Renew my skin with Vichy LiftActiv

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Over the next month my skin’s moisturising routine is getting a complete overhaul as I’m collaborating with Beauty Bulletin and Vichy to put their LiftActiv Supreme skin care products to the test. It’s only recently that I was on the hunt for a new skin care regime so I was delighted when I was invited to try this range. Now usually I’m quite the naturalist when it comes to both skin and hair care, but after reading up a little about Vichy I was willing to temporarily put my minimalist clay and oil cleansing routine to the side and experiment to investigate some bold claims Vichy are making with LiftActiv Supreme.

In case you don’t know, Vichy is a premium French brand of skin care, body care, make-up and anti-ageing products and was founded in 1931. One of their unique features is that they only use thermal spa water from the hot springs of the town Vichy in France in their formulations, which is a bonus for someone like me who likes their products to contain at least a measure of natural ingredients.

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One of their studies shows that women’s skin is not only affected by ageing in the long term, but day to day as well, referred to as over-day ageing. The study further shows that young skin needs 6 hours to relaunch its repair functions, while older skin needs 30 hours. The result of incomplete recovery for older skin could be the accumulation of the signs of ageing. The signs are: wrinkles, fine lines, firmness, elasticity, plumpness, dull complexion, uneven complexion, drawn features, signs of fatigue and dehydration. Also suitable for sensitive skin, LiftActiv Supreme was created to specifically combat both these immediate and long term signs of ageing.

Here are the 4 Vichy LiftActiv products I’ll be testing over the next month:

LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme

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LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme targets 10 signs of ageing whilst accelerating surface skin cell renewal. Vichy has formulated two powerful ingredients to accelerate skin regeneration – Rhamnose of vegetal origin and Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid.The new Serum 10 Supreme formula allows twice as much Rhamnose to penetrate into the living layers of the skin, leaving it looking firmer and with reduced wrinkles.

LiftActiv Supreme Day

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The signs of ageing can appear to intensify over the day and over time this can alter the skin’s youthful look. Vichy LiftActiv Supreme is Vichy’s everyday moisturiser with a unique formula to boost radiance, make wrinkles look smoother and skin feel firmer.

LiftActiv Night Supreme

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Vichy LiftActiv Night Supreme is for women who want complete action against even the deepest wrinkles. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and helps to boost skin’s firmness and restores youthfulness as you sleep. I love the sound of that: it will just do the work while I sleep!

LiftActiv Advanced Filler

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Vichy combines two powerful active ingredients renowned for their anti-wrinkle action: Pure Retinol and LR2412, to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Suitable for all skin types, it promises that skin will appear smoother and facial features will look refreshed.

My areas of concern

Being in my 30’s, I have definitely noticed some of the signs of ageing. My specific areas of concern are wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, fine lines, signs of fatigue and possible dehydration. So I’m really hoping the Vichy LiftActiv products will address these problems for me.

Initial Thoughts

This is my skin having used the products for only a couple of days. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll regularly take photos and compare my skin’s (hopeful) progress to this one.

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I’ve been using all four products for the last couple of days and although I haven’t noticed visible signs of improvement yet, my skin definitely does feel extremely moisturised and nourished from morning to night without ever feeling oily or greasy. When it wake up in the morning my skin doesn’t feel as dry as it often does. I’m not sure if I’m imagining it, but it does feel slightly firmer as well. In fact I just want to keep on touching my face and I have to remind myself not to do it. I also love how easily the products absorb into my skin, while leaving a brightening effect.

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Make sure to check back over the next few weeks to see how my skin fares.

The products are available at all Vichy counters in selected Dis-chem, Clicks, Red Square, Edgars, Woolworths, Foschini stores and selected pharmacies at the following price points:

  • Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Supreme – R560
  • Vichy LiftActiv Supreme Day – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Night Supreme – R529
  • Vichy LiftActiv Advanced Filler – R490

Planning to purchase your own Vichy LiftActiv product? Why not upload a picture to social media and use #MySerum10 to join in.

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Is natural hair hard work?

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A couple of weeks ago I met a lovely woman with relaxed hair who told me that as much as she enjoys watching and learning from women with natural hair, she’ll probably never go natural. Why? Because natural hair is “too much hard work,” she said.

So it got me thinking. Is it really?

I mean it definitely can be, with so many steps that can be involved: Prepooing, co-washing, clarifying, tea rinsing, deep conditioning, oil rinsing, moisturising with the LCO / LOC method, finger detangling, protective styling, retwisting / rebraiding at night, sleeping on silk pillowcases etc. The list of steps can seem never-ending and in fact quite daunting, especially if you are newly natural. And if you’re contemplating going natural it can probably put someone off completely just listening to all these terms.

But for me the stand-out message is: The more effort and care you put into your hair, the better off your hair will be. I’m not saying you should incorporate all these steps, but listening to your hair and giving it exactly what it needs, will stand you in good stead. It stands to reason if your hair is dry and prone to breakage, regular deep conditioning sessions and responsible protective styling will trap moisture and help you to retain length.

So it’s all relative – what may be hard work to one may be a walk in the park for someone else.

Although I agree that natural hair can be hard work, it doesn’t have to be. A very simple regime can consist out of the following steps: wash, deep condition and style by applying a leave-in conditioner and sealing with an oil or butter, followed by regular moisturising until the next wash day. Easy right? What’s so hard about that? But it seems that the term “natural” equates “unmanageable”  for some. It really doesn’t have to be that way. In a nutshell, all it takes is learning as much about your hair as possible. Find out what it likes and dislikes. For example,  detangling sessions do not have to take over your entire Saturday. If your hair tangles easily, wear it in a way that enables an easier wash day, such as in twists or in a bun.

When I was relaxed, I personally didn’t take as much care of my hair as I do now. I didn’t even know the term “deep conditioning” existed and didn’t bat an eyelid every time I would pull a comb through my hair and  heaps of it would come out. Now I’m meticulous in looking at how much hair I lose every single time I detangle and I make sure to distinguish between breakage and shed hair. So I think why it often seems like hard work to some is because of the new awareness that comes with caring for natural hair. You’re aware that you have to be extra gentle; you’re aware that if you don’t moisturise often, your hair will probably snap off due to dryness, and you’re aware that if you don’t trim those split ends, it can cause more irreparable damage.

Once you know how to handle your hair it’s really not hard work. Simply learn as much about your strands so that it becomes manageable.

What do you think Girls? Please weigh in by commenting below.

Love your curls,

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Natural Hair Q & A

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve recorded my first ever question and answer video. In it I answer some of your natural hair questions and concerns. I’ve decided to record this type of video every now and again, so if I didn’t get to answer your question this time, I’ll include it in the next video. Make sure you keep an eye out on my social media when I announce the recording of the next video so that you can submit your questions on time.

So please go check it out, especially if you submitted a question. You never know, an answer to someone else’s question may also help you. And while you’re at it, please share it with someone who might find it useful. Thanks so much for watching and do remember to like, leave me a comment and subscribe. Much appreciated.

Love your curls,

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Urban Decay launching in South Africa

Right, so by now most of you who are makeup fanatics know that Urban Decay is about to launch in South Africa. I don’t write about makeup too often, but I do enjoy wearing it and my love affair for it has been growing steadily over the past year or so and I love experimenting with it. Blame it on watching too many YouTube tutorials, but one of the brands that I’ve been coveting for a while has been the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s a  rose gold toned palette that includes 12 eyeshadows – 3 matte shades, 3 satin shades and 6 shimmer shades. And it’s absolutely stunning.

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Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

So when my family from the UK came to visit over the Christmas period, this palette and some of their make up brushes were high up on my gift wish list. I couldn’t have been more elated when I received my goodies, opened the package and saw the beautiful rose gold packaging stare up at me.

Now, the reason I’m so in love with this palette is because all the shades are really pretty and romantic. And what can I say, the rose gold theme really speaks to my femininity. My foray into the world of eye shadows has always been quite reserved but when I realised the ultra prettiness of this palette, I just knew I had to have it.

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The look I created with my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette over the weekend

So now for the good news: Urban Decay is coming to South Africa and from what I’ve been able to gather it looks like it will be available from May, possibly in Edgars or Stuttaford stores. I have no idea what the price point will be, but for the hard-core Naked palette fans, I imagine it won’t be an issue.

There are 3 Naked Eyeshadow palettes in total and I would love to get my hands on the first two as well! Here they are:

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Eleanor J'adore - Urban Decay launching in South Africa

Aren’t they just stunning? Who ever said neutrals have to be boring?

I see myself trying out loads of different looks with this here beauty. What do you say Girls? Are you a fan of Urban Decay cosmetics and will you making a purchase or 2  (or 10) when they launch in South Africa?

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3 Styles I’d like to rock in 2016

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When it comes to my hair and the styles I wear it in, I keep it pretty simple. It’s usually in one of 3 styles: a wash and go, a braid out or a twist out. But since  I’m keen to switch things up a little this year, I’ve identified 3 other styles I’d like to try out potentially. They are quite unusual for me, but what I like about them is that they are fairly low manipulation and if done correctly one of them also serves as a protective style.

Here are the images that have inspired me to try something new this year.

Extension Braids / Twists

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Aren’t these braids just absolutely stunning on Tamera Mowry? I’ve only ever had braids once before, but that was a long time ago and I’d really like to give this style a go again. For me it has nothing to do with ‘putting my hair away’ or my hair ‘needing a break’ as I usually do protective styles without adding extensions or weave. It is simply rather a case of wanting to sport a gorgeous style that I’ve admired for ages. The fact that it can double up as a protective style is simply a bonus.

Roller Set

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When I say roller set, I’m referring to any types of rollers: curlformers, perms rods, flexi rods or the big yellow and green rollers many of us grew up with here in South Africa. Before going fully natural I used to set my hair often, but haven’t really done it since, and I’d love to revisit it. I follow chocolateblackdoll on Instagram where she always showcases the most beautiful roller sets. What can I say? She’s totally inspired me to give this one a shot.

Fringe

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A couple of weeks ago I posted on my Instagram and Facebook that I’d like to cut a fringe, but that I’m not sure whether to do it. I took a poll by asking my followers what they thought: To cut or not to cut. To my surprise many said yes go ahead and cut it, but many others also said even though it looks great, it’s a hassle to grow out as it can look really awkward. They also said that if I can achieve the look by just pinning up my hair in the front, I shouldn’t lose the length unnecessarily. So no prizes for guessing that I still haven’t made my mind up yet.

Let me know Girls, which style do you think would suit me the most? Which one would you like to see me in first?

Love your curls,

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Hello 2016

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Hello 2016! I realise as I’m writing this that we are into the last week of January, but it’s only yesterday and today that I’ve really sat down and written down my plans and goals for this year. And I have a lot of them, for both my personal life and my blog. But I’ve decided that instead of writing them down publicly and by telling everyone what they are, I’d rather just show everyone by reaching them.

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To be honest, I’ve never been the type of person to write down my personal goals, but I’ve noticed that whenever I do express a desire for something specific to happen in my life, it usually comes to fruition through a combination of hard work, prayer and probably a bit of luck. The difference this year is that I plan to be a lot more specific about a number of things and I’ll be working tirelessly to make them happen.

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So often we think about things we’d like to do or things we’d like to achieve, but then write them off as a pipe-dream. Well, to me dreaming is everything! I mean, if we don’t dream, how will we ever achieve amazing things?  The key however is to turn that dream into a reality by breaking it down into smaller achievable goals, no matter what it is.

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

eleanorjadore - Hello 2016

I’ll admit that I’ve asked myself if my dreams aren’t too bold or too audacious and was reminded of the quote “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”.

That said, bring on 2016!

Love,

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