Eucerin have launched a Elasticity + Filler line and the facial oil’s rather lovely

Let’s chat about a new line from Eucerin called Elasticity + Filler. Aimed at those wanting more supple-feeling the range consists of a day cream with an SPF 15 (R349,99), night cream (R349,99) plus a facial oil (R399,99).

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I’m holding the day cream. The night cream is in the box.

Both the day and night creams actives include skin plumping hyaluronic acid, collagen-boosting arctiin (it’s a phyto active derived from the fruit of the Burdock plant) and silymarin, a circulation-improving antioxidant extracted from the milk thistle plant.

Of the three, I most like the facial oil.

What's happening, dude?!

What’s happening, dude?!

It’s got this lovely, clean scent that makes me think of fresh laundry blowing in the breeze on a summer’s day. The formulation’s pretty simple – a lipid-rich synthetic hydrator (octyldodecanol) with a dash of the aforementioned silymarin (God, you gotta love that name), argan oil and vitamin E in the mix. All three are good antioxidants that contain hydrating omega fatty acids – 6 in the milk thistle and a double whammy of 6 and 9 in the argan oil.

It’s the kind of thing you could easily apply straight up when your skin needs a little more moisture or mix a few drops into your existing hydrator to give it a boost. Recently, a slew of top end brands have launched facial oils with the exact same purpose and if you want all the aforementioned in your life but don’t have deep pockets this is a nice pick.

Love, love

Leigh

 

Cool new stuff from Kiehl’s – Apothecary Preparations, Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator and limited edition Christmas goodies dollied up by Jeremyville

Kiehl’s have launched an interesting new skin care collection called Apothecary Preparations available at their Sandton and V&A counters. It’s all about creating a ‘personal beauty solution’ in that, after a quick consultation with one of their salespeople, you can whip up a freshly mixed facial concentrate containing two complexes to address your skin’s needs.

The complexes you can pick from aim to address redness, wrinkles, texture, pores and dullness. I opted for the wrinkles and dullness additives as I liked their ingredients – retinol in the former and vitamin C in the latter.

Fun fact: I just spent five minutes Photoshopping blood off that box thanks to cutting my finger at the launch. No pity please - this was milliseconds after uttering something super mean so the Kiehl's karma was deserved. Oh and Kyle, don't you ever repeat what I said!)

Fun fact: I just spent five minutes Photoshopping blood off that box thanks to cutting my finger at the launch. No pity please – this was milliseconds after uttering something super mean so the Kiehl’s karma was deserved. Oh and Kyle, don’t you ever repeat what I said!)

To whip up my serum at home, all I had to do was open each additive, pour it into the serum’s ‘base’ (a Skin Strengthening concentrate that’s suited to all skin types that’s essentially a mix of hydrating squalane and various antioxidant-rich botanical oils) and shake it up. Boom, just like that, you’ve got your custom serum for R1 495.

For the record, the serum smells divine, possibly due to the blackcurrant extract oil, as it makes me think of Philosophy’s Falling in Love perfume which is all about soft blackberry and vanilla. I reckon that, if you go for the wrinkle-busting mix, it’s a nice ‘starter retinol’ serum as it’s not especially potent* so you could easily use it every day without having to worry about redness or peeling.

*I’m not saying its ineffective! Just gentle. By way of comparison, I use a 1% retinol serum but only every second day and trust me, while ‘1%’ sounds mild, it’s not. To do so all the time would probably peel my face off. Not a good look!

Something else you’ll want to know about? Kiehl’s have a lovely new cleanser on their counters – Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator (R650).

Hello new friend!

Hello new friend!

While it’s touted as an exfoliator and does contain exfoliating granules its pretty gentle, especially when you compare it to the exfoliating machine that is Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-dermabrasion scrub (R600). If you’re looking for a serious flake-remover than that guy is going to be your BFF.

But as far as the newbie goes, I really like that it foams up like a boss, despite being free of potentially drying sulphates and leaves my oily-combo skin feeling fabulously clean and soft. Also, a little bit really goes a long way. In this way, it reminds me a lot of another Kiehl’s product I love and adore – their Ultra Facial Oil-Free cleanser (R315), but with added gentle exfoliating benefits.

As far as the brightening benefits go, yes, exfoliating will always reveal fresh, new skin that’s more luminous-looking, but if you’re really looking for a radiance booster that’ll also help diminish the look of pigmentation, from the Kiehl’s range specifically, consider their new Nightly-Refining Micro-Peel concentrate (R750) which is a lovely leave-on chemical exfoliator. Also, their Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing concentrate (R895) considers itself a wrinkle-buster but has enough vitamin C in it (a fab 10,5%) to help you lighten up. Products that you leave on your skin as opposed to wash off will always have a greater effect. But in saying that, if you’re looking for a fab face wash with a very gentle exfoliating action that’s mild enough to use every day, know that Clearly Corrective Skin Brightening Exfoliator is a fabulous pick. I’ve really, really enjoyed using this product.

Last, but not least, can you believe it’s almost Christmas? To help take the edge off an always busy December NOW is the time to klap your gift shopping and if you’ve got Kiehl’s fans on your list you’ll be glad to know their Christmas collection has finally hit the shelves. This year, they’ve partnered with a New York-based artist called Jeremyville who’s given a bunch of their goodies a cute and colourful makeover.

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming!

Something that’s sure to sell out fast is their bestselling Creme du Corps body moisturiser in a huge 500ml bottle (R695) to help your Kiehl’s lover keep their skin feeling soft and supple for a good ten million years. Or maybe just a few months, depending on how much they like to moisturise.

See anything you like?

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. Total side bar here – I was too lazy to leave the sunny patio (the joys of working from home) to go inside and trawl through my press release folder and find out the price of the Creme du Corps so I rang the Kiehl’s store in the V&A (don’t judge me!) and the person I just spoke to was so friendly and clued up he totally deserves a shout out. You have no idea how many times I’ve called counters to get prices and it’s that kind of convo you dread as so many stores have a trainwreck staff situation going on but Kiehl’s V&A gets a big gold star.

Review: Cetaphil Gentle Skin cleansing cloths

If you follow me on social media (I’m @lipglossgirl on twitter and @lipglossgirlxoxo on Instagram) you’ll know I ran off to Mexico the other day. Cancun to be exact. Also, I went all by myself! I know it sounds impulsive and crazy but, really, this was years in the making. Some time soon, when I’ve got time, I’ll create a post about it.

Can you believe there's no filter on this piccie?

I snapped this on Isla Mujeres’ North Beach. It’s a short 20 minute ferry ride from Cancun. Can you believe there’s no filter on this pic?

Anyway, having done several tropical island holidays (they’re my favourite type) I knew exactly what products I’d be throwing into my travel bag and one of the most important was facial cleansing wipes, specifically Cetaphil Gentle Skin cleansing cloths (R89,95, Dis-Chem).

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Hello friends!

Due to the fact that I had no idea I needed a transit visa to spend two hours in Atlanta’s airport, my flight got re-routed at the last-minute which meant an awesome 44 hours of travel time. During this particularly horrid period of my life Cetaphil’s wipes became my BFF. I used them to cleanse my face on each flight, wipe down each plane’s germ-riddled tray tables and remote controls and enjoy a very sad sponge bath of sorts in airport bathrooms.

As the wipes are infused with the same ultra-gentle, hydrating formula you’ll find in Cetaphil’s facial cleanser and don’t contain any drying, sensitising alcohol I managed to make it to the other side of the planet feeling somewhat clean with a face that hadn’t dried up like a prune. Can we get a yay?

But getting back to the alcohol – and I’m not talking about my resorts cocktail of the day. You’ll be surprised by how often you’ll find it, sometimes listed as ‘alcohol denat’, listed as an ingredient in cleansing wipes. Manufacturers like it because it helps your face dry faster after use but as it evaporates from your skin it takes a chunk of your own moisture with it. It’s also a top-notch sensitiser, something you’ll know about if you’ve ever used a facial wipe and felt it sting.

Each wipe is nice and thick so it doesn't fall apart after using it.

Each wipe is nice and thick so it doesn’t start to fall apart as you use it.

Anyway, let’s get back to Cancun. What an incredible trip! Words can’t describe the awesome. However, my skin would take yet more of a bashing thanks to a whopload of exposure to sun, sea, chlorine, cocktails and a blast of hotel room air con each night making me very grateful to have a set of wipes on hand that didn’t abuse my skin further. (Back in the day, when I didn’t know better, I’ve travelled with cheap ass make-up removal wipes, the kind that have contained both alcohol and ‘soothing/cooling’ menthol, ironically one of the worst and most irritating ingredients for your skin, and have felt the effects via dryness, redness and stinging.)

I was also thrilled to have the wipes in my beach bag as they gave me the opportunity to wipe down my super hot ski instructor after he got all dirtied up via a Holi fest-style colour party. (‘Gosh, I don’t know why but this green’s just not coming off your abs. Going to have to give you a serious going over here, hun…’)

Take me back to the beach!

Take me back to the beach!

But ja! In short, if you’re looking for a fab, skin-loving travel buddy know that Cetaphil’s facial cleansing cloths are regte little gems.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Veet Sensitive Touch electric trimmer for body and face

Looking for a nice all-round personal grooming trimmer? Veet’s just launched their new AA-battery powered Sensitive Touch electric trimmer (R399, Clicks and Dis-Chem) and it does a nice job of tidying up your bikini line as well as your eye brows thanks to a 2-sided precision head.

Hello new friend!

A peek inside the pack.

I can’t speak to its eye brow trimming abilities as my brows are sparse and I do more filling in that trimming but the body trimming bit works like a charm. It’s got two comb attachments so you can choose a length that suits but if you’re me you’ll just blitz everything off a close as you can get to the root. Obviously this isn’t as close as a shave as the blades don’t touch your skin (this means you don’t have to worry about nicks or cuts – yay!) but its close enough for you not to have to worry about a hairy bikini line and it doesn’t grow back feeling prickly.

This is the eye brow/facial hair trimmer that comes with a cap and comb.

This is the eye brow/facial hair trimmer that comes with an adjustable comb and cap.

The other day I showed off Schick’s new Hydro Silk TrimStyle razor that includes a bikini trimmer so the first question I know you’re all going to ask is ‘which one should I buy?’ but it’s really down to a question of what you want. Both are waterproof and serve up a bikini or underarm trim with Schick’s advantage being that it costs R100 less than Veet’s option. But in saying that, Veet gives you a brow trimmer too and isn’t attached to a razor that needs replacement blades to stay relevant and can get gooey when its hydrating strip starts to melt. (Not ideal for travel!) Also, Veet’s trimmer has an ‘on’ and ‘off’ bottom and Schick’s requires you to hold the button down the entire time you want to trim and I find that a little awkward.

This is the bikini and underarm trimmer. Again it's got an adjustable comb and cap.

This is the bikini and underarm trimmer. Again it’s got an adjustable comb and cap.

So, to recap – if you’re on a budget, don’t care about brow trimming and are happy to have your trimmer live in your bathroom as opposed to travel, Schick’s trimmer is your baby. But if you’re wanting a trimmer for both body and face that can happily jet set with you (it comes with a cute li’l pink travel pouch and cleaning brush) then its best you spring for Veet’s newbie.

Love, love

Leigh

Life Day Spa has opened at the V&A. It’s fabulous and their opening specials are awesome

I was invited to the media preview of the new Life Day Spa at the V&A Pavillion the other day and it’s fabulous. You know where the BMW emporium used to be? It’s in there and its huuuuge making it the perfect place to host a spa party with your friends. Think bachelorettes, birthdays, baby showers and more!

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

To kick things off, we mingled over sushi, cheese and champers (always a good start) then explored the spa which is fabulously swish-looking.

Glad I came!

Glad I came!

Think lots of marble, glass, wood and luxe minimalist decor that inspires a feeling of opulence and calm. The show stopper, for me, however, was their huge indoor heated plunge pool area.

Fab, right?

Fab, right?

They’ve also got a very tranquil-looking floatation pool and a rasul chamber where you can experience a Middle Eastern mud ritual. Another highlight is their enormous mani and pedi area where they can treat up to ten people at a time using OPI and gelish products.

Luxe, ne?

Luxe, ne?

You’re also going to enjoy their changing area where you’ll find computerised lockers and top quality hair dryers. (There’s nothing worse than leaving a spa and discovering they have those rubbish mini travel dryers that ten hours to dry your hair!)

Being a spoiled cow, I got to enjoy a pedi and massage and thought my friendly, knowledgeable therapist, Pagen, had some mad skills when it came to the latter. She’s a migraine/tension headache baby like me so she knew exactly which areas to pummel and press and even did a little bit of reflexology on my feet and stuck her fingers into all the right trigger points on my neck and head. Girl gets five stars for really getting it!

This is one of the beds in their huge couples treatment room.

This is one of the beds in their huge couples treatment room. Mood lighting on fleek!

If you’d like to experience the spa yourself now is the time to get up and go as their opening specials are fabulously pocket-friendly. Their Summer Sunshine special (it ends at the end of this month) serves up a 60 minute full body massage and a 60 min luxury pedi for just R690 and you also get to use their pool, steam room and rain shower. This is a serious bargain because if you had to pick the same treatment combo using their non-special ‘choose your own two-hour package’ option you’d pay R1 160 for it! So you’re almost getting R500 off! Run meisie kind! Run!

This pic doesn't really do this water and wall feature justice.

This pic doesn’t really do this water and wall feature justice.

Another gem? Book a 60 minute massage or facial and enjoy a complimentary 30 minute session in their floatation pool.

To learn more, visit them online over here. To book, contact info@lifedayspawf.co.za or give them a ring on (021) 180 4772.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. On weekends and public holidays the spa closes at 5pm, but it’s open until 8pm during the week! Can I get an air punch from all your hard-working 9 to 5-ers out there?

Fragrance reviews: Lanvin Eclat de Fleurs, Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, Giorgio Armani Si Le Parfum, Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme, Gucci Bamboo EDT and Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower

And the new fragrances just keep rolling in! Are you ready for a bumper load of reviews?

First up, Lanvin have whipped out a lovely new ever so slightly fruity floral called Eclat de Fleurs EDP (R995 for 50ml and R1 295 for 100ml, Disc-Chem).

Lanvin Eclat de Fleurs EDT

Lanvin Eclat de Fleurs EDP

When I first sniffed it I straight up told the PR that it was ‘boring’ but ‘bland 25 year olds would lap it up’. ‘Oh. Well, do you still want us to send it to you?’ they asked, only mildly aghast as they know me well enough to understand that I’m a horrible person. ‘Ja, whatevs. Send away. Fragrances are a very personal thing. You can’t give them a bad review because there’s always someone who’ll like it so I can just blab about its notes and who I think it would be suited to’.

This gets a second shot so I can show you the pretty crystal in the cap.

This gets a second shot so I can show you the pretty crystal in the cap.

Anyhoo, we’re a few weeks in the can and now I feel like a regte douche ‘cos this scent has grown on me like a fresh, dewy freesia, one of the most ‘visible’ notes in its bouquet. (In all, you’re looking at pear, jasmine, rose, freesia, white musk and sandalwood.) I love that its soft, feminine and pretty with just the right amount of ‘sweet’. It reminds me a lot of Marc Jacobs Daisy but ‘juicier’ in a way that leads it into Chanel Chance territory. I have a whopload of fragrances sitting on my shelf right now and find that on a clear summer’s day when I’m wearing a dress and feeling ‘girlie’ this is the scent for which I reach.

If you like the aforementioned fragrances (Daisy and Chance) as well as other pretty, fresh florals with a touch of pink in them (‘touch of pink sounds mad but it’s the best way I can describe it) then definitely give Lanvin’s lovely newbie a sniff.

Moving on, let’s chat Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria EDP (R1 190 for 50ml and R1 490 for 100ml). The brand’s launched about a million Euphoria variants (not all of them made it to SA) and this new one, a moody chypre-floral, is going to be a hit with anyone who likes a bold night-time fragrance where patchouli, rose and a dash of smoky-woody-spice take centre stage.

Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria

Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria EDP

Officially, the notes are a cascalone molecule (an aquatic scent), mandarin leaf, white pepper, ‘black magic rose’, patchouli and musk. On me, I get an initial burst of fresh peony and then the patchouli and a ‘dark’ rose sweep in and remain through out, but enjoy the addition of a musky-wood dry down that’s a teensy bit masculine – but only for a second – and contributes to this fragrance’s sexiness. Now, hearing that description, you wouldn’t for a second think that there’s a time when this fragrance smells almost exactly like the deliciousness that is Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, but it happens.

This happened to be on my kitchen counter on an evening where I had a dinner party and every girl in the room gave it a two thumbs up for ‘night time sexy sexy’ so if you’re looking, know that Deep Euphoria is a lekker pick.

Next up, we’ve got a divine new addition to Giorgio Armani’s Si family and that’s Si Le Parfum EDP (R1 905 for 40ml). A seriously luxe balsamic floral, it’s a headier, slightly spicier version of the Si’s we’ve seen before it.

Giorgio Armani Si Le Parfum

Giorgio Armani Si Le Parfum

Notes-wise, you’re looking at bergamot, black currant, jasmine, osmanthus, incense, patchouli leaf, amber, vanilla and benzoin. Before giving it a sniff, I’d read up on it online and even though oud isn’t listed as a note I worried it would have some kind of ‘oud vibe’ as I’m sooo not a fan and it’s popping up in loads of florientals lately. Fortunately, there’s not an oudy note in sight. To me, it smells a lot like Armani Si Intense, but with the addition of warm, spicy, resinous balsamic and amber notes that give it more of an oriental twist.

If you’re a Si lover and want a more mysterious, even more opulent version of the fragrance, something you could wear on a cold winter’s day or on a night out, then Si Le Parfum is something you’re going to want to add to your Christmas wish list. Also, as expected, the staying power is beyond. You’ll even smell it on your clothes the next day!

Now lets talk about another yummy floriental – Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme EDT (R545 for 30ml and R895 for 100ml). A bold, sensual floral, Always Red Femme has a load of notes in the mix, namely blackcurrant, pear, lemon, peach, jasmine, muguet, vanilla, moss, cedar and patchouli.

Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme EDT

Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme EDT

The original Always Red actually reminded me a lot of Armani’s Si, to the point where it could almost be a dupe, and I get that same creamy, vanilla and patchouli-focused ‘Si-ness’ from new Femme but now it leans more towards the sweet, gourmandy Lancome La Vie est Belle side of life. Also, for all the Red Door haters out there (myself included), you’ll be glad to know there is nothing, NOTHING Red Door-ish about this scent in the least. In fact, when it dries down, it becomes a total soul sister to Gucci Rush. Good news for me, as that’s a fragrance I still adore to this day.

If you like statement-making scents that are warm, sexy, sweet (but not overtly so) with a certain juiciness to them then you’re going to want to try Arden’s latest. Much like Si, the staying power is excellent.

Now let’s talk about Gucci Bamboo. Usually when a fragrance launches a second version of itself they end up going deeper or darker or make it more intense but Gucci’s gone the other way by whipping out Gucci Bamboo EDT (R1000 for 30ml, R1 245 for 50ml and R1 705 for 75ml). (You can read my review of the first Bamboo, the EDP, over here.)

Gucci Bamboo EDT

Gucci Bamboo EDT

A lighter, more luminous version of an already fresh-smelling scent, Bamboo EDT is a sparkling citrusy-floral that’s just in time for summer.

Much like the EDP, the new EDT’s opening is pure zingy bergamot and citrus, refreshing ‘pick-me-up’ notes I love and adore. As far as the heart’s concerned, it’s all about white flowers lily and ylang-ylang but this time, unlike the EDP, they’re softer smelling. With the EDP, I can almost smell the stamen of the lily, but the EDT’s variant is more like a muted, ‘hand cream’ version of the flower. This sounds awful, but it’s not a bad thing in the least.

Now how about that dry down? Both the EDP and EDT end up in the creamy sandalwood zone but the EDP has a bit more musk in it and a touch of sweetness to it that makes me think of Gucci’s Flora. The new Bamboo, however, doesn’t have that subtle sweetness to it. It’s more of a clean sandalwood that doesn’t let go of its initial citrusy top notes. Like I said, this is a perfect scent for a hot summer’s day when you want to feel easy breezy but retain a dash of elegance.

In saying all that though, the two fragrances are very, very similar and I love them both. If the EDT is slightly more refreshing its only marginally so to the point that if you already own one you might not need the other. But if you don’t have any Bamboo in your life and adore a clean, citrusy floral, something like Versace Versence, then you’ll probably like both of the Gucci Bamboo fragrances as much as I do. (Which is a lot!)

Last, but not least, let’s talk about Jimmy Choo’s Illicit Flower EDT (R645 for a 40ml, R945 for a 60ml and R1095 for a 100ml). A woody floral with a subtle dash of fruit, despite containing several, its notes include apricot, mandarin, grapefruit blossom, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, cashmere wood and musk.

Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT

Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT

I haven’t been a fan of all the fragrances the Choo brand has produced as most of them contain a cloying toffee note that I pick up on straight away and just can’t move on from. They broke this pattern, however, with Blossom, a clean, easy-to-wear floral and then continued on the lighter side of life with Illicit. Despite its sexy name, Illicit is a soft, subtle fragrance that’s warmed by honey, amber and vanilla, even though the last note isn’t officially listed.

New Illicit Flower, however, in my opinion, is even nicer than it’s older sister. Again, despite its name, it’s not the sexy, tease of a fragrance its marketing spin would have you believe. Instead, it’s a super subtle, very easy to spritz-on-and-go floral that makes me think a little of Crabtree & Evelyn’s sadly discontinued Tom Kitten. I know, I know… what an awful thing to say. Comparing Jimmy Choo to a cologne for children? But you have no idea how much I loved the soft, comforting peach notes of that particular fragrance. I never actually owned it but used to douse myself with it every time I was in store ‘cos it made me feel happy and clean. Illicit Flower, however, is a way to get that same feeling, but in a much more grown up way. It’s the kind of scent you could shower in and it still wouldn’t be over powering. In this way, it’s a great scent to wear to the office.

See anything you’d like to sniff? They’re all in store right now waiting for you to give them a try.

Love, love

Leigh

Neutrogena has launched a new Hydro Boost range and the cleansers are lovely stuff

Neutrogena has launched a pocket-friendly new line called Hydro Boost that aims to cleanse and hydrate your skin via cleansers and two moisturisers infused with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.

The launch was held at the 12 Apostles in Cape Town. How pretty was the set up?

The launch was held at the 12 Apostles in Cape Town. How pretty was the set up?

The two hyrators are Hydro Boost water gel for ‘normal’ skin and gel-cream for drier skin types (R155 each). Being an oily-combo girl I’d be the target market for the water gel but to be perfectly honest I find both of these guys are lightweight enough not to aggravate the oilies. They remind me a lot of L’Oreal’s now discontinued Hydrafresh moisturiser that I used to use ten billion years ago back in ad school.

Still, for me, the real heroes of the line are the value-for-money cleansers. The micellar water (R115) does a great job of whisking away make-up and grime, won’t strip your skin in the least and doesn’t need to be washed off.

Love you!

Hello new friend!

The wash off cleanser (R115), however, for those who like to foam up and rinse, is a nice pick for combination or balanced skin types. (It’s a myth that combo skin, or even oily skin for that matter, can’t get dehydrated.) While it’s not SLS-free, the amount it contains is pretty low but it still creates a nice lather thanks to a mix of other low-foaming gentle cleansing agents. It’s a nice way to wash your face and then, if any stubborn make-up like waterproof mascara remains behind, you can blitz it like a boss with the micellar water.

Love, love

Leigh

P.S. Tomorrow, on the 11th, The Foschini Group is holding a sale across all their online stores and offering free shipping with no minimum spend. I see that Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost goodies are currently in their online beauty store, Foschini for Beauty, so if you’re keen to buy, tomorrow’s a good time to do it. Also, the first 150 shoppers get a R150 gift card to blow on their next purchase so best you get up early!