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When it comes to my skin care routine, I’m quite a Plain Jane. Everything I know of skincare, or my skin for that matter, I learned from my dear old mom. She’s a Plain Jane, too, and I grew up seeing her applying only the necessary skincare products. With the picture of only a night cream and a toner standing on her bedside table, I followed her lead in the Plain Jane compartment.

 But I’m only Plain Jane in skincare, and not in the rest of my lifestyle. With a floral-patterned blazer and plans for after work, I set off starting my day. My alarm goes off at 6am, but I only get up at 6:30 (snoozing an alarm is one of my biggest talents). With eyes still shut, I get up, press play on some new album I discovered the day before and only when my home is filled with the smell of coffee I open my eyes. And from there it is chaos. The chaos starts with my Nina-die-boskind- hair, Googling if the weather in Stellenbosch will allow me to wear a blazer and trying to get my flatmate out of bed. After I’ve ticked those three boxes, off to work it is!

 While we are on the topic of work, after work drinks is a big tradition in my life and Akker in Stellenbosch forms part of my day-to-day activities. When my last whiskey in Akker comes to an end, I jump in my car on my way to the next big gig.

9Lives and Optiphi | A Day In The Life Of Marié

WIN with 9Lives and OptiphiI know that a good skincare routine is just as important to my combination skin as the next music festival is for my muso heart. When the clock strikes five, I get in my car and go directly to a show, poetry reading or music festival, which is why I need products that are simple but effective, and that will protect and support my skin while I'm running from one gig to the next.Here is a glimpse of a day in my life, that consists of a lot of wine and social gatherings. I've partnered with the Optiphi team for a simple, but effective skincare range that can keep up with that extra guitar riff that a social butterfly needs.You could win your own range of Optiphi Classic products worth over R2 000! Simply like the 9Lives and Optiphi Facebook and Instagram pages and tell us about your skincare needs and name a product from the Optiphi Classic range. Leave your entry in the comments below.One entry per person. The competition closes 30 December 2019.To view the full Optiphi Classic range visit #9LivesOptiphi #OptiphiClassic

Posted by 9Lives on Thursday, 12 December 2019

 As a young professional building my career during the day and exploring the local music scene at night I know that a good skincare routine is just as important to my skin as the next Albert Frost show is for my muso heart. As I prepare for my next music adventure, the Optiphi team introduces the Optiphi Classic Range. A simplified range that strives for healthy and balanced skin. The Classic range includes products to maintain skin vitality and support the prevention of premature aging.

 I have a combination skin, with some parts of my face  dry and other parts of my face oily. Worst of both worlds, right? With an oily forehead, nose and chin and dull and rough cheeks. If this sounds familiar, you need to read on.

 My routine starts with the Optiphi Classic Pure Cleansing Wash to wash away the previous night’s drum kicks. The Optiphi Classic Pure wash is a milky cleanser that gently purifies, with soothing properties of Allantoin and Salicylic Acid that deep-cleanse without leaving sensitivity. In my teen years puberty hit me hard. I was the Roaccutane girl for years and because of that, my skin is very sensitive to strong, intense products. The Optiphi Classic Pure wash is a mild soap with no fragrances, and it I’m relieved that it does not feel as though I’m pounding my face with excessive stuff that is harsh on my skin.

Optiphi Classic Range

 We all know the dreaded coming back from a night out, having mascara under your eyes and McDonalds all over your face. As important water is for your wellbeing after a night out on the town, so is hydration for your skin. After I have washed away all the drum kicks, my face needs that extra guitar riff which comes in the form of the Optiphi Classic Hydra-Derm HA Maque. A creamy leave-on masque that soothes dehydration, fights the signs of fatigue and delivers a long lasting moisturization. I’m moving into my mid twenties and I understand that I need to start thinking about anti-aging, because you can’t be 21 forever. The Hydra-Derm HA Masque reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves my skin’s firmness, and protects the collagen and elastin to support my skin’s structure so that I can go back for an encore.

Optiphi Classic Hydra DERM HA Masque

 After that I apply the Restore Therapy. This promotes a complete dermal restoration with a multi-targeted anti-aging approach (another tick on the not-21-forever list) and the Retinol rejuvenates the skin and targets uneven skin tone and pigmentation.

Optiphi Classic Restore Therapy

 The Plain Jane in me how the Optiphi Classic range makes looking after my skin simple and easy, without bringing back the Roaccutane girl. 

 As I prepare for a Dan Patlansky show at the moment, I take the time to inspect my skin a little more. I can put the foundation back in my makeup bag, because my skin looks hydrated, balanced and ready for a bass player out there.

 WIN an Optiphi Classic skincare routine worth over R2 000!

You could win your own set of Optiphi Classic skincare products worth over R2 000! Simply like the 9Lives and Optiphi Facebook and Instagram pages and tell us more about your skincare needs. Post your entries in the comments below. One entry per person. The competition closes 30 December 2019.

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The VaaIie girl with a laugh better than the joke itself. If you’ve lost me in the crowd, look for the red hat. Or the shoulder pads. Or the floral-patterned blazer. I’ve got a winner of a party trick, just give me a shot of tequila and a raw egg, and if you’re not sure how to start the conversation, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.


  1. Anu Naidoo Reply

    My skin is dull and dry. With the warm weather it worsens. It looks dull. I will be so grateful to receive these amazing products my skin is need of hydration and rejuvenation.Thank you.

    • Carolyn Augustus Reply

      My skin is super sensitive and on the dry side. I need a product that caters for both without being too heavy.

      • Hi Isabel-Marie,

        Thank you, such a refreshing blog post to read.

        As a close knit family, we are venturing into the vegan world. This includes my son (21), my daughter (17), my sister, my mother, my father (all 4 of us best to fall under 21+ experience age group) and our 96 year old aunt.

        Pity I missed the competition, but looking forward to follow your world on facebook and Instagram.

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