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My luxury cosmetic goodies.

Hello lovelies,

I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine filled week so far, because I know I am! As promised, below you’ll find my review on some of the fantastic body and beauty products  I picked up for a song at the Luxury Cosmetics sale.

The company, Luxury Cosmetics, is situated in Westlake Business Park, and they have numerous world-renowned beauty brands available; from Smashbox and Model Co, to Yves Rocher and Decleor, meaning there’s something for every skin type and budget!! The atmosphere is pretty festive, with products lining the walls, gift bags available, as well as a good number of beauty reps and interested person’s attending. For those interested, their next sale date is 29 November, so maybe I’ll catch you there! ^_~

Tip: If you’re planning to attend, remember to take only cash – with a minimum of R200 – trust me, it’s pretty easy to want to just keep adding items to your bag (though for those who are here to shop for everything, there is the option to do an EFT from one of their pay points).

Now, on to the reviews!

Yves Roches cleansing water PurBleuet

Yves Rocher Pur Bleuet

You can laugh if you want to, but the cleansing joy of my life used to be apple cider vinegar diluted in water. It was cost-effective, if a bit smelly, and beautifully removed make-up and dirt, while toning my skin in the process. I never thought I’d stray from this tried and true method, but then I discovered Pur Bleuet, a cleansing water for your face, from Yves Rocher. The light purple bottles lined up in a row made me curious when I first spotted them, and after seeing the cost-effective price tag, I thought why not buy one and give it a try?

Apart from a light scent, the cornflower water has a gel-like consistency, so watch out when you first apply it onto your cotton ball. It goes on smoothly, feels pretty soothing, and I’ve used 3/4 of it for the 3 months I’ve had it. As it stands, I’m hoping there’ll be another bottle or two for me to purchase at the upcoming sale, because this item highly deserves a place in my beauty routine, and it’s also what I used to remove the cornflour dye from hubby and I after the Colour me Crazy run.

After reading up on Yves Rocher, I was happy to learn that they’re one of the first companies to stand against animal testing, and secondly, that they harvester, manufacturer and distribute all their botanical beauty products.

Payot products

Payot, Paris

Since I’ve never seen Payot products lining shelves of my usual haunts, I had no idea on what it was I was missing out on! Their skin care range is well-suited to sensitive skins, and though I’m blessed with pretty good skin, it does tend to bulk at anything with too many chemicals in it.

From the sale I got:

Resilience Serum

Night Cream

Tightening Serum – not pictured (yes, yes, I’m pretty young to use this, but since I smile – a lot – I have noticed some fine lines starting by my eyes *le eek*!

All in all I’ve noticed my skin just soaks up the Payot serums and moisturizers, without any greasy after-effects (bearing in mind that I’m not plastering this stuff on, I’m using a small amount each time to properly cover my face, neck, and decolletage). From the girl who washed her face nightly with soap, cleansed with apple cider, and threw on any old moisturiser to seal the deal (or just smeared on Vaseline), I think I’ve definitely stepped up to the plate now I’m getting older (and hopefully smarter).

The next set of products to be reviewed include a Model Co Fiber Lash extension, Decleor moisturiser and mask, and the Smashbox eyeshadow trio.

And now it’s your turn to share with me, the facial products you swear by!


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Hello darlings,

Rosie and Darryn- found you

Welcome back. I’m kicking off my November post with the details of the amazing photo shoot hubby and I did with Lynda J, a friend, fellow actress, and talented all-round awesome person. We did our shoot last weekend, and if you’re ever looking for a photographer for events, weddings, birthdays, baby pics, or what have you, in Cape Town, definitely keep her in mind.

As light is important, we met at 08:30 in a secluded little grove near Tokai forest. There was a light breeze, the trees were illuminated by the gentle glow of the rising sun, and hubby and I gave our suggested poses list a final glance before climbing out the car and meeting Lynda in the field. I sadly didn’t think to take some of my own snaps of the setting before we started, but below, you can see some of the pics Lynda took of us (they were all gorgeous, but these are my favourites).

Rosie and Darryn intertwined hearts

Rosie and Darryn in the field

Rosie and Darryn wishes in the wind

Some of you may have noticed, I’m wearing 3 different outfits, and I can say that quick changes in the theatre are a breeze compared to doing so in public. You can’t see it in the pictures, but there were people walking dogs, joggers, and even an entire family who wandered past us, so if you do a photo shoot with clothing changes, take a fairly large towel, and save your dress (if you’re wearing one) for last (or first) as pants are easy to slip on underneath.

Rosie and Darryn- just hanging out

Rosie and Darryn- you've got my heart

Rosie and Darryn laughter in the sunshine

Rosie and Darryn hello there

Rosie and Darryn kissing

Lynda perfectly captured the free-spirited fun that Darryn and I share. The quirkiness, trust, and above all – love, was beautifully translated into all the photo’s taken with her. If you’re in the area, and are looking for a wedding photographer, someone to take your portrait photo, and make you feel at ease, Lynda is definitely your gal. 

Hmm, following on from this post, I may do a list of photography poses and props at some point, so keep your eyes peeled. ;0)

Ja ne until next time.


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