A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Candice-Lee

A HARDWORKING SKINCARE DUO FOR YOUR THIRTIES (GIVEAWAY)

Posted on: Friday, July 22, 2016

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Our thirties are an exciting, thrilling and wonderfully challenging time in our lives. Mostly, we know who we are and what we want. I found my thirties to be a very empowering decade; I became a mother, headed up the fashion & beauty departments of two big women’s magazines, and managed to move cities, without so much as a broken vase – it was totally #WorthTheWrinkle!

While our thirties are mostly fulfilling, the frantic pace that tends to accompany them can take its toll, especially on our skin. This is a time when physiological changes that characterize ageing begin to manifest. Cell turnover slows down, sun damage accumulated over the years becomes visible, and radiance may be diminished and fine lines and wrinkles set in.

In addition, late nights, early mornings, stress and pollution can all impact our skin negatively. This is why it’s so, SO important to invest in good skincare.

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Recently, Clarins re-launched their iconic Multi-Active range – a line that addresses the needs of skin in it’s thirties. I’m 42 years old, but used both creams on a regular basis in my thirties. The new technology in the day and night creams include new generation capsules of teasel extract – a powerful antioxidant and revitalizing plant that targets our fibroblasts. For those not aware, fibroblasts are responsible for the toned and youthful look of the skin, as they produce collagen and elastin fibers. Unfortunately, they’re constantly under attack and eventually become worn out, no longer playing their crucial part in maintaining the skin’s youthfulness. The result is fine lines, a dull complexion and the first visible signs of ageing.

 

Clarins Multi Active day

The Multi Active Day (R630) formula has a really luxurious texture, and is enriched with radiance boosting pigments that immediately enhance the skin’s glow. Extract of myrothamnus – a South African plant capable of surviving water stress in the dry season – has also been added. This extract has been found to minimize the impact of daily stress, so fine lines appear visibly smoothed and the skin appears more toned.

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Also included in the formula is encapsulated teasel extract that fights free radicals, ensuring the skin stays radiant by boosting energy production. Hyaluronic acid binds water in the skin, ensuring optimal hydration, while an SPF 20 to protect the skin from UV damage. The unique Clarins anti-pollution complex fights the daily onslaught of pollution and its damaging effects on the skin

Clarins Multi-Active Night

Clarins Laboratories have studied the effects of lack of sleep on the skin and revealed nighttime mechanisms responsible for the appearance of fine lines. At night, the skin fights damage caused by stress by producing an antioxidant hormone, melatonin. Due to successive interruptions in the sleep cycle or a reduction in the number of hours of sleep, this regenerating process is disrupted. Lower amounts of the hormone are secreted and damage linked to oxidation intensifies.

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In response, Clarins Laboratories have used extract of organic California poppy in their Multi-Active Night (R670), for its proven ability to help compensate for the harmful effects of late nights and interrupted sleep. The extract is able to offset the lowering of antioxidant defenses and boost collagen production. Also included in the formula is nourishing organic shea butter and kiwi extract that provides instant comfort to the skin. A Hyaluronic acid complex ensures moisture levels in the skin stay at an optimum. Teasel extract helps revive radiance, ensuring you wake with gorgeous, glowing skin.
The calming fragrance with notes of jasmine, freesia and heliotrope, helps soothe the mind.

Clarins Multi-Active day & night

GIVEAWAY

I have a Multi-Active Day valued at R630 and a Multi-Active Night valued at R670 to giveaway. To enter, leave a comment below this post in the comments section telling me what in your life has been #WorthTheWrinkle. Please ensure you include your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner. I’ll announce the winners name next week Friday 29 July 2016. The winner will be notified by email.

ATELIER COLOGNE – A SCENTED JOURNEY UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Posted on: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Amazingly, up until two months ago, I’d never heard of the bespoke French fragrance brand Atelier Cologne, the newish French fragrance house that recently launched colognes with character; merged from citrus and herbal notes in a stronger concentration for a richer and longer lasting fragrant effect. Every fragrance from the ‘Cologne Absolue’ collection is based on citruses, and is inspired by unique individual moments (or stories, as you’ll see below). When I received the press pack, (that contained three samples of fragrance to try, no less) my breath was literally taken away. To say I’m in love with this brand is an UNDERSTATEMENT!

Atelier Cologne espouses everything I believe an iconic French brand should be: refined, sophisticated and just a little bit audacious. Established in 2009, Atelier Cologne is the first Maison de Parfum creating Pure Perfumes inspired by the legendary Eau de Cologne.

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The Atelier Cologne store in Paris

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Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, the founders of Atelier Cologne

The founders of Atelier Cologne, Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, gave birth to a new olfactive family, “Cologne Absolue”. For the first time, this brand has blended citruses with the most precious natural raw materials for perfectly balanced creations and outstanding lasting power. Each Cologne Absolue tells the story of treasured emotions and powerful memories.

What is an eau de Cologne? Eau de Cologne tends to contain about 7% essence dissolved in alcohol of 60º or 70º. It is wonderfully refreshing in hot weather and because it doesn’t last long, it can be frequently reapplied directly to the skin. It tends to be marketed in large sizes of up to 200 ml and is often applied by spray. 

What is a Cologne Absolue? A perfume of character that has an overdose of citrus notes, coupled with traditional, legendary components of Cologne. It’s transparent, elegant and has a density, thanks to the use of the most refined raw materials. As oppose to a regular cologne, it has a richness, depth and unique balance that ensures its lasting power on the skin.

Atelier Cologne will resonate with both men and women who like rare fragrances that have originality and character. The big, sturdy glass bottles are simple, yet classic in their design. I also love the attention to detail, like the cap that’s made of real leather.

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My favourite fragrance of the lot has to be the unisex Orange Sanguine, that forms part of the collection Absolue Cologne. The brand sums the scent up with the following story:

“It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air.”

Now, there’s nothing I love more than a fresh, elegant, sparkling citrus fragrance. And yes, I know there are many available. However, the Orange Sanguine stands out because it smells just like freshly cut oranges. The addition of jasmine adds a wonderful elegance that just works so well with the citrus notes. After a while, the woody sandalwood comes to the fore, but make no mistake, the wonderfully uplifting citrus scent is still around. This is the kind of scent you want to wear when you’re holidaying in the South of France.

Orange Sanguine retails for R2100 for a 200ml and R1200 for a 100ml

I also like that if you purchase any of the brands 200ml fragrances, you get a 30ml Travel refill spray for free. Atelier Cologne will personalise your Cologne Absolue by engraving your name, initials or a special message on the leather case of the 30 ml spray that’s available in many colours: black, burgundy, bordeaux, Venitian blue, emerald green, lemon, orange, magenta pink, coral…

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I received a 30ml spray of the crispy, luminous scent, Jasmin Angelique, a very wearable yet seductive scent.

Here’s the story behind the scent: “This is the story of a mysterious path to a secret garden where two lovers meet again surrounded by fresh, airy and sensual jasmine in bloom.”

Jasmin Angelique combines notes of jasmine that give the scent a floral, fresh and intoxicating fullness. Lemon from Sicily adds a sparkling zest to its personality, while Angelica roots lend a very sexy green and woody vibe to the scent.

Jasmin Angelique retails for R2100 for a 200ml and R1200 for a 100ml 

Atelier snatal carmin

The other scent I received was Santal Carmin. I’ve been (unwittingly) sharing this Oriental Woody fragrance with my hubby, and we both love the seductive, rich notes of lime, saffron, sandalwood, white musk and Madagascar vanilla. I also love how the bottle is lacquered in pure gold, giving it a very sumptuous feel.

Here’s the story behind the scent: “He had a spark from an early age, with a sharp intuition and limitless curiosity. One day they would call him a revolutionary. The moment had come to fight for his dreams and bring his ideas to the world. Possibly a new era would begin.”

Santal Carmin retails for R3300 for a 200ml and R2280 for a 100ml

The Atelier Cologne collection is currently only available at Edgars at The Mall Of Africa in Johannesburg. Come August, Atelier Cologne will be availabel at Edgars in Sandton, and in September, in Edgars V&A Waterfront, cape Town. So, if you find yourself in Jozi, do make a turn at the Mall of Africa and pop into Atelier Cologne to sample some of their incredible fragrances. To learn more about Atelier Cologne, check out www.ateliercologne.com

WIN MY 4 FAVOURITE BODY PRODUCTS FROM NIVEA

Posted on: Monday, July 18, 2016

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When it comes to affordable body products, Nivea have some of my favourites. Not only do I love the texture and subtle smell of their products, I’m impressed time and time again at just how effective they are. This winter, I’m so enjoying using the products below to keep my skin soft, supple and firm. And, I’m giving 3 readers the opportunity to win them, so they too can experience just how lovely they are.

Nivea shower

First up is the new Nivea Shower Care & Coconut shower cream (R32.99 for a 250ml & R49.99 for a 500ml) that cleanses the skin with its silky soft foam, while nourishing it with Jojoba Oil. The scent of coconut water is heavenly and inspires the senses while stimulating the body. As with all Nivea shower formulas, it lathers well but doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or dry.

The Nivea Care Shower Care & Magnolia shower cream (R32.99 for a 250ml & R49.99 for a 500ml) is another new addition to the line. It’s luxurious and abundant scent of magnolia envelops the body, while nourishing ingredients like Shea and Macadamia oils hydrate the skin while gently cleansing it. I adore how this soft foam leaves my skin irresistibly soft and cared for.

Nivea Rich Moisture body lotion

I have so many favourite Nivea body lotions that I use during the year, depending on the season. In winter, I always turn to the Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser (R42.99 for a 400ml). The formula is super rich and really hydrates dry, itchy skin in an instant. The particularly rich water-in-oil emulsion has caring ingredients like Almond Oil, Vitamin E and intensive caring lipids that leave even the driest skin soft and noticeably smoother. I find that using this moisturiser even just three times a week keeps my skin soft and smooth.

Nivea Body Oil

Summer bodies are made in winter – you know that, right? Now is the time to start using body products that work to firm, while hydrating and caring for the skin. I’m LOVING the new Nivea Q10 Plus Firming Body Oil (R109.99 for 200ml) that works to nourish, firm and even out skin tone in just two weeks. And it reduces the appearance of stretch marks!

The formula contains some seriously skin beneficial oils:

  • Coenzyme Q10 provides skin cells with energy for efficient cell protection and regeneration. This ‘skin cell’s battery’ is found naturally in the skin, but gets depleted with age. Because of this, it’s important to replenish levels of Q10 through skin care products.
  • Avocado oil works to strengthen the skin’s barrier against moisture loss.
  • Macadamia nut oil has been used for years in both hair and skin care. The oil absorbs into the skin, infusing the skin with moisture. Macadamia oil also contains Palmitoleic acid that decreases the skin’s rate of deterioration, keeping it taut and wrinkle free.
  • Cottonseed oil is extracted from the seeds of the cotton plant. The light texture of this cotton oil makes it a joy to use. It’s excellent at soothing the skin and contains a high amount of vitamin E.

You can use this oil on the entire body to improve skin’s elasticity, reduce the appearance of stretch marks, hydrate and firm any wobbly areas.

Simply massage it daily onto the areas of the skin where it’s needed most. You can use it on wet or dry skin (I prefer applying it onto wet skin, it absorbs quicker) after a bath or shower.

GIVEAWAY

I’ve got 3 hampers to giveaway, each containing the following products:  500ml Nivea Care Shower Care & Magnolia shower cream, 500ml Nivea Care Shower Care & Coconut shower cream, 400ml Nivea Rich Moisturising body moisturiser and a 200ml Nivea Firming Body Oil all valued at R250 per hamper. To win one, leave a comment below this post in the comments section telling me which of the four products you’re most keen to try and why. Please ensure you leave your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be a winner. I’ll announce the name of the 3 winners next week Monday 25 July. The winners will be notified by email.

A GREAT FACIAL CLEANSER FOR TWEENS & TEENS

Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2016

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I won’t lie; finding suitably gentle, yet effective skincare products for my 12-year-old daughter has been a real challenge. Because she’s on the verge of becoming a teen, blackheads and breakouts plague her skin. It’s also become oilier than it previously was – thanks to hormones.

Being a beauty editor, I’m aware that using the correct cleansing products – twice a day – can make an enormous difference to her skin’s health. The issue has been that she doesn’t like the texture of most face washes, and she loathes those that leave any kind of (moisturising) film on the skin. I kid you not when I say she’s tried about 30 different formulas – all of which she disliked.

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Then I received a bottle of the Cetaphil DermaCleanse Oil Control Foam Wash for her to try. Guess what? She LOVES it!

When looking for a cleanser for young skins, you need to find a formula that removes dirt and oil, without drying the skin. The Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash (R157) is designed to effectively cleanse oily and acne prone skin, gently washing away impurities without stripping or drying the skin out. The formula also contains Zinc gluconate that calms inflamed skin, reducing any redness caused by breakouts. While there are many, many cleansers available for acne-prone skin, most contain drying soap ingredients that can actually worsen an outbreak.

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The Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash is packaged in a plastic bottle with a pump that introduces air to turn the liquid into an air-whipped, gentle foam.

This is what my 12 year old has to say about the product: “I enjoy this face wash very much because it always leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. After a hard day full of activities and sport, my skin can get quite dirty and oily, Cetaphil immediately cleans my face and leaves it feeling rejuvenated and moisturised. It is easy to use too. Overall this is my favourite face wash!”Miyo Jade

You can purchase Cetaphil at Clicks, Dis-Chem and all leading pharmacies nationwide. Learn more about Cetaphil at swearbycetaphil.co.za

YSL BEAUTÉ OPENS ITS 1ST BOUTIQUE ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

Posted on: Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Last week I was lucky enough to fly to JHB to checkout the new Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Boutique that’s just opened in Sandton City. The swish store is heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and has all the iconic products we’ve come to love – as well as many, many more new additions. I was particularly drawn to the bold and bright piano bar of nail lacquers and lipsticks (below)

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The store itself is just what you’d expect from an iconic brand such as Yves Saint Laurent – elegant, upmarket and very, very glam. I was thrilled to find the incredible Top Secrets range of skincare – the Top Secrets Moisture Glow (R700) is a favourite of mine. This ultra-lightweight, blur perfecting moisturiser hydrates the skin for up to 72 hours and has the most beautiful, sensorial texture. It contains blurring technology too. Think of it as an invisible foundation that perfect’s and nourishes the skin, leaving it looking radiant.

Below are some of my must-have products available in the store

YSL nails

I spotted this yellow La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer called “Juane Babouche” that retails for R390 – How stunning is the colour? It reminds me of a bottle of liquid sunshine. This concentrated nail color remains intense with shine and hold for at least four days. The formula is enriched with rose bush oil to strengthen and protect nails and has a quick drying time. It comes with a custom-made brush that allows for easy and fast application.

YSL Baby Doll

If you just invest in one product from the store, make it a bottle of the Baby Doll Kiss & Blush (R590 each). It can be used on both cheeks and lips and has a lovely, spreadable texture thanks to an air-whipped, two-in-one mousse formula. The formula dries to a soft, matte finish and there are 12 shades available.

YSL face

The Le Teint Touche Éclat (R760) is one of my all-time favourite foundations because it reduces the look of fatigue and creates flawless coverage. It’s enriched with stimulating Ruscus Extract, an anti-fatigue formula that energizes skin by stimulating micro-circulation and targeting dullness to instantly improve the look your skin’s brightness and luminosity, while the Vitamin E protects against free radicals. There’s also an SPF 22 to provide sun protection. I adore its weightless finish that lasts for a good eight hours + keeping the skin looking refreshed and radiant. It’s available in 12 shades that are very representative.

YSL mascara

The colours available in the Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils line (R520.00 each) are beautiful. I’m particularly drawn to the purple and burgundy shades. This mascara gives the lashes high volume and a dramatic false lash effect. The non-drying formula is enriched with B5 pro-vitamin, which deepens, darkens, and leaves lashes look instantly thicker. The nylon fiber brush builds luscious volume, coating lashes from root to tip for a bold false-lash look.

YSL Trench

Also available are the ‘Le Vestiaire’ range of fragrances. The 5 unisex fragrances in the range are all 125ml and will retail at R 3400.00 for a 125ml bottle. The boutique is one of approximately 40 outlets in the entire world to stock this range, which has a dedicated fragrance bar and consultant in the boutique to perform the specific Le Vestiaire rituals for guests. My favourite of the lot is ‘Trench’ , named after the must-have clothing item. Trench has notes of citrus, dry cedar and iris and is the kind of fragrance you can wear anywhere, anytime.

YSL lips

If you’ve never tried a YSL lipstick, you don’t know what you’re missing! The iconic Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (R550.00) collection is highly pigmented in satin and matte finishes and coats the lips with luxurious, rich color while delivering intense hydration and antioxidant care – all in just one stroke. 4o shades are available in the collection. My favourite is the 1 Le Rouge – a true red that dresses the lips in the sexiest of hues.

You’ll find the Yves Saint Laurent store in Sandton City Johannesburg. The contact numbers for the store are  082 466 9082 or 082 466 4534. You can also call the Consumer Advisory on 0861001085 should you need more details or have any queries.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Posted on: Monday, July 11, 2016

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Life is about expressing yourself to the fullest. But, did you know that everyday actions like smiling, pouting, frowning and wincing could all eventually lead to permanent lines?

It’s been proven through scientific research that women are more expressive than men, and our expression lines are the first signs of wrinkles forming beneath the skin. However, using products with the correct anti-aging ingredients can minimize these lines.

When it comes to wrinkle busting and radiance boosting ingredients, there are two I believe no anti-aging product should be without: retinol and alpha hydroxyl acids. Why? Well because Retinol promotes skin repair and boosts collagen production, while AHA’s exfoliate dead skin cells, giving the complexion more clarity while allowing your actives to penetrate the skin properly.

“But anti-aging products are so expensive” is something I hear again and again from women. Followed by, “what do you think is the best budget anti-aging range?” While this is a difficult question to answer, what I can say with absolute certainty is that expensive DOES NOT necessarily mean better! It’s all about the ingredients and how they work together synergistically in the skin.

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The POND’S Age Miracle Range is a really fantastic option for women who are concerned with the appearance of their lines and wrinkles, but don’t have a fortune to spend on products. I was so impressed to learn that the range contains 6 powerful anti aging actives:

  1. Retinol that stimulates collagen production and gives the skin a glow.
  2. AHA to exfoliate the skin and allow better product penetration.
  3. CLA to stimulate the production of new cells.
  4. 2 x Retinol Boosters that enhance the efficacy of the retinol.
  5. Glycerin that boost skin’s moisture levels from deep within.

My top three products within the range are the POND’S age miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream SPF 15, the Deep Action Night Cream and the Intensive Cell ReGen Serum.

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Look at the gorgeous texture of both the day & night cream!

The POND’S age miracle Cell ReGEN Day Cream (R185.99) is formulated for normal to dry aging skin. It works to renew skin and intelligently targets fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. The formula is enriched with Vitamin C, micro collagen and SPF15 for effective caring and protection from sun damage. The texture is divinely rich and nourishing, but absorbs super quickly. I also love that both the day and night creams come packaged in glass.

The POND’S age miracle Deep Action Night Cream (R185.99) has 40% more AHA – a potent skin-renewing active. It intensely accelerates the cell renewal process at night when cell regeneration potential is at its peak. Again, the cream absorbs quickly and hydrates the skin without leaving an oily residue.

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My favourite product of the three is the POND’S age miracle Intensive cell ReGen Serum (R200). It contains 20 x the concentration of the age miracle ranges’ best actives to dramatically boost the skin’s capacity for cell regeneration. It diminishes lines and wrinkles, reduces the appearance of dark spots and boosts skin radiance. I apply this lightweight cream serum day and evening before my moisturiser.

Good Beauty Habits are Key for great looking skin

Good beauty habits

You can invest in the most expensive products and aesthetic treatments, but, if you don’t look after your skin from the inside, you won’t see any benefits.

My top good beauty habits include:

  • Drinking a glass of hot water with a few slices of lemon every morning upon waking. The vitamin C and antioxidants help to detox the blood for healthy, glowing skin.
  • Trying to consume at least 5 – 9 portions of fruit and veggies every day.
  • Three times a week, I treat my skin to a green juice that I make using one granny Smith Apple, five leaves of spinach (you can also use kale), a knob of ginger and the juice of one lemon. Click HERE for recipe.
  • I’m big on sleep and ensure I get at least 8 hours every night. I also love sleeping on my Dear Deer satin pillowcase that keeps sleep lines at bay and prevents my hair from knotting.

Now tell me, what are your top beauty habits?

5 FAVOURITES

Posted on: Friday, July 8, 2016

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It feels like forever since I did a favourites post! Currently I love these five items, and find myself reaching for them over and over again.

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First up is my new Daniel Wellington unisex ‘Classic Bristol 36mm’ watch. I adore the rose gold hardware, (genuine) leather chocolate brown strap and elegance of this beautiful timepiece. Because it’s so simple and classic, I find it works with most of my outfits. This beauty retails for $199 (R2956) but, if you use my discount code: inmybagDW  & you’ll get 15% off until the 15 September 2016 . Please note: you’ll still have to pay tax when it arrives on our shores. Order HERE

Ray ban's

I love sunglasses (who doesn’t?) and was thrilled add a pair of the classic Ray Ban Clubmaster’s (R1930 available at Sunglass Hut) to my ever growing collection. I love the tortoise shell rims and gold hardware. Again, they seem to work with just about everything in my wardrobe and the shape is spot on for my round shaped face.

wax melts

I’m very into scenting my home, in the most natural way possible. Over the past few months, I’ve done away with environmentally unfriendly air fresheners and have started using essential oils and burners. I was beyond thrilled to receive a beautiful spoil from local lovely SOIL that included this beautiful ceramic burner (R120) and a bag of 8 Soy wax melts (R50). The wax melts couldn’t be easier to use! You simply place one top of the burner; insert a tea light into the burner and voila! I love that each wax melts has a burn time of 8 hours. To order, click HERE

jelly boots

My Saint & Summer ‘Swagger’ jelly boots (R699) have become a firm favourite in my winter wardrobe. Aside from the fact that they’re locally made and produced, I love that they are the perfect ankle boots for the rainy Cape winter. They work so well with skinny jeans and trousers, as well as maxi skirts. They are super comfortable, keep my feet warm and add an instant shot of edgy style to my look. You can purchase them HERE

Verus ear cuff

Going forward, I’ll be working very closely with the new, local, fine jewellery brand, Verus. I love the effortless, timeless style of all their pieces. The jewellery itself is all 100% hand made in South Africa by artisanal goldsmiths, using only 18K or 24K gold – the highest quality of gold. I received this beautiful rose gold and black diamond ear wing (R7500) that manages to be both super sophisticated and edgy at the same time. Best of all, its SUPER comfortable to wear! See more of the gorgeous Verus collection at www.verusfinejewellery.com

COLD WEATHER SKIN CURES

Posted on: Thursday, July 7, 2016

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By Helen Clemson
Ah Winter, my old friend…. By the time you’re over, I’ll be sick of the sight of myself in frumpy fleece pajamas (and so will my husband), I will have slurped my way through industrial-sized vats of butternut soup and I will officially have ice-blocks for feet. What I will miss though, is the opportunity to experiment with skin treatments, for now is the time to go forth and peel, laser, needle and exfoliate. Why, you ask? Well, while the clouds lurk low and the rain drops plop down, that killer (and I literally mean killer) UV isn’t as skin damaging as it is in summer. Rather obvious yes, but sadly exposure to UV rays – even if just accidental – means those Rands who’ve just shelled out for expensive in-clinic facial procedures, are as good as wasted. Very often post-treatment skin is highly sun sensitive and can be susceptible to burn, premature aging and hyper pigmentation. Yikes!

So, I’m all for heading to the aesthetic doctor’s office, oversized sunnies firmly on face (why completely give the game away?) and credit card in hand. But what to try? “Winter months are often associated with a dull complexion, uneven and rough skin,” says Dr. Maureen Allem, medical director and founder of Skin Renewal clinics. “Exfoliation is the answer to removing dead cells that leave the skin looking lifeless. Regular topical exfoliation (like a scrub used at home) is important, however deeper skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments and skin needling assist in faster cell turnover that removes dead skin cells,” she says.

Her picks for the icy months?

THE OBAGI BLUE PEEL
What Is It?  
The Obagi Medical range offers the Blue Peel (a deep rejuvenation chemical peel),  perfect for deeper exfoliation that can help blemished looking skin. So, think acne, scars, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and sun damage. The preparation required for the Blue Peel includes eight weeks of home care and two Radiance Peels in order to get the skin ready for the Blue Peel treatment.

Will I Need To Go Into Hiding? Remember that episode of Sexy and The Citywhen Samantha had a chemical peel and then had to dress like a Mafia widow complete with veil to hide her red, peeling face? Well, while this peel is well tolerated, your skin won’t look cool, calm and collected immediately. Expect good results in 10 days but you will see mild redness, swelling and skin peeling until then. And this is all quite normal. The plus side is that you’re advised to take a week or so off to recover from the peel, so a little bit of couch time and thoseSex and the City re-runs never hurt anyone.

Will I Look 16 Again?
“Healing is typically complete within ten days,” says Dr. Allem. “And that new, slightly pink skin will gradually fade over several weeks.” She stresses that it’s vital to avoid contact with the sun during this healing period. Dramatic results will start to appear around a month post-peel – hello firmer, smoother, healthier and more youthful looking skin! This sounds promising….Read more HERE

FRAXEL™ DUAL
What Is It?  “
The Fraxel™ DUAL incorporates two lasers in one and is a gentle, FDA approved treatment, resurfacing the skin from the inside out,” explains Dr. Allem. It shows dramatic results in treating sun damage, wrinkles and pigmentation with hardly any downtime, she says.

Will I Need To Go Into Hiding? With this procedure you might just get away with saying “I’ve just been holidaying in Mozambique darling, and I got a little too much sun,” instead of, “I’ve just been having my face lasered because I look really old.” The skin may feel sun burnt and sensitive the first day after treatment, but once it’s renewed itself, there’ll be an improved texture and pigmentation and sunspots will be noticeably reduced, says Dr. Allem. I like the sound of that!

Will I Look 16 Again? Perhaps not, but you will look better and better the more sessions you commit to and the more patient you are. “Depending on the severity of the problem area, three to five sessions would be prescribed, at intervals of two to four weeks,” recommends Dr. Allem. “Even though results are seen within two to three treatments, the results are cumulative with the end result seen within two to three months.” Read more HERE