Africology Shows Their Support This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is a very special post for me and I would love if you can take the time to read through the CANSA Facts and the information provided. Hopefully this awareness can help someone, somewhere. As we should hopefully all know by now October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I really hope you ladies have booked or already gone for your annual mammograms?

As a beauty blog I feature a number of products and brands. Carcinogenic chemical ingredients can be found in many beauty products on the market and are a major contributor to breast cancer. I promise to be more vigilant with the products featured and ensure that they don’t include Phthalates (more on this nasty ingredient later in the post).

Africology together with CANSA approached me with the following information. This Breast Cancer Awareness month, Africology aims to “spread awareness of these toxic, endocrine-disrupting ingredients and chemicals with an overall wish for this to fuel change in the cosmetic industry at large.”

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My Current Skincare Routine – Dermalogica

Through the blog I use many, many different products on my skin. I am constantly having to chop and change. I love to mix beauty products and alternate between a number of different serums and wonder potions but with my actual skincare routine I try to find a base. When reviewing different skincare ranges I tend to use them day and night for a minimum of 2 weeks in order to give a proper honest review and allow my skin time to adjust to a new range. Two months ago I decided it was time to stick to a set cleanser, toner and day cream in order to re-balance my skin. I chose to not review any other cleansers, toners and day cream within this period. I will still be reviewing other brands but limit it to one per month.

I had heard so many great things about Dermalogica and my sister uses the full range along with L’Occitane so I decided to give it a try. My skin is a typical combination skin type with normal to dry cheeks and an oiler T-Zone and since I was experiencing some breakouts around mt chin I was tempted to try the Oily Skin Type Travel Kit first. I like that Dermalogica offers travel kits as it really allows one to try the range suitable for your skin type before committing to the full (and lets admit very pricey for most) full size products.

I eventually settled on products better suited for normal/combination skin types this being the Special Cleansing Gel, The Multi Active Toner and Skin Smoothing cream.

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After the first week I wasn’t sold. All the products were nice and gentle but there wasn’t a dramatic difference however on Day 8 my breakouts were gone and my skin looked so much smoother all over.

The Special Cleansing Gel (R430 for 250ml) is gentle and leaves my skin feeling clean but never tight or stripped of moisture. It also helps remove some makeup but I do still use REN for that.

Two pumps of the Multi Active Toner (R450 for 200ml) is enough to cover my face and neck. It has a gentle fresh scent and isn’t sticky or harsh.

The Skin Smoothing cream (R560 for 50ml) stands out the most to me. It is literally airbrush in a tube and creates a perfectly even canvas for me to apply my foundation on. I still get my usual hormonal breakout on my chin but it is just one smaller pimple rather than a mass and they fade much faster thanks to this trio.

L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Review

Working full-time and studying is no joke and with my exams beginning this week it all has made this month an extra challenging one. I was at work feeling drained when a smiling courier dropped off a pretty yellow box. Ooh I recognize that box, L’Occitane is a brand that always excites me. If I was rich I would pretty much have the entire contents from a L’Occitane store in my house. When I opened the box I saw a trio of lifesavers. The L’Occitane Aromachologie consists of two lines of body care and lifestyle products: Relaxing and Revitalizing. The formulas are made with naturally derived ingredients,and combine the benefits of botanical active ingredients with 100% natural aromas that have a revitalizing or soothing effect. I received two products from the Relaxing line- Relaxing Pillow Mist and Relaxing Body oil and one from the Revitalizing line- Revitalizing Body Scrub.

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To completely calm the mind and body the Relaxing Line consists of two Rituals… The Bath Ritual where you can use the Relaxing Bath Salts Relaxing Body Cream, Relaxing Shower Gel and Relaxing Essential Oil Blend. After a long steamy unwind in the bath you are then ready to calm the mind with the Bedtime Ritual. For the Bedtime Ritual there are three products which can be used- Relaxing Pillow Mist (R310 for 100ml), Relaxing Massage Body Oil and Relaxing Perfumed Sachets. Make your bedroom a haven to clear the mind of the day’s stresses. Scent has such a powerful effect on the mind and I always need my room to smell divine.

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With all my back ache problems I was very keen to try the Relaxing Massage Oil (R420 for 100ml). It helps to ease stiff muscles and smells lovely. The formula is non-greasy and a little bit is enough to cover the entire back.

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The Revitalizing Body Scrub (R530 for 200ml) is truly invigorating and the blend of citrus and rosemary work to recharge ones mind and body.
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The granules of the scrub are the ideal size to not only slough away dead skin but to also boost ones circulation. The 100% natural scent and scientifically proven energizing effectiveness by combining five essential oils from the Mediterranean really help one to focus on the day ahead.

New In From Revlon

Revlon has some exciting new products arriving in stores. They sent me over some items to try and in the shades that I wanted!

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First up is the Colorstay Moisture Stain (R169) which will be launching in stores this month. Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain is available in 12 shades which all pull their colour inspiration from the world’s hottest cities (where is Cape Town hmm?!). I received the shade LA Exclusive to try out which is a powerful pink perfectly representative of the city of angels. The formula is very, very glossy as well as moisturising thanks to the added Vitamin E and Aloe in it. This is the ideal date night type of lip product. It is super glossy and sensual but isn’t sticky and won’t transfer.

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I Woke Up Like This OOTD

It has been a while since I did an outfit post. I still feel a bit strange doing them but the response and emails after a post really makes it worth any awkwardness. I have been working a lot and so my wardrobe has pretty much blended into a constant look of monochrome. I really want to have more fun in putting together my actual work look as I would an everyday look.

It is however, that dreaded time of the year…exam time and while I only have a few modules left of my degree (I have had to eke them out since working full-time plus studies is no joke) I still feel the same level of anxiety year after year.

So onto my look:

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Comfort is key when studying. Although I would love to say that I study in a full length designer dress and heels the truth is that a simple tee and baggy jeans will suffice. This Tee actually says I Woke Up Like This but my boob refuses to allow the “I” part be visible. I picked this Tee up from Legit and must say the quality is really good. For a simple white tee the cut is comfortably tailored.

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These ripped boyfriend jeans are still a firm favourite in my casual wardrobe although I usually pair them with heels, I had to step out of my comfort zone at first by pairing them with sneakers. After spotting these super hot Adidas sneakers all over my Instagram feed I knew I had to have them. After finding out that there were only 4 pairs left in size 4 in the entire country I immediately ordered a pair and have not looked back since. They are not only gorgeous but are so comfortable too.

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Top- Legit
Jeans- Mr Price
Bracelet- Hermes
Sneakers- Adidas ZX Flux
Lips-Revlon Super Lustrous in Berry Couture