Travel-ready skin and hair products you’ve just got to have

If you’re anything like me, you often catch yourself dreaming of jetting off to somewhere fabulous for the weekend. You know, somewhere where you can soak up some sun, sip on delicious cocktails, take long walks on the beach, indulge in spa treatments and enjoy romantic dinners … you see, there I go again!

Okay, so maybe you’ll just be visiting somewhere local for a weekend away or a quick business trip and not a dreamy private island, but either way you’ve got to take your beloved beauty products along to stay fresh and fabulous.

These are my favourite travel-ready skin and hair products that are perfect for tossing into your carry-on so that looking glam will be on your itinerary no matter your destination!


Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser

If you’ve got sensitive skin that’s prone to redness and irritation like I do, your skin is sure to adore this creamy gel cleanser. It’s especially ideal for using on those days when you’ve spent lots of time out in the sun or swimming in saltwater.

Essence My Skin Refreshing Toner

I love this toner because it’s light, hydrating and suitable for all skin types. It also smells like grapes, which is awesome, too! It’s handy for refreshing for your skin at any time of day as well as for removing excess make-up that’s left on your skin after using a make-up wipe.

Ordinary Skincare Day Cream SPF 30

For a healthy dose of hydration, all you need is one pump of this day cream that’s formulated with only the most skin-friendly all-natural ingredients. The sun-protective formula is a little thicker than most day creams, so I find that if you apply it early in the morning it keeps your skin fresh and plump all day. Plus, it doubles as a make-up primer!

Beauty Fix Radiant Makeup Finish Spray

This gorgeous-smelling make-up spray can be used in three ways – to prime your skin before applying make-up, to freshen up your make-up throughout the day, and to set your make-up to kept your look intact for hours. I personally love using it to freshen up my look the most – it lends skin the most beautiful glow, so there are no need for constant bronzer touch-ups!


Mineraline Aloe Vera Mud Mask 70%

You never know when your skin may decide to break out, so it’s always handy to have a soothing facemask on hand! I love this one because the formula is enriched with genuine Dead Sea black mud, which calms and clear problem skin in a snap.

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo

Every girl needs a bottle of dry shampoo stashed in her handbag … you don’t want to waste precious time washing and styling your locks, do you? I love this formula because it smells heavenly, degreases strands, and comes in two tints so it doesn’t leave behind that chalky cast that other types do.

Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil

Factors like too much time out in the sun, swimming in a chlorinated pool or too much heat styling can leave your hair looking drab and lifeless. This luxurious keratin-rich hair oil will hydrate your hair while lending it a gorgeous shine minus any oily residue. Using it regularly will also strengthen your hair in the long-term (bonus!).

Fudge Urban Iced Coconut Cocktail Hairspray

Sometimes it’s just more fuss-free and quicker to put your hair up, whether it’s in an elegant updo or a sleek ponytail. This natural-feeling hairspray provides a strong hold with anti frizz to keep any style in place. Plus, it smells just like a pina colada – can you say dreamy?

What are your go-to skin and hair products when you’re travelling?


Get radiant with these top make-up setting sprays

Have you always wanted to try out a make-up setting spray but don’t have any idea which one to buy? Don’t even think about reaching for the hairspray – I’ve tried and tested some of the best setting sprays a girl can buy – here they are!


Beauty Finish Radiant Makeup Finish

I use this setting spray to freshen up my make-up throughout the day to keep my look perfectly intact. The nifty little bottle is perfectly handbag-sized with a tiny nozzle that sprays out an oh-so-refreshing, super-fine mist that smells like a bouquet of fresh flowers (yes, really!). I also occasionally use this spray to hydrate my skin after cleansing, toning and moisturising – my skin just adores the delightful all-natural ingredients that leave it feeling soft and supple!

MAC Fix + Spray

I’ve been using this super-hydrating setting spray for years now, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using it! I love using this mineral-rich mist for prepping my skin before applying make-up as well as for giving any make-up look a spritz of pure radiance. It’s also fantastic for freshening up bare skin when you’re travelling or just suffering from dry skin (winter struggles, right?), so I keep a bottle in my on-the-go toiletry bag at all times.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

While most setting sprays provide your make-up application with an enviable glow, this one does quite the opposite – it mattifies your look. I personally prefer dewy or matte make-up looks, but I’ve got to say that come summertime, this is the best setting spray a girl can have one hand! It’s perfect for getting rid of any unwanted shine or dewiness and feels remarkably light and comfortable on your skin, which is an added bonus considering most sprays can feel heavy.

Bodyography Ready, Set, Go Makeup Setting Spray

One of the newest setting sprays to hit our local beauty market, this baby is a winner for a number of reasons! It’s super-light on the skin, it’s fabulous for controlling oil, and it effectively keeps your blush and eye make-up looking fresh to death all day long. Plus, the generously sized bottle is sure to last you for at least a couple of months (it may just be a bit too bulky to fit into your make-up bag). And did I mention that’s it’s vegan and gluten-free, too?

What’s your go-to make-up setting spray? I’d love to hear from you!

Beat Dry Skin With BioNike PROXERA Intensive Face Serum

Dry skin isn’t so pretty, is it? I’ll admit that I struggle with a dry skin type, which can often be very frustrating to handle and treat. If you can relate to this skin issue, you’ll be ecstatic to know that I’ve found a single product that can help you beat dry skin in a heartbeat – say hello to BioNike PROXERA Intensive Face Serum!


Both affordable and locally available (you can pick a tube up at Dis-Chem Pharmacy at R235 a pop), this silky smooth serum exploits the properties of hyaluronic acid, which it combines with a number of fragments to prevent water loss and help hydrate even the deepest layers of your skin.

The serum also helps normalise the cell renewal process, and protects your skin from damage caused by external agents. The result? Improved elasticity and tone – voila! Plus, it’s designed for “dry to very dry skin”, so you can bet that it will work its magic on even the driest of complexions.

When I first came across this product, I had no idea it would work this well. I apply it both day and night after cleansing my skin. My skin drinks it up quickly and within an hour of applying, usually looks and feels fresh and plump. Plus, a little goes a long way – two generous dollops are all you need to moisturise your entire face.

Since I started using this magical product just over a month ago, I no longer suffer from severely dry or flaky skin. Not even in the areas prone to dryness, such as my forehead, chin and nose. Instead, my face feels fresh and hydrated, and I feel confident about my skin!

If you suffer from dry skin, I highly recommend you try this product out. Even if you don’t, remember that winter’s coming up. What I’m saying is that during the colder months of the year, everyone’s skin is prone to dryness, so you might find this serum very handy. Let me know your thoughts!

Master the dewy glow with Beauty Fix

Make-up setting sprays have been getting lots of praise in the beauty community lately … have you noticed? I’ve been using a setting spray to set and freshen up my make-up for a good while now, but it wasn’t until last week that I discovered Beauty Fix Radiant Make-Up Finish – the hydrating and nourishing mist made with divine all-natural ingredients like rosewater, aloe vera extract and cucumber extract.

Beauty Fix is a lightweight make-up setting spray that’s suitable for all skin types due to its gentle, skin-loving ingredients. All you do is mist the product over your face after you’ve finished applying your make-up for a gorgeous, radiant glow. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes catch my skin looking too powdery, and it’s until I tried this specific setting spray that I no longer had the “cakey-ness” issue.




Here’s the description of the product taken from Beauty Fix’s website: “Look and feel fresh with radiant make-up finish. This superfine mist blends make-up revitalises the skin. It provides a gentle breeze of clarity and calm, leaving the skin feeling soft and supple. Each spritz releases the luxurious scent of a bouquet of roses.”

When this spray hits your face, your skin feels wonderful … it’s especially refreshing when your skin is feeling dry and tired or hot and flustered. The amazing thing about it is it locks in all of the product that you have on your face and makes everything blend in well together.

Any colour on your face is instantly intensified – in a good way, of course – whether it be your highlighter, bronzer, blush, eye shadow or eyeliner. I fan my face for about 10 to 15 seconds to let the spray dry, and the result is dewy, flawless make-up! You all know how stunning a fresh and dewy complexion looks, right?

The product’s nozzle design makes the spray come out in an extremely fine mist … did I mention how fabulous it feels? Plus, the fresh flowery scent is just luxurious! It really does smell just like a bunch of fresh roses … and what girl doesn’t love roses? When spraying, I hold the bottle about 20cm away from my face and spray three times – once directly from the front, and twice from the sides of my face.

I prefer using the spray when I’m done doing all of my make-up, but you can also use it as a primer on clean skin before you start applying your make-up, or just after your foundation and powder application. What’s more, is this spray is also great for freshening up your skin during the day … the cute little bottle is conveniently handbag-sized for touch-ups!

Beauty Fix Radiant Make-Up Finish has definitely crossed over to my Holy Grail list. I’m actually pretty mad at myself for not trying it sooner! It’s really impressed me … the difference in my make-up is astonishing! It brings everything out and makes my skin look and feel super-healthy! To locate your nearest stockist of this must-have beauty buy, go here.

Top five BB creams for summer

A darling of the beauty world, beauty balm – or BB cream for short – brings tons of skin correcting benefits. In the summer, I use this product as an all-in-one replacement for my moisturiser, face sunscreen and foundation. It makes sense, doesn’t it? I mean, who wants to be caked up during the hot months of the year? Here are my five favourite BB creams for flawless, radiant skin that are perfect for wearing in the summertime!




#1: Revlon Photoready BB Cream (SPF 30)

If you’re looking for just the slightest amount of coverage, this BB cream is your perfect fit. The formula actually feels more like a tinted moisturiser than a BB cream, so it evens out skin tone without making your skin feel weighed down or sticky. It’s also budget-friendly!


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#2: MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact (SPF 30)

As you now know, I’m a massive BB cream fan … but some can be really messy to work with! This fabulous version by MAC comes in a super-sleek compact with an applicator sponge, so you don’t have to worry about getting product all over your fingers.


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#3: L’oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB

This BB cream packs incredible colour-matching technology! It actually pretty fascinating. The product goes on white, but then transforms to match your skin’s undertone and shade perfectly … how cool is that? If you struggle finding a BB cream to suit your skin tone, this product will save your life.


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#4: Bobbi Brown BB Cream (SPF 35)

Despite the high sun protection factor, this BB cream by well-loved brand Bobbi Brown provides totally light coverage! This range of BB cream is unfortunately only suitable for fair-skinned ladies, as it only has relatively fair shades available. It does, however, have a wider range of undertones than a lot of other brands.


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#5: Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream (SPF 35)

All BB creams blend easily to match your skin tone and lend your complexion a touch of radiance … but Shiseido’s is by far the best at it! Though it has a higher sun protection factor than most other BB creams on the market, it won’t feel heavy on your face. It’s also super-hydrating, making it the perfect choice for dry skin types.


bb shiseido


What’s your favourite BB cream?

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Product Haul

When it comes to make-up, I’m a bit of a snob. I rarely find anything in drugstores that can perform as well as I need it to, offering longevity and great coverage without feeling too heavy on my skin … can you relate?

There’s something to be said for spending a little more on cosmetics that will work with you rather than against you, and those formulas are oftentimes not found on the shelves of your local drugstore. However, the latest launch from L’Oreal Paris, Infallible 24-HR Matte, has had me eating my words!

I tried out three of products from this fabulous new range – the Mattifying Infallible Foundation and two Infallible Mega Gloss shades – and I was very much impressed! Let me tell you more.




Let’s start with the foundation. It promises a lightweight and non-cakey texture with a 24-hour finish. Big claims? Yup. Do I agree? Yup! The slightly underwhelming tube conceals something that’s pretty powerful, gliding over my skin effortlessly to conceal imperfections and cover dark circles. It doesn’t feel heavy and a little goes a long way.

I can apply this foundation first thing in the morning and my face will still look practically perfect by the end of the workday … now that’s a hardworking foundation! It doesn’t cake, I get hardly any oil or movement in my T-zone, and I don’t feel like I need to touch-up with powder come lunchtime.

There’s nothing magical about what’s inside the product and it won’t do anything for your skin underneath, but if you’re after a new foundation to help you look flawless and radiant without caking your face in an uncomfortable mask, then this new Infallible foundation could be a worthwhile purchase! With six different shades available at only R189 from Clicks, you can’t go wrong.




Next up are the two glosses. The Infallible glosses are available in different finishes, as you’ll see written on the cap. I tried out 402 Forgive My Sin (matte) and 104 Mafia Gloss (cream). The packaging is neat and simple, and comes with a strange-looking applicator that’s similar to the one of YSL glosses (which, to be honest, works rather well). The product is very pigmented and lightweight with a light sweet scent … something like vanilla.

402 Forgive My Sin is a classic bright red colour, which looks great on my skin tone. The matte formulation isn’t drying unlike many other matte lip products, which I adore! However, I wouldn’t say that it actually moisturises your lips.




104 Mafia Gloss, on the other hand, is a bright pink “Blaire Waldorf” kind of shade … if you know what I mean. The cream formulation is lightweight and non-sticky. It’s also very hydrating, which is great … especially for when your lips are feeling a bit dry.

Furthermore, both glosses seem to last for around three hours, which is super staying power for this kind of product. You can wear them over a lipstick of choice or on their own. Pick up a tube of your own at Clicks for only R149.

All in all, I’m a huge fan of these new products by L’Oreal Paris. If you’re looking to make some great beauty buys on a budget, try this range … I have a feeling you won’t be sorry!

Eight healthy lifestyle goals for the Cape Town girl for 2016

With the start of a fresh new year comes an intense feeling of motivation and determination … am I right? Now is the perfect time to set yourself some healthy lifestyle goals for the year ahead! I’ve rounded eight of my top healthy lifestyle goals for the Cape Town girl for 2016 to help you get your list started!




#1: Do a juice cleanse

I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously guilty of stuffing my face with all things sugary and processed over the holidays! The best way to eliminate toxins and clean out your system is by doing a juice cleanse. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and energised you’ll be left feeling at the end of your green juice binge! One-Juice and Orchard on Long both offer some fantastic and affordable juice cleanse programmes. To read about my latest juice cleanse experience, go here.

#2: Go on hikes

Our city has an abundance of natural beauty to offer … and what better way to take it all in than by going on a hike? Make it your goal to hike a new trail once every two or three months. What better way to get fit than by breathing in all of Cape Town’s beauty at the same time? Start with a hiking trail that’s not too intense, such as Lion’s Head or Elephant’s Eye, and then move onto more serious trails, such as Table Mountain.

#3: Stock up on healthy eats

Contrary to popular belief, healthy food can actually be delicious! Put it this way … I’ve never met a jar of nut butter or a frozen fruit smoothie I didn’t like. Stock your cupboards with some delicious and nutritious treats from some of our local heath food stores like Wellness Warehouse and you’ll see for yourself how easy it is to get into a healthy eating routine!

#4: Visit a farmer’s market

Looking for fresh, organic produce to create healthy meals? Then your local farmer’s market is just the place to visit. Markets like the Oranjezicht City Farm Market and Root 44 market both have loads of fresh and flavourful fruits, vegetables, meats, jams and baked goods on offer. And, yes, you can be totally sure that everything is 100% organic or grass-fed.

#5: Invest in a blender

While a quality blender can be pricy, it’ll help you whip up delicious and nutritious drinks up in a snap. You can pack pretty much anything into a smoothie … kale, broccoli, celery, or anything you don’t quite enjoy the taste of in solid form. Sipping on a smoothie is the quickest and easiest way of taking in all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs function optimally. And, yes, green smoothies taste better than they look – I promise.

#6: Try high-intensity interval training

Strong is the new skinny, isn’t it? And that’s exactly why you must try high-intensity interval training (HIIT)! This intense yet ever-so-rewarding form of exercise helps build a healthy heart, increase your metabolism, burn fat and build muscle. Plus, it’s loads of fun! Simply find a friend to tag along and hit one of our local studios, such as SWITCH Playground or SWEAT 1000.

#7: Meditate

Meditation is a wonderful way of relaxing your mind and body while becoming more in tune with your spiritual self. Until you try it, you won’t believe the incredible benefits that it brings to your health, such as lowered stress levels, improved core strength and promotion of heart health. You can practise yoga in your home, at the gym, at a yoga studio, or even on Sea Point Promenade. Join the Yoga on the Prom by Greenpop Facebook group here for more details.

#8: Eat at a healthy café

Our city is practically littered with fabulous fresh and healthy eateries … and if you aren’t eating at them, you can be sure you’re missing out! For a list of some of Cape Town’s best healthy spots to grab some grub, go here. Ditch the fast food for juices, smoothies, salads and wraps, and soon enough you’ll be hooked on the healthy stuff … take my word!