As a Clarisonic devotee, I am thrilled to let you know that Clarisonic will soon be available in S.A. Want to know more about Clarisonic? Read on…

Developed by a team of engineers and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Washington, Clarisonic combines proprietary technology with a revolutionary vision to redefine skin care. A pioneering innovation, the Clarisonic Pro Sonic Skin Cleansing System was initially developed for skin care professionals to use in treatment. It quickly became the #1 cleansing brush recommended by leading dermatologists, aestheticians and spa professionals – transforming the skin care industry.

Gentle yet powerful, Clarisonic’s Sonic Method revolutionizes the cosmetic industry, converging products that work on the surface with technology that goes beneath the skin’s surface to beautifully transform its texture, reducing the appearance of pore size and creating a softer, smoother, more radiant  complexion. Unlike spinning devices, Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments. The proprietary technology in the Sonic Method can be modified to deliver two complementary modes of action, extracting impurities and enhancing product penetration. This holistic approach to skin care enables a comprehensive regimen that can be customized to meet specific treatment goals. Clinical results have shown increased product absorption and six times better removal of makeup, dirt and oil than cleansing with hands alone.

Which one is right for you?

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Lightweight, compact and equipped with a travel case, Mia 2 allows for a gentle and effective cleanse at home or on-the-go. Designed with two speeds for customizable convenience, Mia 2 is powered by patented sonic technology and is clinically proven to cleanse skin six times better than hands alone. Gentle yet powerful, the Sonic Method works with the skin’s natural elasticity to thoroughly cleanse and go beneath the skin’s surface to beautifully transform its texture, reducing the appearance of pore size and creating a softer, smoother, more radiant complexion. Unlike spinning devices, Mia 2 oscillates back and forth at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second, which gently extracts impurities from skin and pores. A cleanse so effective that skin is more receptive to creams, serums and moisturizers. Clinical results have shown reduced appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and improved skin tone. Mia 2’s unique, compact pLink™ charger magnetically attaches to the handle and allows for a full 24 minutes of use per charge. For even and thorough cleansing of the face, the Mia 2 features a proprietary T-Timer that pauses momentarily to indicate it is time to move to another part of the face, providing an effortless, one-minute guided cleanse: 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek. The rechargeable Mia 2 is completely waterproof, making it perfect for use in the tub or shower, comes equipped with a portable travel-friendly case and a two-year warranty.

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Equipped with three customizable speed settings and advanced features, Aria provides high-performance cleansing to meet the needs of today’s fast-paced, sophisticated, and continually evolving lifestyle. Rooted in science & sonic technology, varying levels of sonic speed empower users to customize their cleansing experience to address individual skin conditions and concerns. Designed for compromised or fragile skin, Speed 1 is delicate enough for even the very sensitive skin conditions. Universal for all skin types and cleansing six times better than hands alone, Speed 2 is developed for normal daily use and enhances cleansing by 26% compared to Speed 1. When an extra boost is needed to loosen and remove set-in debris, Speed 3 provides the power to enhance cleansing by 30% compared to Speed 2. The oscillatory movements per second don’t change – only the distance in which each bristle moves from side-to-side – defined as amplitude. It is the amplitude that contributes to increased power with each speed, creating stronger fluid forces that generate more pore flushing power. These customized speed settings, ranging from delicate to powerful, tailor the cleansing experience to the consumer for beautiful skin transformation. A perfect marriage of form and function, the sleek design of Aria appeals to the modern consumer, and the advanced settings complement its sophisticated speed settings, providing a gentle yet thorough cleanse. An adjustable T-timer affords further customization of the cleansing experience by allowing the choice between one and two-minute cleansing cycles. An illuminated bezel provides users with visual cues to navigate through varying speeds, and real-time battery indicator lets you know when to charge the device. Aria’s convenient & compact drying stand makes an elegant addition to any bathroom or shower and can convert into a charging station when space is limited. Perfect for the traveller, the tech-savvy Aria also has a USB-enabled p-Link charger that makes powering up simple at-home or traveling the world.

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The Clarisonic Plus Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush offers a total face and body experience for the most versatile cleanse. The Plus can be customized with three different speeds for facial cleansing, and a three minute body setting with two distinct modes (constant and pulse) and unique body brush head to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells revealing soft, smooth face and body skin. The Plus includes a customizable T-Timer® setting that pauses momentarily to indicate it is time to move to another part of the face, providing an effortless, one-minute guided cleanse cycle: 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek. In less than 60 seconds, the micro-massage action of the brush head reveals smoother, softer healthier-looking skin. With separate control features, changing the speed level is as simple as the touch of a button. When using the Body Brush Head, the Plus automatically shifts into the body power setting; commencing a three minute body cleansing cycle that gently exfoliates, removes dead skin cells and preps the skin for other product and treatment applications. The rechargeable brush is completely waterproof, and includes a charge indicator light that shows when power is low.

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Celebrity fans include Alicia Keys, Ashton Kutcher,  Bradley Cooper, Blake Lively, Brad and Angelina, Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Christina Hendricks, Courtney Cox, Dita Von Teese, Demi Moore, Eva Longoria, Emma Stone, Emmy Rossum, Fergie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, John Travolta, Kate Beckinsale, Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian, Kristen Stewart, Lauren Conrad, Lady Gaga, Lea Michele, Liv Tyler, Leighton Meester, Liya Kebede, Madonna, Margherita Missoni, Matthew McConaughey, Miley Cyrus, Nina Dobrev, Nicole Richie, Olivia Wilde, Oprah, Rachel Zoe, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tyra Banks and Zoe Saldana.

If you are looking for a new and effective way to clean your skin, I highly recommend the Clarisonic.

Clarisonic will be available at selected Stuttafords stores mid-January 2015.

Hi Lovelies,

By now, most of us have probably heard that “Your thirties are the new twenties!” and (those of us who are 30 and upwards) have nodded along in fervent agreement with this life philosophy. As you enter a new and different age bracket, it’s vital that you take stock of where you are and that you hit the ‘refresh’ button. Undoubtedly there are certain cringeworthy things from your past that you should bid farewell to as you approach the new golden decade (take anything glittery for example). To help you approach this fabulous new decade with style and grace, here is a list of eight beauty products that are best left behind to the blunders, er, learning period of your 20’s.

 

Fruity Body Sprays

Perhaps you loved smelling like the contents of a sweet and fruity punch bowl back in the day? Let’s leave these fruit sprays behind, along with the days when we wore blue eye shadow. Instead, try picking a signature scent. Can’t limit it to just one? Pick 3 or 4!

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Over-The-Top False Eyelashes

As much as we love long, thick, fluttery lashes, if you overdo it, they can look très fake. Instead, opt for eyelash extensions or individual lashes that are natural-looking and lengthening!

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Sparkly Lip Gloss

Nothing screams “juvenile” more than giant specks of glitter on your lips. Leave the sparkle to the teens, and save your lips for something a bit more polished. There are a whole host of more flattering glosses out there that will give you either a sheer conditioned look like Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector, a glossy stain for staying-power deluxe like YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres or a bright, opaque non-sticky gloss, like L’Oreál Colour Riche L’Extraordinare to give you sleek shine with a punch of colour. With your thirties comes the confidence to wear bolder shades, so you’ll be able to rock the  red lip.

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Glitter Eyeliner

Perfect for the glitzy makeup looks of your 20’s, glitter eyeliner looks out of place when there isn’t a disco ball in sight. Instead, reach for a creamy eyeliner with a barely-there glint of metal. Lancôme’s Artliner 24 Hour Liquid Eyeliner in either Jade or Copper are beautiful alternatives.

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Milky Bubblegum Pink Lipstick

Bubblegum lipstick looks great throughout your 20’s, but when you get older, it just doesn’t look right. Petal pink lipstick is not only more flattering than bubblegum pink, but more age appropriate. Dolce & Gabbana’s Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick delivers color with just a hint of shine.

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Harsh Hair Colours

Contrary to what you think, your pitch black hair is completely unbelievable and we all know that it isn’t your natural hair colour. Whilst your twenties were a good time for experimenting with harsh colours (perfect, glowing complexions and all that), your thirties are all about subtle gorgeousness. Opt for understated, sun kissed highlights or a subtle ombré. Hair Waves in Rivonia is the BEST at doing the perfect ombré. Call them on 011 234 1587.

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Shimmery, Glittery Bronzer

A little shimmer may have made you look sparkly and sun-kissed back in your 20’s, but in your 30’s it’s not such a good idea. Instead, try a silky matte bronzer (with a hint of shimmer) in the form of Clarins Bronzing Duo. It gets the job done right!

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Too Much Fake Tan

As your skin ages it gets dryer so layers of fake tan can look…well… fake (Gayle from Jerseylicious, I’m talking to you!). Once again subtlety is key. Opt for Dove’s Gradual Tanning Lotion to build a believable colour and if you do go the whole self-tan route, make sure you exfoliate beforehand to allow the skin to soak up the self-tanner evenly. Because self-tanners are extremely drying, be sure to slather on some moisturiser every day to keep your skin looking supple and hydrated.

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In 2012 it was annouced that Christian Louboutin would team up with Batallure Beauty to form Christian Louboutin Beauté. Fast forward to today, and the first beauty offering has just been launched! It should come as no surprise at all that the debut offering comes in the form of  a glossy, long-lasting and chip-resistant nail lacquer in a timeless and vibrant red, suited to any skin tone, and in the very same shade of red as the soles of every pair of Louboutin shoes.

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The story of the red soles goes that Louboutin, looking for the perfect finishing touch for a prototype he had just created, spontaneously grabbed a nail polish from his assistant nearby who was mid-manicure and painted the soles with the shade which would become his signature. Now he wants to “give back to nails what the shoe took many years ago.”

Rouge Louboutin

Housed in a faceted glass bottle, Rouge Louboutin is topped with a dramatic “high heel” lid taking it to the same height  (20.5 centimetres) as Louboutin’s highest ever heels, the Ballerina Ultima shoes, shown above. The packaging doesn’t prove to be practical, but then again, when has Monsieur Louboutin every enjoyed a relationship with being practical? (He was once quoted as saying “My job is not to create comfortable shoes”.) The polish and its packaging are also said to have taken inspiration from the Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris, with which the designer has enjoyed a longstanding relationship.

September sees the range expand to include 30 new polishes grouped into Nudes, Noirs and Pops as well as base and top coats. At a decadent R650 a bottle, Rouge Louboutin is sure to add something a little different to your beauty stash, whilst depleting your beauty budget somewhat. Sadly, as with his boutiques, Louboutin Beauté will not be available in South Africa. If you want to learn more, go here.

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Winter is finally here and essie has got your nails covered, literally. Fingers, get ready for some warm and toasty colours and a pretty pastel or two…

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toggle to the topShake, shimmy and shine your way to the height of fashion in this show-stopping sparkling crushed garnet lacquer. Toggle to the Top is a gorgeous ruby red loaded with embedded magenta glitter in varying shapes & sizes, in a glowing jelly-esque formula.

 

shearling darlingSilky smooth and buttery soft on the surface, this plush mahogany red nail lacquer has a deep, dark heart that fires the imagination. Shearling Darling is a rich and ultra saturated deep berry hue with burgundy undertones in its base, in a hybrid crème/jelly formula.

 

 sable collarBaby, it’s cold outside. Warm it up with pearlescent cocoa plum polish that adds a touch of luxe to any look.  Sable Collar is a totally unique mix of grey & raisin, and filled with a pale pink and burgundy ultra-fine shimmer throughout. It’s the most original shade released this season by any brand.

 

warm and toasty turtleneckThis wisteria pink angora polish is the epitome of snuggly seduction, but be advised: this pretty pullover is no pushover. Warm and Toasty Turtleneck is a blue tinged lavender crème hue with jelly-esque characteristics, that gives good coverage even by the first coat.

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parka perfectAprès ski or after hours, this serenely shimmering alpine grey lacquer expertly navigates the slopes and the scene in fine form. Parka Perfect is a mid-sheer concrete grey hue with blue/green undertones, filled with ultra fine silver and prismatic ground shimmer – which is actually quite subtle, unless seen in direct sunlight.

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mind your mittensCharm. Etiquette. Discretion. You’re a master of manners with serious knit knack in this double diamond black teal lacquer. Mind Your Mittens is somber dark teal hue that is paradoxically deep & bright at the same time, with definitive grey undertones in its base, all in a crème/jelly formula.

Go get your pretty little hands on a bottle or two (or three!) of these hot new winter shades.

I’m always on the prowl for a great lip colour, so when I was out grabbing some things from Dischem (and unable to walk past the beauty aisle) I stumbled upon the Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivids collection. What impressed me immediately was the amazing colour offering. After considering a few gorgeous colours, I was faced with either  Hot Plum or Fuchsia Flash (which is also super gorgeous).  I eventually decided on Hot Plum.

The COLOUR: When I think of  plum, I think of a dark purple shade, and this is not dark or purple at all. Hot Plum is a gorgeous blue toned pink and is extremely pigmented.

The TEXTURE: This lipstick is so creamy and smooth. It glides on like a dream (and smells like one too!). It’s also hydrating enough that I don’t feel the need to apply a lip balm first. That said, it’s not particularly moisturising (I guess we can’t have the best of both worlds). Just two swipes and Hot Plum becomes completely opaque and electric! One application has a 3-4 hour staying time period and also leaves a stain when it wears off. Also, I experienced no bleeding. #winning

PACKAGING: The lipstick is packaged in the standard Colour Sensational silver tube but the difference is in the cap – it’s neon red which sets the tones for the Vivids range.

OVER ALL:  Hot Plum exceeded my expectations for a ‘drugstore’ lipstick. This is my favourite pink lipstick of all time ever in terms of texture, colour, staying power and price. I hope Maybelline never stops making it! If you have been looking for the perfect pink lip colour, go out and get this one. You won’t be sad you did!

Maybelline Hot Plum

Maybelline Hot Plum

Hot Plum swatch

Rating: 1000/5
Product: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Price: R119
Would I buy again?: Heck yes!
Where to buy: Clicks, Dischem or anywhere Maybelline is sold