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Just Browzing

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sisters

Since the age of about 13, my mother, realising that I was part albino, started taking me to have my eyelashes and eyebrows dyed. I have kept up this ritual for the better part of 25 years. Yet, I’ve always avoided tweezing or pretty much doing anything to my eyebrows because they’re not just sparse, but also quite invisible because they are so blonde. Yet, somehow I felt very safe in the hands of the calm and gentle Michelle de Lima because she’s an eyebrow shaping professional. There aren’t many of them around, but those in the know pay a visit to Michelle for the upkeep of their brows.   Michelle first got into doing eyebrows after a car accident left her with less brow than she would have liked. As a professional make-up artist, she began to experiment with making her brows look fuller. Now, she’s become the go-toRead More

Spa “Where You Are”

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Hands After

Yes, we all know by now that I love spa and beauty treatments, but what is even better is when those beauty professionals are willing to come and visit you at your house. The lovely, multi-talented (she’s also a musician and singer!) Tammy of Spa “where you are” offers that very thing– treatments in the comfort of your own home.     I have never tried Bi-Sculpture before which is a type of locally made nail gel that, as Tammy explained to me, has been around for years. The application of it is similar to other gels (Shellac and Gelish) that I have had done except the application takes a little longer—but it is more than worth it. Also, gel is not something to do for every manicure but every once in a while; it’s great as it lasts for ages.   Before painting, Tammy somehow made my bitten andRead More

Cocoon Spa at Rain

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Calabash, Bergamot Candle, Herb Ball & 'Hammer & Chisel.

To be honest, I wasn’t that keen to drive through a Cape Town storm, with snow predicted on Table Mountain, for a review today.   Walking in from a downpour and inevitable traffic jam, my heart just melted and my whole body relaxed, as soon as I stepped into, what is aptly called, The  Cocoon Room.   Hidden at the back of RAIN in Cavendish Square, I savoured the amazing smells of all the bath and body products in the shop and was welcomed with the warmest, friendliest smile from Sylvia. As soon as she took me through to the treatment room, I felt cocooned in the darkness and warmth and enjoyed the soft music playing in the background.   I really appreciated that Sylvia took the time to talk me through the treatment that I was going to experience. It’s called the Elephant Walk and involves different techniques andRead More

The Spa at Melrose

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After

  After my fantastic eye treatments at the Melrose Aesthetic Centre, I tried out the samples given to me and discovered a skin product called iS Clinical. My skin is sensitive and dry and not everything suits it, but these products were amazing! That’s why I was so happy to try out an iS Clinical facial at Melrose Spa, the sister of the clinic, and directly opposite it.     The clinic is a situated in Melrose Arch and is a tranquil but professional space. I’ve always been careful about peels on my skin and had only tried one light one once before post-pregnancy when my skin was breaking out. My therapist warned me that the type of facial I was about to have is not a pampering facial, but an active one that yields quick results. So, I was a bit nervous but was assured that it really isRead More

Bio-Sculpture Gel Manicure

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Bio Sculpture Colours

I’ve just had the most gorgeous Bio-Sculpture Gel manicure at Samantics and I’m obsessed.   Sam used Coco Frost on my nails and Bronze Bitch (oh how I love that name!) on my accent finger. Coco Frost has a slight sheen to it and Bronze Bitch has the most gorgeous gold bronze glitter in it – which she mixed up herself – just wow!   You’ve probably heard of gel manicures by now and there are several brands out there right now.  Sam chose to use Bio- Sculpture for several reasons: 1. It’s a gel system and not just a gel polish 2. It’s a hard wearing yet flexible gel 3. They come out with new colours every quarter 4. You can fill in any dents in the nail to create a perfectly smooth nail 5. She can create her own colours with this system!     Do yourself aRead More

Konjac Puff Sponge

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It’s not often that I receive totally different and innovative products to review, and when Infinity Skincare offered me the Konjac Sponge to try out,well, I could not resist!     The sponge basically makes your daily cleansing routine a lot simpler and more efficient. The amazing thing is that you don’t need a cleanser with it because the 100 % natural vegetable fibres of this nifty little sponge do all the work!   Made from the root of the Konjac plant (a naturally moisture-rich, edible plant) the sponge is very alkaline which means it won’t upset the delicate PH balance of your skin. The sponge has a net-like structure, which gently massages the skin and stimulates the blood flow, refining the pores and encouraging the growth of new skin cells.   Well, by day 3 of using my sponge, my skin was glowing, clear and also very soft becauseRead More

Younger Looking Skin Through Exercise

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exercise

My husband recently sent me some really interesting articles saying that we can get younger looking skin through exercise.   One article actually instructs to “Forget expensive anti-aging creams, scientists have discovered that regular exercise may be the key to reversing the skin’s aging process.” Source   My husband goes to the gym almost every day and absolutely thrives on it. I go twice a week and it’s a chore for me, but I know that I do feel better afterwards, plus I need to keep up my Discovery points 😉   This article is so interesting to me (now that I’m 40) as it shows that even if you start exercising later in life, younger looking skin could still be achieved.   Through their initial trails on mice, researchers noted, “that a steady regimen of exercise could stave off or even undo the signs of early aging in theseRead More

Retail Box

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Magic Flowerpot Princess Pink Tangle Teezer

I recently discovered this awesome site  called Retail Box. It’s the online store for all Tosca Hair Salons, bringing you everything you need for your hair.   I received this super package the other day which had  this gorgeous ‘Magic Flowerpot Princess’ Tangle Teezer. I’ve already got the larger version that I use in the shower, so this was a very welcome addition. I absolutely love the Tangle Teezer – one of my all time ‘Best Buys’.     I also received a very generous R500 voucher to spend in their online store, and now I get to browse through their amazing selection of professional hair brands, like Brazilian Blowout, Kerastase, Morgan Taylor, Paul Mitchell, Veaudry, to name but a few. More to follow on that later…..   They also stock a few make-up and nail products as well as Xen Tan (which we’re definitely going to need now thatRead More

Essence Pampering

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I just had a little surprise in the post and unpacked some little treasures from one of my favourite brands – Essence.   They’re always coming out with new ranges and colours and fun things to try. Luckily their prices are also very ‘user friendly’ 😉 so it is actually possible to play around and try them out.   I received their pro white glow nail polish (R27.95), which is a nail whitener with an anti-yellow formulation. This is definitely worth a try, as I always feel very un-chic when my darker nail polishes leave my nails with that horrible yellow tint.   It’s a pink-transparent nail polish which enhances the natural color of your nails, and visibly lightens the tips for a gorgeous, pampered and glossy look.     I also received their 6in1 nail candies in ‘oh lolli lollipop’ (R27.95), which is a really soft creamy pink.  The sixRead More

The Melrose Aesthetic Centre Review

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Foyer

  Stepping into the futuristic, stylish Melrose Aesthetic Centre raises my hopes—they specialise in the latest treatments, which include botox, laser resurfacing, fillers, teeth whitening and laser lipolysis. My wish is that Dr. Gordon Cohen will be able to help me look like I did before I had children. In other words: like I haven’t had 3 hours of sleep a night for what seems like aeons. Or at least make me seem and feel a little fresher and less worn out.   My experience in such methods is limited so I am fairly anxious about what to expect—especially since I don’t want to look “worked on” and stay natural.  But, my meeting with Dr Cohen puts me at ease and I am more than happy to detail what I perceive to be my body and facial flaws for him. The litany of offences my body has raged against meRead More

Rouge Day Spa Review

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Susi & I feeling super relaxed. Who will you be bringing along?

I never know how comfortable I’m going to feel when I first visit a new spa, and this time I was invited to bring a friend along, so I was even more aware of being a little bit nervous.   Luckily, Rouge Day Spa is as comfortable and welcoming as they get. Not pretentious at all, yet every bit as professional and gorgeous as one would want. Situated in a beautiful house, with wooden finishes, you feel immediately at home and relaxed.   I had invited my friend Susi to join me as it almost her birthday and this would be the perfect way to kick off the celebrations.   We relaxed on the couch in the lounge and enjoyed delicious tea and cupcakes while our therapists worked on our feet.     It was raining, so if we wanted to relax a bit longer, we could have watched aRead More

Essence Stay Natural Concealer

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Essence Concealer

  This sounds like something fun to try!   The natural nuances of the Essence Stay Natural Concealer make this so popular. Its tried-and-tested texture contains vitamin a and is easy to apply accurately thanks to the soft brush. This way, skin imperfections and dark circles under your eyes are perfectly concealed.   essence is available in Clicks & Dis-Chem, and at only R29.95, it’s worth giving a try.