BEAUTY REVIEW: Empties for March

It feels like March has flown by in a whirlwind! As the month draws to a close I’m finishing up a few amazing products that I’ll definitely be repeat buying. Here’s a round up of my March empties: 


BIODERMA PHOTODERMA TINTED PROTECTIVE CREAM M SPF50
I adore this tinted protective cream. It ticks all the boxes: moisturising, high SPF, and just the right amount of tint to leave you looking fresh-faced and chirpy. I’ve been using this as an alternative to a foundation as it’s
lightweight, doesn’t sink into my lines and wrinkles and gives me just the right of colour and coverage for everyday wear. 
It comes in two tones, this one being the darker shade. The lighter is a fraction too light, but will be perfect for winter months. My dermatologist recommended this one specifically for protection as I work under camera lights
for most of the day. I’ll be eeking out the last drop with a pair of scissors in a day or two before heading off to buy again!

Available at Dischem R265


EUCERIN ELASTICITY + FILLER FACE OIL
I’m a long-time Eucerin fan as it’s a reputable brand that really delivers, and with a good price
point too. Face oils and serums are important to include in your beauty regime.
In short, face oils provide intense hydration while serums
contain active ingredients to target specific skin concerns, such as pigmentation, skin
brightening, balancing, and moisture barrier repair. The consistency of Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Face Oil is super lightweight, it sinks in easily, and doesn’t feel
oily at all! I’ve bought this product a few times to reapply during the day as it gives a
fab boost of extra moisture (and I really need it in my aircon environment!)
Dermatological skincare and clinically tested.

Available at Clicks R459

(they have a special on at the moment, buy any 3 Eucerin products and get the cheapest for free)


SOLAL SKIN OIL TO CLEANSER
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’ve been chatting with two of my favourite makeup artists about mascaras and
am still deciding which one to buy next – I’ll fill you in next time!

AVAILABLE SOLALSKIN ONLINE R209

That’s it for today and guess what – it’s Friday!!! Yay or what!

Happy day

Cath

SUMMER SCENT: Kate Spade New York

Right now we could all do with some mood-boosting treats, so I was delighted when Kate Spade’s New York perfume, in it’s pretty pink packaging, landed on my desk.

This fragrance is light and joyful, making it an easy choice for an every-day perfume. It opens with sparkling fruity top notes of bergamot and wild strawberries, floral heart notes of rose and freesia, and sensual woody notes lingering in the base. All these notes together make a charming and feminine scent, epitomising the Kate Spade New York woman.

Actress, dancer and model Maddie Ziegler is the face of the fragrance and watching her in the campaign video, shot in New York just before the pandemic hit, really does put a smile on your face. She is full of life and exudes positivity (especially important during times like this) and really inspires you to add a zing to your step as she dances across the screen!

The bottle is clear and modern with an enamel ring at the base of the cap featuring the brand’s signature shade of pink and a spade, a classic design detail that continues to be reinvented.

This is a lovely, airy, fruity and floral accord perfect to wear on summer days (and during winter too, to conjure up a bit of that sunny feeling inside!).

KATE SPADE NEW YORK EDP
Available at Foschini and Truworths

40ml R899, 60ml R1099 and 100ml R1399

That’s it for now so happy evening

Cath

Fashion: Tie-dyed trend

Over the last year the 70s trend of tie-dyed everything has resurfaced everywhere from my Instagram feed to international runways. I’m rather enjoying this splattered look making a comeback, especially in muted pastel tones.
Ever since my mother showed us how to tie-dye using pegs or elastic bands before dumping them into a bucket of dye to create circles of colours, I’ve had a penchant for tie-dyed material. Years later I repeated the ritual for my daughter who wanted a bedroom of purple tie-dyed curtains and bedding, along with scatterings of gold stars painted on burnt orange walls (I think the outcome was a happy tween hangout!).

I’ve paired a tracksuit jogger with a Mens pink hoodie and tied the matching tie-dye top around. When styling I often tie tops under the arm or waist to add a bit of effortless ‘cool’. Whether I pull off this ‘cool’ look or not is irrelevant as the only activities I’ll be doing in my loungewear is drinking too much tea with a series playing in the background, or pottering around the garden tending to herbs. After all, these pieces are for comfort and, as the name suggests, lounging! I’ve popped on a pair of men’s socks from Woolworths and I’m still on the hunt for some seriously comfy woollen socks; any suggestions?

My tie dye joggers (R399) and sweatshirt (R349) are currently available from Woolworths and pink Mens hoodie (R199) H & M

That’s it for today – keep warm and snug on this cool evening!

Cath

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.

Available online here:

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