Hey lovelies, after countless discussions with my girlfriends and family, I know that women are searching for perfection – perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect bodies, not to mention perfect men and perfect jobs. And perfect is a good thing to reach for, just as long as we remember that we’ll never actually reach 100% perfection. Strive for better, not perfection.

When I received Vichy’s ProEVEN range, I was super keen to try it out. I have a few freckles and pigmentation spots that I’m not too thrilled about (perfect skin, remember?). 

Vichy ProEVEN caters for women of all ages and ethnicities who suffer from stubborn dark spots and uneven skin tone. It promises to visibly reduce the look of dark spots, brighten skin tone and create a more even complexion, with continuous use.

ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam

This cleanser claims to deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate dead skin cells to reduce the look of dark spots to reveal smoother, newer-looking skin and a brighter, more even and radiant skin tone by way of Ceramide Bright™ and Vitamin C. It’s suitable for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, paraben-free and Hydroquinone-free.

First up, this cleanser is super concentrated so you need the tiniest amount to get a delicious foam going. Because foam cleansers usually dry me out, I prefer cleansing oils, but not with this one. It never leaves me feeling tight. It does leave me feeling squeaky clean, in the best way. The scent is also heavenly and I love the fact that it provides a gentle daily exfoliation. I look forward to using it every morning and evening.

Available for a RRSP of R230. Find out more about it here

ProEVEN Advanced Daily Dark Spot Corrector

The Daily Dark Spot Corrector promises to instantly brighten skin tone and visibly reduce the number, size and intensity of dark spots in 8 weeks. It does this by way of a gentle exfoliation and contains soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It has been tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control, suitable for all skin types and tested on multi ethnicities, non-comedogenic and paraben-free.

This product is like a thick white milk and smells incredible, like gentle flowers. The texture is silky smooth and makes my skin feel insanely smooth, supple and moisturised. There’s no need for any other moisturiser on top of this one. 

Available from Clicks, DisChem and some Foschini stores for a RRSP of R409. If you’re interested in reading more about it, go here.

I’ve been using this spot correcting duo for 8 weeks now. For the first 4 weeks I used it every morning and evening, and saw a noticeable difference in my skin in terms of radiance and brightness, but didn’t notice any of my dark spots lightening. The next 4 weeks I amped it up by using my Skinceuticals Retinol and saw better results – some of my dark spots were a little lighter. If you’re serious about pigmentation, I would supplement this range with a good retinol.

All in all, I’m loving this range. It’s cost-effective and it smells great. Again, for maximum efficacy I would supplement with a good retinol.

I have dry skin that’s also sensitive. Gel cleansers strip my skin and make me feel tight, so I’ve had to switch to micellar water and oil cleansers. I was really curious when I received Bioderma’s Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel because I don’t really use gel cleansers anymore, and it’s related to the wonderful Sensibio Micellar Water. I wondered if this cleanser would live up to its famous cousin?

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The Promise

Sensibio Gel Moussant gently cleanses and removes make-up from face and eyes while soothing and calming irritations. Gently cleanses and removes make-up from face and eyes, leaving skin clean, soft and comfortable Moisturises: +77% hydration* Soothes and calms irritations 100% excellent skin and eye tolerance Its exclusive DAF complex is an association of active ingredients which reinforces the tolerance threshold of all sensitive skin. Enriched with Coco Glucoside/ Glycéryl Oléate; an active ingredient that mimics the skin structure, Sensibio Gel Moussant has lipid-restoring and moisturising properties.

Soap-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, colourant-free, hypoallergenic, physiological pH, non-comedogenic.

The Packaging

I’m a sucker for pink, so I absolutely love the bottle. It’s fantastic because the pump system pumps out EXACTLY the right amount of product you need – no less and no more and no wastage. Yay!

The Scent

There’s no scent at all. It’s always nice to have a pretty smelling cleanser, but that can lead to irritation, so I get where Bioderma is coming from.

The Texture

The gel is clear and lightweight and lathers into a light airy foam. You’d be wrong if you’re thinking traditional foamy, mousse texture. It’s a gel that is bought to life by water. It is quite ‘thin’ and I don’t think it would work well on a Clarisonic or other cleansing gadgets. This gel is for good old fashion hand cleansing.

The Verdict

This is a good, fragrance-free, paraben-free face wash and I would definitely repurchase. It removes eye makeup well but does sting a bit if you get it in your eyes. I am so happy with the way that it removes makeup and my skin has been completely blemish-free since I’ve started using it. If you’re finicky about cleansing, perhaps you could use that as step 2 of your double cleansing routine. It never leaves my skin tight. Other sensitive skintypes should also be safe with this cleanser. I love it.

Available from selected Dis-Chem stores, independent pharmacies and online here for a RRSP of R210.

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Towards the end of winter, around end-July, beginning-August, my skin was terribly dry and my hands were suffering. Did anybody else out there go through the same thing? Normally I don’t use luxury products on my hands, but desperate times call for desperate measures, so I applied some of Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Masque to the back of my hands. After 15 minutes, they were soothed and felt much more moisturised. The mask wasn’t designed for hands (although they benefited greatly, so hey,why not?) so let’s talk about the actual intended purpose of the masque…

Winter skin can be quite nasty when it’s super dry, so I was relieved-slash-elated when I received Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Masque. It is described by Dermalogia as “A refreshing, moisturising masque to remedy dry, stressed skin. Use after cleansing to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Unique cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid traps moisture to deliver time-released hydration for lasting suppleness. Help stimulate skin’s Natural Moisturising Factor while lycopene-rich Tomato Seed lipids help restore skin’s protective barrier, enhancing moisture levels for healthier, smoother skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.”

In an effort to aid my parched profile, I applied the masque to my skin (you can use a fan brush if you want to be fancy, but I just used my fingers). It’s a milky gel like masque that has a pleasant albeit feint scent to it (although it’s fragrance-free) and applies almost effortlessly. The minute you apply it, you feel a nice freshness on your skin. I left it on for a good 20 minutes (the directions say 10-15 minutes, but I wanted it to work hard for me) and am happy to report that upon rinsing my face (which was also very easy), I was treated to smoothe, hydrated, happy skin. I definitley believe in using a moisture mask to boost hydration levels in the drier months, and was very pleased with the results that the Skin Hydrating Masque produced.

 dermalogica face masque 

I like it because it’s a no-fuss mask –  after you apply it, it sinks right in in no time at all. Once you are ready to take it off, it comes off with a swipe of either a face cloth or a muslin cloth – no pesky cling-on bits here and there. After the masque you can continue with your normal nighttime skincare ritual and go to sleep knowing that your skin will be happy and hydrated when you wake up. I also like the fact that it didn’t cause any breakouts. It might not be suitable for hydrating for extremely dry skin as it is a light, hydrating mask and doesn’t provide in-depth moisturisation. My skin is dry, although not exceptionally so, and I used this mask three times a week to boost moisture levels. For those of you with dry skin, this is a mask you could possibly use in summer to give you that extra bit of hydration, whilst not causing havoc in the breakout department. The only thing that I’m not mad about is the price – I think R590 is a bit steep for a face mask.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Product: 4/5
Packaging: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Price: R590 for 75ml
Where to buy: Find your nearest Dermalogica stockist here

 xoxo

Be shrouded in mystery and embrace the heart of the darkness. Taking inspiration from the Middle East, where precious woods, rich resins, regal flowers and plump citrus fruits enchant the senses at every turn, the Perfumes of the Night Garden Collection add a vibrant and contemporary twist to the deep, spicy and smoky scents of a timeless and exotic land.

In the time of the Ottoman Empire the ancient city of Taif was known as ‘Arabian Rose’. Inspired by the dawn gathering of this esteemed flower’s petals, Ottoman Rose blends the fragrance notes of ingredients that have been picked from a shaded garden just as their perfume peaks. Blackberry, carnation and fine vintage leather give a modern touch to this rich Oriental rose. Ottoman Rose is a rich interpretation of the velvety floral note, also featuring blackberry, carnation and vintage leather.

Celebrating the legendary scents of the Middle East and a citrus signature characteristic of Crabtree & Evelyn, Assam Oudh balances notes of crystallised lemon, blood orange and bergamot with rich golden oudh in a fresh and smoky blend. The citrus top notes give way to accords of rich golden oudh, rounded by sensual pepper and peony. A blend of earthy patchouli and vetiver provides a wonderful richness to this distinctive oudh fragrance. Assam Oudh contains rare and heady wood, as well as crystallised lemon, blood orange and bergamot.

Inspired by the Arabic philosophy that musk is bathed in the aroma of its surroundings, Kashmir Musk embodies the scented trail from valleys and mountains to Middle Eastern souks. Accords of powdery English iris and exotic spices float on seductive wafts of grey musk, like sheer mists drifting through the night. The fragrance journey culminates in rich and creamy sandalwood overlaid with a woody tone to ensure a lasting power on the skin. Kashmir Musk is a soft and seductive accord with iris, grey musk and exotic spices.

Tea has long been steeped in culture as a cherished daily ritual, but its journey to becoming an enduring treasure began centuries ago en route to Persia along the fabled Silk Road. Our Persian Thé Eau de Parfum captures the distinctive aroma of smoky black tea as it mingles with notes of cardamom, cinnamon, Atlas cedarwood and amber that are carried on the cool night breezes rising off the Caspian Sea.  Persian Thé  is smoky and warm, with notes of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, Atlas cedarwood, labdanum and amber.

Crabtree & Evelyn’s Night Garden Eau De Parfums are available in 100ml bottles for R2200 each, and come in the most gorgeous packaging. The range is available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores.

I have recently been très impressed with The Metallics Pure Color Collection by Estée Lauder. This surprisingly versatile collection of metallic finishes breaks boundaries and transforms like never before, with liquid-like shadows that saturate eyes, vinyl finishes that lacquer lips, and hyper-chromatics that accessorize nails. Whether soft and pretty or bold and sexy, The Metallics uses a variety of unique reflective finishes to bring a new level of sophistication to multi-dimensional colour.

For more inspiration on how to create smouldering looks using The Metallics Pure Color Collection’s gorgeous Lip Lacquers, Nail Lacquers and Instant Intense Eye Shadows, click here.