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



14 July 2019


This has been yet another skincare brand that I have been introduced to through
one of my Beauty Advent Calendars and a brand that I knew very little about.

This Works was created in 2003 by former Beauty Director of Vogue UK and International journalist, Kathy Phillips, as an antidote to modern life, its impact on skin and well being.
As both yoga teacher and beauty expert, Kathy understood the link between lifestyle and skin health, creating intelligent, targeted solutions that optimise skin performance 24 hours a day, based on the body clock.
The result was and is a collection of high quality, efficacious products that deliver on their promise without using unnecessary chemicals,that work with your natural circadian rhythm to support and maximise skin performance 24 hours a day. This Works was among the pioneer brands to replace sulphates, phalates, GMOs and parabens with cleaner alternatives.
Over the past week I have been trying out their
 in transit camera close-up
which is a unisex multi-tasking product that works as a mask,moisturiser and primer
all-in-one, ideal for a long-lasting make-up finish.
The camera close-up forms part of the in transit range of products which was created with the busy "on the go" person in mind.

Formulated to even, plump and brighten your skin, this product is a mask, moisturiser and a primer all in one that contains a powerful blend of repairing plant oils,Hyaluronic Acid, Argan, Starflower Oils, as well as a boost of caffeine to erase signs of fatigue and make your skin look radiant.

How To Use:
Apply to clean skin, including eye area, and massage gently until absorbed.  
Skin will feel slightly dewy and perfectly prepared for make-up.

I'm not generally a huge fan of multi-tasking products, but I did enjoy using this product
as an individual mask, a moisturiser with no make-up and a primer over my normal moisturiser, but this product really came into its own when used as an all-in one multi-tasking product and as an added bonus it can be used around the eye area.

I found it to be very handy, especially if you're short of time in the mornings and its also great for holidays where skincare products have to be kept to a minimum .
It was moisturising enough for my normal/dry/mature skin, but I would be a little wary if your skin leaned more towards combination/oily, as it may feel a little greasy on the skin.
My make-up generally lasts well and looks fairly radiant, so I can't comment too much on these benefits and whilst I cannot say anything bad about the 
in transit camera close-up
it just didn't wow me enough to part with £32 anytime in the future.


in transit camera close-up


Not Available in South Africa




10 July 2019


For several years now I have been a huge fan of the French skincare brand Avéne
and it's a brand that I recommend so often to people that have a sensitive or intolerant skin, 
but also to those that don't and several products are especially great for family use.

I will link my Avéne product reviews in the Pink Links below.
My personal favourite daily serum, and has been for around 3 years now, is their
HYDRANCE INTENSE Rehydrating Serum.

I'm sure I don't need to tell you about the importance of using an eye cream 
at an early age and I've used eye treatments both night and day since I was in my 
mid 20's and unfortunately its one of those often neglected products, so its 
always better to introduce one earlier rather than later.

Over the past couple of months I have been using the 
Avéne PhysioLift Eyes
I was actually sent this product by the PR company a long sometime ago with the 
PhysioLift Precision Wrinkle Filler 
which I reviewed several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed 

However the eye product somehow got lost in my skincare cupboard, 
that was until very recently and thankfully it hadn't yet expired.

PhysioLift Eyes has been formulated to smooth wrinkles and firm the delicate skin 
around the eye area, whilst helping to diminish dark circles and puffiness.

The product formula includes a unique "Patch" texture which mimics the skin 
and treatment is also enriched with the brand's soothing Thermal Spring Water.

I found the texture of the cream to be rich, it felt comfortable on my skin and above all 
it was quite a nourishing formula, but was easily absorbed. 
However I personally didn't find it to do too much to diminish my 
dark circles or reduce puffiness.

On the Anti-Ageing front it has the following line-up of active ingredients

Helps to replenish collagen 

Help smooth the appearance of deep wrinkles and firm the skin.

Decongests to reduce dark circles and puffiness

A Vitamin A derivative, has a rejuvenating effect which helps to stimulate 

cell renewal for younger looking skin

PhysioLift Eyes is suitable for all skin types.
To be used in the evening.
As always Avéne products are free from fragrance/parabens/gluten 
and is Dermatologist approved.
This eye product is packaged in a hygienic Airless Dispenser and contains 
15ml of product. I did enjoy that the measured amount dispensed
 with one pump and it was ample, as little went a long way.

 However my container stopped dispensing, yet it still looked full of product, 
but it was actually empty after 2 months of use and I have to admit 
I found this rather misleading, as I seriously thought my container was
 both full and faulty, sadly it wasn't.

If you have sensitive skin or just want to start using an eye product that helps
 to counteract those early signs of ageing and is "Free From" then 
I highly recommend this product as its an easy to use, no fuss 
nightly eye treatment.

It's also a good product to have in your skincare collection for those days where 
your eyes feel more sensitive and you feel like giving your skin a break from 
a more active anti-ageing eye treatment, which I often do.
However I was slightly disappointed with the eye product and I was hoping 
it would impress me as much as the Avéne Precision Wrinkle Filler did...






Avéne is available at Clicks and Dischem's countrywide

8 July 2019


I've been a fan of U.S. brand benefit for several years now and I have tried many
of their products, so here is my list of my Top 5 all time favourites in no particular order.
benefit are my "go to" for mascaras, brows and concealers, as they really do make some of the most iconic and best out there.
This was a hard list to compile, as I have so many more faves, but these are the
products, from benefit, that are on permanent re-purchase.

Follow the Pink Links in order to read all the details about my choices.
(Please be advised that some prices may have changed from when I originally 
posted the review)

I do hope you enjoy this kind of post and I hope it guides you to make some informed 
choices about which benefit may just be for you...

P.S I have to add in one more product, as I could not leave out my absolute favourite
eyebrow product, 5 became 6...



My most recent review and new mascara love is their
BAD gal BANG! Mascara, which I fell in love with on first application.
If you're shopping for a mascara that does what it says then benefit should be your
first stop and they have a variety to cover all the mascara needs.




I did warn you that they produce the best mascaras and here is another brilliant and now iconic mascara ROLLER LASH,which has to be their "HERO" product in the benefit
product line-up and quite rightly so.
Having used for many years now it always has a place in my "Mascara Wardrobe"
(its not literally a wardrobe, its a drawer)




Again I did warn you that benefit are the best when it comes to concealing and I have to include their famous INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH CONCEALER, which as its name suggests,
 is a full coverage "conceals it all" type of product.




Looking for a Sheer-Medium coverage concealer that also gives a wonderful soft
blurring effect to the skin then this AIRBRUSH CONCEALER is a must and again
it's a permanent in my "Concealing Wardrobe".




Last but by no means least, I had to include another iconic benefit product
the HOOLA BRONZER it was my first benefit purchase and yes you've guessed it
I have it permanently in my "Bronzing & Blusher Wardrobe".
It's a universal natural and flattering bronzer that seems to just suit everyone.




I've had to sneak in another product making this my Top 6 and not my Top 5
GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL is a super easy filling & shaping eyebrow pencil. 
It features a custom, non-sharpen “goof-proof” tip, soft color and a glide-on formula 
for easy & fast brow filling. 
Comes complete with built-in blending spoolie-brush and has a 12-hour waterproof formula.