eyes (not a good look),which doesn't 
generally happen with my other concealers, whether they be budget or high end.

   Based on this short coming and the awful condition of the sponge with use,
I personally wouldn't buy again, but I can understand why this concealer is popular.

I'm pleased to inform you that this product won't be included in any future posts namely :

"Products I Regret Buying" 
or 
"Products I Didn't Finish and Why" 




MAYBELLINE 
INSTANT ANTI AGE ERASER
Concealer
6.8 mls

R
179.95

(Clicks currently have a 3 for 2 promo on) 
Maybelline


£
8.99



9.59


$
6.99