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skincare routine

I’ve had a few conversations lately with a selection of different friends who all seem to be practising the same skincare routine as me, bar one or two small differences. I’m not saying this routine is the best, because I don’t think my skin is one of those that people look at and think, wow… but this simple routine has kept my skin free of blemishes, healthy and in the best condition it’s ever been. So I thought it may be good to share it.

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Here’s the lowdown…

  1. Cleanse morning and evening with Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Face Wash
  2. Apply Cetaphil Moisturising Cream and Bioderma SPF 50+ Tinted
  3. Apply make-up
  4. In the evening before going to bed, apply AHA Cream after cleansing

Yup, that simple. And effective! Sometimes I use almond oil on my face too, it’s natural and nourishing. Plus, a good facial every 4-6 weeks doesn’t hurt either. When I struggled with bad skin in my 20s, my dermatologist put me onto Cetaphil and told me to use SPF 50 on my face every day, no matter the weather, and I have never ever looked back.

How does your skincare routine work for you?

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— Liza

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right now we’re loving…

Bright and early mornings, balmy days and warm evenings… we love summertime. Here are a few things making these delicious days even better for us right now.

L’Occitane‘s new fragrance collection is sublime. Created by Olivier Baussan (L’Occitane founder) and Pierre Hermé (an extraordinary pastry chef with a memory for flavours and scents) it has two offerings – Jasmin Immortelle Neroli and Pamplemousse Rhubarbe – each as fresh as the first light of day. Our favourite has to be Jasmin with its Immortelle essential oil from Corsica, head notes of pink pepper and lemon, heart notes of jasmine, immortelle, neroli and orange blossom and base notes of amber, white wood and musk. So fresh!

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Pichulik’s S/S 16 Lena collection is perfectly described by the designer Katherine-Mary Pichulik herself. She states: “This collection is for the woman who has a sense of humour and a lust for travel. She collects a trousseau of objects to mark her travels and memories, and prizes experiences over appearances. The pieces are therefore effortless, unapologetic and designed to follow the wearer’s movements. They balance bold and soft to make a statement without being loud.”

You can see the rest of the collection here. It’s amazing.

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A bright, bold lip makes everything better. The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking Spectaculaire is our current fave. It glides on smoothly, has a subtle mint flavour and stays on for ages.

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And how sweet is this video that Revlon just launched with their Love Study campaign, proving that a beauty ritual can improve a women’s love life?

Lastly, who is heading to Kamers at Webersburg this weekend? We’re hoping to get there and can’t wait to see all the exciting stalls. One we’re definitely making a stop at is Handmade by Me. Designer, Sera Holland, has a range of new printed fabrics (see here for a sneak peek, we love the prickly pears!) that she will be unveiling with a host of products like tea towels and cushions. One of the products we can’t wait to see are the ‘Big 5’ reusable placemats for kids that can be turned into face masks when you’re done with them. So cool!

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— Liza

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freckle face

I have freckles… not a lot, just a light sprinkling across my nose and cheeks. I’ve had them since I was a little girl. And now my kids have them too. Even my two beautiful nieces. I’ve never not liked my freckles, but some people can’t stand theirs. I think freckles are beautiful, quirky, unique. I love the quote, ‘a girl without freckles is like the night without stars’.

Do you have freckles? Do you love them and embrace them or try to hide them?

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When I did a bit of research about freckles and make-up, I was sad to see so many articles giving people advice on how to remove their freckles! Please don’t try any of those things, and rather embrace your beauty. Here are some great make-up tricks for you freckle faces from Refinery 29 and StyleCaster. And if you don’t have freckles and would like to fake it, this video made me laugh!

Picture credits: Nastia Vesna, stolen from my niece’s instagram account 🙂 

— Liza

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shea whipped from l’occitane

I am more than a little obsessed with L’Occitane en Provence, and their new limited edition Shea Whipped Collection is no exception.

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In Burkina Faso, during one of the steps in the production of shea butter, the women whip the paste to get a soft, light mousse-like texture. This is the inspiration behind the Whipped Shea Butter products, which have an amazing fluffy, light whipped texture. It’s good enough to eat.

Shea butter is known as the Gold of Burkina Faso’s women. This video shows something of the amazing relationship between L’Occitane and the women of Burkina Faso and their shea butter.

Shea Whipped Collection is retailing at R340 for the body cream, R250 for the shower foam and R120 for the hand cream.

— Emily

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short hair inspiration

It’s been almost a year since I cut all my hair off and Bailey told me I look like a boy in a dress, but you know what? I’m so happy with short hair. There hasn’t been one day when I’ve hated it. And there are literally a million short styles to try, so this hair ain’t growing for a while!

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I especially like the back of this hair… think it may be my next step in evolving the short style.

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— Liza

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the fantastic foxbox

Last week we ventured out in the cold, wet weather to the launch of The FoxBox – a nifty mobile nail service that comes to you wherever you are – taking the hassle out of finding the time, running late and all that extra hassle. Whether it’s a corporate office, a home pamper just for you or even a party for you and your friends, The FoxBox are your go-to girls.

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The launch was held in a beautiful cosy house in Constantia, when we arrived we were handed a pair of slippers to pad around in. So much more comfortable than boots! We chatted to our media friends while quaffing champagne, eating macaroons by MaMere, the most gorgeously decorated biscuits by Roxy Floquet and sipping on heavenly tea by Tea Pigs – I paired my popcorn tea (amazing!) with a vanilla macaroon (or two) and it was bliss. Then we each got our turn for a manicure by the lovely foxers. I chose a colour called Tropix in the hope of bringing back that blissful winter sunshine we’d been experiencing before the horrid rain. Emily went for a gorgeous deep red.

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All in all, a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, we are so excited about this concept. You can find out more about The FoxBox on their website. Please let us know if you make use of them, and how your experience was.

Here’s to well deserved beauty time!

— Liza

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beauty pick of the week

I love pink blush. For ages, I used MAC Powder Blush in Desert Rose – a beautiful pink that popped on my cheeks. Then I dropped it and it shattered into a million powdery pieces *sob*. I had another blush in my make-up bag, which was more of a natural shade, that I hadn’t even touched. So I started to use that because I felt I couldn’t waste what I had on hand. But I was never 100% happy with the look.

Now I’ve discovered this blush… Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Pink (surprise!). It’s a beautiful, summery fresh pink and I love it!

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What’s your favourite blush colour? And what product do you use?

— Liza

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