Essence Pure Skin Anti-Spot BB Cream and Anti-Shine Pore Refining Serum Reviews

IMG_3562

Another duo of winners from Essence’s Pure Skin range. I have always felt that BB creams are ideal for young teen skin and can offer coverage and a groomed appearance while still looking natural.

IMG_3563

Essence’s Pure skin anti-Spot BB cream is my new favoruite “off” day coverage. It is light, even in application and won’t clog pores in fact the Clearderm formula helps to fight and prevent spots. This is the ultimate BB cream for creating a youthful look. I really like the coverage and how incredibly natural it looks.

IMG_3565

I chose natural beige and a used a small amount on my hand to get a nice close-up shot of the result. My skin appears more even toned . The formula is also very breathable and doesn’t feel like one is wearing a mask which I often find with most other BB creams.

IMG_3566

The Pure Skin +Clearderm complex Pore Refining Serum is very effective too and I was impressed with the mattifying effect. I do find that one doesn’t need to use these two together and they work better on their own for different skin types and needs. Both are suitable for young problem skin, this one just doesn’t offer the coverage like the BB cream does.

Pure Skin +Clearderm complex Pore Refining Serum retails for R46.95 attached were three free nose strips (full pack is R24.95)

Essence PureSkin range is available at Clicks and Dischem stores nationwide

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours Lipstick

Bourjois have added a new range to their Rouge Edition lipsticks…introducing their longer lasting Rouge Edition 12 hours line. As someone who often forgets she is even wearing lipstick and therefore very often forgets to re-apply a long-lasting line is right up my alley.

Bourjois Lipstick
This shade is 35 VIP Entry.

The formula is surprisingly creamy. Thanks to the added Shea butter this means that it doesn’t feel dehydrating at all, which I find is often the case with long-lasting lipsticks. In fact, my lips feel soft throughout the day and I feel no need to first use lip balm and then this. It leaves a lovely semi-matte finish so if you prefer a high gloss look then swipe on some sheer lip-gloss and know that your lipstick will still stay put!

Bourjois Rouge Edition 12 Hours will feature eight high-trend shades. It will retail for R 129 at selected Clicks stores as from the end of September 2014.

Mio The A Cream Review

If I could have a lifetime supply of one brand, then Mio would definitely be it. Every single product of theirs does an amazing job and exceeds my expectations. My skin’s overall texture has improved thanks to The A Cream, an intensely firming body moisturiser.

Mama Mio The A Cream

This cream is packed with all of the good stuff and none of the bad, The A Cream is totally free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, glycols and pthalates.

Continue Reading …

Join the Survivor’s Walk of Hope at Grande Provence

This weekend is set to be another sunny one so why not get the whole family together and take part in the Survivor’s Walk of Hope, a walk which helps to support children battling cancer. The Survivor’s Walk of Hope takes place at the majestic Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek this Saturday (6 September 2014) together with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with Michela Ferroli who inspired the idea behind Out Of Africa Children’s Fund. Michela is the daughter of Kim Highfield who established the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation in 2007.  Michela was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3 years and is now a cancer survivor, living a normal healthy life.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with Michela Ferroli who inspired the idea behind Out Of Africa Children’s Fund. Michela is the daughter of Kim Highfield who established the Out of Africa Children’s Foundation in 2007. Michela was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3 years and is now a cancer survivor, living a normal healthy life.

The fun run trail begins at the Huguenot Monument and finishes at Grande Provence where participants will be welcomed by Archbishop Tutu at 13h00 and given the opportunity to add their hand print on a giant portrait of “The Arch” himself.

This event is organised by the Out Of Africa Children’s Foundation and funds raised from this event will go towards improving the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and terminal illnesses.

The Survivor’s Walk of Hope kicks off with a 10 km trail run at 10h30, there is also the option to show your support at a more leisurely pace and you can participate in the 5 km walk.

Tickets cost R50 per adult and R30 for children under the age of 18. To enter or for more information, e-mail Kevin of Out Of Africa Children’s Foundation at webmaster@ooacf.org.

New From Max Factor

Two new goodies recently arrived from Max Factor. I had spotted Max Factor in stores before but never really knew the history behind this iconic brand. Did you know Mr Max Factor himself coined the phrase make-up? He also created the first commercially available foundation and Max Factor make-up was the brand used on all the great stars of old Hollywood. He created signature looks for many stars among them were Jean Harlow, Ava Gardner and Marlene Dietrich. If you get a chance to read up about the full history behind Max Factor you can check out the site over here, it truly is an interesting heritage.

IMG_3681

Now let’s get to the products I received…

I was given a Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in 55 Mysterious Hazel. This shade makes a perfect dupe for MAC’s Spice lip liner and I find it to be the ideal tool for creating that infamous Kylie Jenner pout. Especially since it applies smoothly like a lipstick but has the texture and staying power of a lip liner. I may do a mini tutorial on this look.

Max Factor have a new lipgloss out- Colour Elixir Gloss, which is on shelves and retails R124.95.
I received the perfect spring shade 40 Delightful Pink. Firstly the packaging is so sleek and I like how heavy it feels in ones hands with its solid frosted gold wand lid. The formula is light and not sticky (isn’t that all we want from a lipgloss!). Even though there are shimmer flecks in this shade they are so fine that this gloss is suitable for all ages. It also smells yummy. Max factor Colour Elixir Gloss is available in 8 trend-led shades.

IMG_3685

I will admit I had my reservations about Max Factor and had unfairly dismissed it as another mediocre drugstore brand. Not only is the pricing really good but so is the quality. For instance their lipgloss is on a par with the likes of Lancome and Bobbi Brown in terms of quality. So Mr Max Factor colour me impressed!

Max factor is available exclusively at Clicks stores.