1. Dermalogica Ultracalming Mist  177ml (available online via Dermalogica or for stockists see here RRP $48.50

I just love this product! I’m a lover of all things skin-care, and ive tried and tested many different brands and products over the years. My beautician has always kept me on top of the latest products and innovation in skin-care and anti-aging. The latest range I am using at the moment (i use Medik8 products) , however, does not have a toner, and I’ve always liked and used a toner as part of my skin-care routine. So ive gone back to a product that I have used in the past. The Dermalogica Ultracalming mist.  And I love it! I do my cleansing in the shower, so once im out and dry, I spray this mist on my face and instantly feel refreshed and revived. A toner is great after cleansing, to lock in hydration and prime your skin ready for your moisturizer. Being ultra-calming , it is great to calm any redness, sensitivity or inflammation. This is a great product, even to use throughout the day for a pep up! I love it!


2. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water RRP $11.95 (available at Priceline & Woolworths to name a couple)

Another great product that has become an ”i cant live without” part of my beauty routine. This lovely, light cleansing water does a great job at removing my makeup, including my long-lasting LipSense lippy (see below) and eye makeup. I use this nightly, to remove my makeup, before I pop in the shower to cleanse my face. Prior to this, I was using a cream-based makeup remover that I always found left a residue on my face, especially my eye area, and wasnt so great at removing, heavy, “night look” eye makeup. This Garnier cleanser leaves your face clean and residue free, without any vigorous rubbing. The bottle says that rinsing is not necessary, but as i do it before my shower, I generally always rinse it off. As well as having a bargain price tag for such a huge bottle (400ml!), it is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin like mine. A winner all round.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Available from Mecca Maxima RRP $31.95.

This is a recent purchase of mine. I am always on the hunt for that perfect mascara that gives you long, lucious lashes, without them looking clumpy or over-the-top. This one has certainly come through with the goods!

The Better Than Sex Mascara has an Hourglass-Shaped Brush that helps to separate, coat and curl your lashes. One coat is great for everyday wear for me. But if im heading out for the evening, two coats make my lashes look thicker and longer without looking too much like a drag queen! And no clumps! For me, there’s nothing worse than clumpy mascara! If you’re feeling a little game, add another coat if you want “intense black, oversized, multidimensional lashes”. I’ve had this mascara for about a month now and I really do love it, and although it is pretty fabulous, I’m not quite sure it lives up to its name! but i suppose that will be based on personal opinion! LOL

4. LipSense by Senegence Long Lasting Liquid Lip Colour RRP $34

Another new addition to my makeup collection, these gorgeous lip colours by SeneGence. I came across this product when an old school friend of mine started up a business as a SeneGence demonstrator. i had never heard of this product before but was intrigued by the sound of the LipSense product and decided to find out more about it by having a demonstration party. I was sold straight away, and purchased three different colours. (which I hope to add to soon!) It’s a fantastic product. Long lasting lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips and stays on for hours and hours. What more could you ask for! But wait, there’s more!(who remembers that guy from tv years ago – Tim Shaw?? LOL) They are waterproof, kiss-proof and lead and wax free!!! And with so many colours to choose from, the hardest decision is which colour to choose and how many to get! For more details, head to Forever Kissesxo. You can purchase direct from Arlene or hold your own demonstration for your next ladies get together.

To find out more about the product, click the link above.

5. Mesoestetic Radiance DNA Eye Contour RRP $144.50  (TOTAL SPLURGE PRODUCT)

This last product I am loving, is a total splurge product. Just look at the price tag!! But if there’s one product you want to splurge on, its got to be an eye-cream! and this one is a cracker, as far as im concerned! I’ve been using this cream for about 3 weeks now, and I am just loving it. Prior to this i was using its ”little sister” (Mesoestetic Energy C Eye Contour), which was a really good eye cream, but after finishing it, I didn’t feel the need to re-purchase. I wasnt that convinced it was doing that much good (for its price). My beautician then told me of this one, so I thought id give it a go, even though it had a hefty price tag that id have to hide from my hubby hehe! But im worth it, right?? And having turned 40 a few months ago, I thought it was only fitting that I upped the ante on my skin care. Well, that’s how I convinced myself anyway. and I am mighty glad i did. This baby is a real beauty. I noticed the difference almost instantly. Id had a few weeks of illness within our family, including my own, prior to getting this cream, and it left me with noticeable dark circles under my eyes. I saw a big difference in the appearance of these almost instantly! So for me, it has already proved itself.