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Win a R1500 Fashion Voucher with Mr Price

Love affordable fashion? Well, Mr Price is running a competition where you can win a R1500 voucher! All you need to do is fill in a quick entry form here, and you go into the draw.

The competition ends 15th August 2014 and winner will be notified by the 18th August. So get clicking! I thought I would share a few of my favourite Mr P items all available online right now as a bit of inspiration…

Mr Price Picks

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

A few months ago I developed eye eczema which flared up repeatedly and often took a week of treatment to calm the itching, dryness and redness. In desperation I did a bit of research and saw Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream recommended on several sites. I very nearly ordered it from Amazon as it wasn’t available in SA at the time, but decided to save the shipping cost and try some local options.

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

Well, the good news is that Dr Organic is here at last! I was very lucky to be offered the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream (R209 – see retailers below) I have been coveting for review purposes. I was almost sad that my eye eczema has cleared up and I couldn’t test it as a treatment, but I have been enjoying this cream as a night-time moisturiser.

Why I love it

Dr Organic is an award-winning brand that uses natural, and wherever possible organic, ingredients and doesn’t use animal ingredients (except by-products like honey and beeswax), does not test on animals and is free from mineral oil.

On first sniff the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream actually smells like honey and I find the scent really delicious. It is a thick, rich cream perfect for treating dryness, skin conditions such as eczema, and sensitized skin. When I first applied it, it didn’t immediately melt into the skin, making me worry that it would sit on my skin and not absorb easily. But within a few seconds it had miraculously disappeared. Not only does it fully absorb, but it doesn’t leave an oily or tacky feeling on the skin. It leaves skin deeply hydrated yet has a semi-matte finish, which is interesting for such a thick cream. However if I use it during the day over my serum my skin tends to get a bit shiny by afternoon as I don’t really have dry skin at the moment. I found it perfect to use after I had my Dermaceutic milk peel as it really soothes and restores the skin, and on my normal/slightly combination skin it is perfect as a night cream.

Manuka Honey Range

I am so excited that this amazing cruelty-free brand is here and can’t wait to get my hands on more of their products, especially the Rose Otto cleanser and toner. There are ranges for various skin concerns including Dead Sea Minerals, Rose Otto, Coconut Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil and Tea Tree to name a few. You can purchase products online at Rubybox, Zando and Kalahari and from 1st August a limited range will be available through Dischem.

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My Dermaceutic milk peel at Ageless Faces

I have never been for any kind of peel before, so I was intrigued when I got the opportunity to try the Dermaceutic milk peel at Ageless Faces. It has now been a week since my peel and I am really happy with the results. I will definitely be booking another one next month and the benefits are cumulative and a course of four treatments is recommended. Ageless Faces is situated in Cavendish Street, Claremont, and offers a range of treatments like peels, facials, botox, tanning, lash extensions, waxing and threading and even oxygen therapy.

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 When I arrived Lesil started by cleansing my face with Dermaceutic cleanser and applying Vaseline to more sensitive areas such as the corners of the eyes, mouth and nose. The Dermaceutic milk peel uses AHAs and BHAs – lactic, glycolic and salicyclic acids if I remember them correctly – to exfoliate the upper layer of the skin. This refines the texture of the skin and reduces pore size, dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles etc. and stimulates the production of collagen.

The cosmeceutical products on sale, including the Dermaceutic range

The cosmeceutical products on sale, including the Dermaceutic range

When the actual peel was applied I have to admit it did sting a lot – Lesil kind of summed it up when she referred to “fire ants” – but this will depend on how your skin reacts to active ingredients, how it is prepped and whether you’ve had peels before. The peel was only left on for two minutes, during which time my face was lightly tapped with fingertips to help alleviate the sting. The whole thing is completely bearable considering it was only two short minutes, and as soon as the peel was removed the sting disappeared. Then I was rewarded by a lovely face massage using Hyal Ceutic which contains 5.5% hyaluronic acid, 10% aloe vera extract, jojoba oil and vitamin E. It was so nice and soothing that I wouldn’t mind a peel of double the duration for the treat at the end.

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Treatment room at Ageless Faces

This isn’t a pampering kind of treatment in general, but you can have a facial included afterwards if you’ve got the time. Otherwise you could fit this treatment into your lunch break. I was fully expecting to be a red as a lobster, but  I had hardly any redness immediately afterwards and opted to have some mineral makeup applied to even out pink spots. I was really impressed with how bright my skin looked too, and still a week later I feel like my skin is brighter and smoother.

Later in the day I did develop a lot of redness on my chin and either side of my nose, but that had disappeared by the following morning. My skin is usually quite sensitive to active ingredients and prone to redness, so it does depend on your particular skin. I noticed that the congestion around my chin was really improved and the red marks from past blemishes had faded significantly. I also think the pores on my nose are much less noticeable. For a few days afterwards I did have a dry, flaky area on either cheek near my nose, but with extra moisturising it did correct itself in a few days. I was given samples of Dermaceutic’s Hyal Ceutic and Regen Ceutic to use following the peel. It is also vital to use good sun protection afterwards as glycolic acid increases sun sensitivity.

You know how they say you forget the pain of childbirth? Well that’s a lie. I still remember every second. The sting of the milk peel, however, I’ve completely forgotten and I will be booking a follow-up peel next month. The milk peel costs R420 at Ageless Faces,

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A big thank you to Lesil from Ageless Faces and Justine and Sam from Conquest for organising my Dermaceutic milk peel! I think I’ve been bitten by the bug (and no, I don’t mean the fire ants…) and look forward to all my future peels.

Clarins Rouge Prodige is my happy lipstick for winter

Since winter arrived I’ve been trying to convince myself that plum lips are the way to go. First I tried Clinique chubby stick intense in grandest grape and absolutely loved it. But such a bold lip is high maintenance so I slipped back into my nude ways (er, that sounds bad but I mean natural lip colours, obviously). After forays into various bright and bold options which frankly scared me a little – yes Dior Fluid Sticks, I am talking to you – I found the Clarins Rouge Prodige lipstick in True Aubergine. It feels like I’ve won the challenge of finding my “happy shade” of plum, one which I feel comfortable in, don’t have to constantly check is in place and is plum without being mildly Gothic in appearance.

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Clarins describes these as “true hold” lipsticks, and what I love about them is how long lasting they are (I mean four hours plus without reapplication). There is quite a staining effect as the lipstick wears over time, yet it fades quite evenly. When applied the lipstick is very moisturising, and even when it wears off my lips feel very hydrated – as though I’ve applied a lip balm. It contains ceramides and waxes to keep lips feeling soft, and they really work! On application it does have a shine, so it isn’t matte, but it isn’t highly glossy either. I only have this one shade, which I think is a new shade as it isn’t online yet, but I can’t recommend these lipsticks enough. And the packaging is beautiful too! R255 at Clarins counters or online.

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