Garnier Pure Active Product Review

February 27, 2014 § 5 Comments

It should come as no surprise to my regular readers that I have very oily skin, and since I’ve gone off of the pill I’ve been absolutely terrified of my acne returning (acne being the reason I was on the pill in the first place). So when I spotted these Garnier Pure Active products at Clicks, I was pretty excited.

I am currently using three products from this range: the Daily Energising Gel Scrub in the mornings, the Anti-Spot Exfoliating Scrub in the evenings, and the Daily Pore-Reducing Toner after I cleanse.



I thought since between the three of them they make up the most intensive skin care routine I’ve ever had, I’d review all three in one blog post. So, here goes. 😀

Daily Energising Gel Scrub



This lovely orange scrub has a bunch of delicious fruity extracts in it, like grapefruit and pomegranate. It also has little exfoliating beads which make it look pretty, aren’t harsh on the skin, and, I cannot state this enough, SHOULD NOT accidentally find their way into either of your eyes if you are silly enough to wash your face with your eyes open and don’t concentrate. It took me 45 minutes to get (what looked like but did not feel like) a tiny little exfoliating bead out from under my left eyelid. It hurt. Don’t do that.

In other news, this scrub contains salicylic acid which is a nifty little acid that is great for people with oily, acne prone skin because it gets deep into your pores to clean out gunk, and encourages your pores to tighten up afterwards as well. In other words, the holy grail.

I have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin since using this scrub every morning, and who wouldn’t want to wake up to this gorgeous aroma? It’s like slathering fresh fruit all over my face and always kicks my day off in a pleasant way.

Anti-Spot Exfoliating Scrub



This is my night-time face wash (my gosh, look at how fancy I am – two different face washes!) and I like to think of it as the big guns. It’s not light and fruity and pleasant, but a rather clinical blue and white. It also contains little exfoliating beads as well as 2% salicylic acid (which I believe is at the higher end of the spectrum), and doesn’t have a particularly remarkable smell.

The beads aren’t particularly harsh on my skin (which can take a beating) but I would be wary of applying them to sensitive skin. This scrub also contains something called Herbisoothe which is a fancy way of saying that it makes your skin feel lovely and cool when you rinse it off – something I definitely appreciate when enduring a harsh South African summer.

All-in-all this product is pretty badass – I’ve seen a big improvement in my skin with this as well.

Daily Pore-Reducing Toner



This product also contains that little beauty, salicylic acid. I really wanted to like it, but unfortunately one whiff of this takes my breath away – it has an incredibly strong and unpleasant smell. It stings on my skin, and it makes my oil production increase exponentially.

I reckon that this is a product best used by itself, without any other salicylic acid-containing products, otherwise I get the feeling that your skin will act up. The proposed benefits sound pretty great but it’t just not worth the excess oil. I may try diluting it and see how that works, since it was a little more pricey than my boring old Clicks-brand toner and I don’t want to waste it.

So, there you have it – overall I’m very please with Garnier’s range and I have a few more products I’ve definitely got my eye on. Their products are definitely not overpriced – my remembered estimate is between R70 and R100 for products like these, so they are affordable even for a poor student like me. 😉



February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This god clutches shadow figures with doubtful intent
The sky is infinite with envy
And the breath-grab cliff-drop beckons

Nicole Best

February 2014 Rubybox

February 11, 2014 § 3 Comments



Thanks, Rubies – this month’s box really was a lovely surprise!

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Emanual Ungaro Diva Rose Perfume Sample

Yippee for a new perfume sample – I haven’t tried it yet, but I love that Rubybox keeps me stocked up on perfume samples to enjoy while hanging around at home or after a nice long bath. Listen to how decadent this sounds: “intoxicating bouquet of Bulgarian rose combines with fresh, fruity bergamot, litchi, and crushed green leaves.” Yum!



Peppertree Blueberry Hand and Body Lotion

This is a massive 300ml full-sized product, and made my Ruybox feel delightfully heavy and promising when the delivery driver handed it to me. 😀 It’s lightly scented but smells absolutely delicious and totally edible. While it’s touted as being for both hands and body, it’s a bit too thin for my own hand cream preferences so I think this will make a great after-bath body lotion in these summer months – is there anything better than having an excuse to smell like mouth-watering fruit? I think not. 😛



Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish in Blue My Mind

I adore this colour in the bottle! The photograph makes it look purely blue but in the bottle it’s a blue-purple shade that is just too beautiful. I love getting nail polishes to try out and the fact that this is quick-drying and nice and bright makes it ideal for me.



Yardley Colour Rush Lipstick in Creamy Blush

The perfect colour for my complexion, this lipstick is absolutely “like my lips, but better”. It can give lovely intense colour or be blended a little bit for softer colour, is creamy soft, and has the tiniest bit of shimmer in it to make it even better. I love the velvety packaging as well. All in all, what a treat!


Swatchy-swatchy. 😀

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I feel thoroughly spoiled, thanks, Rubies!



February 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

You are not merely “love” or
“Dear” or “darling”
All encompassed in that grave word falls to you like armour
Sheathes your poignant flesh
Lines your sweet brow, creases like crown
Beloved is weight, need, responsibility
Beyond frivolity
It is rootly; deep and vital, delving into secret earthen caves
It is lofty; spreading great leaves to touch pureblue
To say it, I am cloaked in the night,
Drowning in 4am servitude and shrieking memories of otherness
You are air, beloved, slipping into the cracks and filling me up
And leaving me weightless.

Nicole Best

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