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



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!!