2 August 2020


Having previously heard of the Zelens skincare brand I had never tried any of their products, that was until this past week, as I'd received some samples with a recent order I placed from 
Metropolitain Cosmetics
who also happen to be the exclusive retailers of the brand here in South Africa.

First let me give you some background to this next level skincare brand.

At the cutting edge of high-performance, age-defying skin care, Zelens products combine breakthrough active biotechnology ingredients with a unique blend of plant-derived molecules, to deliver proven, visible results. The brainchild of expert Dr. Marko Lens – a leading plastic surgeon and internationally renowned authority in the field of skin ageing and skin cancer – each and every Zelens product is rigorously trialled and tested, until the exact balance and synergistic action of ingredients is established to trigger the cellular processes responsible for regeneration and repair. Hailed as a ‘new dimension in skin perfection’, each jar is brimming with potent botanical extracts… and completely free from false promises.

This next generation, reviving treatment foundation helps reduce signs of stress and fatigue while creating a perfectly smooth, even-toned complexion with a glowing finish
and as I'm nearly into my 60's I understand more than any age the necessity of having
complexion enhancing ingredients and this treatment foundation has no less than 10 active and powerful ingredients to instantly add luminosity and smooth skin's texture. 
Many of the below inclusions, you will have heard of, but there are several that are new to me and as you read through, it doesn't take long to understand the strong emphasis on the treatment aspect of this foundation.

 This yeast-derived polysaccharide demonstrates multiple actions. Plays a role of a good antioxidant that helps protect skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Beta-glucan boosts cellular respiration and promotes collagen synthesis and thus demonstrates strong tissue-repair and wound healing properties. 

 Natural molecules extracted from the root of the plant (Japanese evergreen spicebush, Evergreen lindera), commonly used in traditional Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo). 
Uyaku extract helps synchronise circadian rhythms, which are easily "de-synchronised" by aging, stress and lack of light.  
Uyaku is rich in alpha-glucans and flavonoids, molecules that demonstrate excellent antioxidant and soothing actions.

Sesame protein:
 This sesame-derived protein demonstrates an instant tightening effect with a noticeable reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. Effectively provides long-lasting moisture.

Hyaluronic acid:
 Zelens uses a low-molecular weight hyaluronic acid that boosts skin moisture, promotes skin elasticity and fills in wrinkles to help reduce their appearance. 

Shiso leaf:
 (Perilla, Japanese mint)
Rich in polyphenols and triterpenoids. It acts as a powerful antioxidant defending skin from free radical damage. It helps to prevent skin reactivity and soothes sensitive skin. 

Vegetable polyglycerides:
 Completely vegetable molecules derived from sunflower oil with exceptional skin conditioning and moisturising properties. Help maintain and improve skin barrier function.

Containing 16 essential amino-acids, proteins and polysaccharides, this hydrolised pearl helps maintain high moisture level while promoting skin smoothness and radiance. 

 Organic silicium-based compounds. Help to reconstruct skin architecture by stimulating collagen production and enhancing cellular communication between keratinocytes and fibroblasts.

 A trace mineral that helps strengthen skin connective tissues resulting in increased skin elasticity. Absorbs sweat and oil and prevents light reflection.

Diamond spheres:
 Micro-spheres with an entrapped photo-luminescent diamond core. When applied to the skin these spheres convert invisible UV light to blue light and settle into fine lines and wrinkles illuminating a blue glow. The result is an enhanced "soft focus" effect with reduced appearance of wrinkles, shadows and discolourations

Zelens Active Colour Youth Glow Foundation comes in a range of 5 shades.
 My shade was Beige which was THE perfect shade. 

Application: Youth Glow Foundation can be applied with a brush, sponge or fingertips over your preferred moisturiser and primer. To increase coverage, simply layer where
 and when it is needed. 

Oil-free. Dermatologist tested.

ZELENS Youth Glow Foundation is perfect for skins lacking luminosity and vitality or anyone who is concerned with visible signs of stress, dullness and loss of elasticity. 
Provides long-lasting, natural light-to-medium coverage, it felt remarkably lightweight, yet nourishing on the skin and I kept catching glimpses of my skin in the mirror and couldn't help thinking how radiant and smooth my skin was looking and I
loved what I saw...

I only managed 2 applications out of the sample, but it was enough to convince me
 that this "Youth Glow" foundation was all it said it would be and more.
I'm happiest when skincare and colour combine in a product and this for me is my
 "Happy Product".

This product is going straight onto my "Wish List", as with any serious treatment 
make-up it always carries a premium price tag and this product is no exception,
however for me, to have that beautiful radiant, soft focus, "your skin but better"
effect is well worth the extra spend.

I do have another ZELENS product review coming up this week, so here's hoping
 that it similarly impresses me.





Let me known the comments below if you have you used any products from ZELENS
and which you highly recommend, as I would love to hear.

30 July 2020


WoW this review is long overdue, as I've had this in my sheet mask stash,
you know that stash that I never seem to get around to using, for literally
 a year or more and to be honest it's on the edge of its expiry date.
If you read my blog regularly you will already know that I'm the worst person when it comes to using sheet masks, as I find them such a faff, yet I still continue to
 buy them with all good intentions.

I recently reviewed the
which I loved, so I'm hoping to enjoy this Lip Mask as much.

I'm not sure that you can technically call this Lip Mask from RODIAL a sheet mask,
 as it only covers the skin over and around the lips.
 It is however made from the same bio-cellulose fibre as a sheet mask and is
applied over the lips and left to work its plumping, hydrating magic for 15mins
and then removed.

They claim to achieve the perfect, fuller looking pout and give an instant moisture boost, comfort and soothe the skin for smoother, younger looking lips and wouldn't that be just wonderful on my aged lined less than perfect pout.

It is a sad fact that the lips loose their fullness with age and become thinner, due to the
decline in collagen production, Hyaluronic Acid and dehydration.

Thankfully this product contains a cocktail of lip plumping ingredients:

Dragon’s blood extract: 
anti-inflammatory and soothes and protects skin from external aggressors.

Hyaluronic acid: 
provides intense hydration.

helps main skin’s outer barrier to retain moisture.
How to use:
Remove lip mask from the protective fabric sheets on each side and apply directly to cleansed lips. Leave for 15 minutes and peel away. Gently massage any residue into lips. Discard mask after use.

Wash hands thoroughly before use. Do not use on eczema, broken or irritated skin. Discontinue use if you experience any redness, swelling or irritation.

This Lip Mask from RODIAL has gained the love of many a celebrity and beauty
editor globally, so there must be some merit to what it can do...

My Impressions:
This is a well saturated soft gel textured mask that's a little fiddly to apply,
aren't they all, and once on its easy to manoeuvre into the correct place.
The sachet contains ample serum to apply on its own for several
more applications.

It initially feels quite cool and soothing on the lips and over time the serum is 
absorbed leaving the mask to almost become a second skin over the lips and around 
the mouth. There is obviously no drinking, eating or talking for 15 mins.
After 15 minutes its easy to remove and then you can just massage any excess
serum into the skin.

I can't say that I noticed any immediate plumpness and it didn't make my
lips look any thicker, but I did notice that there was a deepening of my natural
lip colour.
For me the most noticeable and immediate difference was the softness
 and smoothness of my lips and with time i.e the next day, I started to think
that my usual thin upper lip had more volume and there was also a slight softening 
of the feathery lines above my top lip.

 In comparison to other one shot face or sheet masks I don't think it works out too expensive per mask, especially if you buy the better value box of 8.

Despite being a quick fix type of product, which would be great for a big night out
or a special occasion, I would definitely re-purchase, if for no other reason than
 for the great way it made my lips feel, soft, moisturised and smooth.

Let me know in the comments below if you have used either of the RODIAL
masks and what you thoughts are on either of these products... 

1 mask/box of 8 masks

N/A in SA



26 July 2020


 With a recent order from Metropolitan Cosmetics I was supplied with several 
skincare samples, so this coming week I will be trying out two products from the UK
brand Zelens which is exciting as I've never tried any products from this brand before.

Zelens represents a new generation of skin care developed using breakthrough scientific research in the biological functions of the skin.
Zelens innovation is driven by founder Dr. Marko Lens' 20 years of research in skin aging, his clinical experience as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and his deep knowledge of formulation chemistry combining active biotechnology ingredients with pure molecules derived from botanicals.
As always a sample often only allows you to feel the texture and consistency of the product along with the application and how it feels on your skin. It will not give me any real indication as to any long term effects on the skin that the product may claim.

The Zelens Youth Glow Foundation in the shade Beige will be put to the test and 
hopefully out of the 2ml sachet I should get a couple of applications.

I thoroughly enjoy experiencing new cleansers, as it's a vital part of any daily skincare routine, so I'm looking forward to trying out their Z Pure Cleansing Liquid Balm.

I will report back next Sunday as to what my initial impressions of the products were and will be in no ways a full review.
Please let me know in the comments below if you have used any products from
 Zelensas I would love to hear...