Review: Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray

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Thermal sprays have long been popular in Europe. They contain minerals, silicates, and other trace elements that soothe sensitive skin and calm inflammation.

Benefits

This incredible product has multiple uses: to soothe after cleansing, to calm the skin after shaving, to refresh skin during sporting activity or travelling, to soothe sunburn or “overheated” skin, to reduce itching and rashes, to set make-up, to help heal damaged skin.

How to use:

Hold upright. Do not shake. Spray onto the skin in a fine mist. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, then gently pat dry. Use as often as necessary.

Thoughts:

I know what you guys are thinking: “isn’t this just pure spring water in a sterile can?!” Well yes and no…it is more of a super water…it is spring water, but this spring water is derived from the Avène-las-Bains thermal spring in France which has been dermatologically proven to have skin benefits, especially for those who suffer from sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin

I like to use mine to set my makeup and through out the day as a refresher. The can sprays a really nice light mist. It gives a nice glow to the skin and skin feels more awake.

 

Oscar de la Renta extraordinary romances us with Pétale

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Current new obsession everything about this fragrance has got me obsessed from the pretty in pink bottle that’s shape fits so perfectly in my hand to the seductive feminine soft rose dominated floral scent. This is fast becoming my new signature scent.

Oscar de la Renta has launched Extraordinary Pétale, a softer, floral, more romantic and modern variation on 2015’s Extraordinary. Giving a floral and modern twist.

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Inspired by a delicate botanical lace from Oscar de la Renta’s ready-to-wear collection. True to the brand their fragrances are always elegant, sophisticated and feminine.

Light floral which smells clean and fresh and totally blown away by the lasting power.

This opens with a rosey floral, a touch fruity zest from the bergamot and mandarin. The rose, jasmine and vanilla take over once the fragrance starts to settle down, while the musk and amber linger on the dry down. The rose dominates the fragrance which I love love love!

The official notes are:

  • Top: Bergamot Champagne, Zesty Mandarin, Sparking Aldehydes
  • Middle Note: Rose LMR, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute
  • Dry: Couture Amber, Vanilla Orchid Petals, Radiance Musk

You can find this exclusively at Dis-chem for 90ml for R1395.

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Review: John Frieda Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner

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This line is specialized specifically for brunettes with a selection of products to either brighten or deepen your brown hair. It claims to maximize your hair colour’s potential. It works with both natural and chemically processed hair.

I gave the brightening subtle lightening one as I want my hair lighter.

It’s called “visibly brighter” which mean it doesn’t directly state that they will make the hair any shades lighter. The bottle states:

*“Give your brunette hair a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Shampoo  cleanses and gradually infuses golden tones to illuminate the spectrum of your brunette color.” Honey has great moisturizing benefits for dry and damaged hair, which is very helpful for those with colour treated hair. Marigold is also great for to help repair and nourish.

* “Hydrate your hair with a natural-looking, illuminating glow. Formulated with honey and marigold flower extract, our Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Subtle Lightening Conditioner moisturizes your hair and illuminates the spectrum of brunette tones”

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And as you can see from the ingredients listed below it doesn’t contain harsh things like peroxide and ammonia which damage your hair so there aren’t really hair lightening ingredients to bleach the hair.

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WATER, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, CETYL ALCOHOL, BETAINE, FRAGRANCE, CARAMEL, COCAMIDE MEA, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM CHLORIDE, YELLOW 10, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, MALIC ACID, IRON OXIDES/CI 77491, MICA, GLYCINE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BENZOPHENONE-4, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, YELLOW 5, EXT. VIOLET 2, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PPG-9, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, HONEY EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Conditioner
WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, CETYL ESTERS, FRAGRANCE, STEARYL ALCOHOL, LACTIC ACID, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, SILICONE QUATERNIUM-22, MICA, PPG-3 MYRISTYL ETHER, CARAMEL, DISODIUM EDTA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCINE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE, GLYCERIN, MALIC ACID, YELLOW 5, TIN OXIDE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, HONEY EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

Overall hair did look brighter and glossier over time. The products do burn the scalp a bit but don’t be too alarmed when that actually happens.

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Review: Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Mono eyeshadow

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When I first saw these it brought back memories of my first eyeshadows the Rimmel special eye stars mono eyeshadows which I had all 5 of them interchangeably daily.

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The oldie now replaced Rimmel special eyes stars mono eyeshadow

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The formulation of these shadows is creamy and smooth to the touch and all very pigmented with the exception of Superstar Sparkle which is a kind of shimmer top coat.The shadows wears well doesn’t crease or lose colour intensity. Comes in 9 shades with a range of finishes of mattes, pearls and shimmers.

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  • Q-Jump- a shimmering white
  • Poser- a shimmering iridescent pale pink
  • All About the Base- a soft matte neutral brown
  • Gold Record- A shimmering gold
  • VIP Pass- a rich shimmering warm brown
  • Black Fender- an intensely pigmented satin black
  • Millionaire – a shimmery cool toned brown
  • Show off – Sparkly grey
  • Superstar sparkle – Sparkly nude top coat
  • Crowd Surf – Pearly blue
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I used “Q-Jump” as 2/3 of the lid and inner corner colour, “show off” for the outer corner and crease and dusted “superstar sparkle” over the full eye for an extra sparkle
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I used millionaire on the whole eye lid, gold record on the brow bone, inner corner and center of eyelid as a highlight and I used VIP pass for the outer corner and crease

RSP: R79,95

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Review: Eau De Rochas Perfume

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Eau De Rochas Perfume by Rochas, Eau de rochas is a fresh and citrusy fragrance made for women . This perfume opens with a variety of crisp, citrusy notes. These include lemon, lime, bergamot, grapefruit, verbena and mandarin orange. The lemon, lime and verbena give this perfume its exuberance, generating freshness and zest. The bergamot and grapefruit combine with these notes, adding a tangy, clean and fruity aroma. The mandarin orange provides a sweet juiciness. Also at the top of this fragrance the scent of basil can be found, providing a spicy, green aroma. Notes of wild rose, coriander, narcissus, carnation, jasmine and patchouli form the heart of this perfume. The jasmine and wild rose create a sweet, floral aroma, while the carnation provides a more spicy and lively scent. The narcissus and patchouli provide greenness and sweetness, while the coriander creates a spicy, woodiness. This perfume contains base notes of oak moss, vetiver, sandalwood, musk and amber. The base exudes warmth, along with an earthy, woody essence. In 1970, rochas launched eau de rochas. The perfumer behind this scent is nicolas mamounas. Rochas is a french fashion house that was founded in 1925. In 1934, the company began to sell fragrances. While the fashion division has been closed and relaunched several times, fragrances remain the prominent product of the brand. Heighten your experience of this perfume by applying it directly to your pulse points and enjoy its aromatic and citrusy scent.
Rochas Eau de Rochas is a sensual and timeless fragrance. It is for women who like being mysterious and hard to approach, yet want to make a big impression and captivate those around them. Eau de Rochas symbolizes charm, elegance and luxury.
In the beginning, Eau Rochas refreshes you with crystal clear essences of fresh lime, mandarin and lemon. Delicate basil mingles with charismatic bergamot and grapefruit. Heart notes feature intoxicating jasmine, tender carnation, daffodil, aromatic coriander, exotic patchouli and subtle rose petals. The unique dry down of the fragrance is formed by amber in the whirl of the dance, smooth moss, sensual musk and warm sandalwood. This feminine perfume by Rochas is an excellent companion for the whole day.Eau de Rochas makes you self-confident and attracts attention of those around you!

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Composition:

Top notes:
Lemon, Basil, Lime, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Bergamot
Middle notes:
Daffodil, Carnation, Jasmine, Patchouli, Coriander, Rose
Base notes:
Sandalwood, Amber, Moss, Musk

This reminds me of scents like Ô Lancôme, Eau d’Hermès and Eau de Guerlain. RSP R1395 for 100 ml and R1095 for 50ml. Exclusive to Dis-Chem.

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Review: Boucheron Quatre Intense EDP

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Inspired by the Quatre Radiant ring in pink gold this rich, fruity-floral gourmand perfume opens with sweet, fruity notes of pear, peach and redcurrant, which is slightly offset by the bitter orange. The heart is filled with rich, feminine florals of orange blossom, jasmine, rose and Pétalia (which basically smells like a powdery rose with a hint of lychee). At the base of this fragrance, there is sensual musk, vanilla wood, warm amber and sweet sandalwood. It has all the sweetness of the vanilla, peach, pear and amber, yet it has a beautiful warmth to it with the sandalwood and amber, these notes give it a real exotic depth. As for the florals, they are heady, feminine and rich.

Boucheron Quatre Intense is a fragrance with romantic, sweet, powerful, sexy, intense and feminine. The ingredients used are top quality. If sweet, feminine, fruity-floral perfumes are for you, then Boucheron Quatre Intense is for you. It comes in a beautiful cylindrical golden bottle. RSP 100ml for R1295 at Dis-chem

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