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how to switch up your body care in winter

Winter body care

The cold season is upon us! Living in Durban, one might argue that we don’t really have winter, however, temperatures and humidity have dropped and my skin is feeling the change in the environment. The goal is for my skin to feel and be moisturised in between showers, I despise being ashy! This post will include my daughter’s winter body care as well. I have normal skin and the skin on her face gets dry patches in winter

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Introducing SKIN functional

SKIN functional products

Regular readers will know that I am a skincare fanatic. I am particularly interested in the recent trends in skincare where we are seeing brands that are transparent when it comes to ingredient list and they have affordable products e.g. The Ordinary and The Inkey List. I was introduced to the SKIN functional skincare brand by @Glamology_ZA who commented how much it resembled The Ordinary and I was immediately intrigued.

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all about hydrating toners

Hydrating toners

The days when toners were these alcohol laden products that were used to remove extra dirt after cleansing and left the skin feeling dry are long gone. In 2020, toners are gentle products that are multipurpose: they can hydrate, contain actives that treat your skin, balance the skin etc. Toners help to prepare the skin for the products that you apply afterwards. I particularly love hydrating products in my skincare routine and hydrating toners are a firm favourite.

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skincare actives that i use in my routine

skincare actives products

I have been off Accutane for over a month now and I am finally bringing back actives into my skincare routine. What is an active you ask? Well, according to Chemist Confessions: Actives are what we call a group of ingredients that bring long term, targeted improvements to your skin beyond the basic moisturizing benefits. They may fight wrinkles, reduce unwanted hyperpigmentation, and prevent further damage to your skin. The actives that I have loved and have worked for me are: Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s), Beta-hydroxy Acids (BHA’s), Vitamin C and Retinol.

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review // Vichy UV Protect Skin Defence Invisible Mist

review // Vichy UV Protect Skin Defence Invisible Mist

It’s no secret on here that I am an advocate for sun protection all day, every day. One of the rules of sun protection is that you need to reapply it every few hours especially if you’re out in the sun. that’s been one of my bug bears because I wear makeup during the day and I wasn’t able to reapply. Enter: spray on sunscreen for the face! This is the answer to ALL my sunscreen re-application issues.

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products I’ve recently used up

Products I've used up

It’s about that time where I’ve finished off enough products to warrant sharing on here what I’ve used up and let you know whether I’ll repurchase the products or not. I’ve been writing these posts on the blog for the last 3 years, this time around I’ve changed it up to video format. Let me know if you enjoy this format more than the written format.

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micellar water: all you need to know

Micellar water brands

I’d like to start a new series on the blog where I decode a skincare product and give you all the tea. I will put brands and preference aside and tell you the naked truth about the product. The dirst product I will decode is micellar water. I first came to know about micellar water when it was introduced in the beauty scene 3 to 4 years ago, it was all the range overseas. I remember the first brand that had micellar water in South Africa was Garnier.

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an addition to the bioderma pigmentbio range

Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate

In 2019, Bioderma launched the Pigmentbio range which is aimed to fight hyperpigmentation. There is a new addition to the range: the Pigmentbio C-Concentrate is a high security Vitamin C cure for intense pigment correction.

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battle of the affordable makeup sponges

affordable makeup sponges

The Beauty Blender turned the foundation / concealer application game on its head a few years ago. After that launch, many other brands have come up with their own versions of affordable makeup sponges. Makeup lovers who have used the Beauty Blender say that no other sponge compares to it. However, seeing as I don’t want to shell out hundreds of ZAR for it, I have been using other versions of makeup sponges for a while now and in this post I will be comparing some of the more affordable options.

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low end vs high end // gel moisturisers

gel moisturisers

Gel moisturisers have become the rage over the last couple of years and I’ve fully jumped onto the bandwagon. If you’re a regular reader you would know that I’m all about hydration in my skincare routine and these products offer hydration by the buckets. My first foray into gel moisturisers which focus on hydration was the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, I used this as my moisturiser of choice throughout 2018. I’ve recently started using the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator which is a smilar product but at a higher price. In this post I compare the products and give you my recommendation as to which is the superior product.

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review // rain elevating day serum

rain elevating day serum

Day serums are a class of products that I haven’t really gotten into. Other than the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair which I used 3 years ago, I’ve never been a day serum girl. When Rain launched their natural skincare range and offered me to pick a product to try out, I took the opportunity to pick the Rain Elevating Day Serum to test and see how it fits in my morning skincare routine.

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introducing zuri medical aesthetics

Zuri Medical Aesthetics

I first came across medical aesthetics sometime this year due to its explosion on my social media feed, especially on Instagram. Aesthetic medicine “comprises all medical procedures that are aimed at improving the physical appearance and satisfaction of the patient, using non-invasive to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.” So when Zuri Medical Aesthetics reached out to me to learn more about all they do, I was all in.

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