I can’t stress enough how much I love skincare and how important it is that you have a routine and you take care of your skin. Introducing the Elizabeth Arden skincare duo that will add moisture and hydration to your complexion. I really do love this brand their skincare truly is amazing. In this post I chat about the refining moisture complex and the gel hydrant complex. Both are amazing and both are up for grabs for 1 lucky winner!!!!

I love serums especially one that I can apply overnight so when I wake up I have gorgeous looking skin. The L’Occitane Immortelle Reset Overnight Oil-in-Serum does just that. Surprisingly its the first time using the  brand and am super impressed. What I love about the serum is that after only a short time using my skin feels plump and super soft. I only got to try out a little tester thanks to Ruby Box but will definitely look at buying this one as its that lovely on my skin.

I’ve gotten  to that age now (42) that my skin has changed and its not so combination like I used to be with oily areas. Its more dehydrated at times with pigmentation. Plus now I am looking for skincare to help with anti ageing as well as protect my skin at the same time. Introducing the gorgeous organic Probiotic Esse Protect Oil that’s actually local. South African skincare is actually truly impressive and this little bottle of oil has become my new best friend. I even got a “your skin looks amazing what are you using”yesterday so the oil is definitely working a treat.

Another winner the Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum that brightens and firms the skin. I have been busy testing this serum for the last three weeks and already I feel a difference. Vitamin C has been used in skincare for as long as I can remembe. However, Dermalogica have embraced new technology that finally harnesses the full power of Vitamin C. This serum enhances the skin’s natural defence system to stop the damage even before it starts.

Another skincare winner from Elizabeth Arden the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel. Why do I love it so much? Well it makes my skin feel amazing and just gives my tired looking skin a boost. Its not like any product I have used before because even though it feels like a serum when you apply you actually put it on after your moisturiser. Not only does your skin look super fresh after using but it also tightens and lifts which when you over 40 like me then this is what we all need.

Eek I am not wearing makeup here but I do have a tan thankfully. I wanted to show me applying the gel in the key areas like my chin, cheeks and also the neck. I have already done my skincare routine here and am applying with the roller where needed. The gel really soothes my skin plus gives a gorgeous glow as well as tightening my skin. The gel goes on with a cooling aluminium roller, which itself has an instant manual lymphatic drainage effect.

Its super hydrating due to the hyaluronic acid that plumps the skin as well as hibiscus seed extract to support collagen and elastin production over time. The gel melts into the skin and doesn’t leave it feeling sticky and makes makeup application really easy.

The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel (R799) is on the premium side of skincare. Its definetly on the more expensive side but it really is a gorgeous product that is worth the investment.

Shahnaz x


When it comes to photo shoots I like to keep it simple with the skin products that I know really work. For this shoot for Truworths I used my photo shoot gorgeous skin trio that really works for me. You can add in a skin illuminator as well to add more glow if you want. I try keep my pro kit as compact as I can especially when I have to do hair as well and have a few bags to carry around. Over the last 9 years of doing makeup I have actually changed up products I use. I have narrowed it down to what works on photo shoots to create a good picture. Plus skin needs to look really good. The trio I used here is the Mac Prep and Prime Natural Radiance, Mac Face and Body Foundation and Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.

Every year I do a beach bag post. This year I am posting about my holiday essentials whether I am at the beach or just out and about (my kindle is still a holiday essential it just doesn’t look as pretty in the picture). I wanted to feature the most important things for me when I am in the sun.  I included my wireless headphones because these are key for chilling and listening to music or watching a movie on a long flight. I included an SVR face sunscreen and my beloved lip balm that I can’t live without. Plus a little bit of bronzer because even though I forego makeup while heading out to the beach or pool I still need a little something.

I literally have been posting new products every week from Elizabeth Arden because they are seriously on a roll with their skincare. This week I am chatting about the gorgeous Elizabeth Arden Superstart Probiotic Cleanser Whip to Clay. My favourite part of my morning and evening is cleansing especially with this bad boy. Its an absolute winner leaving my skin feeling ridiculously amazing. 

The probiotic cleanser (R430) has been added to their Superstart range formulated to harness ther power of probiotics to cleanse and fortify the skin. Sometimes a cleanser can make my skin feel like it needs some extra hydration but not with this one. Its a whipped mousse cleanser that turns to clay when massaged all over the face. The Superstart Cleanser turns into a soft lather when in contact with water.


  • Removes dirt, impurities and makeup without stripping or drying.
  • Supports the skin hydration.
  • Leaves skin feeling super soft and ready for the rest of your skincare routine.
  • Probiotic Complex supports skin’s natural defences by adding good bacteria to the skin.
  • Glycerin to help retain moisture.

The best way to use massage it in and leave for a minute so it turns to clay and then wash off with water. The cleaner has a pink and grey clay from the French Volcanic Earth. This double combo is what maintains the balance of the skin. The green clay unclogs pores and the pink boosts radiance and nourishes the skin.

Good Bacteria is so important for our skin and with some cleansers the bacteria can be stripped from the skin. I love using it in the morning as my skin just feels amazing for the rest of ther day. Its the first thing I reach for when I step into the shower. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

If you haven’t checked out the Superstart range then you are definitely missing out. I have so far tried the the Skin Renewal Booster and I love it waiting to try the masque that has had rave reviews.

Shahnaz x

Face sunscreens are a must have for everyone and if you’re smart you carry one in your bag where ever you go. I admit sometimes I am lazy especially when I am by the pool and I have my kids Nivea handy. However, I do try keep one for my face and one for my body. Prevage have introduced their amazing new City Smart Hydrating Shield which will be in my holiday kit next week Europe bound.  Bioderma have launched their sunscreen to help combination and oily complexions. Both add a wash of colour to your complexion plus amazing skincare benefits as well. I am no longer looking for your usual face sunscreen I want something that has it all and will also make my skin look amazing.

Its a change of season where some days its freezing and skin needs some serious hydration and to get back some of that glow. Here are three of my skin glow getters picks that give some serious glow plus super soft skin. I am always on the look out for great skincare that will seriously hydrate especially during winter. So I have chosen three current favourites from skincare to a highlighter that are winners on the glow area.