Review: Sk.In Pure Medi Shot – a 2% BHA that won’t break that bank (and way better than that kak The Ordinary’s selling)

Sk.In Pure Medi Shot

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know how much I luuuurve me some AHA as well as why it’s important. If not, here’s your recap: Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are exfoliating acids that can help speed up cellular turnover. This means smoother, fresher-looking skin as well as less pigmentation, provided you’re dealing with something mild. […]

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Review: Phantom restaurant at Purple Rayn guesthouse in Constantia

When I was invited to media dinner at Purple Rayn, a new guesthouse in Constantia, I had a preconceived idea of what to expect. Rolling green lawns – possibly enhanced by a tinkly little fountain – set out before a quaint Dutch gable cottage stuffed to the brim with Carrol freakin’ Boyes. Never in a […]

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Review: BaoCare Radiance baobab, jojoba and pomegranate facial oil

Step aside Argan, there’s a new oil in town and that’s homegrown baobab! A good source of antioxidant vitamins A and E, baobab oil also serves up the essential fatty acids that beef up your skin’s barrier function, helping it keep moisture in and irritants out. More plus points? It absorbs fast, won’t clog pores […]

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Review: The Body Shop Cactus Blossom collection is about to launch in South Africa

Ja, kids! There’s a new limited edition The Body Shop collection hitting all stores come 4 February! Can we get a big hello for Cactus Blossom? Enriched with cactus blossom extract all the way from Morocco, the beautifully packed range includes a body butter, body yoghurt, scrub and shower gel. Everything’s got a sweet, fruity scent […]

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Reviews: Revlon ColorStay Full Cover foundation, Revlon Plumping Lip Creme and Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Defining felt tip liquid eyeliner

Revlon’s new ColorStay Full Cover foundation (R179) really needs a new name. I dunno about you, but when I hear the words ‘full cover’ I kind of expect it to be a heavy-weight foundation that can compete in the ranks of Lauder’s DoubleWear. I thus waited for a bad skin day (hello eyebrow warping blind pimple!) […]

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Fragrance reviews: Juicy Couture Oui, Jennifer Aniston Near Dusk, Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers Summer Air and Britney Spears My Prerogative

It’s fragrance review time! When Juicy Couture’s Oui Juicy Couture EDP (R1 199 for 50ml and R1 499 for 100ml) arrived I braced myself for the headache-inducing explosion of caramel you’ll find in so many of the brand’s scents, but this one’s nothing like her sisters and – surprise – I really like her. While […]

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Review: Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance Elixir

Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance Elixir

A while back Environ sent me a few products including their Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex Avance Elixir (R1 360). When it comes to collagen-encouraging ingredients, I tend to put my money on high concentration retinol and vitamin C as they’re more independently researched, but peptides do show promise so they’re a fab ‘nice […]

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Reviews: Noreva Exfoliac BB Crème, Revlon ColorStay creme eyeshadow and primer and Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Liquid Lip Lacquer Finish

Despite its name, Noreva Exfoliac BB Crème (R239,95, Clicks) doesn’t contain any exfoliating ingredients. It’s just part of the brand’s Exfoliac line aimed at oily, spot prone skin. (For the record, the Exfoliac lotion is a high percentage AHA product, one of few decent ones you’ll find in a drugstore.) As far as coverage goes, […]

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