Beauty Products

Lamelle – Serra skincare range

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  So, the quest is always on to find the perfect skincare for my skin which is mostly dry, sensitive and generally stressed. And of course, after the age of 40 is presenting other rather distressing issues such as pigmentation and wrinkles.   Gina at Professional Skin Care Lab, my trusty salon, recommended that after my  microneedling session (see review) I needed to use the Serra range of products made by local laboratory Lamelle as these would best suit my skin and also facilitate the healing needed after the treatment.   Having previously used Lamelle’s Clarity Active Control for breakouts and been very impressed, I was keen to try out this range of products specifically deigned for sensitive skin like mine,  which also has an anti-inflammatory effect.   The Serra products have been created to maintain a functional skin barrier —essential to prevent unwanted environmental elements from penetrating into theRead More

ESSE – Probiotic Skincare

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The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as a live microbe that is beneficial to humans. Extracts of probiotics have been used extensively in skincare but the “holy grail” of incorporating live probiotics has proved elusive. This is because conventional products contain preservatives … and preservatives kill microbes. Esse has used innovative production techniques, airless glass packaging and a preservative-free formula to launch the world’s first live probiotic serum and it’s taking the world by storm. The probiotic microbes are encapsulated and suspended in an oil base, reanimating and starting to divide when they come into contact with water on the skin’s surface. The efficacy of topical probiotics has been a hot topic in science with more than 5000 literature references on the “skin microbiome” in 2015. Testing in Germany has shown that the new serum from Esse has the ability to improve skin firmness by an average of 16%Read More

Secret Box from Retail Box

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Have you heard of Secret Box yet?     If  you love receiving premium products from leading beauty and hair care companies, then the Secret Box from Retail Box South Africa is perfect for you.     The box contains deluxe travel sizes to full size products for specific skin and hair type and colours.   I received the RBSecretbox #31 which was specifically targeted for Blondes. The secret hint for this box was… “A trio for the Blondes getting summer ready. Restore keratin and enhance your shine.”   Check out what I found in my #RBSecretbox #31:  Schwarzkopf Blonde Me Set for only R350 Includes:BLONDE ME Keratin Restore Shampoo 250ml R275BLONDE ME All Blondes Spray Conditioner 150ML R287BLONDE ME Keratin Restore Treatment 200ml R304   A range developed for blondes of all shades, to maintain and condition in between salon visits. Keratin strengthens hair against breakage after lightening procedures, and leaves it smooth, soft and shiny.Read More

[Review] John Frieda Sheer Blonde Hi Impact

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I was sent the John Frieda Sheer Blonde HI Impact Shampoo & Conditioner to test and review.   This range was created to give over processed hair new life, restoring blonde hair’s healthy, vivid hues.    Safe for use on natural or colour-treated hair and for use on highlights & lowlights. Verdict: It smells really wonderful, cleans well, and not only does my hair colour look good (vibrant blonde), it also feels really soft, and manageable, which was an added bonus.     Two thumbs up!   Available at Clicks – R110 each  

[Review] La-tweez Pro Iluminating Tweezers

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OMG – I’ve just found the coolest little gadget that I’m sure you’ll all LOVE!   The La-tweez Pro Illuminating Tweezers have solved one of our all time beauty irritations.   This gorgeous little tweezer has a built in LED light which illuminates those pesky little hairs that you can’t see properly.   Perfectly Aligned Tips – For perfection convenience.     Ultra Bright LED  – For great visibility     These Pro Tweezers are crafted from the finest stainless steel with perfectly aligned tips.   In addition, the ultra bright LED light tweezers will assist you with greater accuracy and visibility.   It comes in a protective chic carrying case & built-in 2X magnifying mirror.      This morning my youngest son had a splinter in his foot, and I can’t tell you how grateful I was that I had this little miracle worker at hand. The super bright light showed me exactlyRead More

[Review] LUX Fragranced Body Wash

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I received these gorgeous fragranced body wash gifts from LUX to test and review, and a few extra to hand out to family and friends and find out what they think about these as well.   We received the Soft Touch and the Sheer Twilight.   Composed by one of the world’s best perfume experts, Calice Becker (Who also created Beyonce Paradise, J’adore and Tommy Girl)  Lux Soft Touch has alluring fine fragrances that inspire and empower women.   The LUX fragranced body wash lathers up well, so you only need to use a small amount.    I definitely prefer the Sheer Twilight body wash which is fragranced with pearls of black orchid and juniper oil.  The perfume claims to last up to 8 hours, and although I can’t smell it on myself, my husband did say that I smelt nice.   Have you tried either of these before? And ifRead More

[Review] Rain – Metamorphosis

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  When I read about the Rain Metamorphosis treatment I was immediately drawn to the idea of shedding my Winter skin and emerging new and refreshed, ready for Summer.    I’m going to come right out and say that this was probably one of the BEST massage treatments that I have EVER had. 2 hours of pure pampering. One thing that sets Rain apart from other spas is that everything has a journey, and it’s led by the client. Sylvia, my therapist, gently guided me on a journey of the senses, starting with me choosing which products she was going to use for the exfoliation, body and head massage.     Everything was perfection. The product choices were varied and top quality. The treatment was structured in such a way to minimise the client having to turn over or move. Yes, you have to get up to shower between the exfoliationRead More

[Review] African Extracts Rooibos

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  African Extracts Rooibos just sent me some of their  Advantage Range of products to test and review. I usually like to use products I’m sent without researching them too much at first, to get a real feel for the products without being influenced by price or other people’s opinions.     Even though I do quite a bit of research when it comes to beauty products, I’ve never studied the science behind it, so I really like to go on gut feel as well. I tend to find that some products stay at the front of the shelf and I tend to reach for them on a daily basis, while others slowly migrate to the back of the cupboard, because they lack the Wow! factor in my opinion.   My initial feeling towards the African Extracts Rooibos Advantage Range is very positive. I love that it’s a local brand,Read More

[WIN] Impulse Fragranced Body Spray

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I received these lovely perfumed body sprays from Impulse to test and to give-away to some lucky readers.   All three Fragranced Body Sprays cost R19.95 for 75ml, and are available at Pick n Pay.  Directions: Hold can 15cm from body and spray all over body for a fresh all day fragrance. Dermatologically tested and gentle on your skin.   Dynamique Feel absolutely irresistible with this intense perfume, which blends musky vanilla scents with amber notes (Main notes, rose, Musky, vanilla, powdery, amber), leaving you ready to dazzle.    City Collection – London Vibe  Get caught up in the trendy London Vibe, which blends woody, vanilla notes with citrus and white floral. Leaving you ready to take on the fast city life. (Main notes, sandalwood, vanilla and grapefruit scents).   City Collection Paris Chic  Get swept away in a fashionable moment with Impulse Paris Chic Fragranced Body Spray. It’s intense perfume blends fruity, white floralRead More

Cotton On Body Launch

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Cotton On Body have just launched a beautiful new bath and body range, Botanicals by Cotton On Body. The 12 piece range is the first extension of the brand into the beauty arena and features products quintessential to your bathroom and beauty bag, including hand creams and wash, body oils and lotions and a hair treatment.    The products are all paraben and sulphate free and are created using natural botanical extracts like aloe vera, chamomile and cacao butter.   The range has launched exclusively in the Mall of Africa Cotton On store, although will be expanding into more stores countrywide in October.

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.

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

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