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Mauritius Hiking Adventures

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Into the green LUX* Le Morne is a springboard into eye-opening hiking adventures, both on the rugged landscape of the peninsula and in Mauritius’ lush jungle interior. Admire the Unesco-honoured majesty of Le Morne Brabant – spotting an astonishing array of indigenous flowers and wildlife en route to the summit – or venture inland to discover the natural wonders of the island.   Three–four-hour treks take in such sights as the seven cascades of the spectacular Tamararind Falls; the breathtaking waterfalls of Chamarel; and the untamed wilderness of Black River Gorges National Park, its emerald forests rich with rare plants and flowers, unique animals and colourful birdlife – many of them found nowhere else in the world.   The team of experienced hiking guides lead regular expeditions to the island’s most spectacular spots, sharing their peerless knowledge of the island’s geography, fascinating history and native island flora and fauna. WhereverRead More

What Is A Collagen Supplement?

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Collagen is a structural component of skin, providing elasticity, as well as skin cell renewal, to keep skin looking plump and youthful. It is also found in our bones, muscles and tendons as well as hair and nails.   In our youth our skin is made up of 80 percent collage, but as we age, collagen breaks down at about 1 percent a year, and our bodies ability to produce new collagen slows down, leading to a loss of plumpness in the skin and an increase in wrinkles.   Collagen is an ingredient in many skincare brands, but some dermatologists say its molecules are too big to penetrate the skin to be really effective.   Collagen supplements claim to rejuvenate the skin, but from the inside out, as you take them orally. The collagen is broken down into amino acids, and absorbed and distributed internally, improving the skin all over your body, asRead More

New Brands At Style Bar

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We all love visiting our hair dresser for a much needed bi-monthly highlight, colour or trim, as it always makes us not only look but feel soooo much better.   Another awesome bonus about visiting Style Bar is that they are continuously testing and introducing new ranges to their offering. Here are a few hot new lines that they stock along with all our old favourites.               My friend commented on how natural my blonde looks, and asked where I have my hair done. She’d heard of Style Bar before, but didn’t know exactly where it was situated in Constantia.     So for those of you who are also curious, Style Bar is situated in the Constantia Village Courtyard. It’s not in the main shopping center, but the smaller center where you’ll find Clicks and Standard Bank etc.   Contact Style BarShop 14Constantia Village CourtyardConstantiaRead More

Dry Shampoo For Brunettes – Label.M

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Although I love my dry shampoo for those days when you just don’t feel like (or have the time to) wash your hair. And with the current water restrictions, using a dry shampoo to your hair care routine will also go a long way to saving water.   Recently a friend of mine was horrified that I even mentioned dry shampoo, but then I realised that it was she has dark hair, and most dry shampoo’s make her hair look grey and chalky.   So I thought I’d share this bit of latest news, that Label.M has developed a dry shampoo for brunettes.    If you’ve tried it, please tell us what you think about it, in the comments below.   “label.m Dry Shampoo refreshes hair in-between shampooing using natural Rich Starch to disperse oil. Also works as a brilliant matt texturiser for a soft-touch, velvet finish to the hair.Read More

Cape Town Beauty Bar Goes Mobile

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  Cape Town Beauty Bar goes mobile   (Cape Town, February 2017) New York style Beauty Bar launches the Cape Town Beauty ‘Popup’ Bar to bring all your beauty needs to you.  Mani’s and Pedi’s are just a few of the treatments available, as the menu provides an extensive range of makeup applications, hair styling (including cut & colour), spray tanning, and eye lash & eye brow tinting as well as their newly launched men’s treatments.   With a classy set up tailored specifically for events, such as specialised tables and chairs, Cape Town Beauty Popup Bar is easily assembled to create the ultimate pamper session in the comfort of your own home. Perfect for hen’s parties and baby showers that want that extra bit of sparkle but it doesn’t stop there. Corporate functions and even bridal parties can benefit from the services available.   The already established beauty barRead More

Nomad Bistro & Bar Relaunches

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Nomad Bistro & Bar relaunches to bring you live entertainment   (Cape Town, January 2017) With a swanky new name to go with the newly launched weekly event nights, Nomad Bistro & Bar, formerly known as Nomad Bistro Fusion, located on 33 Waterkant Street in Cape Town CBD, has relaunched with a bang. Wednesday, 8 February 2017 saw an influx of socialites testing out the new concept.   Mohit Sureka, Owner of Nomad Bistro & Bar explains that the name change was simply the next step in the evolution of the bistro. “We are not just a restaurant, we do offer delicious bistro food and tapas that reflects casual dining in a sophisticated setting during the day but we’ve moved into the nightlife scene with our exceptional drink specials and new weekly events with local DJ’s and musicians.” Sureka owns Nomad Bistro & Bar together with Sunil Krishnan, who alreadyRead More

ESSE – Probiotic Skincare

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The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as a live microbe that is beneficial to humans. Extracts of probiotics have been used extensively in skincare but the “holy grail” of incorporating live probiotics has proved elusive. This is because conventional products contain preservatives … and preservatives kill microbes. Esse has used innovative production techniques, airless glass packaging and a preservative-free formula to launch the world’s first live probiotic serum and it’s taking the world by storm. The probiotic microbes are encapsulated and suspended in an oil base, reanimating and starting to divide when they come into contact with water on the skin’s surface. The efficacy of topical probiotics has been a hot topic in science with more than 5000 literature references on the “skin microbiome” in 2015. Testing in Germany has shown that the new serum from Esse has the ability to improve skin firmness by an average of 16%Read More

My Dermal Filler Experience [VIDEO]

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After I had my Botox treatment with Dr Alek Nikolic, we discussed dermal fillers — injections of hyaluronic acid — to fill out my sunken cheekbones and lift the corners of my mouth.  We definitely wanted to keep it looking natural, which I believe he managed to do, as once again no-one has noticed. I’ve just had a few people saying I’m looking good/healthy etc.   I was quite nervous on the day. Firstly because I didn’t know what it was going to look like afterwards, and secondly because there is a risk of complications. Regardless of how good/experienced the doctor is, there are some potential side effects. You can read more about that on All Dolled Up’s excellent Q&A here.    Luckily Dr Alek is very calm and professional, which made it a lot less scary.   My main concern was loss of volume in my cheeks so he injected Juvederm fillersRead More

Secret Box from Retail Box

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Have you heard of Secret Box yet?     If  you love receiving premium products from leading beauty and hair care companies, then the Secret Box from Retail Box South Africa is perfect for you.     The box contains deluxe travel sizes to full size products for specific skin and hair type and colours.   I received the RBSecretbox #31 which was specifically targeted for Blondes. The secret hint for this box was… “A trio for the Blondes getting summer ready. Restore keratin and enhance your shine.”   Check out what I found in my #RBSecretbox #31:  Schwarzkopf Blonde Me Set for only R350 Includes:BLONDE ME Keratin Restore Shampoo 250ml R275BLONDE ME All Blondes Spray Conditioner 150ML R287BLONDE ME Keratin Restore Treatment 200ml R304   A range developed for blondes of all shades, to maintain and condition in between salon visits. Keratin strengthens hair against breakage after lightening procedures, and leaves it smooth, soft and shiny.Read More

My Neostrata Peel Experience

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In my quest to turn back the clock, I contacted Dr Alek Nikolec and he designed a ‘programme’ of treatments that I’ll document as we go along.   First we did Botox, and shortly afterwards I was back for a Neostrata peel.   What skin problems would you use a Neostrata peel for? A Neostrata peel regimen visibly diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles, smoothes and softens skin, increases hydration and suppleness, and balances irregular skin tones. It can also improve oily/acne prone skin. Higher strengths can help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring and certain pigmentation problems. It can also be used safely and effectively on all skin types.   Treatment The lovely Vashnee cleaned my face of all make-up and de-greased my skin so that the glycolic acid can reach the skin for best results.   The Neostrata peel is one of the newest type of peels thatRead More

Essence – Little X-mas Factory Launch

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Essence (one of my favourite brands) has just launched their limited edition Little X-mas Factory. I’ve highlighted some of my favourite products below, but there are loads more products in this range, so go check them out at your nearest Clicks or Dischem November to December 2016.    Which one is your favourite?

My Botox Experience – Before, During & After

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I’ve been considering getting Botox for a while now and finally got the courage to not only do it, but I also decided to document my journey.   I contacted Dr Alek Nikolic, who has been my ‘go to’ expert in my ‘Ask The Experts’ section on Aesthetic procedures.    After a consultation we decided to do Botox, Neostrata peels, and fillers to target some of the areas and skin issues that I’m not that happy with.   I have to admit to being quite nervous to document this, as I know that there are many people who would never do this, but it’s for all those people in the middle, who are interested but not totally sure, perhaps a bit scared, that I wanted to document my journey, so that they can make an informed decision.    I’m not advocating that anyone should have any of these treatments, butRead More

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