A fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog by Candice-Lee

GIVEAWAY – MIO LIQUID YOGA RESTORATIVE BATH

Posted on: Friday, June 24, 2016

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There’s nothing better than stepping into a comforting warm bath when it’s chilly outside. Even better is when that bath is loaded with a restorative soak that relieves aches, clears out sinuses, boosts circulation and eliminates toxins.

The Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak (R820) is a non-foaming turquoise-green milky liquid. It infuses one’s bath with a mix of magnesium rich Epsom salts and mandarin, spearmint, chamomile and lavender essential oils. These oils relieve stress, insomnia and anxiety.

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Before using the product, give it a good shake and then pour a generous amount under running water. When you get into the bath, follow Mio’s deep breathing exercise: Breathe in through your nose for a count of 7 and then out through lips for a count of 10. I found doing this really, really induced relaxation and a feeling of well-being.

After 20 blissful minutes of relaxing, one really feels centered, focused and calm. Because the product contains mega moisturising Murumuru butter and Andiroba Oil, I find I don’t really need to apply a moisturiser after. I highly recommend Liquid Yoga to those frazzled, busy women out there who battle to find (or make) ‘me-time’.

I also like that the Mio range of products are free from parabens, SLS, petroleum, synthetic fragrance and colourants and are NOT tested on animals. Click here to find your closest Mio stockist.

Mio Liquid Yoga win

GIVEAWAY!

I’ve got one bottle of Mio Liquid Yoga valued at R820 up for grabs. To stand a chance of winning it, leave a comment below naming one of the ingredients in the formula. Please be sure to include your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner. I’ll draw the winner’s name next week Friday 1 July and they will be notified by email. Good Luck!

ACE OF (BUDGET) BASE

Posted on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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I’ve tried a lot of foundation in my life as a beauty editor/writer/blogger, and have always held the belief that this is one makeup product you should spend a little more on. However, over the past three years, I’ve had to reconsider. There have been so many amazing budget foundations, BB and CC creams that have crossed my desk over that time that I can honestly say, sometimes budget can be best.

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This is the case with the newly launched Yardley Even Complexion Foundation SPF 20 (R189). I got to try this beauty last week, just before it launched in-stores, and was bowled over by how well it worked for my skin. The formula provides medium coverage, but is buildable and works really well if you have pigmentation marks that you want to conceal, or even if you suffer with redness and rosacea. One can also mix it with a small amount of moisturiser to create a tinted moisturiser. Yardley Even Complexion Foundation is appropriate for all skin types: dry, oily and combination and, because there is no fragrance in this product, it’s great for sensitive skin types too.

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The Yardley Even Complexion Foundation is available in 8 shades that I think are pretty representative

Now, I generally prefer foundation that leaves my skin with a bit of a glow, so anything billed as ‘Mattifying’, I tend to avoid. While this formula has Mattifying microspheres, it didn’t leave my skin with a traditional matte finish. Rather, I’d descried the finish as luminous with a healthy and vital glow.

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How luminous and skin perfecting is the finish of this foundation? My colour is ‘Medium Beige’

I was also impressed to learn that the formula contains antioxidants. Without getting too scientific, antioxidants neutralize the oxidant (think of when you cut an apple open and it goes brown – that’s oxidation) effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine line, wrinkles and pigmentation. Vitamin C – one of the best antioxidants – has been added to the formula to help diminish the appearance of dark marks, while Vitamin E works hard to repair existing damage in the skin. Also worth a mention is that antioxidants have the ability to make sunscreen even more effective, and this formula has an SPF20.

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My top foundation tips

There are two ways I like to apply foundation:

  1. The heat from your fingers warms up the foundation, allowing it to melt into the skin giving the complexion a dewy look.
  2. Using a foundation brush ensures a perfect, professional finish. The easiest technique when using a foundation brush is to work in a crisscross motion all over your face.

I always use a blending sponge after application to ensure my foundation blends seamlessly into my skin.

Here is a short video I shot on how to find the perfect foundation colour for your skin tone.

Do you have a favourite budget foundation, BB or CC cream? I’d love to know which it is and why you love it.

MAKING PRETTY FACES WITH CHANEL

Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2016

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I simply adore the new CHANEL Summer 2016 collection called ‘DANS LA LUMIÈRE DE L’ÉTÉ’. It’s a fusion of dark and sultry beauty that combines bright, sparkling eyes with coral lips, vampy nails and glowing skin. Even though it’s a summer makeup collection, the hues work perfectly for our mild African winter.

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The hero of the collection is the heart stoppingly beautiful, limited edition EMPREINTE DU DÉSERT Quadra Eyeshadow (R995). The compact features four eye shadows embossed with what looks like sand after a gentle breeze has blown over it. The powders have with the loveliest soft, silky textures and on application, bring a gorgeous shimmer to the eyes. I found them super easy to blend. The warm tones of copper brown and golden beige remind one of the sand under the setting sun, while brown and khaki green reflect the shady hues of pine groves. You can wear the shadows on their own, or combine them for a more dramatic, smokey effect that’s perfect for evening.

SUN DRENCHED LIPS

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In this collection, lips are sundrenched in shades of coral and pink. Lipglosses with bright washes of colour have the ability to warm the complexion and brings out the radiance of the smile. I love the LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES (R505) comfortable, moisture-rich texture. It also has a new applicator, offering a more uniform and precise result. I got to try ‘Tanami’, a pretty tone that washes the lips with a saturated coral colour.

Six new shades are available: Tanami, Adenium and Rouge Désert offer a glossy finish, while Sirocco, Sahara and Dzhari bring an iridescent effect to lips perfect for any occasion.

SPICY NAILS

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VERNIS CULTE (R450) is available in five new, invigorating colours of radiantly luminous hues to beautifully show off hands:

  • Turban a soft, romantic peachy pink.
  • Cavalière a warm chocolate.
  • Canotier an original beige.
  • Espadrilles a bright, snappy orange.
  • Émeraude a refreshing, dazzling green.

The Vernis formula has also been enriched with ceramides and bioceramics to provide nails with calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. This nail polish cares for nails, reinforcing their strength. I’m crushing hard on the witchy, edgy forest green of ‘Émeraude’.

HEALTHY GLOWING SKIN

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One of my all-time favourite makeup products has to be the HEALTHY GLOW MULTI-COLOUR, LES BEIGES (R990). I got to play with the new DUO no:1 – a combination of terracotta brown that defines the contours of the face with a golden sand hue that brings touches of light to the cheeks and temples. I find this is the perfect powder to bring a sun-kissed look to the face.

The DANS LA LUMIÈRE DE L’ÉTÉ collection is currently available in stores, but some items are limited. Go check it out, everything is utterly gorgeous.

DUNHILL ICON ABSOLUTE – THE PERFECT FRAGRANCE FOR FATHER’S DAY

Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2016

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Still haven’t bought that special man in your life a gift for Father’s Day? Don’t stress, because I have a great recommendation that both husbands and fathers alike will love.

Dunhill Icon Absolute is a stylish, masculine fragrance that combines spicy, leathery notes with smoky oud wood, Egyptian jasmine and rose. It’s refined, but still sexy and perfect for cooler weather when warmer, more sensual scents tend to work better.

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KEY FRAGRANCE NOTES

The top notes feature Sicilian bergamot, black pepper and neroli, giving it a fresh and energetic opening. Saffron, black rose and jasmine make up the middle notes, giving the scent a sharp, exotic, rich and somewhat heady vibe. The warm and sultry base notes are made up of oud wood, tobacco leaf and leather and linger on the skin for hours.

There is also a unique, proudly South African connection with this scent. The bottle was created by renowned designer by Mark Eisen – who was born in SA. The gold cylindrical flacon features an engine turning pattern that pays homage to Dunhill’s automotive origins. I think it’s one of the most incredible fragrance bottles I’ve ever seen.

Dunhill Icon Absolute retails for R1895 for a 100ml EDP and R1395 for a 50ml EDP and are available at Foschini, Truworths & Stuttafords stores nationally.

REVLON COLORSTAY 2-IN-1 COMPACT FOUNDATION & CONCEALER REVIEW

Posted on: Monday, June 13, 2016

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If I’m to be totally honest, I’ve never been a fan of Revlon’s foundations. I’ve tried quite a few over the years, but haven’t found even one I’ve come close to liking. So, it was with some trepidation that I decided to try the Revlon Colorstay 2-in-1 Compact Foundation & Concealer (R299). The last time I used a compact foundation was about 10 years ago. Generally, I prefer liquid foundation formulations as they’re more lightweight.

As you can see from the image above, the compact contains both a cream foundation and a concealer. There are three tiers that lift up; the first contains the concealer, the second the cream foundation, and in the third contains a makeup sponge and a mirror.

Because I know what a battle it is to find the perfect under eye concealer, I was drawn to this beauty because the cream to powder formula has an expertly matched concealer. I tried the ‘medium beige’ – a perfect match for my skintone. I applied the cream foundation using a stippling brush (I’m not mad for the make-up sponge that comes with the product), and was impressed at how easily it applied and blended. I’d describe the coverage as medium to heavy, even though it feels really creamy and light. It did a great job of evening out my skintone and concealing any redness, broken capillaries and pigmentation.

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The concealer is slightly more pigmented than the foundation and worked well to brighten my under eye area and cover dark circles. I found it works better (most concealers do) when you press the formula into the skin, as opposed to swiping it on. I wouldn’t use this concealer to cover spots, as it’s too light and will draw attention to them. After about five hours, I noticed it did settle a bit into my fine lines, but this didn’t bother me too much.

Generally, I prefer a dewy finish, but didn’t mind the matt satin finish of this foundation – I think it makes a nice change for winter. Immediately after application, I set it with the Revlon Colorstay Pressed Powder (R199) in medium beige. After about 6 hours of solid wear, the formula still looked fresh, but had a lovely dewy quality to it that I really liked!

Now, I have normal to combination skin so this formula worked well for my particular skin type. However, I reckon it may be problematic for drier skin as the cream, once dry, may cling to dry or rough patches. I’d recommend it for normal, combination and combination/oily skin types. Perhaps it’s also a good idea to exfoliate your skin prior to using it? It also needs to be set with a powder to prevent it from slipping.

All in all, I really like the Revlon Colorstay 2-in1 Compact Makeup & Concealer. It’s easy to use and is just the thing for popping into your bag and touching up when you’re on the go. I like how it perfects the skin and think that at R299, it’s great value for money. The only downside is that it has no built-in SPF and is not really suitable for dry skin types.

THE PRETTIEST BITS FOR YOUR HOME FROM LOVE MILO (GIVEAWAY)

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2016

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Cosmos scatter cushion R350

For those of you who don’t know the brand, Love Milo is a proudly South African, Cape Town based homeware and décor store. I love that this brand works with a wide range of talented local crafters to produce bespoke and contemporary items that add a pretty edge to your home. All their designs are inspired by harmony between line and form in nature, and are created using photographs taken of natural elements found in and around our beautiful country. A strong emphasis is placed on sustainability, so all the brands wooden products are made using alien trees that were harmful to the environment. The inks used are eco friendly too.

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Cosmos storage basket R650

Love Milo’s latest collection is called ‘Cosmos’ and takes inspiration from the night sky. Nicki Ellis – founder and senior designer – says the organized chaos of the star constellations were very inspiring. She chose to accentuate the specks and shapes of the stars and try reflect their almost bubble-like appearance. I love how fresh, eye-catching and utterly contemporary the results are.

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“This range plays with spirited composition, aimed at adding something completely exclusive and eye catching to a table and home. The beautiful, haphazard scatter of dots create an ethereal look that fits so well with the rest of our designs.” – Nicki Ellis, Founder and Senior Designer at Love Milo

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Cosmos purse R160

There are also some lovely fabric bags available in the collection. My favourite is the Cosmos bag below.

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Cosmos sling bag R450

The Cosmos range is currently available in textile and cork, printed onto 100% cotton using eco-friendly inks and hand printing techniques. The range includes scatter cushions, napkins, bags, purses and cork placemats. Prices range between R350 for a cushion to R800 for a Cosmos tote bag.

Purchase the Love Milo Cosmos range online at www.lovemilo.com 

GIVEAWAY

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One lucky reader can win this pretty foldover laptop clutch valued at R600 To enter, leave a comment below this post telling me what inspired the Cosmos collection. Please ensure you leave an email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner. I’ll draw the winner’s name next week Friday and they will be notified by email.

BANISH DRY SKIN THIS WINTER (GIVEAWAY)

Posted on: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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When the temperature drops – even by just five degrees – it sucks moisture out the air. This dry air, together with indoor heating, icy winds and super hot showers can cause the skin to dry out. Luckily, there are a host of beauty products that work to replenish this lost moisture, restoring the skin’s health. Below are my four favourites, and I’m giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win them all 🙂

The Body Shop Hemp Rescue Balm (R235)

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This little beauty had been sitting on my desk for about three months – unopened. That was till my daughter came to me asking how to treat a rather nasty, dry, and very rough patch on the side of her hand. I think the cause is due to her frequent hand washing, and very limited use of hand cream. I had to explain to her that, come winter, one has to use a hand cream often to keep skin soft and hydrated. But, no matter how much hand cream she applied, the rough, dry patch remained.

I then remembered The Body Shop Hemp Balm and applied a little of it onto the dry patch. And it worked a trick! The following day only the slightest bit of dry skin remained. Two more application saw it disappear completely. The balm is dermatologically tested and forms an oil-rich layer on very dry areas. It provides instant relief, protection and restoration. I’d highly recommend it for areas that tend to become super dry, like elbows, knees, knuckles, cuticles and even lips.

Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 (R2450)

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When the skin ages, it naturally becomes drier. This is due to the loss or ceramides and fatty acids in the skin’s protective barrier. This compromises the skin and it loses the ability to repair itself. Not good news…

Thankfully there’s the Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 moisturiser and anti-ageing treatment. It’s formulated to restore skin lipids, while improving the skin’s smoothness, firmness, pores and overall radiance. It’s luxuriously rich formula absorbs quickly, and only takes 24 hours to improve the hydration levels in the skin.

Here’s how it works:

Lipids are natural compounds found in skin. While there are many kinds; ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids are the dominant forms. With age, lipid production declines. As a consequence, skin’s natural functions may become impaired, impacting barrier function and skin’s natural repair.

Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is formulated with a maximized concentration of lipids: 2% pure ceramides, 4% natural cholesterol and 2% fatty acids. This unique formulation utilizes an optimized concentration of ingredients to work synergistically on restoring skin’s external barrier, supporting natural self-repair, and nourishing skin for improvement in signs of accelerated aging.

Bioderma Atoderm Nutri Protective Cleansing Cream (R240 for a 500ml)

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I love this stuff, SO much! Essentially it is a cleansing cream for both face and body (but I’ve been using it mainly on my body) that’s soap, colour and paraben free. The whole family (even babies) can use it – but trust me – you’re going to want to keep it all for yourself.

The Atoderm range by Bioderma is aimed at dry to very dry skins and works to rebuild the hydrolipidic film. The milky formulation is a dream to use and lathers ever so slightly. It’s great for really dry and sensitive skin, as the ‘superfatting’ agents in the formula help the skin to biologically rebuild its hydrolipidic (protective) film – while limiting skin dryness. You can feel it working straight after you get out the shower – no more dry scales, just beautifully hydrated skin. I also like that it comes in a very easy on the eye, big ol’ 500ml pump bottle.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion (R62.95)

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I’ve been a fan of the Palmer’s range of body moisturisers for years now. Aside from being really affordable, they contain excellent ingredients that do a fantastic job of nourishing the skin. At the moment, I’m enjoying the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion that’s made using Vitamin E, natural coconut oil and Tahitian Monoi.

Coconut oil is a magical ingredient, and contains properties that allow the skin to lock in moisture. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant and boosts skin renewal and regeneration. Dubbed the “Sacred Oil’ by Polynesian cultures, Monoi Oil has been used for centuries by islanders to keep their skin moisturised and protected from environmental elements.

This creamy body lotion is a bit like body butter; in the way it deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin. I also love how quickly it absorbs, (and I mean quickly) without leaving any trace whatsoever of oiliness. The fragrance reminds me a little of a tropical island, thanks to the Tahitian Monoi Oil. Best of all, it contains no parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, sulfates or dyes – making it a good option for those with dry, sensitive skin.

GIVEAWAY

I’m giving one reader the opportunity to win all four of these products. To enter, leave a comment below this post telling me why you think you’ll enjoy using these products and which you’re most keen to try. Please ensure you leave your email address (only I can see it) so I can contact you, should you be the winner. I will draw the winner’s name next week Wednesday 14 June and notify them by email.

A BRILLIANT BUDGET BEAUTY BASIC: CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEANSING LOTION

Posted on: Monday, June 6, 2016

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When I first became a beauty editor almost 13 years ago, I used to literally study the beauty sections of magazines like Allure, Red and Vogue. It seemed there was so much available internationally that we hadn’t even heard about here in South Africa. One brand I kept reading rave review about was Cetaphil. I was intrigued.

Then, on a beauty trip to San Diego with La Mer (to learn about how the kelp used in La Mer’s ‘miracle broth’ is cultivated) I found myself in the bathroom of the brand manager’s hotel room. And, not the local brand manager – the NYC brand manager. What struck me most was that amongst her many La Mer products strewn across the bathroom vanity was a bottle of Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Lotion. ‘Wow’, I thought – ‘this must be amazing stuff if the brand manager of La Mer NYC uses it’. I HAD to buy a bottle and managed to stop off at a drugstore en route to the airport. And guess what? My friggin’ suitcase got lost – never to be found! I had to wait 5 years for the brand to come to SA before I could finally try it!

I’m happy to report that the Gentle Cleansing Lotion (R180.00) – a mild, non-irritating formula that soothes skin as it cleans has become a staple beauty in my house, and is well loved by the whole family.

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I like that the Gentle Cleansing Lotion is designed to work with all types of skin (but I wouldn’t recommend it for very oily skin). It’s a mild, soap-free formulation that doesn’t have any fragrance (one of the biggest irritants) and gently dissolves dirt and oil. This is NOT a foaming formula, rather, I’d compare it to a cream formula – just not as heavy. I also recommend removing any longwearing makeup prior to cleansing the skin with this. Remember, while this formula will remove basic makeup, it’s a CLEANSER not a makeup remover!

I like that this formula is so gentle, even babies can use it! It was the cleanser I started my daughter out on when she, age 11, needed a gentle formula to clean her skin (she’s since moved onto the Cetaphil DermaControl range, but more about that in another post.)

If you take anything from this post, let it be the following: this cleanser is great for dry, sensitive and reactive skin types that really suffer when the cold settles in. It is also a fantastic option for moms with tween’s that are looking for a very gentle, yet effective cleanser for their kids. It won’t strip the skin of its natural or protective oils, yet will clean it effectively.

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You use the Gentle Cleansing Lotion by applying a little product onto dry skin. You then gently massage the product over the face and neck, and either remove it with tissues, or with warm (not hot) water. For super sensitive skins, I recommend the tissue-off method, as this leaves a thin, transparent film on the skin that will protect its moisture barrier. While I think it is best applied to dry skin, you could absolutely use the formula on wet skin too – like when you’re in the shower.

So, if you’re looking for a gentle, well priced, fragrance free skin cleanser that the whole family can use, try this one.

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

Have you tried any Cetaphil products – what are your thoughts? I’d love to know.