I think many of you already know that African Botanics is one of my favourite skincare brands. I love the way they combine rare botanical extracts with the latest in biotechnology to create truly unique (and effective) products. They have been busy creating new products, and here are my thoughts on three of their newest creations.

Rose Treatment Essence: This is easily my favourite product of the trio. According to their press release, ‘the powerful combination of bioactive medicinal plants, botanical emollients, peptides, humectants, B vitamins, oligosaccharides, yeast beta-glucan and collagen boosters deliver vitality and nutrients deep into the skin.’ The concentrated formula is designed to tighten pores and restore moisture levels while brightening, refining, hydrating and rebalancing skin’s pH levels. View Full Post

I guess you all know by now that I love Beauty Heroes. I genuinely think that it’s the best beauty subscription service around, and it continues to wow me every month. I liked last month’s box, however, some of the products didn’t really suit my hair type, so I had my fingers crossed for this month’s box. I’m glad to report that this month’s box not only met my expectations, but far exceeded it. I love the products so much that I’d call it my favourite Beauty Heroes box so far (this is my fourth box).

This month’s box contains two products from Lilfox, a green beauty brand based in Miami . The hero product is their Jungle Glow Enzyme Cleanser + Mask and the sidekick is their newly-launched Cleopatra Restorative Milk + Honey Beauty Mask. View Full Post

Korean brands have become so ubiquitous that they are no longer a niche segment of the skincare market. Everyone from Lady Gaga to my work colleagues use K(orean)-beauty products. I asked my friend Fiona of Orchids and Peonies (my go-to person for all things K-beauty ) for her input on this, and she told me that the mass popularity of Korean products was due to a combination of factors, including their affordable price points, innovative textures and instant results. ‘And,’ she added ‘what attracts me to them is their obsession with beautiful skin. You see so many Koreans with amazing, flawless skin. I personally love Korean products for their innovation and textures. They are regarded to be at least 10 years ahead of the western world.” View Full Post

Do you ever feel like you have too many unnecessarily complex products and steps in your skincare routine that you want to go back to the basics? I have been feeling a lot like that lately. I was judging The Beauty Shortlist awards last year, and I was getting up to 30 new products sent to me each week. The more products I received, the more I wanted to pare back my skincare routines and go back to pure, unadulterated products. I found myself gravitating towards 100% natural products with minimal ingredient lists. However, it was a challenge to find premium-quality skincare basics. Luckily, my friend Samantha Sargent of Be Naturally You introduced me to a UK-based brand called Moroccan Natural that focuses on sourcing the best natural ingredients, most of them from Morocco. View Full Post

I’ll start this review with a confession: I’m usually not a fan of powder masks. I find the idea of having to mix masks yourself an unnecessary hassle. I find it tricky to get the liquid to powder ratio just right. Also, I find that these powders always get everywhere when I unscrew their jars and create a mess in the bathroom.

While most manufacturers don’t really have a valid reason for not pre-mixing their masks, Odacité Synergie[4] Immediate Skin Perfecting Beauty Masque is designed to be mixed with a liquid of your choice to boost one or more of its active ingredients. The mask contains 4 ‘synergies’ of ingredients to detox, peel, brighten and firm. Depending on what you add to the mask, you can boost these ingredients to create a customised treatment. Adding lemon juice, for instance, enhances its peeling effect, and yogurt boosts its probiotic properties. View Full Post