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Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate

When Clarins say ‘super’ in the product’s name, then you know they are meaning serious business. Allow me to deliberate a little bit.

Clarins created this product to act on all visible signs of ageing around the eyes, from Dark circles to Crow’s feet to Puffiness and Deep wrinkles. I struggle with crow’s feet, discoloration, age spots in my eye area, dark circles and puffiness and thought I am probably the best guinea pig for this products.

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This product is housed in a red, pump action bottle with 15ml of product. The consistency is a white, super light, gel like cream that glides on. They say you apply it twice daily around the eye area from temple to temple, so I envisioned me having a pair of spectacles on my face, and all the areas where the spectacles would cover my skin, would be the total eye area I would cover with this product daily (Take note, you apply it everywhere around the eye area, not just the bottom of the eyes, but the top as well).

This products contains the following ingredients:

  • Organic Harungana Leaf extract helps smooth wrinkles and crow’s feet.
  • Albizia extract brightens dark circles.
  • Guarana extract helps reduce puffiness.
  • Cassie Flower wax instantly smoothes.
  • Cupuaçu Butter nourishes.
  • Golden Pearls illuminate eye contours.
  • D-Panthenol enhances lashes.

Did it work? Yes, yes and yes. I started to see visible results in only 4 days. I am already at day 16, but haven’t had time to take a new picture of my eye area yet. Here is a picture comparing my before picture and my results at day 4.

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Both are my right eye, I think the angle of the pictures were taken differently. The results are staggering and it is actually hard to document it properly in a picture.

The skin around my eye area is less resilient (for a lack of a better word). To explain that statement I would say that my skin under my eyes was not the delicate flower it was supposed to be, it felt more like a rough patch. Now with using this product my eye area is soft to the touch, velvety, less blotchy and definitely just looks better.

It literally feels to me like this product erases a thin layer of damaged skin each day, over time fading away all the imperfections. I am impressed and will definitely recommend this product to anyone experiencing the same issues than me.

You can find them at Clarins counters nationwide and they retail for R825 for 15ml.

Love,

Leandra

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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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Tissue Oils : 4 Products to try

I love using tissue oils. Not only do they help to diminish scars, stretch marks and damaged tissue, but they also have so many other uses. Last year I shattered my ankle and had numerous surgeries, after which I struggled with very bad scarring. That is when my obsession with tissue oil started and I have been searching all over for the products that can make my scarring appear less noticeable.

Here are a lowdown of four products that really helped me.

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1. Innoxa One and All Tissue Maintenance Oil – What a lovely product. I am down to my last bottle and has been searching high and low for more of these. You can see my bottle is quite battered. This product is more like a skin protector and really calms down and soothes my skin when I am having skin emergencies. I also found that this products works best in conjunction with the One and All Soothe Skin Balm. It does a wonderful job at restoring irritated skin. I am unfortunately unable to give correct pricing on these products as I am not able to find them at all. I remember that I purchased them last year at Foschini.

2. Justine Tissue Oil – With this product containing wheat germ, sweet almond and Vitamin A, E and F in high concentrations, it is no wonder that this product has been a staple in a lot of women’s beauty arsenals for many years. It has definitely helped me with my stretch marks and dry skin during winters and I will use it for many years to come. Justine currently has a special on this product. You will pay R159-00 for a 200ml bottle which is great value, normal price is R370. Tomorrow is the last day to order for this special offer.(I should probably have done this post a bit earlier 🙂 )

3. Annique Essence Miracle Tissue Oil – This product is made with Rooibos Oil and other essential oils. A while back I purchased this nifty little rollette and I carry it in my bag everyday. This tissue oil’s consistency is not as thick as the others, but do not be fooled by that. I am having great results with this product on one of my surgery scars. I would say that my scarring has been diminished by about 30% with using this product twice daily. I once read that Tissue Oils needs to be dark of colour for it to really work, and that made me hesitant to try this product when in actual case the colour made no difference to me whatsoever. You will pay about R289-00 for a 100ml bottle.

4. Africology Tissue Oil – Of all of these tissue oils, this one smells by far the best and the least ’tissue oily’. It is made with 100% Natural Essential Oils and I am also having great results. I have an open wound that has been growing shut gradually over the past few months, and with each teensy bit of growing shut, it leaves behind terrible scarring. This is where this product has been coming in handy. When I apply this product to that bad scarring around the open wound, it makes not only a visible difference, but as you would assume there is always the possibility that some of the product might enter the open wound, and I have found this product to be the safest around that area. I am sure some of this product has entered my wound, but it has not infected me in any way. I am not saying that it is safe to apply this product directly in an open wound, but it is definitely very safe to use around a volatile area as such. I have also been using it on my face at night, and my skin feel soft and plumped in the mornings when I wake up. You will pay R245-00 for a 50ml of this product.

These products have been lifesavers in the past few months and I hope this post have helped you if you have been struggling with similar problems as me.

Love,

Leandra x

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#NO CONTOUR MAKEUP#

What is the latest craze in the makeup industry? What’s the one word you hear in almost every makeup tutorial?  

CONTOUR!!!

So I did a makeup application in which I didn’t contour at all.  I did however shape my brows as I cannot embrace those misshapen things, plus I didn’t apply any falsies.

So this is what I ended up with.

Here is my CONTOUR-LESS look!

Applying foundation

Mascara

My Nina joining in on the fun!

Nina is such a diva!

So I have on: Foundation, mascara, blush, shaped brows, lipstick.

             I think overall this look is good for an everyday easy application.  Look, I enjoy wearing falsies on a daily basis, even if it’s just on the outer half of my lash line .  I doubt I’ll go falsie-less on a permanent basis.

The whole post is about not contouring, and I think, I can embrace it.  Unlike many women, I don’t mind my big nose at all.  It doesn’t function whatsoever… having chronic sinusitis and all, but it’s there.  Anyway, would I stop contouring all together? Nope!  I think contouring is great!  Remember when every makeup artist would tell you to blend, blend and blend in their tutorials and so forth?  Well, that still holds true, but if you’re into contouring, please do it properly and BLEND  the CONTOUR.

And if you don’t contour at all, well, that’s your decision.  It’s not the end of the world if you’re indeed a minimalistic makeup user.

If you ARE into CONTOURING, please learn from the best makeup artist, Samer Khouzami and celebs like Lilly Ghalichi.

Here are some of my previous makeup ‘tutorials’ :

Sandy’s Foundation,

Rubywoo & CONTOURING look,

Blue Eyeshadow,

Pigment Pink & Purple eyes,

Blend Blend Blend.

MuchContouredLuv

Sandy Nouwens

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LED Light Therapy at Pulse Dermatology

I recently had a first time experience in my personal skin care regime. I finally got my butt to Pulse Dermatology & Laser clinic in Durbanville. I had intitally been booked in for a lunchtime lift but after a very pain-free consultation with the wonderful Amy Bowie we decided that I did not need a lunch time lift as this is not a concern of mine (while age is still on my side) and we changed my treatment to a Mesoestetic peel customised for my oily and blackhead prone skin followed by some LED light therapy to make sure I was able to attend a very important business meeting afterwards – bare faced. pulse

Well, let me tell you this was certainly an experience and I did attend my meeting and I did score a new client so I must of looked half decent, sans makeup post peel. I think that is safe to say that its functional skincare and easily enough to attain even for the busiest of the busy.

The Mesoestetic peel was so gentle I hardly felt a tickle and ever since my skin has been radiant, following this is when I had my LED Light Therapy to reduce redness and speed up the healing process of the skin post peel. I had a slight bit of redness on my nose afterwards but the rest of my face was as it is normally.

Let’s start off with what exactly is LED Light Therapy?

  • LED stands for: Light-emitting diode
  • Also known as: photodynamic therapy or PDT
  • It is used for a variety of skin treatments including but not limited to acne, skin healing and anti-ageing
  • The technology has been around and in use in salons for about 30 years
  • It is completely non-invasive
  • It is pain free
  • Its quite relaxing actually

After my peel was completed, I lay on the therapy bed and had my eyes covered with goggles and the lights were brought over my face. When the machine was switched on it seemed incredibly bright – but it is something that I easily got used to. the light cannot damage your eyes at all. If you have a tendency to feel claustrophobic then it might trigger this but I was really 100% fine and you can even move the lights yourself if you are battling with it.

The LED light therapy results in increased cellular activity this results in soothing and calming on the skin. It was incredibly calming to my normally quite red skin after a peel and this is because the light stimulates skin renewal and promotes collagen, elastin production and oxygenation for up 180 days after the treatment. It further treats the skin on an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial level.

Would I do it again? Most definitely! After my session at pulse, including my peel my skin feels brand new! Unfortunately I completely blanked out and forgot to take photos, but next time I sure will.

There are additional skin concerns that you can treat with the LED light therapy at Pulse, as their website elaborates:

  • Purifying, antibacterial

  • Blemished and oily skin, recent acne scars

  • Redness and flushing

  • Brown spots

  • Skin texture and firmness

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Large pores

  • Dark under eye circles

  • Restores youth to mature skin

  • Cellular rejuvenation, collagen and ATP production

  • Anti-inflammatory, Calms red capillaries & Rosacea

  • Calms skin inflamed by blemishes

  • Intercellular communication, reduces swelling, calms irritation

  • Calming and soothing

  • Alleviates acne and oily skin

  • Pigmentation

  • Increases cellular activity

  • Lymphatic system, muscle toning, anti-aging

If you have any queries on what treatment would be best to suit your skin concern, I’d suggest making an appointment to meet with Amy at Pulse on 021 914 0447 and she will be able to help you achieve your skin goals and possibly make your skin dreams come true. Thanks for helping with mine Pulse!

xo flea143

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