Well hello there. Good to have you back. I’ve been wedding-ing and jetsetting for work, apologies for the week-long absence. I have some fun stuff going on today, so let’s get to it.
TanOrganic Tan Trilogy
There’s good news and there’s bad news.
The bad news is that I’m still not very good at applying self tan. I even used a tanning mitt. It’s not surprising considering I’ve probably done it less than 10 times in my entire life, but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. I started the application on my right leg, followed with the left one and worked my way up.
My right foot and leg is still a disaster 7 days later (it’s fading now, but at least we know the tan lasts), but my tan looked progressively better and my chest and arms actually looked good – a subtle warm brown colour. It’s not them, it’s me – I like the product and I’ll try again. I only applied one coat, you can add another one or two if you want a more intense tan.
The good news is that the Tan Erase Exfoliating Glove is the bomb dot com. It’s a pleasure to use, and aside from being a good pre-tan prep I love using it on my arms (bumpy in winter) and it even smoothes my heels.
Tanorganic is certified organic by Ecocert, has no smell and is very user friendly if you have more tanning skillz than I do. The tan is a liquid that can be sprayed onto the mitt, and it has a light marker colour – if the marker was a little darker I might have been able to save my marbled leg application.
I had the Try me kit (R599 for a tanning mitt, exfoliating mitt, Tanorganic original and Oil Arganic), but you can buy either trial (30ml) or full sizes on their website here.
Rodial Stemcell Superfood cleanser
This Rodial cleanser has been haunting me for so long now, but I’m adamant to finish one of my two cleansers currently open before I try this (and there’s a Lush Ultrabland cleanser taunting me too). It’s described as an ultra nourishing cleanser for dehydrated skin. The ingredients sound beautiful – coconut oil, rose hip oil, cocoa butter, antioxidants and Alp Rose stem cells. I must say I’m on the fence about plant stem cells and whether they can do anything for your skin, but the rest of the ingredients sound so good that I won’t care even if I see proof that stem cells are duds.
R750 for 200ml, available from Edgars Eastgate, Sandton, Canal Walk and Gateway.
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Yuzu EDT
If you love clean, refreshing, zen-inducing scents, just get this. I feel all kinds of centered when I use this – it feels like I’m surrounded by a cloud of balance. I am aware that I just used very odd words to describe a fragrance, but that’s really what I wanted to say – it’s a feel-good, feel-like-you’re-on-top-of-shit kind of perfume.
(I just dug out the press release to find the price and launch date, and they describe it as follows: ‘In East Asia, Yuzu (a mandarin hybrid) has been used for thousands of years in traditional bathing rituals to celebrate health and wealth in the new year. The inviting aroma of Yuzu fills the cold winter air with a sense of calm and well-being that energises and fortifies the body’. So basically, I’m a prodigy).
Available from 11th August at R365 for 100ml EDT, which is a steal.
Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation
Max Factor is releasing the brilliant-sounding Skin Luminizer Foundation 100 years after their original foundation (which was called Greasepaint – I find that completely horrifying!). It’s a swirled foundation with elastomers that create ‘windows’ to literally let your skin shine through and reflect light, and pearl pigments to instantly brighten.
Skin Luminizer is being described as the foundation if you don’t want to mask your skin, but still want to even out and perfect skin tone. The shade I received isn’t suitable for me, but I tested it on my hand and it’s somewhere between light and medium coverage with the most subtle sheen (no shimmer/sparkle, and it doesn’t look particularly dewy on my hand).
I’m jumping the gun by a month since this is only available in September – exclusive to Clicks for R199.
L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renew
L’Oreal’s Age Perfect Cell Renew range is all about increasing cell renewal to combat dull, lacklustre and lifeless skin. The serum has additional hyaluronic acid and gold reflectors to amp up the hydration and brightening. I kind of love that there are no promises (that I’ve come across) of miraculously reducing fine lines by 167% in only four weeks – I’m not a fan of that type of marketing at all, because (a) I think consumer studies are useless (13 out of 15 women said their skin feels more smooth) and lab studies can only say so much – we’re all different, after all.
Get L’Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renew day cream, night cream and serum from major retailers, R225 each.