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Beauty Night Out!

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Don’t miss out on the most glamorous beauty night of the year. Glam it up and join the rubies at the Mount Nelson Ballroom on 30 August at 6pm.   For just R290 per ticket (R250 for VIP members): * you can build your own, customised rubybox and take home beauty products worth R400+ * transform your look with a Stila Makeup Your Own Rules Makeover, and hit the Scar Express Hair to transform those tresses into a work of art. * indulge in a pampering scrub, massage and mani with theIssahra Experience by WOW Spa * and stand a chance to win beauty hampers worth R5000+. * recharge with Absolut Vodka infused cocktails, scrumptious canapés and elegant Saxenburg wines * before hitting the photo booth and capturing the glam on camera!   Tickets are limited so rally the girls and book now to secure your spot!              

It Pays To Go Green

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  The lovely peeps at Beauty Factory recently sent this package my way, and their ‘go green’ strategy really impressed me.   Not only do they make stunning luxury bath & body products, they also reward you when you ‘go green’.   Just bring your empty product packaging back to a Beauty Factory store, and they will not only recycle it, but also give you 20% off a similar Beauty Factory product.   How awesome is that! Big thumbs up to Beauty Factory – truly love this!   Luxury handwash in Desert Dune & Morning Dew R89.90 each.   They often have specials on their website so be sure to pop in regularly.   Website: Facebook Page:      

Cinderella’s Secret Is Out

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While running the Cinderella’s Secret competition for you all, I was lucky enough to be sent a surprise package of all these wonderful goodies to try myself.   I am totally in love with these bath products and my son keeps asking me why I smell so good 😉   My favourite product is probably the Body Scrub. I use it in the shower and as it is a creamy body scrub, not only does it exfoliate, it immediately moisturises as well, leaving your skin super-soft and smooth. Another great tip is to use it to do your important breast examination every week in the shower.  My aunt has just been diagnosed with breast cancer so I can’t stress enough how vital this is for all of us to do regularly. My next favourite are the bath products. I adore the bath milk and my kids have already finished theRead More

Instant Facelift Review & Give-Away

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Skin Doctors Instant Facelift

Skin Doctors Instant Face lift Review   I received the Instant Facelift from Skin Doctors to review which made me pretty excited. Who doesn’t want an instant facelift without going under the knife? What it does: * It improves sagging skin because it tightens, lifts and boosts firmness. * It improves the elasticity and tonicity of the skin * Instantly smooths wrinkles and best of all it works in just 5 minutes * Effects last between 4-8 hours   How to apply: 1. Apply to clean dry skin 2. Place a few drops on your palm and apply in an upward motion with your finger * from your chin to your ear along your jaw line * from your nose to your temple along your cheek bone * from your eyebrow up towards your hairline 3. Once applied, try not to make any facial movements (smiling/talking) for 2-3 minutes untilRead More

Meeting The Cosmetics Cop

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Recently we had the privilege of meeting Paula  Begoun, the original Cosmetics Cop & founder of Paula’s Choice Cosmetics.   This is her first trip to South Africa and she’s here to launch her own cosmetics range Paula’s Choice in South Africa.   I personally really enjoyed meeting her and listening to her story as it resonated with me. I started my blog to review spas and beauty products, to be more informed and to share my finding with my friends and now readers. I envisioned being the ‘go to person’ when it came to anything pampering.   I loved her down the earth, matter of fact, way of speaking and that she doesn’t mince her words. If something is complete rubbish, she’ll say it. I know how hard it can be to criticize a spa or product without being rude. Believe me, if something is really crap, I’ll sayRead More

Fancy A Spree For Free?

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  If you’ve ever been tempted to sign up to Rubybox but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, then now is the time to act!   All new August rubybox subscribers, will get a R100 shopping coupon inside their August rubybox.   So not only will you be getting your exciting  beauty products to the value of R250 to try out, you’ll now also be able to buy something you’ve always wanted from their website, with your R100 coupon.   You need to sign up before 26 July at 12pm to get his amazing offer, and you can expect to receive your debut rubybox between 8 & 15 August 2013.   Here’s a clue as to what’s in the August box: “Whether you’re looking to cover up or let your true beauty shine through, the August box is just for YOU! Knock on the red door of an allRead More

Beauty Factory – Pampering For All

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As a proudly South African company, Beauty Factory has 10 stunning stores all over South Africa. All products are designed, developed and produced in Gauteng,  allowing them to keep costs down, and making us even happier.     If you don’t have a store near you or love shopping on-line (as I do!), then you’ll be super excited to hear that they have an amazing online store.   Beauty Factory have made it their mission to bring you premium bath, body and beauty value – so now there’s really no reason to put pampering on the back burner or to feel guilty about a bit of indulgence.     With over 300 exceptional products on offer in the Beauty Factory store (and many more to come), you’ll find plenty of excuses for a whole lot of me time.     Lucky me! I received this ginormous product hamper full ofRead More

LushBerry [WIN] – The Online Style Destination

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Yes you can WIN this gorgeous handbag!

  I love shopping online & have to share this exciting new online store called LushBerry with you. This is a wonderful addition to our online shopping experience, as we can shop for fashion, accessories and beauty products as well.     I sat down with owner, Bernadette Homor, and asked her a few questions about her gorgeous online store.   1. I love the name Lush Berry – how did you come up with this? I was looking for a very feminine & relate-able name but also easy to remember. I came up with a few alternative’s like famous characters such as Carrie from Sex&City. But LushBerry just was the natural choice and thought that it can represent many different products rather than being one dimensional plus the Brand represents many tastes and styles. Only afterwards did I do more research and discovered the Cover Girl’s cosmetics has a Blush withRead More

Look Who Sponsored Our ‘Great Gatsby’ Auction!

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Last month, my son’s school arranged a Great Gatsby auction evening as a fundraiser and I approached some of my favourite spas and beauty products in SA to see if they would like to be part of it.   I was blown away by their generosity & all the moms were super excited that we had these amazing sponsors and products to auction off.   A huge thank you goes to the following sponsors:   1. Suntra Spa 15 on Orange Hotel – Bellabacci Full Body Massage – R620 This was auctioned off in a flash 😉   2. Legs 11 Greenpoint, IPL permanent hair removal vouchers x 2 R380 per area Best, safest and most affordable salon for permanent hair removal – you can read all about my journey here:   3. Theravine Hydrating Skin Care Selection R543.60 – Perfect hamper for these dry Winter days.Read More

Winter ‘Must-Have’ From Theravine

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Hydrating Pinotage Face Oil

Theravine Pinotage Face Oils The Pinotage face oils have always been an essential part of our skin care regime as its deep penetrating properties allows for the enhanced performance of all the other products we use, thus intensifying our daily skin care routine drastically.     Recently these Pinotage face oils had a ‘face lift’ of their own (ingredients & packaging), and this new formula addresses a number of primary skin care concerns:     1. Providing a Vitamin C enhancement 2. Increasing anti-oxidant properties 3. Lipid Replenishing System boost   There are 3 options to choose from: 1. Balancing 2. Hydrating – perfect for Winter 3. Stimulating   1. The new Balancing Pinotage Face Oil forumla has been infused with the most stable form of Vitamin C and will treat skin concerns ranging from acne to pigmentation. Description: A light textured oil which helps to improve the appearance of the epidermis.Read More

[New Product Review] Essence Gel Lip Tint

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  As soon as I heard about the new Essence Gel Tint, I had to try it.   There are 4 colours to choose from (red, reddish-brown, pink and apricot), and I received the Flashy Apricot (03), which is an orangy red colour.     I love that it is a lip tint and gloss in one. This one is quite subtle which is perfect for me as a deep red does not suit me.   It is a water based gel tint and lasts surprisingly long as it doesn’t feel that heavy on the lips.   They are available at Clicks and Dischem for only R29.95, so everyone can afford it.   Definitely a great new ‘must-have’ item for your beauty collection.   Website: Facebook:

Issahra Argan Oil Review

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I’m sure that most of you have heard of Argan Oil by now, which has been referred to as liquid gold.   I first heard of Issahra when I reviewed their exfoliating soap, which made me want to get my hands on their Perfect Oil, which contains 100% pure argan oil.   Argan oil is exceptionally rich in essential fatty acids & vitamin E, which is great to moisturize dry skin, treat psoriasis &  acne, and to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, while  anti-oxidants neutralise the free radicals that cause ageing and protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.   What makes argan oil expensive is that fact that cracking the argan nut to obtain the argan kernels, has to be carried out by hand, making it a time consuming labour intensive process. It takes about 50 kilograms of nuts to make a litre of oil.  Read More