17 September 2019


As I've said on my blog many times before, I'm not a soap/foaming cleanser/face wash kinda person, I'm a good old cleansing milk/cream lover.

However that being said I was converted last year into using cleansing balms,
which I'm loving and it was the one from Eve Lom that was responsible for that shift.

2019 has, for me, been a year of discovery with the French brand Caudalie
having tried so many of their products, many of which have been huge
hits and this Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser is no exception.
This ultra-gentle, natural soap free foaming cleanser is perfect for ridding even the most sensitive skin of every last trace of grime. Delicate yet effective, this foaming face wash expands in the air, to deep clean pores and leave skin refreshed, without creating any dryness or discomfort, sadly many washes do leave my skin feeling dry and taught.
It's quick and fun to use and smells divinely fresh and clean. 
It can be used as an every day cleanser, however I find I enjoy using on those days where I've not worn any make-up. It's enriched with grape and sage extracts to protect skin from environmental aggressors, while chamomile extract soothes irritation and calms skin that's susceptible to inflammation or the occasional blemish.
It can be used on all skin types both morning and evening.

Whilst I'm still not a "wash" convert and doubt I ever will be, I do highly recommend this foaming cleanser if you are a wash lover, as it's gentle, effective and simply a pleasure to use...

To read other reviews on Caudalie products

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15 September 2019


I have several QPR'S to tell you about this month as I didn't do one during August.
The first one is a little random, as its not a true beauty item, but hey it makes my car smell beautiful so it's classed as beauty...


Product : Smart Vent Clip
Red Raspberry 
Price : R100

I'm a huge fan of both Yankee Candle Candles and their selection of car fragrance.
Having tried their  Car Jars and Car Vent Sticks I thought I
would try the Smart Vent Clip .
I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to berries whether they be Raspberries 
or Strawberries I just love them both, so I had to try this Red Raspberry fragrance.
This ingenious little clip delivers big fragrance. You simply clip it into your 
vehicle’s dash vent and the fragrance is released as air flows from the vents. 
An adjustable slide lets you decide just how much fragrance is released and a window shows you when it’s time for a new one. 
Lasts up to 6 weeks.

Verdict : 7 /10



Brand : LA GIRL 
Shade : Cool Pink
Price : R125
Size : 30mls
Exclusive to Dis-Chem Pharmacies

Prep skin for makeup application while correcting skin tone. This nourishing formula contains sodium hyaluronate and vitamin B to help hold moisture and improve skin appearance, while chamomile and cornflower extract soothe skin.
Available in 4 colour correcting shades and 1 colourless option. Choice is dependant on what correcting is your priority.I'm always looking for a primer to illuminate and brighten my skin and lucky I don't have any issues with redness or hyper pigmentation.

The Primer glided well over the skin and felt comfortable in terms of moisture.
 It performed well as a primer , but I'm not too sure about how much illuminating and brightening it gave to my skin, but bear in mind that the older we get, the more we demand from products that claim to brighten and illuminate.
Considering it's a drugstore brand, at a drugstore price, it performed reasonably well, 
but there are better available, but with a much higher price ticket... 

Verdict : 6/10



Price : R49.95
Size : 3 pack 23mls

I have to say I wasn't expecting great things from this Brightening Eye Mask 
and yet again I find myself praising a product that I was previously 
sceptical about.
The market seems to be flooded at the moment with all kinds of sheet masks 
and to be honest I find them a FAFF to use, as they never fit my face etc.
An eye mask on the other hand I'll use and even though this is a complete over the eyes and nose mask, which also was huge on me, it was easier to manipulate and position.
Containing 3 masks and loads of serum, this triple action cooling eye serum not only brightens, reduces puffiness but it also refreshes tired eyes thanks to Vitamin C, niacinamide and liquorice extract. 
I loved this mask, it was effective on all counts and offered good value for money, 
as the excess serum left over in the pouch could be used as an eye serum without the mask. I give a big thumbs up to this eye mask...

Verdict :  8/10

12 September 2019


Huge excitement for me...
 as most of the cosmetics companies, department stores and online beauty retailers have announced their Beauty Advent Calendar offerings for 2019 and there are even more than last year, which makes deciding which to opt for even more difficult.

Some of the most iconic "Lust Have" Beauty Advent Calendars are often the most 
expensive  and I wouldn't say no to any of these, but alas funds are limited.

Harrods £250 (Value £600)
Liberty £215 (Value £600)
Fortnum & Mason £195 (Value £750)
Diptyque £320
Penhaligons £350
NET-A-PORTER £225 (Value £790)

Last year I was lucky to have two multi brand calendars one from Marks & Spencer 
 & the other from FeelUnique.
I'm like a kid in a candy store,as I just love receiving a beauty treat every day for 
25 days and even though I say it myself "I chose wisely" in 2018, 
so the pressure is on...

I personally prefer a multi brand calendar, as it allows you to experience a wide variety of
brands as well as products that can range from nail products to make-up, skincare, body products and even hair care and I just love trying new brands.
I also prefer to buy 2 mid price ranged calendars rather than one expensive one.
What that means is, I get to open 2 doors everyday and that means double 
the daily pleasure.

Below are my top picks of mid price range calendars that I'm looking to buy 
(I leave tomorrow for the UK) 
however my choice is narrowed even further, as some only get launched after I return to South Africa.
Luckily I have family, visiting at Christmas, so they may be called upon to be
 my "beauty mules", yet again.

25 Days of Beauty 
Value £339.55

Considering I'm a skincare junkie and this year I have purchased several ELEMIS products, this luxurious Advent Calendar appeals to me hugely, as its filled with 
25 skincare surprises. 


Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 50ml
Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 30ml
Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules (14 caps)
Pro-Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks (x1)
Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 20g + Cleansing Cloth
Balancing Lavender Toner 50ml
Instant Refreshing Gel 20ml
Superfood Day Cream 20ml
Frangipani Monoi Body Oil 35ml
Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 50ml
Superfood Facial Wash 30ml
Superfood Night Cream 20ml
Frangipani Monoi Body Cream 50ml
Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 15ml
Superfood Vital Veggie Mask 15ml
Superfood Berry Boost Mask 15ml
Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash 30ml
Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Mask 15ml
Peptide4 Adaptive Day Cream 15ml
Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal 5ml
Pro-Collagen Rose Facial Oil 5ml
Skin Nourishing Body Cream 50ml
Gentle Foaming Facial Wash 30ml
Pro-Collagen Insta-Smooth Primer 5ml
Peptide4 Thousand Flower Mask 15ml



Advent Calendar
Value £400

This 25 days of beauty goodies calendar is a serious contender for me, as its crammed with many of the multi brands hero products, several of which I have tried before but many that I haven't.
Lookfantastic Beauty Box subscribers get an extra £15 off the calendar making this a true beauty bargain. 


Morphe 9A Palette (9 pan) | worth £12.00
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment 30ml | worth £5.00
Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner 50ml | worth £4.00
Luxie 121 & 141 (2 brushes) | worth £10.00
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml | worth £50.00
Illamasqua Nude Collection Liner – Raw | worth £16.00
Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil 50ml | worth £11.00
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml | worth £12.00
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel 35ml | worth £23.00
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads 20 | worth £14.00
Avant Skincare Moisture Surge Overnight Treatment 50ml | worth £85.00
Prai Throat & Decolletage Crème (15ml) | worth £9.00
Lord & Berry Black Eye Liner | worth £10.00
Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint – Tehran | worth £11.00
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Mask (1 mask) | worth £6.00
Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Bath and Shower Gel 100ml | worth £10.00
Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit + C Cream 20ml | worth £19.60
Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Hand Cream 50ml | worth £10.00
Bio Effect EGF Serum 5ml | worth £42.00
Eyeko Lash Alert Mascara 4ml | worth £10.00
Delilah Cosmetics Eye Brow Pencil | worth £22.00
Bubble T Limited Edition Bath Bomb | worth £5.99
Filorga Meso-Mask 15ml | worth £12.60
Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette – Solstice 9g | worth £9.99
Omorovicza Queen Of Hungary Mist Limited Edition 30ml | worth £15.00

1st October


£70 Subscribers
£80 Non Subscribers
Value £370

The 2018 GLOSSYBOX in my opinion offered the best selection of beauty
products and it looks like their 2019 may even be better.
Behind 25 of the doors you will find 15 full sized products, which is amazing.
(Check out what the gift is on Day 25)
The only problem for me is the box, as it's huge, so I think my suitcase space
 influences this decision.


NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Ultimate Shadow Palette Full Size / RRP £16.00
CHLOÉ Nomade Eau de Parfum / Deluxe Mini / Worth £7.20
GLOSSYBOX Blending Sponge / Full Size / RRP £10
NUDESTIX Cream Lip & Cheek Pencil / Full Size / RRP £20.50
THE BODY SHOP Hand & Nail Cream / Full Size / RRP £5
LUXIE, Inc Concealer Rose Gold Brush / Full Size / RRP £12.60
LASPLASH COSMETICS Wickedly Divine Eyeliner / Full Size / RRP £12.60
MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY PRO/BASE Primer Oil with Gold Flakes / Full Size / RRP £4
MITCHELL & PEACH Flora No.1 Bath Oil / Deluxe Mini / Worth £8.05
SLEEK MAKEUP Matte Me – Birthday Suit / Full Size / RRP £4.99
LIVING PROOF Perfect Hair Day (PhD) In-Shower Styler / Deluxe Mini / Worth £5
WINKY LUX Uni-brow / Full Size / RRP £15
DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE Professional Grade IPL Dark Spot Concentrated Serum / Deluxe Mini / Worth £23
3INA MAKEUP The Cream Eyeshadow 313 Light Brown/ Full Size / RRP £12.95
CURAPROX BE YOU Candy Lover Toothpaste / Deluxe Mini / Worth £3.10
NUDE BY NATURE Touch of Glow Highlight Stick / Deluxe Mini / Worth £9
RITUALS Rituals of Sakura body cream / Deluxe Mini / Worth £8.41
PAWPAW Original Clear Balm / Deluxe Mini / Worth £3.95
AVANT SKINCARE Pro- Intense Hyaluronic Acid Illuminating Day Cream/ Full Size £98
BARRY M COSMETICS Blusher Quad / Full Size £5.99
DERMALOGICA Daily Superfoliant / Deluxe Mini / Worth £17.50
KAT VON D BEAUTY Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner / Deluxe Mini / Worth £6.18
STEVE LAURANT Lip Tint / Full Size / £17.33
NAILS INC Nail Polish – Golden Days Ahead / Full Size / £11
TARTE COSMETICS Park Ave Princess™ Chisel Palette (Limited Edition) / Full Size / £40

September 27th 
September 6th Pre Order


Value £239

Next have curated their first ever beauty advent box in conjunction with Marie Claire 
The 24 day Next Beauty x Fabled by Marie Claire is filled with iconic beauty products and
again this offers great value, so it's also a contender for my money.


Pixi Glow Tonic (100ml)
We are Paradoxx Hangover Elixir (15ml)
BOD Bake Express 4 in 1 Tan (50ml)
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Facial Oil (15ml)
Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer (7ml)
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5ml)
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (50ml)
Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Gel Cream (15ml)
Lord & Berry Lipliner
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (7ml)
Oh K! Bubble Sheet Mask
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (7.1ml)
Erborian CC Crème (5ml)
Mudmasky Morning Boost Mask (20ml)
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (50ml)
Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion (50ml)
Aveda Damage Repair (25ml)
Monuskin Firming Fiji Facial Oil (30ml)
Dr Paw Paw Ultimate Red Balm (10ml)
Vita Liberata Body Blur (10ml)
L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Shower Gel (35ml)
Eyeko Black Magic Liner
Nails Inc Nail Polish (14ml)
By Terry Baume de Rose (3g)



Beauty Advent Calendar
(with a £25 in store or online)
Value £300

Having had the M&S Beauty Advent calendar for the past 2 years I think I would like a change this time round, however if you've never had a beauty calendar then this is a 
"must buy", as it offers serious value for money, especially considering the great selection of mid to high end products you uncover over 25 days.
£40 when you spend £25 in store or online on beauty, clothing or homeware.

FILORGA NCEF Reverse Moisturiser 7ml
Nails Inc Nail Polish Weekend Millionaire 10ml
Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 75ml
Shay & Blue White Peaches Natural Spray Fragrance 10ml
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser 30ml
NUXE Crème Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Correction Gel Cream 15ml
Emma Hardie Purifying Pink Clay Detox Mask 20ml
Philip Kingsley Body Building Weightless Shampoo 60ml
PRAI Ageless Throat & Decolletage Night Crème 30ml
This Works Sleep Together Calming Spray 75ml
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 10ml
M&S Pure Super Hydrate Day Cream SPF15 30ml
M&S Coconut Body Butter 50ml
REN V-Cense Night Cream 30ml
M&S Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream 15ml
M&S Formula Absolute Total Lip & Eye 15ml
Autograph Luminosity Radiant Skin Primer 15ml
Autograph Kohl Eye Liner
M&S Dual Action Eye Brush
EYEKO Lash Alert Mascara 4ml
Skyn Iceland Minty Lip Fix With Glacial Water 12ml
STILA Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick 1.5ml
Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Damask Rose 30ml
PUR Afterglow Highlighter 2.5g
AVEDA Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair 100ml

31st October


The Ritual of Advent 
Deluxe 3D
Advent Calendar
Value £150

My "London Kiddiwink" bought his girlfriend this calendar last year and it was filled
was a great variety of Rituals products, so I must say this one is also very tempting, especially as all of the the 24 gift boxes hang from a red pop-up Christmas Tree.
I unfortunately cannot find a list of its contents, but if its similar to the 2018 one
I'll be happy throughout December.

September 16th Online
October 1st In-Store


Face + Body 
Advent Calendar
Value £277

I can see several products in this 24 day calendar that I haven't tried before 
making this another contender for my purchase.


Clinique All About Eyes 15ml, 
YES TO Travel pack of 10 wipes (scent may vary), 
Clarins My Clarins Sleep Mask Mini 15ml, 
Laura Mercia Translucent Setting Powder 9.3g,
 Dr Jart Ceramidin Facial Mask Full Size,
 Rituals Holi Body Cream 100ml, 
Emma Hardie Protect & Primer SPF 30 15ml,
 Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Hair Masque 30ml, 
OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel 30ml,
 Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Full Size, 
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser 56.7g, 
Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment 10g,
 Spectrum Mini A10 Fan Brush in Pink,
 This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 10ml, 
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, 
Crayola Face Crayon Full Size (colour may vary), 
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream 30ml, 
Regenerate Advanced Toothpaste,
 Becca First Light Priming Filter 15ml,
 Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Au Naturel Full Size,
 ORIGINS Super Spot Remover Full Size, 
Wet Brush Mini Original Detangler,
 Mane & Tail Shampoo and Conditioner Duo 57g each,
Philip Kingsely Daily Damage Defence 60ml.


Let me know in the comments below which calendars you think 
I should go for this year...