Beauty reviews: Theravine cellulite oil, Arden’s correcting and highlighting perfector, Revlon ShadowLinks and Mugler’s Alien eau Extraordinaire

Ready to get stuck in for yet more beauty reviews en masse?

Theravine Sculpt-o-vine cellulite oil, price TBA, selected salons.

Do topical cellulite busters have any affect? I don’t know, to be honest. I’ve tried loads of them due to my job and never saw anything work in a way that was visible to the eye. Still, I continue to slap them on in hope and appreciate those that smell good and feel delish, just one being locally produced Theravine Sculpt-o-vine cellulite oil.

Theravine Sculpt-o-vine cellulite oil.

Essentially, Theravine’s treatment consists of a blend of hydrating, antioxidant-rich oils (grapeseed, wheatgerm and ximenia seed) with natural extracts and essential oils traditionally associated with cellulite-busting. Think diuretics and detoxifyers like fennel, grapefruit and lemon peel and juniper berry and rosemary.

Like I said, I don’t know if this is undoing any dents in my ass but I’m in love with its stimulating yet comforting grapefruit scent. I like to apply it to my body after a shower in the morning in place of a body lotion. It absorbs quickly but leaves my skin looking ‘plump’ and ‘glowy’ with a subtle scent that doesn’t interfere with my perfume. In all, it’s going to do a great job of keeping impending winter dryness at bay and application’s a real sensorial indulgence thanks to the lovely uplifting scent.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector, R245.

Back in the day the only highlighting pen (often incorrectly used as a concealer) was YSL’s Touche Eclat, but now there are a multitude to pick from. Some are awesome, some are rubbish but Arden’s new addition most definitely gets a two thumbs up. I love that it does its job just as well as, if not better than, some of its top end competitors and wears a very affordable price tag.

02 on the left and 03 on the right.
Click on the piccie to enlarge it: 02 on the left and 03 on the right.

Other plus points? Arden’s perfector hydrates and offers treatment benefits too thanks to brightening wu zhu plant extract and antioxidant vitamin E. I also like that it’s available in a whopping six shades; 01 to 06, not just light, medium and dark. (Personally, I find I can wear both 02 and 03, depending on whether I’m wearing self-tan on my face or not.)

While there are a myriad of ways to use this baby, I like to use it by apply it under my eyes on top of my concealer. The concealer hides dark circles while the brightener zaps any remaining shadows. Very, very nice.

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks, R45 each.

What? An eye shadow from a premium drugstore brand that doesn’t cost almost as much as a beauty counter product?! Could this awesome news be true?

Revlon’s new ShadowLinks are individual eye shadow shades that can be bought and used on their own or teamed up with a click to create a custom ‘palette’.

From left to right you're looking at Cobalt, Gunmetal and Java.
From left to right you’re looking at Cobalt, Gunmetal and Java.

Quality-wise, the shadows are, for the most part, nicely pigmented. I find the satin-textured shades glide onto your skin well but the pearl/sparkle colours require a bit more swipage.

As far as shades go, I love that there’s a nice selection of wearable neutrals; shades like browns and greys, with just the odd pop of Kermit the frog green in the mix. Go get ‘em girls!

Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire EDT, R675 for 60mls.

It’s no secret, I’m crazy about Thierry Mugler’s Alien fragrance and have been wearing the summery versions of this iconic scent for years, ironically in the winter time at night. You see, despite the fact that the summer scents are supposed to be ‘light’, I still find them fabulously potent.

Mugler’s newest ‘summer’ Alien scent, Eau Extraordinaire, however, is perfect for just that in that it’s refreshing, delicate and sheer enough to spritz heavily without offending anyone who isn’t a Mugler maniac.

Pretty, pretty!
Pretty, pretty!

Notes-wise, you’re looking at a blend of Tunisian neroli, tea and zesty bergamot top notes, a delicate white-floral heart made up of Tiare flower and heliotrope and a warm, woody base of cashmeran wood and white amber that feels snuggly and sheer as opposed to heavy and ‘dry’.

To my nose, I immediately get a sparkly green lemon scent that makes me think of limes. The tea then pops up its head to give a brief ‘wave’ and then the white petals start to emerge, floating in on a summer breeze like dandelion tufts that gently brush past your skin. I then get something that’s reminiscent of lemon meringue pie and this could be the warm base emerging to act as the ‘crust’. Eventually, I’m left with a soft, warm, slightly sweet, comforting scent you’ll only smell if you lean in really close. It makes me want to keep at sniffing my wrist or reach for a top up a few hours in. Unlike other Muglers, Eau Extraordinaire doesn’t have as much staying power and nobody’s going to smell your perfume floating about in the lift after you’ve just stepped out of it.

If you’re an Alien lover like me, you’re really going to want to try this. It’s a truly beautiful new addition to an already ‘extraordinarily’ gorgeous family. And if you’re not a fan I’d suggest you give it a sniff too. It really is different enough from the original and its existing flankers to be something you may well appreciate.

Love, love



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