Category Archives: Skincare

Review: Uriage eau thermale lipid-replenishing anti-irritation cream

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With winter at our doorstep we can say hello to dry cracking skin but thank goodness for Uriage.Doesn’t feel sticky or leave that wet and cold feeling. Stops the itching and burning feeling quickly. Gentle enough it is even suitable for baby’s skin. Absorbs really quickly into the skin. It contains the magic Uriage Thermal Water which contains many minerals to hydrate the skin from within. Can be used both on face and body. It’s fragrance free so it doesn’t interfere with my perfume. A little goes a long way due to its thick texture.

Okay, so body moisturisers are all fine and good, but for how long do you really feel the effects? Sadly, most of them don’t actually last past lunchtime – that’s why your skin feel perpetually dry, even though you apply cream regularly. This is one of the many reason why I don’t bother using them and since I’ve switched to a shower cream my skin always feels hydrated and never feel dry. Another reason is I don’t like the wet, cold and sticky feeling they leave behind only to leave my skin in the same dry condition it was an hour later however with this body lotion all of the above concerned are addressed.

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Basically Uriage Thermal water works as follows:

Multiple mineral properties, for healthier, better protected skin.

Moisturizing

Thanks to its high concentration in mineral salts similar to the skin’s Natural Moisturizing Factors, it offers unique moisturizing benefits.

Soothing

It soothes sensitive skin thanks to the high level of calcium and magnesium salts.

Protective

Silicon strengthens the skin hydrolipidic film. It also helps restore the cutaneous barrier, thanks to mineral salts

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Review: REN wake wonderful night-time facial

REN wake wonderful night-time facial (2)Now as a beauty blogger I don’t often get blown away by skincare products as I’ve seen it all but REN is a brand that always manages to surprise me with all their innovations in skincare especially their masks which are my go to brand if I’m reaching for a mask. Previously their masks always served up a lot of power and worked almost instantly. I’m quite bad though when it comes to remembering or making the time to apply mask this is why I was so excited when I received the news about the all new mask innovation from REN the wake wonderful night-time facial.

This is basically a facial in a bottle so quick and easy you just pop this on in lieu of moisturiser before you go to bed 2-3 times a week and let the REN fairies work their magic, no need to rinse it off or anything, it seeps in really quickly because it is quite a runny texture. Upon first usage the next morning when I woke up my skin looked more radiant, softer and hydrated

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In summary how the product works in 3 phases containing many fancy ingredients that actually do work. Lactic and glycolic acids get to work to get rid of any dead skin you have, so you’ll feel some tingling as the exfoliation kicks in (on a side note if you have sensitive skin it is recommended you stay away from these type of chemical exfoliators as it may aggravate your skin) After that minerals including magnesium energise the skin, followed up by a healthy dose of hydration. Omega 3 soothes skin, cranberry seed oil helps reduce UV damage and sodium lactate moisturises and plumps

It retails at R620 for 40ml

Sampar is back in town and painting it pink

Sampar is a French brand built around the lifestyle of the Parisian woman that wants no nonsense skin care. Sampar sent me a few goodies to celebrate some amazing news. Sampar has relauched at selected Edgars including their online Red Square store and Woolworths stores nationwide. Also exciting news…There will be activations within stores, whereby customers can have a free skin consultation, receive a personalised sample pack to the value of R150 and prizes could be won. The weekend activations will start from 6 August – 6 September. Visit their Facebook page to find locate a store nearest to you and take your SAMPAR selfie!

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Packaging of these products just ooze luxury with its powder pink and silver accents you can already tell these are high end products.

sampar 3 day weekend

The SAMPAR 3 Day Weekend Healthy Glow (R250) is the best selling product in their range. The 3 Day Week End Creme is designed to provide the skin with the utmost protection from ‘urban’ and UV damage by acting as a sort of shield for the skin cells, to protect them at that level. It also works with your natural melanin production to boost that, and thus protect from the harmful (ageing) rays of the sun. Or UVA to you and me. This is a very unique product like nothing I have seen before it has no tint to it or any self tanning ingredients just some fancy concoction that speeds up melanin production. I was rather fascinated with this product to be honest. It is recommended for day use but I tend to like a bit more coverage during the day so I tried it in the evenings instead which is perfectly ok since it doesn’t contain any SPF. When I pumped it out it came out as a light gel silky like a primer kind of texture which concerned me a bit since I didn’t think it would deliver enough hydration to serve as a night cream. But was I surprised when I applied it I didn’t feel any tingling or tight feeling and I noticed a nice glow to my face the kind I just went to gym but not sweaty or oily skin kind of glow. I did notice a very slight more tanned complexion immediately but I am super pale I’ve been using it for roughly 2 weeks now and to be honest I haven’t noticed an extreme difference in skin tone only a slight colour change. They do disclaim that it may not work for everybody and I have read it not working for some people but even so I do think this is a great moisturiser and gives a beautiful glow to the skin.The gel texture makes it ideal for hot weather since it is lighter and more refreshing to the face.

sampar first hands cream

The SAMPAR First Hands Cream (R250) again this hand cream is in a totally different class of it’s own a very different texture than that of a normal hand cream it’s quite runny and not thick like all the others. This First Hands Cream is said to be the first cosmetic alternative to hand rejuvenation with a killer anti-aging formula containing hyaluronic acid and a cocktail of anti-oxidants. It promises to do all sorts of magic like diminishing wrinkles & pigmentation marks, but what I like most is how pleasant this is to massage in & how it sinks in really fast! My hands don’t feel greasy at all.

On the left is the 3 day weekend and on the right is the first hands cream
On the left is the 3 day weekend and on the right is the first hands cream

La prairie white caviar collection review

What if someone could wave a magic wand across your face and banish all dark spots and pigmentation patches, while firming up your skin, boosting hydration levels and taking care of wrinkles? Well, even though it comes in bottles and droppers, rather than the tip of an enchanted wand, La Prairie’s new White Caviar Illuminating Système is a potent alchemy of precious, multitasking ingredients that ushers in a new era of enlightenment in skincare.

At the heart of this complementary three-part system, which is comprised of a fast-penetrating cream and two highly concentrated serums, lies the brand’s most iconic hallmark – rare, royal caviar! This version was born in the Caspian Sea, a place of imperial pleasures in the glorious times of tsars and princes. It is spawned by a white sturgeon, so scarce and so desirable that it was once reserved only for royalty. Now, these golden pearls join space age bio-technology to create a trio of products that is like a feast for your skin:

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White Caviar Illuminating Serum: Diolic Acid, Vitamin C and Oligopeptide-34 target the full range of pigmentation problems, including age spots, melasma and dark patches. It also prevents the further development of age spots and discoloration by decreasing melanin production and lowering the transfer of melanin to the skin cells. Besides this, an anti-wrinkle peptide reduces the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial expressions; Resveratrol protects the skin against stress; and anti-oxidants nullify the effects of environmental damage and premature ageing. In the meantime, pearlescent pigments and liquid crystals give the skin a lit-from-within quality – almost like walking around with your own spotlight! The most potent product of the system.This has become one of my favorite serums! It is a beautiful pearlescent serum that melts into your skin that brightens up your entire complexion while reducing wrinkles caused my repeated facial expression! I always say invest your money in serums as they contain the most actives. I really love how clearly you can actually see the pearlescent pigments and I always love serums with a shimmer as it lifts the complexion and gives you a subtle glow which makes you look more awake.I love the pearlescent texture of serum. It literally looks like a melted pearl when you put this on your finger tip and it goes on smooth like velvet.

White Caviar Illuminating Cream: Going to the core of discoloration and age spots, it treats both the source of the problem and alleviates its signs. It also carries a hefty punch of Resveratrol, peptides and anti-oxidants along with a host of other space age ingredients that help maintain youthful firmness. And the effects are almost instantaneous – thanks to the water-in-oil powder emulsion. This is a unique texture, where the active ingredients are suspended in water, to be released when the cream is applied, together with emollients that protect and hydrate the skin. It also has an immediate beautifying effect, producing a thin layer of powder that gives a smooth, even appearance to your complexion.  I thought it would be a lot richer and creamier from the jar, but it’s actually a very light cream that absorbs very quickly into the skin and it kept my combination skin shine free in 90+ degree weather. Really love the scent of this cream once applied it left my skin feeling soft and velvery smooth and even though it was so hydrating it didn’t leave my skin looking like an oil slick when I woke up. This is the only product in the range though that doesn’t have any shimmer in it which I would have liked and it would have been perfect.

White Caviar Illuminating Eye Serum: This calls on advanced technologies and active ingredients to zero in on dark circles, which are caused by a combination of excess pigmentation and deficient circulation. Here’s how it works: La Prairie’s Clarifying Whitening Complex and detoxifying Swiss Garden Cress Sprout Extract, together with Tragranate Licorice Extract, reduce excess under-eye pigmentation, stimulate circulation, and help prevent brown spots from forming. Golden Caviar Extracts and Anti-Wrinkle Peptides firm and nourish the skin. An eye zone-specific Crow’s Feet Plumper targets the radiating lines that form in the outer corner of the eyes by reducing the wrinkle network and increasing skin density and caffeine helps reduce the feeling of puffiness.This is the only Eye Serum I’ve used that have dramatically lighten my dark circles. I saw a difference over night. The serum itself looks pearlescent when you put it on your finger, you’d think it’ll make your eyes look glittery, but don’t worry, it disappears onto your skin. I think the pearlescent effect also helps to reflect the light under your eyes to make them look brighter.

My favourite part besides the radiance and banishment of dark spots? The charming packaging – a medley of frosted white bottles trimmed with silver pearls, which make them resemble pieces of jewellery. Magical, indeed!

Let’s talk eye cream and a review on Nip+Fab dark circle fix triple action eye cream review

Eye cream is an extremely controversial topic. Some people say it is overpriced moisturiser and others an essential so what to believe? As we get older and tired and stressed and all that stuff that comes from living an adult life(i’m sure many can relate), our bodies take a hit. Unless you’re a generic anomaly or have some kind of wildly stress-free career like “massage tester”, your eyes are likely going to be the first causalities(I started noticing fine lines when I was about 13). Eyes both windows to the soul and reflections of our lifestyle, our eyes are surrounded by baby-thin skin that tends to overreact to all these elements, so the point of this type of cream is to provide that extra TLC, tackling sagging, spots, puffiness, crinkles, and the dreaded crow’s-feet. But, with all that magic comes a price, and it’s usually a lot higher than your regular moisturiser.

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dark circles are a cute look for pandas but not humans

“Dark Circle Fix is 3-In-1 formula, clinically proven to reduce under eye puffiness and tighten the skin around the eye area. A triple action eye cream to reduce the appearance of puffiness + dark circles, this refreshing cream hydrates the skin to help fight against premature aging.” Enriched with Red Algae (brightening), peptides (puffiness) and shea butter for nourishment. R300, exclusive to Clicks

I like how this is not housed in your typical pot, but a air-tight pump bottle. You can easily customize how much or little (you don’t need much of this directions state a pea size amount for both eyes in sufficient) you need dispensed. And also makes you feel better as you won’t be contaminating the product and ingredients are better preserved in these type of containers.

The cream itself is quite nice. It’s a very light scented light textured moisturizer, with almost a gel-cream type consistency that is light but still hydrating. I find it works best when stored in the fridge. That way, the gel is cold and refreshing under my eyes. I prefer my eye creams to be gel-like( very similar to my all-time fave Clarins eye contour gel) as I find it absorbs easier and feels more refreshing as opposed to a heavy rich eye creams (like the kiehl’s creamy eye treatment) which are too rich for my eye area and actually leave white spots.

I must stress though I don’t have hectic dark circles but I do love using eye creams for anti-ageing and hydrating the eye area. I must also stress that dark circles can also be caused by the skin under the eyes being too thin it’s like when a person can see veins under their skin it is a difficult problem to solve.

I’ve been using this as part of my nightly skincare routine for almost two weeks, and have seen some slight differences in the under eye area. I really didn’t think that it would make much of a difference in terms of lightening my dark circles, but I think it actually may have. It doesn’t take away all of the darkness under my eyes, but it does make my eyes feel awake. Nothing so astoundingly that I can toss all my concealer, but a tad-something is better than nothing, right? The puffiness under my eyes has definitely reduced but placing anything cold on the eye can easily solve that problem.

Overall, I like this eye cream. I would defiantly recommend it if you’re looking for something to try out – just don’t expect miracles!

Dermalogica now makes getting holding of their products even easier

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We all love the ease and convenience of picking out our favourite products online. Dermalogica has launched their online store, bringing their love and passion for great skincare to us 24/7. Initially when they opened stores around SA boy was I excited since they only sold select products in selected salons. Known for their great service and passion for educating us about our skin, the brand has carried that across to their online store. With the Speed Mapping App, we can customise our product purchases to what our skin requires based on personalised product recommendations and information provided by the app. The Follow Me Script allows us to create and save a prescription with all our personalised products to access at any time from any device. Visit Dermalogica’s site: www.dermalogica.co.za and experience all this, from the comfort of your home.