Reviews

Marios Company For Hair – Review & Give-Away

Posted on by Anouschka in Reviews, Spa Reviews | 25 Comments
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As you can probably imagine, I don’t usually write reviews on hair, as it is such a personal experience, that you tend to stay with the same hair dresser for years (well forever really), as you don’t want to risk anything going wrong.   However, when Barry invited me to put my tired tresses in Marios experienced hands I jumped at the chance. I have friends who rave about him, and having kept a close eye on his Facebook page, his reputation of making women feel gorgeous, definitely preceded him.   Walking into Marios Company For Hair is a little bit like waking up on Christmas morning. You’re excited and nervous at the same time, as you know that there will be presents under the tree, but you have to wait in anticipation to unwrap them and see what you received.     Marios has been in this stunning loftRead More

Esse Cocoa Exfoliator Review & Give-Away

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Esse – Cocoa Exfoliator   I’ve recently had the pleasure of trying the Esse (which means ‘to be’ in Latin) Cocoa Exfoliator, and being a complete chocoholic, this was something I was definitely looking forward to testing.   Esse is a South African company (yay proud!) that is not only a leader in the development of natural and organic products, all Esse products are100% preservative free, biodegradable and free of parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance and synthetic colourants. I’m also in love with the packaging, as they use glass containers, which is upmarket while maintaining a natural look & feel.   If you are looking for a great product that is certified organic, accredited by Beauty Without Cruelty and endorsed by the Vegan Society, then look no further – Esse is your perfect match.   Esse also supports fair trade by purchasing from rural women’s cooperatives that are members of PhytoTrade AfricaRead More

If You Can’t Get To It, Beauty Spoon It!

Posted on by Anouschka in Latest News, Product Reviews, Reviews | 55 Comments
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  Have you heard of the Beauty Spoon?   New to South Africa, this cosmetic tool can be used to remove all the remaining product from nearly empty bottles and containers.   It’s ergonomic handle, flexible stem & contoured spoon, makes it easy to retrieve every bit of liquid and cream from those pesky hard to reach places.   Designed by Claudia Hoexter when she couldn’t get to the bottom of an expensive serum she’d purchased, and realised that she most probably wasn’t the only woman with this problem.   Click Here to see Claudia use the beauty spoon on Live Well Network.     Recommended retail price for the single pack is R110 & for the double pack (show above) is R169.   This is definitely going to come in handy, especially with my foundation bottles that drive me insane as you can see all your precious product just sittingRead More

Zoya Nail Polish & Spa Treatments

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I’ve just had the pleasure of meeting Brendan Kader from Zoya SA Nail Polish and Spa Treatments, and he let me play with all the wonderful products that he distributes.   These products are only available through Salons and Spas, so you won’t find them at any retail stores.   He’s busy reaching out to salons & spas throughout South Africa, so hopefully you’ll get to experience them yourself soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of my favourite Zoya products with you.     Firstly I obviously have to tell you about the insane range of nail polish & colours that Zoya offers. There are over 200 colours to choose from and this includes matte, velvet, metallic, shimmer & glitter.   The nail polish dries really quickly and is thin yet very rich in colour, so you don’t need to apply several layers. I did a veryRead More

Elements On Kloof – Gelish Review

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  Relax at Elements on Kloof   I’ve been wanting to write a review on Elements on Kloof for a while now, so was excited to visit them again recently.   Having just introduced Gelish to their treatments, I thought that this would be a new & fun topic to write about.   Although Elements on Kloof is obviously on Kloof street, it is a bit of a hidden gem as you won’t necessarily see the signage from the road. They are located on 39 Kloof (opposite Spar & Scar Hair) towards the lower end of Kloof street.   Elements has 8 treatment rooms and 6 therapists, offering your full range of treatments from facials, waxing, mani, pedi, and massage. They have a wide range of massages from around the world, as well as body polish, wrap & massage treatments to suit any preference.   Many of you will probablyRead More

Body Basics Review

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  Liesel from Body Basics invited me to come and view her new treatment room and experience one of her super relaxing massages with an express pedicure.   Having managed her mobile massage company for 5 years, Liesel recently added a treatment room adjacent to her home so that she could also cater for after hours treatments.   I must admit that I did get lost (yes again!) and had to pull out the map book and do a u-turn but I found her home with no further instructions and was greeted warmly at her gate.   The room, though simply decorated, is fresh and neat and you can feel that Liesel is very happy and proud to have her own treatment room to pamper people in.   There is a bathroom with shower facility in which I changed and then got ready for a lovely back, neck & shoulderRead More

Health Box South Africa – Try, Test, Taste

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My dear friend and creator of SA Health Blog (www.sahealthblog.com), Emma King, has joined forces with Lisa Raleigh, SA’s top fitness and wellness expert ( www.lisaraleigh.co.za ), to create Health Box SA.   Each month, subscribers to Health Box SA are sent a luxurious combination of health, fitness and wellness products. Each item has been tried, tested and tasted by the panel of experts to ensure that what lands up on subscribers’ doorsteps are the latest, trusted and best-for-you products available.     This means no standing in queues, no getting caught by marketing ploys, and no searching for healthy products or substitutes. Health Box SA delivers – to the subscriber’s door – the brand new and best products the wellness market has to offer.   Health Box SA presents a new way to incorporate healthy habits into the subscriber’s life, and is contributing to a revolution in healthier, greener living.   WithRead More

Tanvi Nail & Body Bar – Review

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It’s always exciting when a new salon opens in Jozi… and although I have my favourites, I am always keen to discover new places. Illovo Square on Corlett Drive has just been revamped and now houses some lovely new shops including Tanvi Nail & Body Bar. I’m here to try out the signature mani and pedi and most exciting of all, the nail art.     Salon owner Preya Naidoo has created a lovely ambiance with modern furnishings that are slick and yet still comfortable. She explains that Tanvi means “beautiful girl or delicate, pretty girl”. Samantha my therapist is lovely- a good quality in a therapist is the ability to suss out when a client wants to talk and when they just need to chill. My nails and toes have suffered the last few months as with a newborn, I rarely have had time to treat myself to a pedi/mani andRead More

Have You Heard Of Lingerie Letters?

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Today I want to share an amazing little secret that I just discovered.   First, let me introduce you to Lily:    If you love Lingerie as much as I do, then you are going to go crazy about Lingerie Letters, as Lily will send you a pretty pair by post every month.   No-one really sends letters anymore, so the only thing we usually receive in the postbox is our monthly bills. Lingerie Letters will make you look forward to seeing the postman as you wait for your little package to be delivered to your door.   As a lingerie subscription service, they playfully take the schlep out of shopping for panties by sending you a pretty pair by post, accompanied with a love letter. With your preferred style in mind (thongs, briefs or surprise me – love that!) you’re in for a sexy surprise every month.   WhetherRead More

Casuarina Wellness – The Commodore Hotel – Babor Facial Review

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After meeting with Krystle from Casuarina Wellness at the Commodore Hotel, she mentioned that they were about to introduce Babor to their treatment list and invited me to be one of the first to experience the Doctor Babor Facial.   Situated conveniently near the V&A Waterfront, the Commodore Hotel, is the perfect tranquil setting for the Casuarina Spa.     After taking some pics of the spa for this review, Jenetth, my therapist, walked me to our treatment room, and explained the steps of the Doctor Babor Facial.   Main active ingredients from the biogen plant extract are: Rosemary: stimulateing, regenerating Ginseng: revitalizing Nettle: stimulates the circulation, astringent Figwort: used in homeopathy to treat eczema Watercress: soothes skin rashes Sorrel: used in homeopath to alleviate general skin disorders Fumitory: used in homeopathy to treat eczema Bladder wrack: supplies moisture and stimulates the circulation   This is not a feeble facialRead More

Rubybox Review – October 2012 [VIDEO]

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 Keen to get your own box? Click here now: http://pampermenow.co.za/rubybox   Welcome to Pamper Me Now’s 1st Rubybox Review.   If you are already a Rubybox subscriber then please share your comments below or on our Facebook page.   For those of you who have not yet subscribed but are super curious as to what Rubybox is all about, hopefully this will satisfy some of that curiosity.   RubyBox is a beauty-box subscription, that delivers high-end cosmetics samples to your door every month. It gives you a chance to try out new products without spending big bucks on a full-size item that you might not like.   This month Rubybox sent out a limited edition Kiehls box, which is basically an introduction to some of Kiehl’s best sellers.    Kiehl’s was founded as a small apothecary over 160 years ago in New York’s East Village.   If you haven’t heard ofRead More

Ginkgo Spa At Steenberg Hotel – Review

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With the magnificent Steenberg Mountains as its backdrop lies Steenberg Spa, surrounded by the lush vineyards of Steenberg Wine Estate near Tokai. Operated by the Gingko Spa & Wellness Group, the minute you enter the spa, you’re greeted by warm smiles and a cool modern interior.     After being welcomed by Lurinda and introduced to my therapist Julia, I was ushered into the ladies cloakroom to a personal locker for storing my valuables and to change into a soft robe, those ‘gorgeous’ disposable knickers, take home spa slippers and a much appreciated cold bottle of water and small sample of day cream. A handy personalised card was also popped into the locker with details of the Cellulite treatment to follow.   Once suitably robed, Julia escorted me to the softly lit lounging room – kept at the perfect temperature with a fireplace for chilly days – where you areRead More