Buy a limited edition ghd in Electric Pink and R100 goes towards the Pink Drive

There are a zillion reasons as to why you want a ghd styler in your life but now I’ve got two to toss into the bonfire that is your burning desire for seriously good hair. The first is that the brand’s recently launched a new limited edition collection in pink. And not just any pink, honey lambs. We’re talking electric Barbie and the Rockers-style pink.

'Cos all electricals look better in electric pink...

‘Cos all electricals look better in electric pink…

Like I said, Barbie and the Rockers would totally approve.

80's are go!

You see that bad ass bitch on the drums?

That’s Dee Dee, the only Rocker doll I ever owned, the only one I ever needed and a woman who was not to be trifled with.

What you lookin' at motherfucka?!

Miss you, girl! You were the only one who told that Ken fool his baby pink car was trippin’ and that you’d never settle to be his side piece when Barb’s was out of town.

But ja, let’s get back to ghd. Rockin’ pink-ness aside, there’s another even better reason to pop this particular styler in your trolley and I’ve laid that out for you in a l’il video. A word of warning, however. I’m not a natural vlogger kind of girl. I have so much respect for the girls who find it so easy whip up studio-style lighting and can get through three sentences without saying ‘fuck’. I’ve tried and failed and I’m just not that girl so I’ve just gone ahead and done it in my own way and I hope you like it. Just please ignore how blocked my nose is – I shot this while riddled with flu. Also, please set the quality up to nice and high when you watch so I don’t look like a blurry monster!

If you’d like to see more videos here and there let me know and I’ll attempt to pull finger. To buy your limited edition ghd V gold electric pink styler (R2 499) hop on over here. You can also make a straight up donation to Pink Drive without buying a styler (and then maybe you too will get flowers from Mr H.)

Love, love

Leigh

Review: TRESemme’ Beauty-full Volume shampoo and conditioner

Today I’m going to be chatting about a sham and con with a bit of a twist, so before your eyes start glazing over at the thought of of the world adding yet another volumizing variant to a market that’s swamped with options, listen to this: TRESemme’s new
Beauty-full Volume line hinges on the concept of pre-conditioning – a hair trend that sees peeps using conditioner FIRST and then shampoo SECOND. Yep, you heard me. The idea here is that using conditioner afterwards can weigh your hair down, so hydrating your locks beforehand can help prevent that.

Hello there, you li'l weirdos!

You’re looking at R96,95 each at Clicks for the big ass bottles.

Now I hear what you’re thinking. Surely, you’ll then wash any conditioner out of your hair and create a crazy ass bos of flyaways that’ll be a nightmare to detangle? (Well, that’s what I was thinking…) As it turns out, TRESemme says its pre-conditioner binds to your hair so you don’t have to worry about washing it out and somehow it manages to not weigh things down. As for the shampoo, that’s formulated with ‘fleximax volumizers’ (ja, I have no idea what those are either) to help control static.

Anyway, I was super duper skeptical about having this work out. So much so that I gave it a bash on a day when I knew I didn’t have to leave the house. At best, I was expecting the ‘binding’ promises of the conditioner to be a big bunch of crap and that the shampoo itself would do all the heavy lifting – acting kind of like a 2-in-1 that you find in hotels. At worst, I was imagining the aforementioned flyaways or a binding-aspect that worked too well and left my hair looking limp.

After massaging the conditioner into my hair and leaving it on for one minute, I rinsed it out using the shampoo and found you only need a little ‘cos the ‘regular’ amount I used created the most enormous lather. ‘This is going to be suuuuuch a stuff up I thought’ upon rinsing, but – SURPRISE – the result was hair that was still easy to comb while wet (mostly because I own a Tangle Teezer, God’s gift to fine-haired girls everywhere) and swishy, clean and bouncy while dry.

I still don’t know if TRESemme’s ‘tech’ is legit or not (the binding and fleximax bit) but I’m too busy to research and don’t care as I’ve now used it for an entire week (for the record, I wash my hair every day) in a bid to see if I’d end up having to deal with a build up or something, but nope, it’s all good. When it comes to hair I don’t bother too much with the why. I just want results and this duo delivers. Still, I don’t know if I’d peg this as a ‘volumising’ shampoo as my hair felt smooth and sleek but no bigger, but as far as ‘shampoos for normal hair’ go, this one works very nicely.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Catrice Blush Artist shading palette and Essence 2-in-1 shadow and liner

I was sent a few newbies from Essence and Catrice the other day, the Catrice goodies impressed me the most and this is me pointing out two winners.

First up, how much do we love a good blush trio? Catrice Blush Artist shading palette (R79,95) serves up three pretty hues that can be worn on their own or mixed together with a few sweeps of your blush brush.

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This is CorAll I Need, the pinky-peach trio of the lot. Two others are available – BronzEclat (bronzey) and Rock ‘n’ Rose (pink).

For the record, as a pedantic, OCD-riddled person, you should know that writing those stupid smooshed together names where caps get to do the Macarena right in the middle of the word caused a bit of a blood pressure spike. But I’ll get over it ‘cos these colours are pretty, pretty, pretty.

The lighter shade makes for a nice highlighter if you use it on its own.

The lighter shade makes for a nice highlighter if you use it on its own.

This blush’s staying power is pretty good and if you apply it over something it can stick to, like a primer or foundation, you’ll find it stays the whole day.

Something else you might like? Essence have whipped out a line of 2-in-1 eyeshadow & liner sticks (R53,95) that are very reminiscent of Clinique’s Chubby Stick shadow tints but at a snip of the price.

This shade's called She's Got The Mauve but it's more like a silvery taupe.

This shade’s called She’s Got The Mauve but it’s more like a silvery taupe.

Due to the creamy nature of these guys, they blend and build like a boss but I’ve found that if you use them on your lid on it’s lonesome it’s going to end up creasing, especially if you’ve got an oilier skin type like me. However, if you use a good primer (hello there Urban Decay primer potion!) they really do stay put.

Swatched on the left, blended on the right.

Swatched on the left, blended on the right.

The paler shades in this line (there are six in all) are great to use as an all-over-the-lid wash when you want a look that’s slap-on-and-go but I’ve found it also plays nicely with whatever you layer on top of it. If I didn’t already own ten million thousand eye shadows and happened to spot the warm brown shade in store, Go Bronze, I’d probably stick it in my trolley. In fact, maybe I will regardless…

Love, love

Leigh

Beauty bits and pieces: The Body Shop’s two new fragrances, Lee Stafford Coco Loco and Placecol Illumine Power Firm serum

Ready for a few another round-up of beauty bits and pieces?

The Body Shop have added two new fragrances to their Voyage collection – English Dawn Gardenia and Polynesian Island Tiare (R285 for a 50ml EDT).

A breezy, ultra casual summer day in a bottle, yo!

Polynesian Island Tiare is a breezy, ultra casual summer’s day in a bottle.

If you appreciate a soft, feminine floral you might like both of these fragrances. Gardenia feels like the more grown up of the two and has a lush, dewiness to it. As for Tiare, this one’s my favourite. It’s a summery, spritz on-and-go frangi pani type of scent that reminds me a bit of The Body Shop’s Moringa line that I like.

Next up, Lee Stafford’s just launched a new coconut oil-infused range called Coco Loco (R99,95, exclusive to Clicks). It’s geared towards anyone wanting softer, silkier locks and I thought it might be a little too ‘heavy’ for my baby fine, gets-oily-quick hair type but it’s been working a treat and isn’t building up or weighing anything down, despite the fact that I was my hair every single day. I like that it’s got a soft, sweet coconut scent that makes me think of coconut ice but it doesn’t linger around and interfere with your perfume. Also, it really does deliver on the ‘silkier’ promise. My hair did feel softer and swishier after using it and was super easy to comb out while wet but like, I said, it didn’t add any weight.

Let's get Coco Loco! Also, what I would give for Speckled Eggs right now. OMG!

Let’s get Coco Loco! Also, what I would give for Speckled Eggs right now. OMG!

If you’ve got hair that’s easy to care for and doesn’t require anything repairative or serious de-frizzing this is a nice li’l duo to use. If I was in the business of buying my own shampoo I’d happily toss these guys in my shopping basket. In fact, maybe I will regardless.

Lastly, Placecol sent me their Power Firm Serum (R580, Placecol.com) the other day. I’m glad to see it’s packaged in an airless pump because at one point this brand used a lot of jar and if you’re a regular reader you’ll know I don’t like packaging that exposes any actives to air.

Bravo on the pump, dudes!

Bravo on the pump, dudes!

A light textured, easily absorbed lotion, it provides just enough moisture for my oily-combo skin and would play nicely when layered with a heavier cream for anyone with a drier skin type. As far as the firming bit goes, any dermatologist will tell you the best way to protect and boost your skin’s collagen supply is to shield it from the sun and invest in proven collagen-boosting actives like retinol, alpha or beta hydroxy acids and peptides. Placecol’s lotion doesn’t make use of any of those, but does contain hematite extract, a mineral that’s also shown an ability to stimulate collagen synthesis. How effective is it in comparison to the aforementioned collagen-boosters? Truthfully, I really don’t know as it’s not a commonly used ingredient.

Still, I can tell you about the serum’s other active and that’s niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3). Niacinimide’s another collagen-encourager but also a bit of a power house in that it improves hydration, minimises the look of pigmentation and acts as an anti-inflammatory antioxidant. Another good pigmentation buster in the mix is antioxidant peony root extract. So, while this product’s pitched as a ‘firmer’, I think it would be a nicer pick for anyone concerned with mild pigmentation provided they teamed it with a sunscreen. (If you’re dealing with serious pigmentation, consider something more potent like retinol or a super strong vitamin C serum or chat to a dermatologist who can guide you through laser and peel treatments as options.)

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Cetaphil Daylong SPF 50 Liposomal lotion for face and body

So let’s talk sunscreen! When I went to Vietnam I took a few with me ‘cos I like to mix it up. A low SPF so I can initially get a teensy bit of a tan and then a very high one ‘cos once I’ve invariable burned some part of my body (it always happens) I want to keep the sun off it in a big way. And this is where Cetaphil’s Daylong SPF 50 Liposomal lotion for face and body came in.

Get it at Dis-Chem for R209,95. (That's R50 cheaper than Clicks).

Get it at Dis-Chem for R209,95. (That’s R50 cheaper than Clicks).

This guy totally saved my life, particularly on a day when I was on a boat, because it’s amazing water-resistant, not to mention sweat resistant. It gets so hot over there you’re literally walking around in a coat of a your own sweat (be it day or night!) so staying power was important to me. The other thing I like about Cetaphil’s big guns sun protection is the fact that it’s liposomal.

Lipo-what?

Your might not have heard about liposomal sunscreens as the tech is pretty new and Cetaphil is the only brand in SA, that I’m aware of, that’s using it. So let’s break it down. Chemical sunscreens get absorbed into your skin to protect it from the inside. Some people, particularly those who are very chemical aware and dislike parabens and what not don’t like that as they’re not big on having inorganic substances leach into their bod. Physical ones are deemed ‘safer’ as they sit on top of your skin but are often greasy-feeling and rub off easily. Liposomal ones, however, are different. They’re formulated with very small particals called liposomes that only penetrate the very top layers of your skin but, as they’re still absorbed, you’re not left feeling oily or slick while the sun protection benefits are longer-lasting.

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Long day on the boat in Ha Long Bay? No problem! (For the record, this isn’t a stock image. I snapped it on my HTC (who no longer sponsor me ‘cos I think their M9 is meh in comparison to the M8).

I’m happy to say that after several long days in the sun, Cetaphil’s li’l darling helped me protect my skin like a boss. If you’re looking for a hard-working high SPF that’s super gentle on your skin and won’t block your pores or aggravate acne, this is a good pick.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic High Potency triple antioxidant treatment

A while back SkinCeuticals sent me their C E Ferulic High Potency triple antioxidant treatment (R2 130) and I didn’t feature it on the blog as I thought I’d already reviewed it but have recently come to realise I actually featured another of their serums, Reservatrol B E. Oops!

Anyway, while I liked their Reservatrol serum, I didn’t think it justified its high price point but C E Ferulic treatment, while also ‘not cheap’, is worth the splurge if you can afford it. Again, this is an antioxidant serum but it contains a whopping 15% vitamin C! Better yet, the vitamin C’s been teamed with vitamin E (listed as ‘alpha tocopherol’ – a very easy to absorb form of the vitamin) which has been proven to boost its efficacy further. (C is your fire and E is your gasoline!) It then get better… Ferulic acid, a powerful antioxidant plant extract, is also in the mix and helps stabilise the C and E, super charging their power even further!

SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic High Potency triple antioxidant treatment (R2 130)

Much like vitamin E, vitamin C is a fab free radical scavenger, but is also proven to boost collagen production as well as minimise the look of pigmentation. Many products that contain it can thus legally get away with saying ‘contains collagen-boosting vitamin C’ but here’s the kicker – the minuscule amounts they contain aren’t likely to have any effect. Skinceuticals, however, have seriously pumped up the jam so you really are going to get results. In fact, now that I’ve gotten back from a beach holiday and have two mild pigmentation patches under each eye, this is the product I’ll be adding to my skin care routine so as to send ’em back to hell.

Another plus? According to SkinCeuticals, when you team this serum with your sunscreen it can improve its photo protection factor by up to eight times while offering up to 96% free radical protection.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. If you’re also struggling with pigmentation right now and can’t afford to part with over R2K please don’t shed a tear. SkinCeuticals’ treatment is a fabulous one but by no means the only one that can sort you out. Environ, for example, have a very well priced vitamin C cream called Evenescence C-Boost (R355).  I can’t figure out the vitamin C percentage but it sits at number two (after ‘water’) on the ingredients list so I know it’s pretty darn high. It also contains vitamin E and has successfully helped blitz post-holiday pigmentation I’ve experienced in the past.

Beauty bits and pieces: NIVEA Protect & Care antiperspirant, Lush Dream Cream, 3ina Cosmetics and Dove’s #BeautyAtEveryAge campaign

Right! I’m back from that blissful holiday in Vietnam and now have a ‘to review’ backlog that’s just killing me. In fact, in the last 48 hours, I’ve received a whopping 19 products on top of the pile I’ve returned to (yep, my throat’s closing up with anxiety as I type) so you can expect a series of posts featuring multiple items for the next little bit. I know many of you girls actually enjoy these as you consider it more bang for your visit so if that’s you it’s your lucky week.

First up, you should know that NIVEA have just launched a new antiperspirant line-up called Protect & Care, inspired by their iconic Crème. Both the roll-on (R19,99) and aerosol (R29,99) promise 48-hours of dryness but are alcohol-free and formulated with ‘caring’ ingredients like hydrating glycerine and avocado oil plus soothing panthenol.

How cute is the giant Creme tin it arrived in? It's currently housing biscuits in my kitchen.

How cute is the giant Creme tin it arrived in? It’s currently housing biscuits in my kitchen.

While all the above is good to know – and yep, it’s definitely good at sweat-busting – I’m really enjoying using the roll-on for the sole fact that it smells exactly like the brand’s aforementioned Creme. Now, every morning is a fun flash back to the 90s, a super happy, care-free period of my life when I used to religiously slap the contents of that li’l blue pot on my legs before heading off to high school. Just one sniff and I can practically hear Goo Goo Doll’s Iris (‘memba that?!) ringing in my ears.

My new favourite body lotion of the moment, however, is Lush Dream Cream. Formulated for super sensitive skin, its main ingredient is ultra soothing oat milk. Now, if you’ve ever suffered from eczema, you’ll know an oat milk bath (specifically colloidal oatmeal) is a great home remedy to sooth and hydrate while the antioxidants in the oats have been proven to have a certain anti-inflammatory effect.

Love this boy!

Oh Dream Cream, I love you so…

While I don’t have eczema or, even sensitized skin for that matter, I love how this ultra light-weight gel-creme textured lotion absorbs into my skin in a flash and leaves a wonderful cooling sensation in its wake. It’s a difficult one to explain because it doesn’t feel ‘cold’ or menthol-induced in the least – just ‘soothing’ – like you’ve just applied a cool towel to eyes that are puffy. If you’re in store please give it a bash and you’ll immediately know what I’m talking about. Other notables in the mix include hydrating rose water, organic cocoa butter and glycerine plus calming chamomile, tea tree and lavender oil and the resultant fragrance is wondrously soft and ‘clean’ – like laundry that’s just been pulled from the dryer.

Next up, there’s a new make-up brand in town called 3ina. I keep looking at it and my brain says ‘eina!’ but apparently it’s pronounced Mina. It hails from Europe (but google can’t tell me where exactly) and was created by two ‘retail gurus’ I’ve never heard of, Pablo Rivera and Mark Eve. Mysterious origins aside, it’s rolling out across the globe pretty fast with its first SA store opening up in Jozi’s Eastgate Mall with more to come across the country as the year marches on.

3ina Moo en kie!

3ina Moo en kie!

The brand’s plus points are its wide variety bold colour cosmetics at affordable prices with products averaging at around R150 a pop. In this way, it reminds me a lot of INGLOT. I was given a few of the items to try and can tell you the following – the quality of the nail polish I tried (a cornflower blue shade called 121) was very good in that all you needed was two coats to get full opacity and the finish was nice and glossy.

I wish I had an 'on nail' pic to show you but I accidentally deleted my good one.

I’ll update this with an ‘on nail’ shot soon. I accidentally deleted my one good one and now I’m rocking the black shade you’re seeing in this pic – Essie’s Haute Tub from their new winter collection.

I also quite liked the lip gloss. The shade I was given (109, a ‘suits everyone’ barely there pink that doesn’t make milky-looking lines on your lips – thank God!) will be a nice pick for anyone who likes their lip gloss shiny, but non-sticky. (Personally, I prefer the super tacky kind as it tends to be more long-lasting but know a lot of women prefer a non-sticky texture so 3ina’s probably going to float your boat.)

Pretty pretty!

This reminds me of that colour J Lo’s always wearing.

Lastly, Dove sent me a li’l pakkie to announce the launch of their new ad campaign – #BeautyAtEveryAge.

Ag cute man! It's a time line thing-y starting with the day I started my blog.

Ag cute man! It’s a time line thing-y starting with the day I started my blog.

I can’t find the ad on YouTube to link to it, but if you’ve watched anything there lately you’ll definitely have seen it. Somehow missed it? It essentially highlights the fact that some women are proud to announce their age when they’re young but get a little weird about it as they get older. Personally, I can’t relate to this campaign at all. I’ll be turning 36 early next year and couldn’t give a toss and the much older women I’ve quizzed around me all feel the same way. Still, clearly there’s an audience for this as Dove did a little research and say only 10% of the women they spoke are proud to reveal their age, but there’s no indication as to who they approached or what the circumstances where.

Are you one of those woman who feels embarrassed or in some way negatively defined by your age? Also, do you really believe that woman are beautiful at every age or, like me, do you find that concept a little bit twee? If this were true then surely ‘looking more youthful’ wouldn’t be the beauty industry’s number one selling point? The cold, hard fact is that 24-year-old women generally turn more heads than 64-year-old women. It’s just the way it is. But the key takeout for me is that I’m totally okay with that. Feeling ‘beautiful’ when I hit my later years will be a ‘nice to have’ but it’s certainly not a focal point. Rather than ravishing, I’d prefer to feel valued, loved and confident in a body that might be falling to bits but, much like my age, is never going to define me. Maybe, in a round about way, that’s kind of Dove’s point. They’re probably referring to ‘beauty’ in a more abstract way. But I still can’t relate to their campaign as, like I said, I don’t have an age hang up. To me, it feels like an issue that perhaps my grandmother’s generation might have dealt with when they were young. Also, for the record, did you know that Hilary Clinton is 68? Oprah is 62, Helen Zille is 65 and my favourite Helen of the lot – the fabtastical Ms Mirren – is a ripe ole’ 71! Right up until this moment I never knew any of their ages nor did I care and I suspect that neither do they!

Still, one thing I can relate to is Dove’s lovely Deeply Nourishing body wash so there’s always that.

Dankie julle!

Dankie julle!

My favourite Dove product to date, however, is still their awesome Intensive Repair shampoo, conditioner and treatment. You can read my rave review over here.

But ja, either way, please chat to me in the comments below regarding their new campaign. Did it hit home for you? I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts.

Love, love

Leigh