What on Earth is a BB Cream?

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Most of you have probably heard of BB cream by now, but might not be sure what this cream is or does. The list of benefits mentioned on the labels make BB creams sound like little miracle workers from hydrating to brightening, to covering and protecting. So let’s find out.   What is a BB cream? BB cream stands for “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm”. As an all-in-one facial cosmetic product, it is promoted as a replacement for serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. Pretty awesome – right?!   What does it do? “It will give you a good base for makeup like a primer, even out complexion like a tinted moisturiser, cover minor imperfections and redness like a concealer, hydrate your skin like your day cream, brighten and perk-up a dull complexion and some will even protect with SPF. Some also promise healing, soothing and anti-ageing properties.“  SOURCE  Read More

Tip Top Nails Review & Give-Away

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A while ago I was sent some Nail Chic polish from Tip Top Nails to review.   Tip Top Nails is a South African brand (Yes – I love supporting proudly South African) that creates vegan, Toxin Free (No Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibuthyl Phthalate or Camphor) polishes made from natural ingredients, which are not tested on animals. I also give them a huge colourful ‘thumbs up’ for this!   They sent me 3 polishes: 1) The All-in-One! Base & Top Coat     Base & Top Coat     2) Pink Lady 3) Iced Almond First up I immediately tried the All-in-One mainly as I don’t get time to do my nails and let them dry with two little rascals running around. This polish also promotes growth & strengthens while adding natural colour & shine and it is quick drying. And it does just as it says – natural shining colour that driesRead More

Fresh Wellness Launch @ Cellars Hohenort Hotel

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  What a stunning location! You can’t help but immediately relax and feel at peace as you walk through the tranquil gardens of the  Cellars Hohenort Hotel to the Fresh Wellness Spa.     Owner, Jean-Mari, is passionate about creating an unforgettable journey for every guest through meticulous attention to your specific needs. She describes Fresh Wellness as being, “a sanctuary where people in need of ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, both physically and spiritually will find their equilibrium.”     She invests in superior products like Dermalogica, Lamelle, Theravine & Shellac, as well as in ensuring that her staff is fully qualified and highly trained.  Attention to detail and supreme service is the main focus and part of their philosophy.   As guests to the launch we were treated to wonderful sweet and savoury treats, a lucky prize draw (yes, I won a prize as well!), wonderful gift boxes and product demonstrations.Read More

Botox: Before & After Pics

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Last week I went to meet Dr Pillay from the Wembley Medi Spa to have my first Botox experience.   I had won it on their Facebook page, and even though I have been curious about Botox, I probably would not have done it yet, had I not won this prize.   The Wembley Spa is really beautifully and tastefully decorated, and heated throughout. The receptionist guided me to a waiting area where I filled in all my relevant details and read some information about botox and possible complications.   I then had my face cleansed and the therapist applied numbing cream to the areas that I thought Dr Pillay might treat. I was keen to have my frown lines between my eyebrows sorted out as these made me look angry at times, according to my son. While waiting for the numbing cream to work, she offered me a headRead More

Ever Filed Your Nails With Swarovski Crystal?

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Let the pampering begin. Crystal nail files with Swarovski detailing fit for a queen.     As a mom to a toddler in nappies I need to keep my nails short or I end up poking or scratching the poor little guy too often.   By now you all know that I love being pampered, but I’m pretty bad at doing any pampering for myself, so my nails often take a back seat in the attention department.   However, when I opened my package from Mont Bleu and pulled out these beautiful glass nail files with Swarovski crystals, I immediately fell in love. Firstly, becauses they are obviously very pretty, but also as this will surely make me spend more time grooming my talons.   They arrived really quickly – about a week or so, and were packaged in black velvet pouches. I received two sizes, the regular 13.5cm andRead More

SPF Not Enough

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We’ve all heard that we should lather on the SPF daily to prevent premature aging. But now it seems that this is not enough to protect our skin from sun damage. Dermatologists are now recommending that we wear a combination of an antioxidant serum followed by a sunscreen.   Sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays while antioxidants can aid in fighting free radicals caused by infrared radiation which is actually much more damaging. Even though antioxidants can’t get rid of the wrinkles you already have, they help prevent the breakdown of elastin by neutralizing those free radicals before they start attacking our healthy cells.   Your antioxidant serum should have a combination of Vitamin C (for longer shelf life), Vitamin E (to stabilize), and Ferulic acid, and you should let it absorb completely before applying your sunscreen.   To make matters worse, the chemical ingredients in SPF like Avobenzone andRead More

D’vine Skin & Body – Review

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  I was invited to experience D’vines Signature Ritual – a 2h30 pampering session which includes a revitalising foot soak, an Indian Head Massage, a full body polish, a steam room session and ends off with a full body massage.   This was my first visit to D’Vine and once again I ventured out to the Northern Suburbs on a very wet and gloomy day. I’ve come to enjoy my longish drives out to different Spas in and around Cape Town, but these winter downpours are not fun to navigate.   Arriving at D’Vine, I was surprised by how big the spa is. It was wonderfully toasty inside and after I sat down for a quick chat with owner Liezel, I was shown around the gorgeous Spa by Bronwyn.   Location D’vine Skin and Body can be found in The Vineyards Office Estate in Welgemoed. They are pretty close toRead More

To Botox Or Not To Botox?

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Have you ever considered trying Botox? I have, often. It all started when my 4 yr old son asked me why I was looking so angry. This made me do a double take as I wasn’t angry at all – merely deep in thought and in no particular mood. I had a closer look in the mirror and saw what he was referring to – my deep frown lines – or 11’s as they are also called.    Since then I have been reading up a bit and asking some friends who have done it before and basically it is really important that you go to someone reputable and experienced. My friends who have done it look great and did not have any side effects, but you read some horror stories on line, so I am still a bit nervous.   During my ‘research’ I read some articles by DrRead More

Milk & Honey Boutique Spa

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Contemporary chic meets classic cool at Milk and Honey Boutique spa. Describing itself as a luxury spa offering personalised treatments in an exquisite setting, I have to agree. Though fairly new to the spa scene, I can see why Milk & Honey is all about expert treatment, warm hospitality and individual attention.   Location Milk & Honey Boutique Spa can be found in the trendy suburb of Bantry Bay within O on Kloof Boutique Hotel. Located on the corner of King and Kloof Streets, there are a few hotel parking bays on King Road and ample street parking on Kloof.   Welcome From the moment I was warmly ushered through the crisp and utterly elegant interior of the hotel, I was given the 5-star treatment. Lindie, owner of Milk & Honey, is professional, charming and funny and has a wealth of international and cruise ship experience and boy, does itRead More

Vredehoek Laser & Skin Clinic

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I was super excited to visit Vredehoek Laser & Skin Clinic on Derry Street and to meet Maryke, who I’ve been chatting to on Facebook for a while.  I was invited to try their Dermalogica Specialised Facial which is a 70 min intensive treatment, along with a neck, shoulder and back massage. Location Vredehoek Laser & Skin Care is situated on trendy Derry Street, Vredehoek, Cape Town. Facilities There are 4 treatment rooms and 3 therapists (Maryke, Erika and Louise) plus Dr Chevonne Fitzroy comes in to take care of all your botox and filler needs. Products They stock the following product ranges: Dermalogica, DermaFix and ORA. All products have been specifically formulated for all skin types, especially damaged and sensitive skin. ORA products only contain plants and pure essential oils. No preservatives and no alcohol. Treatments and Prices Vredehoek Laser and Skin Care provides advanced anti-aging and beauty treatmentsRead More

Rolling In The Kalahari Sands

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How lucky am I to be invited once again to experience not one but two very different treatments at Kimya Spa?   The first treatment was a 15 min Fish Therapy session which I had never tried before and then I would be pampered with a 60 min Kalahari Rolling Sands Massage.   I was a little bit nervous trying the Fish Therapy, which is basically lots of tiny fish nibbling away at your feet. Luckily Kim was going to be my therapist again, and as I had such an amazing experience with her previously, I was quickly put at ease. The Treatment We started with their signature foot ritual where your feet are cleansed with a salt scrub and rinsed with warm water.     The wonderfully amazing Kim     Next up was the Fish Therapy and as you can see in this video below, it was prettyRead More

Lumenis LightSheer Duet Laser Hair Removal System

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  Yvette from Serayu Beauty invited me for Laser Hair Removal at her Salon.   I chose to do a ½ leg as that is the area that I would love to be hair free the most. Pre kids I had time for my monthly Spa treatments and religiously had my wax, facial and pedi, but now I’ve had to resort back to shaving in the shower, as I just can’t seem to get my act together anymore.     Serayu Beauty uses the latest Lumines Light Sheer Duet Laser – a new generation in hair removal.       Watch this short video to see the Laser in action and learn why this laser system works so well.     The 3 things that impressed me most: It uses an innovative vacuum technology which basically pulls the skin closer to the laser light – it feels like a bigRead More