Reviews

Morgan Taylor – Cinderella Collection

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 I’m a huge Morgan Taylor fan, so you can imagine my excitement when I was sent a pre-launch press pack of 3 gorgeous new shades from their Limited Cinderella 2015 Edition.   I wasn’t home when it was delivered, but my son told me that “Prince Charming came, dressed in a wedding suit, and brought you something!”   The presentation with glass slipper was truly impressive.   Collaborating with and drawing inspiration from Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action film Cinderella, the collection includes six NEW shades:   Party at the Palace (iridescent teal) My Carriage Awaits (coral creme) Watch Your Step, Sister! (hot pink creme) If the Slipper Fits (light blue glitter) Ella of a Girl (light pink creme) Best Ball Gown Ever (iridescent periwinkle)   I received Watch Your Step, Sister! (hot pink creme), If the Slipper Fits (light blue glitter) and Ella of a Girl (light pink creme).  Read More

Morgan Taylor – Enchantment Collection

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Morgan Taylor has just launched it’s latest nail lacquer collection.   Named The Enchantment Collection 2015, where you can escape to fantasyland with this limited-edition palette of six majestic hues. “Prepare to be mesmerized by six whimsical shades inspired by all things magical and magnificent. All six so soft and dazzling you won’t be able to resist their allure.”   Hocus Pocus (dusty mint creme) Who-Dini? (blue grey creme) I’m The Good Withc (pink copper glitter) Magicianis Assistant (soft mauve creme) Now You See Me (chocolate brown shimmer) Simply Spellbound (nude creme)   I got to try Who-Dini? (blue grey creme) and Magicianis Assistant (soft mauve creme), and totally love both of them.   The colours are super complimentary so I’m wearing them together. What do you think?   Available from 1 February 2015 at selected Dis-Chem stores, all Sorbet stores and leading salons and spas nationwide. RSP R110  

Pure Velvet Skin Clinic & Body Boutique

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As a complete facial addict, who is pretty obsessed with the state of their skin, I am always on the lookout for wonderful, undiscovered places to try out and then shout out about. So, listen up! Pure Velvet is not somewhere that you will easily see from the street as it’s hidden away in a complex behind the Virgin Active in Bryanston (in the same space as the miraculous Ma Cherie Nail Salon which has already been reviewed on Pamper Me Now).   Of course, I am sure that many of the gym fundis in the area have ventured inside to sample what this special salon has to offer and have never looked back. Well, I did too—and am so glad! Owned by somatologist (that’s skin and body expert to the laypeople) Carla Blumenthal, they sure do know skin. Whatever your needs are, they can be addressed by her teamRead More

Brookdale Healthy Hydro Review

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Reviews, Spa Reviews | 1 Comment
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There is a place far away from here where your life is just about you. It’s nestled in a pretty valley with trees and stream. Inside, three delicious meals a day are served and in between that, pampering like no other awaits… Does this sound like a daydream? Well, for a working mom, or for anyone at all for that matter, Brookdale is paradise and it really, truly exists.   My love affair with Brookdale began about 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my second child. The first few months of the pregnancy I was so ill, I could barely even get up in the morning to brush my teeth. I had a glandular fever infection and the chronic fatigue was so extreme that even the smallest task seemed insurmountable. I had to so something to set me off on the road to healing —and that catalyst wasRead More

Style Bar Review

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Having moved to Hout Bay recently I was a bit concerned about having to drive back to town to my favourite spas and salons for my monthly beauty fixes.   You probably agree that your hairdresser is someone you stay with for life, and that moving is probably the only reason why you’d even consider trying someone new.   However,  when I was invited to try out one of the new Style Bars, and they had a salon conveniently situated in Constantia (just over the hill if you’re not from Cape Town), it seemed like perfect timing, so I was keen to give it a go.     I was still a bit nervous but was welcomed with open arms and a friendly smile. The salon was already buzzing at 8:30 in the morning.   Delia was my stylist and we chatted for a while about what I’d like to do with my hair.Read More

Going nuts over HASK hair care products!

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Ready to try some yummy new hair care products?   HASK has a collection of hair care products featuring exotic oils, like Argan (Repairing frizzy hair), Macadamia (Moisturising dry hair), Keratin (Smoothing weak hair) and Monoi (Nourishing dull hair).   Not only are these oils all super amazing for your hair, these products are all free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten and articifical colours. How awesome is that?!   I got to try their Macadamia Oil range, which is moisturising for dry hair. Macadamia nuts are one of my favourites, and the essential fatty acids are not only good for your body, but also for your hair.   The rich, ultra hydrating oils are perfect to help keep your hair soft, supple and shiny.   I can honestly say that my hair is loving this product. It is smooth and sleek and soft and so easy to style.Read More

En Masse – Illovo

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Before you read any further, know this: I am a complete massage freak. I love being massaged. In my days of lots of travel, before children, I was lucky enough to experience massages all over the world from India, Iceland and Bali to Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.   In Bangkok, there’s a place known as WatPo, a school built near the temple, for those learning massage with the masters of Thai massage. My husband and I both had massages here; mine was with a warm poultice and was amazing. There is an art to Thai massage and the practitioner has to know exactly what they are doing.   So, this was my second visit to En Masse (previously I reviewed their fabulous reflexology) and this time I went back for their Thai massage, which is really their signature treatment. Walking into the salon, I already feel the tension easing awayRead More

Get Summer Ready With Africology

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I was asked to take part in the Africology Renew and Revive this Summer Blogger Campaign, where we received an Africology Deluxe Hamper to review.    The hamper consists of the Africology Cellulite Detox Body Oil and the Africology Slimming Detox Cream.    As soon as the sun starts to make an appearance we all seem to come out of hiding (well at least the Capetonians seem to hibernate) and it’s time to get Summer ready.   Even though we should try to maintain our beauty routines all year round, it’s much easier when we’re not dressed in several layers of clothing, so now’s the time to put in that little bit of extra effort. To start you off, I’ve shared my Top 10 ‘Get Summer Ready’ Tips:   1. Water, water, water!!! Water is your best friend for so many reasons. It’s great for all your organs, especially your skin (your largest organ),Read More

Skin Solutions – Derma Pen Review

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It’s very rare that I get to experience a true professional and someone who stands out in the skin arena. By now I have been all over town trying out facial therapies and have found that it’s unusual to discover a person who really knows skin and offers something different.  Elfriede from Skin Solutions is one of these people and also loves what she does with a clear passion for uncovering the best skin that you can have.   After an initial consultation with Elfriede, we decided to go for the Dermapen treatment as she it would benefit my skin most and treat the issues that were bothering me including fine lines, dehydration and pigmentation.     The Dermapen is a nifty little gadget, which, as it rolls over your skin, creates tiny little holes, as a miniature needle would. Not only does this increase blood flow and collagen toRead More

Love It!

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One of the best things about being a beauty blogger is that I get to discover all these wonderful new spas and salons that I might never have known about otherwise.   I’ve just come back from having a super gorgeous Gelish mani done by Candice Goldschmidt at Love It Spa at Nova Constantia.     It seems that the timing was perfect for Candice to move out on her own, after working for several high end spas, and open Love it spa on this 5* boutique hotel’s premises.   Catering for international clients in season, Candice also has a loyal local client base and I can see why.   She created a simple yet super comfortable haven of tranquillity, where you immediately feel comfortable and at home. Candice delivers top quality treatments and products and you can see she is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what she does.    Read More

Alabaster Box Beauty Salon

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One of my favourite spas recently closed down, but luckily for us, the therapist that I’ve raved about previously (Kim Lochner) decided that it was time to open her own brand new beauty salon in town.   Alabaster Box Beauty Salon opened down at the Foreshore at the bottom of town, near the Cape Town Convention Centre.   Kim has not only brought her own professional touch to the salon, but she’s hired the best therapists that share her passion for and knowledge of all things beauty.   I was treated to an exceptional Environ facial and massage by Kelly – who pampered me for close to 3 hours with great care and absolute professionalism.   I left floating down the road, feeling so much lighter and happier than when I arrived.   There are 3 treatment rooms, and she offers all the regular spa treatments one would expect, including the Fish Therapy.   Environ isRead More

TanOrganic Review

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If you ever worried about what you’re putting on you skin, or hate the sticky feeling and smell that one usually associates with self tan, then look no further, I’ve just discovered one that is totally organic, has absolutely not smell or stickiness. Want to know what it is?   It’s called TanOrganic, and it’s Eco-certified, meaning it has been certified by one of the most stringent processes in the market, whereby the entire production chain is checked, from the raw materials to the finished product. Certified by PETA, The Organic Trust, The Ethical Company Organisation and Approved by Irish Eczema Society to name a few.   I received the Tan Trilogy Try-Me Kit R499, which is a limited special offer to get started! Each Try-Me Kit contains: 1 x 30ml TanOrganic Original, 1 x 30ml Oil Arganic, 1 x Tan Erase, 1 x Tanning Glove.   So here’s whyRead More