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About flea143

Just another Brit living in Cape Town South Africa. A complete hippy at heart. A part time beauty lover and a part time geek. Girlfriend to the most wonderful creature on the planet. Utterly opinionated.

Not All Sun Protection is Created Equal

Walking down any isle in any pharmacy or supermarket that contains millions of different brightly coloured bottles which all carry a fairly hefty price tag can be somewhat of a daunting prospect. They all claim that they are the best and will stop the harmful suns rays from burning your skin or worse, your precious children’s skin and at the end of the day – which claims can you trust? They all serve the purpose of sun protection but what do you need to look for when choosing which sun cream will be right for you and/or your families needs?

The question you need to ask yourself is simple…. do you want a product which works for an hour or so and needs to be reapplied. So in other words, there is no falling asleep on the beach or extensive periods of swimming while enjoying your summer holiday and constantly needs to be interrupted by reapply sunscreen or do you want a product that you apply once and carry on doing your thing without having to excessively worry whether or not that you are getting burnt to a crisp? I know which one I prefer. SOLRX

Last year, I was introduced to Solrx, a product that to me stood out miles beyond the rest. Every single sunscreen in the range proudly doesn’t contain any of the following products:

What’s NOT in Solrx Sunscreen products
Don’t You Want the Best for yourself?

  • All of our sunscreens are Titanium Free which, in some instances, have been known to be absorbed into the body through the skin.

  • Free of Nano-Particles which have been known to enter the body through your skin. (Nano-Particles are 1 billionth of something)

  • No Petrolatums or Mineral Oils. These have been known to dry out your skin.

  • 100% PABA & PARABEN FREE & have NO PABA DERIVATIVES.

  • Oil Free, Water or Aloe Based, Non-Greasy Light Lotions that go on Clear.

  • Unscented and Non-Irritating to the skin. (Tested by AMA Laboratories, NY)

  • NO Animal Testing

  • Make-up can go over our products and Does Not sweat into eyes.

This is a huge bonus, but to me the complete selling point on the Solrx range is that once applied to the skin it is guaranteed to continue protecting the skin for 8 hours after before the need to reapply. Even if 8 hours is spent in the water or excessive sweating has occurred. Water proof and Sweat Proof…. Sounds good right? Well, this is due to the specialised Solrx formulas that results in virtually NO-WASH OFF of the product and that the product maintains 97 – 100% strength for the 8 hour duration.

WaterBlock

The product I have been using (and loving) is the Extended Water Block SPF 44, 120ml sells for R225.00 or 60ml for R149.50. This sounds pricy, but you apply it once a day and wham bam you’re done – so its worth the investment as the product lasts for ages. Don’t settle. Also, other sunscreens are expensive too and you’ll use up to triple the amount in getting the full days protection.

My favourite’s packaging has had a face lift and will be available online only in 1 litre and 500ml.

Newly launched packaging for the Waterblock Sunscreen from SOLRX

Newly launched packaging for the Waterblock Sunscreen from SOLRX

The redesigned packaging for the entire SOLRX range.

The redesigned packaging for the entire SOLRX range.

The best news is that these products are all cruelty free and will really work in protecting your skin this summer or any season really. To view their full range, check it out here. Bonus, if you order online now and before 26 September 2014 you will get 10% off your order. Otherwise have a look at their range at your nearest Cape Union Mart to be converted to the Solrx way of sun protection!

x flea143

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When Was The Last Time You Took a Breath?

Somewhere, once upon a time, amidst the flowery part of the internet, I once upon a time stumbled across this quote and happened to save it to my iPad. If you follow me on Instagram @flea143 you will have already seen it; but if you haven’t here it is again.

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Tomorrow I have 2 weeks and 2 days until I move onto a new chapter in my life. I am excited for the new venture but petrified and sad to be saying goodbye to the past 5 years…. Which has been the majority of my ‘adult’ life. Work – who would of thought it would ever mean so much in my life? Haha. Teenage me is laughing at me right now. Sometimes, I really hate being a “grown up”. #thistooshallpass #breathe

I can’t remember when I came across this message or why I decided to save it, but I believe past me was looking after future me. I was going through photos the other day, it hit me, like a ton of bricks. It’s a simple mantra, and holds so true to a turbulent time in my life right now. I think, in its own little way that it brought me some peace of mind.

So, the moral of the story is to not let yourself forget to breathe.

x flea143

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Summer Skin Sorted

Having just come back from a whirlwind overseas holiday to the amazing Italy and leaving the winter behind I was petrified of my lily white skin getting burnt to a crisp in the beautiful Rome, Tuscan and Milan heat. Fortunately, before I left, I got my paws on a product which I immediately thought would be amazing in preventing any burns, to my face anyway.

Meet Juliet (Armand SUN FILM 30), the other half to my Rome(-o) trip of Italy. The saviour of my skin. My new love and must-have product for summer 2014.

Meet Juliet (Armand SUN FILM 30), the other half to my Rome(-o) trip of Italy. The saviour of my skin. My new love and must-have product for summer 2014.

This little gem is from Juliette Armand, the Greek brand who focuses on your skin mood, rather than needs. The Sun Film Gel 30 boasts guaranteed protected against UVA and UVB rays to the highest standard, all while providing a slight tint to the skin (which lasts, doesn’t rub off or disappear a few hours to applying it) to ensure that your face is flawless.This product, was right up my alley for skin mood as it was in the mood for relaxation, minimal makeup, lots of sunshine and taking in all the tourist-y sights that Italy had on offer.

I religiously made use of the product following my normal skin care routine every morning before heading out for breakfast, I did not burn, at all. That on its own is a complete miracle as this British skin has 2 colours, white and red like the St. Georges flag. I may have come back without a tan, but that is fine as I did not come back with red, peeling or sore skin. *This used to be the story of my life!

Using my Sun Film, I replaced the need for me to wear a foundation or powder as it leaves the skin with a healthy subtle glow that lasts while providing much needed sun protection. The formula initially seemed a bit thick compared to other products I have used in the past, but when applied to your hand it spreads with the heat of your hand into a smooth, non-greasy formula which results in a wonderful slightly dewy finish thanks to the beautiful tint. When applying to your face there is a slight cooling sensation which is always welcome when the weather seems a bit humid.

I found that the product lasts, and only one day, when sightseeing and doing the typical tourist thing visiting the Coliseum and Roman Forums that I had to reapply my Sun Film as the heat was unbearable and I thought I’d rather be safe than sorry. The tube is small and fit into my handbag no problem. The Sun Film gel incorporates specialised anti-oxidant protection which is unique to the Juliet Armand sun protection range.

ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION

The Sun Film Gel 30 goes a long way and retails for R465 for 55ml and is available at selected stockists nationwide, please contact Poise Brands to find out one near you. This has become my must-have product for our upcoming summer months, especially over December when everything goes on a go-slow, including my makeup routine.

Downsides to the product – my man refused to use my sun cream as it looks like makeup and well that resulted in one burnt travel buddy but that is not really my fault, I offered it and he refused ;)

Thank you Juliet Armand for saving my face from the Italian rays and making my holiday that little more pleasant by relieving me of sun burn issues! :)

x flea143

Disclaimer: This product was given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

Related: Introducing Juliette Armand

Opsis Therapy – Juliette Armand

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Get Big Lashes

 

As I previously stated Essence have set their standards high regards to Essence as their I Love Extreme mascara. Trying this one after finishing my tube of Lash Mania Reloaded was exciting but I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my high Essence expectations – its only their fault they set the standard so high with their award winning mascara! ;)Get Big Lashes

The huge bonus is that this is waterproof. Waterproof mascara often makes me wonder why all mascaras are not waterproof. The brush is very thick fibre. It seperates the lashes to some extent and coats them very well creating lots of volume. I think it made my eyes appear open and it kept the curl to my lashes which is one of the many things I look for in a mascara! The formula lasts all day, with no smudging and I find it ideal to wear 2 coats and if I am going out in the evening I like to add another coat to my 2 coats I’ve worn all day and I find it just makes your eyes more ready for the evening ahead.

Get Big Lashes is easily washed away when using my Dermalogica PreCleanse and it isn’t incredibly hard to clean off your eyes which I’ve found with other mascaras that are waterproof.

I find this rivals Essence’s I Love Extreme but I don’t believe it can replace it!

It retails for R44.50 and is available at Clicks, Dischem and Medirite pharmacies.

x flea143

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Dermaceutic Sun Ceutic

DERMACEUTICLooking at sunscreens on offer can be daunting. What do you need to look for when choosing the correct sunscreen for your specific needs? This needs to be addressed on an individual needs basis and the one I’m eyeing recently for an upcoming trip to Italy is yet another Dermaceutic product, this time in their Protect range. Sun Ceutic 50, this sunscreen lives up to the promise of all Dermaceutic products and boasts the fact that it is safe to be used after chemical peels, laser treatments, cosmetic surgery and injecitons. All of which have a high intensity of treatment on the skin and makes the skin vulnerable and prone to pigmentation if the correct protection is not applied to the skin when exposed to the suns damaging UVA and UVB rays. Regardless of the fact of whether you have had any skin procedures the sun rays can also cause fine lines, wrinkles and there is truly nothing worse than sunburn so skin needs lots of protection from the elements.

I have yet to try the product but as having such successful results from Dermaceutic The Stimulating Night Cream and Dermaceutic Regen Ceutic (review to follow soon).

The Dermaceutic active key ingridients in the Sun Ceutic include:

Zinc Oxide

Promoting healing of skin, also has some antiseptic properties.

Titanium dioxide

A physical suncreen that reflects UV light before it can damage skin. Reducing the risk of sunburn which are associated with increased risk of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer).

Hyaluronic Acid 1%

This is naturally produced by the body and the average human has approximately 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third which is “turned over” every day. Because of it occuring naturally in the body it has to be one of the most interesting ingredients in skin care, by adding some extra into your skincare routine the additonal hyaluronic acid secures moisture and creates fullness – resulting in naturally youthful fuller skin.

Aloe Vera

Benefits of Aloe Vera are not just old wives tales, its healing qualities along with soothing qualities make it one of the best ingridients for sensitve skin to build a strong barrier function and sooth aggrivated and dry skin.

30ml sells for R400 and is available from seleced Clinics and Salons, for a stockist near you please contact Conquest.

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x flea143

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