Why I’ll Never Sign Up To A Subscription Service

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I wrote this post in anger. You know when your neck turns red, because you’re actually seething. So I thought, lets sleep on this one before posting (something Trump might want to do sometimes), and let’s see how I feel in the morning. I didn’t sleep very well as the ‘injustice’ of it and feeling of powerlessness just kept me up.  And, No, I’m not talking about some life shattering, horrific trauma to someone or something, I’m only talking about trying to cancel a subscription service that I didn’t want. But trust me, this in itself is anger inducing enough.   I’ve been receiving emails from a company that offers a subscription service. They do a great job at marketing their service and products and I’ve been tempted to buy, but kept stalling as soon as I had to fill in my credit card details. Now don’t get me wrong, I buyRead More

Cape Town Beauty Bar Goes Mobile

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  Cape Town Beauty Bar goes mobile   (Cape Town, February 2017) New York style Beauty Bar launches the Cape Town Beauty ‘Popup’ Bar to bring all your beauty needs to you.  Mani’s and Pedi’s are just a few of the treatments available, as the menu provides an extensive range of makeup applications, hair styling (including cut & colour), spray tanning, and eye lash & eye brow tinting as well as their newly launched men’s treatments.   With a classy set up tailored specifically for events, such as specialised tables and chairs, Cape Town Beauty Popup Bar is easily assembled to create the ultimate pamper session in the comfort of your own home. Perfect for hen’s parties and baby showers that want that extra bit of sparkle but it doesn’t stop there. Corporate functions and even bridal parties can benefit from the services available.   The already established beauty barRead More

Style Bar Latest News

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Last week I dashed off to Style Bar Constantia again for a much needed hair pamper session, and as always I was drawn to the funky new Tangle Teezers as well as some fun gift sets that look pretty amazing.   I’m such a fan of the Tangle Teezer that I have several in different shapes and sizes and have gifted a few as well. As Feb is the month of lurve, these pink Tangle Angels really stood out.                            These little mini ‘nano’ invisibobbles are amazing for up do’s instead of using pins.    I also wanted to mention and give a shout out to Style Bar for using EcoHeads in all the salons, which basically reduces water usage by 56% but still gives you a powerful spray for a good wash.    Style Bar  For moreRead More

Nomad Bistro & Bar Relaunches

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Nomad Bistro & Bar relaunches to bring you live entertainment   (Cape Town, January 2017) With a swanky new name to go with the newly launched weekly event nights, Nomad Bistro & Bar, formerly known as Nomad Bistro Fusion, located on 33 Waterkant Street in Cape Town CBD, has relaunched with a bang. Wednesday, 8 February 2017 saw an influx of socialites testing out the new concept.   Mohit Sureka, Owner of Nomad Bistro & Bar explains that the name change was simply the next step in the evolution of the bistro. “We are not just a restaurant, we do offer delicious bistro food and tapas that reflects casual dining in a sophisticated setting during the day but we’ve moved into the nightlife scene with our exceptional drink specials and new weekly events with local DJ’s and musicians.” Sureka owns Nomad Bistro & Bar together with Sunil Krishnan, who alreadyRead More

Andrew Churcher – Reflexology

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Once in a while, you come across someone extraordinary— and Andrew is one of those people. He is a qualified reflexologist and aromatherapist,  but he is also so much more than that.    A natural born healer (it runs in his family) , Andrew’s background as a paramedic means that he not only understands the body from the medical perspective but also how to use his intuition in his treatments.   I am a big believer in reflexology and in its ability to treat ailments and promote healing and relaxation and bring balance to the system. In fact, throughout the years, I have used it many times on a regular basis— as when I was on fertility treatment and trying to get pregnant. I found it extremely helpful then and it’s still one of my favourite body therapies.     Andrew’s reflexology method is very gentle. The minute he beganRead More

ESSE – Probiotic Skincare

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The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as a live microbe that is beneficial to humans. Extracts of probiotics have been used extensively in skincare but the “holy grail” of incorporating live probiotics has proved elusive. This is because conventional products contain preservatives … and preservatives kill microbes. Esse has used innovative production techniques, airless glass packaging and a preservative-free formula to launch the world’s first live probiotic serum and it’s taking the world by storm. The probiotic microbes are encapsulated and suspended in an oil base, reanimating and starting to divide when they come into contact with water on the skin’s surface. The efficacy of topical probiotics has been a hot topic in science with more than 5000 literature references on the “skin microbiome” in 2015. Testing in Germany has shown that the new serum from Esse has the ability to improve skin firmness by an average of 16%Read More

My Dermal Filler Experience [VIDEO]

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After I had my Botox treatment with Dr Alek Nikolic, we discussed dermal fillers — injections of hyaluronic acid — to fill out my sunken cheekbones and lift the corners of my mouth.  We definitely wanted to keep it looking natural, which I believe he managed to do, as once again no-one has noticed. I’ve just had a few people saying I’m looking good/healthy etc.   I was quite nervous on the day. Firstly because I didn’t know what it was going to look like afterwards, and secondly because there is a risk of complications. Regardless of how good/experienced the doctor is, there are some potential side effects. You can read more about that on All Dolled Up’s excellent Q&A here.    Luckily Dr Alek is very calm and professional, which made it a lot less scary.   My main concern was loss of volume in my cheeks so he injected Juvederm fillersRead More

What Is The Difference Between Brazilian Blowdry and Micro Keratin Treatment?

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I recently heard about a new treatment called the Micro Keratin Treatment and wondered how this compared to other keratin treatments and the Brazilian Blowdry.   The main benefit that I could find is that there is no formaldehyde in the Micro Keratin Treatment so you won’t be breathing in any of those bad fumes.  Intrigued to find out more, I asked the experts at Style Bar & Micro Keratin to answer a few questions.    What’s the main difference between Brazilian Blowdry and Micro Keratin Treatment ? MK works with a much smaller Keratin particle that has the ability to work deeper into the hair and at the same time deposit more of them into the hair strand. This results in hair that is much more repaired soft and smoother making it much easier to style and maintain a style. Its similar to a Brazilian but the technology allowsRead More

Secret Box from Retail Box

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Have you heard of Secret Box yet?     If  you love receiving premium products from leading beauty and hair care companies, then the Secret Box from Retail Box South Africa is perfect for you.     The box contains deluxe travel sizes to full size products for specific skin and hair type and colours.   I received the RBSecretbox #31 which was specifically targeted for Blondes. The secret hint for this box was… “A trio for the Blondes getting summer ready. Restore keratin and enhance your shine.”   Check out what I found in my #RBSecretbox #31:  Schwarzkopf Blonde Me Set for only R350 Includes:BLONDE ME Keratin Restore Shampoo 250ml R275BLONDE ME All Blondes Spray Conditioner 150ML R287BLONDE ME Keratin Restore Treatment 200ml R304   A range developed for blondes of all shades, to maintain and condition in between salon visits. Keratin strengthens hair against breakage after lightening procedures, and leaves it smooth, soft and shiny.Read More

[Review] John Frieda Sheer Blonde Hi Impact

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I was sent the John Frieda Sheer Blonde HI Impact Shampoo & Conditioner to test and review.   This range was created to give over processed hair new life, restoring blonde hair’s healthy, vivid hues.    Safe for use on natural or colour-treated hair and for use on highlights & lowlights. Verdict: It smells really wonderful, cleans well, and not only does my hair colour look good (vibrant blonde), it also feels really soft, and manageable, which was an added bonus.     Two thumbs up!   Available at Clicks – R110 each  

[Review] Professional Skin Care Lab – Microneedling

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I have a confession to make. When I am not reviewing salons, Professional Skin Care Lab is my go-to salon.  Whatever treatment you choose at this salon is bound to be of the highest standard— Professional Skin Care Lab just won the coveted Salon of the Year Award  (4 rooms or more) at this year’s prestigious Professional Beauty Awards. So,if I was going to trust anyone to do the seemingly intimidating Microneedling Treatment with the Dermapen on me and my rather sensitive visage, well it’s definitely this salon. The idea behind the Microneedling is that it uses the Dermapen,  which has multiple needles that pierce the skin vertically with an automatic vibrating function. While moving across the skin’s surface it stimulates natural collagen production and allows fine channels to be created in the skin. These channels can carry up to 80% more topical nutrients so allowing your skin to reallyRead More

[Review] La-tweez Pro Iluminating Tweezers

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OMG – I’ve just found the coolest little gadget that I’m sure you’ll all LOVE!   The La-tweez Pro Illuminating Tweezers have solved one of our all time beauty irritations.   This gorgeous little tweezer has a built in LED light which illuminates those pesky little hairs that you can’t see properly.   Perfectly Aligned Tips – For perfection convenience.     Ultra Bright LED  – For great visibility     These Pro Tweezers are crafted from the finest stainless steel with perfectly aligned tips.   In addition, the ultra bright LED light tweezers will assist you with greater accuracy and visibility.   It comes in a protective chic carrying case & built-in 2X magnifying mirror.      This morning my youngest son had a splinter in his foot, and I can’t tell you how grateful I was that I had this little miracle worker at hand. The super bright light showed me exactlyRead More