Is Using Lemon Juice On Your Skin A Bad Idea?

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Is using lemon juice or pure lemon on your skin a bad idea? I’ve read that it is, just want it confirmed.   I’ve heard that some people try using lemon juice to lighten their skin, so I asked Dr Dilshaad Asmal (dermatologist) to answer this question for us.   ” Lemon juice is highly acidic with a ph of 2. The skin’s natural ph is around 5.5 -6.5.    If a substance with a low ph is applied to the skin it could cause damage to the protective skin barrier hence causing skin irritations and dryness.”   I’ve also read that when citrus juice interacts with ultraviolet light, it can cause a chemical reaction on your skin,  so all in all using lemon juice on skin is not a good idea.   Dr Dilshaad Asmal   Dr Dilshaad Asmal is a qualified female dermatologist practicing from Rondebosch Medical Centre and atRead More

Botox! All Your Questions Answered

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Having received several questions regarding Botox, I decided to group them all together so that they could be answered in one go.   A big THANK YOU to Dr Alek Nikolic, for taking the time to answer these for us: I want to have Botox but I’m scared of all the side effect I read about on-line? How do I know who to go to? This is a great question but also a difficult one to answer. Upfront Botox® and dermal fillers should only be administered by a qualified medical doctor registered with the HPCSA. Ideally you also need to see someone who is not only experienced (minimum 3 years of treating patients) but who have also been trained according to worldwide accepted consensus recommendations. Unfortunately, there is no way to verify this 100% as any physician who practices cosmetic injectables in their practice will consider they are experienced and that theyRead More

How To Prevent Eyeshadow Fallout

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How do you put eyeshadow on without the powder falling all over your face?   There are several tips and tricks to avoid eyeshadow falling on your face and ruining your make-up.   Apply your eyeshadow first, and your foundation afterwards. This way you can clean up anything that falls on your face before applying your foundation.   Apply a primer or a little bit of foundation onto your eyes before applying your eyeshadow. This gives the powder something to ‘hold’ onto.   Use the correct brushes to apply your eyeshadow. Use smaller, denser brushes to apply the eyeshadow, and longer bristled, softer brushes to blend.    Build up your eyeshadow by applying a little bit at a time. Put some eyeshadow on your brush and gently tap some of the powder off before applying onto your eyelids.    You can also use eyeshadow ‘guards’ or even fold a tissueRead More

Vita Liberata Body Blur Review

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I’ve tested and reviewed many products over the years, and most are pretty good. Very rarely does a product stand out and completely take me by surprise.   Vita Liberata Body Blur has totally surprised and impressed me.   What is It? Body Blur is a wash off skin finishing body makeup that perfects skin, gives a natural looking tint for the body, and reflects light for a photo-ready finish.   Formulated With Perfects skin by masking blemishesReflects light for a photo-ready finishGives a natural-looking tint for the body that washes off Can also be used as a makeup primer on the face Hydrates skin with certified organic extractsWater resistant   Formulated Without ParabensHarsh chemicalsPerfume / FragranceAlcoholAnimal derivativesPetrochemicalsSulphatesSilicones   Directions A little goes a long way! For body use a tan mitt or your hands. Apply in small pea sized dots along limbs and then blend well in long circular movements.Read More

Top 10 Shoes Celebrities Wear To The Airport

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I always make sure that I’m super comfy when travelling, which means I don’t usually make any kind of fashion statement. Pretty interesting to see what celebrities choose to wear when travelling. I do love the fold up ballet flats, and sneakers are always a great choice. I found some really gorgeous ballet flats at Cocorose London. What’s your ‘go to’ travel shoe?

Are you Noughty?

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Introducing Noughty, the new 97% natural hair care range.   There are absolutely no badies in these products at all – none, zero, nought – you get it, right!   Noughty is free from sulphates, parabens, petrochemicals and silicones. Made in the UK, these products contains coconut oil, olive oil, sea kelp, blue mallow flower and argan oil.   Suitable for vegans and not tested on animals at all!   Available at Clicks stores at 149.95 per 250ml bottle from September 2016.

Bay Harbour Market Fun

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This Sunday afternoon we took a drive down to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay for some lunch and retail therapy. It does get busy, so best you get there early to shop and then find a spot to enjoy some of the many delicious food choices on offer.   Happy Mamma   Yummy cheezy breadsticks   Lamb Salad                   There’s something for everyone at the Bay Harbour Market. Bring the kids, there’s plenty of treats and shopping for them too, plus a kids play area which is relatively quiet. Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 9pm Saturday & Sunday:  9:30am – 4pm Website: Facebook: Twitter:    

Four & Twenty – Cafe & Pantry

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YUM! Yummety yum! Seriously just had the BEST breakfast ever!    Met up with a friend for brekkie at Four & Twenty at 10am and it was packed! Luckily we managed to grab one of the last tables.   The menu is heavenly and it was hard to choose but everything we had was exceptional.   I can highly recommend the Eggs Be-Lean:Two Free-range Poached Eggs on an Aubergine, Mushroom & Truffle Rosti with Confit Baby Tomatoes & a light Yoghurt Hollandaise R80 ***Add Crispy Bacon R90   I forgot to take a pic, so there’s their Poached Eggs & Hollandaise served on Ciabatta.   What a stunning cafe. Do yourself a favour, call a friend and haul yourself on over there soon xxx 23 Wolfe StreetChelsea VillageWynberg7800 Telephone: 021 762 0975Email:

New Hello Kitty Tangle Teezer

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  You all know just how much I love my Tangle Teezer, and if you have one yourself you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. So here’s the latest Tangle Teezer collaborations we can get our hands on from October 2016.   “Following the success of our first ever designer collaboration last year, we have teamed up with iconic British designer, Lulu Guinness for a second time. The stylish pairing sees our on-the-go detangling brush, the Compact Styler, emblazoned with one of Lulu’s SS16 designs; the graphic Vertical Lipstick print. This revolutionary brush fits into your handbag and the removable cover protects the innovative flexible teeth, giving you fuss and knot free hair on the move.”     “Our exciting collaboration with Hello Kitty sees this exciting pink & white polka dot design, as well as the black & white polka dot design.”   Do you want all the detangling geniusRead More

Can I Get Rid Of Pigmentation?

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I recently received the following questions regarding pigmentation, and Dr Alek Nikolic very kindly agreed to answer them for us.    “How can I tell if my pigmentation is caused by sun damage, is hormonal, or due to ageing? “   This is a difficult question to answer over the net as ideally one would like to take an adequate history, examine the skin and the pigmented lesions, and even do a VISIA skin analysis (computerised analysis that allows us to see below the skin surface) to determine the exact cause of the pigmentation and determine the best treatment approach.   Generally speaking the following are good guidelines for determining what caused our pigmentation to occur:   Melasma: Melasma is identified as patchy and connected brown, tan, or blue-gray facial skin discolorations, usually seen in women in the reproductive years. It typically appears on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead, and chinRead More

African Extracts Purifying Products Launching Soon

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African Extracts has added some fabulous new products to their Purifying Range. Look out for them on the shelves at your nearest leading retailer and pharmacy.   African Extracts Purifying Spot Treatment Price: R59.95 (15ml) On-the –go treatment to dry up spots and soothe inflamed areas. Benefits: Soothing plant extracts help get rid of the spots fast. With its Bio-Active Rooibos, Baobab, Buchu and Tea Tree Oil, Vitamin B3 and salicylic acid to help unclog pores and reduce redness   African Extracts Purifying Pore Cleaning Scrub Price : R64.95 (75ml) Aimed at women who find blocked pores and blackheads a problem. Benefits: This creamy face scrub gently lifts oils and dirt and exfoliates dry skin cells to unclog and refine the appearance of pores and visibly improve skin texture. With Bio-Active Rooibos and Buchu Leaf extract, Vitamin B3 and salicylic acid to leave skin soothed and feeling smoother with a matter oil-freeRead More

L’oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Range Review

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I received the L’oreal Revitalift Filler Renew Range to review and have been using them everyday for the last two weeks. The range consists of the Hyaluronic Replumping Serum, the Filler Precision Eye Cream, the Anti-Ageing Day Replumping Care and the Anti-Ageing Night Replumping Care. In reviewing these products, I must first highlight that these are OTC (Over The Counter) products, which I don’t believe should be compared to doctor prescribed cosmeceuticals.  All products retail for R284.95,  available at Clicks and Dischem.   Hyaluronic Replumping Serum “This is not a Dermalogical Filler however, it will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and replump the look of skin contours.  This serum is 10x more concentrated with hyaluronic acid than the average L’Oreal Paris day cream” Pros: It contains hyaluronic acid, which is great for restoring moisture to your skin. I also absolutely love the innovative, fun packaging. It looks like a syringe whichRead More