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Babor HY-ÖL

Babor is a very unique skin and body brand which is all encompassing with precision science to ensure top quality results. You wouldn’t expect anything less from German standards. Having had only minimal experience with the Babor brand due to the high price tags, I was ecstatic to find that at the Babor Reversive launch earlier this year that we received their flagship product in a sample size which is soon to be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary, this product is simply called HY-ÖL, which I pronounce “High Oil” and I am not 100% sure if its correct but that’s what I’ve been calling it. Fast forward to later this year and myself and some other beauty bloggers received a private product preview of all the products in the Babor range and this HY-ÖL  has really caught my attention. HY OL

HY-ÖL is the flagship product of Babor as it was their ‘first born’, or should I say ‘first launched’ product launched onto the market which is still manufactured today and their ultimate best selling product with up to 15 million litres of product being sold every year. That’s a huge amount of HY-ÖL floating around!!

Anyway, cleansing your face with HY-ÖL makes cleansing something special with a style of its own. The cleansing system is a two step system; first step involves gently rubbing the Hy-Ol on your face which draws makeup off the skin, this is gentle on your skin and it acts like a dirt magnet and you literally feel your skin can breathe again, the second step is moistening your fingers with cool water and the Babor Phytoactive (prescribed to your skin need) into a milky cleanser and then rinse your face. It leaves your skin feeling conditioned and fresh. I never thought cleansing could be so therapeutic, but its an incredibly calming thing to do in the evenings before bed time.

According to the Babor South Africa website the application is as follows:

Mornings and evenings, gently massage 2 pumps of HY-ÖL® over the face, neck and décolleté. Immediately apply 1 pump of Phytoactive on top and blend together. Add cool water, massage until a milky emulsion forms then rinse off with plenty of cool water.

My skin is not conditioned to the Babor range and I did experience a mild breakout when using HY-ÖL for the first week but shortly afterwards it really started to become something I wanted to use each and every day. This HY-ÖL will set you back approximately R422 for 50ml but its definitely an investment worth making (it will also last you a while) and the CPhytoactive prices vary, for my combination skin I have been using and loving the Phytoactive Combination, which retails for R341.

Phytoactive Combination

So the total cost would be approximately R800 for my cleansing but as I said previously, it lasts for ages as the pumps are calculated to last.

 Thank you Babor for educating me on your luxurious products, for me its easy to see why they are the staple of many beautiful faces around the world.

xo Flea143

Disclaimer: The Hy-Öl was given to me to try out but I purchased the Phytoactive Combination to ensure that my skin needs were met. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Review: Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base

Apart from using foundation everyday, I have never used any primers before. So when I received this product to try, I was very excited. Call me old school, but I apply foundation and then just colour in my face. Never have I given the concept of making my canvas nice and smooth to paint on a lot of thought before.

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Until now.

First step to changing my old makeup habits, use an eyeshadow base.

The Claims

Intensifying eyeshadow base that improves durability. (Very short and sweet)

The Packaging

The product is housed in a matte tube. The black cap twists off to reveal a nifty little applicator.

Consistency

Beige, creamy consistency. It is not fragranced.

Application

The applicator combined with the creamy consistency makes application and blending on they eyelids quick and easy. No mess, no fuss.

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Does it make you eyeshadow last longer during the day?

Yes, I have been using eyeshadow for many years without this product and I always ended up purchasing more high end expensive eyeshadows because I wanted it to last longer. Then I would be disappointed when a really pretty colour in a more affordable brand would not last as long. During the past couple of weeks I have been able to experiment with different brands of eyeshadows and no matter what the price of the eyeshadow, it lasted the whole day. To be honest, with the high end eyeshadows this product was able to make the eyeshadow last 50% longer, where I was amazed that with an affordable brand of eyeshadow it lasted a whopping 65% longer on my lids. (Seriously, how much did I say Eyeshadow in this paragraph?, LOL)

Does this product enhance and intensify the eyeshadow colours?

Yes again. I have tried different colours and tested it with and without this base. Whether the colour of the eyeshadow is dark or light, matte or shimmer, the colour really pops when this base has been applied. I took a picture to illustrate this using the same colour in both swatches. This base does indeed enhance the colour for the better.

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On the left, without the base, and on the right with the base. You can see a visible difference.

Price and Availability

You can purchase Catrice cosmetics from Dischem stores, it is easy available and it retails for R62-99.

The Verdict

A product that lives up to it’s claims. I don’t like it, I love it! I would recommend this product to anyone and I don’t think I will ever be without this product again.

Until next time,

Leandra

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Win a HUGE Wet n Wild Makeup Collection

Hey Beauties!

Wet n Wild have decided to spoil our readers and have given us a big box of goodies to give away! How exciting! wet n wild big boxSo pictures are deceiving, what is actually in the box?

  • 9 Mega Rocks Glitter Nail Colours
  • 6 Mega Slicks Balm Stain
  • 7 Colour Icon Glitter Single Eye shadow
  • 5 Colour Icon Eye Shadow Palette (five shades in one package)
  • 1 Colour Icon Eye Shadow Palette (eight perfectly colour co-ordinated shades in one package)
  • 3 Colour Icon Bronzer
  • 2 x Wild Shine Nail Colours

In total that is 33 items! 33 items that could be yours! 33 items that is well worth your time. 33 items (excluding the box) that in total are worth: R1,948.30.

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So… do you want to win?!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

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XO Flea143

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Winter Cures : Red Noses and Dry Lips

I’ve been sick for over a month. Blocked nose, sore throat, coughing and to make matters worse it only gets worse when it’s time for bed. The doctor hasn’t been much use, the pharmacist and I are on a first name basis and my medicine bill has grown so fast I don’t quite know how we got here but what I do know is that the red nose and dry lips are not hot, even if my temperature is. Letibalm Tub 10ml

Even though I have sniffles and an annoying cough, the show must go on. Important client meetings, seminars mean that looking good is not an option its a priority – building a brand guys ;) image is everything!! Last month, just before I got sick I received a wonderful little media drop which contained a cute little tin, a packet of tissues and some Letibalm, a 10ml jar and a 10ml tube. They sell for R54.95 each and are available at selected Dis-Chem, Pink n Pay and selected pharmacies.

These little guys have been a God-send. No lies! As the skin on your lips and nose is so fragile due to thin skin in these areas and are usually the areas that suffer the most, add to it nose blowing and you’ve got the recipe for a red nose and very dry lips. I like to think of it as channeling my inner Rudolf the Red Nose reindeer, although no where near as festive but rather droll, even miserable. If women could get man flu then I would certainly have it right now, in case you can’t pick that up. Letibalm is the first solution for the whole area. Its not just for lips but its for the sensitive areas on your lips and the skin above and your red nose. When applied to dry lips and red noses you feel an immediate soothing relief with a slight tingle and I can only imagine this is down to the fact that the area of skin is so dehydrated that once the moisture comes into contact with it your skin is softly singing “HALLEJUAH”.

I refuse to go anywhere without my tube in my handbag and my little tub next to my bed. Letibalm Tube 10ml

Thank you Letibalm for letting me experience the best solution ever for my little pet peeve which is a result of a bigger peeve (the sniffles). For stockists or any other information please contact distributor IVOhealth on 0860 456 123 / info@ivohealth.co.za or visit their website here.

xo flea143

Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review purposes – this has not altered my view in anyway.

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Pain Free Laser – It’s A REAL Thing

Can we have a moment of silence for unwanted body hair, it’s really the pitspun kind of intended! Laser Hair Removal 1

Anyway, being an expert of all forms of hair removal with the exception of  shaving, I really was sceptical about the “pain free” part. Side note, I stay as far away from razors as possible because I am convinced that when I use one I will hit a main artery and die. Irrational fear, maybe but I’m not going to try it anytime soon. pulse

After my great facial with LED Light therapy experience at Pulse I decided that Amy knows a bit more about skin care and hair removal than the average skin hair removal guru I’ve come across and decided I don’t really have anything to lose in giving it ago. Just a little bit of history about 2 years ago I went for IPL laser which was great and it definitely thinned out my hair growth but it hurt like what I imagine it feels like to be burnt but under your skin. I only continued with the treatments because I had paid for them upfront and no one in their right minds could possibly find an IPL full bikini treatment as a luxury treatment. The thought of it still makes me shudder and its been about 2 years since my last treatment. Anyway, I digress, so the “Pain Free Laser Hair Removal”, sounded to me like a lot of advertising talk. I have never been so wrong… It’s like a walk in the park.

The most unpleasant part of the treatment is the dry-shave beforehand and the cold gel that is applied to the area being treated. Amy glides that machines over your hairy areas like a pro. It has a slightly warm sensation and occasionally reminded me of a high frequency skin treatment which I’ve had following an odd facial here and there over the years.

Following the treatment my skin was only slightly agitated and that was due to the fact that it had been dry shaved prior to the laser treatment. Next time I go I have been instructed to carefully shave (not hit any arteries and die) to make the Pain Free Laser session shorter and far more effective.

This will be me before my next pain free laser session... pssh first date.

This will be me before my next pain free laser session… pssh first date.

I’ve signed myself up for 6 sessions. So far its only been 10 days since my first treatment and I haven’t noticed an immediate loss of hair but I believe this is going to be my final leap to being completely hair free. Completely and utterly useless fact, I think because I finally did something about my hair growth is the reason why the weather has gone seriously cold and I apologise to everyone about that. It’s just Murphy doing his thing again.

If you’re interested in getting hair free the painless way – get in touch with Pulse Dermatology & Laser Clinic

xo flea143

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