Monday, 18 June 2018


I'm slowly working my way through the items in the 
2017 Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calender. 
The travel sizes are proving to be ideal for my regular Sunday Sample posts. 
Many of the brands included are not available in South Africa, but that only makes 
it more interesting for me and hopefully for you the readers. 
I know from my analytics that I have many followers from the UK and there 
are plenty of readers here in South Africa that travel frequently overseas and
 it's always good to see what other skincare options are available outside of SA. 

is a US mineral based make-up and skincare brand that's not available in SA,
 but I'll be trying this
 Correcting Primer over the next week, so be sure to check back on Sunday 
to see if this product is worth a purchase or not.

Sunday, 17 June 2018


Over the past couple of years and much to my surprise, Micellar Waters have 
become an important part of my beauty regime .
 I previously relied on them mainly for travel, as they provide a quick and practical solution for 
removing face and eye make-up on the go. 

I also turn to a Micellar Water on those "full make-up" days, as part of a 
double cleanse, however my favourite way to use a Micellar Water is in the morning. 
I find a quick wipe around the face with a soaked cotton pad cleanses my skin
 and preps it for my morning skincare routine.

As you can see Micellar Waters are so versatile hence their rise in popularity
 over the past few years.
 Most skincare ranges now include a Micellar water in their product line-up 
and over the last couple of years 
I have tried and tested several of varying prices.
I have reviewed several products from LA ROCHE-POSAY recently and have enjoyed
each one and for those that suffer from a fragile, sensitive or intolerant skin,
then I highly recommend this affordable French skincare brand. 
Just to re-cap in the ethos of the brand:
La Roche-Posay is a French Dermatology skin care company recommended by more than 25 000 Dermatologists worldwide. Their promise is to make a better life for Sensitive Skin. Every product is unique in its inherent active ingredient – thermal water from the natural springs of La Roche-Posay, which contains high levels of Selenium – a mineral proven to protect cellular metabolism with its powerful antioxidant properties. 

The LA ROCHE-POSAY Micellar Water for Sensitive skins has been my
Micellar Water of choice for the past few weeks.
The Physiological Micellar Solution acts as a fresh cleansing solution 
and make-up remover in one, for face and eyes and can be used whether
 you have a sensitive skin or not.
It's the perfect product for people in a hurry.

The gentle non scented water formulation is suitable for all skin types,
 as it respects the skin’s physiological & pH balance.
Key ingredients are Citric Acid to gently cleanse and exfoliate and of course the
soothing LA ROCHE-POSAY Thermal Spring Water.
This product contains no

I found this product slotted perfectly into my morning regime as my 
cleansing water
and I'll be sorry when it finishes, as it will be time to move on and review another
Micellar Water from another brand.





Available in South Africa

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Father's Day 
is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, 
paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society and in several countries 
around the world it's this coming Sunday 17th June.

I've put together some gifting ideas to help provide you with some inspiration 
and the quick links to all websites are in pink.


Single Ficus Ginseng in Ceramic


For the green fingered dad, a Ficus plant in ceramic 
from Woolworths may just be 
the perfect gift. as its one that continues to give.


Crabtree & Evelyn
City Zen Candle



Help dad escape to a quiet zone and retreat from the hectic demands of 
modern life with the Oriental floral notes in this luxurious fragranced candle from 
Crabtree & Evelyn. 
The spiritually calming and sensorial inspired from Hong Kong’s exotic
 ginger flower mingle with warm and spicy cardamom and black pepper. 
Cleansing notes of bright lemon finish the scent, transporting the mind to 
places of peaceful tranquility.


Beard Oil



One of my favourite local brands rain have recently launched
a Mens G Range and this Beard Oil is a perfect gift for the bearded dad.

Rich in Argan and Baobab essential Oils this will keep the facial hair nourished 
and protected, whilst moisturising the skin beneath.

Other interesting products to look out for are their Soap On A rope
and a new shaving format in the form of a Shaving Milk.


Festive Touch Travel Mug


If your dad already has an Nespresso machine or even if he hasn't 
this Travel Mug makes a perfect gift for "coffee on the go".
Holds 375mls and is cool to the touch and keeps your coffee or any
 hot drink piping hot.I bought this for my hubby at Christmas and its
been a huge hit.


Leather Benjamin Weekender


If you are really wanting to Splurge on dad then this 100% leather 
weekender bag from Woolworths will be a gift that will
not only be useful for the travelling man, but will last for years to come.
Available in Black or Brown leather.



Verbena EDT


R 890.00  

With a zillion male fragrances out there to choose from this 
unisex clean,fresh, citrusy scent is a hit with all the males
in my life and I honestly don't know of anyone that
doesn't like the uplifting Verbena EDT from L'Occitane

Sunday, 10 June 2018


This past week I have used a product from the Marks & Spencer's own skincare range Formula 
The Radiance Reveal Peel forms part of the Formula Innovate range which features the latest ingredients and textures taken straight from the lab, with proven results to boost your regime. 
Formula Skincare is created with more than 20 years of expertise with results proven by real women. Formula Innovate features the latest beauty finds straight from the lab taking inspiration from around the globe. Expect the latest textures, newest ingredients and proven results.

Now I love a good exfoliation and its been a weekly part of my beauty regime for 37 years and I enjoy trying new ones, so this Radiance Reveal Peel is right up my "beauty street".  Formulated with unique transformation technology this smooth gel activates on contact with the skin to roll, lift and sweep away dead skin cells,
instantly leaving the skin brighter and smoother.

My initial impressions, this clear ultra gentle gel is another of those peels that
have very little or no effect on your skin, but
somehow this peel is a silent operator, as it leaves you skin feeling incredibly 
smooth and soft, with little effort.
As always a "roll off" peel is a little messy and some can be slightly hit and miss
with the peeling effect, however this product seemed to remove, both
thoroughly and easily, from all areas of application. 

Suitable for all skin types and gentle enough to be literally used 
whenever dull skin needs a lift and I've used several times this past week.
On cleansed and dry skin apply the peel and massage until the transformation is 
complete, then rinse with warm water to leave skin perfectly prepared for your
usual beauty regime.
Not tested on animals BUAV approved
Dermatologically Tested
Paraben Free

These type of peels are not my first choice when it comes to exfoliators, 
but this is by far the most effective one that I've used in a long time.
Will this product be added to my UK Beauty Shopping List?
Unfortunately not, as it's just too gentle for "moi" and to be honest,
there are so many others on the market that I have to try and of
course tell you about...

Innovate Radiance Reveal Peel 




Thursday, 7 June 2018


If your skincare shopping list regularly includes products from luxury 
brands like Chanel,Lancôme and Estée Lauder,then this post maybe of interest to you.
Woolworths currently have "up to" 25% saving
on day and night creams from all of the brands they stock.
(You will receive 20% and then an extra 5% if you are a Woolworths Reward member)
I have picked out several of the pricier "creme de la creme" products from 
renowned international skincare brands.
If some of your regular skincare treatments are included, then a 20% or possible
 25% discount on the online basket checkout price can equate to
a substantial saving.
Likewise if you have always wanted to take your skincare to the next level
then now could be the time to treat your skin to the latest in advanced
skincare technology.


Absolue L'Extrait


R 5,850.00

You really can't go wrong with any day or night creams from the 
French cosmetic house Lancôme.
Reveal firmer, more radiant skin with the help of this elixir comprising the
 brand's most powerful regenerating ingredient, Lancôme Rose Native Cells.

Estée Lauder


Re-Creation Face Creme & Night Serum



This Face Crème and Night Serum duo is the ultimate indulgence as this
 synergistic pair surrounds your skin in rarefied luxury. 
The results are transformative, as skin is restored to a beautiful, more ageless appearance.



La Crème


R 5,630.00

Chanel has recently been added to the Woolworths cosmetic stable.
The next generation of SUBLIMAGE La Crème combines 12 actions to restore the 
skin's strength, vitality and perfection.
This exceptional cream is enriched with the Éphémères of Planifolia. 
Rare and powerful, they transmit their infinite revitalising power to the skin, 
which regains its strength, radiance, and perfection.

Estée Lauder


Ultimate Diamond 

Transformative Energy Creme


R 4,875.00

Rare Luxury. Rare Energy. From the first touch, this velvety, intensely invigorating
 crème transports you to a new realm of luxury. 
And then the transformation begins. Energy surges. Vitality radiates. 
Natural collagen is fortified as next-generation sculpting.
The Skin looks radiant, more even-toned, its clarity and inner light restored. 
Infused with Black Diamond Truffle, one of nature’s rarest treasures. 
Transformed through a secret process into a pure, precious extract. 
10,000 hours in the making, it is a potent energy infusion for your skin.

    The up to 25% saving is on day and night creams from all brands,
    so pop along to the Woolworths website and check out if your
    regular brand is there.
    Hurry though as I think this offer ends on Sunday 10th June.
    Woolworths are also offering Free Delivery on all online orders
    between 3-10 June

    Wednesday, 6 June 2018


    It's been quite some time since I did an empties post and here are four 
    empty products that I have managed to save from the trash bin.
    It's always a good sign when products are repurchased and in several 
    instances I even have back-ups at the ready.

    The Ordinary Caffeine 5%+EGCG

    I bought several products from the Ordinary last year and I've finished every last
     drop of their Caffeine Solution 
    I've read many mixed reviews about this product, but I would repurchase this pigmentation reducing and decongesting eye treatment and to find out why 
    click here for my full review

    Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne

    I finally joined the zillions of fans of Jo Malone, with my discovery of the 
    Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne. 
    After having tried nearly all of their fragrance selection I pretty much left this one 
    to the end, as I was so sure I wouldn't like it, well how wrong I was. 
    I originally got the 30ml spray, but soon invested in a 100ml and just kept 
    the smaller size for travel, but alas it's come to and end.
    To read more about my Jo Malone fragrance hunt click here

    Catrice Volumising Lip Balm

    I've recently just repurchased this Volumising Lip Balm, as it pretty much lives permanently in my handbag. I originally included this product in a 
    QPR {Quickie Product Review} 
    and I enjoy popping this balm over my lipstick to refresh or alone to moisturise.
    To read that review click here

    L'Oréal Paradise Extatic Mascara

    I'm on my third Paradise Mascara by L'Oréal, but I don't think I've included in an 
    empties post before. I love this mascara and always have a spare at hand, 
    as it's unfortunately not available in South Africa.
    To read my original review click here

    To read my previous Empties posts