Just Browzing

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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

Looking For A Fun, Unique Way To Decorate Your Nails?

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Nail Candy Mani-Pedi-Pens are an innovative and unique way to design and create airbrushed style artwork using nail polish in a pen form.   Mani-Pedi-Pen has both a brush for painting your nails and an art tip for drawing! The secret is in the construction of the “art tip.”  It provides functionality of the plastic squeeze bottle which gives each design a unique touch.   By gently squeezing the bottle while either drawing or dragging the pen, this allows you to create any type of design you desire.  This product is great for all ages. Mani-Pedi-Pen gives you the ability to let yourself be inspired and recreate the most simplistic or intricate designs.   Nail Candy Mani-Pedi-Pens include: Two colours that each have a nail polish applicator brush and an “Art Tip” for each individual colour.   Nail Candy nail polish is free of DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde.   I’m definitely keen to try thisRead More

Decorate With Innovative Nail Polish – Essence Effect Nails

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I’m a bit of an Essence junky as they make great products and are always coming up with new and exciting additions to their ranges.   Here are some exciting and fashionable new effects like glitter jewels, sugar in metallic, sparkling or jeans style, a holographic shimmer and polka dots combined with bright colours like rose, turquoise, blue, pink or grey-black conjure-up unique nail styles. The nail polishes offer great coverage and are super easy to apply for a 3D wow-manicure you can touch! Available from Dis-Chem – R38.95   I can’t decide which one I want to try most, but at such a low price I’ll probably get a few.   xxx

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 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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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

Journey To Smooth Photo Shoot

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Recently Legs 11 organised a photo shoot of 9 gorgeous ladies on their Journey To Smooth.   They all met at Black Dog Studios and were styled by Fox Box, Jo Carlin, Spilt Milk, Milq&Honey, and shoes from MADISON – The Heart of New York – to show off their sexy smooth skin as each has lovely lady has experienced a course of treatments at Legs11. Behind The Scenes Pics       My journey to smooth started with Legs eleven in January 2013, so it’s been almost 1 ½ years.   I’ve now had 5 leg treatments and 6 underarm & bikini treatments and we are getting close to the end.   My hair growth has seriously slowed down and I’ve seen a huge reduction in hair as well.   I should have anywhere between 6-8 treatments to be totally smooth, where after, the ultimate reward will be the extra-ordinary privilegeRead 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