Product Reviews

Issahra Argan Exfoliating Soap Review [VIDEO]

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This exfoliating soap is made up of argan, luffa & vegetable glycerine.   The loofa exfoliates the dead skin cells & the argan oil moisturizes & restores the skins barrier.   Watch the video:   What I liked: I really like the shape of the soap as it prevents the soap slipping out of your hand while exfoliating. It lathers well and has a very rich feel to it   What I’m not sure about: The luffa is in the soap so it takes a little while before you get any exfoliation.  Also not sure how it will feel when you have more luffa and less soap left over towards the end. It smells okay but I’m a bit on the fence. On the one hand it has a very clean fresh smell but it somehow reminds me a bit of medical soap. The price. Even though I am enjoyingRead More

Stila One Step Correct

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This innovative triple-swirled helix serum promises to “brighten and covers imperfections while colour-correcting, so you can get a flawless look while skin gets treated”. It hydrates, controls oil production, lessens pigmentation and reduces wrinkles, while ensuring flawless foundation application and hiding blemishes. The green tone neutralises redness and conceals blemishes, while the lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones and the peach tone brightens and illuminates. Apply daily after moisturising and before foundation for a visible difference! Price R329.95 – 30ml   Watch the video review:   Review: Pros: Packaging & product  look amazing Perfect Pump dispenser Texture is very smooth & lightweight Absorbs fast Controls oil Amazing primer makes foundation go on very smooth Make –up lasts longer Non-silicone based so no break outs   Cons: Didn’t do anything visible for correcting skin tone issues   I have been using it regularly and will continue to use it as a fantasticRead More

Rubybox Review March 2013 [VIDEO]

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If March Rubybox is anything to go by then April is going to be amazing.   This month we not only got to try some full size products, but also received a cute fashion accessory from their Online Store   Watch the video: What was in the box?   1)      Rubybox Hair Head Bands R29.95 Can be used as a fashion accessory for those that suit having their hair pulled back – or to keep your hair off your face when you apply or clean your make-up. Super handy & cute & I love the mini studs.   2)      Giorgio Armani Acqua di Goiia (Her) R789 -50ml 3)      Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio (Him) R819 – 50ml I’ve loved Giorgio Armani fragrances forever and these are both absolutely gorgeous.  For him or her – both are complete favourites.   4)      Rimmel Scandel Eyes Mascara R109.95 I was very excited toRead More

Africology Anti-Oxidant Serum

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Every month I’ll not only be reviewing the Rubybox subscription beauty box for you, but I will also be choosing a product to review from their beauty store as well. How lucky am I!   I’m really excited to be able to trying the Africology Anti-Oxidant Serum as I’ve been convinced for a while now that we all need to add a serum to our daily anti-aging routine.   I wrote an article about this last year and listed the Africology Anti-Oxidant Serum as one of the serums that I’d like to try.   What are antioxidants? In the simplest of terms, they are molecules that can inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals, which can contribute to cell damage.   What does an anti-oxidant serum do? In the context of skin care, the use of a serum containing antioxidants can greatly enhance any skin careRead More

Rubybox Review Feb 2013 [VIDEO]

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Every month I like giving you feedback on what was in that month’s Rubybox, so that you can decide if it’s something you’d like to try.   You can subscribe to Rubybox until the 26th of each month and get it within the first two weeks of the following month, so you won’t have to wait long for your suprise beauty box.   One of the main things that I love about receiving the Rubybox is that you get to try products that would otherwise not only cost you lots of money, but also products that you might never have discovered.   Sometimes I might not like the product, and that’s perfect, as at least I’ve satisfied my curiosity. And when I do find a little gem then I know I’ve found something to treasure for ever.   So let’s get down to finding out What’s In The Box?  Read More

Ofra Cosmetics Review + Give-Away

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I’ve recently noticed a lot of people talking about Ofra Cosmetics, so I thought that I should find out a bit more about them.   After meeting the lovely ladies from Ofra Cosmetics for a chat and to find out what products they have in their range, they sent me the following to review:   Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Foundation – In Lite Beige – R222.90 This is a long lasting water-based liquid foundation with silicone ACE complex, Aloe Vera, Collagen adn Vitamin E that moisturises and protects the skin as it conceals.   What I love about it: * It provides sheer coverage which allows the skins natural radiance to show through, so you don’t look like you have too much make-up on.   * It comes with a spatula to reach the product, so you don’t contaminate the product and get everything out of the bottle.   * It lasts long and maintainsRead More

RegimA Peel

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As you might know by now, I have been using RegimA products and having regular peels to help get rid of my pigmentation and break-outs.   I recently visited Kinetic Contours at the Blue Door again for another peel and to stock up on some much needed RegimA products.     My skin always feels super smooth and plumped up after a peel and now that my skin can handle the 20% peel easily, we will start moving up to the 40% next time.   Even though there is always a bit of a prickle when you have a peel (which obviously isn’t fun), the end result is amazing. So I am excited to book my next peel in a few weeks, in my efforts to getting flawless skin.   My beauty routine now consists of:   Step 1: Wash with Hydroactive Cleansing Gel am & pm   Step 2:Read More

Essence & Catrice Review

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Cosmetix sent me some wonderful Essence and Catrice products for review this month which I’d love to share with you.   Cosmetix represents a number of leading international brands in South Africa, including Essence – Germany’s biggest selling make-up range – which was launched in South Africa in April 2009, with unprecedented success. Essence Colour & Go   The first product I tried, was the Essence Colour & Go (107 Naughty and Pink), which is a quick drying nail polish. This polish is quite thin so you will need to apply a few layers to get a good coverage but it does dry exceptionally fast, so if it’s speed you’re after then this is one to go for. I loved the colour on my toes and it’s lasted a little under a week. Available at Dischem for R19.95     Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss     Next I tried the 022 NudeRead More

Rubybox Review Jan 2013 [VIDEO]

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I’m looking forward to discovering new beauty products and cosmetics this year and I’m starting by reviewing the January Rubybox.   Get your own Rubybox here:     What’s in the box?     1) Elie Saab le Parfum – R715 – 50ml   Initially I was super excited about this Elie Saab Parfum as I absolutely adore her gowns – she’s the absolute epitome of style & glamour. However, when I wore this fragrance I just kept getting a soapy smell and I was pretty disappointed. Perfumes are truly personal and smell different on everyone, and unfortunately this one does not work on me 🙁 Happy to have had to opportunity to try it though, and that’s what having a Rubybox subscription is all about, right?   2) L’oreal Paris Revitlalift Total Repair 10 SPF 20 – R174.95 – 50ml   This is packed with 10 active ingredientsRead More

Rubybox Review – November 2012 [VIDEO]

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I want to quickly share with you, what I got in the November RubyBox.   Due to the truck strikes, I received my beauty box quite late this month and I had read a few grumbles on the Rubybox Facebook page as this must have affected quite a few deliveries.   However, I have been so busy that I honestly had not even noticed how fast time had flown by and was pleasantly surprised when the courier rang my doorbell.   If you don’t know what you can expect to receive every month from your Rubybox subscription, then stick around and I’ll show you exactly what November’s box contained.     Click here if you want to subscribe to Rubybox:    What’s in the box?   1) R100 5Rooms coupon – haven’t shopped there yet – so keen to check it out.     2) R20 off Piz BuinRead More

Esse Cocoa Exfoliator Review & Give-Away

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Esse – Cocoa Exfoliator   I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying the Esse (which means ‘to be’ in Latin) Cocoa Exfoliator, and being a complete chocoholic, this was something I was definitely looking forward to testing.   Esse is a South African company (yay proud!) that is not only a leader in the development of natural and organic products, all Esse products are100% preservative free, biodegradable and free of parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance and synthetic colourants. I’m also in love with the packaging, as they use glass containers, which is upmarket while maintaining a natural look & feel.   If you are looking for a great product that is certified organic, accredited by Beauty Without Cruelty and endorsed by the Vegan Society, then look no further – Esse is your perfect match.   Esse also supports fair trade by purchasing from rural women’s cooperatives that are members of PhytoTrade AfricaRead More

If You Can’t Get To It, Beauty Spoon It!

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  Have you heard of the Beauty Spoon?   New to South Africa, this cosmetic tool can be used to remove all the remaining product from nearly empty bottles and containers.   It’s ergonomic handle, flexible stem & contoured spoon, makes it easy to retrieve every bit of liquid and cream from those pesky hard to reach places.   Designed by Claudia Hoexter when she couldn’t get to the bottom of an expensive serum she’d purchased, and realised that she most probably wasn’t the only woman with this problem.   Click Here to see Claudia use the beauty spoon on Live Well Network.     Recommended retail price for the single pack is R110 & for the double pack (show above) is R169.   This is definitely going to come in handy, especially with my foundation bottles that drive me insane as you can see all your precious product just sittingRead More