BEAUTY REVIEW: Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

I received this tube of loveliness a few weeks back and as I am a fan of multitasking products, I wanted to see if Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream delivered as a corrective beauty balm, moisturizer, sunscreen, calms redness and blotchiness and helps eliminate hyperpigmentation. Here’s what I had to say about Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream…

Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream
Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

Mornings are a rushed affair of getting as much done within an hour and a half before heading to town. Yes, I could get up ten minutes earlier, but 5am on a winter morning already feels bleak, and fitting in sun salutations and breathing exercises is a vast improvement in trying to live my life! (Thank you to my son, who gently reminds me to ‘keep going mama’). When it comes to beauty, I like to keep it simple and uncomplicated, yet I started a double cleanse ritual whilst in Bali and changed my way of thinking after noticing a remarkable improvement in my skin!) but that’s another blog on the horizon, as it’s back to Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC cream in hand!

Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

Innovative encapsulation technology (regulating stability, delivery, and effectiveness of formulations), preserves the pigments within the microbeads until they are applied. Coming into contact with the skin, the micro-capsules melt, releasing a blend of pigments and iridescent particles to illuminate the complexion. These pigments deliver a ‘rosy glow’ effect that adjusts to all skin colours. I particularly like that it evens out my skin tone and doesn’t look dull and lacklustre. On that note, did you know a dull complexion is a universal concern?

Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream
Filorga Oxygen-Glow CC Cream

“Studies show ‘A lacklustre complexion is also known as a bland, ashy, dull, muddy, or tired complexion. In all cases, a dull complexion lacks visible radiance, is uneven, and is generally associated with poor overall health. Worldwide, it’s considered one of the most common beauty concerns for many women affecting one out of every two women‘.

Filorga Oxygen- GLow CC cream is infused with arabinogalactan-rich plant extract (found in nasturtiums) and optimizes oxygen transport within the cells increasing collagen production, boosting and revitalizing skin quality.

Hyaluronic acid maintains optimal hydration levels to plum and rehydrates skin in the deep layers.

L-Enzyme is a powerful antioxidant crucial for cell life and helps detoxify cells which helps to give a radiant complexion.

RSP: 590 for 40 ml and is avialbe onnline at:

www.skinmiles.co.za

www.justskinclinic.co.za

www.absoluteskin.co.za

www.shopfomo.com

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried this newbie out.

Happy Sunday eve

Cath

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!!!

Cath

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

Cath

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

Cath

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 OIL TO MILK 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.

SOLAL OIL TO MILK CLLLEAANSER INGREDIENTS

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

Cath

BEAUTY REVIEW: SKIN CREAMERY THE BALM

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!!

R325 

available online 

https://www.skincreamery.co.za/

BEAUTY REVIEW: BIO OIL LOTION

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

Cath

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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!!

Cath

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:
www.skinmiles.co.za
www.absoluteskin.co.za
www.justskinclinic.co.za


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

Cath