April Beauty Favourites

May 2, 2018

I know we’ve just hit May (kind of scary that we almost half way through 2018) however I had this post drafted just before the long weekend and you know, life, it just kind of got in the way. So even though it’s a few days over due, here’s my April beauty favs round up featuring some of my favourite holiday must have’s…

SKOON skincare papaya and pineapple sherbet enzyme exfoliating face mask:
I’ve used a couple of Skoon’s skincare products over the years with my favourites being their Glow Drops and Rosehip C+ facial oils. However this enzyme exfoliating face mask is slowly stealing the limelight.

Suited for all skin types, the mask is a non-abrasive sherbet of enzymes and clay that exfoliate the build-up of dead skin cells and debris. It’s the perfect mask to use when suffering from breakouts as the enzymes help resurface the top layer of your skin without irritating or damaging it compared to a scrub exfoliator.

All of SKOON’s products are made locally in South Africa and uses naturally derived and organic ingredients.

*Available from SKOON Skincare for R499

Lipidol Sunscreen Oil SPF20:
I adore the simplicity of Lipidol’s packaging and marketing – clean and understated letting the product speak for itself with brilliant price points to match.

I used the Lipidol sunscreen while tanning in Mozambique, it provided the right amount of SPF coverage in order to still get that brown tan I was after. All well staying protected from Africa’s harsh UVA + B rays. Not to mention it has a delightful smell of cypress and basil and leaves your skin with a subtle sheen rather that a greasy residue.

My favourite thing about using a SPF oil vs a cream based sunscreen is how soft my skin feels after I wash up in the evenings. I suffer from very dry skin so any products that offer an extra bit of hydration my skin laps up.

* Available from Lipidol  for R89.95

Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm:
These 3 Lip Glow’s were recently sent to me from Dior and I can not stop using them! Especially 004 Coral. It has a slight orange tint to it which my inner seventies babe is loving. (FYI, It’s the middle swatch on my wrist.)

The Lip Glow collection (there’s a total of 10 shades) is the first color reviver balm by Dior combining the comfort of a balm with a natural flush of custom colour suited to YOUR skin shade.

You can wear it alone, below, or on top of your lipstick: Apply it alone for a natural flush of colour, wear as a lip balm or primer or layer on top of your lipstick to change the effect.

I always carry a few of these Lip Glow sticks around in my handbag.

* Available at select Edgars stores nationwide

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil:
This has been one of my firm beauty favourites for years now! I first discovered this product when I travelled to Paris for my 21st birthday in 2012. We spent a full week walking all over the city and every time a women passed me there was this heavenly smell that followed her. I eventually stopped one of these dreamy women and asked her what was causing Parisian women to exude such a magnificent scent of. She gave me a coy smile and told me it was her Nuxe oil and swore by it’s benefits. I walked into the nearest French pharmacy and bought 3 bottles and have been using it ever since.

A luxurious, heavenly scented dry oil that replenishes moisture and leaves your skin with a sensuous lustre that can be used (quite literally) from head-to-toe. It’s lightweight blend of six skin-restorative plant oils – Borage, St. John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut and Macadamia – hydrates the skin post bath/shower without leaving a greasy residue. Over 98% of the ingredients are nature derived.

It’s the ultimate beauty multi-tasker product. If the French swear by it who are we to argue…

*Available at Woolworths Beauty for R290

4711 Original Eau de Cologne: 
One of my go-to Summer holiday fragrances thanks to it’s aromatic citrus notes – it’s just screams Summer!

It was originally launched back in 1792 by Wilhelm Mülhens. According to legend a Carthusian monk made a wedding gift for the merchant Wilhelm Mülhens, the secret recipe of a so-called “aqua mirabilis”, a “miracle water” for internal and external use. Mülhens then founded a small factory at Cologne’s “Glockengasse” and established the first “Eau de Cologne” named 4711.

With notes of lemon and orange that revitalise, lavender and rosemary that strengthen the nerves and neroli that has a calming effect, this unisex fragrance creates a positive mood.

Here’s the best part, the 25ml watch bottle, which is perfect for traveling and keeping in your hand luggage, cost’s £5!!! So there’s basically no excuse not to try this incredible scent.

*Available online at Amazon for £4.97


Read the previous beauty wrap up here


Product stills taken by myself and portrait shots by Justin Polkey

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February Beauty Favourites

February 12, 2018

Finally got around to my second beauty favourites instalment, I mean what happened to January?! I feel like I was just exciting holiday mode and suddenly… February. Anyone else notice how time flies after you finish school?

Anyway back to the point, with Summer full swing here in Cape Town I decided to share some of my summer beauty must have’s – everything from sunscreens to sweet scents.These are my February beauty favourites and my beach bag must haves.

{ see my December beauty favourites here }

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I received this Nuxe sunscreen in one of my gift bags from an event I attended a while back. I had no idea Nuxe made a sunscreen, I adore their cult classic ‘Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil‘ and have been using it for years.

This facial sunscreen SPF50 with “sun and water flowers”, protects cells from ageing and helps you achieve a perfect tan. Ideal for fair skins, this facial sunscreen high protection limits the appearance of dark spots.

It’s a beach bag must have!

*Available from selected Woolworths from R395

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A make-up artist I worked with abroad got me hooked on the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. It’s light, has a sheen glow to it and doesn’t block my pores making it the best coverage I’ve ever used. (Though my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation comes in at a very close second.)

It contains an SPF 20 UVB/UVA to protect your skin throughout the day. I love the added vitamin C & E giving my skin that extra antioxidant boost. This product teamed with the Laura Mercier Primer is a banging combo.

Ditch the heavy foundation for something a little more light this summer.

*Available from Fragrance Fanatic for R1080 or Liberty London for £34.00

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I swear by Byredo’s hair perfumes, once you try them you’ll be hooked. I bought my first bottle – Mojave Ghost, a beautiful woody scent – when I was about to travel to Croatia in August last year. Perfume doesn’t last in the sun, as it get’s chemically changed.

It’s 75ml, which is perfect for carrying in your hand luggage and a few spritzers in the hair lasts 2-3 days without washing. When I’m lazy and don’t feel like washing my hair I spray in some dry shampoo and my Byredo hair perfume and I’m A-for-Away.

Now every time I spray my Mojave Ghost I am instantly transported back to our yacht sailing across the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. It’s heavenly.

*Available from Liberty London for £42.00

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My ultimate beauty must-have: Embryolisse Hydrating Cream! A cult classic, 24 hour miracle cream packed with hydration that acts as a primer, moisturiser and make up remover. It’s great for dry skin, hydrating the skin overnight. I love the dewy complexion it gives one, it’s the perfect post beach hydration your skin needs after spending the day in the sun.

*Available from Boots Pharmacy for £13.00 or UBuy for R372

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The best thing about Diorskin Rosy Glow is the fact that it suits absolutely ANY skin tone or colour and adjusts to your perfect custom pink glow making it a favourite amongst make up artists backstage.

I keep this little blusher in my handbag everyday to make sure I arrive fresh and glowing before any of my meetings or appointments. Drinks after the beach? No problem, just apply a little Rosy Glow to your checks before heading out for that natural, custom healthy glow that lasts all night.

*Available from select Edgars

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All photos taken by myself.

December Beauty Favourites

December 12, 2017

One of the more popular questions I get asked regularly has to do with what products I use on my skin daily, what foundation I find works the best for long-wear coverage or simply where can one purchase the products I feature on my social channels. So I decided to start a new beauty series featuring my top 5 beauty products each month.

I get sent a lot of beauty products from PR companies and of course I’m a sucker for packaging and spoiling myself whenever I travel to a new country so I always end up with a bursting bathroom vanity. So I thought I’d start sharing with you some of my favourite beauty items to cross my path.

This month features a little bit of everything: something for the skin and something for the body. Each of these products I’ve used for a good 6 months (some of them for years) before I decided to recommend them.

With that said, here are my December beauty favourites to get you holiday ready.

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I first discovered Liz Earle back in 2012 during London Fashion Week when they were handing out free samples. Needless to say I got hooked. It’s the only face wash I’ve been able to use continuously without my skin becoming dependant on it. It’s an adorable facial product (£26) with naturally active ingredients of rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil that’s suitable for all skin types. Over the past couple of years this face wash has won 125 awards and is still going strong!

*Only available abroad 

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Can you tell by the empty bottle that I loved this Dior serum?! I prefer to try and test my beauty products before reviewing and recommending them and that’s exactly what I did with the Dior Hydra Life serum. I suffer from really dry skin and used it twice daily before applying my moisturiser and it worked like a charm. It’s a 3-in-1 serum that moisturises, refines and tones in a single step. Part of Dior’s rebranding that took place earlier this year to embrace sustainable packaging and more natural ingredients. The new Hydra Life Serum is free of parabens and sulphates and managed to reduce their packaging footprint. I recommend using this serum with Dior’s Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème for an instant cooling factor – perfect for those hot summer days.

*Available at select Edgars

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A true cult classic amongst the french and make up artists all over the world. I started using Caudalie after my first trip to Paris back in 2012 and have always made sure each time I travel to restock. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this powerful plant based facial mist smoothes away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance that also helps to set make-up or wake you up during those hot summer days.

*Online at Care to Beauty. (However it is 4 times the price of what it costs abroad, rather ask a traveling family member or a friend to bring you back a bottle.) 

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A few years ago I decided to stop using deodorant filled with alcohol and aluminium with the increasing stats of women developing breast cancer. Of course changing your deodorant isn’t going to save you from cancer but every bit helps right? I originally used Aesop but after reading a couple of beauty reviews I decided to swop over to Malin+Goetz and have not regretted it! It takes 2 for your body to get used to using deodorant without any alcohol and aluminium but after those 2 weeks you’ll never go back to using anything else. It does come with a steep price tag of R350 compared to your common pharmacy purchase of R15 but I bought my first roll-on in March and I’m only half way through with it! So in the long run it’s totally worth it for a deodorant free from alcohol and aluminium.

*Available at Maison Mara

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Another Dior favourite (Full disclosure, Dior do send me product every now and again however I always make sure to try and test it for a good few weeks before deciding whether to recommend it to my readers or not.) this 1 Minute Dream Skin Mask is exactly what it say’s it is: instant skin perfector in 60 seconds. A next generation chemical peel that leaves the skin brightened, minimizing imperfections and boosting the skin’s natural radiance. You can easily use it up to 3 times a week however for sensitive skin I suggest using it once a week. Follow with a hydrating face mask afterwards for the best results.

*Available at select Edgars

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photos taken by me.

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Holiday Skincare Routine with Darphin

August 9, 2017

So I’ve just returned from the most magical two week vacation/road trip around Portugal. Everything was pretty last minute as I had to leave the UK for visa purposes but will fill you in on that a little later.

We started off in Lisbon then rented a car and drove down to the Algarve (my new favourite coastline) for cave adventures, surfing and sun tanning. After that we heading back up to Porto for a few days then back to Lisbon.

Traveling is a huge part of my life with all the shoots that happen abroad and keeping my skincare routine in check plays a huge role in my life.

We partnered with Darphin (one of my favourite French skincare brands) and Preen.Me VIP Program to try out some of their top products. I always test beauty products for a good two weeks before sharing the results with you guys as I am a firm believer in authenticity and quality and in true French style these Darphin products are an absolute win across are frontiers.

Darphin have also offered all my readers a 15% discount off any Darphin products till 30 September 2017 when you use the code liveparisian at checkout.

Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood

I’m a big fan of thick cleansing balms for washing away the days impurities and any stubborn make-up from shoots whilst leaving my skin nourished. The addition of rosewood and sage helped to purify and soften my skin after spending the day in the sun running around sight seeing or lazying on the beach. It also contains vitamins E & C which are for great anti-aging. (We can never start too soon with the anti-aging oils!)

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Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum

It’s important that a serum not only hydrates but also prevents future water loss. Two squirts of this serum into your palms followed by a gentle tapping motion across your skin will leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It also creates a protective barrier on your skin to ensure that it stays radiant throughout the day.

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Hydraskin Light Gel Cream

I feel like this skincare range was made just for my summer vacations around Europe! Everything about it is nourishes and hydrating. I suffer from particularly dry skin so it’s great to be able to come in from a day of sun to a range of products that will help restore my skin’s moisture balance.

This Darphin moisturiser is incredibly light and non-oily and continues kiwi extracts which are rich in oligo-elements and vitamin C. As mentioned above vitamin C is an anti-aging property. Why? It has the ability to flight free radicals while revitalising the epidermis. (The outer layer of skin cells.)

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Chamomile Aromatic Care

My favourite product from the range. Those who know me know I’m a huge fan of facial oils. Most people fear away from them thinking it’ll make their skin more oily, quite the opposite actually.

The subtle cocktail of chamomile, sandalwood, sage and lavender essential oils has a balancing (and calming) effect of the skin. Particularly irritated by relieving redness and blotchiness. Um, goodbye sunburn.

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Revitalising Oil for Face, Body & Hair

The perfect 3-in-1 travel companion. A instantly nourishing, revitalising and glowing oil for your face, body and hair. It continues 9 plant oils, (argan, tamanu, jojoba, evening primrose, rose hip, sweet almond, sunflowers, apricot kernel and raspberry) 4 essential oils (rosewood, lavender, geranium and ylang yang) and 2 aromatic oils! (vanilla and jasmine)

Add a little to your hair after you’ve washed it to help strengthen your hair and reduce breakage.

It’s luxury in a bottle that’s small enough to fit into your carry on bag and join you on your summer adventures. This one’s definitely joining me in Croatia next week.

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*Images by myself and Justin Polkey shot on location at Casa Mãe.

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