Time on Your Hands Conditioning Care Hand & Nail Cream

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Good Stuff has been around for a while, but I never thought to give their hand creams a chance. Until the other day when my mother asked me to bring her a Bee Natural hand cream. While standing in the aisle, staring at all the yummie stuff that is Good Stuff, I decided to give Time on Your Hands a try.

The hand cream is enriched with Provitamin B5, Keratin and Avocado Oil. It smells amazing and once applied the skin on my hands felt soft and smooth. It felt smooth long after I have applied the hand cream. And also on the plus side, it smells awfully nice. Every time I apply it someone would ask me what smells so good.

Available at Pick ‘n Pay and Dischem.

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Vichy LIFTACTIV SERUM 10 Eyes & Lashes

A kind lady at Dischem Kolonnade gave me a sample of this Vichy Eye Serum. I would be thankful forever. But before I get to the end, let me first explain something.

I have a strange problem with my eyelashes. About once a week, a spot in my eyelashes would start to itch uncontrollably. A little later during the same day the problem started, a whole bunch of eyelashes would fall out. This would leave me with a lot of uneven lashes. Where the lashes fell out, I would only be left with tiny, newborn lashes. It looks stupid and no amount of mascara can hide this little fiasco. So needless to say, when I read that Vichy’s serum is actually a serum which fortified lashes, I couldn’t help but stifle a little laughter. I have never heard of any eye serum/cream, which actually made any kind of impact on lashes, regardless of their claims.

I was pleasantly surprised, however. During the fortnight I used this sample, I never once had any inkling of an itch. The two weeks in which I used this product, gave the shorter lashes time to catch up to the longer ones. I am now boasting beautiful lashes like I did when I was a teenager. I am not overreacting while I write this. I am very, VERY happy with this product and would definitely fork out money for this product.

It retails at *R275.00 at Dischem.

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Sinful Colors Nail Polish

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If, like me, you want to polish your nails in a different colour every second day or so, you need a nail polish which won’t break the bank. Let’s face it, it’s only the really rich that can afford to repaint their nails every day and use Chanel etc. to do so;)

Luckily I’ve discovered Sinful Colors. They retail at R27.95 at Clicks stores in South Africa. There are colours to pick and choose from. You will never be bored with your nails again. A sure winner, especially if you love experimenting and changing colour every day.

Anew Vitale

 

 

Avon is replacing their Anew Rejuvenate range with Anew Vitale. It’s target market is woman aged 25+ who leads an active, stressful life and who would like their skins to keep up to the demands this lifestyle places on it.

It is designed to produce results in the following areas:

Enlarged Pores

Tired and Dull Skin

Fine Lines

Taking into consideration my own age, I do not really qualify to use these products.  That’s what Anew Reversalist is for. But, to give an objective opinion, I had to try the new range. That, and the fact that I have enlarged pores as well as tired looking skin. And who can resist the cute pink packaging (I was sold on that)!

Anew Vitale Eye Gel-Cream

I am not a big fan of gel creams. Especially around the eye area. I apply foundation on my eyelids as well, and gels have a tendency to ‘break up’ when you apply make-up over it.  However, this eye cream is much more cream than gel. I expected a lighter texture, but I am not displeased by it at all. It has a thicker consistency than expected, but applies easily and absorbs quickly, leaving the eyes feeling fresh and clean (unlike some other thicker creams). I prefer this product to the Rejuvenate eye cream, as Rejuvenate burned my eyes. Vitale does not. The packaging is a winner! It is a tube, helps a lot when you have long nails and don’t want to dip your fingers in a pot.

Anew Vitale Night Gel-Cream

Just applying this product to my face is sheer pleasure. The product smells fantastic and feels luxurious on the skin. The night cream was also a little thicker than I expected, but it easily absorbs into the skin and doesn’t cause a heavy feeling. After a while my skin felt smooth and soft to the touch. My skin felt hydrated and I smelt amazing!

Anew Vitale Day Cream SPF25

I don’t like applying sunscreen to my face underneath foundation. It always makes me feel as if I’m suffocating. So, when a day cream has a built-in sunscreen, it gets browny points right off the bat. The day creams’ fragrance isn’t quite as strong as the night cream, but I still love it. It’s a lovely light cream which quickly absorbs into the skin. It is not too oily and doesn’t make me feel suffocated. It creates a smooth ‘canvas’ and foundation is easily applied. Well worth it.

Final Verdict

So, even though I was initially sold on the packaging, I was pleasantly surprised. The products are nicely packaged, it smells nice and, my skin feels softer and smoother. Although the target market for this product is woman aged 25+, I would also recommend it to someone who is older and doesn’t have problems with extra dry skin.

Currently Anew Vitale is only available in trial size. Next month sees the official South African launch of the range. When you spend R200 on your Anew Vitale products, you also receive a Ballroom Beauty purse spray as well as Ultra Colour Rich Brilliance Lipgloss in Pink Ice absolutely free! Go girls, this one is a winner.

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Single by choice

Two nights ago, on twitter, I was told I am a classless Bulls ‘chick’ with lesbian tendencies. I stood amazed at all of the above, since it stemmed from a somewhat sarcastic tweet. The ‘birdy’ clearly had no understanding of sarcasm.

Ok, so the better half of the population would say that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. From time to time, I buy into that, this time, however, I bent the knee before the powerful master of sarcasm. I had a great laugh at the expense of someone else, something I don’t normally degrade myself to doing. But, sarcasm isn’t the thing I really want to touch on.

Later that night, when I lay in bed, I was thinking about the reasons I was still single. Me being single at my age could lead to some people believing what this woman said. But there are other reasons to me being single.

At one point in time, before I have lived my life and freshly out of school, I also had stars in my eyes about finding someone to love and marry. Age actually helped the bearer of said stars to grow up and smell the proverbial coffee.

I have lists of things I would like my lover, boyfriend, husband (pick one) to live up to. Obviously, the more boxes are ticked on the list, the closer to a home run I will be. Alas, my home run is elusive.

Maybe I am expecting too much from the people around me. That may be the reason I expect too much from what could be a potential partner.

I can’t, however, see myself in a relationship with someone who is there only halfway. Think about it this way, as soon as you become part of a relationship, you have to start taking another person into consideration. When you are single, you can go where you like, eat where and what you like, hang out with whoever you want to hang out with. When you’re part of a relationship, you have to consider what the other person likes, what he eats and where he wants to go. There’s also that silly thing of reporting back. “Honey, I’ll be going to (insert your own favourite place) with so and so.” Eyebrows will shoot up and lips will start to tremble when he wanted to do something with you. Lo and behold he wanted to take you somewhere, but never had the decency to first find out if you had any other plans.

So, that is only one small part of my lack of commitment. When you are the lucky winner of only a middle class existence, there is the added ‘benefit’ of having to stress about both your finances. Stressing about my own finances is bad enough already, I haven’t got the patience or strength to do it on behalf of another person as well. If you are part of the one percent of the population who have a cushioned life filled with richness, maybe then, this last thing may not be such a burden. Otherwise, it sure will become one sooner rather than later.

The final straw: women always show more consideration for their partners than men. I know all men are not the same, they always want to remind me of that, but a very large percentage of men always think of themselves before they would think of their partner. So why is a different set of rules applied to me as a woman? I just can’t see myself bending backwards for a man.

A friend of mine once said that I would be single forever if I don’t adjust my list. But why should I care what she, or anybody else for that matter, thinks about my being single? Why should I make adjustments in my life, and to my set of rules to please others? Why should I settle for second best, or at least, my second best, only to not being called single?

In all honesty, from time to time, I do miss a man’s whispering in my ear, arms around me and kisses in my neck. But when the feeling takes a hold of me, I take a nap and when I wake up, I am back to my old self again.

I can’t invest in a life where there is a fifty/fifty chance of me ending up poorer, emotionally. I will therefore remain single for as long as it is impossible to tick some more boxes.

Brand New

I have no idea why I’m doing this, since I’ve always promised myself I would never write a Blog, but, here I am.

Maybe I’m secretly hoping that I’d become rich and famous like a fellow countryman from Cape Town, maybe I’m just hoping to dump all my frustrations on a place where no-one knows me, where I do not have to sit in someone’s office and look interested in their psycho analyzing me, and paying hefty fees for their time, when in actual fact I know what is wrong with me.

So here goes, we’ll see where this one goes.