Carlton Hair & Nails

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Hello Pretty Summer Colours

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 ūüėČ   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

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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Oven-Baked-Salmon

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.