31 May 2020


Facial Rollers are not a new beauty tool, crystal-based rollers like the jade roller and rose quartz roller are skin-care tools said to be used in ancient skin-care rituals,
but over the past couple of years
they've become something of a "must have" beauty aid.

I've sat on the fence with buying into this trend of the moment, as I'm
really not sure if it's a beauty "fad" or a "friend".

Whilst both rollers do a similar job, the rose quartz appealed to me more, 
firstly because its pink, secondly it stays cooler longer and thirdly rose quartz is a 
heavier stone and  these differences clinched it for me.

 Rose Quartz is known for its skin nourishing properties and “love” energy.
Regular use of a rose quartz roller supports lymphatic drainage to reduce the 
appearance of puffiness and wrinkles, as it cools and soothes your skin.

For extra cooling and soothing place the roller in the refrigerator.
The stone is naturally cold, but this extra temperature drop will support circulation and natural collagen production, drain congested lymph nodes, rid the body of toxins, and help with sinus issues.

With age I have noticed that my face has become more puffy, especially under the 
eye area and above the cheek bones, where I tend to get those pockets of fluid,
which are very noticeable when I smile and I simply don't like it.
With my daily rolling  routine I've been focusing on using the smaller roller
to massage and drain that bothersome area and I can happily report that I have 
noticed a difference, so for that improvement alone, its been worth the purchase.

Have I noticed any other improvements? 
not really, but I do look forward to taking a daily 2-5 mins to massage my face 
and neck and I find the coolness incredibly soothing and relaxing.
I don't find it a chore at all and I think that's where the success of any beauty gadget
lies, you have to enjoy the process to keep the momentum going and the benefits
 will follow.

I do have a backstory to this purchase, as it wasn't planned.The main reason
for not buying a rose quartz roller earlier was my uncertainty about the 
quality of the actual rose quartz, as the market is flooded with a variety 
of qualities and prices, so it has never made it onto me beauty "wishlist".

Lets fast forward to early February 2020 and standing in the aisle of doom in 
Sephora Dubai, clutching at my purchases as I never take a basket
it's just too tempting, I spotted Sephora's own brand Rose Quartz Roller.
Curiosity got the better of me and after feeling the quality and more importantly
 the weight I decided it was now or never, so in my arms it also went.

I didn't look at the price, big mistake, so when I got to the checkout I was slightly 
taken aback with the final rand price of R560 once converted from 140 Dirhams.
(May 2020 it equates to R668)
However the price faded into insignificance after a couple of uses, as the roller
is a quality well made weighty product, with no squeaking of the well balanced
smooth rollers.

How To Use:

Use the larger end of the massager for bigger areas of the face such as the cheeks and forehead.
Use the smaller end for more delicate areas of the face such as under the eyes, 
between brows, and on nose.

After cleansing and toning, you can apply your normal serum, creams etc.,as this 
will help the Facial Roller glide across the skin with ease, but I actually found my roller
 to glide beautifully on occasion over a dry skin, but the roller will help products to absorb better, therefore increasing the products benefits.

I leave my roller on my dressing table, as the success of any beauty aid, I believe is
to keep it in sight, rather than tucked away in a drawer or cupboard.
I generally zip over my face in the morning and again in the evening 
and very occasionally during the day if I've no make-up on and it takes me 
a couple of minutes and then I'm done, but you can spend longer.

Below is the natural way that I tend to roll, but as long as you remember to roll
upwards and outwards, you can't go wrong.

Begin rolling by starting at the center of the face, under the eyes and cheekbones, 
moving out toward the hairline in short, gentle strokes. 
Move down to the jawbone, still working in short strokes, starting at the chin, and 
moving out toward the bottom of the ears.
Next, roll above the eyebrows and forehead in an out and up motion. 
Use the smaller roller around the eyes and take extra care in this area. 
To end, very gently roll down the sides of the neck and then toward the center of 
the clavicle.

Are the crystal rollers/massagers a beauty "fad" or a "friend" and we will see thousands
 of rollers condemned to the crystal roller graveyard in a few years time?
Well I think that's entirely up to each individual, but for now I'm happy to spend
 2-5 mins of indulgent daily self care....

Let me know in the comments below if you have a Jade or Rose Quartz roller
and if it's still in use or has it sadly been decommissioned.


N/A in SA


28 May 2020


The reposting of this review, that dates back to 2017, was prompted by a purchase 
this week of a NUXE Discovery Offer that contained a 30ml Rêve de Miel Hand Cream
and a full size Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturising Stick.

The offer is retailing for R175 and I found mine at Woolworths Gateway and they still
had stock, but I'm not sure how long this offer has been around, but it offers good
 value and as the set is called "Discovery offer" it enables you to try two popular products
 from this much loved French brand. 

I just so happened to be looking for another hand cream, as like many of you, I'm going 
through tubes of hand cream like never before and as a bonus the lip balm, which is great 
as I'm always on the hunt for Lip Balms to review.

I have reviewed the NUXE Rêve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm previously on the blog,
so now I'm keen to try the moisturising stick.
You can read my previous reviews on NUXE products by clicking on the
Pink Links at the foot of the page.

I do hope this review helps you if you are currently looking for a good hand cream and lip
balm combo, as I don't think you can go wrong with this duo pack.

*NB This post was originally written in 2017 so prices and info may have changed*


If you're a lover of Honey infused products then the French skincare brand NUXE
have a range, rêve de miel that's dedicated to the benefits of this sweet
fragrant, golden gem of an ingredient derived from nature.
This ultra-nourishing collection of products both comfort and soothe 
the face,body and hair
thanks to the precious oils and of course that special ingredient- honey.

For this past week I have been using a sample of their Hand & Nail Cream and its
simply divine...

This paraben free non greasy, melting, velvety cream envelopes your hands like a
 comforting soft glove.
Tested in extremely cold climates the Honey, Sunflower, 7 Precious Oils and Vitamin E
all work their magic to ensure that the hands are soothed and nourished.
If your hands need lots of TLC or even if they don't,then you can't go wrong with this 
repairing and protecting hand and nail cream.

It was a pleasure to use and I feel 2 x full size purchases coming on, one for "moi"
and one as a Christmas pressie for my mother.
I think it makes a great gift, as it's one, that just keeps on giving 
cos a little bit of honey... is all you need.

NUXE is available from


NUXE rêve de miel Hand & Nail Cream




To read my previous reviews on NUXE products:

NUXE Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm

NUXE reve de miel Ultra Rich Face and Body Wash

NUXE Comforting Cleansing Milk and Gentle Toning Lotion 

NUXE Creme Fraiche de Beaute Mask

27 May 2020


hails from the Netherlands and has a strong brand presence in Europe,
 but sadly it's not available here in SA.
Despite seeing their beautiful stores on my travels I have never experienced
 any of their Health & Wellbeing products.
Happily I was first introduced to RITUALS via a full size Hand Balm that was actually 
a free gift with a one of the U.K. magazines that I picked up during one of my visits
 and I couldn't have picked a better introduction to the brand.

The Ritual of Ayurveda collection of well being products is not only packaged in a 
 beautiful deep red colour, but it also has the fragrance of 
Indian Rose & Sweet Almond Oil, which immediately won me over, as its just divine.
I adored the fragrance and the product so much that it piqued my interest
 and more of this collection was added to my UK Beauty Shopping List
 and luckily this past Christmas three more products were added to my collection.

Inspired by the ancient Indian wisdom of Ayurveda or “science of life,” the collection is characterised by a delicate fragrance of Indian rose with Himalaya honey 
and sweet almond oil.
‘The Ritual of Ayurveda’ is intended to boost the mood of those using it and
I can vouch that my mood is, without question, boosted whilst using any of the
4 products that I now own. 

I do not...in any way apologise for loving a good luxury fragranced candle 
and foam bath and RITUALS indulged me on both counts.
As I've mentioned several times on my blog, my complete and utter luxurious
place of calm is without doubt my bath, where I light my fragrant candles and wallow
in deep scented bubbles and relax, its my place of sanctuary and always has been,
hence why I couldn't refrain from ordering the 
Bath Foam and the Scented Candle...

Balanced living is the principle behind Ayurveda, the science of life. This ancient wisdom from India helps you to improve health and well being by cleansing and nourishing your energy.
The Ritual of Ayurveda has been carefully designed to support this philosophy
and offers a collection of luxury home and body care products that help
 balance your body, mind and soul.

The Foam Bath containing Himalaya Honey, which has been known for its 
medicinal properties for centuries softens and moisturisers the skin whilst the fragrance of Indian Rose lulls you into a relaxed, feel good mood.
I found the luxurious bubbles to be long lasting and I have absolutely 
no issues with this foam bath at all, other than I'm already concerned as to 
how and when I can replenish stocks...

Based on authentic Ayurveda ingredients of Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil
this candle burns for up to 50 hours.
There are many more products within the Ritual of Ayurveda, but I've got my eye on the Reed Diffuser,Hand scrub,Hand Wash and Body Scrub...


Foam Bath

Not Available in SA


Not Available in UK

Scented Candle

Not Available in SA



The Ritual Of Ayurveda Collection is just one of the many Rituals that can be found
so if you are into health and wellbeing
then I highly recommend you to Check out their
to find out more about the Ritual Of Ayurveda and the 
other delightful ranges on offer.