Rimmel’s Moisture Renew lipstick (R99) serves up intense, hydrating colour enriched with collagen-encouraging vitamins A, C and E. Better yet, it boasts an SPF of 20.
While the line’s been around for a while, it’s extended to roll out four new nude hues and a bright zexy fuchsia.
I like that each shade feels nice and light on your lips, has a creamy ‘rub ’em together texture’ but the staying power’s still decent provided you don’t eat or drink anything.
As I’m a super pale peep, the only colour I can really get away with is the fuchsia one.
Moving on, Arden have launched yet another foundation with a crazily long name…
A medium to heavy weight foundation, it promises a full day of immovable, perfectly matte-looking wear that doesn’t look ‘flat’ thanks to ‘soft focus’ pigments. Anyone who struggles with an oily T-section might be a fan as it also makes use of time-released oil absorbing spheres as well as mattifying plankton extract and bamboo silk. While it’s available in 18 shades, I couldn’t find one to match my skin. Sunbeige was too yellow and light while Golden Sands was too dark. (In all fairness, however, it was a special ‘skin matching machine’ that picked out my hues so maybe if I go into store and play around at the counter I’d meet my match. You never know.)
Anyway, at the launch which was held at gorgeous Beau Constantia, I tried Sunbeige, lighter hue, thinking it would be the less evil as I had several other events to run off to that day. Alas, it didn’t do it for me as I felt it emphasised my every line and pore. Eek! On the upside, they had macaroons…
And the view was killer too!
After that, I kind of mentally tucked Perfectly Satin away until, a few days ago, I tried blending the two shades together on the advice of the lekkerness that is Liezel from 9Lives who also turned out to be an in between shades skin colour. I then got a good colour match and could totally see why so many of the other beauty editors are fans. It really does stay put the entire day; I felt like I had to break out my MAC Blot Powder a teensy bit less and, thanks to the colour being correct, the aforementioned line emphasising drama was a total non-issue.
While I still prefer Arden’s Perfectly Nude make-up as I like a sheer, light-reflecting finish, anyone looking for something to rival Revlon’s ColorStay and Lauder’s Double Wear in the longevity stakes should consider Perfectly Satin a good contender. Last but not least, I recently got to try Davines Natural Tech Well-Being conditioner (R195 for 150mls).
It’s geared towards happy, healthy hair that doesn’t need much TLC – just something to hydrate and untangle and in that regard it does an awesome job. I have fine hair, you see, and while it is colour treated, it doesn’t always require a hydrating or damage repair shampoo – sometimes these are just a tad too heavy and something offering ‘volume’ just isn’t conditioning enough. So in my case, I find it to be the perfect ‘every day’ shampoo. Bonus points? It’s formulated with vitamin C-enriched echinacea extract (a great antioxidant, so slap it on your scalp) and features a super subtle, clean-floral scent that won’t interfere with your perfume. The only down side is that it’s not exactly super affordable if you’re a freelance writer with long hair and currently saving for a house. However, if I happened to revert back to the constrains of an in-house ad agency copywriting gig, I’d happily toss this in my trolley and use it as the silver lining for the fact that I’d spend my days flogging rubbish cell phone contracts via dancing, singing livestock. Love, love Leigh