21 July 2019


Being a great advocator of using a weekly peel/exfoliator/scrub I'm always on the hunt for something new, not that this  
   KIEHL'S Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate             
is new, but it's new to me.

This nightly micro-peel concentrate says it will refine the feel of rough texture and reveal newly radiant, refreshed skin and all whilst you sleep.
One of my favourite products from Kiehl's (I have several) just also happens to be a peel and it's their Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion 
(N.B Prices and store locations in this review may have changed)
I will be trying out the Micro-Peel during the coming week, but I doubt that I can 
me getting more than one application, at a push I may get two, so lets see.

19 July 2019


This hasn't happened before, but I have 3 Hand Cream reviews on my QPR post this month.
Now I do love a good moisturising hand product, whether that comes in the form of a hand cream, lotion or balm. I acknowledge that its one of those products that I've neglected over the years. However,, with age I've realised that I just can't and I find myself reaching more and more to bathe my hands with some moisturising, comforting love.

Personally, I'm sure many are with me on this point, cannot tolerate any creams that leave a greasy film behind on the hands. You know the ones, those that you have to rinse off several minutes after application. Now I don't have exceptionally dry hands and for me the speed of absorption is the key to a good hand cream/balm or lotion.

According to the type of product your hands need, all of the below would make good choices, especially if you're looking to raise your hand cream game without 
breaking the "beauty" bank.


Product : Ayurveda Smoothing Hand Balm
Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil
Price : £9
Size : 70mls

In Europe RITUALS has a strong brand presence, but sadly it's not available here in SA. 
Can you believe that this full size Hand Balm was actually a free gift with a one of the U.K. magazines that I picked up on my last visit. It's the first product that I've tried from RITUALS and I couldn't have picked a better introduction to this brand.

The fragrance of Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil immediately won me over, as its divine. 
I love the fragrance so much that more of this collection is in my UK Beauty Shopping List.

It's a beautiful balmy moisturiser that absorbs perfectly and definitely doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy instead they're left feeling soft, comfortable and divinely fragranced and I have to rate this product as my favourite hand balm ever!

Verdict : 10 /10



Brand : Mineraline
Product : Orange & Pomegranate 
Rich Moisturising Hand Cream
Price : R99
Size : 100mls

This rich hand cream combines the therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea Minerals with the amazing benefits of Pomegranate and Orange Oils. It also contains some of my favourite nourishing ingredients - Shea Butter, Vitamin E and B5, so this hand cream can nourish the driest of hands, whilst retaining the ability to absorb quickly. and the fresh citrusy fragrance is positively delicious.

Verdict : 7/10



Brand : Bionike
Product : PROXERA 
Nourishing Hand Cream 
Price : R99
Size : 75mls
If you suffer from very dry or even cracked skin on your hands, then this is the hand cream for you, as it's been formulated to moisturise, protect and restore the hydrolipid mantle, and it also softens and soothes the discomfort that cracked skin typically gives.
This fragrance free hand cream, whilst taking longer to absorb, works extremely well on chapped hands as my mum can vouch,unfortunately she suffers terribly, all year round, with dry and cracked skin. 
So this gets a huge thumbs up or should that be a hands up from her.

Verdict : 8/10

Mineraline and Bionike products are available exclusively at all Dischem's countrywide


15 July 2019


This has been yet another great find from my Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendars 2018 and it's a product that I wouldn't have necessarily gone out of my way to 
buy and try.

Only hearing good things about these tanning products I was happy when the 
showed up behind one of the December doors and best of all it was a full retail 30ml size.

Here are a few words from JAMES READ about his successful brand of 16 years.
"My brand, James Read Tan was built on my completely unique concept; combining the benefits of luxury skincare with a natural golden tan to suit all skin tones. My mission has always been to change the world’s perception of tanning. Orange, sticky, drying, hard to apply, these are all comments of the past. My products are effortless to apply and are all about making your skin not only look amazing but feel amazing too. That's why I'm not afraid to call them outsTANding."
Having never tried any type of self tanner on my face, partly due to me being somewhat 
sceptical of the brands we have available in South Africa and the other reason,
 I didn't want an orange streaky face.
 On further investigation the above just seemed to tick all of my boxes of what I would look for in a gradual face tanning product and I felt confident to try this product from the tanning expert JAMES READ. 

The H2O Tan Drops for the Face form part of the Gradual Tan collection and
as the products' name suggests, these drops are gradual, the formula is water based, and they won’t interfere with your daily skincare, which I was pleased to read, as skincare is after all my main priority.

Containing Water, Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid they have been formulated to work in conjunction with your daily skincare to create a flawless, glowing complexion with no streaks, no clogged pores and no dryness. 
You are easily able to control your colour as the high-precision dosage delivers
a buildable, yet controllable tan.
These drops can be added into your daily skincare whether it's your moisturiser, serum and they can even be mixed in with your foundation.You are literally in complete control of creating a "made to measure" face tan and to be honest it couldn't have been easier to use.

They recommend that you add 2-4 drops into your chosen product, mine was my moisturiser, and then you wait for a gradual healthy, glowing tan to appear.
I worked up to 4 drops over a couple of days and I was pleasantly surprised at how
streak free and natural the tan was, no orange in sight.
I personally found that I needed to add a couple of drops to my moisturiser every couple of days, as a top up, once I had the desired depth of colour. You can however use daily if needed.
I also didn't experience any uneven fade with the product, which was another of my concerns.
These drops can be used by all skin types and skin tones.

As with any self tan product you do have to take care to apply evenly and as always wash your hands well after application.
You also do need to be aware that these tanning drops do not contain a sunscreen, so you will need to apply a suitable SPF when exposing your face to the sun.

I was super impressed by how naturally bronzed my skin looked making it a perfect product to use for holidays, special occasions and for me it will be a safe way to obtain a 
healthy bronzed face in summer.
It will also negate me wearing a foundation on those scorching hot, humid days that we experience here in Durban.

This product is definitely worth getting your hands on and if like me,a little
hesitant, then don't be, as the JAMES READ GRADUAL TAN  H2O TAN DROPS 
will take care of your gradual face tanning needs perfectly....



Not available in SA