Urban Bliss – Review & Give-Away

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Well, it had been at least a year since my last facial (my dermatologist suggested I not do any treatments to my face because my rosacea flare-up was quite severe) but it seemed to have settled down so I decided to brave a facial from this spa— call it a good intuition.   I knew that they meant serious business and that I would in safe hands when the owner of the spa, Ayesha,wanted to know everything about my skin. So, I shared my sorry tale with her (of dehydration, rosacea and sensitivity) and she assured me that the treatment would be customised for my particular skin conditions. Ayesha, a true beauty professional, owned a spa for many years before this and has ensured that Urban Bliss well and truly lives up to its name. A little hideaway in the middle of buzzing Emmarentia, you must be warned that onceRead More

Factorie has launched its first beauty range Make Up Make Out

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Youth lifestyle brand factorie launched its first cosmetics range, Make Up Make Out.   The new collection features a comprehensive contour kit, two eye shadow palettes, chunky lip crayons, super-fun macaroon lip balms and a bronzer to give the perfect summer glow.   It also includes mascara, nail paint, a bronzer brush, an eye shadow brush and a range of body mist fragrances, from coconut crush to moonstruck nights.   Factorie wanted to make quality cosmetics super accessible to everyone, starting at just R49 for Nail Paint and ranging to R249 for the Contour Kit.   Check out Australian beauty blogger Cartia Mallan, who has filmed an exclusive step-by-step tutorial using the Make Up Make Out range to create the ultimate day-time festival look. The 17-year-old has a combined following of more than 300,000 and when she’s not studying or blogging, her hobbies include the beach, friends, travelling, photography and music festivals.Read More

What To Ask Your Hairdresser

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I’m sure you’ve all had to go through that super annoying process of finding a new GP, hair dresser etc,when you move to a new place.   Luckily we now have social media to check on who’s who in your new local area, avoiding making too many mistakes along the way.   Even though I was adamant that I would drive back to visit my hairdresser, I eventually did cave and decide to find someone local.   After a few attempts we finally found my ‘goldilocks’ colour (not too dark and not too light), but I was thinking that I could have helped speed up this process if I’d paid more attention and known more about what had been used on my hair previously.   So, I decided to ask my current stylist at Style Bar in Constantia Village what we should know to ensure a smooth transition from one stylist toRead More

Real Techniques Give-Away

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Real Techniques has just launched a new Collectors’s Edition Eyelining Set and one of you stands a chance of winning it.   This fabulous set, valued at R499.95, consists of 4 exclusive brushes in a gorgeous metallic purple, which you can store nicely in this matching pouch. Accentuate your eyes to enhance your natural beauty with our limited edition eyelining set. Effortlessly give yourself a sultry liner, subtle definition, or a fun pop of color to transform your eye look. Each brush is a special design: a sleek, high-shine purple instead of the classic matte + an exclusive metallic brush pouch. Precision liner brush: for ultimate control of the perfect line Smudge brush: designed for enhancing the eye with a smoky effect Eyeliner brush: firm, angled head for optimal control along lash line Pointed liner brush: flat, tapered head designed to create both thin and thick lines Brush pouch: storesRead More

Illuminating Skin Finish with SPF 25- Vita Liberta

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CAPTURE THE LIGHT – SKIN FINISHING   ILLUMINATING SKIN FINISH WITH SPF 25 For amazing skin illuminating with a BB bronzing cream finish that adds colour, creating or enhancing tanned skin. Offers a perfect coverage, light bronzing and a luminescent skin finish that enhances pale skin. Promises photo ready skin for the legs, arms, décolleté and face With SPF 25 for a holiday essential that protects and perfects. Contains certified organic botanicals for skin nourishment.   Price: R825.00 (30ml) Available in two shades: Latte & Latte light The Capture the Light Collection comprises illuminating skin finishers with Opaque or Translucent coverage which can be used as stand-alone skin perfectors, or alongside the Vita Liberata tanning range to accentuate a natural bronze tan.   Capture the Light Opaque illuminating skin finishers are considered by beauty experts to be “better than a BB Cream for the Body”.  Translucent illuminating skin finishers offerRead More

Fresh Summer Look For Over 40’s

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Just because I’m over 40 doesn’t mean that I don’t still covet that fresh faced Summer look.   Most days I tend to just whip on some BB cream, add a bit of blusher and a touch of mascara and I’m good to go. However, with more pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles, I do need to work a bit harder to achieve a natural look, when I want more coverage as well.   Yip, natural does not necessarily mean less, just the right products in the right colour, applied properly.   I was recently sent a few gorgeous new products from Essence and thought I’d share my fresh Summer look using some of these, and other favourites on my shelf.   I’ve just started using the AA Meso Lazer Wrinkle Decreasing Day Cream for 40+ and even though I preferred the texture of the Sensitive Skin day cream at first,Read More

Carlton Hair & Nails

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Everyone knows the Carlton brand for their hair salons but what you probably didn’t know is that they’ve also added the services of a nail technician to pamper your nails as well.   I was invited to experience their nail treatments at Carlton in Cavendish.   It was a Saturday morning and the salon was busy with a great vibe.   While Rachel was busy with my manicure I looked around at everyone’s lovely hair and immediately wished I’d booked myself in for a wash and blow dry at the same time 😉   Rachel did an amazing job prepping my nails and Carlton offers a wide variety of colours to choose from.     I learnt something new as well, in that all the new Morgan Taylor colours that have just been launched, like the Hello Pretty range, are also available in Gelish application. As I had already received and tried the MintRead More

Morgan Taylor – Hello Pretty

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Just received this gorgeous little package highlighting the New Summer Collection 2015 from Morgan Taylor called Hello Pretty.       

La-Tweez Pro-Illuminating Tweezers

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At the recent Freebees PR & Marketing Editors Function I spotted the latest little gem from La-Tweez, their Illuminating Tweezers.   I love anything that is cute and functional and this delivers on both.   Not only are they colourful and come in a chic carrying case with built-in magnifying mirror, it also has an ultra bright LED light for great visibility.   Now that’s pretty darn useful.         Available in pink, purple, yellow, green and blue at R250.00 from select salons, Sorbet, beauticians and spas only        

Sensitive Skin Day Cream

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My latest discovery is a wonderful moisturiser from AA Cosmetics.   Distributed by the same people that brought us Hean, this is a moisturiser for sensitive skin, with 0% allergens, parabens, or color additives.   This fragrance free, semi-rich 24 hour cream is recommended for normal and dry skin. It feels absolutely amazing on my skin, however I did find it to be slightly too rich for daytime use IF I’m in a rush and want to apply my usual foundation immediately afterwards. It does however absorb beautifully after a few minutes, and I use it generously on my neck and decollete as well.   It contains 1% Vitamin E (an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin) and 2% Allantoin (stimulating new skin cell growth,  anti-inflammatory properties and soothes skin irritation).   I’ve subsequently found many more products on their website that I’d like to try.   Their website highlights whichRead More

Active Lab – Launching Active Ingredients

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Every year Freebees PR & Marketing hosts a media day with all their clients at the CTICC where we can meet and greet and get all the latest info on new products and trends coming up.   Last year I spent over 3 hours there, so this year I wanted to focus on newness and trends only.   I was typically drawn to a few favourite brands, and enjoyed having a look at their latest make-up trends and hot product launches, as well as meeting the people behind the brands.   One new supplier that caught my eye was Active Lab.   They haven’t officially launched yet, but they have a completely new approach to skin care, and instead of marketing their own brand of beauty products, they will be selling the active ingredients within them.   The tester that they had on display is Hyaluronic Acid which is greatRead More

Fight Like A Lady

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  The latest Morgan Taylor collection not only offers 4 super sexy colours in their ‘Fight Like A Lady’ mini 4 pack, it also helps support the fight for breast health and fund research for a cure.   Available from 1 September 2015 – R220