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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!


Coeval Contemporary Jewellery Giveaway

Hello pretties!

I haven’t had a competition going for a long while…so I think you ladies are going to love this.

There is a little ‘gem’ tucked away in the heart of the CBD. It’s called Coeval, and they focus on contemporary jewellery featuring gemstones and sterling silver pieces. I am not one for overly expensive bling because I tend to lose them at a whim, so this definately appealed to me. Beautiful and unique.

If you’d like to see what they have to offer, please visit the website on

Without further ado…here is how the giveaway will work. The Coeval competition will run over a 5 week period. Every week, one lucky lady will be chosen to win a Coeval luxury hamper worth R 600!

Included in each gorgeous hamper are the following items:

1 pair of Sterling Silver fresh water pearl earrings

1 Coeval bag hanger

1 assorted animal print snoody

1 Parker pencil

1 brushed metal notebook

1 coaster set


To enter, please complete the following steps:

- Register on the Coeval website:

- Follow Coeval on Twitter (@coeval_za), as well as Lily Storm (@LilyStormBlog)

- Tweet the following: “I have entered the @coeval_za and @LilyStormBlog jewellery giveaway!

Once you’ve done all of the above, please post a comment below to say hello and confirm :-) .

You also receive an extra entry (maximum of 6) for retweeting the above on Twitter, and mentioning it on your Facebook page. Go to to share our post!


GOOD LUCK LOVELIES! The first winner will be announced on the 9th of May 2014.

*Competition open to South African residents only.

1st winner – Wendy Canelas







Win a LS Beauty Box and KMS hamper worth R570!

I have been promising you that there will be an extra treat added to the Lily Storm beauty box competition…and here it is!

So, in addition to the boxes up for grabs (worth R 150), two lucky ladies will also receive a KMS Silksheen Shampoo and Conditioner worth R210 each. Therefore the total prize value is currently R 570 per winner! These gorgeous hair products are courtesy of Massimo at Hair Headquarters (

Hair Headquarters is an authorized dealer of an array of hair products and styling equipment. They stock quality brands like Paul Mitchell, KMS, Babyliss and GHD.

They also pride themselves on magnificent service and great prices. As you know, I’m a huge fan of online shopping. It’s convenient, and you’re able to purchase items you wouldn’t normally find in a brick and mortar store. Massimo assures his customers of the following:

- A secure shopping experience. When purchasing from their website, financial details are passed through a secure server using the latest encryption technology.

- A 7 day money back guarantee on their purchases

- Electrical styling equipment come with a factory guarantee

- Free delivery for all orders over R 800


To stand a chance of winning these awesome prizes, all you have to do is the following:

1. LIKE the Hair Headquarters Facebook page by clicking here 

2. LIKE the Lily Storm Facebook page by clicking here 

3. Follow Lily Storm on Twitter:  @LilyStormBlog

4. Post a comment below to confirm you’ve followed the above steps.

The competition closes on the 17th of December. Good luck everyone!


Anna-Louise Sleepwear

We have so many strong, talented female entrepreneurs in South Africa. Women who take life the by the lapels and show it who’s boss! Every month, I will be inviting an extraordinary lady…to share their personal stories of success and inspiration with my Lily Storm readers.

I came across the loveliest sleepwear brand, and wanted to know more about the person behind the name. One of my favourite things is comfy, yet beautiful pjs. No woman should be lounging around the house on a Saturday morning in a ten year old shapeless T-shirt! And this is exactly why I think Anna-Louise has carved out a perfect niche in the market. The luxury collection is also designed and made in South Africa.

So let me introduce you to Anna-Louise Atkinson, the owner of Anna-Louise Sleepwear. We did a little Q&A session…hope you enjoy!

LS: What inspired you to create a sleepwear range?

Anna-Louise: After finishing at Elizabeth Galloway Fashion Academy in Stellenbosch my dream was to become a designer, so I gained experience in retail, media and styling before focusing on my designer dream.  While gaining experience with big retail companies and media houses, I saw how people’s lives were changing, becoming faster, more demanding and leaving less time for luxury and relaxing.  Anna-Louise creates calm in the evenings, a balance in the chaos of life that helps leave the stresses of your day behind.

LS: Any advice for female entrepreneurs who are wanting to launch a new business?

Anna-Louise: If I could give any advice, it would be to never give up. Dream and dream big.  Wake up each day, and work towards that dream becoming real and true.

LS: Have you encountered any challenges as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome these?

Anna-Louise: As an entrepreneur I face challenges on a daily basis – I keep reminding myself ‘There is no elevator to success; you have to take the stairs. All the challenges we face, build us and make us stronger.

LS: What is your night time beauty ritual?

Anna-Louise: I have always loved my sleep, so I find nothing more relaxing than getting ready for bed.  After a hard day, I take a long bath and unwind behind slipping into my Anna-Louise Sleepwear.

LS: What’s in your handbag?

Anna-Louise: I try change handbag’s daily.  As I hate clutter, so Im constantly removing items from my handbag.  In my handbag tonight is the following: Stimorol gum, my Prada sunnies, my purse, notebook and pen, business cards, hand cream, my iPad & MAC Hue lipstick.

LS: Name one beauty product you simply cannot live without?

Anna-Louise: Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer – I use this every night before going to bed. Makes my skin feel fresh and clean.

LS: Summer or winter? And why?

Anna-Louise: Summer.  I love tanned skin, sandals, the sun and being outside.

LS: What do you do to relax and unwind after a long day?

Anna-Louise: After a long day, nothing beats taking a long bath, drinking a cup on green tea and playing on Pinterest before slipping into my sleepwear.

LS: Your favourite holiday destination?

Anna-Louise: We’re off to the Maldives in December.  I think thats a hard destination to beat!

LS: How and where can Lily Storm readers purchase your beautiful sleepwear?

Anna-Louise: You can find Anna-Louise in one of our 18 stockists or online { visit our stockists page on our website for more information }


They have just launched their exciting new summer range, in the following amazing colours: watermelon, mint, powder blue, lemon, stone & black. Prices are up on the Anna-Louise website. Click here for details.

COMPETITION! We are giving away an Anna-Louise mint nighty (see below photo) worth R260 to one lucky Lily Storm reader. To win, all you have to do is…

1. Follow us on twitter: @ALSleepwear and @LSBeautyBox

2. Like our Facebook pages: AnnaLouiseSleepwear and Lily Storm

3. Follow Anna-Louise on Instagram: Alsleepwear

4. Post a comment below once you’ve completed the above steps.


Competition closes on 22 November 2013. Good luck!



Shop and win Prada sunglasses with Style36!

What I’ve discovered about online shopping, is that it is stress free! No standing in long queues, or seeing a dress that you like…but it’s not available in your size. Nothing more annoying! Style 36 is a treasure trove. You can literally browse their site for hours and something is bound to steal your heart. Choose from a wide variety of beauty products, shoes and clothes. It is crazy addictive!

This why I love Style36:

- you receive a R100 discount coupon when signing up!

- free returns within 7 days

- free delivery

- secure online payment facility

- COD payment option in selected areas

They showcase some awesome brands like Forever New (LOVE them) and Queue Shoes. Below are some items that caught my attention…


Cindy foil printed tank top by Forever New – R 449. This is one the most versatile garments I’ve seen. And so gorgeous! Don’t you just adore the split hem in the back? I’d wear this with jeans and stilettos for a hot date night.



Nude slingback sandals, part of the Wild Alice Collection – R 399. Can be coordinated with just about everything, including your little black dress. Also comes with a ‘true to size‘ fit guarantee. 

Essie nail lacquer in ‘First Timer’ – R 110. Mint green is my new summer shade. Flirty and fresh!

Sign up with Style36 and get R100 off your purchase AND stand a chance to win 2 pairs of Prada sunglasses worth R5,670  Click Here.


WIN a Skin Clays facial gift set!

We have a lovely Skin Clays facial gift set to give one lucky LS reader!

- 100ml pre mixed Face Mask Tube ( French Pink Clay, Rose Oil & Aloe Ferox Gel or French Green & Bentonite Clay, Buchu, Chamomile & Aloe Ferrox Gel ).

- 100ml Exfoliating Face Wash (French Green & Bentonite Clay, Buchu, Chamomile, Aloe Ferrox Gel & finely Ground Apricot kernels)

To stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is:

- Tweet the following on Twitter:  “RT and follow @LSBeautyBox to win a Skin Clays gift set!”

- LIKE the Skin Clays  and Lily Storm Facebook pages.

- Post a comment below and tell us what makes you happy?

Closing date for the competition is 5 October 2013. The winner will be announced on the LS blog and via email.

Good luck!


** This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Meg Hartwig, the winner of this gorgeous Skin Clays hamper!**