Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream gets 10/10!

I love a good hand cream and Avène Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream may just be the best I’ve ever used. Avène Cicalfate Hand Cream gets 10/10 This is what Avène has to say about their new hand cream that’s been available at Clicks and Dis-Chem since end of May: Avène Cicalfate HAND repairs, soothes and protects very dry, irritated and chapped hands with faster action. Fragrance-free, paraben-free. REPAIRING – Sucralfate, an original ingredient, facilitates epidermal repair. PURIFYING – The combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate reduces the risk of bacterial proliferation. SOOTHING – Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water, it soothes fragile skin. Its rich, nourishing texture spreads easily. Rapidly absorbed, transparent when applied, it forms an insulating barrier on the skin for “second skin” protection. The skin on my hands is very (very!) sensitive and because I suffer from eczema, I have to be careful when I choose a hand cream. My hands are also EXTREMELY dry. Avène is a brand that I trust when it comes to my eczema-prone skin, so when I heard about the new Avène Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream, I couldn’t wait to put it to the test. The moment I put it on my hands, I knew I loved it. It was thick and creamy and my skin felt soothed. It was like it sighed with relief. But whilst I was rubbing it in, I knew that this was a night cream. There was no way that it would work during the day, it was just too thick… BUT WAIT! Not even a minute later it was all absorbed. No oiliness or stickiness. My...

How to tone blonde and grey hair at home

I recently went from blonde to denim and I am absolutely in love with my hair! You can read more about it HERE. I posted the pic above on Instagram after I had the denim (dark grey with a blue tone) done for a second time. I don’t like to post (or even take) selfies, but I was too chuffed with my hair not to share. Thing is though, because my hair is so porous (after years and years of bleach on bleach), it takes colour very quickly, but it also seems to wash out faster than I would like. There are a few yellowish tones creeping back here and there and I hate it. My hairdresser gave me a tip on how to keep those yellow tones at bay for as long as possible. At home. And at a very good price ;) Silver/purple shampoo. Okay, okay. You already know this. But I have a trick! Keep reading. In case you don’t know, purple/silver shampoo (or conditioner) contains a violet pigment that tones down and neutralises yellow tones or brassiness in blonde and grey hair. It does not lighten or colour your hair, but the purple counteracts any yellowness leaving your blonde, platinum or grey hair looking more vibrant and restoring the colour to its former glory. Or close to it at least. It is recommended that you use these type of products once or twice a week. But what do you do when these tones are just too damn stubborn? Here’s my winning tip. How to tone blonde and grey hair at home Apply silver or purple...

Beauty: My favourite favourites of 2015

My sister often gets upset with me when I tell her about a product that I love. ‘But you said that one is your favourite?!’ She likes to give me the third degree. I try not to use the word favourite too often when talking about the things I love as there is just too many. There are a few products and services that stood out last year, so I have decided to share my favourite favourites of 2015 with you today. Let’s jump right in… Dermaceutic Mask 15 (and pretty much everything from this brand) If I had to choose just one skincare brand to use for the rest of my life, chances are that Dermaceutic will come up tops. I have raved about Mask 15 many times and I am still amazed by the results. Every. Single. Time. You can read my thoughts on the mask HERE. I have also been using Activ Retinol 1.0 and Turn Over. I will be posting a review on these two shortly. Keep an eye out as these products are amazing. REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial Want to wake up with smooth, bright, fresh-looking skin? Then this product is a must have. I love it. Pop over to read my full review HERE. BABOR New Skin Fluids Ampoule Concentrates FP Love. That is what it is. I used these ampules when I started at home derma rolling and my skin loves it. This product is definitely one of the top 5 best skincare products that I have ever used. Visible results almost instantly. Fresh-looking, plump and radiant skin. I would use these ampoules...

Make a statement with essie neons 2015

‘if you want an encore, i suggest you make some noise! -Essie I think that tagline is quite fitting for the essie neons 2015 collection; bright, beautiful and in your face. The four shades I got to play with is All Access Pass (a boho violet indigo), Make Some Noise (a raucous electric blue), Vibrant Vibes (a vivid neon lime) and Groove is in the Heart (a peachy pink neon). My favourites are All Access Pass and Make Some Noise, mostly because I don’t do pink and green and Make Some Noise is about as bright as I’m willing to go. Which is already quite daring for someone who’s favourite essie shade is licorice. These happy and playful shades are perfect for summer and sure to make you stand out from the crowd. Keep an eye out for these at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and selected salons. essie retails for around R125 per bottle. xoxo Disclosure Ranking:...

How to apply self tan – the Caribbean Tan way

The weather is getting warmer! Yay. My pale legs are not quite ready though. I may just blind someone. Self tan to the rescue. Sounds easy enough?! You would think; but with so many self tan products on the market, which one will work best for you? And once you’ve decided on the product, what then? If the idea of applying self tan has been too daunting in the past, I have great news for you. Caribbean Tan has released 3 how-to videos showing you how to get a flawless, natural looking tan using their Tan Bronzing Mousse, Tan in a Can Aerosol and Tanning Spritzer. Caribbean Tan products are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem , Takealot, Lushwear and selected pharmacies nationwide. Thanks for the self tan tips Caribbean Tan. Happy tanning!...

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