FRAGRANCE FILE: ELIZABETH ARDEN Green Tea Pomegranate

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pomegranate fragrance

Elizabeth Arden’s new addition to their Green Tea fragrance collection is described as vibrant and sparkling and indeed, on first whiff you’re enveloped in a heady fresh floral and fruity space…

Inspired by the multi faceted sweet pomegranate intermingled with Vert de Bergamot to awaken the senses, with violet leaves, Earl Grey Tea Accord and magnolia at the heart, finishing with white moss, raspberry bloom and musk.

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pomegranate fragrance

“The pomegranate fruit tastes and smells as beautiful as it looks. In creating this fragrance, I set out to capture the same sparkling jewel tonalities—each seed bursting with a new sense of vibrancy, color and bliss.” – Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vice President Perfumery, Givaudan

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pomegranate fragrance

A bouquet of blooming lovelies that is fresh, new and sure to put a spring in your step!

ELIZABETH ARDEN GREEN TEA POMEGRANATE EDT 5o or 100ml

Available at Edgars, Woolworths

ZAR460 for 100ml

REVIEW: AVON Anew Platinum Skincare Range for Mature Skin

AVON ANEW PLATINUM SKINCARE RANGE

AVON ANEW Platinum Skincare range is targeted at mature skin, so naturally I was excited to put them to the test,(anything to help this gal look a little chipper!) Admittedly I loathe the word ‘mature’, preferring ‘in full bloom’ or ‘in her prime’; having said that I googled some lovely characteristics on being mature (read here) and owning the ‘mature’ word (in a mature way!) I am digressing, so back to ANEW Platinum Skincare Range which I tell you, is sublime!

AVON ANEW PLATINUM SKINCARE RANGE

You know I love a serum which should go hand in hand with a moisturiser, so wondered about one not being included in the range; however on further investigation,there is onewhich contains all the same ingredients, but ANEW Platinum Day & Night Creams are infused with a serum so it’s not compulsory to add, (but the prices of the range are so damn good I’d throw it in to the mix anyway!)

AVON ANEW PLATINUM SKINCARE RANGE

ANEW Platinum Day SPF25 and ANEW Platinum Night cream are easily recognisable with the day cream tub in a lighter shade to the night cream; (sound like I’m being super literal, but seriously, too many times I’m reaching for my glasses to scrutinise writing on bottles and if you like me can never find a pair of readers when one needs…! So, I like things to be clean, simple and straight forward and the ANEW packaging looks uber stylish and expensive, with the unbelievably affordable price tags of R339 for the day cream and night cream and R229 for the Eye and Lip Cream!

ANEW PLATINUM DAY CREAM SPF25

ANEW Platinum Day Define and Contour Cream SPF25

Paxillium technology is designed to restore youthful cell shape, boost collagen to firm, lift and strengthen the skin. The cream is deliciously sensual, sinking into my skin without feeling oily or sticky. Besides the Paxillium Technology, Radiescent microspheres counteract dullness, restoring radiance; and yay for an SPF25 protection too! ZAR339

AVON ANEW PLATINUM NIGHT CREAM

ANEW Platinum Night Define and Contour Cream

My skin can take gallons of moisturisers without breaking out so I love this super rich unscented night cream. As we age we lose collagen and elastin so just think, whilst drifting off to lalaland, the cream will work overnight at restoring some youthful definition! This doesn’t mean one wakes up wrinkle free, but I can feel and see a remarkable difference in the quality of my skin on my face and neck area. ZAR339

AVON ANEW PLATINUM EYE AND LIP CREAM

ANEW Platinum Eye And Lip Cream nourishes the sensitive eye area which shows the first signs of ageing. A nifty little applicator comes alongside the cream, but I prefer to use my finger to tap the unscented cream gently around the eye and lip area. A big heads up is the unscented cream doesn’t make my eyes feel sensitive and watery.

ZAR229.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed testing out the range which can be found on AVON’s newly launched website; shop here

The stormy weather is here for another day or two in Cape Town, so if you live in the area, keep warm and

happy Tuesday!

CATH

REVIEW: Elancyl Energizing Foaming Scrub

As an avid magazine reader and newbie model in the late eighties, an Elancyl advert showing a model with toned gorgeous legs stuck clearly in my mind as the cellulite body care range to use. I laugh now at how simple life was before motherhood, age and a crazy lifestyle and cellulite came into being! Make no mistake, I would still love the body sans cellulite from back then, but my values have changed over the years where having a perfect body in my modelling days is not as important. However, I still love exfoliating for a soft smooth skin and Elancyl Energizing Foaming Scrub does just that.

ELANCYL ENERGIZING FOAMING SCRUB

Elancyl has been the anti-cellulite expert since 1971 introducing a Caffeine Complex in 1978. If drinking coffee was the answer to a damn fine silhouette, I’d be a happy camper, but sadly no, yet applying caffeine topically shrinks fat cells temporarily to create a smoother look.

ELANCYL ENERGIZING FOAMING SCRUB

So here we are in 2019 with an energising foaming scrub to exfoliate and prepare the skin for anti-cellulite treatments, or for a general good rub-a-dub-scrub! I loved using my Elancyl Slim Massage Anti-Cellulite gadget I bought years ago, vigorously rubbing over my skin to get the circulation going; it really worked better than the current loofahs I use – perhaps it’s time to replace it again as I see the price point isn’t too shabby plus a gel R495 at Dischem shop here

ELANCYL ENERGIZING FOAMING SCRUB

Elancyl Energizing Foaming Scrub contains exfoliating particles made from apricot kernel powder, ivy for improving elasticity and firmness and salacia, an extract from the root of a small shrub, to curb the thickening of connective tissues for skin to look and feel smoother, firmer and redefined.

So what’s the verdict on Elancyl Energizing Foaming Scrub?

The scrub’s granules slough off dead skin cells giving me soft smooth skin and works as a great pre-moisturiser step; as for my cellulite concerns? I’m off to order my Elancyl Slim Massage Anti-Cellulite gadget now as swimming season is only four months away and it won’t hurt to start stimulating the body’s circulation and while I’m at it, I’ll grab another coffee!

Available at Dischem for R155 for 150ml, shop here

That’s it for another week – can you believe it is Friday already? Happy Day!

Cath

REVIEW: Nivea Hyaluron Cellular Filler

Nivea Hyaluron Cellular Filler

Dry skin, age spots, uneven skin tone and firmness are four niggling skin concerns I share with many of my friends who are in the same age bracket, so when NIVEA’s premium advanced anti-age range landed on my desk, you can imagine my delight! The range includes NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-spot Treatment Serum, Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir, Day Cream SPF15 and a Night Cream. Here’s what I thought…

The NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity range contains a powerful combination of Hyaluron, Collagen and Elastin to tackle tell-tale signs of ageing like loss of firmness, deep wrinkles and dark marks. The reality of growing older means skin deteriorates faster with a decline in three specific things:

1.Hyaluronic acid (needed to enhance moisture content, revitalise skin’s outer surface layers for smooth and radiantly hydrated skin)

2. Collagen production (an essential protein that provides elasticity, as one of its benefits is its ability to promote vibrant glowing skin)

3. Elastin (a protein found in connective tissue responsible for giving structure to skin and organs. It works together with collagen to keep connective tissues to hold their shape)

Scientific results show that after continued use of NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity, there was a 20% increase in collagen production, Hyaluron levels increased by almost 30% and skin’s elastin increased by a whopping 64%!

I loved all four, but the star of the show is NIVEA Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir, heaven indeed!

NIVEA Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir

NIVEA Bi-Phase Nourishing Oil Elixir

Before use, one gives the glass bottle a gentle shake so that the elixir enriched with a Triple Oil Complex and a water phase combines before applying one or two drops to your face and neck area. It’s non-greasy, sinks in easily and leaves my skin feeling incredibly hydrated, smooth and firm. I Absolutely love the Elixir and would buy it again and again and hello, the price point is great too! (R325)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-Spot Treatment Serum

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Anti-Spot Treatment Serum

At first, I thought ‘anti-spot’ meant helping with problematic skin as in pimples but the treatment serum addresses age spots specifically. With the help of the three-star ingredients to stimulate skin cells to produce their own Hyaluron, Collagen and Elastin plus a highly effective melanin inhibitor developed to slow down the production of melanin which reduces the appearance of existing age spots and dark marks. I have been using two pumps both morning and night before applying the day/night creams and have already seen great results with the age spots on my hands! Results say with regular use, after three months they’ll be even more visibly reduced, so watch this space! (R289,99)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Day Cream SPF15

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Day Cream SPF15 helps prevent photo ageing, dark spots, cell damage and boosts firming; (thanks to the cell-activating formula of Hyaluron, collagen and elastin booster that stimulates the skins synthesis process), it is super nourishing and hydrating and the slight iridescent sheen adds a radiant glow. The SPF15+ protects against UVA and UVB rays; I find day creams that automatically include an SPF is a bonus as you’re halfway there (it is recommended to pop an added SPF over your day cream if spending time outdoors). (R269,99)

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Night Cream

NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity Night Cream tackles the tell-tale signs of ageing in mature skin while encouraging skin renewal throughout the night (thanks to the cell-activating formula) plus shea butter which is high in fatty acids and vitamins, great for firming and soothing. (R269,99)

Would I recommend NIVEA Hyaluron Cellular Filler Elasticity range and use again? Absolutely! They are all currently available at Clicks. Shop here

Have an awesome Friday up ahead and happy day!

Cath

REVIEW: Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Intense Therapy

I know the drill, fewer highlights, less swimming in salt water and zero use of hot irons would be the answer to manageable hair, but for heavens sake, a girl’s gotta have her fun so I’m constantly on the lookout for ideal hair products for dry and frizzy hair; yay for the Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex range that landed on my desk late last year and here’s what I thought:

Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Hair Repair Shampoo

Schwarzkopf Gliss IntenseTherapy With OmegaPlex has a unique bonding technology that helps severely damaged hair. Because of its groundbreaking formula, it goes right to the root (mind the pun) of the problem by repairing the bonds of the hair from deep within. The Omegaplex formula helps to reconstruct damaged hair, reviving it for stronger hair to withstand the elements and future damage from blow drying and styling. Gliss products are formulated to penetrate up to 10 layers of your hair fibre and refill lost keratin. The technology is super smart in detecting even the most minute damage, reinforcing exactly how much keratin needs to be repleniished.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Hair Repair Conditioner

It’s an easy enough range to use and I used the Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex Conditioner with the Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex Shampoo after every wash. I upped using the Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex Bonding Seal Mask to twice weekly as I swim a lot and the salt water makes my already coloured hair matted after a swim and it feels hideous until I’ve combed the mask through which also helps with the frizz factor. I leave the mask on for a couple of hours while I get on with other things and rinse out later.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy Hair Repair Masque

If you are wanting intense hydration, volume, colour protection and less frizz I’d say this is a goodie (and price point not too shabby!) Will I use this range again? Most definitely- I only wish the conditioner bottle was way bigger than the shampoo as I like to use the same brand and find I generally use the conditioner up before the shampoo has finished!

Available at leading retailers including Checkers, Pick n Pay, Dischem and Clicks
Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex Shampoo ZAR52,99 for 250ml and ZAR69,99 for 400ml
Schwarzkopf Gliss IntenseTherapy With OmegaPlex Conditioner ZAR52,99 for 200ml and 69,99 for 400ml
Schwarzkopf Gliss Intense Therapy With OmegaPlex Bonding Seal Mask ZAR89,99 for 300ml
That’s it for Monday – I hope it’s a damn fine week up ahead!
Cath

NUXE  Merveillance Expert Eye Contour & Bioderma Restorative Lip Balm: REVIEW

NUXE Lifting Eye Cream Merveillance Expert & Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm

Eyes and lips always need extra TLC at this time of year and these two tubes came to the rescue for moisture and nourishment; here’s my take on NUXE Merveillance Expert Eye Contour and Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm:

NUXE Merveillance Expert Eye Contour

Summer means time spent outdoors enjoying a beach life and staying up later as the evenings are gorgeously warm and sultry; come morning and I can see tell-tale signs of fatigue aka dark rings around my eyes from staying up later than intended. Caffeine does the job in keeping my energy levels going (I know we’re living on the edge, lol), and as it is one of the ingredients found in NUXE Merveillance Expert Eye Contour it must be good right?

NUXE Lifting Eye Cream Merveillance Expert & Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm

Ingredients like caffeine reduces dark circles and puffiness, while Oléoactif®, an extract from silk tree bark and day lily, target the proteins in the skin (vimentin, elastin and collagen) which help with visible lines and loss of firmness. So yay, this eye cream gets my stamp of approval in helping with toning and firming and the lightweight consistency sinks in easily and doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes.

NUXE Merveillance Expert Eye Contour

ZAR 425 shop here

Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm

I’m a huge fan of French brand, Bioderma with Bioderma Sensibio Micellaire H2O my number one makeup remover! The Atoderm range is for dry to very dry skin, so again, as it’s summer my skin needs all the moisture it can get.

Containing avocado and shea butter for moisture Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm is also fragrance and paraben free. (Sometimes I think the more I put on my lips the more product I am needing, but we’ll address this at another stage).

Bioderma Atoderm Restorative Lip Balm

ZAR 139,95 shop here

I’m feeling lip savvy and ready for the weekend! What are you guys up to?

Cath

A fabulous eye mask for sparkling eyes: SENSAI Cellular Performance Revitalising Eye Pads

Sensai Extra Intensive 10 Minute Revitalising Pads

I’ve been waking up really early lately to get through a to-do list that never seems to get any shorter (is it possible Christmas is here in less than a month?), so it’s no wonder I’m feeling somewhat frazzled, but delighted Sensai Extra Intensive 10 Minute Revitalising Pads were next on my list to try out.After one application I’m already feeling (looking?) way chirpier and ready for the festive season! Here’s why I’d add these to my Christmas wish list!

Sensai Extra Intensive 10 Minute Revitalising Pads

The cornerstone of the Sensai skincare range is Koishimaru silk which has the unique ability in helping to produce hyaluronic acid; combined with Advanced CPX Vital Extract and Advanced Energy Technology which energise and addresses anti-ageing skin concerns. Sensai incorporates a skincare ritual called Saho, (inspired by the Saho code of etiquette for the Japanese tea ceremony) done in a three step process designed to be practised the same way, every day. By repeating this calming and thoughtful method, one can achieve silky optimum skin.

Sensai Extra Intensive 10 Minute Revitalising Pads

The two in a pack pads are saturated in lovely hydrating ingredients to refresh eyes!

These Sensai Extra Intensive 10 Minute Revitalising Pads are absolutely wonderful to pop onto eyes after cleansing and an excuse to lie down for ten minutes, allowing the hydrating ingredients to sink in. They feel dewy, fresh and super revitalising and I’ve been wiping the excess over my entire face and mouth area too! I think they are perfect before a night out or special occasion; an expensive little treat but oh, so worth putting on your Christmas list!

Sensai Extra Intensive 10 Minute Revitalising Pads

(box contains ten packs of two pads) ZAR1960

That’s it for this Wednesday. Watch this space for more Christmas ideas both budget friendly and treat worthy!

Cath

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

THREE LOVE

This month I tried out Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, 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.

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

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.

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.

R295 a pop

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Fragrances〈REVIEW〉Giorgio Beverly Hills Glam, La Perla La Mia Perla, L’Eau D’Issey Summer 20

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:

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

(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

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 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 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

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