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Get Your Glow on This Summer with Caribbean Tan

Rumour has it when my legs came out of the trousers I’ve been wearing over the very cold winter in Cape Town and saw sunshine for the first time in a while the sun decided to run away for a while, only to return last week.

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This predicament can easily be avoided, with no added harm to your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays which have been so commercialised that people are either really petrified of them (like me, who generally avoids the sun) – good excuse, I’m British! OR have just given up on trying to protect themselves from the dangers and have a very meh approach to skincare and the sun – like TANNING MOM!

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A few weeks ago at Cindy Nell’s Pamper Party at Langaro in Camps Bay, I was formally introduced to Caribbean Tan. I have heard about the wonders of Caribbean Tan from a few of the ladies in my family who are crazy about false tans, and have been for years. As a general rule, I’ve avoided them. I’m okay with being pale. In fact, I prefer it to being sunburnt and/or orange.

Caribbean Tan though on the other hand, does not burn you or make you orange. All it does is give the skin a good healthy glow, which lasts for up to two weeks. I was recommended due to my dislike of previous fake tan applications to try the Tanning Mousse which is a Gradual Colour in shade A, which retails at Dischem and selected pharmacies for R84.95, that the mousse will be an easier application with limited streaking.

I won’t bother explaining the process of applying it, as its as simple as exfoliating, getting clean, putting some cream on and voila, a tan develops over time.

Really not rocket science. Really simple.

They told the truth – it worked! I managed to attend a family function wearing a dress last weekend and I didn’t blind the people walking by.

I am not sure if my cynical approach to fake tans in general have been converted but for special functions and when I sometimes feel like a little bit more of colour is needed to wash away my pale limbs and body, I will definitely turn to Caribbean Tan over any over brand I’ve tried previously.

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Within the Caribbean Tan Range, they have various other products which may excite the Tanning lovers interests and they retail as follows:

Tan in a Can – Instant/Gradual Colour – R84.95

Tanning Spritzer – Instant Colour – R84.95

Tanning Mousse – Gradual Colour (The one I have and spoke about above) – R84.95

Wipes – R44.96

They have Pre-Tan products of Body Exfolia for R44.95

and Tan Extender products of Moisturising Shimmer Cream for R44.95 and Intense Body Butter for R44.95.

I would certainly buy this product again, especially as a head start before a beach holiday… it really is the best tan I’ve used, ever.

x flea 143

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post however this product was given to me as a gift at the Cosmetix Pamper Party. This has not altered my view on the product in anyway.

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lamelle : Nourish Multi Active Sun 30 Review

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post however this product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. This has not altered my view on the products in anyway.

Have you heard about lamelle? lamelle Research Laboratories are cosmetic dermatology researchers who create products in South Africa specifically for South Africans and South African skin concerns.

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They have various ranges, and the one I have been testing is called Nourish. I tried to explain this, but once I read over it I had even confused myself, it involves free radicals and electrons and lots of science stuff, so before I confuse you I thought I will be better to share with you how their website describes The Nourish range:

“Did you know that free radicals are atoms or molecules that have one or more unpaired electrons making them ‘reactive’ with other atoms or molecules creating cellular injury? When the free radical molecule involves oxygen, we call it a REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES (ROS). ROS is a free radical.

Free radical production can be attributed to the following:

•The production of energy from the food we eat is a source of free radicals.

•2-5% of the oxygen we breathe is converted to Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) free radicals. In other words even at rest, we are producing ROS.

•The more oxygen we consume, the greater the amount of ROS we produce. This is especially true in athletes or people with a more active lifestyle.

The body has several antioxidants to combat these Reactive Oxygen Species. An anti-oxidant is a vital molecule that has the ability to deactivate ROS.

Lamelle Research Laboratories offers the most comprehensive free radical protection system against free radical damage.

The Nourish range offers the following benefits:

•Significant reduction in free radical injury,

•Reduction of premature photoageing,

•Preservation of the skin immune response

•Restoration of the natural skin antioxidant defence systems.”

I have been sent the Multi Active Sun 30 from lamelle’s Nourish range which is a sun cream.

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PROS

First impressions of the product is that the packaging is minimalist. The colour of the cream is a light beige, not white like lots of sun creams, I assume this helps not making the product have that striking white suncream effect which a lot of other products do. The concentration of sun cream initially is thick but this absorbs into the skin in little-to-no time at all. Once the product is absorbed into the skin there is no glossy appearance to the skin. There is a slight “sun cream scent” but it is not overpowering and once worn for a few minutes seems to disappear completely. The concentrations of the product contains Pycnogenol which is significantly proven to reduce free radical formation, just like the other products in the Nourish range.

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CONS

Multi Active Sun 30 is not waterproof, and as such needs to be reapplied to the skin after sweating and/or exposure to water. You need to use quite a lot of product in one go, I assume this can be reduced however this would then reduce the amount of skin protection you receive making the product redundant.

The price is slightly off-putting at first – R351.00 for 70ml. It is not a lot of product but the consistency of the product and the results it gives really makes it worth the price in my eyes.

It is advised that if you get sunburnt that the Multi-Active Sun 30 will work hand in hand with the Nourish Rescue Repair Gel if burning occurs to the skin.

Would I purchase this product again? Yes.

Would I reccommend this product? Yes – especially to people worried about free radicals or cellular injury.

Rating? As far as sun products go, one can only do so much before exhausting the true purpose and meaning of sun protection and therefore I give this product a 8/10 ( a real pity about the non-waterproof).

Check out Lamelle’s website, Facebook and Twitter @LamelleSA and let them know we sent you.

x flea143

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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.)

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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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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

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

Hiya Poutlings

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PRODUCT REVIEW/ HOW I WORE IT

I finally gave into the hype at the beginning of the year and I bought my very own BB Cream! I have not really shut up about it since, and I feel as though I am a bit of BB cream product expert, one would think I am getting commission by the way I have been “selling” this product to people that ask me about it. My mother, aunt, cousin and best friend have all recently bought their own (not all the same brand) BB creams and they have also loved them. I have also been able to try them, so I will eventually review those for you too.

Sandylashxx wrote a post on WHAT IS BB CREAM… Check it out.

Because, I am a list person, I have broken down my Smashbox BB Cream experience to the following pros and cons:

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PROS

  • A natural finish
  • Fair selection of shades, actually pale enough for ghosts like me
  • Easy to blend
  • Portable
  • High SPF

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CONS

  • Price/ R390
  • No moisturising ingredients/ properties – NOT  moisturiser like other BB cream brands
  • Difficult to get all the product out the tube
  • Only 5 shades available – this is a huge drawback for potential customers but hopefully in time this is fixed….

This BB Cream is a good option for someone who has an even complexion, like myself, with barely any skin imperfections (I have a few, but I choose to ignore them). There is hardly any coverage to this BB cream. You would have to use a lot of product to get a sheer-medium coverage and using a lot of this expensive product in my opinion is a waste, however if you apply medium coverage foundation over it, you will acheive a sheer-medium coverage. The smoothing aspect of it, as it is a primer or pollyfiller as I like to explain to my clients that always ask what PRIMER is for, is definitely its best feature. The SPF for me, is also a huge deal. I am as pale as a ghost and needless to say, I am terrified of sun damage, automatically the higer the SPF for me, the better the product.

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The application of the Smashbox BB Cream is MUCH easier if done with your fingers, it just blends easier. When attempting with a foundation brush, beauty blender, stipple brush or foundation sponge I feel that the product itself gets wasted (again, it’s not cheap and wasting is a deadly beauty sin especially at R390 a go…) and the cream doesn’t blend as easily as it does with the added heat of your fingers. I almost died when the Smashbox consultant used her fingers on my face, but I understand now that it just works better after trying many different applications myself.

I enjoy having the look of dewy skin,  because I suffer from an oily skin, I’m used to having loads of powder on my face and having a matte finish, this BB cream helps me have dewy skin for longer. You can happily add some powder initially (if you wish) or throughout the day as you normally would with a foundation.

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My go-to makeup look for the last few weeks of summer of late has been as simple as cleanse, tone, moisturise, apply BB cream, dust a bit of bronzer on my face, Smashbox Jet Set Gel Liner to my upper eyelid, a bit of my Inglot brow gel and plenty of mascara for a fun, fresh, “no makeup” makeup look. Quick, effective, and it lasts for the whole day, even in the intense Southern hemisphere heat.

OVERALL RATING

8/10

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

Definitely! Try it TODAY!

Please bear in mind, this product may not be the same experience for you but chances are you will enjoy it all the same. Smashbox is available at selected Woolworths stores countrywide, so be sure to go and try it out and see for yourself.

Smashbox is also cruelty free so absolutely no fluffies are harmed in having your perfect flawless looking skin.

x missfitz

RELATED POST: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – Flutter and Pout

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