GIVEAWAY: Skin Creamery 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. And, since we could all use a bit of good news right now, I have a bottle to giveaway today!

Skin Creamery's Wildflower Water-Cream

Their Wildflower Water-Cream contains the Spilanthes Acmella, a powerful plant botanical that is 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 ethos is ‘Be kind to the earth, and kind to your skin’, meaning no synthetic fragrances, parabens or preservatives are used and their products are suitable for strict vegetarians and vegans.

Skin Creamery's Wildflower Water-Cream

Did you know that Skin Creamery aims to replace single-use packaging with packaging that is functional, reusable or recyclable? Plus all their ingredients are naturally sourced, certified organic and cruelty-free. I’m not shy to admit that packaging is a huge factor for me when buying 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?) and I absolutely love their botanical-themed packaging and (recyclable!) frosted bottles. If you’d like to get your hands on some Skin Creamery Wildflower Water-Cream here’s how:

Leave a comment on my Instagram and/or Facebook post about this amazing product, telling me why you’d like to win and/or tagging a friend to enter them too. Share the post on your Instastory (don’t forget to tag me, @cathi_trevor!) for an extra entry, and you can email me directly to enter too. I look forward to reading your entries! Winner will be announced on Monday 23rd of March. Entrants must live in South Africa.

Happy day, keep safe, and socialise responsibly!

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: WOMENS'SECRET EDT REVIEW

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

Valentine’s a hop, skip and jump away so thought I’d do a quick week of fragrance reviews of some long overdue ones; I chose today’s trio WOMEN’SECRET Eau My Delice, Eau My Fresh and Eau My Secret for their fresh floral accords, apt for these glorious sultry summer days but also their price point is really good (I’m still feeling the pinch of Christmas and so many birthday celebrations the past two months so if there’s a good buy, lets share!). Here goes:

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (the green bottle)

This is a floral woody accord with sparkling lemon and bergamot sitting in the top notes, orange blossom and jasmine in the middle, with musk, sandalwood and violet in the base. This is a lovely midday ‘freshen me up buttercup’ scent!

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN: (yellow bottle)

This is considered an Aromatic Accord with top notes of pomegranate and grapefruit, mid notes of orchid and water fruit and woodsy and musk notes found at the base. It’s a fruity elixir that bursts with energy and optimism and a great Monday perfume to get one in the mood for a week ahead!

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN SECRET FOR WOMEN

EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (pink bottle)

Considered an oriental floral accord with top notes of Italian mandarin, lemon and pear; delectable mid notes of almond, rose, jasmine and orange blossom and base notes of praline, musk and vanilla. I like this combination of sweet treats which makes me feel happy and carefree! !

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN, EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN and EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN are all available from Foschini

Price R499

That’s it for today – happy Monday all day!

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: WOMENS’SECRET EDT REVIEW

Valentine’s a hop, skip and jump away so thought I’d do a quick week of fragrance reviews of some long overdue ones; I chose today’s trio WOMEN’SECRET Eau My Delice, Eau My Fresh and Eau My Secret for their fresh floral accords, apt for these glorious sultry summer days but also their price point is really good (I’m still feeling the pinch of Christmas and so many birthday celebrations the past two months so if there’s a good buy, lets share!). Here goes:

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (the green bottle)

This is a floral woody accord with sparkling lemon and bergamot sitting in the top notes, orange blossom and jasmine in the middle, with musk, sandalwood and violet in the base. This is a lovely midday ‘freshen me up buttercup’ scent!

EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN: (yellow bottle)

This is considered an Aromatic Accord with top notes of pomegranate and grapefruit, mid notes of orchid and water fruit and woodsy and musk notes found at the base. It’s a fruity elixir that bursts with energy and optimism and a great Monday perfume to get one in the mood for a week ahead!

EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN (pink bottle)

Considered an oriental floral accord with top notes of Italian mandarin, lemon and pear; delectable mid notes of almond, rose, jasmine and orange blossom and base notes of praline, musk and vanilla. I like this combination of sweet treats which makes me feel happy and carefree! !

EAU IT’S FRESH WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN, EAU MY DELICE WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN and EAU MY SECRET WOMEN’SECRET FOR WOMEN are all available from Foschini

Price R499

That’s it for today – happy Monday all day!

Cath

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EMMA JAYNE ILLUSTRATOR & PATTERN DESIGNER

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

I’ve followed Emma Jayne Designs on Instagram for ages and thought her lovelies are just so damn awesome, I’d share them with you guys today so here goes…

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Here’s a little information about Emma Jayne:

Emma Jayne says that her personal favourites of 2019 are the above collection. ‘I went back to using traditional media and produced more patterns than illustrations. I love the effects you can achieve with gouache, watercolour and ink using different sized brushes. I like to create textures, as well as painting animals and other shapes as silhouettes.’

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘I currently take inspiration from colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors, magazines … actually, pretty much anything I come across which piques my interest! From childhood I have always been passionate about art, coming from a creative family. My father and grandfather both loved DIY, my mum loved fashion and interiors and my grandmother, who I spent every Thursday and most weekends sewing and knitting with me. I knitted my first jumper at 8 years (it was too big and I could not get to wear it until I was about 10!)’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘My design BA and studio work at Dorma made good use of my drawing and colour skills. At Dorma I was involved with the whole design process, from initial concept to bulk printing. I have undertaken various freelance projects over an 10 year period, selling my designs in the UK, around Europe and in America.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘I love being creative and playing around with sketches, which later, I develop on my computer. More recently, I have produced illustrations using Pro Create. I don’t really have one particular signature style and I find that this allows me to be versatile. This flexibility is a useful attribute to have when working on briefs for different types of clients.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, children’s books, to interiors, and even colour themes. I am also a Pinterest addict and before I used Pinterest, I used to keep boxes full of magazine clippings and marketing material.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘Things that I like;

Vintage patterns & interiors, old and contemporary illustrations, typography, printed fabrics, retro wallpaper, posters, Scandinavian design, pick n’ mix sweets, collecting stamps and listening to music whilst working on my computer.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

My objective is to keep up with the current trends, keep updating my skills to constantly strive to become a better designer and to hopefully inspire you through my blog.’

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Aren’t her illustrations just the berries – they make me so happy looking at them!!

You can follow EMMA JAYNE here:

INSTAGRAM

PINTEREST

BLOG

ETSY

That’s it for today so happy Wednesday all day!!

Cath

CONVERSATIONS with AFARI Skincare Founder Margaux Knuppe

I’ve adored using AFARI, a luxe local skincare brand containing incredible anti-ageing properties thanks to a breakthrough ingredient; I caught up with Margaux Knuppe founder of AFARI skincare on her luxury brand:

Margaux Knuppe founder of AFARI skincare

Founder of AFARI skincare collection,Margaux Knuppe

The inspiration behind your brand
As a time-poor, working mum, I was looking for an anti-ageing range that addressed all the major ageing concerns, (fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, enlarged pores, pigmentation and dullness) in as few products as possible. Plus, I wanted to support the local industry and empower women while doing so.

AFARI SKINCARE

Female harvesters in rural Limpopo

In 2014, I was invited on Sean Privett’s Fynbos Trail in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Learning that there are 8000+ species of plants in South Africa, of which 6000 are endemic meant one thing to me: opportunity! How can we only know about the skin repairing properties of Rooibos and Buchu? Surely there had to be another species indigenous to South Africa, with incredible skincare benefits? I was on a mission to find this unknown botanical as I wanted to showcase it to the rest of the world.

AFARI SKINCARE COLLECTION

AFARI Skincare range

Key ingredient Bulbine frutescens – the next big buzzword in beauty?

If the clinical trials and AFARI customer reviews are anything to go by, absolutely! The fact that Bulbine is indigenous to South Africa further spotlights SA as one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. And, in the plant-based, raw ingredient industry, which is so crucial to the skincare industry, this translates as a LOT of opportunity. Now that I have the ingredient, with the clinical results to back it up, as well as the fact that it’s being sustainably farmed by female harvesters who directly benefit from the sales, it’s a matter of showcasing AFARI to the rest of the world.

bulbine frutescens

Four products in your collection-any more in the pipeline

I wanted to create a skincare regime that tackled the signs of ageing in as few products as possible: three steps in the morning (Priming Cleanser, Brightening Elixir, Day Cream SPF30) and three in the evening (Priming Cleanser, Brightening Elixir and Overnight Regenerating Cream). If I were to add another product I’d look at an enzymatic exfoliator and a line-plumping mask.

AFARI SKINCARE

A personal favourite
I’m with the 5-star review rating on this one (and the fact that it has the highest amount of Bulbine in it) ,I’m never without the AFARI Brightening Elixir.

Was there a time during your research you wanted to give up
After two years of trying to source indigenous ingredients that ‘didn’t exist” and being told on countless occasions I was looking for a needle in a haystack, the cosmetic chemist and I decided to rather focus on a luxury anti-ageing range under my name. This wasn’t the first prize for me, but luckily time was on my side – I had a corporate day job and was building AFARI at night.

A few months later I heard from the cosmetic chemist again who had just returned from an annual raws ingredients expo in Paris. He had met a farmer from Limpopo who had just finished clinical trials on a brand new, indigenous raw ingredient called Bulbine frutescens. I think if AFARI hadn’t been my side hustle for so long, I would have given up after a few months or been able to finance this venture without my day job!

harvesters for afari skincare range

Each Afari product sold directly benefits the women harvesting the plants in rural Limpopo, South Africa.As an Afari customer, you keep this circle of upliftment flowing.

You’re empowering a group of women in Limpopo – tell us more

Our key ingredient is Bulbine frutescens sourced from an organic farm in rural Limpopo, where it is sustainably cultivated by female harvesters from the local community. Each AFARI product sold directly benefits these women harvesters, their families and the greater community. As an AFARI customer, you keep this circle of upliftment flowing.

Tell us about the packaging?

Another thing that was important to me was to find airless pumps for the packaging. Even though jars are perceived as premium, oxygen and bacteria get in each time you open the jar which degrades active ingredients. I wanted to ensure the AFARI skincare collection is as effective from the first pump right down to the last pump in the bottle.

I desperately want to use recyclable plastic pump bottles or glass would be first prize. Sadly they don’t make airless pump bottles in glass and recyclable plastic is prohibitively expensive, but as soon as I can produce in volume I can afford to look at more recycle friendly packing options – crazy isn’t it?

Where can one purchase

AFARI is only available online for now shop here and from mid-2020 we’ll be shipping internationally too. I’m headed to the US and UK so hopefully we’ll start seeing AFARI in some international retailers in the not too distant future.

Follow AFARI:

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

WEBSITE

I’ll be doing another post shortlywhere I’ll talk about the AFARI products I’ve used and loved!

Until then, happy Monday…all day!!

Cath

REVIEW: Sun Protection with Eau Thermale Avène

Eau Thermale Avene SPF50 Lotion

Swimming and spending time in the sun means lashings of sun cream, so am always on the lookout for broad spectrum protection, no white streaks, stickiness, eye irritation and harmful ingredients; Eau Thermale Avène Sun products tick those boxes while being mindful with their selection of ingredients for a better biodegradable formula which minimizes a harmful impact on the marine ecosystem.

So many suncreams carry a lot of non biodegradable ingredients that can be ingested by marine organisms and coral which has a detrimental effect on the marine ecosystems; with this in mind, Eau Thermal Avène has introduced a sun care range that not only offers optimal sun protection but also minimise the environmental impact with a project called ‘Skin protect, Ocean respect’ and a pledge of ‘good for you and good for the environment’.

Throughout November and December 2019, with every Eau Thermale Avene sun care product sold R10 was donated towards turtle conservation initiative in KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique region with funds being used for monitoring, tagging, and conservation of nesting females and their hatchlings. R48 300 was raised within that time!

Did you know between November and February every year endangered loggerhead and leatherback turtles go and dig a nest to lay eggs and after a two month incubation period, the turtle hatchlings make their way into the ocean. Out of 1000 hatchlings, only 1 reaches maturity due to external factors like poaching, predators, pollution and human disturbance; how crazy!

Eau Thermale Avene SPF50 Lotion and Spray

I focused on using the lotion and spray Eau Thermal Avène Very High Protection SPF50as they havean antioxidant complex which gives cell protection, a photo stable filter system with a broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection and contains the iconic thermal spring water for soothing and softening properties which limits UV induced skin irritation.

I way prefer using a spray as lotions take more time to rub in; a weekend away with friends where I was the suncream provider and interesting to observe who grabs lotion vs spray. The guys won hands down on only using spray, while the girls opted for lotion or spray. This lotion is slightly thicker than a cream, but is nourishing at the same time. As you can see by the insert below, the spray has a easy turning so no spillage.

Eau Thermale Avene SPF50 Spray

I really enjoyed using these two the last few months as they not only work as a great broad spectrum, but the size is fab with a good price point.

Eau Thermal Avène Very High Protection SPF50 Lotion ZAR299,95 for 250ml and

Eau Thermal Avène Very High Protection SPF50 Spray ZAR295,95 for 200ml

I’ll be chatting about Eau Thermale Avène face Suncream in a different post but more in the Eau Thermale Avène sun care range include Eau Thermale Avène Face Fragrance free cream, Eau Thermale Avène Face Fragrance free fluid, Eau Thermale Avène Anti ageing Sun Care and Eau Thermale Avène Clearance Sunscreen for face all ranging between R239,95 – 299,95

sea turtles

Skin Protect – Ocean Respect
These gentle, effective, eco-friendly formulas and textures with an imperceptible finish carry a promise to protect the skin and respect the ocean. –

  • Minimal, highly tolerated filters

  • No silicones

  • No water-soluble filters

  • Free of controversial filters like octocrylene, octinoxate(cinnamate), oxybenzone and homosalate.

Available at Clicks, Dischem and Dermastore.co.za

PS: I see today is the last day you can buy any three AVENE products at Clicks and get the cheapest for free.

Follow Eau Thermale Avène

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INSTAGRAM

That’s it for today….happy Wednesday all day

Cath

Activated Charcoal: Three beauty products I'm currently using

Olgani mighty cocoa toothpaste, Exuviance Detox mud treatment & Davines The Purity Circle

Activated charcoal has been a beauty buzzword for some time now and while sitting in the sun waiting for my hair mask to work its magic, I realised it wasn’t the only beauty product containing charcoal on my bathroom shelf! So what’s the buzz behind this black miracle ingredient?

Known as the ‘black diamond’, charcoal has been valued for its purification abilities for centuries in ancient China and Egypt. The charcoal becomes ‘activated’ when heated at super high temperatures, resulting in a sponge-like quality which is effective at absorbing toxins from the body, making it a dynamic tool for your skin and hair routine. Activated charcoal chemically adheres other materials to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight.

It keeps breakouts under control as it ticks the box for pore-cleansing, exfoliator, tackling impurities, is antibacterial and, if you have oily or acne prone, skin, a sure winner for unclogging pores and removing excess oils.

For haircare it’ll add some volume and lift flat limp hair whilst removing everyday dirt and grime; your scalp will get some TLC too as the natural ingredient (made from coconut, peat and wood), helps with oiliness, dandruff, itchiness and soothes redness.

So here’s what I thought about the three products I’m currently using containing activated charcoal: Davines The Purity Circle Away from Pollution Hair and Scalp Mask, Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste and Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment

DAVINES THE PURITY CIRCLE AWAY FROM POLLUTION HAIR AND SCALP MASK

DAVINES THE PURITY CIRCLE AWAY FROM POLLUTION HAIR AND SCALP MASK
These masks are a godsend for travelling and I keep a couple for getaway weekends or just to change things up in my hair routine. I generally wash and condition my hair on the weekends when I have more time as it’s thick and takes forever to dry and I stay clear of the hairdryer (my winter must), drying it naturally in the sun; I do like to use other hair tools to add a bit more curl. Sadly my hair rarely looks shiny unless it’s been blowdried straight, like after a blowdry spoil or when hair guru David Gilson has given me incredible colour and a blow dry that leaves my hair sleek, shiny with added bounce! I like this particular mask as it makes my hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Sachets available at Carlton salons and costs ZAR125 which will give you a couple of washes.

OLGANI MIGHTY COCOA TOOTHPASTE

OLGANI MIGHTY COCOA TOOTHPASTE helps get whiter teeth naturally (although perhaps if I cut down on the coffee and tea intake it would help too!) The toothpaste has fluoride-containing cocoa, charcoal, coconut oil and Zantman gum, is locally made from organic farming, and if you swallow some by mistake you’re not going to klip! Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste contains charcoal which can be somewhat daunting as your mouth turns black and it gets kinda messy, so be mindful as you’re brushing; I already see a slight difference in my teeth and if it’s natural and environmentally friendly it gets my stamp of approval. Watch this space for an updated photo!

ZAR125 available from Faithful to Nature shop here

Follow OLGANI

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EXUVIANCE DETOX MUD TREATMENT

EXUVIANCE DETOX MUD TREATMENT formulated to clarify and refine pores by removing excess oil and toxins. I don’t have oily skin but like to use this at least once or twice a month as my skin feels super clean and detoxified and it clears the pores around my nose that sometimes gets a bit bleh. I make hubby use it regularly as he’s prone to oilier skin and as charcoal acts like a magnet, sweeping up surface pore-clogging impurities and environmental toxins its doing a damn fine job. It also contains French clay with a high mineral content which absorbs oil and leaves skin feeling and looking revitalized. A product that suits both of us and I love it!

Available at www.skinmiles.com (It was R874 and now is priced at ZAR699 shop here

Well on that note, I’ll say bye bye and happy Tuesday…all day!!

Cath

Activated Charcoal: Three beauty products I’m currently using

Activated charcoal has been a beauty buzzword for some time now and while sitting in the sun waiting for my hair mask to work its magic, I realised it wasn’t the only beauty product containing charcoal on my bathroom shelf! So what’s the buzz behind this black miracle ingredient?

Known as the ‘black diamond’, charcoal has been valued for its purification abilities for centuries in ancient China and Egypt. The charcoal becomes ‘activated’ when heated at super high temperatures, resulting in a sponge-like quality which is effective at absorbing toxins from the body, making it a dynamic tool for your skin and hair routine. Activated charcoal chemically adheres other materials to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight.

It keeps breakouts under control as it ticks the box for pore-cleansing, exfoliator, tackling impurities, is antibacterial and, if you have oily or acne prone, skin, a sure winner for unclogging pores and removing excess oils.

For haircare it’ll add some volume and lift flat limp hair whilst removing everyday dirt and grime; your scalp will get some TLC too as the natural ingredient (made from coconut, peat and wood), helps with oiliness, dandruff, itchiness and soothes redness.

So here’s what I thought about the three products I’m currently using containing activated charcoal: Davines The Purity Circle Away from Pollution Hair and Scalp Mask, Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste and Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment

DAVINES THE PURITY CIRCLE AWAY FROM POLLUTION HAIR AND SCALP MASK

These masks are a godsend for travelling and I keep a couple for getaway weekends or just to change things up in my hair routine. I generally wash and condition my hair on the weekends when I have more time as it’s thick and takes forever to dry and I stay clear of the hairdryer (my winter must), drying it naturally in the sun; I do like to use other hair tools to add a bit more curl. Sadly my hair rarely looks shiny unless it’s been blowdried straight, like after a blow dry spoil or when hair guru David Gilson has given me incredible colour and a blow dry that leaves my hair sleek, shiny with added bounce! I like this particular mask as it makes my hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Sachets available at Carlton salons and costs ZAR125 which will give you a couple of washes.

OLGANI MIGHTY COCOA TOOTHPASTE helps get whiter teeth naturally (although perhaps if I cut down on the coffee and tea intake it would help too!) The toothpaste has fluoride-containing cocoa, charcoal, coconut oil and Zantman gum, is locally made from organic farming, and if you swallow some by mistake you’re not going to klip! Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste contains charcoal which can be somewhat daunting as your mouth turns black and it gets kinda messy, so be mindful as you’re brushing; I already see a slight difference in my teeth and if it’s natural and environmentally friendly it gets my stamp of approval. Watch this space for an updated photo!

ZAR125 available from Faithful to Nature shop here

Follow OLGANI

Facebook here

Instagram

EXUVIANCE DETOX MUD TREATMENT formulated to clarify and refine pores by removing excess oil and toxins. I don’t have oily skin but like to use this at least once or twice a month as my skin feels super clean and detoxified and it clears the pores around my nose that sometimes gets a bit bleh. I make hubby use it regularly as he’s prone to oilier skin and as charcoal acts like a magnet, sweeping up surface pore-clogging impurities and environmental toxins its doing a damn fine job. It also contains French clay with a high mineral content which absorbs oil and leaves skin feeling and looking revitalized. A product that suits both of us and I love it!

Available at www.skinmiles.com (It was R874 and now is priced at ZAR699 shop here

Well on that note, I’ll say bye bye and happy Tuesday…all day!!

Cath

#OLGANIMIGHTYCOCOATOOTHPASTE #EXUVIANCEDETOXMUDTREATMENT #BEAUTYBUZZWORD #DAVINESTHEPURITYCIRCLEAWAYFROMPOLLUTIONHAI #ACTIVAT4EDCHARCOAL #blackdiamond

REVIEW: Beauty Empties

bioderma. veet, elemis, trevor sorbie, eucerin, sisley

I haven’t done an empties post for a while so thought I’d start the year off chatting about some I’ve used before and other newbies: they include Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask, Cowshed Knackered Cow Bath and Body Oil, Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Shower Cream, Elemis Superfood Facial Wash, Eucerin Sun Lotion Photoaging Control SPF50, Trevor Sorbie Tame & Define Firm Hold Curl Cream and Veet In Shower Hair Removal Cream; here goes:

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask remains a cult favourite offering skin ‘instant youth’ – rich in anti-ageing ingredients that get to work on signs of fatigue by plumping, smoothing and revitalising skin – just what I’ve needed after a whirlwind of socialising over the festive season).
Not only is it fab to leave on overnight while the ingredients work their magic but it’s brilliant for pre or post-flight, as a precaution after sunburn or the night before a big event. It’s rich and light at the same time and when you can’t pop off to the spa, its the next best option! I can’t get enough of the creamy rich rosy smelling mask! Heaven in a bottle!

REPURCHASE: Yes. The price tag is steep (ZAR2094), but you’ll get at least 10-12 applications

Cowshed Knackered Cow Bath and Body

I’ve written about Cowshed products before and they’re still one of my favourite brands. They’ve changed their packaging but this bottle Cowshed Knackered Cow Bath and Body Oil is still the old style, but not past the sell-by date!) – I do love a body oil as my skin is so dry and what can be better than a nourishing delish smelling oil? Yes, they are oily, but if time permits I walk around the house sans clothing to allow the oil to sink in. All Cowshed products are organic and made from essential oils, in this case, lavender and eucalyptus for relaxing and of course smooth and moisturised skin!

REPURCHASE? Yes, I have already ZAR399 shop here

BIODERMA Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Shower Cream for normal to dry sensitive skin

BIODERMA Atoderm Ultra-Nourishing Shower Cream for normal to dry sensitive skin lathers up fantastically and is creamy and moisturising. This size bottle is awesome as it lasts long (I’m still using it), with a pump-action for easy use. It has a dual biological action by boosting the body’s moisture level by stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid and protects the skin thanks to its lipid hold.
✔️It doesn’t sting eyes ✔️Paraben-free
✔️soap-free
✔️hypoallergenic
✔️. Creamy
✔️faint fragrance
✔️suitable for everyone

REPURCHASE? Yes, definitely ZAR362 for 500ml shop here

TREVOR SORBIE Tame & Define Firm Hold Curl Cream

TREVOR SORBIE Tame & Define Firm Hold Curl Cream
I’m a hair product junkie always on the lookout for keeping frizz at bay and how to keep waves/ curls in my hair. Saltwater isn’t the greatest for frizz, yet I’ve been adding this cream after swimming, (they’ve done away with showers at Dalebrook) to the ends of my hair, gently scrunching using my fingers and allowing my hair to dry naturally. I like this cream as it doesn’t dry out my hair, keeping it soft with beachy waves. I repeat the process later in the day if my hair looks a bit ‘verlep’, adding water to reactivate the cream again.

REPURCHASE? Yes and the price tag is good ZAR 115 shop here and as you only use a little, can last a couple of months

ELEMIS Superfood Facial Wash

ELEMIS Superfood Facial Wash
This line came out a year or two ago and I’ve purchased this twice now as I love the ingredients in it as it makes me feel I’m being super healthy inside and out! (Avocado, broccoli, wheatgrass, kale, pumpkin seeds… I mean doesn’t that sound so green and good for you? It’s a gentle gel wash, doesn’t burn my eyes, and in general, makes me feel clean and fresh! I wrote about the ELEMIS Superfood range a while back, read the link here

REPURCHASE/ Yes ZAR595 available www.skinmiles shop here

VEET In Shower Hair Removal Cream

VEET In Shower Hair Removal Cream
I’m a waxer, shaver and creamer! This product I use specifically on my legs; I have light hair so have never bothered about waxing my legs and VEET works well and doesn’t have that crappy overpowering smell. I leave it on for five minutes max and remove with a sponge you get receive when purchasing this particular tube. It leaves my legs feeling soft and not all dry and is so easy peasy to use!

REPURCHASE? Have already – in fact, this is the third tube!

R 95.99 there’s a special on at Clicks with 20% off selected products until 22 Jan, shop here

Eucerin Sun Lotion Photoaging Control SPF50 i

Eucerin Sun Lotion Photoaging Control SPF50 is a great buy as it sinks in quickly, no white streaks, and doesn’t sting eyes (big plus as hubby plays tennis and freaks out when I make him wear suncream – I keep telling him to wear a sweatband, so cream doesn’t run into his eyes, but men…! ) I have been sent several sun creams to test this summer and this one gets a huge 10/10 (I have a specific suncream post going up in a week on suncreams and talking about their ingredients, but as this is a quick synopsis empties post I wanted to mention it as a real winner

REPURCHASE? Yes ZAR249,99 shop here at Dischem

bioderma. veet, elemis, trevor sorbie, eucerin, sisley

So that’s it for this sunshiny Friday….let me know if yo’ve tried any of these and your thoughts? Are you up to anything exciting this weekend?

Take care

Cath