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If you spend quite a bit of time in the sun, or if you have sun-sensitive skin, your world is about to be rocked. In an attempt to encourage safer sun behaviour, La Roche-Posay has launched their new My UV Patch. It’s the first ever wearable, stretchable skin sensor that’s able to monitor UV exposure and, via its connection to a smartphone app, advise on the most appropriate way to stay protected. By scanning the patch with the app, you can keep a regular check on just how high your UV exposure levels are. Taking into account your unique skin tone, the app educates you on the amount of UV exposure your skin is receiving and offer tips on sun-safe behaviour (like telling you when to reapply sunscreen and making product recommendations).

How does it work?

The waterproof, heart-shaped stretchable sensor can be worn anywhere on the body but is best suited on the hand or the wrist. As the photosensitive dyes within the patch are exposed to UV rays, they change colour. This colour change is then quantified by the app (for iOS and Android, called My UV Patch) and the personal UV dose is calculated. The app takes into account your unique skin tone and provides unique personal UV exposure information. 

Where can I get a My UV Patch?

Available whilst stocks last, from the month of October 2017, free with the purchase of any La Roche-Posay Anthelios product  through Dermastore or Skinmiles and select DisChem pharmacies

In South Africa, we’re always exposed to some sort of sun exposure and this unique little patch teaches you to play safe in the sun, to minimise sun burn with the intuitive app to monitor sun exposure in real-time. I think it’s such a needed product, as we aren’t very sun savvy and over-exposure to UV radiation can cause skin pigmentation issues, photo-aging and even skin cancer. If you’re eager to learn more about this innovative product, go here.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m all about a good pair of sneakers. Sneakers are super versatile, and can be worn with just about anything. A blazer? Yes. A leather miniskirt? Hell yeah. A plain white tee and some jeans? Leather-look pants and a blouse? A maxi skirt and some pearls? Yes, yes, yes!

I wear sneakers pretty much all year round. For spring/summer ’17 I’ve gone for patent leather, metallics, all white and pastel pink and I’ve rounded up some of my favourite sneakers from Superbalist. They have a super diverse range, but somehow I’m a sucker for Nike and Adidas Originals. Check out their Nike Sneakers here and Adidas Originals Sneakers here.

 

1. Puma Basket Heart | R1299

2. Converse Cons SLS Pro Leather | R1499

3. Adidas Originals Gazelle | R1399

4. Adidas Swift Run PK | R2199

5. Nike LunarCharge Essential | R1699

Did you know that Superbalist have an app and that you can get R250 off when using the app for the first time? Check it out for Android here and for iOS here.

What sneakers are on your wishlist? 

If you suffer from puffy under eye skin in the morning, your life is about to get a whole lot better. On the days that I wake up with puffy under eyes, every morning, I know they won’t stay like that for long, thanks to Exuviance’s DePuffing Eye Serum

It claims to help decongest, de-puff and tone the eye area for a rested, youthful appearance with visible results in just 4 weeks.

  • The special triple micro-roller applicator gently massages to stimulate circulation and drainage while delivering a depuffing complex of botanical ingredients.
  • A blend of peptides plus a citrus antioxidant in Eyeliss™ and Actiflow® targets microcirculation and helps strengthen skin, reducing the pooling that can lead to puffiness and bags.
  • NeoGlucosamine® helps build the supportive gel cushion for collagen and elastin, to firm and tone both eyelid and under-eye droopiness over time.
  • Caffeine helps stimulate and invigorate the skin.
  • Chamomile, Green Tea and Cucumber refresh the skin, while special micro-fillers soften and smooth the look of fine lines and crow’s feet for an immediate de-aging boost.
  • Ophthalmologist tested.

How did it do?

First up, it’s such a refreshing product to use. I apply it under my eye area and take it up to the area just below my brow bone in a circular, massaging motion. The little balls work to massage your skin, too. The minute I roll this product on, my eye area feels so moisturised and comforted. I’ve noticed that it lifts the skin on the eyelid making my tired eyes look that much more awake, in spite of how tired I might be. My fine lines also look smoother. 

It layers beautifully with other products and doesn’t roll off or pull of when you apply your foundation. I’ve also used it at 3pm, over my foundation, for a wakeup, and it sinks in beautifully – no sheen or tackiness in sight. It did roll off when I touched it. 

It really does as it says it will – it depuffs and calms my eye area in a few minutes.

The directions say: depress plunger once. Using gentle pressure, roll under each eye from inner corner to outer corner for up to 10 seconds. Repeat under brow bone. Gently smooth in any excess until absorbed. Use twice daily. Can be applied under eye cream or makeup. Initial use: Holding pen with roller ball up, depress plunger several times to start the flow of serum. Just a quick heads up, the first time I used it, I had to push the plunger about 30 times for any product to come out. I thought it was defective, but it just needed some extra care.

Overall, if puffy eyes are getting you, give this worthwhile serum a try. You won’t be sorry.

Available online for R645 here and R735 here. You can go here to contact Genop South Africa directly, to find a stockist near you or email them at skincare@genop.co.za.  

Fine haired babes, listen up! If you’ve been looking for a product to give you some volume without weighing your hair down, Moroccanoil has you covered with their Thickening Lotion.

In an attempt to get a little more volume, I’ve tried quite a few thickening hair products without being overly impressed. I always end up with hair that looks dirty or feels sticky. Moroccanoil’s Thickening Lotion has totally impressed me!

It comes in a sturdy, easy to use pump bottle in signature Moroccanoil blue with a white lid. After I wash and towel dry my hair, I apply two pumps of the thickening lotion from root to tip. After I blow dry my hair, my hair has a lot more volume and appears thicker. The best part is that my hair never feels sticky or looks oily. And the scent? It smells delicious, just like any other like Moroccanoil product.

It contains quinoa proteins to strengthen and thicken each individual strand and argan oil that moisturizes. 

I let my mom use it, and she has fine, short hair. She loves it too! It doesn’t weigh her hair down, and is also perfect for short hair.

Basically, if you have fine strands you’re looking to amp up without sacrificing the look of your hair, you can’t do better than this.

Available at selected hair salons and stores for R410 for a 100ml bottle.

Hey beauties! MINISO, the darling of the Japanese fashion and beauty retail industry, is now open in Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria, with 50 further stores for South Africa in the pipeline. MINISO has over 2000 stores located in more than 50 countries around the world. 

Inspired by a philosophy of fast fashion coupled with simplicity, MINISO updates its product offering every seven days with smarter, simpler and cozier products to encourage the personalised intelligent purchase trend. 

The affordable MINISO offering focuses on making high quality products that are accessible. There are several categories that showcase enormous variety and hold over 3 000 different types of products: Consumer Goods, Health & Beauty, Jewellery & Accessories, Creative Homeware, Digital Products, Stationary & Gifts and Seasonal Products to name a few. Think water bottles, face masks, eye lash curlers, soft toys, kids educational toys, earphones, phone cables, pink pans and even perfume. And every colour imaginable!

Phoebe Dongxiang, MINISO HR Manager says, “At MINISO, we pursue a simple and natural life philosophy. Our aim is to design and manufacture excellent goods at honest prices, taking into account the earth’s resources and the environment to fully respect nature and the essence of the product. The personalised, smart shopping experience is what consumers in 2017 crave and we have an exceptional offering with something for everyone.”

MINISO stores are opening first in Gauteng and are available at Maponya Mall in Soweto and Menlyn Park Shopping Centre in Pretoria. The next stores set to open are in Forest Hill in Kyalami and Norwood Mall in Johannesburg. The Durban and Cape-Town store launches will take place in September 2017.

To find out more about MINISO go here.