PERFUME SHOPPING, DUTY FREE – AN INSIDER’S GUIDE

No tax and me-time indulgence: No wonder international travellers are increasingly taking a moment to shop duty free perfume selection.

You’ve bought your December break plane ticket, packed your bathing suit and booked your beachside cabana. Now all you have to do is write your duty free shopping list and make sure it includes a luxury fragrance or two.

“The number-one advantage to buying your perfume at the airport Duty Free store is the discounted prices; you’ll be able to avoid paying the taxes on these items,” explains Ruth Sutcliffe, the founder of The Scent Guru Group. It’s also a great opportunity to take some well-deserved me-time. There’s something special, convenient and maybe even a little decadent about wandering through the well-stocked fragrance displays.

So it just makes more sense to do it in an environment when you more relaxed and have the time to browse. See Duty Free as a destination point and enjoy the time to be introduced to new fragrances. “I love to feel refreshed by some fragrances and often spray others that make me feel more relaxed and comfortable before I get on flight for the next leg home” says Sutcliffe.

To be honest with you fragrance shopping gives me a headache and I am not talking about all the scents going to my head, I am talking about having to choose ONE! There was a time that you could list the 5 top fragrances of the past two years but try that now, its near impossible with hundreds of perfumes launched a year. With good reason, the global fragrance market size is expected to reach USD 91.17 billion by 2025.

Here are a few key tips to navigate these tax-free fragrant aisles:

Duty free shopping tip #1: Know what’s new

We have sifted through the endless lists of new launches to bring you what’s hot of the shelf this festive season.

Aerin (granddaughter of Estee lauder) has launched Wild Geranium, a new fragrance for women.

What it is: An eau de parfum that captures a field of blooming wildflowers.

Fragrance story: A fresh-cut geranium note and sparkling touches of pink pepper and winter lemon lead you through a maze of enchanting florals. Dewy narcissus mingles with orange flower petals, white peony, rose centifolia tuberose absolute and warm benzoin. (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

 

Gucci has launched Gucci Guilty Love Edition, new flankers to 2010’s Gucci Guilty and 2011’s Gucci Guilty Pour Homme.

Gucci Guilty Love Edition Pour Femme ~ “Just as lovers define their own connection, Gucci Guilty Love Edition Pour Femme’s surprising combination of notes shine bold and bright, instinctively melding together. A refreshed Oriental Floral Fruity Chypre scent, the new creation is a tribute to the vintage character of the Narcissus flower.

Opening with a transparent and green crystalline freshness composed of Bergamot, Grapefruit and a Watery Accord, a Narcissus Accord is elevated by the tangy notes of Raspberry. Violet and Jasmine Sambac complement the petal floral quality of the composition. The layered creation is enhanced by an airy Musks base, the divinely sophisticated Patchouli Prisma for its white softness, and finally, the intense wrapping sensation of a Mineral Amber. (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

 

Marc Jacobs has launched Daisy Daze, Daisy Love Daze, Daisy Eau So Fresh Daze and Daisy Dream Daze, a new quartet of limited edition flankers for women. (Last year’s model: Daisy Sunshine.)

Warm. Vibrant. Bright. An escape from the everyday. MARC JACOBS Daisy Daze limited editions include four feel-good fragrances for spring. The Daisy Daze limited editions are a fresh and fruity twist on the classic Daisy fragrances and offer an olfactive escape to an unexpected Daisy universe.

Daisy Daze ~ “With inviting bursts of mandarin and sweet mirabelle that sparkle against smooth creamy musks, Daisy Daze is a crisp, sumptuous scent.” In 50 ml Eau de Toilette.

Daisy Love Daze ~ “Daisy Love Daze opens with a bright osmanthus, wrapped in the golden softness of amber. The juiciness of apricot radiates a sweet and sparkling sensuality.” In 50 ml Eau de Toilette.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Daze ~ “Daisy Eau So Fresh Daze Opens With Luscious White Peach And Orchard Blossoms, Mingling To Create A Sense Of Comforting Freshness.” In 75 ml Eau de Toilette.

Daisy Dream Daze ~ “Daisy Dream Daze Opens With The Sweet Floracly Of Silky Wisteria. The Juicy Longan Berries Excude A Dewy Freshness That Blend With Clean Musks For A Delicate And Warm Finish.” In 50 ml Eau de Toilette                           (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

 

Yves Saint Laurent will launch Black Opium Neon, a new spicy gourmand fragrance for women. Black Opium Neon is a flanker to 2014’s Black Opium, which was a flanker to 1977’s Opium.

Black Opium Neon is a new twist on the classic Eau de Parfum. With adrenaline-rich coffee, sparkling orange blossom, and mesmerizing dragon fruit accord, it is a vibrant and indulgent perfume that’s the perfect combination of seductive and sweet. (courtesy of nstperfume.com)

 

Duty free shopping tip #2: Make a list

Before you pack your bags and head to the airport, identify three to five scents you’d like to buy and take note of their retail store price tag. This will give you shopping options and a financial baseline when you’re perusing the Duty Free aisles looking for your best deal.

Insider tip – Spray the perfumes you wish to try before you start browsing and give it 10-15min to settle before you decide on what to purchase. I have made the grave mistake of just spritzing, whiffing and buying, then getting on to the plane and then had this repugnant smell to deal with for 8 hours. Lesson in spur of the moment shopping!

Duty free shopping tip #3: Opt for light, fresh hues for on board spritzing

If you have more than one flight and/or are travelling for more than six hours, you’re going to want a pick-me-up perfume to wear in-flight and afterwards. Look for clean and zesty citrus and floral scents, like Clinique Aromatics and Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue that will make you feel good and won’t be obtrusive to the passenger sitting next to you.

Insider tip – Your carry on limit is 100 ml size bottle containing liquids, scout for this size as it won’t have it taken away by authorities at security.

Duty free shopping tip #4: Pick up a second bottle

This is the season to be bankrupt! So save big and grab that second or third bottle at a great saving for gifting over Christmas or for someone at your destination.

Happy shopping and wishing you a wonderful and blessed festive season,

Love

The Beauty warriors Team

A brand-new look for QMS Medicosmetics

A brand-new look for QMS Medicosmetics

QMS has always looked good on any bathroom shelf, but now, the acclaimed skincare brand has revealed a modern, premium look to ensure that the packaging reflects the amazing formulations they contain.

The packaging is still recognisable and fans will be relieved to know that the actual ingredients and products within the packaging still contain the same amazing formulations that QMS is renowned for. The new look products will be phased in slowly from June 2019, and the products are identical: old look, new look, old name, new name – you’re still getting the same great product. 

Victoria Wade, Senior Vice President & Director of Sales & Education for QMS Medicosmetics says the following about the re-staging of the brand:
 
“We are keen to reduce the environmental effect of our materials’ usage and processes. With this in mind as part of the redesign, we are significantly reducing the amount of packaging that we use. An example of this: we are moving from large plastic jars to smaller jars or tubes, with the same fill as currently (or more in a couple of cases).”

QMS are actively improving the sustainability of the materials they use to ensure it comes from responsibly managed forests as well as removing polystyrene from their packaging design.  Wherever possible, they seek to simplify and reduce resources used throughout the supply chain. QMS’ aim is thus to have a beautifully packaged skin care range that promotes a greener environmental footprint.

QMS Medicosmetics’ brand-new look is complemented by the same great formulations that truly deliver and promise noticeable results. In fact, QMS recently conducted independent clinical testing on the Classic Collagen Regime – a 3-step exfoliate, day collagen and night collagen regime. The results speak for themselves: After 12 weeks it was proven that the visible signs of aging are reduced by 42%, firmness and elasticity is improved by 28% and hydration by 264%. 
 
With results like these, you can rely on the fact that you truly are getting the very best when investing in QMS Medicosmetics. For more information or to place your order, click here.

A sunscreen that protects your DNA too? Yes, please! Priori Tetra fx250 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50

A sunscreen that protects your DNA too? Yes, please! Priori Tetra fx250 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50

Our number one skincare tip? Sunscreen, of course! And we’re not the only ones: ask any dermatologist and they’ll wax lyrical about about the importance of wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day, come rain or shine.

You may already know that UVA and UVB rays are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to sun damage, and that they can result in premature skin ageing, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and even skin cancer. However, have you ever stopped to think about the damaging effects of the blue light emitted by your laptop, cell phone, and tablet? Given that most of us spend at least 12 hours on our devices every day, this is something that demands serious consideration!

Priori Tetra fx250

Adaptive skincare brand, Priori, recently launched Priori Tetra fx250 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50, which offers both broad spectrum sun protection (thanks to Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide), as well as a high intensity radiation complex that reduces infrared-induced cellular damage and intercepts before the formation of free radicals. It also contains Soliberine, whhich blocks 43% of HEV Blue Light from our everyday electronic devices. It also contains a powerful antioxidant complex made of SOD and Ergothioneine to restore and replenish any skin cells already affected by sun damage.

Priori Tetra fx250

However, it doesn’t stop there: unlike any other sunscreen on the market, Priori Tetra fx250 also boasts a powerful DNA Enzyme complex made using all-natural ingredients that mimic the skin’s DNA enzymes to cut out and repair damage, allowing cells to function correctly while neutralising further damage. It’s the ultimate environmental shield, and so much more than just an SPF – it’s a GPF! (Genetic Protection Factor).

For more information, visit Priori South Africa’s Facebook page (here) or contact A&I Importers, the distributors of Priori in South Africa (here).

Editor’s choice: 6 of the best eye creams for dark circles

Editor’s choice: 6 of the best eye creams for dark circles

Ask any skincare expert what beauty bugbear they’re asked about most often, and it’s safe to say that dark circles will come up top of the list. Whether as a result of sleepless nights, stress, diet, or simply genetics, battling under-eye circles seems to be something that most of us are faced with at some point in time.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles can be attributed to one of two things: pigmentation or dilated veins. Pigmentation can be as a result of genetics (if your mom suffers from dark spots and pigmentation, it’s likely that you will too) or lifestyle factors, such as spending too much time in the sun. Dilated veins are typically as a result of various lifestyle factors: too little sleep, seasonal allergies, and a poor diet. Dark circles can also be down to the ageing process, your bone structure, and the fact that they skin underneath your eyes is incredibly thin.

Not sure whether your dark circles are caused by pigmentation or dilated veins?

The easiest way to determine whether your dark circles are as a result of pigmentation or dilated veins is to gently pinch the skin underneath your eye and lift it off the surface. If the skin stays brown, it’s likey pigmentation that’s causing your dark circles. If your skintone looks better when you do this, it’s likely that your issue is dilated veins. 

While it’s true that dilated veins are far easier to tackle than pigmentation, we’ve put several eye creams to the test over the past few months and we’ve rounded up some of our top picks to help you combat dark circles for good!

1. Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream (R460)

If your dark circles are thanks so pigmentation, then this is the eye cream for you! It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface layers of your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation over time.( When using ingredients like glycolic acid around the delicate eye area, make sure that stick to product specifically formulated for use around the eyes).

2. Dermalogica Total Eye Care (R650)

Another great find for those who battle with pigmentation, this gentle, hydrating eye cream from Dermalogica boasts SPF15 to help protect the under-eye area from further damage. It also helps to reduce puffiness and conceals dark circles while treating them, for a wide-awake, bright-eyed appearance.

3. Guinot Anti-fatigue Fresh Eye Cream (R780)

This refreshing eye cream brightens and depuffs the under-eye area in an instant, with thanks to it’s cooling applicator tip. It’s fantastic for use after a long, sleepless night. Pop it into the fridge for an extra soothing sensation!

4. Placecol  Revitalising Eye Therapy (R225)

This nourishing formula simply melts into your skin (ideal for use before applying your concealer) and tightens and brightens the under-eye area in a flash. It’s high in antioxidants, so it’s great for reversing damage caused by free radicals. We also love the budget-friendly price point!

5. Optiphi Delta Eye Gel (R950)

New from Optiphi is their Delta Medical Skincare range, which is formulated for use by physicians, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. The Optiphi Delta Eye Gel has been designed to reduce swelling and bruising, and works a treat on dark circles. It’s also great for use after dermal fillers and other skin therapies target at ageing. This is one of the fastest acting eye creams we’ve tried!

6. Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

And last – but certainly not least – is this fabulous find from Colorescience. This 3-in-1 formulation not only improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles, but it also contains an SPF35 to help protect the delicate under-eye area from those harsh UV rays. Oh, wait – that’s not all (at the risk of sounding like a bad TV commercial). This beauty is also a really effective concealer, revealing a much brighter under-eye area in just one swipe and a little blending. (We also love to metal applicator tip – very soothing and refreshing!)

 

Do you battle with dark circles? Let us know if you’ve tried any of these eye creams and what your thoughts were. If you have any other recommendations we should know about, let us know – we’re always on the lookout for beauty products that truly deliver!

 

 

 

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

When was the last time you showed your hands some love? We tend to overlook our hands when it comes to skincare, but our hands are just as exposed to the elements as our faces – it’s no wonder that they’re often one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing

You may spend thousands of Rands on anti-ageing serums and moisturisers for your face, but the dark spots, lines, and wrinkles on your hands are what truly reveal the number of candles on your birthday cake. Not to mention the fact that the cold, wintery weather can leave your hands feeling cracked, dry, and sapped of moisture. That’s why we believe that now is the perfect time to invest in a quality hand cream… and to apply it religiously after every hand wash. New DermaFix Hand ResQ (R270) is one of our most recent beauty discoveries – and one we can’t be without!

DERMAFIX HAND RESQ (R270)

The skin on your hands is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body (and there are also fewer sebaceous glands), which is why your hands tend to be drier and loose suppleness faster than other parts of your body. Prevent moisture loss and improve your skin’s elasticity by arming yourself with a generous dollop of new DermaFix Hand ResQ. It provides unmatched moisture for dry, cracked skin, leaving your hands feeling instantly softer and smoother. It also improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use over time.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • Shea Butter: provides anti-inflammatory and skin smoothing benefits.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin: replenishes skin moisture levels whilst improving skin elasticity.
  • Soluble Collagen: offers water binding capabilities whilst combatting fine lines and wrinkles, improving the texture and appearance of the skin.
  • Vitamin E: preserves the skins moisture, improving dry, rough and damaged skin. It furthermore increases enzyme activity, promoting wound healing benefits and the prevention of premature ageing.

TO USE: 

Apply Hand ResQ on clean, dry hands several times a day, or as needed.

STOCKISTS:

For more information on DermaFix products, or for more info on DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care, visit www.dermafix.co.za or call 0861 28 23 23.

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BEAUTY REVIEW: Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum

BEAUTY REVIEW: Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum

Are you battling with dark spots and pigmentation? We recently stumbled upon the Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum, and we definitely noticed an improvement in the overall tone and texture of our skin within a couple of weeks. Read on for our thoughts on this must-have skincare product.

When chatting to our readers and fellow Beauty Warriors, it seems that pigmentation and dark spots are some of the most common beauty concerns amongst South African women. This has a lot to do with your own individual skin type and tone (darker skins are usually more pone to scarring, while blemish-prone skins are also more likely to develop dark spots where blemishes once were), but our climate and exposure to sunlight also has a big impact. One of the most important things you can do when it comes to preventing the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis – even in winter. The second most important step? Start using a product that’s been formulated to target dark spots – like Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum – stat!

Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum

This lightweight serum is ideal for those who battle with dark spots, blemishes, pigmentation, and an uneven skin tone. It’s gentle, yet powerful formulation boasts a combination of three clinically-proven actives, namely B-white, Exo-T, and Sepiwhite MSH to help fade existing dark spots and to reveal a brighter complexion, with noticeable results in as little as 7 days. In fact, Sepiwhite MSH is an incredibly powerful active ingredient that’s been scientifically proven to increase your skin’s radiance by 83%. (Based on consumer studies).

TO USE: 

After cleansing your skin and patting dry with a clean towel, use dry fingertips to apply Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum to your areas of concern. (Avoid the delicate eye area). Apply both morning and night, and follow with your regular moisturiser. It’s vital that you use a sunscreen every morning to avoid further damage.

Have you tried Skin Doctors Even Brighter Revolutionary Spot Serum? Let us know whether it worked for you by leaving a review below.