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A Little Burlesque

A couple of weeks ago I told you about the launch of the MUD Showroom in Claremont, Cape Town and I purchased some gorgeous new additions for my face. Well, following this I just had to play and I added a little bit of a razzle dazzle with some of MUD lipstick in Burlesque on my lips.

MUD Burlesque

This lipstick is absolutely to die for! It is a matte deep red cherry colour which is highly pigmented. Due to the fact that the lipstick is matte, is has a long staying power and regular touch ups are not necessary.

Even while eating and drinking the colour stays prominent on the lips without fading or wiping off easily. Obviously there are a few lip stick stains on a glass or if you have just applied your lippie then you might smudge it if you go and kiss your beau, but that being said once a couple of hours rolls round you sort of feel that you should maybe check your lips only to be surprised and find out that they are still the same colour as when you left the house which is a total bonus.

I would rate the MUD lipstick range with a better staying power than MAC lipstick, the lipsticks are not as creamy in texture in comparison but they are still moisturising and incredibly effective to rock a bold or natural lip for any occasion.

The lipsticks retail for R210 and are available from MUD South Africa distributors and stockists nationwide, for the nearest to you have a look on their website here.

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Classic Skincare the Optiphi Way

Optiphi Restore TherapyMy experiences with Optiphi only get more and more enjoyable. From a brand I just knew a name and nothing about, the pleasure of having being introduced to the ladies behind the Cape Town marketing side late last year has made me be completely intrigued by their wonderful and sophisticated approach to skincare.

My first ever encounter was with their Refine-Foliant, which I received in a goodie bag and was so excited to use it in this particular goodie bag I also received the Restore Therapy which I had yet to use until very recently.  I am actually craving to get my paws on another bottle of the Refine-Foliant as it is really amazing stuff. My second encounter with the brand didn’t fail to disappoint and that was with their body care range Body Curve Body Lotion which has been my skin saviour this winter.

For the past few weeks I have been using their wonderful night cream from their Classic Skincare range, called Restore Therapy. It is a dermal restoration moisturiser and it has taken me so long to use it because I have never really battled with dry skin until starting my course of skincare peels.  With the cold weather, and peeling my skin has not been feeling itself and I feel like when I was looking in the mirror my face was screaming dehydration at me. The Classic Skincare range by Optiphi is said to ensure healthy skin by reinstating moisture and redefining skin architecture. The Refine-Foliant is actually also part of the Classic Skincare range too. It is not normal for me to be craving moisture products for my face but because of the dehydration what an amazing product to use to restore the moisture. I started using the Restore Therapy because I do have complete faith in Optiphi living up to their promises, and I have not been disappointed. I also could not leave this gorgeous bottle unattended any longer and had to start smothering my face with this divine moisturiser. The product has breathed a new life of moisture back into my skin and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.

Restore Therapy moisturiser activates a cascade of effects that restore skin density, supports your skincare structure, promotes elasticity, activates collagen and replenishes lost moisture.

The bottle is huge and a little goes a long way, it is a night cream as they do not have any SPF in the product but in the Classic Skincare range they have a moisturiser called Complete Therapy which is said to work hand in hand with this night cream. The product retails between R650 – R900 and is available at selected salons nationwide. For more information on stockists please contact Optiphi.

Don’t forget to check out Optiphi’s website, Twitter @Optiphi and Facebook.

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Disclaimer: This product was given to me in a goodie bag from the #CTBloggerMeet in January 2014. This has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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Dermaceutic Stimulating Night Cream

TurnoverSince I am only really starting to embrace the Cosmeceutical side of life since being introduced to peels from Dermaceutic, I was interested in their line of products for at home use. I was given two 3ml sized testers of the Turn Over Stimulating Night Cream which is said to promote skin turnover and reduce the appearance of signs of aging. Turn over is recommended to treat the loss of skin tone, wrinkles and fine lines.

Upon the application of the product at night after cleansing and toning I could certainly feel the active ingredients working on my skin. The formula is light and doesn’t leave a hint of greasy feeling on your skin,  while it has a slight tingle feel to it but nothing to worry about as this product contains a formula of concentrated glycolic acid (15%) which removes dead cells that build up on the skin’s surface and stimulates cellular renewal for the quest for forever young and beautiful skin. Due to the acidic content the product almost smells like chemicals but it is not a strong smell and disappears quickly.

Because I am so far from being an expert on all things cosmeceutical, here is the explanation from Dermaceutic on what the 15% Glycoluc Acid Solution will do for your skin.

“Reduces corneocyte cohesion of the keratin layer of the skin, enabling homogeneous exfoliation of upper layers. By removing dead cells from the skins surface, the signs of aging are less visible, the skin appears smoother and complexion is more homogeneous.”

Upon waking up in the morning after day 2 of using this my skin felt firmer, brighter and ready to take on the day face forward! The best way I can understand this product is that it essentially makes you shed all the unwanted dead skin cells over night, like a mini-overnight peel, so that you can face the following day with poise and finesse all while having incredible skin with a youthful glow.

The recommended retail price for a full size product is R500 for 50ml and is available at selected spas and salons nationwide. For more information on the at home skincare available from Dermaceutic, please contact Conquest.

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Disclaimer: This product was given to me as a sample, this has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

Related: Peels – What You Need to Know

Dermaceutic Milk Peel

{I’ve Tried That} ♥ Dermaceutic Turn Over Stimulating Night Cream

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Makeup and Make Better

Oxygenetix has been a buzzword in my life lately, telling all of my makeup clients, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS FOUNDATION?


Now, I am asking you, reading this, have you heard about this foundation? I was introduced to this foundation immediately after having my first ever chemical peel. They applied it to my face and VOILA, slight redness POOF – hidden… Fast forward to having my second peel done and I got my paws on an entire bottle of Oxygenetix in ‘Pearl’, because my skin art paler than any vampire you have come across!  I’ve been using it almost everyday since. Its not just for post-surgical/peel use, however it is endorsed by a number of physicians for this, you can use it everyday to improve your skin tone. The magic lies in that it is a gel-based oxygenating foundation formulation which was made exclusively for physicians and professionals alike.

Oxygenetix Looks

Application is simple, use clean fingers – 1 pump is enough for a light coverage, 2 pumps for a heavier coverage. It blends easily into the skin. There is not really a scent to it but it does initially give you a dewy glow upon being applied to the face. Its awesome because its makeup but its a skin treatment in making your skin better in the long run, unlike a lot of different cosmetics which prohibit the skin to ‘breathe’ as it would without being caked in product, the Oxygenetix helps the skin to ‘breathe’ and anything that is breathing lives longer than things that are not.

I am absolutely in love with this foundation.

The foundation retails for R800 and for information on a stockist near you, please contact Conquest.

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

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Opsis Therapy – Juliette Armand

A few weeks ago I was given this orange and white box with what appears to look like a clean sterile tube which looks like a needle which appears to have a see through substance inside of it. This was my first introduction with the brand Juliette Armand and I was absolutely intrigued. The brand has 3 lines and this product falls under the “anti-surgery” line. Postponing the need for forking out addtional cash for botox can be put back into the piggybank and used for some shoe shopping or indulging in the Juliette Armand product line.

My wonderful Opsis Theraphy - Juliette Armand

My wonderful Opsis Theraphy – Juliette Armand

The box instructions read as follows:

“Specific gel that immediately and visibly reduces dark circles and swelling in the sensitive eye contour area. This product moisturizers and tones the skin while reducing wrinkles of expression. Moreover it lends a smooth firm and soft eye contour.
Apply in the eye contour area by massaging on at morning and/or at night.”

I am not huge on eye area products as my eyes are inheritanly sensitive to active ingredients and I normally end up rubbing everything into my eye as the day goes on. The needle like container is unique that it disepenses just the right amount of product (in other words, very little) onto your finger in order to apply around the sensitive eye contour area. Using a pinky finger, gently massaging the gel into the skin from an inner corner to outer corner you feel the gel instantly be absorbed by your skin and leaves you feeling a bit more bright eyed.

The packaging is ingenious in the fact not only does it give you just enough product which results in wasting, is that the white tip can be used for extra stimulation of massaging the product into the sensitive eye area. I must be honest, I still haven’t found the time to be faffing with that early in the morning before work but it is a nice-to-have and I might actually make a point to use it tonight because I simply haven’t.

I don’t know if the product works on dark circles as it states it will, as I really don’t seem to suffer from the very much, but it certainly is a soothing eye gel and does reduce puffiness from not sleeping well or possibly having one too many glasses of wine the night before. There is a bonus of using it, if you apply it after a long day at work staring at a PC screen for too long before going out with friends it really does make you feel more awake. I have enjoyed using this during the winter months as even though my oily skin can be a nuisance around my eyes and nose can sometimes be prone to feeling very dry in these harsh colder months and I have found that this product has helped with around my eye area.

The product retails at selected salons for R725 and I truly believe even if used twice daily, the product would last for a long time so in the long run, it is not expensive no matter how big the initial outlay for what seems to be a small eye care product, but it is certainly cheaper than botox – I checked!

Visit their Juliet Armand’s website here; Facebook; & follow them on Twitter @Juliette_Armand.

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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.

 Related :Introducing Juliette Armand

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