Reviews

[Review] Rain – Metamorphosis

Posted on by Anouschka in Reviews, Spa Reviews | Leave a comment
You even get to take some goodies home afterwards

  When I read about the Rain Metamorphosis treatment I was immediately drawn to the idea of shedding my Winter skin and emerging new and refreshed, ready for Summer.    I’m going to come right out and say that this was probably one of the BEST massage treatments that I have EVER had. 2 hours of pure pampering. One thing that sets Rain apart from other spas is that everything has a journey, and it’s led by the client. Sylvia, my therapist, gently guided me on a journey of the senses, starting with me choosing which products she was going to use for the exfoliation, body and head massage.     Everything was perfection. The product choices were varied and top quality. The treatment was structured in such a way to minimise the client having to turn over or move. Yes, you have to get up to shower between the exfoliationRead More

[Review] African Extracts Rooibos

Posted on by Anouschka in Anti-Aging, Product Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
ae-webslide_advantage-16

  African Extracts Rooibos just sent me some of their  Advantage Range of products to test and review. I usually like to use products I’m sent without researching them too much at first, to get a real feel for the products without being influenced by price or other people’s opinions.     Even though I do quite a bit of research when it comes to beauty products, I’ve never studied the science behind it, so I really like to go on gut feel as well. I tend to find that some products stay at the front of the shelf and I tend to reach for them on a daily basis, while others slowly migrate to the back of the cupboard, because they lack the Wow! factor in my opinion.   My initial feeling towards the African Extracts Rooibos Advantage Range is very positive. I love that it’s a local brand,Read More

[Review] Gold Elements

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews, Skin Care | Leave a comment
img_4669

Gold Elements I received 3 full sized products from Gold Elements in the United States to test and review.    All their products contain 24K gold powder which has several great skin care properties, which include anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, improves blood circulation and reduces the production of melanin. The gorgeous gold powder also makes the product glow beautifully as well.   Apart from the gold powder, they focus on using a host of wonderful products like, chamomile, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Witch Hazel, Sweet Almond oil and Jojoba. These all work towards hydrating the skin, reducing find lines, even discoloration, interrupt free radical damage, soften the skin and help promote the growth of new skin cells.    Phew what more can we ask for?   Well, actually, they’re also serious about excluding any parabens, animal derivatives, mineral oil and artificial colours.    Gold Elements offers different lines of products for different ages and price ranges.Read More

Comparison: Vita Liberata Body Blur vs Caribbean Tan Shimmer Cream

Posted on by Anouschka in Latest News, Product Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
img_4658

In this video I compare the Vita Liberata Body Blur to the Caribbean Tan Shimmer Cream. Both are must-have Summer purchases but at a different price point. Watch the video to find out how they compare.  

[Review] Ordinary Skincare

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Product Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
product

Ordinary Skincare I read about Dr Claire Jamieson’s skincare range and immediately desperately wanted to try it as it seemed just what the doctor ordered for my rosacea-prone, sensitive and sometimes dehydrated skin. Also having recently gone through some health issues, my skin urgently needed some TLC in the form of products that would heal and soothe.   Made locally, the Ordinary skincare range has been developed especially for people with “hardworking skin” (mine definitely fits the bill!)  and they marry the finest that nature offers with the best of modern science. Plus, all the ingredients are safe and ethically sourced using sustainable ingredients and tested only on humans. What’s not to love?   I was lucky enough to test a range of products which I can now honestly say have fulfilled all of my expectations and more. The  award-winning Cleanser is exactly what I require in that it’s soap-Read More

Francolin Cottage – Greyton, South Africa

Posted on by Anouschka in Reviews, Travel Reviews | Leave a comment
kids-room

We recently spent a few nights in Greyton, one of my favourite places near Cape Town.   Turning left off the N2, you’ll find Greyton at the end of the R406 tar road, nestled in a hollow in the majestic Riviersonderend Mountain range.   This gorgeous village manages to maintain a quaint and natural feeling, while offering several excellent restaurants and gorgeous vintage shops and galleries.   There are lovely hikes in the nature reserve and along the rivers, and we also enjoyed strolling down the dirt roads checking out all the beautifully renovated and maintained cottages.   We stayed at Francolin Cottage, which sleeps four, and combines the romance of a peaceful riverside cottage with all the amenities you might need. It was raining for the first few days, so we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful garden much, but on a sunny day, sitting under the shade of the oak tree would be obligatory.   We spentRead More

Style Bar – Summer Ready

Posted on by Anouschka in Reviews, Spa Reviews | Leave a comment
after1

Every couple of months I have the pleasure of visiting Style Bar in Constantia for my hair fix, and I have to admit that this is truly one of my very guilty pleasures.    Sharing a bottle of wine with a good friend is one of the best feel good moments I can think of, and having my hair done comes a close second.   I always enjoy having a squizz at some of the new products they bring in and I thought I’d share some of these with you. Love my colour! After some chit chat and catching up on a few magazine articles, I was ready to head back to my normal day of fetching kids and making lunches. It was fun to feel like a schmodel for a few hours anyway..   Style Bar For more info visit: Website: http://www.stylebar.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stylebarsa Twitter: https://twitter.com/stylebarsa

[WIN] Impulse Fragranced Body Spray

Posted on by Anouschka in Latest News, Product Reviews | Leave a comment
collection

I received these lovely perfumed body sprays from Impulse to test and to give-away to some lucky readers.   All three Fragranced Body Sprays cost R19.95 for 75ml, and are available at Pick n Pay.  Directions: Hold can 15cm from body and spray all over body for a fresh all day fragrance. Dermatologically tested and gentle on your skin.   Dynamique Feel absolutely irresistible with this intense perfume, which blends musky vanilla scents with amber notes (Main notes, rose, Musky, vanilla, powdery, amber), leaving you ready to dazzle.    City Collection – London Vibe  Get caught up in the trendy London Vibe, which blends woody, vanilla notes with citrus and white floral. Leaving you ready to take on the fast city life. (Main notes, sandalwood, vanilla and grapefruit scents).   City Collection Paris Chic  Get swept away in a fashionable moment with Impulse Paris Chic Fragranced Body Spray. It’s intense perfume blends fruity, white floralRead More

Morgan Taylor Summer 2016 Street Beat

Posted on by Anouschka in Latest News, Product Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
street-beat-col-160829090005

The latest Morgan Taylor Summer 2016 Street Beat colours launched on 1 September 2016 in leading salons and retailers nationwide.   This collection introduces 6 new super bold and eye-catching shades, that will brighten up your summer.     Here are the 6 colours that make up the Street Beat Collection:   Morgan Taylor retails at R138 per bottle, available at leading salons and retailers nationwide.   Check out these Behind The Scenes images in this video below:    For more info go to www.sparklesa.co.za   I’m absolutely LOVING these bright colours.   

Vita Liberata Body Blur Review

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews | Leave a comment
Legs

I’ve tested and reviewed many products over the years, and most are pretty good. Very rarely does a product stand out and completely take me by surprise.   Vita Liberata Body Blur has totally surprised and impressed me.   What is It? Body Blur is a wash off skin finishing body makeup that perfects skin, gives a natural looking tint for the body, and reflects light for a photo-ready finish.   Formulated With Perfects skin by masking blemishesReflects light for a photo-ready finishGives a natural-looking tint for the body that washes off Can also be used as a makeup primer on the face Hydrates skin with certified organic extractsWater resistant   Formulated Without ParabensHarsh chemicalsPerfume / FragranceAlcoholAnimal derivativesPetrochemicalsSulphatesSilicones   Directions A little goes a long way! For body use a tan mitt or your hands. Apply in small pea sized dots along limbs and then blend well in long circular movements.Read More

Bay Harbour Market Fun

Posted on by Anouschka in Latest News, Reviews, Travel Reviews | Leave a comment
KWC-Chardonnay

This Sunday afternoon we took a drive down to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay for some lunch and retail therapy. It does get busy, so best you get there early to shop and then find a spot to enjoy some of the many delicious food choices on offer.   Happy Mamma   Yummy cheezy breadsticks   Lamb Salad                   There’s something for everyone at the Bay Harbour Market. Bring the kids, there’s plenty of treats and shopping for them too, plus a kids play area which is relatively quiet. Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 9pm Saturday & Sunday:  9:30am – 4pm Website: http://www.bayharbour.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bayharbourmkt    

Four & Twenty – Cafe & Pantry

Posted on by Anouschka in Travel Reviews | Leave a comment
Outside

YUM! Yummety yum! Seriously just had the BEST breakfast ever!    Met up with a friend for brekkie at Four & Twenty at 10am and it was packed! Luckily we managed to grab one of the last tables.   The menu is heavenly and it was hard to choose but everything we had was exceptional.   I can highly recommend the Eggs Be-Lean:Two Free-range Poached Eggs on an Aubergine, Mushroom & Truffle Rosti with Confit Baby Tomatoes & a light Yoghurt Hollandaise R80 ***Add Crispy Bacon R90   I forgot to take a pic, so there’s their Poached Eggs & Hollandaise served on Ciabatta.   What a stunning cafe. Do yourself a favour, call a friend and haul yourself on over there soon xxx   http://www.fourandtwentycafe.co.za/ 23 Wolfe StreetChelsea VillageWynberg7800 Telephone: 021 762 0975Email:  info@fourandtwentycafe.co.za