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Review: Style secret root concealer



Our hair might look like we just got up from our colorists’ chairs, but in reality it’s been months since we’ve made a salon appointment. If we could, we would hit up our salon every four to eight weeks to get our roots done, but life happens and inevitably, so does unwanted regrowth.

Luckily, Style secret know our struggle, and have gifted us with a way to stretch out our salon appointments in the form of root concealers. Whether you want to hide those pesky grays, or you can’t squeeze in a color appointment in the foreseeable near future, this spray makes faking a fresh, glossy hair shade almost effortless.

Extend the life of your hair colour treatments with Style Secret – an innovative solution for grey root regrowth which occurs between salon visits. Dries within minutes and washes out easily.

Style Secret is an easy-to-use spray that effectively covers up regrowth, keeping your hair looking and feeling great. Simply spray along partings or areas where grey regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry and touch up when necessary. Great for travel.

Style Secret contains no chemicals or peroxides – so there is no damage to the hair as it contains silicone that coats the hair follicle with pigment which comes off when hair is washed.

Directions: Wash and style hair. Holding can 10 to 20cm away from the hair, apply to partings or other areas where root regrowth is obvious. Allow to dry for a few minutes.

Price: R290

Available in the following shades:

  • Light blond
  • Dark blond
  • Auburn
  • Light brown
  • Dark brown
  • Black

Available from selected salons and online from For further information Lisa on 083 415 6055 or Bronwyn 082 853 9490 or Heather on 082 925 1946 or

Review: Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct EDP


The background

First Instinct for Women is a playful and alluring combination of Sun-Kissed Magnolia, Wild Orange Flower and Warm Amber. It is captivating and distinctive, blended for the woman who follows her First Instinct.

The bottle

The bottle is quite an interesting one… developed by Fabrice Legros who wanted to combine masculinity with femininity.  The bottle is rectangular (masculine) in shape yet is then rounded off to give it a softer, more feminine feel.

The light pink juice inside the glass bottle combined with the metal cap. The Abercrombie & Fitch stamped metal plaque is probably my favorite feature of the perfume as it gives it a unique timeless elegance.


The scent

This is part of the Floriental Woody family. It smells very different from anything I have in my collection. It is a light and easy to wear everyday kind of fragrance.The fragrance greets you with a playful sophistication of sparking bright blend of magnolia, grapefruit zest and passion fruit. A hearty alluring femininie floralcy of the butterfly orchid fragrance blended with exotic water lily an wild orange flower. The warm sensual base of amber contrasted with creamy Tonka gives it an addictive musky odour. It smells sweet, captivating and feminine.

Review: Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau

The soft turquoise juice of Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau housed in the most beautiful star shaped crystal bottle was inspired by a summer garden, “an allegory of a poetic walk in the summertime through a garden of citrus trees and fresh roses,” confides Sonia Constant, who created the fragrance. This exquisite, meandering olfactory stroll begins with fruity accents: mandarin leaf, and the aquatic-sweet notes of white peach and exotic lychee. In the middle notes, a voluptuous bouquet of roses.

Fragrance Lady Emblem L’Eau Eau de Toilette for Women by Mont Blanc belongs to the floral fruity fragrance and supplementary to the lines Lady Emblem.

The family history of this scent stems from the original Lady Emblem which was created in 2015 and heralded as a sophisticated scent filled with notes of sweetened rose flower, raspberries, red currant and marmalade. A follow up edition, Lady Emblem Elixir, was a big, floral event. Now we are introduced to the sweet little sister, Lady Emblem L’Eau, a light, soft and sensual edition for Spring/Summer. Actually my favourite of the family.






Review: Mademoiselle Rochas…My Frenchic


Who is Mademoiselle Rochas? A bubbly young Parisian, active and cheerful, fresh and “typically French.” Inspired by two beautiful fragrances, Femme and Madame, Mademoiselle Rochas has her own personality. She retains their French elegance but is also able to make her own choices, totally living in the present.

Curious and bold, playful and optimistic, she loves the new hip places in the City of Lights. Shopping, popping into a gallery, sipping a coffee on a terrace or arranging a romantic dinner overlooking the roof-tops of Paris… A city girl through and through, she embodies fashion without realizing it. When she has a few hours’ spare, she treats herself to a walk in ballet pumps between Rue Saint-Honoré, Saint Germain des Prés or along the Canal Saint Martin, striding across the bridges and through the gardens of the capital. In the evening, she changes her flat shoes for stilettos, applies a nice bright red lipstick and delicately perfumes herself. Now she is ready for a drink with friends in a bar, trendy or not, she doesn’t care, as long as she is surrounded by friends. She radiates happiness and charms her audience with her spontaneity. She loves playing with the rules of seduction, what’s wrong with having fun?

Hedonistic, she fully enjoys these precious moments and is thankful for Instagram and Snapchat that allow her to share them. Cheerful and outgoing, she knows that it is essential to share her new discoveries and surround herself with laughter and friendship.

It’s for all these reasons that Mademoiselle Rochas has this natural Frenchic that others envy.


The Frenchic trail: 

Perfumer Anne Flipo, who created the Eau de Parfum Mademoiselle Rochas, wanted to reflect the playfulness and impertinence of today’s young Parisian woman. Drawing her inspiration from the exceptional materials emblematic of Maison Rochas, Anne Flipo has delicately composed, note by note, a seductive fragrance. Created for an energetic and liberated woman, in love with life and beauty.

Note wise we are looking at:

A fruity playful fresh start, the tangy sparkle of the red fruit accord (red and black currant, blackberry) awakens the senses as a reminder of a carefree childhood. The crisp ivy of a French garden enhances it while creating contrast. Both fruity green and slightly caramelized red, the toffee apple accord is terribly addictive.

At the heart of the fragrance, an explosion of flowers, handfuls of distilled rose petals from the exclusive Rochas fields, a profusion of wonderful Egyptian jasmine, a violet accord floating in the air… It is the essence of elegance, romance and femininity. The expression of magnetic seduction à la française.

The base notes highlight the character and stability of this subtle composition: creamy and chic sandalwood, soft and comfortable ambergris accord and wispy and white Chantilly musks evoke the sexy lace so dear to the heart of Monsieur Rochas. A fragrance like a second skin…

The spirit of style:

The bottle has been shaped into a simple and perfect circle of glass, evoking the roundness and softness of femininity. The slightly pink juice reflects the floral and gourmand character of the fragrance, giving you the irresistible need to try it.

With a definitive haute couture feel, the silk ribbon pinstripe motif, iconic of Rochas and a seal for connoisseurs (it is sewn into the lining of all Rochas coats), is beautifully reinterpreted here: around the edge of the bottle, on the neck of the silver cap and on the background of the label, but mostly thanks to the textured cloth which wraps and delicately decorates the neck of the silver cap.

The box is stylish with its embossed material, which gives it a textured finish. Its pastel pink recalls the colour of the juice. With a timeless and refined design, its black outline perfectly matches the precisely spaced capital letters of Mademoiselle Rochas.

The charm of the Parisian woman:

Actress Noémie Schmidt was chosen to embody Frenchic: she perfectly represents the freshness, spontaneity and elegance of Mademoiselle Rochas.

In the commercial, the young woman has a date with her lover on the terrace of a Parisian cafe. Mischievous and carefree, she takes her time and lingers in the bath, before realizing that she is late (Parisian women always are). She puts on her dress, takes her stilettos and runs barefoot along the banks of the Ile Saint Louis, crossing the street in front of an amazed car driver, to finally meet her lover with a natural and relaxed smile on her face.

Her lover then hands her a large box decorated with a ribbon bearing the Maison Rochas logo. What a lovely surprise: it’s an adorable puppy!

Taken from the commercial, the visual shows Noémie Schmidt sitting with her friends in a chic and casual outfit. Shown from behind, wearing a pretty white dress with spaghetti straps, her elegant bun showing off her neck, she turns towards us, looking happy and charming.

No doubt she has Frenchic!

Maison Rochas, a true French fragrance heritage:

Marcel Rochas created his fashion house back in 1925, at the age of 23. Whether it was tennis or black and white sheath dresses, Chantilly lace bodices or outfits with broad shoulders and narrow hips, women soon snapped up his Parisian creations, both feminine and incredibly modern.

In 1943, to pay tribute to his third wife — and new muse — Hélène, he asked master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska to compose a fragrance of absolute femininity: the floral-chypre Femme.

After the death of Marcel Rochas in 1955, Hélène teamed up with Guy Robert to create Madame Rochas. Launched in 1960, it represents the independent, modern woman through a composition based on captivating white flowers.

Then followed L’Eau de Rochas in 1970, a new fresh Eau de Cologne that soon became iconic too. Then came Eau de Rochas Homme in 1993, then a new women’s fragrance, Tocade in 1994, and Rochas Man in 1999.


Anything straight out of Paris (Parisian) is sure to impress. Definitely give this great summer scent a sniff!



Winter can be tough on your body and your mind.With low temperatures and a drop in humidity levels, the winter weather can strip your skin of essential moisture, leaving it feeling flaky and looking grey and dull. Your skin needs extra TLC after winter, most effectively in the form of intense moisturisation. That means it’s really important to layer up with essential ingredients to hydrate and restore your skin, so you can look and feel your best as you head into the warmer months.

With the VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Lotions and Creams range you can keep your healthy glow, all year round. Infused with micro-droplets of VASELINE® BLUESEAL petroleum jelly to penetrate deeply into your skin to smooth away roughness, while locking in much-needed moisture.


Start restoring your dry skin right from the first application with VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Dry Skin Repair. Clinically Proven to restore dry skin for 3X longer*, it’s the perfect moisturiser to lock in moisture and keep your skin soft and supple.* Than a leading competitor. Based on a 4 week treatment clinical study. © Unilever 2013. This is my fave out of the range and probably the most heavy duty out of the lot


Cocoa butter is known as a great emollient to soothe, soften and hydrate. VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Glow contains 100% pure cocoa butter to help restore dry and dull-looking skin and reveal your skin’s natural glow. Smells delish.


Clinically proven to repair very dry skin in 5 days**, VASELINE® Advanced Repair contains a specially designed blend of glycerin, to draw moisture into all layers of the skin. It is available in lightly fragranced and fragrance free variants.

** Based on a 4-week treatment clinical study. © Unilever 2013.



Winter is over, so there’s less time for winter blues and more time for summer fun. If there’s one tip that will go a long way in ensuring healthy skin… moisture is it! The ingredients used in the range of VASELINE® Intensive Care™ Lotions and Creams both replenish and protect your skin, keeping it healthy, happy and hydrated all year round.


Speaking of moisture… water is the best way to ensure your body is healthy, both inside and out. It will hydrate your skin plus help your body to flush out nasty toxins. Not only will your skin look soft and supple, but will feel that way too. Shake things up a bit by adding cherries, strawberries, mint, lemon or orange slices to a jug of ice cold water for some delicious sipping and an added punch of Vitamin C.


If you want beautiful healthy skin and a positive mindset to curb the after-effect of winter, then exercise is the answer. Regular physical activity gets the heart pumping which releases happy hormones for our mood, and increases our blood circulation to help carry much-needed nutrients to the skin’s surface. The result… glowing skin and a happy you!


The pigments that protect your skin from UV light are less active after months of coverage during winter. So, take it easy and let your skin acclimatize to warmer weather conditions by wearing a powerful sunblock that protects against the harsh UV rays. A wide brim hat and polaroid sunglasses will help too.



The careful creamer…

You love the thick, rich feeling of a cream and will take your time to let it really sink into all the areas you know need extra attention. Your moisturising time is sacred and you love knowing you are giving your body the best care you can, no matter the season.

The lotion dabbler…

You love the different scents of VASELINE® Intensive Care™ lotions and like to change your variant with the seasons or depending on your skin care needs. You make time to moisturise because you know it is important and you love the fast-absorbing, non-greasy feel of VASELINE® lotions and the way they keep your skin feeling restored all day long.

The snappy sprayer…

VASELINE® Spray Moisturisers are the ideal solution for a woman like you, constantly on the move with little time to moisturise. You can’t get over how quick and easy it is to apply Vaseline Spray and how it moisturises in seconds, leaving your skin looking and feeling healthy straight away.



Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Lotions –

200 ml: R24,99

400 ml: R49,99

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Creams –

350 ml: R37,99

500 ml: R49,99



I have always been quite self-conscious about my teeth they are quite stained as I drink a lot of coffee and tea and I have tried my fair share of whitening tooth pastes with little luck. So when this arrived on my doorstep I wasn’t expecting much really.

Just a bit about the brand as it is new to SA and I don’t think many people know about it. Elgydium is a brand originating from France which celebrities are actually known to buy by the case load in boutique French pharmacies.

The magic ingredient that sets Elgydium apart is “Micro-Pulverized Sodium Bicarbonate.” This is 5 times smaller than standard sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda), this soft crystalline substance dissolves readily into even the tiniest fissures of enamel. As the smaller-sized sodium bicarbonate particles infiltrate the crevices of each tooth, they break up stains from coffee, tea, and smoking. Not only does it gently polish teeth with mild abrasive potential, but it also kills on contact all motile microorganisms associated with periodontal infections. Additionally, sodium bicarbonate neutralizes and detoxifies the bacterial acids that form in plaques, or bacterial biofilms.

To be honest though I didn’t notice a dramatic whitening effect after using Elgydium day and night for 3 weeks, I did see a subtle difference upon first use actually, more than I have with the other whitening tooth pastes I have tried. The brightening and polishing powers are rather gentle. You may get Also with most tooth paste when you glide your tongue across your teeth you may get that gritty feeling of residual plaque this is not the case with this tooth paste.




GOSH cosmetics AW17 Collection – Review & Swatches

GOSH a Danish makeup brand, is my favorite budget-friendly, high quality, cruelty-free and suitable for vegans makeup . It brings me great excitement to showcase to you the latest AW17 collection. (the theme is Nordic magic). All products are great value for money and the packaging is compact and sleek.


  1. GOSH Primer Plus Skin Adaptor Anti-Pollution Primer in Chameleon (R 255)

The Primer Plus Skin Adaptor contains a secret weapon called Cityguard+ complex which is based on marine origin ingredients which protect the skin from atmospheric pollution such as cigarette smoke and car exhaust fumes, it also fights free radical damage that can lead to signs of ageing. The product comes out of the tube looking white but once you apply it to your skin it actually changes to adapt to your skin tone from the pigment beads in the formula. It offers up a sheer tint (not much coverage) to it to even out your skin tone and gives you a healthy looking glow, and of course being a primer it creates a lovely smooth surface for applying makeup. It is quite moisturising but a little tacky so makeup can better stick.


  1. GOSH My Favourite Mascara (R165)

Specially formulated to be the perfect ‘everyday mascara’ it gives you natural looking lashes without the drama. The mascara want is small and mad from rubber does a really good job at separating lashes and can be easily removed with just warm water. Personally, I like more drama and length for my mascaras, but it’s certainly not a bad choice if you prefer a very natural looking mascara for every day. This mascara is infused with oak extract to nourish the lashes. Mascara does not clump or flake and lasts the whole day.


  1. GOSH Prime ‘N’ Set Primer & Mattifying Banana Setting Powder (R235)

I’m sure by now you should have heard about the invention that is banana power. If you haven’t used a banana powder before, it’s basically a yellow-toned setting powder which helps to banish dark under eye circles. I use this underneath my eyes to set my concealer. I apply my concealer the dab the powder over it with a makeup sponge ( better known as baking) and sweep off excess with a big fluffy brush after a  few minutes. I definitely helps to brighten things up under there, but it’s also great as an overall setting powder

I am so glad GOSH brought out their own version of this now-cult classic of famous Ben Nye Banana Powder isn’t all that easy to get hold of in the UK unless you order online and I can safely say this is a perfect dupe. It is suitable for all skin tones. I have dry skin but I found it doesn’t dry out the skin or make it feel uncomfortable.


  1. GOSH 9 Shades Eyeshadow Palette in To Party In London (R280)

Inspired by the glitz and glamour of London’s night life. The new palette features 9 highly pigmented beautiful pearly and metallic shades in different textures. Each shade is buttery soft, easy to blend and work with. The packaging is glossy black, nice and compact, and contains a large mirror which makes this palette great for travelling with. I really love the mix of shades as there are so many combination of looks you can create with it and you won’t need to reach for another pallete. The pallete contains gold, copper tones, plum, pink, mahogany and taupe. The striking metallic are intense and last extremely well. I think this palette is more focused on night time but the lighter shades can be applied for a daytime look. No creasing. No fall out. Nice compact packaging. Nice mix of colours making this the only pallete you may need. Buttery soft consistency. Love love love!




  1. GOSH Eye Shadow Primer (R165)

The easy creamy crayon easily glides on your lids and blended out nice and easily with the sponge tip on the other side. The colour is a nice neutral base and makes shadow look more intense.

  1. GOSH Growth Serum Brows (R165)

GOSH has a new Growth Serum which aims to give you thicker and fuller brows with daily use said to give hope to over tweezed arches, based on the proven SymPeptide XLASH, the effective serum fuels the natural growth of eyebrows. By stimulating the Keratin genes, it enhances the appearance of length and thickness of the brow. A goodie if you have had an eyebrow disaster.


  1. GOSH Brow Shape & Fill in Grey Brown 002 (R165)

This is a 2 in 1 brow product with an angled eyebrow pencil on one end and a powder on the other. The retractable angled skinny pencil made it very easy to outline your brows and get a nice precise shape and the soft powder end is for filling and setting them afterwards. It reminds me of the Maybelline Brow Satin. It’s a a dual ended product, featuring a brow pencil on one end and a powder on the other. These can be used together or individually to create your ideal brow look.


  1. GOSH Lumi Drops in 012 Rosegold (R160)

Lumi Drops are basically liquid highlighters, blushers and bronzers, depending on what shade you pick up. I have the Rose gold which is a beautiful peachy-rose liquid blusher with a gold shimmer which is perfect for glowy on the cheeks – a drop or two is all you need to use!  I have the shade 012 Rose Gold. It comes in a small squeeze bottle with a tiny nib for easy no mess no fuss dispensing. Lumidrops has a fluid gel consistency. I drop a few drops on the back of my hand and tap my finger in it and make 4 dots along my check bone then use 2 fingers to tap and blend it. It is actually pretty subtle but buildable if you repeat it a couple of times. The colour re minds me of the famous NARS Orgasm Blush.


  1. GOSH Lift & Highlight in 001 Nude (R185)

This clever Lift & Highlight duo-pencil is a one of those makeup trick tools that create a big difference. This nifty pencil features a matte nude coloured pencil on one end, and a shimmery light-reflective pencil on the other. I use the matte end to carve out my brows and line my water line. It is super pigmented, creamy and soft so it won’t irritate your eyes when it is applied to the water line, If it matches your skin-tone it can also double up as a concealer. The shimmery gold end I use to highlight and brighten the inner eye corner and on my brow bone and the cupid’s bow. It reminds me of the Benefit’s High Brow but without the price tag.


  1. GOSH Strobe ‘N’ Glow Kit in 001 Highlight (R285)


Glow baby glow! As far as highlighting palettes go, this one by far is the most impressive. In the Strobe ‘N’ Glow Kit you get four huge pans of different highlighter shades that a super pigmented. Great as it has every highlight shade you can think of. I particularly am obsessed with the iridescent holographic pearly white shade as no many brands make this. Powders have a creamy smooth texture. But I feel it is better to use your finger as brushes don’t pick up as much product since the powder is packed very tight.


  1. GOSH colour corrector kit 001 (R195)

All 5 shades are creamy and easy to blend. Super compact and easily fits into your makeup bag also has a nifty mirror in the lid which is great for makeup emergencies on the go. The kit contains every shade concealer you could ever need:

  • Nude– Most common colour to cover and conceal imperfections
  • Yellow– To cover purple or blue, so great for veins, bruises and under eye circles.
  • Green– To neutralise redness on the skin.
  • Purple– To eliminate any yellow tones on the skin.
  • Peach– To brighten the under eye area and cover signs of fatigue & works well on olive skin to give radiance.

Yellow was my fave really brightened up the eye area and great combo when baked with the banana powder. Coverage is great and this kit is really handy.


You can find these in store at selected Truworths and Foschini or online on the Foschini website.