BEAUTY REVIEW: Empties for February

It’s way too late to say a Happy New Year, a season of joy and happiness tra la la la.. so I’ll just get right back into it with today’s post on mid-month empties which include MONDAY Haircare Volume Shampoo, Filorga NCEF-Shot Supreme Polyrevitalising Concentrate, Sorbet Get That Feeling BB cream and Maybelline Great Lash mascara, an iconic product- does it still pack a punch?

When MONDAY Volume Shampoo with Ginger extract first exploded on the market, bloggers and the like rushed off to buy and try it! There were a lot of positive and negative reviews on social platforms, so when my son’s girlfriend left an almost full bottle behind for me ( too big to travel), I thought ‘let’s see what all the hype was about’.

I tend to buy shampoo and conditioner from the same brand, but as I still have heaps of conditioners, ( why are most shampoo bottles smaller than conditioners where one finishes the former quicker than the latter?); I’m glad to see MONDAY carries the same size in both shampoo and conditioner!

I love the simplicity of the packaging and it looks good on my bathroom shelf! The scent is subtle, it lathers nicely and my hair feels light, clean and manageable. I had read about hair fallout in some reviews, but luckily I didn’t experience that. MONDAY Volume Shampoo ticks the boxes for being vegan, colour-safe, and SLS-free; the bottles are 100 per cent recycled and the shipping boxes are made from recycled content, eliminating all plastic packaging plus the packaging tape is printed with eco-friendly soy-based ink.

Would I buy MONDAY Volume Shampoo again? Absolutely! I see Superbalist has a sale on right now on both see here

I’ve been totally spoilt being sent Filorga products to try out and they’re absolutely fab and innovative. Filorga NCEF-SHOT is a potent serum formulated to improve skin firmness, radiance, and elasticity and wake up the skin cells to function properly with a highly complex dose of NCEF. You may wonder about the acronym? It stands for New Cellular Encapsulated Factors and is inspired by injection methods used in aesthetic medicine clinics for cosmetic effectiveness. It’s preferable to use in between seasons, so I decided to use it mid-January as to me it was the end of summer vay-cay and time to get into the groove of a new year, new mindsets, new beginnings and all that jazz… I saw a noticeable improvement in the texture of my skin from day four, with it feeling super nourished, and revitalised from a boost of goodness ( hyaluronic acid, vitamins, co-enzymes, proteins and vitamins). I followed with my moisturiser and was sad to see it come to an end. Would I re-use? Absolutely – a superb brand!

My makeup artist friend suggested I try Sorbet BB cream as I had just finished using a face tint by Bioderma, which they’ve since discontinued and replaced with a similar one but only in one shade; I shall try it to see if it lives up to its predecessor, but as I was in Clicks, I grabbed Sorbet BB Cream to first try out. The consistency is quite thick so one can use it sparingly and thanks to a botanical called Boerhava Diffusa Root Extract which has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to remove redness.

Would I repurchase?
It contains SPF15, doubles as a primer, is hydrating and has a great price point, so yes, I would.

Maybelline mascara Blackest Black is not a new mascara, but one I keep returning to as it is waterproof, (and my golly, I’ve needed it the past few months with so many shed tears!), glides on to build a great black colour and has a decent brush too. Mascara is my number one go-to as I no longer have lushes lashes as they’ve diminished with age and as much as I’d like to have extensions again, it is time-consuming to get them filled every couple of weeks! I am vigilant about changing my mascara every four months so this one is going into the recycling bin tonight (I’ve already bought another brand to try out so wish me luck it is as good as this one, otherwise it’s back to the iconic Maybelline!

Drop me a line to let me know if you’ve tried any of the above and what are your thoughts?

Happy Monday!!

Bye now


FASHION COLLAB: Iris van Herpen x Aubade

Renowned fashion designer Iris van Herpen has teamed up with French lingerie label Aubade for the Autumn 2022 capsule collection and we’re in love!

Previous designer collaborations with Aubade include Christian Lacroix, Viktor & Rolf and most recently, Karl Lagerfeld label for winter 2021.

Iris van Herpen takes her Inspiration from a botanical magical world “exploring its fragility as well as its pulsating vitality to create this unique collection.” The embroidery is synonymous with fluttering leaves decorating the curves of a female body. The ten-piece line includes four bra styles, three bottoms, a nightie, a bodysuit and a waist-cincher and is named ‘Sensory Illusion’.

The line is available from Inner Secrets in South Africa from December 2022, just in time for Christmas… yikes it is almost that time again! I’ll be spoiling myself this year round!

Bra sizes will run up to a G cup in certain styles, while bottoms will go from an XS to an XXL.

Inner Secrets Lingerie on website




BEAUTY REVIEW: Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

I received this tube of loveliness a few weeks back and as I am a fan of multitasking products, I wanted to see if Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream delivered as a corrective beauty balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, calms redness and blotchiness and helps eliminate hyperpigmentation. Here’s what I had to say about Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream…

Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream
Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

Mornings are a rushed affair of getting as much done within an hour and a half before heading to town. Yes, I could get up ten minutes earlier, but 5am on a winter morning already feels bleak, and fitting in sun salutations and breathing exercises is a vast improvement in trying to live my life! (Thank you to my son, who gently reminds me to ‘keep going mama’). When it comes to beauty, I like to keep it simple and uncomplicated, yet I started a double cleanse ritual whilst in Bali and changed my way of thinking after noticing a remarkable improvement in my skin!) but that’s another blog on the horizon, as it’s back to Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC cream in hand!

Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

Innovative encapsulation technology (regulating stability, delivery, and effectiveness of formulations), preserves the pigments within the microbeads until they are applied. Coming into contact with the skin, the micro-capsules melt, releasing a blend of pigments and iridescent particles to illuminate the complexion. These pigments deliver a ‘rosy glow’ effect that adjusts to all skin colours. I particularly like that it evens out my skin tone and doesn’t look dull and lacklustre. On that note, did you know a dull complexion is a universal concern?

Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream
Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

“Studies show ‘A lacklustre complexion is also known as a bland, ashy, dull, muddy, or tired complexion. In all cases, a dull complexion lacks visible radiance, is uneven, and is generally associated with poor overall health. Worldwide, it’s considered one of the most common beauty concerns for many women affecting one out of every two women‘.

Filorga Oxygen- GLow CC cream is infused with arabinogalactan-rich plant extract (found in nasturtiums) and optimizes oxygen transport within the cells increasing collagen production, boosting and revitalizing skin quality.

Hyaluronic acid maintains optimal hydration levels to plum and rehydrates skin in the deep layers.

L-Enzyme is a powerful antioxidant crucial for cell life and helps detoxify cells which helps to give a radiant complexion.

RSP: 590 for 40 ml and is avialbe onnline at:

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried this newbie out.

Happy Sunday eve


skin creamery acmella flower aloe leaf

BEAUTY REVIEW: Skin Creamery Wildflower Water-Cream

skin creamery acmella flower aloe leaf
Skin creamery acmella flower aloe leaf Wildflower water-Cream

What do the words toothache, Pará cress, Buzz Buttons and Electric Daisy all have in common? They’re all alternative names for the Acmella flower, a key ingredient in Skin Creamery’s Wildflower Water-Cream. 

Skin Creamery’s Wildflower Water-Cream contains the Spilanthes Acmella, a powerful plant botanical known for its medicinal properties. Because of how it stimulates your skin’s fibroblasts, your skin feels immediately tighter and smoother. The hydrating elixir enhances collagen and elastin production while relaxing facial tension and is suitable for all skin types. 

Skin Creamery’s ethos is:  ‘Be kind to the earth, and kind to your skin’, meaning no synthetic fragrances, parabens or preservatives are used in their products; also suitable for strict vegetarians and vegans.

skin creamery acmella flower aloe leaf
Skin Creamery Acmella flower Aloe leaf Wildflower Water-Cream

 I have mature skin, so I used Skin Creamery Wildflower Water-Cream as a serum under a cream plus sunscreen in the daytime and night cream in the evenings – the double layering of products felt wintertime perfect! It’s a lightweight hydrating elixir with a 100% natural fragrance with restorative and regenerating properties.

Did you know that Skin Creamery aims to replace single-use packaging with functional, reusable or recyclable packaging? All their ingredients are naturally sourced, certified organic and cruelty-free. I’m not shy to admit that packaging is a big factor for me when buying beauty products, (I mean, they’re going to sit on my bathroom shelf so I want them to look good while making me look good, right?). I absolutely love their botanical-themed packaging and (recyclable!) frosted bottles. 

skin creamery acmella flower aloe leaf
Skin Creamery Acmella flower aloe leaf Wildflower Water-Cream

I’ve written about Skin Creamery before and continue to rave about this proudly South African skincare brand. Have you tried any of their products out? Another one you may enjoy is Skin Creamery Baobab Helichrysum Prickly Pear – read my review here

I’m going to enjoy the last rays of sunshine outside with a cuppa tea before I have to close up for the evening, (we have been blessed with superb winter sunshiny days of late!) I mean it’s June and winter is kindly keeping a low profile – you got it, I’m not a winter person!!) So I’ll sign off and see you later in the week!!!


Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30

BEAUTY REVIEW: Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30

The reality of living a modern lifestyle is juggling a plethora of ‘to-do lists, so I’m on the constant lookout for multi-tasking products with active ingredients to help with cell turnover, luminosity, protection from free radicals, UV rays and pollution – in other words, the ultimate beauty cream with a broad spectrum protection SPF30; enter Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 which covers all of the above and more. I still love using it and here’s why I’ll be popping it into my travel bag….

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30
Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30 uses a light-activated formula called ‘Intelligent Drone Technology’ to correct visible light into increasing skin luminosity for a natural healthy glow, so imagine, while slathering on your suncream to protect against the sun’s damaging rays, it’s also working at a deeper level to brighten your skin and promote radiance. The encapsulated active ingredients correct your skin cells to optimise potency as well as increase collagen production resulting in a healthy plump looking skin. Not too shabby hey!

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30
Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30

Here’s a quick load down on some more ingredients, a habit I got into from magazine days where I’d scrutinise each ingredient, at times a daunting and scary task when one reads what we put on to our skin sometimes, but knowing Dermalogica products are gluten-free, paraben-free, vegan, fragrance-free and cruelty-free it’s more of an indulged ‘need to know’ scrutiny, so here goes: 

Saccharide Isomerate is a 100% natural and plant-based compound which locks in moisturise for way longer than any other humectants do. 

Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, commonly known as green tea (and is the most researched natural ingredient,) is an anti-oxidant, UV protective and a great choice for rosacea, acne and atopic dermatitis. 

Geraniol is a common fragrance ingredient found in rose oil, geranium, lemon and other essential oils, so subtle as in barely there. 

Propanediol is a natural alternative for the often used propylene glycol; it improves skin moisture and boosts preservation efficacy. 

An oil-based soluble chemical sunscreen called Homosalate, protects against UVB rays. 

Dimethicane, a silicone used for a silky smooth feeling, works at filling in fine lines and wrinkles and works as a protective barrier. 

Glycerin is also found in our own skin and is a natural moisturiser.

Scalerilide or commonly known as sage maintains an even pigmentation free skin tone. 

Dermalogica comes with a unique attitude to their products where they are keen to optimise skin health and fitness; no wonder they have a cult following! As I said I’ve used this product before so perhaps as testimony to how much I love it I wrote this post – have you tried it yet?

Available at Dermalogica spas and from skinmiles  here


Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30
dermalogica prisma protect SPF30

So this is the first product I’ve purchased specifically for my trip – I’m thinking of other lovelies to add (any suggestions are welcome and yay I am so excited to go travelling again !!)

Happy Friday evening and see you Tuesday


RAMBLINGS OF A BLOGGER: gentle reminders

With a cup of tea on hand and two rusks later I’m staring out at a bleak overcast afternoon wondering how I managed to get through traffic in a record time of 45 minutes! My intention was to have my six must-have winter essentials for this Tuesday post, instead, after a day of jumping between meetings and shooting fashion on models, I decided I’d end the day off with some quotes I love re-reading as gentle reminders about life love and everything… and stop feeling so goddamn guilty about me time.. it’s essential to slow down, breathe and just be. Here goes…

That last one is perhaps the most important; be kind!!

PS: Thanks Pinterest for these inspiring quotes

Happy Tuesday evening peeps


BEAUTY REVIEW: Filorga Skin -Unify Intensive Serum

filorga skin-unify intensive

Filorga skin-unify intensive

I came across Filorga a few years back and was drawn to their packaging in black and white tubs with bold, sleek lettering. I love aesthetically pleasing products, and I know it shouldn’t be about first impressions, but it’s like choosing a book- I’m biased and go by its cover! On a serious note, French brand Filorga is packed with anti-ageing ingredients with clinically proven results and their products suit my age and skin type, so again, I was delighted to be given Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive Illuminating Even Skin Tone Serum to try out; my thoughts…

Tailored to even out complexion and reduce dark spots with an added benefit of illuminating skin, Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive is inspired by aesthetic medicine like laser and peel treatments.

Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive Serum
Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive Serum

Key ingredient Vitamin C helps boost collagen production, protects skin from free radicals and targets and lightens dark spots.
A peptide called Tetrapeptide contains antioxidant and antipollution properties which help combat a dull complexion by dealing with the effects of impurities.
Encapsulated hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin, helps reflect more light which leads to a smoother radiant complexion.

Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive Serum
Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive Serum

I started using it about four weeks ago; the last week I’ve been in bed getting over Covid (I would have thought it was the normal flu which I generally get at this time of year as the weather hovers between warm and cool but as I had to go and test for work it came back positive). I’m not that great at keeping up with beauty routines when I’m feeling under the weather but I vigilantly continued as the serum is light-weight and light-textured meaning it sinks in quickly, is non-greasy and contains no alcohol or parabens.

Do I notice anything different?

If my teammates are anything to go by, commenting how rested and how my skin was glowing! (Was it due to a delicious week of rest, a boost of vitamin intake of C, D and Zinc,? I’d like to think it’s thanks to the former combination plus Filorgas Skin -Unify Intensive Serum as my skin does look and feel smooth and radiant! Would I use it again? Incorporating a serum into my beauty regime is a yes and a brand I am super happy with!

Filorga Skin-Unify Intensive Serum is available R1070 at justclinicskin here

That’s it for now but let me know if you’ve tried this one out or any Filorga products and your thoughts?

Happy Friday and weekend


cathi trevor wears stripes

FASHION FILE: Stripes forever

cathi trevor wears stripes
Wearing my ever-faithful Country Road tee

A classic striped tee never goes out of style; think beyond the Breton top by adding stripes in different colours, textures and sizes for maximum impact to your wardrobe this season. Focus on one striped piece and work around that eg. a striped shirt worn with wide-legged denim or mini skirt and chunky loafers to create a wow factor from head to toe. Stripes are considered a neutral of prints so play with contrasting prints like florals for extra edge. How do I know my ensemble works? If colours look good together then often prints do too and, most importantly, if you feel confident and comfy, there’s your answer!

I scrolled some online sites to see what’s up for grabs – let me know if you’ve seen any lovelies also as I’m usually in my comfort zone of a horizontal striped tee paired with jeans, but as my day comprises of dressing models for online, I’m always up for new ideas and ‘inspa’ to take into the studio.

Scroll down and let me know what you think:

Just Cruising Clothing
love a striped jumper! JustCruisingClothing Jackie Knit R1150 each

mango clothing slouch pants

Adore these pink striped slouch pants paired with a matching shirt ( if not confident to pull off the two-piece trend these can be bought separately (but isn’t it just so cool!!) Mango Bow Trousers R799

Daily Dot Wear Clothing
Daily Dot Wear striped v-neck knitted cardigan R550

I look for soft slouchy cardigans and this one is on my wish list to pair with jeans and chinos.

womens A-Line Maxi Dress R417 – Something about this dress I rather like; it looks like its a two piece yet it isn’t – maxis are so comfy lightinthebox
Emmelines stripe & animal print sweater
mix and match patterns like this stripe and animal print zip collar sweater by Emmelines R479
LightInTheBox Swing Maxi Dress
Swing Maxi Dress by LightInTheBox R545 This is absolutely gorgeous paired with flat sandals – I love the florals and stripe combination
Desray black & Cream Stripe Poloneck
Desray black & Cream Stripe Poloneck R1500 this will last you plenty of winters – stunning!

Mango clothing striped jumper R1199
mango striped jumper R1199 – green is my fave this season and paired with green jeans looks brill (note how tonal still rocks this season)
Emmeline’s Colourblock Sweatshirt with slits – think bold and colourful stripes! R539

Cotton On cardigan R349
Cotton On jumper R349 – lightweight and great for summer and winter wear
superbalist bodycon dress
superbalist bodycon dress R399

SHEIN Striped Print Button Front Blouse R156 – such a great stripe

mydailydeals stripe dress
mydailydeals stripe dress R859 – this dress!!!
OLD KHAKI Stella Stripe Popover Blouse R499

Love this Old Khaki worn with these rust trousers

cathi trevor wears
another of my fave striped tees by Country Road

Well that’s it for now – happy Tuesday



BEAUTY REVIEW: Solal Oil to Milk Cleanser

Solal Oil to Milk Cleanser

Admittedly I have been seriously slack with my blog of late; I contemplated a purging of sorts on why it has taken me a good two months!! (yikes, I think it is closer to three,) but what on earth will I be gaining from yacking on about my personal shite, so I’ll keep it simple and get to the task on why this lovely Oil to Milk Cleanser by SOLAL ticks my boxes…


Solal is another brand I’m seriously into, and it’s a local brand too. I grew up washing
my face with Pears soap (that smell!), but happily moved on to a myriad of different cleansers over the years as I discovered there was more to life than soap! I love using foamy cleansers as
they feel like they are really getting to work, and this one is no exception!

The oil to milk cleanser piqued my interest as on contact with water it changes into a milky
liquid that foams up and feels super clean and soft on the skin. I do have makeup
removers but sometimes am pushed for time so want a multi-functional product
that cleans properly, and also most importantly removes mascara, and thankfully this cleanser
does that.


I included this as its always nice to know what you’re putting on your face; a quick glance will sometimes leave one wondering what on earth do some of these mean, but luckily Solal keeps the list simple and less is more as in the fewer ingredients one finds generally means the better. (I’m a great lover of dissecting and analysing ingredients but wonder if it bores readers or not?) Thoughts on this – I’m happy to share my views..

Where to buy?

Dischem ( a special is on for R167.20 at the moment)

That is it for today; happy Friday and hope the weekend brings much happiness rest and laughter