Amazing Abalone House & Spa Paternoster – Review

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My husband and I were invited to experience the Abalone House & Spa in August 2015.   We’ve stayed and several B&B’s before in Paternoster, which we’ve always enjoyed, but this time we were looking forward to a romantic break away from the kids.   Arriving at Abalone House, we immediately felt relaxed amidst the eclectic bohemian decor and settled into our room before enjoying a glass of bubbles on the deck.     We then went for a wander around the village and popped into one of the wonderful local restaurants for a mouth watering lunch. We wanted to go for a long stroll along the beach, but as it was drizzling, we opted to enjoy the hotel facilities instead. We’d booked a table at 7pm for dinner, but they suggested that we should come down a little earlier to see the sunset on the deck. Unfortunately the weather didn’t play along,Read More

Looking Good With LCN – Spring Summer 2015

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Looking Good LCN celebrates 13 years of success as the sole importer and distributor of LCN products, from Wilde Cosmetics in Germany, reaching the whole of Southern Africa and stretching into Angola, Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Ghana.   Looking Good LCN recently showcased what’s hot and happening for Spring/Summer 2015.       The Under The Sea collection features some brand new nail polish trend colours for Spring. ‘Do you Speak Coral’ and ‘Lobster Love Affair’ are definitely two of my favourites.   When it comes to make-up, their lipgloss colours are rich in pigment and super glossy.     The Cover me in Diamonds Dust highlight powder is a definite must-have for the season.   See You In Ibiza highlights their Summer colours which are slightly lighter and definitely a whole lot of fun to try.   LCN also has a Bronzing Dry Oil which is going to be anotherRead More

UCook Review

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Recently I discovered another wonderful food delivery service called UCook, where you receive EVERYTHING you need to cook 3 delicious meals, including the recipe and the freshest, yummiest ingredients. Their recipes are created from scratch from a number of chefs, including the winner of the Italian Masterchef TV series Lapo Magni, Nic Tonglet who has worked at the Test Kitchen and Pot Luck Club under the mastermind Luke Dale-Roberts, and Janne Molzen a lecturer at Silwood. The end product is a balanced healthy meal that is both nutritious and delicious. You can find out more information on the chefs who created each recipe, by reading their chef bio at the bottom of the menu page. I was given the opportunity to test their service, and we chose the L-carb menu for our family.   We checked the expiry dates and selected to prepare the Oven Baked Salmon first. My kids absolutely love fish (luckily!) soRead More

When Your Hair Needs Some Super Pampering

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Winter seems to be the time for launching new hair care products as I received three different brands to test and review.   As I thought it might be of interest to my readers, I wanted to do a comparison of all three for this blog post. The three product ranges are as follows: 1. Terenzo – Liquid Hiar – Terenzo Hairdressing Haircare Range2. Wella Professionals – Elements 3. Label.m – Brightening Blonde Shampoo     Terenzo The Terenzo Liquid Hair is a range for stressed and damaged hair which instantly repairs, nourishes and strengthens. The key ingredients are Hydrolysed Collagen and Q10, Silk Amino Acid, MEA 18, 6 Oils and Pantheon.   Retail price:  Shampoo R310, Conditioner R295   I was seriously impressed by how nourishing this conditioner was and yet how light my hair felt afterwards. There’s nothing like a good salon shampoo and the Terenzo Professional Haircare range worked wondersRead More

Bella Essenza Spa Review

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We can all definitely appreciate visiting a big brand spa where we expect well trained staff and good quality products. However, there is something very convenient about your local, smaller spa where you get a more personalised experience.   So how about getting the best of both worlds?   Ulandi offers just this in her home based spa in the Northern Suburbs.  Having trained at Isa Carstens Academy, she then gained significant experience at SKIN Wellness as a thereapist and manageress, before opening  The Urban Spa in 2006.  She finally opened her home-based spa called Bella Essenza in Durbanville.   Having grown up in Durbanville, many years ago, I was keen to visit my old hood again and see what Ulandi had to offer.   I was treated to the Optiphi Class Full Age Defying Facial – 80 min – R650   I asked Ulandi why she chose Optiphi for her clients: “It isRead More

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler – Pink Kitty

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I absolutely love my shower Tangle Teezer, and need to get my hands on this cute little kitty ASAP.   Introducing the new pink leopard print Compact Styler Pink Kitty!   An innovative hairbrush that is just too busy being fabulous! Cute in size and big on style, it can be popped into your bag and pulled out in a New York minute to reboot hair in seconds.   It even has a removable cover to protect the teeth from fluff and dirt.     Available from select salons, www.retailbox.co.za and www.everythinghair.co.za for R260.00 from August 2015.   Seriously, this is the best brush to de-tangle anyone’s hair.

Hean Summer Collection Nail Polish

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So many of you mentioned how much you love HEAN products, so I thought I’d quickly share the latest Hean Summer Collection limited edition fun and fresh nail polishes colours.   The names evoke the very essence of summer and are sure to make you smile with shades called Life Is Peachy, Island Girl, Summer Daze, Mojito Madness and Lethal Lemonade.     The Hean Summer Collection Nail polishes are made from a durable vinyl base containing a special blend of three resins, which result in a smooth colour with no streaks and is resistant to chipping. Being sun smart these nail polishes contain a UV filter.   Price : R55.00 (7ml) Put your best foot forwards while keeping your finger on the latest summer nail inspirations by visiting Glamore Cosmetics online store.   The Hean range can be can be bought directly from the online store http://shop.glamorecosmetics.co.za/.   Free Shipping onRead More

One & Only Spa Review

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“An oasis of serenity nestled on a lush private island at the heart of One&Only Cape Town, lies an exclusive, unparalleled Spa Retreat. Surrounded by water and lush vegetation, One&Only Spa offers tailored holistic experiences, ranging from pure relaxation to unique and signature wellness journeys. Defining personal service and quiet indulgence, the Spa embraces local African influences and combines this with contemporary design.”   When I was asked to review the One & Only Spa at the Waterfront, I was truly excited as this exclusive retreat has been on my bucket list for some time now. I can never find enough time to review every spa and product that I come across, but I definitely wasn’t going to miss out on experiencing the ‘Winter African Escape’ at the One & Only Spa.     I would strongly recommend that you set aside some additional time to enjoy the facilities, as thereRead More

Essence Gel Nail Polish Review

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Most of us have tried one of the many in salon gel manicure’s (Bio-Sculpture, Shellac, Gelish). As much as I love that a gel mani does not chip and can last up to 3 weeks, the one little niggle I have is that you can’t really remove the gel yourself and have to go back to the salon to have it removed properly. And, yes, I’m guilty of removing it myself (trying to copy the nail technician with foils on my nails). Somehow I don’t seem to do as good a job.   I’d heard a beauty editor mention the latest Essence gel polish and was VERY keen to try it.   It’s not like the salon gel manicure’s, but the next generation of nail polish that you apply like our normal polish at home (no lamp needed), but has an incredibly long-lasting gel like effect.   I received these twoRead More

Esse Range Of Cleansers

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If you love Esse then you’ll love their range of cleansers.   Most people associate probiotics (good microbes) with maintaining a healthy gut, but new research has shown that microbes are also essential for perfect skin.   There are ten microbes for every human cell in your body and this finding has turned the conventional view of skin on it’s head. Skin is a complex ecosystem – an intricate, intermingled mix of human and microbial cells that work together to optimise barrier function and keep moisture in.   Esse has used this new revelation to formulate products that maintain a balance of microbes to slow the ageing process. To do this, Esse uses prebiotics to selectively feed good microbes and they’ve used probiotic microbes in some products to deliver specific results. Certified Organic Fair Trade Beauty Without Cruelty Vegan   Esse Gel Cleanser, 100ml – R160, 200ml – R240 EsseRead More

Threading – The New Non-Surgical Face Lift

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I was pretty excited to attend a threading demonstration at Skin & Body Renewal by Dr Maureen at their Greenpoint spa, as I’ve heard a bit about this new technique but really wanted to know more and who best to learn from than Dr Maureen herself.   Some of you might have heard of threadlifts several years ago but these are totally different absorbable polymer threads.   What are the benefits of threading? Threading can be viewed as a non-surgical facelift. Depending on which threads you use, you can lift and/or firm the skin.   It improves skin tone, texture, pigmentation, scarring and stretch marks, as well as fat reduction. These results are long lasting as new collagen is produced.   How does it work? The threads have tiny barbs in them which hook onto the skin and allow you to lift the skin up. Secondly, the increased blood flow produces moreRead More

invisibobble Wild Whisper Limited Edition

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Newly Launched Wild Whisper Limited Edition   If you haven’t tried the invisibobble yet then you’re probably experiencing some serious FOMO.     The magic trick to invisibobble’s traceless outcome lies in its peculiar telephone cord shape. Wrapped around any type of hair, it distributes the pressure around the circumference of the ponytail unevenly, allowing for the hair to be held strongly, without being too tight, or too loose. This effect of uneven pressure leads to a traceless results.   And there is even more to this revolutionary hair ring! Since it doesn’t tug at individual hairs, it completely avoids headaches. The invisibobble’s smooth surface also treats the hair with care and avoids the split ends which ordinarily arise from tying ones hair up!   invisibobble has just launched 4 fresh new colours in their ‘Wild Whisper’ collection: Queen of the Jungle C U Later Alligator Fancy Flamingo Fata Morgana    The invisibobbleRead More