Beauty bits and pieces: Dermalogica’s special, Environ body oil and Yardley Color Correcting primer

I’m typing this with a super fun sinus headache so we’re going to pretend I wrote an interesting intro and then jump right in, okay? There’s news you need to know if you’re a Dermalogica fan – they’re running a special on their AGE Smart Overnight Repair Serum.

Dermalogica AGE Smart Overnight Repair Serum
Dermalogica AGE Smart Overnight Repair Serum

Overnight Repair Serum is a mostly sunflower, argan and rose oil-based blend that includes collagen-encouraging peptides. There’s also a host of botanical extracts in the mix including antioxidant portulaca which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Usually it’s R830 for 15mls but for the months of June and July you can snap up a 30ml bottle for the same price.

More good news? If you buy any two Dermalogica AGE Smart items before May 31 you’ll score a free travel-size hamper worth R470. I’m struggling to lift the shot of that off their site but if you visit you can check it out for yourself.

Moving on, let’s chat about new Environ Vitamin A, C & E body oil (R253, selected salons including Sorbet). Well, I think it’s new. But if not, it’s a product you’ll want to know about.

Environ Vitamin A, C & E body oil

Environ’s ‘base’ is a hydrating mix of capric triglyceride (an essential fatty acid-rich coconut oil and glycerine blend) and jojoba oil that’s enriched with vitamin A, C and E. It moisturises dehydrated skin like a boss while delivering collagen-encouraging antioxidant vitamins. I also like that they’re not making any bullshit claims about preventing or improving the look of stretch marks. They’re literally saying it’ll do what it does, which is hydrate and nourish.

Scent-wise, it smells like nothing so it’s not going to compete with your perfume. As far as texture goes, it’s lovely and light, absorbing into your skin super fast to leave it feeling supple.

Last of all, Yardley have created a Colour Correcting Primer (R99,95) that aims to help balance skin discolouration.

Yardley Colour Correcting Primer
Yardley Colour Correcting Primer

Personally, I don’t think it’s going to help even out colour issues at all – the tint is just too sheer – but it does have a lovely lightweight texture that glides across your skin like a dream. If I had a dry skin type* I’d wear this under my foundation to give it more slip. When worn alone or on top of foundation, it’ll help mattify and minimise the look of pores.

Dolloped on the left and blended on the right.
Dolloped on the left and blended on the right.

It’s difficult to find a ‘drug store’ primer with this kind of texture. I’ve been sent several in the past and most feel a bit pasty. Yardley’s ultra-fine milling gives it an expensive feeling, the kind that’s comparable to primers that are sure to be double the price.

Love, love


*The majority of primers are silicone-based which means they look great after application but as my face produces oil, they lie on top of that and create a ‘muddy’ appearance. Anyone with drier skin, however, is more likely to find silicone primers a make-up bag must-have for smoother foundation application and pore blitzing.

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