BEAUTY REVIEW: Pradiance Supreme C+ Serum


Serums are an absolute essential in one’s daily beauty routine and I’ve only recently come across Pradiance Supreme C+ Serum Rose Hip Vitamin A, C & E with an incredible texture that feels superbly decadent; here’s why I’m loving this local brand…

“Inspired by the moon and its endless cycle of renewal, the ‘Pradiance Way’ is about the connection to nature and the regenerative power it provides. We consider the 28 day skin cycle, which happens to be the same as the moons’ cycle”

One of the ingredients  in Pradiance Supreme C+ Serum is Kigelia Africana Fruit Powder;  local healers have been treating skin problems for centuries by using the fruit of the Kigelia tree which is high in antioxidants and contains anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties and has the remarkable ability to restore skin’s firmness and improve the elasticity of the skin.

Other ingredients found in the serum is  Sweet Almond oil, which contains Vitamin A to smooth fine lines, Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acids to help reduce the UV damage to the skin and zinc, an essential nutrient for healing acne.

Rosehip Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants and important for regenerating skin as well as a wonder oil  for reduction of scars and fine lines.

                         “Good for you and our earth”

To sum up Pradiance Supreme C+ Serum in one sentence – instant relief for my dry skin mature skin with a sublime  texture which  sinks in quickly- and the knowledge it is free of parabens, mineral oils, synthetic chemicals and animal testing and most NB is it is a local brand available online here

R620.00

REVIEW: INOAR Resistance Lotus Super Ampoule

If you’re wanting a superb treatment for dry dehydrated hair you’ll love INOAR Resistance Lotus Super Ampoules. Known for youthful properties and a symbol of self care, lotus flowers not only smells gorgeous but contain moisturising and revitalizing properties to regenerate hair strands for softer manageable hair. INOAR Resistance Lotus Super Ampoules promise to strengthen, nourish and moisturise  hair within three minutes –  I put it to the test.

Thank  heavens  hair guru David Gillson keeps me happy and blonde with colour and highlights every 6 weeks where I get to relax, zone out and catch up on reading blogs and articles, so time well spent, but as  I already have dry hair plus highlights means I am always on the look out for nourishing products to use in between salon days, so I was delighted to be sent  INOAR Resistance Lotus Super Ampoule.

Benefits of using these potent ampoules are:

Revitalization

Regeneration of hair strands

Anti-inflammatory

Hair growth

Control Hair Loss

Scalp Health

Depending on length of hair, allow for 5-7 washes.  I could have been less heavy handed and stretched to five washes, but  I have a haystack of hair and loved the lotus flower scent, so dolloped it on and managed four uses out of the ampoule. Talking about scents, the lotus hair oil is an added bottle of loveliness for its nourishing properties and I love the gentle whiff when I swish my hair around (think Willow singing “I whip my hair back and forth, back and forth, back and forth and I forget the rest of the lyrics!)

How to use: After shampooing and conditioner routine, I combed throughout hair strands and waited the three minutes, (amazing how one can run a razor under arms, over legs, scrub heels and back scrub in record time!)

INOAR 3 minutes promise? I’d say yes! My hair didn’t look any shinier but it sure felt amazingly soft from the first wash and noticed a vast improvement in the frizz department. The ampoule is seriously worth restocking for in between salon visits.

Inoar products are all cruelty free, botanical, vegan, paraben and sulfate free

INOAR Resistance Lotus Super Ampoules R500 – online has a Valentine’s special with 21% off INOAR Resistance Range (check out here) and running until midnight 14 February.

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BEAUTY REVIEW: Solal Hydration Serum and Solal Even Tone Serum

If you love beauty products that address ageing healthily with minimal effort then SOLAL multifunctional products will resonate with you. I was fortunate to be sent SOLAL Hydration Serum and SOLAL Even Tone Serum which both target my anti-ageing concerns of mature dehydrated skin; here’s what I thought.

SOLAL use multiple actives per formulation at optimal concentrations with no harmful ingredients. Promises? Highly effective active ingredients with long lasting moisture to the skin, repairing the skins barrier and helps with firmness.

SOLAL Hydration Serum for dry dehydrated sensitized skin:

Key ingredients include Jojoba seed oil to provide soothing benefits, omega 7 fatty acids to restore the skin barrier and promote intense moisturization. Niacinamide offers multiple benefits for blemish prone skin, improves enlarged pores, improves uneven skin tone and dullness and also has skin restoring properties to plump and hydrate skin.

Hepotapeptide-34 increases hydration and restores youthful vitality and one of my favourite ingredients, hyaluronic acid for intense hydration!

I loved the non greasy silky texture for easy application and for extra TLC, I applied serum with my little jade roller to boost circulation and (hopefully), minimize fine lines. I use two pumps of serum that easily covered my face and neck area.

Solal Even Tone Serum & Solal Hydration Serum

Solal Even Tone Serum

Promises? Helps to reduce hyper-pigmentation and brighten and restore youthful vitality.

Ingredients include jojoba oil, cross-linked hyaluronic acid and Niacianamide (assists in a more even skin, helps with enlarged pores and general improvement in suppleness hydration and smoothness. Hepta peptides restore and protect against effects of UV exposure and pollution in the skin.

After cleansing skin I applied a generous amount (two pumps) of Even Skin Tone Serum, then a moisturiser (I am using another brand and it works well together).

I used the former serum combined with a moisturiser first and then moved onto the latter serum. Any preferences? I think they both are fantastic products and also get my stamp of approval as they are a local brand ( #supportlocal) and have excellent price points.

SOLAL products have no animal testing, are clinically and dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types.

SOLAL Hydration Serum for dry dehydrated sensitized skin and Solal Even Tone Serum ZAR439 each

Available online here also wellness warehouse

FASHION: WHAT I’M WEARING THIS SUMMER

I love using the new year as a chance to reflect on the past year and choose what to focus on going forward. The pandemic has forced us all to put a pause on any big plans we might have had, so instead of setting big goals I am focusing on making more time for the little things that make me happy, like spending more time with my loved ones. Another small thing that makes my heart happy is putting outfits for myself together, which is (luckily!) what I do for a living.
At work I have heaps of clothing rails to mix and match with, but at home it’s about incorporating what I already have in my wardrobe with just a few new buys. For me comfort is my main priority, especially these days where I’m either on my feet all day at work, or laying low at home for lockdown. Here are a few outfits I’ve enjoyed putting together recently:

WHITE ON WHITE An all-white ensemble in cotton and linen blend keeps you cool and comfortable, and the natural crumples and creases give a relaxed soft feel.

Hello, kitty cat!

ANIMAL PRINT I’m sorry I gave a lot of my animal print clothing away over the years as it’s a trend that keeps on returning, but hopefully someone out there is enjoying my cast-offs! This shift dress is super cool to wear on weekends with slip-ons, or with sneakers for comfort when working in studio. I love this length that falls below the knees.

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LOUNGEWEAR Definitely the best items to wear for literally lounging around the home in comfort. I did yoga and pilates classes in this linen-blend before Christmas, but honestly, I have not done ONE SINGLE online class this year, (so much for resolutions of being focused and on top of life, but we’ll get there someday!). Please tell me you’re also feeling a little distracted and not able to get into the year yet?! I guess on that note we’ll just grab a book and do some more lounging!

Happy day

Cath

REVIEW: Filorga Global-Repair Cream and Global-Repair Intensive Revitalising Serum

Filorga’s Global-Repair Cream and Global-Repair Intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Serum contain a plethora of anti ageing ingredients to address skin concerns like lack of firmness, loss of volume, dark spots, signs of fatigue and undefined face contour. I was delighted to be sent them to try out; here’s what I thought….

Filorga Global-Repair Cream

Aimed specifically at mature skin, the latest Filorga Global-Repair Cream and Global-Repair Intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Serum  offer some noteworthy ingredients to help regenerate, restore and strengthen skin for a luminous and renewed complexion.

If you’re a fan of Sisley’s cult Black Rose Cream read here then you’ll love Filorga Global-Repair Cream as much as I have from the very first application. A thick rich consistency leaves ones skin feeling super nourished and pampered. Like the former product this doubles up as an overnight mask. Here’s a quick break down of some of the active ingredients.

Filorga’s patented NCEF formula found in injectable mesotherapy contains antioxidants, vitamins and co-enzymes which help regenerate the cells from deep within, boost cell turnover and prevent cells against oxidation.

A cocktail of boosting vitamins, jojoba and evening primrose oils and super ceramides  strengthen and regenerate  the skin’s barrier while hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge helping skin to hold on to water. Peonies aren’t just pretty flowers, but contain a root rich in oligosaccarides that step up lipid storage  in the adipose tissues to help thicken skin so features are restored and redefined.

This powerful new anti-ageing range is extremely effective for those women with a devitalised, mature skin that want an ultra-effective skincare range that instantly tackles all the signs of skin ageing. It is the most powerful anti-ageing skincare range launched by Filorga to date and boasts very impressive results.”Filorga International Medical Advisor, Dr Rieke Smit

As I mentioned earlier the Global Repair Cream used as an overnight mask is super beneficial thanks to anti-ageing ingredients and despite my insomnia, my skin look surprisingly refreshed and rejuvenated! I used the cream on a daily basis over the serum and once or twice a week applied a thick layer just before climbing into bed – it feels soft and velvety and smells good too!

Filorga Global-Repair Cream and Global-Repair Intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Serum 

The highly concentrated Filorga Global-Repair Intensive Nutri-Restorative Serum has active ingredients to effectively rejuvenate tired and lacklustre skin. With Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide and Retinol the serum simultaneously boosts collagen and cellular renewal to smooth wrinkles, restore firmness and deeply nourish the skin. These two products are really impressive and would definitely be on my re-purchase list!

Available from www.thebeautifulstore.com

Filorga Global-Repair Cream (R1395) and Global-Repair Intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Serum (R1395)

PS: I’ve been a little frantic catching up on a backlog of merchandise and incorporating new ways of shooting at work- all very exciting but time consuming so I haven’t been as regular as I would have liked on the blog, BUT yay, I have found some balance to my days, so back to frequent blogging – my first love! Hoping you day is a bright and sunshiny day!!

Cath

REVIEW: Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Moisture Booster

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Moisture Booster

I spend most of my day in a studio and reliant on aircon;  winter is a blessing as we crank up the temperature but now with spring I’m constantly flipping the aircon dial as it’s either too hot or too cold so it wreaks havoc on my skin. Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Moisture Booster was sent to me and as my skin has been feeling super dehydrated I did a little jump for joy for a ‘moisture booster’; here’s what I thought….

One of the best ingredients to look for when it comes to anti-ageing is Hyaluronic acid as it plumps and hydrates skin, thanks to its ability to hold over one thousand times its weight in water meaning it can hydrate and plump skin fabulously.

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Moisture Booster

The other main ingredient is Glycerin which hydrates skin and helps hold on to moisture. Glycerin enhances the penetration of other ingredients, strengthens skins moisture barrier and improves skins resilience.

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Moisture Booster

My thoughts:

As I said my skin leans towards being dehydrated, so including this into my daily routine was brilliant; the light texture serum feels a little sticky at first but sinks in super fast delivering immediate hydration. It is also clinically and dermatologically proven. (See chart below with results)

Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Moisture Booster is suitable as a makeup base, is clinically and dermatologically proven, non-comedogenic and appropriate for all skin types. It also has a good price point of ZAR299.99 available at Clicks

That’s it for today….

Cath

REVIEW: Montblanc Signature Fragrance for Her

Montblanc Signature For Her

With the arrival of spring, a host of fresh and light fragrances to lift one’s spirit and mood have landed on my desk, with one such lovely being Montblanc’s latest women fragrance Montblanc Signature For Her…

‘If writing is the visible expression of the soul,’ they tell us, ‘fragrance is surely its unspoken, subliminal language. Fragrances tell stories, shape emotions and evoke poetry, writing in unseen ink where the fountain pen marks on paper in black and white.’ –Montblanc

Montblanc Signature For Her

There are women who will be remembered for their bravery, authenticity, strength and courage and choose to be the author of their own life; Montblanc Signature pays tribute to unforgettable women, ‘authors of their own story’. Diane Ducret, a French Belgian writer, noted as the only French writer to make a living from writing is the face of Montblanc Signature campaign.

This fresh appealing everyday scent is classified as a floral-oriental and musky fragrance;  top notes of juicy clementines combined with delicate peony, magnolia and ylang-ylang are at the heart, wrapped up in warming white musk, benzoin and sensual vanilla. I loved the zesty clementine smell on first spritz, settling down into a non obtrusive and subtle vanilla notes so had good durability.

Montblanc Signature For Her Fragrance
Montblanc Signature For Her

Perfumers Guillaume Flavigny and Nathalie Gracia-Cetto wanted ‘a contrast of opulent and sensual, an appeal and elegance; I wanted to infuse more light, more breath and transparency’, says Natalie Gracia-Cetto.

The gorgoeus opalescent bottle designed by Mark Eisen pays tribute to the iconic inkwell, part of Montblanc heritage with gold details  borrowed from the ‘Meisterstück’ writing instrument, underline the elegance of the object.

  • Did you know designer and artist Mark Eisen was born in Cape Town before moving to the states  to study, read more on him here

It’s well balanced and very befitting for spring time

Montblanc Signature For Her EDP, R880 for 30ml, R1 065 for 50ml and R1 315 for 90ml, is available at Dis-Chem.

REVIEW: Nature Box’s Almond range

German brand Nature Box recently hit our shores  and has been receiving rave reviews for their eco-friendly sustainable products that contain no artificial colours and are silicone and paraben-free. They are all vegan certified and available at affordable prices too. I was delighted to be sent their Almond range to see what all the fuss was about.

Nature Box Almond Range includes: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Shower Gel & Hair Lift Spray

Cold-Pressed Oils

Nature Box has a number of ranges: avocado, apricot, coconut, passion fruit, pomegranate, olive oil, argan oil and almond. They all contain 100% cold-pressed oils. This is considered the best method to extract, as no external heat is applied meaning antioxidants, vitamins, essential nutrients and fatty acids aren’t affected or damaged. The oils are extracted from the nuts, seed and/or fruit without losing quality and thus retaining their effectiveness.

‘Social responsibly is our top priority supporting smaller farmers for a more sustainable cultivation of raw materials .’

Socially Responsible

Nature Box use sustainably produced palm oil from Nigeria. Palm oil production is notoriously bad for the planet, however Nature Box has joined forces with Solidaridad to ensure their palm oil is sustainably harvested. Solidaridad is an international development organisation that supports small farmers in the sustainable cultivation of palm oil in several regions around the world. For their project in Nigeria small farmers are trained and supported in sustainability cultivating palm oil. This enables farmers to increase their productivity and reduce the negative impact on environment. In addition, the farmers receive a certification for their harvest. You can check out more on Nature Box Sustainability projects here

The Almond range includes their Almond Shampoo R119.99, Almond Conditioner, R119.99, Almond Shower Gel R69.99, Almond Body Lotion R93 and Root Lift Spray R99. Almonds are rich in antioxidants, omega fatty acids and magnesium which is necessary to promote hair growth and also helps with shine, frizz, to nourish hair strands, and to prevent inflammation, dandruff and damage from hair styling tools.

Nature Box Almond Range includes: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Shower Gel & Hair Lift Spray

Nature Box Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve been using these for a couple of months now and I am impressed. I love that the shampoo bottle is the same size as the conditioner so my husband and I can share the bottle. His scalp is sensitive and prone to flakiness and using this on a daily basis has been gentle and left his hair shiny. I have dry hair so only shampoo once a week with lashings of conditioner. They work well on my hair to add moisture and nourishment.

Nature Box Almond Range includes: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Shower Gel & Hair Lift Spray

Nature Box Root Lift Spray

I wouldn’t have necessarily gravitated towards the Root Lift Spray as it is aimed at giving volume and, hells teeth, I have enough of that! However, I’ve found that it works remarkably well on restoring my waves. Because I regularly colour and highlight my hair, I have all but lost my curl pattern (except in summertime where the salt water gives my waves back, ha!). I spray this on wet hair and use my hands to scrunch it in, and it dries into natural-looking waves.

Nature Box Shower Gel

I am a huge fan of shower gels as they are just so easy to use. If they lather up nicely and smell good then it’s a big yay from me. Another big bonus is the clear print on the bottles. There have been occasions where I’ve had to climb out of the shower to fetch my glasses, but Nature Box’s bottles are easy-to-read, so there’s no chance of washing myself with conditioner or adding shower gel to my hair..!

Nature Box Body Lotion

I’m always pressed for time my two priorities for a body lotion are it needs to sink in quickly and it needs to smell good. This one ticks both of those boxes.

Would I buy these again?

I love when a range works well, mainly because it looks pretty on my bathroom shelf to have everything matching! I’m impressed by the prices too, especially for the size of the bottles. I’ll definitely be repurchasing, this time the coconut range, suitable for dry hair and skin. And with travel plans still on hold for me I’ll take all the tropical scents I can get!

Happy day

Cath

REVIEW: Dr Hauschka Regenerating Oil Serum, Regenerating Day Cream and Translucent Bronzing Tint

My days of waking up looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed are long over, so imagine my delight when products for mature skin from Dr Hauschka arrive at my door. Ingredients are selected that refine and renew skin, leaving you looking firmer, smoother and more radiant. I like that, as realistically there is no magic potion to eliminate wrinkles completely, so you might as well embrace ageing but look radiant while doing so.

As more customers opt for a straight-forward, no-nonsense beauty approach, German brands, known as G-Beauty, are highly sought-after. Dr Hauschka was one of the first international brands paying tribute to a more eco-conscious way of using organic and natural ingredients in beauty products, placing sustainability, quality and ingredient integrity at a greater
importance.

Dr Hauschka Regenerating Oil Serum Intensive

Dr Hauschka combines the concentrated skin care of an oil with the
power of a serum. Oils are for nourishing, hydrating and
strengthening the skin barrier and serums have the power to deeply
penetrate the skin, depositing powerful active ingredients for more
targeted results.
Ingredients in their Regenerating Oil Serum Intensive include a formulation of almond and olive oils alongside nurturing plants like blackthorn extracts to aid elasticity and firmness and protect against drying environmental influences. My skin loved this and felt hydrated and moisturised.

Dr Hauschka Regenerating Day Cream 

I spent an awful amount of time lying in the backyard soaking up the sun while trying out these products. Sun exposure is bad, I know, but this was back in stage 5 of lockdown so no judgement! I loved using the combination of both the oil serum and moisturiser as my skin felt soft and hydrated, in spite of all the sun I was getting.

I haven’t been out much during lockdown, except to work, Zoom meetings and a few coffee dates on the weekend so this little bottle has
lasted me five months and I still have a bit to go.

Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint

For the last couple of years, I’ve steered clear of foundations as they feel
too heavy on my skin, rather opting for tinted moisturisers. I can’t sing the praises of Bioderma and Heliocare enough as they give a dash of colour and contain a high SPF. So what’s with this Translucent Bronzing Tint? 
Admittedly I was a little apprehensive as I am perfectly happy with my
above-mentioned tinted moisturisers, however I was pleasantly
surprised. To use it you add a few drops of the Translucent Bronzing Tint to their Moisturiser, patting it in gently for a fresh sun-kissed complexion

Sadly my oil serum and moisturiser have come to an end but I’ve been
continuing with the tint, mixing it into another moisturiser. Would I
repurchase these? Yes to the oil serum and moisturiser as they were such
a treat for my skin and I have always loved Dr H. Their philosophy and ethics resonate with me and, man, their products smell heavenly. And have you ever experienced a Dr Hauschka facial? Sublime indeed!

That’s all for today but take care and chat soon!

Cath