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Scrubs just got sexy in SA, and it’s all thanks to two men!

Two Capetonian guys who love start-ups, sport, travel and women bravely step into the cosmetics industry, previously uncharted territory for them both with the brand Kahve (Turkish for coffee).

Bathroom to beach or bathroom to bedroom? You choose. Kahve, prepares you with a smooth glow for both. I love that Kahve is all about empowering you and promoting healthy skin, with their brand message “Treat yourself like the natural goddess that you are. Embrace your femininity and take hold of the endless strength you possess. Skin was designed to be caress-able, freckles to be celebrated and you to be, oh so, irresistible.

COCONUT MATCHA | Revive


Matcha
 has been having its day in the sun lately, and if its considered a superfood, why not put it on your skin!? Kahve Coconut Matcha scrub combine matcha with virgin coconut oil to enhance radiance and nourish dehydrated skin. This blend of natural antioxidants, essential oils and exfoliators does a super duper job of sloughing away dead ski cells, ans smoothes and rejuvenates my skin. As for that pesky oily film that some scrubs leave on your skin? Nothing to report here, as in no irritating residue. The best part? It smells like toasted coconut marshmallows. 

USE FOR:

Damaged, tired and stressed skin. Post beach and sunkissed skin.

DIRECTIONS:

Pinch a small amount of scrub in your hand and apply directly to the target area of your body. Exfoliate in circular motions. Let the scrub absorb into the skin for two to five minutes followed by a rinse with warm water for optimum results.


COFFEE CINNAMON | Enliven

The caffeine found naturally in the Robusta bean addresses cellulite, stimulates drainage, refines contours and tightens up the skin while nourishing avocado oil and Borage oil help to soften and revitalise your skin. 

USE FOR:

To temporarily eliminate cellulite, varicose veins and tighten the skin.

DIRECTIONS: 

Use as above, and in the morning, to energize and invigorate.

 

Dear skin

Meet scrub

You can thank us later

Yours in sexy skin

Kahve


Get your Kahve Skin Body Scrub online, with free delivery within South Africa. Each 225g sachet has a RRSP of R280 – I find that I can get 2 uses from one sachet.

Exciting stuff! Kahve is offering a 15% discount to my readers. You can either go here, and the code will be automatically applied, or here and use the code kellyrocks at check out.

Here’s to glowing skin, lovelies.

The gorgeous French brand Payot is back in South Africa, and they’ve relaunched with a neat concept.

In the 1920’s, founder of Payot Paris, Dr Nadia Payot created her first products.  Convinced that these products alone were not enough, she developed her first beauty recommendations and exercises and started performing facial exercises on her clients.

The Gym Beauté Payot includes 11 movements which are said to uplift features and smoothe out wrinkles. And the best part? They’re quick and easy and you don’t have to put on your gym gear!

Check out the Beauty Gym:

Cleanse with LES DEMAQUILLANTES

A comprehensive cleansing range, this facial collection is complete with five options from cleansing gels, to a toner and of course make up removers.

All skin types are considered. There’s both a gel (for for oilier skin types) as well as comforting milk cleanser (offering added hydration). For a radiance boost, reach for Lotion Tonique Reveil with its raspberry extracts, and to whisk away make up in seconds, there are two options of makeup removers. Eau Micellaire Express is a refreshing make-up removing water for face and eyes, while Demaquillant Instantane Yeux is a dual-textured make up remover that sweeps away stubborn waterproof products.

Purify with PATE GRISE

This heritage range developed by Nadia Payot lives on and still thoroughly treats and cares for blemished skins almost 70 years since formulation. At its heart is Pate Grise Special Edition, and it’s a miracle potion – especially if an acne spot needs quick healing. An emergency ointment that’s suitable for all skin types, it works overnight to help mature a blemish, meaning it won’t linger on your skin. To compliment the range, the Pate Grise Speciale 5 (a drying and purifying gel) is used on mature blemishes, as well as the Pate Grise Eau Purifiante (a Perfection two-phase lotion) for all-over complexion use, meaning you have a comprehensive treatment plan. And because Payot understands women with blemished skins want to use a high-coverage concealer with treatment benefits, the Stick Couvrant Pate Gris means a dose of shale extract (an ingredient in the famous Pate Grise) upon application. Two hydrating products (oily skin needs to be perfectly moisturised too) complete the range.

Quench thirst with HYDRA24+

The best treatment products for skin that needs hydrations, irrespective of its type, comes in the forms of fresh-feel, moisture- plumping creams that are light to the touch. Available in a selection of textures that are perfect for your skin type, Hydra24+ is the answer for women prone to taught-feeling and hydration-poor skin. A daily-use eye care treatment (Hydra24+ Regard Glacon) and a super-hydrating and comforting mask (Hydra24+ Baum en Masque) are essential to prevent water loss.

Illuminate with MY PAYOT

Radiant skin means healthy skin and a simple yet effective product range is Payot’s commitment to helping women achievement a flawless face. Straightforward, yet hard-working, the collection consists of day, night and eye care creams to increase skin’s radiance for a glow that’s more gorgeous by the day thanks to power ingredients like super fruit extracts.

Lift with LES ELIXIRS

Slack skin is a big issue for South African women as loss of firmness doesn’t target a specific skin concern, type or tone. It’s simply an ageing issue. This targeted treatment (laced with argan extract) for mature skins with decreased firmness and bounce, is a smart serum-cream and works by intercellular communication.

Smooth wrinkles with TECHNI LISS

No matter where you are on your anti-ageing journey, Payot has specific anti-wrinkle care products to fit your skin’s treatment needs. Starting from first wrinkles (Techni Liss First) through to deep wrinkles (Techni Liss Deep), the range has been specifically created to manage wrinkles as they appear and set in, dealing with them at every stage. Carefully considered ingredient-rich products are key to the range, like Techni Liss Booster, packed with hyaluronic acid that’s found naturally in skin to pep up vital collagen.

Sculpt with PERFORM LIFT

Stave off in-clinic anti-aging procedures with a skin remod- eling range to help to re-contour face, neck and décolleté. As the skin on your neck is a telltale sign of aging, Perform Sculpt Roll-On is an award-winning modelling gel that uses peptides to help muscles support this fragile area once more. A day and night cream as well as an eye treatment means the range is complete for a full offering that cares for mature women skins.

Multitask with SUMPREME JEUNESSE

The era of global anti-aging treatments – those that work really hard to perform many skin care tasks in one applica- tion – has been with us for years. Payot has worked tire- lessly to ensure the formulation of Supreme Jeunesse Con- centrate is the of the utmost advanced, making this serum the solution to your skin’s total health and anti-aging needs.

UV protect with LES SOLAIRES

As South Africa as the second highest UV concentration in the world, Payot understands it needs to offer all South Afri- can women a full and high factor sun screen range. The Les Solaires Sun Sensi Crème Visage come in both a SPF 30 and 50+ variety.

You can find Payot at selected Dis-Chem and independent pharmacies nationwide. Go forth and explore! And don’t forget to do your exercises. 

Designed to stand up to the zoom, the Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara brush with Zoom-Action Tip captures and magnified every detail of every lash for an epic lash fan. No lash is left unseen.”

I’m always excited when a new mascara lands on my beauty desk, because who doesn’t want to play with makeup and have gorgeous lashes? This mascara has a unique brush, which makes it all the more exciting.  

How to use: Push the body of the brush deep into the root to capture and magnify every detail of every lash. Then, using both sides of the brush, draw it up through your lashes. Twist the brush tip towards your eyes and with an up-and-down motion diffuse clumps, volumise and zoom in on tiny lashes. Woah. That sounds like a LOT of instruction just to make my lashes pretty.

How do I use it? Pretty much like a regular mascara. I use the main brush to apply the product to my lashes – although I usually end up sticking it in my eye and hurting myself – and then the small spiky end to get my smaller lower lashes. Now before you judge my motor skills, the brush has 4 sets of combs sticking out, and if you misjudge it, you end up whacking it into your eye. The good thing about the brush is that you can really build volume and length up nicely without your lashes looking clumpy.

Looking quite Games of Throney

I love the sleek gold and black packaging. It sets it apart from all the other [insert generic colour here] coloured mascaras out there, and is pretty to look at. 

In terms of staying power, I’m quite impressed. It’s been on for 12 hours and there has been no smudging or flaking.

Do I love it? Not so much, but if you have fine lashes you might want to give it a try.

It has a RRS price of R170 and is available exclusive to Clicks.

I have a soft spot for green beauty. I figure if I can get the same results from a product that contains natural ingredients versus chemicals, I’ll always go for natural.

Aloe Unique skin care products blend vitamins with locally and ecologically-harvested Aloe Ferox plant ingredients, in a paraben-free formula.

The locally run Cape Town based family business boasts over 20 years experience in the Aloe industry. In the interests of health and in line with caring for the environment, all of their products are paraben-free and come in recyclable containers

Benefits

Aloe Ferox is twenty times stronger than Aloe Vera. And since Aloe Vera is well known for its moisturising, healing and restorative powers, with Aloe Ferox you know you’re onto a winner. Benefits include that it moisturises, accelerates wound healing, fights ageing, reduces acne and infection and lightens blemishes. 

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AGE DEFYING SERUM

This potent, highly-concentrated serum kickstarts skin’s age-defying powers to help prevent and reverse the appearance of lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Consisting of high levels of Aloe Ferox leaf extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Borage Oil, this Aloe Ferox-based formula is packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants to boost skin’s natural age-defying defenses.”

I love layering products and I love a good serum. This serum doesn’t have your typical, silk like consistency. It’s smooth but a little bit sticky, but goes on easily. It smells fresh and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and soft.

 You can get your hands on a 50ml bottle for the price of R256.00 here.

AGE DEFYING DAY CREAM

This emollient cream delivers a blast of moisture and protection to leave skin hydrated, plump and even-toned. With a unique delivery system, this Aloe Ferox-based formula packed with anti-oxidants and Vitamins E and C, helps effectively stimulate collagen production and increase elasticity. Protects against free radical damage and lessens visible lines and wrinkles. Skin looks fresh, firm and more youthful.”

The Aloe Unique Age Defying Day Cream has a creamy texture, but isn’t heavy. On it’s own it isn’t hydration enough for me (I have dehydrated skin). It leaves my skin feeling comfortable and smooth.

A 50ml jar will cost you R135.00. Available here.

AGE DEFYING NIGHT CREAM

This ultra-nourishing night cream delivers a powerful boost of lasting hydration, fortifying skin and replenishing moisture lost during the day. With a powerful anti-aging combination, this emollient-rich Aloe Ferox-based formula helps jumpstart collagen production overnight for a younger, glowing and even-toned appearance.

The Ultra-nourishing Night Cream has a thicker and richer texture than the day cream. It’s really an instant shot of hydration boost, and leaves my skin feeling nourished, comfortable and soft

Available for R155.00 for a 50ml jar here.

should you try it?

I appreciate Aloe Unique’s mission, which is to ethically and sustainably build their brand and produce the highest quality of affordable health and skin care product. I love how gentle yet effective this product line is. I love the fresh, subtle fragrance of the products. And I love that I’m using natural, plant based ingredients on my face. All in all, my skin is happy and loving these aloe ferox based products. I do sometimes pop my Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 on from time to time, because if I don’t, we all know what happens. The range is also really well priced. 

You can learn more about Aloe Unique here.

Last month I was invited by Japanese brand Miniso to spend 2 days with them for their Change the World conference, and to attend the the launch of their brand in South Africa. Who is Miniso, you ask? It’s a Japan-based designer brand, co-founded in 2013 by Japanese designer Miyake Junya and Chinese entrepreneur Ye Guofu with the philosophy of “simplicity, nature and good quality”. Their product range is extensive and ranges from health and beauty items like cotton pads, face masks, tweezers and perfume to household items like hangers, glasses, pans and cutlery to toys, electrical items and even underwear! Their products are updated every seven days and are really well priced. 

 
We stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton for 2 nights. The first day was a ‘free’ day where we got to check in, have dinner and relax. I invited my friend Michaella to the conference with me. On the second day, after breakfast we were taken to the opening of the new Miniso store in Norwood Mall. We were given the opportunity to do some VIP shopping, before we were whisked away to lunch at Moyo and then to the conference. At the conference, they shared their vision with us, and that is their plan to open 50 stores in South Africa creating more than 12 000 job opportunities. Miniso has over 1000 stores in 50 countries.
 
 
The welcoming ceremony at the opening of Norwood Mall
How beautiful is this flower wall?
This dance act was insane. So good.
 
Miniso offers high quality products under its energy saving blueprint and cooperates with global environmental protection organizations to provide environmentally friendly products to their consumers.
 
If you haven’t done so already, pop into Miniso for a really cool experience. They have a store at Menlyn and Norwood Mall.