Review: Restylane Day Cream SPF 15

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Restylane Day Cream SPF 15

Restylane – yep, the brand that makes injectable fillers – have recently launched a basic skin care line. The Day Cream SPF 15 (R600, Dermastore) is a nice pick for anyone with a balanced to ever so slightly dry skin type* wanting a basic moisturiser that serves up a little sun protection.

First up, I love that this lotion is packaged in an airless pump as its easy to use and protects the integrity of the ingredients. Speaking of which, the heavy-lifters in the mix are a special form of the skin-plumping moisture-magnet that is hyaluronic acid. The hydration factor’s bumped up further thanks to ceramides and niacinimide (vitamin B3). The latter’s also a great ingredient for those struggling with pigmentation as it helps inhibit the travel of melanin from the deeper layers of the skin to the top. It’s also used in a nice, generous concentration – not just a smidge as per most of the niacinimide-containing products you’ll find in the drug store.

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Always nice to see niacinimide sitting right up top.

Oh! And it also makes use of anti-oxidant co-enzyme Q10 to help fend off free-radicals. Team this with a good serum to target any specific concerns (i.e. retinol for wrinkles) and you’re off to a good start as far as basic skin-care’s concerned.

Can’t afford R600 for a daily moisturiser? There are other hydrators with an SPF and pigmentation-blitzing ingredients on the market for less and Neutrogena’s Visibly Even daily moisturiser with SPF 30 is one of them, but it doesn’t contain Restylane’s hyaluronic acid and ceramide mix.

Love, love

Leigh

*For the record, I’m an oily-combo skinned girl so this was a little too heavy for me. I could still get away with wearing it, but just needed to matte down my T-panel more often than I used to. But like I said, more balanced skin types will be a great match.

Review: Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo and Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion

If you’re a big Cetaphil fan you’ll be glad to know the brand’s now created two new extra gentle products specially formulated for babies’ sensitive skin – Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo (R69,99) and Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion (R79,99).

Both the tear-free wash and lotion are free of animal products making them vegan-friendly and contain no soap, colourants, parabens or mineral oil. Naturally, they’ve been dermatologist tested to ensure its the perfect pH* for your little one’s skin and the lotion makes use of soothing panthenol, antioxidant vitamin E and a hydrating, skin barrier-protecting triple blend of sunflower seed oil, soybean oil and Shea butter.

Baby's got a whole new bag!

Hey baby, hey baby, hey!

As I don’t have a little one at home to use as my test monkey, I passed both of Cetaphil’s newbies on to an especially discerning little judge called Isla, my friend Tam’s daughter. Having used it for a while, here’s what Tam had to say about the duo.

‘Having a toddler is filthy business. In one day alone they get at least six disgusting or dirty things on them and that’s if it’s a quiet day. So today, come bath time, I had a delightful selection of yuckies to clean off of Isla with today’s filth including cheese smooshed in hair, play dough, guava squish, mince, pen marks, crusty ice cream (don’t judge, I’ve been sick) and miscellaneous dirt on her face and body. It seemed like a good day to try out something new – Cetaphil’s new baby wash.

My first impression was that I loved the smell. It’s not at all “granny baby”, just a nice clean smell.
It also scored major brownie points with Isla because I could lather it up and make her into a cloud.
I loved the feeling of it as a shampoo for her and her hair dried looking beautiful and shiny and made her baby curls look amazing. She also usually scratches herself really badly in the bath and she has not done it at all today. For these reasons, I’m now a convert. This is our new everyday soap.

Yep, it got the Isla stamp of approval.

Yep, it got the Isla stamp of approval.

As for the lotion, this is great too. I always put a soothing cream on Isla after a bath because, as I mentioned before, she’s got sensitive skin that she scratches. This product is fantastic. It’s not too oily or sticky. Any mother knows the nightmare that is putting a freshly moisturized, wiggling little feral monkey child into her PJs. It’s the worst. But Cetaphil’s baby lotion is heaven because it smells so good and absorbs so quickly that it’s almost easy to dress your kid when you’re done – giving you bonus mommy wine time!

So, I’m really pleased to have been able to try these two products. They’re awesome and I’d be happy to use them on myself too!’

So there you have it folks. Got a baby that needs extra gentle cleaning and marinading in super soothing moisture? Cetaphil Baby’s got your back.

Love, love

Leigh

*Did you know that your baby’s skin has a higher pH than your own? This is because their acid mantle isn’t fully developed yet. So nope, you can’t just soap up your kids with whatever you’ve got in your own shower or bath. Buying products that are specially formulated for baby is a must.

Review: Skinny Tan mousse PLUS Who wants to win a Skinny Tan hamper worth R500?

A while back I reviewed Skinny Tan’s 7-Day tanner and really liked it so I didn’t hesitate on the chance to review their new mousse. Generally, mousses glide on nice and easy and, due to their liquid nature, tend to give you a better colour pay off than a cream-based self-tan.

Having given Skinny Tan mousse (R449,95, Dis-Chem, Wellness Warehouse and selected Clicks stores) a good test drive I’m pleased to report that its great stuff in terms of colour pay off as well as fade. It’s also a cruelty-free product, uses two green-based certified natural tanning ingredients and is fragranced with antioxidant organic coconut. More plusses? It contains lots of aloe vera to hydrate plus a dash of caffeine sourced from guarana berries. (This is where the ‘skinny’ bit comes in as caffeine is often touted as a cellulite buster.)

Hello there new friend!

Hello there new friend!

Along with the mousse, I was given a Skinny Tan mitt to apply it with and it made application a breeze. I can’t stress enough how much better it is to apply your self-tan with a mitt, be it a cream, mousse or gel. It makes it super easy to glide around your body, buff out any bits where you want a lighter result (ankles, knees and elbows, I’m looking at you!) and prevent the palms of your hands from getting stained. If you use self-tan regularly but don’t own a mitt, girl, you need to make a plan!

Anyway, as the mousse has a colour guide to it, it’s easy to see where your colour’s going, but bear in mind that if you don’t work fast the guide can make a tide mark. Fortunately, this is the guide itself that can stick around if you don’t work swiftly and not the actually product itself. So, if you’re done and noticing any unevenness, don’t stress. This’ll wash off when you hit the shower, I promise.

I always do a patch test before going big and Skinny Tan mousse passed with flying colours.

I always do a patch test before going big and Skinny Tan mousse passed with flying colours.

I used the mousse in the evening and was feeling brave so I decided to apply it to my face too. Again, I used the mitt, folding it up to create a smaller surface area with a ‘point’ that could get into the corners of my eyes. While it’s got a soft, pretty scent, it wasn’t over powering or sickly in the least. Also, as the colour develops, it doesn’t have a weird biscuit-y smell in the least. Can we get a yay?!

This is me pre-tan in all my pale girl glory.

This is me pre-tan in all my pale girl glory.

The next morning when I got out of the shower I was thrilled to discover that my tan was wondrously even and very natural looking. There were literally no areas I had to ‘fix’ using an exfoliator! I also liked that it lasted a good five days before I felt the need to reapply and faded in a way that was natural, with one good soak in the tub and a quick rub using a towel – not even an exfoliator – took off the very last of it.

Here comes the sun!

Here comes the sun!

In short, this is a two thumbs up product you’ll want to try so pick it in store OR, if you’re feeling lucky, enter my Skinny Tan giveaway! I’ve got five hampers worth R500 to give away and entering is easy.

To stand a chance to win, simply leave a comment below telling me which berries Skinny Tan uses to draw its caffiene. Another way to enter? Hit me up on twitter with ‘Hey @lipglossgirl, I’d love to win a @SkinnyTanSA hamper’ and be sure to include the link to this post.

This competition closes at 5pm on 16 September 2016 and is only open to South African residents. A random number generator is going to decide your fate and the winner will be announced shortly after the competition closes.

Good luck girls!

Love, love

Leigh

This competition is now closed. A big congrats to Biance Aucamp, Carlyn le Maitre, Cornell Botha, Charmaine du Preez and Cheryl Johnstone on each winning a Skinny Tan hamper worth R500.

Fragrance reviews: Missoni for her, Optiphi Adagio and Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her!

A regte wallop of new fragrances have recently hit the shelves and I was going to create a bumper post a la ‘Look at this mother truckin’ tidal wave o’ newness!’ but the new scents just kept coming and I started to feel super overwhelmed. So, in a bid to get ’em all out there and lose the ‘OMG, my throat is closing up!’ sensation it was inducing I’ve decided to break it down into a several posts that I aim to put up before the month is done. Are you ready to dive in?

First up, you need to know about Missoni for Women EDP (R1 180 for 100ml, Edgars and Red Square).

Oh hello there, you beautiful thing...

Oh hello there, you beautiful thing…

This li’l darling was the big hitter at a recent fragrance launch I attended in Jozi where every beauty ed fell in love with it thanks to its gorgeous blown glass-inspired bottle alone. Notes-wise, it’s a fruity floral that opens with fresh, citrusy top notes mingled with a good dollop of pear before revealing a floral heart full of jasmine and rose resting on a bed of sandalwood, vanilla and ambroxan.

While I know musk isn’t officially listed, I get lots of white musk in the dry down. In fact, it kind of reminds me of a much more fabulous version of The Body Shop’s white musk mingled with citrus and rose petals. This probably isn’t a description that Missoni would want to hear but it it’s exactly why I really like the scent. It’s sweet and fruity but in a way that’s very sheer and light – not cloying in the least. You could happily wear it on the hot summer’s day to a glamorous pool party, Missoni kaftan wafting in the breeze, and wouldn’t be competing with the fruity cocktail in your hand in the least.

Next up, let’s chat about Optiphi’s Adagio EDT (R695 for 50ml, selected salons). The home-grown skin care brand has launched a light, cologne-like fragrance that, I think, could easily be worn by either sex.

Good and clean and fresh (tra la la!)

Good and clean and fresh (tra la la!)

Inspired by the way a composer would create a piece of music, Adagio (which means ‘play it slowly’) is an ode to tranquility that opens with uplifting notes like pink pepper and bergamot. The heart notes are super soft florals like lily of the valley, honeysuckle and rose and the base is all about the sheerest, softest whisper of musk, sandalwood and patchouli.

Adagio’s overall effect is similar to the more citrusy, aquatic-type Jo Malone colognes in that it smells clean and fresh while whispering on your skin and never really announces itself. You’d have to get up really close to smell it which makes it a lovely pick for the office. The only downer is that the staying power isn’t wondrous.

Last but not least, let’s talk about Zadig & Volaire. For those who don’t know, Zadig & Voltaire is a rock n roll-inspired French ready-to-wear fashion brand that’s all about ripped jeans, torns tees and worn-in boots and leather jackets. (Fun fact: It was created in ’97 by the grandson of one of the founders of preppy-licious Lacoste.) While you can’t get hold of Zadig’s zexy klere here in SA, you can snap up the brand’s fragrances for him and her.

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! EDP (R785 for 30ml, Edgars and Red Square) is a sweet, woody fragrance that, for all it’s ‘I’m a rebel, yo!’ grand standing is actually a cosy, comforting scent that makes me think of milk-coloured cashmere on a nippy autumn’s day.

Who's ready for a li'l rock n roll?

Who’s ready for a li’l rock n roll?

It opens with a brief flash of pink pepper and jasmine sambac then quickly reveals a heart of chestnut, whipped cream and vanilla in way that makes me think of Lancome’s La Vie est Belle, but just for a split second. When it dries down, it’s all about cashmere wood and sandalwood with just the teensiest, weensiest hint of white soap, but the sweet, creamy vanilla notes never really exit the building. If you appreciate woody gourmands with excellent staying power this could be your new signature scent.

Love, love

Leigh

Beauty bits and pieces: Morgan Taylor’s Street Beat summer collection, INOAR Flowers shampoo and conditioner and Essence Like A First Day in Spring EDT

Right! Are you ready to get stuck in?

First up, Morgan Taylor have launched a hot new nail colour line up for summer in the form of Street Beat. I was given three of the six shades available and they’re awesome.

From left to right: B-Girl Style, Hip Hot Coral and

From left to right: B-Girl Style, Hip Hot Coral and Give Me A Break-Dance.

Hip Hot Coral needs a good three coats to get it going but it’s a killer ‘on your toes when you’ve got a tan’ shade for a summer holiday at the beach. The other two are two-coaters. I also found that they’re less prone to chipping.

To view the full collection get clicky here. You’ll find each shade in salons that stock Morgan Taylor (Sorbet is the most accessible) going for R123 a pop.

Moving on, let’s chat INOAR. The Brazilian hair care brand sent me their Flowers shampoo and conditioner (R245 each) and I love it. They’re made using antioxidant cherry blossoms but, to my nose, they have a sweet, yummy ‘candy’ scent that reminds me of a strawberry daiquiri.

I looooove the way these smell!

I looooove the way these two smell!

Formulated for ‘normal’ hair that’s been colour-treated but not damaged, they suited my fine, highlighted tresses to a tee – adding moisture without weighing it down. While INOAR does make sulphate-free products that are great for those with a Brazilian blow out, this duo isn’t one of them. It is, however, free of sodium chloride (salt), so it’s less likely to strip out your hair’s colour.

Want, want, want? You can buy INOAR products online or via selected salons. Use the contact details you’ll find on the site to get hold of someone who can point you towards one in your area.

Lastly, to celebrate the arrival of a new season, Essence sent me a bottle of their Like A First Day in Spring EDT (R114, Clicks and Dis-Chem).

Pretty, pretty!

Pretty, pretty!

A young, fresh, citrusy floral, its notes include pineapple, orange and tangerine, rose, blackberry, praline, musk, sandalwood and vanilla. The overall effect is a sparkly, light and uplifting scent that makes me think of a dew-covered green garden that’s warmed by the sweetness of sunny fruit. In a way, it reminds me of a lot of fresh, fruity spritz-it-on-and-go Escada fragrance. If you’re looking for a pretty, pocket-friendly perfume that doesn’t smell cheap, this is a nice pick.

Love, love

Leigh

Review: Caribbean Tan tanning wipes

When I came back from Vietnam a lot of people asked me where my tan was and my answer, which is the same after every holiday, is ‘scrubbed off and down the drain’. Being a beauty writer, I know far too much about sun damage to ever want to expose my skin to the sun so when I’m ambling between the sea and my sun lounger (which is usually under an umbrella) I’m always wearing a high SPF and any ‘glow’ you’re seeing in my holiday snaps is due to a lekker slick of self-tan.

At present, one of my favourite self-tanners is still The Tan Lab in Dark. You can read my review here. Still, I’ve found another one I quite like and that’s Caribbean Tan’s wipes (R59,95, Clicks), mostly for the convenience factor. As each sachet is about the size of a large ketchup pakkie they’re super easy to pop into your travel bag.

Hello hun bun!

Hello hun bun!

I took two along with me on my last holiday to top up my tan after too much salt water and chlorine sloughed it off and was impressed by the natural and even the colour it produced. It’s kind of like a light, pretty gold, as opposed to a bronze, that would suit fairer skin types. For the record, it takes a long time to develop. If you slap it on in the morning, you’ll feel like it hasn’t truly ‘blossomed’ come late avie, but the next morning you’ll look down at your legs and be all ‘oh, that looks good!’ My recommendation is to apply it at night. This way you’ll also avoid the smell as it’s not one of those odourless self-tanners.

Happy, brown, drunk. The trifecta of holiday funsies.

Happy, brown, drunk. The trifecta of holiday funsies.

I’m glad I took two of them, however, as they held just enough liquid to cover my face, chest, legs, and arms. Next time I’ll take a third to do my back and stomach. (I’m fortunate that my stomach and back tend to tan naturally and hold onto that tan for ages so don’t really need a coat of self-tan, unlike my legs that only need one good shave to revert to the colour of alpine snow.)

Love, love

Leigh

Would you wear a fast food-inspired cosmetic?

Last week you might’ve spotted me on Expresso chatting as part of the Fash Pack about fast-food inspired cosmetics, namely Burger King’s recent Whopper-scented cologne and KFC’s recently launch fried chicken-scented sunscreen. (God, how I only wish I was joking…) If not, I’ve got the clip for you over here.

In the beginning bit it looks like I’m tossing my head to get hair out of my eyes but I’m actually trying to swallow gum without choking and dying on live TV. My moves are pretty smooth, yo. Also, did you also think Lee-Anne screamed ‘Naomi’s a COLOURED’ as opposed to CULLEN? God, I need more coffee in the morning.

To learn more about KFC’s horrifying sounding Extra Crispy sunscreen, you can get clicky clicky over here. Please note that this is only available in the states and perhaps that’s a good thing.

Love, love

Leigh