It’s time to take another snoop around my beauty room again! If you’re not sure what ‘Beauty Snoop’ here on the blog is all about, then take a look at this blog post. I also explain what the asterisks (**) next to some of the products mean. If you’d like to take a look at Beauty Snoop #1 and Beauty Snoop #2, then click here and here.
I really enjoy writing these short review type blog posts where I feature 5 or 6 different products. I personally love reading 1 blog post that features an array of products sometimes, I hope you do too. Today I’m featuring skin care, body care, makeup and even a fragrance – let’s take a look!
Freeman Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask (R 63,95) – When I first picked up this peel-off facial mask at Dis-Chem I wasn’t expecting to like it all that much. I have tried a couple of the Freeman face masks before, and to be honest, I found them to be hyped up for no reason. I have tried the Pineapple Enzyme mask and wasn’t that impressed by it, and I have also used the Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask and well… *shrugs* I guess it’s ok… Anyway, to get back to the Cucumber Peel-Off Mask – this is the first mask from Freeman that I really enjoy using (plus I feel like it actually does something for my skin). This mask is suitable for normal, combination and oily skin and helps to clarify, renew and soothe congested skin. Cooling cucumber soothes your skin whilst Aloe, Chamomile & Vitamin A clarifies & moisturises the skin. Apply a nice thick layer of this face mask, leave on for about 20 minutes (the directions say 10 minutes but I find it doesn’t dry completely in just 10 minutes) and then peel off. If you wait for it to dry completely, you can peel it off in one go – it feels (and looks) freaky while you’re peeling it off, but it unclogs your pores really does leave the skin feeling soft refreshed. The first few times I was completely freaked out by the texture of the mask because it feels like glue, but once I got over that, I really enjoyed using it. The effect it has on the skin is apparently quite comparable to the Boscia Cool Blue Calming Mask (which is hella expensive!).
You can also buy this mask in a small 15ml sachet (R 16,95) if you would like to test it out before purchasing a full-sized tube. Freeman face masks and body scrubs are available at Dis-Chem stores.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu de Parfum (R 1050,00) ** – This is a very layered sweet and woody fragrance, with a hint of floral. Top notes include Black Currant and Pear, with a heart of Sweet Iris, Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Damask Rose. This is apparently a more intense & more sensual version of the original which came out in 2012, I don’t own the original so I neither confirm, nor deny that statement. I’m someone who prefers a juicy & floral scent as my everyday fragrance but I can see La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu de Parfum being my signature evening fragrance as it makes me feel both sexy and sassy! It’s very difficult to give you a clear description of the scent because fragrances smell different on all of us – but I suggest you definitely visit a Lancôme counter next time you’re at the shops & give yourself a couple of spritzes.
Let’s be superficial for a moment – I absolutely adore the bottle as it’s simple and yet it also has that old Hollywood feel to it. Plus, the perfume box is absolutely stunning too as it is covered in embossed glitters (it’s difficult to see in this photo – boo!). I just can’t get myself to chuck the box in the bin – it’s just too special.
La Vie Est Belle L’Absolu de Parfum is available at your local Lancôme counter.
Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Moisturiser (R 310,00) – Clarins describes this self-tanning product for the face & décolletage as: “As fresh as water, as mild as milk.” I love that description as it is spot-on! This is a vitamin-packed gradual tanner that is as light as a milky makeup remover, and yet gives a sun-kissed glow to the skin. It’s super easy to apply (even if you’re a self-tanner newbie like me), it dries & absorbs quick and streak-free, and will develop into a subtle tint in just 2 hours. I apply it using a cotton round at night as the last step in my skin care routine, avoiding my hairline and brows (as instructed on the packaging). If you are someone that likes to self-tan but you struggle with your face being fair in comparison to your body, and you don’t feel like wearing a full face of makeup every day – this is the product for you! It is suitable for all skin types (even sensitive skin) and skin tones, and can be applied to give a faux, yet natural glow to the face & décolleté or can be boosted by using it for a couple of days consecutively, for a darker shade if that’s what you’re after.
It also doesn’t have that icky self-tan scent to it, and I love that about this product! That old-school self-tan scent is one of my least favourite smells…yuck!
The Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning Moisturiser is available in the Clarins SA online store, as well as in-store at selected Woolworths, Truworths, Edgars, Dis-Chem, Stuttafords and Red Square stores.
LUSH Aqua Mirabilis & Buffy In-Shower Massage Bars (R 105,00) – these two products from LUSH are absolute winners in my beauty book!
Aqua Mirabilis (on top) is a body butter bar that can be used in the shower or bath tub. It acts as an exfoliating body conditioner that leaves the skin feeling smooth, supple and nourished. Ground Almond shells exfoliate even sensitive skin without irritation (trust me, I have super sensitive skin when it comes to body exfoliators and my skin loves it!), Sandalwood and Rose Oil to calm the skin, Almond Butter to moisturise & Cocoa Butter that melts onto the skin making it smooth and supple.
Top Tip: Don’t leave these body butter bars in a container in the shower – they will start to grow little mouldy bits. I just leave mine to dry on an open soap dish, I find that works best.
As a self-confessed Buffy the Vampire Slayer addict, it’s no wonder a product by the name of Buffy would catch my eye – this is my second Buffy bar (you can see it’s brand new) and I can’t get enough of ‘her’. LUSH refers to Buffy as ‘the original slayer’ and says it’s ‘tough on rough bottoms’ because it wants to kick metaphorical butt – your skin’s butt, that is…
Buffy is the triple threat to lumpy, bumpy bits & dead skin – she destroys dead skin cells and sloughs off scaly patches (thanks to the ground Rice, Almonds & Aduki Beans), all while giving the skin a boost of nourishment & moisture (Cocoa and Shea Butters mean you won’t have to apply a moisturiser afterwards). And lastly, Lavender Oil helps to soothe and calm the skin and mind. With Buffy, I feel like I get 3 products in 1 – an exfoliator, a shave cream and a body moisturiser.
So which one is for you? To me, Buffy is a tad less grainy and a lot more nourishing than Aqua Mirabilis. If you like a product that will leave a rich & nourishing (almost like an oily film) residue on the skin, opt for Buffy. If you like a product that leaves the skin feeling hydrated and moisturised (without any type of residue), then go for Aqua Mirabilis.
LUSH products are available in the LUSH South Africa online store or in-store (V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Cavendish & Gateway Shopping Centre).
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50+ BB Tints (R 279,00) ** – the new BB creams from Vichy are available in 2 variants & protect the skin against sun damage, while providing tinted coverage as well.
Tinted Dry Touch Face Fluid is a tinted sun care BB cream that is suitable for combination to oily skin types. It is a medium to full coverage beauty balm product that gives the skin a matte finish. These products are paraben-free, the hypoallergenic formula has been tested on sensitive skin, plus they are enriched with Vichy Thermal Spa Water that helps to soothe, fortify and regenerate the skin. I’ll talk about the shade selection & my gripes with these products below.
Tinted Velvety Cream is suitable for normal to dry skin types and is also a BB cream that protects the skin against sun damage, thanks to the SPF50+ sun factor. This variant has a soft and silky texture, and contains Hyaluronic Acid that holds onto the skin’s natural moisture. This beauty balm provides light, sheer coverage and does need to be blended into the skin quite well, but once it’s blended, it gives the skin a natural, luminous finish.
My main concern with these 2 products is they are only available in 1 shade each called ‘Natural Tan Shade’, which is more suitable for medium skin tones. I have fair skin and could unfortunately not make these shades work for me as they have dark pinky-orange undertone. Both are called ‘Natural Tan’ but the actual colours of the 2 products differ considerably… Both transfer to clothing (Dry Touch Face Fluid more so than Velvety Cream) and other skin areas, so if you are someone that likes to touch your face during the day – you’ll be seeing tinted fingerprints everywhere in no time at all.
Vichy products are available at selected Dis-Chem, Clicks and Red Square stores, as well as independent pharmacies.
We’ll be leaving for Cape Town in T-minus 3 days & I can’t be more excited!!