Monday, 16 July 2018

My Winter Skin Savers - Hand & Cuticle Care

Hi guys ! Happy Monday ! Did you watch the soccer World Cup last nigth ? It was such an amazing match !

Things have been a little quiet over here on the blog the last few weeks - I've been down with a cold and school holidays meant being a little bit busier than normal. But luckily schools are starting again tomorrow so then it will be back to normal . Now if only I can get better again ...

The last few weeks my hands have been EXTREMELY dry and my cuticles got extremely dry and painful. Apparently just buying products doesn't help if you don't actually use them. I got a box full of goodies from Justine to review on the blog - just as I ordered the hand scrub and hand cream and decided to put these products to the test. 

Justine Honey Herbal Hand Scrub
I was in the market for a good hand scrub (which I couldn't find anywhere) to pamper my nails a bit when I do them. I decided to pick up this scrub. It smells incredible spa- like and has fine granules to exfoliate dry hands and cuticles and prep it for moisturiser . The granules aren't rough on your skin - which makes this the perfect once / twice a week step in my routine. 

Justine Tissue Cuticle Treatment 
This product has been mentioned in a few nail-care posts HERE and HERE and again with good reason. This cuticle oil really does wonders for dry cuticles. This has been a repurchase a few times in the last few years . It has the classic tissue oil scent but does an amazing job at hydrating. I try to use this oil before bedtime and after I do my nails - but I have really neglected my routine lately with the dry weather and being sick (and using tons and tons of hand sanitisers ) so at night time I do switch it up every few nights with the Justine Tissue Oil Multi-Purpose Balm. 
Justine Tissue Oil Multi Purpose Balm
Now this is some magic unicorn sorcery in this container. I have never used any cuticle product that makes such a huge difference like this container of magic. The Justine Multi Purpose balm isn't just a cuticle balm - you can use it on chapped lips - any dry skin areas but this is a must have product . A little goes a long way but this can make sore , ragged cuticles look so much smoother and almost normal within a day . I'm seriously impressed and can't recommend this product enough.  
Justine Tissue Oil Nourishing Hand and Nail Cream
This was a freebie with some other tissue oil products I ordered and I'm really impressed. This hand cream absorbs really quickly into the skin but leaves it feeling hydrated and looking and feeling moisturised. I prefer to keep this tube next to my bed and use it at night before I get into bed - as I'm using the Tissue Oil cuticle treatment too and I feel they go together extremely well. 
Justine Honey Herbal Hand Treatment Cream First of all - I love hand creams that has a pump bottle. It makes it so much easier to use on my way out the door in the morning - I can just pump some into my hands and massage it in as I walk out the door. I really love how hydrating the Honey Herbal Treatment Cream is - I feel it's a little more hydrating than the Tissue Oil version too. This doesn't absorb as quickly as the Tissue oil one - but I find this is perfect after I just did my nails before taking photos to post on social media and in the morning as I'm on my way to work / dropping of Alex at school were I know I won't be touching papers etc as this is a little greasier and absorbs a bit slower.  I do feel of the two this is the better one if you have extremely dry hands and cuticles. The do have smaller versions of tubes too - if you prefer an easy to throw into your handbag version.

These are all products that really saved my hands and cuticles in the last two weeks .

Have you tried any of these products before ??

If you are interested in seeing some of my favourites from previous years  - follow the links here :

The Justine Honey Herbal Treatment was sent to review 

Monday, 18 June 2018

New On My Beauty Desk - June

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . Hope you had a great weekend !

June so far has been a pretty exciting month blog wise. I have so many new goodies that landed on my beauty desk that will all get their own dedicated posts ... But today I'm sharing some of the thing I picked up so far. (And luckily I'm impressed with most of them so far - yeah ! )

Avon ANEW Transforming Cleansing Balm
With the colder months upon us I really love using a Cleansing Balm. I mentioned the Pink Cosmetics one HERE in my March Monthly favourites and when I saw Avon came out with a new one I knew I had to try it. This one is a more balmy formula - I love how it is unscented and does an amazing job at removing make-up. The balm is a little bit of a harder formula - but yet again a little does go a long way. I do prefer this one a little more as I feel my eyes don't sting for a second or two after removing my mascara as it does with the other one. 
Avon ANEW Perfect Skin Instant Blurring Treatment
I have a few primers I am currently using and when I saw Avon came out with a new one I had to try it. This doesn't feel super silliconey but does a decent job of blurring your imperfections on your skin. I love using this on a day I wear no make-up too - as it makes me look more flawless. As a primer it does make your foundation last longer on your skin . All downside for me personally - it does have a quite perfumey scent - it does disappear after a few minutes but it's worth a mention .I don't like using silicone based primers too many days in a row - but this one doesn't clog up my skin and give me breakouts so I'm pretty impressed.  

Essence I love Effect Eyeshadow Base
It's no secret that the Essence eyeshadow primer is my go to primer . It's pretty affordable and does a great job at making your eyeshadow look good during the day. I have both the nude version and the pink version so I knew I had to pick up the grey version too. I'm sure this will be perfect to intensify a smokey eye or give some darker vibes to my current eyeshadow looks. I'm pretty excited to try this one out. 
Wet n Wild Photofocus eyeshadow primer
Another eyeshadow primer ??? Yes ! When Simran on Instragram mentioned this as her go to eyeshadow primer ( You should also totally follow here page HERE ) I knew I had to try it too. It was a little pricier but she mentioned she had oily eyelids and this primer works wonders on her. I have a few eyeshadow palettes that even with the Essence eyeshadow primer won't last a whole workday on me - and I wanted a great primer especially for those shadows. This does exactly that. It makes your eyeshadow look last FOREVER !! Even after a very very very late night my eyeshadow still looks perfect . I keep this one especially for those palettes now or when I know I'm having an extra long day.

Essence Keep It Perfect Setting Spray
This is one of the BEST and most affordable Essence setting sprays. It makes your make-up melt into your skin and helps it look flawless and less powdery - and helps it last longer too. This and the matte setting sprays is some of the best most affordable ones on the market . 
Cettua Spot Clear Patch 
When I saw these when I popped into Clicks I knew I had to try them . I do suffer from the occasional spot and these seem perfect. They are clear patches (there are two sizes a smaller one and a bigger one ) These you can put on overnight (for up to 12 hours ) that helps combat spots and blemishes. It really does work wonders (it won't make it disappear overnight but it does a pretty decent job at shrinking it ! ) and it helps to not pick at the spot. I bought the Skin Strategy ones too - and will do that in a separate post but I love this discovery ! 

Anything here you would like a full review on ?? Anything fun and new you tried lately that I need to try too ??

Friday, 15 June 2018

Disappointing Products

Hi guys ! Happy Friday ! How has your week been ?

Today I am sharing some disappointing products with you guys. I know disappointing product posts can sometimes get a little negative - if these products work amazing for you please leave me a tip how you perhaps use it differently  - because let's be real no one wants to buy make-up to unhappy about it .

HudaBeauty #FauxFilter Foundation in 100B Milkshake 
You have no idea how excited I was about this foundation when I ordered this from Cult Beauty . I read so many great reviews that I couldn't wait to try it. It looks so high end and even looking at this photo breaks my heart.  Sadly on me this foundation doesn't work at all. The scent didn't bother me - but oh boy ! It feels heavy on my skin (like I am wearing a THICK layer of foundation ) ... but doesn't make me look flawless sadly. I feel my BB Cream gives me better coverage (although it could be because I used a beauty blender ) . I wish it didn't feel so heavy . 

Essence You Better Work! Gym Proof Primer
When I first posted this primer everyone was super excited to read my thoughts on it. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Essence goodies . It's one of my go to brands. But my skin doesn't like this primer. This is a thicker blue primer and I think it might be the sunscreen in this primer that breaks out my skin like crazy . It does help with helping sweat control to a stage but after four tries and getting small bumpy texture on my skin every single time after using it I just can't use it anymore. 

MOOGOO Natural Cow Lick Lip balm
I got this while paying at the pharmacy while sick as the lady in front of me raved about how amazing it was. Someone beeswax based products doesn't really help to hydrate my lips at all. This is also scented with Citrus Oil which I suspect irritates my lips a little bit too. Is it bad overall ? No . I just don't like it at all. Which is sad as it was kind of pricey for a lip balm.  
Essence Glow To Go Illuminating Setting Spray
I LOVE Essence Settings sprays - so when Essence released this recently I HAD to pick it up . Sadly - for me I don't love it. This contains glitter particles so I find glitter all over my face a little annoying. If you like your face looking like a unicorn puppy licked you all over - then yes you'd love it . If you like a normal setting spray without glitter you won't like this. Will I still use it ? Yes . But mostly over a weekend where I won't mind a little glitter. 

Do you perhaps have any tips for me how to use these products differently ?? Any products you recently used that disappointed you ??

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

My Picks from the Essence Counting Stars Collection

Hi guys ! Happy Wednesday . Hope you are having a lovely week so far. 

A little while back I was browsing Takealot and I saw this cute little collection . The collection has lippies , eyeshadows , make-up application tools , hair ties and gorgeous nail goodies. From what I can gather this is a limited edition range exclusive to Takealot as I haven't seen it in store yet. 

From the collection though only a few items jumped out at me . A lipgloss , the two lippies and an eyeshadow palette. 

Essence Counting Stars Highlighter and Eyeshadow Palette 01 Make Your Own Magic R59
This is a gorgeous mini nude palette with three gorgeous colours . Online it does look more pink so don't be fooled into thinking this is a more rosey palette. The colours are SUPER buttery , creamy and blendable - these eyeshadows literally blend themselves . The highligter is a gorgeous more golden toned highlight that can easily work on the skin too - the reason I picked this up it is an easy throw in your make-up bag for a weekend away palette . 

The three colours in the palette : The browns are all super pigmented and blend like a dream - and as mentioned above the highlight shade works perfectly on the cheeks too - so for me this is a little gem to throw in my make-up bag. I was a little surprised though how small this palette was though - so maybe just keep in mind this is a LOT smaller than a normal limited edition palette. 

Essence Counting Star Lipstick in 01 Bring on the Glam & 02 Shine Bright R54
Okay first off - I have to say Takealot has the colour of the lipsticks incorrectly on the site. The name and the photo shown doesn't match . But regardless of that - both lipsticks are super gorgeous buttery and pigmented. The star shaped bullet lipstick is super adorable - but it does make applying the lipstick a little trickier . A bonus is they do leave a bit of a stain on the lips - so even though the colour fades there is still a gorgeous stain left . 
01 Bring the Glam on is a gorgeous blue-toned red lipstick . The colour is gorgeous and pigmented .
02 Shine Bright is a gorgeous bright purple lipstick - this one is by far my favourite . I was blown away by how creamy the formula was - these lipsticks really has such an amazing formula and wear time . 
Essence Counting Stars Star Shot Lip Topper in 01 live, love, sparkle R49 This is a gorgeous clear lipgloss with blue shimmer . I love sparkly glosses like this to have in my bag for when I need a quick touch up during the day or before picking up Alex from school. The glitter / shimmer isn't rough glitter but instead fine cosmetic glitter so you hardly feel it at all on the lips. 

As I mentioned - this collection is available from and they do have the full collection . 
Winners from the goodies I picked that you need - the eyeshadow palette is a winner ! The lipgloss is good but nothing you can't easily dupe ... and if you love lipstick these are a cute addition to your collection. 

How has YOUR week been so far ??

Monday, 11 June 2018

{Beauty Tools Edition } Jade Face Roller

Hi guys. Hope you had a lovely weekend.

I'm doing a mini series on the blog on my current favourite beauty tools - and today my bestie - Siobhan who is a Crystal Healer will chat to you guys about Jade Rollers. 

I bought a Jade Roller last year December after hearing her rave about it for quite some time (and her skin always looks AMAZING in her selfies ) .

So enough rambling from my side ... let me leave you in her capable hands .


Hi Everyone - today I wanted to talk about Crystal Rollers, specifically Jade rollers for if you’ve ever wondered how to use a Jade roller on your face.

Lynette has graciously asked me to chat about this with you. If you don’t know who I am, I am Siobhan from Crystal Healing by Siobhan. Crystals are my hobby and passion. I love to talk about crystals and I also offer crystal healing sessions, predominantly distance healing… because I decided I wanted to help anyone irrespective of where they are on this planet.
Apart from my website, you can also find me on Facebook and Instagram.


The Jade rollers that are all the rage in South Africa (finally) are not actually true Jade. True Jade, Jadeite, is actually quite pricey. Most, if not all of the rollers on the market are Nephrite Jade, some are Nephrite Jade coated with Serpentine. Despite what Jade your roller actually is, it’s lovely for the face.
Jade Rollers can come with one roller or one roller on each end with one being bigger and the other much smaller.


Crystal rollers have the following benefits when used:
  • Improves blood circulation in the face.
  • Encourages Lymph drainage.
  • Stimulates the face.
  • Soothing and relaxing for the skin.

Any roller will be able to benefit you in the above mentioned ways but when you use a JADE roller, you also are giving some it some Jade lurving.

Jade is very beneficial for the skin and overall a very healing crystal.
It’s important to note that a Jade roller is NOT going to heal your face or pimples overnight. Crystals work on a slow energetic rate and they are not to be used as a substitute for any medical practises.


I recommend starting on a clean canvas so wash your face, tone and moisturise.

You can then use your roller by starting on one side and gently rolling on your face from the middle outward toward the hairline. Move over to the other side of your face.
Once you have rolled your face, you can roll over your neck by gently rolling down from the jawline to the collarbone.
It is important to not put too much pressure on the face so experiment with what feels good pressure wise.
If your roller has a smaller roller on the one side, I like to use those beneath my eyes, on my nose as well as in my frown line (just to say I see you, I acknowledge you, I love you). One these areas I do use the roller with less pressure.

I have recently learnt, thanks to Ecologic, that you can actually use your roller to massage your moisturiser on your face. This isn’t something I have yet tried but I find it incredibly interesting that you can put dabs of your moisturiser on your face and use your roller to massage that into your skin. Just amazing!

The most important part, in my honest opinion, is to use your roller MINDFULLY.
Most mornings we wash our face to get done. We put minimal effort into what we are doing and it is such second nature, part of our daily routine.
While you are using your roller, be kind to yourself. Here are some suggestions that I like to say while I am rolling:
  • I love my skin.
  • I love my face.
  • My skin is healing every day.
  • My skin is rejuvenated and refreshed.
  • I glow.

And can you use a crystal or Jade roller for a massage on other parts of your body? SURE! It can give a nice, gentle hand massage too!


Once you have finished using your Jade roller, give it a wash with some gentle face wash and thoroughly dry it. You don’t want your metal bits to rust over time.
You can store it in a silk wrap or cotton bag.
I would recommend to wash it after use because you don’t want to transfer excess oils onto clean skin the next time you use your roller.


You could use your roller every day as part of your self-care but I would recommend for at least once a week to spend time doing something nice for your face. Not everyone goes for a facial once a month so if you don’t, get rolling ;)


Anyone can use a Jade roller and it will benefit anyone who uses it. If not mindfully, you will still get the physical benefits of using the roller.

Even massage therapists can use a crystal roller if they want to spice up their facial packages.

Moms and Daughters can plan a little facial together. There is nothing nicer than giving a facial to someone you love and gifting them with some love in a very mindful way. You could even do this for your partner so yes, this is even for MEN!

A special shout out to Nail Therapy SA Training and Distribution for my Jade Roller and Ecologic Skincare for my Rose Quartz Roller!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Join the discussion below to share with Lynette and I whether you use a Crystal Roller. If so, which do you use and how do you feel about it?


Thanks so much for taking over the blog today and sharing more about Jade Rollers Siobhan !

Do you have a Jade Roller you use ??

Monday, 28 May 2018

Dove DermaSpa Goodness³ Hand Cream

Hi guys . Hope you had a great weekend !

Last week Rubybox sent me some Dove goodies to Test Out and try and do a review on the Dove DermaSpa Goodness Hand Cream. 

The Dove DermaSpa Goodness Hand Cream t is an Indulgent hand treatment formulated to give you velvety soft , even looking and luminous skin .This hand cream is the first spa-like treatment to blend Omega Oil and Cell Moisturisers together.

This is a super fast absorbing hand cream perfect to use when you can't just sit around waiting for your hand cream to not leave greasy fingerprints on everything you touch. This leaves your hands silky smooth and hydrated - perfect for the colder winter months coming up . Although I find it perfect for anytime as my hands are always super dry as I use quite a lot of hand sanitisers at work and home

This is the perfect hand cream to pamper yourself to make sure your hands stay soft and touchable. 

It retails for R45,95 at selected retailers . 

Have YOU tried the Dove Dermaspa Hand Cream yet ??

I was sent the Dove DermaSpa Goodness Hand Cream by Rubybox to test. All opinions are my own.

Monday, 21 May 2018

New On My Beauty Desk - May

Hi guys ! How was your weekend ? Did you watch the Royal Wedding on Saturday ? I was working but I did catch the highlights after work . 

Today I will be sharing some new goodies that I'm currently testing out. There is a lot more than the goodies I'm sharing here - but I'm keeping all of those for separate product review posts pretty soon. As always some products I might have tested once or twice - some I will be trying in the next week or so to report back on. 

Justine Tissue Oil Multipurpose Moisture Balm
This is a convenient on-the-go dry skin remedy balm formulated with the power of Justine's famous tissue oil to address any dry skin emergencies. I like the idea of a multi use product I can pop into my bag and use as a lip-balm / cuticle balm on the go. The container is quite big - and a little does go a long way so I'm really excited to start using it as I love the Justine Tissue Oil range.
Revlon Kiss Balm SPF20 in Tropical Coconut
I have the Fresh Strawberry scent one already and loved it - but since that one does leave a bit of a colour stain I wanted something more clear to just throw into my bag for any touch ups on the go. I love that it has sun protection - since my lips do get burnt easily . And it smells magical. I'm on a bit of a coconut scent goodies kick the last few weeks too . 
Essence Kiss the Mermaid Lipstick
I was swatching this in Dischem with Alex - and he was amazed at the range of colour changing lippies. I got the Kiss MY Mermaid Lipstick - a blue lipstick that changes from blue to pink on your lips and leaves the prettiest stain on your lips. I got this as a Mother's Day gift from him - and super excited to wear this after the swatch was amazingly gorgeous (and lasted forever on my hand ) . 

Hean Luxery Lipstick in Smoke Nude 
I have mentioned my love for Hean products before . I got the Hean Luxery Lipstick in Smoke Nude. This is a gorgeous darker nude with a peachy undertone. This will look perfect for the colder months and I already know the Hean formula products doesn't irritate my lips - so very excited to rock this lippy. You can get it from Glamore Cosmetics  HERE

Essence Highlighting Powder in 01 Let It Glow
I'm a huge fan of the Essence singles products to click into my palette. Once one of my eyeshadow shades in my palette was finished I decided to rather get another highlighter instead to make it more of a travel friendly palette. This is a nice golden toned highlighter ( I personally prefer more of a champagne tone on my skin tone ) but it looks amazing with some more dramatic make-up. 
Avon True Ultra Volume Lash Magnify Mascara in Blackest Black
Avon send me this stunning mascara to try out. I like the look of the brush and usually love Avon mascara formula's - so I'm very excited to try this out. I will be doing a full review on the blog soon. 

Essence Holo Wow! Dewy Lip Shine in 01 Unicorn Powder
I only noticed the name now as I was typing - which suddenly makes me love this lipgloss 100 times more. This is a translucent lipgloss with a holographic effect. The colour will apply amazingly on any colour lipstick - but I chose this for an on the go brighten up my look lipgloss. It's amazingly sparkly and so pretty . The range has a few colour choices too - from a purple to a blue to an orange and a green. 

Essence Tropical Hand Mousse 
This was another product I got for Mother's Day from Alex . This is a foamy hand mousse that hydrates the skin deeply . The formula is infused with monoi oil and aloe Vera to moisturise hands without leaving it feeling greasy. 
Essence Glow To Go Setting Spray
I was super excited when I saw this in Dischem . Sadly ... I have tried it out a few times and was left a little disappointed  .  This setting spray does an amazing job of setting your make-up and making you look fresh and glowly - but the downside is it is filled with little glitter pieces that end up all over your face and clothes. 
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 1.0 N Very Fair
I read so many rave reviews about this foundation that I was extremely keen to try it ( I ordered the Huda Beauty Foundation too ... which I will get one day once customs is done taking their sweet time ) and ordered it from Cult Beauty when they offered free worldwide shipping. It got to me within four days (which is amazing since some local companies take forever to deliver ) . This foundation leaves my skin looking healthy - I did expect it to be a little more full coverage - but it's a pretty good foundation and I'm very happy with it. Especially since it was SUPER affordable too. I will be doing a full review on this foundation too. 

Is there any product I showed here that you are super keen for a review on ?? How was your weekend ??

Monday, 14 May 2018

Avène Eau Thermale XeraCalm A.D Range

Hi guys ! Happy Monday . Hope you had a nice weekend spoiling mom ... or just chilling. It's such a cold rainy morning today in Johannesburg that I'm glad I have Mondays off - so I can chill with a big mug of coffee and a blanket. 

A few weeks ago I was browsing around in Dischem checking out some of the Avene range. My son Alex has been struggling with some texture on his skin and I wanted to check some options to try. Overall he does have pretty good skin - but the sides of his cheeks gets extremely bad texture that gets itchy if it's too hot or too cold . I decided to pick up this pretty nifty set I spotted as it included a free Cicalfate and little Thermal Spring Water (which I already know works wonders on him ) to give a go. 

The set retails for R550 and 
includes :
Avene Cicalfate Cream 40 ml
Avene XeraCalm Lipid Replenish Cleansing Oil 400 ml
Avene XeraCalm Lipid Replenishing Balm 200 ml
Avene Thermal Spring Water 50 ml 

A little bit more on the products included :

Avene Cicalfate Cream 40 ml
This is a great cream for sensitive and irritated skin as it soothes skin. This is especially great if the skin has been scratched too. (And it works great on any dry skin areas too!).This is a richer balmy texture so we only use this once a week especially after I know he did a lot of sports at school or had a school function and I know his skin needs a boost ) 

Avene XeraCalm Lipid Cleansing Oil 400 ml
This is one of the stars of this range. The XeraCalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil is specifically formulated to cleanse dry sensitive skin. You can also use this in a bathtub by pumping a few pumps into your hand and mixing it into the bath water. Alex uses this as a face wash and on his arms that gets some extreme dryness too . I have to be honest on some days were my skin is extremely sensitive too I steal a pump too to wash my face at night time ) . This has truly made such a huge difference ! His skin doesn't feel dried out after using this wash. 

Avene XeraCalm Lipid Replenishing Balm 200 ml
I love this balm. The XeraCalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Balm is formulated for moderate to severe itchy skin . We use this as a cream for his face and arms . I love how the product stays sterile as the pump only pumps out the product needed and can't be placed back into the container. This was another life saver. Within a day or two Alex's texture on his cheeks were basically completely gone. I really can't recommend this range enough. 

Avene Thermal Spring Water 50 ml 
I've done a full review HERE and it's been mentioned in countless favourites and empties posts. This is a great product in our household. I buy the huge bottle now , but this small one is perfect to pop into a work bag or sport bag. This little container has a permanent space in my mommy sport bag - as it's perfect to spray on his face after his tennis practise to cool him off as well as hydrate his skin after being in the sun. 

Overall we have been using this range on him for just over two months - and while it might seem like a pricier option than most kiddies products - his skin is happy with this range . We aren't even halfway through the products as a little really goes a long way - so this containers will last us quite some time. 

Dischem has little Avene sets ( I got myself the Cold Cream Value pack too which retails for R115 ) - with some new goodies I wanted to try and some old favourites ) which makes trying out the range more affordable. 

How  was YOUR weekend ? Do you also suffer from dry irritated skin or used Avene products before ??