REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

If you’re perpetually late, over-worked, you’re a mom (enough said), don’t have the time to indulge in a salon facial as often as you would like, or doing a home facial seems like too much effort at the end of a day, here is a product for you! I personally love nothing more than a lengthy routine of exfoliating and double masking, but to be honest most of the time I’m multi-tasking – cooking dinner, sorting out baths, even working at my computer while I have my masks on.

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REN has come up with quite a revolutionary product with their Flash Rinse. It has been available for a while now and I’m sure you’ve already read reviews. In a nutshell, it’s a one-product mini facial which will only take you a couple of minutes. I like to use it in the morning when I’ve got very little time but need to perk up my skin. Sometimes I use it in the evenings when I am too exhausted to use five different products.

All you need to do is massage the slightly grainy-textured product onto your face, which I consider the exfoliating step. I do this very gently as my skin is quite sensitive to anything textured. It has a really nice citrus scent to it which is refreshing in itself.

Then wet your fingers and massage again to activate the vitamin C – this changes the texture to a silky one. You leave it on for one minute, then rinse off. And basically in less time than it takes to boil a kettle your skin is glowing. The effect is really visible, and my skin immediately looks smoother and more radiant. Because it is so quick and provides instant gratification I’m very tempted to use it all the time, but once every three days will suffice. It’s suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin. My skin is prone to sensitivity and it doesn’t bother my skin at all.

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so with regular use it will help with fine lines and other skin ageing nasties. Also, apparently “new research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage” (source). A little Flash Rinse goes a long way, so it is a good investment as a tube will last you quite a while. They retail for R470 and available at Woolworths or Foschini. REN will also soon be available at selected Edgars stores as well.

It’s definitely worth investing in….go on….I’m little the little devil sitting on your shoulder whispering in your ear (only I’m actually an angel and I’m doing your skin a favour, trust me).

 

 

Lipidol has got me covered

The makers of Bio Oil have introduced a whole range of new Lipidol oils, which I’m sure you’ve seen in Clicks lately. I wasn’t able to attend the launch but I received a Lipidol After Shower Oil with my invitation, and being hugely impressed I recently added the Lipidol Body Cleansing Oil to my shower routine as well. I’m a big fan of facial cleansing oils (which is next on my Lipidol shopping list) and contrary to what some people might think oil is in fact a very effective way of cleansing even oily skin.

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After Shower Oil

At first I wasn’t wowed by the packaging of this range, as the clear plastic bottles reminded me a lot of medicine and I am always drawn to pretty packaging. I’ve given it a lot of thought (how deep are my thoughts, right?) and I’ve decided that it is in fact very useful to have plastic bottles for transport, safety and recycling reasons. In the shower labels tend to melt off, things getting slippery…basically a label-free, plastic bottle is the way to go, even if it doesn’t win the pretty award.

The cleansing body oil washes without stripping your skin’s natural oily layer, so it is a very gentle form of cleansing. If you’re using normal body wash or soap it can strip some of the skin’s natural oils, leaving you with dry skin (that’s where the after shower oil comes in). The cleansing body oil emulsifies when it comes in contact with water and can easily be rinsed off, leaving skin moisturised without residue or oiliness to the touch. It contains Key lime oil which gives it a really nice scent. It also contains neem oil which is antimicrobial.

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Cleansing Body Oil

The after shower oil, if used sparingly, absorbs very quickly and also doesn’t leave skin feeling oily. It is also more or less odourless, so it won’t clash with any fragrance you wear. The range also includes a Cleansing Face Oil, Sunscreen Oil, After Shave Oil and an Overnight Face Oil. Each oil is priced at R80 and available at Clicks. I like that they’re all the same price and have got you pretty much covered from cleansing to moisturising.

 

 

Chanel Holiday Collection 2014

It’s that time of year when the holiday collections start coming out, and they usually include something extra special. In the case of Chanel’s Plumes Precieuses collection it’s probably the camelia de plumes powder in platine. I’m not particularly keen on a platinum silver highlight myself, but look at the gorgeous design on this thing! Chanel has an interesting mix of colours in this collection, silvers and blues combined with peach and red. I’m after the peachy hued blush, illusion d’ombre and lipstick myself. This collection will be available 10th November 2014 at Chanel counters. Don’t ask me the prices…I don’t know and I’m not sure I want to!

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One babygrow can feed six children!

This post is especially for the new moms who read my blog, as well as those who have baby showers coming up or are looking for a gift for a niece or nephew…basically if you have a baby in your life, directly or indirectly, then you might be interested in supporting a good cause.

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Yesterday I visited Keedo’s factory in celebration of their 21st birthday and was blown away by how important job creation, happy staff and community support was to the brand. I could write a whole post just on how inspiring and warm I found Keedo’s founder, Nelia Annandale Schutte, but I actually wanted to focus on a specific initiative in collaboration with Jo-Ann Strauss, former Miss SA and the ultimate glam mom…I’m not kidding, how anyone with a six month old baby can appear looking fresh and impeccably elegant at 10am I am not entirely sure. But she definitely caused me to suck in my stomach and hide my Crocs-clad feet under my chair!

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Keedo and Jo-Ann have teamed up to create Little Miracle zippy grows, baby grows with a full zip for easy midnight nappy changes (have you ever tried to do up poppers on three hours of sleep at 2am with puke in your hair?) which come in pink, blue and a unisex beige. 1,000 zippy grows will be sold and the proceeds of each sale will be able to feed six children. The zippy grows will come in sizes newborn to nine months, with a cute matching bib as well. Basically, if you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, this is the one. They will be available from 1st December online from Spree or in Keedo stores.

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