Sugar lip scrub battle

Anyone who wears liquid lipstick; or any lipstick for that matter, knows just how important smooth lips are to give you that smooth, finished look. And while lip scrubs have been around for a long while, they have never been more part of my make up routine as now. I tested (and tasted) some of the latest sugar scrubs on the market to find which one works best for me. View Post

Mask of the week 5/52

After a lovely vacation in Cape Town, it’s time to settle back into my regular schedule, which includes the traditional Sunday evening mask.

However, while in SA, I took along a few masks for my daughter and her friends to try out. We had so much fun! View Post

Mask of the week 4/52

“No time for a spa-manicure? Slip on these convenient glove-like masks and in a matter of minutes, rediscover improved hands, soft and smooth.”
Imbibed with a concentrated cream containing active ingredients that repair, moisturise and nourish the skin, they combine the benefits of a mask with the gentleness of a cream.

Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes, then remove, then massage hands until remaining cream is absorbed, There is no need to rinse. My hands were perfectly moisturised and for a few days after the skin was still supple, smooth and soft. Qiriness is a French brand with its products made in Switzerland,

Which is your favourite hand mask?

Mask of the week 3/52

“The Orchid Face Mask is designed to perfectly hug facial contours for better and more even penetration of the active ingredients. It moisturizes and evens skin tone to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.

The mask contains:
– Orchid Extract: Provides anti-aging properties.
– Rice Extract: Moisturises
– Broccoli Extract: Boost the look of radiance on the skin.”

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My skin felt super-moisturised after having the mask on for 20 minutes. I found my skin remained quite ‘wet’ and ‘glossy’ for about 30 minutes after, so much so that I was tempted to rinse my face. After all the serum absorbed, my skin felt nourised and smooth.

Mask of the week 2/52

This week’s mask comes from beauty supplier Peggy Sage. The Caviar Extract Mask, is claimed to be anti-aging and smoothing.

The fiber mask is thin and covers the face well. It’s also heavily saturated, so much so that the serum dripped off the mask when taking it out of the pouch. Because it fitted so well, it didn’t feel like it would fall off, so it was really comfortable. As recommended, I left it on for 15 minutes and after taking off the mask, I massaged the remaining serum into my skin. My skin felt soft and plumped. It certainly felt hydrated, though I can’t say I noticed lessening of any lines. Hopefully, the intensive moisturising will have a long term effect?

I was intrigued by the idea of caviar extract in beauty, as its the first time I use it. We all have heard of companies like La Mer and La Prairie who have built their brands around using marine derived ingredients in their products. In their more than 30 year research, La Prairie found  that the caviar extract not only enhances the production of collagen in fibroblast cells, but it also boosts epidermal skin cells’ production of ceramides (the natural lipids that help skin retain moisture and give it a nice, glowy sheen). 

Have you tried any caviar or marine-based products? What was your experience like?