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SKNLogic Renew Footbalm

Renew FootbalmAbout six months ago my paws got hold of a foot balm from SKNLogic and following this, I received another footbalm from SKNLogic in a goodiebag from #BWB. I had not yet used the first footbalm given to me in December last year at an end of year function because I was busy using another. Anyway, roll on winter time 2014 which is peak season for me to do some serious foot/heel TLC before embarking on a whirlwind overseas adventure and I quickly grabbed my stash of SKNLogic foot balms. I have been using it religiously once a day after showering/bathing and if I’ve had a long day in heels a good slap of this wonderful stuff on my feet before bed is just what is needed! In a short and sweet summary – my feet feel fabulous!

I have just started on my second footbalm after cutting the tube open of my first one because I didn’t want to waste any of the amazing moisturising concuction which soothes sore feet (especially after long days of plodding along in heels).

The SKNLogic Renew footbalm contains amazing ingredients like cucumber extract which hydrates while removing dead skin cells, Vitamin E which protects the skin assists with maintaining the skins oil balance, Orange Oil which works as anti-inflammatory and improves the skins elasticity, Shea Butter providing intense hydration, accelerates healing and soothes the skin, Fig Extract which promotes new cell growth and hydrates regulating trans-epidermal loss and not forgetting the sunflower oil, wheat germ oil and steric acid.

The SKNLogic brand is growing on me, even more so when I learnt that the products are manufactured locally in South Africa with packaging and printing being done here too. If they are not an incentive to support local, then I don’t know what is. To find out more and view their other products visit their website, Facebook and Twitter @SKNLOGIC.

 

The Renew Footbalm retails for R85 (75ml) and is available at salons and spas nationwide.

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Disclaimer: I’ve received this product twice as a gift at various events. This has in no way altered my view of this product in anyway.

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Introducing The Ordinary Skincare Company

A couple of months ago I was invited to the launch of the Ordinary Skincare Company for South African retailers after being an established and excellent brand overseas in the United Kingdom, the fact that the forelady is South African and uses South African ingredients, it only makes sense for the extra ordinary products be available on South African soil. The products being made locally in new facilities in Cape Town to pharmaceutical industry GMP standards.  The mission from Aesthetic Medicine expert and the ever so passionate founder of the Ordinary Skincare Company, Dr. Claire Jamieson knew that issues surrounding sensitive skin and products made to help them were not delivering effective or long term results due to excessive ingredients which cause multiple reactions rather than results. With having personal experiences of her daughter suffering from long term eczema she was driven to find a solution to help and compiled a range using only the most natural ingredients and ensured that these were placed into ordinary crisp white hygienic, recycable packaging.

The plant oils and extracts used in the range are carefully selected in order to deliver effective results. Keeping to the core philosophy of Ordinary Skincare Company,, they use five African botanicals, being:

  • Aloe Ferox
  • Olive Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  •  Shea Butter
  •  Green Rooibos Leaf Extract

All of the above products boast moisturising, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects when applied to the skin. This results in having skin being smooth, supple and healthy.

The range consists of two parts: Plain Ordinary and Extra Ordinary.

Plain Ordinary - Moisturising Balm - R329.00 online

Plain Ordinary – Moisturising Balm – R329.00 online

The Plain Ordinary Range includes one product, the Moisturising Balm which is the solution for any dry sensitive skin. This product is on a mission to hydrate and is safe to be used everywhere on the body from head to heel, even for the most sensitive skins. It plainly is moisture in a tub as it contains no perfume, preservatives, emulsifiers, petrochemicals, heavy metals, essential oils or mineral oils. It rapidly is absorbed by the skin and leaves a long lasting, smooth and silky feel to the skin. It can be used for, but not limited to:

  • To keep your pout soft and kissable and avoiding dry chapped lips
  • Post sun care
  • Cracked heels
  • Chapped hands
  • Eczema affected areas
  • Psoriasis
  • Razor burn
  • Moisturiser for the delicate skin of the face and neck.

The Extra Ordinary Range is designed for daily use as indicated includes a Night Cream, a Day Cream and a Day Cream with SPF 30 all products are for dry, sensitive, hardworking skin to be applied in the morning or evening as indicated to the face and hand area. To greatly reduce dry skin and promote supple texture which will also reduce the ageing. There are no harsh chemicals, petrochemicals or colourants in the range and the products are designed to boost your skin vitality when used consecutively.

Extra Ordinary - Night Cream - R306.00 online

Extra Ordinary – Night Cream – R306.00 online

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OPI Feet – Double Coverage Review

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored review, nor am I affiliated with the following brand/company in anyway.

OPI Feet Double Coverage is a moisturiser formulated specially for feet. This deeply hydrating foot lotion which drenches dry skin with a moisture thanks to a luscious formula enriched with nourishing Shea Butter, Antioxidants and smoothing silicones. This product protects feet from irritation with micronized cotton powder and combats unpleasant odours.

OPI DOUBLE COVERAGE

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve spent long hours on my feet applying makeup to clients faces, especially during the summer when I live in my flip flops my heels take an absolute beating. Dry cracked heels and I over makeup-crazy season are no strangers, and I was at my wits end with my feet being sore.

I bought this cream over December, and it is almost finished now (6 months later) and I was promised it would sort out my heels in no time as long as I applied to my feet every day. I asked the sales lady at Yemaya Spa if she was sure, as I am not a person for creams, especially on my feet and she told me – JUST DO IT – and you will see a difference! I apply the cream once I’ve showered or bathed and let it absorb in my skin for a few minutes before walking around/putting on shoes or socks.

Anyway, true to her word, I did see a difference, almost immediately.

Now, applying foot cream is not something that I would want to do everyday, maybe at most once every second day, but you instantly feel the benefits of this cream and it is absorbed into your skin very quickly. During the cold winter months I’ve started applying this every second to third day as living in thick fluffy socks my feet have remained smooth and hydrated thanks to Double Coverage.

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It leaves your feet feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.

Although this is a little pricey, it lasts forever and I will not be able to go back to any drug store brands or cheap supermarket peppermint foot creams as they simply won’t compare.

I paid R225 for this, and I would gladly do so again.

x missfitz

RELATED READING: 10 FACTS ABOUT OPI NAIL LACQUER

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Winter is Coming… Prepare Your Skin!

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Hi Poutlings! ♥

Are you going numb, not from the cold but from all the misinformation and bogus “wives tale” advice about winter-proofing your face and body? Let’s investigate and see what the top skin experts say and some of my tried and tested ways in order to help us embrace the cold weather with our best face and body forward…

MYTH : The thicker the cream the better it hydrates.

TRUTH : Annet King, the director of the International Dermal Institute clarifies this,

“An overdose of lipids can actually trap dead skin cells and leave skin looking duller.”

Annet King reccommends layering serums under creams in order to boost moisture.

“Serums are light, yet have super-concentrated ingredients – ideal for absorption.”

I’m currently using and loving : Body Shop Shea Body Butter – my ultimate body cream, not only does is smell beautiful it glides effortlessly and absorbs into your skin easily. Not sure on the price, however they normally have specials on, such as buy 2 get 1 free etc. Well worth it, whatever it costs.

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MYTH : Overcast skies mean you can cut back on your SPF.

TRUTH : In case you didn’t know… Hardly. As a depleting ozone has led to stronger UV rays, SPF is now a year-round endeavour. And clouds do little to filer out wrinkle-accelerating UV rays. Come cooler weather, find a daily moisturiser with a broad spectrum SPF 15 (or higher) to hydrate and protect.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Everyday MoistureI think its about R250, cannot remember as it lasts forever!

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MYTH : Oily skin can forgo moisturiser.

TRUTH : Dry, cold climates wear on all skin types – even oily! And without some added protection, barrier function (which keeps pollution and other moisture out of your skin) gets compromised. IF your skin is super-oily, you can get gel based cream but for true combination skin ensure you use different moisturisers for different areas – a light formula for your T-Zone area and a richer one for cheeks that get dry, patchy spots.

Tried and recommended : Dermalogica Ultracalming Barrier Repair – I think I paid about R400 last winter, but simply cannot remember.

"Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching." Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

“Velvety moisturizer helps fortify sensitized skin with a damaged barrier. Use this unique anhydrous (waterless) moisturizer after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress, and minimizing discomfort, burning and itching.” Speak to your skin therapist to find the most optimal solution for your skin.

MYTH :  Exfoliating in winter makes dry skin patches worse.

TRUTH : The absolute key in winter is to moisturise throughly – occassionally add a hydrating mask to your face – as your skin barrier is weakened after exfoliating. Annet King, of the International Dermal Institute says

“The sloughing in fact causes a burst of cell renewal, so you’re helping new moisture rich cells move to the surface.”

I’m currently using and loving : Sorbet Sugar Scrub – this has lasted me about a year and I’m sure I will finish it shortly, however I think I paid R190 for this. You can easily make your own very quickly, see related posts at the bottom of this one.

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MYTH : Loading up on lip ice will prevent your lips from chapping.

TRUTH : Only if its the right lip ice. Some common ingredients can actually have an adverse effect. Mineral oil (petroleum jelly found in Vaseline) creates an artificial film on your lips, signaling your skin to stop producing lipids, while funky flavours, perfumes and colours can also dry out skin. Annet King suggests seeking a natural oil infused balm or those with shea and cocoa butter.

“To get rid of flaky patches, apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips (a soft toothbrush also does the trick), scrub gently, then follow with balm.”

Wait till you spring to resume use of lip plumpers and super long lasting formulas that dry out your pout.

I’m currently using and loving : Dermalogica Clean Start Smart Mouth Lip Shine – also bought this so long ago, I think its about R150 

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MYTH : Steamy showers impart moisture to dry skin.

TRUTH : Dr. Robin Ashinoff says that this is most certainly not the case.

“Even though they feel great on a bone-chilling day, hot showers and baths are extremely drying.”

Exposure to hot water with high temperature causes blood-vessel dialation that results in water loss throughout the epidermis. If you crave heat, keep it under five minutes and stick with a soap free body wash instead of a bar of soap or anything highly perfumed. Pat, do not rub – your skin dry, and moisturise while its still damp to help your cream penetrate.

I’m currently using and loving : Skin EFX fragrance free soothing with chamomile body lotionavailable from Dischem, its a cheapie but your skin absorbs the cream so quickly and leaves you feeling smooth!

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MYTH : Let winter-ravaged skin hibernate – cut back on professional treatments.

TRUTH : Actually, winter is one of the best times to start laser treatments like hair removal, as pre-laser skin shouldn’t be tanned, and post laser skin won’t tolerate sun exposure. Immediately following laser treatments, apply anti-inflammatory creams to boost skin’s recovery capability.

I’m currently under going laser treatment at Revive Skin Care Lounge with my wonderful therapist Youla (I have been since September last year, post to follow on my experience soon.)

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

The staff of Revive Skin Lounge

MYTH : Extra layers of high-tech clothing are a cold climate must…

TRUTH : While warmth is obviously a necessity when the temperatures drop, some nylon and polyester fabrics can cause unsightly bumps, clogged pores and even ingrown hairs when they trap dead cells, oils and sweat. Better to wear natural fabrics – especially inner layers that touch your skin – and moisturise head to toe, morning and night. Shea butter is ideal as its a natural antioxidant as well as a moisturing agent. Also consider face and neck creams with humectants like aloe, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.

Tried and tested : see first Body Shop Shea Butter 😉

x missfitz

Disclaimer : These are not a sponsored reviews, nor am I affiliated with the above mentioned brand(s) or companies in anyway.

RELATED READING : How To: make your own body scrub – (Fayinthemaze)

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Product Review ~ L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

Hello pretty poutlings!

So, today I want to tell you about a new product I received in my November Rubybox, which I absolutely fell in love with, and I can’t wait to get myself a full size tube of this product.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

This product sells for R300 for 150ml

Oh wonder of wonders! This absolutely takes the cake alongside my beloved Elizabeth Arden Products.

Every five seconds, one of these tubes are sold around the world,  and it took top honours in the 2011 Luxury Hands & Feet Category at the Fairlady Best of Beauty Awards! This must be a statement on how fantastic this product is.

Philosophy:

“A socially responsible company, L’Occitane is committed to limiting the impact of its actions on the environment, while improving the wellbeing of both customers and employees. Since the beginning they have supported local traditional production methods and suppliers. In the early 1980′s, L’Occitane set up a co-development program with the women of Burkina Faso: “Thanks to the incredible success of our shea butter range, which is known and loved throughout the world, the number of women producing shea butter for L’Occitane has gone from an initial group of less than 100 to over 12,000 today!” says founder Olivier Baussan.”

Upon finding the tube in my Rubybox, I was at first a bit sceptical about it, I mean, such simple packaging, no frills, no fuss.

But boy oh boy was I in for a surprise. This Shea Butter formula  is super moisturising and is absorbed easily into the skin. It keeps the most hardworking hands super soft and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy at all.

Best of all, L’Occitane does not test their products on animals. So go on ladies, treat yourself to a super luxurious hand cream, and yes, they have other wonderful products too.

  So go ahead, visit their Facebook page and tell them Marlie sent you.

if you would like to visit them, they have stores:

  Pretoria – Menlyn Mall – Shop G4

  Johannesburg – Hyde Park Shopping Center, Shop 54 Middle Mall

  – Melrose Arch, Shop SL05

  Cape Town – Shop 6277, Victoria Wharf

– Shop F18A Cavendish Connect

  Durban – Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge

Go on, you know you want to!

Have a pouty perfect day!

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