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BVLGARI Omnia Paraiba Review

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I’ve just received the latest fragrance by BVLGARI – the 6th perfume in the Omnia for women series. Omnia in the Urban dictionary refers a scale used to describe sheer perfection. Ranging from 1 to Omnia. Omnia being the highest.  This perfume was inspired by one of the most unique gems on earth, the radiant Paraiba Tourmaline of Brazil, which is blue-green in colour.   BVLGARI Omnia Paraiba was developed by perfumer Alberto Morillas. It features notes of Laraha orange, passion fruit and flower, gardenia, sugar cane, vetiver and cacao bean.    It is quite sweet (orange) but not over overpoweringly so. The passion fruit flower also comes through quite strongly.  Omnia Paraiba is a sophisticated warm, sweet fragrance, and makes me yearn for a Summer evening on a beach in Brazil. Fragrance sample received from Rubybox

Styled Up

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I love the feeling you get when you walk out of a salon after having your hair done. No matter how ‘ugh’ you might be feeling, when your hair looks good, you just feel infinitely better.   I was lucky enough to be pampered at Style Bar again and discovered a few new products that blew me away.   Firstly, the Nioxin range was used to wash, condition and treat my hair after my highlights. They have some lovely new styling products, which I haven’t tried yet, however, the in salon Intensive Treatment they used is amazing. My hair feels so light and soft and manageable. Really impressed.   And then, Kathi, let me smell some of their Nak products which smell so frikkin awesome, I want it as a perfume. The Aromas Range contains lavender, patchouli and geranium and all their products are sulphate free, paraben free and vegan friendly.  Read More

SmartSun Wristbands

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The SmartSun Wristbands helps you and your family to get the most out of the sun by changing colour when it’s time to reapply sunscreen or cover up. How to use: Place the band around your wrist. Simply apply sunscreen to both the band and your body before you go out in the sun, as well as when reapplying sun protection.  You can use it in the sea and in chlorinated pool water. Use it on your kids or on yourself. An intelligent UV wristband, Smartsun will change colour depending on whether or not you need to reapply sun protection – before you get that nasty burn. Smartsun wristbands are one us only and suitable for normal to sensitive skin. Perfect for kids and adults alike whether you’re on holiday, at the beach or enjoying outdoor activities and sports, Smartsun allows you to enjoy the warm weather by indicating the optimum time toRead More

Spa 88 – JHB Review

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Reviews, Spa Reviews | 1 Comment
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If you read my reviews by now you must know of my never-ending quest to unearth the perfect mani/pedi at the top class salons around Jozi. Truth be told, there are so many spas and salons, but not all of them make the grade.     Spa 88 was recommended to me by a friend whom I trust— she spoke of them so highly that I simply had to try it out. Located in possibly the funkiest street in town, Parkhurst’s Fourth Avenue, Spa88 is nestled between Expresso and Egality. I need no excuse to visit Parkhurst so was super eager to have my nails attended to before my December beach holiday. Ragged, scraggly nails would not do for party season, oh no…     Sophisticated and sleek, Spa 88’s decor is simple but striking and the therapists are friendly yet professional. I always like to be helped in choosingRead More

Hair Trend 2016 – Long Bob

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I’ve finally found a hair colour and stylist close to home that I love, so am not about to experiment with anything new for a little while.   However, a good cut can make a huge difference as well, and after swimming so much this Summer, my hair was a little dry, so a good trim was necessary.   Luckily, long bobs are one of the 2016 hair trends to follow this year. Check out some of these gorgeous women rocking the long bob:          My wonderful stylist at Style Bar in Constantia touched up my roots and trimmed all my dead ends into a stylish new long bob for a fresh new look. Loving it!     Style Bar Visit their website to find a Style Bar near you: http://www.stylebar.co.za/  

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

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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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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