Review: Lancôme Le 8 Hypnôse Serum-Infused Volumising Mascara

By now we should all the importance of mascara it creates an eye-opening effect and make eyes look bigger and brighter instantly. When I am in a rush I always make sure I throw on at least a mascara and a lippie.

The Info: Think of this as the marriage of a mascara and a serum. In fact Lancôme is the first to come up with this amazing concept. Lancôme wanted to address two concerns. Firstly, the difficulty of applying mascara to hardened lashes, as well as the problem of lash loss when removing. Which causes some women to avoid using mascara all together. This serum infusion conditions and strengthen lashes.

The Packaging: Packaging the brand is always a show stopper. The bottle replicates the figure eight which can be associated with infinity as well as the amino acid formulation. The shape also makes it incredibly easy and comfortable to hold during application. Beyond looking like a work of art, the mascara’s packaging is also environmentally-conscious as it is fully made from glass which makes it 100% recyclable.

The brush like the bottle follows the same theme, made out of soft plant fibre bristles, the curved side builds volume while the flat side lifts and sculpts. Start with the curved side and then follow with the flat side. The brush is also nice and thin so it makes it easy to get close to the lashes without making a big mess.

The Formula: It contains eight amino acid, which are tiny molecules that combine like building blocks to form keratin (the protein that makes up the structure of hair and eyelashes). To rebuild and strengthen them.

The second part of the formula is the conditioning black balm that’s wax-free. Which is instead enriched with sustainably sourced shea butter that just as it does to the skin softens and nurtures the hairs. Being wax-free makes the formula more weightless too as well as easy to glide onto the lashes. This formula is easy to remove and suitable for sensitive eyes. The formula itself is not too wet so the mascara dries and sets really quickly without having to worry about smudging.

The Result: Who wouldn’t want a mascara that treats your lashes too. The mascara offers light-weight volume that can be built up but still looks natural. Think tinted lashes but with added volume. It also offered a bit of lift too but best to curl the lashes before application for a better effect I have not done it in the photo as I like to show the product without any tools. The formula is so light weight I actually forgot I was wearing it. However what you don’t get is that false-lash effect, if that’s the kind of volume you’re after then this one isn’t for you.

During the day I did not notice any flaking or smudging which is great news since nobody wants to look like a panda.

When it comes to removal it was hassle free just comes off with some warm water and a cotton pad. I didn’t need to rub it vigorously or use a makeup remover. It is also really good for sensitive eyes as my eyes didn’t sting at all.

The Verdict:

If you are looking for an everyday natural kind of look that will accentuate your lashes then this is for you. My favourite about this product is it is so weightless and easy to remove so really perfect for everyday wear. Also if you wear this daily you will see the long term effects from the lash serum treatment.  It is recommended to be used as a 3 step treatment with the Cils Booster Lash Serum and Cils Booster XL. I will do a review on the Cils Booster Lash next week.

I received this as a PR sample but it is available at Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Boots and Independent Pharmacies for RRP: €37.50

Review: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Light Pearl

By now everyone should be familiar with the famous with the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum which was originally launched in 2009. The Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux Light Pearl is an extension to the range. Described as an eye-brightening and lash serum. Yes you heard correctly it is a lash serum as well as an eye serum so 2 for the price of 1!

The Packaging: The Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl Serum comes in a luxurious glass bottle with a unique teardrop applicator, with a flexible 360° patented stainless-steel cryo-pearl, the -3°C  instant cooling metal applicator is designed to massage the eye area during application. Great for de-puffing tired eyes. I personally found the applicator really soothing and relaxing especially since it is cool even when I keep it on my table on hot days. There Is a specific way to move the wand to massage it depending on your eye concerns. I demonstrate it in my reel below.

The product: Scent wise it has a light and fresh citrus floral scent, the serum has a runny and lightweight texture which makes it easy to spread and easily absorbed. The finish is not sticky or have a filmy residue and it layers well with other products. The fact that the formula is a shimmery light reflecting white colour from the resin micro-beads really adds to the brightening effect on the eyes. The Light-Pearl Serum is formulated with 7 pre-and probiotic fractions specifically chosen probiotics which strengthens the eye contour barrier while smoothing and firming fine lines. Two of the main ingredients are caffeine to reduce puffiness and arginine known to fortify lashes.

The Verdict: Overall, this is a nice lightweight eye serum with some potent depuffing ingredients. It’s great for those that struggle with dull, swollen eye area in the morning. I like to use it twice a day and I find it is hydrating enough that I don’t need to top up with an eye cream. I also noticed my lashes have become a bit thicker and stronger and my fine lines have faded a bit after 7 days of using it. Also great for a nice eye massage.

The Ingredients: Water, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Escin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Caffeine, Polyacrylamide, Chlorphenesin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Chlorella Vulgaris (Green Microalgae) Extract, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dimethiconol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, BIS-PEG/PPG-16/16 PEG/PPG-16/16 Dimethicone, BHT, Laureth-7.

Suitable for sensitive skin, sensitive eyes, and lens wearers.

RRP: €65.50 in Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Boots and independent pharmacies nationwide

Review: Maybelline Superstay Vinyl Ink Liquid Lipstick

Now that masks are a thing of the past and it is officially summer you could imagine my excitement when these landed on my beauty desk. I read the press release and I saw 16 hours of wear I was immediately intrigued and had to put it to the test of course.  

The info: Maybelline Superstay Vinyl Ink Longwear Liquid Lip color (€14.95) is a new long-wearing lipstick that promises 16 hours of wear with a shiny, vinyl-like finish that’s available in 10 shade selections. Vegan formula and cruelty free.

Packaging: Packaging is very sturdy and shows the true colour of the lipstick which is very handy when you can’t or don’t want to swatch these in store. The cap clicks and locks shut so no need to worry about any potential accidental opening and leakages in your handbag. The doe foot applicator makes application really easy. The applicator delivers the appropriate amount of product required.

Formula: It’s not tacky or sticky like some other glosses. It’s smells amazing like something from a candy store. And the pigment is very strong even on the more lighter shades.

Wear: It feels very light weight barely noticed it was on. It is very hydrating from the vitamin E and aloe ingredients. It gives a great amount of natural glossiness. Put it on in the morning was still there in the evening so definitely lasts 16 hours as it claims.

I was gifted 5 out of the 10 shades and you can see the swatches on my lips below.

Highly recommend this as an addition to your makeup collection. You can find them at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.

Review: L’Oréal Elvive Hydra [Hyaluronic Acid] Range

Does your hair feel rough and break easily? If the answer is yes then keep reading…

L'oreal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) product range
L’Oréal Elvive hydra (hyaluronic) product range

The scientist at L’Oréal Paris have come up with a first of it’s kind diagnosis from what it identifies as dehydrated hair.

Introducing the new haircare range from L’Oréal Paris: Hydra Hyaluronic, formulated with Hyaluronic Acid. This game changing range is the first step for tackling dehydrated hair. Formulated by our world-leading haircare scientists with hyaluronic acid for fuller, bouncier and shiner hair with no weigh down.

L'oreal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) product range

Before the day these landed on my beauty desk, I had only known the magical benefits of hyaluronic acid to hydrate my skin and with some research L’Oréal have now managed to merge their number 1 selling serum L’Oréal Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum and adapt it to treat hair. The formulas will help plump the fibre of the hair for hair that looks full, bouncy, shiny and feels weightlessly hydrated for up to 72 hour. L’Oréal says, “it’s not magic, it’s science”.

I have demonstrated in the photo below on the left my hair using my normal hair products and on the right I used the L’Oréal Elvive Hydra [Hyaluronic Acid] Range and you can see my hair on the right is much more shiny, volumised, less frizzy and softer. And this is just after the second time I have used it.

L'oreal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) before and after
L’Oréal elvive hydra (hyaluronic) before and after

The scent is also pretty amazing it is a fruit floral scent that lasts until your next wash. It’s a full range which includes a shampoo, conditioner, mask and serum. Definitely a must try and my favorite has to be the serum since it is a leave in type treatment so it is more concentrated and able to work it’s magic long after your last wash.

I’ve included a few images below of the amazing event I had the opportunity to attend. Thanks L’Oréal for having me.

Your butt deserves SATU Laboratory gel wipe

Have you ever been tempted to use a wet wipe because why is toilet paper made so dry right? But then you see then then you think of how environmentally unfriendly wet wipes are. Well SATU laboratory has made all our dreams come true with their new gel wipes all it takes is 1 pump of this stuff and it will magically transform your toilet paper into an eco-friendly wet wipe!

Additionally when it comes to number two, we all know regular dry toilet paper doesn’t do the job on its own. It leaves too much grime behind and doesn’t give you that clean feeling you need to have a great day. Consider this. Which one of us would use just dry paper to clean grime from hands? But for bottom this is seen as “normal”.

The gel is hygienic but gentle on the skin it contains vitamin E for sensitive skin types and is 88% water.

I had the privilege of testing SATU Laboratory Gel Wipe, and I was instantly converted. Most people go through life accepting that toilet roll is the only toilet paper product to use however no more!

You are probably asking at this point where can I get this too??? Well I have a treat for you SATU have offered me a 20% discount code PBQ20 which can be used on www.satulaboratory.com page in checkout. Shipping is free worldwide

Company Background

The Nordic heritage company, SATU Laboratory, is world-renowned for being at the top of the toilet paper gel game. Their main business goals are providing the most eco-friendly and sustainable hygiene products.

SATU combines the highest quality of ingredients. So far, it is available to buy in 9 other countries. SATU is focused on upholding environmental protection and health. This gel is approved across Europe. Additionally, it is safe for children under 3-years old in the EU.

Review: Burt’s Bees Mango Moisturizing Lip Balm

Ever since this brand landed on SA shores 2 years ago. I have been hooked with every one of my handbags housing a burt’s bees lip balm. Refer to my previous post here where I attended the official launch.

Product Description:

  • One taste of this natural, fruity flavour, and your lips will love you with a passion. The Mango Butter Moisturizing Lip Balm nourishes and smooths for happily hydrated lips. The key ingredients are mango butter and coconut oil.
  • A paradise for your lips. Burt’s Bees Mango Lip Balm is made with Mango Butter, a naturally nourishing balm that smooths dry lips. Hydrate you lips with this tropical twist on moisture.

Fragrance:  Since it is a mango-flavored lip balm, it smells heavenly of mango. However, the fragrance is not at all overpowering at all and fades away after 30 minutes of application.

Texture, Quality and Benefits:  I really love the texture of these balms they are thick, smooth and soft. All ingredients are 100% natural and the products are all cruelty free, it provides a very smooth application in just one stroke The soft buttery texture makes it glide on smoothly without any tugging or pulling on the lips and does not feel heavy or sticky on the lips. It delivers a good level of moisture to the lips and can quickly revive dry chapped lips. The mango butter is the star ingredient which is the ingredient that provides the moisture to the lips. The packaging is a screw up stick so it’s very compact and convenient to use with no hygiene issues where you need to stick your finger in a tub. The only thing which can be a con is the fact that there is no SPF but otherwise I can’t fault this product it is one of the products I consider to be a handbag essential.

Priced from R 75. Available from Dischem and Takealot

Ladies get ready to wear designer as Avon collaborates with internationally-renowned fashion house to offer bespoke fashion products

Ladies get ready to wear designer as I have some exciting news for you! David Tlale a very popular fashion icon on in South Africa has just collaborated with Avon to release and sell 4 iconic key fashion pieces at affordable prices and true to David Tlale quality and african colour and design. Sure to lift and compliment any outfit.

If you have not heard of David Tlale before a brief intro: David Tlale often referred to as the King of Fashion, and South Africa’s Karl Lagerfeld. Renowned for his bold designs, showmanship and penchant for drama. Tlale is a household name in South Africa. In little over 10 years, the talented couturier has gone from a young student — who admittedly didn’t know the first thing about sewing — to one of Africa’s greatest fashion designers. I will let the man speak for himself below:

Discerning Avon customers who have always yearned to adorn themselves with the most coveted designs by David Tlale are in for a treat following the announcement that the world’s fourth biggest beauty company will collaborate with the internationally-acclaimed couturier to launch a selection of items for the fashion-savvy customers.

The announcement of this ground-breaking collaboration was made to the media and celebrities in the fashion industry at a glittering ceremony held in Johannesburg. 

The partnership between Avon and Tlale is the first collaboration of its kind at Avon and in the direct selling business in South Africa. In terms of the partnership, Avon customers will for the first time get an opportunity to directly purchase these sought-after accessories from their Avon Beauty Entrepreneurs or from any of the company’s digital platforms, including the Avon ON app and the Avon Store.

“Avon has a proud and illustrious history of being a company for women that has continuously used the power of beauty to change people’s lives. This partnership with an internationally renowned fashion icon gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our drive to democratize beauty for millions of our customers and to contribute meaningfully to the empowerment of our Beauty Entrepreneurs and the female economy. We are looking forward to continuing to harness our expansive footprint and the power of our brand to make a positive difference in the lives of those we touch,” says Mafahle Mareletse, Managing Director of Avon Justine South Africa.

The items that will be available for purchase in the inaugural collection include a scarf, a tote bag, a sling bag and a pair of sunglasses. Avon’s digital and e-commerce platforms have been enhanced to offer a seamless and pleasant customer experience. By using a digital solution known as Direct Deliveries, customers who opt to purchase online will receive their orders directly from Avon. This platform is available at http://www.avon.co.za

“This pioneering partnership is a trailblazer in Avon South Africa and it represents our ongoing efforts to offer our customers cutting-edge products that meet and exceed their expectations. Through this partnership, we are bridging the fashion divide by facilitating access to a range of chic and trendy accessories that our consumers would not ordinarily have access to. This collaboration with the beloved fashion icon gives us an opportunity to support homegrown talent and also gives expression to our quest to provide premium products to our customers without breaking the bank,” adds Mareletse.

“As a fashion house, the David Tlale brand has always sought to break the mold and associate themselves with institutions that have served as benchmarks in the fashion industry. Our partnership with Avon mirrors our aspirations of taking our brand to the next level by leveraging the ubiquity of the Avon brand and the desirability of our offerings. Avon Justine has a single-minded purpose of empowering women, and it is these values that attracted me to join forces with the company. This is a win-win partnership in which our broader base of customers will ultimately benefit,” says Tlale.

The Avon – David Tlale inaugural collection will be available for direct purchase from March 2020.

The pricing for the collection will be officially accessible to customers and Avon Beauty Entrepreneurs through the Avon brochure and digital platforms.

“We are excited to be partnering with Tlale on this venture and we are looking forward to a new chapter where we will provide our customers unmatched and bespoke offerings that are in line with our brand promise of Stand4Her. At Avon, we are unwavering in our quest to empower our Beauty Entrepreneurs and continuously explore ways of enhancing their earning opportunity. We believe that we will meaningfully augment their ability to bolster their revenue – generating capacity by giving them the opportunity to tap into the fashion-conscious and aspirational youth market,” Mareletse concludes.

This exclusive collection is available to purchase online at http://www.avon.co.za, or through a local Avon Representative from the 01 March. Early access and orders can be done at www.avon.co.za/davidtlale to also get your order delivered for free.

Top feminine hygiene brand gets pHenomenal facelift!

Top feminine hygiene brand gets pHenomenal facelift!

Being a woman in the new millennium is no small feat, and South Africa’s No.1 feminine hygiene brand¹ gets it. For years, GynaGuard has given women the confidence to be the pHenomenal women that they are, with their comprehensive range of pH balancing intimate products.

The GynaGuard brand, marketed by Adcock Ingram Healthcare (Pty) Ltd., is undergoing a revitalisation to stay relevant – in true trendsetter style! This includes a fresh new look for the logo, website and all packaging.  The GynaGuard pHenomenal Women marketing campaign will focus on educating women regarding the importance of feminine hygiene, as well as dispelling the myths and taboos around this topic.

GynaGuard pHenomenal Women L-R – Derusha Naidoo, Tracey-anne Buckley Aggett, Candice Manuel, Mpho Mofokeng & Joy-Nita Whittaker

Considerable thought has gone into the ‘new’ GynaGuard, and the brand communication sends out a strong message to all women of all ages and from all walks of life: “We get what it means to be a woman. We get you. Make GynaGuard a part of your self-care routine. Reintroduce balance with our pH balanced intimate products.”

GynaGuard products are now categorised into three ranges for ease of use: the Comfort Range is your gentle, go-to range for everyday feminine hygiene. It consists of the Essential Intimate Wash, Intimate Cleansing pH Bar, Intimate Comfort Gel and Foam Bath (Fragrance-Free and Lightly Fragranced variants). The Control Range focuses on restoring pH balance and soothing discomfort and irritations, and includes Ultimate Intimate Wash and Vaginal Capsules. The Intimate Range comprises Lubricating Moisturising Gel, specially formulated to enhance natural lubrication, soothe irritation and relieve dryness.

Research has seen the Ultimate Intimate Wash reformulated – now enhanced with a pre- and probiotic formulation for optimal control of pH balance. GynaGuard Essential Intimate Wash and the two Foam Bath products (Fragrance-Free and Lightly Fragranced) now also contain probiotics to help restore healthy vaginal flora.

“Having mastered feminine hygiene, the Adcock Ingram GynaGuard team believes it’s within each and every woman’s reach to be pHenomenal all day, every day,” Garth Maart, Brand Manager: Personal Care, Adcock Ingram says. “It’s all about celebrating femininity and imparting confidence to South African women of all ages, and from all walks of life!”

Visit http://www.gynaguard.co.za to find out more about this pHenomenal brand, which is available from retail stores and leading pharmacies.  Join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram.

Come rain or shine, it’s always sunscreen time!

Come rain or shine, it’s always sunscreen time!

Weather can be deceiving, but sunny or chilly, rainy or overcast, the sun is always sending harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays to the earth.[1],[2],[3] There are two types of UV rays: the UVB rays are responsible for the redness of skin, burning, skin damage, skin spots and ultimately skin cancer.2 UVA rays can damage cell structure and cause ageing, and increase risk of cancer specifically malignant melanoma (a serious form of skin cancer).2

At least 80% of sun-induced skin damage occurs before the age of 18, and only manifests later in life2. It is therefore particularly important that children’s skins are protected with sunscreen throughout the year1.

While people with a fair skin tone (blonde/red hair; light skin; freckles; green/blue eyes) are more at risk for sunburn and skin damage, people of all ethnic groups are at risk of getting skin cancer.  Quality sunscreens are a must for all South Africans, young and old, all year round.1

In the interests of ensuring that your family uses effective sunscreen offering adequate protection, opt for sunscreen endorsed by The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).2 Look for the CANSA Seal of Recognition (CSOR) on your sun protection products. This seal ensures that the brand has complied with strict criteria developed by CANSA in the interest of a SunSmart South Africa.2

It is best to use a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of a minimum of 20 and not higher than 502, and broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays, preventing premature ageing and lowering your risk of skin cancer.2,3

Island Tribe sunscreens are designed to give the user effective protection against both UVA and UVB rays. With a range of products to choose from, users are sure to find the Island Tribe product that’s right for them … one that has been tested by dermatologists, and bears the CANSA seal of recognition.

Visit www.islandtribe.co.za for more information and join the conversations on Facebook and Instagram.

1 Be SunSmart Everywhere. UVA: ultraviolet A; UVB: ultraviolet B CANSA. [cited 2019 Jul 18]. Available from: https://www.cansa.org.za/be-sunsmart/

2 Fact Sheet – Skin Cancer 2010. [cited 2019 Jul 12]. Available from: http://www.cansa.org.za/files/2012/05/SKIN_CANCER_Leaflet-2010.pdf

3 Effects of sun exposure. Familydoctor.org; 2017 Jan 26. [cited 2019 Jul 18]. Available from: https://familydoctor.org/effects-early-sun-exposure/

OXY launches 2019 Face of OXY competition

Mentholatum SA, a health & wellness company and providers of non-prescription pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetics products to consumers, has announced the launch of its 2019 Face of OXY competition.

Held annually, since its launch in 2015, the search is on for two winners (one male and one female) to be crowned this year’s Face of OXY.

“This competition has become an important part of our annual calendar,” says Tarrin Brewin, Head of Marketing, OXY SA. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with and hear directly from consumers, finding out more about them and what they consider important. And it’s a whole lot of fun, with cash prizes and hampers up for grabs and the chance for our winners to raise their own profile across social media.”

Open to all South African citizens, older than 18 years of age and running until midnight 31 July, entrants are requested to post a video on the OXY Facebook page explaining exactly what gives them confidence in their everyday life.

“OXY is focused on helping consumers regain their confidence,” explains Brewin. “One of the biggest impacts that acne or bad skin can have on a person, is a drop in self-confidence. Our goal is to assist by offering consumers a solution to problem skin thereby helping them to regain their confidence, key to living one’s best life.”

Six finalists will be announced on the OXY Facebook page by 7 August, allowing the OXY Facebook page community and public one week to vote for their favourite girl or guy on the voting platform provided. Voting will close on 14 August, with winners announced no later than Monday, 19 August.

For more details, and to enter, visit https://www.facebook.com/oxyRSA