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Elizabeth Arden: luxurious essentials

The cold and dry season always makes my skin beg for extra hydration and protection. This is where Elizabeth Arden has really impressed me with their rich skincare range. Relatively affordable too (as far as high end products go).

I have been using the following products for about 2 months:

- Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cleanser – R245

- Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream SPF15 – R475

- Visible Difference Hydrating Boost Night Mask – R290

- Prevage Anti-aging Eye Cream SPF15- R945

- Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin  24HR Foundation with SPF15 (in Sunbeige) – R380

Every good skincare routine requires proper cleansing. There is no point in applying moisturiser and makeup if your pores are not looked after. I usually use Dove soap on my face, which I have no problem with as it’s not drying. However I could definitely feel a difference after trying the Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. I do prefer a foaming cleanser, but during winter you need that creamy consistency to replace lost moisture. This one is gorgeous and rinses off easily. Avoid the sensitive eye area of course.

The Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream with SPF15 is gloriously indulgent. I love its soft texture and fragrance. The selling point for me is that it seems to deliver continuous moisture throughout the day – without leaving an oily residue. Exactly what I was looking for. It provides a very comfortable base for any foundation or BB cream.

I don’t usually splurge on face masks, but the Visible Difference Hydrating Boost Night Mask is a luxury to keep in your beauty cabinet. Apply a fairly thick layer for best results, and rinse off after a few minutes. I promise your skin will feel as soft as a baby’s bum.

Now for the most expensive (yet most important) product…Prevage Anti-aging Eye Cream SPF15.  At R945, it does not come cheap. But if you look at what this phenomenal product offers, I would say it is worth the investment. Forgive me for carrying on too much here, but you have to know this…. The first ever eye cream with both broad spectrum SPF protection and revolutionary Idebenone (known as the most powerful antioxidant), it provides protection against environmental and free radical damage. (Free radicals are those nasty little monsters that cause premature ageing!). From personal experience, I can say that it smooths the appearance of fine lines and reduces puffiness. The results are almost immediate.

I was an Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation girl for the longest time. After finishing the last bottle, I was so taken with Elizabeth Arden’s facial products – I decided to purchase the Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin  24HR Foundation with SPF15 (in Sunbeige). Also, it was cheaper and I was a full week away from payday! Provides great coverage with a matte (yet luminous) finish. If like me, you prefer a natural and fresh faced look as opposed to heavy makeup…this is the one.

Do you have any Elizabeth Arden favourites? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

Happy Woman’s Month!

LS xx

Florence Nightingale Graham (December 31, 1878 – October 18, 1966), who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was a Canadian American businesswoman who founded what is now Elizabeth Arden, Inc., and built a cosmetics empire in the United States. At the peak of her career, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world.  (photo courtesy of

Optiphi – advanced anti-aging skincare

I received a very exciting package from the kind folk at Optiphi today! They excel in the deliverance of scientific products to rehabilitate the skin at cellular level. Which is very important in treating the signs of aging.

Lets face it…post thirty, you start noticing little lines and wrinkles that were never there before. Not ideal! I am all for non-invasive products to help slow down this process. Youthful and healthy skin has always been a priority, so I am really looking forward to putting the following two products to the test.

Eyesigns Active Gel

I need a hardworking eye treatment. Eyesigns Active Gel (R755.00) promises to target fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness and to improve the overall firmness and texture of the skin around the eye area. Firstly, I love Optiphi’s packaging. The product is easily dispensed, which diminishes wastage. The gel has a rich, thick feel. So a little goes a long way. I applied some after my morning shower today, and could immediately feel the moisturizing and soothing effect.

Classic Complete Therapy SPF20

Women need to understand the importance of a good moisturizer. I fell in love with this one! There is hardly any fragrance, but the texture is glorious and comfortable. Classic Complete Therapy (R635.00) shields your skin during the day. It is an all in one treatment which offers: potent anti-oxidants, skin hydration, anti-wrinkle, skin restructuring and repair. Let’s not forget the sun protection factor – a huge plus.

I’ve tried various other anti-aging products, however some have seemed rather harsh on my skin. The difference here, is Optiphi’s gentle yet effective composition. Definately worth a try. Lets see how it performs over the next few weeks.

To purchase Optiphi, or locate a representative in your area, please contact Bernice Barnard on


To win both of these amazing products worth R 1,390 please ‘like’ my Facebook page here, and follow me on Instagram: @LilyStormBlog. 

The winner will be announced on 31 January 2015.

Good luck my lovelies!


Optiphi Essence 1.618 – aromatic balm

I am a great lover of perfume, and very keen to try different brands according to my mood.

Optiphi’s Essence 1.618 aromatic balm is truly divine. My first experience with a solid perfume (received at a blogger event earlier this year), and months later I am still impressed. It comes presented in a cute vintage-like tin. Now a staple in my handbag.

What does it smell like? It’s hard to describe… warm, softly sweet, discreet yet seductive. I apply a smidgen to my pulse points during the day. It lasts for a few hours and I can’t resist sniffing my wrists every now and then! The fragrance is gentle enough for those who don’t like anything too overpowering.

Contact Optiphi for more information on stockists: or via Twitter @optiphi




John Frieda Hair Product Review

I received a bumper gift pack from the team at John Frieda. Filled to the brim with every kind of hair styling product I could imagine – specifically suited to my hair type. As I tend to experiment with a lot of different brands, this was like walking into a candy store!

Like most women, I purchase many of my skin and haircare products from Clicks. Simply because it’s affordable and the quality is decent. Many brands promise salon quality at low prices, and John Frieda is honestly one of the best I’ve tried. I have naturally thick, wavy hair that is flat ironed on a weekly basis. So you can imagine that heat damage is one of my biggest concerns. I need a pre-treatment serum or spray that will protect and add shine, without weighing down my hair.

After experimenting with my box of goodies, I fell inlove with the Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray (R95). A few sprays on damp, towel dried hair, and you’re ready to flat iron or blowdry. The result is sleek and healthy looking hair. My style retained its gloss and shape well into the next wash. With the rainy season coming up…I can’t think of a single lady who would not benefit from this tough little bottle! The secret is a blend of polymers with keratin protein. My hair certainly feels stronger and a lot healthier. When your friends notice the difference, you know it works!

I am also using the Brilliant Brunette Colour Protecting Moisturising Shampoo & Conditioner (R95 each). It just works so well – I am impressed! The colour, consistency and fragrance of the shampoo is a pleasure to use. And the conditioner looks like cappucino mousse once you’ve combed it through your hair. Contains crushed pearls and sweet almond oil…pure decadence.

The Full Repair Intensive Treatment Masque (R99) works wonders if you colour your hair frequently. Gives it that extra bit of care inbetween normal conditioning. What I like to do is apply after shampooing, and wrap my hair in a warm towel for about 15 minutes.

When I feel up to sporting a naturally wavy look, I’ll definately try the alcohol-free Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Styling Spray (R95). It promises to boost your natural curl pattern restore elasticity. Sounds perfect for those days when you just don’t have the energy for an intense heat styling session.

All John Frieda products are available at Clicks stores. Enjoy!



Beauty box update

Hi everyone!

I have been having such a fun time with the Lily Storm beauty boxes, and received really great feedback from those who have purchased thus far. Some kind and constructive critism here and there - which is always very welcome too!

A few of you ladies have emailed me asking when the next box edition will be released etc, so I’ve put together a little Q&A which should answer most of your questions.

Q: When can we expect the next LS box edition to be released?

A: The current box was launched as a ‘test’ run, to see how well our brand and products are received by the market. As we are still collating valuable feedback from you ladies, it will be a while before we are ready with a new edition. This is to ensure that once we are streamlined into a monthly subscription business, we are able to offer you only the best in product selection and customer service.

Q: What sets you apart from the other beauty boxes out there?

A: Lily Storm was born from my love of beauty products and sample boxes. However, I wanted to include products that I was passionate about and also see less sachets. Samples are just that…samples. But I do feel that they need to be substantial in size to experience the full effect of the product. We operate on a much smaller scale, which means that each box is packed and sent off by myself (with the help of my mom!).  But what really differentiates us at this stage, is the fact that we’re focusing on South African brands!  I love this, and feel so proud to be able to market products that are made right on our doorsteps. My belief is that just because something is locally produced and costs less, does not mean it is any less effective than any other international cosmetic product. I am also all for entrepreneurship and owner managed businesses. Forming relationships with each and every individual you meet is key.

Q: Can I still place an order for the current box? And how is payment made?

A: Yes, we still have stock of the current boxes. Send us an email on and I will forward you the banking details. Once payment confirmation is received, your parcel will be sent off via courier for delivery to a physical address. As simple as that.

Q: What’s in the LS box?

A: An array of beatiful products from body butters to aromatherapy candles - worth more than R250, and a discount voucher for fabulous lash extensions from Samantics! Click here for more detailed information.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: R150 including courier delivery.

Lily Storm is all about sharing the love, so why not purchase the LS boxes as birthday or Christmas gifts? Awesome price, and it’s already wrapped – score!

Should you have any questions or queries, please drop me an email on on I value your support, and can’t wait to bring you more exciting competitions and giveaways in the near future as a thank you!


New in the LS Beauty Box – Samantics and Skin Clays by Kai!

So I’ve decided to partner with two very exciting brands – and will be adding to them to the current Lily Storm beauty boxes. That’s one extra full size product and a huge discount voucher!

You may remember that I wrote a review on Skin Clays by Kai. Based in Durbanville, Cape Town – Karen really does a fantastic job delivering a unique range of products. I literally used the shower gel down to the last drop, and can testify to the amazing skincare properties of their face masques. Now I’m giving you another one of my favourite clay products to try - a full sized Hand Cream, in one of the following fragrances:

- French Pink Clay, Rose & Lemon Verbena

- French Beige Clay, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang & Coconut

- French Pale Pink Clay, Juniper & Jasmin

This is truly one of the best hand creams I’ve ever used. Absorbs easily into the skin, and leaves a gorgeous lingering fragrance. Very cute size to pop into your handbag as well.

Then, if you’ve ever wanted to try eyelash extensions, now is the time. We’re giving you a 50% discount voucher from Samantics – a salon based in Goodwood, Cape Town.

‘iLash Extensions’ are individually applied to each natural eyelash. A glamorous new way to extend the length and thickness of natural eyelashes, and are a practical, convenient and beautiful alternative to the daily use of mascara. Unlike decades-old, traditional false lashes and cluster lashes,  iLash Extensions are the first innovation in lash lengthening that can be worn daily, without nightly removal. Because each tapered, synthetic lash is bonded to a single natural lash, the final result is of effortless glamour and difficult to detect even close up.

I do believe that lash extensions are a tricky business and if not done correctly, you could end up looking like an ostrich. That’s why I recommend Samantics to do a professional job. You’ll love the end result and with this discount voucher, you can even have the lifts / fills done at a reasonable price.

Terms & Conditions regarding the Voucher :

~ iLash Extensions – R500.00 – Discounted to R 250.00 (Full Set Top Eyelash Extensions, one Voucher per client, valid till 31.12.2013)
~ iLash-Lift @ 2 weeks (Contract) – R 750.00 – Discounted to R 375.00 (6x appointments, scheduled at 2 week intervals, valid for 12 weeks after initial application of Full Set Top Eyelash Extensions, one Voucher per client)
~ iLash-Lift @ 3 weeks (Contract) – R 1,050.00 – Discounted to R 525.00 (6x appointments, scheduled at 3 week intervals, valid for 18 weeks after initial application of Full Set Top Eyelash Extensions, one Voucher per client)
~ iLash-Lift @ 4 weeks (Contract) – R 1,350.00 – Discounted to R 675.00 (6x appointments, scheduled at 4 week intervals, valid for 24 weeks after initial application of Full Set Top Eyelash Extensions, one Voucher per client)

To get these extra special goodies added to your already fabulous Lily Storm box contents, email us on Cost is R150 including delivery.

* Samantics voucher will be emailed to you upon confirmation of payment, along with the unique reference number.




MAC Russian Red

My friend Anda is one of the loveliest, most sincere people I have ever met. She has fabulous fashion sense and always stresses the fact (accompanied by very animated hand gestures), that I should never date broke good-for-nothing boys. But more than that – she’s introduced me to MAC’s Russian Red lipstick!

I was always terrified of wearing red lipstick. Fearing I’d look like a lady of the night. I usually keep my lip colour fairly conservative as a have a full pout. Then one Friday evening, while heading out on a girls night, Anda appears sporting the most gorgeous mouth I’ve ever seen. While the rest of us were furiously touching up our faces in the little girls room, all she did was slick on some lipstick. According to her, Russian Red is the only accessory she needs.

After much ooh’ing and aah’ing, Anda eventually convinced all of us to try it. Bear in mind that we were a mixture of all different skin tones and lip sizes. I promise you though, each and every one of us looked amazing!

It has a velvety matte texture, and seems to last for hours.

Now I think there are some rules to pulling off this look:

- Your skin has to be fairly smooth and even. I recommend using a BB cream or lightweight foundation, and covering any spots and dark undereye circles with concealer. You don’t want to create a pasty death-like mask, but you do want clear skin with minimal shine.

- Keep the rest of your makeup subtle. Some highlighter on the brow bone, mascara and small amount of blush on the apples of your cheeks will do the trick. This lipstick speaks volumes, so you don’t need much else.

Walk into a room wearing Russian Red, and there’s no chance of you being a wall flower. Thanks Anda…I am now a convert.

Off to MAC we go!



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Don’t you just adore the way Kim Kardashian rocks her Russian Red? This shade works especially well against dark hair and brown eyes.


Lily Storm Beauty Box preview!

Hi everyone!

The Lily Storm beauty boxes will be ready for distribution next week. I am so excited…can’t even tell you!

So, here is what you can expect in your box:

  • Matsimela Home Spa body butter OR exfoliating mud (200 ml)

Rich, soothing, creamy and buttery body butter. It has a 10% shea butter component, making it not your average body butter. Excellent for dry skin that needs quenching. One of the following flavours will be included in your box: Red Cherry, Mocha, Litchi and Rose, Baobab.

Exfoliating Mud Scrub: This is a product with a difference as the effect it has on the skin is exfoliating as well as moisturizing. It has a natural silica (sand) in the product, which gently exfoliates.

  • SoyLites Aromatherapy Travel Lites Soy Body Candle – Rose (full size):

This moisturising soy candle is safe and nourishing to apply to skin (rich in Vitamin E and Lecithin). Scented with gorgeous essential oils.

  • eyeSlices

eyeSlices® are innovative eye treatment pads that combine the natural essence of nature with bio-innovation to bring about an all-in-one solution to all common eye concerns. eyeSlices® is a global first in cryogel polymer technology. These dermal delivery eye masks reduce the appearance of red eyes, dark circles under eyes, tired eyes, wrinkles and puffy eyes within 5 minutes of use. These professional spa and in-home anti-aging eye skin treatments lock in moisture and are unique in that they provide an instant cooling sensation without a fridge and are re-usable!

  • Just Pure Shaving Oil (5ml)

Unlike any shaving experience you have ever had. This shaving oil offers a consistently smooth, pain free shave with reduced nicks and no razor burn. Leaves the skin hydrated and conditioned. Contains avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sesame seed oil, essential oils of cedarwood, frankincense and myrrh.

  • The Victorian Garden Lemon & Neroli Day Cream (30 ml)

A light day moisturizer enriched with organic Shea Butter, Wheatgerm, Jojoba and scented with exquisite Orange Blossom oil. The exceptional synergy of ingredients rehydates, balances, protects and stimulates the skin to improve elasticity and radiance and balance the skin’s own sebum production. Suitable for normal or combination skin.


Price? R150 including courier delivery. The contents of the box is worth more than R250.

If you’d like to place an order, please email your details (name, surname, email address, delivery address, contact telephone number) – to

We only have 200 available!


Lily Storm Beauty Box

After months of planning and a few additional grey hairs…I am very proud to announce the launch of the new Lily Storm beauty box!

We all love the concept of beauty sampling, but I wanted to add a personalized touch – and showcase products that I would like to find in a monthly box of surprise samples. More importantly, value for money.

To start, we are launching with 200 boxes.

In the August edition, you can expect to find 5 samples – two of which are full sized products! Think spa quality body butter, oils, eye treatments…everything you need for an at home spa pamper session. We don’t want to spoil the surprise too much, but I promise you will love it!

Price? R150 including delivery (total value of products worth more than R300)

How to order? Email your details to before 9 August 2013.

Watch this space for more details and photographs, as well as a special mention in the October issue of Woman & Home magazine.


The Clarins Glow

I am an insomniac. Often having to get by on 3 hours of sleep! Inspiration strikes during the wee hours of the morning…my penance for being a creative! As you can well imagine, this lack of sleep does my skin no favours.

But fear not – I am about to reveal my three favourite products which fool people into thinking I am only 26. (Not bad for a thirty-something!)

CLARINS:  Beauty Flash Balm, Eye Contour Gel, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector!

If you need to have your game face on for that Monday morning meeting, then make sure you have these staples in your vanity bag.

For puffy, baggy eyes – the Eye Contour Gel is incredible. I keep mine in the fridge so that it’s extra soothing when I need it. Pat lightly around the eye area with your ring finger.

My addiction…Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. Everything about this balm speaks of calm and comfort. The texture is ever so smooth and melts into your skin, and the fragrance reminds me of Oil of Olay. Classic. It will eliminate any sign of tiredness, and leaves your skin with a healthy, dewy sheen. I am amazed every single time. Apply a swish of bronzer on the apples of your cheeks and you’ll be the picture of good health!

As a lipgloss junkie, I have yet to find one that delivers as much as the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector . It protects with shea butter, Vitamins A and E, and offers a subtle shimmer too. Not at all sticky, and comes in an array of complementary colours. Totally love this stuff.

You can find all of the above on the Clarins website: