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Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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I’ve just received this Argan Oil Shampoo &  Conditioner to review.        It is priced really well at only R59.95 each.   I wasn’t impressed with the packaging to be honest. The shampoo lid didn’t close properly, and therefore the product leaked a bit in the shower, and the brown and blue reminds me too much of the HASK Argan oil range.    That being said, I was pleasantly surprised with the product itself. It contains several oils, including Castor, Argan, Olive, Coconut and Avocado, and together they definitely give your hair shine and leaves it nice and smooth.    I was initially worried that I might have to wash my hair more often, due to all the oils, but this wasn’t the case at all.   It also has an amazing fragrance, which doesn’t fade.     So even though I’m not impressed with the packaging,  andRead More

Euphrates Review

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I’ve just discovered a new South African face care range called Euphrates, which is a woman founded cosmetics company, targeting uneven toned skin, acne, blemishes and excessive oily skin on behalf of every woman who struggles to have that naturally healthy and radiant skin.   I requested to review the Tropic Rain Scrub and Night Cream.   100ml Tropic Rain Scrub – R150  The Tropic Rain Scrub is suitable for all skin types. It is an exfoliating face scrub.   It causes the cells of the epidermis to become “unglued” allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for re-growth of new skin. The Super Moisturizing Fruit Acid Complex leaves your skin with improved texture and colour.   The Tropic Rain Scrub contains Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), which posses some of the following benefits:   BHAs are used for people with acne-prone or oily skin types because of the excellentRead More

Urban Bliss – Review & Give-Away

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Reviews, Spa Reviews | 1 Comment
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Well, it had been at least a year since my last facial (my dermatologist suggested I not do any treatments to my face because my rosacea flare-up was quite severe) but it seemed to have settled down so I decided to brave a facial from this spa— call it a good intuition.   I knew that they meant serious business and that I would in safe hands when the owner of the spa, Ayesha,wanted to know everything about my skin. So, I shared my sorry tale with her (of dehydration, rosacea and sensitivity) and she assured me that the treatment would be customised for my particular skin conditions. Ayesha, a true beauty professional, owned a spa for many years before this and has ensured that Urban Bliss well and truly lives up to its name. A little hideaway in the middle of buzzing Emmarentia, you must be warned that onceRead More

What To Ask Your Hairdresser

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I’m sure you’ve all had to go through that super annoying process of finding a new GP, hair dresser etc,when you move to a new place.   Luckily we now have social media to check on who’s who in your new local area, avoiding making too many mistakes along the way.   Even though I was adamant that I would drive back to visit my hairdresser, I eventually did cave and decide to find someone local.   After a few attempts we finally found my ‘goldilocks’ colour (not too dark and not too light), but I was thinking that I could have helped speed up this process if I’d paid more attention and known more about what had been used on my hair previously.   So, I decided to ask my current stylist at Style Bar in Constantia Village what we should know to ensure a smooth transition from one stylist toRead More

Real Techniques Give-Away

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Real Techniques has just launched a new Collectors’s Edition Eyelining Set and one of you stands a chance of winning it.   This fabulous set, valued at R499.95, consists of 4 exclusive brushes in a gorgeous metallic purple, which you can store nicely in this matching pouch. Accentuate your eyes to enhance your natural beauty with our limited edition eyelining set. Effortlessly give yourself a sultry liner, subtle definition, or a fun pop of color to transform your eye look. Each brush is a special design: a sleek, high-shine purple instead of the classic matte + an exclusive metallic brush pouch. Precision liner brush: for ultimate control of the perfect line Smudge brush: designed for enhancing the eye with a smoky effect Eyeliner brush: firm, angled head for optimal control along lash line Pointed liner brush: flat, tapered head designed to create both thin and thick lines Brush pouch: storesRead More

Fresh Summer Look For Over 40’s

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Just because I’m over 40 doesn’t mean that I don’t still covet that fresh faced Summer look.   Most days I tend to just whip on some BB cream, add a bit of blusher and a touch of mascara and I’m good to go. However, with more pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles, I do need to work a bit harder to achieve a natural look, when I want more coverage as well.   Yip, natural does not necessarily mean less, just the right products in the right colour, applied properly.   I was recently sent a few gorgeous new products from Essence and thought I’d share my fresh Summer look using some of these, and other favourites on my shelf.   I’ve just started using the AA Meso Lazer Wrinkle Decreasing Day Cream for 40+ and even though I preferred the texture of the Sensitive Skin day cream at first,Read More

Carlton Hair & Nails

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Hello Pretty Summer Colours

Everyone knows the Carlton brand for their hair salons but what you probably didn’t know is that they’ve also added the services of a nail technician to pamper your nails as well.   I was invited to experience their nail treatments at Carlton in Cavendish.   It was a Saturday morning and the salon was busy with a great vibe.   While Rachel was busy with my manicure I looked around at everyone’s lovely hair and immediately wished I’d booked myself in for a wash and blow dry at the same time 😉   Rachel did an amazing job prepping my nails and Carlton offers a wide variety of colours to choose from.     I learnt something new as well, in that all the new Morgan Taylor colours that have just been launched, like the Hello Pretty range, are also available in Gelish application. As I had already received and tried the MintRead More

Morgan Taylor – Hello Pretty

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Just received this gorgeous little package highlighting the New Summer Collection 2015 from Morgan Taylor called Hello Pretty.       

Sensitive Skin Day Cream

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My latest discovery is a wonderful moisturiser from AA Cosmetics.   Distributed by the same people that brought us Hean, this is a moisturiser for sensitive skin, with 0% allergens, parabens, or color additives.   This fragrance free, semi-rich 24 hour cream is recommended for normal and dry skin. It feels absolutely amazing on my skin, however I did find it to be slightly too rich for daytime use IF I’m in a rush and want to apply my usual foundation immediately afterwards. It does however absorb beautifully after a few minutes, and I use it generously on my neck and decollete as well.   It contains 1% Vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin) and 2% Allantoin (stimulating new skin cell growth,  anti-inflammatory properties and soothes skin irritation).   I’ve subsequently found many more products on their website that I’d like to try.   Their website highlights whichRead More

Amazing Abalone House & Spa Paternoster – Review

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My husband and I were invited to experience the Abalone House & Spa in August 2015.   We’ve stayed and several B&B’s before in Paternoster, which we’ve always enjoyed, but this time we were looking forward to a romantic break away from the kids.   Arriving at Abalone House, we immediately felt relaxed amidst the eclectic bohemian decor and settled into our room before enjoying a glass of bubbles on the deck.     We then went for a wander around the village and popped into one of the wonderful local restaurants for a mouth watering lunch. We wanted to go for a long stroll along the beach, but as it was drizzling, we opted to enjoy the hotel facilities instead. We’d booked a table at 7pm for dinner, but they suggested that we should come down a little earlier to see the sunset on the deck. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play along,Read More

Looking Good With LCN – Spring Summer 2015

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Looking Good LCN celebrates 13 years of success as the sole importer and distributor of LCN products, from Wilde Cosmetics in Germany, reaching the whole of Southern Africa and stretching into Angola, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Ghana.   Looking Good LCN recently showcased what’s hot and happening for Spring/Summer 2015.       The Under The Sea collection features some brand new nail polish trend colours for Spring. ‘Do you Speak Coral’ and ‘Lobster Love Affair’ are definitely two of my favourites.   When it comes to make-up, their lipgloss colours are rich in pigment and super glossy.     The Cover me in Diamonds Dust highlight powder is a definite must-have for the season.   See You In Ibiza highlights their Summer colours which are slightly lighter and definitely a whole lot of fun to try.   LCN also has a Bronzing Dry Oil which is going to be anotherRead More

UCook Review

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Recently I discovered another wonderful food delivery service called UCook, where you receive EVERYTHING you need to cook 3 delicious meals, including the recipe and the freshest, yummiest ingredients. Their recipes are created from scratch from a number of chefs, including the winner of the Italian Masterchef TV series Lapo Magni, Nic Tonglet who has worked at the Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club under the mastermind Luke Dale-Roberts, and Janne Molzen a lecturer at Silwood. The end product is a balanced healthy meal that is both nutritious and delicious. You can find out more information on the chefs who created each recipe, by reading their chef bio at the bottom of the menu page. I was given the opportunity to test their service, and we chose the L-carb menu for our family.   We checked the expiry dates and selected to prepare the Oven Baked Salmon first. My kids absolutely love fish (luckily!) soRead More