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.

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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: #Hashtag Parfums EDT

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Hashtag originated on twitter to help facilitate the searching and referencing of topics but within the ages it has become a trend to use it in every day communication. #Hashtag, aimed at the young girls who want to have personal and unique scents that enhance her personality. Whether she is a fashionista, trendsetter, party girl or cares most about friendship or love. There are 6 in range each having a different Hashtag name and very colour beautiful packaging with images inspired by Instagram and snapchat. They come in tiny 30ml bottles which make them really portable.

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 #ImaPrincess

Top notes: Tangerine & orange blossom.
Middle notes: jasmine, iris, plum & Raspberry.
Base notes: Patchouli, vanilla, Praline & musk.

Described as a floral sweet perfume with girly and addictive notes but actually smells fresh and woody.

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Top notes: Bergamot & cotton candy.
Middle notes: Jasmine, Freesia & confection.
Base notes: Vanilla, honey & tonka bean.

Described as floral delicate fragrance with powdered rose notes but actually smells like Vanilla.

#Dream4ever    

Described as a powdered floral scent, with enticing and gentle. My Fav out of the range it smells like flowers and sweets.

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This brand is exclusive to Edgars and retails at a pocket friendly price of R145 each.

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Review Balmain Extatic Gold Musk EDP

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The fashion house has brought out yet another beautiful scent. This one is perfect for winter and smells bold, feminine and strong. The difference is a more “Prêt-à-Couture”, more glamorous, more rock with EXTATIC.

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The name “gold musk” and the colour of the bottle is actually derived from: the combination between the romantic transparency, the softness of the MUSK and the glitter, determined femininity of the GOLD.

Extatic Gold Musk is announced as a tempting, daring and luxurious interpretation of the original, with elegant floral – woody – musky character. This is a Floral Musk fragrance opening of a fresh and clean combination of a fusing and chiseled duet of Bergamot and Aldehydes.It has a bold solar heart infused with captivating white flowers: a radiant blend of Gardenia and Tiare revealing a fascinating femininity. At the base, you will find Akigalawood and Cashmeran as well as Musk illuminated by Benzoin and Sandalwood which wrap you in a precious spicy, creamy and warm trail made of golden sparkles.

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I have really been loving this and is possibly my fav winter scent. It’s warm from the musk yet still really feminine from the floral notes. My 2 favourite perfume notes combined.

If you like scents like Nariciso Rodriguez – Musc for Her or Flower by Kenzo, then you’ll love this.

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Available from: Foschini, Truworths, Dis-Chem, & Stuttafords.

60ml for R995

90ml for R1195

 

Review: Jimmy Choo Illicit flower EDT

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This is by far the most feminine fragrance Jimmy Choo has released. This fragrance is definitely a mix of chic, bold and beautiful. Pretty much the Jimmy Choo woman in a bottle. The bottle is the same as its older sister but doesn’t smell anything like it. Jimmy Choo Illicit is sweet and Jimmy Choo illicit is just floral.

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As far as I can think this is the first EDT to be released but don’t be fooled the lasting power is amazing.

Note wise we have:

Top: Apricot, Mandarin and Freesia

Heart: Rose, Grapefruit Flower and Jasmine

Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood and Cashmeran

It has 2 of my favourites notes rose and musk and it is pink so what is not to love about this scent. I would say this is a fruity woody floral fragrance.

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When I sniff it I get rose, sandalwood and grapefruit. It smells to me like a fruity version of Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey florale.

You can find this at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Edgars, Foschini, Red Square, Stuttafords & Truworths from the 15th September 2016 (Right in the middle of spring. Such a perfect spring scent.) For 40ml at R645 , 60ml at R945 and 100ml at R1095.

Review: Jimmy Choo Illicit EDP and Yardley Bond St pour homme

This time I’ve got one for the guys too but let’s start with ladies first.

  • Jimmy Choo Illicit EDP

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The latest edition to the Jimmy Choo family but with a sweeter, fresher and more youthful take than before. You can still tell that they are related though with same hard note as a base. I’ve never been a fan of the previous Jimmy Choo scents besides Jimmy Choo flash London club as I felt they smelt a bit too “hard” as fruitchoulis I’m more of a soft feminine floral scent kind of a girl. Jimmy Choo Illicit is a bit too sweet for my liking but I do think they are heading in the right direction when it comes to fragrance production.

The thing though about Jimmy Choo fragrances is that they are quality perfumes. You can actually tell if a perfume is good quality by not smelling the alcohol on initial spritz.

The bottles are always masterpieces, this one in particular oozes luxurious and decadence inspired by an art deco style multi-facet crystal glass tumbler with a contrasting silver lid that makes it striking and bold casing inside a gold elixir.

Note wise we have:

Top: Ginger and bitter orange

Heart: Rose and jasmine

Base: Honey, amber and sandal wood

I can definitely smell all the notes as they transition because they haven’t used many notes in it to mix up. The scent actually transitions across the levels very quickly and fades quite quickly too. I can only get max hours wear from it unless I spray it in my hair or my clothes. The dry down smells like vanilla which is not an official note but it is probably due to the combination of honey and amber. I would describe this as a sweet warm soft fragrance, think macaroons nestled in rose petals (what more could a girl ask for?)

In summary if you are a fan of warm, floral-gourmands like YSL black opium, Viktor & Rolf flower bomb, Viktor & Rolf bon bon or Prada candy you will love this scent.

You can find these at Foschini, Truworths, Edgars, Stuttafords, Dis-Chem, Red Square & Clicks for R695-40ml, R995-60ml and R1195-100ml.

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  • Yardley London bond St pour homme   

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So a while back I chatted about Bond Street EDP for ladies well Yardley has released one for the men. Yardley London bond St pour homme signals ambition and uniqueness.

Bond Street celebrates the brands international fragrance credentials with a modern and contemporary premium offering that appeals to a younger, progressive consumer.

Yardley Bond Street is made up of bergamot, apple, cardamone, violet, lavender, cashmeeran, sandalwood, coumarin, and vanilla, which create a memorable scent that draws confidence and success. It pretty much is your typical male scent like 70% of the male fragrances on the market. You can find these at selected Clicks, Foschini, Edgars and Dis-Chem stores 50ml for R299.95 and 100ml for R379.95.

Turn the ageing clock back with Yardley’s defy time foundations

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A foundation specially targeted for anti-aging wow probably the first of it’s kind I’ve ever come across. The foundation is enriched with an ideal lift and helps fight signs of aging that have firming and moisturising properties leaving you with a younger, radiant appearance. Available in 6 shades at selected Clicks, Foschini, Edgars, Dis-Chem and leading pharmacies nationwide for R159.95

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And I know that I previously mentioned that foundations have died and been replaced by bb creams but with the mass amount of foundations that have landed on my beauty desk with new innovations they have managed to restore my love and faith for foundation. Thing is lately my skin has been misbehaving a bit so I’ve been needing more coverage than what a tinted moisturiser or bb cream can offer me. The Yardley defy time foundation really fascinated me as this is the first one that actually claims to help with anti-ageing when I look at the ingredients I do see grape seed oil which is an ingredient used in anti-aging products but I wouldn’t classify this as the strongest anti-ageing ingredient they could have used but something is better than nothing but don’t expect this to be your fountain of youth which Yardley never actually claimed it to be, so no disappearing wrinkles so to speak.
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Packaging wise it comes in a glass bottle which makes me think of high end brands like Bobbi Brown type packaging. So you will need to be careful when handling the bottle. The pump helps to control the amount of product you dispense.

The scent and coverage actually remind me of my beloved Yardley oat meal tinted moisturiser which I lived on by the bottle all throughout high school just with a thicker consistency. My perfect shade is medium beige and I can use true beige if I get a bit more tanned or caramel as a contouring shade. A tip on how to find your perfect shade is actually to swatch it on your jaw line and the shade that disappears is your perfect match. It is a good idea to keep different shades on hand as our skin tone can change when we get more tanned or paler from sun and season changes however you do want to apply a foundation that blends in flawlessly with your skin otherwise it looks very unnatural, a shade too light will make you look like a ghost and a shade to dark will make you look muddy, personally one of my pet peeves but I know many people get this wrong.

I enjoyed this foundation. It provides light coverage but is buildable. Is suited for all skin types. The foundation lasts the whole day you don’t even need a primer or setting powder. It applies smoothly leaving a satin finish and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It Is really moisturising but doesn’t leave my combination skin feeling and looking like an oil slick or dry out and turn my face into fish scales or cake I actually think they found the exact balance between matt and luminous glow. The colour does not oxidise, adds radiance and gives a fresh luminous dewy complexion which is what you want in a foundation if you want your skin to look younger you want hydrating formulas which make your skin look dewy and glowing.
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From left to right medium beige, true beige and caramel

Review: Throw away your eyelash curlers as Rimmel 24 hr supercurler volume & curl mascara has arrived

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Rimmel mascaras such a nostalgic memory I have of their mascaras. I was about 11 and I was wondering around Clicks beauty section looking for my first ever mascara as I had just learnt that I really need a mascara for my non-existent lashes I was immediately drawn to the Rimmel glam’ eyes mascara the packaging was just so eye catching and was my fave colour pink. What was inside was just as amazing and was the only mascara that I have ever finished.

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Now I typical asian lashes they are very short and lie quite flat so I have to be really fussy when it comes to the type of mascaras that will actually work on my lashes so there aren’t many mascaras that land on my beauty desk that really wow me and I’ve tossed many alike. If you were wondering for asian eyes you need a wand that is not too big, a formula which is not too wet and a lengthening mascara. Which is why this mascara is not particularly suited for my lashes specifically suited for my lashes but may be for yours.

The Rimmel 24 HR supercurler mascara basically offers is a volumising  mascara with a 24 hr curling power so you can use it without an eyelash curler.  This is a really great idea since eyelash curlers can be quite a torture instrument as clipping your eyelid is extremely painful but I have to curl my lashes otherwise the mascara won’t make any difference to my lashes.

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Now for what I thought:

Packaging wise I always love rimmel mascaras they make the most beautiful eye catching tubes, this one is a beautiful metallic purple rocket shape, the large rocket shape makes it easy to hold and find in your makeup bag.

The brush is very large and curved to shape the contours of your eye. Personally because my lashes are short I find the smaller the brush the better it works for my lashes. The curve on the brush is the main feature for the curling effect as it actually scoops the lashes upwards.

The formula is rather dry but I prefer this over really wet formula that take longer to dry so when I blink I end of with a hot mess. The colour is a really intense black. The brush doesn’t pick up much product so you can go from natural and build it up to how dramatic you want  it. It doesn’t offer much length but does wrap the lashes nicely without clumping to offer volume. For my lashes it did hold up the lashes for the whole day however it wasn’t as dramatic as if I used a lash curler since my lashes literally lie down so curling it is a real mission. There is also minimal flaking and fallout at the end of the day under the eye.

You can find this mascara at all major retailers like Clicks, Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Foschini, Edgars, The Hub, Pick n Pay and pharmacies for R119.95