Is Argan Oil Nature’s Answer To Botox?

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Recently I have been hearing a lot about Argan Oil and Moroccan Oil, and I was wondering what all the hype was about.     “Argan oil is multipurpose cosmetic product. It can be used for skin, hair, facial and nails care.   It restores the natural freshness and adds to the softness of the skin and face.   It makes the hair strong by penetrating easily into the roots and feeding them with rich nutritional components.   Out of shape, weak and easily breakable nails and cracked cuticles are repairable by using Argan oil.” SOURCE   “Argan oil has a myriad of benefits for beauty.   Argan oil is an antioxidant– known as nature’s answer to botox, it is a Vitamin C and E packed oil perfect for combating free-radicals and works as an anti-aging.   Softens dry skin – Argan oils high concentration of vitamin E and essentialRead More

Hello Kitty Spa opens in Dubai

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  Hello Kitty Spa in Dubai Get ready for some posh pampering. Hello Kitty has launched it’s first beauty spa in Dubai – and they’re all about ‘sugar, spice and everything incredibly nice!’ And we’re not talking about their Kitty Cafe which offers delectable organic cupcakes  – Kitty themed – of course!     With treatments fit for a  ‘Queen’ and a “Princess’ they hope to attract both young and older fans. Choose a ‘Kitty-cure’ for your ‘little paws’ or a get your ‘tootsies’ looking ‘Toe-Tally Perfect’.  For children, they use organic products that have been specially created for sensitive skins.   According to the Daily Mail: “This is not the first time the brand, which was initially targeted at children, has ventured into the beauty world. They already have their own range of nail polishes and have collaborated on a make-up collection with Mac cosmetics.   The spa, situatedRead More

Equinox Spa at The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel

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EQUINOX SPA Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a hotel? You know, like in the movies, where the actor lives in some fancy hotel with a concierge who runs out to hail them a cab, shielding them under an umbrella from the rain. He knows everything about them but is hardly noticed until he makes that one life changing speech at the end of the movie which convinces said actor to pursue his/her real love. Heck, even the Kardashians (okay I might admit to watching 1 episode) seem to live in hotels– and I don’t mean when they are travelling or on holiday.     Anyway, the reason for asking is that I’ve often wondered what it must be like, and assumed that it might be a bit clinical and that it would never really feel like ‘home’. Well, recently I had a changeRead More

Who Wants To Win?

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So I know that all of you absolutely LOVE competitions and winning awesome prizes, so let me introduce you to a wonderful site called JustPlay.       JustPlay is one of the biggest online competition websites in South Africa offering a huge variety of free prizes weekly. Users stand a chance of winning fantastic holidays, appliances, shopping vouchers and R100 000 cash prizes. They even have a car up for grabs!   Signing up and entering competitions is completely free and instantaneous.   Just click the image below and sign up to start entering the competitions.   Once you sign up to JustPlay you can enter a myriad of exciting prize competitions in exchange for completing brief market surveys. Again, this entire process is completely free and transparent. And it really only takes a few minutes per entry.   I’m Playing To Win!  Join me by clicking the imageRead More

Kim & Kanye Are One Smooth Couple

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were recently spotted at a laser hair removal clinic together. Having recently admitted to Oprah that she has lasered everything, it now seems that she’s introducing her boyfriend to her regular treatments as well.   Here is the video clip from The Oprah Show:     The power couple showed up at Kim’s regular laser clinic to zap some pesky hairs away.   The daily mail revealed that:   “ Kim was jovial as she attended her monthly visit, smiling and chatting to her technician.     As they walked inside Kanye tenderly put his hand on her behind.     In her interview with Oprah last Sunday, Kim revealed that she had all her body hair removed as she works hard at being ‘pretty’,Expanding on the sacrifices her beauty regime requires, she added: ‘It is a job. Gym everyday. I’ve lasered everything.’ “  Read More

8 Homemade Anti-Aging Recipes From A Plastic Surgeon

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I just came across this awesome page where plastic surgeon and beauty guru Andrew Ordon, MD shares his DIY Anti-Aging recipes.   His recipes are used for everything from eliminating dark circles under eyes to shiny hair to smooth, dewy skin.   The best part: these recipes use ingredients that you’ll find in your kitchen or local store.   There are 8 recipes, 3 of my favourites are:   Avocado-Honey Moisturizer   SOURCE   Basil Toner   SOURCE   Lemon-Agave Age Spot Fighter   SOURCE   You can find all 8 recipes with full ingredients & directions by clicking here.   I also found this informative video about making homemade anti-aging facial masks:     I think you’ll agree that it helps to see someone actually preparing the face mask.   What do you think about making Homemade Anti-Aging Recipes? Have you ever made your own?   Please share withRead More

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream

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A few months ago I went to the Dr Brandt Launch at Just Skin Aesthetics Clinic. Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by Dr Brandt’s Lineless skincare range while Kelly Ripa, Emma Rossum and Lenny Kravitz are fans of his other skincare solutions.   Even though I was adamant that I was not going to buy anything (as if!), I was pretty impressed with a couple of the products, and they had a Special Offer which was really good value for money, so I hauled out my credit card and walked away with some products and a lovely Free Gift for good measure. I was going away that weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to test the products until a week later, and I have been meaning to tell you about one product in particular, the Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Face Cream.    What it is: A poweful at-home alternative to aRead More

My top 5 Anti-Aging tips that really work

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Simple, Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Treatments that everyone should do. As soon as we hit our 30’s and certainly by the time we start nearing our 40’s, most women (and some men) will have noticed that fine lines turning into wrinkles. As collagen production drops dramatically after 35 yrs of age, how can we best combat these signs of aging? If you didn’t start a beauty regime in your 20’s then it’s not too late, but certainly time to try and slow down the aging process.For those of us that don’t (yet) want to try invasive treatments, there are many non-invasive anti-aging treatments that can not only slow down the process but even reverse some signs as well.   To be clear, we will be focusing on simple non-invasive facial treatments in this post.   What are my top 5 anti-aging tips that really work?   1) SPF !!! We lather ourRead More

Serayu Beauty Salon in Durbanville

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting two wonderful women at Serayu Beauty Salon in Durbanville. Being an ex Durbanville girl, I was looking forward to visiting my old stomping ground. Location Yvette Adonis recently acquired Serayu Beauty and has been upgrading this beauty salon allowing clients to indulge in even more beauty and slimming treatments.  Situated in Sadre Park, there is parking in front of the Salon but as these were taken I found parking across the road. Welcome Although I always try to arrive early, I had forgotten that this was the last day of term and as we also had a teacher’s farewell that morning 🙁 , I had to do some speeding up the N1 to try and get there on time. Yvette was there to meet me and even though she was multitasking, she had a sense of organised calm about her. Facilities Serayu is decoratedRead More

Ginkgo Spa at the Winchester Mansions Hotel in Sea Point

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All weekend I was looking forward to my Elixir massage at Ginkgo Spa. Janine had invited me to experience this signature treatment and my back and shoulders were in serious need of some pampering after sitting behind my computer for so many hours. Location There are several Ginkgo Spas located in luxurious hotels in the Western Cape. Ginkgo Spa at the Winchester Mansions Hotel overlooks the spectacular Sea Point promenade. I’d been to the Winchester Mansions Hotel before, for Sunday brunch (amazing), but had not yet had the pleasure of visiting the Spa. Welcome For once I did manage to arrive early and upon meeting Janine I was offered a delicious cup of chai tea (I want more) and filled in the obligatory consultation form. Janine and I chatted for a little while, where after she showed me around the Spa. This is the original Ginkgo Spa (there are 4Read More

What’s the difference between a Beauty Salon and an Aesthetics Clinic?

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While skin care and beauty treatments are at the forefront of both, the biggest difference between a Beauty Salon and an Aesthetics Clinic is the treatments that you can expect to receive there.   A Beauty Salon’s focus is more about pampering and include your classic beauty and grooming treatments (facials, massages, mani/pedi, waxing and other signature treatments), while anyone working in aesthetics is more concerned and trained in anti-aging. Even though they will probably still take care of your waxing and pedi needs, their main focus is on turning back the clock with treatments like facial and chemical peels, photo rejuvenation, dermal fillers and Botox.   This does not mean however, that a clinic needs to feel like a doctor’s office. JUST SKIN AESTHETIC CLINIC is as elegant and lovely as its owner Carol Maccallum who has been in the skin care industry for over 25 years with previousRead More

Smoothe Boutique Beauty in Eden on the Bay

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Cathy Gee generously invited me to experience Smoothe’s Winter Warmer Package that they sponsored for our June Competition. Location Staring in my rear view mirror I saw the last rays of sunshine disappearing into  the distance as I bravely barrelled down the N1 towards Blouberg and tarmac coloured clouds. With my feet warmly ensconced in my hubby’s socks and my winter boots, I turned up the heater and I braced myself for a long, wet journey.   Surprisingly I really enjoyed the drive. It was so peaceful, no incessant babbling from our 4 year old, no business musings from hubby and no screeching baby. Keeping the radio purposefully switched off I enjoyed the blissful silence.   After a law enforced 60 km/hour crawl (I passed a cop earlier and could still feel his beady eyes on me), I suddenly realised that I had no idea where I was. As aRead More