Local Love: Lulu & Marula

By Wednesday, January 10, 2018 0 Permalink 2

I love supporting local brands, especially ones that are good! I have followed Lulu & Marula on Instagram for a few years now, and this festive season I decided to purchase a few products; some gifts and this product for myself. The product that I kept for myself was the Balancing Cleansing Balm.

This is a product meant to cleanse your face but also to remove makeup. Which as you guys know, is completely my jam. This is a thick balm that turns into a milky texture when it comes into contact with water. So the way to use this is to smooth over makeup, on a dry face, then add water to turn it milky, and then rinse off with warm water or a damp face cloth.

This is a very thick formula so I find the best way to use this is to slowly add more water as you’re smoothing it over the face. This results in less tugging on the skin. I love the scent; it’s slightly citrusy but nothing overpowering! I do still go in with another step of cleansing (I do this with all my balm cleansers), but this really gets the good bulk of makeup off my face.

Lulu & Marula as a brand is all-natural, cruelty-free, and minimalist in design. Where they can, they use local products and only make small batches of product at a time so that you get something fresh. When my products arrived, they came in a little cardboard box with a handwritten personal note – so cute!

Click the link here to visit their website and check out what else they have. I will be reviewing more local brands on the blog, so comment with any suggestions!

Clinique Minis – Tried & Tested

By Wednesday, January 3, 2018 0 Permalink 1

Just in case you guys didn’t know, when you buy Clinique products, sometimes they gift you with adorable mini’s to try out. I recently purchased the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (blog post to follow!) and received these two products as my complimentary gift.

The Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Mask & Scrub has a descriptive enough title that doesn’t need any explanation. The product itself is a blue-grey paste with fine particles in it that exfoliate the skin. I love everything about this product. The packaging is great because it comes in a squeezy tube which is super sanitary, and it contains 100ml of product which is more than most other face masks on the market. This is a 5-minute mask – super convenient, and┬áleaves my skin feeling smooth and refreshed. I would recommend going in with a heavy moisturiser, as exfoliating face masks can leave your skin feeling a tad dry due to it scrubbing off dead skin cells in the process. Retail price: R495

The Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser is a blurring primer and moisturiser. This feels like a thick gel and blurs the appearance of pores. I liked this as a blurring primer, but found the consistency a bit thick for my liking. Recently, I’ve been using this just in the centre of my face where my pores are the largest, and applying my regular moisturiser elsewhere. Love that combo! Retail price: R415

I love brands that encourage you to try out more of their product when you support them. Plus, how cute are these samples?