Let’s Talk About Skincare

One of the (relatively) new things I’m enjoying a lot lately is makeup. I’ve never been one of those girls who really know what they’re doing when it comes to this stuff, and up until very recently, I only ever really bothered with the bare minimum in terms of makeup, and then only for big occasions.

But I’ve discovered that there’s a lot of fun to be had and, while I’m still very new to this game, I’ve been having so much fun discovering new colours, trying out new looks and learning new techniques and tricks, and I’m quite pleased with the way it’s all been going, mostly.

Of course, all of this means I’ve got to pay extra special attention to the canvas itself – i.e., my skin. I’m not too far away from the big Four-Oh, and while my skin looks mostly okay, it definitely isn’t as fresh and dewy as it was in my twenties. It’s also pretty sensitive and doesn’t take well to having just any old thing applied to it.

For the past year or two, I’ve been a loyal fan of the IQ Skincare range available from Dis-Chem. Because my skin is prone to dehydration and is very sensitive, I’ve always opted for the DermaQuench range, which is specifically formulated to deal with these two issues. The range consists of:

A Cream Cleanser, which I’ve found to be super gentle and non-drying while still being very effective at removing dirt and makeup, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean without leaving it tight and red.

A Renewing Serum, which I generally only use in the evenings, straight after washing my face. It leaves my skin feeling nourished and plumped and ready to restore itself while I sleep.

A Night Cream, which is rich and deeply moisturising without causing my skin to build up too much oil – this is important because I’m quite prone to painful break-outs when I put too much product on my skin.

A Toner, which I’ll admit I have rarely used, simply because I generally feel that my skin gets all that it needs from the other products in the range. I do like to use the toner a bit more frequently during the summer, though, or when I’ve spent a whole day or night out with full makeup – it just helps add that extra bit of freshness.

Apart from the fact that these products make my face feel fabulous, I love that the range is locally produced and was developed by a South African dermatologist, who knows and understands the effects of our climate on the skin.

The packaging is beautiful and the overall feel I get from buying and using these products is one of luxurious pampering, even though they are very affordable. I’ve spent a lot of money on premium products in the past that have caused my skin to break out in pimples or have left it red, dry and flaky. Plus, I’ve found that the IQ range easily lasts me up to 3 months, sometimes more.

Best of all, I can just pop into my nearest Clicks or Dis-Chem whenever I need to top up, so I never have to deal with snooty counter girls, or fend off commission-hungry salespeople, which is one of the major reasons I have vowed never to support a certain well-known (and surprisingly popular!) cosmetics chain again.

Are you familiar with the IQ Skintelligence ranges? Have you tried them? Tell me about your favourite skincare products and experiences – I’d love to hear all about it!

NOTE: I was neither asked nor paid to write this post, and have chosen to review the products listed here of my own accord, based on my own experiences. Images of the products were sourced from Google and are posted here purely for informative purposes.

Beauty Blogger Argan Oil Draw

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted on the South African Bloggers’ Facebook page that I was looking for beauty bloggers to review and give away samples of organic Moroccan Argan Oil.

Well, tonight, I finally got around to roping in my boys to help me select five of the 32 ladies who responded to my Facebook post.

I’m not even going to pretend I have a clue as to what I’m doing with a camera or filming anything, so let’s just get the disclaimers out of the way:

The video below is purely for the purpose of showing that the draw process was as fair as I was able to make it. (It was also kind of fun getting my kids involved – I have never asked them to participate in anything to do with my blog before!)  🙂

I am sending each of the five ladies whose names were drawn 2 bottles – one each for their own use and review, and one each to give away on their blogs. (If you are one of the recipients, please share your blog giveaway link with me!)

I will contact each of the five selected bloggers on Facebook to get their details so that I can arrange for delivery of the samples.

Thanks so much once again to everyone who responded – I hope that this first “giveaway” on my blog marks the beginning of something fun that I will be able to continue doing (and will hopefully get better at!) in time.

And so, you can view the video here:





Funny Story

No, not really.

I’m pretty embarrassed to admit this but I’m afraid that, despite having started blogging more than 10 years ago, I am pretty much an imbecile when it comes to the technical bits.

That’s why, although I have finally gotten around to drawing the names of the five Beauty Bloggers to whom I’ll be sending those Moroccan Argan Oil samples to review & give away, I have not uploaded the draw video as promised. I’m in the process of figuring out how to put the video online so that I can either link to it or embed it in the blog post (in my drafts folder) that it will accompany…

In the meantime, I’ll notify each of the five ladies in question on Facebook, in the comments on my original post about this.

If you’re one of the 32 ladies who commented on that post, thank you for your patience!