Harmful ingredients to look out for in skincare products

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It is well known that there are some ingredients hidden in processed food that we need to look out for. The same goes for ingredients hidden in beauty products.   South African distributor of Uber Natural Beauty, Karmen Fieldgate, offers these tips for consumers to look out for.   SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS TO LOOK OUT FOR  It is known that the skin is the body’s largest organ, and that it acts as a sponge, meaning that approximately 60% of what is put on is absorbed, affecting the health and well being of the body.   Through the application of products, we expose our skin, and body, to a large number of ingredients – many of which have not been tested for their long-term effects. Many of the products that we apply consist of ingredients that are toxic, without us even knowing.   Here is a list of ingredients to lookRead More

Invisibobble Secret Garden

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You know how much I love my invisbobbles, so I’d be cruel if I didn’t share the latest news about the limited edition Secret Garden Collection available from mid September.   “Awaken your senses to a beautiful garden. Imagine a softly splashing fountain surrounded by blossoming fruit trees, releasing a heavenly scent of fresh flowers. The tempting invisibobble® ORIGINAL Secret Garden Collection presents Forbidden Fruit, Cherry Blossom, Sweet Clementine and Lucky Fountain and invites you to enjoy these highlights for your luscious summer hair.   Whether it’s hidden in a pretty and pin less invisibobble® step-by-step updo, or used as a traceless ponytail holder – the invisibobble® ORIGINAL Secret Garden Collection reveals its magnificent colours in full glory.   When listening to thrilling sounds under an open sky, the new invisibobble® ORIGINALS are the must-have for a cool and chic Coachella look. With a strong traceless hold and a highRead More

[Review] Skin Miles

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  I am a big believer in shopping online— mostly because I am too busy to actually hit the shops and it is very convenient. But, I had no idea that skincare uniquely chosen for my specific skin issues, could also be ordered online.   Skin Miles offers you the chance to have a “consultation” with renowned aesthetic medical practitioner, Dr Alek Nikolic and then receive your products to your home.What a novel and fantastic idea!   It’s pretty simple—I filled out on online form about my skin, my major concerns and skin challenges as well as what I was looking for in products and which products I already was using. My main concerns this winter were dehydration, anti-ageing and pigmentation and I was also very anxious about not provoking a flare-up of my rosacea, which appears mostly in times of stress but can also be aggravated by products and foods.Read More

Treatments To Look Younger Faster

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Most people can get away with just having regular facials and using good home care products in their 20’s and even early 30’s. However, in our 40’s our skin need some extra attention.    Many women tend to prioritise other things, like work, family and especially their children  in their 30’s and I’m certainly guilty of that. I’ve now woken up 40+ and realised that I’m not ageing as ‘gracefully’ as I’d like and want to do something about that.   With this in mind, I thought I’d share my top treatments to help you look younger once again.   For plumper, smoother skin It’s no longer good enough to have a regular facial. We need to stimulate the collagen production which our ageing cells don’t do anymore. To get all the active ingredients into our skin, we need to get rid of the dead skin cells and push the product into ourRead More

5 Benefits Of Using Microdermabrasion Crystals At Home

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5 Benefits of Using Microdermabrasion Crystals for At-Home Skincare   Whether it’s reducing fine lines and wrinkles or contributing to youthful looking skin, microdermabrasion can help many people achieve the healthy, beautiful skin they’ve always wanted. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found evidence that microdermabrasion can create positive changes in the skin and result in improved skin tone and contour. An added benefit of this skincare treatment is that it can improve your skin’s ability to absorb nutrients.   While in the past you may have needed an appointment with an esthetician or a dermatologist to receive a microdermabrasion treatment, now you can have one in the comfort your own home. If you’re wondering what’s so great about at-home skincare treatment, read on to discover the benefits of personal microdermabrasion. On Your Own TimeIt can be impractically difficult to fit a doctor’s appointment into your busy schedule.Read More

WIN an Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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Wanna WIN an Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette?   Yip, me too!  I’m sure all beauty junkies are jumping up and down for this one.   Just hop on over to Rubybox and check out how you can get your hands on this highly coveted 5* beauty must have. Oh my gosh – aren’t these colours just absolutely stunning!!!   Visit Rubybox to ENTER. Good Luck!!!

Vita Liberata Body Blur Coming Soon

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  Body Blur Arriving Soon! 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. Price : 100ml R1030.00 Soon to be  available from Selected Salons & Spas – 021 465 8569 & online at www.vitaliberata.co.za   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. For face and décolleté apply sparingly with fingers or a foundation brush. Wash handsRead More

[Review] Elgydium Whitening & Sensitive Toothpaste

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I received the Elgydium Whitening and Sensitive toothpastes to review.    I have to be upfront here and tell you that for the last 10 years, I have ONLY used a herbal toothpaste from Europe that is more salty than sweet.  My main concern with testing a toothpaste was that it would be sweet and frothy like most regular types in SA.    I tried the whitening toothpaste first, as I don’t really have sensitive teeth and hey – who wouldn’t want whiter teeth!   I’m very relieved to be able to revert that Elgydium is not super sweet at all.  I have been happily using it, and it isn’t very foamy either. I was very pleasantly surprised. I know that this is a very personal requirement, but I just can’t bear to brush my teeth with a sugary, foamy substance.   I haven’t been using it long enough to see the whiteningRead More

Styled For Travel

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Just before I went overseas I frantically called my local Style Bar in Constantia and begged to be squeezed in, as I really wanted to have my hair done before we left.   Luckily, the had a spot for me and a couple of hours later I was ready to go, and I’m happy to report that my blonder locks received loads of compliments.        Style Bar is always searching for and researching the latest hair care products and again they didn’t disappoint. The latest addition is the label.m range from the well known Toni & Guy brand.    Headed by daughter Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck,label.m is the official hair care brand of London Fashion Week.        The products smells absolutely amazing and the quality is not surprisingly fantastic.    You can get some of these products online at Retailbox, or visit your local Style Bar for a wider range.

[Review] Eau Thermale Avene Hydrating Serum

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I’m sure you’ve also experienced that awkward moment when you have a facial and the therapist starts listing all the things wrong with your skin.   The most confusing thing to me is that my skin always seems dehydrated. I use a day and night moisturiser religiously, and am lucky to test different serums, plus I drinks LOADS of water, so I’m sure I’m doing a lot for my skin, yet I’m always told that my skin is dehydrated.   Hydrance Optimale – Hydrating Serum for Dehydrated Sensitive Skin   So this little bottle came at the perfect time for me to review. Firstly, it’s Winter, so my skin is in even more need of TLC, and secondly I’m off to Europe on holiday, and that plane trip doesn’t do anything good for your skin.     Where Does Avene come from? The Avene thermal spring rises in Southern France,Read More

[Review] You Bar

Posted on by Nikki Temkin in Reviews, Spa Reviews | 2 Comments
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a big rock, then you will know that the latest buzzword in beauty treatments is “natural”. This means using products with the least amount of chemicals that are as close to nature and as organic as possible.     So, this is where YouBar really has set the bar very high (sorry, I could not help myself) as they pride themselves on using all-natural ingredients that are bio-identical, which means avoiding synthetics. Africology products, YouBar’s products of choice, are locally made, and have built up a cult following. It’s no wonder! Not only are they amazingly good for you in every way, but one sniff of their delicious aromatic aroma and you will be hooked forevermore— this I promise you!     I was lucky enough to experience one of the most  divine manicures ever— the Africology Signature Manicure. As a beauty reviewer, I haveRead More

[NEW] BASALT Home Collection

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With an obsession for the aesthetic, quality and craftsmanship, Jacques has embarked on a new creative journey, this time by opening the new stand-alone homeware store and home gallery, BASALT home, in the suburb of Parkhurst in Johannesburg.     A floor to ceiling slick of sang de boeuf colour boasts a massive laboratory-style shelf filled with handmade and blended spices, flavour compounds and exotic finds. All of which forms part of the ‘flavour library’ concept, beautifully packaged in chocolate brown laboratory glass. Jewel-coloured jellies and preserves also feature, handmade in small batches and mostly from ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s country garden.      From 400 year old Chinese ceramics, a few rarities, to the bespoke tableware collections inspired by ancient shapes in finishes which include rich sepia, bone and luscious stokes gold. All woven together with constant and ever evolving selection of fine napery and other bespoke andRead More