My 5 Favourite Finds for February 2017

What found it’s way onto my 5 Favourite Finds list this month??


Well, read on below…


1. Bioderma Hydrabio Creme

The Hydrabio range from Bioderma is aimed at those who struggle with dry to very dry and sensitive skin. I wouldn’t say that I have super dry skin but I recently started using this Hydrabio Creme moisturising cream as my daily moisturiser and I can honestly say I’ve never had so many compliments about my skin (sans makeup!) Obviously this is working for me and my skin! The cream is rich but feels really lightweight on my face. It’s very nourishing and hydrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth for longer, plus it’s added a subtle radiance to it too which I’ll take with pleasure!!

It contains the patented biological complex Aquagenium™ that generates intense hydration. Thanks to an emulsion inspired by the structure of the epidermis, the active ingredients of the Aquagénium™ patent penetrate deeply and in a more targeted manner. The cream also contains Vitamin PP which strengthens skin resistance and impermeability and Apple seed extract which stimulates the activity of Aquaporins, the natural channels allowing water flow within the skin. Salicylic acid eliminates dead skin cells and reduces the corneum stratum thickness which explains the radiant complexion. Loving it! This product is Hypoallergenic, Non-comedogenic and Paraben-free. R319.95 from Clicks, Dis-chem and independent pharmacies.


2. This is Us TV Series

I’m hooked, obsessed and binge-watching to the max… and I love it! This is my new favourite TV addiction. There’s just something so real and raw about the characters. I love a good story that draws me in and takes me on a journey with the characters – and this one follows a few different story lines just like that.

I don’t want to give too much away but what I will say is that if you love good TV scripts, family drama, great acting and a little bit of the feels – then keep your eyes out for this TV show that’s just finished it’s first season in the States to rave reviews.

Watch the trailer for a sneak peek…


3. Gelish Dip Nail Lacquer

Last week I popped into an exciting new launch with the girls who brought Gelish to South Africa…

The new product coming to SA’s shores in March was to be revealed as Gelish Dip.

Sitting under the Gelish umbrella, this is actually a new type of nail polish product that falls between a traditional gel polish and acrylic. What makes it more brilliant than traditional Gelish is that it’s longer wearing than gel, doesn’t require a UV light to cure and the application is lightning fast. My nails took 30 mins from start to finish and were dry instantly even without the light!


So how does it work?

The first step is to apply a prep coat followed by a base coat. You then dip your nails into a coloured powder. The excess powder is then tapped off and dusted with a brush before applying another base coat and another dip of colour. To set the nail colour a layer of activator and a third round of base coat is applied and then it takes just three minutes for the nail to set. Nails are left looking matte but then the buffing starts and all lumps are eliminated and a beautiful shine emerges followed by a glossy top coat.


The Gelish dips are available in cremes, glitters, shimmers, metallics and 5 French shades. (all matching to Gelish & Morgan Taylor colours) I opted to try out the beautiful bright pink called Paparazzi Pose with a pretty glitter on my “signature” nail. A week later and they look as good as new! I’m in love, especially with the glitter finish. I sort of wish I’d chosen to go all glitter – they feel super smooth and look stunning!! I haven’t worn acrylics before so I can’t compare it to these dips but what I can say is that they definitely make my nails feel harder and slightly thicker on the tips. I’ve yet to have it removed so that might sway me away from my current obsession… but I’ll keep you posted. Apparently you take it off the way you usually remove Gelish (with foil) but it might take 5 mins longer. Look out for this arriving in stores such as Sorbet and Dante from March. Price will differ from salon to salon.

Watch this little video clip for more on this amazing new nail treatment system…

4. Pedi Relax Moisturizing cream for dry feet

I’m not one who struggles with excessively dry feet (that’s my reptilian husband!) BUT after months of wearing slip slops and sandals even my heels have been taking a beating… So, for the very first time, I decided to try out a foot cream that happened across my desk in the past few weeks: The Pedi Relax Moisturizing cream from Pierre Fabre.

While watching my latest TV series addiction on Sunday night (see above!) I whipped this out and set about lather up my toes. It was amazing!! The subtle sweet orange scent might have had something to do with it… aromatherapy and all that…. but I truly loved this cream! It’s not sticky or oily and absorbs really quickly while still moisturizing your feet and leaving them feeling super soft. This lightweight French-made cream contains active ingredients that draw moisture to the surface layers of your skin to hydrate the epidermis and eliminate dry skin, calluses and cracks. Avail from R79.95 at Dis-chem stores.


5. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation SPF30


Yes I’ve already featured this foundation on my blog (in my NEW in Oct post) but I’ve actually been using this Anti-aging foundation from Elizabeth Arden‘s Prevage range for a few months now and I just HAD to mention it again. This time as one of my favourite finds… because it’s brilliant!

Not only does it contain all sorts of anti-aging properties (such as anti-oxidant Idebenone),it feels ,and wears, beautifully on the skin. The texture of this foundation is light and creamy but it still gives the right amount of coverage and leaves your skin looking naturally radiant. I’m in love with it… and I’m not the only one. Amongst my beauty blogging friends it’s been getting lots of buzz. The oil-free formulation comes in 7 shades and is ideal for normal to dry skin. It leaves skin looking luminous PLUS it has an SPF30. A winner! R650



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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. I really enjoy reading your fave finds posts! The gelish dip nail lacquer colours are so pretty! Such a fabulous blog, also looking forward to the chickpea salad recipe, need some new and healthy lunchbox ideas?

    1. Thanks Michele. Glad you enjoy the posts. I love sharing my favourite finds too! The Chickpea recipe will be coming out on Tuesday so come back then!

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