29 September 2019


Having just returned from a trip overseas I managed to get my hands on several samples that I'm able to feature on my upcoming Sunday Sample posts. 
I always like trying new products and brands and sharing my thoughts.

Rodial Vit C Brightening Cleanser

 is what I'll be putting to the test this week, as I was kindly given several sachets
 by Space NK to try, sadly it's a brand that we don't have in South Africa.

They call it a high tech daily gel cleanser, which is infused with an invigorating blend
of pure Vitamin C and exfoliating fruit AHA'S to leave the skin looking brighter, 
illuminated and feeling fresh.
I must say that I like the sound of this, but as always check back next Sunday 
to find out whether I liked it and how it performed.

27 September 2019


Below is the post I wrote several weeks ago about what was on my 
UK Shopping List, so I thought I would do a follow up post to let you know which
of the products I did actually purchase and which I didn't and why.
I will be writing a detailed review on each of the products that I bought.

The excitement is mounting, as I'm off to the UK and Dubai later this week 
and as always I have a long beauty shopping list.
I did write a post a couple of weeks ago as to what is on my Repurchase Shopping List
but this post will comprise of premium products that are a mix of new launches 
or just products new to me.

Sadly these products are not readily available in South Africa and if they are,
 then you're paying a premium, as its often through a pricey third retailer.
Having either read or heard nothing but good reports about these products I've added them to my list.
These are the products that I want to investigate further, which could maybe 
lead to a purchase or two,but I'll have to choose carefully, as they're all 
premium products with premium prices.


Baume de Rose

I finally purchase one and so far I'm really enjoying and a full review will be 
up early in October.

This has been on my list, for what seems like ages, and I always put it on the
"back beauty burner" in lieu of other purchases, but on this trip I'm determined
to purchase one and then I can finally strike it off my list once and for all.

BYTERRY is a French Luxury brand and their best seller
Baume de Rose is considered the 'Rolls-Royce' of lip balms and is a cult favourite
 around the world and being a Lip Balm junkie I have to try this at some point.


Summer Fridays
Jet Lag Mask

This was a difficult product to track down, as so many cosmetic departments and stores didn't stock, in fact most hadn't even heard of it, but I finally found it in 
Selfridges however it was a hefty £42, so I decided to leave it on the shelf and its remained on my UK Shopping List for next time, so I didn't get to put it to the test on the return flights, as previously hoped...

I love a good mask and this multi-purpose offering from Summer Fridays appeals to me,
 so I want to investigate a little further into this relative unknown brand, unknown to me at least.
This mask is perhaps their most famous product, thanks to Kim Kardashian, so I'm curious to know what all the hype is about and if I do buy one I will get to put it to the test 
on my 2 long haul return flights back to SA.


Beauty Blur

Oh my goodness this product was literally sold out everywhere I went and trust me I went everywhere Harrods,Selfridges,
Harvey Nichols,SpaceNK, Boots and Marks & Spencer, 
so this remains on my list...

VITA LIBERATA is the "crème de la crème" range when it comes to all things
 "Self Tan" related and following the hugely popular creation of their Body Blur
we now have skin tone optimiser which will enhance and perfect the look of your complexion. 
Beauty Blur combines all the skin finishing benefits of best-selling Body Blur with a skin tone optimiser, HD primer and effective Advoganic skincare for your most radiant glow.
I'm keen to test their 4 shade options and hopefully I will find the correct shade and buy one in readiness for our SA summer.


Invisible Illumination Instant Glow 
Fresh Skin Tint

Another illusive product sadly, so I may have to order 
online and guess my shade, so its another that remains on my list...

This product from the award winning Finnish skincare brand LUMENE may well be a a slight overlap with the previous product,
so I doubt very much that I will purchase both, but it's for sure one that I want 
to look at, after hearing several goods reports about.


Queen of Hungary Mist 

I picked up a 30ml size at SpaceNK, so I'm
looking forward to comparing it with other similar
products that I've tried...

Again another rather obscure brand here in South Africa, but this Hungarian brand
has beauty bloggers and beauty editors globally raving about this Hungarian Mist.
Being a sucker for facial sprays and mists this again has been some time on my shopping list, but always got pushed back down to the bottom due to its price, so it may
well end up suffering the same fate on this trip, but lets see what happens.

I also want to test 2 new fragrances whilst I'm over in the UK, the one brand we don't get in SA and the other we do, but its just not launched yet.

The packaging is stunning and my first impressions were
great, as it has top notes of fresh citrus, which I love,
but sadly on the dry down it turned quite bitter on me...

Limone Di Sicilia from AERIN is on my list to test as I adore fresh, citrusy florals and this sounds like a fragrance I would really enjoy.
The packaging is simply stunning and no doubt its way out of my budget, 
but I'm checking the range out regardless.

Whilst the packaging is stunning and the bottle is so tactile, it disappointingly  
wasn't my type of fragrance.

Another new fragrance launch is IDÔLE by LANCÔME
I'm sure this will be launched very soon into South Africa, but whilst I'm over in the UK
I will be sure a have a sniff.

As always I will post my product reviews once I've put any of these purchases to the test.
Please let me know  in the comments below, if you have tried any of the above and what your thoughts were, as I would hate to waste my money.

22 September 2019


Up until a couple of years ago you wouldn't have found a brow product in my make-up bag, but today, I have to admit, you will find several and they would all be from one of my fave brands benefit ,as I just think they have such a good handle on all things 'Brows".

Earlier in the year Urban Decay launched a new collection of brow products named
Urban Decay Street Style Brow Collection
 and finally its been launched here in South Africa.
The timing was perfect as I was needing a new brow pencil and I was introduced to 
Urban Decay Brow Endowed
Brow Endowed forms part of a new 4 brow product line up, which includes:

Double Down Brow 
(Brow Putty)
Brow Blade 
(Ink Stain + Waterproof Pencil)
Brow Finish
(Waterproof Brow Gel)
Brow Endowed
(Brow Primer + Colour)

Brow Endowed is a double-ended tool that volumizes and sets brows in two easy steps:
 A primer fluffs and holds, while a tinted cream fills and shapes. 
Perfect for less-than-full brows, like mine (and with age mine seem to be getting thinner) or brows that are in need of a little fluffing, as this double-ended tool lets you tame, tint, and tease all in one.
The excellent long-lasting formula resists sweat and smudging for up to 24 hours.
It's surprisingly easy to use an I was amazed at how fluffier, fuller, tinted brows miraculously appeared.
Step 1.
Comb the soft-hold primer through the brows to add volume.
(The fine micro spoolies on both ends make it so easy to precisely coat the product
onto the hairs and the primer does make the brow hairs feel slightly stiff similar to a hairspray effect)

Step 2.
Then gently brush on the tinted brow cream to intensify the colour
(Some advice: if you make a splodge or the intensity is a little too much, then remove sooner rather than later,as the tint does dry quickly)

With 7 shades to choose from and I went for Taupe Trap,a universally flattering taupe,
that has turned out to be my perfect shade.

The Urban Decay consultant applied to my brows and I wore for the rest of the day to see whether I liked the effect or not.
I went back into the store the next day to buy, as that's how much I enjoyed this
brow product.
I haven't had full looking brows for many years and this two step product just enhanced
the brows that I have to make them look, in my opinion, pretty good, so much so,
I've had compliments about my brows on a couple of occasions, something which
I've never had before. 

If this product had not been demonstrated and used on me I would never have bought
it, so it just goes to show that sometimes the product has to prove itself to you in order for you to buy.
If you're looking to up your brow game then do the same and have the product
applied and explained and let the product do the selling...

Urban Decay
 Brow Endowed




Check out this short video to find out a little more about the other new brow products
in the range.

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

Instant Foaming Cleanser


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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...