Product Reviews

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

Bon Acure

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As I couldn’t attend the launch of the Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hairtherapy, I was sent a few products to try at home.   I was sent the following products to try: Repair Rescue Deep Nourishing Shampoo Repair Rescue Conditioner Repair Rescue Deep Nourishing Treamtent Moisture Kick Beauty Balm Volume Boost Perfect Foam Time Restore Q10 Rejuvenating Serum I tried the shampoo and conditioner first. I keep using too much shampoo, so a little goes a long way with this shampoo. It’s really foamy and makes your hair feel squeaky clean. You know how your hair feels when you’ve just been to the salon? Well now you have that same effect at home. The conditioner is surprisingly not as creamy as you would expect but works a charm. I did tend to want to add more, as it doesn’t feel rich and creamy, but when I combed it out with my TangleRead More

Retail Box Spoils

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I while back I received a R500 voucher to spend on anything I wanted from the Retail  Box website. Super excited, I spent quite a lot of time surfing the site, checking it all out and seeing what they had on offer. They specialise in hair care products but also have tools & accessories and make-up products as well.  I want slightly over budget and spoilt myself with the following products:    1.  Ceramic Vented Radial Brush Size 1 (25mm barrel) – R50 – On Sale Best for… The small barrel of the size 1 brush is perfect for creating root lift in shorter styles and blow-drying fringes or shorter layers. This ceramic -barrelled brush retains its heat to allow for a faster blow-dry.   To use… Blast hair until it’s 80% dry. Working with small sections, place the brush into the root area and direct the heat from your dryer at theRead More

Creightons – Made-In-England – Sunshine Blonde

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Sunshine Blonde

I’m really enjoying the Creighton’s Sunshine Blonde shampoo and conditioner at the moment.     Not only is the packaging just beautiful, it smells super amazing and my hair looks and feels great. Two thumbs up.   The Sunshine Blonde & Beautiful Brunette ranges are specifically made for colour treated and naturally coloured hair, for everyday use. Daily use helps to enhance both colour and shine, contains Pro-vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to repair split ends and damaged cuticles.     At only R44.95 each this is definitely my new favourite go to shampoo & conditioner.   Available in Sunshine Blonde and Beautiful Brunette at all Pick & Pay stores.

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

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

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.    

Bella Bronze Review

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After the tan :)

There’s nothing like a tan to make you feel healthier, more attractive and to trick you into imagining that the holiday you’ve just returned from is lasting a little bit longer. When you’re as pale as I am, even the slightest bit of colour can make you feel exotic. So, I was very pleased to accept a spray tan from Kim of Bella Bronze. Kim uses the very latest technology for her tans—and best of all, she comes to your house. Yes! A travelling tan mistress.   Before the tan, Kim asks me to shower or bath and exfoliate my skin with a loofah or exfoliating gloves, but no oil based exfoliators. If you have neither, you can simply add a bit of sugar or salt to your normal body wash, which will work just as well. This ensures that there is a smooth, fresh surface to bronze and thatRead More

pHformula Skin Resurfacing

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After chatting to Dr Kim Prescott from Anuyu Body and Skin, she invited me to experience the pHformula A.G.E. facial which is a range she came across in Europe.   On returning to Cape Town, she introduced this range to her Wynberg spa and I asked her why this particular product stood out for her.   Kim explained that pHformula was hitting Wow factor in London for quick and very good results, but was still very new here. It is developed in Barcelona using a new generation approach (multiple gentler fruit acids, lactic acid, lactobionic acids etc) and a high technology skin delivery system for enhanced penetration of active products.   Very importantly, they are trialled on sun-exposed skins – both in Spain and Middle East. Most of glycolic ranges are developed for use in Caucasian skins and there are big risks for inflammatory responses and hyperpigmentation – or hypopigmentationRead More

SpaRitual ‘Uncomplicated’

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The latest Fall 2014 collection from SpaRitual is absolutely on trend.   Their ‘Share’ color collection features timeless natural neutrals, shimmering copper, midnight blue, and deep red.   The colour I chose spoke to me immediately, not only because of it’s natural nude colour but definitely ‘cos of it’s name as well – Uncomplicated – yip that’s my motto for next year!   With everything so hectic with work and kids & school & homework & friends & family & husband & pets & home etc etc etc – I’ve had to take a breather and step back and say ” Let’s try and keep things as uncomplicated as possible!   What I love about SpaRitual Uncomplicated Nail Polish: 1. The brand – All nail lacquers and nail care essentials are vegan and formulated without DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin 2. The name – ‘Uncomplicated’ – great reminder to keepRead More