Chemical peel – it’s like giving birth from your face.

They say pain is beauty. They say right.

I went for my second chemical peel today and left writhing in such agony that I thought I had to share it with you, dear readers, for as they say – a problem shared is a problem halved right?

For those who don’t know, a Chemical peel involves walking into a Dermalogica and OPI scented spa, being greeted by a generally prissy owner slash receptionist. Then, while lying face up on a very comfortable bed, and drifting off to the sound of mating sperm whales and Enya a friendly beautician tells you to lie back, close your eyes and “just relax” before pouring what feels like volcanic larvae on your face. At this point my eyes are scrunched up like a newborn fresh from the womb, my fingernails cutting into my hands so hard I’m bleeding all over the Calibri towelled bedding and my face, is now on fire, literally. I’m convinced the red mood lighting is in fact the flames licking at the ceiling.

It’s at this point that the sweet beautician is possibly curled up in the corner of the room laughing hysterically at my screams and pleas to just “let this hell end and kill me now”. Maybe it’s sympathy or the sight of my tears ruining her perfectly applied death cream on my skin but she finally turns on an industrial sized fan (possible stolen from the inside of a Boeing 777) and blasts its coolness mercifully on my face. Finally, after what feels like a multiple birth sans anesthetic, the pain subsides and the fan gets switched off. I sniff back the snot, tears and manage a feeble “am I dead yet” before she utters the words I never hoped to hear: “lie still sweetie, we’re doing a double layer today”.

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What’s The Big Buzz About BB Cream?

The other day while perusing the makeup shelf at Clicks, I overheard the following conversation:

Lady 1: “What’s this BB cream I see everywhere?”

Lady 2: “I have no idea, also been seeing it all over the show”

Lady 1: “What do you think it stands for?”

it was at this point that I politely interjected and told them it stood for ‘Beauty Balm’ or ‘Blemish Balm; and is the latest craze to hit the beauty and cosmetic industry. Basically, a BB Cream promises several things: Moisturise, SPF protection, anti-oxidants, sheer coverage, priming and brightening.

Locally, Garnier was the first company to sell the product, followed (swiftly) by Revlon, Ponds and Clinique among others.

I for one do not see a reason for the big hoo-haa, I have been making a ‘tinted moisturiser’ using foundation and face cream for as far back as I can remember. I also always used to mix self tanner with body lotion (Gradual self-tanner, anyone?) so I guess I should have patented these ‘inventions’ before they became a global phenomenon.

if you are blessed with flawless skin (side-eyes my ancestors and their not so perfect skin genes) then this is a perfect moisturiser/foundation for you. If, like me, your skin requires a bit more love (read concealer, foundation and powder) then all a BB cream will do is subtly tint your skin.

I started off using the Garnier version and in typical Kate fashion then went out and bought the Rimmel, Ponds and Revlon one. Garnier comes out top for price, consistency and coverage and Revlon comes in stone last with consistency and value for money – my tube only lasted a few weeks and I found the consistency to be very oily and unflattering.

Competing products

Cheapie – Garnier BB Cream RRP R69.95 (Available in light, medium and dark)

Budget – Revon BB Cream RRP R149 (Light, Light/Medium, Medium and Deep)

Splurge – Clinique BB Cream RRP R345 (Shades 1 – 3)

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream
Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream
Garnier BB Cream
Garnier BB Cream
Clinique BB Cream
Clinique BB Cream

Tip and Tricks

If you are self conscious about going bare faced, but don’t require a full set of makeup then a BB Cream is perfect for just that. I apply it in the morning before gym or if dashing out to the shops. Look out for BB Creams containing an SPF. If you do require a bit more coverage then apply a BB cream and conceal where else is necessary.

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As an online shopper I’m thrilled to announce that you can shop for Clinique Online. yay!

Happy Weekend ūüôā

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Found: The Perfect Nude Lipstick

If you are anything like me then you cant visit your local Clicks or Dis-Chem and not walk away with a little treat for yourself. I generally pop in for a shampoo and walk out with 2 bags of products that I really dont need.

My go to item for a quick and affordable pick me up is always a lipstick or nail polish and so it is not surprising that I have made it a personal challenge to find the best lippie in every shade out there.

And now, I think I just may have succeeded in fnding the best suits-everyone nude lipstick out there, and I wanted to share it with you in this post.

Catrice Cosmetics

You will be forgiven if you don’t¬†immediately¬†recognise the name, as Catrice is relatively new on the scene and (I stand corrected) can only be found at certain Dis-Chem stores. At time of publishing this post they don’t yet have a¬†presence¬†on social media locally, but they can be found and followed on their international website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Thank goodness for Google translate!

About The Product

Catrice Ultimate Colour in 240 ‘Hey Nude’ has got to be the best lipstick I have found in a while. The packaging is black, sexy and sleek and the lipstick itself is soft, buttery and glides on perfectly. The colour is nude with a touch of pink, which is flattering for most complexions. The lipstick has a very subtle fragrance which is preferable, considering it will need to be applied throughout the day and often a strong fragrance can become too overpowering.

There are multiple colours in this range, and the lipstick is priced at R54.95 (RRP). Good news for us office-bound ladies is that Dis-Chem now has an online store, so you can have your favourite product delivered to your doorstep.

Catrice Hey Nude
Catrice Hey Nude
Catrice Hey Nude
Catrice Hey Nude

Competing Products

Cheapie – Essence 52 “In The Nude’ RRP R29.99

Budget – Catrice 240 “Hey Jude” RRP R54.95

Splurge – MAC CremeSheen Creme’D Nude RRP R180 – R240

Rupert Approves

Packaging – 9/10

Budget Babe – 10/10

Wearability – 5/10

Tips and Tricks

The golden rule for a nude lip is a smokey eye Рthis lipstick will go perfectly with dramatic eyes, fat lashes and flawless skin. Wear this nude lipstick with a black lace cocktail dress, stylish up do and a pair of nude stilettos, or dress it down with a messy fishtail braid and maxi dress.

To improve the longevity of this lipstick on your lips apply a pressed powder before application or consider using a nude lip pencil.

‘Till Next time!

Stay gorgeous


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Rupert Approves – Now Reviewing Makeup.

“Does this foundation make my face look fabulous?”

Many who know me know that one of my favourite things in life is cosmetics. My earliest memory of makeup was going to a toy-swop shop in Randburg as a young child. the concept of the store was that you could return a new or hardly used toy and earn points. Those points could then be used on a new toy or product from the store. At the tender age of about 5 I used my points for a kiddies makeup compact, complete with a garish assortment of eye shadow colours, bright pink blush and lipstick.

24 years later I still havent  tired of my childhood love of cosmetics and products. In fact, I could spend my last R100 on a lipstick or nail-polish instead of food or petrol. 

Some may find it bizarre that my collection now sits at several thousand items, and I’ve taken over an entire room with boxes of foundations, lipsticks, eyeliners, primers, glosses, polishes, creams and lotions. (Dont call BBC¬†Lifestyle¬†just yet, I’m not quite at ‘Hoarders’ status). My hobby also extends to hair and body care and my collection of straightening, curling, crimping and everything-in-between tools borders on¬†embarrassing.

I’m fully aware of the irony of the situation, considering I spend most of my free time in gym clothes, and growing up on a farm my childhood attire was gumboots and a pudding bowl hair cut. Perhaps my inner glam girl has always had a yearning to come out, pouting in¬†fuchsia¬†pink.

I’ve decided I can no longer keep my love of beauty products a secret, and am thrilled to announce that I will now be adding a ‘Beauty Review’ section to Rupert Approves.

If there are any products out there that you would like me to try, need information on or just want to chat more about anything from MAC to Maybelline, and everything in-between Рthen I would love to hear from you!

‘Till then

Stay beautiful!

Red Lippy - Rupert Approves
Red Lippy – Rupert Approves


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