Thursday, 2 October 2014

L'Occitane Firming and Smoothing Milk Concentrate

L'Occitane is definitely one of my favourite brands. I used the Firming and Smoothing Milk Concentrate for about 2 weeks - it is already finished but I just haven't gotten around to writing a review.
I really love consistency of this product, it is light almost like a lotion but moisturising like a great body butter.  The lotion practically melts into my skin and instantly moisturises my very dry skin. Over time my skin definitely felt smoother and softer but I didn't really notice any firming or tightening. I think one needs to use this for a longer time period to notice that. I found that this definitely helped soothe my sensitive skin and I particularly liked using it on my legs after shaving. I really love the almond fragrance and how perfectly balanced it is. It is such a treat to use products from this range.

From the L'Occitane website:
L'Occitane blends both tradition (the use of almond proteins to firm the epidermis) and science (soft silicium to help support collegen synthesis) into a silky, concentrate milk that nourishes and smoothes the skin. Helps to firm and tone. Suitable for the whole body.

A 100ml tub retails for R480 and a 200ml tub for R690.  The price tag is steep for a lotion but if you are purchasing L'Occitane products you do so because you have the money to spend on it or you don't mind saving up to get the great quality products.  Will I buy a full size tub - probably not because I am going through an oil phase at the moment so I'd rather purchase another bottle of the Almond Body Oil (read my review here). However, that being said, if you prefer lotions to oils this is a definite winner!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

I few weeks ago I received a whole bunch of goodies from REN to try out. One of these products was a sample of their Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.
It is a 1 miniute treatment that revitilases and rejuvenates the skin. This is because it is formulated with potent water-activated Vitamin C that neutralises the dull grey in our skin while firming, toning and smoothing skin. It also reduces the signs of fatigue, photo-ageing and skin imperfections.

From REN's website:
  • Vitamin C from Ascorbic Acid stimulates collagen synthesis, evens out skin tone and provides instant radiance to the skin
  • Boswellic Acid from Boswellia Serrata Bark relaxes micro-contractions of facial tissue to smooth lines
  • Glycogen Magnesium from Marine Glucose Mineral boosts skin energy and radiance
The mask is quite granular in texture which helps to exfoliate the skin before water is added.  When water is added it turns into a milky lotion which is left on for 1 minute. Massage your skin to help it absorb the Vitamin C, Boswellic Acid and Glycogen Magnesium. I have tried this mask in different ways - using it for 1 minute and up to 5 minutes. The 1 minute treatment definitely gives my skin a noticeable improvement in the appearance of my skin. I also noticed that my skin felt firmer and smoother - this is what a good dose of Vitamin C does to your skin. Using this for 5 minutes had better results in regards to the visible firming and toning.

I am a huge fan of doing facials at home which one should ideally do 3 times a week. However I do not always have the time during the week to do a proper facial. Having a product like this is perfect on the days I know I should be doing the facial but don't have the time.

A 75ml tube retails for R470 at selected Woolworths stores. This will also be available in Foschini stores in October.  If you have any questions about the product leave me a message in the comment section below.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Monday, 29 September 2014

Manicure Monday

I really love spring colours and was so lucky to receive 2 colours from my sister when I went to the conference.  The first colour I am sharing is called "Fun in the gondola".
It really is such a pretty shade of pink. Over Autumn and Winter I haven't really been wearing pinks and have really enjoyed getting back into my pinks.

I don't know why, but the last batch of Essie colours I bought really didn't last all that well on my nails. Luckily this colour lasts much better where I get 3 days of chip free wear. I don't know why this is the case, but I am really happy this colour is lasting so much better.  Essie remains one of my favourite nail polish brands - I love the packaging, the formulation, the innovative colours and the fun names they come up with.

Thank you Samantha for the beautiful nail polish.

Big hugs,
Charlene XXX

Friday, 26 September 2014

Feel Good Friday

Last week I presented at the BASSA (Business Analysis Summit South Africa) Conference and it basically consumed 5 months of my life this year.  I am not comfortable with public speaking in a presentation style format. I am very good when put on the spot in a boardroom but for some reason as soon as I have to stand up on a stage I freak out.  I was so happy that I forced myself to submit an abstract for my presentation, although at the time I was notified that my abstract was accepted I was absolutely terrified.  
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The trip to Joburg also marked my first trip on a plane in 7 years! I was seriously anxious about the flight and the first message I sent JP as the plane landed was: "I am still alive!"...ha ha. I just don't like flying. But at least I made it to Joburg and back home safely.
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Thank you to all of you who left messages on my Instagram photos and tweeted me. I really appreciate all the support.  The good news now is that I have a few weeks where I'll be able to happily blog as my work will mostly stay within working hours...HOWEVER I have about 1 month 3 days until my Wedding! SO EXCITING!

Hope you all have a great Friday and enjoy the weekend!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure

I few weeks ago I attended the launch of the revamped Bonacure range. The event was held at the beautiful Style Bar in Tygervalley Mall.  We were treated to a Power Shot Rescue Concentrate hair treatment and thereafter had our hair styled by our own personal hair dresser.  We also left with a bag full of products to treat each of our hair concerns / needs.  This is going to be quite a long post so grab a coffee!
I was given the following products: Hair Activator, Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner, Repair Rescue Sealed Ends and Moisture Kick Treatment.
Hair Activator Shampoo
I was given this product because I still suffer with anaemia and as a result my hair falls out A LOT. This shampoo is said to reduce hair loss within 6 weeks.  I will be honest, in the time that I have used the shampoo, I haven't really noticed any new hair growth because it isn't something one can easily see - however my hair has definitely felt stronger and slightly denser.

Information from the  Schwarzkopf website
Taurine, Carnitine Tartrate and Echinacea

When hair is thinning, hair loss must be reduced and the best way to do this is by increasing the production of growth factors to the root as well as targeting the hair follicles with high energy-nutrients to revitalize the scalp and hair. This will help to reduce loss, as well as support the vitality of hair roots. The BC Hair Activator formulas are formulated to help activate root energy, stimulate cell division and reproduction too, while herbal extracts and essential oils densify and improve hair quality.

Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner
I battle with fine, dry hair that needs a lot of moisture while at the same time not being weighed down by heavy products. This leave in conditioner is light weight however I really don't know how much of this product I should use.  I've definitely realised a light spray doesn't really help condition my hair and I do end up spraying quite a bit. When I give my hair a good few sprays I do find that it is nicely moisturised but I still struggle to adjust to not using a traditional conditioner while washing my hair. But this spray conditioner is great whenever I wash my hair and think it needs a bit extra moisturising.

Information from the  Schwarzkopf website
Hyaluronic Acid Derivate

Hyaluronic Acid Derivate rebalances the moisture level of hair and scalp combining with Cell Perfector Technology to smooth the surface of the hair and bring beautiful suppleness, manageability, bounce and shine to each strand.

Rescue Repair Sealed Ends
Everyone at the event received a tube of this.  Described as being the equivalent of a hand cream for hair, this is a cream serum that helps to seal your hair and prevent split ends. It can be applied to wet or dry hair. I use a tiny amount every second day on the lengths and ends of my hair and have definitely noticed that my ends especially look good. I haven't had a hair cut since April and I don't have any visible split ends.

Information from the Schwarzskopf website:
High Concentration of Proteo-Lipids

The secret of Repair Rescue lies in our highest concentration of breakthrough proteolipids, a powerful combination of a hydrolyzed keratin and a lipid component that restore the protective layer of virgin hair. While Amino Cell Rebuild, with Amino Acids and Panthenol, acts to perfect the cortex, rebuilding the architecture of the hair from the inside, restoring strength and elasticity, while adding vital moisture. Cell Perfector Technology provides additional care - repairing the hair by filling structural gaps, restoring elasticity, fortifying throughout and imparting deep shine into all hair types.

Moisture Kick Treatment
This mask is designed to hydrate hair and as with the leave in conditioner, it contains hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate hair. My hair looks and feels incredibly soft and shiny after using this mask. Once a month I add a bit of the Power Shot Repair Concentrate to the mask to really amp up the mask and my hair looked AMAZING. Only problem now is that I no longer have any Power Shot Repair Concentrate left and I can't purchase any for home use. I have explained this below so keep reading on if you want to know why.

Information from the  Schwarzkopf website
Hyaluronic Acid Derivate

Hyaluronic Acid Derivate rebalances the moisture level of hair and scalp combining with Cell Perfector Technology to smooth the surface of the hair and bring beautiful suppleness, manageability, bounce and shine to each strand.

Power Shot Repair Concentrate
While at the event we received a treatment of the BC Power Shot Repair Concentrate to intensely nourish our hair. There are 3 different Power Shot Concentrates to choose from: Shine (to add shine to your hair and protect it), Repair (to intensely nourish hair) and Smooth (for intense smoothness).  These are treatments that you can only receive in a salon and are therefore not available for purchase.  I received a dose of the Power Shot Repair Concentrate, while at the salon, which is formulated to nourish hair. I definitely noticed a massive improvement in the texture of my hair after the treatment. Not only did my hair look more nourished but it felt much less dry and looked alive for a change - instead of the usual fine, dull hair.  The Power Shot is designed to be added to a BC conditioner or BC mask and left in the hair for the amount of time your base product is recommended to stay on for.  I asked my hair stylist at the event how long the treatment lasts in your hair and she said about 1 week. For about 2 weeks I saw the full benefits of the treatment I had and using the BC products definitely helped improve the overall condition of my hair. I was lucky enough to get the remainder of the tube to take home with me.

It has been such a great journey using these products. I always believed that one had to use all the same type of products and I have found that by addressing certain issues individually in a hair care system, I really see fantastic results.

All these products are available for purchase on the RetailBox website.

Thank you to RetailBox, StyleBar and Schwarzkopf for spoiling me and transforming my hair!

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX