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



I’m focusing on supporting local businesses wherever possible, so I decided to try out the beauty brand Skin Creamery Baobab Helichrysum Prickly Pear The Balm. Could this luxe multifunctional newcomer rival some Internationals cult favourites? My thoughts…

Skin Creamery Baobab Helichrysum Prickly Pear The Balm is a fuss-free product comprising of only five ingredients: 

– moisturising baobab 

-marula which is rich in protein and absorbs easily

-prickly pear is super hydrating with antioxidant and antibacterial properties; research shows prickly pear oil reduces skin inflammation.

– Helichrysum, also known as Immortelle, is known for collagen production, improving skin repair and reducing signs of wrinkles. 

– Spirulina lends the colour blue! Rich in nutrients and fatty acids to fight free radicals, tones skin and encourage cell turnover 

The Balm can be used on dry cuticles, cracked heels, rough elbows and knees, dry lips and is even great for sealing split ends on hair! 

It is a 100% natural fragrance, is vegan and cruelty-free. 

One needs only a pea-size amount warmed between palms of hands before pressing into a face.  

I bought it as a face cream but use it daily on cuticles and as a lip balm and love the spa-like smell.. mmmm simply delish!!


available online 



The biggest skin concern amongst SA women is dry skin; Bio-Oil introduces a groundbreaking formula of creating a lotion with a high oil content compared to many body lotions on the market delivering excellent moisture; sounds good right? I decided to try the Bio Oil Body Lotion out; my thoughts…

I’ve long been a fan of Bio-Oil especially with their former Dry Skin gel but the new Bio-Oil Body Lotion has taken moisturisers to a new level!

I’m always pushed for time so it ticks the boxes for having a lightweight consistency, sinks into skin super quickly and is non greasy whilst nourishing dry skin; I can literally apply and immediately dress without it messing up my clothing.

This really is an incredible formula, for its lightness and efficacy; we tried it on the models’ bodies before shooting swimwear and it reads well on camera.

Directions: Gently shake the body lotion to activate the formula before applying. (A very running consistency ), but as I said I love it as it literally sinks in and gives a sheen to my skin – love!!

Halaal and Kosher certified.

Recyclable packaging

Suitable for vegans

Free-from parabons and preservatives

BIO OIL BODY LOTION is available from Dischem and Takealot in two sizes:

175ml for R144.95

250ml R189.95

Have you had a chance to try it out and your thoughts?

That’s it for today

Happy happy



BEAUTY REVIEW: Eucerin Hyaluron Filler Serum

I keep returning to Eucerin beauty products as they offer proven scientific results behind the brand at affordable prices. I was intrigued about Eucerin’s patented new ingredient Thiamidol, which ‘reduces melanin production by acting at the root cause of dark spots,’ and as I have two dark spots on the side of my face, I thought it worth trying. Here’s what I thought of Eucerin Anti-Age Hyaluron Filler + Elasticity 3D Serum:

Beiersdorf has been researching and developing ways to reduce age spots and even skin tone for the last ten years and have come up with an effective ingredient called Thiamidol. Dr Kolbe, medical skincare and R+D expert at Eucerin says, ‘ Thiamidol helps block melanin production in skin cells and with regular use will prevent the reappearance of age spots.’ The innovative and effective Thiamidol is the key active in this range and has been clinically and dermatologically proven to reduce dark marks and prevent their re-appearance.

Hyaluronic production decreases as we age, so extra hydration is a necessity when looking for age-appropriate beauty products. Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler and Elasticity 3D Serum stimulate the production of the skins own hyaluronic acid, which helps plump up deep wrinkles from within. An active ingredient called Arctin derived from the Burdock fruit, accelerates the renewal process of collagen in skin cells, helping with firmness and elasticity.

I love a serum that sinks in quickly, is non-sticky and leaves my skin looking and feeling hydrated. It targets the three main signs of ageing; -age spots, loss of elasticity and deep wrinkles thanks to highly effective active ingredients mentioned above. I’ve been using the anti-ageing serum specifically targeted for mature skin, for the past three weeks, (one pump before my night cream), and whether it is me looking at my skin sans my reading glasses or it truly is managing to help fade the dark spots on my face, I’m feeling really positive in continuing to use this serum.

Suitable for all skin types and is available at Dischem (they were having a special 2 +1 cheapest free so I added a face oil, day cream and a night cream to my routine and so far, I’m happy with the results (and price point too!)

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity 3D Serum ZAR619,95 for 30 ml
Triple anti-ageing effect; reduces age spots, improves skins elasticity and plumps up wrinkles.

That’s it for today – happy Tuesday!!


OUT OF LINE: Filorga’s Time-Filler Intensive Wrinkle Multi-Correction Serum

I’ve been pleading wrinkle ignorance by simply avoiding getting too close to the bathroom mirror. My plan was foiled recently, however, during an eyebrow dyeing session, where my reading glasses magnified everything for me! I know nothing will magically whip wrinkles away, and they’re part of who I am but, damn, my heart still races for a good serum and moisturiser that promises to help slow things down a bit!

I was lucky enough to be sent Filorga’s Time-Filler Intensive Wrinkle Multi-Correction Serum to test out, and so far I’m absolutely loving it.

Did you know that neck wrinkles are said to be becoming more prevalent and at a younger age, as a result of hours spent looking at a phone? Filorga’s serum is for both face and neck, to combat a range of different types of wrinkles, including contraction, surface, dryness and neck wrinkles.

Serums are an essential part of a beauty regime. They have extra beneficial anti-ageing properties and work more effectively with a day or night cream; ( one doesn’t have to only use one brand for your face). I’m a beauty junkie from my magazine days where we’d get to try out tons of creams and serums, from all sorts of different brands and I have never experienced any major break-outs from mixing and matching brands.

I’ve noticed an increase in fine lines around the mouth and cheek areas so I seek out products with active ingredients in them. This serum contains hyaluronic acid and two peptides, which help with loss of density and structure to the skin, boosting cell turnover and collagen. Sea fennel extract and Imperata cylindrica root extract help with these concerns too, plus they add a youthful plumpness to your skin.

Neck wrinkles? Another active ingredient called kangaroo paw flowers which increases the synthesis of Tenascin-X, addresses any saggy neck concerns. I also love another fab ingredient called hexapeptide that mimics Botox-like actions of relaxing and smoothing frown lines, crows feet and muscle contractions.

Commenting on the latest addition to the Time-Filler range, Filorga’s International Medical Advisor, Dr Riekie Smit says, ‘Time-Filler Intensive is a powerful and very effective anti-wrinkle serum that provides observable result in a little as seven days with maximised results noticed after eight weeks’.

Filorga Time-Filler retails at R870 for 30ml and available from the following online retailers:

Have you tried Filorga products and if so what are your thoughts?


BEAUTY REVIEW: The Hydration Booster

I’ve seen so many rave reviews about local brand Lumi Glo so was delighted to be sent one of their most talked-about products recently: The Hydration Booster face mask. Sunday held zip, zero plans for me (apart from soaking up as much of the winter sun as possible), so a little TLC session was definitely in order. Here’s what I thought of The Hydration Booster by Lumi Glo:

I was recently treated to a glorious facial and body massage at Gingerlily spa in Plumstead, by friends who decided a pampering day was just what I needed. Two weeks later and thanks to the air-con at work blasting warm air all day, my skin was back to normal i.e. really, really dry! I drink two litres of water and regularly spritz my face with my handy bottle of Avene Eau Thermale Spring Water, but I still struggle with dryness. If anyone has tips on how to keep hydrated under extreme air-con conditions please share them with me. Anyways, back to my mask!

When skin feels dehydrated and in need of a pick-me-up, nutrition-packed sheet masks really come to the rescue. Not only are they hassle-free, and quick to use, but they prevent the evaporation of water and allow the ingredients to be better absorbed. Plus they are super hydrating.

These masks by Lumi Glo are made from bamboo and loaded with hyaluronic acid which as we all know helps with reducing fine lines, hydration and promoting suppleness. They also contain CBD fruit extracts which restore and calm skin, avocado oil which aids in UV protection, and coconut oil which is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-ageing properties. 

As you can see from the diagram above, you gently flatten the mask over the face with your fingers and sit or lie down for at least 15 minutes. I’ve tried walking about the house to get on with other things, but the mask shifts and can slide off so it best to take a moment and chill!

I’ve tried several sheet masks prior and this really supersedes the others. My skin felt deliciously warm, due, I’m sure, to the hero ingredient, CBD fruit extract, infusing my skin! Once I removed the mask I patted the excess serum into my now-hydrated and supple-looking skin. With my skin looking so plump and glowing I wished I had made alternative plans to my Sunday afternoon, rather than a date with Netflix! This mask is a lovely add-on to any beauty regime.

Available online here

Lumi Glo hydration Booster Mask ZAR 95