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

REVIEW: Nature Box’s Almond range

German brand Nature Box recently hit our shores  and has been receiving rave reviews for their eco-friendly sustainable products that contain no artificial colours and are silicone and paraben-free. They are all vegan certified and available at affordable prices too. I was delighted to be sent their Almond range to see what all the fuss was about.

Nature Box Almond Range includes: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Shower Gel & Hair Lift Spray

Cold-Pressed Oils

Nature Box has a number of ranges: avocado, apricot, coconut, passion fruit, pomegranate, olive oil, argan oil and almond. They all contain 100% cold-pressed oils. This is considered the best method to extract, as no external heat is applied meaning antioxidants, vitamins, essential nutrients and fatty acids aren’t affected or damaged. The oils are extracted from the nuts, seed and/or fruit without losing quality and thus retaining their effectiveness.

‘Social responsibly is our top priority supporting smaller farmers for a more sustainable cultivation of raw materials .’

Socially Responsible

Nature Box use sustainably produced palm oil from Nigeria. Palm oil production is notoriously bad for the planet, however Nature Box has joined forces with Solidaridad to ensure their palm oil is sustainably harvested. Solidaridad is an international development organisation that supports small farmers in the sustainable cultivation of palm oil in several regions around the world. For their project in Nigeria small farmers are trained and supported in sustainability cultivating palm oil. This enables farmers to increase their productivity and reduce the negative impact on environment. In addition, the farmers receive a certification for their harvest. You can check out more on Nature Box Sustainability projects here

The Almond range includes their Almond Shampoo R119.99, Almond Conditioner, R119.99, Almond Shower Gel R69.99, Almond Body Lotion R93 and Root Lift Spray R99. Almonds are rich in antioxidants, omega fatty acids and magnesium which is necessary to promote hair growth and also helps with shine, frizz, to nourish hair strands, and to prevent inflammation, dandruff and damage from hair styling tools.

Nature Box Almond Range includes: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Shower Gel & Hair Lift Spray

Nature Box Shampoo and Conditioner

I’ve been using these for a couple of months now and I am impressed. I love that the shampoo bottle is the same size as the conditioner so my husband and I can share the bottle. His scalp is sensitive and prone to flakiness and using this on a daily basis has been gentle and left his hair shiny. I have dry hair so only shampoo once a week with lashings of conditioner. They work well on my hair to add moisture and nourishment.

Nature Box Almond Range includes: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Lotion, Shower Gel & Hair Lift Spray

Nature Box Root Lift Spray

I wouldn’t have necessarily gravitated towards the Root Lift Spray as it is aimed at giving volume and, hells teeth, I have enough of that! However, I’ve found that it works remarkably well on restoring my waves. Because I regularly colour and highlight my hair, I have all but lost my curl pattern (except in summertime where the salt water gives my waves back, ha!). I spray this on wet hair and use my hands to scrunch it in, and it dries into natural-looking waves.

Nature Box Shower Gel

I am a huge fan of shower gels as they are just so easy to use. If they lather up nicely and smell good then it’s a big yay from me. Another big bonus is the clear print on the bottles. There have been occasions where I’ve had to climb out of the shower to fetch my glasses, but Nature Box’s bottles are easy-to-read, so there’s no chance of washing myself with conditioner or adding shower gel to my hair..!

Nature Box Body Lotion

I’m always pressed for time my two priorities for a body lotion are it needs to sink in quickly and it needs to smell good. This one ticks both of those boxes.

Would I buy these again?

I love when a range works well, mainly because it looks pretty on my bathroom shelf to have everything matching! I’m impressed by the prices too, especially for the size of the bottles. I’ll definitely be repurchasing, this time the coconut range, suitable for dry hair and skin. And with travel plans still on hold for me I’ll take all the tropical scents I can get!

Happy day

Cath

〈REVIEW〉Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, OPI handcream, Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oils

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Oil, OPI HANDCREAM, NAILS & CUTICLE

THREE LOVE

This month I tried out Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra CushionFoundation, OPIProSpa new Professional Protective Hand, Nail & Cuticle Cream and Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oils. Here’s what I thought:

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation

I’m always on the look out for a foundation that gives me enough coverage, is the perfect shade and super lightweight as I hate the feeling of having something ‘heavy’ on my skin, as if it can’t breathe. That sounds rather melodramatic, but it’s true, so am happy to say Lancôme Teint Idole Cushion Foundation ticks all the boxes.

LANCOME TEINT IDOLE CUSHION FOUNDATION

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation is a lightweight, buildable foundation which feels refreshing and hydrating on application. The compact comes with a puff applicator you press into the foundation; (it has a gauze like material covering the foundation to allow the perfect amount out, sans leakage or spills). My shade is #02, which gives enough colour and if I am wanting a slightly thicker coverage I add more (yip, without that claustrophobic feeling of something covering my skin). It has an SPF50, is oil-free and has a natural matte finish. I seriously love love love!

R499

OPI PRO SPA protective nail, cuticle cream

OPIProSpa Protective Hands, Nails & Cuticle Cream

A few weeks ago I went for a soak off from Gelish and thought how crap is the experience with only a soak off and a lick of oil and that is IT! No cream or massage offered for R80! So a BIG heads up to OPIPro Spa and the latest range where feet and hands can experience some luxury TLC!

Renowned dermatologist Dr Zena Gabriel partnered with the brand to create products aimed at hands and feet using facial care products; after all, our hands and feet take a mighty beating for all their hard work so they’re prone to show signs of aging early on. Ingredients like Cupuaçu Butter, a Brazilian superfruit with 9 essential fatty acids and White Tea Extract, a superstar antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals, moisturise and replenish skin beautifully.

OPI PRO SPA hand nail and cuticle cream

The OPI ProSpa range offers 14 professional product for spa use but perfect to use at home also. The range include OPI ProSpa Protective Hand Serum, Exfoliating Cuticle Cream, Micro-Exfoliating Hand Polish, Moisture Whip Massage Cream, Soothing Soak, Moisture Bonding Ceramide Spray, Nail & Cuticle Oil and Intensive Callus Smoothing Balm.

I was given the Hand, Nail & Cuticle Cream to try out and I love it for its convenient handbag size, is lightweight and leaves no residue and mmm, it has a lovely fresh smell!

Available from salons and spas countrywide.

pictured is Pampering Pink & Purple Serenity (sounds Goth, but actually is a gentle wash of purply colour)

Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oils

How adorable is the packaging? This is a real goodie for moisturising properties thanks to five precious oils: coconut oil (hydration), Avocado oil (rich in Vitamin E), Meadowfoam Oil (to balance natural lip oils for suppleness), Splianthes Acmella Flower extract (to help process collagen for firmer plumper lips) and last but not least Tsubaki Oil, (for overall protection).
I am currently wearing Pampering Pink, a light pink wash of colour that leaves lips feeling soft and moisturised.

elizabeth arden sheer kiss lip oil in pampering pink

R295 a pop

Fragrances〈REVIEW〉Giorgio Beverly Hills Glam, La Perla La Mia Perla, L'Eau D'Issey Summer 2017 by Issey Miyake, Elie Saab Girl of Now & Britney Spears VIP Private Show

L'Eau D'Issey Summer 2017 Issey Miyake, Britney

HEAVENLY SCENT

It’s safe to say that we have seen the last of winter with spring in the air which means it’s time to adjust our scents by putting our spicy, heady or woody fragrances to one side and introduce some lighter and brighter fragrances to complement our off the shoulder tops and sandals. I’ve rounded up 5 must smell scents of the season – take a peek below:

L'Eau D'Issey Summer 2017 Issey Miyake, Britney Spears VIP Private show, elie saab girl of now, giorgio beverley hills giorgioglamla perla la mia perla

giiorgio beverley hills giorgio glam

GIORGIO BEVERLY HILLS GIORGIO GLAM EAU DE PARFUM
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original iconic eighties perfume Giorgio launch, the brand has released Giorgio Glam. Think Californian lifestyle driving a convertible down Rodeo Drive, shopping done and off to drink bubbly with girlfriends. (We could conjure up a local version of a cruise through Camps Bay, rooftop down, heading off for sundowners at Caprice or La Parada del Mar or maybe further along to The Twelve Apostles. Yip, I like that scenario, think Cape Town lifestyle!)

Are you as excited as I am for summer to hit the city? This fresh floral scent reminds me of hot sultry lazy days with top floral notes of magnolia, peony and cyclamen for a heady rush of energy, while lush summer plum, sweet jasmin sambac and violet at the heart adds an extravagant touch, grounded with warm golden labdanum and amber, heliotrope and sandalwood. A sensuous super feminine scent that is long lasting yet lightweight, perfect for the summer season.

50ml EDP R595

100ml EDP R795

Available from selected Edgars, Red Square and Foschini

la perla la mia perla edp

(love this bottle but bleh to shoot – reflections reflections!!)

LA PERLA LA MIA PERLA EAU DE PARFUM
Italian lingerie brand La Perla launched a new fragrance La Mia Perla, which means pearl and is a tribute to femininity, female power and strength. Master Parfumer, Honorine Blanc, chose a circular composition rather than the standard pyramid structure, meaning you’ll experience all the notes on first spray rather than the conventional layering of notes. Belonging to a fragrance family called Solariental, the combination of sparkling mandarin, white pepper, orris, white peony and jasmin sambac, lends a creamy and luminosity feeling and is balanced with sandalwood and Muscenone. The fragrance makes one feel cocooned in a sophisticated and elegant embrace, awakening the senses and a joy for life!

30ml EDP R950

50ml EDP R1250

100ml EDP R1650

Available from selected Edgars, Red Square and Truworths

Issey Miyake l'eau d'issey summer 2017 EDT

L’EAU D’ISSEY SUMMER 2017 BY ISSEY MIYAKE

Every year Issey Miyake launches a limited edition summer fragrance in the same shape bottle, but with different designs and this one is done by topographer, Fabien Baron where the letters are stylized as if dancing on the blue background. The simple design of the bottle reminisce of a drop of water retains a similarity to the original Issey Miyake that launched in 1992. Issey Miyake’s latest edition has zesty pink grapefruit and litchi as the top notes, with passion fruit, fig and aquatic flowers at its heart, trailing down into the base with vanilla and exotic woods. It’s a fresh clean and easy to wear fragrance, great for hot climates as it’s light and just lovely!

100ml Limited Edition EDT R995

Available at Red Square, selected Edgars and Foschini

britney spears vip private show edp

BRITNEY SPEARS VIP PRIVATE SHOW EAU DE PARFUM

“Inspired by a personal intimate feeling of putting on a show , where it’s just you and the audience” says Britney

You certainly get a lively burst of energy on first spray of juicy blood orange, red apple and mango merging with spring flowers like orange blossom, magnolia and violet, enhanced by a sultry harmony of wood amber and musk.

There’s a predominant smell of mango and raspberry, where one whiff transports me back to childhood days of stained fingers from picking copious amounts of blackberries in the neighbourhood. I guess that’s the beauty of fragrances, evoking memories of easy familiarity with your senses! I’d wear this every summer day to remind me of the small pleasures of yesteryear.

30ml EDP R465

50ml EDP R565

100ml EDP R665

Available from selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini and Truworths

elie saab girl of now

ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW EAU DE PARFUM

Citrusy notes of orange blossom combined with patchouli lies at the heart of Elie Saab’s first best selling perfume, Le Parfum. This distinctive floral Girl of Now EDP has added sparkle from mandarin and pear with added almond and pistachio nuts, inspired by Elie Saab’ hometown Lebanon. Orange blossom and magnolia sit at the heart, while Cashmeran, Tonka bean and Almond milk blend together at the base, while patchouli reveals the perfume’s character. I must admit I thought it would be similar to the original as orange blossom plays across both fragrances, but the nutty ingredients add a twist to the seductive blend! I’d wear it as an evening scent, throughout summer and winter. The bottle, inspired by the collections of Elie Saab accessory, is prettily adorned with enamel blue and gold coloured flowers to resemble a jewel.

50ml EDP R1330

90ml EDP R1795

Available Woolworths, Foschini and selected Edgars

giorgio glam, britney spears vip private show, elie saab girl of now, la perla la mia perla, issey miyake summer2017