Holiday Favourites

With the holidays upon us I couldn’t be more excited to share my latest favourite product finds with you guys!

IMG_1585

IMG_1586

I try to remember to use an anit-cellulite cream all year round, but in summer I am especially reminded of this as the days get warmer and the clothing fewer. I have been trying BioNike Defence Body Anticellulite and Elancyl Cellu Slim Night.

The BioNike is a very active product! It is based on a cold/hot action which stimulates blood circulation, assisting in the drainage of liquids and waste in the deeper layers of the skin. It has an intense refreshing feeling with some tingling and warmth.  I love how you can actually feel this product work! The sensation on the skin is not too intense and completely bearable! It is a lightweight, fast-absorbing gel that contains a number of natural ingredients giving it a strong scent of mint and cloves. I personally love applying this in the evenings after my workout, about two hours before bed. I do not recommend applying this right before bedtime as it might keep you awake for about an hour or two 🙂

RRP R295.00 for 200ml DISCHEM

The Elancyl is a lovely rich cream with a gentle, soft scent. It contains Cecropia extract, Caffeine and GP4G booster promising to limit the storage of cellulite and reducing the appearance of new cellulite, whilst reinforcing skin elasticity and firmness. It softens the skin and breaks down the action on cellulite to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Even though they recommend using this at night, when skin’s detoxifying action is increased, I love using this one in the day as it is fast-absorbing and smells beautiful!
RRP R460.00 for 250ml DISCHEM
**These products are by no means a miracle cure for cellulite, the ingredients promise to help stimulate blood circulation which helps the body eliminate toxins. Exercise, diet and enough water are all key to combating cellulite.

 

IMG_1587

Caribbean Tan products have become a firm favourite in my beauty closet, and a great way to get that much wanted all year round tan without the harmful effects of UV’s. Make sure you select the right shade for your skin type and enjoy a natural, ‘non-orange’ looking tan.

Tanning Spritzer- Out of the extensive home tanning product range from Caribbean Tan this has been my favourite for tanning my body. I find it very easy to apply and blend, and because it is an instant colour I can see exactly where it might look streaky and blend it at first application. The Spritzer comes with a free application mitt, but I do recommend buying the application mitt pictured above as it gives a much better application!

RRP R22.95 for the mitt

RRP R99.95 for 200ml

Gradual Bronzing Mousse- For tanning my face I have been loving the bronzing mousse. It is a thin see-through foam that easily spreads and gradually tans the skin throughout the day. I apply this on clean exfoliated skin, leave it to set, and then apply my usual moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup over it.

RRP R99.95 for 150ml

Shimmer– A tinted shimmer cream that gives you just enough colour and cover for an even bronzed skin-tone. I love that the shimmer is subtle and not too sparkly. I have to shave my legs every 2-3 days, which obviously removes the tan that much quicker. This is the best product that I have tried to get that extra daily colour and sheen.

RRP R59.95 for 200ml

All Caribbean Tan products are available at Dischem and Clicks stores. See their full at home range here Caribbean Tan

For Tutorial videos on their products and how to get the perfect tan Click Here

 

IMG_1588

IMG_1589

Dermaceutic Advanced Cleanser Expert Cleansing Foam- A foam cleanser that doesn’t dry out the skin and is suited for all skin types, even sensitive and dehydrated skin. It effectively removes makeup leaving the skin cleansed and hydrated. Never have I tried a cleanser like this one before! It contains Xylitol (Anti-Dehydration), Zinc (Anti-Sebum and Anti-Microbial action) Urea (Moisturizing agent) and Glycerin (Hydrating and protective film). I truly does remove my makeup effectively and leaves my skin feeling and looking plump and hydrated. I spend all my time outdoors in the holidays, so this baby is the perfect skincare partner to cleanse off all the dirt and sunscreen after a hot summers day outdoors.

RRP R338 for stockists Click Here

 

IMG_1592

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water- This much sought after product has finally hit our shores! A firm favourite with, I am pretty sure, every beauty editor and blogger! It basically removes makeup and cleanses the skin with no rinsing needed. An all-in-one solution. It contains groups of molecules (micelles) that act like ‘dirt magnets’, capturing and lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin. Remember the Garnier Pure Active makeup remover? That was my favourite! Well this one is an ever better remover that went straight into my pro makeup kit. With two formulas available, one for Sensitive skin and another for Combination to Oily and Sensitive skin. Personally, I HAVE to rinse to my face though, probably just all in my head, but as a make remover this has become my go to.

RRP R79.99 for 400ml available at selected retailers and pharmacies (Clicks, Dischem, Pick ‘n Pay ..etc)

 

IMG_1595

Bioderma Photoderm M and MAX Aquafluid- Wow, wow, wow!!! Bioderma have taken their amazing sunscreen to the next level with these above pictured Tinted sunscreens. What I love most is that these make it very easy to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day without messing up your foundation!

Photoderm MAX SPF 50+ Aquafluid- Available in 3 shades- Clear (In stores mid Jan 2016), Light and Golden. These sunscreens are suited for all skin types, even sensitive and oily skins. With an ultra light texture and dry touch these oil free formulas are great for everyday use and long-lasting protection. The tinted versions provide light coverage and is not suited for those needing medium to full cover. It is perfect for evening out the skin-tone and adding a bit of colour. The Cellular bio-protection formula preserves skins immunity, cellular integrity and combats premature ageing. I have both shades, light and golden, which I mix to create my perfect shades all year round.

RRP R199.95 for 40ml available at Clicks and Dischem

Photoderm M SPF 50+ – My personal favourite! This product is especially formulated for those of us suffering from pigmentation(melasma). According to the Bioderma scientists, melasma recurrence is caused by the Blue light of visible rays. This product formula filters this visible light to prevent the relapse of melasma and minimizing the risk of pigmentation. It also lightens existing marks and is safe to use during pregnancy to help prevent pregnancy mask. Unfortunately it only comes in one shade, Golden. Luckily this is my perfect summer shade, but when I am a bit of a lighter shade I just mix the Photoderm MAX in Light (the product mentioned above) to match my skin. This tinted sunscreen gives me much more cover than the Photoderm MAX, which I definitely need for pigmentation. I find that I have to use this with a powder to set it and minimize the shine. After one power in the morning I am set for the entire day.

RRP R209.95 for 40ml available at Clicks and Dischem

 

IMG_1598

IMG_1599

Avène Eau Thermale Spray SPF 50+ –  A very broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen containing Avène Thermal Spring Water, making it perfectly suited for sensitive skin. Photo-stable, water resistant, Paraben and alcohol free, with anti-oxidants to fight free-radicals caused by sun exposure. It has a creamy consistency that is easily spread leaving no white streaks. This sunscreen does leave a slight creamy texture on the skin, but it is not sticky.

RRP R295,95 for 200ml available at Clicks

Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water- A soothing, softening and anti-irritating thermal spring water spray for sensitive skin. This is a beach bag essential for me. I like to keep it in my little cooler bag for a cool, refreshing spritz when needed. This also works a charm to soothe sun burnt skin!

R149,95 150ml Spray available at Clicks

 

giphy2

 

Happy Holidays to ALL of you!!!

My you travel safe and have an absolute blast!

Merry Christmas and see you all again in the New Year

With much love

Marli

XxX

Continue Reading 1

In My Pro Kit

Everything that I keep in my Pro Kit

 

A series of 8 Videos unpacking my entire makeup artist and hair stylist kit… makeup brushes, foundations, eye makeup, my favourite mascaras and lashes…EVERYTHING!

I hope you enjoy this series!

And as always any questions are most welcome 😉

XxX
Marli

Continue Reading 2

Why you should be using face serums?

If I can give one reason for using Face Serums it would be for intense Anti-Ageing

As we get older we start noticing the 7 Signs of ageing:

  1. Uneven Skin Pigmentation
  2. Loss of Firmness
  3. Dehydration
  4. Increased Roughness
  5. Impaired skin barrier protection eg. dehydration, dull complexion etc
  6. Erythema/Redness, Patchy skin, age spots, broken capillaries
  7. Enlarged pores

With ageing, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, the number of pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) decreases and the remaining melanocytes increase in size. Ageing skin looks thinner, paler and clear (translucent). Large pigmented spots (age spots, liver spots) start appearing. Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. The blood vessels of the dermis become more fragile leading to broken capillaries, bruising and bleeding under the skin. Sebaceous glands produce less oil making it harder for skin to keep moist.

NIGHTMARE!!! I know!!!

We can however prevent and slow down this horrid process by living a healthy lifestyle, and pumping some amazing and powerful ingredients into our skin.

Serums are light, non-greasy treatments with a very high concentration of anti-ageing ingredients that target specific skincare concerns. They are super nourishing and have huge anti-ageing benefits such as smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and brightening, evening out and keeping the skin hydrated. They can help take dull, dry skin to a more supple and glowing skin. Serums are basically loaded with skin loving ingredients!

All serums should be applied to cleansed skin, before your moisturizer and sunscreen. Serums can definitely be layered, just give them a few minutes time to absorb properly before applying the next one.

When it comes to deciding which serum is best for you I believe in targeted treatments, and most serums are designed this way. One product packed with powerful ingredients for one specific skin care concern.

Serums do tend to be a bit more pricey, but all with good reason as they are packed with way more powerful ingredients than your daily moisturizers.

Here are the Tried & Tested serums that I have been loving.

RETINOL / VITAMIN A

One of the most versatile Anti-Ageing ingredients. I wrote an entire post on how Retinol is an Anti-ageing Wonder Worker. Click Here if you would like to read more on that. With all Retinol Serums it is important to introduce the serum to your skin slowly, and always wear sunscreen.

OptiphiIntenseRetinolSerum-300x220

Optiphi’s Intense Retinol Infinity Serum-  An easy to use light-weight cream that spreads evenly. This intense serum focuses mainly on Cellular resurfacing, enhancing and improving overall complexion, stimulating cell turnover and working against the visible signs of ageing. It contains pure medical grade Retinol which means it can be used day and night and around the eye area (once your skin is used to the high dose of Retinol)

RRP R1095 for 30ml Available at select salons and skin clinics

 

4002_Activ_Retinol_05Dermaceutic Activ Retinol 0.5 Serum- This innovative, highly concentrated formula combines powerful active ingredients, including Retinol Complex, pure Vitamins C & E and essential minerals to support the natural cell regeneration
process and reduce the appearance of signs of skin aging. In clinical trials, 90% of patients reported that this treatment improved skin texture! It repairs and protects skin. This serum has more of gel-like texture and needs to be applied fairly quickly to ensure it gets spread well. It absorbs very fast. Also available in a double-strength 1.0.

RRP R700 for 30ml. Available at www.skinid.co.za

 

overnight-retinol-repair_219-01_590x617

Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair- Recently launched and as amazing as any of Dermalogica’s products. A Powerful treatment cream that accelerates skin renewal and reduces the appearance of skin ageing overnight. 0.5% Pure Retinol helps increase collagen production and cell turnover. Powerful peptides and antioxidant Vitamin C help fight signs of ageing, including uneven skin tone and discoloration. This product comes with a buffer cream to help ease your skin into the high dose of Retinol/VitA. I love the light-weight texture of this cream that melts into the skin.

RRP R1350 for 30ml. Available at select salon and skincare centres.

 

HYDRATION

Hydrated skin is happy skin! Hydrated skin has enhanced elasticity, intense nourishment, increased cellular longevity and structural support for cellular vitality. Dehydrated skin can not function properly, or absorb any other anti-ageing ingredients. Think of your skin as pot plant. If you want to feed your plant with extra compost you need to wet the soil in order for the plant to get the maximum benefits of the extra nutrients. Your skin works in the same way.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) or something that stimulates your skin’s production of HA is the main ingredient to look for in a serum that promises intense hydration. HA can hold up to 1000 times it’s own weight in moisture.

 

intense-ha-serum-july15

Optiphi Intense HA Infinity Serum- Packed with 8% pure medical grade HA this serum is an absolute dream. A light-weight cream that spreads easily. My skin felt instantly plump after application. This serum promises to retain skin’s moisture, improving hydration, elasticity and structure of the skin.

RRP R1095 for 30ml. Available at select salons and skincare centres.

 

QXw4HTSn2XNPnq5hS1lseHThMGd6jGOKlPA99y0ADkA,dUCZHG9smVVI2b6onBia0-GEktK8DpDRKofaJYFCmJg,fQOXZ21OhdS20RIh7CIJ6enYyfU0RDAswTwmBGtAZlk

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster- A non-greasy, almost watery liquid that spreads easily and absorbs quickly. I literally use 4 drops for my entire face, neck and chest area. It is a Hydrating fluid concentrate that relieves dryness and fine lines. Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract help restore moisture balance. It can be used all over or as a spot treatment.

RRP R935.00 for 30ml. Available at select salons and skincare centers.

 

Marli Make-up2

SENSAI Prime Solution- This product is extremely hydrating, but it is also so much more than just a hydrating primer. Sensai’s Prime Solution is applied after double-cleansing, before moisturising, as the essential first step to double moisturising. Koishimaru silk (like Hyaluronic acid holds up to 1000 times it’s own weight in moisture) pumps the skin full of moisture and stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis in epidermal and dermal cells. Sanzashi Extract boosts cell receptivity, priming the skin to better absorb any subsequent anti-ageing products that will be applied.

In short Prime Solution optimises the daily skincare ritual, promising enhanced cell receptivity and increased moisture retention. Recommended for use mornings and evenings. My 75ml bottle lasted me about 3 months.

RRP R2255 for 75ml. Available at select Edgars, Stuttafords, Red Square stores, as well as select DisChem stores and select pharmacies.

 

PIGMENTATION

The production of melanin, a pigment present in the skin, can become excessive due to photo-ageing, hormone variations, inflammation, scarring, treatments, cosmetics or fragrance, among other factors which causes brown spots on skins of all ages and skin tones.

Pigmentation, I believe, is one of the hardest things to get rid of. A combination of powerful serums, exfoliating, staying out of the sun and skin peels all go hand-in-hand to combat those pesky dark spots. The below mentioned products will surely help get you closer to brighter, more even toned skin.

c-12-pure-bright-serum_200-01_590x617

Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum- Part of Dermalogica’s Powerbright range specifically designed for skin suffering from pigmentation. Their new-improved C-12 formula absorbs quickly, it is lightweight and a highly-active topical treatment. It works at combatting hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night, while helping to increase skin luminosity. I found it to be a very potent formula that I had to slowly introduce to my skin. I only apply this serum to the areas of pigmentation, not all-over my face.

RRP R1320 for 30ml. Available at select salons and skincare centers.

_6004689

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Serum- The most define smelling serum! This ultra luxurious serum is part of the White Caviar Illuminating Système with Powerful brightening and firming at the heart of each product. A light-weight, watery liquid that is easily applied to the effected areas and absorbs fast. This serum interrupts the cycle that creates age spots and discoloration to insure clearer, more even-toned skin. Packed with powerful ingredients this serum comes with a list of benefits. Whitening peptides for even skin-tone, Dioic Acid to slow down the production of pigmentation, dark spot prevention with Licorice Root Extract, it is skin detoxing providing nourishment, it contains anti-wrinkle ingredients and a powerful anti-oxidant in the form of Resveratrol. Resveratrol increases cellular longevity and protects collagen, maintaining skin’s moisture barrier and delaying the signs of skin ageing. Wow!

It can be used am / pm all over the face and neck avoiding the eye area.

RRP R5995 for 30ml. Available at La Prairie counters in select Woolworths and Stuttafords stores.

iklen-melano-expert

Noreva Iklen Anti-Brown Spot Serum- Noreva is a French skincare brand that is new to South Africa. Developed by Dermatologist, and with a long-standing reputation of 20 years, it is truly a beautiful brand. They cater for all skin types and concerns, from very sensitive skin, to sun exposed, pigmented, dehydrated, ageing and damaged skin. I have been trying the Iklen Anti-Brown Spot Serum. AHA-free, this range is ideal for sensitive/reactive skins. You can also use this serum post-laser or peeling treatments as it helps to prevent post-inflammatory pigmentation. It is also safe to use during your second trimester of pregnancy. As I’m sure many women know, pregnancy hormones can cause terrible pigmentation breakouts! This serum contains a patented ingredient called Rucinol, with a similar formula to hydroquinone and similar de-pigmenting properties, BUT without the negative side effects. This fine, non-greasy formula absorbs easily into skin. Recommended to apply this twice a day for a minimum of 8 weeks to see the best results. Fragrance and paraben free.

RRP R799.95 for 3oml. Available at select Clicks stores.

 

231496134

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Spot Solution- A smooth clear liquid that absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft. This formula targets a broad range of dark spots, including those caused by UV exposure, post-inflammatory and age spots. With it’s anti-cluster technology this formula attacks the deep-set dark spots breaking them apart and preventing the formation of new clusters. Key ingredients are Vit C, White Birch and Peony which forms a potent recipe for clearer, corrected skin. Use morning and night as a spot treatment or over the entire face.

RRP R655 for 30ml. Available at Kiehl’s counters at select Edgars stores.

 

d-pigment-legere_0

Avene D-Pigment Light Dark Spot Corrector- Avene is a French brand that incorporates Avene Thermal Spring Water in their range of products. Bacteriologically pure, with a PH close to neutral, Thermal Spring Water has a low mineral content and incorporates essential trace elements and silicia, leaving a thin softening and protecting film on the skin. The soothing and anti-irritating properties of the Thermal Spring Water have been demonstrated by numerous scientific studies to decrease reaction in skin cells implicated in skin hypersensitivity, and an improvement in the quality of skin’s surface. Making it ideal in the treatment of sensitive, irritated and damaged skin by soothing, comforting and softening the skin. For more on the rest of this amazing product range see: http://www.eau-thermale-avene.co.za/

The D-Pigment pigmentation treatment combines the action of Melanyde, Pre-tocopheryl and Retinaldehyde to reduce excess epidermal pigmentation. It promises to fade dark spots, smooth uneven areas and skin tone. Fragrance and Paraben free. The D-pigment Light is suited for normal to combination skin. Apply in the evening only and avoid sun exposure. The packaging warns that if stinging occurs reduce the frequency of use. I did not experience any stinging.

RRP R359,95 for 30ml. Available at select Clicks stores.

 

ANTIOXIDANT

We need to feed our bodies with Antioxidants! Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage – the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. Free-radicals cause cells to function poorly or die. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

resveratrolBE_340x550

Skin Ceuticals Resveratrol BE- I have been reading so much about the powerful antioxidant Resveratrol. How it boosts radiance, improves elasticity and restores density to the skin. Then this wonderful Skin Ceuticals’ serum landed on my desk, and it promises to do just that. It is a gel-like formula that spreads easily. Resveratrol helps sustain healthy longevity by neutralizing intracellular free radical damage and repairing the visible effects of age-accelerated skin.

RRP R2300 for 30ml. Available at select salons and skincare centres.

EYE SERUM

The skin around our eye area is extremely delicate and needs to be treated with extra TLC. This is why we have eye creams and serums that are formulated specifically for our eye area. Products that are not suited for the eye can actually cause damage. The eye area is also one of the first places where we can start noticing ageing in the form of fine lines, scrow’s feet, dark circles and dehydration.GENIFIQUE-YEUX-CMJNLancome Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl  Eye Illuminator – Youth Activating Concentrate- Lancome’s first eye serum engineered with a flexible massage applicator to help reach the inaccessible eye areas. I love the light fresh texture of this formula and the cooling effect of the applicator. This serum promises to reduce the appearance of eye bags, dark circles and wrinkles leaving the eye area looking fresh, rested and smooth. I apply dots around my eyes, top and bottom with the applicator, and then gently massage the serum in circular motions using the applicator.

RRP R850 for 20ml. Available at select Edgars, Red Square, Stuttafords, Woolworths, Truworths and Foschini stores.

LIP SERUM

The skin on and around the lips is extremely delicate. It has fewer protective layers compared to the rest of the face. The lip area is therefore prone to dryness which causes fine lines and wrinkles. And with age lips lose their vibrant colour, suppleness and definition.

Marli Make-up

SENSAI Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment- This treatment is specifically designed for the lip zone. It has a silky soft texture that blends beautifully into the skin. It contains Sensai’s Koishimaru Silk, Mandarin Tree Extract, Apricot Pulp Extract and Yuzu Extract which together minimizes age-related dullness, boosts collagen synthesis, repairs roughness and boosts circulation, leaving lips smooth, plumped and youthful-looking.

Recommended application: Apply an appropriate amount (1 push) onto the lips and around the mouth in the mornings and/ or evenings, also when needed during the day. Even more effective when massaged into the O-Zone (lips and the area surrounding) and apply Shiatsu (finger pressure massage) by pressing the middle finger of each hand in the following order: (1) above the lips (2) below the lips (3) on each side of the lips

RRP R1365 for 15ml. Available at select Edgars, Stuttafords, Red Square stores, as well as select DisChem stores and select pharmacies.

OVERALL ANTI-AGEING TREATMENT

f29c36bf-da95-4b25-a748-3601b00099b2_31d4QkmGu9L.jpg.ashx

Dermalogica MAP-15 Regenerator- One of my all-time favourite products. It comes in a fine powder form, that when applied to the skin, melts into a rich creamy consistency. It is a highly-active Vitamin C concentrate that minimizes multiple signs of aging. It delivers the highest concentration of Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) directly into the skin to help dramatically improve skin firmness and clarity. This product can be applied directly to wrinkles/areas of fine lines, or mixed in with your moisturizer for an all-over treatment.

RRP R1320 for 8g. Available at select salons and skincare centres.

 

HAPPY ANTI-AGEING 😉

XxX

MArli

Continue Reading 0

Anti-ageing Wonder Worker!!!

The Anti-Ageing power of Retinol

Some months ago I attended the launch of Optiphi’s two new serums- Intense HA Infinity Serum (The skin quenching Re-Plumper) and Intense Retinol Infinity Serum (Concentrated Cellular Rejuvenator)

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 1.00.56 PM

This launch was one of the most educational launches I have ever been to. We all left their inspired to share the wonderful knowledge we had gained. So here goes.

Did you know that 10% of ageing is genetic, and 80-90% is self inflicted! That is a scary, but also a hopeful thought. If something is self-inflicted then surely we can do something about it?!

Let’s start by looking at the 7 Signs of ageing:

  • Dehydration (Dehydrated skin can not function properly)
  • Impaired Skin Barrier Function (Skin is not protected from the elements)
  • Uneven Skin Pigmentation (Sun damage and liver spots)
  • Loss of Skin Firmness (Less Collagen)
  • Increased Skin Roughness & Wrinkles (Slower cell turnover)
  • Enlarged Pore Size (Break down of skin support, impaired barrier function, less oil production)
  • Erythema/Redness (Inflammation and sensitivity)

Optimal cell turnover of skin is said to be 28days, but as we age our cell turnover (the rate at which our cells renew themselves) slows down to 40, 50, 60 and even 70 days! Our skin secretes less oil, less collagen, and elastin breaks down, leaving us with no more skin support. Our “fat padding” fades away and we have loss of volume. It is said that at age 30 we lose 1% of collagen per year!

HOW DO WE STOP AND FIX THIS?

This is where Retinol steps in. Retinol is a powerful anti-oxidant, and if used in a high quality form it works deep within the skin, rejuvenating the skin on all levels. It is the only active that can completely reverse photo damage. It normalizes the skin so that oily skin becomes less oily, and dry skin less dry.  It stimulates Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid production, revitalizing cells from within.

Here are some of the benefits you can expect from including a good quality Retinol Serum in your skincare regime:

-Reduces hypermigmentation

-Assists with complete rejuventaion of the skin

-Restores photo-damaged skin

-Stimulates protein synthesis

-Normalizes sebum production

-Anti-inflammatory

-Improves cellular turnover

-Improves the appearance of fine lines and  wrinkles

-Improves barrier function

The proof is in the product! I have been using the Optiphi Intense Retinol Infinity Serum and have noticed a huge improvement. VERY IMPORTANT to know about when starting to use a Retinol serum you need to take it easy. Slowly introduce your skin to the high dose of VitA/Retinol. I started by applying it once every 4 days and then working my way up to using it once daily. If you prefer you can work up to using it twice a day, in the morning and evening. This ONLY applies to this Optiphi Serum as it is a pure medical grade form of Retinol that won’t cause sun sensitivity. DO NOT use other VitA/Retinol skincare products in the day unless it is recommended! They can cause sun sensitivity, increasing photo-damage.

OptiphiIntenseRetinolSerum-300x220

 RRP: R1095 for 30ml. Available at selected salons and skin centres.

 

TIP: When it comes to using anti-ageing skincare it is very important to keep your skin Hydrated! If your skin is dehydrated, anti-ageing products can not be absorbed properly and used effectively by your skin.

A bit more about Optiphi

Optiphi is proudly South African. Optiphi belongs to Skin Rejuvenating Technologies which is part of Southern Medical , a company that manufactures medical implants. They also develop products for wound care used in theater and some over the counter wound care products as well. They also have a tissue laboratory which is used for Skin Rejuvenation Technologies’ research. All Optiphi products get tested and developed on actual human tissue. No animal testing!

This is what I love most about Optiphi, the medical background and development! They use pure medical grade ingredients in their products, no cosmetics ingredients, no animal derivatives, no parabens, no sodium lauryl sulphate. Their packaging is airless and lightless, insuring all ingredients stay stable and active. On top of all of that their ingredients are environmentally friendly. They don’t believe in layering products. They develop their products to be multi-purposed, and their products can slot into ANY existing skin care regime.

For more about their Intense HA Infinity Serum and why it is so amazing, other tried and tested Retinol serums, and more on other fantastic serums Click Here

XxX

Marli

Continue Reading 0

Finding your Perfect Nude lipstick

Nude lips will never go out of fashion

From this seasons trends, to the recent New York and London Fashion Weeks, the Nude lip was present everywhere! Even if the Nude lip was not a trend, we would still be in-love with it! I love how in fashion and beauty at the moment we are encouraged to embrace who we are, and to enhance our natural beauty instead of trying to change it.

All this said it can be a very difficult task finding the nude lipstick that suits you best and that doesn’t “zombify” you. A Nude lipstick is meant to enhance what is already there! Yes, in the past we have had those crazy makeup looks where we do an extreme black smokey eye and a completely paled out lip. This can certainly be a look, but the point with a Nude lip is for it to look natural and complimentary to your skin tone.

Have you ever heard of Lisa Eldridge? I love her! She is a make-up artist based in London and was appointed the new Creative Director of Lancome makeup earlier this year. As I was catching-up on my YouTube viewing I came across this video of hers- How To Find and Wear the Perfect Nude Lipstick for you. A very helpful and informative video!

Just a few days after watching the video, this wonderful box arrived at my doorstep from RIMMEL…

IMG_0238

And inside..

IMG_0243

The most beautiful set of Nude lipsticks with a shade to suit everyone!

Each of the lipsticks were carefully created by Kate Moss keeping every skin tone in mind. In her own words:  I want every girl to feel great in her own skin and find her prefect nude. Makeup is all about having fun and experimenting with both natural looks and red carpet glamour. But, for this collection, I really wanted to go back to basics, so I have designed a perfect palette of nudes to suit everyone. I think we’ve truly got a shade for every Rimmel girl.” 

They have a very rich creamy texture which makes them longer lasting. Truly a great formula. I love the elegant nude peach packaging and each of these lipsticks smell like vanilla chocolate desert! Not in overpowering way though, just really Yum!

image1

 

From top to bottom on my arm (pictured above) we have:

#41                #42                #43               #45              #46               #48

 LF_Kate_Nude_Packshot_041 copyLF_Kate_Nude_Packshot_042 copy LF_Kate_Nude_Packshot_043 copy LF_Kate_Nude_Packshot_045 copy LF_Kate_Nude_Packshot_046 copy LF_Kate_Nude_Packshot_048 copy

Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate RRP R89.95

Also in this beautiful box were 4 nude nail polishes to perfectly compliment the nude lip. I have always been a fan of Rimmel’s nail polish. I find the colours are pigmented (what you see is what you get) and they are long-lasting. The shape of the brush also makes for easy application. The updated Lycra formula in these polishes gives that gel-like salon finish and fade resistant, long-lasting high shine colour.

From left to right:

#126 Bare Yourself   #127 Gentle Kiss    #128 Mistify Me   #129 Sensual Spice   #237 Soul Session (not in the box but it looks beautiful)

Salon_Pro_By_Kate_Nude_126_Packshot_Bare Yourself Salon_Pro_By_Kate_Nude_127_Packshot_Gentle Kiss Salon_Pro_By_Kate_Nude_128_Packshot_Mystify Me Salon_Pro_By_Kate_Nude_129_Packshot_Sensual Spice Salon_Pro_Shade_Kate_Shade_237_Soul Session

Salon Pro With Lycra by Kate RRP R59.95

Dare to go bare!!!

With love

Marli

XxX

Continue Reading 0