Reviews

Kinetic Contours @ The Blue Door (Lipomassage Give-Away)

Posted on by Anouschka in Beauty & Body, Spa Reviews | 40 Comments
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Have any of you tried or even heard of Endermologie? I thought not! Which is why I was super curious to find out more and experience it at Kinetic Contours.   Kinetic Contours has been around for several years, but has recently finished renovations at their brand new location, just around the corner of their old premises, and can be easily found at The Blue Door.     To say that owner Linda is a perfectionist, is an understatement. Every room is not only beautifully decorated, but also completely impeccable, with everything neatly and exactly in its place, and all therapists are highly trained and experienced.   Emily is the exceedingly experienced therapist that does the Endermologie and Lipomassage treatments. She only needed to assess my body for a few minutes to affirm that I definitely needed Endermologie (all over body treatment) rather than Lipomassage (targeted for specific areas). Nearing 40Read More

Tip Top Nails Review & Give-Away

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A while ago I was sent some Nail Chic polish from Tip Top Nails to review.   Tip Top Nails is a South African brand (Yes – I love supporting proudly South African) that creates vegan, Toxin Free (No Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibuthyl Phthalate or Camphor) polishes made from natural ingredients, which are not tested on animals. I also give them a huge colourful ‘thumbs up’ for this!   They sent me 3 polishes: 1) The All-in-One! Base & Top Coat     Base & Top Coat     2) Pink Lady 3) Iced Almond First up I immediately tried the All-in-One mainly as I don’t get time to do my nails and let them dry with two little rascals running around. This polish also promotes growth & strengthens while adding natural colour & shine and it is quick drying. And it does just as it says – natural shining colour that driesRead More

Ever Filed Your Nails With Swarovski Crystal?

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews | 2 Comments
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Let the pampering begin. Crystal nail files with Swarovski detailing fit for a queen.     As a mom to a toddler in nappies I need to keep my nails short or I end up poking or scratching the poor little guy too often.   By now you all know that I love being pampered, but I’m pretty bad at doing any pampering for myself, so my nails often take a back seat in the attention department.   However, when I opened my package from Mont Bleu and pulled out these beautiful glass nail files with Swarovski crystals, I immediately fell in love. Firstly, becauses they are obviously very pretty, but also as this will surely make me spend more time grooming my talons.   They arrived really quickly – about a week or so, and were packaged in black velvet pouches. I received two sizes, the regular 13.5cm andRead More

D’vine Skin & Body – Review

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  I was invited to experience D’vines Signature Ritual – a 2h30 pampering session which includes a revitalising foot soak, an Indian Head Massage, a full body polish, a steam room session and ends off with a full body massage.   This was my first visit to D’Vine and once again I ventured out to the Northern Suburbs on a very wet and gloomy day. I’ve come to enjoy my longish drives out to different Spas in and around Cape Town, but these winter downpours are not fun to navigate.   Arriving at D’Vine, I was surprised by how big the spa is. It was wonderfully toasty inside and after I sat down for a quick chat with owner Liezel, I was shown around the gorgeous Spa by Bronwyn.   Location D’vine Skin and Body can be found in The Vineyards Office Estate in Welgemoed. They are pretty close toRead More

Milk & Honey Boutique Spa

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Contemporary chic meets classic cool at Milk and Honey Boutique spa. Describing itself as a luxury spa offering personalised treatments in an exquisite setting, I have to agree. Though fairly new to the spa scene, I can see why Milk & Honey is all about expert treatment, warm hospitality and individual attention.   Location Milk & Honey Boutique Spa can be found in the trendy suburb of Bantry Bay within O on Kloof Boutique Hotel. Located on the corner of King and Kloof Streets, there are a few hotel parking bays on King Road and ample street parking on Kloof.   Welcome From the moment I was warmly ushered through the crisp and utterly elegant interior of the hotel, I was given the 5-star treatment. Lindie, owner of Milk & Honey, is professional, charming and funny and has a wealth of international and cruise ship experience and boy, does itRead More

Vredehoek Laser & Skin Clinic

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I was super excited to visit Vredehoek Laser & Skin Clinic on Derry Street and to meet Maryke, who I’ve been chatting to on Facebook for a while.  I was invited to try their Dermalogica Specialised Facial which is a 70 min intensive treatment, along with a neck, shoulder and back massage. Location Vredehoek Laser & Skin Care is situated on trendy Derry Street, Vredehoek, Cape Town. Facilities There are 4 treatment rooms and 3 therapists (Maryke, Erika and Louise) plus Dr Chevonne Fitzroy comes in to take care of all your botox and filler needs. Products They stock the following product ranges: Dermalogica, DermaFix and ORA. All products have been specifically formulated for all skin types, especially damaged and sensitive skin. ORA products only contain plants and pure essential oils. No preservatives and no alcohol. Treatments and Prices Vredehoek Laser and Skin Care provides advanced anti-aging and beauty treatmentsRead More

Rolling In The Kalahari Sands

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How lucky am I to be invited once again to experience not one but two very different treatments at Kimya Spa?   The first treatment was a 15 min Fish Therapy session which I had never tried before and then I would be pampered with a 60 min Kalahari Rolling Sands Massage.   I was a little bit nervous trying the Fish Therapy, which is basically lots of tiny fish nibbling away at your feet. Luckily Kim was going to be my therapist again, and as I had such an amazing experience with her previously, I was quickly put at ease. The Treatment We started with their signature foot ritual where your feet are cleansed with a salt scrub and rinsed with warm water.     The wonderfully amazing Kim     Next up was the Fish Therapy and as you can see in this video below, it was prettyRead More

Lumenis LightSheer Duet Laser Hair Removal System

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  Yvette from Serayu Beauty invited me for Laser Hair Removal at her Salon.   I chose to do a ½ leg as that is the area that I would love to be hair free the most. Pre kids I had time for my monthly Spa treatments and religiously had my wax, facial and pedi, but now I’ve had to resort back to shaving in the shower, as I just can’t seem to get my act together anymore.     Serayu Beauty uses the latest Lumines Light Sheer Duet Laser – a new generation in hair removal.       Watch this short video to see the Laser in action and learn why this laser system works so well.     The 3 things that impressed me most: It uses an innovative vacuum technology which basically pulls the skin closer to the laser light – it feels like a bigRead More

Seaverah Fountain of Youth Body Serum

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    A while back I met with Tiaan, the master mind behind Seaverah, and he kindly gave me 2 samples of his 3-in-1 Body Serum (Cellulite Removal, Stretch Mark Repair and Skin Firming).   “Seaverah fast acting cellulite removal and stretchmark repair serum uses only the highest quality natural ingredients, so there are no chemicals to worry about. It is a powerful combination of seaweed extract and other natural ingredients, together with an oxygen component, which helps decrease the deposition and formation of cellulite, repair and heal damage to not just the surface skin, but especially to the deeper epidermis layer where you find the source of stretch marks, thus attacking the problem at its source. If used correctly, provides visible results within a matter of days.   Applying the serum daily, after a warm bath provides the necessary collagen and elastin support needed to prevent and improve the appearanceRead More

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream

Posted on by Anouschka in Anti-Aging, Beauty & Body, Latest News, Product Reviews, Reviews, Skin Care | Leave a comment
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A few months ago I went to the Dr Brandt Launch at Just Skin Aesthetics Clinic. Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by Dr Brandt’s Lineless skincare range while Kelly Ripa, Emma Rossum and Lenny Kravitz are fans of his other skincare solutions.   Even though I was adamant that I was not going to buy anything (as if!), I was pretty impressed with a couple of the products, and they had a Special Offer which was really good value for money, so I hauled out my credit card and walked away with some products and a lovely Free Gift for good measure. I was going away that weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to test the products until a week later, and I have been meaning to tell you about one product in particular, the Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream.    What it is: A poweful at-home alternative to aRead More

Serayu Beauty Salon in Durbanville

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful women at Serayu Beauty Salon in Durbanville. Being an ex Durbanville girl, I was looking forward to visiting my old stomping ground. Location Yvette Adonis recently acquired Serayu Beauty and has been upgrading this beauty salon allowing clients to indulge in even more beauty and slimming treatments.  Situated in Sadre Park, there is parking in front of the Salon but as these were taken I found parking across the road. Welcome Although I always try to arrive early, I had forgotten that this was the last day of term and as we also had a teacher’s farewell that morning 🙁 , I had to do some speeding up the N1 to try and get there on time. Yvette was there to meet me and even though she was multitasking, she had a sense of organised calm about her. Facilities Serayu is decoratedRead More

Ginkgo Spa at the Winchester Mansions Hotel in Sea Point

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All weekend I was looking forward to my Elixir massage at Ginkgo Spa. Janine had invited me to experience this signature treatment and my back and shoulders were in serious need of some pampering after sitting behind my computer for so many hours. Location There are several Ginkgo Spas located in luxurious hotels in the Western Cape. Ginkgo Spa at the Winchester Mansions Hotel overlooks the spectacular Sea Point promenade. I’d been to the Winchester Mansions Hotel before, for Sunday brunch (amazing), but had not yet had the pleasure of visiting the Spa. Welcome For once I did manage to arrive early and upon meeting Janine I was offered a delicious cup of chai tea (I want more) and filled in the obligatory consultation form. Janine and I chatted for a little while, where after she showed me around the Spa. This is the original Ginkgo Spa (there are 4Read More