Essence My Skin Deeply Moisturising Paper Mask Review

For deep hydration I have been using this mask over here but when I am pressed for time then a paper mask is just so easy. Pop on the entire thing and relax for 5 or 10 minutes before removing and gently rinsing off any residue or even rubbing in the remaining oils if your skin is very dry. I don’t know about you guys but few things frustrate me more than a mask that takes 10 minutes just to scrub off i.e clay-based masks.


Enriched with the moisturising almond extract and glycerin, and soothing wild rose oil and cucumber extracts it is the perfect skin pick-me-up.

Retails for R19,95 at Clicks and Dischem stores.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner Reviews

I recently impulse dyed my hair myself. I was reading about how you could mix two shades of box dyes together to achieve a more natural look. I have been after a more natural golden blonde look for a while now so thought “what the heck, why not”. I mixed up one 9 Natural light beige blonde dye with half of a lower level 8 medium ash blonde and it actually worked. I finally got the shade I was looking for! Now to keep it shiny and to keep the highlights golden was the quest.

I was given a big box of goodies from John Frieda and in it was a Sheer Blonde shampoo and conditioner which promises to moisturise ones hair as well as provide a mega-watt golden shine without adding or depositing colour. This was important for me as most blonde shampoos deposit ash tones which can make ones hair look dull and lack luster after time (ash is also notoriously difficult to get out of ones hair).

All I can say is I love this shampoo and conditioner duo and are now my Holy Grail hair products. They definitely help to add immense shine and my highlights are visibly more golden.


My hair naturally tends to get quite oily but none of John Frieda’s product ever cause buildup or grease. My hair stays cleaner for at least a day longer than with other brands. While I used their Volume shampoo and conditioner for some time I was happy discover that the Sheer Blonde range also provides some volume and hair looks sleek but never flat. It also makes your hair super soft and smells divine. I am completely sold!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner retail for R95 each for 250ml and are available from Clicks Stores Nationwide.

Lashem Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner and Extensions in a Bottle Review

I have been testing quite a few “eyelash extensions” mascara’s lately and this definitely one ranks in the top three. The Lashem Extensions in a Bottle is a mascara that contains fiber lash extensions as well as a lash enhancing serum. The promise is similar to most with two sides and three applications. Mascara side first to coat the lashes then the fiber and then the mascara side again to ensure the fibers are dark and covered evenly. For those who prefer to cake on mascara three swipes works wonders and no more mascara is needed.

Lashem Review

What I liked about the Lashem Extensions in a Bottle (R395 for 6ml) …

1) The packaging, a sturdy metal container that feels luxurious.
2) The mascara has a lovely scent.
3) The fibers are long but are very fine and apply evenly.
4) The Mascara itself has a lovely wand and doesn’t smudge easily.

Any Cons…
1) Not sure how sensitive eyes will cope with the fibers as they do tend to harden quite a bit
2) Not the easiest to clean off, keep those peepers shut tightly when washing off as you don’t want the fibers to creep into the eye itself.

Next up from Lashem we have their Colour Strokes Liquid Liner with lash enhancing serum (R295 for 10ml).

Lashem Eyeliner Review

What I liked…
1) Again the packaging! This has a hot metal ombre lid. My images don’t do it justice.
2) I am far from a pro when it comes to liquid liner and have been cheating my way with liquid liner pens so I was expecting a major mess the first time I used this. I steadied my hand as best as I could and made the sweep. Surprisingly it was fairly easy with this applicator. I like that even though the brush curves it remains quite solid which aids in a steadier application. I do still need quite a bit of practice before I am ready to showcase closeups of my look on here.

1) It does smudge if you have oily eyelids such as mine so use a primer first.

Lashem is available at selected Woolworths stores nationwide

The Summer Tag

Lovely Rachel from recently tagged me in a Summer Tag so here are my answers. I hope you enjoy these tag type posts as much as I do!

Summer Tag

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Juliette Armand Elements O3 Hydrating Therapy Mask review

I was very excited to receive this mask from Juliette Armand, a brand that I had heard so many great things about but had yet to try out myself and after this winter my skin could definitely do with an extra bit of hydration.


The Juliette Armand range contains no parabens, propylene glycol or mineral oils and is allergen free making it ideal for those with super sensitive skins. The formula itself is silky soft and glides on with ease, in fact on application it feels more like a cream rather than a mask. It has a light unobtrusive scent. Containing hyaluronic acid, proteins, olive oil, wheat oil and filagrinol this rich composition preserves cellular cohesion, by preventing dehydration and loss of skin elasticity, and helps to restore the equilibrium of the skin.

This mask is best suited to those with normal, dry, oily and combination skin types. It is also suitable for age groups and aside from providing re-hydration it also helps with dullness, redness and sensitivity. Simply apply approximately 4ml and allow to dry then rinse off with water.

Juliette Armand Elements 03 Hydrating Therapy Mask retails for R320 for 50ml.