Beauty reviews: Physician’s Formula Argan Wear blush, L’Oreal’s La Vie en Rose lipstick collection and REN Wake Wonderful night-time facial

Physician’s Formula recently launched a new argan oil-infused range called Argan Wear and, for me, the star of the show is most definitely this guy:

Physician's Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing argan oil blush (PRICE).
Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing argan oil blush, R199,95, Dis-Chem.

How much do we love Physician’s Formula blushes? They’re always so gorgeous-looking! Please forgive the quality of the above pic. It was ripped from my Instagram account as I lost the original when my phone was stolen last week. While this blush, with it’s pretty floral scent, is almost too pretty to use, I jumped right in anyway. A few sweeps and the gold dust is removed leaving you with a pretty matte pink shade that’s actually a bit more mauve than it appears up top, but something  that’ll suit many different skin tones. It’s very ‘autumn’,  builds nicely and, when worn with foundation, sticks around from day to night without needing a ‘top up’.

This is the truest shot of the shade I have called Rose. There's another one available called Natural, a tawnier hue.
This is the truest shot of the shade I have called Rose. There’s another one available called Natural, a tawnier hue.

Moving on, do you remember that time L’Oreal created a range of red lippies and matched each one to their mooi celeb spokesmodels? Well they’ve done it again with pink! La Vie en Rose ‘a symphony of tailor-made delicate pinks’.

Yep, that's John Legend.
Yep, that’s John Legend.

Each shade was created in a way that avoided ‘chalky’ or ‘ashy’ via the infusion of mother of pearl particles and velvety pigments to create a radiant-looking pink.

I was given three of the shades to play with – J Lo, Blake and Julianne.

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From left to right: J Lo, Blake and Julianne.

Of all the shades, I thought J Lo would suit me the least as it appears so dark in the tube but its a lot sheerer than I thought and turns into a nice orchid colour on your lips. I can’t wear Julianne, however, as it washes me out and Blake reminds me too much of a Tinkerbelle lip colour I wore way too much of as a ten year old. So ja, J Lo it is!

You'll see the texture is kind of like a satin-matte, if that's a thing.
You’ll see the texture is pretty ‘satin’ which is ‘beauty speak’ for semi-matte.

Keep an eye out for L’Oreal’s La Vie en Rose lipstick collection in stores. Each lippie is going for R154,95 a pop.

Last, but not least, let’s chat about REN’s new Wake Wonderful night-time facial (R620, Woolworths).

REN Wake Wonderful night-time facial
Rise and shine, honey lambs!

This boy contains a bunch of naturally derived acids that gently exfoliate while you’re dreaming about Tom Hardy mowing your lawn and surprising you with a puppy at Christmas.

It also contains soothing, antioxidant-rich omega oils, tocotrienols (a super potent form of collagen-encouraging vitamin E) and fab hydrators like Shea butter and rice bran oil as well as a yeast fermentation extract that can help draw moisture into your skin to leave it looking plump.

From a texture point of view this felt like a light gel-creme lotion and had a soft, tropical scent that, to me, smelled like granadilla which makes sense as it’s one of the fruit acids in the mix.

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It had the slightest tackiness to it, but hardly felt sticky which is great.

I’ve worn it for a few nights now and yes, my skin did look more refined in the morning and didn’t look red or feel sensitive in the least. (Still, for the record, my face is used to stronger AHA treatments at night, my favourite being Dr Dermal Texture Correction pads, but this is something I’d only recommend to those with a high tolerance.) Another plus? Yep, my combination skin did look supple and plump.

So yes, this lovely product does live up to its promises. I’d happily recommend it to anyone looking for a very gentle chemical exfoliation. REN says you can use it two to three times a week but it’s so mild I think many could use it more often, you’ll just have to gauge your tolerance level as you go along.

Love, love

Leigh

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Editor of South African beauty blog Lipgloss is my Life.

One thought on “Beauty reviews: Physician’s Formula Argan Wear blush, L’Oreal’s La Vie en Rose lipstick collection and REN Wake Wonderful night-time facial

  1. Leigh, I went to a beauty store that sell Environ products and they tell me that Environ AHA Gel is being discontinued and replaced with a cream. You introduced me to AHA gel, which was affordable. Can you suggest a replacement that is just as good?

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