NO MORE PANDA EYES: The Sensai's Kenabo 38°C Mascara

Kanebo Sensai Mascara 38°C

Kanebo was the mascara to use in the late nineties, as not only did it coat eyelashes brilliantly, but a gentle smudge-resistant formulation made it super easy to remove without leaving one with ‘panda eyes’. As a model in the early days, makeup artists would change our makeup two or three times a day between fashion shows or beauty shots, so our eyes were prone to being sensitive. This mascara was a bonus as it literally slid off your eyelashes with warm water. This was pre-micellar water days, so it really made a difference as it didn’t leave eyes feeling tired or watery even after using makeup remover. Twenty years on and Sensai Kanebo continues to deliver great technology on their mascaras with Sensai Kanebo Mascara 38°C as their latest addition:

So what does the 38°C stand for? Kashimaru silk and Phyto-Squalane formula loosens with makeup remover making it easy to wash the rest off with lukewarm water of 38°C. Water molecules are held together with strong hydrogen bonds so water can absorb huge amounts of heat without increasing in temperature very much, meaning 38°C water temperature is warm and pleasant.

Besides coating lashes without clumping them, I like how the small spiral brush really manages to get to the finer small lashes. I add a second or third coating of mascara for volume and love that it’s a a waterproof mascara; I just watched The Fault In Our Stars again and can vouch that my eyes didn’t land up smudged and panda-like!

sensai kanebo mascara 38

The price is ZAR685 but I’d say well worth it as it is waterproof, comes in either black or brown, gives great volume and lasts for ages!

What mascara do you like to use and why? Have you tried out any of Sensai Kanebo ones? Let me know what you think!

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〈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


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.


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!


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