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Skin Clays by Kai

I’ve been on a mission to find a really good clay face mask. You know the kind that dries to a crusty layer on your skin making it almost impossible to smile? So whilst googling, I discovered an amazing locally produced range called Skin Clays by Kai.

My beauty besty Zuleigha (aka The Pink Mermaid) and I met up with the lovely Karen Vosloo – proud owner of this home-based business in Durbanville. Chatting to Karen, I immediately sensed her passion and love for her products. After three years of hard work and research, she has managed to unite the amazing qualities of clay and essential oils.

The various clays are imported from Australia and France, and contain a high mineral content. Most importantly, it detoxifies, exfoliates and smoothes in one action.

Karen has formulated quite an array of products: face masks, body cream, hand cream, linen sprays, body scrubs and room mists. I have tried many lotions and potions over the years, but I was truly blown away by Skin Clays. We were lucky to receive some samples – and Zuleigha and I wasted no time experimenting.

My absolute favourites are the French Pink Clay mask (R35 - yields about four applications) and shower gel (R30 for 200ml). After mixing up the powdered mask with a few drops of water, and applying to my face for about 15 minutes…I could seriously see a difference to the texture and glow of my skin after rinsing it off. And this after only one application. The stuff is amazing.

The shower gel (which also contains the pink clay) foams very well when used with a body sponge, and the celestial fragrance lingers for a long time. I sometimes battle to find a soap or shower product which will not irritate my skin, and so far, I haven’t had a problem with this one.

Also really enjoyed the Juniper, Jasmine and Bergamot Room Mist. I swear it’s better than any regular air freshener.

We LOVE Skin Clays by Kai - and have given them the Lily Storm stamp of approval!

For more information on the Skin Clays range, or to place an order, please contact Karen on 083 264 9498 or karenvosloo@telkomsa.net. You may also click here to hook up with them on Facebook.

VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL: For every purchase of R150 or more, you will receive a sample pack of their latest products – which includes a 50ml Juniper & Jasmin Skin Cream, 2 x 50ml sample bottles Men’s Post Shave Balm (difference flavours) and a 50ml Men’s Anti Dandruff Shampoo.

Then…to stand a chance of winning a gift hamper, all you need to do is then provide feedback on the new products you’ve sampled. The gift hamper contains: 200ml Skin Cream, 250ml Post Shave Balm and a 300ml Shampoo (you may choose any variants).

xx

Kashie

 

*Skin Clays Face Mask Review by the Pink Mermaid*

I had the absolute delight of meeting a really passionate woman with my side kick Kashie.

Karen Vosloo is an entrepreneur of note. She runs her own little business from her home making clay products, ” Skin Clays by Kai”.

Her ample samples given to Lily Storm meant Kashie and I could try all the different products and share with the experimenting. I tried the French Pink Clay face mask. It comes in a 30g glass jar. I split it with Kashie and managed to get 2 full applications, so a 30g jar can get four applications.

Firstly, you add about 2-3 teaspoons of the powder into a bowl or cup. Add a few drops of water and stir till you get a thinnish paste. Mine was a little watery cause I added too much water, but it was fine. It mixes well and quickly so no heavy mixing required.

Once mixed I applied to my face. It goes on easily. I put it all over over my face - T zone, forehead and didn’t worry that some got in my hair.

I was told by Karen that I should sit in the bath with it so when it dries it can fall into the bath water. The water then re-activates it. It’s good for your whole body.

It started drying quite quickly depending on how thick the paste is when you make it. It had a little stinging sensation as it dried out. Nothing scary, I just thought it must be working (that whole ‘no pain no beauty gain’ phrase was in my head). But once it dried it was fine. It REALLY hardens. I loved that it did. Like when you talk it cracks. So after ten minutes or so I felt like I was ready.

I just washed it off in the shower, no need for a facecloth even. It washed off easily enough and it doesn’t stain the bath. If anything it seems to just dissolve in the water.

My face felt divine. Fresh and light, very CLEAN. It didn’t even dry my skin out, nor did it feel oily. It was just perfect actually.

I didn’t even feel the need to put a moisturizer on ( I should though). It just felt like a good old fashioned clay mask, the kind I remember my aunts used to use when I was a smally.

I liked that it hardens properly, I like the colors that it comes in (an old fashioned green and a classic dusty pink).

It gets two thumbs up from me!

The Pink Mermaid

PS: Watch this space for a review (yes, from a real guy!) on the new Skin Clays Post Shave Balm!

Sh’Zen Cellular Boost Lotion for Body SPF 15

A few years ago, I was a Sh’Zen junkie. I’m sure you must have seen their catalogues or even attended a Sh’Zen pamper party. I simply couldn’t resist ordering one or two items from their specials brochure every month. My cupboard was packed to capacity with Spa Additive, Detox Oils and Bath Crystals! 

Meaning ‘natural’ in Japanese, Sh’Zen products are formulated with essential oils and plant extracts – so you’re guaranteed to be taken on a pleasurable sensory journey. When a product evokes a certain emotion with just its fragrance, that for me is what creates a pampering and personal experience.

I received a 125ml tube of the Cellular Boost lotion for Body with SPF 15. Ideally, this is a summer lotion that you’ll pack in your weekend bag when going on a trip or to the beach. Pink grapefruit gives it a zesty fresh fragrance and also has firming properties (always welcome!).

Contains one of my all time favourite moisturizers – Shea Butter, as well as Sesame and Hazelnut oils. I love using this lotion straight after a shower in the morning, when I’m not in the mood for a thick body butter. And although incredibly moisturing, it’s not overly so…where you find yourself slipping out of your sandals. This will become one of your summer staples.  

Retails for about R179. Find a stockist near you by visiting the Sh’Zen website:  http://www.shzen.co.za

xx

 

November GlossyBox

Once again, I was impressed with the contents of this month’s GlossyBox.

However, I do have some thoughts on the sample concept. My opionion is that GlossyBox could either include one or two more ‘travel sized’ goodies (usually 30ml). Or alternately, negotiate with the big brands and have them provide the occasional full sized product. I can assure you that more people would subscribe if the element of surprise were greater. Imagine receiving a 50ml L’Occitane hand cream for example! The overseas boxes are amazing, and brimming with exciting stuff. Yes I realize that we have a smaller market in South Africa, but this should be no excuse for beauty houses not to come to the party and up their marketing game.

With that being said, I still enjoyed going through everything this month. The winner here has to be the Sans Soucis Cleansing Milk (30ml). Very gentle on the skin, and you can feel it working from the first application. I am a loyal Clarin’s follower, however this cleanser could possibly give them a run for their money.

Maria Garcia ‘Firming Up’ Gel: This is a pricey one - retailing at R650 for 50ml. My sample is 8ml, so not bad at all. Promises to plump up and energize the skin.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Marrakesh Oil & Coconut Shampoo (50ml): Gliss has never agreed with my tresses. Tried it though, because I liked the Marrakesh and coconut combination – but still not impressed.

6 various perfume samples including Carolina Herrera (still my favourite), Prada – Candy, Calvin Klein – Euphoria, and Chloe – Love.

And last but not least, a beautiful orange and brown indian bracelet set from 4Flavour.

I am excited for the December edition! Maybe Santa will surprise us with an extra special holiday item or two?? Watch this space.

http://www.glossyboxsa.co.za

xx

L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate

When I can feel and smell the quality of a good beauty product – I don’t mind splurging. L’Occitane is one such brand, who offers a wonderland of luxurious body treatments and fragrances. If you’ve ever browsed one of their stores, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

I recently received a sample of their Almond Milk Concentrate in my September Glossy Box, and was highly impressed. This rich body cream contains a blend of silicium and almond proteins, which are similar to collagen – effectively fights skin slackening by restoring skin’s support tissue. I don’t generally believe in firming lotions, but after just one application, my legs definately felt smoother with a lovely glossy sheen.

It has a light and creamy texture, and I simply adored the fresh and lingering fragrance of almond blossoms. I applied it immediately after shaving and found it to be wonderfully soothing because of the high almond oil and milk content.

This is certainly going to be one of my summer staples. You can scoop it up on feeluniqe.com for about R450 (200ml). One of my favourite websites because they offer free worldwide shipping, and you never experience any hassles with receiving your packages. Happy shopping!

xx

Beautiful Body Butters

Soft, luxurious and yummy-smelling. Body butter warms the cockles of my heart. It is a sweet addiction!

Natural ingredients like shea butter, honey and coconut make them all the more special. Slather it on after a warm bath and you’ll wake up with baby soft skin in the morning. I’ve been through quite a few, but these ones steal the show.

Tree Hut Almond & Honey Body Butter

I discovered the US brand Tree Hut whilst browsing the Takealot.com website. Almond and honey are two of the best skincare fragrances in my book, so I couldn’t wait to test their stuff. What caught my attention is that their products are paraben free. Also very cost effective – at R79 for 200ml. The consistency is rich and creamy, best for bedtime use. Some of the ingredients are certified organic shea butter, sweet almond oil, honey, and cocoa butter. Smells uber delicious!  Click here to check it out. They have other lovely variants like Lavender and Chamomile, and Vanilla Spice.

Victorian Garden Double Rose & Rose Scented Geranium Body Butter

Proudly South African, and organic. What more do you need? Truly one of the best moisturizers I’ve used in a very long time. It has become part of my night-time ritual. Shea butter blended with Jojoba and organic Rosehip and English Rose oil offers maximum hydration and anti-aging benefits. If you like soft floral scents, then you are going to adore this. I have so much love for this product. R119 for 200ml.

Victorian Garden Quince & Orange Body Butter

Summer in a tub! Perfect for smoothing onto parched, tender sunkissed skin. Quince seed is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is one of the oldest known cultivated herbs and was favoured by Queen Catherine. Well, if it’s good enough for her…it’s certainly good enough for me. R119 for 200ml. For more information on the Victorian Garden range, visit their website on http://www.thevictoriangarden.co.za.

Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Butter

Smooth and lightly textured, ideal for daytime use. Melts into the skin easily, with no greasy residue. Contains organic olive oil from Italy, and community trade soya oil from Brazil. The pretty fragrance lasts for hours too. You can even use it in instead of perfume. Just lovely. R125 for 200ml.

*If you’d like to win a hamper of Rose Geranium skincare from The Victorian Garden (worth R400), then please follow me on Twitter, as well as the the kind folk at The Victorian Garden! The prize hamper contains:  body butter, body scrub, rose and applemint lip balm, handwash and hand cream. Competition closes on 30 November 2012.

xx

LUSH – fresh handmade cosmetics

British High Street beauty retailer Lush, recently opened a brand new store on African soil - at the V&A Waterfront. I’ve heard so many great things about the brand via social networking, so decided to check it out for myself on Friday.

One foot in the door, and I was in love. The delicious aromas made me feel like a kid in Mr Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory! The intention was just to ’browse’, but I honestly don’t think that’s possible. I challenge any girl to try. Doesn’t help that the staff are so intensely happy, helpful and enthusiastic either!

Think hand-made, natural and fresh merchandise, butcher’s blocks, prices by weight, greaseproof paper wrapping and best-by dates. In this ‘beauty deli’, soaps are piled high on Provencal-style wooden tables like strange exotic cheeses, whilst a myriad of orbs (fizzing bath ballistics) are presented like perfectly round apples. There is so much to choose from…solid hair shampoo bars, shower gels, bath melts, and colour cosmetics.

Lush products are made as naturally as possible and they avoid using synthetic preservatives. Some of the hair conditioners even contain fresh strawberries, vanilla, melon juice and yoghurt!

My favourites? (tried and tested)…

Trichomania solid shampoo:  I’m happy to say that after using this natural shampoo bar, I will never go back to fancy salon stuff which only clogs my scalp with synthetic ingredients. Crammed with lashings of creamed coconut, it creates the most luxurious lather. Very easy to rinse out too. A 100g bar should last you about two months. I love it!

Retread hair conditioner:  I have just stopped using the GHD on my hair, because it’s been causing incredible damage and dryness. So I needed something to help speed up the repair process and was guided towards this product. It boasts some serious breakdown recovery ingredients such as olive oil, jojoba and avocado oils, fresh melon juice and yoghurt. After applying to my scalp and hair, I wrapped my hair in a warm towel for about 15 minutes. Voluptuous shine and softness will be yours.

American Cream: More hair conditioner. Okay I know, was it a necessary purchase? Probably not. But how I could resist a product with a label that reads: “Bring all the boys to the yard with this strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner. Double strength and extra creamy to leave your hair gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly“. Oh and the smell…it is just amazing. Word on the street is that the fragrance lingers for days after use. Sold!

It’s Raining Men shower gel: I’m pretty sure this can used on skin and hair. Contains honey and exotic flowers. I used it last night and could smell it on me the next morning. The gel is rich and creamy so a little on a body sponge creates a mass of lather. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

A Million Kisses lip tint: Beautifully packaged in a little tin. Just a smidgen on the lips is enough to give you ruby stained lips more fabulous than Scarlett Johanssen’s. Again…smells like candy floss. I apply a dot small pat of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on top for a little glow.

I also purchased two fizz balls with real dried rosebuds. Won’t be using these just yet, but will display it around the bath. I can’t stop smelling them! Worth every cent. Great decor idea…how about filling a basket with different balls and fresh / dried flowers, to show off in your bathroom?

Lush will be getting in a lot more stock over the coming months so I’m excited to get my hands on the fresh face masks. This is now my one-stop beauty shop and I cannot wait to go back. The concept is fantastic and very original.

xx

September GlossyBox

If you follow my Twitter updates, you’ll know that I’ve been chomping at the bit – waiting for this GlossyBox to arrive. Well it’s here! There have been quite a few mixed reactions with regards to these beauty boxes. Is what you receive, worth paying R130 per month? I’d say yes…for the most part.

It’s like sending yourself a gift every month! The packaging is divine and the products are high end. Even though GlossyBox mainly consists of samples, I think it’s great to be able to try something really expensive that you wouldn’t normally purchase. This is my first box, but from what I’ve seen, they do include at least one travel sized product. As well as discount and gift vouchers.

Nevertheless, here is a quick review on the September contents. I haven’t tried anything except the perfumes yet, but I just couldn’t wait to write about my little pressie! 

- Prada Candy eau de parfum (1.5ml) – Not my kind of fragrance. Very sweet, almost caramel-like. You’d like this if you’re an ‘Angel (Thierry Mugler)’ kind of girl.

-Carolina Herrera CH L’eau (1.5ml) – This personifies the purpose of GlossyBox. Try…and then BUY! CH L’eau is officially going to be my summer scent. Playful, fresh, feminine, soft…just beautiful. Makes me want to frolic in a field of daisies wearing a bright floral dress. I am a Gucci fan and prefer sexy, strong fragrances. But oh my – completely sold!

Sans Soucis Deep Moist Depot (3ml) - A two phase moisture concentrate suitable for all skin types. Can’t wait to try this because it consists of botanical ingredients and mineral-rich thermal spring water from Baden-Baden (no clue where this is, but it must be good). Vitalizes the skin and fights against free radicals. Who doesn’t need that right? Perfect for one of my spa evenings at home!

L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate (8ml) - I’ve never tried this brand, but it’s always intrigued me. I don’t know if it’s the plush french feel of the stores, or the luxurious description of their products. A huge almond milk fan, so very excited to use this toning and firming body moisturizer. I know it’s going to be fabulous.

Salon Care Moisture Boost Serum - I am currently using the Salon Care facial range. Not too impressed though. After 3 months, I’m considering ditching it as my skin is really starting to play up. (Time to reconcile with Clarins maybe??) I will however, try this serum and see what it’s all about.

Gold Cuff bracelet from YDE - pretty, gold, shiny! Love it. Perfect for a night out.  

Very pleased, and will certainly be ordering another next month. http://www.glossyboxsa.co.za

Enjoy! xx