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My Garnier Journey | COMPETITION

Happy Friday!

I would like to take (take with a grain of salt idiom) a second  to welcome you all to my new site, as you can see The Fabulous Maven is an official website (idioms website) with a new look. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Can you guys believe it’s been 6 months since I’ve posted? – I’ve accepted the fact that I now fall into the “inconsistent blogger” category but I promise to be better this year. (Major Side eye)

In saying that I wanted to talk to you guys about my Garnier Journey. If you follow me on social media you would know that in March of 2016 I became a Garnier Pure Active Ambassador and from then it’s been an amazing journey with the brand. I get asked often, how it all happened – so I thought why not put it in a post.

So here it goes, to make a long story short – last year Garnier was looking for brand ambassadors and asked for bloggers and content creatives to send through reviews of their newly launched product line – The Pure Active Range. I, among many others were blessed enough to be chosen

Garnier flew me to JHB for a prestigious training event and from there I got to meet amazing young women who were going to represent the brand too. At the training event we were all asked to take a selfie stick and “just talk to the camera”– and that’s pretty much where it all began for me. A few months later, I was chosen to be a Selfie-Made host and that’s WHY I’ve been popping up on your YouTube and Facebook screens with my pyjamas on, with a face fully masked in the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1.

This journey has been unreal – All my reviews are authentic and the great thing about the Garnier brand is that they do not and I repeat DO NOT test their products on animals – apart from being super affordable and AHHmazing.

A Huge Thank you to the Garnier brand for this amazing opportunity, I have learned so much about my skin and I cant wait to share it with you all in the near future.

Below you will find a review on four of my absolute favourite products from the range. Enjoy 🙂


The Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead Formula

Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Blackhead Formula


This baby is everything in a bottle for me and it’s the newest addition to my cleansing routine. It’s my new craze that I brag about to everyone who asks about what products to use from the Garnier range. This is a multi-purpose formula that can be used as a WASH, SCRUB and MASK. How savvy!

Personally, I suffer from blackheads along my T-zone area and it grates my left toe because I’ve gotten so conscious about it. With this product, a little goes a long way. I use it twice a week as a facial scrub, afterwards my skin feels and looks refreshed and clean. I don’t really know how to explain the feeling of ‘clean’ skin – but I must admit this formula gets down and dirty and cleans the gunk out. I had a friend over this past weekend, who has acne prone skin- she could not stop talking about how impressed she was after using this product as a face wash.

Activated charcoal extract is the bomb for your skin because it helps to remove the dirt from your pores after a long day through the process of absorption.

This product could possibly stain your clothing because of the charcoal extract so be careful when using it.

Retail Price: R95.95


The Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water

When I first heard about “Micellar” water, I was curious and sceptical.  I mean, what can Micellar water do that a normal make up cleanser/wipes/ face wash can’t?

The secret lies in the non-rinse formula that has micelles – tiny oil molecules suspended in water. Micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so their aim is to draw out impurities without drying out your skin.

FUN FACT: Did you know that Micellar water has been around for 100s of years and first originated in France?

This product saves me on my most lazy days and when my gel cleanser doesn’t seem to do the trick. – You get to “Cleanse” your face without using actual water and it can be used as a toner AND let’s not forget the 400ml can be used up to 200 times. I honestly have nothing bad to say about this product; the only con is that I run out of a lot more cotton pads every month but that’s pretty much it.

Retail Price: R84.95


The Garnier Pure Active BB cream

If you don’t already know, a BB cream is known as a Beauty/Blemish Balm. My shade is medium and I love (fall in love synonym) how it blends perfectly onto my skin. I don’t like wearing foundation or anything heavy on my skin during the week, so a BB cream does the trick, its light coverage yet it covers all my imperfections.

This product is very moisturising, that’s another reason I love it because I have very dry skin. I also love a dewy look which I get with this product; however most of my friends who have purchased this particular BB cream feel the opposite because they have oily skin. My advice – make sure you try out a tester first. Find a BB cream that’s for your particular skin type, the Garnier brand has quite a few from other ranges.

Retail Price: R95.95


The Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1

This is pretty much the OG of the Pure Active range. However, they created a better formula that has Eucalyptus extract which helps to intensely clean your skin from bacteria and impurities.

Because I have dry skin, I like to use the face scrub dry as well. So instead of wetting my face, I just (just in case meaning) put the product on to my fingers and scrub my troubled areas. It makes such a big difference to the texture of my skin.

This product also serves as a great face mask – What I love is that once the mask has dried up on your face, you can add a little water with your fingers to change the texture and double up to use it as a facial scrub before rinsing.

Retail Price: R81.95

Side note: Most of the Pure Active products are multi-purpose as it can be used in more ways than one. It’s personally what I love about the range. It’s perfect for a student on a budget because most products are less than R100.  Please also note that this has been MY skincare journey with the Garnier brand & that not all skin types will have the same reaction as I have.


As many of you may know, April is my birthday month – So I’ve teamed up with Garnier to host my very first giveaway. ONE lucky subscriber will win a Pure Active skincare hamper worth +R1100. Portrayed  below are a few of the products that will be in the hamper. How Exciting!

How To Enter:

Follow The Fabulous Maven Instagram page

Follow  the Garnier Instagram page

Subscribe to the Fabulous maven blog via email

Tag two friends on the Instagram  post

The Competition ends on the 21st of April 2017.



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  • Reply
    April 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Why can’t I find the Garnier daily cleansing daily wash?

    • Reply
      April 11, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Hi Tilene, where do you live and preferably like to shop for products? TRY shopping on clicks, they have an online service, if it is still unavailable – I will find out for you from the Garnier team and get back to you x

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    Anita Dingwayo
    April 12, 2017 at 7:24 am


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    Emily Olifant
    April 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

    This is awesome.. I would love (fall in love synonym) this because winter is approaching 🙂

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