Product Reviews

Bella Bronze Review

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Product Reviews, Reviews, Spa Reviews | 1 Comment
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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

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews, Spa Reviews | 2 Comments
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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

MUD

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews | 1 Comment
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  MUD recently sent me two products to help me create a stunning evening look: 1. Colour Creme in Tulip 2. Eye Colour in Graphite   1. COLOUR CREME in Tulip : (For Cheek & Lips) This is great to carry with you in your handbag as you can use it to add a touch of colour to your cheeks and lips.      2. EYE COLOR in Graphite     Here’s a quick guide on how to create your evening look:     I personally prefer the softer smokey eye (below) and will practice this and let you know how it goes.     What I love about MUD is that they not only strive to provide great products but also quality education on how to use & apply their products.   For great video tutorials on how to create several different looks, go to their youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/makeupdesignoryRead More

CaraMia Toiletry Bag

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I just received this absolutely gorgeous and super handy cosmetics bag from CaraMia.     Funnily enough I have actually been looking for a good cosmetics bag for a while as I receive so much stuff for reviews. I even went so far as to see if I could import them myself and sell online as I just didn’t find anything I liked in store.   And then, this landed on my door step- and it’s EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for.   I received the Sarah Toiletry Bag with 3 mesh cosmetics bags in pink lace R357.96   What I love about it: You can hang it It has several zipped compartments It has 3 mesh cosmetics bag Plus 3 mesh compartments Perfect for travelling It’s super cute too 😉   Get yours and other great home décor items & gifts like this gorgeous door stopper or Paris LanternRead More

Beauty Must Have

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Even though I’ve seen the Tangle Teezer being used in hair salons, I’ve never owned or used one myself. I was recently lucky enough to receive the Aqua Splash to try at home and I’m totally hooked. I use it in the shower to brush my hair straight after I apply my conditioner. It also helps to spread the conditioner evenly and makes it easier to blow dry straight afterwards.   I also use it to brush my sons wet hair in the bath, which they usually hate, but with this, they don’t seem to mind at all.   It’s definitely best to use while you are still in the shower and your hair is still wet. This might feel a bit counter intuitive, as I’ve always been told that brushing wet hair will break it, but trust me, your hair feels amazing with the Tangle Teezer.   I loveRead More

Nourish Your Skin (Give-Away & Coupon Code)

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Organic Beauty sent me a Nourish Mini Kit to review, which was a little bit like opening a birthday present, beautifully wrapped and a gorgeous surprise.     Nourish Skincare is from the UK and avoids the use of unfriendly chemicals such as synthetic colours, TEA, DEA, parabens, phenoxyetol, sulfates, mineral oils, PEGS and silicones. Nourishes uses organics, plant derived, scientifically tested ingredients to enhance and nourish your skin.   The packaging is just exquisite, and I’m in love with the feminine floral & fruit design.     I received the Nourish Balance Mini Kit for a combination skin, which includes: Detoxifying Cleanser – 50ml – A light lotion to cleanser the skin without over stimulating. Fortified with a special vitamin and mineral blend to support skin’s natural metabolism. 94% organic. Directions: Apply a small amount of cleanser to cotton wool and gently apply to the face. Rinse with coolRead More

Meadowsweet Review & Give-Away

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Every day I’m more convinced that we seriously need to start embracing and promoting natural foods and products that are free of all the preservatives and toxins that we consume daily.   This is one of the reasons I was so excited to test and review Meadowsweet products are they are free of toxins and synthetic fragrances.   I was sent a selection of Muscle Soothing therapeutic natural body care products, which contains the recommended medicinal dosage of essential oils to soothe sore muscles.    ”Muscle Soothing Range Formulated to encourage energy, confidence, concentration, stability and awareness. This range is perfect to assist with muscular aches, pains and to combat fatigue. Also included in this range is the Meadowsweet Sore Muscle Soak, an ideal gift for those with an active lifestyle. Key ingredients include Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lemongrass”     I received the following products: Mucsle Soother Bath Milk Sore Muscle Bath SoakRead More

Deardeer Satin Pillow Slips

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews | 3 Comments
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  Gorgeous gift from Sarah   I received a satin pillow case from Sarah at The Spa Shop and I’m absolutely loving it. Both my sons are now fighting  for pillow space in the mornings.     Not only is a great product but it’s fun & flirty with a witty sense of humour.       It’s super soft to sleep on and there are several benefits: * Maintains natural moisture balance in your hair * Minimizes facial wrinkles and puffiness * And they make you look thinner 😉 – now you’re talking!   Recommended use – 8hrs daily for best results!       AND R5 of every black pillow slip purchase will go to Male Cancer Awareness (Movember) and R5 of every pink pillow slip purchased will go to Breast Cancer Awareness (The Pink Drive).   Standard pillow size 45 x 70cm R120 from The Spa ShopRead More

Alive!

Posted on by Anouschka in Product Reviews, Reviews | 8 Comments
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Alive Products is a new company in SA that makes products from beautiful imported clays from France. Their facial masks are all natural and preservative free, some include organic essential oils too – added for the benefit of enriching the experience.   The pure Green Clay & Red Clay are imported from the most celebrated mines in France – the original source of all healing clays.   The range is available in over 15 health shops and pharmacies in Cape Town, and many more on the outskirts of CT – like Wellness Warehouse (Kloof & Cavendish), The Good Stuff in Cavendish Square, Organic Living in Constantia, The Healing Tree in Seapoint, Steps to Health in Plumstead & Health Matters in Seapoint, and in Die Boord Health Shop in Stellenbosch. Find a list of all their outlets here.   I received the following products from them to review & when IRead More

Class of 2013

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Recently I received the most gorgeous package from Essence – Class of 2013.   I may be slightly 😉 too old for the college look,  but I’m besotted with this range. It includes a cosmetics bag, eyeshadow pens, lip tints, translucent powder, blush, nail polish & even some cute hair ties.   As you can see I was totally spoilt with my favs of the bunch.   Translucent Powder | 01 Sheerleader | R39.95 As with the entire range, I totally love the design and packaging of this. Powder is silky and gives you a nice matt complexion.       Blush | o1 Alpha Betta Gamma | R39.95 Perfect soft pink shade for my complexion. What’s not to love?         Nail Polish |02 Schools Out Forever | R24.95 Awesome colour – absolutely love it. Dries fast and lasts a while. Definite must have!   Cosmetics BagRead More

Diamonds & Gold Dust Facials! [Review & Give-Away]

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Nature’s Essence Aromatherapy Beauty Solutions   I’ve just been thoroughly spoilt by Nature’s Essence. They delivered a couple of their favourite products for me to test and review.   Diamond Facial Kit The first thing I tried was their Diamond Facial. They sent a mini kit which includes the 5 steps that you would enjoy at a spa. * Face cleanser 1-2 min * Scrub powder 3-5 min * Serum10-15 min * Shine Pack 15 min * Polish Cream 10 min   Each step does take a few minutes, so it’s not a quick facial, but more like an in-house spa facial. Each tube has about 5-6 treatments in it.   What I love about it: The Diamond facial offers amazing exfoliation and has a great polishing effect. I tested it at night so I didn’t notice that much when I went to bed, but when I applied my foundationRead More